A CHEER ... to the polar vortex. Yeah, yeah, we all were grumbling about the sub-zero wind chills, the frozen fingers and toes, and just mind-numbing winter blahs that blew in with it. But ... this: Daily Messenger news partner News 10NBC is reporting that a new study estimates that the polar vortex killed 95 percent of the stink bugs that failed to find shelter during the winter. And this: The winter cold will likely kill off invasive species like the emerald ash borer and southern pine beetle. The study also says that eggs already laid will likely hatch upon warmer weather's return, but maybe the bugs won't be as much of a problem as in the past, thanks to Mr. Freeze.
A CHEER ... to folks in the Finger Lakes taking the bull by the horns in addressing landfill problems. As Geneva Town Supervisor Mark Venuti said, "it’s not just a Geneva problem." With expansion at the Ontario County landfill and the stench now reaching Canandaigua and other communities, more people are getting involved in putting an end to mega landfills in the Finger Lakes. People will be able to weigh in on landfill issues at upcoming New York State Department of Environmental Conservation meetings Feb. 25 at Monroe Community College in Brighton and Feb. 26 at Radisson Hotel in Corning. Registration and more information can be found at https://bit.ly/2V5UY6a
A CHEER … to Wegmans, which will expand its curbside grocery service to the Canandaigua, Geneva and Newark stores as of Feb. 28, according to Daily Messenger news partner, News 10NBC. Shoppers can visit instacart.wegmans.com or log on to the Instacart app to shop, select a pickup time, and pay for their order. Customers will receive an order confirmation with instructions and a phone number to call when they are within 10 minutes of the store. Upon arrival, customers pull into a designated curbside pickup lane and a Wegmans employee will load their groceries into the car. People who use this service must buy at least $10 in groceries. Yes, we all love Wegmans and point out-of-town visitors to the grocery as a point of pride. But sometimes, you just have other things to do besides grocery shopping. And this helps when you have to be in two places at the same time.
A JEER … to the lack of answers provided by Wayne Central School District officials and school board over the reasons two members of the school board are accused of official misconduct. A school board meeting last Wednesday was supposed to provide district residents with more information. Rather than give them the information they need to make up their own minds about what happened — and the appropriateness and severity of the charges against the two — the board adopted a resolution that said information about those charges will only be released at their misconduct hearings in March, according to a report by Daily Messenger news partner, News 10NBC. The school board members in question want the information out there; why doesn't the district?
A CHEER ... to Julie Harrington — known to her students as "Chef" — who was honored with the 2019 New York State Educator of Excellence Award. Harrington, who teaches culinary arts at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES' Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center in Flint, strives to teach her students the full gamut of what's involved in a culinary career — customer service and marketing, as well as cooking in the kitchen. Selected for her passion, commitment and creativity, Harrington will represent New York at the national competition in May,