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  • Chemung County Executive Race: Chris Moss (R) 55% Jerome Emanuel (Dem) 29% Krusen (I) 16%
  • 1st District: Pastrick (R) 57% Pucci (Dem) 43%
  • 2nd District: Manchester (R) 69% Saglibene (Con) 30%
  • 3rd District: Sweet (R) 53% Lynch (Dem) 40%
  • 4th District: Brennan (R) 64% Bond (Dem) 35%
  • 5th District: Margeson (R) 64% Stow (Dem) 20% Miller 15% (I)
  • 7th District: Sonsire (Dem) 63% Milliken (R) 36%
  • 8th District: Woodard (R) 58% Callas (Dem) 41%
  • 9th District: Burin (R) 74% Fairchild (I) 25%
  • 12th District: McCarthy (Dem) 50% Collins (R) 45%
  • 13th District: Drake (R) 65% Logan-Lattimore (Dem) 34%
  • 14th District: Smith (R) 68% Heyward (Dem) 31%

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  2. First time reaction to hearing...

    Maybe it's the fact that I just got back from Bethel NY where there was a definite vibe, even to someone like me. Maybe its because I'm a musician, if i may be so bokd as to say so. Maybe it's the huge Lime Rickey I just chugged, extra heavy on the "rickey", but this guy's reaction made me a little teary-eyed. Music is a universal language, a perfect language we all share. Dude... Thanks for sharing this video Johnny, I needed that.
  3. There is an entire collection of videos on youtube where we get to see someones reaction to hearing a certain for the first time. The most popular, and possibly most common, are reactions by young black men listening to classic rock for the first time. You can tell that for many of them this is truly the first time listening to classic rock. They didn't have parents who were at Woodstock, or wished they went. Led Zeppelin songs are quite popular and well liked by this group, makes sense since so much of the Zep is down right hard and dirty blues. By far, my most favorite to watch are reactions to Bohemian Rhapsody, especially to the one section, you know that section. I just found this young man who had no clue who Queen was, let alone this song. This is one of my favorite because he doesn't stop numerous times for running commentary, and to see the love for something new take root and grow is amazing. I remember the first time I heard this song, a friend brought to to the youth group meeting at the church. I imagine my face didn't look much different. .
  4. Yesterday
  5. City Logo - We need a new one

    Yep, change the background, otherwise a nice design. If we need to give the college a nod, throw in an Eagle instead of the gaudy purple. The Eagle represents the entire area. I don't find EC to be as much of an asset as it could be. Like the Arena, EC could be a true asset, but seems to fall short. The term "asset" impies a net gain for the surrounding community....whether that gain is measured in dollars, resources or improved qulity of life. As it stands, students (or hockey fans) patronizing a few local bars and restaurants does not outweigh the community's contributions (tax breaks, LEO, publics works/road maintenance, etc). It could be said that staff and visitors at the prisons draw just as much for the community. Instead of waiting for some smart young fellow like this to make a single-handed campaign to "brand" the area.....why doesn't EC have full-semester programs in Public Relations, Advertising and Design built around conceiving and launching PR campaigns for the area as a yearly project? Flags, ad campaigns, events, small attractions, etc. All may not take off, but eventually a few great ideas could come from the students and make a real impact. I have always kind of fancied the idea of themed statues sponsored by community businesses and tax exempt entities. The first time I saw these were the Gator Trails staues at locations in Florida. Although the Gator Trail is sponsored by the University of Florida and technically features their mascot....the mascot does characterize the entire region.... http://www.luv2run.com/gatortrails/statues.html I had heard about the concept a year before. As The #1 fan of Charles M Schultz I loved the Twin Cities tribute to him...Peanuts on Parade https://www.johnweeks.com/tour/peanuts/index.html Dothan, Alabama has its own "Peanuts Around Town"…but not the beloved Schultz characters. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/peanut-hunting-dothan Apparently the idea may have come to the US from Switzerland a few years earlier. https://roadtrippers.com/magazine/cow-parade-chicago-anniversary/
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  7. City Logo - We need a new one

    I agree with Chris, get rid of the purple. EC does very little to benefit the city. The college thinks of themselves as a small city within a city.
  8. Working the Bees

    One “ scout bee “ finds a tree full of drawn comb and voila another bee tree ... right ?
  9. Working the Bees

    Another swarm will populate it. No hive survives forever.
  10. Earlier today Moody's released a statement about the shared services proposal. Read it in its entirety HERE
  11. 18 South Pitney St. South Waverly PA 18840 (570) 731-0222 https://www.facebook.com/BluestoneBrewingCo/ After being told for a couple years I should check this place out, we finally had an opportunity to stop in for supper on Monday. It's not hard to find, just follow Elmira Rd past Tops and take your first right after the Hampton Inn on the right. They have a lot of good brews to choose from, including several seasonals. Additionally they offer wines and spirits in limited quantities. The Blackberry 1537 Ale jumped out at me, so I tried it. Not bad, although not as berry flavored as I would have expected, just a hint, not much more. Still, it was a pretty good drinker. A friend who knows her beer said to try the Big Elk Amber Ale, so I did. I wasn't disappointed. It's a bold, good tasting beer with just the right amount of hops. We ordered supper, getting a burger and pulled pork sandwich. The food is pretty good and didn't take long to get it. They have an interesting menu selection including stuff made with locally sourced ingredients. We enjoyed everything, including the hot spinach artichoke dips we got for an appetizer. There service was quick and friendly, and the place has a nice, laid back atmosphere overall. I'll definitely go back. My only regret is it took me so long to get down there. I definitely recommend it for a laid back meal or just to hang out and sip some brews.
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  13. Working the Bees

