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he Ithaca Solidarity Slate has announced that Maddie Halpert will represent the Slate’s platform in the Common Council race for Ward 1 in November, after previous candidate Shaniya Foster announced she was dropping out of the race in early June, citing a need to focus on personal matters. Halpert will run as an independent against incumbent Cynthia Brock. In the video announcement, Solidarity Slate Ward 2 candidate Phoebe Brown explained the unusual maneuver of bringing in a new candidate on the same platform, saying the decision came from the team’s focus on movement politics. “Because we have a team and a community of people who are ready to see change, we were ready. I’m really excited to work with Maddie, because I’ve witnessed her compassion, I’ve witnessed her diligence, and I’ve witnessed — throughout this campaign — the amazing person that she is.” After growing up in Ithaca, Halpert returned in January 2020 and began working as a plant breeder at Cornell while finishing a graduate degree on the politics of seeds and food sovereignty. Since returning, she has been involved in various forms of organizing, including growing food for community-based mutual aid networks, working toward public power and climate justice policies, and organizing efforts toward Palestinian justice. -Staff R eport


IC baseball alum traded to New York Yankees


he New York Yankees acquired Ithaca College graduate and current professional outfielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Double-A pitcher Keegan Curtis on Thursday July 1. Locastro said the news of the trade “came out of nowhere” and that he is excited for his family and friends who now “don’t have to stay up until 1 a.m.” to watch him play on the west coast. This is the second time that the Yankees have acquired Locastro. The first time was on Nov. 21, 2018 when they traded minor league pitcher Drew Finley and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for him.

The Yankees eventually sent Locastro to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor leaguer Ronald Ramon and cash on Jan. 16, 2019. Locastro was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. He made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 2017. In his two seasons in Los Angeles and three in Arizona (200 games in total), Locastro has accumulated a batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage of .234/.339/.324 with four home runs, 70 runs scored and 29 runs batted in (RBI) in 480 plate appearances. Through 55 games in 2021, he is batting

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▶  State of normalcy - The local state of emergency was lifted by the Tompkins County Health Dept. on July 3, which closely follows the end of the state’s emergency order. Starting this week, the table on the homepage of the Tompkins County Health Department website will be updated once a week on Wednesdays. The spreadsheet with this

.178/.271/.220 with one homer, 11 runs scored and five RBI. This season, he broke the major league record of most consecutive stolen bases to begin a career with 29. The previous record, 27, was held by Hall of Fame player Tim Raines, who set the mark between 1979 and 1981. Locastro is also tied with Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner for second among all Major League Baseball players in average sprint speed (30.7 feet per second). He also holds the highest hit-by-pitch rate of all time (7.5%) for a player with the amount of plate appearances he has logged. While he will miss the bonds he built with his teammates and coaches in Arizona, Locastro is looking forward to competing for the team he grew up rooting for. “I want to help them win any way I can,” Locastro said. - A n d r e w S u l l i va n

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information will continue to be updated with daily numbers Monday through Friday, and is available to be viewed on the Health Department website. Health Director Frank Kruppa encouraged anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to do so. The Health Department will continue to schedule smaller, site-specific vaccination clinics in locations throughout the County over the

next few weeks. Local pharmacies and medical offices may have vaccine available; details are available online. NYS State-run Vaccination Sites are offering vaccine to all eligible age groups. Appointments can be scheduled on the NYS Department of Health website. Individuals without computer and/or internet access may also call 2-1-1 (877-211-8667)

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PHOTOGRAPHER Final Democratic primary results see some tight races By C a se y Mar tin


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he final election results from the Democratic primary are in now that all absentee ballots have been counted. The general election is Nov. 2, in which the Democratic nominees may run uncontested or against Republican or Independent candidates. County Legislature (District 1) Travis Brooks will be on the ballot to replace outgoing chair Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, who decided not to run again after spending 20 years as legislator. Brooks defeated Nicole LaFave by 34 votes, 396-362. Brooks won the first ward 181 votes to LaFave’s 105, while LaFave was favored in the second ward, 257 votes to Brooks’ 215. Brooks is the deputy director of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, where he manages programs focused on education, development and sustainability. He’s also the director of Ithaca’s My Brother’s Keeper, a program launched by President Barack Obama designed to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. He was also heavily involved in the Reimagining Public Safety collaborative between the city and the county, and will continue to serve on the newly cre-

ated task force to work on the implementation of the plan. County Legislature (District 2) Veronica Pillar will replace Leslie Schill as the legislator for district two after receiving 309 votes to Schill’s 271. This race was a rematch of sorts, as Schill and Pillar originally faced off in a special election in March of this year to fill Anna Kelles’ spot after she left to join the New York State Assembly. In the March election, Schill defeated Pillar by just five votes. Pillar works with the Tompkins County chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, and has recently worked with the Tompkins County Antiracist Coalition and Mutual Aid Tompkins. She teaches physics and math at the Cascadilla School and at Tompkins Cortland Community College, and has worked locally in childcare, agriculture and food service. County Legislature (District 8) Vanessa Greenlee handily beat Robert Lynch in the race to represent district eight in the County Legislature, with 253 votes to Lynch’s 76. Lynch could run as an independent in the general election, but has said he will not as he wants to respect the people’s choice. He


Public Safety Committee deals with staffing, hunting law


he Tompkins County Public Safety Committee agreed to opt into the state’s new hunting law which will allow children between the ages of 12 and 13 to participate in big game hunting. The change comes with certain requirements, such as the close accompaniment of a trained mentor or parent and the wearing of blaze orange apparel with a 360 degree view. Dick Costello and Gary Argetsinger, local hunting instructors with over 30 years of experience, presented before

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the committee to promote Tompkin County’s adoption of the opt-in law. They devoted much of their time to discussing the benefits conferred by the extension of the hunting age. “It promotes family unity and it’s really safer than riding a bicycle,” Argetsinger said. “It’s a wholesome activity that you can do for a lifetime. It shows great respect for harvesting our natural resources and game animals are definitely our natural resources, which any biologist will tell you have to

is currently a member of the Enfield Town Board. Greenlee will replace outgoing legislator David McKenna, who decided not to rerun for his position. She is a founder of the Mill Park Concert Series, a Leadership Tompkins alumna and the communications and training lead for the Breeding Insight program funded by the USDA at Cornell University. County Legislature (District 13) Greg Mezey defeated Samantha Lushtak 151 votes to 130 in the race to replace outgoing legislator Martha Robertson, a longtime figure in the Legislature. Notably, Robertson had endorsed Mezey as her replacement after announcing she would not be running for re-election. Mezey serves on the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board (an advisory board to the Legislature) and owns and operates a small portfolio of residential and commercial properties locally. Common Council (Ward 1) Cynthia Brock won an uncontested race in her effort to continue representing the first ward on Common Council with 339 votes. Up until the week before the election, Brock was slated to run against Shaniya Foster and Yasmin Rashid for the Democratic nomination, but both Rashid and Foster dropped out of the race. However, their names remained on the ballot and Foster received 40 votes and

Rashid received 41. Brock has served on Common Council since 2011. She currently also serves on the Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee and is the chair of the Tompkins County Water Resources Council, as well as the chair of the Special Joint Committee of the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility. She is the city representative to the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization and liaison to the city’s Workforce Diversity Advisory Committee and Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Commission. Common Council (Ward 5) Robert Cantelmo beat Marty Hiller 326 votes to 230 in the race to represent the fifth district on Common Council. Cantelmo is officially in the running to replace Deb Mohlenhoff, who decided not to run for re-election. Since 2019, Cantelmo has served as a member of the city’s Public Safety and Information Commission. Prior to moving to Ithaca to earn his PhD at Cornell, he worked in the Washington, DC nonprofit world as a foreign aid worker where he helped design and implement civic education, election monitoring, political participation and democratic governance assistance programs in the Middle East and South Asia. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

be managed by human beings.” The instructors also assuaged the safety concerns harbored by some committee members. Committee Chair Richard John wanted to know more about the safety record across the country with respect to 12 and 13 year olds hunting. According to Argetsinger, the age group with the most hunting accidents on average is between 38 and 42 years. He added that in his experience as both an instructor and hunting with 12 year olds in Pennsylvania, “youth hunting is very safe.” John ultimately offered his support of the law, citing its emphasis on responsible gun usage, family cohesion, and mentoring opportunities. The motion to adopt the law in Tompkins County passed

with 3-2 support. As next steps, the committee will craft a local law and call a public hearing. The meeting turned to a conversation about revamping local jails, and the committee considered whether or not to implement a short term or long term capital investment program. The short-term program would use $4-$5 million to implement upgrades next year, whereas the long-term program would be a up to a $40 million endeavor entailing construction of a new jail. Considering that the facilities require some immediate fixes, the committee reached a general consensus in favor of the short-term option which would potentially entail excontinued on page 7


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Ups The weather held up perfectly for Fourth of July celebrations on Sunday. We hope you got to barbecue and enjoy the sunshine with family and friends! Downs Stewart Park remains closed as its grounds are still littered with fallen branches and overturned trees. The park’s centennial birthday celebration was rescheduled for July 11 at 1 p.m.

