THE HOMER NEWS FREE Volume V Thursday, February 26, 2015 Issue 18 FREE United Way Polar Plunge is April 18 United Way for Cortland County Polar Plunge is a: spec·ta·cle (spkt-kl) n. a. Something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature. b. A public performance or display, especially one on a large or lavish scale. One more time Steve Cinquanti will be plunging into the chilly waters at Yaman Park on March 7th to raise a few bucks for United Way. Anything you can do to help would be very much appreciated. Many thanks for past and present support of the community.-- and please do mention this to anyone you think might want to donate too. One way or the other come on down A[pril 18th and watch this fun community affair and spectacle! https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ SteveCinquanti/2015-great-polar-bear-challenge FREE THE HOMER NEWS 2 • February 26, 2015 • The Homer News Around Town The Voice of the Town The Homer News Published for Homer Residents The Homer News is published in Homer by The Homer News. Distribution is every other Thursday to all households and businesses in Homer. The Homer News is a community-based news- paper dedicated to informing townspeople of current events and issues; serving as a forum for the free exchange of views of town residents; and celebrating the people, places and happenings that make the Town of Homer unique. Editor:Donald Ferris *** Subscription Rates: The Homer News is delivered at no cost to all Homer addresses in the 13077 zip code. We are offering subscriptions for The Homer News. Personal or out-of-town subscriptions are available for $36 per year (First Class). Payable in advance. Send check or money order to: The Homer News, P.O. Box 125, Homer, NY 13077 Email your address to: [email protected] Signed Articles, Letters, Photographs and Drawings of interest are welcomed to be considered for publication. All articles are subject to editing for clarity and length. Materials not used will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided. THANK YOU! Circulation: 3,800 copies per issue. Copyright © 2015 The Homer News The Homer NEWS P.O. Box 125 Homer, New York 13077 [email protected] Telephone: 607-749-2613 Fill Your Cup-Fill Managing the Pantry Coffee Concerns House Benefit About Falls The Senior High Sunday School Class at Homer Congregational Church will be hosting a coffee house to benefit the Homer Methodist Food Pantry. Come and listen to local entertainment while enjoying a bottomless cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. When: Saturday, March 21st Where: Homer Congregational Church Russell Fellowship Room Doors Open: 7:00 pm Event starts: 7:30 pm Cost: $7 per person or $25 maximum for immediate family which includes a bottomless cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate Desserts: Priced individually Please enter the church through the back entrance, which is handicap accessible. 100% of the admission cost will go directly to the Homer Methodist Food Pantry to help feed the hungry in our community. You can also show your support for the food pantry by bringing in a nonperishable food item to the event!! Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you. Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. Cortland County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) are offering A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls Tuesdays March 17 to May 5, 1 – 3pm, at the Homer Senior Center, Homer Town Hall, 31 N. Main St. Preregistration is required. A workbook and light refreshments will be provided. Please call (607)753-5060 to register or for more information. Rotary Club Answers the Call to Help Center for the Arts March 7 - Saturday The Homer Community Blood Drive will be held from 8am to 1:00pm, at the Homer 1st United Methodist Church, 16 Cayuga Street(on the Green). A Double Red Cell Collection unit will be available at this drive for type A-,B-,AB-, and O. Anyone who wishes to donate should call and make an appointment at 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to: www.redcrossblood.org Folks with appointments are given first priority, but walk-ins are welcome. March 7 - Saturday Homeville Presents: The 16th New York Independent Battery, a hands on display. Presenter Doug Deuel, Member of Sons of Union Veterans of Civil War. This program will be in the Museum Theater at 1p.m. Admission to the program is $5.00 March 21 - Saturday Homeville Presents: Homer Braves Baseball . Presenter Tony Kissel. This program will be in the Museum Theater at 1p.m. Admission to the program is $5.00 As space permits, The Homer News will print a brief notice of your organization’s event at no charge in the EVENTS CALENDAR. For more detailed notices we suggest you purchase a display ad. Please keep in mind our publishing schedule and deadlines. March 4, 2015 for