Sunday, April 30, 2017

Upcoming meetings for Whitesville Board of Education

All Regular meetings are scheduled on the third Monday of each month and held in the High School Library at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Budget Presentation
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Budget Vote/Election (12:00 Noon to 9:00 P.M.)
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Regular Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Special Meeting at 9:00 P.M. Located at the Town Hall to accept the vote/election results 

Obituary: Lucille D. "Lucy" Stangl, 81, Coudersport

Lucille D. “Lucy” Stangl “beloved mother, grandmother and friend”
COUDERSPORT, PA---Lucille D. “Lucy” Stangl, 81, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born August 31, 1935 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Charles and Mary Brown Hassinger.
Lucy was a graduate of Coudersport High School.  She was employed at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport as a receptionist for 19 years. 
Lucy was a member of the Austin-Costello Sportsmen’s Club and was a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192 Ladies Auxiliary where she was an active volunteer for many years.  She loved to camp, take daily road trips to look for wildlife, and enjoyed going to the sportsmen’s club where many of the member’s dogs looked forward to their treat from Lucy.  She loved animals, cats and dogs, and her beloved cat, Blaze.
Surviving are her beloved friend and companion, Richard D. “Rich” Snyder of Coudersport; a son, William “Chuck” (Brenda) Gleason of Drumore; a daughter, Kaye D. Gleason Breitenstein of Coudersport; six grandchildren, Mary Jo, Joseph, Sara, Bobbijean, Nathan, and James; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Gerald) Terrette of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Lucy was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra L. “Sandy” Stangl, who passed away in 2004.
In keeping with Lucy’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Potter County Animal Assistance Program. 81 Marvin Hill Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Lucy’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond a memory of Lucy, please visit

Alfred-Almond School Board meets May 2

Alfred-Almond Central School
A. Speech Report – Anne Walsh (5/2/17
B. HS Special Education Report – Beth Acker, Krista Gemmell, Erin Shinebarger,
Molly Turner, Sandy Murphy, Phyllis Acker and Sally Allen (5/10/17)
A. Approval of minutes from 4/19/17 and the Special Minutes 4/19/17;
B. Financial Reports;
C. Approval of the Special Request for Provision of Transportation:
Mr. Byrnes requested to transport his children, Jack, Ben and Makenzie, attending the Immaculate Conception School, Wellsville, NY for the 2017-2018 school year;
D. Approval to participate in the cooperative bidding for all Cafeteria Supplies with GST BOCES;
E. Approval of the GST BOCES Final Services request;
F. Approval to increase the 2016-17 Erie 1 BOCES Technology Services budget as follows:
$492.42 in service code 650.842.32 (VoIP Maintenance and Support)
$304.20 in service code 650.884.24 (VMWare Software Maintenance)
In addition, to increase the 2017-2018 budget in the amount of $677.08 in service code 650.842.32 for subsequent year VoiP Maintenance and support.
The above increases are due to an increase in price from the vendor;
G. Approval for Superintendent, Richard Calkins, to attend the 2017 Rural Schools Association Conference in Cooperstown, New York, July 9-11, 2017.
NYSSBA Board Director Elections
A. The following students were inducted into the National Honor Society on April 6, 2017:
Lindsey Allen, Madge Chroniger ,Mackenzie Ormsby, Kaitlyn Cook, Catherine Elliott, Hanna Tormey, Alison Fancher, Morgan Giglio, Julia Price, Alyssa Greaney, Nathaniel Grove, Annie Lloyd, Ethan Hann, Abigail Hendee, Nora Looney, Abby Kelly, Vianna Koegel,
B. We would like to recognize David Wargula for providing an after school computer class to the elementary.
C. A belated thank you to Alfred-Almond Athletic Council, Otis Eastern, FAAST, Alstom, Alfred-Almond Youth Soccer League, Fox’s Pizza, Michael and Cheryl Jackson for your support of the Boys’ Varsity soccer team. We greatly appreciate the support you provide our students.
D. The 2017 Community All-Star Award recognizes a student who has made a positive difference in the lives of people here at school and in the community. Abigail Fancher is our 2017 Community All-Star Award recipient and will be featured in a special supplement of Business First on June 16th.
A. Claims Audit Reports – April
B. Transportation Report for April
C. Health Report for April
D. Cafeteria Report for March
E. Library Report for March and April
F. Annual Budget Vote – May 16th from 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
G. Walking Program will end on May 26, 2017.
A. CSE/CPSE Recommendations
B. Personnel-
1. Summer School Appointments
2. 0.3 Home Economics position
3. Tenure Review
4. Confidential Employee contracts
5. Discussion on Employee Contracts

