Evening News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on September 10, 2021
The Batavia VA Medical Center is decked out to remember the tragedy of 9/11. They placed 2977 US Flags on the lawn in front of the main medical center buildings to honor those who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and those who perished trying to save lives. The flags were put up by employees and volunteers.
The VFW Post 1602 will be sponsoring a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at their facility, located at 25 Edwards St here in Batavia from 8 to 10:30 am. There will be civic leaders, first responders, veterans, and others speaking as they pay respect to those who gave all to on September 11th 2001. The VFW Post is also sponsoring an appreciation jamboree to honor first responders starting at 11 am and going till 4 pm, with music provided by Bill Pitcher, Julio Morales, Jr., The Front Porch Pickers, and Old State Road House.
The lack of drivers is affecting Rochester’s school children’s ability to get to the classroom and more drivers have resigned. Right now the main reason for the lack of drivers is the fear of the COVID virus, lack of pay compared to other driving opportunities, and lack of people trained to drive. Bussing companies have raised their wages to 17-20 dollars per hour to start and bonuses for those who stay on the job for longer periods of time. In Rochester more than 100 people have applied to become drivers in the past week but there are concerns that these people will just get cdl licenses and then leave to become truckers. To make driving busses more appealing, Representative Joe Morelle is pushing the state to waive the cdl requirement for bus drivers.
Erie County has joined most of the rest of the state in allowing 12 and 13 years old’s to hunt big game with a crossbow or firearms as long as they are supervised by a person 21 years or older. Until this vote, Erie County was one of only two counties in the state that did not adopt New York’s youth hunting pilot program.