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Susquehanna River has a History of Flooding

September 11, 2011 by imc-editor

Susquehanna River has a History of Flooding
by The Associated Press

An aerial photo shows the flood waters around West Branch of the Susquehanna River and Susquehanna River merging into one in Sunbury, Pa. Nearly 100,000 people from New York to Maryland were ordered to flee the rising Susquehanna River as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped more rain across the Northeast, closing major highways and socking areas still recovering from Hurricane Irene.

read the rest of the article at http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/Susquehanna-Ri...

Flood Pictures of Binghamton NY

September 8, 2011 by pegjohnston

9/8/11 Court St. Bridge: Flooding at Court St. in Binghamton.Court St. Bridge: Flooding at Court St. in Binghamton. Flood stage is at 12 feet but the river is now at 25 feet, give or take a few inches. Downtown Binghamton is deserted and 20,000 residents have been evacuated including those in neighborhoods in the First Ward, Conklin Ave., and the East Side. River Read Books Too Close to River: Flooding at Chenango River along Promenade in front of River Read Books.River Read Books Too Close to River: Flooding at Chenango River along Promenade in front of River Read Books.
The 2006 flood came up over one of the flood walls, which were built after the 1936 floods, and still holding, although several leaks were discovered. S. Washington St. Submerged by Susquehanna River: S. Washington St. Submerged by Susquehanna RiverS. Washington St. Submerged by Susquehanna River: S. Washington St. Submerged by Susquehanna River There was no repair of them after the 2006 floods. This river is spilling over the flood walls on both of the rivers that define Binghamton, but so far the walls have held and a bigger catastrophe has been avoided. E. Clinton St. Bridge: Flooding at E. Clinton St. BinghamtonE. Clinton St. Bridge: Flooding at E. Clinton St. Binghamton

Endwell Resident Among 15 Human Rights Activists Facing Trial

September 6, 2011 by pegjohnston

Endwell Resident Among 15 Human Rights Activists Facing Trial for Nonviolent Direct Action
the White House in Washington, DC

Washington, DC – Endwell resident Jack Gilroy is among 15 human rights advocates who are scheduled to go on trial on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 for engaging in nonviolent direct action at the White House in Washington, DC. Gilroy was one of the “White House 27,” a group of human rights advocates who staged a die-in on the White House sidewalk on April 10, 2011, to call on President Obama to shut down the notorious School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) and to put an end to the U.S. militarization of the Americas. Gilroy and his 14 co-defendants are facing the criminal charges of “failure to obey a lawful order” and “blocking and incommoding.” Despite facing a criminal trial, Gilroy is not intimidated.

Mycelium Running in Rec Park

August 30, 2011 by pegjohnston

I walk in Recreation Park on Binghamton's Westside every day. Lately I have been noticing a outburst of mushrooms in greater variety than I have ever seen in one place. There are 8-10 different kinds of mushrooms or "mycelium" as the scientists refer to it.
Mycelium Running in Rec Park: Mushrooms are thriving in Rec Park in Binghamton NYMycelium Running in Rec Park: Mushrooms are thriving in Rec Park in Binghamton NY
I met a Ukrainian woman picking the mushrooms as I was photographing them. "These very good to eat. This one poison. This one not poison, but not so good to eat." I was in awe of her practical knowledge and her foraging for food, as her ancestors in the Ukraine probably have for centuries. Then she said, "It's not hard, just look on internet." OK, I surrender my sterotypes!
Mycelium Running in Rec Park-2: Mushroom growing in Rec ParkMycelium Running in Rec Park-2: Mushroom growing in Rec Park
What's most interesting though is what this growth means to the ecology of the Park. Paul Stamets is a passionate environmental advocate and mushroom researcher. You can go to http://www.YouTube.com and search on his name and listen to several of his lectures. One is called "Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World." He explains that mycelium sends out little hair like root systems that can have a healing effect on earth, breaking down toxins, and opening pathways for plants, bugs, healthy bacteria, etc. He has done demonstrations of totally degraded construction soil contaminated by oil that have been restored by introducing mushrooms.
Mycelium Running in Rec Park-3: Unusual mushroom growing in Rec Park Binghamton NYMycelium Running in Rec Park-3: Unusual mushroom growing in Rec Park Binghamton NY
Stamets encourages people to spread mycelium around, especially in vacant lots or poor soil. One technique that I have tried is digging up the roots of the mushrooms to get those little hair like roots, not the mushroom itself, and then growing them for distribution around town. I use damp pieces of cardboard with some roots between each layer. The mushroom sandwich needs to be kept damp for several weeks. When it's ready you will see streaks of white "running" up the cardboard. Then "infect" a site, which we did at the Laurel Community Garden for instance, so that the mycelium can start running where it's needed.
Mycelium Running in Rec Park-4: A large variety of mushrooms are growing in Rec Park.Mycelium Running in Rec Park-4: A large variety of mushrooms are growing in Rec Park.