Bolivar-Richburg school budget hearing and meeting May 2

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
6:00 PM – Annual Budget Hearing - Auditorium
7:00 PM – Regular Meeting – Cafeteria Annex
 I.    Call to Order
II.     Pledge of Allegiance
III.    President’s Report
IV.   Superintendent’s Report
V.    Public Participation
VI.    Report:  Textbook Presentation
VII.   Minutes of the April 18, 2017 Board of Education Meeting
A. Consensus Items
The following items are grouped as consensus items that may be addressed in one motion.  Board members with questions, comments or concerns may opt to delete any item from the listing and address the issue separately.
1.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve the Memorandum of Agreement to amend the first “WHEREAS” clause of ARTICLE I:  PREAMBLE to include the position of Assistant Principal of the Administrative Staff Collective Bargaining Agreement.
2.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to nominate Christine Schnars as the Area 3 Director of the New York State School Boards Association.
3.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve an overnight trip by the Close Up Washington Middle School Program to Washington, D.C. May 7-10, 2017. 
4.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve Hayden Cole as a summer worker to begin on May 15, 2017.
5.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve the following as elementary volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year:
Marisa Shelley
Gretchen Colburn
Danielle Brant
6.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to add the following to the substitute list pending a background check:
Megan Austin – Substitute Aide and Substitute Cafeteria Worker
Michelle Matthews – Substitute Cleaner
Marisa Shelley – Substitute Aide and Substitute Cafeteria Worker
7.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve Lisa Gardner to complete a clinical in the area of physical therapy with Jessie Hosmer of Jones Memorial Hospital.
8.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve the CSE and CPSE recommendations.
B.     Items Pulled from Consensus
C.     Non-Consensus Items
9.      A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to grant Sharon Washer’s request for a medical leave of absence from March 7 to an anticipated return date of May 30, 2017 under the Family Medical Leave Act.
10.  A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to accept a letter of resignation from Kellyn Stone, Special Education teacher, effective June 24, 2017.
11.  A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, that Randy Harmon, who is currently employed by the District as Director of Facilities, is hereby approved to serve as the Clerk of the Works for the Capital Improvement Project, known as “Phase II” (the “Project”).  Mr. Harmon will serve as Clerk of the Works until Phase II is complete, or until such time as the Board terminates this appointment.  The Board further approves the Addendum to Mr. Harmon’s Terms and Conditions of Employment as presented to the Board setting forth Mr. Harmon’s compensation.
D.     New Business
1.      Reschedule Re-Organizational Meeting Date – due to 4th of July holiday on first Tuesday of July.
A. Items of Information
1.      Warrant Summary
A. Adjournment

Greater Wellsville Trout Derby News

Courtesy of Wellsville Lions Charities, Inc.
Community fish caught. Fish was worth $2920.00.

Other scenes from the workers...

Obituary: William L. Ernest, 47, Almond

ALMOND- William L. Ernest, 47, of Twin Valley Terrace passed away early Friday morning April 28, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
 Born in Hornell on September 12, 1969. On December 24, 2016, he was married at the Jamestown Airport to Anne Greggs who survives.
After his graduation from Alfred Almond Central School, Bill proudly served his country from 1988-1991 serving in Germany and was called back to active duty for Operation Desert Storm. After 9/11, he again was called to Federal active duty as an armed guard at the Jamestown airport. Bill has been stationed with the Recruiting Retention Command in Hornell for the past twelve years attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He is also a professor of Military Science and has received many awards and decorations throughout his military career.
Active with the Boy Scouts of America as a scout master, Bill also coached youth soccer and was involved with the ALS premier soccer league. Bill loved spending time with his family and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
His family includes his wife Anne; his four children, William Jr., Markus, Luke and Leia; his mother Sandy (Anthony) Arnold of Indiana; his sisters Connie (Donny) Vosburg of Almond and Bonnie Simms of Indiana; his brother Harry Simms of Indiana and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Marie and William Ernest and Raymond Flint.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to serve the family of William L. Ernest.
Calling hours are from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Committal services and interment with military honor will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Almond, NY. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his name to either the Alfred Almond Youth Soccer League, AAYSL, in care of Shelly Mansfield, 57 Bemis Ave, Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Five Rivers Council BSA, 3300 Chambers Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845.  

Court rejects appeal from Corning man over prison sentence

A New York Appellate Court has rejected the claim from a (former) Corning man that his prison sentence is too harsh. In 2014, Philip B. McArthur used a slingshot to 'shoot' out the window of a Corning police car as it was on patrol. He was convicted of felony criminal mischief and sentenced to 1-3 years in prison. He's currently serving his sentence at Wyoming Correctional. In his appeal, attorneys argued that the sentence was too stiff. The high court disagreed. In it's decision, the court said "the oral waiver was accompanied by a written plea agreement that provided that defendant was waiving his right to appeal his “conviction, sentence, and any proceedings that may result from this prosecution.” Moreover, County Court conducted an extensive inquiry that established that defendant had reviewed and understood the written plea agreement, including its waiver-of-appeal provision, had discussed it with his lawyer, and had agreed to its terms, and defendant signed the document in open court during the course of the plea colloquy.
Therefore, defendant may not challenge the severity of the sentence."

Potter County: Pipe Work on Phoenix Run Road

Coudersport, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will perform pipe replacement work in early May along Phoenix Run Road (Route 1005) in Pike and Hector Townships. 
From May 1 to May 10, crews from Potter County PennDOT Maintenance will be working to replace pipes and improve drainage from the southern end of Phoenix Run Road at the Potter/Tioga County line to the northern end of the road at the Potter/Tioga County line.
The roadway will be closed during daylight hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each work day. A detour using Loucks Mills Road (Route 1003) will be in place during closure hours. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use other, alternate routes.
School buses will be able to travel the during the closure and emergency vehicles will be accommodated as necessary. PennDOT will re-open the road before May 10 if work progress allows.
The pipe work is being done in preparation for roadway surface improvement work, which is expected to take place during the 2017 construction season. PennDOT will issue an update prior to the resurfacing work.
Drivers are reminded to follow detour signing, use caution in and around work zones, and always buckle up.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Saturday April 29, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested John F. Conklin, age 49 of Wellsville, charging him with Disorderly Conduct and Harassment 2nd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place in Island Park in Wellsville.  Conklin was processed and arraigned before Andover Village Judge Heckman.  Conklin was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $200.00 cash bail.  Conklin is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on May 2nd at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Obituary: Theodore F. "Ted" Gilliland, 93, Belmont

