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February 15, 2016 by pegjohnston


Sponsored by PAST Preservation Association of the Southern Tier   May 3rd to May 29th

Broome County has been home to many and has a rich history. In the "Everyone Has A Hometown" Photography Contest, sponsored by the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier, we invite you to submit original photographs that highlight and celebrate the historical, architectural and cultural uniqueness of Broome County. Through this competition we hope to advocate, educate and encourage civic engagement. All entries will be on display at the ART Mission and Theater gallery beginning on May 6th and throughout the month of May.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 3rd, 3:00 to 6:30

Entrants may bring their framed photography to the ART Mission and Theater, 61 Prospect Street, Binghamton ( All photos must be of Broome County. Applications will be available at the ART Mission, at the PAST Salvage Center, 21 North Depot Street and PAST’s web site (  Each photo requires a short application and a $15 entrance fee. Students in high school or middle school will have a $10 fee. Make checks payable to PAST.

Photos need to be framed and ready to be hung.  A 3x5 card needs to be attached to the back of the frame and be filled out with the title of the picture, the location, and the photographer’s name, email address and phone number. Note: The photographer does not have to be from the town that they photograph.  Judges will use the number assigned to the frame to determine winners.

Download application below.

Susquehanna County, Pa. Family and Friends Defend the Trees from the Gas Pipeline

February 12, 2016 by veraduerga

by Vera Scroggins

Here comes another gas pipeline through our county just south of the Broome County, NY border. This one is 30" wide and 124 miles long, 24 miles in Pa. and 100 miles in New York. We've been fracked since 2008 and now hold 1400 gas holes / gas wells, 45 Gas Compressor Stations spewing out their daily toxins and industrial noise, loads of industry traffic pounding our rural roads, and an endless web of high-pressure, gas pipelines crisscrossing the county till we are surrounded by Industrial squalor.

Some families said, "NO", to the pipelines cutting through their fields and forests and went to court to fight the Williams Energy Company and Cabot Oil and Gas. The Industry would not take , "No", for an answer. The Court ruled in favor of the Industry and now the reality of Eminent Domain has dominated these landowners' lives.

One Family decided to take a major stand and not just roll over for the Corporate Machine. This family, the Hollerans and Zeffers of New Milford, Pa. on Three Lakes Rd. have amassed a growing, supportive following of citizens who also want to help them defend the land, the trees, and property rights and value. The Trees in particular are Maple Trees that are tapped for their sap which is running way early this year since the end of January. They are cooking down the sap into Maple Syrup and continuing their Maple Syrup Business and now the area has also become a camp for Defending the Trees and Stopping the Constitution Pipeline at this property. Fourteen days of cooking sap over the fire and holding camp with shelters and signs and food for the Defenders and a Passionate, Caring Community supporting each other to do what others would not dare to do: Stop the Big Corporate Machine from rolling over another community, county, group of landowners to forever change the landscape of Rural America into a smoking, toxic, air and water-polluting Industrial Zone; all in the Name of the Capitalist Dream of never-ending profits at the expense of clean air and water and the Rights of Nature.

The Hollerans/Zeffers and Supporters will continue their Watch and Stand daily from about 7 am. to the evening hours till they can't cut anymore on April 1st. There is a time limit to all this. We stopped the Chainsaw Crew that came this past Wednesday to cut the trees and talked them out of it and Earth Justice has filed a motion to FERC to review and stay this pipeline. Come and join us and keep the Chainsaws away and meet folks with guts and a vision. A love for the land and their trees and their Rights as Americans to Choose what they want, the life they want to continue to lead, the Right to Protest and Resist any Invader including Corporate / Fracking America.

Contact the following for info: If you are planning to come, call Megan 570-709-3268 or Alex 570-269-9589 or Vera Scroggins 607-237-9685. The location is 2131 Three Lakes Road, New Milford, PA, 18834 or use these coordinates: 41.8272387, -75.7585062.

