ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
June #2 2003

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

[This is the SECOND OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,203 Ithaca area residents]

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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), Gimme! Coffee (1# coffee), Oasis Grocery ($5), ($6), Sparrow's Wines ($10), Ten Thousand Villages ($10), ABC Cafe ($10), Acorn Designs ($7.50), Toko Imports ($5), Dinosaur Drygoods ($10), White Lotus Home ($10), Surya Incense (pkg), The Yoga Corner (free class).
WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED AT ithacanews.org Winners reply sending their mailing address.

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McBOOKS PRESS owner Alex Skutt is proud to be "publisher of the largest number of books with pictures of burning ships on their covers." Beyond nautical novels, though, he publishes excellent Ithaca history. "Ithaca Then & Now" has been joined by "Cornell Then & Now" both of which compare local scenes decades ago and today. Ithaca HOURS accepted.

BROOKLYNITES-IN-ITHACA SLIDESHOW by Marty Luster.
---If you create webpages for your local news photos, we'll link.

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OVER 200 FREE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS at ithacanews.org/classifieds.html ---Need to sell or give away a useable item? Lost your dog or cat? Want to advertise your services or promote your webpage? Want to swap houses? Start a new business? Find a friend? Start a group?

SEARCH BACK ISSUES of ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS by keyword

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FEATURED EVENTS

6/21 & 22 "NAME YOUR OWN PRICE SALE" 9am-5pm by Student Re-Use Project, Old Taughannock Blvd. First two days 7/14 & 15 raised over $3,000. Benefit for Ithaca Radio Project. SRP needs new steering committee members for next year: hsusmann@twcny.rr.com

6/21 CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY OPEN HOUSE 11am-3pm. new facility features interactive exhibits. Bird walks, bird-feeding how-tos, book signings, face painting, bird call contests, door prizes, more. 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. 254 2473

6/21 JUNETEENTH "oldest known celebration of the legal emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States." This year's theme is Family Reunion. Southside Community Center in Ithaca neversley@ithaca.edu

6/21 CONTRA DANCE 7:30 -10:30pm "Dance to the Groovemongers one of the region's premier contra dance bands! This is the first event sponsored by Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca, Tompkins County's first member-run contra dance organization." Fall Creek School, Aurora Street at King: $5-$6, HOURS accepted. 273-0249.

SEE SPOT GALLERY MUSIC EVENTS (108 The Commons):
6/21: Cosmic Country Punk w/ Atomic Forces, 8pm, $5. HOURS accepted.
6/22: Magic Hiphop Unity: M.C. Carpet & DJ Dabster, 7pm
6/25: Volunteer meeting 5:30pm
6/26: Acoustic Mix: Michael Mazoehi, 8pm, $3
6/28: The Hydrogen Jukebox, 8pm, $5
7/1: Open Mic
7/4: Opening Reception, 5-8pm

MUSIC AT FARMER'S MARKET: 6/21 Traonach, Celtic; 6/22 Laurie Hart, acoustic old time. 273-7109

6/23 CONTRA/SQUARE DANCING on Ithaca Commons, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. No partner necessary, beginners welcome. Live music by "Your Friends and Neighbors," dance instruction by Ted Crane, Pamela Goddard. free 273-8678

6/24 BOUND FOR GLORY presents BROOKS WILLIAMS "one of the guitar gods. Jaws drop as he plays." Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, 8-11pm. free, 844-4535
---7/6 FLAPJACK. Old Time Canadian Bush Swing
---7/13 AKIRE BUBAR. Gorgeous voice & songs to match.

6/24 film: Ayurveda: The Art of Being "one of the world's most ancient forms of healing." 9:30 pmCornell Cinema. 1/10th HR accepted.

6/25 BLUEGRASS, GOSPEL, & CARTER STYLE OLD-TIME COUNTRY, Bill & Maggie Anderson, 7pm Montgomery Park, Dryden. Town of Dryden Recreation Department FREE Summer Concerts (Rain Location: Dryden MS/HS Auditorium)

6/28 PICTURE THIS, IMAGINE THAT, READ & MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK! kids K-6, public library 2:00-3:00pm

6/30 "PLEASE TAKE MY CHILDREN TO WORK DAY" holiday for At-Home Moms & Dads Elizabeth Bauchner, "Mothering Matters" columnist for Ithaca Journal (& stay-at-home mom) invites others to join her drinking coffee at Autumn Leaves Books Caf, 115 Commons, 10am-noon. 272-3643

HANGAR THEATRE: 1/2 HR accepted.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY SUMMER INDOOR CONCERT SERIES

http://www.ithacafilmfest.com/ticketing.html">IFEST Ithaca Film Festival Over 115 entries from all over the world. Tickets online, also at Fall Creek Pictures 1/4 HR accepted.

7/3 KATHERINE AELIAS BAND: Ithaca Commons, 6-8pm

7/4 STATE OF THE ART GALLERY RECEPTION 5-8pm, paintings & mobiles of BANDE by Oreste & Dorothea Kirsch, Maria Driscoll McMahon. 120 W State, Thurs 12-6pm, Fri 12-8pm, Sat/ Sun 12-5pm.

