ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: November #2 : 2001

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, PEACE, LOCAL GROUPS & GIFTS, YOUR LETTERS, EDITORIAL

This is the second of TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 5,587 Ithaca area residents. This is the web version

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13th Annual CRAFTS ALLIANCE SHOW & SALE takes place at the Women's Community Building on Fri. 11/30 & Sat. 12/1. "Please join us for a special holiday market where thirty local artists and crafts people, including new vendors, create work in all media for everyone on your shopping list in all price ranges. We continue our new tradition of DISCOUNT FRIDAY where special discounts reward early shoppers. Another well known tradition of our show is two solid days of live music and delicious food, great coffee & unparalleled pastries by Just Desserts. Admission is free." Hours: Fri. 11-6; Sat. 10-6. WCB: 100 W. Seneca St. 539-3090 Many vendors accept Ithaca HOURS.

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ITHACA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ARGUE with each other about democratic process. Thanks to John Milich for report.

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LOST DOG: "We miss Buddy verry verry verry much. Buddy has a loud barck but it is a friendly barck it shows he likes you he is verry nice and will never ever be vishis." Call her at 256-7975 or 280-1043. Buddy wandered from Dey Street.

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Ithaca is apparently among the nation's more dangerous cities, since we have perhaps the HIGHEST POLICE PER CAPITA AMONG SMALL CITIES: during semesters there are 30 officers per 10,000 off-campus residents (Cornell has its own department). This ranks Ithaca with Houston. During the summer, there are 40 officers per 10,000 residents (80/20,000), ranking us with Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia.

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Elia Kacapyr of Ithaca College says, "CAN THE TOMPKINS COUNTY ECONOMY BOUNCE BACK from a terror-induced dip in September? What is the outlook for holiday retail sales here and across the nation? Find the answers to these questions and the latest figures on the local economy

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MUSIC ON SUNDAYS at Tompkins County Public Library 11/25 at 3:00pm "Water Bear" Will perform their unique Name Music. Mer Boel on the violin, Hank Roberts on cello, Ruth Roland on violin and Tim Reppert on acoustic bass. The musicians will be available to speak with the audience about their musical system and name pieces.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY!

* November 24, 1881: J.B. Hays, renowned local LONGDISTANCE TRACKWALKER (also known as the India-rubber man) is hit by a train for the thirteenth time, without serious injury.
* November 24, 1945: County WALKING CHAMPION Frank Tozer completes 100 MILES IN ONE DAY. His route between Buttermilk Falls and the city line was completed in a bitter cold wind. Next day Tozer, age 66, walked eight miles to church.
* November 25, 1950: Labor pickets guard all entrances to Cornell as Local 296 AFL Building Service Workers STRIKE THE UNIVERSITY for higher than the 75-cent minimum wage. 1,000 students petition the administration to allow union elections. Cornell rejects this, refuses arbitration.
*November 26, 1906: GREAT SWAMP FIRE at Inlet boils the night sky.
*November 27, 1893: SMALL EARTHQUAKE
*November 28, 1916: Mayor Bates is asked by NYS Conference of Mayors and by Ithaca Housewives' League to proclaim a two-week boycott of eggs in order to crack the EGG MONOPOLY. Instead he issued a proclamation to chickens, urging them to "lay more eggs."
* November 29, 1855: OLD FOLKS' CONCERT at Presbyterian Church. "Old tunes, sung by Old People, in the Old Fashioned Way. Admission 25 cents."
* November 29, 1909: Two males students are arrested in their dorm room with two town women and all were convicted of "immoral conduct." The men were fined $15 each and the women, with no previous record of arrest, were sent to female reformatories for one to three years.
*November 29, 1973: Seneca Street PARKING GARAGE opens, mortgaged to City for 40 years at $138,000 yearly.

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SHOPPING IS VOTING
Unique locally-owned businesses help give our community its special character. They circulate more money locally to create more jobs. Their owners donate more to local groups.

DOWNTOWN ITHACA businesses are listed
and Those accepting Ithaca HOURS

ITHACA FARMER'S MARKET will be open Saturdays through 12/22, 10am-2pm.

HOLIDAY POTTER SALE and Open House atEarth Arts Studio 12/1, 1 - 6pm & Dec. 2, 10 - 5pm, 689 Coddington Rd (2 1/2 miles S of Ithaca College) 272-6386 "Come learn about classes available at Earth Arts, and purchase pottery made by students and teachers at Earth Arts! 100% Ithaca HOURS accepted!"

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AN ITHACA PHOTO ALBUM displays nice reminders of this county in summer.

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The Ithaca HOUR Family of 15 different HOUR local currency notes issued since 1991 includes rare "error" notes. Over $105,000 face value has been issued, and millions of dollars value traded.

