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Five new COVID-19 cases reported in Genesee County
04/17/2020
Five new COVID-19 cases reported in Genesee County

Five new COVID-19 cases reported in Genesee County

Video Sponsor With 11 new cases in two days, Genesee County has now seen a total 92 positive tests since the start of the outbreak -- and that only covers the symptomatic people who have been tested because there are certainly others who haven't been tested -- we don't have a good handle on communit...

Town of Batavia renews State of Emergency Declaration today for 30 days
04/17/2020
Town of Batavia renews State of Emergency Declaration today for 30 days

Town of Batavia renews State of Emergency Declaration today for 30 days

Public Notice State of Emergency Declaration A State of Emergency is hereby declared in the Town of Batavia, effective at 6 p.m. today, April 17, 2020. This State of Emergency has been declared due to the existing and contiuing declared States of Emergency at the Federal, State, County and City of B...

City of Batavia still issuing building permits, conducting necessary inspections
04/17/2020
City of Batavia still issuing building permits, conducting necessary inspections

City of Batavia still issuing building permits, conducting necessary inspections

From the City of Batavia: Though the Bureau of Inspection office is currently closed to the public, building permits are still being issued and necessary inspections are being conducted. Building permit applications can be printed from the City of Batavia website, or obtained by contacting the Burea...

Tops enlists more employees' help to keep up with increased demand in online ordering via Instacart
04/17/2020
Tops enlists more employees' help to keep up with increased demand in online ordering via Instacart

Tops enlists more employees' help to keep up with increased demand in online ordering via Instacart

Press release: During these unprecedented times when the directive is to stay at home and to limit your interaction with others, the demand for both curbside pick up as well as home delivery has seen a sudden spike. In fact, since the onset of COVID-19 impacted our nation, services like Instacart sa...

GC Emergency Management: Use cloth face coverings to slow the deadly spread of coronavirus
04/17/2020
GC Emergency Management: Use cloth face coverings to slow the deadly spread of coronavirus

GC Emergency Management: Use cloth face coverings to slow the deadly spread of coronavirus

Press release: In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all New Yorkers are required to wear a face covering in public when social distancing isn’t possible. In addition, Executive Order 202.6, requiring essential businesses to issue face masks or protective covering to all employees who int...

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04/17/2020
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NY's entire delegation urges Trump to grant waiver and fund 100 percent of COVID-19 FEMA work
04/17/2020
NY's entire delegation urges Trump to grant waiver and fund 100 percent of COVID-19 FEMA work

NY's entire delegation urges Trump to grant waiver and fund 100 percent of COVID-19 FEMA work

Press release: New York’s entire 28 member bipartisan delegation today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging he expeditiously grant New York State a waiver to provide 100-percent federal funding for all Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emergency work in response to the coronavi...

Tops Markets thank essential workers with a cup of coffee or handcrafted drink at half price
04/17/2020
Tops Markets thank essential workers with a cup of coffee or handcrafted drink at half price

Tops Markets thank essential workers with a cup of coffee or handcrafted drink at half price

Press release: During these unprecedented times all Tops Friendly Markets locations are raising a cup of kindness as a way to say thank you to essential workers at all of its 162 locations in New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania. From now until June 13, Tops is offering all essential workers a 50-perc...

McMurray denounces appointment of Michael Caputo to White House post
04/16/2020
McMurray denounces appointment of Michael Caputo to White House post

McMurray denounces appointment of Michael Caputo to White House post

Press release: Yesterday, President Trump named political strategist and Republican campaign veteran Michael Caputo as the spokesperson of Health and Human Services. Caputo is a Western New York native, where he has engaged in years of misinformation, lies and political deceit in public relations po...

Seven new COVID-19 cases reported in Genesee County, 103 people in quarantine
04/16/2020
Seven new COVID-19 cases reported in Genesee County, 103 people in quarantine

Seven new COVID-19 cases reported in Genesee County, 103 people in quarantine

Health Department Daily Briefing: New Cases As of 2:00 p.m. today: Genesee County received 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 for a total of 87 positive cases Five positive cases reside in Batavia, one resides in Bergen, and one resides in Darien. One individual is in their 20’s, three individuals a...

City Manager extends restriction on congregating in public parks through April 21
04/16/2020
City Manager extends restriction on congregating in public parks through April 21

City Manager extends restriction on congregating in public parks through April 21

Public Notice EMERGENCY ORDER #3-2020 I issue the following emergency order(s) for the period of April 17, 2020 through April 21, 2020. This order continues the following issued under Emergency Order #2, which was effective April 11, 2020. 1. All public parks within the city limits of the City of Ba...

