Saturday, March 17, 2018

Obituary: Richard C. Thurber, 82, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Richard C. Thurber, 82, of 3265 First Street, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania following a brief illness.  He was born on May 19, 1935 in Brighton, NY.  On November 20, 1955 he married Beverly A. Griswold who predeceased him on September 28, 2001.
Richard was raised in North Rose, NY and later moved to Newark, NY where he lived until 1980.  He moved to Central Florida and eventually resided in Umatilla where he lived for   many years until moving to Wellsville, NY in 2017 to live with family.   He was employed by several packaging companies including Duffy-Motts in Williamson, NY; Mobil Chemical in Macedon, NY; and Astro Packaging in Orlando, FL.  He was a faithful member of the Community Wesleyan Church of Leesburg, FL.
He is survived by three children, Patricia (Robin) George of Wellsville, Richard C. (Jessie) Thurber Jr. of Belton, SC, and William (Nancy) Thurber of Leesburg, FL, seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one sister, Roberta Heltne of Beaverton, OR, as well as several nieces & nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Elberta Thurber Cleveland, and a sister, Lucille Boyce.
Interment will be in Lakeside Memorial Gardens in Eustis FL. Please consider memorial donations to the Community Wesleyan Church of Leesburg, FL or the Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NY).  To leave online condolences, please visit

Obituary: James H. Lowe, 74, of Sunderlinville, PA

James H. Lowe, 74, of Sunderlinville, PA, died Friday, March 16, 2018 in his home.  Born June 15, 1943, in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Francis James and Wilma O. Stevens Lowe.  He was employed by A&P, Polly-O, Hector Township, and Patterson Lumber.  He loved being surrounded by friends and family and reminiscing about days gone by.  Surviving are:  his spouse, Kathy Boom Badmone;  nine children, Dawn M. Lowe, James (Sheila) Lowe, II, Michael Lowe, Jonathan (Dawn) Lowe, Lavina (Jeffrey Crippen) Lowe, Samantha (Anil) Kavvas, C.J. (Tammy) Lowe, Felicia (Sergei) Anikin, and Roseanna (Joshua) Grace;  22 grandchildren;  many great-grandchildren;  four sisters, Wilda (Jack) Pawlak, Onalee (Dan) Bunner, Elaine West, and Nina (Lee) Lowe;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by a son, Daniel W. Lowe;  an infant daughter, Laura Ann Lowe;  three grandchildren, Whitney Marie Crippen, Lindsay Lowe, and Cheyanne Lowe;  two brothers, Richard W. Lowe and Robert Lowe;  and a sister, Joan C. Smith.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m.  The Rev. David Brelo will officiate.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville, PA.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Wellsville Manor loses tax appeal

Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


Appeal from an order of the Supreme Court, Allegany County
(Terrence M. Parker, A.J.), entered October 21, 2016 in proceedings pursuant to Real Property Tax Law article 7. The order denied the petition challenging the real property tax assessment for the 2014-2015 tax year.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is
unanimously affirmed without costs for reasons stated in the decision at Supreme Court.
The Wellsville Manor property assessment was raised in 2015 from $3.2 million to $3.8 million. They filed suit. New York's highest court disagreed and found the property assessment legitimate.  

National Fuel Employees Carry Identification

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (National Fuel) reminds its customers that company representatives always carry photo identification. When visiting your home, if the representative’s identification card is not visibly noticeable, you should ask to see it. If you are suspicious of the reason given for visiting your home or you have questions, please contact National Fuel at 1-800-365-3234 to verify the employee’s identity and the purpose of the visit. If you suspect a problem, please call your local police.

In addition, customers are reminded that:
• National Fuel employees DO NOT conduct door-to-door sales of gas supply. Any door-to-door salesperson wearing a hard hat or another article of clothing or accessories commonly associated with utility employees is not likely a National Fuel employee.
• National Fuel employees DO NOT visit customers’ homes to view their gas bills, to ask them to sign any sort of agreement or to discuss account matters unless they are related to collection activities.
• National Fuel employees DO visit customers’ homes for operational purposes, including meter reading, construction work and gas emergencies. Employees will carry identification cards and will produce them without resistance if asked.
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation is the Utility segment of National Fuel Gas Company, a diversified energy company that is engaged in a number of natural gas-related activities. The Utility provides natural gas service to more than 740,000 customers in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit

Houghton College Announces Summer Scholars Week

HOUGHTON, NY – Houghton College is pleased to announce its new Summer Scholars Week, slated for July 22 through July 26. Summer Scholars is open to students who will be high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors this coming fall.
Summer Scholars Week provides high school students with the opportunity to learn more about their chosen fields of study through experiential learning. Students are part of an academically challenging atmosphere that focuses on critical thinking and faith through hands-on learning experiences, taught by Houghton College faculty members and experts in the fields.
“Summer Scholars Week offers an opportunity for academically driven high school students to get a feel for what life is like as a Houghton College student,” remarks Christy Schmitt, coordinator of academic services at the college. “Our hope is that when they leave they are excited by the idea of college and have the knowledge to confidently pursue higher education.”
This year’s workshops include:
Business:  Students interested in business-related fields or in starting a business will interview professionals, explore industry options, and visit different organizations.
Forensics: Participants will learn how to identify substances and fingerprints in a lab, while also having an opportunity for a field experience to practice properly processing all the details of a 'crime scene.'
Honors: Students will explore the idea of tragedy in literature, philosophy, and theology through the reading and debate of works like Aeschylus’ Oresteia and Shakespeare’s Hamlet and King Lear.
Sports and Neuroscience: Participants seeking to discover more about neuroscience will learn about the effects of head trauma on the brain and how to determine a concussion, particularly in sports.
Video Production:  Students learn how to effectively tell stories through digital media. They will also have the opportunity to show their work to other participants at the Friday Film Festival.
Worship Arts: Students in this workshop will take individual lessons in their instrument or voice, and learn to collaborate with other musicians to run a full worship service with other worship arts students.

