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Primary race to watch
Two Cornell students compete for Common Council Fourth Ward
ornell University rising senior and current fourth ward alderperson Patrick Mehler will be running against fellow Cornellian Tiffany Kumar in the June 28 primary election for a one-year Forth Ward term. The candidate that wins will receive the Democratic nomination. Mehler joined the Ithaca Common Council last fall as an appointed temporary replacement for former alderperson Steve Smith after he resigned to move out of town.
Earlier this week, the two candidates participated in a forum moderated by First Vice Chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee Stacey Dumas. The candidates had three minutes to introduce themselves, and were then asked a series of ten questions ranging from their favorite local comfort food to more serious topics such as the reimagining public safety plan or affordable housing in Ithaca. In her speech, Kumar introduced herself as the proud daughter of an immigrant
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that stands with her peers in picket lines, marches for abortion rights and rallies for housing justice and gay rights. “When my mother came to this country with $400 sewn into the lining of her jacket, no one could have imagined that her daughter would be here today, fighting for change,” said Kumar. Kumar also asserted that she’s run more campaigns, written more legislation and registered more voters than Mehler, in addition to reminding voters that though Mehler is technically the incumbent, he wasn’t elected by the public to the position. In his speech, Mehler also introduced his family, explaining that both of his parents are “lifelong union members.” He also mentioned that he’s lived in the district for around three years, and built strong relationships with others in the community through his time as Alderperson and because of his commitment to conflict resolution. “I was very fortunate to have the trust of council, to say ‘we want a college student, we want somebody for the first time in a decade to come here and to be a part of this,’” said Mehler. Throughout the forum, Mehler continued to forefront relationships, trust and working with other Ithacans as his core beliefs. Contin u ed on Page 7
New York, only registered party members can participate in their political party's primary election.
state voting leave. Employees that qualify can take up to 2 hours of paid time off at the beginning or end of their shift to vote, as long as they notify their employer no less than 2 working days before or no more than 10 days ahead of when they plan to vote.
Who Can I Vote For?
How Can I Vote?
When Can I Vote?
The races on the June ballot will include the race for New York State Governor (Democratic and Republican) and the race for NY State Lieutenant Governor (Democratic). 4th Ward Ithaca residents will also be able to vote for a City of Ithaca 4th Ward Alderperson (Democratic) opening. The 4th Ward currently consists of Collegetown, East Hill, and a portion of Cornell’s campus.
he first of two 2022 primary elections is just around the corner, scheduled for June 28. Primaries for state and Assembly offices will take place in less than two weeks, while primaries for congressional and state Senate openings were pushed back to Aug. 23 due to New York State redistricting issues.
The 2022 Tompkins County Primary Election will be held on June 28, 2022 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Early voting will take place from June 18 through June 26, and hours vary by day. The Tompkins County Board of Elections posted a comprehensive list of early voting times.
Who’s Eligible to Vote?
All registered Democratic or Republican voters in Tompkins County are eligible to vote in these elections. In the state of
What if I Don’t Have Enough Time Off From Work to Vote? According to New York State Election Law, residents without four consecutive hours to vote either between the time either before or after their shift are eligible for
Voters can still apply for an in-person absentee ballot until Jun. 27 by visiting the Tompkins County Board of Elections office or at their polling place on June 28.
Where Can I Vote?
To find your polling place go to voterlookup.elections.ny.gov and fill out your voter information. Many residents also received a postcard from the Board of Elections last month with their appropriate polling place listed.
What’s At Stake?
The winning candidates from each party will move on to the Tuesday, November 8, 2022 elections.
Special Olympian Anne Norby getting a hug from her mother Cynthia after getting the gold in the 200IM
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INQUIRING PHOTOGRAPHER Dozens protest School Board
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WELL, ITS OFFICIALLY SUMMER IN ITHACA. WHAT’S ON YOUR SUMMER BUCKET LIST THIS YEAR?
Where is Liddy Coyle and why did she leave? By Ju l i a Nage l
“Baking Ventures. More croissants. Swim as much as possible. Head to MEXICO!” – Becca G, Alex G, and Kristie Y.
“Exploring the west end alittle more… not just hitting up the Westy.” – April G.
“We just did it. We moved to Ithaca from Boston!” – Arielle L. & Nick D.
motions ran high at the June 14 Ithaca City School District Board of Education meeting. Dozens of ICSD teachers, staff, and community members gathered to express their continued support for Northeast Elementary School’s principal Liddy Coyle, protesting outside the board meeting and speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting, as well. Coyle has reportedly been on leave since May 23, though little to no details about her sudden disappearance from Northeast have been released. Four weeks and a series of Tuesday demonstrations later, the community is still reeling from her absence, expressing frustration with the silence and lack of clarity. “It’s wrong what’s happening, and I’m going to fight for her,” asserted Northeast Elementary Kindergarten teacher Sandy Rouleau, who’s been teaching at the school for 29 years and in the district for 35. During her decades of teaching, Rouleau has worked under 6 different building principals at Northeast. But, she said that Coyle stood out as the most passionate, child-centered and committed to staff and parents. Because of this, Rouleau was surprised by Coyle’s removal and anxious about the lack of information surrounding the circumstances, such as whether she will return. Northeast Elementary first grade teacher Beth Myers was also at the demon-
stration in support of her beloved principal. In line with other demonstrators, Myers alleged that there may be a more sinister Dozens of teachers, including Northeast kindergarten teacher, Sandy Rouleau, and community members protested outside the board meeting last week, reason behind the lack expressing their continued support for Northeast Elementary School’s principal of clarity regarding Liddy Coyle and carryings signs that read, "Lead with love, like Liddy," "Who's principal Coyle’s leave. next?" and "ICSD...hearing but not listening" (Photo by Julia Nagel) “It just feels like they’re not telling us anything because if they told us the truth reform around bias and retaliation,” said it would make them look like they were Goodman. retaliating against her,” said Myers. According to Goodman, this could Though Coyle and Northeast elemenlook like expanding the positions that are tary were at the root of the demonstration, eligible for tenure, creating a red flag commany teachers and staff also expressed mittee or drafting a protocol for suddenly general dissatisfaction with ICSD’s atmoremoving staff from a building. sphere and raised other issues like the cenThe board members emphasized that tral administration, the number of teacher they were listening to and empathizing and staff vacancies, vague pandemic teach- with the speakers at the meeting, though ing plans, code of conduct changes, issues they pushed back against some of the with tenure and fear of retaliation. assumptions that they weren’t listening or “I think in general teacher morale has lacked integrity. Instead, they alluded to felt incredibly low, and a piece of that is privacy restrictions and laws that prohibit because we don’t feel like our voice matthe discussion of individual district emters,” said Myers. “We’ve been saying for ployees in public. years, ‘We don’t have subs. We don’t have “Because we can’t say specific things supports. We’re feeling burnt out.’” doesn’t mean we’re not listening. Because Also during the board meeting, Brian we can’t speak and put someone’s privacy Goodman, a fourth-grade teacher at at jeopardy does not mean we’re not havNortheast, provided potential solutions ing conversations,” said board member to some of the issues that were brought to Christopher Malcolm. light in the hopes of starting to resolve the impasse that’s been present since late May. Julia Nagel is a reporter from The Cornell “I’d like for staff, family, central admin, Daily Sun working on The Sun's sumand the board of end to pursue policy mer fellowship at The Ithaca Times.
Local organizations host rally demanding Implementation of the Green New Deal
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he time is now. Picket signs depicted this message as about 80 local activists rallied at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on June 15. The rally was a cry to local government to follow through with climate-related 22–28,
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reforms for implementation. Speakers asserted that environmental conditions were worsening day-by-day, and that if inaction continues, these effects would become irreversible sooner rather than later. The Ithaca Green New Deal is a plan that was passed by the City of Ithaca Common Council on June 5, 2019 to address
climate change, economic inequality, and racial injustice. Its two main goals were to achieve carbon-neutrality communitywide by 2030, and to ensure benefits were shared among all local communities to reduce historical social and economic inequities. To do so, the City planned to meet the electricity needs of government operations with 100% renewable electricity and reduce emissions from the City vehicle fleet by 50%, with both goals to be reached by 2025. Despite having been awarded a $100,000 grant from New York State, the City has failed to show significant execution of the initial plan. Contin u ed on Page 5
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3 New Deans Named
60 new affordable apartments opened Tuesday at West End Heights, a new $21.7 million development including 38 units for those needing on-site support services on West Court Street.
Ithaca College Completing Deans List?
