ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
NOVEMBER #1 2004

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

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NOT OFFICIALLY NEWS

ITHACA MOUSE & RAT TRAP COLLECTOR Rick Cicciarelli 257-5141 Mousetrapboy@hotmail.com "I have only about 100 traps."

* GILDED IN GOLDLEAF: Ithaca's fallen foliage is more precious rotted than crown & jewels.
* ITHACA AUTUMN WOODS by Susan Booth Titus
* LIFE IN ITHACA SLIDESHOW
* ITHACA-- WEEKEND GETAWAY

FLATLAND VIDEO delivers "many hard to find films" to your door by bicycle. $25/month unlimited rentals. HOURS accepted. Hundreds of titles! 280-3776

ITHACA HOSTS NATION'S THIRD-LARGEST INTERNET BOOK PORTAL: 8,000,000 titles & 1,500 vendors. 844-8446

TWO ITHACA BLOGS: happilystuckinithaca.com & ithaca.different-day.com

* HIPPIES LOVE ITHACA!
* HIPPIES STAND OFF AGAINST NATIONAL GUARD (can anyone confirm):
* "ITHACA IS A REAL GRANOLA-CRUNCHING, earth-mother, Zen lunatic town, & that's how we like it."

PROGRESSIVE ITHACA CENTER: Nine organizations upstairs at 115 The Commons (Autumn Leaves). Books Behind Bars, Bush Must Go!, Ithaca Community News, Ithaca Health Fund, Ithaca HOURS, Positive News, TC HCAN, TC Workers' Rights Center, Youth Advocacy Program. Room for more.

FREE YOGA FOR ACTIVISTS! Monday mornings 8:30am, Autumn Leaves upstairs (door to right of main entrance). Massage therapists/other healers sought. "We are activists working on different projects promoting a more just, healthier & happier world for all (& we sure could use a massage)." --Ilonka posnews@lightlink.com 351-7944

WIRELESS INTERNET AT PUBLIC LIBRARY: Laptop high speed service anywhere in the library. Service Rules

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES STAGGERING THROUGH TOWN.

CORNELL CLOCKTOWER COSTUMES, complete with chimes.

ITHACA SODA

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EDITORIAL: BUSH MAY STAY
Election results show Bush may Stay rather than Go. Thus gone instead is the illusion that during the next four years the federal government will reduce warmaking, reduce oil dependence, repair the environment, preserve abortion rights, & respect civil liberties. Gone the illusion that the Democratic Party can inspire Americans to embrace peacemaking rather than fear.
---Hereafter we cannot principally write checks to right wrongs. Nor can we content ourselves with feeling superior to Bush by reading leftist magazines. To survive, we must dedicate much leisure instead to implementing practical programs.
---We will now protect one another by replacing illusions with exemplary local actions. This community can prove, alone if necessary, that young people will not be drafted, that the right to abortion prevails, that universal local health coverage works, that we are not controlled by corporate media, corporate retail or corporate finance, & that there are effective alternatives to oil.
---By doing so we plant here the seeds of practical alternatives to fascism, & teach the nation to thrive.

TOWN MEETING: WHAT'S NEXT? 11/13, 2-4pm. "Regardless who wins the Presidential Election many of us know that there is still much work ahead of us." Woman's Community Building. 339-1680 or truthisonepathsaremany@yahoo.com
---Cosponsors: Bush Must Go!, Ithaca Catholic Worker, Tompkins County Green Party, TC Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Cornell for Peace and Justice, Cornell Organization for Labor Action, Cornell Students Against Sweatshops, Cornell Kyoto Now!, Cornell Farmworkers Advocacy Coalition & more. DAY AFTER MARCH 11/3, 5pm, The Commons to N. Cayuga to Cascadilla, etc. "No matter who wins we need to take back our country." Bring flashlights, orange vests, drums, noisemakers for "spirited rucus." Sponsored by Catholic Workers. Grace Ritter 277-8962

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

"NEW PATRIOTS" FILM/DISCUSSION: 11/4, 4:30pm, 316 Anabel Taylor Hall. local organizing for 2004 vigil to Close the SOA/WHISC at Ft. Benning, GA 11/19-21. "The US harbors & trains terrorists!"

AMY GOODMAN AT SAGE CHAPEL: Channel 13, 11/5, 7:30pm & 11/2, 10pm. "Independent Media in a Time of War & Election"

EVENING OF JUDEO-ARABIC MUSIC 11/6, 7:30pm Muller Chapel, Ithaca College.

MUSIC FOR ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE 11/7, 4pm, Unitarian Church (Aurora/Buffalo). Benefit for Neve Shalom/Wahat-al Salam & Middleway. $15.00 at door. HOURS accepted.

