ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: August #1: 2001

[This is the first of two messages sent monthly to 4,171 Ithaca area residents]

********* EVENTS, NEWS, FUN STUFF, LINKS, LETTERS *********

FREE PICNIC provided by Wells College at LAKEFEST, sponsored by the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Aug 26 at Myers Park in Lansing. http://www.cayugalake.org

THREE NEW COFFEE SHOPS, all accept Ithaca HOURS: * Gimme! Amour at 508 West State St (formerly Slotteo's) features onsite coffeeroasting by master roaster John Gant. Watch bulldozers eat State St. * Cafe Strand (formerly Silverbird) 302 E. State. They'll show movies! * ABC Cafe, next door to ABC Cafe, 308 Stewart Ave. They're seeking loans ($100+), paying good interest and good food. Ken 277-4770.

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IRISH MUSIC CONCERT: The Ithaca Catholic Worker and CUSLAR present some of Ireland's best musicians Karan Casey (formerly of Solas) and Lunasa! "She is one of the true glories of Irish music today" -The Wall Street Journal. "Lunasa is the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet" -Irish Voice Sunday, September 16 at 7pm Statler Auditorium, Cornell University TICKETS $15 in advance ($17 at the door) from Greenstar, Small World Music Ithaca Guitar Works, Alternatives Library. HOURS accepted. Benefit for local efforts to close the re-named US Army School of the Americas. "We're not fooled by the name change. New handle, same scandal!" More info: 277-6932

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THREE NEW ART GALLERIES: Magic Poetry Circus presents The COSMIC WONDER SHOW, featuring Kurt the Mysterious, Edgar Allen Poe & the lovely Lola, Stupendous Feats of Legerdemain, and more, August 18 at 8pm, at SEE-SPOT, 108 The Commons. Fundraiser for See-Spot, a lively outlet for young artists. Anyone may show here, for $10/month. Noon-8pm. HOURS accepted.

DISRUPT IN THE GYM 2001 art show ("space for radical art of all kinds") at Alternatives Community School, Aug 21 at 5pm, music at 7pm. Sliding scale admission, HOURS accepted. TheSyndicate@theVortex.com

MUSEFEST ART SHOW raises a call for entries for Sept 1 & 2 at Musefest. Contact Lisa at 539-6226. To download a free ticket to Musefest: http://www.musefest.org

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Closing Party for AFRICAN AMERICAN QUILT SHOW: Community School of Music and Arts: Friday, August 17, 5 to 8pm. Featuring story telling by guest quilters and others, poetry, music, and refreshments. 330 E. State St "(We also hope to use this opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to Ithaca High School Assistant Principal Thomas Baskin Bey prior to his departure from our area.)"

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A peek at a quiet part of Coy Glen (photo by Linda Blossom)

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FORTY COMMUNITY GROUPS will make presentations at the GREEN PARTY BENEFIT CONCERT & PROGRESSIVE FESTIVAL, September 7, on The Commons. Greens offer 12 local candidates this year. You can subscribe to their weekly digest.

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Latest economic stats for Tompkins County are provided by Elia Kacapyr.

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LABOR MAKES ITS CASE for the strike against Verizon

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ITHACA CHILD ("the paper for parents") is looking for new parents. After 10 years' loving care, publication is offered to those who'll treat it well. Contact skl@lightlink.com 387-6534

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SHAKESPEARE AT THE FARMER'S MARKET "The Winter's Tale" presented by Black Umbrella Productions, August 19 at 2pm. See them on the Commons Aug 24 at 5:30pm.

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TOMPKINS COUNTY HISTORY:
* August 16, 1962: County is declared a DROUGHT DISASTER AREA. Hay, corn and other crops are virtually destroyed. August 17, 1922: Six ALLIGATORS and a SNAPPING TURTLE are exhibited in the window of Bool's Flower Shop.
* August 18, 1932: The Finger Lakes Association, boosters of Central New York commerce, kicks off a one-week campaign to combat "DEPRESSION PSYCHOLOGY" among merchants, with a series of speeches and tourist promotions.
* August 19, 1952: Home-made flower and vegetable HAT CONTEST at Varna Field Days gives prizes for most fantastic, most attractive, original, funniest.
* August 20, 1853: Tompkins, the "Prince of Barbers," ventures to clip his price for HAIRCUT AND SHAMPOO to 25 cents.
* August 21, 1924: Board of Public Works agrees to permit DANCING at Stewart Park, after having long outlawed it as degrading.

