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Seneca White Deer Inc.

One of Seneca County’s better-known attractions, the white deer at the former Seneca Army Depot will no longer be part of the bus tours that started a couple of years ago.

The former U.S. Army munitions facility which closed in the 1990s has an unusual type of deer roaming that property: white deer. They are not albino deer, but apparently carry a recessive gene which causes the lack of pigmentation.


Politically driven comedian Bill Maher returns to Rochester for a 7:30 p.m. May 31 show at the Auditorium Theatre.

While Maher is well-known for his often-controversial talk shows -- first "Politically Incorrect," and for the last 15 years HBO's "Real Time" -- he's never stopped doing standup comedy. (Although his starring roles in "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death" and "Pizza Man" seem to have brought his film career to a halt.)

Here is more proof that the world of movies can be a surreal experience: when we catch up with Karolyn Grimes, who memorably played the 6-year-old Zuzu Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” she’s passing through Texas as a passenger in a car driven by Paris Themmen; he played Mike Teavee, the television-obsessed kid in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

Even the slightest brush with cinema history can be everlasting fame.

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It has become a Rochester tradition the last several years. the lighting of the Keg Tree at the Genesee Brewery.

Thousands turned out in High Falls on Friday night to watch a tree made up of more than 500 beer kegs lit up.

Flutie Flakes are back

Dec 4, 2019

Twenty years after it was launched as Flutie Mania swept western New York, the cereal bearing the former Bills quarterback’s name is making a comeback.

Flutie Flakes -- named, of course, for Doug Flutie -- are coming to a grocery store near you. And unlike when they were first introduced, they’re also available online.

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

Nile Rodgers and Chic, Spyro Gyra, and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Garth Fagan Dance in Rochester, with jazz pianist Monty Alexander, are the first three shows announced for Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at the 19th CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Rodgers, a three-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is joined by Chic for an 8 p.m. June 26 show.

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If tofurkey or other plant-based foods make up your main course on Thursday, you may be surprised to learn just how long vegetarians have been eating an alternative Thanksgiving dinner.

The Thanksgiving meal has been a lightning rod event for vegetarians for centuries. 

"And it's for two reasons," explained Cornell food historian Adrienne Rose Bitar. "Not only how important meat is to the meal, but also for celebrational gluttony."

The first American vegetarians date back to the 19th century. Many of them were motivated by religious beliefs.

Aaron Winters

It's a reasonable question to ask: What the hell were Bat McGrath and Tricia Cast doing in Nashville?

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A concert at The Little Theatre in Rochester on Friday night marked an important milestone for both the performer and the venue.

Rochester native and renowned jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke came to The Little to bring things full circle, in a sense.

That’s because in 1983, when he was just starting out, he played the vibes for a live performance that was used on his first album, called “In Front of the Silver Screen.”

Locke has been around jazz stages and recording studios quite a bit since then.

Alex Crichton

A writer from the New York Post says she will attend a night in her honor at Frontier Field next summer here in "grim and depressing" Rochester.

That’s how Maureen Callahan described Rochester in a column about her fellow downstaters who flocked to a new Wegmans store in Brooklyn. The description generated a lot of response from Rochesterians, much of it not so kind.

Callahan says the real point of the article was to poke fun at her fellow New Yorkers who were so excited by the opening of a grocery store.