ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
December #2 2002

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

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 6,932 Ithaca area residents]

FIFTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Ithaca Fine Chocolates (4-pack),a href="http://www.gimmecoffee.com">Gimme! Coffee (1# coffee), Oasis Grocery ($5), ($6), Sparrow's Wines ($10), Ten Thousand Villages ($10), ABC Cafe ($10), Cafe Strand ($5), Acorn Designs ($7.50), Toko Imports ($5), The Bath Bar ($10) White Lotus Home ($10), The Yoga Corner (free class). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW. Winners reply sending their mailing address.

GINGERBREAD ITHACA at public library features fantasies & miniatures slathered w/gumdrops, mints & wafers riveted w/frosting, a quarter ton of sugar, colors not found in nature, constructed w/tasteful expertise or fingerpainterly abandon. Vote for your favorite.

"ACHILDE" wins gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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ENERGY SUPPLIER Co-opPLUS ENERGY COOPERATIVE of Central New York: "Our mission is to promote a sustainable energy future by uniting small energy consumers to more effectively obtain economical energy resources while promoting a strong community through energy conservation & environmental stewardship.
---"The Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative combines the purchasing power of many small energy consumers to produce a strong market presence. Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative:
---"claims the economic advantages in purchasing energy resources & related services that are normally only enjoyed by large industrial, commercial and governmental customers, and
---"accelerates the transition toward environmentally sustainable technologies of the energy industry, &
---"influences state and local governments to support the objectives of the cooperative, &
---"educates & assists its members to reduce their own energy needs as a means to achieve both personal & global environmental objectives, &
---"operates solely for the interests of its member-owners, not for the profit of others, &
---"promotes the principles of public accountability & the democratic process through the local control of energy choices.
---"The Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative is therefore a full energy service cooperative offering energy efficiency, electricity, fossil fuels & renewable energy services to residential, business & not-for-profit consumers."
---SIGN UP FORM Kenny Christianson (see his letter)
---See also: electrifying_choices.htm

ELECTRIC CARS IN ITHACA: Finger Lakes Energy Task Force is conducting a survey of owners of electric vehicles, or people who are considering acquiring an electric vehicle. The survey form
---The Finger Lakes Energy Task Force promotes sustainable energy practices in our region.
* Helping local schools to apply for grants to install photovoltaic systems.
* Planning a public informational forum on grid-intertied alternative energy systems.
* Designing a solar energy exhibit for the Sciencenter.
* Designing and constructing a demonstration solar water heating system.
* Lobbying for legislation that would promote renewable energy. crisbill@lightlink.com

QUIET/CLEAN CAYUGA: Tompkins County Water Resource Council (WRC) working draft of resolutions on two cycle engine safety, noise & pollution on lake. Get document: quietclean@yahoo.com

ITHACA STOCKING STUFFERS:
*Cayuga Basin Bioregion Map is beautiful watercolor of local plants, animals, waters surrounding the lake: $10 from GreenStar, Oasis, Bookery. HOURS accepted. Sandy Wold
* Ithaca Mushroom Calendar by Carl Whittaker XMAS GREETINGS TO YOU DRAWN BY THE EDITOR RECYCLED XMAS

"TLWINB07" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Bakery. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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ITHACA FOOD NEWS

RUTABAGA CURL at Ithaca Farmer's Market 12/21: register 9:30-10:55am. Opening Ceremonies 11am. Win prizes! Best of three rolls, rutabagas may be carved. NPR will broadcast this year's event. Rutabagas donated by Blue Heron Farm. Last market of season. http://www.ithacamarket.com
---ITHACA FARMERS MARKET WINS GREAT PUBLIC MARKET AWARD by Project for Public Spaces "For a smaller market that, although not necessarily well known nationally, has become a nucleus of social activity and revitalization in its community or neighborhood."

FEDCO SEED ORDER DEADLINE 1/15. group discount at least 20% off prices listed in catalogue. BZ Marranca 532-8813 Windy Ridge Gardens

LIBRARY COLLECTS FOOD FOR NEEDY: canned & other non-perishable foods for the Tompkins County Food Distribution Network until 12/23. Please bring to collection box by greeter's desk.
---TCFDN's 14 food pantries serve approximately 2,220 families monthly. Demand is up 10% this year, but government support for the food pantries has been reduced or is in jeopardy.

AIDSWORK COLLECTS FOOD FOR HIV RESIDENTS: at GreenStar, 2nd Saturdays 1-5pm.

HOW TO IDENTIFY GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FRUITS Labels w/ 4 digits indicate conventionally grown food. Labels w/ 5 digits starting with number 8 indicate food is genetically engineered. Labels w/ 5 digits starting with number 9 shows food is organic.

"DANAROSSI" wins gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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TOMPKINS COUNTY LIVING WAGE COALITION'S FIRST PAID STAFF ORGANIZERS Carl Feuer & Pete Meyers. Steering Committee mtg 1/7 at 6:15pm 110 N. Geneva St. Living Wage Coalition office (110 N. Geneva) seeks used computer, printer, fax, copier, telephone, answering machine. 277-5670

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CASEY STEVENS SHOWS HIS POWER: Ithaca talk show host (WHCU) reacts to press release for "A History of the Cohen Administration" from Joe Wetmore by refusing to publicize the book:
--Says Casey: "Any truth to the rumor that after November 30th, you're going to be selling slightly used copies to the unsuspecting public at four times the original price???"
---Wetmore replies: "November 30 has come & gone & I'm still selling them at $2 each. You're welcome to come down & get a copy, I won't even charge you for it."
---Casey replies: "Don't worry about the "no charge"...no publicity, either. How's THAT for control??!!"
--According to Wetmore, the book is in its fifth printing. It is nonfiction #1 bestseller at Bookery 2.

