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ITHACA, NY -- When Steven Calco was a child he would travel summers to be with his family in a tiny village, Scrisera, in the San Salvatore di Fitalia region in Sicily, Italy. Steven’s paternal great-grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1906 on the ship Perugia, and worked on build…

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A long time ago I had a home. Then suddenly I didn’t. My people were rushing around, throwing stuff in boxes. When I climbed into a box, they dumped me onto the floor. When the boxes were taken outside, they picked me up and put me outside too. And I was homeless. Hungry. Scared. 

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ITHACA, NY -- This month is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month, and we give thanks for our much-loved, much-needed Hospicare, with offices and programming in Tompkins and in Cortland counties. This month, we are thrilled by the news that Joe Mareane is Hospicare’s Interim Executive…

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Last week’s Rejoice the Vote! Art Contest engaged young people to relive the struggles of so many brave advocates secure the right to vote and to encourage everyone to vote in this recent election. As we now know, this year’s election had the highest voter turnout in American history, with s…

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ITHACA, NY -- Daisia Noboa’s Spanish great-great-grandfather left his home in Spain working on a boat to Cuba. His dream was to build a life in the United States. From Cuba, he eventually made his way to the U.S. and settled in the Syracuse area. 

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Growing up in Old Forge, New York, Robert Barrett and his four siblings were familiar with Big Moose and Eagle Bay in the Adirondacks.The Barrett children were also familiar with making things work — large and small.

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Christopher Barkley and his parents, Virginia Miller and Geoffrey Barkley, moved to Ithaca from Toronto, Canada in the early 1980s to join Christopher’s godparents, Carolyn and Bruce Barkley. While Christopher grew up, his parents worked in the community to promote healthy living, peace and …

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Lucia Jander grew up in Slovakia, a part of Czechoslovakia before the country separated in 1993.  After high school she attended medical school in Prague. Upon graduation Lucia left post-Communist Eastern Europe for a one-month fellowship at Harvard, arriving in Cambridge, Massachusetts in S…

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After Meaghan Sheehan graduated from Ithaca College, she was promoted from her undergraduate internship to Coordinator of CUSLAR – the Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations. After she met her now husband Devan Rosen they headed off to Hawaii for a year and one year grew to five.

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Andy Ruina is a certified do-gooder. Growing up with parents Edith and Jack, who believed in fairness and opportunity for all, Andy has not allowed an astounding professional career to blunt his efforts toward peace and justice for all. In a family called to both academia and government serv…

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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…