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Walking Tour – Dec 29: Memories of a New Year’s Day

New Years Walking Tour Corn HillNew Year’s Day Tradition Remembered in Corn Hill

“Memories of a New Year’s Day” will be performed in Corn Hill on Thursday December 29 at 7:00 p.m.

This walking tour, beginning at Ralph Avery Mall at the foot of Frederick Douglass Street between Plymouth Avenue and Adams Street, uses songs, readings and stories about the old Third Ward, as the neighborhood was known before it acquired the Corn Hill name.

Historical Third Ward figures represented during the hour-long presentation include Katherine Rochester Montgomery, Virginia Jeffrey Smith, Charles Mulford Robinson, Samuel Hopkins Adams, and a curious person known only as “A Bachelor.” Corn Hill historian Jim DeVinney serves as narrator.

The free tour, which premiered last year, is inspired by a chapter in Adams’ book Grandfather Stories. A popular journalist and author during the first half of the 19th Century, Adams’ father was pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church that once stood at the corner of Plymouth and Troup Street. Grandfather had been an official in the early days of the Erie Canal.

In the story, Adams describes how he and his cousins visited a series of open houses that took place on New Year’s Day in the famous Ruffled Shirt District, especially at homes with daughters of a marketable age. The boys were too young to be interested in anyone’s daughters but they were eager to sample the wonderful food served on this occasion. Before the day is done, they experience both adventure and misadventure.

The tour provides stories that are humorous, nostalgic and, in one case tragic, as it defines the rise and fall of the Third Ward and its rebirth as Corn Hill. Performers include Ira Srole, Sally J. Millick, Katrina Grbesic, Kevin Petrichick and Shawn Gray.

James A. DeVinney has been Corn Hill’s historian for the past two years. In that capacity, he leads tours through the historic neighborhood and writes a monthly column for the Corn Hill Gazette. Before he retired, he was a TV producer and filmmaker, earning four television Emmys, four Peabodys, an Academy Award nomination, and numerous journalism awards.

2016 Corn Hill Holiday Open House

corn hill holiday open house 2016Join us for the annual Corn Hill Holiday Open House Sunday, December 11, 4 – 8 p.m. at the Hervey Ely House, 138 Troup Street.

There will be an eclectic menu and drinks. Free for all Corn Hill neighbors, Non-resident guests are welcome for $10.

There will be cookie decorating for the children and in-house caroling led by Rob Goodling at 6:30 p.m., followed by neighborhood caroling.

Neighbors who are aware of someone who is housebound should contact the Social Committee at [email protected].

Please bring an unwrapped donation of underwear and other clothes items size 3T, 4T, 5T; iTune cards for the purchase of educational games; or various art supplies for the Community Child Care Center, located at 170 Troup Street.

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Recycle at EcoPark

ecopark Monroe County, NYEcoPark is your one stop drop off facility for expanded recycling options. EcoPark located at 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY 14624, accepts a variety of items for recycling. Items include:

  • Appliances (without refrigerant)
  • Bulky Plastic Items
  • Clean Styrofoam Packing
  • Clothing & Accessories
  • Cooking Oil/Grease
  • Document Destruction (Items are destroyed off site)
  • Electronic Waste
  • Flags (U.S.)
  • Fluorescent Lights
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Pharmaceuticals & Rx Bottles
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Propane Tanks (1# & 20# only)
  • Rechargeable and Button
  • Batteries (No Alkaline)
  • Recyclable Glass/Metal/Plastic Containers
  • Sharps & Syringes
  • Scrap Metal

These items can be dropped off without an appointment Wednesday’s 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. or Saturday 7:30- 1:00 p.m.

For a list of additional fee based items or appointment based items or for more information, go to

2017 Winter Adventures Garden Talks

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Winter Adventures Garden Talks. The City has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County Master Gardeners to offer FREE garden talks at Rochester Public Library locations around the city.

Check out the offerings below and expand your gardening knowledge this winter!

Winter Adventures | Rochester, NYSaturday, January 7 |10:30-11:30 a.m.
Birds, Bees and Butterflies Attracting Pollinators to Your Landscapes
Charlotte Library, 3557 Lake Avenue

Saturday, January 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m
Gardening with Perennials
Lyell Library, 956 Lyell Avenue

Saturday, February 4 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Getting Down and Dirty: Composting in your Home Garden
Arnett Library, 310 Arnett Blvd

Saturday, February 25 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Preserving Nature’s Bounty: Soups, Dips and Sauces from Dried Plants
Monroe Public Library, 809 Monroe Avenue

Please contact Sara Scott at 585-428-8820 (office) if you have any questions

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Corn Hill Gazette | November 2016

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November 2016 Corn Hill Gazette

CHNA General Neighborhood Meeting – Monday, November 14, 2016

Corn Hill Neighbors AssociationOn Monday, November 14th, the CHNA board of directors will present a neighborhood meeting at 7 p.m. in the lower level conference room of 133 S. Fitzhugh Street. This meeting will focus on Corn Hill security issues.

Members of the Rochester Police Department have offered to update our neighborhood on their latest initiatives. The CHNA Security Committee will discuss their PAC-TAC, Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, and Court Watch programs—ways in which neighbors can join together to assist in keeping our neighborhood safe and secure.

Steering wheel clubs will be offered free of charge to prevent neighborhood cars from being stolen and a limited number of free motion detector light systems will be offered to residents at this meeting.

Representatives from the Adams Street Recreation Center are also planning to attend and discuss their latest program offerings as well as various changes that will be coming to our neighborhood center.

This important meeting promises to be highly interesting and informative and all Corn Hill neighbors are urged to attend.

PAC-TAC Training Session in November

PAC-TAC LogoAt 6 pm on Wednesday, November 9th, the next training session for new Corn Hill PAC-TACers will take place at the Central RPD Headquarters, 30 N. Clinton Avenue.

Our PAC-TAC team is very much in need of increased membership and neighbors who are interested in the security of Corn Hill are encouraged to take this one-hour training session to become part of the solution to neighborhood problems.

Those of us who continue to schedule our 2-hour months walks find that winter PAC-TAC patrols are especially beneficial because they get us out of the house for much needed exercise during these long months.

Contact CHNA Security Chair Ryan Brandt at [email protected] and sign on for this next training session.

New Public Art: “Plant Happiness” Art Pole

plant happiness public art pole corn hillNeighbors are encouraged to check out the latest art installation in the Corn Hill neighborhood.

This decorative art pole at the intersection of Eagle Street/Livingston Park/Troup Street is adorned with the words, “Plant Happiness.”

For many years, neighbors have shown a strong interest in adding public art to our neighborhood—the neighborhood that produces a nationally acclaimed Arts Festival.

Hopefully, this is just the latest example of many more to come.