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5 Hobbies to Keep Your Body + Mind Healthy and Happy

      As the pandemic continues to restrict many of the places you are able or inclined to go, finding ways to stay active is important for keeping the body and mind healthy and happy. Here are some ideas for new hobbies to try.

Family  //  March 2021
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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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How to Choose the Right Lighting

      Lighting in a home serves both practical and aesthetic purposes. It’s easy to maneuver around a well-lit home, reducing the risk of slips and falls, and the right lighting can help homeowners create their desired ambiance, which typically changes depending on which room you’re in. When choosing lighting for their homes, homeowners must walk a fine line between appearance and functionality. A fixture in the foyer that instantly impresses visitors likely won’t prove as awe-inspiring if it’s installed in the living room. When choosing lighting for a home, some general rules about what works in each room can help homeowners make the most informed decision.

For the Home  //  February 2021
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Perfect Pizza for The Big Game
Speck and Arugula Pizza

      Make this delicious meal for your guests, whether you serve it at a home or tailgate party.

Food & Drink  //  February 2021
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Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

      Make these easy and delicious Loaded Sweet Potato Fries right at your house in just 25 minutes. Add in our creamy chipotle sauce and you're good to go! 

Food & Drink  //  February 2021
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And Baby Makes Three: Career,  Marriage & Family

      A husband at the office, a wife at home, one house, two cars, and 2.5 kids: for decades, this image defined the ideal family. While it is still a viable option, recent decades have brought us many exciting options.
 Today, two parents who work outside the home must navigate both a successful career and the development of well-balanced children. Can it be done? One Buffalo family answers, “Yes!”

Family  //  January 2021
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5 Pandemic Habits Worth Saving

      2020 was an understatedly difficult year, and many of us were not sorry to see it go. The pandemic changed the way we work, the way we spend our leisure time, the way we connect with our loved ones and much more. While the majority will likely be happy to leave those changes behind, there are at least a handful of new habits worth holding on to.

Family  //  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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A Festive Table on a Dime

      Presentation is king when it comes to setting a memorable holiday table, and it needn’t be daunting or expensive. Here are some essential tips that will garner rave reviews at your next gathering. Start by scouring the house to see what you can mix and match to bring your table to life. Don’t be afraid to ask parents or grandparents for family heirlooms that they may be willing to part with.

For the Home  //  December 2020
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Western NY’s Premiere Home Store for Traditional to Contemporary Styles
Sponsored by DL Home and Garden

      Designers Library, DL Home & Garden, and most recently, City Living Essentials, three sister companies in a one-block area, continue to set the bar for lifestyle and home goods in the Greater Rochester community and beyond. Located across from the original site of the Rochester Central Station building, these businesses reside in beautifully restored Victorian Era buildings, replacing boarded store fronts with beckoning banks of windows.

For the Home  //  November 2020
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Christmas Uncanceled!
12 Festive Activities for your Holiday Season

   I don’t know about you, but I think I am suffering from 2020 PTSD. I find myself searching for masks so I can put my children on their bus, bathing in sanitizer as I enter the office (counting my employment blessings), and looking over my shoulder at  every  loud noise for that wave of Japanese murder hornets! As 2020 comes to a close, I hold my breath, hoping the holiday season will be a little more Tiny Tim and a little less Freddy Kruger.

Family  //  November 2020
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The George Eastman Gingerbreads are Back!

   New health and safety measures in place, including timed ticketing and online auctions, to bring the holidays back to the museum. The George Eastman Museum plans to bring its annual Sweet Creations gingerbread display back for 2020. The exquisite show of more than 40 cleverly designed and deliciously decorated gingerbread creations will open to the public on November 6 and will remain on view through December 13. 

Family  //  November 2020
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Holiday Charcuterie Board

      Nothing says holiday season gathering quite like a good charcuterie board! These are a great dish to bring to any party or for hosting one yourself because they’re easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. Here are a few tips to make sure your charcuterie board has all the right fixings and is just as decorative as it is delicious! 

Food & Drink  //  November 2020
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Giving a Brand New Twist to Home for the Holidays

       Move over Chip and Joanna Gaines! There’s a new girl in town. Buffalo native Ashley Huber is putting her own twists on typical holiday decorating traditions. Featuring a mix of DIY and personal flair, her social media is bursting with her inspiring holiday style. We sat down with Ashley for some insight on how she goes about her process just in time for the season!

