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Jumpin' Zach Flash

Be sure to join me, Jumpin’ Zach Flash, for Central New York’s Greatest Hits every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are some things you may not know about me. My favorite musician is John Lennon (this explains my round glasses—it's NOT because I am a Harry Potter fan). My favorite John Lennon song has to be “Give Peace a Chance.” My favorite Beatles songs are “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Come Together.” My hobby is photography, and you can see a lot of my work right here on this website—search “Zach’s Weekly Snaps” to check out my photos.
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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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Perfect Christmas Gifts for a Vegan

Shopping for a vegan can be tough. A vegan doesn't eat milk chocolate. A vegan doesn't wear leather or wool. A vegan doesn't drink eggnog. So, what do you get that vegan on your shopping list this holiday season? Here are a few ideas.

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Best Places to Get Hummus in Utica

I consider myself sort of a hummus connoisseur. Anytime a restaurant offers hummus on the menu, I have to order it. Being a vegan, it is a staple in my diet. I tend to make hummus at my house a lot. But, for those days I just don't feel like making my own hummus, I turn to a few places in Utica that make great hummus. So, here's a list of the best places in Utica to get hummus, in my opinion. Even though they all make the same dish, each place puts its own spin on hummus.

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Worth a Visit: ‘A Hole in the Sky’ Exhibit at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

There's a new free exhibit at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. It's called "Sam Van Aken: A Hole in the Sky." The exhibit features many 10-foot weather balloons stacked on top of each other in the middle of the MWPAI Edward W. Root Sculpture Court. It is definitely an interesting thing to see. 

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7 Unique Places to Find Hanukkah and Christmas Gifts in the Utica Area

Hanukkah is only a few days away, and Christmas is right around the corner. And that means people are going to be rushing to buy the best gifts they can find. But how great is a gift if it's not unique or original? It's like everyone has the same thing. Luckily, in the greater Utica area, there are many unique stores where you can find those one-of-a-kind gifts that nobody else has.

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5 Rockers Who Make Round Glasses Cool

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a bit of an obsession with round glasses. It's the only style of frames I wear. Since the popularity of Harry Potter, people think I wear round glasses because of the books and movies. However, the truth behind my love for round glasses goes back to John Lennon. I don't know what it is, but I just really like round glasses. And throughout the history of rock music, five rockers have made wearing round glasses cool.

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Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band’s New Music Video–”Bad Dancer” [VIDEO]

If you are a fan of Yoko Ono, she has a new catchy music video. It's called "Bad Dancer," and it features a few familiar faces. Not only is Yoko in the video, it features Ira Glass, Reggie Watts and Questlove. I must say, the song is catchy; however, I'm not sure if it will be on repeat on my iPod.

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Waterville, NY–Zach’s Weekly Snaps [PHOTOS]

In the Central New York area, we have beautiful little towns and villages, especially during the fall season. I recently went around Waterville and the surrounding areas and discovered some beautiful scenery. Today, I would like to share with you a few pictures taken in Waterville, NY as part of my photo series Zach's Weekly Snaps. This week's theme--Waterville, NY (and the surrounding area).

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Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers/Hulton Archive, Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Oli Scarff/Getty Images
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5 Famous People Who Lived in Clinton

I am fascinated with all the history around us in this area. Central New York has been home to many very famous people. But CNY is a big area. Let's talk about a smaller area where famous people lived. Let's talk about the small Village of Clinton. Can you name five famous people who lived in Clinton? Here are five famous people who, at one time in their lives, lived in Clinton, NY. 

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15 Signs You Grew Up in Clinton

Clinton is a great place to call home. And, if you grew up in Clinton, there are some things that most of us remember vividly about the little village (depending on how long you have lived there--some of us remember more than others). I want to share some signs that you'll remember proving that you grew up in Clinton, New York (at least during the 80s, 90s and 00s).

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Woman Behind the Voice of Siri Went to Clinton Central High School

Various online news organizations are reporting that the voice behind Apple's Siri feature is Susan Bennett. There is a video of her talking about her work as the voice behind Siri on CNN's website. And, for those who live in Clinton or went to Clinton Central School, Susan Bennett might sound familiar. According to her Facebook page, it states that she attending Clinton Central High School in Clinton, NY.

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Root Glen at Hamilton College–Zach’s Weekly Snaps [PHOTOS]

Fall is in the air. Leaves are falling and pumpkins are on the porch. These fall days are beautiful, especially when you get out and take a look at nature. And that's what I did. I visited Root Glen at Hamilton College and took some pictures. Today, I would like to share with you a few of those pictures as part of my photoblog series Zach's Weekly Snaps. This week's theme--Root Glen.

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Here’s Another Unique Marriage Proposal [VIDEO]

If you've been on YouTube for any amount of time, you have probably seen a wonderful one-of-a-kind marriage proposal. Some proposal videos out there have singers and even special movie productions. If you are using YouTube videos as a way to view trends in marriage proposals, it seems gone are the days of getting down on one knee in a restaurant and asking your sweetheart to marry you. Here is another one of those unique proposals. And I must say, the guy in this video has some really impressive wakeboarding abilities.

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