Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on February 14, 2022
The Batavia City Council is set to discuss problems the city has been having with snow removal and plowing at tonight’s 7pm meeting. The heavy snowfall that hit Batavia around February 3rd and 4th resulted in snow being plowed into the streets and sidewalks, sometimes with piles as high as 5 feet. Several downtown businesses complained about customers not being able to get to their stores or find parking. Mail service was also delayed. Coucilperson At Large Bob Bialkowski said that it is a shame to have issues like snow on the sidewalks given how much the city spends on them. Putting snow in the street or on the sidewalks is against the law.
A Western NY Native came in tenth in the Olympics Ice Dancing competition. After finishing 11th in the rhythm dance, East Aurora’s Kaitlin Hawayek qualified for the final on Saturday and competed in the final this morning in Beijing. Hawayek and partner Jean-Luc Baker were one of 20 groups to qualify for the final. Hawayek and Baker were one of three groups representing Team USA. While a French team took the Gold medal American teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue took the bronze.
Gas prices keep rising and fast. This week the average price in Batavia rose a whopping 17 cents to 3.69. The New York State average is 3.65 which is 6 cents up from last week. Nationally the price is up 5 cents from last week to 3.48 a gallon. NY, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and California have the most expensive gas with California’s average price beating everyone else’s by almost a dollar at 4.67 a gallon. Oklahoma has the cheapest gas with 3.11 a gallon.
The Sabres picked up a win against the Montreal Canadiens Sunday afternoon scoring 5 to the Canadiens 3. Jeff Skinner scored a hat trick plus 1 with 4 goals and Tage Thompson scored 1. Former Buffalo Sabre Jack Eichel was the last Sabres player to score four goals in a game, when he scored four against the Ottawa Senators in a 4-2 win in November 2019. The Sabres next game is Tuesday at home against the New York Islanders.