Monday, September 25, 2017

Belmont: Criss Market gets ready for closure...super deals now available

WRN told you a few weeks ago that a Belmont staple, Criss Market, plans to close by the end of the year. It was a tragic story, but understandable based on comments from the owners. As with any business about to shutter its doors after decades of steadfast service, it has some amazing deals.
Here is today's info:
We are closing out our spice business and this is a great chance to save some major bucks on spices!!! Please share this great news for people to be able to save !!!!
Criss Market
12 mins
super sale!!!
all spices are buy 1 get 1 free while supply last!!!!!

Allegany County legislature meets Monday afternoon

AGENDA – September 25, 2017

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAGformer United States Army Specialist Fourth Class Steven J. Frungillo, II
INVOCATION – Legislator Kevin S. LaForge
1.      Board Meeting Minutes of September 11, 2017 – motion to approve
1.      Chairman Curtis W. Crandall – Presentation of Certificate to former United States Specialist Fourth Class Steven J. Frungillo, II
2.      Ardent Solutions Associate Director Helen Evans and Terrence Rodgers – Recovery Month
3.      Allegany County Health Department Supervising Public Health Educator Theresa K. Moore – Lead Poisoning Prevention
1.        October 2017  Calendar
1.      Correspondence from Allegany County Cancer Services, Inc., President/Founder Lori Ballengee thanking the Board for its recent donation.
2.      NYMIR 2016 Annual Report
3.      Allegany County Area Foundation 2016-2017 Annual Report
4.      Invitation to attend the 4th Annual Allegany County Farmer Neighbor Dinner to be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Lake Lodge in Alfred Station.
5.      Meeting Notice from the Fire Advisory Board announcing their September 28 meeting at 8:00 p.m.
6.      Invitation to attend the Allegany County Farm Bureau Annual Banquet on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellsville American Legion.
1.      Chairman Crandall’s appointment of Brian Loucks as a member of the Allegany County Land Bank Corporation Board of Directors.
1.      Chairman Crandall’s proclamation declaring September 2017 as Recovery Month in Allegany County.
2.      Chairman Crandall’s proclamation declaring September 26 through October 1, 2017, as History Awareness Week in Allegany County.
3.      Chairman Crandall’s proclamation declaring September 2017 as Preparedness Month in Allegany County.
4.      Chairman Crandall’s proclamation declaring October 8-14, 2017, as Fire Prevention Week in Allegany County.
1.       Resolution Intro. Nos. 184-17 through 192-17   (Please note that Resolution Intro. No. 192-17 was not pre-filed and will require a 2/3 vote to consider from the floor.)
1.       Committee of the Whole

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Sunday September 24, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested five individuals following an incident that took place on School Street early Sunday morning.  Police report the arrest of, Darren M. Dickerson, age 20 of Wellsville, charging him with Trespass, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Alcohol by a person under 21, Jonus M. Buffington, age 19 of Wellsville, charging him with Trespass, Ryan M. Dunham, age 19 of Wellsville, charging him with Trespass and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Jesse M. Bestine II, age 20 of Wellsville, charging him with Trespass, and Christopher M. Howard, age 20 of Wellsville, charging him with Trespass and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  All subjects were issued appearance tickets and released.  All subjects are due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on October 10th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Brady L. Simons, age 24 of Troupsburg, charging him with Disorderly Conduct.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on East Dyke Street in the Village.  Simons was issued an appearance ticket and released. Simons is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on September 26th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday September 21, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested J. Andrew Santas, age 49 of Wellsville, charging him with two counts of Criminal Contempt 2nd.  The charges stem from two separate incidents on September 19th and September 20th in the Village of Wellsville.  Santas was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Santas was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $2,500.00 cash bail or $5,000.00 property bond.  Santas is due back in Wellsville Village Court on October 17th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Patricia J. Williams, age 64 of Seabeck, WA, charging her with Assault 3rd.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Railroad Avenue in the Village of Wellsville.  Williams was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Williams was committed to the Allegany County jail on $250.00 cash bail or $500.00 property bond.  Williams is due back in Wellsville Village Court on October 17th at 4:30 p.m.

