Afternoon News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on December 10, 2020
Major League Baseball Enterprises Inc. has reached an agreement with several cities for where the teams will have affiliates and Batavia didn’t make the cut. The New York Penn League which was founded in Batavia in 1939 is also splitting up as only 4 teams from the league are on the affiliates list. What this means is that the Muckdogs are gone but Rachel Tabelski, interim city manager, says that there are requests from college leagues and that the Genesee county baseball club retains the rights to the name Muckdogs so, although a professional team may not play there again, a college team might and they could call themselves the Muckdogs.
Orleans county will be having free testing for asymptomatic people who believe that they may have COVID 19 at the Orleans County fairgrounds in Albion. The free rapid testing will be offered from 1 to 4pm on Wednesday the 16th. You have to preregister on the Orleans county health department website.
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that NY along with 48 other states are suing Facebook as a monopoly. According to the lawsuit, James alleges Facebook, “illegally acquired competitors in a predatory manner and cut services to smaller threats — depriving users from the benefits of competition and reducing privacy protections and services along the way — all in an effort to boost its bottom line through increased advertising revenue.”
Staples held a nationwide thank a teacher contest and announced the winners on Wednesday. An Oakfield teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Clark who teaches first grade at Oakfield Alabama Elementary School, was one of the winners. She will receive a 5000 dollar staples gift card to be used for school supplies and equipment.
If you are up past midnight tonight you could see a rare sight. A huge solar flare ejected from the sun on the 7th will cause a large aurora borealis that may be visible for most of Western NY. The sky is supposed to be clear tonight so go out and look up and you may see this rare sight in the northern sky. It will appear as a red or green glow.