June #1 2003


[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,187 Ithaca area residents]


FIFTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Ithaca Fine Chocolates (4-pack), 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).
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THE ITHACA RAINFOREST now intoxicates w/lilacs & honeysuckle, cottonwood blizzards. Millions of maple seedlings have been mown. Were we to cease patching streets & trimming lawns, the city would be an impenetrable jungle within 50 years. REAL ITHACANS, real cold ones, enjoyed the Ithaca Festival. Celebrating Ithaca means dressing for all weather all year. Thanks to all volunteers & performers.

"EXPRESSIVE IMPRESSIONS OF ITHACA" at Clinton House Artspace. Robert Witzel, watercolors, until 6/30. Mon-Fri. 10am-5:30pm.

ITHACA TRAVEL GUIDE 2003 RELEASED by Ithaca/TC Convention & Visitors Bureau. "This year, the [63-page] guide includes a pull out map section highlighting area attractions, lodging, restaurants.
---"The guide also details outdoor recreation from golf courses to outfitters w/ equipment rentals, charter & guide services, fishing & hunting seasons, winter activities, hiking & biking trail heads, farm stands & markets & everything from family activities to nightlife.
---"Annual events are listed in the guide, as well as interesting trivia about history
---"'We really tried to capture that Ithaca feel throughout the guide by including fabulous photos of waterfalls, photos of foliage at Stewart Park, hand-made paper,'" states Suzi Munoz of CVB. To get a copy: 1-800-28-Ithaca [email protected]

SUNDAY FARMER'S MARKETS have resumed at Steamboat Landing, 10am-2pm. Saturdays 9am-2pm. Tuesdays at DeWitt Park 9am-2pm, w/storytime 11:30am-noon.



FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH EVENT 6/13: thirteen acts each 20 minutes long, 7-11pm. "Inspired by the spirit of olde superstitious F-t-13th-izms." $5/HOURS. See Spot Community Art Space, 108 Commons. Ongoing CHEAP ART FEST! works priced under $100. 277-7560. Become a member! $20/yr.

STUDENT RE-USE PROJECT "NAME YOUR OWN PRICE" SALE 6/14&15, Old Taughannock Blvd [email protected]

ITHACA PRIDE: OUT IN THE FINGER LAKES 6/14 "First regional celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender communities. Kick-off Party (June 13 at Common Ground in Ithaca), a fun & colorful Pride march/parade (gather noon at Washington Park, march 1pm), a rally at the Ithaca Commons & informal family picnic in DeWitt Park afterwards.
---"We need volunteers to direct marchers. We're especially requesting our friends, families & allies to fill this role so that as many LGBTQ folk as possible can actually march in the parade. It's a 2 hour time commitment - just meet at noon in Washington Park 6/14 for a brief orientation; the parade will be over by 2 pm. If interested: [email protected] or 387-8474.
---"To register your contingent, buy buttons or make a donation:

SHARE FEST 6/14, 12-7pm. Music, food, Native American arts, crafts, performers. Located on the corner of Great Gully and Truesdale Rds., off of Rt. 90 in between Aurora & Union Springs (turn east onto Great Gully and left on Truesdale). 315-889-7371 [email protected]

"WKTC RADIO SHOW" 6/16 at State Theatre 8:30pm. "An Evening of Melody & Comedy presented by The Kitchen Theatre Company. Champagne & dessert reception follows. Tickets $25.00 at Clinton House or 273-4497. HOURS accepted.

BROOKLYNITES-IN-ITHACA REUNION 6/19, 5:30-8:30pm, Stewart Park, small pavillion.

Dragon Fly, 6/19, 7pm. See Spot Community Art Space. 108 Commons. Jazz/blues. $3/HOURS. 277-7560.