the March 12, 2015 issue. American Legion News For the good of our Community: Homer Winterfest was a great success! Thanks to all who stopped by to get warm and enjoy the Hamburgers/ Hot Dogs and the Wine Tasting. Looking for an inexpensive, quick, and easy dinner on Friday night? Drop in and enjoy Hamburgers/Hotdogs and Delicious Soups on alternate Fridays. To Benefit Veterans: We always welcome new members. Want to become an American Legion Member in Homer? Email us at: [email protected] Also, do you have ideas that would make our post a destination place for you and guests to come and relax in our smoke-free atmosphere? We are always looking for ways to enhance your visit and would like suggestions. NEW: National Commander’s “4X4” webpage. In an attempt to reach a goal of 4 million members of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and to raise $4 million for charity programs, Commander Helm has created a website for Members and Non-Members. Visit www.legion. org/4x4 for more information and to donate to a charity of your choice. Sign up for Honor & Remembrance e-newsletter: This new e-newsletter shares stories and photos of personal war experiences, monuments honoring those who served and sacrificed and more. Visit www.legion.org/newsletters to sign up. Reminder - do not use your Veteran’s ID as identification at any locations besides the VA in order to keep your SSAN secure. Upcoming meetings: Saturdays at 1000 hours: February 28, March 28, April 25. Friend us on Facebook for updates on news and events as we receive them. Contributors Priscilla Berggren-Thomas, Ed Finkbeiner, Anita Jebbett, Martin Sweeney, Matt Banazek, Harry Coleman Get The Homer News at: Village Food Market, Homer Town Office, Homer Village Office, Phillips Free Library, Homer Men’s and Boys, Olde Homer House, Bev's, Oh My Goodness Health Foods, Lucky Kitchen, Lily Lanetree, Key Bank, Kory’s Diner, Super Cream, Origins, Denny Jack's, Anderson’s Farm Market, Crawl Space, Dandy Mart, Uncle Tom's Deli, Brown’s Garage, Poole’s Drive In, Trinity Valley Dairy, Tops, Walgreen’s, Hyde’s Diner, Tyler's Cleaners, CNY Living History Center, Steve & Lu's Diner, Antiques on James, First Niagara Bank-Homer. On Line, www.TheHomerNews.com All opinions expressed in Letters and Commentaries are those of the writers and not of The Homer News, which is published as an independent, non-biased community service and forum. EVENTS CALENDAR Rotary Breakfast Club members answered the call to help clean chairs at the Center for the Arts on Saturday. Friday's e-mail was answered by Glen Reisweber, Bill Masterson, Bess Koval, Ed Finkbeiner, Chuck Fieszli, Don Ferris, and Jim Hopkins cleaned about 180 chairs in just over an hour. Top photo, Bess Koval is hard at work cleaning a chair. Bottom photo, Bill Masterson and Ed Finkbeiner used a "team" approach to cleaning chairs. Brenda McIntosh-Clark, Adjutant A gift subscription to The Homer News will help keep your out-of-town friends and relatives informed. $36/year. Call 749-2613 The Homer News • February 26. 2015 •3 Ed Finkbeiner Eugene “Gene” Smith Trustee Candidate - Homer for MAYOR -Resident of Homer Village 29 years -Currently Homer Village Planning Board Chairman -Former Homer Village Zoning and Appeals Board Member -Former Cortland County Board of Ethics Chairman -Currently on Elizabeth Brewster House Board of Managers -Serving as President of Elizabeth Brewster House Foundation -Co-Chair of Elizabeth Brewster House Capital Campaign -Retired United States Navy after 22 years of service -Retired Ameriprise Financial Advisor -Married with 3 grown children who graduated from Homer Central School District • Work with the Town to return Village oﬃces to Town Hall • COMMUNICATE with residents on issues and deliberations of the board • Work with employees and residents to keep expenses in check • Seek ways to reduce garbage pick-up costs through innovation Please VOTE for me on Wednesday March 18, 2015 Noon - 9 p.m. - Community Bldg. (behind the fire Station) [email protected] Election Day is Wednesday, March 18, 2015 KevinTrustee Slack Candidate - Homer • Always has the best interest of the village at heart • “The People’s Choice” • Village Trustee for 4 years • Village of Homer resident for 28 years • Owner of Kory’s Place for 28 years • Member of Homer Business Association • Member of Homer Elks Lodge Please remember to vote for Kevin Slack on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from Noon ‘til 9 pm - Homer Community Building PAID FOR BY FRIENDS TO ELECT KEVIN SLACK Election Day is Wednesday, March 18, 2015 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN VILLAGE OF HOMER WHO: Are you at least 55, and have a vehicle? WHAT: Delivering Meals on Wheels. WHERE: To a few Homer Village homebound residents. WHEN: Can you spare an hour one day a week? The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is recruiting volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program. Help is needed specifically for the Homer area on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for about an hour beginning in late morning. Training is provided. Contact RSVP at 607-753-5057 or [email protected] about this and other opportunities. Also, Homer Senior Center, 31 N. Main St. Homer, 749-2362 will have info; ask for Debbie Chavoustie, RSVP Program Coordinator & Senior Center Manager. CLASSIFIEDS PAINTING SERVICES WINTER BLUES got you down? Hire Stroke of Genius for all your Painting needs. Call Matt at 607-423-7850. 