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September 22, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 37

posticon Lansing Representatives Tour Cayuga Salt Mine

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Salt Mine TourMine Manager Shawn Wilczynski (left) takes Lansing Town officials on a tour of the mine. Mine tour photos courtesy of Mike Sigler

Lansing Town officials went 2,300 feet below ground as they toured the Cayuga Salt Mine Friday (9/11), and New York State Senator Pamela Helming toured the mine Tuesday.  Mine officials offered the tour in the hope that it would help them understand the health and safety issues motivating the construction of a new 2,500 foot deep mine shaft about seven miles north of the mine's existing lakefront above-ground facility. 

"The Town of Lansing and Cargill have a long-standing partnership and to that end, Cargill is committed to maintaining an open and transparent dialogue about our work at the mine," said Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski. "We hosted the tours as an opportunity for elected Town of Lansing officials and Senator Helming to visit the mine so they could see our facility, ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of why the #4 shaft is vital for the safety and health of our employees."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial Minute Before the Ludlowville Presbyterians and Methodists had church buildings of their own, they each held services in the log schoolhouse. The Presbyterians held their services first and the Methodists gathered for worship after after the former group had finished its services. Church members were not as tolerant of differing beliefs as they are now, and the followers of John Calvin delighted in prolonging their services while the disciples of John Wesley cooled their heels, if not their tempers, outside. There was always competition between these two churches, and I have letters written by a Presbyterian, making fun of the stained glass windows that the Methodists were so very proud of being able to install in their new church.
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posticon Legislature Supports Lansing Compressor Project

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Natural Gas Compresser nd Moratorium

The Tompkins County legislature unanimously voted to support a New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) petition to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting permission to construct a pressure-boosting compressor station project to address safety, pressure, and reliability issues for current natural gas customers in the Lansing area.

"It's not a matter of should we do it or should we not do it.  NYSEG has put our town in a dangerous situation -- that is according to them," Legislator (Lansing) Mike Sigler said at a Wednesday evening town Board meeting.  "That's in their paperwork.  The compressor would increase the pressure to the existing system, so when it gets below 20 degrees the problem is everybody's using gas and the pressure falls dangerously low.  They are trying to solve that problem, frankly a problem that should have been solved before it became an issue."

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posticon Supervisor Says Outlook is Positive For Town Finances

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Lansing Financial Outlook

Town Board members accepted a tentative $4,911,788 2018 budget Wednesday.  Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne said the fiscal outlook for the Town this year is good, despite the continuing devaluation of Lansing's largest taxpayer, the Cayuga Power Plant.  he said new building and a rise in Lansing's overall assessment means the Town will receive more tax revenue this year while maintaining a low tax rate rise.

"We're in a good spot in my opinion," LaVigne told board members.  "We took a $25 million hit with the power plant, but we still went up $11 million total on the other side.  What that means is that the tax rate is 1.49 and we've got $16,000 to play with.  It's not a windfall.  It's not huge.  What it does mean, though, is we keep our expenses within range, our fund balance this year we used $202,000 to front-load it (reduce the tax levy).  Last year it was $215,000.  At the end of the year all the fund balances went up."

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posticon 27th Annual National POW/MIA Watchfire at Myers Park

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MIA/POW Watchfire

Vietnam Veterans Of America New York Chapter 377 and 704 hosted the Annual National POW/MIA Remembrance Day Watchfire at Myers Park Friday for the 27th time.  Each year past, present and future service people, families, and well-wishers gather in the Lansing Town Park to honor those missing or killed in action, and light a fire on Myers Point to symbolically guide unaccounted-for soldiers home.

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posticon Lansing XC Keeps Racking Up Wins

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Cross Country Meet at Trumansburg

The Lansing cross country teams kept up their momentum this fall with more wins and more 1st place awards in the second week of season.

On a balmy Saturday Sept. 16 that felt more like August, the Lansing varsity teams traveled up to Wayne High School near Rochester for a mega meet—the Wayne Pre-State Invitational involving 20 schools and more than 140 runners in each race at Lansing's division. Despite the crowded field, both the Bobcat boys and girls teams turned in impressive showings. On the boys' side, Zoli Csaki (19:15.10), Jack Thomas (19:32.58), Liam Hulsebosch (19:35.61), Torsten Gartenberg (20:09.99), and Teddy Brenner (22:39.55) comprised the Bobcats' top 5 scorers, with Anders Axelson and Ben Caveney also finishing the race. As a team, the Lansing boys finished 15th of 20 teams, with Watkins Glen (the top-ranked XC team at Class C in New York) taking 1st place. On the girls' side, Mikaela Garcia (21:32.97) tallied a very impressive 18th place out of 144 runners, with Leigh Miller (23:21.31), Allison Keefe (24:05.34), Teresa Garcia (24:08.79), and Hana Thibault (26:49.36) also scoring for their team to put the Lady Bobcats at 7th out of 19 teams competing.

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posticon Bobcats Win 2 after 1 Loss

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soccer Nick Parkes

The place to be Saturday night was at Charles O Dickens High School watching the Lansing Bobcats take on the Trumansburg Raiders under the lights on Tarbell Field. In what was billed as the game of the weekend, this one did not disappoint. Trumansburg kicked off and away we went.

Ten minutes in Lansing had its first real chance from a great penetrating cross by Captain Josh Zajac. After a pass back from striker Taylor Overton, Zajac put a long cross in behind Trumansburg's left back to where right midfielder Langston Hopkins could use his speed to beat the defender. He did just that, took a touch towards goal, but went wide left with his shot.

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posticon iOS11 - A First Look

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iOS 11It is mandatory for companies like Apple to hype the features and benefits of their latest/greatest to create buzz and boost sales.  That's fair.  The truth is that most major iOS upgrades have improved an already good product, but haven't actually been as earth shaking as the hype would imply.  The hype builds up the product to be knocked down when reviewers who aren't swept away by all the excitement realize that the so-called life-changing big things are really not so big in the context of everyday use.  The knock-down is also artificial, since the product, pretty great before the upgrade, is still pretty great, but with new little pieces of greatness added.

iOS 11 launched Tuesday around 1pm Eastern Daylight time.  As it downloaded and installed I had two questions: would I still be able to do all the things I am used to doing?  What new features will make my everyday experience better?  In that order, because I still needed to use my phone, but didn't have much time before my next appointment to learn a whole new operating system.

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