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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.

Tolls for Social Change group photo
Michelle Ernst Modera / Tools for Social Change

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.

Kelby Russell

As a recent transplant to the Finger Lakes, I was curious what our relatively mild winter would mean for this year’s grape harvest. When I asked people in the wine industry who to talk to, the answer was unanimous, Hans Walter-Peterson, the Viticulture Extension Specialist for the Finger Lakes Grape Program, which is part of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

I spoke to Walter-Peterson at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. The first thing I learned is that the answer to my question didn’t just begin last winter.

On Tuesday, voters in the City of Geneva School District will have an opportunity to vote on a proposed tax increase for the Geneva Public Library. Chris Finger is the Library Director. He says that the increase is about funding the basic services of the library to the community, which are already greater than comparably funded libraries around the state.

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The Dove Block rises three stories at the corner of Castle and Exchange streets in the heart of downtown. It has stood vacant for more than a dozen years, despite interest in its redevelopment.

Protests against plans to extend the permit of the Seneca Meadows Landfill and bring trash by train from New York City came to Geneva over the weekend.

A crowd of several hundred marchers gathered Saturday morning at the Geneva Recreation Complex. They carried signs and shouted slogans down the Seneca Lakefront on their way to BiCentennial Park in downtown Geneva.

Town of Geneva Supervisor Mark Venuti was among the marchers. He characterized the issue as being one of finding an endpoint for the current landfills.

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Since the late 1990s, Peter Bell of Fox Run Vineyards has hosted a winetasting for his fellow Finger Lakes winemakers.

“I’ve always been interested and motivated to taste with other winemakers, my colleagues.” 

On this particular morning, the group is tasting tank samples of 2015 semi-dry Riesling, what Bell describes as works in progress.

“The best time to make some changes, of course, is before the wine goes into bottles. And that’s what’s going on right now.”

One of the most talked about moments from the year’s Academy Awards show was Lady Gaga’s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “Til It Happens to You.” It’s a song that appears in the documentary The Hunting Ground, which deals with sexual violence on college campus. A Hobart and William Smith vocal ensemble has created a viral sensation of their own with the song as part of the It’s on Us campaign against sexual assault.

Joe Marone

On the edge of downtown Geneva, next door to Beef & Brew, a winter tradition is taking shape. A team of volunteers is putting the finishing touches on the 5th Annual North Seneca Rail Jam. It’s a snowboarding competition organized each year by Joe Marone, the owner of the restaurant Joe’s Hots. A year after he opened his business, one of his customers suggested the event.

The art exhibition opening this week at Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Davis Gallery in Houghton House comes from works owned by an alumnus. Ed Pollack graduated from Hobart in 1955 with an English and philosophy split major. He pursued a career in the law. One day, he expressed an interest in the pictures hanging on the office wall of one of his colleagues.