Friday, June 17, 2011

What Is The Rest Of This Story?

  
The D&C reports that the annual July 4th celebration at the Grace & Truth Sports Park is canceled this year due to a lack of volunteers.

Kathryn Firkins says: "They did contact us and told us that, unfortunately, circumstances with their volunteer base have been such that they aren't going to have the ability to do it this year."

Brenda L. Green, the celebration's executive director, confirmed the cancellation but said she couldn't discuss it further ~~ "I'm having a very hard time with this right now."

George Grace, senior pastor of First Bible Baptist Church, couldn't be reached to comment.

The Town Board pulled from their agenda plans to approve their $10,000 annual "contribution" to defray the expense of the fireworks which they justify "because a large number of Greece residents attended it."

SCATS ~~ Where was the call to get more volunteers from the community by either the church or the town? Is it legal for the Town to make such an annual "donation" to a church for a celebration that the Town should be holding anyway? Has some rift occurred between Auberger and Pastor Grace? It seems there is much more to this story ... as is usual in this closed, clubby & corrupt community.
 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

The 'Ocracy is starting to crumble. Perhaps too many of their members are too busy fighting against the same sex marriage bill and trying to get creationism, er, intelligent design into the HS curriculum. Or maybe the new megaplex on Latta Road siphoned off too many of their members.

Anonymous said...

From Geri: Is there ALWAYS a conspiracy or a story behind a story with you people (SCATS that is) ! Don't YOU have anything better to do than to criticize everything/everyone ? Why don't you and your fellow SCATSERBRAINS volunteer for the 4th of July celebrations or in the schools or ANYTHING in the town to try to make things better. And if you're wondering why I don't; I do volunteer for both school and other community services. Get a life SCATS people!Now that you've lost the battle of the SOC; take a break and do something positive. Oh wait I know, the war's not over on the SOC is that what you're gonna say? Geez if you cant get a life than get a grip. life is too short to be so mean and grumpy....

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe they couldn't have volunteers, as reported in the news. Sounds like "spin" to me

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if this did not have something to do with auberger too,

SCATS said...

To 12:14PM ~~ Keeping up on the constant scandals & informing the community about them IS a huge volunteer effort on the part of SCATS. How do you know we don't volunteer in other ways? Oh, that's right, YOU DON'T ;)

How can anyone volunteer to help with this July 4th celebration if we weren't told about it until today?

And you are correct about one thing The SOC issue is far from over. In case you don't realize, the BOE hasn't begun to deal with it yet.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that Auggie didn't approve the OT needed to provide the security by GPD? Didn't Greece provide other help via DPW? Maybe their unions said "no thanks" this year?

black helicopters and tin foil hats said...

maybe santa claus and the easter bunny got together with the leprechaun and the abominable snowman to conspire and create an atmosphere of non-cooperation to prevent the community from celebrating Independance Day.

Anonymous said...

Three things you can bet on...death, taxes, and that shortage of volunteers wasn't the reason for the 4th July event cancellation.
But which of 3 or 4 dark reasons is real?

Anonymous said...

Since when does the Town of Greece or other towns "donate" money to any organization. We can pay for goods and services and pay employees for the functions of the town, but when did we get to decide which United Way organization or church gets 10 grand? For example there was the Mother of sorrows carnival. Many Greece residents attended. Did they get a $10,000 donation? Maybe they did. Just asking.
And if the town put on the fireworks , did they hire the contractor? Did the town carry the insurance? Did anyone carry the insurance? Was it a town function or a church function?
What did happen at the last minute that caused this cancellation? Did all of a sudden hundreds of volunteers become unavailable? Or were the town employees that they used in previous years not willing to work on that day? Or was there the possibility that this could be seen as a Robutrad type of activity with town employees working on town pay for a private function. Since they bowed out the festival could no longer go on.
Is there the possibility that they are afraid because of the last 2 years when there have been almost riots on holidays, the latest one at Charlotte since sea breeze was closed and there was no "Festival for Youth"?
And yes people who don't trust the town or school administration do their share of volunteering. We just make sure it doesn't interfere with our families' well-being. We will not be accused of being the good men that did nothing when we saw unfairness and injustice. You can do your advocacy of the status quo in the light of day because you are praising the school where your kids attend and where you hope they all will attend. You are protected by your connections to the schools and the town. We don't have that kind of protection and we'd like to think our kids will not be persecuted at school if we protest the unfairness.

Anonymous said...

The rest of the story is quite simple: the church feared that what happened at Charlotte Beach the last two years would happen in their park. Greece police couldn't make any guarantees. So, fireworks canceled.

Score another one for the ghetto faction.

Anonymous said...

Well we sure didn't see this sort of thing when Phelon was running GPD. I well remember the Big Man Himself sitting on top of the bleacher shack over at the Town Hall Park directing fireworks and his cops too.

Once again the Town turns something over to another group and it goes down the drain, just like Summer Festival did.

Who is kidding who, this deal stinks. With 15 days to go they can't round up volunteers? Why not?

About the only thing that makes sense is fear of "Those People". Greece is running scared. Even the Greece Post had a quote about residents opposing Bryant & Stratton because they didn't want "Those People" in their neighborhood.

When are the new signs coming?
Welcome to Greece, a SCARED community

SCATS said...

To 3:25AM ~~ The interesting part is that "those people" are already here. They live in the neighborhoods east of 390, attend Olympia HS, shop at the mall, eat at restaurants on Ridge Rd. ... The only place you won't find "those people" is working in Town Hall or Greece Central's District Offices ;)

Anonymous said...

Jack Auberger has fallen from Grace.

The simple fact is that the church does not want to have anything to do with Mr. Auberger because of his totally immoral behavior. That's not too hard to figure out. They are too nice to come right out and say it, but that's the truth.

Anonymous said...

Lots of interesting theories. Or maybe, just maybe, enough of the usual volunteers just got sick of doing it. In other words, what the church said happened. But I guess everything is a conspiracy and everyone lies about everything. And everyone is incompetent or evil. What a world some of you live in.

SCATS said...

To 10:11PM ~~ Welcome to Greece. You discovered the promise :)

Anonymous said...

GHS Strawberry Festival was Monday evening. It ran from 4 to 8, and for the First Time ever there was a real Greece COP on duty there with 2 Auxiliary Cops just to make sure no problems occurred. Obviously the Historical Society is a known rowdy bunch, the average age is about 65, and everybody knows the kind of wilding them people are into.

Oh wait, could it be because there were cash boxes there that could have been offed by a coordinated group of "those people" coming to Greece for a quick hit & run just like they pl;anned in Charlotte?

Greece is running SCARED!

SCATS said...

To 1:04AM ~~ You just never know when those women wearing the red hats might go on the attack ;)

Anonymous said...

Did we all survive no fireworks? Yes we did. Sounds like there is no need for the "donation" from out town board to the church next year or any other year into the future. For years we got along without a Greece celebration on the 4th of July and we will again. Maybe the church should look into why there were no volunteers. Maybe they were more interested in spending time with their own families on the holiday and not taking care of the rest of the community. Maybe there is hope.