Medically Retired Soldier Encourages Others to ‘Just Try’

Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, shakes hands with Roosevelt Anderson, a medically retired Army Special Forces sergeant, after a tennis match at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Sept. 23, 2017. DoD photo by Marine Corps Sgt Cedric R. Haller II
By Shannon Collins
DoD News, Defense Media Activity
TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2017Whether it’s adding another medal to his collection or meeting his comrades for another friendly competition on the tennis or basketball courts this week, Roosevelt Anderson, a medically retired U.S. Army Special Forces sergeant, said he looked forward to competing at the third Invictus Games here.
“It’s pretty warm, but I dreamt all year for this and then for it to be in the middle of Toronto with this public crowd, it’s just amazing,” he said. “It’s everything I expected and more. Toronto has been amazing. Prince Harry has been amazing for putting this event on.”
More than 550 wounded, ill and injured service members from 17 nations will compete here in 12 sporting events, including archery, track and field, cycling, golf, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball Sept. 23-30.
Anderson takes to the tennis courts again today after competing in doubles wheelchair tennis Sept. 23, and joins the rest of the American team for wheelchair basketball later this week.
Overcoming Injury
Anderson injured his back and became a paraplegic after a motorcycle accident in 2012. He said he uses sports for recovery and therapy. At last year’s Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, he took home three gold and two silver medals and said he hopes to add golf to his sports list for next year’s games.
Anderson said the camaraderie among his team members and athletes from other countries has been great. “It was an honor to serve for the US and with my comrades and our allies,” the former OH-58 Kiowa helicopter mechanic said. “I’ve been with Invictus since London, so I see a lot of the guys that I met four years ago and a lot of new faces.”
He added, “I make a point to talk to them because I remember my first year. You don’t know what to expect; the nerves, you’ve been training all year. You get to the moment and all these people, a lot of these people aren’t used to that, so I make sure I speak to them and let them know that hey, this is fun.”
Anderson said the Canadians have been very welcoming to the American competitors. “They’re so nice and courteous,” he said. “I’ve walked downtown everywhere and asked for directions. Everyone is so willing to help and ask, ‘Can I take pictures with you?’ I feel like I’m some Paralympian. I’m just a soldier enjoying sports. Toronto has been wonderful.”
Anderson said that anyone who gets the chance should witness the Invictus Games. “All of these athletes here, the reason they’re competing is because they have a mission and that mission drives them to be better every day,” he said.
He also encouraged disabled service members who may be considering adaptive sports to give it a try.
“I literally tried everything; even things that were difficult to do but then I found everything I was good at,” Anderson said. “I encourage people to just try things differently. Leave your home; leave your bubble. Get out of your environment and try something different because you never know what you’re made of.”
“Sometimes we get caught up in our everyday working routine, and we forget that we’re so creative and we’re so knowledgeable and the human body is just amazing,” he said. “Try things, talk with people and get out of your bubble -- just try.”

Rep. Reed: The Graham-Cassidy Health Plan will likely fail

Rep. Reed made this statement via Facebook:
"Though I believe Graham-Cassidy will fail to pass given its partisan approach, regardless, I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides and the President, on solving the most urgent problems facing the American people. Working together to govern is what the American people want - they know that each major issue we face today is an opportunity to put our country (and their lives) on a better path. Only when Congress is willing to listen to the people and to each other, will the best ideas surface to the top."

Allegany County Sheriff's Blotter

Allegany County Sheriff Ricky Whitney reports that on September 19, 2017, Deputies arrested Daniel M. Butler, 28 of Bath, on a Violation of Probation Warrant issued out of the Village of Wellsville Court. Butler was processed and transported to the Village of Wellsville Court where he was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $5,000.00 Cash Bail or $10,000.00 Bond.  Butler is to reappear in Village of Wellsville Court at a later date for additional court action.

Sheriff Whitney reports that with the assistance of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies arrested Jeremiah W. Krupp, of Canaseraga, on an Allegany County Violation of Probation Warrant. Krupp, who was being released from the custody of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, was taken into custody and transported back to Allegany County where he was processed, and arraigned in Allegany County Court.  Krupp was remanded to the Allegany County Jail with bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, and is to reappear in County Court on October 16th, 2017 for additional court action.