Theodore F. "Ted" Gilliland, 93, of 6129 Hess Rd, formerly of Jordan Hill in Bolivar passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following a brief illness. Born September 3, 1923 in Galeton, PA, he was the son of Warren F. and Mildred Wilson Gilliland. On August 1, 1948 in Buffalo, he married the former Dorothy Stoddard, who predeceased him in 1992.
Ted had grown up in Independence, NY and attended Andover School District. After school he worked on area dairy farms for a short time. In Bolivar, for the next several years he was employed on the oil leases and at Expert Cutlery in Bolivar. He was employed at the Allegany Co. Highway Dept. in Friendship retiring in 1985.
Ted enjoyed life to the fullest, from hunting and fishing, camping, horses and out of doors activities. His greatest love was his family and spending time with them.
Surviving are a son, Bruce F. (Jane) Gilliland of Belmont; a daughter, Carol L. (Thomas) Crum of Shinglehouse; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth (George) Edwards of Cuba, and Ethel Harris of Belmont; and several nieces and nephews.
Ted was predeceased by a brother, Fred Gilliland.
Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 2, 2017 at which time (2:00 p.m.) funeral services will be held. The Rev. Leon Canfield, retired, of Smethport, PA will officiate and burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar. Memorials may be sent to the Richburg Fire Dept.

Obituary: Michele A. Sibble, 71, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Michele A. Sibble, 71, of 1716 Fulmer Valley Road passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born November 7, 1945 in Buffalo. On July 31, 1965 in Wellsville she married Donald W. “Bill” Sibble who survives.
Michele attended Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed at the Fassett House, Texas Hot, Wellsville High School, and for many years at A & M Bowling in Wellsville. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Andover. She enjoyed music and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Michele loved traveling with Bill, as he traveled for Air Preheater Company, with extended stays in Taiwan, Mexico and Florida. She loved the Ocean, especially watching the fishing boats come and go while they lived in Florida. She and Bill were regular customers and enjoyed visiting with the managers and clerks at A Plus in Wellsville.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Chad (Mandy) Sibble of Wellsville, Brandie (Steve) Dickerson of Alma and Shane Sibble of Bolivar, eight grandchildren, Trae, Trent, Teegan, Logan and Lexi Sibble and Dakota, Sierra and Cheyene Dickerson, two brothers, Stanley (Lois) Cwiklinski of Chaffee, Quentin (Deb) Sexton and Melany Sexton both of Olean, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Irene (Bednark) Sexton, a brother, Joseph Cwiklinski, and a sister, Marta Kullgren.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 4:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Helms presiding. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery will be at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Ronald McDonald House in Buffalo or Rochester, where Michele’s family stayed on several occasions. To leave online condolences, please visit

Sentence vacated for man involved with Cattaraugus County murder case - re-sentencing ordered

Thomas Hall of Olean must be re-sentenced. His current sentence of 7 1/2-15 years will be vacated. That was the decision Friday of an Appellate court. Hall was convicted of criminal facilitation for his participation in the murder of Otis Lamont Parks in Allegany in August 2014. Hall drove the actual killer to the scene and then helped hide the body.
Here is what the Appellate court said:

Appeal from a judgment of the Cattaraugus County Court (Ronald D. Ploetz, J.), rendered February 1, 2016. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of criminal facilitation in the second degree. It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice and on the law by vacating the sentence, and as modified the judgment is affirmed, and the matter is remitted to Cattaraugus County Court for resentencing.
Memorandum: On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon a plea of guilty of criminal facilitation in the second degree (Penal Law § 115.05), defendant contends that he was improperly sentenced as a second felony offender. Defendant failed to preserve that contention for our review (see People v Smith, 73 NY2d 961, 962-963), but we exercise our power to reach it as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice (see CPL 470.15 [3] [c]), and we note that the People correctly concede defendant’s point. We therefore modify the judgment by vacating the sentence, and we remit the matter to County Court for resentencing. It is well settled that, “under New York’s ‘strict equivalency’ standard for convictions rendered in other jurisdictions, a federal conviction for conspiracy to commit a drug crime may not serve as a predicate felony for sentencing purposes” (People v Ramos, 19 NY3d 417, 418).
Entered: April 28, 2017
Frances E. Cafarell
Clerk of the Court

Appellate court modifies Allegany County court decision involving Fillmore man

Appeal from a judgment of the Allegany County Court (Thomas P. Brown, J.), rendered April 23, 2015. The judgment convicted defendant, upon his plea of guilty, of grand larceny in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and conspiracy in the fifth degree. It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously modified as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice and on the law by reducing the surcharge to 5% of the amount of restitution and as modified the judgment is affirmed.
Memorandum: On appeal from a judgment convicting him upon his plea of guilty of, inter alia, grand larceny in the third degree (Penal Law § 155.35), defendant contends only that County Court erred in assessing a 10% restitution collection surcharge pursuant to Penal Law § 60.27 (8). Although defendant’s contention is unpreserved for our review (see People v Parker, 137 AD3d 1625, 1626; People v Kirkland, 105 AD3d 1337, 1338, lv denied 21 NY3d 1043), we note that the People do not contest defendant’s assertion that the People failed to file the requisite affidavit from an official listed in CPL 420.10 (8) (see Parker, 137 AD3d at 1626-1627; People v Huddleston, 134 AD3d 1458, 1459, lv denied 27 NY3d 966; People v Perez, 130 AD3d 1496, 1497). We exercise our power to review the issue as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice, and we modify the judgment by reducing the surcharge from 10% to 5% of the amount of the ordered restitution (see Parker, 137 AD3d at 1627; Huddleston, 134 AD3d at 1459; Perez, 130 AD3d at 1497).

