ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
March 2002 #2

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

[This is the second of two messages monthly sent to 6,218 Ithaca area residents]

FOURTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5.00), Gimme! Coffee (one pound), Small World Music (one CD), 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), or Cafe Strand ($7.50). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW.

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ITHACA FARMER'S MARKET RE-OPENS April 6 and every Saturday thereafter 9am-2pm until December 21.

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HEALING ARTS FAIR co-sponsored by Ithaca's Integrative Community Wellness Center and the Women's Community Building. BOOTH APPLICATIONS accepted at WCB until 4/1 for healing arts practitioners, community organizations and local healing arts businesses. FAIR 5/4: 10am- 4pm. IICWC 256-7316 First come first serve: space limited. Workshop sign-up starts 4/1 at the WCB.

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FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS: first Saturdays 3pm there's "networking to create a more sustainable community," featuring potluck, music, contradance, kids theatre, whatever happens! Perry City Meeting House, Perry City Rd. Donation. HOURS accepted.

FALL CREEK CREATIVE CONNECTION: sponsors an add-a-line story at Fall Creek Laundromat.

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YOU-ARE-ALWAYS-HERE DEPARTMENT: Local massage therapist Taryn Leigh was recently visiting Wailuku, Hawaii. Speaking with someone in the hostel's bathroom, they realized they were both from Ithaca. From a bathroom stall another said, "I am too!" Later on the beach yet another remarked, "She's from Ithaca." Visiting farther inland, she met someone from San Francisco who said she was sharing a house with "a bunch of people from Ithaca."

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CONCERT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS at Public Library 3/24 at 3:00pm: Soprano Ernestina Snead and Pianist Christopher Morgan Loy, Ezra Cornell Reading Room.

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THE BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER 3/28 at 8PM at the State Theatre: "The Insurrection Mass With Funeral March For A Rotten Idea" "a non-religious service in the presence of paper mache gods." Tickets $10 from Greenstar, Autumn Leaves, See Spot Gallery, Ticket Center at Clinton House (273-4497) and at door. Discount tickets $8 (60 and over) $5 (12 & under). HOURS accepted.

"ANDREAMCM" & "WBARB" are WINNERS of one ticket each to Bread & Puppet. Reply to claim.

STATE THEATRE WORK PARTY 4/6 from 11am-3pm. "Weather permitting, we'll re-brick the common courtyard area behind the Theatre and Lost Dog Restaurant. If weather, doesn't permit, we will paint the floors & doors down in the dressing rooms." Please RSVP 273-6633

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"The Ithaca Hours Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend the

ITHACA HOURS 2002 ANNUAL MEETING, ****DESSERT PARTY**** & BOARD ELECTIONS" 4/10 from 7-9Ppm at GIAC ---"Come enjoy scrumptious desserts from Juna's and Googer's Bakery, along with delicious coffee from Gimme, and hear the latest exciting news from our local currency system. We'll also be holding board elections and a Showcase Sale featuring goods and services donated by Hours members to help us raise funds for the organization. " office 272-3738

"SHINY89" is WINNER of one pound of coffee from Gimme! Coffee. Reply to this email by 3/31 to claim. Gimme! Amour Cafe (506 W. State) now open 7am-5:30pm daily.

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NATIONAL FOREST PROTECTION ALLIANCE MEETING 3/30 to organize our state-wide strategy to protect federal public lands from commercial logging. "Currently, we are working to eliminate commercial logging within the FLNF. Join us and other organizers from the east coast who are working at the state and national level to end forest destruction on our Public Lands." email 256-9919

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"JOE WOODCHUCK" REPLIES TO JOURNAL COLUMNIST Michael Serino's column of 3/6 poked fun at 'typical' Ithaca slacker "Joe Woodchuck." The Journal declined to print Joe Woodchuck's reply (written by Tom Barron):

"While strolling on the Commons the other afternoon, I ran into acclaimed local columnist Mike Serino. He looked slightly disheveled, though his morning hair shellack treatment was intact. "Nobody cares what I think," Serino muttered, loosening his tie and gesturing toward a nearby trashbin. His weekly column in the local Gannett McPaper sat at the top of the heap, with his stern-faced mug still visible despite the coffee stains.

"How can you say that?" I asked. "I know at least a dozen people who read your column, if only to see whether you're going to whine about children in restaurants, 'archetypal' Ithacans, people who question city development plans or whatever else presents an affront to your white-collar establishment sensibilities." FULL TEXT

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NEW NOVEL "THE LOST BOY," BY LOCAL NOVELIST/FILMAKER: Review by author Robert Lieberman: "1) It's set in Ithaca (of course). 2) It deals with Global Warming as a subtext." Alison Lurie says, "In this remarkable and moving novel, a small-town thriller about a missing child becomes a fantasy with universal implications for anyone who cares about the fate of the earth."

FROGS CALL 2 WEEKS EARLIER IN ITHACA DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING "Night Sounds: Calls of Frogs & Toads" from Ithacan Lang Elliott.

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PATCH ADAMS RETURNS!, the doctor who believes in treating the patient as well as the illness will address "The Joy of Caring: Exploring New Pathways in Healing and Medicine" on 3/21, Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. Free talk begins 7:00pm and is followed by book signing.

Patch endorsed the Ithaca Health Fund during his recent visit. The Fund's balance is now $115, 643.85. Membership $100/yr adults; $175/yr/couple; $50/yr/child. Next montly meeting 4/1 at 7pm City Hall 3rd floor.

HOT TUB BENEFIT FOR HEALTH FUND: special for this week of 3/25-4/1 ) for Health Fund: 6' tubs at $250.00/week, $100 goes to Health Fund. 273-3986 #2 First Earth Hot Tubs

"DNICOLINO" is WINNER $5.00 gift certificate from Viva Taqueria. Reply to this email by 3/31 to claim.

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ITHACA DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP: 5th ANNUAL MEETING & DINNER Everyone's welcome to hear IDP's "State of Downtown Report," at Clinton House 4/9 at 6pm. IDP members vote on Board & By-law amendments. There are about 180 property owners +250 businesses + 300 residents elibigle to vote.

All welcome: IDP's ANNUAL DINNER 4/9 at 7:30pm at Holiday Inn, $30 (1/2 Ithaca HOUR accepted) Hear Cornell representatives describe Cornell's expanding relationship with Downtown. To receive IDP's "Downtown News:" 277-8679

Travel writer Paul Delahanty & wife visited Ithaca recently. "We thought we were in a time warp. We stayed overnight, walked the Commons, saw the head shops and used clothes stores-- like from the Sixties. Gee, there's something to be said for the personal style here-- not like the shopping malls. This place is working and has pizzazz."

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DID CORNELL PULL THE PLUG ON RADIO SHOW? Jeremy Alderson's 10year "Nobody Show" (WEOS Geneva) was cancelled immediately after he sued Cornell to get its Genetic-Engineering documents. Alderson presents the case

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LABOR FILMMAKER MICHAEL MOORE ("Roger & Me") 4/3 at7:30pm Statler Aud. Author of "Downsize This!" and "Stupid White Men" Tickets free from Willard Straight Hall Box Office starting 3/25 (students) & 3/27 (general public).

