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Following dog-park tragedy, fence goes up

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a snow covered mountain: Monroe County Parks Department workers have put up a fence around a pond in Ellison Dog Park after a rash of incidents in which dogs fell through thin ice. © eugenesergeev, Getty Images/iStockphoto Monroe County Parks Department workers have put up a fence around a pond in Ellison Dog Park after a rash of incidents in which dogs fell through thin ice.

#DogParkFence

A pond at Ellison Dog Park has been fenced following incidents on December 18, 19 and 21 in which four dogs fell through thin ice. Three of the animals were rescued. However, one drowned on December 21 and its body has not been recovered, which Douglas French, deputy director of the Monroe County Parks Department, called “an absolute tragedy.” The new fence is made of metal and been in place since December 23. Prior to it going up, Brighton Fire Chief Aaron Hiller took to Facebook to implore pet owners to keep themselves and their pets off all ice-covered surfaces, because even if they look solid, they probably aren’t.

#RIP

The world continues to mourn the loss of Jon Huber. The Rochester native and McQuaid graduate, a popular wrestler with All Elite Wrestling, died Saturday at age 41. His wife, Amanda, said on Instagram that Huber had a “non COVID related lung issue.” As an All Elite Wrestling star, he performed under the name Brodie Lee. During his career with the World Wrestling Entertainment, he was known as Luke Harper. In her Instagram post, Amanda Huber called her husband “the greatest father you would ever meet,” adding that he was surrounded by family and friends when he passed. She also thanked doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic. 

#BigFiresBackToBack

Rochester firefighters battled two three-alarm fires within four days last week. The first blaze, on Christmas Eve, destroyed longtime downtown printing business City Blue Imaging. The second, early Sunday morning, gutted a vacant house in the city’s northeast quadrant. In that case, three firefighters were hurt when one side of the two-and-half-story structure fell away and collapsed on them. They were quickly pulled out of the burning debris and taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A tough stretch for those first responders, but, “This is what we train for,” said Rochester Fire Department Lt. Ryan Fleming.

#RestaurantClosings

The coronavirus pandemic has been disastrous for bars and restaurants everywhere, including in Rochester. Many say they are struggling to survive, and people in the know warn of a looming restaurant Armageddon. We don’t know exactly how many establishments closed in 2020 strictly because of the pandemic, but more than 50 ended operations compared with more than 30 in 2019. Here’s a list of this year’s casualties.

See you Tuesday.

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