Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on September 19, 2021
With Governor Hochul and Genesee Orleans County Health Commissioner Paul Petit both saying that booster shots for fully vaccinated individuals will be coming soon and with a possibility of mandates to follow the FDA has put its foot down and said no. On Friday the FDA overwhelmingly rejected recommending booster shots for most people who were fully vaccinated. The committee voted 16 to 2 to only recommend giving boosters to people who had compromised immune systems or were at specifically high risk due to age or special health circumstances. The Federal Government had been asking for approval of boosters for the general population 16 years old and up.
A motorcycle accident on Walnut Street at Law Street Friday afternoon left the rider seriously injured. The collision occurred at about 12:22 when the bike slammed into the side of a pickup truck at the intersection. The 30-year-old male, whose name has not yet been released was taken ECMC by Mercy Flight. According to Sgt. Mitchell Cowen, Batavia PD, the motorcycle was traveling west on Law Street at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles and collided with a pick-up truck that was headed north on Route 98.
Western New Yorkers donated over 4350 pounds of food to FeedMore WNY during Thursdays Buffalo Strong Back To School Food Drive. You can help raise money to feed people in Western NY by joining FeedMore WNY for Walk Off Hunger on Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3. You can sign up for one of seven walks in Western New York on Friday and Saturday for Walk Off Weekend, or creating your own route. Registration is $25 for anyone over 12 and free for anyone under 12. To register follow the link on wbtai.com. https://www.feedmorewny.org/walk-off-hunger/
Highmark Stadium and Keybank Arena are not allowing refunds for tickets to events that ticketholders cannot attend due to the vaccine rules. Ticketmaster says that the venues are still planning to hold the events and their policy does not allow refunds if the organizer doesn’t specifically allow it. People who bought tickets are upset, many people have medical exemptions to taking the COVID vaccine and say they bought tickets before the rules changed and it is unfair that they cant get refunds to events they can’t attend.
For the first time since 2005 the Buffalo Bisons are champions. They won the division title for only the 10th time on Thursday with a loss to the Rochester Red Wings. But because of the loss by Wilkes Barre to Lehigh Valley and the Bisons 70 to 44 record it made the Bisons the winners of the championship. This is the bison’s best season since 2001. Following their series with Rochester, the Bisons will compete in Triple-A’s 10-game “Final Stretch” playoff. Five of those games will be played at Sahlen Field from September 22-26.