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Around Town | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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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 Green Energy On The Rise With Three New Cornell Solar Farms

Around Town | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Lindsey Hadlock Print
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solar cornell600Cornell University's solar farm on Snyder Road in Lansing

Cornell University formally opened three additional solar farms in December that will generate large amounts of electricity and help the campus achieve its carbon neutrality goals.

"We're making substantial, meaningful progress on Cornell's Climate Action Plan – and one way is to obtain more electricity from solar power," said Sarah Zemanick, director of the Campus Sustainability Office.

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posticon Wells College Shout Out On The Today Show

Around Town | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By David Foote Print
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Wells College got a 'shout out' from the Today Show's Hoda Kotb on the January 11 morning show. While in New York for an alumni networking event, a number of Wells College staff stopped by the set, where Kotb approached and spoke with them and recorded her shout out.

"Hey, Wells College! I'm wearing red for you," the host said amid cheers, acknowledging the College's official colors and tradition of wearing red on Wednesdays. "We love you at the Today Show." This is the second year that Wells has made an appearance on the morning program.

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posticon Within Reach - Little Venice Restaurant

Around Town | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reachI think I'm a bit like you.

My recreation funds are limited, and if I'm going to spend it on an evening, a meal, or a movie, I kinda want to be sure those funds will be spent wisely. Wasting money on a poor restaurant or a rotten wine just doesn't do – however finding a delightful place with great service and generous servings of excellent fare – that's what makes this column so much fun.

I have passed Little Venice a thousand times. The awning looked nice enough, but the front just didn't look like "my kind of place" – and so I drove by. Over, and over.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Stuck with Disgruntled Coworkers

Around Town | Friday, January 13, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: I work for a rather large business in a department with employees who are generally extremely dissatisfied with their job. The conversation is always centered on gripes about responsibilities, perceived unfairness, inequitable pay scale, harmful gossip about other staff, bosses held in disdain, and on and on. I used to love coming to work and now because of the attitudes of coworkers, I’m finding the work environment to be troublesome for myself. I have suggested to coworkers that they apply for other positions within the company when they arise since they seem so unhappy there, but they have one excuse after another as to why they can’t make the change. How can I deal with these coworkers and enjoy coming to work again?.
Stuck with Disgruntled Coworkers

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Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years.  Today's Green Minute was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video.  One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper.  You don't even have to recycle the Star.  This feature offers more on how to make your world greener.  Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.

Click here to view Today's Green Minute.