When New Year’s Eve rolled around, I was excited to be getting up bright and early, well refreshed, to spend New Year’s Day birding with my friend Rick. We would be getting our “2021 Year Bird List” off to a good start.

BUFFALO — The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up this month during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals to give blood.

(TNS) – If you have signs or symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it’s important that you contact your health care provider right away for medical advice. But COVID-19, the common cold, seasonal allergies and the flu (influenza) cause many similar symptoms.

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HEMLOCK – The Little Lakes Community Association, 4907 South Main St., will present its sixth annual Ecological Sustainability Series on Jan. 21.

HEMLOCK – Little Lakes Community Center, 4905 South Main St., Hemlock, will host a poster-making session for its upcoming Ecological Sustainability Series sponsored by the center.

GENESEO – The National Junior Honor Society at Geneseo Central School in conjunction with Student Council and National Honor Society will be hosting a “Warm Coat and Hat Drive” in January.

Henry H. Lord of Upper North Street studied a crystal ball with a vision indicating the demand for fresh fruit in New York City during the late 19th Century. Buying and shipping Livingston County fruit was more profitable than blacksmithing in Cuylerville. Local fruit could be obtained at St…

One of the most critical factors in ensuring a healthy pregnancy for a woman and her baby is early prenatal care. Prenatal care means health care before your baby is born. Prenatal care is important to ensure that problems and treatments can be administered as soon as possible.

SUNY Geneseo senior Tshering Sherpa was one of 45 students in SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program to receive the Norman R. McConney Jr. Award for Student Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding EOP students for their academic achievements and overcoming personal obstacles throughout …

Houseplants are good company in the winter months. I love plants of all kinds, prefer nurturing them outdoors, but indoor plants are a good substitute at this time of year. It has so far been a mild winter, but that could change quickly.

OLD FORGE - A retired SUNY Geneseo professor was recently awarded for one of his submissions in the New York State Juried Sculpture Exhibit at the View Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, Herkimer County.

The West Sparta Fire Department, 4451 Red School Rd., Dansville, will host a take-out spaghetti dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 16. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For ticket information, call (585) 335-3322.

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Happy New Year! And I mean it! Hopefully 2021 allows us to reconnect with each other, though it doesn’t look like it will happen right away. In the meantime, we have plenty of winter ahead during which we can enjoy the wonderful world of birds at our feeders and beyond.

Tonight will mark the 44th Saturday “Home to Home” concert of the Old Hippies, a Genesee County duo weathering the season from their Florida home.

(TNS) – 2020 was filled with unprecedented uncertainty for people around the globe, and many are eager to see what the new year brings. The COVID-19 pandemic, racial unrest and contemptuous political elections are some of the stresses that have affected people throughout the year.

The United Methodist Church of Livonia, 21 Summer St., Livonia, will host a take-out spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (or until sold out) on Jan. 13. Dinner includes spaghetti, sauce, meatballs, undressed salad, and garlic bread. Donations accepted. Follow signs in church parking lot for…