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March 30, 2020 - 4:11pm
posted by Billie Owens in Girl Scouts of WNY, covid-19, news, cookie sales.

Press release:

Girl Scouts of Western New York today moved formally to all-online sales of cookies, after two weeks ago cancelling more than 750 planned, in-person cookie booth sales stations, given the region’s current virus restrictions.

“As with so many organizations and individuals, the virus-related shutdown hit our girls at a most unfortunate time," GSWNY CEO Alison Wilcox said Monday. "This is when they would ordinarily be outside of stores and churches selling their Shortbreads, Thin Mints and the whole array of wonderful Girl Scout cookies.

"Since that’s not presently possible, we want everyone to know that they can go online to buy cookies, either for themselves or to donate to health-care workers, first responders and our older citizens.”

“Especially at this challenging time for everyone, girls still need program outlets, and with our cookie entrepreneurial program, Girl Scouts are learning how to be agile and innovative by switching to virtual business programming,” Wilcox said.

The online cookie program may be accessed here http://www.gswny.org

Interested buyers or donors may also email GSWNY at:   [email protected]. A representative will match them with a troop, or, they can contact Girl Scouts and adult troop leaders they know directly.

GSWNY serves multiple counties – Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming – and online cookie sales are available across the region.

GSWNY made it clear through multiple communications that girls and volunteers may opt out of this year’s cookie program without penalty. Continuing is a choice.

“We certainly recognize that from the perspective of a health crisis, cookies aren’t as significant as fighting this virus, staying healthy or coping with its symptoms,” Wilcox explained.

But this still hit us at the worst-possible time as an organization because the cookie program funds the majority of our programming budget, allowing girls access to STEM programs, outdoor activities, summer camp, community service projects, trips and travel, art adventures, and more.”

All cookie proceeds stay in Western New York.

Troops earn proceeds from each cookie box to fund their adventures and set goals many still want to reach. Prior to the onset of COVID-19, GSWNY was projecting goals to be exceeded for 2020.

“Despite our nation’s current challenges, we still want to help our Girl Scouts learn business skills, and help them understand the realities all other businesses face right now that require agility, innovation, switching to virtual, and maintaining business ethics,” Wilcox added.

“How to transport cookies from seller to buyer and/or charitable recipient is a challenge under societal restrictions in place.

“We don’t have perfect answers, and we of course want everyone to be safe,” Wilcox said. “Generally speaking, girls should not do anything in person, so preferably girls would leave cookies outside their homes or apartments for pick up, and the community partner who is donating, or the recipient, would pick them up.

"If this sounds like more effort, it is. And we are cognizant of not exposing anyone to infection, or making Girl Scouts’ addresses public.”

She added that an example of how modified delivery might work occurred with a troop that sold cookies to donate to a hospital, and a person known to the troop who works at the hospital picked them up and took them in on their shift. In some cases, Wilcox said, GSWNY staff might be able to distribute them.

“To make this work safely and as easily as possible, everyone will need to be flexible and creative,” she said.

GSWNY recommends that buyers who are concerned about safety should always follow CDC guidance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out at 1-888-837-6410 or email [email protected]gswny.org.

March 30, 2020 - 3:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.
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Genesee County COVID-19 briefing March 20, 2020

UPDATE: A COVID-19 patient has died, the first coronavirus case reported in Genesee County. There are now 12 positive cases in Genesee County.  There have been 122 negative tests.  The 12 positive cases count includes the fatality.  There are 11 people recovering at home, including two people who had been previously hospitalized.  None of the patients who tested positive have yet been released from mandatory isolation.  There are no 36 people in Genesee County under mandatory quarantine. 

Press Release:

“Today, I am reporting that an individual (over 65 years of age and who had underlying health conditions) who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away,” stated Paul Pettit, Director of the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “This is our first confirmed death related to COVID-19 in Genesee County. Due to privacy issues, I will be not releasing further details about this individual. I would like to express my sincerest sympathy for the individual’s family and friends.”

“I am deeply saddened to learn from Paul Pettit of the death of a resident of our county,” stated Rochelle Stein, Chair of the Genesee County Legislature. ‘Our entire community grieves this loss. My heart is with the resident’s family, and I ask the community to join me in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.”

