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Monday, May 25, 2020

Vehicle crash kills Rushford man

A single vehicle crash Sunday morning has claimed the life of a Rushford man. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Olean confirmed the deceased as Michael A. Blakeslee, age 27. The crash happened at 6:48 a.m. on Hess Road in the Town of Farmersville. Police said Blakeslee was driving the vehicle. No additional information has been released.

Cattaraugus County reports third COVID-related death

Cattaraugus County Health Department is sad to report the third death of a resident of Cattaraugus County due to COVID-19 related complications. She was a 91 year old female who developed sudden respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and the entire Cattaraugus County community.

Cattaraugus County Health Department was notified of two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 residents within Cattaraugus County. The department’s active positive COVID-19 caseload is now nineteen as there are forty-one residents who have recovered from COVID-19.
The sixty-first confirmed case is a female resident who resides in the southeast quadrant of the county, who is a health care worker in a nursing home in Cattaraugus County. She was tested for COVID-19 on
May 20th as part of a recent requirement of all nursing home employees and on May 23rd her test results indicated that she was positive for the virus. She reports being asymptomatic (no cough, no fever, no body
aches, etc.) for the most part and denies any contact with a known positive COVID-19 person.
The sixty-second confirmed case is a female resident who resides in the southwest quadrant of the county,
who is a health care worker in a nursing home in Erie County. She was tested for COVID-19 on May 22nd as part of a recent requirement of all nursing home employees and on May 24th her test results indicated
that she was positive for the virus. She reports being asymptomatic (no cough, no fever, no body aches, etc.) for the most part and denies any contact with a known positive COVID-19 person.
The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that they have been in contact with, and the places that they have visited.
We continue to ask our residents to hunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other
Cattaraugus County residents at risk. If travel is necessary, please wear a face covering while in public and maintain social distancing, at least 6 feet away from other people.
We would like to reiterate that if any resident experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches they should contact their health care provider (avoid going directly to an Urgent Care facility, or the Emergency Room before calling).
Finally, in an effort to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, any resident interested
in getting tested, can register for a test at
www.cattco.org/covid-19-test or call 716-938-9119 or 716-938-2265.

Obituary: Phyllis J. Towsley, 75, Addison


Phyllis J. Towsley, 75, of Cty. Rte. 86, Addison, NY, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Absolut Care of Three Rivers in Painted Post.
Born in Blossburg, PA on August 20, 1944, Phyllis was a daughter of the late Wilbur O. and Helen M. (Owlett) Hamblin. She was a 1964 graduate of the Elkland High School. On January 29, 1965, she and Robert E. Towsley were married at the Borden Baptist Church.
Phyllis was a homemaker and stay at home Mom and Wife the vast majority of her life but had been employed as a waitress at various area restaurants and worked in the cafeteria of Tuscarora Elementary School in Addison. She was a former Cub Scout Den Mother when her sons were involved with scouting. She and Bob were former members of the Tuscarora Fire Department and had attended the Tuscarora Baptist Church. She was a talented seamstress and made many blankets and quilts for family and friends over the years. She was also a former election inspector for the Town of Tuscarora.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert Towsley of Addison, her sons, Robert Towsley Jr. of Holley, NY and Darrell Scott Towsley of Andover, her grandchildren, Anne Towsley, Melea Towsley, Evan Towsley, Robert Towsley III, Shawn Towsley, Cassandra Hemphill, Tiffany Viehman and Darrell Scott Towsley Jr., her great grandchildren, Elizabeth Sloma and Ezekiel Viehman, her sisters, Janet Burgess of Addison, Wilma Jones of Arkansas, Evelyn (Glenn) Brown of Columbus, GA, Virginia (Wyatt) Wolf of North Post, FL, Pattie (Wesley) Baker of Addison and Dottie (Tim) Stapleton of Corning, her brothers, James (Kathie) Hamblin of Addison, Kenneth Hamblin of Addison, Jerry (Joy) Hamblin of Columbia Crossroads, PA and Roger (Deb) Hamblin of Caledonia, NY and many nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Helen Hamblin, her brother, Leonard Hamblin and her sister, Judy Mundy.
A private graveside service with be held in Woodhull Cemetery where Phyllis will be laid to rest. Rev. George Coon will officiate.

