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Written by on March 31, 2022

Legislators unanimously approved all the bids for the new Genesee County Jail project.  Companies from Rochester, Utica, Shortsville, and Ontario bid for a total of 57,272,800 dollars which is 2.7 million dollars less than the Pike company budgeted for the work.  Mark Bollin of the Pike company, which solicited bids across the state, went into detail about the companies that submitted low bids and answered questions from legislators about the project, which is scheduled to break ground on May 9 on land next to County Building 2 on West Main Street Road. He said work will take place over 20 months, hoping to be finished by January 2024.

A second booster shot is now available to adults 50 and older and health officials say it can be beneficial for some but not everyone.  The booster shot is meant to boost antibody levels and is recommended for those who are at risk of serious illness or death from COVID 19 and its variants because of advanced age or being immunocompromised only if they have not had COVID in the past several months.  Doctors say those eligible for another vaccine should consider factors like their health, age and whether they have recently had a COVID infection, in deciding whether to get the shot.  Antibodies drop off after 3-6 months but the t-cell immunity created by infection or vaccination stays effective in the body longer.  At this time immunity caused by infection has shown in multiple studies to be longer lasting than that given by vaccination.

The Batavia Ramble Art and Music festival is planned to be back this July after having been on hiatus during the COVID pandemic for the last 2 years.  It will be held at Jackson Square July 2nd and is to be filled with art displays, family-friendly activities and, of course, a line-up of hometown bands for a Saturday full of live music.  Look for more details as they become available on the GO Art and Batavia Ramble Facebook pages.

If you are a fan of Star Wars and also want to benefit kids with serious illnesses, someone has made something for you.  Don Burns, a Batavia High graduate and member of the 501st Star Wars cosplay organization that raises money for charities by dressing up as Star Wars characters, has been part of making a Star Wars fan film right here in Batavia.  Burns, now a teacher in Rochester, was executive producer of the film, Tomorrow & Tomorrow.  Burns dressed up as Darth Vader and recited one of Shakespeare’s famous monologues in the Richmond Mausoleum.  So far, the film has raised $1,200 for Make-A-Wish.  You can watch it on the Batavian’s website.

The Buffalo Sabres lost to the Winnipeg Jets 3 to 2 in a shootout Wednesday night.  6 of the last 7 games the Sabres have played have gone to overtime.  Zemgus Gergensons scored both goals for the Sabres and Craig Anderson blocked 25 shots.  The Sabres are back on home ice Friday when they host the Nashville Predators at 7pm.

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