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City signs contract for
renewable energy ......page 2
Cornell wins bid for tech
center ..................................page 3
Opinion, letters ........page 4
Some advice for managing menopause ..........page 6
Troop honors newest
Eagle Scouts ................page 7
Child Safety Discussion Set
By Eric Banford
An averted potential child
abduction in Ithaca on Dec.
14 has the Ithaca City
School District (ICSD) and
the Ithaca Police Department (IPD) working together to educate parents and
children about “stranger
danger” and other safety
issues. A public event titled
“An Evening of Safety” is
planned for 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, Jan. 5, at the
Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in Ithaca.
The IPD is still investigating the incident in which
police reports say a “darkskinned African-American
female” approached a child
in the area of Madison and
First streets downtown,
asked if he was “Jasmine’s
son” and told the child to
come with her “for your
own safety.” The child’s
adult caretaker witnessed
the interaction and intervened, telling the child to
come to her.
That incident is presumed to have been an
attempt to abduct the eightyear-old boy. The IPD asks
that anyone with information contact them at 2723245, or 272-9973, and urges
the public to contact police
immediately regarding any
suspicious activity involving children.
A second reported incident occurred Dec. 15 on
Cleveland Avenue, in which
a driver stopped and offered
a ride to a child. It was later
discovered that the driver
was an acquaintance of the
child’s family.
Luvelle Brown, ICSD
superintendent, and Lesli
Myers, assistant superintendent of student services,
have been meeting for
months with the IPD to
coordinate safety efforts
between the school and
police. They have been
working on drug education
and safety components and
are conducting interviews
with police officers, who
will work directly with
“Content is being developed for students about all
kinds of safety,” Myers
says. “Like drinking foreign
substances, taking pills,
Holiday Cleanup
Photo by Kathy Morris
Volume 6, No. 9 • January 2-8, 2012
Melissa Brewer of Ithaca tips out the last of her holiday recycling, the
Wednesday after Christmas, at the Tompkins County Recycling and
Solid Waste Center. “I’m glad I can recycle it for free,” she says.
Christmas trees can also be brought to the center for free (remove all
decorations and bring the trees to the yard waste area).
keeping our students safe
all around.”
Brown and Myers and
been meeting regularly
with Ithaca Police Chief
Edward Vallely and deputy
chiefs. “We’re making sure
we’re on the same page, and
that has been very productive,” Myers says. “We’re
even on each other’s speeddial in case there’s an issue.
We’ve had some great conversation, and we’re making sure we’re in communication with the community
and families. That’s why
we’re hosting this event.”
The “Evening of Safety”
event will feature a panel
discussion with new Mayor
Svante Myrick, Myers, and
one of the IPD deputy
chiefs. “[School safety]
handouts will be available,
which we’ll also distribute
at schools,” Myers says.
“And, as appropriate, people
can capitalize on teachable
moments and work this
material into their repertoire.”
New York State schoolsafety legislation requires
each school to have a certain number of lockdown
drills and fire drills, and a
publicly available school
safety plan. “Each of our
schools has to have a plan,”
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Councilman Attends Climate Talks
By Patricia Brhel
In Business Weekly: Tburg Chamber is still
going strong ..................page 8
Get your home prepared
for winter ........................page 9
Homeowners need the
mortgage interest deduction ........................................page 9
Caroline Town Board member and one of the founders
of Energy Independent
Caroline, just returned
from his fourth international climate conference. This
time it was in Durban,
South Africa, where he met
with people from around
the planet who are concerned about global warning and are searching for a
way to slow or stop it.
“The most important information that I took away
from this conference is that
hydro-fracking is a huge
concern around the globe,
and that it has the potential
to accelerate the problem of
global warming and climate
disruption, in addition to
the obvious threats to our
health due to water and the
air pollution,” he says. “I
talked to a number of people
Australia, Canada and
France, as well as South
Africa, and they were all
very concerned about this.”
Frongillo notes that several countries, including
banned fracking. In countries such as the U.S. and
Canada, which have oil
companies spending a lot of
money on the political
process, it’s much harder,
he adds. “Still, people have
been engaging their politicians in dialogs, going doorto-door to educate their
neighbors, putting themselves and their careers on
the line for a better future,”
he says.
Although natural gas is
touted as clean energy,
Frongillo says, research by
Cornell professor Robert
Howarth shows that taking
into account the damage
done by the methane, which
is even more efficient at
trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide,
and the energy-intensive
drilling practices, greenhouse-gas pollution from
“fracked” gas is much dirtier than coal.
“Just before I left, I talked
with Katie Borgella of
Tompkins County, who forwarded calculations showing that a single well pad,
with an average of four
wells, will contribute more
carbon dioxide to the
atmosphere every year than
all the rest of Tompkins
County. Hydrofracking contributes to about 17 percent
of greenhouse-gas emissions, says Frongillo.
In Durban, South Africa,
where the conference was
held, studies show that as
many as 90 percent of the
farmers will be unable to
work the land, due to
drought, by midcentury.
“They’ve already noticed a
lot of changes at the
wildlife reserve that I visited. Water holes are drying
up and the lions are
stressed. They are climbing
trees to get away from the
increased ground temperatures, something they’ve
never been known to do
before,” Frongillo says.
People are already struggling to afford food, Frogillo
says. Endangered species
are severely affected, and
the cost of food is going up
drastically. Global climate
disruption has already
affected and will continue
to affect the most vulnerable people. In our country 12
percent of the land is experiencing
There have been crop failures,
windstorms, tornados and other
signs of climate disruption.
Here in the Southern Tier,
we’ve had tornados and
record floods. People have
lost their homes, farmland
and water supplies,“ he
Frongillo, however, is not
discouraged. “In Tompkins
County, we all take steps to
slow or stop global warming and climate disruption.
The biggest thing we can
do is to take steps to ban
Dryden and other areas,
this last election cycle
showed that people not
only cared, but they were
willing to vote to make real
changes,” he says.
Two-thirds of the voters
in Caroline elected officials
who are opposed to fracking, he notes. “They voted
for people determined to
bring clean energy to the
Town of Caroline. The
town already set an example with its new office
building, which is heated
and cooled by geothermal,
and which feeds more electricity into the grid
through the use of solar
panels than it uses. By
using these forms of energy, we’re actually making
money for the taxpayers
and not polluting our water
or our air,” says Frongillo.
For more information on
global warming and how
you can help, contact
Dominic Frongillo at 2722292.
City Signs Renewable Energy Contract
By Elijah McCarthy
The area’s recent support for sustainability continued last week
when the City of Ithaca signed an
agreement with Integrys Energy
Services of New York to purchase
all of its electricity from renewable
energy sources.
Beginning this month, Ithaca
will purchase Green—e Energy-certified
Certificates (RECs), which will offset approximately 4,896 metric tons
of CO2 emissions annually from
conventional electricity production
by displacing fossil-fuel sources
from the grid.
The environmental impact of
this agreement is the equivalent of
not driving 12 million miles in a car
or planting 1,460 acres of trees, city
officials say.
The contract was arranged
through the Municipal Electric and
Gas Alliance (MEGA), which is a
power-aggregation alliance that the
City of Ithaca is part of. and the
recent drop of renewable energy
prices. “Renewable energy costs
are still higher than traditional,
fossil-fuel energy costs; however,
there has been a recent decline in
energy prices and an even more significant decline in renewable energy prices, so the city was able to
move forward with this purchase
without affecting its approved
budget or residents’ taxes,” says
Sustainable Energy Project manager.
Scott Andrew, the city’s deputy
controller, adds, “The cost of
renewable energy versus traditional energy is now to the point
where the premium paid on the
rate for the renewable is only pennies more than the traditional.”
The city’s decision to use renewable energy sources comes on the
heels of many other instances in
the recent past that has Ithaca at
the top of the sustainability game.
In mid-October, the city adopted a
comprehensive Energy Action
Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent
by the year 2020; and in early
November, the Ithaca Tompkins
Regional Airport was recognized
for its Sustainable Master Plan.
Later in the same month, the
Systems Development influenced
newly proposed federal tax legislation with its TREAT program. The
renewable energy agreement will
further efforts like these and
“ensure that the city continues to
set an example nationwide toward
energy independence,” stated
Mayor Carolyn Peterson.
The agreement will reduce air
pollution and global warming
emissions and increase energy
security while preventing petroleum and other fossil- fuel dollars
Belmaker says. Beyond the environmental benefits, using renewable energy sources will build and
strengthen the market for renewable electricity (“green power”),
create jobs, and support the
domestic economy.
Belmaker says that in recent
decades “local governments have
understood that they have a fundamental role to play in the imple-
mentation and promotion of
renewable energy sources as a key
step toward greenhouse gas reduction, climate protection, and a
viable sustainable future. This
step, along with other city efforts
focused on energy efficiency,
increased awareness help us
achieve our overall carbon reduction goals and lower energy-related costs.”
Since 2006, the City of Ithaca
has been buying 5 percent of its
electricity from wind power, but
the new agreement will mark a
turn toward totally renewable
energy and will keep the city and
residents alike doing their part to
provide a better future.
