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December 14, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 47

posticon Village Puts The Kibosh On Cottages

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Lansing Village Cottages

After close to six months of deliberation the Village of Lansing Planning Board said no to a Planned Development Area (PDA) that would have facilitated construction of Lansing Village Cottages, a project that would have included 97 rental units in 84 buildings, most of them small cottages, grouped in pocket neighborhoods around shared green space.  But Planning Board Chair Lisa Schleelein said the proposal didn't meet four of the eight objectives in Village code defining PDAs,

"The Village of Lansing was founded essentially because of the desire for protections provided by establishing a zoning code," she said. "The Village history underscores the seriousness of creating a PDA.  In the 40 years since the Village was founded there have been numerous requests for PDAs, but only two have been approved.  And there's a very good reason for this.  It's a very serious decision and it's complicated.  It's a law change and a creation of a brand new zone and district.  There must be a very clear and compelling reason for creating a PDA, because once it's created it can't be revoked."

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posticon Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Responds to Bomb Threat

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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport received a bomb threat at approximately 1PM yesterday (Thursday), one of many businesses, institutions, and other airports nationwide that received a bomb threat today.

In accordance with its emergency plan, the Airport immediately notified the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office and Federal authorities. Safety and security of Airport passengers and tenants was the top priority.

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posticon Lansing Schools Attack Bullying

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Lansing Schools

Lansing School officials have been paying a lot of attention to bullying and how the school social climate can be improved, partly in response to the suicide of former Lansing student Will Czymmek a day before he would have turned 18, partly because of Beth Hogan Callister's demand last September that district personnel enact more effective responses to bullying incidents, partly because bullying has become a major topic state-wide and across the US, and finally because that is what school districts are supposed to do.  A series of surveys were distributed among district residents recently to get a handle on how bad the issue is, and a 'School Climate and Culture Improvement Initiative' has resulted in a task force and discussions across the Lansing campus.

"We've been talking about this comprehensively," Lansing School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso said at Monday's Board of Education meeting. "We have curriculum and things on how to improve climate and culture in each building.  And we're looking at it for our facilities about improvements and program.  So it's really a district-wide K-12 initiative.  We'll have to embed this into our planning and our goals as we move forward.  It's there, but I would like to include a specific goal for school culture and climate improvement.  You'll see that more and more for school districts because it's a state initiative."

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posticon Cayuga County and Town of Lansing Veterans Honored

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helming honoringvetsSenator Pam Helming stands with the veterans from Cayuga County and the Town of Lansing who were recognized for their nomination to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Memorial City Hall in Auburn.

Auburn - Senator Pam Helming recognized 20 veterans who live in Cayuga County and the Town of Lansing during a veterans recognition ceremony at Memorial City Hall in Auburn on Friday, November 30. The veterans were nominated by family, friends, and community members for the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, and they were among a total of 120 nominations Helming received for this prestigious award across the six counties that she represents.

The veterans from Cayuga County and the Town of Lansing honored at this event included Sgt. Danny Baker, of Lansing; Tech. Sgt. Franklin Bower, of Throop; Pfc. Gerald I. Burger, of Auburn; Cryptologic Technician 1st Class Philip Caci, of Auburn; Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas E. Crawford Jr., of Auburn; Pfc. Phillip E. Cuddeback, of Throop; Master Gunnery Sgt. Todd R. Fischer, of Union Springs; Airman 2nd Class Leman F. Glimpse, of Montezuma; Staff Sgt. Jeffrey S. Girvin, of Port Byron; Spc. David Gould, of Fleming; Cpl. George Isaac, of Lansing; Sgt. 1st Class Karen Macier, of Auburn; Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Rusin, of Auburn; Sgt. G. William Ryan, of Union Springs; Staff Sgt. Bruce Sharpsteen, of Venice; Senior Airman Paul E. Stryker, of Scipio Center; Pfc. Albin R. Tichensky, of Victory; Staff Sgt. Donald G. Wells Jr., of Port Byron; Tech. Sgt. Dana F. Wilbur, of King Ferry; and Sonarman 2nd Class John W. Wishart, of Lansing.

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posticon Lansing Gallery - Ithaca Ice Fest

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Diane Duthie - Lansing GalleryIce Fest has become an Ithaca tradition, an Ice Carving  celebration of cold weather.  This year's festival featured a speed ice carving contest, ice bar, music, and a twp block showpiece challenge.

I wasn't able to attend the 2018 ice festival, but am showing some of my favorite photos from the 2017 Ithaca Ice Festival. The weather was perfect to craft the ice sculptures and the crowds gathered to watch the artists at work.


Photos by Diane Duthie

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posticon Editorial - Alexa, Ain't Technology Grand?

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Editorial

Technology supposedly makes our lives better.  Yet how many times (this week) has someone told you that you had to wait because their computer was slow that day, or the corporate system was down.  How many times this week has your computer told you to 'please wait'?  (At least it says "please".)  How many documents have you lost?

As I write this on 'deadline day' I am a bit behind.  When I sat down at my desk this morning my computer informed me that some updates could not be completed unless I restarted my computer.  I thought it meant that my calendar app or something needed a quick reboot to enable the new features.  So I told it to go ahead and reboot.  But my computer must have meant it had a major operating system (OS) update, and it took over 40 minutes to complete.  I left my office, mumbling about deadlines and computers and Murphy, whose law has brought so much misery to us all...

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