2b3a WANTED TO BUY We buy good estate jewelry, recyclable gold, and coins. Call 607-753-7003 for appointment. Sheridan's Jewelers, 8 Main Street, downtown Cortland. BUSINESS SERVICES PROFESSIONAL TIMBER MANAGEMENT. Top prices paid for all hardwoods. Recognized by D.E.C. Region 7. No job too big or small. 3rd generation logger. NYLT member certified. References available. Free Estimates. Bush Logging & Forestry 2b15p 607/745-8121 Election Day is Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Homer WinterFest The 15th Annual Homer WinterFest was once again an overwhelming success for attendance, weather and participation. We want to thank the local organizations, municipal departments, sponsors, and the many individual volunteers who made the event a success. Find WinterFest pictures, winners, and news at www.homerwinterfest.org Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, effort, and financial support, no matter how big or small the job. We hope we have not missed anyone: MAJOR SPONSORS: Economy Paving Co. Inc.; Suit-Kote Corporation; Homer Business Association SPONSOR: HoBeau’s Fireside Grill; Cortland County Convention & Visitors Bureau SUPPORTERS: Cinquanti Real Estate; Heritage Realty; Homer Men and Boys CONTRIBUTORS: K & H Motorsports; Key Bank; Cortland Self-Storage; Reagan-Riter Boiler Works, Inc.; Albany International VOLUNTEERS & HELPERS: Economy Paving; Stephen Compagni; Trampus Henry; Hom-Cort Advantage; Ed & Dee Finkbeiner; Ward & JoAnn Dukelow; MB Kingsley; Human Dog Sled Participants; Snow Sculpture Participants; Paul Sweeney; Lime Hollow Nature Center; Ralph Thornton & the Homer FireDepartment; Martin Sweeney; Dunkin Donuts; Sellco; Village of Homer & DPW Crew; Fran Riter; Paul Bunyan Products; Homer Elks; Homer American Legion & Auxiliary; Homer Central Schools; Scott Cavalier & the HCS Custodial Staff Homer PTO and volunteers; Homer Shakespearean Society & Louise Felker; Jaff & Nadine Harris; Mike & Mandy Berry; Sally Kurtz; Mary Alice Bellardini; Tony Ferro; Jerry Wilcox; Kathy Beardsley & the Landmark Society; Gail Briggs; Wendy Fairchild; Zach, Steve & Maria Greenfield; Kelly Sovocool; Don Ferris and the Homer News; Dan Cleary and the Cortland Brewing Co. Sincerely, the Homer WinterFest Committee: Eric Mulvihill (Chair); Katie Quinlan (Treasurer); Sheila Quinlan (Sponsorship); Sandy Cincotta (Wine Tasting); Steve Major (Advertising); Deb Slack (Parade); Peg Sweeney (Outdoor Activities & Secretary); Sheila Quinlan (Chili CookOff); Annette Benson (Craft Fair); Brenda Contento (Antique Show); Jeremy Boylan (Signage); Charlie Bernheim; Mark Bertram (Children’s Activities). Homer WinterFest runs smoothly with good volunteers. Interested? call 607-597-9595 Physical Therapy Return to what matters most Conveniently located in Homer Village next to Dashers Corner Pub Evening and Weekend Hours Accepting Credit Cards/Health Flex Account Cards Physical Therapy Services including: Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation• Acute and Chronic Conditions Pre and Post Operative Care• Injury Reduction/Prevention Training• Manual Hands on Care• Pediatric to Well Experienced Individuals• Spinal Decompression • Functional Movement Screening for athletes and active individuals alike • • • • Call 749-2219 today to make an appointment! Ehren Heyer, PT, MPT, Functional Movement Screen Certified Expert 6 North Main St., Homer, NY 607-749-2219 www.heyerpt.com 4 • February 26, 2015 • The Homer News When Izzy and Moe Came to Homer By Martin Sweeney, Town of Homer Historian On February 14, 1922, a man walked into the David Harum Hotel on Main Street in Homer [where the fire station is now] and presented himself to the man behind the bar, Harry Cortright. He introduced himself to Cortright as a traveling tobacco salesman, and said that he had some fine cigars for sale at a reasonable price. Being of an affable nature and genial in conversation, the salesman was able to convince Cortright to agree to purchase an allotment of cigars that would be delivered at a later date. To seal the deal, the salesman offered to buy drinks, and Cortright produced the requested libation. What Cortright did not know was that this was no salesman. This was Prohibition Agent No. 1, Isidore