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July 3, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 27

posticon What's Open, What's Not in Town of Lansing

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Myers Park Beach

With state requirements for lockdown and reopening changing daily, planned Town of Lansing activities are open... or closed... depending on Albany's requirements and guidance by the Tompkins County Health Department at any given time.  This will be felt especially tomorrow, because the Lansing Fireworks and Lansing Lions Club's annual 4th of July Chicken Barbecue, a Lansing staple, has been cancelled.  The good news is that Dave Hatfield, Lansing's king of barbecued chicken, will be hosting a chicken barbecue tomorrow at the Lansing Town Hall.  And swimming at the Myers Park beach is open between 10:30AM and 8:00PM. The bad news is that several events have been cancelled, including the annual Thursday night Music In The Park series.

"Due to Covid-19 and the public gathering size limit of 50 we are unable to have our Music in the Park series. This is just as frustrating for us as it is to you but we have to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the State and the Tompkins County Health Department. We hope to re-schedule all the bands for 2021 as this was one of the best line ups we have ever had," says a statement from the Town Parks & Recreatioon Department.

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Brand Y Brewery Mall Location

The Village of Lansing Planning Board heard plans Tuesday for a new distillery to be located at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. James Case said he plans to open a distillery in a former hair salon next to the former pet store location in the mall entrance near the TCAT bus stop.  He is calling it 'Brand Y Distillery' and said he eventually hopes to sell local wines and beers in addition to his own brandy, which, to start with, will be made in the mall storefront.

"That's just kind of new territory," Case said. "There are not a lot of distilleries in malls. That's why I named it Brand Y -- it's a little bit different."

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The coronavirus means Lansing's fireworks and the Lansing Lion's Club 4th of July Chicken Barbecue have both been cancelled for 2020. So we at the Lansing Star decided to create these virtual fireworks to celebrate Independence Day this year! We took a few pictures from past 4th of Julys at Myers Park and end with some fireworks for our Lansing community to celebrate with.

Happy 4th of July Lansing!


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posticon Lansing HS Graduation 2020

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graduation 2020

Lansing High School held two commencement ceremonies last Friday at Sobus Field. The 74 members of the Class of 2020 were split between the two ceremonies, and guests were strictly limited in order to stay within Governor Cuomo's lockdown and public gathering guidelines. That and wearing Bobcat-branded face masks along with their traditional blue caps and gowns made this year's graduation a little different, but the familiar elements -- the school band, the march through flowered hoops, the speeches and the granting of diplomas were the same. Superintendent Chris Pettograsso kicked off the ceremony, saying that  the class that her administration was happy to be able to hold a live graduation at all.

"You have no idea how grateful we are to be able to gather this evening. Though we recognize it is not ideal, and we would love to be celebrating with all of your family members. We still carry immense gratitude for the opportunity to come together. Your Lansing administration team, your board of education and guests, and are most grateful for you -- that you ever sell resilient and strong class of 2020 are here together with all of our Bobcat, pride and love."

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posticon Cornell to Reactivate Ithaca Campus Sept. 2

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The suspense is over: Cornell plans to welcome students back to its Ithaca campus for a fall semester blending in-person and online instruction, confident that decision best serves public health, President Martha E. Pollack announced June 30. From classrooms to residence halls to dining facilities, no aspect of campus life will be quite the same as before the coronavirus pandemic abruptly forced a shift to virtual instruction in early April, Pollack said in a message to the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses.

Students will be expected to observe strict behavioral requirements and participate in a comprehensive testing program designed to detect and contain any spread of COVID-19. But with those safeguards in place, Pollack said, epidemiological modeling by university experts showed that resuming residential learning this fall would create a safer environment for Cornell and its neighbors than if classes were only held online.

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posticon $3.6 Million Federal Funding for Regional Aiports

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US Congressman Tom Reed delivered $3,624,165 in aviation funding Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airports across the district. $957,500 of the money is allotted to the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport. The federal aid will support infrastructure revitalization projects ranging from reconstruction, taxiway lighting, and fire and safety equipment. A portion of the grant funding for these projects comes from the CARES Act.

“We care about making sure our region and its airports have the latest infrastructure in place to grow the economy, support local jobs, and keep our facilities up-to-date,” said Tom. “We will continue to advocate for smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure because they provide direct, tangible economic benefits to the community at large.”

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posticon New York 27th in Unemployment Recovery

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Source: WalletHub

New York ranked 21st of the 50 states and District of Columbia whose unemployment claims are recovering the quickest over the past week, according to Wallethub statistics. New York also ranked 21st fastest to recover since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. The analysis finds that New Jersey is recovering the fastest over the past week, followed by Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oregon, and South Dakota.

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