“We continue to encourage social distancing, especially if you have older family members or family with underlying health conditions,” stated Pettit. “If you are unwell with any symptoms, please limit contact with our most vulnerable population. Keep in touch by phone, FaceTime, cards, and/or letters so your loved ones know they are being thought of. Ask other family or friends who are not sick or potentially exposed to check in on your loved ones and/or assist with errands.”

Written briefing:

New Cases

  • We have learned a Genesee County resident of the central area of the county has died due to complications associated with COVID-19.  The individual was over 65, hospitalized and had underlying health conditions.   We are respecting the privacy of the individual and their family members and will not be releasing any further information.
  • As of 2:00 p.m. today:
    • Genesee County received 3 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 12 positive cases
    • One under the age of 65 residing in eastern Genesee County
    • One under the age of 65 residing in eastern Genesee County
    • One above the age of 65 residing in central Genesee County
    • For Orleans:1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 5 positive cases
    • Individual is over the age of 65 and is a resident of the eastern part of the county.
    • None of the new positive cases were under precautionary or mandatory quarantine when they became symptomatic and are not believed to be connected.
  • Contact tracing has been initiated for all the new cases.  Known contacts have already been placed under mandatory quarantine and will be swabbed if indicated (if symptoms becomes present).  If a person is identified as a contact, they will be notified by the County Health Department, quarantined and if warranted, swabbed if indicated.  Limited information is provided to the public in compliance with HIPAA regulations and out of the respect of those impacted by this virus.  When, and if, there is a situation where potential contact is made in a public location where contact tracing doesn’t have actual names we will send out a media announcement to help seek contacts. 

Cumulative Data

  • To Date:  Genesee County has received 122 negative test results and Orleans County has received 87 negative test results for COVID-19. These negative tests give us a good indicator of what’s going on in our community.  As discussed before, Flu continues to be prevalent with 7 in Orleans and 9 in Genesee for the week ending 3/21.  This data continues to show a high number of respiratory illness in our counties is not COVID-19
  • Orleans County: 5 people are under precautionary quarantine, 9 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 5 people are under mandatory isolation 2 of whom are hospitalized and 3 are recovering at home (one out of county).
  • Genesee County: 13 people are under precautionary quarantine, 37 people are under mandatory quarantine, and 11 people are recovering under mandatory isolation at home.
  • Healthcare providers are advising patients undergoing swabbing that are symptomatic (based on availability and screening for high-risk) for COVID-19 to self-isolate until test results are received and COVID-19 is ruled out.  Follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
  • Currently, NYS clearance protocol for discontinuation of mandatory isolation for persons with confirmed COVID-19 is the following: it has been at least 7 days since the initial positive test for COVID-19, at least 3 days without fever and no use of fever-reducing medication, and improvement in the signs and symptoms of the illness.    Swabbing through the Health Departments is warranted as part of our quarantine / isolation protocol for those who become symptomatic.  We are not providing community testing at this time.  We will be announcing further information on this as local capacity increases.