LAVINIA ADLER PRAISES ITHACA: visitor from Binghamton says, "Ithacans are such individuals. They have such vitality. I love being surrounded by intelligence & Ithaca has plenty of it."

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BURNS SISTERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12/21 at Autumn Leaves Used Books 8pm. Adults $10, kids $5. Max 1/4 HOUR accepted.

GREG BROWN CONCERT two-time Grammy nominated contemporary folk artist, Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School 1/17 "one of the best singer-songwriters in America" 8:00pm. Tickets $20.00 advance; $23.00 at door if available. 1/2 Ithaca HOUR accepted. Tickets: Clinton House, GreenStar, 273-4497 or 1-800-28-ITHACA. Outtasightprod@aol.com

LABOR FOLK DUO 12/20 at Autumn Leaves 6:30pm & 7:30pm: two generations of union musicians

DANCE CLASSES: Jump Swing, Waltz, Merengue. HOURS accepted.

ART LESSONS w/ Elisabeth Gross-Marks. Daily/weekly classes 277-2419

Adee Good paintings show/sale at Alternatives Federal Credit Union through December. HOURS accepted.

"WHATIS7X6" wins gift certificate to Sparrow's Fine Wines. Reply w/address by 1/1/03. Holiday Wine Tastings at Sparrow's Fine Wines 12/19, 5:30-7:30pm

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

ITHAKIDS/IRAQKIDS: Local educators seek "to put a face on the people in Iraq-- to develop friendships & connections between people there & here. In Pre-K everything we do has to be really simple -- the kids could just draw pictures & send them to each other." --Varya Every ten minutes an Iraqi child dies from effects of sanctions, according to the U.N.

STOP WAR ON IRAQ DEMONSTRATION AT PYRAMID MALL 12/21. "During this time of holiday consumer frenzy & disconnection from the true spirit of this season, help us draw attention to the impending war and call out for PEACE as the only answer! A solemn, silent walk. Gather 11:30am in YMCA parking lot, walk to Pyramid Mall at noon.
---wear black clothes, walk in a solemn silent manner. Signs & leaflets provided. Bring your own sign, but please keep it small (11 x 17); please do not bring big banners or posters to Mall walk; we are hoping for a simple & accessible message by our presence!" 277-8962 or 277-6932

STUDENTS FOR A JUST PEACE: Wednesdays 7pm, Friends 203, Ithaca College. Sheila Reaker 274-3374

ITHACA SHARKS LISTSERVE anti-war organizing

"WEEK AGAINST WAR" organizing 2/10-14 on NYS college campuses. Anke Wessels 255-5027

AMY GOODMAN SPOKE TO PACKED I.C. AUDITORIUM 12/13: Democracy Now radio host says, "I believe that most people are against war. We are the 'Silenced Majority.' It is so important now to challenge the mainstream media. There is hope no matter how much the administration tries to cut back free access to information. We need to support independent community media. I believe that we can win."

ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS REQUESTS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS: Just $10 from half our readers would provide enough to hire reporters for: regular coverage of grassroots stories, publish special reports, quarterly newsprint edition, food price comparisons, etc. Checks "Center for Environmental Sustainability (memo: ICN) to: ICN, Box 365, Ithaca 14851. Thanks!

ITHACA INDYMEDIA meets Mondays 5-7pm at Autumn Leaves Used Books. Volunteers needed for working groups: Print editions, Tech, Radio.

ITHACA COMMUNITY RADIO via WEOS 88.1 FM locally: 273-0532

MORE INDEPENDENT INFORMATION: www.iraqpeaceteam.org & www.endthewar.org & www.endiraqsanctions.org & www.peacepledge.org & zmag.org & www.commondreams.org


---BILL OF RIGHTS DEFENSE COMMITTEES forming everywhere: "Tips & Tools for Organizing Resolutions in Defense of Bill of Rights, "Community Outreach and Fundraising"
---NATIONAL COALITION to REPEAL the USA PATRIOT ACT.

CIVIC TABLING (by small nonprofits lacking required $1 million insurance) inside Carousel Mall, 12/15, & 12/25. Syracuse Peace Council will hand out literature, including anti-Iraq War flyers.
---Malls in New Jersey were opened (2000) for info-tabling, as a result of a lawsuit.

VOTERS MAY CONTINUE TO ENROLL AS GREENS The Green Party won a Temporary Restraining Order against the New York State Board of Elections. The Board was barred from deleting any voters as Greens until at least the next hearing in the federal District Court in Brooklyn 1/16. Voters can also continue to enroll in the Green Party.

"MUNDOCOMUN" wins gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* December 13, 1973: CHRISTMAS CAROLS BANNED from public schools by School Board, despite petition by 738 residents asserting freedom to sing "any religious songs" in the schools.
* December 14, 1891: FIREMAN'S FAIR at Clinton Hall features banjo juggling, harmonica & xylophone, duets, fancy club swinging, & a sewing machine prize for the most popular young lady.
* December 15, 1946: WEATHER BALLOON under a red parachute swings to earth from distant space, lands in 1100 block of N. Cayuga St.
* December 16, 1615: FIRST WHITE MAN to see Cayuga Lake is Etienne Brule, 22-yr-old French explorer, arriving at South Hill with Huron war party.
* December 17, 1910: Ithaca COLDEST SPOT IN NATION, says Weather Bureau, one degree below zero.
* December 18, 1891: A young drunk goes to the police station & asks to be jailed. He is offered ten days.
* December 19, 1878: Stranger comes to town, asks for ONE THOUSAND PIGEONS, offers $100 reward.

