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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Obituary: Rev. Timothy James Minor, 54, of Suffolk, VA, formerly of Coudersport


SUFFOLK, VA. -Rev. Timothy James Minor, 54, of Suffolk, VA, formerly of Coudersport, passed away on Sunday May 27th, 2018. Born on September 20, 1963 in Coudersport, he was a son of Dr. Rev. David Minor Sr. and Lorraine A. Moore Minor.
Pastor Tim was a passionate man, this came through in everything he put his hand to.  As a husband, father, prophet, musician, and friend, he always embodied life lived authentically transparent.  Whether he was preaching a fiery sermon, revealing the secrets of men’s hearts, leading worship, or just playing the blues, he served and lived enthusiastically.  His deep love for the broken, outcast, and lost led him across so many hurting people’s paths.  His immense compassion and kindness were known by all.  Few will forget his industrious humor and defining wit, and all will miss how his well-timed and playful jokes could lighten the tensest of situations.  When you were with him, you knew what it must have been like to have been with and loved by Jesus. 
Surviving besides his wife, Leah Minor of Suffolk, and his mother of Coudersport, Pa., are three children, Rebekah Minor, Timothy James Minor II, and Emily Robinson; two grandchildren, Emma Miller and Timothy Lincoln Minor; five siblings, Sharon A. (the Rev. Larry) Richter of Port Allegany, Karen J. (Timothy) Knapp of Coudersport, David J. (Michelle) Minor, Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., Judge Stephen P. B. (Marie) Minor of Coudersport, and the Rev. John J. (Gina) Minor of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.
Pastor Tim was predeceased by his father on October 22, 2017.
Funeral services were held in Rock Church International, Virginia Beach, VA on Thursday, May 31, 2018, with the Rev. Becky Greenstreet, officiating.  Worship was led by Rev. Landon Spradlin.
A service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Gospel Tabernacle Church, Coudersport.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.
Pastor Tim’s family has entrusted local arrangements to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Pastor Tim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

Livingston Deputies: Angelica man crashes car, steals another to get home


OSSIAN: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of an Angelica man on felony charges after the Sheriff's Office investigation of a stolen vehicle.
On May 26, 2018 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a resident in Ossian contacted the Sheriff’s Office directly to file a report of a stolen vehicle. Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence on Tracy Road in the Town of Ossian and met with the caller. During the course of the investigation, Deputies also found a different vehicle on Tracy Road that appeared to have been involved in a motor vehicle collision. Deputies were able to identify the owner of that vehicle as 23 year old Cody A. Hogue from Angelica.
As the Deputy Sheriffs continued to investigate the incidents on Tracy Road members from the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic Identification Unit responded to Angelica for the follow up investigation. When the Sheriff's Office members arrived in Angelica, they found that Hogue had just reported his vehicle stolen to law enforcement in Allegany County. However, the investigation revealed that Hogue allegedly falsely reported that incident.
Sheriff’s Investigators were able to further determine and allege that Hogue was driving his car and became involved in a motor vehicle collision in Ossian and then stole the vehicle from Tracy Road in order to get back home to Angelica. Sheriff’s Investigators also recovered the stolen vehicle from Tracy Road in Angelica. The vehicle was damaged during the incident.
Hogue was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree by Sheriff’s Investigators.
Hogue is also facing charges in Angelica for falsely reporting the incident. The Sheriff's Office investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.
Hogue was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney's Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony charge and recommended $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Hogue was later arraigned in the Town of Ossian Court before Judge Wilson. The Judge did remand Hogue to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Handling the investigation for the Sheriff's Office were Sheriff’s Investigator Brad Schneider (CID), Sergeant Joseph Breu (Patrol), Deputy Michael Yencer (Patrol), Deputy Dave Richardson (FIU) and Caleb Cutting (FIU). The New York State Police based in Amity assisted.

Allegany County Personnel Committee meeting minutes - May 29, 2018

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

May 29, 2018Committee Members Present: S. Havey, B. Harris, J. Burdick, K. Graves, J. Ricci, P. Stockin, C. Crandall (Absent: D. Root)


Others Present: L. Ballengee, G. Barnes, T. Boyde, B. Budinger, P. Curran, D. Decker, W. Dibble, D. Fanton, D. Healy, K. Hollis, R. Hollis, K. Hooker, J. Hopkins, C. Knapp, R. Lynch, B. Riehle, T. Ross, M. Washer
Media Present: C. Potter – Wellsville Daily Reporter
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 1:20 p.m. by Committee Chairman Steven Havey.
July Increments
Personnel Officer H. Robert Budinger requested a resolution approving an increment increase per Resolution No. 1-69 beginning in July 2018 for the employees listed below. These employees were hired between July 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, and did not receive an increment increase in January. Mr. Budinger also requested that he be approved to make any necessary adjustments as needed.
 
Mr. Budinger additionally requested that he and County Attorney Carissa Knapp meet and look at the approval process closer. Mr. Budinger believes this resolution may be an unnecessary step because the increments are already approved at the beginning of the year. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Harris, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Adjournment:
There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 1:25 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Ricci, and carried.

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

Atlantic 10, ESPN Agree to Multi-Year Deal for ESPN+


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Atlantic 10 Conference and ESPN have reached a multi-year media rights deal for more than 500 conference events each year to be carried on ESPN+, the first multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with ESPN.
The comprehensive new deal makes ESPN+ the exclusive streaming home for most Atlantic 10 sports and includes exclusive games from multiple A-10 Championships including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, women's volleyball, baseball, softball and women's lacrosse.
"The A-10 and ESPN have had a long-term linear television agreement that has been a win-win for both parties," stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "This additional agreement gives the Atlantic 10 and its membership unprecedented visibility on some of the best streaming technology in sports, and it gives ESPN+ a wealth of high-level collegiate sports content. I can't thank ESPN enough for their partnership with the Atlantic 10 Conference."
"ESPN+ has quickly established itself as a go-to destination for exclusive sports content," said ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling Burke Magnus. "We are thrilled to add the Atlantic 10 Conference, carrying more games from the conference, including multiple exclusive championship events, than any other network, while also offering an increasingly personalized experience on the ESPN app. The new deal bolsters our college sports offerings on ESPN+ to go along with professional leagues such as MLB, NHL, MLS and premier events from Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, UFC and the PGA Tour."
Beginning with the 2018-19 athletic season, ESPN+ will be the home of all digital-only Atlantic 10 home events. This includes all men's and women's basketball games not televised, as well as all home Olympic sport events that are streamed. ESPN+ will also be the exclusive home to all A-10 Olympic Sport championship events and the digital platform will carry the first round of the men's basketball championship (two games) and the women's basketball quarterfinals (four games). This will supplement ESPN's coverage of Atlantic 10 men's and women's basketball regular season games through the existing linear television partnership. An ESPN's linear network will continue to air the A-10 Championship final of the women's championship.

