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Alternatives FCU launches transgender loan program

Alternatives Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL), recently launched the TransAction Financial Empowerment Program, offering loans …
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Deaf community calls for more resources, education

Especially when compared to cities like Rochester, Tompkins County has a relatively low population of Deaf and hard of hearing people. The reason for this, as sources connected to the Deaf and hard …

News from T-burg: grassroots, D&D, art

A Beautiful Feeling GrassRoots Documentary Four seasons of the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival from Trumansburg to Miami with spring and summer stops at Shakori Hills in North Carolina. If you …

Eric Machan Howd: music, love, work

No one knows the highlights of all our higher education institutions - Binghamton, SUNY Cortland, Cornell, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College - better than Eric Machan …

Iowa mother creates schools for children

Growing up in the state of Iowa, Laurel Hessler had no idea where life would take her. She married the love of her life, Lee Hodgden, who headed off to WWII, where he served in …
Sports
Columns & opinions

Accolades for Groton grads, Vietnam vets

The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” rang out from the piano as Groton music teacher Barbara Saroka skillfully played in the Groton High School gymnasium for the class of 2019 …

Trumansburg soldier dies in combat

The Trumansburg community is mourning the death of another fallen soldier, Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, who died in combat on June 25, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. His passing was a result of …

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Business
CFCU opens new transformation center
On June 3, CFCU Community Credit Union opened its first-ever Transformation Center – a location with all the capabilities of a …
Trade Design Build takes innovative approach to architecture
As the rate of new construction and renovation in the greater Ithaca area continues at a rapid pace, architecture is playing an ever …
New data center to provide economic, environmental benefits, supporters say
The recent announcement of the creation of a data center at the Cayuga Operating Station and the subsequent closing of one of the last …
Signs of Sustainability: Let’s help GreenStar walk the walk!
For more than 40 years, GreenStar has been widely loved as an alternative to traditional commercial supermarkets and a focal point for …
James J. Byrnes Award Nominees honored for dedicated volunteering
At a small ceremony on the evening of Monday, May 21, at Tompkins Trust Company several individuals and a well-known local …
Ithaca Coffee Company staff file NLRB complaint
Last month, on April 17, a collection of no-managerial workers at Ithaca Coffee Company (ICC) informed ICC owner Julie Crowley their …
Agriculture
The Fresh Snack Program celebrates 10 years
The Fresh Snack Program provides fresh, healthy fruit and vegetable snacks to elementary schools in the Ithaca City School District. We do this in order to establish healthy eating habits that may …
Landscaping do’s and don’ts
During the cold months of winter, many people stare longingly out of the window dreaming of spring and time spent outdoors. For those with green thumbs, images of tending to the garden and other …
Groton on the Inside: Groton HARVEST teaches community how to reap its own
The Groton High School cafeteria became a community classroom for an evening on Wednesday, May 8. It was the kickoff for the Groton HARVEST Garden Plot Project, as 25 Groton families gathered there …
Trumansburg Connection: Smith Woods: On the road to recovery
Smith Woods are full of native plants that at this time last year were struggling to regrow after a long winter and foraging of the many deer that call the woods their home. These plants add to the …
CSA bridges gap between farms, community
As a unique mix of urban and rural, Tompkins County residents often drive past their future salads and dinners on a regular basis, but may not even know it. Unless they happen to be subscribers to a …
Arts & entertainment

Trumansburg Connection: Porchfest returns with new musical lineup

Trumansburg Porchfest comes back to the T-burg Village for the third year this Saturday, June 15, from noon to 5 p.m. As the boundaries of porch eligibility have changed this year due to the addition …

Trumansburg Connection: Four years in, Culture Camp still brings the magic

Culture Camp is a music and dance camp that is held in the days leading up to the GrassRoots Festival, July 14 - 17. Youth and adult attendees are able to experience intimate workshops led by their …

Tompkins Center for History & Culture officially open

After years of planning and work, Tompkins County now has a comprehensive center for its history, culture, and several of the organizations that preserve and promote both. The ribbon cutting for …
Food and Dining
Food for Thought: New generation revives Ithaca family bakery
In the late ’80s and ’90s, Loraine Rashida Sawyer sold her homemade cakes to local restaurants, the Ben & Jerry’s storefront on Cayuga Street in Ithaca, and at the Ithaca …
Food for thought: What’s a festival without food?
The Ithaca Festival is just around the corner, bringing with it four days of music, arts, and food. Though the tagline “Community Festival of Music & Arts” establishes a clear focus, …
Food for Thought: All that’s old is nouveau again
At the northern end of Groton’s Main Street, The Hotel Groton is still a commanding presence 166 years after its construction. At the moment, the hotel and accompanying café and bar are …
Staying in touch
Dream comes true for Cornell’s Morgan
The all-time leading scorer in Cornell Big Red men’s basketball history, Matt Morgan, has signed a NBA Summer League contract …
Groton and beyond mourn loss of coach
The Groton Indians, the greater Groton community and Tompkins County are mourning the passing of Indians football and basketball head …
What Caught My Eye: Soccer slips, success, Yankees
We’re not invincible The U.S. women’s team ran into a Spanish team that gave it a test unlike what it has faced in quite some …
Storied career ends for Valesente
After a career of 41 seasons and more than 1,000 victories that culminated in two national championships, legendary Ithaca College …