Entered: April 28, 2017
Frances E. Cafarell
Clerk of the Court

Wellsville Nitros still in need of host families

The Wellsville Nitros are in need of a few more host families for their Summer Collegiate League Baseball team.  If you live within 30 minutes of Wellsville, have an extra bedroom, and are willing to open your home for a player or two, please contact Steve Ackley at 585-596-9523 or Shelley Butler at 585-593-4256.
Players are due to arrive Memorial Day Weekend and will be here approximately 8 weeks.  You will receive a small stipend.

Obituary: James B. Mansfield, 95, Wellsville

James B. Mansfield, 95, of Wellsville, NY, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY.  Arrangements will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Livingston County District Attorney report

Trespass complaint sends man to Potter County Jail

Sweden Township police Friday afternoon arrested Mark B. Holtcamp, age 57. The court report lists an address of Lowville, NY but police referred to his as an "out of state homeless man." He's accused of trespassing with his vehicle and for having a loaded 12 gauge shotgun in the auto. He was charged with firearm not to be carried without a license-no criminal violation and defiant trespass. Arraigned in District Court, he was sent to the Potter County Jail when he couldn't post $20,000 for the first and third grade misdemeanor counts. A preliminary hearing will be held May 11.

Charges filed in Shinglehouse drug death

In a press release issued Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police based in Coudersport charged a man via criminal complaint in the drug-related death of a young man from Shinglehouse. According to police, charges were filed against Oakley Zeddy Mulkin, 24, currently an inmate at SCI Rockview, PA. The felony charges are:
  1. drug delivery resulting in death
  2. possession with intent to distribute
  3. possession of a controlled substance
  4. criminal use of a communication facility.
State police said Jordon M. Whitsell, 28 of Shinglehouse and a Wellsville native, died May 12, 2016. According to the online court docket, the case is listed as 'inactive.' The criminal complaint was filed April 28.

NY State Police Blotter

4/28/17 12:06pm- State police said three people were injured when two vehicles collided at the intersection of County Road 3 and  North Hill Road in Centerville. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped. A medical helicopter was called to the area for one patient. Troopers listed the drivers as James H. Morgan, 68, Sandusky and Thomas J. Panasci, 39, Dunkirk.
4/29/17 12:32am- State police said one person was injured when two vehicles collided on I-86 in Hinsdale. Troopers listed the drivers as a name-protected 16-year-old female from Cuba and Shyanne L. Calcari, 34, of Cuba.
4/28/17 11:29pm- State police arrested Tracy R. Daniels, 50 of Corning. She was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated (3 convictions in 15 years), felony aggravated DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation and using another vehicle without an ignition interlock. She was detained for court action.

Obituary: Bernice R. Shaver, 90, Fillmore

Fillmore --- Bernice R. Shaver of 10661 Co. Rd. 27B died Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in her home.  She was born on October 11, 1926, a daughter of the late Roy and Alice Buffey Cockle. She married Albert R. Shaver who predeceased her on July 27, 2013.
Surviving are her children, Bernard (Lynn) VanName of Silver Lake, Jeffery Shaver of Pavilion, Chita (Brian) Boyce of LeRoy, a daughter in law, Sharon VanName of Waynesboro, VA, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren, a brother, Glenn (Maxine) Cockle of Fillmore, a sister, Olive “Polly” Miller of Hume and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by a son Neil VanName, two brothers, Allen Cockle and Roy Cockle, three sisters, Sadie Hatch, Irene Bennett and Linda Kingsley.
A graveside service will be held on May 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fillmore. Bill Hendrickson, pastor of the Living Hope Fellowship, Castile will officiate.
Memorials if desired to: Brooks Hose Fire Department, PO Box 53, Fillmore, NY 14735 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Friday April 28, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Michael L. Robbins, age 64 of Belmont, charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more and Passed Red Light.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on State Route 19 near the Bolivar Road.  Robbins was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Robbins is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on May 9th at 4:30 p.m.

