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September 18, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 37

posticon Lansing Goes Back To School

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Schools Coronavirus

Monday was Lansing's first day of school.  At the Board of Education meeting Monday evening school administrators reported that months of planning seemed to be paying off, and that students were adapting to COVID-19 social distancing, face masks and other safety rules, but, above all, were happy to be back in school.  Superintendent Christine Pettograsso said administrators had some anxiety about whether students would be able to keep masks on during the school day, but she and other administrators remarked on how naturally students handled it.

"You can see kids smiling right through their masks, which is awesome," High School Principal Patrick Hornbrook. "At the high school level I was pleasantly surprised with how, just how excited kids were to be around one another and back in the building. And they all seem to be excited, but not nervous. I thought there would be a lot of anxiety and it seemed very natural given the circumstances."

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posticon Competitive IAC Fall Sports Postponed Until Spring

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Lansing Sports Sobus Field

Competitive sports between Lansing and other Section IV IAC schools are on hold.  School Superintendent Chris Pettograsso filled in school board members Monday on an IAC vote to hold off league sports in the interest of maintaining health and wellness.  The IAC Section IV Athletic Association released a statement that says the vote wasn't unanimous, but a clear majority (84%) voted to postpone the Fall season until March 1.

"After much League and Section IV discussions, in the interest of student health & safety and with financial concerns due to New York State aid to Education cuts, Section IV member schools have voted 59 YES; 10 NO; 1 abstention to postpone the Section IV Fall Sport Season to the NYSPHSAA Fall Sports Season II with a start date of March 1, 2021."

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posticon Smith and Moll Elected Village of Lansing Trustees

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Simon Moll (left) and Randy SmithSimon Moll (left) and Randy Smith

Unofficial results from Tuesday's election in the Village of Lansing saw Randy Smith and Simon Moll elected to the Board of Trustees. The unofficial vote results (official results are posted after absentee ballots are counted) showed Moll with 54.39% (62) of the votes, and Smith with 44.74% (51). There was one write-in. 71 ballots were cast.  Voters cast one vote for each of the two available Trustee positions.

In May of 2019 Smith was appointed to fill the remaining half of Gerry Monaghan's term after Monaghan retired from the Board of Trustees. At that point Mayor Donald hartill said Smith's experience and interest in business would be important because of the Village's large business area that includes the Shops at Ithaca Mall. He has a particular interest in preventing uncontrolled sprawl in the Village, and is currently serving on the Village's Climate Smart Task force.With this win Smith will begin serving his first full term.

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posticon Town To Honor Steve Farkas

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Steve Farkas

Steve Farkas served on the Lansing Town Board for nine and a half years, eight of them as Lansing Town Supervisor until he was narrowly defeated by Scott Pinney in the 2007 election.  He passed away last August.  On Wednesday Councilwoman Andra Benson asked how the Town Board could honor Farkas.  They decided the Town would send a letter to the Farkas family, but also to establish a place of honor for all Lansing supervisors in the Lansing Town Hall.

"I was thinking that we could start an honor wall of the different Supervisors that have served us in the past," Benson said.  "I think if we could put a little bit of history into our building... people come and see this, whether they are relatives, friends, or school children.  I think it's interesting to see who served as Supervisor.

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posticon Old Ithaca NYSDOT Lakefront Site Sells for $3.79M

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Ithaca DOT Waterfront Property Sold

Monday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the $3.79 million sale of an 8.16-acre state-owned former New York State Department of Transportation maintenance facility located on the Cayuga Lake Inlet at 683 Third Street in Ithaca at a live onsite auction held by the New York State Office of General Services. The relocation of the DOT maintenance facility from the waterfront to a new, 15-acre location adjacent to the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport was initially announced by the Governor in May 2018 to improve agency operations while making this waterfront property available for development. The new owner, Peter Dugo, president of Arnot Realty Corporation, one of four registered bidders, plans to redevelop the property.

"This sale of a prime piece of waterfront real estate is an essential step in meeting our goals of providing development opportunities in the Southern Tier while modernizing the region's vital transportation infrastructure and building more efficiencies into state operations," Cuomo said. "Following our recent upgrade of the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport into a 21st-century facility, and the DOT's maintenance operation's move to a more viable location near the airport, the successful auctioning of the Ithaca property scores a hat-trick for the Southern Tier Soaring strategy to revitalize communities and expand the economy."

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posticon POW/MIA Recognition Day Watchfire Remembrance

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2020 POW/MIA Watchfire

Tonight (September 18, 2020) would have been the 30th National POW/MIA Recognition Day. watchfire commemoration at Myers Park.  The watchfire is a symbolic 'guiding home' of service men and women who are still missing from serving in wars throughout United States history.  Over the years The Lansing Star has taken over 2,700 pictures of the watchfire celebrations.  Unfortunately this year's watchfire was among the many events that have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But it is important that we remember those who have been lost and/or have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country.  So we are offering pictures from past years, plus a video from 2017 that explains why the watchfire is important.


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posticon Lansing Business Mask Sterilizing N95 Masks Process Approved

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Novasterilis, a local company based in Lansing and recently acquired by iFyber, LLC, was granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA on August 20 for its carbon dioxide sterilization technology specifically to be used by healthcare facilities to enable the re-use of N95 respirators in the treatment of COVID-19.

"With the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NovaSterilis recognized the potential for the Nova2200 to help address the extreme shortage of PPE for medical personnel by using our process to decontaminate N95 masks," said Tony Eisenhut, President and CEO of NovaSterilis. "Words cannot adequately describe the courage and devotion of healthcare workers caring for people with COVID-19. They deserve the best safety support we can offer. The NovaClean process effectively kills the coronavirus, and provides added comfort for healthcare personnel who receive their own N95 respirators back after decontamination, rather than someone else's."

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