TO BE LISTED in the forthcoming HOUR TOWN DIRECTORY, mail this form

YOU CAN HELP CIRCULATE HOURS by asking for them as change at GreenStar. Thanks!
Spend them for FOOD
Spend them for HEALTH CARE

NEW HOUR BUSINESSES:
* bed & breakfast: Buttermilk Falls Bed & Breakfast: Margie Rumsey 272-6767
* bookbinding: Luna Sea Bindery: Jennifer Savran 256-9141 at Autumn Leaves Books

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ENERGY SAVING TIP OF THE MONTH: Programmable Thermostats
by Stephen C. Nicholson, Tompkins County Environmental Management Council

"As the heating season has been suddenly thrust upon us, do not be content with last years heating bills again. The US Department of Energy suggests that YOU CAN SAVE AS MUCH AS 10% A YEAR ON YOUR HEATING BILLS BY SIMPLY TURNING YOUR THERMOSTAT BACK 10% to 15% for 8 hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating according to a pre-set schedule. As a result, you don't operate the equipment as much when you are asleep or when the house or part of the house is not occupied. When shopping for a programmable thermostat, be sure to look for the ENERGY STARØù label.

"MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL OF OUR RECENT WARS IS OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. In a recent opinion column in the New York Times, Rob Nixon said: 'Importing oil costs the United States over $250 billion a year, if one includes federal subsidies and the health and environmental impact of air pollution. America spends $56 billion on the oil itself and another $25 billion on the military defense of oil-exporting Middle Eastern countries. There are additional costs in terms of America's international reputation and moral credibility: our appetite for foreign fossil fuels has created a long history of unsavory marriages of convenience with petrodespots, generalissimos and fomenters of terrorism.' This wake up call must include every household reducing their use of fossil fuels through greater energy efficiency."

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POSITIVE NEWS newspaper promotes "just, sustainable and fun world is now welcoming subscriptions and these can be paid for in full with 2 Ithaca HOURS." contact Ilonka

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RAMADAN (November 17-December 17) is month-long fasting sunrise-sunset "for more than one billion Muslims worldwide. It is a time of intensive worship, reading the Quran, giving charity, purifying one's behavior, and doing good deeds. By cutting one's self off from worldly comforts, a fasting person develops sympathy for those who go hungry."

MUSLIM EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ASSOCIATION at Cornell is coordinating fasting for the month of Ramadan and they break fast every day about 4:35pm. Their schedule for community meals is on their site. THEIR STATEMENT REGARDING SEPT. 11 ATTACKS --Asalamu Alaikum

DONATIONS for direct relief in Afghanistan:
* Christian Aid
* Oxfam International
* Mennonite Central Committee

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Assemblyman MARTY LUSTER ENDORSES ITHACA HEALTH FUND The Fund's next meeting is Dec. 3 at City Hall, 3rd fl, 7pm. All invited. JOIN FUND HERE

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"WANTED: peaceful homes, apartment buildings, porches, windows, etc. interested in beautifying themselves with a FREE COLORFUL BANNER (sm,md,lg) displaying a peace message or earth flag. Contact Ilonka (leave name & phone)

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LOW-COST COMPUTERS at Babbage's Basement HOLIDAY OPENING on Saturday Dec. 15 from 9am to 1pm. "Sciencenter's Computer Rescue, Reuse, Restoration, and Recycling Center. Systems from $10 to $200 (Donation to Sciencenter). Visit the MAC and PC Display Room, Babbage's Bargain Basement (which includes items from Einstein's Attic), and Babbage's Cluttered Computer Corner." Also open every Weds 9am to 1pm. info and directions.

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"HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD: Real Solutions to the Global Environmental Crisis" Mark Hertsgaard, "one of America's finest reporters, in his book Earth Odyssey, asks one of the few questions really worth asking: Will our species survive the environmental depredations committed by global capitalism and heavy industrial socialism and if so, HOW?" Nov. 27, 5 pm, Anabel Taylor Hall, Founders Room

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GENES PASSED FROM CROPS TO WEEDS PERSIST FOR GENERATIONS "Allison Snow from Ohio State University will be lecturing on transgenic gene flow, ie. the movement of genes from GE crops into other crops/weeds. This has great importance in the creation of 'superweeds' and other phenomena which may have unforeseen effects on the environment. Nov. 28, at 00pm, Boyce Thompson Auditorium 3.

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HEALING THROUGH DREAMS Robert Moss, whose work "is a compelling synthesis of shamanism and dreamwork, is coming to Ithaca to make an introductory presentation at the Foundation of Light Fri 30 Nov,7-9:30 pm, and will return in the spring for an in-depth weekend workshop. His beliefs about our power to dream our reality are radical and empowering." Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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LETTERS! *** LETTERS!

