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your work ethic is admirable, and your judgement is sound, you will be sorely missed.” Holmes’ experience in the organization was lauded, Legislator Mike Lane stated, “We’re in good hands, her appointment will resonate well with our over 700 employees and our community.” Legislator Martha Robertson added a nod to Holmes’ background and expertise at the county organization, including that she started in 1998 at the Office for the Aging, eventually becoming that department’s leader before becoming deputy county administrator. Holmes recently also served 18 months as interim human resources director. Holmes accepted the interim administrator role sharing that it is bittersweet to see Molino moving on to another role and that she is happy to further the initiatives underway including the upcoming budget season. Chair Leslyn McBeanClairborne extended gratitude to the entire county administration team and Deputy County Administrator Amie Hendrix for her ongoing work at the helm of the pandemic response.

Lisa Holmes named interim county administrator

Legislature Hears Presentation from Emergency Operations Center on COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Administration Lisa Holmes


ollowing the recently announced impending departure of County Administrator Jason Molino, the Tompkins County Legislature unanimously (13-0, Legislator Henry Granison was excused) approved Lisa Holmes as interim administrator. Holmes is currently a deputy county administrator and will start in the interim role on May 17, with time to overlap with Molino before his exit later in May. A comprehensive search for the next permanent administrator is planned for later in 2021. Legislators thanked Molino

for his time leading the organization, Legislator Deborah Dawson stated, “I’ve learned a tremendous amount from you,

Molino and Public Health Director Frank Kruppa shared information on the COVID-19 pandemic response and the ongoing rollout of vaccines in the community. Kruppa outlined the demographics of those vaccinated to-date and the success of pop-ups that have been held

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▶  Vaccine clinics - The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is announcing this week’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. TCHD and Cayuga Health System will hold a clinic for everyone who is 18 years old or older at the Mall Site, and a pop-up clinic for Trumansburg area residents. Both clinics will

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in rural communities to-date. Future pop-ups are planned for Dryden, Enfield, Trumansburg, and other municipalities and locations will be announced as the Emergency Operations Center assesses demand. Kruppa announced that the Health Department is now offering a form that any community business, organization, or community group can fill out to request a small pop-up clinic at their location for their stakeholders. Legislators and county staff celebrated the recent accomplishment of surpassing 50,000 vaccine doses administered locally in partnership with Cayuga Health System.

A published timeline of vaccine distribution in Tompkins County can be found on the Health Department website Among Other Business

A proclamation was read recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. The Ithaca Asian American Association was present to accept the proclamation. McBean-Clairborne explained that the association encouraged all legislators to promote a campaign titled “Virus has no nationality,” following a year of aggression being pointed toward Asians and Asian Americans related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A resolution was passed unanimously (13-0), formalizing the target of a 1.89% increase in the tax levy supported during the Legislature’s budget retreat held last week. The resolution was moved by Deborah Dawson and seconded by Lane. -Staff R eport

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use Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Appointment links have been sent to individuals on the Tompkins County COVID-19 vaccine registry and have been posted on the TCHD website. TCHD is also announcing that walk-ins are welcome at all vaccination clinics. The clinic at the mall is from 4

- 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, and the clinic in Trumansburg is on the same day 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Elementary School. You can sign up at TompkinsCountyNY. goc/health/COVID19popup. Call 211 or 1-877-211-8667 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. for assistance registering and for transportation options.


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F E AT URE S School Board & budget vote����� 8 Ithaca residents vote next week to fill three board seats and to approve the largest budget ever.

Crashing waves, calm water���� 17 Local artist and upholsterer honors mother in memoir

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PHOTOGRAPHER Cliff Street Retreat moves through PUD public information session By C a se y Mar tin



“Split flat top, Cincinnati meat, chow chow relish, pickled jalapeños. Honey Chipotle aioli. Fried shallots.” -Eliot T.

“DID YOU SAY HOT DOGS?!?!” -Harley

Rendering of proposed Cliff Street Retreat (Stream Collaborative) “The footlong homewrecker. Fully loaded.” -Jonathan A.

“As long as its plump and fits the bun correctly….NO ketchup!” -Shawn E.


he proposed Cliff Street Retreat Planned United Development (PUD) faced few comments during its public information session on May 6, though neighbor Dave Nutter did have some concerns


Cornell sophomore found dead in Ithaca Falls


he body of a 19-year-old man was found in the area of Ezra’s Tunnel in the Ithaca Falls Natural Area at 10:48 a.m. on May 8. He was identified the next day as Cornell Student Phillip Zukowski ‘23.

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about the topography of the area. The project is proposed to include about 12 living units, boutique retail and meeting space in the former Incodema building at 407 Cliff St. Nutter


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He was a sophomore in the College of Arts & Science and had transferred to Cornell from Grinnell College in the fall 2020 semester. Zukowski attended high school in Jamaica, Queens. There is currently no other

said his first impression of the plan was that it “didn’t seem realistic” because of the extreme slope on the south end of the property. The project team has expressed a desire to find a way to provide a connection to either Cass Park or the Black Diamond Trail, which Nutter said didn’t look feasible to him. “I don’t think this makes sense to have the paths the way you’re drawing them,” Nutter said. I understand and certainly understand wanting to have access to the park. Again, I don’t know how you do it.” Developer Linc Morse said they had just recently ordered a topography study to gain a better understanding of the site, but that the decisions they make will be based on safety. “The mechanics of doing that will be a civil study and an engineering study,” he said. “We would never create an environment that invited danger to anyone, and that’s why we have a planning review process. We were just saying we think it’d be a great community asset to engage these parks.” Architect Noah Demarest said Nutter’s description of the slope was entirely accurate, and that they were considering a boardwalk element to accomplish the connection, as it’s too steep to grade in a walking path. “The boardwalk would be running north at a shallow gradient and then eventually connect up at the children’s garden,” he said. Nutter also expressed concern about the potential of having bike rentals at the retreat, again citing safety concerns. “I’m totally pro bike, but I

don’t see how you’re going to rent bikes here,” he said. “That slope — in order to get a path that you’d want to push a bike up or safely ride down — that’s a huge project to meet the standards.” Demarest said they were more envisioning people taking the bikes down to the trail system, not riding them up and down Cliff Street. A submitted comment asked if there would be a possibility of adding a traffic light in the area after doing the traffic assessment. Demarest said because the project is still in such an early conceptual phase, traffic is still a big question. However, he’s not expecting a big change in the area. “Our initial sense is that with the types of uses we’re proposing and the fact we’re not changing the building square footage […] our sense is [traffic] is going to be approximately the same,” he said. “Traffic will be distributed throughout the day differently than it is now because it’s not shift workers coming in, people will be coming and going throughout the day.” Nutter did have some words of support for the project as well, particularly in that developers are interested in removing invasive species from the area. “That would be tremendously wonderful because this piece of woods is overrun with several invasive species,” he said. “Also, I want this project to be successful, because the last thing I want is an abandoned building or something failed.” -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

information about Zukowski's cause of death, as Ithaca Police Department continues to investigate. However, IPD did state in the initial report that there did not appear to be foul play. Anyone who may have been in the area of N. Willard Way and Ezra’s Tunnel between the hours of 1 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8 is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-330-0000 or by using the anonymous tip form at www.cityofithaca.org/

ipdtips. "On behalf of the university, I offer my deepest condolences to Phillip’s family and friends," Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi said. "Please join me in keeping them in your thoughts as they grieve this unimaginable loss." This is the second Cornell student death this semester, after freshman Shawn West was reported missing and subsequently found dead in a residence hall a month ago.


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Green Code Passes Ithaca’s Common Council passed the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement, or the green building code, in a major step forward in the Green New Deal. Van Fire A van was a total loss after it caught fire on Evergreen Lane in the town of Ithaca last week. The Fire Department was able to put it out and no injuries were reported.

HEARD&SEEN Kid Shots The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15, meaning everyone ages 12 and up are now eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. Mugging Thwarted A man fought off an armed robbery in Ithaca last week after two men approached him and one pointed a gun at him. No injuries were reported. Last Call for Books Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library Spring Book Sale at 509 Esty St, Ithaca. Senior Day is Wednesday May 12: 10am-3pm, only for patrons age 60+ This weekend is the Final weekend of the sale.

