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May 18, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 19

posticon Broken Water Main Hinders Lansing Fire Fighters

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Sperry Lane Fire

May 13th was an unlucky Mother's Day for a house that was severely damaged Sunday in Lansing.  The Lansing and Cayuga Heights Fire Department were dispatched to the house, still under construction, on Sperry Lane at 7:28am.  Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies were also dispatched to the scene.  Route 34B was closed between Lansing Station and Lansingville Roads for about four hours as firefighters battled the conflagration.  25 Lansing firefighters were eventually joined by 40 more from more fire departments, responding to a call for tankers when it was found that a broken water main reduced pressure to hydrants, hindering responders' ability to suppress the fire.  

"During our initial attack we experienced low water pressure from the hydrants so we had inadequate water supply," says Lansing Fire Chief Scott Purcell. "We later learned that there was a water main break down by the school which was the result of the low water pressure.  We called for tankers to shuttle water to the fire.  The departments with tankers that came and helped were, Freeville, McLean, Groton, Genoa, King Ferry, Aurora, and Poplar Ridge."

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posticon Voters Pass School Budgets

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Lansing School Election Results

School district voters in Lansing passed the 2018-19 budget Tuesday, and elected school board members.  The $30,067,200 budget was passed 386 to 98, an 80% win for the District.  Aziza Benson won her fourth term on the Board of Education with 422 votes, and Walaa Maharem-Horan won her first term with 65 write-in votes.  Former School Board President Ted Laux received one write-in vote.  Voters also authorized the District to purchase and finance two 70-passenger student transport vehicles and two two-passenger vans.

Altogether there were about 180 write-in votes.  Erin Socha received the next highest number, 59. Several other people's names were written in. Among them were Tom Jones, Julie Boles, Linda Pasto, Dan Pace, Isaac Newton, Glenn Withiam, Mike Koplinka-Loehr, and Mary Cathles.

This year the Lansing school budget topped $30 million for the first time.  The budget increased 3.14% from last year.  The tax levy for the combined amount collected from property owners and PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of taxes) agreements rose 2.78%.  Because of a decline in PILOT payments, individual property taxpayers will pay 3.79% more.

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posticon Proposed Regulations Will Make NY Power Plants Coal-Free By 2020

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that, at his direction, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released proposed regulations to require all power plants in New York to meet new emissions limits for carbon dioxide (CO2), a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The regulations, a first in the nation approach to regulating carbon emissions, will achieve the Governor's goal to end the use of coal in New York State power plants by 2020.

"While Washington continues an open assault on our environment, New York is leading the charge with bold climate action to protect our future," Cuomo said. "Coal is a relic of the past, and it's time to step up, take action, and put an end to our need for fossil fuels and focus on cleaner, more green energy solutions for the survival of our planet and future generations."

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posticon Middle School Students Request Vegetarian Lunch Options

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Middle School SCO Requests Vegetarian Options

Five Lansing Middle School Student Council Organization (SCO) members reported to the Board Of Education last week on their effort to provide more vegetarian options to their school lunch menu.  The Council reported on the results of a survey they distributed to learn how many vegetarians attend the school, and how best to serve their dietary needs.  SCO Sixth Grade Representative Ally Prudence told the Board that most meals offered are not acceptable to vegetarians.

"Even the salads in our cafeteria contain meat," she said. "And with the quesadillas or the burgers and chicken patties, we have seen vegetarians scraping off the meat and only eating the bread. This does not seem to be a healthy or nutritious option.  So we gave a survey to see if the students wanted more vegetarian options, if they had any allergies, if they buy lunch, or if they would buy lunch if there were more options."

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posticon Lansing Loves to Read to be Recognized

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The 2018 Empire State Center for the Book Literacy Award will be presented to 'Lansing Loves to Read' (LLTR) at the New York State Writers Hall of Fame Induction on June 5, 2018, at the Princeton Club in New York City, by Guy Lamolinara, Communications Officer at the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Guy will present a $1000 check to 'Lansing Loves to Read' to support all its programs and initiatives.

LLTR was conceived in 2013 by a small group of local parents who believed that their rural community could be doing more to support children's literacy. The energy and commitment of this handful of concerned parents blossomed into a widespread grassroots effort supported by many members of the community. They approached key town institutions - school district, the town board, and the local community library - creating numerous reciprocal partnerships. LLTR embodies the spirit and perfectly fits the criteria of the Literacy Award.

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track eisenhutCatie Eisenhut winning 1500m run

The varsity track and field teams traveled to Corning-Painted Post High School last Friday night to compete under the lights at the Fast Times Invitational. True to its name, this meet yield fast times and big heights and distances. TWENTY personal records were set by the Bobcats along with a school record and many season bests. Lansing girls finished second of 13 teams, falling only to Class A school Corning. Lansing boys finished third behind large schools Corning and Horseheads.

Sophomore Catie Eisenhut broke her own school record with a new 1500m run time of 4:44.51 and a victory in the event. Other individual winners for the Ladycats included freshman Emmy Jackson in the 3000m run, sophomore Cat Zaloj in high jump, senior Mikaela Garcia in triple jump, sophomore Gwen Gisler in the long jump, and senior Meghan Matheny in pole vault (with Miya Kuramoto ’18 and Gisler completing the 1-2-3 Lansing sweep once again). The girls of Lansing also won the 4x100 relay (Matheny, Destiny Little ’19, Gisler, Kuramoto).

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