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s city officials continue their work to restructure city government, they’re eyeing 2024 as the timeline for the city manager role to take effect. In a discussion at the City Administration Committee meeting on Aug. 25, committee chair Deb Mohlenhoff said it makes more sense for the changes to start at the end of the current mayor’s term. “I know this is a substantive change for the city, so if it passed referendum we’d need to figure out structure, staffing changes,” she said. “We’re thinking about this as a phased transition so it isn’t an abrupt change in how it’s all done.” Residents would get the chance to approve or deny the change to the city charter which would create a city manager position in a councilmanager form of government. The plan also maintains the mayor’s position and he or she would remain the presiding member of Common Council, but the leader of the executive branch of the city would be the city manager. During the discussion at City Administration, it was clear the committee members were still not 100% clear on which executive responsibilities will switch to the city manager and which will remain with the mayor. “At some point in this process it’s going to be important to summarize this in columns,” committee member Graham Kerslick said. “What’s not [clear] from this is what the role of the mayor is. It’s very difficult to see that and that’s what people I think are going to be asking.”

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he Ithaca City School District Board of Education hears you — and they’re worried about COVID too. At the Aug. 24 meeting, members of the board empathized with worried parents who have myriad concerns about returning to school amid a surge in COVID cases in Tompkins County. Parent Kady Balich, who has two children at Beverly J Martin Elementary School, noted that the school district is planning on following the guidelines from the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, but that the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) is following those same protocols and had 17 positive cases in children recently. “So how will those [guidelines] keep our kids from catching COVID inside?” Balich asked. “You mentioned we don’t have enough teachers for in-person learning, so how will we keep our kids safe in classes ever bigger than before if we’re jamming more students into classrooms?” Balich urged the board to think about the best way to bring students back to school this year, and said they need to provide remote options for students who can’t be vaccinated. Her partner, Stephanie Nawrocki, also spoke and said she feels like the district is not prepared for the new school year. “The past two weeks have

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been filled with rage, fear, disappointment and anxiety,” she said. “I’m unsure how to keep our boys safe […] The district is unprepared for the trials ahead.” Nawrocki specifically pointed out the shortages in teachers, custodians and nurses at the school level, and she asked the board to provide a list of vacant positions by school, as well as the list of medical professionals who are reviewing and approving remote learning applications. Kathryn Cernera, the vice president of the Ithaca Teachers Association, also expressed concern regarding the sustainability of equity of the current proposed plan. At the last meeting, the board explained that remote options would only be available for a limited number of students who met specific medical criteria. Elementary students would have virtual learning with designated teachers, while secondary students will receive assignments via the online learning platform Canvas. Cernera said some of the questions teachers had brought to her about the upcoming school year include: How will students receive instructions? How will all students attend class if a teacher is sick or quarantined? How will students struggling while learning remotely work with teachers if there are not designated office hours? How will remote

students with individualized education programs get accommodations? Corinna Loeckenhoff said she has a high schooler who is vaccinated and a middle schooler who is not, and said she’s particularly worried about middle school students. The middle schools comprise some students who are old enough to be vaccinated, and some who aren’t, creating a unique challenge. “The delta variant is at least twice as contagious, and we’re going to bring back twice as many students with half the space,” she said. “Symptomatic testing is not enough […] The last line of defense is grouping students, it will be critical for limiting spread. We need to implement a system of grouping students in middle school to keep them safe.” After being confronted with perceived flaws in the back to school plan and just general concerns from parents worried about their children, board members took the time to share their own thoughts — including the impossible decisions they’ve been forced to make. “I spent every day thinking about how our actions could impact the health and well-being of these small people who do not have the choice of being vaccinated,” board member Patricia Wasyliw said. “Every day my heart breaks for what our children are losing and what our families fear. We don’t have good choices and we can’t solve this problem. We thought this year would be better — delta upended this.” Wasyliw also noted that last year the board received vast criticism from parents regarding remote instruction and heard from a majority of teachers who did remote or hybrid instruction that they would rather leave their jobs than have to do it for another year. Board member Erin Croyle said she felt the same fears and concerns as the rest of the parents, but assured them that the district was taking many precautions. “I don’t want to sound like I’m making excuses for anyone, but between masking, testing and surveillance, ICSD is doing far more than most other places,” she said. “Nothing is going to be good enough

anywhere. There is no good answer for any of this. I think nothing is perfect but we are d­oing what we can — we are exploring every option.” Kelly Evans, new to the board, said she is living the same fear as other parents and encouraged people to continue approaching the board with concerns and ideas. “We’re terrified sitting on this stage, our teachers are terrified walking into the classroom, our parents are terrified when they send their kids to school and terrified when they come home because they don’t know what they’re bringing back,” she said. “We discuss suggestions and take them very seriously […] Bringing your suggestions to us is key. There are things we may not think about […] We’re in this with you, nobody up here is against you.” Across the board, members agreed on two main points: they’re worried too, and there’s no simple solution. Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown said he doesn’t feel like the district has gotten to make a good choice in a year and a half. “Our leadership has been informed by data, science and decision,” he said. “That’s been the case for the last 18 months now. But I can’t think of the last time I made a good decision. Most of the decisions we’re making are choosing between bad and worse. To require everyone to wear masks isn’t a good decision — it’s a decision. But we made it. Offering virtual opportunity for the medically fragile was a decision — not a good one. We’re making decisions every day and it’s been tough.” Deputy Superintendent Lily Talcott addressed the concerns about cohorting in middle school and said they are planning on having “teams” as much as possible, but it’s impossible to have perfectly isolated cohorts. “At DeWitt I may be on Team A, but that doesn’t apply to things like P.E. or practical arts,” she said. “We only have one art teacher at DeWitt, so all the students will engage with that one art teacher.” Talcott also clarified that all district vacancies are listed on ICSD’s website. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g


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Ups There’s new life in the city as college students return and classes start. Is it a little crowded? Sure, but it’s good for the economy.

Downs 130 new COVID cases were reported Tuesday, Aug. 31 alone. Yikes. Get vaccinated if you haven’t and wear your masks anytime you’re indoors with others.

HEARD&SEEN Heard The Health Department is hiring drivers, nurses and project assistants to help with the COVID response. Visit https:// vacancies for more information.



Seen Two men threatened a taxi driver with a rifle before stealing the cab and later abandoning it in Schuyler County. If you saw anything, call IPD.

Proposed building for 401 East State St.