Allegany County: Public Works Committee draft meeting minutes from March 7th

March 7, 2018
Members Present: J. Ricci, G. Barnes, P. Curran, W. Dibble, K. Graves, D. Healy, C. Crandall (Absent: D. Fanton) Others Present: T. Boyde, D. Decker, B. Harris, J. Hopkins, C. Knapp, B. Riehle, T. Ross, P. Stockin, M. Washer, T. Windus

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Public Works Committee Vice-Chairman John Ricci at 1:04 p.m. 
Approval of Minutes:
A motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried to approve the minutes of February 7, 2018.
Public Works Superintendent Guy James and Deputy Superintendent Dean Scholes were unable to attend the meeting, as they were in Albany meeting with our state representatives lobbying for additional Highway funding.  

Permission to Advertise the Public Works Superintendent Position  
County Engineer Tom Windus requested permission to advertise the Public Works Superintendent position. County Administrator Timothy Boyde stated based on previous discussions, they believed they were being directed to advertise for the position; however, it had not been officially brought out of Public Works and sent to Ways and Means per proper processes, so they are now correcting the unintentional error. Mr. Boyde indicated it has already been advertised for, and they have received five applications. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried. Refer to Ways and Means
Permission to Hire Summer Help
County Engineer Tom Windus requested permission to fill their Seasonal Laborer positions. These positions are necessary to augment the workforce during the summer months and will perform menial tasks that will allow full-time employees to perform other duties. These employees are County residents that are either college bound or already college students. The 2018 budgeted summer help is as follows:
# Employed Budget

A1620 – Buildings and Grounds 3 $ 17,472
A3152 – Jail Buildings and Grounds 1 $ 5,824
D5110 – County Road 10 $ 58,240
DM5130 – Road Machinery 1 $ 5,824
A8160 – Solid Waste 2 $ 11,648
D5020 – Engineering 2 ___ $ 11,648
Total: 19 $110,656

Legislator Graves noted that this program provides a significant savings to the County. Legislator Hopkins stated this program also helps in providing skills to our youth who are close to entering the workforce. Legislator Dibble stated it’s an excellent program that is good for the kids. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Dibble, and carried. Refer to Ways and Means  
Mr. Windus stated that tags are being sold and are available in the Public Works office. They are good from April 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019, and the fee is $200. Legislator Graves indicated he has received calls from constituents who have had to spend the full $200 fee but only got a month’s use out of it, and asked if there is a pro-rated system for those situations where an individual is purchasing it close to the expiration. County Treasurer Terri Ross stated the punch cards are what should be purchased in those instances as they are meant for short-term use.
Third Floor Project Update
Mr. Windus stated the completion is still on schedule. The contractors are currently painting, and they anticipate personnel will be occupying the space by the end of April 2018.

Property Demolition Update
County Treasurer Terri Ross stated three of the four structures that were scheduled for demolition have been taken down and encouraged those who haven’t visited the sites do so as they look great. Ms. Ross noted that the Tronetti house demolition will begin soon.

Jail Septic
Mr. Windus stated that the modifications to the Jail septic have been completed and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is happy with everything that was done. Currently they are waiting for the design proposal from their consultant.
Adjournment - There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Meghan Washer
Confidential Secretary to Clerk of the Board
Board of Legislators

Sen. Tom O'Mara: “Budget adoption process reaches the homestretch”

The process leading to a new state budget has hit the homestretch at the Capitol.
Last week the Senate and Assembly adopted our respective “one-house” budget resolutions and convened public, joint conference committee meetings, the next step in the process before reaching final negotiations with Governor Cuomo. These one-house resolutions serve as public statements of the priorities each legislative chamber will be staking out during the budget talks.
One of the key highlights of the Senate’s “one-house” is a rejection of roughly a billion dollars in new taxes and fees proposed by the governor earlier this year. New York cannot continue as one of the highest taxed and overregulated states in America. We are losing our way again after eight years of the Cuomo administration.  We are not staying focused on getting residents and businesses out from under one of the nation’s heaviest tax and regulatory burdens. 
It is time to reorder New York State’s priorities so that we tax less, regulate less, mandate less, and create more and better jobs.
On top of rejecting the governor’s proposed tax and fee increases, the Senate budget includes a package of tax cuts, as well as a comprehensive regulatory reform package to eliminate unnecessary and duplicative state rules that are obstacles to economic growth and job development.
The Senate plan also calls for shutting down the under-performing START-UP NY program and redirecting nearly $45 million in funding for advertising to support more effective economic development initiatives.
The Senate budget also calls for increasing funding to strengthen New York’s response to the heroin and opioid crisis, along with ongoing, strong support for environmental conservation, criminal justice and other key programs and services, including an overall increase of approximately $1 billion in state aid to public schools. That would bring the state’s total investment in schools to a record $26.1 billion.
Overall, the Senate budget renews and revitalizes New York State’s commitment to local job growth, local tax relief, local environments, local infrastructure, and local community safety and development. Particularly important are Senate priorities on several fronts, including:
- a record level of funding to continue to enhance the state’s heroin and opioid addiction prevention, treatment, recovery, and education services;- the full funding of the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), which supports critical local environmental initiatives including clean air and water projects that help create local jobs. Studies have shown that for every dollar of EPF funds invested in land and water protection, the state and localities get back seven dollars in economic benefits; and - a $65-million increase in base aid for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Programs (CHIPS), the main source of state aid for local roads and bridges.

