Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Obituary: Kathryn L. Smith, 61, Bolivar

BOLIVAR - Kathryn L. Smith, 61, of 106 South St. passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at home following a brief illness. She was born on January 25, 1958 in Cheektowaga N.Y. She was the daughter of Merry Seeley. Kathryn was a graduate of Richburg Central School, class of 1975. She was employed by the Allegany Co. Sheriff’s Office as a cook for twenty-eight years, retiring in 2015. Kathryn loved to knit and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving are two daughters, Lisa (Jeffrey) Gilliland Bolivar, Ashley Fantauzzo Bolivar. Six grandchildren. Two brothers, Roger (Julie) Hoshal Friendship, Richard Hoshal Belmont. Two sisters, Laura Gabler Wellsville, Lynn Wagoner Little Genesee. Several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her mother Merry Seeley on August 28, 2015, two nephews Marcus Hoshal and Bobby Wagoner.
There will be no prior visitation. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar.
Memorials to Allegany Co. Cancer Services 100 South Highland Ave. Wellsville N.Y. 14895.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc.  Bolivar.

Obituary: Vivian A. Vennard, 87, Bolivar

BOLIVAR - Vivian A. Vennard, 87, of 7944 State Route 417 W passed away on Wednesday October 16, 2019 in the Jones Memorial Hospital Wellsville following a lengthy illness. Born January 28, 1932 in Willing N.Y. she was the daughter of Charles and Esther Button Gardner. Vivian was employed by the Friendship Dairies for twenty-six years, retiring in 1986.She enjoyed knitting and spending time with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren.
Surviving are six children. Robert (Debra) Vennard Belfast, Thomas (Linda) Vennard Florida, David Vennard Cuba, Mary Vennard Atlanta N.Y. Charles Vennard Weston Mills, Susan (Edward) Slocum Little Genesee. Fourteen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren. Longtime companion Lyle Arthur Mascho of Bolivar.
Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar on SaturdayOctober19, 2019 from 12noon-2 p.m. Funeral services will be held following visitation at 2 p.m. Elva Cornell pastor of the Bolivar United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar.

NFIB’s NY PAC Endorses George Borrello for State Senate

Albany, (Oct. 16, 2019) – NFIB, the state and the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, announced that its New York political action committee is endorsing George Borrello for State Senate in the 57th District.
“New York’s small and independent businesses employ half of our state’s workforce, provide stability in our communities, and drive local economies in every corner of New York State, particularly across the Southern Tier,” said Greg Biryla, NFIB’s NY State Director. “George Borrello understands the value of small businesses in his community and the challenges they face in Albany because he’s walked in their shoes.”
“George’s experience as a small business owner and local government leader is sorely needed in our State Capitol. He will be a strong voice for responsible government, tax reform, mandate relief, and economic growth,” added Biryla. “NFIB is proud to support George Borrello for election to the New York State Senate in the 57th District and encourages its small business members and small business supporters to do the same.”
“I am truly honored to receive the support of the NFIB and the hardworking members of the business community that they represent. Our entrepreneurs choose a difficult, but rewarding path – one that involves great risk, constant sacrifice and 24/7 commitment. Their economic impact is tremendous, with nearly half of our state’s private sector workforce employed by small businesses,” said George Borrello. “That is why efforts to grow this vital part of our economy will be among my top priorities. One of the first bills I will sponsor in the Senate will be my ‘First Employee Tax Credit Plan,’ which will help ease the disproportionate rise in costs that result from adding just one employee.”
“I am proud to represent NFIB as someone who knows, firsthand, the challenges we face in the state’s hostile business climate. As a State Senator, I look forward to being a champion for all those who are the job creators and economic drivers of our state’s economy,” added Borrello.
A native of northern Chautauqua County, George Borrello spent most of his adult life as a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He first entered public service in 2010 as a county legislator and in 2017 was elected Chautauqua County Executive. In that role he has made job creation and economic development top priorities.
NFIB is the country’s leading small business association with close to eleven thousand members in New York, representing nearly every conceivable type of employer and industry in the state's economy. The endorsements come from NFIB’s NY PAC, the association’s state political action committee, and are based on positions regarding key small-business issues including taxes, health care, labor, economic development, and regulatory issues.
Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members, and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the #SmallBizVoter for NFIB NY PAC-endorsed candidates in the 2019 elections.

