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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 City of Canandaguia will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its first electric vehicle charging stations Saturday afternoon.

It’s the first of several stations to be installed throughout the Finger Lakes region. Other communities will be getting charging stations including Brockport, Geneseo and Victor.

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The development of the Port of Rochester in Charlotte has always been a subject of debate for community leaders and residents. So the City of Rochester collaborated with the Community Design Center Rochester and city residents to host a charrette Saturday.

The charrette, a public brainstorming session, gave residents and anyone interested in the growth and development of Charlotte a chance to share their ideas.

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McQuaid Jesuit celebrated the grand opening of the Wegman Family Science Technology Center Wednesday night.

Construction of the 36,000 square foot building began in October 2016, costing $16 million.

Tim Nally, Vice President of Enhancement at McQuaid said Jesuit education is based in the liberal arts, so adding a focus on technology is something new.

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Rochester City Councilmembers have issued a formal proclamation opposing legislation in Congress that would seek to establish Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

Councilmember Molly Clifford said the law would give states less control over guns.

"Right now in New York State only people who have permits to carry weapons can carry weapons in New York. This federal law would essentially make it okay for anyone with a permit issued in any state to carry in New York as well."

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The New York Agriculture Commissioner is touring the state asking for input on how the Farm Bill affects New Yorkers.

Every five years, Congress reviews the bill, so Commissioner Richard Ball is asking constituents what does and does not need to change.

"It’s important for the people who do actually farm every day, do eat every day, do rely on these programs every day, to be aware that there is an opportunity to maybe think about how we go forward, is there some changes that we want to make?"

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After a review of the schools in receivership  in New York State last year, two failed to show significant progress and one of them was in Rochester.

Receivership schools are schools that are deemed struggling by the state. If they don't make any progress within a year or two, they must find support outside the district in order to stay open.

Kodak Park School No. 41 in Rochester is one of those schools.

A number of indicators, a minimum of 10 for each school, including graduation rates and suspension numbers, determined progress.

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Monroe County is reminding families to stay safe trick or treating this Halloween.

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo visited a second grade classroom at School No.17 Monday morning and shared some tips.

The list included planning a route in advance, staying on sidewalks, only visiting houses that are lit up and traveling with groups.

"Grab your friends, your brothers your sisters, and a responsible adult and go out all together."

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As a lakeshore flood warning remains in effect until early Tuesday morning, Lake Ontario shoreline residents are breaking out the sandbags once again to battle rising waters.

Out on Edgemere Drive in Greece, the grey sky seems a bit more ominous. With the winds whipping our hair around and the waves crashing on the break wall, Douglas Dobson showed me around his Edgemere Drive home.

Dobson, also the president of the Crescent Beach Neighborhood Association, didn’t even bother moving the wall of sandbags he built up this spring when flooding was at its worst.

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NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest Winner Gaelynn Lea is in Rochester this weekend for a performance at Nazareth College Saturday.

She never thought she would be a performer full time. Which is a funny thought to come from someone who in the last year had 200 shows in 39 states and 6 different countries.

Born with Brittle Bone Disease, Lea is a violin player but also uses the platform she’s been given to talk about disability rights.

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A Monroe County Sheriff's Voice of the Voter debate was held Wednesday evening at the WXXI TV Studios.  (Watch the video at the end of this article)

Republican Incumbent Patrick O'Flynn is facing a challenge from Democratic candidate Todd Baxter.

The two took questions from reporters from the Democrat and Chronicle, 13WHAM-TV, WXXI and people from the community at large.

Right off the bat, the candidates tackled the opioid epidemic.

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