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(TNS) – With COVID-19 cases surging across the San Francisco Bay Area, many people are using at-home antigen tests, especially as they become more widely available from employers, schools and more. Antigen tests aren’t as reliable as PCR tests, but they’re likely to catch anyone who’s at the…

Let us now praise the virtues of soup: There’s no better food for this time of year, holiday cookies notwithstanding. A bubbling pot is the best antidote to the outer chill. Beyond that obvious appeal, it’s also one of the most forgiving dishes you can make-no small relief in the middle of t…

HONEOYE FALLS – A new, literary-themed quilt is now handing in the Children’s Area of Mendon Public Library, 22 North Main St., to honor the work of retired library director Laurie Guenther.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County is actively seeking new volunteers in its Master Gardener program. Experienced gardeners are invited to complete the 14-week (42 hour) training program in horticulture, and serve as a volunteer for at least a year. The training is based on s…

At last Mike Rowe, the genial host of the series, “Dirty Jobs,” comes clean. And though he seems suited to the role, hosting a TV show was never on his clipboard.

Just last year, Eli Coustan was lending his computer programming skills to help seniors like his grandparents find and book COVID-19 vaccination appointments with the website, ILVaccine.org. Now, the teen has pivoted to make sure Illinois residents can get their hands on COVID-19 tests with …

With sub-zero temperatures in the forecast – and likely many more weeks of cold weather still to come – New York State Office for the Aging Director Greg Olsen reminds older adults, their caregivers and neighbors to take extra safety precautions and check in on one another.

Livingston County 4-H member Cameron Wood has donated the proceeds from one of his 4-H market poultry project pens to the Nunda Volunteer Ambulance Service.

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Rob Thomas as a nameless face of a band? The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter says there was such a time, and it changed with the success of “Smooth,” his chart-topping collaboration with Carlos Santana.

LIVONIA – A take-out spaghetti dinner is scheduled at the United Methodist Church of Livonia, 21 Summers St, Livonia on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., or until sold out. Spaghetti, sauce, meatballs, undressed salad, and garlic bread will be offered.

Happy New Year to all of you who have been loyal readers of my bird and nature column. A new year gives us a little boost of momentum to do some things differently, or should I say, better. There are many things that we all can find to improve upon. My list is a bit overwhelming but I’ll jus…

Autumn movies burst with color; winter movies quietly glow in icy shades of white. Should you be looking for something to watch while waiting for the temperatures to rise, here are a handful of entertaining movies set during the coldest of seasons. (I’m leaving out the most obvious choices b…

MUMFORD – Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Nature Center, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., will opening its doors and trails this winter for “Nature Sunday Experiences,” opportunities for visitors to enjoy the snowy Museum grounds, learn about natural wildlife, and enjoy safe outdoor family fun.

Megan Coty has been named the 2021 Livingston County 4-H Volunteer of the Year. The award is presented annually to a volunteer who has made a significant positive impact on 4-H youth through their outstanding commitment and service to the 4-H Program.

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WASHINGTON (TNS) — U.S. regulators cleared Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 booster shot for younger adolescents, widening access to additional doses as parents seek to protect their kids from the omicron wave and school officials try to keep classrooms open.

I like to cook, and I cook a lot. My late mother was a good cook of Italian food. The Baltimore woman who considers me her second son is an excellent cook of Italian food. My late father-in-law was an accomplished French chef in New York City. So I’ve had culinary influences. I’ve interviewe…