Extreme cold weather tips for pets, people, and homes

Extreme cold weather tips for pets, people, and homes

Here are a few tips for dealing with extreme cold weather, and making sure you, pets and other animals, and your home are all safe. 

Protect yourself

In temperatures around or below zero degrees, especially in high winds that drop the wind chill substantially below zero, people spending time outside should be extremely careful. At temperatures and wind chills significantly below zero, frostbite and hypothermia can occur in a matter of minutes.

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Opening Night: The cultural memory of song illuminates Black Pearl Sings

Opening Night: The cultural memory of song illuminates Black Pearl Sings

Currently playing at the Kitchen Theatre is "Black Pearl Sings," a Depression-era drama based loosely on the music of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter as discovered by folklorist John Lomax. The play, by Frank Higgins, follows a black female prisoner with a talent for song, and a white female researcher trying to make a name for herself.

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Local filmmaker seeks to make her touching documentary available to a wider audience

Local filmmaker seeks to make her touching documentary available to a wider audience

Update: There's a free screening of "Tell me the Day Backwards" at Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communication Auditorium at 7pm on Tuesday, February 25th.

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Local bands team up for Ramones tribute show at the Haunt to benefit Groundswell of Ithaca

Local bands team up for Ramones tribute show at the Haunt to benefit Groundswell of Ithaca

In 1974, four guys in Queens formed a band, goes the announcement for Saturday night's show at the Haunt. "The Ramones ended up having more impact on modern music than any band formed after the 1960s." The 9pm tribute show will bring together musicans and bands from around the Ithaca area for a show that will benefit the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming.

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Weekend pledge drive helping raise funds in support of WVBR's move to new home

Weekend pledge drive helping raise funds in support of WVBR's move to new home

Ithaca's community radio station, WVBR, is conducting a pledge drive throughout the weekend, with its weekend specialty show hosts calling listeners' attention to the organization's needs as it prepares to move to a new home in lower Collegetown. The non-profit organization hopes to raise $10,000 for audio equipment and studio gear.

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Ithaca's Regal Cinema added to nationwide Doctor Who event

Ithaca's Regal Cinema added to nationwide Doctor Who event

"Doctor Who" is a worldwide phenomenon, and the BBC has turned the 50th anniversary of its iconic science fiction series into a worldwide event titled "The Day of the Doctor." A worldwide simultaneous broadcast on Saturday, November 23rd will be followed by a Monday evening theatrical presentation in 3D offering 15 extra minutes. Ithaca's Regal Cinemas has just been added to the list of participating venues.

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Opening Night: "From White Plains" at the Kitchen Theatre

Opening Night: "From White Plains" at the Kitchen Theatre

Last week, an Oregon man was struck and killed on a Colorado road, months into a cross-country walk in memory of his son. It was a tragic twist to the story of the gay teen, who died in January after hanging himself to escape years of bullying. That news was fresh in my mind as I watched "From White Plains," a play by Michael Perlman whose characters explore high school bullying and homophobia.

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Taking the first steps to a successful breastfeeding journey

Taking the first steps to a successful breastfeeding journey

Breastfeeding is the biological norm for feeding babies; it is a natural and beautiful act of bonding. Babies have many inborn reflexes helping them to latch and start feeding. Milk production is largely a function of the mother’s endocrine system, which normally functions well in most women. Still, many new mothers find breastfeeding an uncomfortable, tiring, and confusing struggle, and it is not their fault.

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Bronwen Exter brings Spottiswoode and his Enemies to Ithaca for a double bill

Bronwen Exter brings Spottiswoode and his Enemies to Ithaca for a double bill

If it were the Sabres and Maple Leafs, we'd call it a home-and-home series. This Sunday, New York City's Spottiswoode and his Enemies, who hosted Bronwen Exter and her band for a show at the Living Room in New York City last weekend, is in town for a double bill at the Carriage House Hayloft.

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What do New York State residents need to know about the Affordable Care Act?

What do New York State residents need to know about the Affordable Care Act?

As a Human Resources Director, I have probably fielded more PPACA-related questions than most. For the record, I refuse to refer to this long-overdue and much-needed law, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as "Obamacare."

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