Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on April 15, 2022
As of Friday night the efforts to bring the USS Sullivans up from the depths of Buffalo’s Waterfront have hit several setbacks. First off the wind and rain has pushed the destroyer against the wall and raised the water level as well as contributing to the water being taken onboard. The second issue is that oil started leaking from the ship and the pumping operation had to be stopped so that the oil could be removed. So far 1000 gallons of oil have been taken out of the ship and the surrounding water with a boom set up to contain any leaks. Earlier on Friday, a dive team from BIDCO Marine Group went into the ship, moving from compartment to compartment to see where water was still coming in, and to make sure water was not coming in behind them. There is still a lot of work to do to see the ship righted again.
Genesee Community College is presenting a digital art exhibit called Illusions from April 21st through May 12th at the Roz Steiner Art Gallery on the Batavia Campus. This exhibition will feature digital prints on paper and fabric, projections and media displays created by the digital art students. It is a high honor for the students to have their work chosen for display and accolades will be presented. The entire community is invited to attend the Opening Reception in the Gallery lobby on Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. The public is also invited to attend an Awards Reception that evening, from 5 – 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at both receptions.
After 2 years of not being able to hold it because of the COVID 19 pandemic the Mammoth sale at St Joseph’s School at 2 Summit street in Batavia is back April 21st through 23rd. There will also be a special promotion day on the 20th for first responders, hospital employees, and those related to stores that donated goods will be able to shop from 7am to 8pm at a 50 percent discount. There will be plenty to choose from on all four days of the event with collections of lamps, dining and living room chairs, flower and terracotta pots and “really nice kids’ toys,” including a large puppet stage, picnic tables, a work bench, sandbox, assorted toys and chairs and a Thomas the Train set-up and much too much to list on the radio. Every penny of the money raised will go to St Joseph’s School.
On Friday, the Aquarium of Niagara announced the hatching of two Humboldt penguin chicks at the facility in Niagara Falls. The chicks, for now named Chick A and Chick B, hatched earlier in April. Their parents are Blanca and PJ, Jr., a bonded pair that last hatched and raised chicks in 2020. The chicks will stay in the nest with their parents for the next few weeks and will not be out for public view. Until making their public debut, the aquarium says it will be providing updates on social media.