New store to open in Wellsville - temporarily

The Wellsville Discount Halloween Store is set to open Friday at 10 a.m. The store will be located at 112 North Main Street, next door to the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce. It will be a temporary operation, closing November 2nd. The store will be operated by Don Lewis of horseheads. Here is some information provided by the Chamber:
🎃 We will be located on N. Main Street, right next door to the Chamber.
🎃 We will open this Friday @ 10 AM.
 Our hours will be Mon - Sat 10-8 & Sundays 11-6.
🎃 This is a 2 week temporary store. We decided to do this just a few days ago. We will have new product coming in daily.
🎃 We will close on November 2nd.
🎃 This store will be $19.99 and under. If you see a price tag on a costume that says $62.99, your cost is only $19.99.
 All costumes are BRAND NEW, NEVER WORN.
🎃 Yes, we will have Harry Potter, Batman, superhero's, cops, princesses, male and female adult costumes and decorations etc.
🎃 We ask you to please be patient with our staff when the store first opens as we will still be arranging the store and putting new inventory out daily.

Obituary: Patrick Clifford Howland, Sr., 77, Andover

Patrick Clifford Howland, Sr., 77, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away Sunday (Oct. 13, 2019) at his home, with his family by his side.
Pat was born on Oct. 1, 1942, in Hornell, to Anna (Lynch) and Clifford Howland.  He was a lifelong resident of Andover.  Pat took great pride in the small town he called home, and devoted his life to making it a better place.

On March 11, 1961, Pat married the love of his life, Alice.  Together they built a family of six children, who were Pat’s pride and joy. As a young boy, Pat loved working during hay season with his family. 
He leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Alice (Barnhart) Howland, his two daughters, Deborah (Michael) Dibble, of Andover, Christine Todd of Andover, and his four sons, Joseph (Julie) Howland of Dawsonville, Ga., Douglas Howland of Lockport, Patrick (Janene) Howland, Jr. of Andover, and Bradley (Melissa) Howland of Frisco, Texas; his eleven grandchildren, Samantha (Daniel) Kephart, Sarah (Joseph) Dillon, Madeline Todd, Lauryn Howland, Anna Howland, Hunter Howland, Holden Howland, Cole (Erika Lewis-Ellison) Tracy, Gretta Howland, Grace Howland, and Brooklyn Howland; four great-grandchildren, Joseph Kephart, Jack Kephart, Juliet Dillon and Malcolm Dillon. Also surviving are his two sisters Charity McCormick of Andover and Mary Howland of Irvine, Calif.; his brother Michael Keith (Ann) Howland of Kennebunk, Maine;  his sisters-in-law, Donna (Dave) Ford, Barbara Hoagland, Doris Baker; and brothers-in-law Ken (Carol) Behn, Leslie Behn and Lowell Behn.  Pat had many loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. He will be greatly missed by his best buddy, Scout. 

Patrick was predeceased by his parents, Clifford and Anna (Lynch) Howland, his mother-in-law Marie Aldrich, father-in-law Frank Barnhart, his brother and sister-in-law, Charles Howland and Sandra Howland, his brother-in-law Paul G. McCormick, brother-in-law Robert Barnhart, sister-in-law Patricia Dolan Behn and his nephew Michael Howland.

Throughout his career, Pat showed he was a jack of all trades.  He was employed at Turbodyne in Wellsville, Joyce Western Corporation, Otis Eastern Service, Inc., Certified Traffic Corporation, and L.C. Whitford.  Pat was extremely knowledgeable when it came to construction, and he passed along that passion of the trades to the younger generation. Pat was an excellent electrician and welder who can be credited for wiring several homes in the area.  He found joy in designing and hand-building furniture for his loved ones. 

Pat had a passion for helping others and serving his community.  He was the one person everyone knew that they could depend on, and would have given anyone the shirt off of his back.

Pat was an avid reader, and loved anything to do with history, especially Andover history.  He and Alice shared a passion for sports, particularly baseball.  He was inducted into the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame for all of his volunteer work with the Andover Youth Baseball Program.  He enjoyed collecting antiques and tractors, knowing one day he could pass them on to his grandchildren.  Pat always looked forward to his visits from his bonus family, Vincent, Harper and Mae Joyce. 

Although he accomplished so much in his 77 years, his greatest joy in life was being a grandpa. Family was Pat’s proudest achievement, and he was happiest and most content when his house was full of his loud children, and even louder grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover on Friday (Oct. 18) from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm.  A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover on Saturday at 11 am. The burial service at Gate of Heaven Cemetery will immediately follow mass.

