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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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  1. Erin Wood Festival

    Details TBA
  2. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/306778023305183/
  3. Hatching chicks 2019

    I've heard the newer forced air are better than those old Styrofoam ones like I used to have. You'll have to post pics as the big day unfolds ( from through the little window of course ).
  4. What is going in?

    Harbor Freight is what I've heard. https://www.harborfreight.com Haven't heard anything.
  5. There was a show on on one of the educational channels ( back when they had actual educational material ) and they mentioned the planetary positioning as well. I though it was Jupiter in the constellation Aries, which could be interpreted as the birth of a king. But it's been a while, so I could be remembering incorrectly.
  6. Was There a Star of Bethlehem? An Astronomer Presents the Evidence. Christmas is over, right? Or so many of us think. But before the Christmas season ran from Thanksgiving to December 25th, as it does today, the first few days of January were a major part of the Christmas celebration. The “Twelve Days of Christmas” officially end on January 6th, or Epiphany, the day on which the Magi’s visitation to the Christ child is recognized. The Magi, it is reported, were men from a country lying east of Israel. Well-learned, these men likely had a background in astronomy, astrology, or other scholarly areas. According to the biblical account of Jesus’ birth, they followed a star in the sky to Jerusalem, and eventually Bethlehem, where they found the young child Jesus and presented him with costly gifts. For many, such an account sounds like a grand fairy story: wealthy men following a fantastical sign to find an impoverished baby and shower him with gifts. But is there any evidence for this account? Or to be more specific, is there evidence of a special star that these wise men could have followed? Astronomer and chairman of the New York-based American Museum-Hayden Planetarium, Dr. Franklyn Branley, addressed this question in a 1966 lecture. According to Branley, there are several theories about the Star of Bethlehem that don’t have a lot of evidence to back them up. He believes that the Star of Bethlehem was: Not a Meteor. According to Dr. Branley, the meteor theory is unlikely because meteors are short-lived and burn up quickly. Had the Star of Bethlehem been a meteor, it would have disappeared from view before the Magi had time to pack up and follow it. Not a Comet. As Dr. Branley explains, comets move in predictable patterns in the same manner as planets. As a result, scientists can go back thousands of years and see when a particular comet would have appeared in the sky. No major comets were visible around the time which historical sources recognize as the likely year of Christ’s birth. Not a Nova. As with comets, novas – or new stars – can be traced throughout history. Although Johannes Kepler believed the Star of Bethlehem was a nova, past records of novas don’t align with the years near Christ’s birth. So what was the Star of Bethlehem? The possibility of a miracle is always there, Dr. Branley suggests, but there is another pool of decent scientific or astronomical evidence to explain the Star of Bethlehem phenomenon. Relying on both historical and archaeological records, Branley believes it likely that “Jesus was born sometime between 8 B.C. and 4 B.C. – probably in the year 6 B.C.” Based on these dates, Branley unearths the following details: “The tables of motions and positions of planets show that there were three planets in the evening skies in the fall and winter of 7 B.C. continuing into the spring of 6 B.C., and that these planets moved closer together as the months went by. The planets were Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Saturn was in the constellation of Pisces, the fishes. Jupiter was a bit below and to the north. Mars was much lower and toward the south.” Branley continues: "As the winter of 7 B.C. and the early months of 6 B.C. passed, the three planets moved closer and closer together, and in the late winter and early spring they formed a small triangle in the constellation Pisces. However, the triangle could not be easily seen because the planets were low in the western sky, and they set beneath the horizon before full darkness came. But the Magi were astrologers and knew about the positions and motions of planets. They knew that the three planets were in a constellation where centuries earlier, according to Jewish rabbis, planets had appeared three years previous to the birth of Moses, the prophet who was to return the Israelites out of Egypt to the eastern borders of the Promised Land. Pisces was therefore considered the national constellation of the Jews as well as a tribal symbol. It may have been a sign to the Magi that an event of great importance was occurring in the land of the Jews, and the three planets, close together in Pisces, may have been the Star of Bethlehem that the Wise Men followed to the manger.” As mentioned above, it’s often easy to dismiss ancient writings and accounts as farfetched or fantasy-filled, far below today’s society built on cold, hard, scientific facts. But Branley’s theory about the Star of Bethlehem has interesting scientific and historical backing. Is it possible that there really was a magnificent star which led a few learned men so many years ago to worship a Bethlehem baby destined for greatness? -- This post Was There a Star of Bethlehem? An Astronomer Presents the Evidence. was originally published on Intellectual Takeout by Annie Holmquist.
  7. Woodstock 50th Coming To Watkins Glen

