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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Alfred University student charged with multiple felony drug counts


An Alfred University student is jailed without bail…accused of selling and possessing drugs. This evening, Alfred Police Chief Paul Griffith reported the arrest of Justin Riccio, 21, of Hartsdale, NY. He was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Riccio was arrested at 5 p.m. today at his home on West University Street on an Allegany County court warrant. Griffith said the arrest stemmed from a lengthy investigation by Alfred police, the Southern Truer Regional Drug Task Force, state police CNET and Alfred University Public Safety. Police allege that Riccio sold drugs to an undercover agent. He was remanded to the Allegany County Jail without bail.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday February 28, 2017
Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Cheyenne M. Miller, age 26 of Wellsville, for failure to appear in Court on a previous Issuing a Bad Check charge.  Miller was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Miller was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 cash bail.  Miller is due back in Wellsville Village Court on March 21st at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Traci A. Fay, age 41 of Wellsville, charging her with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place at Giant in Wellsville.  Fay was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Fay is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on March 14th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville woman faces felony forgery count


Wellsville Police Tuesday arrested Jescinda M. Howells, age 46 of Wellsville, charging her with Forgery 2nd (Class D Felony). The charge stems from an incident that took place on February 24th on Chamberlain Street.  Howells was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Howells was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail $20,000.00 property bond.  Howells is due back in Wellsville Village Court on March 21st at 4:30 p.m.

Federal court: Whitesville man pleads guilty to meth charge


Buffalo, N.Y. – Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Timothy J. Billings, 31, of Whitesville, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.  The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who is handling the case, stated that between January of 2011 and October 25, 2011, the defendant conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. In order to avoid restriction on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, an important chemical in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, Billings engaged in the practice of “smurfing” (buying small quantities) at local pharmacies.
The conviction is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division; the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), under the direction of Lieutenant Kevin Reyes and Major David Krause; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Region; the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; the Wellsville Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy O’Grady; U.S. Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent-in-Charge Steven Oldman; and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, under the direction of Captain Frank Lauricella.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2017, before Judge Vilardo. 

Eldred: Man kills himself in front of troopers

Kane-based troopers said a 52-year-old Galeton man shot himself in front of troopers Monday night. Troopers responded to a disturbance call at the Eldred PennDot parking area. As police rolled in, they said the man entered his truck, then killed himself.

Violent assault in Ceres Township

Pennsylvania troopers are investigating a violent attack in Ceres Township. Police said a man wearing a black ski mask kicked in the door to a Champlin Hollow Road home, then beat and stabbed a person. The suspect fled in a dark blue colored pickup truck. Troopers are looking for leads.

Ceres, PA: One stabbed in violent assault



Opinion: Hope still exists for Wellsville, despite the challenges

There remains hope for the future of the Wellsville economy, even though mega-giant Walmart put the screws to the area when it decided not to locate here. Some were happy, many were disappointed. What's done is done.
But, there seems to be a hint of hope for the community. Monday night, the village board approved a loan for a new Main Street business, From the Hart. The custom laser engraving and Irish import shop will open up by summer, the second vacant Main Street property to receive CPR and survive. These new businesses are being championed by local folks, investing local dollars in something they believe in.
When I was at the tender age of 24, myself and supporters, created WJQZ radio, the first commercial FM radio service in the county. At the peak, I employed 20 people. That business continues today. I appreciate  the concept of a dream. In the day, our phrase was the realization of a dream.
Growing up, I recall that Main Street in Wellsville was THE place. It had everything from a bakery to men's & women's clothing to a department store and more.
In today's world, we see Siemen's and the (former Air Preheater) cutting back. We see Lukfin kicking skilled and professional workers to the curb. Yes, it's concerning.
Then comes the entrepreneurial spirit, much like I had in the 1980's. Local people, investing in Main Street to make Wellsville thrive again.  
Despite all the bad news reported here and elsewhere, people are still willing to invest money on Main Street. People have dreams...and they want to make Wellsville grow.
Is the local economy rocky? Yup. Is there concern? Yepper. But there is a spirit in Wellsville and surrounding small communities. A desire to succeed. We can either say it's over and walk away...or we can rise up and say...NO, this is our town and we damn well plan to see it prosper again.
The choice is simple- shop here and make it grow or walk away. I plan to stay and watch the miracle.

The Storybook Project with SUNY GENESEO


GENESEO- Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty is pleased to announce a new inmate reading program, “The Storybook Project,” in cooperation with students at SUNY Geneseo.
The Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with students in a class taught by faculty member Ginni Jurkowski from the college’s Department of Communication. Students from her course “Features and Opinion Writing” enter the jail supervised by faculty and deputies to meet with parent inmates to make an audio recording of the inmate reading a story book for their children. The recording is then mailed home to the child with the book for the child to read along while listening to mom or dad reading to them on the compact disc.
“We are excited to partner with the college,” said Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Hammond, who led the initiative for the Sheriff’s Office.  “When the college approached us, I saw this as an opportunity to help keep the family bond in place during a time that some moms and dads have made poor choices and subsequently are separated from their children.”
Students from the college have been going to the jail twice a week working with inmates requesting the opportunity to make the audio recording.  They expect to meet with approximately 30 inmates a month.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division facilitate the shipment of the book and CD to the inmate’s child.  Students from Mrs. Jurkowski’s Public Relations writing course also have been involved by creating promotional materials about the project as part of their active learning.
“Through this learning experience, students are actively involved in our community,” said Jurkowski. “They apply the skills from our specialized writing classes to real-world settings. Students are especially pleased to be able to help the children who are impacted by the incarceration of a parent.  The benefits to the students, the inmates and the children can have a life-long impact.”
All of the participating college students attended a training class on what is acceptable and not acceptable and also what is legal and illegal when entering a correctional facility.   The funding for the program is provided by inmate funds at no cost to the taxpayer. 