American Airlines announced service to Tompkins International Airport (ITH) will be suspended in September due to a nationwide pilot shortage, according to American Airlines Senior spokesman Brian Methem.
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THACA, N.Y. – Ithaca College has appointed three new deans. Michael Johnson-Cramer is the new dean of the Ithaca College School of Business, Amy Falkner is the new dean of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, and Anne Hogan is the new dean of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. They will begin their new positions on July 1st, and August 1st of this year, respectively. The recent appointments mark a major step in stabilizing what has been a dynamic change in many leadership roles at Ithaca College. Other administrative changes in the past months include Tim Downs as be the new Vice President for Finance and Administration, Melanie Stein as Provost, and Claire Gleitman as the new Dean of Humanities and Sciences. Former Dean of Students Bonnie Prunty became the Student Affairs Vice President. And Dr. La Jerne Terry Cornish became the 10th president of Ithaca College. At its May meeting, the Ithaca College Board of Trustees elected three new
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Members from numerous local organizations spoke out at the pavilion stage. The organizations included: Sunrise Ithaca, Extinction Rebellion Ithaca, the Ithaca Tenants Union, the Ithaca Communist Party USA, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative. Each speaker portrayed different facets to what it would mean to implement climate change reform in Ithaca. Sunrise Ithaca is a youth organization who aims to make climate action a priority in Ithaca’s community. “The City of Ithaca needs to recognize that a promise means little without action. The Ithaca Green New Deal sets incredibly ambitious goals, and we must show a commitment to the bold and urgent action necessary to achieve such goals,” Siobhan Hull, a Sunrise Ithaca coordinator and rising Cornell junior, said.
Ithaca College School of Business Dean Michael Johnson-Cramer
Roy H. Park School of Communications Dean Amy Falkner
School of Music, Theatre and Dance Dean Anne Hogan
members: Kenneth Fisher, John Neeson, and Alexa Rahman. Prior to being appointed dean of the business college, Johnson-Cramer was a professor of management at Bentley University. He had also been a dean prior, at the Business and of the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley in the 20192020 academic year. Before that, he was an Associate Dean of Faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences, founding director of the School of Management, and interim dean of the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University for 15 years. According to Ithaca College’s Intercom website, in the search for the new Business dean the committee responsible for finding the new candidate sought “someone who would be a hands-on, inspirational, and collaborative leader for the school’s academic, teaching, and research enterprise, interested in the holistic development of our students and with an un-
wavering and proven commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.” Prior to being appointed, Falkner was the Senior Associate Dean at Syracuse University and has had a track record of dean positions, including Interim Dean, Acting Dean, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the university’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Prior to that she was an assistant professor in the advertising department at Newhouse, where she was twice awarded the Newhouse Teaching Excellence Award. And before that, she had worked for the press, working with newspapers for a decade in editorial and advertising. “Ithaca College is such a wonderful academic institution in an incredibly beautiful locale and active local community that my family and I hope to become very engaged in. The college as a whole
Extinction Rebellion Ithaca (XR Ithaca) is an organization that utilizes movements involving non-violent direct action and civil disobedience to persuade governments to act justly on pressing climate and ecological emergencies. “I want this generation, who organized the climate strike today, to live out their lives on an Earth that is habitable for them and their children and all the other species who share this planet. For that to happen, The City of Ithaca, and Tompkins County, and the State of New York, and the United States of America, and the United Nations all have to do four things: tell the truth about the climate crisis, take action starting now, be governed by participatory democracy, and practice environmental justice,” Todd Saddler, an XR Ithaca member, said. The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) believes that the only solution to the worsening inequities caused by capitalism is the socialist transformation of society. “Solving the climate crisis will require a
new, socialist economic system, where the guiding principle isn’t production for profit but production to directly meet human needs. Where competition and profit maximization doesn’t compel us to endlessly increase our levels of consumption and resource extraction. Where we can replace the current international order based on American military domination and economic exploitation of poor countries by rich ones with an order premised on peaceful coexistence and sustainable development,” Max Greenberg, a Party for Socialism and Liberation member, said. These demonstrate also asserted that Ithaca’s Green New Deal is not only a matter of addressing urgent climate change. It also addresses other issues Ithaca continues to struggle with involving socioeconomic and racial prejudices, fair labour conditions for the working class, and the halting of rents that attempt to locate any opportunities to inflate and drive marginalized communities out.
BB gunshots rang out last week in a drive-by shooting at South Albany and Wood streets. One person was hit but not seriously injured.
Juneteenth brought weekend celebrations and gatherings in Southside on Plain Street and on the Commons. See Stephen Burke’s story on page 6.
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am deeply concerned on the leadership of our city.county. Common sense has been thrown out the window. Major changes are taking place; such as reimagining police and City Hall restructuring are being done in a rushed pace. Adequate community response or voting has not taken place. COVID has kept us apart and in-person meetings a mostly non-existent. Meetings should be televised on cable tv, not just YouTube. They must be available to all in our community. Not everyone does zoom or has a computer. Also public comment sent in written form is not read at meetings. Is this democratic? Also volume/sound issues remain at meetings. The city is operating on anarchy instead of accountability/respect and true democracy. Former Mayor Svante got upset about an investigation of his and others’ actions in the role in police reimagining. I agree with this investiga-
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tion. Svante brought Lime Bikes to Ithaca without council’s knowledge, because this is how these companies operate. I feel these are parallel actions and represents how our city is operating. We’ve chipped away oversight in city governments which leads to less accountability. Rights are taken away from one group and given to another. A distorted view of what safety and accountability is by empowering irresponsible behaviors on all sections of our city, from city governance to development, policing and quality of life. It saddens me to see Ithaca so down this distorted path under the umbrella of justice, brings injustice instead. Fay Gougakis Ithaca
Re: Kill list leads to arrest of two more Lansing High School students
he very same politicians in Albany who proudly deprive us of our freedoms in order to supposedly increase our safety, just made it illegal to sell ballistic vests to NY residents. Last I checked ballistic vests don’t make very good weapons. Now, people will be even more vulnerable to crazies who want to kill inside so called “gun free zones”, aka sitting duck zones, which are a prime target. Yet another example of legislation that achieves the exact opposite of what was intended. Richard Ballantyne
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Ithaca’s first church By St e ph e n Bu r k e
n June 18, a Saturday afternoon, the streets of Ithaca’s Southside neighborhood were packed with parked cars. Southside is Ithaca’s traditionally Black neighborhood, and the Southside Community Center on South Plain Street was hosting its annual Juneteenth Festival. “All of Ithaca’s community,” its publicity said, were welcome to the “educational experience with great food, live music” and more. Plain Street was shut to car traffic from Clinton to Green Streets. The Center is halfway between, near the intersection with Cleveland Avenue. All those parked cars, for blocks around, meant that much of Ithaca’s community from outside the neighborhood were accepting the invitation and joining the festivities. In front of the Center was a stage for song, dance and speeches. Along Plain Street were vendors selling hot food, baked goods, libations, clothes, crafts and artwork. On Cleveland Avenue representatives from community organizations had booths with information about access to their resources. Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the Confederate states. The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, but its enforcement took time, following individual victories against the Confederacy by Union forces. The Confederacy officially surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia in early April of 1865, but word took months to reach remote areas, especially Texas, the furthest removed, where ultimate surrender was not until June, when 2,000 federal troops finally arrived to proclaim and enforce victory. On June 19, at a church in Galveston that became the first African Methodist Episcopal Church in Texas, the Union commander announced the end of slavery, in accordance with Lincoln’s proclamation. Thus the origin of Juneteenth, at an historic Black church. From the same time, one of the first African Methodist Episcopal Zion churches in the U.S. is at 116 Cleveland Avenue in Southside: the St. James AME Zion Church. St. James Church predates the Texas church, which did not officially become an AME church until after emancipation, in 1866. St. James was built in 1836. Along with being one of the oldest churches in the AME Zion system, it is the oldest church in Ithaca. The AME is an historically AfricanAmerican Christian denomination. It grew rapidly from its origins in New York City in 1800, providing leadership in the
abolitionist movement, including sheltering fugitives from slavery in the South in the Underground Railroad network; it became known as “the Freedom Church.” With the end of the Civil War and slavery, its national membership quadrupled in just two years. Today it is over a million. Ithaca’s St. James Church played a pivotal role in the Underground Railroad. Ithaca was an important stop for refugees on their way to Rochester, a vital abolitionist city where Frederick Douglass lived and published a newspaper, the North Star. It was a strong community, although many went on from there to Canada, where slavery was illegal. Frederick Douglass was a visitor to St. James, as was Harriet Tubman. Like Douglass, Tubman escaped enslavement in Maryland and came to upstate New York. She settled in Auburn, 40 miles north of Ithaca. From that base, Tubman personally rescued scores of enslaved people from the South in over a dozen clandestine trips, risking her freedom and life, and gave guidance and support for the freeing of hundreds more. I live in the Southside area, a few blocks from St. James. Its location on Cleveland Avenue is somewhat surreptitious, not on a corner but a few doors from any intersection on a street that goes only two blocks. I know people who have lived in Ithaca many years and never heard of it. Of course, this has to do with some factors other than location. While I have long known of St. James, and regularly pass it, I have never been in it, until this Juneteenth. At the festival the church had its door open, and congregants at a table outside among other community groups. I introduced myself as a neighbor with an interest in the church and wondered if I might briefly visit inside. Cheerfully a congregant shook my hand and showed me in for an informal tour. The feeling of history inside is real. It is humbling to be in a place of worship where Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman were. My guide mentioned that W.E.B. Du Bois, the great writer and sociologist, a founder of the NAACP, had been there too. The feeling of community is strong. The space for services has pews facing a lectern and a riser to the side for musicians: keyboards, bass and drums. A single large bell hangs in a tower built early last century, my guide said, which he personally rings for services each Sunday. There is both boldness and comfort in that sound, which rings past, present and future from Ithaca’s first church.
