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January 13, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 2

posticon Triad Gift Will Mitigate Closed Pool Challenges

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Lansing HS Pool

School officials had hoped the Lansing High School swimming pool would be open for use before the end of the Fall athletics season.  But school officials now say they hope repairs will be completed by next summer.  Repairs were abruptly halted last year when a forensic investigation of past repairs was initiated.  School officials say they hope the investigation will be completed before the end of this month.  Meanwhile the Triad Foundation has given the school district a gift of $15,000 that will be used to provide support, transportation and alternative pools.

"They called me out of the blue and asked me about some of our struggles," says Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso.  That was one they had heard about from articles in the Lansing Star.  We got to discussing that and I thought that would be a good way to support our students and allow them to swim at the same level.  They've been excellent to work with."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteMartin Murphy's daughters, Nancy, Mary, and Sally, earned money to build a frame house near the log cabin, but Martin said he had lived for years in the log cabin and it was good enough for him. So he stayed the rest of his life there, while his family moved into the new home. Martin Murphy and his sons, Jim, Ed, and John dug out a road in Ludlowville using pick, shovel, and wheelbarrow. They took contract for $500. Before that Tile Yard Hill, Cemetery Hill, and Dug Road were the only roads in Ludlowville.

posticon Local Parents Grapple With Kids' Screen Time

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Tech Talk TuesdaysDigital interactions have become an important part of life, especially for young people who are growing up in the digital age.  But how is their average 6.5 non-homework of daily screen hours affecting their concentration, development and off-line relationships?  The Lansing PTSO (Parent Teacher Student organization) sponsored two showings of the film 'Screenagers' by physician Delaney Ruston to kick off an ongoing discussion about the impact of cell phones and other digital devices and activities to engage parents, community members, and students from 4th grade to high school seniors.

"This is the largest parenting issue of our time, and we're all trying to figure it out together." PTSO President Kristen Hopkins said at Monday's Board Of Education meeting. "What better way to do that than to have a conversation about it?  One of the ideas that came out of the documentary was a 'Tech Talk Tuesday'.  That resonated with the Wednesday night audience that I was a part of.  We started that in November and it's been going strong every Tuesday, including during the break, for the last six or seven weeks."

The idea came from the movie, and, indeed, the Screenagers Web site has its own Tech Talk Tuesday, a blog with posts on various topics that cover ideas like when it is appropriate for a child to get his or her first cell phone, how data is inconclusive on how much screen time actually decreases communication skills in real life, and how a parent's comfort level talking to their kids may be the culprit, or how kids deal with rules about using digital devices at home.

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posticon BOCES Capital Project to Cost Lansing Taxpayers 72 Cents

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TST BOCES

Lansing School Business Administrator Mary June King urged Board Of Education members Monday to support an upcoming $8 million capital project.  The project will repair roofs and infrastructure on the aging campus.  King said that Lansing's share is 9.552% of the total cost, or $765,000.  But with $415,000 of that coming back to the district in state aid, she said that the actual cost to property taxpayers would only be a one time payment of 72 cents on a $200,000 home.

"I think it's a very reasonable amount of money, and this is for things like leaking roofs and steel beams that are deteriorating -- health and safety issues," King said.

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posticon Lansing's Quigley Throws First 300 Of The Year

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bowling 120Wednesday January 11, 2017 at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, Lansing's Senior Cole Quigley threw his and the IAC first perfect game of the season. Quigley had scores of 300, 246, 202 - 748 series. Quigley`s 300 game is now the top score in the IAC.

Meanwhile on the same pair, his teammate High School Junior Brandon Drake throws the second highest score in the IAC with his 290 game. Drake had scores of 183, 252, 290 - 725 series.

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