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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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redcross.org

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for platelet donations.

Communications Manager for the Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region Patty Corvaia says there are 2 main reasons for the recent shortage.

One is that seasonal colds and flu have prevented regular donors from giving, and the second is Hurricane Matthew.

"Because of Hurricane Matthew we've had to cancel over 100 blood drives in the areas affected, and that has made us lose about 3,100 units that we would have expected to collect in those communities."

intervol.org

A local humanitarian relief organization is seeking donations to help victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Intervol first began working in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, where they built and still maintain an orphanage called the Home for Hope.

The coastal community of Léogâne where the orphanage was built, is about 20 miles west of the capital of Port-au-Prince, and was also hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, according to Intervol Director Nicole Jones.

Fire Prevention Week kicked off in Rochester at an open house on Hudson Avenue hosted by the Rochester Fire Department.

The theme for this year is "Don’t Wait, Check the Date,” referencing the importance of replacing smoke alarms every 10 years.

While bigger fires on High Street and Park Avenue have raised fire safety concerns in recent weeks, Fire Marshal for the City of Rochester and Deputy Chief Christine Schryver said fire safety is something that should always be on our minds.

http://www.rochesterroots.org/

Volunteers constructed a 75 foot by 120 foot garden with 30 raised beds at Lakeshore Elementary School in Greece, made possible by a grant from the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants program.

The garden is part of a partnership with Rochester Roots, a local nonprofit that offers Sustainability Education and Entrepreneurship (SEE) programs.

foodlinkny.org

Rochester's FoodLink received $125,000 in funds this week from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Community Food Projects Grant Program awarded over $8.6 million to 33 projects around the country to foster self-sustaining solutions that help make healthy foods available to families living in low income neighborhoods.

Mitch Gruber, Chief Program Officer at FoodLink said they plan to spend a majority of the funds on their Curbside Market Program, which is a mobile farmer’s market that serves about 80 locations a week, in 6 counties.

www.facebook.com/PittsFORWARD

A group of Pittsford residents hosted a walk Sunday afternoon in response to white supremacist fliers that have been appearing in various neighborhoods.

The fliers, which are pieces of paper reading "Make Rochester Great Again" with a link to a website promoting white supremacist ideals, were left in driveways in the Knickerbocker Road neighborhood in Pittsford about two weeks ago, and have spread to other neighborhoods since.

There is still no word on who is distributing the fliers.

www.ureasthigh.org

It’s been one year since The University of Rochester took on the role as the Educational Partnership Organization for East High School.

Superintendent of the Lower and Upper schools Shaun Nelms said that year one has been about identifying the root issues they plan to address with this partnership. The list ranged from low attendance rates and curriculum changes, to behavioral problems, and student teacher relations.

The statistic Nelms was most proud of was increased retention rates from grade 9 to grade 10.

http://www.rochestermarathon.com

Runners from around the area are in downtown Rochester Sunday to run participate in the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon.

This is the second year of a new course, that has seen improved results, according to Ellen Brenner, owner of Fleet Feet Sports and Yellow Jacket Racing. She said they changed the route not only to include a more scenic view of Rochester, but also for safety reasons.

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The sounds of bagpipes and a carillon opened the ceremony as 3 University NROTC Honor Guard members stood at attention, presenting a United States flag in the Eastman Quad at the University of Rochester Sunday afternoon.

They would continue to rotate members and pass along on the flag  in 15 minute intervals, to honor the victims of 9/11.

Midshipmen 2nd Class James Doherty was one of these members, and is originally from White Plains, New York, about an hour outside of New York City.

http://www.rochestervietnammemorial.org/

Local Veterans Commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial Saturday afternoon.

The event recognizes the many lives that have been touched since its inception in 1996.

Chuck Macaluso, President of the Board for the Memorial, said it’s a place for not only Vietnam veterans, but all veterans to gather.

"Work on their thoughts, cause everyday many of us return to that, you don’t forget something that’s that traumatic in your life. So it’s a place to go and reflect."

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