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(TNS) – The number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths has surpassed the toll of the 1918 influenza pandemic, a milestone many experts say was avoidable after the arrival of vaccines.

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Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced strong antibody responses in children ages 5 to 11 in a large-scale trial, findings that could pave the way to begin vaccinating grade-school kids within months.

ROCHESTER — Rochester Institute of Technology conferred more than 4,000 degrees at all of its campuses in the 2020-2021 academic year. Due to New York state COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, Commencement was celebrated May 14-15 in smaller ceremonies by college and were livestreamed for gradu…

BATAVIA — Have you ever wondered how Genesee County came to be? What was the Holland Land Purchase? What is a gibbet? How did Batavia get its name? If any of these questions peak your curiosity among many others, then volunteering at the Holland Land Office might be perfect for you.

Author Julie Manwarren will present a program tonight at the Little Lakes Community Center, 4705 South Main St., Hemlock, featuring her new book, “Floyd Ingraham’s Springwater: A Finger Lakes Hamlet.”

(TNS) – Do you ever feel your life is going in a dead-end circle? You get up each day doing a routine that requires you to push faster and harder.

GROVELAND – Children scrambled up a pyramid of hay bales, determined to get to the American flag at the top and declare themselves king of the hay mountain. Nearby, a maze created by hay bales stacked two high beckoned children — some only slightly taller than the height of the bales. And un…

CORFU — The Pembroke, Corfu, Darien Kiwanis Club will hold a Car Cruise from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pembroke Town Park on State Route 77, near Pembroke High School. The club said there will be a huge basket raffle to benefit the Crossroads House in Batavia.

BATAVIA — A mix of nature and human expression will be on display at the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, 201 East Main St.

MOUNT MORRIS – Underneath the pictures of first responders on a new mural in Mount Morris are the words, “We remember and we honor.”

ALBION — Kae Wilbert, a Cherokee descendant and retired Churchville-Chili school music teacher, will present “Native American Boarding Schools” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hoag Library, 134 South Main St. The presentation will include PowerPoint and film. Discussion will follow.

Some service members and veterans may be struggling after watching Afghanistan fall to the Taliban two decades after a U.S.-led invasion ousted it from power. The result has been a significant increase in calls to the national Veterans Crisis Line and increased demand for mental health servi…

BATAVIA — Community Action of Orleans and Genesee in Batavia is holding a free clothing giveaway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the front of its office at 5073 Clinton Street Rd. New and like-new clothing will be available for children and adults of all sizes.

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(TNS) – A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621 or mu by the World Health Organization is being monitored by scientists. While this variant is making news, it is not the dominant strain in the U.S. or elsewhere, says Dr. John O’Horo, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician.

It’s hard to believe, but the fall season officially starts next week on Sept. 22. The autumn pallet of yellows, oranges, reds and browns transform our landscape until the snow falls.

We are in that delirious moment of summer when you can’t make a wrong move at the farmer’s market. Tomatoes in all sizes lie next to piles of corn and fields of berries in cartons. It’s a grown-up version of the cliche about the kid in a candy store.

Avon Rotary is going on the road again, and inviting Livingston County to join the ride for Saturday’s second annual “Rally in the Valley.”

ALBANY — The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports has announced the launch of the Kinship Care Toolkit to support relatives and family friends who are caring full-time for children whose parents can no longer take care of them due to substance use or addiction, incarcerat…