ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
MAY #1 2004

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

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,651 Ithaca area residents]

DID YOU WIN 4 TICKETS TO CINEMAPOLIS/FALL CREEK PICTURES? Check ithacanews.org

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THANKS TO THE DONORS WHO BRING YOU THIS LATEST EDITION. This editor will be able to provide one edition for every $200 in received. EVERYONE WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ICN whether donating or not, but your donations will assure more will be published.

Donations can be sent to ICN, Box 365, Ithaca, NY 14851

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NOT OFFICIALLY NEWS

Has this happened before? At local restaurant 5/17, all diners & employees join a group hug & sing.

PEACOCK FARM in Enfield. Forty loud & colorful birds.

LILACS. This has been a week to get drunk on air.

FOSSIL & MINERAL CLUB: discussions, guest speakers, fossil & mineral shows, collecting trips. Ms. Eniko Farkas 273-2179 edf2@cornell.edu

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THE WEB OF ITHACA

---LIKING ITHACA:
NPR's All Things Considered 4/16/04: "The Weather's Bad, But Ithaca's Great" About%20Ithaca.htm
Ithaca native Mike Perko salutes his home town
Rough Guide: "Ithaca is an Ivy League town trapped in a state park's body. "
"Ithaca is the most beautiful place that I have seen on my journey across the United States." travelin/may2.html
"Ithaca is never more gorges than in spring when creeks & streams swell & rush through ravines & down water falls to Cayuga Lake" travel/guides/52weekends/03/ithaca.htm epinions.com/content_74680143492
---HIKING ITHACA:
Cayuga Trails Club nyflora.org/trips/ithaca2002/ithaca.htm
Haltopia
cayugalake.com/ithaca
---LOATHING ITHACA: "Cornell University: Land of the giant ditch."
ithacasucks.blogspot.com
cornellreview.org/viewart.cgi?num=288
---DEBATING ITHACA:
Does Ithaca Suck or Not?
---SUMMARIZING ITHACA:
googlism.com/where_is/i/ithaca
googlism.com/index.htm?ism=ithaca&type=2
googlism.com/index.htm?ism=ithaca&type=3
---ITHACA IN WIKIPEDIA ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA you're invited to edit this page
Their entry for Ithaca HOURS
---LOTS MORE ITHACA INFO

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ITHACA OVERNIGHTS (bed & breakfast reviews): BUTTERMILK FALLS B&B: 272-6767
---Buttermilk Falls is Ithaca's back yard, where everyone's kids have swum. BFBB is an 1812 overture to Buttermilk Park, an ancient home a minute's stroll from cascade. Here is life in the slow lane, beyond the fast food strip, served by spry elder hostess. At breakfast, enjoy french toast, fruits, veggies. The steady thrum at night is not air conditioner or baseboard, but a 90' waterfall in full spring bloom, flushing static from the mind.

"ITHACA IS GORGES:" 777 GOOGLE ENTRIES, including
visitithaca/natural_features.htm by David Reuther
ilovenyphotos.com/ithgorges/ithgorges.html
ilovenyphotos.com/ithgorges/ithgorges2/ithgorges2.html
Robert Treman Park
ursus/sp99gorges.html

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FEATURED EVENTS

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY 5/21, Center Ithaca. Children's Service of Ithaca sponsor. Free literature & free dessert.

ENFIELD COUNTRY FAIR 5/22, 11am-3pm, Enfield Elementary School, Rtes 79 & 327. Plant sale, food, games, crafts, horse/buggy rides, book fair, cake wheel.

PARENTS APART: Helping Children Cope w/ Separation & Divorce 5/22, 9am-3:30pm, register: Micaela Salort Corazn 273-9347 x 221

TIRE COLLECTION DAY 5/22, Town of Ulysses Highway Dept (off Rt 96 at Jacksonville). Fee per tire. With or w/out rims. Lead weights must be removed.

PASS & SCORE SOCCER COMPETITION 5/22, 9am, Dryden High Fields: fun, free for boys & girls 6-14. Dribbling, passing, shooting. Highest scorer in each age division advances to Sectional. dryden.ny.us/recreation.html 844-3303 Recreation@Frontiernet.net

SPIRIT WINDS OF PEACE 5/23, 1-3pm, Foundation of Light. Legend of The Peacemaker: Great Laws & Prophecy by Native American artist Marcine "Neawese" Quenzer: tells stories of her paintings. Donation $3/child; $5/adult.

JACKSONVILLE WATER FESTIVAL 5/23, 1-4pm, Close Hall, celebrates arrival of municipal water. Live music, pulled pork bar-b-que $5. Dish-to-Pass. Everyone invited rcoogan1@twcny.rr.com

UNDERGROUND FILM SERIES- 5/23, 6-9pm See Spot Community Artspace, 108 The Commons
- Beyond Life w/Timothy Leary
-The Cut Ups (William S. Burroughs)
-Maybe Logic: The Lives & Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson

HOMEWORK HELP AT TC PUBLIC LIBRARY: online resources: encyclopedias, magazines, biography resources, etc. Youth Services Dept. Use library's new laptop training lab. 5/24, 6:00-8:00pm: grades 6-8 & families. 5/27, 6:00-8:00pm: grades 3-5 & families. Sarah O'Shea 272-4557 x 272

GARDENING W/CHILDREN 5/25, 7-9pm, 418 Lower Creek Rd. Workshop free to low-income. HOURS accepted. Helen Howard 272-2292.