E State St apartments delayed after lack of board consensus

fter receiving preliminary site plan approval at the July 27 Planning Board meeting, the 401 E State St. project stalled when it failed to receive final site plan approval at the Aug. 24 meeting. The project, being built by McKinley Development Company, was aiming to receive approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals for a height variance this summer. Back in June, McKinley presented a 340,000 square-foot apartment building which included 267 parking spaces and 353 residential units. The developers were seeking a height variance for nine feet, hoping to build a 71-structure rather than the 62 allowed by zoning laws. At the time, engineer Brian Bouchard told the Board of Zoning Appeals that the variance was justified because of the site’s challenging topography and the improvements it will be making to the Six Mile Creek trail. However, between vacancies on the Board of Zoning Appeals, the inability to attain a quorum for meetings and staunch disapproval from at least two of the board members, developers decided to

forego the height variance. At the Aug. 24 Planning Board meeting, developer Jeff Githens presented a significantly altered plan, which reduced the building by a full story. This consequently reduced the number of units from 353 to 321, and the number of parking spaces from 267 to 235. However, 130 of the spaces will still be allocated to the Gateway Center’s residents and office tenants, with the remainder dedicated to the new development’s residents. Githens said the footprint has not changed in any way, and that to achieve the reduction they converted portions of parking levels into residential units. Githens also presented new public access to the stairs and elevator in one portion of the building to allow ADA accessibility to the planned Alpha Phi Alpha memorial that is set to be built adjacent to the property. Githens said they decided to go that route because there was an electrical transformer nearby that couldn’t, or wouldn’t, be moved by Frost Travis, who will be developing the memorial. “It’s not our property, so

we can’t control the decisions,” Githens said. “In discussions with Frost [Travis] and Alpha Phi Alpha, there is no desire to relocate those facilities because there’s a question on where they would go.” Board member Mitch Glass was disappointed and asked if there was any room to change that, but Githens reiterated he’s done all he can do. “I can only exert so much influence over our neighbors,” he said. Overall, though, Glass said he was supportive of the changes and the building and wanted to vote to approve it that night. “It reduces the mass which we’ve been talking about for over a year,” he said. “It’s a handsome building […] So I’m ready to move forward with this.” Board member Garrick Blalock pointed out that the board, which is composed of seven members, only had four members present that night, so it would require a unanimous vote to move the project forward. However, it became clear that wasn’t in the cards. Elisabete Godden has been vocal with her concerns for

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the building throughout the process and said she didn’t feel as though all of them had been addressed. “I think I’ve made it pretty clear, and so have other members, what mitigations we’ve been looking for and I don’t see a significant change in the look of the gardens in the back or any other mitigations that came from you and not as a requirement of code or zoning,” she said. She added that she hadn’t had enough time to take in all the new changes to feel comfortable voting. “You just provided this last information at 4:30 p.m. today when the meeting started at 6 p.m.,” she said. “So yeah, we need to look at this further, the building department needs to look at it further. I’d like to see some of the same things I’ve said before.” Glass was pushing for a vote, but Blalock recognized that it would not pass unanimously, which would ultimately squash the project. “There are four votes needed to proceed, but I don’t want to call a vote that won’t


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In Search of Wisdom

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hope Jonathan Donville — the Cornell lacrosse player who just went #1 in the 2021 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft — will not object to sharing column space with a guy who plays Division III lacrosse (at St. John Fisher) and was drafted in the fourth round, but the fact that Nick Miller is an Ithaca born-and-bred player and a 2017 graduate of Ithaca High School makes his story a compelling one. Donville is the second Big Red player to be the first draft pick in the last two years, as Jeff Teat heard his name called first last year. It comes as a surprise to no one that Teat has gone on to light up the board as a pro player (for the New York Riptide), and has in fact been mentioned in many MVP conversations. I caught up with Nick Miller (who is the son of ICSD grad, teacher and coach Dan Miller and Susie McDaniel Miller) who was just drafted by the Buffalo Bandits of the NLL, and he said “I watched the first two rounds of the draft, and after that I followed it on an app. When my name came up, I was surprised and I was really happy that it was Buffalo.” Had it not been for the pandemic, Nick would have wrapped up his college career in 2021, but he is using his final year of

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eligibilty while pursuing his MBA. After graduating, he said, “I’ll learn the next step, which will likely be to go to one of their training camps and fight for a spot.” As for a pro team drafting a college student with a year of eligibility, Nick explained that “Technically, it means that they have my naming rights for two years, and how it goes will depend on how I do in training camp.” Miller said, “I have followed the college careers of some of the players on Buffalo’s roster, and it’s crazy that I’ll be able to compete with those guys.” Asked if he will change anything about his approach to the game, Miller offered, “Frank Welch, (Nick’s high school coach) and Coach Dobbins (his college coach) have both taught that you have to be able to find the next gear.” Clarifying that any player can find that next gear early in a game, but only the best-conditioned athletes can sustain it, Nick added, “You have to be able to push yourself in the fourth quarter and overtime, and that’s what I’ll be working on.” Nick stated that he is very grateful to many of the players who have — like

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ith the relentless cascade of horrible news lately, I was desperate to find wisdom and perspective. A pilgrimage was in order. Located above another relentless cascade — Ithaca Falls — is Ezra’s Tunnel, and dwelling therein is a person who just might provide the wisdom and perspective I sought. Swami? Hermit? Guru? Homeless dude? The man defies easy categorization, but he had never failed to enlighten in the past. It was time to seek him out. Access to the tunnel isn’t easy, and I won’t reveal its secrets here, and the rules of engagement are simple: I am allowed a single philosophical question, followed by a short dialogue. When he closes his eyes and folds his hands, we are done. It was a hot, muggy day last week, and I entered the tunnel expecting it to be cool. It was not. Sitting cross-legged, with his back to the wall, the sage acknowledged me only by meeting my gaze. It was not an unkind look, and I sensed that he had been expecting me, but I knew no formalities were required and that we should get right down to business. “Here is my question,” I said, sitting in the center of the tunnel floor. “In what sense could it be said that the world is not going to hell in a handbasket?” “Look around you,” he gestured. “These rocks are 400 million years old. Where we now sit was once a vast sea. All things shall pass.” “But the delta variant...COVID won’t go away, and half the country thinks vaccinations are a conspiracy or a hoax or some other nonsense.” “Southerners, am I right?” he chuckled, but then remembered himself. “Until very recently, plagues were a constant in human existence. This is but a reversion to the norm. P.S., the plagues of old were much worse.” “Look at Afghanistan. It’s a disaster! The Taliban’s back before we’re even out

Fall Creek, tunnel, Ithaca. Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.

the door.” “Indeed, the tribes in those mountains have been resisting occupiers since the Persian Empire. Ask the Soviets, or the British, or the Ottomans if it were not a fool’s errand to try to subdue them.” “We’re not really askers,” I said. “Speaking of which, Donald Trump just won’t fade out. He’s even starting to look like the voice of reason compared to his base. These people are really freaking nuts.” “Yes. I, too, am stumped by that one...” he said, stroking his beard. “And it’s just a matter of time before some ransomware douchebag shuts the whole grid down, and why does nobody ever seem to talk about the fact that all the nuclear weapons of the Cold War are still armed and ready to go at a moment’s notice, and I dream of a day when we’ll have a governor who doesn’t resign in disgrace, and there’s this stupid milk crate challenge, and freaking Mitch McConnell, and...” I paused to catch my breath. “Well...” I wasn’t finished. “And can we talk about climate change? It’s even hot in this tunnel, and it’s just a matter of time before a flash flood washes you out of here. The odds of the human race getting its poop together to do anything about it are nil.” A long moment passed. “You win, A-hole,” he murmured. “Thanks for bumming my high.” He closed his eyes and folded his hands. I got up and left without a word, and made my way back to my car, resolved to pursue Plan B — a pilgrimage to Meyer Farm Distillery. Surely, wisdom and perspective could be found there.


