ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: March #1

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

[This is the first of two messages monthly sent to 6,116 Ithaca area residents]

This 28th edition of Ithaca Community News celebrates distribution to over 6,000 Ithaca area residents.

Who is gathered around this campfire? We are anarchists and capitalists, Republicans and Greens, Democrats and Independents, deists and atheists, yuppies, hippies, slackers, mechanics and scholars, professionals and unemployed, too rich and too poor. We are the stylish and slobs, warriors and peacemakers, carnivores and vegetarians, abortion defenders and abortion haters, patriots hugging flags and patriots flying the Bill of Rights. We're from every spiritual lineage and ethnicity; we're listeners and shouters, dogmatic and undecided. Each of us is an original blend of these.

So in the spirit of getting to know one another-- of battling and collaborating toward better futures-- please send short notes/links about your community-related activities. Challenging times require freer discussion, more media, more action.

This newsletter is proud of its editorial preferences (for our environment, labor rights, civil rights & liberties, small/co-op enterprises, multiculturalism, nonviolence) and will not pretend that content is objective. Yet we'll print any flavor of message that clarifies conflicts, builds bridges, or both. Businesses and events charging fees are mentioned when Ithaca HOURS are accepted.

TWELVE 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), Mundo Gitano ($10.00). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW.

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STATE THEATRE WORK DAY 3/16 from 11am-3pm. RSVP Beth Tallman at 273-6633 "Over the next few months, we are going to focus on simple cleaning, repairs and projects that need to be improved at the State Theatre. Some will be specific projects that will require specialized needs, such as carpentry, and other projects will require no special abilities such as cleaning."

BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER presents "Insurrection Mass with Funeral March for a Rotten Idea; in 10 Movements 3/28 at 8pm at State Theatre. Tickets at Autumn Leaves, See-Spot Gallery, Greenstar Coop, and Ticket Center at the Clinton House (800-284-8422/273-4497) $10/$8 (over 60); /$5 (5-12 year olds) 30 VOLUNTEERS needed to perform: rehearsals 3/27: 7-10pm & 3/28: 3-6pm. Jessie Lind 273-0532

"KLD18" is WINNER of a free ticket to this event. Reply by 3/18 to claim.

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WALKING TOGETHER
First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St. hosts an Interfaith program for 4th-6th grade youth and their parents 3/10 & 17 from 3:30-6:30pm. "The participants will learn about the similarities and differences between 3 world religions - Christianity, Islam and Judaism." Please register: Kristin Sundt 272-2800

INTERFAITH SERVICE FOR THE DIGNITY OF ALL: for exploited NY farmworkers and service workers, and those suffering because of 9/11: First Unitarian Church 3/6 at 7:30pm.

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FINGER LAKES SALVAGE: Treasures, Pleasures & Stuff to Build With: "We specialize in items not normally found in other second-hand stores: building materials (windows, doors, bricks, lumber, etc), cabinets, fixtures, furniture, tubs, sinks." No clothes or books. 410 Old Taughannock Blvd (across from Castaways). HOURS/$$ paid and accepted. Monday-Friday 9-5.

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"FINEWINE" is WINNER of $5.00 gift certificate to VIVA TAQUERIA. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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THIS IS LEAST SNOWY WINTER SINCE 1933-34

EFFECTS OF GREENHOUSE GASES ON TOMPKINS COUNTY

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ITHACAEVENTS.com deserves a bookmark. Already 54 arts/music events for next week. List yourself there, find some fun!

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

EZRA CORNELL CONDEMNS WAR in letter to his son 11/20/1846: "This [Mexican-American] war I firmly believe was provoked by our rulers to gratify a lust for conquest and extend the curse of human slavery." FULL TEXT

SOLAS CONCERT 3/17 State Theatre, to close the terrorist School of the Americas. "SOLAS has to be ranked among the most exciting bands anywhere in the world." --Irish Echo. Tickets at GreenStar, Clinton House, See-Spot, Alts Library. HOURS accepted. 277-6932

STUDENTS FOR PEACEFUL JUSTICE is tabling in the lobby of Willard Straight Hall the next two Thursdays, on Iraq and the detainees

PAY TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR: Ithaca War Tax Resistance promotes the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill HR 1186 http://www.PeaceTax.com To speak on this bill: Senator Clinton 202-224-4451 Senator Schumer 202-224-6542

ITHACA STOP STAR WARS: Keep Space Safe for Peace: meeting 3/9 at 3pm at Autumn Leaves Used Books, 115 The Commons.

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260 SPECIES OF BIRDS REPORTED IN CAYUGA BASIN 2001

"GARDENING FOR BIRDS WITH NATIVE PLANTS" by Dr. Stephen Kress, author of The Audubon Society Bird Garden. All welcome to this meeting of the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society. 3/21 at 7-8:30 PM Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca

THE LEGACY OF IROQUOIS MEDICINAL PLANTS: Establishing Botanical Sanctuaries. 3/8 at 7:30pm at the Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road. An evening of slides and information on traditional plants. Donation. FOL office

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ORGANIC BURIAL GROUND to be voted on by the Newfield town board:
---"An Organic Burial Ground uses all natural materials. Local crafts people are being sought to create natural caskets of wood, wicker, paper mache, as well as weavers for the weaving of shrouds. Sections within the burial ground will be designated for the planting of native trees, fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, perennials, wild flowers and meadow. Flush-to-the-ground markers will be used to designate each site."
---"This is in contrast to the pollution caused in the modern burial from the use of embalming chemicals, dyes and heavy metals.
---"The site for this project is 30 acres of open farm land on the West side of Burge Hill Road in Newfield, overlooking the hills of downtown Ithaca.
---"Please Enter your name on this petition. Your presence at the Newfield Town Hall on Main Street in Newfield on 3/14, at 7:00pm is also welcome." --Paul Ceglia Jennifer Johnson Susan Thomas

