Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Police have arrested a man who they say held up a Livingston County market. Sheriff Thomas Dougherty says 30-year-old John Washburn was the man seen on video surveillance who walked into the Dutch Hollow Market on East Avon-Lima Road around 5:30 on Saturday, threatened the clerk and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Sheriff Dougherty says Washburn was caught in Rochester and he says tips from the public helped in the arrest. Washburn is being held without bail because of prior felony convictions in Arizona.
The Livingston County Chamber of commerce is taking nominations for its third annual Love in Livingston contest. The chamber says it wants to recognize what people love about the county in its local businesses, organizations, events, and attractions. Nominations are due a week from today and the winners will be put up for a vote on facebook until the end of the month. The most loved will be announced on March 2nd. Last year, there were more than 2,000 nominations in categories like favorite Pizza Shop, placed to go hiking and favorite charity. We have put a link to more information on our favorite website—geneseenow.com. (http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ef3cdzprjd64s8hc/a01lujd6pwdyc/greeting) or you can email or call the chamber.
State lawmakers from the region have heard first hand from school officials about their concerns. Genesee Valley School Boards Association hosting a discussion in Geneseo about some of the issues on the minds of administrators and school board members. One topic of discussion—how to provide service to s special needs students, especially given limited resources and unique challenges faced by rural communities. School leaders also say they are frustrated by state formulas which will leave many of them staring at budgets that may need to go up just to maintain current school services. State Senator Katherine Young has proposed a bill that would provide more state funds for those special needs kids—and also students who have relocated to the state after being displaced by last years storms in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico
Livingston County farmers who made donations to food banks could be in line for a tax break. State Senator Patrick Galivan says those farmers may be eligible to get a state tax credit for their charity. The state now will credit farmers who have made qualified donations—and it could save farmers around up to $5,000. That adds up to around 10 million dollars total. Senator Galivan says it’s a way to compensate ag providers for providing high-quality fresh food to food pantries and other emergency food groups.
Graduation rates are up in New York. The state released data yesterday showing a point-five-percent increase in high school graduations from the year before. Officials say the numbers show the state is moving in the right direction when it comes to schools.
A female Olympian from New York state will be the flag bearer for Team USA in South Korea for the opening ceremony. Luger Erin Hamlin from Oneida County was chosen by her peers to carry The Stars and Stripes in Pyeongchang. She dominated in Sochi and was the first American to ever medal in the Olympic singles luge event The games begin on Friday.