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Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

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The Strasenburgh Planetarium is turning 50 years old this year, and it's celebrating with some renovations.

Kate Bennett, CEO of the Rochester Museum & Science Center, says the planetarium will be closed beginning Sept. 4 for those renovations, which will include new, moveable seats and carpeting in the Star Theater, accessible restrooms and an updated lobby.

Greentopia

A local floral workshop for city youths got a new home Monday morning,

A ribbon cutting was held for a new floral design space and shed in the JOSANA neighborhood for the local project Green Visions.

But it wasn’t outside a building, it’s outside a repurposed shipping container. The 800-square-foot space is on Whitney Street.

Michael Phillipson is the co-founder of Greentopia, which runs the project.

Cara Lynch

 

Activists gathered in Washington Square Park Sunday afternoon to urge Senators to Vote No on Brett Kavanaugh.

Protesters expressed concerns on what role Kavanaugh would play if elected to the Supreme Court, considering his record on issues such a Roe v. Wade and voting rights.

Cara Lynch is the Communications Director for Indivisible Rochester. She says sister events were happening around the country, and that the local event was cosponsored by Indivisible, Rochester NOW and Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.

There are changes ahead for the downtown soccer stadium in Rochester.

On Wednesday, David and Wendy Dworkin, who own the Rochester Rhinos, say that they have received approval from the United Soccer League to join USL Division III by the 2020 season. Division III is a new division in the soccer league, targeting communities ranging  from 150,000 to one million in population, and it set to get underway next year.

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Countless parents across New York are purchasing new school supplies for students.

But Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the government to regulate toxic chemicals in school supplies.

Multiple reports by non-profits and consumer advocacy groups have raised concerns that popular back-to-school supplies contained dangerous levels of toxic chemicals.

He says the results of an independent report from US PIRG were alarming.

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The North Clinton Community came together to honor the life of Father Laurence Tracy, a lifelong member of the neighborhood, who spent decades fighting to reduce poverty and drug use.

Hundreds gathered at St Michael's Church Wednesday morning for his funeral.

Senator Joe Robach said he saw Father Tracy as a role model.

In a letter released Monday, Pope Francis referred to the acts are "atrocities" and says that the "wounds never disappear."

Tim Thibodeau is a History and Political Science professor at Nazareth College, specializing in the history of the Catholic Church.

He believes social media has helped these issues come to light.

Travis Rix / SaveArtSpace

A Brooklyn-based nonprofit is using billboards to display art rather than ads around the country, and they’ve added a piece in Rochester.

Travis Rix is the co-founder and executive director of SaveArtSpace, and says the idea sprung from seeing billboards go up over murals around his neighborhood in New York City.

"These billboards and other advertisement spaces are in the public space, so we believe everyone should have a voice as to what goes on these public platforms."

SaveArtSpace is a donation-based organization, and Rix says they use that money to lease the billboards for artwork nationwide.

He says any artist, at any age or skill level, can submit art with a small application fee to be a part of the project.


Long Acre Farms

Long Acre Farms in Macedon will be celebrating a couple of anniversaries this year.


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The Cumming Nature Center is a little oasis about an hour south of Rochester. With miles of quiet trails through swamplands and towering pine trees, it’s a great place to talk about citizen science.

So what exactly does that term mean?

Nathan Hayes, the director of the nature center, says its the “crowdsourcing of scientific information. Multiple people all over the place putting the puzzle pieces together to get the picture.”

There is so much information to collect, Hayes says, that scientists alone can’t do it all. That’s where the rest of us can help. He says people can get involved and collect valuable information wherever they may be.

“We can study -- we should study -- these woods, and not worry about the Amazon. I mean, worry about the Amazon, but you don’t have to go away to contribute to important scientific base of knowledge, you can do it in your backyard.”


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