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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…

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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…