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Hello (585) families For a magazine publisher, there aren’t many things more thrilling than sending files off to the printer—except possibly when we get the final product in hand! So I was very happy to read in this issue about Mary Kokinda’s fifth-grade students and their annual magazine, Jefferson Road (page 14). Like many in my profession, when I was a kid I made my own magazines, wrote my own [short] novels—sometimes with a collaborator. (My friend Kate Sykes and I penned the thriller And His Name was Paul . . . in grade school, and before that I had put out a newspaper I think was titled Maple Ridge News, for the road we lived on.) But these were one-offs, single copies read by a small handful of people only, namely my parents. The idea of

printing multiple copies and distributing them throughout the school? That I could only dream of. (Back then it would have been on a mimeograph, something I doubt many fifth graders today could pick out of a lineup of obsolete machines.) So my adult self gets it, “feeling it in your hands,” and “the good smell.” And as I get ready to send these files off to the printer, I’m full of hope for the publishers of the future—and full of gratitude for Ms. Kokinda, leading the way.

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Get ready for school


Start the school year off right with these tips p. 16 Teen Book Festival is back! p. 18 Power packed lunches p. 23





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Features 16 Back to school 2022

The beginning of the school year can be stressful, but these great tips and words of advice will help the whole family prep for the first day of school.

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Just for kids

14 Creative kids

26 Meet the red pandas

16 Start the school year off right

28 Dot-to-dot

20 Full Life Academy

By Audrey Mead


6 Deadlines, Hello (585) families 10 New and noteworthy By Sarah Mead

12 Family Do List By Lenora Kasper

18 Book nook By Deena Viviani

23 Feeding your family By Emily DiCesare

By Mary Kokinda

By Sarah Mead

By Carolyn Sperry

24 All aboard!

By Ellen Paddock

By Monkeying Around

29 Audrey asks 30 Crafty Cat

31 Mindfulness moment By Terri Ercole

32 When Rochester played in the NFL By Michael Benson

34 Color your world By Anna Overmoyer

By Cathy Monrad

By Gio Battaglia

CONTRIBUTORS Gio Battaglia is a senior at SUNY Brockport studying journalism and broadcasting.

Lenora Kasper is a senior at SUNY Brockport majoring in journalism and broadcasting.

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Mary Kokinda is a fifth-grade

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teacher who loves all the amazing local publications in Rochester that reveal the wonderful things this area has to offer.

Ellen Paddock is a recent graduate of SUNY Brockport. She is the communications coordinator at USA Wrestling.

Emily DiCesare is an E.R. doc by trade, salad blogger by passion, who lives in Brighton with her family.

Audrey Mead is a curious fifth grader with a passion for reading. She loves Legos, performing in musicals, and writing stories.

Carolyn Sperry is a wife, mother, and freelance contributor from Geneva.

Terri Ercole is an elementary

school teacher and volunteer with the Center for Youth in Rochester.

Sarah Mead is a writer who loves children’s books and dance parties

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Albert Einstein famously said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Rochester area librarians have been busy planning an oceanthemed summer reading program for kids and teens complete with prizes and celebrations. These fun reading challenges are the perfect way to keep our young readers engaged in learning during the long break from school. Stop by your local library or find them online to sign up for your spot in the summer reading program and register for free events. There are so many to choose from! At the Victor-Farmington library, teens kick off their summer reading with an ice cream social on July 7. They can also join Jumping Genres, the summer book club just for teens. Younger children will celebrate the magic found in books on July 8 during Cap’n Dave’s Magic Treasure Hunt. The forty-five-minute show will be packed with magic, comedy, and puppets. Learn about bioluminescent ocean creatures with the Mendon Library at 10

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Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Redwings

Harry Allen Park on July 20 with books, songs, and crafts. Or take a self-guided exploration to learn about the bugs that live in the ocean the whole week of August 8. You can spend July 7 with the Wildlife Rockstar Animal Show & Tell. The Seneca Park Zoo will be bringing some animal friends to the Arnett library July 20. Learn to draw ocean creatures with an illustrator or take part in an African drum concert. Get up close and personal with all kinds of trucks and vehicles on July 11 at the Chili library. Make a list of all the libraries you want to visit this summer and have fun checking them off! Kids will love the ocean-themed crafts, movies, and story times. You will find playtime, cooking lessons, tie dye parties, and outdoor games. There are even reading challenges and prizes for adults, too. FESTIVALS

For the past couple of years we have missed many of our favorite festivals. Corn Hill Arts Festival is finally returning this summer on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10. Stroll down the tree-lined streets of one of Rochester’s oldest residential neighborhoods to shop from hundreds of artists. Four stages of music will have you dancing your way around the nine streets

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of vendors. The family fun area is located off Adams Street and includes a fairy house tour, mobile aerial park, spin art, bounce houses, and clowns. Park your car and enjoy a free, air-conditioned, coach-style bus ride to and from the festival. Details at cornhillartsfestival.com. Rochester Summer Soul Music Festival returns this year with an entire weekend of free and ticketed events starting with a tailgate on Friday August 26. Tickets start at $25. Enjoy free family fun before the big concert with an allday block party at the Frontier Field VIP lot Saturday, August 27. You’ll find food, merchandise vendors, and a variety of unique performances. Gates open for ticket holders at 5:00 p.m. for Saturday’s concert. Tickets start at $69. More information at rocsummersoulfest.com. Roc Jam Live returns with Summer Soul Sunday edition, a free community event at Martin Luther King Memorial Park at Manhattan Square, Sunday, August 28 at 3:00 p.m. Visit RocJamLive.com to find out more.