JUNETEENTH STREET FESTIVAL 6/21 at Southside Community Center, "the oldest known celebration of the legal emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States. Juneteenth is not only a celebration of remembrance of the very rich history of African Americans in this country, but also a celebration of our achievements in our continuous struggle against oppression."
---This year's theme is "Family Reunion." To help volunteer: 273-6587 [email protected]

HARRY POTTER READ-ALOUD at TCPL: 6/21, 10 :30am-12:30pm, "Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

BOUND FOR GLORY Sundays, Anabel Taylor Hall, 8:30pm 6/22 BROOKS WILLIAMS "one of the guitar gods. Jaws drop as he plays." 6/29 DARRYL PURPOSE "one of the country's finest story-singers.

FOOD SECURITY PERMACULTURE POTLUCK 6/22 Featuring Reynaldo "Rony" Lec, a Maya Kakchikel who "founded Ija'tz, an association of farmers that produce & market shade-grown organic coffee, maintain a seed bank of local plants, & manage a model permaculture farm that demonstrates sustainable coffee growing methods." Suggested donation of $5.00-$25.00 to support the work of I.M.A.P. No one refused admission. Children welcome. Cayuta Sun Homestead, 2962 Swamp Rd., Cayutaville N.Y. [email protected]

"Abandoned Details," photographs by Elana Rosen-White, East Hill Plaza CTB. Reception 6/22, 2-4 pm. Show 6/17-8/1. 227-8007.

CURB YOUR CAR - 6/26 at 4:00pm at Old Jail, Court St nr Tioga. [email protected]

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, & a speak-out on issues.
---At 6:30pm, dinner, discussion, music, song around the campfire. $5 contribution, HOURS accepted.

AMY GLICKLICH, COLLEEN KATTAU, & BRIDGET MEIGS!! 6/28, 7pm, the Common Ground (1230 Danby Road) tickets $10-30 sliding scale, from CUSLAR, Alternatives Library (Anabel Taylor Hall), at door. CONTRIBUTIONS TO CUSLAR (checks: 316 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell, Ithaca, NY 14853).

JUNE MUSIC AT ABC CAFE: 15 bands the rest of this month.


ITHACA'S FREE ONLINE GARAGE SALE & SWAP SHEET: Here are some of the latest listings: apartments, 12' x 56' trailer-free!, 1987 Ford Ranger pickup, 1987 Nissan Pulsar, 1989 Volvo, African style drum, baby equipment, babysitting, bed, cross-country skis, bicycles & parts & repairs, books, bubble wrap, carpenter, cats, computer consulting/ repair, rubber stamps, dance therapy, daycare/babysitter, doula/crisis counselor, eye pillows, kitchen angels, electric stove, English riding saddle, fish scraps for composting, graphic design, hats, health financing, herbal skin care products, house for rent, housecleaning, housesitter, Israeli dance, land, sheet plastic, laser printer, massage table, mountain bike, atv's dirt bikes & motorcycles, Omega Institute credit, organic juice, organic produce home delivery, Panasonic kx-fp101 fax, pet sitting, piano, pre-natal support, raw milk:, wheelchair accessible van, restaurant meals, rubber stamps, shiatsu massage, sixties retro straight back chair, studio space, submissions of poetry, t-shirts, tibetan books, latino healing technique, tree & shrub pruning, tutor, office spaces, vacation rental, web programming, webhosting & design, welder, woodworking, watch, yoga classes. All accept HOURS.

ITHACA CHILDREN'S GARDEN DETECTIVE SERIES: Passports at Cornell Plantations & Cooperative Extension. "Offers youth adventures in the plant world as they search their neighborhood, a park, or garden for leaf shapes, leaf texture, plant defense, & pollination. Passports include amazing facts, detective challenges & super questions, as well as simple projects & experiments to try at home." Ithaca Children's Garden 272-2292 [email protected]



"JERA FARM is a 13 acre permaculture project, on German Cross road. Jera is being designed [to become] a center of learning for Permaculture design & localization. First we must start with the basics- the earth! Work for the next year includes cleaning & restoring the barn, creating gardens & a root cellar, making space for chickens & bees, & building composting & reed bed waste facilities. There are also plans for renewable energy systems. As part of permaculture's Fair Share ethic, Jera hopes to eventually donate surplus veggies to non-profits such as Loaves & Fishes as teach sustainable practices. NOW looking for semi permanent residents for September on to join the fun!" 272-1524 Steve.

