ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
NOVEMBER #2 2004

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

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NOT OFFICIALLY NEWS

"ITHACA HAS MORE RESTAURANTS PER CAPITA THAN ANY CITY IN THE COUNTRY." organicstyle.com/feature

AND IS HARDER TO FLY TO/FROM: "Fears of Isolation as US Airways Cuts Flights" [NYT 8/13/04] "Known for its splendid setting at the head of Cayuga Lake, for its frequent appearances on 'best places to live' lists... Ithaca is also a community with an Achilles' heel..."

2005 FINGER LAKES MUSHROOM CALENDAR

STATE THEATRE'S ORIGINAL 1928 ORGAN RETURNS. Removed from the theater in 1968, the Link organ console was stored in an unheated garage in Syracuse for over 30 years. Historic Ithaca's Preservation Services staff located the organ parts in March 2004 & negotiated its return.

FORMER MAYOR COHEN IS EMPLOYED as Ithaca-based agent for a Baltimore-based software company which sells employee evaluation databases. "Employers & employees like it because it's impartial."

MORE PROOF THAT ITHACA IS EVIL: two 'Ithaca Is Gorges' bumper stickers can be rearranged to spell "ITHACA HAS ORGIES."

CORNELL'S HAPPY HOCKEY MAYHEM: Lynah Rink is the fiercest coordinate on Ithaca's winter map. Between pep band flourishes & zamboni rides, the ancient Cornell-Yale combat reprised 12/3. Skating skill was a pretext for regulated brutality among these world's worst pedestrians. Enouraged by the crowd's pitiless synchronized hostility, distinctions blurred between humans & hyenas. Screaming curses at enemy players, coaches & goalie, the student bleachers vented scholastic tension. Players left the ice shaking hands. It's great fun, especially for winners, & far better than war. Men's team #1 in Ivies. Men's Women's

NEW ITHACA LIBRARY: Health Annex of Durland Alternatives Library hosted by Ithaca Health Alliance at their office above Autumn Leaves. Sign out & return health-related books. Donations welcome.

NYS HAS MORE LOBBYISTS (3,598 in 2003) THAN ANY OTHER STATE: publicintegrity.org/hiredguns/report
TAPPING OFFICIALS' SECRETS: FILING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS in NYS: rcfp.org/cgi-local/tapping
NYS NEWSPAPERS

GREEN PARTY STAYS ON NYS VOTER REGISTRATION FORM: U.S. Court Of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

ITHACA ACTION NETWORK ithacaactionnetwork.blogspot.com "This blog is for Ithaca, NY progressives who want to oppose the Bush agenda & develop a stronger progressive voice and presence in public life. We are committed to the principles of non-violent resistance to tyranny."
---U.S. war crimes in Falluja

ENGINEERS FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD based in Ithaca: "mobilizes engineers to address the challenges of global poverty & sustainability. Our members are developing innovative technologies, shaping policy, & fostering small-scale enterprise. "

THANKS! to readers who donate to continue this publication: ICN, Box 365, Ithaca, NY 14851

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FEATURED EVENTS (those charging fees accept Ithaca HOURS)

VEN Y PRACTICA TU ESPANOL con nosotros los domingos [SUNDAYS] a las 4pm en el segundo piso de Autumn Leaves. Ultimamente traemos diccionarios, libros y articulos para compartir. Pero no hace falta si no quieres. Solo traete a ti mismo y ven a tomar un caf o un t con nosotros mientras nos ayudamos con el espanol. tba1@cornell.edu

HEALTH FAIR: EATING WELL, EATING RIGHT for aging adults 12/9, 10am-1pm, Lifelong, 119 W. Court St. Interactive fun, food for thought. Healthy recipes & samples, hands-on cooking, quizzes. Blood pressure & blood glucose screening. 273-1511 bschermerhorn@tclifelong.org

A HOLIDAY PARTY by the Red Cross & Loaves & Fishes: 12/10, 5-7pm, 210 N. CAYUGA St. "Please come & enjoy a holiday meal. Live music, free & open to community."

RADIO WORKSHOP "Reporting and Writing a Radio Feature" with Jon Miller, Independent radio producer. 12/11,10am-1pm, above Autumn Leaves Used Books on the Commons. 273-9105. Middle & high school kids welcome.

SIGNIFICANT ELEMENTS END-OF-YEAR CLEARANCE SALE 12/10 & 11, 10am-5pm, 212 Center Street Architectural parts recycled. "Everything in stock will be discounted! Fanning mill to separate seeds, lots of great lighting, many new doors, more!" elements@lightlink.com

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS on International Human Rights Day 12/10, 5-6pm, Commons. Throughout weekend 12/10-12 self-serve write-a-thon table in the Workers' Rights Center, second floor Autumn Leaves Books: 5-9pm 12/10; 10am-9pm 12/11; 11am-6pm 12/12. "Send holiday greetings to prisoners of conscience & human rights defenders around the world."

