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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Obituary: Samuel Nevling, 75, former Allegany County Deputy Sheriff


BELMONT - Samuel Nevling, 75, of 3804 State Route 244, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, following a long illness. He was born April 11, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the son of the late Joseph and Dolly (Hadden) Nevling. On July 18, 1981 in Angelica, he married Mary E. Farley who survives.

He was employed as a Deputy Sheriff for the Allegany County's Sheriff's Department for thirty-one years, retiring on November 13, 2006.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Timothy E. Nevling and Daniel L. Nevling both of Utah; three grandchildren, Angie, Daniel Jr., and Sydnee, five great grandchildren, Jacob, Evelyn, Luke, Brielle, and Gavin, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a brother Clayton Nevling, and a sister Patricia Landry.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Julie G. Travis, 50, Corning


Julie G. Travis, 50, of Corning, NY, died Friday, May 24, 2019 in Guthrie Corning Hospital, Corning, NY.  Born October 9, 1968, in Corning, she was the daughter of Darrell and Nina Lowe Farnham.  She was employed by McDonalds in Florida and as a caregiver with the Center for Disability Rights in Corning.  Julie attended the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Cross City, FL.   Surviving are:  her mother, Nina Lowe of Old Town, FL;  her father, Darrell Farnham of Corning;  her companion of 12 years, Darren Leatherman of Corning;  four children, Jeremy Farnham of Old Town, FL, Eric (Angela) Farnham of Avoca, NY, Cassandra Travis of Corning, and Timothy Travis of Corning;  eight grandchildren including a grandson who lived with her, Shawn Travis;  three brothers, Darrell Farnham, Jr. of Corning, William Farnham of Old Town, FL, and Donald Farnham of Corning;  nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  A private graveside service will be held in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville, PA.  The Rev. David Brelo will officiate.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com

NY State Police Blotter

5/24/19 7:48pm- After investigating a domestic dispute, state police arrested Robert A. Kew, 45, of Belfast. He was charged with second-degree criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order. He was released on his own recognizance. 

Obituary: Ralph N. Allen, 89, Alfred Station

Ralph N. Allen, 89,  of 6501 Whitford Road, Alfred Station, died Tuesday evening (May 21, 2019) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness.

Born in North Hornell on November 2, 1929, he was the son of Harold & Jessamine (Button) Allen.

Ralph grew up in Alfred Station and attended the former Alfred Station School.  He later graduated from Alfred-Almond Central School (class of 1948).

In the years following high school graduation Ralph worked a variety of jobs including working at Stearns Poultry Farm, as a machinist at Rogers Machine Shop of Alfred and installing gas pumps & gas tanks for K & R Electric of Alfred Station.  He later was employed as a machinist for Corning Glass Works and in the custodial department at the Alfred State College of Ceramics.  For 34 years he was employed as an electrician for Alfred State College, retiring in July, 1987.

Ralph was a member of the Andover First Baptist Church and for over 60 years was a member of the Alfred Free & Accepted Masons (F&AM). He was also a lifetime member of the Alfred Station volunteer fire department.

He enjoyed spending his time outdoors. His favorite place to be was a camp the family went to in the Adirondacks for over 40 years. He was an avid hunter & fisherman who enjoyed hunting deer, turkey, rabbit & squirrel and who also enjoyed both lake & stream fishing.

In his younger years, Ralph devoted himself to the youth of the Alfred / Almond community.  For many, many years, he served as a coach in the Alfred-Almond Little League and Cinderella Softball League. For 18 years he was a coach for the Hornell Babe Ruth League and Hornell Senior Babe Ruth League. He received a certificate of appreciation for his Outstanding and Dedicated service to the Hornell Babe Ruth League. He had a deep love of baseball and was an AVID BOSTON RED SOX FAN!! 

Known as a “Jack of All Trades”, Ralph loved working with his hands and especially enjoyed woodworking and making beautiful works of art out of stained glass.  For the past 22 years, during the winter months, he and his wife, Betty resided in Sebring, FL with his extended Florida family & friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his son, Dennis “Lumpy” Allen who died in 2002.