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him — played for Ithaca High’s highlyrespected program and, in Miller’s words, “paved the way.” He added, “Guys like Riley and Eli Lasda, Paolo Ciferri, Jayden Henderson, Austin Romantic, AJ and Adam Fiori — they have really set the ground rules, so to speak, by modeling a great work ethic. It’s an honor to have gone through the Ithaca High program, and I am proud to say that I am one of those guys.” ● ● ●

After a year hiatus, the 44th Tompkins County Sports Council Football Luncheon series will begin on Sept. 16. I have been to many of these events, and it really is a lot of fun to get an inside look at the local football teams. The weekly luncheons will get underway at 11:45 a.m. for nine Thursdays at the former Country Club of Ithaca (now called RaNic Golf

Club), and the cost is $135 for the nine luncheons, with Oct. 21 serving as a “bye” week to gear up for the season’s stretch run. Clarence Welch of Ithaca High School, Dan Swanstrom of Ithaca College and Dave Archer of Cornell University will discuss the previous week’s games, and give a scouting report on the future opponent, and football coaches at other Tompkins County high schools will make guest appearances throughout the fall. Various winter sport coaches will also make guest visits. The Tompkins County Sports Council is a not-for-profit organization. All money available at the end of the fall season, after expenses, goes to the high school football programs in Tompkins County. To purchase tickets, contact Dave Wohlhueter by phone at (607) 273-5891 or by email at Tickets may also be purchased the day of the luncheons for $20 per person at the door.

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cal about her concerns all along. “I don’t think it’s fair to put one member on the spot because it was completely up to you to provide those things for however many months we’ve been talking about this,” she said. “You said this project was not financially viable if you reduced the number of units, yet you were able to reduce the number of units because it has been required to do so by the zoning board […] I’d like to see the same things I’ve said before. It’s not right to pressure one member of the board who has not changed their view.” She also noted that she was not required to disclose what her vote would be ahead of time. “So I’m throwing you a bone here,” she said. The board will meet again Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g


’m disappointed the referendum petition was denied, but want to emphasize I’m not against the Dryden Rail Trail. What I am against is the use of eminent domain to acquire property for either the bridge or the trail. At best, eminent domain is a necessary evil to be used for major community good - hospitals, highways, national parks, etc. A pedestrian bridge over Rte. 13 is not a national park, and I question the bridge’s benefits: SAFETY The bridge route doesn’t address safety concerns about heavy cement truck traffic on Pinckney Rd. The Fall Creek underpass route does address this and can safely connect boths sides of Route 13 for less than 20% the cost of the bridge to the taxpayers. EXPENSE The board say’s there’s no money to extend the trail to the Fall Creek underpass. They don’t mention there’s also no money for the additional $300,000 for bridge construction, or the unknown foundation costs for the ramps. Se pt e m be r

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e all agree there are laws allowing the town of Dryden to take property as they wish, using the guise of “eminent domain”. We should also agree that it should only be used in limited situations where public health is in danger. Using it to take property for a pet project not sanctioned by the Rail Trail committee (estimates are a minimum of $3 million, and not fully funded) instead of other options is, in my opinion, a misuse of power. And, when other options (including one costing less than 1% of the pet project) are available, it becomes obvious the board looks at the Dryden taxpayers as their personal ATM. -Melita Mertz, Dryden, NY

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Re: Petition against Dryden Rail Trail

EAST STATE ST. get four yeses,” he said. “We’re asking about a number of concerns, and most can be addressed as a condition, but there aren’t four [yes] votes.” The board decided to wait and vote at the next meeting, when there could be more members present, much to the dismay of Githens. “Elisabete, what else do we need to provide here? That’s where I’m struggling. I don’t know what else to present,” he said. “Wow, moving this a month we’ll lose a whole year. That’s the implication and that’s very unfortunate. We will have to sit on this until 2022.” The hope had been to gain approval at the August meeting and be able to start construction by October. Pushing back the approval to September will push construction to November, which is impeded by the weather. Godden, however, said she has been vo-

s a regular reader of your publication, I reviewed your most recent edition which includes all sorts of vital information which I assume is published each year at this time for the incoming freshmen at Cornell University and Ithaca College plus any newcomers at this time of the year. I notice a rather extensive list of all sorts of places and programs which will be helpful for them. I have reviewed both sections of this publication and notice that there is no information regarding the churches and other religious organizations included. I can understand the fact that you could be concerned with failing to mention one or more places of worship thus disturbing the ones missed. However, if there is any time that our young people need the contribution that their religious upbringing has given them, it is in the world we are living in today. I am not accusing you of ignoring religion or the churches. Periodically you have featured articles about specific churches, including my own, so I am not accusing you of being anti-religious. I just think that our young people should have this information available to them. -Frank Payton, Ithaca, NY

ENVIRONMENT It will take many cyclist commuters to wipe out the high carbon footprint of the approximately 1,000 truckloads of gravel and cement to build the ramps. EMINENT DOMAIN There are roughly 8 remaining tracts to complete the bridge trail. Everyone of those land-owners faces the implied threat of eminent domain. In closing, I am a registered Democrat, and have been involved with peace and justice causes all my life. And, I am not the only Democratic activist at our No Eminent Domain protests. -Moira Scheuring, Dryden, NY


t’s important to note that the Pfizer vaccine has only received full FDA approval for ages 16 and up. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 12 through 15 years of age. So no elementary or middle schoolers, and not even all high schoolers, can be required to have been vaccinated at this time. https://www.fda. gov/news-events/press-announcements/ fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine -Andy Adelewitz, via

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Cornell junior Jordan Tralins uses TikTok and Instagram to fight vaccine misinformation on college campuses across the country. By Ta n n e r H a r di ng There’s a lot of fear, skepticism and misinformation going around about the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite scientists and experts assuring the public that the vaccine is safe and effective, many people are exposed to information online saying the exact opposite. One person trying to fight this is Cornell University junior Jordan Tralins. “Early in the vaccine rollout I noticed, first on my TikTok and eventually on Instagram as well, that I was not seeing any factual information circulating around the COVID vaccine. In fact, I was seeing the opposite,” she said. Tralins said that got her thinking about the fact most young people don’t typically spend their free time sifting through scientific literature to figure out how they feel about scientific matters, they look at their social media pages. “So I founded the Covid Campus Coalition,” she said. It began over winter break as a Cornellspecific coalition where Tralins would read through the latest scientific information and hand it off to now-senior Olivia Pawlowski, who has a background in graphic design, to create colorful infographics. The graphics would go up on the Cornell Covid Campus Coalition (@covid_campus_coalition) Instagram page, and Tralins would make an accompanying TikTok video with the same information. Recent Instagram graphics show the latest information about the delta variant including facts about breakthrough infections and the vaccine’s effectiveness. The last slide of each post includes a “Sources Cited & Further Reading” page with citations. “It seemed to be a really effective model,” Tralins said. “A lot of my peers were sharing that and posting it on their own accounts.” 8  T

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After seeing the success she had among her classmates at Cornell, Tralins thought there might be a need for the same type of information at other universities. So she set up an application for other schools so people could apply to become ambassadors. There are almost 45 chapters nationwide now, including schools like Texas A&M, Brown University, The Ohio State University and even Uganda Christian University Mukono in Uganda. “They run their own pages and we provide them with graphics customized with their school colors and they post them,” Tralins said. “We meet with them a few times a month.” Tralins said the Covid Campus Coalition has also started working with outside organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Biden Administration, as well as other grassroot organizations. If this all sounds like a lot of work for someone who is also a college student — it is. “I’ve always really thrived in busy settings where I’m doing lots of different things,” Tralins said. “When the pandemic struck a lot of my activities got postponed and canceled […] so I had an empty place in my life. Even before coming up with the idea I was thinking, what’s something I could do that would be effective and impactful during this time? I could have been frustrated but instead decided to channel it into something creative.” Tralins is a Human Biology, Health and Society major, with a minor in inequality studies with a health equality track. She plans on attending medical school and is particularly interested in becoming a practicing physician with involvement in public health, so her work with the coalition makes a lot of sense.

