ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS:
February #2 2002

[This is the second of TWO emails MONTHLY sent to 5,824 Ithaca area residents]

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, EDITORIAL, FUN STUFF!

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TEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE have won GIFT CERTIFICATES with Viva Taqueria ($5.00), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Conkie'sRestaurant ($10.00), Ben & Jerry's (pint), Maxie's Supper Club ($10.00), Harvest Deli ($6.00), ABC Cafe ($10.00), Sparrow's Wine ($10.00), Cafe Strand ($7.50), Bread & Puppet Theatre (ticket). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW.

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ITHACA FESTIVAL "E-CARD" invites you and your friends and former Ithacans to the 25th Anniversary Reunion Festival: spread it around! To volunteer this year: 273-3646

ITHACA FESTIVAL PARADE applications are due by March 16.

Join the ITHACA FESTIVAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION! Annual membership (whatever you choose) is tax-deductible. Ithaca Festival, 215 N. Cayuga, Ithaca 14850.

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DECONSTRUCTING CORNELL'S WEST CAMPUS
Students and community members are developing a "deconstruction plan" to find local markets for materials from Cornell's demolished Noyes and the U-Halls. The goal is 50% reuse. "We will be working with the architects to try to use many of the materials in the old dorms in the new dorms themselves. Windows, bricks, copper pipes, beds, chairs, tables, sinks. Everything else we would like to redistribute via local markets as much as possible. " Help wanted: Noah 277-2656.

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FUNDRAISING BRUNCH FOR CUSLAR at Moosewood: Food, Music, Fun, and Solidarity! 2/24 at 11am. Pick up your tickets with Marcie at the CUSLAR office (255-7293) or with Ann Peters 277-3234

Tickets are also on sale at the Alternatives Library in Anabel Taylor Hall. 100% HOURS accepted. Help us sell tickets! Tickets are $12 adults, $6 kids 4-12 years old. Please contact Marcie or Ann if you can contribute a BAKED GOOD to the Brunch.

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"ALANB" is WINNER of gift certificate to , ABC Cafe ($10.00). Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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TOURISM MARKETING STUDY UNVEILED
"The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau contracted with Randall Travel Marketing to produce an Executive Report to give recommendations on this county's assets and promotions..." 2/21 from 1:30-3:30pm. RSVP 272-1313 to attend. Holiday Inn, refreshments follow.

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CABLE TV CHANNEL 13 SCHEDULE

YOUR FAVORITE VIDEOS broadcast when you bring them to the station, 612 W. Green St, 3-11:30pm daily: home movies, recitals, speeches, anything!
CIRCUS ECCENTRITHACA 2/22 at 6pm
ITHACA TROLLEY ("Tracking the Memories" by Terry Harbin) 2/25 at 10pm, 2/27 at 10pm, 2/28 at 4pm.
LEADBELLY (three different shows provided by Sean Killeen of the Lead Belly Society) 2/22 at 10pm, 2/25 at 9pm, 2/25 at 9:30pm, 2/27 at 9:30pm.

Cable 13 now has remote-controlled cameras, so fewer helpers are needed to produce a show. Visual quality is far better, too. To learn to produce a show, visit the station. 272-7272

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ANOTHER FALSE ARREST BY CITY: Citizens on city-owned land were falsely arrested for trespass at Widewaters' request.

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FATHERS FOR CHILDREN parental support group meets at Varna Community Center (943 Dryden Rd.) third Thursdays 7-9pm "The group works to keep parents and their children together and emphasize the need for both parents in a child's life." Birch: 753-0563 or 753-7038 ext.136; Bruce Tillapaugh: 272-5958 or (315) 729-0113

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NORTHEAST REGIONAL FOOD GUIDE Seasonal Produce Lists

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BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER 3/28 at 8pm, State Theater "There is still time to schedule a workshop! Bread and Puppet arrives 3/26." To help organize

"DATTAKAURK" is the WINNER of a ticket to Bread & Puppet's performance. Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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CRAYOLA DRAWINGS "Holes in the World" by Todd Saddler at Gimme Coffee (Cayuga/Cascadilla) until 2/28. Fabulous use of crayons! 100% Ithaca HOURS prefered.

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ITHACA MUSIC SCENE MEGASITE

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ITHACA CANCER RISK IS 100 TIMES GREATER than level set by Clean Air Act, according to EPA data.
91% OF THIS ADDED RISK IS DUE TO AUTOMOBILE EXHAUST trapped in the valley: benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, 1,3-butadiene, diesel particulates, etc.

ITHACA BREAST CANCER ALLIANCE ADVOCACY DAY 3/12
Local activists go to Albany to lobby for Superfund cleanups, breast cancer research, pesticide ban, IBCA funding. 277-0960 Environmental sources

EARTH DAY PLANNING/INFO SHARING SESSION
United Progressives invites all those interested to join together for an Earth Day Brainstorming and Info Sharing Session at 5pm on 2/20 in room 103 Rockefeller, Cornell . "In light of our current national and global situation, Earth Day seems like a particularly appropriate time to highlight the links between the political, social, cultural, and environmental issues that we are currently facing and to work together as we search for lasting solutions." --Mikush Schwam-Baird Christina Schiavoni

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ITHACA INDYMEDIA ORGANIZES to join the international reader-writer news network. Will be SOON online. Streaming audio too. RSVP for next meeting 2/24 at 6pm.

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TACO BELL BOYCOTT SPEECH by Tompkins Cortland Labor Coalition organizer Jim Rundle.

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INTERFAITH SERVICE FOR THE DIGNITY OF ALL * workers impoverished by the outdated minimum wage * New York's farmworkers * families and workers suffering because of 9/11. Sponsored by Religious Task Force of the Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition. 3/6 at 7:30pm, First Unitarian Church. Edie Reagan, Coordinator of Justice & Peace Ministry at Catholic Charities (272-5062).

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GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL HEALING ARTS "For six years we have created a 4-day healing arts center at the GrassRoots Festival. Volunteers from many aspects of the healing arts and complementary medicine have come together to share their hands on work and knowledge with festival goers in exchange for a weekend ticket to the Festival." To volunteer: JoAnn Kingsley-Wells 535-2004.

GRASSROOTS' PERFORMERS 2001 ALBUM

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BILL MYERS MISQUOTED by Ithaca Journal: Alternatives Federal Credit Union's CEO has never favored Target or Wal-Mart at Southwest Park. His strong quote against Widewaters was not printed. Here's what he really thinks

What is this LIVABLE WAGE being pushed for businesses that contract with the City? Explanation of Alternatives Federal Credit Union's study.

