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Here are the latest announcements and opportunities to get involved in WRFI, follow along with us on this journey of serving Ithaca and Watkins Glen with community radio. We love hearing from you! Contact us anytime. 

“Rejoice the Vote” Announces Art Contest Winners

By Felix Teitelbaum

Votes have been cast but the results of the 2020 elections still being challenged. We’re ready, though, to congratulate some real winners: the winners of the Rejoice the Vote art contest: Zoriana, Yi Nan, and Charlie Sue. This contest challenged young artists to create work that inspires people, especially young people, and reminds them that…

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WRFI News Reboots After Seven Years – Submit Your Feedback

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since its inception, WRFI News has overwhelmingly been an effort by scores of dedicated volunteers, and since 2017, the team has been lead by a series of part-time News Directors. In addition to the bedrock of local reporting the team has provided, the department has won awards and sent members on to further their careers…

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COVID and Vaccine Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, January 6, 4-5pm

By Felix Teitelbaum

Join Tompkins County Officials and Cayuga Health System CEO Dr. Martin Stallone for a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall on Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00pm. The meeting will be broadcast on WRFI and streamed live to YouTube. Members of the public can submit questions for the panelists by emailing Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County Communications Director at,…

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We're really feeling the love! Thanks to your help, we reached our goal and raised over $17,000 during December!  Together we're ready to take on the challenges of 2021!

Of course, it's never too late to give, head over to our donation page anytime.

Thank you, again.


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National Science Foundation Picks TC3 for STEM Initiative

By Michael Memis | July 29, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) to join Project Vision. The initiative aims to support community colleges’ STEM programs and build their capacity so they can apply for the competitive grants that the NSF offers. TC3 faculty will get support from staff from Project Vision…

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Tompkins County Tourism Industry Showing Signs of Recovery

By Michael Memis | July 29, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — Tourism seems to be on the up and up in Tompkins County. That’s the story Nick Helmholdt shared at a Tompkins County Legislature Committee meeting on July 22nd. He’s the Tourism Program Director for the County.  “Tourism is rebounding slightly more quickly than we had anticipated,” Helmholdt said. “It’s still not…

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Push is On for NY to Add Environmental Rights to State Constitution

By Michayla Savitt | July 28, 2021

If passed, New York could become the third state in the country to amend its state Constitution to guarantee that “each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” (Adobe Stock) ALBANY, N.Y. (PNS) — A ballot measure could give New York residents the constitutional right to a healthy…

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Cayuga Lake’s HABs Season is Booming, Health Department Issues Warning

By Jimmy Jordan | July 28, 2021

ITHACA, NY —  Cayuga Lake is leading New York state in Harmful Algal Blooms this season, prompting a call for caution at the Tompkins County Health Department. Cayuga Lake has had over two dozen toxic blooms this year according to reports collected by the Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC. The toxic blooms can look…

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Tompkins 4-H Fair Hosts Family Fun Day

By WRFI News Staff | July 28, 2021

ITHACA, NY- The public is invited to attend “Family Fun Day” on Saturday, July 31st from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the 2021 Tompkins County 4-H Fair, held at 4-H Acres, 418 Lower Creek Road in Ithaca, NY. For a week each July, the Tompkins County 4-H program hosts an entirely youth-run fair that gives local 4-H members an opportunity to display projects they’ve completed during the preceding 12…

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New York Bans Pesticides Containing Nervous System Damaging Chlorpyrifos

By Esther Racoosin | July 22, 2021

ITHACA, NY — Pesticide products containing  the active ingredient chlorpyrifos are completely prohibited in New York State. Governor Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday. Research has shown that chlorpyrifos can harm nervous system development in infants and young children.  The pesticide can also kill insect pollinators, which are essential for the development of economically important crops…

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