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Rochester history.

Here in Rochester, many famed industries were started as many of you know. One of them being Bausch & Lomb. It’s founders both lived here.
On Memorial day in 1932 a monument was constructed and dedicated for Henry Lomb honoring his service in the American Civil War. Lomb served as a sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. The monument sets in a meridian on Upper Falls Blvd and St. Paul street in front of the original Bausch & Lomb plant.
For over 30 years the lights were turned off for unknown reasons. But recently, just last Monday (Memorial day) thanks to donations from local merchants, the lights were back on.
It’s nice to see history continually honored as it should be.


Sunday Gospel: Couldn’t Take It Any Longer

In honor of Mother’s Day, from her album, Gospel Originals, here is Couldn’t Take It Any Longer, written and performed by Sharon L. Hollifield (Mom).

Monday’s weather in Rochester!

Right now it’s 52 in Rochester with a mix of mild rain. We’re looking at a low of 34 tonight with a possible mix of snow.Snapshot 2 (4-11-2016 2-35 PM)

Kernels – March 14, 2016

Daily recap of headlines & current events with a bit of opinion
Daily recap of headlines & current events with a bit of opinion

Welcome to another edition of Kernels From the Cornfield – No Husks, No Hulls, No Shucks!

News with a dash of commentary to spice up your fare for Monday, March 14th, 2016.

1. State of the Race – Flying fists, heated talk, arrests, shutting down events, charges and counter-charges about sums it up as five states vote on Tuesday.

Most important are the winner-take-all-states of Florida and Ohio for Republicans.

Will Marco Rubio survive?

Will John Kashich deny Donald Trump the must-win in the Buckeye State?

Will Ted Cruz keep cruising along?

Will Bernie Sanders one or two more Rust Belt states capturing either or both Illinois and Ohio?

Will Hillary Clinton remain the inevitable nominee of the Democrats?

By the way, Donald it is time to own up – yes, there have been people hurt at your rallies.

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2. Putin Partially Pulls Out – Reportedly Russian President Vladimir Putin decided he does not want to keep playing with fire in the ancient nation of Syria.

Reports are that the Russian strongman is ordering troops out of Syria, which has been bogged down for more than half a decade in civil war.

AFP reports:

The task that was set before our defence ministry and armed forces has as a whole been completed and so I order the defence ministry to from tomorrow start the withdrawal of the main part of our military contingents from the Syrian Arab Republic,” Putin told Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in televised comments.

Meanwhile peace talks, or at least a truce, have racheted up in Geneva, Switzerland among the powers-that-be, rebels and the Syrian government.

3. Fatal Ambush – A Maryland police officer was killed when a man attacked a police station on Friday.

Three brothers have been arrested in the attack. The gunman is reported to have “intended to die during a gun battle with police,” according to the police department.

An eyewitness told The Washington Post (

He fired one shot, and then he started pacing back and forth, then fired another shot,” said Lascelles Grant, a nurse. Police then poured out of the station, she said. “Just looking outside, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, look at all these police officers running out, putting their lives really in danger.’

4. Derailed! – An Amtrak train bound for Chicago derailed in Kansas, injuring 32 passengers. By noon 29 of the injured had been released from the hospital.

Seven cars left the track in southwestern Kansas early this morning.

The Associated Press reported that a U.S. government official who asked not to be named said an engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail ahead and hit the emergency brakes before the train derailed.

5. DeVry Suspended – The Veterans Administration has pulled the rug on DeVry University.

The school may longer participate n a program that identifies schools doing a good job of serving former troops, in light of a federal lawsuit accusing the for-profit chain of misleading consumers about the employment and earnings of its graduates in advertisements.

More on this story:

6. Severe Weather for Primaries – The threat of severe thunderstorms may dampen voters going to the polls in the Midwest on Tuesday.

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7. CO2 Spikes – Scientists are reporting that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased dramatically in 2015.


The details:

8. Undercover in the Cornfield – There is a new show on A&E which was filmed inside an actual Indiana county jail with seven innocent people going undercover.

The show has already begun to produce changes and even led to arrests in the county on the north side of the Ohio River across from Louisville, Kentucky.

