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Businesses cautiously optimistic during phase 3

Rachel Hogancamp has lived in Ithaca for over 30 years and has owned her business, Rasa Spa, for nearly 15. While she’s seen Rasa grow significantly in that time - providing services in Ithaca, …
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Letter to the Editor: Test results need more demographics information

Tompkins County did really well with the first wave of coronavirus. We ramped up testing more rapidly than most New York counties and shut down well enough that we seem to have beaten the virus for …

Tompkins County Administration Resumes Search for Chief Equity and Diversity Officer

Tompkins County is inviting visionary leaders to apply for the Chief Equity and Diversity Officer position by July 19th, 2020. This is a new senior leadership position in County Administration …

Groton on the Inside: A graduation like no other

The road to the 2020 graduation ceremony for Groton High School has been “all over the map” since GCS Superintendent Margo Martin and GHS Associate Principal Jake Roe first digested the …

Cayuga Health, GiveGab partner for 24-hour fundraiser

Earlier this month, Cayuga Health announced that it is partnering with Ithaca-based GiveGab to hold a 24-hour fundraiser to help replenish financial resources that have taken a significant hit due to …
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ESPN Ithaca’s Night of Champions goes virtual
This Sunday, June 14, ESPN Ithaca will be holding its seventh annual Night of Champions ceremony to celebrate the top scholar-athletes …
Groton Horseshoes staple elected to Hall of Fame
Ever since 2007, Eric Conrad has been a big part of the horseshoes community in Groton. That year, he joined the Tri-County Horseshoe …
IHS remembers Hunter, awaits outdoor season
Ithaca High School track and field was ready to roll into the outdoor season coming off a great winter. Six athletes went to states, …
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Lansing Class of 2020 elects to sit together for graduation
New York state said that pandemic precautions limit attendance at Lansing High School’s 2020 graduation ceremony to 150 people. Required attendees - the 74 seniors, Principal Pat Hornbrook …
Bellwether Hard Cider shares challenges during reopening
After having to shut down and switch to delivery and curbside mid-March, Bellwether Hard Cider has finally been able to return to some kind of normalcy thanks to phase three of the county reopening. …
Rent forgiveness program harms landlords
The city of Ithaca is asking the state to allow it to change city code, giving the mayor the power to cancel rent for tenants, negating leases tenants have with landlords. The Common Council talked …
Lansing speaks out against racism, police brutality
More than 175 Lansing residents came out at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 7 to gather at the Lansing Town Hall in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The crowd heard from Lansing residents affected …

Addie Clore joins Tompkins County Dairy Court

June is National Dairy Month, and the purpose of the Tompkins County Dairy Princess program is to promote the wonderful benefits of the dairy industry all year long. Megan Carey of Carey Farms in …

Trumansburg Rotary display solutes graduating seniors
Astute Trumansburg residents may have noticed a new display at Rotary Circle, the garden patch on Main Street in front of Ron Don’s Village Pub. That large, multicolored sign reading …
Business & Agriculture
Family-owned sushi business launches at GreenStar
GreenStar Food Co-Op opened its new location at 770 Cascadilla St. in May 2019. The flagship store boasts an expanded selection of …
Dryden businesses adjust to phase three of reopening
Restaurants and personal care businesses in Dryden took a step toward normalcy on June 12, as the region’s easing of COVID-19 …
Cabin View Alpacas welcomes visitors to farm
The Houseworths have been running Cabin View Alpacas just outside the village of Trumansburg for nearly a decade now, and thanks to …
Barbara Neal: my girls make my breakfast
Barbara Neal offers the funniest, informative, all-ages welcome presentation online for folks thinking about chickens. Her practical …
Connecting residents with local groceries
Over the past month, changes in daily habits have necessitated a dramatic shift in the local food supply chain. Initially, grocery …
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 …
Dryden High School to hold July graduation for Class of 2020
Dryden High School will hold a delayed graduation ceremony on July 31 in the hopes that easing COVID-19 restrictions will allow for a somewhat normal celebration of the schools’ graduating …
After George Floyd, residents push for long-term change
On May 25, Ithaca College professor Cynthia Henderson, like so many in the county and country, heard the news that George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, had died after a white police officer …
County, INHS launch Rental Assistance Program
Earlier this month, Tompkins County administration announced the creation of the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, providing rent relief for approximately 250 households across four counties. On …
Student mentors adjust to learning in place
For students like Cornell rising senior Harshita Nadella, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed the classroom experience into online learning hubs almost overnight, forging new opportunities for …
Community Gardens shows sustainability in action
Sustainability has two main components: planning for the future and resilience in times of crisis. The recent history of the Ithaca Community Gardens demonstrates both. Our all-volunteer …
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Decreasing isolation with technology

Physical isolation and quarantines have become the reality for many local seniors to protect themselves from COVID-19, so staying connected with friends and family can be difficult. Local …

Places to bike, walk, roll during pandemic

Signs of sustainability are like signs of spring. They recur. They give us hope. They renew our sense of possibility and our resolve to carry on. In these strange and uncertain times, we at Bike Walk …

Museum of the Earth Included with The Louvre and The British Museum in New Virtual Museums List

**This is an official release from the Museum of the Earth. Tompkins Weekly did not write this article. Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster has listed the Museum of the …

Performance spaces rally amidst threat of unknown

The new procedures and guidelines in the wake of COVID-19 have caused local theaters and performance spaces to temporarily shut down.  “When a show doesn’t go on, many …
Ithaca Rotary members support businesses with new program
Last month, the Rotary Club of Ithaca created “Tastes of Gorges,” a socially connected and safely distanced supper club that helps to support local restaurant owners and staff. Husband …
Silo, Liquid State Brewing partnership shows success
Earlier this month, Ithaca’s Silo Food Truck reopened for the season, serving signature dishes like fried chicken and mac and cheese at Liquid State Brewing on 620 W. Green St. in Ithaca, …
NY Pizzeria opens for first time since shutdown
After being closed for nearly two months, one of Trumansburg’s favorite pizzerias has made a comeback. Almost 17 years ago, Fabrizio Gangi moved to Trumansburg from his home in Italy, …