    LOL ... if they have moved on you would probably not find a whole lot anyway . Still it would have been cool to get a look at it .
  14. Working the Bees

    You watch, of all the trees that get blown over around here, that one will outlast me.
  15. Working the Bees

    Not really worth the trouble , lots of work unless it’s close to the ground or easily retrieved . Even then ...
  16. Working the Bees

    I checked "my hive" this afternoon. They're gone. Part of me wonders if the honey is still there in that tree though.
  17. County Legislature Pay And Benefits

    Really guys, no one feels like you're going after bus drivers. Besides, they have pretty thick skin even if you were.
  18. City Logo - We need a new one

    Yeah, there's no denying it is an asset to the city, but there's something more, something bigger, that identifies Elmira. I DO think the river needs to embraced as a part of that identity.
  19. County Legislature Pay And Benefits

    For the record, I was not saying bus drivers don't deserve what they get, That is a job that takes a special person. I am pretty sure my employer also has an opt out payment for insurance. They are a Fortune 500 also.
  20. County Legislature Pay And Benefits

    I agree with Johhny Go....Bus drivers have fixed sccedules that are difficult to work around a full time job and are a different situation - and even those circumstances rarely (if ever) warrant full benefits in the private sector (i.e: budgeting with revenue that can't arbitraily be increased by raising taxes). It has been noted that, at 36 scheduled meetings per year, legislators are being paid about $472.00 per 1-hour meeting……as opposed to school bus drivers that start somewhere at or near $15/hr. Voting themselves higher pay while the population they represent struggles more under their leadership is self-serving. Erie County's 2018 Citizens Salary Review Commission report that Mr Pucci mentions has some great information about the factors considered and can be found here: http://www2.erie.gov/csrc/sites/www2.erie.gov.csrc/files/uploads/2018 Commission Final Report.pdf I particularly like the inclusion of median citizens’ incomes and real estate values. I have always felt that representative pay should be correlated with the wealth of their constituents. That way, if they’re making decision that IMPROVE the local economy, then they will get more pay themselves. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that the economic picture in Chemung County has improved at all since the charter was adopted....and it may be fair to say the previous Board of Supervisors did a better job than we are getting from a ligislature that we pay about $240,000 each year in wages alone. I would further question the number of Legislators. The representation ration of 1:5900 has been mentioned many times. This is based on 2010 population of 88K and is likely overstated, as the population has been estimated by under 85K now. When the charter was adopted, we had 101k people and it was still a lot lower than the NY average per legislator (1:6700). Even if we assume that the ratio that was agreed upon when the charter was adopted is set in stone, we should now have <13 legislators. If we had half the 1:23000 statewide average, we would have 7 legislators.
  21. County Legislature Pay And Benefits

    Pretty sure my company has an opt out too and its definitely not a Govt and is also a Fortune 500. They don't advertise it but I know I got it when I was married and had coverage elsewhere so didn't need their insurance.
  22. City Logo - We need a new one

    I would totally agree with you on this on Chris. Especially Elmira College. It should be one of our assets but no what Elmira is. Which reminds me, has anyone had a look at the comments on the FB news sites in regard to our new taproom and potential brewery. Good lord these people want everything but complain about each and every new thing that happens. Completely jaw dropping.
  23. Working the Bees

    Nuttin huh ? The bear that hit my hives ate only the brood , licked two frames clean as can be !
  24. County Legislature Pay And Benefits

    I asked for private comparisons, not more of the same government policies. Of course, governments have all sorts of other peoples money to spend. Besides, even in government this is apples to oranges. While bus drivers do indeed work part time, their work schedule makes it virtually impossible to hold a full time job. And they are working a heck of a lot more than 10.5 hours per week. Legislators, on the other hand, can schedule their obligations in such a way that they typically hold full time jobs.
  25. County Legislature Pay And Benefits

    Actually the school district offers part time bus drivers the same benefits as full time employees. They also have a buy out if they opt to not take it. Giving them $1,500 or 2,000 is cheaper than the cost of them having the benefits. Pay a little now to save a lot later.
  26. Working the Bees

    Still nothing has dropped. We had a bear cruise through the neighborhood. He dragged off a couple of boxes which had crystallized honey from last fall. I left them out for the bees to clean up, so the frames were pretty much empty, Looks like it tore off some comb, but no damage at all. The funny thing is it walked right by 6 boxes filled with honey I pulled last week. Contrary to popular opinion, and Winnie, I don't think bears really care for honey. When they have hit my hives they eat all of the brood and mostly leave the honey alone. Paleo diets?
  27. County Legislature Pay And Benefits

    I'm fine with the pay, but the cadillac health insurance for a part time job? That is totally unwarranted. And then they want to increase their kick back if they opt out? How about they benchmark private business practices around these benefits? Show me one private business which provides $20k health insurance policy for a part time worker. As far as opt outs, I work for a Fortune 500 company and they don't pay you if you opt out. It's a benefit, not a right. If they don't like the thought of losing their benefits, then they can resign. Other people who care more about helping the community than themselves would step up.
  28. County Legislature Pay And Benefits

    Well, it is a pretty "paltry" salary. I'll give one of them credit, he ends up giving some of it back to the community in various ways.
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