Basics of Business: Alfred University trustee commits to supporting marketing and branding initiative

Alfred University Trustee
Eric Bershad '69 and Susan Bershad
Alfred University trustee Eric Bershad ’69 and his wife, Susan, have committed to investing $500,000 toward branding and marketing, a critical initiative identified by the University’s strategic plan.
Eric and Susan together started Phillip Jeffries, a wallcovering company that grew from 10 items in a small, unheated warehouse to become the world’s largest manufacturer of natural, textured, and specialty wallcoverings with a selection of more than 2,000 items and almost two million yards in stock in their Fairfield, NJ, headquarters. Their wallcoverings, sold through “to the trade” showrooms located throughout the United States, Canada, and in London, grace the homes of Bill Gates and Elton John as well as the walls of the White House, Wynn hotels, and Four Seasons hotels throughout the world.
“Eric has shown real leadership as we have worked on our branding and marketing initiative,” said Zupan. “He has been involved since day one on the trustees’ marketing and branding advisory committee, helping us choose consultants to redesign our website and improve our marketing activities, and providing counsel on building a centralized marketing function at our University.”
“My role as chairman of Phillip Jeffries fostered my interest in branding and marketing,” said Eric Bershad. “Even before I became a trustee, I was encouraging the University to do more with marketing itself. Alfred University is an amazing place, and I knew we needed to do more to reach the students who would benefit the most from an Alfred University education.”
“When President Zupan approached me about working with the trustees’ advisory committee on marketing and branding, and then to support the initiative, Susan and I were happy to step forward,” Bershad said.
Zupan pointed out that the Bershads are generous in other ways as well. Each year for the past five years, they have hosted one of Alfred University’s largest alumni events at the Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton, FL. Eric is the president of the Broken Sound Club, a five-star residential country club that is ranked 62nd among more than 1,000 clubs in North America.
Additionally, the Bershads have helped to beautify the appearance of several high-visibility locations on the Alfred University campus. They have underwritten the resurfacing of the University’s tennis courts (in purple, of course!...Eric was on Alfred University’s tennis team during his student days). They have donated the wallcoverings for the University’s Carnegie Hall, , Alumni Hall, and Saxon Inn, and have just committed to help refurbish the Knight Club, one of the most popular gathering spaces on campus.
Susan and Eric are strong supporters of Alfred University’s new applied and experiential learning program, APEX, which will give students an opportunity to study abroad, complete an internship, undertake a research project, or engage in service learning, and provide them funds in support of the activity. Susan recently created a travel fund to provide Alfred University students the opportunity to study abroad.
The Bershads are most proud of their two sons, Philip and Jeffrey, the president and chief executive officer, respectively, who have grown the company “beyond our wildest imagination while creating a culture of giving back to the community.” Under Philip and Jeffrey’s leadership, the company sponsors a food kitchen, supports many charities, plants trees for every order received, and is helping to support Alfred University’s APEX program with paid internships for design students.
Last fall, Reka Varga-Vienne, vice president of product development, and Tara Van Lunen, creative director at Phillip Jeffries, came to Alfred and spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 students at the School of Art and Design about the business of design and the many design opportunities for Alfred students. Both Reka and Tara, who are mothers as well as senior managers of the company, returned to the office, exclaiming that “Alfred University is a fantastic school. Our kids are definitely going to Alfred!”
They also announced the creation of the Phillip Jeffries Design Award for Alfred University design students. The inaugural recipients of the award are Sophia Weiss ‘19 and Natalie Lambert ’18. In addition to a stipend, both students will have a chance to visit Philip Jeffries and to meet and work with the wallcovering design team.
Eric and Susan Bershad expressed their gratitude to Gerar Edizel, the dean of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, for his assistance in creating the award. US News & World Report consistently ranks Alfred University’s School of Art and Design in the top 10 in the country overall and as a leader in ceramics and glass art.

