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Our teens are hard at work preparing for the annual Haunted House to take place on October 26th from 6 to 7pm! Children and teens 4 years and older are invited to register and attend the Haunted House to be held at the end of October. Each October our teens spend time after school building and constructing a haunted house in the Story Room and this year they’re most excited about some new decorations which include a hag and a jumping spider!

Attendees will get a tailored experience as they are guided through the house in small groups, as our teens take into account the age of each person walking through. The Haunted House is fun and family friendly, but if the little ones are too scared they can always pick out a book to read instead! The Haunted House is always a hit (snacks will be provided) so be sure to register for your spot before October 26th!

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The Boys & Girls Club Annual Dinner is not until October 19th, but you can get a head start shopping for auction items right now. Some of the live and silent auction items are available here for bidding. Great items from all over the Finger Lakes. Jump right in.

Dinner with the President

Get to know Hobart and William Smith President Greg Vincent and his wife, Kim, personally over dinner for eight at the President's House on South Main Street. You bring the friends. The Vincent's will open the historic house and supply the hospitality!

Starting Bid: $800
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

Luxury Vacation Home on Seneca Lake

Five days and four nights at Lawson's Place, a five-bedroom luxury home with some of Seneca Lake's best lake and vineyard views. In Glenora, the heart of wine country, this home features full multi-media services, a great kitchen and winery restaurant and distillery access within walking distance. A great vacation getaway just a short drive south of Geneva. Invite your friends.

Value: $1,200
Starting Bid: $800
Buy it now price: $1,300
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

MacKenzie-Childs Grand Vase

Great lines. Great gift. This handcrafted ceramic Great Vase-mixing color-dragged Courtly Checks, vibrant stripes and gold luster accents-is hand-painted by MacKenzie-Childs artisans in Aurora. Turn it over and you'll see the stamps of each of the artisans who had a hand in its creation. Generously sized for an impressive presentation.

Value: $225
Starting Bid: $150
Buy it now price: $250
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

Knapp Winery Lake House Getaway

Two nights at this classic Cayuga Lake refuge. The two-bedroom lakeside cottage is perfect for a weekend getaway with friends. Close to world class wineries, breathtaking views of water and farms. It is a perfect place for a couple's getaway, solo adventurers, and business travelers.

Value: $420
Starting Bid: $350
Buy it now price: $525
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

Classic Giant Trance 1 Mountain Bike

This completely refurbished Giant Brand mountain bike brings the best off-road technology on wheels. The Trance 1 is engineered for speed on technical trails. The lightweight chassis is made with an Advanced-grade composite mainframe that features an updated Maestro Suspension system. Take on the Adirondacks with the best equipment on wheels!

New Version Price: $3,000
Refurbished Value: $1,500
Starting Bid: $250
Buy it now price: $500
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

Just 100 chances will be sold to win the vacation of a lifetime on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Spend a week in Carpe Beachum, the eight-bedroom beachfront mansion owned by Dr. Dan and Gail Alexander. Gourmet kitchen, family and games rooms, a vanishing edge pool and staircase to the beachfront can be yours. Bring friends or family. There's plenty of room. The winning ticket will be drawn October 19th at our Annual Dinner. (Need not be present to win)

Tickets: $100 while supplies last.
To purchase a ticket: email or call 315-759-6060.

Learn To Cook With The Pros

The New York Wine & Culinary Center's talented chefs will teach you and your guest some of the latest techniques with a formal cooking class in their state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. Get your apron on!

Starting Bid: $100
Buy it now price: $250
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

One Perfect Geneva Night

Enjoy a night of luxury for two, in a beautiful Stickley appointed LANDMARK or TOWNHOUSE suite at Geneva On The Lake, including a $25 voucher toward candlelight dinner and hot continental breakfast.