God / Goddess Bless the Trees and their Protectors. Check out this link of an article with photos and a video of the tree-cutting going on at other parts in our county that are undefended. Reporting from Susquehanna County, Pa.: Vera Scroggins , Citizens for Clean Water, 607-237-9685

Binghamton University to digitally preserve local history through Past 2 Future Project

February 3, 2016 by pegjohnston

BINGHAMTON, NY – You might have preserved your grandmother’s wedding gown for posterity, or plan to pass a cherished family necklace along to your children, but what about photos, films, letters and other records – the kind of records that tell stories so easily lost?
What if you could have them digitized at no cost to you?
Binghamton University’s Past 2 Future Project (P2F) can do just that and is actively seeking letters, documents, photos, diaries, movies, audio-tapes and other records that depict the rich history of individuals and organizations in the Southern Tier. Students will digitize the records, return them and a digital copy to the owner, and Binghamton University will retain a copy for students, faculty and the community to use for research.
Kevin Wright, P2F director, has developed the project to be a true University-community connection, and one that opens up several paths for undergraduate research:
through information collection, processing and preservation (film digitization, cataloguing, preserving paper records and life-history interviewing);
by interpreting and analyzing the information; and
through independent research mentored by faculty members.
Wright’s vision is that some important themes or tracks will emerge from the digitized materials. “What I hope and think will happen is that we will start to accumulate a lot of information and some important tracks will emerge, like in innovation, entrepreneurship, immigration, environmental impact – and we can actually use the project as a recruitment device for getting freshmen here,” he said. “We will teach them research methods and they’ll have real, live data to do research in their second semester of their freshman year.”
A number of students are already involved in P2F, and will begin a series of oral histories with local residents in the spring semester, while others train on digitizing material.
As the digitized collection grows, it will provide scholars and students with valuable data for exploration and analysis that will provide the people of the Southern Tier with documentation of the area’s rich history, accomplishments, failures and everyday life over time.
There is certainly plenty of material out there. “Pretty much any time I talk to someone about it, they say ‘I’ve got something for you,’” said Wright, who noted P2F will be in the data collection stage well into the next semester and next year.
“We need a sufficient amount of data before we can hand it to students,” he said. “As a researcher, collecting data and beginning to put it into user format is also part of the research project, not for the analysis, but by being actively engaged in data collection and data management.”
P2F is located in the Nelson Rockefeller Center, Room 262, at Binghamton University. Contact Wright at or call 607-427-2051.

Help This Artist Fight for Reproductive Justice in Texas—by Picking Up a Needle and Thread

February 1, 2016 by pegjohnston

“Using craft as activism, artist Chi Nguyen — in partnership with the Textile Arts Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights — is holding a series of stitch-ins to make physical the number of women whose right to safe and legal abortion is currently at risk. With each line representing an individual woman, the 5.4 Million and Counting project is only finished when all 5.4 million lines are embroidered.

The public is invited to Draw the Line by joining the embroidery process at the stitch-ins, or by sending in their own 10×10” swatches with as many tally marks (?) as they would like to embroider. All swatches will be patched onto a larger quilt to be used at the Supreme Court rally on March 2nd, 2016.

6th NYS LGBTQ Families Conference, Binghamton, NY, March 18-20

January 22, 2016 by imc-editor

The 2016 Pride and Joy Families Weekend Conference will bring together diverse families and individuals for a weekend of relaxing, learning and sharing. The 3-day event will be held March 18-20 at the Holiday Inn-Downtown Binghamton, NY.

Vince Sgambati, Syracuse-based writer, retired teacher and gay dad, will present the keynote address on, "LGBTQ Families In Transition."

Adult workshops will be held on legal issues, schools, adoption and foster care, kids with special needs, transgender experience, LGBT mental health, gay dads, talking to teens about sex, and navigating change. Childcare and Camp Highlight programs will be provided for children three years and older. A teen panel will give youth with LGBTQ parents a chance to speak out. Inter-generational activities, a Family Dance Party! and a Resource/Vendor Fair will also be provided.

A Pre-Conference Professional Training Day, "Providing Welcoming and Affirming Care for Transgender People," will be offered Friday, March 18th.

These programs are cosponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project, Binghamton University Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Camp Highlight, Family Equality Council, Gay Parent Magazine and others.

The Weekend Conference is intended to meet the needs of families with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer adult  members. Families with and without children are welcome. Allies and single LGBTQ adults are welcome. Extended family members are also welcome-grandparents, aunts, and uncles will all have a wonderful time!

Register by Friday, Feb. 19. Early bird Jan. 31. Ample scholarship funds available. For more information, go to or Facebook at LGBTFamCon.

Gas Industry Dying in the Marcellus Play

January 15, 2016 by verascroggins

What Happens After The Bin?

January 7, 2016 by pegjohnston

A lot of us have good intentions. When we’re provided the option to recycle, we toss what we think of as recyclable trash into the appropriate bin, and assume our job is over: Our waste will be recycled, and we’ve done our part. But, as we are about to learn, this isn’t always true. All plastic is not created equal. Some plastic, like the durable #1 PET (also called PETE, and when recycled, rPET), is inherently reusable—it can be melted down and reused again and again without loss of function. And other types of plastics not as easily recycled wind up in land?lls.

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