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East Hill Historic District could expand by 19 properties

he East Hill Historic District could be expanding. Bryan McCracken, the city’s historic preservation planner, was in front of the Planning Board April 29 to propose extending the northwest boundary of the current district. According to McCracken, the boundary currently doesn’t follow an established district or best practices, meaning it’s essentially arbitrary. The Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission decided to look into the wedge of 19 properties left out of the current historic district located on North Aurora Street, East Court Street and Linn Street. The commission did an intensive survey of the buildings that included research into when they were built and by whom. “They all appear to reflect

the characteristics and historic context of the East Hill Historic District,” McCracken said. The East Hill Historic District comprises properties built between 1830-1932 with textbook examples of architectural styles of the time. The four homes he showed as an example were second empire style, Greek revival and a craftsman style house. “Many are associated with locally prominent architects and local figures,” McCracken said of the 19 properties. “Some have a close relationship to the growth of Cornell University.” While historic preservation is nice in theory, it does often come with extra costs for homeowners. If properties are designated as part of a historic district, their exterior alterations must be regulated, and

any proposed change would require either staff review or full Landmarks Preservation Commission review depending on the type and extent of the project. This process could potentially preclude homeowners from adding modern upgrades, or requiring them to use a particular type of material in a renovation that costs more. There are Landmarks Preservation Commissionrecommended guidelines for everything from roofs, patios, parking and drives to fencing, walls, lighting, signs and landscaping. The next step in expanding the historic district is a public hearing at the May 18 Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting. If it moves on from there, notice would then be given to the Planning Board and the Planning and Econom-

ic Development Committee of Common Council (PEDC). The Planning Board’s role is to make sure the expansion wouldn’t negatively impact any goals found in the neighborhood plans of the general comprehensive plan, and prepare a report for the PEDC. If the PEDC is on board, it will go to full Common Council for a final vote. If the PEDC rejects it, the expansion either dies there or can be referred back to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for revision. There was little comment, though Planning Board Chair Rob Lewis did call it a “fairly small expansion of a wellestablished historic district.” There are currently 273 properties in the East Hill Historic District, McCracken said. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g May

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Nuclear energy vs. renewable energy

A CryptoFable

By Dav i d Bu r a k

By C h a r l ey G i t h l e r


our father was a participant in some military experiments to determine the effects of exposure of nuclear explosions on humans," my mother, Anna Burak, told me many years ago when my dad was stationed at an Air Force base in Neveda. “Don't say anything to him about my telling you this. He might get mad." Many years later, I was fortunate enough to do a local access tv interview with Cornell Prof. (Emeritus) Hans Bethe, after he went public about his opposition to the nuclear arms race between the west & the Soviet Union. M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) was one of the descriptive acronyms used by Bethe and his allies to characterize the buildup of nuclear arsenals. Among the details we discussed re: preparation for nuclear was the cycle of continual reinforcement - i.e. enhancing the thickness of the concrete silos which protected nuclear missiles from "first strike" destruction. This had the result that each side would then amp up the destructive power of its next round of missiles. As laudable (& significant) as Bethe's criticisms were, he still maintained a positive outlook on the possibilities of using nuclear energy for the generation of

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power for domestic usage. As this ongoing debate has been amplified by Bill Gates’ current efforts to approach the issues from the perspectives "of an engineer, not a political scientist," let us reflect on whether Gates has presented a viable paradigm in his new book on how to save the environment. Considering the dire consequences of nuclear power plant dysfunctions, let's examine a scene described by Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexsevich, a Nobel laureate (2015) for what she describes as "documentary literature." Here's a segment of an interview she did for “A Prayer for Chernobyl.” I've transcribed a segment of the statements shared by Ludmilla Ignate, wife of a now-deceased Ukrainian fireman, Vasily Ignate. "You have to understand," a voice said," this isn't your husband anymore... but a radioactive object with a strong density of poisoning... get ahold of yourself." Ms. Ignate continues, "I was like someone who lost her mind ... But I love him... He's sleeping and I'm whimpering I love you." Even though the official death toll figures from the Chernobyl tragedy continued on page 7


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ne fine day, two swindlers appeared in the capital city of the realm of an emperor who prized gold above all else. He cared nothing about reviewing his soldiers, going to the theater, or going for a ride in his carriage, only accumulating gold. Instead of saying, as one might about any other ruler, "the king's in council," here they always said, "the emperor's in the counting room." The swindlers let it be known they were alchemists, and they said they could mine gold where there was none. Not only would this gold be uncommonly fine, but gold made in their special manner had a wonderful way of becoming invisible to anyone who was unfit for his office, or who was unusually stupid and didn’t understand how this special gold is a new paradigm in decentralized finance. "Why, that would be just the gold for me," thought the Emperor. "Plus I would be able to discover which of my subjects are unfit for their posts. And I could tell the wise from the fools. Yes, I certainly must get some of that stuff right away." The swindlers explained that they needed much powerful computing equipment like graphic processing units and application-specific integrated circuits for their mining operation, and that it would require that 190 million gallons of superheated water be discharged into Seneca Lake every single day. (Yes, million, and yes, that Seneca Lake.) The emperor’s council voted four to one to forgo an environmental review and allow the mining to proceed forthwith, for a handful of jobs would also be created. The swindlers built four buildings, housing 17,000 machines and set to work at once. The mining went on day and night, and word spread throughout the kingdom of the magical properties of the new gold. One day the emperor received his energy bill and was startled to see that NYSEG was charging him nine hundred and fifty-three thousand guilders for the previous month’s energy use. He decided to pay his miners a visit, to see how they

were faring. Upon arriving, he looked in vain for the gold, but hesitated to ask where it might be, afraid of making himself appear a dunce. The swindlers bid him to be so kind as to come near to a computer screen and approve their work. They pointed to the screen, and the emperor stared as hard as he dared. To his horror, he saw no gold. "Heaven have mercy," he thought. "Can it be that I'm a fool? Am I unfit to be emperor? I'd have never guessed it, and not a soul must know. It would never do to let on that I can't see the value of this gold." “Oh! It’s very pretty,” he said. “It has my highest approval. Exceedingly well done.” Nothing could make him say that he didn’t see the gold. “Tell me, might I use some of this wonderful new gold to pay my NYSEG bill?” The swindlers looked at one another. “It’s complicated, Sire,” said one. “You see, this gold only has value if everyone agrees that it does. And NYSEG are fools.” The other swindler nodded vigorously in agreement. “Perhaps I could buy a sandwich with this gold,” suggested the emperor. “Those in the sandwich-makers guild are also fools, your majesty, not wise like you,” said the first swindler, quick to flatter the emperor. “Only the truly wise get what this gold is all about and know that is not not some bullshit scam at all. You, Highness, are a ruler of surpassing shrewdness and intelligence.” Not wanting to appear unwise, the emperor nodded his approval and bid the swindlers carry on, declaring the new gold to be legal tender throughout the land. Mining continued around the clock, even as dead fish began to accumulate on the shore and the emperor’s hoard of actual gold was slowly drained away to pay for electricity. And so it came to pass many years later that the citizens of the Township of Torrey, New York were permitted to pay their real estate taxes, court fines, license and permit application fees and document recording costs with bitcoin.

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are small (31), the worldwide spread of radioactive particles is still causing serious problems. A recent study conducted by Anton Korsakov, et. al., indicates that children born in contaminated areas near Chernobyl suffer from a higher degree of birth defects than those living in areas considered uncontaminated. The significance of these findings, as noted by Cindy Folker's recent assessment in Beyond Nuclear.org, provide a stark contrast to the Japanese government's current push to get evacuees, many of whom are elderly, to return to Fukushima. Officials contend that "there are no discernible health impacts" expected from returning to contaminated land. The worldwide spread of radioactive particles from both the Fukushima and Chernobyl tragedies continues to cause serious problems. A recent study, led by Anton Korsakov, indicates that children born in contaminated areas near Chernobyl experience a higher degree of birth

and delivery - despite the attempts of some mainstream media efforts, such as that by the Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board, which contended that frozen wind turbines were at fault for the Texas grid failures. In his NYT Book Review piece, environmentalist Bill McKibbon points out that Bill Gates overlooks the ongoing contributions of fossil fuel industries to politicians who support legislation favorable to the dominance of the gas, coal and oil giants. In criticizing Gates' attempt to present an apolitical approach to avoiding the climate crisis, McKibbon notes that the lion's share of Microsoft's campaign contributions go to politicians who support the fossil fuel industry. So where do we go from here? It's appropriate to suggest that it's incumbent upon our educational systems to provide students, faculty and, insofar as possible, the surrounding community with the knowledge and impetus to develop energy sources like wind, solar and batteries. At the same time, governmental bodies and independent foundations should

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defects than those living in areas considered uncontaminated. Meanwhile, back in America, this winter's Texas freeze-up and widespread energy grid failures can be substantially attributed to bad economic and political decisions rather than a reliance on renewable energy technology. For example, the South Texas Nuclear Power Plant contributed significantly to grid collapse, arising from its failure to winterize its steam turbines. Apparently, the decision makers felt they could save money that way. Instead, frozen feedwater pumps caused major reactor malfunctions. Given the propensity for human error, particularly in the development and maintenance of nuclear energy facilities, including Indian Point and Diablo Canyon, it's compelling to raise the question, why spend billions on these potentially lethal endeavors when safer and more reliable long term outcomes can be achieved by creating, investing in and enhancing inter-related renewable energy systems, such as wind, solar and large batteries. These modes of delivery provide much safer, and, upon scrutiny, reliable methods of energy development

encourage corporate entities which are based on nuclear or fossil fuel energy sources to enhance efforts to develop energy systems which don't create or rely upon toxic substances like radioactive waste. A cross section of scientists and environmental activists with whom I've discussed these matters, including Ferris Kawar, Roald Hoffmann and educator Billy Pruz, tend to concur that wind, solar and battery generated systems, if effectively developed, can provide us with enough electricity in the foreseeable future. However, this positive outcome is contingent upon our refraining from significant escalation of energy wasting activities. Meanwhile, environmental education efforts by dedicated people like Allison Dunham, a third-grade teacher at Cesar Chavez elementary school in California, are very important. She includes instructional field trips with her classes, helping her students develop an understanding and appreciation of the oceans, beaches, forests and other ecological entities which we need to protect, to the fullest extent possible.