Obituary: Gary L. Cole, 73, Oramel

Gary L. Cole, 73, of 8399 Stuck St., passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Olean General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Born November 7, 1943, in Wellsville, he was the son of Laurence S. and Jayne M. Steinbiser Cole. On June 10, 2000, in Oramel, he married the former Nora L. Taylor, who survives.
Gary had grown up in the Belfast area. He attended and was a graduate of the Belfast Central School, class of 1962. After graduation for a short time he worked in the Belfast Market Basket Store and following that he was employed at Steinbiser Chevrolet in Belfast as a body and fender repairman for a period of 2 years. For the next 18 years he was head of the gun dept. in Blumenthal's in Olean. He was also a real estate sales person for Belfast Reality Co. retiring in 1978 due to ill health.
Gary was an avid hunter, enjoyed watching TV and loved the big band music. Most of all he loved his family and spending time with them.
He attended the Belfast First Baptist Church.
Surviving besides his Wife, Nora are three sons, Jeremy (Dawn) Wildrick-Cole of Almond, Travis Cole of Oramel and Graham Cole of Oramel; a daughter, Heather (Ceaser) Cogger of Puyallup, WA; five grandchildren, Brynn and Luke Cogger at home, Sidney, Charlie and Sam Wildrick-Cole; a brother, David W. (Monica) Cole of Angelica; and several nieces and nephews.
Gary was predeceased by a son, Eric D. Cole.
 Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast, from 10 to Noon on Saturday May 6, 2017. Funeral services will be held immediately following (May 6, 2017) at 12 noon. The Rev. Dwight Kenyon, former pastor of the Belfast First Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Town of Allen. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Obituary: Catharine L. Taylor, 64, Belmont

BELMONT – Catherine L. Taylor, 64, passed away peacefully Thursday (April 27, 2017) at Olean General Hospital. Mrs. Taylor was born on Aug. 31, 1952 in Cuba to Herbert and Marlyn (Sharp) Taylor. Catherine worked for Friendship Dairy for 30 years until her retirement in 2008.
Cathy is survived by her long time companion, Ronald Langdon of Belmont; one son, Paul W. Cleveland of Belmont; one daughter, Beth A. (Christopher) Haskell of Angelica; two sisters, Lynda (Jamie) Stuck of Richburg and Cheryl (Maurice) Kristoffersen of West Palm Beach, Fla.; 8 grandchildren, Chelsea Cleveland, Heather Cleveland, Madisyn Cleveland, Caitlyn Cleveland, Paul D. Cleveland, Jesse Cleveland, Alissa Cleveland and Cody Haskell; 2 great grandchildren, Alaina Cleveland and Cash Haskell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Jeanette Morgan and Renee Thompson; and one brother, Herbert Keith Taylor.
Cathy lived a simple life centered around her family. She cherished the times spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and looked forward to the next Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthday or cookout where they would all gather at her house for a time of making memories. Whether it was to celebrate a newborn in the family or some other important milestone in the life of her grandchildren, she was always there to help celebrate the day.
Cathy loved animals. Over the years, she provided a loving home to Max and Rebel, her two cats, Harley, her Jack Russell and Hunter, her Golden Retriever. For her personal relaxation, she liked working in her flower garden where she was proud of her tulips, irises and lilacs.
There will be a time of visitation on Tuesday from noon-2 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Marc Chamberlin of the Genesis Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be offered at
Memorial contributions in Catherine’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, 1374 NY-19, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Steuben Sheriff takes plunge in lake

BATH – After raising roughly $35,000 for more than 80 youth programs in central Steuben County, county Sheriff Jim Allard donned some stripes and was escorted to the shores of Lake Salubria Friday evening. Tapped to take the plunge in the 26th annual Tyrtle Beach fundraiser, and with air temps near 70-degrees, the sheriff not only strode into the cool water, he treated spectators to his version of a back stroke.
The fundraiser, launched in 1991 by WVIN/WABH radio in Bath, has raised roughly than $655,000 for youth programs. The official 2017 fundraising tally will be released within two weeks.

I-390 Travel Alert

Highway Paving Project
Interstate 390 at State Route 21
Town of Wayland, Steuben County
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that, in conjunction with the rehabilitation of Interstate 390, it has become necessary to close the State Route 21 to northbound Interstate 390 on-ramp in Wayland, Steuben County.  The closure will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and will remain in place through September 2017.  A signed detour will direct traffic to take State Route 21 to State Route 63 in Wayland, then State Route 63 West to Dansville, then State Route 36 South to the northbound I-390 on-ramp at Exit 4.
The interstate project, expected to last until September of 2017, will consist of concrete paving, bridge deck replacement and drainage repairs.  One lane of interstate traffic will be maintained in each direction. 

Wellsville: BOIL WATER Order for Level Acres/ Trout Run Resort

Almond: National Day of Prayer

Obituary: Pauline Goldsmith King, 84, Allentown

Allentown, NY - Pauline Goldsmith King, 84, of 1624 White Hill Road died on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Manor Hills in Wellsville. She was born on July 29, 1932 in Rushford, the daughter of Paul H. and Mary L. (Luckey) James. On August 22, 1951 she married Kenneth R. Goldsmith who predeceased her. On February 14, 1998 in Allentown she married Donald E. King who survives. 
Pauline was raised on a dairy farm in Rushford and was a 1950 graduate of Rushford Central School. She attended Buffalo State College and graduated from LaSalle University in Chicago with a degree in Interior Design. She was an interior designer in New York and Pennsylvania for 30 years. She also was an instructor of Interior Design at Niagara University. 
She enjoyed music and played the trombone for her high School band, and in 1944 she joined the Rushford Concert Band. She was a charter member of the Rushford Historical Society and in 2006 she founded the “Band Room” at the Historical Society Building in Rushford. She toured for 13 years with the Bergholz Blasapelle for October Fest all over the United States, Canada and Europe.
Surviving in addition to her husband are five children, Ann Celeste (Dane) Ererton of Watkins Glen, Vance (Bonnie) Goldsmith of Homosassa, Florida, Beth Goldsmith of Allegany, Paul “Jamie” Goldsmith and Lance “Ric” Goldsmith both of Arcade, seven grandchildren, Simon, Amber, Terra, Sophia, Neil, Madison and Jillian, two step daughters, Mary Liz (Steve) Lewis of Andover and Anne Marie King of Allentown, a brother, David James of Cookeville, Tennessee, as well as one niece and one nephew.  
A reception is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit

