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Ways to Support Our Small Businesses During the Pandemic

       Small businesses have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 and into the start of 2021. As the COVID-19 pandemic wore on throughout the year, small businesses continued to confront the economic fallout wrought by the virus. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the number of active business owners in the United States plummeted by 22 percent in the early stages of the pandemic.

Community  //  February 2021
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New Little Free Library in Chili

       Please come visit our “little library,” and “take a book and share a book.” The shelves are marked with fiction, nonfiction, young teen and children's books. We look forward to having you visit! The Chili Free Little Library is at First Presbyterian Church of Chili, 3600 Chili Avenue.

Community  //  February 2021
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01.01.21 hearts for the homeless red donation bin

Hearts for the Homeless Celebrates 30 Years on Christmas Eve

      At some point, you have probably dropped gently used clothing into one of those little red donation bins found across Western New York and reaching nearly to Syracuse. Perhaps like me, you are simply glad your clothing, shoes, and blankets are going to good use, but do you know where your donated items are going? You might be surprised!

Community  //  January 2021
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COVID Can’t Stop Them from Making Spirits Bright!

      For many, the holiday season is filled with family and plenty. For others, however, these thoughts are anxious. Families are wondering if they will be able to afford warm coats and boots, let alone presents, for their children. Jamie Buss and Colleen Bedford of Making Spirits Bright are doing all they can to make sure these families have their needs met – and a little something extra –
this Christmas.


Community  //  January 2021
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Healthy Resolutions That Are Easy To Keep

      The dawn of a new year is a great time to take stock of the year that just passed and set goals for the next 12 months. Resolutions focused on improving personal health are especially popular, and for good reason. Improving one’s overall health can have positive implications for years to come. Even with the best intentions, resolutions have historically proven hard to keep. Simplifying health-based resolutions can lead to a higher success rate and a healthier you. 

Community  //  December 2020
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How Helping Others Helps You

   Personal growth is at the heart of many New Year's resolutions. Few paths to positive personal growth are more noble than resolving to help others through increased acts of generosity and kindness.

Community  //  December 2020
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Explore Your Local Community

   Children learn from exploring the world around them. Visiting shops, restaurants, and other businesses in your neighborhood can help your child understand how things work and what people do. It can also be a great way to meet neighbors. Try these suggestions to turn small errands into learning opportunities. Grace, a local 4-year-old shares some of her favorite places to explore in the community!

Community  //  August 2020
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