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In these pieces, our writers share personal stories or observations about their experience of life in the Utica-Rome area.


Click the photos to get started and enjoy these three to five-minute reads.

Rainbows from COVID Clouds

Finding the bright side of the COVID-19 crisis in Sherrill.

by Sue Smith Romero

Doggedly Determined

Actually, you can teach an old dog to see things in a whole new way.

Essay by Sue Smith Romero

A Girl and Her Tree

A writer recalls what a noble Scotch Pine meant to her childhood and to her family.

Essay and photo by Tiffany Rae Azzarito

Connecting Through Music

Richard M. Barrett reflects on the value of our rich diversity of music in the Mohawk Valley.

Essay by Richard M. Barrett
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