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YOUR LETTERS

"After your Ithaca Uproar announcement in Ithaca Community News, we received a $500 donation! That is enough to pay for the printing of about two editions. Thank you VERY much for adding it." --Marlo
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[re: Prof. Venables] "Contracts are sometimes not renewed. This is not the same as "getting the boot" or "forced retirement." Anyone working under a time-limited contract should be aware of this. Additionally, there is little reason to characterize Robert Venables as "radical" or "progressive." I am not aware of any involvement on his part in progressive efforts in the Cornell community. Simply appropriating the history & culture of a marginalized group for one's own career advancement is not a progressive effort. I see no reason to question the American Indian Program's decisions about faculty hiring." --Gwendolyn Dean
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"Buying locally brings money back to our community... I am in total agreement, but I am trying to find the good in bringing money back to our community as opposed to buying at Wal-Mart where the money apparantly heads out of Ithaca. What is so great about shopping locally? I am sorry to have to bother you with this trivial question, but I have totally lost my footing." --Emily Shumway
---[REPLY] Glad you've asked. When we retain more money locally we have more money with which to start/expand local businesses-- which create more jobs. We then also have more money with which to purchase goods/services from them. We meet more needs.
---Local businesses create unique stores which help define our local character. Local business owners donate more to local organizations. They care more about Ithaca. While not perfect, local businesses are also more susceptible to community demands about working conditions & environmental effects.
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"KSG1" wins gift certificate to Gimme! Coffee. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
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"The TCAction meeting [about energy suppliers] was very interesting & informative. We learned that the only competritive supplier still willing to serve residential custiomers is NYSEG Solutions. Because of this MEGA can no longer accept residential customers, so Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative is the only residential aggregator left. Both good and bad news at the same time.
---"At the Saturday meeting, Stu Stein himself told us that MEGA can no longer accept residential customers because the supplier w/ the best municipal deal for next year, Econnergy, is not willing to accept any more residential customers. Since MEGA is essentially a municipal aggregator, they weren't willing to find a different supplier with higher municipal costs in order to accomodate the residential market. By the way, Advantage Energy was MEGA's supplier for this year. Stu mentioned this on three separate occasions. I don't know what Barbara Blanchard was talking about. MEGA suppliers are year 1 -- NYSEG Solutions; year 2 -- Advantage Energy; year 3 (next year) -- Econnergy
---"By "Competitive supplier" I meant it in the sense of the NYSEG brochure. That's the term they use for all the other suppliers willing to serve an area besides themselves. Everyone else has pulled out besides NYSEG Solutions." --Kenny C.
CoopPlus Energy
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"Wow! At least with Gimme! Coffee you could pretend not to have a favoritism...but the way you are Joe's promoter is shameless. And anyone with an education or a shread of self respect realizes that Joe is just a windbag that is as self serving as you are. You promote self realization only if that realization coincides with your own beliefs, & can benifit you. Why not take a card table to Gimme! & sell the book there too? I mean...they buy your loyalty now...why not have your buddy Joe use your resources to branch out & stomp out independant thought process everywhere. Alan is no angel...but for f**ks sake...deal with it. What petty, petty fatcats of the hippy world, you & Mr. Whetmore are...& everyone who can think outside the Ithaca box knows it." --Brandy Cox
---[REPLY] I'm proud to promote Wetmore's book, as a rare civics lesson for a small city. This newsletter has explicit bias (favoritism) toward the environment, labor (I offered to meet you about your labor grievance), co-ops, local business, multiculturalism, nonviolence. And independent thinking: more media sources stimulate more debate. I'm a very lean fatcat, with one of Ithaca's smallest incomes.
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"Hi there! I noticed that "RH34" won a Harvest Deli gift certificate. I'm "RH4"-- does that count? It's close! It rhymes! I like Harvest Deli! It was worth a try." --Roxanne
---[REPLY] Close, but not exact enough for the prize, in the computer world. Chances are 1:461. Maybe next time!
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"I will be sending in my [donation to ICN] this weekend--thank you for keeping the masses aware of what is going on in our world & community." --Birdie
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"I would like to know what your deadlines & guidelines are for listing events in Ithaca Community News." --Suzanne
---[REPLY] Publication is irregular twice monthly, therefore early in the month is likelier to make it into the second half of month issue, while later in the month is liklier to make it into the first issue of the month.
---Events/goods/services for which fee is charged are included only if Ithaca HOURS are accepted as part price. Info should be sent as direct email rather than attached.
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"Your newsletter is a wonderful way of keeping in touch w/ things important to the community." --(anon)
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Hi-- I'm Kristen1311-- I won a certificate for Toko Imports. What is Toko Imports?"
---[REPLY] Toko is a gift store located in the DeWitt Mall. Drum specialists.
---- "BLF4" wins gift certificate to Toko Imports. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
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"Locally produced cable-access television is being threatened right now in Ithaca. AOL TimeWarner is ready under the terms of a new draft agreement with the City of Ithaca to have two Public Access channels become commercial channels. Under the terms of the new cable franchise agreement two channels serving the public need will be eliminated by AOL Time Warner. Channels 76 & 78 have served our community well for the last ten years. AOL Time Warner wants to make them commercial channels to increase profits.
---"The recent history is alarming. Last month there was what was announced as a 'public meeting' at a city Common Council meeting regarding the new cable franchise agreement. No copies of the agreement were available to the public. Nothing was said about this change of service. The 'hearing' did not conform to what is required by the Public Service Commission. The PSC has said that they will probably certify an agreement that is reached between AOL Time Warner & the city if PSC rules are followed.
---Another public hearing on this draft agreement: 1/15 at 7pm at Common Council." --Kenny Ritter See full text w/more info
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"I heard that you are publishing a nice e-mail based newsletter 'Ithaca Community News.' I would be very happy if I could subscribe it, too." --Toyoda Leiko
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"Just wanted to thank you for including ETC in the Dec. 1 edition. We truly appreciate your help in getting the word out on our alternative gift list. It makes a difference in our ability to raise the needed funds for our programs in Nepal!" --Colleen
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"I am the newsletter editor at Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op. I've just been apprised that Imagine Foods Inc. has been bought out by Hains. Yikes!!! Do you have any info on this? I am looking for something that I can print in our Co-op newsletter. We are not planning on pulling Rice Dream at present because our member shoppers make it one of our biggest selling rice/soy/almond milks. However, I think that education on the matter is something that the membership would greatly benefit from. New choices can be made from there." --Amber forest McHale
---[REPLY] Yes, Imagine Foods was just purchased by Hain-Celestial 12/02. Purchase of Hain food products directly profits companies like Philip Morris, ExxonMobil, Monsanto, Wal-Mart, etc. Details of these corporate linkages are at ithacanews.org/greenstarstock.html GreenStar has started an education working group to bring together such information so that members can make informed choices. No need to take anything from the shelf: there are hundreds of independent organic brands which can be made available.
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"Thanks a million for continuing to send me the Ithaca Community News. It keeps me in touch with my old community in such wonderful ways!" --Helen