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

Press release from Livingston County Sheriff:

Amanda L. Truax, 29, Lakeville, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator on September 15, and was issued an appearance ticket to answer charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

John T. Allen was cited for Disorderly Conduct on September 18, and was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Stephanie J. Gitzy, 49, Hemlock, NY, was charged September 15, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Operating a Motor Vehicle out of Ignition Interlock Restriction and Uninspected Motor Vehicle.  Gitzy will respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Todd J. Milliman, 47, Wayland, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Muffler on September 16.  Milliman will answer charges in Lima Town Court on a later date.

Travis E. Mosher, 19, Mt. Morris, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Speeding on September 14, and will address charges in Leicester Town Court on a later date.

Eric A. Braughler, 38, Dansville, NY, was charged September 15, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and No/Inadequate Plate Lamp.  Braughler will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Kiel P. Cameron, 30, Leicester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator on September 17, and was issued an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Thamer R. Alghurairi, 22, Alfred Station, NY, was charged September 15, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Headlamps.  Alghurairi will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Johnny Smith, 30, Rochester, NY, was cited for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator on September 15, and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Bruce D. Newton, 39, and Ceanna N. Campbell, 20, residents of Rochester, NY, and Chelsea L. O’Hare, 23, Greece, NY, were arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree and three counts of Grand Larceny 4th Degree on September 16.  Following arraignment in Nunda Village Court, Newton was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on no bail and Campbell and O’Hare on $10,000 cash bail/$20,000 property bond.  Newton, Campbell and O’Hare will respond to charges in Nunda Village Court on a later date.

Michael J. Sutton, 25, Rochester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle on September 16, and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in response to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Chad D. Mattison, 41, Penfield, NY, was charged September 16, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Operating a Vehicle out of Interlock Restriction and No/Inadequate Muffler.  Mattison will address charges in Geneseo town Court on a later date.

Ana M. Vazques-Soto, 32, Geneseo, NY, was cited for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree on September 15, and was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Nicchia R. McFadden, 22, Lakeville, NY, was cited for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on September 19, and will answer charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Brice R. Meade, 45, Rochester, NY, was arrested September 16, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content.08% or Greater and No/Insufficient Tail Lamps.  Meade will answer charges in Lima Town Court on a later date.

Durune L. Hill, 39, Rochester, NY, was arrested September 19, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Driver View Obstructed and Dazzling Headlights.  Following arraignment in Geneseo Town Court, Hill was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail.  Hill will return to Geneseo Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Jacob J. Wermuth, 19, and Jacob G. Hamsher, 20, both residents of Wayland, NY, and Colby B. Brokaw, 20, Dansville, NY, were cited on September 16, for Unlawful Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage with Intent to Consume by a Person Under 21 Years of Age.  Wermuth, Hamsher and Colby were issued appearance tickets to answer charges in Sparta Town Court on a later date.

Amy M. Bombardier, 41, Hemlock, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree and Harassment 2nd Degree on September 21.  Bombardier was released on appearance tickets to respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Travis J. Jett, 25, Warsaw, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Littering on September 19, and was issued an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Brittany S. Layne, 30, Elkland, PA, was arrested September 21, charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree, Falsifying Business Records, Offering a False Written Statement and Misuse of Food Stamps.  Following arraignment in Mt. Morris Town Court, Layne was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $500 cash bail.  Layne will return to Mt. Morris Town Court to respond to charges on a later date.

Michael J. Benson, 32, Livonia, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, No Distinctive License Plate, Unlicensed Operator and Unregistered Motor Vehicle. Benson will answer charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Steven P. Mellor, 22, Avon, NY, was charged with Harassment 2nd Degree on September 18, and following arraignment in Avon Town Court was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $500.00 cash bail.  Mellor will return to Avon own Court to answer charges on a later date.

Cristina C. Vanvolkenburg, 23, Livonia, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance  7th Degree on September 21, and will respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Robert W. Searchfield, Sr., 47, Caledonia, NY, was arrested September 21, charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 2nd Degree.  Searchfield will address charges in Caledonia Town Court on a later date.

Cattaraugus County: Missing 2 year old found safe after family brawl

At 1:54 a.m. Sunday, Cattaraugus County Deputies were called to 501 Parkside Drive in Limestone for a large fight. After police arrived, the fight had calmed down, but Deputies were then told a two year old child was missing. The child was eventually located at his grandmothers home in Bradford, PA. Police said the child had been taken there by a sober driver to escape the fight. Both parents were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies issued court appearance tickets to Samantha L. Simonds, 25 and Tyler M. Carson, 23. Child Protective Services was also notified.

