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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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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…

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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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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…

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Growing up, John Corbin’s family moved around a lot. In 2012, when John was 15, he joined his father in Ithaca. Completing his GED early, he entered the world of work: first, as a dishwasher at Northstar in Fall Creek, then over time he moved up to sous chef, working with the owners.

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Growing up, Michail Konstantinos Chalkiopoulos knew that he loved music most of all, and he urged his mother to help him receive piano lessons. But the family resources in their home in Patras, Greece could only be stretched so far. Instead, he studied hard at school, starting with English c…

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Thank you for printing Thomas H. Mann’s “A tragic situation needs courage to help”. His honesty was inspirational and his insight was spot on. For far too long Cornell has behaved as if it were above the law, with a ‘what happens in Cornell stays in Cornell’ attitude bolstered by its’ own Police force. This insular, entitled attitude is, sadly, passed down to many of its’ students who feel encouraged to act as cocooned adults to whom ‘normal’ behavior and laws do not apply, when, in reality, they are mostly just deluded children. The bottom line is that children are being killed, and those responsible are hiding behind ivy-covered walls. It is time for a change. My thoughts and prayers are with the Tsialas family. Read more

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The need of connection to one another rears itself as a constant-pursuit for most of us and a therapeutic social serum for many.  We bulldoze our pathways in life creating an individuality persona, but realistically the need of another is an innate force that nature has prescribed. Undoubtedly, there is merit to self-astuteness and personal accolades in life, but challenges and the inevitable head winds of life can often render us susceptible to uncertainties and uncontrollable variables.  Too often these glitches in life are acute challenges that go unnoticed by others and can unfortunately become a repetitive stress on a person’s life causing wear-and-tear mentally, physically and socially. Read more

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It is with so much gratitude that we’d like to thank everyone who helped make our 5th annual Ithaca Chill Challenge a chilly, wild and crazy success on New Year’s Day.  We are delighted to have raised over $48,000! —money which will go directly to maintaining and improving our wonderful building at 518 West Seneca Street as a place where anyone dealing with addiction of any type can come for support and fellowship.  Thank you to all our participants and all our donors; you can still find them on our website at ithacachillchallenge.org.  Thank you to the fabulous Ithaca Yacht Club for providing the perfect venue (and a top fund-raising team).  We especially want to thank our top two corporate sponsors—Maguire Automotive and CSP Management—for providing the funds for us to institute … Read more

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