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Host family needed for Ithaca High School Senior from Yugoslavia for spring semester beginning January 2003, ending June 2003. Rhoda Streifer 277-7351

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SCATTERED VOTES: 80 write-in votes were cast during the recent local election. 22 persons received 36 votes for State Senator (53rd Dist). Among them: Dan Lamb, John Karcz, Noam Chomsky, Bev Livesay, Ben Nichols, Anil Nerode, Linda Holzbaur, Susan Blumenthal, Kitty/Donald Dugan-Haas, & this editor.

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ANDI GLADSTONE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS FUND established by Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance (IBCA) to honor one of its founders & first executive director.
---"IBCA plans to use the fund to bring in well-known speakers to share their expertise on issues of importance to those affected by the breast cancer epidemic, both at IBCAs annual meeting celebration & at public lectures throughout the year.
---"For more than eight years under Andi Gladstone's direction, IBCA succeeded in providing breast cancer education & counseling, advocating for women and men recently diagnosed with breast cancer, promoting details about and choice among treatment options, & encouraging the implementation of legislation to protect the environment & ultimately the health of all area citizens.
---"Tax-deductible donations to the Andi Gladstone Distinguished Speakers Fund or to IBCA: IBCA, 100 W. Seneca St.,Ithaca 14850. Chris Sanchirico 277-0960 Helpline 277-9410

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON CAREGIVING (FALL 2002-SPRING 2003): "A coalition of local organizations, led by the Tompkins County Office for the Aging & the Health Planning Council, has been promoting a community conversation on the challenges facing those caring for frail elderly relatives & other adult family members with ongoing care needs. Join this effort:
"1. By holding a family discussion or educational program in your community group using discussion guides available from the Office for the Aging (Speakers are also available);
"2. Sharing your experience and views regarding some aspect of family caregiving in a letter to the editor of a local paper or newsletter;
"3. Offering your time once a week to do an errand, chore, or provide a bit of respite care to relieve a stressed caregiver you know. Project CARE at the Office for the Aging also matches up community volunteers w/ stressed caregivers who could use some help for a couple hours on a weekly basis." --David M. Stoyell 274-5492

ITHACA BIRTH GROUP 4-Week Seminar/ Discussion Series Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm 105 E. Marshall $25 voluntary lifetime membership - includes lending library - HOURS accepted. Gail Birnbaum.
1/15: Emotional and Physical Changes in Pregnancy ; 1/22: Nutrition and Exercise ; 1/29: Post Partum and Bonding ; 2/5: Parenting: Blues or Bliss

"BRIAN_JENNINGS" wins gift certificate to Cinemapolis/FCP. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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FENG SHUI: 1/12 Living with Intention. 1/26 Clear your Clutter: Love it, Use it or Lose it!" Workshop Tuition: $48 each. Ithaca HOURS Accepted. Mary K. Stewart, CPIA http:www.FengShuiIthaca.com FengShuiIthaca@aol.com

ACUPRESSURE LESSONS: Level1: 1/25 10am-5pm. Level 2: 2/8. Level 3: 2/22. Sliding scale $35-$70. $15 deposit: Cat Berry, 204 Utica St. Classes at 122 W. Court. 256-7070. HOURS 100%.

ITHACASLEEPCLUB@hotmail.com 275-0513

"JOAB0539" wins gift certificate to Ten Thousand Villages. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"JGL7" wins gift certificate to White Lotus Home. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"MELINDAJ3409" wins gift certificate to The Yoga Corner. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"SHURAGAT" wins gift certificate to The Bath Bar. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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ALTERNATIVES INSTALLS SIXTH ATM, at CTB Appetizers in Triphammer Mall. Other ATMs are located at Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Autumn Leaves Used Books (the only surcharge-free ATM in Tompkins County also takes deposits!, GreenStar, Collegetown Bagels (College Ave).

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UNITED WAY of TOMPKINS COUNTY SEEKS VISTAS (Volunteers in Service to America)
---"VISTAs will be placed at the Advocacy Center, (formally TC Task Force for Battered Women/ Sexual Abuse project) Finger Lakes Independence Center, Mental Health Association, Child Development & Day Care Council, Family and Children's Services, Catholic Charities, Offender Aid & Restoration, Human Services Coalition, & Center for Crime Victims & Sexual Assault. --Ann Gray or Amy Bonn 272-6286.

FAMILY READING PARTNERSHIP has provided 50,000 children's books to area homes. Tax-deductible donations sought for matching grant.

"SARJANLONG" wins gift certificate to Cafe Strand. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"ITHACASTA" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Fine Chocolates. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"DANCING" wins gift certificate to Acorn Designs. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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THANKS to Homer & Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable internet service.

