The Board of Trustees of the Hamlin Public Library has named Christine Gates the new director of the library.
Gates brings a wealth of experience working with youth, technology and the public.
She formerly worked as library director at Churchville-Chili High School and has her masters degree in library science from the University at Buffalo.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 13 the library invites the community to stop in to meet Gates.
You may have heard the buzz recently about HonestPolitics - a small, timely startup founded to increase voter turnout and voter access to factual information about elected representatives.
But did you know, HonestPolitics was co-founded by a Brockport native?
Andy Kleehammer - a 2002 graduate of Brockport High School - and Lyndon White formed HonestPolitics to help Americans stay informed and actively engaged in the political process. It's centerpiece is the HonestPolitics app, which lets users access factual, non-partisan, honest information about politicians easily on their Android phones.
"Our mission is to help everyone be informed and engaged in the political process," said Kleehammer, the company's CEO, who lives outside Washington, D.C. with his wife Nicole and two children.
Kleehammer became interested in politics while attending Alfred University. After graduating in 2006 he moved to the D.C. bubble to work in web development. He started HonestPolitics as a side project with White (a former co-worker) in late 2014.
"We were talking about the results of the 2014 election and getting frustrated with low voter turnout and other things," said Kleehammer, recalling HonestPolitics' organic roots. "I went home and said 'Why can't we do something?'"
Kleehammer is currently working on HonestPolitics full-time. The company has started a Kickstarter which will allow their app to improve further and include features like campaign contribution data, SuperPAC spending data, representative voting history, presidential executive orders, voter registration, and a 2018 sample ballot.
The page for the HonestPolitics Kickstarter can be found here.
The Brockport College-Community Chorus and the Brockport High School Choir will appear together in this year’s “Sounds of the Season” Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
To accommodate the audiences who would typically attend their separate performances, this concert will be held at the Brockport High School Auditorium, 40 Allen Street, Brockport. There will be a $5 suggested donation.
Brian Clickner, music director of the College’s chorus, is “very excited to be a part of this event.” “It is the first time our two groups have sung in a joint concert since the 1980s, easily,” recalled Elizabeth Banner, the music director for the high school’s chorus and other smaller musical ensembles. She added, “Especially at the holiday season, when togetherness is key, it’s wonderful to take part in something that not only unites our two organizations, but the College and the Brockport communities themselves.”
A highlight of the concert will be the combined chorus’ performance of Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” accompanied by harpist Barbara Dechario. More of a cantata than a ceremony, the work was inspired, in part, by Gregorian chants. Originally separate songs, they were gathered into a cycle with the addition of a processional and recessional. When the songs are presented collectively, they tell the story of Christmas.
In keeping with the theme of the two choruses joining together, the concert will be bookended with two songs that reflect on the desire of all people to live in peace and harmony. The Hebrew hymn “Hiney Ma Tov” is taken from Psalm 133 in the Old Testament, which revels in the joy of sitting down with one’s brethren in unity. Similarly, the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” was written in 1818 in Oberndorf, Austria, when that region had been divided up following the Napoleonic wars. It has long been thought of as a message of hope, most poignantly during the Christmas Truce of 1914, when soldiers from Germany, France and Britain found themselves all singing this song on a Christmas Eve during World War I.
Though most familiar as an instrumental piece, the High School Choir will sing “Carol of the Bells,” which, it turns out, began as a Ukrainian folk tune that had nothing to do with Christmas at all.