Geneva Community News

Donations Sought To Support Club Food Effort

GENEVA -- To limit potential of spreading of the coronavirus, the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva was forced to suspend normal programming while its members stayed home.
Rather than close, however, the club decided it could use its food and academic support services to support club and community members.
The club formed a call center and began arranging for food deliveries. Academic support will begin when schools have delivered work packages to the students this week. (Call center 315-759-6060)
"A lot of Geneva kids count on the schools and our club to meet their nutrition needs,'' said Allauna Overstreet Gibson, Assistant Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. "We wanted to make sure this health crisis didn't lead to hunger among our members.''
Monday's deliveries and pick ups totaled 120 and include spaghetti, meatballs, vegetables, fresh fruit and cookies. Food is being supplied by NY Kitchen in Canandaigua and Sodexo at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and is funded in part by grants and local donations. Click on the video above to see scenes from Monday's deliveries.
The club hopes to keep this service going throughout the school closure and, if possible, make it available to other community members in need.
"A lot of people have called and asked to volunteer in this effort,'' said Chris Lavin, the club's executive director. "We have the staff and food handling rules make volunteers more challenging, but we could use donations to cover added food costs. With job losses, we expect the need to rise well above our normal levels. We are also helping families with hygiene and cleaning supplies.''
Donations can be made directly for this purpose by CLICKING HERE.

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Lake to Lake Quilt Guild Show 2020 CANCELLED









Lake to Lake Quilt Guild will hold our 2020 Quilt Show " Spring into Color - Hawaiian Style" on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm both days at the Geneva Community Center, 160 Carter Rd, Geneva, NY 14456.  Nancy Lee Chong, renowned Hawaiian Applique expert and former owner of Pacific Rim Quilts, will be our guest lecturer.  She has two lectures scheduled; her Friday afternoon lecture will be "Hawaiian Appplique - History, Tradition, Superstitions" and Saturday morning will be: "Confessions of an Applique Addict".  

In addition, noted Quilt Appraiser, Eugenia Barnes, who was among the first licensed quilt appraisers in the USA, will delight our attendees with her often entertaining stories during a bed turning. A bed turning is a lecture about quilts that have been piled upon a bed on center stage. Eugenia will speak about age, color of fabrics, style, and history of the quilts.  This is always one of our most popular events at our shows.

New this year are presentations by The Finger Lake Barn Trail group who are trying to establish a Barn Trail route where people can drive by and look at all of the different quilt blocks that are popping up on local barns in the Finger Lakes. If you have a place to display a quilt block on your barn and are interested they will provide information.

Our show has two special exhibits from Rochester Area Fiber Arts group and the Quilter's Consortium of NY (QCNYS) Challenge Quilt Exhibit entitled, " Still Crazy" featuring crazy quilts of all kinds.  Our Lake to lake Quilt Guild have loads of beautiful quilts to show you. Enjoy our vendor's mall, Gift Gallery, and Quilter's Cafe will be open. Our ticket price is $6, children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by an adult. 

We like to give back to our community as well. This year our Raffle Quilt Proceeds will be donated to the local cancer support group, "Thrive to Survive".

For more information go to our website: look under the Quilt Show tab on the left. Facebook page is Lake to Lake Quilt Guild







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Coming Soon!


Theatre444 is proud to bring you The Vagina Monologues, with all proceeds to benefit Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes.  Eve Ensler wrote the first draft of the monologues in 1996 (there have been several revisions since) following interviews she conducted with 200 women about their views on sex, relationships, and violence against women. In an interview with, Ensler said that her fascination with vaginas began because of growing up in a violent society.  “Women's empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality." Ensler states that in 1998, the purpose of the piece changed from a celebration of vaginas and femininity to a movement to stop violence against women. This was the start of the V-Day movement which has continued strong every year since, has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, and a very successful non-profit organization. The V-Day global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls is more active than ever.  Every February women all over the world ban together in this movement and Theatre444 is proud to be a part of it.  

 When women take the stage, incredible things happen, as their issues are voiced and confronted for all to see and hear.  With a talented cast hailing from multiple cities, audiences can expect to see pieces of themselves in these characters.  These brave women include Megan Carlson(Canandaigua), Richelle Coons(Lyons), Claudine Folks(Geneva), Allauna Overstreet Gibson(Geneva), Margaret Griffin(Fairport), Mary Lynn Jackson(Geneva), Christine Legott(Geneva), Mary McDonald(Romulus), Tiffany Sculi(Geneva), Wendy Varricchio Fletcher(Seneca Falls), and Madison Yearsley(Seneca Falls). The group is lead by NYS Award Winning Artistic Director Pam Rapoza.  Richelle Coons serves as Stage Manager and Garrett Coons serves as Technical Director.  

 Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 27th, 28th and 29th at 7:30pm.   All performances are at the Geneva Community Center at 160 Carter Road Geneva, NY 14456.  Visit  to purchase limited tickets. For more information on Theatre444, visit and like our page for updates.    

 Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. provides services, at no charge, for individuals, children, and families who have experienced sexual assault, sexual abuse, and interpersonal violence in Ontario, Seneca, and Yates Counties. They offer individual counseling, support groups, legal accompaniment, and personal advocacy with referrals to other local agencies; they also provide primary prevention services in schools, professional agencies, and in the communities they serve.  If you are in crisis and cannot reach anyone at the office call the hotline day or night; 1-800-247-7273.

