Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on March 15, 2023
In an effort to rally young people’s interest in the election process and voting and build a future base of voters, Genesee County Board of Elections is sprinkling a little fun into what can otherwise be a dry topic. The “I Voted” sticker contest is being promoted to students in grades five through 12 in art or in government classes throughout county school districts and home schools. They are being encouraged to create original artwork used with the words “I Voted” to celebrate that American privilege, and a grand winner, plus prizes for first, second and third will be awarded to the top selected entries. The grand prize winner’s design will be made into stickers for voters during the Primary and General elections, including Early Voting. First, second and third place entries will be used in social media content and for other voting-related outreaches.
The Rochester area’s first Whole Foods Market is slated to open April 12 on Monroe Avenue in Brighton. The long-awaited announcement comes one week after a judge ruled in favor of the project’s developers in a lawsuit filed by Wegmans-backed community groups. Festivities will kick off at 7 a.m. on opening day. The first 500 shoppers in line will receive a Whole Foods tote bag and gift cards. The store will be open from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on opening day, with giveaways, free samples and live entertainment planned. Whole Foods said the store will feature more than 500 local items from Western and Central New York.
A new airline is coming to Rochester and bringing nonstop service to a popular destination for Western New Yorkers. Avelo Airlines will offer twice-weekly flights from the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Service will be offered Mondays and Fridays, following a special inaugural flight on Wednesday, June 14. Introductory one-way fares start at $39. Reservations can now be made online.
Emmanuel Baptist Church on Oak Street in Batavia is inviting Batavia community members to join in creating and farming a new community garden in the field behind the church. The initial plan is to build 20 4 foot by 3 foot plots and a toolshed and offer the plots for 20 dollars for anyone in the community who wants to grow flowers, veggies and herbs. The garden hasn’t been built yet and part of the invitation is for anyone who wants to help build to get a free plot for the first season. Tools, seeds, water and watering cans will be provided by the church. An informational meeting is scheduled for March 29th at 6pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church. For more information call 585 343 4905 or email email@example.com.
In a surprising move, Bills safety Jordan Poyer is returning to Buffalo. The team announced Wednesday afternoon the two sides agreed on a two-year deal. A first-team All-Pro in 2021, 31 year old Poyer,, earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2022 despite missing four games due to injuries. The 10-year veteran, who originally joined the Bills in 2017, was expected to sign elsewhere after his contract with Buffalo expired, with many reports indicating he hoped to sign with the Miami Dolphins. The news comes after the team lost linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Chicago Bears.
The Sabres lost their matchup against the Washington Capitals by just one goal for a score of 5 to 4 in a shootout. Zemgus Girgensons, JJ Peterka, Jack Quinn and Tyson Jost all scored and Ukko Pekka Luukonen made 35 saves. The Sabres are at 33 and 28 and 6. Playing out the rest of the regular season the Sabres have a contest against the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 on Friday in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center.