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Beryl Barr’s voice, with its distinctive New Zealand accent, has welcomed shoppers to the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library (FOTL) book sale for the past dozen or so years. Book lovers will still hear her over the loudspeaker as the sale gets under way this weekend, but this time…

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Sailing is a bit like horseback riding. It was once a commercially valuable skill and a part of everyday life for a portion of every maritime community, but it is now an anachronistic activity undertaken mainly for recreation and sport. Sailing and riding are also both thought of as being ex…

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It is a presidential election year, but do not expect that candidates will come a-wooing to Ithaca this fall. For decades, ours has been a reliably Democratic city in a reliably Democratic state. What that has meant is that candidate visits to our city in a general election have been scarcer…

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Randi Anglin started “Crossroads,” a blues shows at WVBR-FM (93.5), in 1991. Three years later he was ready to move on with his career as a music photographer, and he approached the “traffic manager” at the station who was doing a lot of fill-in shifts for many shows at WVBR and asked him, “…

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Like a child, a puppy, or a kitten, saplings need to be given attention so they grow up into strong, healthy trees. Ithacans who have a notion they might want to help raise a little honey locust or sugar maple are in luck: It’s that time of year when the city and the Cornell Cooperative Exte…

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When John Guttridge, a native Ithacan, purchased a 25,000-square foot building formerly owned by the Ithaca Journal along Green and Geneva streets a few years ago, he had a “lot of big dreams about the cool stuff that we can do.” The “first brick in the wall” would be Life’s So Sweet, a choc…

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When you coach for 42 years, you will see some milestones. Ithaca College baseball coach George Valesente hit the magic 1,000-win milestone three years ago—and that meant a lot—but the first 90 wins came during his coaching stops at Brockport, New Paltz and New York Maritime, and getting to …

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In the 19th century, Ithaca had the sobriquet “Forest City”. It’s easy to see why. Back then most of the surrounding countryside was agricultural and almost entirely denuded of trees. Even now, in the early 21st century, if one walks through the city in summer, it is remarkably like walking …

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The Ithaca Times sat down with Scott Morris at REV, Ithaca’s startup incubator, to talk about the new local alternative currency that Morris is promoting: Ithacash. Morris talked about how he got interested in alternative currency, how he plans on promoting Ithaca dollars, and what social go…

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When the original Commons was completed in summer 1975 Stu Lewis had already been in the retail clothing business on East State Street for 19 years and his father, Irv, had been there before him in the space now occupied by Benjamin Peter.

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For me, the first bout of vegetarianism began in high school. I was reading Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps; I had distributed a hundred postcards to my friends to protest baby seal slaughter, and I had marched against nuclear war and nuclear waste. In the cause of being a better person an…

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The Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, an annex of the Cayuga Medical Center, is housed in the same building with Rasa Spa, the Island Health and Fitness Center, and Andrew Getzin’s sports medicine clinic. The medical center owns 75 percent of the fitness center, which in turn owns 50 percent…