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September 30, 2016 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 12, Issue 37

posticon Comprehensive Plan Committee Dissolved

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Comprehensive Plan RevisionLansing's comprehensive plan revision reached a milestone last week when the Town Board dissolved the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee with thanks for a job well done.  The Board acknowledged committee members' service after the committee submitted its final draft September 14th.  That draft took comments made in an August public hearing and written comments into account.

"After some discussion at our meeting I asked for approval or disapproval," Comprehensive Plan Update Committee Chair Connie Wilcox told the Board.  "I took a roll call vote, and it was 10 to 2 to accept the plan as it is written.  That doesn’t mean it will stay as it is, because the Planning Board is looking at it.  The Town Board will look at it.  There may be some amendments.  Mike (Town Planning Consultant Michael Long) and I will continue to work together."

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posticon Town Settles With TWC For Damaged Cable

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TWCThe Lansing Town Board voted to settle a claim by Time Warner Cable (TWC) that its  Highway Department had damaged a cable along Woodsedge Drive last March.  TWC was claiming $8,242.34 in damage, but the Board voted to settle the claim for $2,500 if and when TWC's agent signs a general release form.  Highway Superintendent Charlie Purcell said that the cable had been laid where it was not supposed to be, and such disputes are common and frustrating.

"This is something where one party says something and the other something else," said Lansing Supervisor Ed LaVigne.  "Doing his due diligence, Cricket (Purcell) found the wire where it shouldn’t be, in my opinion,  Over an $8,000 claim was proposed.  We had (Town Attorney Guy Krogh) look into it.  We’ve agreed to settle for $2,500.  Sometimes these things aren’t where you think they are.  Sometimes they’re where you hope they’re not.  This is one of those times."

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posticon Church Rummage Sale Fire Averted

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churchfire5There may not have been a Rummage Sale this weekend if the Lansing Fire Department hadn't come to the rescue Wednesday, when a light fixture at Lansing United Methodist Church (LUMC) overheated. There were no open flames, but the fixture was scorched before firefighters were able to contain the problem. The LUMC Fall Rummage Sale will take place as usual today (Friday, 9am - 6pm) and tomorrow (8am - noon).

Church Rummage Fire

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posticon Boxing Training in Lansing Will Help Parkinson's Symptoms

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Rock Steady BoxingParkinson's Disease is a progressive nervous system disorder.  It begins with tremors, then spreads to include stiffness, slowing movement, slurred, softer speech and degrading balance.  There is no cure for Parkinson's, but studies have shown that certain exercises can slow it down and mitigate the symptoms.  In Lansing Caroline Brown and Debbie Bosanko are helping Parkinson's sufferers to literally fight the symptoms with a unique boxing training program specifically designed for Parkinson's patients.

"Last year I saw a clip on CBS Morning News with Leslie Stahl," Brown says.  "Her husband has Parkinson's.  He has been involved with Rock Steady Boxing in New York City.  I saw it and was so inspired by it — it was exciting.  I didn’t know anyone with Parkinson’s at that time, but it was very inspiring.  I was starting to look at organizations to contribute money to, and looking at their record.  If I put my money toward bringing Rock Steady Boxing here I knew I was going to make a difference."

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posticon No Pool, No Problem for Lansing LadyCat Swimmers

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swim120Despite no home pool Lansing LadyCats Swimming and Diving continue to persevere with 4-0 start to season.

It has been an interesting season for the LadyCat swimmers.  For the 2nd season in 3 years the young women are saddled with no home pool due to repairs to the Lansing Natatorium. Coach Diane Hicks-Hughes and Assistance Coach Shelly Matheny have had to use a combination of facilities to practice their squad.

The team has had to use a myriad of alternate facilities including the Ithaca Swim Club, TC3 and Ithaca High School. The lack of a permanent home leads to other distractions, including coordinating use times, transportation and communication amongst the athletes and parents. The level of added stress on the team is not typically seen for the varsity squad.

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posticon Lansing Ag Day Set For October 15th

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Lansing Ag DayLansing Ag Day is set for two weeks from now.  The new event will focus on the town's 40 farm businesses that account for over $20 million in annual revenues, about a third of the Town's land area, and 100 jobs.  Lansing Agriculture Committee Chair Connie Wilcox reported to the Town Board last week that the event will include small farm animals, tractors and machinery, and a wealth of activities and displays at the Town Hall campus on October 15th.

"Some history will be involved, but the day will focus more on current Ag activity in the town," Wilcox said.  "The farmers they are enthusiastic about it.  Promoting agriculture in this area is really important.  It’s the roots of this town."

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