Stepping off the field or up to the next level By Ste ve L aw re nc e
Another advantage is the fact that Chase has paid close attention to the student-athlete journey undertaken by his brother, Ryan, who plays D-1lacrosse for Army. “Watching Ryan's experience has been really helpful, as it gives me insight into what life looks like as a college athlete,” Chase offered. “It has helped bring my nerves down, especially watching him handle the extra pressure of being at West Point.” ● ● ●
t is always interesting – and often sad – to see a young athlete walk off the field at the end of his or her high school career and see that wistful realization that they might never suit up again. Some athletes – basketball players, baseball and softball players, basketball players, tennis players, runners – can usually find some way to keep it going in an adult league, but for a lot of football players, that's it. The reality is that football is a “lifetime sport” for a very small percentage of players. Some football players do get to extend their playing days beyond high school – at least for 4 more years – and when a player graduates from high school, the work required intensifies. To put a finer point on this, I talked to two local college football players, one that knows what it takes to take one's game to the next level, and one that is willing to put in the work to find out. First, Chase Sposito... Chase is about to graduate from Ithaca High, and he com-
mitted to play football at Ithaca College last December. As he increases his workout frequency and intensity to prepare for his transition from the proverbial big fish in a small pond to just another freshman, he told me, “I see it as an advantage that I am fully aware that as a freshman, I'm at the bottom of the food chain, but I'll be on an equal playing field with the other first-year guys. Unlike high school, I don't have coaches that know me, and have watched me play for many years, and I like being a big underdog, as I noticed coming in that some of these guys are like grown men. They have been with the program for 4, even 5 years. I understand that there are many things I cannot control, certain things I can control, and I am confident that no one will outwork me.” He added, “I don't feel cocky, but I do feel confident. This is my town, and I told the coaches on my recruiting visit that I didn't come here to sit on the bench.”
Luke Winslow was the conference Player of the Year for Lansing's 8-Man football program in 2019, and when he dislocated his elbow in the Sectional championship game as a senior, he called walking off the field “the most difficult thing I have ever done.” Luke put in the work, came back stronger than ever, and is now a defensive back at Franklin Pierce, a Division II program in New Hampshire. He started on special teams as a freshman before working his way into the starting lineup halfway through the season, he was chosen as a captain as a sophomore and responded by leading the team with 57 tackles (33 solo). I caught up with Luke to ask him what he has learned in his time as a college football player, He said, “In high school, the focus was on competing against the opposing team, but at the college level the first step is to compete with my teammates.” He explained that to play in
Prior to being appointed, Hogan was the dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis. Additionally, she founded and was the acting director of the University of Memphis Institute for the Arts and Health. The intention behind the institute was to nurture and sponsor initiatives related to the arts, social sciences, humani-
ties, and STEM fields. Before that, she taught and held administrative positions at multiple academic institutions, including the Royal Academy of Dance, London Metropolitan University, London Contemporary Dance School, and American University of Paris. "Anne looks forward to establishing more cross-disciplinary training and
creative activities, both within the school and across IC, and to partnering with other higher education and arts institutions, nationally and internationally. She believes it is essential to establish the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as a leader in diverse and inclusive
rently a rising senior, and said he intends to stay in Ithaca after graduation. “I’ve really enjoyed the work I’ve gotten to do and I think I can get some more done,” he said. One of his priorities going forward is meeting transportation needs of all kinds in Collegetown. “Helping make Collegetown a safer, more walkable place is huge on my list,” Mehler said. “And that starts with the extra money for College Ave in last year’s budget.” He said he has been working with the city’s engineering staff to figure out how to make the area safer for people to walk, bike and drive.
“Currently my focus is local infrastructure and moving those projects along,” Mehler said. Additionally, Mehler said he’s also looking to give Collegetown an identity and finding ways to acknowledge the local businesses in the fourth ward. Mehler said he believes one of his strongest attributes is his ability to connect with both the students and permanent residents in the fourth ward. He said connecting with people is his strength, and that he’s willing to show up anywhere to meet with constituents and build those connections. For her part, Kumar said as a queer Asian American woman, she has seen
throughout her life that government institutions at every level do not benefit marginalized communities. If elected, Kumar plans to make housing justice her first priority. “I recognize housing justice is racial justice,” she said. “I have witnessed the violence of houselessness firsthand.” Kumar’s fight for housing justice would include the Right to Renew legislation that stalled out in the Planning and Economic Development Committee, right to repairs, more affordable housing and inclusionary zoning laws. “I’ve realized how much our city council doesn’t reflect our views,” she said.
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has so many incredible programs that are very student-focused, which I love. My passion is what is best for students, and I feel like that is a mantra on this campus. I am thrilled to become a part of that kind of environment,” Falkner said. PRIMARY RACE TO WATCH contin u ed from page 3
“I’m 21, and you’re … 20. There are people in this room who have more expertise than us, than we have been alive for. And trusting city staff is not a convoluted way of getting around a problem. It’s to admit that we are not experts in these fields,” he said. In his fairly brief stint on the Common Council, Mehler has been able to get legislation through that extends the amount of time renters have before landlords can ask them to renew their leases. Mehler is cur-
Luke Winslow (Photo Franklin Pierce athletics)
college, it is crucial to understand that everyone is at the same ability level, and it comes down to desire and work ethic. and he is one of the half-dozen players staying on campus to train together over the summer. “I'm currently lifting five times a week, with two conditioning workouts,” Luke told me, “and starting in July, I'll be flipping that to lifting three times a week and adding footwork, speed, agility and skill-related drills 3 days a week.” In Winslow's words, “Summer workouts are about staying one step ahead.”
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ITHACA IS… SPECIAL After years of work, Ithaca and athletes are ready for Olympics
By L au r a I l ioa e i
fter years of preparation and effort by athletes and organizers, the Special Olympics of New York (SONY) State Summer games for 2022 will be held in locations throughout Ithaca on Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25. Ithaca College will be the main site of all events, hosting both the opening and closing ceremonies and holding the aquatics, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, and volleyball events. Ithaca High School will hold track and field and powerlifting events. Midway Lanes will hold bowling. Nearly 1,200 athletes and coaches from across New York State will be participating in this year’s Summer Games. “For Ithaca, this is huge because we’ve been trying for seven years to have all our key players in line, having all of our sporting venues in line, having all of our donors in line, all of our volunteers in line. And so for 2022, ‘23, and ‘24, the stars just aligned and we had the right people and the right places and the right community members, and the right businesses in the right places to make it happen for the athletes,” Head NY Swim Coach Karli Buday said. Efforts to host New York Special Olympics (NYSO) events in Ithaca have been made for several years, since the early 2010s. These efforts have been advocated by Ithaca’s local Special Olympic Committee that meets monthly. The committee is primarily composed of coaches and volunteers. Compared to other regions in New York State, like the Hudson Valley or Long Island, the Finger Lakes region doesn’t have as many athletes, and the small size of the 8 T
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It h ac a’s N i k o l a i H u i e c l u t c h e s a t r i d e n t s y m b o l i z i n g h i s a f f i n i t y t o t h e wat e r w h e r e h e h a s s t e a d i ly i m p r ov e d t o b e c o m e a n o ly m p i c c h a m p i o n . ( P h o t o b y J a n e t H u i e) committee made it more difficult to advocate for Ithaca as a hosting site. But eventually, the committee succeeded. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at Ithaca College’s Campus Center Quad from 7P.M. to 8:30P.M. (rain location at the A&E Center). On Saturday, the 22–28,
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events will be taking place in their designated locations from 8A.M.-5P.M.: • Aquatics – A&E Center, Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium • Basketball – A&E Center, Glazer Arena • Gymnastics – Hill Center, Gyms 3 & 4 • Tennis – Wheeler Tennis Courts
• Volleyball – Hill Center • Powerlifting – Fitness Center • Athletics – Ithaca High School (Track & Field) • Bowling – Midway Lanes Locations and times are not finalized and subject to change.