SEE SPOT CONCERT 5/25, 7pm Earl's Garage (Ithaca rock, Eager Got Agitated (Ithaca rock), The Ghost Of Dan Howard (Ithaca punk), He Taught Me Lies (Pittsburgh), Movement Three (indie/jazz/hardcore. $5.

VANISHING VOTERS - HAVA & the Purge of the Voter Rolls 5/27, 7:00pm Tompkins County Public Library. "While electronic voting machines have received much attention, few realize that the Help America To Vote Act also requires states to implement computerized voter lists & to purge these lists of 'suspect' voters. In the 2000 presidential election in Florida, tens of thousands of eligible voters incorrectly removed from the registries were not allowed to vote. Could the computerization of the voter lists allow this happen in other states?" bolipari@fingerlakeselection.org

LANSING COMMUNITY CARNIVAL 5/27-29, Fire Station, 80 Ridge Rd. (6pm Thurs/Fri; 2pm Sat).

ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE SALE 5/28 & 29, 10am-5pm, 212 Center St. "Everything will be on sale, including 25% off doors, 1/2 price sinks, more!" Historic Ithaca's Significant Elements

PRIMITIVE PURSUITS DAY 5/29, 10am-5pm, 4-H Acres, 418 Lower Creek Rd. Workshops: Fire Pistons, Finger Weaving, Cordage crafts, Fire Skills including Giant Bow Drill. Tracking outings, sling making & use, baskets, nature awareness, scout games, more!! Covered space in case of rain. Bring lunch for full day. Cost $3/youth, $5/adults, $15/families. David Hall 272-2292 ext. 261.

FRIENDS OF LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE 5/29-30 & 6/5-7, First Day of Sale 8:00am-10pm. Rest of Sale 10am-10pm. 509 Esty St.

RUNNING TO HELP 5/30, 5K charity race benefits Better Housing for Tompkins County.

http://www.ithacafestival.org/about/history.htm">ITHACA FESTIVAL! 6/3-6 "Would you be willing to help make it all happen by volunteering a little of your time? It's a great way to see and be seen. Show your gratitude for the Ithaca Festival" info@ithacafestival.org

SUMMER SPANISH CLASS Beginner II w/ native speaker, 6/3-29, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5-7pm. CUSLAR 255-7293 cuslar@cornell.edu HOURS accepted.

RESILIENCY: IN OURSELVES & IN OUR CLIENTS: workshop on Strengths Perspectives, 6/3,1-3pm, Livesay Conference Room, DSS. Free. Reservations: Red Cross 273-1900 ext. 13

SPRING GARDEN REPRISE 6/8, 7-9 pm, Trumansburg High. "Get design ideas for spring plantings & less known but easy-to-grow spring bloomers." Fee: $5. Pat Curran 272-2292 pc21@cornell.edu

BOYNTON MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW RECEPTION 6/9, 5-7pm. Over 800 artworks by grades 6-8 on display. Live music & refreshments.

FARMER'S MARKET SUNDAYS 10am-2pm starting 6/10 http://www.ithacamarket.com

FOUNDATION OF LIGHT ANNUAL MEETING 6/8, 7:30pm

FARMER'S MARKET THURSDAY EVENINGS 4-7pm starting 6/10
---Tuesdays at DeWitt Park 9am-1pm; Saturdays at Steamboat Landing 9am-2pm.

FREEING YOURSELF THROUGH SOUND: A Retreat with Annie Burns & Azad Volckhausen, 6/12, 9am-9pm, Unitarian Church of Ithaca: "No previous singing experience required!! In a relaxed, supportive atmosphere we will explore the power of sound & singing as a pathway to freedom, healing, & deeper contact with our essence." Will likely include: Chanting, toning, singing, Mantra, Exercises for freeing the voice, Layered vocal harmonies & parts, The voice as an instrument, Dance & movement. $65 (sliding scale, barter, Ithaca HOURS), Unitarian Churc, 306 N. Aurora. Info/Register: Annie 277-3414 mail@annieburns.com Azad 277-4564 jrv5@cornell.edu

TRUMANSBURG FARMER'S MARKET Wednesdays & Saturdays starting 6/16, 4-7pm downtown.

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE 6/17-20, Arnot Forest. Register: Cheri Botts 277-1620 IDancePeace@yahoo.com & DianeOlden@hotmail.com 272-7582

CUBAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, Cuba Friendship Week in the City of Ithaca, 6/19-25. Watch for details.

