Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on July 5, 2022
This is the first 4th of July for 49 new citizens in Rochester. The Genesee Country Village and Museum held a naturalization ceremony on the Fourth, honoring the finale of the citizenship process for these people who come from countries like Cuba, Jamaica, and Bhutan, all with the same idea in mind – to live the American dream. All expressed thankfulness and joy over getting their certificate making them officially US citizens. This was the first time in three years the Genesee Country Village and Museum was able to hold the naturalization ceremony.
Gas prices were at an all time high over the July 4th weekend but that didn’t stop travelers from enjoying the holiday. Many campgrounds and RV parks report being booked to capacity. Air travel returned to pre pandemic levels even with many cancelations and delays. Highway travel was the second busiest since 2000. Gas nationally stayed expensive with the average being 4.81. In New York the average is still 4.89 a gallon. Summer is usually a high time for gas prices and they were already elevated going in. We can expect gas prices to stay up through the summer.
A Batavia man is facing felony sex abuse charges after an incident in May. 38 year old Jefferey Hall is accused of grabbing a 63 year old delivery employee and forcing her hand into his privates. The incident occurred on May 24th on Ross Street at almost midnight. Hall is charged with felony first degree sex abuse.
A historical artifact of the forgotten war was turned over to the LeRoy historical society on Sunday. The sword of Brigadier General Daniel Davis, which he brandished as he went into battle on September 17th. 1814, the day that he died, was in the care of his family. In a ceremony held at Buell cemetery on rt 5 the Davis family and friends gave the saber over. Davis was killed defending Fort Erie against a combined British and Mohawk attack. Armed only with his sword he charged into a melee with British veterans in an attempt to silence the cannons firing on the Fort. During the fighting he climbed onto a parapet and was shot while attempting to stall British reinforcements so his men could retreat. Officers recovered his sword and body and returned it to LeRoy.