PARAPROFESSIONAL PROGRESS REPORT by Carl Feuer chf6@cornell.edu
---"The good news is that the union and the school district negotiators have come to an agreement on a satisfactory wage package for the next four years. This is what the School Board claimed to want and this is what we have achieved. The bad news is that the district is now demanding new and harmful changes to short change workers!!
---"They want to refuse to pay retroactive increases owed the paraprofessionals. They are demanding changes in workers' comp. And they want to diminish workers' rights to transfer to better jobs in the District.
---"Why when we are so close to a settlement that will assist our low-paid school district employees, are new and unfair demands being put on the negotiating table?
---"Enough is enough. We need to make it clear to the School Board that our community and school employees are fed up with their stalling. Their refusal to bargain fairly with IPA must end. Now that an agreement on a satisfactory wage package for the next four years is settled, these negotiations can and must be wrapped up fairly and quickly."

3/26 at 7 PM, SCHOOL BOARD MEETING please arrive at 7pm to sign up to speak.

COALITION FOR COMMUNITY UNITY CHALLENGES ATTACK ON SCHOOL COACH

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NYS GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR Two of three announced candidates speak at next meeting of the Tompkins County Green Party. Don Hassig of St. Lawrence County is a pollution elimination/cancer prevention activist. Stanley Aronowitz, of New York City, is sociology prof at CUNY. 3/27 from 7-9 pm, at GIAC, Albany/Court Sts.

"RDE4" is WINNER of two tickets from Cinemapolis/FCP. Reply to this email by 3/31 to claim.

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STONE CIRCLE SCHOOL: Waldorf-based education grades 1-5. "A classical education toward a lifelong love of learning." Schoolhouse at 399 Turkey Hill Road Larri Richmond at 272-1833. HOURS accepted. BENEFIT FAIR 4/13 from 1-3:30pm at the school. Donation $3/person, $10/family. Magic Garden Puppets performs an African-American tale. Also bake sale, cake walk, plant sale, live music & more! HOURS accepted. See the STONE CIRCLE

HOMEOPATHY FOR FAMILIES. 3/24 from 2- 5pm at Foundation of Light, Ellis Hollow/Turkey Hill Rds. Candice Emmons CCH,RSHom(NA) & Carrie Stearns. Cost $30. Register: 589-6966

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

ITHACA RADICAL CHEERLEADERS provide "pom poms for peace" by cheering at political rallies, punk shows, even football games. Watch for them at Ithaca Festival. You're welome to join: "the more the merrier." Mary 256-5105, Mark/Bethany 272-2253.

FULL HOUSE AT SOLAS CONCERT! Over 1,500 packed the State Theatre 3/17 for a fundraiser to close the School of the Americas, a U.S. agency teaching torture & other terrorist tactics. The concert opener was a play "The Emperor's New Clothes" featuring the Underwear of Military Might," the Pants of Free Trade," the Boots of War on Terrorism."

Ithaca's LINDENBERRY BEAT REDUCTION's CD single "Fades Away" is their "tribute to the sad events of 9/11" selected out of hundreds of tributes reviewed, to be featured in commemorative on 9/11 to be published by New York Magazine and Columbia Press. The CD is $3.99 or 3/8 HOUR + 50 cents at Gentle Earth, 105 W. State St. --Jeff and Kathy

"PALESTINE/ISRAEL & THE 'WAR ON TERROR': Media coverage of the Mideast since 9/11." Speaker: Chris Toensing of Middle East Report 3/26, 5:30 pm, Uris Hall Auditorium, G33

TOMPKINS COUNTY NETWORK FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE travels to D.C. for Peace March against "war on terrorism" 4/20. Buses leave Ithaca midnight Saturday return to Ithaca Sunday a.m. Tickets: Greenstar, ABC Cafe, & Autumn Leaves: $36. Scholarships available. Jim Semp 533-4727 Attendance at Tuesday meetings 7 pm at Catholic Charities, 325 W. Buffalo St. encouraged. "THE 'WAR ON TERRORISM' BREEDS MORE TERROR"

MOBILIZATION AGAINST PLAN COLOMBIA, the SOA, & IMF/World Bank. 4/18-23 in D.C. Vans, housing, schedule: 272-9630, 255-7293

STOP STAR WARS ITHACA: Keep space for peace: 256-9733 & 277-6300 subscribe to listserv by sending blank email to stopstarwarsithaca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

ITHACA JOURNAL DECLARES PERMANENT WAR 3/8/02: "Others don't appreciate the heroism of soldiers killed this week in Afghanistan, in a war against terrorism that began Sept. 11 and will last our lifetimes." The Journal has endorsed every war

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"DWIESSIN" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate from Maxie's Supper Club Reply by 3/31 to claim.

"KK27" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate from Small World Music (New & Used: 614 W. State: 256-0428). Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* March 20: MILITARY TRACT DECREE divides Iroquois Nation into parcels of 550-5500 acres, given to Revolutionary War soldiers according to rank. 1781
* March 21: Hunter kills EIGHTEEN wild ducks with TWO shots as they fly over the lake. 1883
* March 22: Ithaca's CHAMPION WALKER, James McIntosh, bests the Texas champion in a ten-mile pedestrian race: 88 minutes. 1883
* March 23: Fire at CLINTON HOUSE ruins top floor of Ithaca's oldest building (built 1828). Owner intends to rebuild at once. 1901
* March 24: Tom Blakeslee walks his 1,000th MILE TO SCHOOL to Ithaca from Newfield. Ten miles round trip, beginning before sunrise. 1889
* March 25: PLAYING anywhere which in any way annoys anyone is FORBIDDEN. 1854
* March 25: First AUTO SHOW opens with patriotic fanfare in Barton Hall. Displays of flags and war relics amidst new model cars. 1919
* March 26: Fifteen-year-old goes to jail for smoking cigarettes. Legal age was 16. 1894
* March 27: SUSAN B. ANTHONY, pioneer for women's rights, speaks at Library Hall (now Seneca/Tioga drive-up bank). A professor remarks, "Her prospects of the future relations of the sexes seemed to be too much for her highly liberal audience, and were a great deal too much for me." 1869
* March 28: Ithaca Journal editorial protests the granting of a charter to another BANK. "We thought the farmers and mechanics of this state had already suffered sufficiently from the destructive increase of banking capital..." 1820
* March 29: ITHACA TENANTS' UNION organizes. Fifty people meet to plan legal actions, rent strikes, and publicize tenants' rights. "One person against a landlord isn't a very fair situation, but get a hundred people against a landlord and you make it a little fairer." 1973 See current laws: http://www.ci.ithaca.ny.us/Clerk/TenantRights.cfm
* March 30: TEN OPERA TICKETS LAUNCHED FROM A SKYROCKET, to promote concert. They flutter to the ground and are jumped on by a small mob. 1894
* March 31: THE MONITOR, a monthly newspaper issued by J. Elliot Douglas "devoted to the interests of colored people" begins publication. 1923

