Monday, July 31, 2017

Allegany County: Cornelius murder investigation continues - search warrants executed

Earlier in July, 82-year-old Raymond Cornelius was found shot to death inside his Wadsworth Hill home in Ward. This afternoon, State Police investigators said the case remains open. One investigator told WRN that leads have slowed, but continue on "a weekly basis." The case has expanded beyond the Amity-based state police barracks. Troopers from across the state have now joined the investigation, WRN was told earlier today. The New York State Police Intelligence Unit, Forensics' teams are involved as well as the Allegany County District Attorney's Office.
A State Police Investigator confirmed this afternoon that multiple search warrants have been executed. However, the nature of those warrants was not revealed. One Investigator said the agency was "frustrated," but not deterred, noting that the investigation would continue until a suspect is in custody.
Police continue to ask residents in the area to remain observant for any suspicious activity. The Investigator noted, " you may not think it is important, but if you have a suspicion," reach out to State Police.
Sources close to the probe have told us there is still no 'person of interest,' but police hope tips from area residents will help.
Police have still not yet publicly identified a motive.

Cuba: OneSong at the Palmer Opera House

The Palmer Opera House will host a performance by Ron & Nancy OneSong on Sunday, August 13th,  2017 at 2:00 p.m. The OneSong’s are well-known for their renditions of vintage country songs by artists such  as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, George Jones,  Marty Robbins, Eddy Arnold and many more.
Ron & Nancy OneSong specialize in vintage Americana, including country, bluegrass, western, folk, and 50’s & 60’s Rock ‘n Roll. Their performances are family-friendly with a fun, spontaneous style. They have performed at the Ryman Auditorium, the Nashville Nightlife Theater, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, and the legendary Lafayette Hotel in San Diego. Over the past decade, they have been featured at festivals and special events including the New York State Fair, the Lumberland Cultural Series in the Catskills, Pioneer Creek Days in Zolfo Springs, FL, and at many bluegrass festivals throughout NYS and PA. They have opened for national stars including Tommy Cash, Mickey Gilley, John Anderson, Stonewall Jackson, The Kingston Trio, Roy Rogers, Jr., Darryl Worley, Michael Twitty, and Bluegrass Headliner Dale Ann Bradley. 
Ron & Nancy OneSong are the former owners of the day tour destination Medina Stone Farm.  They are members of the New York State Country Music Association Hall of Honors, and have published an autobiography of their early music career, “Stories of OneSong”.
The Palmer Opera House is located at 12 West Main Street in Cuba, NY.  Tickets are available at the Palmer Opera House Box Office, online at and at The Perfect Blend Coffeehouse and Eatery.

Obituary: Richard C. "Dick" Deschler, 94, Wellsville

Wellsville - Richard C. “Dick” Deschler, age 94, of Williams Avenue passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Wellsville on July 27, 1923 to Henry and Amelia Weihoneig Deschler. On November 15, 1954 he married June Beckwith who survives. Dick graduated from the Immaculate Conception School as the class valedictorian and from Wellsville High School in 1941. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Alaska in the South Pacific. Dick worked for the US Postal Service in Wellsville for 30 years retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the American Legion Post #702, and the Elks Lodge # 1495 all of Wellsville.
Surviving besides his wife June are a son, Donald Deschler of Wellsville; a daughter, Susan [Brian] Robinson of Longs, South Carolina; 4 grandchildren, Christian, Aaron [Jennifer], and Andrew Robinson, and Brieanna [Sam] Sarcia; 4 great grandchildren, Lila, Landon, and Mason Robinson, and June Sarcia; a sister, Frances Deschler of Wellsville.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to Celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville. Burial with Military Honors will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Dick’s name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Alma highway worker battling lung cancer - fundraiser planned

Arrest made in Andover rape case UPDATED

A Genesee County man remained in the Allegany County Monday morning following a rape investigation in the Town of Andover. State Police said they charged Danilo B. Ramirez-Lopez, 21, of Elba with felony 3rd degree rape involving a victim under the age of 17. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Arraigned in court, he was committed to jail with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
SP Amity- Online dating leads to rape arrest
On July 30, 2017, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Danilo B. Ramirez-Lopez, 21 of Elba, NY for Rape 3rd (E Felony) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
On July 30, 2017, Troopers were dispatched to a possible rape investigation in Allegany County. Investigation revealed that Ramirez-Lopez had (allegedly) befriended the 16-year-old female victim on Facebook. On July 30, 2017, Ramirez-Lopez drove to the victim’s residence and (allegedly) engaged in a sexual act at another location. Ramirez-Lopez was arrested and processed at SP Amity.
Ramirez-Lopez was arraigned at the Town of Andover Court and remanded to the Allegany County Jail at $10,000 bail.

