Neighborhood Mini-Grant Supports Portals to Peace Mural

In a healthy and resilient community, people of all religions and ethnicities are welcomed and respected. The murals proliferating across the city of Ithaca, coordinated by the organization Ithaca Murals, have engaged and celebrated a wide array of cultures. Amid a nationwide rise of anti-Muslim hostility and stereotyping, three local organizations — the Multicultural Resource Center,…

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Restoration & Protection Plan

Tompkins Weekly     2-12-18 By Hilary Lambert It is a challenge to unify the administratively complex Cayuga Lake watershed for restoration, conservation, and protection. This 785-square mile watershed includes: • Three counties on the lakeshore (Cayuga, Seneca, and Tompkins) – and smaller upland portions of three more (Cortland, Tioga, and Schuyler). • 45 municipalities (cities,…

Sarah Gotowka of Luna Fiber Studio with student

Neighborhood Mini-Grant Supports Textile Education at Luna Fiber Studio

Knowledge of textile creation is often overlooked as part of a self-sufficient, resilient community. Sarah Gotowka, weaver and owner of the Earth Grown Shades natural dye business, has taught weaving and dyeing workshops at widespread venues, but recently sought to create a permanent learning space. After founding Luna Fiber Studio in Trumansburg, she needed to supply it with looms…

Mini-Grant Brings Bike Racks to Book Sale

Thousands of people attend the book sales hosted by the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library every May and October, and its facility in Ithaca’s West End is within bicycling distance of many residents. But visitors have long had to insecurely chain their bikes to nearby fences, signposts, or trees. In March 2016, Sustainable Tompkins awarded the organization…