Weekend News Brief

Written by on July 10, 2021

The CDC has stated that they want all schools across the country to be back in full in person session come the fall.  As far as masks they are still recommending that all non vaccinated students and teachers continue to wear masks indoors but say that vaccinated persons don’t need to wear the masks.  School districts will have to follow state regulations and no word yet on whether schools will require proof of vaccination against COVID 19 for students to forgo masking.

The FDA and the CDC are both saying that Americans will not need a booster shot of COVID vaccine to remain immunized against the virus and its strains.  The CDC says that in tests so far the vaccines have kept their effectiveness even several months after administration.  Pfizer had said that a third dose may be needed and submitted booster shots for approval.  CDC data shows that one dose of Johnson and Johnson or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccines are still 93 percent effective in keeping people who contract COVID out of the hospital even if the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing catching the disease drops to 65 percent after 6 months.

At around 7 p.m. Friday, Batavia Fire Department responded to a report of a commercial building fire with smoke showing at 4080 Pearl Street.  When they arrived on the scene they identified the building as Summit Lubricants chemical plant.  Large barrels spilled and heated up which lead to an explosion and fire at the plant.  Other area fire departments also responded to the report including Albion and Leroy.  Around 75-100 firefighters from 10 different fire companies were on the scene.  A deputy reported pressurized smoke coming from building 1.  There are no known injuries at this time.  It took fire personnel 90 minutes to completely put the fire out.

Join Genesee County STOP-DWI and the Genesee County Youth Bureau for a night of family fun as they team up to host the STOP-DWI Night at the Ballpark on Thursday, July 15, gates open at 6 p.m.  The Batavia Muckdogs will take on the Jamestown Tarp Skunks.   The first 100 youths will receive a T-shirt or Muck Bucks for purchases in the ballpark. An additional 500 giveaways and prizes will be given throughout the night.   The grand prize is a youth bike from Adam Miller Toy and Bicycle.

The Town of Bethany is looking for a new clerk.  The incumbent clerk retired and now the republican committee is looking for people who would be willing to be nominated for the spot.  If you are interested contact Tom Douglas.  His contact information can be found at wbtai.com.

Thomas J. Douglas, 10515 East Road, Pavilion, NY 14525, or contact Mr. Douglas at tdgoldenrod@yahoo.com  Cell: (585)-356-0824.

The water park at the former Fantasy Island location on Grand Island will open at the end of July, with a full amusement park opening in 2022.  Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World will open the water park some time in July, with an exact date not yet released.  Organizers say they plan on adding rides to Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World within the next six to eight months, with a full park reopening in the spring of 2022.

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