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By Haley Doran & Emma McQuade Traveling at warp speed, Ithaca’s first fully plant-based café will open March 25 of this year. Tammie Olsefki, known for her business, Star Truck, is the sole proprietor behind Ten Forward Café, located just above Autumn Leaves Bookstore on The Commons. Born and raised in Ithaca, Olsefski went vegan at age fifteen when she bought her first cookbook and began cooking plant-based foods. “I got even more into cookbooks and cooking in my early twenties,” Olsefski said. “That led me to the desire to do a food business kind of thing.” Along with her…

By: Sandra Aguirre and Angela Poffenbaugh – Spencer, NY When Elaine Cortright was only ten, her mother taught her how to knit and she instantly fell in love with the idea of knitting. Cortright didn’t know it at the time, but when she grew older, this passion would grow into a business of creating wool products. Now, Cortright is 81-years-old and has been running her business,Woolcraft, for almost 30 years. While it’s remained a small business, she has sold her products to many people throughout the town of Spencer, NY. Through her business, Cortright has created a range of products…

By: Christie Citranglo, Sydney O’Shaughnessy, Sarah Chaneles https://youtu.be/g9jRQJZB5Bg Maria Klemperer Johnson opens the door to her workshop and switches the lights on. The fluorescent lamps fill each corner with light, and the musky smell of wood invites students into her space. The Hammerstone School: Carpentry for Women opened in the winter of 2012. The school provides a safe space for women who have wished to learn carpentry but may have felt intimidated by their male colleagues. “When I started the school, I had been working in carpentry for 11 or 12 years,” Klemperer Johnson said. “In that time, I can…

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By: Sydney O’Shaughnessy, Christie Citranglo, Sarah Chaneles Under strings of lights, sparkly fairy dust and houses, woodland-inspired crafts and terrariums are set up for the first Gnome & Fairy Festival in Press Bay Alley. The first weekend of October, typically known for Apple Harvest Festival, now has a magical counterpart just a few blocks away. This festival features live performances, costume and fairy house contests, and sales from local artists. Owner of Amuse: Modern Cottage Industry and organizer of the festival, Kristina Thelen, said the inspiration for the festival comes from her passion for handmade woodland-themed art. “I wanted to…

By: Christie Citranglo, Sydney O’Shaughnessy, Sarah Chaneles Dilmun Hill Student Farm at Cornell University has been harvesting vegetables for the community for 20 years — now with a new high tunnel. The farm is a student- and volunteer-run organization that harvests for the Community Supported Agriculture. Workers grow and harvest vegetables for the CSA supporters, and the supporters reap both the risks and benefits of local farming. However, with their newly installed high tunnel, farmers at Dilmun Hill will be able to extend the growing season of most of their crops. High tunnels are similar to greenhouses as they provide…

Not only is Tompkins County in a drought, but 24 counties in the state of New York are currently in varying degrees of natural disasters. The severe drought has been going on since late spring when a high-pressure system sat over the area for a prolonged period of time. A high-pressure system is a region of high-pressure air moving counterclockwise. It is also called an anticyclone. High-pressure systems are usually larger and last for a long period of time. What is the most important fact about high-pressure systems for Ithacans? They cause the area affected to be dry…

by Cecilia Morales and Alexa Salvato On a crisp, sunny Saturday in Ithaca, New York, over a dozen Ithacans gathered in Carpenter Circle, clad in overalls and hiking boots, to spend their morning working hard in Ithaca Community Garden. Sept. 24 was this month’s workday at the garden. The workday system allows gardeners with plots to help out in the garden as part of a payoff system for the cost of their plots, completing various tasks to maintain the garden. “Basically we work on the compost, we mow, we have a couple food donation plots, that people work on,…

by Sara Kim and Annie Uhle A semi-retired business owner, Kristin Lovelace-Ross recently has more free time since decreasing her work hours. In her free time, she cares for her own flower and vegetable garden. With the hope for meeting new community members and learning more about flower gardening, Lovelace-Ross joined the list of volunteers that will help beautify various areas of Tompkins County in order to learn more about the area’s landscapes. Founded in 2002, the Tompkins County Community Beautification Program is supported by the Tompkins County Tourism Program and the area’s hotel room tax, according to the Cornell…

By Will Uhl and Taylor Zambrano The air at Maxie’s was electric, as live music mixed with the buzz of a restaurant packed to the gills. All kinds of faces, young and old, filled the seats, and it was clear that everyone had their reasons for showing up. Some leafed through the Finger Lakes Land Trust pamphlets offered near the entrance, reading about the recent acquisition of Six Mile Creek. Others were just happy to chow down on some fried chicken and local ale, and the idea of supporting local nonprofits only made it sweeter. Maxie’s Supper Club held a…

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