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Cornell men’s lacrosse is Final Four bound

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irst, let's get the sentimental story lines and cliches out of the way, then talk about the fact that the Big Red lacrosse team is going to the Final Four... For Connor Buczek — Cornell class of '14 and the current head coach — the quarterfinal game was played in his home state of Ohio. That's a nice little tidbit. Next, Ben DeLuca — Deleware's head coach — would be coaching against his alma mater and the program he led as head coach from 2011-13. Another compelling story line. Now, for the cliches: “Don't turn the ball over, especially late in the game.” “Take care of the basics, like winning face-offs and scooping up ground balls.” The Blue Hens would have well-advised to listen to those cliches, and take them to heart. They did not. With the score knotted at seven entering the fourth quarter, Cornell took control. Riding a big advantage in face-offs (16-6) and in ground balls (39-25), the Big Red would pull away and win by a score of 10-8, earning the program's 14th trip to the Final Four, where Cornell will face #6 Rutgers on Saturday. (Maryland will face Princeton in the other semi.) Delaware, no doubt, came into the contest determined to keep a very close eye on Cornell's C.J. Kirst, who had an utterly electrifying game against Ohio State last week. Kirst tied an all-time Cornell NCAA record by scoring an eye-opening seven goals, but against Delaware, it was time to spread the wealth and show the balance necessary for a team to make a deep playoff run. Kirst would find the net midway through the second quarter, but this week's game balls would be given to junior Angelo Petrakis and senior goalie Chase Ierlan. Petrakis would dominate

in the face-off circle — winning 15 of 19 — and would also pick up eight ground balls and score his first goal of the season. Ierlan had 15 saves and led a defense that held their foe to under 10 goals for the second straight NCAA game. Nine of Ierlan's saves came in Cornell beat Delaware to move onto the Final Four. (Photo: Cornell Athletics) the crucial second half. Offensively, Cornell was led by John ter. While the “win this for Riche” theme Piatelli, who scored a hat trick, and by likely resonates more with former players, Spencer Werthian, who added a pair of longtime fans and supporters, it can hopegoals. fully be one more tool in the Inspiration Toolbox.

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Of course, there is another compelling human interest story at play here, as the Cornell team knows it will never get another one of those inspiring locker room visits from Richie Moran. Richie — who passed on in April — loved to visit and address the team whenever he could. Even the players that were just getting to know the legendary coach could hear that his voice was fading, and that he was struggling to finish his inspiring speeches, but in true Richie fashion, he showed up and gave it his best shot. The guys also knew they were in the presence of a local — hell, a national treasure — and that they will someday tell their children that they played at Cornell when Richie Moran was showing up to share whatever he had to share. The annual Sept. 11 ceremony will be a difficult one, as Richie hung 20 wreaths in 20 years to honor Eamon McEneaney, the great Cornell lacrosse player who died in the World Trade Cen-

T A K E  Congressional race – Ithacan candidate Vanessa Fajans-Turner announced she would no longer be running for Congress after the release of the newly drawn district lines. Previously Ithaca and Tompkins County was drawn into NY-22, which included Cortland and Onondaga Counties as well. However, new lines were required and Tompkins County will now

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A Q&A with Tig Notaro as she finally prepares for her State Theatre show after COVID delays.

Okay, this is interesting... Penn State announced last week that a transfer student is heading to State College, via — of all places — Cornell University. Offensive lineman Hunter Nourzad spent the last four years at Cornell, where he was named the Phil Steele Ivy League Offensive Lineman of the Year. But given one of his seasons of eligibility went unused, he is taking his collegiate game up a notch. The six-foot-three-inch 310-pound Nourzad started 20 consecutive games at right tackle for the Big Red, and was named an AFCA Second Team All-American. According to the Penn State press release, Nourzad “led an offensive line which led the Ivy League and ranked fifth nationally with 0.9 sacks allowed per game, three fewer than any other Ivy League school allowed.” — St ev e L aw r e nc e

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join NY-19, which spans 11 counties, from Tompkins to the Massachusetts border. “This new district is very different from the one in which I have been campaigning and building voter trust since launching in February,” Fajans-Turner said. “We will need every resource we have to ensure Democrats win in November to fight back against Republicans’ attacks on our democracy, our

fundamental rights, and our climate. I will not act in any way that splits the Democratic field in this new swing district with an established and well-funded Republican in the running. This national moment is larger than any individual candidate, and it is incumbent on all of us to work for the greater, common cause as the stakes of this race continue to rise.”

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INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER Spongy moth caterpillars cause itchy outbreak H

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ave you been itchy lately? Are you finding red bumps or hives on your skin after spending time outside? Turns out, the answer could be the tiny caterpillars of the spongy moth. (Editor’s note: The spongy moth used to be called the gypsy moth, but because the word gypsy is derogatory toward the Romani people, there has been an effort in the scientific community to shift to calling them spongy moths, coming from the sponge-like appearance of their egg masses.) The spongy moth is a non-native invasive insect that, in New York, are known to feed on the leaves of a wide variety of trees, including oak, maple, apple, crabapple, hickory, basswood, aspen, willow, birch, pine, spruce, hemlock and more. Because the caterpillars eat young leaves in the spring, the defoliation can reduce the vigor and resistance of the tree, making it more susceptible to pests and disease. Their damage to trees, oak especially, is generally what spongy moths are known for. However, as Ithacans have quickly learned, they can be a nuisance to humans too. Though the spongy moth caterpillars are very small this time of year, the hairs on their body contain histamine which some people can be allergic to. Dr. Brad Yentzer of Finger Lakes Dermatology equated it to poison ivy. “It’s an allergic reaction much like poison ivy, where you touch the caterpillar hairs and get a delayed onset hypersensitivi-

ty contact dermatitis,” he said. “Some might not react, but most people are allergic.” Yentzer said he hasn’t really seen issues with spongy moth caterpillars, but this year he’s had a handful of people visiting his office with the red bumps. It doesn’t take much suffer from a reaction to the hairs — something as simple as sitting on the ground outside or brushing a caterpillar off your shirt can cause you to break out in hives. That combined with the warmer weather lately has provided the perfect storm for more allergic reactions than normal. “It’s a weird coincidence and just so happens to be all of the above,” Yentzer said. “We have a lot of caterpillars, everyone was itching to get outside in the nice weather, and then they just happened to come around.” He noted that though he hasn’t personally seen many patients with these reactions in years past, it doesn’t mean it hasn’t been happening. “By the time you get to a dermatologist it could be gone,” he said. More anecdotally, multiple posts have popped up on the Ithaca and Cornell Reddit pages over the past couple weeks with residents and students complaining that they found themselves covered in itchy red bumps after spending time outside. Yentzer said if you find yourself with a reaction, he urges you to get any itchy spots checked out.

The spongy moth caterpillar has a histamine in its hairs that can cause an allergic reaction. (Photo: NYS DEC)

“My one piece of advice is if you have a rash, don’t self-diagnose. Don’t just chalk it up to moth caterpillar dermatitis,” he said. “Go to your dermatologist.” As far as prevention and treatment, there’s not a whole lot that can be done. Yentzer said cortisone cream can help with some of the itching, and doing your best to avoid the caterpillars is the most you can do for prevention. Additionally, he noted that it’s not only spongy moth caterpillars that can make you itch, and that in fact many caterpillars can cause a reaction. “It’s not going to kill you,” Yentzer said. “It’s just annoying.” — Ta n n e r H a r di ng

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St. John’s rector reflects on the church’s 200 years

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here have been a myriad of events and social changes since 1822 when St. John’s Episcopal Church first became a presence in Ithaca, New York. Welcoming generations is only part of what they have accomplished in the past two centuries. In recent times the church has partnered with Loaves and Fishes in 1983, and in the last few years have provided a small laundromat in the basement of the church for those in need. This year marks 200 years of helping and making a lasting difference in the community. In this interview, Rector Megan Castellan shares some of her insights and hopes as St. John’s Church continues to connect with more people and new generations in Ithaca.

