Residents Berate Rep. Tom Reed Over House Tax Bill At Town Hall

Congressman Tom Reed returned to the Southern Tier this week and faced heat over his support of the big GOP tax bill that just passed the House of Representatives. The Republican’s district includes Elmira, Corning and Ithaca. He was an architect of the bill. At a town hall at the American Legion in Horseheads, Reed was greeted with jeers. The building was  packed with residents who disapprove of the Republican tax bill.

AmGrad Day 2017 to Feature Local Teacher

American Graduate Day returns to WSKG TV on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00pm. American Graduate Day 2017, supported by CPB, is a live, four-hour multi-platform broadcast that focuses on organizations and individuals keeping kids on the path to graduation. WSKG will highlight the amazing dedication and work being done by local educators, our very own American Graduate Champions, including the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator from New York State, Elisabeth Bostwick. https://youtu.be/rVjX4P7oJ2o

Viewers can participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtags #AmGrad and #UpstateGrad.

Horseheads and Hector Will Hear Music for Violin and Piano

Horseheads native, pianist Benjamin Pawlak and violinist Maria Beltavski perform two concerts including music by Beethoven and Ravel in Horseheads and Hector.  They join us via Skype to talk about the music, how they met, the six years of planning this collaboration, and where they are headed next. http://wskg.org/audio/pawlakbelt.mp3


Photo credit: www.benjaminpawlak.com

Harmony Bridge Brings Music to Seniors

Harmony Bridge is a new program that takes music to seniors who are unable to attend concerts.  We hear from Michael Levine who came up with the program and Yvonne Allen from the Horseheads schools music department, where the program is turning into a huge success. Senior facilities interested in presenting music to their clients can email yallen@horseheadsdistrict.com. http://wskg.org/audio/harmonybridge.mp3


Photo credit: Horseheads School District

Eugene Zimmerman

Eugene Zimmerman, or Zim as he became known, emigrated from Switzerland to the United States in 1869. For a time, Zim worked as sign painter where he honed his skills by coping the works of other cartoonist. In 1886, Zim married his wife Mabel Beard and two years later the couple moved to Horseheads, NY. The Zimmermans lived in Horseheads for the rest of their lives and became deeply involved in the community. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXGEMmc-VFc

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Horseheads, NY | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows the corner of West Franklin Street and Grand Central Avenue in Horseheads, NY, circa 1900. The first white settlers began arriving in the area soon after the American Revolution and the town was officially formed in 1835. Horseheads’ unique name came from an interesting Revolutionary War era anecdote. The area still looks very similar today. One of Horseheads most famous residents was Eugene Zimmerman.

Karl Jenkins' 'The Armed Man — A Mass for Peace' is Performed in Horseheads

Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man — A Mass for Peace’ was written only 16 years ago, and yet it is performed regularly, which is unusual for a contemporary  work that is so musically challenging. The Cantata Singers of Elmira are presenting it on Sunday, February 28 at 3pm in the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads. As we hear from conductor Will Wickham and chorister Susan Nagle, the challenges are emotional as well. http://wskg.org/audio/jenkins.mp3


Photo credit: The Cantata Singers