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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is holding its annual blood drive to honor 9/11 victims Sunday afternoon.

Mubarak Bashir serves as Director of Faith Outreach and the Youth President for the Rochester Chapter, and says through the event, they want to show that there is no conflict between Islam and American values.

"As Muslims we're going to show the true picture of Islam and give our blood to save lives, when you have those who claim to be Muslim, that are taking innocent lives."

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The deadline to submit proposals for development of Parcel 5, a key piece of  real estate in downtown Rochester, was Friday.

The City of Rochester issued a statement says it received four proposals for the site. Mayor Lovely Warren says city officials look forward to completing a thorough review of the proposals, and says they will release additional details about the proposals at a later date.

The Rochester Broadway Theater League did release information about its proposal. Its plan calls for a 3,000 seat  performing arts center at the site.

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Politicians, members and supporters of the local labor community gathered Monday morning to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

President of the Rochester Area Labor Federation Dan Maloney mentioned many of the challenges still to come, but also some of the recent wins, including an increase in minimum wage and the paid family medical leave act.

Rochester Building and Constructions Trades President Dave Young focused on the importance of honoring those who have worked to get the conditions that many may not think twice about.

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