Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on June 22, 2022
There is a heat advisory in effect until 6pm for Genesee, Orleans and Livingston counties. The heat index is predicted to go to the upper 90s to near 100 degrees from the shore of Lake Ontario to Letchworth. Remember to drink plenty of fluids and stay in the shade or in air conditioning. Plan not to work outside unless absolutely necessary. Watch pets and small children for signs of heat exhaustion and check on elderly loved ones.
A hiker found themselves in a sticky situation Monday at Letchworth State Park. Around 9:45 pm state Police responded to the park to the report of a hiker who had fallen into the gorge. The High Angle Rescue Team were able to locate, contact and then rappel down to the hiker who was 150-200 feet down the gorge wall. They were able to extricate the hiker using ropes. The hiker only had minor injuries and was evaluated at the scene by EMTs. They were cited by the police.
Are you thirsty on these hot days? There is a way to wet your whistle and help babies at UMMC at the same time. Each year, more than 500 babies are born at United Memorial Medical Center. Soon after birth, the newborns are swaddled for comfort and safe sleeping. The American Academy of Pediatrics says when done correctly, swaddling is an effective technique to calm infants and promote sleep. Thursday at Centennial Park from 5 to 7 pm, UMMC staff and friends are having a lemonade sale with kids setting up lemonade stands to buy swaddles for babies. Stop by and buy a glass of refreshment to give babies a better beginning. A maternity nurse, the director of the program and volunteers will be on hand to talk about what they do.
It’s not just the price on gallons of gas that have risen. The price has affected prices on other goods as well. The average price of a gallon of milk has risen by 50 cents since the beginning of the year in part because of rising gas prices. Western NY dairy farmers are saying the price of bringing their milk to market has nearly doubled due to fertilizer prices doubling and gas prices shooting even higher. The higher prices have also slowed everything down. Robert Hoover the Second of Hoover Dairy says supplies and equipment that used to take a week to get are now backordered for months and shipping has become more expensive. Even with the state gas tax suspension and county level caps and the predicted call to suspend the federal gas tax these slow downs and price hikes will be felt for a long time.
Genesee Community College’s TRio Upward Bound program is receiving a 5 year, 1.5 million dollar grant for both Genesee and Wyoming county to help low income students who would be the first in their families to earn college degrees. Upward Bound is an intensive intervention program that prepares students for higher education through various enrichment courses. At least two-thirds of the students in each local Upward Bound program are from low-income economic backgrounds and families in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree. GCC’s Upward Bound program services seven schools in Genesee and Wyoming Counties. As of 2021, over 3,000 TRiO projects serve approximately 855,000 participants. TRiO projects are in every state and territory in the nation.
The Muckdogs are number 1 in the league after their 5 to 0 win over the Niagara Power Monday night. Even with the Power getting 13 hits they couldn’t get a single run. The Muckdogs scored once in the second inning, three in the third, and one in the fifth. They are now 9 and 2, a half game ahead of the Utica Blue sox. They are home again tonight at 7 pm to face off against Watertown.