State Lawmakers Differ On Need For Flavored Vaping Products Ban

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.

Ithaca Mayoral Race Now Contested

In his bid for a third term, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has an opponent  The Tompkins County Board of Election confirmed that Adam Levine will be on the November ballot.

Firing Of Ithaca Officer Prompts Review Of Police Cases

“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.”

Ithaca Legalizes Backyard Chickens

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.

In Ithaca, Looking Ahead To 2019

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.

NY23 Candidates Debate Healthcare, Extremism, Values in Corning

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.

A Tompkins County Food Pantry Re-Opens After Temporary Suspension

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 'Wines of the Finger Lakes' Tells the Story of the Local Wine Industry

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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

Sunlit Landscapes are on Display at Roberson

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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

 

Photo credit: Brian Keeler

Ireland and the Finger Lakes Compete for a Photographer's Attention

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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: The Father of Agriculture at Cornell University

By Miranda Materazzo

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 Winery

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.

Greyton H. Taylor Wine Museum

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.