“It is worth noting,” says
Belmaker, “that as a municipality
shows it has a strong commitment
to energy and carbon reductions,
the easier it becomes to access different funding opportunities, such
as state and federal grants, and to
‘keep the momentum going,’ so to
Ithaca’s Sciencenter Awarded U.S. Museums’ Highest Honor
The American Association of Museums (AAM)
has just awarded the Sciencenter with its second
AAM Museum Accreditation.
Through a rigorous multi-year process of selfassessment and subsequent review by its peers,
Sciencenter has been found to meet
National Standards and Best Practices for U.S.
Museums and remains a member of a select
community of institutions recognized for excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.
Only 5 percent of U.S. museums have received
this distinction.
Tompkins Weekly
January 2
The Accreditation Visiting Committee Report
highlights the Sciencenter’s “growth into a
nationally and internationally known institution with numerous internal business lines
delivering on its mission” and its “growing reputation and ability to attract strong talent from
throughout the U.S. for its leadership positions,
providing the institution a remarkable strength
of staff for a small institution in upstate NY.”
Reviewers note particular strength in the
leadership capabilities of the executive director,
Charlie Trautmann, and deputy director, Lara
Litchfield-Kimber, noting particular strength in
strategic planning, and in aligning institutional
mission with staff management. Similarly, the
Sciencenter’s board of trustees is cited for being
highly engaged, with a commendable depth of
understanding for both vision and mission and
engagement in decision making.
“The past two years have been an exciting
time of growth for the Sciencenter,” Robin
Davisson, chair of the Sciencenter’s Board of
Trustees, said. “In addition to taking on several
new projects and collaborative partnerships, we
have grown our staff from 19 to 27.”
By Tompkins Weekly Staff
New York City Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg, Cornell University
President David J. Skorton,and
Technology President Peretz Lavie
last week announced a partnership
to build a two-million-square-foot
applied science and engineering
campus on Roosevelt Island in New
York City.
The selection of the Cornell/
Technion consortium, which pairs
two of the world’s top institutions
in the fields of science, engineering, technology and research,
marks a major milestone in the
city's Applied Sciences NYC initiative, which seeks to increase New
York City's capacity for applied sciences and transform the city's
Cornell/Technion's proposal
was among tmany bids that were
submitted to New York City from a
number of institutions around the
globe. The Cornell/Technion consortium was ultimately selected
due to the large scale and vision of
their proposal, the long and noteworthy track record of both institutions in generating applied science breakthroughs and spinning
out new businesses, the financing
capacity of the consortium, the
focus of the consortium on the collaboration between academia and
the private sector and the overall
capacity of the partnership to execute the project.
In addition to the Roosevelt
Island site, the city will also provide $100 million in capital to
assist with site infrastructure,
construction and related costs.
This is the first selection
announcement for the Applied
Productive discussions are ongoing with other respondents,
University, Columbia University
and a New York University-led consortium.
Bloomberg made the announcement at Cornell’s Weill Cornell
Medical College in the city, and
was joined by Deputy Mayor for
Economic Development Robert K.
Steel, New York City Economic
Development President Seth W.
Pinsky, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney,
State Senator José M. Serrano,
Manhattan Borough President
Scott Stringer, council member
Jessica Lappin and other civic and
business leaders.
“Thanks to this outstanding
partnership and groundbreaking
proposal from Cornell and the
Technion, New York City’s goal of
becoming the global leader in technological innovation is now within
sight,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “By adding a new state-ofthe-art institution to our landscape, we will educate tomorrow's
entrepreneurs and create the jobs
of the future. This partnership has
so much promise because we share
the same goal: to make New York
City home to the world's most talented workforce.”
“Cornell University and our
Technology, are deeply gratified to
have the opportunity to realize
mayor Bloomberg’s vision for New
York City: to prepare tomorrow's
expanding talent pool of tech leaders and entrepreneurs to work
with the city's key industries in
growing tomorrow's innovation
ecosystem,” said Skorton. “We are
going to put our plan to work, tapping into our extensive connections throughout the city and build
a truly 21st century campus to fuel
the creation of new businesses and
new industries throughout the city
for decades to come.”
In addition to the announcement of this historic agreement,
Cornell has also announced that it
received a $350 million gift from an
anonymous donor, the largest contribution in the university’s history and one of the largest in the history of American higher education, which will support the vision
of the NYC Tech Campus project.
The project, which will culminate in the completion of a twomillion-square-foot build-out hous-
Photo by Robert Barker/Cornell Photography
Cornell Gets Nod for Tech Campus Bid
Mayor Michael Bloomberg leads a press conference with Cornell President David Skorton,
Technion President Peretz Lavie, and city and federal officials on Dec. 19 at Weill Cornell
Medical College in New York City.
ing for up to 2,500 students and
nearly 280 faculty members by
2043. When completed, the new
Roosevelt Island campus will
result in an increase in the number of full-time, graduate engineering students enrolled in leading New York City master's and
Ph.D. programs by 70 percent.
Prior to construction on
Technion will open in an off-site
location in 2012, with the first
Roosevelt Island home expected to
open by no later than 2017. By 2027
the campus will have expanded to
over 1.3 million square feet.
Cornell/Technion has agreed to a
99-year lease for the Roosevelt
Island site, with an option to purchase the land at the end of the
term for $1. Cornell will develop
and own the campus itself, and
will assume financial responsibili-
ty for its establishment and operations.
The facility will combine cutting-edge technologies to create
one of the most environmentallyfriendly and energy-efficient campuses in the world. The campus is
planned to include a solar array
that will generate 1.8 megawatts at
daily peak and a 400 well geothermal field, which uses the constant
temperature of the earth to cool
buildings in the summer and heat
them in the winter.
The well field and solar array
would each be largest in New York
City if built today. The campus
will not only employ some of the
most sophisticated environmental
technology in the world, it will
also help develop them, serving as
a living laboratory for the Built
Environment hub.
Christmas Tree Recycling Offered
Most municipalities have programs for recycling Christmas trees. Check
with your city, town, or village for more information. Christmas trees can
also be brought to the yard waste area of the Tompkins County Recycling
and Solid Waste Center at no cost. Please remove all decorations.
For more information go to www.recycletompkins.org, or call 273-6632.
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Tompkins Weekly
January 2
City Earns Kudos for
Bridge Improvements
The following was sent to the City of
Ithaca Common Council on Dec. 16
by the board of directors of Suicide
Prevention & Crisis Service.
We, the members of the Board of
Directors of the Suicide Prevention
& Crisis Service, endorse the recent
vote of the City of Ithaca Common
Council to support installing nets
on the City’s bridges to help deter
suicide attempts in the community.
We are especially pleased that the
Common Council, through its vote,
shows its understanding that the
nets are but one of many means to
educate and be vigilant about the
process of suicide. For 42 years,
Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service
has been a dedicated resource to
those in need. Over those years, we
have learned that intervention is
not always successful, but it is
incumbent on each of us to do as
much as we can to provide as safe
an environment as possible for all
our citizens. The Common Council
has done so with this vote.
DEC Ignores Its Mission
(DEC) has the following mission
statement: “To conserve, improve,
and protect New York's natural
resources and environment and to
prevent, abate, and control water,
land, and air pollution in order to
enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the state and
their overall economic and social
well being.”
The last part of this statement
promising to enhance the overall
economic and social well being of
the people suggests an immediate
conflict of directions.
Many groups and organizations
exist in our state promoting economic development. Above all the
DEC should focus on environmental conservation, as it name
Joe Martens, recently promoted
to head of the DEC (and a appointee
in Mario Cuomo’s administration)
was recently interviewed on the
radio program “Inside Albany.” He
proclaimed that the his agency is
looking forward to collecting hundreds of thousands in hydro-fracking permit fees to pay for the
salaries of DEC drilling inspectors.
Isn’t this really a case of the fox
guarding the henhouse?
The deadline to comment of the
proposed dGEIS for hdryo-fracking
is Jan. 11. More information at
Victoria Romanoff
Sarah Adams
Accountability Needed
To Joe Turcotte:
My previous letter to the editor
(Tompkins Weekly, Dec. 12) was a
display of facts that were gathered
and presented from the perspective
of a dependent rider of the system
and a taxpayer of the county. The
conclusions that followed took into
account facts that are public knowledge and advertisements of your
budget proposals regarding the current bus system.
Your “picture this scenario”
response to my letter (Tompkins
Weekly, Dec. 19) just continues to
add mass amounts of concern to
my opinion on the operational
incompetence of our area public
transportation system and the
amount of accountability that you
and your staff are held to.
Apparently your approach and
style of management must not
include contingencies for emergency situations that can arise and
impede the daily operation of
Your response neglects to include
the fact that while there were many
riders awaiting service, this same
member of your staff shared the
company of over 25 drivers awaiting orders to go to work? Could
these drivers not have provided a
reduced service to all the riders as
opposed to the full service to the
areas serviced that day? I think it
was not the lesser of two evils but
the choice of servicing those with
the loudest voice and most weight
within the TCAT organization.
Many have read the editorial
response and have also expressed
the same opinion as to the demonstration of radical partiality of
service to the select area. There
seems to be no way to steer your
bus from the path of the truth and
the facts here, Mr. Turcotte.
Cornell’s financial support for
TCAT is identical to that of the
other supporting bodies however
the one area that was the most
heavily serviced was Cornell.
