Mary H. Owen | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photo shows the Mary H. Owen navigating a lock on the Chenango Canal in Broome County. The canal was nearly 100 miles long and connected the Susquehanna River at Binghamton to the Erie Canal at Utica. When it opened in 1837, the canal drastically reduced shipping times and freight costs. As a part of the Erie Canal system, the Chenango Canal also connected the region’s farmers and manufacturers to the economic markets of New York City and the Great Lakes. However, by the late 1800s the railroad had all but replaced the once great canals of New York and the Chenango Canal ceased operation in 1878.

Operalogue: "The Barber of Seville"


Binghamton University Professor Paul Schleuse explains the plot of the opera assisted by members of the cast. Host: General Director Susan Ashbaker

Conductor: Vlad Iftinca

Stage Director: JJ Hudson

Figaro: Scott Purcell

Rosina: Mary Beth Nelson

Almaviva: Jonathan Blalock

Don Bartolo: Jake Stamatis

Don Basilio: Andrew Hiers

Berta: Abigail Smith

Fiorello: Josiah Davis

Sergeant of Police: Jordan Schreiner

Men of the Tri-Cities Opera Chorus

Chorus Master and Accompanist: Eric Frei


Photo courtesy RLHyde via Flickr

Not In Our Town

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Delhi, NY | Town Spotlight | Harvest

Nestled among the steep rocky hills of the Catskill Mountain range, Delhi, New York sits at the base of a deep valley along the West Branch of the Delaware River. Situated near the center of Delaware County, the Town of Delhi was formed in 1798 out of land ceded from the towns of Middletown, Kortright, and Walton. Prior to the American Revolution, the Mohawk Indians were the main inhabitants of the region. The Mohawk, who called themselves the Kanienkehaka, were one of the original member tribes of the Iroquois Confederation, or Haudenosaunee. The first European settlers arrived in the area around the 1740s, and after the Revolution a new wave of Scotch-Irish and German immigrants pushed into the region.

Tri-Cities Opera 2015-2016 Season Preview

WSKG Classical Music Director Bill Snyder is joined by Tri-Cities Opera General Manager Susan Ashbaker to discuss their new season. Susan talks about the renovations of the Opera House on Clinton Street in Binghamton and the schedule of performances for the upcoming season. There is also a small performance clip from “Love, Lies and Laughter: A Night at the Opera”, which premieres Thursday, October 22 at 8:00 on WSKG. Please visit for more information about their exciting 2015-2016 season.

Forgotten Plaque

By the dawn of the 19th century, the deadliest killer in human history, tuberculosis, had killed one in seven of all the people who had ever lived. The disease struck America with a vengeance, ravaging communities and touching the lives of almost every family. The battle against the deadly bacteria had a profound and lasting impact on the country. It shaped medical and scientific pursuits, social habits, economic development, western expansion, and government policy. Yet both the disease and its impact are poorly understood: in the words of one writer, tuberculosis is our “forgotten plague.” During most of the 19th century, consumption, as tuberculosis was then called, was believed to be hereditary.

NOVA Making North America Screenings

Join us for a special sneak peak of NOVA: Making North America, a bold and sweeping biography of the continent, hosted by Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Two screenings will take place, please choose to attend one. October 22nd at SUNY Cortland 7pm

Expert Panel features SUNY Cortland Scientists:
Biologist and SUNY Cortland President Dr. Erik Bitterbaum
SUNY Cortland Geologists; Dr David Barclay, Dr. Robert Darling,
Dr. Gayle Gleason,Dr. Li Jin, & Dr Christopher McRoberts.                                                                           or attend
October 23rd at WSKG Studios 6:30pm
Expert Panel features Scientists from the Paleontological Research Institute and more to come. WSKG Studios event will begin with a short reception.

Dull Moon Eyes | Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy 2015

Liam Walsh, student at Chenango Forks High School, returns as an award winner in this year’s Rod Serling Film Festival.  In 2015, his film ‘Dull Moon Eyes’ received the top honor of ‘Best SciFi/Fantasy’.  Check out the fast paced open and suspenseful twists!



Today on Radio Lab, you come up with a great idea. You devise a plan. You control for every imaginable variable. And once everything’s in place, the train hops your carefully laid tracks. In this episode, one psychologist’s zeal to safeguard national security may have created a terrorist, while one community’s efforts to protect an endangered bird had deadly consequences.