"I just wanted to commend you on what you are doing for the community. This is a perfect example of why Ithaca is such a wonderful place. It's the people, not the weather!" --Evan Zinner
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" Thanks for the great newsletter... it keeps me in touch with Ithaca even though I now live 2500 miles away. I'm writing to ask you if you would mind me using your little bicyclist drawing as part of my signature also. I really like it, and I have tried to make my own, but it just doesn't look as good.
.....biking through Portland rain," -- Jenny Leis (former Cornellian... studied sustainable living and wrote my thesis on neighborhoods, community and sustainability focused on the EcoVillage and Ithaca's neighborhoods...)
---[REPLY] Good to hear from you, Jenny, glad you're in touch with Ithaca, pleased that you've studied genuinely important subjects, and hope you return some day. Yes, go ahead and add biker to your signature. I copied it from a friend. Don't know where it began.
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"Just want to wish you well on the newsletter. I wish this had started a long time ago. I've now moved to Seoul, Korea, but I'll still enjoy reading it just to stay in touch with what's going on in dear Ithaca and even dearer Ithacans." --Heidi Haugen
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"I am just dropping you a line to thank you for all of the positive work that you put into the Ithaca community. Thanks again for all that you do andplease keep up the good work!" --Adam
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"'Vigil to end the death penalty'?? and 'Food not Bombs'?? You just do not understand. As a veteran, people SHOULD die. What have you done to end terrorism? I will personally buy you a one way ticket to Kabul. Just pack your suitcase with food. The death penalty 'would' save the taxpayers millions of dollars if our legal system worked correctly. We allow appeal after appeal, which costs US taxpayers more money than the 'murderer' is worth. We even have murderer's claiming they want to die, but our political leaders won't even give THEM (murderers) what they want.
---"I'm tired of all the left-wing Hippocratic bullshit. BOMB THE AFGHANS. I've enjoyed your newsletter in the past. However, this particular issue has raised concerns. The FBI is watching." --Caroline C.
---[REPLY] Patriotically defending the nation means more than bombing people. Sometimes patriotism requires challenging elected officials and popular opinion. My personal contribution to reducing terrorism features reducing my dependence on imported oil, competition for which sparks conflict with the Middle East. The great number of people on Death Row proved innocent by DNA tests has reduced much enthusiasm for executions. And your wish has come true-- you can see photos of Afghanis both living and killed. Since America's greatest strength and distinction is the right to disagree with officials, the most un-American act is to send Americans packing-- to Moscow or Kabul-- in the name of Americanism. FBI take note.
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"Please accept my gratitude for your endorsement in the recent Lansing County Board race. The Living Wage Coalition and the Sierra Club also endorsed. And please welcome your readers to Catharpin Farm & Earthsong Gardens: Nov. 30, Blue Moon Labyrinth Walk at Catharpin Farm and dish to pass supper, 7pm. Call for directions and 533-4385.
---"Second Saturday in December: Nature walk with H the Woodsman, at Catharpin Farm in Lansing, 12/8 at 2pm, dress for the weather, please call 533-4385 for reservations and directions.
---"Earthsong Gardens Community Supported Agriculture at Catharpin Farm is accepting new members for 2002. Call for info & brochure 533-4385. Ithaca HOURS accepted." --Bev Abplanalp

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EDITORIAL:

THERE IS MUCH FOR ITHACANS TO BE REASSURED OF even as war, recession and winter arrive.

AS WE FACE WAR, this community has generally responded constructively, debating openly and distinguishing between merely 'doing something' violent and doing something that restores respect for life. Most Ithacans assert patriotism that thinks rather than stampedes.

WE FACE RECESSION TOGETHER organizing to meet basic needs in new ways, increasingly able to rely on regional sources of food, fuel, transportation, healing, finance and craft. There are already dozens of mutual aid organizations.

WE FACE WINTER READY to dance together, to ski and pitch snowballs, huddle in coffeehouses. We're pleased to celebrate plenty that's still good.

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BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DINNER for Kyra Bean, a preschooler seriously injured in the October car accident which killed her mother. Danby Fire Station 12/1 at 3pm: Mrs. McPuppet; 4pm dinner. 273-3210

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FOOD NOT BOMBS is serving hot vegan meals for the public every Saturday at 1pm in Dewitt Park. "We are more than willing to assist in any peace rallys taking place in the area and serve as a great place for like-minded people to meet and coordinate such events."

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Seems like half the people of Ithaca are on at least one board or committee: BOARD & STAFF, POLICY & MICROMANAGEMENT workshop with Eric Lerner; 12/6, noon -1:30pm. "One of the hardest challenges facing any not-for-profit organization is negotiating how best to draw the line between policy and micromanagement."
--- Registration fees: $20 per person per workshop; 25% discount for additional participants from same organization Ithaca HOURS accepted. Register by sending contact information to Eric or 273-1154

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BACK ISSUES of ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS:

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"The CORNELL WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER faces insufficient funding. In order to assure that necessary staffing needs are met, numerous students are combining efforts to persuade the administration to allocate funding for the CWRC Director's position. Please send signed email to Vice President Murphy and Dean Hubbell

SAMPLE LETTER: "Vice President Murphy and Dean Hubbell, I support University funding for a full-time Director of the Cornell Women's Resource Center. I urge you to allocate stable funding for this position. As a supporter of our education and well-being, our university should be a supporter of the CWRC. In order to continue to provide these programs and support systems for women and men students, the university needs to ensure the stability of the resource center by funding the salary of the full-time director, who continuously spearheads initiatives long after graduating students leave. We believe that salaried positions in the university should be administratively funded, that the center is not only a student organization but also a resource center, and that a long-term, secure salary-- one that is not subject to possible termination every two years - would help focus the director's efforts completely on the Center's activities."

