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Rochester: The Flower City

Rochester: The Flower City

Around this time each year Rochester explodes with color. The Flower City boasts the blooms of flowering trees like magnolias and dogwoods, the bright hues of pansies and tulips, and most recognized, the dazzling purples, pinks, and whites of the lilacs. Rochesterians have embraced this botanical display with great celebration for decades. Let me take you back in time to the start of Rochester’s journey as the Flower City. 

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Eclipses in Rochester's Sky

Eclipses in Rochester's Sky

A total eclipse of the moon will take place on Sunday evening, Sept. 27, 2015, and yes, unless the sky is completely cloudy, anyone who can see the sky will be able to see it from anywhere in the Rochester region and far beyond.

The most interesting part of the eclipse begins at 9:07 pm, when the moon begins to enter the umbra or the dark part of Earth's shadow. During a lunar eclipse, sunlight filtering through Earth’s atmosphere often gives Earth’s shadow a reddish or orange hue, as shown in this drawing by Étienne Trouvelot from 1882.*

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Good Morning! Sorry we didn't get back to your comment last night, but I do hope you were able to watch the eclipse. As this blog ... Read More
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Rochester: Flour City to Photonics Capital

Rochester: Flour City to Photonics Capital

What started as the “Flour City” growing up on the banks of the Genesee River has – nearly two centuries later – become the photonics capital of the country. A federal announcement this summer named Rochester as one of the cities selected for a new Photonics Manufacturing Institute, a year after being designated a “Manufacturing Community” in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program.

This is great news for us locals.

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