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September 21, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 36

posticon Parent Demands Better School Bullying Response

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Lansing School District

In the wake of a Lansing teenager's recent tragic suicide, Beth Hogan Callister said she was moved to take action.   She led a meeting of concerned parents on September 10th, and admonished the Board of Education to drastically improve the school district's response to bullying at its September 13th meeting.  Callister said her daughter had been subjected to bullying in the Lansing schools since 4th grade, and the system of dealing with bullying is ineffective.  At the September 13 Board of Education Meeting she pleaded for well trained professionals to replace employees currently charged with dealing with bullying situations, saying that a 'new and effective approach to eliminate bullying' is needed.

"After hearing Anne Czymmek speak at the funeral I felt the need to do something," Callister said. "Sophie's words, when she heard the news about Will, were, 'It could have been me, Mom.'  I am hoping that the Lansing school district will step it up and address the bullying issue more effectively."

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posticon Town Orders Gun Club to Stop Clearing Land

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Lansing Rod and Gun Club

Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne gave a brief update on a controversy involving the Lansing Rod & Gun Club Wednesday.  The club had submitted and then withdrawn a plan to move shooting ranges to a different area on club property to comply with a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent order to protect the environment and Salmon Creek from lead contamination.  LaVigne reported that after being invited to inspect the site that the club commenced clearing in late August, Code/Fire Enforcement Officer & Building Inspector Lynn Day issued a Stop Work Order.

"The stop order was put in place because the gun club allowed Lynn to go on their property and roll the area," LaVigne reported. "He has a roller which measures exactly how big this area is.  It was over one acre of disturbance, which triggered a stop order.  That means nothing happens until they come up with their Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).  My understanding is they're working on it now.  We'll move forward when they have their SWPPP and we'll see where that goes."

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posticon Village Dedicates Three Parks

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Village of Lansing Dedicates Three Parks

The Mayor and Village Trustees dedicated three village parks Sunday at a gala celebration at Marian Hartill Park, the newest of the parks in the Village of Lansing.  The new park got a good workout with plenty of kids using the playgrounds, adults walking paved paths, and, of course, food and speeches.  The event also celebrated Ned Hickey Park and the newly renamed Global Village Park.  Most of the two hours was a celebration, but of course there were speeches.

"This is an example of local government doing good, and I hope everyone will enjoy it," said Village Trustee Pat O'Rourke. "I can see the children already love it.  Marian was a very dear and close friend, so naming this park for her is great.  She loved two things: open green spaces, and she loved dogs.  From the turnout of dogs today I think she must have called them all here!"

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posticon Two Big Runners, Two Big Quarters

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A new era began last Friday evening in Elmira's southside when the 8-man division football rivals suited up for a heated and humid contest. Elmira Notre Dame (END) and Lansing are no strangers to rivalries spanning the athletic spectrum including basketball and soccer. Players, coaches and fans were not so sure what to expect with three less players on each side of the ball but one thing for sure it was expected to be a close game throughout.

First play of the game and of the year had Lansing QB Garrett Bell (2-10-2, 80 yards) make a quick pass to the left flat for Brad Lehr who footed it for a net 20 yard gain. END made good on a flee flicker for a 45 yard TD and the 6-0 lead. Mason Butler recovered a fumble at the END 27 but Lansing could not make good.

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posticon Lady Bobcats Kick Off Lansing XC Season with Win at Trumansburg

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The Lansing cross-country season kicked off with a bang this week, with good showings by all modified and varsity teams and a big win for the Lady Bobcats.

A week earlier, the Bobcat XCers travelled to Marathon on Tuesday Sept. 11 for a scrimmage meet that also included Moravia, Southern Cayuga, and Whitney Point. The varsity girls' team previewed their strength with an impressive showing at the scrimmage, finishing first with 17 points, thanks to a 1-2-3 finish by Catie Eisenhut, Emmy Jackson, Kinsley Jacobs. The next closest team in the lowest-score-wins competition was Moravia, with 46 points.

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posticon Lansing Gallery - Airport Day

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Diane Duthie - Lansing GalleryLast Saturday was Airport Day at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.  The day started with a 5K run -- or was it a 5K runway?  Athletes ran around the runway and taxiway with proceeds going to the SPCA of Tompkins County.  East Hill Flying Club offered their annual pancake breakfast, as well as airplane rides.  The historic, recently restored WWI Thomas-Morse “Tommy” biplane was on display -- it's centennial flight is coming up on September 29th.

Food trucks, activities, a hot air balloon, and airplanes, airplanes, airplanes -- what more could anyone ask for?


Photos by Diane Duthie

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posticon Tech Review: iOS 12

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iOS 12 Controll PanelControl Panel is the same on an iPhne, accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, while double clicking the Home button brings up the app switcher. on the iPad they used to be together on the same screen, but in iOS 12 they have been separated. Swiping up or double clicking the Home button displays the app switcher, while swiping down from the top right portion of the screen displays Control Panel. Swiping down from the middle or left top displays the Notification Center on both devices as it did in iOS 11.

Another year, another iOS!  iOS 12 showed up on iPhones and iPads Monday, and, as usual, I was quick to upgrade.  Apple claims "iOS 12 is designed to make your iPhone and iPad experience even faster, more responsive, and more delightful."  So I was anxious to see how fast my phone and pad would become, and how delighted I would actually be.   The new operating system is compatible with phones going back to the 5s and the iPad Air, so my iPhone 6 Plus and iPad mini are both compatible, and even with the 6th generation iPod Touch.

Some upgrades are so stunningly different that it feels like you have gotten a new device, even though you haven't.  That certainly raises the delight level.  But most iOS upgrades are less obvious, also a good thing because it means that for the most part you have no learning curve, so can continue to be productive without pause.  Less delightful, but, in the big picture it is what I have come to like best.

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