|March 7, 2014 Issue||
Volume 10, Issue 8
The petition to repower the Cayuga Power Plant got off to an encouraging start in its first week with estimates of over 700 signatures. Town Councilman Ed LaVigne says that as the word gets out more people are showing their support for repowering the plant. In addition LaVigne and other Lansing officials are planning a visit to Albany Monday to lobby for keeping the plant open. He stresses that natural gas is an interim solution that will give greener energy time to develop while saving the Lansing economy.
"If the electricity isn't produced here it will come from someplace else," LaVigne says. "That source might be from a plant in Ohio that burns coal. So what have we really accomplished? Are we really burning something that is a cleaner fuel?"
All the little signs dotted on the corners of major intersections in the Town of Lansing will be gone soon. Wednesday the Town Board came closer to replacing haphazard signs with municipal wayfaring signs that will help drivers find local businesses. Code/Fire Enforcement Officer & Building Inspector Lynn Day presented design alternatives to the board and asked board members to approve a plan.
"We had talked about having wayfaring signs on North Triphammer Road, across from East Shore Drive, and on the corner of Brickyard Road," he said. "It's up to you where they go. We will put the posts up and a 'Welcome to Lansing' sign. Then each person will pay to get on it. That will be their sign instead of having individual signs on the corner. It will be a one-time charge."
The Village of Lansing election was set Monday for April 22,2014. Two Board of Trustee seats are up this year. John O'Neill will run for his sixth two-year term, and Gerry Monaghan is running for Julie Baker's seat. After three terms as a trustee Baker has chosen not to run this year.
O'Neill has served as a Village Trustee for nearly ten years. He has taken a special interest in municipal services. He has served as a liaison to the Town of Lansing, attending nearly all the Town meetings and reporting back on them to the Trustees. He monitors Village roads to make sure they are in compliance with State laws. And he worked with Lansing Fire District officials on the new Oakcrest Road fire station that was recently completed. He was also instrumental in starting the deer population control program that is now largely maintained by Trustee Lynn Leopold.
Four Lansing Bobcat Track and Field jumpers and throwers competed at the NYS State Championships on March 1 in Barton Hall at Cornell.
Max Jordan cleared 14 ft 3 in, setting a new personal best. Dylan Bland cleared 14 ft 0 in, equaling his personal best. In the NYS public school competition Junior Max Jordan and Senior Dylan Bland finished 5th and 6th respectively. In the NYS Federation school competition Junior Max Jordan and Senior Dylan Bland finished 6th and 8th respectively.
After four preliminary rounds with seven teams in each, four finalist teams advanced to the championship round at the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI) 16th Annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 2. After 84 words were spelled correctly in front of a crowd of 250 community members of all ages, two teams remained. The Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Board of Education team (Board of Ed Buzz) sparred with the WSKG broadcasters (We Spell Krazy Good) through four more challenging words before a winner could be determined. WSKG correctly spelled 'passementerie' which is an ornamental edging or trimming made of braid, cord, gimp, beading, or metallic thread. The other finalist teams were staff and parents from ICSD elementary schools: BJM Spell Casters and Takin’ Care of Business from Fall Creek.
The Bee raised over $25,000 to support IPEI’s grants for teachers. Held in the Ithaca High School Wellness Center Gym, there was no admission charge for the annual family-friendly event that featured 28 spelling teams of three adults each competing for the championship Fuzzy Bee trophy. Funds were raised through event sponsorships, team sponsorships, program advertisements, pledges based on correctly spelled words, and a silent auction.
In a world with Internet connectivity more and more people work alone at home. While that work style suits some people, others miss the camaraderie and interaction they had in a physical office. In Ithaca these people have an option to work alone, but with other people at Studio West. Owner Greg Kops calls Studio West a coworking community that he says provides resources to people who want to be part of a community of self-directed creative entrepreneurs and freelancers."
"The idea of calling it a studio came from my experience having worked in an office," he says. "I worked in a business that ended up in the Bank of America building. The office we were in was very cubicalized and compartmentalized. I felt that killed the culture of the company. I ended up leaving, not primarily because of that, but in part because of that. I did not like the idea of everyone off in their own little office with doors that could be shut. It really changed the way that we all related to each other."