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Live baseball makes for the perfect summer activity. Bring the whole family down to Frontier Field, grab a Zweigle’s red hot, and catch a Red Wings game all summer long. Celebrate Independence Day early on July 3 with the biggest fireworks show of the season. Camp out with the whole family right on the field July 15. Check the full schedule for theme nights including Star Wars, dinosaurs, ZOOperstars, and Bark in the Park. Visit milb.com/rochester for details on which nights will have BOGO tickets, giveaways, celebrity guests, and a chance for kids to run the bases. New for kids this year: Red Wings and ROC Autism recently teamed up to build a brand-new sensory suite. The stadium will also feature an autism awareness day. Kids will enjoy seeing Milo the bat dog and lovable mascots Spikes, Mittsy, and Mac. Knot Hole Kids Club membership gets your littlest baseball fans (ages four to twelve) discounted tickets and tons of freebies. Ask about it at the box office!



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Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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Special effects and a live symphony orchestra that performs the iconic score are just some ways the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing guests back to the Jurassic time period. 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 26 Gibbs St. (rpo.org)


Guests will get to see Disney’s underwater princess on the big screen and witness the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform the Oscar-winning score. 6 p.m. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, 26 Gibbs St. (rpo.org)

The Experimental Aircraft Association offers kids 8 to17 a free airplane ride. The Young Eagles program’s sole mission is to inspire and introduce children to the world of aviation. The pilots introduce their plane, give a safety briefing, and take each youngster for a plane ride. There is also a fundraising cookout. Rides are also available August 20 and September 10. Please register at youngeagles44@gmail.com.Flight leaves from Brockport. Email for further details. (chapters.eaa.org/EAA44)






Dress up as your favorite superhero or princess for this fun vintage train ride with costumed guests. You never know what masked hero or ruling princess might show up to join the ride! A bounce house and other fun activities will be provided, so parents can enjoy the museum grounds. Tickets required. 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, 282 Rush Scottsville Rd. (rgvrm.org)


This is Pittsford’s first summer concert for kids of the year. Get outside and dance along the canal! Mr. Loops will be putting 12

smiles on all the kids’ faces with his playlist of fun, age-appropriate rock. 6:30 p.m. Spiegel Community Center, Field 35 Lincoln Ave. (townofpittsford.org/recreation)

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Paulsen and Baker offer a variety of kids music genres such as country and rock. Kids will get to play, dance, and sing outside in the summer air. 6:30 p.m. Spiegel Community Center, 35 Lincoln Ave. (townofpittsford.org/recreation)


Celebrate the end of summer and the start of another school year with the Rochester Museum & Science Museum. Caregivers and campers will both have fun doing activities designed for the family. From engineering instruments and art to launching film canister rockets, this camp is the perfect way to cap off summer with your little camper. Activities are designed for ages 5 to 11, but campers of all ages are welcome. Materials are open-ended, so projects may be as complex or simple as desired. Must pre-register. 4:30-6:30 p.m. RMSC, 657 East Ave. (rmsc.org)


It’s Milo’s last appearance of the season, so make sure to stop by and get a glimpse of this sweet Rochester Red Wings golden retriever. The Red Wings have set a goal of raising $10,000 for Bivona Child Advocacy Center and Society for the Protection and Care of Children during the 2022 season. Each time Milo retrieves the bat, Flower City Group will donate $50! Fans also have a chance to meet Milo. 6:05 p.m. Frontier Field, 1 Morrie Silver Way (milb.com/rochester)


You don’t want to miss Pittsford’s last summer concert for kids of the year. Kids and parents can dance to the live music outside and enjoy the fun activities and beautiful outdoor view. 6:30 p.m. Spiegel Community Center, 35 Lincoln Ave. (townofpittsford.org/recreation)

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Creative kids Students spend time reviewing and editing their magazine

Pittsford fifth graders publish their own magazine BY MARY KOKINDA

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ids love animals, right? As a child, I not only loved them, but I also wanted to learn about them. Luckily, I had parents who provided me with subscriptions to many animal magazines. Reading each new issue loaded me with the confidence of knowing more about something. Nonfiction is often overlooked and underestimated, but if you leave reading material sitting around on a topic kids care about, they may just pick it up. Magazine articles are great to read in bursts and do not require lengthy attention like chapter books. There are often great illustrations or photographs, and a thoughtful reader may even find pleasure in a well-formatted page. Fold back those slippery pages to share a fascinating fact or amusing picture with others; it elevates the experience to a social event, a bonding moment. Being a magazine reader is still one of my favorite pastimes. Little did I realize all the work that went into the making of each issue, however, before managing a youthful and creative production staff of my own. A few years ago I challenged my Pittsford School District fifth-grade students to create a magazine that we could publish and share with our school community. With the principal’s permission, of course, we launched our yearly project. Students are now able to study the prior year’s published issues, which they always want to improve upon. Some classic ideas get repeated: “Instrument of the Issue,” “Debate Page,” an animal page, of course, and interviews where we ask a student from each grade about a kid-friendly topic. A lot of thought goes into the fact that our readers are five to eleven years old, and we want to help them learn to be great readers and thinkers. Fifth

