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Written by on December 14, 2021

Genesee, Orleans and Livingston County health departments have essentially said they are not enforcing the Mask or Vaccine Mandate which went into effect Monday across New York State.  They say they don’t have the resources to police businesses and public gathering places and will instead spend their efforts on providing free vaccinations and testing.  GO Health released a statement saying they will focus on Educating to Cooperate and continue teaching people the benefits of social distancing and masking.  They join many other upstate counties which expressed similar sentiment. 

It looks like no opinion equals assent at the City council.  The city of Batavia held its Conference meeting in the City Hall Board Room Monday night and, because the matter was never brought up for discussion, appears to be opting into Recreational Marijuana sales in Batavia.  According to the legislation from the state, a municipality has to expressly opt out or they are automatically in as of December 31st.  Since the city hasn’t made a decision and doesn’t intend to by the end of the year, Batavia will be able to have stores selling Marijuana legally.  

The Batavia High school took some damage in the wind storm on Saturday.  The Auditorium is closed as the dampers that draw in air were damaged and must be repaired before the room can be used again.  The roof of the school was damaged and a repair crew started inspecting it and weatherproofing work on Monday.  

Due to the windstorm over this past weekend, operations of the Law Street Yard Waste Station have been extended from December 13th until Saturday, December 18th.  Hours of operation will remain the same, 11:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. each day.

GCC is hosting an open house of the new Technical Training Solar Lab in the Stuart Steiner Theatre Building.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with instructors, tour the lab, and enjoy coffee and refreshments. The new lab will fully prepare Solar Electric Technician students to meet the huge demand for workers in the photovoltaic field.  Further details on the Solar Electric Technician program can be found by following the link at

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