Einstein, a federal agent sworn to enforce the 18th Amendment that deemed the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol to be illegal effective January 17, 1920. By selling liquor to Einstein, Cortright had committed a crime. The next day, Einstein reappeared at the David Harum Hotel. With him was his partner and fellow agent, Moe Smith. The pair had obtained a search and seizures warrant from US Commissioner Wickham of Binghamton, and they had local law enforcement personnel with them. Stepping behind the bar, all they could find was a solitary pint of liquor. They then proceeded to conduct a thorough search of the premises, which included the upstairs. There the pair came upon a room with a placard on the door. The placard read “Quarantine for Influenza.” Unfazed, the pair ordered Cortright to open the door. He refused. So, the pair broke it down. “Inside was enough ‘evidence’ to convict a few hundred,” Einstein later told reporters. Before the day was over, based upon a lead they were provided, the pair visited the Central Tire store on Port Watson Street in the city of Cortland. Behind a pile of tires and inside some of them, they found a large quantity of liquor. The pair claimed the store had been a distribution center for booze for some time. As a result of the two raids in Cortland County, three men were arrested and set to appear before United States Commissioner Wickham in Binghamton on Thursday, Feb. 23, 1922. District Attorney Albert Haskell, Jr. was enthusiastic about the success of these raids and complimented Einstein and Smith for their accomplishment, and they, in turn, spoke highly of Haskell’s efforts in the operation. Soon after Haskell’s recent election to the position of DA, the press had reported: “The district attorney is determined to stop the sale of intoxicants both in public places and in private houses and says he will spare neither time, pains nor money to accomplish that end. He feels that a good start has been made.” Haskell had conducted a few successful raids earlier in the south and east ends of the City of Cortland, and the newspaper went on to report that “All beverages seized are stored in the basement at the court house, which smells like a brewery, and are under lock and key.” Apparently Haskell’s efforts at law enforcement had come to require the use of two of history’s most famous enforcers of Prohibition. Working under the direction of Chief Field Agent John S. Parsons of Oswego and in conjunction with DA Haskell, Einstein and Smith arrived in Syracuse by train and then swept down upon Cortland. Without prior announcement of their arrival in the county, even to other local law enforcement officers, the pair was able to use the element of surprise to their advantage. By the time of these two raids, Einstein and Smith, known in the popular press as “Izzy and Moe,” had become household names. Mere mention of their names put fear and a healthy respect for the eighteenth amendment in the hearts of men and women engaged in bootlegging. On a train ride from Monticello to Port Jervis, the pair was recognized, and upon arrival at Port Jervis, the engineer, in true Paul Revere fashion, hopped off and ran from gin mill to gin mill yelling, “They’re coming. Izzy and Moe is coming!” By early 1922 the agents were well on their way to becoming famous for using guile and jovial geniality to best the bootleggers in sensational operations. With well over 1,800 arrests and convictions to their credit, Izzy and Moe kept coming across new challenges. Even they had to smile about the novel way Homer and Cortland proprietors had tried to conceal their booze. “Few bootleggers have shown the brains evidenced by the proprietors of ‘David Harum’s’ place in hiding the stuff,” declared Izzy to a reporter. “It was the first time we’ve been faced with a quarantine sign, duly authorized by the board of health. I’ve never seen liquor quarantined before,” he added, smiling.” “Well, Izzy, bootleggers seldom put the stuff in automobile tires, notwithstanding the movies,” Moe interrupted, “and that’s what we found at Cortland.” The ratification in 1919 of the amendment to establish Prohibition required federal and local police forces to recruit new members rapidly in order to enforce the law. With no background in law enforcement, but speaking several languages (Yiddish, Hungarian, German, Polish, with a little Russian, French, Spanish and Italian) in addition to English, Izzy Einstein, a 1901 immigrant from Galicia, signed up as Prohibition Agent No. 1. In a short time, he invited his friend Moe Smith to join him as a partner. Though both were personally indifferent to temperance, they felt the law must be upheld, no matter how hard it was to enforce. Besides, it was good employment, and they were good at it. According to the February 28, 1938 issue of Time, in their joint career they