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July 20, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 28

posticon Our 13th Anniversary Issue

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anniversaryThirteen years ago the very first issue of the Lansing Star Online was published.  We hoped to fill a gap left when the Lansing Community News stopped publishing five years before that.  Our hope was to provide a 'virtual main street' for a community that didn't really have a physical one, yet was a dynamic, close-knit pair of municipalities -- the Village and Town of Lansing, aka the 'Lansings'.  And, of course to provide a way for people to feel 'in the know' about their both the Lansings and the wider Tompkins County community.

Within Lansing's borders are the Ithaca Main Post Office, The Ithaca-Tompkins Airport, and the Ithaca Mall, not to mention 11,000 people who live here, many of whom work at Cornell, in Ithaca, or elsewhere in the county.  So despite any political differences the Town may have with its neighboring municipalities, it is also closely woven into Tompkins County culture.  There are also many similarities and shared interests as evidenced most recently by the three-municipality sewer agreement between the Lansings and the Village of Cayuga Heights that will expand Village of Lansing sewers and bring new ones to the Town.

Our real anniversary is Sunday, but we publish on Fridays and the calendar gods wouldn't change today's date to July 22nd for us.  Next week's issue begins our 14th year, and we hope you will enjoy having a home town newspaper -- to horribly twist President Richard Nixon's famous exit quotation -- to kick around for another year.
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posticon Lansing's Natural Gas Prospects Bleak

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Natural Gas in Lansing

A Tompkins County delegation was in Albany Wednesday in response to a letter from New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) to the NYS Dept of Public Service Commission (PSC) saying the company had reversed its stance on the necessity of compressors designed to provide safe, reliable delivery of natural gas in the Town and Village of Lansing, particularly to the Lansing schools.  The decision is the latest in a controversial plan that includes an indefinite moratorium on new natural gas capacity from NYSEG in the Village and Town of Lansing.  Tompkins County Legislator Deborah Dawson (Villages of Lansing and Cayuga Heights) was part of the delegation.

"The occasion for the meeting was NYSEG's recent letter to the PSC, stating its determination that the mini-compressors it had proposed in 2017 would not be necessary to address reliability issues in Lansing, at least not for the winter of 2018-2019," she says. "This decision appears to have been based in part upon the gas delivery system's performance over the very cold and protracted winter of 2017-2018:  despite the fact that gas pressure at the schools fell to around 27 psi, they experienced no reliability problems.  That experience, and NYSEG's most recent models for gas delivery, lead NYSEG to conclude that 25 psi and above is a safe level of gas pressure."

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posticon Lansing Officially Approves Sewer

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Lansing Sewer District #1 Approved

The Lansing Town Board officially approved Sewer District #1 Wednesday in a unanimous vote.  After a public hearing last month a required waiting period allowed time for opponents within the district to petition for a vote, requiring the Town Board to wait to vote until Wednesday's meeting.

"The permissive referendum period is over," said Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne. "There has been no pushback on this.  There has been no counter-petition.  We are now moving forward."

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posticon Kennedy-Smith Running For Lansing Town Justice

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Local Lansing attorney Maura Kennedy-Smith is the Democratic candidate for Lansing Town Justice. With nineteen years experience in the law, Kennedy-Smith currently serves as the Principal Court Attorney to the Honorable Joseph R. Cassidy, Tompkins County Court Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice. She has handled cases in family law, housing law, criminal law, and other practice areas.

"Though I have experience in many areas of the law, I have always focused on giving back to my community. Making a difference is what motivated me to go into law. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with my community as Lansing Town Justice," she enthusiastically stated.

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posticon Historic Ithaca Plane to Fly September 29th

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Tommy Come Home

On September 29th history will be made when a newly restored Thomas-Morse S-4B Scout, affectionately called 'Tommy', takes off at the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport, 100 years after it was first built in Ithaca.  The flight is scheduled September 29th September 29th at a celebration -- Tommy Come Home -- at Taughannock Aviation from 2 to 5pm.  Weather permitting, pilot Ken Cassens will fly the plane for what Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation members hope will be a huge crowd.

"We're talking to some local marching bands about coming," says the Foundation's Jessie White. "We've invited Women In Aviation, and the girl scouts.  Food trucks will be there.  We're considering a silent auction in one of the hangars.  People could go out of the sun to bid on items, because this is also a big fundraiser for Tommy.  After Tommy is flown it is going to be displayed at the new History Center."

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posticon Changing of the Guard at Lansing Funeral Home

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Lansing Funeral Home

They say that getting a new job, making a major business readjustment with new responsibilities, moving, buying a home, and getting married are among the top major life changes that cause stress.  According to the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, those four alone add up to a score of 194, which indicates a '50% chance of a major health breakdown in the next 2 years'.  But Kyle Sharp seems anything but stressed.  In fact he seems calmly delighted that he and his wife Jennifer, whom he married only a few weeks ago, moved to Lansing so he could become the new funeral director and owner of Lansing Funeral Home.  They closed on the sale May 31.

"We moved in that day," he says. "We're living at the funeral home so we're close to everything.  As soon as we closed we came right here and went to work."

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