He was married on March 20, 1949 (70 years) to the former Betty Nye who survives.  Also surviving are his son, Larry (Robin Adkins) Allen of Delmar, DE; 2 daughters, Sherry (Lloyd) Winans of Andover and Susan (Mike) Snyder of Alfred; 1 brother, Russell (Ramona) Allen of Wellsville; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; many nieces & nephews.

Ralph was a kind and gentle man that always was available to help anyone at any time. His love ran deep for his wife of 70 years, Betty Nye Allen, whom he has taken care of for years. He adored his family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family of Ralph N. Allen will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Almond Union of Churches, Main St., Almond, NY.  A private burial ceremony will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Alfred Station, NY.

Ralph’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to The Hart Comfort House, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.  Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com

Obituary: Linda L. Kerr, 73, Hornell


Linda L. Kerr, 73, of 6503 Ellsworth St. Ext., Hornell, died Wednesday afternoon (May 22, 2019) at Olean General Hospital, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born at the former Bethesda Community Hospital in North Hornell on April 1, 1946, she was the daughter of Warren & Barbara (Hallett) Harwood.

For over 23 years, Linda was employed at Gunlocke Corporation in Wayland, retiring in 2005.  She was a former member of the Hornell Moose Lodge and the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary in Hornell.  She enjoyed spending time at various Casinos and also loved traveling and taking trips throughout the country. 

Linda was the mother of four sons, grandmother of nine and the great-grandmother of three.  Blessed with such a wonder family, she thoroughly enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren --- especially her granddaughter, Caroline and grandson, Markus Kerr.

In 1970, she was married in Alfred Station to Gregory A. Kerr.  They were married for over 49 years!

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Harwood and her sister, Patricia Bebout.

Surviving are her husband, Gregory A. Kerr; 4 sons, Gerald L. Nichols, Patrick L. Nichols, Gregory A. Kerr JR and Michael S. Kerr of the Hornell area; 3 sisters, Wanda (Don) Lewis, Bonnie (Robert) Turner and Cheryl (Ron) Creeley all of Hornell; 2 brothers, Rusty (Carolyn) Harwood and Gary (Melody) Harwood of Hornell; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law of Hornell, Bath & Alabama; several nieces & nephews.

At Linda’s request there will be no calling hours.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Final interment will be in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, NY.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit www.dagonfuneralhome.com

Friday, May 24, 2019

Independence Police Blotter

Independence Police Blotter
Friday May 24, 2019
Police report Eveleth S. Fanton, age 26, of Harrison Valley, PA was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failure to obey a traffic control device following a traffic stop on Hallsport Road in Independence. Fanton is due to appear June 26th in Independence Town Court.

Sheppard and Mark graduate from Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy


The New York State University Police Department at Alfred State College is proud to announce that two of its officers recently graduated from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy's Basic Course for Police.

This was the 36th class to graduate from the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in Corning.

Officer Gregg Mark and Officer Dan Sheppard graduated alongside 15 other new law enforcement officers representing 11 different agencies. These new officers will be working all across Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Schuyler, and Seneca counties.

Mark said the academy was "a life-changing experience that will be the foundation to build off in my new career."

Sheppard said, "The academy definitely tested the limits of my mental and physical strength at times and I really think I am a much stronger person because of it."

Mark and Sheppard joined Alfred State’s University Police Department in August 2018 and immediately entered the academy. In January, the recruits finished their classroom time at the academy and returned to their agencies for academy field training, where they worked with certified field training officers to apply what they learned in the classroom to real situations.

Matthew Heller, the chief of the University Police Department at Alfred State, said, "I want to congratulate Officer Mark, Officer Sheppard, and all of their classmates on completing the academy. We have seen a significant reduction in the number of people entering the law enforcement profession over the last few years. Each of these 17 men and women have made a commitment of service to their respective communities and deserve our thanks and best wishes for a long and safe career."

Mark is a resident of Wayland, while Sheppard resides in Orchard Park.