7/26 ITHACA FILM FESTIVAL (IFEST) at Fall Creek Pictures. 115 movies were screened. Those selected include works by ACS, IHS, IC & CU students/grads, other locals. Benjamin Cox 257 1715 BenjaminCox@ithacafilmfest.com

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ITHACA ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

RAFFLE FUNDRAISER FOR BUTTERMILK FALLS PARK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND. Prize is weekend pass to Grassroots Festival July 17 - 20. Tickets $1; 7 for $5. Drawing 7/10. Send name, phone, check to: POPAN, Box 805, Ithaca 14851 danbydan@hotmail.com

6/26 CLASS ON GROUNDCOVERS & tour of Groundcover Demonstration Planting. "What are groundcovers? How can they be used in your yard to reduce mowing and weeding chores? See some new/ unusual ground covers planted in the City of Ithaca. Class begins 6:30pm on 6th floor of Tompkins County Mental Health Bldg w/ slide presentation on selection, planting, maintenance. Register: Community Beautification Program at Cooperative Extension 272-2292.

REGIONAL GREEN PARTY GATHERING 6/28 at Earthwalk Farm (246 Bone Plain Rd, Dryden), "panel discussions & workshops including living off the grid, community-based economics, green party tax reform, running successful Green Party campaigns, petition training, the 2004 Presidential race, getting resolutions adopted, permaculture systems, & Green media outlets.
---"A program for green teens & kids features a workshop on building solar ovens, a nature walk, a demonstration of how to milk a goat, & speak-out on issues.
---At 6:30pm, dinner, discussion, music, song around the campfire. $5 contribution, HOURS accepted.

7/9 FINGER LAKES PERMACULTURE GROUP: 171 Calkins Road, 7:30pm "to talk about goals & refine tabling activity at Grassroots." Barbara fingerlakespermaculture-subscribe@topica.com

7/12 FUNDRAISER FOR WISDOM'S GOLDENROD TORII. Dance to Radio London, 8-11pm, 433 Bostwick Rd. Suggested donation $15 sliding scale. Checks toWisdom's Goldenrod Center Philosophic Studies, send to Laurie Damiani,108 W. Falls St. Ithaca. Reference "torii."

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

6/29 IMAGINING PEACE: A CUSLAR BENEFIT CONCERT Amy Glicklich, Colleen Kattau, Bridget Meigs! 7pm at Common Ground. Tickets $10-30 sliding scale, at CUSLAR, Alternatives Library, at door. HOURS accepted. cuslar@cornell.edu 255-7293

DEMOCRACY NOW on Channel 78 Monday - Friday 6 pm & 9pm.

7/5 PEACE POTLUCK by Perry City Friends (Quakers). Everyone welcome. Perry City Meeting House on Route 227. Dish to pass 5:30pm; discussion 7:00pm. 387-9046

U.S. PRIVATIZES IRAQI INDUSTRIES (BBC 6/9/03) "Dozens of Iraq's state-owned companies could be earmarked for privatisation within a year."

ITHACA FAIR TRADE COALITION lists local retailers selling Fair Trade items.

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NEW COLLEGETOWN BUSINESSES accepting Ithaca HOURS:
* Babakool: Glass & Gifts, 213 Dryden Road (next to Palms)
* Collegetown Candy & Nuts, 213 Dryden Rd 277-2852
---To enroll to accept HOURS (receive 2 HRS payment)

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* June 20, 1929: Forty-foot ketch Carlsark sails from the Inlet to the Erie Canal, then to the St. Lawrence River & across the Atlantic to ITHAKA, GREECE.
* June 21, 1887: MONSTER STRAWBERRY grown by Sam Swartout.
* June 22, 1905: After heavy rainstorm entire city is thrown into wild stampeding PANIC when rumore spreads that the new 30' dam in Six Mile Creek burst. "The water is coming! Run for your lives!"
* June 23, 1886: A specimen of wheat, the straw of which 5' 4", picked on farm of F.H. Tarbell. 78% of the land area of Tompkins County was then in active farms.
* June 24, 1672: Father Carbeil, a missionary among the Cayugas, writes a letter describing the BEAUTY of this area, of the great quantities of fish in the lake & of the immense clouds of ducks, geese & swan.