Pretty posies show off at the Batavia Peace Garden thanks to volunteers and a generous local nursery
04/16/2020
Pretty posies show off at the Batavia Peace Garden thanks to volunteers and a generous local nursery

Pretty posies show off at the Batavia Peace Garden thanks to volunteers and a generous local nursery

Submitted photos and press release: It may be a bit early to tiptoe through the tulips but visitors to the Batavia Peace Garden will be delighted to find rows of hyacinth and daffodils in full bloom there. As Genesee County residents are sequestered indoors for days on end due to the coronvirus pand...

Batavia Rotary Club donates $1,000 to United Way's Backpack Program to feed local families
04/16/2020
Batavia Rotary Club donates $1,000 to United Way's Backpack Program to feed local families

Batavia Rotary Club donates $1,000 to United Way's Backpack Program to feed local families

Press release: Batavia Rotary Club has donated $1,000 to United Way of Genesee County to help provide food for its Backpack Program that assists local families in need. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary International Foundation made available $20,000 to clubs in District 7090, which i...

Law and Order: Batavia man accused of impaired driving and possessing a 'blackjack' weapon
04/16/2020
Law and Order: Batavia man accused of impaired driving and possessing a 'blackjack' weapon

Law and Order: Batavia man accused of impaired driving and possessing a 'blackjack' weapon

Clayton R. Baylor, 23, of Batavia (no address provided), is charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. He was arrested after a traffic stop on Route 19 in the Town of Middlebury April 11. Baylor was driving a vehicle which had fled the scene...

Photo: Bird eggs hatch in Alexander
04/16/2020
Photo: Bird eggs hatch in Alexander

Photo: Bird eggs hatch in Alexander

A few days ago, we shared a photo from Sarah Wessel, in Alexander, of three eggs in a nest. Today, she shared this photo of two hatchlings.

Photos: Eagles in Elba
04/16/2020
Photos: Eagles in Elba

Photos: Eagles in Elba

Josh Hawkins shared these photos he took earlier this week of eagles in Elba. He wrote: For three days in a row, multiple bald eagles fed on a roadkill deer in a field on Route 262 in Elba. These were some of the better images I was able to capture with my 300mm zoom lens. The pair in the photos are...

Photo: Red cardinal on a snowy day
04/16/2020
Photo: Red cardinal on a snowy day

Photo: Red cardinal on a snowy day

Jason Smith shared this photo from his backyard in Elba, where a cardinal yesterday munched on a suet cake despite the snowy and frigid conditions.

Candidate for NY-27 releases statement on Michael Caputo taking job in Trump administration
04/16/2020
Candidate for NY-27 releases statement on Michael Caputo taking job in Trump administration

Candidate for NY-27 releases statement on Michael Caputo taking job in Trump administration

Press release: At this time Michael Caputo is not able to discuss his appointment by President Trump just yet. He has asked his friend and NY-27 Congressional candidate Stefan I. Mychajliw to speak for his family. The following statement from Mr. Mychajliw concerns Mr. Caputo’s White House appoint...

Donors wanted to help 838 Girl Scout Troops with buyout of 212,065 boxes of cookies
04/16/2020
Donors wanted to help 838 Girl Scout Troops with buyout of 212,065 boxes of cookies

Donors wanted to help 838 Girl Scout Troops with buyout of 212,065 boxes of cookies

Press release: Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) seeks local donors to help 838 Girl Scout Troops with their remaining inventory of 212,064 packages of Girl Scout Cookies through its new Cookie Donor Buyout Program. While GSWNY has suspended in-person activities and events, including Girl Scou...

Hillside Family of Agencies uses tech tools connects staff and youth during COVID-19 pandemic
04/16/2020
Hillside Family of Agencies uses tech tools connects staff and youth during COVID-19 pandemic

Hillside Family of Agencies uses tech tools connects staff and youth during COVID-19 pandemic

Press release: With remote work suddenly becoming the new normal for many teams at Hillside Family of Agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology tools are rising to the challenge. In one example, Hillside has dramatically expanded the availability of TeleCare resources that make it possible f...

With desirable financing in place, construction of Batavia Town FD substation progresses
04/16/2020
With desirable financing in place, construction of Batavia Town FD substation progresses

With desirable financing in place, construction of Batavia Town FD substation progresses

Despite the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 Pandemic, real progress is being made on the construction of a new $3.2 million, 10,000-square foot Town of Batavia Fire Department substation on Stringham Drive. Building Committee Chair Gary Diegelman said the project is “50 percent done” and, if...

Genesee County implements COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Policy; nine employees currently under evaluation
04/16/2020
Genesee County implements COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Policy; nine employees currently under evaluation

Genesee County implements COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Policy; nine employees currently under evaluation

Genesee County management, taking its cue from recent state and federal laws that protect workers stricken by the coronavirus, has developed a COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Policy to cover its employees. The policy is effective retroactively to March 18, the date that both New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and....