We Need Your Help to Pass the NYS Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA)


y name is Eva Milstein-Touesnard and I am 21 years old. I have lived in Ithaca since I was four years old and now I am a student at Cornell University where I have become a youth climate justice organizer. Climate Justice is an approach to addressing climate change that not only considers environmental issues but also racial and economic inequalities. This means prioritizing the needs of environmental justice communities, the communities affected first and worst by climate change. Having been raised in Ithaca, I saw that Ithaca suffers from the same climate injustices as large cities. Lead water, lead soil leaching, and flooding affect low elevations where more lower-income housing is located. Each year, Cayuga Lake has an algal bloom which restricts access to healthy public swimming areas. The shifting seasons affect farmers in outlying areas who are often already disenfranchised by large corporations. These are just a few examples in Ithaca but these and other issues are felt in all regions across New York State. Fortunately, there is hope for a healthier, just future. In 2019, the New York State (NYS) legislature passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), more commonly known as the NYS Green New Deal. This set a goal for NYS to support environmental justice communities while transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2040 and a net 85% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2050. However, the CLCPA does not outline how this transition will be funded. This is where the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) comes into play. The CCIA was recently introduced in the state legislature and would charge corporate polluters $55 dollars per ton of carbon emitted in order to generate the revenue needed to invest in environmental communities. The CCIA would allow New York to generate about $15 billion a year to be invested into four categories: weather resiliency and green infrastructure in environmental justice communities, large-scale solar and wind projects, an energy rebate for the bottom 60% of New York households by income, and a labor training program that aims to direct people into unionized, well-paid, green jobs. We need to pass the CCIA. We need to do it this year. And, we need your help! The CCIA was introduced into the state assembly and state senate. However, it has been stagnant for the past few weeks and there are only six more weeks before the legislative session is over. We need to put May

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pressure on state legislators to show that constituents support this policy. Here is how you can help: send a letter or short email to Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblymember Steve Englebright, the chairs of the environmental conservation committees in their respective legislative houses. This is the first committee that the CCIA must pass through, so urge them to push it forward within their committees so that the bill can soon be brought to a vote. With your help, we can show our representatives that we need the CCIA, and we can get it passed. Eva Milstein-Touesnard, Ithaca, NY

In support of Cynthia Brock for Common Council


ynthia Brock thinks regionally, acts locally. Her political resume demonstrates her commitment to life in the Cayuga Lake Watershed, Ithaca and the First Ward. Ms. Brock wears many hats besides an Ithaca Alderperson that includes Chairperson of the Tompkins County Water Resources Council; a member of the Executive Committee of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Inter-municipal Organization; Chairperson of the Special Joint Committee of the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility owned by the City of Ithaca, Town of Ithaca and Town of Dryden. I could go on. She is a link bridging the gap between the city and rural communities. Ms. Brock builds relationships outside of her political comfort zones. As a fellow colleague on the Executive Committee of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, I appreciate the ease with which she reaches out to those of us in the rural areas surrounding Ithaca. It’s easy for me to see that she uses her skills to reach out to her neighbors in the First Ward. She understands that it is relationships across political identities that will find solutions to our common problems. She is a proven leader with a good ear, a razor sharp observer and analyst. Vote for Cynthia Brock for First Ward Alderperson for the City of Ithaca. Tony Del Plato, Village of Interlaken Trustee & Water Commissioner

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SCHOOL BOARD & BUDGET VOTE Ithaca residents vote next week to fill three board seats and to approve the largest budget ever. By Ta n n e r H a r di ng


n May 18, residents in the City of Ithaca get the chance to vote for school board members and to approve a $145 million budget for the 2021-22 school year. We broke down some of the most important information to know before you hit the polls. BUDGET

The $145,179,885 budget proposal is up 6.09% from the year prior, an unusually large jump for the district. Last year the budget was $136.8 million, meaning there is an increase of $8.3 million. This number puts them at a tax levy increase at 2.96%, which Board of Education president Rob Ainslie said puts them right at the cap. He said the common vernacular refers to the cap as 2%, leading people to believe they’re spending over, but that the actual cap is different for each city depending on a calculation. “People talk about a 2% cap, and that’s the nomenclature used, but every district has its own calculation,” he said. Most of the increases in the budget are attributed to contractual obligations such as $2.69 million in salary increases and $1.89 million in employee benefits increases. In fact, Ainslie said $101 million of the $145 million budget goes to people. “We have five different unions,” he said. “An executive team, managerial staff, salaries, benefits. It all goes to people. We’re a

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people business and that will always be the biggest cost.” When it comes to federal support for this year’s budget, Ainslie said it’s coming from two separate places. The first is $4.9 million of funding that can be used for two years. Ainslie said about half will be used for 2021-22, and then the second half the next year. The second funding stream from the feds is part of the American Rescue Plan Act that passed earlier this year. That provided $5.8 million in funding and will be used over three years, with just under $2 million going toward the 2021-22 budget. Ainslie did note that there was a more directed use from the federal government about what those funds could be used for compared to municipalities who received money, but said it’s “going to go to supporting payroll of employees.” The first stream of funding, the $4.9 million, can also be used to alleviate some of the costs associated with trying to deal with COVID. Some of the COVID related costs outlined in the 2021-22 budget include $151,562 for hot spots and other utilities (a 10.8% increase), $108,745 for filters due to COVID (29.01% increase), $129,871 for COVID related repairs and for ongoing maintenance (30.95% increase), and $1,444,925 for teachers’ salaries for additional positions in K-6 due to COVID (13.26% increase). In past years, the school budget has generally been increasing around 3% each year, and Ainslie attributes the 6% jump 12–18,

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this year to the inclusion of funds from the federal government. “Because we’re going to be spending that over the next few years, the amount to voters is $145 million,” he said. As for what it means for taxpayers, Ainslie specifies that the tax levy of 2.96% is not the tax rate. “That’s a different calculation created by the county and the assessor’s office,” he said. “Our budget is increasing and the tax levy is going up, but our tax rate per thousand is going down.” However, while technically true, people may still see rises in taxes if their house is reassessed at a higher value as property taxes in Ithaca and throughout the county continue to rise. It’s not entirely clear why, with the additional funding from the federal government, the school district had to spend all the way up to the 2.96% cap. At the budget presentation in April, it was shown that $1.19 million was the figure attributed to COVID-19 staffing and another half a million for non-personnel COVID costs. In total, that would be less than the $3 million from federal funding included in the budget this year. There were other increases such as title changes for clerical staff and a $45,000 new driver’s education vehicle, however such increases wouldn’t surpass the usual 3% increase in costs. The district’s chief operating officer Amanda Verba did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Four candidates running for three Board of Ed. positions May 18 The Ithaca City School District Board of Education election is on Tuesday, May 18 12 noon till 9 p.m. There are four candidates running for three positions: newcomer Kelly Evans and incumbents Nicole LaFave, Moira Lang and Ann Reichlin. Read a bit about each candidate below and make an informed decision next Tuesday. Visit IthacaCitySchools.org/vote to find your polling location. KELLY EVANS

Evans decided to run after getting to know the district through her son, who is a student in the district, and her wife, who works for the schools. “At this point in time, it feels like we need some fresh air from the current board,” she said. I want to be transparent, and I want to listen to the concerns of the community as well. I don’t think their voices have been heard. They’ve been muzzled quite a bit.” Evans said she thinks people are too set in their ways and are unwilling to make changes to things that aren’t working. She specifically mentioned the special education program, which her son is in, as something that needs to change.

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She also pointed to some of the transparency issues that came up this winter after Superintendent Luvelle Brown announced he was leaving the district and then weeks later reversed that decision. At the same time, there were numerous allegations against him of abusing power and misuse of district funds. The board would not answer questions from the public at meetings during the time, referring to it as a personnel matter. “I think the transparency piece is my biggest issue,” Evans said. “I don’t understand why there’s so much secrecy at a school district level. Politics has no place in a school district. It should be about the students and the staff that support and teach the students. I feel like our teachers and our staff get pummeled constantly, so that’s really why I decided to run.” She added that getting some “new blood” on the board would be beneficial in making changes to the board. “It could be more of a changing of the guard,” she said. “To have someone sit on a school board for 20 years is insane.” Evans concluded by stating that ultimately, being a member of the school board should be about wanting what’s best for kids. She is currently the owner of KLE Builders & Lawn Care and has served on numerous academic advisory boards and coached various sports teams in the community.

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Lang is a former teacher who retired in June 2014 and joined the Board of Education a year later. She spent 35 years as a secondary English teacher, 25 of those at Ithaca High School. Her long experience with the Ithaca City School District extends beyond her own experience — her daughter and six nieces all attended Ithaca schools and her daughter has been an English teacher at Lehman Alternative Community School for the past decade. While she was a teacher, Lang served on numerous committees and was a participant in and leader of diverse projects including the ICSD Secondary Language Arts Curriculum Committee, the Ithaca Writing Project and the IHS WISE Program. She worked at IHS until 2010 and spent her final four years teaching at Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey. In her current role with the Board of Education, Lang serves on the curriculum, human resources and policy committees. She’s also the liaison to Belle Sherman Elementary School and Lehman Alternative Community School. Lang said she originally decided to run for the board for the first time six years ago because “I had the time, energy, interest and a background in the district.” “I still have those credentials, as well as a wealth of knowledge gained during my service,” she said. “In addition, I feel a deep commitment to use my experience and knowledge to help shepherd the district

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through the unprecedented challenges of the year.” She added that her work on the board has been “particularly time-consuming, stressful, and sometimes heart-wrenching during the pandemic,” but that it has continued to be a growth experience. “I’m grateful to my fellow board members for all I’ve learned from them and look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts if I am re-elected,” she said.

people,” she said. “I embrace the district’s mission of dismantling racist systems and it is an honor to have a seat at the table and be part of the conversation.” Reichlin taught sculpture and drawing as an artist in residence at Brandeis University and as a visiting assistant professor at Hamilton College. She currently teaches art on a freelance basis to young children and exhibits her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States. She is also the parent of two children, a daughter who graduated from IHS in 2018 and a son who graduated from IHS in 2013. She’s also been an active member of NY-23 Votes, a voter registration outreach group in Ithaca. In her current role on the board, Reichlin serves as a member of the facilities committee and the chair of the legislative advocacy committee. She also serves on the early childhood advisory committee and is the board’s liaison to Fall Creek Elementary School, Early Childhood and the Central New York School Boards Association. She hopes to use this experience to continue helping the board navigate through the current times. “The impacts of the pandemic on all aspects of our school community have been profound and serving on the board during a pandemic has been humbling,” she said. “It is my hope that out of this extraordinary disruption we will be able to extract meaningful insights and learn from the numerous innovations that educators made in response to significant challenges.”