HEARD&SEEN R ail Speeders

A Guest Appearance: Rail speeders whiz down the Ithaca Central Railroad


rains are not the only locomotives zipping down the Ithaca Central Rail-

road. On June 19, the tracks hosted an unusual guest: a group of railroad hobbyists traveled from Ithaca to East Waverly in a caravan of restored rail speeders. A speeder is a small railcar formerly used by track inspectors and work crews to move quickly to and from work sites. The hobbyists, who personally own these retired rail speeders (which retail for anywhere from $3,500 to $12,000+), are members of the North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA). The organization was established in 1986 and currently boasts over 1,400 members. By making agreements with railroads, NARCOA has gained access to thousands of miles of tracks and leads rail speeder excursions in Canada, Mexico and the United States for its enthusiastic hobbyists. In the 1900s, railroads utilized these rail speeders as a means of transportation for its workers, hauling them to areas in need of inspection and repair. Since the late 1950s, however, the use of these motorcars has since been phased out by more efficient modes of maintenance transportation. Robert Piligian and James

Mead coordinated the recent rail speeder excursion in Ithaca through the Eastern Railcar

Association, an affiliate— or “chapter”— of NARCOA. After Piligian and Mead showed proper accreditation and insurance, Michael Cooper, the general manager of the Ithaca

Rail Speeders paused at the Ithaca rail yard on a recent trip up the Ithaca Central Railroad line (Photo: Mike Whipple)

Central Railroad, granted the members permission to use the tracks. Piligian stressed that safety is one of the organization’s paramount concerns. “We’re very safety con-

scious,” he said. “We’re out to have fun, don’t get me wrong, but safety is our number one.” In order to become a member of NARCOA, individuals must take and pass an

operator’s test based on the organization’s comprehensive rulebook. After passing the test, all individuals must purchase insurance for their motorcars through the NARCOA organization. The insurance covers the operator, affiliate, NARCOA, and the host railroad, assuming liability for any unforeseen — but rare — incidents. “If an incident occurs, our insurance kicks in to cover all the different entities involved,” he said. “In fact we issue a certificate of insurance to the host railroad that covers them while we’re on their property so they don’t have the liability. Liability is assumed by our insurance company.” Before any excursion, the coordinators carefully plan their trips and take note of any specific requests made by the railroad operators regarding traffic crossings, for example. Once the approval process was complete, 22 NARCOA members gathered on June 19 to begin their 95-mile round trip. Lined up on the Ithaca Central Railroad, the repurposed motorcars hailed from Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Beyond the geographical diversity, the railroad excursions attract people with a wide range of professions and interests.

Heard More than 66,000 people in Tompkins County are fully vaccinated. The county has one of the best percentages in the state — no wonder there are only a handful of cases around here. Seen The 300 block of West Buffalo Street will be completely closed to through traffic from the intersection with Plain Street to the intersection with Albany Street July 7-9 for construction.


What is your favorite way to celebrate the Fourth of July in the area? 3.3% Flares on the lakeshore 20.0% City fireworks 20.0% Backyard fireworks 53.3% Backyard cookouts 3.3% Parades

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A New Ithaca Green New Deal

Happiness is a Warm Gun

By Lu is Agu i r r e-Tor r e s , D i r ect or of S u sta i na bi l i t y, C i t y of It h ac a

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


n February 2019, Rep. Alexandria all those involved — including members Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, and Sen. of both government and civil society Edward J. Markey, of Massachusetts, — started perhaps the most important introduced a Green New Deal (GND) as a movement our city has seen since the civil congressional non-binding resolution to rights movement. fight climate change and social inequality. I joined the City of Ithaca as director The ambitious plan was parof sustainability at the end tially welcomed in D.C., and of March 2021, almost two many thought — including years since the adoption me — it was DOA. We were of the GND. My first task right. However, it would was to translate intention be naïve to think that they and legislation into action. themselves thought it would I needed to figure out what be any different, at least at the was meant by a GND and, time it was introduced. Rathperhaps more importantly, er, I believe, they probably to figure out what it was meant to start a movement. I that we were trying to fix. believe it marked the beginUp until that moment, all ning of a 10-year mobilizaattention had been given to tion to alter an outdated US the symptoms — climate Luis Aguirre-Torres economic model. change, inequality, injustice In the same year, derived — but not much was being from similar efforts by said about the problem: an equally determined groups, the City of outdated economic model that had creIthaca Common Council adopted the ated an unjust and unsustainable world. Ithaca GND, signaling its intention to join A problem in which preponderant players the fight against climate change, ecowere dictating the rules, asymmetries nomic inequality and racial injustice. Just continued on page 7 like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey,


ith gunplay now commonplace on the streets of Ithaca and new police officers harder to recruit than deputies in Hadleyville at high noon, there are ominous rumblings out there about trammeling our Second Amendment rights. The following is provided in hopes of providing the most accurate and up-todate info to the well-regulated militia… Q: I understand President Biden is coming to my home to take my guns away. When can I expect him? I want to be ready to resist. A: He’s scheduled to arrive in Tompkins County for home gun removal the weekend of August 14-15, though he’s running a little behind schedule. There are more guns than people in the United States. In fact, we have more guns than the next 25 countries combined, so it’s a pretty big job for one man! Stand back and stand by. Q: I am a collector of weapons-grade fissile materials, mostly uranium. Doesn’t the Second Amendment protect me? A: Of course it does, silly. Until recently, acquiring new weapons-grade material required a background check and a 72-hour waiting period. A recent Supreme Court case (Three Percenters v. Cornstarch) made it clear, though, that law-abiding citizens or anyone at all in Texas have the fundamental right to own any type of weapon for home use. Q: Does that mean I can keep my 88mm Howitzer Cannon and shells? It was a gift from my Grandpappy. A: Indeed you can. The Supreme Court has recognized that the Second Amendment applies to individuals. You’re in the clear. Justices Kavanaugh and Barrett were specifically vetted to keep your home safe from harm. Q: Explain to me why I can bring an M249 light machine gun with tripod and ammunition belts into a movie theater in Honduras, but not in the United States of America. Has the Second Amendment been completely gutted? Do we now live in a totalitarian police state? A: That’s exactly what’s happened. The fact is that the People’s Right to Bear Arms is accorded greater respect in Honduras, Texas and the Democratic Republic of Congo than it is here — thanks to Biden, Cuomo, Myrick and their cabal of gun-haters. Q: I saw a new Reinhard Heydrich Commemorative Luger (and matching

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duffle bag of 9mm ammunition) at a gun show for $2,600. There was some talk of something called a “background check,” and I’m concerned that my history of mental illness and extensive felony record may make it difficult to take advantage of this rare bargain. Should I be concerned? A: Rest easy, the NRA has top people working on a whole new set of loopholes to circumvent any restrictions. Now that the bankruptcy kerfuffle is behind them, they’re on the job again. Check back in maybe a month. Q: Speaking of the NRA, I’ve been following the bill proposed last year by NRA-sponsored senators to replace Ben Franklin with Hiram Maxim, inventor of the machine gun, on the hundreddollar bill. Will the recent elections affect that? A: That still looks likely to take effect early next year as planned. Senator Joe Manchin will see to it that there are no snags. Q: I’ve seen and heard President Biden compared to Hitler, and also to Stalin. Which is it? I don’t want to be wrong. A: According to a recent study on this very question by the Smith & Wesson Heritage Foundation, the correct answer is Hitler. Q: For as long as I can remember in our house, Christmas has meant stockings loaded with 30-round ammunition magazines, cute little revolvers, shiny new assault rifles, and, one very special year, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. If the gun-haters have their way, what’s Santa going to use for stocking-stuffers in the future? A: At least at the federal level, Santa Claus has been specifically exempted from gun-control legislation (including executive orders). The Naughty List, however, might one day be used for background checks in the future. Those people also hate Christmas, as you know. Q: I get that some people feel that assault rifles aren’t necessary for ordinary people to have, but isn’t this a slippery slope? If it’s assault rifles today, what’s next? Common handguns? A: A very slippery slope, indeed. A recently-intercepted memo from President Biden to Gov. Cuomo has confirmed that the gun control conspirators will not be satisfied until it’s illegal to point at someone with your index finger and say “bang,” “gotcha” or “pow.”