Genesee, PA Fire Dept holds monthly Spaghetti Dinner March 2nd- Let them cook for you!




Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, February 27, 2017:

Arraignment
DONEL CATHCART, 32, of Buffalo , New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class B felonies and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on January 6, 2017, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug with intent to sell it and possessed scales designed to measure controlled substances with intent to use, for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, packaging or dispensing of any narcotic drug.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Guilty Pleas
ERIN BELL, 35, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class C felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The crime occurred on June 28, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess and sell a controlled substance.  Sentencing is scheduled for March 12, 2018.

MICHAEL J. SMITH, 43, of Gowanda, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on November 2, 2015, in the Town of Persia, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a controlled substance. Sentencing is scheduled for March 12, 2018.

LAURIE CORNELIUS, 47, of Wellsville, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, class D felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The crime occurred between January 15, 2016 and January 22, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess and sell a controlled substance.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2017.

KELLY M. CRAWFORD, 36, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor to satisfy a pending indictment and was sentenced to 2 years of probation.  The incident occurred October 8, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold cocaine. 

Sentences
NICHOLAS S. COSSAIRT, 28, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced as a NON VIOLENT PREDICATE FELONY OFFENDER  to a determinate term of 5 years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 5 years of post release supervision for his conviction to Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony. The crime occurred on July 17, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime therein.

BRYANT GALMER, 29, Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a determinate term of 2 years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 2 years post release supervision for his conviction  to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on January 16, 2016 in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug.

DONALD APPLEWHITE, 25, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to 5 years of probation for his conviction to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on June 24, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic preparation. 

CHRISTOPHER R. ROWAND, 37 of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a determinate term of 2 ½ years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 2 years of post release supervision for his conviction to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony and 15 days in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction to Driving While Ability Impaired, a violation.  The incident occurred on January 28, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle while he was under the influence of alcohol and knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a narcotic drug with the intent to sell it. 

REGINALD IRION, 57, of Gowanda, New York, was sentenced to 5 years of probation for his conviction to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  The incident occurred on November 11, 2015, in the Town of Persia, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug. 

THOMAS J. ARCHER, 21, of Delevan, New York, was sentenced to an indeterminate term of 1 to 3 years with the New York State Department of Corrections for his conviction to Burglary in the Third Degree, class D felony and Unlawful Growing Cannabis, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on June 13, 2016, in the Town of Machias, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein and unlawfully grew marijuana.

LANCE E. EK, 45, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a indeterminate term of 1 ½ to 3 years with the New York State Department of Corrections for his conviction to Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony, for an incident that occurred on July 28, 2015, in the City of Olean, when the defendant attempted to cause serious physical injury to another person.  He was sentenced to a determinate term of 1 year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction to Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, for an incident that occurred on or about January 19, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant possessed stolen property.  Finally, the defendant was sentenced to a determinate term of 5 years with the New York State Department of Corrections for his conviction to Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony, for an incident that occurred on or about April 7, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime therein.  All terms are to run consecutively.

Wellsville woman pleads guilty to felony drug crime

A Wellsville woman pleaded guilty to a felony drug crime Monday in Cattaraugus County court. Prosecutors said Laurie Cornelius, 47 of Wellsville entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, class D felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred between January 15, 2016 and January 22, 2016, in the City of Olean, when the she knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess and sell a controlled substance.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2017.

Wellsville Moose Lodge plans Fish Fry March 3

Wellsville Moose Lodge
Fish Fry Friday
March 3, 2017
5 - till gone
$10.00
To benefit Safe Surfing initiative
Safe Surfing is supported by the Moose organization that fights for child safety on the internet.  One of the Moose Riders who helps support this initiative is none other than Erik Estrada.  We had the pleasure of meeting him at a convention three years ago.  He is very passionate about Safe Surfing and protecting our children. If you would like to know more, please stop in at the Moose and read their latest newsletter!!

Wellsville: New business to open soon on Main Street

A vacant storefront on Main Street in Wellsville will be occupied with a new business in the coming months. The village board Monday night voted to approve a $30,000 loan to From The Hart. The new business will  be located at 108 North Main Street. For those with some Wellsville roots, it's the former Searles News Stand. The loan will be administered through Alfred Housing. Robert Sobeck, Executive Director, said the loan is for 10 years at 2% interest. Sobeck said this is the second vacant storefront to be filled so far this year and he said this morning that "more are coming." The loan was made to Hart's Delight's LLC, owned by Jerome and Nancy Hart.
In a statement to Wellsville Regional News today, Mayor Randy Shayler said "proceeds of the loan will be used to acquire equipment and inventory and to make building modifications for their Custom Engraving retail operation to be located at 108 N Main St in the Village of Wellsville. The Harts are established Wellsville business owners (Hart Memorials).  They are repurposing a vacant property in the heart of downtown Wellsville, and their unique product line will draw additional retail traffic into the area.  Obviously we are very pleased to participate in this Main Street growth, and we encourage others to take advantage of our business-friendly downtown opportunities."
"We want to help make Wellsville great again," is what Jerome (and Nancy) Hart said this morning during a sit down interview with Wellsville Regional News.  Both have deep heritage in the local community. The new business will feature custom laser engraving on anything from glass to wood and beyond. "Nancy and I are fulfilling a long time dream of operating a gift retail shop on Main Street," Mr. Hart said. 
He also said that about half of the retail space will also be dedicated to Irish import products, which he hopes will draw in customers from Hornell, Olean and Pennsylvania. He noted no such product line is available in the regional area. Hart said seven contract workers have been busy since November revamping the retail space and the second story apartments. He said he anticipated the store opening by early summer. The Harts plan to hire a number of retail associates to operate the store, which will be open six days per week and at least one evening. He also said that as the weather improves, workers will create a new Main Street appearance for the property.
Sobeck said the loan fund still has about $60,000 available and he encouraged startups or existing businesses that want to make improvements to consider the program.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday February 27, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested James M. R. Mosher, age 31 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on North Main Street in January.  Mosher was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Mosher was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 cash bail.  Mosher is due back in Wellsville Village Court on March 21st at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Bradley M. Crandall, age 49 of Wellsville, charging him with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place at on North Main Street.  Crandall was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Crandall is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on February 28th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville: Lions Club presents 72nd annual Variety Show March 3,4