She said during the summer the coalition was essentially a full-time job for her as she spent hours delving into resources for information, but said she will be handing some of the responsibility over as school starts back up. Tralins said her partnerships are especially useful as she now has the added support from outside professionals who can give her the most recent and relevant information. “It really hasn’t been a problem for me balancing being a student,” she said. “From a career standpoint, I get to learn more about public health and public speaking, and I get to connect with leaders across the country. It doesn’t feel like work to me. I know I’m doing my part to make an impact.” And she has made a difference. Tralins said it was one thing to launch the coalition at Cornell where the response to COVID was swift and strong, but it’s much different to share the same information at schools across the country where there’s much more vaccine hesitancy. “For these students to post these facts, these are acts of bravery,” she said. “Cornell did an amazing job with the COVID response in general with weekly testing and protocols, and on other campuses that was not universally practiced.” She said they all get pushback online from people who disagree with the facts they’re posting, and said it’s been interesting to see how vaccine hesitancy varies from state to state and campus to campus. “We need to step in more where there’s more hesitancy,” she said. “Those ambassadors on those campuses have been our most involved students. They take their efforts beyond what I provide. They’ll use platforms to provide information about vaccine clinics, they’ll partner with university leaders for specific information, they’ll partner with outside organizations. It’s been so empowering to see that while we do have more hesitancy in some areas, with that comes an even greater desire to help spread the facts and help them understand.” Tralins said one of her favorite stories comes from an ambassador at Texas A&M. She said one of his best friends was incredibly vaccine hesitant, but once the ambassador started sharing the information Tralins was sharing, the friend changed his mind and decided to get vaccinated. “It does make me feel like we’re creating a change,” she said. “I think peer to peer

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connection is one of the best ways to help people feel inclined to get vaccinated.” As far as the pushback online, Tralins said it’s something she’s learned to deal with over time. TikTok was particularly rough since she is featured in the videos. “I was receiving such brutal comments from strangers at first, it really did discourage me,” she said. “I took a break from TikTok for a few months, but especially with the delta variant, I took took a step back and realized I was going to have pushback and going to have negative comments but if my videos reach that demographic and those people, that can be very beneficial.” The TikTok videos are generally short and sweet and feature videos like Tralins dancing around in heart-shaped sunglasses to “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire while text above her head reads “Pfizer Covid Vaccines are now officially FDA approved” and “Covid vaccines are safe and effective.” Many link to academic resources about the vaccines and never take the easy shot by mocking or attacking those hesitant to get the vaccine. “I think it’s important if someone sees my video and is confused because they heard something different I provide them with the actual resource I have with the facts and evidence and then they can share what they’re seeing,” she said. “I’ve done my best to turn negativity or confusion into something positive to learn from. It’s a good experience for me as well to learn how to engage in impactful discussion without inappropriate engagement.” Tralins was quick to note that she had gotten plenty of positive feedback too from people sharing their posts. “I’ve gotten tons of comments back saying they’re grateful to have graphics to share,” she said. “The TikToks are short and have been shared thousands of times. It’s nice to know the information is out there and getting shared and that people have something that resonates better with young people if they’re hesitant. Anecdotally we’ve had tons of positive responses, and going to our meetings is so exciting to see what people are working on at their campuses.” Since launching the Covid Campus Coalition, Tralins and the organization have been featured on CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and Bloomberg. For more information on the coalition, you can visit https://covidcampuscoalition.weebly. com/. Follow them on Instagram and TikTok at @covid_campus_coalition. 2 0 2 1

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Mohlenhoff, who has been leading this charge, said one of the questions she was still trying to work out was whether the mayor would be a part-time job or a fulltime job. “How do we codify what we expect of the mayor and the role of the mayor?” Mohlenhoff asked. Kerslick said if the role of mayor will be closer to the role of Common Council members, then he thinks it should be a part-time job; committee member George McGonigal agreed. However, Mohlenhoff said that the city manager will be in charge of internal operations and the mayor will

be the external face, and that she doesn’t think the current proposal diminished the responsibilities of the mayor to the point of Common Council members. Committee member Cynthia Brock pointed out that if the mayor is still expected to attend conferences that other mayors attend and be present for ribbon cuttings and go to annual meetings, it will be extremely challenging for whoever is in that position to find other work. “So in terms of practicality, how feasible is it for that person to fill out their income and live off of it?” Brock asked. “If you’re looking at twice the Common Council income, that’s poverty level. We have to be realistic of expectations.” She said that if the plan is to have a

part-time mayor, there have to be set hours that the person in that role is expected to work so that they would be able to work another job. Mohlenhoff agreed and suggested that maybe neither “full-time” or “part-time” would be accurate terms to describe the expectation for the mayor’s work. “Maybe it would be helpful to get a basic idea of clearly articulated expectations and see if there’s anything it can [correlate] to based on the tasks assigned,” she said. Working out a job description for the mayor would also help answer some of the other questions committee members had. For instance, Mohlenhoff said in the current charter Common Council approves the appointment of department heads, but

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she asked if her fellow committee members would want to keep that process. “If just the city manager hires and fires, do we need Council to approve?” Mohlenhoff asked. Committee member Donna Fleming pointed out that in the draft legislation all positions are approved by Council except the city attorney, and asked for clarification. City Attorney Ari Lavine was on hand and explained that currently his position is appointed by the mayor and serves at the pleasure of the mayor. He said that the city attorney is not a department head and his recommendation is to keep it that way. “I’m not sure it’s the healthiest choice for the city to have a city attorney with such a longevity of job security,” he said. “[The city attorney] needs to retain accountability in the long run.” If that role became a department head, it wouldn’t give Common Council as much control over that position as Lavine thinks it should have because department heads can only be removed for cause. He said as far as making the city attorney’s appointment subject to approval from Common Council, he doesn’t have particularly strong feelings either way. Currently, the city attorney is an at-will position appointed by the mayor, and the new legislation would maintain that but would sub in city manager for mayor. Lavine said he doesn’t think it would be wise to require Common Council to approve the firing of the city attorney position. “I think it might be better to leave that decision to the city manager,” he said. “The city manager is accountable to Council anyway.” Brock said that makes sense because it ensures the city doesn’t have an attorney who is at odds with the city manager. However McGonigal asked what the course of action would be if there was a feud between the city manager and city attorney and the council felt strongly about retaining the attorney. Ultimately the committee decided there were still questions that had to be answered as they continue to work through this process. There will likely be an update at the next City Administration meeting on Sept. 22. -Ta n n e r H a r d i n g

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Visit to search a local directory of transportation options, find timely service updates, tips on how to travel safely amid COVID-19, how to videos (such as how to load your bike on the bus), and more. Way2Go provides translated resources in Chinese and Spanish. Safe, Healthy, and Green Ways to Get Around Going multimodal or combining walking, riding a bike or taking a bus along with sharing a ride can help to save you money, go green, and increase your wellbeing. If you have limited access or mobility there are a range of resources available. Here are a few tips for you as you plan your next outing, grocery trip, or commute.

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When driving, share the road, giving people on foot and bike the right of way to ensure the safety of all. Using different options to get around, like parking your car to walk, riding a bus or biking even part way can help you to keep your car longer, saving you money, miles and wear and tear. Learn more about the shared and public transportation options available in our area if you don’t have access to a car, can drive part way or wish to leave your car behind.


