As New York businesses navigate reopening following the statewide pause, I visited Bethany Haswell to find out what’s involved in operating a retail store during an active pandemic. Haswell owns Stomping Grounds, which has been open in downtown Geneva for a decade.
In mid-March, all kinds of products started disappearing from store shelves in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. One of the items that was in immediate short supply was hand sanitizer. That’s when upstate distillers realized they could put their expertise to use in creating the product, which is a vital need for healthcare professionals. When they had questions about reconfiguring their businesses to meet the need, they turned to Cornell AgriTech in Geneva.
Students generally look forward to the arrival of summer and the end of the school year. Days spent outside the classroom can be fun. But, two months away from a structured learning environment can also result in what’s referred to as the “Summer Slide.” It’s a tendency to lose some of the academic progress students make over the course of the school year.
Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon brought her campaign for Governor to Geneva Thursday morning. Standing with Seneca Lake as her backdrop, Nixon spoke to a topic that’s an ongoing issue in the Finger Lakes.
On Saturday, April 7th, Geneva hosts its annual celebration of the life of Scott LaFaro. The celebrated jazz bass player grew up in Geneva and over the years a downtown street has been named in his honor and a group is working to bring a statue of LaFaro to a downtown street corner. The model of that statue will be on display at the Smith Opera House Saturday night, which is the site of the annual celebration concert. The headliners are bassist Marc Johnson and grammy award winning pianist Eliane Elias. Concert organizer Kelby Russell is delighted to bring music with a direct connection to LaFaro’s legacy for the celebration.
A commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. happens this evening in Geneva. The event is organized by the Upsilon Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Geneva African American Men’s Association. It’s hosted by the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The Reverend Donald Golden is pastor at Mt. Olive.
High school students across the Finger Lakes joined students across the nation for a school walkout Wednesday morning to protest gun violence and Congressional inaction. Hundreds of students filed silently into the school auditorium, which was the designated destination on a snowy and windy morning. Morgan Wright is one of the students who organized the walkout.
A Finger Lakes Women’s Strike is planned for downtown Geneva today. This is the second time the Geneva Women’s Assembly has organized a strike for International Women’s Day. Hannah Dickinson is an organizer with the Geneva Women’s Assembly. She says that this year, they hope to make all of the work that women do visible. In particular, they hope to draw attention to the inequities faced by workers in the hospitality and farm industries which are often hidden from view. But, in a larger sense they help to highlight all of the invisible work that women do each day.
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.