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SEE SPOT GALLERY 108 The Commons Rebecca Burton
* 3/8 Rose Ghosts, After the Fashion, Quiet After Midnight 7-1130pm: $4.00 (HRS accepted)
* 3/9 March Show Opening/Reception: 7pm
* 3/16 The High School Football Heroes (Long Island), Premarital Sax (Long Island), Endive: 8pm: $6
* 3/22 Blame Game, Airoes, Rxsxn: this is a books through bars benefit. admission is $6, or $5 if you bring a book to donate to the program!
* 3/23 Compassionately Stoneground Books Poetry Reading: 730pm donations accepted

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PARK DEFENSE meeting 3/7 at GIAC at 6:30pm. "We are working through the means of peaceful non-violent resistance to prevent the illegalities of Widewaters and the City of Ithaca from destroying parkland and more. It is also very important that these illegalities do not set a precedent for the rest of the country.
---"We need your help in organizing and planning strategy and actions. There is room for whatever role your are interested in taking. Please come to help out or to find out more about what is going on." Nakita Werier

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OLDEST WORKING COMPUTER in Tompkins County CONTEST is still open. Six entries so far: CBM 8032 Commodore, IBM 8088, IBM PC 4.77 Mhz, Mac Powerbook 140, Valdoz (EpsonQX-16), Timex Sinclair. Can you beat these?

COMPUTER ALL STARS program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau is seeking tax-deductible donations of early Pentium or newer computers, working monitors and printers. Young tekkies then donate computers to families without them. Marty Schreiber 273-8364 X157

PAINLESS COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS: a Cornell University professor Alan Hedge helped study 356 office workers at four NJ locations:
---"Each workstation was fitted with a negative-slope keyboard with an upper mouse tray and workers were given an ergonomic chair. The workers were surveyed again eight months later.
---"Almost half the workers then had fewer back and elbow problems
---Does your workplace need ergonomic workstations? Carl Feuer

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COMMUNITY CURRENCY AND BARTER on NPR
Featuring Ithaca's Margaret McCasland, member of the HOURS Board of Directors. "How can local economies be developed to help local communities? Join us for a look at alternative forms of currency across the nation." 2/14 show on RealAudio

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FAIR TRADE COFFEE AT CORNELL: beans picked by worker co-ops rather than exploitive corporations are sold as an option at the following cafes: Sage, Ezra's, Olin, Bear Necessities, Risley, Hughes, Barrister Cafe, and J's Crossing.
---Students meet Tuesday nights "to raise awareness of the need for fair trade coffee on campus and in the greater Ithaca community." --Mario Andres Blanco

FAIR TRADE COFFEE AT GREENSTAR: Sumatran, Cafe Peru, French Roast, Breakfast Blend, Cafe Nica, Mind/Body/Soul, Bolivian, Adelante

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"DBO2" is WINNER of $7.50 gift certificate to CAFE STRAND. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* March 5, 1794: Ithaca becomes part of ONONDAGA COUNTY (presently includes Syracuse).
* March 5, 1941: U.S. Weather Bureau predicts that by the year 2176 Ithaca's climate will support PALM TREES & ORANGE GROVES.
* March 6, 1922: Cellar of county jail is jammed with BOOZE-making equipment after prohibition raids.
* March 7, 1889: After visiting all houses in the city, County BIBLE AGENT, Rev. E.A. Merrick, announces that one in ten have no Bible.
* March 8, 1965: COPS WIRED for sound: pocket radios accompany foot patrolmen.
* March 9, 1954: Landlord Zeke Kouf falls 1& 1/2 floors from his blazing apartment building while RESCUING TENANT Fred Livingstone.
* March 10, 1902: Local farmer who mailed $2.00 receives information on "MAKING HENS LAY." The reply: "tie a stout string around the hen's body, lay the bird on her side on a board and then fasten the string underneath. If it is thought desirable a pillow may be placed under the hen's head."
* March 11, 1933: Because of the general scarcity of cash, a BARTERING POST is opened. Residents garthered weekly at the Emergency Exchange of Tompkins County to offer trades of labor, food, clothing, household goods, and so on.
* March 12, 1859: Crowd of some 7,000 VIGILANTES swarms the Clinton House, outraged at the court decision acquitting Edward Ruloff of the murder of his wife and daughter. Ruloff and Sheriff escaped to Auburn.
* March 13, 1962: Huge MASSES OF FOAM up to six feet high float down Fall Creek, to the amazement of onlookers. The bubbles were caused by excessive fertilizer and decaying vegetation.

HISTORY OF ENFIELD FALLS lecture 3/13 at 7:30pm at Old Jail on E. Court St near Tioga St. For story of a visit to Treman Park in 1866, click under picture of Lucifer Falls

