Local health officials of announced the opening of a new facility to test residents for COVID-19 in light of increased demand for screening.

Tompkins County Opens New COVID-19 Testing Center to Replace Drive-Through Location

In order to accommodate the drastic local uptick in demand for virus testing, the county will open a new, expanded sampling location in Ithaca.

The sampling center is located in the parking lot of the Shops at Ithaca Mall and will be open starting Tuesday, March 24, after which the center will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new testing facility replaces the drive-through testing facility north of Cornell’s campus.

39 vendors competed in the 18th Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off on Saturday.

Netflix and Chili?: The 18th Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the 18th Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off and eat some truly memorable chili. Of the 39 competitors vying for the title of best chili, some submitted both vegetarian and meat options and some even provided drinks or sweets as palate cleansers. Though I wasn’t able to check out all 39 stands, I’ve included thoughts on the 11 stands I did sample.