On June 16th, 1963 the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Baccalaureate Address at Keuka College. A recording of that speech was uncovered recently and will be shared at a listening event tonight. A public discussion will follow led by Dr. James K. Evans of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Dr. Evans believes the message of the speech resonates 55 years later in an increasingly polarized society.
There’s a new coffee shop in Geneva, just north the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The storefront, at the corner of Pulteney and Washington was most recently a hair salon, but for a long time before that it was a local, family market.
Thousands of marchers descended on Seneca Falls Saturday morning for the second annual Women’s March. They gathered in and around the National Women’s Rights Historical Park despite the fact that the park was officially closed due to the government shutdown.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.