Reichlin is also seeking her third term, and said her motivations for running now are similar as the ones that motivated her six years ago. “I am passionate about public education and I would like to contribute back to the district that gave my two kids such a solid educational foundation,” she said. “My first run for school board was also inspired by my advocacy as a parent and as a founding member of a now-dormant grassroots parents group — S.O.S. Election Boosters.” S.O.S. Election Boosters was formed in response to budgetary pressures caused by the tax cap and the impacts of the now-defunct Gap Elimination Adjustment. Reichlin said her six years of experience on the board have given her more of an understanding of how many of society’s issues intersect within the school system. “The pandemic has served to further highlight inequality, broadband access disparity and the vital role that teachers and support staff play in the lives of our young

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LaFave was born and raised in Harlem, New York and came to Ithaca to earn her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in juvenile criminal studies and race and ethnic relations, and minor in Africana studies. While studying at the Center for Culture, Race and Ethnicity, she found her passion for exploring race relations in the United States and began ex-

ploring strategies for denouncing oppressive systems. She decided to stay in Ithaca after college because she believed the city had the power and ambition to cultivate a space where true social change is possible and sustainable. She is a former member of the Ithaca City Community Police Board and is a co-founding member of Black Lives Matter Ithaca and is engaged in several community initiatives around social justice and equity. LaFave is currently the assistant director of diversity alumni programs at Cornell University.

She said she decided to seek re-election because she believes education is a basic human right. “I believe that all children have light, curiosity, joy and brilliance to be developed and harvested,” she said. “I believe teachers are doing some of the hardest work there is, securing the world’s future, firing those membranes and cells within children’s brains to ask questions, encouraging them to explore and believing they all deserve to be loved, supported and held in compassion.”

She added that the pandemic has turned public education on its side and that it’s given the community an opportunity to rethink what education can look like. “And I desire to be at the decision-making table to say yes to loving, supporting, including and engaging all students, regardless of socioeconomic class, race, religion, gender and any other identity that keeps children from being seen and encouraged.” LaFave is also running to represent her district in the Tompkins County Legislature.

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world traveler and fearless adventurer, Laurie Linn considers herself lucky to live in Tompkins County. “I wouldn’t have nearly as much fun if I wasn’t in Tompkins County,” she said. And that’s saying something coming from a woman who spent six months traveling solo through Europe, lived in the Virgin Islands crewing sailboats and biked the California coastline. “I look out the window and see the lake every single day, I take lunch breaks and go on the running path,” she said. “It’s

a great quality of life. I consider all of us very lucky to be here.” Eventually, Linn’s adventures changed the course of her life when she met a higher-up of Tom Yagel & Associates on an airplane. The two got talking, and the woman told Linn she thought she could be a great asset to the team there. This led to Linn, whose master’s degree is in special education, joining the team in their research division, before working her way up to be the vice president of marketing. “We were pioneers for really innovative integrated marketing communications,” she said. “Imagine being in the ‘80s

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[…] nobody was thinking about all the different ways to reach audiences. I got a plethora of really cutting edge opportunities.” However, despite her passion for the work, the heavy amounts of travel began to weigh on her. “I wanted to settle down and have a house and a dog,” Linn said. She was able to transfer from Philadelphia to Ithaca, where she could be closer to the vice president based in Corning. However, after settling in, Linn decided she wanted to do her own thing, opening Communiqué Design & Marketing which is now celebrating its 30th year. The name came from a song by Dire Straits that Linn liked. “When I looked up the definition it means the total communication,” she said. “When you’re communicating, there are a lot of different channels and methods to get there. I thought it was a brilliant name.” Her first account was Omni Turbo Blades based out of Newfield. They made turbo blades for airplanes and helped get the company off the ground. “One thing that sticks out is the first client we ever got, it came through a fax machine,” Linn laughed. Omni was a national company, and throughout the ‘90s, Communiqué began to grow quickly and started bringing in more national accounts. “But I didn’t want to keep traveling all over the world,” Linn said. “It was important to me to keep the company more regional.” She instituted the policy that their clients would remain within a 150-mile driving radius, and said it’s worked well for her throughout the years. “Being a business owner and a mother, and balancing work and life, I wanted to make sure I had more time to be with my family,” she said.

Reflecting back on 30 years, Linn said she was never afraid to take the plunge of opening her own business. “The biggest thing is I’m not afraid to take risks,” she said. “When you put yourself out there and travel to Europe alone, or when you go to the Virgin Islands and start crewing boats by yourself…I have a zest for learning new things and experiencing new things. When you run a business you have to do a lot of that […] You have to take risks. You can’t live in fear. I knew that whatever life threw my way I could take that curveball and make it into an opportunity.” It’s that relentless optimism that breeds such loyalty and dedication from her team. Tim Youngs has been with Linn for about 20 of the 30 years Communiqué has existed. “She’s a ball of fire,” Youngs said. “She’s very ambitious and very generous and very person oriented. Her superpower is at a conference table. She really moves things along. She’s an agent of change and a really dynamic person.” He added that Communiqué’s small office felt more like a family than a work environment. “We over communicate here, we all know what everyone’s working on,” he said. “Every family is a little bit dysfunctional in some ways, but we all care about each other and have each others’ backs.” For all of Linn’s energy, passion and fearlessness, her motivation these days is simple — to make her community a better place. “I’ve done a lot of not-for-profit work which is very passionate for me,” she said. “Each generation should leave the world a better place. I think about my daughter a lot. What’s Ithaca going to be like if she decides to live here? I feel a lot of responsibility to be involved.” And that desire she has for her community comes from an earnest place of apcontinued on page 15

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he entrepreneurship incubator, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, recently received funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to launch a new hardware accelerator that helps clean-energy startups develop their ideas into prototypes. NYSERDA’s Accelerate Southern Tier Grant enables Rev to offer the five or six participating startups up to $10,000 toward bringing their climate-tech innovations to market under the 11-week summer program. The Accelerate Southern Tier Grant recognizes Rev as a company that provides business mentorship, connections, a state-of-the-art workspace, entrepreneurial events, and other startup resources for new or growing businesses dedicated to creating jobs in the region. This summer, the ClimateTech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator will support early-stage product startups from across the Southern Tier of New York State with the resources they need to create, test, improve, and pitch their prototypes of hardware solutions for climate impact. Ken Rother, director of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and its hardware accelerator, said that the grant from NYSERDA sets the accelerator’s goals within reach by funding expenses, including supplies, manufacturers and subcontractors.

“Building prototypes can get expensive, but the only way to figure out if you're doing the right thing is to build stuff and get feedback,” Rother said. Rother designed the program with hands-on workshops that teach participants how to refine their prototypes to be commercially desirable, technologically viable, and economically feasible. “There's a big difference between an invention and a product — and that's really what we try to help distinguish,” Rother said. NYSERDA invested in Rev as part of its initiative to build more clean-energy startups in the Southern Tier by optimizing the region’s robust climate-tech industry. Rother said that Rev aligns with the mission of the grant program because the company has been successful at cultivating regional startups. Last year, startup members of Rev hired 201 new employees, raised $36.9 million in capital and generated $36 million in revenue. Rother said that being based in Ithaca has given Rev access to a network of companies working to decarbonize the economy. Thus, Rother said, the program can facilitate the expansion of clean energy startups by introducing entrepreneurs to suppliers, manufacturers, scale-up and mentorship programs, working spaces and continued on page 15

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Biz Briefs GreenStar celebrates anniversary at flagship store GreenStar Food Co+op last week celebrated the one-year anniversary of its new flagship store at 770 Cascadilla St. The cooperative grocery business, with three locations in Ithaca, is offering its more than 12,000 members and new members a 10% discount on unlimited shopping trips May 25 - 27, as well as a chance to win a Stand Up Paddleboard prize package, courtesy of Paddledockers and Explore Ithaca. Opening its doors on May 6, 2020, shortly after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, GreenStar was unable to host private tour events, a grand opening, or offer the full extent of its new store features as it strictly observed health and safety recommendations to avoid crowding and reduce potential risks. The co-op held a small ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 6 in honor of the anniversary. “Greenstar is a staple in Ithaca, and in so many ways, reflects the very essence of the community,” said Chamber President Jennifer Tavares. “We are so proud to support Greenstar’s expansion in Ithaca, and help celebrate their one-year anniversary at their fantastic new location.” GreenStar’s Council President, Mari-

