After spending a few days bickering and throwing accusations back and forth, our unofficial Olympic style judges have selected our three finalists in Beer Belly Love. Instead of a gold medal, our winner takes home a $250 prize pack from the home of beer belly love, RT. 51 Beer Belly Bobs in Ilion.

Voting will remain open until midnight March 14, with the winner announced with Tad and Polly in the Morning, Monday, March 15. Cast your ballot below, and as they say vote early, vote often.

Here is what our amateur beer belly athletes are competing for.

Love Your Beer Belly Prize Pack

About Rt. 51 Beer Belly Bobs

Established back in 2017, Route 51 Beer Belly Bob's is located at 70 Otsego Street in Ilion. They are a locally owned and operated beverage center. You can check their Facebook Page for tasting events, sales, and more.

Utica/Rome Restaurants Can Soon Operate at 75% Capacity

Andrew Seaman via Unsplash
Andrew Seaman via Unsplash

Great news. All restaurants in the Utica/Rome area will be able to increase their dining capacity to 75 percent for indoor dining this month.

After carefully reviewing data from across the state, Governor Cuomo announced on Sunday, March 7 in a press release restaurants will soon be able to up their capacity to 75 percent. This change comes while restaurants in the area are currently operating at 50 percent, and includes all communities outside of New York City.

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"Our fight in the war against COVID-19 continues, but we are encouraged by the decrease in infection and hospitalization rates and the rise in vaccinations," Governor Cuomo said. "As we expand our vaccine distribution and celebrate the arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we have never been closer to defeating this beast once and for all. It is critical that New Yorkers not succumb to COVID fatigue and remain vigilant. Until the day the war is won, we all need to continue the practices we know work - washing hands, social distancing and masking up. The numbers are a reflection of our actions and when we work together, we will see the light at the end of the tunnel."

The dining capacity restrictions that have been in place forced many central New York restaurants to rethink their immediate business plans. Several are still offering only take-out, with dine-in not currently available. The increase to capacity may allow them to open their doors to customers if they feel comfortable doing so.

Georgio's Village Cafe in New Hartford, along with the Tailor and The Cook in Utica, are two restaurants that just recently reopened their dining rooms for seating hungry customers.

The new capacity limits take effect on March 19, 2021.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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