ITHACA VEGAN POTLUCKS third Sundays, 7pm, Hasbrouck Community Center, Cornell's North Campus. Arc Riley mailto:arc@xiph.org

PROGRESSIVE DINNER & PERFORMANCE GALA BENEFIT. 6/21, 5:30pm, Clinton House, wine & hors d'oeuvres reception followed by fine dining at Les Ducs, Madelines or Willow restaurants. Continues at State Theatre w/ WKTC RADIO SHOW 8:30pm w/ Sim & Uniit from Sim Redmond Band, Five2, Largesse, WKTC Radio Players, Largesse, Carol J. Buckley, whistling champ Graham Stewart, surprise guests. Full evening w/ reception, dinner & performance $80(50% tax dedctible); just State Theatre play $15. Tickets 273-4497 272-0403 kitchentheatre.org HOURS okay

BROOKLYNITES IN ITHACA REUNION 6/24, 5:30 - 8:30pm, Stewart Park small pavillion. "Please bring a Brooklynesque dish to pass. Bring a story to tell. This year's theme: 'Tales & Superstitions: Stories My Parents Told Me.'" Marcelle Toor 277-1860 mlt4@cornell.edu

PERMACULTURE CERTIFICATION INTENSIVE 7/9-17, 9/3-5, 10/8-10, Cayutaville. Tuition: $1,000 includes camping & meals. Michael Burns 227-0316 permaculture@cayuta.org Taught by Darrell Frey, designer bioshelter http://www.bioshelter.com">bioshelter.com Info cayuta.org

AIDS RIDE FOR LIFE 9/11: 100-mile bicycle ride around Cayuga Lake (with 50 and 85 mile route options) to benefit AIDS WORK of the Southern Tier. All of the money you raise goes directly towards helping people in our community. You can even form a team with your friends, co-workers, family, & fundraise and ride together. aidswork.org or

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THE FIRST ASIANS IN ITHACA

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

CORNELL FOR PEACE & JUSTICE asks CU grads to "carry a sign or attach a message to your gown or hat" during commencement 5/30. Activists will distribute silk-screened Bush Must Go! cloth tags.

BUSH MUST GO! CAMPAIGN VOTER OUTREACH TRAINING 5/27, 7-8:30pm, Headquarters above Autumn Leaves Used Books, 115 The Commons. Register voters, tabling, door-to-door, communicate issues important to you. Refreshments. 339-1680 revive the MILITARY DRAFT (of men & women) to maintain large armies to enforce its demands for cheap oil, food, metals & labor, so that Americans can joyride to shopping malls.
---Many young Ithacans prefer to provide nonviolent service for their country, & should be protected by this community. The following is prescribed:
* Those who would serve on an Ithaca Draft Board would encounter community scorn, unless they are former conscientious objectors.
* Cornell & IC should enroll draft nonregistrants at discount who lose eligibility for financial aid.
* Police agencies should be prohibited by local law from arresting draft resisters or helping feds.
* Peace Memorial should be erected in DeWitt Park, & peacemakers celebrated there.
* Draft resisters should be ordained for ministerial deferment
* Churches & safe homes should be organized as sanctuaries.
* Draft resisters should be hired.
---See also Center on Conscience & War, Central Committee on Conscientious Objection, Conscience & Peace Tax Initiative Tompkins County Conscience & War Counselors: Marilyn Ray WHY IS RALPH NADER RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN?

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YOUR LETTERS

"Laurels to all of the faith communities in Tompkins County that observed "Cover the Uninsured Week" May 10-16 & the Health Care Justice Sabbath May 14-16 - to the Tompkins County Legislature, Legislator Martha Robertson, Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson & Ithaca Common Council for passing proclamations & resolutions declaring May 10-16 "Tompkins County & Ithaca Cover the Uninsured Week," respectively, & encouraging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation providing universal health care in the form of national health insurance to all Americans - to WHCU & Casey Stevens for covering the Maurice Hinchey Press Conference & dedicating a program on the subject of covering the uninsured." --Rev. Dr. Wilfred J. Baez, Pastor, Danby Federated Church 272-1687 wbaez@clarityconnect.com
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"Markles Flats Junior High School's reunion this year will be a smaller affair; the really big reunion was two years ago, the first & only one in 30 years, so we had about 100 people show up. It will take place ideally on July 31, or Aug 1. Maybe your readers know of a place for Markles fools to hang out in, eat, play music, dance & generally carry on until the wee hours of the morn.
---"Beyond the bare facts there is so much to tell, so many stories, remarkably & surprisingly typically American. In fact, I am convinced that we could do a movie or a book on how we represent the true spirit of the US, the one which does not take us to war or domestic self-hate." Jon Daitch, Paris, France jdaitch@wanadoo.fr
---[REPLY] Markles was Ithaca's first public "alternative" school, during the '70s.
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"A friend recently told me about your community events email list-- please add me." --Liz M.
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"I have been having a problem, in Lansing, with seedlings incurring damage from rain & dew. After only one night out, my tomato seedlings' leaves were riddled with dead, yellow spots. My eggplant seedlings had the same fate from a rain. Last year I had a split leaf philodendron develop yellow spots on its leaves after being put out in the rain. I did not have this problem in Caroline, but the problem is severe in Lansing. Proximity to Milliken station? Has anyone else had this problem? If so, please email me" lindablossom@danica.com
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"Do you know of any ride share network? If not, do you know who set up ithacafreecycle? It seems like a similar thing could work for ride share." --Sandy sandy@healingthegoddess.com
---[REPLY] There was an attempt a couple years ago to start a rideshare co-op.
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[another tax resistance letter] "Dear IRS: Another year has passed, & I notice that your work is still primarily to collect money to buy weapons to conduct wars & brutalize people all over the world. Even the money you collect that is not directly earmarked for war is most often used for nefarious activities, including for the surveillance of the populace here in the United States. Though your power as an institution is immense, there are many amongst us who see through your bureaucratic guise to the ugly face underneath, & refuse to submit to, take part in, or fund an inherently unjust, brutal regime that has plundered for far too long. My conscience is leading me to resist supporting the U.S. government's criminal policies & actions with my taxes. I am redirecting the money [$2,339] to groups that are struggling to create a better world for all people. I have no delusions that my act of resistance will do much to halt the tide of imperial aggression that the U.S. government is visiting upon the people of Iraq, nor stem the flow of military aid to its equally brutal outpost in Israel. I do have the belief, shared by many, that as people in this country wake up from Operation Nightmare Amerikkka, our collective resistance is slowly but surely creating a tide strong enough to topple even the most entrenched power in this ridiculous land. Today may be yours; tomorrow is ours." --David Meyers, Ex-Taxpayer NWTRCC
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ITHACA HEALTH FUND MAKES $3,000 PAYMENT TO INJURED MEMBER: as more join & renew, Fund pays more for more medical needs. Here's graph:
"ITHACA HEALTH FUND DAY"declared by Mayor Peterson 5/11 ithacahealth.org/proclamation.htm
HEALTH ALLIANCE BOARD ELECTION 2004: candidates at ithacahealth.org/candidates.2004.htm
JOIN THE HEALTH FUND
---Health Insurance Crisis Worsens while Aetna Posts Profit

