Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on July 26, 2022
Inflation has also hit the pencils and plastic folders your kids will need for school this fall. The National Retail Federation said back-to-school spending has increased by nearly 41% over 2019. A parent could expect to spend between 60 and 90 dollars on the average back to school item list. Backpack programs are suffering as the price of supplies has risen. Avery Stanton organizes a backpack drive every year to help families in need across Monroe County. This year, he spent $5,000 on 300 backpacks and hasn’t even bought the supplies to go in them yet. He says that’s $2,000 more than what he spent last year.
Garth Brooks was in town to give highmark stadium a bit of country Saturday night but not everyone was a friend in low places. 3 people were arrested at the concert. 2 men were charged with criminal trespassing and one was arrested for disorderly conduct. 30 year old Steven Carnrike of Lockport, 32 year old Matthew Costello of Youngstown and 45 Year old John Gugino were arrested, processed and released at the stadium. Gugino is a former Erie County Jail deputy who was fired after being convicted of cocaine possession. According to his sister, Jill Gugino-Redman, he was arrested when Sheriffs deputies spotted him at the concert and began to accost him and then knocked him to the ground and beat him. She then had to take him to hospital for a concussion and possible brain bleed. Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said that the accusations were hearsay.
Crossroads House is having their annual Garage sale starting Thursday and running through Saturday. They’ve been collecting all year and now the free hospice care center is opening the doors and letting the public in to find their treasures. Thursday the hours are 9 to 6. Friday 9 to 4 and everything is 25 percent off and Saturday 9 to noon and everything is 50 percent off. At the same time the First Baptist Church next door is having a fundraiser so you can stop in and hit both in one trip.
The Genesee County Fair continues out at the fairgrounds. Today is Celebrate 4-H and Chapin Manufacturing day. Special today is the parade at 6:30 and Karaoke starting at 7. There are also goat, hog, and market steer shows going on throughout the day. Everyday there is pig racing, Niagara down under, pony rides, live chainsaw carving, remote control car racing and today is the last day for Johnny Muxville comedy. And last but not least the midway with rides and shops and fair food is open.