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
December #2 2002

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

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 6,932 Ithaca area residents]

FIFTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Ithaca Fine Chocolates (4-pack),a href="http://www.gimmecoffee.com">Gimme! Coffee (1# coffee), Oasis Grocery ($5), ($6), Sparrow's Wines ($10), Ten Thousand Villages ($10), ABC Cafe ($10), Cafe Strand ($5), Acorn Designs ($7.50), Toko Imports ($5), The Bath Bar ($10) White Lotus Home ($10), The Yoga Corner (free class). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW. Winners reply sending their mailing address.

GINGERBREAD ITHACA at public library features fantasies & miniatures slathered w/gumdrops, mints & wafers riveted w/frosting, a quarter ton of sugar, colors not found in nature, constructed w/tasteful expertise or fingerpainterly abandon. Vote for your favorite.

"ACHILDE" wins gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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ENERGY SUPPLIER Co-opPLUS ENERGY COOPERATIVE of Central New York: "Our mission is to promote a sustainable energy future by uniting small energy consumers to more effectively obtain economical energy resources while promoting a strong community through energy conservation & environmental stewardship.
---"The Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative combines the purchasing power of many small energy consumers to produce a strong market presence. Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative:
---"claims the economic advantages in purchasing energy resources & related services that are normally only enjoyed by large industrial, commercial and governmental customers, and
---"accelerates the transition toward environmentally sustainable technologies of the energy industry, &
---"influences state and local governments to support the objectives of the cooperative, &
---"educates & assists its members to reduce their own energy needs as a means to achieve both personal & global environmental objectives, &
---"operates solely for the interests of its member-owners, not for the profit of others, &
---"promotes the principles of public accountability & the democratic process through the local control of energy choices.
---"The Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative is therefore a full energy service cooperative offering energy efficiency, electricity, fossil fuels & renewable energy services to residential, business & not-for-profit consumers."
---SIGN UP FORM Kenny Christianson (see his letter)
---See also: electrifying_choices.htm

ELECTRIC CARS IN ITHACA: Finger Lakes Energy Task Force is conducting a survey of owners of electric vehicles, or people who are considering acquiring an electric vehicle. The survey form
---The Finger Lakes Energy Task Force promotes sustainable energy practices in our region.
* Helping local schools to apply for grants to install photovoltaic systems.
* Planning a public informational forum on grid-intertied alternative energy systems.
* Designing a solar energy exhibit for the Sciencenter.
* Designing and constructing a demonstration solar water heating system.
* Lobbying for legislation that would promote renewable energy. crisbill@lightlink.com

QUIET/CLEAN CAYUGA: Tompkins County Water Resource Council (WRC) working draft of resolutions on two cycle engine safety, noise & pollution on lake. Get document: quietclean@yahoo.com

ITHACA STOCKING STUFFERS:
*Cayuga Basin Bioregion Map is beautiful watercolor of local plants, animals, waters surrounding the lake: $10 from GreenStar, Oasis, Bookery. HOURS accepted. Sandy Wold
* Ithaca Mushroom Calendar by Carl Whittaker XMAS GREETINGS TO YOU DRAWN BY THE EDITOR RECYCLED XMAS

"TLWINB07" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Bakery. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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ITHACA FOOD NEWS

RUTABAGA CURL at Ithaca Farmer's Market 12/21: register 9:30-10:55am. Opening Ceremonies 11am. Win prizes! Best of three rolls, rutabagas may be carved. NPR will broadcast this year's event. Rutabagas donated by Blue Heron Farm. Last market of season. http://www.ithacamarket.com
---ITHACA FARMERS MARKET WINS GREAT PUBLIC MARKET AWARD by Project for Public Spaces "For a smaller market that, although not necessarily well known nationally, has become a nucleus of social activity and revitalization in its community or neighborhood."

FEDCO SEED ORDER DEADLINE 1/15. group discount at least 20% off prices listed in catalogue. BZ Marranca 532-8813 Windy Ridge Gardens

LIBRARY COLLECTS FOOD FOR NEEDY: canned & other non-perishable foods for the Tompkins County Food Distribution Network until 12/23. Please bring to collection box by greeter's desk.
---TCFDN's 14 food pantries serve approximately 2,220 families monthly. Demand is up 10% this year, but government support for the food pantries has been reduced or is in jeopardy.

AIDSWORK COLLECTS FOOD FOR HIV RESIDENTS: at GreenStar, 2nd Saturdays 1-5pm.

HOW TO IDENTIFY GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FRUITS Labels w/ 4 digits indicate conventionally grown food. Labels w/ 5 digits starting with number 8 indicate food is genetically engineered. Labels w/ 5 digits starting with number 9 shows food is organic.

"DANAROSSI" wins gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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TOMPKINS COUNTY LIVING WAGE COALITION'S FIRST PAID STAFF ORGANIZERS Carl Feuer & Pete Meyers. Steering Committee mtg 1/7 at 6:15pm 110 N. Geneva St. Living Wage Coalition office (110 N. Geneva) seeks used computer, printer, fax, copier, telephone, answering machine. 277-5670

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CASEY STEVENS SHOWS HIS POWER: Ithaca talk show host (WHCU) reacts to press release for "A History of the Cohen Administration" from Joe Wetmore by refusing to publicize the book:
--Says Casey: "Any truth to the rumor that after November 30th, you're going to be selling slightly used copies to the unsuspecting public at four times the original price???"
---Wetmore replies: "November 30 has come & gone & I'm still selling them at $2 each. You're welcome to come down & get a copy, I won't even charge you for it."
---Casey replies: "Don't worry about the "no charge"...no publicity, either. How's THAT for control??!!"
--According to Wetmore, the book is in its fifth printing. It is nonfiction #1 bestseller at Bookery 2.

