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Giants in the Sky come to Penn Yan

The Penn Yan Elementary Drama Club will present their spring musical “Giants in the Sky” this Thursday and Friday, April 19 & 20 at 6:30 p.m. on the stage of the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium. Tickets are $8, available at the door. A cast of 70 talented youngsters bring the magical story of “Giants in the Sky” to life, exploring... more

Siwarski, McDonald are tops of 2018 class at Mynderse Academy

Mynderse Academy has named top-honors for graduates of their 2018 class. Nicole Elizabeth Siwarski, daughter of Colleen and Walter Siwarski has been named the Mynderse Academy Class of 2018 Valedictorian. Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society, the French National Honor Society and RHO KAPPA Social Studies Honor Society. She has completed coursework in Honors English and is... more

Top debate teams face off at HWS this week

There is no arguing this: Hobart and William Smith Colleges is hosting some of the best debate teams in the world this week. HWS said 16 of the best at their craft are competing in what is considered one of the world’s most prestigious international tournaments. The 12th annual Round Robin began today and runs through Saturday. It features student... more

Worth 1,000 words: Cato-Meridian students create portraits for Syrian children

On Tuesday, Cato-Meridian High School art teacher Shayna Burghdorf witnessed something she had never heard before: her sixth-period class reduced largely to silence. Burghdorf said that apart from some subtle sniffles, no sounds came from her 12 students. A video on painted portraits the students made of Syrian refugees was the culprit. Months earlier, the students participated in The Memory... more

Arbor Day Foundation honors Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are kind of shady — when it comes to trees. The Colleges were designated for the sixth straight year as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. To earn the designation, HWS must meet five important measures for sustainable campus forestry and stewardship, including establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a... more

Grants will help multiple projects get off the ground in Newark

Seven education and recreation projects will get off the ground this year with funding support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The grants are aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s legendary canals and further explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. 

The grants range from $2,000 to $7,000 and are leveraging an additional $77,231 in... more

Legal steps may increase scholarship money for Mynderse graduates

Graduating seniors at Mynderse Academy may be able to apply for more college scholarship aid each June if the school board takes action Thursday. The board is being asked to consider a motion approving a March 7 Memorandum of Agreement between the school district and Business and Operations Administrator Jim Bruni regarding the transfer of scholarship trust funds. The resolution... more

THE MELISSA KILLELEAGH SHOW: Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson & Hasan Stephens (podcast)

On this edition of The Melissa Killeleagh Show, Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson is in-studio. Rhonda is on the board of the Auburn Enlarged City School District. Also, a discussion with Hasan Stephens who is the Founder & Executive Director of The Good Life Philanthropic Youth Foundation. . more

‘We’re the future’: CA students talk about being the change

Kennedy Knopf, a freshman at Canandaigua Academy, was flying south on Valentine’s Day, heading to Florida for a visit with her grandmother. She said she checked the news and saw the big headlines — “School shooting, 17 victims” — and was not fazed. She said her initial thought was, “another school shooting.” But something was different. She later realized her... more

17 moments: Students throughout Ontario County show solidarity

The names of the 17 students and staff members killed in the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida were read by students throughout Ontario County Wednesday. The focus of various demonstrations taking place as part of a National School Walkout was on remembrance, solidarity, advocacating for safer schools and promoting acts of kindness. Hundreds of Candandaigua Academy students filled... more

’17 minutes for 17 victims’: Auburn High School students walk out for national protests

Tears overcame Ashley Reilly outside Auburn High School Wednesday morning. Reilly, 16, was one of hundreds who congregated at the back of the school as a part of the national walkouts planned to protest gun violence and to honor the 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month. Students, staff, administrators... more

Persuasive Victor student earns sweet reward

Second grader Reese Sierens tasted first-hand the power of a well-written letter. She’s got teacher Jennifer Cole to thank for that, along with the responsiveness of UNO Pizzeria and Grill corporate executives. On Monday, Reese and 20 of her classmates at Victor Primary School were treated to a make-your-own sundae buffet, served by UNO Regional Marketing Director Ann Kabel and... more

Marcus Whitman stages ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop Of Horrors,” has devoured the hearts of theater-goers for more than 30 years and will be presented this weekend by the Marcus Whitman Visual and Performing Arts program. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty And The Beast” and “Aladdin”) are the creative geniuses behind what... more

James is bringing his “Giant Peach” to Victor

Orphaned James Trotter, whose parents were eaten by a rhinoceros at a London zoo, finds himself in the hands of two wretched and abusive aunts. He is able to escape their clutches, however, when he accidentally spills some magic potion on the stump of a peach tree they ordered him to chop down, and crawls into the resulting giant peach... more

Marion Central School to present “Will Rogers Follies” on huge, student-built custom set

Marion Central School and their award winning musical performances are doing it again this year on March 9th and 10th. Roughly 60 talented students are performing the Tony Award winning “Will Rogers Follie”s. They will take you on the roller coaster ride of the life of the entertainer of all trades, Will Rogers. Marion students are a cast of excellent... more

Cato-Meridian sending positive messages to students following recent lockdown

It is a big message of positivity delivered in small way. “We need to heal as a community and we need to heal as a school building and a school district,” Dr. Terry Ward, Cato-Meridian superintendent, said. More than a thousand Post-it notes plastered the lockers of Cato-Meridian high school – reminding students to be powerful and brave. “Really the... more

PYA Drama Production: Catch Me If You Can

The Penn Yan Academy Drama Club presents the hit Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can this weekend. Catch Me If You Can, like the DreamWorks Motion Picture of the same title, follows the unbelievable true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Junior Noah Detar). Abagnale, a con man and master of fraud, wrote over $2.5 million in bad checks and... more

Canandaigua Academy Players bring a return run of “Ragtime”

The players are different, but the musical is the same. Canandaigua Academy Players will present the popular musical “Ragtime,” which a previous troupe staged in 2008. Also remaining the same is the Model-T prop, an actual old-time car resurrected by John Brahm, restored to drivable beauty and admired by visitors to his Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery in Naples. “Ragtime,”... more
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