made 4,932 arrests, of which 95% (around 4,680) gained convictions. They confiscated 5 million gallons of liquor, worth an estimated $15 million, and thousands of bartenders, bootleggers and speakeasy owners were sentenced to jail. In late 1925, Izzy and Moe were “laid off” in a reorganization of the bureau of enforcement. A report in Time magazine suggested they had attracted more publicity than wanted by the new, resentful political appointee heading the bureau, although the press and public loved the duo. By 1930, both men had moved on and were working as successful insurance salesmen. Izzy died in 1938 after a leg amputation for diabetes, and Moe died on Dec. 16, 1960. The New York Herald Tribune called them “the only prohibition agents whom the public liked.” “Their exploits and disguises touched America’s funny bone,” stated the paper. To root out bootleggers, they posed as vegetable vendors, conductors, church-goers, and grave diggers. They raided stills in cemeteries, basements, garages, and once in the backroom of a church. Izzy, wearing a fake goatee and posing as a delegate from Kentucky, and Moe, wearing a cowboy hat and posing as a delegate from Montana, even infiltrated the 1924 Democratic National Convention in the old Madison Square Garden in search of illegal alcohol. They came up short. Only soda pop was available. One sting operation involved Where is The Homer News Being Read?? Vivian and Jack Garvey were reading The Homer News in Vero Beach, FL Raised Garden Beds Now Available at Homer Community Gardens Two raised beds are available for new members at the Homer Community Gardens, currently hidden under the snow next to the DPW building on North Fulton Street, but soon to be alive and thriving when spring arrives. We are now accepting sign-ups for these available raised garden beds. Please email Elaine Norris at [email protected] or call 749-3423 for information. First-come, first-served. 2015 will be the sixth anniversary of the Homer Community Gardens. Homer Community Gardens is a loose coalition of local gardeners who enjoy sharing all the goodness of gardening. The Gardens are truly a community effort with big thanks to lots of local people and organizations. We collaborate with each other and we actively support local school and community gardens, helping weed and sharing seed. Gardening has its own inherent goodness, of course, but we find that it also can be a powerful and positive response to so many of the things that worry us today about health, food quality, the environment, energy, the climate, and the economy. We work together to understand how all these things are interwoven with each other. the pair crawling up onto the beach at Coney Island, shivering with cold and demanding of a suspect enough stimulant to save their lives. Another sting had the two coming forth from a car barn and informing a suspected bootlegger that they had nearly frozen to death in the line of duty during the long, cold night and pathetically inquiring if a little alcohol might not be had to revive them. When the liquor was provided, the pair provided another arrest to record. Moe claimed that the accounts of their disguises were overdone by the press. In a 1933 interview, he said, “We didn’t disguise none. If we went to a golf club to make a pinch, and put on golf knickers, the papers said we were disguised.” The real agents looked nothing like the G-men in the movies. Moe looked more like an affable, prosperous automobile salesmen. Izzy, in need of a shave, tended to be scruffier in his sartorial appearance, with buttons missing on his vest. Both were a bit overweight and gave no outward sign of being physically fit federal agents. And neither ever carried a firearm, not even during arrests. Nevertheless, the successes of Izzy and Moe became legendary. The two who passed through Homer but once were described in a 1925 Time article as having experienced thrilling adventures comparable to those experienced by Robin Hood “— adventures as thrilling as those of Sir Launcelot, as those of Richard Cœur de Lion, as those of Don Quixote de la Mancha." 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Shake & Bake Mix American Cheese Singles 1 FREE 5 2/$ 3 5/$ 2 pk. Select Varieties Kraft • Yellow or White • 12 oz. BUY 1, GET 5 Chicken Noodle or Tomato BREAD Stroehmann’s 20-24 oz. or Puree Shurfine • Several Varieties DAIRY 3/$ 18 oz. Tomato Sauce 69 Big Roll Paper Towels 2/$ Select Varieties Shurfine French Fries 1 Crunchy or Creamy 15.3-18 oz. $ Shurfine Peanut Butter Corn Flakes, Honey Smacks & Raisin Bran Tuna In Water Shurfine Cereal Chunk Light 3 $ 98 8 $ 78 1 $ 98 lb. lb. Roasting Chickens 1 $ 48 1 2/$ 3 Virginia or Maple Honey Ham $ 98 $ 88 Allen’s, Prime Young & Tender Russer’s, Deli Sliced Pork Sirloin Chops Corned Beef Brisket Flats 35% Solution Enhanced DELI ATM AVAILABLE 12 pk. 7 2/$ 7 2/$ 6 • February 26, 2015 • The Homer News News from the Library Tone problem areas By Priscilla Berggren-Thomas Iron Stomachs Bruce sent me a link to a video of a spaghetti eating contest between a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd. It was supposed to show that the German Shepherd was a messy eater, trying to pick up one strand of spaghetti at a time and dropping spaghetti all over the place. The Golden was done in 3.6 seconds, eating the whole wad of spaghetti in one bite and actually proving Goldens’ have stomachs of iron and can gobble anything down without bothering to chew. Having had three Goldens, I’ve never understood the idea of having to coax a dog to eat. Goldens show no discretion in eating, whatsoever. They’ll scarf up anything: from dead things, to cow pats, to rocks and clods of dirt. I’ve have Goldens eat cans, mouse traps, Christmas trees, and the handles of filet knives. Often while lying on a water bed. There’s another video online of a therapy dog trial, where the dogs have to run down a straight course to their owner, while bypassing large bowls of food. Almost every breed succeeds except, you guessed it, the Golden, who takes about five minutes to run the ten yards stopping to gobble up every hot dog in sight. He even back tracks for a few he missed. This unfortunately is why my sweet Ben will never become a certified therapy/reading dog. Despite this fact, I’ve never had a fat Golden, because it is much easier to put my dog on a diet than to diet myself. Somehow I just can’t keep myself to three cups of kibble a day with no whining in between. It’s particularly annoying because even after suffering the stomach bug, I am no svelter! And if I had to be sick, I should have at least lost some weight in the bargain. But, it is the time for battling winter viruses and if one must be sick, one should be able to be sick in a genteel and civilized way. Lounging on the couch, sipping tea, petting the aforementioned Golden Retriever, and watching a Murdoch Mysteries marathon, or Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, or Midsomer Murders, or anyone’s murders. So, stop by the library for some DVDs, Blu-Rays, video games, books on CD, even real books to have on hand should you take to the couch with some bug. But please bring them back germ free, because we love to share almost anything but the latest virus. What’s New at the Library? Pre-School Story Time Pre-School Story Time with Miss Tammy is on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, when school is in session. There are no programs on snow days or school holidays. Please check the Gain strength and flexibility library website for upcoming themes. Mar. 4th - Achoo! Mar. 11th - Bedtime Mar. 18th - Rain & Rainbows Mar. 25th - Summertime Have fun in a motivating group Where: Homer Center for the Arts When: Wednesday nights at 6:30, beginning Feb 25th Cost: 10 Classes/$50 Contact: To register or for more information, please call (607) 280-8649 Rockin’ Readers Rockin’ Readers, our K-2nd grade story and activity time is on Wednesday afternoons at 3:25 pm. Miss Tammy will be offering a fun program with stories, crafts, games, and songs. There are no programs on snow days or school holidays. Please check the library website for upcoming themes. Mar. 4th – Maple Sugar with Lime Hollow Mar. 11th – Iditarod Mar. 18th - St. Patrick’s Day Bash Mar. 25th – Celebrate Doreen Cronin 104 YEARS CLEANERS “We’re as close as your phone” Maker Space Open Hours The library’s MakerSpace is open every Tuesday from 5pm – 8 pm and most Wednesdays from 6-8 pm. LEGOS Mindstorms and Story Starter sets, Cricut Explore, the digital drawing tablet, and building kits and equipment are available for use. Sign up to use the 3-D printer and digitizer. 3-D printer sign-ups are also available at other times. Call the library for information. The first Tuesday of the month is always Writers’ Night @ the Maker Space. Writers of all ages are welcome to come share craft ideas, seek advice, and offer support. Join us March 3rd at 6:30 pm for an hour of writing magic. We are also hosting MakerSpace Demonstration nights. Demo Nights are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. March’s Demo Night will be on March 17th. The theme will be knitting. Demo nights start at 6:30 pm. Lego Club! Lego Club for 1st and 2nd graders is the 2nd Monday of each month from 4-5 pm. The club for 3rd and 4th graders will be the 4th Monday of each month from 4-5 pm. Space is limited, so stop by the library to sign up. Mar.9th – 1st and 2nd grade club. Mar. 23rd – 3rd and 4th grade club. SciFi/Fantasy Book Club Not enough swords and sorcery in your life? Not enough good triumphing over evil? Well, we can help with that. The SciFi/Fantasy book discussion open to adults and teens meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. This is your chance to get your