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On a recent weekday afternoon on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus, students, faculty and staff gathered to help a visiting print artist install his work. They were on the lawn outside Houghton House where a pair of telephone poles had been sunk into the ground and a broad panel was being raised on a large boom lift.


The Boys and Girls Club of Geneva is preparing for its 21st annual dinner. Chris Lavin is the BGC’s executive director.

 


Temperatures may keep approaching summer-like highs, but fall is undeniably here in the Finger Lakes. Days are getting shorter. Leaves are changing and grape harvest has begun. And, the businesses on Linden Street in downtown Geneva are celebrating their final weekend of closing the street to vehicle traffic with the 3rd Annual Cider Soiree.

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Ian Golden has a passion for running. He ran in junior high and high school and at Ithaca College and founded the Finger Lakes Running Company in Ithaca more than a decade ago. This year, he’s decided to take on a different kind of race, the Congressional seat in District 23. Golden was at Kashong Creek Craft Cider in Geneva Monday night to begin an effort to get to know the district in unique way. He’s going to spend the next 30 days running through the district, a total of 450 miles on foot.

Tonight at 7:30, the Cracker Factory on Geneva’s north side hosts an Under the Covers concert. It’s the seventh in the series.

Tuesday night, the activist group Tools for Social Change hosted a community meeting at the Geneva Public Library. The standing room only event provided community members with an opportunity to speak out on accusations that a City of Geneva police officer shared racist images on Facebook. Late in the session they were joined by representatives of the Geneva Community Compact.

Since 2014, Geneva has officially celebrated the life and legacy of jazz bassist Scott LaFaro around his birthday in April. The group behind Geneva Night Out successfully lobbied to have a stretch of downtown street named in his honor. Another committee organizes an annual concert at The Smith Opera House. Tonight, at City Council the Public Art Committee will present a plan to erect a statue honoring LaFaro. It’s an idea that’s starting to gain traction, but it’s actually been on the mind of Kevin Dunn, a professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for more than a decade.

Area Records & Music

Area Records & Music has been a beloved part of Geneva's downtown since 1977. Last week, owner Mikel George announced the business would be closing its doors. A liquidation sale begins on September 15 and will continue until the inventory is gone.

Last year, George talked to the Geneva Historical Society for their Music in the Key of Geneva podcast.

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The last time we spoke with Hobart and William Smith President Gregory Vincent, he was in his first week with the Colleges. Since that time, events off campus have given him reason the address the campus community via email over issues of affirmative action in higher education and larger issues of equality and justice after the events in Charlottesville. We asked President Vincent back into the studio to talk about those issues and to look ahead a bit to the upcoming start to his first academic year.

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Nationwide rallies in support of Charlottesville included a gathering Sunday in the City of Geneva. Community members largely filled the seating in Bicentennial Park and listened to speakers condemn the violent gathering of Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists in Virginia. City Council Member at Large Mark Gramling cautioned against complacency on a local level.

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