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Hometown stories can be about people, places or events from our community and include a photo. We select the best stories to run in our publications each week.

A true daughter of the American Revolution, Emily Parmely Collins was born on August 11, 1814 in Bristol, NY (now South Bristol) and lived there for 40 years. Her father, James, initially served in the Revolutionary War as a drummer boy. Later as a soldier, he helped evacuate New York with Washington’s troops, fought at the battle of Trenton and skirmishes along the Delaware River, and survived Valley Forge. It is not surprising that his spitfire of a daughter, the youngest of eleven, would become one of the country’s first suffragists. Read moreEmily Parmely Collins: Suffragist who Started First Women’s Equality Club in America Hailed from S. Bristol

At the House of John, a comfort care home on Spring Street in Clifton Springs, staff and volunteers work hard to provide physical care, emotional support, and spiritual sustenance as its terminally diagnosed residents approach the end of their lives. September 2023 marks 30 years the House of John has helped 786+ residents and their families.  Read moreNeighbors Caring for Neighbors: House of John Nears 30 Years Caring for the Community

Etched on a sentry box wall in Gibraltar, this passage often resounded in me as I thought of my brother’s unheralded return from Vietnam in the 60s. His surprise arrival late one night brought joy after a very long eighteen months away. It also reminded me that my mother’s family still awaited closure on their son who was listed missing in action (MIA) in WWII, then officially declared dead. The lack of a burial, a ceremony, a closure, lingered years later. My mom often said that her brother’s death allowed her non-English speaking immigrant parents to afford to buy a farm outside the Buffalo area. Little did she know that their escape from memories of their neighborhood home would keep the mystery of his death.  Read moreNever Forgotten

When waiting for an appointment the other day, I saw a squat book sticking out above the typical short-attention-span magazines: 14,000 Things to Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipper. The unassuming white cover with huge black serif font intrigued me. I flipped through it initially, thinking what on earth are these seemingly random blips of human experience? My practitioner called me in, so I had to put down the book, but it stuck with me. Read moreWhat Makes Us Happy

I like asking Would You Rather questions with friends and family. Yes, it’s one of my quirks. My interest likely originally rose from reading the Dr. Seuss book Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog? to my girls so many times over the years. My youngest is now eleven, so it’s been quite a while since the last time I read it out loud, but the mere mention of it still tosses lines/pages around my brain. Read moreWould You Rather Ponder Life’s Big Questions

Last year when the George Eastman Museum unveiled the bronze, life-sized sculpture of Fairport native and famed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in May, its future in Rochester was unclear. The sculpture was crafted by David Annand and commissioned by film producer James Declan Tobin with funding provided by the Sumner Roy Kates Charitable Trust.  Read moreHoffman sculpture receives warm welcome from the Flower City at Dryden Theatre

On Friday, February 17th, students in sixth grade as well as several clubs and student organizations celebrated the accomplishments of historic and contemporary Black individuals throughout the day of learning. Highlights included a demonstration from special guests, pianist and composer Timothy Digba Ogunbiyi and dancer/choreographer Solange Rodrigues, followed by a group presentation by Byron-Bergen High School students Dayanara Caballero, Deborah Catalino, Malachi Smith, Roman Smith, Solomon Smith, Joshua Tardy, and Ava Wagoner. 

Enter the Livingston County historian’s office in Mt. Morris and chances are you’ll see the friendly face of Holly Watson, County Historian since May 2022 and Deputy Historian for the previous ten years. Watson loves what she does and it shows. When I first inquired with her about the Livingston County Heritage Tours for the County Business Directory, Watson was quick to assist and offer suggestions to lead me in a solid direction. 

The search is on. In February for the past three years, the Verona Street Animal Society (184 Verona Street, Rochester, NY) crowns a new Roc Top Pet in the Greater Rochester Area. It’s fun and raises money for a great cause for pets in need.

Scrawled across plaques on living room walls or filling displays at design inspiration studios, this adage makes us feel all warm and cozy. We may envision stereotypes of colonial style architecture, contrasting shutters, maybe a picket fence and a walkway, the western nuclear family with its 2.5 children (whatever that means anyway), and we feel “at home.” Or if we don’t feel at home, we have been conditioned to think we should feel at home with such stereotypes.

I met Mike Kaupa some 17 years ago on my first day of middle school band practice at The Harley School. As a timid flute player with high levels of social anxiety, I couldn’t have imagined a kinder, more encouraging band instructor than Mr. Kaupa. While my days playing the flute are long gone, Mike has had a lasting impact on me, my older brother, and countless others as a teacher and as an impeccable, world-renowned jazz musician over the past 40+ years.

Most people may think a small thing cannot significantly change the world. However, when Tom Ferraro received a request for a food donation from the Thomas’ English Muffins warehouse manager in 1978, he took the seemingly insignificant muffins and created something incredible: the organization now known as Foodlink.

On February 3rd, the Food Cupboard of the First Presbyterian Church of Chili received a very generous donation from the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Benefit Fund.  This donation was presented to us …

When my kids were growing up, we often visited Springdale Farm (700 Colby Street in Spencerport). It is an excellent place to bring rambunctious children. The fresh air and live animals brighten any day. In my younger days, I enjoyed my grandpa’s farm, especially the pigs, so when I discovered Springdale Farm with my own children, I was delighted.

Over the past century, as the forests of the Bristol Hills regrew following the extensive land clearing and logging of the 1800s, some of the region’s more uncommon wildlife – bear, bobcat, and fisher – have made a noticeable come back. These and other changes in the populations of both wild game and their predators will be the subject of a free lecture at 11a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at United Church of Bristol.

Growing up in Texas during the 1970s was a bucolic experience that brings back fond memories of horned toads and hot roads. I can easily conjure up the deep plum colors of the Bluebonnets that…

Pet Pride Cat Sanctuary & Adoption Center, a no-kill sanctuary for cats on Route 251 in Victor, opened its expanded facility on January 21, 2023, with lots of space for cats to roam, play, and socialize with feline and human friends. Pet Pride is always open for visitors to socialize the cats, playing with them throughout the space and giving them lots of love and attention.

The Empire State showed it cares for animal shelters. Last November, Governor Hochul included the Companion Animal Capitol Fund in her proposed executive fiscal budget for 2023. This unprecedented move showed Hochul and the state recognize the capacity strain pet shelters have endured in recent years, and they commit to providing safe housing for abandoned dogs and cats awaiting adoption.

Did you grow up on a farm? Or perhaps a ranch? I did not.  But I’ve known farmers, and their children, and a few ranchers.  One of their common traits is their extraordinary work ethic. Incomp…