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By day, Katharyn Howd Machan is known as Tompkins County’s first Poet Laureate. A celebrated published poet, Katharyn is a perennial favorite amongst the students in her science fiction and fairy-tale-based creative writing classes at Ithaca College. Her most famous poem “Hazel Tells LaVerne…

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Growing up in Vermont, Sarah was eager to discover the larger world. After graduate school she headed to Japan to teach English as a second language to high school students. Polishing the spoken English of students alongside Japanese colleagues, she spent three lively years making friends an…

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Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Monika Radloff loved the Southwest, with endless opportunities to explore nature and play and hike in the mountains. But by the time she was ready for college, she was eager to see what other regions were like, so she headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a Div…

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Growing up in Wappingers Falls in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Peter Fortunato loved horses and came to Cornell in 1968 to become a veterinarian. That changed during his first year when he realized his vocation was to be a writer, so he transferred into the College of Arts and Sciences. Peter was …

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Linda’s father and mother met in Beloit, Wisconsin, and she is the youngest of four children. When her father completed law school, this former United Press International “stringer,” took a job in Guam and began his practice of law. Linda’s mother, of Japanese ancestry, has family in Hawaii,…

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Any day we, as earth’s residents, figure out ways to turn back the dial on our energy use is a good day, according to Jim Holahan. We learn how to ride buses, bikes, scooters instead of cars, how to dry our clothes on the line outside or the line near our furnace. We start saving up to repla…

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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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Growing up in Vermont, Sarah was eager to discover the larger world. After graduate school she headed to Japan to teach English as a second language to high school students. Polishing the spoken English of students alongside Japanese colleagues, she spent three lively years making friends an…

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Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Monika Radloff loved the Southwest, with endless opportunities to explore nature and play and hike in the mountains. But by the time she was ready for college, she was eager to see what other regions were like, so she headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a Div…

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Growing up in Wappingers Falls in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Peter Fortunato loved horses and came to Cornell in 1968 to become a veterinarian. That changed during his first year when he realized his vocation was to be a writer, so he transferred into the College of Arts and Sciences. Peter was …

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Linda’s father and mother met in Beloit, Wisconsin, and she is the youngest of four children. When her father completed law school, this former United Press International “stringer,” took a job in Guam and began his practice of law. Linda’s mother, of Japanese ancestry, has family in Hawaii,…

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Any day we, as earth’s residents, figure out ways to turn back the dial on our energy use is a good day, according to Jim Holahan. We learn how to ride buses, bikes, scooters instead of cars, how to dry our clothes on the line outside or the line near our furnace. We start saving up to repla…

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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…

  • 0

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…

  • 0

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…

Editorials

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As the former and current chairs of the Tompkins County Legislature, we enthusiastically support the development of the waterfront area of the City of Ithaca. For decades the City and County have worked to transform this area from an industrial district of the City to a vibrant, walkable mixed-use neighborhood. There are several projects now in the works, that together will absolutely transform this underused part of our community, providing jobs, easy access to medical care, much-needed housing for all income levels, public access to the water, innovative sustainable infrastructure, and more.  Read more

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The waterfront projects are two that I and many other City, County, and State elected officials and staff have been supporting for the last 2 1/2 years,due to their combination of access to medical care, affordable housing, mixed use dense walkable development, and public recreation all built with innovative sustainability and dignity for all users.  Read more

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It has recently been reported in The Ithaca Times that Tompkins County Legislator and candidate for the Assembly seat I have held for 18 years, Anna Kelles, recently returned a total of $4,500.00 in campaign contributions to three local developers after it became known that Ms. Kelles wrote to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to "move along" their proposed City Harbor development project after receiving the contributions. Read more

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I am proud to support Jordan Lesser in the race to continue Barbara Lifton’s legacy of strong leadership and representation in the 125 th Assembly District. As a Town of Ithaca legislator since 2008, and an activist for years prior, I have had the good fortune to work with many government officials, some of whom are also on the primary ballot this year. Read more

Guest Opinions

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Some Wisconsin residents stood in line for hours to vote in their primary election. According to The Guardian at least 50 of them have since tested positive for COVID-19. Imagine what could happen when millions vote in November. If we want to have secure, efficient voting without risking our heath, we must make plans now. Read more

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