Sunday, June 09, 2019

The Denier



PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- 6/7/19


Another day, another peaceful demonstration in Trinity Park, Downtown Plattsburgh.  The event was organized by The Climate Reality Project, Northern Adirondack Region, NY Chapter to keep the public aware of the climate change threat.



The demonstration attracted the attention of a denier -- the man with his back to the camera -- who claimed that the Earth was an organism with a self-filtering system to handle any bad stuff.  I assume this system acts like a planetary liver.


The denier went on for twenty minutes.

Patience is a virtue.


Sunday, June 02, 2019

TRASHburgh Gets Graphic


By Luke T. Bush


Shannon Stott-Rigsbee prepares the sign for the TRASHburgh Comix launch party. 

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- 5/31/19

TRASHburgh has invaded another medium: comic books.

Previous TRASHburgh projects include an online video series that take a wry (or more accurately awry) look at local news and events.

Tedium created the impetus for the comic.  Creators Matt Hall and Chris Stott-Rigsbee will attest six months of winter results in abysmal boredom.

To launch the first issue of TRASHburgh Comix -- # 0 -- a meet and greet was held Friday evening at the pop up space City Well at 30 City Hall Place.

The plan is to publish seasonally, the next issue to appear this fall.

The first printing sold out and more will be available later through https://trashburgh.com/ .  For more info: trashburgh@gmail.com .



Co-creators Dom Monett and Lydia Meises produced the lead story "The Crows"
based upon an actual situation during the winter: crows mobbing in trees and fecally carpet bombing downtown.


TRASHburgh Comix contributor Liz Allen discusses her art.


Chris Stott-Rigsbee gives an overview of his merch.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Sailing Through Window Paintings





PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - 5/30/19

Artist Lorrie Mandigo takes advantage of the sunny weather to paint window images promoting the Mayor's Cup event this summer.  She has started early due to all of the rainy weather.  In the past the paintings would melt in the hot sun but Lorrie says by prepping with a white base coat and using acrylic paint the images are more heat resistant.  She tries to finish three window paintings each day.

Spirited But Not Mean

By Luke T. Bush




PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- 5/30/19

They're back.  Fewer in number but just as committed.

As promised demonstrators showed up again this Thursday evening to express their views about how the city plans to spend the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) state grant money.  Among their concerns is that the major part of the grant is targeted to rip up the Durkee Street parking lot, displacing convenient parking and the Farmers Market to build a new residential building for higher income renters.

One demonstrator told me she voted for Colin Read but she wouldn't the next mayoral election.  The topic came up because today the Press-Republican reported Read decided to run again in 2020, a surprise to some people.

The PR article mentioned the DRI controversy, concerned citizens speaking out at Common Council meetings and holding demonstrations in front of City Hall.

Mayor Read was quoted: "It's just something about the culture these days -- not just here, but everywhere....There's a lot of meanspiritedness and anger going on out there for all kinds of different reasons."

I've covered a couple of demonstrations and never noticed any nastiness when speaking to the protesters.  And while it can't be regarded as a proper survey a number of drivers passing by honked their support.

Demonstrators state the crux of the DRI controversy is that city doesn't listen to constituents who ask questions but never get real answers.  They say city officials have made their plans and ignore any dissident.

This month downtown property owner David Merkel resigned from the City of Plattsburgh Parking Advisory Committee that was formed to deal with the relocation of spaces from Durkee Street lot.  He said he felt that the committee's input was unwanted.

Apparently the city has decided what it will do and that's it.