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

The following persons were arrested as a result of investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office:

Matthew J. Graffrath, 56, Hunt, NY, was charged July 12, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Interlock Device Violation and No/Inadequate headlamps.  Graffrath was issued an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Megan R. Reuther, 26, Livonia, NY, was cited for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Inadequate/No Exhaust on July 20, and was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Melchizedek P. Rogers, 26, Chili, NY, was arrested July 20, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Failure to Comply With a Lawful Order, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.  Following arraignment in Livonia Town Court, Rogers was remanded to the Livingston County jail on $3,000 cash bail.  Rogers will return to Livonia Town Court to address charges on a later date.

Thomas P. Towner, 21, Groton, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree on July 23, and will report to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Lawrence J. Toland, 55, Geneseo, NY, was cited July 22, for Issuing a Bad Check and was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Shawn S. Hussain, 23, Conesus, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Failure to Yield Right of Way to an Emergency Vehicle. Hussain will address charges in York Town Court on a later date.             

Angela D. Dixon, 42, Caniseo, NY, was arrested July 22, charged with Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Failure to Keep Right.  Following arraignment in Geneseo Town Court, Dixon was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $250 cash bail/$500 property bond.  Dixon will return to Geneseo Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Austin Hamilton, 18, Wayland, NY and Taylor L. Fox, 21, Geneseo, NY, were charged with Disorderly Conduct on July 21, and Alex E. Mongillo, 20, and Victoria L. Temperato, 21, both residents of Nunda, NY, were charged with Disorderly Conduct on July 22.  Hamilton, Fox, Mongillo and Temperato will respond to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Maria A. Tantalo, 50, Webster, NY, was charged July 24, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Problem Solvers Caucus Reaches Bipartisan Agreement to Try to Stabilize Individual Market

Press Release:
Today, Congressmen Tom Reed (NY-23) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus announced the Caucus reached consensus over the weekend on a bipartisan set of solutions to stabilize health  insurance markets and provide relief to individuals, families and small businesses.
After much work, the 43 Republicans and Democrats delivered a set of principles to advance solutions to address the destabilized individual healthcare market. These bipartisan proposals focus on areas they can find broad consensus to work together to stabilize the healthcare industry.
By resetting the healthcare conversation in Congress, the Problem Solvers Caucus has set the stage for the kind of bipartisan solutions that Americans have been yearning for. The Caucus hopes to restore some predictability as insurance companies make decisions about premium prices in 2018.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Blotter

7/30/17 12:15pm- Deputies arrested Brent Moritz, 27, of Cattaraugus. He was charged with aggravated DWI after being stopped operating a 4-wheeler without a helmet.
7/28/17 10am- Deputies arrested Joseph A. Smith, Jr., 53, of Allegany. He was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident county office building in Olean. He was issued a court ticket.
7/26/17 9am- Deputies arrested Audrey Goerss, 75, of Hinsdale. She was charged with felony counts of welfare fraud, grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing. Police said she failed to report income to social services and allegedly obtained $5,075 in food stamps she was not entitled to. She will appear in court August 1st.
7/27/17 7:24pm:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wyoming County Sheriff's Blotter

Charles H. Woodworth, 71 of Perry, was arrested following a domestic incident on Burke Hill Road in the Town of Perry.  Woodworth was alleged to have thrown a coffee cup at a female subject causing it to break during a domestic dispute.  This took place in the presence of a three year old child.  Woodworth was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Woodworth was scheduled to appear in the Town of Perry Court on August 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. to answer the charges.

On July 26, 2017 at 9:31 p.m., Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a suspicious condition at a closed business in the Village of Wyoming.  A vehicle was observed at the business with a male walking around the exterior of the building.  During the investigation, Christian J. Finkney, 29 of Wyoming, NY was found to be at the business with permission, but he had driven to the business with a revoked New York State non-driver identification card.  Finkney was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree – Alcohol Related Revocation, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree – 3 or more dates, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, Operate Motor Vehicle Without Ignition Interlock Device, and Unlicensed Operator.  Finkney was arraigned in the Village of Warsaw Court where bail was set in the amount of $500.00 cash bail or $2,000.00 bond.  Finkney is scheduled to return to the Town of Middlebury Court on July 31, 2017 to answer the charges.