Starting Bid: $250
Buy it now price: $450
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

A Virtual Finger Lakes Libation Tour

Save the gas money and let the tastings come to you. The Finger Lakes Wine Trail has put together 10 samples of its members' best. Enjoy ten wines - whites, reds, blushes and cider- coaxed from the earth surrounding Seneca Lake.

Starting Bid: $100
Buy it now price: $300
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

The Photographer's Eye

Renowned Finger Lakes photographer Dewey Fladd has an eye for the off-beat. He found this scene along a country road and offers this framed print at auction.

Starting Bid: $200
Buy it now price: $400
To make a bid: email or call 315-759-6060. You will be informed if your bid is exceeded before the October 19th event.

Bids are also being accepted for these silent auction items:

  • A family portrait session with photographer Neil Sjoblom and a $100 certificate from the Frame Shop. Minimum bid $200.
  • Lose the on-line drama with guaranteed entry into the Seneca 7 2018 event. Minimum bid $100.
  • Four 18-hole green fees with cart at Silver Creek Golf Course. Minimum bid $100
  • Overnight stay with full breakfast at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront. Minimum bid $100.
  • Overnight stay with breakfast at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. Minimum bid $100.
  • Overnight stay at the Microtel Inn & Suites. Minimum bid $100.
  • Overnight stay and gift basket from the Hampton Inn Geneva. Minimum bid $100.
  • Get ready with 90 minutes of estate planning from Heaton & Venuti, LLP. Minimum bid $100.
  • Get clean with a gas furnace or boiler cleaning from Interstate Heating & Cooling. Minimum bid $100.
  • Assorted wing sauces with $25 gift card from Buffalo Wild Wings of Auburn. Minimum bid $30 (2 available)


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Guard Spends An Afternoon With Kids

GENEVA -- County Supervisor Louis Guard, who is running to retain his seat, spent Wednesday afternoon at the Geneva Boys & Girls Club discussing after-school services and getting some advice from young Genevans on what could make the community better.
"We need better lunches at school,'' one of the young club members offered.
Guard nodded encouragingly, though it was explained to the youngsters that school lunch is outside the normal purview of a county legislator.
Guard, a native Genevan who serves as Vice President and General Counsel at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is running to retain the seat he was appointed to when Charlie Evangelista resigned to accept the job of County Election Commissioner. He explained to the club members he hoped to get elected and work with the other Geneva-area supervisors, including Town of Geneva Supervisor Mark Venuti, to represent this east side of the county and work collectively to examine more closely issues like the landfill operations that have literally changed the landscape and environment of the Geneva area.
Guard toured the Boys & Girls Club facility and discussed the uses the organization puts the Youth Bureau funding to each year.
Chris Lavin, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, explained the important role after-school programs play in giving working parents a safe and enriching place to leave their children until their work day is done.
Guard joined the club staff in preparing and serving a dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes and green beans with salad to more than 60 kids. The club serves dinner Monday through Friday.
Guard represents the west and northern sides of Geneva in the county legislature. He is a Democrat running against Republican plumber Dave D'Amico.

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On October 2, 2017 the Geneva Public Library officially launched the Super Readers Club program! Patrons 17 and under can sign up to be a part of this club and receive an unlimited number of checkouts for books and audiobooks that are fine free! Additional perks members can receive include a custom library card, invitations to members-only programs, reading challenges, tips, prizes, and more!

The Super Readers Club is part of the Library’s commitment to removing the barriers that discourage parents and children from obtaining library cards and using library materials. "We love that the Super Readers Club helps to reduce concerns about fines, but we are even more enthusiastic about how it celebrates the rewards of reading," said Library Director Chris Finger. "The initiative will put more books in the hands of Geneva's children, more words in their homes, and more excitement within the library."

“Weekly challenges will excite both parent and child to read certain books and to read towards fun incentives,” Youth Services Librarian Tanya Taylor said. “Our current 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program remains successful, but we hope that the Super Readers Club will encourage those children who finished the 1000 books and for children who are older to continue reading.”