Belated ribon cutting at GreenStar’s new Cascadilla St. store (Photo: Provided)

lyn Chase and General Manager, Brandon Kane acknowledged shoppers, staff, and community for supporting the cooperative business. “I want to thank the staff who made it possible for this relocation to happen and our more than 12,000 member-owners, because if they didn’t exist, we wouldn’t exist,” said Chase. “In appreciation of our members who have sustained GreenStar through this in-

credibly challenging year and to encourage more shoppers in Ithaca and surrounding communities to explore and join the coop, we are thrilled to celebrate one year at Cascadilla St. and thank our shoppers with these great promotions,” Kane said. “In spite of many challenges, to celebrate one year is certainly a testimony to our community’s deep commitment to GreenStar’s success.” GreenStar’s Cascadilla St. store, sup-

ported with $2 million in investments from more than 250 GreenStar members, is a 30,000 sq. ft. building located in the new city waterfront Market District, houses retail operations, administrative offices, and an expansive kitchen and bakery. The store’s electricity for its eating system and refrigeration equipment is entirely derived from solar power sourced through local solar farms. A truly unique building inside and out, it was recognized in December with the Susan Blumenthal Pride of Ownership Award for its enhancement of the appearance of the local neighborhood. “After an initial spike in food shopping in March, the pandemic undoubtedly altered people’s typical shopping habits. There was a new fear of possible virus transmission in public settings, our local schools and colleges closed, unemployment increased and commuter traffic decreased. Tourism was at a standstill for the year. Like most stores, we weren’t getting the foot traffic we needed,” Kane explained. “We had to adapt quickly. We immediately expanded our operations with Instacart to make grocery delivery and curbside pickup available, creating a new way to shop GreenStar. Unfortunately, we also had to make really difficult decisions – temporarily closing our DeWitt store as well as our new deli and implementing furloughs and layoffs. As hard as the year has been, there is a great deal for continued on page 14



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which we can be proud of and grateful.” An asset for its support of local farmers and producers, local products comprise more than 25% of GreenStar sales. Kane also notes that the co-op made significant effort over the year to eliminate barriers that have prevented accessibility in the past by substantially expanding its product lines and substantially reducing prices co-op wide. Additionally, GreenStar offers a 13% discount to those who are income eligible; unemployment was added as a qualifier last year. GreenStar provided approximately 700 FLOWER members with more than $120,000 in discounts in the last year. “The evidence of our co-op’s collective impact is overwhelming. Consider what GreenStar has been able to achieve through this relocation,” Kane said. “GreenStar is the largest private sector Living Wage employer in Tompkins County, providing over 200 community members with a wage and benefits package that delivers the dignity in pay that our nation’s essential workers deserve.”

es. “We are so honored to be recognized among schools committed to the highest ideals for these essential elements of a 21st century education.” “In an era of global climate change, there’s an urgent need for educators to adopt the practices aligned with the three pillars of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools,” said Peter Bardaglio, Executive Director of Ithaca’s 2030 District, Founder of Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, and founding member of the New Roots Charter School Board of Trustees. Across the country, 27 schools, three early learning centers, five districts, and five postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 20 states. The selectees include 24 public schools, five charter schools, one magnet school, and three nonpublic schools. Over half of the 2021 honorees are in communities where over 40 percent of the student body are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

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The U.S. Department of Education announced today that New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, NY is among the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. New Roots Charter School was nominated by New York State Department of Education based on school curriculum, culture, and practices that are closely aligned with the three Green Ribbon pillars of reduced environmental impacts, increased wellness, and a focus on the environment and sustainability as the context for STEM learning. Awarded the Green Schools National Network’s Best of Green Schools Award in 2019, the school integrates core environmental, sustainability, green technology, and civics studies into a four-year college preparatory curriculum. Students examine the complex relationship between human and natural systems and how they can serve as ecological stewards and agents of ecosystems restoration, developing their capacity as “solutionaries.” Students conduct scientific field studies, learn directly from community environmental organizations and local agencies, and share their research with our wider community through symposium presentations on topics such as the Cayuga Wetlands Project, a student-initiated project inspired by the ecological knowledge of the people of the Cayuga Nation and watershed explorations in upper level science classes. In their senior year, students address a sustainability issue in our community through research and action in self-designed Capstone Projects. “The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award criteria sets the gold standard,” said New Roots Founder and Principal, Tina Nilsen-Hodg-

Tompkins Financial Corporation has announced plans for a rebranding effort which will better align its four banks in New York and Pennsylvania under the Tompkins corporate umbrella. As a result of the effort, Tompkins Trust Company, headquartered in Ithaca, NY will be known simply as “Tompkins.” The three other affiliated banks – Tompkins Bank of Castile, headquartered in Batavia, NY, Tompkins Mahopac Bank in the Hudson Valley, and Tompkins VIST Bank in southeastern Pennsylvania – will also become Tompkins. All existing banking products and services will be unchanged and will continue to be offered in all markets under the Tompkins brand. Tompkins Financial’s two other affiliate companies, Tompkins Insurance Agencies and Tompkins Financial Advisors, will keep their respective names and are otherwise unaffected by the change. Stephen S. Romaine, Tompkins Financial president and CEO, says that over the next year, customers will see signage changes reflecting the new name; however, none of the local leadership is changing, nor is the local Board of Directors. According to Romaine, “Tompkins’ unique community banking value proposition – which is centered around local decision-making, relationship-based products and services, deep community engagement, and a values-driven, collaborative, empowered culture – will be unaffected by the rebranding and name change.” The alignment of bank names is made possible by a consolidation of four existing bank charters to one, therefore also reducing duplicate regulatory and legal processes. “It just makes good sense and is well timed,” said Romaine. “Becoming ‘one

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Tompkins’ in name not only more closely aligns our Tompkins family, but in fact, brings additional advantages which support the company’s ability to maintain its commitment to sustainable excellence.” “Our long history has proven that the reason people and businesses choose to bank with Tompkins is, very simply, that we are their trusted community partner. We have been serving central New York since 1836 and formed the holding company, Tompkins Financial, in 1995. This change only enhances our ability to be that valued partner, delivering the high level of experience excellence our customers know and deserve,” said Gregory J. Hartz, Tompkins Trust Company president & CEO. The changes are expected to take effect later in 2021, subject to regulatory approval. Other than a slight change to the bank’s brand name, the process and resulting single charter are expected to be a seamless and non-impactful transition for customers.

Gillian Lindstrom Joins Communiqué as Client Relations Manager Communiqué Design & Marketing announces Gillian Lindstrom has joined the organization as its Client Relations Manager. Her main responsibilities will include business development, influencer marketing, as well as content creation and ideation. Laurie Linn, President and CEO of Communiqué, shared “I am thrilled that Gillian will be joining our team full-time! As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, it is an extremely exciting time for our team and Gillian Lindstrom clients.” Linn added, “Gillian’s experience, skills, and background will be an incredibly valuable and complementary asset to our fabulous team.” Although new to this role, Gillian is no stranger to Communiqué. She has been working with the team as an intern over the last 6 years; throughout high school and while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Psychology from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. After graduating in May 2020, Gillian entered the financial industry working with CFCU Community Credit Union. During her tenure with Communiqué, Gillian has worked in a variety of roles on many projects and brings a multi-faceted skillset to her new position. Additionally, Gillian has a plethora of experience in the field of marketing and communications after having interned with Kucerak + Co., a public relations agency located in New York City. Gillian, who begins her position the first week of May, shared “I am very

excited to join the team full-time! In a way, I have grown up with Communiqué and it is such an honor to now work with the organization and our amazing clients in this capacity.”

Visions FCU Opens Ithaca Branch Visions Federal Credit Union has recently opened its newest office location at 408 Elmira Road. The new office includes a full-service teller line, ATMs, and even a free electric car charging station for Visions members. Visions is also completing construction on a nearby outdoor amphitheater for special events and concerts in the future. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to noon. As Visions celebrates this new location, they invited the community in to enter weekly prize giveaways and contribute donations for the Child Development Council. “I’m excited about our new office and the feedback has been extremely positive,” said Branch Manager Eric Gergel. “It’s been a pleasure welcoming our existing members and introducing new ones to the Visions family. If you’re in the area, please stop in and see what we can do for you!”

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eco-conscious consumers in the Southern Tier. “One of the things we teach in our programs is how to interact with customers and get their input, so doing that in a place like Ithaca is going to be easier because there are people who are very motivated to help you and care about what you're doing,” Rother said. Focusing this hardware accelerator on climate-tech solutions opens the opportunity for participating startups to make connections with other clean-energy companies in the area, address similar challenges and processes, and market to locals in high demand for green products, Rother said. “I think Ithaca is a really great place to interact with early-stage customers,” Rother said. “The concept of a beachhead market — where is that first group of people, or early adopters who really want what you have — lines up really well with Ithaca.” During the fifth and final stage of the ClimateTech Prototyping Hardware Accelerator, the cohort of entrepreneurs will showcase their prototypes to investors and community members at “Demo Day.”


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preciation for the region that has allowed her business to flourish. “Doing business in Tompkins County has been one of the most fantastic honors I ever could have imagined,” she said. “People here are so welcoming. I pinch myself sometimes about the great group of people I get to work with.” As for what’s next for Linn, her insatiable zest for life will undoubtedly bring her new clients and new adventures — though there is one thing she likely won’t be doing. “I’ve always wanted to go skydiving. I had an appointment set up when I turned 30 and the weather didn’t cooperate, and now I’m not so sure I’d still do it” she laughed.