  • Please remain home if ill, even if a person has a negative COVID-19 result it is important to continue to limit physical contact.  Flu and COVID-19 are still transmittable and people should continue to remain home and limiting contact with others.  Do not be afraid of people because they may be coughing or sneezing, they may have allergies, but continue to keep your distance (at least 6’).
  • Medical Concerns:  If you feel you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider or healthcare facility ahead of time. DO NOT GO DIRECTLY THERE, CALL AHEAD TO GET GUIDANCE.   Swabbing will be based on those who are in higher risk categories – elderly and immune compromised and those with underlying health issues.
    • Swab sample results are coming back slower than expected. With more testing, we expect this will continue.  Whenever anyone is swabbed for potential COVID-19, self-isolation is advised until the test result is received.
  • Respect / Social Responsibility / Fear mongering / Consequences –Health Departments are mandated to adhere to HIPAA regulations therefore we are not releasing potential identifying information of anyone who is under our care. 
    • If during contact tracing there is an issue of missing potential contacts we will provide locations.  Not everyone who coughs or sneezes has a respiratory virus.  People need to be respectful of the process and the guidance surrounding social distancing.  COVID-19 is now community transmissible therefore people need to take social distancing seriously. 
    • There are consequences for not adhering to the directives.  Non-compliance may prolong the spread of COVID-19 as well as increasing the spread which can overwhelm our healthcare systems and put our vulnerable populations at increased risk. 
    • Sticking to the basics: limiting exposure to the public, frequent handwashing, staying home if ill with any respiratory illness, keeping 6’ distance from other people and sharing creative ideas to keep in touch with family and friends are what we need. 
  • Take media breaks:  Talking about who has or hasn’t been tested, is sick or sharing rumors about anything COVID-19 is increasing anxiety in many people.  Be respectful and stay home as much as possible.  It is safe to go outside or for a ride, but be mindful to keep at least 6’ distance between other people.  If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, fear about this outbreak call the Care + Crisis Helpline at 585-283-5200, text 741741 or call the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 884-863-9314, they have trained listeners available 24/7 to help you through this.
  • Community Spread:  Locations of positive cases are not indicative (telling) of where potential exposures can occur.  It is not necessary to know locations as the virus is considered to be everywhere.  That is why we encourage everyone to follow social distancing guidelines, frequent handwashing, practice proper cough/sneeze hygiene (not in your hands, but in a disposable tissue or your elbow) and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Snowbirds are returning to our counties:  Snowbird Guidance is being developed and will be posted on our websites (under Coronavirus General Public), social media and through the Genesee and Orleans County Offices for the Aging.  We encourage all who are returning home from travel to self-isolate and monitor your health. 
    • If you become symptomatic, call your healthcare provider for guidance. 
    • Some may be concerned about exposure when going for supplies and prescription refills – many stores and pharmacies are providing special hours for seniors and people with underlying healthcare issues.  There are also several stores / restaurants that provide curbside pick-up and delivery services call ahead and ask. 
    • Check in with family and friends and your social networks via phone or electronic means often to limit loneliness.  

FRAUD ALERT – Watch out for Scams!

  • At this time there are no FDA-approved drugs or treatments for COVID-19.
  • There are also no over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. If you get an email, phone call, offer by mail or other solicitation for these scams, hang up and ignore them.
  • This is a very important warning to reinforce for every County resident.
  • The best medical advice for you comes from your healthcare provider.


  • Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today at his 11:30 a.m. press conference there are a total 66,497 confirmed positive cases in NYS.
  • 9,517 (14%) COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.
  • The Governor has extended NY PAUSE program (non-essential workers down to 0%) until April 15; this will be evaluated every two weeks
  • Statewide school closures are extended by two weeks, until April 15 and will be reassessed then.  Contact your school with any school related questions.
  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned. 
  • The President and CDC have ordered a travel advisory (NY, NJ & CT) – this is not a lock down, these federal actions support state actions to date.  It is OK to be outside in your yard, ride bikes, visit a state park for walks, to take rides in your vehicle, however congregating and taking the family shopping does not comply with social distancing (keeping 6’ from others, limiting time out in public)
March 30, 2020 - 2:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, Andrew Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo's daily briefing for March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020 - 2:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, news, coronavirus.

Press release from CDC:

Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.  This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.  These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforceexternal icon), have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules.  The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.

March 30, 2020 - 2:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in live stream, covid-19, news, video, coronavirus, county government.
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Interview with County Manager Jay Gsell. We're talking about how coronavirus is impacting the county budget.

March 30, 2020 - 1:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in gas prices, news.

Press release from AAA:

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.00, down 13 cents since last week. One year ago, the price was $2.69. The New York State average is $2.34 – down six cents from last week. A year ago, the NYS average was $2.73. AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY) reports the following averages:

  • Batavia - $2.42 (down three cents since last week)
  • Buffalo - $2.37 (down four cents since last week)
  • Ithaca - $2.41 (down seven cents since last week)
  • Rochester - $2.33 (down six cents since last week)
  • Rome - $2.34 (down six cents since last week)
  • Syracuse - $2.28 (down six cents since last week)
  • Watertown - $2.33 (down six cents since last week)

Good news: low gas prices! - Bad news: consumers don’t benefit! Pump prices continue to decline around the country as oil prices have decreased significantly in response to the increasing public health, financial and economic impact of COVID-19 and the crude price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Normally at this time of year, gas demand is growing and prices are on the rise. New data from the Energy Information Administration reveals that with many Americans staying at home and practicing social distancing, gas demand continues to drop dramatically. Gas prices have not been this low since 2016 and now more than half of the states in the U.S. have prices below $2. Gas demand is likely to continue decreasing and push gas prices cheaper. 