Article drafts for review

graders write, research, photograph, design, and edit it all. Suddenly the act of revision or redoing their work isn’t an ask from a teacher; it’s a necessary move in order to be sure the end product will be the best version it can be. Learning how to compromise is key as classmates critique the work and provide constant feedback as we all work on one document online together. Positive peer pressure becomes an act of collaboration. When asked what she learned from the experience, Natalie says “that sometimes I have to change my ideas.” Another student, Gray, says, “I have learned to cooperate and to plan my work.” What’s the best part of it all? Rory says, “I enjoy looking over the final product and handing them out to kids all over the school and seeing people enjoy them.” When a second grade teacher emails to tell us that her students are working on the math page from our issue (my student writers create individual problems appropriate for each grade level) the joy of being a published author is clear. I often tell my students that the hard part of any given assignment will potentially be working with a partner or group, not

the actual work itself. Producing our magazine together epitomizes that idea but makes the struggle worth it. Because, of course, there are struggles. Learning to recognize that someone else’s ideas might look better or make more sense is hard for adults, too. Kids become more flexible and creative with each new page and every issue, kind of competing with themselves to do better. Have I mentioned that their work isn’t even graded? The growth they experience in computer skills, writing and revision, planning and follow through, as well as interpersonal skills is obvious to them and me. So yes, we are printing hard copies of paper magazines and the kids get it. “Feeling it in your hands” and the “good smell” are things that Tesla notices. “Some people can’t afford digital devices,” says Cece. Many students, in fact, want paper literature in their hands. Furthermore, Elliott points out, “It’s worth making a paper magazine because it encourages kids to read more magazines like (585) Kids!”

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Starting the school year off right Eight ways to build a parent-teacher relationship BY SARAH MEAD


ummertime is finally here, but you-know-what is right around the corner. Forget Bruno—in my house we don’t talk about “back to school,” no no no. We hold on to every last delicious slice of summer. But eventually, my children end up stalking our mailbox hoping to find letters from their new teachers. Before we know it, we are in that aisle, crisp school supply list in hand. Anticipation fills the air. Parents wonder: “Will my child be helped or challenged enough? Will they have friends?” Teachers wonder: “Will the kids come in ready to learn? Will the parents be supportive?” As a former teacher and now a parent, I know what it feels like to be on both sides of the relationship and how important it is for our children that the adults in their lives work as a team. So, where do you start?

1. Meet the teacher. Many districts have a meet-the-teacher day or a back-to-school night. These times are meant for introductions and general questions, to get to know the classroom and school. Make sure to introduce yourself but remember to set up a private meeting for another time if you have specific concerns about your child.

2. Communicate. Email regularly and don’t let the first communication be a complaint. You should feel comfortable sharing your child’s achievements. This makes it easier to communicate when you do have a concern. Teachers want to give emotional support when needed most. Let them know when a pet dies, a friend moves away, or if parents are separating. If you do have a complaint, consider “sandwiching” it in between two compliments.

3. Volunteer in the classroom. You can do anything from cutting paper for a project to reading to a student who needs extra support. Many of us can’t volunteer on a regular basis, so consider purchasing extra school supplies for the class or chaperoning a field trip or special event. 16

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4. Bring your concerns to the teacher first. Many of us have said in the heat of the moment, “Your teacher said WHAT?!?” and immediately dialed the principal or even the superintendent to complain. Give the teacher the benefit of the doubt. Breathe. Remember that as information passes from teachers to students to parents, things can quickly turn into a game of telephone. If you feel the situation needs to be addressed, call the teacher. Keep records of times when you feel your child’s needs were not being met or you wished a situation was handled differently, but try not to be defensive. You are the expert on your child, but your child’s teacher is the expert on instructing twenty-five children at once.

5. Get organized! Make it a routine to check all backpacks and send back permission slips, correspondence, and money right away. Label everything! Check routinely for emails from teachers and respond when appropriate. Set up a white board calendar for your kids so they know what day they need their instrument, sneakers for PE, or to take the early bus. Color coding makes it easy for everyone to find their activities.

6. Join the PTSA. Each district has councils or committees you can join to give input, plan events, or just get informed. Dances and field trips need to be coordinated. It’s a great way to meet other parents and get involved in your community. If you don’t have time to volunteer, try to attend the events. For more information, check your school’s website for the next parent teacher student association meeting or a list of parent groups to join.


7. Talk about school at home. “How was school?” can feel too vague for most kids. Try asking questions like “What happened at recess? Who did you sit with at lunch? What book did you read? Is there anything I can help you work on?” We do “roses and thorns” at the dinner table every night where we talk about our favorite and least favorite parts of our day (grownups, too). It’s important to talk about the good and the bad but try not to speak negatively about your child’s teacher. This may give your child permission to misbehave or create anxiety.

8. Show your appreciation. If your child’s teacher helped him solve a problem with a friend or made her feel good about math, send a quick thank you. My first year teaching, I had two parents write long letters to the principal detailing how happy their children were in my classroom. It meant more to me than any gift card. So, I try to do the same thing for my children’s teachers at the end of the year. You can also get together with other parents in the class to create a memorable group gift. When in doubt, handwritten cards are the best.


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Teen book fest is back!