Alfred State: CCET provides training for police academy launch

CCET will host Investigator Reno Di Domenico of the
Humane Society of Greater Rochester for animal
crimes training in August.
In the coming months, the Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) will provide several professional and certification courses for both current law enforcement officers and students in support of the new Alfred State Police Academy.
“The Center for Community Education and Training offers many programs throughout the year that support many facets of Alfred State College, and serve to educate the community,” said Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director for the Alfred State Office of Human Resources and CCET. “These new police trainings are yet another example of the valuable programming that CCET provides, and will complement our new police academy.”
Gregory Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, said, “Alfred State College is committed to providing ample training opportunities to current and future law enforcement officers. These upcoming events will further participants’ professional development in several specific areas, all leading up to the launch of our new police academy.”
The first event, titled “Animal Crimes Investigation for Law Enforcement,” will take place from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Lake Lodge. Led by Investigator Reno Di Domenico, director of law enforcement at the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, this lecture will help the first-line officer understand more about making an animal crimes arrest.
Participants will learn where to look for evidence and find resources to secure a successful arrest and prosecution. Topics will include history of animal crimes, what the officer’s role is, Article 26 of the New York State Agriculture and Market Law, and companion and livestock investigation. The cost of the lecture is $25.
The next event, titled “The Bulletproof Mind Seminar for the Law Enforcement Community,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium on campus. The speaker will be Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who, since retiring from the US Army in 1998, has been on the road almost 300 days a year for more than 19 years as one of the nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.
Grossman has helped train mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school massacre, and was also involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, Littleton, and Nickel Mines Amish school massacres. He has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two children’s books, and six non-fiction books, including his perennial bestseller “On Killing,” and a New York Times best-selling book co-authored with Glenn Beck.
Subjects covered will include the consequences of denying and ignoring violence in society; school violence and the simple steps needed to deter the threat; violence in video games and its effect on children; the duty and responsibility for everyone to ensure the safety of schools, workplaces, public transit, etc.; and more.
The cost of the Bulletproof Mind Seminar is $80, which will cover refreshments but not lunch.
These two events will be the first in a series of trainings leading up to the Alfred State Police Academy’s inaugural Basic Course for Police Officers launching in May 2019. The academy will serve recruits in both pre-employment (Phase I) and those employed (Phase II) stages. Graduates will earn either the Pre-Employment Certificate (Phase I) or the Basic Course for Police Officers Certificate (Phase II).
Academy participants in the Basic Course will gain knowledge and expertise in New York State laws, investigations, defensive tactics, emergency services and management, emergency vehicle operations, and many more topics as outlined by the New York State curriculum. Other courses offered will include instructor certifications and emerging topics of interest to the regional law enforcement community.
The operation of the academy will complement Alfred State’s Associate in Science (AS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in criminal justice by providing students the opportunity to complete their degree in the same location where they complete their police training curriculum.
For more information or to register for the events, please contact CCET at 607-587-4015 or CCET@alfredstate.edu.

Allegany County Churches Schedule Two Special Prayer Gatherings


Allegany County churches that are part of the ongoing Mission Genesee Valley Journey to Transformation initiative for revival and community transformation throughout the area are scheduling two special prayer gatherings this coming weekend, to be held at Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, 3350 County Road 29, Wellsville.
The first, on June 1, will take place as part of regular Friday night rotating county prayer gatherings.  After the regular 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. session ends, however, prayer will continue for an indefinite period of time as participants seek the Lord's direction related to all types of community transformation and revival related issues in area communities.
The regular Friday night prayer gatherings are directed at renewal of minds and hearts of individuals and families for county and communities transformation through prayer for the host and other churches and Christian organizations, individuals, the community, county and more.
This session will be followed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 3, by the Journey to Transformation twice-a-month rotating Sunday night prayer, praise and worship gatherings, with live music, that focus on combating issues of addiction, abuse, racism, suicide, poverty, family dysfunction and more that pastors say are extremely serious issues throughout this area, the United States and the world.  These often include focuses on a variety of issues such as families, schools, veterans, economic vitality, alcohol and drug addictions, and others.
The June 3 gathering will focus on prayer for the increasing positive impacts of Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-Step, 8-Principles ministry that addresses all types of hurts, hangups, habits and everyday struggles of life for many county residents each year.
Celebrate Recovery is held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Yorks Corners church and the same times Saturdays at Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church, 2987 Knights Creek Road (County Road 9), Scio.  On Tuesday nights, Celebrate Recovery Inside, a special edition for those who are incarcerated, is offered to inmates at Allegany County Jail. 
Facilitators say the ministry provides a warm, non-judgmental environment for folks dealing with any type of ill, including angst, depression, anger, marital or family strife including separation or divorce, grief due to the death of a loved one, even years later, prodigal kids, aging, loss of an unborn child, food, alcohol, drug, gambling or sexual addictions, and more.
Attendees not only find support for the trials of life, but also a time of praise and live worship music, a testimony from one who has found victory over their struggles or one of 25 different teachings on how to achieve victory, gender-specific Small Group Share, although individuals do not have to share, for both men and women struggling with any issues of life, and snacks.
The June 3 prayer gathering will provide individuals with an opportunity to learn more about the international Celebrate Recovery ministry and how it has helped participants, along with how family members and others on the outside can aid individuals who are incarcerated once they are released.
Further information and updates on the Journey to Transformation initiative are available at  www.facebook.com/TransformationJourneyUSA or Pastor Dan Kenyon, Mission Genesee Valley chair, at wbc@ne.twcbc.com or (585) 593-6471, or most area pastors.
Information on Celebrate Recovery at Yorks Corners can be obtained at www.facebook.com/CelebrateRecoveryYorksCorners or from Pastor Gene Miller at gene@yorkscorners.org or (585) 598-3287, at Knights Creek at www.facebook.com/KnightsCreekChurch or from Casey Jones at bps461@msn.com or (484) 435-0503 and in general at  https://ppaccentral.org/celebrate-recovery.

Wellsville: Meet and Greet/book signing at David A. Howe Library - June 2


Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Thursday May 31, 2018

Wellsville Police arrested Robert D. Torrey, age 61 of Wellsville, charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more, Aggravated DWI w/BAC of .18% or more, Failed to Stop at a Stop Sign and Moved from Lane Unsafely.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on Park Avenue in the Village.  Torrey was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Torrey is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 12th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested David A. Stowe, age 40 of Wellsville, charging him with a Probation Violation.  Stowe was turned over to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department.  Stowe is due to be arraigned in Allegany County Court at a later time.

NY State Police Blotter

5/30/18 10pm- After investigating a disturbance complaint in the town of Wellsville, state police arrested Kami B. White, 20, of Wellsville. She was charged with criminal mischief, harassment with physical contact and endangering the welfare of a child. She was issued appearance tickets for court and released.
5/30/18 11:10am- After investigating a domestic dispute, state police arrested Justin G. Graham, 40, of Campbell. He was charged with felony 2nd degree assault, felony 1st degree unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief. He was detained.

Regents Actions in 51 Professional Discipline Cases and Two Restoration Petitions

The Board of Regents announced disciplinary actions resulting in the surrender of 16 licenses and 35 other disciplinary actions. The penalty indicated for each case relates solely to the misconduct set forth in that particular case.