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REWARD: Half price meal at ABC Cafe with purchase of full price meal:

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The Ithaca Chapter of Int'l Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal will have a MUMIA UPDATE MEETING Nov. 28, Multicultural Resource Center, 210 West State Street, 7 - 9 PM "This meeting will provide both a factual and legal update, with a showing of the VIDEOTAPED CONFESSION of Arnold Beverly to the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner which neither the state or federal courts want to hear."

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FIRST FRIDAY is a national networking event held across the country on the first Friday of every month. First Friday has been held on a monthly basis in Ithaca, Elmira and Corning since Oct. 2000. This series of events gives minority entrepreneurs and professionals the opportunity to network and socialize. All guest are encouraged to meet one another and do their own informal networking. "
--- First Fridays, Friday, December 7th 6:30pm-2:00am Networking hour 6:30-7:30pm: complimentary cocktails and hors d' oeuvres
--- The Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom EXIT 37,Rte 90, 441 Electronics Parkway Liverpool, NY. Elegantly Casual or Business Attire. $10 fee

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More Than 50 Tompkins County Residents Travel to Protest Training at the School of the Americas

"More than 50 residents of Tompkins County and the local SOA Watch joined thousands of citizens from around the nation to protest the School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, GA. The SOA is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers.
---"The November 17-18 event marks the anniversary of the brutal 1989 assassination of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 15-year-old daughter in El Salvador. A United Nations Truth Commission report cited 26 officers responsible for the massacre. Nineteen of the officers cited were graduates of the US Army School of the Americas. The US State Department and human Rights Watch continue to document atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas.
---"Since the tragic events of September 11, members of the local SOAWatch have struggled with our sorrow, as well as with our response to these senseless acts. We unite with people everywhere in mourning the devastating loss of life. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost friends and family members. We are fully committed to nonviolence and condemn these deplorable acts and all acts of terror.
---"The recognition that some of the alleged perpetrators of these crimes were recipients of military training by US forces or with U.S. aid grieves us deeply. This type of military training is embodied by the SOA. We are traveling to Goergia to call on the United States government to break the cycle of violence. We call on the people of the United States to expose our governmentØùs role in perpetuating the violence and to hold the government accountable.
---"As George W. Bush calls for an all-out war against 'Terrorism,' we wonder why he hasn't closed the SOA, where millions of taxpayer dollars are being used to fund a training school for terrorists in our own backyard." Contact: Ellen Grady, 277 6932

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"HANDMADE GREETING CARDS, created individually and lovingly by longtime HOURS member Elizabeth Dissin are available for sale at GreenStar Co-op and the Bookery. These are very unique and artistic cards incorporating a combination of rubber stamped images, exotic & handmade papers, a variety of inks, embossing techniques, beads, ribbon & other embellishments. Both stores accept HOURS towards a portion of your purchase."

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THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING IN PARAPROFESSIONAL PARADE: Says Carl Feuer: "We stretched out for three blocks as well over 500 people and over 50 labor, community, religious, student and school groups paraded Saturday for the Paras and for a Living Wage. It was a great parade, great fun, and a tremendous outpouring of support for the paraprofessionals and for all workers paid less than a living wage. Many hundreds of postcards were filled out and mailed to School Board members. And for two hours we boogied for a living wage on the Commons. Thanks to all who participated and all who were there in spirit. It was truly the biggest social justice parade in Ithaca's history. The struggle continues."

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WOMEN IN BLACK weekly peace vigils in Ithaca: Wednesdays: 4:15-5:30 pm, intersection of W. Buffalo and Taughannock Blvd, by ice cream parlor . Fridays: 7:30-8:30 am, east end of commons, near Simeon's. "Women in Black is a worldwide network of women against war, violence and militarism. It is not an organization, but a politics of resistance that inspires women in different parts of the world to organize actions and protests. Demonstrations are always women only, and usually take the form of women wearing black, standing in a public place in silent, non-violent vigils at regular intervals.) Janice "Bring banners, signs, chalk, or simply show up."

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The Associated Press is one of hundreds of press agencies worldwide, issuing about 200 stories daily. The Ithaca Journal publishes about 20 AP stories daily, half of them sports. To get a bigger-than-pinhole view of world events, bookmark these GREAT WEBSITES for independent news:
www.dawn.com It's in English from Pakistan.
www.commondreams.org is the web's largest news platform.