Route 59 Bridge Replacement Begins Tuesday in McKean County

​Bradford, PA –  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that preliminary work on a bridge replacement in Lafayette Township is scheduled to start Tuesday, May 28. The bridge spans Three Mile Run on Route 59, just east of Mount Alton. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s list of bridges in poor condition.
Initial work will involve mobilizing equipment, drainage work, roadway widening, clearing and grubbing. Flaggers in the roadway will enforce and alternating traffic pattern while this work is completed.
Once initial work is complete, the contractor will install temporary barrier closing one lane. The bridge will then be replaced using half-width phasing. Traffic will be controlled by temporary signals that will be set to flash mode before becoming fully operational Tuesday, June 11.
The overall project consists of replacing the existing reinforced concrete slab bridge with a new precast reinforced concrete box culvert, approximately 600 feet of roadway reconstruction, drainage upgrades and guiderail installation. PennDOT expects to open the new bridge to traffic by early September. Bob Cummins Construction Co. of Bradford, PA is the contractor for this $1 million project.
The existing 15-foot structure was constructed in 1932 and carries an average of nearly 1,300 vehicles each day.
Drivers are reminded to use caution in and around work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

Steuben County: Lindley man faces numerous charges after fleeing traffic stop

PRESS RELEASE

Note - No suspect photo is available. Gov. Cuomo will not allow state agencies to release booking pictures.

On May 21, 2019, a New York State Trooper from Painted Post attempted to stop a vehicle towing a utility trailer driven by Glen Glover, age 50, of Lindley, NY.  Glover fled on back roads in the town of Lindley area.  Glover drove through a yard on Morgan Creek Road, narrowly missing a young child, and caused property damage to a fence and fruit trees.  A short time later, Glover stopped his vehicle on Bell Hill Road in the town of Lindley and fled into the woods on foot.  New York State Troopers and personnel from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, along with a helicopter from the State Police Aviation Unit, responded to assist with the search of for Glover.

On May 22, 2019, after numerous interviews with friends of the suspect, Glover called Troopers and agreed to turn himself in.  Grover was arrested and charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st degree (a class “D” felony ), Criminal Mischief 3rd (a class “E” felony), Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd (a class “A” misdemeanor) and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (a violation). Glover was issued numerous vehicle and traffic tickets, including operating a vehicle with a suspended license, having an unregistered trailer, and multiple moving violations.
Bail was set at $50,000. 

Burns man avoids prison sentence, receives probation in Allegany County burglary

There will be no prison time for a man who illegally entered a Town of Burns house trailer. In Allegany County court today, Judge Terrance Parker sentenced Dustin Loveland, 32, of Burn to five years probation for his guilty plea to attempted burglary. Loceland was initially charged with felony burglary. He was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $582.79, pary a $325 court surcharge and a $50 DNA fee. According to prosecutors, on September 2, 2018, Loveland illegally entered a trailer on State Route 36 in Burns and stole property outside the home, including scrap metal. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Tom Fuocco. Loveland was represented by Paul DiCola, Assistant Public Defender.

Rep Reed Secures Grant for Allegany State Park

Washington – Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced a $875,000 grant to provide Allegany State Park with funding to upgrade its underground high voltage electrical system to reduce power outages and deliver more efficient energy use.

“We care about ensuring our friends and neighbors have fair and safe access to the incredible natural resources our communities offer,” Tom said. “This grant enables Allegany State Park to upgrade their electrical system and maintain their high quality of service to the area. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an essential tool for protecting our nation’s rich natural heritage. Earlier this year, we supported the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act to permanently reauthorize the LWCF.”

Jay Bailey, Regional Director of the Allegany Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation said, “Allegany State Park is the largest camping park in the NYS Park System, offering year-round accommodations to over 1 million visitors annually. We are extremely pleased to have received support under the Land & Water Conservation Fund to upgrade the electric system these visitors and our staff rely on.”

Since 1965, the National Park Service has provided more than 40,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to states and local communities. The LWCF State & Local Assistance Program provides matching grants for local and state park projects outside national park boundaries.

