Bill Coppard has just opened Gallery Belle in Valois with exhibition by Pamela Rozelle Drix called “Cassandra’s Dilemma and the Orchid.” Coppard is now at work on the sanctuary of the former Baptist church, which he will transform into a performance space. Coppard founded the Little Theatre in Rochester, an arts cinema that grew from one screen to many plus a jazz club, before he sold it about a decade ago.
We will also discuss the upcoming primary elections being held in many towns next month.
Don Barber, the supervisor of the Town of Caroline, will visit us again to fill us in on the divide in the town council over how to respond to the imminent advent of gas drilling in the town. In June three members of the council proposed a law that would have forbade the town government from taking action against drilling, but it was tabled. At the July 5 and July 12 meetings of the council the discussion was revisited.
Ron Szcymanski, a member of the planning board in the Village of Freeville, will give us his thoughts on hydraulic fracturing and its potential effect on his rural community. The Dryden town council has amended its zoning ordinance to forbid large scale industrial development in Dryden, but it is likely to face legal challenge from New York State and/or gas companies holding leases in the town.Recent similar actions by the towns of Ulysses and Ithaca open them up to the same challenges.
Next show: Sunday, August 7, 6 p.m.