​In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s name can be made to Andover Rescue Squad 8 Chestnut St., Andover, NY 14806; Andover Youth Baseball Program PO Box 902, Andover, NY 14806; or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

Alfred State, Wellsville campus: Oktoberfest dinner set for Oct. 24

Alfred State College will host an Oktoberfest dinner from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.
The cost of the meal is $17 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under. No reservations will be accepted.
The menu will include:
  • Potato beer soup
  • Bratwurst with caramelized onion
  • Hanchen-schnitzel (chicken schnitzel)
  • Roasted brussels sprouts
  • German potato salad
  • Braised cabbage with salted pork
  • Onion tarts
  • Spatzle
  • Sauerbraten
  • Assorted German desserts
For more information, contact Mary Ellen Wood at 607-587-3170.

Reader Opinion: Three Strikes, You’re Out - Allegany County

Three Strikes You’re Out
An Opinion

            While I don’t know if the news reports are true, it appears that Allegany County Legislators will shortly be looking for a new County Administrator. Does this sound familiar? The constant upset at the County Government cannot be good for either the Citizen Taxpayers or the Department Heads and County Employees.
            When John Margeson was contemplating his retirement as County Administrator, Mitch Alger was hired, first as the Deputy County Administrator under John and then promoted as “the chosen one”, to County Administrator, according to one former Legislator. This didn’t work out well for many reasons. Mitch left after a very few years.
            Then after much searching and hand ringing by the Legislators they hired Tim Boyde. Initially Tim told us he would be staying for five years but that didn’t work out either. Once again Tim left after a very few years.
            Then once again the Legislators commenced a search for a new County Administrator and hired Deborah A. McDonnell. It appears that after only four months the Legislators will be starting the process all over again to hire a new County Administrator. Does anyone notice a pattern? Each time the Legislators hire a new Administrator, their term of service to the taxpayers gets shorter. I believe that maybe it’s time for a change in the process.
            Many Counties in New York have an Elected County Executive form of Government. This would require a large change in how the County Government is actually setup and run. I don’t believe these changes would be any more expensive than the constant changes in this position, and necessary training where the new person will probably take a year to come up to speed. Since the Legislators have tried three times, and apparently struck out every time maybe they should make the necessary changes to allow the Citizen Taxpayers of the County to vote on whom they would like to have in the position as an Elected County Executive. With a four year term, we certainly would have more consistency than we have had over the last six years and the Elected Executive would be working for the Citizen Taxpayers and not for the Legislators. With this form of Government if the Elected Executive fails to meet expectations it was the Taxpayers choice and they can replace him or her at the next election.
Richard G Hollis

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday October 15, 2019

Wellsville Police arrested Daniell E. Webster, age 29 of Wellsville, charging her with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place at Dollar General on the Bolivar Road on September 12th.  Webster was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Justice O’Connor.  Webster was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on November 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Christine A. Larson, age 44 of Friendship, charging her with Grand Larceny 4th (Class E Felony). The charge stems from a complaint made into the illegal use of a Benefit card in the Village of Wellsville in July of 2019.  Larson was processed and arraigned before Associate Wellsville Village Justice Walsh.  Larson was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on December 17th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Heather L. Weimer, age 46 of Wellsville, charging her with two counts of Neglect of Impounded Animals and one count of Torture/Injure/Not Feed Animals.  The charges stem into an investigation conducted by the Wellsville Police Department, Allegany County SPCA Investigators, Town of Wellsville Dog Control Officer and the Village of Wellsville Code Enforcement Officer on East Hanover Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Weimer was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Weimer is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on November 12th at 4:30 p.m.

Happening at the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville

Belmont resident arrested on felony warrant from Cattaraugus County

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Shannon L. Hitchcock, 43, of Irish Settlement Road in Belmont. The arrest was made Monday at 6:30 p.m. Hitchcock was taken into custody on a felony bench warrant. Hitchcock was transported to the Cattaraugus County Jail and held for a court appearance.

Century-old pharmacy closes in Canisteo

A long-time pharmacy in Canisteo has shut down. Beavers Pharmacy, at 7 W Main Street ended 100 years of service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. “We at Beavers Pharmacy would like to let everyone know that today (Tuesday) is our last day of operation,” said Tim Steffi to WLEA News. “We would definitely like to thank everyone in the community, the community itself, and everyone in the surrounding area, we just thank them for their patronage, just coming to know them, they’re like family to us, and we’re just going to miss everyone beyond belief, it’s just come to an end today.”