Service was not proportionally
offered to the riders and dependent
citizens who also equally fund this
Again we read how the system is
in a rising deficit and some of the
ways offered to help offset this have
been proposed. However, we did not
read about any cuts to your salary
or higher salaried members of the
TCAT staff to help offset your
deficit. This would surely demonstrate your own personal true
desire and the support of your staff
to help get your deficit spending
habits under control.
The public sees through the
numerous sources of media, companies and corporations that struggle daily however they continue to
sustain the ability to survive and be
competitive. This appears to come
from both leadership and accountability. With the current TCAT
deficit continually escalating, it
appears that the TCAT organization both lacks and suffers severely
from a lack of any accountability.
Private companies that would
allow deficit spending to continue
uncontrollably, as TCAT is currently doing, would not be in business. I
also feel that a company has only
two major attributes that portray
their success or failure correctly,
one being the employees and the
second being the management.
Which one fails to do their job here
at TCAT Mr. Turcotte?
Nancy Rae
Steps to Sustainability: Unique Empires
By Richard W. Franke
This is the latest installment in our
Signs of Sustainability series,
Tompkins. Visit them online at
This is part of a series on the history
of sustainability.
The modern concept of sustainability was launched in 1987 with
the publication of “Our Common
Future,” the report of the World
Commission on Environment and
Development, sponsored by the
United Nations.
Sustainable practices, however,
existed from ancient times in many
traditional societies. We saw in the
previous two installments that both
Native American and African peo-
ples developed many effective traditional sustainable practices. Some
sustainable practices can also be
found in the developed empires of
these two areas. Among the most
successful of these were the Inca
empire of the Andes and the Fulani
Dina of 19th century West Africa.
The Inca empire, during 1438 to
1532, was the culmination of up to
5,000 years of indigenous development in the Andes Mountains of
modern-day South America. In
1531, it was probably the largest
organized state society in the
world. It stretched 2,500 miles from
modern Ecuador to northern Chile
and included 10 million people.
The Inca empire is unusual in
that it developed not in a river valley but in the difficult terrain of
steep mountains and high alti-
tudes. The Inca built the world’s
longest road system, which extended for more than 14,000 miles over
steep slopes and through low valleys. They built an amazing array
of bridges. Inca gold, religion,
architecture, astronomy and irrigation practices have long fascinated
observers, but recent research suggests that the Inca may have been
the first centralized state society to
engage in formal conservation
Inca society maintained a level of
social justice by setting aside special land parcels for widows,
orphans, people with disabilities
and soldiers. They built extensive
terracing, implemented by engineers who created canals up to 70
miles long that controlled water
flow. In the Lake Maracocha region,
they reforested areas that had
become barren. The Inca protected
by law certain species of animals,
such as seabirds, and regulated the
hunting of many animals. Only certain predators, such as foxes and
wildcats, could be hunted without
Across the Atlantic, the Fulani
Dina, or empire of Macina, arose in
1818 and lasted until 1862. The Dina
arose inside the great inland delta
of the Niger River, which has some
of the richest farmland and best
pastures in all of West Africa.
Macina was governed by a grand
council of 40 marabouts (Islamic
clergy) who supervised district governors in each of five provinces of
the empire.
Authority flowed downward to
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Twelfth Night Celebration Returns
The annual Twelfth Night Community Celebration is an evening of storysharing, merrymaking, and imagination, to mark the end of the holiday
season. It will be held at the Unitarian Church, corner of Buffalo and
Aurora streets in Ithaca, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Bring a story to share, a snack to pass and a few dollars to share expenses. The Twelfth Night Celebration, an Ithaca tradition for over three
decades, is a rare example of what happens when people decide to entertain themselves, instead of letting someone else do it. It is primarily an
evening of storytelling, in which the storytellers are members of the audience who feel like telling a story.
Twelfth Night is presented by various members of Ithaca’s folk music
community. For more information contact Phil Shapiro at 844-4535, or
[email protected].
Street Beat
The word on the street from around
Tompkins county.
By Kathy Morris
Question: What are your family’s New
Year traditions?
“We go to our Dutch friend’s
house and she makes
‘oliebollen’ and we play ‘sjoelen.’”
Town Seeks Planning Board Members
The Town of Ithaca is looking for Planning Board and Zoning Board of
Appeal Members. The Planning Board has two vacancies. The Planning
Board is charged with reviewing land use and development issues and
approving subdivisions, site plans and special permit requests. Meetings
are generally held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
There are also vacancies on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning
Board is a quasi-judicial board that is charged with ensuring that the zoning ordinances are complied with or that variances and/or special
approvals are granted when certain criteria are met. Zoning Board meetings are generally held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.
Some knowledge of the application of municipal law or other rules and
regulations is helpful but not required. Contact the town clerk at 273-1721
or via email at [email protected], or visit www.town.ithaca.ny.us for an application.
Hector Residents Want Fracking Hearing
- Mia Slotnick and Alexander, Ithaca
“We go outside and spend the
day in the woods.”
- Kathy Pettet, Odessa
The Hector Clean Water Initiative (HCWI) has delivered a letter to the
Hector Town Board making a third request for a public hearing on high
volume hydro-fracking.
HCWI has made two previous requests to the board to sponsor an open
hearing to receive input from residents on hydrofracking and the future of
the Town of Hector. The board denied two previous requests from HCWI
earlier this month.
In the latest request, HCWI asks the town board to hold the hearing on
or before January 25, giving the Board more than three weeks to place
legal notice. Quoting from the Association of New York Town Boards’
Manual for Town Boards and Supervisors, the letter notes that “a high personal responsibility rests on individual town board members. It requires
that they exercise careful consideration in making important decisions
which will affect the lives of town residents and businesses.”
“I get together with my siblings..”
- Dominic Versage, Ithaca
Tourism Board to Offer Workshop
Organizations or individuals interested in participating in the development of the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Plan for 2012–20 are
invited to attend a community workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The workshop will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tompkins County Library at 101
E. Green St., Ithaca, in the BorgWarner Community Meeting Room.
For more information, including links to the 2005-2010 Strategic
Tourism Plan and 2010 Visitor Profile Study, visit www.tompkinsco.org/ctyadmin/tourism.
Ithaca Rotary Club Receives Grant
The Triad Foundation has awarded the Ithaca Rotary Club a $1,000 grant
to advance the cause of literacy through the Books for The World project.
In the past year more than 11,000 children’s books, elementary and secondary textbooks, and medical textbooks have been collected, packed and
shipped by local Rotarians to schools and libraries in South Africa. There,
Rotarians unpack, sort and distribute these books for free.
For more information go to www.CNYBooksfortheWorld.org.
“We don’t have a New Year’s
tradition, but I’d like to start
- Alex Lesman, ithaca
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Tompkins Weekly
January 2
New Advice for Managing Menopause
By Jennifer Moyer
Hot flashes, night sweats, mood
swings and memory lapses can
make menopause seem like puberty’s evil twin. After a woman’s period has stopped completely in a year,
the ensuing hormonal changes can
wreak havoc emotionally, mentally
and physically. Menopause’s potential laundry list of discomforts
includes: decreased libido, an
increased risk of urinary-tract
infections, and bone loss. “The
change of life” symptoms can last
anywhere from two years to a
decade, depending on the individual.
Although menopause is not considered a disease that needs a cure,
women often request treatment to
help manage it. A new study reinforces the possibility that medications typically used to help mitigate
menopause’s effects may be
increasing a woman’s risk of harm
rather than good, even if used in
the short term.
During menopause, the ovaries
decrease their production of estrogen and progesterone. As a result,
the protective effects of estrogen
and progesterone decrease. A
woman’s body is then at increased
risk of osteoporosis, hot flashes,
and endometrial cancer. Therapy
can be estrogen alone, especially
for those who have had a hysterectomy.
Hormone replacement therapy
(HRT), also known as menopausal
replacement therapy, involves the
female hormones estrogen and
progesterone. It can also be a combination of estrogen and progesterone, or estrogen and progestin, a
synthetic version of progesterone.
HRT was initially perceived to be a
panacea to symptoms that accompany aging, but a 2002 U.S. Women’s
Health Initiative study examining
HRT’s effects was abruptly stopped
after finding a higher incidence of
breast cancer, heart attack and
stroke among women using the
therapy. Women began forgoing
HRT use, which was followed by a
Recent Research shows that hormone
replacement therapy may increase the
risk of breast cancer among women.
decrease in the incidence of breast
cancer in other countries too across
the globe.
However, health care providers
still prescribe HRT in smaller doses
for shorter periods of time as an
anodyne for menopause’s symptoms. A new Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health study
conducted an exhaustive literature
review directly associating HRT
use with breast cancer’s incidence.
“The evidence is compelling that
HRT use increases the risk of
breast cancer, and its cessation
reduces this risk,” the researchers
said in a news release.
“Given the potential harms associated with HRT use, physicians
and patients alike should be
reminded of the lessons learned
from the WHI trial. If HRT is needed, it should be used for the shortest time and at the lowest dose necessary to relieve symptoms,” stated
Dr. Kevin Zbuk, assistant professor
of oncology at the Michael G.
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January 2
DeGroote School of Medicine at
McMaster University in Canada
and lead author on the study.
