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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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Eight unique gardens that focus on harmony with nature and creating a habitat for wildlife are featured on the Genesee Land Trust’s Backyard Habitat Tour Saturday.

Standards for habitat included providing food, water, shelter and a place where wildlife can raise a new family.

Gay Mills, Executive Director of the organization says they hope to encourage people to create more sustainable green space in their backyards and gardens.

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Councilmember Adam McFadden and other local leaders hosted the 4th annual Father’s Day Pledge to end violence outside Rochester City Hall Saturday afternoon.

The pledge calls on fathers and men in the community to commit to changing the culture of violence in their relationships, homes and communities.

Councilmember McFadden led the ceremony, saying it’s important for men in the community to be conscious of how they act, especially in their homes.

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The Equality march held in Washington D.C. and a number of sister cities around the nation defined itself as a grassroots movement to mobilize the diverse LGBTQ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about current political landscapes.

The Rochester Gay Alliance partnered with a number of organizations in Washington Square Park in Rochester for a sister rally Sunday afternoon. President of the Alliance Scott Fearing said its purpose was to build the bridges between various social justice movements.

A continued state of emergency has been declared in the town of Irondequoit due to the rising flood waters along Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay.

Under New York State law, any state of emergency declaration expires after 30 days. Town Supervisor Dave Seeley issued the announcement Saturday morning saying that water levels have continued to rise since the first declaration was made May 12th.

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The bright sun and warm temperatures this Memorial Day reminded everyone at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park that summer is right around the corner.

But that’s the problem, said veteran Ken Moore. That the meaning of Memorial Day is sometimes buried under barbeques and beach time.

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Custom dog collars, cupcakes, shoe cleaners and homemade lip gloss. These were just some of the businesses presented at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy trade show Saturday morning.

Originally founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester, the Academy is now a worldwide organization developing and delivering experience-based entrepreneurship programs to young people.

After months of developing business plans, meeting with community leaders and presenting their ideas to a panel of investors 21 new startups, both for and nonprofit, revealed their businesses to the public.

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Former President Bill Clinton was the commencement speaker at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva Sunday morning.

Much of the 42nd president's speech focused on global interdependence and diversity.

Clinton insisted he wasn't making any political statements, but wanted to focus on how Muslims and immigrants are treated in the U.S.

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo talked a lot about jobs and the economy in her first State of the County address on Wednesday night.

She delivered it at the site of what will be MCC’s new downtown campus this fall, next to Kodak’s headquarters on State Street. Dinolfo first took office in January 2016, but did not give a State of the County address last year.

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The sandbags keep coming as a constant stream of cars lined up to collect them in Greece to combat rising water levels on Lake Ontario's shoreline and area ponds.

Julie DeMunck is a Greece resident who lives on Long Pond.

"We're not in as bad shape as some people, but we're lower on the pond. So its all coming up and taking the front of our property away and washing out underneath."

DeMunck says its been a family effort trying keep her house safe.

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Cars continue to line up at the Greece Department of Public Works building on Long Pond Road to collect sandbags.

With more rain on the way this weekend, Commissioner of Public Works in the Town of Greece Kirk Morris asks that homeowners try and collect no more than 200 sandbags from the pickup station to ensure there is enough to go around.

Morris says the help of a sandbag filling machine has helped distribution efforts, as well as volunteers from the community.

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