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YOUR LETTERS

"Thanks for bringing the Taco Bell issue to the forefront and providing the access to the kickoff speech. I saw the demonstration the other day and got the leaflet from the demonstrators, but it didn't give enough information. The web link you provided gave me enough information to realize why the boycott is a good idea. My kids and I sometimes ate (notice this shiney new past tense) at Taco Bell, and I am going to share this item of news with them so they can understand why we are taking our taco business to the ABC cafe (or even better yet, our own freezer) instead!!" --Jane Marie
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"BRICHMAN" is WINNER of two tickets to CINEMAPOLIS/FALL CREEK PICTURES. Reply by 3/15 to claim.
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"Just a note of thanks for including information on the exhibit: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast. The Tompkins County Museum reports that well over 100 people attended the opening along with Congressman Maurice Hinchey and Assemblyman Marty Luster. Your newsletter helps get the word out, especially to those concerned about social justice issues." --Herb Engman
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NYS SOLAR PANEL REBATE: "We have a web site that describes a practical working example of a grid-intertied residential solar electric system in Van Etten. Our NYSERDA rebate amounted to $5760.00 and we received a $3000.00 NYS tax rebate. What are the rest of you waiting for? Do you want the oil companies to sell you the solar panels? Go ahead, do the right thing." --Arthur J. Weaver
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"It's been 23 years since I last lived in Ithaca, but I still think of it fondly. Your newsletter is posted on the (Albany) Honest Weight Food Coop e-group, and it's brought back some nice memories of living there (and working for a spell at Bolton's Doughnut shop, doing deliveries and cleaning) while my GF attended Cornell. I finally got back to visit Ithaca for a day early this September for the first time in 16 years; after reading about the demolition of the West Campus, it appears I wasn't a moment too soon...anyway, keep up the good work." --Michael Cerkowski
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"Hey! I really like your newsletter, and was wondering if you'd be willing to put in an 'ad' for Teen Rainbow Network. We are a free, teen-run penpal service for LGBT and questioning teens. Right now, we are working on gettting the word out to high schools etc across the country and are looking for any interested teens or adults who work with teens. --Leethal
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---[FWD] "Dear Gary Stewart [Ithaca Journal editorial page editor], Thank you for publishing something similar to the letter I submitted.
---"After reading your editorial comments on the need for spell check, it's clear that you consider proofreading very important. I can, therefore, only conclude that all the typos that were ADDED to my letter were put there on purpose. I cannot think of a legitimate editorial need to riddle a letter with grammatical errors.
---"It is equally annoying that you find it necessary to add the phrase, "in my opinion", "I believe", "as Isee it", etc next to every phrase you don't happen to agree with. The page is titled, "OPINION" and most people understand that this means that the various letters and column are opinions. The only reason I can think of to add such phrases to my letter was an attempt to dilute my comments with needless clutter." --Joseph Wetmore
---[REPLIES] Gary Stewart defends his editorial policies, Wetmore rebuts, another letter-writer agrees with Wetmore, Casey Stevens tells Joe to go
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"Thanks for the wonderful newsletters each month. Its great how there are still people around that care about the whole enough to do things like this. A town that cares about it's people-- sustains in all ways. Keep up the great work!" --Anon
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"Are you 60's leftovers that never went home or just college brats that don't have anything else to do? Go get a life." --R.W. Gould
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"We here at the Convention & Visitors Bureau were very excited to see several specific articles in your Ithaca Community News. #1 the E-card for the Ithaca Festival. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to promote this E-card to other Visitors Centers & Chamber of Commerces in the Region as well as the state.
---"#2 The Randall Tourism Marketing Study...this is a very exciting time for the Tourism Industry we are so happy that you find this just as important as we do. Thanks so much for putting the announcement in your newsletter!
---"#3 The link to our music section. We all know how much great music there is in Ithaca and we truly enjoying being able to promote this. We can't thank you enough! If there is anything we can do to help you out, please, don't hesitate to give us a holler!" --Jodie VanVleet
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"Thanks so much, and keep up the good work! your newsletter rocks!!!" --Selina
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RE: AMAZING ITHACA: "Really enjoy the wacky Ithaca history. But what year did the poor caterer die of chlorine poisoning??" --Patricia Curran
---[REPLY] 1894
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"I humbly asked to be the five-thousandth, eight-hundredth and twenty-fifth recipient of the Ithaca News last month but an alert friend with an itchy forwarding finger has revealed to me (gasp!!) that I have STILL not been added to the illustrious list. Now, we are in a capitalist socierty, and gosh darn it, I just want my own private email copy of this thing sent to my very own account. PLEASE???" Hopefully, --Marion
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"Beautiful e-newsletter. Thanks for keeping me on your list." --Randy

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AFRICANA LIBRARY VIDEO CATALOG, many locally-produced.

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WATER BEAR is Hank Roberts, Mer Boel, Tim Reppert, and Ruth Roland, playing original music on stringed instruments. (Ithaca HOURs accepted and sometimes even sung about). 3/14 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, 8pm, $8; 3/30 Water Bear, Juna's Cafe, 8 pm; 4/28 Water Bear, Unitarian Church, 8pm

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WOMEN'S WORKS, a concert celebration of women composers at the Unitarian Church 3/24 at 4pm. $5 - $10, family rates; Ithaca HOURs accepted.

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PLANTS FOR LIFE 2002 Organizational Meeting - for the sale to benefit the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance http://www.ibca.net 3/20 from 7- 9pm at Women's Community Building. "People with all talents, skills, and interest levels are needed (you don't need to be a gardener to help)." --Jane Baker Segelken

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TAIZ SERVICE at King Ferry Presbyterian Church, first Friday of every month, 7:30- 8:00pm.
---"Taiz is a quiet service of chants, readings, meditation, and intercessory prayer. It is Christian in origin and inter-denominational. The lights are dim (lots of candles), and chants are done in English with piano accompaniment." Ron Rotach

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ITHACA FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

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"MBAKER" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to CONKIE'S RESTAURANT. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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OF MANY COLORS: Portraits of Multicultural Families: Award-winning photo-text exhibit through 3/9 at Willard Straight Hall Art Gallery: 10 am-6pm

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THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOLBOX "By using these tools, communities can be empowered to improve residents' economic opportunity and quality of life."
---Topics and Tools include:* Community Planning * Economic Development * Development Issues * Community Benchmarking * Agriculture * Government Policies
---The CD Toolbox is a joint project of the Cornell Community Development Institute and Penn State University Cooperative Extension. Tim Cullenen 255-9510

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GREENSTAR CO-OP has fielded 13 candidates to fill five seats on its Council. Product line information is one election issue.

