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History, culture and more come together in program at Geneva High School

The organizers of Saturday’s Seneca Lake Academy at Geneva didn’t want participants to sit in lectures that resembled some dry C-SPAN book discussion.

“Our goal was to have engaging speakers,” said Jill Ritter, a member of Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, which sponsored the day-long event at Geneva High School with the high school’s Green Club, headed by Sydney Mittiga, a junior who serves as the group’s president.

Kenan Baldridge of Rose said the organizers succeeded. He had attended a program presented by Adrianna Hirtler, a Finger Lakes naturalist with the Ithaca-based Community Science Institute. Her presentation focused on the connections between the geology of Seneca Lake and its life and culture.

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