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September 20, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 36

posticon Solar and Wind Law Stalls on Acreage

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Solar

The draft Solar and Wind Energy Systems amendment to Lansing's zoning ordinance is very close to being complete, but one key element will determine whether it will be feasible for large and medium-scale solar farms to locate in the Town.  The Lansing Town Board debated whether and how much to limit the size of commercial solar farms in the Town after a public hearing on the law.

"I am very concerned about the environment.  I am very concerned about the farmlands.  I am very concerned about the farmers.  I am very concerned about a variety of different things," said LaVigne. "But I'm also very concerned about the Town's tax base.  I propose we do an analysis of what the financial benefit is to the Town of Lansing.  What is the best bang for our buck?  We have to look out for the Town."

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posticon Crossbows to be Allowed for Village Deer Population Management

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Village of Lansing Trustees Monday set a public hearing date for an amendment to the Village firearm and bow safety law that will allow approved hunters in its deer population control program to use crossbows.  The amendment is in response to a request by the program's leader, Dr.Bernd Blossey, in August, arguing that some  of the hunters in the program are aging and finding it more difficult to use compound bows.  Mayor Donald Hartill said he supports the amendment as a way to keep responsible, qualified hunters in the program.

"We have a group of hunters who are becoming more aged," Hartill said. "A 75 pound pull on a compound bow might be a little difficult.  Crossbows are a way of enabling that continuation.  We're in a fortunate situation here where we have a good group of hunters that are continuing to be interested (in participating in the Village deer population control project).  It's important that we continue to manage the deer population."

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posticon Lansing Girls Soccer Wins Tournament

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"It takes time to fully blend as a team. A group of players who dedicate their time and commit to each other, find a way to win". This was Coach Eric Stickel's reassuring message to his Lansing Girls Varsity Soccer Team after a hard fought 2-1 victory versus Odessa-Montour in their opening game of the season. The message was clear; becoming a Team takes time.

It is a message Coach Stickel reinforces on and off the field. His Lady Bobcats are often seen, as a Team, participating in many local events. Already in this young season they have participated in the Lighthouse 5K, marched in the Lansing Carnival parade, and supported the Lansing Rec Department by spending an afternoon playing "Sharks and Minnows" with 5th and 6th graders.

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posticon Lansing XC Race Recaps from TBurg & Watkins Glen

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Lansing's cross country program opened its competition season last Tuesday at Watkins Glen. The varsity girls and boys teams both placed third (END girls were first, Waverly was second; Waverly boys were first and Watkins Glen was second). Modified athletes scrimmaged and no score was kept.

With lessons from the first meet under their belts, the Bobcats took on Trumansburg, Groton, Moravia, Southern Cayuga, and Watkins Glen in Trumansburg on Tuesday. The short and flat course is known for its glittered "Magic Woods," and two Lansing athletes were able to take home individual victories across Cayuga's waters.

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posticon Heatsmart Comes to the Village of Lansing

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The focus is on Lansing as HeatSmart continues to hold events to talk about heat pump technology and special incentives available in Lansing because of the NYSEG moratorium on new natural gas capacity.  HeatSmart Lansing Coordinator Lisa Marshall and HeatSmart Tompkins Program Director Jonathan Comstock were in the Village of Lansing Monday to tell the Village Trustees about the program and enlist their help in getting the word out to their constituents.

"There are two areas in New York where there are declared gas moratoriums, and there may be other areas, soon," Marshall said. "To address the gas moratorium New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put together a clean energy action plan to provide relief to businesses and residents affected by the NYSEG gas moratorium.  Part of that action plan is extra money for HeatSmart."

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iOS 13

Second best to getting a new phone is getting a new version of the operating system.  The OS upgrade provides the device with new capabilities, and sometimes a new look.  iOS version 13 dropped yesterday for iPhone users, a free upgrade for people with the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, and higher, and iPod touch (7th generation).  Apple promises a new dark mode they say gives the phone a new look, plus numerous features for editing and maintaining photos, new sharing options, improved security, signing into Web sites with your Apple ID, a completely revamped Maps app, improvements to Siri including a more natural sounding voice and search shortcuts, more Memoji options, typing by dragging your finger from key to key, a redesigned CarPlay, and faster performance.

As always, the free upgrade is downloaded and installed by going to General -> Software Update in the iPhone Settings app.  Depending on the speed of your Internet connection it will take a while.  On my pretty fast connection and an iPhone XR it took about 8 minutes to download and another 11 minutes to prepare and 7 minutes to install the update.  That came to 26 minutes on a fast phone with a fast wifi connection.  So you don't want to upgrade your phone when you need it.  Wait until you're watching TV or reading a book or something you can do for a long time away from your phone.

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