PRESCRIPTION MEDS ACCESS PROGRAM (PMAP) helps lower income people in Tompkins County unable to pay for prescription medicine. Contact Information & Referral 272-9331. Formatted flyer: Beverly Chin bc223@cornell.edu

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DUMP & RUN - on-campus CU student recycling. Last year's sale raised over $5000 for Loaves & Fishes. This years project will benefit Loaves & Fishes & the Advocacy Center for Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Services. Volunteers needed for pickups, sorting through summer & for fall sale 8/21-22. Cameron Polek cvp6@cornell.edu 351-8249 or Jai Khalsa 272-5457 loaves@loaves.org

STUDENT RE-USE PROJECT http://www.srpithaca.com will be collecting student cast-offs for "Name Your Own Price Sale." To volunteer join listserve: SRP Ithaca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Fern Delise paleocorvus@crowsperch.com

2004 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE tompkins-co.org/cofa

ORGANIC COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE: Future Farm has a weekly drop off of fresh produce in Ithaca throughout the 22 week season. Shares sold on sliding scale starting at $200, priority to low-income. HOURS accepted." Meghan 277-8817 meghanmurphy20@hotmail.com

PRISONER EXPRESS PROJECT seeks volunteers to send books to inmates, supply inmates materials to create greeting cards, promote artwork & journals, teach origami, website development, inmate comic book, pen pal program, fundraising. Gary Fine at Alternatives Library 255-6486 alt-lib@cornell.edu

TOMPKINS COUNTY OFFENDER AID & RESTORATION (OAR) seeks volunteers to counsel inmates at TC Jail. 18-hour training in five sessions 6/15-24, + jail orientation. Volunteers commit to weekly visit w/ an inmate for one year. OAR Volunteer Liaison 272-7885 oarvolunteer@hotmail.com

WOMEN'S HEALTH LIBRARY available for public use 277-5516 marloc@twcny.rr.com

WORDS OF PEACE (Guru Marharaji) on Channel 13 Saturdays 10am, Sundays 6pm & 10pm. 5/15 & 5/16 "Your Fundamental Wish." 5/22 & 5/23 "The Call of the Heart." 5/29 & 5/30 no broadcast. 6/5 & 6/6 "Understanding Thirst"

"SWIM TO SAVE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE 8/13 by County legislator Michael Koplinka-Loehr intends to raise $10,000/mile by swimming 42 miles from north end of lake to Stewart Park. "I hope to galvanize county, regional, & statewide attention on the financial challenges Tompkins County faces, amid intense fiscal pressures from state policies, to preserve its existing quality of life." Koplinka-Loehr created Tompkins County Quality of Life Fund to enable the County to accept voluntary private contributions for special needs not likely to be met through the regular budget process. MKL was on IHS swim team 1972-75. He seeks fundraising volunteers. 257-2329 mak11@cornell.edu
---Donate online: communityfoundationoftc.org

AMERICORPS*VISTA MEMBERS & LEADERS NEEDED for Cornell Public Service Center project for August 2004-August 2005. "Members serve their community in area non-profit organizations or on the Cornell University campus. Must be 18+ years, high school or GED. Modest living allowance, Health insurance, Childcare subsidy, Student loan deferment, Housing for some positions, Free Bus Passes, scholarships to CSMA, YMCA, Ithaca HOURS, ETC. Aileen Boyd 255-8131 amb267@cornell.edu

Tompkins County CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES INCREASED NYS MINIMUM WAGE. Calling federal action on the minimum wage unlikely, the Chamber's Board resolved on 4/21 to endorse State Senate Bill 3291C, to raise the minimum wage incrementally to $7.10/hour in 2006.

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MEDITATION WITH EASE "Explore New Ways to Find Peace & Clarity in Your Daily Life" six Thursdays starting 5/20, 7:30 -9pm Peter Fortunato 266-9200 fortuna@lightlink.com Cayuga Heights Center for Wellness & Healing Arts. HOURS accepted.

