Weekend News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on September 3, 2022
Downtown Batavia continues getting a rebuild as several construction projects are going on at once. Ellicott station with its 55 new apartments, office suites and brewery/restaurant is steadily going up. Theater 56 is on track for finishing its construction in the city Center by the end of the year. Hunt Real estate finished their building and cut the ribbon at 97 Main Street. Ellicott Place has been completed on top of the Save-a-Lot building. Carr’s Reborn construction is underway on Main Street. Almost 70 million dollars in work is getting done and that doesn’t take into account what’s going in across the highway.
Student Loan Borrowers are wondering when and where and how to get their loans forgiven after President Biden signed an executive order for 10,000 dollar loan forgiveness for most student loan borrowers and 20 thousand for those who received Pell Grants last week. They will have to wait a bit. Applications either online or through an app will start being accepted in October. There will be a 4-6 week processing period. If you don’t know what kind of loan you have you can check at studentaid.gov. Applications need to be in before the student loan pause on payments ends on November 15th if you want your loan forgiven and not make any more payments on it.
The Dansville Balloon Festival kicked off on Friday and goes all weekend. This year is the 41st year for the Official hot air balloon festival of New York. The event includes access to over 100 arts and crafts vendors, an “international” food court, a car show, rides and games for children, and free musical performances. The most exciting and expensive part of the day is a private balloon ride with one of the attending pilots. Rides are available for purchase the day of on festival grounds, with all flights contingent on cooperative weather. The festival is organized and staffed solely by community volunteers, drawing over 30,000 visitors annually.
Oakfield’s Annual Labor Daze is going on this weekend. The event centers in Triangle Park in the Village. There is live music, food, children’s events, a car cruise, 5K race, fireworks, craft vendors, and a community worship service on Sunday. The annual Parade is at 10am on Monday.
The Aquarium of Niagara is looking for the public’s help naming a Humboldt Penguin chick. This is the 23rd penguin at the Aquarium. They already ran the contest to get names in and the public answered with over 50 names and 2000 dollars in donations. The 3 main contenders are: Cusco, Gus, and Boldt. To vote follow the link at wbtai.com.