Governor Cuomo proposed upwards of $10 million in agricultural program funding cuts earlier this year. The Senate budget says no to those cuts and restores the funding. Since 2011, the Senate Majority has initiated budget restorations totaling more than $50 million. The last thing New York State can afford to do is to stop investing in programs and services vital to the future of farming and agriculture. That makes no sense. The governor’s agricultural cuts would do great harm to many rural, upstate communities. We have to keep New York’s priorities straight and that includes strong support for the agricultural industry and our farmers.Overall, the Senate budget stays within a self-imposed two-percent spending cap, which is critical to any hope for ongoing, long-term tax relief. The Legislature has now convened joint, public budget conference committees that will continue to meet throughout the week ahead to settle legislative differences on this year’s budget and put in place a new fiscal plan by the start of the state’s new fiscal year on April 1. These conference committees can be viewed live on the Senate website:

Houghton Symphony Orchestra to Perform

The Houghton College Symphony Orchestra will perform a free, public concert on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.
This performance will feature well-known film music and other popular classics. From Elmer Bernstein’s “The Magnificent Seven” – selected from the 1960 Western by the same name – to Danny Elfman’s fast-paced music for the superhero movie Spider-Man, the evening will delight audience members of all ages.
Those familiar with Henry Mancini’s work for classic films The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany’s will enjoy his “Strings on Fire,” and no movie score concert would be complete without works by prolific composer John Williams. The orchestra will focus on two famous films featuring his stylings: the historical drama Schindler’s List, recognizable for its haunting violin solo; and Star Wars, featuring a medley of music from the beloved original trilogy.
The Houghton Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is comprised of music and non-music major Houghton students, as well as community members. HSO regularly performs both modern works from film, pop, video game, and art music genres in addition to traditional works that span from the Baroque period to the late 20th century.

Pennsylvania Troopers investigating possible forcible rape of Genesee woman

Obituary: Michael P. “Mike” Bantel, 51, Hornell

Michael P. “Mike” Bantel, 51, of 130 East Main St., Hornell, formerly of 13 West VanScoter St., died Thursday evening (March 15, 2018) at Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira, following a brief illness. Born in Amityville, NY on December 16, 1966, he was the son of William & Margaret “Marge” Bantel. Mike grew up in Massapequa, Long Island and graduated from Rosemary Kennedy School (Nassau County ARC).  While living on Long Island, he was a member of Maria Regina Parish in Seaford, NY.Along with his family, Mike moved to Hornell in 1989.  Since living in Hornell he has been a member of the Steuben ARC Program.  He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of both St. Ann’s Church of Hornell and St. Mary’s Church of Rexville, NY.Mike enjoyed playing with his alphabet blocks and carried them with him in his knapsack at all times.  He loved bowling with his friends and was a member of the Steuben ARC Bowling League.  He also loved shopping with the Steuben ARC staff and also enjoyed “ringing the bell” for the Salvation Army in front of Wal-Mart at Christmastime.Surviving are 3 brothers, Bill Bantel of Hornell, Jim Bantel of Massapequa, Long Island and Charles Bantel of West Palm Beach, FL; 1 sister, Janice Ruh of Gilbert, AZ; several nieces & nephews.The family of Michael P. Bantel will receive friends on Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church where a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the conclusion of calling hours at 10:00 a.m.  Final interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery alongside his parents.Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.Mike’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to ARC of Steuben, 1 ARC Way, Bath, NY 14810. To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit

Allegany County: Upcoming Suicide Alertness Training

The Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition, in collaboration with the Wellsville Creative Arts Center, is pleased to announce a free upcoming Suicide Alertness For Everyone Training (safeTALK) in Wellsville, NY on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. 
Suicide Alertness for Everyone (safeTALK) is for anyone 15 years of age or older—regardless of prior experience - who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. SafeTALK is a FREE three-hour training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide, identify people who have thoughts of suicide and apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe) to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first-aid, intervention caregivers.
The Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition is pleased to collaborate with The Wellsville Creative Arts Center in the JustTellOne campaign entitled Servers of Hope.
The Servers of Hope campaign consists of local restaurants, taverns and social clubs in joining the efforts to encourage their bar tenders and wait staff to attend a free suicide prevention training, demonstrating that Suicide is Everybody’s Business.
Pre-registration is required by Monday, April 2nd to attend the April 9th safeTALK at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.  Please contact Patty Amidon at Ardent Solutions, Inc. at 585-593-5223 ext. 1010 or register online at www.ArdentNetwork. All attendees will be entered into a drawing to receive a free gun safe.

‘Easter Wine and Design’ at The Palmer Event Center in Cuba, NY

The Palmer Event Center in Cuba is pleased to announce ‘Easter Wine and Design’.  Please join designer Ashlie DeArmitt on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and take home an Easter Themed Floral Centerpiece to brighten up your home—just in time for your holiday celebration! Purchase tickets at The Palmer Opera House & Event Center or call (585) 209-5512. $24 per ticket…limited spots.  $4 of proceeds will go to The Palmer Opera House. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba)
The Palmer Opera House in Cuba is a vintage theater located in Cuba, New York.  This historic theater is steeped with rich character and details of another era.  Palmer Opera House was built in 1867, but after a long and rich history it fell into disrepair.  Restoration began in 2006 by the “Cuba Friends of Architecture”, the nonprofit organization charged with maintaining the historic venue.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this historic venue. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba. 6:30 PM)

NY State Police Blotter

3/16/18 11:36pm- During a traffic stop on County Road 23 in Hume, state police arrested Aaron K. Bentley, 30, of Fillmore. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, having  a BAC above .08%, drinking alcohol in a vehicle, inadequate muffler and no inspection certificate. He was released to a third party - court action is pending.
3/16/18 6:58pm- After responding to a domestic dispute, state police arrested Lawrence D. Cook, 38, of Portville. He was charged with felony 2nd degree strangulation and lesser counts of child endangerment and harassment with physical contact. He was held for immediate court action.
3/16/18 2:32pm- State police arrested Justin M. Lingle,  36, of Delevan. He was charged with felony 3rd degree grand larceny. He was released on his own recognizance. Troopers said the alleged crime occurred in Machias and was reported on February 16th.
3/16/18 9:30pm- State police responded to a domestic disturbance in Attica at 9 p.m. Friday. After a brief investigation, Troopers arrested David F. Woods, 46, of Olean. He was charged with 3rd degree menacing, 4th degree criminal mischief and harassment with physical contact.
3/16/18 3:18 pm- After being called to a domestic dispute in bath, state police arrested Susan B. Stark, 52, of Bath. She was charged with criminal mischief and harassment with physical contact.
3/17/18 1:48am- State police arrested John R. Walden, 31, of Townsend, Georgia. He was stopped in Savona and charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding.
3/16/18 3:08pm- During a traffic stop in Lindley, state police arrested Tyler L. LaPoint, 22, of Osceola, PA. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th, possessing a controlled substance not in its original container and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Genesee County man faces ten charges after a traffic stop in Amity