LAVINIA ADLER PRAISES ITHACA: visitor from Binghamton says, "Ithacans are such individuals. They have such vitality. I love being surrounded by intelligence & Ithaca has plenty of it."

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BURNS SISTERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12/21 at Autumn Leaves Used Books 8pm. Adults $10, kids $5. Max 1/4 HOUR accepted.

GREG BROWN CONCERT two-time Grammy nominated contemporary folk artist, Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School 1/17 "one of the best singer-songwriters in America" 8:00pm. Tickets $20.00 advance; $23.00 at door if available. 1/2 Ithaca HOUR accepted. Tickets: Clinton House, GreenStar, 273-4497 or 1-800-28-ITHACA. Outtasightprod@aol.com

LABOR FOLK DUO 12/20 at Autumn Leaves 6:30pm & 7:30pm: two generations of union musicians

DANCE CLASSES: Jump Swing, Waltz, Merengue. HOURS accepted.

ART LESSONS w/ Elisabeth Gross-Marks. Daily/weekly classes 277-2419

Adee Good paintings show/sale at Alternatives Federal Credit Union through December. HOURS accepted.

"WHATIS7X6" wins gift certificate to Sparrow's Fine Wines. Reply w/address by 1/1/03. Holiday Wine Tastings at Sparrow's Fine Wines 12/19, 5:30-7:30pm

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

ITHAKIDS/IRAQKIDS: Local educators seek "to put a face on the people in Iraq-- to develop friendships & connections between people there & here. In Pre-K everything we do has to be really simple -- the kids could just draw pictures & send them to each other." --Varya Every ten minutes an Iraqi child dies from effects of sanctions, according to the U.N.

STOP WAR ON IRAQ DEMONSTRATION AT PYRAMID MALL 12/21. "During this time of holiday consumer frenzy & disconnection from the true spirit of this season, help us draw attention to the impending war and call out for PEACE as the only answer! A solemn, silent walk. Gather 11:30am in YMCA parking lot, walk to Pyramid Mall at noon.
---wear black clothes, walk in a solemn silent manner. Signs & leaflets provided. Bring your own sign, but please keep it small (11 x 17); please do not bring big banners or posters to Mall walk; we are hoping for a simple & accessible message by our presence!" 277-8962 or 277-6932

STUDENTS FOR A JUST PEACE: Wednesdays 7pm, Friends 203, Ithaca College. Sheila Reaker 274-3374

ITHACA SHARKS LISTSERVE anti-war organizing

"WEEK AGAINST WAR" organizing 2/10-14 on NYS college campuses. Anke Wessels 255-5027

AMY GOODMAN SPOKE TO PACKED I.C. AUDITORIUM 12/13: Democracy Now radio host says, "I believe that most people are against war. We are the 'Silenced Majority.' It is so important now to challenge the mainstream media. There is hope no matter how much the administration tries to cut back free access to information. We need to support independent community media. I believe that we can win."

ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS REQUESTS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS: Just $10 from half our readers would provide enough to hire reporters for: regular coverage of grassroots stories, publish special reports, quarterly newsprint edition, food price comparisons, etc. Checks "Center for Environmental Sustainability (memo: ICN) to: ICN, Box 365, Ithaca 14851. Thanks!

ITHACA INDYMEDIA meets Mondays 5-7pm at Autumn Leaves Used Books. Volunteers needed for working groups: Print editions, Tech, Radio.

ITHACA COMMUNITY RADIO via WEOS 88.1 FM locally: 273-0532

MORE INDEPENDENT INFORMATION: www.iraqpeaceteam.org & www.endthewar.org & www.endiraqsanctions.org & www.peacepledge.org & zmag.org & www.commondreams.org


---BILL OF RIGHTS DEFENSE COMMITTEES forming everywhere: "Tips & Tools for Organizing Resolutions in Defense of Bill of Rights, "Community Outreach and Fundraising"
---NATIONAL COALITION to REPEAL the USA PATRIOT ACT.

CIVIC TABLING (by small nonprofits lacking required $1 million insurance) inside Carousel Mall, 12/15, & 12/25. Syracuse Peace Council will hand out literature, including anti-Iraq War flyers.
---Malls in New Jersey were opened (2000) for info-tabling, as a result of a lawsuit.

VOTERS MAY CONTINUE TO ENROLL AS GREENS The Green Party won a Temporary Restraining Order against the New York State Board of Elections. The Board was barred from deleting any voters as Greens until at least the next hearing in the federal District Court in Brooklyn 1/16. Voters can also continue to enroll in the Green Party.

"MUNDOCOMUN" wins gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* December 13, 1973: CHRISTMAS CAROLS BANNED from public schools by School Board, despite petition by 738 residents asserting freedom to sing "any religious songs" in the schools.
* December 14, 1891: FIREMAN'S FAIR at Clinton Hall features banjo juggling, harmonica & xylophone, duets, fancy club swinging, & a sewing machine prize for the most popular young lady.
* December 15, 1946: WEATHER BALLOON under a red parachute swings to earth from distant space, lands in 1100 block of N. Cayuga St.
* December 16, 1615: FIRST WHITE MAN to see Cayuga Lake is Etienne Brule, 22-yr-old French explorer, arriving at South Hill with Huron war party.
* December 17, 1910: Ithaca COLDEST SPOT IN NATION, says Weather Bureau, one degree below zero.
* December 18, 1891: A young drunk goes to the police station & asks to be jailed. He is offered ten days.
* December 19, 1878: Stranger comes to town, asks for ONE THOUSAND PIGEONS, offers $100 reward.