Alternatives has LOW-INTEREST ENTERPRISE LOANS available through its Growth Opportunities (GO) Fund Contact Jeff Lawhead 273-3582 x846

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Weather is erratic, but the SUN HOLDS STEADY as Ithaca rotates and orbits:

Harbinger of climate change? KIWI FRUIT IN ITHACA may be grown commercially next year.

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"J_BALL" is WINNER of gift certificate to Sparrow's Wine ($10.00). Must be 21. Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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The GREENSTAR MEMBERS' EDUCATION COMMITTEE has collected enough signatures to call a referendum creating display space for product line information. Candidate deadline for Council election is 3/1. Get packet from front desk.

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"AGB2" is WINNER of gift certificate to Viva Taqueria ($5.00). Reply by 2/28 to claim.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY!

* February 18, 1929: Scout leaders celebrate successful fundraising for purchase of CAMP BARTON (Boy Scouts) & CAMP COMSTOCK (Girl Scouts). Total $54,000 pledged during one-week campaign.
* February 19, 1909: One thousand women laugh at Preacher Brown as he calls them "the Devil's Decoy" for dancing in LOW-NECK GOWNS. He shouts, "You may brand me but I am going to tell you the truth. I am everlastingly and eternally opposed to dancing anywhere and under any circumstances."
* February 20, 1941: PARKING METERS first used here. 350 were installed, demanding one cent for 12 minutes or five cents per hour.
* February 21, 1899: Rastus the ZOO BEAR shot (Stewart Park). He had become "unruly."
* February 22, Henrietta Jackson, a caterer, is killed by deadly CHLORINE GAS pumped into a Cornell freshman banquet by sophomores. Many are overcome by the gas. Pieces of the rubber hose used were worns as souvenirs by sophomores.
* February 23, 1880: Willie Wilson makes plea to public for 10,000 dried-out SKUNK SKINS.
* February 24, 1912: TRAIN STOPS for cow standing on track with head lowered. Engineer can't move until he releases her calf, stuck between rails. Then she licks his hand and goes away.
* February 25, 1789: CAYUGA INDIANS forced to sign treaty yielding all their lands, except for a reservation at the north end of Cayuga Lake.
* February 26, 1943: Survey shows 60% of Ithaca families will plant VICTORY GARDENS this year.
* February 27, 1975: Air Force JET flies west over lake and smashes into hillside near Rte 89 and Crowbar Point.

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YOUR LETTERS

"Like so many others, I LOVE getting your email and literally drop whatever else I'm doing to read through it when it comes!" --Debbie Teeter
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"Last month was the first time we put the notice of our monthly program in the Community News and we had an overflow crowd attending-- had to go to a bigger room! Folks sure read this e-mail! Thanks a lot for publishing it." --Mary Jo Bauer
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"Thank you for the Community News. Always interesting and seems to be open to expression of all views. Two items caught my eye:
---"It has been very interesting to watch the growth of Greenstar as I was a board member of the old Clinton Street Coop for several years. Greenstar rose partly from the ashes of the Coop over the Caesar Chavez lettuce and grape boycott. Members were badly split over whether cheaper and union products should be sold (with proper signage) side by side and let the consumer choose or if only union lettuce and grapes should be sold [1973]. The Board opted for choice but the issue continued and the split led to its demise. I hope that Greenstar can successfully negotiate its differences as it is a nice store.
---"Secondly, I remember when there was a car bridge over Plain Street and the anger residents felt when the bridge was not replaced. (It was the 60's, as I recall, and posts had to be installed to keep the motorcyclists from using it.) It has been so long out of commission it seems ironic that now some don't want to see it open. I can guarantee that if it is reopened and some administration in the future wants to close it there will be another uproar.
---"Oh, one other thing- it's nice to hear from a couple who are moving back to Ithaca but they should know that there are a lot of American flags being displayed here as well so that isn't so different from Binghamton but the rest is still the same. Personally, I like the color it adds to the neighborhoods." --Bill N
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"I was wondering if I could be added to the community news list. I think it is great that someone takes the time to create this for the people of ithaca!" --Rebecca
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"Thanks for all the Ithaca information. I even forward it to my sister in St. Petersburg Fla. She and her husband were long time residents here. --S.W.
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"The letter [in last issue about Binghamton] is dead on, but as someone who has endured life in Binghamton as long as I have, it does not go far enough.
---"The word "autozone" was used to point up our deplorable use of space and resulting dependence upon automobiles (to say nothing of our abysmal "public transit" system whose primary function is to move SUNY-B students from campus to mall and back, and to take mall workers to and from their jobs). The word could also be used to describe the state of mind of most locals, who regardless of class, seem to go from home to work to mall to teevee every day without missing a beat; the weekly entertainment section of the paper is crammed with performances by cover bands, "easy listening" and karaoke.
---"The mostly deserted, filthy and utterly depressing downtown area-- urban-renewalized by bulldozer 30 years ago and never rebuilt-- has been described as looking like Dresden after the war. Its most prominent features are some imposing, ugly state, city and county office buildings. Empty storefronts are all over the place. Most retail activity has moved to exurban shopping malls on the western end of the county, a good 25 minutes drive away in Vestal. Wal-Mart rules the Vestal mall district like a great white concrete god. Routes 17 and I-81 intersect here (is this a bad feng shui thing?). Old factory neighborhoods on the East Side look like the set to some dystopian sci-fi movie, while certain people are building incredibly expensive homes up in the hills of Vestal.
---"Most major local industry has either collapsed, fled, or like the moribund IBM is hanging on by its fingernails. The jobless rate here is always greater than the national average; if it weren't for the minimum wage, many people around here would be working for free!
---"In all fairness, there are some people who are doing something about the deplorable cultural state of this area (let's hear it for The Art Mission on Washington Street, the Co-Operative Art Gallery on State Street, and the student-run punk club, "123 Fake Street"). As for Ithacans, I beg of you - don't let bad politics, apathy or big-box chain stores turn Ithaca into another Binghamton!" --Autozoned to Death
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"JOHN.CLANCY" is WINNER of gift certificate to Cafe Strand ($7.50), 302 E. State. Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.
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"I can't tell you how important receiving the Ithaca Community News is for my mental health during these trying times. I am in the final throes of dissertation writing. It is a very lonely process, as I rarely emerge from my study. The Ithaca Community News helps me feel less isolated by reminding me that I am nestled in a caring and wonderful town." --Whitney
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"I was concerned when I saw the notice in Ithaca Community News that someone didn't receive notice of the [Plain Street Bridge] meeting. I confirmed at City Hall that a notice was mailed to "Current Resident, 212 Wood St., Ithaca, NY 14850" on Jan. 25th, along with notices to all residents South-of-the-Creek and as far north as Green St. Did you not receive this mailing?
---"City staff has worked hard to assure that the meeting is well organized and publicized, including the mass mailing to all residents and notices in the paper for those outside the immediate area. They hope to get productive input on the design of the bridge, as has happened on other bridge projects throughout the city. I hope you will be able to attend this evening as I'm sure that you have good ideas, especially in the area of pedestrian and bicycle amenities." --Pat Pryor, City Council
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"Thanks for adding the Kraft boycott to your news. Also, thank you very much for sending this community news out-- a definite informative local alternative to corporate media." --Erin L. Riddle
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"After reading your comment on Hitler and why germans marched with him I really think it would be best if you removed my name from your list. You will then be free to tell others just how understanding and caring Ithaca is to other cultures minus Jewish representation." --rebbe
---[REPLY] Many German people selected Jews as scapegoats, after World War One, because victorious Allies had severely punished Germany. This is presented as explanation, not justification-- the strongest modern example why spirals of revenge (today U.S. against Arabs) are not practical public policy.
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"Your reply to the letter equating the current terrorists to Hitler was banal and indicates you understand very little about Hitler and the murder of Jews. It is also clear you do not understand Islamism and its very similar exterminist ideology. There is a Disney feel to your characterization of the situation." --MJK
---[REPLY] The dedication of the U.S. federal budget to global military domination, U.S. declarations of war on Muslim civilians (leaders usually get away), the gutting of funds for education and health, the continued dependence on imported oil, and the repeal of our civil liberties will seriously weaken both the U.S. and Israel: There are better policies that will make us wealthy and secure.
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"Thanks VERY much for the info about local computer recycling. I have been holding on to a Mac clone so as to prevent it from becoming landfill." --Patti
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"The article you cite by Case says proponents of dirty energy overstate the bird kill issue (and their concern for birds) to discredit wind power. Since the early Altamont Pass wind farm killed many birds of prey, designs now are less attractive as bird perches, and sites shun hunting areas and constricted raptor migration paths, so the problem is reduced in modern wind turbines.
---"But that does not mean wind turbines don't kill birds. Even some stationary communications towers can kill lots of songbirds during night migration in bad weather. Rather than deny the problem exists, let's support research to reduce tower-kills both from the thousands of cell-phone towers already being built and from the cheap clean wind turbines we want." --Dave Nutter
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"I currently receive your wonderful newsletter at an old email address-- could you change my address? Thank you for your time and dedication!!!" --William L
[REPLY] Thanks for your encouragement. This is fun.
---- "A few more subscribers for you: I have been sending your amazing newsletter to all of the municipal historians in Tompkins County. I believe there are 14 on the list." --Carol