Learn safe driving tips and cut your insurance costs by taking an online defensive driving course. Visit under the Tips & Tools section to find online resources for defensive driving and aging and driving.


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The local TCAT bus service is an affordable option to get around campus, downtown shops and Tompkins County. TCAT provides safe and secure wheelchair accommodations and a bike rack for up to two bikes. View announcements, routes and schedules, or download one of five realtime apps at Students can learn more at https://tcatbus. com/learn/college-students/


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Walking within well-lit areas, on pedestrian ways and in crosswalks, helps to ensure you arrive safely to your destination. When sharing the road, walking against traffic can help you to see and be seen by people in cars and bikes. Increase your visibility by wearing bright colors, a reflective layer, or flashing your smartphone or a key light after dark. Consider ways to make your walk more comfortable, like wearing weather appropriate attire, packing an umbrella for the rain, and bringing along a bag or fold-up cart to carry your groceries or heavier items.

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Left, Cornelians Bob Herrmann and Bill Robinson outside Zinck’s on Aurora St in 1939 Right, Portrait signred by Theodore Zinck to friend and “sometimes unsteady customer” Fitch Stevens. Bottom, a newspaper ad for Zinck’s




heodore Zinck was a saloonkeeper in Ithaca, and his pub, the Hotel Brunswick, was a popular gathering place for Cornellians in the 1890s. After his death in 1903, several bars using his name (Zinck’s) continued to provide a haven for students; the last Zinck’s closed in the mid1960s. It is difficult for the undergraduate of today to visualize the old time university setting when the student population was 500 instead of 15,000, when there was no Cornell Heights or Cayuga Heights, no Bryant Tract, no dormitories except Cascadilla, almost no residences or rooming houses east of Eddy Street, when the fraternity quarters, the Glee Club and Masque rooms


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Theodore Zinck, a corpulent, good-natured, quaint German, not devoid of good business instincts, supplied to an extent the need. He was a good citizen for a man in his line of work — honest, industrious, with an amusing personality, and he catered almost exclusively to the student trade. Zinck ran the “Lager Beer Saloon and Restaurant” out of the Hotel Brunswick at 108-110 N. Aurora (just off the current-day Commons) starting in 1880. Contrary to modern day bar-hopping, Zinck was described as being a fatherly and caring figure who treated his customers with “Prussian high-handedness.” Customers could be thrown out of his bar, however, for drunkenness, bawdy songs, or

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derogatory references to the German Kaiser. The first Zinck’s operated until about 1903. That year, a typhoid epidemic raged through the city and claimed 85 lives, including Theodore Zinck’s daughter. Despondent, he drowned himself, effectively shutting down Zinck’s first incarnation. The bar reopened under his name in 1906 (which would be incredibly tasteless if he wasn’t regarded so affectionately), and continued in operation in some form in different names and places up to about 1967.


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he wide array of clubs at Cornell University and Ithaca College proves that there is more to college than studying. Students at these institutions can choose to participate in over 1,000 different clubs, ranging from professional organizations to a capella groups— and really anything in between! Here are some of the more nontraditional clubs students get involved in:


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Previously known as the Humans vs. Zombies Club, the rebranded “Nerf Club” at Ithaca College attracts students all across the university to unleash their inner child as they engage in lighthearted Nerf blaster wars and other games of the like. According to club president Brittany Hope, the club hosts mini games such as capture the flag and mafia in the open atrium of CHS cafe. The club also hosts

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larger Nerf blaster events with other schools in the area on the weekend that take place around campus outdoors. “Even though we’re all college students, as soon as you give someone a Nerf blaster you realize we’re absolute children at heart,” Hope said. “Everybody has so much fun because when you’re playing with a foam blaster, you can’t be serious with that. I just love seeing everybody smile and just having fun with them.” A notable feature of the club is its strong alumni engagement. In addition to offering general support for the club, the alumni involve themselves by helping club members adjust and customize their Nerf blasters to their liking. “I was extremely surprised when I became president of the club about how active the alumni attachment was,” Hope said. “It’s neat to know that when I graduate I can still be part of the club, and I can still help out.”



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From the name, it is not hard to guess that the Bread Club at Cornell University is dedicated to all things bread. Bread-making experts, breadmaking novices, bread-lovers, or people with a mere interest in bread join together in the Dairy Bar on a weekly basis to make friends, conversation, and most importantly, bread. From 5-8 p.m. each Wednesday, the bread enthusiasts work in groups to make different varieties of bread which they can take home with them or share with friends. The club members also sell some of the bread they make together at the Cornell Farmers Market on Thursdays in the fall. In addition to baking bread, the club has fun traditions. For instance, because the club meetings occur around dinner time, the executive board will whip up some pizza for members as they wait for the bread to proof. According to Samantha Fountain, Bread Club President, there are no requirements to join the club, and the club attracts members from all across the bread interest spectrum. “We have people who come who are incredibly experienced and some people who come who don’t know what yeast is,” she said. “That’s why we work in small groups or teams to make different kinds of bread — it takes the pressure off people who are new.” Fountain shared that one of the virtues of the club is both low commitment and open interest. “People in our bread club can be undergrads, grad students, or professors, anywhere in that mix from any department or college,” Fountain said. “What I really love is that you get to meet people from all over campus that you wouldn’t normally interact with,you might pass them on the street but you wouldn’t have them in your classes.”


If you didn’t think concrete could float, the Concrete Canoe, an engineering project team at Cornell University, will prove you wrong. Every fall and winter, the team of about 40 members gets together to engineer a canoe made of concrete to race at the ASCE Regional Concrete Canoe Competition in the spring. Together, the team seeks to create the fastest and most innovative canoe possible.

Months of teamwork culminate in the ASCE competition, during which the Cornell team puts its canoe to the test against other schools in the region. The club will have homelake advantage this year, as the upcoming regional competition will be held at Cornell. According to Angela Melugin and Bo Rider, the presidents of the club, the judges take into account multiple factors when determining winners. Judges, for example, take into consideration the race result, the design of the boat, the quality of the proposal, etc. “For the competition, there’s a big focus on the whole engineering process,” Rider said. “We submit a big technical proposal in addition to actually racing.” Each year, the team tries to experiment with new construction methods and testing processes in order to make the best canoe possible. Beyond enjoying the engineering and construction experience, Rider and Melugin remarked that one of their favorite parts of the club is the practical experience and the people. “It’s just a great group of people,” Melugin said. “...I’ve gotten a lot of mentorship through the club, and we just have learned a lot about engineering in the real world.” “It’s also really cool to learn that concrete can float,” she added.

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The salon operates from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. Cayuga Nail Spa Downtown provides free of charge fixes on their services if they are responsible for any type of inadequate services.

Kim Sherwood Caso is the owner and stylist of Changes and she has been styling and cutting hair for over 25 years. Caso’s clientele ranges from Cornell and Ithaca College students to Ithaca locals and she is always welcoming new visitors to her salon. The studio has different hours everyday, which can be found on the studio’s website. 120 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302. Ithaca Commons. 607-272-0090. https:// Miracle Nails Miracle nails offers services including manicures, pedicures, gel and waxing. Students can bring their student ID to receive a 15% student discount on all services.

115 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850. Ithaca Commons. (607) 319-4221. CHANGES CUTTING STUDIO

Changes Cutting Studio is also located on the Commons. All services are by appointment only and the salon only accepts cash and checks, no credit cards. You can schedule an appointment over the phone or under the services tab on the Changes website. Services include haircuts, coloring, highlights and up styles.