    I think the estimated dollar number I heard on the news last night was 35-50 million dollars coming in to the area. It could be even more, I'd bet. Chemung County should be looking for every which way to capitalize on this as they can.
  8. Senior Social Hour

  9. Woodstock 50th Coming To Watkins Glen

    They are trying to get those who were there to come. But according to what I've read, they're having trouble with Crosby, Stills and Nash. As for those no longer alive, they're looking at doing tributes with current artists. There is that. But it sounds like they're trying to make sure the generation who was actually there, whether they remember it or not, to come as well as the younger generations. I remember watching '99 on tv. What a shit show. And a co-worker at the time who was there said it was ridiculous.
  10. You can see more about this in the Regional section. Open discussion about what this means for the area ( other than a TON of tourist money coming in ). Also, who would you like to see there?
  11. Sears

    If, in 20 years, someone were to ask "What happened to Sears and other big box stores?" today would serve as "Exhibit A". I just happened to be up there to meet some friends for lunch and decided to see about getting some thermal underwear. There was one register open, and she was dealing with a return that was going through a credit card machine. So you know that wasn't going swimmingly. After standing there a while with somewhere to be, I said "screw it", and left empty handed. I understand it doesn't make financial sense to have all the registers manned when it's not busy. But it seems to me there should be someone working the floor, tidying up stock, and at least be available for when someone at a register gets bogged down like today. Then people can buy product, making the company money. Not filing bankruptcy.
  12. The City Manager and Elmira City Council will be holding a Budget Workshop to discuss the Capital Budget and the Operating Budget on Thursday, January 10th, from 1:00PM-4:00PM in the Law Library. The meeting is open to the public, but the public will not be allowed to make comments at this time.
  13. Chemung County Fair Begins

  14. The Elmira City School District is pleased to present a free “Cyber Safety Tips for All Parents” scheduled for Thursday January 17, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. This event was previously scheduled for November 15th but was rescheduled due to winter weather closings. Are you a Cyber Safe parent? The program will include online safety tips in many different online environments including internet, social media and gaming. Law enforcement partners will also participate in the event and will offer insight into the legal ramifications of online behaviors. Select students will also weigh-in on the many online platforms, challenges and games they see their peers spending time. As parents, we are navigating unchartered territory when it comes to raising children in the digital age. From cyberbullying to gaming with global competitors, it is critical that we not only supervise where our children are spending time online but also protect them when online. But where do you even begin? Join the Elmira City School District teachers, students, gaming experts and law enforcement for this free event to learn more about online safety tips. Event Details · Cyber Safety Tips for All Parents | Free Event · New Date! Thursday, January 17, 2019 · 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. · Location: Ernie Davis Academy (933 Hoffman Street, Elmira NY) Offering adult education is part of the Community Schools model and this event helps advance the Elmira City School District’s vision of engaging our community in a meaningful way.
  15. Goodreads.com Challenge

    I don't know if anyone else uses it, but goodreads.com is a pretty cool site and app where you can track what books you've read, connect with other fellow readers as well as authors as well ass get recommendations for you to read. There's also the Reading Challenge where at the beginning of the year you set a number of books you want to read for the year. Then as you finish books you add them to the list. So you're kind of competing with yourself and it's as fun way to make sure you're reading instead of getting list in social media rabbit holes. I usually keep it around 40 books to be realistic, but almost always come in around 50. So this year my goal is 52 books, one book a week. I think you're allowed to count if you reread a book, but I only count new books. Does anyone else do this challenge or something like it?