Morning News Brief

Written by on May 10, 2022

Monday morning the average price of a gallon of gas in Batavia was 4.33.  By mid afternoon it was 4.60.  The reason for the big upwing is that the US government ban on purchasing Russian Oil has just gone into effect at the same time as the EU signaled it’s desire to sanction Russian Oil.  June 1st is when the gas tax relief is supposed to hit at the state level with the Governor promising at least 16 cents off per gallon.  Monroe and Erie Counties have added their local gas tax cut to that so buying gas in either county will have lower prices by at least 12 cents.

Towns in Genesee county have received a bunch of money to help with water projects.  Batavia received 2.2 million dollars from the New York State Environmental Facilities Fund to upgrade the Water treatment plant.  The county received 1.2 million for pump upgrades.  Alexander received 132 thousand for water district construction.  Genesee County continues to seek federal and state funding to assist in the implementation of Phase 3 of the Countywide Water Program. Under the Master Plan developed for water, the Phase 3 project further increases regional supply by another 3.1 million gallons per day but, more importantly, replaces a threatened water supply. Phase 3 is currently estimated to cost $132 million.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has new tools for farmers for the marketing and production of livestock.  The new website, is built to be a centralized location for all things livestock.  It is organized into themes based on species with information about breeding, nutrition, and marketing.  Administrators want to hear from users to continue growing the site.  They ask for anyone who uses it to drop them a comment at the contact us tool on the site.

A native of Genesee county is now commemorated on a 1 dollar coin minted this year.  Ely Parker is on the 1 dollar Native American coin.  Parker was a US Army Officer, Engineer, and tribal diplomat who served as military secretary to Ulysses S Grant during the Civil War.  He hand delivered the surrender documents to Robert E Lee.  There is an exhibit about Parker at the Holland Land Office Museum.  

The Red Cross says that blood donations are down significantly and they are expecting them to drop off further over the summer months.  They are asking for people to come out and donate before summer gets going and to incentivize people they are offering a 10 dollar gift card to the merchant of the donors choice for each donation.  This goes through May 19th.  There is also a drawing for a Travel Trailer Camper that sleeps 8.  The next blood drive in Genesee county will be at the First United Methodist Church in Batavia on the 17th.


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