Currently, there is not enough
data available to determine the
appropriate safe dosage or length of
time to remain on HRT to minimize
such risks. Health care professionals make treatment decisions based
on individual personal and family
medical histories. Women with a
history of blood clots, heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease
and breast cancer may not be
appropriate candidates for HRT.
The increased risk of these diseases may not be worth HRT’s
short-term benefit of mitigating
Yet the discomfort associated
with menopausal symptoms should
not be ignored. Trying to live with
hot flashes, unrest and irritability
can significantly affect one’s quality of life. For those who want relief
and want to avoid increasing their
risk of breast cancer, there are
other medications for menopausal
symptom control. Although they
are not FDA-approved for specifically treating menopausal symptoms, antidepressants can help
manage hot flashes and mood
swings. Biphosphonates, such as
Boniva, Fosamax and Actonel, are
used to help prevent bone loss.
Other medications, and sometimes
surgery, may be needed to help con-
trol urinary incontinence.
Vaginal dryness can also be treated with lubricant and medications,
such as vaginal estrogen, which is
available prescribed as a cream, pill
or ring. The medication delivers a
small amount of estrogen to the
vaginal tissues for those who want
to minimize their body’s exposure to
There are other options for those
seeking to avoid medications. Some
experts suggest that we avoid hotflash triggers, such as spicy foods,
alcohol, caffeine and stress. Coping
strategies, such as deep breathing
and counting to 10, can help alleviate stress. Dressing in layers allows
one to strip comfortably and discreetly in the event of a hot flash.
Weight-bearing exercise, a low-fat
diet, and eating small rather than
large meals during the day can help
facilitate sleep at night and reduce
bone loss. 1,200 mg of calcium and
600 IU of vitamin D are suggested
for women ages 51 through 70 to help
protect bones.
Herbal remedies, such as black
cohosh, motherwort and chasteberry, should be used only under the
supervision of a medical professional to assess the frequency and
dosage, as well as to avoid potential
drug interactions.
In the meantime, for those continuing to pursue HRT therapy, treatment should be reevaluated every
six months. If vaginal bleeding,
bloating, headaches or nausea
occur, it may be time to consider
other alternatives.
Jennifer Moyer, BSN, RN, CBC, is
a frequent contributor to Tompkins
Weekly. A former Ithaca resident, she
now lives and practices nursing in
the Boston area.
By Patricia Brhel
Phillip Cornelius, Dan Vandam and Thomas Cornelius have earned the highest honor
given by the Boy Scouts.
doing this with your friends. You
support each other and learn
together, cheering each other on,
and in practical ways, like helping
to complete projects. Nobody does
their project completely by themselves; one of the ways you demonstrate leadership is by inspiring
and directing other scouts as you
work on your project. Eagle Scouts
are looked up to, and they serve as
examples of how to conduct your
life. A big part is helping the
younger scouts, giving back to not
just your troop, but your community and the country.”
Celebrating 35 years, a cornerstone of
Ithaca and surrounding communities
At the Eagle Scout awards ceremony held Dec. 27 at the Foundation of
Cornelius and Dan Vandam of
Troop 55, Ellis Hollow, impressed
visitors with their poise, their
intelligence and their ambition.
They were eager to reminisce
about the fun they’ve had working
toward Boy Scouts’ highest rank,
but also to talk about their projects
and the effect those projects had on
the community.
Phillip and Thomas worked on a
trail that is located beyond the
explains, “I worked on two bridges,
completely replacing one that had
been just an old door across a narrow stream and replacing rotting
wood railings and poles on the
other. I also created and hung signs
identifying various trees, listing
each scientific name and the uses
of each tree.”
His twin brother Thomas says,
“I’m more into conventional construction. I created an archway by
using trees I harvested from our
property to define the previously
obscure trail; made a bench near
Phillip’s bridge; and I built a picnic
table by the river at end of the trail
so that visitors could sit and enjoy
a snack while enjoying nature.”
After the two projects, the trail is
now much more visible, usable and
more often used.
Vandam concentrated his efforts
at the Brooktondale Community
Center. “I built two picnic tables
and a brick barbeque pit under an
existing pavilion. This allows families to enjoy a picnic in a parklike
setting,” he says. “The barbeque
and picnic tables now allow families and groups to enjoy simple
pleasures like a sing-along and
s’mores close to home.”
Prior to all three projects, the
young men consulted with their
parents, scout leaders, community
members and the boards of the two
community centers to define the
scope of the projects, get permission from the organizations and
scout leadership, and to obtain
financing. They each wrote letters
and received a discount on materials. To organize groups of adults
and younger scouts to complete a
project, many weeks of effort and
activity— from the initial rough
sketch through materials purchase—must be documented both
in writing and pictures and submitted to a review board.
All three credit their families
with helping them reach their
goals. “My parents took me camping, which helped me get interested in scouting. Right now I’m
studying engineering at Cornell
and may go into biological engineering. Dad teaches math at I.C.
and Mom does illustrations of animals, fungi and plants, so I come by
it naturally. Mom took all of us
into the woods and showed us
things when we were growing up,”
Vandam says.
All three boys smile, remembering sunny days spent hunting for
salamanders and spiders. Thomas
and Phillip, both seniors at Ithaca
High School, also talked about
camping trips with their parents
and the support they received.
“Mom helped me keep myself
organized and on track,” Thomas
recalled. Phillip says, “Our parents
helped by believing in us. Dad, Jan
Cornelius, has even been our
scoutmaster for the past three and
a half years.”
Thomas adds, “We weren’t
always easy to deal with either; we
could be just as stubborn and silly
as any other kids, but they stuck by
us.” He laughs. “It can’t always
have been fun, spending one weekend a month camping with unruly
teenage boys!”
It takes at least 21 badges—10
regular and 11 special silverrimmed badges—before a Boy
Scout can apply for Eagle status.
However, it was obvious from the
number of little, round fabric
emblems on each young man’s sash
that they’d accomplished far more
than the minimum requirements.
This isn’t the first time that
Troop 55 has admitted three young
men in a single year to the Eagle
Court of Honor. Craig Mccullough,
an Eagle Scout and graduate of
troop 55 says, “The best part is
Photo by Patricia Brhel
Local Troop Recognizes 3 Eagle Scouts
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Tompkins Weekly
January 2
T-burg Chamber Still Going Strong
The Tompkins County Chamber of
Commerce is a familiar name to
most people in the area. However,
not everybody knows that there is
another active business organization on the west side of the lake.
Founded in the early 20th century, when travel by horse and buggy
was still commonplace, the
Trumansburg Area Chamber of
Commerce (TACC) is still going
strong today. Long-time TACC
member Fran Maguire, of Maguire
Family Dealerships, speculates
that the organization evolved
because the Village of Trumansburg was essentially a market town
with a robust business district that
had stores that were open on
“The farmers would come into
town on that day and do their shopping and visit their friends and
extended family that lived there,”
Maguire says. Though the initial
circumstances may have changed,
much about TACC remains the
These days, for Trumansburg
and the tri-county area of
Jacksonville, Lodi, Interlaken and
Sheldrake that are also part of
TACC, having a local chamber
enables members to learn more
about issues that pertain to their
specific rural needs, such as natural resource conservation, wine
sales in grocery stores and agriculture protection plans, rather than
those that don’t impact them as
Tompkins Weekly
January 2
Photo by Sue Henninger
By Sue Henninger
Bridgid Beames, Lucia Tyler, and Dr. Ellen Matuszak listen to the guest speaker at a
TACC Business Luncheon at the Glenwood Pines in February 2011.
much, such as town-gown relations.
Membership due remain relatively inexpensive at $80 per year
and the benefits are simple, but
practical. For years TACC has been
one of the cornerstones of the
Festival. Main Street businesses
host holiday open houses, offer holiday specials, and decorate for the
Chamber’s Merry Merchant contest. This event is free and open to
everyone in the community and is
looked forward to by locals and visitors alike as a way to reconnect
with neighbors and friends.
TACC also maintains a brochure
rack at the highly-trafficked
Taughannock Falls State Park for
its members to distribute information about their business or service
The annual dinner is another
occasion that offers members a
chance to network as well as to
acknowledge specific contributions
or achievements of certain members by awarding a plaque to both a
Person of the Year and a
Community Person of the Year.
VanDerzee family, owners of the
Catering, and the American
Legion, exemplify the spirit of the
award, as both enhance the quality
of life in the community by offering a place for residents to gather,
regularly providing donations to
local groups, and sponsoring traditional yearly events like the
Memorial Day parade. Though
none of these activities are opulent
or large-scale, they all reinforce the
sense of living and working in a
place where “everybody knows
your name.”
Business owners and service
providers, many of whom are sole
proprietors or own small companies, also benefit from TACC’s
group marketing. Membership
entitles them to be included on
TACC’s website, in the annual
brochure, and in the quarterly
newsletters, publicity that costs
much less when paid as a group.
Like other s civic organizations,
TACC has had to weather its share
of difficulties, including a drop in
membership several years ago and
members less able or willing to take
on additional volunteer responsibilities.
