Lansing at Large: Chicken pavilion, brewery projects move town center forward


Dave Hatfield and his chicken-cooking colleagues will have a new place to work across the parking lot from their old spot when the Town of Lansing completes the new “multi-use pavilion” this week.

The structure will be known as the “Robert Baker Memorial Barbeque Pavilion,” after the Lansing resident and Cornell professor who originated the famous “Baker” or “Cornell” chicken recipe. There will be a formal dedication and opening on a date to be determined.

The project will cost about $8,000 according to Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne. Of that, $5,000 was donated by Baker’s family. The remainder of the costs, up to $10,000, have been covered by an anonymous donor, LaVigne said.

The pavilion is being constructed by the Town Highway Department and will boast a roof, electricity, water, and lights. The project will also improve drainage in the area, reducing the threat of ice in the parking lot in the winter, according to LaVigne.

“We couldn’t put the pavilion where the pits are now because they are under the power lines,” LaVigne said. The five parking spaces lost to the structure will be compensated by the recovery of the spots where the old pits were.
“We worked together to determine the best places to run the electricity and water,” LaVigne said. “The Highway Department also put up two pavilions in the Village of Lansing.”

Meantime, the Salt Point Brewing Company announced last week that they will be moving their brewery and taproom from their current location next to Rogue’s Harbor to a 5.4-acre site purchased from the town across Route 34B from the Town Hall complex.

“This should be a good anchor for that business district, “LaVigne said. “Two acres of the site are wetlands and will remain that way, and they have promised to preserve the Lansing Center Trail that will go across the property.”
LaVigne said that the town has a few more projects in the pipeline for the land adjoining the new brewery and apartments.

In brief:

Rotary Chicken Dinner
The Lansing-Ithaca Rotary, the Lansing Faculty Association, and the Lansing Lions will hold their 40th Annual Chicken BBQ Dinner May 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the high school to support student scholarships and awards.

A half chicken dinner will be $12 while quarter chicken dinners will be $10. Half chickens only will be $8. Dinners can be eaten in or carried out – curbside pick-up will be available at the loading dock behind the school. There will also be basket raffles and fancy cakes on auction.

Middle School Drama
The Lansing Middle School will present their annual drama “Little Red: Life in the Hood” May 8, 9, and 10 at 6:30 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. Admission is $7 for this humorous retelling of the classic children’s story “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Summer Program Booklets available
The Town of Lansing Recreation and Parks Department now has its summer program catalogs available at the Town Hall and online.

Programs for 2019 include:

  • Summer day camps from July 1 to 5, July 15 to 19, July 22 to 26, and July 29 to Aug. 2, and “Last Hurrah” camp from Aug. 26 to 30
  • Archery Camp from July 29 to Aug. 2
  • Tennis camp from June 24 to 28
  • Orchestra/Band Camp from July 15 to 19
  • Paddle-N-More board sports from July 15 to 19 and Aug. 12 to 16; counselor in training from July 1 to 5; “Destination Exploration” from July 29 to Aug. 2; “Wind-N-Waves” from July 8 to 12, July 22 to 26, Aug. 5 to 9, Aug. 19 to 26, and Aug. 26 to 30; “Wind-N-Waves junior” from July 15 to 19, July 29 to Aug. 2, and Aug. 12 to 16
  • Junior Golf School from July 17 to 19
  • Flying High Riding Camp from July 1 to 5, July 8 to 12, July 22 to 26, Aug. 6 to 9, Aug. 12 to 16, Aug. 19 to 23
  • Soccer Camp from Aug. 12 to 16
  • Basketball Camp from July 29 to Aug. 2
  • Instructional Swim from July 8 to 12 and Aug. 5 to 9
  • “School Before Hogwarts” from Aug. 12 to 16
  • Cooking Camps “Crazy Kitchen Mystery” from July 15 to 19, “Cupcake Wars” from July 15 to 19; “Copy That” from July 15 to 19
  • Adult sailing on Wednesdays from July 1 to Sept 6
  • Robotics camp from July 29 to Aug. 2
  • Small Fry Football beginning Aug. 19
  • King Ferry Golf Club from July 8 to 11 and July 15 to 18


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