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posticon Local Responders Simulate Full Scale Airport Disaster

Around Town | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Airport Disaster Drill

At 9:36am Saturday Tompkins County officials were notified that American Airline flight #4250 crashed on arrival at the Ithaca Tompkins County Regional Airport around 9am.  Emergency crews from the airport fire department were joined by firefighters and EMTs from surrounding fire departments that rushed to the scene to put out fires and rescue survivors.  The alert noted the airport was closed, and motorists should avoid the area.

The airport, in fact, was not closed, and flights continued to land as emergency crews worked -- the disaster was an FAA-mandated drill that involved about 200 dispatchers, first responders, airport personnel, evaluators and volunteers playing the roles of crash victims.

"Air transportation is far safer than driving a car," says Airport Manager Mike Hall.  "We don't like to be reminded -- it's bad enough on the evening news every day -- that bad things happen to good people in the pursuit of their activities.  The flip side is we would be derelict if we didn't prepare for the fact that every now and then it does happen.  And when it does, whether it's a car wreck on 13 and Brown or an airplane on the air field, we can help people survive and put their lives back together."

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posticon Interfaith Community Dinner August 31

Around Town | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Lansing United Methodist Church Print
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Neighbors getting to know Neighbors!
Thursday, October 26, from 6:00-8:00pm
John Joseph Inn, 813 Auburn Road, Groton, NY 13073
Interfaith Community Dinner
Co-hosts, Community Members with Faith in Humanity & Lansing UMC, invite you to a Community Dish-to-Pass on Thursday, October 26, from 6:00-8:00pm, at the John Joseph Inn, 813 Auburn Road, Groton, NY 13073
Everyone is welcome! Dinner is FREE & open to all.
Please bring a labeled dish-to-pass & an open heart to meet new friends.
If time or budget, make the “dish” a hardship, please be our guest! Join us for an evening of good food, fellowship & conversation.
Interested in Hosting or Co-Hosting? Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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posticon Trunk or Treat Planned For Safe Halloween

Around Town | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing is a tight-knit community, but walkable neighborhoods are few and far between.  When Asbury Church members talked about a Halloween event, Loveta Geesey suggested something she had done before she moved to Lansing from Idaho.  The community would create a neighborhood in the parking lot around the Lansing Community Library for Halloween night.  About 50 cars would be parked, trunks facing out, and decorated in different themes.  Trick or Treaters and their parents would gt to vote on their favorite trunks, with prizes awarded to the winners.

"The big motivation for having the Trunk or Treat is providing a safe place for the kids to trick or treat together and celebrate being a community and having fun together," says organizer Loveta Geesey.  "Those of us involved are really excited to work together with the community to offer this fun Halloween alternative to driving and walking around on a dark autumn night."

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posticon Interfaith Dinner Includes Those of No Faith Affiliation

Around Town | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Interfaith Dinner

Since a monthly interfaith dinner was organized at the Lansing United Methodist Church last Spring it has been open to people of all faiths, including those who don't belong to, or believe in an organized religion.  The dinners have been held at a number of locations on the last Thursday of every month since.  People from at least a dozen local houses of worship, including Christian, Muslim, and Jewish places of worship, have attended regularly, including people not part of a faith community.  Next Thursday Lisa Campbell is hosting this month's dinner at a secular location to encourage people not affiliated with a faith to feel welcome.

"I just love these dinners," Campbell says.  "I've been a regular.  Good food, good conversation.  I find it appealing and wonderful and I enjoy myself immensely.  I've had conversations about everything with so many different people, from our pets to literacy, to eating habits... any number of things.  it's a great opportunity, with no agenda, to sit with members of our community that you may have never met before."

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posticon Cacciotti Wins 2017 Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest

Around Town | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Michelle Quinn Print
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cupcake tamaryndecacciottiTamarynde Cacciotti displays her Grand Prize in the 2nd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest

Tamarynde Cacciotti won the Grand Prize in the 2nd Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest held in the Ithaca Commons on Saturday. Her winning entry was a cream puff cupcake with Earl Grey pastry filling and mocha buttercream.

Second prize went to Ali Strongwater, who entered a pumpkin and crystalized ginger cupcake, with whipped brown sugar icing, and open star piped frosting topped with ginger slice and sugar ghost holding candy corn. Alexander Quilty captured third place with a chocolate raspberry-filled cupcake with a raspberry buttercream frosting.

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posticon Within Reach - Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend 2017

Around Town | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reach "I solemnly swear I am up to no good."

"Again."

Downtown Ithaca is preparing for yet another influx of Wizards, witches and all manner of magical beasts. Ithaca is, indeed, where to find them! This October 27-29, Press Bay Alley will be the epicenter of Wizarding Weekend, but it has spread to the entire downtown area.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Afraid of Losing Friends

Around Town | Friday, October 20, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: I'm in high school and am having trouble. My friends are now interested in doing things with older kids that we all said we'd never do, like lying about where they are to their parents, meaning going to parties where kids are drinking, etc. I've always been pretty popular, and don't want my friends to leave me behind. I also don't want to not be popular. How can I manage this problem?
Afraid of Losing Friends

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posticon Annual Fall Rummage Sale

Around Town | Friday, October 13, 2017 | By Lansing United Methodist Church Print
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LANSING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale Friday, October 27, 8 a.m. (outside) 9 a.m. (inside) to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, October 28, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The location is on Route 34B and Brickyard Road, six miles north of Ithaca, one mile north of the light in South Lansing. The sale features clothing and accessories for all ages, furniture, tools, housewares, crafts, costumes, toys, games, sports equipment, books, computers, and lots more. Bargains abound in this long running community recycling project. $1.00/ bag clearance on Saturday! Come and bring your friends for truckloads of treasures!

Donations Donations may be dropped off Sunday, October 22 at 3 p.m. through Tuesday, October 24 at 6 p.m. Please do not drop off televisions, appliances, sleeper sofas, mattresses, pillows, magazines, infant/toddlers car seats, exercise equipment or encyclopedias.
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