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YOUR LETTERS

"Could you send us the Ithaca Community News at this new e-mail address? we were receiving it at our old address and loved it!" --cassie and chris
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"thank u, i guess i won a gift certificate for reading the newsletter...what a lovely surprise!" --Neesie

"TCOCHRAN" is WINNER of $6.00 gift certificate to Harvest Deli . Reply by 3/31 to claim.
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"Hello, and thanks for your fantastic newsletter. I've passed it on to lots of people, and now we've all become your fans. I'm curious if there are any folks out there interested in bringing passenger train service back to Ithaca. I've only just started thinking about it myself, and don't know what state the tracks are in. But I wonder who out there has already been looking into this? If ever there was a time to look into it, now is it, trains are popular these days." --Geri ---[REPLY] For 100 years, Cornell students did not need cars because there was a daily express train from Ithaca to NYC and back. Trains linked from here to everywhere in the nation. "A History of Railroads in Tompkins County" (Lee/Rossiter) includes a 1977 map of track conditions. Description of economic/social benefits of restoring the trolley here
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---"More than once in media reports about the contamination of city soils by coal tar I've heard and/or read statements to the effect that "while the property from which the pollution is leaking is presently owned by NYSEG, the utility company acquired the land as part of the acquisition of another energy producer." The EnergyLines history lesson made me wonder whether the infant NYSEG (AKA the Ithaca Gas Light Company) ever produced coal gas on the site(s). Do you know the answer?" --Tom Herden
---[REPLY] Yes, it did. See site put together by Toxics Targeting of Ithaca.
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"You are the 'Roy H. Park' of the internet; the only difference is that Mr. Park contributed to our economy and local philanthropic enterprises whereas you are simply a parasite willing to leach the internet for free. You have been at great pains to crusade against every issue that smacks of commercial development or increased corporate influence in our lives. How can you justify using the internet (a product of our educational-industrial-government-military complex of which you find so much to fault) to promote your vision of what the rest of

us should advocate? Perhaps you should come down off your soapbox and stop telling us about the 'ethical' and 'humanitarian' motives behind your personal agenda." --T.A.C.
---[REPLY] Many Ithacans question whether cement equals progress. Wider highways, strip malls and farther suburbs have made American cities more difficult to live in. There are new models of progress which rely on regional creativity and capital to create a more reliable job and tax base; to feed, house and move citizens; and to generate export income, without damaging the environment. The internet, invented with taxpayers' dollars, has been transformed from a military tool into a voice for all people.
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"I am the "brichman" who won two tickets to Cinemapolis/Fall Creek pictures? Thanks, and keep up the great newsletter. Love it."

"KEITH" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate from Conkie's Restaurant. Reply by 3/31 to claim
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"In your March edition of the Community News there was a link to an exchange of emails between Gary Stewart and Joseph Wetmore, and others...most notably Casey Stevens Is that a routine public forum that one can write to? Is it in the Journal? I don't routinely go to the Jounal website, so I'm not familiar with all that is there, although I have suggested to them that they run a message board, as other newspapers do. --Marc C.
---[REPLY] These emails were sent to listservs and forwarded from recipients. It would be good to start a local media listserv. Some find that reading the Journal online requires less time and money and paper.
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Is there an on-line version of the Ithaca HOURS directory? If not, what's the best way to get the most recent edition? --Thanks, Robin [REPLY] An online searchable edition is being prepared now!
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"Could you subscribe me to the Ithaca Community News email list? A friend forwarded it to me and it's terrific. Thanks for making it so easy to read! --frankie
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"Ithaca Bakery sells 18 varieties of Fair Trade coffee beans and brews 6 varieties of Fair Trade coffee daily. Similar on brewing for the 3 Collegetown Bagels stores and CTB Appetizers which also sells 18 varieties of FT beans. Go Fair Trade!" --Ramsey Brous

"KM20" is WINNER of $5.00 gift certificate from Ithaca Bakery. Reply by 3/31 to claim.
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"May I be added to the Ithaca Community News list? I don't live in Ithaca, but the more I learn about the town, the more I am inspired. I visit a couple of times a year from Florida and it is always a pleasure. From what I can see, Ithaca is a model for awareness, organization, and activism. I would like to receive the letter to keep up with what's happening up there, to see what is working to make your town what it is." --Christine Smith [REPLY] Welcome to the list. There are now a number of people from out of town receiving ICN, and others forward it to their friends and family.
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"Hi there....I am a recent graduate of Cornell ('01). I am currently completing a hunger fellowship in DC, but am interested in moving back to the Ithaca areaand thus looking for employment. I was wondering if you had heard of any job openings in the nonprofit/human services sector?" -- Britt [REPLY] The following directory may be the best source. Good luck
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"Hi! I want to thank you for writing and distibuting the Ithaca Community News. It is always a valuable source of information, a great forum for networking, and an interesting, entertaining read. It's a great service to the community, and it is much appreciated.
---"I would, however, also like to comment (belatedly) on your editorial entitled GREENSTAR ELECTION AND ISSUES in the February #1 issue. In this case I feel you did a disservice to the community by framing these issues in such polarized terms and portraying some council members as having an agenda that is contrary to GreenStar's mission or democratic functioning." --Todd Rose
---[REPLY] GreenStar members are entitled to assert views independently which may be novel or even contrary to prevailing assumptions. Somehave done so in public forums (print, online, radio) in such ways as to invite comment like yours. This expands democratic participation in decision-making. THIS EXCHANGE CONTINUES at greenstar.rose.html

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ALLIGATOR DAY with TOM KNIGHT 4/2 from 3:30 -4pm "Alligators dance and wiggle along with Tom Knight, and then giggle over a brand-new book called 'Very Boring Alligator.' Tom will also remind us why we doně¨t kiss a codfish." Sing-Along Program for children 3-6 yrs every first & third Tuesday, Thaler/Howell Program Room, Tompkins County Public Library

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FINGER LAKES SALVAGE buys/sells piles of odd/useful stuff! Taughannock Blv. at Rte 89 bridge. Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. 277-2841. HOURS accepted. Ask to see Toilet Museum!

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MONTHLY VIGIL AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY first Saturday of each month at the corner of Tioga and Buffallo streets from 12:30-1:30.

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SEE-SPOT ART GALLERY (108 Commons) Membership $20, show art $10/month. HOURS accepted.
* Books Through Bars Benefit Concert: 3/22, 7-11pm
* Poetry Readings every other Wednesday 5-7pm. Signup. Next 3/27.
* Justin Asher & Friends 3/29
* Wingmaking Workshop every Sunday 5pm. $5.00.
* See "Sexual Forks" in window.

