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July 19, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 27
[---- Lansing, NY Alert! ----]
The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office is reports, "The suspects whereabouts are still unknown. As of last evening, the suspect was believed to be in the Benson Road, Asbury Road, & Collins Road area. However, no actual sightings have been verified and there have been no reportable incidents involving the subject in the Lansing area."

Look for updates on updates on a homicide investigation on the Sheriff's Facebook page.


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Myers Park Beach Closed

The Myers Park swimming area was closed this week due to toxic blue-green algae.  HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) have been observed in multiple locations around the southern end of Cayuga Lake from Aurora to Northwest Ithaca, including including the Myers Park beach and Salt Point shoreline.  The Lansing beach was immediately closed when HABs were discovered there Saturday.  By Wednesday Lansing Recreation Supervisor Patrick Tyrrell got a call with good news.  A Health Department official told Tyrrelll that test results from Albany were negative for toxins, so the Myers Park beach is now reopened.

"I just got off the phone with the Health Department," Tyrell said Wednesday evening. "We're open.  All clear, and good to go."

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Summer Heat

Our area is expecting extreme heat and humidity Friday, July 19 - Saturday, July 20 with temperatures possibly reaching 100 degrees.
 
BEAT the HEAT. These extreme temperatures can be dangerous to health. Take the following precautions:
 
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Woodsedge Drive

The Lansing Town Board accepted the dedication of Louise Bement Lane Wednesday, which cleared the way for the town to accept a $75,000 state grant that will pay for materials to align the end of Woodsedge Drive with the new road.  Moving the northern-most portion of Woodsedge Drive will create a four way intersection with that leads to Auburn Road (NYS Route 34/24B) and Louise bement Lane.  The money is an 'in-kind' grant that will pay for materials, which the Town Highway Department provides the labor and equipment.

Louise Bement Lane is a new road that will provide access to the Milton Meadows housing project that is under construction by its developer, the Cornerstone Group.  named for Lansing's Town Historian, the road will also be the address of the new Salt Point Brewery building that is currently undergoing sketch plan review by the town Planning Board.  Supervisor Ed LaVigne said that the closing on the 3.5 acre brewery property took place Wednesday afternoon.

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Land Trust Lakefront Park

The Finger Lakes Land Trust's (FLLT) Director of Conservation Max Heitner asked the Lansing Town Board Wednesday, to pass a resolution supporting a grant application that may lead to a 193.5-acre conservation park.  If FLLT can raise the money they plan to acquire the land from William and Lee Sims, who would retain 41 acres for their home.  Obtaining and maintaining the land is being called the Cayuga Cliffs Land and Water Protection Project.

"I am here to ask for the board to pass a resolution in favor of a grant application for the Finger lakes Land trust to acquire, as well as hold a conservation easement on a property owned by the Simms family on 34B, which includes over 4,000 of rail-side lake shore, a few very drastic, rugged gorges, mixed hardwood forests, and open fields," Heitner said.  "The property is directly across Lake Cayuga from Taughanock Falls State Park"

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Students lobby for better recycling

Lansing Middle Schools's 6th Grade Green Team lobbied the Board Of Education (BOE) at its June 17th  meeting to reduce single-use plastic use in their cafeteria.  A couple of weeks ago at the July 8th meeting School Business Administrator Kate Heath reported to the board on how the Food Services department is responding to the student's ideas.  Heath said she met with Food Service Supervisor Sandra Swearingen about changes that will be implemented next school year.

"We're going to use spoodles, which are basically metal sporks with a knife on the side, K through 12, so all three buildings will have spoodles," Heath said. "We're going to move to paper straws, as opposed to plastic straws.  And we're going to move to single-serve yogurt.  Right now she gets those disposable cups that they put yogurt in in bulk.  She'll move away from that and go to single-serve yogurt, because those cups are recyclable.  We're going to look at more changes we can make moving forward.  But those are some really simple, easy things we can do that can make a huge difference."

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Farm to School Program

The New York State 'No Student Goes Hungry' program has five laudable goals: to ban school lunch shaming, require schools to offer breakfast at high-needs schools, expand the Farm-to-School program, increase the use of fresh fruit and locally grown foods served in school cafeterias, and require food pantries on all SUNY and CUNY campuses.  The program offers increased "the reimbursement schools receive for lunches from the current 5.9 cents per meal to 25 cents per meal for any district that purchases at least 30 percent of its ingredients from New York farms".  For districts like Lansing the 30% is a catch-22.  Lansing doesn't receive enough aid to be able to afford to buy 30% of its food from New York farms.  But Lansing School Business Administrator Kate Heath told the Board of Education last week that Food Service Supervisor Sandra Swearingen will do what she can.

"Sandy and I have had conversations about that," Heath said. "While reaching the 30% mark is probably not obtainable for us, it doesn't mean we don't do it, because doing some of these initiatives is still the right thing to do, bringing healthier, fresh foods to our kids.  We also want to look at opportunities to include students via student gardens, sample tasting opportunities and some other projects to get student and faculty buy-in."

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Diane Duthie - Lansing GalleryJuly 13th, 2019 was the fifth year of Racker Rivals Big Red, a spirited exhibition hockey game at Lynah Rink. Over 2,000 people watched as former and current NHL hockey stars, Cornell alums, and our own local celebrities hit the ice to raise much-needed funds to support programs for children with disabilities in our community. This year’s game has raised over $130,000 and counting, bringing the total raised to $555,000 over the last five years.

For over 70 years, Racker has provided strength-based support for individuals with disabilities and their families in Tompkins, Cortland and Tioga counties. Guided by the vision of a world where all people know they belong, Racker offers programs and services to more than 3,500 people, helping them to build lasting connections and lead fulfilling lives.


Photos by Diane Duthie

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