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For about 20 years, beginning in the 1990s, Ithaca had an independent local currency system. It produced notes in equivalencies to dollars, called Ithaca Hours, which could be spent at participating businesses, which would accept a certain number of Hours per transaction. 

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“Tell me something I don’t know” is a reasonable request of a reader to a newspaper writer, but one we can’t fulfill this week with a subject of winners and losers. 

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By the time he was in his 30s Ed McGowan had already helped make history as one of the Camden 28, Vietnam war protesters who destroyed draft files at a federal facility in Camden, N.J., and were subsequently exonerated in what was reportedly called by Supreme Court Justice William Brennan “o…

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So many mundane habits, routines, and occurrences have changed due to pandemic situations that few (not considering, in this light discussion, the many serious ones) stand out as noteworthy anymore. 

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August 26, 2020, the publication date of this week’s Ithaca Times, marks the hundredth anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the United States with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Ithacans exalted this month in our weather-wise favored-region status, going largely untouched by Hurricane Isaias.

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Summer in Ithaca is drastically different this year with the presence of coronavirus and the absence of the GrassRoots Festival. 

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Ages in wide range were represented by organizers who spoke this month at the Juneteenth rally for racial justice at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons. 

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Bill Chaisson left Ithaca, and his job as editor of the Ithaca Times, a few years ago. He was born in New York and lived here most of his life, “but my heart has always been in New England,”  he recently wrote back of his new home. 

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What does a community group do when much of its annual budget depends on a big public event, but now the public can’t convene? 

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After many years of drug and alcohol abuse, Alex (not her real name) has been in recovery now for many more.

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One morning last month I turned off the faucet and stopped making coffee to hear better what I thought they were saying on NPR news: that New York, because of the pandemic, was ordering the closure of all businesses in the state except those deemed essential, most notably pharmacies, gas sta…

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At 6 a.m. the sky is less black, more gray, outside the bedroom window. Tree branches are in relief. They’re winter-spindly, sticking straight up on top, like hair on scared cartoon characters.

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Recently I spoke with Felix Teitelbaum, general manager of WRFI, Ithaca’s community radio station. (Not online, as perhaps is most common in communication today, but on line: coincidentally, in terms of proprietorship, at Ithaca’s community food store.)

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It was officially a “convenience store”-- it said so on the sign-- but to me John’s Convenience Store was my local bodega, in the warmest and most welcoming sense of the word.

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Everybody knows about Groundhog Day, although nobody really cares about it. It’s a nonsensical proposition, divining long-range climate conditions through a waking woodchuck, but it’s a regular (annual) part of popular lore, possibly because people simply like to speculate on weather, and by…

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The upcoming month of February brings two of the more playful days on society’s social calendar: Super Bowl Sunday and Valentine’s Day.

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In 1993, I moved to Ithaca from New Orleans, and although I was enthusiastic about the ease and simplicity of small town living, I was somewhat concerned about the differing amounts (that is, the possible paucity here) of things to do in terms of entertainment, particularly live music.

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In political elections the voters get the last word, but in this year’s mayoral election in Ithaca it seemed there would be nothing to discuss.