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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.
Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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Zach’s Favorite Cute Animal Videos in Honor of National Pet Month

It's April. And, if you're a person who loves your pet, it's a very special month. The month of April is National Pet Month. It's a time to appreciate your four-legged friends and show your pet a little bit more kindness (or, extra treats). So, in honor of National Pet Month, I thought I would compile my favorite cute animal videos from the web. If you're looking for cuteness overload, you're in the right place.

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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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Zach’s Car Reaches Milestone

On a cold, 36 degree, spring morning, my car reached a milestone, which usually only happens once in a car's lifetime. My car's mileage has reached 123,456. Not only am I happy that I caught the moment right when it happened (I had to pullover and take the picture), I'm extremely happy my Toyota has lasted so long.

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Flickr.com
Flickr.com
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Vegan Food from Around the World – Culture Fest: A Festival of Nations

Finding food in America that is 100 percent vegan can be a bit of a challenge. There's a lot of looking at labels to make sure there is no hidden dairy, meat, eggs or fish in the food. I've been a vegan for well over 5 years, so, I have become somewhat of an expert at finding food that is vegan. In some places around the world, people eat an almost fully vegetarian diet. And, it's this food from these places around the world that don't eat meat that tends to be my favorite.

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The Indie Garage Sale, Facebook
The Indie Garage Sale, Facebook
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The Indie Garage Sale–A Great Place to Find Unique Items

If you don't like to get your friends and family gifts from big box stores, The Indie Garage Sale is the perfect place to shop. When I go, I find the coolest stuff. For example, at the last Indie Garage Sale (the Holiday 2012 sale), I bought a fork bracelet. Yes, a bracelet made from a fork! Who knew that even existed? There are tons of unique items at great prices at the annual Indie Garage Sale. So, if you're looking for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift, you don't have to wait much longer for the Spring 2013 Indie Garage Sale--it's just a few weeks away.

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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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Local Summer Farmers Market Takes Root at New Location; Begins in May

I am a huge fan of farmers markets. I have been to many farmers markets stretching from Utica to Rochester, and everywhere in between. It's always a good day when there is time to stop at a farmers market. And, speaking of a good time to go to a farmers market--mark your calendars for Sunday, May 19  because that's when the Westmorland Summer Farmers Market begins, according to the market's Facebook page. In addition, the market will be at a new location this year.

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Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
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This Month: Celebrate Frozen Food

The freezer...it's a wonderful invention, don't you think? You can keep food frozen for months and still be able to eat it as if you just bought it. I freeze everything from garlic cloves to fruit, to herbs and even flour. Every morning, I use a few frozen strawberries for my smoothie. So, it's safe to say that the freezer and frozen food has made our lives easier, right? Let's celebrate! All this month you can celebrate. The month of March is National Frozen Food Month.

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images
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Remember to Check Your Batteries

Daylight Saving Time (3/10 at 2 a.m.) is fast approaching. And, in addition to changing your clocks, there is a "holiday" that coincides with Daylight Saving Time--it's Check Your Batteries Day, which happens on the second Sunday of March every year. No, it's not a day to remember to change the TV remote batteries (however, you can do that, too), it's a day to check to make sure those smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

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Harold Cunningham, Getty Images
Harold Cunningham, Getty Images
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How Much Gas is Left Until the Tank is Really Empty?

So, do you know how much gas is left in the tank when the low fuel light turns on? For those of us with older cars, we have to kind of guess how much longer we can drive before the car just stops from lack of gas. For those lucky people with a car that tells you how much you have left when the gas light comes on, you still might find this post interesting, especially if you are a passenger in an older-style car. If you're like me, when the gas light turns on, you tend to panic a little bit. However, now thanks to DefensiveDriving.com, you can panic a little less the next time the gas light turns on.

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Paul McErlane, Getty Images
Paul McErlane, Getty Images
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Vegan Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day–Our Tasty Treats For St. Patty’s Day 2013

Valentine's Day is over, and that means St. Patrick's Day is almost knocking on the door. What do you do for St. Patrick's Day? Have a party? Eat traditional Irish food? Wear your favorite green shirt? All of the above? Today, I'd like to focus on the food many people eat on St. Patrick's Day. There's corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and different kinds of stews. What is a vegan to do on this holiday? What's a person to eat when he or she does not eat meat, dairy or eggs? Don't worry. Your Oldiez 96.1 Vegan is here to help with a few great meatless St. Patrick's Day recipes.

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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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Something All Food Labels Should Have

If you're someone who has a special dietary need, you know how difficult it is finding the right food. There's gluten free, vegan, dairy free, low sodium, low fat, soy free and wheat free--to name a few. I'm vegan. That means I don't eat meat, dairy products, eggs or fish. So, when I go to the grocery store, I look at almost every food label for the ingredients before I buy it. Anyone with a special diet knows just how frustrating that can be. However, there are a few food companies that are making it easier.

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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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DIY Exercise Ball Office Chair

Whether you call it an exercise ball, a fitness ball, a yoga ball or a balance ball, we have all seen it at the gym. People exercise and stretch on it. But, how many people do you know use an exercise ball as an office chair? An exercise ball office chair not only helps your posture, but it has the capability of strengthening your core muscles, all while sitting. Thanks to some help from the Internet, I was able to build my own exercise ball office chair for around $25.

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Flickr.com, Creative Commons, christine592
Flickr.com, Creative Commons, christine592
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Will Utica Soon See a Wegmans?

It is no secret that I love Wegmans. Being a vegan and having special dietary needs, Wegmans has everything. Wegmans even made my list of the top places in Syracuse to get a vegan meal. The only unfortunate thing is that the closest Wegmans to the Utica area is 45 minutes away in Syracuse. So, out of curiosity, I decided to email Wegmans and ask if the grocery store would ever come to Utica. And, I got a response.

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