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FREE LIGHTLINK HOTSPOTS for radio laptop. "Set your SSID to lightlink, mail server smtp.lightlink.com, news server news2.lightlink.com

Thanks to Homer & Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable internet services. paul5glover@yahoo.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
MAY #1 2004

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

[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,651 Ithaca area residents]

DID YOU WIN 4 TICKETS TO CINEMAPOLIS/FALL CREEK PICTURES? Check ithacanews.org

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THANKS TO THE DONORS WHO BRING YOU THIS LATEST EDITION. This editor will be able to provide one edition for every $200 in received. EVERYONE WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ICN whether donating or not, but your donations will assure more will be published.

Donations can be sent to ICN, Box 365, Ithaca, NY 14851

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NOT OFFICIALLY NEWS

Has this happened before? At local restaurant 5/17, all diners & employees join a group hug & sing.

PEACOCK FARM in Enfield. Forty loud & colorful birds.

LILACS. This has been a week to get drunk on air.

FOSSIL & MINERAL CLUB: discussions, guest speakers, fossil & mineral shows, collecting trips. Ms. Eniko Farkas 273-2179 edf2@cornell.edu

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THE WEB OF ITHACA

---LIKING ITHACA:
NPR's All Things Considered 4/16/04: "The Weather's Bad, But Ithaca's Great" About%20Ithaca.htm
Ithaca native Mike Perko salutes his home town
Rough Guide: "Ithaca is an Ivy League town trapped in a state park's body. "
"Ithaca is the most beautiful place that I have seen on my journey across the United States." travelin/may2.html
"Ithaca is never more gorges than in spring when creeks & streams swell & rush through ravines & down water falls to Cayuga Lake" travel/guides/52weekends/03/ithaca.htm epinions.com/content_74680143492
---HIKING ITHACA:
Cayuga Trails Club nyflora.org/trips/ithaca2002/ithaca.htm
Haltopia
cayugalake.com/ithaca
---LOATHING ITHACA: "Cornell University: Land of the giant ditch."
ithacasucks.blogspot.com
cornellreview.org/viewart.cgi?num=288
---DEBATING ITHACA:
Does Ithaca Suck or Not?
---SUMMARIZING ITHACA:
googlism.com/where_is/i/ithaca
googlism.com/index.htm?ism=ithaca&type=2
googlism.com/index.htm?ism=ithaca&type=3
---ITHACA IN WIKIPEDIA ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA you're invited to edit this page
Their entry for Ithaca HOURS
---LOTS MORE ITHACA INFO

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ITHACA OVERNIGHTS (bed & breakfast reviews): BUTTERMILK FALLS B&B: 272-6767
---Buttermilk Falls is Ithaca's back yard, where everyone's kids have swum. BFBB is an 1812 overture to Buttermilk Park, an ancient home a minute's stroll from cascade. Here is life in the slow lane, beyond the fast food strip, served by spry elder hostess. At breakfast, enjoy french toast, fruits, veggies. The steady thrum at night is not air conditioner or baseboard, but a 90' waterfall in full spring bloom, flushing static from the mind.

"ITHACA IS GORGES:" 777 GOOGLE ENTRIES, including
visitithaca/natural_features.htm by David Reuther
ilovenyphotos.com/ithgorges/ithgorges.html
ilovenyphotos.com/ithgorges/ithgorges2/ithgorges2.html
Robert Treman Park
ursus/sp99gorges.html

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FEATURED EVENTS

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY 5/21, Center Ithaca. Children's Service of Ithaca sponsor. Free literature & free dessert.

ENFIELD COUNTRY FAIR 5/22, 11am-3pm, Enfield Elementary School, Rtes 79 & 327. Plant sale, food, games, crafts, horse/buggy rides, book fair, cake wheel.

PARENTS APART: Helping Children Cope w/ Separation & Divorce 5/22, 9am-3:30pm, register: Micaela Salort Corazn 273-9347 x 221

TIRE COLLECTION DAY 5/22, Town of Ulysses Highway Dept (off Rt 96 at Jacksonville). Fee per tire. With or w/out rims. Lead weights must be removed.

PASS & SCORE SOCCER COMPETITION 5/22, 9am, Dryden High Fields: fun, free for boys & girls 6-14. Dribbling, passing, shooting. Highest scorer in each age division advances to Sectional. dryden.ny.us/recreation.html 844-3303 Recreation@Frontiernet.net

SPIRIT WINDS OF PEACE 5/23, 1-3pm, Foundation of Light. Legend of The Peacemaker: Great Laws & Prophecy by Native American artist Marcine "Neawese" Quenzer: tells stories of her paintings. Donation $3/child; $5/adult.

JACKSONVILLE WATER FESTIVAL 5/23, 1-4pm, Close Hall, celebrates arrival of municipal water. Live music, pulled pork bar-b-que $5. Dish-to-Pass. Everyone invited rcoogan1@twcny.rr.com

UNDERGROUND FILM SERIES- 5/23, 6-9pm See Spot Community Artspace, 108 The Commons
- Beyond Life w/Timothy Leary
-The Cut Ups (William S. Burroughs)
-Maybe Logic: The Lives & Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson

HOMEWORK HELP AT TC PUBLIC LIBRARY: online resources: encyclopedias, magazines, biography resources, etc. Youth Services Dept. Use library's new laptop training lab. 5/24, 6:00-8:00pm: grades 6-8 & families. 5/27, 6:00-8:00pm: grades 3-5 & families. Sarah O'Shea 272-4557 x 272

GARDENING W/CHILDREN 5/25, 7-9pm, 418 Lower Creek Rd. Workshop free to low-income. HOURS accepted. Helen Howard 272-2292.