Wellsville Music Boosters presents "Concert Closet"

From Wellsville Music Booster
Dear Wellsville Families,

We all know that purchasing clothes for children and teens can be very expensive and can put a pinch on finances. In addition, that pinch is often a little harder to take when the clothing items are worn only once or twice. Because of this, the Music Department has teamed up with two local businesses to create a “Concert Closet”.
We are asking for donations of gently used concert attire to help with the initial establishment of the Concert Closet. These items will then become available for students to “rent,” and then return after their performance. What do we need?​
For boys—black pants, white dress shirts, and ties.
For young ladies—black and white dresses, black skirts and white tops.
We are also in need of appropriate dress shoes for both boys and girls.
Two local business on Main Street have graciously volunteered to host the Concert Closet. Trend Addictions will house the clothing items, and the shoes will be housed at Hamilton’s.
A couple of weeks prior to each performance there will be shopping hours established for our students. This will allow parents the opportunity to take their student(s) shopping at these local businesses, within the “Concert Closet,” and be outfitted for a minimal rental fee; $7.00 per outfit or pair of shoes. If both items are needed, the rental fee would be $14.00.

When you return the clothing in the same condition as you received it, (washed-unless dry cleaning is necessary—and undamaged) $5.00 will be returned to you. This means that your child can be fully outfitted for any school concert for just $4.00.
The Concert Closet will be available to all Wellsville Central School students, as well as to students of the Immaculate Conception School.

If you have any of the above listed items starting at a child’s size 8 that you would be willing to donate, please send them into school with your children on the days that they have music or lessons.

Thank you for your support,
The WCS Music Department
Feel free to contact:

Jeff Joslyn
6-12 Band
Music Department Head
585-596-2188 ext. 5115

If you have a donation but unable to drop off the clothing.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Obituary: Kenneth G. Thompson, 76, Angelica

Angelica - Kenneth G. Thompson, 76, of County Rd 15A, passed away Sunday (September 24, 2017) at Absolut At Houghton.
Born in Oneida, PA, October 15, 1940, the son of William and Marie (Neibert) Thompson, he had resided in Angelica for most of his life. Ken was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved all of his kids and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, a daughter Heidi Perkett, a son; Tommy Coen Jr., 3 brothers and 1 sister.
He is survived by his wife; Carol Jacobs Thompson of Angelica, 5 sons; Kenneth J. Thompson of West Seneca, James M. Thompson (Lisa) of Erie Pa., Daniel E. Thompson of Springville, Donald A. Coen of Canaseraga and Michael Coen of Angelica, 1 daughter; Shari Thompson-Schnell of Rochester as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit
A memorial service for Ken will be held on his birthday, October 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Angelica, Pastor David Ford officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be sent to the Short Tract Volunteer Fire Dept. or to the Fillmore Ambulance Corp.

Deep in the hills of Pennsylvania, Terry Pegula's other world

This story originated with the Buffalo News and was shared by Solomon's Words for the Wise...
By Tom Precious Buffalo News

ULYSSES, Pa. – A roughneck rappels down a wire after setting in place another 90-foot section of pipe on a rig that will drill a hole about four miles into the earth.
The 150-foot-tall rig chugs along in a rhythmic hum, boring at a relatively slow pace of 33 feet per hour as the bit hits tougher rock. In the coming days, drilling will slowly turn from vertical to horizontal, pushing through the shale below to tap the natural gas it holds.
Early next year, the next phase – hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – is expected to begin on the six completed wells on a 5-acre drill pad called Headwaters 145. Natural gas should start flowing by next summer from this mountain community in Potter County.
This is Terry Pegula’s other world, far from the heady lifestyles of the NFL and NHL.
Drilling for natural gas is what made him a billionaire four times over and allowed him to purchase the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, after he sold a sizable share of his operations to bigger companies. Many people thought he was out of the natural gas business after he made his fortune. But, behind the scenes, Pegula kept gathering land rights and in the past couple of years stepped up drilling for gas in the mountains of Pennsylvania.
His small company has amassed drilling rights on 120,000 acres of leased land in Potter County. And he is betting more natural gas riches wait to be untapped from the Utica shale.Read more....

