We will be welcoming Baruch Whitehead back to Air One to talk about the upcoming first annual African-American Music Festival (April 11-14) at Ithaca College. Whitehead, a professor in music education at IC, has fused together a number of independent pre-existing events into a festival.
We’ll be talking to Mark Wittmer and Guillermo Metz of Solarize Tompkins SE, a collective purchasing effort for people who want to go solar. Solarize Tompkins will be offering community meetings in Danby,Dryden and Caroline giving information on solar installation starting this month.
Baruch Whitehead, the director of the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, makes a return appearance on Shin Hollow ahead of their show at the Southside Community Center, a benefit for the after-school programs there.
Deirdre Cunningham, the former manager of the Trumansburg Farmers’ Market and landscape designer, is overseeing a project that will beautify the slope next to the village park. She is working with Alan Vogel and John Ullberg to plant native species there and improve the drainage at the base of the slope.
Example of an Earth Ship house.
Chad and Courtney Devoe of Dryden told us about the process of building an “Earth Ship,” a house that reuses materials like car times and aluminum cans to decrease the impact on the environment. The house uses passive solar heat and a number of water conservation technologies. Earth Ship is the brainchild of architect Michael Reynolds. The Devoes purchased plans from Reynolds’ firm. They have had a lot of help from volunteers. Chad is a teacher in Groton schools and Courtney teaches in Ithaca schools.
Diane Cohen, the executive director of Finger Lakes ReUse, will give us a progress report on this upcycling business, which is located in the Triphammer Marketplace in the village of Lansing. Among other projects, the organization is in the process of training young people to repair computers and other elecronic equipment for resale.
Trumansburg residents Rebecca Barry and Tommy Dunne have started a new magazine called Fresh Dirt, which takes as its subject what local folks are doing to live more sustainable lives. Both Barry and Dunne once worked in the publishing business in New York. Barry is the author of Later, At the Bar, a collection of short stories and Dunne works at Ithaca College.
Artist and Spencer resident Annemarie Zwack will be in the studio to tell about her latest project, a mosaic to be installed in downtown Ithaca, and to give us an update on the Art House, a Spencer-Van Etten artist collective.
Kai Schafft, a professor of rural sociology at Pennsylvania State University, has completed an extensive survey of schools in small towns in the region of Pennsylvania that is experiencing build out related to natural gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale. He and his team had expected to see an influx of children into the school, but gas industry workers do not bring their families with them when they come to the state to work. Many schools own land and have leased it, giving them an income through signing bonuses and royalties, but it does not make up for the cuts to schools in the state budget. Schafft has not finished analysis of the data yet. We will talk about preliminary observations.
Schafft is the director of the Center on Rural Education and Communities.
Dennis Hartley, who with Anna Steinkraus, owns Littletree Orchard in Newfield, will fill us in on the business of apple growing and apple selling. The harvest began in late August and will continue into October. Littletree is one of the vendors at the downtown Apple Harvest Festival on the weekend of September 30 through October 2. They grow a wide variety of apples including some older types that few other people grow around here.
Joe Wilson of DRAC (Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition) will describe the recent suit brought against the Town of Dryden by Anshutz Exploration Company, a Denver-based natural gas driller. The Town of Dryden recently passed an addition to their zoning ordinance that forbade heavy industrial activity, including hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, in the town.