From Gas Buddy:

"Today, we enter the 38th straight day the national average gas price has fallen, and the first week of the national average being under $2/gal for the first time in over four years as motorists park their cars and shelter in place, leading to an unprecedented drop never before seen in U.S. gasoline demand, causing prices to sink like a rock," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "With the nation continuing to be under siege from the coronavirus and millions staying parked at home, there's quite a bit more downside that's in the pipeline coming in the weeks ahead. We could easily see the national average fall 50 cents to a dollar per gallon, while pricey states like California will see the biggest drops to come, playing catch up to the drop that has seen twenty-nine states average gas prices fall under $2. Motorists should continue to be vigilant if they need to fill their tanks- bring hand sanitizer and potentially wipes, but also shop around as the gap between station widens to historic levels."

March 30, 2020 - 1:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Chris Jacobs, NY-27, news.

Press release:

Trump endorsed Republican candidate for Congress Chris Jacobs (NY-27) held a virtual round table with Western New York farmers on Saturday to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on local agriculture and what can be done to help farmers keep operating. 

“Big decisions need to be made as we move into our planting season. The effects of COVID-19 will determine how we make those decisions and impact our capacity to perform. Luckily, President Trump is a businessman and understands the critical importance of our nation’s farms and will work with us so we can have the resources to get through this,” Molly Anderson of Torrey Farms said. 

"The utmost concern, whether it was a dairy farmer or a crop farmer was the health and safety of their workforce," Jacobs said. "No different than any other essential business, farmers have been following the guidelines of health officials to ensure they can still perform their duties without jeopardizing the health of employees," Jacobs said.  

“Not only is agriculture the largest economic sector in our region, but our farmers are directly responsible for ensuring abundant healthy food remains on our tables. It has been my priority to stay directly in contact with those vital to this industry and learn what they need so that when I take office I can get right to work helping them through this crisis,” Jacobs said. “I am deeply encouraged by everything Congress and President Trump has done to assist our farmers by passing the CARES Act, and I look forward to helping my future colleagues ensure the prosperity of our farmers for future generations.”   

The CARES Act, which passed on Friday in the House of Representatives and was subsequently signed by President Trump, provides critical relief to farmers in America. Among that relief is $14 Billion for USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, $9.5 Billion in funding for livestock operation programs, $100 million in additional rural broadband grants, and increased deductions for farmers who donate commodities. 

March 30, 2020 - 12:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news.

If you run or own an essential business and are hiring, email a job listing to [email protected].

Keep it short: Company name, job title, contact info, and a link, if available, where potential applicants can get more information such as job description and qualifications. We'll post all job openings for free.

Job Openings:

McCabe Enterprises Electrical Contractor
[email protected] 

Arc of Genesee Orleans
Direct Support Professionals – Residential Program; Registered Nurse
Contact Info: (585) 343-1123, Human Resources
Link: www.arcgo.org/employment-opportunities

Chapin’s International
Openings: Shipping/Rcvg Supervisor, Quality Tech, Senior Buyer, Design Engineer, Tool Maker, Trimmer/Packers
Job descriptions are posted on indeed.com and you can also ask questions by emailing [email protected]
Resumes also can be sent to that address.

March 30, 2020 - 10:47am
posted by Howard B. Owens in City Church, live stream, video, news, covid-19, coronavirus.
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We're doing a live interview with Marty Macdonald, pastor at City Church in Batavia.

March 29, 2020 - 5:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, news, coronavirus, notify.

The County Health Department has not yet today released the lastest local figures on the COVID-19 pandemic but the state's Health Department is reporting that Genesee County now has nine positive tests for coronavirus.

Yesterday, the county reported eight cases.

There are now 59,513 in the State of New York.

March 29, 2020 - 5:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in scanner, news, east pembroke.

A caller to dispatch reports a bunch of trucks with trailers carrying boats are loading them into the Tonawanda Creek by the East Pembroke Fire Hall and in the process the truckers have been driving recklessly and disturbing wildlife. Sheriff's deputies are responding.

March 29, 2020 - 4:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in T.F. Brown's, news, extreme streetware.


T.F. Brown's and Extreme Streetware have teamed up to create and sell "Batavia Strong" hoodies.

The sweatshirts cost $20 and include a $5 gift certificate for T.F. Brown's.

