Local magazine celebrates 20 years

- The Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine is celebrating 20 years of successful publication in 2014.

Founder and Publisher Barbara Melnyk discussed the anniversary Monday on News 8 at Noon.

Melnyk said she came up with the idea for the magazine shortly after moving to the Rochester area.  She couldn't find a violin teacher, and realized other families must be having the same challenges.

The Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine has helped families get important information ever since.  Over the last two decades, the internet has changed some of the ways in which parents access content.  Today, families can find information they're looking for 24 hours a day.

The magazine remains a "family publication" as Melnyk's daughter Jillian (based in Boston) is its editor.  The Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine has received numerous awards over the years.  Just last week it earned top honors in several categories at the Parenting Media Association for its annual Special Needs Guide and Baby Guide, as well as feature writing and overall writing.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, R&GVP is sponsoring a 20 under 20 youth honors.  The program is sponsored by News 8.  For more information, click here.

News 8 meteorologist Stacey Pensgen is featured in the current issue of the magazine.  For a look at that, click here.

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