Late Fringe Concludes First Season With Two Documentaries

WSKG Arts concludes its first season of Late Fringe with two great documentaries directed by New York State filmmakers. Host Phil Westcott guides us through this episode’s selections which will both inspire and entertain. Aaron J. Brander directs “Defying the Odds”, which looks at three uplifting individuals who aren’t letting their disabilities get in the way of doing the things they love. Our second film will surely get you in the holiday spirit no matter what season it is. “Claus” examines the annual Christmas celebration in Lockport, New York and specifically Christopher Parada, the man who dons the suit and beard for the town.

Glenn H. Curtiss

In 1908, five years after the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk, most Americans had still never seen an airplane in flight. But on July 4th of that year, another bicycle maker, this one from Hammondsport New York, changed all that.

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What I'm Watching – July 4, 2016 to July 17, 2016

As the TV Program Manager for WSKG, I watch a lot of videos.  Here on, I’ll share a glimpse at some of my favorite programs that WSKG will broadcast and video clips I think you should check out online. I hope you enjoy! And let me know what you think – tell us in the comments. — Stacey

Weeks of July 4, 2016 to July 17, 2016
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WSKG’s Sam Goodyear Stars as John Adams in ‘Inventing America: Making a Nation’

Inventing America: Making a Nation brings our Founding Fathers back to life in a TV talk show filmed before a live audience. This program features three delegates to the Second Continental Congress—Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker), Benjamin Franklin (John Hamant) and John Adams (Sam Goodyear)—discussing the lead-up to the Declaration of Independence. A fourth delegate, John Dickinson (Rodney TeSlaa), who refused to sign the document, reveals the conflict behind this historic event. Created by Milton Nieuwsma and filmed by Philip A. Lane, two-time Emmy Award-winners from previous collaborations, the show is a co-production of WGVU Public Media and Hope College in Holland, Michigan. The host and moderator is Marc Baer, professor of history at Hope.

Holding the Line: The 137th New York Volunteer Infantry at Gettysburg

On July 1, 1863, the Army of Northern Virginia, led by Robert E. Lee, and the Army of the Potomac, led by George G. Meade, collided outside the sleepy Pennsylvanian town of Gettysburg. For three days, over 175,000 men fought across the rocky hills, fields, and orchards that surrounded the town. Over 50,000 would be killed, wounded, or go missing. It was bloodiest battle of the American Civil War, and one local regiment, the 137th NY, played a vital role in securing the pivotal Northern victory. David Cleutz, author of the books Fields of Fame & Glory: Col.

WSKG Management Reports on Station Activities

Management offers these written reports to trustees at their board meetings.  These reports detail activities that have taken place in fulfillment of goals identified as organizational priorities. February 2017 – Management Report

Anatomy of Fireworks

Fireworks have changed a great deal in the 1,000 years since they were first developed in China. The primary chemical component in nearly all fireworks is “black powder.” The recipe for black powder, a mixture of 75 percent saltpeter (potassium nitrate), 15 percent charcoal, and 10 percent sulfur, originated in China about 1,000 years ago with a slightly different proportion of ingredients. Black powder has been used in loud and fiery displays ever since–first to ward off evil spirits, and later to entertain and celebrate. Today’s fireworks rely on black powder for two critical functions. Gas released when the powder combusts first propels the firework skyward and later blasts its contents outward into the elaborate patterns that spectators come to see.

Series for Parents Outlines Online Safety and Digi Citizenship

Children and teens are using social media to define and share their personal narratives. When there is no “delete” button on Facebook or other social platforms, what story does your child’s online identity tell, now and into the future? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Join us for an eye-opening discussion on how parents and children can have safe and positive experiences online.

This episode airs on WSKG TV at 5:30am on Saturday, July 2, 2016.