TEACHING OUR YOUNG (T.O.Y.) Homeschooling Network [email protected]

CAYUGA LAKE LISTSERVE: [email protected] "to let you know what is happening in the attempt to get meaningful regulation of jetskis on Cayuga Lake."



* June 9, 1928: Beginning of MOSQUITO WAR. Workers pour mixture of waste oil, gasoline & kerosene on pools of stagnant water throughout city. However, rains soon wash away the slicks & the breeding grounds are finally destroyed by extensive land filling.
* June 10, 1961 BIGGEST FISH in Cayuga lake, a 5' 5" sturgeon, caught w/hook & line.
* June 11, 1913: Filming begins on first of many MOTION PICTURES made in Ithaca. The scene is recorded in Fall Creek w/ Francis X Bushman starring in "The Hermit of Lonely Gulch."
* June 12, 1899: Monthly visit of Dr. Butterfield to Clinton House completes 40 years of FREE FAITH HEALING for Ithacans, who fill his room all day. Local clergy acclaim his cures "miraculous."
* June 13, 1939: JACKHAMMERS AT 3AM wake everybody as DPW works on water main. Angry calls to police stop the noise.
* June 14, 1920: An army of local women, representing 36 organizations, begins canvassing city to raise $50,000 for purchase or construction of a Women's Community Building.
* June 15, 1868: FALL CREEK MILL COLLAPSES into Creek, dumping 8,000 bushels into water.
* June 16, 1893: Sallie Tichenor, 95, picks up cigarette butts on RR tracks when Engine 221 runs her down.
* June 17, 1863: DeWitt Guard, the LOCAL MILITIA, votes to offer themselves in repellling the "invasion of Pennsylvania" by Confederacy.

TOMPKINS COUNTY MUSEUM'S new hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 11am-5pm.
---"HISTORY HAPPENINGS" monthly e-Newsletter by DeWitt Historical Society. Subscribers may download screensavers from DHS photo collections. First includes images from DHS' recent book "Images of Ithaca and Tompkins County: The Early Years."



Tompkins County Network for Peace & Justice 6/10, 6pm at Autumn Leaves Books

"The BASICS OF NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION" video 6/20, 7-9pm at Burtt House, N. Willard Way or at Women's Community Bldg 6/17, 7-9pm.

ITHACA UPROAR latest issue available around town.


BOYCOTT THE WAR/S! TAKE YOUR VOICE TO THE NEXT LEVEL: "The U.S. administration has dismissed our vocal opposition to war. Now, it is time to take our voice to the next level. We will affect them where it matters most - in their wallets. ---"We are beginning a global boycott of companies that have made significant financial contributions to get the current president into power. We will not purchase products or services from: Exxon-Mobil-Esso contributed US$1,226,331; Kraft (subsidiary of Phillip Morris) US$3,094,237; Pepsico US$749,494 ; United Parcel Service US$2,072,468; Wal-Mart Stores US$610,748."
---Additional Brands:
---Organic foods owned by these companies: Maine Organic Farmers Assn says "get big business out of organic":


COUNTING ON DEMOCRACY: The untold story of 175,000 missing votes in 2000 elections. 6/11 & 18, 10pm Channel 13. Sponsored by The Luminary News.
---Luminary News (Kenny Ritter has produced 67 shows so far) Channel 13 Mon 10pm & Fri 5pm; Channel 78 Tues 7pm. "Global & local stories not always covered by the media." 277-6300

THE PEACE PRETZEL: COUNTER-PROPAGANDA FOR THE PEOPLE: Pro-peace, pro-America, & anti-Bush graphics free to download, print, & post.

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION CLASS: Mon/Wed/Fri 5:30-8pm in July. Class will be small, conversation focused, taught by native speaker. Register: [email protected] 255-7293.



