Saturday, September 15, 2018

New To Downtown


A warm summer night didn't stop workers from affixing a large sign for a new restaurant at 82 Margaret Street, the location of the closed Blue Collar Bistro. The owners hope to open Twisted Carrot by the end of this month.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Yes I Can


© 2018 Luke T. Bush

"You can't take my picture.  I didn't give you permission."

Another gathering of Pokemon players, this time near the public library.  I had photographed two other such groups with no problems until this woman challenged me.

I told her I had the right to photograph people in public view.  I wasn't that close to her so she couldn't contend I was harassing her.

A guy spoke up.  "You need permission."

No, I don't.

A second man sitting in a car repeated the same misinformation.

I told them that if they had a problem with me taking their photographs then please call the police and we can get all this hashed out.

The situation is explained by LegalZoom :

"This doesn't necessarily make it illegal for someone to snap your photo without your permission though. For instance, if you're just walking down the street and someone takes a picture, they're well within their rights no matter how violated you might feel."

And the same point is made in The Photographer's Right guide:

"The general rule in the United States is that anyone may take photographs of whatever they want when they are in a public place or places where they have permission to take photographs.  Absent a specific legal prohibition such as a statute or ordinance, you are legally entitled to take photographs. Examples of places that are traditionally considered public are streets, sidewalks, and public parks."

Maybe next time you're being photographed you could politely ask not to have your picture taken.  Works better than angrily declaring misinformation about the law, violating someone's right.

And if you're so concerned about your image being recorded then demand all street and store security cameras be shut down.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Pokemon Goes To The Park

(To enlarge click on image.)


Susan Young (on ladder) and Michael Provost work on the last section of tubing for the nature mural at the Plattsburgh Public Library.  When finished blue plastic balls as substitutes for raindrops will move through the tubing, symbolizing the water cycle.  There's a snag with the completion of the solar powered feature: the heat is warping the plastic corkscrew shaft that moves the "raindrops."  So it's back to the 3D printer to manufacture a heat-resistant corkscrew.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Eye For Detail

International artist Sophia Temujin Buchi continues working on her mural entitled As One. Located behind the small building next to 30 City Hall Place the new mural is another one created under the auspices of Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

What's The Story?

By Luke T. Bush

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY - August 14, 2018

There's a problem when I get some of my news through podcasts and Facebook.

Case in point: local WPTZ-TV news anchor Stephanie Gorin and the state trooper incident.  

I heard about this through a podcast entitled "Stephanie Gorin Is Above The Law," Trashcast episode #11.  Provocateur Matt Hall and his cohort discuss local news stories with a usually irreverent tone.  This time they touched upon an incident they had heard about when Stephanie Gorin confronted a state trooper regarding the arrest of her husband.

Stephanie's husband is retired Plattsburgh City police chief Desmond Racicot.  The Press Republican had reported on its front page above the fold that Desmond had been arrest for an expired inspection sticker and DWI (online copy here.)

I haven't discovered the date when Stephanie confronted the trooper.  So far no mainstream local media have said anything about the incident except for News Director Dave Andrews at WIRY radio.  He talked about the situation in a commentary; a copy of it can be found here.

Dave Andrews explained Stephanie showed up at a the scene of an investigation by New York State Police into suspected meth lab materials. The news anchor asked for the trooper's name and allegedly became distraught when she recognized the trooper's name as the officer who had arrested her husband for DWI.  As the story goes she threatened the trooper for just doing his job, keeping dangerous drunk drivers off the road. Apparently the trooper had to call the TV station to have Stephanie removed from the scene.  Later the trooper received an inquiry from the Raybrook main station inquiring how the trooper had treated Stephanie.

Besides WIRY no other mainstream local media have covered this story.  So what did happen?  What are the facts?  The only discussion can be found on Facebook and Reddit.

The purpose of a news organization is to publish news, not sit on it.  If any details of this incident are incorrect then they should be evaluated by journalists and shared with the public.

In the meantime I'll have to get my news from Trashcast and Facebook.

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Renamed Jeep

A Posted Squirrel

Bee World

S. Booker Mural Celebration & Exhibit

For the rest of this month the Strand Center for the Arts is exhibiting the works of S. Booker.  In his memory SCA is selling his last paintings.

