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Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
Jumpin' Zach Flash, Oldiez 96.1
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7 Free Things to Do in Utica

Because of hard economic times, taking a vacation can seem impossible. Or, if you do take a vacation, everything costs so much money. So, what are you to do? Whether you are staying in the Utica area or planning on taking a trip to Utica, here are a few things you can do in the city that won't cost you anything (except maybe a tank of gas).

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Ever Heard Of The Internet? Back In 1981 It Was As Foreign As… Well, Aliens

Our kids are growing up in a world where cellphones, tablets, internet, and wireless technology are not just possible, it’s as commonplace as electricity and plumbing was to us growing up.

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Possessed Baby Attacks – Watch The ‘Devil’s Due’ Viral Promo, Or Not.

Whenever big horror flicks come out, about a dozen or so of us go out on opening night, sit in the front row and get freaked out of our minds for the next 90 minutes. If this prank is any indication of what Friday's movie premiere of Devil's Due will be like, I'm gonna have to turn in my regrets

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Photo courtesy of The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Photo courtesy of The Otesaga Resort Hotel
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Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown 1 of 500 Best Hotels in the World

Cooperstown is home to one of the best hotels in the world. Travel and Leisure magazine ranked the Top 500 World's best and Otesaga Resort made the list. The magazine says the hotel makes a 'grand first impression' with it's 30-foot pillars and lengthy walkway to the entrance.

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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Will Syracuse Soon See a Trader Joe’s? [UPDATE]

My two favorite grocery stores are Wegmans and Trader Joe's. Utica has neither. So, I find myself constantly driving 45 minutes to Syracuse to go grocery shopping at Wegmans. Recently, I heard a rumor from Trader Joe's in Rochester that there will soon be a Trader Joe's opening in Syracuse. Needless to say, I was excited. Could it be--another one of my favorite grocery stores heading somewhat close to home? I contacted Trader Joe's and got a response. 

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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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Rick Gershon/Getty Images
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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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