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24•THE ITHACA JOURNAL FRIDAY,AUGUST22,2014 There is a wide variety o f organizations in Tompkins County that offer crisis or emergency help to residents. The following list puts all their various phone numbers at your f ingertips, along with a brief description of each o rganization’s purpose and the services they provide. The Advocacy Center » General information: The Advocacy Center has provided support, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence since 1977, survivors of child abuse since 1982 and survivors of adult sexual a ssault since 2003. The goal of the Advocacy Center is to help reduce the t rauma that results from domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. All A dvocacy Center services a re offered free of charge to anybody. » Services offered: Crisis intervention; emotional support; shelter at their safe house; support groups; accompanying individuals or families to services such as the hospital, the police, court pro- c eedings or social ser- v ices; legal advocacy; help with protection orders; safety planning; therapy services and referral; sexual assault nurse examiner program at the Cayu- g a Medical Center; information and referral; a nd a prevention education lending library. » Contact information: Crisisline – (607) 277-5000, 24 hours a day; Office – (607) 277-3203; Email – info@theadvocacycen- ter.org; www.theadvocacy- center.org Department o f Social Services » General information: The Department of Social Services is responsible for p roviding benefits and services to sustain families and individuals, and t o assist them in achieving i ndependence. The Department of Social Ser- v ices also operates crisis support and government intervention for both children and adults. » Services offered: Adult protective services, which investigates reports of abuse/neglect of adults, p rovides financial man- a gement and legal management necessary for the protection of at-risk adults. An emergency number is available for reports of child abuse. C hild Protective Services, which investigates all r eports of child abuse and maltreatment, provides protective/preventative services to families and children. » Contact information: Child Abuse Emergency Number – (800) 342-3720, 24 hours a day; Adult Protective Services – (607) 274-5323 or (607) 274-5369; Child Protective Services – (607) 274-5321; HEAP ( Heat assistance) – (607) 274-5264; Email – dssin- fo@tompkins-co.org; w ww.tompkins-co.org/ departments. Planned Parenthood » General information: P lanned Parenthood is an organization that is committed to providing quality reproductive health care and sexuality education for all people in the EMERGENCY HELP IN ITHACA SeeHELP,Page28 whose name is unknown. Bailey said Rulloff wanted to leave Tompkins County and was enraged that his wife, newly a mother, want- e d to stay near her large, close-knit family. T here were many reported sightings of both bodies, however — none of which have been proved true. According to one rumor, Geneva Medical College once received two corpses of a woman and baby, which were believed to be Rul- loff’s wife and daughter. And at the turn of the century, a worker laying sewer pipe in the lake claimed to h ave run across the body, but he was unable to relocate it upon returning to the l ake. One widely believed story is that Harriet’s baby w as taken away and raised b y a brother of Rulloff’s in northern Pennsylvania, but B ailey said this is highly unlikely. There are still Schutts living in Tompkins County today. Craig Schutt — who believes Harriet Schutt was his grandfather’s second cousin — recently conducted his own genealogical research and didn’t get too far with that theory, either. A ccording to what’s been passed down among the Schutts, the lake was probably the final resting place of Harriet and the baby. The creature o f Cayuga According to a Jan. 5, 1897, Ithaca Journal article, t hat year marked the 69th annual appearance of a sea s erpent inhabiting Cayuga Lake. Or, as the paper called the monster, “Old Greeny.” “The members of The Journal staff have been living in daily anticipation o f the monster’s appearance, and have actually s hunned assignments which would take them near the water’s edge for fear of being compelled to shudder and tremble at the sight of him,” reported The Journal. The article retold the story of an Ithacan who was driving along the lake’s east shore with a friend when he saw what he knew must be the large, long sea serpent, although a “tramp” who had a lso seen the creature later told a Journal reporter that he believed it was actually a m uskrat. In 1929, The Journal reported that Cayuga Lake h ad been invaded by two m ysterious sea monsters and attributed the story to c ottagers along the lake’s east shore. The water creatures were described as being about 12 to 15 feet long, and the paper theorized that they were members of the Seneca Lake sea serpent family that found their way into the local waters through a subterranean channel, which was b elieved to exist between the two lakes. Another theory was that the creatures were sturgeons that apparently found their way into the lake during high-water periods. Lake lore Continued from Page 22

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