What happened next?

From April 2013 to March 2020, I wrote the Our Towns East Extra column for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. In those seven years, I penned 350 columns highlighting interesting and inspirational people, places and events throughout Rochester’s northeast towns and villages.

Many of the stories I told didn’t end when the D&C discontinued the Our Towns columns. In the posts below, you’ll read many of those original stories, and find out what happened next.

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Striking back against autism

More than any other column I wrote, this one definitely had the biggest effect on my life. I don’t remember how I heard about the jujitsu classes that Strike Back Martial Arts offered for children on the autism spectrum, but when I did, I was immediately intrigued. A martial artist myself, I had actually been … More Striking back against autism

Fairport, Ohio? Webster, Mass.?

For most of my Our Towns East Extra career, I was responsible for submitting a column every single week. Usually I had no shortage of ideas, given that my “beat” included all the east-side towns. But every once in a while, I had absolutely nothing, and as my deadline approached, I really had to get … More Fairport, Ohio? Webster, Mass.?

We all have a story — this is mine

Today’s “Afterthoughts” entry was not actually an East Extra column. Instead, it comes from a blog I originally posted in December 2019, featuring a piece I’d written for my friend Linda Hayes’ “We All Have a Story” photo installation at the Webster Public Library. The exhibit took a closer look at the lives and stories … More We all have a story — this is mine