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December 2, 2016 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 12, Issue 45

posticon Reed Joins Trump Transition Team

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reed builders600Congressman Tom Reed listening to concerns from Ithaca builders last March

Congressman Tom Reed (R-23rd Congressional District, New York) has been named one of seven co-chairs of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.  Reed will provide input on staffing and issues as the new White House staff is assembled.  Reed said in a press conference Thursday that he is honored and humbled to be part of the transition team, and that his access to the President-elect and Vice President-elect will be good for western upstate New Yorkers.

"I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead for us as the Trump administration takes form and takes hold in the White House," he said.  "Having this relationship with the White House is also something that I'm very excited about personally.  Being in the position on the Ways and Means Committee to write the 21st century tax code; to be in a position to be part of the efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare as we go forward with President Trump's administration; and, really, to put the American people first so that we can make sure that the American men and women that are out there struggling each and every day... that their voice is no longer forgotten, and that it is heard loud and clear here in Washington, D.C."

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posticon How Trump-like is Trump?

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An Inside View From Our Representative in Congress
The White House

Thanks to social media, the press, and live appearances, the public perception of President-elect Donald Trump has been that of a loose cannon, quick to attack his attackers, perhaps a little too engaged in social discourse.  But Congressman Tom Reed (R- New York) presented a different picture at a press conference yesterday at which he answered questions about his appointment to Trump's transition team as one of seven co-chairs.  Reed said he has had personal conversations with Trump that showed the next President as a person who is willing to listen.

"We had very candid private conversations where I tried to offer my two cents," Reed said.  "I appreciate his constructive intake of that conversation.  That's why I'm excited about where this is going.  I think people are underestimating who Donald Trump is and the ability he brings to the table to make America great again."

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What Your Child Should Know

One of the biggest surprises every new parent encounters is how much they have forgotten since they went to elementary school.  On top of that it is hard to figure out exactly what their children are expected to know at the end of each school year.  Sure, grades are helpful, but what, exactly do they mean? 

Elementary school teacher Cindy VanDuren presented a new resource to the Lansing Board of Education Monday that will help parents and educators alike to clear up that mystery with a detailed yet accessible portion of the school Web site called 'What Your Child Should Know by the End of the Year in ELA'.

"My first experience of the elementary school here was as a parent," she said.  "What was expected of my child was kind of shrouded in mystery.  At that point I really didn't know.  So I tried to take that viewpoint.  For a community member or a parent -- a non-educator person -- even if they are only half interested they would have an amazing time of it.  That was the goal.  It's lifting the veil off and letting everyone in on the information."

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posticon Girl Scouts Donate Picnic Tables To Middle School

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gspicnic constLansing Girl Scouts showing the Board of Education how they constructed two new picnic tables that have been installed at the Middle School playground

Girl Scout Troop 40268 presented the Lansing Board of Education Monday with a presentation about picnic tables they built and donated to the Lansing Middle School. The tables were built by six girl scouts who attend Lansing Middle School. The project involved fund raising, learning woodworking skills, and preparing the presentation.

"We noticed the Middle School playground needed proper seating," the scouts said. "We learned how to use many different kinds of woodworking equipment."

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posticon Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

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The Lansing Central School inducted two former athletes and two teams into their Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday at the LakeWatch Inn. The induction ceremony, moderated by Geoff Wright, followed cocktails and dinner.

The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will include Dara Porterfield (1995), Charlie Moon (2002), the 1967-68 Wresting Team and the 1982-83 Men's Basketball Team.

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posticon 2nd Annual Alumni Soccer Game

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The Second Annual Alumni Soccer Game on Sobus Field was played at noon, the Friday after Thanksgiving. The First Annual Alumni Soccer game played last year, was organized by the late Lansing Athletic Director Adam Heck.

Heck wanted the game to be an annual event, so keeping with his wishes, first year boys head coach Benji Parkes, coming off a state final four appearance, took the reins and organized the game.
soccer alumni2Front Row l to r – Bryce Stanhope '15; Patrick Sweazey '08; Ben Kutler '15; Sean Streb '12; Ben Parkes '12; Dan Cheatham '05; Tim McGiff '08 Back Row l to r – Tyler Fleming '08; Ethan Kutler '13; Chris Robinson '16; Jake Palladino '14; Jason Yahn '14; Tim Arleo '13; Woojin Richardson '13; Clinton Herzog '14; Richard McDonough '13; Alex Schutz '14; Spencer Warkenton '13; Andy "Adogg" Roth '12; Matt Robinson '15; Dan Hranek '08; Andy Parkes '14; Coach Dave Schlesinger. Not pictured – Jonathon Sun '13

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