The closing ceremony will also take place at Ithaca College’s Campus Center Quad from 8-10 p.m. Admission to all events is free. Tompkins County local athletes who participated in the National NYSO competitions will also be present for this state competition. These athletes are: golfer Andrew Hay (2nd place, 18 holes), swimmer Anne Norby (1st 200 meters Individual Medley, 2nd 4x50 Medley Relay, 3rd 50 meters Free), powerlifter Aziza Speight (1st Deadlift, 2nd Bench Press, 2nd in combined Squat, Deadlift, and press, 4th Squat), and track and field runner Kinsey Henry (8th in the 400 meters). “For the last seven years we’ve been trying to bring the Special Olympics to the area in hopes of just raising awareness that there’s this amazing program out there that one, prides itself on inclusivity, which I know Ithaca does as well. But then two, lets athletes gain some life skills around what healthy competition looks like, what being a healthy athlete looks like. When you compete you’re not just competing against yourself but against other teams, other athletes across New York State. You’re gaining communication skills and life skills. Part of why we’ve been trying to get the games in Ithaca is to help raise awareness about the entire Special Olympic Program and what it has to offer to potential athletes,” Buday said. Initially, Ithaca was supposed to host the games beginning in Autumn 2019, but they were canceled. This was a result of financial constraints. Ithaca then attempted to
look forward, to the 2020 Summer Games. Unfortunately, the pandemic then caused cancellations of both the 2020 and 2021 Summer Games. The 2022 Summer Games will be bringing in excitement that is long overdue, but it also kicks off the first year of a three-year partnership with the Summer Games making their home in Ithaca in 2022, 2023, and 2024. Nikolai Huie is a competitive swimmer who’ll be participating in the relay race. A rising junior, he has been swimming since he was a year old, and has been competing in the Special Olympics since 2014. He enjoys the competitive aspects of swimming, and has continuously improved, as when he had began swimming he scored 7th, but gradually ascended. In the most recent State competition he became a medalist, scoring 1st. Huie also finds that the sport allows him to explore his connection to water. “Swimming helps me feel like I can get to my personal best, like I can be one of the best. I like to feel fast, and powerful,” Huie said. To him, water is a medium that propels him to become a better athlete. The excitement he feels about competing always drowns out any anxieties he may have about his athletic performance. Huie credits his teammates as well as his coach for his sense of sportsmanship. “[Coach Buday’s] courage. She sees through anything. She has a lot of courage, and I like it,” he said. It was this courage that inspired him to try diving during swim practices, as well as to encourage his teammates.
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J e s s ( L) a n d J i m m i e ( R ) a f t e r t h e t o r c h ru n at a p r i o r O ly m p i c s . Th e y w i l l b e c o m p e t i n g i n t r ac k a n d f i e l d t h i s w e e k e n d . NYSO also increases volunteer initiatives – and needs your help. “Summer Games is our largest statewide event of the year, so it’s extra special to have it back on the calendar - and to be coming to Ithaca. We hope the community will sign up to volunteer, find time to celebrate our athletes' achievements with us, and help spread the word about Special Olympics and our movement to inclusion,” SONY External Relations Senior VP Casey Vattimo said. Volunteers are needed, with a goal of 800 volunteers to support this year’s games. There are numerous ways to actively support this year’s festivities. Roles for volun-
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teers include: venue setup and breakdown, parking assistance, meal distribution, hydration stations, athlete escorts, timekeepers, and scorekeepers, among others. Volunteers do not need to have any prior sports experience is necessary to support many of the volunteer roles available. When signing up, volunteers can choose to volunteer for multiple activities if they wish to do so. Those unable to sign up are still encouraged to attend the games. As spectators, they can stop by one of the various events occurring throughout the day on Saturday June 25 to show support for athletes. Attendance is open and free of charge. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at https://www.specialolympics-ny.org/ competition/volunteeratsummergames/. The Special Olympics was founded in July 20, 1968. The first competition took place that same year in Chicago, Illinois with 1,000 athletes from both the U.S. and Canada. It has since then brought in more countries in subsequent competitions, and grown into the largest international organization for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities. Today, there are over 5.5 million athletes worldwide involved in Special Olympics programs, with over 1.1 million coaches and volunteers representing 193 countries. There is also a Young Athletes program that can begin to train athletes between ages 2 to 7. A year after the Special Olympics was founded, the program was inaugurated in New York. In June 1970, Rochester hosted the first State Summer Games. Today, NYSO is the largest program in the United States and one of the largest in the world. NYSO currently serves more than 31,000 athletes throughout the state. They train for weeks and months to prepare for local, regional and statewide competition. They are supported by more than 5,000 coaches and 4,300 volunteers.
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Elmira Savings Bank now Chamber Awards a part of Community Bank By Julia Nagel
he three former Elmira Savings Banks in Ithaca have changed their maroon, gold and black logos to the red and white of Community Bank in recent days as a combination of two Not all of the former ESBs were maincenturies-old banks has been completed. tained; according to the press release, eight The $82.8 million cash acquisition of branch locations were added to the Comthe Elmira Savings Bank by Community munity Bank total as a result of the merger. Bank N.A., first announced in Oct. of 2021, Elmira Savings Bank Corning, Erwin, was legally finalized in mid Moravia and Watkins Glen locaMay. The 12 Elmira branches tions merged with nearby Comspread throughout the Finger munity branches, according to a Lakes Region—including three Community Bank site listing its in the Ithaca area —are now newest branch locations. officially part of the 220+-locaAccording to a New York tion Community Bank network State Department of Labor and are under the Community Worker Adjustment and ReBank N.A. moniker. training Notification notice, 33 The three converted area employees will also be laid off Community President and CEO Mark Trynski Elmira Savings bank branch as a result of the acquisition. locations are at 2300 TriphamCommunity Bank, based in mer Road in the village of Lansing, and at DeWitt, has locations spread throughout 702 South Meadow Street and 602 West New England, New York and Pennsylvania State Street in the city of Ithaca. There was and currently has more than $16.2 billion already a Community Bank location at 200 in financial assets, placing it among the East Buffalo Street. country's 125 largest banking institutions. “We are pleased to welcome the customESB originally opened in 1826 in its ers and employees of Elmira to Community namesake town, and has been in Ithaca for Bank. Over the past 150 years, Elmira has two decades. In 2007, ESB purchased two developed a culture dedicated to exception- First Niagara Bank branches, increasing al customer service and meeting the bankits Ithaca presence. Community Bank can ing needs of its communities. Community also trace its origins to the nineteenth cenBank shares these same values and looks tury; its predecessor, St. Lawrence County forward to the opportunity to continue to National Bank, was chartered in 1868. serve Elmira’s customers,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Julia Nagelis a reporter from The Cornell Bank System Mark E. Tryniski in a stateDaily Sun working on The Sun's summent announcing the merge completion. mer fellowship at The Ithaca Times.