Obituary: Emogene R. "Jeanne" Glover, 74, Andover

ANDOVER – Emogene R. "Jeanne" Glover, 74, passed away Thursday (July 27, 2017) at Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Wellsville.
Mrs. Glover was born on June 19, 1943 in Wellsville. On May 7, 1960 she married Ronald "Spud" Glover, who predeceased her on May 2, 1994.
Emogene worked for L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. in Wellsville for 30 years, retiring as their payroll clerk in 2007.
Jeanne is survived by one son, Ronald (Jill) Glover, Jr. of Jefferson, Ga.; two daughters, Penny (Dale) Perry and Pam (Dion) Pezzimenti, both of Andover; one brother, Richard (Joan) Martin of N. H.; one sister, Patricia (Clair) Golish of Jamestown and one sister-in-law, Connie Martin.
Additionally, she is survived by 9 grandchildren, Ronald (Sabrina) Glover, III, Timothy (Kayla) Glover, Briana (Bryson) Calcote, Ashlei (Kevin) Scott, Jacob Perry, Bradley Perry, Adam Perry, Dion Pezzimenti, Jr. and Jamie (Josh) Monday; 9 great grandchildren, Wyatt Glover, Marli Glover, Kelli Glover, Emma Glover, Ayda Glover, Ella Glover, Jayden Scott, Darla Perry and Max Perry; a special traveling companion, Sylvia Whitesell of Andover; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one son, William Glover; one brother, Jonathon Martin, one sister, Nancy Gant and one grandson, Tyler Glover.
Jeanne was all about family. She looked forward to the holidays and the weekly meal get-togethers. She enjoyed knitting dishcloths as give away presents to all her family. Around the holidays and birthdays, she would make some rock candy, cheesecake or fudge and ship them off as care packages to her grandchildren that needed a hug from long distance. Christmas time was especially memorable for the famous Christmas cookie operation. Everyone pitched in and everyone left with a tray loaded with cookies. For her personal enjoyment she loved reading romance novels and on Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy nights, she was locked in.
Jeanne was a lifetime member of Andover Firemen's Auxiliary where she held about every position available over the years and she was Past President of Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen.
There will be a time of visitation on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Gene Miller of Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at
Memorial contributions in Jeanne's name may be made to Andover Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 714, Andover, NY 14806.

NY State Police Blotter

7/29/17 8:05pm- During an incident in the Town of Amity, State Police arrested Daniel L. Frost, 27, of Wellsville. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th, possession a controlled substance outside of the original container and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was issued appearance tickets and released.
7/29/17 8:05pm- During an incident in the Town of Amity, State Police arrested Brian P. Walsh, 46, of Wellsville. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released on a ticket for court.
7/29/17 3:15pm- State Police arrested Gerald R. Loiacono, 41, of Allegany. He was charged with felony criminal possession of marijuana for allegedly having more than a pound. He was also charged with unlawful growing of cannabis. He was detained for court action.
7/30/17 2:27am- During a traffic stop on Nichols Run Road in Allegany, State Police arrested Samantha L. Simonds, 24, of Bradford. She was charged with DWI and BAC above .08%.
7/29/17 8:31pm- During a traffic stop in South Corning, State Police arrested Jessica E. Evans, 30, of Corning. She was charged with felony counts of aggravated driving with intoxicated and DWI. She was also charged with speeding, drinking alcohol in a vehicle, moving from a lane unsafely and unlawful possession of marijuana. She was released on appearance tickets for court.

