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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.

Winners Announced in Photo Competition

December 29, 2015 by pegjohnston

Best of Show: "Courthouse Detail" by Kirk Van Zandbergen

SPONSORED BY Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club

January 1 – 23rd, 2016

            The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 5th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 1-23rd, 2016. “We are looking forward to the best photography this area has to offer,” according to Peg Johnston, Cooperative Gallery president and daughter of the late Bob Johnston. It is an open themed Photography Show and Competition and all photographic media and all photographers are eligible to enter. Photographs will again be judged by J. W. Johnston (no relation), a local professional photographer.

            A reception for the photographers, friends, and the public will take place New Year's Day at the Gorgeous Washington Association Art Walk from 6-9, with gallery hours starting at 3 pm that day. The Exhibit will be open Fridays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment until January 23rd. Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be presented at First Friday, January 1st at 6:30 pm at a reception for the artists.

            The winners are as follows: Best of Show-- “Courthouse Detail” by Kirk Van Zandbergen; Judge’s Choice in Black and White—“Phaseolus coccineus (Scarlet Runner Bean)” and "Asclepius tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)" both by Susan C. Larkin; Judge’s Choice in Color—“Arboreal Spirit I” and “Arboreal Spirit II” both by David LoParco. Ten Honorable Mention awards will be awarded to (in alphabetical order): “Dew of the Morn” by William Bay; “The Silhouette Maker” by Barry Biddle; “Colors of Darkness” and “Indiglow” by Jessica Fridrich; “Urban Construction” by Bill Gorman; “Creepy Crawler” by Dan Harendza; “No Corner for the Devil” and “Fall Oak” by Sandra Kirker; “Selfie” by Peter Kofira Jr; “JD2040” by Lesli Van Zandbergen

            The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansell Adams’ kind of photographer who worked mostly in black and white film and favored both urban and natural landscapes,” said Bill Gorman, also a photographer and member of the Cooperative Gallery. Bob Johnston defined a good photo this way: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

            The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on Frist Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for our weekly e-newsletter on our website at or on our Facebook page.

Blight Mural Project Final Report

December 27, 2015 by pegjohnston

The Dept. of Public Art received a $5000 grant from the Chenango Co. Arts Council and the Hoyt Foundation in 2015 to place murals on blighted properties. In all, DPA volunteers placed 37 panels on 11 sites.

The Blight as Our Canvas project aimed to post temporary murals on blighted properties in Binghamton. The goal of the project was to get public art into neighborhoods and to improve the appearance of blighted properties. Audiences included neighborhood residents, local artists interested in painting, and property owners trying to improve their buildings.

FIRST KNIGHT 2015 is just days away

December 23, 2015 by imc-editor

The presents are unwrapped and another Christmas has come and gone.  We hope you had a wonderful holiday filled with friends, food and cheer.  There is so much anticipation and preparation with the approach of Christmas, sometimes we feel a bit of a letdown afterwards, but don’t fear for we have the answer.  That’s right, put on your coats and gloves (although with this wonderful mild weather, maybe you only need a sweatshirt) and come on out for our biggest yet First Knight event starting 6:00 pm on December 31st.  Judith Gross from Equinox Broadcasting, one of our major sponsors will be live here in the Village encouraging visitors to head to this celebration.  So come on out to the Village of Windsor and park at the High School.  The shuttle buses sponsored by Leonard Bus Sales will be there to pick you up within a few minutes and take you to one of our many fun-filled venues.  These buses will be making continuous loops around the venues and back to the high school all evening until 12:30 am.  If you didn’t get a chance to check our website in advance, which we strongly advise, so you can plan your evening to get the most out of the different offerings, don’t worry there are booklets ready and waiting on the buses or at every venue. 

If you haven’t eaten dinner, there are many choices such as Chicken and Biscuit dinners, chili, hotdogs, soup and sandwiches, spiedies, sausage and peppers, salt potatoes – are you hungry yet?  Between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, you can make 2016 spectacles, decorate a hat or have your face painted, but if you want to march in the parade (weather permitting) with or without one of our life-size puppets, you better hurry over to the First Niagara Bank parking lot and meet us at the rear of the U-Haul provided by Williams Energy to get your puppet ready to march at 7 pm.  First Niagara and Williams are two more of our wonderful sponsors.  Sickmon’s Gentle Giants, a pair of beautiful Belgian draft horses pulling a carriage carrying our First Knight Executive Committee will be leading the parade and will be available afterwards to take you on an enjoyable ride around the Village, a treat you won’t want to miss.  Watch for the Grinch in his special motorized car and see if you recognize Father Time.  The Grinch will be available later at Zion Church for photo opportunities so bring your camera.