LIVE: GO ART! Virtual Birthday Party and Awards Show
04/15/2020
LIVE: GO ART! Virtual Birthday Party and Awards Show

LIVE: GO ART! Virtual Birthday Party and Awards Show

Video Sponsor Join GO ART! for the organization's first Virtual Birthday Party at 7 p.m. The party includes gallery tours, live performances by Jackie Siegel McLean, Theresa & Mark Kehl, Madison Hoerbelt, and the Canning Family, thne Genean (Genesee-Orleans) Arts and Culture Awards, and winner annou...

'A great sign': Genesee's COVID-19 active cases are trending downward
04/15/2020
'A great sign': Genesee's COVID-19 active cases are trending downward

'A great sign': Genesee's COVID-19 active cases are trending downward

Genesee/Orleans Public Health Director Paul Pettit reported a bit of welcome good news related to local COVID-19 trends at this afternoon’s Genesee County Legislature Ways & Means Committee videoconferencing meeting. “If you look at the (tracking system) mapping around you can see that although ...

Video: During briefing, Gov. Cuomo announces public mask-wearing
04/15/2020
Video: During briefing, Gov. Cuomo announces public mask-wearing

Video: During briefing, Gov. Cuomo announces public mask-wearing

Press release: State Will Begin Conducting Antibody Tests Prioritizing Frontline Workers Beginning This Week -2,000 Tests Per Day Using a Finger Prick Test Announces State Will Give 100 Ventilators to Michigan and 50 Ventilators to Maryland Issues Executive Order Requiring Nursing Homes to Inform Fa...

Three new COVID-19 positive tests in Genesee County, 41 active cases, 37 recoveries
04/15/2020
Three new COVID-19 positive tests in Genesee County, 41 active cases, 37 recoveries

Three new COVID-19 positive tests in Genesee County, 41 active cases, 37 recoveries

There are three new positive tests for people in Genesee County for COVID-19, the Health Department is reporting this afternoon, bringing the total of positive cases reported in the county since the pandemic reached our community to 80. Earlier today, the Health Department reported the county's seco...

Schumer urges FDA to clarify plan to address lack of oversight and inspection of U.S. food supply system
04/15/2020
Schumer urges FDA to clarify plan to address lack of oversight and inspection of U.S. food supply system

Schumer urges FDA to clarify plan to address lack of oversight and inspection of U.S. food supply system

From Senator Charles E. Schumer: As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the country, making New York its epicenter with over 10,000 deaths, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately clarify its plan to address t...

Pavilion cheesemaker donates cases of cheese during COVID-19 crisis
04/15/2020
Pavilion cheesemaker donates cases of cheese during COVID-19 crisis

Pavilion cheesemaker donates cases of cheese during COVID-19 crisis

Submitted photos and press release: Pavilion — Craigs Creamery, a dairy cooperative and essential food manufacturer composed of eight family-run farms in Western New York, is helping to feed those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The co-op has donated cases of its locallymade, award-winning c...

Town of Bergen reissues State of Emergency declaration due to COVID-19
04/15/2020
Town of Bergen reissues State of Emergency declaration due to COVID-19

Town of Bergen reissues State of Emergency declaration due to COVID-19

Public Notice In the best interests of the Town of Bergen and our residents and businesses I declare a new State of Emergency for the Town of Bergen as of 5 p.m. today, April 15, 2020. The declaration allows the Supervisor discretion to use all facilities, equipment, supplies, personnel and other re...

Milestones / Birth Announcement
04/15/2020
Milestones / Birth Announcement

Milestones / Birth Announcement

Born to Melanie (Scroger) and James Nichols, a son, Macklin James Nichols on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Second death attributed to COVID-19 reported in Genesee County
04/15/2020
Second death attributed to COVID-19 reported in Genesee County

Second death attributed to COVID-19 reported in Genesee County

Press release: It is with great sadness that I am reporting the second confirmed death related to COVID-19 in Genesee County” stated Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. The individual was over the age of 65 and resided in the central part of Genese...

Rollover accident with injuries reported in Pavilion
04/15/2020
Rollover accident with injuries reported in Pavilion

Rollover accident with injuries reported in Pavilion

A two-car accident with injuries is reported in Pavilion at Ellicott Street Road and Starr Road. One of the vehicles rolled over. Pavilion Fire Department is responding.

One new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, 46 active cases, 30 recoveries
04/14/2020
One new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, 46 active cases, 30 recoveries

One new COVID-19 case reported in Genesee County, 46 active cases, 30 recoveries

Daily COVID-19 briefing: As of 2:00 p.m. today: Genesee County received 1 new positive case of COVID-19 for a total of 77 positive cases The individual resides in Batavia. The individual is in their 30s. The positive individual was not on quarantine prior to becoming symptomatic. 2 of the positive c...

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