he Tompkins Chamber began celebrating its 125th Anniversary Year and honored outstanding businesses and individuals at its annual meeting and recognition awards Thursday at Ithaca College. The Chamber was officially established on December 24th, 1897, as the “Ithaca Businessman’s Association”. Since that time, the Chamber has undergone several name changes and numerous transitions to become the organization it is today. In 1916, the Association became the “Ithaca Board of Commerce, Inc.” and in 1925, became the “Ithaca Chamber of Commerce, Inc.” In 1973, the Chamber established the first Conference & Visitors Bureau in Tompkins County. Finally, the Tompkins Chamber became the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce in March of 1977 – and has held that name ever since. The following award winners were presented at the meeting: • The Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be awarded to the owners of Salt Point Brewing Company – Sarah and Chris Hesse, and Camilo Bohórquez. This group of entrepreneurs started out brewing beer at home, which evolved into a partnership and the initial Salt Point Brewing location at a small building near Rogues Harbor Inn in Lansing. Over the last two years, and despite major disruptions caused by the pandemic, Salt Point has expanded their business considerably, built a new location, and created a community hub in Lansing. • The Not-for-Profit of the Year Award will go to the Paleontological Research Institution, known by most as PRI. PRI has been selected for their important work providing free resources and educational opportunities locally and nationally, and tireless efforts to educate about climate change. With its two venues, the Museum
of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center, PRI provides free educational outreach opportunities and programs, as well as national audiences online. PRI's latest endeavor, PRI has adapted to the virtual teaching environment by making events, workshops, and resources available for free online. • The Distinguished Business of the Year is Cayuga Health System. Cayuga Health, under the leadership of President & CEO Dr. Martin Stallone, has heroically led our community's healthcare response to the COVID-19 pandemic – including establishing new laboratory space, testing centers, vaccine sites, and managing their treatment capacity to support some of the best outcomes in the nation. While navigating these challenges, their team has also created unique partnerships and community investment strategies resulting in a mixed-use development at Ithaca’s Carpenter Park, and the redevelopment of a significant portion of the Shops at Ithaca Mall in Lansing. • The Howard Cogan Tourism Award is being awarded to the Finger Lakes Land Trust for their tireless advocacy and care for Tompkins County’s natural wonders, consistent efforts to preserve and enhance our outdoor recreation assets, and particularly for their work to preserve the Bell Station property in Lansing. • The Noel Desch Key Person of the Year Award is being awarded to Aly Evans for her work on the Tompkins Chamber Board of Directors, as a Chamber Ambassador, and in her leadership roles at several area nonprofit organizations. Aly’s impact on the community is noteworthy in her relatively short time here, including at Family Reading Partnership, Boyce Thompson Institute, and most recently, as the Executive Director of Foodnet Meals on Wheels.
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BizBriefs Tompkins Community Bank Recognizes Three Local Educators
Three Tompkins County teachers were recognized with certificates and monetary awards for their incredible efforts to improve education in their districts. This year’s Raymond Van Houtte Teacher Awards recipients are Robert Fisher of the Newfield Central School District, Heather Murphy of R.C. Buckley Elementary School of the Lansing Central School District, and Kellianne Smith of Beverly J. Martin Elementary of the Ithaca City School District. In total, $1,900 was awarded to these outstanding educators.
Robert Fisher was honored for being an integral part of the Newfield Central School District IT department. Mr. Fisher led a major upgrade to the wireless network which provided the district with the ability to host daily virtual meetings without issue. In 2020, Mr. Fisher migrated the district to a new learning management system which provided the capability to deliver content, build online classrooms, connect with students, and automate classroom procedures. Heather Murphy was honored for being a highly-skilled and incredibly passionate educator at R.C. Buckley Elementary School. She has been described as a natural leader in the classroom and throughout the school. Kellianne Smith was honored as an Education Support Professional and Equity Mentor who is chair member for the Equity Committee at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. Mrs. Smith is known for providing all children with access to their learning and often supports those who are differently abled or who struggle to participate in class. Through her ability to build positive relationships with her students, Mrs. Smith offers guidance, student empowerment, honest collaboration, family support, and joy to those with whom she interacts.
Alyssa Fontaine selected as Tompkins Financial Chief Risk Officer Alyssa Fontaine has been appointed by Tompkins Financial as its chief risk officer, adding to her current role as executive vice president and general counsel. In her expanded role, Fontaine will continue to oversee the Company’s legal and corporate governance functions, while also leading the corporate risk management team. These responsibilities include corporate compliance, audit, information security, bank secrecy act/anti-money laundering compliance, third-party risk management, corporate security, and enterprise risk management. Fontaine began her career at Tompkins in 2016. Prior to joining Tompkins, she was a partner with Harris Beach PLLC, where she focused on bank regulatory compliance and securities matters, and worked closely with Tompkins as a corporate law partner. Fontaine is a graduate of Cornell University Law School and Brown University. She received the “40 under Forty” award from the Central New York Business Journal, and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. She is a member of the board of directors of the Ithaca Community Childcare Center (IC3) and the Ithaca Little Red
Lacrosse program. She also volunteers with the Cayuga Heights Elementary School PTA as an event leader. “Alyssa is a proven leader, elevating our corporate governance and Alyssa Fontaine legal departments to great success during her tenure,” said Steve Romaine, Tompkins Financial president and CEO. “I am pleased that Alyssa will expand her leadership and bring her expertise to our corporate risk management team as our industry continues to navigate an ever-evolving landscape.” Tompkins Financial Corporation (NYSE American: TMP) is a financial services company serving the Central, Western, and Hudson Valley regions of New York, and the Southeastern region of Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Ithaca, NY, Tompkins Financial is parent to Tompkins Community Bank and Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Inc., and offers wealth management services through Tompkins Financial Advisors. For more information on Tompkins Financial, visit www.tompkinsfinancial.com.
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“SCHOOL GIRLS AND “A GREAT WILDERNESS” HELP BRING BACK LIVE THEATRE
By Barbara Adams
aving seen some dozen plays, both locally and in Manhattan, over the last few weeks, may I say one thing: Gosh, how I’ve missed live theater. After all the many pandemic months of “making do,” all the creative substitutes for onstage productions, my memory of the original experience had dimmed a bit. But spending just one evening at a new live show is a rejuvenating wake-up call. And we have so much good local theater to indulge in: This week two plays merit attention for their entertainment value as well as their significant themes. The Hangar opens its summer season on its new outdoor stage, a ¾-round under a tent that means the audience is both cool and dry. (Some productions will be indoors; this hybrid system affords more rehearsal time.) “School Girls,” by Ghanaian-American writer Jocelyn Bioh, is billed as “An African Mean Girls” –– and boosts that bitchy-teen tale up a few notches. This time we’re on the patio of a Christian boarding school in Ghana, where the girls gather at plain wooden picnic tables to gossip in the shade (set by Czerton Lim; lit in a green leafy haze by Aja Jackson). And right off we see the cruel queen bee, Paulina (a smashing
Morgan Williams, Sarah W. Simmons, Devin Kessler, Starnubia in the Hangar Theatre’s production of ‘School Girls”. (Photo taken by Rachel Philpson)
Devin Kessler), controlling her disciples with a verbal lash. She snatches the porridge that chunky Nana’s about to eat, reproaching her, and offers an apple instead –– then demonstrates how to take the tiniest bite: “Portion control!” Nana (a marvelous Starnubia) succumbs, as do the others in their turn, because Paulina not only extols ideal slim looks as a passport to her clique but blackmails everyone with secret details from their personal lives. Squashing any competition, she’s determined to be the one chosen to enter (and win) the Miss Ghana 1986 pageant. The girls are, every one, irresistible, lively and squealing in teen exuberance. Their cropped hair and school uniforms (yellow shirts and green floral skirts; costumes by Danielle E. Preston) suggest an innocence that even their later dance gowns can’t alter. Bespectacled Ama (Morgan Williams) is studious and analytical; best friends Mercy (Alaysia Renay Duncan) and Gifty (Sarah W. Simmons) are the most high-energy. But even at their most raucous (when lilting accents and high-pitched voices obscure some of their banter), the girls all turn deferent and humble before their headmistress, Francis (a lovely and poised Shiro Kihagi). Two outsiders upset this not-quite-idyllic community. Ericka (Ciara Stroud), a lightskinned Ghanaian fresh from Ohio, has come “home” to complete her senior year. She’s rich, friendly, generous, inclusive –– everything that Paulina is not. And in no time the girls are switching loyalties. When Ericka takes a notion to enter the beauty contest as well, the battle lines are drawn. Enter Eloise (Latonia Phipps), stunningly coiffed and dressed, to select a candidate for the pageant. Formerly a Miss Ghana, she’s also an alumna. And from Francis’ skeptical looks, we can tell Eloise was once the queen mean girl herself. What unfolds is realistic and perhaps inevitable but also profound and moving. Each of the eight women has a story that pulls us in, addressing self-worth and self-agency. And the playwright grounds their struggles in a particular African cultural reality: colorism, the discriminatory valuing of lighter skin tone within a community of color. Lightening or bleaching one’s skin –– a legacy of colonialist oppression –– is harmful yet pervasive; even today, more than 40% of African women practice this. With whiter skin comes social advantage –– a disturbing privilege that gives this “mean girls” tale a greater gravity than Tiny Fey’s original bullying story ever dreamed of.
