Morning News Brief

Written by on February 19, 2021

Voters in the Pembroke school district have approved the reconstruction of the bus garage at the Intermediate School campus. Thursday’s vote was 139 yes and just 35 no. The $1.69 million project will not impact the local tax rate. The project will be funded by state aid and $400,000 from the district capital reserve.

The COVID-19 2nd Dose Vaccine Clinic scheduled for today at Genesee Community College in Batavia — for appointments between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. — will be rescheduled due to the weather-related delay of vaccine delivery. Anyone with an appointment during this time slot will be contacted directly by email or phone to reschedule your appointment next week.

Just five new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Genesee County. One of the previous positive individuals has recovered and has been removed from the isolation list. Officials report today that 14 of the current positive individuals are hospitalized. One of the new positive individuals is an inmate at the Buffalo Federal Detention center. Meanwhile, Orleans County also reports five new cases…as does Wyoming County.

Six Flags Darien Lake will be kicking off its season after April 9th. Dan Stokes is the marketing and public relations manager…he says they are really excited. Stokes said the park will be utilizing an online reservation system this spring, similar to one that is in place for the laser shows that currently are scheduled for the next three weekends. The theme park was unable to open in 2020, but the campground was open for a few weeks last summer. Stokes said the process of hiring seasonal employees is underway. Six Flags Darien Lake employs more than 1,000 part-time workers during its peak season, filling jobs in areas such as performance, games, retail, food service, rides, park services, promotion and clerical.

Independent Living of the Genesee Region welcomes Kara Beth Baker to assist people with disabilities in the Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming county region as a New York Connects Independent Living Outreach Specialist. Baker brings 22 years of experience in counseling and accessibility.

Since Monday, the national gas price average has increased seven cents to $2.58. This quick four-day jump is a direct result of all major Gulf Coast refineries being impacted by the recent winter storm, which has caused gas supplies to tighten and pump prices to increase. The situation is very similar to a Gulf Coast hurricane’s impact. Until things thaw out and Gulf Coast refineries are running again (likely early next week), expect more expensive pump prices across the country, varying another 5-15 cents.


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