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"KORITZDG" is WINNER of two tickets to Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures. Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim. Latest movies

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"SECRETS OF THE SWAMP" Finger Lakes Native Plant Society presents Professor Bruce Gilman, FLCC: "will explore the organisms characteristic of wetlands in western New York, and the management issues associated with the preservation of such communities." 2/21 at 7-8:30pm - Coop Extension, 615 Willow Ave.

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SEE SPOT GALLERY, 108 The Commons 277-7560
2/22, 8:00pm Russian Avant-Guard film screening with live musical accompanyment by Justin Asher and Brian Wilson. Admission $5 or Half HOUR. Roaring 20s attire strongly encouraged!!!
2/23 "Wing-Making Workshop" followed by "Step into the Night"

STATE OF THE ART GALLERY
exhibition, "Constellation, God Naming, And The Origin Of Phobia". Painting and sculpture by Zachary Seeger. till 2/24. 277-1626, 120 W. State. Thurs - 12-6; Fri: 12- 8; Sat/ Sun: 12-5 Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENT ACTIVISTS "Since 1961, the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has provided grants to college student activists who are ... are involved in building the movement for social and economic justice. Early recipients fought for civil rights, against McCarthyism and for peace in Vietnam. More recently, grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international, anti-imperialist solidarity." Maximum grant $6,000. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 1. Applications via self-addressed stamped envelope: Jan Phillips, Secretary, Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, 25 Main St, Belleville, NJ 07109

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"VK22" is WINNER of gift certificate to Conkie'sRestaurant ($10.00) Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, ITHACA "Human Rights Journal" TV Channel 13, 2/19, 9pm

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EDITORIAL

There is no new news in daily newspapers. Old stories only: governments at war, planes crashing, crime in the streets, prisons expand, rich get richer, poor get screwed, forests dying, everything worse.

The real news is that the world's gigantic problems are quietly being solved, by citizens in communities. These people organize regional food systems, ecological fuel systems, holistic and nonprofit healing, waste reduction/re-use systems, microenterprise co-ops, energy-efficient neighborhoods, nonprofit financial/monetary systems, nonviolent conflict resolution, urban forests & edible parks, safe bike lanes, exciting apprenticeships for the above.

Newspapers often disparage advocacy of these--and sneer at challenges to failed systems-- as "activism." The real news is that these humble efforts by millions of people have set local examples now becoming global networks. The Ithaca Journal snores, "too often, Ithaca runs in a scattershot fashion, like a bunch of neighborhood kids who get together and decide to put on a show" (2/6/02). The Journal's scorn for grassroots power is longstanding.

Here are some fine activist tools: www.enviroalternatives.org & www.sustainable.org & www.ilsr.org & www.smartgrowth.org

And the real news is that these efforts are fun. You meet really great people. Especially in Ithaca.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE OPEN HOUSE
The annual CSA Open House 3/2, 1- 4 pm.at Tompkins County Museum, 401 E. State. held with the museum's exhibit "Coming Up on the Season: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast" which "traces the path of the fruits and vegetables we eat, and the lives on the people who grow and harvest them, in six parts of the Northeast." Free.

"CSA provides farmers with an established market in advance of the growing season and consumers with a weekly selection of just-harvested food. Eight to ten area CSA farms will have informational displays and be available to talk to consumers about their CSA programs in an informal, drop-in format."

