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February 17, 2017 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 13, Issue 7
[---- Lansing, NY Alert! ----]
The Lansing Star has received an email from the Lansing Town Clerk that reports that the Lansing Post Office has reopened.

posticon Last Gasp For School Solar Project

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School Solar Tries Again

The Lansing School District has been trying to save energy dollars by contracting with a developer to generate solar energy since 2013.  At first it appeared the District could save $1,055,067 over the course of a 20 year contract.  But over time the attempt has hit many speed bumps, including a change to the contract that would have halved the savings and raised the time frame to 25 years.  Consultant Chris Chris Santospirito told the Board of Education Monday that she had planned to tell them why the project was dead.  But a last minute offer from the developer may breathe life into the project.

"We were going to say we're done!  We're walking away.  And then they came back and said 'we can tweak this a little bit more.  We think we can make this work a little bit better.'  This bumps up the savings to about $550,000.  Instead of $17,000 savings a year it's more like $20,000 to $26,000 depending on the year you're in."

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posticon Lansing Bicentennial Minute

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Lansing Bicentennial MinuteQuill pens date from the dark ages when bird feathers replaced hollow reeds the Romans used. To make a quill pen, you first had to catch your bird. Goose feathers were favored. Swan quills were best, but who would approach an angry swan? Crow feathers were unbeatable for drawing fine lines. If you were lucky your quill might last a week. For almost 1500 years people used quill pens to write letters. By the nineteenth century, however, steel nibs were well on their way to ousting the trusty quill.
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posticon Lansing Reps Say Extend Natural Gas Moratorium County-Wide

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Natural gas Moratorium In Lansing

Responding to an announcement by the Tompkins County Energy and Economic Development Task Force (EEDTF) last week that NYSEG has requested a solution to the natural gas shortage in Lansing that will make a moratorium on new customers permanent, Lansing representatives said Wednesday the moratorium should be spread county-wide before any further decisions are made.  With close to 900 new building projects currently approved or undergoing the approval process in the Town, Lansing officials said that it's not fair that communities that have access to natural gas have come up with a plan that will deny it to Lansing.

"It's definitely not putting us on the right playing field," said Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler (Lansing).  "The gas moratorium is obviously something that's going to have an enormous impact on our town."

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posticon Lansing Boys Bowling Win Big At Sectionals

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bowling2017Left to right: Ryan Seymour, Ethan Calupca, Cole Quigley, Coach Christopher, Jerry Howser, Tylor Newton, Brandon Drake. Holding the plaque at center: Parker Ouellette

The Lansing Boys bowling team captured the Section IV Class C Division title at Midway Lanes in Vestal NY.

The boys were underdogs going into the Sectional Tournament, after the first game of action they were in second place, rolling a scratch score of 926. Only down 42 pins to MAC school champion Sidney. After the second game was bowled, Lansing dropped into fourth place, down 71 pins to their division rival Newark Valley, now the front runner of the tournament.

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posticon The Electricity Future Comes To Lansing, Dryden and Ithaca

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NYSEG Substation

NYSEG is launching the Energy Smart Community in large portions of Lansing, Dryden and Ithaca.  This week we look at an energy future for consumers that will be up and running in Tompkins County this summer.  Next week we'll look at how the new upgrades will better facilitate alternative power sources like solar and wind power generation.
The email said, "Introducing Smart Savings Rewards; Get $85 by enrolling your thermostat; Honeywell and NYSEG have teamed up to save you energy and turn it into real dollars. You can earn $85 when you enroll in Smart Savings Rewards. Plus, for each event that you fully participate in, you can earn $5 in bill credits. Enroll your thermostat to begin saving."

Huh?  Following the link I found, "Enrollment will allow us to make brief, limited adjustments to your Wi-Fi thermostat during times of peak summer electric demand (May 1 through September 30)."  My first thought was that the idea of a big utility company connecting to the Internet-connected thermostat in my home to control the temperature smacked of dystopian future scifi.  Then I thought the future is now.  Here is a way to save energy fairly automatically, without thinking about it, and saving money at the same time.

"There are people who want to do it all -- they want to change their thermostat and they want to feel in control -- they don't want to hand that over to someone else," says NYSEG Spokeswoman Susan Mann.  "There are other people who say: don't make me think about this -- I don't care about it- this is not what I'm worried about.  I have other, bigger things I need to worry about.  Maybe it's meeting my rent, or whatever it is."

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posticon First Impression - Cutting the Cable (Switching to Streaming TV)

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Cutting the Cable

Three weeks ago I finally did something I had been thinking about doing for at least two years - I 'cut the cable'.  That's what people are calling switching from cable to streaming TV.  The challenge was to save money while still getting the entertainment I wanted on my television set.  Part of the challenge was making both my wife and me happy with whatever we did.  She doesn't like learning curves, but every time I scrolled through a hundred or two channels and couldn't find anything I want to watch, it reminded me how much I don't like cable bills.

So I marched into the cable office and turned in my set top box and remote control, and 'downgraded' my account to 'internet only'.  I figured I could save between $50 and over $100 per month depending on how you calculate it (more on that later) plus get most of the shows we care about as well as some things not offered on cable.

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