Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on April 22, 2022
Genesee County and Orleans county now count as moderate for levels of transmission of the COVID Virus. Monroe and Erie Counties are in the high area for the numbers of new cases. Health officials say the rise in cases is because of the new COVID variant Omicron BA 2 which is much more highly transmissible than previous variants. But while case numbers are climbing Genesee county Health officials are saying it is not a reason to panic. The number of people hospitalized is staying low and the same is being said in Monroe and Erie counties. While this virus is more transmissible the symptoms appear to be mild in most cases. None of the counties are considering putting any mandates for mitigation back into place. Genesee county health says if you feel sick, stay home, wash your hands and get tested.
A 62-year-old man is critically injured after crashing his 1998 Kawasaki motorcycle into a dump truck on Clinton Street Road in Stafford. The operator of the motorcycle, Dana McGill, was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with what authorities describe as life-threatening injuries. A female passenger, 44 year old Carrie Hensley, was taken to the same hospital with lesser injuries. Both the driver and the passenger were wearing helmets. The driver of the dump truck was not injured.
Batavia Middle School has a new principal. Nathan Korzelius was appointed Thursday night by the Batavia City School Board of Education after he was recommended by superintendent Jason Smith. Mr. Korzelius has served as interim principal of Batavia Middle School since July 1, 2021. He began his career in the Batavia City School District 23 years ago as a high school science teacher. After 14 years in the classroom, he joined the administration and served as assistant principal of Batavia High School for five years.
The city of Buffalo is the winner of a prize that pretty much everyone expects each year. Snowiest city in the USA. The Queen city was crowned because of its 96 inches of snow which is a whopping 9 inches more than the next highest in New York, Rochester, and the 7 inches more than the next highest in the US, Anchorage. 96 inches wins Buffalo the Golden Snowball and Snow Globe awards, the average for the city is 95 inches.
Time to go green. Rain or shine, the Genesee County Master Gardeners will be hosting their annual Spring Garden Gala on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County, 420 East Main Street in Batavia. This annual plant sale features a variety of perennials, many of which are from the gardens of Master Gardeners. There will also be a selection of house plants. Plant sale starts promptly at 10 am. There will also be a basket auction and gently used gardening books for sale and, new this year, a garage sale of gardening implements and decor.