Our favorite festival takes over Frontier Field BY DEENA VIVIANI

Caitlyn Stahovic-Barnes at Brighton Memorial Library with books by TBF authors


alling all fans of young adult literature: put September 24, 2022 on your calendar because the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (TBF) is back in person! The inaugural TBF kicked off in spring of 2006, the brainchild of Stephanie Squicciarini, a former Monroe County Library System (MCLS) teen services librarian, and ran every May through 2018. The TBF committee took a year off in 2019, which turned into two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, they rebounded with an online festival. Now TBF codirectors Olivia Durant, Colleen Hernandez, Caitlyn Stahovic-Barnes, and Katie Smith are ready to rock in person in an all-new location. TBF’s most recent home was Nazareth College, but even with most of a college campus at their disposal, the festival became so popular that it outgrew that space. More publishers wanted to send their authors every year, and more librarians, educators, and teens came to see them. The teen-centric atmosphere and attending author list drew thousands of fans from New York, its surrounding states, and Canada. “It’s like a giant book party with hundreds of people who love books just 18

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as much as you,” says Hernandez. After searching for a new, larger venue, they struck a deal with Frontier Field and “Take Me Out to TBF” was born. “The fact that we will have an entire baseball stadium to ourselves is so awesome!” says Smith. “Frontier Field is a staple in Rochester, so what better way to bring back our in-person festival than in the heart of the city?” “We will have special TBF–themed swag and merch for purchase to go along with our exciting new venue,” adds Hernandez. In addition to the new location, the group is changing the month the festival is held. Traditionally, it was on a Saturday

in May, but due to pandemic related circumstances they had to push the date back to September. However, the directors see this as a plus. “In the past, we would have to ‘compete’ with Mother’s Day, the Lilac Festival, proms, and graduations,” says Stahovic-Barnes. “September doesn’t always have to mean back to school. Now it can mean TBF!” Despite these big changes, a lot of the tried-and-true staples of TBF will be featured again this year. The opening author panel, individual breakout author sessions, and personal autographing opportunities are all on deck. Another key promise of the fest is that teens are put first. Priority seating is given to teens at the sessions, and they have special opportunities to participate as volunteers, which gets them closer to their favorite authors. There is a Teen Book Fest advisory board made up of teens who assist the directors with questions like which authors to invite and what kinds of merchandise teens would buy. The Teen Author Panel offers an avenue for teens to be in the festival if they are published digitally or in print —poetry or prose. Anyone who fits this bill is encouraged to contact TBF for an application. Alumni authors are also ready to come back, like the award-winning fan favorite Amy S. King (Dig). “During the pandemic, I missed a lot of things, but high up on my list was connecting with students at the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival.

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It’s no secret that TBF is my favorite festival in the country, and I am not alone. I am so grateful to the committee for forging ahead during these uncertain times. I just can’t wait to see everyone again,” says King. Eighteen authors are expected this year, including Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things), Ellen Hopkins (Crank), Falynn Koch (Science Comics: Plagues), Bill Konigsberg (Openly Straight), Claire Legrand (Furyborn), Katherine Locke (This Rebel Heart), G. Neri (Ghetto Cowboy), Michael Northrup (Trapped), Rose Szabo (What Big Teeth), and Vincent Tirado (Burn Down, Rise Up). As always, TBF is free thanks to its sponsors. You can support TBF by buying books from Hipocampo Children’s Books at the fest or by visiting the TBF page at hipocampochildrensbooks. com. It is important to note that TBF is run completely by volunteers. “TBF just isn’t possible without the extra help from teen volunteers,” says Stahovic-Barnes. Check out the website or follow TBF on social media to find out how to become an integral part of the fest. The volunteer hours can count as credit towards community service for school, or teens can do it to get an inside look at how the festival is run while at the same time meeting other like-minded teens. “Where else can a teen go to not only meet their favorite authors but meet other teens with similar interests?” says Stahovic-Barnes. “TBF is magic,” adds Smith. “You see friendships form in one day and watch teens realize that they aren’t alone.”



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Full Life Academy Launching a rewarding life for young adults on the autism spectrum BY CAROLYN SPERRY


hen young adults with autism exit the public school system, often at age twenty-one, they encounter what is sometimes called “the cliff” or “when the bus stops coming.” Without the structure of school, individuals and their parents sometimes struggle to find options that help facilitate continued growth. The leaders at AutismUp realized that there were “gaps in the community,” says marketing and development director Lisa Ponticello. Parents and individuals had to face “that question of what’s next,” she says. “I think we’d just been living in fear of the day the bus stops coming.” The programs that already existed for young adults worked great for some individuals but not all. Many programs focus on gainful employment—a great goal, but “clearly not practical for some of our kids,” says Ponticello. Some individuals might, for example, get more out of a classroom setting, an internship, or a volunteer experience.