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of information and power only served to accentuate unfair conditions, where the perception of good and benefit were skewed by political ideology, and where externalities were overburdening an important part of the population. So, to treat the disease (through mitigation), rather than just focusing on the symptoms (through adaptation) or preparing for the inevitable future impacts (through resilience), we needed to develop a pragmatic plan to achieve three main goals: mitigate the effects of climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate economic and social inequality and maximize efficiency in all aspects of the economy, all while reducing externalities without disrupting the equilibrium that made our economy work. We needed to treat the problem as a market failure. Just by understanding the problem and by separating the environmental and social effects from the root cause, we had already made progress towards a targeted, implementable solution. I believe it was not until then that we truly had the basis for a Green New Deal. So, armed with new knowledge and understanding, we set out to redefine the Ithaca GND as a mission-oriented and collaborative approach to carbon neutral-

ity and social justice. A 10-year mobilization effort aimed at altering the economy by enabling a new social contract, and by redefining the relationship between government and all sectors of society. The GND is, first and foremost, a people-first approach, where the emphasis is no longer on short-term economic returns, but rather on long-run outcomes that elevate social capital and promote inclusive economic growth. It is a coordinated effort to redefine our future as one in which equity, justice and sustainable prosperity remain as core values in our community. Through this new lens, the new GND also implies the mobilization of a different set of public sector capabilities, including the ability to convene, articulate and serve as a catalyst for innovation, investment and social change. It is also an invitation to all sectors of society to participate in the implementation of a more sustainable economic model, supported by a democratic form of engagement and a holistic approach to policy, investment and stakeholder governance. While this type of transformation is hard to imagine, we should also bear in mind the precedent set in the past 12 months when through a similar approach the world developed not one, but multiple vaccines in record time. So, we have precedent, the political will and the talent to pull it off. We just need to get to work.


panding the building to create more space. “It’s the program space and office space and storage space and things like that, again, that are really crushing us,” Sheriff Derek Osborne said. A major problem facing the jail has been the low staffing levels, which has affected the jail’s ability to house juveniles. When the Office of Children and Family Services reached out to the Tompkins County Jail seeking placement for juveniles, insufficient staff numbers precluded the facility from housing them. John pointed out that staff shortages seem to be a national trend, but after attending an undersheriff meeting, Olin said that this issue has affected Tompkins County “more drastically than other counties that surround us.” “Cortland, Seneca, Saratoga and other counties are reporting the best staffing levels they have ever seen,” she said. “So while I do see part of it as a national trend, counties surrounding us are not seeing that.” Osburne added that the staffing prob-

lems in the office are unprecedented in the county. “Despite what is going on nationally, I have never seen anything like this before going on in the Sheriff ’s Office,” he said. “We used to be the agency everyone was fighting to get into...and it simply just is not the case anymore.” The Sheriff ’s Office has been taking steps to generate interest in the career and recruit staff. In addition to attending job fairs in the local area, the office plans to conduct physical agility test preparation sessions throughout the county this summer and have put together a video for recruits with information about the physical fitness test. -Fa i t h Fish e r Faith Fisher is a reporter from The Cornell Daily Sun working on The Sun’s inaugural summer fellowship at The Ithaca Times.


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YOUR LETTERS Re: Community Connections Thank you for your profile of Chantelle Farmer. I’m a long-time devotee. Still, I was unaware of how Chantelle’s background and training made her so well suited to creating the unique, effective, and affordable exercise option that is FLX Fitness. In addition to being a smoothly run operation that brought fitness outdoors and into our homes during the pandemic, Chantelle has nurtured a fun, caring, and inclusive community with talented and supportive teachers, and warm camaraderie among members. -Stacey Lehman, Ithaca, NY

Re: Kelles cryptomining bill If Kelles’ bill did not pass in the Democrat controlled Assembly, what chance does it have? Obviously the Democrat leadership was not interested. Of course, she may be using it to show her constituents how zealous she is knowing it is going nowhere. -Henry Kramer, via Ithaca.com

When will they ever learn? Ithaca needs more low cost affordable housing. Yet, they keep increasing the cost of building it with more and more environmental costs. The two goals are contradictory. You can’t keep electrifying things and not build more power plants. Reliable electricity does not magically appear at the plug. It has to be produced and the sun does not always shine or the wind blows. Environmental czars and activists will keep electrifying without building fossil fuel or nuclear plants. Can’t do both. Things electric require a power source. That is a fact and facts are stubborn things. -Henry Kramer, via Ithaca.com So we have czars now under a constitutional republic? Yikes. George Washington who refused the throne is rolling over in his grave. Also, anytime you put an adjective in front of the word justice, it just becomes injustice since it usually means innocent people will just be punished in order to reward others. -Richard Ballantyne, via Ithaca.com

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“We have maintenance people in schools, doctors, lawyers, corporate business owners,” Piligian said. “It’s people who are very interested in railroads, but we also have people who really aren’t all that interested in railroads but they like touring.” After a safety briefing, the members began their eight-hour journey, which took them from Ithaca’s Cecil Malone Drive all the way to the former power plant at the far end of the railroad— and then back. According to Piligian, the speed at which the caravan of motorcars travels varies according to the specific rail conditions requirements set by the host railroad. Although the rail speeders can reach up to 30 mph, the vehicles averaged a speed of 12 mph during the Ithaca excursion, including stops. Piligian shared that much of the speed decision came down to scenic and safety considerations. “We didn’t want to do much more than 15 [mph] up along the lake because the scenery was so nice,” he said. “Because of safety issues, you have to be able to proceed at a speed where you can stay spaced out and stop on time, and that will change Ju ly

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depending on the conditions.” Along the ride, many individuals came out and waved to the members making their way down the Ithaca Central Railroad. According to Piligian, the railroad was happy with the group’s performance, and invited them back again in the future, an opportunity he will welcome after a “pleasant” experience in Ithaca. “When you ride down the highway you see people’s front yards, but when you ride along the railroad you see people’s backyards,” he said. “You see things you would not see from the highway. That railroad is a very scenic railroad, so it was just fantastic.” To see a video of the rail speeders’ ride through Ithaca, visit https://youtu.be/ KkvYserrcbQ -Fa i t h Fish e r Faith Fisher is a reporter from The Cornell Daily Sun working on The Sun’s inaugural summer fellowship at The Ithaca Times.

