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Shane Eversfield: “Women Swimmin for Hospicare embodies and nurtures the empowerment of companionship more than any other event I have experienced,” says swimming teacher Shane Eversfield. “This one of the amazing services our Hospicare offers with such generosity and grace: To be with one a…

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Greg Harrington grew up in a farmhouse at the crossroads of Snyder Hill Road and Route 79, next door to the Brooktondale Baptist Church. Both of his parents endured difficult challenges growing up, but Harrington and his siblings’ home life was stable and good in their ancestral home. Harrin…

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Growing up in Puerto Rico and Astoria Queens, whenever family gathered, there was always delicious Puerto Rican food and pulsating, salsa music. “Every Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, birthday celebration our family danced to Salsa, Merengue, Cha cha music. These were the rhythms I grew …

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ITHACA, NY -- Christa Núñez of the Learning Farm and Khuba International in Ithaca has purchased 14 beautiful acres in Danby. In development with the Town of Danby, a plan for construction of homes and gardens will begin later this year. While it is exciting whenever a family is able to buil…

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ITHACA, NY -- Growing up along the lovely Potomac River, as a kid Keith Vanderhye could usually be found perched in the gracious old hemlocks near his home. With lots of freedom to roam the forest and discover the soft forest floor under the stately aged trees, Keith explored the vibrant ani…

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ITHACA, NY -- Amy Layton joined Cornell’s human resources in 2008 and is renowned for investing herself in the outcome of all assignments, large and small. Those who know Amy describe her as exuberant, energetic, generous, candid and funny. Very few people know that Amy is also a resourceful…

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ITHACA, NY -- Growing up in a small Pennsylvania town, Edward Bryant IV, known as “Ted,” could never see the homework assignments on his classroom chalkboard like the other kids. Routine eye exams for kids were not a priority yet for parents in the 1980s. Although his mom said his eyes might…

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ITHACA, NY -- Growing up in this region, Rodney Maine spent many years living with and helping his grandparents while going to school in Trumansburg. “I’ve always been close to my grandparents, even when I went away to college,” he said. “When I was 19, I bought the house next door to my gra…

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Those of us who are longtime Gordon Bonnet fans were pleased to hear how life has gone for Gordon since his retirement. After 27 years teaching all things scientific at the Trumansburg High School — physics, biology, earth science — plus designing and teaching courses of his own making, Gord…

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ITHACA, NY -- Thirty-eight years ago, Denise Gelberg was on maternity leave from her teaching job at Northeast Elementary School. She had been hearing engaging ads on the radio recruiting volunteer drivers to transport people who could not reach essential appointments due to disability or pl…

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ITHACA, NY -- In the beautiful town of Ithaca, Christa Núñez is savoring a resplendent late autumn, as kids romp around the Learning Farm, brushing a well-loved goat, sheep or bunny. Unbeknownst to us, Christa is building a blueprint to connect us all to the wonders of the natural world. “Ev…

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Liz Susmann’s parents, Anna and Herb Susmann, moved to Ithaca for Herb’s graduate program in Engineering at Cornell before Liz was born. Growing up in West Danby and then Brooktondale, Liz was raised in a close family with loving role models. Many of us admired and enjoyed Anna and Herb’s gr…

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ITHACA, NY -- Chantelle Farmer moved to Ithaca in 1980 for her parents’ work at Cornell, and has lived in the Ithaca area ever since. During high school, Chantelle was hired by the local start-up Ironics, then located on the inlet, where one of her parents worked.  “I was like an administrat…

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ITHACA, NY -- Many people met Laurence Clarkberg when he first chose Ithaca as his home. He attended Quaker Meetings, he designed websites for local organizations, he created computer access for young people incarcerated in state facilities. And he co-parented his beautiful children Jasper a…

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ITHACA, NY -- Growing up on Staten Island in the ‘60s, Frank Leahy had eight siblings. The Leahy family lived in a small, sparsely populated village surrounded by farmland. “We lived in a close-knit neighborhood and all the grownups watched out for all the kids as we walked to the park and t…