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Friday, May 31, 2019

NEWS: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County

Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants IPM/FAMACHA© Workshop

Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County, the workshop will be held at the Cooperative Extension Center at 5435A County Rd 48 Belmont, NY from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Internal parasites are one of the biggest health problems affecting small ruminants in the Northeast. Dewormer resistance is becoming commonplace. As a result, producers need to know how best to manage parasites. In this workshop, producers will learn the basics of parasite control as well as how to develop integrated parasite management programs for their farms.
 
Workshop will include hands-on training on how to use the FAMACHA© Anemia Card as part of a 5-point check to determine which animals in your herd or flock most likely need deworming. This workshop will also include hands-on training on doing fecal egg counts.

Instruction led by Dr. tatiana Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist and Janice Liotta, Parasitology Lab at Cornell University. This training is supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Organic Transitions Program under Agreement No. 2018-51106-28777.

Cost: $25 family/farm (includes one FAMACHA© card, workshop, handouts and lunch) plus $ 7/additional individual (workshop and lunch) from same farm/family. Additional FAMACHA© card will be available at $13/card.

For more information or to register, please contact Lynn Bliven 585-268-7644 ext. 18 or email lao3@cornell.edu. Participants may pay at the door however pre-registration required by June 13, 2019 so we can ensure enough food and handouts.

Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants IPM/FAMACHA© Workshop is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County (CCE-Allegany). The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. For more information, call 525-268-7644 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/allegany. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Photo credit: Lynn A. Bliven

Lynn A. Bliven
Agriculture & Natural Resources Issue Leader
Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany County
5435A County Rd 48
Belmont, NY 14813

ALLEGANY COUNTY, NY – EMBRACING RENEWABLES

From Business View magazine


Allegany County, population, 47,000, lies in the southern tier of western New York State, just north of the Pennsylvania border. It is bisected by the Genesee River, which flows north to its mouth on Lake Ontario. In the early days of its settlement, the region’s tall forests provided cut timber and were a main source of the area’s economy. As the timber was removed from the lower hills, and the land laid bare, agriculture crept in, and it is this industry that is paramount in the County, today. At first, grain was the principal crop, followed by wool growing and cattle raising, as the Genesee Valley Canal and, later, the Erie and other railroads opened the way to more productive grain lands. Currently, the County’s economy is driven by dairy and mixed farming; apples do well, while the humble potato is one of its main products, next to milk and hay.

The discovery of a great oil pool beneath the surface of the County was perhaps the most momentous occasion in its history. In fact, the first petroleum in the United States was noted by Roche-d’Allion, a French Jesuit, in 1627, near the current town of Cuba. But it wasn’t until the coming of the famous Old Triangle No. 1 well drilled in nearby Allentown in 1879, that anything came of the priest’s find. Although the oil boom has long since passed, a fabulous amount of money came into the County in the late 1880s, and there were towns growing overnight. For fifteen years, the oil brought to the surface had more value than all the rest of the County’s products combined. It could not last, at least on the scale at which it had started, and, today, oil production occupies a minor part of Allegany County’s economy.

Though oil production is no longer prominent within the county, the production of energy continues in the 21st century in new forms, spurred on by the renewable energy programs at Allegany County’s three institutions of higher learning: Alfred State College, Alfred University, and Houghton College.
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Mattison, Kayes headed to leadership roles in Allegany County government


HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

May 29, 2019

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Human Services Committee Chair Judith Hopkins at 9:10 a.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Human Services Committee Chair Judith Hopkins.

MEMBERS PRESENT: J. Hopkins, J. Burdick, G. Barnes, D. Decker, D, Root, P. Stockin (Absent: S. Havey)

OTHERS PRESENT: T. Boyde, D. Fanton, K. Francisco, G. James, B. Harris, D. Healy (2:50 p.m.), C. Knapp, B. Riehle, T. Ross


Executive Session

A motion was made by Legislator Root, seconded by Legislator Decker, and carried to enter into executive session to discuss matters leading to the appointment or employment of a particular person at 9:10 a.m. Immediately following discussion at 4:16 p.m., a motion was made by Legislator Root, seconded by Legislator Stockin, and carried to end the executive session and return to the regular meeting.