On March 3rd and 4th the Wellsville Lions Club will present its 72nd annual Variety Show at the Wellsville High School.
This year’s theme is “Big Al’s Malt Shop Memories” and will feature members of the club singing,
telling jokes, and performing in short skits.  Local musicians will also be featured during the show. 
Please come out and support the Wellsville Lions Club and the many
organizations and individuals that they help in the local community.



 

Obituary: Karl M. Reitnauer, 87, Hornell

Hornell - Karl M. Reitnauer, 87, formerly of East Washington St., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday (February 26, 2017) at Elderwood Nursing Home, in Hornell.
Born in North Hornell, NY, August 20, 1929, a son of Charles and Ruth Hover Reitnauer, he had resided in Hornell his entire life. Karl was a graduate of the Hornell High School. He was employed by New York State Department of Transportation as a bridge repair foreman. Karl served his country in the United States Army from January 8, 1951 until November 5, 1952 during the Korean Conflict. On May 22, 1954 Karl married the former Ann Fuller who predeceased him on October 26, 2016. He had a great love for his family and his country.
Karl was a long time active member of the Hillside Baptist Church. He served on the Mission Committee at church and was also a member of the Hornell American Legion.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Ann, an infant son David, 3 brothers Richard, Robert and Donald Reitnauer, 1 sister Ruth Reitnauer and a daughter-in-law Lori Reitnauer.
He is survived by 2 daughters, Nancy (David) Lewis of Arkport and Kathryn (Paul) HerrNeckar of Hornell, 2 sons, Otto (Sharla) Reitnauer of Georgia and Max Reitnauer of Maryland, 1 sister, Suzanne McCrea of Wellsville, 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.  The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director.
The family will be present from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday (March 2, 2017) , at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell. Funeral services will be held on Friday (March 3, 2017) at 11a.m. at the Hillside Baptist Church, 805 Co Rd 66, Hornell, NY 14843, Rev. Craig Brittingham officiating. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.
Friends may make memorial contributions to: the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 Henrietta Rd. Rochester, NY 14620 or to the Hornell American Legion. 

Mayor Aiello to Honor LaDorna Fox With a Key to the City

William J. Aiello, Mayor of the City of Olean, will honor LaDorna C. Fox with a Key to the City at the Regular Meeting of the Olean Common Council on February 28, 2017 at 6:35 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
"LaDorna Fox has served the community since 1992 when she was elected to the Olean Common Council as Alderman for the former Ward 10," Mayor Aiello said. "Her ward was eliminated when the new City Charter took effect on January 1, 1994. Shortly thereafter she was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). She was elected Chairperson of the ZBA in 2002."
"During her tenure she made many important decisions for our residents; her wealth of knowledge and experience were vital as the ZBA deliberated over many challenging issues," Mayor Aiello added.
Captain Ed Jennings, Supervisor of the Codes Office for the City of Olean said, "LaDorna has always had the best interest of the City at heart. As a member of the ZBA she was thoughtful, courteous and completely committed to making decisions that would benefit the residents of Olean. We are grateful for her many years of dedicated service."
"LaDorna has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our community and not only during her 25 years of service to the City. In addition, she has taught art to our residents, she has delivered Meals on Wheels, and she has volunteered at the Olean YMCA. Residents such as LaDorna make Olean a great place to live and it is fitting to honor her with a key to the City," Mayor Aiello said.

Allegany Arc is offering a Conflict Resolution training

Free Training: How Do You Know When You Need Help with Communication/Conflict Resolution? 

Wellsville, NY – When people are confused, anxious, and having to guess what needs to be accomplished. Or when you are in the middle of a communication triangle, conflict management is what’s needed.
Communication. It is the fundamental link connecting people. Without it, you are lost. And yet few of us are actually taught how to effectively communicate.
Allegany Arc is offering a Conflict Resolution training for professionals/families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are touched by the life-changing decisions of moving out on their own or leading a self-directed life.
Location: J. Charles Shine Boardroom (240 O’Connor Street, Wellsville, NY)
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: FREE
RSVP: (585) 593-5700 Ext. 543

Monday, February 27, 2017

WLEA: 25 To Life – For Michael Beard

BATH, NY – The Star Gazette reports that Michael Beard, the 45-year-old man from Elmira Heights, was sentenced this afternoon, to 25 years to life in prison, without parole. Beard was convicted of killing Kelley Clayton in the Steuben County Town of Caton, in 2015.Click here to read full story from the Star Gazette.

Wellsville Board approves WAG bridge inspection

The Village Board in Wellsville Monday night authorized the DPW Director to sign an agreement with Hunt Engineers for the WAG Bridge inspection over the Genesee River. This is the agreement:

Wellsville Village Board discusses WAG trail

The Wellsville Village Board Monday night acknowledged that 'trail blazers' will be painted on utility poles along the proposed WAG Trail through the village. Signs/markings will be posted on N. Main Street, Seneca Street, Chamberlain Street, Brooklyn Avenue and West State Street. Below is the information the Board provided the media:

Notes from Wellsville Village Board meeting 2/27/17

  • The Board approved the Mayor's appointment of Dick Golas to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • The Texas Hot will seek to renew its liquor license. The Board offered no comment
  • 2017/18 budget update: Trustee J. Cole said "things are progressing." He'll have additional information next month.
  • The Board approved the Allegany ARC 5k run/walk on May 20th. The police chief said he anticipates no problem.
  • There was no update on the Burrous Building project.
  • DPW Director Bill Whitfield was approved as the MEUA voting delegate.
  • Wellsville police labor agreement was shuffled to executive (i.e. behind closed doors) session.
  • The fire department was granted permission to hold a "boot drive" on April 29 to coincide with the Trout Derby. The collection locations will be State & Main, Pearl & Main, TOPS lot and Sav-A-Lot lot.
  • The state and municipal grant application for $200,000 was submitted to Sen. Cathy Young for additional funding for the Main Street Enhancement project...items that were cut from the Main Street Gateway Project.