Allegany County COVID-19 Update

Press Release
May 24, 2020
COVID-19 Statistic Update

In the United States, the COVID-19 virus has infected approximately 1.66 million people, and there have been 97,601 deaths. In New York State, there have been 361,515 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and there have been 21,875 deaths statewide with 109 deaths in the last 24 hours. As of 10:30 a.m. on May 24, Allegany County’s statistics are as follows:
Confirmed Cases: 44
Recovered Cases: 41 COVID-19 Related Deaths: 1
Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date: 638
Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 627
Currently Quarantined/Isolated: 11

NY campgrounds can reopen

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Sunday announced that New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps in state while following appropriate health protocols. 
The Governor also announced the Mid-Hudson Region is still on track to enter phase one of reopening on Tuesday, May 26th, and Long Island is still on track to reopen on Wednesday May 27th if deaths continue to decline. Both regions' contact tracing operations are expected to be online by those dates.
The Governor also announced that campgrounds and RV Parks will be allowed to open statewide tomorrow, May 25th. Veterinarian practices will also be allowed to open in all regions beginning Tuesday, May 26th.
"As we move forward with reopening, we have to keep one eye on the future and start talking about building back better, not just building to what we had before," Governor Cuomo said. "There are new rules now, and we must learn from what we've been through so that we can be prepared when another inevitable public health emergency happens. New York State has led the way in so many difficult times in history - people look to New York for guidance and example and now we are writing history for a whole modern day governmental and societal response."
Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,589 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 361,515 confirmed cases in New York State.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Whitesville woman jailed in PA on several felony counts

Pennsylvania State Police report the arrest of Kristina Jo Stebbins, 23, of Whitesville. Following the investigation in Sweden Township, Stebbins was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and two counts of criminal conspiracy. Arraigned in District Court, Stebbins was remanded to Potter County Jail with bail set at 10% of $20,000. A preliminary hearing is set for June 5th.

Obituary: Larry E. Seeley, 74, Belmont


Larry E. Seeley, 74, of Belmont, NY, died Friday, May 22, 2020 in his home.  Born November 29, 1945, in Waverly, he was the son of William B. and Marie Preston Seeley.  He was married to the former Marie Thomas, who survives.  Larry was employed by Ulysses Boro for 31 years, retiring in 2010.  He was a former member of the Genesee Rod & Gun Club.  An outdoorsman, Larry enjoyed hunting, archery, and fishing.  Larry was known for telling jokes and his red Chevy truck. 
Surviving besides his wife of 32 years, Marie, are:  a son, Larry G. Seeley of KY;  five grandchildren, Brandon Gleason, Brett Gleason, Larry “Buddy” Seeley, Morgan (Cory) Corwin, and Abby McMullen;  five great-grandchildren;  three brothers-in-law, Frank Budde of Newport, PA, Elmer Thomas of Wellsville, and Lyle Thomas of Scio;  two sisters-in-law, Eloise Chapman of Wellsville and Sheila Thomas of Scio;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sons, Scott A. Seeley and Kevin Michael Seeley;  a daughter, Tracy L. Gleason;  and a brother, William Seeley, Jr. 
The immediate family will hold a private viewing and funeral at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Mr. Naysim Simon will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio. 
A live webcast for the public will be available 1:00 PM, Thursday, May 28, 2020 on www.olneyfoust.com at the bottom of Larry’s obituary page. 
Memorials may be made to SPCA serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.  Arrangements are under the direction of Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