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FUN MONEY The American Rescue Plan Act gave Tompkins County $20 million and the City of Ithaca $17 million to work with. Where will it go? Officials don’t quite know yet. By Fa i t h F i s h e r a n d Ta n n e r H a r di ng


he American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will award Tompkins County with $20 million and the City of Ithaca with $17 million. But the question remains about how to spend it. There are usage restrictions set forth by the federal government. The money can be used for directly responding to the pub8  T

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lic health emergency in the form of assistance to households, small businesses or impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality; responding to workers performing essential work during the public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers; providing government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue due to COVID-19; and making 7–13,

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investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure. According to Ryan Gregoir, the New York State Association of Counties’ legislative director, the county’s $20 million does not need to be spent until Dec. 31, 2026, but must be obligated by Dec. 21, 2024. According to Gregoire, most counties have fixed their attention on the third and

fourth categories — the reduction in revenue and infrastructure categories, respectively— but the third category is especially appealing. “On number three, which is the reduction in revenue, a lot of counties are going this route, because it gives you the most flexibility and what you can use the funds for,” he said. “...The third category grants

broad authority for government service delivery.” Gregoire also shared that most counties to date have been looking to spend the funds on one-time spending opportunities such as capital infrastructure, and he cautioned the members about allocating the funds to investments that would require yearly spending. “Many counties are looking at ways to make these investments as one-time investments because they don’t want to create recurring expenses after this year,” the director said. “...So that’s something that everyone’s keeping in the forefront of their minds throughout this process and one of the guiding principles that I’ve heard from across the state.” Although he relayed that the categories for the use of ARPA funds are broad, Gregoire stressed the importance of being able to justify spending decisions in the county. “When the federal government audits the county to determine if you use these funds in their eligible criteria, it’s really important to make sure that you have a document paper trail as to how you reach the conclusion that this was an eligible use,” he said. “You’re going to need that to back-up any questions that may arise from the federal government.” According to Ithaca mayor Svante Myrick, the city isn’t particularly focused on any one category when it comes to spending their $17 million. At least not yet. At this point Myrick has requested department heads, community partners and outside agencies to submit requests for the funds for consideration. “There are no surprises here but it gives us the opportunity to take on water and sewer infrastructure,” he said. “There’s a lot of road repair work that needs to be done, and bridges as well. We think there may be ways to invest in economic development — more job creation and job training. And, to the degree that it’s allowed, we’d like to spend it on social services, like if we can help boost affordable housing by funding local nonprofit developers.” Gregoire had outlined only water, sewer and broadband for infrastructure funding, but Myrick said that while water and sewer are particularly being stressed, the city is trying to see how broadly they can define infrastructure to include other things. The county’s director of finance, Rick Snyder, ran through the county’s fund balance, which in total he estimated increased by about $1.7-2 million from Dec. 31, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2020. In his primarily optimistic assessment of the fund balance, he shared

that the only fund that “took a hit” was the insurance reserve fund, which faced a decrease of about $270,000 and shows a restricted fund balance of $691,000. His presentation continued on to sales tax projections for the county. Using 2019 — a pre-pandemic year — as a basis for comparison, he estimated a projected sales tax revenue budget 0.8% higher than that of 2019. Committee chair member Deborah Dawson added to the cheery assessment of sales tax revenue when she broached that Cornell University and Ithaca College will be returning for in-person instruction, which will “probably be one of the biggest sources of sales tax.” The meeting took a more pessimistic turn when Amie Hendrix reported on the county’s revenue losses in 2020, which according to her analysis totaled approximately $27 million. She explained that in order to have access to the ARPA funds, the county must show a revenue loss greater than or equal to the funds available from

Interim County Administrator Lisa Holmes presented a report to the committee, which listed potential projects that the county could fund through ARPA. Holmes categorized the spending possibilities into those that fall within the existing capital program, ongoing expense and one time needs for Reimagining Public Safety, and additional needs delineated by various departments throughout the county. Once briefed on the myriad spending possibilities available to the county through ARPA, many members of the committee continued to express their support for spending the funds on one-time, more immediate expenditures. I think when we do the expenditures, I think we’re really going to kind of keep that in mind that people are watching this... and I think they kind of want us to spend it on stuff that directly impacts them — like right now, or at least as quickly as possible,” committee member Mike Sigler said. Martha Robertson raised caution about longer term spending projects.

“...The reduction in revenue, a lot of counties are going this route, because it gives you the most flexibility” -Ryan Gregoir,

ARPA. According to her calculation of $27 million of losses— in comparison to the $20 million conferred by ARPA— the county will be able to claim the ARPA funds. Despite the disheartening scale of the 2020 revenue loss, the promise of funds reassured the committee members. “Even though that’s a really painful number, it does simplify our task when we figure out how to use our funds,” Dawson said. “It means that we can use the less restrictive category of government operations.” After Hendrix discussed various compliance and reporting requirements and terms and conditions of the funds, the conversation turned to logistical concerns around the spending requirements. Many members of the committee pointed out that the county would need to use some of the funds to hire staff to support the level of auditing and reporting the use of ARPA funds necessitates.

“The spending has to be completed by 2026, so knowing how long it might take to design, either a jail or an office building, and get it built and all the rest, 2026 may seem like a long time from now,” she said. “But we really have to be careful and map that out and see if that’s a realistic timeframe. In past Council meetings, that same concern has been expressed by both Myrick and city controller Steve Thayer, who both believe they shouldn’t be spending one-time funds on recurring costs. For instance, Fire Chief Tom Parsons requested funding for a few positions within the Fire Department and suggested the funding come from the ARPA funds, but Thayer and Myrick countered that it would make more sense to come from recurring funding sources. In terms of their timeline for spending the money, Myrick said he can’t say for sure until he receives all the different requests.

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“I have no doubt that we could commit all the funding this fall, but it depends,” he said. The county is taking a slightly different approach when it comes to prioritizing its options for spending the money. Instead of receiving requests from the county departments and community partners and agencies, they put out a survey for residents to take. The survey allowed people to rank the different spending categories by what was most important to them. Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County communication director, delivered a report on the results of that survey. The survey, which was available from June 15- June 28 amassed almost 2,000 unique responses from across the county. A main survey question of discussion focused on the top three suggested uses for the Tompkins County’s American Rescue Plan Funds. Out of the eight different response options, the majority of respondents favored the following three uses: responding to the needs of households that suffered as a result of COVID-19; helping small businesses and not-for-profits that lost income during the pandemic or are struggling to recover; and addressing public health, mental health and early and special education services needs. Before the county’s June 30 Budget Committee meeting, the committee members had written statements with their proposed spending priorities as a baseline for the discussion. Although the agenda called for the reading of these pre-meeting statements, the committee decided to forego the exercise due to changing priorities resulting from the new information. “I think we need this meeting — I needed this meeting,” Amanda Champion said. “I am blown away by all that [information]. So, my priorities have absolutely shifted my focus.” Equipped with the new information about spending opportunities and public opinions towards the spending, the committee decided to craft amended legislator statements declaring their spending priorities. The members decided that a reassessment of their priorities would lead to a more productive discussion. On the city’s side, there are no specific priorities, but Myrick said the high cost of housing, the need to repair infrastructure and the Green New Deal are things that are always on his mind. “Any projects that hit on one, or two or all three would be what I’m looking for,” he said.

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Walking Fire By Ste ve L aw re nc e


his is one of those summer smorgasbord columns that will provide some updates on some athletes recently featured, but first, I want to write about a young man whose passing last week hurt my heart more than anything has in a long time. His parents are former colleagues and longtime friends, and Jared Brooks brought a unique, unmistakable and undeniable energy to everything he did, from running down a soccer ball to traveling the world.

The local soccer community lost a beloved member last week when Jared passed away at age 23. Fellow soccer player and TC3 soccer alum Colton Wigsten called Jared “a scrapper who just never quit running.” I wrote a story about Jared for this column in 2016. He was also featured on the cover of this paper in 2015, and in the words of his longtime coach Lamar Peters, “In that cover photo, Jared was running like a kid that had somewhere to go.” Lamar, who is now the head of the local soccer club — Waza FC —was kind enough to take the time to talk about Jared’s impact on the soccer community. “Whatever team he played for — the high school team, the club team — he was the energy guy,” Peters offered. “If he was having a good day, it was a party for everybody, and on his best day he was the best. He was just a dynamite kid.”