Fillmore man arrested by Livingston deputies

Daniel K. Murphy, 57, Fillmore, NY, was charged February 21, with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, Uninspected Motor Vehicle and No/Inadequate Tail Lamp.  Murphy will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Steuben: Garage door installer indicted


The New York State Police at Bath announce the arrest of a former Painted Post man on a sealed indictment handed up by a Steuben County Grand Jury.  Todd W. Calton, age 55, of 400 Wenzell Ave., Apt. 300, Pittsburgh, Pa., and formerly of 3402 Stanton St., Painted Post, N.Y., was indicted by a Grand Jury in September, 2015, for Scheme to Defraud, 1st degree (class E felony); two (2) counts of Grand Larceny, 4th degree (class E felonies); and Petit Larceny (class A misdemeanor), as a result of an investigation conducted by Investigators from the Steuben Co. District Attorney’s Office.  It is alleged that Calton, owner of a garage door installation business, received payment from multiple customers, and failed to perform the agreed upon service.  Calton was located in the Pittsburgh area and charged with being a Fugitive From Justice.  Upon his return to New York, he was remanded to the Steuben Co. Jail pending his appearance in Steuben Co. Court. 

Steuben looks for additional public defense funding


Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler, state Sen. Tom O'Mara, R-Big Flats, county Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski, R-Campbell and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning met with county legislators and department heads to discuss concerns for the coming year.
 
BATH –Steuben County legislators continued to urge state leaders to provide state funding for anticipated cost increases for independent public defense of income-eligible (indigent) criminal defendants. In addition to formal support for a bill in the state Assembly requiring the state to pay for independent public defense, legislators also raised the issue during an early morning meeting Monday with state Sen. Tom O'Mara, R-Big Flats, and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning. O'Mara and Palmesano supported a similar measure last year, which was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Both men pledged their continued support of the bill, with O'Mara warning Steuben lawmakers the income standard for eligibility may be raised to allow more people to qualify. County legislators also requested the state increase the 12.7 percent share of Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) fees now allocated to county DMVs. The local share has not increased since 1999 and fails to meet the increase in local services. Steuben lawmakers also asked the U.S. Congress to issue a commemorative coin honoring county native and aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss. Curtiss, of Hammondsport, was an important figure in early aviation and is known as the "Father of Naval Aviation."

Allegany County advances extension of local sales tax

The Allegany County Legislature Monday afternoon voted 10-3 to extend the local 1.5% sale tax. The state legislature must now approve the action. It wasn't a unanimous vote. Lawmakers Karl Graves, Scott Burt and Dave Decker rejected the notion. During an interview this afternoon, legislator Scott Burt said he's a "regular person"...a "common voter." He said "we can do better with the amount of money we're spending." In the past, Burt has suggested reducing the 1.5% sales tax extension to 1.25%. His plan never gained traction. Burt says he is always told..."next time."
Two Florida vacation lawmakers were absent for todays vote. They were Dwight Fanton and Norm Ungermann.
Karl Graves had spoken out against the sale tax extension. Legislator Dave Decker was unavailable for comment.
County records show that the sales tax extension brings in an additional $6.4 million in revenue.

Man pleads guilty to shooting DEC officer in Columbia County

Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Today, Alan Blanchard is taking responsibility for his dangerous and reckless conduct when he shot Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) James Davey. I commend the work of our ECOs, New York State Police and Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka in helping to bring this case to fruition, and I hope it serves as an example for all that illegal hunting after dusk and careless conduct with firearms will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I also again want to thank Lt. Liza Bobseine, who was on patrol with ECO Davey that evening, and whose swift action in the field, compressing the wound, is credited with saving his life."
Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka said, "I want to thank NYSP Sr. Inv. Bill Mulrein and give the highest praise to ECO Davey and Lt. Bobseine. These brave public servants work night and day to enforce the law and protect us all. The people of Columbia County and, in particular, the sportsmen and women of Columbia County, are extremely grateful for their service. We hope that this conviction will deter other irresponsible hunters - an extremely small minority - from similar criminal conduct."

Alan Blanchard, 55, of Gallatin, pleaded guilty to Assault in the 2nd degree, a Class D felony, in Columbia County Court in front of Judge Jonathan Nichols today. The two ECOs were in the town of Gallatin investigating reports of deer poaching that night when Blanchard shot Davey in the pelvis. He underwent surgery at the Mid-Hudson Hospital, spent time in the Intensive Care Unit, and is now undergoing extensive rehabilitation for his injuries.
Blanchard is due back in court April 28 for sentencing. Assault in the 2nd degree carries penalties of up to seven years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
ECO Davey, 39, is a 12-year veteran of the force, having graduated from the DEC Basic Police Academy in 2005. He is currently assigned to patrol Columbia County. Officer Davey is a Division of Criminal Justice Services-Certified Police Instructor, having recently become a Certified Firearms instructor for the DEC.