Previous to the exhibit's opening Plattsburgh Outside Art celebrated Booker's life and art with a special ceremony at the completed mural based on one of this works, the 4th of July.   Many friends and acquaintances gathered for the event on the corner of Durkee and Bridge streets.

The opening followed with a great turnout at the SCA.

Two of the mural artists, Amy Guglielmo [L] and principal artist Les Cosgrove.

Moustache fun.

Poring over S. Booker's sketchbooks.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The Last Detail

PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- July 31, 2018

The ceramic garden mural on the Plattsburgh Public Library south wall is nearing completion.  The final addition is being installed, transparent tubing that will recycle blue orbs  -- "raindrops" -- representing nature's water cycle.  The Outdoor Art - Plattsburgh Public Art Project has installed other colorful murals in downtown Plattsburgh City.

(Click on each image to enlarge.)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Pipers In The Park

Police Pipes And Drums of Plattsburgh, NY.

Practice session in Trinity Park.

(Click on each image for larger view.)

Monday, June 25, 2018

New Mural: The First Step

By Luke T. Bush


The first step was taken today with the latest endeavor by Outdoor Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project.  A large wall area on Durkee Street was cleaned with high pressure water, being prepped for the S. Booker Tribute mural.  The mural will recreate one of the works by the late local artist: 4th of July.

UNDER PRESSURE - Artist Les Cosgrove uses a pressure cleaner to wet down and clean the brick wall area on Durkee Street for the new mural.  Les hopes the weather will cooperate so that the project will be completed by August. 

DYNAMIC DUO -  Artist Les Cosgrove gets a helping hand from her son Gabe with the pressure cleaner. 

THE 4TH OF JULY BY S. BOOKER, the basis for the new mural to be painted behind the Ashley Furniture building.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Enjoy Sudoku?


The popular numbers puzzle appears daily on page A2 of the Press-Reublican.  If you want to solve today's Sudoku you'll have to somehow pry up the movie theater ad covering 99% of the puzzle.  Who's paying attention to the layout?   Anyone?

(Click on image to enlarge.)

Monday, June 04, 2018

Podcast Discusses The Question of Selective Enforcement

A local podcast called Trashcast -- part of the burgeoning Trashburg Empire -- opened its first show talking about the controversy over Koffee Kat and NAMI-CV being forced to take down posters for a public event. Here is the link: 

One point I want to emphasize: the complaint came from "higher up" and the police officer who visited the Koffee Kat was doing his job even though he probably thought the situation was silly.  I still haven't learned who the "higher up" was. 

My previous posts dealing with this issue:

Selective Enforcement?

Selective Enforcement - Update

Monday, May 28, 2018

Selective Enforcement? -- Update

By Luke T. Bush

Responding to a previous post -- Selective Enforcement? -- about the official order to remove posters promoting a NAMI event at Koffee Kat -- Mayor Colin Read responded via email:

"Dear Luke,

I have no knowledge of this. I will check to see what the ordinance states. I would want to be sure there is no selective enforcement, but that all ordinances are enforced equally.



Then Mayor Read wrote:

"The Chief is looking into this to ensure there is no selective enforcement. I am getting to know him well, and I know he appreciates the work of NAMI as much as I do. 

best regards,


Friday, May 25, 2018

Selective Enforcement?


By Luke T. Bush

The local chapter of NAMI -- the National Alliance on Mental Illness -- had a successful open mic last week at Koffee Kat coffeehouse.

Three days later a police officer showed up at the Kat.  There was a complaint.  Noise from the event?  No.  The problem was the posters taped up around town to promote the event. The officer explained to the owner that there was an ordinance against leaving posters up.  If the owner didn't have the posters removed then she could face a fine and maybe even jail time.  (Sounds silly but...)

One key detail: Koffee Kat only provided the space.  It had nothing to do setting up the open mic or distributing the posters about it.

Each poster included a contact number for the one of the event organizers, not the Koffee Kat owner.  The organizer -- one would assume -- would have been contacted first.

The coffeehouse owner -- Patty Waldron -- and an organizer visited the Plattsburgh City Police Department to learn more.  The officer they met with said enforcement of the ordinance was to set an example to others postering downtown.  What was odd that there was no written complaint, only a verbal one by some unknown person.  (I'm not a legal expert but shouldn't the accused know the name of the accuser?)  The officer also explained that the complaint came from "higher up."