ISLAM IN ITHACA

PEACE & JUSTICE GIFT SHOP at Living Wage space (above Autumn Leaves Bookstore, 115 The Commons. Mon-Fri 2-6pm weekdays, Sat. 1-4pm. 2005 Peace Calendar, 2005 Women Artists Datebook, T-shirts (organic cotton non-sweatshop) "Celebrate Girls," mugs ("Corporate Domination Sucks," "Unions: The Folks that Brought you the Weekend,"etc, posters, note cards, post cards, buttons, bookmarks, bumperstickers, books. Ithaca HOURS accepted. 269-0409

ě¨VIVA LAS ARTISTAS! 11/8, 7pm ABC Cafe. Revolutionary art event, music, dance, open mike.

TREATED UNFAIRLY AT WORK? "Workers' Rights Center provides free & confidential information, referral, advocacy assistance. Concerned about your wages, overtime pay, breaks, unjust termination, your right to form a union, health & safety, family & medical leave, discrimination, sexual harassment, disability accommodation, bullying, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, rights of ex-offenders, teen work rules, or your civil liberties at work? We also help with housing, social services & health insurance problems." --Pete Meyers or Carl Feuer 269-0409 TCWRC@yahoo.com Office: 115 The Commons, above Autumn Leaves, Tues 6-8pm, Weds 10:30am-12:30 pm, Thurs 5-7 pm, Fris 2-4 pm.

LOG IN PRODUCTIONS (Danby) got "DreamCatcher" Award at 2004 Hope & Dreams Film Festival. "Recognizes Slawomir Grunberg's commitment to documentary filmmaking & the art of story telling." This year's theme: "CHANGING THE WORLD-- ONE FILM AT A TIME."

* PEACE POTLUCK first Saturdays, Perry City Friends (Quakers). Everyone welcome. Route 227, Perry City. Dish to pass 5:30pm; Presentation & discussion7pm. 387-9046 garlicpesto@chutneyfever.com
* WEEKLY PEACE VIGIL THURSDAYS 4:30-5:30pm, E. State St at Green & Seneca Sts.
* PEACE GATHERING Third Sundays (11/21 & 12/19) 7-8:30pm, Church of Epiphany, T-Burg

* OIL IS RUNNING OUT, But the West Would Rather Wage Wars than Consider Other Energy Sources, by George Monbiot
* NATURAL GAS IS RUNNING OUT
* ITHACA NATURAL GAS PRICES
* THE BUS GOES THERE
* RECYCLE ITHACA'S BICYCLES

SUSTAINABLE ITHACA LISTSERVE

"SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS PAST & PRESENT" Bottle & Can Drive 10/20-11/20. Drop off at Dryden Veterans Memorial Home, 2272 Dryden Rd. 844-9900

"DEMOCRACY" new song by Burns Sisters. Download at burnssisters.com

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FEATURED EVENTS (Ithaca HOURS are accepted part/full for all events where fee is charged)

ITHACHORDS four-part a capella Tuesdays 7-9pm, Salvation Army

FIGURE STUDY Wednesdays, 6-9pm, 221 Linn St. Draw, sculpt, paint the human form. $5 model fee seespotartspace.org

FREE SWING DANCE Wednesdays 8-11pm at Wownet, 111 N. Aurora. Meet-n-eat 7pm

BABIES, BOOKS & BOUNCE TIME for babies ages 0-16 months & parents. First & third Thursdays, 6:30-7pm, TCPL. Books, songs, nursery rhymes.

SPANISH CONVERSATION: Sundays 4pm, Autumn Leaves Cafe. cascanuez1@yahoo.es

PAINT & CREATE SESSIONS 11/3, 11/5, 11/8, 2pm-5pm, Coop Extension, 615 Willow Ave. "Transform plain cardboard boxes into fantastic scenes from Lynne Cherry's 'How Groundhog's Garden Grew.'" Ithaca Children's Garden. Leigh MacDonald 272-2292 x186 lam26@cornell.edu

THE SPENCERS THEATRE OF ILLUSION 11/4, 7pm State Theatre, "Enter a fun-filled world of dazzling illusions." $21 adults, $16 students, $10 <11. Half HOUR accepted. outtasightevents.com

YOGA CLASS 11/4 & 11/9, 5:30pm, 221 Linn St. "This is a class for all of those who are a bit shy about yoga." A chance to calm the mind. Instructor Jacoby Ballard. $5 donation.