"It is twenty-two years now since I left Ithaca. Well, not completely left: I still have my house near there; still buy my groceries at Greenstar when I can get to town. Each year, infusions of Ithaca at the Festival & other times keep alive what I try to bring to where I now live from my true home. My friend Bob Stuart tells me I can't live in Ithaca because my mission is as a missionary. If this is so, surely I am among many Ithaca ex-patriates around the country who return, as if from Africa back home to London, for bookstores, familiar sights, & good coffee before setting out again. Ithaca Community News is our London Times.
---"Walking with my son down the Commons through the familiar Festival downpour last weekend, I came upon the scene that said it all to me. A musician was playing to a very damp crowd gathered in front of the Center Pavilion. As we came closer, I realized that it was Mark Rust, singing "Ithaca Sunset." Never had it so much felt again like home. Thanks, Laurel, & everyone." --David B. Schwartz, Harrisburg, PA & Lodi, NY.

"It was moving for me to see the [Amazing Ithaca] reference to the 1972 Mothers & Daughters Against the Vietnam War' Mothers Day sit-in at the draft board. My mom was one of the 5 women & I was one of the 13 children. She passed away a couple of years ago, but I am still living here raising my own activist daughter to follow in her footsteps." --Jyl Dowd

"Any info on what the Ithaca school budget works out to per student & how that compares to other areas? I come from a family of educators. I believe good education is essential. Iwould like to see our entire U.S. defense budget sent to the Education Dept. All that said, it seems like the schools are expensive. Just seeking more info from your well-informed readers." --Brian DeYoung [email protected]

"I read in the Washington Post today that the Green Party is considering you as their Presidential nominee in 2004. Just wanted to add my congratulations for that honor. (To refresh your memory, you spoke to members of my microeconomics class at Cornell last Fall)." --John
---- "I saw your name mentioned in a [Washington Post] article. You were included as a potential Presidential candidate for the Green Party in 2004. Is this true?" --Marc A. Catone
---- "Are you actually thinking of running for President of the USA? I would vote for you." --Camryn
---[REPLY] Thanks for sending The Green Party sent a letter to 40 people inviting us to consider running for President or VicePresident. Rather than throw the letter away I decided to engage the process, to influence the Green Party message. Did not expect to get into the top ten of Green Party nominees, but by default am in top three, so far. Thus the national publicity was a surprise.
---So will study the federal budget to suggest how we might transform it to create new jobs ecologically, retraining workers to repair rather than destroy, to heal rather than kill. I've made a simple campaign page.

"Hi there - can I advertise some items for sale on the list? I have a beautiful wooden crib, changing table, baby bike helmet, and little tikes table and chair set. please let me know if that is appropriate or not. Thanks!"
---[REPLY] Sure, classifieds now go to

"I read about SARS in your recent ICN. Just thought I'd like to throw something out to your readers. With all the thousands of items imported to this country by China why haven't we checked the shipping methods that are used. If this disease is so highly contagious it seems that we could potentially be sitting on a 'loaded bombshell.' Just wondered if others thought of this too. I'll check it out." --Maria "Chris" Morrison [email protected]

Re: Why Wait suggests "Donations: "0.1 percent of income for incomes under $100,000.' I love the idea. IPEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit? Neither the whywait web site nor really says so." --Mark H. Anbinder ---[REPLY] Yes, tax-deductible donations are made to: IPEI- WhyWait!, Box 4268, Ithaca, NY 14852. Or [email protected] Barbara Bauer 277-4113

"For the last month, I have been fortunate to take free classes at Pegasys, Tompkins County's public access Channel 13. The classes have taught me how to use the studio & portable equipment there to create my own shows. I am currently working on a documentary on the difficulties facing local dairy farmers, which will be completed within a month. The ability to present local information via television is a gift from Pegasys. This gift of knowledge is a blessing & I wish to have it given freely to all Tompkins County residents who would be so inclined to get involved. Unfortunately, as of July 7th if the vote goes through, I understand that the facilities at Pegasys will no longer be available to those people who live outside of the City of Ithaca, the Town of Ithaca and Cayuga Heights. Private & elite interests are working hard to deny public access to a majority of the public. This ruling hasn't officially taken effect yet, but I am urging all interested parties to please contact City Hall & tell the politicians there that they need to keep public access free & open to all Tompkins County Residents. Let's stop the proposed censorship before it's too late." --Hanan Zaman

