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County works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions


As it has since 2009, the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) recently issued its annual report on member activities in 2021 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to clean energy. A coalition of activists leaders and concerned citizens, TCCPI meets monthly to discuss and share information about what we can do locally to shrink our carbon […]

It’s time for Groton Olde Home Days!

Groton Olde Home Days (GOHD) — Groton’s greatly anticipated three-day festival — will begin with the opening of the Playland Amusements Carnival Midway at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 and will conclude late into the night with music Aug. 27. There is truly something to please almost everyone during this annual community celebration, and while there is not enough room here […]

IPD officer makes Newfield his home

With strong ties to Tompkins County, Ithaca Police Department (IPD) Officer James Davenport has chosen the hamlet of Newfield to put down permanent roots and call home. “My great-grandfather, Amos Davenport, on my father’s side, was an electrician and owned his own business, Davenport Electric on 420 N. Geneva St. in Ithaca,” James said. “He also purchased a stretch of […]

Freeville’s Station Park highlights village history

A finished project in the village of Freeville is looking to provide “an attractive gathering place for village residents” while “increasing public awareness of local history,” said David Fogel. Fogel, the village’s former mayor who is now a member of the Board of Trustees, speaks of Station Park, which was completed in spring of this year. According to Fogel, Station […]

Community Recovery Fund set to open for applications this fall

Legislature creates advisory committee to guide program to fruition

Back in September, the Tompkins County Legislature announced that it had approved the “use of up to $7 million of the county government’s unassigned fund balance to fund a Community Recovery Fund Program” (tinyurl.com/y9velyt5). After almost a year of trying to work out the logistics, the program is nearly ready to launch, with the first round of applications set to […]

Mama Said Hand Pies to open café in T-burg

In 2015, a collection of culinary creations was introduced at the Ithaca Festival that would result in a new café opening in Trumansburg this fall. Co-owners of Mama Said Hand Pies, Hiroko Takashima and Gabriel Flores, started vending at the Trumansburg Farmers Market in 2016 after their eclectic collection of pies was a hit at the festival the year before. […]

Briefs: Job fair, Clint Halftown, Hero of the Month

World of Skills Job Fair returns to county this month The Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC) recently announced that the 26th annual Tompkins County World of Skills Job Fair is coming Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at Hotel Ithaca on South Cayuga Street. Everyone is invited. Attendees of the job fair can come meet over 30 local employers […]

Rising costs prompt large increase in living wage estimates


Late last month, Alternatives Federal Credit Union and the Tompkins County Workers’ Center jointly announced a new living wage estimate for the county — $16.61/hour. That figure is 8.5% higher than last year’s calculation of $15.32/hour, which those involved said can largely be attributed to the recent stark rise in residents’ expenses due to factors like inflation. As Alternatives (alternatives.org) […]

Lansing alum shares journey from debate team to law school

While Lansing alum Sean O’Neil’s current office in Washington D.C. is a ways away from his hometown, he said that he’ll never forget all that his experience in Lansing and in Tompkins County taught him to bring him to where he is now. O’Neil grew up in Lansing, spending his elementary, middle and high school days in the school district. […]

Music groups, events move forward after pandemic setbacks


This year, music fans across the county have collectively welcomed the return of a wide array of performances and other events centered around enjoying music with fellow community members, especially after two long years of cancellations, delays and complications due to the pandemic. For the performers, the feeling is mutual, with musicians and event organizers alike glad to be back. […]


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