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Given that there were “thousands” of individuals that did not fit well into the available offerings, Ponticello says, AutismUp realized that they needed to create a modern, innovative, and customized program that could fit anyone’s needs. Thus, the Full Life Academy (FLA) program was born. This new program was piloted in the summer of 2021 and fully launched in the fall of 2021 thanks to a grant from the Golisano Foundation. According to AutismUp executive director Sarah Milko, “individualization and innovation” are what sets this program apart. FLA uses an online platform that helps students create and set goals. The student is then advised, based on these goals, about what classes to take in order to achieve them. “Each individual is engaged in mapping out their own future,” said Milko. The “Foundations” classes offered at FLA are individual classes that help each participant work on personal goals. Navigators consider individuals’ skill levels, desires, and ambitions when

helping them craft a vision for their future. Navigators work with individuals themselves, and sometimes parents as well, to find the right fit. The classes then work on executive functioning skills using peer-to-peer support, “teachable moments,” and reallife scenarios. In addition to the Foundations classes, FLA offers students instruction in career exploration, technology, fitness, independent living, navigating relationships, exercise, gardening, and more. “We are still building it,” Ponticello says, but the idea is to offer a wide selection of classes, not unlike a college experience. AutismUp is actively working on forming more community partnerships to provide both work and recreation opportunities to program participants. The first two community partnerships have been highly successful. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) teaches a two-hour course once a week to students who are interested in living and navigating their community more safely. Some students have learned how to call 911, how to approach an officer for help, and what to do if they are lost. There are also opportunities to learn about what it takes to run a

large-scale department such as the MCSO. Students have visited MSCO facilities as well as the jail and courthouse and have had the opportunity to observe drones and horses in action. A second partnership is with the Seneca Park Zoo. Students go weekly to the zoo to get a behind-the-scenes look at zoo operations and learn about what it takes to work there, as well as learn about conservation and the environment. FLA participant Dianna Douglas, twenty-four, of Webster, loves the program. Via email, she explains that she first tried a college experience program that was not a perfect fit, so she started researching different programs. During a meeting with an advisor from Arc of Monroe and her service coordinator, she was introduced to the FLA concept. “When I heard about it, I was already excited because I loved AutismUp because I already was doing a program there on Saturdays,” she says. “So, we checked it out.” When asked what she likes best about the program, she says, “Wow, so many things, but if I had to pick one . . . being somewhere where I can learn and have fun while doing it.” She

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I want people to know that laughter is my all-time favorite medicine and that it’s so good for the soul. It’s good to be around positive people who also let out that same energy and know that it is so good to laugh till your belly hurts. Those are the best days that make wonderful memories.

—Dianna Douglas

has always loved to bake and is expanding her cooking horizons by learning new skills at FLA. “Now I find myself wanting to buy all the cooking things we use in class,” she remarks. “It’s made life so much better learning and knowing I can do it so that one day when I’m on my own I know I can be successful.” The FLA cooking classes cover topics like meal planning and kitchen safety in addition to cooking skills. Douglas says that going forward, she would like to do more baking each week. So far, feedback about FLA from participants, partners, and instructors has been very positive, Ponticello says. They are actively listening to any suggestions


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and feedback. “The opportunities to just . . . meet everybody where they’re at and make new friends . . . it’s been really wonderful.” Douglas agrees—she feels that FLA is “a wonderful program and there is outstanding staff on the team.” She tells anyone thinking about participating that, “If you have any worries just give it a shot; you won’t regret it. This is a special program for awesome people.”

feeding your family

Power-packed lunches Tips for fun and easy lunch-making BY EMILY DICESARE

Pro tip #1—Spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread with jelly in the middle. This way the jelly doesn’t get one side soggy. A sandwich, protein/granola bar, cheese stick, and a piece of fruit or sliced veggies is the perfect lunch for my formula child. Pro tip #2—Put a slice of cheese on each side of the bread for cold cut sandwiches with mayo or mustard in the middle to keep the bread from getting mushy. Now, perhaps you have a child that likes the same thing, but doesn’t like sandwiches. A roll-up can be a great way to get some protein and veggies into their lunch. Take a large tortilla, spread with cream cheese, boursin cheese, or hummus. Next, lay down a layer of deli meat, top with a slice of cheese, then thinly spread spinach, lettuce leaves, or shredded carrots over that. Then roll up starting at one end. Slice cross wise to make pinwheels. Be creative with toppings or spreads—substitute pickles, thinly sliced cucumbers, or bell peppers instead of greens. Avoid tomatoes or other watery vegetables. These rollups don’t get as soggy as a sandwich and last a few days in the fridge. For most elementary-aged children one large tortilla makes enough for two children or one child and a happy spouse who leaves for the office with a packed lunch.

Some kids prefer a hot lunch. Leftover pasta, soups, and stews make great lunches. Yet most younger children do not have access to a microwave at school. How to keep those lunches warm? Pro tip #3—Fill a thermos with boiling water and place on the counter for 10–15 minutes while you reheat the leftovers in the microwave (and make a cup of coffee for yourself). Pour out the boiling water and fill the thermos with the hot food. It will stay warm for several hours. My favorite, and the most popular way in our house to pack lunches, is in bento boxes. The YumBox brand is the best in my opinion; it truly does not leak. Salsa, cottage cheese, and yogurt all stay separate in their areas. The small compartments allow you to pack a variety of different foods. For younger kids I have found this to be a particularly successful way to get kids to finish their lunches. Additionally, it is a nice way to use up small amounts of leftovers. Do you have only a little bit of leftover chicken, six grapes, and one scoop of macaroni salad left? All perfect for the small compartments of a bento box. Some other quick ideas: • Try premade salads, the kind that come with the fork and dressing. Throw in a lunch bag with a few other “sides.”

• Portion out snacks at the beginning of the week. Having five bags of pretzels, gold fish, nuts, etc. ready to go saves a few precious minutes in the mornings. Reusable zipper bags are nice for these types of snacks and cut down on single use plastics.

