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posticon Ellen Howell Honored for Music Accomplishments

Around Town | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Ellen HowellEllen Howell receives framed resolution from Lansing Councilwoman Andra Benson

Lansing High School senior Ellen Howell was recognized by the Lansing Town Board Wednesday for earning the high honor of being selected for this year's New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference All State Ensemble.  Howell was one of 6,500 sophomores and juniors who auditioned for the position.  Howell was also selected to the All Eastern Honors Ensemble, which selects students from eleven Northeastern states, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense School in Europe

Councilwoman Andra Benson read a resolution, and the Town Board unanimously approved it, that says, "...the Lansing Town Board recognizes Ellen Howell for her amazing musical achievements and presents this certificate signifying the Town’s pride in her accomplishment."

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posticon 6th Graders Lobby to Make Cafeteria Cleaner

Around Town | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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6th Grade Green Team

Lansing Middle Schools's 6th Grade Green Team lobbied the Board Of Education Monday to reduce single-use plastic use in their cafeteria.  4 Rs Focus Group members Matthew and Valerie, and Science Club members Dean and Toby (with Mike manning the computer to change PowerPoint slides) told the board about how non-recyclable plastic cups and eating utensils are used in their school. The students offered over $1,000 they earned by recycling cans and bottles at the middle school to buy reusable bowls, and metal silverware with the money if the Board of Education would accept their proposal.

"We want to make Lansing more green by reducing the use of single-use plastic that our school produces," Matthew said. "We have been working all year to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that is used in the cafeteria.  For example, we have accomplished the goal of eliminating the use of single-use straws."

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posticon Tenured Lansing Teachers, Retirees Celebrated

Around Town | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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Lansing tenured teachers and retireesLeft to right: Retiree Judy Vaughan; newly tenured teachers Kerry Glenn Keough, Marlo Weaver, Danielle Loveless, Amy Phanhthalath, Brett Hotchkiss, Danielle Hamilton, Laura Larkin, Amanda McGonagle; retiree Emily Tvaroha

Newly tenured teachers, retirees, and outgoing school board member Aaron Thompson were celebrated Monday at the final Board of Education meeting of the 2018-19 school year.  all eight teachers were present to hear the school board officially approve their tenure, and retirees received a golden apple and a framed aerial view of the school campus, after which there was a short party.

"As you can tell from the people who are going out tonight, in addition to being great instructors, we really take pride in hiring quality people," said School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso. "And you're that.  Congratulations to you. We really look forward to our continued time with you."

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posticon Ithaca High School Recognized for Academic Achievement

Around Town | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By ICSD Print
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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently named Ithaca High School a 2018-2019 Recognition School.

Recognition Schools are identified as high achieving and high progress under the state's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, the goals of which are to foster equity in education and expand measures for school support, school accountability and student success.

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posticon J.R. Clairborne Appointed Director of Veterans Services

Around Town | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By Marcia E. Lynch Print
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William Clairborne, Jr., known as J.R., has been appointed to assume the position of Tompkins County Director of Veterans Services. The Legislature confirmed County Administrator Jason Molino's appointment of Mr. Clairborne tonight. J.R. will lead the County's new Office of Veterans Services (an agency required under NYS Executive Law), which will connect local military veterans to Federal and State services, including services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Since 2012, Mr. Clairborne has served as Advocacy Coordinator for Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County, where he has provided advocacy services (counseling, referral, and connection to basic services) to the agency's dining guests in need, including military veterans. Before that, J.R. worked in marketing and communications for both Cornell and Ithaca College and spent six years as a Reporter and Assistant Editor for the Ithaca Journal. The new Director served eight years in the United States Navy and U.S. Naval Air Reserve, achieving the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class; Aviation Boatswain's Mate – Handler. He holds Bachelor's Degrees (in African-American Studies and Journalism) from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

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posticon Ithaca College Graduate Awarded First Goldberg Scholarship

Around Town | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By Seneca Lake Guardian Print
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Seneca Lake Guardian has selected its first annual scholarship recipient to honor renowned environmental attorney, Deborah Goldberg, upon the announcement of her retirement.  Anneke Walsh van Rossum, an Ithaca College graduate, was chosen by Seneca Lake Guardian Board members after careful consideration of all applicants for the scholarship.

"Right now we have the right to free speech but not to clean water or air – it's mind boggling but true," said van Rossum. "I have spent my life thinking about, and caring for our natural world. As an adult, I have chosen to pursue a career in environmental law so I can grow and strengthen the skills I need to advocate for our planet. While there are millions of ways to advocate for our Earth, for me the law is the best way to claim and defend the rights of people and nature for both present and future generations," she added. 

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posticon Preparing for Camp

Around Town | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By Samantha Hillson Print
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Summer camp season is around the corner and the Tompkins County Health Department reminds families to protect campers from illness. Summer camps offer fun and excitement for our youth and can involve travel to other parts of the State and beyond.

Contagious diseases, such as measles, can spread easily at camp. When a person sick with measles coughs or sneezes, the virus gets into the air where it can stay for two hours. Anyone who is not immune, can get measles if they are in that area. The New York State Department of Health reports that there are over 300 confirmed cases of measles in our State outside of NYC.

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