ITHACA, N.Y. — Instead of our usual Week in Review feature, we thought we would look back at some of our longer reads from recent months that are worth digging into this long Labor Day weekend.

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Let’s dive in.

Food insecurity — Between March and April, The Ithaca Voice, WRFI, Ithaca College Park Scholars and Hot Potato Press partnered to spotlight food insecurity in Tompkins County with an eight-part series. The series explored who is most impacted, what organizations are in place to provide food and what solutions the county can look to. Here’s a compilation of all the stories.

Every wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the massive Friends of the Library Book Sale? (The Fall sale is coming up in October, by the way). Here’s a feature and photo gallery you won’t want to miss if you’re a book lover.

The true crime section of the book sale. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

Tompkins County’s Poet Laureate Zee Zahava shares sage advice ahead of Spring Writes Literary Festival— What does the Tompkins County poet laureate do? Zee Zahava explains and shares some helpful writing advice and how to make space in your life for writing.

Svante Myrick wants Ithaca to be New York’s fifth pilot site for supervised injection facilities — Myrick is still working to bring a supervised injection facility to Ithaca. Currently a study is underway supported by a $100,000 grant, to determine the viability of such sites.”Here in Tompkins County and Ithaca, the need to stem the tide of preventable overdose deaths is urgent,” Myrick wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a letter.

Photo Gallery: Reminisce about the beginning of summer with a look back at photos from Ithaca Festival.

Conviction overturned in Dryden rape case; new trial for Jeffrey Horton — Expect news about this case soon, as a new trial has been scheduled for Sept. 18.

No historic designation for The Nines in Collegetown, Mayor Svante Myrick breaks tie — This vote was huge to The Nines co-owners, Mark Kielmann and Harold Schultz.

“From my perspective, we purchased this building 38 years ago. We’ve owned it that long, we’ve run it as a business over all this period of time under the full belief … that at some point we would want to sell the property for someone to develop the property and what happened now is once we had an active buyer, suddenly the city decides that it’s a beautiful historic landmark and they want to preserve it,” Kielmann said.

Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson said the county has been waiting on these upgrades for a long time. (Alyvia Covert/The Ithaca Voice)

Tompkins commits to investing in airport redevelopment— By accepting a $14.2 million grant from New York State, Tompkins County has officially taken on the responsibility of expanding the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. The total cost of the project will be about $24 million, and the airport and county are now responsible for finding a way to cover the rest of the cost.

Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

‘Magic will come to Ithaca in October’: Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend will mix magic, science and fantasy — Warner Bros. may be cracking down on Harry Potter-themed festivals across the country, but it’s definitely not putting a damper on Ithaca’s magical weekend planned for Oct. 26-28.

Fight continues to bring former Afghan interpreter to safety — Thousands of people have become invested in the case of Muhammad Kamran and his family. Muhammad was an interpreter in Afghanistan for U.S. troops and the War on Terror for over a decade. He has been in hiding for four years, trying different avenues to find safe passage for his family out of Pakistan to the U.S. But so far, every case has been denied, with no reasons given publicly.

A letter sent July 31, signed by 38 members of Congress, aims to get an answer why.

William Henry Miller Inn. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

A door of opportunity opens at the William Henry Miller Inn — “The average length of an innkeeper’s life is seven years, and we’ve done it for 20 years. My feet hurt,” Lynette Scofield said. “I am hitting a milestone birthday. We work seven days a week. I love being downtown, but the feet hurt. You can ask anybody who knows me how much I love shoes, nice shoes, but I’m now wearing old lady shoes.”

First look: Four choices in Green Street Garage redevelopment — This will be a big project for Downtown Ithaca and four development teams have submitted proposals to take on the task. Here’s a quick look at the proposals. The Ithaca Voice also published opinion pieces this week from each team to learn more about their vision.

Civil rights leader Dorothy Cotton remembered with songs, calls to action — “She doesn’t need us to stand here and praise her,” said longtime friend and civil rights activist Aljosie Aldrich Harding. Instead, she asked the gathered community to think about “how you can take the spirit of Dorothy Cotton and the lessons from Dorothy Cotton and the spiritual power of Dorothy Cotton and teach and share in your home and in your community.”

Celebration of the life of Dorothy Cotton in Bailey Hall. (Cornell University Photography)

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.