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"FIXIT" is WINNER of BEN & JERRY'S pint. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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THURSDAY MUSIC AT AUTUMN LEAVES USED BOOKS: 115 The Commons
* 3/7--Trevor MacDonald (of "Sunny Weather") Solo Acoustic presentation of his own personal music
* 3/14--Richie and Jennie Stearns bless us with their own special music.
* 3/21--Bill and Maggie Anderson release their new Bluegrass CD. Come join the fun!!!
* 3/28--Patti Witten - Think Joni Mitchell meets Suzanne Vega

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STORYTELLING GUILD: "Good stories, great company. The next storytelling gathering will be at my house in Brooktondale 3/9 at 7:30. Please bring a friend and something yummy. This event is free. Also, you can bring a tale to tell or just enjoy the storytelling of others." 756 Valley Rd, Caroline: --Regi Carpenter

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LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN researching local workers paid less than $8.50/hour. "We are interested in knowing the job title, wage and employer or industry." contact Carl Feuer

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"TOMPKINS" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to MAXIE'S SUPPER CLUB. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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HEALING ARTS FAIR 5/4: booth applications accepted at Womens Community Building until 4/1. First come first serve. Co-sponsored by Ithaca's Integrative Community Wellness Center 256-7316 Amy 10% HOURS accepted for booths.

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Celebrate Life! Film Series, Robert Purcell Community Center Auditorium, Cornell
* Thursday 3/7: The Right to Kill hosted byWilliam F. Buckley. 7:30-9:00
* Tuesday 3/14: The Body Snatcher with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. 5-6:30 Sponsored by the Cornell Coalition for Life & SAFC- Tamar Melen tm56@cornell.edu
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WOMEN'S STORIES AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CHOICE: A Program for Women's History Month "Think abortion is the only right you stand to lose? Think again. The struggle for reproductive freedom in the U.S. has had different meanings for women of color, white women, those of the middle class and those without financial resources. Featuring presentations on the right to choose birth control and abortion AND the right to bear and raise children with dignity." Leslyn McBean, Colleen Kattau, Jolie Rickman, Jenny Mikulski and friends describe the last century through women's stories, poetry, theater and music.
---"We'll also offer opportunities to take action to assure that all choices are available to all women." 3/ 6, from 7:30-9pm GIAC (Greater Ithaca Activities Center) Sponsored by Planned Parenthood of TC

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SEATTLE COMMUNITY NEWS is a "weekly E-Journal of news, politics, culture, opinion, activism and small business. Seattle history, opinion, volunteer opportunities and links for Seattle Community News. Seattle Community News is modeled after Ithaca Community News in Ithaca, New York." --Greg Spence Wolf.

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ITHACA HEALTH FUND holds over $104,000, has made 85 payments. Become co-owner of this money and get basic emergency security by joining Fund for $100/year/adult; $175/yr/couple; $50/yr/child:

FIRST EARTH HOT TUBS offers special service to Health Fund members: $250/week for six-foot tub. Others pay $125/day. Glen McNally 273-3986. Part of proceeds to Health Fund

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"CREATIVITY & AGING ACROSS AMERICA" 3/18 noon: by Susan Perlstein: Ithaca College, Emerson Suites FREE

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"GREG" (@alternatives.org) is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to MUNDO GITANO GIFTS. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

"NEESIE1999" is WINNER of $6.00 gift certificate to HARVEST DELI. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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LISTENING TO THE BODY "An Ongoing Circlework Group for Women: includes "body movement & dance, simple restorative yoga, relaxation & breath techniques, sound & toning, journaling & introspection, body dialogue, meditation & group sharing." 3/24, 5/5 and 6/9. 4-7 pm. Sunrise Yoga Center, 119 S. Cayuga. Pre-registration: 277-6575.

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TIBETAN UPRISING DAY 3/10th noon- 2pm.
* Noon: All are welcome to meet at the Namgyal Monastery at 412 N. Aurora St. You are welcome to bring your Tibetan flags to wave, and to wear your Tibetan Chupas. 12:30pm: Main Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons.
* An Introductory speech for the occasion by Tibetan Association President Tenzin Tsokyi
* Reading of His Holiness' Tibetan Uprising Day Speech
* Special Guest Speaker: Tenzin Keyzom, founder of the Cornell University Chapter of Students for a Free Tibet.
* Prayer for World Peace and to those who sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause led by the monks of the Namgyal Monastery.
* 1:30pm: Concludes with peace march around the Commons.

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STAND FOR CHILDREN LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP 3/9 from 9am-3pm "Come learn successful grassroots organizing strategies. Stand for Children members include students, parents, grandparents, child care providers, educators and concerned community members who want to turn our common concerns into concrete political priorities. By combining our voices and sharing the effort, we can ensure that children's needs consistently take priority!" Sudha Nandagopal

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"DEL25" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to ABC CAFE. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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NEW TRAVEL GUIDE TO ITHACA AND TOMPKINS COUNTY
---"The new '2002 Travel Guide' outlines all accommodations, restaurants, attractions, shopping, nightlife activities, outdoor adventure, and cultural and agricultural attractions within Tompkins County.
---Sections also highlight the area's diverse healing arts community, annual events, group and self-guided tours and workshops, and area maps. The travel guide serves as a great directory for locals, as well as resource guide for visitors to Ithaca and Tompkins County.
---Available from the Convention and Visitors Bureau/ Chamber of Commerce at 904 East Shore Drive. Or 800-28-ITHACA or 272-1313.

