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posticon Raising The Roof at LUMC

Around Town | Friday, July 21, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing United Methodist ChurchPhoto by Karen Veaner

Workmen were seen raising the roof Monday as roof trusses were hoisted to the top of a 4,000 square foot addition to the Lansing United Methodist Church.  The $1.2 million project will add new classrooms and administrative offices to the building, and free space from the old offices for middle and high school youth events.

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posticon Outstanding Achievement for Boynton Middle School 8th Graders

Around Town | Friday, July 21, 2017 | By Martha Frommelt Print
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Rob Deemer, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Chairperson of the New Compositions Committee, has announced that Boynton Middle School 8th graders, Max Rubenstein-Miller and Alina Miller will be recognized at the 2017 NYSSMA Conference for their outstanding new compositions for Concert Band and Orchestra.  105 students submitted new works to the committee and the top 14 were selected for performance at the conference.  Rob Deemer, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Chairperson of the New Compositions Committee, has announced that Boynton Middle School 8th graders, Max Rubenstein-Miller and Alina Miller will be recognized at the 2017 NYSSMA Conference for their outstanding new compositions for Concert Band and Orchestra.  105 students submitted new works to the committee and the top 14 were selected for performance at the conference.  

Alina worked directly with Bill Calhoun to create "Ice and Fire" for string orchestra.  Max worked directly with Gregory B. Rudgers to create "Twilight Forest" for concert band.  Both students were supported by the Gregory B. Rudgers Young Composers Project Scholarships, awarded annually at Boynton Middle School to 4 eighth grade students.

During the first weekend in December 2017, Max and Alina will travel to Rochester, NY, with members of the Boynton String Orchestra and Ithaca High School Concert Band, to perform their new compositions at the Young Composers Concert.  Specific details about the concert will be announced in late August.

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posticon Ithaca Lions Clubs Officers Installed

Around Town | Friday, July 21, 2017 | By Ithaca Lions Club Print
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lions banner120An installation ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm at Royal Court Ithaca for incoming officers of the Ithaca Lions Club. Linda Shaff was elected as the club president for 2017-2018. Shaff has been an active member of the Ithaca Lions Club for the past 21 years.

Rich Shaff was elected to serve as the club secretary. The club's vice-president will be Pete Romani. The club's treasurer will be David Makar and the club's membership chair will continue to be Ted Bryant. Dan Weed will serve as club chaplain and longtime members Lions Jim Rider and Niel Massa will serve as tail twisters.

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posticon Study Finds Immigrant Workers Being Milked

Around Town | Friday, July 21, 2017 | By Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition Print
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Thanks to the recent yogurt boom, New York's dairy industry generates $14 billion a year, with milk sales representing 50% of upstate New York's total agricultural sales.

But a new study, Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State, finds that the immigrant workers who provide the milking labor that the industry heavily depends on are themselves being 'milked.' As one worker stated, "We immigrants do the dirty, heavy, and low-paid work behind the gallons of milk that you and your family consume."

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posticon Within Reach - Let's Go to the Faire!

Around Town | Friday, July 14, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reach Washer wenches, the mud pit, the dunking pond and the Field of Honour; the Queen and the Bishop, swordfighting, acrobatics, jugglers, bawdy humor and some seriously intelligent humor – they can all be found at the Sterling Renaissance Festival in Sterling, NY.

It's an hour and a half drive from Lansing, just past where Route 38 ends, almost to Lake Ontario. And it's worth the trip! The Faire opens at 10AM after about 15 minutes of the actors bantering about with the patrons and preparing them for the fun inside. The cannon explodes and the crowd is admitted in delighted anticipation of the day to come.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Tongue Tied

Around Town | Friday, July 21, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: If I had a nickel for every time I said or thought, "I should have said…" I'd be wealthy indeed. Why can't I seem to stick up for myself on the spot? Why does it take me, at times, until the next day to come up with an appropriate response? I feel like I lose opportunities to defend my positions and portray myself in a positive light. Is there something wrong with me that causes me to feel tongue tied and unable to give a quick comeback?
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