fantasy, dragon, magic-wielding, space travel, swashbuckling fix. Wednesday, March 18th, we’ll be discussing Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. “Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an 607/753-0812 Continuing to offer FREE pick-up and delivery in Homer RT. 281 at SUMMIT STREET CORTLAND, NY 13045 arranged marriage to the respite of the convent of St. Mortain. Here she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. But how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who has stolen her heart?” Join us for another teen assassin, this one during 15th century Brittany. History collides with fantasy in the page turning read. Author E.K. Johnston visits the library Saturday, March 21st, E.K. Johnston, author of the teen fantasy The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim will visit the library. She will offer a book discussion of the book with a reading of the soon to be released sequel, Prairie Fire, from 10:30 am – 11:30 am. There will be a short refreshment break followed by a writing workshop for interested teens from noon until 1:30 pm. Call the library to register. This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Teen Writers’ Group and Film Club If you are between 6th and 12th grade and you love to write, or make movies, consider joining the Teen Writers’ Group, or Teen Film Club. Both groups meet on Tuesdays. The Teen Writers group meets from 3:30 until 4:30 pm, followed by the Teen Film club which JOHN FINN meets from 4:30 until 5:30 pm. The writers’ group works on all elements of fiction writing and all genres, from fantasy to mystery and beyond. The film club is working on a new film with members acting as screenwriters, actors, directors and editors. Join the fun! Help with Nooks, Kindles, and Downloadable books Do you need help downloading ebooks and audiobooks to your Nook, Kindle, or iPad? Let our Teen Tech Volunteers help you. They are available Mondays, and Thursdays from 3-4 pm and can help you check out and download e-materials. They can also help with other computer questions. Call ahead, to make an appointment, or drop by. Board of Trustees Meeting The library board meeting is the third Monday of each month. The March meeting will be Monday, March 16th at 7 pm in the Community Meeting Room. Meetings are open to the public. 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Lime Hollow Forest Preschool has done just that. Starting this past fall, the first group of students attended the inaugural class of Cortland’s first outdoor, year round forest preschool. The students arrive, backpacks full of high energy snacks, and hike as a group out to their Forest Home, stopping along the way to check out mud puddles, animal tracks, mushrooms and insects. “And boy, do they notice if something has changed since they last walked out,” says Maryfaith Miller, School Director and co-teacher. If they aren’t singing, they are listening for bird calls. Their Forest Home is a semi-circle of shoulder-high waddle wall, constructed of branches woven together, with a tarp overhead to offer some protection from a downpour. The chairs of this classroom are slices of tree logs small enough so that the children can move them around. There is a rope swing nearby with a long arc for a good ride, and logs for balancing. There is a fire pit, and a typical day includes a fire to warm and tell stories around. The curriculum is child-led, discovery based and is therefore always developmentally ideal. “When a child wonders about the salamander she has found under a rotting log, she probably already has some knowledge of the creature. The question she asks is about the part that is still a mystery to her. Our mentors might not provide the answer right away, but instead could ask a few more questions to encourage the student to look more closely or use other knowledge to make a hypothesis. By building understandings on understandings the child constructs a solid competency, and the self-confidence to explore more mysteries. Our mentors have learned to ask questions that challenge the student to explore deeply, without con- Issue 18 YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE THRU CORTLAND COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. @ 758-5509 founding the student,” explains Miller. Forest Preschool is a newly sprouted idea for Cortland, but it’s roots are more than 150 years old. In Germany, and many parts of Europe a family can choose between outdoor or indoor Kindergarten for their children, based on the temperament and passions of the individual child. In either case, formal schooling does not begin until later. Richard Louv, in his groundbreaking book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” found that, “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, our own).” That in one or two generations the amount of