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YOUR LETTERS

"I have a weird request for you. I wonder if you could help me figure out a formula for adding unpaid caregiving to the GDP. I'm not quite sure how the GDP even works, but I know that at this point in time only paid work counts. Currently, about 2/3 of the wealth in the economy is produced by human capital, so obviously caregiving is important in a real economic sense.
---"I'm just starting to think about this, but if you would be willing to help me learn more about how the economy works I would be very grateful." --Elizabeth B.
---[REPLY] Check out the Mothers & More campaign, which has done this:
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"Please add me to the list. I will be starting as an internal medicine physician (hospital only) at Cayuga Medical Center this coming August. My wife & I are moving here from Minnesota. She'll work at Cornell doing a post-doc in tropical agriculture. We were excited to find such a great resource as your newsletter." --Jonathan Kirsch
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"Regarding the letter about SARS and goods shipped from China, I doubt SARS is the problem with those goods. However, because the Asian longhorned beetle poses a threat to US forests, container ships from China & Hong Kong at West Coast ports are fumigated with methyl bromide, which destroys the ozone layer & was supposed to have been banned a few years ago. Another problem with importing goods by ship, regardless of whether its from China, France or Brazil, is that freighters burn dirty oil that you couldn't legally burn in a motor vehicle, which is one reason port cities have such bad air." --Eric Spiegler, Interlaken, NY
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"Just about the only negative aspect of your running for President that I can see is that you will have less time to devote to all of your local projects. It really is a great opportunity to get some meaningful discussion underway. Good luck." --Marty Luster
---[REPLY] Thanks, encouragement from a many-seasoned politician is valued. The aim of this candidacy is indeed merely to raise some issues during the next few months. And my campaign budget is too small to allow me to leave Ithaca.
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"I'd like to let you know that there is at least one lone soul out here in the voting wilderness that waits with hopeful anticipation for a confirmation of your bid for Green Party candidate in the 2004 Presidential elections." --Cynthia Rose
---[REPLY] There are now several souls favoring this. Websites for current progressive candidates:
* Howard Dean
* Paul Glover
* Dennis Kucinich
* Cynthia McKinney
* Carol Moseley Braun
* Ralph Nader
* Al Sharpton
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"As a little bit of follow-up to the news a while ago of far-right Free Republic's anti-Ithaca site, I made an account on their forum (after reading their statement which says that they respect free speech). They have a rule against posting racist items, yet one poster wrote that American dead are far more "valuable" than Iraqi dead. I gave a very reasoned response, saying that this was an awful argument to make even in simply trying to promote the conservative cause; it makes them look like hypocrites insulting the Iraqi people while saying that they were working in the interest of the Iraqi people. Anyway, they deleted my posts & my posting account right away, instead of giving any reasoned response." --Ben Regenspan
---[REPLY] Good try. They're devoted to bashing free expression, in the name of Americanism.
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" A friend sent me a copy of ICN! Great stuff. Can I get on your mailing list? In peace." --Stephanie
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"As you may know, TCAT is raising bus fares effective 8/21/ 03. They are now wishing to cut bus routes starting July. We can't have this. I myself don't make enough money to own a car, much less support one & pay the basic necessities of life.
---"Many countless others are just like me or can't drive because of age etc. No one I know including myself can afford a cab, so, if they take our buses away that we so desperately need, how will we be independent & take care of ourselves without relying on others to get us where we need to go all the time?
---"Whether you ride a bus, know people who do, or don't care either way cause it doesn't effect you, think again. Taxes will be raised to accommodate those of us who will have to rely on DSS & other agencies to pay for cabs, Gadabout, etc. to get us to places that used to be on routes that will be canceled.
---"Contact Dwight Mengel at TCAT to express how you feel." --Sunshine Bannister
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"Please change my address to the Ithaca Community E-Newsletter so that I can keep up to date while away at school :)" --Anne-Marie
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"Hi, thanks for keeping news about the Cayuga Lake Group [seeking jetski controls] active in your newsletter. A lot of people choose not to join the group by going through Yahoo since they are concerned about spam. A way for them to join up for group emails without having to get a yahoo ID & password is for them to email quietclean@yahoo.com & ask to be added. People can also email to request a petition to regulate the speed of jetskis close to shore. So far 500+ people have signed this petition." --Quietclean
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"Your [Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange] is a great idea! Some of these ideas are things we've been kicking around here in Schuyler County; we have a sustainability discussion group here & your sustainability index is exactly the kind of metric we've been discussing. We're currently looking into opportunities for a local farm & craft market, something flexible enough to welcome occassional vendors and craftspeople, but with enough continuity to provide a consistently abundant local shopping opportunity. Keep thinking & producing these great ideas!" --Jylle Benson-Gauss
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"I would like to suggest a local consumer boycott of Hollywood Video in Ithaca. I have rented two videos from the Hollywood store on Route 13 recently (Y Tu Mama Tambien & Sex and Lucia) only to be informed by the clerks there that they have been censored to remove content deemed objectionable by Hollywood Video's upper level management. In a town such as ours, where First Amendment Rights are so highly valued, it would seem a matter of course that such corporate censorship would be unacceptable to a majority of Ithacans. Additionally, it seems more than a little hypocritical for Hollywood to censor movies over sexual content while eagerly renting out uncensored films about cannibals who hack women up & eat them. It's a shame that we've lost our local independent video stores & are being left with these corporate entities who will tell us what we can & cannot see." --Glen Robertson glynr27@earthlink.net
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"I'm building a web site that chronicles the reasons to dump Bush in 2004. If you think your readers might be interested, they can find it at thousandreasons.org --Phil Tate, Freeville
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"May I suggest a foreign policy platform [for your Presidency]? If elected you should push to invade one small country every month. Start with Andorra because its porous borders could be breached by terrorists. Then Monaco because they have so much money somebody there must be funding terrorism. Next San Marino because it is on top of a hill in Italy which could provide a good view for terrorists. Other candidates: Sao Tome and Principe (near oil fields), Aruba (reasonably close to Cuba) & Tuvalu (might as well)." --David W.
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"Just wondering if you might add my brother to your list. Thanks! you kick ass!" --Emily
---[REPLY] Ithaca kicks ass. Ithaca Community News merely follows 'behind.'
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"Check out the beautiful, experimental design, triangular Japanese teahouse on the south side of the Johnson Museum. Over 2000 hours of labor went into the teahouse, including the collection of plant materials from which all the walls were woven, the construction of the cedar deck, & the design of the entry path. Made of natural materials & open to the weather, the structure may eventually degrade, but is in its glory right now!" --Karen Edelstein
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"I am glad that [Hanan Zaman] has enjoyed the use of Pegasys studios; it is important that members of our community have access to the media in order to counter the increasing centralization of media control. With the passage of the 1996 federal Telecommunications Act, & now with the latest FCC ruling, our access to the media is increasingly limited. The writer is correct in pointing out that under the new franchise agreement, some changes will take place. Unfortunately, there are some inaccuracies in the letter that I would like to correct.
---"First, there is no vote on July 7th. Common Council already voted to approve the franchise agreement w/ Time Warner Cable, & there will be no more votes on this matter by the City. The only thing that needs to happen is for the NYS Public Service Commission to approve the franchise agreement. I do not know when this is scheduled to take place, but perhaps that is the July 7th date that the writer mentions.
---"Second, the studios will still be available, but residents who live in municipalities that contribute to the operation of the studio will be given priority & will be allowed to use the studio free of charge. Residents of other municipalities will likely have to pay to use the studio. Anyone will still be able to bring a tape to Pegasys and have it aired on Channel 13 for no charge.
---"Each of the 3 contributing municipalities are paying 0.5% of the franchise fee that they earn from Time Warner, money that up to now they did not have to pay. Please urge your elected officials at the Town & Village level to make an equal contribution. The more municipalities that contribute, the higher the level of service & the longer Pegasys studios will be open each day.
---"Finally, I ask residents of the City of Ithaca who would be interested in serving on the Access Oversight Committee (AOC) to please contact me. The AOC will be responsible for setting the rules governing the use of Pegasys Studio, such as hours of operation, & cost to use the studio. It will include members from each of the participating municipalities." --Dan Cogan, Common Council, Ward 5 dancogan@lightlink.com