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GOT NEWS? Please send to paglo@lightlink.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: November #2 : 2001

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, PEACE, LOCAL GROUPS & GIFTS, YOUR LETTERS, EDITORIAL

This is the second of TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 5,587 Ithaca area residents. This is the web version

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13th Annual CRAFTS ALLIANCE SHOW & SALE takes place at the Women's Community Building on Fri. 11/30 & Sat. 12/1. "Please join us for a special holiday market where thirty local artists and crafts people, including new vendors, create work in all media for everyone on your shopping list in all price ranges. We continue our new tradition of DISCOUNT FRIDAY where special discounts reward early shoppers. Another well known tradition of our show is two solid days of live music and delicious food, great coffee & unparalleled pastries by Just Desserts. Admission is free." Hours: Fri. 11-6; Sat. 10-6. WCB: 100 W. Seneca St. 539-3090 Many vendors accept Ithaca HOURS.

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ITHACA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ARGUE with each other about democratic process. Thanks to John Milich for report.

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LOST DOG: "We miss Buddy verry verry verry much. Buddy has a loud barck but it is a friendly barck it shows he likes you he is verry nice and will never ever be vishis." Call her at 256-7975 or 280-1043. Buddy wandered from Dey Street.

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Ithaca is apparently among the nation's more dangerous cities, since we have perhaps the HIGHEST POLICE PER CAPITA AMONG SMALL CITIES: during semesters there are 30 officers per 10,000 off-campus residents (Cornell has its own department). This ranks Ithaca with Houston. During the summer, there are 40 officers per 10,000 residents (80/20,000), ranking us with Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia.

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Elia Kacapyr of Ithaca College says, "CAN THE TOMPKINS COUNTY ECONOMY BOUNCE BACK from a terror-induced dip in September? What is the outlook for holiday retail sales here and across the nation? Find the answers to these questions and the latest figures on the local economy

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MUSIC ON SUNDAYS at Tompkins County Public Library 11/25 at 3:00pm "Water Bear" Will perform their unique Name Music. Mer Boel on the violin, Hank Roberts on cello, Ruth Roland on violin and Tim Reppert on acoustic bass. The musicians will be available to speak with the audience about their musical system and name pieces.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY!

* November 24, 1881: J.B. Hays, renowned local LONGDISTANCE TRACKWALKER (also known as the India-rubber man) is hit by a train for the thirteenth time, without serious injury.
* November 24, 1945: County WALKING CHAMPION Frank Tozer completes 100 MILES IN ONE DAY. His route between Buttermilk Falls and the city line was completed in a bitter cold wind. Next day Tozer, age 66, walked eight miles to church.
* November 25, 1950: Labor pickets guard all entrances to Cornell as Local 296 AFL Building Service Workers STRIKE THE UNIVERSITY for higher than the 75-cent minimum wage. 1,000 students petition the administration to allow union elections. Cornell rejects this, refuses arbitration.
*November 26, 1906: GREAT SWAMP FIRE at Inlet boils the night sky.
*November 27, 1893: SMALL EARTHQUAKE
*November 28, 1916: Mayor Bates is asked by NYS Conference of Mayors and by Ithaca Housewives' League to proclaim a two-week boycott of eggs in order to crack the EGG MONOPOLY. Instead he issued a proclamation to chickens, urging them to "lay more eggs."
* November 29, 1855: OLD FOLKS' CONCERT at Presbyterian Church. "Old tunes, sung by Old People, in the Old Fashioned Way. Admission 25 cents."
* November 29, 1909: Two males students are arrested in their dorm room with two town women and all were convicted of "immoral conduct." The men were fined $15 each and the women, with no previous record of arrest, were sent to female reformatories for one to three years.
*November 29, 1973: Seneca Street PARKING GARAGE opens, mortgaged to City for 40 years at $138,000 yearly.

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SHOPPING IS VOTING
Unique locally-owned businesses help give our community its special character. They circulate more money locally to create more jobs. Their owners donate more to local groups.

DOWNTOWN ITHACA businesses are listed
and Those accepting Ithaca HOURS

ITHACA FARMER'S MARKET will be open Saturdays through 12/22, 10am-2pm.

HOLIDAY POTTER SALE and Open House atEarth Arts Studio 12/1, 1 - 6pm & Dec. 2, 10 - 5pm, 689 Coddington Rd (2 1/2 miles S of Ithaca College) 272-6386 "Come learn about classes available at Earth Arts, and purchase pottery made by students and teachers at Earth Arts! 100% Ithaca HOURS accepted!"

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AN ITHACA PHOTO ALBUM displays nice reminders of this county in summer.

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The Ithaca HOUR Family of 15 different HOUR local currency notes issued since 1991 includes rare "error" notes. Over $105,000 face value has been issued, and millions of dollars value traded.