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Ithaca Times: For 200 years St. John’s Church has been active in the Ithaca community. Talk about what that means to you as Rector of the church. And what are some of the things that stand out for you in its past? Rector Megan Castellan: Two hundred years is a pretty good history for an American church, but it is a double-edged sword. It means that this church has offered solace and support to the community throughout a long history, and offered much good, but — for us — it also means that this church has been enmeshed in the historic sins of which our country is guilty: namely chattel slavery and the theft of indigenous land. The history of

St. John’s Episcopal Church celebrates 200 years. (Photo: Provided)

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fter a confusing and controversial election day, the Ithaca City School District Board of Education certified the results the following evening. Three of the four propositions passed, and new faces were elected to the Board of Education. The budget, expenditure of reserve funds and the establishment of a new reserve fund all passed easily. The closest of the three was the budget, with 2,446 people voting yes, and 1,069 people voting no. However, it did meet its threshold of 60% approval, which was required because the budget exceeds the tax levy limit. The only proposition that didn't pass was the last one, which would have conveyed a piece of real estate adjacent to Beverly J. Martin Elementary School to the City of Ithaca for the expansion of the gymnasium at Greater Ithaca Activities Center. That failed 2,129-1,366. Longtime board member and board president Rob Ainslie was voted out, receiving the second lowest number of votes out of the seven candidates. The seats of Ainslie, Erin Croyle and Eldred Harris were all up for grabs, with Croyle and Harris maintaining theirs. A fourth seat was also open after

member Kelly Evans recently announced her resignation. Along with Croyle and Harris, Karen Yearwood and Jill Tripp were elected to the board. Yearwood received the most votes overall with 2,799, then Tripp with 2,604. Croyle received 2,584 votes, and Harris received 1,292. There was another candidate on the ballot, which was the cause of much the controversy. Benjamin Mumford-Zisk was listed as a candidate, however the night before the election the board clerk was made aware that he did not meet the residency requirements. This led to signs being posted at polling locations stating that Mumford-Zisk had withdrawn. However, those signs were later replaced with ones that stated he was not eligible. According to the district’s attorney Kate Reid, after it was determined that Mumford-Zisk had relocated to Ithaca in February and thus didn’t meet the oneyear residency requirement, the attorney’s office reached out to him to explain that he was ineligible. That was before noon, and

Clusters of forget-me-nots are currently in full bloom in gardens throughout Ithaca. Their season generally runs from around now until the early autumn, so the next time you’re out for a walk keep an eye out for their distinctive delicate periwinkle petals and those pale starlight centers.

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Reid said Mumford-Zisk agreed that he would withdraw. To reflect that decision, signs were made and posted at poling locations stating he had withdrawn from the race. However, later that afternoon they received a phone call that state he had changed his mind and would not be withdrawing after all. This led to replacing those previously made signs with ones that informed voters Mumford-Zisk was not eligible for the Board of Education. Reid said this decision was made with the integrity of the election in mind. If Mumford-Zisk has been elected, he would not be able to take the seat. This means it would have been left to the Board of Education to then appoint someone to that spot. Reid said this was a determining factor in the decision for the signage.

HEARD&SEEN Heard

After two years of cancellations, Cornell’s International Chamber Music Festival, Mayfest, made returned to Ithaca May 20-24. Hope you enjoyed!

Seen

Lots of commencement traffic in Ithaca lately. A big congratulations to the graduating classes of 2022! You did it—best of luck to your futures.

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was courageous in supporting the sit-ins of Cornell during the 1960s and the peace movement, and in financially supporting Black institutions during the Civil Rights Movement, in sponsoring a Black parishioner for ordination to the priesthood in 1947 (who went on to do pioneering work as a college chaplain and activist during the AIDS crisis in California), in writing Congressional leaders and urging them to disarm entirely after the world wars. At the same time, alongside these things, we know that the parish was founded on land gifted to the first vestrymen by Simon DeWitt, which came to him from Sullivan’s Campaign, and we know that the proceeds from slavery in the US were an integral part in supporting the expansion of the Episcopal Church into this region, which includes us. In my opinion, this sort of history doesn’t negate the good things

we managed to do, but it does call us into reflection regarding how we might make amends for our part in historical injustice. IT: What events have been planned to mark this time during the coming year at St. John’s? RMC: We are working on a new history of the parish, this one focusing less on historical clergy leadership, and more on the people who actually did the work! Folks like Julius Eastman, who got his start in the Boys’ Choir here and went on to become a famous composer, Anna Baker — a widow from the 1930s who appears to have saved the church from bankruptcy singlehandedly, Connie Cook, who sued the bishop in the 1970s to allow ordained women to serve in the diocese, and Frances Perkins, who attended here when she worked at Cornell after leaving the White House. We are also doing the work I mentioned above — reflecting on how we might begin to make reparations for our participation in past injustices, and

repair those relationships. That work is of course the work of years, and not just a momentary thing. IT: Can you say what your hopes will be for you and members of St. John’s Church in the Ithaca community? RMC: I hope that this deep dive into our history is inspiring and healing! I spent a good portion of the last year or so reading through the vestry minutes, and it has been strangely comforting to read through all the times the vestry was frustrated or confused or convinced the church was on the brink of ruin, and yet they survived — all of which made me feel better about our chances of pulling through the pandemic. If we learn one thing, I hope it’s that the church both survives because of people, and somehow in spite of them too. We just keep trying and doing our best, then we try and fix our mistakes as best we can. — G . M . Bu r n s

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Limbwalker Tree Service: Keith Vanderhye and Cody Sykes

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rowing up along the lovely Potomac River, as a kid Keith Vanderhye could usually be found perched in the gracious old hemlocks near his home. With lots of freedom to roam the forest and discover the soft forest floor under the stately aged trees, Keith

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Rocco Rich, Zack Borg, Catalina Peralta, Cody Sykes, Joe Kather and Matt Savage. (Photo: Catalina Peralta)

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ash money in commercial use has been declining for years, and in some places can be used hardly or not at all, in some cases by ignorance and in some by design. In Ithaca you might be at a clothing store and approach the checkout with two shirts to purchase, and when the cashier sees you take green paper from your wallet rather than a charge card, she might panic. “You want to use cash?” she might say. “Yes,” you might reply. “Um — do you have exact change?” “Well, I won't really know till I find out the exact price, which will include tax, but I probably don’t, because I don’t have any coins, so the odds are 99 to 1 against it, at least.” “Can you wait while I call a manager?” she might say, and then she’ll relievedly learn that there is a cash register on the premises that actually contains cash, so the two of you can go there. It suggests that the terms “cash register” and “cashier” are now misnomers, practically. Maybe it should be “sales register” and “scanier,” although of course one activates the card oneself. Maybe “scanier” will prove enduringly useful when we can’t use cards anymore and have to have a commercial account number embedded on a chip in our bodies for businesses to scan. If not strict correlation, one at least sees connections between disinclination towards cash and penchant for authoritarian attitudes, or at least illiberal ones. Last month I was at a minor league baseball game in Scranton. The entrance lines were long, as they were using airport search methods: pockets emptied for inspection, arms outstretched and legs spread for wand-waving. Did they think someone would hijack or blow up the game? On the way in, one then sees signs: This is a cashless facility. Concession stands and food vendors accept credit cards only. In other words, just as you can’t enter the park without a full body search, legal tender is no good here. If you are one of the 25% of seniors or 50% of low income Americans who don’t have a credit card, don’t get hungry or thirsty here. What are old and poor people doing trying to enjoy themselves at a ball game anyway?

