BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – Thursday night was an incremental step in the decontamination process of the old IBM campus that’s expected to take years. The state presented a proposed method to do the final clean up at a building that’s much less contaminated than some of the others.
The front row of folding chairs was empty. Eight people showed up to the meeting in the hall at the First United Methodist Church on McKinley Avenue, just a block away from the Huron Campus. It’s a tragic story: IBM employed the town, cut their jobs, then left Endicott contaminated. These folks have been through a lot – they have friends and relatives with cancer. One guy is working on a film about the contamination.
Manufacturing will return to the vacant IBM site in Endicott. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that lithium ion batteries will be made on the Huron Campus. Joining in the consortium of three companies locating in Endicott is C4V. When New York held its first ever 76West Clean Energy Competition, C4V’s new battery storage technology earned a $500,000 prize. Within five years, Dr. Shalilesh Upreti, president of C4V, said they will hire and train 232 employees. “Because there is no manufacturing as high scale like this today in the US, we have been bringing folks from overseas—especially from Japan and Korea—for the training purpose,” Upreti said.
A year ago, Mercy House in Endicott opened its doors to terminally ill patients of the Southern Tier. Since the former St. Casimir’s Church was converted into Mercy House, over a hundred people have called it home. Linda Cerra is the executive director of Mercy House. She said their services are free and the operation is successful because of donations from the community. “We learned there’s a need for Mercy House in the community,” she explained.
The Endicott Performing Arts Center and Theatre Street Productions present Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, ‘My Fair Lady’. Often referred to as ‘the perfect musical’, it tells the story of a Cockney flower girl from an unstable family who is taught proper diction by a egotistical professor of linguistics. He does perhaps too good a job when she becomes not only a model of perfect English, but also a strong and independent woman who really doesn’t need him at all, and the tables are turned. Andrea Gregori and Chris Nickerson talk about the tension between their two characters and about this timeless and tuneful musical. http://wskg.org/audio/fairlady.mp3
The Cider Mill Playhouse welcomes Jan DeAngelo Productions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’ in a concert staging. Although they have been married and have performed together for many years, Jan and Shannon DeAngelo have never played opposite each other. They have chosen this classic musical to do just that. They talk about the perils of that, and this beloved score, which is one hit song after another, and tells a story that addresses serious themes of love against a backdrop of war. http://wskg.org/audio/southpacific.mp3
Photo credit: Studio 271 Productions for Jan DeAngelo Productions
Chris Kocher, Entertainment Editor for the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Elmira Star Gazette, and the Ithaca Journal, joins Crystal Sarakas to talk about some of the other arts events coming up in the region. Here’s a short video that WSKG recorded at last summer’s outdoor Shakespeare festival. This year’s performance will take place at the Allan H. Treman State Marine Park on the shores of Cayuga Lake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyXTTCA26ik
Cheers came as the ribbon was cut and people filed into the newly opened Mercy House in Endicott. Mercy House now inhabits the old St. Casimir’s Church. It retains some of it’s old features like the stained glass and the heavy timber beams, but now it houses ten rooms for people who are terminally ill to call home. The shelter will provide spiritual care and Lourdes Hospital will make visits provide hospice care.
Pianist Gleb Ivanov and friends are presenting a concert at his home church in Endicott, SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 210 Hill Avenue on Sunday, December 27 at 5pm. Joining him in the concert are violinist Eric Grossman, cellist Lawrence Zoernig, pianist Olga Krayterman, and Gleb’s wife, soprano Maria Guryleva. The first half will be music of Sergei Rachmaninoff then, after the intermission, music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Fryderyk Chopin, and Felix Mendelssohn. http://wskg.org/audio/glebchristmas.mp3
The Endicott Performing Arts Center presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It’s a story of a man who returns from exile to exact revenge on the people who unjustly punished him. Matt Gaska, who plays Sweeney, and Andrea Gregori, who plays his daughter Johanna, talk about the production, the music, and some of the themes in this monumental musical that is, by turns, horrifying, thoughtful, and devilishly funny. http://wskg.org/audio/sweeneymix.mp3