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posticon BBQ Pavilion Going Up

Around Town | Friday, April 26, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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BBQ PavilionThe current barbeque location is across the parking lot from the permanent barbeque pavilion, in front of the Lansing ball fields batting cage

Work has begun on a permanent barbecue pavilion at the corner of the parking lot in front of the town ball field batting cage.  The new structure is across the parking lot from the spot where barbecues have been set up for years, closer to Auburn Road.  The 48 foot long pavilion will mean chicken barbecues that support a myriad of local organizations will be more convenient, rain or shine.

"You can see there has been motion on the pavilion," said Highway Department Superintendent Charlie Purcell last week. "Hopefully in the next couple of weeks that will all be coming together."

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posticon Dryden Rail Trail Wins $1.5 Million Grant

Around Town | Friday, April 26, 2019 | By Town of Dryden Print
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drydenThe Town of Dryden received notice Wednesday that its application for $1.5 million for the Dryden Rail Trail has been awarded through the New York State Transportation Enhancement program. Dryden was one of six successful applicants from the Southern Tier in this highly competitive program.

The funds will be used to construct a pedestrian bridge over Rt. 13 near the Rt. 366 intersection. The pedestrian bridge over Rt. 13 is a vital component of the rail trail project. It has stood out as the most challenging physical obstacle to completing the project. The funding will also be used to finish three miles of trail surface with stone dust to ADA compliance.

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posticon ICSD Recognized for Commitment to Music Education

Around Town | Friday, April 26, 2019 | By Martha Frommelt Print
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The Ithaca City School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

This is the seventh consecutive year that the ICSD has received this designation. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education

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posticon Birds Find Sweet Digs In Arnot Forest, Maple Wins

Around Town | Friday, April 26, 2019 | By Cornell University Print
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Birds and maple syrup share the same critical ingredient: healthy northeastern forests. Every year, millions of birds breed, feed and fledge in the same forests that are tapped for syrup (called "sugar bushes"). As long as a sugar bush stays tapped, it will remain a forest and not be cleared for development. Now the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is partnering with the Cornell Maple Program to help sugar bushes in the Arnot Research Forest meet their full potential for bird habitat, sweetening the deal for birds and for the bottom line in the university's own sugar bush. The understory of the oldest part of the Arnot sugar bush was thinned decades ago and deer have kept the shrub layer from regenerating, says Aaron Wightman, who oversees operations at the forest.

Forest managers aim for an ideal diversity of tree species at a diversity of ages, with layers of branches and leaves at the top, middle and bottom. Without younger generations of trees growing up underneath the canopy layer, the entire forest community faces an abrupt decline when all those oldest-generation trees begin to die.

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