Another outing to a game, in Binghamton, showed the New York town to be a comparative bastion of liberty. There was a long line to get in, but just because it was a big Friday, with a special promotion honoring Girl Scouts, and fireworks after the game. At the box office, the worker seemed unperturbed by the idea of selling tickets for U.S. dollars. He chatted as he did it and even made change. At the entrance there were no searches, only smiles. In Scranton, one of my group had a purse, and was forbidden to bring it in. She had to return to the parking lot and lock it in the car trunk. In Binghamton, one of my group also had a purse, and it occurred to me to mention the Scranton experience before we got in line. My friend asked a staffer about the situation there. “Oh, of course you can bring that in,” the staffer said. “They might ask to look in it at the gate.” They didn’t. Inside, people and vendors exchanged cash money for hot dogs and beer like it was a normal thing to do. Bank of America, American Express, et al. were not involved and did not get a cut. Proponents of credit cards have long encouraged businesses to promote credit card use because then people don’t feel the impact of their spending, and spend more. In this highly focused yet broadly illustrative exploration of cash and credit use at minor league ballparks, I can attest this is true. I know I spent exactly $15 in Binghamton because I extracted that much from my wallet: the amount the vendor requested. I don’t know what I spent in Scranton, because I never looked at the screen, just touched my card to it. I know it was high, but I didn’t care, as it was just vapor, not money. Credit cards do have a bona fide business value, in transferring money safely and quickly. Of course in prior times businesses worried less about cash security because people used checks for large purchases. When I relocated to Ithaca in the 1990s, GreenStar Co-op, for one prominent Contin u ed on Page 7


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to pay his living expenses, Keith began going door-to-door in his battered truck with his chainsaw, offering tree trimming to homeowners. As word of his skills and his availability spread, soon known locally as Keith Limbwalker, his business took shape. Although the McDaniels' Nut Grove had lured Keith to Ithaca, his life sprinted off in an unexpected direction. So how has life without a business plan worked out? “It’s been great. Over time, we’ve learned all aspects of a tree care business,” Keith said. “We have great relationships with Cascadilla Tree Care, and Thompson Tree and Crane Service, among others. And our business became robust and stable over time. We now have a whole array of vehicles and equipment, and every workday is filled. We keep our two stump grinders, three skid steers, five dump trucks and our crane ‘busy.’ If stretched, our crane can double as another dump truck. We love the equipment and Cody Sykes, my partner for many years, knows all it takes to maintain everything, including hydraulic motors. “Early on, when Cody was about 20, I passed him as he was unloading some equipment at his parents’ house. I could tell it was tree climbing equipment, so I moseyed over. ‘You look like a tree climber,’” Keith said. Keith, modest about his own talents, raves about Cody Sykes’ skills — “Awesome guy with great skills.” Not to mention that one of Cody’s brothers, DJ, is a diesel mechanic for his own tree service out of town. So complementary! Cody joined the company 13 years ago as an employee in 2008, and became a partner in 2017. Cody grew up on Main Street, Freeville. He describes his parents as the role models for him and his brothers. “Our father was a farmer and worked all the time, but still made time to do milk testing for other farmers,” Cody said. “Later he went on to run the food science dairy plant at Cornell for 18 years…Our mother, another around-the-clock worker, is strong and tough and loving. She takes care of everyone…Two of us boys own tree ITHACA NOTES contin u ed from page 6

example of a big, consumer-oriented business, didn’t even accept credit cards, just cash and checks. But the credit card companies made their products faster to use, eliminated

YOUR LETTERS Tree Climber, Zack Borg, up in the tree cutting down a branch while Dan O’Connell holds a tagline to ensure the branch drops safely in the proper location. (Photo: Catalina Peralta)

service companies, and our third brother is vice president of an insurance company… Working hard is second nature to all of us. And Keith is like another brother.” Being limbwalkers, these chaps and their team venture out on the limbs from scary heights. Keith said: “Trees are our biggest infrastructure. Often, we can improve their longevity with pruning work. We work safely: When we are in the trees, we are tied in with a rope that can support 8,000 pounds, along with a secondary rope that contains a steel aircraft cable. To be certified arborists we take continuing education courses each year.” Eventually, Cody and Keith decided to buy a 75-foot bucket truck to enhance their limbwalking. This year when the tree trimming season began anew, we learn that Cody is now the owner of Limbwalkers, and the fine work continues smoothly. Cody, also a certified arborist, said: “Customers rave about the Limbwalker work ethic and quality services…We have terrific folks on our team in the trees and in our office. I couldn’t do it without Zach Borg, a certified arborist and estimator, Dan O’Connell, Rocco Rich, Joe Kather, Matt Savage and Catalina Peralta. Every workday we are booked and every night we feel good about the work we have done for customers who are pleased. And we are glad that no matter where Keith wanders, we know he will work with us when winter ends and Limbwalker Tree Service starts climbing up the trees.” annual fees, and offered premiums for use. Now they’re ubiquitous and have basically obliterated checks for consumer use. If the Scranton ball club had its way, they’d replace cash too. In baseball, a pitcher’s “control” is fundamentally important. It’s important in finances and life, too.

Open letter to Common Council from Ithacans for Reimagining Public Safety

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s a coalition of community groups and leaders in Ithaca, we feel it is imperative you understand that time is of the essence when it comes to passing Reimagining - all of Reimagining. The countless voices you heard - through focus groups, surveys, community town halls, letters, working group members, and more - culminated in the recommendations ultimately set out by the Reimagining Public Safety Working Group. These recommendations were the product of so much deliberation that the release of the final report had to be set back a month. Countless experts and community members from all facets of Ithaca had an opportunity to be heard; every detail was debated on its merit. This is why arguments that there hasn’t been or won’t be “enough time” are concerning. According to the city attorney, by the time a bill for a city commissioner must be brought up (June 23, according to our calculation) Council will have had over sixteen weeks to have studied, reviewed, and brought up concerns about the plan prior to any kind of legislative drafting. We take issue with Council members claiming there hasn’t been enough time to review the recommendations. We are deeply concerned as a coalition that the hard work so many community members contributed to this plan will go unrealized if Council decides that the public can simply be taken out of the process by disallowing a public vote. Council should not decide which parts of democracy they get to follow. We the people elected you to carry out our desires, and we the people made it clear that we want a civilian commissioner to head the Department of Community Safety. To disempower us by deciding that we can wait - yet again - for full, equal treatment and justice is shameful. We can’t wait. We need a fully implemented Reimagining, because the plan rests on three important foundations: unarmed officers, a civilian commissioner, and better training and records management. Pulling any one of these legs from the stool creates a foundationally insecure system. We also can’t wait

on the potential appointment of a city manager to handle this position instead, not least because such a position is not even guaranteed: this, too, must go through a referendum process. Councilwoman Brown had it right at the Committee of the Whole meeting on May 11th when she said she was sick of being told as a Black woman to wait. We are done with waiting, too. It is time to bring up a council vote on the entirety of the plan that so many people of color finally had a hand in creating. It is time to validate the hard work and the voices that minoritized community members put into this. It is time for Ithaca to actually live its values. We urge you to draft and vote on legislation immediately that would create the civilian commissioner position at the new Department of Community Safety. A failure to bring this bill up and send it to a public referendum to let the people decide is a failure to value the community members you claim to represent and serve. — Ithacans for Reimagining Public Safety

Re: Guest Opinion: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Tompkins County Mental health is the real issue of most our issues. It's long overdue to seriously address the problems rather then accepting them as the new "normal.” — John Butler, via Ithaca.com

Re: Longtime ICSD board member Ainslie out, budget approved in school vote How can the results of this botched election be allowed to stand? I voted for Benjamin but wasn't told by a poll worker that he had withdrawn his candidacy until _after_ my ballot was cast. Had I and many others known this, then we would have voted differently, potentially changing the outcome for the other candidates! I know why they're going to certify these election results; because their 7+ percent increase in the tax levy passed! If they were to redo the election, then the district runs the risk that their huge tax levy increase will fail! I _knew_ that once the district got hooked on the "free" Federal and State aid pandemic money, that ICSD would want to raise our taxes to make up the difference once the pandemic was over. I was right! Also, anyone who is employed by ICSD has a conflict of interest when it comes to ICSD elections. Thus any budget votes cast by ICSD employees should count

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The journey toward cannabis growing, cultivation and retail proves to be a marathon, not a sprint By Ta n n e r H a r di ng

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ince the legalization of adult-use cannabis was passed in New York State in March 2021, there have largely been more questions than answers when it comes to what that might look like here and around the state. Two of the people trying to answer those questions locally are Brian Batrowny and Damien Cornwell, the chair and vice chair respectively of the Southern Tier Cannabis Committee. “We try to take the confusion out of it,” Cornwell said. “Even if we don’t know, we tell people ‘we don’t know and here’s why.’ There’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for something to happen and you don’t even know why. There’s so much chatter and noise in the room. So it’s to be that lighthouse, so to speak. To give straight answers to straight questions.” The Southern Tier Cannabis Committee represents Tompkins, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Otsego and Delaware counties within the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association (NYCPGA). Its mission is to provide education and networking opportunities for business owners, bring together the Southern Tier cannabis community and stakeholders, and advocate and lobby for small- to mid-size operators. About 50% of members are growers and processors, while the remaining 50% are split evenly between retail and sponsors/donors. Currently, the state is busy working on regulations and granting licenses. Thus far 146 licenses have been granted in total, with the latest batch of 58 awarded on May 19. Applications for licenses are open until the end of June. The group held its first event in Ithaca on May 23 at Northstar House, where people from all over the Southern Tier gathered to talk about their shared interest. This is what the cannabis industry should be all about, Batrowny said. “We can’t do it without a large impact in a grassroots way,” he said. “[Cornwell] own’s a radio station, I have a huge farm.

