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August 26, 2016 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 12, Issue 33

posticon Swim Team and Parents Agonize Over Pool Closing

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Lansing Girl's Varsity Swimming and Diving teamParents and varsity swimmers told the Lansing Board of Education Monday that repairs to the high school pool are subjecting the team to challenges they fear will impact the team's performance.  The pool was closed in May when issues were discovered, and repairs are currently underway.  Superintendent Chris Pettograsso said that it is unlikely that the pool will reopen before the girls varsity swim season is over.  Lansing's  top ranked Varsity Girl's Swimming and Diving team practice began last week at the Ithaca Swim Club, prompting fears that they will be forced to practice in an outdoor pool next month as temperatures begin to drop.

"The only swim facility that we're aware of that we'll be swimming at is the Ithaca Swim Club.  Unlike other sports, as the temperatures start to drop in September the girls are in the pool and they really can't put on another layer," noted parent Ewan Barr.

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posticon Coaches Wanted For Youth Soccer

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Coaches NeededThe fall Lansing Recreation Department season is only a week or two away, but Recreation Director Steve Colt still needs coaches and team helpers.  One of the Rec Department's most popular programs, Colt says soccer will attract around two hundred young athletes this year, K through 6th grade.  But there are no teams without coaches, and getting parents and other adults interested in helping is his main focus right now.

"The engine that drives this program is our parents.  They have always been, and hopefully will continue to be what drives this as coaches, assistant coaches and helpers.  Sometimes you have years when they're waiting to do it.  Sometimes you have years where they might like to do it, but haven't signed up for it.  So you have to begin to make them feel comfortable with doing it.  And you know what?  They always do a great job."

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posticon Village Playground To Be Replaced

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Village Play StructureThe Lansing Village Community Park on Uptown Road is getting a new play structure this summer, after Superintendent of Public Works John Courtney told Village trustees last week that the existing structure is unsafe.  Village Trustee Ronny Hardaway says the old play structure will be removed within the next few weeks, and Village officials expect a new play structure, expected to cost over $30,000, to be installed next Spring or early summer.

"I think it's a severe liability to leave it up," Courtney told Trustees at their August 15th meeting.  "It's bittersweet -- we hate so see anything go without some kind of a replacement.  We didn't have anything in the budget, though."

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posticon Next Jennaration Dancers Win At National Championship

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nextjennaration nationals120The Next Jennaration Dance Company attended Starpower National Championships 23rd-27th in Ocean City, Maryland and not only excelled in all age categories but won the 'National Entertainment Award'.

The Next Jennaration dancers came home with several first place and high scoring trophies.  All dances lead by Jenna Stickel, the studios owner, director and lead choreographer were awarded the highest score of 5 stars.  The studio placed 10 dances in the competition's final show at The Battle of the Stars. These 10 dances were also awarded Golden Tickets (automatic bids into the World Dance Championships) held later in 2016.

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