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3828380335?profile=RESIZE_710xA Challenging Life, Well Lived

GENEVA -- Sarah Jane Gilmour passed away peacefully on January 10, 2020, in her own home, with her animals by her side, fullling her dream of living independently until the end of her life.

She leaves behind many friends and family, some who called her Sarah and some who called her Sally, but all of whom had richer lives because they knew her. Sally was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her early 20’s. Despite the many obstacles this presented, Sarah responded with a tenacity for her work and an irrepressible sense of humor. It is often said of people with a disability that they are “not defined by their disability” but in a sense Sally WAS inspired  by her disability—it drove her activism and her career working for disability rights.

Sarah was born in Mount Vernon, New York on January 29, 1948, but grew up in Geneva, New York. She graduated from Geneva High School and William Smith College. After working as a paralegal for the Legal Aid Project in Geneva, she went to law school in her 40’s because she knew she was as smart as the attorneys in her office. She graduated from Albany Law School in 1992. After law school , she went to work for the Empire Justice Center in Rochester, where she was a powerhouse, administering a Health Law Collaborative Project for people with HIV/AIDS, and providing legal services for those clients in housing, public benefits, employment discrimination and a variety of civil legal matters. She also worked on disability access and civil rights issues.

Sally received numerous awards during her career, including the Adele Friedman Women in Disability Award, for working in the field of disability, advocating for the equality of all persons.

Sally was predeceased by her parents Judd and Myra Gilmour, and her brother, John. She is survived by her brother Arnold, sister-in-law Rene, niece and nephew Lucas and Chrissy. She is also survived by many close and lifelong friends, whom she considered family. She was grateful for the team of aides who cared for her and allowed her to remain in her home. She also leaves her animal family, Dixie, Hunter, Fred and Ethel. All will miss her friendship, strength, humor and passion.

Sally will be remembered with love as an activist, knitter extraordinaire, crafter, animal lover, bird watcher, excellent baker, and voracious reader.

Donations may be made in Sally's name to Lollypop Farm, the Southern Poverty Law Center, or disability rights organizations. A celebration of Sally’s life is being planned for the spring. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Geneva, New York.


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The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years...One Love, Two Stories

 GENEVA -- Theatre444, with special support from Geneva Club Beverage, is proud to bring you the Finger Lakes Premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk Award Winning contemporary musical The Last Five YearsAn emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. A story about love and loss and learning.

 Theatre444 welcomes new company members Jennifer Walczack of Geneva playing Cathy and Tim Pratt of Walworth playing Jamie.  This talented and experienced group is lead by NYS Award Winning Artistic Director Pam Rapoza and Vocal Director Meredith Beckley.   Richelle Coons serves as Stage Manager. Lighting Designers RJ Rapoza and Garrett Coons, and Costume Designer Kristen MacKay round out the crew.  

  Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 23rd 24th, and 25th at 8pm. Sunday January 26th at 2 pm. All performances are at the Geneva Community Center at 160 Carter Road Geneva, NY 14456.  Tickets can be purchased at Earthly Possessions or The Waste Not Shop in downtown Geneva or by Visiting . For more information on Theatre444, visit and like our page!  


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To Phelps And Back With Santa

GENEVA -- Saturday evoked images of earlier Geneva as Finger Lakes Railway passenger cars once again hit the rails between Geneva and Phelps. See video above.
It was the Annual Geneva Rotary Club Santa Train Saturday and the train cars sold out again as Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with families from throughout the Geneva area as the snow-covered countryside glided past the train windows.
Riders were also serenaded by the Geneva Interact Club, a junior Rotary Club based in the Geneva schools.
All proceeds from this annual tradition support the Geneva Rotary Club's philanthropic causes.

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Seeking To Support Record Growth

GENEVA -- The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva kicked off its Annual Campaign Friday with a special video and mailing amid a time of unprecedented growth for the organization.
"We've grown by almost 40 percent, year-over-year,'' said Chris Lavin, the Club's executive director. "That's great news, but it also means more staff, more food and more supplies. We're hoping the community responds.''

The club offers after-school services to more than 500 families across the school year with an average daily attendance of more than 200 students at the club's two locations. The program offers homework help, athletics, computer courses and culinary training in addition to arts, music and dance experiences.The club also operates a seven-week Summer University program for its members in partnership with Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the Geneva City School District.
"A typical Geneva kid is away from home about 12 hours each day,'' Lavin said. "The school day is six and a half hours. We step in to make the best of these other important hours.''
As is its tradition, the club produced and has mailed to past donors a self-report card on the organization's year, chronicling more than 40,000 meals served and thousands of hours of academic support from its Hobart and William Smith Tutor Corps.
The private, not-for-profit organization runs on an annual budget of $1-million raised each year from donations, grants, and modest membership payments. Club membership is $24 per year for all members.
The club works in close partnership with HWS, the City School District, and St. Peter's Arts Academy.

Online donations can be made by CLICKING HERE. Checks payable to Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Inc. can be mailed to 160 Carter Road, Geneva NY 14456. Phone donations can be made by calling Susan Tolleson at 315-759-6060 during regular business hours.




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