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Kelly Walker

Morning Edition Host

Kelly Walker started his public radio career at WBAA in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1985 and has spent some time in just about every role public broadcasting has to offer. He has spent substantive time in programming and development at KWMU in St. Louis, WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, and Troy Public Radio in Alabama before his arrival in Geneva, New York. In addition, his work has been heard on many other public radio stations as well as NPR. Kelly also produces The Sundilla Radio Hour, which airs Sundays at 1 p.m. on Finger Lakes Public Radio and is distributed to public radio stations all over the country through PRX.

Circular enerG representatives address a meeting of the Town of Romulus Planning Board
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The monthly Town of Romulus Planning Board meeting drew hundreds to the Romulus Fire Department Monday night. A company called Circular enerG proposes to bring a waste to energy facility to the former Seneca Army Depot. No public comment was permitted during or after the presentation, but that didn’t stop the capacity crowd from reacting to Circular enerG attorney Alan Knauf.

Trash is a polarizing topic in the Finger Lakes. In addition to ongoing disputes over landfills, there’s a new proposal for a trash incinerator in Romulus on the site of the Seneca Army Depot. David Shaw from the Finger Lakes Times joined us in studio to talk about his reporting on the subject.

Stomping Grounds in downtown Geneva
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There are a number of national programs like Small Business Saturday that encourage shoppers to spend money in their local communities. Geneva has a year-round program that encourages people to shop and dine locally. Love Geneva signs are all around downtown Geneva including Stomping Grounds on Seneca Street.

students working on the Boys & Girls Club PCs at the Geneva Community Center
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A recently announced project will bring new resources for studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to Geneva City Schools students. Geneva City Schools, Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, and Geneva 2020 are teaming up with a Utah-based company to provide online courses and locally-based mentoring to students in grades 3 through 8. Geneva City Schools Superintendent Trina Newton found the program appealing because it brings additional expertise to their students.

Tours Resume at Former Seneca Army Depot

Nov 17, 2017
A white deer on the Seneca Army Depot
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The first guided tours inside the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot began Thursday morning. Finger Lakes Public Radio’s Greg Cotterill went along for the ride. Dennis Money has been working with his group Seneca White Deer for two decades to make the day happen.

“Welcome, welcome, welcome. I’ve been trying to think what to say today. After all of 20 years of frustration and political problems and so on we finally have this opportunity to showcase the Seneca Army Depot to the people of the world and we are delighted.”

Absentee ballots for Ontario County Board of Supervisors District 3 representing Wards 5 and 6 in the City of Geneva have been counted and incumbent Gregory Bendzlowicz holds a one vote lead. 11 absentee ballots were counted this afternoon. All 11 were accepted and favored Bendzlowicz 6 to 5. After last Tuesday’s election, he was tied with challenger Tamarie Cataldo 184 to 184.

Hunt Country Vineyards
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As harvest was winding down in the Finger Lakes, I visited Hunt Country Vineyards on Keuka Lake. The Hunt family has been making wine since the early 80s, but they’ve been farming the land far longer than that. It’s a family history that’s on display in their tasting room.


Election night ended with only two of three races for Ontario County Board of Supervisors representing the City of Geneva decided. Incumbents Dom Vedora and Lou Guard retained their seats in Districts 1 and 2. But the District 3 incumbent, Gregory Bendzlowicz, is tied at 184 votes each with Tamarie Cataldo. Cataldo is a newcomer to running for public office and she says she’s on pins and needles.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent
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The Republican plan to overhaul taxes includes a variety of provisions that would affect higher education. Notable for colleges and universities, part of the proposed plan would remove some tax breaks for donations and impose taxes on some endowments. For some perspective on what this means for higher education, we invited Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent to join us in the studio.

We preview the races for Ontario County Supervisor from the City of Geneva and the Wayne County District Attorney's race with Mike Hibbard and Steve Buchere of the Finger Lakes Times.

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