Dakota Miller Trial Delayed Again

The trial of the man accused of killing a baby in Hornell has been delayed again.  According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker the primary DNA analyst in the Dakota Miller case had to have an emergency medical procedure, and is expected to be unavailable for 6 to 8 weeks.  No new date has been set.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Sunday February 26, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Robert N. Young, age 27 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on Andover Road in the Village of Wellsville.  Young was processed and arraigned before Town of Willing Judge Guiney.  Young was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $2,000.00 cash bail.  Young is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on February 28th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Shayna A. Clark, age 26 of Wellsville, for failure to appear in Court and/or pay fine.  Clark was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Clark pled guilty to her charge, paid restitution of $153.12 and was released.

Date: Saturday February 25, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Alec T. Pratt, age 21 of Wellsville, charging him with Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd, Menacing 3rd, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing of Circulation, Criminal Mischief 4th, Criminal Trespass 2nd and Harassment 2nd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on Sunnydale Avenue in the Village.  Pratt was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Pratt was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,000.00 cash bail.  Pratt is due back in Wellsville Village Court on March 21st at 4:30 p.m.
Date: Friday February 24, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Jescinda M. Howells, age 46 of Wellsville, charging her with aggravated unlicensed operation 2nd, Unsafe Tires and Possession of a Forged License.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on Chamberlain Street in the Village.  Howells was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Howells was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 cash bail.  Howells is due back in Wellsville Village Court on April 18th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Gary L. Halsey, age 36 of Wellsville, charging him with DWI and DWI w/BAC of .08% or more.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on the Genesee Parkway in the Village.  Halsey was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Halsey is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on March 14th at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Canaseraga: Sex Offender charged with two felonies


NY State Police Blotter

2/25/17 1:39pm- Two people were injured in a two vehicle collision on State Route 248 in the Town of Willing. Troopers listed the drivers as George H. Johnson,  81 of Wellsville and Tiffany J. Dochstader, 28 of Cuba.
2/26/17 2:43am- During a traffic stop in the Village of Allegany, state police arrested Brendon R. O'Keefe, 26 of Allegany. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a BAC above .08%. He was released on court tickets.
2/25/17 9pm- State police arrested Dakota M. Jurek, 22 of Delevan. He was charge with felony burglary (dwelling), criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment with physical contact. He was held for court action.
2/25/17 1:10pm- State police arrested Robert P. Pate, 38 of Hornell. He was charged with petit larceny and issued a court ticket.
2/25/17 4:04am- State police investigated a personal injury crash on County Road 53 in Dansville. The driver was arrested. troopers charged Matthew J. Cummings, 25 of Arkport, with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding, failure to keep right and no seatbelt.

Hornell man arrested after he ditches car

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies report the arrest of Anthony D. Buisch, 20, of Hornell. He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs. According to deputies, they received a call early Saturday of a vehicle in a ditch on State Route 16 in Yorkshire. Police alleged that the driver had abilities impaired by a substance other than alcohol. He was taken to a hospital for a blood test. Buisch was released to a third party and will answer the charge in court at a later date.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rep. Tom Reed talks about town hall meetings

By Tom Reed:
I spent last Saturday holding four town halls across my district in western New York. As many of you might have seen, those town halls drew a large attendance. Although it might have been difficult to see how a productive conversation could have resulted, these events allowed for us to have a dialogue and find common ground on the difficult issues facing our great nation.
It has been, and will always be my policy to listen to my neighbors in New York’s 23rd District. Even if we have different points of view, I value the input and suggestions on how to solve problems. I firmly believe that holding town halls is one of the best ways to be accessible to those we represent. We have held over 200 town halls in all 11 counties in my district. Holding a public forum where we can gather and formulate productive dialogue is the best way for my office to be responsive to the needs of those we work to serve.
I always look forward to having a dialogue with members of the community, both those who agree with my stances and those who do not. I care about hearing from all sides. I always encourage people to exercise their first amendment rights and come to a town hall meeting or to one of our offices to express their views. Our office takes the input from our constituents to DC to create fair public policy that will benefit everyone.
I care deeply about being accessible to those in my district. I am proud of this fact. I will never shut out my constituents just because we disagree. I firmly believe that you can’t represent people unless you talk with them and listen to them. This isn’t just a platitude. I truly care about what people think. As a result, this type of open conversation allows for a stronger democracy and more responsive government.
As a result of those 200 plus town halls, and countless tele-town halls and public forums, I have a better understanding of what my constituents need and expect from their government. I heard great ideas on how to best amend the ACA. I can now take these ideas and discuss them with the Ways and Means Committee. I will work to make sure the best ideas are implemented into law. This is how government should work and needs to work. For too long Washington has not listened to the needs of average Americans. I ran for office to change this. I will always work with those I represent to find common ground and echo their needs in Washington.
Public input is the cornerstone of our democracy. Despite the perception of the recent town halls, once you cut through the static and noise we were able to have a civil and respectful conversation. This is what I will always strive to do. It is the best way to strengthen our democracy and make Washington work to benefit the American people.

Wellsville: David A. Howe Library receives national award

The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the winners of 12 awards honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach in 2017. PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr., along with the award sponsors and PLA members, will recognize all of the award winners as part of the PLA Member Welcome Breakfast on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill.
EBSCO Excellence in Rural Library Service Award
2017 Recipient: David A. Howe (N.Y.) Public Library
Honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less with an upper per capita income limit of not more than the 75th quartile of the national average that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. A plaque and a $1,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference. Established in 1991. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services.

Purpose and Criteria

The EBSCO Excellence in Rural Library Service Award provides recognition and an honorarium to a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less with an upper per capita income limit of not more than the 75th quartile of the national average that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. Individual branch libraries of a library system are not eligible to apply. The award honors a public library for all or any of the following:
  • Uniqueness of service of program
  • Impact of program or service on community
  • How the service or program will affect the future of the library and its community

Independence PD says burglary report was fake


Independence police Saturday afternoon arrested a woman for reporting a fake burglary in progress call. Police said Nicole L. Graves, 29 of Whitesville was charged with falsely reporting an incident and offering a false written statement. Police said the arrest resulted from an incident reported on Park Street in Whitesville on February 24, 2017. Graves was released on appearance tickets returnable March 1, 2017 at Independence Town Court.

