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This Months Feature Story

One family struggles with a son’s genetic disorder

By Tammy DiDomenico

Right near the front door of Justin and Kristina Bomgren’s Baldwinsville home hangs a recent photo of their two sons.


St. Patrick's Day Parade


2017 Syracuse, NY St. Patricks Parade


St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017. Michael Davis photos

This year, Syracuse’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade actually takes place on Saturday, March 17. The procession of dancers, bands, pipers, floats, dogs and others begins at noon, where marchers convene at Clinton Square’s intersection with South Salina Street and disperse once they pass the judges near the intersection with West Onondaga Street. The parade ends at about 3 p.m. (More information can be found at ) Numerous other St. Patrick’s Day-themed events take place in CNY throughout March. See Family Times’ complete calendar for listings.





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Fall Finds

Jell-O facts and other fun sights on Routes 5 and 20

By Lewes Kunda

Editor’s note: We received a delightful letter and essay from Lewes Kundas in July, describing a day trip his family made inspired by an August 2010 Family Times article.

Have you ever had Jell-O? I’m sure you have! My mom was talking about going to Routes 5 and 20 for a day trip. She got the idea from the August 2010 issue of Family Times magazine. She told me that the Jell-O Museum is located on Route 5 in LeRoy, New York. I was anxious to go. It almost seemed like forever until we left that Tuesday in August. Then, we got in the car and, well, I had to wait two hours to get there. The ride seemed eternal.

First, in LeRoy, we spotted a pizza shop and decided to pay them a visit. Pontillo’s served the best subs on warm crusty rolls. My mom remembered the name Pontillo’s Pizza from her college days. After lunch, we traveled a very short distance to the Jell-O Gallery. I was amazed at its small size. First, here is some Jell-O Museum history. Jell-O was invented in 1897 and was made in the LeRoy factory starting in 1900. Bill Cosby worked for the Jell-O company for many years. There is even a National Jell-O Day! The museum has a wide variety of exhibits. You can vote for your favorite Jell-O flavor. They post the results several times a year. During our guided tour, we learned that the Jell-O Factory is now located in Dover, Delaware.

There are also some other fun places to visit on the same routes. Once in the car, we took a short drive to Oliver’s Candies and Adam Miller Toys and Bicycles. Oliver’s was a great place to get candy! Adam Miller’s small shop sold many unique toys.

Routes 5 and 20 is the trip of a lifetime. The Jell-O Museum is truly an amazing place. I hope I visit there again. If you travel toward Buffalo, you, too, will find Jell-O on Route 5 and 20!


Lewes Kunda is a sixth-grader who lives in Syracuse. His article is adapted from an essay he wrote for his fifth-grade English class at Bishop’s Academy at St. Charles last year.