When the parade is finished, all of our 13 venues will be open with snacks, music, history, crafts, games, and special programs for your enjoyment.  Too many to mention every activity, but you can see a magic, marionette, ventriloquist or juggler perform. You can visit the carnival and play games to win prizes where you might run into Chee Chee the clown who makes the best balloon animals.  You can play Bingo and Trivia for prizes.  Visions Federal Credit Union and some of the previous mentioned sponsors fund these shows and programs so we can continue to offer this event without charge.  Several history exhibits and presentations are available thanks to our sponsor Coughlin and Gerhart.  Maybe you’d rather sit quietly and listen to music, that’s also an option or maybe you don’t want to sit quietly and would rather rock out at the Teen Rock Concert at the fire house sponsored by the Windsor Lions Club.  Love up close and personal with animals, don’t miss the Ross Park Zoomobile at Acclaim Insurance Agency, another sponsor.  Take in an art exhibit at Whip Works Art Center featuring Windsor’s own Bill Grausgruber’s works and enjoy the easy listening music of Victor Lay and Friends.  Have your child’s portrait done for only $5.00 by a Whip Works artist.  Sew La Te Do will have their grand debut of local artist’s works for sale along with snacks and drinks. 

You can watch the Minion movie, holiday cartoons or Vintage TV videos while enjoying some freshly made popcorn. Head over to the Community House and Windsor Times Square to make some s’mores at the bonfire with Ron Rambo and/or to have a piece of the delectable First Knight cake which will be served starting at 10:30 pm until it is gone (we haven’t run out in the past???) along with coffee, tea or hot cocoa all sponsored by NYSEG.   

As the evening and year come to the end, perhaps we have saved the best for last.  We will pass out noisemakers, Will Stafford will be juggling fire, we will have a live broadcast of the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square, thanks to our sponsor Adams Cable, we will have our free drawing for a 40” TV, an overnight stay at the Marriott’s Presidential Suite with breakfast, a $100 Wegman’s Gift card and some other prizes.  We hope you remembered to fill out an entry at every venue you visited cause one of you is definitely going to win!  While it would be great to have you in the crowd, you need not be present to win.  Special thanks to Jeff Olin who has graciously offered to emcee this final hurrah!  As the clock strikes midnight, join the chorus of Auld Lang Syne, listen to the live Carillon bells and the other Village Church bells and watch the streamers and confetti fall from the sky.  Happy New Year to all and welcome to 2016! 

Thank you to all the volunteers who work tirelessly, to our venues who open their doors to one and all, to our sponsors who fund the programs and activities to make this event possible for everyone, and to our donors who add a little extra fun.  Special thanks to Debbie Menta for her vision and dedication in bringing this event to life in our community!         


Speak up and Stay Safe(r) Online

December 9, 2015 by imc-editor

December 8, 2015 - - - Three women who have survived sustained online abuse are releasing an easy-to use digital handbook designed to help others speak freely and safely in digital spaces.
Anita Sarkeesian director of Feminist Frequency, Jaclyn Friedman, anti-rape activist and founder of Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) and Renee Bracey Sherman, reproductive justice activist and author of Saying Abortion Aloud, have been forced to learn a lot about how to protect themselves against cyber mobs, stalkers and harassers. Now they’ve collaborated to make all of their experience available to anyone else who fears they might be targeted, or who is already under attack.
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment, launched today at, features a warm, friendly tone and easy-to-use navigation designed for use by people who may be experiencing fear or trauma. It details best security practices for social media, email, online gaming, website platforms, and ensuring privacy of personal information online, as well as the documentation and reporting of harassment, and caring for oneself emotionally during an online attack.
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment was made necessary by the failure of social media services to adequately prevent and deal with the hateful targeting of their more marginalized users. As this guide details, forcing individual victims or potential targets to shoulder the costs of digital security amounts to a disproportionate tax of in time, money, and emotional labor. It is a tax that is levied disproportionately against women, people of color, queer and trans people and other oppressed groups for daring to express an opinion in public.
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment can be found at and is currently available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. More information on the creators can be found at

The Inside Story of Shell’s Arctic Assault

December 8, 2015 by pegjohnston

Reporter Barry Yeoman digs deep into Shell's oil drilling in the Arctic even after they pulled out earlier this year. Our government agencies have been bullied by Shell to rush the process. 

A months-long investigation shows how the energy giant pressured the Interior Department during the company's gung-ho Arctic push—and got most of what it wanted (except oil).   Read more here.

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