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Oral history project documents glassmaking in Corning

CORNING – Funded by a grant from The History Channel, a group of Corning students have spent much of the past year interviewing key figures and creating a documentary on the fascinating history of the city’s glass industry.

The oral history project, titled “Stories from the Crystal City,” was screened last Friday at the Corning Museum of Glass. The studentsdiscussed the project, and there was a display of related photographs.

The project began last summer, when the Corning Museum of Glass’ Rakow Research Library received an $8,500 grant from The History Channel.

The grant program is intended to “inspire and motivate local communities to learn about and take an active role in the preservation of their past through projects involving artifacts, oral histories, sites, museums or landmarks that exist in our own neighborhoods,” according to The History Channel.

Students at the High School Learning Center at Corning Community College did a lot of background research at the library, Brumagen said. They studied  Corning’s history and toured the glass museum and the Steuben Glass factory.

Then they conducted interviews with key figures who talked about Corning’s glass industry in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

The students taped about 15 hours of footage, which they whittled down to a 35-minute documentary.

“The glass industry was such a huge influence on a lot of things, and I never fully realized it before,” said student Devon Ayers, who composed the soundtrack and did the narration.

The documentary also covers the glass industry’s impact on the workers, their families and the city over the years, and vice versa.

The group hopes to make arrangements with WYDC Big Fox to air the documentary, and with The Palace Theatre on Corning’s Market Street for a possible screening. Also, there are plans to present the documentary to history classes in local middle schools beginning next fall.

Preliminary findings in Sweden plane crash released

SWEDEN – According to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Cessna 172 plane damaged in a crash on Sunday, June 1 started to shake and then lost power at an altitude of 1,600 feet. The plane, carrying flight instructor Davy Merritt and student Benjamin Bruce of Gates was damaged and both passengers were seriously injured when the plane crashed in a Sweden field earlier this month.

According to preliminary findings in a report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the student pilot performed a preflight inspection prior to takeoff and observed six gallons in each of the two fuel tanks. After departing Ledgedale Airpark in Brockport, the two men practiced touch and go landings. After about an hour in the air, the plane began to experience problems on the return flight to Brockport.

The flight instructor performed a forced landing in a field, during which the airplane struck trees and came to rest 150 feet from the tree line, the report states. An inspection after the crash showed there was one galllon of fuel in both the right and left tank, and there was no indication of a fuel leak.

Merritt is in guarded condition in the intensive care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. Bruce has been discharged from the hospital.

Missing teen found in W. Virginia

CANANDAIGUA – The Canandaigua Academy student and athlete reported missing Friday by his parents was located in Charleston, W. Va. on Sunday, according to Ontario County sheriff’s deputies.

Brian Lustick, 17, of 4945 Wyffels Road, was found just two days after police located the vehicle Lustick was driving, a gray 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe, in Charleston.

Lustick had last been seen at the Sunoco gas station at the corner of Main and Parrish streets in Canandaigua. He reportedly left home between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Friday, deputies said.

According to Lt. William Gallagher, Lustick’s parents were to travel to West Virginia to pick up their son. He did not know if they had done so by this morning.