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YOUR LETTERS

"After your Ithaca Uproar announcement in Ithaca Community News, we received a $500 donation! That is enough to pay for the printing of about two editions. Thank you VERY much for adding it." --Marlo
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[re: Prof. Venables] "Contracts are sometimes not renewed. This is not the same as "getting the boot" or "forced retirement." Anyone working under a time-limited contract should be aware of this. Additionally, there is little reason to characterize Robert Venables as "radical" or "progressive." I am not aware of any involvement on his part in progressive efforts in the Cornell community. Simply appropriating the history & culture of a marginalized group for one's own career advancement is not a progressive effort. I see no reason to question the American Indian Program's decisions about faculty hiring." --Gwendolyn Dean
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"Buying locally brings money back to our community... I am in total agreement, but I am trying to find the good in bringing money back to our community as opposed to buying at Wal-Mart where the money apparantly heads out of Ithaca. What is so great about shopping locally? I am sorry to have to bother you with this trivial question, but I have totally lost my footing." --Emily Shumway
---[REPLY] Glad you've asked. When we retain more money locally we have more money with which to start/expand local businesses-- which create more jobs. We then also have more money with which to purchase goods/services from them. We meet more needs.
---Local businesses create unique stores which help define our local character. Local business owners donate more to local organizations. They care more about Ithaca. While not perfect, local businesses are also more susceptible to community demands about working conditions & environmental effects.
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"KSG1" wins gift certificate to Gimme! Coffee. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
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"The TCAction meeting [about energy suppliers] was very interesting & informative. We learned that the only competritive supplier still willing to serve residential custiomers is NYSEG Solutions. Because of this MEGA can no longer accept residential customers, so Co-opPlus Energy Cooperative is the only residential aggregator left. Both good and bad news at the same time.
---"At the Saturday meeting, Stu Stein himself told us that MEGA can no longer accept residential customers because the supplier w/ the best municipal deal for next year, Econnergy, is not willing to accept any more residential customers. Since MEGA is essentially a municipal aggregator, they weren't willing to find a different supplier with higher municipal costs in order to accomodate the residential market. By the way, Advantage Energy was MEGA's supplier for this year. Stu mentioned this on three separate occasions. I don't know what Barbara Blanchard was talking about. MEGA suppliers are year 1 -- NYSEG Solutions; year 2 -- Advantage Energy; year 3 (next year) -- Econnergy
---"By "Competitive supplier" I meant it in the sense of the NYSEG brochure. That's the term they use for all the other suppliers willing to serve an area besides themselves. Everyone else has pulled out besides NYSEG Solutions." --Kenny C.
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"Wow! At least with Gimme! Coffee you could pretend not to have a favoritism...but the way you are Joe's promoter is shameless. And anyone with an education or a shread of self respect realizes that Joe is just a windbag that is as self serving as you are. You promote self realization only if that realization coincides with your own beliefs, & can benifit you. Why not take a card table to Gimme! & sell the book there too? I mean...they buy your loyalty now...why not have your buddy Joe use your resources to branch out & stomp out independant thought process everywhere. Alan is no angel...but for f**ks sake...deal with it. What petty, petty fatcats of the hippy world, you & Mr. Whetmore are...& everyone who can think outside the Ithaca box knows it." --Brandy Cox
---[REPLY] I'm proud to promote Wetmore's book, as a rare civics lesson for a small city. This newsletter has explicit bias (favoritism) toward the environment, labor (I offered to meet you about your labor grievance), co-ops, local business, multiculturalism, nonviolence. And independent thinking: more media sources stimulate more debate. I'm a very lean fatcat, with one of Ithaca's smallest incomes.
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"Hi there! I noticed that "RH34" won a Harvest Deli gift certificate. I'm "RH4"-- does that count? It's close! It rhymes! I like Harvest Deli! It was worth a try." --Roxanne
---[REPLY] Close, but not exact enough for the prize, in the computer world. Chances are 1:461. Maybe next time!
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"I will be sending in my [donation to ICN] this weekend--thank you for keeping the masses aware of what is going on in our world & community." --Birdie
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"I would like to know what your deadlines & guidelines are for listing events in Ithaca Community News." --Suzanne
---[REPLY] Publication is irregular twice monthly, therefore early in the month is likelier to make it into the second half of month issue, while later in the month is liklier to make it into the first issue of the month.
---Events/goods/services for which fee is charged are included only if Ithaca HOURS are accepted as part price. Info should be sent as direct email rather than attached.
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"Your newsletter is a wonderful way of keeping in touch w/ things important to the community." --(anon)
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Hi-- I'm Kristen1311-- I won a certificate for Toko Imports. What is Toko Imports?"
---[REPLY] Toko is a gift store located in the DeWitt Mall. Drum specialists.
---- "BLF4" wins gift certificate to Toko Imports. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
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"Locally produced cable-access television is being threatened right now in Ithaca. AOL TimeWarner is ready under the terms of a new draft agreement with the City of Ithaca to have two Public Access channels become commercial channels. Under the terms of the new cable franchise agreement two channels serving the public need will be eliminated by AOL Time Warner. Channels 76 & 78 have served our community well for the last ten years. AOL Time Warner wants to make them commercial channels to increase profits.
---"The recent history is alarming. Last month there was what was announced as a 'public meeting' at a city Common Council meeting regarding the new cable franchise agreement. No copies of the agreement were available to the public. Nothing was said about this change of service. The 'hearing' did not conform to what is required by the Public Service Commission. The PSC has said that they will probably certify an agreement that is reached between AOL Time Warner & the city if PSC rules are followed.
---Another public hearing on this draft agreement: 1/15 at 7pm at Common Council." --Kenny Ritter See full text w/more info
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"I heard that you are publishing a nice e-mail based newsletter 'Ithaca Community News.' I would be very happy if I could subscribe it, too." --Toyoda Leiko
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"Just wanted to thank you for including ETC in the Dec. 1 edition. We truly appreciate your help in getting the word out on our alternative gift list. It makes a difference in our ability to raise the needed funds for our programs in Nepal!" --Colleen
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"I am the newsletter editor at Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op. I've just been apprised that Imagine Foods Inc. has been bought out by Hains. Yikes!!! Do you have any info on this? I am looking for something that I can print in our Co-op newsletter. We are not planning on pulling Rice Dream at present because our member shoppers make it one of our biggest selling rice/soy/almond milks. However, I think that education on the matter is something that the membership would greatly benefit from. New choices can be made from there." --Amber forest McHale
---[REPLY] Yes, Imagine Foods was just purchased by Hain-Celestial 12/02. Purchase of Hain food products directly profits companies like Philip Morris, ExxonMobil, Monsanto, Wal-Mart, etc. Details of these corporate linkages are at ithacanews.org/greenstarstock.html GreenStar has started an education working group to bring together such information so that members can make informed choices. No need to take anything from the shelf: there are hundreds of independent organic brands which can be made available.
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"Thanks a million for continuing to send me the Ithaca Community News. It keeps me in touch with my old community in such wonderful ways!" --Helen