The salon operates Mondays through Fridays 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

335 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. (607) 272-3535. miracleithaca@gmail. com. H&M BEAUTY SALON AND BARBER SHOP

H&M Beauty Salon and Barber Shop is conveniently located just off the pedestrian area of the Commons on South Cayuga Street. Services provided include hair cutting, hair coloring, perms, highlighting and more. Walkins are welcome. Antonio Reynoso has worked at H&M Beauty Salon and Barber Shop for four years.

“We are Latino and we give good customer service,” Reynoso said. “We have two businesses in one.” Reynoso said he sees a lot of students at the salon because of the store’s location. The salon offers services in both Spanish and English. The shop operates from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays. Students interested in this salon and shop can visit the Instagram page @carolinasalon04 to see past clients’ hair results.

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ayuga Health and The YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County announced on Aug. 31 that they are entering a collaborative partnership to share resources and leverage unique assets, resulting in new services and offerings for the entire community. “We are very pleased to announce this exclusive partnership with our community Y,” Dr. Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health said. “It is mutually beneficial to both mission driven organizations to partner in the community we want to enhance, and to continue to be leaders in the community health movement.” YMCAs across the nation are partnering with health care providers to share resources and leverage unique assets resulting in services with an emphasis on a continuum of care that is convenient and high-quality. More than half of YMCA

facilities across the United States — over 1,200 — participate in a partnership with a health care entity in their communities. Frank Towner, CEO of YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County said that this idea has been percolating for years, even before Stallone took over at Cayuga Health. “We’re really preventative, and the hospital is viewed as a fix, so we agreed — isn’t it important that our communities are partners in taking care of themselves? We thought our missions were truly aligned,” Towner said. ​​The YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County offers over 53,000 square feet of space that includes two indoor swimming pools, an NCAA standard, full-size gymnasium, racquetball courts, nutrition center and demonstration kitchen, free-weight and circuit training rooms, group fitness studios, a cardio equipment

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suite and family activity spaces. Programs currently offered include lap swimming, group and private swim lessons, Red Cross certification courses, archery, over 40 different land and aquatic group fitness classes, personal training, nutrition counseling and outdoor education, along with special events and programs. Youth development programming includes onsite child watch, summer day camps and school age childcare options. Cayuga Health employees will get subsidized memberships to the Y as part of this partnership. Towner said he thinks one of the big draws for employees will be the childcare aspect. “This greatly benefits our employees and their families with access to this great facility and programs to help reduce/manage health disparities and have some fun,” Stallone said. However, the new programs aren’t only for Cayuga Health employees. As part of the agreement, new and enhanced programming will be introduced to the Y’s membership and community through the partnership that will include: · Sports performance and injury-prevention clinics · Clinical programs to help patients manage chronic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. · Expanded prevention and education services such as influenza clinics, wellness screenings. and health talks

· Active older adult education classes – focusing on senior health and wellness · Flu vaccinations, biometric screenings, and nutrition classes Towner said that while some of these types of things had been done before at the YMCA here and there, it had never been part of a bigger ongoing focus on wellness. “I began my relationship with our YMCA as a volunteer in 1994 and am very proud of how far it has come since its inception in 1868 on the Cornell University campus,” Towner said. “The YMCA’s vision is to create facilities that are far more than fitness or child-care centers. We are looking forward to a whole new level of benefits that this partnership with Cayuga Health will bring to our YMCA members, Cayuga employees and to the community.” He described the announcement of the partnership as just the first stone being laid, as the programming will continue to evolve and grow throughout the process. “I’m excited by the opportunities that will develop as a result of a partnership between two of Ithaca’s strongest health and wellness focused organizations. The benefits of being a member of the Ithaca YMCA will only grow as collaborative programming is created and offerings expanded,” says Ryan Weese, Board Chair 2021, YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County. Towner said there are no price increases anticipated as a result of the new programming.

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“An Odyssey” sees the collaboration of the Hangar and The Cherry to create a modernized, relevant version of the classic tale. By Barbara Adams


theatrical community collaboration by the Hangar Theatre Company and The Cherry invites a timely look at the present through the past: revisiting Homer’s epic homecoming tale, “The Odyssey,” in the light of today’s global migration. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 5 p.m., the story’s themes of survival, diaspora and displacement are further pursued in a virtual community conversation. Speakers are board members of Ithaca City of Asylum: Athena Kirk, Odyssey scholar and Cornell classics professor, and Bethany Dixon, a poet who explores women in ancient Greek texts. Dramaturg Aoise Stratford moderates, and the public can join at

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The show’s themes are also addressed in two other events: a free performance on the Hangar stage by Lifelong’s Senior Troupe, presenting “The Journey Home: An Epic Simile,” also Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 2:30 p.m., and on Thursday, Sept. 2, outdoors at The Cherry, “Feasting the Sea-God,” with storyteller Jay Leeming. The main event, imaginatively adapted and directed by Cherry artistic director Sam Buggeln, takes place on the Hangar’s outdoor stage, the final show of a heroic summer season, led by Shirley Serotsky. It’s a collaboration not only of the two theater companies, but of local folks alongside actors with a range of experience, staging a 2,000-year-old epic “by our town, for our town.” The 20 performers play multiple roles throughout, with narrator Cynthia Henderson at the side, as Muse or Fate, speaking directly to Odysseus. The action captures all the high, or rather low, points of Odysseus’s decadelong voyage back to Ithaka after the 10-year Trojan War –– being captured by the one-eyed giant Polyphemus and escaping by blinding him (most bloody); the sailors’ enslavement, being turned into pigs by Circe; Odysseus’s torment as bound to the mast, he strains to break free on hearing the Sirens’ call. Eerie music, striking masks, robes diaphanous or tattered, and suggestive props (such as poles serving as spears or oars) all reflect the talents of the large production crew –– led by scenic designer Czerton Lim, costumer

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Glenna Ryer, with lighting and sound by Elizabeth Stewart and Don Tindall. The visuals are dramatic, exciting, clever and at times comical, pulling us inexorably into the action. Two millennia later, this story has remarkable staying power –– even though we know the narrative and its outcome, we’re on the edge of our seats. One choice Buggeln has made twists the tale: our hero is not played by one man, but by ten actors of different ages and genders. The switch is signified by passing a mantle of twisted ropes, which the next protagonist dons. The first time we see a “new” Odysseus in a scene we’re a little surprised, but then we quickly accommodate, realizing that “we are all Odysseus” –– we’ve all had our own

challenging voyages, temptations, doubts, poor choices, hard decisions to make. One of the hardest, for Odysseus, is realizing that to sail past six-headed Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, he’ll have to sacrifice many of his men. The nearer he gets to home, the deeper his desperation, and ours, until the intense scene where his ship is finally destroyed, his men lost. (Poseidon has had it in for him all along, though Zeus lets Athena keep helping her favorite.) At this last moment, Odysseus is tossed in the waves (blue-grey banners simulating the sea) and slammed ashore, denuded, nearly dead. He’s home, but at great cost. In this production, Sylvie Yntema embodies the faithful wife, Penelope, and

Jack Damien her son Telemachus, eager to be worthy of his father; they’re surrounded by an aptly officious group of suitors who resemble obnoxious burghers. As the narrating muse, the accomplished Cynthia Henderson moves the action along at a good pace, though opening night her delivery was excessively theatrical and the constant snaky hand gestures were distracting, an odd directorial choice. One actor dropped quite a few lines, but in general everyone was highly persuasive, and assistant director Rafael López stepped in splendidly for an ill cast member. Overall, the diverse levels of experience meshed well, the bursts of colloquial dialogue were refreshing, and the staging was constantly absorbing.