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ALL-AMERICAN DANCE TROUPE: Sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America 377. For ages 12-18: Jitterbug-Lindys to Latin dance. USO performances intended. Lessons free. Roger Christian 277-0731

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"KNA1" is WINNER of $5.00 gift certificate to VIVA TAQUERIA. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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Thanks to Homer and Jane at LIGHTLINK for providing online services

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BACK ISSUES of ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS

EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: March #1

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

[This is the first of two messages monthly sent to 6,116 Ithaca area residents]

This 28th edition of Ithaca Community News celebrates distribution to over 6,000 Ithaca area residents.

Who is gathered around this campfire? We are anarchists and capitalists, Republicans and Greens, Democrats and Independents, deists and atheists, yuppies, hippies, slackers, mechanics and scholars, professionals and unemployed, too rich and too poor. We are the stylish and slobs, warriors and peacemakers, carnivores and vegetarians, abortion defenders and abortion haters, patriots hugging flags and patriots flying the Bill of Rights. We're from every spiritual lineage and ethnicity; we're listeners and shouters, dogmatic and undecided. Each of us is an original blend of these.

So in the spirit of getting to know one another-- of battling and collaborating toward better futures-- please send short notes/links about your community-related activities. Challenging times require freer discussion, more media, more action.

This newsletter is proud of its editorial preferences (for our environment, labor rights, civil rights & liberties, small/co-op enterprises, multiculturalism, nonviolence) and will not pretend that content is objective. Yet we'll print any flavor of message that clarifies conflicts, builds bridges, or both. Businesses and events charging fees are mentioned when Ithaca HOURS are accepted.

TWELVE 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), Mundo Gitano ($10.00). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW.

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STATE THEATRE WORK DAY 3/16 from 11am-3pm. RSVP Beth Tallman at 273-6633 "Over the next few months, we are going to focus on simple cleaning, repairs and projects that need to be improved at the State Theatre. Some will be specific projects that will require specialized needs, such as carpentry, and other projects will require no special abilities such as cleaning."

BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER presents "Insurrection Mass with Funeral March for a Rotten Idea; in 10 Movements 3/28 at 8pm at State Theatre. Tickets at Autumn Leaves, See-Spot Gallery, Greenstar Coop, and Ticket Center at the Clinton House (800-284-8422/273-4497) $10/$8 (over 60); /$5 (5-12 year olds) 30 VOLUNTEERS needed to perform: rehearsals 3/27: 7-10pm & 3/28: 3-6pm. Jessie Lind 273-0532

"KLD18" is WINNER of a free ticket to this event. Reply by 3/18 to claim.

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WALKING TOGETHER
First Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St. hosts an Interfaith program for 4th-6th grade youth and their parents 3/10 & 17 from 3:30-6:30pm. "The participants will learn about the similarities and differences between 3 world religions - Christianity, Islam and Judaism." Please register: Kristin Sundt 272-2800

INTERFAITH SERVICE FOR THE DIGNITY OF ALL: for exploited NY farmworkers and service workers, and those suffering because of 9/11: First Unitarian Church 3/6 at 7:30pm.

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FINGER LAKES SALVAGE: Treasures, Pleasures & Stuff to Build With: "We specialize in items not normally found in other second-hand stores: building materials (windows, doors, bricks, lumber, etc), cabinets, fixtures, furniture, tubs, sinks." No clothes or books. 410 Old Taughannock Blvd (across from Castaways). HOURS/$$ paid and accepted. Monday-Friday 9-5.

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"FINEWINE" is WINNER of $5.00 gift certificate to VIVA TAQUERIA. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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THIS IS LEAST SNOWY WINTER SINCE 1933-34

EFFECTS OF GREENHOUSE GASES ON TOMPKINS COUNTY

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ITHACAEVENTS.com deserves a bookmark. Already 54 arts/music events for next week. List yourself there, find some fun!

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

EZRA CORNELL CONDEMNS WAR in letter to his son 11/20/1846: "This [Mexican-American] war I firmly believe was provoked by our rulers to gratify a lust for conquest and extend the curse of human slavery." FULL TEXT

SOLAS CONCERT 3/17 State Theatre, to close the terrorist School of the Americas. "SOLAS has to be ranked among the most exciting bands anywhere in the world." --Irish Echo. Tickets at GreenStar, Clinton House, See-Spot, Alts Library. HOURS accepted. 277-6932

STUDENTS FOR PEACEFUL JUSTICE is tabling in the lobby of Willard Straight Hall the next two Thursdays, on Iraq and the detainees

PAY TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR: Ithaca War Tax Resistance promotes the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill HR 1186 http://www.PeaceTax.com To speak on this bill: Senator Clinton 202-224-4451 Senator Schumer 202-224-6542

ITHACA STOP STAR WARS: Keep Space Safe for Peace: meeting 3/9 at 3pm at Autumn Leaves Used Books, 115 The Commons.