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Host family needed for Ithaca High School Senior from Yugoslavia for spring semester beginning January 2003, ending June 2003. Rhoda Streifer 277-7351

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SCATTERED VOTES: 80 write-in votes were cast during the recent local election. 22 persons received 36 votes for State Senator (53rd Dist). Among them: Dan Lamb, John Karcz, Noam Chomsky, Bev Livesay, Ben Nichols, Anil Nerode, Linda Holzbaur, Susan Blumenthal, Kitty/Donald Dugan-Haas, & this editor.

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ANDI GLADSTONE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS FUND established by Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance (IBCA) to honor one of its founders & first executive director.
---"IBCA plans to use the fund to bring in well-known speakers to share their expertise on issues of importance to those affected by the breast cancer epidemic, both at IBCAs annual meeting celebration & at public lectures throughout the year.
---"For more than eight years under Andi Gladstone's direction, IBCA succeeded in providing breast cancer education & counseling, advocating for women and men recently diagnosed with breast cancer, promoting details about and choice among treatment options, & encouraging the implementation of legislation to protect the environment & ultimately the health of all area citizens.
---"Tax-deductible donations to the Andi Gladstone Distinguished Speakers Fund or to IBCA: IBCA, 100 W. Seneca St.,Ithaca 14850. Chris Sanchirico 277-0960 Helpline 277-9410

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON CAREGIVING (FALL 2002-SPRING 2003): "A coalition of local organizations, led by the Tompkins County Office for the Aging & the Health Planning Council, has been promoting a community conversation on the challenges facing those caring for frail elderly relatives & other adult family members with ongoing care needs. Join this effort:
"1. By holding a family discussion or educational program in your community group using discussion guides available from the Office for the Aging (Speakers are also available);
"2. Sharing your experience and views regarding some aspect of family caregiving in a letter to the editor of a local paper or newsletter;
"3. Offering your time once a week to do an errand, chore, or provide a bit of respite care to relieve a stressed caregiver you know. Project CARE at the Office for the Aging also matches up community volunteers w/ stressed caregivers who could use some help for a couple hours on a weekly basis." --David M. Stoyell 274-5492

ITHACA BIRTH GROUP 4-Week Seminar/ Discussion Series Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm 105 E. Marshall $25 voluntary lifetime membership - includes lending library - HOURS accepted. Gail Birnbaum.
1/15: Emotional and Physical Changes in Pregnancy ; 1/22: Nutrition and Exercise ; 1/29: Post Partum and Bonding ; 2/5: Parenting: Blues or Bliss

"BRIAN_JENNINGS" wins gift certificate to Cinemapolis/FCP. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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FENG SHUI: 1/12 Living with Intention. 1/26 Clear your Clutter: Love it, Use it or Lose it!" Workshop Tuition: $48 each. Ithaca HOURS Accepted. Mary K. Stewart, CPIA http:www.FengShuiIthaca.com FengShuiIthaca@aol.com

ACUPRESSURE LESSONS: Level1: 1/25 10am-5pm. Level 2: 2/8. Level 3: 2/22. Sliding scale $35-$70. $15 deposit: Cat Berry, 204 Utica St. Classes at 122 W. Court. 256-7070. HOURS 100%.

ITHACASLEEPCLUB@hotmail.com 275-0513

"JOAB0539" wins gift certificate to Ten Thousand Villages. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"JGL7" wins gift certificate to White Lotus Home. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"MELINDAJ3409" wins gift certificate to The Yoga Corner. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"SHURAGAT" wins gift certificate to The Bath Bar. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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ALTERNATIVES INSTALLS SIXTH ATM, at CTB Appetizers in Triphammer Mall. Other ATMs are located at Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Autumn Leaves Used Books (the only surcharge-free ATM in Tompkins County also takes deposits!, GreenStar, Collegetown Bagels (College Ave).

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UNITED WAY of TOMPKINS COUNTY SEEKS VISTAS (Volunteers in Service to America)
---"VISTAs will be placed at the Advocacy Center, (formally TC Task Force for Battered Women/ Sexual Abuse project) Finger Lakes Independence Center, Mental Health Association, Child Development & Day Care Council, Family and Children's Services, Catholic Charities, Offender Aid & Restoration, Human Services Coalition, & Center for Crime Victims & Sexual Assault. --Ann Gray or Amy Bonn 272-6286.

FAMILY READING PARTNERSHIP has provided 50,000 children's books to area homes. Tax-deductible donations sought for matching grant.

"SARJANLONG" wins gift certificate to Cafe Strand. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"ITHACASTA" wins gift certificate to Ithaca Fine Chocolates. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.
"DANCING" wins gift certificate to Acorn Designs. Reply w/mailing address by 1/1.

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THANKS to Homer & Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable internet service.

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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