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We’re part of the community. That’s the way to get into it.” While licenses are still being granted, Batrowny said he anticipates Tompkins County will likely be a lot more grower heavy, rather than relying on retail. “This area will be really heavy on cultivation,” he said. “New York City probably as much, you’re not going to find a lot of farmland.” Cornwell echoed that, comparing it to census data. “It’s all conjecture now, but if you have a dense population you’re going to see a lot of retail, and in rural places you’ll see more growers,” he said. Batrowny said that’s supported by already existing farming infrastructure in the more rural areas of the Southern Tier. Ithaca and Tompkins County will likely be a healthy mix of cultivation and retail, as city officials have already expressed interest in bringing retail shops to town and the Commons, while the more rural areas of the county will be better for growing. So far the interest has been high locally, with Batrowny said their events drawing full houses of business owners, press, policy makers and people just generally interested in learning more. Indeed, this was reflected at the May 23 meeting, where Acting Mayor Laura Lewis was in attendance, as well as people already working in the hemp industry and people looking to make a change from their current job. “People are excited,” Batrowny said. Cornwell qualified that excitement, however, adding that not everyone trusts the new industry. “People are nervous, too” Cornwell said. “I think it’s going to take conditioning to convert the illicit market. You got guys who make a lot of money, they have a big shoebox, so to speak. That’s why [Southern Tier Cannabis Committee] is so important. The only way is education, so people know there’s another way.” This touches on an important part of the legislation and licensing process. There is a 25–31,

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“justice involved” requirement for Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary regulations, which means that people have to either have a cannabis conviction on their record or have been affected by a family member being convicted for a cannabis-related crime. The idea is that it allows people who have suffered from the criminalization of cannabis to now have the opportunity to benefit from its legalization. “The state wants to see success stories,” Cornwell said. “They want to see people who had a certain lifestyle with this convert it to become much more profitable.” There were shadows of a similar goal written into the legislation in Massachusetts when the commonwealth legalized cannabis in 2017. Cornwell and Batrowny said they want to make sure that New York State is held to higher standards. “We saw what happened in Massachusetts,” Batrowny said. “We know there was a lot of lip service paid to this but it didn’t come to fruition.” Cornwell said they see their role as learning from those mistakes and trying to influence better decision making. As far as what’s going on locally — there’s still a lot up in the air. Freeville resident and Ithaca High School alum Luke Powers is the operations manager of Beak & Skiff research, and said they’re planning to build a 13,000 square-foot beverage facility to make THC beverages in Lafayette. “We’re going to extract THC, fill vapes, do a small line of gummies, and co-pack the THC beverages,” he said. Their THC brand is called Ayrloom, and Powers said

P l a n t s g r ow i n g at E n f i e l d G l e n H o p f i e l d . ( P h o t o : Fac e b o o k) the goal is for it to be as successful as quickly as their brand 1911 was. Their facility will be a processing plant, and Powers said he’s anticipating being granted one of the conditional THC processing licenses. “It’s very special what the NYCPGA is doing,” Powers said. “I don’t think it’s been done anywhere else in the country. They’re trying to really work to make sure the can-

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nabis industry is going to work with New Yorkers, instead of out-of-state players coming in and taking all the large profits out of it. Growers, processors, retailers and tax revenue is staying in New York State. It’s a big deal.” But while Powers and Beak & Skiff have a pretty solid business plan ready to go, not everyone does. A handful of people who preferred to stay anonymous said they hoped to open a microbusiness, but didn’t have any exact plans. They were still trying to learn about regulations and what might work best for them. Some of those people called themselves “legacy growers,” which basically means they had been illegally growing cannabis in their homes long before it became legal and were now looking to take their talents to market in some capacity. As for what to expect in the city of Ithaca, nothing has been decided quite yet. The goal in 2021 was to prepare legislation at the city level that would fit within state regulations. However, nothing has formally been adopted. Deputy Director of Economic Development Tom Knipe has brought the issue to the Common Council in the past for feedback about recommendations on a cap on the total number of shops, appropriate locations, buffers from places of worship and schoolgrounds, etc. To Cornwell’s point about convincing people to participate legally and issues in Massachusetts, Knipe previously said that one of the criticisms of Massachusetts is that the sales tax is so high that it drives the price of state-controlled cannabis up, providing an incentive to the black mar-

ket. The New York tax plan includes a 4% state sales tax and then municipalities can pass local sales tax, which Knipe cautioned against setting too high. There has been subsequent discussion and interest expressed about the desire to get something on the books regarding cannabis retail specifically, but so far this has not been done. People have long been approaching Knipe and the city for the purpose of opening shops, but the licensing program is fully through the state. So far, the following Tompkins County businesses have received conditional cultivator licenses from the state: • Enfield Glen Hopyard LLC • Mary L Strassheim • Ithaca Organics, LLC • Glass House Farms, LLC • Pine Rose 420 LLC Some of these operators, such as Ithaca Organics and Pine Rose Farm, have already been growing and distributing CBD products. For others, like Glass House Farm, this seems to be a foray into a new business, as they currently mainly focus on different types of lettuce. Conditional license holders can begin growing cannabis outdoors or in a greenhouse with up to 20 artificial lights, and provisional license holders will have to apply for full licenses by June 1. Temporary licenses expire June 30, 2024. Cannabis Control Board Chair Tremaine Wright predicted that cannabis grown by these operators will be available in conditionally licensed dispensaries by the fall.

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“Do we have everyone vote and find out their vote was meaningless and then the board gets to pick a candidate? That struck me as more anti-democratic,” she said. She said she thought it was a better decision to be transparent with voters about Mumford-Zisk’s eligibility rather than keep it from them, and attributed some of the sign confusion to Mumford-Zisk’s misrepresentation of his intention to withdraw. Reid also clarified that the responsibility for confirming residency would fall

to the board clerk, however, it is not the clerk’s responsibility to vet every candidate. When candidates submit their nomination petition, they sign an affirmation of eligibility, which includes a residency requirement of one year. The clerk takes them at their word and only investigates further if questions are brought to them. Ithaca’s board clerk was only notified of Mumford-Zisk’s eligibility issues the night before the election, long after the ballots were already printed. However, the confusion about whether Mumford-Zisk withdrew or was ineligible was not the only signage issue. Several polling locations had signs up that told

voters to vote for “up to three” candidates, when really, they should have said “up to four.” The district became aware of these signs shortly after polls opened and called polling site managers to correct or remove them. Reid chalked the mistake up to a “clerical error,” and said the issue was resolved in two hours or less, which she doesn’t believe would have changed the outcome of the election. “Secondarily, the ballot was correct and said to vote up to four,” she said. “This election is being run by human beings, so there’s a margin of human error involved in that. There was no intentional attempt to disenfranchise voters. It was a minor