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260 SPECIES OF BIRDS REPORTED IN CAYUGA BASIN 2001

"GARDENING FOR BIRDS WITH NATIVE PLANTS" by Dr. Stephen Kress, author of The Audubon Society Bird Garden. All welcome to this meeting of the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society. 3/21 at 7-8:30 PM Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca

THE LEGACY OF IROQUOIS MEDICINAL PLANTS: Establishing Botanical Sanctuaries. 3/8 at 7:30pm at the Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road. An evening of slides and information on traditional plants. Donation. FOL office

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ORGANIC BURIAL GROUND to be voted on by the Newfield town board:
---"An Organic Burial Ground uses all natural materials. Local crafts people are being sought to create natural caskets of wood, wicker, paper mache, as well as weavers for the weaving of shrouds. Sections within the burial ground will be designated for the planting of native trees, fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, perennials, wild flowers and meadow. Flush-to-the-ground markers will be used to designate each site."
---"This is in contrast to the pollution caused in the modern burial from the use of embalming chemicals, dyes and heavy metals.
---"The site for this project is 30 acres of open farm land on the West side of Burge Hill Road in Newfield, overlooking the hills of downtown Ithaca.
---"Please Enter your name on this petition. Your presence at the Newfield Town Hall on Main Street in Newfield on 3/14, at 7:00pm is also welcome." --Paul Ceglia Jennifer Johnson Susan Thomas

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SEE SPOT GALLERY 108 The Commons Rebecca Burton
* 3/8 Rose Ghosts, After the Fashion, Quiet After Midnight 7-1130pm: $4.00 (HRS accepted)
* 3/9 March Show Opening/Reception: 7pm
* 3/16 The High School Football Heroes (Long Island), Premarital Sax (Long Island), Endive: 8pm: $6
* 3/22 Blame Game, Airoes, Rxsxn: this is a books through bars benefit. admission is $6, or $5 if you bring a book to donate to the program!
* 3/23 Compassionately Stoneground Books Poetry Reading: 730pm donations accepted

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PARK DEFENSE meeting 3/7 at GIAC at 6:30pm. "We are working through the means of peaceful non-violent resistance to prevent the illegalities of Widewaters and the City of Ithaca from destroying parkland and more. It is also very important that these illegalities do not set a precedent for the rest of the country.
---"We need your help in organizing and planning strategy and actions. There is room for whatever role your are interested in taking. Please come to help out or to find out more about what is going on." Nakita Werier

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OLDEST WORKING COMPUTER in Tompkins County CONTEST is still open. Six entries so far: CBM 8032 Commodore, IBM 8088, IBM PC 4.77 Mhz, Mac Powerbook 140, Valdoz (EpsonQX-16), Timex Sinclair. Can you beat these?

COMPUTER ALL STARS program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau is seeking tax-deductible donations of early Pentium or newer computers, working monitors and printers. Young tekkies then donate computers to families without them. Marty Schreiber 273-8364 X157

PAINLESS COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS: a Cornell University professor Alan Hedge helped study 356 office workers at four NJ locations:
---"Each workstation was fitted with a negative-slope keyboard with an upper mouse tray and workers were given an ergonomic chair. The workers were surveyed again eight months later.
---"Almost half the workers then had fewer back and elbow problems
---Does your workplace need ergonomic workstations? Carl Feuer

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COMMUNITY CURRENCY AND BARTER on NPR
Featuring Ithaca's Margaret McCasland, member of the HOURS Board of Directors. "How can local economies be developed to help local communities? Join us for a look at alternative forms of currency across the nation." 2/14 show on RealAudio

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FAIR TRADE COFFEE AT CORNELL: beans picked by worker co-ops rather than exploitive corporations are sold as an option at the following cafes: Sage, Ezra's, Olin, Bear Necessities, Risley, Hughes, Barrister Cafe, and J's Crossing.
---Students meet Tuesday nights "to raise awareness of the need for fair trade coffee on campus and in the greater Ithaca community." --Mario Andres Blanco

FAIR TRADE COFFEE AT GREENSTAR: Sumatran, Cafe Peru, French Roast, Breakfast Blend, Cafe Nica, Mind/Body/Soul, Bolivian, Adelante

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"DBO2" is WINNER of $7.50 gift certificate to CAFE STRAND. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* March 5, 1794: Ithaca becomes part of ONONDAGA COUNTY (presently includes Syracuse).
* March 5, 1941: U.S. Weather Bureau predicts that by the year 2176 Ithaca's climate will support PALM TREES & ORANGE GROVES.
* March 6, 1922: Cellar of county jail is jammed with BOOZE-making equipment after prohibition raids.
* March 7, 1889: After visiting all houses in the city, County BIBLE AGENT, Rev. E.A. Merrick, announces that one in ten have no Bible.
* March 8, 1965: COPS WIRED for sound: pocket radios accompany foot patrolmen.
* March 9, 1954: Landlord Zeke Kouf falls 1& 1/2 floors from his blazing apartment building while RESCUING TENANT Fred Livingstone.
* March 10, 1902: Local farmer who mailed $2.00 receives information on "MAKING HENS LAY." The reply: "tie a stout string around the hen's body, lay the bird on her side on a board and then fasten the string underneath. If it is thought desirable a pillow may be placed under the hen's head."
* March 11, 1933: Because of the general scarcity of cash, a BARTERING POST is opened. Residents garthered weekly at the Emergency Exchange of Tompkins County to offer trades of labor, food, clothing, household goods, and so on.
* March 12, 1859: Crowd of some 7,000 VIGILANTES swarms the Clinton House, outraged at the court decision acquitting Edward Ruloff of the murder of his wife and daughter. Ruloff and Sheriff escaped to Auburn.
* March 13, 1962: Huge MASSES OF FOAM up to six feet high float down Fall Creek, to the amazement of onlookers. The bubbles were caused by excessive fertilizer and decaying vegetation.

