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The Artist and Writer Residency at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts

By WRFI News Staff

Lesley Williamson, Executive Director of the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts talks about the artist and writer residency program.  The application deadline for the residency is this coming January 1, 2018.  Williamson discusses how Constance Saltonstall decided to start the foundation, and how the residency came into being. Esther Racoosin conducted this interview, which…

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Closing Ezra’s Tunnel (more): 3 Complete Interviews

By WRFI News Staff

A stretch of Fall Creek from Forest Falls to Ithaca Falls is readily accessible only by Ezra’s Tunnel. This tunnel has allowed access to the water since Ezra Cornell oversaw its opening in 1832, for the use of mills. Which led to Ezra’s wealth. Mills were out of use by the mid 20th century. Students…

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Bridged Ep. 6: New Housing Developments in Tompkins County

By Park Scholars

New developments are in the works for the City of Ithaca. Habitat for Humanity is building their first home in downtown Ithaca. Until now, Habitat has never been able to build downtown because of the cost and scarcity of land. JoAnne Cornish, the director of Planning & Development for the city of Ithaca, shares her…

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Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County starts Helping Hand for Parents Support Group [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 8, 2018

Helen Kaplan, clinical director of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, talks about the new support group, “Helping Hand for Parents”.  The group is for for parents and caregivers of youth age 18 and younger who may be struggling with alcohol or drug use.  The group will be meeting the second Wednesday of…

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Athena Merlot performing at a House of Merlot event celebrating Kimbella's birthday. Kimbella was Josie Berrios' drag name -- Berrios, a trans woman, was murdered on June 13.

The House of Merlot, Ithaca’s main drag night, talks about drag in the LGBTQ community and Josie Berrios [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 6, 2018

Three leaders from the House of Merlot, Ithaca’s premiere drag night, talk about drag’s role in the LGBTQ community, particularly as gay and lesbian bars are dying out. They also reflect on their first year without Josie Berrios, who was murdered on June 13. She was a trans woman and one of the key members…

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Voices from the Ithaca Festival Parade [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 5, 2018

Last weekend, WRFI Producer Aron Gutman took to the streets of Ithaca to learn more about the relationship our community has with the annual Ithaca Festival Parade. As a matter of full disclosure, WRFI does receive support from Ithaca Festival. Produced by Aron Gutman, origionally aired on WRFI News 6/4/18. Image courtesy of Ithaca Festival.

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Yvonne Taylor of Gas Free Seneca About Finger Lakes LPG Gas Storage Project [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | May 30, 2018

Yvonne Taylor, co-founder of Gas Free Seneca, comments on the recent letter from Finger Lakes LPG (FLLPG) to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In the letter, FLLPG asks the DEC to delay its decision on the permitting of the storage facility until the company can conduct well tests at the site. (photo…

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Mike Hall, Airport Director of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | May 23, 2018

Mike Hall, Airport Director of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, talks about the planned expansion of the facility. He provides details about why and how it will become an international airport. Hall also discusses the proposal for the regional State Department of Transportation to move from its current location to the airport. This interview, produced…

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Tompkins County Legislators Talk about Planned Upgrades to Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | May 16, 2018

Tompkins County Legislators Deborah Dawson of the 10th district, and Shawna Black of the 11th district, discuss the expansion of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. They also talk about the possible effects on the economy of the regional economy. This interview was conducted by Esther Racoosin and originally aired during the May 16th, 2018 edition…

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