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St. Peter's Community Arts Academy is proud to announce the upcoming Strings Studio Recital will combine the guitar studio with our talented strings students for an incredible performance at St. Peter's Church on Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend the event, and we encourage as many community members to attend to see the hard work of our young and dedicated students. 

Additionally, we would like to thank all the community members who came out to our celebration of the 8th Annual Dinner with the Arts this past Sunday, April 15. It was a huge success, and the student performances were excellent! We are excited for what the rest of the season has in store. As always, feel free to call our office at 315-789-0106. 

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Boy Meets Slovakia - March 2018

Slip Sliding Away!

By James Williams

SLOVAKIA -- So pretty much most of my month of March was skiing! I spent about 12 days of the month skiing on the slope and by the end of the 3 weeks I was really tired but it was a great time! I did a few other fun things as well that I will get into! This month I will do chronologically!

On the first and second of March I went to school as usual but I didn’t realize that these days would be two of the four days I would go to school this month. Now DON’T WORRY! I was with my school skiing for 2 weeks. Therefore I could technically count that as being in school :P But back to the order. From those first two days We had a school break for one week. I decided that I would like to go skiing during that winter break and because I have been having a fun time and learning how to do it.

I went skiing on a Sunday at a local ski slope that I can get to by bus! But I met a nice woman who speaks English who is a neighbor who was going the same day as me. She was bringing her young son to teach him how to ski, their son is bilingual English/Slovak but he had a British/Slovak accent that was really difficult for me to understand, That was really surprising for me, not being able to understand my first language. But it’s not the first time, the second xD. But during that day I accidentally broke my skis that I had rented for the season. The second it happened I knew it was bad because skis aren’t supposed to make a big CRACK sound. But they didn’t completely snap just the metal on one side for about 6 inches kind of like a noodle when you throw it in the air. So I skied on it and put it on a spot so that skiing would still be possible. Anyways I made it home just fine and I now have to bring the skis to the place where I rented them. Also the shop owner doesn’t speak English, just so you all know. I bring the skis he looks at them and says $150 EUROS! I think to myself can I phone a friend? We talk a bit more, the shop owner explains that the skis are top notch and all this stuff blah but the skis are 10 years old, totally used, and next year would be their last year. So I end up calling my host dad and I leave saying that I will be back to pay because they only accept cash. All in all I ended up paying 80 euros after talking to a few people and getting a better idea of what the price should be, but I paid about two weeks later because I was away with my family and with my school.


With my family I went to Tatranska Lomnica and there was great skiing. We spent 2 days skiing and the 3rd we went to a beautiful spot nearby. The first day of skiing was alright but very foggy, so I spent that time on the lower part trying to perfect my 180! I talked with a few people and they all complimented my Slovak. The 2nd was amazing. During the fog it had snowed and nobody had gone into the free ride zone. So we had about a foot of fresh powder skiing and I was incredibly excited to finally get to do some powder skiing. We also had completely clear skies pretty much all day. There was still strong winds and the highest lift stops if it is too strong. But after It started I was actually on the first chair to make it up! Once I got to the top I just took a bunch of time to appreciate the view and take pictures. I didn’t know how long the lift would be open so I wanted to take in every moment. I am very glad I did the view was beautiful and with the clear weather I could see so much of Slovakia and the mountains. I of course will have some of my pictures below. I really think it’s the best skiing/snowboarding I have done. I really am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given and the luck I have had when I go and do these things. I don’t know where it comes from but it seems to really be never ending. But back to Tatranska Lomnica, the skiing was amazing and the views were unbelievable. During this time I was with one of the students in my town, Kris from Taiwan. It was nice to talk to him and not be alone the whole time. Then on the 3rd day we went to Štrbské Pleso and wandered around there for a few hours this was the third time I was there and we didn’t have the perfect weather we had the day before so it was beautiful but not a perfect day, still awesome to see.

After returning home on a Saturday I turned around to leave on Sunday for a week of skiing with my school! This week was alright I was with two exchange students from my town Sofia (Mexico) and Isadora (Brazil). They were so fun to ski with because they aren’t the best and I was able to help them a lot with my experience on snow and in general winter sports. I spent a lot of my time with them this week and learned a good bit about them and myself spending a week with all the same people. The skiing itself was alright there were clouds every day and it actually rained 3 of the 5 days we skied :c But on the last day I as I was leaving I saw a guy that I met during the Rotary Ski Week who is one of the most well know free ride skiiers in Slovakia. I started talking to him and he said that the next week’s weather would me much better and sunny and they would get snow through the weekend.

So right then and there I decided I would go for the 2nd week in a row. So I came home for the weekend got my clothes washed and Sunday went back to Jasna for the last time to ski this year. And on the first day we had clear weather and that held the whole week. I was so happy that I went with my gut and decided to go and push through. The weather was incredible and I am so thankful for the opportunity to go. During this week I was with Kris,YES the same one! There I was speaking a lot more Slovak because I needed to. It really made me proud of myself and realize that I could get by 100% on only using Slovak if I needed to. I am not 100% in the language and I make many mistakes while speaking but everyone usually understands what I mean. I am proud of myself for learning this language. So at the end of the week on Friday instead of going home I got permission to spend the weekend with an exchange student friend, Daniel (Columbia), in Poprad a city known for being the head city near the High Tatras. Now I had initially gone to Poprad to ski but I changed the plan to stay in Poprad and spend time with the students there and look around the city. So that’s just what I did. We went around the city and hung out and had an awesome time for the weekend. The students there are awesome, I think that whenever I am with exchange students it’s just awesome. But so much that’s all for March! I am forever thankful for all the opportunites I have had through this program and I every change I have I will try to explain and encourage people to go on and do an Exchange. I have heard it described as “Not one year in your life, but a life in one year” and I can’t agree more.

