Building on themes from the POV documentary Portraits and Dreams, community members told their story – or that of our region ~ through photography. Original photography was submitted to WSKG in the following themed categories of ‘Portraits’, ‘Dreams’, or ‘Community’. Here’s a look at submissions depicting life in rural/suburban New York and Pennsylvania. Thank you to all participants. Community Member Photography
Home 1 | Genevieve Pedulla
Top Honor | Jonathan’s Tricks | Darlene Gold
Honorable Mention | Millie 4CLS | Jaclyn Praskavich
Top Honor | Working Toward the Dream | C. Bangel
Honorable Mention | March Sadness | C. Bangel
Top Honor | Snow Portrait | Gregory Milunich
Honorable Mention | Hercules | Jane Walker
Gabrielle Backman, Chenango Forks High School
“I chose this image because just the overall aura drew me to it.
Samantha Brown’s Places to Love visits Corning, NY and the Southern Finger Lakes
At the Corning Museum of Glass, Samantha starts off her visit to Crystal City by learning about the history of glass and why Corning is the center of the glass world. She then takes a stroll through Corning’s Gaffer District, and meets master engraver Max Erlacher at his Steuben glass collection shop. Heading to Bath, Samantha discovers the Betty Kay Bake Shop and their tasty “English-cut” donuts, and goes on a cemetery tour with the “cemetery lady” which concludes at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Bath, a certified Tiffany glass sanctuary. At the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Samantha learns all about this little-known American treasure, “the founder of the American Aircraft Industry”. Taking a stroll along the Finger Lakes, Samantha finds out why this region is highly recognized by their wines at the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery.
ITHACA, NY – New York’s temporary ban on flavored vaping liquids is set to expire Sunday. It was never enforced because vaping industry groups challenged it in court.
The ban was a response to an increase in vaping related illnesses among New Yorkers. Public health officials are expected to extend the ban but reports not all of the region’s lawmakers agree there should be a state imposed ban. The 90-day ban is an emergency measure put in place by the New York Department of Health. A more permanent ban on flavored vaping liquids would require legislative approval.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – According to the World Health Organization, the most social acceptable prejudice in the world is ageism. Cornell University gerontologist Karl Pillemer said you don’t have to look hard to find it. “I can give you an easy example,” he said. “If you look at the presidential race, no one is comfortable using racist or sexist humor among the candidates, but they are very comfortable using ageist humor around the older candidates, and it is invariably asked if candidates are too old to serve.” One of the most fascinating — and sobering — findings to emerge from research is how damaging our own ageist attitudes are.
“I would rather they had a license and had insurance, you know because, if say you get into an accident and you know, the other person is driving illegally and they don’t have insurance, you know it makes that whole thing more difficult.”
“We’re starting to get inquiries from former clients regarding their former cases in which they plead or been convicted at trial seeking a review and that’s gonna require a review, in some cases, of what was the officers role in those cases.”
“That trauma leads them to make decisions that those of us with adult, non-traumatized brains might not make. And they end up facing prosecution and prison for those decisions. And, in that way it concretely criminalized their trauma.”
The ordinance would only allow for hens. No roosters! Only six per household will be allowed, a property must be at least 2,000 square feet and there are other requirements for the chickens shelter and regular inspections.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa have re-introduced a bill that would change the way colleges and universities handle sexual assaults that occur on their campuses.
A group of landowners and farmers are trying to stop some zoning changes designed to preserve open space in the Town of Ulysses. Some say agricultural needs haven’t been considered. The town disagrees.
Yates County schools face a mental health crisis. School psychologist Christine Diamond says, “What I’ve experienced in the past 5 years has been sickening,” She was talking about the quality of mental health care she’s seen for children.
This week the global meeting of the United Methodist Church voted to maintain a ban on same sex marriages and ordinations. It’s the third largest faith community in the United States. Many American Methodists hoped for a different outcome.
Cornell University has received over $68 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to build a new federal research facility for grape genetics. The site will be in Geneva, New York, home to ongoing collaborations between Cornell and the USDA.
There’s a mental health crisis in Yates County, and a school superintendent adds her students can’t get the services they need. Dundee Central School superintendent Kelly Houck says mental health is decreasing while she sees the need for them increasing.
Representative Tom Reed said there are compromises available to both parties which would reopen the federal government and give them a victory. First, Reed says Congress must stop what he calls partisan ‘political theater’ and start working to each other.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – 2018 is almost over and 2019 is on its way in. Around Ithaca, people are looking to make some changes. Inside a health club, people are signing up for new memberships to start the new year. Nearby others are pushing and pulling on weight machines. “I’m most looking forward to great self care,” said Christine Cummings.
Significantly more harmful algal blooms were reported on Cayuga Lake this year than in 2017. A local non-profit reports the 2018 blooms were more likely to contain toxins harmful humans and small mammals, like cats and dogs.