More than a global migration metaphor, we ultimately connect to individual struggles here: that of Penelope and Telemachus, of Odysseus, and interestingly, of his comrades, torn between following orders and thinking for themselves. “An Odyssey” is a voyage well worth taking.

Hangar Theatre “An Odyssey,” directed by Samuel Buggeln. At the Hangar Theatre outdoor stage, at 7:30 p.m. Sept 1-4, and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Tickets at 607.273.2787. Barbara Adams, a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College.

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isa Rovner’s “Sisters with Transistors” (Metrograph Pictures-Anna Lena Films-Willow Glen Films, 85 min.) states its theme right up front: “Sometimes women get forgotten from history.” Rovner’s documentary aims to jog the memory. When I was a kid, the musicians exploring synthesized music that got all the ink in “Rolling Stone” were all dudes like Pete Townsend, Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. Rovner’s new film, playing at Cornell Cinema on Sept. 9 at 7:15 p.m. with a post-screening panel discussion, features vintage stock and TV footage and the voices of women synth composers and experimentalists like Laurie Spiegel, Suzanne Ciani, Clara Rockmore, Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Eliane Radigue, Bebe Barron and Wendy Carlos. Narrated by Laurie Anderson, who blazed her own musical trail in the ‘80s, the film is packed with archival material of these pioneers hooking up funky analog keyboards with endless cables to patch bays and recorders, preserving their brave new sounds, melodies and otherworldly squeaks and sqwonks. Some of them have gone on to score films and commercials, while others are proudly Avant Garde and experimental; “Sisters with Transistors” tells a fascinating group story. ● ● ●

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to be a fascinating persona. But there was something about the happy tree-painting Bob Ross that made me wonder… I mean, everyone has a dark side. Joshua Rofé’s upsetting doc “Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal and Greed” (Netflix, 2021, 92 min.) finds that darkness. Simply put, Ross developed his patented “wet on wet” rapid-fire painting technique because he loved to paint and because it made him happy. Then his business interests were put in the hands of greedy people who kept trying to freeze Ross out of his own company. The PBS series spawned a huge industry of DVDs, videos and all manner of painting supplies, and to this day, none of Ross’ family sees a penny from any of his empire. (Many people approached to speak on the record declined for fear of being sued by those who control Ross’s business.) Some years back when I was looking around at Hobby Lobby, I saw they were offering a Bob Ross painting workshop with some artist trained in the Ross technique. At the time, I was sorry that I missed the workshop. Now having seen the truth about the whole thing, I’m glad I didn’t spend my money learning the Bob Ross method, given that Ross’ family sees no percentage. ● ● ●

It seemed like just days after I finished reading Keith Richards’ autobiography “Life” that I learned that Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passed away at the age of 80. While we wait to see what happens with the Stones, Mark Lo’s “Count Me In” (Netflix, 2021, 81 min.) is a cool documentary about the art of percussion. The doc is divided up into sections, with drummers like Stewart Copeland and Topper Headon telling tales of their experiences learning how to play drums. There are also sections that pay tribute to the greats like Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Art Blakey and Keith Moon, not to mention chapters dissecting classic songs with great drum tracks like “Honky Tonk Women” and “Who Are You.” I’m not that knowledgeable about the finer points of rhythm, so this was a fascinating immersion. Recommended: “The Protégé” at Regal Stadium 14. RIP Charlie Watts (“Gimme Shelter,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together”) RIP Ed Asner (“JFK,” “Elf,” “Up”)



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9/9 Thursday 2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series Presents Gunpoets | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised) at Willard Straight Theatre | 9:15 p.m. | Cornell University, 144 East Ave

9/10 Friday Chamber Music at New Park - 5th Season | 7:30 p.m. | New Park Event Venue & Suites, 1500 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA | $0.00 - $25.00 Geoff Tate - Rage for Order and Empire at Center for the Arts | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St

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9/3 Friday Night Train | 5:30 p.m. | Buttonwood Grove Winery, 5986 State Route 89 | Free Friday Night Music - Notorious Stringbusters | 6 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd Garden Concert: The Ampersand Project | 6 p.m. | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Rd | $5.00

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Corners Gallery & the living room, 903 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca | Embrace the past with this exhibition showcasing instant film photography featuring many well-known local photographers. (photo: provided)

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An Odyssey | 7:30 p.m., 9/1 Wednesday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | An epic new piece of theatre created by our town, for our town. An Odyssey will celebrate the skills and talents of Ithaca’s diverse communities, working alongside professional theatre artists, to create a fresh adaptation of Homer’s tale. With music, magic, and adventure for all ages. Feasting the Sea-God: A Live Performance of the Odyssey | 5:30 p.m., 9/2 Thursday | Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry Street | A live telling of the epic of the Odyssey by performance storyteller Jay Leeming, featuring floating cities, one-eyed giants, and a gender-bending prophet from the Land of the Dead. For all ages. | Free Milo the Magnificent Puppet Show | 10:30 a.m., 9/4 Saturday | The Cherry, 102 Cherry St | An engaging puppet show about an aspiring magician, inspired by turn of the century vaudeville entertainers. | $4.00 - $12.00 Sundance Shorts 2021 at Willard Straight Theatre | 7 p.m., 9/9 Thursday | Virtual | Ithaca Premiere The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour consists of seven short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not be

Televised) at Willard Straight Theatre | 9:15 p.m., 9/9 Thursday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary-part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that Tove | 7:15 p.m., 9/10 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | “The Moomins, with their hippo-like silhouettes, are beloved cartoon characters familiar to readers around the globe. A Quiet Place Part II | 9:35 p.m., 9/10 Friday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | The world has been overrun by hostile aliens. They are impossibly strong and fast, and normal weapons seem to have no effect on them. The only way to survive is to avoid detection. ReEntry Theatre Program’s Radio Play | 9/11 Saturday | Virtual | Based on the oral history interviews that members conducted in Fall 2020, we will produce this new play exploring themes of family, harm reduction, and hopes and dreams of those who have Nomadland | 7:15 p.m., 9/14 Tuesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | Deep in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand), a widow in her sixties, loses her job and home after the gypsum plant closes and brings the industry town down with it. The Seventh Seal at Willard Straight Theatre | 7 a.m., 9/15 Wednesday | Cornell University, 144 East Ave | BergmanÕs stunning allegory of the human search for meaning in life is a constant on most lists of the Òtop films of all time.Ó Returning home from the Crusades, a knight (played by Bergman

Art BEYOND Interactive Art Exhibit | 4:30 p.m., 9/1 Wednesday | Center Ithaca, 171 East State Street | BEYOND is an interactive, immersive art experience for all ages featuring participatory light and sound installations, games, community art making, a giant rideable unicorn, and more! | Free Life within and Around Us | 12 p.m., 9/2 Thursday | State of the Art Gallery, 120 West State Street | Group art show Stop and Listen to HERstory | 5 p.m., 9/3 Friday | The History Center


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Film Ailey | 9/2 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Biographical documentary about Alvin Ailey, a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Together | 9/2 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan star in the story of a family, like so many, who found a way to survive – together. This hilarious and heartbreaking story intimately shows two partners forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of lockdown. Cryptozoo | 9/2 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Dash Shaw’s fantastical animated feature follows cryptozookeepers through a richly-drawn hallucinatory world as they struggle to capture a baku and begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a zoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown.

