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October 11, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 38

posticon Cayuga Operating Company Receives 2MW Hydropower Allotment

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Cayuga Power Plant

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) granted 2MW ReCharge NY low-cost hydropower to the Lansing site of what is to become one of two Empire State Data Center locations.  The allotment is a portion of 23 megawatts of ReCharge NY power and low-cost hydropower to 11 enterprises across New York State.  The allotment fell far short of the 25MW Heorot Power Holdings had requested for the site.  But the allotment makes Cayuga Operating Company (COC) a NYPA customer, which starts the process of obtaining enough power allotment to begin building the new data center.  The plan is to repurpose the Lansing coal-fired power plant into what company officials hope will eventually be a 100 megawatt data center at its north-west Lansing site.

COC had applied for an initial allotment of 25MW, and while the 2MW is not enough to begin work on the data center, it is considered a positive first step.  While it is only 8% of the company's request, it is just over 8% of the entire state-wide allotment in this round of NYPA allocations, a respectable piece of the pie considering the allotment is shared by 11 enterprises across New York State.  Company officials declined to make a statement, but indicated that they are working with NYPA on the next steps for obtaining the power allotment they need for the project.  As of now there is no immediate timeline.

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posticon Crossbows Allowed in Village Deer Control Program

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Deer

The Village of Lansing trustees voted 4-0 Monday to permit the use of crossbows, but only for hunters who have been approved to participate in the Village's official deer population management program.  Village attorney William Troy explained that hunters may now use crossbows in addition to long bows and compound bows if they are members in good standing of the deer management program and the Village mayor. 

"It's one of the things, as a responsible government, that we have to do," said Mayor Donald Hartill. "I like to watch deer, but I don't like to watch cars kill them.  That's the equation we have to deal with."

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posticon Battle of Football Unbeatens Friday Night

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football Lansing v Newfield
The Lansing Bobcat varsity football team kicked off two weeks after much of the area football programs had already begun. Not sure why Cornell football starts their season far in September but for the Bobcats its due in large part to the limited available competition in these early stages of state wide 8-man football leagues. Cross sectional scheduling is not uncommon.

Game 1 at Elmira Heights on 9/21 resulted in a 47-6 victory over the Spartans. Several scorers were led by quarterback Ben Vincent. Jake Brotherton scored on a defensive fumble recovery and first year kicker Tristan Lyndaker contributed to the point total. This was a positive start for returning coach Brett Hotchkiss and assistants Matt Hartz and Mark Brotherton. Newcomers to the Lansing coaching sideline are Lansing alums Owen Davis, Brandon Davis and Hank Neubert.

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posticon Lansing Girls Soccer Has "Defining Moment"

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soccer girls 10a
"It's not how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up". In its various forms, this inspirational message has been spoken by Abraham Lincoln, Vince Lombardi, and even Rocky Balboa. Although the words have changed, the meaning remains the same. Persistence has its rewards.

It is a fact of life imprinted into us when we learn how to ride a bike. You fall. You get up. You brush off the dirt. You pick up your bike. You fall again. Then one day you learn how and you never forget.

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posticon Osika Honored For Social Justice Work

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Dennis Osika

Longtime Lansing resident Dennis Osika was named one of three 2019 recipients of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester's Vita Award. This honor is given to residents from within the 12-county Central New York Diocese who demonstrate a dedication to the Consistent Life Ethic in their personal and public lives and are outstanding in their contribution to and advocacy in multiple dimensions of the Consistent Life Ethic.

Osika was the honored guest at a dinner organized by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga at All Saints parish hall October 4th. Two days later he officially received the award from Bishop Salvatore Matano at Sacred Heart Cathedral at the 11:15am Mass.

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posticon Scouts Pack Food For Starving Children

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scouts FMSC6Cubs from Lansing Pack 48 and Scouts from Lansing Troop 48 working together
"Probably the most fun you will ever have in a hair net!"

It was true! If you passed St Catherine of Siena in Ithaca last week you will see many people wearing hair nets. They were there to help at the Ithaca MobilePack under the expert guidance of staff from the not-for-profit Feed My Starving Children. It is a Christian charity that uses donations to buy ingredients (rice, soy, veggies and vitamins), volunteers to pack food and partners throughout the world to make sure the food arrives in places where children are in need of regular nutritious meals. Over 100 members of the local Scouting community joined together on the evening of September 26th and followed the advice of the Scout Slogan, to "Do a Good Turn Daily".

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posticon Tech Review - macOS Catalina

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macOS Catalina

For Mac users the free upgrade to the newest operating system -- macOS Catalina -- became available Monday.  The new OS seems to have two main purposes aside from the usual performance and security upgrades that most OS versions offer: to promote subscriptions to Apple's content subscription services (including two new ones) and to make the Mac more like an iPhone and iPad by including the same native apps for your computer that synchronize with your mobile devices.

As has been the case for many years, upgrading to the new OS is simple - Settings has a Software Update section -- if you were wondering why your Settings icon has that little red circle with the number one in it, that's what it's trying to tell you.  It's time to get your free update.  Downloading Catalina doesn't take long, but installing it does.  I think it takes about an hour altogether, but I have to admit that once I was convinced it wasn't stuck at 10% (it seemed to sit there for an awfully long time) I left my office and made coffee, played music, had a meeting, and checked my (physical) mailbox.  When I came back Catalina was ready for me to answer a few simple questions and I had my computer back.

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