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January 12, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 2

posticon Town To Reach Out To Citizens

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Town of Lansing

Despite seven years of open meetings to craft a comprehensive plan revision, many Lansing residents complained last month that the public was not adequately invited to weigh in on the plan.  Controversy over a public hearing scheduled only a few days before Christmas led to the Town Board agreeing not to vote on final acceptance of the plan until there has been time to hold several more meetings at times and places accessible to residents.  Responding to that concern, Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne says he will ask the Town Board to add regular meetings and to agree to other measures that will help keep the public in the know.

"I will propose a series of two meetings a month," he says.  "The first one will be the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30.  We'll discuss this at our organizational meeting on January 17th."

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posticon Bobcat Boys Varsity Basketball Defeats Groton

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basketball Winslow free throw at Groton

The Lansing Bobcat boys varsity basketball game against the Trumansburg Blue Raiders was postponed due to school closings on Friday January 5th, but they traveled to Groton for a match against the Indians on January 9th.

Groton won the tip, but Lansing opened the scoring with a Garrett Bell bucket off a nice Griffin Nelson pass. Luke Winslow hit the first 3 pointer of the game, the first of many, but the Indians were able to answer with one of their own. Groton struggled with the Lansing pressure, and with 2:30 minutes to go in the first, the Indians called their first timeout, down 16-6. The Bobcat success would continue, ending the first quarter with a sizeable lead, 22-8.

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School Supplies

The first day of school is an exciting time for children and their families alike.  But prior to that some families are confronted with sticker-shock -- the cost of school supplies.  Lansing Superintendent of Schools Chris Pettograsso says her leadership team has been looking at how the price of school supplies is impacting Lansing families and ways the School District can mitigate it.

"We're hearing there is a growing concern about the cost of materials and supplies for families, for students on a yearly basis, particularly K-6," Pettograsso told the Board of Education Monday.  "One of the frustrating things, especially for families, is when they do go out and extend themselves and buy these supplies, and then, come June they get a lot back.  So they become frustrated with the process.  The biggest impact is at the elementary level.  In the high school you're looking at when they need a specific calculator.  That's pricey, but there are resources for that as well."

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