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January 20, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 3

posticon 2016 Was Major Development Year For Lansing

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Lansing Planning Consultant Michael Long told the Town Board Wednesday that development in Lansing is healthy, making Lansing the 'growth part' of Tompkins County.  Long outlined 16 major Planning Board projects, plus activities by the Agriculture Committee and progress on the comprehensive plan revision.  Projects included commercial and residential plans in various stages of planning and construction.

"We have a lot of different things going," he said.  "I think it's been a very productive year.  We had about 13 projects approved.  About 43 division lots approved, four commercial projects approved, and residential items for the Village Solars and Village Circle zone."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteAlbert Slocum owned the old Strong farm three miles up Salmon Creek Road in Ludlowville. At the auction following his death (1896), several men stood on top of a big cistern to see better. The top broke and the men had to be pulled from the icy water. Slocum's wife was Rozanna Townley who died in 1892. Originally from Newark, the Townley family came to Lansing in 1788 from the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. When a company of French immigrants offered high prices in gold for all the valley land, the brothers sold out and came to Lansing. The land that they sold in Pennsylvania was planned to become an Asylum for Marie Antoinette, and her son, the Dauphin. But they were killed by the French Revolutionaries and never arrived here.

posticon Lansing to Codify Town Ordinances

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Codification

The Lansing Town Board approved up to $20,000 to update all its town laws and convert them to digital form.  After a major update that brings all the Town's ordinances up to date and consistent with each other, the service continues to update laws, providing drafts of laws.  Town Attorney Guy Krogh recommended the Town contract for the service, saying it would help keep Lansing's ordinances in sync with new state or federal laws and with each other, and provide a tool for citizens to easily access the laws through the Town Web site.

"My experience in examining these things, and knowing other towns that have gone through the process is that I've pretty universally heard from towns like the Town of Ithaca that have gone through it that, 'gee, we should have done this years ago," he said.  "Nobody knows everything about New York State law, so getting another set of eyes on everything just helps me to do a better job and better protects the Town.  I'm all for it."

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posticon Hsu Wins Regional Lions Club Peace Poster Prize

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Peace Poster WinnersLansing Lion Noni Krom with the six Lansing Peace Poster winners, including Larissa Hsu (right), whose entry has made it to the state competition.

Six young artists were honored by the Lansing Lions Club Monday for their winning entries in the Lions Peace Poster contest.  This was Larissa Hsu's second win, which took her and fellow first prize winner Sean Anderson to the regional competition.  Hsu's entry was then chosen to go on to the state competition.

"Lions Club International sponsors a Peace Poster contest every year," said Lansing Lion Noni Krom.  "This year Larissa Hsu's poster has gone to the state competition.  She won our Lansing contest, she won the district contest, and now she's made it to the State.  It's really quite a thing because it's international, and there are thousands of entries.  It's something that we finally have a young lady that has gone this far."

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posticon Bobcat Basketball - Change in Fortune Brings 3 Wins

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The Lansing Bobcat boys varsity basketball team turned things around with 3 wins in less than a week, with victories against Groton on January 12th, Southern Cayuga on the 13th, and T.A. Edison on the 17th.

Against Groton, the Bobcats jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on their home court, and the Indians were never able to completely recover from that early deficit.

Zack Walker led all scorers with 24 points, and Karsten Zuidema added 8 points. Lansing was 8 for 11 from the foul line in the 2nd half, helping to keep the Groton team at bay. Groton had been ranked 9th in NY's Class C, but the final score had Lansing in front 45-33.

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posticon STEAM 2.0 Month Begins Monday

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STEAM Month

Next Monday kicks off the Lansing PTSO's (Parent Teacher Student Organization) second annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) month.  Dubbed STEAM 2.0, the month of activities is designed to offer unique, fun, and different kinds of experiences to get Lansing students excited about learning while providing a fun alternative to the winter doldrums.

"This started last year in response to feedback about winter doldrums," said PTSO President Kristin Hopkins.  "We rolled this out last year and it was a tremendous success.  We worked across our community.  We took input from parents and teachers and students about what they enjoy about STEAM and what they would want to do.  We worked with the community and Cornell and Ithaca College and the resources that we have to design specific activities and programs that expands upon the classroom learning in a hands-on format along with providing a community activity."

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