In summary, learn what works for your family, what your children will eat, and what you have time for. It is better to pack a lunch your child will actually eat than one that is Instagram worthy. Though if it happens to be both, that’s an added bonus! 585kids.com | Summer 2022

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If you are looking for inspiration as you pack school lunches, do not, I repeat DO NOT search on Pinterest. What you will find are many pictures of people cutting sandwiches into star and flower shapes, or decorating fruit with googly eyes, and then arranging it all by color to create rainbows. Very few (if any) actual parents have this kind of time. Plus, all of us have seen our perfectly packed lunches chucked into backpacks or swung around on the way to the bus stop. I think children can be divided into two types of lunch eaters. The formula child is one that likes the exact same thing for lunch every day. Then there is the child that needs variety. I happen to have one of each. The former, the formula child, is obviously much easier to pack for. PB &J every day for a whole week? Easy! I don’t like to make all the sandwiches at once, because by Friday who really wants to eat a five-day old sandwich. But for some, the time to pack all the lunches is on Sunday evenings, and that is ok. Lower your expectations—they are children, and they spend most of the lunch period talking/screwing around.




Local attractions for the whole family BY GIO BATTAGLIA

Learn all about trains at Arcade and Attica Railroad

View historic carrousel horses at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Slippery snakes are only a few of the exciting delights of Prehistoric World

Don’t miss out on experiencing the zoo under the stars this summer.

Step back in time at Old Fort Niagara 24

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Education and fun activities await at the Corning Museum of Glass

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s the temperature continues to creep up, the desire for things to do increases as well. Luckily there are dozens of activities to add to your calendar that will keep your family occupied for the summer. An historic experience awaits at the Arcade and Attica Railroad. First opened in the1880s, today it is the last operating shortline railroad in New York State. These trips are powered by the railroad’s steamer and other trips by World War II-era dieselelectric locomotives. During the trip, the Curriers Depot allows for interactions with the crew and a closer look at the engine of the train. Ninety-minute excursions run every weekend until the last full weekend of September. Head over to aarailroad.com for more information. Enjoy a blast from the past at Prehistoric World. This hands-on experience will bring species from the past and present together, including bearded dragons as well as other reptiles and amphibians. The critters are from both forest and tropical environments. Don’t miss Turtle Town, an entire exhibit focusing on turtles. Visit prehistoricworld.org for more information. Your perspective of glass will change at the Corning Museum of Glass. The wide range of objects on display cover an extensive timeline of history from ancient Egyptian glass to contemporary sculpture. There is also an interactive educational factor touching on the science and technology of what is displayed in the gallery. Visit cmog.org for hours and other details. There are more history lessons at the Buffalo Zoo. First opened as a deer park, The Buffalo Zoo was established in 1875. The Rainforest Falls features a two-story waterfall as well as ramps and overlooks to enable visitors to view dozens of colorful free-flight birds. There is also a train and carousel to enjoy between animal exhibits. Visit buffalozoo.org for more information. If you like history continue to Youngstown and visit Old Fort Niagara. First established 300 years ago, this fort at the mouth of the Niagara River controlled important access to the Great Lakes. Today visitors can step back in time and learn about the life of Native American, French, and British soldiers. Interpreters demonstrate what daily life was like in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. You can even experience a live musket demonstration and tour the fort buildings. To learn more visit oldfortniagara.org. Feel like taking a spin on a classic carousel? Take a quick jaunt to North Tonawanda and visit the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. This is the only carousel museum in the world housed in an original factory that was built in 1915. Visitors can browse exhibits devoted to carousel history, then go for a merry-go-round ride! Visit carrouselmuseum.org for more details. [“Carrousel” is a traditional, alternative spelling of the more common “carousel.”—Ed.] The warmest months are full of endless opportunities for fun, so make sure to add some of these attractions to your summer bucket list.

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A family of red pandas at Seneca Park Zoo can’t wait for your visit! BY ELLEN PADDOCK


id you know that a family of fluffy-faced, bushy-tailed red pandas live right in your neighborhood at the Seneca Park Zoo? The mom and dad red pandas, Starlight and Willie, have a pair of twins named Micah and Lukas who are just one year old. Red pandas come from the eastern Himalayas and China. They have red fur with black-lined bellies to keep them camouflaged in the wild. Although their cute whiskers and little faces make them look extremely huggable and lovable, you don’t want to get too close to these spunky little creatures. Micah and Lukas live with their mom while their dad, Willie, prefers his own space just around the corner. The twins love to play with each other all day long, except when they’re eating or napping. Lukas, the feistier of the pair, usually starts the play fighting, but Micah, who is large and in charge, finishes it. Red pandas snack on bamboo leaves all day long, but their favorite food to eat is fruit. To these baby red pandas, apples and pears are just like candy, and when it’s in their reach, they gobble it all up as fast as they can. At the Seneca Park Zoo, the zookeepers put their fruit in 26