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VITAL COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX by Tompkins County Planning Department "provides easy-to-understand descriptions of over 150 planning tools ranging from tips on creating bicycle-friendly transportation systems to explanations of how zoning can be used to address community goals."

VOICE YOUR VIEWS ON THE PALESTINIANS & ISRAEL in a new locally-taped documentary which will "explore how we base our opinions on the information we receive through the media. A diverse assortment of alternative views especially welcomed. Challenge the mainstream media." One hour of your time in mid-July: crs@meetnet.org

The LUMINARY NEWS: Samples of recent shows: Ithaca's first ever PRIDE parade. A resident of Cliff St. talks about proposed development there. Beau Saul talks about his mayoral candidacy. Channel 13: Mon 10pm & Fri 5pm. Channel 78: Tues 7pm 277-6300 theluminarynews@yahoo.com

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STONE CIRCLE SCHOOL: "Waldorf-inspired education for grades 1-5. Nourishes students and teachers in their love of learning in a very special way. Activities encompass handwork, musicianship & hearing, drafting & coloring, mythology & moral affirmation, nature stewardship, dancing & athletics, poetry & recitation." Parent-run school w/ two classes of full-time students & a number of home-schooling affiliates. On the grounds of the Foundation of Light. Info: 273-5184.
---For 3- to 6-year-olds: The Morning Garden, kindergarten of The Ithaca Waldorf Initiative, 272-2221.

Roger Christian Dance Instructor: Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Modern:

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6/24 HEALTH PRACTITIONER COLLABORATION MEETING for networking. TCPL, 7:00pm. "Bring your brochures to share with others." Discuss 2004 Healing Arts Fair at Ithaca Festival. Refreshments

6/27-29 MEDICAL QI GONG WORKSHOP, Raihana Zaman, R.N. Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd. Workshop Fee: $70 (HOURS accepted). Advance deposit for instructional materials: $25. "Jichu Gong helps to relieve stiff joints, to increase blood circulation & to stimulate energy flow within the body." Register: 272-0569 or 273-9550.

7/1 ITHACA HEALTH FUND monthly meeting 7pm. All interested in nonprofit co-op health financing welcome. City Hall, 3rd floor behind council chambers.

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Thanks to LIGHTLINK for reliable internet services:

HOMER SMITH'S WAR ON SPAM:
---"The present [Lightlink] spam trap depends on Subject lines: it does a 'fuzzy' match between the subject lines of incoming mail & a database of known spam subject lines. If there is a match, it marks the mail as spam.
---"The spammers however are getting wise to this & are sending nonsense subject lines, which the system can not tell are nonsense, but since every spam has a different line, none match the database, & so it gets through anyhow. Within a a few months the present spam trap system will be totally useless.
---"The present system also generates too many false positives, as the spammers know exactly how to form a readable subject line that looks like that order you just received!
---"We are moving towards a much more complex anti spam system based on products like Spam Assassin & mathematical algorithms that match word patterns through out the e-mail. Basic problem with all of these is they are VERY SLOW & CPU intensive, although their hit rate is supposed to be very good & false positives very low.
---"Even before we implement them though, the spammers are already sending spam w/ random garbage in the body of the e-mail to stump the scanning process. I mean someone would really have to WANT a bigger you know what to read through the scramble just to get to the details!"

