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Crazy news this afternoon that Phish's Curveball Festival at Watkins Glen has been canceled due to this week's flooding in the Finger Lakes.

The New York State Department of Health and Seneca County ended up making the call that they couldn't sign off on the permits for tens of thousands of people to be on-site when there was a boil water order in the area and they couldn't guarantee safe water... not to mention the chance of more bad weather or even more flooding.

As frustrated as the would-be festival attendees must be, especially those who've gone to expense or trouble to get to Watkins Glen, some have (quite rightly) commented that it's nothing compared to the losses and damage to the flooded towns in the area.

It's also a huge potential loss for vendors who've shown up with thousands of meals worth of food and other perishable supplies. (I'm less worried about vendors showing up with t-shirts and CDs that can be sold elsewhere another time.)

Could attendees donate camping food supplies to local food pantries? Could they volunteer to help with flood cleanup? Could vendors set up to feed local responders and crews?

Lots of possibilities with such ideas, but how could it be pulled off logistically?

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Friends of mine are considering whether to press charges after an Ithaca man was identified after vandalizing a Black Lives Matter sign at their house.

Four times.

It started last year, but after over a year Ithaca police had made no headway in investigating.

They got a newer, higher resolution security camera after last month's incidents, and this time caught the guy's face pretty clearly. I'm proud that it was 14850.com's coverage that apparently resulted in the anonymous tip to police that identified him.
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When I went to put on my sandals at the front door to walk the dogs this morning, one of the Birkenstocks I was planning to wear today had a puddle in it. It didn't smell like pee, and I honestly didn't think any the dogs could have managed to pee in just one sandal even if they'd tried. Also, it was sitting on the shoe rack, so it would've taken some acrobatics.

Puddle in my BirkenstockNo sign of a drip from the ceiling, which would've been pretty odd. The coat closet at the top of the stairs is kind of above that, but a few feet away.

I headed to the sink to dump out the liquid, whatever it was, and it was slightly brown, which made me nervous. I dipped my finger in it, smelled it... just a faint leather smell.

I put on a different pair of Birks and took the dogs for a walk, and it wasn't until I got back and hung up Penny and Carter's leashes that I figured out what had happened.

Penny's leash was still slightly wet from yesterday, when I gave her a quick shower after she rolled in something nasty during our afternoon walk. I guess I had hung up the leash right after that shower, before going out to the Bet the Farm Wine Dinner, and it must've been right over just that one Birkenstock.

I had created the puddle. Mystery solved. It should be dry in time for me to wear that pair of Birks tomorrow.
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There's apparently a "Ride and Drive" event to test drive electric cars at the Ithaca Mall this afternoon. I admit I'm a little curious to see what they're like, but I also am pretty sure they would not be for me.

Most of my driving is just several miles at a time in and around the Ithaca area, but I often enough need to go on road trips that the range of an EV is probably not adequate.

Maybe these are a better idea for two-car families where they can do most of their commuting with the EV and then have something else for longer trips.
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Someone managed to get a tractor-trailer stuck at one of the narrowest intersections in Ithaca! It's an intersection I've gone through a lot this summer with East State Street closed, but I don't enjoy it -- it's bumpy and pothole-filled and the corner where he got stuck, especially, is a little blind for my tastes.

Wouldn't surprise me if he went this way at the advice of a GPS designed for cars, trying to avoid that State Street detour.

Oops.

Read more: http://www.14850.com/07317942-truck-hudson-giles/

Tractor-trailer truck stuck in Ithaca
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