Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 28, 2022
Although we are a week into spring, winter isn’t quite done with us yet. There is a winter weather advisory this morning till 11am in Orleans county. The national weather service is expecting lake effect snow of 1-3 inches and gust of up to 35 miles per hour. Blowing snow could reduce visibility and make roads slippery. Snow could be on the road in narrow bands so be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. Remember to give yourself extra room between vehicles and more time to stop at lights and stop signs.
A fire was stopped before it could get going in a chimney on South Main st Rd in Batavia early afternoon Sunday. Just before 1pm the Fire department responded to 4018 South Main St Rd for heavy smoke but no flames coming from the chimney. The firefighters dared the heavy snows and winds to contain the chimney fire and didn’t let it spread to the house. The Fire Chief suspected that a creosote buildup was to blame. All occupants of the house were able to get safely out of the building.
Our feathered friends are not allowed to get together. New York State department of Agriculture has banned any live fowl shows and exhibitions due to the spread of Avian Flu. So far the flu has been detected in17 states including New York. The ban will remain in effect indefinitely as the department monitors the avian flu and plans to reassess the situation in late May. If needed, the ban could be extended through the summer fair season. The CDC shared that recent avian flu detections in birds do not present an immediate public health concern. No cases of the virus have been detected in humans in the country. If you are a farmer and have sick birds, unexplained high numbers of bird deaths, or see a sudden drop in egg production, you are asked to contact the department’s Division of Animal Industry at (518) 457-3502.
The Buffalo Sabres lost to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a nailbiter 5 to 4. Another overtime game, Will Butcher, Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Asplund and Jeff Skinner all scored for Buffalo. They play again tonight in Chicago against the Blackhawks.