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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, 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 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


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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Learning By Doing -- And Eating

GENEVA -- Two years ago the Sands Family Foundation and Lowe's helped the Geneva Boys & Girls Club redesign and improve its kitchen's teaching capacity. Since then, club members have been taking regular cooking classes and helping serve dinner each night to more than 90 members.
So when a group of 12 club members turned up at New York Kitchen in Canandaigua in August for a Culinary Camp, the resident chefs were a bit surprised.
"These kids are so advanced,'' Teaching Chef Mary Beth Brinkerhoff said on the camp's first day. "We'll have to revamp the menus.''
For the next four days, the 12 Boys & Girls Club members got the gift -- sponsored by Dr. Dan and Gail Alexander -- of learning side by side with master chefs in the state-of-the-art teaching kitchens that are at the heart of the New York Kitchen facility.
The first day, between 10 a.m. at 1:00 p.m., the kids produced gourmet macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, pan fried fish, jambalaya, corn bread, hush puppies and a puff pastry dessert. Enough to feed them all and left-overs to haul back to their families.
And so the week went, more challenging menus each day, culminating with learning to create and cook delicate fresh pasta and chocolate mousse on the final day.
But lessons went beyond the kitchen. Chefs Brinkerhoff and Geneva' own Matt Wooster discussed menu planning, food cost calculation and, in a highlight for the week, toured several local farms where high quality herbs and animals are being raised to supply local restaurants with the best "farm-to-table" ingredients the new restaurant trends demand.
"It was an amazing week,'' said Chris Lavin, the Boys & Girls Club executive director. "New York Kitchen is an incredible asset to this region. The best, focused learn-by-doing experience we've ever had for our kids. And they even liked doing the math with the recipes!''

The Boys & Girls Club's partnership with New York Kitchen will continue, Lavin said.

"We share the goal with New York Kitchen of giving this region not only great wines, but also great cuisine to go with it,'' Lavin said. "Our kids have a passion for this and we believe can be part of the tourism tide that is raising all boats these days.''

The Culinary Camp was part of Summer University, a collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club, the City School District and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. More than 200 club members are experiencing six weeks of creative clubs, exercise and weekly field trips to the region's attractions. 


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3401111957?profile=RESIZE_710xNew HWS President On The Air



GENEVA -- The new president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is sharing her experiences while getting to know her new job. Joyce Jacobsen is recording many of her first encounters with college and community leaders and publishing these via podcast. CLICK HERE or on the image above to listen to her discussion with Chris Lavin, a 1981 Hobart graduate and a former newspaper editor who is now working with the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva.



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