Wellsville School Board Vote

VOTE – MAY 16, 2017
(Third place candidate via vote total will receive the two (2) year term vacancy.)
George Kinnicutt ________
Alan Mosher ________
Constance Synakowski ________
Rex Olson ________
_____YES ____NO

RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Wellsville Central School District No. 1 of the County of Allegany, is hereby authorized to expend $29,227,175 during the school year 2017-18 and to levy the necessary taxes thereof.
BUSES _____YES ____NO

RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Wellsville Central School District No. 1 of the County of Allegany, is hereby authorized and directed to purchase two (2) 65 passenger conventional buses at a total maximum cost of $240,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary to be raised by taxes on the taxable property of the said school district and to issue obligations of the school district, therefore, in accordance with the education law and local finance law.

RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Wellsville Central School District No. 1 of the County of Allegany, is hereby authorized and directed to increase the annual tax levy to an additional $3,922 and to pay over such funds to the trustees of the David A. Howe Public Library.

Allegany County: How much NYS will provide for highway funding in budget

Allegany County Public Defender's Report - April 2017

Wellsville: Concert to benefit local hunger Saturday

White nationalist arrests tied to Potter County - PennLive

WILLIAMSPORT - Five purported members of a white nationalist organization have been indicted on weapons, money laundering and drug charges.
The indictment returned Thursday by a U.S. Middle District grand jury accuses the alleged Aryan Strikeforce members of wanting to obtain firearms, ammunition and funds to carry out activities of the organization.
That goal, according to the indictment, is "to protect the honor of our women, children and the future of our race and nation" using violence as a necessary tool.
The defendants are alleged to have held meetings in Potter County, Philipsburg, N.J., and Staunton, Va., to plan Strikeforce activities. Read more HERE.


Press release:
ALBANY – After hearing from frustrated homeowners about the failure of the State Department of Taxation and Finance to postmark all STAR Personal Income Tax (STAR PIT) credit checks, Senator Catharine Young’s (R,C,I- 57th District) went to work to rectify the situation.
After passing legislation to require STAR PIT credit checks be mailed in advance of September 15 and to provide interest to taxpayers if checks are late, Senator Young has secured significant reforms to the system as part of the recently enacted state budget.
Language agreed upon and signed into law as part of the state budget now specifies that the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance can issue preliminary advance payment checks to taxpayers based upon an estimate of the STAR tax savings applicable to their school district. Checks will also be issued based upon the date at which the school district tax roll is filed with the department.
 “We heard from an overwhelmingly number from homeowners who were frustrated by the slow disbursement of STAR PIT credit checks. They need these funds to help pay their school tax bill and they should be receiving their full benefits in a timely fashion. The Department of Taxation and Finance now has a mechanism to provide preliminary advance credit payments to qualified homeowners,” said Senator Young.
“Hardworking taxpayers deserve this relief, and new homeowners who receive their STAR credit as a refundable property tax credit should not bear the additional tax burden while the state holds on to their money. When the Senate first established the STAR program it was intended to deliver significant savings for taxpayers and it has done just that, providing almost $60 billion in property tax relief to eligible homeowners. The reforms made to the system this year will benefit those who receive the credit without imposing an added burden to the system,” said Senator Young.
Senator Young introduced her legislation after receiving more than 100 complaints from her constituents about the lateness of checks. The reforms included in the budget, which are based on Senator Young’s bill, work to ensure that the previous failures experienced by customers were not repeated in the future.

Travel notes for Hammondsport area

State Route 54A
Landslide and Culvert Repairs
Town of Urbana and Village of Hammondsport, Steuben County
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced work will begin on State Route 54A in the Town of Urbana and Village of Hammondsport.  Work will include emergency landslide repairs at two sites located approximately ½ mile north of the Village and previously planned culvert repairs at the south end of the lake near Village Shores Marina.
Work on the emergency landslide repairs may begin as early as the week of May 1.  Most of this work will require a full road closure until such time as the work is completed.  Once started, work at each individual site will be active during daylight hours, seven days a week. At times, the work may become a 24 hour/7 days per week continuous operation.
The previously planned culvert repair project, located near the Village Shores Marina has ongoing utility relocation work, after which construction will begin on the culvert repairs.  This work will also require a full roadway closure, which is expected to begin on or before May 15th after utility work has been completed.
Road closures at the two emergency landslide repair sites and planned culvert repair site will be staggered to maintain access to residents between the work locations.
Traffic during the construction work at these locations will be detoured using Steuben CR 76.  It is anticipated that work will be completed by the end of June.  Variable Message Signs in the area will give road users advance notice of the work.

Simmons-Rockwell to Expand in Hornellsville

Car dealing giant Simmons-Rockwell is about to get even bigger as the company announced this week that it plans to expand in Hornellsville.  A new 13,000 square-foot Nissan dealership will be built and the existing Ford lot on State Route 36 and County Route 66 will be expanded by 12,500 feet.  Officials said they expect 12 to 20 new jobs to be created.  They’re hopeful the project will begin quickly.  Surveyors were already on site on Wednesday.

