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Tiny Town Man claims to like some mundane public art

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TINY TOWN, USA –– An Ithaca man pointed at two of three public murals in the passageway between the Commons and Green Street and said, "I like these."

The two panels depict bucolic scenes from outside the city limits. Pointing to a third that depicts a dismounted cyclist, a person of color and an obviously gay man at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, the local critic gave a firm thumbs down. 

"I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings," he said in reference to the third piece. "But I don't like this one." 

At the time of this story the tinytowntimes.com art posse was hot on the heels of the name of the person who created these works for a quote. In general, the art posse has taken a dim view of these paintings, finding fault not so much with the "artist" as with the aesthetically-challenged city council that approved these works for public display. Considering the allegedly high level of artistry we boast of here in Tiny Town, these works exhibit a stunning lack of imagination on the city's part. 

But the tinytowntimes.com editors are impartial. We sought and found an Ithacan who approved of two of these items and, as they say, two out of three ain't bad, unless we're talking concurrent terminal illnesses. 

–– Franklin Crawford

 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2009 13:42
 

ITHACAN-AMERICANS BUCK RECESSION, THROW MONEY AWAY IN PUBLIC FOUNTAIN

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 TINY TOWN, N.Y. –– Despite the recession Ithacan-Americans and visitors to our little patch of green are throwing money into the fountain on The Commons by the bag full.

The tinytowntimes.com economic unit stopped counting at $3.00 in change, mostly pennies, but also some nickels and dimes. We do not know whether anyone profits from this booty or if wishes are granted from the tossing of these coins.

We are fairly certain that the water quality suffers from the presence of the lucre and drinking from the fountain is deemed unwise.

At the time of this story, it was unknown where the money goes if unclaimed at the end of the fountain season, otherwise known as summer. 

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 14:17
 

Good Will Insurgents cycle into Tiny Town, no violence reported

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TINY TOWN, N.Y –– A flock of 180 cyclists rolled into Tiny Town on July 13 eventually roosting at the Holiday Inn parking lot downtown. They were raising money for a place called Anchor House in Trenton, N.J., a safe house for runaways who have nowhere to go and little hope of making decent lives for themselves. The cyclists are on a 500-mile journey that started in Oswego, a tiny town way to the north of us where bad things happen in the winter. On the day our non-profit watchdogs caught up with the Anchor House cyclists the fundraisers had cycled about 75 miles from Geneva, N.Y., a tiny town at the north end of Seneca Lake where nothing much has happened since the days of Vaudeville and bottled milk trucks. Each rider is responsible for raising $750 in sponsorships. Do the math -- enter your answer and win a prize!

Pictured above: Cyclists look for their bags at the landing site in the Holiday Inn p-lot. Left: Felix, a member of the support team.

The 180 bikes were trucked to Oswego from Trenton and riders took a bus to the launch site. It is approximately 500 miles to Trenton from Oswego and the riders still had a long way to go –– but under mostly clear skies; bit of luck that, what with the summer we're having. For more info about their cause, see AnchorHouse.com ... One last point: riders say they love Tiny Town because of easy access to food and beverages and the general sense of welcome they feel here. They last passed our way in 2006.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:58
 

ICE COLD DRINKS FROM GOD!

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St. HermanTINY TOWN, N.Y. –– This is Herman and he's selling ice cold sodas and water and spreading the gospel according to his higher power, which the tinytowntimes.com God posse believes to be Jesus. Herman charges $.75 for per soda -- which beats the prices in most convenient stores in the neighborhood. Here he's pictured hawking his wares outside the Department of Social Services on W. State St., which was recently renamed Martin Luther King, Jr. St. (soon to come: Geronimo Hill St., Mahatma Ghandi Blvd. and Karl Marx Ave.). Herman is originally from Baltimore but says he's been Upstate for a while -- New York, that is. He has a fine singing voice and seems well tolerated by the clientele at DSS. He did not have a street vendor's license and asked if he's been hassled by authorities Herman said, "No, they know I'm doing a good thing and helping the local kids who like to help me sell sodas." Among Herman's other talents: "I can bake," he says. And sure enough wouldn't you know, our team spotted him on the corner of W. Seneca and N. Plain Streets selling beverages and baked goods. 

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2009 13:45
 

LANDLORD ILL; REDEMPTION CENTER AND LIVE BAIT SHOP IMPERILED

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TOP LEFT: The K&H Redemption center draws a brand new customer. TOP RIGHT: Shannon of K&H helps unload the goods. MIDDLE: The goods.

LEFT: Herb Swansborough, collector.

TINY TOWN, N.Y. –– For the time being it will be business as usual at the K&H Redemption Center II at the crossroads of Route 79, Taughannock and Sencea Streets. The future however, is uncertain.

Acting on a tip from Randy, a.k.a. "Ping-Ping," the guy who picks up this reporter's  recyclables, the K&H (also home to the Hook, Line and Sinker Bait Shop) was rumored to be looking for a new home. Our waste management unit visited the center on Monday, July 13. Shannon Lynch, one of the co-owners (the other is Deb Lynch) of the business, a mother and daughter operation, said the landlord is ailing and there has been talk of a move but "so far so good."

The Lynch's purchased the K&H II name in 1994 from the original K&H proprietors. Why K&H II? Shannon explains there was another in Cortland at one time and that was K&H 1.

If you already knew that, you win today's tiny bubbles contest.

Business was brisk as it usually is on Mondays. Herb Swansborough, however, only managed to make about $1.05 from his collectibles. "Not enough for a 40 ouncer," he said. The reporter was obliged to lend him a sawbuck in exchange for a picture. Mr. Swansborough was quite pleased. We at tinytowntimes.com know what it is like to need a drink although we refrain from all such activities given the huge responsibilities inherent to the tiny task of bringing really important news to Ithacan-Americans everywhere.

K&H clientele tend to be working people, drunks and the unemployed. Students rarely use the facility which is too bad because they create a lot of waste and waste a lot of time sticking cans in redemption machines at supermarkets. The arrival of automation in the industry has hurt business at places like K&H.

So for now,  K&H remains. Mr. Swansborough is happy about that because he doesn't like the machine recyclers at Tops and Wegmans and the K&H folk are "nice people." And we bet Randy is relieved, too, because he works there now and then and it's no fun loading bottles and cans one at a time at the supermarket machines after a hard day's works collecting them.

–– Franklin Crawford

BELOW: Randy a.k.a. "Ping-Ping" after a pick up at the reporter's home.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:57
 


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