"I would like to receive the Ithaca News. We are new to town & it seems to be exactly what we are looking for." --Julie
---- "What a wonderful source of community information." --Robert W.

"The WSKG Board of Trustees (BOT) election is 6/24 : 4 new members. The BOT's main duties seems to be budget related, & they have no direct control of programming. But the actions of the BOT definitely has a large impact in the direction of the station.
---"As you might expect, the current candidates for the BOT resemble the current & past BOTs: members of academia, doctors & lawyers, bankers & insurance agents, & business leaders (some work for local defense contractors). Now this makeup happens to resemble the "Rich White Guys" which bankroll the station, and DOES NOT represent the beneficiaries of this trust: ordinary members of the community, peace/justice/environmental/etc activists, charity workers, etc.
---"I think it would be a good idea to get at least one P/SJ or Green type elected to the board. It would be nice to nominate several. If you are interested, or know someone who is, send me your contact infomation & bio. You may need to attend the June meeting. The bio should be 2 paragraphs, including name & address. 1: Are you current/former member of WSKG? How many years? 2: Are you on the board of any other groups? 3: List some of your activist projects. 4: Are you a member of any professional orgs? 5: What is your acadamic background? 6: Any other items or community projects.
---"I would like to collect all nominations & deliver them toWSKG." --Bill Huston 724-1755

"After months of jealously from receiving ICN forwards, would you please add my partner to the ICN family. Keep up the good work." --Sean
---- "Please add me to your Ithaca Community News list. I will be moving to Cornell in August with my husband. He is going to be studying at Cornell & I am looking for contacts working in the environmental field at a community & grassroots level; either through the university, public sector or non-profits. I am currently the Operations Manger & Board Member of the Friends of Sausal Creek, a local creek restoration group in Oakland, California. I have heard from the Amnesty International chapter there & through e-mails with Marguerite Wells of Dilmun Hill Farm that you are a central person in the community. I look forward to reading the Community News, using Ithaca HOURS & getting involved in the community. My volunteering & working at the Friends of Sausal Creek has made me more connected to Oakland than I have been to a city since I've grown up. I am hoping that my volunteer & work will make me feel as connected in Ithaca. >From my brief visit & perusal of websites I know there is a lot of really interesting work going on & I look forward to joining the community. ---"Ideally, I would like to continue my work organizing people to take local action to improve their watersheds, community or live more sustainably. I also have a background in Biochemistry & have extensive research experience, but my interest currently lies in community organizing & engaging the public on environmental issues.
---"I would appreciate it if you could lead me towards information about organizations in the area, including places which advertise job openings & volunteer opportunities in the field." --Charlotte Acharya [email protected]

"I am going to be in Ithaca for about 6 months & my future roomate sent me your newsletter. Would you mind putting me on your mailing list?" --Anna
---- "Thanks for great newsletter! Please add my daughter to your list."
---- "Please change my email address. What you're doing with the ICN is a great asset." --John I
---- " Thank you for putting out this newsletter; it's a great tool for informing the community." --David K.

"The UFO Encounter group [last month] had a real good time. We were a small group [that] meditated, did some chanting, (to coincide with the 'Great Om' event that was coinciding that evening world-wide, to raise the collective's vibrational level). Then shared some UFO stories of people present. Since we choose to be inside & work on "internal personal" work, no one observed any external activity, which is sometimes the case at these events." --Steve Calkins


Michelle Berry Announces City Council Candidacy (Ward 2)
--- localnews/359307.html

The Tompkins County Committee of the INDEPENDENCE PARTY NYS, 6/14 to "consider candidates interested in appearing on the Independence Party line." All may submit letters of interest: Box 123, Trumansburg, NY 14886 or Ben Curtis 387-5325


TOMPKINS COUNTY ECONOMY ROSE 2.58% in April. "It took a big boost from the housing sector to prevent the Index of Economic Activity from falling for 4 consecutive months." -- Elia Kacapyr for all the details.

