ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: May #1

[This is the first of two monthly messages sent to 4,014 ITHACA AREA residents].

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The GREATER ITHACA ART TRAIL welcomes you to visit any/all of 59 local artists' studios this weekend, May 5 & 6.

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What's happening on the Commons? People who want to discuss The Commons listserv commons-l, by writing to: majordomo@lightlink.com and sending message: subscribe commons-l . That's commons-L (use lowercase).

Congratulations to Autumn Leaves Used Books and Ithaca Books and Ithaca Books for their recent expansions. Independent bookstores feed independent minds. When you're next in Autumn Leaves, visit their new café on the second floor.

Down the street, May 2 is FREE CONE DAY at BEN & JERRY'S, and the inside scoop for those on this list is that you are WELCOME to get in line repeatedly for as many cones as you like.

MORE COOL NEWS: Fritz & Bryan's HAWAIIAN SHAVED ICES has just opened a cart on The Commons. Dozens of flavors, delicious jolts. Accepting 1/8 HOUR ($1.25) w/large ($3.00) cup.

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A comprehensive report of the SOUTHWEST PARK plan, by John Milich.

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The first farmers of spring are as welcome as the first robins of spring. The ITHACA FARMER'S MARKET is filling out every week fo the new season: Saturdays 9am-2pm, west of Route 13 at Third Street.

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NARROW BRIDGE FARM COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE invites you to "make a difference in your local economy and your local environment while getting fresh organic delicious produce." they still have spaces left for the 2001 season. Contact talyon@juno.com. They ofer an Ithaca Health Fund discount and accept Ithaca HOURS.

Other CSAs in our area accepting Ithaca HOURS are: blue Heron Farms 582-6336; Earthsong Gardens 533-4385; Teeter Farms 277-4547; West Haven Farm 272-4636; See also Eat with HOURS

Even without a farm you can build soil, the foundation of our future: Enjoy the annual COMPOST FAIR, celebrating "black gold," this Saturday, May 5, 10am to 4pm at Cooperative Extension. ******************************************************************

GREENSTAR'S BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTION has been extended until May 14. There are significant issues related to proposed doubling of the co-op's size, and candidates are addressing these. GreenStar's GreenFuture is described. Members (paying $10/year) are urged to vote at the store, or by mail-in ballot.

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The STUDENT RECYCLING PROJECT continues preparing to recapture and re-use the tons of new & like-new stuff throw away by departing students every May. Their first meeting is May 11 at the Autumn Leaves Used Books Café (115 The Commons), 7pm.

Watch for stories in local newspapers.

TO VOLUNTEER yourself and your truck for pickup, or for sorting and other legwork, or your yard for collection (in clean bins) or your empty building for storage (May 15-June 5), please contact Daniella Leifer

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This Friday, May 4, at 8pm at Juna's, the Grand Slam chooses TEAM ITHACA for the national POETRY SLAM. Michele Battista, Micelle Berry, Kaie Daley, Andy Doyle, Jenny Mikulski, and Lenelle Moise have all placed i enough slams this year to compete in this grand slam. There will be a short open mic before and between rounds. Please come early for a good seat and bring $5 for admission to help team Ithaca get to Seattle. Ithaca HOURS are welcome.

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Laurie Konwinski has been slected as Ithaca HOURS' new VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, to make our local currency system more community-managed and extensive than ever. 272-3738.

This year's officers on the HOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS are: Steve Burke, President; Monica Hargraves, Vice-President; Jeff Lawhead, Secretary.

The Ithaca HOURS, Inc website is www.ithacahours.org
The HOUR site to the wider world is www.ithacahours.com

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The ITHACA HEALTH FUND is doing very nicely. Over 500 people have affiliated with the Fund, which has so far brought in over $93,000 and made 48 payments totalling $6, 430.68. The surplus has enabled the board (with consent of members) to create a nice (and growing) health security cushion for hundreds of people who could otherwise not afford ANY coverage.

The Canadian national health plan began with the example of a farm community of 15,000 in Saskatchewan.

$100/year to own your own nonprofit health system? A deal! DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE when made to Southside Community Center, Inc (memo: Health Fund) and sent to: Ithaca Health Fund, Box 362, Ithaca, NY 14851

Next public meeting is May 7 at 7pm at the Tompkins County Public Library.

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The TOMPKINS COUNTY GREEN PARTY is inviting enrolled Green Party members to contact the Candidate Committee to learn more about running for city council and the county board. The Green Party's key values include ecology, nonviolence, social justice, and community-based economies.

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Ken Hallett at ABC Café reports sales up 20% since re-opening. Their new coffee shop is due to open this month. He's still requesting loans and selling pre-paid meal tickets. 277-4770 or 277-0526. Accepts 1/4 HOUR per person.

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BRIGHT SUN HOUSE CLEANING specializes in nontoxic cleansers. HOURS acceped. Sun Edwards 564-3530.

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