Spring Flooding

Spring is late this year. Usually in March and early April comes flooding around Monroe County. Both Black and Oatka Creeks on the west side of Monroe County regularly go over their banks. On the east side of Monroe County is Irondequoit Creek which every few years floods the area around Panorama Plaza in Penfield, …

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Sibley’s April 1908 Ad

Here is an ad for the Sibley, Lindsay & Curr store from April 1918 that I “colorized.” Rufus Sibley, Alexander Lindsay, and John Curr  opened their first store in Rochester in 1868. They later moved to the much larger Granite building. That building was gutted by fire in 1904 along with the rest of the …

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Rochester – Convention City – 1912

The Rochester Public Library recently added a booklet to their online digital collection titled Rochester, N. Y.; The Convention City. It was published in 1912 by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. It was an early attempt to get organizations to bring their conventions to Rochester for their meetings. Rochester already had a Convention Hall on …

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Blanche Stuart Scott

There are those times when one simple thing leads to much more. That’s how it was when 2+ months ago I saw that the Rochester Public Library had the new digital book “5000 Miles Oakland; Wonderful Performance of a Wonderful Car; The Story of Miss Scott’s Journey Overland.” It is the story of Blanche Stuart …

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River Romance Weekend

This weekend (Fri – Sun.) there are many events going on around Rochester surrounding the the Genesee River. For some of the events you have to preregister, some have a small fee, but most are open to all. Some of the highlights: Friday; 1 to 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Light- house Tours ($3 admission). Friday; …

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Talk on Rochester in WWII

This Tuesday, Greece Historical Society presents Rochester in World War II, by Bob Marcotte Rochester industry was completely transformed to supply the military during World War II. Companies had to completely retool to meet demanding specifications for weapons and other material. Moreover, as men went into the armed services, women were hired for the assembly …

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Rochester Society Blue Books

The Rochester Public Library has added a collection of 16  “Blue Books” for the years of 1901 to 1940. In this case, these directories are a listing of the Society people of Rochester and surrounding area.People are listed alphabetically with married women’s maiden name shown in some of the volumes. Then is listed the address …

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Talk on Rochester’s Lakeside Resorts & Amusements Parks; Tues. 4/10

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 Greece Town Hall, 7:00 p.m., One Vince Tofany Blvd, 14612 Donovan Shilling will take you through a photographic history to return to the heyday of Rochester’s lakeside resorts and its five amusements parks: Ontario Beach, Manitou Beach, Sea Breeze, Board Walk Park and Glen Haven. It was the golden age of …

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Kodak News; Feb. 27 – March 2, 2012

It has been a busy week of news from Eastman Kodak. On Monday Kodak announced that they will be asking the bankruptcy court to discontinue insurance payments for retirees over the age of 65. That will affect 16,030 current retirees. Kodak says the retirees wouldn’t lose “core health coverage” because they are Medicare eligible and …

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Talk on Civil War Unit, 140th Vol. Infantry; Feb. 14

The Greece Historical Society presents: “Sons of Old Monroe: The 140th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry.” Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 7:00 p.m. – Greece Town Hall, by Brian Bennett. Recruited in 1862 and composed of men from across Monroe County,the 140th Vol. Inf. is at the same time typical and unique among Northern regiments. By war’s end, the …

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