HISTORY OF ENFIELD FALLS lecture 3/13 at 7:30pm at Old Jail on E. Court St near Tioga St. For story of a visit to Treman Park in 1866, click under picture of Lucifer Falls

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YOUR LETTERS

"Thanks for bringing the Taco Bell issue to the forefront and providing the access to the kickoff speech. I saw the demonstration the other day and got the leaflet from the demonstrators, but it didn't give enough information. The web link you provided gave me enough information to realize why the boycott is a good idea. My kids and I sometimes ate (notice this shiney new past tense) at Taco Bell, and I am going to share this item of news with them so they can understand why we are taking our taco business to the ABC cafe (or even better yet, our own freezer) instead!!" --Jane Marie
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"BRICHMAN" is WINNER of two tickets to CINEMAPOLIS/FALL CREEK PICTURES. Reply by 3/15 to claim.
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"Just a note of thanks for including information on the exhibit: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast. The Tompkins County Museum reports that well over 100 people attended the opening along with Congressman Maurice Hinchey and Assemblyman Marty Luster. Your newsletter helps get the word out, especially to those concerned about social justice issues." --Herb Engman
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NYS SOLAR PANEL REBATE: "We have a web site that describes a practical working example of a grid-intertied residential solar electric system in Van Etten. Our NYSERDA rebate amounted to $5760.00 and we received a $3000.00 NYS tax rebate. What are the rest of you waiting for? Do you want the oil companies to sell you the solar panels? Go ahead, do the right thing." --Arthur J. Weaver
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"It's been 23 years since I last lived in Ithaca, but I still think of it fondly. Your newsletter is posted on the (Albany) Honest Weight Food Coop e-group, and it's brought back some nice memories of living there (and working for a spell at Bolton's Doughnut shop, doing deliveries and cleaning) while my GF attended Cornell. I finally got back to visit Ithaca for a day early this September for the first time in 16 years; after reading about the demolition of the West Campus, it appears I wasn't a moment too soon...anyway, keep up the good work." --Michael Cerkowski
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---[FWD] "Dear Gary Stewart [Ithaca Journal editorial page editor], Thank you for publishing something similar to the letter I submitted.
---"After reading your editorial comments on the need for spell check, it's clear that you consider proofreading very important. I can, therefore, only conclude that all the typos that were ADDED to my letter were put there on purpose. I cannot think of a legitimate editorial need to riddle a letter with grammatical errors.
---"It is equally annoying that you find it necessary to add the phrase, "in my opinion", "I believe", "as Isee it", etc next to every phrase you don't happen to agree with. The page is titled, "OPINION" and most people understand that this means that the various letters and column are opinions. The only reason I can think of to add such phrases to my letter was an attempt to dilute my comments with needless clutter." --Joseph Wetmore
---[REPLIES] Gary Stewart defends his editorial policies, Wetmore rebuts, another letter-writer agrees with Wetmore, Casey Stevens tells Joe to go
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"Thanks for the wonderful newsletters each month. Its great how there are still people around that care about the whole enough to do things like this. A town that cares about it's people-- sustains in all ways. Keep up the great work!" --Anon
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"Are you 60's leftovers that never went home or just college brats that don't have anything else to do? Go get a life." --R.W. Gould
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"We here at the Convention & Visitors Bureau were very excited to see several specific articles in your Ithaca Community News. #1 the E-card for the Ithaca Festival. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to promote this E-card to other Visitors Centers & Chamber of Commerces in the Region as well as the state.
---"#2 The Randall Tourism Marketing Study...this is a very exciting time for the Tourism Industry we are so happy that you find this just as important as we do. Thanks so much for putting the announcement in your newsletter!
---"#3 The link to our music section. We all know how much great music there is in Ithaca and we truly enjoying being able to promote this. We can't thank you enough! If there is anything we can do to help you out, please, don't hesitate to give us a holler!" --Jodie VanVleet
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"Thanks so much, and keep up the good work! your newsletter rocks!!!" --Selina
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RE: AMAZING ITHACA: "Really enjoy the wacky Ithaca history. But what year did the poor caterer die of chlorine poisoning??" --Patricia Curran
---[REPLY] 1894
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AFRICANA LIBRARY VIDEO CATALOG, many locally-produced.

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WATER BEAR is Hank Roberts, Mer Boel, Tim Reppert, and Ruth Roland, playing original music on stringed instruments. (Ithaca HOURs accepted and sometimes even sung about). 3/14 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, 8pm, $8; 3/30 Water Bear, Juna's Cafe, 8 pm; 4/28 Water Bear, Unitarian Church, 8pm

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WOMEN'S WORKS, a concert celebration of women composers at the Unitarian Church 3/24 at 4pm. $5 - $10, family rates; Ithaca HOURs accepted.

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PLANTS FOR LIFE 2002 Organizational Meeting - for the sale to benefit the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance http://www.ibca.net 3/20 from 7- 9pm at Women's Community Building. "People with all talents, skills, and interest levels are needed (you don't need to be a gardener to help)." --Jane Baker Segelken

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TAIZ SERVICE at King Ferry Presbyterian Church, first Friday of every month, 7:30- 8:00pm.
---"Taiz is a quiet service of chants, readings, meditation, and intercessory prayer. It is Christian in origin and inter-denominational. The lights are dim (lots of candles), and chants are done in English with piano accompaniment." Ron Rotach

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ITHACA FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

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"MBAKER" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to CONKIE'S RESTAURANT. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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OF MANY COLORS: Portraits of Multicultural Families: Award-winning photo-text exhibit through 3/9 at Willard Straight Hall Art Gallery: 10 am-6pm

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THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOLBOX "By using these tools, communities can be empowered to improve residents' economic opportunity and quality of life."
---Topics and Tools include:* Community Planning * Economic Development * Development Issues * Community Benchmarking * Agriculture * Government Policies
---The CD Toolbox is a joint project of the Cornell Community Development Institute and Penn State University Cooperative Extension. Tim Cullenen 255-9510

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GREENSTAR CO-OP has fielded 13 candidates to fill five seats on its Council. Product line information is one election issue.