The sweatshirts are available at T.F. Brown's.



March 29, 2020 - 3:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, wolcott street school, news, video.

The folks at Wolcott Street School made this morale-boosting video.

March 29, 2020 - 2:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Andrew Cuomo, news, covid-19, coronavirus.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo conducted his daily briefing at noon today. This is a recording provided by his press office of a portion of it.

Governor Cuomo: "I don't even have the words to express my admiration for them. FDR always had words. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear. To me that says it all today.

"Something is more important than their fear, which is their passion, their commitment, for public service, and helping others. That's all it is. It's just their passion and belief in helping others. And that overcomes their fear. And that makes them, in my book, just truly amazing, outstanding human beings."

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:

"These public people, I don't even have the words to express my admiration for them. FDR always had words. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear. To me that says it all today. Everyone is afraid. Everyone is afraid.

"Do you think these police officers are not afraid to leave their houses? You think these nurses are not afraid to go into the hospital? They're afraid. But, something is more important than their fear, which is their passion, their commitment, for public service, and helping others. That's all it is. It's just their passion and belief in helping others. And that overcomes their fear. And that makes them, in my book, just truly amazing, outstanding human beings. And I wish them and their families all the best."

March 29, 2020 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Greta Patterson Hansen, batavia, history, news, New Pool, Swimarama.

This article is from the book "Back in the Day, Snapshots of Local History, The Way I See It," by Anne Marie Starowitz, 2017. Reprinted with permission from the author. 

Growing up in the ‘60s in Batavia would be considered very uneventful to today’s young people. The parks program was very popular and the highlight was the parks parade. Main Street was closed down for an afternoon to let all of the different parks parade their floats down Main Street. Young people played outside, made up their own games, and walked or rode their bikes.

In the winter the tennis courts were converted to an ice rink. In the summer the tennis courts would be used for evening dances. There was nothing like dancing under the stars on the tarmac of a tennis count.

The highlight of the summer of 1962 was the opening of the “New Pool.” How the pool became a reality was not important to the young people of Batavia. All they knew was the new pool meant happy days ahead. Young people would wait anxiously in line for the doors to open holding onto their 25 cents and waiting to get a key for a locker. No one ever noticed a plaque on the wall with the name Greta Patterson.

Greta Patterson was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Guy Patterson of 41 Ellicott Ave. When Greta was two years old she began learning to swim. She loved to swim and did not have a fear of water. Some of her first lessons were in Branton’s pool on River Street. Mrs. Branton and her daughter Sibyl were her first swimming teachers. She also swam at the indoor pool of the New York State for the Blind School, YMCA, and Conesus Lake. She continued to swim during all of her school years.

Greta graduated in June 1955 from Batavia High School. Five days after her graduation she made swimming history. She swam fifteen miles from Angola, NY, to Crystal Beach, Ontario, in thirteen hours. As she exited the cold water of Lake Erie she was treated as a heroine. The day after her historical swim she was welcomed on the steps of Batavia City Hall by Mayor Herman Gabriel and was serenaded by St. Joseph’s Drum Corps. The radio station WBTA broadcast the event. In the same year her picture was in the November issue of Seventeen Magazine.

Her swimming achievement inspired the building of a city pool that would be completed seven years later. Members of the Kiwanis Club decided to launch a fund to build a swimming pool somewhere in the city. Several local social clubs joined the effort under the chairmanship of Robert DeLong. He was to head a fund-raising committee.

The first event was a public entertainment program that would be called a Swimarama. The event took place at the Batavia Downs and a Buffalo talent scout provided an all-star cast of entertainers. On August 8, 1955, 9,000 people sat in the stands at the Downs to watch the opening ceremonies. Leading the parade around the track was Greta Petterson riding in a sulky drawn by a racehorse. The entertainers followed in convertibles. The music of St. Joseph’s Drum Corps and the Brockport-Batavia Cavalier Drum Corps filled the air. There were singers, dancers, and impersonators. The event raised $6,000 for the new pool fund. The contributions were slowly coming in. In 1958 William Henry became the new chairman of the pool committee and he established a door-to-door drive hoping that every family would donate one dollar to the new pool fund. Finally, they were very close to their goal of $80,000.

In 1959 the building contract was awarded to Ed Leising to excavate a choice piece of land in MacArthur Park. The pool would measure 60 feet by 100 ft. and would accommodate 100 swimmers.