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mini pinatas and watch as Micah, Lukas, and Starlight dig in. By the time they are finished, the pinata sits over their heads like a hat—there is never a crumb left behind. The word “panda” means “bamboo eater” in Chinese, which explains how these animals got their name. However, unlike the larger white and black pandas, red pandas only eat the leaves on the bamboo instead of the entire stalks. It is easy to think that red pandas are related to the giant panda bear. However, the red panda, also known as the firefox, isn’t classified as a bear and was discovered several years before the panda bear. Red pandas are much smaller than giant pandas but are incredibly agile climbers and spend much of their time high up in trees. They can climb as high in the air as they want but aren’t as skilled at jumping and leaping between trees. They also have special attachments on their paws that allow them to climb head first down trees, something you would never catch a giant panda doing. A day in the life of these bright red baby pandas at the zoo is paradise. They wake up, play, eat, nap in a hammock high in the trees, and repeat. They love the snow and will spend all their time outside if the weather is cool enough. Since they come from the Himalayan mountains, they prefer cold temperatures or air conditioning in the summertime. It is best to visit them at the zoo when the weather is a bit chillier as they are not a fan of hot and humid summer days. As Micah and Lukas continue to grow up, they will soon move out and find a new zoo when the time is right. But Starlight and Willie are at the Seneca Park Zoo to stay and can’t wait for you to come to visit them this summer!

PARENTS: Our article about the Seneca Park Zoo’s red panda family is an excellent way for your children to learn about animals and their lives at the zoo. It can also spark fun and exciting conversations with your little ones. Here are a few questions you can ask your kids about the red pandas.

Q: What part of the world do red pandas come from?



Activity: Look up pictures of China and the Himalayas together. Ask your child if they would like to visit this part of the world someday.

Q: What does the word “panda” mean? Activity: Go to a local garden store or nursery and examine bamboo. Let your child (carefully) feel the stalks of the plant.

Q: True or false: Red pandas aren’t actually related to the giant panda. (Answer: true!)

Activity: Search online or at the library to learn what the closest relatives of the red panda really are.

Q: Do red pandas prefer hot or cool weather? Activity: Investigate what the average temperatures are in the Himalayas.

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Audrey Asks...


Audrey is a curious ten-year-old who wants to learn more about everything. She is searching for kids in the Rochester area who are doing big things. Today, she interviews ten-year-old Allison Hanna who homeschools in Webster. Alli loves French fries, Frozen,

pop music and country. She lives with her mom, dad, one older brother, and younger brother/sister twins. She has a cat named Hazel. Chemistry and physics are her favorite subjects.

What are the advantages of being homeschooled?

Being able to do my classes on my own schedule. Being able to split up the work throughout the day and do things like nature walks, visiting museums, or playing outside. Are there any disadvantages?

Not spending time with my friends during the school day. Is it hard to make friends?

Allison Hanna

No. I go to a lot of different places and events where I make friends. I also have a lot of friends who live in my neighborhood. Do your siblings homeschool too?

How long have you been homeschooling and why did you start?

Since kindergarten. My older brother was being homeschooled and my parents decided to try it with me too. We talk about it each year together to decide what the best choice is for me.

What subjects do you learn and who teaches you?

Math, language arts, modern history, chemistry, physics, Spanish, art, music, health, and physical education. I do independent learning for a lot of things, and my mom teaches, too.

Do you have to buy a lot of supplies?

Not really. A few books, pencils, and paper. I use my computer to see what my assignments are.

What about tests? Do you still have to take them? Photos provided by author

I take quizzes but not big tests.

Is homeschooling challenging enough for you?

Yes. I get to help pick some of my subjects and we can go as fast or as slow as I need to.

My big brother was until sixth grade. He goes to public school now. My little siblings learn at home. How long is your school day? Do you have a schedule?

There isn’t a time limit. Generally, my classes take about thirty minutes each. Sometimes longer. Sometimes less. I don’t have all my classes every single day. I have a general schedule, but homeschooling is flexible so it can be different every day. That sounds like so much fun! Do you get to sleep in?

I can but I like to wake up at 6:45 a.m. each morning.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Arts and crafts, reading, gymnastics, and styling hair.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can make my tongue into a star shape. I’m really good at art, and I can play the guitar. I am super flexible and good at body contortion. What do you want to be when you grow up?

An interior designer!

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aise your hand if love lady bugs. What about bumblebees? Or a good game of Tic Tac Toe? Crafty Cat will show you how to create this mash up of all three for a bit of garden fun.

Gather your materials

1 wood slice: 1-inch thick and 9–12 inches diameter 10 smooth black river rocks: 5 round and 5 oblong or oval Acrylic paint in colors red, yellow, black, and white Acrylic sealer (optional–see note at end)

Step 1: Create the game board

1. Use a pencil and ruler to mark a grid on the wood slice as shown. Start and end grid lines about an inch from the edge of wood. 2. Paint over pencil lines with black paint using a thin brush. Let paint dry completely.

1. Using a wide brush, paint red on the rock tops as pictured. You may need 3-5 coats for complete coverage. Let dry completely.

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Pencil Ruler Assorted small paint brushes Pencil with eraser Toothpick

Step 2: Create the lady bugs from the round rocks

2. Dip the eraser end of a pencil in black paint and dab onto the rock to create a pattern as shown. Let dry completely.


Gather your tools

Step 3: Create the bumblebees on oblong or oval rocks 1. Using the narrow brush, paint yellow stripes on the rock tops as pictured. You may need 3-5 coats for complete coverage. Let dry completely. 2. Dip a toothpick in white paint and dab onto rock to create the eyes.

Note: If game will be kept outside, use a sealer to protect the board and pieces. Follow instructions for use on label, and let dry completely.


