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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 Mary Ford and Rachel Wolfgang Families went to the Museum of the Earth in Trumansburg Sept. 24 to take part in Museum Day Live!, a national event hosted by the Smithsonian through which local museums offer free admission to visitors. The Museum of the Earth featured its newly acquired Stegosaurus and Quetzalcoatlus models as well as dioramas and tree models, all given to the museum by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Beth Stricker, director of exhibitions at the Paleontological Research Institution, was involved in acquiring the artifacts from the Smithsonian and designing the exhibit as the Museum…

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 Rachel Mucha and Anne Uhle The excitement was palpable as dozens of children ran around the museum’s crowded rooms, stuffing colorful eggs into their bags. While many children were preoccupied with the egg hunt, others were playing with dinosaurs toys or learning about prehistoric eggs from workers. All of this was a part of the Dino Eggstravaganza that the Museum of the Earth holds every year during the Easter season. The Dino Eggstravaganza was happening long before the Museum of the Earth even existed. Twenty years ago, it was simply called the Dinosaur Egg Hunt, and it took place…

By Aaron Laramee and Arlana Shikongo The millennial generation is teased for being born with their cellphones and tablets in their hands. Despite their seemingly inherent tech savviness, technology and science are ever evolving industries and new gadgets are booted out of factories daily. That said, it is not every day that one has the opportunity to fiddle with 3-D printers or voice-activated speakers, but during the Tech Week held at the Groton Public Library, members of the community did. Teen Tech Week, a teaching based, nationwide event, aims to expose teenagers to technology, digital resources and services. The Groton…

By David Stern and Annie Uhle Cornell students and Ithaca residents gathered at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Feb. 18. as part of a Master Composter training course. The class meets for two-hour sessions on Thursday evenings from February to May, and after completing the program the participants become certified as master composters. The composting classes feature lessons in how to compost using different systems, the importance of composting and waste management to improving the environment, and how to teach others about compost to improve the community. The master composter certification training involves 20 hours of class time and 20…

By Sara Kim and Arlana Shikongo Life Changing Labs, a nonprofit organization, hosted their first make-a-thon event at Cornell University this past weekend. Fourteen teams and 120 people participated in the event. Life Changing Labs is run by a team of students from the various Cornell schools to represent the university’s diverse and creative entrepreneurial offerings, according to the organization’s website. The LC. Make-a-thon, a day of hands-on prototype making and hacking, brought together engineer students, design students and business students to find and propose life-changing solutions using these prototyping techniques. Michael Raspuzzi, managing director of Life Changing Labs, fifth-year…

By Alexis Forde, Gabby Jorio and Mallery Rockwell The Museum of the Earth held their annual commemoration of Charles Darwin, known as Darwin Days, Feb. 8–13. The annual event is meant to stimulate curiosity about biology and evolution among the Ithaca community. Darwin Days is open to all ages, and the activities are catered to accommodate everyone. Robert Ross, the associate director for outreach at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth said, “We choose a variety of events so that they are appropriate for a variety of audiences.” Family Day was one of the more popular…

By Aaron Laramee and Will Uhl After undergoing renovations and high-tech upgrades for six years, Cornell’s Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory has reopened to the public this past week. The greenhouse is equipped to autonomously tend to a wide variety of plants. A light- and heat-sensitive mechanical shade system manages of light exposure the plants receive, as well as providing significant energy retention, especially once it becomes far cooler than what many of the more tropical plants are accustomed to. Another new feature is the addition of the Palm House, named in honor of Liberty Hyde Bailey’s specialty: corpse flowers, or…

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