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posticon Middle School Students Request Vegetarian Lunch Options

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Middle School SCO Requests Vegetarian Options

Five Lansing Middle School Student Council Organization (SCO) members reported to the Board Of Education last week on their effort to provide more vegetarian options to their school lunch menu.  The Council reported on the results of a survey they distributed to learn how many vegetarians attend the school, and how best to serve their dietary needs.  SCO Sixth Grade Representative Ally Prudence told the Board that most meals offered are not acceptable to vegetarians.

"Even the salads in our cafeteria contain meat," she said. "And with the quesadillas or the burgers and chicken patties, we have seen vegetarians scraping off the meat and only eating the bread. This does not seem to be a healthy or nutritious option.  So we gave a survey to see if the students wanted more vegetarian options, if they had any allergies, if they buy lunch, or if they would buy lunch if there were more options."

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posticon Lansing Loves to Read to be Recognized

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By NY Library Association Print
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The 2018 Empire State Center for the Book Literacy Award will be presented to 'Lansing Loves to Read' (LLTR) at the New York State Writers Hall of Fame Induction on June 5, 2018, at the Princeton Club in New York City, by Guy Lamolinara, Communications Officer at the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Guy will present a $1000 check to 'Lansing Loves to Read' to support all its programs and initiatives.

LLTR was conceived in 2013 by a small group of local parents who believed that their rural community could be doing more to support children's literacy. The energy and commitment of this handful of concerned parents blossomed into a widespread grassroots effort supported by many members of the community. They approached key town institutions - school district, the town board, and the local community library - creating numerous reciprocal partnerships. LLTR embodies the spirit and perfectly fits the criteria of the Literacy Award.

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posticon Take Steps To Prevent Tick-Borne Infections

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By Samantha Hillson, Tompkins County Health Department Print
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Spring is here and so are the ticks! It's time to get outside and enjoy the season. It's also time to take steps to prevent tick-borne infection.

New tick-borne infections have been discovered in recent years and are steadily increasing, Lyme disease being the most commonly reported. Most tick-borne infections, including Lyme disease, can be successfully treated with antibiotics especially if medication is started early. Preventing tick bites is your best defense against tick-borne infection.

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posticon Cornell Research Grows New York Hard Cider Industry

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By Lindsey Hadlock Print
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To say that hard cider has been making a comeback is an understatement. In the U.S. alone, the hard cider market has increased more than 10-fold in the past decade, with sales reaching $1.5 billion in 2017. And Gregory Peck, assistant professor of horticulture, has been paying attention.  Taking advantage of this upward trend, Peck has been tapping cider's full potential to grow New York state's apple market. Now he's at the forefront of a hard cider renaissance.

"The industry has been booming because cider producers are innovative," Peck said. "Consumers want to experience something different in their food and drinks. Cider has a rich depth of flavor and range of products that appeal to a large and growing consumer base."

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posticon ICSD Educators Receive Excellence in Teaching Award

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By ICSD Print
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Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts visited the Ithaca City School District last week to award two teachers with Governor Cuomo's Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.

The honorees, DeWitt Middle School technology teacher David Buchner and Ithaca High School math teacher Steve Weissburg, were recognized as teachers who:

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posticon Kids Discover the Trail! Expands to All County School Districts

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By Sherrie Negrea Print
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A record number of children in Tompkins County -- 4,400 -- participated in Kids Discover the Trail! (KDT!) program, a series of annual field studies that bring learning to life at eight Discovery Trail organizations. This year, 80 percent of public elementary students from all six school districts in Tompkins County participated in the program.

This spring, hundreds of elementary school students experienced a 19th century classroom in the Eight Square Schoolhouse, dug for fossils at the Museum of the Earth and identified wildflowers in the Cornell Botanic Garden.

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posticon CFWO Hosts Annual Meeting

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By Mary Grainger Print
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The City Federation of Women's Organizations (CFWO) hosted the community at its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 15, entitled 'Women Are Building Community: New News & A Bold Future'. The gathering in the Tompkins County Public Library BorgWarner Room celebrated the fifth anniversary of CFWO's Women Building Community (WBC) Grants and included announcement of its future plans to make more resources and opportunities available.

President Diane Shafer remarked, "It has been an amazing first five years. The City Federation of Women's Organizations has some new and exciting plans for the future to help serve the community better and address the issues facing women and girls."

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posticon Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change Tribunal in Ithaca

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By PPT Print
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For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, this session of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change (PPT), which ran this week and concludes today, has an international focus and includes arguments about the rights of Nature in addition to the rights of people. Among those participating from our region are Cornell University fracking engineer and professor emeritus Anthony Ingraffea, Ithaca College scholar in residence, ecologist, and author Sandra Steingraber, and the grassroots Coalition to Protect New York (CPNY), represented by independent journalist and activist Maura Stephens.

The PPT is a highly respected international forum that grew from the Russell-Sartre Tribunal to investigate whether breaches of human rights norms occurred during the Vietnam War. It subsequently conducted hearings to determine whether human rights standards were abridged in Bhopal, Chernobyl, and other sites. Its most recent session was on Myanmar's (Burma's) crimes against Rohingya and Kachin peoples.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Betrayed

Around Town | Friday, May 18, 2018 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaret I've been in a friendly relationship for a few years with a gentleman whom I trusted completely, until now. He's been my confidant and someone whom I could tell almost anything. He would always have an encouraging word and seemed very supportive. I now find that things I told him were not held in confidence, but seemingly broadcast to others in a way in which he made himself out to be the hero for giving me guidance and direction. I'm devastated and feel almost distraught from his betrayal. It's left me sad and angry. I want him to know the damage he does, but am wondering if it would even help. Perhaps I should keep my mouth shut. Should I tell him or not?
Betrayed

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