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 Three sites you need to visit on a regular basis to know what's really happening around Rochester
   WROC-TV reporter Rachel Barnhart, a lifelong area
 resident with vast institutional knowledge and a sense
 for where the proverbial bodies are buried, has been
 ahead of the social media curve from Day 1 with tools
 such as Facebook and Twitter.
 is an additional outlet for a mind that is incapable
 of resting.

        Bob Lonsberry's conservative views airing weekdays on local talk radio attract a loyal following as well as a steady stream of critics. However, his years of experience in newspapers as a reporter and columnist plus time spent in electronic journalism make him a frequent newsbreaker on the air and a must-read columnist on his own website,

        There's no greater source of sports knowledge in  
Rochester than Bob Matthews, who retired from  
newspaper column writing in 2012 but is still airing  
his views on one of the longest-running radio talk  
shows in the country. Always opinionated, Matthews  
is a relentless digger for the details that back up 
his views. He writes on website.

   The six-county Greater Rochester region is the No. 3 metro area in New York, and the city is one of the nation's 100 largest in terms of population. Rochester was once known as the Flour City for its processing mills by the Genesee and then as the Flower City largely due to the Ellwanger and Barry Nursery founded in 1940.        It later became known across the globe for innovation in the fields of photography (Eastman Kodak Co.), xerography (Xerox) and optics (Bausch & Lomb), and the economy is now driven in no small part by two major research universities (Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Rochester) which form the core of an extraordinary     network of higher learning institutions. Rochester-based Wegmans supermarkets, a family-owned chain valued at several billion dollars, is consistently rate highly in the industry as well as among the best places to work. New store openings in Virginia, Massachusetts and Maryland turn into major events for former Upstate New     York residents longing for the legendary service and quality produce.
   Rochester also boasts a number of celebrities in the worlds of sports and entertainment. You'll find some below and others such as MMA star Jon Jones, pole vaulter Jenn Suhr and singers Renee Flemming and Lou Gramm inside this site.
A few of the better-known Rochesterians in sports and entertainment
  Philip Seymour Hoffman
  Cito Culver
N.Y. Yankees prospect:
  Taye Diggs
    A page containing more headlines on your favorite Rochester celebs is under construction and will be posted soon. Check back from time to time for that and for additional new features on the This Is Rochester site.