Midday News Brief
Written by Dan Fischer on December 21, 2021
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced New York State’s Restaurant Resiliency Program will be delivering 200,000 meals to New Yorkers in need through the end of the holiday season. Restaurants involved in the program are in all regions of the state and represent the diversity of the state; for example, many participating restaurants prepare Kosher meals and minority and women owned businesses are represented, as well. Follow this link for more information.
Today marks the official start of the winter season. Winter will run through Sunday, March 20th. Winter is the period where depression and mental illness reach their annual highs. Make sure to reach out and connect with loved ones periodically and look out for the markers of mental health issues. One source of support locally is available by contacting Genesee County Mental Health. (344-1421)
There’s a new development to report in the ongoing negotiations to build a brand-new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. Governor Hochul said that the state will accept the facility being built in Orchard Park if that’s where team officials want it to be. Talks have been underway for months on the construction of a new stadium across from Highmark Stadium which is where the Bills currently play their home games. Hochul says everyone involved in the discussions wants to keep the Bills in Western New York.
The Buffalo Sabres won’t be playing any games this week due to the NHL deciding to put the league on pause due to multiple COVID-19 outbreaks teams. The Sabres were set to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets last night and on Thursday and the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Buffalo’s next scheduled contest is set for December 27th when they host the New York Islanders. There’s no word yet on when the postponed games will be made up.
Just four days to Christmas, and it looks increasingly like the majority of the nation, including our area, won’t have snow on the ground when Santa comes down the chimney. A white Christmas may be a reality for some but wishful thinking for us. Some locations across the country have been blanketed by recent snowfall from the many storms that have moved across the country so far this month, but the inch or so predicted for us over the next day or so, won’t likely be sticking around too long. 13 WHAM meteorologists have been keeping a close eye on the Christmas forecast. However, with highs predicted to reach the mid-40’s on Saturday, our chances for a White Christmas seem low this year.