Weekend News Brief

Written by on August 7, 2021

Planning to visit Canada after the border opens again on Monday to fully vaccinated Americans?  There are a few things you need to do first.  You need proof of a negative molecular covid test within 72 hours of reaching the border, register with Arrivecan a free app for your phone, have your vaccine card and passport handy, and be ready to take another covid test once you arrive in Canada.  If you test positive you will need to quarantine so have a plan in case you have to stay put on the other side.

As of Friday, all Tops employees are required to wear masks again regardless of their vaccination status.  At this time masks are not required for vaccinated shoppers, but Tops is recommending that you wear a mask.  Masks are still required for non-vaccinated shoppers.

Funeral Director Michael Tomaszewski’s sentencing for fraud has been delayed for unspecified reasons.  It was supposed to take place last Wednesday morning after he plead guilty to Grand Larceny among other crimes in April.  The new court date is set for October 6th.

What can you do with a million dollars, fix the aeration system at the water treatment plant!  The 30 year old air header system at the plant had been judged to be compromised and the air lines had degraded over the years, causing waste products not to be broken down fast enough and a bad smell to waft away from the treatment plant and into surrounding neighborhoods.  The city worked with the DEC to try to mask the smell.  A temporary system was set up but can only do half the job of a whole new system.  Material delays set the project back months but work is being completed and the city is working to expedite completing the project.

There are bicycle safety classes happening Monday all around Batavia.  The Summer Rec Program, YMCA and Batavia Police department are partnering up to bring bicycle safety to the city with classes at Lambert, Austin, Farrall, Williams and John Kennedy Parks Monday the 9th.  For a list of times check wbtai.com.

9:00 a.m. – Lambert Park

10:00 a.m. – Austin Park

12:00 p.m. – Farrall Park

1:00 p.m. – Wiliams Park

2:00 p.m. – John Kennedy School

Tuesday night is Batavia Police Community Night Out and it looks to be a big one.  Thirty-seven business, organizations and individuals have signed on to support the outreach, which is scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the City Church’s St. Anthony’s campus at 114 Liberty St.  the event offers entertainment in the forms of a bounce house, balloon artist, games at vendor booths, and pony rides through A Horse’s Friend Trail Riding & Youth Programs based in Rush.  Additionally, Police Chief Shawn Heubusch and Assistant Chief Chris Camp have offered their services at the dunk tank, which will raise money for the K-9 fund.

The Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen have come to an agreement for another 6 years.  The 25 year old will be staying with the Bills through the 2028 season after leading the Bills to a 13-3 season in 2020 and breaking 6 single season records.  ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Allen’s six-year contract is worth $258 million, including $150 million guaranteed.

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