Naomi A. Hess; Licensed Practical Nurse; Fillmore, NY 14735; Lic. No. 262175; Cal. No. 30195; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
A listing of all actions can be found HERE.

Shinglehouse man faces involuntary manslaughter charge in drug death case

Coudersport-based state police on Wednesday arrested Oakley Zeddy Mulkin, 25, of Shinglehouse. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a designer drug and criminal use of a communications facility. The charges stem from an incident May 11, 2016. He has faced similar charges before. Court records showed that he was charged two years ago in connection with the drug-related death of Jordan Whitesell, 28, of Shinglehouse.
Mulkin is currently incarcerated in a state prison in Rockview on drug charges. Bail was set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 12th at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Graveside service for Robert and Laura Harder

A Graveside Service for Robert and Laura Harder will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Yorks Corners Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com 

Partial Obituary: Randol E. Hackett, 71, of Scio



Randol E. Hackett, 71, of Scio, NY, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY.  Arrangements, entrusted to the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY, are incomplete and will be announced. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.

Andover man jail after domestic dispute


On May 27, 2018, Troopers arrested Leif Wellenstein, 38, of Andover for felony Criminal Mischief 3rd, Reckless Endangerment 2nd and Harassment 2nd. Wellenstein was arrested after a domestic incident that occurred Sunday afternoon. Wellenstein was arraigned in the Village of Canisteo Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail.  Bail was set at $25,000 cash/ $50,000 property bond.  Stay-away orders of protection were issued for each party involved.

Memorial Day in Wellsville - one photo says it all



Obituary: Harold James Anderson Jr.67, Bergen

Bergen - Harold James Anderson Jr., age 67, of Sackett Road in Bergen passed away on Monday May 28, 2018 in Brockport.  He was born on November 29, 1950 in Rochester to Harold and Stephine Kusuda Anderson. On April 23, 1977 in LeRoy he married Ruby Freeman who survives. Harold was a lifelong resident of Bergen who graduated from Byron Bergen Central School.He retired from Kodak in 2006 after 34 years of service. He enjoyed motor cycles, tinkering on cars and working on antique clocks.
Besides his wife, Ruby, Harold is survived by 2 sisters, Marjorie Wallace of Bergen, and Carolyn Stimson of Chelsea, OK., a brother in law, Ronald [June] Freeman; a sister in law, Bonita Freeman; several nieces and nephews.
Harold was predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers, George Anderson, and John Anderson; a brother in law, Douglas Freeman; a sister in law, Shirley Hamilton.
Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, on Monday June 4, 2018, from 1 to 2 p.m. at which time a funeral service will take place. Reverend John Boll will preside and burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. If desired, memorials made be made to the American Diabetes Association. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Lester Loucks, 91, West Seneca

WEST SENECA — Lester Loucks passed away on May 26, 2018 at the age of 91 in West Seneca, NY. He was born October 25, 1926, the son of Calvin and Millie Buckley Loucks, and was raised in Salamanca, NY. He had a sister, Marian Loucks (deceased), and a brother, Mason Loucks, who lives in Great Valley, NY. Lester graduated from Salamanca High School and attended Niagara University. He entered the Air Force and trained as a photographer. He was stationed in Germany where he worked on the Casey Little Project photographing aerial views of Europe and North Africa. He was also assigned to photograph the Nuremberg Trials. After his discharge, he opened a photography studio in Salamanca. In 1953 he moved to Wellsville where he was employed at Air Preheater Co. as an industrial photographer, eventually becoming Manager of Administrative Services, retiring after 37 years. He was elected Town Councilman in 1969 and was appointed Supervisor of the Town of Wellsville after the flood of 1972 and served for nearly 20 years, running unopposed in all but one election. The Wellsville Woods apartment complex was dedicated in his honor for his service to the community. Lester was dedicated to community service: He was named Person of the Year in 1989 by the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce, he served as president of the APB Club at Air Preheater, was president of the Wellsville Midget League Football, was secretary/treasurer of the Wellsville Little League, was a volunteer fireman for 35 years as a member of the Dyke Street Fire Company and was president of the Christian Temple. He also was a past-president of the Wellsville Lions Club as well as secretary for several years, and was given life membership as part of his 60 years of being a Lion. He was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest honor in Lionism. After retiring in 1990, he and his wife, Betty, moved to Amherst where he served as chairman of the Government Study Committee. In 2004, they moved to Burchfield Village Patio Homes in West Seneca where he served on the Board of Directors for 12 years, retiring in 2017. He and his wife of 70 years, the former Betty Lou Morton, had six children: Pamela (Edward) McNey, David (deceased), Douglas (Dianne), Terry (Laura), Christopher (Sue, deceased), and Brian (Libby). He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Lester donated his body to the University of Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. A celebration of his life will be held later at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellsville Lions Charities Inc. (PO Box 52) or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Obituary: Arthur F. DuBOIS, 90, of Coudersport

Arthur F. DuBOIS, 90, of Coudersport, PA, passed this life on May 27, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born June 7, 1927, in Coudersport, he was the son of Arthur W. and Helen Welfling DuBois and the grandson of William and Nellie Olmstead DuBois and Charles and Emma Kortz Welfling.  On June 26, 1965, in Waverly, NY, he married the former Phyllis D. Wright, who survives.  A graduate of the Coudersport Public Schools, he served honorably with the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, discharged as an Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate Third Class.  He earned a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, and he was elected to the Phi Etta Sigma, Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Beta Kappa honorary societies.  He completed graduate work at Syracuse University; was graduated from the Bell Telephone Laboratories Communications Development Training Program; attended Commanders’ Radar Bombing School at Mather Air Force Base; and attended ECM Familiarization School at Keesler Air Force Base.  From 1951 through 1954, Mr. DuBois was employed by Bell Telephone Laboratories as a member of the technical staff participating in the development of radar for strategic and technical aircraft.  In 1955 through 1957, he was vice president of Coudersport Insuring Company, a business owned by his family.  Mr. DuBois began his 25-year career with IBM’s Federal System Division in 1957.  There he held various staff and managerial positions related to the development of avionics for strategic aircraft; digital sonar; communications equipment; and electronic warfare systems.  Following his retirement from IBM, Mr. DuBois formed Defense Analysis Corporation and continued to consult in similar technical fields until 1992.  He was a member of the American Defense Preparedness Association, the Air Force Association, the Association of Old Crows, the American Legion, and the Potter County Historical Society.  Mr. DuBois was a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department for which he served as an active firefighter for 55 years. Mr. DuBois served as a board member for the Eulalia Cemetery Association and the Potter County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.  He served as a director and vice president of The First National Bank of Coudersport and also as a director of Commonwealth Bancshares, Commonwealth Bank, and Commonwealth Bank-North.  Friends may call at the First United Presbyterian Church, Coudersport on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon.  The Rev. Warren Cederholm and the Rev. Donald Caskey will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the Eulalia Cemetery Association, the Potter County Historical Society, or the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.  

