Morning News Brief

Written by on November 11, 2021

The raising of the flag, the stirring notes of the Star Spangled Banner, and words honoring our veterans of military service to the USA started off the Batavia City Schools ceremony Wednesday morning just after 8 o clock.  After the outside portion of the ceremony the event moved inside with a concert and recognition of local heroes who were attending.  95 year old World War 2 veteran Roger Martin says he got up early to be there.  Martin says he wishes for more people to attend.  This was the fifth year of the high school’s effort to recognize local veterans.

There are many celebrations of our veterans going on today.  Here is a list of several of them.  Genesee County ceremonies are set to begin at 9 a.m. Today at Genesee County Park in East Bethany, followed by Batavia VA Medical Center at 10 a.m. and the New York State Veterans Nursing Home at 10:15 a.m., both on Richmond Avenue, Batavia, the Upton Monument at 11 a.m. at routes 5 and 33, Batavia, and ending at 11:30 a.m. at the Jerome Center monument at the corner of Bank Street and Washington Avenue in Batavia. Participating organizations include Veterans of Foreign Wars of Genesee County, Genesee County American Legions, Marine Corps League – Hansen Brothers Detachment, and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 193.

Some National Fuel customers may see an additional charge on an upcoming bill.  According to a National Fuel spokesperson, the company stopped doing in-house meter readings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led them to regularly give estimates on monthly bills. The company resumed in-house meter readings in July 2021.  Now, some customers may be seeing a “rate or billing adjustment” on their monthly statement, possibly resulting in a higher bill than usual. The adjustment is a result of the accurate meter reading. National Fuel says this is not a widespread situation and only impacts customers with indoor meters.

The New York State Office of Cannabis Management has created an online portal for municipalities to opt out of retail or on-site consumption licenses.  The portal, will allow municipalities if they so choose to opt-out of adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption businesses from operating in their jurisdiction.  The deadline is December 31.

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