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Geneva Community News

Joy In The Gardens

GENEVA -- Summer rains brought great bounty to local gardens. There was much joy on Friday as the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva's Roots & Shoots program with their Hobart & William Smith College partners continued harvesting for local families.

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Geneva Community News

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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Geneva Community News

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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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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Geneva Community News

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 Community News

Vegetable Display Garden Tour at Cornell AgriTech 

Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Cornell AgriTech (former NYS Agricultural Experiment Station). 1097 County Road 4, Geneva, NY
Join the grad students at Cornell AgriTech for a tour of the brand new vegetable display garden! Featuring odd and unique vegetables, mulch, compost, tomato trellis and trickle irrigation demos, straw bale gardens, elevated raised beds, a wild flower pollinator garden, cover crops and even a drone demo. Bring your questions and ask the experts!

Free and open to the public.
No pre-registration required.

 Learn more about the Growing Geneva Together Community Garden Coalition at



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Geneva Community News

Happy Frost Free!

The Growing Geneva Together Community Garden Coalition will have their

Annual Spring Meeting

Thursday, June 14 at 6:15 pm

at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, located at 70 Clark Street, Geneva

All are welcome to attend!

This is an opportunity to meet, learn from, and exchange with Geneva Community Garden managers (active and inactive), Seed to Supper Educators and Participants, Geneva Community Garden Bed users, local Master Gardeners, and others!

Items to be discussed:

· Garden Managers Report Out -Status of Bed Adoption and Garden

· Garden ‘How To’ Questions and Answers

· Resource and Info Sharing – Little Free Farmstands, Food Justice Coalition Update, Green Thumb Thursdays, Seed to Supper

*Attached are “Growing Guidelines” developed and provided by Steve Reiners, Cornell AgriTech (NYSAES)

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Geneva Philanthropy

From Geneva With Love

GENEVA -- Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva Goodman Street unit conducted a car wash Wednesday to help the Flint, Michigan, Boys & Girls Club deal with the continuing water challenges in that town.
The Geneva club members, all first, second and third graders, did a great job on car after car and raised $227 which will help the Flint Boys & Girls Club keep clean water on hand,
"I was so proud of our kids and the staff,'' said Alison Switzer, the Goodman Street site supervisor. "They kept at it and really did a good job. Some of our customers paid $5 more than we were charging!"
The Boys & Girls Club at Goodman serves more than 60 club members a day, serving lunch and four hours of literacy coaching, mentoring from Hobart and William Smith students and character and fitness programs every day after school.
The Geneva club also operates a unit at 160 Carter Road were more than 100 members a day in grades 4 to 12 pursue similar activities.

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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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Geneva Community News

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 School News

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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