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Charity Car Show changes to Show and Shine event in Westernville

The Tappet Twirlers Automobile Club of Rome presents its annual Charity Car Show and Shine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, in the Town of Western → Read More

Summer means sunflowers at Wagner Farms

Feel inspired by rows upon rows of beautiful sunflowers in bloom as Wagner Farms at 5801 Old Oneida Road in Rome presents its Summer Sunflower Field Event → Read More

Ham radio is alive and thriving in Little Falls

Amateur Radio Field Day is ham radio's open house and always takes place on the fourth full weekend in June, demonstrating science, skill and service.The → Read More

Area Community News

O-D offers virtual events calendarAs events are being canceled everywhere, there is an increased demand for virtual events. The O-D now has the capability → Read More

Area Community News

O-D offers virtual events calendarAs events are being canceled everywhere, there is an increased demand for virtual events. The O-D now has the capability → Read More

The House of the Good Shepherd seeks entries for coloring contest

It’s time to get creative. The House of the Good Shepherd is conducting an Easter Coloring Contest for youth up to age 18.One winner will be chosen → Read More

Top 5 places to check out holiday light displays

Beautiful light displays make the holiday season magical. Central New York is a great place to view all the colorful and spectacular lights on display, → Read More

Top 5 corn mazes to tackle

The corn that was “knee-high by the Fourth of July” has now made its way to another good use: corn mazes. And Central New York has plenty of → Read More

TOP 5 places to beat the August heat

Beat the August heat this summer while still enjoying the great outdoors with the ones you love.Before we have to hunker down for the seemingly unending → Read More

The top 5 mansions to visit in Upstate New York

Need a break from your modest home and want to see how the “other half” lives? If only a mansion will do, take a drive to one of several mansions in the Upstate New York area. Not sure where to begin? We’ve thought of a few. From the pages of a Jane Austen novelHyde Hall Historic Mansion, 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown, is a National Historic Landmark. With its nearly 50 rooms and… → Read More

See the event schedule for Boilermaker weekend

UTICA — Whether you’re an avid runner or cheering from the sidelines, the 42nd annual Utica Boilermaker Road Race is just around the corner and the excitement is palpable as the community gears up for Boilermaker weekend.Before runners are ready to explore the world-renowned Boilermaker 15K Road Race on Sunday, July 14, they must pick up their race packets at The Fitness Mill Health and Wellness… → Read More

Everything you need to know for Utica Summer Fest

UTICA — The second annual Utica Summer Fest turns up the heat with two full days of local and regional music and hometown family fun. Greater → Read More

TOP 5 FOR JUNE: Waterfalls to explore in NY

New York state has plenty of waterfalls to hike and explore. Here are a few to visit to enjoy their natural splendor and soothing sounds for → Read More

Top 5 ways to make mom feel special

Instead of a bathrobe or a flower arrangement, give your mom the gift of time spent with you this Mother’s Day Weekend. There are plenty of thoughtful activities you and mom can do together to make her day special. Here are a few ideas.Get some retail therapyAs an adult, shopping with your mom can be an enjoyable experience. It’s relaxed and it gives you time to catch up. The mall tops many… → Read More

TOP 5 ways to explore nature this spring locally

After a brutal winter, springtime has finally arrived.It’s a great time to go outside and explore whatever outdoor adventure awaits you. Whether → Read More

TOP 5 ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day locally

Whether you're making St. Patrick's Day plans or just looking for an excuse to wear green, here a few ideas on how to have fun the Irish way in Central → Read More

TOP 5: Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and it’s time to start making plans with the one you love. Need some ideas? We’ve thought of a few. → Read More

Don’t miss out on all the dinosaur fun at Jurassic Quest

SYRACUSE — Experience living, breathing, even walking dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest, the largest dinosaur event in North America.Jurassic Quest returns to the New York State Fairgrounds from Friday, Feb. 1, through Sunday, Feb. 3, with more rides, activities and dinosaurs than ever before.Hours are from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Jurassic Quest’s exhibit features… → Read More

Antiquefest is an antiquer’s dream destination

UTICA — Browse through thousands of authentic antique treasures at the 19th annual Mohawk Valley Antiquefest, presented by Vintage Furnishings.The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Stanley Center for the Arts, 259 Genesee St.The Stanley will be filled with 32 antique dealers from all over the northeast, featuring a broad… → Read More

Top 5: Ways to boost your spirit in the long winter months

The holidays are over and many of us are facing the long winter ahead of us and a lot of snow. Needs some ideas to boost your spirit as you wait for spring? Here are a few we thought of.Get craftyHave you ever thought about taking a specific craft class? Is there something crafty you have always wanted to learn? The winter months can be the perfect time to give it a go. Learning a new craft is… → Read More