Wellsville: Flagpole dedication, Shane T. Colligan Park


WELLSVILLE - It's a proud day for Wellsville's Colligan family and their friends. Shortly before noon, there was a dedication of the flagpole at the Shane T. Colligan Park, which is located at the intersection of Genesee Parkway and South Main Street. A blessing was offered by Father Jim. The family also extends thanks to Jerome Hart and Hart Bros. & Sons for making this come true. Shane’s father, Tim, also gives thanks to his nephew and Papa Jack’s grandson Christopher Ricci (Natalie Nave Ricci) for their donation. Lastly, Tim Colligan says thank you to all Veterans for your service. 

Travel Advisory - SR 417 Culvert Work, Town of Andover, Allegany County


The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that culvert repair work on State Route 417 westbound near Elm Valley in the town of Andover will begin on May 29, 2019.  A permanent shoulder closure will be in place for the duration of the project, with occasional temporary short-term lane closures managed by flaggers.  The project is anticipated to last approximately four weeks.

It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.

Motorists are urged to slow down and safely move over when approaching roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones. To learn more about the Move Over law and what we’re doing to keep workers and motorists safe in highway construction zones, visit www.ny.gov/workzonesafety

Steuben Public Health reminds residents to avoid unfamiliar animals

BATH -- With the unofficial start of the summer this weekend, Steuben County Public Health officials remind residents about rabies prevention Rabies is a preventable disease that humans and animals can get from a bite or contact with saliva of a rabid animal, and it is almost always deadly.
In the event of an animal bite or contact, residents should immediately seek medical care and report the problem to Steuben County Public Health at (800) 724-0471 weekdays or (800) 836-4444 evenings and weekends. 
· Basic rabies prevention. Don’t feed, touch, or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats. If a wild animal is nearby, let it wander away. Bring children and pets indoors, and alert neighbors. Don’t try to separate two fighting animals. Wear gloves when handling a pet after a fight. If there is any concern about rabies exposure from a wild animal, keep it for rabies testing. Immediately report a bat in your home to Public Health.

· Ensure pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines. Dogs, cats, and other domestic or farm animals (mammals) should be vaccinated starting at 12 weeks of age. The initial rabies vaccine is valid for one year. After that, rabies vaccines are valid for three years with proof of prior vaccination.
· Free local rabies clinics can be found at https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/rabiesclinic2019.pdf

Wellsville Airport: Fly In, Walk In, Drive In Pancake Breakfast - June 23rd


Wellsvile, NY Events: Evening Under the Stars

WELLSVILLE - This annual community event brings friends and neighbors to the Terrace of the David A. Howe Library for an evening of fireworks, music, local food, and beer and wine tastings.  
Tickets are available for $35 at several locations throughout Wellsville; Salon Visage, Trend Addictions, First Citizens Bank, Jones Memorial Hospital, and the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Evening Under The Stars
Date: June 15, 2019
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Location: David A. Howe Library Terrace



Wellsville American Legion Riders support students entering military


In attendance were: (included in picture) Front: Keegan Weber, Fiona Brown, Emma Terhune and Dennis White, Post 702 Legion Rider Director.  Back:  Yvonne Simmons, Unit 702 AL Auxiliary 1st Vice; Shawn Merkwa, Post 702 SAL Squadron 1st Vice and Brent Roberts, Post 702 Commander.
Morrison Hayes Post 702 Wellsville American Legion Riders hosted a spaghetti dinner of appreciation on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 for students and their families entering any branch of the military this year.  Cake, depicting all five branches of the military, was also served.  Students are: Nevin Allen (Alfred Almond), Army; Fiona Brown (Andover) Army National Guard, Emma Terhune (Andover) Air Force National Guard; Mauricio Martinez and Keegan Weber (Bolivar-Richburg) Marines; Aaron Cummins (Friendship) Army; John Raub (Genesee Valley) Navy; (Wellsville) Air Force: Bryce Beckwith, Erin Billings, Destiny Conley and Grave Emerson; Army: Ayanna Brown, Anthony Carmichael and Marines: Dakota Gaylord, Travis Middaugh and Caleb Swift. Post 702 Legion Rider Director, Dennis White was Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Also, in attendance was Post 702 Commander Brent Roberts, Unit 702 AL Auxiliary 1st Vice, Yvonne Simmons, (who presented the mothers with a gift of appreciation) and Post 702 SAL Squadron 1st Vice Shawn Merkwa.