Thanks to a grant from the Wyckoff Family Foundation, the Super Readers Club now begins its first year during which the Library will be analyzing data about library registrations and book borrowing statistics.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Youth Services Librarian Tanya Taylor at or 315-789-5303 ext 111.

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A Letter From Slovakia

Boy Meets Slovakia

By James B. Williams

25 September 2017

SLOVAKIA -- Hello all! I wanted to wait until one of these days to write you all because I just got back from my first District Orientation for 2240, Czech Republic and Slovakia’s District! But I will talk about that later because I have more to tell you!

Last time I had my first days of school! During that time we had a shortened schedule because it was the beginning of the year and our cafeteria was still under construction. We had the shortened schedule for 2 weeks! Then we moved on to the normal schedule and began the regular school day, which is different than everywhere I know of in the US. Their schedule works in days. On Monday I have a certain schedule and it is the same for every Monday, this works for every day of the week. My situation is a bit different from the regular students in that I do not go to 2 extra classes, that are after my school day, I can but I have chosen not to because I would like to spend that time doing sports or other activities around Piešťany. Speaking of activities I will start to play hockey!  Robert Paradi (pear uh dy) is my main teacher who handles all of my classes documents and information and trips is a hockey coach! His team has kids who are 14, 15, 16 and the hockey club is providing most equipment for me! For now I won’t be playing in games only practice, but I am excited to start.  I will buy a stick and get to play! For now this is great. My classmates are all awesome. They were really shy at first and I had to make the first interactions but now we talking more and I really like them. I really would like to do more with them and learn more about the culture of Slovakia and my town.

Other activities I have been up to: My town had a film festival! It happens every year and it lasts for a week! It’s called Cinematik, I went to a few movies with some Spoluziacky (school mates) and it was very nice because the weather was rainy during those weeks. I saw 4 movies, I don’t remember all the names but I saw 3 French and one from the US. One movie was hard to follow because it was in French and only had Czech titulky(subtitiles), I am glad I went anyways because it was a new experience. The US movie was in English with Slovak subtitles, the others were French with English, Czech or Slovak subtitles. It was really fun to go to the movies. (To the left are my 2 classmates and I) 

Also I have now seen 3 castles! Two were with my family and the 3 other exchange students from Piešťany. Actually they were the ruins of castles and one of the castles is where the legend of Bloody Mary was started! It was cool to gallivant around the ruins and sometimes climb around for a better view of the surroundings. Also of the 3 that I have seen they are all on top of some sort of hill, I am starting to see a pattern here. But I still want to explore even more! Slovakia has the most castles per capita in the world! On my Facebook page I have pictures and I will gladly add anyone who would like to see!

^Trenčiansky hrad - Trenčin castle            ^Čachtický hrad - Čachtice castle                                <Tematínsky hrad - Tematín castle         

So now I have a bit of a funny story I would like to share. It was very warm here during the first few weeks and after school my little host brother Simon would strip off down to his underwear when we got home! I thought he was being a typical 12 year old who wants to be free of everything, as I was! But that was just the first day… Then it happened again… and again…. And on the 3rd day I finally asked him what he was doing and he just gave me a funny look. Then I talked to my host mom and asked what Simon was doing? This was in my broken Slovak as well so it took some time for me to fully understand and when I did my mind was blown. While talking to my mom she told me it was normal. That they were home and they could do what they wanted, not only is this normal in all of Slovakia, it is very common! Eventually I learned that my mom and my dad would normally be in boxers and just her bra and shorts if I wasn’t there. For a few minutes I couldn’t wrap my head around it but then I realized that they are home, this is their place and people do what they want here and it is just more common, I bet in America, maybe even some of you reading this have done the same! For me it was a pretty big culture shock but thankfully the weather got warmer and my brother kept his clothes on. :P

