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Is Youth Football's Future Flagging?

GENEVA -- Like the cooling of the air, fall in Geneva brings the sounds of football pads and helmets clacking in the distance like rams. It is the helmet clashes that have become the focus of national attention these days.

Publicity of the cumulative brain damage discovered in the autopsies of National Football League players has parents questioning nation-wide whether football is a safe sport for their children. As the science linking football to later-life brain damage evolves, lawsuits -- some already seen at the professional and college levels -- are likely to force schools to balance the popularity of the sport against their first obligation to keep kids safe.

Recently the Aspen Institute produced a White Paper examining whether flag football, a less violent form of the game, was more suitable, particularly among elementary and middle school-age children whose brains are in early stages of development when tackle football injects repeated head blows into their young lives. The report clearly suggests a shift away from full tackle football before high school. However, many believe even the high school-age brain needs to avoid this experience as well.

The thought of eliminating or replacing tackle football with the flag version would strike many as almost un-American. Certain regions of this nation -- and a strong part of Upstate New York's Friday night culture -- are dominated by traditional football. However, as the Aspen report shows, more and more parents across the nation are re-directing their children away from the sport.

The Aspen Institute, located in Washington D.C. is an academic think-tank that examines issues in American sport and recreation. The organization recently conducted research on children's access to recreation in the Rochester Region, including Geneva, for the Ralph Wilson Foundation and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. To read the full football report click on the report below or this link: FINAL-Future-of-Football-Paper.3.pdf 

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Another Reminder Of Our 'Good' Weather

GENEVA -- Reason Number 1 that living in a temperate, varied climate like the Northeast may be preferable to what you believe about the allegedly blissful Sun Belt.

With increasing frequency, all that heat powers forces that make a few months of winter cold look a whole lot more bearable. The 1.5 million people in the unpredictable path of this current hurricane are having to pack up, head for higher ground and wonder if they'll have a home to return to in a week or so.

Our "bad weather'' this summer has fueled a bumper crop of apples, corn, grapes and hops. A pretty good upside to a little too much rain.


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A Warmer Century Looms For Geneva

GENEVA -- As the summer wanes and the perfect season -- that would be fall -- turns colder, there is at least this: According to a new study, global warming will have a significant impact on life in Geneva as emissions keep increasing global temperatures world wide.

The good news: the impact is predicted to be less here than other, already intolerably hot places.

CLICK HERE to get the info on your hometown.



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Geneva Arts News

GENEVA -- One of the great advantages of living in a college town is the fact that every once in a while world-class artists visit and offer locals access to the kind of music one usually must fight the crowds to see in New York or Toronto.

Tonight is one of those nights. Instead of sitting home and watching recreational politics on TV, you can visit the Gearan Center for the Arts and catch Elinor Frey turn her cello into a touch of magic.

A recent review in the Toronto Star included these remarks: 

"Frey’s careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos. . .make for a great program…She is one of a growing number of younger performers who can make period instrumental solos sizzle with the same heat as artists using modern instruments and bows.
— John Terauds, Toronto Star

The performance starts at 7:30 in Frolich Hall, in the Gearan Center, the first large building on your left when you enter the campus from the north via Pulteney Street. Parking is available adjacent to the center. Tickets are available at the door. $12 general admission. $10 for students and free with valid HWS student ID.



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HWS Community Chorus Starts New Season

The Hobart and William Smith Community Chorus begins rehearsals on Monday, August 27 at 7pm in Froelich Hall of the Gearan Performing Arts Center.  Community members of all experience levels are welcome to join, though a short, informal audition is required.  The choir rehearses for two hours each Monday evening and presents a concert in the fall and in the spring. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Caleb Hopkins, director, at 

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