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Eric Meier is the host of the Stress Free Ride Home on Lite 98.7 WLZW in Utica and lead explorer of the Haunts and Legends of New York video series.
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Erie Canal Village in Rome Reopens as Empire State Heritage Park

Once a tourist destination for history buffs yearning for a hands-on experience of life in Upstate New York in the 1800s and a yearly field trip destination for schoolchildren, Erie Canal Village in Rome slipped into disuse and disrepair in the last few years. That steady decline appears to be changing as a new group has purchased the park and rebranded it as the Empire State Heritage Park.

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What Would a Horse Race Sound Like If All the Horses Had Utica Themed Names?

One of the most interesting things about horse races like the Kentucky Derby, aside of the hats that would make a royal wedding look gaudy, are the colorful and often bizarre names that owners give to their horses. So we wondered what a horse race would sound like if all the horses like Utica themed names.

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Traveling Across New York by Train – It was Quicker in 1890 Than Today

Surprising but true, in an era when boats plying the Erie Canal was still an efficient way to move cargo, taking a train trip across New York, say from Buffalo to New York City, was quicker at the end of the 1800s than today.

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