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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 sandbags keep coming as a constant stream of cars lined up to collect them in Greece to combat rising water levels on Lake Ontario's shoreline and area ponds.

Julie DeMunck is a Greece resident who lives on Long Pond.

"We're not in as bad shape as some people, but we're lower on the pond. So its all coming up and taking the front of our property away and washing out underneath."

DeMunck says its been a family effort trying keep her house safe.

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Cars continue to line up at the Greece Department of Public Works building on Long Pond Road to collect sandbags.

With more rain on the way this weekend, Commissioner of Public Works in the Town of Greece Kirk Morris asks that homeowners try and collect no more than 200 sandbags from the pickup station to ensure there is enough to go around.

Morris says the help of a sandbag filling machine has helped distribution efforts, as well as volunteers from the community.

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GiGi’s Playhouse, a nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers is opening its 32nd location in Rochester.

The concept was started in Chicago by Nancy Gianni who named the organization after her daughter who was born with Down syndrome in 2003.

Chris Tumminelli is on the board for the Rochester location, and said as a father of a son with Down syndrome, spaces like these are vital.

New York State Senator Pamela Helming (R-Canandaigua) is calling on Governor Cuomo to help with the unprecedented flooding of Lake Ontario.

Helming is not only hoping the governor will issue a state of emergency for the affected areas so towns and villages can become eligible for FEMA assistance, but is also asking federal officials to call on the IJC to help lower the water levels.

She says regardless of how the flooding occurred, the lack of assistance doesn’t send a good message.

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Following last week’s March for Science was the People’s Climate March, which took place in cities nationwide Saturday.

Organizers of the People’s Climate Movement say they don’t agree with many of President Trump’s environmental policies including fossil fuels and pipelines as well as cutting funding for the EPA.

Saturday also marked Trump’s 100th day in office.

In Rochester, protesters gathered with plenty of signs outside of City Hall. Don Zimmer attended with a group of friends and said his biggest environmental concerns were clean water and recycling

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The 4th annual Facing Race, Embracing Equity (FR=EE) Community Summit on Race took place on Saturday.

The event invited community members to join in dialogue designed to address societal and racial issues and provide solutions in Rochester and nationwide.

Summit attendees attended a variety of workshops on topics including structural racism, poverty and racial segregation, police accountability and body cameras as well as Native American communities.

Co-Chair of the group James Norman hopes attendees bring what they learned in the workshops back into the community.

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A “superbug” fungus is beginning to appear in hospitals around the country, and one case has been documented in Rochester.

A patient at Rochester General Hospital in March was admitted showing symptoms of sepsis and technicians later found signs of the Candida Auris fungus present.

Candida Auris is a rare fungal infection, first identified in Japan in 2009. 44 cases have been detected in downstate New York; this was the first case presented upstate.

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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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