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oversight that is unlikely to result in the election being set aside.” And the last controversy from election day was a shortage of ballots at some polling locations. Board member Nicole LaFave said she knew that some folks were turned away when they showed up and found there were no ballots. Board member Moira Lang said when she went to vote at Lehman Alternative Community School around 6 p.m. on election day, they told her they had at one point run out of ballots, but that everyone who was there when it happened returned to vote later. It is unclear how that information was verified by poll workers. Lang also said the workers told her they got more ballots within 15 minutes of running out. Board president Rob Ainslie attributed this issue to a higher voter turnout than usual, likely because of the controversial budget. LaFave said all of the above issues made her uncomfortable validating the election results. Reid told the board that she sees no reason the commissioner of the state’s Department of Education would overturn the election results or call for another vote, as she doesn’t think any of the aforementioned issues substantially affected the outcome of the election. However, the ICSD Board of Education or a taxpayer who voted could bring a petition against the election if they so choose. Ultimately, the board certified the election with all voting in favor, aside from LaFave who abstained. — Ta n n e r H a r di ng YOUR LETTERS contin u ed from page 7

only half as much compared to people who aren’t employed by ICSD. Plus, the ICSD elections should not take place on school grounds since that makes it more convenient for those employed by the district to vote compared to those who aren't employed by ICSD. — Richard Ballantyne, via Ithaca.com

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Tig Notaro finally gets to play the State Theatre

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t seemed like one minute I had interviewed Emmy- and Grammy-nominated comedian Tig Notaro about her show at the State Theatre, and the next COVID scuttled all our plans. Notaro is a well-known comic, podcaster (“Tig and Cheryl: True Story” and “Don’t Ask Tig”) and actor in films (“In a World,” “Army of the Dead”) and TV (“Community” and a recurring role on “Star Trek Discovery”). Notaro spoke to the Ithaca Times about COVID, her upcoming rescheduled show at the State, and the rather extraordinary circumstances surrounding her role in “Army of the Dead.” Notaro is performing at the State on May 26. For more info, visit stateofithaca.org. Ithaca Times: We had our first interview and then COVID shut us all down. Tig Notaro: Well, I started doing a couple of podcasts, and I shot a few movies and hung out with my family. I got a plant-based nutrition certification. That’s what I was doing. IT: How things get made has changed so much in the last two years. I have Blu-rays that have Zoom special features, and everyone’s masked up. What’s that shift been like? TN: It wasn’t fun, to say the least. But it did feel exciting to be able to get out and figure out how to make things work after being home for so long. I mean, it was hard, it was challenging, but also, I think that we felt thankful for being able to work. IT: Your plan was to bring [your wife] Stephanie and check out Ithaca as a possible new home, so I assume COVID paused all that. TN: Yeah, it did get paused. We’re still eyeing upstate New York, but yeah. Everything’s been pretty paused. IT: I hate asking comics to tell me their jokes, but can you talk about the set you’ll be doing at the State? TNL Well, it’s gonna be a mix of just family, stories about my kids and my wife. Health issues. A lot of nonsense swirled in there. Observations of life. But no specifics that I’m going to divulge. IT: Are you bringing anyone to open for you? TN: Nope, it’ll just be me, and I do about an hour and 20. Sometimes an hour and 30.

IT: I’m not the biggest Zack Snyder fan, but I really loved “Army of the Dead,” and I thought you stole it. TN: Thank you. It was really fun. IT: There’s something about your specific deadpan style being dropped into what Snyder does. TN: [Laughs] Yeah, I guess none of us knew what was gonna happen, green-screening me into an action film. I guess it seems to have worked out all right. They got the Oscar fan favorite this year, but I really, really loved it. Zack and I connected on a personal level, I think because when I went in and reshot those

Tig Notaro will perform at the State Theatre on May 26. (Photo: Provided)

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scenes, it was just such a scaled-down experience. I had a much different time than most people had, not just shooting that movie, but any movie. [Laughs] All on a green screen. IT: I never would have believed it. It looks like you were right there with the other actors. TN: You didn’t know that? You didn’t know that I was filmed [separately]? IT: I thought you were on a rooftop with your helicopter. TN: Right. Well, the comedian Chris D’Elia was originally booked for that role, and then he got in trouble; he was asking out teenage girls on Twitter and stuff. So when Zack was editing the movie, he thought, “I can’t release this movie with this guy in it.” And so they erased Chris D’Elia from the movie and then brought me in, maybe a year after they finished filming, and green-screened me into the movie, so I wasn’t acting with anyone.

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The Rest exhibits a wide range of unfamiliar artists in its latest show. By Ar thur W hitm an

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ince spring of last year, Ben Bookout has directed The Rest (113 West State/MLK St.) as a genuine alternative for Ithaca’s often tired downtown gallery scene. A photography teacher and technician — as well as an accomplished photographer in his own right — Bookout brings diverse interests and connections to his project. The personal and teaching studio and display space has become a lively gathering spot as well as a venue for unexpected and often compelling exhibitions. Conceived by Camaron Cohen and Rodrigo Guzman and team-juried, the gallery’s “Artist Showcase Juried Exhibition” joins a crowded field of regional artists’ surveys, both invitational and open-call. The show (which runs through May 29) includes work from 30 Finger Lakes artists working in the expected range of media. An exhibition of this kind inevitably attracts a wide range of submissions: ranging from seasoned artists with distinct voices, to perennial hobbyist hopefuls, to the genuinely “emergent.” Although I can’t say I agree with all the selections, it is to the gallery’s credit that it has brought together familiar and unfamiliar names on a fairly even footing. As far as regional surveys go, this one is tight and thoughtful. Displayed on a shelf behind the gallery’s front window, a trio of small ceramic sculptures by SUNY Oswego instructor Renqian Yang are standouts. Variously executed in porcelain and stoneware paper clay, their abstract forms recall leaves and petals—their allusions to nature enlivened with unexpected, variegated textures and colors. The reference becomes more specific in “Ilinx,” the best of the three. Broadly cone-shaped, the porcelain piece combines white clay sections with bits in pale turquoise, mustardy yellow, glossy black, and — suggesting little roses — redpink. As those of us who have done it will know, hanging diverse and largely unrelated work like that here tends to bring out the clever — if not the glib — in curators. Case in point here is the side-by-side pairing of Elizabeth McMahon’s unframed mixed-media on cardboard abstraction “Moving Party,” with Deborah Bilinski’s trompe l’oeil acrylic on canvas “6 Boxes.” 12 T

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Done on an elaborately faceted, flattenedout carton, McMahon’s drawn, painted and collaged piece features a hectic, often-bright agglomeration of zig-zags and diagonal hatching recalling the Cubists and Futurists of a century ago. Bilinski’s piece also looks back to the interwar era — here primarily the arch eye-teasing of Magritte. Rendered in an overall beige hue, with deep shadows and accents of pale pink, the piece is a mock diorama, with five cardboard boxes piled haphazardly in a larger box — the delicately rendered borders of its open face coincident with the edges of the canvas. Photography is an understandable point of emphasis and relative strength — although there is a palpable lack of artists really pushing the medium. Highlights include Steve Piper’s “Untitled Railroad Cars 1” and “2” — with their gorgeously colored and textured echoes of color field abstraction — and local favorite Jon Reis, with his characteristically droll take on folksy illusionism, “Waterfront, Lotus Lane, Port Stanley, Ontario.” Straight painting is not a particular strength of this show, with basic technique and familiar conception in abundance. My own heritage notwithstanding, I was publically accused, last year by a social Contin u ed on Page 15