Mindfulness moments

Planning ahead for the first day of school BY TERRI ERCOLE


t’s that time of year that can provoke a wild roller coaster of emotions all day long: exhilaration, anxiety, excitement, panic, or all the above. The start of a new school year can leave students, teachers, and parents giddy with anticipation or in a puddle of tears screaming, “I’m not ready!” Is anyone really ready for that first day? Even the most seasoned of teachers (speaking from experience) and the parent with a spreadsheet of supplies (not me) has doubts that the first day will be brilliant. Ready for tips to make that first week a little more spectacular? Take it from the experts—students, parents and teachers. Students of all ages have advice that is sure to be helpful!

• Enjoy your summer and recharge!

Teacher input. Remember that many are also parents and all want the best for their students. For students:

• Dive in! Come with an open mind—know that there is always something to gain from each day.

• Check in with friends before the first day. • Smile at someone. For parents:

• Establish routines and keep to them as much as you can. • Talk to your child and ask them what they need to succeed.

• If you play sports, keep in shape and connect

• Email teachers if you need anything to make the

• When you get your schedule, see if you can find

• Just breathe.

with teammates over the summer.

start easier.

your classes, so that the first day doesn’t leave you wandering.

• Get school supplies before the first day. • Pack your backpack the night before. • Make a plan for who to sit next to on the bus. • It’s ok to not remember all that you’ve learned—

that’s why there are teachers. This is advice from one wise eight-year-old!

Parent suggestions are much of the same, but they add:

• Try to help your child get as much sleep in as possible the day before.

• Get them pumped up with new school outfits if you can.

• Get new haircuts, but not too new! • Let your students pick a “Back to School” dinner. Photo provided by author

• Do summer reading early in the break. • Ask your child what questions they have about the

Believe it or not, many parents, teachers, and students feel the same way with school approaching. Whether you’ve had a great experience every year or have some well-founded anxiety, perceptions are reality. One of the most important things to remember is that school is meant to be a safe place for students to socialize, find their passion, learn to expand their ideas, and become more critical thinkers—at any age. Take note of each new idea, friend, or even the spectacular lunch choice that comes your way. Find something that makes you smile and hold onto it. Every day can be better than the next. Try out a few of these tips, remember that it’s ok to feel a bit nervous, and jump right in! Take it from one little guy, Enzo, who’s ready to start kindergarten in September: “Just have fun and play with friends.”

upcoming year and try to find the answers.

• Listen to your child—a wise person once told me

Ready or not? I’d say yes.

that perception is reality.

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Story corner

Remembering when

Rochester played in the NFL Rochester Jeffersons made their home in Edgerton Park BY MICHAEL BENSON

Today, there are fifty players on an NFL team, plus a taxi squad in case of injuries. In 1916 there were seventeen Jeffersons.



expected to play both offense and defense.


t’s almost fall, and that means NFL football on TV every Sunday (and Thursday and Monday) until the Super Bowl. Many of you have a favorite NFL team. Go Bills! But did you know there was a time long ago when Rochester had its own team in the NFL? It’s true. For six seasons, old-time Rochesterians could see the pros of the gridiron right here in the Flower City. The Rochester Jeffersons began in 1895 as an amateur sandlot team, playing against similar ragtag teams from Rochester as well as those in Buffalo and Syracuse. From 1908 to 1919 they played in the New York Pro Football League, and in 1916 they won the league championship. The 1920s would be a time of rapid change in America. Women were allowed to vote for the first time, alcohol was against the law, and a new “national” league for pro football was in the works. Team owner Leo Lyons saw bigger and better things for Rochester pro football. The Jeffersons joined the new All-


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American Football League in 1920 (which soon changed its name to the National Football League) and remained in the league until 1925. Lyons couldn’t afford a staff and so did it all. For years, he was the head coach, the team doctor, and the travel manager. He even laid out the chalk lines on the field before games. The Jeffs, as they were called, played their games first at the corner of Genesee Park Boulevard and Scottsville Road. Later they moved to the baseball park on Bay Street, and then to a permanent home in Edgerton Park behind what was then Jefferson High School. There, a large, roofed grandstand was built. All of the Jeffs’ fields were dirt and when it rained, games could be played with players up to their ankles in mud. The best Jeff of all was Joseph “Doc” Alexander, an All Pro, who starred for Rochester from 1921 to 1924. He played center, tackle, guard, and end. In 1922 he both played and


The Jeffs in action against the New York Giants.

Jeffersons’ owner Leo Lyons with the trophy his team earned by winning the 1916 New York State Championship.

The Jeffs’ grounds crew check out the new lawn mower at Edgerton Park, home of the Rochester Jeffersons during

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their time in the NFL.

coached. After the Jeffersons went out of business, Doc became a player/coach for the New York Giants. Pro football was different back then, and not just because the helmets were made of leather and had no faceguards. The athletes were expected to play both offense and defense. It was considered inferior to college football, and working people were suspicious of others who made money playing a game. When the Jeffs were all local boys having fun, they were at their peak popularity. When pros were used, and the players were not necessarily from what is now the (585), crowds shrunk. Now-legendary teams like the Chicago Bears

and the Green Bay Packers were just another opponent back then. One of the big problems was that the Jeffersons of this era were not very good. They played well in 1920, but after that they were often trounced. Nobody wanted to pay hard-earned money to see their team lose badly to superior competition. Typical was the sixty to nothing loss to the Bears in 1923, a game in which the Jeffs failed to push the ball past the fifty yard line.

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