“I started coaching Jared when he was about 13, up until last Sunday,” Lamar added. “I watched Jared and his crew do all that wonderful stuff at Ithaca High (two straight STAC and Sectional titles and one of the elite teams in the state), and he was a huge part of that group’s success.” Lamar conveyed how much he loves Jared’s parents, John and Aj, and his sister, Marley. “Theirs is a wonderful family,” he stated, “and it has been a great honor to be not only Jared’s coach and friend, but his mentor as well. He was the kid I most identified with, I really ‘got’ his energy. Man... that kid was walking fire.” ● ● ●

Now a couple of updates... When triathlete Taylor Knibb joined Kyle Dake on the “Cornell Alumni on the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team” list, I mentioned that we would keep our eye on hammer thrower Rudy Winkler. Winkler, an All-American at Cornell (class of ‘16), represented the U.S.A. at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and he was gearing up to try to qualify again. Now, I am not much of a physics guy, but when I watched the video of Winkler’s throw at the Trials, I was dumbfounded that a human being could pick up a 16-pound ball (the same weight as a heavy bowling ball) attached to a four-foot wire, spin three times in a small circle and generate enough force to throw the implement 271-feet, 4 inches. For those as math-challenged as I am physics-challenged, that

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Another update on a recently-featured local athlete... It may appear that I spend too much time watching YouTube, but I have watched — and advocated that all baseball fans watch — the dozen or so clips featuring Ithaca College graduate Tim Locastro’s impressive performances as a Major League Baseball player. Widely regarded as the game’s fastest man, Locastro’s name has showed up in the same sentence as MLB legends like Tim Raines ( Locastro broke Raines’ record by successfully clinching the first 28 base stealing attempts of his MLB career), and the fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks loved Locastro’s raw speed and obvious love for the game. We all know how much fan loyalty means to baseball executives, and when the New York Yankees took the field last weekend, their lineup read, “Batting ninth, starting in leftfield, Tim Locastro.” That’s right, the Auburn native and former I.C. Bomber is now a Bronx Bomber. Good luck, Tim. I plan to get to a game this season, and I can’t wait to see you in pinstripes. (See page 3 for more on Locastro)

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is 29 feet short of the length of a football field. Winkler’s throw shattered the American record, and would have won Gold in six of the last seven Olympics. The feat is easily viewed on YouTube, and I highly recommend checking it out. Congratulations Rudy, and good luck in Tokyo.

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ia, on the Ithaca Commons, is the fifth restaurant: (Thai Cuisine, 1988; Just a Taste, 1991; Madeline’s, 1998; Za Za’s Cucina; 2002; Mia, 2011.) opened in downtown Ithaca by restaurateur and entrepreneur Lex Chutintaranond. Lex’s method of operation is to sell the establishment to family or staff several years after getting them started. Chutintaranond sold it in 2012 to his cousin, Yuttanun Nakaranurck, who was then, and still is, the executive chef.

Since Chutintaranond was born in Thailand, it’s not surprising there’s a strong Thai and Indian flair to the cuisine offered at Mia. In fact, Mia has two distinct menu options: tapas and one featuring “large plate” entrées both demonstrating a strong Asian influence. My favorite large plate is Crispy Half Duck. Actually, duck is a specialty here and comes as three different, and unique meat entrées. Don’t be concerned: this is not the greasy duck that sometimes comes cooked in fat in other restaurants. Mia’s three offerings (all $25), come with the fat burned off and a crispy, sometimes lightly charred skin. Going from mild to spicy, the first item is a Crispy Half Duck with Asian greens (during my visits the greens have always been bok choy), in a shiitake mushroom and five spice demi glaze. Despite the description, it’s mild. Next up the spicy ladder is a Thai Panang curry sauce that is sweet with a definite spicy accent. Then comes Crispy Duck Lad Prig served in a garlic, tamarind chili sauce. The chilis and peppers made me catch my breath and reach for the water glass. If you’re not up for duck, I’ve enjoyed, under the Seafood Large Plates menu, Thai Shrimp Clay Pot with bamboo shoots, baby

corn, shiitake mushrooms and cashews over rice. Despite the menu nomenclature, it wasn’t served in a clay pot, rather, a ceramic-type round bowl that didn’t remotely resemble the porous clay pot that regular users of clay pots soak in cold water to obtain and retain moisture and then use for cooking and serving. And although the meal was hearty and robust, I would have preferred a different ratio of interesting ingredients to rice — more shrimp, corn, cashews and mushrooms, less rice. In addition to Meat and Seafood categories you’ll find an interesting and appealing selection of a half dozen Vegetarian Large Plates ($15-$16). Speaking of vegetarian, there are many clearly marked (VG) vegetarian and (GF) gluten free items sprinkled throughout both sides of the menu. The tapas side offers an interesting variety of about a dozen, smaller, à la carte type selections priced from $6.50 (sweet potato fries) to $12 (calamari or pork belly). Once I tried the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Satay with Peanut Sauce ($9), which is on the “From the Grill” section of the tapas menu. I’ve never before had a satay that didn’t come on a skewer, however I enjoyed Mia’s unusual presentation which was a circular layering of butterflied shrimp artfully placed around a dome of shredded red cabbage. I often select dishes from the Large Plates and the Tapas sides of the menu at the same dinner. For example, I recently ordered the Mushroom Leek Soup from the tapas side. It resembled the bowl offerings in other Asian restaurants with lots of solid ingredients in a hearty broth. The other soup on the menu, Tom Yum Goong, was too spicy for me to enjoy. In addition to the soup, I selected Alaskan crab meat and shrimp wontons in a mushroom and ginger broth from the tapas menu and the pan-seared sea bass from the large plates side. Those three dishes cost a combined $34 and offered a most satisfying meal with a lot of interesting variety of deftly combined ingredients and flavors. Desserts: There are four at $8 each. The Thai Tea Crème Brulée is rich and creamy. The brulée effect is the result of using a torch on the raw sugar topping…common in many restaurants. Beverages: There are a half-dozen domestic beers in bottles and another half-dozen imported — none over $6. The wine menu is relatively short, but comprehensive, featuring all the major grape categories and they come from the best, and most appropriate, regions of the world, e.g. Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina and Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Several mixed cocktails, coffee and jasmine and oolong green tea round out the menus.

Tidbits: Note to allergy sufferers: The “From the Grill” section has five items and three include peanut sauce. The restrooms are down a short corridor and then up a rather steep flight of 18 steps. If this is a problem, ask a staff member about the out-of-sight nearby elevator. Ju ly

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BVC’s thoughts on 2020 films By Br yan VanC ampe n


et us puzzle over the latest Christopher Nolan movie. “Tenet” (Warner Bros.-Syncopy, 2020, 150 min.) is a spy movie where the central MacGuffin is time travel, specifi-

cally the notion of going backward and forward in time at will. So, of course the title is a palindrome. I admire Christopher Nolan’s ability to make smart, idiosyncratic blockbusters that make money

and earn him the right to keep pushing boundaries and envelopes. Lately though, Nolan’s movies have been all head and no heart. (Just so we’re clear, I didn’t connect emotionally or narratively with Nolan’s last film “Dunkirk.” It was up to Nolan to tell the story in a way that kept me connected to it, and I feel like he failed. The battle of Dunkirk clearly means a lot to Nolan, but he didn’t make it mean anything to me.) “Tenet” is like that, a complex and twisty thriller filled with “How did they do that?” back and forth imagery. Like all of Nolan’s movies, it’s made with fetishistic grandeur but like “Dunkirk,” this one lacks emotional content. Nolan’s style sometimes strays too closely to Zack Snyder’s style: beautifully shot storyboards that

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If you’re in the mood for an animated family fable with a strong Asian flavor, watch the original 1998 version of “Mulan.” If you’re in the mood for the “Lord of the Rings” version of the same tale sans songs and the talking dragon sidekick, check out the live-action remake of “Mulan” (Disney, 2020, 115 mins.). This new “Mulan” is certainly handsomely produced, with beautiful austere locations shot on two continents and packed top to bottom with top Asian talent including Donnie Yen, Gong Li and Rosalind Chao, any of whom could carry their own epic. You can tell that the filmmakers have studied “Hero” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” for visual inspiration. These live-action remakes are really beside the point. (I have not seen the recent re-dos of “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Dumbo.”) Why spend all that money emulating an artist’s brushstroke? Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” is probably the best of the bunch, but none of them have come close to supplanting memories of the original cartoons. ● ● ●

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never quite involve the soul. Lead John David Washington as The Protagonist is a skillful cipher with no name; he’s Bond as a plot device, not a real character. Kenneth Branagh has too much character, chewing all the high-concept scenery and screaming in the terrible Russian accent he used in “Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit.” Trust me: if Goldfinger and Blofeld tell you to take it down a notch, you’re over the top.