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PATCH ADAMS endorsed the ITHACA HEALTH FUND several times during his 2/4 speech at Cornell. "You should join the Health Fund even if you're insured, just to support it." He returns to Ithaca 3/21, to speak at Ithaca College. He's now an honorary member of the Fund.

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"BOR2039" is WINNER of gift certificate for Ben & Jerry's (pint). Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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ZYDECO DANCE PARTY, 2/22, L'il Anne and Hot Cayenne, Close Hall, Jacksonville. From Ithaca, Rt 96 north 5 miles. 1"block" north of Jacksonville Post Office. Close Hall on left. Dance lessons at 7:30pm. Dance 8pm-midnight. Admission $5 or Half HOUR. BYO 387 4356

RED SHOE DANCE-A-THON! 24-hour fund raiser dance marathon for The American Red Cross of Tompkins County. dancers (age 18+) "must attempt to dance the 24 hours and raise a minimum of $250 in pledges. All proceeds will stay in Tompkins County and will support local programs." Simona Fino 273-1900 x25

BENEFIT FOR DANCINGTREE: 2/25 at Bistro Q (702 W. Buffalo) 6:30pm. Local ballet dancer/teacher needs knee surgery. "Food, entertainment, family fun." Her husband Johnny says, "She's being flown to South Africa. Surgery and air fare will total less than half price. Their medicine is world-class." Also silent auction. HOURS accepted.

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CITIZENS' PLANNING ALLIANCE SUPPORTS DOWNTOWN "GATEWAY PLAZA" PROJECT CPA members produced a proposal entitled "Ecology & Urbanism" in 1997 which suggested development of a dense, multi-story 'urban village' incorporating housing, new commercial uses, and a creekside promenade ุ๙on the former Wilcox Press site. That document also proposed dense redevelopment of the area that is now known as the Cayuga Green site.
---"The CPA, which has been sharply critical of the scale and focus of the City's controversial plans to attract automobile-dependent 'big box' commercial growth in the undeveloped Southwest portion of the City, has been equally vocal in supporting dense, multi-story, pedestrian-friendly development on empty or poorly used central business district sites.
---"The Citizens' Planning Alliance of Tompkins County (CPA) was founded in 1996 to promote sustainable and environmentally-sound land use and economic development in Tompkins County, and to foster citizen participation in the planning process."

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LOCAL OLYMPIAN ELSON GLOVER won a gold medal in slalom at Greek Peak last week, age 85.

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FISHING FOR ART
Call for Entries: All artists living or working in the Finger Lakes region are invited to submit entries for "Angler All," an exhibit about "fishing in the Finger Lakes. The exhibit will present many aspects of fishing in the region, including two-dimensional artwork depicting fishing or aquatic themes. May submit up to three entries by 3/9. The Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Auburn, NY 315-253-8051

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LANDSCAPE WORKER TRAINING in March Classes 9am-3pm Mondays & Fridays in March. "Provides a foundation in turf establishment and maintenance, plant identification and selection, soils, site assessment and preparation, perennial garden maintenance, planting and pruning trees and shrubs, equipment safety and job expectations. Iintended for those interested in finding employment with a landscaping firm..." Janet: 607 272-2292 ext. 251. Cornell Coop Extension.

PRESSURE TREATED WOOD ON PLAYGROUNDS
"Pressure treated wood is injected with Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), a copper compound containing arsenic. Health concerns have prompted national studies to investigate the effects of this toxic compound on both children and the builders who handle CCA treated wood."
---"When Planet Earth Playscapes does use wood, it relies on naturally rot-resistant wood from trees found in the local region," says Rusty Keeler. "With edible herbs and flowers, melodic sound elements, and undulating topography, these playscapes awaken children's senses to the natural world around them." Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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WORLD BANK SPEAKER 2/22 at 12:15pm 157 Sibley Hall, Cornell: "Who are those guys? To whom are they accountable?" William Reuben, The World Bank

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"MAGUIRENY" is WINNER of gift certificate to Maxie's Supper Club ($10.00) Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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OLDEST COMPUTER in Tompkins County CONTEST is still open. Six old entries so far. Reply to enter.

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NYS SOLAR PANEL REBATE
"New York State Energy Research and Development Authority rebates $3/watt of installed capacity for a grid-tied electric system. Since a typical system can be 2000-2500 watts, this rebate can be as much as $7500.00. Although it could be extended, the current rebate expires on 9/21. Systems must be installed by that date with paperwork completed to receive the rebate. Because panel availability and installation scheduling can get backlogged by summer, it makes sense to begin planning now." Erick Smith ETM Solarworks 273-2621

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PEE WEE NATURALISTS
The Tompkins County Public Library and the Cayuga Nature Center are pleased to announce that the popular Pee Wee Naturalists program will now be offered at the library. The program, designed for preschool children ages 3-5, will be held every 6 weeks in the Thaler/Howell Program Room of the Youth Services Department. 2/18 at 11:00 A.M.

CAMP EARTH CONNECTION: Explorer Programs 2002: ages 6-14 at Hammond Hill. 539-7160 director

KNOWING WHERE WE ARE: free lectures and readings by Authors and Artists of the Finger Lakes, 2/27 at 7pm, Ulysses Philomathic Library. Deborah Tall, author of "From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place."

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ZOOM INTO ENGINEERING! 2/19 & 2/22 7-9pm, with local engineers. "They will make the most complex problems seem doable with fascinating hands-on projects and many visual presentations." Ages 12+ http://www.tcpl.org

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR GIRLS, ages 12-17
3/6, 13, 20, 27, 4-5pm. Irene Zahava. Pre-registration is required at the Adult Services Reference Desk or Shelley Garvey at 272-4557 ext. 249 or . Please bring your own writing supplies.

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"TFCKIRBY" is WINNER of gift certificate to Harvest Deli ($6.00) Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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ASK TO USE RECYCLED PAPER at
GNOMON COPY, open again on Eddy St. No extra charge.
MAILBOXES ETC. on State St. No extra charge.

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RENTAL: 3br house $1075. Downtown, renov, superinsulated, intenet, 6 skylites, granite countertop, deck, big yd, dw/dry, no smoking, avail April. Ithaca HOURS accepted. David 256-0809.

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GREEN CUISINE works with local folks to design healthy menus for them. Michele Wilbur then cooks a set of five meals with side dishes in yr home." 277-4296 Michele Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS:
February #2 2002

[This is the second of TWO emails MONTHLY sent to 5,824 Ithaca area residents]

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, EDITORIAL, FUN STUFF!