A simple thanks from Wellsville Regional News

I offer a simple, yet sincere, thank you to everyone that reads WRN and those who submit information. This commercial-free news blog has, at one point, experienced more than 110,000 viewers per week. This past week has witnessed close to 80,000 unique hits. I operate ad-free with a single provide information, as accurate as it can be, to a broad swath of regional viewers and to those who once called this region home. Information is posted seven days a week, including holidays, simply to keep you informed. I've made errors in posts...and I have made a legitimate attempt to correct errors as soon as I know about them. Yes, I make mistakes (it's a human thing). However, my goal is make corrections promptly.
I post most comments, but not all. Hurtful, hateful and damning comments go away. I'm a solo operator, but I do enjoy contributions from many so-called WRN News Trackers. These are the people that also care about their local communities and want to see information shared. I have also enjoyed professional relationships with several paid media outlets. These media folks trust me and have allowed me to share their content, with proper attribution.
Even on a Sunday afternoon, I continue to work...posting information.
I wish I could reach every community in my multi-county/state footprint. Small communities...Birdsall, Willing, Alma Farmersville, Arkport, Canaseraga,etc.
As long as I have the ability, I'll report the news - good and bad. I owe you that much.

Obituary: Grace Moretti Eagan, North Hornell

North Hornell - Grace Moretti Eagan of 321 Seneca Road, North Hornell, entered into rest Saturday afternoon (September 23, 2017) at the Vincent House in Wayland, following a long illness. Born in Hornell, she was the daughter of Lawrence G. and Lucy (Dininny) Moretti and had been married to the late Robert E. Eagan.  She resided in Rochester for several years and had also lived in New York City and Rocky Hill, CT.
Grace grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of St. Ann’s School, Hornell High School and the former Hornell Commercial Institute.  She received her advanced education from the University of Rochester; the Rochester Institute of Technology; and Queens College in New York City.
She had been employed at Neisner Brothers, Inc. in Rochester in several capacities --- the last one as a buyer in New York City, having been promoted as the first female executive of the chain of 200 stores.  Her company was taken over by Ames Department Stores in Connecticut, where she was appointed Assistant Traffic Manager.
Grace returned to her family in Hornell and immediately took courses to enter the field of Real Estate with the Lang Agency, Inc.   She was active in the Western Steuben-Allegany Board of Realtors and was selected “Realtor of the Year” in 2005.  She subsequently was appointed as an honorary member after leaving the Lang Agency and retiring.
She served several years on the Curriculum Advisory Committee of Alfred State College.  She was a charter member and president of the Administrative Professionals in Rochester for two years; co-president of the St. James Auxiliary; and president of the Italian-American Women’s Club upon her return to Hornell.
In 2006, Grace was appointed a director of the Hornell Credit Union.  She was a member of the Ladies of Columbus and volunteered for the American Red Cross.  Grace also volunteered at the Erie Railroad and Toy Museum every week when it first opened and also volunteered in the later years at McAuley Manor & St. James Mercy Hospital.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church.  She was a member of the St. Ann’s Choir --- beginning while she was in high school at early morning Mass and in later years with Our Lady of the Valley Resurrection Choir.  Grace was an active reader --- especially of the news media.
Grace had the distinct honor of being recruited to become Executive Secretary to Bishop Fulton Sheen after he was appointed Bishop of the Dioceses of Rochester.  She very respectfully and regretfully had to decline this tremendous honor. 
Grace was instrumental in founding a new Catholic Church in Rocky Hill, CT, where she lived for six years.  She was selected as a Co-Chairperson of the planning board and was elated that the board accepted her suggestion to name the church “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.”
She traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada and visited several countries in Europe and Morocco in Africa and also visited the Shrine of Fatima in Portugal.
The highlight of one of her trips to Italy was having Pope John Paul II who was driving by in his Pope Mobile and shaking hands with some of her group.
Grace attended the Belmont Stakes every year and was there to watch the great horse, Secretariat, win the Triple Crown.  She was also present to see the last horse to win the Triple Crown --- “Affirmed” in 1978.  She and her husband owned horses that raced at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway and Roosevelt Raceway. 
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Francis Moretti, Raymond Moretti and Donald Moretti; her sister, Angeline Moretti Hayes; her nieces, Lucianne Moretti and Elizabeth (Hayes) Locke; her nephews, Larry Moretti, John Moretti and Robert Moretti;  her great-great niece, Layla Rose Callahan; her brothers-in-law, James O’Connor and Walter Hayes;  sisters-in-law, Shirley Moretti, Marilyn Moretti & Marian Moretti.
Surviving are two sisters, Rose Ann O’Connor and Mary Teresa Purtell, both of Hornell; several cousins including Lucy Gallese Wiley of Hornell; and several nieces and nephews.
The family of Grace Moretti Eagan will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 2:00 PM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Grace’s family would like to extend a special thank-you to her loving home caregivers, Ella Grimm, Diane Lisi and Bonnie MiKitra, along with the staff of CareFirst Hospice.  We are also most grateful for the dedication and comfort care given to Grace at the Vincent House in Wayland.
Grace’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to the Vincent House, 321 Second Ave., PO Box 566, Wayland, NY 14572.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
To leave an online condolence or print a memorial form, visit