Obituary: Thomas H. Kittell, 90, Hartsville

HARTSVILLE - Thomas H. Kittell, 90, of Purdy Creek Road, passed away Monday (October 14, 2019) at Strong Memorial Hospital, NY in Rochester.
Born in Canisteo, October 23, 1928, the son of Leon L. and Nellie Gay Kittell, he had resided in Canisteo during his early life, then resided in Syracuse for over 30 years. He then returned to Hartsville where he has resided the past 25 years.
Tom had been employed as a lineman for Rochester Telephone Company for several years, then became a journeyman lineman working all over New York State. He later was employed by P&C Warehouse in Syracuse, retiring after 28 years of service.
Tom honorably served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during WW II. He was a member of the Canisteo Historical Society. On February 22, 1954, he married the former Luella Combs, who survives. He was predeceased by his parents, his daughter; Diane Davis, his son; Robert J, Kittell, his sisters; Ruth Ireland and Phyllis Light, and his brothers; Ronald and Harold Kittell.
He is survived by his wife; Luella Kittell of Hartsville, his daughters; Susan (Richard) Martin of Warners, and Linda (Kenneth) D’Onofrio of Baldwinsville, 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, several nieces and nephews including their niece; Kathy Rice who has been a great help to Luella in recent years.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit or on Facebook@brownpowersfh. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.
The family will be present to receive friends on Friday (October 18, 2019) from Noon until 2 p.m. at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo, where a Funeral service will be held following calling hours at 2 p.m. Pastor Charles Williams will officiate. Graveside services with Military Honors will follow at Hartsville Center Cemetery.
Friends may make memorial contributions to: The Hornell Area Humane Society, Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14823. Contribution envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Obituary: William C. Gielen, 72, Canisteo

CANISTEO - William C. Gielen, 72, of County Route 119, passed away Sunday (October 13, 2019) at St James Hospital.
Born in Hornell, November 18, 1946, the son of Henry “Hank” and Lelah Karns Gielen, he had resided in Canisteo during his early life. He was a graduate of Canisteo Central School, Class of 1964, and had attended Morrisville College.
Bill was employed as a service representative for the former NCR in Hornell for several years. In 1983, he moved to Virginia for one year where he was employed for ICR. He then moved to North Carolina where he resided for 21 years prior to moving back to Canisteo in 2006. After retirement, he drove for Covered Wagon in Hornell. He was President of the 1st Flight Society and active in the Civil Air Patrol. Bill was a longtime member and former Chief of the Collington Fire Department in North Carolina. He was also an Advanced Intermediate EMT for the department.
He was predeceased by his parents and daughter; Cheryl Palumbo.
He is survived by his wife; Bonnie Bancroft Gielen of Canisteo, his daughters; Michele Wimpelberg of Canisteo and Lisa Kay Beasley of North Carolina, his son; William H. Gielen of North Carolina, his step-son; William (Renee) Roche of Hornell, his step-daughter; Jacquelyn Updyke of Canisteo, and his sister; Phyllis Bergquist of Wisconsin, 10 Grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit or on Facebook@brownpowersfh. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.
The family will be present to receive friends at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo on Saturday (Oct. 19, 2019) from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. where services will be held immediately following calling hours. A graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Canisteo. Friends wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make memorial contributions to the Canisteo Fire Department, Main Street, Canisteo, NY 14823.

Partial Obituary: Laurie A. Ellis, 58, Cuba

Laurie A. Ellis: Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Friend

Laurie A. Ellis, 58, of 9703 West Cuba Road, Cuba, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at home after a lengthy illness. Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street Cuba, on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from Noon Until 3:00 p.m. at which time a Memorial Service will be held.  The Rev. Kirk Kirch will officiate. A Complete obituary will be published Thursday.

