Hello! I live in the Village of Van Etten, about 20 miles south of Ithaca and three miles west of Spencer, in New York State. We're in Chemung County, just south of the Central New York, Finger Lakes region [map].
My wife, Virpi and I are essentially life long residents of Van Etten. We have been in the same home since 1980 and have two adult sons. We both enjoy life in a small community, such as gardening and hiking the many back roads and trails in the area. We also volunteer with Chemung County RSVP and the Senior Information Resources Service (SIRS) of INSPIRE S-VE, which Virpi directs. We are active with the Finger Lakes Finns. No, I'm not Finnish. The Loomis name has English roots.
I have enjoyed cross country hiking and skiiing for many years. More recently, with Virpi's encouragement, I have become a regular yoga practitioner. Although we have traveled to Finland many times, to visit relatives, we are not travel enthusiasts. There seems to be plenty to do around here. We hate to leave our pets behind and Virpi is an avid gardener, with me serving an occasional support role.
In 2007, I was elected as a Village of Van Etten Trustee, with committee responsibility for the Village Cemetary. I was also involved with the final stages of establishing a Village water system. More recently, an unused building in the village was purchased and renovated as a Village Center for offices and public meeting rooms. As Deputy Mayor in 2013, my responsibilities shifted from the cemetery to general administrative support and the water system. Now, with the tragic death of Mayor Brown, due to a fall in December 2013, the Village Board has appointed me as village mayor for the next 15 months.
I have been privileged to serve the Spencer – Van Etten Central School District (SVECSD) as a member of the Board of Education, on and off since 1973, with 16 years of mostly simultaneous service on the Schuyler – Chemung – Tioga Board of Cooperative Education Services (SCT BOCES, now Greater Southern Tier BOCES) Board of Education. Currently, I'm serving as Board President with the SVECSD Board of Education.
My other work with public education has involved serving on the New York State School Boards Association Board of Directors, representing central New York (Area 4), and represented a similar area with the Board of Directors of the Rural Schools Association of New York State. As a past president and interim executive director, I remain as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors for RSANYS. As a delegate from RSANYS, I also chaired the New York State Commissioner of Education's Advisory Council of School Board Members from its creation in 1992 until its dissolution in 2008.
As the Program Director for the Community Access to Technology [C-A-T Lab] workshops for the Youth and Community Foundation [YCFSVE], I was responsible for preparing and delivering instruction about home computer use. I was involved with YCFSVE since its formation and continued on the Board of Directors as YCFSVE became INSPIRE S-VE.
In the spring of 2003, I retired as Director of Production Facilities, at the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College. Over my 34 years at the College I worked in several other positions and completed my Bachelor of Science in Television-Radio in 1984. I followed that with a Masters in Communications in 1995, both from the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College.
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