Office for the Aging Director

Based on the recommendation of County Administrator Timothy T. Boyde, a motion was made by Legislator Decker, seconded by Legislator Burdick, and carried to appoint Anita M. Mattison as Office for the Aging Director at an annual salary of $60,000 effective upon the vacancy in the office anticipated to occur in July 2019. Prepare Resolution


Social Services Commissioner

Based on the recommendation of County Administrator Timothy T. Boyde, a motion was made by Legislator Stockin, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried (Voting No: G. Barnes) to appoint Edna B. Kayes as Social Services Commissioner at an annual salary of $83,000 effective upon the vacancy in the office anticipated to occur in November 2019. Prepare Resolution


Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 4:19 p.m. following a motion made by Legislator Decker, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried.


Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Rigby Riehle, Clerk of the Board

Allegany County Board of Legislators

Minutes: Allegany County Ways & Means Committee - May 28, 2019


WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE

May 28, 2019

Committee Members Present: P. Stockin, D. Fanton, P. Curran, D. Decker, S. Havey, D. Healy, J. Hopkins, D. Root, C. Crandall

Others Present: L. Ballengee, G. Barnes, T. Boyde, J. Budinger, J. Burdick, W. Dibble, K. Dirlam, K. Francisco, K. Graves, L. Gridley, B. Harris, G. James, C. Knapp, B. Reynolds, J. Ricci, B. Riehle, T. Ross, M. Washer

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 1:03 p.m. by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Philip Stockin.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Legislator Decker, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried to approve the minutes of the May 13, 2019, Ways and Means Committee meeting.

A motion was made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Decker, and carried to approve the minutes of the May 15, 2019, Ways and Means Committee meeting.

Approval of Audit

Committee members reviewed the May 28, 2019, audit of claims in the amount of $3,443,518.87 (including prepaid bills). A motion was made by Legislator Root, seconded by Legislator Hopkins, and carried to forward the audit to the full Board for approval of payment.

Village of Belmont Agreement

County Administrator Timothy Boyde requested a resolution authorizing the County to enter into an agreement with the Village of Belmont for the management and maintenance of Allegany County Water District No. 1 located in the Village and the Town of Amity. The contract will commence on August 1, 2019, and will terminate on July 31, 2022. The County agrees to pay for such services in the sum of $12,500 per year during the term of this agreement, and the funding is included in the 2019 Budget. Legislator Decker asked for confirmation that this agreement has nothing to do with the Crossroads development. Mr. Boyde stated, no, it is for the Public Safety Facility. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Havey, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Request to Fill Part-Time Account Clerk Typist

County Treasurer Terri Ross requested permission to fill one part-time Account Clerk Typist (AFSCME, Grade 7, Step: Base – Step 7) as well as increasing the hours from 17.5 per week to 27.5 per week. This position will follow the AFSCME salary schedule; however, the position is not in the union because of its part-time status. This position is responsible for delinquent tax bill processing as well as collection of revenues. The annual salary of this position is estimated between $24,040 and $28,145 and is not eligible for benefits. This position is funded 100 percent with County dollars. Legislator Decker asked for a reason in the increase of hours per week. Ms. Ross stated the extra hours will help alleviate the workload while she has two employees on leave this summer as well as covering summer vacations for full-time employees. Legislator Decker asked if the additional funds needed are included in the budget. Ms. Ross indicated they are not available in her budget at this time; however, she will be able to cover them by the end of the year. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Root, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried. Notify Human Resources

