Saturday, May 31, 2008

Names, Numbers, Negations

DIRTY GIRL products (glitter balls, scent…) are available at Rebel Katz, the recently opened novelties store (new & vintage, arty and crafty) on Main Street in Catskill. Also offered, along with rock band-celebrating T-shirts and other garments, is Wash Away Your Sins lip balm.

D I R T is the name of a GreeneLand theatrical company, directed by Mary Ellen Petti and performing on the pavilion stage of the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre. On Friday (6/6) the troupe will open a summer season with the madcap Jack Sharkey comedy “Who’s On First?” After “First” come “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and then “The Odd Couple.” Check their schedule. The acronym is for Durham Irish Repertory Theatre.

WHY DYNABIL Industries? Dynamic brothers-in-law.

FOGGY DEW=name of new business licensed for Main Street in Tannersville.

DAVID HART of Cairo was hailed on by GreeneLand’s legislators on May 21 (says a Daily Mail story) as Senior Citizen of the Year, in recognition of his rampant services to seniors.

ANDREW DEYO, son of Catskill police officer Rick Deyo, completed basic United States Army training recently and has been deployed to the—so to speak—battle-scarred city of Washington, District of Columbia. As reported by Sgt Paul Echols, who commands Catskill’s newly opened recruiting station, Private Deyo has been assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division’s Old Guard unit, whose members guard the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Eternal Flame, caskets of luminaries who are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and Presidents.

45,000+=dollars of net profit from Greene County Council On the Arts’s 20th Beaux Arts Ball, at Hunter Mountain. Special financial credit goes to Bank of Greene County. 59=new members of Catskill Golf Club, most of them attracted by the extraordinary deal offered.

79=average score posted by northeastern New York golf professionals at the tournament on Tuesday (5/28) at Catskill Golf Club. Amid balmy conditions. The winner, Anders Mattson of Saratoga, posted a 69, and only one other contestant broke par.

43=per cent of GreeneLand-based workers in private sector whose jobs are located outside the county. So says Industrial Development Agency Sandy Mathes, as reported in Daily Mail (5/28)

0=total of applications from Cairo-Durham High School seniors for a $500 scholarship offered by the Catskill Kiwanis Club.

4=total of applications (some of them decently written) from Catskill High School seniors for the two Kiwanis Club $500 college scholarships.

8=total of applications from Coxsackie-Athens High School seniors for Kiwanis Club $500 scholarship.

80,000=dollars in State grants to local causes, as announced Thursday by State Sen. James Seward at Coxsackie Village Hall. Included (says a Daily Mail story, 5/30) are sums for a Village playground at Riverside Park, for renovating the Town Hall, for improving the D.R. Evarts library’s grounds, and for “smart technologies” in Coxsackie-Athens schools.

410=cents per gallon cost of regular gasoline at LOWER–priced GreeneLand stations this past week. (On Thursday, 5/29, Hess on West Bridge charged 407 cents, under-pricing adjacent Cumberland Farms by 3 cents. Sunoco on Route 9W, west Athens, charged 420 cents). Those prices are higher than the latest national average, the East Coast average, the New England average, the Massachusetts average, the New York State and New York City averages, and Columbia County choices.

NO, The Home Depot’s Catskill outlet will NOT be closed and replaced by a Target store. It is not one of the 15 Home Depot stores in the U.S. (out of 1970) that, according to official company statements, will be closed.

NO, Bill Muirhead does not get the full salaries for both of the jobs—food management and bus transportation--that he handles for the Catskill Central School District. He does get supplemental pay for the extra responsibility.

NO, the offering of “Soup: Hamburger & cheddar cheese” is NOT an error on the menu of Café 355 (formerly Catskill + Co; formerly Mayflower Café). They do serve that soup. It tastes fine.

NO, Donald Gibson is not Bill Gannon, and neither is he Kresten Bjornsson. In a Daily Mail photo caption (5/19), however, he is identified as Gannon (executive assistant to State Assemblyman Peter Lopez), allegedly presenting to Larry Siracusano (the Chevrolet dealer and good cause supporter) an award as Businessman of the Year. Moreover, the text of the D M story says “Siracusano’s award was presented by…Bjornsson.”

COMING to Tannersville today (11am-4pm). Rubber Duck race & festival in and around Gooseberry Creek. Check At Hunter Mountain, today and tomorrow (and it started last night) it’s the Mountain Jam Music Festival . At the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Doctorow Center, also in Hunter, tonight: “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” Rogers & Hammerstein music presented by Theater Ten Ten troupe In New Baltimore, at the Van Etten Farm, today and tomorrow, antique farm machinery is exhibited and demonstrated, amid festivities. (518)756-3517.

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