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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…

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Cora Yao was born to a large, close, loving family in Beaumont, Texas, 15 miles from the Louisiana border. “My 3 siblings and I had a blast! Our yard backed onto our grandmother’s yard. Her father, my great grandfather, a carpenter, was always around fixing things, and sometimes ‘Papa’ would…

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We knew we were the luckiest kids in the neighborhood when we were little. So long as we took the youngest kid out with us, we could run around with our pals until everyone else was called in. Most of our neighbors went to parochial school, and their homes seemed orderly and scheduled. Our h…

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ITHACA, NY --  Asya Ollis loves to travel, loves to meet new people and loves to cook. With a background in music, a history of creating and developing specialty food, and a passion for street food, recipes and cookbooks, Asya was perfectly poised to bring all that together in her bright, ec…

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Dorothy “DG” Gifford Bancroft was a tenth generation Manhattanite, born to a surgeon and the managing RN of Columbia Presbyterian ER. DG headed to Stanford, her father’s alma mater, for college. There, she met, fell in love, and married Dixie Bob “D. Bob”Gowin, who was raised on a pony farm …

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In the midst of a snowstorm, the old lady saw something come out of her garage. At first, it looked like a raccoon with long matted hair. In the daylight it was a cat. After contacting neighbors and Colter Nemecek in Animal Control at the SPCA, no one was missing a cat. After Colter heroical…

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Many of us read about the history of labor in school. Steven Calco learned it growing up in a family of laborers. By the time he went to school he knew the stories from his grandparents, father and mother, aunts and uncle, who left their tiny village outside of Sicily to come to the United S…

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ITHACA, NY -- Emily Adams was born to Molly and Barry Adams, known and widely admired for their many contributions to Cornell and our community — teaching courses, writing books, creating new departments and serving on every town board in Caroline, NY.

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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.