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Food pantries encourage healthier donations

A new healthy-eating initiative is starting up in Ontario County. WXXI’s Brett Dahlberg has more on the pilot program. It’s like “delivering nutrition through the back door,” Maggie McHugh said. McHugh is the senior nutritionist for Eat Smart New York’s Finger Lakes region. Her organization is partnering with Ontario County to encourage food bank donors to make healthier contributions. “We provide resources and tools for community members to learn more what healthy food items that they can...

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The general election for governor in New York is heating up, with the Republican candidate, Marc Molinaro, calling for the resignation of a former advisor to incumbent Andrew Cuomo, while the sitting governor rallied against President Trump.

Molinaro is making  a statewide string of appearances to focus on what he says is rampant corruption in the Cuomo Administration.

“This governor is allowing almost a corrupted criminal enterprise to function within state government,” Molinaro said. “And it needs to come to an end.”

When it comes to how people of color are portrayed in local media stories, there is a disconnect between what community members and the media perceive.

That's one of the findings of a series of polls commissioned by Causewave Community Partners for its Shaping our Stories report. The surveys questioned 550 residents statistically reflective of local demographics and 46 members of Rochester area media outlets. WXXI News participated in the survey.

It’s like “delivering nutrition through the back door,” Maggie McHugh said.

McHugh is the senior nutritionist for Eat Smart New York’s Finger Lakes region. Her organization is partnering with Ontario County to encourage food bank donors to make healthier contributions.

“We provide resources and tools for community members to learn more what healthy food items that they can donate to their local food pantries are,” said McHugh.

You may have to go to the Adirondacks to see the most vibrant colors this fall.

If the relatively warm and wet weather continues for the next several weeks, the fall foliage season will be delayed and less vibrant than normal in Rochester and the Finger Lakes and other parts of upstate New York.

That's the word from Taryn Bauerle, an associate professor of plant science at Cornell University.

The same thing happened last year, but Bauerle says this isn't harmful to trees.

GENEVA, N.Y. (AP)  New York grape breeders have produced a fruit that's so big and flavorful they've named it after Mount Everest.

The Everest Seedless is a new variety developed at Cornell University's agricultural research station in Geneva. Horticulture professor Bruce Reisch says the new fruit is a cold-tolerant, blue Concord-type grape with berries about twice the size of the traditional Concord.

While most American Concords are used for jam, juice or wine, the new one is intended as a table grape to be eaten fresh. It's the first truly seedless Concord.

One day after winning big in a Democratic primary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he received votes because he’s delivered on real issues that matter to people.

Cuomo said all the discussion during the primary campaign about which candidate is the real progressive was misguided. He said he won because he’s delivered on a number of progressive items for New Yorkers already, including paid family leave, a phase-in to a $15 minimum hourly wage and gay marriage.

Among the primaries in Ontario County Thursday was one for County Court Judge.

Kitty Karle, the former Monroe County prosecutor, won the Republican and Reform Party primaries, defeating Russ Kenyon.

In a Republican primary for Ontario County Sheriff, Silvio Palermo, who is currently with the Gates Police Department, defeated Bob Green, the Bristol Town Supervisor who previously served in the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department. Palermo will face Democrat Kevin Henderson in November. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo handily won in a Democratic primary against actor Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo’s current lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, also won, as did Cuomo’s choice for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Tish James.  

Thursday is primary day in New York, and the hottest race is between Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his challenger, actor and education advocate Cynthia Nixon.

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra recently filed its papers to dissolve the organization.

Ray Grosswirth, who is President & Treasurer for the orchestra, says this is something officials with the group had been contemplating for a couple of years, hoping their financial situation would improve.

But he says the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, which has been around for 54 years, has been facing some of the same challenges that other performing arts organizations have had to deal with.

"We had to face the reality of an aging donor base, aging audience, diminishing funds and it just came to a point where we realized it was time to end the organization, we hated to do that, but we didn’t see any way out of this.”

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