VESTAL (WBNG) — The Kopernik Observatory has been working for years to bring a brand new science park to its site and now it’s finally here. “For us it’s and what really Kopernik is all about is helping people understand, how does the world work? I think people are so used to their cell phones and their TVs or whatever computers working, but what makes it work? And getting kids to start asking those questions, how does this work? Why does it work? What might I be able to do to make it even better?” Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur said the entire project took about 6 years in conjunction with the Junior League of Binghamton. The park is full of all kinds of exhibits to play on including for climbing, sliding and swinging. It’s no ordinary playground, however, when you’re playing on structures there are corresponding signs with QR codes that you can scan on your phone. When you scan a code, a little science lesson pops up that has to do with the structure that you’re playing on. Funding for the project came from private individuals, local and nationwide foundations and state funding. There were quite a few hiccups along the way including the pandemic, but now he’s just happy the park is complete. The obervatory hopes to have a grand opening come the spring, but is currently open to explore and play on. Staff at the observatory ask that if there’s another group at the park with you that you wear a mask. As for what he hopes the new addition provides, Deskur said:
Victor Gloyd Lee Lohrum, age 90, of Milan passed away on Monday, August 10, 2020 at The Waters of Dillsboro. He was born on October 30, 1929 to the late Albert Sr. and Eunice (Elrod) Lohrum in Elrod, Indiana.He grew up along with his brothers and sisters in Elrod and was a graduate of the Class of 1948 from Versailles High School. Shortly after graduation, he entered the United States Army and served two years. He was then asked to return for 2 more years, teaching assembly and rebuilding of small arms and weapons.During his 2nd tenure in the Army, he was stationed in Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland where he met Bernadette Marie Schmidt. They were united in marriage on October 6, 1952 and spent the rest of their years together outside of Elrod until her death in 2004.When they returned home, Vic went to work for the Jefferson Proving Grounds as a weapons tester. His job included testing weapons from tank mines to mortars. He spent several years working in different capacities for the government before retiring in 1986. Additionally, Vic also worked a couple years as an attendant for the Versailles State Park.He is survived by daughter Vincine “Susie” Felix, granddaughter Dana (Jim) Roark, great grandson David Victor“DJ” Brook, as well as sisters Linda Bruce and Alice Mathias. He was preceded in death by his wife Bernadette, son Dan Lohrum, his parents, and brothers Albert Jr., John Lohrum Sr., and Carol “Buz” Lohrum.A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 13 from 4-7 pm at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 14 at 10:00 am, also at the funeral home. Memorials can be given to the Washington Baptist Cemetery fund. Online condolences can be placed at Nealsfuneralhome.net. In accordance with state mandates, mask and social distancing will be enforced.