posted on May 27, 2011 07:22
The Memorial Day Holiday officially begins today.
As people rush off to road trips, barbecues, and family gatherings, it can be easy to forget the true meaning of this holiday weekend. First called "Decoration Day," Memorial Day slowly emerged as communities across the country held their own services to honor their war dead. By 1866, Waterloo, New York held the first observance of Memorial Day and two years later General John Logan issued a proclamation declaring it should be observed nationwide.
Again this year, veteran’s groups and individual organizations will be holding Memorial Day Observances throughout Genesee County. One of the larger local ceremonies takes place on the campus of the Batavia V-A. The wreath laying at the Batavia V-A is scheduled for 8:30 Monday morning.
We have a list of Memorial Day observances on our Calendar HERE:
Legislation has been approved by the state senate that would eliminate the state gas tax for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends.
The bill is now in the hands of the Assembly.
Some state leaders have expressed fear that the state cannot absorb the revenue loss of cutting the tax on traditional travel holidays.
The Genesee County Legislature says Governor Andrew Cuomo is missing the point with his two-percent tax cap proposal.
The Governor says tax cap will no longer allow school districts and local governments to balance their budgets on the backs of taxpayers.
But Genesee County Legislature chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock says the real problem lies with expenses that the state force on local governments, known as mandates.
All nine members of the Genesee County Legislature are on record favoring a bill that provides mandate relief along with the tax cap.
Read our entire story HERE:
A retirement in the ranks olf the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office:
After nearly 10 years on the job, Cliff…the German Shepard …is retiring.
One of Cliff’s biggest cases was his find of one kilo of cocaine hidden in a closet, about 25-thousand dollars worth in street value.
With Cliff’s retirement comes the job of replacing him. .
Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess is accepting donations from business leaders and the public. Donations can be sent to:
Orleans County Sheriff's Office K-9 Fund
400 Public Dafety Building
13925 State Route 31
Albion, NY 14411