Welcome to the Finger Lakes! Our theme song:

In a town this size, there's no place to hide
Everywhere you go, you meet someone you know...
In a smokey bar, in the backseat of your car
In your own little house, someone's sure to find you out
What you do and what you think
What you eat and what you drink...

(Kieran Kane)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Crime: Ithaca mayor acts on our suggestion

Ithaca's Savante Myrick (l) chats with some other mayor

South of 5 and 20, December 2, 2011:
In a city of only 30,014 residents, how many police calls to the same address, in less than one year, does it take to raise a red flag - 25?  50?  75?  100?  What does a single police call cost taxpayers?  We suggest Ithaca's mayor-elect  Svante Myrick plan to have a sit-down with Chestnut Hill's owners on inauguration day.
Ithaca Journal, January 2, 2013:
Public safety and security, including crime prevention, will be among the top focus areas for the City of Ithaca in 2013, Mayor Svante Myrick pledged Wednesday as he gave his annual state of the city address.
The security initiative will include a study of the city’s West Hill neighborhood conducted with the Cornell University Public Service Center covering topics such as housing, economics, transportation, landlord-tenant and renter-permanent resident relations, community cohesiveness and infrastructure needs, Myrick said.
The neighborhood has seen violent incidents including a fatal shooting and non-fatal stabbing in December 2011, and it was the site of the October non-fatal shooting of an Ithaca police officer pursuing a car-theft suspect. The problems have been mostly in certain apartment complexes on West Hill, and the mayor noted trouble spots have historically bubbled up in various parts of the city.
While the Mayor waited over a year to act on our suggestion, we understand he's a busy man.  We'll follow the outcome of the Mayor's initiative, and keep our readers posted.  Meanwhile, we stand ready to advise Mr. Myrick on any other issues - all he needs do is contact us via this blog's email link.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Patti Page, 1927-2013

Patti Page, 'Tennessee Waltz' Singer, Dead at 85

Patti's "Tennesse Waltz" sold 10 million copies, unheard of for a country record at the time. Among those who covered the classic tune was David Bromberg, whose 1972 recording featured Jerry Garcia and four other members of the Grateful Dead.

High Speed Rail In Action

New York's dynastic governor, Andy Cuomo, thinks government-run high speed trains are just the ticket to transform Upstate's moribund economy.
"High-speed rail could be the 21st Century Erie Canal for New York State," with bullet trains zipping from New York City to Buffalo, Toronto and Montreal in the future, Cuomo said.
Andy better hope global warming is real.  In the frigid Ukraine, Andy's like-minded colleagues have been embarrassed by repeated breakdowns of costly high speed trains during this winter's record cold  temperatures.
Eight fancy and modern South Korean-made high-speed Hyundai Rotem trains, purchased for $30 million apiece this year, are turning out to be lemons, some passengers say, with frequent breakdowns amid one of the coldest Decembers in many years.
Passengers have complained of frequent stoppages along routes from Kyiv to Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv and Donetsk. Apart from delays, passengers have also complained that heat on trains has malfunctioned. And travelers who bought Hyundai train tickets for the Kyiv-Lviv route, have been given old Soviet trains instead.
Check out the video, and be sure to watch it to the end.  Our Rusian translator, Ludmilla Idetsneg, tells us the voices you'll hear are Russian railway workers, having a laugh at their commissar's expense.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013