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Get Ready For Leaf Peeping Season In New York State

There's no place like home (central New York and the Adirondacks) for the fall foliage season. I have friends who live in Florida that come up to the Utica-Rome area in late September/early October just for the color change. And it is breathtaking. Check out more details.

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Celebrate Clinton Art & Music Festival Saturday

One of the events I look forward to in late summer in central New York is the Clinton Art & Music Festival, and it's going on this Saturday. The Village of Clinton offers a pleasant setting for live music, artworks, food and fun.

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Keith James
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Meet Chad Smith, Utica’s Own Roving ‘En Plein Air’ Painter

No, not RAVING, haha. Instead, a nomadic painter of sorts, Chad Smith has made a name for himself as a 'en plein air' artist and a fixture of our community. He's the guy that you might've driven past on your commute like I did the other day.

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Photo: Suzan Smiley
Photo: Suzan Smiley
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A Kansas Pilot Congratulates WODZ For Representing Ballooning Positively

Last week a story exploded in Utica about a balloon landing that many surmised must've been an emergency landing. Turns out that this is totally routine and after we aired the story, word quickly spread to the ballooning community worldwide

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Dwight Cramer photo: Keith James
Dwight Cramer photo: Keith James
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Hot Air Balloon Pilot, Dwight Cramer Talks About That Back Yard Landing

Did you hear about that balloon that landed in someone's back yard on Oneida St? The owners weren't even home, but naturally a crowd drew anyway including myself and my family. I tracked down the pilot, Dwight Cramer of Airborne Adventures and got him in studio

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Photo: Nick Betrus
Photo: Nick Betrus
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See What Utica Looks Like Through The Eyes Of A Drone

Bet you haven't seen Utica like THIS before! Get a load of these shots of your hometown unlike any that even an airplane or helicopter could capture. They weren't taken by a pro photographer either, just a normal guy using some pretty nifty tech!

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Going to the Beach? Remember These Tips and Tricks to Make the Trip Easier [VIDEO]

'Tis the season for going to the beach. With all this hot weather, the beach is on the minds of many. However, one of the worst things about going to the beach is that sand gets everywhere. Also, what do you do with your valuables when you go in the water? What about an easy way to waterproof your phone? Here are some tips and tricks to make going to the beach a little bit easier.

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World’s Tallest Water Slide Is Your Summer Rush

Nothing says summer quite like a rollicking water slide. And nothing is more rollicking than this one.

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Health Benefits of Hiking — 5 Reasons to Hit the Trails This Summer

Put on some sunscreen and bug repellant, and enjoy these five health benefits of hiking this summer:

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Are Topless Tuesdays At Sylvan Beach For Real?

NYC, or at least the women therein have been making a splash since last year, parading around with seemingly forgotten tops and of course attracting all manner of reactions from passersby. That's four hours away though, what if this happened in our back yard 'pool' as it were?

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It’s Vacation Time In Central New York [VIDEO]

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, you can plan that summer vacation. Whether you're heading out of town, or maybe some day trips in the Utica-Rome area, there are so many things to see and do. Watch this.

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Syracuse Musicians Get Both Your Jam And Eat On July 19th!

Musicians love to ingest two things more than anything else: Of course, music of all varieties, and right behind that (also of all varieties) is FOOD! Well, maybe there's a couple of other things music makers dig, BUT now the only thing to figure out is when and where!

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