Allegany County Board of Health minutes - April 5, 2017

Board of Health
Meeting Minutes for April 5, 2017
The following board members were present: Dr. David Brubaker MD, Timothy LaFever, Dr. Zahi Kassas MD., Dr. Leo Cusumano MD and Kevin LaForge, Legislative Representative.
Others present: Lori Ballengee, Tyler Shaw, Michele Visseau, Laurie Hennessy.
Members absent: Dr. Willard Simons DDS
Medical Advisor Absent: Dr. Christopher Depner.
The meeting was called to order by Lori Ballengee at 7:07 p.m.
A motion was made by Kevin LaForge to approve the minutes from the December 21, 2016 meeting.
This motion was seconded by Timothy LaFever. Motion Carried
Lori B. - Personnel changes – outreach specialist at Cancer Services is fulltime. Rich Reynolds retired in February 2017 from the Physically Handicapped Children Program (PHCP). Michelle Haggstrom has also left the Emergency Preparedness position. There is no longer a need for the Emergency Preparedness and PHCP to be fulltime. We are looking to restructure positions in the Health Department as follows: Hiring one fulltime employee for Emergency Preparedness 3 days and Public Health Technician for 2 days a week. Also hire a fulltime employee as PHCP Coordinator for 3 days a week and Corporate Compliance 2 days per week. Josh Schultz will become Children Services Coordinator and oversee both Early Intervention and PHCP.
2016 Budget – The Health Department ended 2016 $140,000 to the good. New York State Department of Health no longer allows us to pay IT the $15,000 per year for services.
Health Department will be moving to the 3rd floor, hopefully by late fall or early winter of 2017.
Corporate Compliance – no billing issues, no patient complaints regarding billing or compliance. Billing audits are going well. Any minor issues have been being fixed.
Laurie H. - Policies and procedure changes were discussed for Communicable Disease, Immunization, LHCSA, Lead, and TB. A motion was made by Dr. Cusumano to accept the Policy and Procedures. This motion was seconded by Dr. Kassas. Motion Carried
Sliding fee scales for Lead & Immunization. A motion was made by Dr. Kassas to accept the sliding fee schedules. This motion was seconded by Dr. Brubaker. Motion Carried
Family Planning Chart review – No problems found.
Comprehensive audit is September – IPRO Audit is also coming. Health Educator is getting into more and more schools.
Allegany County Lead testing is down.
Immunization clinic review revealed only minor issues such as missed signatures/mother’s maiden name. Billing chart review was concerning, however, when they looked into it, the issue was dates were wrong which was an easy fix. Quality Control Logs have been improving. No patient complaints. There were two minor employee incidents.
Family Planning – County doors lock at 5:00 p.m. during winter and during summer at 4:00 p.m. Alfred clinic hours have changed due to locking of doors at 5:00p.m. this created an issue with our late clinics there. New policy for patient that misses 3 appointments in a row (without notice of at least 30 minutes) will not be able to make a new appointment for a month. Family Planning will try this new policy and report back to the Board at the next meeting in June.
The Nurse Practitioner would like to become certified to preform DOT Physicals as there is a need for this in our County. A motion was made by Dr. Kassas to set the fee for DOT Physicals at $100.00. This motion was seconded by Dr. Cusumano. Motion Carried
Michele gave the report on shredding of files 82 boxes were shredded by Shred It in January, 2017 and109 boxes were shredded by Shred It in August, 2016.
Lori B. announced that Susan Dougherty has resigned from the Board of Health. The board had discussion on who might be interested in the position.
Tyler announced there is Free Rabies clinic on 4/8/17 at the County Building in Belmont. We are testing going 100% electronic.
Lead monitoring in school drinking water is 100% in compliance. Currently 2 schools are doing any repairs needed to fix the lead in the drinking water.
Environmental staff has elected not to change working hours for the summer as have done in the past.
New Business:
Kevin LaForge asked the board members what their position was on the drug situation currently happening in Allegany County. Drug use is continuing to get worse. Some suggestions from the board members to help with the situation were to have doctors prescribe less pain killers and more education to pregnant moms (WIC).
Kevin also discussed the State Legislature was discussing changing the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old. A motion was made by Kevin LaForge to support Legislation to change the legal age from 18 years old to 21 years old for the purchase of tobacco products. The motion was seconded by Dr. Kassas. Motion Carried
Board of Health meetings will now be held on the second Tuesday of every quarter instead of Wednesday.
A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Timothy LaFever. This motion was seconded by Dr. Kassas. The meeting was adjourned at 8:49pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Michele Visseau
Confidential Secretary to the Public Health Director

Angelica Community Radio to sponsor dinner April 29

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Thursday April 27, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Simon P. Gogolack, age 33 of Fredonia, charging him with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Trapping Brook Road in the Village of Wellsville.  Gogolack was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Gogolack was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,000.00 cash bail.  Gogolack is due back in Wellsville Village Court on May 16th at 4:30 p.m.  Wellsville Police were assisted by Allegany County Child Protective Services during the Investigation.