Daniel (Trence Wilson-Gillem) and Walt (Arthur Bicknell) in the cabin in “A Great Willderness” from the Homecoming Theatre production of “A Great Wilderness”. (Photo: Jeff Hodges)
Under Lydia Fort’s astute direction, “School Girls” is both hilarious and compelling –– not to be missed. Returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus, Ithaca’s own Homecoming Players addresses a different social issue in “A Great Wilderness.” The playwright is Samuel D. Hunter, whose work faces the difficult and marginalized (his superb “The Whale” is about a 600-pound recluse). Here, in this 2014 play, he focuses on Walt, an older man who’s spent his life counseling gay teens sent to him to for “conversion.” The Cherry Artspace has been turned into a cabin in the Idaho mountains, dulled and worn, complete with fraying sofa. It’s as rundown as Walt himself, who’s masterfully played by Arthur Bicknell. (Bicknell co-founded Homecoming Players, along with Rachel Hockett, who ably directs here.) Walt doesn’t exactly have dementia but he forgets things and speaks a bit fitfully, his unsureness suggesting the unmooring of age. Actually, we come to see, it’s his own life mission that Walt is doubting, stumbling over. In his homosexual youth he was steered toward God and the belief –– now his life support –– that by continuous effort he could overcome what he was. Walt’s life work, in effect, has been denial of himself. The play opens with the arrival of a young man (Trence Wilson-Gillem), whose desperate mother has sent him to Walt’s therapeutic retreat. Daniel is both bored and scared in this strange, musty environment, wondering if he’s going to be “shocked.” But as a kindly counselor, Walt only listens, offering safety and hope. In his clumsy, caring manner, Walt invites the teen’s trust. Eventually, we see Daniel begin to share –– his feelings about boys, his passion for gardening. He goes off for a short walk by himself, and the majority of the play’s subsequent scenes involves waiting for his return. Walt’s ex-wife, Abby (Kristin Sad), arrives, along with her husband and Walt’s co-counselor, Tim (Greg Bostwick). She’s appalled Contin u ed on Page 15
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hope – brings back Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum from the ‘90s “Jurassic” movies and, just like Abbott and Costello, has them meet Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard from the newer films, with plenty of dinosaurs to gawk at. And isn’t it sad how no one cares about a great actor like Laura Dern unless there’s another one of these dumb movies to be manufactured? You used to count on Jeff Goldblum to make movies fun and quirky, but even he looks like he’d rather be home playing piano.
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the film’s three credited writers really try to honor Tony Scott’s original film – it’s dedicated to him – and connect the new story to the ’86 mythology, so much so that the opening of the film is a direct copy of the first, including the opening text, Han Zimmer’s score and jets taking off and landing to the tune of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”. (Jennifer Connelly ably steps into the female romantic role, meaning that Kelly McGillis, never mentioned in the sequel, gets the fuzzy end of the lollipop. A mute Val Kilmer gets a more loving cameo.) I would have thought that Simpson and Bruckheimer would have made a cottage industry grinding out “Top Gun” sequels; shouldn’t we be up to “Top Gun 6” by now? It took them 35 years to get here, beating “Bill and Ted Face the Music” by six years. Then it hit me that, as much as the Simpson-Bruckheimer action-music video aesthetic took hold in the wake of “Top Gun”, none of their movies really spawned sequels. There’s no “The Rock 2” or “Con Air 2” or “Armageddon 2” or “Gone in 60 More Seconds” or “Pearl Harbor 2” (Okay, that one makes sense.). (I was ranting about all this on Facebook, and Michael Kehoe pointed out that Simpson and Bruckheimer did produce three “Beverly Hills Cop” movies, a fourth one is in development at Netflix, and Bruckheimer has produced five “Pirates of the Caribbean” pictures, three “Bad Boys” and two “National Treasures”. So much for my theory.) Best of all, you can watch “Top Gun: Maverick” without feeling compelled to “join up”. Recommended: “Lightyear” at Regal Stadium 14. RIP: Philip Baker Hall (“Secret Honor”, “Midnight Run”, “Kiss of Death”, “Hard Eight”, “The Rock”, “Air Force One”, “Boogie Nights”, “The Truman Show”, “Rush Hour”, “Enemy of the State”, “Psycho”, “The Insider”, “Magnolia”, “Argo”)
Tuesday’s Studio Obstacles (Bronze x 3), 2019. Bronze. 6”x8”x3” is on display as part of “Shifting” at Neighbors Gallery’s “ lasts or for a while” now through June 26.
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sculptor with roots in an “expanded” approach to painting, the British-born and raised local artist Sophia Starling works in the tradition of sixties post-minimalism. Combining irregular and organic forms with the reductive geometry, serial repetition, and often—though not always—the achromatic leanings of high Minimalism, Starling creates pieces meant to engage the viewer in a patient exploration of their perceptual capacities. Using unexpected combinations of materials and working, typically, close to the floor, Starling creates pieces that are metaphorically evocative while avoiding any kind of direct figuration or narrative. An exhibition of Starling’s work, “Shifting,” is on-view this month at Neighbors (through June 26). It will be the final visual art show at the alternative gallery for the near future. For those not in the know, Neighbors is the brainchild of Mara Baldwin, outgoing director at Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery, and her partner, Sarah Hennies, an experimental composer and musician. Currently run out of the garage of their West Hill home the space has been, for the past half-decade, an important venue for visual art and music outside the local mainstream. Outside the mainstream of the independent local galleries—but very much within the mainstream of “contemporary” art as represented at Cornell and Ithaca
College. Like many of the exhibiting artists at Neighbors, Starling (’19) is a Cornell MFA graduate and brings with her sensibilities that are congruent with—if not slavishly aligned to—those of the department, where Baldwin has also taught. Variously combining bronze, porcelain, and rubber, Starling creates rounded, wrinkled forms that resemble seeds, pods, capsules, or pillows. These she scatters or stacks atop—usually capsule shaped— black rubber floor mats. Recumbent, body-like things, placed more-or-less directly on the floor (here the rough, stained floor of a converted garage) reorient human perception away from our accustomed upright position. In “Tuesday’s Studio Obstacles (Bronze x3),” three near-identical cast bronze pillows sit at the front of four tongue-like mats, which curl up the bottom edge of the gallery wall (all-white, naturally). The mats, slightly separated, have been staggered so as to create a diagonal emphasis. Every other sculptural piece here is in white porcelain, with black and sometimes white rubber. “Stack (White),” features three glossy white pillows, forming a tentative column. These appear solid and identical from the front but if one peers around in back, one can see their hollow forms, with the top member more squashed than the others. “Friday’s Studio Obstacle (Tucked/ Black)” rests on an irregular, vaguely icecream-cone-like mat, which again curls
up onto the wall. Two porcelain pods, one capped in translucent white rubber, the other in glossy black, face off at a distance. Scattered elsewhere around the gallery are three solitary pods offering variations on these themes. In her oeuvre, Starling makes a point of “shifting” between two and three dimensions, between the wall and the floor. Here she is showing five framed relief prints, older pieces that complement her recent sculptural investigations of form, texture, and material. “Shift/Slip (Graphite),” “Shifting/Lapping (Graphite),” and “Shift/Stacking” all feature capsule shapes silhouetted against blank (if not necessarily pristine) white paper. All are richly toned and textured—you can feel the weight and scale of her forms. “Double Shift (Aluminum)” and “Triple Shift (Aluminum/Pink)” bring in metallic embossment and—surprise! —color. (The latter also uses warm gray rather than white paper.) This critic has never been a true believer in the visual aesthetics proffered by Neighbors or by the Cornell MFA culture. At the same time, it’s hard not to applaud work that stands legitimately outside Ithaca’s downtown gallery mainstream while transcending the hipster sensibility to offer something both genuinely strange and genuinely relevant. Sculpture has been, at least in recent years, a fairly reliable vehicle for such a quality. The work of Grace Sachi Troxell (MFA ’21), who showed at Neighbors last year, or the recently graduating Tina Lam (’22) both come to mind. It is encouraging to see Starling’s work made potentially accessible to a broader public here. This will be the last exhibit at Neighbors for a while, as both of its principals will be taking teaching positions at Bard College, starting in the fall. They will be maintaining the property—and their links with the local cultural community—with the hopes of running occasional art and music events in the future. This is good news. Complementing Starling’s show, a final (“for a little while”) concert will be offered this Thursday evening, June 23rd, starting at 8pm. Featuring electronic musician Jason Kahn, of Zurich, songwriter Alex Lukashevsky, of Toronto, and cellist and local son T.J. Borden, currently based in New York City, it promises to be a characteristically raucous and lively event. “Shifting” Through June 26 Neighbors Gallery at 526 Elm Street Open 2-4 Sat. and Sun https://www.neighborsgallery.com/
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that Walt has taken on one last client –– after all, they’d arrived to help Walt pack up the place and move to an assisted living facility. Understandably resistant, even cantankerous, Walt resists all her efforts to hustle him into oblivion and sell the summer camp they’d nurtured for so long. Hours pass, and when Daniel doesn’t return, the local ranger (Elizabeth Livesay) and finally Daniel’s mother (Sylvie Yntema) are called in, each with a different interpretation of the boy’s departure (and of his sexual orientation). Search parties swarm the hills, where fire has now broken out; in the cabin, fretful indecisiveness and bickering divide these adults. As well portrayed by the actors, their moral compass grows ever shakier; that’s the “great wilderness.” This play poses an intriguing but unresolved confrontation, with the final scene as unsettling as Daniel’s disappearance. • “School Girls,” by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Lydia Fort. At the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca. Through June 25. Tickets at https://hangartheatre.org/buy-tickets/ or 607-2732787. • “A Great Wilderness,” by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Rachel Hockett. Homecoming Players at the Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca. Through June 26. Tickets at https://homecomingplayers.org/. Barbara Adams, a regional arts journalist, teaches writing at Ithaca College. NEW DEANS contin u ed from page 7
practices in the arts and education. She understands the necessity of engaging with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders, and will work collaboratively to design and implement a strategic plan that will ensure the school’s long-term success and impact,” Provost Melanie Stein said. Notably earlier this year what was previously the School of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts—which had been located within the School of Humanities and Sciences—fused into the Division of Music and Division of Theatre and Dance within what is now the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. All programs have been retained. The intention behind this change was to enhance the curriculum between the disciplines that’re being coupled together through collaboration.