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PARENT EDUCATION NETWORK features "Step Parenting" 3/25 & April 1, 8, 22, 29 & 5/6 at Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, 7:00 8:30pm. Free. 272-2292 to register. Parenting skills: Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self-Control and Respecting Feelings. Weekly for eight weeks." Free. Register: 272-2292. Choose from following: * 4/1 6:30 8:30pm at Franziska Racker Center * 4/4 6:30 8:30pm at Dryden Elementary School * 4/ 5 9-11am at Center Ithaca --Anna Steinkraus at 272-2292

BABIES FIRST presents a Tom Knight / Jim Lawrence Benefit Concert 4/6 at 7:30pm at the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca.

DOULA CARE FOR NEW MOTHERS: Sareanda Lourdes 273-8062

TOMPKINS COUNTY COALITION FOR FAMILIES invites all to 'build a supportive community for all families' through dialog and action at the monthly meetings. Next is 3/21, 8:45-10:30am, Co-op Extension. Dialog on Adolescence & issues & resources in Tompkins County. Nancy Potter 272-2292

"YESHE" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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WOMEN IN NEED is a support group for female victims and survivors of domestic abuse that meets weekly at Cortland's United Community Church. Men with uncontrollable anger and a history of violence towards their partners are invited to participate in the AWAKE program. Audrey 835-6314

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AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM: Resource Kits for Tompkins County Educators: Open House 3/23 from 12:00-3:00pm 615 Willow Ave. Topics: Apples, Dairy, General Agriculture, Precision Agr w/ GPS, Lifecycles: Animals, Lifecycles: Plants and Lifecycles: Insects. Designed for grades K-5. Videos & books & activities from each of the Learning Kits will be demonstrated. Registration preferred. 272-2292.

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"MSL" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate from Sparrow's Wine. Must be over 21. Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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Student Re-Use Project BIN BUILDING EVENT 4/13 prepares special containers to collect useful student discards this May. 9:30am-noon w/ lunch provided. 63 Besemer Hill Rd, First road to left past Crispell's Truck Garage off Rt 79 East. 539-6779

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CORNELL GARDENING DAY: 3/23 from 8 am-4 pm Dewitt Middle School. "Gardening from soils to pests to plants & more. Over 36 sessions! Lunch & speaker. Exhibits on gardening resources. Q&A table, bulletin sales, free soil pH testing. Cost $50, advance registration requested. The Ithaca Children's Garden will offers daylong workshop for youth ages 7-12. Space limited." Maxine Welcome 255-5439

TENTH ANNUAL ITHACA FLY FISHING DAY 3/23, 9am to 4pm Boynton Middle School. "Tanks with native aquatic insects species, casting demonstrations, guest fly tyers & many other fun hands-on environmental education programs." COMMUNITY FLY FISHER (1015 W. Seneca) accepts 1/4 HOUR.

ENVIRONMENT AND BREAST CANCER: EDUCATION FOR CHANGE: 4/ 4 from 1-3 pm Cornell's Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors: techniques for reducing breast cancer risk. The "Education for Change" program is intended for educators working w/ women, families & communities to improve understanding of connections between health & environment. Free; registration requested. Monica Hargraves, 272-2292.

CITIZEN PRUNER VOLUNTEERS work May- October trimming and shaping young trees." For orientation: Monika Roth 607-272-2292

"DIRKSONN" is WINNER of one pint of Ben & Jerry's. Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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HUNGER AWARENESS DAY at Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen on Thursday 3/21 at 5:30pm begins with Assemblyman MARTY LUSTER. Supper at 6pm. ---"We realize that our mission should go beyond providing free meals and hospitality to one of concern for the persistence of hunger and poverty. Marty's briefing will address the issues facing the state in this regard and hopefully will inspire us to advocate for our community members in need." Please RSVP 272-5457 St. John's Episcopal Church, 210 N. Cayuga St

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TOMPKINS COUNTY INTERFAITH CAMPAIGN TO REPEAL/REFORM THE ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAWS travels to Albany to March, Rally, and Lobby to "Drop the Rock" (Rockefeller Drug Laws.) Leaves 5:30am 3/26 and returns 7pm same day. Cost $25. Pete Meyers, Catholic Charities 272-5062 The CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION of New York's website

Human Rights Watch says, "The Rockefeller Drug Laws were enacted in 1973 when Nelson Rockfeller was governor. The Rock Laws require harsh prison terms for the possession or sale of relatively small amounts of drugs. The harshest provision of this statute mandates that a judge impose a prison term of no less than 15 years to life for anyone convicted of selling 2 ounces or possessing 4 ounces of a narcotic substance."

OFFENDER AID AND RESTORATION VOLUNTEER TRAINING begins 3/30. "For more than 25 years, OAR volunteers have visited inmates in the Tompkins County Jail, offering support and a break in the loneliness of incarceration." 272-7885 or Toni Sunderland

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CORNELL DEMOCRATS LISTSERV: 3-4 Messages weekly. listproc@cornell.edu in the body write "subscribe cornelldems-l your name"

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GARDENING FOR BIRDS with native plants: Slide show by author of "Audubon Society Bird Garden." 3/21 at 7pm Co-op Extension. Finger Lakes Native Plant Society of Ithaca.

WOODCOCK WATCH at the Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve in West Danby on 4/13 at 7pm. Meet toward the east end of Walding Lane, just before the woods. From Ithaca, take Rt. 13 south, then 34/96. Pass West Danby Fire Station, and take next left on Walding Lane. Led by Geo Kloppel and Betsy Darlington. Call 275-9487 Finger Lakes Land Trust

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"HAVE YOU SEEN MY HEAD???" unpainted plaster-of-paris bust (head) missing from our front porch! Made by my uncle-- Huge sentimental value. No questions asked! --dee 227-6838

"CG79" is WINNER of $7.50 gift certificate from Cafe Strand. Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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FREE CONCERTS/PLAYS/EVENTS at AUTUMN LEAVES CAFE: 115 The Commons
* 3/21--Bill and Maggie Anderson release their new Bluegrass CD. Come join the fun!!!
* 3/24--Diamonds in the Rough, a capella vocal duo will sing from 2 to 4pm.
* 3/27 & 28-- "Steel Magnolias" play 5pm.
* 3/28--Patti Witten - Think Joni Mitchell meets Suzanne Vega.
* 3/31--Linda Stout, local singer/songwriter and Peter Muller from NYC join forces from 2-4pm.
* 3/4--Skip Bean and his Guitar - Folk in the American Tradition.
* 4/5--Paul Glover ART OPENING 5pm. Refreshments.
* 4/11--Patchouli - Chicago folk duo return for an encore performance.

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DOG RUNNERS! "for the busy owners of active dogs: serving Ithaca and Cayuga Heights Mon-Fri. * transport your dog to/from yr house * one hour off-leash running at dog park *happy pup while you work." Ithaca HOURS accepted. Grace @277-6300 or Daniel 645-0657

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ALTERNATIVES LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE 4/1310:00am 4:00pm Anabel Taylor--One World Room 255-6486 Donations accepted until 4/12. Proceeds for "Books in Prison."

