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Employee Benefits/Insurance:
The long shadow of benefits

Employees’ benefits packages might be a point of fact on the negotiations table during merger or acqui-sition talks. Then again, they could become the factor that decides whether one company acquires another–or even considers the deal in the first place, ...

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Diverse collections let them
indulge creatively

With ceramic molds of the human head and framed lithographs of famous profiles, Grant Romer’s office could be mistaken for that of a brain surgeon or psychologist. But those artifacts, in the lower level of the George Eastman House, are ...

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Boating enthusiasts make waves
in local region

With a Great Lake, picturesque and protected bays, the Finger Lakes and the Genesee River among the area’s watery attractions, boating and related activities make a big splash in the local economy and recreation scene. Each year boaters buy gas, ...

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Riding lesson

Riding disciplines include: –Hunter/jumper: Using an English seat, riders learn to walk, trot, canter and jump the horse, and typically ride in a riding arena. –Eventing: A combined discipline where riders engage in cross-country, stadium jumping and dressage. –Saddle seat: ...

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Recreation & Leisure: No horsing around

The New York horse industry produces goods and services valued at $1.7 billion. –More than 258,000 New Yorkers are involved in the industry as owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. This figure does not include event spectators. –Direct industry employment ...

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FLPs: Is it time now?
Never? Or now or never?

Family limited partnerships have been the planning rage of the ’90s, and, for some of us, of years long before. Every major newspaper and business magazine has featured articles on how these FLPs reduce or eliminate the estate-tax burden. At ...

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Popular as they may be,
mutual funds not flawless

Many thought last year was the peak of the bull market. But with the recent strong economic indicators and few signs of inflation, stocks continue to rise. So, too, do the popularity and number of mutual funds. And for good ...

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Banking & Finance:
Defining the socially conscious portfolio isn’t as easy as it seems

If all institutions were to channel their investments into socially responsible companies, the world would be a better place. Cigarette smoking would cease. So would consumption of alcohol. Sweatshops would vanish. Environmental pollution would disappear. Equal pay for equal work ...

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Preservation industry cultivates
a love for history

Some 20 years ago while searching for a house to call home, Peter Trieb and his wife found a two- story, timber-framed house that was built in the late 18th century in Lima. It is called a federal house, says ...

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Real Estate & Construction:
The Relocation Incentive

Here is the bind corporate-relocation departments face: To induce employees or new hires to pull up stakes and go where the company wants them to takes an increasingly sweeter package. At the same time, the biggest cost of moving workers–selling ...

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Moves, busy lives mean
rise in home inspections

Local experts chalk it up to Rochester’s concentration of corporate and institutional relocations. “There is tons of relocation in this area,” says Edward Devine, owner of Lifespace Corp. “I have had instances where I’ve inspected the same house twice in ...

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Library council’s Welch
appointed to state post

Janet Martin Welch, executive director of the Rochester Regional Library Council, has been appointed assistant commissioner for libraries and state librarian by the New York State Board of Regents. Welch, who has served on the Rochester council for 20 years, ...

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Telemedicine capability exceeds
mere geography

The Rochester area enjoys a special position in the delivery of health care. There is a wealth of medical skill in this area, and we have more good medical institutions than do most comparable communities. Telecommunications technology, like other technologies, ...

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Videoconferencing is but
one eye on the future

What ever happened to the videophonic vision of the future that was forecast at the 1939 and 1964 World Fairs? The promise of real-time video interaction with a person on the other end of the conventional telephone was made to ...

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Futurists are playing push
and pull with the Web

The Web is big, and it is getting bigger. Hundreds of thousands of public Web sites are at your fingertips. But aside from professional surfers–in companies like Yahoo! Inc.–who really has time to punch in endless URLs in the hopes ...

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