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TEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE have won GIFT CERTIFICATES with Viva Taqueria ($5.00), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Conkie'sRestaurant ($10.00), Ben & Jerry's (pint), Maxie's Supper Club ($10.00), Harvest Deli ($6.00), ABC Cafe ($10.00), Sparrow's Wine ($10.00), Cafe Strand ($7.50), Bread & Puppet Theatre (ticket). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW.

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ITHACA FESTIVAL "E-CARD" invites you and your friends and former Ithacans to the 25th Anniversary Reunion Festival: spread it around! To volunteer this year: 273-3646

ITHACA FESTIVAL PARADE applications are due by March 16.

Join the ITHACA FESTIVAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION! Annual membership (whatever you choose) is tax-deductible. Ithaca Festival, 215 N. Cayuga, Ithaca 14850.

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DECONSTRUCTING CORNELL'S WEST CAMPUS
Students and community members are developing a "deconstruction plan" to find local markets for materials from Cornell's demolished Noyes and the U-Halls. The goal is 50% reuse. "We will be working with the architects to try to use many of the materials in the old dorms in the new dorms themselves. Windows, bricks, copper pipes, beds, chairs, tables, sinks. Everything else we would like to redistribute via local markets as much as possible. " Help wanted: Noah 277-2656.

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FUNDRAISING BRUNCH FOR CUSLAR at Moosewood: Food, Music, Fun, and Solidarity! 2/24 at 11am. Pick up your tickets with Marcie at the CUSLAR office (255-7293) or with Ann Peters 277-3234

Tickets are also on sale at the Alternatives Library in Anabel Taylor Hall. 100% HOURS accepted. Help us sell tickets! Tickets are $12 adults, $6 kids 4-12 years old. Please contact Marcie or Ann if you can contribute a BAKED GOOD to the Brunch.

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"ALANB" is WINNER of gift certificate to , ABC Cafe ($10.00). Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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TOURISM MARKETING STUDY UNVEILED
"The Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau contracted with Randall Travel Marketing to produce an Executive Report to give recommendations on this county's assets and promotions..." 2/21 from 1:30-3:30pm. RSVP 272-1313 to attend. Holiday Inn, refreshments follow.

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CABLE TV CHANNEL 13 SCHEDULE

YOUR FAVORITE VIDEOS broadcast when you bring them to the station, 612 W. Green St, 3-11:30pm daily: home movies, recitals, speeches, anything!
CIRCUS ECCENTRITHACA 2/22 at 6pm
ITHACA TROLLEY ("Tracking the Memories" by Terry Harbin) 2/25 at 10pm, 2/27 at 10pm, 2/28 at 4pm.
LEADBELLY (three different shows provided by Sean Killeen of the Lead Belly Society) 2/22 at 10pm, 2/25 at 9pm, 2/25 at 9:30pm, 2/27 at 9:30pm.

Cable 13 now has remote-controlled cameras, so fewer helpers are needed to produce a show. Visual quality is far better, too. To learn to produce a show, visit the station. 272-7272

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ANOTHER FALSE ARREST BY CITY: Citizens on city-owned land were falsely arrested for trespass at Widewaters' request.

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FATHERS FOR CHILDREN parental support group meets at Varna Community Center (943 Dryden Rd.) third Thursdays 7-9pm "The group works to keep parents and their children together and emphasize the need for both parents in a child's life." Birch: 753-0563 or 753-7038 ext.136; Bruce Tillapaugh: 272-5958 or (315) 729-0113

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NORTHEAST REGIONAL FOOD GUIDE Seasonal Produce Lists

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BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER 3/28 at 8pm, State Theater "There is still time to schedule a workshop! Bread and Puppet arrives 3/26." To help organize

"DATTAKAURK" is the WINNER of a ticket to Bread & Puppet's performance. Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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CRAYOLA DRAWINGS "Holes in the World" by Todd Saddler at Gimme Coffee (Cayuga/Cascadilla) until 2/28. Fabulous use of crayons! 100% Ithaca HOURS prefered.

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ITHACA MUSIC SCENE MEGASITE

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ITHACA CANCER RISK IS 100 TIMES GREATER than level set by Clean Air Act, according to EPA data.
91% OF THIS ADDED RISK IS DUE TO AUTOMOBILE EXHAUST trapped in the valley: benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, 1,3-butadiene, diesel particulates, etc.

ITHACA BREAST CANCER ALLIANCE ADVOCACY DAY 3/12
Local activists go to Albany to lobby for Superfund cleanups, breast cancer research, pesticide ban, IBCA funding. 277-0960 Environmental sources

EARTH DAY PLANNING/INFO SHARING SESSION
United Progressives invites all those interested to join together for an Earth Day Brainstorming and Info Sharing Session at 5pm on 2/20 in room 103 Rockefeller, Cornell . "In light of our current national and global situation, Earth Day seems like a particularly appropriate time to highlight the links between the political, social, cultural, and environmental issues that we are currently facing and to work together as we search for lasting solutions." --Mikush Schwam-Baird Christina Schiavoni

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ITHACA INDYMEDIA ORGANIZES to join the international reader-writer news network. Will be SOON online. Streaming audio too. RSVP for next meeting 2/24 at 6pm.

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TACO BELL BOYCOTT SPEECH by Tompkins Cortland Labor Coalition organizer Jim Rundle.

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INTERFAITH SERVICE FOR THE DIGNITY OF ALL * workers impoverished by the outdated minimum wage * New York's farmworkers * families and workers suffering because of 9/11. Sponsored by Religious Task Force of the Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition. 3/6 at 7:30pm, First Unitarian Church. Edie Reagan, Coordinator of Justice & Peace Ministry at Catholic Charities (272-5062).

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GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL HEALING ARTS "For six years we have created a 4-day healing arts center at the GrassRoots Festival. Volunteers from many aspects of the healing arts and complementary medicine have come together to share their hands on work and knowledge with festival goers in exchange for a weekend ticket to the Festival." To volunteer: JoAnn Kingsley-Wells 535-2004.

GRASSROOTS' PERFORMERS 2001 ALBUM

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BILL MYERS MISQUOTED by Ithaca Journal: Alternatives Federal Credit Union's CEO has never favored Target or Wal-Mart at Southwest Park. His strong quote against Widewaters was not printed. Here's what he really thinks

What is this LIVABLE WAGE being pushed for businesses that contract with the City? Explanation of Alternatives Federal Credit Union's study.