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Thanks to Homer and Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable online services. http://www.lightlink.com Thanks to Scott McCasland-Bodenstein for upgrading this modem.

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
March 2002 #2

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

[This is the second of two messages monthly sent to 6,218 Ithaca area residents]

FOURTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5.00), Gimme! Coffee (one pound), Small World Music (one CD), 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), or Cafe Strand ($7.50). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW.

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ITHACA FARMER'S MARKET RE-OPENS April 6 and every Saturday thereafter 9am-2pm until December 21.

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HEALING ARTS FAIR co-sponsored by Ithaca's Integrative Community Wellness Center and the Women's Community Building. BOOTH APPLICATIONS accepted at WCB until 4/1 for healing arts practitioners, community organizations and local healing arts businesses. FAIR 5/4: 10am- 4pm. IICWC 256-7316 First come first serve: space limited. Workshop sign-up starts 4/1 at the WCB.

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FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS: first Saturdays 3pm there's "networking to create a more sustainable community," featuring potluck, music, contradance, kids theatre, whatever happens! Perry City Meeting House, Perry City Rd. Donation. HOURS accepted.

FALL CREEK CREATIVE CONNECTION: sponsors an add-a-line story at Fall Creek Laundromat.

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YOU-ARE-ALWAYS-HERE DEPARTMENT: Local massage therapist Taryn Leigh was recently visiting Wailuku, Hawaii. Speaking with someone in the hostel's bathroom, they realized they were both from Ithaca. From a bathroom stall another said, "I am too!" Later on the beach yet another remarked, "She's from Ithaca." Visiting farther inland, she met someone from San Francisco who said she was sharing a house with "a bunch of people from Ithaca."

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CONCERT OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS at Public Library 3/24 at 3:00pm: Soprano Ernestina Snead and Pianist Christopher Morgan Loy, Ezra Cornell Reading Room.

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THE BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER 3/28 at 8PM at the State Theatre: "The Insurrection Mass With Funeral March For A Rotten Idea" "a non-religious service in the presence of paper mache gods." Tickets $10 from Greenstar, Autumn Leaves, See Spot Gallery, Ticket Center at Clinton House (273-4497) and at door. Discount tickets $8 (60 and over) $5 (12 & under). HOURS accepted.

"ANDREAMCM" & "WBARB" are WINNERS of one ticket each to Bread & Puppet. Reply to claim.

STATE THEATRE WORK PARTY 4/6 from 11am-3pm. "Weather permitting, we'll re-brick the common courtyard area behind the Theatre and Lost Dog Restaurant. If weather, doesn't permit, we will paint the floors & doors down in the dressing rooms." Please RSVP 273-6633

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"The Ithaca Hours Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend the

ITHACA HOURS 2002 ANNUAL MEETING, ****DESSERT PARTY**** & BOARD ELECTIONS" 4/10 from 7-9Ppm at GIAC ---"Come enjoy scrumptious desserts from Juna's and Googer's Bakery, along with delicious coffee from Gimme, and hear the latest exciting news from our local currency system. We'll also be holding board elections and a Showcase Sale featuring goods and services donated by Hours members to help us raise funds for the organization. " office 272-3738

"SHINY89" is WINNER of one pound of coffee from Gimme! Coffee. Reply to this email by 3/31 to claim. Gimme! Amour Cafe (506 W. State) now open 7am-5:30pm daily.

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NATIONAL FOREST PROTECTION ALLIANCE MEETING 3/30 to organize our state-wide strategy to protect federal public lands from commercial logging. "Currently, we are working to eliminate commercial logging within the FLNF. Join us and other organizers from the east coast who are working at the state and national level to end forest destruction on our Public Lands." email 256-9919

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"JOE WOODCHUCK" REPLIES TO JOURNAL COLUMNIST Michael Serino's column of 3/6 poked fun at 'typical' Ithaca slacker "Joe Woodchuck." The Journal declined to print Joe Woodchuck's reply (written by Tom Barron):

"While strolling on the Commons the other afternoon, I ran into acclaimed local columnist Mike Serino. He looked slightly disheveled, though his morning hair shellack treatment was intact. "Nobody cares what I think," Serino muttered, loosening his tie and gesturing toward a nearby trashbin. His weekly column in the local Gannett McPaper sat at the top of the heap, with his stern-faced mug still visible despite the coffee stains.

"How can you say that?" I asked. "I know at least a dozen people who read your column, if only to see whether you're going to whine about children in restaurants, 'archetypal' Ithacans, people who question city development plans or whatever else presents an affront to your white-collar establishment sensibilities." FULL TEXT

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NEW NOVEL "THE LOST BOY," BY LOCAL NOVELIST/FILMAKER: Review by author Robert Lieberman: "1) It's set in Ithaca (of course). 2) It deals with Global Warming as a subtext." Alison Lurie says, "In this remarkable and moving novel, a small-town thriller about a missing child becomes a fantasy with universal implications for anyone who cares about the fate of the earth."

FROGS CALL 2 WEEKS EARLIER IN ITHACA DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING "Night Sounds: Calls of Frogs & Toads" from Ithacan Lang Elliott.

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PATCH ADAMS RETURNS!, the doctor who believes in treating the patient as well as the illness will address "The Joy of Caring: Exploring New Pathways in Healing and Medicine" on 3/21, Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. Free talk begins 7:00pm and is followed by book signing.

Patch endorsed the Ithaca Health Fund during his recent visit. The Fund's balance is now $115, 643.85. Membership $100/yr adults; $175/yr/couple; $50/yr/child. Next montly meeting 4/1 at 7pm City Hall 3rd floor.

HOT TUB BENEFIT FOR HEALTH FUND: special for this week of 3/25-4/1 ) for Health Fund: 6' tubs at $250.00/week, $100 goes to Health Fund. 273-3986 #2 First Earth Hot Tubs

"DNICOLINO" is WINNER $5.00 gift certificate from Viva Taqueria. Reply to this email by 3/31 to claim.

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ITHACA DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP: 5th ANNUAL MEETING & DINNER Everyone's welcome to hear IDP's "State of Downtown Report," at Clinton House 4/9 at 6pm. IDP members vote on Board & By-law amendments. There are about 180 property owners +250 businesses + 300 residents elibigle to vote.

All welcome: IDP's ANNUAL DINNER 4/9 at 7:30pm at Holiday Inn, $30 (1/2 Ithaca HOUR accepted) Hear Cornell representatives describe Cornell's expanding relationship with Downtown. To receive IDP's "Downtown News:" 277-8679

Travel writer Paul Delahanty & wife visited Ithaca recently. "We thought we were in a time warp. We stayed overnight, walked the Commons, saw the head shops and used clothes stores-- like from the Sixties. Gee, there's something to be said for the personal style here-- not like the shopping malls. This place is working and has pizzazz."