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
June #2 2003

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

[This is the SECOND OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,203 Ithaca area residents]

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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), Gimme! Coffee (1# coffee), Oasis Grocery ($5), ($6), Sparrow's Wines ($10), Ten Thousand Villages ($10), ABC Cafe ($10), Acorn Designs ($7.50), Toko Imports ($5), Dinosaur Drygoods ($10), White Lotus Home ($10), Surya Incense (pkg), The Yoga Corner (free class).
WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED AT ithacanews.org Winners reply sending their mailing address.

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McBOOKS PRESS owner Alex Skutt is proud to be "publisher of the largest number of books with pictures of burning ships on their covers." Beyond nautical novels, though, he publishes excellent Ithaca history. "Ithaca Then & Now" has been joined by "Cornell Then & Now" both of which compare local scenes decades ago and today. Ithaca HOURS accepted.

BROOKLYNITES-IN-ITHACA SLIDESHOW by Marty Luster.
---If you create webpages for your local news photos, we'll link.

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OVER 200 FREE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS at ithacanews.org/classifieds.html ---Need to sell or give away a useable item? Lost your dog or cat? Want to advertise your services or promote your webpage? Want to swap houses? Start a new business? Find a friend? Start a group?

SEARCH BACK ISSUES of ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS by keyword

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FEATURED EVENTS

6/21 & 22 "NAME YOUR OWN PRICE SALE" 9am-5pm by Student Re-Use Project, Old Taughannock Blvd. First two days 7/14 & 15 raised over $3,000. Benefit for Ithaca Radio Project. SRP needs new steering committee members for next year: hsusmann@twcny.rr.com

6/21 CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY OPEN HOUSE 11am-3pm. new facility features interactive exhibits. Bird walks, bird-feeding how-tos, book signings, face painting, bird call contests, door prizes, more. 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd. 254 2473

6/21 JUNETEENTH "oldest known celebration of the legal emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States." This year's theme is Family Reunion. Southside Community Center in Ithaca neversley@ithaca.edu

6/21 CONTRA DANCE 7:30 -10:30pm "Dance to the Groovemongers one of the region's premier contra dance bands! This is the first event sponsored by Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca, Tompkins County's first member-run contra dance organization." Fall Creek School, Aurora Street at King: $5-$6, HOURS accepted. 273-0249.

SEE SPOT GALLERY MUSIC EVENTS (108 The Commons):
6/21: Cosmic Country Punk w/ Atomic Forces, 8pm, $5. HOURS accepted.
6/22: Magic Hiphop Unity: M.C. Carpet & DJ Dabster, 7pm
6/25: Volunteer meeting 5:30pm
6/26: Acoustic Mix: Michael Mazoehi, 8pm, $3
6/28: The Hydrogen Jukebox, 8pm, $5
7/1: Open Mic
7/4: Opening Reception, 5-8pm

MUSIC AT FARMER'S MARKET: 6/21 Traonach, Celtic; 6/22 Laurie Hart, acoustic old time. 273-7109

6/23 CONTRA/SQUARE DANCING on Ithaca Commons, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. No partner necessary, beginners welcome. Live music by "Your Friends and Neighbors," dance instruction by Ted Crane, Pamela Goddard. free 273-8678

6/24 BOUND FOR GLORY presents BROOKS WILLIAMS "one of the guitar gods. Jaws drop as he plays." Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, 8-11pm. free, 844-4535
---7/6 FLAPJACK. Old Time Canadian Bush Swing
---7/13 AKIRE BUBAR. Gorgeous voice & songs to match.

6/24 film: Ayurveda: The Art of Being "one of the world's most ancient forms of healing." 9:30 pmCornell Cinema. 1/10th HR accepted.

6/25 BLUEGRASS, GOSPEL, & CARTER STYLE OLD-TIME COUNTRY, Bill & Maggie Anderson, 7pm Montgomery Park, Dryden. Town of Dryden Recreation Department FREE Summer Concerts (Rain Location: Dryden MS/HS Auditorium)

6/28 PICTURE THIS, IMAGINE THAT, READ & MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK! kids K-6, public library 2:00-3:00pm

6/30 "PLEASE TAKE MY CHILDREN TO WORK DAY" holiday for At-Home Moms & Dads Elizabeth Bauchner, "Mothering Matters" columnist for Ithaca Journal (& stay-at-home mom) invites others to join her drinking coffee at Autumn Leaves Books Caf, 115 Commons, 10am-noon. 272-3643

HANGAR THEATRE: 1/2 HR accepted.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY SUMMER INDOOR CONCERT SERIES

http://www.ithacafilmfest.com/ticketing.html">IFEST Ithaca Film Festival Over 115 entries from all over the world. Tickets online, also at Fall Creek Pictures 1/4 HR accepted.

7/3 KATHERINE AELIAS BAND: Ithaca Commons, 6-8pm

7/4 STATE OF THE ART GALLERY RECEPTION 5-8pm, paintings & mobiles of BANDE by Oreste & Dorothea Kirsch, Maria Driscoll McMahon. 120 W State, Thurs 12-6pm, Fri 12-8pm, Sat/ Sun 12-5pm.

