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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.

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.”

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.

Geneva Historical Society

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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