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Around Town | Friday, March 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing Supervisor on Facebook

In 2008 then Deputy Mayor Larry Fresinski tried a social experiment.  He created a Facebook page for the Village of Lansing on the theory that the government would get more input from citizens if it went to where they were hanging out, rather than waiting for them to come to Village trustee meetings.  Fresinski may have been ahead of his time.  The page was only moderately successful, and was not maintained by the Village after he moved away.  This February Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne tool a less structured approach using the same idea, and so far he has been getting a lot of traction from it.

LaVigne simply posted, "Share with me your town's concerns.  I embrace diverse opinions."  The post garnered 96 replies and 39 'likes'.  A number of people expressed concern about state and county rods that traverse the town.  There were questions about how boat slips are allotted in the town marina.  There was talk about attracting business to Lansing and the sorts of businesses people find attractive.  Internet access and competition for Time Warner cable was suggested.  Only one respondent posted with a markedly negative attitude, but LaVigne says that even those posts made the thread a success.

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posticon Sciencenter Capital Campaign Surpasses Goal by 7%

Around Town | Friday, March 17, 2017 | By Amy Gaulke Print
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sc sign175The Sciencenter announced Monday the successful completion of its multi-year capital campaign, 'Curious. Confident. Inspired.' Under the leadership of Greg Galvin and Robin Davisson, the Campaign Co-Chairs, and Sciencenter Executive Director, Charlie Trautmann, the Sciencenter raised $4.1 million – 7% over its initial goal of $3.8 million. Campaign funds will support expanded educational programs, the revitalization of museum exhibits, increased access for underserved audiences, and sustainability for the organization through endowment growth.

Since the public launch of the campaign in the summer of 2015, the Sciencenter has enhanced numerous exhibit areas, expanded and developed new educational programs, supported increased efforts to provide access to every part of the community, and undergone facility upgrades.

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posticon Colleges and Universities Can Lead America's Shift to Renewable Energy

Around Town | Friday, March 17, 2017 | By Bronte Payne, Environment America Print
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America's colleges and universities are positioned to lead the transition to 100 percent renewable energy, according to a report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center. The report stresses that a complete shift to clean, renewable energy is the best way for colleges and universities to achieve their carbon reduction goals and highlights schools across the country that are taking measures to make the transition to renewable energy.

"Colleges and universities across the country are situated to lead the charge in the transition to a 100 percent clean energy future", said Bronte Payne, Clean Energy Associate with Environment America. "In setting a bold and necessary goal of 100 percent renewable energy, Cornell University will continue its climate leadership here in New York."

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posticon Within Reach - Where to Go this Summer

Around Town | Friday, March 17, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reach Hunkered down in the middle of Winter Storm Stella, plans all shot to hell, I'm forced to think of this summer and what beautiful (and warm) experiences lay in wait. They are there, lurking, waiting to pounce, and if I'm not ready I'll miss the great parts entirely.

Have you taken off on a long weekend or a vacation only to find, as you are driving on your way home that you should have done something, eaten somewhere or visited a place that would have added a great deal to the journey? Yeah, me too. Almost every time.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Loafer of the Party

Around Town | Friday, March 17, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: I’ve battled shyness and introversion all of my life. I’d love to go to a function and be the “life of the party” and feel comfortable around people. I find myself desperately searching gatherings for other introverts with whom I can commiserate. I’m bookish, quiet, on the creative side. I understand the paradox in this of wanting to be a social butterfly and at the same time loving to be by myself. I just want to be comfortable when I’m out in public. How can I do both?
Loafer of the Party

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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.

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