TO BE LISTED in the forthcoming HOUR TOWN DIRECTORY, mail this form

YOU CAN HELP CIRCULATE HOURS by asking for them as change at GreenStar. Thanks!
Spend them for FOOD
Spend them for HEALTH CARE

NEW HOUR BUSINESSES:
* bed & breakfast: Buttermilk Falls Bed & Breakfast: Margie Rumsey 272-6767
* bookbinding: Luna Sea Bindery: Jennifer Savran 256-9141 at Autumn Leaves Books

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ENERGY SAVING TIP OF THE MONTH: Programmable Thermostats
by Stephen C. Nicholson, Tompkins County Environmental Management Council

"As the heating season has been suddenly thrust upon us, do not be content with last years heating bills again. The US Department of Energy suggests that YOU CAN SAVE AS MUCH AS 10% A YEAR ON YOUR HEATING BILLS BY SIMPLY TURNING YOUR THERMOSTAT BACK 10% to 15% for 8 hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating according to a pre-set schedule. As a result, you don't operate the equipment as much when you are asleep or when the house or part of the house is not occupied. When shopping for a programmable thermostat, be sure to look for the ENERGY STARØù label.

"MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL OF OUR RECENT WARS IS OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL. In a recent opinion column in the New York Times, Rob Nixon said: 'Importing oil costs the United States over $250 billion a year, if one includes federal subsidies and the health and environmental impact of air pollution. America spends $56 billion on the oil itself and another $25 billion on the military defense of oil-exporting Middle Eastern countries. There are additional costs in terms of America's international reputation and moral credibility: our appetite for foreign fossil fuels has created a long history of unsavory marriages of convenience with petrodespots, generalissimos and fomenters of terrorism.' This wake up call must include every household reducing their use of fossil fuels through greater energy efficiency."

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POSITIVE NEWS newspaper promotes "just, sustainable and fun world is now welcoming subscriptions and these can be paid for in full with 2 Ithaca HOURS." contact Ilonka

*************

RAMADAN (November 17-December 17) is month-long fasting sunrise-sunset "for more than one billion Muslims worldwide. It is a time of intensive worship, reading the Quran, giving charity, purifying one's behavior, and doing good deeds. By cutting one's self off from worldly comforts, a fasting person develops sympathy for those who go hungry."

MUSLIM EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ASSOCIATION at Cornell is coordinating fasting for the month of Ramadan and they break fast every day about 4:35pm. Their schedule for community meals is on their site. THEIR STATEMENT REGARDING SEPT. 11 ATTACKS --Asalamu Alaikum

DONATIONS for direct relief in Afghanistan:
* Christian Aid
* Oxfam International
* Mennonite Central Committee

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Assemblyman MARTY LUSTER ENDORSES ITHACA HEALTH FUND The Fund's next meeting is Dec. 3 at City Hall, 3rd fl, 7pm. All invited. JOIN FUND HERE

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"WANTED: peaceful homes, apartment buildings, porches, windows, etc. interested in beautifying themselves with a FREE COLORFUL BANNER (sm,md,lg) displaying a peace message or earth flag. Contact Ilonka (leave name & phone)

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LOW-COST COMPUTERS at Babbage's Basement HOLIDAY OPENING on Saturday Dec. 15 from 9am to 1pm. "Sciencenter's Computer Rescue, Reuse, Restoration, and Recycling Center. Systems from $10 to $200 (Donation to Sciencenter). Visit the MAC and PC Display Room, Babbage's Bargain Basement (which includes items from Einstein's Attic), and Babbage's Cluttered Computer Corner." Also open every Weds 9am to 1pm. info and directions.

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"HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD: Real Solutions to the Global Environmental Crisis" Mark Hertsgaard, "one of America's finest reporters, in his book Earth Odyssey, asks one of the few questions really worth asking: Will our species survive the environmental depredations committed by global capitalism and heavy industrial socialism and if so, HOW?" Nov. 27, 5 pm, Anabel Taylor Hall, Founders Room

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GENES PASSED FROM CROPS TO WEEDS PERSIST FOR GENERATIONS "Allison Snow from Ohio State University will be lecturing on transgenic gene flow, ie. the movement of genes from GE crops into other crops/weeds. This has great importance in the creation of 'superweeds' and other phenomena which may have unforeseen effects on the environment. Nov. 28, at 00pm, Boyce Thompson Auditorium 3.

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HEALING THROUGH DREAMS Robert Moss, whose work "is a compelling synthesis of shamanism and dreamwork, is coming to Ithaca to make an introductory presentation at the Foundation of Light Fri 30 Nov,7-9:30 pm, and will return in the spring for an in-depth weekend workshop. His beliefs about our power to dream our reality are radical and empowering." Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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LETTERS! *** LETTERS!