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’m taking a week to rest, see some new mances choices — there’s that word again. Cage has been in the business long enough movies and regenerate, as we apthat he probably has entire generations of proach 2022’s mid-point. This week, I’m taking this space to recommend a new fans that don’t know he changed his name from Coppola to Cage when he auditioned book, because I can’t write well unless I’m for Martha Coolidge’s “Valley reading something. With Girl” (1983). Phipps is able the meta-reflexive comedy to boil his origin story down “The Unbearable Weight of to just 11 pages, although he Massive Talent” still playing also makes room for menat Regal, it’s perfect timing tions of his marriages, chilfor Keith Phipps’ new tome dren and Cage’s extravagant “Age of Cage,” taking in the spending habits which led entire four decades of film to tax troubles in the 2010s: performances from the one Cage’s “VOD” era. and only Nicolas Cage. There’s a sadness to this Here’s something interestsection, as Cage cranks out ing: I’d wanted to be an actor more movies than anyone since I was a toddler, but until wants to see, but Phipps is I read a “Rolling Stone” interstill able to shine a spotlight view with Bill Murray when he Keith Phipps examines Nic Cage’s career on several underrated Cage was promoting “Ghostbusters” in “Age of Cage.” vehicles like “Joe” (2013), (1984), I’d never heard the (Photo: Provided) “Kick-Ass” (2010), “World acting term “choices.” Murray Trade Center” (2006), “Pig” talked about John Belushi (2021), “Teen Titans Go to the Movies” and how he made great choices onstage in (2019) and “Spider-Man: Into the SpiderSecond City, the kind of choices that could Verse” (2018). solve a scene that might be listing. It was “Age of Cage” would be worth readan epiphany to me: playing a role involves ing just for Phipps’ detailed history of making choices. How would you play this Nicolas Cage memes, but there’s even part? Does the character have an accent? A limp? It’s all about choices, and it’s safe to say more fun pop detritus to be discovered that Nicolas Cage makes some of the boldest here. In 2014, an episode of “Community” featured a storyline where Abed Nadir choices imaginable, and he’s been doing it (Danny Pudi) takes a Nicolas Cage course since the early days of his career. at Greendale Community College, and But Phipps is after another goal here, plunges down a Cage rabbit hole of rebreaking down the changes and trends in film since Cage’s first gig, a failed TV pilot, search and conspiracy theories. Just when I wondered if Phipps would mention this, in 1981, So as Phipps is writing thoughthe makes it a pivot point in one chapter. ful critiques of Cage titles like “The Rock” And if Phipps did nothing but shine an (1996), “Vampire’s Kiss” (1989), “Leaving appreciative light on Spike Jonze’s “AdaptaLas Vegas” (1995), “Willy’s Wonderland” tion” (2002) and Ridley Scott’s “Matchstick (2019) and “Moonstruck” (1987), he’s also Men” (2003), “Age of Cage” justifies its writing about the artistic gulf between the existence in examining the ripples of pop ‘90s Michael Bay action aesthetic versus culture. the game-changing John Woo Hong Kong style, and David Caruso’s failed bid for Recommended: “Petite Maman” at movie stardom. Again and again, he finds Cinemapolis ways of looking at Cage’s filmography RIP: Fred Ward (“Tremors”, “The Right through the lens of Hollywood history. Stuff,” “Southern Comfort,” “The Player,” Phipps is only interested in biography “Short Cuts”) as it relates to Cage’s career and perfor-

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n May 27 Lake Street Dive returns to Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards to help kick off their summer concert series. Lake Street Dive is a multigenre band that formed in 2004 at the New England conservatory of Music in Boston. The band’s keyboardist Akie Bermiss spoke to the Ithaca Times about joining Lake Street Dive, COVID and the emerging winery and orchard circuit. Ithaca Times: The band formed in 2004, and you joined in 2017. Akie Bermiss: Yes, that’s correct. IT: So how do you come to that? AB: That’s a great question. I’m in New York, born and raised here, and I started playing music when I got back from school, and I heard about them through other friends. We have a lot of musical friends in common, even though they were at the time commuting from Boston to play gigs here. There’s a little club in Manhattan that put on this little event in, I think, 2015 or something. It was two nights in a row, and I was opening for Lake Street Dive. That was when I met them, and also when they first heard me play and sing. Then two years later, they were thinking about adding keys, and they gave me a call. IT: So you had some sense of what they were about musically. AB: Totally, yeah. I was a little trepidatious about adding keys, but it all worked out. For me it was kinda like getting there and finding places [in the songs] that worked for keys, and they had some ideas for what they wanted keys to do. And it was kind of an organic growth process; that first year, 2017, they were callin’ me

and saying, “Do you want to go on the road for a month?” And then I’d say “Yeah” and then I’d go back home for a couple weeks, and they’d say, “Hey, do you want to come out for June?” And so we just worked on the material that way, and they were slated to make a record (“Free Yourself Up”) at the end of 2017, and wanted me to come into the studio and join them for that, so I jumped on that record, And

the following year, it worked out so well, I was officially wedded into the band. And it’s been off to the races since then. Obviously, the last two years have been pretty complicated, but we’ve managed to play some shows, and this is our first big summer tour, getting back into things. IT: What was your COVID experience like? AB: Man, it’s so crazy. I guess everyone shared the same thing, you know? We didn’t know how long it would be. At the beginning of 2020, I think we played a festival in Mexico. We got on a cruise ship [laughs], we did all the stuff you’re not supposed to do, and no one got it, even as we were watching the news. And we actually got in the studio to make a record in February or March of 2020. And when we got home, lockdown started and it was

all sort of improvised from there. We did some stuff online, some stuff on Zoom and some pre-recorded stuff. It was a year of figuring out how to keep making music; we were all sort of keeping separate. IT: It seems like these vineyards and orchards are an emerging venue and they’re able to get high-priced talent in the summer. AB: Yeah. I gotta say, on the road, it’s always a pleasure to do something different, like playing a winery or Beak & Skiff. It’s a beautiful apple orchard, but also has a distillery. It’s just a change of pace from performing arts centers and theaters. Plus, last year when we were trying to do a tour, we were looking for as many outdoor venues as possible, and so places like that that have a beautiful space to play music is great.

Akie Bermiss (front right) and Lake Street Dive. (Photo: Provided)

Walk-ins welcome for glasses or bottles of wine or local beers Reservations recommended for tastings Sunset music series each Thursday resumes May 19 6-8 pm Hours Starting May 1: Every Day 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 607-272-WINE (9463) www.SixMileCreek.com 3.5 miles East of The Commons, 1551 Slaterville Road (Rt. 79) 14 T

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media activist, of “anti-Asian” and “antifeminist” criticism for what I had thought was my informed and not unkind skepticism regarding work by a local painter on themes of Asian-American history. In that light — and with my characteristic guilelessness — indulge me with my account of Kacey Kim’s oil on canvas “Invasive Species.” The piece, which might be a self-portrait, depicts the head and upper body of a young woman, with long black hair and cartoonishly yellow skin. Around her — we see a corner suggesting the inside of a glass aquarium — swim numerous goldfish, as if through air rather than water. About par for the course here in straightforwardly painterly terms, the piece taps into a local vogue for what I have identified as a New Age revival of 19th century Symbolism — combining it with a yellow peril satire which may be either heavy-handed or “brave” and timely, depending on one’s proclivities. It is always a treat to see the work of Jessica Warner, a local painter who continues to push still-life in unexpected and odd directions. A particular emphasis of her work for at least the past decade has been an attempt to present drawing and painting as equal and interchangeable. Although far from her strongest work, an untitled piece on paper here — combining gouache and watercolor with line drawing in blue pen — is compelling in its irresolution. Smudgy patches of paint in ochre and lemon yellow, lavender, and yellow-green sit heavy-handedly on a doodled, delicate landscape of repeated pattern taken from a textile design. As well as being selected and arranged with some care, “Juried Exhibition” benefits simply from the local unfamiliarity of so many of its artists. It is refreshing to see a downtown gallery continue to escape the closed loop of the overfamiliar.

