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Growing up in the South, David Furber was drawn to both history and technology. He recalls that his eighth-grade social studies project was a narrative and series of pictures Furber had taken accompanying an exhibit about the local history of his hometown, Powder Springs, Georgia. Later in c…

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Growing up, John Corbin’s family moved around a lot. In 2012, when John was 15, he joined his father in Ithaca. Completing his GED early, he entered the world of work: first, as a dishwasher at Northstar in Fall Creek, then over time he moved up to sous chef, working with the owners.

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Growing up, Michail Konstantinos Chalkiopoulos knew that he loved music most of all, and he urged his mother to help him receive piano lessons. But the family resources in their home in Patras, Greece could only be stretched so far. Instead, he studied hard at school, starting with English c…

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Many readers have been out of town, even out of the country when they need emergency tech assistance: They’ve washed their iPhone in with their clothes. They spill coffee on their keyboard.They forgot their charging cable. So, they make their way to a Staples store and

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Growing up Brandy Nielsen observed first-hand the challenges children with developmental diagnoses and their families face. Some families cannot find the time, energy and resources essential to address special needs. Brandy’s family encouraged each person’s development, according to his or h…

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Remember that neighborhood place you’d go to on Sunday nights, before life got so frenetic? No cover. Local musicians whom you admire from around town. Volume just right for catching up with friends who love the place too? 

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Nomi Falk and her sister Daniella have spent their whole lives in Fall Creek in Ithaca, NY. Sort of. Nomi, 14, who is heading to Ithaca High School in a few weeks, visits Israel (where her father Oren Falk and mother Yael Levitte grew up) once a year. This year the family also spent time in …

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According to bagel experts Long Island is right at the top of the charts for producing authentic New York style bagels.  Brothers Ramsey and Gregar Brous have the story how authentic bagels became a staple in Ithaca: Parents Ira and Anne Brous grew up on Long Island. As a young adult Anne wo…

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When we were kids, I would creep out from bed to the living room couches. I would lie on one, and my father, another early riser, would lie on the other couch.  As he read the Washington Post, he would pass me the pages. I couldn’t read yet, but I could search for his name (and his picture),…

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When Rachel Ferrara was a first grader in Rhode Island her mother received a call from a classmate’s parent: “I’m calling about the toy drive Rachel has arranged to collect toys for kids in the homeless shelter. I want to know where to drop off the toys.”  Until that call, Rachel’s mother ha…

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We were wowed when Jameelia Ricks, an “only girl” with four older and four younger brothers, graduated from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). A single parent to Ashan, she entered TC3 when Ashan was old enough to enter TC3 daycare. Transplanted in Tompkins County from a violent neig…

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When we think about our mental health, realists comment that “We live by a thread.” We can feel confident and optimistic one day and insecure and pessimistic the next day, even the next hour. Mental illness is equal opportunity; Psychiatrists and other observers will confide how many profess…

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Growing up in the heart of Appalachia in West Virginia, there were not many children whose four grandparents came from Eastern European Jewish communities.  Bob Riter, the outgoing Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Center, remembers his grandparents as sunny, optimistic and kind.  Th…

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This has been an over the top year for our History Center – celebrating the 200th anniversary of Tompkins County (1817) and 100th year celebration of the establishment of women’s right to vote in New York State (1917). Rod Howe, the Center’s director, has fostered such engaging and lively pr…

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Elizabeth Bicknell knew she wanted to help others in the career she would choose. Special ed, psychology, physical therapy were all fields she considered.  After lengthy discussions with her mother in high school, she decided Occupational Therapy was the perfect blend. OTs support people of …

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Growing up, John Corbin’s family moved around a lot. In 2012, when John was 15, he joined his father in Ithaca. Completing his GED early, he entered the world of work: first, as a dishwasher at Northstar in Fall Creek, then over time he moved up to sous chef, working with the owners.

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Growing up, Michail Konstantinos Chalkiopoulos knew that he loved music most of all, and he urged his mother to help him receive piano lessons. But the family resources in their home in Patras, Greece could only be stretched so far. Instead, he studied hard at school, starting with English c…

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Many readers have been out of town, even out of the country when they need emergency tech assistance: They’ve washed their iPhone in with their clothes. They spill coffee on their keyboard.They forgot their charging cable. So, they make their way to a Staples store and

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Growing up Brandy Nielsen observed first-hand the challenges children with developmental diagnoses and their families face. Some families cannot find the time, energy and resources essential to address special needs. Brandy’s family encouraged each person’s development, according to his or h…

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Remember that neighborhood place you’d go to on Sunday nights, before life got so frenetic? No cover. Local musicians whom you admire from around town. Volume just right for catching up with friends who love the place too? 

