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1 – Man traveling on horseback from Ontario to Guatemala pauses in Brooktondale
Taking a break in Brooktondale, a man and his horse continue on their journey to Guatemala — Chris MacLuckie and his horse, Roxy, have been on the road for over a month, on a trip that will take them from Rockingham, Ontario, to Iztapa, Guatemala. Though the two have already been traveling since Labor Day, it will be a long journey to their final destination.
2 – March for Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrated in Ithaca with Mending the Sacred Circle march and rally – Dozens of people celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Ithaca Monday afternoon with a rally and march through downtown, ending in the Commons.
“We’re here today, you know, because we wanted to let people know that we’re not really willing to accept things so easily and…to also acknowledge and honor our ancestors and, not honor, but acknowledge the atrocities that have occurred over the last 600 years or so against our people…they’re still occurring in a real big way,” Alexas Esposito said.
An organizer said the rally was formed in part because Tompkins County Legislature failed to acknowledge the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. However, the city’s Common Council unanimously approved holiday over Columbus Day.
3 – Still no leads in case of missing Ithaca woman
Ithaca woman still missing after nearly 2 months, police have no new leads — Police are still looking for a 27-year-old Ithaca woman who has been missing for nearly two months.
The last confirmed sighting of Nicole Marranca was on Aug. 18 at the Economy Inn, located at 658 Elmira Road in Ithaca, her family said.
4 – City considers plans to rein in student housing on South Hill
City of Ithaca seeks to rein in student housing on South Hill — At the city of Ithaca Planning and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, members considered taking steps to halt the “studentization” of South Hill.
After mulling a few different plans, the final proposal moving forward calls for an overlay on the existing South Hill neighborhood that states there can only be one primary structure on lower density R-1 and R-2 residential property.
5 – Woman bites man trying to steal her backpack
Man charged with felony after trying to wrestle backpack from woman – Police have arrested a man they say struggled with a woman and tried to steal her backpack Tuesday.
Christopher Hartman, 41, is charged with felony third-degree attempted robbery and was held without bail at the Tompkins County Jail after being arraigned Wednesday morning.
6 – Aldi reopens with fresh look after remodel
Gallery: Aldi reopens in Ithaca with fresh upgrade — After being revamped, Aldi in Ithaca officially reopened Thursday with a bigger, brighter interior and more products.
The Ithaca store was one of more than 1,300 Aldi grocery stores being upgraded across the country. Construction has been ongoing for more than a month. But Thursday, the store reopened with a ribbon cutting and giveaways. The store now has more of a focus on fresh products, including more produce, dairy and bakery items.
7 – House on West State Street could be site of future supervised injection facility
Could this building on West State Street eventually be Ithaca’s safe injection facility? — A historic home on West State Street near downtown Ithaca could eventually be the location of the city’s safe injection facility, the most controversial proposal detailed in The Ithaca Plan and meant to address the opioid epidemic locally.
According to a proposal submitted Tuesday to the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency, a non-profit called The Reach Project Inc. is proposing the development of a harm reduction facility at 310 West State Street.
Supervised injection facilities are not legal in New York, but there are efforts among state lawmakers to change that.
8 – New shopping center proposed in Lansing
New shopping plaza planned for Lansing — Retailers have been taking a proverbial hit to the chin lately as internet-based retailers eat into their sales, but a local developer thinks there’s some untapped potential in the Ithaca market. Developer Eric Goetzmann of Triax Management Group is planning a small shopping center next to the Shoppes at Ithaca Mall.
The two-building plaza would create about 30,000 SF of retail space on two parcels facing North Triphammer Road.
9 – Buffalo Street Books faces closure; community still fighting to keep it open
The fight to save Buffalo Street Books — The community is not ready to give up on Buffalo Street Books yet.
An emergency meeting at the bookstore drew more than 100 people Thursday evening. Owners, board members and community members filled the chairs, crammed in the back and sat wherever space was left on the floor to hear the stark message from Buffalo Street Books board president Rob Vanderlan.
The passion to keep Ithaca’s independent and cooperatively owned bookstore open is clear, but if they don’t raise enough money quickly and find a sustainable path forward, the store will close.
10 – It’s a drill! Emergency crews test response to mock plane crash in Tompkins County
Gallery: Tompkins emergency crews test response to mock plane crash — Emergency crews from across Tompkins County tested how they would respond in the event of a mass casualty plane crash.
The drill was held Saturday morning at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport near Cherry Road. Holding such a full-scale drill is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration. It was an opportunity for the county to test its response and improve its response plan.
Featured image: Tompkins County emergency crews test response to mock plane crash. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice