Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.MAYVILLE — A tentative county budget reflecting the impact and realities of COVID-19 will be presented Wednesday to the County Legislature by Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel.“I look forward to presenting my first tentative budget as County Executive,” said Wendel. “The presentation will reflect the efforts made by the COVID-19 Finance team, department heads and county employees to help keep this year’s budget in line and to better prepare us for next year.”After Wendel presents his budget, county legislators will begin their review of it by meeting with department heads and determining if any additional modifications are needed. They will then need to pass a final budget for 2021 on or before December 1.Copies of the 2021 Tentative Budget Presentation and the Chautauqua County 2021 Tentative Budget will be available online by Sept. 30. The presentation will be available on the County Executive’s website at chqgov.com/county-executive/County-Executive and the tentative budget will be available on the Finance Department’s website at chqgov.com/finance/Finance . Wendel will provide his 2021 tentative budget to the county legislature during the full legislature meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be live streamed on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyGovernment/.For more information, please contact the County Executive’s Office at (716) 753-4211.
Toward the end of our month-long road trip my six-year old son slid open the door of our van. We both exclaimed when we saw our camp spot blanketed in white.Snow!“Oh shit,” I said, worrying about how we’d manage the last mountain pass. I’d planned on eating breakfast on the road and arriving at our next destination, five hours away, by noon.At the same time my son said, “This is going to be the best day ever! We get to play in the snow.”One glimpse of the smile that filled his face made me forget my plans. We bundled up, layering every piece of dry clothing for the unanticipated colder temperatures. We walked along the beach, gaping at the way snow transformed the familiar into something else, casting our world into a magical white hue. My son threw a snowball at me and I tickled him, turning into a session of making snow angels.Other days of our road trip didn’t turn out so well. There was the time we slid off the road into a muddy bog when we were supposed to be zip lining, races against the fuel tank to the gas station, and contending with the mess that inevitably accumulated in our van minutes after cleaning. Every time I stumbled over another small Lego piece I regretted bringing along a bag full of impossibly small pieces that scattered into every nook.I didn’t intentionally set off to try out a month of vanlife with my six-year old. I was craving an adventure and given that my son lives with me the majority of the time, the assumption was he comes wherever I go. The days leading up to our trip filled me with equal parts anticipation and dread. Sometimes living with my son in the ease of our home feels difficult, how would we fare for a month without screens or school or other people confined in a small place?The day I picked up the rental van, I thought I made a big mistake. After a dozen failed attempts, the ignition finally started. Later I found out the key was a copy made off a copy so the angle had to be exactly right before the engine started. My son and I high-fived every time the engine purred and it became an inside joke to count how many tries it would take.Driving a campervan necessitated my son riding shotgun. “So this is what the front seat is like,” he said. He didn’t ask to watch his Kindle, he was so interested in helping me navigate and observing the scenery.A month together of watching sunrises and sunsets, finding the trailhead together and skipping rocks, of starting the morning with the same question – what fun thing are we going to do today? – helped me know my son. He told me his secrets and prattled on about the details of school life. During the course of every day life he didn’t want to answer my questions about how school was that day, but for some reason uninterrupted days with nothing to do but talk he shared more. I asked for his input more – where he wanted to camp that night, when he wanted to stop driving for the day, whether he wanted to hike or bike. He learned to transform the van benches into a bed while I cooked dinner. A month of van life changed our relationship and I glimpsed how our mother – son relationship might one day evolve into friendship. The day we returned the van gratitude filled that I had the opportunity to know who my son was as at six-years old, and he was pretty cool.
“I will enjoy playing alongside him.” After taking time to assess the squad left behind by Sir Alex Ferguson, Moyes has confirmed his rebuilding plans have only just begun. Anderson has already joined Fiorentina on loan, while Wilfried Zaha and defender Fabio will spend the rest of the season at Cardiff. Moyes scoffed at suggestions star youngster Adnan Januzaj might be tempted by interest from Paris Saint-Germain, “you have been reading too much speculation”, said the Scot. But a clear-out is certainly under way, with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Javier Hernandez, Alexander Buttner, Nani and Ashley Young all sweating on their futures. For Moyes is not willing to preside over this season’s failings much longer. “I am not going to accept it,” said Moyes. “I am disappointed we are not in a much stronger position. I am disappointed with how we have played. “I, ultimately, take the wrap for that. “But what I will do is make it right. I am going to get better players in. “Unfortunately, I don’t think there will be more in January. But it will change.” Juan Mata has insisted if any club can rescue their season from its present gloomy state it is Manchester United. But, fresh from his club-record £37.1million switch from Chelsea, Mata refused to write off the Red Devils’ hopes of retaining their crown. “If another club was in this position it would be very difficult for them to come back and take first in the league,” said the Spain midfielder. “This club can do it. This club is used to fighting to the end. “This is the real image I have of Manchester United; always trying to win every title and always coming back from difficult moments.” Mata’s arrival has coincided with the return to fitness of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Marouane Fellaini, which gives United a far stronger look than has been evident over the past few weeks. Mata is particularly looking to link up with Rooney, who is talking to the club over a very lucrative contract extension. “He is one of the best players in the history of this country,” said Mata. “He is unbelievable. He is a striker who can score, can assist and can come to the midfield to take the ball and move. Press Association Mata was unveiled by United on Monday and just over 24 hours later will make his debut in the Premier League encounter with Cardiff at Old Trafford. Now 14 points behind leaders Arsenal, the defence of their title seems to be over.