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New citizens welcomed in year’s first naturalization

In 2011, Dublin, Ireland, native and artist Gavin Donohoe moved to New York City with his wife, Adira Sharp. In 2018, his art was featured at The Cherry Artspace in Ithaca, and not long after, the …
Ithaca eighth-grader wins sectionals
Ithaca wrestling had not had a Section IV champion since 2017 until an eighth-grader, Danny Parker, ended the drought on Feb. 15. Parker was the top seed at the Section IV Division I Championships …
Ithaca, Lansing boys impress at sectionals
Ithaca boys swimming has had a very impressive season and will be sending four individual swimmers and three relay teams to the state championships after winning the Class A Section IV championship …
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Legislature chooses first woman of color leader

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Tompkins County legislator and director of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, has spent most of her life in America advocating for civil rights and equitable treatment. …

Groton Farmer Challenge celebrates success

On Saturday, Feb. 22, more than 140 farmers and friends of Groton’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) gathered at Stonehedges Golf Course on Stevens Road for the first-ever Groton Farmer …

Trumansburg Chamber investigates compromised credit card

On Feb. 20, the Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Chamber President Elaine Springer has been suspended from the board pending investigation into fiscal oversight during her time on …

Residents share surprising animal encounters

A fisher is a carnivorous animal that can grow up to four feet from head to tail and weigh as much as 13 pounds. The largest members of the weasel family, fishers, are forest dwellers that eat small …
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Hardison brothers bond on court
Brothers Jalen and Arthur Hardison have been teammates on the Newfield basketball team since last year, when Jalen was in eighth …
Undefeated Newfield girls clinch IAC division
With three games remaining in the regular season, Newfield girls basketball is ranked 10th in the state and is poised for a postseason …
Zaloj achieves state’s best high jump
January was an excellent month for Lansing girls track and field. The team placed second at the Section IV Championships with …
Ithaca High School boys hockey catches fire
The Ithaca Little Red boys hockey team has less than one-third of the number of seniors it had last year, going from 13 to just four. …
T-burg crowns four Section IV champs
The Section IV Indoor Track and Field Championships took place on Jan. 17, and it was a day to remember for Trumansburg. Four …
Columns & opinions
A funny thing happened on the way to the Legislature
It was an interesting January as I served as the chairman of the Tompkins County Legislature. The last time a Republican was chair was about eight years ago when Frank Proto was chair for two weeks. …
American Legion welcomes all veterans
Established in 1921, the Groton American Legion Post 800 on Main Street has been thriving from then until the present, yet many veterans have been unable to join this or any post through the years …
Airport renovations create community center
The recently completed $34.8 million expansion project at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport in Lansing has nearly doubled the size of the terminal and added four new jet bridges, a new …
Synergy brings holistic physical therapy to T-burg
Christine Feely and Colleen Robinson followed different journeys to Trumansburg but found common ground in their love of physical therapy (PT). In 2017, the two partnered to found Synergy: …

Unique wedding vendors offer needed services

Food and drink are central to almost any wedding celebration. From cocktail hour to the main meal to cutting the cake, these are often among the first decisions the happy couple makes. There are …

East Hill Notes: The town-gown legacy of President Frank Rhodes
When Frank H.T. Rhodes retired from the Cornell presidency in 1995 - after 18 years of service - about half of the university’s then-living undergraduate alumni (appx. 123,000) had attended …
Business & Agriculture
Communities share small business appreciation
In 2006, owner Larry VanOstrand, along with manager Jeff Hopkins, took over the operation of Instant Replay Sports on Third Street in …
New program incentivizes sustainable travel
In late January, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) launched GO ITHACA, a pilot commuter benefits program that strives to incentivize …
Tompkins Trust Company promotes Michelle Hallock
Tompkins Trust Company has promoted Michelle Hallock to assistant vice president, senior learning & development business …
Trumansburg Connection: Project Based Learning finds a unique home in T-Burg
Standardized testing is holding strong as the benchmark for measuring student success, although some schools are able to push back …
Lansing at Large: A fourth generation farmer
By Matt Montague   Jacob Palladino wanted to be a farmer, and then he didn’t, and then he did. …
Arts & entertainment

Theater, performing arts improve longevity

Last December, the University College London used data from over 6,700 participants to show a link between mortality and the arts, concluding that adults who engaged in the arts had a lower risk of …
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Pet therapy programs comfort patients

This article is sponsored by Cayuga Health System Visitors to Cayuga Health System hospitals may soon find therapy dogs visiting patients at Cayuga Medical Center and helping physical therapy …

2020 Economic Summit highlights county needs, growth

This year’s Economic Summit was all about change – how much progress the county has made and how much work is yet to be done – centered around issues important to the community like …

Encore Players, Conservatory present cabaret

The Encore Players and the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) are partnering to present “Dark Hearts: A Villain’s Cabaret,” this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15. This …
Growing senior population calls for more housing, resources
In a previous edition of Tompkins Weekly, we tackled the issue of affordable housing in the county, and throughout that investigation, several sources mentioned a need for all types of housing, …
Downtown business pairs drinks with bikes
Frequent downtown-goers in Ithaca may be familiar with the Old Goat Gear Exchange on East State Street, but now, there’s a new place right next door that’s catching some eyes. Steve Gelb, …
City Centre makes mark on downtown Ithaca, community
It’s been over six months since City Centre opened, bringing 192 housing units and new business spaces to downtown Ithaca. The project went through a long journey to come to fruition, ...