Top Songs of 1964: #22

The Supremes are back at the top of the record charts in 1964 with “Baby Love.” It was written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland. This was the second number one song of the year for The Supremese. In the next few years, they would have another 10 songs on the top of …

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Top Songs of 1964: #21

“Lass Kiss” by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers was the next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964. The song was originally released in 1961 by Wayne Cochran who was one of the co-writers. “Lass Kiss” was one of several teen tragedy songs from that period. It tells the story …

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Old News – Charity

An editorial on charity and a couple of short articles. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Thursday, December 3, 1914 ORGANIZING CHARITY WORK. It is generally felt that there will be more call for charity this winter. The business disturbances which the country has suffered has thrown many people out of work, and those able to give …

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ROC the Day

Today is a day of giving called ROC the Day. It is a one day online event to support non-profit organizations in a 9 county area centered on Rochester. There are over 600 non-profit organizations to pick from and you can give any amount you want. The organizations are separated into the categories: Animals, Arts …

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Top Songs of 1964: #20

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” written and recorded by Gale Garnett. Gale was born in New Zealand and moved to Canada at about age 11. Gale recorded albums through the 1960s but none ever had the success as “We’ll Sing in …

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Old News – Thanksgiving

Here is an account of the first Thanksgiving. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Thursday, November 26, 1914 PILGRIM’S THANKSGIVING Turkey Figured In the Menu When They “Had Things In Good Plenty.” Governor Bradford describes the first Thanksgiving of the pilgrims in America. “They (the pilgrim colonists) now began to gather the small harvest they had and …

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Book on Frederick Douglass Family

Local author. Rose O’Keefe, has published a new book of historical fiction, Special Delivery: From One Stop to Another on the Underground Railroad (North Country Books). It  is the story of eleven-year-old Lewis Douglass, son of Frederick Douglass. Lewis hears his father tell the family they are moving from their gracious home on Alexander Street …

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Top Songs of 1964; #19

In 1964 the next song  to go to the top of the record charts was “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as “Do-Wah-Diddy“, by the US girl group the Exciters. Their version barely made it on the record charts. …

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NY Canals on National Register

Last month, the National Park Service announced that it has listed the New York State Barge Canal on the National Register of Historic Places. The Barge Canal was the widened and in some cases rerouted Erie Canal. The National designation covers the period of 1905 when the canal began being enlarged and 1963 when the …

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