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It’s my job to make it to the end, but I confess I could only make it halfway through George Clooney’s tedious new pandemic shrug “The Midnight Sky” (Netflix, 2020, 118 min.). It’s as if Clooney studied the somnambulant remake of “Solaris” that he made with Steven Soderbergh and decided it was too exciting. Let me state for the record that Clooney’s directorial debut “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” is one of the best first films by any director ever, and that “Good Night and Good Luck” was more than a worthy follow-up. Since then, every Clooney joint sounds good in theory but turns out ham-fisted and obvious: “Leatherheads,” “The Ides of March” and “Suburbicon.” Aside from his droll starring role in the Coen brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” who knew that George Clooney would turn out to be this generation’s Stanley Kramer? Recommended: “No Ordinary Man” at Cinemapolis. RIP Richard Donner (“Superman: The Movie,” “Inside Moves”, “Lethal Weapon,” “The Omen”)

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Beat the summer heat and explore Ithaca’s natural beauty By Faith Fi she r


thaca has so much to offer in the summer, it would be a shame if the heat kept you from enjoying its natural beauty. From cooling off in the lake to walking down shaded trails, here are some activities that will help you reap the benefits of nature and beat the heat.

Swimming Spots:

South Point at Taughannock Falls State Park Take a dip in the lake in the swimming area off South Point, where lifeguards monitor a roped-off area. For the more adventurous swimmers, wade to the dock and jump off the springboard into the water. Lansing, Myers Park Monitored by lifeguards, the swimming area at Myers Park is the perfect way to cool off after playing a game of volleyball, basketball or horseshoe. For another way to cool off, spend some time under the shaded gazebo. Buttermilk Falls State Park This swimming area is situated at the base of the waterfall. It is a perfect stop-

ping point to cool off after exploring the dozens of other waterfalls above the swimming area along the trail. Treman State Park Pack your towels and get ready to take a dip at the base of a 30-foot waterfall which feeds the swimming hole. Make a point to take a turn on the diving board for an exhilarating and refreshing jump into the cool water. Another attraction at this park is Lucifer Falls, which although has no place for swimming, offers some incredible views of Ithaca’s natural beauty. Cass Park Pool Cass Park Pool is open to the public for swimming. There is an admission fee which varies according to age and residency. More information about fees can be found on the website. From July 6-Aug. 22, the hours for public swim are as follows: Mon-Fri from 3:30-7 p.m. Sat-Sun from 12:30-6 p.m. Alex Haley Pool Alex Haley Pool welcomes itself to the public each day from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and resumes again from 3:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.. Starting on Aug. 20, the hours will

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Paddle Boarding/Kayaking:

You can explore Ithaca’s beauty and get some outdoor exercise by paddling through the lake. Whether you accidentally fall in, get splashed by your group, or take an intentional dip, the crisp Cayuga water will cool you off from the beating sun. There are several places around Ithaca that offer paddle board and kayak rentals with easy access to the lake. Rentals available at: Paddle Dockers offers canoes, kayak, and paddle board rentals. You can launch into the water right from the dock on the Inlet to Cayuga Lake. Paddle N More has three locations and offers rentals, lessons and guided trips. Visit their website to make a reservation through the online system. The three locations you can choose from are: Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg Myers Park in Lansing Stewart Park in Ithaca – weekends only


Even if self-paddling isn’t for you, you can still spend time outside on the water— take a boat tour or rent one yourself to feel the refreshing breeze of the lake and pass the time on the water. Finger Lakes Boating Center The Finger Lakes Boating Center rents out 22-foot long pontoons to customers to enjoy on the lake for the day, three days, or the entire week.

Finger Lakes Boat Rental Explore the beauty of the Finger Lakes on a bowrider or pontoon. Finger Lakes Boat Rental offers rentals ranging from half days to weekly increments. Discover Cayuga Lake Boat Tours On the weekends, you can enjoy a onehour cruise across the lake which launches from the dock at Ithaca’s Farmer’s Market. During the week, take a sunset cruise, an Osprey eco-cruise, or a night sky cruise. The touring group also offers private charters.

Other Activities

Cornell Botanic Gardens Let the cover of the trees cool you off as you venture down Fischer Old Growth Forest and the Carter Creek Preserve, two shaded trails that traverse the Cornell Botanic Gardens. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy 23 tree species, reaching heights of over 150 feet, that populate the old growth forest. The forested area of Carter Creek will protect you from the hot rays of the summer sun. Experience the upland forest vegetation and the view of the creek which cuts between two hillsides. Cayuga Nature Center Although the lodge remains closed, the trails and TreeTop treehouse at the nature center are open to the public free of charge. Through miles of trails, experience the shade of the woodlands and meadows, and cool yourself off as you pass by ponds, streams and waterfalls. If you have enough energy left after a long day of exploring the trails, visit the six-story treehouse TreeTops for sweeping views of the forested area.

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ortland Repertory Theatre presents its first post- pandemic live show when singer Lisa Rock brings “Close to You – The Music of the Carpenters” to Cortland on July 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and July 10 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Rock spoke to the Ithaca Times about the show. Ithaca Times: Tell me about what the show is. Lisa Rock: It’s 11 years ago now. It’s called “Close to You – The Music of the Carpenters.” The Carpenters had 15 #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary Charts, so we do those, plus some other songs, and then talk about the Carpenters; we have a lot of personal anecdotes of people that we’ve met that knew them: stories that people have told us through the years, and a lot of research, obviously. IT: When did you first hear The Carpenters? LR: Oh, yeah, my parents had their first record in 1969, so that was the year I was born. I’ve been listening to them my whole life. I listened to all kinds of great music growing up. IT: I really miss the variety of radio, the way it used to be. LR: Agreed. If you listen to a threehour block, you hear a repeat of songs rather than an album. IT: I understand you can’t go from Mötley Crüe to The Carpenters, but there’s gotta be more variety. LR: That’s how I feel about country music. The women are at the top of the charts,

and yet if you listen to a country station, it’s all the male artists. Even now, even today. And you don’t hear any of those female artists, and yet when they’re on those awards shows, who wins? And yet, you never see them, you never hear that on the radio. So it’s very frustrating. IT: You could play anybody’s music but you chose The Carpenters. Why? LR: No one was doing it at the time that I was aware of. We’ve been on the road actually longer than The Carpenters at this point. I don’t mean any sass by this, but I do ask, if you can name a female artist today, that it’s about the music, and not about the image or how she looks, and it’s just the music, that’s what The Carpenters were. No offense to people who like to go and watch fireworks and dance shows, but The Carpenters were just a group of musicians playing the music that they wrote, Richard Carpenter and Paul Williams. They were playing music, they were touring musicians that just happened to have that hook and was on the pop chart every time they put something out. We’re musicians. That’s all it is. It’s about connecting to the audience and sharing this incredible, very layered, very complicated music. IT: There was a lot of sophisticated construction in their songs. They might have taught me the sound of a major seventh chord, or a suspended chord. LR: It’s that jazz influence, right? You can hear that jazz influence. My guys are a jazz combo on their own, and so you can hear it in their playing, what they bring out and what they hear. But you go back and listen to something like “Superstar,” when it’s just the piano and not the vocal. You can hear that jazz beat to it, those drum rhythms, there’s nothing about that that’s simple. It’s very complicated, and so is the harmony, there’s a lot of sixths in there. We’ve played it over 300 times and we’re not sick of it.

