About Joy Auch

Joy Auch

Joy Auch

Joy lives in Ontario County with her boys (two sons and her hubby). She runs to stay sane and spends lots of time with her boys splashing in their creek and catching frogs and snails. She is a New England native who promises not to share her sports allegiances, although as an alumna of Syracuse University, she loves (loves) SU sports! Joy is a regional communications manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Posts by Joy Auch

You’ll Never Guess Where the Best Playground Is…

I’d been in the car seven hours with a cranky toddler, fussy first grader, and tired hubby. Even I was out of sorts. But then I turned into a new rest stop on the New York Thruway and all was right with the world. This rest stop was unlike any others I’d ever seen. It was…Read More »

Mobile Dentist Office Comes to RIT

Michael Shea, a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, hadn’t seen the dentist in more than a year. But on Thursday, Shea stood outside a SMILEmobile parked on the RIT campus. He was ready for a cleaning. “It was convenient,” said Shea, a fourth-year student from Connecticut. He gestured at the big mobile unit…Read More »

Pumpkin Picking at Chase Farms

My boys know the drill. Every Saturday, on our way to the grocery store, we’d first stop at Chase Farms, a small farm in Monroe County, to fill up on locally-grown fruits and veggies. As I made a beeline for the freshly picked peaches, my boys would rummage through a bin filled with discarded corn…Read More »

Back To School For Kids With Anxiety Or Special Needs

Returning to school in the fall can be a tricky task for children who suffer from anxiety, autism, developmental disabilities or special needs. Dr. Ann Griepp, M.D., a psychiatrist and medical director of behavioral health at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, offers the following tips for parents who want to lessen the stress this school year. Helping…Read More »

9 Tips to Navigate the Farmer’s Market

“Bluerasps” are among my boys’ favorite summertime treats. My oldest invented this delicacy a few years ago at a local farmers’ market. He stuck a blueberry inside a raspberry  . . . and presto! He invented a new treat! Farmers’ markets “save” me in the summer.  Basket upon basket of fresh, healthy fruit helps me…Read More »

When Should Your Kid Visit the Dentist?

My 2 ½ year old welds his mouth shut whenever I try to brush his teeth. But there he was on a recent morning, jumping into a dentist chair, opening his mouth super wide and obeying the dentist’s every order. I, at first, contemplated the merits of hiring strangers to rear my children, since my…Read More »

Kids with Asthma can Breathe Easy This School Year

Jaime Anderson is a seasoned “mom of an asthmatic.” She’s dealt with many back-to-school moments since her now 11-year-old son, Adison, was diagnosed with asthma as a 3-year-old. The return to school is tough for kids with asthma. Because they head straight into peak virus season and may be exposed to new triggers, they’re more…Read More »

Spotlight on Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez

She is an original member of Garth Fagan’s “Bottom of the Bucket, But” Dance Company, the precursor to Garth Fagan Dance. A longtime educator, she is currently director of community partnerships for the Rochester Central School District. She created Borinquen Dance Theatre in 1981 to serve youth and help them “find the desire to succeed…Read More »

Spotlight on Kecia McCullough

Kecia McCullough, a lifelong Rochesterian, is passionate about bringing people together. Kecia did just that in 2016 when she created the Rochester chapter of Black Girls Do Bike. The local group is part of a national initiative to create a comfortable space for new and seasoned female cyclists. Members of Black Girls Do Bike organize…Read More »

Hidden Gem: Kershaw Park Beach

As a born and bred New Englander, I’m definitely an “ocean beach” snob. Give me waves and salty air over, well, a sometimes questionable lake beach experience. I thought my first trek to a Rochester-area lake had traumatized me for life. I don’t know if it was the green lake sludge or putrid lake smell…Read More »