Stillwater | 9/2 Thursday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | An American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Coda | 9/3 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | A CODA, child of deaf adults finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams. Flag Day | 9/3 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Jennifer Vogel’s father taught her so much about love and joy, but he also happened to be the most notorious counterfeiter in US history. A portrait of a young woman who struggles to rise above the wreckage of her past while reconciling the inescapable bond between a daughter and her father. Ma Belle, My Beauty | 9/3 Friday | Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street. | Lane, Bertie, and Fred once shared a polyamorous relationship in New Orleans. They had a balance that worked... until it didn’t, and Lane vanished from their lives. Two years later, Bertie and Fred are married and are living in the countryside of southern France when Lane reappears.


Events Utica College Field Hockey at Ithaca College | 9/1 Wednesday | Utica College Field Hockey at Ithaca Collegen calendar.aspx?id=12646 Annual Golf Tournament 2021 | 10 a.m., 9/2 Thursday | RaNic Golf Club, 189 Pleasant Grove Rd | Play, network, and have fun during Ithaca’s premier Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Ithaca! Registration starts at 10 am. | $695.00 Night Sky Cruise at Allen Treman State Park | 8:30 p.m., 9/3 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. Pay-What-You-Wish Weekend at Museum of the Earth at Museum of the Earth | 10 a.m., 9/4 Saturday | Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | Join Museum of the Earth for Pay-WhatYou-Wish weekends, sponsored by BorgWarner,on the first weekend of each month. Sunset Saturday | 6:30 p.m., 9/4 Saturday | Boundary Breaks Vineyard, 1568 Porter Covert Road | Boundary Breaks is hosting our famous Sunset

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Kids Virtual Live Chinese Storytime | 11:30 a.m., 9/2 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | 2021 CFCU Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series Presents Danielle Ponder | 6 p.m., 9/2 Thursday | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons | Join us for LIVE music on the Commons, our Summer Concert Series is FREE and fun for the entire family! Tyke Tales Story Time | 6 p.m., 9/3 Friday | Please join us for stories read aloud on Zoom from the Lodi Whittier Library on Friday evenings at 6pm. Stars Above Family Circus | 7 p.m., 9/3 Friday | Circus Culture, 116 W. Green St. | A new outdoor familyfriendly circus show set to original music and reimagined cover songs, Stars Above is a fresh take on the nostalgic small touring circuses from two hundred years ago. Stars Above explores the connections to our loved ones, community, and the things we have lost. Milo the Magnificent Puppet Show | 10:30 a.m., 9/4 Saturday | The Cherry, 102 Cherry St | An engaging puppet show about an aspiring magician, inspired by turn of the century vaudeville entertainers. | $4.00 - $12.00 The Amazing Cyanobacteria of Cayuga Lake | 1 p.m., 9/4 Saturday | Stewart Park, near the floating dock | Learn about the fascinating microorganisms behind the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) causing beach closures on Cayuga Lake and world-wide. This program for kids and their families offers a hands-on (safe!) exploration of lake ecology. Contact adrianna@ for more info. | Free

Notices Community Sunset Cruise | 7:30 p.m., 9/1 Wednesday | Allan H. Treman Marina, 1000 Allen H. Treman Park Road | Engaging Conversations and Activities about our watershed aboard the MV Teal with rotating community members serving as hosts. | Free Trumansburg Farmers Market | 9/1 Wednesday | Trumansburg Farmers market, Corner of Route 227 & 96 | 9/1: Radio London; Curtis Osgood & Friends | Free Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 9/2 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 Check It Out Shoppe | 9 a.m., 9/3 Friday | Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Rd | Every Fri and Sat. High-quality used items at reasonable prices. Sponsored by the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church. Shur-Save Dish to Pass Car Show | 5 p.m., 9/3 Friday | Trumansburg Shur Save, 2085 Trumansburg Rd (Rte 96) | Bring your ride over to event held on the first Friday of every month until October. Enjoy grilled burgers and hot dogs, good folks who all bring their good sides and desserts. Donations accepted for food. 50/50 tickets double as door prize tickets after the cash drawing. | Free Farmers Market in Brooktondale | 10 a.m., 9/4 Saturday | Brooktondale Community Center, 524 Valley Rd | Farmers Market with local flavor, easy parking, playground for the children, BBQ each week. Besides the usual produce, eggs, cheese, and meat, the market features a variety of fiber vendors, native plants, hanging flower baskets and homestead products. Historic Southworth Homestead Tours | 10 a.m., 9/4 Saturday | Southworth Homestead, 14 North Street | | $10.00 Grow Along Support Classes @ the Ithaca Community Gardens & on ZOOM | 6 p.m., 9/7 Tuesday | Ithaca Community Gardens | Do you want to garden but wish you had someone to give you personal guidance? Visit Cornell Cooperative Extension’s website for more information. | Free



Circus Culture, 116 W. Green St., Ithaca | | A new outdoor family-friendly circus show set to original music and reimagined cover songs, Stars Above is a fresh take on the nostalgic small touring circuses from two hundred years ago. Stars Above explores the connections to our loved ones, community, and the things we have lost. (photo: provided)

The Cherry, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca | A puppet show about an aspiring magician. This wordless comedy, inspired by turn of the century vaudeville entertainers, is as physical as it is charming. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks that don’t always go as planned. Great for all ages! (photo: provided)

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OCM BOCES has the need for a full-time Spanish Teacher, grades 9-12, for their Cortland Alternative Education program. We are seeking a teacher who will design learning outcomes reflective of the goals of Modern Language Education, create a student-centered classroom that supports the principles of project-based learning and technology integration, and will incorporate data, feedback, and reflective practice to facilitate student learning. NYS secondary Spanish certification required. Register and apply at: For more information, visit our website at: www. EOE


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Teacher – Special Education & TASC

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OCM BOCES REACH program has a full-time need on or about September 1st, for a Science teacher, to be located at the Crown Road Campus, 4500 Crown Road, Liverpool. Successful candidate will provide science instruction for a 7th – 8th grade program designed for innovative education students. The program focuses on interdisciplinary project-based learning, 21st century skills, and the infusion of technology throughout the curriculum. NYS Secondary Science certification and strong technology skills required. Register and apply at: For more information, visit our website at: www. EOE


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Interested in joining a collaborative and innovative instructional team with a student-centered focus? Consider applying to the OCM BOCES STARS program providing Special Education instruction/services to alternative high school students. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to receive first rate professional development in the principles of instructional best practices, restorative practices and technology integration. Come join the team at OCM BOCES! NYS certification in Special Education 7-12 required. Applications accepted online only. Register and apply at: www.olasjobs. org/central. For more information, visit our website at: EOE

BOCES Innovative Education REACH Program located at the Crown Road Campus, Liverpool, NY. Successful candidate will provide individual and group counseling to 7th and 8th grade middle school students, as well as provide support for the program team in developing positive, proactive interventions. NYS certification as a School Social Worker required. Register and apply at: www.olasjobs. org/central. For more information, visit our website at: www.ocmboces. org EOE Tax Foreclosed Real Estate Auction St. Lawrence County • Online Only Lots, Acreage, Homes, Commercial Properties Online Auction Start: September 11TH, 12PM Online Auction Closing Begins: September 25TH, 10AM

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