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Friday, May 22, 2015

Say It Ain't So, Bernie-O

(C) 2015 Luke T. Bush

PLATTSBURGH, NY - May 22, 2015

"Plattsburg [sic] has got to be the ugliest town in the world and going there, even for just one evening, makes one appreciate Vermont and Burlington that much more..."

No, I didn't say that back in 1972.  US Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) was running for the  governor's seat that year.   Bernie made the utterance re: Plattsburgh in an article he wrote for the Chittenden Magazine, "Fragments of a Campaign Diary." 

That mag is dead but the quote lives on thanks to Seven Days, that hippie newspaper based in Burlington, VT.   Its  latest print edition (May 20-27) has excerpts from Bernie's diary on page 18: "Bernie Beat: Sanders on the Campaign Trail –  in 1972."    

In his diary Bernie explained that he traveled to this side of the lake to participate in a taped debate at Channel 5/WPTZ-TV. His observation of P-burgh evinces that he missed his true calling as a travel writer.

Bernie is now running for president.  That progressive quote should bring in the support from the 12901 area on election night. Remember: every vote counts.

Here's a link to a digital reprint of "Fragments of a Campaign Diary" for those who want to delve further into BS's BS:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/242862861/Fragments-of-a-Campaign-Diary-Chittenden-Magazine-Dec-1972

The infamous Plattsburgh quote can be found on page 40.

I haven't found the Seven Days article online so there's no link.  Below is a scanned copy of the print article (click on it to for expanded view).





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sunset Marsh



Eyes, Ears, & 100 Years




(C) 2015 Luke T. Bush

PERU, NY - May 15, 2015

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Peru Free Library pianist Adrian Carr composed a special audio work using the voices of people affiliated with the library.   The recording featured personal observations and experiences.  He also performed original compositions from his CD, 11.  Displayed in the foreground are submissions to the Kids Art Show, a yearly event hosted by the library that shares the works of Peru Primary students.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dramatic




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Project Projection




PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - Apr. 12, 2005

Guided by a projected image Matt Rock adds more details to his wall painting.  The Plattsburgh Public Library clerk has been re-organizing the music CD collection, creating a new display.  He seeks CDs by local musicians to be included in the collection.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Smell The Blues





Friday, April 24, 2015

The Unarticle




(C) 2015 Luke T.Bush

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - 4/24/15

At first glance the full page spread appears to be a news article.  After all it says SPECIAL REPORT.

But it's really an ad formatted to have the semblance of a news story.  In the past the Press-Republican would include an important detail at the top of the page with such ads to alert unwary readers to what was being presented. For example:


Click on the image below to open up a larger version of the ad.  Check it out from top to bottom. Do you see PAID ADVERTISEMENT anywhere?


Please excuse the quality of the copy I photographed.  Maybe the advertiser's facial cream could fix it since the product is so amazing.

Of course ads like this do include a disclaimer but at the bottom of the page in smaller print.


Compensated testimonials?  I thought the gold standard in advertising was uncompensated testimonials.  Such testimonials imply the quotee was unbiased, the opinion being given was in no way influenced by filthy lucre.

But apparently the Press-Republican needs the filthy lucre from any advertiser. To its credit the PR added the PAID ADVERTISEMENT notice until this latest ad.

Remember: the Press-Republican has stated in the past that it always works toward the gold standard of journalistic excellence.

Of course with newspapers individual results may vary.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Free Speech




Monday, April 20, 2015

Bang




Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vacations



I Hate Powerlines






Friday, April 10, 2015

Promoting Peace In The CZ


At a Life On The Brink community forum participants share ideas on how to deal with Center City problems such as litter and vandalism.

© 2015 Luke T. Bush

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY – 4/10/15

Students chugging beer on church property, leaving puke behind.  Street signs ripped up, urination on someone’s lawn, litter, noise, and other unneighborly actions.

Nothing much has changed with Center City since the last time I wrote about it.  My nickname for the area, the Combat Zone, still applies.