Obituary: Sylvia J. Hunt, 87, Wellsville

Sylvia J. Hunt, age 87, of the Bolivar Road passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 27, 1932 in Wellsville to the late Mirl and Elnora Knox Hurd. She was married to Ramond Hunt who predeceased her in 2008.
Sylvia moved her young family to California where Ramond was stationed while serving in the US Air Force. After his deployment ended, they moved their growing family to Wellsville. In 1966 Ramond sought employment with Lockheed and they moved their family back to California and in 1975 she decided to return home to be near her family. She worked outside the home but became a stay at home mom. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was the family seamstress. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, taking care of her family and will be remembered as a loving care giver. In her later years she enjoyed the interaction with the other residents at the Wellsville Manor Care Center and appreciated the loving care the staff gave her.
Sylvia is survived by 2 daughters, Kathy Wittie of Andover and Kimberly [Dennis] Herr of Wellsville; 4 grandchildren, Brandon and Kristine Herr both of Wellsville, Kyle [Stephanie] Wittie of Brisbin, PA. and Kolton Wittie of Almond; 3 great grandchildren, Kinsley, Thorin and Rowan; several nieces and nephews.
Sylvia was predeceased by a son Gary; her 2 brothers Henry and Bruce Hurd; a sister Velma Walker; a son in law Karl Wittie.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Reverend Chris Mattison presiding with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either the Jones Memorial Hospital building fund or to the Wellsville Manor Care Center for patient care. To leave online condolences please visit

Steuben Sheriff issues press release on crash that killed four people

Media Release: October 15, 2019
Fatal Vehicle Crash CR 76
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on October 12, 2019, deputies responded to a report of a one vehicle crash on County Route 76 in the Town of Pulteney, New York. The subsequent investigation revealed that at about 1:15a.m., a vehicle containing five occupants was travelling north on County Route 76. The vehicle left the roadway, striking a tree. As a result of this crash, four people died and a fifth was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment and later released.
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a full investigation of this incident including a crash reconstruction. County Route 76 was closed for approximately ten hours on Saturday as investigators gathered physical evidence and documented the scene. The investigation is still active and further updates will be issued as the investigation is completed.
Sheriff Allard thanks the New York State Police, the Pulteney Volunteer Fire Company, Hammondsport Ambulance and Prattsburgh Protective Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance in this investigation.
Occupants of the vehicle were:
Dustin W. Drake, age 30, of Prattsburgh, New York; treated and later released from Strong Memorial Hospital.
The following were pronounced deceased at the scene:
Korbie L. Higgins, age 28, of Bath, New York
Coy F. Miner, age 26, of Hammondsport, New York
Adam P. Bellamy, age 29, of Ohio and Pulteney, New York
Nicole L. Wise, age 25, of Prattsburgh, New York

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Deer collision season

Every October and November, Troopers handle an increased number of vehicles collisions striking deer in Troop A- Western New York.  Operators should use caution around dusk and dawn.

If you are operating a vehicle and a deer enters the roadway do NOT swerve.  When an operator swerves to avoid a deer, the vehicle is more likely to strike another vehicle or exit the roadway striking trees or utility poles.

If you strike a deer, remain at the scene and call 911.  An accident report can be completed by Troopers if your vehicle has over $1,000 in damage or if an involved person has been injured.

NYSP Troop A stats for car/deer collisions:
September        2017- 83 collisions
October            2017- 181 collisions
November        2017- 314 collisions
2017 total collisions- 1,412

September        2018- 103 collisions
October            2018- 187 collisions
November        2018- 270 collisions
2018 total collisions- 1,523

Allegany County: Free E-Waste Recycling Drop-off Event

This collection will take place at the Belmont Transfer Station located at 6006 County Road 48, Angelica, NY.
Please contact the Allegany County Recycling Coordinator, Tim Palmiter, at 585-268-7282 with any recycling questions.
More information on electronic waste recycling may also be obtained on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website at:

Obituary: Walter F. Lindsley, 80, Friendship

Walter F. Lindsley:  Beloved Father, Grandfather, Companion

Walter F. Lindsley, 80, of 7401 Tibbetts Hill Rd., Friendship, passed away Monday, October 14, 2019 at home after a lengthy illness. Born on August 20, 1939, in Perry, New York he was a son of Ernest and Elizabeth Freeman Lindsley. 
He was a graduate of Arcade Central Schools Class of 1957.  He then served in the United States Army from 1961-63.
Walt had worked as a Quality Control Inspector for Motorola for many years retiring in 1999. He was a member of Robert W. Howden American Legion Post 1504 of Belfast where he was a 40 plus year member and served as commander from 1992-93. As a member of the 40&8 he served various positions as well. He was a charter member, past president, and past finance officer of the Belfast Lions Club where he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.  He had also been a counselor at Boys State for 18 years.  He is survived by his longtime loving companion Leona M. Enders of Friendship; a son, Steven Lindsley of Springville, NY; a daughter, Amy (Joe) Stowell of Springville, NY; 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister Clarinda Scharf. Friends and family may attend a Memorial Service Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Belfast Town Park at 1:00 p.m. at which time military honors will be accorded my members of Robert W. Howden American Legion Post 1504 of Belfast. Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Wellsville: Operation sweaters for veterans begins November 4th

Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home is sponsoring the 12th Annual -Operation Sweaters for Veterans initiative. Beginning Monday, November 4th thru Friday November 8th Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home will be collecting NEW Sweaters and Gloves that will delivered to our local VA hospital. Everyone in the community is invited to support our veterans by donating at: Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, 296 North Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For questions, call Dylan at 585-593-5431.

Masked man enters Wellsville home- Police, "this isn't the world we all lived in 20 years ago"

Wellsville Police arrested Zackery M. Tesson, age 31 of Wellsville, following an early morning break-in at a Grover Street residence. At 3:52 a.m. Wellsville Police were dispatched to a home where Tesson allegedly entered wearing a black ski mask and carrying a backpack full of tools and knives. He was confronted by the two residents after he entered their bedroom. One woman struggled with the suspect to bring him down.  Tesson was taken into custody by Wellsville Police while attempting to flee the residence on foot.  Tesson was charged with Burglary 2nd (Class C Felony) and Possession of Burglar Tools. He was processed and arraigned before Associate Wellsville Village Justice Walsh.  Tesson was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $2,500.00 cash bail or $5,000.00 property bond. He is due back in Wellsville Village Court this afternoon.  Wellsville Police are asking local residents to check their properties for any missing items from their property, as they recovered items that did not belong to the homeowners where the break-in took place.  Contact the Wellsville Police Department at (585) 593-5600 to file a report.  Wellsville Police Lt. Josh Kear says "it's a good idea to take every precaution...this isn't the world we all lived in twenty years ago."

Wellsville Police Blotter

Monday October 14, 2019
Wellsville Police arrested Latoya A. Zeh, age 31 of Andover, charging her with Grand Larceny 4th (Class E Felony) and Petit Larceny. The charges stem from an investigation into an incident that took place on West State Street in August of 2019. Zeh was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Justice O’Connor. Zeh was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $2,500.00 cash bail or $5,000.00 property bond. Zeh is due back in Wellsville Village Court on October 15th at 4:30 p.m.

Military Exchanges Extinguish Vape Sales

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and the Navy Exchange have stopped selling vape-related products.
AAFES removed vape-related products from its shelves Sept. 30. Navy Exchange Service Command removed products from NEX retail shelves and directed NEX concessionaires and vendors to discontinue the sale of vaping products after Oct. 1.Vaping is not harmless, and researchers are still trying to understand the long-term impacts and health effects from inhaling the vapor."    

Public Health Service Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, director of Total Force Fitness for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.Vape products, including e-cigs, e-cigarettes, vapes and e-hookahs, are electronic nicotine delivery devices that heat a sometimes flavored nicotine-infused liquid into a vapor that users inhale. In recent months, there have been reports of illnesses and deaths that are believed to be associated with the use of vape products.
"The vapor that users inhale can contain ultrafine particles, carcinogens, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals," said Public Health Service Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, director of Total Force Fitness for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. "Vaping is not harmless, and researchers are still trying to understand the long-term impacts and health effects from inhaling the vapor."

Military personnel sit under a wooden structure while using tobacco or vape products.
Smoking Section
Vape products, including e-cigs, e-cigarettes, vapes, and e-hookahs, are electronic nicotine delivery devices that heat a sometimes flavored nicotine-infused liquid into a vapor that users inhale. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange Service have discontinued the sale of vape products.

Photo By: Marvin D. Lynchard, DOD

VIRIN: 191011-D-FW736-0001
NEXCOM officials said Navy exchanges carried two vape-related products in the tobacco sale area of their stores. Those products, "e-cigarettes," have been removed from shelves. Additionally, NEXCOM directed Navy Exchange concessionaires and vendors to discontinue the sale of vaping products in any NEX location.
AAFES officials said their stores' offering of vape-related products already was limited, and that its exchanges had already stopped offering flavored vape liquids because of Food and Drug Administration concerns with the appeal of the products to underage customers. By the end of September, that AAFES had removed products from two manufacturers from kits shelves.
While proponents of vape products argue that vaping is safer than using traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes, Elenberg said it's actually too early to tell.