Residents of Schuyler County have been warned about a possible property deed scam. Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman has received reports of a company that sells public information to homeowners about their properties.
A bi-partisan group known as the Problem Solvers Caucus reached an agreement last week with likely-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed, co-chairs the caucus, but he and other Republican members were not part of those talks.
Republican Tom O’Mara is running for a fourth term in the New York State senate. O’Mara represents the 58th district. It’s one of the biggest in the state senate. It stretches from Yates County in the west into the eastern part of Tompkins County. WSKG’s Celia Clarke talked with him about some of the biggest issues affecting his district.
Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano met in a debate Tuesday night at Corning Community College. They are running for the 23rd congressional district seat. The district covers the Western Southern Tier and parts of the Finger Lakes including Ithaca, Elmira and Hornell. The debate was televised by WETM-TV. Healthcare was a prominent topic.
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“We recommend that you go, actually into the post office and have them stamp it in front of you. Don’t just drop it in the mailbox because we get mail without postmarks and then we can’t count it, unfortunately.”
ByGabe Altieri and Celia Clarke/WSKG in Lodi and Ithaca, NY |
Stacy Mulford grabbed two bins of supplies the Lodi Fire Department was distributing for people affected by the flood. She wasn’t home when the flood hit Tuesday, but her daughter was until folks came by banging on the door. “Get out! Get out, now!”
It’s county fair season across New York and Pennsylvania. That means fried food, games and shows. WSKG’s Celia Clarke made a stop earlier this summer at the Seneca County Fair and filed this audio postcard.
It’s been a week since Tracy Mitrano won the tight Democratic primary in New York’s 23rd Congressional district. The 23rd covers the western Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes and includes Ithaca, Geneva and Hornell. Mitrano is campaigning at rallies across the district this week.
ENFIELD, NY (WSKG) – The Enfield Food Pantry has re-opened. It was temporarily suspended by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier for potential rodent problems.
Enfield is about 6 miles from Ithaca. About three weeks ago, Food Bank of the Southern Tier stopped delivering food to the pantry until they did a few things to prevent rodents from getting in. The town owns the building where the pantry’s located. So, the Town Board, Pantry volunteers and the Food Bank came together to resolve the problems.
Now, the food pantry has freshly spackled and painted walls to keep rodents from getting in.
Peter Burford’s book ‘Wines of the Finger Lakes’ is a treasure trove of information about this major industry. It tells of the industry’s unlikely beginnings when an Episcopal clergyman took a charge in Hammondsport and was unable to find a source for sacramental wine. We hear about the meaning of ‘terroir’ and why the terroir of the Finger Lakes is especially welcoming to viticulture, and how the industry survived Prohibition. http://wskg.org/audio/winesmix.mp3
Photo credit: Finger Lakes Grape Program via Flickr
The Roberson Museum in Binghamton has turned over its Sears-Harkness Hall to an exhibit of paintings by Brian Keeler, called Heliodelic Topography. We hear about the meaning of that title and about the landscapes Brian Keeler frequents for his paintings. http://wskg.org/audio/keelermix.mp3
Photographer John Francis McCarthy is displaying his photographs of Ireland and the Finger Lakes through April in the Orazio Salati Studio and Gallery on State Street in downtown Binghamton. He talks about his annual trips to Ireland, and the circumstances that led to his taking his well-known picture of sunset over the Finger Lakes. http://wskg.org/audio/mccarthymix.mp3
Photo credit: John Francis McCarthy, FingerLakes Photography
Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) was a professor of horticulture and botany at Michigan Agricultural College, now Michigan State University, and later at Cornell University. Explore this map, and follow Bailey’s travels while he makes some of the most important contributions to New York State agriculture. Explore the map fullscreen! Photo credit: Wikipedia
Montezuma is a family run winery located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, in Seneca, upstate NY. It’s offerings combine over 30 different types of wine, including their exotic bee vodka. The also offer other tasty treats such as a homemade fudge, made by the matriarch of the Martin family, Ginny Martin herself. Co-Owner Bill Martin reveals some of his behind-the-scene bee vodka-making techniques to obtain the highest-quality premium vodka available. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut3F7zLcE_U
No bees were harmed in the creation of this program.
In the heart of winemaking country, in the Finger Lakes region, stands a unique museum dedicated to the history and beauty of an ancient enterprise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_G7IRjISzY
In 1966, Walter Taylor opened Bully Hill Vineyards at Hammondsport in Steuben County. A year later, two additional buildings were opened as the “Finger Lakes Wine Museum.” In 1972, Taylor renamed the museum after his father, Greyton H. Taylor. In one building, called the Cooper Shop, visitors can study a large collection of tools used in the barrel and winemaking industries.