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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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3696788412?profile=RESIZE_710xFood Bounty To The Rescue

GENEVA -- The Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty leadership visited the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva recently and made a $500 donation to support the club's nutrition program.
The Culinary Bounty is a consortium of local farmers, chefs and other food-producers who are working to support local nutrition efforts and education in the Finger Lakes.
A recent surge in membership at the Boys & Girls Club has strained the club's budget for supplying healthy fruits and vegetables as part of its daily nutrition efforts.
Chris Lavin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, said these dollars will help get us to the end of the year and will supply apples, oranges, bananas and other vegetables to our daily efforts.
"If kids don't eat well, they don't learn well,'' Lavin said. "Our army marches on its stomachs!"
Year over year attendance and membership has grown by more than 30 percent at the club's two locations and the club has struggled to eliminate waiting lists.
Lavin said the club serves more than 100 full dinners each night at its Carter Road location and supplies its 70 first through third graders at its Goodman Street location with an after-school lunch, fresh fruit and weekend "take home'' food snacks and fruits.
The club is also working with the Geneva Center of Concern, Food Justice and local farmers to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to supplement food supplies to club families when possible.

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3689344921?profile=RESIZE_710xA New Play Place For Geneva’s Youngest

GENEVA – The Geneva Community Center will be working to give Geneva’s youngest children a new, safe play place all week long.

Starting Nov. 4, the center, located at 160 Carter Road, will be open for free to children and parents, age 0 to 4, each weekday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The center, in partnership with its owner, the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, will be offering children and parents and guardians breakfast, books, gym games and music. Transportation to and from the program can be arranged through the club.
This Toddler Time! Program is intended to give parents a place to gather, find support, inspiration and camaraderie while allowing children to enjoy a safe place to explore and enjoy away from the winter’s cold.
“There are a lot of programs for kids approaching school age,’’ said Chris Lavin, the Boys & Girls Club’s executive director. “But the earliest years of life can be pretty isolating for both kids and parents. We want to help with that. ’’
Toddler Time! is being sponsored this year by a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, which hopes to improve opportunities for unstructured play and exercise among the region’s children. The Boys & Girls Club was awarded the grant through the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

The Geneva Community Center is a 24,000 square foot facility that includes a range of play places. There is a full gym, a black-box theater, games rooms and a full, certified kitchen for producing healthy meals. Infant areas with rugs and mats will also be available as well as reading and games spaces. All children must be accompanied by their parent or caregiver.

The program is being managed by Allauna Overstreet-Gibson, assistant executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, and staffers La Sha’ Sullivan and Alexandria Piagentini.
“We will be approaching local day care operators to make them aware of the opportunity to use these facilities to increase exercise and other activities that can become very limited in the winter,’’ Overstreet Gibson said.

There is no charge for the program but participants will be asked to fill out a free membership form.
The club owns two 14-passenger vans that will be used to help families and day cares without transportation to access the Carter Road facility.
The program is open to anyone, regardless of residence, but transportation assistance will be limited to the greater Geneva area. For more information, call 315-759-6060.

“We are hoping Toddler Time! can be a gathering place for all of Geneva’s youngest,’’ Overstreet Gibson said. “Play groups, Mom groups, day cares. All will be welcome. The coffee is always on!’’

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A Ride On The Wild Side

PHELPS -- A new traffic circle has replaced a four-way stop sign along two rural roads outside Geneva, New York. Because everything new confuses someone, as a public service, GenevaNOW.com took a ride through to give local motorists a feel for this new driving challenge.
It can't be too hard. The British have done it for generations!

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3638494649?profile=RESIZE_710xCelebrate Boys & Girls Club Oct. 17

GENEVA -- The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva will host its 23rd Annual Dinner Oct. 17 at Club 86 and will honor Katie Flowers, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' director of Community Engagement and Service Learning.
Flowers has partnered with the club in creating its growing Summer University program and has helped create a robust Tutor Corps that delivers literally thousands of hours of mentoring and homework help to Geneva kids each year.


LISTEN HERE for a quick discussion of this annual celebration and how you can get involved.

CLICK HERE to buy your dinner tickets.

Email susan.tolleson@genevabgc.org to purchase one of the 100 raffle tickets for your chance to live in a beachside mansion on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week! CLICK HERE to tour Carpe Beachum in photo below!

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Buy A Shirt, Help The Bahamas

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GENEVA -- The members of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva wanted to help one of the club's staffers, whose family was devastated by the recent hurricane in the Bahamas. They designed a great shirt and hoodie as part of the effort. Click here or on the image above to place your order today.

 

 

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Vegetables Gone Wild from Geneva Community Center on Vimeo.

Chef And Farmer Bring New Veggies To Table

HIMROD -- Several months back Chef Brud Holland met with a Penn Yan area farmer and proposed a partnership:
The chef would supply unique seeds for vegetables developed specifically for Finger Lakes soils.
The Hoovers, a Mennonite Family west of Penn Yan would grow the vegetables.
And Holland would purchase them for his new restaurant on Seneca Lake in Himrod.
Fast forward a few months and the bounty is coming in -- for both the Hoovers and diners at Sapalta, Holland's new restaurant at the new Plum Point Lodge on Seneca.
The veggies are noticeably different. Tiny butternut squash, bed to intensify the sweet flavor. Habanero peppers, usually among the hottest of the hot peppers, bred for taste but without any heat at all. They are called habanadas. Fire red beets and a squash with a long neck to give chefs more veggie and less seed join a new potato variety that produces a Finger Lakes spud so smooth it doesn't need butter.
The seeds were developed by Row 7 Seeds, an innovative seed company with Upstate and Cornell connections, and are more expensive than the regular seeds the Hoovers usually use. But the price these exotic ingredients bring are also higher. Holland has been buying up all the Hoovers can produce.
Holland is already working these unique ingredients into his menu at Sapalta, located at the Plum Point Lodge 19 miles south of Geneva on Seneca Lake's western shore.
Both Holland and the Hoovers expect this collaboration to expand and continue through the next growing season.

Plum Point Lodge on Seneca was originally known as the Rainbow Cove Resort. Geneva developer Dave Bunnell and his partners purchased the hotel, renovated it and renamed it this year. They also hired Holland to build a new farm-to-table restaurant. Sapalta was named after a specific plum variety recommended by Cornell scientists.

 

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