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Hamlin’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)/Prisoner of War (POW) site is one of only 377 WWII Prisoner of War Branch Camp sites in the US and is the second largest German POW camp in Western NY. One of the top ten historical sites of its kind in the country, the campsite is on part of Hamlin Beach State Park, located East of the Southern park entrance behind an old farmhous Read moreHistoric Stories That Need to Be Told about Hamlin’s CCC/POW Camp

Sarah Wilhelm has been the 4-H Resource Educator in Ontario County since June 2019, but she began her 4-H journey at age 14. She says, “I was just a horse-crazy kid who wanted to show at the State Fair.” To do so, Sarah’s parents signed her up for 4-H, knowing nothing more about 4-H other than horse showing. Once in the program, Sarah learned all of the other aspects and opportunities that were involved. Read moreHorse-Crazy Kid to Youth Ambassador: Spotlight on Sarah Wilhelm, Ontario County 4-H Resource Educator

It’s almost Spring, and many young adults are getting ready to celebrate the time of year they will remember for a lifetime. Prom is an essential rite of passage for many American youths, but for countless teens, this important transition to adulthood is out of reach due to poverty.  Many low-income families today find the accessibility of incorporating an affordable dress, shoes, and accessories into their everyday budget as likely as a real-life Cinderella attending the ball after meeting her fairy Godmother.  Read moreSomething Magical is in the Air: Fairy Godmothers of Rochester is at Marketplace Mall through March

The minimum income required for a family to cover basic expenses (food, housing, transportation, health care, and childcare) is much higher than the federal poverty line, and it’s also higher than what an individual working full-time at minimum wage makes. Salaries of half of all women-headed households are insufficient to cover basic necessities.  Read moreWomen’s Foundation Encourages Community Support

Each year since 1973, Christians from Wayland and surrounding areas celebrate Easter by symbolically retracing the steps Jesus took to his crucifixion on Calvary. Midday Good Friday each year, residents meet at the Wayland Town Hall to begin the 2-1/2 mile trek to and then up Selbig Hill, renamed Calvary for the occasion.  Read moreWayland Celebrates 50 Years of their iconic Way of the Cross Walk

Local artist, Sandra Ann McDannel, 61, has had quite an artistic life. A child of two public school art teachers, she graduated Cum Laude with an ASS degree in graphic art from Finger Lakes Community College, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Fine Art Printmaking from Buffalo State University, and then earned an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Cincinnati.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

We can all dream, especially with talk of a current and/or pending recession. If you received an extra $10,000 with no strings attached, what would you do with the money?

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