"I just wanted to commend you on what you are doing for the community. This is a perfect example of why Ithaca is such a wonderful place. It's the people, not the weather!" --Evan Zinner
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" Thanks for the great newsletter... it keeps me in touch with Ithaca even though I now live 2500 miles away. I'm writing to ask you if you would mind me using your little bicyclist drawing as part of my signature also. I really like it, and I have tried to make my own, but it just doesn't look as good.
.....biking through Portland rain," -- Jenny Leis (former Cornellian... studied sustainable living and wrote my thesis on neighborhoods, community and sustainability focused on the EcoVillage and Ithaca's neighborhoods...)
---[REPLY] Good to hear from you, Jenny, glad you're in touch with Ithaca, pleased that you've studied genuinely important subjects, and hope you return some day. Yes, go ahead and add biker to your signature. I copied it from a friend. Don't know where it began.
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"Just want to wish you well on the newsletter. I wish this had started a long time ago. I've now moved to Seoul, Korea, but I'll still enjoy reading it just to stay in touch with what's going on in dear Ithaca and even dearer Ithacans." --Heidi Haugen
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"I am just dropping you a line to thank you for all of the positive work that you put into the Ithaca community. Thanks again for all that you do andplease keep up the good work!" --Adam
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"'Vigil to end the death penalty'?? and 'Food not Bombs'?? You just do not understand. As a veteran, people SHOULD die. What have you done to end terrorism? I will personally buy you a one way ticket to Kabul. Just pack your suitcase with food. The death penalty 'would' save the taxpayers millions of dollars if our legal system worked correctly. We allow appeal after appeal, which costs US taxpayers more money than the 'murderer' is worth. We even have murderer's claiming they want to die, but our political leaders won't even give THEM (murderers) what they want.
---"I'm tired of all the left-wing Hippocratic bullshit. BOMB THE AFGHANS. I've enjoyed your newsletter in the past. However, this particular issue has raised concerns. The FBI is watching." --Caroline C.
---[REPLY] Patriotically defending the nation means more than bombing people. Sometimes patriotism requires challenging elected officials and popular opinion. My personal contribution to reducing terrorism features reducing my dependence on imported oil, competition for which sparks conflict with the Middle East. The great number of people on Death Row proved innocent by DNA tests has reduced much enthusiasm for executions. And your wish has come true-- you can see photos of Afghanis both living and killed. Since America's greatest strength and distinction is the right to disagree with officials, the most un-American act is to send Americans packing-- to Moscow or Kabul-- in the name of Americanism. FBI take note.
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"Please accept my gratitude for your endorsement in the recent Lansing County Board race. The Living Wage Coalition and the Sierra Club also endorsed. And please welcome your readers to Catharpin Farm & Earthsong Gardens: Nov. 30, Blue Moon Labyrinth Walk at Catharpin Farm and dish to pass supper, 7pm. Call for directions and 533-4385.
---"Second Saturday in December: Nature walk with H the Woodsman, at Catharpin Farm in Lansing, 12/8 at 2pm, dress for the weather, please call 533-4385 for reservations and directions.
---"Earthsong Gardens Community Supported Agriculture at Catharpin Farm is accepting new members for 2002. Call for info & brochure 533-4385. Ithaca HOURS accepted." --Bev Abplanalp

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EDITORIAL:

THERE IS MUCH FOR ITHACANS TO BE REASSURED OF even as war, recession and winter arrive.

AS WE FACE WAR, this community has generally responded constructively, debating openly and distinguishing between merely 'doing something' violent and doing something that restores respect for life. Most Ithacans assert patriotism that thinks rather than stampedes.

WE FACE RECESSION TOGETHER organizing to meet basic needs in new ways, increasingly able to rely on regional sources of food, fuel, transportation, healing, finance and craft. There are already dozens of mutual aid organizations.

WE FACE WINTER READY to dance together, to ski and pitch snowballs, huddle in coffeehouses. We're pleased to celebrate plenty that's still good.

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BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DINNER for Kyra Bean, a preschooler seriously injured in the October car accident which killed her mother. Danby Fire Station 12/1 at 3pm: Mrs. McPuppet; 4pm dinner. 273-3210

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FOOD NOT BOMBS is serving hot vegan meals for the public every Saturday at 1pm in Dewitt Park. "We are more than willing to assist in any peace rallys taking place in the area and serve as a great place for like-minded people to meet and coordinate such events."

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Seems like half the people of Ithaca are on at least one board or committee: BOARD & STAFF, POLICY & MICROMANAGEMENT workshop with Eric Lerner; 12/6, noon -1:30pm. "One of the hardest challenges facing any not-for-profit organization is negotiating how best to draw the line between policy and micromanagement."
--- Registration fees: $20 per person per workshop; 25% discount for additional participants from same organization Ithaca HOURS accepted. Register by sending contact information to Eric or 273-1154

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BACK ISSUES of ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS:

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"The CORNELL WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER faces insufficient funding. In order to assure that necessary staffing needs are met, numerous students are combining efforts to persuade the administration to allocate funding for the CWRC Director's position. Please send signed email to Vice President Murphy and Dean Hubbell

SAMPLE LETTER: "Vice President Murphy and Dean Hubbell, I support University funding for a full-time Director of the Cornell Women's Resource Center. I urge you to allocate stable funding for this position. As a supporter of our education and well-being, our university should be a supporter of the CWRC. In order to continue to provide these programs and support systems for women and men students, the university needs to ensure the stability of the resource center by funding the salary of the full-time director, who continuously spearheads initiatives long after graduating students leave. We believe that salaried positions in the university should be administratively funded, that the center is not only a student organization but also a resource center, and that a long-term, secure salary-- one that is not subject to possible termination every two years - would help focus the director's efforts completely on the Center's activities."