Former Superintendent of Oswego Wastewater Treatment Plant Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Violation

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Gary Hallinan, 61, of Oswego, New York, pled guilty this week in federal court in Syracuse to negligently discharging wastewater from the City of Oswego Wastewater Treatment Plant into Lake Ontario in violation of the Clean Water Act on three dates between March 2015 and June 2015, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Tyler Amon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division (EPA-CID) in New York, and Bernard Rivers, Director of Law Enforcement, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

In pleading guilty, Hallinan admitted that in December 2014, while he was the Superintendent of the Oswego Wastewater Treatment Plant, the plant’s centrifuge, an essential piece of equipment to process wastewater and remove untreated or improperly treated sewage, stopped operating. As a result, the plant could no longer properly remove sewage from its wastewater. Over the next five months, Hallinan, as the superintendent of the plant, failed to take action to remove sewage from the plant’s wastewater or to report the broken centrifuge to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. As a result of the defendant’s negligence, the Oswego Wastewater Treatment Plant discharged wastewater containing solid sewage in violation of its permit under the Clean Water Act. These discharges took place on March 1, 2015; June 19, 2015; and June 23, 2015. The concentration of solid matter in the water discharged into Lake Ontario on June 23, 2015, was approximately 60 times higher than allowed by the plant’s permit.

The charge to which Hallinan pled guilty carries a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 1 year. The defendant will be sentenced on September 24, 2019 by United States Magistrate Judge David E. Peebles. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division (EPA-CID), the New York State DEC, Division of Law Enforcement and Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation Unit (BECI), and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael F. Perry.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

NY highway work comes to a halt for Memorial Day

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. on Friday, May 24 to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28 to accommodate increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend. The suspension of construction supports Governor Cuomo's Drivers First initiative, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work. Drivers should keep in mind that in some cases, road work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.  
"Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year and we want to do all we can to help New Yorkers get to their holiday destinations safely and with minimum delays," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge everyone on the roads this weekend to drive safely, to remember to move over for roadside emergency and maintenance vehicles and to utilize text stops to avoid distracted driving."  
New York's Move Over Law requires motorists to drive with care, slow down and safely move over when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and construction or maintenance vehicles that are stopped along roads across the state. The law was enacted in 2010 to protect first responders and expanded in 2011 to include tow operators and those working along the roadway. It has since been expanded to include a wider range of emergency and hazard vehicles.

Obituary: Donnie J. Whitesell, 72, Genesee, PA


Donnie J. Whitesell, 72, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Andover, NY, died Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in his home.  Born September 14, 1946, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Irving and Edith Latten Whitesell.  He was employed as a farmer and truck driver.  Surviving are: his companion of over 28 years, Betty Knauer;  four children, Sharon (Jeff) Bastianelli of Greenville, SC, Amy Whitesell of Greenville, SC, Deanna (Michael) McIntyre of Whitesville, NY, and Donnie (Chastity) Whitesell, Jr. of Rexville, NY; 14 grandchildren;  several great-grandchildren;  five siblings, Richard (Shirley) Whitesell of Wellsville, NY, Ron (Linda) Whitesell of Independence, NY, David Whitesell of Almond, NY, Thelma “Betty” Patrick of Wellsville, NY, and Darla Williams of Wellsville, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, the former Tonya Chase; and a brother, Milford Whitesell.  There will be no visitation or service.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Weight Restriction and Planned Closure of County Route # 15A (Fink Hollow Road) in the Town of Birdsall

From: Justin D Henry - Superintendent
Date: May 23rd, 2019
Re: Weight Restriction and Planned Closure of County Route # 15A (Fink Hollow Road) in the Town of Birdsall.

