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Growing up in the state of Iowa, Laurel Hessler had no idea where life would take her. She married the love of her life, Lee Hodgden, who headed off to WWII, where he served in … more
No one knows the highlights of all our higher education institutions - Binghamton, SUNY Cortland, Cornell, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College - better than Eric Machan … more
Lead in our environment remains a major source of damaging contamination for people and wildlife. Deposition of lead into the environment is a danger to the health, safety and general welfare of our … more
A Beautiful Feeling GrassRoots Documentary Four seasons of the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival from Trumansburg to Miami with spring and summer stops at Shakori Hills in North Carolina. If you … more
About 550 million years ago, this region of New York state sank below sea level, and a shallow, salty sea spread across it. During this time, there was a period when the water collected in vast … more
The strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” rang out from the piano as Groton music teacher Barbara Saroka skillfully played in the Groton High School gymnasium for the class of 2019 … more
The ongoing 2019 Free Summer Events Series at Cornell features a diverse lineup of local and international musicians, speakers and performers on campus every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through … more
What fun to be an only child with two creative, independent parents.  Kyllikki’s father, Lee Hodgden, was a popular, inventive professor of architecture at Cornell with engineering skills … more
Those of you who rocked your kids to sleep watching the “Pearly Mae Time” show on Public Access, save these dates: Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9 and 10.   David Frumkin said he … more
After the final dismissal for the 2018-19 academic year for Groton Central School on Thursday, June 27, most of the school’s faculty, staff and administrators headed out for the annual picnic … more
Larry Roe sat at Matt and Jenn Dedrick’s kitchen table and talked about dowsing. Roe said he did it for the first time when he was about 14 years old when an old farmer needed a new … more
If you ever wonder whether your vote has meaning, ask Joel Gagnon of Danby, who just won his primary for Danby supervisor over a longtime incumbent by just three votes after absentee ballots were … more
The Trumansburg community is mourning the death of another fallen soldier, Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, who died in combat on June 25, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. His passing was a result of … more
What if Lansing schoolkids on the free or reduced lunch program during the school year were to get similar help during their summer vacations?And what if the money used to buy those breakfasts and … more
The rain and dipping temperatures on Thursday, June 20 were not daunting enough to keep the crowds away from Ithaca High School’s Kulp Auditorium, the venue for the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES … more
Gently used backpack collection for Tompkins County foster care childrenGently used backpacks are being collected at the Trumansburg United Methodist Church and the Trumansburg Shur Save through … more
I’ve heard a lot about Green New Deals lately, nationally, from the county and from the city of Ithaca. They are all long on promises but sadly short on solutions. I said at a meeting recently … more
The Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) of Corvallis, Oregon, almost happened. April 24 marked the 40th anniversary of the dedication ceremony for BTI’s current facilities on the Cornell campus. … more
It has only taken me a week to see just how hardworking everyone at Tompkins Weekly is and how well Jamie Swinnerton has done as managing editor in her 18-month tenure. I no doubt have big shoes to … more
Groton High School’s longtime business teacher, Babette (Babs) Carr, was present at the meeting of the Groton Board of Education on Monday, June 3 to accompany some of the students she works … more
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