There have also been the predictable debates around what TACC
should be doing for its members
versus what members want to
receive from TACC. Despite these,
this group of business owners and
not-for-profit associates continues
forward with a positive outlook,
Please turn to page 12
Some Tips for Weatherizing Your Home
By Kevin McMahon
With the holidays behind us and
much of the country facing months
of chilly or even sub-zero weather,
it’s not too late to make sure your
home is adequately weatherproofed and save a few dollars (or
more) on your utility bills. Here are
some things you can do to improve
your home’s efficiency and make
sure you and your family are comfortable through the winter
C h e c k I n s u l at i o n
According to the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, in a
typical home, about 10 to 20 percent
of the fuel bill is the result of unintended air infiltration. Even in a
well-insulated home, energy may
be wasted through air moving in
and out or infiltrating through the
home’s building shell or structure.
Air leaks around doors and windows, attic hatches, window air
conditioners, and through cracks
and holes.
Make sure your attic has a sufficient amount of insulation to
ensure it stays at least five to 10
degrees warmer than the outside
air, otherwise too much heat
escapes. Not only will this cause
your heat bills to be higher, but it
can also cause frozen water to melt
and refreeze which can result in a
collapsed roof.
Inspect the weather stripping
and caulking around doors and
windows to make sure it hasn’t
cracked or come loose, allowing air
to leak, and replace it if needed.
This can also help reduce infiltration by insects, dust and moisture
and noise. Or, consider replacing
your windows or doors with new
ENERGY STAR-qualified windows
or doors, which can save you about
seven to 15 percent on your energy
M a i n t a i n Yo ur Pi p e s
Wrap your pipes with heating tape
every winter and insulate unfinished rooms such as garages or sunrooms if they contain exposed
pipes. Check pipes for cracks and
leaks and have any damage repaired
immediately to prevent costlier
repairs later. Keep your house
warm—at least 65 degrees. Don’t
neglect your basement and crawl
spaces, and insulate pipes in those
spaces to protect against freezing.
It’s also important to know the
location of your pipes and how to
shut the water off. If your pipes
freeze, the quicker you shut off the
water, the better chance you have of
preventing pipe bursts and major
water damage in your home.
I n s p e c t H e at i n g S y s t e m s
Be sure to have your heating system
serviced every year, and maintain
your furnace, fireplace, boiler, water
heater, space heater and wood-burning stove. Change your heating and
air conditioning filters regularly,
and while you’re at it, check the batteries and operation of your smoke
and fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
By setting aside a few weekend
days now, you’ll save yourself a lot
of hassle later—and your family can
relax and be warm and comfortable
throughout the winter months. For
more information on home maintenance, go to tcbra.com or
Kevin McMahon is president of the
Tompkins Cortland Builders &
Remodelers Association (TCBRA).
Homeowners Need Mortgage Interest Deduction
By Kevin McMahon
Homeownership, the foundation of the
American Dream and the American economy, is
under attack. Lawmakers are considering tampering with the mortgage interest deduction—
which has been part of the tax code since its
inception in 1913—in a bid to reduce the federal
But the mortgage interest deduction is often a
key consideration in household financial planning and a family’s ability to afford their monthly housing payments—especially young families
that are new home owners. In the continuing
economic downturn, changing this important
tax provision could tip the scales for millions of
families who are struggling to make ends meet
on a daily basis.
Contrary to claims that the mortgage interest
deduction primarily benefits the wealthy, the
biggest beneficiaries are younger households
and middle-class home owners. Sixty-eight percent of the mortgage interest deduction tax benefits are collected by home owners who make
less than $200,000 per year.
Young families with modest household budgets make up the bulk of the entry-level market.
They tend to be recent home buyers, with small
amounts of home equity and growing families
due to marriages and children. A study by the
National Association of Home Builders found
that the bigger the family or household, the
greater the tax benefit from the mortgage interest deduction.
IRS data shows that largest deduction
amounts are claimed by those aged 35 to 45. Out
of the total amount of mortgage interest deduction claims, 74 percent is claimed by taxpayers
under the age of 55—30 percent by taxpayers
ages 35 to 45.
For generations of American families, owning a home has meant owning your future. It is
an important stepping stone to building household wealth, providing for children’s educations
and ensuring a comfortable retirement.
In fact, owning a home is the most valued
long-term investment most Americans ever
Find out more about the mortgage interest
deduction at www.SaveMyMortgageInterest
Tompkins Weekly
January 2
Tompkins County Community Calendar...
2 Monday
Adult Spanish Class, 6:30PM-7:30PM, Lansing
Community Library, 27 Auburn Road, Lansing, This
beginning level class introduces students to the basic
concepts of the language while focusing on Spanish as
a part of everyday life. Nora Schapira, Instructor, is a
native speaker and New York Certified Spanish
Teacher. Class will meet January 2, 9,16, 23, 30 and
February 6, 13, 20, 27. Register with the Town of
Lansing Recreation Department. Fee is $50.
Lifelong Schedule, 8:30–9:30AM, Enhance Fitness®
, Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street, Ithaca; 9–10AM,
Enhance Fitness®, Juniper Manor I, 24 Elm St.,
Trumansburg; 10:15–11:15AM, Enhance Fitness,
Dryden Fire Hall, 26 North Street; 7–9PM, International
Folk Dancing; Info., 273-1511 or www.tclifelong.org.
Lights on the Lake, 5-10pm daily, Onondaga Lake
Park, Liverpool, Nov. 17th-January 8, Lights on the
lake is a two mile long drive-thru show. Info.,
Note: Please check with your venue that your event is
still scheduled over the holidays.
3 Tuesday
Al-Anon, 12noon, 518 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, Meeting
open to anyone affected by another person’s drinking.
Info., 387-5701.
Emergency Food Pantry, 11:30am-2pm, Tompkins
Community Action, 701 Spencer Rd., Ithaca. Provides
individuals and families with 2-3 days worth of nutritious food and personal care items. Info. 273-8816.
First Tuesday Book Club, 6:30pm, Newfield Public
Library, Main St., Info., (607) 564-3594.
GIAC Teen Program, 7-9pm, BJM, 318 N. Albany St.,
Ithaca, Game Room, Video Games, Open Gym & Field
Trips, 272-3622.
Groton Alumni Association Meeting, 7pm,
Community Room of Center Village Court, 200 West
South St. Groton. Plans for the 2012 All-Alumni
Reunion will be to honor and recognize graduating
classes ending in "2" and "7". If you have questions,
contact Treasurer Jane Rutledge at 898-3983 or
Secretary Rose Tucker at 898-5867. The mailing
address for the Groton Alumni Association is: PO Box
42, Groton, NY 13073.
Interfaith Group Prayer Service for Healing Ithaca,
5:15PM–5:45PM, Temple Beth El, 402 N. Tioga Street.
Host: Rabbi Scott Glass. Free, For information, contact
Leslie Meyerhoff, member of St. Paul’s United Methodist
Church, at [email protected].
Knee & Hip Pain Seminar, 11am, Cusick Room,
located on the first floor of St. Joseph’s, Elmira; A free
seminar, entitled “The Good News About Knee and Hip
Pain,” sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital, The seminar is FREE and open to the public. Interested individuals are invited to make a reservation by calling Health
on Demand at 607-737-4499 or 800-952-2662.
Lifelong Schedule, 9–12PM, Morning Watercolor
Studio; 9:30–11:30AM, Football; 10–12PM, Open
Computer Lab/Discussion; 11:30–12:30PM, Tai Chi,
Lansing Community Library, Auburn Road;
12–1:30PM, Northside-Southside Gathering; 1–4PM,
Confidential HIV Testing and Counseling (Alison Rice)-by
appt, Call 274-6683; 1–4PM, Afternoon Art Studio;
5–7PM, Young at Heart Yoga; 7–9PM, Lions Club
Meeting; Info., 273-1511 or www.tclifelong.org.
Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 6pm, St.
John's Church, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no limitations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org.
Math Time in the Curiosity Corner, 10:30am,
Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Toddlers and
preschoolers hear stories and create crafts at the
New Roots Charter School Board of Trustees
Meeting, 5:30-7PM, New Roots Charter School at
116 N. Cayuga Street, the Clinton House, Ithaca. Info.,
607-882-9220 or http://newrootsschool.org.
Overeaters Anonymous, 12:15-1:15pm, Henry St.
John Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W.
Clinton St., 12 Steps & 12 Traditions meeting; 7-8pm,
Watkins Glen Library; Meetings are free, confidential,
no weigh-ins or diets. Info., 387-8253.
T'ai Chi Classes at Lansing Library, 11:30AM12:30PM, Lansing Community Library, 27 Auburn
Road, Lansing, John Burger - Instructor. T'ai Chi promotes balance, flexibility, coordination and can reduce
pain. T'ai Chi is also been shown to lower the risk of
falls, increase energy levels, enhance sleep, and
reduce stress and anxiety. Using precise, fluid movements, T'ai Chi can dissolve tension, increase your
strength and cardiovascular fitness, and leave you with
a greater awareness, calmness, and overall sense of
wholeness. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Registration & Fee: $5/class (Scholarships and
reduced monthly payment options available through
Lifelong - 607-273-1511 - www.tclifelong.org and the
Lansing Library)
Toddler Storytime, 11-11:30am, Thaler/Howell
Room, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, Toddler
storytime is most appropriate for children 18 months
to 36 months.Caregivers and toddlers share great stories, music, rhymes and fingerplays.