Alternatives has LOW-INTEREST ENTERPRISE LOANS available through its Growth Opportunities (GO) Fund Contact Jeff Lawhead 273-3582 x846

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Weather is erratic, but the SUN HOLDS STEADY as Ithaca rotates and orbits:

Harbinger of climate change? KIWI FRUIT IN ITHACA may be grown commercially next year.

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"J_BALL" is WINNER of gift certificate to Sparrow's Wine ($10.00). Must be 21. Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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The GREENSTAR MEMBERS' EDUCATION COMMITTEE has collected enough signatures to call a referendum creating display space for product line information. Candidate deadline for Council election is 3/1. Get packet from front desk.

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"AGB2" is WINNER of gift certificate to Viva Taqueria ($5.00). Reply by 2/28 to claim.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY!

* February 18, 1929: Scout leaders celebrate successful fundraising for purchase of CAMP BARTON (Boy Scouts) & CAMP COMSTOCK (Girl Scouts). Total $54,000 pledged during one-week campaign.
* February 19, 1909: One thousand women laugh at Preacher Brown as he calls them "the Devil's Decoy" for dancing in LOW-NECK GOWNS. He shouts, "You may brand me but I am going to tell you the truth. I am everlastingly and eternally opposed to dancing anywhere and under any circumstances."
* February 20, 1941: PARKING METERS first used here. 350 were installed, demanding one cent for 12 minutes or five cents per hour.
* February 21, 1899: Rastus the ZOO BEAR shot (Stewart Park). He had become "unruly."
* February 22, Henrietta Jackson, a caterer, is killed by deadly CHLORINE GAS pumped into a Cornell freshman banquet by sophomores. Many are overcome by the gas. Pieces of the rubber hose used were worns as souvenirs by sophomores.
* February 23, 1880: Willie Wilson makes plea to public for 10,000 dried-out SKUNK SKINS.
* February 24, 1912: TRAIN STOPS for cow standing on track with head lowered. Engineer can't move until he releases her calf, stuck between rails. Then she licks his hand and goes away.
* February 25, 1789: CAYUGA INDIANS forced to sign treaty yielding all their lands, except for a reservation at the north end of Cayuga Lake.
* February 26, 1943: Survey shows 60% of Ithaca families will plant VICTORY GARDENS this year.
* February 27, 1975: Air Force JET flies west over lake and smashes into hillside near Rte 89 and Crowbar Point.

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YOUR LETTERS

"Like so many others, I LOVE getting your email and literally drop whatever else I'm doing to read through it when it comes!" --Debbie Teeter
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"Last month was the first time we put the notice of our monthly program in the Community News and we had an overflow crowd attending-- had to go to a bigger room! Folks sure read this e-mail! Thanks a lot for publishing it." --Mary Jo Bauer
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"Thank you for the Community News. Always interesting and seems to be open to expression of all views. Two items caught my eye:
---"It has been very interesting to watch the growth of Greenstar as I was a board member of the old Clinton Street Coop for several years. Greenstar rose partly from the ashes of the Coop over the Caesar Chavez lettuce and grape boycott. Members were badly split over whether cheaper and union products should be sold (with proper signage) side by side and let the consumer choose or if only union lettuce and grapes should be sold [1973]. The Board opted for choice but the issue continued and the split led to its demise. I hope that Greenstar can successfully negotiate its differences as it is a nice store.
---"Secondly, I remember when there was a car bridge over Plain Street and the anger residents felt when the bridge was not replaced. (It was the 60's, as I recall, and posts had to be installed to keep the motorcyclists from using it.) It has been so long out of commission it seems ironic that now some don't want to see it open. I can guarantee that if it is reopened and some administration in the future wants to close it there will be another uproar.
---"Oh, one other thing- it's nice to hear from a couple who are moving back to Ithaca but they should know that there are a lot of American flags being displayed here as well so that isn't so different from Binghamton but the rest is still the same. Personally, I like the color it adds to the neighborhoods." --Bill N
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"I was wondering if I could be added to the community news list. I think it is great that someone takes the time to create this for the people of ithaca!" --Rebecca
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"Thanks for all the Ithaca information. I even forward it to my sister in St. Petersburg Fla. She and her husband were long time residents here. --S.W.
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"The letter [in last issue about Binghamton] is dead on, but as someone who has endured life in Binghamton as long as I have, it does not go far enough.
---"The word "autozone" was used to point up our deplorable use of space and resulting dependence upon automobiles (to say nothing of our abysmal "public transit" system whose primary function is to move SUNY-B students from campus to mall and back, and to take mall workers to and from their jobs). The word could also be used to describe the state of mind of most locals, who regardless of class, seem to go from home to work to mall to teevee every day without missing a beat; the weekly entertainment section of the paper is crammed with performances by cover bands, "easy listening" and karaoke.
---"The mostly deserted, filthy and utterly depressing downtown area-- urban-renewalized by bulldozer 30 years ago and never rebuilt-- has been described as looking like Dresden after the war. Its most prominent features are some imposing, ugly state, city and county office buildings. Empty storefronts are all over the place. Most retail activity has moved to exurban shopping malls on the western end of the county, a good 25 minutes drive away in Vestal. Wal-Mart rules the Vestal mall district like a great white concrete god. Routes 17 and I-81 intersect here (is this a bad feng shui thing?). Old factory neighborhoods on the East Side look like the set to some dystopian sci-fi movie, while certain people are building incredibly expensive homes up in the hills of Vestal.
---"Most major local industry has either collapsed, fled, or like the moribund IBM is hanging on by its fingernails. The jobless rate here is always greater than the national average; if it weren't for the minimum wage, many people around here would be working for free!
---"In all fairness, there are some people who are doing something about the deplorable cultural state of this area (let's hear it for The Art Mission on Washington Street, the Co-Operative Art Gallery on State Street, and the student-run punk club, "123 Fake Street"). As for Ithacans, I beg of you - don't let bad politics, apathy or big-box chain stores turn Ithaca into another Binghamton!" --Autozoned to Death
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"JOHN.CLANCY" is WINNER of gift certificate to Cafe Strand ($7.50), 302 E. State. Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.
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"I can't tell you how important receiving the Ithaca Community News is for my mental health during these trying times. I am in the final throes of dissertation writing. It is a very lonely process, as I rarely emerge from my study. The Ithaca Community News helps me feel less isolated by reminding me that I am nestled in a caring and wonderful town." --Whitney
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"I was concerned when I saw the notice in Ithaca Community News that someone didn't receive notice of the [Plain Street Bridge] meeting. I confirmed at City Hall that a notice was mailed to "Current Resident, 212 Wood St., Ithaca, NY 14850" on Jan. 25th, along with notices to all residents South-of-the-Creek and as far north as Green St. Did you not receive this mailing?
---"City staff has worked hard to assure that the meeting is well organized and publicized, including the mass mailing to all residents and notices in the paper for those outside the immediate area. They hope to get productive input on the design of the bridge, as has happened on other bridge projects throughout the city. I hope you will be able to attend this evening as I'm sure that you have good ideas, especially in the area of pedestrian and bicycle amenities." --Pat Pryor, City Council
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"Thanks for adding the Kraft boycott to your news. Also, thank you very much for sending this community news out-- a definite informative local alternative to corporate media." --Erin L. Riddle
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"After reading your comment on Hitler and why germans marched with him I really think it would be best if you removed my name from your list. You will then be free to tell others just how understanding and caring Ithaca is to other cultures minus Jewish representation." --rebbe
---[REPLY] Many German people selected Jews as scapegoats, after World War One, because victorious Allies had severely punished Germany. This is presented as explanation, not justification-- the strongest modern example why spirals of revenge (today U.S. against Arabs) are not practical public policy.
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"Your reply to the letter equating the current terrorists to Hitler was banal and indicates you understand very little about Hitler and the murder of Jews. It is also clear you do not understand Islamism and its very similar exterminist ideology. There is a Disney feel to your characterization of the situation." --MJK
---[REPLY] The dedication of the U.S. federal budget to global military domination, U.S. declarations of war on Muslim civilians (leaders usually get away), the gutting of funds for education and health, the continued dependence on imported oil, and the repeal of our civil liberties will seriously weaken both the U.S. and Israel: There are better policies that will make us wealthy and secure.
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"Thanks VERY much for the info about local computer recycling. I have been holding on to a Mac clone so as to prevent it from becoming landfill." --Patti
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"The article you cite by Case says proponents of dirty energy overstate the bird kill issue (and their concern for birds) to discredit wind power. Since the early Altamont Pass wind farm killed many birds of prey, designs now are less attractive as bird perches, and sites shun hunting areas and constricted raptor migration paths, so the problem is reduced in modern wind turbines.
---"But that does not mean wind turbines don't kill birds. Even some stationary communications towers can kill lots of songbirds during night migration in bad weather. Rather than deny the problem exists, let's support research to reduce tower-kills both from the thousands of cell-phone towers already being built and from the cheap clean wind turbines we want." --Dave Nutter
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"I currently receive your wonderful newsletter at an old email address-- could you change my address? Thank you for your time and dedication!!!" --William L
[REPLY] Thanks for your encouragement. This is fun.
---- "A few more subscribers for you: I have been sending your amazing newsletter to all of the municipal historians in Tompkins County. I believe there are 14 on the list." --Carol

