- February 19, 2019
- 7:00 pm
- Village Hall
Freeville’s annual Winter Potluck dinner will be held on Saturday, February 16th starting at 5pm at the United Methodist Church. For entertainment, we’ve lined up local author Tim Gallagher who will tell us about his 2016 search in the rugged mountains of eastern Cuba, where he spent two weeks scouring the last-known haunts of the Cuban Ivory-bill. In 2004 he was one of the searchers who spotted a lone ivory-bill in an Arkansas bayou, which led to a major search by Cornell University and several follow-up sightings.
Tim Gallagher is an award-winning author, wildlife photographer, and magazine editor. Tim got his first field guide at the age of eight and has been watching birds ever since. He is the author of several books, including Parts Unknown, Wild Bird Photography, The Grail Bird, Falcon Fever, Imperial Dreams, and most recently Born to Fish.
Brought to you by Freeville Community Council
7:30 pm regular meeting
This past spring, members of Freeville’s newly formed tree committee planted a single swamp white oak in Groton Avenue Park, near the dugout of the back ballfield. It was their initial effort in fulfillment of the terms of an Arbor Day Community Grant from the New York State Urban Forestry Council, and an auspicious start to what we expect will be a robust tree-planting program in the Village for years to come.
Now the committee is branching out onto our streets with an ambitious plan to plant 14 bare-root saplings (11 crabapples, a couple of red maples, and another swamp white oak) along Main St. and Railroad St. on the afternoon of Saturday, November 10th (rain date: Sunday the 11th). The group will assemble at noon in front of the elementary school, where committee chair Tom Cavataio will make brief remarks before the work gets underway.
Anyone interested in helping with the plantings is encouraged to join us. Shovels will be provided, but if you have one, please bring it along.
I’d like to thank all those who have been involved in the planning of this life-affirming, community-uniting endeavor, especially Tom, Justin DiMatteo, and Ithaca City Forester Jeanne Grace, who brought the NYSUFC grant opportunity to our attention back in January and has been immensely helpful with the logistics and permitting process for the current project. (Before joining us at noon on 11/10, Jeanne will help facilitate an even larger tree-planting event that morning in the Village of Dryden.)
Special thanks are due NYSEG forester Paul Paradine, who has followed up his donation of the tree in the park with the donation of the half-dozen trees that will be planted on Railroad St. this month.
We hope to see you on the 10th!
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– tents, tables, chairs, produce, goods, people and all – every Sunday during the growing season.
Hello and happy almost-fall!
As promised, I’ll be repeating the history walking tour of the village this Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. The theme is “Freeville on the Move: Mill Dam to Rail Juntion” and will include information about the early development of the village, common architectural styles, and historical facts about individual homes and businesses.
We will meet in front of the elementary school where the Freeville Farmer’s Market will be in full swing. Head over a little early to get a coffee or snack, and stay after to peruse all the delicious goodies the market has to offer.
The tour will take about 60 minutes, and the weather is supposed to be dry but warm – water bottle recommended!
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Your Village Historian,
The Village of Freeville will soon become the fifth community in the county to establish a registered neighborhood watch program under the auspices of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department. At a meeting of concerned citizens at Bravo Restaurant a week ago, Deputy Sheriff Karl Bowers strongly urged the 16 residents in attendance to move forward with the program, and most of us agreed that it would be a strategy worth pursuing in an effort to reduce crime in the Village.
In a wide-ranging discussion of crime-prevention and security issues, Deputy Bowers briefly outlined the advantages of setting up a neighborhood watch, which he said can be helpful even for communities that, like Freeville, only occasionally experience outbreaks of crime. He emphasized that the program does not involve vigilante-style patrolling of streets by community members, but that it does involve being vigilant, and looking out for one’s neighbors. The use of signage identifying the Village as a neighborhood watch community can serve to put would-be criminals on notice that folks here are on high alert.
Deputy Bowers will be present at an organizational meeting for the program to be held at the Village Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 10th. All those interested in making the Village an even safer place to live are encouraged to attend.
Mayor, Village of Freeville
The 39th Annual Freeville Harvest Festival will be held on September 8 from 10am to 2pm at the Freeville United Methodist Church.
Returning favorites include chicken bbq dinners (begin serving at 11:00), local crafters, farmers market, bake sale, and kids’ games. This year we will also have face painting, live entertainment and local vendors from the Freeville Farmers Market.
The schedule for live entertainment is: Pete the Cat at 10:00, jazz guitarist Gabe Condon at 11:00, and the Ithaca College a cappella group Premium Blend at 12:30.
The Harvest Festival is an annual tradition sponsored by the Freeville United Methodist Church. The church enjoys being able to provide this family-friendly event for the local community. A portion of each year’s proceeds are used to support local community organizations. In addition, this year, a large portion of the proceeds will be used to support domestic and international disaster relief efforts carried out by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). When disasters, such as forest fires, hurricanes and floods, occur, UMCOR is one of the first organizations on the scene to assist in relief efforts and the Freeville UMC is proud to be able to support their work throughout the world.