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Street Art in Tompkins County has become accepted and has proliferated during the last decade. Artists once had a long process of gaining permission and waiting as long as 2 years to paint a wall. … more
I received my first orchid the same winter my father died. White with pale pink centers, the flowers—like cherubic faces—dangled in single-file from two arched stems that curved in the … more
I am not a religious person, but when I think about acceptance, I think about Saint Francis of Assisi, who was a Catholic friar born in 1181. The way he lived his life showed how acceptance and value … more
Acceptance. That word and I – we have some history. I’m a lesbian, born in the ‘60s, one of seven children from a small farming community, with first-generation Italian parents. My … more
One of Groton’s best-loved establishments, the iconic Casper’s Diner, 118 Main St., has been a fixture in the village for decades, but its current owner, Kevin Griffin, has been running … more
The Southworth Library, 24 W. Main St, is a hub for community, entertainment, education, and family fun in Dryden. Among its many activities and events, the library’s various book clubs provide … more
There are around 153 public art displays in the city of Ithaca. They can be found on the walls of the parking garages, the electrical boxes on the street corners, covering the walls of Southside … more
Among the many useful things that aren’t taught in school, estate planning is one of those things. And it can be expensive to have it done right. Creating a will and a plan for what happens to … more
“Three-part harmony has this weird human connection. It gets to people.”Mary Kenney of Lansing is one of three singers in the band “Upstate,” a fascinating mix of “The … more
It’s time to grab a new calendar and pens and start marking the days you must make it to Trumansburg. For such a small town, there sure is a lot happening throughout all seasons, from large … more
Janus is the Roman god of beginnings. He is a god of transitions. He is often depicted as a god with two faces, one looking forward into the future, one to the past. Appropriately, the Romans named … more
As we come to the end of any given calendar year, most of us begin to think about the year ahead, and many of us consider the things we might like to change or do differently, so we make those … more
At first, Ithaca-based Ursa Space Systems was going to be a satellite company, that’s what two of its founders knew. Technically, it’s still kind of a satellite company. But now, instead … more
Smith woods is a magical old growth forest located on the South end of Trumansburg, just outside of the village, between Grove Cemetery and the Trumansburg Fairgrounds. The woods were originally … more
Makenna Ramsay, a senior at Dryden High School, competed in the American Kennel Club National Championship dog show over the weekend of Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 in Orlando. Ramsay’s journey into … more
“I’m not as smart as people think I am.” “I don’t want to go to Lansing next year. I’ve been counting the days [until] I turn 18 so I can be on my … more
Whether or not you are from Groton, if you have ever driven on Route 38 (Peru Road) in the dark during the Christmas season, you have likely seen the incredible light show that graces the home … more
As a center for higher education it’s no surprise that Cornell University has contributed an immeasurable amount of knowledge to the local community, but what might come as a surprise is just … more
The Ithaca Children’s Garden, free to visit all year round, wants to make outdoor play an accessible part of every resident, and visitor’s, life. With the help of a grant established by a … more
Winter is upon us. For some, like myself, it is a time of rest and reflection, to spend time playing family games, cook soul-warming food, catch up on that reading, and binge watch missed shows. To … more
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