Scientists are Digging up the Dirt for Clues to Disappearing Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay

Thomas Fisher of UMCES enters data from a stream logger into his computer at his makeshift office near South Forge Branch, one of the Choptank’s tributaries. The logger measures water depth and temperature. (Dave Harp)

by Rona Kobell 
Rona Kobell is a staff writer for the Bay Journal. Her work has won numerous awards and in 2008, she was selected as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying the use of economic incentives in environmental policy. Call it the case of the missing nitrogen.

According to the Chesapeake Bay Journal, scientists have wondered what happens to the nitrogen that farmers apply to fields over the past several decades.

Tony Blazonczyk's New Phase, Show Three

WSKG Arts is proud to bring in a polka band all the way from Chicago on this episode of Let's Polka. Tony Blazonczyk and the New Phaze band once again entertain WSKG's live studio audience with an eclectic set of polka tunes. Move aside your furniture and dance along to classics such as the "Love Em & Leave Em Polka", "Bandleader's Polka" and 'Walk Through This World With Me Waltz". Tony is joined on-stage by Tim Jagodzinski (concertina), John Fuzmaniak (accordion), Melvin Rzeszutko (drummer), CJ Lackowski (trumpet), Dan Levdanski (trumpet, clarinet, saxophone). The program is hosted by Bill Flynn, who also interviews Tony about his career and his family's rich polka history.

'Les Milkerables' Takes Award in 2016 Serling Film Festival

Evan Pritchard is a Senior in Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, NY and his film Les Milkerables was recently awarded the 'Best 9-12' film in the 2016 Rod Serling Film Festival. He has a strong passion for storytelling and the art of film which he is able to explore through the filmmaking program through his high school.  He hopes to one day make his hope and passion into his career.  Evan was inspired for this film through the idea of inanimate objects coming to life when no one is looking combined with a problem most household experience.  Using the stop motion animation techniques, paper cut outs (most notably associated with Monty Python) he was able to tell his unique story.

Honoring Education Through 'PBS Spotlight Education' Week

Spotlight Education is a week of primetime programming airing on WSKG from September 12, 2016 through September 17, 2016.. It features films and documentaries, including special episodes of NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NEWSHOUR, a new documentary from POV, and the premiere of TED TALKS, “The Education Revolution.” It concludes with the 5th annual AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY, a broadcast about individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation. This collection features resources about intervention and success strategies, 21st Century learners, and examines how the dedication to teaching all children, especially at-risk students, makes a real difference in communities. New resources will be added to reflect the programming. Spotlight Education celebrates the work of teachers and educators and underscores the importance of convening a dialogue around education.

The Axolotl: A Cut Above the Rest

A pensive axolotl. Image by Christian Baker. Science Friday airs on WSQX every Friday from 2-4pm. by Christian Baker, Science Friday
The axolotl is a Mexican salamander with an incredible ability: Cut its leg off, and the limb will grow right back! How it does this and why humans can’t is still a bit of a mystery.

Arts Roundup: Kenny Rogers, Weird Al Yankovic, Hand Of God And More

Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Gannett Central NY newspapers, joins Crystal Sarakas to highlight some of the arts events coming up this weekend, including the First Friday events around the region, the play Hand of God at the Kitchen Theater in Ithaca, Weird Al Yankovic in Big Flats, and Kenny Rogers at Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY.  

LUMA Lights Up Binghamton

In its second year, the LUMA Projection Arts Festival uses high-powered projectors to 'animate' the facades of buildings and create dynamic shows. This year also features a juried competition. Organizers Joshua Ludzki and Nick Rubenstein talk about the technique of making buildings move with light. "LUMA, the largest projection fine arts and entertainment festival in the United States, returns on September 2nd. Last year, 25,000 people gathered in Downtown Binghamton, NY, to celebrate a bold confluence of technology and visual arts. LUMA is a festival founded by artists, for artists, with the wholehearted embrace of an entire city.

Hundreds of Singers Gather on Binghamton's Riverwalk

SingBing invites singers for a mass chorus to sing 'All You Need is Love' at the Peacemakers Stage on the Riverwalk in Downtown Binghamton on First Friday before the sun goes down and the LUMA Projection Arts Festival begins.  Organizers Marie McKenna and Gregory Keeler talk about getting as many singers as possible to celebrate September's First Friday. Soloists Devinne Meyers and Ayana Del Valle will lead the chorus, along with band members Armand Olevano, trumpet; Al Miele, drums; Bob Rynone, guitar; Andy Gorman, bass; Burt Mueller, keyboard, and Mo Reese Taylor, trombone.


Photo credit: Big Drew Graphics via SingBing

'Art of Binghamton' Features Binghamton Architecture

'Art of Binghamton' is an exhibit of art of various media focusing on Binghamton landmarks, some no longer standing. Artists Matthew Card and Steven Palmer talk about their contributions and the process of gathering this collection.  All of the artists are from the greater Binghamton area. The exhibit is on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, and the exhibit will move to the Bundy Museum in October, along with some new pieces. "Each piece is a depiction of, or relating to, Binghamton’s past, present and future. The most impressive aspect of the show is that it is represents a diverse set of media from classical to advanced digital, that will offer an eye opening viewpoint behind the interest and history Binghamton has to offer.