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A meet fierce

Syracuse Stage’s latest show portrays the push and pull of two young people letting their guards down By Barbara Ad am s


ndlessly confined to a single room and unable to avoid thoughts of illness and death? Facing uncertainty with courage and fury? That’s not just a description of pandemic life but of the remarkably timely play “I and You” by Lauren Gunderson, currently streaming at Syracuse Stage. This splendid production, brilliantly directed by Melissa Crespo, continues its consistently strong 2020-21 season. This

splendid production, brilliantly directed by Melissa Crespo, continues its consistently strong 2020-21 season. In an hour and a half, two talented young actors –– Phoebe Holden and Cole Taylor –– take us into the insular world of a high school student whose life-threatening illness keeps her restricted to her home. As she waits almost hopelessly for a liver transplant, Caroline makes meaning through a virtual life, creating art on social media.

But the play’s action begins with the arrival of a classmate, Anthony, seeking her help on his American lit project on Walt Whitman. This is no “meet cute” story –– it’s more “meet fierce,” as Caroline is prickly and distrustful, outraged that this stranger has invaded her home and personal sanctuary. “No stupid people” warns the sign on her bedroom door, but Anthony, armed with cookies from her mom and a bag of waffle fries, is undaunted. Carolina attacks, threatening to pummel him –– she’s “small but mighty, like a dachshund.” (Holden actually snarls, often, in full feral mode.) Taylor’s Anthony is charming and persistent, slowly if unsurely taming her into a homework collaboration and finally a friendship. Gunderson’s clever dialog is stimulating and fresh, revealing two inventive, intelligent teens as they work their way past each other’s defenses. (He’s scared of fish eyes;

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she hates being pitied –– “I’m not your sick kid poster child.”) Anthony is hooked on Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” reading lines aloud ’til Carolina responds to “barbaric yawp.” Their first hint of concord comes over agreeing that Whitman, with his passion for life and beauty in the face of death, was a “national badass.” Their encounter –– videotaped by Black Cub Productions –– was staged live on a full set at Syracuse’s Arthur Storch Theatre. Every inch of Caroline’s large bedroom (richly designed by Shoko Kambara) is crammed with interesting images and objects (“like one big collage” Anthony says), including her security animal, a stuffed turtle. The two teens battle and banter all day into evening, when near-darkness descends (lighting design by Dawn Chiang). Their conversation is varied and unpredictable, veering from guarded to intimate and back again. Anthony emerges as the perfect son: school-smart, athletic, popular, and genuinely nice –– “Senator,” Caroline mockingly calls him. She in turn becomes more complicated as her barricades momentarily drop –– creative, observant, occasionally even kind. Both are adamant about their passions and oddly end up bonding over their diverse musical tastes: he plays Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” for her and she gets him dancing to Jerry Lee Lewis’s “Great Balls of Fire.” Anthony assures her that even though she likes rockabilly, he’s on “Team Caroline” and has her back. And Caroline opens up enough to reveal her parents’ marriage has failed, possibly over her illness, while he admits to cheating on his French final and disliking babies because “they look like potatoes.” In this production, Anthony’s Black and Caroline’s Asian, a thoughtful casting choice that serves visually to underscore the contrast between the two. Taylor and Holden are mesmerizing in these roles –– varied, natural, alive in every second. At moments both turn privately wistful, and we’re reminded of the focus on death that’s never far from either of them. Whitman’s words haunt Anthony and eventually Caroline absorbs them as well: “I and this mystery, here we stand.” As Caroline succumbs to Anthony’s “sneaky intruder shenanigans,” Crespo’s vibrant staging brings them repeatedly both close and apart as they discover the meanings behind Whitman’s “I” and “You.” Above all, we marvel at these two young actors –– their expressiveness, sensitivity, and complexity. They perfectly convey these teens’ affirmation of life and defiance in the face of death. Every moment of this play, through the evocative final scene, will echo for a long while.

Syracuse Stage “I and You” by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Melissa Crespo, starring Phoebe Holden and Cole Taylor. Streaming through May 23. Tickets at Syracusestage.org or box office 315-443-3275. Barbara Adams is a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College.

Local artist and upholsterer honors mother in memoir


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ne a block down from the Ithaca Commons sits the community staple Littlestone Upholstery Designs, where Anne Steinle creates “expressive furniture for exceptional people.” For the past 25 years, Steinle has expressed herself through fabric as a residential upholsterer, but the lifelong artist recently pursued another form of expression — writing. Last month, Steinle made her authorial debut with her memoir “When the Ocean Roared: My Mother’s Murder and other Childhood Memories.” Steinle explained that her memoir naturally took shape from a compilation of memories

she had been writing down for her niece and nephew to read. “My book is about a very specific thing — my mother's murder and its effects on my brother and myself,” Steinle said. “I started it with the idea of giving my niece, nephew and friends a better understanding of it all.” After five years in the works, Steinle said that sharing her own story is a way to “honor my mother and let my niece and nephew know what a great woman their grandmother was.” Steinle’s story begins in Florida, where she grew up exploring arts and crafts. With encouragement from her mother and aunt, Steinle learned to sew in the fourth grade and practiced by making clothes and curtains for herself. Steinle said that she was drawn to upholstery because the process of choosing fabrics, designing patterns and adding personal touches allows her to channel her innate creativity. “This is a labor of love career path,” Steinle said, referring to upholstery. “Most people

don't realize how hard this work is — physically and otherwise. This isn't just a job, it's a big part of my life.” Since leaving her Florida hometown for Ithaca in 1978, Steinle has used her skills and artistry to build a vast clientele at her upholstery business. “When I first got here, I said, ‘I want a customer on every street in this town,’” Steinle said. “And I almost do now.” Steinle’s business keeps her busy, but hasn’t stopped her from exploring new media to express herself. In fact, Steinle considers being creative a way of life. “I think anyone who's creative knows that inspiration is everywhere, you just have to pay attention to what's around you,” Steinle said. “I might seem to be a blank page when I'm caught staring at something for too long, but what I'm doing is dismantling and remaking whatever caught my eye.” Steinle finds plenty of inspiration for furniture designs in her cherished garden. Her upholstery is frequently inspired by nature, whereas her memoir pulls from her past. Steinle said that the wave on the front cover of “When the Ocean Roared: My Mother’s Murder and other Childhood Memories” depicts how she felt as a young adult experiencing trauma. However, the illustration of calm water on the other side of the book represents how she feels now — peaceful. Steinle said that storytelling came easily to her and that she found the writing process to be cathartic. “Any new endeavor is beneficial,” Steinle said. “Even if it turns out poorly, there are positives to be learned from the process.” “My Mother’s Murder” can be purchased on Amazon.


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ith the world on lockdown, what are we all watching? I posed that question to comedienne, author and podcaster Paula Poundstone. IT: How are you? PP: I’m okay. I have no idea what the future will bring, but as of now, I’m fine. Mostly, I’m home. I went to the grocery store yesterday, that was pretty exciting. IT: It is amazing how one little excursion like that can perk up your day. PP: [laughs] Actually, I still hate grocery shopping. I do it, but it puts such a big dent in the day. I buy too much sh**. IT: I always worry when people get too big for their britches to do their own shopping. PP: You know, for both safety reasons and economic reasons, I don’t have a housekeeper anymore, and man, I cannot keep up with everything there is to do. The dust broom is enough to kill me. Everything’s covered in dust, and it’s a lot of work. I do it, and I always do some of it, but take an employee out of that equation, and boy, it’s hard to keep up.

IT: And you gotta name all those cats. PP: Yeah. Well, that alone, too, is…taking care of pets is, I dunno, cumulatively four hours a day, maybe? Something like that? No more free time, just taking care of the pets, between walking the dog and feeding everybody and sifting the litter boxes and cleaning the dog waste in the backyard and training! I do train my dogs at night. You wouldn’t know it to talk to the dogs, but I do, I train them every night. IT: I’ll have to talk to those dogs. Let’s schedule an interview. PP: Yeah, I don’t know why they haven’t picked up on my excellent training. IT: [laughs] PP: Clearly, I’m not the dog whisperer, but I do training every day. IT: I want to get a male dog so I can call him Bob Barker. PP: Oh, wow, that is a great dog name. IT: So I’ve been calling people up and asking them what they’re watching in quarantine.