Resolution Opposing Changes in Payment of Taxes

Ms. Ross requested a resolution opposing a portion of Legislative Bills S4676A and A4863 that are proposing changes to the order in which multiple tax liens are to be redeemed. Ms. Ross stated this new Bill will amend Article 11 by changing the order in which a tax lien must be redeemed when the County holds more than one tax lien. Currently under Article 11, if there are multiple tax liens, they must be paid in reverse chronological order, i.e., the oldest tax lien must be paid first. Ms. Ross indicated that this new Bill will allow the oldest tax lien to be paid first which may result in taxpayers always being in a delinquent status. Committee Chairman Stockin asked what brought about this change. Ms. Ross stated there are some legal associations that find it frustrating that those delinquent on their taxes can’t pay off their oldest year first. The request to oppose Legislative Bills S4676A and A4863 was approved on a motion made by Legislator Hopkins, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried. Prepare Resolution (to come off the floor at the May 28 Board meeting)

REFERRALS FROM OTHER COMMITTEES

Committee of the Whole (Excerpt from the April 22, 2019, Committee of the Whole Minutes)

Airport Funding

“Several Legislators expressed the need for more information before they could decide on whether or not to provide funding to the Wellsville Airport. They then discussed the timeframe involved in adopting a local law. Because the process for adopting a local law would likely take a couple of months, it would give them additional time to gather more information to help with their decision.” Committee Chairman Stockin stated that this request is not being dealt with as there needs to be more discussion.

Resource Management Committee (Excerpt from the May 15, 2019, Resource Management Minutes)

“Legislator Harris requested to see the name place cards changed to just show their names and

no committees listed, and they could be kept with each Legislator and put out when needed. Legislator Burdick stated that she objects as she may forget her card, or if a member came in late to a meeting they would not know what meeting they were attending.” Legislator Fanton stated that he believes the current set up of the committee name cards is working just fine. Committee Chairman Stockin stated that he has been communicating with Clerk of the Board Brenda Rigby Riehle and Confidential Secretary Meghan Washer who have confirmed the current set up is working well and are happy to see it remain status quo. Legislator Decker asked if it would help if each committee member held their name cards at their desk and brought them to each meeting. Ms. Washer indicated that it would be easier to leave it as it is and keep them in her office. Legislator Root stated that while she thinks it’s nice to have their names listed on the cards, and the current set up is working fine, she thinks it’s overkill having one card per Legislator per committee. Legislator Root suggested down the road if they ever need to be replaced, just having one general name card to put out for each meeting. Legislator Havey stated it is beneficial for people who aren’t on the committee to know what meeting they are currently attending and suggested leaving the current process in place. A motion was made by Legislator Decker and seconded by Legislator Root to change the name cards to just reflect their names with no committees listed. (2 ayes: D. Root, J. Hopkins, 6 Noes: P. Curran, D. Decker, D. Fanton, D. Healy, P. Stockin) Motion Defeated

Good of the Order

Majority Leader Dwight “Mike” Healy announced a caucus in Room 220 at 1:20 p.m.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 1:17 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Decker, and carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Washer, Confidential Secretary to Clerk of the Board

Allegany County Board of Legislators

Wellsville Police Blotter


Date: Friday May 31, 2019

Wellsville Police charged Russell W. Main, age 47 of Shinglehouse, PA, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (unclassified misdemeanor) for driving with a suspended driver’s license, Unlicensed Operator and Inadequate or no stop lamps.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on the Bolivar Road in the Village of Wellsville.  Main was issued traffic citations and released.  Main is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 25th at 4:30 p.m.

Travel Advisory - State Route 417, Erwin to Addison, Steuben County

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that, weather permitting, on Monday, June 3, 2019, state and construction forces will begin work on a highway resurfacing project between the Village of Addison, ending east of the State Route 417/Interstate 99 interchange on State Route 417 in the Town of Erwin. As part of the process pavement markings will be removed and temporary stripes will be placed. Drivers should use extra caution in these areas.

Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flaggers on State Route 417.  Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks.

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

Andover: Irish Road Bowling



Wellsville Firemen's Auxiliary New Officers

L-R: Katie Nixon-Secretary, Sue Thomas-Treasurer, Suzanne Amidon-President, Bonnie Perkins-Vice President, Kaylyn McKinley-Captain and Dana Flamini-Co-Captain.

Belmont: No prison for knife-wielding man who beat victim in front of kids

There will be no prison for a Belmont man who threatened a person with a knife and then beat the victim causing injuries. In Allegany County Integrated Domestic violence court Judge Thomas Brown sentenced Ronny Carlin Jr. to serve five years probation. He pleaded guilty to attempted burglary after first being charged by police with second-degree burglary, thirs-defree criminal mischief, menacing, assault and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. According to a press release from the District attorney's office, Carlin "knowingly and unlawfully entered a home" on State Route 417 in Genesee last July "with the intent of assaulting and menacing the victim." The said the victim was injured after being struck in the head multiple times, kicked in the ribs and threatened with a knife while three children watched. The victim's car was also damaged. In addition to probation, Judge brown assessed a $325 court surcharge and a $50 DNA fee. The case was prosecuted by ADA J. Thomas Fuoco. The defense attorney was Fern Adelstein.

Concerned Citizens of Allegany County set June meeting date


Monthly Meeting Notice

Angelica, NY - Concerned Citizens of Allegany County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. at 22 W. Main St., Angelica NY.  All members and interested parties are invited to attend. Please RSVP at contactusccac@gmail.com or phone 585-466-4474 so seating may be arranged.

After reports from officers and standing committees, the group will discuss developments related to the proposed AlleCatt wind project, the proposed Moraine solar farm, and the proposed Hakes landfill expansion in Steuben County. The group will also receive an update on the proposed Northern Access pipeline.

CCAC is a 501c3 environmental advocacy group that fights against pollution, focusing primarily on ending the expansion of infrastructure related to fracking, and halting the disposal of hazardous and radioactive gas field wastes in Allegany and Steuben county landfills.  We meet monthly in Angelica and welcome interested parties to join the effort to raise awareness and protect our clean water, soil, and air. Learn more at www.ccallegany.org or follow us on FB.  Email contactusccac@gmail.com or call/text 585-466-4474.   

SPCA serving Allegany County celebrates grand opening June 1st


Courtesy of SPCA serving Allegany County:
Join us for the grand opening of the new SPCA shelter in Belmont on June 1st from noon until 4p.m.
It’s been a long journey to build our new Shelter and we are ready to celebrate!!! We thank everyone for their support...as we could not have accomplished this without you!!
There will be music...food...and activities for the kids...plus we will have some very social farm animals for you to meet!!! And of course come tour our facility and check out all of the great cats and dogs we have available at the shelter.
We hope to see you at the grand opening on Saturday - June 1st from Noon until 4p.m. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 12:30p.m.
Our new shelter is conveniently located at 5440 State Route 19 in Belmont
Come celebrate with us and our furry friends at the SPCA!!!

Four recent Alfred University graduates exhibiting work at Corning gallery

CORNING, NY – Four 2019 Alfred University graduates are taking part in an exhibition that opened Saturday, May 25, at Exhibit A contemporary art gallery in Corning.
Carissa Grace, Astrid Hunter, Olivia Piazza and Adam Taylor have artwork included in an exhibition titled “Shiny New,” which opened Saturday, May 25, and runs through June 28, when a closing reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. The four received B.F.A. degrees at Alfred University’s May 18 Commencement.
Exhibit A is located at 22 East Market Street, in the Gaffer District of Corning. An image of Carissa Grace’s work, Sugar & Spice, 2019 – consisting of cast glass, mirrors, argon-mercury, and phosphor coated glass – is on the gallery’s home page.
The opening of "Shiny New" was held as part of GlassFest10, Corning's annual celebration of glass and the fine arts.