A Genesee County man is facing ten charges after he was stopped by state police on State Route 19 in Amity. It happened Friday night at 7:42 p.m.
Troopers said in an online report they arrested Dylan C. Helenbrook, 23, of Corfu. Police charged him with the misdemeanor crimes of criminal possession of a weapon 4th, criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th, aggravated unlicensed operation 2nd for allegedly having more than three suspensions and reckless driving. Troopers also write the following traffic tickets:
  1. Driving an unregistered vehicle
  2. No license
  3. Failing to report an address change
  4. Moving from a lane unsafely
  5. Failed to use designated lane
  6. Speeding
Arraigned in court, Helenbrook was remanded to the Allegany County Jail. Bail was set at $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond. He posted bail and was released from custody.

Badge of Honor Association to Sponsor David DuBois Motorsports Race Team

David R. DuBois Jr. driver/ owner of DuBois Motorsports in Bath NY is excited to announce his partnership with The Badge of Honor Association for the upcoming Race Season 2018. “We are looking forward to our sponsorship of the Number #29, David DuBois Motorsports Race Team”. This is a new form of outreach to help promote our mission about our organization and to have a team like David DuBois Motorsports that supports law enforcement is a perfect fit!”  
DuBois Motorsports is a team nearly 25 years old started by David L DuBois Sr. They will compete in the 350c.i. Crate Sportsman Class at Woodhull and Dundee Raceway this season.
The Dubois Racing family comes from a long line of Law Enforcement Members, David Dubois Sr.  served 25 yrs. In Law Enforcement as a Sgt / Investigator with the Bath Police Department.
He established a very successful and popular 25-year racing career before passing the torch to his son David Jr. who currently serves as a Military Police Officer with the U.S. Army and is looking forward to moving to continuing his law enforcement career as a civilian police officer in the near future.
His Crew Chief and Uncle – Andrew Dubois served 20 years with the Bath Police Department.
“In 2016 my father decided to retire from racing after a very successful and popular 25-year racing career. He then passed the team on to me”  
“Last year I started to reach out to other businesses and organizations – one of those was the Badge of Honor Association – I did a short promotion last year supporting Badge of Honor and it was a huge success over night, netting over 20,000 Facebook views.”
“But for me it is not about the publicity, it’s about spreading the message and mission of BOHA and the support it provides to families of Fallen Police Officers and Officers involved in critical incidents. My crew and myself are very pro law enforcement.” “I believe my race team is a good fit to help promote the Badge of Honor Association because my team and I are passionate about the ideas that they stand for – Honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities and supporting their families.”
The Badge of Honor Association (BOHA) is a nonprofit organization established in 2007 that raises funds for the children and families of Police Officers killed in the line of duty, along with Law Enforcement officers across Western and Central New York that are involved in critical incidents. With the help of public and corporate donations the Badge of Honor Association continues to support the children of fallen Law Enforcement by sponsoring weekend getaway retreats, holiday shopping events, and funding to cover the cost of college books and board. Created by Rochester Police Sergeant, Justin Collins, the Badge of Honor Association in just 10 years has grown from covering just one western New York County to today covering 25 counties across Western and Central New York State. The organization currently serves over 30 children.
To learn more about BOHA you can check them out at or on Facebook at
For more information you can contact Badge of Honor Association - Regional Chapter Manager Clark Brown at

Open Meeting for newly-formed League of Women Voters Chapter

The public is cordially invited to attend the next monthly meeting of the League of Women Voters for Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties.  The meeting takes place in the Community Room of Perkins Restaurant, 2728 W. State St., Olean NY on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Members and guests will gather at 6:00 p.m. for coffee and networking and at 7:00 p.m. will plan get-out-the-vote activities for the November 2018 election.
The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
For more information about this meeting or other League activities, please contact Margie McIntosh, Co-Chair, LWV Catt-Alleg. at 716-904-1327 or email   And follow us on Facebook!

Cuba Police Blotter

3/16/18 1:50pm- Following a complaint of an alleged shoplifter at a Cuba business, Cuba Police arrested Robert Wittmeyer, 63, of New Hudson, New York. Wittmeyer was processed and charged with Petit Larceny (Misdemeanor). Wittmeyer was issued an appearance ticket to appear at a later date. Wittmeyer is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Wellsville: Local radio stations need to invest in generators

In early March, a heavy, wet snow covered Allegany County (and beyond). The storm caused widespread power outages that impacted the village of Wellsville. For twenty-four hours and ten minutes, Allegany County's largest village went dark. There was no power...which also sent three radio stations that claim to exist in Wellsville, into total silence and static. Unless you had a generator, there was no internet, no wifi and no local radio. Residents were in an information 'dead zone.' It's difficult to imagine that in 2018, public broadcasters don't have access to auxiliary power sources. The public need was stated clearly during a recent county legislature public safety committee meeting when the Sheriff said  (he) "and Mr. Luckey did issue a traffic advisory early in the morning, but without phones, internet, and radio stations, he is not sure it got out to those who needed to see it."
I'm a radio guy and always have back up plans A-F, which include having batteries. I attempted to tune in to 'local' radio stations for news and official information...nothing but static. Apparently, the 'corporate owners' like the ad revenue, but aren't too concerned with giving the public emergency information. I also know that for most of these stations, the local workers were crushed. They wanted to inform the public...but had no voice.
In 1972 when a major flood wiped out the region, WLSV-AM 790 in Wellsville managed to secure power to do an amazing job. - non-stop broadcasting. In the early 1990's, WJQZ-FM in Wellsville relied on the kindness of L.C. Whitford to provide generators to provide juice during a major ice storm (downtown studio's and the tower site). Around the clock, these stations provided vital information.
In 2018, I can't believe that 'local' radio station's choose profits over public service. It is time these station's remembered their roots...and provide a public service...