Please be advised effective immediately an 8 ton weight limits has been posted on County Road 15A from the intersection of CR 16 (Dalton Road) and Spencer Worden Road. The same section of road will be closed Wednesday May 29th 2019 from 7:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. There will not be an on-site detour to accommodate traffic and motorists are urged to seek alternate routes. 

Wellsville: Town Board to debate fire contract, 23 North


The Wellsville Town Board has been debating two hot button topics in recent weeks. One is whether the town will continue the contract for fire protection and the other is if the town offices will depart the traditional Municipal Building for a new deal at 23 North, the former Burrous Building. Both issues will be addressed during a special town board meeting called for next week.  Here is the proposed agenda for the public meeting to be held May 30th at 6:30 p.m.-
1.  Pledge to Flag
2.  Fire Protection Plan for the Town of Wellsville
3.  Discussion of drawings and potential occupancy of 23 South Main (Burrough’s Building)
4.    Executive Session to discuss a Real Property transaction
5. Executive Session to discuss Code Enforcement potential litigation

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town of Wellsville will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:30pm to discuss the above issues. Said meeting will be held in the Town Clerk’s Office, 156 N Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Individuals with disabilities or senior citizens, who require assistance in attending said special meeting or in furnishing comments, should contact the Town Clerk three (3) days in advance if possible, to request assistance.

Sylvia LaChance
Town Clerk

BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD

Allegany County Car Seat Safety Check-up May 24 in Belmont


Wellsville Memorial Day events and services


Travel Advisory - State Route 248, Stannards to Whitesville

TRAVEL ADVISORY

State Route 248, from State Route 19 in Stannards to Whitesville
Town of Independence, Allegany County

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that paving on State Route 248 from State Route 19 in Stannards to Whitesville, Allegany County, will begin Tuesday, May 28, 2019, weather permitting.  The road will receive a chip seal treatment. This project is anticipated to last approximately three days.

Traffic will be maintained with a one lane, two-way alternating flagging operation. The public should expect delays. 

It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.

Motorists are urged to slow down and safely move over when approaching roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones. To learn more about the Move Over law and what we’re doing to keep workers and motorists safe in highway construction zones, visit www.ny.gov/workzonesafety.

Weather ALERT for Allegany County

Niagara-Orleans-Monroe-Northern Erie-Genesee-Wyoming-Livingston-
Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Allegany-Southern Erie-
Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Rochester,
Buffalo, Batavia, Warsaw, Geneseo, Jamestown, Olean, Wellsville,
Orchard Park, and Springville
851 AM EDT Thu May 23 2019

...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY
THIS AFTERNOON...

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms over southern Ontario,
Lake Erie, and northeast Ohio will move into Western NY late this
morning, then move east to the Genesee Valley by midday or early
afternoon. If this line of storms maintains intensity, it may
produce strong winds and some wind damage as it moves across the
area.

Be prepared to seek shelter if thunderstorms approach.

Graves announces support for Crandall's Senate bid


To the Editor:

The Lincoln – Douglas debates have come to mind as I’m hoping that there will be a debate, before the June 25th Primary occurs, between Curt Crandall and George Borrello.  Thanks to Curt’s challenge we will have a choice as to who will represent us in the New York State Senate.  There is a large pair of shoes to fill and I’m hoping Curt will be the one chosen to fill them.

I’ve been a student of government and it’s built in nemesis “politics” all of my life.  Although it’s widely accepted that Lincoln won those debates – they helped him win the Presidency – “politics” took its toll. On Election Day, as the districts were drawn to favor Douglas’ party, the Democrats won 40 seats in the state house of Representatives and the Republicans won 35.  In the state senate, Republicans held 11 seats and the Democrats held 14.  Douglas was reelected by the legislature, 54-46, even though Lincoln’s Republicans won the popular vote with a percentage of 50.6%, or by 3,402 votes. 

