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August 23, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 32

posticon Mine Conducting Seismic Testing in Lake

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Lansing Cargill Salt Mine

Five protestors paddled near Cargill Salt Mine in kayaks and a pontoon boat on Cayuga Lake Tuesday to demonstrate against the mine and a seismic testing vessel that has been operating since August 8th.  But mine officials said that the testing is a standard procedure.

"As part of Cargill’s standard salt mining operations, every few years we commission a third party expert to conduct a seismic study on portions of Cayuga lake," said Mine Manager Shawn Wilczynski. "The study uses sound waves to map the subsurface geology. It’s common practice in mining to verify geology above and around mining operations. We anticipate the study to be completed by the end of the week."

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posticon Village Ponders Allowing Crossbows in Deer Population Management Program

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Deer

In 2010 Village of Lansing Mayor Donald Hartill said that about 40 deer were killed in auto collisions in the Village the previous year.  Monday he said there have been none.  That is one of the impacts of the Village's deer population control hunt, which is entering its 13th year.  But Cornell University Department of Natural Resources Dr. Bernd Blossey, who runs the hunt for the Village of Lansing, Cornell University, and a few other local municipalities, says there is still work to be done to reduce the local herd to sustainable levels.  But Cornell University Department of Natural Resources' Dr. Bernd Blossey, who manages the Village of Lansing program said there is more to do.

"If you didn't do this as a maintenance job every single year, you would be going back to where you were in a couple of years," Blossey said. "That's the experience whenever people have tried to stop the programs.  When we look at the ability of plants and forest trees to grow, it has improved, but it is far from where you would like it to be.  Without protection you're not going to get an oak to grow here.  People report they are seeing plants in their yards that they haven't seen.  Ash is growing better.  That's fine, but it's nowhere near where you should be."

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posticon Sewage Release from Cayuga Heights Treatment Plant

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The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) was informed that a release from the Cayuga Heights Wastewater Treatment Plant at 951 East Shore Drive was discovered late Wednesday night. The discharge was stopped by approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning. It is estimated that approximately 1000 gallons of supernatant was released from the sludge digestors at the plant. Supernatant is the liquid over the settled solids in the digestors.

The liquid was observed in the roadway ditch flowing south before entering a culvert. The Village of Cayuga Heights is working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on cleanup of the ditch. Cayuga Heights reported that the NYSDEC saw no evidence of a plume where the culvert entered Cayuga Lake.

The Tompkins County Health Department wants members of the public who could be drinking untreated water or who swim in the lake to be aware of the discharge.

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posticon Village Solars Gets Community Building Waver

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Village Solars

Developers Steve and Rocco Lucente were set to build an apartment building plus a community center in the current construction season.  Along with Steve's father they had a Planned Development Area (PDA) that included two different projects.  Steve and Rocco developed Village Solars on a portion of the property, and Steve's father had his own apartment development on the other portion.  The community building was sized for the Village Solars tenants' use.  But in March of 2018 Steve's father died.  That opened an opportunity for Village Solars to acquire that property from the estate and his step-mother and merge it into their project.  That would raise the potential population of their project, which prompted them to envision a larger community building that would be more than adequate to support the additional renters.  So they asked the Town for a waiver that would allow them to postpone building the community center for a year while the complicated estate is unraveled so their offer on the property could be considered.  They were forced to defend the request at Wednesday's Town Board meeting.

"It may look disorganized to some people," Steve Lucente said. "But join us at some of these meetings and see the complexity of what's going on.  The market has already decided. We are number one.  We've turned the entire Northeast (portion of Lansing) upside down. We've made history.  We're providing affordable housing that is spectacular."

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posticon Dake Wins Spot on 2019 US World Wrestling Team

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Kyle DakeKyle Dake (right) pictured with USA Wrestling Freestyle Head Coach Bill Zadick after Dake won a spot on the US World Team near Austin, Texas Saturday. Photo courtesy of Jodi Dake

Defending 2018 World Champion Kyle Dake, 28, again became the United States world wrestling team representative for the 79 kg weight class Saturday.  Dake won the spot in Round Rock, Texas in a match against Alex Dieringer.   Dake defeated Dieringer in the first two rounds in the best-of-three Final X Special Wrestle-Off, 3-2 and 4-2, making a third round unnecessary.  The match was the fourth time the two wrestlers have faced off.

The Final X match was originally scheduled in June, but Dake postponed the match due what he described as "a freak accident  that required surgery."

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posticon Local Farmers Support Guatemalan Farmers

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NY Growing Project

Beautiful view, fresh, local cuisine, doing a good deed. All crowned by a double rainbow.  It was a perfect blend last Friday as about 75 people gathered at the Bright Leaf Winery to celebrate their participation in the NY Growing Project.  That project works with Growing Hope Locally to support Guatemalan farmers with training and resources.  Growing Hope Globally Associate Regional Director of Latin American and Caribbean Overseas Programs Alex Morse says it is working.

"In the western highlands of Guatemala 56% of children were malnourished," he says. "After five years of our program we didn't have a single child suffering from malnutrition."

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