7/26 ITHACA FILM FESTIVAL (IFEST) at Fall Creek Pictures. 115 movies were screened. Those selected include works by ACS, IHS, IC & CU students/grads, other locals. Benjamin Cox 257 1715 BenjaminCox@ithacafilmfest.com

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ITHACA ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

RAFFLE FUNDRAISER FOR BUTTERMILK FALLS PARK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND. Prize is weekend pass to Grassroots Festival July 17 - 20. Tickets $1; 7 for $5. Drawing 7/10. Send name, phone, check to: POPAN, Box 805, Ithaca 14851 danbydan@hotmail.com

6/26 CLASS ON GROUNDCOVERS & tour of Groundcover Demonstration Planting. "What are groundcovers? How can they be used in your yard to reduce mowing and weeding chores? See some new/ unusual ground covers planted in the City of Ithaca. Class begins 6:30pm on 6th floor of Tompkins County Mental Health Bldg w/ slide presentation on selection, planting, maintenance. Register: Community Beautification Program at Cooperative Extension 272-2292.

REGIONAL GREEN PARTY GATHERING 6/28 at Earthwalk Farm (246 Bone Plain Rd, Dryden), "panel discussions & workshops including living off the grid, community-based economics, green party tax reform, running successful Green Party campaigns, petition training, the 2004 Presidential race, getting resolutions adopted, permaculture systems, & Green media outlets.
---"A program for green teens & kids features a workshop on building solar ovens, a nature walk, a demonstration of how to milk a goat, & speak-out on issues.
---At 6:30pm, dinner, discussion, music, song around the campfire. $5 contribution, HOURS accepted.

7/9 FINGER LAKES PERMACULTURE GROUP: 171 Calkins Road, 7:30pm "to talk about goals & refine tabling activity at Grassroots." Barbara fingerlakespermaculture-subscribe@topica.com

7/12 FUNDRAISER FOR WISDOM'S GOLDENROD TORII. Dance to Radio London, 8-11pm, 433 Bostwick Rd. Suggested donation $15 sliding scale. Checks toWisdom's Goldenrod Center Philosophic Studies, send to Laurie Damiani,108 W. Falls St. Ithaca. Reference "torii."

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

6/29 IMAGINING PEACE: A CUSLAR BENEFIT CONCERT Amy Glicklich, Colleen Kattau, Bridget Meigs! 7pm at Common Ground. Tickets $10-30 sliding scale, at CUSLAR, Alternatives Library, at door. HOURS accepted. cuslar@cornell.edu 255-7293

DEMOCRACY NOW on Channel 78 Monday - Friday 6 pm & 9pm.

7/5 PEACE POTLUCK by Perry City Friends (Quakers). Everyone welcome. Perry City Meeting House on Route 227. Dish to pass 5:30pm; discussion 7:00pm. 387-9046

U.S. PRIVATIZES IRAQI INDUSTRIES (BBC 6/9/03) "Dozens of Iraq's state-owned companies could be earmarked for privatisation within a year."

ITHACA FAIR TRADE COALITION lists local retailers selling Fair Trade items.

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NEW COLLEGETOWN BUSINESSES accepting Ithaca HOURS:
* Babakool: Glass & Gifts, 213 Dryden Road (next to Palms)
* Collegetown Candy & Nuts, 213 Dryden Rd 277-2852
---To enroll to accept HOURS (receive 2 HRS payment)

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* June 20, 1929: Forty-foot ketch Carlsark sails from the Inlet to the Erie Canal, then to the St. Lawrence River & across the Atlantic to ITHAKA, GREECE.
* June 21, 1887: MONSTER STRAWBERRY grown by Sam Swartout.
* June 22, 1905: After heavy rainstorm entire city is thrown into wild stampeding PANIC when rumore spreads that the new 30' dam in Six Mile Creek burst. "The water is coming! Run for your lives!"
* June 23, 1886: A specimen of wheat, the straw of which 5' 4", picked on farm of F.H. Tarbell. 78% of the land area of Tompkins County was then in active farms.
* June 24, 1672: Father Carbeil, a missionary among the Cayugas, writes a letter describing the BEAUTY of this area, of the great quantities of fish in the lake & of the immense clouds of ducks, geese & swan.

