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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.

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More than one group gathered in athletic gear on the Geneva lakefront this past weekend. Saturday morning, a local grassroots group held a walk-a-thon to support area families. Mothers & Others is in its fifth year of gathering essential items for area women and children in need. The group’s founder, Antje Leo, was inspired by a story she read online.

The group seeking to renovate the Dove Block in downtown Geneva recently hosted a visit from a renown scholar of painter Arthur Dove. Rachael DeLue is a Princeton professor and the author of Arthur Dove: Always Connect, which was published in 2016. In the course of researching and writing the book, DeLue found she had to challenge the traditional narrative about Arthur Dove.

 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

A standing room crowd gathered on the Hobart and William Smith campus Thursday afternoon for the announcement of the new president of the Colleges.

 

Chair of the Board of Trustees Thomas Bozutto joined outgoing President Mark Gearan on stage to introduce Vincent as the new president of the Colleges.

 

Kelly Walker

The Kate Weare Company began their residency at Hobart and William Smith Colleges last Friday. I visited the dancer and choreographer Sunday afternoon as she was working with two of her dancers in advance of an open rehearsal that evening.

The company’s residency gives them an opportunity to explore their own work. The residency at the Colleges also bring the company into the classroom.

 

Geneva 2020

Geneva 2020 issued a Community Report at a breakfast Thursday morning. Geneva 2020 is a coalition of local businesses, nonprofits and individuals working to support city schools. It was formed in 2011 when Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan gathered a group to address challenges facing the district, which was under a New York State watch. At that time as many as one in four students were not graduating. Superintendent Trina Newton said that significant progress has been made toward a goal of 90 percent, with much work yet to be done.

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Demonstrators returned to Congressman Tom Reed’s downtown Geneva office Wednesday. The gathering was a part of observations of International Women’s Day. Local organizers called their event the March 8th Women’s Assembly. Similar gatherings around the country were described as a Women’s Strike. Hannah Dickinson says organizers raised funds to support people who might have to take time off without pay to attend.

Across the country, organizers are planning events in recognition of International Women’s Day this Wednesday, March 8th. A national movement to organize a A Day Without a Woman grew out of the Women’s March on Washington in January. Those events drew hundreds of thousands of people to DC and to cities throughout the United States including Seneca Falls. That inspired organizers including Hannah Dickinson in Geneva.

Last Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered on Exchange Street in downtown Geneva to demonstrate their opposition to a variety of Trump administration policies and appointments as well as Congressman Tom Reed’s support of them. The large turnout inspired organizers, including Brien Ashdown, to return to Reed’s office again this today. The demonstrations are growing to include other communities Reed represents.

Demonstrators opposing a variety of Trump administration policies, nominees and appointments gathered in front of the office of Congressman Tom Reed in downtown Geneva Tuesday afternoon. The crowd filled the sidewalk for the length of the block where the office is located. Liza Abraham held a sign with a photo of her Syrian immigrant great-grandfather standing behind the counter of the business he once owned just down the street.

USA Today’s annual 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards to choose the best new restaurant in America closes at Noon today. A Finger Lakes restaurant has consistently led the voting.

As Christopher Bates prepped dinner for the first seating at FLX Table in Geneva on Friday afternoon, he said even being included in the contest was something of a surprise.

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