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local and regional talent that everyone may enjoy.” The series is lined with local favorites: Fall Fall Creek Brass Band at a previous Summer Concert Series. (Photo: Facebook) Creek Brass Band (brassPlus, enjoy newcomers, Good Dog funk), Empire Kings (hip-hop), Kitestring (country folk), Kevin Kinsella (reggae), (Heartfelt high energy rock), and The Vee Da Bee (pop/rock and alternative with Gunpoets (hip-hop). Plus, Rose and the a twist of grunge), Maddy Walsh (vocalBros (Americana/Zydeco/Cajun), Stone forward adult contemporary), New Planets Cold Miracle (original soul), Sim Red(filthy dance party), Free Boody Institute mond Band (roots-rock, Afro-Caribbean (groove & neo-funk), Cortadito (Son and reggae) are making a return to the Series. The Big Takeover (Rocksteady, Reg- Montuno/Cuban country folk music), and Vieux Farka Toure, a Malian referred to gae, Ska, Soul) from Hudson Valley is also as the “Hendrix of the Sahara” singer and returning to the series. guitarist who is the son of Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré. CFCU Community Credit Union (CFCU) returns as title sponsor of the award-winning concert series. “Supporting the Summer Concert Series has always been one of the biggest highlights of the summer for us at CFCU. We’re looking forward to seeing all the smiling faces and groovy dances all series long,” Luke Heptig, CFCU marketing and event specialist, said. At the concerts, the concession stand will offer a selection of wines from Wagner Vineyards and beers from Saratoga Eagle. There will also be non-alcoholic drink options. For more dates and more information about the CFCU Summer Concert Series, visit downtownithaca.com. The Gunpoets performing at another festival. (Photo: Provided)

owntown Ithaca’s popular CFCU Summer Concert Series will begin next month with its biggest lineup ever, this year hosting 15 free concerts. Performances will be held from 6-8 p.m. each Thursday (with the exception of one Wednesday show) from June 9-Sept. 15 at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons. “Traditionally, we offered 10 shows; since so many people love attending this concert series, we figured why not expand this celebration of live music by adding a few more performances to keep the outdoor entertainment going for a few more weeks,” Downtown Ithaca Alliance Special Events Director Scott Rougeau said. “As always, the Series is jam-packed with diverse

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Johnson Museum presents Exploring Photography: Old and New! | 3:30 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Newfield Public Library, 198 Main Street | Discover the magic and beauty of photography! Real-life, hands-on examples of old photographs, some more than 100 years old, plus modern photography and techniques. All ages. | Free

Music Bars/Bands/Clubs

5/25 Wednesday Elisa & The YesMen - The Origin of Song | 6:30 p.m. | Ithaca Farmers Market, 545 3rd Street | Free

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Modest Mouse w/ The Cribs | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road

Musicians’ Choice Chamber Series: OSFL Trombone Quartet | 7:30 p.m. | North Presbyterian Church, 921 College Ave, Elmira | $10.00 - $30.00

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Almost Queen w/s/g Black Dog | 7 p.m. | TAGS Summer Stage

Sarah Noell | 5:30 p.m. | Atwater Vineyards, 5055 State Route 414

Lake Street Dive | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road

Aaron Lipp | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road

5/27 Friday Friday Sunset Music Series - ft. The Backtalk Band | 5 p.m. | Wagner Vineyards, 9322 State Route 414

5/28 Saturday Elevate Monthly | House & Techno Music | Last Saturday | 9 p.m. | Forest City Lodge, 536 W Green Street | $10.00 Destination After Dark | | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road | $10.00

5/29 Sunday Sunday Music Series | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road | Free Sunday Cues & Tunes feat. Tru Bleu | | Treleaven Wines, 658 Lake Road

5/28 Saturday Primus w/ Battles | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road

5/29 Sunday Chris Young - Famous Friends Tour w/s/g Locash | 7 p.m. | TAGS Summer Stage

5/31 Tuesday The Head and the Heart w/ Jade Bird | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road

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A Grand Finale | 7:30 p.m. | Ithaca College,

Unfolding - A Timeline of Sexual Assault Activism in Tompkins County | 10 a.m., 5/25 Wednesday | CAP ArtSpace/Gallery, 110 N Tioga St. | ‘Unfolding: A Timeline of Sexual Assault Activism in Tompkins County’ honors the voices of local survivors

Jesse Collins Quartet | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road

Bright Eyes | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road

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May 27- June 2, 2022. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first. * Hit the Road* | Hit the Road takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists Wings, Petals and Leaves Exhibiand turns. It follows a family of four and the organizations that have suption at State Of The Art Gallery | 12 – two middle-aged parents and their ported them. sons, one a taciturn adult, the other p.m., 5/26 Thursday | State of the Art Guided Tour - A Downtown History an ebullient six-year-old – as they Gallery, 120 West State Street | Artof Cornell University | 2 p.m., 5/25 ists: Margy Nelson, Carla DeMello, and drive across the Iranian countryside.| Wednesday | The History Center in 93 mins NR Diana Ozolins State of the Art Gallery Tompkins County, 110 North Tioga St Montana Story* | Two estranged show dates: May 5-29, 2022. Opening | This one-hour walking tour guides siblings return home to the sprawling you through the famous and infamous reception Friday, May 6, 5-8 pm. ranch they once knew and loved, stories about Cornell and its students. confronting a deep and bitter family Ithaca College and Cornell PrintThe perfect tour for graduating stulegacy against a mythic American makers | I See You at The Ink Shop | 1 dents, visiting families, and returning backdrop.| 113 mins R p.m., 5/27 Friday | The Ink Shop, 330 alumni. | $15.00 E. MLK/State St | This exhibit showcas- Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.* | ONE NIGHT ONLY 5/31 at 7pm es 30-40 students. | An homage to one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which inspired the rock scene – an emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy roller-coaster ride by a dysfunctional family – Dinosaur Jr. | 82 mins NR RRR* | ONE NIGHT ONLY 6/1 at 6:30PM | An exhilarating, action-packed spectacular mythologizing two reallife freedom fighters who helped lead India’s fight for independence from the British Raj.| 189 mins NR (there will be a brief intermission) Downton Abbey: A New Era | From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon that reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa. | 124 mins PG Men | In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper (Jessie Buckley) Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to have | St John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Cayuga Street found a place to heal. But someone Loaves and Fishes is back to serving meals in person! Come enjoy a hot meal and or something from the surrounding community every weekday. Lunch is served M-W-F from Noon to 1:00 PM. Dinner is woods appears to be stalking her. served T & Th from 5:30-6:30PM. The friendly staff and volunteers are delighted to be What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, back in the dining room. Interested in voluntering? Visit www. loaves.org for info. inhabited by her darkest memories and fears. | 100 mins R

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Lafayette Park, Waterloo | This is a great weekend to take a road trip to the birthplace of Memorial Day, Waterloo, NY. Head north to celebrate with musical performances, art and craft shows, children’s games, a youth essay contest, and a big parade celebrating freedom at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28th. (Photo: Provided)


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Everything Everywhere All At Once | A hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes. | 140 mins R

Special Events Ithaca Festival | 8 a.m., 6/2 Thursday | Downtown Ithaca | Ithaca Festival is a weekend music and arts festival held in Ithaca, NY. Our mission is to celebrate the artist in everyone and celebrate art in the community. Erin Wood Festival | 10 a.m., 6/3 Friday | Erin Fire Station, 1138 Breesport Road | Chainsaw Artist all weekend Vendors Erin Fire Department Chicken BBQ Friday 4pm Saturday noon Lumberjacks and Jills Saturday 10am | Free Cayuga Trails 50 Mile | 6 a.m., 6/4 Saturday | Cayuga Trails 50 Mile, 105 Enfield Falls Rd | Description: Welcome to the Cayuga Trails 50 and Marathon, presented by Atayne. CNY 4-H Livestock Rodeo-Beef Cattle | 9:30 a.m., 6/4 Saturday | Cortland County Fairgrounds |Come learn all about beef cattle in this multi-county all day hands on clinic. During this clinic youth will learn

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Crush Blues, Brews & BBQ W/ The X’Plozionz!!! | 5 p.m., 6/4 Saturday | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St | It’s A SPECIAL Kick-Off Party Before The Start Of Cortland Crush Baseball Season! Enjoy the BBQ At 5, then Get Down With The X’Plozionz!!!

2022 Spring Writes Literarty Festival | 5 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Downtown Ithaca and on Zoom, 40 Different Events! | The 14th annual Spring Writes Literary Festival begins on May 5th and runs through June 7th. 40 events (some live, some zoom), 100 area writers, all free. See it all at SpringWrites.org Science Fiction Book Club: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy | 6 p.m., 5/31 Tuesday | Modern Alchemy Game Bar, 619 W State St. | Join us for Modern Alchemy Game Bar’s first Science Fiction Book Club meeting with a conversation on Douglas Adam’s classic: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Whether you’ve read the book, skimmed the spark notes, or watched the movie, you’re welcome to join us! | Free

Unusual Fruits: Honeyberries and Hardy Kiwis, ZOOM | 6 p.m., 6/7 Tuesday | Cornell Cooperative Extension web site | Uncommonly delicious! Honeyberries and hardy kiwis are two berries native to Asia and Eastern Europe that feel right at home in New York State. | Free Cortland County Dairy Parade | 6/7 Tuesday | Historic Downtown Cortland | Get ready for cow costumes, milk mustaches, wedges of cheese and milk cartons during the Cortland County Dairy Parade, returning to historic downtown Cortland on Tuesday, June 7. Twilight 5K at Cass Park/Treman Marina | 6 p.m., 6/8 Wednesday | Allan H. Treman State Park marina, 805 Taughannock Blvd | Enjoy an evening 5K race on the scenic shore of Cayuga Lake at the Twilight 5K race on June 8.

