Faces of Dryden: Seward, space, and service


On Friday, Sept. 14, the South Central Regional Library Council held a New York State Legislative Appreciation Reception to thank state representatives from across the region for their work on behalf of libraries in the state. Without going into too much wonky detail, this year’s state budget adjusted state aid for libraries, finally returning funding to 2006 funding levels. Since libraries provide $7 in services for every $1 of State Library Aid, according to the State Education Department, this is something to celebrate. On hand at the Tompkins County Public Library to receive recognition for his work in this process was James Seward, New York State District 51’s Senator.

Senator Seward has been here in Tompkins County, the westernmost part of the district, quite a bit this past week, as we’ve had much to celebrate. He started the week by participating in the installation ceremony of new TC3 president Orinithia Montague on Friday, Sept. 7. After the library event in Ithaca, Seward visited two businesses in Freeville on his way home to Oneonta.
Hopshire Farm and Brewery grows its hops and brews craft beer and ales right here in our backyard, at 1771 Dryden Road. It has also created a welcoming community space both inside and out. Whether playing corn hole outside or visiting with friends and listening to music inside, Hopshire has quickly become a successful gathering spot. After sharing a handshake and a tour with Randy Lacey, it was off to Indian Milk and Honey on Johnson Road. Owners Amrit Singh and Ipshita Pall and their team create That Indian Drink and ship it all over the country. Their signature beverage, a “chef-crafted probiotic yogurt smoothie” called lassi comes in five flavors.

“Our small businesses, especially those that utilize New York-grown ingredients, are a key to our local economy and I am eager to see them succeed and grow. Seeing firsthand the needs of these local companies helps me as I work to fine tune our laws to meet their evolving needs,” Seward said.

Where were you when man first orbited the moon?

The Apollo 8 mission, launched on Dec. 21, 1968, was a national highlight after a year of national tragedy and crisis. Commemorating this eventful year, the Southworth library presents 1968: Love, War and Rock ‘n Roll – 50 years later. This reading and film discussion series is part of a collaborative effort with the New York Council for the Humanities, bringing together experts, excerpts and members of the community.

Library Director Diane Pamel has coordinated with Dr. David Flaten, Professor of History and Political Science at Tompkins Cortland Community College to facilitate the monthly discussions, which begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the library, 24 West Main Street. Special guests from Cornell Department of Astronomy will join in for a presentation on 50 years of manned space flight on Oct. 25. As part of a NASA@MyLibrary grant, Pamel has secured the training and connections to have an Apollo Flight suit, lunar rocks and displays from the Johnson Space Center. Other texts and films include Apollo 8 by Jeffrey Kruger and excerpts from the Vietnam War film series by Ken Burns.

To register for the series, or for more information, contact Pamel at director@southworthlibrary.org or call (607) 844-4782.


It was a classic case of, “While the cat’s away, the mice will play.”

Pastor Pam Carey of the Dryden United Methodist Church had her vacation time planned with her family before accepting her position here. The date of the church’s third annual Day of Caring fell during vacation time on Sunday, Sept. 16. While she wanted to participate, the church agreed to go ahead with its plans and have Pastor Pam join them next year.

The church’s day of caring involves the congregation gathering for an abbreviated worship service at 9:30 a.m., blessing the workers and the work projects, then heading out and getting to work. Everyone will return to the church afterward for a dish-to-pass meal.

Some of the messier jobs included seasonal cleaning at the Kitchen Cupboard, Dryden’s local food pantry, and picking up trash along the Jim Schug Trail and at Dryden Lake. The heavy lifters tended to much needed yard work, including chopping down a tree, for a shut-in. Those who didn’t want to venture far worked in the church fellowship hall sewing 20 bags for school supplies that are distributed by the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR delivers the filled bags to areas ravaged by disaster or in places of need as they work throughout the world. Project coordinator Hummy VanDeWeert explained that members of the church purchase school supplies when they’re on sale to fill the bags.

While the church congregation was out at work or busy sewing, the church district’s lay leader decided to stop in for a surprise visit. According to the sign in the front of the church, it was time for service. While he may have been surprised to see empty pews in the sanctuary and sewing machines in the fellowship hall, a key verse from this month’s series on the Book of James was on display, “Faith without works is dead.”


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