Potter County Commissioners Welcome CBDG Grant Requests


An estimated $200,000 in federal funds is coming to Potter County in a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) this year. Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover will review applications and decide how the money is allotted. First step in the federally mandated process is a public meeting to solicit proposals. It’s scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport.

Typically, these preliminary meetings are attended by township and borough officials who are seeking support for infrastructure investments. Among recent local CDBG success stories are a water system upgrade in Genesee Township and wastewater treatment system improvements in Shinglehouse Borough and Roulette Township. The 2018 allotment is targeted for the sewage plant rehabilitation in Galeton. Other eligible uses include housing, economic development and public services, including property acquisition, recreation, facilities for senior citizens, and removal of architectural barriers for handicapped accessibility.

Jennifer Rossman, county director of community development, administers the CDBG program for the commissioners. She points out that, to be eligible, projects must provide a benefit to documented low- or moderate-income residents. Exceptions can be made for proposals that address an urgent health or safety threat. A series of public hearings and meetings with potential recipients will be scheduled to assess funding requests for the 2019 allotment, starting with a hearing and project development workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. More information is available from Jennifer Rossman at 814-274-8290, ext. 209, or jrossman@pottercountypa.net

ICYMI: Town of Willing accepting applications for Assessor


Be Prepared: Causer Bill Ensures State is Ready to Handle Threats to PA Agriculture


HARRISBURG – Working to protect the state’s food supply and the agriculture industry, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, has introduced legislation creating the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account.

House Bill 1516 is part of a package of bills aimed at supporting the state’s top industry.

“Every single resident of the Commonwealth relies upon our agriculture industry to put food on their tables,” Causer said. “With recent and ongoing threats to various livestock and crops, it is important we are prepared and able to respond quickly to threats for the sake of our farmers and our citizens.”

The bill would create the Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account and allocate funding to the Department of Agriculture to facilitate a quick response to agricultural disasters, including using animal or plant health officials to contain an outbreak or threat, or providing an immediate response to a foodborne illness.

Spotted Lanternfly is an ongoing threat facing multiple segments of the agriculture industry, including grapes, fruit trees and hardwoods. Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper native to China, India and Vietnam. It was first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County in 2014 but has since spread to more than a dozen counties in the eastern and southcentral regions of the state.

In 2015, the state was preparing for a potential outbreak of avian influenza as the disease spread across the country in nearly two dozen states.  

“We face threats to animal health and crop issues virtually every day,” Causer said. “With monitoring and surveillance systems already in place to promptly identify potential threats, creating this disaster readiness account is a vital next step to ensure we have the resources to provide a rapid and well-coordinated response.”

Causer’s bill has been referred to the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for consideration.

Allegany County District II legislators set meeting


District II Legislators have scheduled their district meeting for Monday, June 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. right before the Village of Belmont Board meeting at 7:00.

This meeting is being held for general discussion of mutual problems and interests. If there are any specific topics you would like to have addressed, please let one of your District II Legislators know, and they will try to provide a speaker.

Please give notice of this meeting to your town and village board members, as well as to members of the general public, and encourage everyone to attend.

DISTRICT II

Towns: Amity, Clarksville, Cuba, Friendship, New Hudson, Ward
Villages: Belmont and Cuba
Healy, Dwight M
Healydm@alleganyco.com
4979 Starvation Hill Rd
Belmont, NY 14813
585.268.5644 (h)
Standing committees: Planning & Economic Development, Public Safety, Ways & Means, Ways & Means Budget
Decker, David A
deckerd@alleganyco.com
9314 County Road 7
Cuba, NY 14727
585.968.8409 (h)
Standing committees: Human Services, Personnel, Public Works
Ricci, John D.
riccij@alleganyco.com
County Office Building, Room 201
7 Court Street
Belmont, NY 14813
716.307.1629 (h)
Standing committees: Personnel, Personnel Negotiations Liason,Planning & Economic Development, Public Works, Ways & Means Budget

Wellsville/Andover County Legislators set District meeting


District IV Legislators have scheduled their district meeting for Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Wellsville offices on Main Street in Wellsville

This meeting is being held for general discussion of mutual problems and interests. If there are any specific topics you would like to have addressed, please let one of your District IV Legislators know, and they will try to provide a speaker.