SEE SPOT CONCERT 5/25, 7pm Earl's Garage (Ithaca rock, Eager Got Agitated (Ithaca rock), The Ghost Of Dan Howard (Ithaca punk), He Taught Me Lies (Pittsburgh), Movement Three (indie/jazz/hardcore. $5.

VANISHING VOTERS - HAVA & the Purge of the Voter Rolls 5/27, 7:00pm Tompkins County Public Library. "While electronic voting machines have received much attention, few realize that the Help America To Vote Act also requires states to implement computerized voter lists & to purge these lists of 'suspect' voters. In the 2000 presidential election in Florida, tens of thousands of eligible voters incorrectly removed from the registries were not allowed to vote. Could the computerization of the voter lists allow this happen in other states?" bolipari@fingerlakeselection.org

LANSING COMMUNITY CARNIVAL 5/27-29, Fire Station, 80 Ridge Rd. (6pm Thurs/Fri; 2pm Sat).

ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE SALE 5/28 & 29, 10am-5pm, 212 Center St. "Everything will be on sale, including 25% off doors, 1/2 price sinks, more!" Historic Ithaca's Significant Elements

PRIMITIVE PURSUITS DAY 5/29, 10am-5pm, 4-H Acres, 418 Lower Creek Rd. Workshops: Fire Pistons, Finger Weaving, Cordage crafts, Fire Skills including Giant Bow Drill. Tracking outings, sling making & use, baskets, nature awareness, scout games, more!! Covered space in case of rain. Bring lunch for full day. Cost $3/youth, $5/adults, $15/families. David Hall 272-2292 ext. 261.

FRIENDS OF LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE 5/29-30 & 6/5-7, First Day of Sale 8:00am-10pm. Rest of Sale 10am-10pm. 509 Esty St.

RUNNING TO HELP 5/30, 5K charity race benefits Better Housing for Tompkins County.

http://www.ithacafestival.org/about/history.htm">ITHACA FESTIVAL! 6/3-6 "Would you be willing to help make it all happen by volunteering a little of your time? It's a great way to see and be seen. Show your gratitude for the Ithaca Festival" info@ithacafestival.org

SUMMER SPANISH CLASS Beginner II w/ native speaker, 6/3-29, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5-7pm. CUSLAR 255-7293 cuslar@cornell.edu HOURS accepted.

RESILIENCY: IN OURSELVES & IN OUR CLIENTS: workshop on Strengths Perspectives, 6/3,1-3pm, Livesay Conference Room, DSS. Free. Reservations: Red Cross 273-1900 ext. 13

SPRING GARDEN REPRISE 6/8, 7-9 pm, Trumansburg High. "Get design ideas for spring plantings & less known but easy-to-grow spring bloomers." Fee: $5. Pat Curran 272-2292 pc21@cornell.edu

BOYNTON MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW RECEPTION 6/9, 5-7pm. Over 800 artworks by grades 6-8 on display. Live music & refreshments.

FARMER'S MARKET SUNDAYS 10am-2pm starting 6/10 http://www.ithacamarket.com

FOUNDATION OF LIGHT ANNUAL MEETING 6/8, 7:30pm

FARMER'S MARKET THURSDAY EVENINGS 4-7pm starting 6/10
---Tuesdays at DeWitt Park 9am-1pm; Saturdays at Steamboat Landing 9am-2pm.

FREEING YOURSELF THROUGH SOUND: A Retreat with Annie Burns & Azad Volckhausen, 6/12, 9am-9pm, Unitarian Church of Ithaca: "No previous singing experience required!! In a relaxed, supportive atmosphere we will explore the power of sound & singing as a pathway to freedom, healing, & deeper contact with our essence." Will likely include: Chanting, toning, singing, Mantra, Exercises for freeing the voice, Layered vocal harmonies & parts, The voice as an instrument, Dance & movement. $65 (sliding scale, barter, Ithaca HOURS), Unitarian Churc, 306 N. Aurora. Info/Register: Annie 277-3414 mail@annieburns.com Azad 277-4564 jrv5@cornell.edu

TRUMANSBURG FARMER'S MARKET Wednesdays & Saturdays starting 6/16, 4-7pm downtown.

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE 6/17-20, Arnot Forest. Register: Cheri Botts 277-1620 IDancePeace@yahoo.com & DianeOlden@hotmail.com 272-7582

CUBAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, Cuba Friendship Week in the City of Ithaca, 6/19-25. Watch for details.

ITHACA VEGAN POTLUCKS third Sundays, 7pm, Hasbrouck Community Center, Cornell's North Campus. Arc Riley mailto:arc@xiph.org

PROGRESSIVE DINNER & PERFORMANCE GALA BENEFIT. 6/21, 5:30pm, Clinton House, wine & hors d'oeuvres reception followed by fine dining at Les Ducs, Madelines or Willow restaurants. Continues at State Theatre w/ WKTC RADIO SHOW 8:30pm w/ Sim & Uniit from Sim Redmond Band, Five2, Largesse, WKTC Radio Players, Largesse, Carol J. Buckley, whistling champ Graham Stewart, surprise guests. Full evening w/ reception, dinner & performance $80(50% tax dedctible); just State Theatre play $15. Tickets 273-4497 272-0403 kitchentheatre.org HOURS okay

BROOKLYNITES IN ITHACA REUNION 6/24, 5:30 - 8:30pm, Stewart Park small pavillion. "Please bring a Brooklynesque dish to pass. Bring a story to tell. This year's theme: 'Tales & Superstitions: Stories My Parents Told Me.'" Marcelle Toor 277-1860 mlt4@cornell.edu

PERMACULTURE CERTIFICATION INTENSIVE 7/9-17, 9/3-5, 10/8-10, Cayutaville. Tuition: $1,000 includes camping & meals. Michael Burns 227-0316 permaculture@cayuta.org Taught by Darrell Frey, designer bioshelter http://www.bioshelter.com">bioshelter.com Info cayuta.org

AIDS RIDE FOR LIFE 9/11: 100-mile bicycle ride around Cayuga Lake (with 50 and 85 mile route options) to benefit AIDS WORK of the Southern Tier. All of the money you raise goes directly towards helping people in our community. You can even form a team with your friends, co-workers, family, & fundraise and ride together. aidswork.org or

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THE FIRST ASIANS IN ITHACA

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

CORNELL FOR PEACE & JUSTICE asks CU grads to "carry a sign or attach a message to your gown or hat" during commencement 5/30. Activists will distribute silk-screened Bush Must Go! cloth tags.

BUSH MUST GO! CAMPAIGN VOTER OUTREACH TRAINING 5/27, 7-8:30pm, Headquarters above Autumn Leaves Used Books, 115 The Commons. Register voters, tabling, door-to-door, communicate issues important to you. Refreshments. 339-1680 revive the MILITARY DRAFT (of men & women) to maintain large armies to enforce its demands for cheap oil, food, metals & labor, so that Americans can joyride to shopping malls.
---Many young Ithacans prefer to provide nonviolent service for their country, & should be protected by this community. The following is prescribed:
* Those who would serve on an Ithaca Draft Board would encounter community scorn, unless they are former conscientious objectors.
* Cornell & IC should enroll draft nonregistrants at discount who lose eligibility for financial aid.
* Police agencies should be prohibited by local law from arresting draft resisters or helping feds.
* Peace Memorial should be erected in DeWitt Park, & peacemakers celebrated there.
* Draft resisters should be ordained for ministerial deferment
* Churches & safe homes should be organized as sanctuaries.
* Draft resisters should be hired.
---See also Center on Conscience & War, Central Committee on Conscientious Objection, Conscience & Peace Tax Initiative Tompkins County Conscience & War Counselors: Marilyn Ray WHY IS RALPH NADER RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN?

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YOUR LETTERS

"Laurels to all of the faith communities in Tompkins County that observed "Cover the Uninsured Week" May 10-16 & the Health Care Justice Sabbath May 14-16 - to the Tompkins County Legislature, Legislator Martha Robertson, Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson & Ithaca Common Council for passing proclamations & resolutions declaring May 10-16 "Tompkins County & Ithaca Cover the Uninsured Week," respectively, & encouraging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation providing universal health care in the form of national health insurance to all Americans - to WHCU & Casey Stevens for covering the Maurice Hinchey Press Conference & dedicating a program on the subject of covering the uninsured." --Rev. Dr. Wilfred J. Baez, Pastor, Danby Federated Church 272-1687 wbaez@clarityconnect.com
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"Markles Flats Junior High School's reunion this year will be a smaller affair; the really big reunion was two years ago, the first & only one in 30 years, so we had about 100 people show up. It will take place ideally on July 31, or Aug 1. Maybe your readers know of a place for Markles fools to hang out in, eat, play music, dance & generally carry on until the wee hours of the morn.
---"Beyond the bare facts there is so much to tell, so many stories, remarkably & surprisingly typically American. In fact, I am convinced that we could do a movie or a book on how we represent the true spirit of the US, the one which does not take us to war or domestic self-hate." Jon Daitch, Paris, France jdaitch@wanadoo.fr
---[REPLY] Markles was Ithaca's first public "alternative" school, during the '70s.
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"A friend recently told me about your community events email list-- please add me." --Liz M.
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"I have been having a problem, in Lansing, with seedlings incurring damage from rain & dew. After only one night out, my tomato seedlings' leaves were riddled with dead, yellow spots. My eggplant seedlings had the same fate from a rain. Last year I had a split leaf philodendron develop yellow spots on its leaves after being put out in the rain. I did not have this problem in Caroline, but the problem is severe in Lansing. Proximity to Milliken station? Has anyone else had this problem? If so, please email me" lindablossom@danica.com
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"Do you know of any ride share network? If not, do you know who set up ithacafreecycle? It seems like a similar thing could work for ride share." --Sandy sandy@healingthegoddess.com
---[REPLY] There was an attempt a couple years ago to start a rideshare co-op.
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[another tax resistance letter] "Dear IRS: Another year has passed, & I notice that your work is still primarily to collect money to buy weapons to conduct wars & brutalize people all over the world. Even the money you collect that is not directly earmarked for war is most often used for nefarious activities, including for the surveillance of the populace here in the United States. Though your power as an institution is immense, there are many amongst us who see through your bureaucratic guise to the ugly face underneath, & refuse to submit to, take part in, or fund an inherently unjust, brutal regime that has plundered for far too long. My conscience is leading me to resist supporting the U.S. government's criminal policies & actions with my taxes. I am redirecting the money [$2,339] to groups that are struggling to create a better world for all people. I have no delusions that my act of resistance will do much to halt the tide of imperial aggression that the U.S. government is visiting upon the people of Iraq, nor stem the flow of military aid to its equally brutal outpost in Israel. I do have the belief, shared by many, that as people in this country wake up from Operation Nightmare Amerikkka, our collective resistance is slowly but surely creating a tide strong enough to topple even the most entrenched power in this ridiculous land. Today may be yours; tomorrow is ours." --David Meyers, Ex-Taxpayer NWTRCC
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ITHACA HEALTH FUND MAKES $3,000 PAYMENT TO INJURED MEMBER: as more join & renew, Fund pays more for more medical needs. Here's graph:
"ITHACA HEALTH FUND DAY"declared by Mayor Peterson 5/11 ithacahealth.org/proclamation.htm
HEALTH ALLIANCE BOARD ELECTION 2004: candidates at ithacahealth.org/candidates.2004.htm
JOIN THE HEALTH FUND
---Health Insurance Crisis Worsens while Aetna Posts Profit

