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This Months Feature Story

The Mommy + Me contest winner and her husband talk about becoming parents

By Tammy DiDomenico

Entering the Fitzgeralds’ cozy Syracuse home and seeing the energetic, smiling baby who lives there, it’s difficult to imagine the chaos that he and his parents—Samantha and Stephen—went through just five months earlier.


New York State Fair


The New York State Fair begins on Wednesday, Aug. 23, and runs through Monday, Sept. 4. Hours vary depending on what you want to see and do, but exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (except for Labor Day, when the grounds close at 9 p.m.). The fair, located at the New York State Fairgrounds in Geddes, features thousands of animals, hundreds of attractions, scores of rides and numerous types of deep fried and other foods. Performances, side shows, and exhibits of state artists and crafters are also highlighted. Admission is $10 for age 13 and older, free for age 12 and younger. General admission is $3 on Thursdays and $1 on Aug. 23 and Sept. 4. Advance tickets for $6 are available at numerous locations, including Wegmans, Price Chopper and Tops. Parking is $5. For more information, call (800) 475-FAIR or visit

For more events in August, take a look at the calendar.





Fit After Baby


Five trends to shape your success

By Lisa Barnes Dolbear

Motherhood is a blissful time of getting to know your new baby, and a not-so-blissful time of coming to terms with your new body. Fortunately, in recent years it’s grown easier for women to find support for feeling good about their bodies in the moment, instead of at some distant point in the future. Here are five trends you can start leveraging today on your path to postpartum fitness.  Read more....






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