Kids LGBTQ Youth Group | 4 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Preschool Story Time | 10:30 a.m., 5/26 Thursday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | Stories, songs, and activities with a different theme each week. All ages are welcome but this

program is designed for children ages 3-5 yrs. Registration is limited and is required each week. Tyke Tales Story Time | 11 a.m., 5/26 Thursday | Join us for Story Hour! Snacks, crafts, stories...we can’t wait to see you! Spring Baby Storytime | 10:30 a.m., 5/27 Friday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Baby/Toddler Time | 10:30 a.m., 5/31 Tuesday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | Rhymes, stories, and songs designed for children from birth to age 2 and their caregivers. Registration is limited and is required each week. Crafty Kids | 4 p.m., 5/31 Tuesday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | We will meet to make a different craft each month. Meets monthly on the last Tuesday at 4 p.m. Open to ages 6-12 yrs. Registration is limited and is required each month LEGO Club | 4 p.m., 6/1 Wednesday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | Come join our LEGO Club and have some building fun! Each session we’ll have a challenge and a game.

Notices Pearls of Wisdom Senior Group | 11 a.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Online,

5/28 Saturday | Visit the farmers market every Saturday, rain or shine, at the pavilion. Cayuga Trails Club Hike at Various trails in the Ithaca region. | 10 a.m., 5/28 Saturday | Various | Explore local trails on weekly Saturday hikes starting at 10:00am. Hike length varies from 2.5-4 miles. Click here to see the location of the hikes for each week. View on site | Email this event Food Pantry | 12 p.m., 5/28 Saturday | GYM-Southside Community Center, 305 S Plain St | Sunday Morning Meditation | 10 a.m., 5/29 Sunday | Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road | Sunday morning meditation, free and open to all. Ithaca Sunday Squares at Lansing Community Center | 7 p.m., 5/29 Sunday | Square Dancing is a lowimpact aerobic activity that stimulates both mind and body. Memorial Day Chicken BBQ Fundraiser | 12 p.m., 5/30 Monday | Halsey Valley Fire Department | 12:00pm until Gone. Dinners include: ½ chicken, baked beans, pasta salad, coleslaw and a roll.No Substitutions. DRIVE THROUGH ONLY.Pig Raffle Tickets available starting the day of the BBQ Tree “Buds”: Weekly Tree Phenology | 3 p.m., 5/30 Monday | Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd | Be our tree “buds” and join our weekly citizen science walk to observe and collect data on seasonal changes in trees. | Free Social Knitting | 6 p.m., 5/30 Monday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | Why work alone when you can work with others? Knitting, crocheting, sewing – bring whatever it is you are working on! Open to all skill levels (ages 12 and up). From Lawn to Habitat | 6 p.m., 5/31 Tuesday | This event is online at http:// ccetompkins.org/events/2022/05/31/ from-lawn-to-habitat | The classic lawn is wonderful for a fun game of frisbee. | Free Oven Fresh Jobs Live Job Fair | 9 a.m., 6/1 Wednesday | The Shops at Ithaca Mall | Looking to go back into the workforce, or searching for a better job? At Oven Fresh Jobs we are here to help with over 30 employers from Tompkins and Cortland County. | Free

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Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard, LaFayette | Beak & Skiff isn’t just for apples anymore. THeir summer concert series continues to attract high-profile acts and this weekend is a terrific example. Lake Street Dive plays there on Friday and Primus pays homage to prog-rock legends Rush by playing Rush’s classic 1977 album A Farewell to Kings in its entirety, in addition to their own music. (Photo: Provided)

South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road, Ithaca | Featuring SingTrece and Kenneth McLaurin. When this husband and wife duo share a stage, you are in for a treat, Singing Notes & Slinging Jokes, a unique mix of music, song, storytelling, comedy, life, love, and laughter. (Photo: Facebook)

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Center Ithaca | Pearls of Wisdom Online Senior Support Group | Free Mid-Week Mindfulness Meditation | 12 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Virtual | Sessions are free and open to the public. All are welcome. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early Visit www. tcpl.org/events/ for Zoom Link. | Free Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County -Indoor Meal Service | 12 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Cayuga St. | Free hot meals are served every weekday. Lunch: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12 noon -1:00 pm. Dinner: Tuesday, Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm. Interested in volunteering? email info@loaves.org, or go to www.loaves. org. All are Welcome! | Free Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Farmers Market, Hector St. | On the corner of Route 227 & 96 … In the heart of Trumansburg Hula Hut Polynesian Dance at Just Be Cause Center | 6:30 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Kids hula dance lessons Learn basic hula dance steps, a few hulas, dance implements, hula costumes, Hawaiian culture and language too. View on site | Email this event Marijuana Anonymous Meeting | 7 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Ithaca Community Recovery (518 W. Seneca St), 518 West Seneca St | For more info: maithacany@gmail.com | Free People of Tioga County--Some Stuff You Didn’t Know About Some People You Never Heard Of. | 7 p.m., 5/25 Wednesday | Candor Fire Hall | Tom McEnteer will recount a few stories about people with a Tioga County connection that had an impact far beyond our local area. | Free Weekly Nutrition Information Session | 3 p.m., 5/26 Thursday | Virtual | A weekly virtual nutrition information session with staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. The sessions begin Learn more and register at https:// www.tcpl.org/event/nutrition-workshop-series-holi | Free Chess Club | 6 p.m., 5/26 Thursday | Cortland Free Library, 32 Church St | An all ages chess club for beginners and experts. Meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. Beginners will get a lesson on the basics of chess and experts can meet and play. Ithaca Farmers Market Saturdays! at Steamboat Landing | 9 a.m.,

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Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County is now open for inside meal service! Free hot meals are served every weekday at St. John’s, 210 N. Cayuga St: Lunch: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12 noon -1:00 pm. Dinner: Tuesday, Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm. Interested in volunteering? email info@loaves. org, or go to www.loaves.org All are Welcome!

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Monticello Central School World Language / Spanish Teacher (MS) Special Education Biology Teacher (7-12) Special Education ELA Teacher (7-12) Teaching Assistant (Elem) NYS Certification Required. Please apply online by June 9 at: https://monticelloschools. tedk12.com/hire EOE

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Bus Drivers Starting at $21.51/hr ICSD Transportation Services is conducting INTERVIEWS FOR BUS DRIVERS Walk in Thursdays 10-2: 150 Bostwick Rd By Appointment: Call 607 274-2128 Equal opportunity employer, offering competitive wages, great health and pension benefits, paid CDL training, rewarding community work with families and children Diversity Enriches Our Workplace

Itinerant Farm to School Teachers - 2 YEAR TEMP (.8 FTE), P/T 10-month positions working for Regional School Success at T-S-T BOCES, Ithaca New York. This educator will be essential for connecting the work of the school cafeteria to a wide variety of studentcentered environmental educational programs and school gardening programs. NYS Certification required in one of the following: Agriculture, Ag. Production, Science, & Business, Plant Science, Home Economics, Natural Resources & Ecology, or Ag. Engineering & Mechanics. Detailed posting/qualifications: www. tstboces.org . Apply online by 5/31/22 to: www.olasjobs.org/central TST BOCES, 555 Warren Rd., Ithaca, N.Y. 14850, (607) 257-1551, Fax: (607) 697-8273, Email: hr@tstboces.org

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Southern Cayuga Central School announces the following openings for the 2022/2023 school year, effective September 1, 2022, Teaching Assistants, Jr/Sr High School Health & Physical Education Teacher, Special Education Teachers, Elementary Teacher(s). Applicants must apply through OLAS. Include application, letter of interest, resume, copy of certification, transcripts, proof of fingerprint clearance and employment references. SCCS EOE

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