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Farm to School brings local foods to students

School is back in session, and kids all around the county are finding something different on their lunch trays – local foods and new recipes, all part of the county’s new Farm to School …
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Ithaca Beer granted tax abatement freeze

On Sept. 11, the Ithaca Beer Company was granted a tax abatement freeze by the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), saving the company over $165,000 in the next seven years in an …

Mama’s Said brings home cooking to downtown

It’s hard to beat Mom’s cooking – as many can attest – but the husband-wife team Gabriel Flores and Hiroko Takashima make it their mission to do just that by serving comfort …

Sirus Desnoes: actor, dancer, singer, athlete

Sirus Desnoes has had a hectic summer, though watching him move calmly, soaring through his many theater performances, one had no clue how much he had going on.  Sharing the spotlight with …

New website helps Ithacans find resources

Ithacans now have a new website with listings on everything from restaurants and family activities to hotels and service providers, all by community writers – Ithaca.Community. Activist team …
Sports in partnership with ESPN Ithaca
The sisterhood of Ithaca soccer
The Ithaca Little Red girls soccer team is coming off a great season in which it won the Section IV Class AA tournament. The Little …
High school girls soccer teams tune up for the season
The torrential downpour that soaked the boys soccer scrimmages had subsided when the 14 girls soccer teams took the field at Bond Fest …
This Bond Fest was a wet one
The conditions at Bond Fest were not optimal. Torrential rain poured from the sky down onto the five fields in Trumansburg, where 17 …
Lutes’ journey to Ithaca College athletics career
As a senior at Trumansburg High School, Justin Lutes knew three things about his future: He wanted to play college baseball, he wanted …
T-burg football returns from hiatus
Friday night lights will shine in Trumansburg once again. The last season of football for Charles O. Dickerson High School was in …
Columns & opinions
East Hill Notes: Robot’s first (and second) impression
Underestimate robots at your peril. The robot you know only as a lowly cleaner may also be an expert firefighter. A robot that clumsily fumbles an object may still have life-saving …
Ithaca’s newest bar is Nowhere Special
Many new businesses in downtown Ithaca have been using social media and signage to build excitement for their grand openings, from the cursive neon sign for Angelhearts Diner and the Instagram sneak …
Groton Assembly of God gets a facelift
On Sunday, Sept. 29, Groton Assembly of God, 701 S. Main St., welcomes everyone to a very special celebration of what senior pastor, Sam Neno, refers to as “a new chapter in our service to God …
Early autumn packed with fun events
The weather is changing, but there is still so much going on in the Trumansburg area! There is something for everyone, from book sales and fundraisers to a variety of classes, so come on out to …

Ludlowville quilter to be featured in showcase

Tracy McLellan of Ludlowville will be the featured artist at the Tompkins County Quilters Guild’s 2019 Quilt Show to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 6 at the TC3 Field House in …

Caroline project distributes LEDs

On Saturday, Oct. 5, volunteers with the Brighten Up Caroline project will begin distributing more than 10,000 LED light bulbs to Caroline residents. Their goal? To help Caroline residents use …

Myers bridge naming sparks memories

Business & Agriculture
Ports of NY: 100 years of family winemaking
Just off West State Street in Ithaca, over a one-lane bridge and at the end of Taber Street stands Ports of New York winery, owned and …
Tax abatements stimulate local economic growth
**This article was originally published in the May 1-7, 2019 issue of Tompkins Weekly. ** One important way communities, including …
IthacaSews brings personal touch to sewing
Near the Ithaca Commons, right next to the Bickering Twins Restaurant on North Cayuga Street, stands a door with “IthacaSews” …
Land donation protects scenic Finger Lakes Trail
Hikers can rejoice thanks to a recent 138-acre land donation to the Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) by Dr. Anne Boyer, which secures a …
Trumansburg Connection: Project Based Learning finds a unique home in T-Burg
Standardized testing is holding strong as the benchmark for measuring student success, although some schools are able to push back …
Lansing at Large: A fourth generation farmer
By Matt Montague   Jacob Palladino wanted to be a farmer, and then he didn’t, and then he did. …
Arts & entertainment

TCPL prepares for upcoming Community Read

Tompkins County is “the dream community for librarians,” according to Teresa Vadakin, and she should know. Head of Information and Learning Services at the Tompkins County Public …

Cap Cooke comes together with his band

Growing up in Grand Island, New York, Cap Cooke was destined to bring his banjo and his songs to Ithaca, New York: He tells how he got his first banjo from his parents for his 13th birthday, found …

East Hill Notes: CU Downtown livens students’ routine

Twenty or more years ago, I happened to be in Armory Square during a Syracuse University new student orientation event. It was a lively, colorful parade of students, dancers, larger-than-life size …
Community brings relief to those in need
It’s being called a miracle by staff, guests and volunteers alike – for the first time in its 36-year history, Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County has air conditioning, providing relief …
Learning Farm inspires love of food, nature
Across the road from Robert H. Treman State Park, tucked into a curve on Enfield Falls Road, is The Learning Farm – an unassuming family homestead and small diversified farm with a particularly …