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DID CORNELL PULL THE PLUG ON RADIO SHOW? Jeremy Alderson's 10year "Nobody Show" (WEOS Geneva) was cancelled immediately after he sued Cornell to get its Genetic-Engineering documents. Alderson presents the case

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LABOR FILMMAKER MICHAEL MOORE ("Roger & Me") 4/3 at7:30pm Statler Aud. Author of "Downsize This!" and "Stupid White Men" Tickets free from Willard Straight Hall Box Office starting 3/25 (students) & 3/27 (general public).

PARAPROFESSIONAL PROGRESS REPORT by Carl Feuer chf6@cornell.edu
---"The good news is that the union and the school district negotiators have come to an agreement on a satisfactory wage package for the next four years. This is what the School Board claimed to want and this is what we have achieved. The bad news is that the district is now demanding new and harmful changes to short change workers!!
---"They want to refuse to pay retroactive increases owed the paraprofessionals. They are demanding changes in workers' comp. And they want to diminish workers' rights to transfer to better jobs in the District.
---"Why when we are so close to a settlement that will assist our low-paid school district employees, are new and unfair demands being put on the negotiating table?
---"Enough is enough. We need to make it clear to the School Board that our community and school employees are fed up with their stalling. Their refusal to bargain fairly with IPA must end. Now that an agreement on a satisfactory wage package for the next four years is settled, these negotiations can and must be wrapped up fairly and quickly."

3/26 at 7 PM, SCHOOL BOARD MEETING please arrive at 7pm to sign up to speak.

COALITION FOR COMMUNITY UNITY CHALLENGES ATTACK ON SCHOOL COACH

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NYS GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR Two of three announced candidates speak at next meeting of the Tompkins County Green Party. Don Hassig of St. Lawrence County is a pollution elimination/cancer prevention activist. Stanley Aronowitz, of New York City, is sociology prof at CUNY. 3/27 from 7-9 pm, at GIAC, Albany/Court Sts.

"RDE4" is WINNER of two tickets from Cinemapolis/FCP. Reply to this email by 3/31 to claim.

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STONE CIRCLE SCHOOL: Waldorf-based education grades 1-5. "A classical education toward a lifelong love of learning." Schoolhouse at 399 Turkey Hill Road Larri Richmond at 272-1833. HOURS accepted. BENEFIT FAIR 4/13 from 1-3:30pm at the school. Donation $3/person, $10/family. Magic Garden Puppets performs an African-American tale. Also bake sale, cake walk, plant sale, live music & more! HOURS accepted. See the STONE CIRCLE

HOMEOPATHY FOR FAMILIES. 3/24 from 2- 5pm at Foundation of Light, Ellis Hollow/Turkey Hill Rds. Candice Emmons CCH,RSHom(NA) & Carrie Stearns. Cost $30. Register: 589-6966

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

ITHACA RADICAL CHEERLEADERS provide "pom poms for peace" by cheering at political rallies, punk shows, even football games. Watch for them at Ithaca Festival. You're welome to join: "the more the merrier." Mary 256-5105, Mark/Bethany 272-2253.

FULL HOUSE AT SOLAS CONCERT! Over 1,500 packed the State Theatre 3/17 for a fundraiser to close the School of the Americas, a U.S. agency teaching torture & other terrorist tactics. The concert opener was a play "The Emperor's New Clothes" featuring the Underwear of Military Might," the Pants of Free Trade," the Boots of War on Terrorism."

Ithaca's LINDENBERRY BEAT REDUCTION's CD single "Fades Away" is their "tribute to the sad events of 9/11" selected out of hundreds of tributes reviewed, to be featured in commemorative on 9/11 to be published by New York Magazine and Columbia Press. The CD is $3.99 or 3/8 HOUR + 50 cents at Gentle Earth, 105 W. State St. --Jeff and Kathy

"PALESTINE/ISRAEL & THE 'WAR ON TERROR': Media coverage of the Mideast since 9/11." Speaker: Chris Toensing of Middle East Report 3/26, 5:30 pm, Uris Hall Auditorium, G33

TOMPKINS COUNTY NETWORK FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE travels to D.C. for Peace March against "war on terrorism" 4/20. Buses leave Ithaca midnight Saturday return to Ithaca Sunday a.m. Tickets: Greenstar, ABC Cafe, & Autumn Leaves: $36. Scholarships available. Jim Semp 533-4727 Attendance at Tuesday meetings 7 pm at Catholic Charities, 325 W. Buffalo St. encouraged. "THE 'WAR ON TERRORISM' BREEDS MORE TERROR"

MOBILIZATION AGAINST PLAN COLOMBIA, the SOA, & IMF/World Bank. 4/18-23 in D.C. Vans, housing, schedule: 272-9630, 255-7293

STOP STAR WARS ITHACA: Keep space for peace: 256-9733 & 277-6300 subscribe to listserv by sending blank email to stopstarwarsithaca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

ITHACA JOURNAL DECLARES PERMANENT WAR 3/8/02: "Others don't appreciate the heroism of soldiers killed this week in Afghanistan, in a war against terrorism that began Sept. 11 and will last our lifetimes." The Journal has endorsed every war

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"DWIESSIN" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate from Maxie's Supper Club Reply by 3/31 to claim.

"KK27" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate from Small World Music (New & Used: 614 W. State: 256-0428). Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* March 20: MILITARY TRACT DECREE divides Iroquois Nation into parcels of 550-5500 acres, given to Revolutionary War soldiers according to rank. 1781
* March 21: Hunter kills EIGHTEEN wild ducks with TWO shots as they fly over the lake. 1883
* March 22: Ithaca's CHAMPION WALKER, James McIntosh, bests the Texas champion in a ten-mile pedestrian race: 88 minutes. 1883
* March 23: Fire at CLINTON HOUSE ruins top floor of Ithaca's oldest building (built 1828). Owner intends to rebuild at once. 1901
* March 24: Tom Blakeslee walks his 1,000th MILE TO SCHOOL to Ithaca from Newfield. Ten miles round trip, beginning before sunrise. 1889
* March 25: PLAYING anywhere which in any way annoys anyone is FORBIDDEN. 1854
* March 25: First AUTO SHOW opens with patriotic fanfare in Barton Hall. Displays of flags and war relics amidst new model cars. 1919
* March 26: Fifteen-year-old goes to jail for smoking cigarettes. Legal age was 16. 1894
* March 27: SUSAN B. ANTHONY, pioneer for women's rights, speaks at Library Hall (now Seneca/Tioga drive-up bank). A professor remarks, "Her prospects of the future relations of the sexes seemed to be too much for her highly liberal audience, and were a great deal too much for me." 1869
* March 28: Ithaca Journal editorial protests the granting of a charter to another BANK. "We thought the farmers and mechanics of this state had already suffered sufficiently from the destructive increase of banking capital..." 1820
* March 29: ITHACA TENANTS' UNION organizes. Fifty people meet to plan legal actions, rent strikes, and publicize tenants' rights. "One person against a landlord isn't a very fair situation, but get a hundred people against a landlord and you make it a little fairer." 1973 See current laws: http://www.ci.ithaca.ny.us/Clerk/TenantRights.cfm
* March 30: TEN OPERA TICKETS LAUNCHED FROM A SKYROCKET, to promote concert. They flutter to the ground and are jumped on by a small mob. 1894
* March 31: THE MONITOR, a monthly newspaper issued by J. Elliot Douglas "devoted to the interests of colored people" begins publication. 1923

