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posticon Mine Shaft Neighbors Meet With Cargill

Around Town | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Cargill Mine ShaftsMine Shafts (left to right) 3, 2 and 1 at the active Cargill Rock Salt Mine property between Myers and Portland Points. Shaft #1 is used to bring the road salt product to the surface. Shaft #2 is mostly inactive, while #3 is used every day to bring mine employees and equipment 2,300 feet below the surface to the deepest salt mine in the United States. The new Shaft #4 proposed for about seven miles north is a somewhat improved version of Shaft #3. Inset: the cave-like foyer miners see when they step off the elevator and enter the mine.

Once you get to work it takes almost another hour to get to work.  Because after about five minutes taking the elevator to the nearly 100 year old Cayuga Salt Mine -- the deepest rock salt mine in the United States -- you have another 45 minute ride through seven and a half miles of tunnels before you arrive at the active mining site.  Round trip, that's nearly two hours of daily commuting, plus however much time it takes you to get to the mine from home.  Controlling the air flow over that distance is difficult, and the drop in voltage in seven and a half miles of electrical cables is significant, posing safety challenges for workers.  If something unfortunate should happen, miners have to evacuate using the same route, and with all three mine lifts at the southern end of the mine, escape routes are limited.

That's why Cargill Deicing wants to build a new $42 million mine shaft close to the current active mining area that will provide a safer work environment, cut the commuting time, and an ample supply of electricity and air for another century.  In 2012 Cargill officials met with neighbors to get questions answered about the 2,500 foot deep elevator shaft that would soon be their new neighbor.  Last week over 30 neighbors and town officials came back for an update.

"Were waiting for the process to play itself out to give a status update when we knew what the permit status was," says Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski.  "But we felt, since it was taking so long, it was prudent to invite our neighbors back.  We met primarily with neighbors we had (originally) reached out to and some other stakeholders including Town of Lansing representatives and some other folks.  I'm very appreciative that we did.  Cargill strives to be a responsible company and a good neighbor."

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posticon Spring Rummage Sale

Around Town | Friday, April 14, 2017 | By Lansing United Methodist Church Print
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LANSING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will hold its Annual Spring Rummage Sale Friday, May 5, 8 a.m. (outside) 9 a.m. (inside) to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location is on Route 34B and Brickyard Road, six miles north of Ithaca, one mile north of the light in South Lansing. The sale features clothing and accessories for all ages, furniture, tools, housewares, crafts, costumes, toys, games, sports equipment, books, computers, and lots more. Bargains abound in this long running community recycling project. $1.00/ bag clearance on Saturday! Come and bring your friends for truckloads of treasures!

Donations

Donations may be dropped off Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. through Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. Please do not drop off televisions, appliances, sleeper sofas, mattresses, pillows, magazines, infant/toddlers car seats, exercise equipment or encyclopedias.

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posticon Taste of Muslim Culture

Around Town | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By Al Huda Islamic Center Print
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Families and individuals of all ages are invited to attend the Third Annual Taste of Muslim Culture event, which will include more than 15 countries!

Come experience the tastes, smells, sounds, of this diverse community. All are welcome.

  • Date and Time: Sunday, April 30th, 2017 12-4pm
  • Location: Gym @Beverly J. Martin Elementary 302 W Buffalo St, Ithaca NY
  • Tasting Trays will be sold starting from $10
  • Activities Include: Try on Cultural Clothes and Photo Booth, Henna and Hijab in Style Booth

Proceeds will go toward building Ithaca’s first Mosque

Wondering what this event will look like? Click here for photos from the last event.

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posticon Code Red Robotics Heads To World Championships

Around Town | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By Karina Burbank Print
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After a successful crowdfunding campaign with an amazing amount of help from the Ithaca community, Code Red Robotics is headed to World Championships this weekend to compete with their robot.

Code Red Robotics is a student-led robotics team from Ithaca High School. Under the guidance of teachers and community mentors, Code Red members have an opportunity to learn about technology, engineering, leadership, and more. Code Red Robotics is a team within the world-wide organization known as FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

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posticon Trautmann Honored by Discovery Trail

Around Town | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By Star Bressler Print
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trautmann discoverytrailPhoto by Lindsay France

The Discovery Trail honored Charlie Trautmann with the Explorer Award March 18th during his retirement celebration as Executive Director of the Sciencenter. The purpose of the Discovery Trail Explorer Award is to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Discovery Trail through their service.

Trautmann, founding member of the Discovery Trail, was honored for his extraordinary leadership in education during his 18 years of service on the Discovery Trail board. Previous Discovery Trail Explorer Award recipients include: Terry Byrnes, Roy Park, Kim Fontana, Don Rakow, Jennifer Engle and Frank Robinson.

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posticon Cornell Joins Alliance To Expand Access For Low, Moderate-Income Students

Around Town | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By Cornell University Print
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Cornell University joined sixty-seven of the nation's most respected colleges and universities in an alliance to substantially expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America's undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates. This growing alliance, called the American Talent Initiative (ATI), supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, brings together a diverse set of public and private institutions united in this common goal. ATI members will enhance their own efforts to recruit, enroll, and support lower-income students, learn from each other, and contribute to research that will help other colleges and universities expand opportunity. (See below for a list of ATI members.)

Launched in December 2016, the American Talent Initiative is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and was founded with a national goal of educating 50,000 additional high-achieving, lower-income students at the 270 colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates by 2025. Based on the most recent federal data available, there are approximately 430,000 lower-income students enrolled at these 270 institutions. ATI's goal is to increase and sustain the total number of lower-income students attending these top-performing colleges to about 480,000 by 2025. To reach this ambitious goal, ATI aims to add more top-performing colleges to its membership in the coming months and years.

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posticon Within Reach - The Happiest Place on Earth... If you’re Prepared

Around Town | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reach A Disney vacation is a dream for most kids – and for parents as well. Our first trip was hosted by Mom and Dad back when our youngest was 2. We left her at the camp with Grandma and Great Grandma while Dad, Janet and I with our two older kids made the journey to the Magic Kingdom. 1982.

Back then you paid admission to the park – Magic Kingdom was the only venue – and paid again for each ride. The very best rides were "E-Ticket", the most expensive. Pirates of the Carribean, the Haunted House, 20,000 leagues under the Sea were all E-tickets. The kids didn't care. They had a blast – and Janet and I did too.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Worried about Her Change

Around Town | Friday, April 28, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: I've been with my wife for about 25 years. We've had a fairly steady relationship, with the normal ups and downs. Here we are in our later years, and I feel like I suddenly don't know who she is anymore. Over the past few years she's become more engaged with politics, environmental concerns, women's rights issues, and generally departing from a more subdued life to one of activism. We don't argue about her new persona by any means, but I'm worried she's leaving me behind. I'm not disinterested in the current political landscape, but I don't share her fervor. Will I lose her if I don't jump on the bandwagon? I don't want to be left behind.
Worried about Her Change

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