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Girl Scouts to enhance Newfield’s Recreation Park for Silver Award


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Ithaca Journal

It is always a good thing to bloom where planted, and three young ladies in Newfield are doing just that.

Issy Robbins and Ajanae Lawton, both 13, and Shelby Parsons, 12, are giving back to their community by enhancing the look of the new Recreation Park on Vankirk Road in Newfield. Under the guidance of their leader, Lori Bellavigna Robbins, these members of Troop 40127 have chosen to build additions to the park to earn their Silver Award, the highest to be earned by Cadette Girl Scouts (grades 6-8). 

Issy will be building four sports benches for the athletes to sit on, Ajanae will be building a bench for spectators, and Shelby is working on six flower boxes. This group also planted trees at the back of the park and dedicated them to the Newfield Class of 2020, as well as designing and building a metal “bully box” for the Newfield schools, where anonymous reports of bullying can be left for teachers to address and resolve. 

From left: Girl Scout Cadettes Ajanae Lawton, Issy Robbins and Shelby Parsons are enhancing the Newfield Recreation Park to earn their Silver Award. (Photo: Provided)

Issy, Ajanae and Shelby told me they are happy to make a difference in their community, and all three have enjoyed their participation in the Girl Scout organization. 

For more information, visit girlscouts.org.

Vital fundraiser 

Denise Benjamin McDermitt, of Danby, is spearheading a fundraiser for the Volunteer Fire Departments in Danby and West Danby, called “Give Back to 911 by 9/11.” 

According to Fire Chief John Gaden, the inability to raise funds during the pandemic has resulted in an approximate $5,000 shortfall for purchasing gear and equipment. While recognizing that 2020 has been a financially challenging year, it is vital to keep the rural volunteer fire departments up and running and properly equipped, so they can best serve their communities. 

Danby and West Danby families are invited to send donations to the Danby Fire Department, 1780 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. The real beneficiaries of these donations will, of course, be those of us calling Danby and West Danby home.   

Chicken barbecues 

There will be a chicken barbecue staring at noon Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Ithaca Fraternal Order of Eagles behind Wegmans. The cost of a complete dinner is $10. Raffles will take place from noon until 3 p.m. 

This event is being held in fond memory of George Sutfin. Proceeds will benefit the 2020 Cops, Kids and Toys program. 

I can hardly believe I am writing about Labor Day already! Stella’s Barn on Wheels will be serving up a Labor Day weekend chicken barbecue dinner for $12 from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at 18 Vankirk Road in Newfield. I hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day weekend! 

Great library news 

The Newfield Public Library, at 198 Main St., is currently scheduling appointments from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays for entry into the building to use a computer or browse items. They will be expanding their hours soon and welcome input about future plans. 

Call 564-3594. This news makes this book lover very happy indeed!  

Buddhist classes 

The Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, at 201 Tibet Drive, will be hosting all of its fall classes, Sept. 28 to Dec.17, by Zoom. The cost for a Zoom class is $200. 

To register, contact office@namgyal.org. 

New owners at Seabring  

Jordan Rosenbaum and Sabine Detterbeck are the new owners of the Seabring Inn, at 330 Sebring Road (the restaurant and the road spell the name differently) in Newfield. 

Both locals for many years working in area bars and restaurants, the couple, who agreed they wanted to be in charge and run their own business, opened their food truck “Eat the Food” three years ago. They were first introduced to Newfield when taking their truck to the Concerts in the Park there, and liked the area so much they now make Newfield their home. 

They took over as new owners of the Seabring in April, facing many obstacles along the way, due to the restrictions surrounding the virus. At first, it was takeout only from the food truck and then takeout only from inside the restaurant, always keeping the safety and health of customers their top priority. 

The food truck has been shut down for now but will be up and running again eventually. The restaurant menu includes classic bar favorites, as well as nightly specials such as Taco Tuesday. 

For more information, call 564-9338.   

Sad cancellation for Elks 

It is with deep regret that the Exalted Ruler of the Ithaca Elks Lodge 636, at 124 Coddington Road, has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Old Timer’s Night. 

The group, with the help of its oldest member, Mr. John Perko, would like to offer the appropriate pins to those members with milestone years. 

Call 273-3172 to make arrangements to stop by the lodge to get your pin, or it can be mailed out. For any questions, contact Tim Kessler, lodge secretary, at secretary@ithacaelks.org.  

High hopes for dreams coming true

I have high hopes for the students of 2020. They are a history-making group. They continue to weather uncertainty and disappointments and disruptions, and I am thinking this will, in the end, render them strong, resilient and creative, smart and able to go above and beyond all bumps in the road in order to reach their goals and meet their dreams. 

My hope is that all of these young people, including our granddaughter, Maddi Huddle, attending Temple University in Philadelphia, will one day look back on the year 2020 as one of the defining factors of their success, personally and professionally. 

Best wishes to the students of 2020. Go out and shine!  

Dancing in heaven 

Carl Mosher, 90, of Danby, was a lovely, kind and sweetly mischievous man. He was wonderful! I am pretty sure he has already rounded up a square dancing team in heaven. He didn’t like to say goodbye, but instead would say “until we meet again” or “so long,” which both sound just right to me. 

My love goes out to Carl’s family on his passing. He will be greatly missed.  

Southern Tompkins Town Talk appears every other Thursday in the Ithaca Journal. Please contact Gay Huddle at 273-6530 or gayhuddle@hotmail.com with stories from the Danby, West Danby, Newfield, South Hill and Brooktondale neighborhoods. 

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