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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 National Airplane Museum in Geneseo is hosting their annual airshow this weekend.

Aircrafts of all shapes and sizes will be on the ground and soaring through the skies throughout this afternoon, at what has been dubbed "The Greatest Show on Turf," referring to the airfield's grass landing strip.

Private First Class Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr. is believed to be the last surviving paratrooper who jumped from the Whiskey 7 on D-Day and will be reuniting with the nostalgic plane.

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Speakers and poets addressed a crowd full of protestors gathered at the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester for a Black Lives Matter rally Friday evening.

Building Leaders And Community Knowledge or B.L.A.C.K, created the event on Facebook and word spread through social media.

Jay Solomon is a part of the organization and said the goal was to create a safe space for people to deal with their emotions in the wake of the recent deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

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Red, White and Blue decorated Titus Avenue Monday morning for Irondequoit's annual Independence Day parade. It is traditionally one of the larger July 4th parades in the area.

Rob Dematteis and his family were lucky and found a shady spot to set up their chairs. Dematteis said they've been going to this and other parades for years.

"Well we live here in Irondequoit about a mile away, we come every year for Memorial Day and 4th of July. We got family, extended family here. We love just sitting and enjoying the parade."

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Riders on the 4th day of the annual Journey Along The Erie Canal Bike ride made a stop in Fairport Wednesday afternoon.

OurAbility is an organization that works to advocate for employment and workplace accessibility for those with disabilities, and has been hosting the ride for 4 years. The goal of the ride is to emphasize the ability inside everyone, from riding the Erie Canal, to finding meaningful employment.

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Seven members of the McQuaid Jesuit crew team are participating in the Row for Hope, an over 300 mile row from Buffalo to Albany via the Erie Canal, to raise money for disadvantaged and disabled youth in Western New York.

The boys hope to raise $30,000 for Kelly for Kids, a foundation started in 1986 by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.

Jonathon Sutton is going to be a senior at McQuaid Jesuit High School next year, and is one of the rowers. He said they chose this cause, because they felt it was important to keep all the funds raised local.

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With mosquito-borne illnesses in New York increasing, Senator Charles Schumer came to Rochester Monday afternoon to urge the rail freight company CSX to clean up a swampy area that has formed behind homes along their tracks in Charlotte.

Schumer said the buildup of branches and other debris in the area has caused the standing water.

A new code of conduct for the Rochester City School District was passed Thursday night in a unanimous decision by the Rochester City School Board. 

Overuse of suspension was the main issue many had with the old code, says Sallie Williams, an education organizer for the group Metro Justice.

"Anything under the umbrella of suspension like I didn’t take off my hat, I won’t listen, I’m talking back - there’s 2,3,5 days of suspension."

Williams says many believe that ultimately this use of exclusionary discipline pushed children out of the schools.

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Crowds poured into the streets around the Bachelor Forum bar on University Avenue in Rochester on Monday night  in solidarity with the Orlando, Florida LGBTQ community,  after the night club mass shooting this past weekend.

Scott Fearing, Executive Director at the Gay Alliance described the event as a blend of rally and vigil, as people decided how to try and process that event.

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Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Monday as part of the redevelopment of the Sibley Building in downtown Rochester.

The first phase of the $200 million project on East Main St. will include construction of 96 new apartments, 72 active senior living homes, as well as additional retail and office space.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was at the ceremony, and believes the building will become a catalyst for rejuvenating the downtown area.

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High above the streets of downtown Rochester sits a Peregrine Falcons nest.

Originally founded in 1994, on top of the Kodak Office Tower, the Rochester Peregrine Falcon Project set up a nest box to simulate the flacon's natural cliff habitat.

In 2008, the nest was moved to the Times Square Building, where falcons have migrated too and from ever since. 

Thanks to Rfalconcam.com, Five cameras are set around the nest, to give you an up close and personal view into the world of these falcons as they raise their young.

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