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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.

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.

Madrigalia recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Cary Ratcliff is the group’s current artistic director.

"It was founded by a group of people that got together for the joy of singing and then they formalized it a little bit. Originally they sang just madrigals from the 16th century and then over the years, and three or four directors, it expanded to be to be a group that took on all kinds of choral music at this time of year."

Davis Gallery

Michael Bogin didn’t travel to the Galapagos Islands seeking inspiration. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor was teaching as part of study abroad programs in Peru and Ecaudor.

“It was a course, which talked about the relationship of the environment to cultural production, to artistic production. We used the Galapagos, or in fact evolution, as a model to think about the way in which cultures adapt and survive or fail to survive.”

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the League of Women Voters of Geneva held a public forum for candidates running for the 54th Senate District at the Geneva Central School District's North Street School Auditorium. Democrat Kenan Baldridge and Reform Party candidate Floyd Rayburn were in attendance. Republican Pam Helming declined to attend and sent a representative who read a statement on her behalf, but did not answer questions from the audience.

Finger Lakes Public Radio presents the complete recording of this candidate's forum as a public service to our community.

Kitchen Theatre Company

The Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca just opened its 26th season. It’s a season that serves as a farewell to the company’s artist director. Rachel Lampert’s journey to the Kitchen Theatre Company didn’t begin in Ithaca. In fact, it didn’t begin with the theatre at all.

“When I was six years old, if you want to go that far back, and aunt of mine who had been in the Yiddish Theatre and also an actress on Broadway, a comedian, took me to see the Royal Ballet starring Margot Fonteyn in Sleeping Beauty, and I was six and I said that’s what I want to do.”

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