  • 0

Nomi Falk and her sister Daniella have spent their whole lives in Fall Creek in Ithaca, NY. Sort of. Nomi, 14, who is heading to Ithaca High School in a few weeks, visits Israel (where her father Oren Falk and mother Yael Levitte grew up) once a year. This year the family also spent time in …

  • 0

According to bagel experts Long Island is right at the top of the charts for producing authentic New York style bagels.  Brothers Ramsey and Gregar Brous have the story how authentic bagels became a staple in Ithaca: Parents Ira and Anne Brous grew up on Long Island. As a young adult Anne wo…

  • 0

When we were kids, I would creep out from bed to the living room couches. I would lie on one, and my father, another early riser, would lie on the other couch.  As he read the Washington Post, he would pass me the pages. I couldn’t read yet, but I could search for his name (and his picture),…

  • 0

When Rachel Ferrara was a first grader in Rhode Island her mother received a call from a classmate’s parent: “I’m calling about the toy drive Rachel has arranged to collect toys for kids in the homeless shelter. I want to know where to drop off the toys.”  Until that call, Rachel’s mother ha…

  • 0

We were wowed when Jameelia Ricks, an “only girl” with four older and four younger brothers, graduated from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). A single parent to Ashan, she entered TC3 when Ashan was old enough to enter TC3 daycare. Transplanted in Tompkins County from a violent neig…

  • 0

When we think about our mental health, realists comment that “We live by a thread.” We can feel confident and optimistic one day and insecure and pessimistic the next day, even the next hour. Mental illness is equal opportunity; Psychiatrists and other observers will confide how many profess…

featured
  • 0

Growing up in the heart of Appalachia in West Virginia, there were not many children whose four grandparents came from Eastern European Jewish communities.  Bob Riter, the outgoing Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Center, remembers his grandparents as sunny, optimistic and kind.  Th…

  • 0

This has been an over the top year for our History Center – celebrating the 200th anniversary of Tompkins County (1817) and 100th year celebration of the establishment of women’s right to vote in New York State (1917). Rod Howe, the Center’s director, has fostered such engaging and lively pr…

  • 0

Elizabeth Bicknell knew she wanted to help others in the career she would choose. Special ed, psychology, physical therapy were all fields she considered.  After lengthy discussions with her mother in high school, she decided Occupational Therapy was the perfect blend. OTs support people of …

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Shayne and Mix Johnson start each day by preparing the menu for the evening. Once they arrive at Mix Kitchen and Bar Restaurant on Elmira Road in the City of Ithaca they create the evening’s surprise appetizer, “Amuse-Bouche.” Hours later, diners will be delighted by Mix’s unexpected appetiz…

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Dennis Winge, known to many as an accomplished musician, also goes by the spiritual name Damodar Das, which means “Servant of God”.  During his many successful years in music as a studio and freelance musician in New York City, he played at top venues – Carnegie Hall and the L.A. FAME Awards…

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Henry Peterson left a good job at McGraw Hill Publishing so that he could explore and understand other lifestyles. Sampling yoga and meditation in the fall of 1972 he entered the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York and there, he met Baba Gil. Henry and other students followed teacher Baba Gil …

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When last we visited Jeannette Luther, ten year veteran Spencer Van Etten 6th grade teacher, she was headed to a Greek refugee camp for Syrians forced to flee their home country. So how did her Summer Plans work out? 

Editorials

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With its 42nd edition arriving at the end of this month, the Ithaca Festival is undoubtedly an institution. Read more

Letters

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In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your favorite restaurants and honor the employees who make them a success.  Why not join me in celebrating National Waiter and Waitress Day on May 21st?  As regular patrons of your local neighborhood restaurants, there are several ways to say thank you.  Let your server(s), cooks and owners know how much you appreciate the excellent food and service.   Read more

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I am writing to support the passage of the New York Health Act (NYHA) that provides for universal health care for all New York residents. My wife and I own a small business in Tompkins County, and employ 12 persons full time during our high season. I offer my employees a certified living wage and benefits including an extremely expensive health insurance plan. Despite having insurance, I find my employees do not access their health care because their deductibles and copays are so high that they risk unaffordable medical bills and debt by seeking care. Read more

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State run health care wouldn’t “save” Tompkins county  $9.6 million per year. To be correct, it would shift those costs to the state and they would still be paid by taxpayers in Tompkins county and everywhere else in NY. True health care cost savings are very hard to achieve on a village, city, town, county or state level. If Ithaca had “free” or taxpayer paid health care, those who need a high level of care would move to Ithaca and soon the system would burden local taxpayers to the point of collapse. A national public health care option would have a far better chance to achieve cost savings. The tax burden would be shared by the broadest possible tax base. We are fortunate to live in a progressive state with fairly universal access to health care coverage via a mix of public and … Read more

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I am writing to share widespread concerns about the proposed replacement of the historic one-lane bridge over Fall Creek in Varna. The Fall Creek valley in this area would be devastated by a new, wider bridge and by the realignment and rebuilding of Freese Road.  Read more

Guest Opinions

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Liberty and justice, for all, innocent until proven guilty. It is a lie. America has never shown respect for the essence of these things. We are a nation that is unwilling to grant other people social rights, where liberty is a broken promise and justice is like the dust that covers the glow of a rose. It is like claiming to be liberal, but don’t believe in liberalism. The criminal justice system shows couresy to people with money, for the due process is a device that exploits the poor and remands black men to a state of slavery. The administration of justice is ran by predominantly white people and black men are the majority incarcerated at a high level. There are many assertions within the law that are contrary to one made by another, “innocent until proven guilty.” Behind the ve… Read more

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