Faces of Dryden: Another Eagle joins the scouts


By Cathy Wakeman


Dryden’s Boy Scout Troop 24 has added another eagle into its aerie.

Continuing a long tradition of boys earning Scouting’s highest rank, Troy Sornberger, son of Melvin and Theresa Sornberger, was awarded the Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor held on Monday, Aug. 20 at the Dryden Veteran’s Memorial Home.

Participating in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts since the tender age of 6, Sornberger has enjoyed a full scouting career, earning every rank in both organizations. Sornberger’s trail to Eagle involved years of adventure at our local Camp Barton, among his many camping experiences. He even attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

Every scout’s career involves community service, and Sornberger’s was no exception. His many hours of community service included collecting food for local food pantries in the annual “Scouting for Food” drive, tree planting, highway cleanups and work days at Camp Barton.

Each candidate for Eagle Scout must successfully accomplish all of the basic scouting skills, such as camping, first aid, physical fitness, outdoor skills, nature skills, fire safety, knot and rope skills and community service. With that foundation firmly laid, each boy must serve for at least 16 months in positions of leadership within the Troop. During all of these adventures, each boy must earn a minimum of 21 of the more than 120 available merit badges, including 12 which are required for every Eagle Scout.

In addition to these basics, each Eagle candidate plans, develops and gives leadership to others in a community service project. The projects typically require at least 100 man hours of service and benefit a local organization other than scouting.

Sornberger planned, organized and directed a team of volunteers to create a recycling shed for the Dryden Veteran’s Memorial Home. This storage shed will provide a place to store recycling, keep it out of the weather, and keep it from blowing around Route 13. Sornberger and his family share special thanks to Matt Dobush for his engineering expertise, Reggie Blomfield-Brown for donating all of the materials, Bryan Arnold (also a Troop 24 Eagle Scout) and the Wise family.

Ride on

Excitement is stirring around a new transportation option here in the Village of Dryden. Readers of Tompkins Weekly are no strangers to the bright green bikes appearing throughout the City of Ithaca. The news of this dockless rental bike system was covered as they arrived in Ithaca in late April and the process explained in detail through Signs of Sustainability in June. Our completely searchable website will provide these articles for you faster than you can say “Lime Bike.”

While this is great news for the tourist-dense, activity constant city, by extension, it is now great news in the northeast of the county. The bikes made their way east to provide an easily accessible and affordable mode of transportation to students at Tompkins Cortland Community College. As the Village’s very near neighbor, it only made sense to go along for the ride.

Lime Bikes, as the name implies, are bright green bicycles. Using a smartphone app, a user may walk up to any Lime Bike, scan the QR code on the bike and hop on and ride for $1 per ride. Students ride for $.50. This option makes the Jim Schug/Dryden Lake Trail accessible to more folks who would like to ride the three-mile trail to the lake or take the trail to Freeville for a stop at Toads Too for ice cream. BikeWalkTompkins encourages locking and parking bikes next to public bike racks or in the “furniture zone of sidewalks, where parking meters would be.”

At their Thursday, Aug. 16 Board meeting, the Village of Dryden Board of Trustees elected to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Neutron Holdings Incorporated DBA Lime Bikes. Mayor Mike Murphy explained that Lime Bike will hold insurance to cover any problems that might arise. The MOU defines the bike share program and the understanding that village rules regarding bicycles will be upheld. Lime Bike will assess the fleet of bikes on a daily basis for problems like too many bikes in one location, which they will then disperse; or a bike left in the creek, which they would then take care of.

As a bike-to-work sort myself, I’m thrilled to see this environmentally responsible transportation option made available to more members of the community.

Soccer coaches needed

Youth soccer is an autumnal rite of passage in our town, with colorfully clad bunches of children experiencing “the most beautiful game.” The Town of Dryden Recreation Department organizes Youth Soccer in the town and is seeking coaches for this year’s season, which runs from Saturday, Sept. 8 to Saturday, Oct. 20. All games are held on Saturday. Teams for students ages 7 and 8 and 11 through 13 play at 9:30 a.m. Ages 5, 6, 9 and 10 play at 10:30 a.m. Practice days are chosen at the coach’s discretion, either once or twice per week depending on the age level.

By tradition, the season starts with a players’ clinic led by the Dryden High School varsity soccer coaches and players. This will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 on the fields at Cassavant Elementary School, 32 School Street, McLean. The clinic for ages 9 through 13 runs from 9 to 10 a.m. Ages 5 through 8 have clinic time from 10 to 11 a.m.

For more information, contact the Town Recreation Department at recreation@dryden.ny.us or (607) 844-8888 ext. 228.


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