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Saving Geneva’s historic buildings a challenge

It is early on a Thursday morning. The parking lot at Geneva’s iconic Presbyterian Church just off Washington Street is nearly full.

Inside, the community room is bustling with county workers holding one-on-one meetings with young mothers seeking food assistance through the Women Infant Child program.

Upstairs, cleaning crews are preparing the facility for that day’s Alcoholic Anonymous and Al-Anon groups, each of which hosts meetings here.

In the basement, Boy Scouts stand ready for that night’s meeting.

Down a long hallway, classroom after classroom await the Sunday school sessions to come. The ARC of Ontario Country executes part of its mission in these halls each week too.

All of this activity is taking place in facilities attached to an historic and cavernous church sanctuary where weekly worship sessions allow hundreds to gather in one place.

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