Allegany County: Drug arrests up - but assistant DA's will not attend court arraignments

This is from the draft minutes of the Allegany County Public Safety Committee meeting minutes. The meeting was held March 7th in Belmont: 
District Attorney Keith Slep attended the meeting and submitted his monthly report to the committee for review. Mr. Slep stated drug activity is the same with a slight uptick. Legislator Harris asked if there is a violent felony during afterhours and it’s definite that bail is going to be set, do they send an Assistant District Attorney to arraignment, and does he find it concerning that bail is set too low. Mr. Slep stated, no, he does not send someone out to arraignments. He has to be called for every felony and will then make a recommendation over the phone; however, it is up to the judge to set the bail. Legislator Harris then asked if Mr. Slep finds any benefit to having an Assistant District Attorney physically present at arraignment. Mr. Slep stated at this point in time, he does not see a benefit because it hasn’t been an issue, and they typically take his recommendation; however, if it does become a problem, they will begin sending someone. Committee Chairman Healy asked if Mr. Slep has anything to add to the unattended deaths. Mr. Slep stated the State Police as well as local police departments know to contact him, adding the main reason being so they can articulate why they don’t think it’s a suspicious death.

Senator Young Joins Seneca Nation and Others Opposing Fracking Waste Treatment Facility

Olean, NY – Citing possible health and environmental threats, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) has sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection urging the agency to deny the permit application submitted by Epiphany Allegheny LLC for a proposed fracking waste treatment plant in Coudersport, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Allegheny River.

Echoing concerns advanced by the Seneca Nation and others, Senator Young noted that the potential of radioactive materials and other contaminants being discharged into the river presents health and environmental risks to areas located along the river’s 30-mile course through New York State. The river flows through several Cattaraugus County communities including Portville, Westons Mills, Olean, St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, Carrollton, Jimerson Town, Salamanca and Seneca Indian Nation lands. It also runs along the northern boundary of the Allegany State Park.  

“The Allegheny River is one of our region’s environmental jewels - a natural resource that connects to numerous streams, creeks and lakes, supports a diversity of fish and aquatic life and that enhances our quality of life and tourism. The proposed waste treatment plant, situated in Coudersport Pennsylvania at the headwaters of the river, has the potential to carry contaminants downstream, presenting a health risk to our residents and to the ecosystem of the river and the watershed,” said Senator Young. “There are simply too many unanswered questions. There are other methods of handling fracking waste which I believe should be explored instead.”

The project is currently under review by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).  The facility would have an output of approximately 50,000 gallons of discharge per day and there are currently no state or federal requirements for the company to monitor levels of radioactive material, despite research that has shown radioactivity to be present in fracking waste.

Others calling for Pennsylvania officials to deny the permit include the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Cattaraugus County Planning Board and County Legislature have each passed resolutions opposing the proposed plant. 

Former Wellsville resident comments on planned Dresser-Rand closure and offers a plan