Please give notice of this meeting to your town and village board members, as well as to members of the general public, and encourage everyone to attend.

DISTRICT IV

Towns: Wellsville and Andover
Villages: Wellsville and Andover
Barnes, Gary R.
barnesg@alleganyco.com
1 Highland Heights Drive
Wellsville, NY 14895
585.296.3795 (h)
Standing committees: Human Services, Planning & Economic Development, Public Works, Resource Management
Havey, Steven A.
haveys@alleganyco.com
County Office Building, Room 201
7 Court Street
Belmont, NY 14813
585.268.5500 (w)
585.808.5418 (c)
Standing committees: Human Services, Personnel, Negotiations Ad Hoc Committee, Resource Management, Ways & Means, Ways & Means Budget
Graves, Karl
gravesk@alleganyco.com
2495 Lewis Road
Wellsville, NY 14895
585.593.0525(h)
585.610.7286 (c)
Standing committees: Facilities & Communications, Public Works, Resource Management

Allegany County Office for the Aging to offer "technology class"

Ken Reichman, IT Technician for the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, will be at the Allegany County Office for the Aging’s Wellsville Luncheon Center at the Grace United Church on N. Main Street on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 10:30a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to offer technical advice on computers, Facebook, emails, E-Books, etc.  Anyone 60 years and older are invited to bring in your cell phones, laptops, I-Pads, Kindles, and any questions you may have.  We invite you to stay for a hot and nutritious meal at noon.  To reserve a meal, please call our Center Manager Donna Fiegl at 585-808-5205 or the Office for the Aging at 585-268-9390.

Allegany County OFA warns of scam

A client of the Office for the Aging received a phone call from the "Office for the Aging" stating their money had run out and they needed to pay now or lose services. The Allegany County Office for the Aging would NEVER call and threaten to remove services for lack of payment. The majority of our services are offered at a suggested contribution only. If anyone calls and wants immediate payment over the phone, it is a SCAM! Please hang up and DO NOT give out any personal information.

Madeleine
Madeleine Gasdik, Director
Allegany County Office for the Aging

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Obituary: LeRoy Waite, 51, Alfred


ALFRED - LeRoy Waite, 51 residing at Maple Apartments in Alfred, NY, passed away May 16th 2019 at Highland Hospital, Rochester, after a short illness.

Born December 2, 1967 to Phyllis and Herbert Waite in Corning, NY he graduated in 1988 from Avoca Central School. LeRoy had worked at K-Mart, Key bank and Unimart.

Well known to riders of the Hat bus, he always had a friendly word for those he met.

LeRoy enjoyed walking and made friends with people he met around town. He was proud to have completed several 5k walks for local charities.

Predeceased by his mother Phyllis Waite; father Herbert Waite; Stepmother Linda Carl and his brothers Frank Waite, Herb Waite and his sister Becky Waite.

He is survived by his Brother Dennis (Diane) Waite, Sister Linda (Peter) Stull and Brothers Jim (Karla) Waite and Mike Waite. Also survived by nieces, nephews and great nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday June 15 at 5:00 at Hallsport Christian Church in Hallsport NY. Arrangements are being made by Bender Brown and Powers in Hornell. Condolences can be left at www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com, the family is being assisted by director Chester A. Gosper IV.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alfred’s A.E. Crandall Hook and ladder.

Leroy will be missed by Alfred and Hornell area residence who were used to seeing him walking the local highways.