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YOUR LETTERS

"I have a weird request for you. I wonder if you could help me figure out a formula for adding unpaid caregiving to the GDP. I'm not quite sure how the GDP even works, but I know that at this point in time only paid work counts. Currently, about 2/3 of the wealth in the economy is produced by human capital, so obviously caregiving is important in a real economic sense.
---"I'm just starting to think about this, but if you would be willing to help me learn more about how the economy works I would be very grateful." --Elizabeth B.
---[REPLY] Check out the Mothers & More campaign, which has done this:
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"Please add me to the list. I will be starting as an internal medicine physician (hospital only) at Cayuga Medical Center this coming August. My wife & I are moving here from Minnesota. She'll work at Cornell doing a post-doc in tropical agriculture. We were excited to find such a great resource as your newsletter." --Jonathan Kirsch
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"Regarding the letter about SARS and goods shipped from China, I doubt SARS is the problem with those goods. However, because the Asian longhorned beetle poses a threat to US forests, container ships from China & Hong Kong at West Coast ports are fumigated with methyl bromide, which destroys the ozone layer & was supposed to have been banned a few years ago. Another problem with importing goods by ship, regardless of whether its from China, France or Brazil, is that freighters burn dirty oil that you couldn't legally burn in a motor vehicle, which is one reason port cities have such bad air." --Eric Spiegler, Interlaken, NY
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"Just about the only negative aspect of your running for President that I can see is that you will have less time to devote to all of your local projects. It really is a great opportunity to get some meaningful discussion underway. Good luck." --Marty Luster
---[REPLY] Thanks, encouragement from a many-seasoned politician is valued. The aim of this candidacy is indeed merely to raise some issues during the next few months. And my campaign budget is too small to allow me to leave Ithaca.
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"I'd like to let you know that there is at least one lone soul out here in the voting wilderness that waits with hopeful anticipation for a confirmation of your bid for Green Party candidate in the 2004 Presidential elections." --Cynthia Rose
---[REPLY] There are now several souls favoring this. Websites for current progressive candidates:
* Howard Dean
* Paul Glover
* Dennis Kucinich
* Cynthia McKinney
* Carol Moseley Braun
* Ralph Nader
* Al Sharpton
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"As a little bit of follow-up to the news a while ago of far-right Free Republic's anti-Ithaca site, I made an account on their forum (after reading their statement which says that they respect free speech). They have a rule against posting racist items, yet one poster wrote that American dead are far more "valuable" than Iraqi dead. I gave a very reasoned response, saying that this was an awful argument to make even in simply trying to promote the conservative cause; it makes them look like hypocrites insulting the Iraqi people while saying that they were working in the interest of the Iraqi people. Anyway, they deleted my posts & my posting account right away, instead of giving any reasoned response." --Ben Regenspan
---[REPLY] Good try. They're devoted to bashing free expression, in the name of Americanism.
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" A friend sent me a copy of ICN! Great stuff. Can I get on your mailing list? In peace." --Stephanie
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"As you may know, TCAT is raising bus fares effective 8/21/ 03. They are now wishing to cut bus routes starting July. We can't have this. I myself don't make enough money to own a car, much less support one & pay the basic necessities of life.
---"Many countless others are just like me or can't drive because of age etc. No one I know including myself can afford a cab, so, if they take our buses away that we so desperately need, how will we be independent & take care of ourselves without relying on others to get us where we need to go all the time?
---"Whether you ride a bus, know people who do, or don't care either way cause it doesn't effect you, think again. Taxes will be raised to accommodate those of us who will have to rely on DSS & other agencies to pay for cabs, Gadabout, etc. to get us to places that used to be on routes that will be canceled.
---"Contact Dwight Mengel at TCAT to express how you feel." --Sunshine Bannister
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"Please change my address to the Ithaca Community E-Newsletter so that I can keep up to date while away at school :)" --Anne-Marie
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"Hi, thanks for keeping news about the Cayuga Lake Group [seeking jetski controls] active in your newsletter. A lot of people choose not to join the group by going through Yahoo since they are concerned about spam. A way for them to join up for group emails without having to get a yahoo ID & password is for them to email quietclean@yahoo.com & ask to be added. People can also email to request a petition to regulate the speed of jetskis close to shore. So far 500+ people have signed this petition." --Quietclean
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"Your [Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange] is a great idea! Some of these ideas are things we've been kicking around here in Schuyler County; we have a sustainability discussion group here & your sustainability index is exactly the kind of metric we've been discussing. We're currently looking into opportunities for a local farm & craft market, something flexible enough to welcome occassional vendors and craftspeople, but with enough continuity to provide a consistently abundant local shopping opportunity. Keep thinking & producing these great ideas!" --Jylle Benson-Gauss
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"I would like to suggest a local consumer boycott of Hollywood Video in Ithaca. I have rented two videos from the Hollywood store on Route 13 recently (Y Tu Mama Tambien & Sex and Lucia) only to be informed by the clerks there that they have been censored to remove content deemed objectionable by Hollywood Video's upper level management. In a town such as ours, where First Amendment Rights are so highly valued, it would seem a matter of course that such corporate censorship would be unacceptable to a majority of Ithacans. Additionally, it seems more than a little hypocritical for Hollywood to censor movies over sexual content while eagerly renting out uncensored films about cannibals who hack women up & eat them. It's a shame that we've lost our local independent video stores & are being left with these corporate entities who will tell us what we can & cannot see." --Glen Robertson glynr27@earthlink.net
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"I'm building a web site that chronicles the reasons to dump Bush in 2004. If you think your readers might be interested, they can find it at thousandreasons.org --Phil Tate, Freeville
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"May I suggest a foreign policy platform [for your Presidency]? If elected you should push to invade one small country every month. Start with Andorra because its porous borders could be breached by terrorists. Then Monaco because they have so much money somebody there must be funding terrorism. Next San Marino because it is on top of a hill in Italy which could provide a good view for terrorists. Other candidates: Sao Tome and Principe (near oil fields), Aruba (reasonably close to Cuba) & Tuvalu (might as well)." --David W.
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"Just wondering if you might add my brother to your list. Thanks! you kick ass!" --Emily
---[REPLY] Ithaca kicks ass. Ithaca Community News merely follows 'behind.'
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"Check out the beautiful, experimental design, triangular Japanese teahouse on the south side of the Johnson Museum. Over 2000 hours of labor went into the teahouse, including the collection of plant materials from which all the walls were woven, the construction of the cedar deck, & the design of the entry path. Made of natural materials & open to the weather, the structure may eventually degrade, but is in its glory right now!" --Karen Edelstein
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"I am glad that [Hanan Zaman] has enjoyed the use of Pegasys studios; it is important that members of our community have access to the media in order to counter the increasing centralization of media control. With the passage of the 1996 federal Telecommunications Act, & now with the latest FCC ruling, our access to the media is increasingly limited. The writer is correct in pointing out that under the new franchise agreement, some changes will take place. Unfortunately, there are some inaccuracies in the letter that I would like to correct.
---"First, there is no vote on July 7th. Common Council already voted to approve the franchise agreement w/ Time Warner Cable, & there will be no more votes on this matter by the City. The only thing that needs to happen is for the NYS Public Service Commission to approve the franchise agreement. I do not know when this is scheduled to take place, but perhaps that is the July 7th date that the writer mentions.
---"Second, the studios will still be available, but residents who live in municipalities that contribute to the operation of the studio will be given priority & will be allowed to use the studio free of charge. Residents of other municipalities will likely have to pay to use the studio. Anyone will still be able to bring a tape to Pegasys and have it aired on Channel 13 for no charge.
---"Each of the 3 contributing municipalities are paying 0.5% of the franchise fee that they earn from Time Warner, money that up to now they did not have to pay. Please urge your elected officials at the Town & Village level to make an equal contribution. The more municipalities that contribute, the higher the level of service & the longer Pegasys studios will be open each day.
---"Finally, I ask residents of the City of Ithaca who would be interested in serving on the Access Oversight Committee (AOC) to please contact me. The AOC will be responsible for setting the rules governing the use of Pegasys Studio, such as hours of operation, & cost to use the studio. It will include members from each of the participating municipalities." --Dan Cogan, Common Council, Ward 5 dancogan@lightlink.com