SISTER2SISTER is open to all middle school girls in Tompkins County that promotes self-esteem, healthy decision-making, empowerment, & diversity." 257-3268 mmgithaca@aol.com. RSVP by 11/4, 256-0037 vkysar@twcny.rr.com

ALEX DeGRASSI 11/6, 8pm, Unitarian Church. "among the finest acoustic guitar players in the world." $15-$17. Half HOUR accepted. outtasightevents.com

TRANSITIONS CONFERENCE: Women's Educational Opportunities 11/6, 9am-3:30pm, TC3. "Explore options for returning to school." 753-5077

GIAC SATURDAY BRUNCH every other Saturday, 11am-1pm 11/6- Fish, eggs, and grits; 11/13- Pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Ages 14 & older $5. Ages 13 younger $3

WOMEN'S HEALTH SEMINAR 11/6, 2-3pm, Women's Community Bldg. Jin Fang, Chinese Herbologist & acupuncturist: menopause, infertility, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, fatigue & looking & feeling older. "Learn how Chinese medicine can help you stay fit, young, beautiful, fulfilled, & vital."

CONTACT IMPROVISATION DANCE 11/7 & every first Sunay, 4-6pm, Tiamat Studio, 136 Commons. $4 donation. "Fun & playfully dynamic interactive." Doug 339-7085

COMMUNICATING WITH OLDER ADULTS WITH MEMORY PROBLEMS 11/9, David Stoyell at TC Office for the Aging 274-5492 dstoyell@tompkins-co.org

INCREASE HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY 11/10, 10:30-11:30am. Location & details: crf11@cornell.edu.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR 11/11, 11am-4pm, Unitarian Church, IthacaAGF@yahoo.com &

THROAT SINGERS OF TUVA 11/12, 7:30pm, State Theatre. $24 & $18; HRS. 273-4497 ithacaworldartsalliance.com Three-part harmony in each throat.

EDEN AT HOME: LEGACY CREATION IN THE COMMUNITY 11/12, noon, Longview's Auditorium, RSVP Office for the Aging 274-5490 lholmes@tompkins-co.org

FREE SHAKESPEARE: "THE TEMPEST."Black Umbrella Productions
11/12 & 13 Wownet Digital Cafe, 116 Aurora St. 8pm
11/14 Kendal at Ithaca, 2230 Triphammer Rd No. 2pm
11/19 Lifelong, 121 W. Court St . 7pm
11/20 Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green St. 2pm
11/21 Community School of Music and Art, 328 E. State St. 2pm
---$5 donation suggested baddog@clarityconnect.com 227-7922

STARTING UP A FARM BUSINESS 11/13, Candor Fire Hall. Fee: $5. Register: 272-2292.
AMERICA RECYCLES DAY CELEBRATION 11/13, 10am-4pm, Pyramid Mall.

SURVIVAL 101: 11/13 & 11/14, 9am-5pm. New Primitive Pursuits Class for Adults, 4-H Acres. shelter building, water collection, fire skills, procuring food, basic stone tools, crafts. Fee: $130. HOURS accepted. Dave Hall 272-2292 ext. 261

FRESH FOLK HARMONIES by Five2 (Uniit, Charisse & Yvette Lucente) 11/14, 3-4pm, Ezra Cornell Reading Room, TCPL

ITHACA HAPPINESS PARADE 11/16 & 11/30, 12:30pm, DeWitt Park around Commons. Sponsored by Positive News.

CUSLAR BOOK SALE 11/16, Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall, 255-7293, cuslar@cornell.edu

CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND 11/17, 8pm, State Theatre. $30-$34. Half HOUR accepted. outtasightevents.com

INCREASING ACCESS TO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS 11/17, 12:30-1:30pm, Rice Conference Room, Biggs Building. - Initiatives including TompkinsRx. RSVP 273-8686

MEET A REP FROM NYS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, consult regarding consumer problems. 11/17, 11am. Consumer HelpLine 272-2292

FORCING BULBS FOR SPRING BLOOM 11/17, 6:30-8:30pm have flowers in the winter. Fee: $10. Register pc21@cornell.edu

BARBARA MINK speaks about her life & work 11/18, 7pm, Womens' Community Bldg. $10 donation. Under 21 free. 272-1247

MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER ANNUAL MEETING & RAFFLE DRAWING 11/18, Time & Location TBA. Win trip for 2 to Golden Nugget Resort. To purchase ticket: Audrey Cooper 272-2292

A LIFE IN HER DAY 11/18, 19 & 20, 8pm, Kitchen Theatre kitchentheatre.com HRS

CIRCUS WUNDERBAR - HILBY RETURNS! 11/20 & 11/21, 1pm & 3pm, Kitchen Theatre. HRS.

