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By Jamie Swinnerton Tompkins Weekly Despite the frigid temperatures and occasionally windy conditions, Jan. 10 was a beautiful day for bird watching. Just as it has for the last 55 years, the Cayuga Bird Club and bird watchers … more
By Jamie Swinnerton Tompkins Weekly While some people may have celebrated New Year’s Day warm in their beds, over 800 hikers braved the frigid temperatures to join what might be the biggest First Day Hike in the nation. … more
By Eric Banford Tompkins Weekly The Discovery Trail is a museum-library partnership between eight member organizations that have been collaborating for nearly two decades to help visitors explore nature, science, and culture. Each … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly   One of the biggest misconceptions about Hanukkah is that it is the Jewish equivalent to Christmas. “Or people assume Hanukkah is very important,” said Rabbi Scott Glass when … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly   The Christmas season is upon us and, for many celebrating the holiday, decisions need to be made about getting a tree for trimming. Our county boasts a number of farms on … more
Mariah Mottley   My dad is on the express train out of here, it turns out.   He’s been diagnosed with a primary malignant brain tumor, a stage 4 glioblastoma. He’s going to die. Shortly after the … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly Every two years, Alternatives Federal Credit Union issues its Living Wage Study.   The living wage – the update released in August saw it increase to $13.90 per hour … more
By Brian Crandall The Ithaca Voice   In filings with the Town of Ithaca and the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, West Hill’s Cayuga Ridge has announced plans to renovate its West Hill facility and add … more
Tompkins Weekly Staff   Area businesses, organizations and volunteers were recognized for their efforts to beautify their corners of the county. The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program presented their … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly   Every Sunday, Jacalyn Spoon, who grew up in a project apartment outside of Buffalo, would visit her grandfather and his vegetable garden by Tonawanda Creek.   “It … more
By Cornell Community Relations and CCE staff   What is Cornell Cooperative Extension?   Many New Yorkers might answer this question by describing their own county Cooperative Extension association and … more
By Sherrie Negrea Nearly 30 elementary and middle school students learned the ancient art of making a shofar – the Biblical bugle made from a ram’s horn – at a special workshop at Temple Beth-El to celebrate the holiday of … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly Now a well-known Tompkins County community activist, Carlos Gutierrez became politically involved while still in high school in Chile. He started reading newspapers, participated in student … more
By Eric Banford Tompkins Weekly The North East Organic Farming Association of NY, with Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, is hosting an open field day on soil science and weeds at the Groundswell Incubator Farm. … more
By Erin Marteal Summer is the time of year when outdoor living reaches its fullest potential, with the last day of school a distant memory and days the longest they will be all year. It is easier to wake up at daybreak and bedtime … more
By Eric Banford Tompkins Weekly Dryden wants more trails running through the town, with an eye on creating alternative transportation and more recreation opportunities for local residents. Efforts are underway by the … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly Firmly in the middle of a three-way debate about where the ice cream sundae was born – Ithaca is fending off claims for residents of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and Evanston, Illinois, for that honor – … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly When John Dedrick started his small fruit and vegetable stand in Dryden four decades ago, his great-nephew Kody Hatch hadn’t even been born yet! Over the years, Dedrick expanded his business … more
By Sue Henninger Tompkins Weekly Historically, America has been a country made up of people from all backgrounds and all walks of life. The city of Ithaca and surrounding areas are reflective of this. Join Tompkins Weekly as … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly The hate attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016, claimed the lives of 49 people and left 58 others with injuries. It was the deadliest incident of violence … more
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