PP: Well, I hardly ever watch movies because it takes too much time. Because when I watch a movie, I wanna sit down and watch the whole movie and not be doing chores. However, having said that, I did, a couple of weeks ago, it was part of a birthday celebration for my daughter; we did a night of watching a movie and having dinner. And we watched – I had never seen it before – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017). IT: With Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand. PP: That…their performances were great, but I wasn’t sure what to make of the movie. I wasn’t sorry that I watched it. And one day, I was doing something for PBS, they were celebrating 50 years of Monty Python. And because it was workrelated, I gave myself permission to watch “The Meaning of Life” (1983) and “Life of Brian” (1979). IT: Nice. PP: Oh, my gosh. You know, I quote those movies a lot, I remember a lot of stuff from them, but what I had forgotten was that there are no unfunny moments. It’s just one funny thing after another funny thing. I bet you could watch it over and over again probably, and just focus on just one section of the screen, and find funny stuff. And for a brief moment, it made me happy that I have this job. IT: “Meaning of Life,” of course, is a sketch film, and a great musical, but “Life of Brian,” even though it’s also sketchy, it has a real story. It’s the one movie of theirs that you can follow, and it has a real narrative. And Graham Chapman was such a great actor as Brian. He really grounds that movie and gives it a weird dignity. PP: I didn’t realize that the company that was supposed to make that movie bailed, I think because they made a deal with them and then got the script and were like “Uh uh!” But George Harrison ended up getting them at least the majority of their funding. IT: Yeah, he mortgaged his castle. PP: Yes, yes, he did! Yeah! IT: Because he wanted to see the movie. “I’ll get you the money because I wanna see it!” PP: Really. Aren’t you glad that we don’t all have to do that? IT: He’s definitely my favorite Beatle for that. PP: Yeah, I always liked him but it increased my love for him. IT: My mom loved “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), and then we found the TV series on PBS, so she really gets the credit for turning me onto Python, and one of her teaching assistants gave me my first Firesign Theatre album, so thanks, Mom. PP: Well, of course I’m older than you, but my parents wouldn’t have even understood it, let alone liked it. IT: All of the Python stuff – the whole TV series, the movies and the documentaries – it’s all on Netflix. PP: You know, I don’t even know how to do Netflix. If it’s something you have to pay for, you know. I don’t have an income [laughs], so I just mostly watch…I’ve been

watching “Breaking Bad” on DVD for years now. I watch the whole thing. It’s on when I sleep, even. And I’ll just replay the same disc over and over again, and eventually I switch to another disc. And originally, I watched it straight through, but in the last two and three quarters years, I just watch it over and over again. I know when they’re gonna inhale. IT: [laughs] PP: And there was one other movie that I watched in the last year, because I was working on a Dolly Parton impression. And so I gave myself permission to watch “9 to 5” [A 1980 comedy in which Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton play secretaries who get revenge on their boss,

played by Dabney Coleman.] And you know what? Still great. IT: You know, there was a time when I knew every line of dialogue in that picture. PP: Oh, it’s so much fun. And I think it holds up really well. In fact, the sad undertone of the film is that, what do [women] make, 85 cents to the dollar that men make? You did sort of watch it, like, ‘Wow, we’ve gotten nowhere.’ [laughs] That kind of feeling. But still, nonetheless, comedically it holds up really well. IT: I loved this one, and another Jane Fonda movie with George Segal, who just passed away, called “Fun With Dick and Jane” (1977). Someone wrote that in the great Jane Fonda movies, her

character started out as something less and became something more. There was always good empowerment underneath the entertainment. And of course, I adore Lily Tomlin. PP: And the surprise of Dolly Parton in that movie. It was her first acting job. In fact, she memorized all of the lines of the script for the first rehearsal, because she thought that she had to. It sure didn’t do her any harm. Because I was working on my bad Dolly Parton impression, I was watching a lot of stuff on her, and oh my God, the interviews are funny.

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Moving On, Moving Up Subhed

By Ste ve L aw re nc e


desired home field advantage, as I.C. sports a 13-2 home record. The Bombers are scheduled to take on RPI on Wednesday to kick off the Liberty League Championships. ● ● ●

Okay, so they fooled me… In 2009, I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies for a retirement celebration for the Ithaca City School District’s athletic director. It was no tall order, as I had known Bill Bryant since I was a high school student (and he was an All American wide receiver at Ithaca College), we had worked together at the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club in 1977, and I had, over the course of 17

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but I want to know why you are still charging so hard at 68?” “Well, Stephen,” he said (he is one of a very few people who call me that), “I still have the same fire and passion for athletics that I had when I was in high school. So many of life’s core values can be learned through athletics — commitment, sacrifice, teamwork — and sports is the only opportunity some kids will have to learn those things.” He added, “My wife, Jane, and I have dedicated our careers to athletics, we have had kids stay with us, we have bought shoes for them when we could, and we will still do that as long as we can. I have been asked how long I will do this, and I have said seven to 10 years. Not all young people find a way to develop the work ethic they will need in life. I want to help them do that before I retire.” Yeah, Mr. Bryant… I have heard that before. Congratulations. ● ● ●

Congrats to Ithaca High and Ithaca College grad Andy Dunn, who, after many years as a senior associate athletic director at Yale, accepted the A.D. position at the Taft School, a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut. After 10 years at Yale, Dunn said he was “looking to put my stamp on something,” and that he is eager to “provide mentorship to students that likely need it more than college students do.”


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ast year was the Year of the No Games, and this year is The Year of the No Hitter. There have been an incredible four no-hitters thrown in the majors this season, and senior Beth Fleming of the Ithaca College softball team threw one of her own in beating Skidmore 9-0 in a Liberty League contest. The nohitter was the 17th in Bomber program history, and the first since 2017. Fleming struck out five batters and walked three in the effort. The Bombers are 24-7 overall, and 19-4 in the Liberty League. Kostrinsky Field — the Bombers’ home venue — has consistently offered up the proverbial and

years, written many stories about Bill and his various athletic endeavors. Knowing that Bryant was a harddriving professional, I wondered how he would take to the rocking chair on the porch life. Well, right after “retiring,” he stayed on as the interim A.D. at Ithaca, and when that gig was up he decided to take the job as the executive director of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference, overseeing the athletic operations for 19 schools (as if managing the affairs for one school was not enough). When he told me in confidence a few months ago that the director of section IV athletics would be retiring and that he would be ambitiously pursuing that position (becoming one of 11 Section Directors in New York State), I shook my head and told him that given he was 68 years old, and he could be retired and doing whatever he wanted, he was insane. Well… being involved with athletics obviously qualifies as whatever he wants to do… Bryant navigated the hiring process like he once navigated an opponent’s defensive secondary as a Bomber, and he heads into this new chapter with the ball tucked firmly under his arm and his cleats gaining traction. For about the 30th time, he said, “I don’t want any stories written about me,” but when I said “It’s about the impact you might have on student athletes,” he acquiesced. I asked, “Bill, the list of your achievements and awards and honors and positions you have held is well-documented,


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Stage Love Letter | 7:30 p.m., 5/13 Thursday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | Have you ever known someone who has touched every part of your life? Come see A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play, Love Letters. A wonderful dessert theatre experience. | $15.00 Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau | 2 p.m., 5/15 Saturday | Performances by Sidney Waite, Christel Robinson, Trence Wilson-Gillem, Corey Braxton, Alex Torres, Anusua Nath, Ana Carmona-Pereda, Jasmine Scott, Cindy Chen, Deepti Talersa, Jenniviv Bansah, CONFINEMENTS | 2 p.m., 5/16 Sunday | Virtual | A theatre performance created from the original writings of the Just/Us Coalition, a collaboration between Cornell undergraduates and several graduates of the Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP). The show will be followed by a live Q&A. Reserve your free ticket at schwartztickets.com. | Free

Art Drawn to the Water A Virtual and Physical Art Show | 12 p.m., 5/14 Friday | Virtual | A Virtual and Physical Art Show - March 20 to May 16 The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts presents a virtual art show experience of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Finger Lakes “Bridges and Boats” Art Exhibition at North Star Art Gallery | 12 p.m., 5/14 Friday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road | This exhibition opens May 1st and runs through June. It includes paintings of man made creations of boats and bridges in natural settings. | Free Painting Workshop with Brian Keeler | 9 a.m., 5/15 Saturday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road

Virtual Cinemapolis: 42nd Street Live NTL | 5/12 Wednesday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS FROM 5/12 – 5/18. Appointment screenings will be daily at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, and 10pm. Virtual Cinemapolis: Wet Season | 5/12 Wednesday | Virtual | As Mandarin-language teacher Ling continues with fruitless IVF treatment while taking care of her ailing fatherin-law, she finds herself slowly drawn towards a promising student who seems to have been abandoned by his parents. Virtual Cinemapolis: Punk the Capital | 5/14 Friday | Virtual | Punk the Capital situates DC punk within the larger narratives of rock n’ roll, working as a powerful multi-layered story for both fans and non-fans of punk rock. Virtual Cinemapolis: RK/RKAY | 5/14 Friday | Virtual | A charming “meta-movie” about filmmaking itself in his newest, RK/RKAY tells the story of a film director whose main character usurps control of the plotline, and eventually, real life. Virtual Cinemapolis: Enfant Terrible | 5/14 Friday | Virtual | When 22-year-old Rainer Werner Fassbinder storms the stage of the ‘Antitheater’ (Anti-Theatre) in Munich, 1967 and seizes the theatre production without further ado, nobody suspects this brazen nobody to become one of the most important post-war German filmmakers.

Logs at Firelight Camp | 9 a.m., 5/15 Saturday | Join us for a hands-on workshop with mushroom-growing and medicine-making legend, Steve Sierigk of Hawk Meadow Farm. Rock Stream Vineyards Spring Fling Music Fest & BarBQ, Sat. May 15th, Free Admission | 12 p.m., 5/15 Saturday | Rock Stream Vineyards, 162 Fir Tree Point Rd | Join us at Rock Stream Vineyards from Noon to 5pm on Saturday, May 15th for live music from 3 bands, along with craft wine and beer, and delicious Chicken BarBQ by JRs Back Alley BBQ. Outside event. Free Admission. | Free A.B.E. All Black Everything Virtual Arts Festival | 6 p.m., 5/19 Wednesday | Virtual | In Ithaca, Arts and Culture are what we do, and this year’s A.B.E. All Black Everything Arts Festival is bringing you Black Arts and Culture bound to stir your soul.

