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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.

Saturday night, August 20th, Geneva native Christine Lavin performs in Pulteney Park for Moonshadow over Pulteney.  It’s the second year for the food and music event, which is put on by the Historic South Neighborhood Association. Last year drew a large crowd for hometown favorite Christine Lavin, but this year she decided to invite her long-time friend Julie Gold.

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A recent article in Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle is just the latest signal that Geneva is developing a big reputation in the region as a culinary destination. Many of the restaurants in Geneva take advantage of the Finger Lakes’ agricultural bounty. When you sit down to a meal, you’re often no far from where some of the ingredients were grown. At four local restaurants, you might be dining on produce that was grown by the chef who prepared it.

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The President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down at the end of the current academic year. Mark Gearan says his decision to end his time as president was a hard one, but he believes the timing is right for the institution and for himself and his family.

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Think about the last time you saw a skateboarder. Maybe it was a lone person on the street where you live riding late at night. Maybe it was a group downtown practicing tricks on curbs and benches. Did you happen to notice the skateboards themselves? A new exhibit at the Art Museum of Rochester brings the art of skateboarding up off of the streets. During the installation of Hoarders of Cool, Friends of the ROC City Skate Park President Alan Presutti showed off walls of skateboards. Skateboards that are varied and colorful and in some cases, used.

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The group seeking to preserve and renovate the Dove Block has been actively fundraising for their efforts for several months. Emeritus professor of sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Jim Spates says they have made significant progress against their initial $200,000 goal.

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The community group Tools for Social Change is sponsoring a Black Lives Matter in Geneva rally tonight, July 21. The Black Lives Matter in Geneva rally follows an event Tools for Social Change organized last week. The interfaith Genevans for Peace rally drew around 150 people who listened to speakers and joined together in song. Tools for Social Change’s Natalie Knott hopes to improve on that participation at tonight’s rally.

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Last year, the Geneva R-and-B band Wilmer and the Dukes was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. Long before the regional spotlight turned to Geneva’s musical heritage, John Marks of the Geneva Historical Society had been cataloging and documenting the city’s musical history.

“What sparked it was Scott LaFaro. I grew up around here. I knew there had been a lot of music. I attended HWS Folk Fest and saw different groups and bands at the Smith Opera House.”

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges have hosted multiple dance workshops since last week. Around 150 educators and artists have been exchanging ideas and practices, collaborating and working together. Among the visitors to the Geneva campus is Bill Evans. The celebrated choreographer and dancer has offered a summer institute since 1977.

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On the afternoon of June 6th, a fight among several juveniles in the Geneva General Hospital parking lot swelled to an altercation that included more than 50 and spilled onto North Main Street. In all, 17 Geneva Police Department officers and Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies were called in to restore order. Two people were taken into custody on the scene. Two days later, five Geneva High School students were arrested and charged with first-degree riot, a felony.

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Geneva business owner Rafael Diaz-Diaz read the names of those killed in the Orlando mass shooting. More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in downtown Geneva’s Bicentennial Park to memorialize and to speak.

Shauna Marie O’Toole is an author and activist and the Associate Director of Transgender Education for the LGBTQ Center of the Finger Lakes.

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