Greek yogurt is coming to a school cafeteria near you. Yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture added Chobani yogurt to its school lunch program. The company is headquartered in Norwich, New York. Chobani’s nutrition director Robert Post calls the Greek yogurt “nutrient-intense”. The U.S. government apparently agrees.
Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting same-sex marriage comes four years after New York took that step on a state level. State leaders reacted to the decision with enthusiasm. Governor Cuomo, who arm-twisted state Senators to win the same sex marriage vote in 2011, said in a statement that the court “is on the right side of history”. He says the lights on the World Trade center tower will be lit in rainbow colors Sunday night. As part of the end of session deal, the governor now has the power to perform marriage ceremonies; he says he sought the authority because some same sex couples have asked him to officiate at their weddings.
A private school in Tioga county needs close to $100,000 in repairs after flooding early last week. Clean-up work at is underway, but the school does not have flood insurance, despite its location along a creek. North Spencer Christian Academy filled with nearly 100 volunteers after the flood water receded. They removed debris, and now they’re vacuuming up the last traces of water. Cris Pasto vacuums muddy water off stairs leading to the school’s lower level.
Carmela Marner, Artistic Director of Franklin Stage Company talks about their production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy An Ideal Husband. The play addresses some very serious subjects: class, bribery, blackmail, and divulging state secrets, still it was successful enough that it took the theatre that premiered it from the brink of bankruptcy to financial success. It also premiered just as Wilde’s life was about to fall apart.
When President Obama named Michelle Lee as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, she became the first woman to hold that position in the agency’s 225-year history. Now Lee is working to make sure she’s not an anomaly. She wants to bring more women and minorities into STEM careers. Jenna Flanagan recently met up with Director Lee in New York City.
Stage Director Judith Pratt talks about the Cornell Savoyards’ production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida. It’s both a satire on women’s education and the misogynistic views of it prevalent in the Victorian Era. The Savoyards have set this production in the era of the Robber Barons of the late 1800’s and, specifically, at Wells College. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1040122.mp3
Pianist John Covelli first met cellist Dave Eggar and his quartet when they performed for WSKG’s Expressions. Each member has a multifaceted career outside of the quartet, so it took a long time to arrange this concert. It features music by Busoni, Chopin, Corigliano, Gershwin, Paganini, and Robert Schumann. The concert takes place on Sunday, June 28th at 2pm in the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1040121.mp3
Parts of Tompkins and Tioga counties are still dealing with flood damage from last week’s storms. Heavy rains caused road closures and states of emergency in several towns. At North Spencer Christian Academy, water levels reached five and a half feet. Volunteers have been working to clean up the 75-student private school building since the flood. In the first few days, they gutted parts of the first level and tore out the wood gym floor. Now they’re shoveling gravel back into place around the foundation and vacuuming traces of water out of the gym.