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November 17, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 45

posticon Magic in Middletown - Lansing Boys Soccer #1 in State

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soccer Team Champs

What does it say about a program when getting to the states is step 1? That is now the expectation when any season begins for the Lansing Boys Varsity Soccer Program and has been ever since the 2004 squad, the first ones to do it. After beating Sauquoit Valley last weekend, the Bobcats punched their tickets for a return trip hoping the outcome would be better than last year's 1-0 loss in the semis to World of Inquiry.

But first, let's recap how they got there. The Bobcats first won the IAC Championship a month ago versus Elmira Notre Dame 1-0 on a nice night at TC3. Then postseason began the following weekend as the Bobcats took care of Odessa Montour 7-0 at Ithaca College. The next weekend almost stopped Lansing's opportunity to return to Middletown when they faced Greene on Greene's turf. The Bobcats went down early and it wasn't until two goals off of set pieces that put Lansing back ahead and on to regionals with a 2-1 victory. There they faced Sauquoit Valley at Herkimer CC. While the shot differential substantially favored Lansing, the result was only a 1-0 win, but they gladly took it to Middletown, a trip they had strived to make all year long.

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial Minute In 1799 Thomas North purchased all of Lot # 71 (600 acres) in the Town of Milton (now Lansing). There he built the log cabin which is now at the entrance to Myers Park. Thomas Jefferson North was born April 5, 1813 in the cabin. He married Jane Elmira Townley of Lansing in 1837. They moved to Ohio where their first son, James E. North was born in 1838. During the winter of 1838-39 Jane returned to Lansing where Frank J. North was born. Later that spring she returned to Ohio where Luther Hedden North, the third son, was born. Frank and Luther were at Fort Kearney on the Platte River in 1860 when the Pony Express rider came through from the west. Both boys tried to get a job as Pony Express riders, but were told that they were not taking anyone under 20 years old.
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posticon Cree Or Wetmore - Lansing Election Still Uncertain

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Joe Wetmore, Robert CreeJoe Wetmore (left), Robert Cree

First Cree was leading by 12 votes.  Then Wetmore was on top by 2 votes.  With such a close margin the outcome of last week's Lansing Town Board election is anything but certain.  Robert Cree (R, I) Doug Dake (R, I) Joe Wetmore (D, G), and Walaa Maharem-Horan (D, L) competed for two board seats last Tuesday, and while Dake received enugh votes to insure a second term, the margin of votes between incumbent Cree and challenger Wetmore was too close to call.

"Dake has clearly won and Maharem-Horan has clearly finished fourth, so it's just a question of who finishes second," says Democratic Tompkins County Board of Elections Commissioner, Stephen Dewitt.  "We're still counting all the absentee ballots that have been filed all through the county.  We convened last Thursday (November 9th) and opened approximately 185 absentee ballots and approximately 15  affidavit ballots."

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posticon Town Proclamation Honors Soccer Team

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Assistant Coach Dave Schlesinger, Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne, Coach Benji Parkes, Assistant Coach Brian StrebLeft to right: The Lansing Boys Soccer Team coaches dressed for success Wednesday when they attended a Town Board meeting at which their team was honored with a Town Proclamation. Assistant Coach Dave Schlesinger, Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne, Coach Benji Parkes, Assistant Coach Brian Streb

The 2017 Boy's Soccer team was recognized Wednesday, when Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne read a proclamation honoring the team for its New York State Class 'C' Championship win at Middletown High School last weekend (click for the full story). 

"Job well done," LaVigne said after reading the proclamation.

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posticon Mine Shaft Project Receives Conditional Site Plan Approval

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Cargill Mine Shaft Approved By Planning Board

The surface site plan for the Cayuga Salt Mine's Shaft #4 project was conditionally approved by the Town of Lansing Planning Board Monday.  Planning Board members voted 7-0 to approve the site plan and pass the project on for  consideration by the Town Board, which is expected to vote on final approval later this year.  That will clear the way for construction permits to be issued.

Company officials said at an October public hearing that the site is not big enough to be used to bring the road salt product to the surface, that the cost of moving an enormous salt filtering plant and miles of conveyor belts is prohibitive, and that an entirely new permitting process would be required if there ever were a decision to use it for that purpose.  However, some Planning board members shared public concerns that the shaft might  at some point in the future, even after

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posticon Comprehensive Plan Sent To Town Board - Finally!

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Lansing Comprehensive Plan

The Lansing Town Planning Board voted to send its draft of the latest Comprehensive Plan revision Monday for final consideration by the Town Board.  After considering public comments board members agreed to send those comments and concerns along with its recommendation to the Town Board, setting the stage for possible official adoption of the plan before the end of this year.  But Town Board members disagreed with each other on how quickly they should approve the plan.

Planning Board members felt that many issues raised were already addressed in the plan, and noted that the public misunderstood some issues already addressed, the Planning Board's legal obligations relative to the plan, and the purpose of comprehensive plans, which is to be a guide for future legislation while not itself being legislation at all. 

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posticon Winning Lansing Cheerleaders Thank Town

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Lansing CheerleadersFirst Place Stunt Off plaque was presented to Steve Colt (at left) and Ed LaVigne (at right) by Brooklyn Walker (left), Senior Third Place plaque presented by Lillee Gould (center), and Junior First Place plaque was presented by Riley Bowman (right).

The Lansing Recreation Department Cheerleader Squads presented three plaques to Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne and Recreation Director Steve Colt Wednesday.  The plaques were won at the YFL Youth Cheerleading Competition in Trumansburg two weeks ago including First Place Stunt Off, Senior Third Place, and Junior First Place.  Parent Pete Walker said the plaques would be put on display in the Town Hall, and thanked the Town for its contribution to help buy new uniforms and equipment for the junior and senior squads.

"We promised we would raise as much money as we could if the Town could help us out," Walker said.  "Ed was on board.  Steve was on board.  Our cheerleading team raised approximately $4,000, and we received a $2,000 stipend from the town, which was awesome.  We were able to get brand new cheerleading uniforms, pop-poms,warm-ups for the girls.  It helped them look good and feel good about themselves, which is huge in cheerleading."

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posticon Y Receives $25,000 Grant For After School Meals

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YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County After School Meals

On October 1st the YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County began serving meals each week day thanks to three grants received from the Y of the USA and the Walmart Foundation.  The $25,000 grant will provide full, healthy meals for children, as well as equipment and staff to prepare the meals.

"They're excited about trying vegetables," says the Y's Associate Executive Director Teresa Moorehouse.  "They will come home having had something in their lunch at school, and they will ask 'is this HEPA compliant?'  They ask that question.  It's the coolest thing.  The food  involves the elements of dairy with non-fat milk, vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains.  Considerable research has been done to ensure the food procured has no added sugars or fats, only health for our kids."

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