COMMUNITY UNITY CHORUS CONCERT 12/11, 8pm, IHS, Kulp Auditorium, $5 adults, $2 kids

RAINBOW COFFEE HOUSE 12/11 & monthly, 8-10pm, Henry St. John gymnasium, 301 S. Geneva. "serves as an alternative social meeting place for the local GLBT community." Open to "everyone regardless of their sexual orientation." rdl14850@yahoo.com

"WHISTLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS" by Adam Perl & Graham Stewart 12/12, 3-4 pm, Tompkins County Public Library

CELEBRATE HANUKKAH IN ITHACA 12/12, 3pm, IHS Kulp Auditorium. THE KLEZMATICS: "America's hippest Jewishroots band" "You've heard Christmas songs by Jews, now there's 'Holy Ground: The Jewish Songs of Woody Guthrie.' Ithaca College Klezmer Ensemble opens. Kol Haverim leads Hanukkiah lighting honoring Jewish heritage of Peace & Justice activism. Tickets at Autumn Leaves, Small World Music, Toko Imports, Greenstar. $15 Adults; $10 Students; $5 Children 4-12; <3 free. 1/4 HOUR. "If your group would like to table in the lobby or you could help w/ volunteer tasks: Aron Gutman 277-0573 agutman@ithaca.edu

HOLIDAY PARTY: Finger Lakes Independence Center 12/14, 1-4pm, 215 Fifth St. All welcome.

FREE CLINIC being organized by the Ithaca Health Alliance. 12/15, 7pm, Moosewood Cafe. All welcome. Justine Waldman bubbahinee@hotmail.com

REIKI CIRCLE 12/16, 6:30pm, Women's Community Building. LTC practitioners & guests share Reiki, send "long-distance healing energy as a group meditation." Gretchen Avery gavery@bci.net

RUTABAGA CURL (7th annual) 12/18, noon (register 10-11:30am), Ithaca Farmers' Market (last market day of season). "Runners bearing the eternal Rutabaga flame are bringing the torch ever closer to our site for the noon opening. Festivities include a moving 'Parade of the Athletes' led by the inimitable Rutabaga Goddess. Three rounds of hard-fought Rutabaga Curling culminate in a final competition of the top curlers. An always emotional medal ceremony ends our event.
---"The Scottish National team which dominated last year's event will be given some stiff competition by an upstart Canadian team which promises to give them 'a run for their haggis.' Last year's defending champion, Laura Whiting of Ithaca, is in prime condition but looks to have much stiff competition this year." --Commissioner Steve Sierigk

A DECEMBER SUITE by Rachel Lampert"A new roster of talented recruits for this year's performance featuring Hilby." Act II: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. "Featuring 20-foot tall giant puppets, mask work, song and dance" 12/18, 3pm & 7:30pm; 12/19, 3pm, State Theatre. kitchentheatre.org Adult $14, Student $7. HOURS accepted.

"WINTER IS HOT" IN ITHACA 12/1/04-3/1/05. "Get away from it all to wine, dine & unwind. "Light in Winter" festival celebrates fusion of music, art, science with lecturers & performers such as Paul Winter visitithaca.com 1-800-28-ITHACA

HANGAR THEATRE MAKES A GREAT GIFT

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OLD NEWS

HISTORY OF TOMPKINS COUNTY by Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian
TOMPKINS COUNTY POORHOUSE

TOMPKINS COUNTY GENEALOGY FORUM
TOMPKINS COUNTY CENSUS 1930: help transcribe

ITHACA 1911 (encyclopedia entry excerpt) "the county-seat of Tompkins County, New York, at the southern end of Cayuga Lake, 60 m. SW of Syracuse. Pop. (1890) 11,079, (1900) 13,136. It is served by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western & the Lehigh Valley railways & by interurban electric line; & steamboats ply on the lake. Most of the city is in the level valley, from which it spreads up the heights on the south, east & west. Renwick Beach, at the head of the lake, is a pleasure resort. The neighboring region is one of much beauty, & is frequented by summer tourists. Near the city are many waterfalls, the most notable being Taughannock Falls, 215 ft tall. Through the city from the east run Fall, Cascadilla & Six Mile Creeks, the first two of which have cut deep gorges & have a number of cascades & waterfalls, the largest, Ithaca Fall in Fall Creek, being 120' high. Six Mile Creek crosses the south side of the city & empties into Cayuga Inlet, which crosses the western & lower districts, often inundated in the spring. The Inlet receives the waters of a number of small streams descending from the south-western hills. Fall Creek furnishes good water-power. The city has various manufactures, including fire-arms, calendar clocks, traction engines, electrical appliances, patent chains, incubators, autophones, artesian well drills, salt, cement, window glass & wallpaper. Ithaca is also a farming centre & coal market, & much fruit is grown in the vicinity. The city is best known as the seat of Cornell University. Ithaca was settled about 1789, the name being given to it by Simeon DeWitt in 1806. It was incorporated as a village in 1821, & was chartered as a city in 1888. At Buttermilk Falls stood the principal village of the Tutelo Indians, Coreorgonel, settled in 1753 & destroyed in 1779 by a detachment of [General] Sullivan's force."