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YOUR LETTERS

"Could you send us the Ithaca Community News at this new e-mail address? we were receiving it at our old address and loved it!" --cassie and chris
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"thank u, i guess i won a gift certificate for reading the newsletter...what a lovely surprise!" --Neesie

"TCOCHRAN" is WINNER of $6.00 gift certificate to Harvest Deli . Reply by 3/31 to claim.
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"Hello, and thanks for your fantastic newsletter. I've passed it on to lots of people, and now we've all become your fans. I'm curious if there are any folks out there interested in bringing passenger train service back to Ithaca. I've only just started thinking about it myself, and don't know what state the tracks are in. But I wonder who out there has already been looking into this? If ever there was a time to look into it, now is it, trains are popular these days." --Geri ---[REPLY] For 100 years, Cornell students did not need cars because there was a daily express train from Ithaca to NYC and back. Trains linked from here to everywhere in the nation. "A History of Railroads in Tompkins County" (Lee/Rossiter) includes a 1977 map of track conditions. Description of economic/social benefits of restoring the trolley here
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---"More than once in media reports about the contamination of city soils by coal tar I've heard and/or read statements to the effect that "while the property from which the pollution is leaking is presently owned by NYSEG, the utility company acquired the land as part of the acquisition of another energy producer." The EnergyLines history lesson made me wonder whether the infant NYSEG (AKA the Ithaca Gas Light Company) ever produced coal gas on the site(s). Do you know the answer?" --Tom Herden
---[REPLY] Yes, it did. See site put together by Toxics Targeting of Ithaca.
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"You are the 'Roy H. Park' of the internet; the only difference is that Mr. Park contributed to our economy and local philanthropic enterprises whereas you are simply a parasite willing to leach the internet for free. You have been at great pains to crusade against every issue that smacks of commercial development or increased corporate influence in our lives. How can you justify using the internet (a product of our educational-industrial-government-military complex of which you find so much to fault) to promote your vision of what the rest of

us should advocate? Perhaps you should come down off your soapbox and stop telling us about the 'ethical' and 'humanitarian' motives behind your personal agenda." --T.A.C.
---[REPLY] Many Ithacans question whether cement equals progress. Wider highways, strip malls and farther suburbs have made American cities more difficult to live in. There are new models of progress which rely on regional creativity and capital to create a more reliable job and tax base; to feed, house and move citizens; and to generate export income, without damaging the environment. The internet, invented with taxpayers' dollars, has been transformed from a military tool into a voice for all people.
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"I am the "brichman" who won two tickets to Cinemapolis/Fall Creek pictures? Thanks, and keep up the great newsletter. Love it."

"KEITH" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate from Conkie's Restaurant. Reply by 3/31 to claim
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"In your March edition of the Community News there was a link to an exchange of emails between Gary Stewart and Joseph Wetmore, and others...most notably Casey Stevens Is that a routine public forum that one can write to? Is it in the Journal? I don't routinely go to the Jounal website, so I'm not familiar with all that is there, although I have suggested to them that they run a message board, as other newspapers do. --Marc C.
---[REPLY] These emails were sent to listservs and forwarded from recipients. It would be good to start a local media listserv. Some find that reading the Journal online requires less time and money and paper.
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Is there an on-line version of the Ithaca HOURS directory? If not, what's the best way to get the most recent edition? --Thanks, Robin [REPLY] An online searchable edition is being prepared now!
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"KM20" is WINNER of $5.00 gift certificate from Ithaca Bakery. Reply by 3/31 to claim.
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"May I be added to the Ithaca Community News list? I don't live in Ithaca, but the more I learn about the town, the more I am inspired. I visit a couple of times a year from Florida and it is always a pleasure. From what I can see, Ithaca is a model for awareness, organization, and activism. I would like to receive the letter to keep up with what's happening up there, to see what is working to make your town what it is." --Christine Smith [REPLY] Welcome to the list. There are now a number of people from out of town receiving ICN, and others forward it to their friends and family.
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"Hi there....I am a recent graduate of Cornell ('01). I am currently completing a hunger fellowship in DC, but am interested in moving back to the Ithaca areaand thus looking for employment. I was wondering if you had heard of any job openings in the nonprofit/human services sector?" -- Britt [REPLY] The following directory may be the best source. Good luck
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"Hi! I want to thank you for writing and distibuting the Ithaca Community News. It is always a valuable source of information, a great forum for networking, and an interesting, entertaining read. It's a great service to the community, and it is much appreciated.
---"I would, however, also like to comment (belatedly) on your editorial entitled GREENSTAR ELECTION AND ISSUES in the February #1 issue. In this case I feel you did a disservice to the community by framing these issues in such polarized terms and portraying some council members as having an agenda that is contrary to GreenStar's mission or democratic functioning." --Todd Rose
---[REPLY] GreenStar members are entitled to assert views independently which may be novel or even contrary to prevailing assumptions. Somehave done so in public forums (print, online, radio) in such ways as to invite comment like yours. This expands democratic participation in decision-making. THIS EXCHANGE CONTINUES at greenstar.rose.html

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ALLIGATOR DAY with TOM KNIGHT 4/2 from 3:30 -4pm "Alligators dance and wiggle along with Tom Knight, and then giggle over a brand-new book called 'Very Boring Alligator.' Tom will also remind us why we doně¨t kiss a codfish." Sing-Along Program for children 3-6 yrs every first & third Tuesday, Thaler/Howell Program Room, Tompkins County Public Library

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FINGER LAKES SALVAGE buys/sells piles of odd/useful stuff! Taughannock Blv. at Rte 89 bridge. Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm. 277-2841. HOURS accepted. Ask to see Toilet Museum!

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MONTHLY VIGIL AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY first Saturday of each month at the corner of Tioga and Buffallo streets from 12:30-1:30.

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SEE-SPOT ART GALLERY (108 Commons) Membership $20, show art $10/month. HOURS accepted.
* Books Through Bars Benefit Concert: 3/22, 7-11pm
* Poetry Readings every other Wednesday 5-7pm. Signup. Next 3/27.
* Justin Asher & Friends 3/29
* Wingmaking Workshop every Sunday 5pm. $5.00.
* See "Sexual Forks" in window.

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PARENT EDUCATION NETWORK features "Step Parenting" 3/25 & April 1, 8, 22, 29 & 5/6 at Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, 7:00 8:30pm. Free. 272-2292 to register. Parenting skills: Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self-Control and Respecting Feelings. Weekly for eight weeks." Free. Register: 272-2292. Choose from following: * 4/1 6:30 8:30pm at Franziska Racker Center * 4/4 6:30 8:30pm at Dryden Elementary School * 4/ 5 9-11am at Center Ithaca --Anna Steinkraus at 272-2292

BABIES FIRST presents a Tom Knight / Jim Lawrence Benefit Concert 4/6 at 7:30pm at the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca.

