Local History

Although the honor has gone by different names over the years, the intention of All-Greater Rochester has always been the same: to recognize the area's top high school athletes. This database contains AGR first-team selections for all fall, winter and spring sports. The first football teams were selected in 1967. Basketball teams were first selected for boys in the winter of 1968 and for girls in 1982. Boys soccer began in 1982, and girls soccer started in 1983. Athletes for most other sports were first recognized in the fall of 2007.

Click here for full coverage of recent All Greater Rochester honorees, including videos, action photos, and stories about AGR Players of the Year.
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From civil rights leaders to award winning artists, the Rochester area has been home to a number of remarkable people. Since 2010, the Democrat and Chronicle's Jim Memmott has chronicled the lives of individuals who have helped define our region in his monthly column.

The list began with four names (Nathaniel Rochester, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and George Eastman) and has grown to several hundred. Memmott, who started with a goal of chronicling at least 175, says the experience has been gratifying. "I've learned about well-known people who had a Rochester connection — sometimes very loose — that I didn't know about. And I've been brought up to speed on not-so-famous people who did extraordinary things."
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Roughly 1,300 servicemen and women from Monroe County gave their lives serving their country during World War Two. This database, compiled by historian Russ Pickett, includes information on each of them. Click on an individual's name to see more detailed articles on each service member from the archives of the Democrat & Chronicle or Times-Union, when available.

Cause of Death: KIA = Killed in Action, MIA = Missing in Action, LOD = Line of Duty, DOW = Died of Wounds, POW = Died while Prisoner of War, DOD = Died of Disease.

Medals Key: AM = Air Medal, BS = Bronze Star, DFC = Distinguished Flying Cross, DSC = Distinguished Service Cross, LOM = Legion Of Merit, NC = Navy Cross, PH = Purple Heart, SS = Silver Star.

Cenotaph = A memorial stone only, remains not recovered or possibly interred somewhere unknown.
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This archive contains some of the reporting published on accusations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Rochester diocese.
Whether they started here or ended up here, Rochester has been home to some of the most memorable names in sports. To honor their accomplishments, we've compiled a list of names in a database we've dubbed “RocJocks.” It’s not a definitive ranking of the all-time greats. Rather it’s a cross section of men and women, athletes and coaches, past and present, with ties to the Rochester area.

Each week we’ll add another name to the compendium. Whose name should we add next? Send an email to slahman@gannett.com with your suggestions.
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In 1996, retired Kodak engineer Roland Zavada was one of several experts asked to review the photographic evidence relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. His full report. including some appendices, is available below. His work was part of the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, which was charged with collecting all public and classified documents related to the case. Zavada focused on authenticating footage taken by Abraham Zapruder, the only film which captured Kennedy's shooting.

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The poll of 503 likely Democratic voters in the city of Rochester was conducted September 3-5 for Voice of the Voter by the Siena College Research Instiitute. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.0 percent. Voice of the Voter is a collaborative effort among the Democrat and Chronicle, WXXI (Channel 21 and AM 1370), WHAM-TV (Channel 13) and WDKX-FM (103.9). It seeks to inform citizens and give them a voice in the election process.

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The poll of 1,056 registered voters in the city of Rochester was conducted July 29 to August 1 for Voice of the Voter by the Siena College Research Instiitute. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.0 percent. Voice of the Voter is a collaborative effort among the Democrat and Chronicle, WXXI (Channel 21 and AM 1370), WHAM-TV (Channel 13) and WDKX-FM (103.9). It seeks to inform citizens and give them a voice in the election process.

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The Democrat and Chronicle worked in conjunction with ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation to commission a poll of Monroe County residents on racial opinions. Siena College Research Institute conducted the survey Dec. 4-12, polling 821 residents across the county. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent. Of those sampled, 30 percent were from the city of Rochester and 70 percent were from the suburbs.* The racial breakdown of respondents was 74 percent white, 16 percent African-American and 6 percent Hispanic or Latino.