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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River Romance Weekend

This weekend (Friday through Sunday) is River Romance Weekend. There are many activities all revolving around the Genesee River. The first thing to happen on Friday at 2:00p.m. is the ribbon cutting of the new Heritage Trail. his takes place out in front of the Blue Cross Arena. Then there are walking tours at 3, …

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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 Archives

Eastman Kodak has a long history in both Rochester and the rest of the world. They maintained a library and archives here in Rochester that no one I know of has ever seen.  As Kodak is going through a bankruptcy, I wondered what would happen to Kodak archival materials. After some digging, I found that …

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Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary

The Girl Scouts of the USA was formed on March 12, 1912. It was founded by Juliette Gordon Low who organized it after meeting Robert Baden-Powell who had started the Scouting movement a few years earlier. The Girl Scouts help to teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship through …

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Kodak News; March 5 – 9, 2012

Leaders from the Rochester Business Alliance met in Albany on Monday with top state officials, including Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy (former Rochester Mayor). New York state has agreed to hire a consultant to study the situation of 1,200 acre Eastman Business Park (formerly Kodak Park). The consultant will study future expenses to maintain and/or upgrade …

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