1 October 2017

Now onto my first orientation! It was so fun to meet all the other exchange students in the district. There are about 90 of us in all both countries! It is a lot of people! Everyone was so happy to be there and I made a lot of friends and some good ones already. The weekend was really busy and the Rotex and District members prepared a lot for us to do. We didn’t have much free time to ourselves and it was a little disheartening because we wanted to do more together. We did get to see a castle and that was really fun to explore! It was called Trenčiansky hrad (Trenčin Castle) very original being that we were in the town of Trencin. But we were together the whole weekend and through the presentations we learned a lot about rules on travel, the 4 Ds, and about Slovakia and Czechia. I’m kind of sad I won’t see my friends in Czechia until the Ski Week in the winter but we have more Slovak-only meetings which will be great!  We also had a test on our language skills! I wasn’t very worried for the test, I believed in my Slovak skills and got the highest grade possible, a 1! The scale is 1-2-3-4-5, 1 being best and 5 being worst. It was a very basic test with not very much on it only basic phrases and words. I will have another test on Slovak in December where I hope to again get a 1! But overall it was an awesome weekend where I was very excited to meet everyone! 

I am in in the top row to the left of center. :)

Also I am playing hockey now! I was able to sort everything out and I have all my gear and I bought some inexpensive skates. I’m really happy to be playing, I will be going to practices with a team of 13,14,15 year olds (I found out later that they are a bit younger) but I like it. It is only 4 days a week, perfect for what I would like to do. I don’t need to go every practice and it’s not going to be a huge time commitment. The club lent me gear to use for the time I will play. The boys on the team are really funny and nice they like me a lot.

Yesterday I went to Jánošíkove diery! It is a hiking park with lots of trails and beautiful views! I have a lot of pictures on my Facebook if you would like to see them. It was so beautiful. The mountains here are similar to the Adirondacks and now with fall coming and the leaves changing it was very beautiful. ‘Ono bolo vel’mi krasne’.

            I’m really enjoying my time here in Slovakia and I’m very thankful that I found the program and all that Rotary is doing for me.  I can’t wait for more adventures and stories to share with everyone!


James G. Williams 


James G. Williams 

James Williams is a 2017 graduate of Geneva High School. He is spending a gap year in Slovakia, sponsored by the Geneva Rotary Club and its relationship with Rotary International. He will report on his experiences from time to time for Geneva Now.

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St. Peter's Dancers At The  Smith

GENEVA -- SPCAA dancers perform in Ballet Jorgen's Anastasia at The Smith Opera House on Sat. 9/23/17 at 7:30 p.m.

See performances by: Penn Burrall, Ryann Shultz, Cassidy Prejean, Elizabeth Ives, Clare Canario, Malcolm King, Janina Olivieri

Children 18 and under are always FREE when GENEVA CONCERTS presents music and dance at The Smith Opera House.

Photo by Kathy Collins: Alaina Olivieri May 2017

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Restaurant Delivers For Club

GENEVA -- The staff of H.J. Stead Company, Geneva's newest restaurant on Linden Street, had two gifts to the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva on Friday: donuts and money.
The staff delivered samples of the new, homemade donuts that are featured at the new restaurant and informed the Boys & Girls Club it would be sharing its tips with the club.
"The wait staff wanted to pitch in,'' said Sam Buyskes, the renowned Finger Lakes chef who developed the cuisine for this latest creative restaurant to locate along little Linden Street.
With H.J. Stead, the narrow one-way passageway just west of the U.S. Post office now boasts a number of innovative establishments, including Christopher Bates' famed FLX Table, The Linden, a sophisticated cocktail bar with surprisingly good Mexican fare, as well as the Finger Lakes Sausage and Beer and the Kashong bar.
Buyskes, who has a crowd of devotees who follow her from project to project, recently left the innovative Kindred Fare she helped create on upper Hamilton Street and is building a breakfast-lunch-dinner establishment on Linden now.
A copy of the H.J. Stead menu is below.

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