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posticon Lansing Solar Q&A

Around Town | Friday, November 20, 2020 | By Town of Lansing Director of Planning C.J. Randall Print
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Following changes in state energy policy is a part of the work we do here at the Town, and for good reason: there are currently three utility-scale (read: big) solar energy projects in the power grid queue for northeast Tompkins County, according to the New York Independent System Operator (ISO), who manages the state's electricity grid. Altogether these three solar energy projects are slated to cover over 2,500 acres in the Town of Lansing alone.

If you own significant acreage near or adjacent to the NYSEG utility corridor that bisects the Town, you have likely already been contacted by representatives from CS Energy, NextEra, and sPower, among others, as these developers already have projects in the power grid queue and are in the process of 'assembling' various parcels of land to piece together large solar energy system projects.

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posticon Data, Testing Helped Cornell Curb COVID-19

Around Town | Friday, November 20, 2020 | By Abigail Butler Print
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During late spring and early summer, as Cornell administrators pondered whether and how the university should reopen for a residential fall semester, the logistics were daunting and disheartening.

"It was pretty clear that the conditions were likely to be very similar in the fall – that is, the virus would still be present, we would have a population that was susceptible to infection by the virus, and absent putting in place clear mitigation risks, we would be in trouble," said Provost Michael Kotlikoff, speaking as part of the Nov. 9 eCornell panel, "Cornell's COVID Response: Data Science in Action." "It was unlikely that we would have what I would [call] a perfect option."

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posticon New Roots Plans Remote Instruction Following Holiday Breaks

Around Town | Friday, November 20, 2020 | By Michael Mazza Print
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New Roots Charter School will proactively transition to entirely remote learning for one week after the Thanksgiving and winter breaks, according to Superintendent Tina Nilsen-Hodges.

"We want to plan thoughtfully for a safe and healthy transition back to our learning schedule after the holiday breaks," Nilsen-Hodges said. "Realistically, we can anticipate higher levels of illness and absence following the holidays based on historical trends. This year, both the stakes and the stress levels are higher due to the pandemic."

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posticon Cayuga Waterfront Trail Website Promotes Safe Outdoor Recreation

Around Town | Friday, November 20, 2020 | By Janelle Alvstad-Mattson Print
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Friends of Stewart Park (FSP) has launched the new Cayuga Waterfront Trail website. The new website features beautiful images, updated maps, and useful information to help Trail users explore the gorgeous Ithaca waterfront.

The new Trail website assists visitors with planning their trip to the enchanting Cayuga Waterfront by providing details about activities and destination spots, do's and don'ts of Trail use, opportunities for volunteering, and more. The website focuses on making it easier for community members to find the wide range of opportunities for Trail users to safely explore the outdoors and discover the joys of nature.

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posticon NYSEG Shares Five Energy Efficiency Tips for the Changing Seasons

Around Town | Friday, November 20, 2020 | By NYSEG Print
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The falling leaves and shorter, colder days mean your home heating systems have begun operating again. As cold weather enters our region, ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible should be a top priority. Using energy wisely can increase the comfort of your home, help the environment and reduce your energy costs

“There are many ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home,” said Michael Del Negro, Supervisor of Conservation and Load Management Programs at NYSEG. “Each season has different energy needs, so some of the energy changes you implemented this summer won’t affect usage and cost in the fall and winter months. At NYSEG, we want to assist our customers by educating and bringing awareness to what adjustments they can make to help reduce their energy consumption and costs.”

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posticon County Shares Holiday Gathering Guidance

Around Town | Friday, November 20, 2020 | By Dominick Recckio Print
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Tompkins County Health Department and Emergency Operations Center officials held a live streamed COVID-19 Update Monday. Officials detailed the recent increase in positive cases and guidance on gatherings and travel leading into the fall and winter holidays.

The Tompkins County Health Department is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel and gatherings. Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, "When we talk about gatherings, we're really concerned about people getting together who don't live together — we don't want to bring other families into your bubble, increasing the chance that either party would harm another." Kruppa also reminded the community that the 14-day quarantine is still in place for travelers from non-contiguous states unless they choose to adhere to the recently announced testing and quarantine guidance.

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posticon Helming Announces 2021 Veterans Hall of Fame Honorees

Around Town | Friday, November 20, 2020 | By Office of NYS Senator Pam Helming Print
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Senator Pam Helming announced that 85 residents of the 54th District have been nominated for the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

“One of my greatest honors as a State Senator is to recognize the men and women who have served with honor and distinction in the United States Armed Forces,” said Helming. “I am indebted to our veterans for their dedicated service to our country and our communities, and I am proud to recognize these honorees of the 2021 Veterans Hall of Fame. Thank you to the families and friends who took the time to nominate them and share their incredible stories.”

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