C-Squared: Collaborative Exhibit at Cooperative Gallery

July 17, 2011 by pegjohnston

Detail from C-SquareDetail from C-SquareConsider the Square. The current show at the Cooperative Gallery assembles diverse artwork in 6, 12 and 24 inch formats into groupings with surprising results. One collection (detail shown) connects different media all done in red.
Curator MaryRose Griffin invited all gallery members to submit works in squares and then created collections, one exploring textures, a concept, or color.
The Exhibit is open for two more weeks at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. It is open Fridays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm through July 30th.

Rivercrest Houses Demolished

June 16, 2011 by pegjohnston

To our friends of Rivercrest:

It seems that Matthews' lawyer recently persuaded the Town of Vestal to allow the demolition of four Rivercrest houses. Three were leveled last week. What a loss to the community!

Rivercrest's status as Vestal's one and only local historic district remains unresolved pending a court ruling. Until then Rivercrest should have enjoyed all the protections built into the town's local law regarding historic preservation. In granting the demolition permits Vestal ignored all the requirements and regulations designed to protect its own heritage.

If you are as stunned, dismayed, outraged, or just plain puzzled why the Town would do such a thing, please write courteous letters to the members of the Town Board as well as to Town Clerk, Emil Bielecki. Tell them how you feel and request an explanation for what has happened.
To see photos of the demolition go to the Preservation Association website:
http://nyslandmarks.com/rivercrest/rcrest4.htm

Please write to:

Supervisor Pete Andreasen
Councilman Dave Marnicki
Councilman Francis Majewski
Councilman John Schaffer
Councilwoman Patty Fitzgerald
Town Clerk Emil Bielecki

Local Southern Tier Clergy Issue Letters of Support for Marriage Equality

June 15, 2011 by Anonymous

As the marriage equality debate approaches the final days in the New York State Senate, the bill is now only one vote short of passage. Religion has played a significant role on both sides of the debate. Today a number of clergy from different Southern Tier communities of faith voiced their support for marriage equality. They point out that access to marriage is a fundamental human right and one that is consistent with their faith traditions. These are the clergy who have issued statements of support (complete letters/statements follow):

Rev. Steve Heiss
Tabernacle United Methodist Church

Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell
Temple Concord
Binghamton, New York

Rev. Patricia J. Raube
Pastor, Union Presbyterian Church
Endicott, NY

Deacon Barbara Hayden
Pastoral Leader
Redeemer Lutheran Church

Rev. Dr. Arthur Suggs
First Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Rev. Mark Giroux
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Chenango Bridge, NY

Rev. Douglas Taylor
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton

Annette Snedaker. Pastor
Grace Adventure United Methodist Church

Rabbi Rachel Esserman
Executive Editor
The Reporter Group

Alex Compton
Lay Minister
The Binghamton Congregation of MCCNY

Rev. Susan E Davis
Pastor
First United Methodist Church of Endicott

Fred R. Brooks, Jr.
Vestal, NY
Ordained Minister (Retired)
The United Methodist Church

Rev. Monica Styron, Designated Pastor
First Presbyterian Church
42 Chenango Street

LETTERS

Statement in Support of Marriage Equality

June 14, 2011

I stand in support of full civil marriage rights for same-sex couples. The Union of Reform Judaism has a long-standing commitment to welcoming gay and lesbian couples into our communities and congregations. Loving couples, regardless of gender or sexuality, sit in our pews and strengthen our communities. Our religious values and principles affirm that we are all created b’tselem Elohim, in the image of God, and charge us “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” As a Reform Rabbi, I am proud of this welcoming tradition and remain committed to the fight for equality in our state. I am committed to working to enable same sex couples and their families to share equally in the responsibilities, protections, and commitment of marriage.

Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell
Binghamton, New York

In his inaugural teaching moment, Jesus stands before the congregation and reads aloud from Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19). As a person of faith I believe it is my responsibility to participate fully in Jesus’ ministry of healing and seeking to bring about freedom for those who are oppressed.

The current laws prohibiting marriage between two persons of the same sex constitute an ongoing situation of oppression and captivity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals. This community asks no special privileges, only equal rights and protections under the law and the opportunity to live in peace and freedom with those whom they love.

Rev. Patricia J. Raube
Pastor, Union Presbyterian Church
Endicott, NY

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