Obituary: Gene A. Darrin, 57, Bolivar

Bolivar- Gene A. Darrin, 57, of 102 Liberty Street passed away on Saturday February 25, 2017 in  Jones Memorial Hospital Wellsville following a lengthy illness. Born July 6, 1959 in Pontiac MI. he was the son of Richard L. and Ruby Sisson Darrin. Surviving are three brothers, Richard (Cora) Darrin of Lake Orion, MI., David (Patty) Darrin of Auburn N.Y. and Randy Darrin of Freedom N.Y. Also surviving is Gene’s best friend Steve Bellamy of Bolivar and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Darrin. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery Bolivar. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. in Bolivar.

PA Permit Violation Issued to Red Jacket Energy LLC in Otto Twp

Report Details
Operator: Red Jacket Energy LLC
Violation Type: Environmental Health & Safety
Violation Date: 2017-02-22
Violation Code: 78.57(a) - CONTROL, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF PRODUCTION FLUIDS - Operator failed to collect the brine and other fluids produced during operation, service and plugging of the well in a tank, pit or a series of pits or tanks, or other device approved by the Department or Operator discharged brine or other fluids on or into the ground or into waters of the Commonwealth.
Unconventional: N
County: McKean
Municipality: Otto Twp
Inspection Type: Follow-up Inspection
Inspection Date: 2017-02-22
Violation(s):
ID: 779067 Date: 2017-02-22 Type: Environmental Health & Safety 

78.57(a) - CONTROL, STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF PRODUCTION FLUIDS - Operator failed to collect the brine and other fluids produced during operation, service and plugging of the well in a tank, pit or a series of pits or tanks, or other device approved by the Department or Operator discharged brine or other fluids on or into the ground or into waters of the Commonwealth. 

 SWMA 301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.

NY State Police Blotter

2/24/17 8:50pm- State police arrested Mavrick A. Glover, 19 of Wellsville. He was charged with felony burglary (dwelling), felony grand larceny (firearm), felony grand larceny (auto) and misdemeanor petit larceny. The charges stem from an alleged crime in the Town of Alma on Feb. 21. Glover was arraigned and sent to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000 bail.
2/24/17 7:48pm- State police arrested Matthew D. Austin, 25 of Scio. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released on a court ticket.
2/25/17 3am- State police arrested Marie A. Halsey, 36 of Belmont. She was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order. The charged resulted from a domestic incident in Scio. She was detained for court action.
2/25/17 1am- State police arrested Joshua L. Evingham, 26 of Canisteo. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana during a stops on State Route 21 in Almond. He was issued a court ticket.
2/24/17 4:13pm- State police arrested Douglas J. Mosher, 33 of Allegany. He was charged with felony 1st degree criminal contempt and stalking 4th. He was held on cash bail.
2/24/17 11:22pm- State police arrested Daniel T. Sharman, 57 of Corning. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and unsafe turn. He was held on cash bail.
2/24/17 11:45am- State police arrested Nichole L. Gailey, 36 of Wayland. She was charged with felony burglary (dwelling). The incident occurred in the Town of Wayland. She was held on cash bail.
2/24/17 9:20pm- During a traffic stop on Route 36 in Hornellsville, state police arrested Danielle Sexton, 31 of Canisteo. She was charged with driving while impaired by drugs and moving from a lane unsafely. She was released on appearance tickets for court.
2/24/17 6:47pm- State police arrested Steven D. Button, 32 of Campbell. He was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was held on $2,000 bond.

WARN notice issued for Kraft-Heinz plant closing in Steuben County

WARN= Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification
Date of Notice: 2/21/2017
Event Number: 2016-0158
Rapid Response Specialist: Vikki Kaufman
Reason Stated for Filing: Plant Closing
Company:           
Kraft Heinz Foods Company
8600 Main Street
Campbell, NY 14821

County: Steuben | WIB Name: CSS | Region: Southern Region
Contact: Eric Meszaros, Associate Director-Human Resources
Phone: (847) 646-8067
Business Type: Produces Polly-O’String cheese, mozzarella cheese and other Italian cheese varieties.
Number Affected: 380
Total Employees: 380
Layoff Date: 5/26/2017
Closing Date: 7/31/2017
Reason for Dislocation: Economic
ERNUM: 20-71908
Union: International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 589
Classification: Plant Closing

Allegany County: Agricultural Distrist poised to expand

RESOLUTION SETTING DATE FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON MODIFICATION AND CONTINUATION OF AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT NUMBER FOUR WITHIN THE TOWNS OF ALFRED, ALMA, ANDOVER, BOLIVAR, GENESEE, INDEPENDENCE, WARD, AND WILLING
Offered by:  Resource Management Committee
Pursuant to Agriculture and Markets Law Sections 303-a and 303-b
            WHEREAS,   Agricultural District Number Four, being within the Towns of Alfred, Alma, Andover, Bolivar, Genesee, Independence, Ward, and Willing originally created as Agricultural District Number Six in the County of Allegany on August 7, 1977, and renamed Agricultural District Four on May 28, 2002, and modified and continued on February 25, 2008, by Resolution No. 36-2008; and
            WHEREAS, the thirty-day notice of such eight-year review has been given with proposed modifications to said District to be submitted by February 15, 2017; and
            WHEREAS, there are presently 146 landowners enrolling 17,994.70 acres in the district, and
            WHEREAS, multiple landowners have requested the inclusion of approximately 2,031.62 acres of predominantly viable agricultural land within Agricultural District Number Four, and
            WHEREAS,   the report of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board has been received recommending the inclusion of 2,031.62 acres for a total acreage of approximately 20,026.32 acres of predominantly viable agricultural land located within Agricultural District Number Four, in the Towns of Alfred, Alma, Andover, Bolivar, Genesee, Independence, Ward and Willing;
            RESOLVED:
            1.         That a public hearing on the proposed modifications and continuation of Agricultural District Number Four shall be held by this Board at the County Legislators' Chambers, Room 221, County Office Building, Belmont, New York on March 27, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.
2.         That the Clerk of the Board of Legislators is directed to provide proper notice of the public hearing by preparing such notice with the assistance of the County Attorney as provided for in Section 303-a subdivision 2(a) of the Agriculture and Markets Law and (a) publishing said notice in a newspaper having general circulation within the district; (b) publishing said notice on the home page of the County’s website; and (c) mailing in accordance with Sections 303-a and 303-b of the Agriculture and Markets Law.