This raises questions.  Will all the posters promoting other events and businesses be taken down?  Why an anonymous complaint with no written report?  Why was this ordinance suddenly enforced?  Did Patty Waldron -- a reasonable and fair member of the Clinton County Legislature -- accidentally torque someone off with enough influence to extract petty revenge? 

And could this possibly lead into a free speech issue, i.e., the ACLU?

UPDATE: Mayor Colin Read has responded to this article.  His comments can be found here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Yellow Burst: Story Behind The Image

The bright yellow caught my eye.  Fresh dandelions had sprouted all over the terraced hillside.  Evening sunlight raked across the dandelion buds, the sun low enough to separate the yellow tops from the shadowy sloped lawn in the background.

Of course everybody's a critic. While I was photographing the dandelions some street character passed behind me, grumbling: "Why would you want to photograph that?"

Indeed, why would I?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It's Dirty Diaper Season

I don't know why two rocks were placed next to the diaper. Artistic installation?

Find even worse stuff at

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Nuggets - Link

More proof at my bad blog - Dogtown 12901 - about the cleanliness of downtown Plattsburgh City.  WARNING: Includes image not safe for work or mealtime.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Montealers Drawn To Plattsburgh City

Sitting in Trinity Park, sketching the Old Courthouse Building.  Heavy versus lighter touch.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Matter of Manners

Article © 2018 Luke T. Bush

The situation has really changed since I attended high school.  Back then relations between students and teachers were – well, let’s say more liberal in certain cases.

One day during my junior year I was in study hall, bored.  To cram as many students into the room the desks were lined up in rows, each desk abutting the one next to it.  These were the blonde wooden desks with rectangular tops, some adorned with messages.  The tools: a Bic pen with blue ink or a jackknife for a permanent etching.  (Shop Class taught many a neophyte carver the required technique.)

I happened to be sitting in the front row, near the teacher assigned to babysitting duty.  He looked like a recent college graduate who was “lucky” to land a teaching job in the hinterlands.

I noticed a sheet on his desk, a list of absentee students.  I reached over, my arm barely crossing one corner of the desk to my right where an attractive blonde in the senior class sat.  I checked the list and put it back.

The teacher noted my actions.  He said to me: “Luke, you know it’s impolite to cross in front of someone without excusing yourself.”

I glanced over at the girl next to me.  “Sorry,” I replied, “she blends so well into the woodwork that I didn’t see her.”

Suddenly the teacher glared at me.  The angry countenance of the lava god.  He struggled to control himself: his muscles tense from resisting violence, his throat imprisoning strong words.

I told a friend later about the incident, wondering why the teacher was really upset.

My friend explained: “You insulted his girlfriend.”

Seems Familiar

When the hot weather hits this should exude such a delightful bouquet. 

Shop Class Builds Good Character

An archetypal historical scene similar to what I experienced.

Article © 2018 Luke T. Bush

During my teen years I attended a centralized school in the hinterlands known for priding itself on offering courses that profoundly developed one’s intellect.

For example: Shop Class.  This was during the Dark Ages of education.  While all the girls took Home Economics, learning how to sew and bake for their future careers in housewifery, the guys had to learn manly things like how to saw wood and bend metal to make pointless crap.

Call him Mr. Ruffwood.  I don’t remember the real name of my eighth grade shop teacher but Ruffwood is an appropriate moniker for someone with his demeanor.

One day in Shop Class Mr. Ruffwood warned us to watch out for a large vise attached to one table.  This vise was situated at a certain height from the floor.

“Make sure you don’t walk into it.” He growled like a bear suffering from a chronic anal itch.  “If you’re not careful you’ll injure your testicles.  If you don’t know what that means they’re your testis.  And if you don’t know what that means it’s your nuts.”

It was easy to avoid the vise because it was painted bright yellow.  Even the inbred hayseeds could grok the visual alert.

One day we wrapped up early, put all the tools away, cleaned up the work area.  Then we stood out in the hallway, holding our books, waiting for the bell to tell us to move along to the next class.

Mr. Ruffwood was upset that we ended five minutes early.  “Look at you, standing around like a bunch of prostitutes.”

So while our testicles were never physically harmed Mr. Ruffwood busted our nuts verbally.