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posticon School Acts on Student Recycling Requests

Around Town | Friday, July 19, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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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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posticon July Interfaith Dinner

Around Town | Friday, July 12, 2019 | By Interfaith Dinner Print
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posticon Health Department Presents Model Practice Awards to the Legislature

Around Town | Friday, July 19, 2019 | By Samantha Hillson Print
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Tompkins County is one of 53 local health departments across the country to be recognized for innovative public health projects in response to critical local public health needs. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) awarded Tompkins County Health Department with two 2019 Model Practice Awards at the Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL last week. The two awards are for Ithaca College Public Health Initiatives and the SafeCare® Program.

On July 16, the Health Department presented at the regular meeting of the Tompkins County Legislature. Rachel Buckwalter, BSN, RN, Community Health Nurse and Nina Saeli, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator each provided a 5-minute description of their respective programs.

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posticon Farm to School Goal Beyond Reach

Around Town | Friday, July 19, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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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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posticon HistoryForge Receives Prestigious National Archives Grant

Around Town | Friday, July 19, 2019 | By The History Center in Tompkins County Print
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The National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a branch of the National Archives and Records Administration, announced the award of a Public Engagement with Historic Records Grant of $132,946 to The History Center in Tompkins County in support of HistoryForge, a dynamic way to explore local history using census records and historic maps.

Rod Howe, Executive Director of the History Center, states that "This award is an impressive achievement for a small history center and a tribute to three years of hard work by the project manager, Bob Kibbee, the web developer, David Furber, History Center staff, and the hundreds of volunteers who have worked on the project over those years. Special thanks to Julia Corrice from the South Central Regional Library Council for developing a convincing metadata plan for the grant proposal. We are already using HistoryForge to back our popular programs exploring neighborhoods and ethnic and professional groups and look forward to using the grant funds to continue to develop this powerful new way of exploring our local history."

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posticon SPCA Needs Help During Kitten Season

Around Town | Friday, July 19, 2019 | By SPCA Print
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Each year May through November marks 'Kitten Season' for animal shelter staff when more than 600 kittens come through the doors of the SPCA's rescue building. Before finding their forever homes, kittens—those not old enough yet to stay in the Pet Adoption Center—live with the shelter's dedicated foster families until they have been fully vaccinated and are old enough to be spayed or neutered.

The SPCA is already seeing a high volume of kittens coming into the shelter and already have dozens available for immediate adoption. "Unfortunately, this is creating quite a backup of cats and kittens for us" says Executive Director Jim Bouderau. "While our population was low coming out of the winter, we have dozens of cats who require single cat only homes."

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posticon History Center Welcomes New Trustees

Around Town | Friday, July 19, 2019 | By The History Center in Tompkins County Print
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The annual meeting ofThe History Center in Tompkins County on June 18 was the first at the new location within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. It provided an opportunity to look back on this exciting year and forward to what comes next. This event also celebrated the trustees whose terms are ending and introduced the trustees who are just starting.
 

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