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November 22, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 44

posticon Unsafe Bridges Impact Lansing Emergency Response

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Ludlowville Road BridgeLudlowville Road BridgeThe weight limit on the (behind the bus) was reduced to 12 tons

Deteriorating bridges in the Town of Lansing are causing not only inconvenience for residents of Ludlowville and the Lansing School District, but safety reductions in their allowed weight limits have raised red flags for Lansing Fire Chief Scott Purcell, who wrote a letter to the Lansing Town Board to explain that response times to areas in the town are up to three times longer due to detours caused by the rickety bridges.

"I bring you these concerns to make you aware of the issues Lansing Fire Department is having," Purcell wrote. "I am aware that the Town does not oversee or maintain any of the bridges in Lansing.  If that were the case we would not be having this conversation because the problems would have been addressed a long time ago and would have been taken care of.  What I am asking is that the Town Board use whatever power it has to reach out to other government officials such as members of the State Assembly and State Senate to find the funding to fix these bridges and make them capable of supporting large fire apparatus again.  I know there will not be an overnight solution to the problem, but it needs to be addressed and a plan put in motion to fix this problem before there is a large loss of property, or, even worse, the loss of human life."

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posticon Burglaries Prompt Security Cameras in Myers Park and Highway Department

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Myers Park Shop

After a number of incidents at the Lansing Highway Department and Myers Park, including a burglary Tuesday night at the park workshop, Parks & Recreation Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell asked the Town Board to make funding security cameras a priority.  The cameras were on a list of projects the Town has been considering, but Tyrrell said that the burglary Tuesday underscored the importance of moving the security cameras to the top of the list. The board authorized up to $30,000 for for 18 cameras for the two locations, plus wifi upgrades in the park that are necessary for the cameras to cover the required areas.  Tyrrell said that Tuesday's incident was minor, but other incidents have been more serious.

"The only thing we lost was an older reciprocating saw, he said.  "The day before the guys took all of our ower tools and everything out of the shop, so we got really lucky."

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posticon Equipment Problem Causes Temporary Jail Evacuation

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An equipment malfunction Wednesday morning prompted a temporary evacuation at the County’s Public Safety Building.

At approximately 10 a.m. a jammed outside gate was discovered, which caused a component of the control panel inside the facility to fail, creating a small amount of smoke. As a precaution the Public Safety Building was evacuated and the fire department alerted for response.

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posticon Herrick, Straw, and Wheeler Honored By Town of Lansing

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Marcia HerrickMarcia Herrick was presented with a framed copy of the resolution naming her 2019 Volunteer of the Year by Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne, and surrounded by Lansing Center Trail friends. Left to right: Deborah Trumbull, Gary Mallow, Roger Hopkins, Ruth Hopkins, Marcia Herrick, Maureen Cowan, Ed LaVigne, Susan Ruoff, Reenie Baker Sandsted

Three significant contributors to the Town of Lansing were honored Wednesday at the Lansing Town Board meeting.  Marcia Herrick and Doris Straw were named "2019 Volunteer of the Year", and Peter Wheeler was honored for contributing to the history of Lansing as a slave in Ludlowville, and then a free man.


Herrick was singled out for her contributions to the Lansing Center Trail for the past eight years.  She is the one who has tirelessly mowed the trail, twice a week, May through October.  She used her own lawn mower for the first three years, and kept the trail in such good condition that its use increased exponentially over the eight years.  She also came up with and led the Scoops bridge and trail project.  She was nominated by Ruth and Roger Hopkins, and the resolution naming her Volunteer of the Year was read and presented by Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne.

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posticon Bobcats Football -- What a Season

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After earning the Section IV championship last weekend, the Lansing varsity football team was escorted by Gary Christopher downstate on a 3½ hour bus ride to Kingston, NY. The opponent for the Regional Championship game was the Ellenville Blue Devils who had just a ½ hour trip. That's just the way it's drawn up by the NYS high school athletic association for the 8-man competition. Section IV is to play Section IX at Section IX. Lansing athletics and its director Matt Loveless made sure the team was provided champion accommodations with a hotel on Friday night before the game in Kingston and some good eats as well.

Deb Brotherton and Lori Crandall spearheaded a little pre-game 'Best Western' tailgating with Bobcat football alums Mark Brotherton and John Munson cooking up burgers and dogs. Thanks everybody for the fantastic variety of foods and snacks. This was definitely a hot chocolate football day when it was time to settle into the wind chilled game that saw the sun fade quickly after the 4 o'clock kickoff.

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posticon LUMC Affirms 'All Are Welcome' -- Includes LGBTQAI+Persons

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lumc front 600The Lansing United Methodist Church congregation (LUMC) made it overwhelmingly clear that LGBTQIA+ persons are welcomed, affirmed, and celebrated by the congregation by adopting a Welcoming Statement on Sunday, September 22, 2019.  This vote voicing LUMC's opposition to the denomination's official stance toward LGBTQAI+ persons followed a year-long process of study and conversation led by LUMC's Reconciling Ministries Group. Ninety-eight percent of the LUMC congregation in attendance voted to ratify the statement.

The Lansing congregation joins over 1,000 other United Methodist groups, including  classes, congregations, campus ministries, annual conferences and even the whole Western Jurisdiction of the denomination in making a public statement that they welcome, affirm, and celebrate people of all sexual orientations and gender identities at all levels of their community, including participation, membership, and leadership positions. On November 18, 2019, the worldwide Reconciling Ministries Network (RMNetwork.org) recognized and welcomed Lansing United Methodist Church as a new Reconciling Congregation. LUMC is the third United Methodist congregation in Tompkins County to become part of the Reconciling Ministries Network, joining Forest Home Chapel and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

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