This post was submitted by the writer-
Having read about the eventual closing of Dresser-Rand and other economic issues facing this beautiful town that I still consider ‘Home,’ I feel compelled to challenge the community to do something to reverse this trend. As a long-time resident of Wellsville, N.Y., one of the best locations in the world to live and raise children, especially in the 1950’s and 60’s, I am submitting a RECOMMENDATION and CHALLENGE to local officials and community volunteers.
A Challenge - Requiring Community Collaboration
Everyone knows that economic development is crucial to the growth of jobs and increased income in a community, but many believe the approach to such is difficult, if not impossible to address.  Recent research and experiments have demonstrated that through leadership and the willingness of many to work together, you can make an enormous and relatively quick impact on your community.  Having spent over one year as an administrator of a community college researching this problem, I can tell you that Wellsville, N.Y., is in a perfect position to address this issue …if local LEADERS are willing to work together and commit TIME and RESOURCES that are already available to Wellsville and Allegany County.  However, it will require a high priority commitment over a period of time, NOT JUST A STATEMENT of vocal support, because economic development is a major long-term challenge for this beautiful town.
What Do People Want?
Recent studies show that the majority of students graduating from high school want to be in charge of their economic future, and this does not mean just going to college.  Why?   Because they see their parents and their friends parents beholding to the companies or individuals who they worked for.  In addition, people want jobs, and it is a fact that ‘net new jobs’ come from small businesses, not large established businesses.  Young adults and those who have lost their jobs want to turn to ‘an established place’ providing growth opportunities in their workforce environment.  Also, recent studies have shown that the average wage increases have greatly diminished over the past 20 to 30 years because businesses no longer share the benefits from hard work and increased productivity, but place instead more work on fewer employees and greater emphasis on company PROFITS.  As a result, the very rich are prospering and studies show the middle class are disappearing.  With the loss of opportunities, people are also prone to losing hope and turning to unhealthy alternatives such as drugs.  People want to be in charge of their economic future, to share in the productivity and to have HOPE for a successful future.  So, we know what people want, but what does a community like Wellsville need?  
One way to start is by creating an action plan that brings residents and leaders together to improve the chances for economic growth and for the community residents, young and old, to prosper.  A small town like Wellsville is in a perfect position to address these issues, if the COMMUNITY will work together.  Hopefully, an individual with leadership experience will step forward and establish a time when interested residents can meet to establish an action plan.  And the real commitment does NOT have to be overwhelming or take away from their regular jobs or family responsibilities.   The key is having many agencies make a commitment by sharing time, working together and being creative in approaches to helping the current and future employees to progress, giving them hope and opportunities to grow.  I cannot over-emphasize the importance of ESTABLISHING A MAJOR COMMUNITY COMMITMENT to make a real and long-term impact.  Do the leaders and volunteers of Wellsville want to REALLY help the residents find or create successful jobs and strengthen the community, including all of Allegany County?  They can, and you can help.  Here are some proven ways to help.
A Practical Solution
Form A COALITION:  One way to begin is by publishing an announcement, (i.e., supported by the Town Board and the Chamber of Commerce) for residents to attend for appointment or by nomination, to be accepted to an ‘Economic Leadership Team,’ for the coalition.
Establish “A Collaborative Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Wellsville:” If you go to the website and enter ‘Business Incubator’ in the search box, numerous books are available on this subject, including, “Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City (by Brad Feld).”   Just imagine, if only one or two businesses were successful like you see on the television series Shark Tank, what the impact could be in creating new jobs, economic growth and prosperity in Allegany County.  And, the high-speed  Internet as well as companies like Amazon provide the outreach opportunity from any location to market and sell products, anywhere in the World.
If you go into the website;; you will notice in the Western New York Region, and Southern Tier Region that Buffalo, Dunkirk, Corning and Binghamton are served by the State system.  However no center is listed for Allegany or Cattaraugus Counties.  This does not mean that the other centers do not reach out to Allegany County, but the resources provided by N.Y.S. do not appear to be convenient to Wellsville residents.  Furthermore, most of these Incubator Centers were formed by N.Y. State designated funding, not formed by a ‘coalition of community residents.’  The impact can be enormous when a community like Wellsville rallies behind an effort like this, and the resources are available or accessible in Wellsville community, if an initiative is launched.
Create a Center for Entrepreneurial Development: With the leadership from a coalition team, identify a vacant store front in downtown Wellsville, with enough space to create small labs (or work spaces) utilizing partitions and include a small classroom setup in the Center.  A visible and easily accessible Center in the downtown area should be convenient for high school students (i.e., after school and during summer months), other business owners who wish to participate, and the unemployed and under-employed who need assistance in job growth, and for anyone interested in exploring the creation of a new business.  Hopefully, the Alfred State College Technical Division in Wellsville will also have a designated room for ‘more advanced incubator growth, but not in lieu of a downtown Center.
Partner with Local Colleges:  When the coalition is formed local educational institutions, particularly Alfred Tech’s, Technical Division in Wellsville and Wellsville High School should be involved from the beginning.   What is IMPORTANT here is for the Coalition Team to be thinking ‘Outside-The-Box.’  The resources available to Alfred Tech could include --- accessing what options are available and successful at other colleges in N.Y.S.; and, researching ideas from Workforce Development Centers in other states.   In addition, the books and studies referred to earlier should provide ample thought for the development of a UNIQUE Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Wellsville, N.Y.  The Alfred University, Ceramics College could be another helpful partner given the proximity of Corning Glass as a major employer in the region.  
Create A Tier-Level System for Participation: Based on Applications by individuals or small groups submitting a specific ‘Business Plan’ to the Collaboration Team Selection Committee;’ assign work spaces in the Center for Entrepreneurial Development, based on the quality of plans submitted, for designated periods of time, with the renewal of space allocation determined by the progress of the proposals approved.  This approach should apply to adults as well as high school students, and they should be encouraged to submit Business Plans.  The Business Plans might target a new idea or concept as well as a possible new or revised business. Hopefully, the progress of the plans submitted will also be recognized in the community by the media.
What Existing Organizations Should Participate:  Once a Coalition Team is created, the possibility of support from the N.Y.S. Incubator program in Albany, N.Y. should be approached for financial and personnel assistance.  A strong Community Coalition will make a significant impact in a request to the State.  With a copy of this newspaper release, I am mailing personal letters to the lead-person at many of the organizations mentioned above, encouraging their participation.  I am also writing confidential letters of request to several benefactors from Wellsville who have the where-with-all and/or contacts for resources to help establish a downtown center in Wellsville.  
Requesting Support from Local Resources: In addition to the cost to utilize a vacant store front, a Center will need to --- create/purchase partitions; supply desks/chairs; provide controlled access to the Internet in each workspace; purchase of computers and other office equipment; have designated volunteers, possibly an adjacent store owner to monitor (i.e., lock / unlock) the Center.  As mentioned previously, I am writing a personal request to several individuals/friends who have potential resources to help obtain the funding needed to furnish the Center.  My suggestion/request to them will be to -- A) discuss this proposal and support or find funding resources to obtain equipment / furnishings needed for a Center for A Collaborative Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Wellsville; and to agree B) to meet monthly (initially, at least by telephone) and eventually on at least a quarterly basis to monitor the progress and needs of the Wellsville Center.
In summary, I sincerely hope that this challenge and proposed Action Plan will receive the attention and support from local residents, businesses and organizations.  The challenge for Wellsville, N.Y. to improve long-term economic growth and for residents to establish a positive outlook for prosperity depends on your willingness to work together with a specific ACTION PLAN.
Because I no longer live in Wellsville, I sincerely apologize if I have infringed on any current or previous initiatives to improve the economic well-being there.  My motivation is simply to challenge the community and the leaders there to work together in a way that can significantly help 'Our Home Town,' by presenting an alternative that has enormous potential with little cost, if given the support that is needed.
Respectfully submitted: Dr. Howard C. (Howie) Smith, Jr. 
Vice President of Customized Training - retired; and Dean at 7 different colleges/universities (& Marketing Analyst, Air Preheater Company) 
Side note- I grew up on Grover Street and graduated from Wellsville High in 1959.  After receiving my Bachelor's degree at The University of Oklahoma, I worked at the Air Preheater Corp for about 2 years.  I am a graduate of Alfred Tech, Alfred University and I received my Doctorate in 1971 from SUNY at Albany.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter died this morning

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter died this morning at the age of 88. 
Congressman Tom Reed issued this statement:
"I am sad to learn about the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Louise worked tirelessly to help improve the lives of those in the Rochester region and Western New York. It was an honor to serve in the House with her over the years. My deepest sympathies go out to her family. She will be missed."