Wellsville VFW plans fundraiser for Judi Hale - A community comes together

NY State Police Blotter

9/23/17 2:25pm- After investigating a domestic dispute, State Police arrested Adam K. Nudd, 19, of Clarksville. He was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief, preventing an emergency call, criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child. He was held on cash bail.
9/23/17 8:11pm- During a traffic stop on I-390 in Avoca, State Police arrested John W. Bart, 39, of Corning. He was charged with felony 1st degree aggravated unlicensed operation, felony BAC above .08% and misdemeanor DWI.
9/23/17 11:17pm- State Police arrested Susan M. Cook, 60, of Corning. She was charged with felony DWI, felony BAC above .08% and two traffic infractions.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Frack Waste Processing and Discharge Planned for the Headwaters of the Allegheny River

From Laurie Barr-
In April of 2016 a representative of JKLM Energy approached Coudersport Borough manager with a proposal for a “water remediation strategy” involving the Coudersport Area Municipal Authority (CAMA) sewage treatment plant.
JKLM’s idea was to situate a frack waste processing facility near CAMA's sewage plant so the facility can pre-treat the waste from JKLM's unconventional wells and then discharge it to CAMA's sewage plant for further treatment and discharge into the Allegheny River under CAMA’s existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
A month later, on May 23, 2016, CAMA & Thomas Joseph, the owner of Epiphany Water Solutions, a company contacted by JKLM, annealed the arrangement by signing a Letter of Intent(LOI), which outlines their responsibilities. CAMA agreed to provide land/building for Epiphany’s equipment, natural gas, electrical and plumbing (per Epiphany specs) etc. Epiphany agreed to pump the pre-treated frack waste to CAMA’s sewage plant for further treatment & disposal for a per barrel (.50- $1.00) fee. Since then CAMA & Epiphany have collaborated, while only a handful of area residents were aware of the plans to transport frack waste to the sewage plant for storage, processing and discharge into the headwaters of the Allegheny River were ongoing.
The Beans Were Spilled
In June of 2017, Coudersport Borough councilman Bryan Welsh learned of the plans and then passed what he learned onto his acquaintances, explaining CAMA may be planning to vote on whether or not to lease property to Epiphany; during their June 28, 2017 meeting.
About a dozen obviously displeased residents attended the June meeting, asked questions and expressed their concerns. Residents were blindsided when they learned the plans for the regional frack waste facility were in the works since the spring of 2016. They asked the board to slow things down. They requested CAMA notify the public of their intentions, share the lease agreement publicly and allow a reasonable amount of time for public review and comments before voting.
And more importantly they asked the board to uphold Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the environmental rights amendment which provides:
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.
A week earlier the PA Supreme Court affirmed Article 1 Section 27 in a landmark ruling. State Impact covered it here.
Financial Risk Concerns
In addition to concerns over regional air and downstream water quality, residents also raised concerns over the identifiable financial risks that engaging in a scheme with Thomas Joseph, Epiphany’s owner may present. Google searches revealed several hundred complaints related to another one of Thomas Joseph’s business ventures. They recommended due diligence. The board postponed the vote. They agreed to hold a special meeting on July 12, 2017 to discuss “real estate negotiations.”
All is fair in love and CAMA business
During the July 12, 2017 meeting the board did not accept questions and limited public comments to two minutes. “Safety of the community, environmental issues, economic issues and what is best for the community have been taken into account.”  The CAMA board voted unanimously, agreeing to lease to Epiphany. The board successfully kept the details of their secret plan from being sabotaged by the underlings.
This was ethical barbarism. The public has fundamental rights; to have their interests considered and more importantly protected. CAMA’s refusal to address the concerns members of the community raised, before strengthening their unusual commitment to JKLM by signing the lease with Epiphany; calls into question the board’s ability to ethically handle the  public’s affairs.