James Williams, a 2017 graduate of Geneva High School, is spending a gap year with a family in Slovakia. His year is sponsored by the Geneva Rotary Club and is part of a Rotary International program.

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Geneva Art & Politics

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Song, Dance, Politics

GENEVA -- This is a humorous dinner-theater performance telling the story of Trailblazers PAC through Broadway showtunes. A group of talented actors under the leadership of Rachel Lampert, Artistic Director Emerita of the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, will put this on at Geneva’s Club 86. Tickets are $100 (including dinner and drinks) and the whole event is a fundraiser for our honest-government candidates in 2018.

Trailblazers PAC is a new and interesting organization that is trying to energize very local politics. CLICK HERE to learn more about the group.

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Library Tax Levy Informational Meeting

On April 25th at 6:30 PM, Library Director Chris Finger and Library Board of Trustees President Santa Abraham will 

provide an overview of the Library's 2018 tax levy request and the proposed 2018-2019 library budget. The Geneva Public Library has proposed a $0.08 tax increase per $1,000 in assessed property value. If the tax levy is passed, the cost to the average household will increase by an estimated $8.84 per year. The 2018 Vote will be May 15th at North Street Elementary from 11 AM - 8 PM.

Voters will also elect one Library Board Trustee for a five year term commencing July 1, 2018 and expiring June 30, 2023. The candidates will be listed on the ballot.​

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the presenters. 

For more information, please visit our website.

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An Afternoon Of Fun

GENEVA -- The phone rang the other day at the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva and Makis Hodge was on the line. 

"Let's take some kids bowling,'' Hodge said.

That's Makis and Dario Hodge, the owners of Traditional Automotive Group. 

Ten Boys & Girls Club kids answered their call and Monday afternoon showed up at Doug Kent's Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark. They were greeted with pizza, soda and bowling shoes. For more than a few, it was a new experience.
Makis and Dario stopped by to make sure the pizza had hit the spot and to tell the kids he wants them to get out more often.
"Let me know where you'd like to go and we'll see if we can make it happen,'' Makis said. "I remember. It's good to get out.''
Tradition has outlets in Newark and Geneva and is part of an Atlanta-based group. They are corporate supporters of the Boys & Girls Club, but beyond money, they give time and inspiration as well. 

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Geneva High School’s Panther Pitch Finalists left to right: Sydney Mittiga, Jack Harris, Alan Cha, Nicole Morley, Bryna Gage, Cassidy Prejean, and Joon Jhang.

Come See Panthers Make Their Pitch

GENEVA – Ice cream infused with sprinkles. A high end clothing line that contributes profits to local charities. Love expressed with jewelry formed from recycled goods.
These are just a few of the ideas that young Geneva entrepreneurs hopes can send them along the road to riches.
The Second Annual Panther Pitch – a sort of Shark Tank event without sharks sponsored this year by Red Jacket Orchards – will be held at the Geneva Community Center, 160 Carter Road, Wednesday, March 28th at 7 p.m. The young entrepreneurs, all winners from a business class competition at Geneva High School, will appear on stage and try and persuade a panel of local business leaders that their idea is the next hot thing in the Finger Lakes.
The public is invited and admission to the Pat Collins Black Box Theater is free and Red Jacket refreshments will be served.
“We have some really sharp ideas this year,’’ said Stephen Muzzi, the GHS teacher who partners with Hobart and William Smith Colleges Entrepreneurial Study Program to incubate these ideas each year. “Geneva’s kids have a lot of energy for pursuing both good and good ideas. The goal was to propose innovative ideas with a social conscience. ‘’’
The five finalists, who will present at next Wednesday’s event, were selected from among all students in Muzzi’s economics classes. HWS students, who are in the local colleges’ own entrepreneurial studies program, have mentored their high school counterparts and a number of them will be on hand to watch the high school entrepreneurs stand and deliver. Andrew Silard the winner of the 2018 HWS Pitch will share his pitch that night.

This year’s competitors, all seniors, include:

 Cassidy Prejean , proposing a project that matches the homeless up with abandoned pets to result in homes for both.
 Jackson Harris, creating a high-end clothing line that promotes Geneva pride by allowing buyers to direct a percentage of their spend to local charities.
 Alan Cha and Joon Jhang, suggesting a Korean confectionery and culinary business that promotes cultural understanding.
 Nicole Morley and Bryna Gage, a mobile ice cream truck serving soft-serve products with sprinkles “infused” throughout the product.
 Sydney Mittiga, who is proposing to launch “Wood You Marry Me,” a jewelry store that will create wedding and engagement rings made of local recycled materials.

The judges for this year’s Panther Pitch include:
 James Emery Elkin, local restaurant and bar owner.
 Amy Forbes, Associate Director of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Centennial Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
 Sage Gerling, Acting City Manager and director of the city’s Neighborhood Resource Center.
 Craig Talmage, who teaches in the HWS Entrepreneurial Studies program.

Panther Pitch is being hosted at the Boys & Girls Club’s Community Center and is sponsored by Red Jacket Orchards, a Geneva-based company that sells fruit and fruit juices throughout the U.S.

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Spring Book Sale

Twice a year at the library, there is a time when you can actually take books home and not worry about due dates! The Foundation for the Geneva Public Library is holding their annual Spring Book Sale, April 2nd-13th! So if you’re looking for some good books, this is the place to be. The Sale will run during the Library’s normal operating hours, and will be held on the Ground Floor in the Community Room. For a full list of dates and prices, please visit our website.

The books that are sold at the sale are provided generously by the Geneva community and our patrons, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them. Whether it’s just one book or multiple boxes full, each donated book to the sale is what makes this possible.

For more information on the sale and the Foundation of the GPL, please visit our website at or call 315-789-5303

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