Cortland Repertory Theatre The Music of the Carpenters” is at the Cortland Repertory Theatre July 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and July 10 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-36


The music prevails

The Hangar’s ‘Once’ showcases musical talent in front of a noteworthy backdrop in this Irish tale. By Barbara Ad am s

Julie Benko in Once at the Hangar Theatre (photo: Rachel Philipson)


ain postponed but didn’t vanquish the Hangar Theatre’s second outdoor summer production, the Dublin-based musical “Once.” At Saturday’s performance, director Shirley Serotsky, wearing mud-spattered galoshes, greeted an eager crowd, whose high spirits weren’t dampened by the wet aisles. In this wistful romantic play, written by the prolific and talented Irish playwright, Enda Walsh, “Guy” (a discouraged Dublin busker) meets “Girl” (an irrepressible Czech pianist) and they make charming music together. You may recall the 2007 film, or perhaps saw the 2011 New York production based on it, which was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won eight, including best musical. Surely you recall the key song, “Falling Slowly,” which won an Academy Award. The folk rock music throughout is easy on the ears, and the young couple’s performances are backed by a cadre of 10 musicians, all always on stage. With a rich variety of instruments –– guitars and banjos, flute and percussion (both cajón and bodhran drums) –– they deliver the music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the creative duo who originally starred in both the film and stage play. The aptly minimal set (by Steve TenEyck) has a spectacular backdrop: an enormous poplar, whose broad gnarled trunk is expressively lit (John D. Alexander) to shape various moods. A rousing full-cast version of “Red-Haired Mary” opens the story, followed by Guy singing the melancholy “Leave.” (It’s not quite clear he’s a busker, exactly, but clearly a dispirited musician). When he abandons his guitar, Girl, who’s been listening, confronts him, and their dance is begun. Girl’s abrupt frankness is a great source of humor here, which continually trims the edge off their tale’s inevitable sweetness. She urges Guy to speak, to play more, and when she learns he’s a vacuum repairman in his dad’s shop, decides he should repair her Hoover: “It doesn’t suck.” In exchange for fixing her machine, she’ll

repay him with a song –– and hauls him to a friend’s music store where she uses the piano. “You will not die if you play this song with me,” she assures him somberly. Julie Benko’s Girl, with her clipped Czech accent and no-nonsense manner, is captivating; Heath Saunders’ Guy (perhaps too downbeat for too much of the action) is her project. He’s stuck in his little life, missing a girl who left him for New York City; but when Girl listens to his music, she’s convinced that if the world only hears him, he’ll be a rising star. Most of the narrative involves her renting a recording studio and them assembling a band and Guy performing in a local club as “Hoover Man.” There’s also a banker (Chris “Red” Blisset, musical director) who provides an unlikely loan and becomes a willing guitarist; Girl’s mother (Heidi Hayes), who tells a freakish cautionary tale; and Girl’s little daughter, Ivanka, a living reminder of the complexity of these immigrants’ lives in their new home. Billy, the owner of the music shop and Girl’s self-assigned protector, is unforgettably played by Evan Harrington, blustery and vulgar, fiercely fighting the virtues of Dublin over Cork. Local actor Craig MacDonald plays Guy’s Da as well as an instrument, and among this musically rich cast, try to catch the brief solo of Chibueze Ihuoma. The storyline’s thin (the path to Grammy fame is surely more arduous) but luckily, there’s so much music to enjoy –– Guy’s solos and stirring full-cast numbers, everyone onstage playing –– as well as swarming and jigging (choreography by Fatima Sowe; costumes by Debra Kim Sivigny). (On Saturday, Sun Hee Kil’s sound system was excellent for most numbers but faltered for some speeches.) Act two slows somewhat as the realities of life choices catch up with Guy and Girl, but the music –– “raise your hopeful voice” –– prevails.

Hangar Theatre “Once,” book by Enda Walsh; music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Directed by Shirley Serotsky, at the Hangar Theatre. With Julie Benko and Heath Saunders. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Through July 17. Tickets at 607-273-2787 or https://hangartheatre.easy-ware-ticketing.com/events. Barbara Adams, a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College. Ju ly

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7/8 Thursday 2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series Presents Bead and Bone | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons City Limits | 6 p.m. | Lucas Vineyards, 3862 County Road 150 Music in the Park: Tailor Made | 6:30 p.m. | Myers Park, Myers Road Tommy Tornado | 7 p.m. | Cortland Beer Company, 16 Court Street

7/9 Friday Pub Night: Backtalk featuring Hannah Martin | 5 p.m. | Wagner Vineyards, 9322 State Route 414 Laura Thurston | 5:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89 | Free Garden Concert: Sydney Irving & The Mojo | 6 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | $5.00 Friday Night Music - Purple Valley | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd Groton Summer Concerts: Richman & The BoyZ | 6:30 p.m. | Groton American Legion, 307 Main Street | Free Friday Night Farm Jams: Not From Wisconsin | 6:30 p.m. | Finger Lakes Cider House, 4017 Hickok Road

7/10 Saturday Tyler Burkhart | 12:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89 Destination After Dark | 6 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | $10.00

7/11 Sunday Sunday Brunch: Jim Scala | 1 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | Free Jen Cork | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road Music & Mimosas | 1 p.m. | Hosmer Estate Winery, 7020 Rt 89 | Free Acid & Salt - Music of Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead | 1 p.m. | Brews and Brats at Autumn View (South patio stage), 9632 NY-96, Trumansburg, NY 14886 | Free

Lafayette, NY | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road | $130.00 - $150.00

7/10 Saturday Grassroots Live: Galactic feat. Anjelika ‘Jelly’ Joseph with Danielle Ponder | 5 p.m. | Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Rd

7/11 Sunday Old Crow Medicine Show | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road | $45.00 - $50.00

7/14 Wednesday Bastille Day Organ Concert | 7 p.m. | St. Luke Lutheran Church, 109 Oak Avenue


7/14 Wednesday Newfield Music Series: TOiVO | 6 p.m. | Mill Park, 222 Main St. | Free Concerts/Recitals

7/8 Thursday Music In The Square: Top Shelf | 6 p.m.

7/9 Friday Grassroots Live: Railroad Earth, Aaron Lipp, & Max Flansburg | 5 p.m. | Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Rd Fitz & The Tantrums - Tickets - Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards -

The Wedge: The Police | 7/8 Thursday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | KIDDSTUFF: The Little Mermaid | 10 a.m., 7/9 Friday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | Second show at noon. A family comes together during a big storm to recreate the world of this classic story through the power of their imagination. Once | 2:30 p.m., 7/10 Saturday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | July 1-17. Travel to the streets of Dublin for one fateful week in the life of a young busker who has all but given up on music. Contact theater for showtimes.

Art The Joy of Color: Introduction to Acrylic Painting | 5 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | 15 Steps, 171 East State Street | This 1 1/2 hour class meets on 4 consecutive weeks. Each weekly lesson will build on the skills learned from the previous week. All students will receive a set of .75 oz Liquitex acrylic paints, a pallette knife, and a set of paint brushes. Paper will be provided for all in-class activities. Crochet a Sampler Stitch Burping Blanket | 5:30 p.m., 7/8 Thursday | 15 Steps, 171 East State Street | In this 5 week class students will learn a variety of crochet stitches and create a 9 square burping blanket. This class is for both beginners and experienced yarn crafters. Beginners will progress at their own pace and employ as many different stitches as they feel confident completing. Webinar: In the Studio with Scientific Illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller | 12 p.m., 7/9 Friday | Virtual, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road | Join us for a virtual visit to the studio of professional science illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller. | Free The Gallery at South Hill exhibit of Michael Sampson paintings | 5 p.m., 7/9 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | Michael Sampson paintings abstracted from the figure. Opening reception Saturday June 26 from 5-7 pm at The Gallery at South Hill located at 950 Danby Road, back entrance to South Hill Business Center. | Free





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Summer of Soul | 7/8 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Showtimes Thurs-Sun. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. The Truffle Hunters | 7/8 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | In-theater Thurs-Sun. Check website for showtimes. Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. The Sparks Brothers | 7/9 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Edgar Wright’s debut documentary takes audiences on a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band’s favorite band.

Special Events Cortland County Junior Fair | 7/7 Wednesday | Cortland County Fairgrounds, 4301 Fairgrounds Drive | The Cortland County Junior Fair returns to the Cortland County Fairgrounds on July 6-10. Cortland Crush vs. Sherrill Silversmiths | 6 p.m., 7/8 Thursday | Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, 3111 Byrne Hollow Crossing | The Cortland Crush battle the Sherill Silversmiths at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Summer Learning Ice Cream and Registration Party | 3 p.m., 7/9 Friday | Montour Falls Library, 406 W Main St | Friday Night Roller Skates | 5:30 p.m., 7/9 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.




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The Loneliest Whale | 7/9 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | A cinematic quest to find the “52 Hertz Whale,” which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale. First Date | 7/9 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Shy teen Mike summons the courage to ask out his neighbor Kelsey, only to realize he’s missing a key element for a successful date – a car. The date soon turns into a surreal misadventure when they are inexplicably targeted by a pair of cops, a criminal gang, and a vengeful cat lady. Censor | 7/9 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | In-theater Thurs-Sun. Check website for showtimes. When Enid is assigned to review a disturbing film from the archive that echoes her hazy childhood memories, she begins to unravel how this eerie work might be tied to her past.



