Author name: Peg Johnston

Claudia Tenney—Her Record

Voted to repeal some of the Dodd-Frank Act, that was put in place after the economic collapse during President GW Bush. It demanded that large banks separate their investment side from the protected banking side. It was put in place to keep banks from making crazy bets on stocks and bonds, putting the bank at […]

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Get a weekly box of fresh vegetables from your local farmer with VINES Farm Share! We offer lots of FLEXIBILITY with: Choice to pay twice a month, monthly or the whole season at once 10 distribution locations throughout Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott & Whitney Point 4 local farms to choose from Different size shares Offering

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2018 Phoenix Awards

This year’s Honorees are Amelia LoDolce, Alexis Pleus and Cecily O’Neil. The event is next Wednesday, June 13th @ 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Endwell Greens Golf Club Event Center, Endwell. You can purchase tickets and/or sponsorship online here: Tickets: Sponsor: ALEXIS PLEUS (Truthpharm) The Founder of Truth Pharm, Alexis Pleus, works selflessly

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Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit

First Ever Local Smartphone Photo Contest/Exhibit and Activities at Cooperative Gallery

The first-ever local Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit will open First Friday March 2nd at the Cooperative Gallery 213 and run until March 24th. According to Peg Johnston, curator of the show, “Smartphone photos are ubiquitous on social media and at all gatherings, and I am curating this show to see the best of our smartphone pictures on the wall of a gallery.”

In advance of the Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit at the Cooperative Gallery, fine art photographer JW Johnston shares techniques to produce smartphone images worthy of a gallery wall.  During his free, 90-minute presentation J.W. introduces you to image capture and editing apps he uses and shows how to apply photographic technical and creative fundamentals when using your phone. Johnston (no relation) is a professional photographer and instructor at SUNY Broome; his website is at

Participating photographers will gather for a Gallery Tour including brief presentations by entrants and lots of tech talk. The announcement of winners of People’s Choice and other Judges’ Choice awards at 1 pm on Saturday March 17th.  The public is welcome.

The Smartphone Photo Contest and Exhibit is an open themed show and there will be cash prizes including People’s Choice as well as Judge’s Choice. The drop off for entries to the Smartphone Photo Contest/Exhibit is Feb 24-25, 12-4 pm each day at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. Binghamton. Each person may submit up to 3 photos and the entry fee is $10 per photo with proceeds split between cash prizes for winners and a donation to the Dept. of Public Art. Photos must be ready to hang on the wall and may be offered for sale; sales are subject to 20% commission to the Gallery. More info and registration at or watch for updates on the Facebook Event at Cooperative Gallery 213.

The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at Artists Row –State of the Art, at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on First Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm.  A free weekly e-newsletter is available by signing up at or on Facebook  at Cooperative Gallery 213.

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Women’s March Huge

March organizers estimates 2500 participants at the anniversary of last year's Women's March protesting the inauguration of Donald Trump as President and his regressive agenda. Ironically, on the first anniversary of his inauguration the US government is shut down, a fact not lost on the crowd Saturday. At the post March gathering at the First Presbyterian Church overflow crowds vowed to get out the women's vote and elect more women, in line with the national agenda of the Women's March Committee.

Local groups such as Citizen Action, Indivisible, NAACP, Family Planning, and PLOT tabled at the event and will campaign for a progressive agenda, including the defeat of Claudia Tenney, conservative Republican Congresswoman for this district.

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Women’s Suffrage Exhibit at BU

Vote for Woman Suffrage! Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, 1917-2017 exhibit explores the suffrage movement from the Seneca Falls Convention to the fight by suffrage organizations in the Triple Cities for the woman’s right to vote. Items from the re-enactment of the 1913 Binghamton suffrage parade and the 2017 Women’s March will be on display as well.

Vote for Woman Suffrage! exhibit is located in the Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives Department in Bartle Library. The exhibit will be on display from November 15, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Special Collections is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For additional information about the exhibit, contact the University Archivist Yvonne Deligato at 777-6459 or

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7th Bob Johnston Photography Competition Winners

  Joshua Lasky with his Judge's Choice winner for his photo "State and Monument"         

           The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 7th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 5-27th, 2018. “Now in its seventh year, this Photo Competition has attracted 97  incredible photographs in both black and white and color,” according to Bill Gorman of the Cooperative Gallery. “We are very excited to welcome back Chuck Haupt, a professional photographer, formerly with the Press and Sun Bulletin and a current gallery member, as this year’s judge.”  See Channel 34's interview with Chuck Haupt at

            A reception for the photographers, friends, and the public will take place January 5th at the First Friday Art Walk from 6-9, with gallery hours starting at 3 pm that day. Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be announced at First Friday, January 5th at 7:00 pm at a reception for the artists and the public. The Exhibit will be open Fridays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment until January 27th.

