Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day (Remembrance Day in Canada). In the US it was first celebrated in 1919 as Armistice Day to remember all who served during World War I. Expanded to include all veterans in the 1950s. Military jobs are difficult and often dangerous. That’s we salute all those that have served in all the branches …

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Anniversary of first person over Niagara Falls

On this day (October 24th) in 1901 Annie (Edson) Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live. Annie was born on October 24, 1838 in Auburn, NY. She married David Taylor while training to be a teacher. They had a son who died in infancy and her husband …

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2 Monroe Co. Nominations for Historic Preservation

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation has recommended the addition of 2 properties in Monroe County to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. “Survival of these noteworthy places is crucial in preserving the great diversity of New York’s communities,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic …

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Mayflower Day – Sept. 16

Today is Mayflower Day. It celebrates the day that the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was originally headed for Virginia  but stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower well off course. On November 21 the “Pilgrims” reached Massachusetts, where they founded the first permanent …

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NE Blackout of 2003

On this day (Aug. 14th) ten ago was the great northeast blackout. The blackout started in the late afternoon and affected an estimated 45 million people in eight U.S. states and another 10 million people in Ontario. The cause was a software bug in the alarm system at a control room of the FirstEnergy Corporation …

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Crash at Rochester Airport; 50 Years Ago

In the afternoon of July 2nd 1963 a Mohawk Airline twin engined Martin 404 crashed seconds after take-off from the Rochester-Monroe County Airport. The plane had been cleared to take off by the control tower even though it had started to rain. It was the first commercial airline crash at the Airport. The flight, bound …

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Local Family on “American Pickers”

Dennis and Mary Frances Westfall of Hilton, NY were on a segment of the History Channel show American Pickers. On the show it looks as if the hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz just happened on the Westfall family. In fact, the Westfall family was contacted by the producers of the show in advance. The …

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Native American Day; Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Nov 10th) the Greece Historical Society presents Native American Day 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Greece Town Hall, One Vince Tofany Blvd. At 10:00 a.m. Dr. George Hammel will talk about the very early Aboriginals who preceded the Seneca Nation in our area and how the Mid-Woodland Period Iroquois and Algonquin came to Greece …

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