Here are the top stories for Monday, May 8
Nobody was hurt, but a lot of people were startled the marquee for the Palace Office center broke away facade of the building on Friday evening. No word on what caused the overhang to pull away from the wall–or what it will cost to fix it. Officials say the sign is sagging, but isn’t likely to fall all the way down. The street had been crowded just a few minutes earlier with people taking part in the May Day Wine stroll
The invasive emerald ash borer continues it assault on area trees. In the Village of Avon crews have been working to take down around 500 trees trees in a 35 acres of Driving Park. Town officials say they hope they have spotted the pest in time because they might be able to sell some of the trees for lumber and make back the cost of cutting them down. If they had waited, the trees would have been useless as lumber. The trees will eventually be replaced
No relief for people along Lake Ontario. The water remains at record highs as overnight winds drove even more toward the shore. Officials say it could take weeks for the water to recede to normal levels. Get used to the wet weather we have been seeing too–the long range forecast for the summer shows a sharp contract to last year’s drought–with predictions of a showery—and not as hot summer this year.
The state says it was a record turnout for the state’s sixth annual I Love My Park Day. Nearly ten-thousand volunteers–including more than 100 at Letchworth State Park– showed up across the state to spruce up the parks for the summer. Meanwhile Governor Cuomo has announced more than 50-thousand dollars for Finger Lakes Region grassroots organizations that serve local state parks–and Cuomo thanked the volunteer who turned out this weekend.
A SUNY Geneseo student being remembered today after he died at Fallbrook on Route 63 over the weekend. He is identified him as Samual J Nichols, who was a sophomore from Latham. Officials aren’t releasing details about the death . The school says counseling is available for any students that may need it.
Talk about a big fish! A Watertown boat captain has the new record for biggest New York channel catfish. The State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that Eric Scordo’s 35-pound 40-inch catfish is the biggest caught in the state. The fish caught last week near Chaumont in Lake Ontario is more than two pounds bigger than the last recorded record breaker. No fancy bait or lure either–Scordo said he used a worm to catch it.