The pool opened July 9, 1962. People from the summer recreation program were trained to be lifeguards. The pool was never given an official name but the Kiwanis Club did place a plaque on the wall at the main entrance acknowledging Greta Patterson’s part in the creation of the pool. The pool will be forever called the “New Pool” for those young people that made the pool the highlight of that summer and many summers to come.

In 1991 the pool needed major repairs. Due to the high cost for repairs, the pool was closed and was filled with dirt and made into basketball courts. In 1997 the bathhouse was remodeled and made into the Batavia Youth Center. It was decided to ask Greta if she would accept the honor of having the new Youth Bureau dedicated to her. Greta Patterson Hansen was honored.

Greta’s history has come full circle from being Batavia’s famous swimmer, inspiring the community to create a community pool, to coming home and having the Batavia Youth Center dedicated in her name. Today the Batavia Youth Bureau is housed at 114 Liberty Street in St. Anthony’s former school.

Picture below and at top courtesy of Anne Marie Starowitz. Photo of the painting of Greta Patterson as a little girl, courtesy of the Holland Land Office Museum. The book "Back in the Day, Snapshots of Local History, The Way I See It," is available at the museum.

March 29, 2020 - 12:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Nate McMurray, NY-27, news.

Press release:

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the date of the New York State’s presidential primary and special election will be moved from April 28 to June 23, to align with the congressional and legislative primaries across the state.

New York follows 10 states and one territory to move their presidential primaries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico have all delayed their primaries.

“There is nothing more critical than protecting the health and safety of our families right now," said Nate McMurray, the Democratic candidate in the NY-27 District. "I am grateful for Governor Cuomo’s leadership and for putting the people of New York before politics.

"This decision protects not only the general public, but hundreds of election workers and Board of Elections staff. When we carry out this essential democratic process on June 23rd, it will allow all residents, volunteers, and staff to do so safely. My team will be checking on the community to ensure that all our residents are prepared for the June election. I believe in Western New Yorkers and know they will be ready.”

March 29, 2020 - 12:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in weather, news, notify.


A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 6 p.m.

A wind advisory is in effect from 2 until 11 p.m.

Winds of 20 to 30 mph expected with gusts of 50 mph.

UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Tristine Vanice submitted the photo above taken from her backyard off Lewiston Road, Oakfield, of the storm rolling in. Thunder and rain started in Batavia few minutes ago.

March 29, 2020 - 12:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in fire, news, Stafford, notify.


A fuel gas leak from a vehicle parked in a garage at 5561 Clinton Street Road, Stafford, sparked a fire at about 7:50 p.m. yesterday.

Stafford Fire Chief Matt Hendershott said that a vehicle owner was working on a vehicle when the fire started. The vehicle owner and the owner of the garage managed to pull the vehicle from the building before fire crews arrived.

As a result, the vehicle owner was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation.  

Hendershott said because the vehicle was removed from the structure, the structure did not catch fire.

Stafford fire responded with additional manpower from South Byron and Town of Batavia fire responded for traffic control.

Reader-submitted photos.

(Initial Report)


March 28, 2020 - 7:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Stafford, fire, news.

A gas leak has reportedly caused a barn fire at 5561 Clinton Street Road, Stafford.

Stafford fire dispatched.

South Byron, Byron, Town of Batavia, Le Roy, and the City's FAST Team asked to standby in quarters.

The location is between Prole Road Extension and the Thruway.

March 28, 2020 - 7:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in covid-19, coronavirus, news, notify.

Press release:

“One more resident in Genesee County tested positive for COVID-19 since yesterday afternoon,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “This now brings the official total to eight positive cases in Genesee County. Orleans County remains the same with four.

The individual is under the age of 65 and resides in the central part of Genesee County. The person is at home in mandatory isolation. Contact tracing has begun.

Genesee and Orleans County health officials emphasize that the public should take precautions against the spread of the coronavirus. Practice social distancing and wash your hands often.

If you are sick with any illness, the best way to keep it from spreading is to stay home!

If you have a fever, cough and/or trouble breathing, please call your health care provider for an assessment of your symptoms.

For general questions in regard to COVID-19, please contact the NYS COVID-19 Hotline at: 1-888-364-3065, or click here to ask a question electronically.

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