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"KORITZDG" is WINNER of two tickets to Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures. Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim. Latest movies

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"SECRETS OF THE SWAMP" Finger Lakes Native Plant Society presents Professor Bruce Gilman, FLCC: "will explore the organisms characteristic of wetlands in western New York, and the management issues associated with the preservation of such communities." 2/21 at 7-8:30pm - Coop Extension, 615 Willow Ave.

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SEE SPOT GALLERY, 108 The Commons 277-7560
2/22, 8:00pm Russian Avant-Guard film screening with live musical accompanyment by Justin Asher and Brian Wilson. Admission $5 or Half HOUR. Roaring 20s attire strongly encouraged!!!
2/23 "Wing-Making Workshop" followed by "Step into the Night"

STATE OF THE ART GALLERY
exhibition, "Constellation, God Naming, And The Origin Of Phobia". Painting and sculpture by Zachary Seeger. till 2/24. 277-1626, 120 W. State. Thurs - 12-6; Fri: 12- 8; Sat/ Sun: 12-5 Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENT ACTIVISTS "Since 1961, the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has provided grants to college student activists who are ... are involved in building the movement for social and economic justice. Early recipients fought for civil rights, against McCarthyism and for peace in Vietnam. More recently, grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international, anti-imperialist solidarity." Maximum grant $6,000. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 1. Applications via self-addressed stamped envelope: Jan Phillips, Secretary, Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, 25 Main St, Belleville, NJ 07109

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"VK22" is WINNER of gift certificate to Conkie'sRestaurant ($10.00) Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, ITHACA "Human Rights Journal" TV Channel 13, 2/19, 9pm

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EDITORIAL

There is no new news in daily newspapers. Old stories only: governments at war, planes crashing, crime in the streets, prisons expand, rich get richer, poor get screwed, forests dying, everything worse.

The real news is that the world's gigantic problems are quietly being solved, by citizens in communities. These people organize regional food systems, ecological fuel systems, holistic and nonprofit healing, waste reduction/re-use systems, microenterprise co-ops, energy-efficient neighborhoods, nonprofit financial/monetary systems, nonviolent conflict resolution, urban forests & edible parks, safe bike lanes, exciting apprenticeships for the above.

Newspapers often disparage advocacy of these--and sneer at challenges to failed systems-- as "activism." The real news is that these humble efforts by millions of people have set local examples now becoming global networks. The Ithaca Journal snores, "too often, Ithaca runs in a scattershot fashion, like a bunch of neighborhood kids who get together and decide to put on a show" (2/6/02). The Journal's scorn for grassroots power is longstanding.

Here are some fine activist tools: www.enviroalternatives.org & www.sustainable.org & www.ilsr.org & www.smartgrowth.org

And the real news is that these efforts are fun. You meet really great people. Especially in Ithaca.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE OPEN HOUSE
The annual CSA Open House 3/2, 1- 4 pm.at Tompkins County Museum, 401 E. State. held with the museum's exhibit "Coming Up on the Season: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast" which "traces the path of the fruits and vegetables we eat, and the lives on the people who grow and harvest them, in six parts of the Northeast." Free.

"CSA provides farmers with an established market in advance of the growing season and consumers with a weekly selection of just-harvested food. Eight to ten area CSA farms will have informational displays and be available to talk to consumers about their CSA programs in an informal, drop-in format."