Because “politics” is a sketchy art with more twists and turns than any mountain road on earth could have it’s tough to point fingers or blame someone for what the eventual outcome is.  It’s been a Republican tradition here to view Republican Primaries as a fight between brothers.  When the tussle is over both victor and challenger are supposed to shake hands and work together to win the General Election.  I intend to do likewise after the June 25th winner is announced.

I’ve known Curt and his family for a long time. I respect his business acumen and his knowledge of our county government. We’ve bumped heads a few times but have not let it get in the way.  We “agree to disagree” but remain friends.  I think the thing that I like most about him is his sense of humor.  He has a dry wit that often cracks me up.  None of us have a claim to the persona or legacy of Lincoln but he often used his wit, as Curt often does, to get his point across.

Although I’ve met and shook hands with George Borrello I know little about him other than he has a record of service in Chautauqua County government and was a business owner before that.  I know of only one visit that he has made here and that was at a Republican fundraiser in Wellsville.

Although I would like to know where Borrello stands on the 2nd Amendment, abortion, illegal’s, etcetera (I already know Curt’s stand) the main reason I would like to see a debate held is that I think there are some questions that need to be answered.  Mainly due to what I referred to above.  The sketchy twists and turns of “politics”.

I’m a fan – and always will be – of Cathy Young.  She was the kind of public servant that instinctively knew what the needs and wants of her community was and she worked tirelessly to fill those needs.  The loss of the State Senate last November to the Democrats was a heavy blow.  There was, however, one way that we – everyone north of the George Washington Bridge – could have had some measure of solace.  If Cathy Young would have been made the Republican Minority Leader of the State Senate, we would at least have had a voice.

That job – you guessed it – went to 2nd Senate District Senator John Flanagan – of Long Island.  A place that has no desire need or want to fight for our concerns here in Allegany County or anywhere in our Senate District.  (In addition, it’s alleged he has a problem with alcohol and has sought treatment for same.)  He and 52nd Senate District Senator Fred Akshar, from Binghamton, who is also Minority Leader of the NYS Senate Crime Victims Committee, both hold the top positions in the NYS Senate Republican Campaign Committee – which has endorsed and funded George Borrello’s candidacy.  Do a search on “Facebook” and you will find his ads with the notation that it’s “Paid for by the NYS Senate Republican Campaign Committee”.  Do a search of the Binghamton press and you will find allegations/revelations that Akshar had a nonconsensual sexual relationship with the mother of a murder victim.

In the real world – such as this – political endorsements come with promises and debt.  The question I would like answered is who will George Borrello be indebted to?  Will it be John Flanagan and Fred Akshar or the taxpayers of the 57th State Senate District?  In my opinion and others, they were architects of Cathy Young’s departure.  Until those questions are answered fully – so that we know Cathy Young’s work will continue and not be subjugated by the political forces of downstate New York and Long Island – on Primary Day, Tuesday, June 25th - I’m voting for the independent candidate – Curt Crandall! 


Karl Graves

Wellsville, New York

Disposal of Worn American Flag

Information provided by Wellsville American Legion Post 702

Allegany County Sheriff's Blotter


Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney reports that on May 21, 2019, Deputies arrested Stacy L. Ward, age 26 of Cuba, on an Allegany County Family Court Warrant.  Ward was processed and arraigned in the Allegany County Family Court where she was remanded to the Allegany County Jail with bail set at $500.00 cash. She is due to reappear in Allegany County Family Court on May 24, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. for additional court action.

Travel Advisory - Interstate 86, Hornell to Howard, Steuben County

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that pavement maintenance work on Interstate 86 in both the eastbound and westbound directions, between exits 34 and 35, will begin May 28, 2019.  The work will include a sealing treatment at the edges and centerline of the roadway.

One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times. Motorists should expect delays.  Work is anticipated to last one week, weather permitting.

It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @NYSDOTHornell.