State Route 961F Road Closure, Town of Burns, Allegany County

  The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work to replace a drainage culvert on State Route 961F in the town of Burns, Allegany County, requires that the road be closed on Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 2019.  The project location is between Sikes and Tilden Roads.  During this time both directions of traffic will be detoured around the site using State Route 70 and State Route 36.     

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


NY State Police Blotter


State police say they don’t need a special campaign to look for impaired drivers. That was evident this week on Hamilton Road in Birdsall. Troopers arrested 60-year-old Wendell Jones of Angelica. He was charged with felony 1st degree aggravated unlicensed operation and aggravated driving while intoxicated, which means his blood alcohol level was…very high. He’ll appear in court at a later date.


While driving on Route 16 in Cattaraugus County, troopers arrested a Houghton woman. 42-year-old Lynlee Mezzano of Houghton was charged with driving while intoxicated. She faces two other counts to include drinking booze in a vehicle on the highway and failure to keep right.

State Rt 961F Paving, Towns of Hornellsville and Burns, Steuben and Allegany Counties

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that paving will begin on State Route 961F on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, weather permitting.  Paving will occur from the intersection of State Route 36 in the village of Arkport to the intersection of State Route 70 in the town of Burns.  This project is anticipated to last approximately one week.

Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flaggers on State Route 961F.  Motorists 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.

SCOPE to donate medical bags to Steuben County Sheriff's Office

SCOPE presentation to the Steuben County Sheriff’s EMT Training
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on:
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 2p.m.

Location: Steuben County Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Ext. Bath NY

The Steuben County chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) will donate 10 emergency medical bags and one EMT bag to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the Steuben County SCOPE chapter will be on hand to support the Sheriff’s EMT program financially and as a means to help keep Steuben County safe. Members from Hornell, Bath and Corning will be present to donate the medical bags to the Sheriff’s Office during the scheduled EMT training course at 2p.m.

Obituary: Cheryl L. Scoville Phelps, 64, Coudersport


Cheryl L. Scoville Phelps “beloved wife, mother, grammy, sister, and friend”


COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Cheryl L. Scoville Phelps, 64, of Coudersport, went to be with the Lord, at home surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on Wednesday, April 20, 1955 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Arlo B. and Esther “Teenie” Erb Scoville.  On July 11, 1970 in Andrews Settlement, she married the love of her life, Paul J. Phelps, Jr., who survives.  They lived in Coudersport for 49 years where they raised their family.

Cheryl attended Northern Potter High School.  She was a homemaker for 12 years in the Coudersport area, before being employed from what is now the Coudersport Shop N Save, retiring after 32 years of service.

Cheryl absolutely loved nothing more than her grandchildren, her family, racing, snowmobiling, four wheeling, crocheting, working in her flower beds, bowling, her fabulous Christmas parties, and her and Paul’s cabin on the hill.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 49 years, Paul; her children, Bryan (Calee) Phelps, Paula (Mike) Tarabori, and Theresa (Gary, Jr. “Bill”) Denhoff, all of Coudersport; eight grandchildren, Kyle (Brianna) Phelps of Tucson, Arizona, David Ruberto of Aliquippa, Zachary Phelps, Nicholas Phelps, Clayton Tarabori, Taylor Tarabori, Kirsten Denhoff, and Lane Denhoff, all of Coudersport; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Merle “Butch” Scoville of Genesee and William “Bill” (Sherry) Scoville of  Blasdell; a brother-in-law, Kenny Rogers, and a sister-in-law, Barbara Easton, both of Coudersport; several nieces and nephews; and MANY GREAT friends.

In addition to her parents, Cheryl was predeceased by her father-in-law and her mother-in-law, Paul and Ethel Phelps; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Rogers.

Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, Coudersport, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Cheryl’s name may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915; to the Pink Pumpkin Project, 2319 Valley View Drive, Allegany, NY 14706; or to Volunteers That Care, PO Box 750, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Cheryl’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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