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BIG NEWS
 
TOMPKINS COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FINAL DRAFT
planning@tompkins-co.org cartoon by Glover

WAL-MART CAN AFFORD TO PAY BETTER
* Full-time Cashiers - Average Income $13,883
* Full-time Sales Associates - Average Income $15,537
* Tompkins County Living Wage $17,544
* Annual Cost to U.S. Taxpayers of Wal-Mart's Low Wages: $2,000,000,000
* Wal-Mart's 2003 profit: $9,000,000,000
---Ithaca Wal-Mart Living Wage Campaign
* 70% of Wal-Mart's Products are Produced in China:
--- organicconsumers.org/corp/walmartchina113004.cfm
--- chinadaily.com.cn/english/bw/bwtop.html

SUICIDE PREVENTION & CRISIS SERVICE CRISISLINE "needs the support of the community to assure that 24 hours a day, every day of the year, help is available to community members in crisis. The SPCS has already responded to over 9,000 calls this year alone." Every dollar donated, up to $15,000, will be matched. Tax deductible: SPCS, 124 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

$5,000 GRANTS from THE CONSTANCE SALTONSTALL FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS in these categories: earth arts, environmental arts, computer art that deals with environmental issues, short stories, novels or graphic novels. Apply by January 15. info@saltonstall.org

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ITHACA FOOD NEWS

ORGANIKISS CATERER & PERSONAL CHEF Organic Vegetarian Cuisine. HOURS accepted.

VEGAN GROCERY STORE organizing 12/13, 7pm, above Autumn Leaves Books.

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YOUR LETTERS

"Hello. One of my Ithaca friends sent me your latest newsletter. I found the letter about running a diesel Mercedes on veggie oil VERY interesting. Forwarded it to my brother in SC who LOVES his old Mercedes. Would you add my email to your subscription list? When I can I'll send a donation. I'm in the mountains outside Elmira & go to Ithaca periodically for healthcare, food, etc." --Gulie Molkenthin
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"Great to get your newsletter! I am here in Rockland County, Stony Point, suburbia. There are great people doing good work here too, but nothing like Ithaca. My job as stormwater & compost educator is really wonderful. I feel like I can make a positive contribution to my new community because of the great things that I learned in Ithaca, as well as my graduate work studying water." --Mary H.
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"Please subscribe me to ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS. Also, kindly email both of November's issues in sequential order, so that I may begin my electronic archives. Thank you for your continued efforts to enlighten Ithaca." --John
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"If you want to do something active here in NYS regarding electronic voting, my organization, New Yorkers for Verified Voting is starting a statewide action to contact legislators about supporting the use of paper ballots here in NYS as a replacement for our lever machines. We will need active participation from everyone concerned about electronic voting, & we have a small window of opportunity to influence that choice in our state." --Bo Lipari
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"I want to make a contribution toward your effort for getting out the Ithaca Community News emails. How do I make out the check this year?" --Susan M.
---[REPLY] Donations may be sent to ICN, Box 365, Ithaca, NY 14851. Thanks!
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"This is the story of one small city's attempt to rally behind community radio in an act of civil disobedience. Could Ithaca follow a similar path?" diymedia.net/feature/micro/f021504.htm --Elizabeth
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"The Ithaca City School District doesn't feel it is necessary or financially feasible to teach Driver Education classes. And we wonder why so many young people are killed or injured in car accidents? Just because we, as parents, have a driver's license, doesn't qualify us to teach others to drive. Bring back driver ed. in Ithaca!" --Judy
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"Just forwarding Cornell's absence from this list [of universities committed to socially responsible investing]" sriendowment.org/about.php --Elaine Poon
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"Enclosed is a donation. We appreciate that you keep plugging away at trying to make Ithaca a better place." --D. & S. Means
---[REPLY] Thanks for your help. Ithaca wants to be a better place & knows it can. This is just a mirror.

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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

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