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REWARD: Half price meal at ABC Cafe with purchase of full price meal:

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The Ithaca Chapter of Int'l Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal will have a MUMIA UPDATE MEETING Nov. 28, Multicultural Resource Center, 210 West State Street, 7 - 9 PM "This meeting will provide both a factual and legal update, with a showing of the VIDEOTAPED CONFESSION of Arnold Beverly to the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner which neither the state or federal courts want to hear."

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FIRST FRIDAY is a national networking event held across the country on the first Friday of every month. First Friday has been held on a monthly basis in Ithaca, Elmira and Corning since Oct. 2000. This series of events gives minority entrepreneurs and professionals the opportunity to network and socialize. All guest are encouraged to meet one another and do their own informal networking. "
--- First Fridays, Friday, December 7th 6:30pm-2:00am Networking hour 6:30-7:30pm: complimentary cocktails and hors d' oeuvres
--- The Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom EXIT 37,Rte 90, 441 Electronics Parkway Liverpool, NY. Elegantly Casual or Business Attire. $10 fee

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More Than 50 Tompkins County Residents Travel to Protest Training at the School of the Americas

"More than 50 residents of Tompkins County and the local SOA Watch joined thousands of citizens from around the nation to protest the School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, GA. The SOA is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers.
---"The November 17-18 event marks the anniversary of the brutal 1989 assassination of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 15-year-old daughter in El Salvador. A United Nations Truth Commission report cited 26 officers responsible for the massacre. Nineteen of the officers cited were graduates of the US Army School of the Americas. The US State Department and human Rights Watch continue to document atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas.
---"Since the tragic events of September 11, members of the local SOAWatch have struggled with our sorrow, as well as with our response to these senseless acts. We unite with people everywhere in mourning the devastating loss of life. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost friends and family members. We are fully committed to nonviolence and condemn these deplorable acts and all acts of terror.
---"The recognition that some of the alleged perpetrators of these crimes were recipients of military training by US forces or with U.S. aid grieves us deeply. This type of military training is embodied by the SOA. We are traveling to Goergia to call on the United States government to break the cycle of violence. We call on the people of the United States to expose our governmentØùs role in perpetuating the violence and to hold the government accountable.
---"As George W. Bush calls for an all-out war against 'Terrorism,' we wonder why he hasn't closed the SOA, where millions of taxpayer dollars are being used to fund a training school for terrorists in our own backyard." Contact: Ellen Grady, 277 6932

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"HANDMADE GREETING CARDS, created individually and lovingly by longtime HOURS member Elizabeth Dissin are available for sale at GreenStar Co-op and the Bookery. These are very unique and artistic cards incorporating a combination of rubber stamped images, exotic & handmade papers, a variety of inks, embossing techniques, beads, ribbon & other embellishments. Both stores accept HOURS towards a portion of your purchase."

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THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING IN PARAPROFESSIONAL PARADE: Says Carl Feuer: "We stretched out for three blocks as well over 500 people and over 50 labor, community, religious, student and school groups paraded Saturday for the Paras and for a Living Wage. It was a great parade, great fun, and a tremendous outpouring of support for the paraprofessionals and for all workers paid less than a living wage. Many hundreds of postcards were filled out and mailed to School Board members. And for two hours we boogied for a living wage on the Commons. Thanks to all who participated and all who were there in spirit. It was truly the biggest social justice parade in Ithaca's history. The struggle continues."

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WOMEN IN BLACK weekly peace vigils in Ithaca: Wednesdays: 4:15-5:30 pm, intersection of W. Buffalo and Taughannock Blvd, by ice cream parlor . Fridays: 7:30-8:30 am, east end of commons, near Simeon's. "Women in Black is a worldwide network of women against war, violence and militarism. It is not an organization, but a politics of resistance that inspires women in different parts of the world to organize actions and protests. Demonstrations are always women only, and usually take the form of women wearing black, standing in a public place in silent, non-violent vigils at regular intervals.) Janice "Bring banners, signs, chalk, or simply show up."

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The Associated Press is one of hundreds of press agencies worldwide, issuing about 200 stories daily. The Ithaca Journal publishes about 20 AP stories daily, half of them sports. To get a bigger-than-pinhole view of world events, bookmark these GREAT WEBSITES for independent news:
www.dawn.com It's in English from Pakistan.
www.commondreams.org is the web's largest news platform.

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