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posticon The Electricity Future Comes To Lansing, Dryden and Ithaca

Around Town | Friday, February 17, 2017 | By Dan Veaner Print
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NYSEG Substation

NYSEG is launching the Energy Smart Community in large portions of Lansing, Dryden and Ithaca.  This week we look at an energy future for consumers that will be up and running in Tompkins County this summer.  Next week we'll look at how the new upgrades will better facilitate alternative power sources like solar and wind power generation.
The email said, "Introducing Smart Savings Rewards; Get $85 by enrolling your thermostat; Honeywell and NYSEG have teamed up to save you energy and turn it into real dollars. You can earn $85 when you enroll in Smart Savings Rewards. Plus, for each event that you fully participate in, you can earn $5 in bill credits. Enroll your thermostat to begin saving."

Huh?  Following the link I found, "Enrollment will allow us to make brief, limited adjustments to your Wi-Fi thermostat during times of peak summer electric demand (May 1 through September 30)."  My first thought was that the idea of a big utility company connecting to the Internet-connected thermostat in my home to control the temperature smacked of dystopian future scifi.  Then I thought the future is now.  Here is a way to save energy fairly automatically, without thinking about it, and saving money at the same time.

"There are people who want to do it all -- they want to change their thermostat and they want to feel in control -- they don't want to hand that over to someone else," says NYSEG Spokeswoman Susan Mann.  "There are other people who say: don't make me think about this -- I don't care about it- this is not what I'm worried about.  I have other, bigger things I need to worry about.  Maybe it's meeting my rent, or whatever it is."

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posticon Trautmann To Be Honored With Distinguished Citizen Award

Around Town | Friday, February 17, 2017 | By Rick Christ, Boy Scouts of America Print
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scouts trautmanMay 1, 2017 the Boy Scouts of America, Baden-Powell Council will honor Charlie Trautmann with its prestigious 2017 Tompkins County Distinguished Citizen Award during its annual fundraising dinner held at Ithaca College, Emerson Suites.

Trautmann as this year’s honoree will be recognized by Baden-Powell Council and other business and community leaders for his significant achievements and service to the community and its youth.

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posticon Oltz To Retire After Nearly 40 Years In Local Public Transit

Around Town | Friday, February 17, 2017 | By Patty Poist Print
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tcat ortizTCAT Operations Manager Nancy Oltz

After nearly 40 years of dedicated service, TCAT Operations Manager Nancy Oltz will officially retire today, February 17.

The TCAT Board of Directors at its monthly meeting on Thurs. Feb., 23, is expected to honor Oltz by approving a resolution in appreciation of her years of service.

Oltz's successor is Scot Vanderpool, former Syracuse University Manager of Parking and Transit Services, who prior to that was Manager of Operations and Planning at Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (CENTRO) in Syracuse.

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posticon Within Reach - The Antlers Restaurant

Around Town | Friday, February 17, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reachJanet and I are kinda picky when it comes to going out to dinner, since it happens fairly rarely. The one place where we have NEVER been disappointed is the Antlers Restaurant on Rt 366, east of Cornell. In business since 1972 first as the Stables and then The Antlers - it is still run by the same two gentlemen, Toby and Bill, who are there with a welcoming smile every night.

My history with the Antlers began with my Mom and Dad taking us there in the mid 90's. It was their special place; formal enough to be classy, casual enough to be comfortable. It was the first 'real' restaurant we took our three children to, and the venue of choice for family milestones of every type. Several times we've taken visitors from the UK to enjoy the charm and warmth of the Antlers. The décor is, well, antlers. Elk, moose, deer, bison and many, many more on the wall – obvious but not overpowering. Antique lighting and a fire burning cheerily in the stone hearth complete the mood.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Domicile in Discord

Around Town | Friday, February 17, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: For a number of years I’ve watched my wife and now teenage daughter go to battle over anything and everything. It seems like my daughter does things to purposely irritate her mother. If her mother says the sky is blue, my daughter says its more azure. You get the idea – they argue when they are actually of the same opinion. When I point it out I become the bad guy. It’s tiring listening to these two. I know they love each other, and the funny thing is they are just alike in personality and temperament! They exhaust me. I’d love nothing better than to come home to a peaceful household. How can I facilitate a peace treaty?
Domicile in Discord

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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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