News around T-burg: homes, Rotary and more


Habitat for Humanity offers T-burg home

Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties (TCHFH) is looking for homebuyers! They will be taking applications for homeownership until November 30th 2019. There is an upcoming homeownership opportunity in the Village of Trumansburg, a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home, approximately 1,100 square feet.

Visit and click the “Homeownership” tab for details on Habitat’s income guidelines and application process. Interested applicants may also call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at with questions.

Habitat homebuyers help build their homes and pay an affordable mortgage. TCHFH serves first-time homebuyers who make at least $28,000 per year and under 60% of the area median income and will be evaluated on need, ability to pay and willingness to partner. Renters with Section 8 assistance may be able to take advantage of the Section 8 Homeownership Program.

TCHFH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familiar status or national origin.

Habitat for Humanity is a primarily volunteer-driven organization. If you, or your organization, are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or sponsor, please call 607-844-3529 or email You can also subscribe to Habitat’s weekly email newsletter on their website .

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat volunteers from organizations have put their faith in action to build or repair over 600,000 homes in the U.S. and around the world, including locally in Tompkins and Cortland counties. TCHFH was founded in 1987 and has built and rehabbed 25 homes in the two counties. Visit their website at and Facebook page,

Trumansburg Rotary Club events

The Trumansburg Rotary Club’s fall speaker series begins Thursday, Oct. 17 when Guillermo Lira, a 1998 Rotary Youth Exchange student from Mexico, will fill us in on what’s become of him since he spent “the best year of my life” in Trumansburg.

On Nov. 7, Trumansburg Fire Department Chief Jason Fulton will report on current plans, challenges, and needs of the Trumansburg Fire Department.

And on Nov. 21, Trumansburg Police Chief Joe Nelson will bring us up to date on changes in the department since he stepped in last year. Both Fulton and Nelson will field questions from the public.

The talks take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Post 770 of the American Legion, located at 4431 E. Seneca Rd., off Route 96, just north of the village. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

And while summer is becoming little more than a memory, it’s not too late to satisfy your yen for Cornell-recipe barbecued chicken with all the sides.

Trumansburg Rotary will hold its last two barbecues of the year, the first on Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 11:15 a.m., and the final one on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, time to be announced. Both will take place in the Atlas Bowl parking lot.

You may want to buy and freeze an extra dinner or two in case you have a yen to defrost one in mid-March to help revive memories of your glorious summer. Dinners are $10 for a half chicken, cole slaw, salt potatoes and Italian bread. There’s no charge for the warming, heady fragrance of barbecuing chicken.

Public Safety Open House

The Trumansburg police, fire and ambulance departments, along with other area first responders will be holding the first Public Safety Open House on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Trumansburg Fire Hall.

This event, organized by full time officer Mackenzie Covert, will offer the community a chance to meet the first-responders that protect and support the village and region. This free event includes a children’s get-out, stay-out obstacle course, car seat safety inspections, a hands-on fire hose demonstration, hands-on fire extinguisher demonstration for adults, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department K9 Deputy Ode and more.

Come to meet the people that help keep Trumansburg and your community safe and sound!


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