NY State Police Blotter

5/28/18 4pm- After investigating a domestic dispute in Belfast, state police arrested Kenneth A. Jablonski, 26, of Caneadea. He was charged with assault-recklessly causing physical injury and criminal mischief. He was held for court action.
5/29/18 11:24pm- State police investigated an attempted burglary in the town of Amity. As a result troopers arrested Vicki L. Shelley, 55, of Almond. She was charged with trespass, petit larceny, harassment with physical contract and obstructing governmental administration. She was held on bail.

5/29/18 9:30pm- Troopers arrested Gregory A. Densmore, 28, of Olean, NY for Criminal Contempt, Criminal Mischief, and Harassment. Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance at 1875 Cinema Drive in the town of Allegany and determined Densmore had allegedly prevented another party from making an emergency call during a physical dispute.  He was arrested, arraigned in Allegany Town Court, and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

15 arrested in Steuben County drug sweep


(Top row: Stark, Shoemaker, Gillespie, Comfort, Austin.
Middle row: Landsborough, Lafave, Buck, Jolley, Preston.
Bottom row: Sherman, Croft, Rafferty, W. Landborough, Trenchard.)
A five-month investigation conducted by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) into the unlawful purchase of precursors used in the production of methamphetamine has resulted in the arrest of 15 individuals.
According to State Police Senior Investigator Curt Eaton, the case centered on the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient found in Claritin, Sudafed, and other similar products.  The purchase of these products is strictly regulated by federal guidelines by both amount and frequency.  Federal law limits the purchase of products containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to no more than 3.6 grams per day, and no more than 9 grams in a 30-day period.
The investigation identified the following individuals who allegedly actively purchased and attempted to purchase these precursors from several regional pharmacies and then either used the product to manufacture methamphetamine, or traded the product to known methamphetamine “cooks”, a practice referred to as “smurfing”.
All of the defendants with one exception were charged with Falsifying Business Records, 1st degree, a class “E” felony.  It is alleged that the defendants, while purchasing products containing pseudoephedrine and/or related products, caused false entries to be made in the respective pharmacy records, and falsely attested that they have not exceeded the federal purchasing guidelines.  These false entries were made with intent to commit and/or conceal the crime of Unlawful Manufacturing Methamphetamine and/or to circumvent federal guidelines.
Arrested were:
--Michelle L. Croft; age 35; #765 Carriage Dr., Lindley, N.Y.
--Daniel R. Gillespie; age 40; #4445 St. Rt. #417, Jasper, N.Y.
--John L. Landsborough; age 51; #109 Howell St., Bath, N.Y.
--William S. Landsborough; age 33; #38 Ash St., Bath, N.Y.
--Joyce A. Lafave; age 50; #135 Water St., Bath, N.Y.
--Cody R. Shoemaker; age 29; #2619 Goff Rd., Corning, N.Y.
(charged with Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials, 2nd)
--Jeremy I. Comfort; age 31; #10641 Pinewood Ave., Corning, N.Y.
--Melissa J. Sherman; age 37; #150 Ct. Rt. #115, Lindley, N.Y.
--Megan M. Preston; age 25, #69 Willow Dr., Painted Post, N.Y.
--Kerstyn M. Buck; age 20; #238 Scenic View Dr., Tioga, PA
--Kristina L. Jolley; age 48; #155 Victory Highway, Painted Post, N.Y.
--Patrick M. Rafferty; age 26; #144 Front St., Addison, N.Y
--William J. Trenchard; age 37; #6948 Rumsey St. Ext., Bath, N.Y.
--Chastity A. Stark; age 42; #54 W. Steuben St., Bath, N.Y.
--Jessica A. Austin; age 34; Holland-American Hotel; Bath, N.Y.
Each defendant was arraigned in local criminal court, pending Steuben County Grand Jury action.

Belmont couple injured in Potter County motorcycle crash



Wellsville man arrested during Steuben County traffic stop

On May 26, Troopers from SP Wayland arrested Bradley H. Ball, 38, for DWI, speeding and refusal to take a breath test. Subsequently to a traffic stop for speeding on State Route 21 in the Town of Fremont, Troopers arrested Ball. He was arraigned in the Town of Freemont Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $500 cash/ $1,000 property.  Ball will return to court to answer to the charges on June 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Obituary: Jeffrey West Sortore, 67, of Franklinville