The DeWITT HISTORICAL SOCIETY asks for brief comments about PROTEST history in Tompkins County, to prepare an exhibit. Reply to dhs@lakenet.org

A History of Activism at Cornell: http://www.ithacahours.com/archive/9908.html

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ITHAGRAFF-- Graffiti Invasion: "Some of the best graffiti talent from the east coast will come to Ithaca and show off their skills. At GIAC & Ad's Automotive (behind Wegman's), Aug 18-19, 10am to whenever!"

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More Ithaca HOURS accepted:


** plants: NORTHEAST NATIVES: native plant nursery offers planting and care, site assessment, invasive plant removal, custom growing. Bill Carini 564-1025 crisbill@lightlink.com
** food: organic: RED TAIL FARM: heirloom varieties of vegetables and herbs! Brent Welch & Teresa Vanek, Halseyville, 275-1233.
** FROG HILL CENTER FOR NATURAL LIVING holds its second annual seconds pottery sale: 50%-90% off. Aug 25, 10am-4pm. At the sign of the frog, 51 Middaugh Rd, Brooktondale. HOURS welcome.
** ISHAYA YOGA with Bodhidev:539-7117 bodhidev@yahoo.com http://www.Ishaya.marketgroup.com
** MYTHICA GAMES: 105 S. Cayuga
** WEEKEND CHESS TOURNAMENT (USCF), Aug 24 at at 6:15pm at Willard Straight Hall, Cornell. confirm: Karl Heck sldkth@clarityconnect.com 844-5464
** ASTROLOGER: Eric 12th Moon: 256-9189 astro@12thMoon.com
** RUNE HILL RETREAT and EARTH AWARENESS CENTER announces its 2001-2002 Wisdom of the Heart Program. "This program focuses on helping participants move forward on their healing journey toward deeper connection to their true selves, others and to the Divine Presence within, including our healing connection to the life forces and spiritual dimensions of the world of nature." 9 weekend sessions: Introductory workshop Saturday, Sept 8, 9:30am to 5pm in Ithaca. Cost: $45 Paul Gibbons 589-6392
** FINGERLAKES UNSCHOOLERS NETWORK Newsletter bimonthly: $4-$10/year, 511 Spencer Road, Ithaca 14850. For all involved in home education. Mary Goncarovs 387-3001.
** SOAPS: handmade locally: 40 kinds: Gentle Earth: 105 W. State St.

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ORGANIC FOOD PANTRY for low-income residents! Thursdays, St. Paul's church basement. Aurora St near Court St. 3:00 to 3:30 Sara Pines of Friendship Donations says, "we get weekly donations of produce from organic farmers like Westhaven Organic Farm and others."

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FREE MOVIE at The Multicultural Resource Center, August 22, 7pm-9pm: "One Water, One Air, One Earth & Billion Dollar Crop." 210 W. State St.

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GATHERING OF THE TRIBES (Rainbow Family regional) August 17-26 in the Finger Lakes National Forest. Since 1972, when 15,000 youth relaxed together in Colorado forest, these gatherings have featured shared food, barter circles, drums and guitars by fireside. Bring water! DIRECTIONS: Searsburg Rd W to end of Vesa Rd, to Bower, rt on Grove, rt at chicken coop, rt on Voorheis.

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LOCAL CURRENCY OFFICE (from Laurie Konwinski): "After 10 years of promoting the good of the community, Ithaca HOURS is asking that community for a big favor. Always housed in the homes of supporters, the HOUR system has never had a space of its own. In order to centralize our activities and provide a place for volunteers to do administrative work, we're seeking a modest office space. We operate on a shoestring budget so no rent or a low rent payable in HOURS is what we can manage. Ideally we'd have a centrally located space that volunteers and board members would have access to during the day and evening, a few times a week. We don't need a lot of room, but the space would have to occasionally accommodate 3-4 people for training sessions, a computer desk and some filing cabinets. We're flexible and open to any suggestions on sharing space with a business or not-for-profit group, or using a small room in a residence. Please contact Laurie at 269-0587 or LaurieTodd@aol.com with your ideas!"

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WORKSHOP at Cayuga Medical Center (which accepts Ithaca HOURS for part payment) "REVERSING THE PAIN-STRESS-FATIGUE SPIRAL of Older Adults" It will demonstrate integration of pain reduction techniques with emotional support and compassion, together with clinical hypnosis. Wednesday, September 12, 2pm-5pm. Workshops cost $15 (HOURS accepted). Site: north meeting room, Egbert Hall, Ithaca College. Advance registration requested, first-come, first-served. Click on Workshop Series.