A service member holds a vape pipe near his mouth. A cloud of vapor surrounds his face.

Vapor Cloud
Vape products, including e-cigs, e-cigarettes, vapes and e-hookahs, are electronic nicotine delivery devices that heat a sometimes flavored nicotine-infused liquid into a vapor that users inhale. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange Service have discontinued the sale of vape products.

Photo By: Marvin D. Lynchard, DOD

VIRIN: 191011-D-FW736-0003
A service member holds a vape pipe near his mouth. A cloud of vapor surrounds his face."E-cigarettes generally contain less chemicals compared to traditional products like cigarettes, but since the long-term effects of vaping are unknown and not understood, there is not enough information at this time to make a determination on whether it is safer or healthier than other tobacco products," she said.
Even if the ingestion of nicotine is deemed safer though vaping than through traditional products, nicotine itself is still a dangerous chemical said Dr. Donald Shell, the director of disease prevention, disease management and population health policy and oversight in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight.


A service member holds a vape device near his lap.
Vape Device
Vape products, including e-cigs, e-cigarettes, vapes and e-hookahs, are electronic nicotine delivery devices that heat a sometimes flavored nicotine-infused liquid into a vapor that users inhale. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange Service have discontinued the sale of vape products.

Photo By: Marvin D. Lynchard, DOD

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"Nicotine is an extremely addictive, naturally occurring toxic chemical derived from the tobacco plant that affects the nervous system and the heart," Shell said. "Nicotine is a teratogen, as it is capable of causing birth defects. Other developmental or reproductive toxicities associated with the use of nicotine are unknown."
While current information regarding nicotine as a carcinogen is inconclusive, Shell said, nicotine is highly addictive, and young adults and adolescents are especially vulnerable to its addictive properties.

Village of Wellsville to review street parking

Police Chief Tim O'Grady
During Monday night's village board meeting in Wellsville, Police Chief Tim O'Grady led a discussion on the South Franklin Street parking situation. Under consideration was a plan to limit parking to just one side of the street. O'Grady noted that as he examined this specific issue, he said a village-wide review should be conducted to make parking more efficient and more safe. The village board took no immediate action.

Wellsville: Village Board debates fire department appropriations

The Wellsville Village Board went back and forth Monday night on the topic of fire department appropriations. Trustee Ed Fahs suggested that the village dole out the funding to departments equally. That prompted an immediate response from Trustee Mike Roeske, who said..."so you're overriding fire board...again." Roeske added that "I think they (fire department) need to handle their own finances." He added the Department is waiting for an audit.
Fire Chief Barney Dillie
Fire Chief Michael "Barney" Dillie said "I'm not here to argue...I'm here to give you information so you can make an informed decision. After further discussion, the Board took no immediate action. Fahs also told his colleagues that the village is beginning to have productive discussions with the town regarding fire protection.

Andover Fire Department Gun Show

The Andover Fire Department's fall gun show is this weekend. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at the firehall. Great vendors, great food. Come support the firemen and the firemen's auxiliary.

Obituary: Danny E. Densmore, 72, Friendship

FRIENDSHIP - Danny E. Densmore, 72, of 73 E. Main Street passed away on Saturday October 12, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born February 9, 1947 in Wellsville, the son of the late Carl Franklin and Lois Elaine (Robbins) Densmore Sr. On June 24, 1995 in Portville he married Carol G. Rednour who survives.
Danny was raised in Andover and was a graduate of Andover High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam, and at Fort Campbell, KY.  He was formerly employed at Mapes Furniture in Wellsville, the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, and retired from American-Olean Tile in Olean. He was a former member of the Portville VFW.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Amanda Densmore of Friendship, a son, Greg Densmore of Bradford, PA, 10 siblings, Carl F. Densmore, Calvin J. (Barbara) Densmore, Charles F. (Sherry) Densmore, Claude B. (Cindy) Densmore, Janice I. (Jerry) Colburn, Cleon G. (Joan) Densmore, Jeanette I. (Earl) Stonemetz, Cabot J. Densmore, Judy J. (Brian) Cole, and Cameron D. Densmore, a sister-in-law, Sherry Densmore,  several nieces and nephews, his loving dog, Lulu and his cat, Kali. He was predeceased by a brother, Clair W. Densmore.
Friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in Hallsport Union Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit