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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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Monroe Community College’s 10th annual Scholars' Day is taking place Wednesday and Saturday.

The event gives students the opportunity to share original research, and possibly take home some scholarship money.

Rosanna Yule, assistant director of Marketing and Communications at MCC, says it shows that this kind of work can come from community colleges.

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The Canandaigua VA Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday to launch the construction of a new outpatient clinic space.

The project was awarded in January and will be managed by the United States Army Corp of Engineers.

David Price, Major Project Manager at the Medical Center says phase one is a revamp of outpatient services.

"Specifically primary care and specialty care, and will include new space for radiology and our dental programs, as well as some administrative spaces."

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo addressed the death of 7 year old Town of Sweden boy Abraham Cardenas Tuesday morning.

Soon after learning of the tragedy, Dinolfo says requested an immediate review of any potential involvement Monroe County may have had in this matter.

County Human Services Commissioner Corinda Crossdale completed that initial review and shared the findings with Dinolfo, but legally that information is not available to the public.

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On a Thursday evening at Gates Town Hall, the parking lot is busy. Coffee is brewing and someone is cutting up a pan of homemade brownies. Boy Scouts in full uniform run to a meeting down the hall.

It doesn’t feel like a place where people are about to be trained in how to use potentially lifesaving medication. But everyone in this room has come here to learn how to administer Narcan, also known as naloxone, which blocks the effects of opioids and can reverse an overdose.

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Rochester Regional Health is the first health organization in Western New York to be certified in a new breast cancer surgery.

The Hidden Scar technique is a new option that removes cancerous tissue through a single incision in a discreet location, resulting in a hidden scar.

The method uses advanced photonics to illuminate a path to the tumor.

An annual memorial service honoring the start of National Crime Victims Week focused on the opioid epidemic Sunday.

Members of Recovery Now New York, Substance Overdose Awareness Recovery Services (SOARS), and other community members gathered to remember those lost to an opioid overdose, and say they are crime victims as well.

Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode said the epidemic is taking more lives than people might think.

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Local game developers are spending the weekend creating video games based on kindness at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The event, or "game jam" is hosted by iThrive Games, a company who aims to empower and inspire teens through video games. They hold these weekend long brainstorming sessions across the country, based on different elements such as kindness, or empathy.

Senior Creative Director for iThrive Games, Heidi McDonald, McDonald says she’s noticed a trend in young developers wanting to make deeper, more compassionate games.

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After losing her 16-year-old son to violence over a decade ago, Sirena Cotton has made it her mission to fight against violence, and help those in similar situations.

Cotton founded ROC the Peace, an annual summer festival and organization that promotes non-violence in Rochester.

And now she's starting a program for youth who have lost someone due to violence.

Whether that person passed away or is in prison, Cotton says more resources need to be available to children who end up in these difficult situations.

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As the invasive species the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid continues to spread across New York, our neighbors to the North are trying to get ahead of the problem.

A coach bus brought a group of landowners and resource managers from Ontario to Durand Eastman Park in Rochester, to learn more about the spread and management of the insect.

The small bug poses a huge risk to Hemlock trees in New York, and has been spotted in Nova Scotia and the Ontario side of the Niagara River.

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"One Million Abolitionists" is an initiative to get Frederick Douglass's autobiography The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass into the hands of one million students nationwide.

And some of those books are coming to Rochester, with the help of Writers and Books and the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

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