Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 7th

Sep 6, 2017

Credit http://www.farmerscreekside.com/

First hour: Misconceptions about mental health and violence

Second hour: New restaurants in LeRoy revitalize a historic property

The tragic and bizarre story of Holly Colino's descent into mental illness has sparked a lot of media attention, but the murder she allegedly committed was not at all typical of someone struggling with such problems. And here is the concern of the local mental health community: Can we dig into Colino's past to understand what led her back to Rochester without mistaking her story as something common or typical? People with mental illness already deal with stigma and misunderstanding. We'll explore all of that with our guests:

  • Melanie Funchess, director of community engagement for the Mental Health Association of Rochester
  • Pat Sine, executive director of NAMI Rochester
  • Gary Craig, watchdog reporter at the Democrat & Chronicle

Then in our second hour it's a second helping of the Summer of Food, and we're going a half hour west of Rochester to a historic old property. In LeRoy, a beautiful building on the edge of the Oatka Creek became one of the first Main Street locations in the 1820s. It was a fixture, but in 2004, a massive fire gutted the building that had served as a factory, a bank office, a private home, and then a restaurant. The burned out shell was a sad reminder of what was lost -- until a team of individuals decided to pour a lot of money (that's the publicly disclosed sum: a LOT) into reviving it. This summer, it opened as a restaurant for the locals (Farmer's Creekside Tavern and Inn); a high-end dining destination upstairs (One Main LeRoy); and a wedding / special events facility. So here's the big question: can it become enough of a regional draw to survive? Our guests hope the answer is yes. 

  • Bill Farmer, owner of Farmer’s Creekside Tavern and One Main LeRoy
  • Chris Grocki, general manager of Farmer’s Creekside Tavern and One Main LeRoy
  • Sean Wolf, executive chef at Farmer’s Creekside Tavern and One Main LeRoy
  • Greg Rogers, mayor of LeRoy