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Written by on January 13, 2022

If your child plays sports after school the New York State Department of Health has released guidance on whether they can play after being exposed to COVID. If they are vaccinated they have to quarantine from after school programs for 5 days but can go back to school for instruction and ride the bus. The guidance says that this is regardless of booster shot status but if the child is unvaccinated against COVID they have to stay home from school at least 5 days and can’t play.

Governor Hochul has a plan to get more bus and truck drivers. The plan is to expand how many road tests are available and also open up road testing to third parties. The idea is to get as many people as possible CDL licenses. Schools in Buffalo and Rochester have suffered from not having enough drivers to get kids to school each day, causing some students to miss school or have to do remote education. The third parties will be overseen by the state and the governor promises a strict system of oversight to make sure the state’s standards are upheld. 

The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 50th Annual Chamber of Commerce awards.  This year’s honorees are:  Business of the Year: Valle Jewelers, Agricultural Business of the Year: Alleghany Farm Services, Entrepreneurial Business of the Year: Batavia Muckdogs Baseball, and Geneseean of the Year: Jay Lazarony.  The awards will be given out at the 2021 awards ceremony to be held at Batavia Downs on March 12th.  Tickets to the ceremony are 50 dollars per person or 360 for a table of 8.  

As the snow falls you may not be thinking about gardening but spring and planting season will be here before we know it and the Genesee County Master Gardeners are here to help.  Starting February 3rd the monthly Garden Talks series will begin with “Monarchs, their flight, their plight and what you can do.”  Each month there will be a new discussion, the February talk will be via zoom but following months will return to in person talks.  The series is free and each talk is 45 minutes starting at noon.  To register, visit the events page at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee.

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