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Courtney Royal, from Chicago, and Umit Sirt, from the Hemsin region in Turkey, are known and admired as practical visionaries in the world of energy efficiency and sustainability. They are both longtime staff of Taitem (Technology as if the Earth Mattered) Engineering, and parents of Beckett…

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Courtney Royal, from Chicago, and Umit Sirt, from the Hemsin region in Turkey, are known and admired as practical visionaries in the world of energy efficiency and sustainability. They are both longtime staff of Taitem (Technology as if the Earth Mattered) Engineering, and parents of Beckett…

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When a 4-year-old boy was screened at the Finger Lakes Region Lion’s Club Children’s Vision Screening project, his family was thrilled when he put on his first pair of glasses.  He looked up in amazement at his mother while holding her hand. “Mommy, I can see your face!”  Rich Shaff, longtim…

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Thirty-two years ago Mike Austin started working at the City of Ithaca’s Streets and Facilities department. Mike’s first assignment was Bridges (sandblasting and painting); and he took over the unit which provides Street Striping, Street Signs in 2006. New guy on the block, Ed Eaton has been…

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Elan Shapiro grew up in Brooklyn and after graduation from Columbia University, began medical school at Mt. Sinai Medical School. During two years of med school, Elan observed that the model he was studying was based upon disease rather than on health and decided this was the time to seek ou…

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Some of us met Tim Turecek when he was a teacher or a principal, or later when he served as school superintendent in Marathon, NY. Others met Tim during his administrative stint at New Roots School in Ithaca, and some of us worked with him when he taught incarcerated teens in a secure state …

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Everyone who works at Shelter Outreach Services (SOS) has a marvelous story, which can be read on their website http://shelteroutreachservices.org/, as well as the pictures of the gorgeous dogs and cats, who have been cared for and saved by the veterinarian team! “Shelter Outreach Services (…

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Felix Teitelbaum is the ideal person to manage the up and coming community radio station, WRFI. Located in a historic downtown Ithaca building, when one enters the station there’s a lot going on. Day and night. Young people, seniors, college kids, pass in and out. Some work alone quietly, ot…

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When the Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) community garden had to be uprooted for construction in 2009, Katrina Baxter of the Southside Community Center suggested  LACS create a U-Pick Garden where young people could participate in growing healthy food. Katie Church, Dan Flerage, A…

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Maurice Lamar Bradford of Hot Springs, Arkansas catapulted from his hometown across the country to Ithaca, New York in time for football practice in the summer of 2016. A legend at home referred to fondly as “Mo,” Cornell recognized this storied young man—a National Honor Society student wit…

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Judy Stock figured out what made her happy in fourth grade when she learned to play clarinet; later, singing in her school choir, she had her happiest moments making music amongst friends. “I didn’t mind auditioning, being on stage—I was a middle child and I liked the attention,” Judy laughs.

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A native Ithacan, Ahmed Telfair’s parents, Jacquelyn Bailor and Anthony Telfair, grew up in Tompkins County. Ahmed’s ancestors, Peter and Phyllis Webb, were selected by the History Center for their bicentennial exhibition “The Webbs: A Tompkins County Family.” The Center highlighted the Webb…

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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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Courtney Royal, from Chicago, and Umit Sirt, from the Hemsin region in Turkey, are known and admired as practical visionaries in the world of energy efficiency and sustainability. They are both longtime staff of Taitem (Technology as if the Earth Mattered) Engineering, and parents of Beckett…

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When a 4-year-old boy was screened at the Finger Lakes Region Lion’s Club Children’s Vision Screening project, his family was thrilled when he put on his first pair of glasses.  He looked up in amazement at his mother while holding her hand. “Mommy, I can see your face!”  Rich Shaff, longtim…

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Thirty-two years ago Mike Austin started working at the City of Ithaca’s Streets and Facilities department. Mike’s first assignment was Bridges (sandblasting and painting); and he took over the unit which provides Street Striping, Street Signs in 2006. New guy on the block, Ed Eaton has been…

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Elan Shapiro grew up in Brooklyn and after graduation from Columbia University, began medical school at Mt. Sinai Medical School. During two years of med school, Elan observed that the model he was studying was based upon disease rather than on health and decided this was the time to seek ou…

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Some of us met Tim Turecek when he was a teacher or a principal, or later when he served as school superintendent in Marathon, NY. Others met Tim during his administrative stint at New Roots School in Ithaca, and some of us worked with him when he taught incarcerated teens in a secure state …

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Everyone who works at Shelter Outreach Services (SOS) has a marvelous story, which can be read on their website http://shelteroutreachservices.org/, as well as the pictures of the gorgeous dogs and cats, who have been cared for and saved by the veterinarian team! “Shelter Outreach Services (…

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Felix Teitelbaum is the ideal person to manage the up and coming community radio station, WRFI. Located in a historic downtown Ithaca building, when one enters the station there’s a lot going on. Day and night. Young people, seniors, college kids, pass in and out. Some work alone quietly, ot…

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When the Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) community garden had to be uprooted for construction in 2009, Katrina Baxter of the Southside Community Center suggested  LACS create a U-Pick Garden where young people could participate in growing healthy food. Katie Church, Dan Flerage, A…

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Maurice Lamar Bradford of Hot Springs, Arkansas catapulted from his hometown across the country to Ithaca, New York in time for football practice in the summer of 2016. A legend at home referred to fondly as “Mo,” Cornell recognized this storied young man—a National Honor Society student wit…

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Judy Stock figured out what made her happy in fourth grade when she learned to play clarinet; later, singing in her school choir, she had her happiest moments making music amongst friends. “I didn’t mind auditioning, being on stage—I was a middle child and I liked the attention,” Judy laughs.

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A native Ithacan, Ahmed Telfair’s parents, Jacquelyn Bailor and Anthony Telfair, grew up in Tompkins County. Ahmed’s ancestors, Peter and Phyllis Webb, were selected by the History Center for their bicentennial exhibition “The Webbs: A Tompkins County Family.” The Center highlighted the Webb…

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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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Having an interest in history, I have ran across numerous past articles about your fine village and have also viewed the Investigation Discovery documentary (whose title I wont name) about some darker days in your area. Though it can be easy to get caught up in the sensationalism of such things, my attention was drawn to something very positive in that series. That being, the fantastic dedication & coordination of law enforcement officials that worked together to solve ALL of those unfortunate events. How such a glaring omission could not have been mention by The Discovery Channel is truly shocking. Sometimes we need to focus on the positive side of things. Read more

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Governor Cuomo balled out National Grid for launching an unexpected moratorium on gas hookups downstate. He scolded John Rhodes at the Public Service Commission for failure to oversee utility planning. Many applauded the governor, but they were wrong. I’ll explain why. Read more

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For anyone who has ever heard the song “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell, they might be acquainted with the semi-paranoid feeling that gives the song its name. While we know companies across the globe track where we go and how we feel through our phones, there is a particular reason for someone to keep looking over their shoulders in Ithaca - bicyclers. Read more

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