Lansing at Large: Field of flowers honors father


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 Picking – In Loving Memory of John Hicks.”

Last week, I called John’s son Scott to get the story behind this wonderful gesture.

“That’s my property,” Scott said when I called him. In fact, he runs Hicks Septic and Excavation from the lot on the corner of East Shore and Waterwagon.

Every year, Scott plants about an acre of sunflowers and wildflowers in memory of his dad, a dairy farmer who retired to own the Fall Creek Laundromat in Ithaca.

“I guess you couldn’t take the farmer out of him,” Scott said. “He would pick flowers from his fields and bring them in to his customers.”

The sunflower and other seeds were donated by Andy Boerman, from Ithaca Agway, Scott said. They came from Matt Dedrick’s fields.

“Andy did a lot for my father,” Scott said.

John Hicks died in November of 2013 and the family has planted the field every year since. They are also responsible for the tractor decorated with Christmas lights on the corner of the two roads.

If you are driving by, stop and get some flowers before your summer’s gone.


All Saints German Festival

All Saints Catholic Church will hold a “Fall German Fest” Sept. 16 from noon to 6 p.m.

Traditional German food will be served from noon until 3 p.m., there will be activities for kids and people who think they are kids (e.g. a “pumpkin catapult”) from noon until 4 p.m., and dancing and socializing until 6 p.m.

There will also be an instructor in German folk dances, wine and beer, a $500 raffle, a silent auction, a dunking booth, jewelry and plant sales, face painting, and balloons, and crafts for the kids. For more information, please see the NET Catholic Facebook.


LUMC Holds Annual Rummage Sale

The Lansing United Methodist Church will hold its Annual Spring Rummage Sale Friday, Sept. 21, at 8 a.m. (outside) and 9 a.m. (inside) to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at the intersection of Route 34B and Brickyard Road, six miles north of Ithaca, one mile north of the light in South Lansing.

LUMC’s bi-annual Rummage Sales are famous throughout the Finger Lakes area. Whether you’re interested in great bargains or in getting that basement or attic cleaned out, the rummage sale offers something for everyone.

Clothing and shoes, dishes and kitchenware, furniture, small appliances, craft items, office supplies, home decor and more. Donations are gratefully accepted the week prior to the sale. Please contact the church office 533-4070 for more information on dropping off items and sale hours.


Cornell Offers Help with College Choices

High schoolers seeking guidance with college choices can turn to Cornell University’s “Smart is Strong” Foundation’s fall mentorship program. Matching undergraduate student mentors with high schoolers, they will help in person or online with college applications and essays, standardized test prep, and general college advice. In addition, they provide College Readiness Events including a free proctored practice SAT. Apply before Friday, Sept. 14 at


Watch Fire Planned

The 28th annual National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day “Watch Fire” will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at Myers Park.

All are invited to bring their families and friends to honor America’s POWs and MIAs. This is also an event for the proper disposal of worn American flags. The organization welcomes wood donations for the fire.

Contact Gary at (315) 730-7726 or Harvey at (607) 898-3507 for more information.


Lansing Senior Citizens

The Lansing Senior Citizens will meet at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at All Saints Community Room, 347 Ridge Road in Lansing. A dish-to-pass lunch will be available and everyone is welcome to attend. Please bring a dish-to-pass along with your table service. Coffee, tea and ice water are provided. New members are encouraged to attend their first meeting free and membership for a year is only $5. Membership is not limited to Lansing residents.

Performance this month will consist of Finnish and American folk tunes with Michael Ludgate on mandolin, Katrina Mackey, fiddle and Richard Koski playing the accordion. Sure to be an enjoyable afternoon.

Lansing Seniors sponsor annual gifts to Lansing High School for a scholarship awarded to an outstanding graduating Senior and also support Hospicare with a benefit auction each November.

Trips are offered at discounted rates throughout the year and picnics are held at Myers Park each July and August. Call Carol Halseth (533-7725) or Pat Sawyer (272-5349) for additional information.


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