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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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Lifetime Assistance

Lifetime Assistance's annual fundraiser brought people out to the airport runway in Rochester on Saturday.

The Airport Games are the largest fundraiser for the organization that helped adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Jamie Rada is the Director of Development at the nonprofit.

"Lifetime Assistance I think is more than just a part of the community; the community has become a part of us, and really embrace Lifetime and what we stand for."

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Runners, walkers and bikers are made their way through the streets of Webster Saturday morning in support of the American Diabetes Association.

The Tour de Cure raises money nationwide for diabetes research and awareness.

Bob Russell, Upstate New York Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association says everyone has different reasons for why they participate in the races, whether it’s to support a family member or a coworker.

Many with diabetes participate as well, calling themselves Red Riders.

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A celebration of girls in sports will be held at Frontier Field this summer.

The Girls Sports Festival is back for a second year.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says it gives young girls the chance to try out a range of different sports options.

"We know that sports helps women grow skills, confidence and teamwork, and it is the foundation of success not only for today but for a lifetime."

Girls will be able to pick four sports to test run at the daylong festival, such as volleyball, cross fit, fencing and cheerleading.

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A battle over contract negotiations continues at Jordan Health.

Janice Harbin, CEO of the health center says she is saddened and disappointed at how negotiations with 1199SEIU have turned, and believes that what they have offered is fair.

"I have been in community health for 30 years and there’s no game in healthcare. It’s serious and I think we are beginning to feel bullied by this massive organization."

rochesterregional.org

The New England Journal of Medicine has released a new study suggesting some women with breast cancer might be able to skip chemotherapy safely.

Farhan Imran, medical oncologist at Rochester General Hospital says in some patients, when cancer is removed surgically it’s then sent to a lab and checked for 21 different genes that may have mutated.

Depending on how aggressive those genes are a score is given, falling into a low, intermediate or high risk category.

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Tenants and supporters were rallying outside of the Rochester city court calling for better living situations in their Thurston Road and Chili Avenue apartment buildings.

After the rally, the group then moved into court on Exchange Street for their case against Thurston Road Realty, owned by Peter Hungerford.

The City of Rochester filed a lawsuit against Hungerford after tenants spoke up about the condition of the buildings.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week at Bishop Kearney High School to celebrate the launch of a new greenhouse program.

The school received a $15,000 grant from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority to build the 10 x 12 foot greenhouse.

Principal Jason Simoni said the idea sprouted from a conversation students were having in the cafeteria about their lunch, and wondering why some fruits weren’t available at certain times of year.

University of Rochester

A national conference held at the University of Rochester Saturday focused on battling the opioid crisis.

The Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration or CLIC hosted the daylong session of meetings, to discuss how to best address opioid misuse and abuse through translational science.

But what is translational science?

Co-director of CLIC, Martin Zand explains.

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Fairport is buzzing with art and music this weekend; it’s the 42nd year of Canal Days.

A kid zone, duck race for charity and live glass making by the Corning Museum of Glass are just a few of the events happening this weekend in the village.

Scott Winner, Director of Marketing for the festival says it means a lot to the community of Fairport, not only because of the economic benefit, but because of the long term effects of the exposure.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Geneva Wednesday to help debut the new Finger Lakes Welcome Center.

New York Kitchen, formerly the New York Wine and Culinary Center, will operate the Welcome Center.

Cuomo said it’s a perfect addition to the revitalization of Geneva. The center will provide tourists with information about local activities, sites and products.

One of 11 new welcome centers around the state, the Finger Lakes location is the first to sell New York-made wine, cider and beer. 

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