Once again someone is trying to clean up the chronic CZ mess.  Yes, townies can cause problems but most of the vandalism and other trouble can be blamed on rowdy students living in the area or passing through on their way back to the Plattsburgh State University campus.  It’s much quieter during the summer thanks to the greatly reduced presence of these students.

The vexatious Center City area can be sketched out as the neighborhoods between downtown and Hawkins Hall on the Plattsburh State University campus.  Old single family homes have been converted into apartment houses, many of them occupied by transient student renters among the permanent residents.

While living there Crystal Drew has experienced the teeth-gnashing-inducing behavior of the unruly few attending PSU.   It was one particular event that motivated her to create the Life On The Brink (as in Brinkerhoff Street) community group.

Two sons, three bicycles.  One for the oldest, the second for the youngest, and a third for other kids who might be visiting.

On a September night last year a college student targeted the bikes stored on her front porch.

“This person,” she explained in an email interview,  “came up on my front porch, stole the bikes, and then proceeded to smash them in the road while a group of fellow college citizens looked on.”

Her oldest son’s bike had to be repaired at a bicycle shop.  The second bike owned by her youngest needed its training wheels replaced.  And the third bike?  Trashed beyond repair.

A security camera recorded the vandalism but the quality of the recording prevented the police from making a solid ID on the perpetrator.


Crystal Drew

Life On The Brink brings together students (or college citizens as Crystal refers to them), college officials, and residents to seek solutions to the quality of life problems.  While the majority of PSU students are good neighbors it’s a troublesome few every year that transform Center City into the CZ.

At a recent LOTB community forum there was discussion how to deal with litter.  That evening participants sat in a large circle in the center of the ROTA Studios and Gallery, students and college reps included, sharing their ideas.
   
Crystal mentioned that conveniently placed trashcans helped to cut down on litter.  But details had to be worked out such as obtaining the funds to buy the trashcans and finding the people to empty them.

Another discussion focused on the creation of a website promoting events that would bring together community and college citizens.

Outreach is an important part of Crystal’s efforts.

"A new project that I have started," she explained, "is going downtown on the weekends and mingling. I start talking to these students about their peer behavior out in public. A lot of them do care what we think."

She continued: “[My outreach] spawned contact from two sororities that are interested in helping us, 37 new likes on our Facebook page, and several emails and messages from students looking to be proactive in this battle.”

Crystal also participates in The Community Impact Panel created by a previous group.  The panel members – PSU administrators, police, and citizens – tell student violators how their behavior affects everyone.

“It meets twice a semester,” said Crystal.  “I basically tell these students my horror stories, and explain that we need to find a better way to coexist. This has proven successful. It's a two hour panel that basically lectures students for being rude to fellow community members.”

But some students still don’t get the message.

By chance I spoke with a college citizen about her experience before the Community Impact Panel.  A pleasant person, sunny personality but with a bit of youthful cynicism.  She had been busted for an open container violation.  For her the panel was a joke, something to endure.  She laughed at it.

I envision her after graduation getting a job and ending up in a place like the CZ.  None of her belongings can be left on the porch or in the yard because they’re convenient targets for theft and vandalism.  One day she goes to work sleepy and irritable after noisy partiers have kept her up most of the night.  Still dragging after work she picks up the beer cans and other trash on her lawn.

Will she also laugh that off?



The next Life On The Brink community forum is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00pm at the ROTA Gallery, 39 Bridge Street.

More info about LOTB:

   - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifeonthebrink

   - Email: plattsburghcommunitygroup@gmail.com .

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Snowy Reception



Uncandid





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Raising Rent And Roof





(C) 2015 Luke T. Bush

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - March 21, 2015

An enthusiastic crowd helped The ROTA Studio And Gallery to keep its doors open at 39 Bridge Street.

After a co-tenant moved out the push has been on for ROTA to meet the full rent each month.  The co-op promotes local art and music as an arts gallery and live performance venue.

Saturday evening wood rock band Lucid took to the stage for an acoustic concert.  The band's playlist included old favorites and new songs.  It wasn't long before people moved to the front and started dancing, including the kids who attended the all ages show.

For more details on upcoming ROTA events: https://www.facebook.com/rotagallery .





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