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Landsacpe Painting Workshop | 9 a.m., 7/10 Saturday | North Star Art Gallery, 743 Snyder Hill Road | Plein Air art workshop by Brian Keeler at North Star Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY , July 10th - 9am to 4pm with optional evening session - info at the website northstarartgallery.com | $100.00 $125.00 Cayuga Arts Collective Annual Spring Show “Pop!” | 12 p.m., 7/11 Sunday | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen St | Announcing the fifth annual Cayuga Arts Collective Spring Show celebrating Pop Art and its enduring influence. Show runs Fridays & Sundays through 8/7/21. Junior Illustration Club | 10:30 a.m., 7/12 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Junior Illustration Club, for ages 11 and under, on Mondays this summer! Illustration Club | 1:30 p.m., 7/12 Monday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road | Join us for Illustration Club on Mondays this summer!



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Cortland Crush vs. Syracuse Spartans | 6 p.m., 7/9 Friday | Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, 3111 Byrne Hollow Crossing | The Cortland Crush battle the Syracuse Spartans at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Night Sky Cruise at Allen Treman State Park | 9:30 p.m., 7/9 Friday | The late evening is a beautiful time to be on the lake. On a clear night, the stars and moon shine brightly above and are reflected in the lake’s surface. Masters & HSR Race Weekend | 7/9 Friday | Watkins Glen International, 2790 County Route 16 | The event will be headlined by Masters Historic Formula One USA, featuring cars from the 3-litre F1 era from 1966-1985, Masters Endurance Legends USA, for endurance-based Prototypes & GT cars from 1982-2016 and the newly announced Masters Formula Atlantic Plus Series. Sunday Seasonal Bounty Board | 11 a.m., 7/11 Sunday | Boundary Breaks Vineyard, 1568 Porter Covert Road | Sunday Seasonal Bounty Board at Boundary Breaks Vineyard available every Sunday from now until Columbus Day Weekend! | $28.00 Club Cayuga Sunset Cruises at Allen Treman State Park | 6 p.m., 7/11 Sunday | Club Cayuga Sunset Cruises feature mellow music on board with some of our favorite local DJs! Sunday evenings at sunset, June - September


$30/adults, $50/two adults. Click here to get tickets. Cortland Crush vs. Syracuse Salt Cats | 6 p.m., 7/13 Tuesday | Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, 3111 Byrne Hollow Crossing | The Cortland Crush battle the Syracuse Salt Cats at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex.

Books The Joy of Color: Introduction to Acrylic Painting | 5 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | 15 Steps, 171 East State Street | This 1 1/2 hour class meets on 4 consecutive weeks. Each weekly lesson will build on the skills learned from the previous week. All students will receive a set of .75 oz Liquitex acrylic paints, a pallette knife, and a set of paint brushes. Paper will be provided for all in-class activities. The Restless Pen Series | 6:30 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | The Tioughnioga River Writers are joining together to discuss the craft of writing and share their own writing. Join us for a six-week discussion of Stephen King’s On Writing. Crochet a Sampler Stitch Burping Blanket | 5:30 p.m., 7/8 Thursday | 15 Steps, 171 East State Street | In this 5 week class students will learn a variety of crochet stitches and create a 9 square burping blanket. This class

is for both beginners and experienced yarn crafters. Beginners will progress at their own pace and employ as many different stitches as they feel confident completing. Webinar - Small Business Recovery Grant Program | 11 p.m., 7/8 Thursday | The NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, microbusinesses and for-profit independent arts Webinar: In the Studio with Scientific Illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller | 12 p.m., 7/9 Friday | Virtual, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road | Join us for a virtual visit to the studio of professional science illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller. | Free High School Summer Book Club | 1 p.m., 7/10 Saturday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Teens entering 9th - 12th grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer. 4th & 5th grade Summer Book Club | 1 p.m., 7/10 Saturday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Students entering 4th or 5th grade in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us for Summer Book Clubs. We will meet 2 times in the summer. Virtual Panel by Panel Graphic Novel Book Club | 6:30 p.m., 7/12

Monday | Virtual | July’s meeting will focus on John Lewis’s March Book Two, a continuation of the vivid first-hand account of Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. A limited number of books are available for registered patrons to borrow. This discussion will be offered via Zoom. | Free Tuesday Yoga in the Shire With Dawn | 6 p.m., 7/13 Tuesday | 6:007:00   Power Flow Every Tuesday meet like-minded, health-conscious neighbors, who aren’t afraid to give their bodies some love.   Our fabulous instructor Dawn Kucerak teaches classes

Kids Eco-Explorers: Popular Plants | 6 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | Pop on over to take a tour of some of CNC’s useful, beautiful, and weird plants! We’ll be taking a hike along the property, so make sure to bring your boots! | Free Outdoor Story Time | 8:30 a.m., 7/8 Thursday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Join us at Newton Park for an outdoor storytime presented by Phillips Free Library and the Village of Homer Recreation Department.

Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 7/8 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | 25 local vendors with a great assortment fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, maple products, crafts, soaps, baskets, pottery, brooms, kettle korn and a food truck! | Free Ovid Farmers’ Market Concert Series | 5:30 p.m., 7/9 Friday | Historic Seneca County Courthouse Complex, 7175 Main Street | The Ovid Farmers’ Market Concert Series take place every Friday from 5:30-7:00, weather permitting, and are free and open to all. Ithaca Farmers Market | 9 a.m., 7/10 Saturday | Visit the farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, at the pavilion. Open Days Garden Tours | 10 a.m., 7/10 Saturday | CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue | The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program coordinates local participation every other year in The Open Days Garden Tours, a national event sponsored by The Garden Conservancy . | $10.00 Dewitt Park Ithaca Farmers Market at Dewitt Park | 9 a.m., 7/13 Tuesday | This market is perfect for grabbing prepared food or groceries. Vendors set up around the perimeter of the park (across from Greenstar Oasis) with tents and tables. CAP Health Care Navigator: Carrie Smalser | 2:30 p.m., 7/14 Wednesday | 315-664-4531 csmalser@caphelps.or g csmalser@caphelps.org

Notices Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | Trumansburg Farmers market, Corner of Route 227 & 96 | 7/7- Delta Mike Shaw; 7/14-The Yardvarks | Free Live in Ithaca: Welcome Home Wednesdays | 5:30 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850 | Have you relocated to the area in the past year to live or work in Tompkins County? | Free Eco-Explorers: Popular Plants | 6 p.m., 7/7 Wednesday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | Pop on over to take a tour of some of CNC’s useful, beautiful, and weird plants! We’ll be taking a hike along the property, so make sure to bring your boots! | Free

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Ithaca Commons | They’re back to the Bernie Milton Pavilion! The summer’s best reason to get out to the Commons returns this Thursday with Bead N Bone, an Alt-Reggae band. The concerts are for all ages, so bring the whole family! (photo: provided)

Beak & Skiff, 2708 Lords Hill Rd, Lafayette | A drive up 81N, check out another notable show in a string of big names visiting the famed apple orchard just south of Syracuse. (photo: provided)

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Summer Learning Ice Cream and Registration Party | 3 p.m., 7/9 Friday | Montour Falls Library, 406 W Main St | Tyke Tales Story Time | 6 p.m., 7/9 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm. Free Community Science: PLAY time | 10:30 a.m., 7/10 Saturday | Sciencecenter, 601 1st Street | Saturday, July 10, 10:30 am Conley Park (behind the Sciencenter) Join the Sciencenter and the Toy Library for FREE science fun! Masks are optional at this outdoor activity. | Free Eco-Explorers: Tree-rific | 10 a.m., 7/11 Sunday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | There are so many types of cool trees at the nature center! Join us for fun activities to learn more about some of these unique trees! | Free Family Book Club | 6 p.m., 7/12 Monday | Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main Street | Family Book Club is for 4-8 year olds and their family. For now the family book club will be held on zoom. Eco Explorers: Nature Journaling | 6 p.m., 7/14 Wednesday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd. | Ever think about starting a nature journal, but don’t know where to start? Join us for an introductory crash-course! We’ll talk about what to include in your journal, how to get comfortable adding detail, and why journaling can be so important! | Free

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