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Jazz Monday with Dave Davies RhythmMakers | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road
School Girls ; or the African Mean Girls Play | 7:30 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd. | School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Bioh Queen Bee Paulina is intent on representing her school in the Miss Ghana 1986 pageant. Ends June 25. Hurricane Diane | 7:30 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. State / W. MLK, Jr. Street | In the suburbs of the Garden State, the Greek God Dionysus returns from the heavens in the guise of a butch gardener named Diane, who’s hell-bent on reversing climate change and restoring earthly order by seducing a band of mortal followers. Runs June 8-26. CRT Presents: Over the River and Through the Woods | 6/22 Wednesday | Little York Lake Theatre & Pavilion, 6799 Little York Lake Road | A 50th Anniversary revival of CRT’s most beloved play! This hysterical comedy is for, and about, the whole family! Nick is a young Italian American living in New York City who meets both sets of grandparents for dinner every Sunday. That is until he accepts his dream job in Seattle. June 22-July 1. A Great Wilderness | 7:30 p.m., 6/24 Friday | Cherry Artspace | Presented by Homecoming Players. After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is preparing for a reluctant retirement when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness. Singing Notes and Slinging Jokes | 5 p.m., 6/26 Sunday | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road | A Sun-
6/22 Wednesday Newfield Music Series at Mill Park: Louiston | 6 p.m. | Mill Park | Free Homer Summer Concert Series: Cortland Old Timers Band | 7 p.m. | Village Green | Free
6/23 Thursday Lefty Righty with Jiamie Pyles | 5:30 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road | Free CFCU Summer Concert Series: Free Boody Institute | 6 p.m. | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons | Free Sunset Music Series: Under Construction Band | 6 p.m. | Six Mile Creek Vineyard, 1551 Slaterville Rd
6/24 Friday GoGone | 6 p.m. | Firelight Camps, Danby Rd Dirty Gems | 6 p.m. | South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank Road | $10.00
6/25 Saturday Red Oak Music Series - Cloey Tierno, Dan & Joe from Driftwood | 12 p.m. | Lime Hollow Nature Center, 3277 Gracie Rd Hopshire’s 9th Birthday Party! | 12 p.m. | Hopshire Farms and Brewery, 1771 Dryden Rd
6/22 Wednesday Judy Collins | 8 p.m. | Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 S Main St
6/25 Saturday Concerts in Eldridge Park: Doc Possum | 5 p.m.| Elmira
6/28 Tuesday Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn: Early Bird Special | 6:30 p.m. | Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts, 330 East State Street | $10.00 - $36.00
6/29 Wednesday Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats w/ Antibalas | 7 p.m. | Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, 2708 Lords Hill Road
7/1 Friday The Marshall Tucker Band | 8 p.m. | Tioga Downs, 2384 West River Rd | $20.00
7/3 Sunday Symphoria Summer Concert: Auburn | 8 p.m. | Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Road, Route 38A | Free
Sunday Music Series | 1 p.m. | Red Newt Cellars, 3675 Tichenor Road | Free
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THURSDAY, JUNE 23 AT 6:00 PM
Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca Commons | Coming off of their award-winning album Myths Legends and The Hard Truth Free Boody institute is forged from the sweat of bodies hitting the dance floor. With lead Singer Jeff Love dishing out food for the soul and London McDaniel putting on the grooves. (Photo: Provided)
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Art The Gallery at South Hill, Sheryl Sinkow and Diane Newton, Manifestations | 5 p.m., 6/24 Friday | The Gallery at South Hill, 950 Danby Road | “Manifestations” is a two-person show of work in the Gallery at South Hill by Sheryl Sinkow and Diane Newton. Sinkow will show photographs - manifestations of some of her astrological degree symbols. Newton will show drawings in pastel and work in mixed media done in 2022. | Free Common Thread Invitational | 4 p.m., 6/25 Saturday | corners gallery, 903 HANSHAW RD | Common Thread Invitational showcases work by five contemporary artists working in fiber and textiles.
June 24- June 30, 2022. Contact Cinemapolis for showtimes. New films listed first. * Elvis* | From his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi to his rise to stardom starting in Memphis, Tennessee and his conquering of Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley becomes the first rock ‘n roll star and changes the world with his music.| 159 mins NR Flux Gourmet* | Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas, and gastrointestinal disorders. | 111 mins NR Priscilla, Queen of the Desert* | Drag Double Feature w/ Tilia Cordata Jun 25 only |3 pm – Drag Show & PreParty; 4 pm – Movie | 104 mins R Hedwig & The Angry Inch* | Drag Double Feature w/ Tilia Cordata Jun 25 only |7 pm – Drag Show & Pre-Party; 8 pm – Movie | 95 mins R Cha Cha Real Smooth | Fresh out of college and without a clear life path going forward, 22-year-old Andrew is stuck back at home with his family in New Jersey. But if there’s one thing that belongs on his nonexistent résumé, it’s how to get a party started, which lands him the perfect job of motivational dancing at the bar and bat mitzvahs for his younger brother’s classmates.| 107 mins R 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 Brian and Charles | After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to, Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a melancholic situation. He builds a robot. | 90 mins NR Film Screening & Discussion - Lavender Hill: A Love Story | 5:15 p.m., 6/29 Wednesday | CAP ArtSpace/Gallery, 110 N Tioga St | Film Screening and Discussion • 1 Hour • June 29th at 5:15 PM • Mask Wearing Required
Mythaca 2022: A Dance & Healing Arts Campout | 1 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Arnot Forest, 611 County Rd 13 | | Arthropods Through Time Tour | 11 a.m., 6/24 Friday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | The tour will last 30 – 60 minutes as we lead you through time and reveal interesting facts of arthropod evolution. From insects to trilobites discover the interesting world of arthropods! GO ITHACA Outdoor Tours at Bernie Milton Pavilion | 11:30 a.m., 6/24 Friday | Bernie Milton Pavilion, Center Commons | GO ITHACA is excited to be a 2022 recipient of the Tompkins County Outdoor Recreation Grant. Special Olympics New York 2022 | 7 p.m., 6/24 Friday | Ithaca College, 201 Muller Center | Special Olympics New York athletes and coaches will travel to Ithaca to compete in the 2022 State Summer Games. From Opening Ceremonies Friday night to thrilling competition in 8 sports Saturday, State Games is an event you won’t want to miss! CHAT - Learning to Fly Tommy with Roger Segelken | 11 a.m., 6/25 Saturday | The History Center in Tompkins County, 110 N Tioga St. | Theatrical and Historical Performance • 1 Hour • June 25th at 11:00 AM Small Pipe Society Open Rehearsal | 12:30 p.m., 6/25 Saturday | Lively Run Dairy, 8978 County Road 142 | Come and listen to an open rehearsal of the Small Pipe Society of Syracuse.Celtic music and Scottish small pipes will transport you on a journey to the British Isle! Learn about the “other Scottish Bagpipes” from the musicians. Rain or shine event in our tent.Free event | Free Celebrating 70 Years of the Stewart Park Carousel | 2 p.m., 6/25 Saturday | Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Drive | Friends of Stewart Park invites you and your family to celebrate seventy years of the Stewart Park Carousel with a free celebration including Nate the Great, carouselthemed crafts, cupcakes, and of course, free rides all day!
