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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 Catholic Family Center is celebrating its centennial Monday.

On April 24, 1917, the New York state legislature incorporated the Catholic Charities across the state. That organization later became known as the Catholic Family Center, founded on the mission to assist immigrants, find employment for men released from prison and serve unmarried mothers.

The CFC continues to work to empower poor and vulnerable individuals and families with a variety of programs across all stages of life.

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The testimony of Rochester area Holocaust survivors is now archived online by the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information of the Jewish Federation of Rochester.

Over three years, stories and photos as well as video and audio recordings were gathered and digitized, now available for search by survivor's last names.

Rebecca Erbelding is an archivist and curator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and originally from Rochester. She said the project hopes to take survivors out of the history books, and put local names and faces to them.

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Rochester's only food co-op, Abundance Food Co-op celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Rochester on Saturday.

The day kicked off with a parade of about 150 of their owners walking from their previous location on Marshall Street, to their new store at 571 South Avenue.

Abundance spokesperson Chris Whitebell said with the new, bigger space, they’ll be able to offer a wider variety of products, a hot food menu and seating area, as well as function as a gathering space.

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A cold, cloudy day was no match for the hundreds of science advocates rallying at the March for Science at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park Saturday morning.

The Rochester march was part of a worldwide call to action to unite as a diverse, non-partisan group calling for science that upholds the common good.

Rob Rolleston attended the rally wearing a lab coat, he is a data scientist and said facts need to be separate from politics.

"Science matters, truth matters, facts matter. And we're seeing an assault on the ability to actually have reasonable discussions."

The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Robert Panara two-ounce Forever stamp took place Tuesday morning at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The words “Two Ounce” on this stamp indicate its usage value. SInce it is a 'Forever' stamp, it will always be valid for the rate printed on it.

Panara was the National Technical Institute for the Deaf's first deaf faculty member and also went on to help found the National Theatre of the Deaf.

On the stamp, Panara is shown signing the word for “Respect.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Rochester Tuesday to announce his support for a bill that would boost federal resources in the fight against opioid use.

The New York Democrat, speaking at the Monroe County Crime Lab, said the concern is mainly with Fentanyl, a drug that is legal when prescribed for severe pain, but often illicitly manufactured and brought into the country from China and Mexico.

Fentanyl use has been on the rise in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced an $11 million project to replace the Route 31 or Lyell Avenue Bridge over Route 390 in Gates.

The project is the first phase of a larger initiative to improve traffic flow at the convergence of interstates 390 and 490 and routes 390 and 31.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Lori Maher says this week they will be working on shifting traffic and reducing the number of lanes in the area.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on a $153 billion state budget proposal this weekend, which included increases to direct care funding, the arrival of Uber and Lyft ride-share services in upstate New York and one of the most talked about - free college tuition for middle class families.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said over 30,000 families in New York will qualify.

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An organization in Rochester is working to establish real time access to recreation and sports for people with disabilities.

Rochester Accessible Adventures is about a year old, and Executive Director Anita O’Brien says their mission is to train recreational businesses to offer their services to everyone.

"I love the idea of adventure and that each person is able to choose what that means to them in life. Particularly in RAA it really is focused on recreation, active healthy lifestyle opportunities."

www.rochesterclimateaction.org

The Rochester People's Climate Coalition is kicking off its Earth Month with a forum Monday evening.

It’s titled the New York State of Climate Action and will include guest speakers Mark Dunlea from the Green Education and Legal Fund and Elizabeth Broad from the New Yorkers for Clean Power Campaign.

Susan Hughes-Smith is a member of the Rochester People's Climate Coalition and says New York still has a number of issues they could work on when it comes to energy initiatives.

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