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posticon Lansing Gallery - Ithaca Ice Fest

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Diane Duthie Print
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Diane Duthie - Lansing GalleryIce Fest has become an Ithaca tradition, an Ice Carving  celebration of cold weather.  This year's festival featured a speed ice carving contest, ice bar, music, and a twp block showpiece challenge.

I wasn't able to attend the 2018 ice festival, but am showing some of my favorite photos from the 2017 Ithaca Ice Festival. The weather was perfect to craft the ice sculptures and the crowds gathered to watch the artists at work.


Photos by Diane Duthie

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posticon Lansing-Ithaca Rotary Club Donates Library Computer

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By - Print
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rotary lansinglibrary computerThe Lansing-Ithaca Rotary Club recently donated a new computer to the Lansing Community Library. Library Director Susie Gutenberger was the speaker at the November 28th Rotary meeting. From left: Dennis Osika, Ed Siemon, LCL Library Assistant Michelle Calupca, Kathryn, Mapes.

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posticon Cayuga County and Town of Lansing Veterans Honored

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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helming honoringvetsSenator Pam Helming stands with the veterans from Cayuga County and the Town of Lansing who were recognized for their nomination to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Memorial City Hall in Auburn.

Auburn - Senator Pam Helming recognized 20 veterans who live in Cayuga County and the Town of Lansing during a veterans recognition ceremony at Memorial City Hall in Auburn on Friday, November 30. The veterans were nominated by family, friends, and community members for the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, and they were among a total of 120 nominations Helming received for this prestigious award across the six counties that she represents.

The veterans from Cayuga County and the Town of Lansing honored at this event included Sgt. Danny Baker, of Lansing; Tech. Sgt. Franklin Bower, of Throop; Pfc. Gerald I. Burger, of Auburn; Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Philip Caci, of Auburn; Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas E. Crawford Jr., of Auburn; Pfc. Phillip E. Cuddeback, of Throop; Master Gunnery Sgt. Todd R. Fischer, of Union Springs; Airman 2nd Class Leman F. Glimpse, of Montezuma; Staff Sgt. Jeffrey S. Girvin, of Port Byron; Spc. David Gould, of Fleming; Cpl. George Isaac, of Lansing; Sgt. 1st Class Karen Macier, of Auburn; Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Rusin, of Auburn; Sgt. G. William Ryan, of Union Springs; Staff Sgt. Bruce Sharpsteen, of Venice; Senior Airman Paul E. Stryker, of Scipio Center; Pfc. Albin R. Tichensky, of Victory; Staff Sgt. Donald G. Wells Jr., of Port Byron; Tech. Sgt. Dana F. Wilbur, of King Ferry; and Sonarman 2nd Class John W. Wishart, of Lansing.

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posticon New Augmented Reality Features in Sagan Planet Walk

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Kelly Barclay Print
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The Sciencenter's Sagan Planet Walk is a 1 to 5 billion scale model of the solar system which people can traverse over 1.2 kilometers from the Ithaca Commons to the Sciencenter. The Sciencenter recently had the pleasure to partner with Becky Lane and Jacob Madden of Rev member company, VisionLab 360, as well as Cornell's Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility (SPIF), and Elmira Savings Bank, to enhance our Sagan Planet Walk. These enhancements include exciting augmented reality features at each station, as well as design upgrades at each station, and a new website.

The new augmented reality features bring a stunning life-like interaction to each of the Sagan Planet Walk's stations. Through the use of a smartphone app, available via The Apple App Store and Google Play, people can experience the stations in a fascinating new way. Users can point their AR-enabled phone at the kiosk and see 3D animated planets rotating before them. They can walk around the planets and see any moons in orbit, as well as listen to Bill Nye describe the planet, read information about the planet, and get directions to the next planet along the walk.

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posticon TCAT Tops 4 Million Passenger Trips This Year

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Patty Poist Print
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As the year winds down TCAT's ridership continues to edge upward. And for the first time in five years, TCAT is exceeding previous-year numbers, thanks to Cornell University riders.  On Thurs. afternoon, Dec. 6, year-to-date ridership hit the 4 million mark, a numerical threshold TCAT first met in 2012 and was since able to maintain up until last year when ridership numbers came in ever-so-slightly lower at 3,987,830.

TCAT General Manager Scot Vanderpool, in reporting the glad tidings to the TCAT Board of Directors at its monthly meeting Thursday, said: "We still have a few weeks to go before we have 2018 data for the entire year, which should give us even better news,"

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posticon Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) Response Team Honored

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Samantha Hillson Print
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The Environmental Health Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) Response Team of the Tompkins County Health Department is a NYS Department of Health Public Health Works! Nominee for 2018. The team includes:

  • Clayton Maybee, Sanitarian
  • Chris Laverack, Sanitarian
  • Mikhail Kern, Sanitarian
  • Becky Sims, Sanitarian
  • Adriel Shea, Sanitarian
  • Anne Wildman, Sanitarian
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posticon Students Award $25,000 to Local Non-Profits

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By - Print
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uwtc youthphilantropy2018 Youth and Philanthropy Students: Alina Achenbach-Schill, Ashleigh Scheidweiler, Aurora Wulff, Ila Rose, Jackson Oates, Indigo Kane, Janelle Vuong, Jisoo Ha*, Justin Wade, Kobe Bangs, Nano Win, Natalie Irwin*, Naysa Pence-Milton, Patrick Murphy, Samuel Cariddi* (*2018 Denotes YAP Student Leader) Photo by John Peeples

Local students awarded $25,000 Monday to Tompkins County non-profits through the United Way of Tompkins County' Youth and Philanthropy (YAP) program. YAP is an annual United Way program which features a student lead grant fund, leadership training, as well as education on advocacy. This year's cohort was made up of fifteen students representing four local high schools. Funding for the program is made possible through Triad Foundation, who provides the grant funds, as well as UWTC's Corporate Cornerstone Partners, who cover operating expenses.

Samuel Cariddi, 2018 YAP program student leader and 2017 YAP participant, helped open the ceremony with a brief overview of his experience. "I learned many skills—from money management to decision-making and team-building; all that will serve me well, far beyond the reaches of this program." Samuel is one of three student leaders, joined by Jisoo Ha and Natalie Irwin – all seniors and veterans of the YAP Program.

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posticon Holiday Recycling Reminders

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Geoff Dunn Print
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Did you know Americans create 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day? In Tompkins County, be sure to follow these tips to recycle more and lower your environmental impact this holiday season:

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posticon Dear Margaret - Tired of Being Solicited

Around Town | Friday, December 14, 2018 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: I have a friend who has put up a few crowd funding pages and advertises them on social media. I find it disconcerting that she puts these pages up to ask for money for various charities that she's never had that much of an interest in. It seems to be a way for her to call attention to herself. I really want to say something to her, because if I find it annoying, I'm sure others do. How can I broach this subject with her?
Tired of Being Solicited

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