Allegany County: Need is great for Cancer Services

This resolution will be voted on by the Allegany County legislature on Feb. 27, 2017:
CREATING ONE FULL-TIME POSITION OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST AND ABOLISHING ONE PART-TIME POSITION OF
COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST IN THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Offered by: Human Services Committee
RESOLVED:
1. That one position of Full-Time Community Outreach Specialist (AFSCME, Grade 4) is created in the Health Department.
2. That one position of Part-Time Community Outreach Specialist in the Health Department is hereby abolished.
3.This resolution shall take effect immediately.
 

Allegany County Legislature ready to act on sales tax

This resolution will be voted on when the Allegany County Legislature meets Monday Feb. 27, 2017:

REQUESTING STATE LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES TO INTRODUCE AND SEEK PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING ALLEGANY COUNTY TO
CONTINUE THE ADDITIONAL ONE AND ONE-HALF PERCENT
COUNTY SALES TAX FOR FOUR YEARS
Offered by: Ways & Means Committee
WHEREAS, the only two substantial sources of tax revenue available to Allegany County are real property and sales, and
WHEREAS, Allegany County is at its sales tax limit, and
WHEREAS, by Chapter 174 of the 2015 Laws of the State of New York, the County of Allegany was authorized to impose an additional one and one-half percent sales tax for the period December 1, 2015,  to November 30, 2017, and
WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 200-2015, such additional sales tax was imposed for such period, and
WHEREAS, Allegany County is presently at 92.45 percent of its constitutional taxing limit for real estate taxes, and
WHEREAS, Allegany County will be at 100 percent of such constitutional taxing limit if such additional sales tax is not reauthorized, and
WHEREAS, Allegany County has had no substantial growth in real estate assessed valuation in the past five years, and
WHEREAS, in Allegany County’s current economic situation and in order to preserve essential services, any substantial increase in real estate taxes would put in financial jeopardy the County's large percentage of senior citizens with fixed incomes who would have no choice but to pay such taxes out of such fixed incomes, now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED:
            1.         That the Allegany County Board of Legislators requests our State legislative representatives to introduce and seek passage, in the State Senate and Assembly, legislation to authorize Allegany County to continue the additional County sales tax of one and one-half percent for at least the period December 1, 2017, to November 30, 2021.
            2.         That the Clerk of this Board is directed to send copies of this resolution to Senator Catharine M. Young and Assembly member Joseph M. Giglio.
 

Alfred University to confer two honorary degrees this spring

Warren Sutton is one of two people who will
receive honorary degrees from Alfred University
Alfred University will award two honorary degrees this spring. One, to a former African-American student, Warren Sutton, rights an institutional wrong that occurred over a half century ago. The other, to George Beall, honors more than 50 years of exemplary scientific achievement.
“Awarding an honorary degree to Warren Sutton helps heal a wound suffered in 1959 by one of its greatest all-time student athletes” said Alfred University President Mark Zupan.
Sutton arrived in Alfred from Chester, PA, in 1957. He enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and excelled not only in the classroom, but also as an All-American player on the basketball court. Under Alfred University coach Peter Smith, he became one of the country’s leading rebounders, once scoring 39 points and 34 rebounds in a memorable game against Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey.
But Alfred University honors him in 2017 not for his extraordinary basketball skills, but for his character and his history. 
In the fall of his junior year, Sutton became romantically involved with a woman whose father was a university official. Although most university students and faculty accepted an interracial relationship—Sutton is African American and she was Caucasian—some administrators were less tolerant. Faced with mounting pressure from the administration and the Athletics Department to break off the relationship and fearing expulsion if he did not, Warren withdrew from the University, a move that allowed him to transfer his records to another university.  
The story soon became a national sensation after he and his girlfriend disappeared in New York City.

Ulysses, Pa.: Charges filed in October 2016 crash

A criminal complaint was filed this week against a Genesee woman, regarding a vehicle crash that happened nearly four month ago.
Pennsylvania State Police said they charged Larkin Rutkowski-Hayman, 30, of Genesee, with DUI-controlled substance, DUI-alcohol/drugs, disregarding traffic lane, speeding and careless driving. A preliminary hearing has been set for March 29th. According to troopers, Rutkowski-Hayman was driving north on State Route 49 when she lost control at a curve, went off the road and struck a pole.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Wellsville Village Board Agenda for Feb. 27 meeting

VILLAGE BOARD MEETING AGENDA
2-27-2017
Pledge to the Flag
Accept the minutes from the Public Hearing held February 13, 2017.
Accept the minutes for the Regular Meeting held on February 13, 2017.
VISITORS: Bob Sobeck, Alfred Housing (Executive), Dave Porter, Hart House       

MAYOR’S BUSINESS:
1.Motion to accept Mayor’s appointment of Dick Golas to the Zoning Board of Appeals through December 2022 expiring the first Monday at noon coinciding with that official annual year. 
2. The Texas Hot Restaurant has notified the Clerk for the Village of Wellsville of their intent to renew their liquor license for the calendar year 4-01-2017 thru 3-31-2018.
3. Request executive session to discuss contractual matter.
TRUSTEES’ BUSINESS:
            COLE:
1.         2017-2018 Budget Update
HERMAN:
1.         WWTP Project Update
2.         Request approval for the Allegany Arc to hold their 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 starting at 9:30 am.
KETCHNER:
1.         Burrous Building Update
2.         MEUA Semi-Annual Voting Delegate Board Resolution approving William Whitfield as the voting delegate for the MEUA Semi-Annual Meeting in Syracuse on April 12th and April 13th, 2017.
3. Request Board approval to award Electric Fund General Line Construction Materials Awards to four different low bidding vendors per Bid Tabulation Sheet.