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"FIXIT" is WINNER of BEN & JERRY'S pint. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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THURSDAY MUSIC AT AUTUMN LEAVES USED BOOKS: 115 The Commons
* 3/7--Trevor MacDonald (of "Sunny Weather") Solo Acoustic presentation of his own personal music
* 3/14--Richie and Jennie Stearns bless us with their own special music.
* 3/21--Bill and Maggie Anderson release their new Bluegrass CD. Come join the fun!!!
* 3/28--Patti Witten - Think Joni Mitchell meets Suzanne Vega

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STORYTELLING GUILD: "Good stories, great company. The next storytelling gathering will be at my house in Brooktondale 3/9 at 7:30. Please bring a friend and something yummy. This event is free. Also, you can bring a tale to tell or just enjoy the storytelling of others." 756 Valley Rd, Caroline: --Regi Carpenter

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LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN researching local workers paid less than $8.50/hour. "We are interested in knowing the job title, wage and employer or industry." contact Carl Feuer

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"TOMPKINS" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to MAXIE'S SUPPER CLUB. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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HEALING ARTS FAIR 5/4: booth applications accepted at Womens Community Building until 4/1. First come first serve. Co-sponsored by Ithaca's Integrative Community Wellness Center 256-7316 Amy 10% HOURS accepted for booths.

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Celebrate Life! Film Series, Robert Purcell Community Center Auditorium, Cornell
* Thursday 3/7: The Right to Kill hosted byWilliam F. Buckley. 7:30-9:00
* Tuesday 3/14: The Body Snatcher with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. 5-6:30 Sponsored by the Cornell Coalition for Life & SAFC- Tamar Melen tm56@cornell.edu
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WOMEN'S STORIES AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CHOICE: A Program for Women's History Month "Think abortion is the only right you stand to lose? Think again. The struggle for reproductive freedom in the U.S. has had different meanings for women of color, white women, those of the middle class and those without financial resources. Featuring presentations on the right to choose birth control and abortion AND the right to bear and raise children with dignity." Leslyn McBean, Colleen Kattau, Jolie Rickman, Jenny Mikulski and friends describe the last century through women's stories, poetry, theater and music.
---"We'll also offer opportunities to take action to assure that all choices are available to all women." 3/ 6, from 7:30-9pm GIAC (Greater Ithaca Activities Center) Sponsored by Planned Parenthood of TC

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SEATTLE COMMUNITY NEWS is a "weekly E-Journal of news, politics, culture, opinion, activism and small business. Seattle history, opinion, volunteer opportunities and links for Seattle Community News. Seattle Community News is modeled after Ithaca Community News in Ithaca, New York." --Greg Spence Wolf.

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ITHACA HEALTH FUND holds over $104,000, has made 85 payments. Become co-owner of this money and get basic emergency security by joining Fund for $100/year/adult; $175/yr/couple; $50/yr/child:

FIRST EARTH HOT TUBS offers special service to Health Fund members: $250/week for six-foot tub. Others pay $125/day. Glen McNally 273-3986. Part of proceeds to Health Fund

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"CREATIVITY & AGING ACROSS AMERICA" 3/18 noon: by Susan Perlstein: Ithaca College, Emerson Suites FREE

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"GREG" (@alternatives.org) is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to MUNDO GITANO GIFTS. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

"NEESIE1999" is WINNER of $6.00 gift certificate to HARVEST DELI. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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LISTENING TO THE BODY "An Ongoing Circlework Group for Women: includes "body movement & dance, simple restorative yoga, relaxation & breath techniques, sound & toning, journaling & introspection, body dialogue, meditation & group sharing." 3/24, 5/5 and 6/9. 4-7 pm. Sunrise Yoga Center, 119 S. Cayuga. Pre-registration: 277-6575.

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TIBETAN UPRISING DAY 3/10th noon- 2pm.
* Noon: All are welcome to meet at the Namgyal Monastery at 412 N. Aurora St. You are welcome to bring your Tibetan flags to wave, and to wear your Tibetan Chupas. 12:30pm: Main Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons.
* An Introductory speech for the occasion by Tibetan Association President Tenzin Tsokyi
* Reading of His Holiness' Tibetan Uprising Day Speech
* Special Guest Speaker: Tenzin Keyzom, founder of the Cornell University Chapter of Students for a Free Tibet.
* Prayer for World Peace and to those who sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause led by the monks of the Namgyal Monastery.
* 1:30pm: Concludes with peace march around the Commons.

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STAND FOR CHILDREN LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP 3/9 from 9am-3pm "Come learn successful grassroots organizing strategies. Stand for Children members include students, parents, grandparents, child care providers, educators and concerned community members who want to turn our common concerns into concrete political priorities. By combining our voices and sharing the effort, we can ensure that children's needs consistently take priority!" Sudha Nandagopal

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"DEL25" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to ABC CAFE. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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NEW TRAVEL GUIDE TO ITHACA AND TOMPKINS COUNTY
---"The new '2002 Travel Guide' outlines all accommodations, restaurants, attractions, shopping, nightlife activities, outdoor adventure, and cultural and agricultural attractions within Tompkins County.
---Sections also highlight the area's diverse healing arts community, annual events, group and self-guided tours and workshops, and area maps. The travel guide serves as a great directory for locals, as well as resource guide for visitors to Ithaca and Tompkins County.
---Available from the Convention and Visitors Bureau/ Chamber of Commerce at 904 East Shore Drive. Or 800-28-ITHACA or 272-1313.

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ALL-AMERICAN DANCE TROUPE: Sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America 377. For ages 12-18: Jitterbug-Lindys to Latin dance. USO performances intended. Lessons free. Roger Christian 277-0731

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"KNA1" is WINNER of $5.00 gift certificate to VIVA TAQUERIA. Reply by 3/15 to claim.

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