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PATCH ADAMS endorsed the ITHACA HEALTH FUND several times during his 2/4 speech at Cornell. "You should join the Health Fund even if you're insured, just to support it." He returns to Ithaca 3/21, to speak at Ithaca College. He's now an honorary member of the Fund.

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"BOR2039" is WINNER of gift certificate for Ben & Jerry's (pint). Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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ZYDECO DANCE PARTY, 2/22, L'il Anne and Hot Cayenne, Close Hall, Jacksonville. From Ithaca, Rt 96 north 5 miles. 1"block" north of Jacksonville Post Office. Close Hall on left. Dance lessons at 7:30pm. Dance 8pm-midnight. Admission $5 or Half HOUR. BYO 387 4356

RED SHOE DANCE-A-THON! 24-hour fund raiser dance marathon for The American Red Cross of Tompkins County. dancers (age 18+) "must attempt to dance the 24 hours and raise a minimum of $250 in pledges. All proceeds will stay in Tompkins County and will support local programs." Simona Fino 273-1900 x25

BENEFIT FOR DANCINGTREE: 2/25 at Bistro Q (702 W. Buffalo) 6:30pm. Local ballet dancer/teacher needs knee surgery. "Food, entertainment, family fun." Her husband Johnny says, "She's being flown to South Africa. Surgery and air fare will total less than half price. Their medicine is world-class." Also silent auction. HOURS accepted.

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CITIZENS' PLANNING ALLIANCE SUPPORTS DOWNTOWN "GATEWAY PLAZA" PROJECT CPA members produced a proposal entitled "Ecology & Urbanism" in 1997 which suggested development of a dense, multi-story 'urban village' incorporating housing, new commercial uses, and a creekside promenade ุ๙on the former Wilcox Press site. That document also proposed dense redevelopment of the area that is now known as the Cayuga Green site.
---"The CPA, which has been sharply critical of the scale and focus of the City's controversial plans to attract automobile-dependent 'big box' commercial growth in the undeveloped Southwest portion of the City, has been equally vocal in supporting dense, multi-story, pedestrian-friendly development on empty or poorly used central business district sites.
---"The Citizens' Planning Alliance of Tompkins County (CPA) was founded in 1996 to promote sustainable and environmentally-sound land use and economic development in Tompkins County, and to foster citizen participation in the planning process."

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LOCAL OLYMPIAN ELSON GLOVER won a gold medal in slalom at Greek Peak last week, age 85.

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FISHING FOR ART
Call for Entries: All artists living or working in the Finger Lakes region are invited to submit entries for "Angler All," an exhibit about "fishing in the Finger Lakes. The exhibit will present many aspects of fishing in the region, including two-dimensional artwork depicting fishing or aquatic themes. May submit up to three entries by 3/9. The Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Auburn, NY 315-253-8051

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LANDSCAPE WORKER TRAINING in March Classes 9am-3pm Mondays & Fridays in March. "Provides a foundation in turf establishment and maintenance, plant identification and selection, soils, site assessment and preparation, perennial garden maintenance, planting and pruning trees and shrubs, equipment safety and job expectations. Iintended for those interested in finding employment with a landscaping firm..." Janet: 607 272-2292 ext. 251. Cornell Coop Extension.

PRESSURE TREATED WOOD ON PLAYGROUNDS
"Pressure treated wood is injected with Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), a copper compound containing arsenic. Health concerns have prompted national studies to investigate the effects of this toxic compound on both children and the builders who handle CCA treated wood."
---"When Planet Earth Playscapes does use wood, it relies on naturally rot-resistant wood from trees found in the local region," says Rusty Keeler. "With edible herbs and flowers, melodic sound elements, and undulating topography, these playscapes awaken children's senses to the natural world around them." Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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WORLD BANK SPEAKER 2/22 at 12:15pm 157 Sibley Hall, Cornell: "Who are those guys? To whom are they accountable?" William Reuben, The World Bank

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"MAGUIRENY" is WINNER of gift certificate to Maxie's Supper Club ($10.00) Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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OLDEST COMPUTER in Tompkins County CONTEST is still open. Six old entries so far. Reply to enter.

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NYS SOLAR PANEL REBATE
"New York State Energy Research and Development Authority rebates $3/watt of installed capacity for a grid-tied electric system. Since a typical system can be 2000-2500 watts, this rebate can be as much as $7500.00. Although it could be extended, the current rebate expires on 9/21. Systems must be installed by that date with paperwork completed to receive the rebate. Because panel availability and installation scheduling can get backlogged by summer, it makes sense to begin planning now." Erick Smith ETM Solarworks 273-2621

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PEE WEE NATURALISTS
The Tompkins County Public Library and the Cayuga Nature Center are pleased to announce that the popular Pee Wee Naturalists program will now be offered at the library. The program, designed for preschool children ages 3-5, will be held every 6 weeks in the Thaler/Howell Program Room of the Youth Services Department. 2/18 at 11:00 A.M.

CAMP EARTH CONNECTION: Explorer Programs 2002: ages 6-14 at Hammond Hill. 539-7160 director

KNOWING WHERE WE ARE: free lectures and readings by Authors and Artists of the Finger Lakes, 2/27 at 7pm, Ulysses Philomathic Library. Deborah Tall, author of "From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place."

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ZOOM INTO ENGINEERING! 2/19 & 2/22 7-9pm, with local engineers. "They will make the most complex problems seem doable with fascinating hands-on projects and many visual presentations." Ages 12+ http://www.tcpl.org

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR GIRLS, ages 12-17
3/6, 13, 20, 27, 4-5pm. Irene Zahava. Pre-registration is required at the Adult Services Reference Desk or Shelley Garvey at 272-4557 ext. 249 or . Please bring your own writing supplies.

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"TFCKIRBY" is WINNER of gift certificate to Harvest Deli ($6.00) Reply to this email by 2/28 to claim.

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ASK TO USE RECYCLED PAPER at
GNOMON COPY, open again on Eddy St. No extra charge.
MAILBOXES ETC. on State St. No extra charge.

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RENTAL: 3br house $1075. Downtown, renov, superinsulated, intenet, 6 skylites, granite countertop, deck, big yd, dw/dry, no smoking, avail April. Ithaca HOURS accepted. David 256-0809.

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GREEN CUISINE works with local folks to design healthy menus for them. Michele Wilbur then cooks a set of five meals with side dishes in yr home." 277-4296 Michele Ithaca HOURS accepted.

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