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December 8, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 47

posticon Supervisor To Ask Board To Cancel Comp Plan Hearing

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Comprehensive Plan

Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne will ask the Lansing Town Board next Wednesday to cancel a December 20th public hearing on the latest revision of the Town's Comprehensive Plan.  LaVigne says the public will have ample opportunity to express concerns about the current draft of the revision, which has been crafted over the past seven years, before a new public hearing is scheduled and the Town Board is called upon to vote to accept it.  There is no guarantee that the public hearing will be cancelled, but the Board will discuss it Wednesday.

"We'll listen to everybody's concerns," LaVigne said in a phone interview Tuesday.  "It won't be a debate.  It will be 'What are you concerned about?'  We'll let the Town Board take a step back and think about it.  Some time in the Spring or Summer, if the Board decides, we will move forward and set another public hearing."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial Minute Daniel Thayer of Ludlowville invented the first mowing machine which he called the "Meadow King". He sold all the rights to the Gregg firm in Trumansburg for $10,000. His mower soon came into the possession of the McCormicks who put it on the market under their name and made a fortune from the sales. One reason the McCormicks were so successful in selling the mower is that they lived in an area of large flat fields where the mower worked at its greatest efficiency. In the smaller, hilly fields of this area it was often more efficient to mow by hand. Many hands made light work, with the farmers gathering at each other's farms to make teams of mowers across the field. There is a counting song from that time: "One man, two men came to mow the meadow. Three men, four men came to mow the hay. They mowed the hay and took it away on a beautiful summer's day. Five men, six men came to mow the meadow, seven men, eight men came to mow the hay."etc. When one got to a high enough number, the song reversed the numbers. It was fun to count backwards from 10 men or more. "ten and nine and eight and seven and six and five and four and three and two and one" and take a big breath to finish the song."They mowed the hay and took it away on a beautiful summer's day."
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posticon Fixing Ludlowville

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Ludlowville

Ludlowville has been a thriving community that boasted mills, a dry goods and grocery store, its own post office, churches, a school, and was even the location for silent films in the early 1900s.  Today it is largely residential.  The rustic hamlet is like a bowl -- it is below Lansingville to the north, and downhill from the Lansing school campus -- and that means when it rains, Ludlowville floods.  Despite a $480,000 county flood mitigation project in 2013, portions of Ludlowville still flooded, especially during the torrential rains the area suffered this year in July.  This fall the Lansing Highway Department did quite a bit of work to fix that. The work had already been scheduled for late summer, but the rains didn't feel like waiting.

"We took 75% of Ludlowville and improved it this year," says Highway Superintendent Charlie 'Cricket' Purcell. "The work had been scheduled, ideally, for the month of August, because I was trying to schedule it in conjunction with Red Bridge being completed.  Unfortunately we had the 'monsoons' that we had in July, and some people had substantial damage.  It wasn't a knee-jerk reaction to do this project after the fact.  It had been planned for two years, and was on the docket for August.  Unfortunately we had that unusual July."

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posticon Bobcat Boys Varsity Basketball 1 and 1

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basketball Lansing END tipoff 01Dec

The Lansing Bobcat boys varsity basketball team split their first two home games of the season last week, with a win against Union Springs on November 28th and a loss against Elmira Notre Dame on December 1st.

In their first contest of the week, both teams focused on perimeter shootings in the first quarter, with a 'drive and dump to the outside' approach.  Both teams somewhat struggled with shooting accuracy, however, with Lansing going 0-7 to start.  Luke Winslow scored the  first points of the game and season with a driving lay-up between two defenders. The Bobcats finished the quarter down 7-12. In the 2nd frame, Lansing used tough defense to force several turnovers, narrowing their deficit to 15-20 at half time.

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Lansing Artisan's Fair

For the 9th year Saturday vendors gathered for the Lansing Artisan's Fair to benefit the Friends of the Lansing Library.  This year more than 20 vendors offered jewelry, home goods, pottery, clothing, holiday gifts, and more items.  vendors included  Fingerlakes Baking Co., Case Sera Sera, Connie Shipos Designs, Take Your Pick Flower Farm, Silver Serenity Design Studio, Standing Stone Bee Products, and Appleseed Fiber Farm.

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