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From water and wilderness, industries arose

First a village established in 1817 and then a city in 1834, Rochester began along the banks of the Genesee River. Water plays a prominent role in the city’s history-and not just the Genesee River. The Erie Canal and Lake ...

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Valentine learned from his early risks and stumbles

Michelangelo once said, "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark." Jeff Valentine, at 32 the president and CEO ...

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‘We are light-years away from our potential’

Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy speaks optimistically and hopefully about the city's future, while acknowledging problems such as poverty, violence, low graduation rates in the Rochester City School District and a collective insecurity among residents.

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Inside the theater: transformed, yet familiar

High on the facade of the Eastman Theatre is an inscription, chosen by George Eastman himself, that says, "For the enrichment of community life." For Douglas Lowry, dean of the Eastman School of Music, it was the same spirit that ...

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RPO, Eastman musicians eager to play in hall

At their first glimpse of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, audiences will see that it has undergone more than a few nips and tucks. From new box seats to an expanded inner lobby, the theater is refreshed and ...

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Opening night at Kodak Hall will reverberate

When the murmur of the crowd is overtaken by a crescendo of applause and the applause fades into expectant silence as the baton is raised on opening night of the refurbished Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, the ghost of George ...

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Theater’s superior craftsmanship continues

It may not be easy to take 800 seats from a concert hall, build large groups of box seats from scratch and renovate an entire lobby while maintaining the ambience of a theater built in 1922. But those were the ...

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Heart Institute link is designed to save time

When a patient experiencing severe cardiac distress arrives at an emergency department, time is of the essence. Rochester General Hospital’s new B. Thomas Golisano Pavilion and Emergency Center is designed to minimize what is known as "door-to-balloon time," officials say.  ...

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Grams’ approach: Keep patients front and center

When Rochester General Hospital opens its B. Thomas Golisano Pavilion and Emergency Center next month, a brand-new chief of emergency medicine, Keith Grams M.D., will be in charge of the unit.  Grams, an emergency medicine specialist, most recently worked in ...

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Emergency center opens with an eye to the future

Rochester General Hospital was bursting at the seams, cramped for space in its 1970s structure with a chaotic reception area. Its new B. Thomas Golisano Pavilion and Emergency Center is expected to change that.  After nearly two years of construction ...

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The world knew the value of Cunningham name

More than 120 years after his death, James Cunningham of Cunningham, Son & Co. is being recognized for his significant role in Rochester business.  Cunningham made his mark in the mid-1800s by manufacturing luxury carriages, employing approximately 800 workers in ...

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Smiths: National impact, down-home loyalty

Ferdinand and Gregory Smith opened Jay Advertising in 1973 with a vision to run a company that was faster and better than the competition. Thirty-six years later, the agency has more than 100 employees, $260 million in annual billings and ...

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She’s taken her own road to national reputation

Kitty Van Bortel’s early experiences in the automotive industry helped to define the successful company she later founded.   She worked the first 10 years of her career at Ridley Motors, Palmyra Motors, Bill Gordon Chevrolet and Holtz Automotive Group. After ...

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Future Hall of Famers learn the ropes in JA

When the Rochester Business Hall of Fame was founded eight years ago, it became one of only two permanent exhibits of its kind in the nation. The idea was to create an institution that honors the entrepreneurs and business leaders ...

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