0% Tax Increase Proposed For Canisteo-Greenwood

Courtesy of news partner WLEA-
From Canisteo-Greenwood School Superintendent Tom Crook:
Within a few days, you will be receiving this year’s ballots for voting on the 2020-2021 school budget. This is an unprecedented time due to the fact that there will be no in-person voting stations, and the entire vote will be done by absentee ballot. With all of the uncertainty of what this closure holds for us in the near and far future, we have decided that presenting you with a 0% tax increase budget is the right thing to do. Before you mark your ballot and send it back, please take some time to read through the budget newsletter and attend the public budget hearing this coming Wednesday, May 27th at 6pm. The presentation will be done through a Zoom session. The link will be posted on our website and Facebook the day of the presentation. We will also send it to you via email and text.
This year’s voting will be extremely important because there will be no time for a second vote if the first budget does not pass. If the budget does not pass on June 9th, the district will be forced to go into a contingency budget for the 2020-2021 school year. Remember, in a contingency budget all extra-curricular activities (sports, clubs, field trips, outside groups using the facilities, etc.) would be suspended.
The budget votes will be counted Tuesday June 9th. Any ballot received after 5pm on June 9th cannot be counted. We are encouraging our voters to mail in your ballots no later than June 2nd to ensure a delivery.
If you have any question, please feel free to reach out.
Yours in service,
Tom Crook
Superintendent

Obituary: James L. “Jimmy” Gleason, 84, Hornell-City of Hornell former Call Fireman, ambulance driver



James L. “Jimmy” Gleason, 84, of 6 Sheldon Court, Hornell, died Friday afternoon (May 22, 2020) following a long illness.
Born in Hornell on April 6, 1936, he was the son of James & Mildred (Hyland) Gleason.
Jimmy grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of St. Ann’s School and later graduated from Hornell High School (class of 1954). 

Following high school graduation, he began a 50 year career working for the railroad.  Through the years Jimmy worked in many capacities for the Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railroad, Conrail and CSX Railroad, the final 30 years as an engineer, retiring in July, 2005.  During those 50 years with the railroad, he also served the City of Hornell as a Call Fireman and as a Hornell Ambulance driver, continuing his service to the Hornell community until he was nearly 80 years old! 

Jim was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and had been a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church and later St. Ann’s Church.  He had been a member of the Hornell Knights of Columbus, the Hornell American Legion, the G. Carducci Lodge (Sons of Italy), the Hornell Association and the Hornell AMVETS. 
An avid golfer, Jimmy played numerous rounds of golf at Twin Hickory Golf Club and was a member of the Hornell Golf Club.  In his younger years he enjoyed hunting, especially deer hunting and quail hunting.  He loved rooting for the New York Yankees and also watching football on TV.  Jimmy had a special relationship with his granddaughter, Anna Updyke.
He attended all of her sporting events and truly was her “Biggest Fan.” 

A true & loyal “Family Man”, Jimmy was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather & uncle.  He will be remembered for his easy-going personality and his ever-present smile.  To know him was to love him!!  He will be sadly missed by his loving family and countless friends!! 

Jimmy was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Meghan Elizabeth Gleason who died in 1972; 2 sisters, Eileen Connors and Ann Smith; and his nephew, Trooper Larry Gleason. 

He was married on July 19, 1969 to the former Linda Smith who survives.  Also surviving are 2 daughters, Bridget (Steve) Minisce of Raleigh, NC and Kate (Chris) Secondo of Hornell; his son, Tim Gleason of Ft. Myers, FL; his brother, Larry (Rosemary) Gleason of Canandaigua, NY; his grandchildren, Anna Updyke and Scotty Minisce; several nieces & nephews. 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no calling hours.  A private graveside service for immediate family will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery with Fr. Stan Kacprzak officiating.  A Memorial Mass along with a “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date. 

The Graveside Service for Jimmy Gleason will be streamed via Facebook Live and can be viewed on the Dagon Funeral Home Facebook  page on Tuesday at 2:00 PM by visiting www.facebook.com/dagonfuneralhome.  The video will remain available for viewing on our Facebook page for 30 days. 
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Jimmy’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to either St. Ann’s Academy, 41 Genesee St., Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Hornell Alumni Association, PO Box 135, Hornell, NY 14843.
To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com.

