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By Gary Stewart On occasion in this space we provide snapshots on issues of shared town-gown interest. Cornell energy use and sustainability-related initiatives are components of the … more
Fall is an excellent time of year to compost. Dead leaves are becoming abundant once again. These “brown” materials are just what the outdoor compost needs throughout the year to feed … more
Last spring, Kyler Davis played Captain von Trapp in the Lansing High School musical “The Sound of Music.” In the final act, Kyler played the guitar as the Family von Trapp sang … more
Women-owned businesses are at the forefront of driving the local economy, and Trumansburg is no exception, as nearly 50 percent of Main Street. businesses are owned by women. The types of … more
Retirement doesn’t mean slowing down. If you or one of your children had the blessing of having AnnMarie Streeter as a kindergarten teacher, you know her passion for children and literacy. … more
I read with great interest my Republican counterpart’s column on bipartisanship last week, in which he touted gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro as the real deal. Indeed, if you look at Mr. … more
By Matt Montague   Each June for the past five years, Lansing Elementary School identifies children who could use a little extra help with reading for the summer. Each of these kids is invited to partner … more
By Cathy Wakeman   On Friday, Sept. 14, the South Central Regional Library Council held a New York State Legislative Appreciation Reception to thank state representatives from across the region for their work on … more
 By Linda Competillo   Whenever I hear someone mention an Eagle Scout, I know right away that they are speaking about the highest award earned by a Boy Scout. Until last week, I was not familiar with the award … more
By Elaine Springer   A walk or a quick drive along Main Street in the Village of Trumansburg provides a window into the economic health of the Village. Most storefronts are occupied, and Trumansburg enjoys business from loyal … more
By Mike Sigler   I hear a lot of talk about bipartisanship but rarely do I see it in practice. I usually see it as a ploy to convince people that your motives are pure and more often than not, as a way to mask your intention … more
By Barbara Esuoso   As a senior undergraduate at Cornell University, I reflect on my time on campus and in the City of Ithaca with gratitude. It is thanks to peers, professors, and long-time Ithaca residents who have … more
By Linda Competillo   For as long as he can remember, according to Groton High School alumnus, Logan Wannall `10, owning his own auto body shop has been his dream. Just a few short months ago, Wannall realized the … more
By Cathy Wakeman   The season of new beginnings is all around us. This past week hosted the beginning of the new school year. This week, Rosh Hashanah, the holiday of the Jewish New Year. As Faces of Dryden … more
By Elaine Springer   As the conversations around youth and mental health, bullying, drug abuse, and sexual abuse escalate, it is realized there may be a need for a place for youth to go when school isn’t in … more
By Matt Montague   Jacob Palladino wanted to be a farmer, and then he didn’t, and then he did. And now he is. “My dad’s grandfather was a farmer, my grandfather owned a tractor dealership but … more
By Michael Troutman, Robin Elliott   The US produces more electronic waste, or “e-waste,” than any other country: 9.4 million tons annually and only 12.5 percent is recycled. E-waste makes up two percent of the waste … more
By Kathy Russell   As stewards of the environment, Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are morally responsible for a public trust - the beauty, stability, and integrity of our air, water, … more
By Joseph Wilson   According to its own website, Cornell has been spewing 600,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent of Methane Emissions from its fracked gas burning co-generation plant since 2016. This is a ten-fold increase in … more
By Buzz Lavine   It’s critical to look at the energy/climate-change issues of Cornell’s proposed North Campus Residential Expansion.  Municipal reviewers need better understanding of three issues. First, eliminating … more
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