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Like so many residents across New York State, I strongly support the passing of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) and commend each legislator who voted in favor of this landmark legislation. The RHA … more
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, I attended the legislative session in Albany to witness the passage of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) after many years of being stalled in the State Senate. It was a landmark … more
The Lansing Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) began their fourth annual “Warm Up Your Winter with STEAM” celebration on Feb. 1 with the launching of the “Build the … more
Nestled in a cozy corridor at Charles O’Dickerson High School is a very special room which at points in the day is a home and safe space to students, staff, and a special pet or two. Jane … more
At the Heart of NY Teen Institute Leadership Conference this past November, approximately 200 students from Central and Southern Tier New York were in attendance. Among them, were four Groton High … more
Cornell’s Office of Community Relations and campus colleagues annually compile data with local economic components from the University’s most recent fiscal year. In the past, staff and … more
Flipping the U.S. House and the NYS Senate has already produced consequences. Not only did the House majority stand solidly behind the Speaker in foiling the President’s $5.7 billion pet … more
NYS seems to be on the road to legalizing “marijuana.” However, the reality is that it will (in effect) actually legalize THC which is the active component of the marijuana plant used … more
The Groton Education Fund, a non-profit organization operating independently from the Groton Central School District, and affiliated with the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, recently awarded … more
A $4,500 donation from the citizens of Lansing to the Lansing Food Pantry, via the Lansing Community Council, is helping families of local Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees cope … more
Recently, the term “climate crisis” has started to replace the term “climate change.” Some worry that this newer terminology will scare people. That is exactly the point - to … more
Nestled just inside the Town of Ulysses border on Rt. 89 is probably one of the most loved and iconic restaurants in the Trumansburg area. The Glenwood Pines, or, “The Pines” as any true … more
“I speak for the trees”- The Lorax You had to know that was coming with all the forest controversy of late. Tompkins County has a forest management plan in place that would require … more
I live in Newfield but would like to share my concerns about the “Old Growth” effort. I’m particularly concerned about how the legislators politicized the issue with an emotional … more
Travis Hyde Properties (THP) must not receive a tax abatement for its proposed development at the former library site. Granting one would waste public revenues and offend the conscience of all … more
As Thanksgiving has come and gone, it gives me hope, but also a worry I can’t seem to shake. I tend to stay on local issues with energy policy and the salt mine leading the way, but in the … more
Although he was born and raised in Newfield, Bill Hulbert has made Groton his home since 2001, and couldn’t be happier about that. During the summer of 2017, Hulbert discovered his artistic … more
As the weather takes a quick turn to cold, it is our inclination to bundle up and stay in the warmth of our homes, but there is so much food to be enjoyed in Trumansburg! Restaurant events, … more
Standardized testing is holding strong as the benchmark for measuring student success, although some schools are able to push back against teacher-based methods in favor of implementing student-based … more
By Kathy Zahler   You might be wondering why we are voting in yet another primary on Sept. 13. Why is New York the only state in the union to have separate primaries for federal (congressional) and state elections in 2018? … more
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