For the Home  //  November 2020
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Holiday Cards Spread Cheer Here, There and Everywhere!
Sponsored By Printing by Penny Lane

   We’re in the day and age where everything is digital and automated. Correspondence and speaking to someone face-to-face (or as close as you can get through the screen) is only a click away, and it feels almost redundant to say sending letters and postcards is a dying art.

Family  //  November 2020
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Fall Infused Cocktails

     As the weather begins to get a bit chillier and Summer turns into Fall, our cocktails should change along with the season! Let’s face it, sipping on a hard seltzer just seems a little less appealing when you’re trying to stay warm and cozy. If your iced coffee has turned to a pumpkin spiced latte, it’s time for your cocktails to follow along! Here are a few easy recipes to try out if you’re looking for some fall-inspired libations.


Food & Drink  //  October 2020
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Autumn Dining Al Fresco

     Restaurants across Upstate New York, and in fact the nation, have been hit hard by COVID-19 shutdowns. Now, as many fine dining establishments have finally been able to reopen their doors to a mere 25-50% of their capacity, restaurateurs are facing a worrying nip in the air. From the Downtown areas of Greater Rochester to our historic small-town Main Streets, solutions are being sought for the upcoming fall and winter holidays, important seasons which could spell the difference between success and closed doors.

Food & Drink  //  October 2020
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Sweet on Local Honey

     Honey is tasty, healthy, and best yet, all natural! Fresh honey flavors change with the environment since honeybees typically travel no further than 3 miles from their hive. Rochester’s Pat Bono, manager of Rochester Beekeepers and owner and sole beekeeper of award-winning Seaway Trail Honey, keeps her bees along the shores of Lake Ontario, harvesting honey from them each week. She shares her insights on our region’s honey flavors.

Food & Drink  //  October 2020
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Local Flavors

     When you think of local flavors in your hometown and in the Greater Rochester Area, what comes to mind? You may think of Rochester’s iconic garbage plate, Zweigle’s red or white hots, Boss Sauce, Guglielmo’s marinara sauce or one of the region’s internationally recognized Rieslings. But did you ever wonder what makes locally grown products taste so delicious? The answer may be right under your feet!

Food & Drink  //  October 2020
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For the Love of Apples

     Nestled among the gently rolling hills of Brockport lies Robb Farms. For more than 100 years, the Robb family has produced delicious fruits and vegetables on this 300-acre property. “My husband’s great-grandfather, who owned a farm east of Robb Farms, saw this property come up for sale when he rode by it on a trolley in 1912,” shared Margery Robb. “We received the Century Farm Award from the New York State Agricultural Society in 2014, and now, we are celebrating fall and inviting people to come pick their own apples!”

Food & Drink  //  October 2020
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A Great Window
Sponsored by Renewal By Anderson

     Looking to replace your windows but concerned about installation? Renewal by Andersen installs state-of-the-art windows quickly and securely, with no mess or hassle. Rochester Installation Manager, Jerami Frechette, answers your questions about this experience.

For the Home  //  August 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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Tips for Engaging Young Readers

      It’s never too early to start reading to your young ones! Even reading to a child in the womb has proven to not only relax them, but promote early language learning in regards to stimulation and brain development as well. Babies are fond of the sound of their parents’ voices, even if they don’t understand the words!

Family  //  August 2020
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Healthy = Happy

          I’ve found that the moments I most enjoy usually take place during a time I’m feeling physically well. I'm healthy, well nourished, refreshed, and riding on a full tank!

      However, in the fast-paced society we live in with the types of “convenience foods” that are readily available, I’ve had to dedicate some serious effort to home routines and lifestyle. This keeps not only myself but my entire household healthy so we can feel good more often than not.

Family  //  August 2020
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The Best Books

      Our usual summer activities may have hit a snag this year, but that hasn’t stopped our local libraries. Like many, the Greece Public Library has had to adapt to changes, though they have continued to promote reading and family time with their Summer 2020 Reading Program and craft projects. Reading is crucial at any age, and the library offers a great deal of resources for everyone in the family.

Family  //  August 2020
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Transform Your Yard into a Beautiful, Edible Landscape

      Our backyards are part of the surrounding ecosystem. As such, they deserve our careful consideration when making landscaping choices. Patty Love, Founder and Program Director of the Rochester Permaculture Center, believes our choices must go beyond the “how many and where” approach to restore—and even improve—our slice of nature.

For the Home  //  August 2020
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