For more info:

9. Job Opening! – The latest craze and job opening is turtle walker. I kid you not.

Dog walking is yesterday’s news. It all about the tortoise these days.


Get the details here:

10. Cutting Risk – Staying active, according to a new study, can cut the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 50%.

Any type of physical activity that burns calories — from jogging to gardening to walking to dancing — is associated with more gray matter in the brain,” said lead researcher Dr. Cyrus Raji. He is a postdoctoral researcher in radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The most important thing is that it’s regular,” Raji said.

The full skivvy:

That’s what caught my attention this Monday, March 14th, 2016.

Tune in Monday for another edition of Kernels From The Cornfield.

I am Mark Ivy
Good day!

From Rochester!

Good morning everyone! Right now in Rochester it’s 18 degrees, a bit chilly. We have a freezing rain warning in until 3 this afternoon. Next week, Wed./Thur., we might be visited by another storm. We don’t have any hard confirmation at this time, and it may bypass us. Have a great Friday!

Governor’s alert, New York state.
Here’s the Governors alert about the great storm upcoming. Here in the upstate, Rochester, we ave a bit on the ground. Temperatures in the mid 20’s, but no blast of the storm yet. I hope not!

Rochester weather!

It’s currently 18 degrees. We had a few mini flurries, light dusting, but no snow on the ground as of yet. Have a great day everyone!

CNN Signals Curtain Call on ‘Citizen Journalism’?

It was exactly one year ago today when I penned the following article.
How prescient this article was I did not know at the time. Yet one year later we have the answer to the question posed in the title.
The  start of a new year often signals the start of new ideas, new programs,  new web site designs. Such is the case of international news giant CNN.
Over  the weekend, the network launched a new web design. The design is  ascetically appealing. It seems geared toward our more mobile-dependent  society.
The design also appears to have signaled a turn in CNN’s experiement with “citizen journalism”.
Where  once the network’s user community, iReport, was prominently displayed  with a link on the top banner, the ability to easily identify and locate  the user submissions of articles, images and opinions is mch more  difficult. Buried at the very bottom is a link. You can also click on  “Opinions” to find a link.
For  members of the community there has been much frustration. Another issue  is having to constantly sign in when navigating the site.
Over  the past year, there has been less interaction from Team iReport and  the community at large. Where once there was a weekly roundtable it  devolved to monthly to being non-existant in the past year.
The  activity on iReport, for the uninformed, may be best described as  submissions to a local newspaper “Lifestyle” section and “Letters to the  Editor”. On occasion users also submit “breaking news” when being in  the right place at the right time to capture images or videos of local  news which had national or international impact.
The  community is a type of social network geared toward what is called  “citizen journalism”. It is not journalism in the traditional sense. It  is the users’ take on the news.
Submissions  deemed “approved” or “vetted” by the Team have been part of the fare  offered up to fill gaps in programming on CNN International. At times  those images, videos or even commentary have made the way onto the US  market of the news giant.
I  am one of those iReport community members who have been fortunate  enough to have been interviewed on CNN and on HLN, the network’s sister  channel. What led to those interviews were my political opinion reports  on iReport.
Over  the last year and a half or so since the 2012 presidential election,  interaction with the community seems to have become less and less. While  I have continued to have a very good relationship with the Team, not  all iReporters have been so pleased.
Along  with the new web design rollout, the new year brought the departure of  iReport Community leader, Katie Garr-Hawkins. Katie has moved on to  another venture in Florida and not with CNN.  This had many in the  community wondering last month about what would happen with iReport.
With  the web design and the difficulty in locating iReport, members are now  asking if CNN is signalling that its experiment is over.
With the 2016 presidential run soon to start in earnest, will CNN rethink its position on iReport?
Will CNN later in the year close the doors on the community?
From the Cornfield, so many questions and no answers at this juncture.
If  the site layout is an indication along with the lack of communication  between the community and Team iReport, are we seeing the end of a  short-lived era of active user participation on CNN?

Mr. Snowman, he’s nervous!

Mr. Snowman is getting nervous. Due to the weather, he feels he may not be here to celebrate with Mark and the worldwide bureaus. He feels he might just melt away. He’s been hitting the bottle lately due to depression. As of this interview with him, it’s 48 degrees.