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November 9, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 43

posticon How Lansing Voted

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2018 Lansing Election WinnersFrom left: Lansing Judge Maura Kennedy-Smith, Sheriff Derek Osbourne, Tompkins County Clerk Maureen Reynolds, NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, NYS Senator Pam Helming, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, US Congressman Tom Reed, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Lansingites turned out Tuesday to vote for candidates in several highly contested political races, including local elections for Lansing Town Justice, Tompkins County Sheriff, and the 23rd US Congressional district seat.  Local turnout averaged 63.11% county-wide.  In Lansing the turnout averaged 64.4% with the highest turnout in District 1 (west-central Lansing) at 65.58% and the lowest in District 4 (northwest Lansing) at a still respectable 61.02%.  Unofficial election results -- the results of the Tuesday vote before write-ins and other qualifying votes are counted -- made it unlikely that Tuesday winners would be displaced when the final votes are tallied.

Maura Kennedy-Smith (D) defeated Dick Costello (R) for Lansing Town Justice with 73% of the votes, 3,248 to 1,342 with all seven districts reporting. Kennedy-Smith outpaced Costello in all seven districts.  Costello made his best showing in District 3 with 230 votes, but Kennedy-Smith received 503 in the same district.

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Town Remains Opted Out of Solar Property Tax Exemption

Tompkins County Director of Assessment Jay Franklin told Lansing Town Board members Wednesday that they should protect property tax revenue from potential industrial solar farms within  town boundaries.  The Town opted out of providing a tax exemption for solar installations five years ago, but Franklin said a recent lawsuit ruled that a town had not actually opted out because it had not filed with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  Town Attorney Guy Krogh said it would be less costly to file with NYSERDA, and simpler that going through old records to see if the Town has already done so.

"If the Town wants to maintain the exemption, just to play it safe we should probably send a copy to NYSERDA," Krogh said. "I don't know what they'll do with it.  I think it will be killing trees needlessly, but that is apparently what the State mandates."

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fredvosswithstudentsFred Voss at Lansing High School in 2011

Eighty years ago today the Nazis destroyed more than 1,000 Jewish synagogues and over 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed, and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and taken to concentration camps. It was known as Kristallnacht, the 'night of broken glass'.  In 1998 Fred Voss, a survivor of that infamous night, wrote this letter to his grandson.
My dear Grandson:

The absurdity of hate.

Last week you asked me a question. Your question was: How do I think the Holocaust will be remembered by future generations, after we survivors – like your grandmother and I – are no longer on this earth, and our eyewitness stories, especially the one about Kristall Nacht, can no longer be heard.

I have thought about your question and that leads me to write this letter to you.

One day, a student will read a history book, or he or she will enter the Holocaust Museum in Washington and wonder, Was it all true?

The student will wander through the exhibits at the museum and will ask: Were the victims that hopeless, that lonely, that abandoned, that rejected by most countries in this world?

How was it possible for an entire people, the Jewish people, to be chosen, to be singled out for humiliation and destruction?

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Diane Duthie - Lansing Gallery"The sun'll come out Tomorrow
So ya gotta hang on 'Til tomorrow Come what may
Tomorrow, tomorrowI love ya tomorrow
You're always A day Away"

Annie Jr.', the story of Little Orphan Annie, her dog Sandy, Daddy Warbucks, and the nefarious Miss Hannigan is still playing at Lansing Middle School, so be sure to see it tonight at 6:30 or tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm -- the last performance is "only a day away!"



Photos by Diane Duthie

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North Lansing Auxhiliary Election Day Dinner and Supper Photo by Karen Veaner

First vote, and then eat.  What's election day without the annual North Lansing Auxiliary Dinner and Supper?  Luckily there is no need to answer that question, because the annual event Tuesday at the North Lansing Fire Station was a grand success.  264 Dinners were served, and 407 Suppers, which, most importantly, included 120 pies.  Additionally the Auxiliary sold 60 quarts of canned beets.

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xc meet qualifiersBack row (L-R): Coach Christine Eisenhut, Catie Eisenhut, Allison Keefe, Eden Jackson, Teresa Garcia, Jack Thomas, Coach Becca Lovenheim Front row (L-R): Kinsley Jacobs, Hana Thibault, Emmy Jackson

The Lansing varsity girls cross-country team punched its ticket to the New York state championship round with a big team win at the Section 4 Championship Race at Chenango Valley State Park—an historic first for the Lansing XC program.

The course was one of the more challenging XC routes of the season, with steep hilly trails winding through muddy stretches of forest. Lansing dominated three of the top five finishers in the girls race, with Catie Eisenhut racing to a 2nd place finish (20:12.10), followed by Emmaline Jackson in 4th (20:15.10) and Kinsley Jacobs in 5th (20:40.7). Teresa Garcia finished 14th and Eden Jackson 17th to round out the scorers. Hana Thibault and Allison Keefe finished as a duo, 22nd and 23rd respectively, out of the field of more than 60 runners to put Lansing on top of team scoring for the event.

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After a penalty, its third and goal from the Notre Dame 15. Lansing down 14-7 with the third quarter nearing the end. (Garrett) Bell in shotgun formation with a single back set, (Ben) Vincent wide left and (Brad) Lehr goes in motion right. The snap. Bell looking and starts to get pressured. He spins around at the 25 and scrambles left just avoiding a near sack. Two more Crusaders are in hot pursuit. With an eye down the field the Lansing QB calmly rifles a strike from the 20 to the middle of the end zone and a diving catch is made by Lehr for the score. Bells PAT kick (18 x 20 on the season) ties the score at 14 with 2:31 remaining in the quarter.

That was the last lead or tie the Bobcats could hold onto in this one. Vincent caught a 58 yard deep ball in stride on a one play drive to cut a mounting lead by END in the fourth quarter to ten with over ten minutes to play. Rain picked up in the second half but was not to fault. The loss of Senior captain Luke Winslow in the early in the second quarter was a challenge for the the Cats offense and especially defensively. The third head to head action between these two teams this season saw the odds play out and END attained their first win against Lansing.

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