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February 22, 2019 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 15, Issue 7

posticon Zoning Board Postpones Gun Club Decision

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Lansing ZBALansing Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) (left to right) Attorney Paul D. Sylvestri, Henry (Hurf) Sheldon, Chairman, Judy Drake, Peter Larson, III, Maureen Cowen, Linda Hirvonen

After lengthy deliberations the Lansing Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) postponed a decision on an appeal challenging a building permit issued to the Lansing Rod & Gun Club to move its shooting ranges in order to comply with a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) order of consent.  The deliberations Tuesday were a continuation of a public hearing last month.  ZBA Chairman Hurf Sheldon said that any decision the ZBA makes would be separate from Code officer Lynn Day's decision to issue the permit.  But after two hours of deliberation no decision was made.

"We're not going to vote tonight," Sheldon said. "There is a lot of extra information we have to process.  We have to get maps and some things to confirm (the issue of segmentation).  The period for public comment is closed."

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posticon Lansing Crews Battle Winter Storms

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Lansing Snow Plow

Winter storms through New York got so bad that on January 19th Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a Disaster in all 62 counties.  Cuomo has been issuing warnings state-wide throughout the winter updating residents on numerous significant snow storms, during which he prohibited tractor-trailers and buses on the New York State Thruway and most other interstate highways.  Here in Lansing snow plowing crews routinely work well into the night to keep local streets plowed.

"We have ten plow runs," said Lansing Highway Superintendent Charlie 'Cricket' Purcell at a Town Board meeting last week. "Everybody's out at the same time.  It takes about two and a half hours to complete a plow run.  Ideally you'll see a truck go by your house every two hours."

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posticon State Grants $1.5M For Airport Shared Fueling Facility

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that $23.6 million in infrastructure funding has been awarded to support safety enhancements, modernization of facilities, operational improvements and local business development at 31 airports statewide. The funding includes $1.5 million to construct a new shared vehicle and aircraft fuel facility at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport.
 
"New York's airports represent the front door to our local communities and are critical to facilitating tourism and business development," Cuomo said. "A world class airport is crucial to regional economic growth, and by investing in the modernization of our local airports we are creating vibrant communities where people want to live, work and play."

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posticon Lansing Schools Want Students to 'Be The One'

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Be The One Campaign

Have you had someone that you connected with and made a real difference in your life?  It seems obvious, but not everyone does.  On February 11th meeting Superintendent Chris Pettograsso updated the Lansing Board Of Education on how the district is implementing the county-wide 'Be The One' campaign.

"We looked at the student data and brainstormed ideas," Pettograsso said. "We'll be meeting after our February break to see what our next steps for the 'Be The one' campaign will be.  We've taken a different approach from some other school districts.  We've started with the students to see if it resonates with them and if it is important.  They seem to really enjoy the time together.  We heard from many of the students that it was nice just to come together and talk."

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posticon Pack 48 Speeds to the Finish Line

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pinewood trophiesChampionship winners

Don't blink or you may miss the exciting finish! Twenty-six Cub Scouts from Lansing Pack 48 competed in their annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday 9th February at Lansing Elementary School. The Pinewood Derby is an event that originated in California in 1953 when a Cub leader wanted to have a competition for Cub Scouts similar to the soap box derby run for the older boys. He had the Cub Scouts build cars from a block of pine wood with wheels and then race them down a track. The event was a huge success and has been replicated by many Scouting units across the country since that time.

Each Cub Scout in Lansing was given a kit, this year donated by the Rejman Family of Genoa, of a wooden block, 4 nails and 4 plastic wheels. They shape and decorate the block into a car or truck either at home or at the annual 'pit day' hosted by the Pack 48 leaders and families at the Middle School shop.

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