Weekend News Brief

Written by on September 25, 2021

Going apple picking this week?  Check where you are going to see if you need reservations.  Many apple growers are requiring pre registration in order to go pick apples at their orchards to cut down on crowds and obey capacity limit rules that are an attempt to slow the spread of COVID 19.  Some have you pay in advance which will cover the price of entry and a bag of apples.  Locally both Watts Farms and Roanoke Orchard say on their websites or social media that they are not doing u-pick this year.

Are you having issues with your Excelsior Pass?  The New York State Health department launched the electronic Excelsior Pass 6 months ago and some people are reporting that they no longer show as vaccinated.  Sometimes the state database seems to have lost their name or changes the spelling of it and declares them not vaccinated.  Some have reported it showing their status as expired.  The passes are supposed to be good for at least a year but the NYS Health department says some passes are only good for 180 days.  They say if you are having trouble to call the location you received your vaccine.  Also deleting and reinstalling the app may fix the problem.

All Rochester City School students not currently on a bus route should be by the end of September according to Superintendent Dr. Lesi Myers-Small.  Myers-Small said in her weekly email newsletter that affected families will be getting a call and a letter from the transportation department early next week with the details.  The superintendent also says school bus driver absences are still causing problems. The district averages about 20 per day with no substitute drivers available.

The snow leopard cub at the Seneca Park Zoo may have a name soon but they continue to need the public’s help to choose between 3 names that were submitted.  Out of 750 public submitted names the 3 are Tashi which means “Good Luck,” Sabu which means “Snow Leopard,” and Kenji which means “Strong.”  They all reflect the strides he’s made since his start. He was born hypothermic and dehydrated and has been hand raised by zookeepers since.  His mom is Timila, the zoo’s four-year-old snow leopard.  To vote follow the link on Seneca Park Zoo’s Facebook Page.


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