Opinions & Columns

Who’s that knocking at your door? Someone with a petition!


If you are a Democrat registered to vote in Tompkins County, you may hear a knock on your door sometime between February 28 and April 3. Who’s there? A candidate for local office, a volunteer for the same, perhaps a campaign intern or (rarely) paid staff, clipboard in hand, asking for your signature on multiple sheets of paper.  This year […]

Vinyasa yoga class comes to Newfield Public Library


With many focusing on physical and mental health in the new year, a Newfield resident has partnered with the library to provide yoga classes and build a sense of community. Vinyasa Yoga Class for Beginners, now offered at the Newfield Public Library, will allow residents to explore the world of yoga and feel a sense of peace. Newfield’s Phyllis KuanYin […]

Groton Food Providers prepping for expansion 


In January 2019, Jessamine (Jess) Stone became the coordinator of Groton Food Providers (GFP), located in The Joyce Crouch Benevolence Building (TJCBB) at 701 S. Main St. Her husband, Mike Stone, and their six children had all been volunteering at GFP for several months prior – learning the ropes from GFP’s longtime coordinator, Donna Bernhardt, and other volunteers, before Jess officially took […]

The Healthy Senior: How to define constipation


What is the definition of constipation? The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous year:  * Straining during bowel movements * Lumpy or hard stool * Sensation of obstruction or incomplete evacuation * Fewer than three bowel movements per week. Those reporting constipation most often […]

New Dryden Town Board member brings public safety experience


The Dryden Town Board recently appointed a new member, bringing 25-plus years of experience in public safety to the table. Christina Dravis, a resident of Etna, was sworn in at the beginning of January. Dravis replaces the late Jim Skaley. Dravis was a member of the town’s safety and preparedness committee from 2018 to 2021. She had never expressed interest […]

Trumansburg Education Foundation releases 2022 annual report


The Trumansburg Education Foundation (TEF), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization run by a volunteer board of directors, has released its 2022 annual report, highlighting its many successes in the community.  The foundation advocates for students and teachers in Trumansburg by providing educational opportunities that promote growth, wellness and excellence. Genna Knight, president of the TEF, views it as a collaborative effort […]

Lansing residents approve BOBCAT project by 1 vote


    In an election decided by the thinnest margin possible, residents approved the Lansing Central School District’s (LCSD) Building Opportunities for Branding, Capital Improvements, Athletics & Teaching (BOBCAT) capital project on Jan. 24. The vote passed 447-446 after two recounts. It was approved Election Inspectors Diane Moore and Mary Helen Castles. They were appointed at LCSD’s Jan. 9 Board […]

Renewal is key as winter continues


It’s a girl!  At 2:12 am on January 13th, Lillian Hazel Sigler, our newly minted daughter entered the world.  Why am I telling you this?  First, I’m telling everyone!  It’s either cute or insufferable depending on who you talk to.  It also has me feeling something the country and Tompkins County desperately needs, renewal. I walk on the commons and […]

Sock collection project continues to grow and warm those in need 


“Warm feet, warm hearts, give socks.” It’s a simple phrase that Beth Hickman, a Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church member, believes in as she continues her mission to ensure everyone has a pair of warm socks. While many people recognize the importance of a cozy winter coat or blanket, socks are frequently overlooked despite being just as important. Hickman first […]

NY Renews Coalition’s Proposal to Fund New York’s Landmark Climate Law Could Unlock $$ for Ithaca Green New Deal


New York’s hard-fought climate law was a big win for the climate justice movement. The landmark Climate and Community Protection Act (CLCPA or Climate Act) passed in 2019 set ambitious targets for both emission reductions and environmental justice, including a mandate for 40% emissions reduction by 2030. It’s already 2023. And unless something big changes, New York state is not […]


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