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Around Town | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Karen Veaner Print
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Lansing Artisan's Fair

For the 9th year Saturday vendors gathered for the Lansing Artisan's Fair to benefit the Friends of the Lansing Library.  This year more than 20 vendors offered jewelry, home goods, pottery, clothing, holiday gifts, and more items.  vendors included  Fingerlakes Baking Co., Case Sera Sera, Connie Shipos Designs, Take Your Pick Flower Farm, Silver Serenity Design Studio, Standing Stone Bee Products, and Appleseed Fiber Farm.

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posticon Ithaca Garden Club Gala at Lansing Inn

Around Town | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Karen Veaner Print
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Ithaca Garden Club Gala

The Ithaca Garden Club held its 'Innkeeper's Holiday Gala' Wednesday at the John Joseph Inn in Lansing.  The fundraiser was held largely to increase the plantings at the Cayuga Inlet Crabapple Grove.  Visitors were treated to food, company, and an opportunity to explore the inn.

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posticon Increase In Pertussis Reported

Around Town | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director Print
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Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease spread person to person through coughs or sneezes. Pertussis can affect anyone at any age, but it is particularly harmful to infants who are too young to be vaccinated.

Pertussis is cyclical in nature. Year to date there have been 21 confirmed cases, 9 cases were reported during November. In 2016, there were 4 cases; 2015 had 4 cases; 2014 had 14 cases. In 2012, there was a spike of cases with a total of 105.

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posticon Women Building Community Grants Announced

Around Town | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Mary Grainger Print
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Twelve projects have received Women Building Community (WBC) Grants totaling $30,000, announced Diane Shafer, president of the City Federation of Women's Organizations (CFWO) board. WBC Grant recipients were recognized at an event Tuesday, December 5 celebrating the ways they will help to improve the lives of Tompkins County women and girls.

"I am so pleased with the wide range of needs we are able to meet, and the range of ages we are able to serve with these grants," Shafer said. "Through our grant process we identify challenges facing women and girls in our community. In future years we will have the capacity to allocate more resources to meet more of the needs described by the grant applicants."

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posticon Read Fine Print On Gift Cards This Holiday Season

Around Town | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By New York State Comptroller's Office Print
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New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to read the fine print on gift cards this holiday season for details about fees and expiration dates. While some gift card sellers have done away with inactivity fees, consumers should still ask whether fees apply when purchasing a gift card. DiNapoli said New Yorkers should use their gift cards within a year of purchase to avoid inactivity fees and register cards with the retailers that offer it so the owner can be identified.

Money from unused gift cards issued by New York businesses is turned over to the State Comptroller's office as abandoned property after five years of dormancy. In State Fiscal Year 2016-17, $14.8 million from gift cards was turned over to the state's Abandoned Property Fund.

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posticon Within Reach - The Christmas Camera

Around Town | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Monroe Payne, Monroe Payne Photography Print
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Within reach Imagine it is Christmas morning, all the little ones are just beginning to stir, and the aroma of coffee is beginning to bring cheer to your home. This is the day everyone has been working toward, where some of the tenderest, happiest and most exciting moments of the year happen, and you (the responsible adult) want to capture the images in all their glory.

You pull out your camera, aim it, scramble to the office to find a battery that isn't dead, run back to the tree, run back to the office to get a memory card that isn't full, run back to the tree – and it's over. The moment is gone. Not only did you not get a photo of the scene, but you missed the memory as well. With any luck, I'll be able to help you avoid that sad scene and make this a holiday that's alive with joyful memories and a few really good photos – not just muddy snapshots.

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posticon Dear Margaret - Saddened by Addiction

Around Town | Friday, December 08, 2017 | By Margaret Snow Print
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dearmargaretDear Margaret: My brother has a drinking problem. He generally ruins family events, embarrasses me with his behavior, and bottom line is I'm concerned for his health and well-being. I've talked to him on many occasions about it and he knows I disapprove. So now he tries to hide it from me. With the upcoming holidays I'm becoming more and more stressed over getting together with family because of him. How can I let him know how his addiction is affecting me and others and help him to be the brother he once was?
Saddened by Addiction

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