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Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca | Kiddstuff kicks off their season with a contemporary LatinAmerican musical about embracing differences and finding common ground. Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. (Photo: Provided)
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The Shortstop Classic - Vintage Base Ball @ Taughannock Park | 12 p.m., 6/26 Sunday | Taughannock Falls State Park, 1740 Taughannock BLVD | All Ages! • Two Games • 1 hour and 45 minutes per game
Books Bundled Rhythms: Bridging Rural and Urban Communities | 4:30 p.m., 6/24 Friday | Argos Inn, 408 E State St, Ithaca | The Argos Inn hosts State Senate Candidate, Leslie Danks Burke, and Irish-American Author, Ryan Dennis for a spirited reading and policy discussion concerning modern farming on June 24th, 4:30-7:30pm with live music from The Pelotones. Mushroom Book Reading With Authors Vicky Romanoff & Sarah Adams | 4:30 p.m., 6/26 Sunday | Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 1 Congress St | oin in for a free book reading and signing event by local T-burg residents Victoria Romanoff & Sarah Adams. Featuring lively accounts of the mushrooming adventures of the authors, this event will introduce attendees to the habits and lore of fungi and some of Vicky and Sarah’s favorite recipes! Hidden Voices: Stories From the Margins: An Adult Reading &
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Discussion Series | 6:30 p.m., 6/28 Tuesday | Southworth Library, 24 W. Main St. | Selections from An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne DunbarOrtiz. The program will include local Haudenosaunee history as well as the National Native American voice. | Free
Kids Preschool Story Time | 10:30 a.m., 6/23 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. Spanish Storytime! / Cuentacuentos! | 4:30 p.m., 6/23 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | KIDDSTUFF presents: Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans A Salsa Fairytale | 10 a.m.& Noon, 6/24 Friday & 6/25 Saturday | When Cinderella (or Cenicienta) arrives from Puerto RIco to visit her “stepsister” Rosa, she doesn’t receive the warmest welcome. Rosa is reluctant to share her friends, her language, or her awesome basketball shoes with the newcomer; will their
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fairy godfather be able to bring them together? Storytime with Jae | 10 a.m., 6/24 Friday | Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, 7169 Main St | At 10am every Friday in June and July, join Jae, the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library’s Storytime Facilitator, for several fun activities and a craft! Family Day: Celebrating SixLegged Science | 10 a.m., 6/25 Saturday | Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96) | Get ready to bug out! In celebration of the new Six-Legged Science exhibit and International Insect Week, bring the family and join us for an insectthemed family day, hosted by PRI, with special events at the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center! Journey of Water Passport Program | 1 p.m., 6/25 Saturday | Various, locations throughout the Ithaca area | Free passport water science educational series for youth offered by the Community Science Institute - get a certificate and t-shirt for completing the entire series! Explore how water cycles through our lives and how we make sure it’s safe to drink and play in. http://www.communityscience. org/4h2o/ | Free LocalFiber Downtown Discovery Day | 11 a.m., 6/26 Sunday | Ithaca
Commons, Seneca Street | LocalFiber (localfiber.org) with the assistance of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, enthusiastically announces that it is launching a new event, LocalFiber Downtown Discovery Day, on June 26, | Free Baby/Toddler Time | 10:30 a.m., 6/28 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., 6/28 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
Notices Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County -Indoor Meal Service | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.loaves. org. All are Welcome! | Free
Brooktondale Farmers Market | 10 a.m., 6/25 Saturday | Brooktondale Community Center, 526 Valley Rd | The Brooktondale Farmers Market offers a relaxed combination of live music, food from the grill, and friendly vendors, every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. Celebrating Queer Survivorship & Resiliency Through Art | 11 a.m., 6/25 Saturday | CAP Artspace & Gallery, 110 N Tioga st | An intergenerational (teens and up) event for LGBTQ+ survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, or stalking. | Free Euro Meet 2022 | 11 a.m., 6/25 Saturday | Trumansburg Fairgrounds | The Central New York Chapter of the Volvo Club of America and Trumansburg Robotics are pleased to announce that Euro Meet will be held at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds for the 5th year. Food Pantry | 12 p.m., 6/25 Saturday | GYM-Southside Community Center, 305 S Plain St | Sunday Morning Meditation | 10 a.m., 6/26 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., 6/26 Sunday | Square Dancing is a lowimpact aerobic activity that stimulates both mind and body. Tree “Buds”: Weekly Tree Phenology | 3 p.m., 6/27 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 The Landlords Association of Tompkins County | 4 p.m., 6/27 Monday | Virtual, Ithaca | The LATC now holds virtual meetings on the 4th Monday of each month. Events are for members only. Rental property owners interested in these meetings are invited to join. For more information go to https://landlordsassociation. com or email LATC@LandlordsAssociation.com Social Knitting | 6 p.m., 6/27 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).
FAMILY DAY 2022: CELEBRATING SIX-LEGGED SCIENCE
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Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca | Get ready to bug out! In celebration of the new Six-Legged Science exhibit and International Insect Week, bring the family for an insect-themed family day, hosted by PRI, with special events at the Museum of the Earth and Cayuga Nature Center! (Photo: Provided)
The Cherry Artspace, 102 Cherry St., Ithaca | After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client, Daniel, quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way. (Photo: Provided)
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Trumansburg Farmers Market | 4 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Farmers Market, Hector St. | On the corner of Route 227 & 96 … In the heart of Trumansburg Empty Bowls Ice Cream Fundraiser at Mill Park | 5 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Mill Park, Main Street Gazebo | Empty Bowls Ice Cream Fundraiser is presented by the Newfield Art Club to benefit the Newfield Kitchen Cupboard. In coordination with the Mill Park Music Concert in Newfield, at Mill Park. Suggested donation of $12, and get a hand-made bowl and ice cream sundae. | Free Marijuana Anonymous Meeting | 7 p.m., 6/22 Wednesday | Ithaca Community Recovery (518 W. Seneca St), 518 West Seneca St | Marijuana Anonymous in-person meeting every Wednesday @ 7pm at Ithaca Community Recovery, 518 West Seneca St, 2nd floor in Room #2. Enter from back door of building. For more info: email@example.com | Free Nutrition Workshop Series - Different Nutrients and Where to Find Them | 3 p.m., 6/23 Thursday | Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street | Candor Farmers Market | 3:30 p.m., 6/23 Thursday | Candor Town Hall Pavilion, 101 Owego Road | Local vendors with produce, crafts, cheese, meat, maple products, baked goods, food truck | Free Games ‘n Grub | 6 p.m., 6/23 Thursday | Center Ithaca, 171 E. State St. Suite 212 | Free Ovid Farmers Market | 3 p.m., 6/24 Friday | Three Bears Complex, Main St. | Every Friday from 3-7. Be sure to purchase fresh, local produce and other local products. Support your local farmers and producers and keep your hard-earned dollars in your local community. | Free Dryden Open Gate Garden and Art Tour | 9 a.m., 6/25 Saturday | George Street Municipal Lot, George Street | Stroll through four local gardens and delight in the work of local artists and musicians during the Dryden Open Gate Garden and Art Tour from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, June 25. Tickets and maps will be available on the day of the tour at the George Street Municipal Lot in Dryden. | $5.00 Ithaca Farmers Market - Saturdays at Steamboat | 9 a.m., 6/25 Saturday | Steamboat Landing, 545 Third Street | Shop all of the best food, art and ag within 30 miles!
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED With a goal of 800 volunteers to support this year’s games. There are numerous ways to actively support this year’s festivities. Roles for volunteers include: venue setup and breakdown, parking assistance, meal distribution, hydration stations, athlete escorts, timekeepers, and scorekeepers, among others. Volunteers do not need to have any prior sports experience is necessary to support many of the volunteer roles available. When signing up, volunteers can choose to volunteer for multiple activities if they wish to do so. Those unable to sign up are still encouraged to attend the games. As spectators, they can stop by one of the various events occurring throughout the day on Saturday June 25 to show support for athletes. Attendance is open and free of charge.
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