New lights to make intersection safer

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For about a month, there have been two sets of traffic lights hanging above the intersection of Peruville Road and Triphammer Road and at the corner of Route 34B and East Shore Drive.

One set is operational – the four-way flashing red light next to the Mirabito convenience store and the three-way red-yellow-green light outside of Rogues Harbor.

And the other, hanging alongside the first set, is shrouded in plastic and mystery.

The answer to “the case of the second signals” will become clear to all this fall, according to Curtis Jetter, the public information officer and assistant to the regional director for the New York State Department of Transportation’s Region Three, headquartered in Syracuse.

“The New York State Department of Transportation is upgrading the traffic signals at State Route 34B and Triphammer Road in Lansing after a traffic study concluded that three-color signals would enhance safety and improve traffic flow and efficiency,” Jetter wrote in an e-mail response.

The signals will feature two-phase operation light emitting diode (LED) lights, signal backplates for enhance visibility and vehicle sensors in the pavement below that will trigger the lights, Jetter said.

“In a typical signal cycle, the signal will be green on Route 34B, it will change to yellow, then red, followed by green on Triphammer Road,” he said.

The light at Route 34B and Rogues Harbor is already a red-yellow-green light – the new signal will simply replace the old with a more efficient and visible model.

Both sets of lights will be turned on this fall, according to Jetter. They will operate uniformly throughout the day with no adjustment for Lansing’s “rush hours.”

Jetter said that there are currently no plans to add more traffic signals in the town of Lansing.

On another topic, Jetter noted that there are no updates from the Department of Transportation on the replacement of the Route 34B bridge over Salmon Creek.

The most recent report was that the bridge work originally scheduled for 2019 will now not begin until at least early 2021, with additional work that could require the detours to Myers and Ludlowville to continue through 2022.

In brief:

Lansing Seniors lunch Oct. 9 at new location

The next luncheon of the Lansing Seniors will be Oct. 9 at the new meeting place, Lansing Community Center, 25 Auburn Rd. The group will be entertained by members of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Broom, and the meeting will conclude with the drawing of the raffle quilt, “Sea and Sky in CNY.” All are welcome - just bring a dish-to-pass and table setting.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Broom is a group of nonjudgmental, energetic and creative women who love to make people smile.

For more information, please contact Pat Sawyer at PS49@twcny.rr.com.

“Heat Smart” hosts home tours

“HeatSmart Tompkins” is beginning the fall heating season with a tour of a cottage heated with heat pumps Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at 133 Myers Rd. Lansing.

The event features a charming cottage renovated by Lansing designer Kristin Bartholomew of “thotful design” heated and cooled by a newly installed ductless mini-split air source heat pump.

A full list of HeatSmart events and home tours can be seen on the events page of their website at www.solartompkins.org/events.

Halloween Costume Exchange

Gently used Halloween costumes can be donated or taken home during the R.C. Buckley Elementary School’s Halloween Costume Exchange through Nov. 8.

Parents can bring their gently-used costumes to the rack in the elementary school’s main hallway or send it in their child’s backpack. Those needing costumes can browse the rack during pick-up or drop-off, or stop by during school hours.

To increase service, there will be a limit of one costume per child.

“Cocktails and Costumes” library benefit

The Lansing Community Library will host its bi-annual fundraiser “Cocktails and Costumes” Oct. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Lansing Event Center.

Tickets are $50 per person and include dancing, appetizers, sweets and your first drink at the bar. There will be a costume contest and an art and quilt silent auction.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the library, see a trustee or member of the Friends of the Library organization or e-mail info@lansinglibrary.org.

Sponsors include: DJ Tori Vee with Washburn Entertainment, Karen Eldredge with Howard Hanna, Plantsman Nursery, Salt Point Brewing, Lansing Market, Danielle Gerritson of Gerritson Photography, and art donors Peg Connolly, Barbara Friedman, Jamie Hazard, Bethany LeBlanc, Sarah Lounsbery, Liz Miller, Carl Schofield, Donna Scott and Jason Yahn.

Library to host talk on search for life

The Lansing Community Library will host Zoe Ponterio to speak on “Icy Worlds: The Search for Life Heats Up” Oct. 26 at 11 a.m.

Ponterio is from the Spacecraft Imaging Facility at Cornell University. She will discuss how astrobiologists are focusing their work on promising habitats within our solar system, including the icy moons of the giant planets Saturn and Jupiter, well outside the Sun’s “habitable zone.”

The event is free and open to the public – reservations are recommended and can be had by calling 533-4939.

“Trunk or Treat” returns

The Third Annual Lansing Community Trunk or Treat will be held Oct. 31 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Ball Fields and Pavilion Area, with “goodies” available under the pavilion during that time.
Parking will be available around and behind the fields as well as the library and Town Hall.

Participants in the Carved Pumpkin Contest should drop their entries off at the Library during open hours on Oct. 30 and 31. Pumpkins will be voted upon during the Trunk or Treat, winners announced and prizes given at the conclusion of the event.

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