Congratulations to the Class of 2018!!


Women March in Seneca Falls!

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Women March in Seneca Falls 2017 is an opportunity on January 21 to participate in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington to demonstrate the strength, power, and courage of women in America. The March begins at 10am with an outdoor rally at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, New York, site of the first convention for women’s rights held in 1848.

Marchers are asked to convene at First Amendment Declaration Park, between Visitor’s Center & Wesleyan Chapel, and wear white, purple or gold hat/cap, gloves, scarves to highlight colors worn by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and activist Suffragists as an instant means of visual recognition of their women’s rights movement.

Historic Seneca Falls is the US Birthplace of Women’s Rights; it was chosen for this local march by central New York organizers as a reminder to EVERY local, state, and national elected and appointed government official that women’s rights activists are carrying on the political traditions of their foremothers. Organizer and event spokesperson, Melina Carnicelli, said, “As a result of the 2016 US election cycle, women are recommitted to be ever vigilant in their political activism. Women, and men, who support the hard-fought gains made over the past 150 years, are watching that rights belonging to women MUST NEVER BE DIMINISHED in our country, only uplifted. We call on all supporters of women’s rights as human rights to walk with us on January 21.”

Marchers will walk the five block route from First Amendment Declaration Park to First Presbyterian Church on Cayuga Street, where Alice Paul in a 1923 speech introduced what has become known as the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. A 2-hour indoor rally at the Church is free and open to all at the end of the march route. The program schedule features speakers and musical performances on political issues of deep concern to activists throughout the United States. “Call to Action” information tables by local civic groups will be located in the annex building adjacent to the Church.

Women March in Seneca Falls2017 is an inclusive march and is free to join.

Event Partners: Friends of WRNHP; Central New York NOW Chapter; Emma Bauso; Designs; Auburn Public Theater; Presbyterian Church, Seneca Falls; WomanMade Products; Planned Parenthood Council of Western & Central NY; Lake Drum Brewing; and many individuals who support this cause.
“We’ve chosen the path to equality; don’t let them turn us around.”
-Geraldine Ferraro

Democracy Now! The election of the next president is not yet a done deal

“The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience.”


Hey #TwIthaca: Friends at Standing Rock could use your help

[email from Maura Stephens with a note to share out]

Friends at Standing Rock have been sending updated lists of what’s needed; the long list is below.

We will be packing up a truck on Tuesday (Election Day, Nov. 8) and driving it out, leaving early Wednesday morning. We would love help packing at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca around noon, GIAC around 2:00, and Ithaca College around 4:00 on Tuesday. We don’t have the wherewithal to coordinate volunteers, so please just show up with work gloves and a dolly if you have one.

Amazon gift cards are great (here’s the Sacred Stone Camp’s online Amazon Wish List, where you can buy a gift card; your gift will go directly to Standing Stone Camp), as are Lowe’s and Menard’s gift cards, as there are Lowe’s and a Menard’s nearby, but NOT other stores like Home Depot. You can send those with us if you like.

All cash we receive will go toward buying gas for the truck; firewood (in desperate need) closer to the area so we don’t accidentally bring in any invasive bugs or viruses; propane, which we’ll also buy nearby so as not to endanger everything and everyone else driving out there; building supplies; and other items that we are told by the locals are needed.


The First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, corner of Buffalo and Aurora Streets, which is taking donations Thursday, Friday, and Monday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday after church services. Park on Buffalo Street and go in the smaller entrance. See Mark Pedersen in the office; he’ll show you where to leave donations

Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 W. Court St., taking donations MONDAY 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and TUESDAY 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

and Ithaca College Campus Center Lobby (across from the Info Desk on the 2nd floor, so upstairs from the parking lot),which is taking donations 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. MONDAY and 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. TUESDAY

A huge thank you to all three places!

We also have drop-off sites in Allegany and Yates Counties. Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to secure donation centers in Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, or Chemung Counties, although homeowners in Tioga and Steuben can take small items. Get in touch with Maura,, 607-589-7302 if it’s easier for you to drop off in Dundee, Spencer, Bath, or Belfast.

There is NO NEED FOR “WARM CLOTHING” UNLESS IT’S SUB-ZERO ready and waterproof. We canNOT accept any coats or sweaters unless the latter are extra-good quality and made of WOOL; ditto blankets (that’s what our Sioux friends specifically requested).

List of needed items (in constant flux):



Propane-powered heaters

Lanterns – battery-operated 
& solar

Heavy duty canvas


Battery packs for charging phone

Solar phone/device chargers

Solar lights (indoor & outdoor)

Solar showers

Solar water heaters

3 & 5-gallon water jugs


Bed mats, thermal bedrolls

SUB-ZERO Sleeping bags





Nails, hammers, axes

Compost bins

Hand-cranked washing machines



Fire extinguishers

Trash bags

Banners with signs

Spray paint

Power inverter

Storage bins, all sizes

Wood stoves

Winter salt for roads

Water tanks

Walkie-talkies with long range

CB radios

Small wood stoves for tipis

Tire chains

Big coolers


PERSONAL SUPPLIES—all in excellent to new shape +

Men’s and women’s heavy-duty
waterproof winter boots

(Ski) parkas (waterproof)

Warm, waterproof (Ski) pants

Gloves, hats, mittens

Kids’ and youth heavy clothing









Powdered milk, powdered eggs

Energy bars

Dried fruits, vegetables

Dried or smoked meat (jerky)

Dried or smoked fish

Canned foods (preferably BIG cans and if possible with tabs/no opener needed)



Root vegetables (beets, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas, turnips, garlic, onions, shallots)

Celery, leeks






Baby aspirin

Herbs: oregano, lavender,

Wildlife Wishing Well, a wildlife rescue, rehab, release organization

wildlifewishingLast night I found a young raccoon that was injured and did not know what to do.  After a few phone calls, I was referred to the Wildlife Wishing Well (WWW).

It is run by Richard J. Wohlgemuth, Class II RVS Rehabilitator (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation License Number 23):

With gloves I placed the injured creature into a box and drove to the WWW which was in a house not far from the Cayuga Medical Center.  He listened to the heart and lungs of the racoon and informed me that the raccoon was sadly near death.

The organization’s website includes photos, a list of rehabilitators, ways to become a rehabber, and a means contribute to the organization:  Please contribute if you can:

Hopefully you’ll know what to do if you find an injured or abandoned raccoon, fox, skunk, bat or squirrel — or where to find those who rehab other species.

(photo from the WWW website)