Tot Spot, 9:30-11:30am, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Mid
October thru Late April. Indoor stay and play for children 5 months to 5 years & grown-ups of any age.
Children ages 5 months to 1 year: $2; Children ages 1
year to 5 years: $4; Adults always FREE! Frequent Visit
Discount Passes Available for Recreation Partnership
Residents, Info., 273-8364.
Women Singin', 5:30-7pm, Hospicare, Ithaca, A
singing circle of a cappella songs from different traditions, including harmonizing, rounds, etc. For all
women who like to sing. For more information, contact
Hospicare at 607-272-0212.
"Writing Through The Rough Spots", Brighten the
gray this winter! Discover stories you didn’t know were
waiting inside you. Small, comfortable classes in a
warm setting. Writing Room Register for Tues. class
now. More info. at www.WritingRoomWorkshops.com
4 Wednesday
Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional
Families Group, ACA Meets every Wednesday 7:308:30 pm at The Ithaca Community Recovery Bldg. 2nd
floor of 518 W. Seneca St Ithaca, NY for more info:
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, 7-8:30pm,
The 1st Congregational Church, 309 Highland Rd.,
Ithaca, Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a
free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering
from food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. Info., toll free 866-931-6932 or 718-321-9118 or
www. foodaddicts.org.
Tompkins Weekly
January 2
Knitting/Crocheting Night, 6:30pm, Newfield Public
Library, Main St., Info., (607) 564-3594.
Lansing Writers' Group, 7PM, Lansing Community
Library, 27 Auburn Road, Lansing, Meetings are open
to adults and focused, mature minors who strive to
improve their writing skills and learn from each other.
All genres, skill levels, and writing types are welcome.
Additional info., www.groups.yahoo.com/group/lansingwritersgroup. Free and open to the public.
Lifelong Schedule, 8:30–9:30AM, Enhance Fitness®
, Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street, Ithaca; 9–10AM,
Enhance Fitness®, Juniper Manor I, 24 Elm St.,
Trumansburg; 9–10AM, Enhance Fitness®, Kendal at
Ithaca, 2230 North Triphammer Road; 9–10:30AM,
Make-Up Class--Lace Knitting Class #1; 9–12PM,
HIICAP Health Insurance Counseling, by appointment.
Call 273-1511; 9:30–10:30AM, Enhance Fitness®Newfield Garden Apartments, 261 Main St.;
10–11:15AM, Yoga for Older Adults with Special
Conditions @ St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, Room
3; 11:30–12:45PM, Yoga for Well Older Adults @ St.
Catherine of Siena Parish Hall, Room 3;
10:15–11:15AM, Enhance Fitness, Dryden Fire Hall,
26 North Street; 1–3PM, German Class; 1–3:30PM,
Crafting Circle-Needlework and Quilting; 2–3PM,
Enhance Fitness®- McGraw House Annex, 211 S.
Geneva St.; 6–7:30PM, Alzheimer’s Support Group;
7–8:30PM, Tai Chi for Wellness; Info., 273-1511 or
Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 12 Noon, St.
John's Church, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no limitations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org.
NYS Ag Society Panel and Reception, 6:458:30pm, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
Cornell, Info., https://secure.www.alumniconnections.
Cost: $10per person.
Play Mah Jongg, 1PM-4PM, Lansing Community
Library, 27 Auburn Road, Lansing; Play American Mah
Jongg in an informal, relaxed setting. Free and open
to the public.
Ted Walsh and Unreal City, The Beach House,
Lansing, 7-10pm, no cover.
"Writing Through The Rough Spots", Brighten the
gray this winter! Discover stories you didn’t know were
waiting inside you. Small, comfortable classes in a
warm setting. Writing Room Register for Wed. class
5 Thursday
Adult Karate, Seishi Honbu, 15 Catherwood Road,
Ithaca. Formal, traditional, japanese discipline,
Progressive noon time classes for men and women.
Info., (607) 277-1047 Email [email protected].
AL-ANON Hope for Today, 7:30pm, 518 West
Seneca St., Ithaca, main floor, Meeting open to anyone
affected by another person’s drinking, Info., 8444210.
Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders, 7pm,
Cooperative Extension, 614 W. State St., for those in
need of help & recovery. Info., 272-2292.
Conservation Board Meeting, 7pm, 215 N. Tioga
St., Ithaca. Info., 273-1747.
Depression Support Group, 5:30-7pm, Finger Lakes
Independence Center, 215 Fifth Street, Ithaca. Every
Thurs. The group is free, confidential and organized by
people who have personal experience with depression. Info., 272-2433.
Groundswell Farm Business Planning Course, 8
classes, every other Thursday evening, January 5 April 12, 2012; Dates: January 5 and 19, February 2
and 16, March 1, 15, and 29, and April 12, 6-9PM,
Ithaca, Sliding scale, $80 – $300; Application
required: Visit www.groundswellcenter.org for online
[email protected].
Lifelong Schedule, 9–10:30AM, Make-Up Class,
Lace Knitting Class #2; 10–11:30AM, Asking the Right
Questions; 12:30–1:30PM, Strength Training Class;
2–3PM, Senior Theatre Troupe; 2:15–4PM, Open
Computer Lab; 2:45–4PM, Preparing the Soul for
Death; 6:15–6:45PM, Couples Pattern Dance
Lessons; 6:30–8PM, Caregiver Conversations Support
Group, Call 274-5482 for information; 6:45–8:30PM,
Line Dancing Lessons; 7:15-9PM, Toastmasters
Meeting; Info., 273-1511 or www.tclifelong.org.
Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 6pm, Loaves
& Fishes, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no limitations
or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org.
Men’s Breakfast Group, 8–9am, location TBD, for
men with any type/stage of cancer, Every Thursday,
Call 277-0960.
Overeaters Anonymous, 6:15-7pm, Henry St. John
Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W. Clinton
St., Just for Today/open sharing meeting. Meetings
are free, confidential, no weigh-ins or diets. Info., 3878253.
Preschool Story Hour, 10:30 AM, Lansing
Community Library, 27 Auburn Road, Lansing; Join us
for stories, songs, and fun! Different theme each
week. Free and open to the public.
Teen Advisory Program, 4:30-5:30pm, Tompkins
County Library, Tompkins County Study Room. Bring
your ideas and help improve the Library’s Teen
Department, Open to anyone in grades 6 through 12,
Refreshments will be provided.
Tot Spot, 9:30-11:30am, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Mid
October thru Late April. Indoor stay and play for children 5 months to 5 years & grown-ups of any age.
Children ages 5 months to 1 year: $2; Children ages 1
year to 5 years: $4; Adults always FREE! Frequent Visit
Discount Passes Available for Recreation Partnership
Residents, Info., 273-8364.
"Writing Through The Rough Spots", Brighten the
gray this winter! Discover stories you didn’t know were
waiting inside you. Small, comfortable classes in a
warm setting. Writing Room Register for Thurs. class
6 Friday
Al-Anon, Meeting open to anyone affected by
another person’s drinking. 7pm. Dryden Methodist
Church, Park in Rite-Aid lot. Info., 387-5701.
First Friday Gallery Night, 5pm-8pm, Downtown
Ithaca, A walkable tour of Downtown Galleries and Art
Houses on the First Friday of every month.
“Immigration and Biography” will be the first show
of 2012 at State of the Art Gallery and it will feature
the work of the gallery’s two newest members,
Jane Dennis and Terry Plater. A reception for the
artists will be held Friday, Jan. 6, 5-8pm with a wine
tasting courtesy of Bet the Farm Winery of Aurora,
New York. Show dates are Jan. 4 -29, 2012. .
Gallery hours: Wed.–Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun.,
12-5pm. State of the Art is located at 120 W State
Street and the gallery is ADA accessible with curbside parking. Contact information: 607-277-1626 and
Lifelong Schedule, 8:30–9:30AM, Enhance
Fitness®, Lifelong, 119 W. Court Street, Ithaca;
9–10AM, Enhance Fitness®, Juniper Manor I, 24 Elm
St., Trumansburg; 9–10AM, Enhance Fitness®, Kendal
at Ithaca, 2230 North Triphammer Road; 9–10:30AM,
Knitting Circle , All Levels Welcome; 9-12PM, Duplicate
Bridge Class, Beginner and Intermediate Lessons and
Practice Play, Seats Available; 9:30–10:30AM,
Strength Training @ St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall,
Room 3, 302 St. Catherine Circle, Ithaca;
9:30–10:30AM, Enhance Fitness®, Newfield Garden
Apartments, 261 Main St. ;10–11AM, Chair Yoga;
10:15–11:15AM, Enhance Fitness, Dryden Fire Hall,
26 North Street; 11:30–1PM, Tai Chi Class, All levels
welcome; 1–3PM, Mahjong; 2-:3PM, Enhance
Fitness®, McGraw House Annex, 211 S Geneva St.;
2–4PM, Square, Round, Line & Polka Dancing; Info.,
273-1511 or www.tclifelong.org.
Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 12 Noon,
Loaves and Fishes, 210 N. Cayuga St., Open to all, no
limitations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org.