Books Friends of the Library Book Sale | 10 a.m., 5/12 Wednesday | Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale: Final Weekend / 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Sat-Tues 5/15-18 / 509 Esty St / www. booksale.org. Still a great selection at lowest prices. Spring Writes Literary Festival | 5/13 Thursday | Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, 171 East State St | 25 Panels, Performances, Readings, Events! All free. All Zoom. Just Check out the Schedule and Register for the Events of your

Choosing. | Free Coppicing: Its History and Practice | 2 p.m., 5/14 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Have you ever wondered what it means to coppice a tree or shrub? THE ABCc of BLACK HISTORY - LIFT UP AND LEARN TOGETHER | 4 p.m., 5/14 Friday | Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 West Court St. | Celebrating The ABCs of Black History, by poet and first-time author, Rio Cortez, and illustrator, Lauren Semmer. | Free ​Firelight Camps Workshop: Learn how to Cultivate Mushrooms on Logs at Firelight Camp | 9 a.m., 5/15 Saturday | Join us for a hands-on workshop with mushroom-growing and medicine-making legend, Steve Sierigk of Hawk Meadow Farm. Final Weekend! Friends of the Library Book Sale at Regina Lennox Book Sale Building | 10 a.m., 5/15 Saturday | Last weekend for the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library Spring Book Sale at 509 Esty St, Ithaca. Saturday-Tuesday, May 15-18, hours: 10am-8pm. The Art of Foraging and Tea Making at EcoVillage at Ithaca, New York | 12 p.m., 5/16 Sunday | Did you know that many herbs, bark, seeds, and flowers all around us have medicinal properties? Learn the art of tea making and take home a bag of your own homemade tea mix! ZOOM: Thriving With Your Spirited Child | 6 p.m., 5/18 Tuesday | Virtual | Learn about your child’s temperament (and yours), how to develop effective strategies for dealing with temper tantrums, power struggles and other challenging behaviors in this FREE 7-week class | Free ZOOM CLASS: Creative Container Gardening | 6 p.m., 5/18 Tuesday | CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue | Learn how to combine perennials, annuals, herbs and edibles into containers from the

Kids Tyke Tales Story Time | 6 p.m., 5/14 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm.

Notices Trumansburg Farmers Market at On the corner of Route 227 & 96 … In the heart of Trumansburg | 4 p.m., 5/12 Wednesday | Enjoy live music, supper and shopping at the community-built pavilions and lawn tents for fresh locally grown produce, naturally raised meats, eggs, flowers, plants, crafts and products. Spring 2021 Outdoor Book Sale at Trumansburg Library | 10 a.m., 5/13 Thursday | The tent returns!! Coppicing: Its History and Practice | 2 p.m., 5/14 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Have you ever wondered what it means to coppice a tree or shrub? 2021 Spring Garden Fair & Plant at Farmers’ Market Pavilion | 2 p.m., 5/14 Friday | Ithaca Farmers’ Market | | Free

“Tompkins provided extremely valuable advice, oversight, and support, so that we could create a healing space for our community,” says Dr. McAllister.

Special Events 2021 Spring Garden Fair & Plant at Farmers’ Market Pavilion | 2 p.m., 5/14 Friday | Ithaca Farmers’ Market | | Free Friday Night Roller Skates | 5:30 p.m., 5/14 Friday | Cass Park, 701 Taughannock Blvd | Sessions will be limited to 60 public skaters. Skaters are encouraged to use online registration to pre-purchase your session admission and your skate rental, if desired. There will ONLY be walk up spots available if pre-registration has not reached capacity prior to the start of each session. ​Firelight Camps Workshop: Learn how to Cultivate Mushrooms on

the Ithaca Farmers Market at Ithaca Farmers Market | 9 a.m., 5/15 Saturday | Visit the farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, at the pavilion. Final Weekend! Friends of the Library Book Sale at Regina Lennox Book Sale Building | 10 a.m., 5/15 Saturday | Last weekend for the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library Spring Book Sale at 509 Esty St, Ithaca. Saturday-Tuesday, May 15-18, hours: 10am-8pm. Preparing for What’s Next: 4 Simple Strategies for Parents and Caregivers | 10 a.m., 5/15 Saturday | Virtual | This interactive virtual webinar shares four strategies families can use to create the “next new normal,” developing simple family communication and creating and sustaining positive momentum. www.tcpl.org/ events | Free Introduction to Restorative Justice | 1 p.m., 5/15 Saturday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Led by Andrew Prinzing, a trainer with the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, participants will learn about the restorative justice program used in Buffalo, NY and will take part in a role-playing experience. tcpl.org/events | Free Global Virtual Fire Ceremony Munay- Ki ‘Bands of Power’ | 1 p.m., 5/15 Saturday | Virtual | Join us by the fire with our friends from around the world. At this virtual fire ceremony we will be gifting the Bands of Power Rite to keep us safe and connected, no matter what is going on around us. connecting2spirit.com McLean Community Church Takeout Ham Dinner | 4 p.m., 5/15 Saturday | McLean Community Church, 50 Church St | Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Roll, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Reservations Highly Recommended 607-423-6962 | $12.00

leader of the Community Beautification Program, Mila Fournier. | $0.00 - $30.00 Odysseys: Ithaca Writers on Exile, Wandering, and Searching for Home | 7 p.m., 5/18 Tuesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Finger Lakes Native Plant Society May Meeting: Cup Fungi - The Elves’ Friends of the Forest | 7 p.m., 5/18 Tuesday | virtual, your home | Join the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society and Teresa Iturriaga of the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium for a virtual presentation about Discomycetes fungi. Register at www. flnps.org. | Free

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F/T, 11-Month, Coordinator of Substance Abuse/Intervention anticipated position available 7/1/21 in the Youth Development/Student Services Department at T-S-T BOCES. Responsible for coordinating various school prevention, intervention, and education programs. Detailed job posting & requirements, including residency on the County or BOCES website: www.tstboces.org Apply online by 05/31/21 at: www.tompkinscountyny.gov/personnel TST BOCES, 555 Warren Rd., Ithaca, N.Y. 14850, (607) 257-1551, Email: hr@ tstboces.org




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F/T Provisional, Human Resources Specialist position available 7/5/21 at T-S-T BOCES, coordinating a variety of Personnel and Employee Benefit programs. Detailed posting & requirements, including residency on the County and BOCES website: www.tstboces.org Apply online by 5/28/21 at: www.tompkinscountyny.gov/personnel TST BOCES, 555 Warren Rd., Ithaca, N.Y. 14850, (607) 257-1551, Email: hr@ tstboces.org

Special Education Teacher of the Deaf

OCM BOCES has the need for an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf to be located within the Cortland and Onondaga County areas. Successful candidate will provide academic support to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in district identified by local CSE’s. NYS Certification in Deaf and Hearing Impaired Grades K-12. Experience working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing required. Applications accepted online by 05/04/21 at: www.olasjobs.org/central. For more information, visit our website at www. ocmboces.org. EOE

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Call for info: 607-274-2128 Equal opportunity employer, offering competitive wages, great health and pension benefits, paid CDL training, rewarding community work with families and children. Diversity Enriches our Work place.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION SUMMER SCHOOL OCM BOCES has the need for the following summer school staff: Special Education Teachers (7/6/21 – 8/13/21) – Looking for teachers with experience in a 12:1:1/12:1:4 setting. Sites are at various locations through Onondaga and Cortland County. Interested applicants apply online by at: www.olasjobs.org/central. For more information regarding this Summer School posting, please visit our website at: www.ocmboces.org EOE

Water Technician

The Van Etten Water District is seeking candidates for a part-time Water Technician. The Water Technician performs a variety of jobs related to operation, maintenance, customer service, emergency service, construction and maintenance of the Van Etten Water District’s facilities and hydrant system. Applications and job description may be obtained at and applications should be sent to the Town Clerk’s Office, 6 Gee St., PO Box 177, Van Etten, NY 14889. Tuesday and Thursday 11 am – 4 pm and Wednesday 1pm – 6pm. Applications to be received by 4:00 pm on May 13, 2021. Town of Van Etten is an EOE employer.


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Downtown Studio Well lit furnished studio apartment just steps from the Ithaca Commons. Enjoy Being close to a variety of restaurants and businesses. Heat included. $975. Available August 5th. Call (607) 2731669 for more information or to schedule a viewing. Two bedroom Collegetown Nice and spacious furnished 2 bedroom close to Cornell. Hardwood floors And high ceilings. Large bedrooms with ample natural light. Heat included. Tenants pay electric. $715 per person. Available August 5th. Call (607) 2731669 for more information or to schedule a viewing. One bedroom Collegetown Spacious furnished 1 bedroom. Large bedroom, eat in kitchen, private porch. 3 blocks to Cornell. Available August 5th. Heat included. Tenant pay electric. Call (607) 273-1669 for more information or to schedule a viewing.


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12:1:1/12:1:4 setting Sites are at various locations through Onondaga and Cortland County. Interested applicants apply online by at: www.olasjobs. org/central. For more information regarding this Summer School posting, please visit our website at: www.ocmboces.org EOE 60+ parcels available: Lots, Acreage, Homes, Commercial Properties


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Tax Foreclosed Real Estate Auction


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Property Address:

175 Golf Course Rd., Lake Pleasant, NY 12108

1 Vacant Lot located near the end of Golf Course Rd on the left. This property has approximately 50’ of frontage on Golf Course Rd and approximately 60’ of shoreline frontage.

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