4. Board discussion to allow trail blazers to be painted on utility poles along the proposed WAG Trail through Village Streets as follows: North Main Street, Seneca Street, Chamberlain Street, Brooklyn Avenue and West State Street.
FAHS:
1. WPD Labor Agreement Update (Executive Session)
2. Request Board approval to authorize Director of DPW to sign agreement with Hunt Engineers for the WAG Bridge Inspection over the Genesee River.

3. The Fire Dept is requesting approval to have a “Boot Drive” on April 29th, 2017 (during Trout Derby) from approx 10 am to 2 pm.  The locations would be State and Main, Pearl and Main, TOPS parking lot, and Sav-A-Lot’s parking lot.
POLICE DEPT:
DPW:

1. State and Municipal Grant Application for $200,000 was submitted to Cathy Young’s office in hopes for additional funding to cover Main Street Enhancements that were not included under the Main Street Gateway Project.
ATTY:
TREASURER:

Wellsville Supervisor: "I'm cautiously optimistic" about local economy

Wellsville Town Supervisor Donald "Tink" LaForge says he is "cautiously optimistic" about the area economy. Those remarks came on the heels of the Walmart announcement that it would not build a store in Wellsville, as had been rumored for years. LaForge spoke with us as he returned from the annual Association of Towns Conference in New York City, which he called "very productive.". LaForge called the Walmart news "disappointing," but said he knew from previous conversations that the mega-giant was looking to construct smaller stores moving forward. LaForge said he expected the Wellsville and Allegany County economy to "pick up in the next year." He said there have been very positive meetings regarding the Lufkin/RMT building adjacent to the Wellsville Airport and that there has been "interest" in property the town owns on Proctor Road for a "potential small business." He said "I think it's not that bad," while admitting that state government "doesn't make it easier." LaForge said he thinks that within 5-6 years, the Wellsville area will get some jobs back and noted that Allegany County is playing a key role in making that happen.

Walmart says to Wellsville...ahhh, NO

The Wellsville Daily Reporter said today that it received confirmation from Walmart that the company has shelved a plan to build a store in Wellsville. Some on the town board appeared surprised by the announcement. Those on social media...not so much. The rumor of a Walmart coming to the Bolivar Road has been the buzz for years, perhaps a decade. In the Friday edition of the Daily Reporter, the newspaper quoted a Walmart spokesperson who said "We have made the difficult decision not to move forward with building a Walmart store in Wellsville." Now that this drama can be put to rest, one has to ask...what's next?

St. Bonaventure to add bachelor's degree in health science beginning this fall

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2017 — St. Bonaventure University will offer a bachelor’s degree in health science beginning this fall.  
New York state’s Education Department this week approved the university’s proposal for the new major 
“This new major builds upon the strong foundation of our growing sport studies and science programs and provides a pathway to immediate employment or a graduate degree in the allied health fields,” said Dr. Joseph Zimmer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. 
In October, university faculty and administrators approved the creation of a School of Allied Health as part of its Allied Health Initiative, a comprehensive plan to create health care-related undergraduate and clinical graduate programs over the next few years. 

The undergraduate health science major will serve as a feeder program for the anticipated graduate programs to be created in the School of Allied Health. Creating proposals for those programs will take place over the next two years. For now, the health science program will be housed under the School of Education. 

Dr. Claire Watson, chair of the physical education and sport studies programs since 2013, is executive director of the Allied Health Initiative. Dr. Monica Thomas, director of St. Bonaventure’s highly competitive Franciscan Health Care Professions Program, is the associate director. 

The bachelor’s in health science is nationally recognized as an undergraduate gateway to allied health careers by providing the prerequisite courses to pursue advanced studies in rehabilitation sciences (physical therapy and occupational therapy), physician assistant studies, exercise physiology, human performance, and public health.
The health science program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to learn about health promotion and introduce them to the health care field. The major emphasizes coursework in medical terminology, research methods, epidemiology, and nutrition.

 

What separates it from other programs is the inclusion of a senior capstone course as well as experiential learning through an internship with a professional in a chosen health discipline. The four concentrations offered will prepare students to be successful in a variety of health-related careers.  

The major’s four concentrations include:

  •  Social, physical and psychological development, which has an emphasis in coursework to understand a person’s growth across the lifespan;
  • Kinesiology, which includes courses in biokinesiology and exercise physiology to relate how a person’s activity patterns influence their health and movement abilities;
  • Biomedical Science, which will help prepare students for fields in direct patient care;
  • Health science (general), which will provide students a path to support health care careers (such as health promotion) or pursue professional degree programs in public health (wellness education), business (pharmaceutical sales), law (healthcare regulation), and public policy (health care reform).
Allied health professionals provide a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services, and their numbers are rising. Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., said Zimmer.  
From 2010 to 2014, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health professions increased by 65 percent and 71 percent, respectively, outpacing any other field of study. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that health care will grow 19 percent by 2024, adding 2.3 million new jobs. 
For more information about the new health science major, visit www.sbu.edu/healthscience.