“Moon Shine”, 5-8pm, The History Center, Ithaca. A
small exhibit about the local Temperance Movement
will be set in complement to The History Center's current exhibit "Built to Last: The Architecture of William H.
Miller", and hot mulled wine will be available for the public to taste thanks to a generous donation from
Sheldrake Point Winery. For information, please call
New England Contra and Square Dance, 8-11pm,
Bethel Grove Community Center, NYS Rt. 79, about 4
miles east of Ithaca. For more information: Ted Crane,
607-273-8678 or visit www.tedcrane.com/TCCD.
Night Hikes, Cayuga Nature Center, Join us for a guided hike on our trails under the big night sky. Find out
who is awake and stirring under the moonlight. No
need to bring a flashlight-- you?ll be surprised how
much you see without one! Please call 607-273-6260
for reservations. Night Hikes occur on the first Friday
of every month.
NY State Lifeguard Exam, 5:30pm, Watkins Glen
High School. Please visit www.nysparks.com for a list
of all the qualifying procedures and prerequisites to
employment or for other exam dates and locations.
Info. & registration 607-387-7041 or email
[email protected]. Walk-ins will also be
accepted as long as they arrive prior to 5:30pm.
Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:30pm-6pm, Danby
Federated Church, 1859 Danby Rd, Ithaca, Walk-ins
Waltz Jam Night, 7pm, Bethel Grove Community
Center, 1825 Slaterville Rd., Ithaca. Bring an instrument or your feet, or both. Info., 607-273-8678,
Email: [email protected].
Workforce NY Workshop Performance Systems
Development, 9:30-11am, NYS Department of Labor
/Tompkins Workforce NY, 171 E. State Street, Center
Ithaca Building, Room 241, Ithaca. Cornell University
Information Session, 1-2:30pm, Info., Phone: (607)
[email protected].
7 Saturday
4H Fly Tying Workshop, 6-8pm, Cornell Cooperative
Extension, Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue,
Ithaca, Tuition Fees and Supplies: Tuition covers nine
weeks of instruction, all tools, hooks and materials. All
students will receive complete tying kits including
vises, scissors and related materials necessary to
complete the course and practice tying outside of the
class. Fees: Adult (19 and up) $150, Child (between
13 and 18) $120,
Child and Adult (both) $225.
Animal Feeding, Cayuga Nature Center. Noon. Feel
free to visit CNC as our animal volunteers feed our
many animals, then hike one of our trails or visit the
tree house. Free for members, low cost to visitors.
Info www.cayuganaturecenter.org.
Genealogy Study Group, 10am, Newfield Public
Library, Main St., Newfield. Info., (607) 564-3594.
GIAC Teen Program After Hours Spot 4-midnight.
318 N. Albany St.. Ithaca, Music, movies, open gym,
game room, video games, computers, skating & more.
Info., 272-3622.
Monthly Mother/Daughter Book Club, 3:304:30pm, Thaler/Howell Programming Room, Tompkins
County Public Library. The Club provides a wonderful
opportunity for participants to learn about themselves
and others by discussing literature. There are no right
or wrong answers during Club meetings, simply open
discussions where all input is valued. A complete list
of Club dates and titles will be provided at the
December 3 meeting. For information, contact Carrie
Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248
or [email protected].
“Our Brothers, Our Sisters’ Table” hot cooked
community meal, 12noon, served at the Salvation
Army, 150 N. Albany St. Ithaca. All welcome, No
income guidelines.
Overeaters Anonymous, 11am-12:15pm, Henry St.
John Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W.
Clinton St., 12 Steps & 12 Traditions meeting; 8-9am,
Cortland Memorial Nursing Facility; Meetings are free,
confidential, no weigh-ins or diets. Newcomers always
welcome. Info 387-8253.
Secular Organizations for Sobriety Meeting, 2pm,
Unitarian Church Offices, Basement at Aurora and
Buffalo Streets, S.O.S offers a secular approach to
recovery based on self-empowerment and individual
responsibility for one's sobriety.
Showtime!, 2pm, Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca.
See science in action with a special interactive presentation at the Sciencenter every Saturday at 2 pm.
Info., www.sciencenter.org.
The Ithaca Community Chorus, 7:30pm, St. Paul's
United Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora St, Ithaca.
The Ithaca Community Chorus & Chamber Singers and
Gerald Wolfe, Director, present Karl Jenkins' "The
Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" with full orchestra.
Adults: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; Students: $5;
children under 12, free. Info., http://ithacacommunitychoruses.org/g-icccs.cfm.
Orientation, 10am-12Noon, 124 W. Buffalo Street,
Ithaca. Info., 277-6442 to pre-register.
Tot Spot, 9:30-11:30am, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Mid
October thru Late April. Indoor stay and play for children 5 months to 5 years & grown-ups of any age.
Children ages 5 months to 1 year: $2; Children ages 1
year to 5 years: $4; Adults always FREE! Frequent Visit
Discount Passes Available for Recreation Partnership
Residents, Info., 273-8364.
Twelfth Night Community Celebration, 7:30pm,
Unitarian Church, corner of Buffalo and Aurora, Ithaca.
A story to share, if you wish; a snack to
pass and A couple of bucks to share expenses.
8 Sunday
Brooktondale Fire Company Pancake Breakfast,
8am-11am, 786 Valley Rd., Brooktondale.
Discovery Sunday, 1pm, Cayuga Nature Center,
Ithaca. Join us on the second Sunday of each month
for a family-friendly program on a nature themed topic.
Enfield Fire Co. Chicken Barbecue, 11am till gone,
Enfield Fire Station is located at 172 Enfield Main Rd.,
On Route 327 about 1 mile south of Route 79. Adult
meals are $8, Children meals are $5. The Ladies
Auxiliary holds a Bake Sale at each BBQ.
Free Sunday at the Sciencenter, 12noon-5pm, The
Sciencenter, 601 First St., ithaca.
Visit the
Sciencenter for FREE on the first Sunday of every
month this winter.
GIAC Teen Program 4-7pm, 318 N. Albany St.,
Ithaca, Game Room, Video Games, Open Gym & Field
“Our Brothers, Our Sisters’ Table” hot cooked
community meal, 3pm, served at the Salvation
Army, 150 N. Albany St. Ithaca. All welcome, No
income guidelines.
SALSA FROM SCRATCH: with Felipe Rivera!, 45pm, Jan 8 - Feb. 12, 6 weeks, City Health Club, 402
W. Green St, Ithaca, $70/series, with multiple discounts available, Felipe Rivera and Liz Welch, Info.,
266-0282 or www.ithacadance.com.
Tot Spot, 3:30-5:30pm, Ithaca Youth Bureau, Mid
October thru Late April. Indoor stay and play for children 5 months to 5 years & grown-ups of any age.
Children ages 5 months to 1 year: $2; Children ages 1
year to 5 years: $4; Adults always FREE! Frequent Visit
Discount Passes Available for Recreation Partnership
Residents, Info., 273-8364.
9 Monday
Adult Spanish Class, 6:30PM-7:30PM, Lansing
Community Library, 27 Auburn Road, Lansing, This
beginning level class introduces students to the basic
concepts of the language while focusing on Spanish as
a part of everyday life. Nora Schapira, Instructor, is a
native speaker and New York Certified Spanish
Teacher. Class will meet January 2, 9,16, 23, 30 and
February 6, 13, 20, 27. Register with the Town of
Lansing Recreation Department. Fee is $50.
Baby Storytime, 10:30-11am, Tompkins Co. Public
Library, Caregivers and newborns up to 15 months old
are invited to join us each Monday in the Thaler/Howell
Programming Room for stories, songs, and togetherness. For more info, 272-4557 ext. 275.
Cayuga Bird Club Meeting, 7:30pm, Auditorium at
the Lab of Ornithology on Sapsucker Woods Rd., This
will be the annual "Share Your Photos Night," hosted by
Kevin McGowan, in which club members bring in their
own photos and share their birding experiences.
Meetings are free and open to the public and anyone
interested in birds is invited to attend. For information,
279-4253 or [email protected] email.
Dryden Senior Citizens , will meet on at the Dryden
Fire Hall. Lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. with announcements starting at 11:45 a.m. Please bring your own
table service. The meal cost for members is $6.00
and $8.00 for non-members. The menu will be
lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread, and fruited jello.
Emergency Food Pantry, 1-3:30pm, Tompkins
Community Action, 701 Spencer Rd., Ithaca. Provides
individuals and families with 2-3 days worth of nutritious food and personal care items. Info. 273-8816.
GIAC Teen Program 4-7pm, 318 N. Albany St., Ithaca,
Game Room, Video Games, Open Gym & Field Trips.
Groton Library Book Club, 6pm, Groton Public
Library, meets every 2nd Monday of the month. This
months book is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
by Rebecca Skloot. Info., 898-5055.
Jazz Dance Classes with Nancy Gaspar, 7:15pm,
Finger Lakes Fitness Center, 171 E. State St.,
Center Ithaca, Non-members & drop-ins welcome.
Info 256-3532.
Jazzercise, 5:45 & 6:45pm, 119 W Court St., Ithaca.
Jazzercise combines dance, resistance training,
pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create programs
for people of every age and fitness level. More info.
288-4040 or www.jazzercise.com.
Knowledge is Power, 6pm, group for those who have
been in abusive relationships, For info., 277-3203.
