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The Reverend Norvel Goff Sr. speaking at the Geneva Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

A large crowd of marchers braved bitterly cold temperatures for Geneva’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Service Monday. They filled the First United Methodist Church downtown where keynote speaker the Reverend Dr. Norvel Goff Sr. observed that it is a challenging time for those who carry on the legacy of Dr. King.

 

Outgoing Geneva City Manager Matt Horn speaking to the crowd honoring him at Club 86
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio




Thursday night, the City of Geneva is hosted an event to honor departing City Manager Matt Horn. In December, Horn announced he would be leaving the Finger Lakes to join a consulting firm in Washington DC. In reflecting on his decade-long tenure with the City, Horn was especially proud of the $10-Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant.

The facade of The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva
Jason Rogers


The Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva is going to undertake some important renovations in the coming year. Executive Director Susie Monagan says these are important improvements in the 123-year-old space even if they won’t be immediately apparent to audiences.

A City of Geneva winter parking restrictions sign
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


The City of Geneva held a series of public meetings this year to ask residents what they think of parking in the City. City Manager Matt Horn says there’s a lot of frustration with regulations.

Circular enerG representatives address a meeting of the Town of Romulus Planning Board
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


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.

Tours Resume at Former Seneca Army Depot

Nov 17, 2017
A white deer on the Seneca Army Depot
Greg Cotterill / Finger Lakes Public Radio

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.”

Ontario County Supervisor candidate Lou Guard visits with voters
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio

One of the incumbent candidates for Ontario County Board of Supervisors is also a first-time candidate. Lou Guard was appointed to the seat representing Wards 3 & 4 when Charlie Evangelista accepted a position on the Ontario County Board of Elections. Guard was the unanimous choice by the City of Geneva Council, but is now making his case to the voters to retain that seat.

A view of Keuka Lake from Keuka Spring Vineyards
Kelly Walker / Finger Lakes Public Radio


My latest stop visiting Finger Lakes winemakers during harvest 2017 was with August Deimel at Keuka Spring Vineyards. On visits to other winemakers, we’ve heard how the wet summer and unexpectedly warm September delayed harvest. But, not only did the fruit come in late, it came in fast.

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