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Erin Marteal   Ok folks, it’s happening. It’s been raining steadily, and the temperatures are mostly above freezing. Buds are visible on many trees even if most are still tightly furled. I don’t suggest we stow … more
By Erin Marteal Tompkins Weekly   Instead of, “Has spring arrived?” The question worth asking may be “Who’s missing?” The snowdrops know spring has arrived, even if we can’t feel it through … more
By Erin Marteal Tompkins Weekly   “The first track is the end of a string.  At the far end, a being is moving; a mystery, dropping a hint about itself every so many feet, telling you more about itself until … more
By Jamie Swinnerton Tompkins Weekly While some people may have celebrated New Year’s Day warm in their beds, over 800 hikers braved the frigid temperatures to join what might be the biggest First Day Hike in the nation. … more
By Cosmo Genova Tompkins Weekly Months of political posturing have come to a climax as news broke on Dec. 4 that the secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, had recommended shrinking the Obama and Clinton era national monuments of Bears … more
By Erin Marteal It’s that time of year when we scratch our heads and wonder where the time flew off to. Some of us start grooving along to holiday tunes, putting up trees, lighting candles, racking up credit card bills and … more
By Erin Marteal   Perry Ground, Turtle Clan (Onondaga Nation) member, cultural educator, and professional Native American storyteller, has presented “Rethinking Thanksgiving” several times in Ithaca in recent … more
By Erin Marteal The only constant in life is that everything changes, a truth gardeners are intimately familiar with. October is the time of year that particularly highlights this truth with abundant visual cues: Leaves change … more
By Erin Marteal Several years ago, I had the pleasure of sharing lunch with Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” I was in grad school at the time and he was … more
By Erin Marteal As much as we are in our right minds to deny it, summer wrap-up is just around the corner. With less than three weeks to go, it’s time to make every minute count. Take a look at this “Top 13” list of … more
By Erin Marteal Summer is the time of year when outdoor living reaches its fullest potential, with the last day of school a distant memory and days the longest they will be all year. It is easier to wake up at daybreak and bedtime … more
By Erin Marteal June is one of the most magnificent months in the Finger Lakes region – not only does school give way to summer break, but the flora and fauna are at the height of activity, vitality and display. June is … more
By Cosmo Genova Tompkins Weekly Before anyone can purchase a hunting license and go afield, they must first take and pass a basic sportsman education course. They may also take and pass supplemental courses to certify the … more
By Erin Marteal Although late to the party this year, aunt spring has settled in, replete with her dandelion crown and allium wand. The horse chestnuts are brilliant this year (aren’t they every year?) and the green has … more
By Cosmo Genova Tompkins Weekly   Eager anglers were met with heavy rains for the trout season opener, and many of our local streams and tributaries have remained swollen and stained throughout the month of … more
By Erin Marteal Good riddance, March. Your sunnier cousin, and the true month of spring in the Finger Lakes has arrived and not a moment too soon. April belongs to the frogs and toads, the birds, and even the humans as we peel back … more
By Erin Marteal It was this time 18 years ago that my husband and I made our first journey to Ithaca, with the aim of vetting it as a place to raise our new family. Having both grown up in the metropolitan Northern Virginia area and with … more
By Erin Marteal My oldest son got his first college acceptance letter, so it’s for real now; he’ll be leaving home in just a few short months. He turned 18 last week, and can legally be drafted, vote and buy lottery tickets. For his … more
By Pete Angie Tompkins Weekly Winter weather means different things to different people. For some, it’s a time for movies, board games and other indoor activities. For others, embracing the traditionally colder conditions delivered by … more
By Erin Marteal As director of Ithaca Children’s Garden, a busy nonprofit that inspires environmental stewardship by embracing the outdoors, I welcome the colder months to take a timeout from the relentless activity of the growing season … more
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