DOULA CARE FOR NEW MOTHERS: Sareanda Lourdes 273-8062

TOMPKINS COUNTY COALITION FOR FAMILIES invites all to 'build a supportive community for all families' through dialog and action at the monthly meetings. Next is 3/21, 8:45-10:30am, Co-op Extension. Dialog on Adolescence & issues & resources in Tompkins County. Nancy Potter 272-2292

"YESHE" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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WOMEN IN NEED is a support group for female victims and survivors of domestic abuse that meets weekly at Cortland's United Community Church. Men with uncontrollable anger and a history of violence towards their partners are invited to participate in the AWAKE program. Audrey 835-6314

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AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM: Resource Kits for Tompkins County Educators: Open House 3/23 from 12:00-3:00pm 615 Willow Ave. Topics: Apples, Dairy, General Agriculture, Precision Agr w/ GPS, Lifecycles: Animals, Lifecycles: Plants and Lifecycles: Insects. Designed for grades K-5. Videos & books & activities from each of the Learning Kits will be demonstrated. Registration preferred. 272-2292.

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"MSL" is WINNER of $10.00 gift certificate from Sparrow's Wine. Must be over 21. Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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Student Re-Use Project BIN BUILDING EVENT 4/13 prepares special containers to collect useful student discards this May. 9:30am-noon w/ lunch provided. 63 Besemer Hill Rd, First road to left past Crispell's Truck Garage off Rt 79 East. 539-6779

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CORNELL GARDENING DAY: 3/23 from 8 am-4 pm Dewitt Middle School. "Gardening from soils to pests to plants & more. Over 36 sessions! Lunch & speaker. Exhibits on gardening resources. Q&A table, bulletin sales, free soil pH testing. Cost $50, advance registration requested. The Ithaca Children's Garden will offers daylong workshop for youth ages 7-12. Space limited." Maxine Welcome 255-5439

TENTH ANNUAL ITHACA FLY FISHING DAY 3/23, 9am to 4pm Boynton Middle School. "Tanks with native aquatic insects species, casting demonstrations, guest fly tyers & many other fun hands-on environmental education programs." COMMUNITY FLY FISHER (1015 W. Seneca) accepts 1/4 HOUR.

ENVIRONMENT AND BREAST CANCER: EDUCATION FOR CHANGE: 4/ 4 from 1-3 pm Cornell's Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors: techniques for reducing breast cancer risk. The "Education for Change" program is intended for educators working w/ women, families & communities to improve understanding of connections between health & environment. Free; registration requested. Monica Hargraves, 272-2292.

CITIZEN PRUNER VOLUNTEERS work May- October trimming and shaping young trees." For orientation: Monika Roth 607-272-2292

"DIRKSONN" is WINNER of one pint of Ben & Jerry's. Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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HUNGER AWARENESS DAY at Loaves & Fishes Community Kitchen on Thursday 3/21 at 5:30pm begins with Assemblyman MARTY LUSTER. Supper at 6pm. ---"We realize that our mission should go beyond providing free meals and hospitality to one of concern for the persistence of hunger and poverty. Marty's briefing will address the issues facing the state in this regard and hopefully will inspire us to advocate for our community members in need." Please RSVP 272-5457 St. John's Episcopal Church, 210 N. Cayuga St

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TOMPKINS COUNTY INTERFAITH CAMPAIGN TO REPEAL/REFORM THE ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAWS travels to Albany to March, Rally, and Lobby to "Drop the Rock" (Rockefeller Drug Laws.) Leaves 5:30am 3/26 and returns 7pm same day. Cost $25. Pete Meyers, Catholic Charities 272-5062 The CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION of New York's website

Human Rights Watch says, "The Rockefeller Drug Laws were enacted in 1973 when Nelson Rockfeller was governor. The Rock Laws require harsh prison terms for the possession or sale of relatively small amounts of drugs. The harshest provision of this statute mandates that a judge impose a prison term of no less than 15 years to life for anyone convicted of selling 2 ounces or possessing 4 ounces of a narcotic substance."

OFFENDER AID AND RESTORATION VOLUNTEER TRAINING begins 3/30. "For more than 25 years, OAR volunteers have visited inmates in the Tompkins County Jail, offering support and a break in the loneliness of incarceration." 272-7885 or Toni Sunderland

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CORNELL DEMOCRATS LISTSERV: 3-4 Messages weekly. listproc@cornell.edu in the body write "subscribe cornelldems-l your name"

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GARDENING FOR BIRDS with native plants: Slide show by author of "Audubon Society Bird Garden." 3/21 at 7pm Co-op Extension. Finger Lakes Native Plant Society of Ithaca.

WOODCOCK WATCH at the Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve in West Danby on 4/13 at 7pm. Meet toward the east end of Walding Lane, just before the woods. From Ithaca, take Rt. 13 south, then 34/96. Pass West Danby Fire Station, and take next left on Walding Lane. Led by Geo Kloppel and Betsy Darlington. Call 275-9487 Finger Lakes Land Trust

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"HAVE YOU SEEN MY HEAD???" unpainted plaster-of-paris bust (head) missing from our front porch! Made by my uncle-- Huge sentimental value. No questions asked! --dee 227-6838

"CG79" is WINNER of $7.50 gift certificate from Cafe Strand. Reply by 3/31 to claim.

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FREE CONCERTS/PLAYS/EVENTS at AUTUMN LEAVES CAFE: 115 The Commons
* 3/21--Bill and Maggie Anderson release their new Bluegrass CD. Come join the fun!!!
* 3/24--Diamonds in the Rough, a capella vocal duo will sing from 2 to 4pm.
* 3/27 & 28-- "Steel Magnolias" play 5pm.
* 3/28--Patti Witten - Think Joni Mitchell meets Suzanne Vega.
* 3/31--Linda Stout, local singer/songwriter and Peter Muller from NYC join forces from 2-4pm.
* 3/4--Skip Bean and his Guitar - Folk in the American Tradition.
* 4/5--Paul Glover ART OPENING 5pm. Refreshments.
* 4/11--Patchouli - Chicago folk duo return for an encore performance.

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DOG RUNNERS! "for the busy owners of active dogs: serving Ithaca and Cayuga Heights Mon-Fri. * transport your dog to/from yr house * one hour off-leash running at dog park *happy pup while you work." Ithaca HOURS accepted. Grace @277-6300 or Daniel 645-0657

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ALTERNATIVES LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE 4/1310:00am 4:00pm Anabel Taylor--One World Room 255-6486 Donations accepted until 4/12. Proceeds for "Books in Prison."

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Thanks to Homer and Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable online services. http://www.lightlink.com Thanks to Scott McCasland-Bodenstein for upgrading this modem.

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