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Ithaca native to command Navy submarine Wyoming

On July 26, Ithaca High School 1997 graduate and Ithaca native Benjamin Pollock took command of the USS Wyoming, an Ohio-class ballistic-missile Navy submarine, at Naval Station Norfolk. Pollock …
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Kids Taking Action introduces politics to families

Last month, the Tompkins County Democratic Committee launched Kids Taking Action, a program with a series of activities for families and kids to introduce political and civic engagement at a young …

Oliver to ‘grow Groton’ with agriculture education

With a background in just about anything pertaining to agriculture education and beyond, Dr. Jason Oliver, Groton High School’s teacher for its exciting new program in agriculture, is making …

Meet Suicide Prevention’s new leader

After 30 years of teaching and administration, including at New Roots charter school, Tim Turecek knew he was at his best and most fulfilled when he was helping others. He was later drawn to …

Honoring, celebrating village standouts

Trumansburg is nothing if not a generous community, and this month, Trumansburg is honoring two notable community members with fundraisers and memorials that are worth noting and contributing to: …
Sports in partnership with ESPN Ithaca
TC3 grad named to All-Academic team
Being a college athlete isn’t easy. The demands of workouts, practices and competitions can conflict with carrying a full load of …
Former IHS standout excels for USA
Ijeyikowoicho Onah is typically not an underdog when it comes to track and field competitions. While at Ithaca High School, she was …
What’s next for these Lansing, Dryden, Ithaca grads?
With the 2018-19 high school sports season in the history books, Tompkins Weekly is taking a look at college plans for last …
Fazio joins Valesente, retires from IC baseball
The Ithaca College Baseball team is already going through a period of change after long-time head coach George Valesente announced his …
National championships return home with local dancers
While summer is often thought of as a time for rest and relaxation for athletes, one group of local athletes didn’t let summer …
Columns & opinions
Hornbrook named interim high school principal
Lansing High School’s Dean of Students Patrick Hornbrook has been named interim principal for the coming school year, according to Superintendent of Schools Chris Pettograsso. Dean’s …
Groton on the Inside: Future Farmers of America re-chartered
The Groton High School chapter of FFA (Future Farmers of America) was an integral part of the school’s culture, dating back to the 1950s, but when its advisor, shop teacher Harold Scheffler, …
Democratic View: Trump’s America requires cooperation
Imagine that house down the road, the one that you sometimes covet, where you wave to the guy when he’s on his mower, where the gardens are beautiful and the porch always seems to have a new …
Lansing at Large: Citizens’ group urges support for data center
The Concerned Lansing Citizens organization, formed to raise concerns about re-powering the Cayuga Power Plant with natural gas, is now giving Lansing residents the means to support the proposed …

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 …

Business & Agriculture
TC3 provides training grants to area businesses
This month, Tompkins Cortland Community College secured over $92,000 worth of training grants for 11 local organizations in Tompkins …
Residents get first look at Waterfront development plan
On July 11, the City of Ithaca held two open houses to introduce a draft of its Waterfront Plan, which is designed to outline how …
Alternatives FCU launches transgender loan program
Alternatives Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL), recently launched the …
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. …
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 …
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 …
Arts & entertainment

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 …

Hangar presents second sensory sensitive play

On July 12, the Hangar Theatre presented the classic tale of “Jack and the Beanstalk” with a new twist – the story was adapted to a sensory sensitive format, making it accessible to …

Rising Appalachia comes to GrassRoots

Rising Appalachia, a sisters-led folk band from the South that combines music from all over the world to create a unique sound, is coming to Tompkins County this week to perform at this year’s …
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 …