Bridge work will impact Bath VA Medical Center


The entrance bridge to the Bath VA Medical Center is closing Tuesday (May 28) for four months for major structural renovation. Officials say the steel beams, concrete deck and the sidewalks will be removed and replaced. Traffic will need to enter through the VA’s back entrance using Longwell Lane off Knight Settlement Road.

PENN YAN MAN CHARGED WITH FALSIFYING INSPECTION REPORTS FOR SPACE PARTS


BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Wednesday that James Smalley, 41, of Penn Yan, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with falsifying inspection reports for space parts. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendant was a Quality Assurance Engineer at PMI Industries, LLC, a Rochester aerospace precision machining service, specializing in high-tolerance machining for flight critical aerospace parts used to build space flight vehicles by SpaceX and other Department of Defense aerospace contractors. Smalley began his employment at PMI on March 6, 2017, working on contracts for SpaceX, which developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family. Falcon and Dragon both currently deliver payloads into Earth orbit for NASA, the Air Force, other United States government agencies and private industry. SQA Services, Inc. (SQA) is a subcontractor to SpaceX, and provides multiple quality assurance functions within the aerospace and defense manufacturing industries.

The complaint states that in January 2018, an internal audit by SQA Services, Inc. (SQA), at the direction of SpaceX, revealed multiple falsified source inspection reports and non-destructive testing (NDT) certifications from PMI Industries, LLC, for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy flight critical parts. SpaceX notified PMI of the anomalies. Source inspections and NDT are key tools used in the aerospace industry to ensure manufactured parts comply with quality and safety standards. Specifically, the signed source inspection report had a forged signature of the SQA inspector. SpaceX and SQA officials believed the signature of the inspector was photocopied and cut and pasted onto the source inspection report with a computer.  

On February 16, 2018, the NASA Launch Services Program alerted the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG), and Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Resident Agency, regarding the falsified source inspection reports and false NDT certifications created by PMI. Some of the false source inspection reports and false NDT certifications were related to space launch vehicle components that, at the time of discovery, were to be used for the upcoming Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission, which launched from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 18, 2018.

The investigation has identified that Smalley, while an employee of PMI, falsified at least 38 source inspection reports for space vehicle parts procured by SpaceX for the construction of the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy series of space vehicles.  The investigation has also identified at least 76 individual piece parts that were rejected during source inspection or were never inspected by SQA, then subsequently shipped to SpaceX.

A records request from SpaceX identified seven NASA space flight missions, two United States Air Force space flight missions, and one National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) space flight mission that were affected by parts purchased by SpaceX from PMI.  

Subsequently, SpaceX terminated its business relationship with PMI averaged approximately $200,000 per month from the business with SpaceX, as a disqualified supplier. PMI subsequently closed its operation.

“The success of America’s reinvigorated space program depends not just on American ingenuity but on American integrity as well,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy.  “These charges make clear that those who commit fraud against NASA, the Air Force, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who are among the government agencies leading our space program, and those private companies, such as SpaceX, with whom the government partners and contracts in its effort, will be held accountable when they seek to cut corners. Such fraudulent conduct jeopardizes no only the success of the program but the lives of the brave men and women who rely on the integrity of not just the space vehicles themselves but all those who help to design and build them.”    

“The NASA Office of Inspector General will continue to aggressively investigate those who undermine NASA operations and jeopardize U.S. space launch missions by their fraudulent actions,” said Special Agent-in-Charge John Corbett, Central Field Office.”

“The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), along with its law enforcement partners, has, and always will, aggressively identify, investigate, and neutralize anyone who attempts to commit aircraft and space vehicle part fraud and put our nation's warfighters at risk,” stated Special Agent-in-Charge Wendell W. Palmer, AFOSI, Office of Procurement Fraud.



“According to the criminal complaint, James Smalley took the act of forgery to a new level,” said FBI Buffalo Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert. “A potentially catastrophic level with the potential to not only cost millions of dollars, but also jeopardize years of irreplicable work.”  

The defendant will make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman on May 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.  

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the NASA Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John Corbett, Central Field Office; the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Wendell W. Palmer, Office of Procurement Fraud; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.