FRANKLINVILLE - Jeffrey West Sortore, 67, of Franklinville passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2018 at the Olean General Hospital. He was born on May 31, 1950 in Wellsville to John and Geanne Morey Sortore. On February 14, 1985 he married Anna Colunio who survives. Jeff  grew up in Belmont from where he graduated from High School. In 1983 he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and in 1988 he earned his Master’s Degree, both from St. Bonaventure University. He started his teaching career with BOCES and retired from West Valley Central School after 33 years of teaching English. He kept busy during the summer months teaching Summer School at many different school districts and spent a few summers working at the Marina on Rushford Lake. In a recent article in the Olean Times Herald Thomas Randolph said this, “He was a teacher all students would love to have, caring, funny, and teaching for all the right reasons. He also served as coach of the girls' soccer team and as advisor for the annual plays”. Jeff's love of all motor sports led him, along with Thomas Randolph, to start a newspaper dedicated to motor sports. Jeff later became a contributing writer of motor sports to the Olean Times Herald. He was a member of the West Valley Teacher's Union where he was a negotiator for the Union and was a volunteer for the Cattaraugus County SPCA.
Surviving beside his wife Anna are 2 sons, Kelly Tighe of Aberdeen, MD., and Christian [Donna] Tighe of Ellicotville; 2 daughters, Emily Sortore of Chatham, VA., and Jennifer [Matt] Bogumil of Ithaca; 4 grandchildren, Elisa, Tia, Olivia, and Cameron; a sister, Anne Sortore of Belmont. The family would like to thank all his friends for all they have done for Jeff especially Mike Tronetti, Leonard Presutti, and Thomas Randolph.
Friends are welcomed to call at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Belmont on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 10 to 11 a.m. at which time a funeral service will be celebrated with his Friend, Deacon Frank Pasquale. Memorials if desired can be made to the Cattaraugus County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Wellsville: Decision on Fire Dept. Assistant Chief appointment expected to linger a while longer

The month of May has brought record, or near record turnout to the Wellsville Village Board meetings. At issue is the fire department officer lineup. Earlier this year, the village board rejected the appointment of Mike "Barney" Dillie to continue in a chief's role. The village board rejection of a fire department nominee has only occurred twice in the past several decades. However, until village action is taken, Dillie will remain 'in the position.' The action of the village board prompted a huge turnout by firefighters at the past two meetings. One group supported Dillie and his advancement...while another wants him removed from a leadership role. Respective sides have each made passionate speeches before the village board. It was a standing room only crowd, which the village board doesn't typically witness. A glimpse at the faces of the Trustee's showed they knew this was a serious deal. In the past several weeks, there have been rumors, alleged facts, statements, a push for media involvement and an absolute passion demonstrated by volunteers. There have been on and off the record statements.
The Village Board meets this evening at 6 p.m. However, unlike the past several meetings, there has been no call for media attention. Based on the pre-filed agenda, there will be no discussion or decision on the issue tonight.

Graveside service planned for Robert & Laura Harder

A Graveside Service for Robert and Laura Harder will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Yorks Corners Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com

Obituary: Lois G. Perkins, age 86, Wellsville

Wellsville - Lois G. Perkins, age 86, of Trapping Brook Road passed away on Saturday May 26, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on July 24, 1931 in Belmont to the late Earl and Glada Mayo Hough. On February 27, 1954 she married Eugene Perkins who predeceased her in 2005.
Lois was a long time resident of Hallsport. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl [Bob] Young of Wellsville; 2 sons, Michael Perkins of Wellsville, and Craig Perkins of Hallsport; 4 grandchildren, 11 grandchildren, and 2 nieces.
Lois was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her son Darrell Perkins, 3 brothers, and a sister.
In keeping with Lois's wishes there will be no prior visitation and a private burial will take place in the Hallsport Union Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Scio: Ames awarded Community Service Award


The Town of Scio has bestowed the Community Service Award to James W. Ames. The Scio resident serves his community as a firefighter and as the Fire Chief. Ames is also the Town Justice in Scio and is a justice in Andover. Ames has decades worth of contributions to his community and is clearly worthy of the honor...

NY State Police Blotter

5/28/18 9:40am- Troopers arrested Jerry A. Gaines, 36, of Whitesville. he was charged with felony 1st degree reckless endangerment and misdemeanor 2nd degree menacing. He was released on appearance tickets for court.
5/28/18 10:55am- After investigating a domestic dispute in the town of Wellsville state police arrested Priscilla J. DeJonge, 35, of Wellsville. She was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and harassment with physical contact. Court action is pending.
5/28/18 4:31pm- During a traffic stop on State Route 19 in Caneadea, state police arrested John A. Horstmann, 68, of Belfast. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, having a BAC above .08% and driving to the left of pavement markings. He'll answer the charges in court at a later date.
5/29/18 12:12am- During a traffic stop on State Route 19 in Wellsville, Troopers arrested William D. Webster, 39, of Scio. He was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated, felony DWI, refusal to take a breath test and unsafe turn/fail to signal. He was released on his own recognizance. In a separate case at 10:57p.m. he was charged with assault and criminal obstruction of breathing. he was detained on cash bail.
5/29/18 2:05am- State police arrested Scot D. Blauvelt, 27, of Genesee, PA. He was stopped on State Route 417 in Portville and charged with driving while intoxicated. Court action is pending.

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

NEWS RELEASE
 
Nicholas G. Mulley, 33, Rochester, NY, was charged May 18, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator and was issued an appearance ticket to resolve charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date. 

Kyle T. Leffler, 27, Bliss, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and a license plate violation on May 18, and was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Leicester Town Court on a later date. 

Joseph E. Fisher, 37, Wayland, NY, was charged with an animal abuse violation on April 16, and was issued an appearance ticket to address charges in Springwater Town Court on a later date.

Leslie B. Jackson, 56, Mt. Morris, NY, was charged May 18, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree and Unlicensed Operator. Jackson will reply to charges in Leicester Town Court on a later date. 

Victor A. Soto Santiago, 21, Rochester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree on May 20, and was issued an appearance ticket to answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date. 

Brent R. Kretchmer, 70, Lima, NY, was arrested May 18, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater and Failure to Keep Right.  Kretchmer will address charges in Lima Town Court on a later date. 

Stephanie M. Thomas, 27, Rochester, NY, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a window tint violation and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Learner Permit without a Supervising Driver on May 20. Thomas was released on an appearance ticket to resolve charges in Avon Town Court on a later date. 

Akeem L. Robinson, 29, Rochester, NY, was arrested May 20, charged with Criminal Possession of Narcotic Drugs with Intent to Sell 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Robinson was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on no bail. 

Adam J. Fuetterer, 33, Livonia, NY, was charged May 21, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and operating a motor vehicle while wearing more than one earphone.  Fuetterer was issued an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Village Court on a later date. 