Allegany County COVID-19 Update


Obituary: Jamie D. Travis, 16, Hornell


Jamie D. Travis, 16, of 69 Bennett St., Hornell, died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning (May 20, 2020) at his home.
Born in Hornell on June 4, 2003, he was the son of James & Karen (Congdon) Travis.
Jamie grew up in Hornell and attended Bryant School, Hornell Middle School and Hornell High School.  For the past two years he has been attending BOCES - Elmira, NY Bush Campus.  
He loved spending countless hours on the Internet, especially Facebook, Snapshot & Instagram.  Jamie also considered himself the “King of the Selfie” and loved taking photos of himself with his family & friends. 
For most of his life, Jamie absolutely loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed swimming.  He would immediately jump into any pool, pond, lake or creek that he came upon.  He also enjoyed wearing Nike & Adidas Sportswear.   

Jamie will be remembered as a young man who “wore his heart on his sleeve”.  He was a true & loyal friend who would help anyone in need at any time.  As a son, brother, grandson, cousin or nephew, he was simply a joy to be around.  He will be sadly missed by everyone that was fortunate enough to have known him!
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles “Chuck” Congdon; his paternal grandfather, James Travis.
Surviving are his parents, James “Jimbo” & Karen Travis; 2 brothers, Mikey Schultz and Stanley Schultz; his sister, Marimargaret Travis; his maternal grandmother, Doris Congdon of Hornell; paternal grandparents, Roberta & Florentino Gonzalez of Bath; 1 niece; 1 nephew; several aunts, uncles & cousins. 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic there will be no calling hours.  A private Memorial Service will be held at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY at the convenience of the family with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.  A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a future date.

The Memorial Service for Jamie will be streamed via Facebook Live and can be viewed on the Dagon Funeral Home Facebook page on Wednesday at 12:00 (Noon) by visiting www.facebook.com/dagonfuneralhome.  The video will remain available for viewing on our Facebook page for 30 days. 
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Jamie’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name be made to any Suicide Prevention Program or Mental Health Program of the donor’s choice.  Remember, the dollar that you give may save a life!!
To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Frederick Ray Bayless, 74, Wellsville


WELLSVILLE - Frederick Ray Bayless, 74, of 196 E. Dyke Street passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born June 15, 1945 in Elizabethtown, NY the son of the late Frederick William and Dorothy Vernon (Bowen) Bayless.
Fred attended the Alfred-Almond Central School and completed his studies in West Seneca. He was associated with Allegany Arc for over 50 years and will be sadly missed by the many staff members and friends he worked with over the years. He was a life member of the Almond Community Church, a fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and the New York Yankees. He enjoyed politics and had definite opinions. He wished he were President. He was also a history buff, and especially enjoyed discussing the Civil War. He had many fond caregivers at Allegany Arc who enjoyed sharing his interests with him.
He is survived by an aunt, Jean Bayless of California and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.                                                                                                                                                                 The visitation will be private. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Almond, NY. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany Arc, 50 Farnum Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Graveside Notice: James Armstrong, Wellsville


Wellsville, NY - James W. Armstrong
The friends and family of James W. Armstrong are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in Yorks Corners Cemetery. To read the complete obituary or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Funeral Services: Richard E. “Dick” DeLap, Whitesville


Whitesville - Richard E. “Dick” DeLap
A Mass of Christian Burial for Dick DeLap will be celebrated on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA. A graveside service with military honors will follow on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in Whitesville Rural Cemetery.  