EXPLORING JOURNALING, EXPLORING YOURSELF 10/20 & 27, 6:30-8:30pm, WCB. Register 272-1247

COMPOST WITH WORMS 11/21, 2-4 pm, Coop Extension Register early- space is limited! Fee: $10. HRS.

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ITHACA FOOD NEWS

ITHACA FARMERS' MARKET continues Saturdays until 12/18.

VEGAN GROCERY STORE: ORGANIZING MEETING: 11/11, 7pm, Autumn Leaves upstairs.

FARM OPEN HOUSE 11/20 & 21; 11/27 & 28: 10am-4pm. Alpaca, horses, goats, chickens. Indian Chimney Farm 404 Conlon Rd. Lansing. 533-8866

FARMER-TO-FARMER NETWORKING MEETINGS mr55@cornell.edu

GREENSTAR MEMBERS VOTE by 11/15 WHETHER TO DEFINE "NATURAL" FOOD THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF HEALTHY BRAND SUBSTITUTES

IS NATURAL FOOD NATURAL? Check the label:
* "NATURAL FLAVORS" MAY INCLUDE CARCINOGENS & MUTAGENS
* DIABETES AND CORN SYRUP
* Are "natural" foods & cosmetics safe?
* Is bottled water better than tapwater?

BERKELEY SCHOOLS SERVE ORGANIC

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ITHACA HEALTH NEWS

ITHACA FREE CLINIC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for finding equipment, staffing: Dr. Justine Waldman bubbahinee@hotmail.com or Elizabeth Salon, NP. or Dna Jopa See

PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE of the Alliance forming
---The Alliance has 825 members. They're co-owners of a $215,000 bank account. ITHACA HEALTH FUND'S NEW OFFICE & HEALTH LIBRARY (annex of the Durland Alternatives Library), upstairs at Autumn Leaves.

MENSTRUAL HUT / RED TENT: "safe, sacred place for women for their bleeding times." "Reclaim your cycle, your energy & your spirit." Help organize: Dna Jopa 564-1986 dnaopen@lightlink.com

HIV/AIDS in GHANA 11/8, 6:30pm, International Room, Willard Straight Hall, Dr. Gilbert Buckle

FLU HOTLINE 274-6609 children & elders only.

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ITHACA MONEY NEWS

ITHACA HOURS NEW LOCAL CURRENCY OFFICE: 115 The Commons (above Autumn Leaves). Join now to be included in the 2005 directory.
ITHACA HOURS TRADING LIST ONLINE

"NEWS FROM THE LOCAL CURRENCIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY CONFERENCE" [UTNE READER]
Pete Seeger signed 20 Ithaca HOUR notes on back, at this conference. Most are in circulation. ITHACA: "THE SOCIAL & CULTURAL CAPITAL OF COMMUNITY CURRENCY"

STUDY CONCLUDES TAXPAYERS SUBSIDIZE WAL-MART WORKERS

"September was a good month for the local economy."