Steven A. Arner, 56, West Henrietta, NY, was arrested May 19, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Refusal to Submit to a Breathalyzer Test, Consuming Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Speeding.  Arner will resolve charges in Lima Town Court on a later date. 

Benjamin A. Smith McLaughlin, 26, Perkinsville, NY, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving, Passing on the Right, Unsafe Turn/Failure to Signal and Improper Passing on the Right on May 17.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Smith McLaughlin was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $1,000 cash bail/$2,000 property bond and will return to Avon own Court in response to charges on a later date. 

Danielle A. Denning, 24, Geneseo, NY, was arrested May 20, charged with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree and Harassment 2nd Degree.  Following arraignment in Groveland Town Court, Denning was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $300 cash bail/$600 property bond.  Denning will return to Groveland Town Court to answer charges on a later date. 

Patrick E. Yohon, 43, Nunda, NY, was arrested May 19, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater and Moving From Lane Unsafely.  Yohon will respond to charges in Groveland Town Court on a later date. 

Paul D. McLean, 49, Geneseo, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Unlicensed Operator and a license plate violation on May 14.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, McLean was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $500 cash bail/$1,000 property bond.  McLean will return to Avon Town Court to satisfy charges on a later date. 

Russell H. Maurer, 61, Livonia, NY, was arrested May 12, charged with Petit Larceny.  Following arraignment in Geneseo Town Court, Maurer was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $250 cash bail and will return to Geneseo Town Court to address charges on a later date. 

Lydia P. Weston, 26, Henrietta, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater, Unlicensed Operator, Consuming Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Stopping/Standing/Parking on a Highway.  Weston was released on an appearance ticket to reply to charges in West Sparta Town Court on a later date. 

Scott C. Sinclair, 50, Leroy, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator on May 22, and was issued an appearance ticket to answer charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date. 

Bradlee R. Redman, 25, Wayland, NY, was charged May 23, with Petit Larceny, Welfare Fraud 5th Degree and Misuse of Food Stamps.  Redman was released on an appearance ticket to satisfy charges in Mt. Morris Town Court on a later date. 

Rebecca A. Zielinski, 23, Hemlock, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration on May 22.  Zielinski was issued an appearance ticket to address charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date. 

Nicholas J. Francis, 35, Arkport, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Inadequate/No Exhaust on May 22.  Following arraignment in Livonia Town Court, Francis was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail/$1,000 property bond. Francis will return to Livonia Town Court in response to charges on a later date. 

Sarah T. Murphy, 30, Hemlock, NY, was arrested May 23, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater and Inadequate/No Exhaust.  Murphy will reply to charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.
 

Anthony B. Bertini, 25, Conesus, NY, was charged May 23, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Exhaust. Bertini was issued an appearance ticket to answer charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.
 

Robert W. Daniels, 38, Avon, NY, was cited for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation  of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Speeding on May 23, and was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.
 

Clinton R. Browne, 43, Castile, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Consuming Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, Refusal to Submit to a Prescreen, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and a license plate lamp violation on May 23.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Browne was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 property bond.  Browne will return to Avon Town Court in reply to charges on a later date.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday May 28, 2018

Nothing to report

Date: Sunday May 27, 2018
Nothing to report

Date: Saturday May 26, 2018
Nothing to report

Date: Friday May 25, 2018
Nothing to report

Date: Thursday May 24, 2018
Wellsville Police arrested Ronald J. Clark, age 22 of Wellsville, charging him with a Probation Violation.  Clark was processed and turned over to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department.  Clark was due to be arraigned in the Town of Scio Court at a later time.

Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018
Wellsville Police arrested Krisy L. Geer, age 45 of Port Allegany, PA, charging her with AUO 3rd (Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd) and No Seatbelt.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on the Genesee Parkway in the Village.  Geer was issued traffic citations and released.  Geer is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville: Fire strikes apartment building on East Fassett


Tax record photo of 40 E. Fassett St.
Residents of an apartment building in Wellsville were evacuated at 1:30 this morning for a reported working house fire with entrapment. Police arrived at 40 E. Fassett Street and reported smoke in the building. The tenants were helped to safety. The fire was under control within ten minutes and crews were leaving the scene 35 minutes later. No word on the cause. According to tax records, the apartment building is owned by Michael and Marcia Dunn of Coudersport. They also owned a house on North Main Street in Wellsville that was destroyed by fire earlier this month.
UPDATE: According to a Facebook post from the Wellsville Fire Company...Wellsville police arrived on scene and used a fire extinguisher to attack the blaze. Fire crews then stretched one attack line to the 2nd story of the structure, found no entrapped individuals; Also there was no fire extension. Ventilation was performed on the building to clear out the smoke, according to firefighters.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Family thanks Wellsville Girls Softball



WIVB: Push to block Dresser-Rand move out of Wellsville heats up


Obituary: Ronda L. Smoker-Allen, 42, Genesee, PA


Ronda L. Smoker-Allen “beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt”

GENESEE, Pa.- Ronda L. Smoker-Allen, 42, of Genesee, passed away in her home on Sunday, May 27, 2018, after a long illness.Born on September 19, 1975 in Lancaster, she was a daughter of Ronald L. Smoker and Linda G. Walton.Ronda attended school in Wellsville, N.Y. and had also attended Northern Potter High School in Ulysses.  She later attained her GED.  She was employed at the former Ox Yoke Inn in Galeton, Linda’s Genesee Family Restaurant in Genesee, and the Roadside in Shinglehouse, until retiring due to ill health. 
Ronda enjoyed horseback riding and camping.  She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  Her greatest love was her family and her pets.Surviving besides her father of Knoxville, TN are three children, Veronica R. Smoker of Coudersport, Cameron J. Allen of Austin, and Jessica G. (Anthony Dietze) Edwards of Genesee; a grandson, Bentlee H. Butler; a grandchild to be born in November; a sister, Shelly M. (Dale) Rennells of Genesee; a brother, Rodney L. (Jamie) Smoker of Dickson, TN; a stepsister, Delores (Greg) Stooksberry of Knoxville, TN; two stepbrothers, Ronald (Kimi) Zook of Tennessee and Jesse (Becky) Zook of Dickson, TN; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.Ronda was predeceased by her mother.A special thanks to Tex and Betty, Ann, Miranda, Tricia, Amber and Tonya for their love and help to Ronda throughout the years.Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Ronda’s life at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the home of her sister, Shelly Rennell’s, 1975 Ellisburg Road, Genesee. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ronda’s name may be made to the National Adrenal Diseases Foundation, PO Box 566, Lake Zurich, IL 60047; to an ASPCA of the donor’s choice; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Ronda’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.