Obituary: Richard Mahan, 71 of Coudersport


Richard Mahan, 71 of Coudersport, PA, died Thursday, May 21, 2020 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born June 16, 1948, in Trenton, NJ, he was the son of Charles and Helen Nirwinski Mahan.  He was a self-employed roofing and siding contractor.  Mr. Mahan resided in Trenton and Lawrenceville, NJ prior to moving to Potter County 20 years ago. Rich enjoyed fishing and going for rides. 
Surviving are:  two children, Erika (Dennis) Pollock of Austin and Richard Mahan of Gouldsboro;  two grandchildren, William Ice and Gabriella N. Mahan;  five siblings, Charles Mahan, Jr., Shirley Ralph, Irene Breining, Rose Laning, and Dorothy Breining;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Helen Hutchinson. 
The immediate family will hold a private service at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Alfred State College to hold virtual commencement June 20

After collecting feedback from hundreds of seniors about their preferred type of commencement celebration, Alfred State College has decided to honor its Class of 2020 by holding a virtual graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20. The date was selected to be the first Saturday following when final grades are posted for spring courses.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “Commencement is a major milestone in the academic careers of our students. It represents the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to their chosen fields of study. We wanted to be able to recognize these students and their success, especially given the trying circumstances under which they were able to finish up their degrees. We are delighted, after receiving the commencement survey results, to move ahead with the virtual ceremony and look forward to honoring our graduates in this way.”
The ceremony will be presented as a Microsoft Teams Live Event, in which students, their families, and friends will be able to participate in the virtual celebration by going to www.AlfredState.edu/Commencement and joining the event.
While it may be online, the 2020 commencement will still feature all the usual elements of an in-person ceremony, including student speakers, conferment of degrees, and even the car giveaway drawing typically held at the end of the event. Alfred State will also recognize alumnus Burt Zweigenhaft with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He is a key industry thought leader and an accomplished executive in the specialty-biotech pharmaceutical and oncology care ecosystems.
Alfred State will provide all graduates with some additional keepsakes to commemorate their monumental achievements. In June, the college will ship a celebratory package to students’ homes that will include a 2020 tassel, graduation cap, and diploma cover. Diplomas will be mailed in August after all degree requirements are confirmed.
Additionally, as rules regarding mass gatherings change, Alfred State will look for an opportunity in the future to invite all of the 2020 Pioneer graduates back to campus for photos and fellowship.
“We’d love to provide students, their families, and friends with the opportunity to come together, take photos, and celebrate with us and one another in person,” Sullivan said. “In the meantime, I would like to congratulate all our Pioneer graduates on their success, and I look forward to celebrating with them virtually on June 20.”

High speed chase in Potter County didn't end well for vehicle driver

A Potter County man remains behind bars after he allegedly led PA Troopers on a high-speed chase, tossing drugs out the window of the vehicle before finally deciding to pull over. The ordeal happened May 19th.
Here is the State Police version:
This is the District Court side:

To be continued...

Potter County Coronavirus Summary: SATURDAY A.M. Update

This information is courtesy of Potter County Today -

Governor Tom Wolf announced on Friday that several counties operating under the yellow phase of his executive order to protect health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic will migrate to the less-restrictive green phase beginning on Friday, May 29. The affected counties are Potter, Cameron, McKean, Tioga, Elk, Clearfield, Warren, Jefferson, Bradford, Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Lawrence, Montour, Snyder, Sullivan and Venango.
 