NY State Police Blotter

3/15/18 6:15pm- State police arrested an 17-year-old boy from Portville following a lengthy investigation into an alleged sex crime October 23, 2017 in the town of Genesee. Troopers charged the youth with felony providing indecent materials to minors and lesser counts of sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child. He was held for court action.
3/14/18 3:20 pm- State police arrested a 12-year-old Belmont boy. He was charged with felony 1st degree sexual abuse. Troopers said the alleged crime occurred march 5th in the village of Belmont.
3/15/18 2:56pm- State police arrested Joshua D. Capwell, 38, of Canaseraga. He was charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. He'll answer the charge in town of Burns court at a later date.
3/16/18 1:40am- State police arrested Kaleb Amidon, 19, of Wellsville charging him with felony 2nd degree burglary. He was held on bail. Troopers said the charge stemmed from a complaint in Scio Thursday night.

Obituary: Grace A. Peterson, 57, of Coudersport

Grace A. Peterson, 57, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Wharton, NJ, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.  Born November 17, 1960, in Dover, NJ, she was the daughter of Harry and Lois Federicci Estwick.  She was married to John C. Peterson, who survives.  Grace was employed by Carson & Gable Ribbon Factory in NJ.  She was a kind and generous soul.  Surviving besides her husband, John, are:  a daughter, Bethann of Emporium, PA;  a grandson, Thomas;  a sister, Louise;  a brother, Harry;  and nieces and nephews.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: Robert D. Rasmusson, 85, Cuba

Robert D. Rasmusson Loving Father and Grandfather

Robert D. Rasmusson left this world on March 14, 2018, at the age of 85.  Bob was born on August 15, 1932, the first of six children born to Marcia and Rolland Rasmusson.  He was raised in the Cuba area, graduating from Cuba High in 1951.
As a young man, Bob started his work career by working for his grandfather who owned the Olivecrest Pavilion and amusement park on Cuba Lake.  He helped to cut ice blocks from the lake, ran some of the rides in the park, and even helped to paint the animals on the carousal.  (The carousal is now located in Albany in NY.)  His favorite job was working during dances held at the Pavilion.  He had many fun stories about those days, including his ability to dance on roller skates.
He married Ruth J. Burt on September 9, 1951, his high school sweetheart, to whom he was married for 63 years at the time of her death on June 26, 2015.   After starting their family, Bob was employed by Clark Brothers in Olean.  He was offered an apprenticeship as a model/pattern maker, which became his life's occupation.  In the early 1960's, he was laid off.  In order to support his family, which included four children by that time, he sought employment in Rochester.  Kodak quickly hired him.  He moved his family to Rochester where they all lived and thrived for many years.  He ended his career at Kodak as a supervisor, and often told a story about helping a woman who came into his department get equal pay.  He was very proud of that accomplishment.  Upon leaving Kodak, Bob opened his own business which he ran for approximately ten years, before moving back to the Cuba area.
Bob and Ruth had a passion for buying and remodeling houses.  Bob had handyman skills, and could fix anything.  Ruth was the decorator/designer.  Their last house on Main Street in Cuba, was originally built by the Palmer family in the 1850's, one of the prominent residents in Cuba (Palmer Opera House).  The house is on the historic registry.
Bob took his civic duties seriously.  He was a member and trustee of the United Methodist Church of Cuba.  He was a member of the Cuba-Friendship Masonic Lodge # 306 F&AM and was Treasurer for several years.  He had been nominated for the prestigious Dedicated Service Award regarding his civic service to both the Free Masons and his community.   Bob also served as a trustee for the Cuba Library until his illness.  He also delivered Meals on Wheels.
At the age of 84, he finally became a member of the Senior Club and began to exercise two days a week with the other local seniors.  He was able to renew some old friendships and make some new friends.  He got his hair cut at the local barber every two weeks or so…probably more for the socializing with the guys, rather than needing a haircut.
Bob loved going to the Opera House and enjoyed all of the local talent.  He loved everything the community offered. 
Bob is survived by his four children, Sharry Semans of Cuba, Susan Pilaroscia of Rochester, Bruce Rasmusson of Cuba, and Brian Rasmusson (married to Laurie Matthews) of Rochester.   He has seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren, all of whom will miss him dearly.  Everyone who knew him will say that he was a kind and generous man.
Friends will be received at the Cuba United Methodist Church, 49 East Main Street on Saturday March 17, 2018, from 1-3 p.m. followed by a funeral service and dinner.  The Rev. Becky Worth, will officiate.  All are welcome to come and celebrate this wonderful man's life.
Members of Cuba Friendship Masonic Lodge # 306 F& AM will conduct services Saturday at 3:00 p.m. prior to the Funeral Service.
Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba.  Online condolences may be sent at  

Wyoming County Drug Task Force arrests 11

Press Release:
Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task announce the arrests of eleven individuals for allegedly selling drugs in Wyoming County. Members arrested these subjects over the past six weeks or so as they continue to be very aggressive against drug dealers throughout Wyoming County.

On 02/28/18, Madison WILLEY, age 25, of Park Ave., Perry, NY, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. WILLEY is accused of selling Fentanyl and Cocaine in the fall of 2017 in the Villages of Perry and Warsaw. She is currently in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

On 02/23/18, Joaanna PIONTKOWSKI, age 26, of Linwood Ave., Warsaw, NY, was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree.  PIONKOWSKI is accused of selling Cocaine in the Village of Warsaw during the summer of 2017. Joaanna is currently free after posting bail.

On 02/17/18, Mitchell FREEMAN, age 29, of Quinlan Road, LeRoy, NY, was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. FREEMAN is accused of selling Buprenorphine in the Village of Attica in the fall of 2017. Additional charges are possible and FREEMAN is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail.
On 02/01/18, a seventeen year old Town of Eagle man was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. He is accused of selling Oxycodone on 2 occasions in the Town of Eagle during the summer of 2017. Subject was released and his name is not being released as he may be eligible for youthful offender status.

