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October 13, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 40

posticon Tompkins County Legislature, District 6 Candidate Forum

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The Lansing Star sponsored a candidate forum Wednesday, between Mike Sigler and Michael Koplinka-Loehr, candidates for Tompkins County Legislature, District 6. This video, courtesy of Ted Laux, will remain available in the Star through the November 7th election.




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posticon Rising Student Population Brings Program and Capital Impacts

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Lansing School Population


It is great to be recognized for excellence.  Lansing schools have certainly seen a lot of recognition lately, including Lansing High School being named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, and being ranked 70th within New York State by US News &World Report.  That excellence, along with a strong supportive community attracts families to Lansing, and with the growth spurt the town is experiencing it also brings an impact to school programs and taxes.

"Last school year we ended at 1,164 students," said Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso at Tuesday's Board Of Education meeting.  "Right now we're at 1,194, so we're up 30 students in a year.  It doesn't seem significant, but it is.  We only see that going up every year as we move forward."

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteNearly every winter Cayuga Lake is frozen over at both ends. Before our present method of making ice thousands of tons of it would be shipped to New York and other places each winter. Cutting ice was the big money maker during the winter months. The lake seldom freezes all the way of its length, but in 1963 thousands of ducks were caught in the ice. Students skated on the ice in 1904 and teams were driven across it in 1885. During the 1912 freeze up a total of six people skated the length of the lake from Ithaca to Cayuga - single file and many feet apart so that only one person would be on thin ice at any given time.
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Mall Shopping Center Proposed

Developer Eric Goetzmann brought an informal proposal for a small shopping center to the Village of Lansing Planning Board Monday.  The idea is to locate two buildings that together would bring 30,000 square feet of retail space to be leased to small stores along North Triphammer Road.  Goetzmann said that with declining traffic to the mall it is important to bring new forms of retail to attract customers and new stores to the properties.

"In 2000 we did the target and the Best Buy and the Borders, the Dick's," Goetzmann said.  "We had to show that it's vibrant.  Later came the Regal.  And Michael's came in recently, and BJ's and the other ones.  We've got to keep showing tenants that there are new things happening up here in order to keep the ball moving forward. This would be a nice combination to keep things going forward."

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posticon Lansing Schools Consider More Tax Exemptions

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The Lansing School District offers tax exemptions to seniors, low income taxpayers, and to small business investment projects. When retired career military medevac pilot Bill Howard petitioned the Lansing Board of Education to adopt a tax exemption for military veterans last January it sparked an ongoing discussion on whether further exemptions should be offered. 

On the one hand, exemptions are granted in good causes, and nobody on the board argued that military service wasn't a good cause.  But when one group is exempted from property tax, everyone else must make up the difference, and some school board members were wary of adding to that burden, particularly when school revenue was significantly threatened by the NYS State GAP Elimination withdrawal of promised state funding and the ongoing devaluation of the Cayuga Power Plant, the largest taxpayer in the district, that meant millions in lost revenue over the years.

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Lansing's cross-country teams began the final leg of their season toward state competition with the IAC Divisional Meet at Groton's Stonehedges Country Club on Tuesday Oct. 10. The meet gathered all seven schools from Lansing's northern half of the IAC.

Lansing's varsity girls won their half of the meet on the strength of a 1st place finish by Mikaela Garcia (20:41). Emmaline Jackson (2nd, 21:26), Teresa Garcia (7th, 22:20), Leigh Miller (11th, 22:43), and Eden Jackson (12th, 22:55) also scored for the Bobcats, with Allison Keefe and Hana Thibault both recording 'pushes' (forcing other teams' top five finishers higher in the scoring). In the modified girls' race, Lansing's Kinsley Jacobs set a blistering pace on her way to a course record and a 1st place finish. Mydiah Boukar and Loveta Geesey finished 22nd and 24th, respectively, out of the field of 39 runners for the Bobcats.

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football brb offensive v Harpursville AftonOffensive v Harpursville - Photo courtesy of Bruce Barber

Excitement and celebration was in the air at a crowded Sobus Field at Lansing HS Friday night. The football Bobcats were hosting the Hornets of Harpursville/Afton. Lansing Small Fry football players, coaches, and cheerleaders of all ages lined the sideline to welcome the team onto the field. It was Senior recognition night for 15 players and the senior cheerleaders as well.

When game action unfolded it was Harpursville/Afton striking first with a 40 yard TD pass. The Hornets quarterback eluded the pass rush of Kade Bennett and Alex Powers to hit the deep middle pass. Down 7-0 the home team put on an all around scoring display for the second quarter. Senior Joe Miller-Labar scored on a six yard run through the heart of the defense and Garrett Bell knotted the score at seven with the PAT kick.

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She Kills Monsters

It's not too late to catch Lansing High School presentation 'She Kills Monsters' this weekend at the Lansing Middle School Auditorium. The play is a comic look at the fantasy role-playing world as Agnes Evans explores her late sister's 'Dungeons & Dragons' passion. The production opened last night and continues tonight and tomorrow from 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

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