Autumn Leaves ATM is used by more people per month than any ATM in AFCU's network (Greenstar, Collegetown, Triphammer & the ATM at AFCU entrance). Even more than AFCU's drive through ATM!

INHS OPEN HOUSE, 511 N. Plain St. 6/15 from 2 -5pm. BBQ & tour. 277-4500 [email protected]

WORKERS RIGHTS CENTER has "already dealt with almost 20 issues, including unfair termination, NYS Disability, ADA, workers' compensation, housing, unionization, wages, Family & Medical Leave Act, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and others. Expanded drop-in hours are Tuesdays 6-8 pm, Wednesdays 10:30-12:30 pm, Thursdays 5-7 pm, Fridays 2-4 pm. Or 269-0409 or [email protected]. We provide free information, referrals, advocacy and support on all employment-related issues, as well as housing, health insurance and social services. The Workers' Rights Center is a project of the Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition."

ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS is sponsored by donations from readers. Gratefully received at: ICN, Box 365, Ithaca, NY 14851




Plants for Life Sale ORGANIZATIONAL MTG 6/17, 5:30pm, WCB. All plants are donated by local gardeners, nurseries, & sponsoring Cornell depts & orgs." [email protected] Susanne 387-9308

CANNING FOR BEGINNERS: Learn how to safely preserve fresh produce with up-to-date canning methods. 6/18, 6-8:30 PM: Food preservation using a boiling water bath canner. $10. 7/16, 6-8:30 PM: Food preservation using a pressure canner. $10. HOURS accepted. Pre-registration: 272-2292.

COMMUNITY HEALTH ALLIANCE 6/19, TCPL, refreshments 2:30pm. Open forum 3-4pm re: Community Health Fair 2004. [email protected]

HIV TESTING DAY 6/27 Free & Anonymous! 10am-2pm. AIDSWORK, 215 N.Cayuga St., DeWitt Mall.

BREAST CANCER 101: two-session for people w/ breast cancer & their partners/spouses. 6/17 & 24; 7/15 & 22; 8/12 & 19. Registration Mary Ellen Lourey at IBCA 277-0960

PESTICIDES CAUSING BRAIN DAMAGE: A new study connects ADHD & Parkinson's w/ organophosphates. Funded by Dept of Defense (DOD), & published in "Nature Genetics"

SMOKE FREE TOMPKINS COUNTY: workplace law takes effect 7/24, bans smoking in virtually all NYS workplaces & public places.

TAOIST TAI CHI OPEN HOUSE 6/14, 1-4 PM. 1201 N. Tioga St. Fall Creek Studios (behind Fall Creek Pictures). Watch demonstrations, meet instructors. 347-4733

BODYWORK/COUNSELING OFFICE TO SHARE: Beautiful, quiet office near Commons, w/ professionals. Tues & evenings. 272-8390. (partial HOURS accepted)

"Big beautiful warm new BIKRAM'S YOGA studio," West State St. "Come sweat with us as we develop strength, flexibility & balance. 1st class free. HOURS accepted." HF discount. 269 9642

STRESS MGMT CLASS, Wednesdays 12-12:45, starting 6/18, Tiamat Studio, 136 Commons. "Learn easy relaxation poses that release tension held deep in the hips & increase flexibility; relieve back & neck pain, gain greater perspective, insight, objectivity. 272-3814.
---TEEN SUMMER YOGA CAMPS for youth self-empowerment, self-discovery, health. 272-3814.
---preTEEN GODDESS WORKSHOPS to empower girls, ages 11-13, first Saturdays. 272-3814.


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