Fine Spirit
Kundalini Yoga Classes, 7:30-9pm,
Yoga Studio, 201 Dey St., Ithaca. Info., 760-5386.
Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen, 12 Noon, St.
John's Church, 210 N Cayuga St., Open to all, no limitations or requirements. Info., www.loaves.org.
Overeaters Anonymous, 7:30-8:30pm, Henry St. John
Building, 301 S. Geneva St., #103, corner W. Clinton St.
or 7-8PM, Cortland Memorial Nursing Facility, 134 Homer
Ave., Basement Conference Room B; Speakers/Literature
meeting, Meetings are free, confidential, no weigh-ins or
diets, Info., 387-8253.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Meeting, PTSD
Ithaca is a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder support
group for individuals in and around Ithaca, NY who have
been diagnosed with (or think they may have) Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder. Meetings are every
Monday at 6:30 p.m. Please call 607-279-0772 for
more information.
Pre-School Story Hour and Craft, 10am, The
SPCA Annex at The Shops at Ithaca Mall.
Wedding Dances: First Dance, Parent Dances,
8-9pm, Jan.9-Feb.13, 6weeks, Island Health,
Communiyt Corner, Caygua Heights, $70/series, with
multiple discounts available, Ellie & Kurt, 266-0282 or
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Problems at work? Know Your
Property Manager/
Full Time and Part Time Year Round Employment.
Must work scheduled day hours, lift 60 pounds, selfstarting, reliable. Carpentry skills required. Duties
may include: maintenance and repair of farm buildings; operation and maintenance of farm
vehicles/equipment; vineyard work. Good salary.
The Collection Antiques
One of the largest selections
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SelfDefense. Kwon's Champion School,
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170 Main St., Groton
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LPNs, Lab Techs,
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serve as the local executive of a valuesbased youth organization serving
Cortland, Tompkins & southeast Seneca
counties. Responsible for the organization and operation of all aspects of the
local program to achieve fundraising,
membership recruiting and manpower
goals. Serves as the executive officer of
the district giving guidance to cultivating,
recruiting, training and inspiring key volunteer personnel. Recruits manpower
to run finance campaigns, fundraising
dinners, special events and activities.
Collaborates with schools, churches
and other organizations to set up recruitment events and activities. The position
requires 55+ hours work per week
including numerous nights and weekends. Applicant must be a self-starter,
with a Bachelors degree, be over age
21, have the ability to work a non-traditional work schedule and have reliable
transportation. All candidates will be
subject to background and credit checks
and must be willing to relocate to the
Ithaca area. Starting salary of $35,000
plus benefits.
E-mail resumes to
[email protected]
Resolving Disputes
Liam G.B. Murphy,
Full-Time. Benefits include:
Blue Sheild Medical, Dental,
Vision 401K plan, Long Term
Disability and Life Insurance.
Generous vacation and personal
time! Come join our growing team
serving Ithaca and the surrounding area for 35 years. Family
Medicine Associates of Ithaca.
Please fax resume and cover
letter attention: Human
Resources Fax # 607-216-0587.
No phone calls please.
Legal Services
Saturday Morning Yoga in the
Iyengar tradition, at Fine Spirit Studio,
Dey St. Ithaca. For information contact
[email protected]
Wiles Guitar Studio
18th & 19th Century
Country & Formal
Furniture & Accessories
Suzuki Guitar Lessons
Children thru Adults
Community Corners Ithaca
Two Locations to Serve You Best
GreenStar 701 W. Buffalo St. 2739392 & 215 N. Cayuga St 273-8210
R&M Contracting
Free Estimates
Roofing • Painting
Pressure Washing
Cleanouts & Hauling
Foundations • Sheetrock
Fully Insured • References
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Office 315-668-3786
• Refinishings
• Repair Work
• New & Old
Paul and Connie Polce
9838 Congress St., Ext.
Trumansburg, NY 14886
607-387-5248 Open Daily 9-5
Wildlife Control
Jack Ryan’s
We remove wildlife such as Skunks,
Raccoons, Squirrels, Woodchucks, etc.
Live trapped & removed. 20+ yrs exp
Call 607-257-9396
Licensed by NYS Dept of Environmental
Conservation Division of Fish & Wildlife
Calendar Submissions:
Event Listings: Email details to
[email protected]. The deadline
to submit items is each Wednesday at
1pm for the next Monday’s paper.
Manley Typewriter sales and service. IBM, Panasonic, Cannon, Brother,
Electronic Typewriters 607-273-3967.
Book your Family Portrait. Also wedding and Resume Photos. Call Studio 97
Photography by Kathy Morris 277-5656.
Food & Drink
Lunch Delivery - Free Lunch Delivery
from the Ithaca Bakery M-F 11am2pm. Call 27-BAGEL.
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January 2
Child Safety
Continued from page 1
says Myers, “so we want to talk
about that and explain why we do
some of the things we are required
to do around safety.”
A recommended resource for
information on talking to children
can be found at www.kidpower.org.
The website relates that “Teaching
children about ‘stranger danger’
does not protect them from kidnapping and can make them worried
without making them safer. Just
lecturing young people about safety
or just showing them what to do is
not enough.”
Kidpower stresses the need for
kids to practice safety skills in a
fun way, increasing their confidence and decreasing their anxiety.
The site offers articles, videos, podcasts and workshops that show how
to protect children from kidnapping and teach them to be safe with
It is also important to realize that
abductions are rare, seldom perpetrated by strangers. Statistics show
that that the number of stranger
abductions has been going down for
the past 20 years.
According to the National Center
Children, nearly 800,000 children
are reported missing each year,
most of these being runaways.
More than 200,000 are victims of
family abductions, while 58,200 are
abducted by nonfamily members.
Of these abductions, only 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping, and over half
of these incidents ended with the
return of the child.
Myers emphasizes the need to
empower children while being careful not to scare them. “It’s impor-
Tompkins Weekly
January 2
tant for children to understand that
they shouldn't get into a car with
someone that they don't know,” she
says, “but you have to balance that
with the fact that there are adults
that can help you.”
Myers relates a story of getting
lost in a huge department store as a
child. “You can imagine how panicked my mother was,” she says. “A
security guard noticed me twirling
around in front of a big triple mirror with no adult around and
offered to help me find my mom.
And I said ‘No, you’re a stranger. I
can’t come with you; my mommy
will find me.’ He could have been
helpful, so we need kids to understand that there are adults who we
can trust to help us.”
Continued from page 4
subdistrict heads who supervised
designated heads of
groups. Each herding group had a
controlled number of animals,
thus preventing the overtrampling
of pastures and destruction of pasture grasses. Markets were regulated by the administration for
both environmental maintenance
and social justice.
The Dina increased the capacity
of the traditional systems to feed
large populations. The Dina rulers
marked off and protected fishing
areas and animal trek routes.
Officials fixed payment levels and
set fines for damage to crops.
Standard weights and measures
were introduced. Administrators
organized conferences and made
an inventory of farming areas,
herding pastures and camps.
Animals were placed in three categories, with limits for each: animals primarily for reproduction,
those for milking and a small number allowed in farming villages
year-round. Returns to farming
and herding were carefully monitored to identify sudden declines.
One-third of certain milk-herd
returns was set aside for needy
people in the farming villages.
In both the Inca and Macina
empires, we thus see examples of
highly centralized state societies
that were able to monitor and regulate their relations with their
resource base. Other empires, however, often collapsed from within
through abuse and overuse of
resources. In the next two installments of this series, we shall see
some examples.
Richard W. Franke is a resident
and board member of Ecovillage at
Ithaca. He is also a member of
Sustainable Tompkins.
Continued from page 8
building on some recent moves to
increase their visibility and adding
some new ideas from the board of
directors as well.
In 2011 the primary goals were to
increase member education andexpand networking activities for
businesses to learn more about
each other and exchange ideas and
information as well as to enjoy
each other socially.
Member education has been
twofold, combining speakers with
newsletter themes on topics like
green practices for businesses and
the benefits of online and in-person networking. Newsletter articles gave members a venue to both
share their knowledge and expertise in as well as the opportunity to
learn more about the services oth-
ers in the group offer.
The themes for 2012 include
“Agriculture as a Business” and
TACC’s newsletter have also been
actively solicited so entrepreneur’s can read about what others
in their communities are doing to
promote and grow their business.
Other innovative ideas came
from the members themselves. In
October, Nana Monaco, owner of
Trumansburg Good to Go! Market
offered a 10 percent discount to
any TACC members who shopped
in her establishment during that
month. This proved so popular
that it was followed by similar
offers from both new and established members. Monaco has also
gotten TACC on FaceBook and
updates the page regularly.
This year the TACC Board of
Directors hopes to add the goals of
continuing to increase membership by reaching out to past members and new businesses and economic
President, Debbie Nottke adds that
rural communities like Trumansburg have the additional goal of
“achieving self-sufficiency by
being innovative, communicative
and keeping our comprehensive
plan in the forefront of our decisions.”
What ultimately keeps this organization going is pride of place and
pride of ownership says Maguire.
“It always comes down to the people who care enough to make sure
that our downtown remains
viable…We think keeping TACC
going is the right thing to do.”
To learn more visit www.trumansburgchamber.com.