The new executive director of the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, Abby Hendrickson, takes the reigns and speaks on this week's edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up.

As she takes over from long-time director, Margaret, Pokey, Crocker, we playfully gave the new direct the new name: Abby, "Speedy" Hendrickson.

Hendrickson says she has many similarities with Pokey Crocker, including working for a time at the Tioga Council of the Arts.

Hendrickson says she is in the process of feeling out all aspects of administration, operations and displays at the Discovery Center.

Hours, admission prices and information on special programs can be found at the Discovery Center website: www.thediscoverycenter.org.

Southern Tier Close Up can be heard Sunday at 6am on 99.1 The Whale.