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RELIGION AND HEALTH: Karen Kim is "looking for atheists, agnostics, and those with no religious preference in the 14850 zip code area to fill out my questionnaire about the relationship between religion and health. Please call me/e-mail me so I can send the questionnaire, which would of course also be totally confidential." khk4@cornell.edu 254-6337

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The ITHACA SHARKS organize locally against Corporate Globalization. To join their listserve: ithacasharks_subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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More than 60 local groups have gotten grants of Ithaca HOURS. HOUR loans (interest-free) are also available. For info: http://www.ithacahours.org/grantloan.htm

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Tony DelPlato is seeking not-for-profit status for the ITHACA-AREA SAFE FOOD CAMPAIGN/Organic Consumers Association. "In order to bring speakers to Ithaca this fall and to do the work of our campaign, we need donations. For the autumn season, the goal is to raise $1,000 dollars. This money will be used to bring two speakers to Ithaca: Richard Caplan of US PIRG, author of Raising Risks, and Luke Anderson, author of Genetic Engineering, Food and the Environment. It would be great to have speakers giving us updates on the national and international debate on GE technologies. Please give what you can." tdelplat@twcny.rr.com

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LETTERS TO EDITOR:

"I have moved to Sebastopol, California, but it is such a joy to get this newsletter and to remain connected to the ithaca community...there is no place like home. I went to the farmers market in Sebastopol on Sunday and longed to be back at the one in Ithaca, this one here just did not compare... There may be a majority of greens on their city council, but Ithaca seems far more progressive and together." --Elaine Leeder

----- "Thanks for compiling and sending these community e-news, they are great!!" --cheers, diji

----- "Like public art, it seems that any time any money is spent to maintain the Commons, people see it as flagrant waste. I remember the incredible brouhaha over the brick circle, and now I see that at least some people are pissed about the new fountain.

"The Commons is now over 25 years old, and in that time, about the only capital improvements have been the circle, the playground and the fountain. Most of these have involved the replacement of badly designed and unsafe infrastructure...i.e. the last two. Is the Commons undeserving of any maintenence or improvement? Are these really the worst examples of government extravagance we can find?" --Jim Houghton
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[Ed Note: Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR) has worked for 25 years to assist Tompkins County jail inmates-- to return them to citizenship rather than abandon them to chronic criminality. OAR's Transition and Volunteer Coordinator raises questions about Sheriff Peter Meskill's new "Clear Halls" policy, which sharply reduces OAR's jail access]:

-----"Offender Aid & Restoration's Immediate Assistance (IA) program has worked for 25 years through OAR staff in the TCJ hall talking directly with all inmates through dorm/block windows or grilles. The Sheriff's new policy effectively kills this County-funded "positive outreach" program. Now each inmate must specifically request an IA interview, and be transported by an officer to and from the interview room (space permitting). Inmates most at risk, who could benefit most from IA (first-time offenders, youths, mentally ill, illiterate, passive, etc.) are now least likely to receive IA services. OAR's former "watchdog" ability to simply see locked-down inmates is now gone.
-----"According to the Sheriff, the greatest risks to inmate/officer safety and Jail security occur when inmates are being transported within the jail. If so, the new policy is illogical: How does increasing the number of inmate transports increase inmate/officer safety and Jail security? How does using more of an officer's time by increasing the number of inmate transports alleviate the short-staffing problem?
-----"The officers must now assume some of the tasks formerly done by OAR: distribution/collection of Assigned Council forms, writing supplies, letters, evaluation forms, notes from friends/family (although we're not sure that this will actually happen.)
-----"What effect would that have on an already over-burdened staff? Strict confidentiality has always existed between OAR and clients. That client confidentiality would be violated if they were to write the nature of their request on the request slip.
----- "There is no guarantee that these requests would actually reach the OAR staff. This might be especially in doubt if the request involves internal conflict with the jail staff/administration, or a complaint about medical care in the facility.
-----"How is OAR staff's safety increased by being locked in a room with the inmate, rather than speaking through a window/grille?"
----- "Call the Sheriff, to question his new policy, and to ask how the reduced services of OAR will increase "safety and security" at the Tompkins County Jail. Call 257-1345. Letters can be addressed to Sheriff Meskill at: Public Safety, 779 Warren Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850
-----"All are welcome to speak with the County Board about this at their next meeting, Tuesday, August 21, at 5:30, at the County Court on Tioga St"
-- Toni Sunderland tsunder@hotmail.com

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Salt of the Earth variety store and gallery (HOURS accepted) is organizing the CENTER FOR CREATIVITY AND WELLNESS. Meeting Aug 16 at 7:30pm, 208 N. Franklin St, Watkins Glen. 535-5000 saltwork@lightlink.com

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The ITHACA HEALTH FUND" board of directors has again expanded the Fund's payment menu, as more people join. Candidates for the board election are sought. Next monthly meeting: Aug 20 at 7pm, 203 College Ave. 272-4330

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