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A Clever New Brew To Discover

As the resident "beer guy", I feel it's my duty to inform you of new brews when I hear about them, especially those made in New York State. Well, over the weekend, I learned of a new beer that has earned rave reviews from my son (yes, he's of legal age). And it's got a catchy name.

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Lose Your Corkscrew? How To Open A Bottle Of Wine With Just A Shoe

You're just dying for that glass of wine or maybe you've had the kind of day that warrants downing the entire bottle! Either way, you know the feeling of mounting frustration as you rifle through the silverware drawer and just can't find that ever elusive corkscrew, but no worries.

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Waiting For The Bus To College On Cold Winter Days

I'm proud to say that I am a graduate of Utica College, and as I was playing a Beatles song on Oldiez 96.1 yesterday, it took me back to my college days. I was a commuter student living in Utica and had to walk downtown to catch a city bus to the UC Burrstone Road campus.

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Homeschooling – A Mistake Or A Necessity?

With the launch of the Common Core back in September causing an uproar among teachers, students and parents alike, this question is likely a more plausible one for many than it was before. To homeschool or not?

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Winter Blahs Got You Down?

With the holidays behind us, it's easy to come down with a case of the "Winter Blahs." We build up to such excitement going into Christmas and New Year's, that three more months of winter and not as much going on can be somewhat of a letdown. So, here are a few ways to chase away those Winter Blahs.

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Watch The First Ever Oldiez 96 Wet T-Shirt Contest

Now, before you get all excited, it's not THAT kind of wet T-shirt contest! We're in the middle of a bitter cold snap in Utica and while some are throwing boiling water into the air (or with Super Soakers) watching it instantly turn into powdered snow, we have to do things just a tad differently

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Greg McShea – Here I Am And Glad To Be On WODZ Oldiez 96.1

Today marks my debut on WODZ - Oldiez 96.1, and I'm very excited about it. I love the music and have been around long enough that I played a lot of it when it was new. So, let me introduce myself.

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Here Are 10 of the Most Absurd Excuses for Filing Taxes Late

The New Year has arrived, which means that, in addition to dropping some weight and working out, you should start to think about filing tax returns.

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Zach Remembers Toma’s Mohawk Mini Market–One of the Best Places to Get Hummus in Utica

As many of you have heard, Toma's Mohawk Mini Market is closing its doors after nearly 25 years in business. Toma's is known for its friendly staff, great tabouli and amazing hummus. As a matter of fact, Toma's made my Best Places to Get Hummus in Utica list (ranking number 2). It's sad to see such a well-known Utica establishment fade away. 

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‘Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe Challenges Our One-Size-Fits-All Eduational System

It may surprise you to know that I don't hold a high school diploma much less a college degree. With every position I've ever held (including this one) I learned the required skills on the job doing a TON of research and barking up the trees of those who came before me. Now while my professional path isn't for everyone (even me some days) and it's been a wild ride to say the least, I'm not alone.

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Zach’s Top 10 Stories of 2013

2014 will be here in just a few days. It's a perfect time to look back at 2013. As a writer, it's always fun to look back at previous stories and see which ones were the most successful. So, that's what I did. I compiled a list of the top stories I wrote in 2013. The list is based on the page views and Facebook "likes" the stories received. Enjoy!

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Bruce Lee Plays Ping Pong With Nunchuks?

My friend posted this video in response to my Chuck Norris/Jean Claude Van Dam Split post, and yes, who's the REAL boss out of all martial artists, ever? Probably Bruce Lee, because I mean, how much cooler can you get playing ping pong with the nunchaku?!?

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