Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on November 5, 2021
If you have a 5 to 11-year-old and you would like them to be vaccinated against COVID-19, now is the time to sign up. The Genesee-Orleans Health Department is making appointments for next week. In Orleans County, vaccinations will be given on Tuesdays between 4:30 and 6:30pm. Genesee County will administer shots on Wednesday, 4:30 to 6:30. Public Health Educator Nola Goodrich-Kresse says only the Pfizer vaccination has been approved for kids. They will get 1/3 of the adult dose and three weeks later, another 1/3 dose…Complete information on the vaccine for kids, and how to make an appointment, is available on the Health Department’s website.
Representative Brian Higgins announced on Friday that the United States land border will reopen to international travelers at 12:01 a.m. on November 8; while the Whirlpool Bridge will reopen at 7 a.m. on November 8. The land border has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. Canadians do not need to take a COVID-19 test to get into the United States, but will need to take a COVID-19 test to return to Canada.
The New York State Partnership Against Drowsy Driving reminded motorists to be aware of the dangers of drowsy driving after the end of Daylight Saving Time. Despite the additional hour gained in the time change, it can disrupt sleep patterns, causing people to feel drowsy. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November every year. The National Sleep Foundation uses the occasion to begin its Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, November 7 to 13. “The risk posed by driving drowsy or fatigued is known, yet each year police report ‘fatigue/drowsy driving’ and/or ‘driver fell asleep’ as contributing factors in thousands of crashes statewide, resulting in deaths and injuries that are preventable,” said NYS DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Mark Schroeder. If you feel tired or drowsy while driving, find a place to pull over safely.
Tuesday the 9th Batavia City Schools is hosting a Fall Expo at Robert Morris School. There will be a Job Fair from 2 to 7pm with openings at local businesses for all ages. At 5pm the Warm the Night winter clothing giveaway starts. Families can come get Coats, Hats, Gloves, Scarves and Boots all gently used and free. There will also be community agency tables offering information about their services along with food and raffles.