On 02/01/18, Lance MERCADO, age 27, of Dillenger Ave., Batavia, NY, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. MERCADO is accused of selling Buprenorphine on 2 occasions in the fall of 2017 in the Village of Attica. MERCADO is currently locked up in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

On 02/01/18, Racheal HOULIHAN, age 27, of Spring Street, Castile, NY, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. HOULIHAN is accused of selling Heroin and Fentanyl in the Villages of Warsaw and Perry. Subject is free after posting bail.

On 01/25/18, William LOCKWOOD, age 25, of Howard Street, Franklinville, NY, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, and a variety of lesser charges. LOCKWOOD is accused of selling Methamphetamine in December of 2017 in the Town of Arcade. Drug Task Force members also executed a search warrant at his home at the time which was located in the Town of Arcade, and located a quantity of suspected Crystal Meth, cash, and drug paraphernalia.  LOCKWOOD is currently locked up in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.

On 01/22/18, Holden BYER, age 26, of Park Street, Warsaw, NY, was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree. BYER is accused of selling Suboxone in the Village of Warsaw.

On 01/16/18, William HAIGHT, age 29, of no known address, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd after he agreed to sell narcotics in the Village of Attica and ended up stealing the money which was given to him to purchase the drugs. He is currently being held in the Wyoming County Jail.

On 01/11/18, David SCHMIEDER, age 23, of N. Main Street, Warsaw, NY, was charged with 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, and 2 counts of CSCS 5th degree, and CPCS 5th degree. SCHMIEDER is accused of selling Amphetamines on 2 occasions and Heroin on another, all while in the Village of Warsaw in the fall of 2017. SCHMIEDER is currently in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

Lastly, on 01/09/18, Benjamin FLYNN, age 28, of Sonyea Road, Mount Morris, NY, was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree, and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree. FLYNN is accused of selling Buprenorphine on 2 occasions in the spring of 2016 while in the Village of Perry.
Task force members are still seeking several other suspects on drug indictment warrants and will continue to do their due diligence on fighting the current drug epidemic.
Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph states, “The Wyoming County Drug Task Force continues to diligently investigate in the enforcement piece of this drug epidemic.  Enforcement will not combat addictions and intense treatment is needed to tackle that difficulty, however, we as a law enforcement community are all committed to investigating and arresting drug dealers who prey and profit from those addictions.  It is also our hope that taking drug dealers off the street contributes to the prevention piece of this epidemic particularly with our youth.   Stemming the opioid crisis is a multi-prong approach and the Wyoming County Drug Task Force is resolved in doing our part.”

The Wyoming County Drug Task Force includes members from the Sheriff’s Office as well as the Arcade, Attica, Perry, and Warsaw Police Departments.

Suspected illegal drug activity can be reported to the confidential drug tip line at (585)786-8965.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

St. Bonaventure's Dream Season Ends With NCAA Tournament Loss To Florida

After Tuesday's win over UCLA in the First Four, St. Bonaventure fans dreamed of a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. But the Bonnies' record-setting season came to a close Thursday night in Dallas as they fell 77-62 to Florida in the First Round.
St. Bonaventure struggled with the Gators' size and fresher legs, which led to a poor shooting night for the Bonnies, as they made just 35 percent (17-48) from the field including 3-19 from three-point range.

The Bonnies trailed by just five, 27-22, at halftime, but the Gators scored the first six points of the second half to move ahead 36-22. Florida wound up scoring 15 straight points over the last 2:46 of the first half through the opening minutes of the second half.

St. Bonaventure pulled to 39-29 but Florida then scored six of the next eight points to extend its lead to 45-31 by the 12:23 mark.

The run continued for the Gators as they moved ahead 54-35 just past the nine minute mark, and St. Bonaventure was not able to threaten after that point. 

In the first half, the Bonnies got off to a slow start as they made just two of their first nine shots. After two Gator free throws, St. Bonaventure trailed 15-7 at the 11:58 mark.

Florida extended its lead to 20-9 before the Bonnies found their legs, converting four free throws.
Matt Mobley then drained the Bonnies' first three-pointer of the night at the 7:02 mark to make it a 20-16 score. A free throw and a dunk by Mobley capped a 10-0 run that pulled St. Bonaventure within one, 20-19, with 5:42 left in the first.

The Bonnies tied the game at 21 on a jump hook by
Amadi Ikpeze after holding the Gators scoreless for over seven minutes.

Making matters more challenging,
Jaylen Adams was called for his third foul at the 10:14 mark and went to the bench for the rest of the first half. 
In what turned out to be his final college game of St. Bonaventure's three seniors, Adams ended his brilliant career with 11 points and two assists. Mobley scored 10 points while Idris Taqqee grabbed 13 rebounds on the night, a career high, and scored four points with two blocks and two steals.
Stats Of The Game The Bonnies, who entered the game shooting 39 percent from long range, went 3-19 from three-point range. St. Bonaventure did outrebound the Gators 39-35. 
Beyond The Boxscore
  • St. Bonaventure ended the season with 26 wins, a school record. The prior record was 25 by the 1969-70 Final Four team.
  • Taqqee wound up with 24 rebounds in two NCAA Tournament games.
  • Adams finishes his career with 1,912 points, which ranks sixth all-time in team history. He also ends third in assists with 560 and second in three-pointers with 270.
  • Mobley ends his career with 1,209 points at St. Bonaventure and 1,928 points overall.
  • The senior class finishes with 87 wins - most by a graduating class in program history.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Little Valley man charged in Cuba rape

On Thursday at approximately 1:00 p.m. Cuba Police arrested Richard Baek, 27 of Little Valley, New York. Baek was arrested and charged with Rape 3rd (Felony). Baek was processed and released to appear at a later date. No other information was released.