Trumansburg residents show support during Giving is Gorges

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This year’s Giving is Gorges, a day celebrating and promoting county philanthropy, undoubtedly came at a rough economic time for residents, but that didn’t stop folks in Trumansburg from participating and showing their support for the local nonprofits that have helped their community for years.

Giving is Gorges was founded in 2015 and “unites our community members around important causes and supports our local nonprofit organizations,” according to its Facebook page. And while Trumansburg residents have participated in the day since its beginning, this year was a little different.

Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Keith Hannon decided to incentivize Trumansburg to support the village’s nonprofits by creating a giveaway.

“Simple game: you make a gift of any amount to a Trumansburg organization during today’s #GivingIsGorges and we put your name in the hat for a chance to take home $160 worth of gift certificates to Hazelnut Kitchen, Ron Don’s, Little Venice, Trimmer’s, Garrett’s, Wok this Way and NY Pizzeria,” Hannon announced on his Facebook on Giving is Gorges.

And sure enough, residents showed their support for five local nonprofits that serve the Trumansburg Area: the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA), the Trumansburg Community Nursery School (TCNS), the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (which supplies the Trumansburg Food Pantry), Trumansburg Takes on Pediatric Cancer and Trumansburg Community Recreation.

In the end, a couple dozen residents were in the running for the gift cards, which Hannon had purchased himself. On May 27, he announced the lucky winner – Tracy Vanderzee, one of the members of the founding group of Trumansburg Takes on Pediatric Cancer. And that nonprofit received the most funds in Trumansburg during Giving is Gorges.

Hannon said Trumansburg’s participation in Giving is Gorges started off small in the beginning, with only one or two area nonprofits participating, but over the years, he’s seen it gain some more traction.

“As it becomes more of a county-wide tradition, I think you’ll start to see more organizations from T-burg get in on that,” Hannon said. “From what I see, more people in T-burg are becoming more aware of the opportunity to support their local organizations, and I think that’s great.”

TCFA, which has been involved with Giving is Gorges since its inception, was happy to participate in this important day, said Managing Director Mark Costa.

“GiveGab and Giving is Gorges provide an excellent platform to reach generous community members and to communicate our mission of providing affordable opportunities to enrich life through diverse forms of artistic expression,” Costa said.

Hannon’s prize drawing was a spur-of-the-moment move meant to encourage even more participation from village residents during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, and Hannon said he’s glad it was well-received.

“[My wife and I] were just thinking about considering everything going on right now, small businesses as well as nonprofits are hurting,” he said. “And so, I was kind of thinking, how can we motivate people to participate in Giving is Gorges for the nonprofits but then maybe also find a way for that to benefit the local restaurants and a local brewery that desperately needs help as well?”

And the drawing certainly achieved its goal, as Costa said that 2020 was TCFA’s best Giving is Gorges to date.

“Thank you to everyone who shared our message and especially to those who made a donation,” Costa said. “By providing a centralized resource for giving in the area, Giving is Gorges helps all participating nonprofits to reach their goals.”

Hannon echoed that sentiment, adding that Giving is Gorges was a nice uplift during the pandemic.

“When you can bring a lot of organizations together and make it a celebration, make philanthropy a celebration, versus an obligation, it generates a lot more excitement and a lot more engagement,” he said.

Hannon hopes to grow the village’s participation in years to come, possibly by expanding this year’s drawing into something larger and more coordinated for next year.

“I did think about reaching out to other community leaders and business owners and seeing if maybe they would consider adding to the value of a gift card that I was offering,” he said. “But … I wasn’t going to get it off the ground if I involved more people, but definitely next year, I think that would be a … good way for the community to contribute to a stockpile.”

In Brief:

Trumansburg Central School District BOE election

Please be advised that on Friday, May 22, absentee ballots for the June 9 School Budget Vote and Election were mailed out to the list of qualified voters obtained by Trumansburg Central School District.

Absentee ballots will no longer be mailed out to qualified voters by request but can be obtained by making an appointment with Tina Lincoln after June 2. Inquiries made to Tina Lincoln by phone or email will be answered within 24 hours, except on weekends or holidays.

Please do not physically arrive at the District Offices to obtain an absentee ballot without an appointment, as the school district continues to be lightly staffed on campus during the current pandemic and is practicing safety protocols.

All absentee ballots must be physically received in the District Office drop box by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. Postmark dates are not considered, and absentee ballots that are not received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, will not be counted.

Absentee ballots may be hand-delivered into the drop box located in the West Wing of the Charles O. Dickerson High School at 100 Whig St., Trumansburg.
For more information on the election and Board of Education candidates, visit tburgschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=616.

Town of Ulysses information session

The town of Ulysses will hold a Public Information Session on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. to review a proposed amendment to the town’s 2019 Zoning Law that would change development limits and standards for the Lakeshore and Conservation zones of the town.

The proposed change increases the maximum allowable square footage for building footprints from 2,000 to 3,500 and establishes new standards to prevent erosion and runoff on steep slopes and in unique natural areas.

The draft of the zoning amendment is posted on the town’s website. The meeting will be held by videoconference for any residents of the town of Ulysses who wish to listen and/or ask questions.

Details regarding how to participate in the Public Information Meeting will be posted on the Ulysses website: ulysses.ny.us. For questions about the meeting or how to connect, contact Town Clerk Carissa Parlato at clerk@ulysses.ny.us or contact Town Planner John Zepko at zepko@ulysses.ny.us with questions about the proposed changes.

After gathering feedback from the community, the Ulysses Town Board will finalize wording and the draft amendment will be reviewed by Tompkins County. A formal Public Hearing to receive public comments is tentatively planned for July 28 at 7 p.m., after which the Town Board may consider a motion to approve the proposed amendment.

Grab-and-Go Book Pickup at Ulysses Philomathic Library

Ulysses Philomathic Library is excited to announce it will begin offering pickup service outside the building the week of June 15. You can now place items at this library on hold through the library’s catalog online or call the library at 607-387-5623 to request books over the phone.

You will be able to pick up your checked-out holds and requests beginning Tuesday, June 16 at the back door of the library (parking lot side) during Grab-and-Go hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday 5 to 8 p.m. Please wear a mask or face covering when picking up your items.

There is no Finger Lakes Library System delivery at this time, so please return items borrowed from UPL to UPL, not another library. The book drops are now open. All materials returned will go through quarantine procedures.

Please use the book drops instead of trying to hand materials directly to staff during Grab-and-Go hours. To get started placing holds go to the “Books, Ebooks & More” tab of its website, trumansburglibrary.org, and click on “Search the Catalog.”

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