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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
By Matt Montague Just off East Shore Drive, about a quarter-mile up Waterwagon road, on your right, there is about an acre of sunflowers and wildflowers scattered across a field. There is a sign in the field that says “Free … more
By Linda Competillo   It’s been a long time coming, but K-9 Officer Odee of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office recently received a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from the … more
By Cathy Wakeman   Where can you fight scurvy, walk the plank and tie up the knots on your sinking sails? Why, Pirate Day at the Southworth Library, of course. The second Saturday of the month is family storytime at … more
By Elaine Springer   There was a time not too long ago that people entering the south end of the Village of Trumansburg on Rt. 96 were greeted with a cheerful canopy of Cottonwood trees planted along the side of the … more
I have known and worked with Ken Lansing for more than 40 years. In 1974, while I was serving as Chief of Police for the Village of Cayuga Heights, I hired Ken as a Police Officer and that was the beginning of a strong professional and personal … more
I have seen Amanda Kirchgessner in action, and she is impressive. I thought that the IURA’s choice of Peak to redevelop the Green Street Garage into a monstrously huge building with mostly expensive apartments and a big conference center was a … more
In his comments to the Weekly about "Lansing, Gas, and Money," Supervisor Ed LaVigne makes three statements to which I am responding. "If natural gas isn’t the renewable energy that should be used, he said he would like to hear what … more
I read the recent issue of the Tompkins Weekly (Aug. 27) after dropping off my son at Ithaca College, and noted “The Republican View” column by Mike Sigler. The writer’s athleticism in listing the moral failings of part Democratic … more
I’m writing to endorse Amanda Kirchgessner in her race for the 58th District of the New York State Senate. As a member of the Ithaca Common Council and chair of the City of Ithaca’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, I’ve had plenty … more
This year we have the opportunity to elect Derek Osborne, an outstanding candidate, who will be an outstanding Sheriff! He is totally qualified including FBI academy training! He has been promoted through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office, … more
I strongly urge Tompkins County Democrats to vote Derek Osborne for Sheriff in the Thursday, Sept. 13 primary. He has been endorsed by the Tompkins County Progressives by an overwhelming margin (20-2) as well as endorsed by Tompkins County … more
Sept. 13 will define the future of our families and our State. Democrats can vote for a solutions-oriented team offering us a clear choice. Will it be business as usual, or, will the knowledgeable, engaged, progressive team I’m calling “The … more
By Elaine Springer Tompkins Weekly   By now Trumansburg residents and visitors have become accustomed to a little thing called a LimeBike Smart Pedal Bike. This spring blossomed with the green and yellow … more
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