PRESCRIPTION MEDS ACCESS PROGRAM (PMAP) helps lower income people in Tompkins County unable to pay for prescription medicine. Contact Information & Referral 272-9331. Formatted flyer: Beverly Chin bc223@cornell.edu

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DUMP & RUN - on-campus CU student recycling. Last year's sale raised over $5000 for Loaves & Fishes. This years project will benefit Loaves & Fishes & the Advocacy Center for Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Services. Volunteers needed for pickups, sorting through summer & for fall sale 8/21-22. Cameron Polek cvp6@cornell.edu 351-8249 or Jai Khalsa 272-5457 loaves@loaves.org

STUDENT RE-USE PROJECT http://www.srpithaca.com will be collecting student cast-offs for "Name Your Own Price Sale." To volunteer join listserve: SRP Ithaca-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Fern Delise paleocorvus@crowsperch.com

2004 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE tompkins-co.org/cofa

ORGANIC COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE: Future Farm has a weekly drop off of fresh produce in Ithaca throughout the 22 week season. Shares sold on sliding scale starting at $200, priority to low-income. HOURS accepted." Meghan 277-8817 meghanmurphy20@hotmail.com

PRISONER EXPRESS PROJECT seeks volunteers to send books to inmates, supply inmates materials to create greeting cards, promote artwork & journals, teach origami, website development, inmate comic book, pen pal program, fundraising. Gary Fine at Alternatives Library 255-6486 alt-lib@cornell.edu

TOMPKINS COUNTY OFFENDER AID & RESTORATION (OAR) seeks volunteers to counsel inmates at TC Jail. 18-hour training in five sessions 6/15-24, + jail orientation. Volunteers commit to weekly visit w/ an inmate for one year. OAR Volunteer Liaison 272-7885 oarvolunteer@hotmail.com

WOMEN'S HEALTH LIBRARY available for public use 277-5516 marloc@twcny.rr.com

WORDS OF PEACE (Guru Marharaji) on Channel 13 Saturdays 10am, Sundays 6pm & 10pm. 5/15 & 5/16 "Your Fundamental Wish." 5/22 & 5/23 "The Call of the Heart." 5/29 & 5/30 no broadcast. 6/5 & 6/6 "Understanding Thirst"

"SWIM TO SAVE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE 8/13 by County legislator Michael Koplinka-Loehr intends to raise $10,000/mile by swimming 42 miles from north end of lake to Stewart Park. "I hope to galvanize county, regional, & statewide attention on the financial challenges Tompkins County faces, amid intense fiscal pressures from state policies, to preserve its existing quality of life." Koplinka-Loehr created Tompkins County Quality of Life Fund to enable the County to accept voluntary private contributions for special needs not likely to be met through the regular budget process. MKL was on IHS swim team 1972-75. He seeks fundraising volunteers. 257-2329 mak11@cornell.edu
---Donate online: communityfoundationoftc.org

AMERICORPS*VISTA MEMBERS & LEADERS NEEDED for Cornell Public Service Center project for August 2004-August 2005. "Members serve their community in area non-profit organizations or on the Cornell University campus. Must be 18+ years, high school or GED. Modest living allowance, Health insurance, Childcare subsidy, Student loan deferment, Housing for some positions, Free Bus Passes, scholarships to CSMA, YMCA, Ithaca HOURS, ETC. Aileen Boyd 255-8131 amb267@cornell.edu

Tompkins County CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES INCREASED NYS MINIMUM WAGE. Calling federal action on the minimum wage unlikely, the Chamber's Board resolved on 4/21 to endorse State Senate Bill 3291C, to raise the minimum wage incrementally to $7.10/hour in 2006.

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MEDITATION WITH EASE "Explore New Ways to Find Peace & Clarity in Your Daily Life" six Thursdays starting 5/20, 7:30 -9pm Peter Fortunato 266-9200 fortuna@lightlink.com Cayuga Heights Center for Wellness & Healing Arts. HOURS accepted.

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Thanks to Homer & Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable internet services. paul5glover@yahoo.com

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