Elmira Ny ~ Alexander Eustace House ~ Historical House by Onasill ~ Bill Badzo
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The Alexander Eustace house was built in 1886 for lawyer Alexander Eustace, who served several positions in Chemung County, such as the Chemung County clerk, served as a member of the state Civil Service Commission, and was also the head of the state tax departmen


Elmira Ny ~ John Brand Jr. House ~ Historical Queen Anne House by Onasill ~ Bill Badzo
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John Brand Jr. House is a historic home located at Elmira in Chemung County, New York. It was built in 1890 and is a large 2 1⁄2-story, Queen Anne–style dwelling. It features a large scale Palladian window on the west gable end. NRHP

Two New Teams Added To Outsider Poetry Slam League

At a Saturday press conference National Outsider Poetry Slam Federation chairman Skip Wingo announced two more cities had been accepted into the fledgling slam poetry league, the Chemung Shamans and the Sheboygan Syllabists.

This brings to five the number of teams already accepted into the league, with another 19 expected to pass the vetting process of Dr. Henry Wolfsburg in the next few weeks. Competition will begin in May, and a National Outsider Poetry Slam Championship has been booked into Madison Square Garden the weekend before The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Ekphrasia of the Chemung Shamans Outsider Poetry team. The Chemung Shamans have been made a prohibitive early favorite by the Las Vegas books due to having 2015 National Outsider Poetry Slam champion Ekphrasia on their roster. The citizens of Chemung were as surprised as anyone that she has been a lifelong citizen. 

Teams consist of seven slammers who read three poems that are judged by an expert panel on originality, performance, and heaviness. The team with the highest cumulative score wins. There will be eight weeks of head to head competition culminating in the round robin double elimination tournament in New York, The Slammie Cup will be awarded to the winning city by celebrity emcee Funky Bunch Wahlberg.

The five teams already confirmed for the 2016 season are The Chemung Shamans, The Rancho Cucamonga Kookamungas, The Kokoma Oralists, The Sheboygan Syllablists, and Padukah Page Poets. 

There are plans for ome of the matches to be televised on TruCrime Network.


This is the Huron spring at the end of the Forbidden Trail… Once upon a time there was a plaque on the rock commissioned by the DAR in 1927telling the story…

It was lost in the woods, hidden for a generation and overlooked. Some nice people who retained this secret decided to give it back a few years ago and it was promptly destroyed and abandoned like a new ball in the monkey enclosure at the zoo…

There are goldfish in the cistern…and they are beautiful… To get out here is like riding a cyclocross course laid out by trolls in the employ of the brothers Grim…

If you go, go for the fish, I’m sure they know secrets and would be happy for the conversation…. 

Another Thursday, Another Museum Nite

The goal tonite was to replace a fill tower in the 2nd floor bathroom. The staff has been without this toilet for months and the County (who is supposed to fix it) has ignored them.

I’ve changed a good half dozen of these things. It’s easy and they are cheap so voilà.


If I can re-install the priceless, I can also handle the mundane.