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posticon Diverse Summer Programs in This Year's Recreation Booklet

Around Town | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Rec Dept Summer Booklet

The new Lansing Parks & Recreation Department summer programs booklet has been released.  Recreation Director Steve Colt says he hopes parents will sign up their children early to help planning and make sure they get into programs they want.  Programs include a myriad of camps and programs for all interests, including day camps, tennis camp, track, orchestra, band, private string lessons, art, free yoga at Myers Park, golf, bowling, horse back riding, soccer camp, fly fishing, reading, swimming, theater, cheerleading, cooking, quilting, sailing, robotics, football, and a session on pollinators.

"It's the most diverse offering package that we have," says Colt.  "I really like that.  It's really important to me, and important overall to have a lot of different offerings to reach a broader spectrum of participants.  When you think of recreation it's not just about a certain shape of ball and organized games.  It's music.  It's drama. It's art.  It's robotics.  Cooking.  In fact one of the cooking camps is already sold out and we've only been at this for about two weeks.  It's, by far, our broadest range of offerings, and that's the way it should be."

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posticon North Lansing Auxiliary Celebrates A Year of Service

Around Town | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By Dan Veaner Print
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North Lansing Auxiliary Dinner

For over a half century the North Lansing Auxiliary has raised money for a myriad of causes within the Lansing community, to fund scholarships, and maintain the North Lansing fire station.  Saturday the members gathered at the Sunset Restaurant in Auburn to celebrate another sucessful year of volunteerism and a job well done.

"No matter how much or how little you are involved, if not for all of you, we would not be enjoying this pleasant evening, each of you contribute to our successful Pancake Breakfasts or our annual Election Day Dinner and Supper whether it is by working, furnishing goods or just general support," said Auxiliary Treasurer Connie Wilcox. "It is so hard to do individual recognitions because I am always afraid of leaving someone out, but I would like to say huge thank you to all of you, who always seem to be there and that is everyone in this room. There are also guests here who are not members but are willing to help us."

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posticon Lane Closures Limited to Ease Travel During Busy Holiday Weekend

Around Town | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By New York State Governor's Office Print
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that non-emergency related road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. on Friday, May 25, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, to accommodate increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend. The construction suspension is in keeping with Governor Cuomo's Drivers First initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.

"As New Yorkers set out to enjoy Memorial Day weekend, we will be suspending all nonessential state roadway construction projects so travelers can get to their destinations as quickly and safely as possible," Governor Cuomo said. "As always, I encourage drivers to remember to move over for roadside emergency and maintenance vehicles and to utilize text stops to avoid distracted driving, especially during this busy travel weekend."

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posticon Foodnet Receives Community Health Award

Around Town | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By Foodnet Meals on Wheels Print
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Foodnet Meals on Wheels was one of seven central New York nonprofits in April to receive Community Health Awards from Excellus BlueCross Blueshield.

Foodnet received $4,000 to add nutrient-dense items, such as grains, beans, and fiber-enriched fruits and vegetables to nearly 700 daily meals that the organizations delivers to more than 400 older adults and others in need throughout Tompkins County. The goal is to promote nutritional health and alleviate inadequate nutrient intake among the population served.

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posticon Can Collection at the Ithaca Festival

Around Town | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By Cayuga Radio Group Print
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cyg cansJune 1st through June 3rd Cayuga Radio Group will be at the Ithaca Festival with their canned food drive. Last year, almost 2,000 pounds of food was collected by area schools prior to the festival and during festival weekend. All the cans collected are presented to the United Way of Tompkins County for various food pantries in the area.

Caroline, Belle Sherman, Cayuga Heights, Northeast, Enfield, South Hill and Trumansburg Elementary Schools along with Ithaca High School are running 'Kids Helping Kids' can collection campaigns prior to the parade.

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posticon Murphy Becomes Aquatics Director at the Y

Around Town | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By Y Print
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Alyson Murphy is the newest component to the leadership team at the YMCA of Ithaca & Tompkins County. Well known in the aquatics department as a former weekend swim lesson coordinator, Murphy has made connections with the Tompkins County community through teaching and promoting quality, life-saving swim lessons for all ages.

Murphy grew up around swimming pools swam recreationally for most of her life, and also participated in synchronized swimming, and short-term, competitively as a child. College, grad school and being a parent took her away from swimming for quite a few years. She returned to the aquatic life in 2011 when her daughter was old enough to participate in the Y SKIP (infant/parent) classes as a means to meet socialize with other parents of young children as a new resident of the area

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posticon Dear Margaret - Vampire Victim

Around Town | Friday, May 25, 2018 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaret I'm feeling like I know what it is to be the victim of an energy vampire. I have a new-ish friend with whom I have much in common. We enjoy many of the same activities, and at first I really enjoyed her company. She was fun, intelligent and interesting. She also has many health issues. Little by little she seems to have gotten my husband and me to help her out quite often. (She lives alone). At first it was small things, like cleaning her gutters, taking her to doctor appointments, feeding her animals when she went away. I now feel like she has become very dependent on us, and we feel like substitute parents. It feels like a physical drain being around her. Her depression is now apparent and conversation is always about her problems. She contacts me in one way or another every day. I don't want to make matters worse for her or be cruel, but I'm not equipped to deal with her problems and her level of neediness. My stomach turns when I get her texts or phone calls. How can I get out of this situation without being the cause of her possible emotional breakdown?
Vampire Victim

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