            Richard E. Lee has won Best of Show with “Gioia con Bolle di Sapone” (“Joy with Soap Bubbles”), a delightful black and white photo of a child on an Italian street blowing soap bubbles. Haupt has awarded  two Judge’s Choice in both Color and Black and White photographs.  Lesli VanZandbergen won for her color photo “Mini Vac” and Joshua Lasky for his local architectural photo “State and Monument.” In Black and White, Greg Chianis won for his “Le Luce” of light outlining a door and Sandra Kirker for “Adirondack Mist.”

            The following were awarded an Honorable Mention: “Conscientious Canines” by Fr. James Dutko; “Tranquility” by Jessica Fridrich; “Wondering What’s Inside” by Dan Harendza;  “Early Morning Adirondacks” by D. Duke Holdsworth; “Dyrolasey Promontory” by Geoffrey Gould; “Painted Tulip” by Sandra Kirker; “Morning Stroll” by Deb Rockefeller;" “Poppies” by Carol Saggese; “Last Moon 2017” by Bill Schumacher; “Cumberland Sleeps” by Mary Lou Shapinas; “Lumanated Courthouse” by Kirk VanZandbergen; “The Road Less Traveled” by Lesli VanZandbergen.

                  The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansel 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. 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 Two Rivers Photography Club has monthly meetings, skill building sessions, and competitions throughout the year. The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on First Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 pm and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for a weekly e-newsletter on our website at or on Facebook.


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Call for papers: Perspectives on Broome County Area History Conference

Conference date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
at the Bundy Museum of History and Art
129 Main St. Binghamton, New York 13905
Sponsored by: Bundy Museum of History and Art
The rich and complex history of Broome County has long attracted attention from a diverse array of researchers and citizens. In recent years, the area’s local history scene has become more accessible and vibrant than ever. Adding to well-drawn biographies of notable residents and surveys of important institutions, recent work has examined local ethnic and racial history, women’s experiences, environments and ecologies, class relations, art and architecture, social movements, immigrants and immigration, and indigenous life, among many other topics.

Yet, researchers and audiences interested in these various threads of local history have often remained disconnected. This one-day conference seeks to gather those threads together and start new conversations by providing an opportunity to share work on Broome County history across multiple fields, perspectives, and methods. This event will be free and open to the public.
We are seeking a wide range of histories and historians. Submissions from amateur enthusiasts, family historians, K-12 teachers, preservationists, high school and college students, professional historians, storytellers, librarians, and museum employees, are all enthusiastically welcome. Papers on any aspect of Broome County’s history, from any time period, will be considered.
To apply, please submit a paper abstract (200-250 words) and your contact information by March 15, 2018. Abstracts and inquiries should be sent to
Registration and attendance are free.
We are looking for event co-sponsors. If your institution is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact


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Art Mission to Close

The Board of Directors of the Art Mission just announced:  "It is with great sadness that we must inform our patrons that the Art Mission and Theater will be closing as of Friday 12/29/2017. After much thought regarding the organization's financial position and the current film viewing climate the board of directors has voted to proceed with dissolution.
The Art Mission and Theater has always been an organization that purely ran on love. We are truly grateful to the movie lovers of the Binghamton area for the support of independent film.

There will be a final screenings of National Theatre Live's Follies, a Stephen Sondheim musical on Thursday 12/28 and Friday 12/29 at 7PM.
Pricing is $15, $10 Members and Students."

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Did Trump Read 1984?

The Trump Administration has instructed the Centers for Disease Control not to use certain words in reports and budgets. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

During the Bush II administration, untrue statements about abortion and breast cancer were posted on the website of National Cancer Institute, and the alleged ineffectiveness of condoms on HHS websites. When Trump came into office information was removed from government websites, notably about climate change.

The full article in the Washington Post is here:–alert-national&wpmk=1

For more info about actions: go here

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