More details will be announced next week. In the meantime, news service PennLive has provided an informative summary. To access it, click here.
Three counties bordering Potter reported additional COVID-19 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours. Another fatality was also reported. Three more cases were confirmed in Lycoming County, which now had 155 cases and nine deaths. There were four more confirmed cases in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., where the latest numbers are 74 cases and two fatalities. Three more cases were reported in Clinton County, where the count is now 48 cases. A second death was reported in Tioga County, where there have been 16 confirmed cases. No changes were reported for McKean County, 11 cases and one fatality; Allegany, 44 cases with two deaths; Elk, six cases; Potter, four cases; and Cameron, two cases.
Potter County Commissioners along with other agencies have partnered to develop a broad range of resources to support businesses as they cope with the COVID-19 coronavirus national emergency. Details of the Revitalize Potter County initiative were released this week. Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel described it as “a collaborative strategy to emerge from the pandemic with our economic foundation still in place and a blueprint for community and economic development.” It is being rolled out in four phases, the first of which has already been completed:
Phase 1: Develop resources for Potter County businesses. Seek funding to provide grants and/or loans for businesses re-emerging from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Establish a Revitalize Potter County work group to develop strategies to ensure success.
Phase 2: Establish an information and referral clearinghouse for local businesses seeking support. Integrate Revitalize Potter County with the goals identified in the County Comprehensive Plan 2020-2029, and the specific mission of Potter County Project 2025 – reversing the county’s population loss and the steady increase in median age.
Phase 3: Administer a grant/loan program to assist local businesses. Engage partners from the agricultural, tourism, commercial business, manufacturing, education and other sectors for ongoing implementation of business support initiatives. Identify agencies or organizations to carry out priorities identified by the work group and partners.
Phase 4: Close out Revitalize Potter County.
Details on available resources for businesses affected by the pandemic are available on the website, pottercountypa.net (click on Community Development). More information is available from Potter County Planning/GIS Director Will Hunt at 814-274-8290, extension 229, or by sending an email to revitalize@pottercountypa.net..
Public access to the Gunzburger Building and Human Services building remains by appointment only and protective measures are required. For contact information and online options, click here.

Four rescued from Steuben County river



At 4:20 p.m. Friday afternoon the Savona Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for four people that needed to be rescued on the Cohocton River in the Town of Bath near the Scudder Road. Upon arrival they found two males and two females trapped on an island in the middle of the river. Savona then requested the Swift Water Rescue Team from Bath.
The four started farther up the river where the water was calm on an air mattress and did not know the condition of the water downstream. When they hit this shallower area the water was moving much faster, then there was a bend which pulled them to the far side, and then into the tree across a portion of the river making what is called a strainer, which is what the four people got caught in and luckily were able to climb out of it and get on the island. Strainers are very dangerous, and the water will rush under them and pull victims of them under water.
The water rescue team surveyed the situation to see what the best method would be, and which area of the river was best to bring them across. The water was two to three feet deep in this area but with a fast current. Bath then called for water technicians from North and South Corning, who are part of The Steuben Regional Technical Rescue Teams, Swift Water Rescue with Bath. They were requested for backup in case more help would be needed. Bath technicians decided to move just upstream from where the four got in trouble and stretched a rope across the river. Life jackets were then sent over for the four to put on, and then one at a time were brought to safety of the shore.
They were all then escorted through the brush an taken to an awaiting Bath Volunteer Ambulance to be checked over. Fortunately, none of them had any serious injuries and did not need to be transported to a medical facility.
Great teamwork by all the departments and Bath Ambulance made for a successful outcome for what could very easily have been tragic. The four that were rescued ask for each of the technicians to come to the ambulance to thank them personally and said they all learned a big lesson on river safety. One should always use approved watercraft, survey the river before you launch, wear a life vest and dress appropriately. Also let someone know where you are going.
All units were back in service at 7:58 pm.
Photos courtesy of Blake Jackson 
Respectfully submitted,
John Conrad Sr.
Public Information Officer
The Bath Volunteer Fire Dept.

NY State Police Blotter

5/22/20 12:51pm- State Police arrested Jesse A. Wilson, 39, of Bolivar. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order. The charge stemmed from a domestic dispute in the village of Richburg of April 28th.
5/22/20 11:57pm- After investigating a separate domestic dispute, State Police arrested Jesse A. Wilson, 39, of Bolivar. He was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt for an alleged unlawful communication.
5/23/20 12:08am- During a traffic stop on State Route 219 in Carrollton, State Police arrested Leanne Athans, 35, of Cuba. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and BAC above .08%.

Open Air Gathering - Hallsport Christian Church