2005 RECOMMENDED TOMPKINS COUNTY BUDGET

TOMPKINS COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN">

ITHACA FREECYCLE

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YOUR LETTERS

"I drive a 1981 Deisel Mercedes, which I have converted to run on vegetable oil. I had been getting used fry oil from a local restaurant & filtering it myself, but the process was incredibly messy, time consuming, & cumbersome, so I located a local source of pre-filtered, ready-to-burn recycled fry oil. Mark at LiguidSolar http://www.liquidsolar.com operates a small pump in his backyard, on top of a fifty gallon drum of used cooking oil that he has collected. On the fateful day when the stars aligned, the Red Sox turned it around (10/20), & I needed more fuel to run my car, I bought a full tank of oil from Mark & PAID FOR IT ENTIRELY IN ITHACA HOURS!!! There I was, driving home, & I realized that we had just completed a magnificent transaction -- I was operating my car on recycled vegetable oil, which no wars have been fought over, as far as I know, & I had paid for it with a useful local currency that has never itself supported any wars, only the labor & lives of friends & neighbors. Now, THAT is what freedom feels like!" --Rebecca Nellenback thiswillalsochange@yahoo.com
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"I'm wondering if you're ever going to do another newsletter? The latest one I can find is dated 6/11/04. Is this correct? Would love to see it continue. Good luck. Keep up the good fight." --Bob H.
---- "I am saddened to see that the ICN hasn't been written, nor distributed since June. Does it take the summer off (i.e., do you take the summer off?) or is it due to lack of donations? If the former, good for you! If the latter, I wish I could help, but I'm on disability and barely making ends meet. Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help with the news, ok?" --Lisa H.
---[REPLY] Editor became especially busy with the Ithaca Health Alliance.
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"I am a college student in Spokane Washington. Recently I have begun gathering information on graduate schools for physics, & started looking at Cornell University as a possibility.
---"Since I see it is located in Ithaca, & I recall hearing some things about the place, I wonder if you could help me clear up any misconceptions I may have gotten, or solidify what I have heard.
---"I have heard that Ithaca is a place for the super rich. Like if you don't have a few million you really are not going to be welcome there, & you will not last. I have also heard that Cornell University is a school only for the super rich, & then with just the right connections at that."
---"Anyway, I thought maybe you could offer some clarity on the issue, as it would really help me in evaluating the best school to go to, & where I might fit in." --Jacob Fines
---[REPLY] Ithaca is a place for the struggling working class, the struggling & the secure middle classes. There are many rich & a few super rich. There's a lively alternative & creative culture. Admission is easier for the wealthy, though there are many people there with financial aid. You could get stats from Cornell itself. Being the child or grandchild of a CU grad helps. But if you've got the grades & extracurriculars there's a chance. See "Cornell's Activist History & Future"
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"I just wanted to change my old e-mail address on the Ithaca Community News List (we've been spam bombed & don't want to miss your mailing). Great service!" --T. Dunn
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"We're beginning to investigate if it would make sense to switch from Verizon to another provider for local telephone service (perhaps coupled with regional and long-distance service as well).
---"This is the kind of issue we all tend to address on our own every few years, but I'd like to learn from your experiences. If your agency has switched from Verizon to another carrier, I'd like to hear if the change: 1) saved money, & 2) caused any decline (or improvement) in service. I'll be happy to share what I learn." --Bob Riter riter@ibca.net
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"Our Food Pantry here at Tompkins Community Action will gladly take your plastic grocery bags. We use them all the time & have a need for them all the time. Drop them off at loading dock (701 Spencer Rd) anytime or during business hours (M-F 9am- 4:30pm). daphne.slater@tcaction.org 273-8816 x143
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"I just happened to stumble upon your e-mail archive & must say I am truly impressed! Please add me to your listserve; I'd love to know what's going on." --Marquise
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"For the month of November, the Sloan Student Associationwould like to help a local agency organize & collect for a canned food drive. Could anyone recommend an appropriate organization to team up with for this activity? Also, for future reference, if your organization needs any help from a student organization, please e-mail me with suggested activities." --April Denmark lirpa_d@hotmail.com
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"I read about Ithaca Health Alliance in Orion Magazine. Do I understand correctly from your website that membership is open to any & all, or must communities develop their own group? I have a daughter who is presently struggling to maintain coverage for herself,husband & 3 kids as his employer no longer provides coverage ($900/month)." --Joan Sauer
---[REPLY] The Alliance has members in 29 states so far. Payments are made anywhere in the world, to any health provider, for categories currently covered: an example that other communities can follow.
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"Thank you for asking for money [for Ithaca Community News]. Too many of us who do independent things for the community don't admit we're as poor as church-mice!" --Julie Jordan
---[REPLY] Thank you, that's so, and thanks to the many who have paid for this edition. Donations may be made to ICN, Box 365, Ithaca, NY 14851

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MAIL-IT DELIVERS LIBRARY MATERIALS through the mail to residents of in Tompkins, Cortland, Tioga, Seneca or Cayuga counties who are unable to get to their local library due to a health or physical concern, or a special circumstance. Free. mhemingway@flls.org

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REIKI I CLASS 11/6 & 7 Gretchen Avery, Traditional Reiki Master Teacher, Loving Touch Center of the Finger Lakes 539-7085 16 Class Hours $150. HOURS accepted. Pre-register gavery@bci.net FREE INTRODUCTORY REIKI CIRCLES 11/4 & 18, 6:30pm, Women's Community Building

SHAMANIC JOURNEY WORK: specializing in soul retrieval. Pat Floyd 279-0444

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THE HISTORY CENTER IN TOMPKINS COUNTY: subscribe to the e-newsletter History Happenings. Send blank e-mail to subscribe@thehistorycenter.net

ITHACA ROTARY COMMUNITY GRANTS apply by 1/28/05, Jessie Ripple (Chairperson - Grant Program) 57 Highgate Circle, Ithaca, NY 14850, 257-6454 or 254-2372.

ITHACA ASL CLUB conversation practice & social group for people interested in using American Sign Language. Meets twice monthly. All welcome, regardless of skill level or degree of hearing loss. Ithaca_ASL_Club@yahoo.com or IthacaHearingLoss

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Thanks to Homer & Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable internet services.

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