According to CAMA's meeting minutes, they invested significantly to cover engineering costs associated with the project. And the lease agreement requires the authority to purchase the gravel and pay to have it spread and compacted and fund "all required engineering and permitting for the successful completion of the project."
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, north central regional office, the fledgling company’s central waste facility calls for technology that is “unproven” to treat frack waste, if authorized it would be “the first of its kind.” Investing in something with no guarantees for re-payment is called a game of chance, a lottery, a sweepstakes, not a sewage authority.
CAMA’s willingness to go out on a limb by investing heavily in Joseph’s project, in response to JKLM’s request seems extraordinary and it seems judicious to question this. Two days after the lease was signed, on July 14, 2017, Epiphany Allegheny LLC., applied for an Industrial Wastewater Facility permit and also an Air Quality permit “exemption.” 
Raise Sewage Rates?
On September 6, 2017 an “Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Plan" prepared by Uni-tec Consulting Engineers Inc. for  CAMA (cha-ching), was filed with the Potter County Conservation District. The filing fee was $320.00 and CAMA covered the filng fee (cha-ching) also. Days earlier during CAMA's August meeting, the solicitor explained to those who attended the authority was having financial difficulties and the board needs to find new ways to raise funds or raise user’s sewage bills.
Air Quality Concerns
Back in June, after learning Epiphany may evaporate frack waste near Coudersport’s western border; area residents began releasing helium balloon from the road near CAMA’s sewage plant. Balloons drifted from the site, downwind; over Katy’s restaurant, Fox’s Pizza, Empereon Marketing which is one of Potter County’s largest employers and Coudersport Elementary School. 
Threat on the Allegheny Watershed
Processing and discharging waste into the headwaters of the Allegheny River needlessly threatens the water source hundreds of thousands of citizens residing in downstream communities, including Pittsburgh, PA rely upon because currently frack waste from the area's unconventional wells is hauled to zero discharge facilities in McKean County, PA where it is recycled and sent to well pads for reuse.
Citizens deserve to bring their comments and concerns surrounding this project to those who are willing and qualified to respond.
We the undersigned request,
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection hold a public hearing in Potter County, to explain the permitting process to the area residents and answer their questions surrounding air & water quality, health, safety, and environment followed by a formal (at least) 30 day publicized public comment period before permits associated with the project are authorized. 
This petition will be delivered to:
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf
  • Click HERE to view more or to sign the petition

PA State Police Blotter - Coudersport Station

9/22/17 7:40am-State Police said "unknown actors" deposited a bag of garbage at 406 State Street in Ulysses. The suspect(s) then fled the scene, possibly in a red colored pick-up truck.
9/20/17 6:16pm- State Police said two people were injured in a vehicle crash on East 2nd Street in Coudersport. Troopers said Kim Ruffner, 54, od Coudersport was westbound approaching the Laurelwood Hotel when a motorcycle pulled in front of the vehicle. Ruffner then swerved and struck a utility pole. The driver was partially ejected. A passenger, Lynn Ruffner, 52, of Coudersport, was completely ejected. Troopers said neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt. Both occupants were transported to different hospitals. The crash remains under investigation.
9/20/17 7:25am- State Police investigated a harassment complaint in Genesee Township. According to a standard press release, a "known" unnamed juvenile made a threatening statement against a "known" juvenile. The case was closed.
9/17/17 12:31pm- Troopers said the life of a 49-year-old Roulette  was threatened via text. An "unknown actor" sent the messages to a "known female" according to the standard press release. The investigation is ongoing.