To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ronda, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Cheri Lynn Swift, 51, of Bolivar


Cheri Lynn Swift “beloved daughter, sister and mother”
BOLIVAR, N.Y.- Cheri Lynn Swift, 51, of Bolivar, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 25,2018.
Born on August 20, 1966 in Olean, she was a daughter of Peggy A. Day Whitaker.
Cheri graduated from Bolivar Central School in 1985 and attended Jamestown Community College and BOCES in Olean, earning her Licensed Practical Nursing degree.  She was employed at Wellsville Manor and Jan and Bev’s Home Health Care in Wellsville.  She was currently employed as a personal care nurse for Terri Keenan in Olean.
Cheri had previously attended the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Little Genesee and was currently attending the Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee.  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion in Belmont.  She was an avid NASCAR fan, watching the races and attending races as often as she was able.  Her greatest love was her family.
Surviving are her mother of Debary, Florida; a daughter, Kelly R. Swift of Bluffton, S.C.; a son Matthew K. Swift of Bolivar; a granddaughter, Madison Ratzel of Bluffton, S.C.; a sister, Char (Fred) Stone of Bolivar; a nephew, Michael (Ashley) Stone of Duncannon, Pa.; a niece, Amy Stone of Little Genesee; a grandnephew, Dominic Stone of Little Genesee; four grandnieces, Tia Jo Stone Walters and Olivia Walters, both of Little Genesee and Alina and Victoria Stone, both of Duncannon, Pa.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, with Pastor Ben Ramirez, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Bible Church, 8137 Main Street, Little Genesee, NY 14754 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Cheri’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Cheri, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

NY State Police Blotter

5/27/18 8:30am- After investigating an incident in the town of Friendship, state police arrested Harry T. McNinch, 37, of Lakewood. He was charged with felony counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance (Hallucinogen). He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
5/27/18 5:38pm- State police said one person was injured in an ATV accident off the Jones Road in Andover. The driver was listed as David T. Stoll, 40, of Wellsville.
5/27/18 3:20pm- State police investigated a domestic dispute in the town of Greenwood. As a result, troopers arrested Leif Wellenstein, 38, of Andover. he was charged with felony criminal mischief for allegedly damaging a motor vehicle, three counts of 2nd degree reckless endangerment and harassment with physical contact. No addition information was provided.

NYSEG and RG&E Warns Customers of New Surge in Scam Attempts

NYSEG and RG&E are urging customers to be wary of scammers posing as representatives of trusted energy companies.
In recent days, the companies have received reports of scammers threatening to cut service unless the customer makes an immediate payment over the phone using a prepaid debit card. While most customers recognize these calls as scams, a small number have been persuaded to make payments.
It’s an old swindle with some new twists. Caller ID may show the call is coming from the utility. In some cases, the perpetrators seem to have specific knowledge about the customers they’re calling. They may even provide a callback number that answers with a recorded greeting that’s similar to the energy company’s customer service line.
Typically, the caller informs the customer that a crew is on the way to shut off service unless an immediate payment is made. The perpetrators may tell the customer that the company had not received a recent payment or had incorrectly processed a payment, so the customer must pay again.
The scammer often demands the victim purchase a prepaid debit card (“Green Dot” is a common brand) to make the payment. This is a sure sign of a scam.
Perpetrators often target commercial establishments such as restaurants, sandwich shops, or markets shortly before their busiest lunch or dinner periods. However, residential customers have also reported receiving calls.
Customers should verify all information before making payments over the phone, and should recognize the red flags:
  • It doesn’t add up. NYSEG and RG&E will not call customers for payment if the account is in good standing.
  • Always type our Web address when making an online payment at nyseg.com. Do not rely on email links. While at nyseg.com or rge.com, you can also check your account balance and any past-due amount status.
  • When making a payment by phone, always ensure you are dialing our phone numbers: NYSEG customers should call 800.572.1111 (customer service); 888.315.1755 (payment arrangements) or 800.600.2275 (self-service line). RG&E customers should call 800.743.2110 (customer service); 877.266.3492 (payment arrangements) or 800.295.7323 (self-service line). Customers can also check your account status by phone.
  • Do not make any payments over the phone to anyone who has contacted you or asked you to dial a different number. Use the number on your bill or the company’s website.
  • Pay by credit card using our web link for NYSEG and our web link for RG&E; again; do not trust email links.
  • If you are mailing your payment, our address is:
    > NYSEG, P.O. Box 847812, Boston, MA 02284-7812
    > RG&E, P.O. Box 847813, Boston, MA 02284-7813.
  • Pay in person at an authorized pay agent, a Walmart location or one of NYSEG or RG&E walk-in office locations by visiting nyseg.com or rge.com.
  • You can easily verify the identity of any NYSEG or RG&E employee: ask for their photo ID card (if in person) or their employee number. Then contact us at 800.572.1111 (NYSEG customer service) or 800.743.2110 (RG&E customer service) to verify their identity and the nature of their business. Our employees are happy to comply with an identity verification request.
  • We do not ask customers to purchase debit cards (like Green Dot cards) to make payments.
  • Want to avoid payment scams entirely and keep current on your NYSEG bills? Consider enrolling in our Autopay service, where your amount due will be automatically deducted from your bank account each month. NYSEG customers can learn more about this service here, or on the back of your NYSEG bill payment stub. RG&E customers can learn more about this service here, or on the back of your RG&E bill payment stub.