Press Release from Olean Mayor Aiello

Grass Ordinance and Other Spring Reminders April 27, 2017—Olean—Snow has melted; temperatures are rising; trees are budding and grass is growing. William J. Aiello, Mayor of the City of Olean, would like to remind residents about City policies and ordinances that take effect each spring.
The grass ordinance (Sec. 16-2) is in effect from May 1 until October 15. It states that the grass shall not exceed eight inches in height. The City’s Code Enforcement Office has the authority to enforce this ordinance and will notify the owner in the event of a violation. In addition clippings and other yard wastes are not to be disposed of in the street. The City’s lawmakers barred yard debris from the street because it fills the storm sewer system and may lead to localized backups and possible flooding of the streets.
To help residents dispose of clippings, leaves and small limbs, the City does offer a curb side yard waste pick-up on the last Wednesday of each month from April to September. Yard waste must be in brown paper bags or containers no larger than thirty pounds; plastic bags are not permitted. Brush and limbs must be bundled together, no larger than three feet by eighteen inches and secured by twine or rope, wire is not acceptable.
Littering is not acceptable in the City of Olean, Sec. 20-8 of the Code of Ordinances says, "It shall be unlawful for any person to place, throw, or deposit or cause to be placed, thrown, or deposited any waste upon any sidewalk, subway, street, alley, lane, gutter or any public ground in the City or into any stream or upon the banks of any stream running through or adjacent to the city."
"The City of Olean Neighborhood Preservation Committee and many other volunteer groups have been very busy cleaning the litter that was left behind when the snow melted," Mayor Aiello said. "These volunteer groups have a very positive effect on our City and work hard to rid the City of litter. On behalf of the City of Olean, I would like to thank them, for their time and for their determination to keep our beautiful city clean."

"But it is not easy work," Mayor Aiello continued. "I worked with one group this past weekend on North Union Street. It is a lot of work to keep a street clean, and a major part of our litter problem is something very small—cigarette butts. They are very easy to flick out of a hand—but are very difficult for a volunteer to pick-up and throw-away."

"A couple of North Union Street businesses have put ashtrays outside their establishments and I am very appreciative of their efforts," Mayor Aiello added. "But I want to remind smokers, that it is their responsibility to find a proper place to discard cigarette butts. Please let’s all work together to keep our City beautiful this summer."


ALBANY – Devastating drugs with life-altering consequences, synthetic cannabinoids have grown in prevalence in recent years because of their unchecked legal status.
According to a
report released last year by the Senate, synthetic cannabinoids have been the catalyst for the hospitalization of more than 6,000 residents and cost taxpayers approximately $22.7 million in 2015.
To combat these and other dangerous drugs’ deadly impact, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District) voted this week to pass a package of public-health bills to add new drugs to the list of controlled substances and impose harsher penalties for the possession and distribution of these drugs.
“Synthetic drugs often come with flashy street names that hide their true contents. Dealers have also taken to lacing batches of illegal drugs with these synthetics, increasing potency and causing users to be unsure about what they have taken. These drugs can have severe health consequences, especially for young people in our community. Even worse, the long-term medical complications are relatively unknown, because many of these drugs do not have a long history and are being used for purposes outside of their originally developed intent,” said Senator Young.
It has been established that synthetic cannabinoids’ addictive nature is particularly harmful because there are not medications or therapies currently tailored for addiction treatment. Users who attempt to stop using synthetic cannabinoids often experience headaches, anxiety, depression and irritability.
“Current law has not been able to keep pace with conniving drug dealers. We need to get these poisons, and those who peddle them, off our streets. No one should mistake these drugs for anything other than deadly, illegal substances and the Senate’s legislative package will keep our children safe and effectively combat this growing public-health crisis,” said Senator Young.
The Senate-approved legislation would outlaw new drugs that currently evade our existing laws, ban chemicals that mimic controlled substances, and expand access and use of a prescription database to better inform physicians treating patients.
The legislative package included seven bills:

  • Senate Bill 3518 - Classifies synthetic cannabinoids (the herb-like products that contain synthetic cannabinoids often known as K2, Spike 99, Spice, Yucatan Fire, Genie, Zohai and many others) as Schedule I controlled substances.
  • Senate Bill 300 – Classifies Xylazine, a veterinary sedative primarily used on horses, which has been increasingly laced into heroin, a schedule III controlled substance.
  • Senate Bill 658 – Adds U-47700 as a schedule I opiate. A new synthetic opiate, U-47700, is commonly referred to as “Pink” and it is reportedly eight times more powerful than heroin. However, a dose is available for purchase over the internet for as little as $5.
  • Senate Bill 816 – Designates alpha-PVP, its salts, optical isomers and salts of optical isomers, as schedule I stimulant controlled substances. Similar to bath salts and methamphetamines, this newly developed drug is a chemical cousin of cathinone, and often results in the user experiencing powerful reactions and often violent behavior.
  • Senate Bill 933 – Adds certain Fentanyl derivatives as controlled substances, matching the federal standards. The legislation also incorporates the use of fentanyl derivatives in certain substances as criminal sale of a controlled substance in the second and first degrees. Fentanyl has become increasingly popular with drug dealers who mix the cheaper drug with heroin in order to produce a cheaper product, often resulting in a lethal combination.
  • Senate Bill 2639 – Helps treating physicians gain a more complete patient health history by requiring hospital and emergency room physicians to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry and to notify a patient’s prescriber that a patient is being treated for a controlled substance overdose.
  • Senate Bill 2722 – Enhances tools for state drug and law enforcement agencies and individuals by providing that a controlled substance analogue shall be deemed to be the controlled substance if it is substantially similar or mimics another controlled substance.