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November 20, 2020 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 16, Issue 45
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thanksgiving   We were off for Thanksgiving, but will be back with our December 4th issue.

We hope you had a very
Happy Thanksgiving


Best Wishes from the Lansing Star Online!


See you next week!
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posticon Lansing Star May End in December

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Editorial

A Letter From The Editor

Dear Lansing Star Readers,

I planned to retire at a certain age, a reasonable age in the grand scheme of things. I am five years past that goal, so I am going to finish out this year and then say farewell to the Lansing Star. You may have noticed the 'for sale' sign on our front page. We have been trying to sell it, and I am hoping that some enterprising person or people will want to continue this community newspaper. So far we have had a couple of nibbles, but no bites. So I can't say definitively that the last issue of the Star will be on December 18th, but I can say that it will be my own last issue.

My wife Karen and I have published the Lansing Star for almost 15 1/2 years. I had experience in online publishing, having previously worked for AOL (I was there during the infamous AOL/TIme Warner debacle). We both missed the Lansing Community News when that newspaper shut down in 2000, and five years later we decided to start a new newspaper, online only. Karen said our new newspaper should be an online Main Street for a community that doesn't have a physical main street, and that is what we have striven to provide.

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posticon New Highway Department Building Analysis Approved

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The Lansing Town Board authorized Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne Wednesday to execute an agreement for a Building and Site Programming - Concept Alternatives Analysis to renovate or replace the half-century-old Town Highway Department building. After an extensive search the Town's evaluation committee recommended Bergmann Architects, Engineers, and Planners, P.C. to do develop the analysis.

"Cricket (Highway Superintendent Charlie 'Cricket' Purcell) and Mike (Deputy Highway Superintendent Mike Moseley have been doing a marvelous job with duct tape and chewing gum, but that has its limits," said Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne. "And, once again, that building is 51 years. We don't know what life is left in that. I see this as just getting some answers and getting some options."

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posticon Village Sewer Rates Rising - New Sewer Coming Next Year

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Village of Lansing Mayor Donald Hartill explained to the Board of Trustees Monday the reasons approving a sewer rate hike, as well as giving a progress report on the new sewer that is expected to be constructed after this Winter on and around Cayuga Heights Road. Sewer users pay for two pieces of their sewer usage. First is a quarterly payment for the use of the Cayuga Heights wastewater treatment plant, and there is a Village of Lansing charge on top of that, which goes to pay for maintenance on Village sewer infrastructure.

"We are, by far, the biggest user of the plant," he said. "One of the things that's happening is that Borg Warner is learning how to recycle their water. They're one of our biggest producers for wastewater, so that's going to cut down our flow significantly coupled with the fact that Cayuga Heights is in the process of upgrading their plant. All of those things coupled together are bringing about this need for an increase in the sewer rate, which is a bargain in any case."

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Following changes in state energy policy is a part of the work we do here at the Town, and for good reason: there are currently three utility-scale (read: big) solar energy projects in the power grid queue for northeast Tompkins County, according to the New York Independent System Operator (ISO), who manages the state's electricity grid. Altogether these three solar energy projects are slated to cover over 2,500 acres in the Town of Lansing alone.

If you own significant acreage near or adjacent to the NYSEG utility corridor that bisects the Town, you have likely already been contacted by representatives from CS Energy, NextEra, and sPower, among others, as these developers already have projects in the power grid queue and are in the process of 'assembling' various parcels of land to piece together large solar energy system projects.

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posticon County Shares Holiday Gathering Guidance

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Tompkins County Health Department and Emergency Operations Center officials held a live streamed COVID-19 Update Monday. Officials detailed the recent increase in positive cases and guidance on gatherings and travel leading into the fall and winter holidays.

The Tompkins County Health Department is strongly discouraging all non-essential travel and gatherings. Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa stated, "When we talk about gatherings, we're really concerned about people getting together who don't live together — we don't want to bring other families into your bubble, increasing the chance that either party would harm another." Kruppa also reminded the community that the 14-day quarantine is still in place for travelers from non-contiguous states unless they choose to adhere to the recently announced testing and quarantine guidance.

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posticon Best Black Friday Discounts

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Each year Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, and scurry for Black Friday deals the next day. The best discounts are on computer equipment, phones, clothing, and accessories. But shoppers scoop up deals on everything from toys to appliances, jewelry to books. A new Wallethub analysis finds that the best Black Friday deals at retailers can be found aqt JCPenny stores, which has the highest overall discount rate of 56.71% (as compared to the overall average discount rate of 32%.

Another Wallethub analysis finds that New York is the 4th safest state to spend Thanksgiving, after Vermont, Mmaine, and New Hampshire.  if you were planning a trip to New Mexico or South Dakota, forget about it!  They were ranked the least safe of the 50 states.

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Apple released OS X in March of 2001. 19 and a half years later macOS 11 - Big Sur has arrived. Why the new number? The new version heralds a new era for Apple, because it is in the process of abandoning Intel chips for Apple's own M1 chip. And because it is furthering Apple's efforts to make macOS as much like iOS and iPadOS as possible. The word is that you will even be able to run iPhone apps on Macs that use the new Apple chips.

If you expect dramatic changes in a major operating system (OS) update, Big Sur is going to disappoint you. The past few OS upgrades have strived to make the Mac look and feel more like an iPhone or iPad. For the most part that means making the Apple apps look and feel more like phone and pad versions -- apps like Contacts, Messages, Mail, Music, Notes, Find My, and Maps. While I still feel the Mac versions are a bit behind in that regard, they have pretty much succeeded in doing that, touting the new looks, although the programs themselves aren't much different from what they used to be like.

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