Drug Task Force makes arrest in Franklinville

Senator Young Posthumously Honors World War II Veteran Donald L. Buchanan of Rushford

Senator Young stands alongside the children of Donald Buchanan, Sr. From  left to right: Senator Cathy Young, Sue Willard,
Donald Buchanan Jr., Jeff Buchanan, Esther Goodyear
OLEAN, NY – World War II veteran Private First Class Donald L. Buchanan, U.S. Army, was posthumously honored for his distinguished service to our nation on Saturday, September 23.
During a ceremony at War Veterans Park in Olean, New York, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) presented Private First Class Buchanan’s family members with military decorations, in recognition of his World War II service with the U.S. Army.
“Donald Buchanan was the embodiment of World War II’s Greatest Generation. He left home and family when duty called to defend our nation and protect the world from tyranny. The freedoms and values that we hold dear, as Americans, were safeguarded and strengthened by the sacrifices and dedication of Private First Class Buchanan and all of our veterans. We owe them a profound debt of gratitude,” said Senator Young.
“Presenting these service medals is a symbol of our nation’s immense appreciation and an affirmation that the cherished liberties Private First Class Buchanan defended over seven decades ago, remain central to the American way of life,” Senator Young continued. “Today and every day, we are inspired by his legacy of courage, commitment and patriotism.”
Donald Buchanan, Jr., Private First Class Buchanan’s son, said, “Our father instilled in all of us, a sense of patriotism and an appreciation for our freedoms. We were always proud of our dad and his service to our nation during World War II. We are grateful to have these medals as a reminder of all that he accomplished.”
Born in Rushford, New York on December 20, 1919, Private Buchanan was working as a dairy farmer on the family farm when he was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 20, 1942 at the age of 23.
Trained as a light truck driver, Private Buchanan was reassigned to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, where he was part of the initial unit of the newly formed 350th “Battle Mountain,” Infantry Regiment of the 88th Division.
The first U.S. Army division comprised entirely of draftees, the 88th Infantry Division, nicknamed the “The Fighting Blue Devils,” was under the command of Maj. General John E. Sloan. The division left the U.S. by troop ship on December 4, 1943, arriving in Casablanca, French Morocco for intensive training. 
From North Africa, the regiment advanced to Naples, Italy on February 6, 1944, becoming the first all-draftee unit to enter a World War II combat zone. Private Buchanan, as a driver, was part of the convoy that transported the 350th Infantry to Anzio on May 29. The unit immediately went into combat, engaging in a series of skirmishes and battles as the enemy took up defensive positions in Rome. On June 4, the men of the 350th and their 88th Infantry Division counterparts became the first unit of the 5th Army to enter Rome, two days before the Normandy Invasion.
The unit continued northward across the Tiber River, reaching Bassanelio where the Regiment underwent rest and training. The men of the 350th Infantry were ordered into defensive positions near Pomerance on July 5, and initiated an attack toward Volterra. Although the enemy presented fierce resistance, the men of the 350th Infantry liberated three cities and reached the Arno River on July 20.
The Regiment joined the rest of the 88th Infantry Division on July 28, braving a brutal enemy counterattack and continued fighting as it made its way to the Po Valley. In the first three months of 1945, the unit defended the Loiano-Livergnano region and then returned to the front. The Po River was crossed on April 24, and the Regiment moved into the Alps where it joined other elements of the 88th Infantry Division and the 103rd Infantry Division, in time for the ending of hostilities on May 2, 1945.
From May 2, 1945 to August 2, 1945, Private Buchanan was part of the Division force responsible for guarding and later repatriating 324,462 prisoners of war. By the end of the war, the men of the 88th Infantry Division had been in combat 344 days, suffering 13,111 casualties.
Private Buchanan departed the European Theater on August 16, 1945 and returned to the United States eight days later. He was discharged, a private first class, on October 11, 1945 from Camp Campbell, Kentucky. He had served two years, 10 months and 27 days on active duty with one year, two months and 20 days overseas, with most of that time in direct combat.
Mr. Buchanan returned to Rushford and resumed his work on the family farm, before purchasing his own 100-acre dairy farm on Rush Creek Road. He married Virginia Irene Pangburn of Cuba, raising nine children. The couple was married 18 years when Mrs. Buchanan preceded her husband in death. He died in 1976.
Recognizing Private First Class Buchanan’s tremendous service, his family was presented with the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Honorable Service Lapel Button, the U.S. Army Sharpshooter Badge with Machine Gun Bar, the U.S. Army Driver and Mechanics Badge. The family was also presented with the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross with Silver Device and the New York State Medal for Merit with four Silver Devices.