time children actually spend immersed in nature has decreased dramatically. Louv makes a connection between other behavioral disorders like ADHD, ADD, depression, obesity and ODD and Nature Deficit Disorder. Erin Kenny, author of Forest Kindergartens, and founder of Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten, finds that ‘the average American child spends 6-7 hours a day in front of a screen’ and ‘only 30 minutes a week in unstructured outdoor play’. Lime Hollow’s mission is to “provide year-round environmental opportunities to the public through utilization and protection of the natural and cultural attributes of the Lime Hollow area,” which dovetailed perfectly with Miller’s mission to provide child-led, unstructured play time in nature. Lime Hollow Forest Preschool is currently accepting applications for it’s spring season. The school is offering a growing number of need-based scholarships. The group is also looking for help funding some of the specialized footwear and outerwear the students must have to be comfortable in the colder weather, and will be launching a crowdfunding campaign shortly. AARP SMART DRIVER MARCH THRU AUGUST 2015 Month M T W Th F Sat Time Location 5:30- Cortland Senior Center, Cortland County Office 8:30pm Building, Rm. B-1, 60 Central Ave., Cortland 9am – Cortlandville Town Hall, Meeting Rm., MAR 14 4pm 3577 Terrace Rd., Cortland Scott Senior Center APR 8 9 1- 4pm United Methodist Church, Rte. 41, Scott 1:30Creamery Hills Harford Senior Center APR 29 30 4:30pm Creamery Rd., Harford 9am – Virgil Town Hall MAY 2 3:30pm 1176 Church St., Virgil Marathon Senior Center MAY 18 19 2- 5pm Civic Center, Brink St, Marathon 5:30- Cortland Regional Medical Center, Auditorium JUNE 1 3 8:30pm lower level, 134 Homer Ave, Cortland 9am – Grace Christian Fellowship JUNE 26 4pm 1250 Fisher Ave, Cortland 9am – Cortlandville Town Hall, Meeting Rm., JULY 11 4pm 3577 Terrace Rd., Cortland 1:30Walden Place JULY 21 22 4:30pm 839 Bennie Rd, Cortland 9am – Homer Elks Lodge No 2506 AUG 12 13 12:00n 82 Cortland St., Homer Truxton Senior Center, United Methodist AUG 18 19 1- 4pm Church, Rte. 13, Truxton MAR 3 4 Max # Instructor Special instructions 35 Jean Ellsworth Bring Beverage if needed 35 John Hartman Bring lunch 1 hour break 35 Joann Dukelow 12:00 Lunch available @ Senior Center 35 Jean Ellsworth 12:00 Lunch available @ Senior Center 20 Jean Ellsworth Bring lunch ½ hour break 35 John Hartman 12:00 Lunch available @ Senior Center 35 Joann Dukelow Bring Beverage if needed 35 John Hartman 35 Joann Dukelow 20 Jean Ellsworth Bring Beverage if needed 35 John Hartman Bring Beverage if needed 35 Joann Dukelow @ Senior Center Bring lunch 1 hour break Bring lunch 1 hour break 12:00 Lunch available CLASS FEE IS $20 FOR AARP MEMBERS AND $25 FOR NON-MEMBERS If You Want To Pay Full Price, That’s Your Business. If You Want the Best Price, THAT’S OUR BUSINESS! 1$ 5 9 9 8 2$ 9 9 8 2$ 8 9 8 3$ 4 9 control capabilities. Don’t buy a car with salvage, total loss, or rebuilt titles. If you do, Do everything to make sure the car was properly repaired back to manufacturer specs. Don’t skip the test drive or mechanic’s inspection. Do get a Carfax Vehicle History Report to find out about potential problems. Shop at the all-new Carfax.com and get a free Carfax Vehicle History Report with every car for sale. Learn More You and your teen can find more tips plus a car buying guide on Carfax.com as well 2$ 9 9 (NAPSI)—Many teens aren’t driving the safest cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Here are some dos and don’ts to help put your teen in the safest ride possible: Do look for a car with good safety ratings from trusted sources such as IIHS and the NHTSA. Don’t get a car with high horsepower. Do get a car that your teen feels comfortable driving and has few blind spots/obstructions. Don’t get a car that’s so old it lacks the most up-to-date safety features. Do seek cars with electronic safety 8 Safe Cars For Teens Mon. - Fri. Main St., Homer visit us at *www.homermensandboys.com 607-749-7575 www.Cinquanti.com Don’t Make a Move Without Us! 8:30-7:30, Wed. & Sat. 8:30-5 From: The Homer News P.O. Box 125 Homer, NY 13077 Copyright © 2015 Deliver to: LOCAL BOXHOLDER PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID HOMER NY PERMIT No. 82 Where is The Homer News Being Read?? Pictured from left to right are Scott Maryniak, Martin Sujkowski, me (Sarah Sujkowski) holding the paper and Breck Aspinwall. Sarah Sujkowski, her husband, Martin, and their friends, Scott Maryniak and Breck Aspinwall went to the Adirondack High Peaks this recently for their 7th annual snowshoe. This trip they went up Cascade and Porter mountains. Here they are at the top of Cascade with 50 mile an hour winds and sub-zero temps. They tried to get a good shot, but it was challenging.
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