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April 19, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 15

posticon Town Approves Land Sale to Brewery

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Salt Point Brewing Company

It was just a year ago that Salt Point Brewing Company opened its doors in the building owned by and next to the Rogues Harbor Inn.  On Wednesday the Lansing Town Board approved the sale of a 5.4 acre parcel of town land across the street from the Lansing ball fields that will be the first commercial business in the anticipated town center.  Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne said the company plans to build a brewery and taproom that will take advantage of traffic along State Route 34B, and attract more people to the Lansing Center Trail.

"Imagine you go there, you have dinner and an adult beverage, and you go for a walk on a beautiful trail," said LaVigne. "Talk about win-win. The wetland will be preserved.  So now you have a wetland, you have a path, and you have a nice little business there that wants to relocate from down the road.  It is the anchor of our business district.  It'll be huge."

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posticon 3 Village Trustees to be Elected, 4th to be Appointed

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Gerry MonaghanGerry Monaghan

The Village of Lansing is set for some big changes in its government, yet the changes will almost certainly be small.  Mayor Donald Hartill, Trustees Mayor Ronny Hardaway and Patricia O'Rourke are all running for new terms on the Board of Trustees.  And with the resignation of Trustee Gerry Monaghan four of the five board seats are up for grabs.  Except Hartill, Hardaway, and O'Rourke are all running unopposed in next Tuesday's (April 23rd) election.  And Hartill says he will appoint a new trustee to fill out the rest of Monaghan's term to maintain stability in the election schedule.  Hartill said that Monaghan has continued his role on the board until this point in order to allow time to find a suitable replacement, and assure a smooth transition.

"I'm going to appoint a person to fill Gerry's seat," Hartill said Monday. "One of the reasons for the timing was so we wouldn't have four candidates on the ballot, as opposed to three.  Gerry's been very cooperative in agreeing to continue."

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posticon Town Wants Solar Rather than Natural Gas

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Cayuga Power Plant

Almost two years ago Cayuga Operating Company announced it would build a 75 acre, 18 megawatt solar farm, which would be one of the largest in New York State.  Last June the company announced a proposal to repower its 155 megawatt coal-fired power plant with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) will be conveyed to the plant by 25 to 60 trucks per day, eliminating the need for a natural gas pipeline that had proved to be an unpopular option in Tompkins County.

Neither proposal has come to fruition.  The solar farm has reportedly been stalled because of a dearth of potential customers and lack of grants, while the repowering proposal has been put on hold for six to ten months.  While the solar farm has been popular with area residents, the new repowering plan has received almost as much push-back in the community as an earlier proposal that would have required a pipeline.  The Tompkins County Legislature passed a resolution opposing the plan on November 21, 2018.  And local residents have expressed concern about the safety of trucks full of CNG passing the Lansing school campus on a daily basis, as well as the additional truck traffic close to the schools.

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posticon Lansing's Got Talent

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LTAPA Talent Showcase

Since 2011 the 'Concert in the Courtyard' has been the tradition at Lansing High School, a fundraiser for Lansing Theater and Performing Arts Booster Club (LTAPA).  But you can't have a concert without a courtyard, and the high school courtyard is unavailable this year, in part because of construction, and in part because there isn't much courtyard left with the new chorus room filling a large part of the space.  So LTAPA is creating a new tradition that showcases Lansing performing artists.  The 1st annual 'Lansing Talent Showcase' will feature the talents of students, teachers and Lansing community members.

"We were trying to keep it to students and maybe faculty," says LTAPA member Denise Robinson. "But then we expanded it because this is our first year.  We wanted to get as many people involved as possible to get it going."

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posticon Lansing Schools Receives National Music Recognition

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schools nammLansing Central School District’s music program honored
Lansing has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The award recognizes and celebrates the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and are working to ensure that it is part of a well-rounded education for all children.

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