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VITAL COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX by Tompkins County Planning Department "provides easy-to-understand descriptions of over 150 planning tools ranging from tips on creating bicycle-friendly transportation systems to explanations of how zoning can be used to address community goals."

VOICE YOUR VIEWS ON THE PALESTINIANS & ISRAEL in a new locally-taped documentary which will "explore how we base our opinions on the information we receive through the media. A diverse assortment of alternative views especially welcomed. Challenge the mainstream media." One hour of your time in mid-July: crs@meetnet.org

The LUMINARY NEWS: Samples of recent shows: Ithaca's first ever PRIDE parade. A resident of Cliff St. talks about proposed development there. Beau Saul talks about his mayoral candidacy. Channel 13: Mon 10pm & Fri 5pm. Channel 78: Tues 7pm 277-6300 theluminarynews@yahoo.com

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STONE CIRCLE SCHOOL: "Waldorf-inspired education for grades 1-5. Nourishes students and teachers in their love of learning in a very special way. Activities encompass handwork, musicianship & hearing, drafting & coloring, mythology & moral affirmation, nature stewardship, dancing & athletics, poetry & recitation." Parent-run school w/ two classes of full-time students & a number of home-schooling affiliates. On the grounds of the Foundation of Light. Info: 273-5184.
---For 3- to 6-year-olds: The Morning Garden, kindergarten of The Ithaca Waldorf Initiative, 272-2221.

Roger Christian Dance Instructor: Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Modern:

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6/24 HEALTH PRACTITIONER COLLABORATION MEETING for networking. TCPL, 7:00pm. "Bring your brochures to share with others." Discuss 2004 Healing Arts Fair at Ithaca Festival. Refreshments

6/27-29 MEDICAL QI GONG WORKSHOP, Raihana Zaman, R.N. Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd. Workshop Fee: $70 (HOURS accepted). Advance deposit for instructional materials: $25. "Jichu Gong helps to relieve stiff joints, to increase blood circulation & to stimulate energy flow within the body." Register: 272-0569 or 273-9550.

7/1 ITHACA HEALTH FUND monthly meeting 7pm. All interested in nonprofit co-op health financing welcome. City Hall, 3rd floor behind council chambers.

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Thanks to LIGHTLINK for reliable internet services:

HOMER SMITH'S WAR ON SPAM:
---"The present [Lightlink] spam trap depends on Subject lines: it does a 'fuzzy' match between the subject lines of incoming mail & a database of known spam subject lines. If there is a match, it marks the mail as spam.
---"The spammers however are getting wise to this & are sending nonsense subject lines, which the system can not tell are nonsense, but since every spam has a different line, none match the database, & so it gets through anyhow. Within a a few months the present spam trap system will be totally useless.
---"The present system also generates too many false positives, as the spammers know exactly how to form a readable subject line that looks like that order you just received!
---"We are moving towards a much more complex anti spam system based on products like Spam Assassin & mathematical algorithms that match word patterns through out the e-mail. Basic problem with all of these is they are VERY SLOW & CPU intensive, although their hit rate is supposed to be very good & false positives very low.
---"Even before we implement them though, the spammers are already sending spam w/ random garbage in the body of the e-mail to stump the scanning process. I mean someone would really have to WANT a bigger you know what to read through the scramble just to get to the details!"

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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