"Home Grown" (September 27) was informative and timely. We are increasingly concerned with the environmental impacts of transporting food over huge distances and with the dubious quality of that food. I laud those like JoEllen Martino of the GenevaSchool District who are trying to bring local produce into the schools. It is good for kids, farms, the community, and the environment.
Also, thanks for the information on the Foodlink initiative Farm to Fork. This is a very hopeful sign that eating locally may become more common.
And speaking of hopeful signs, I hope City will do an article on the current activities of Rochester Roots, Inc., which works with schools, parents, neighbors, and other community partners to create gardens in schoolyards and other locales. Talk about "homegrown"! School 2, School 9, and the FranklinMontessoriSchool are currently sites for this inspiring program.
Barbara Mitchell, Hillside Avenue, Rochester
Regarding the origins of Rob Cullivan's music career and the statement, "It all started with the Urban Squirrels" ("Rob Cullivan's Last Waltz," September 20): not true. It all started for Rob with the band No Canadian Coins Accepted in a basement practice room in Haffey Hall at St. JohnFisherCollege.
This was in the early 80's, when a six-pack of Milwaukee's Best could be had for $1.50, and a certain party band with a four-guitar front line was doing a killer rendition of J. Geils' "Whammer Jammer" with ol' Horizontal Bob playing his Magic Dick off. We played our own brand of low-tech rock-n-roll mostly for our own pleasure but did pull off memorable performances at the now-defunct Fisher Pub and were the last act to perform at the legendary Checho's in East Rochester (its closing totally unrelated to our performance).
Sadly, much as Pete Best is but a footnote in the history of the Beatles, Mr. Cullivan's original band has been relegated to the forgotten corners of his brain, yet another case of the mighty oak growing too big for its roots. No hard feelings, Rob, but should you wish to reconcile with reality, the Milwaukee's Best is on me.
Tom Petronio, John Jay Drive, Irondequoit
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