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Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz plans for Macedon arts campus stalled

Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz plans for Macedon arts campus stalled
Last year, two celebrities made headlines when plans were announced for a performing arts center along State Route 31 in Macedon. The Wayne County campus has sat empty for a number of years. The celebrities at the helm of the project – Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The concept was first introduced to the Macedon Town Board in August 2019,... more

New programs, presentations at Keuka highlight expanded offerings in Asia

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From China to Vietnam to Sri Lanka, Keuka College officials spent part of December meeting with international education partners, crafting their vision for a coming decade of cooperation, and establishing new academic programs for students on both sides of the globe. “It was an excellent opportunity to meet all of the partners and have them meet each other in the spirit... more

‘NOT ON OUR WATCH’: Protesters call for policy change at Geneva rally (full-coverage)

‘NOT ON OUR WATCH’: Protesters call for policy change at Geneva rally (full-coverage)
The Geneva Women’s Assembly hosted a rally out in front of the Geneva Armory amid the ever-changing weather of rain and snowfall on Saturday. The rally was organized by the GWA and sponsored in tandem with the New York State Poor People’s Campaign and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.  more

Deb Steward named athletic director at HWS

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Deb Steward has been named the Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Previously the Director of William Smith Athletics, in her expanded role Steward will oversee all 23 varsity Hobart and William Smith sports as well as the Colleges’ recreation, intramural, fitness, outdoor recreation and physical education programs. An award-winning administrator,... more

Tech provides added resources for students in Newark HS

Tech provides added resources for students in Newark HS
Stacey Brewer’s Newark High School Earth Science students have an advantage this week reviewing for their mid-term exam January 24th they wouldn’t have had without the individual laptop tablets each student was assigned last fall. Using the OneNote Microsoft digital notebook program, they no longer have to rely just on notes they took in class each day last semester using... more

New online wine program coming to Keuka College thanks to Hunt Country Vineyards

New online wine program coming to Keuka College thanks to Hunt Country Vineyards
Everyone knows the Finger Lakes is wine country – USA Today just named it the country’s No. 1 Wine Region. But not everyone knows what makes Finger Lakes wines special, how they’re made, or even the difference between a Traminette and a Vidal Blanc. Keuka College and Hunt Country Vineyards of Branchport have crafted a program that answers those questions... more

Newark HS spring musical getting underway, even in planning stages

Newark HS spring musical getting underway, even in planning stages
It’s that time of year again when rehearsals for the Newark High School spring musical have begun and a flurry of myriad preparatory activities for the March 6th-8th production is in full swing. So why this show? “I was drawn to “Big Fish” because of the beautiful story and music,” Director Emily Howard said. “ There is a line right at... more

Students learn about history, science with aid of VR headsets at Pal-Mac

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One local school is using virtual reality technology to immerse students in a learning experience unlike a lot of others. “I’m more of a visual learner,” said Ivan Reynolds, a 10th grader who spoke to RochesterFirst. “Being able to see the cells, and see how they work, the details of them is very helpful.” Around a year ago the school... more

Sands Constellation Theatre celebrates opening weekend in Canandaigua

Sands Constellation Theatre celebrates opening weekend in Canandaigua
Canandaigua is getting a new theater experience. The Sands Constellation Theatre, part of the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center on Fort Hill Avenue opened on Friday. The new $4.48 million, 427-seat commercial theater, and performing arts center occupies the former Canandaigua Academy School Auditorium, which had been vacant since 1996. At that time, portions of the building had been renovated... more

Free seminar in Fayette for students and parents planning for college

Free seminar in Fayette for students and parents planning for college
A free seminar, “Mastering the College Planning Process,” will be held on Sunday, January 26, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Fayette. The presenter is John Dragone, owner of John Dragone College Guidance Services, LLC. Hundreds of students and parents have attended his college planning seminars over the past three decades. This seminar is designed specifically for high school... more

Local student dies unexpectedly due to undiagnosed cardiac condition

Local student dies unexpectedly due to undiagnosed cardiac condition
Cornell University sophomore and Ithaca High School grad Paul Benton Fisher-York passed away unexpectedly on Christmas while visiting family, according to the Ithaca Voice. Family says Benton had a ‘previously undiagnosed cardiac condition’. Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student and Campus Life said Benton Fisher-York was active on several student project teams, including Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team, of... more

Casino night raises big money for Geneva students heading to HWS

Casino night raises big money for Geneva students heading to HWS
It was another successful year for the Geneva Scholarship Associates, who held their 12th Annual Casino Night in November. They raised $20,000 to support Geneva High School students who will be attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Casino Night was made possible again this year by the title sponsor, Belhurst Castle, and the donations of del Lago Resort & Casino... more

Lincoln School PTA holds annual holiday shop for students

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Lincoln School PTA ran it’s annual, non-profit Holiday Shop for students differently this year and it was hit. Instead of being held during the school day for a week in December with classes taking turns visiting it and children purchasing all kinds of inexpensive holiday gift items for family members, it was combined with other activities on Saturday afternoon December... more

Victor Central School District names Dr. Terranova next superintendent

Victor CSD names new superintendent of schools
The Victor Central School District has named a new superintendent. Dr. Timothy Terranova was appointed Superintendent of the Victor Central School District on Thursday, December 12, 2019. His appointment is effective February 13, 2020. Terranova replaces Interim Superintendent, Dennis Ford, who has been filling the post since July, 2019, following the retirement of Dr. Dawn Santiago-Marullo. Terranova comes to VCS... more

First students from Onondaga Community College “Weekend College” program celebrate graduation

First students from Onondaga Community College “Weekend College” program celebrate graduation
On Wednesday, December 11, all of Onondaga Community College’s were ready to throw their caps and celebrate getting their degrees. Amongst the sea of graduating students, there was a new group of nontraditional graduates. For the first time, students in the new Weekend College program will be graduating. The program was designed to help working adults complete their education by... more

Lincoln school in Newark filled with joy of holiday season

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The Lincoln School gymnasium was filled with the warmth and joy of the holiday season December 10th for the 28th annual Second Grade Penpal breakfast. Festively arrayed for the event, the room was transformed into a welcoming dining room where second graders served their senior citizen pen pals and a few other guests cheesy vegetable frittata, sausage links, hashed brown... more

Top 10 content checkers 2019

Top 10 content checkers 2019
It’s something that has always happened and always will: plagiarism. The deliberate passing off of a paper, story, or even article as original when it was taken off the Internet is happening much more often today. This not only impacts teachers and professors but also businesses looking for original content producers. The ability to make sure a project is one... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Country Schools in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Country Schools in the Finger Lakes (podcast)
Seneca County Historian Walter Gable takes you through the history of country schools in the Finger Lakes. The country school was a very familiar institution in rural American until about 1940, Though most of these schools are gone, the school buildings built after the Civil War tended to be built so strongly that they are still used today for other... more
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