Ulysses Library: Music On The Lawn Tonight

 It’s the 7th annual season of
Music on the Lawn
at Ulysses Library




6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 30, 2017

An encore performance with new selections

Rain location

Tri-Town Fire Hall—Ulysses, PA


A collection will be taken to benefit the

Ulysses Library Endowment Fund


Funding for Music on the Lawn has been provided by the

Barbara Joy Olney Community Harmony Fund

an endowment fund with the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bath: Man faces multple felonies after car crash

Press Release:
New York State Troopers from the Bath barracks investigated a motor vehicle accident which resulted in multiple charges against a Bath man.  At approximately 9:00 p.m. Friday night, Troopers were dispatched to Harrisburg Hollow Rd. in the Town of Bath for a report of a vehicle in the ditch.  The operator of the vehicle – William D. Schaffer, age 49, of 8029 Harrisburg Hollow Rd., Bath, N.Y. was located nearby, and was administered field sobriety tests.  As a result, Schaffer was charged with felony DWI; felony DWAI; and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, 3rd degree.  Schaffer’s vehicle was unregistered, uninspected, uninsured, and displayed stolen registration plates, and he was additionally charged with the appropriate Vehicle and Traffic Law charges as well as criminal possession of stolen property 5th. According to Senior State Police Investigator Curt Eaton, a search of the vehicle allegedly yielded quantities of suspected marijuana and oxycodone. He was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd, a class B felony.  Schaffer was arraigned before Town of Bath Justice Chauncey Watches and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 cash bail/$20,000.00 property bond.  He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date. 

Jasper-Troupsburg Teacher Aide arrested - accused of sending X pics

Press Release:
New York State Troopers from the Bath barracks, with the assistance of the Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District administrative staff, announce the arrest of a Jasper woman stemming from an investigation into a report that a teacher’s aide had engaged in inappropriate contact with a student at the school.  Bethany N. Leach, age 23, of Jasper, New York, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the Second Degree (a class “E” felony) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (a class “A” misdemeanor).  Troopers allege that during the time spanning the months of January through June of 2017, Leach exchanged nude and sexually explicit pictures and videos with a child she had met while serving as a teacher’s aide at the Jasper-Troupsburg Junior / Senior High School.   It was alleged that Leach used the “Snapchat” and “Facebook” mobile applications to communicate with the student, and that she did so while at her residence in the Town of Jasper.  The investigation determined that the inappropriate contact was limited to the digital communications; that it did not occur at the school; and that no actual physical interaction occurred between Leach and the student.  Leach was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court before town justice Watches and released on her own recognizance, with her appearance in the Town of Jasper Court scheduled for a later date.

Obituary: Elvernon E. "Vern" Crain, 84, Coudersport

“beloved father and grandfather”
COUDERSPORT, PA---Elvernon, E. “Vern” Crain, 84, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017, in Bradford Manor, Bradford, after a long illness.
Born August 28, 1932 in Towanda, he was a son of John and Viola Crain.  On December 18, 1964 in Sweden Valley, he married Evelyn Snyder, who passed away on July 25, 2000.
Vern was employed by the former North Penn Supply in Coudersport and was employed for many years as a dump truck driver for Wayne Paving Company in Shinglehouse.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and stock car races.  Vern enjoyed digging leeks and had a knack of finding them in the winter. He was also an avid gardener.
Surviving are four children, Kimberly A. (Robert) Hanes of Waterloo, NY, Brenda L. (Henry Watson) Crain of Sweden Valley, Kevin L. Crain of Rochester, NY, and Terry W. (Paula) Crain of Coudersport; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Vern was predeceased by a son, Todd A. Crain.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Michael Reeves of the North Eulalia Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Raymond Corners Cemetery, Gold.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the L.E.E.K. Hunting and Mountain Preserve, 497 SR 244 East, Oswayo, PA 16915.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Vern, please visit

Obituary: Glenn L. Tomb, 88, Harrison Valley, PA

Glenn L. Tomb, 88, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Friday, July 28, 2017 in his home.  Born January 17, 1929, in Jasper, NY, he was the son of Francis R. and Lucy J. Garner Tomb.  On March 14, 1950, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Beverly Andrews, who predeceased him in 1997.  A Korean and Vietnam War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1948 – 1968.  A dairy farmer and logger, he was also a school bus contractor for the Northern Potter School District from 1972 – 1995.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Westfield, life member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, Howard S. Lines VFW Post #6753 in Knoxville, National Association for Uniformed Services, Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, and the Penn York Pony Pull Association.  Surviving are:  five children, Carolyn (Rusty) Van Etten of Ulysses, Christine (Larry) Walters of Westfield, Glenna (Dean) Riel of Hope Mills, NC, Ann (Wayne) Bundy of Newbern, NC, and Gordon G. (Joan) Tomb of Belton, TX;  ten grandchildren;  21 great-grandchildren;  two great-great-grandchildren;  a brother, Alfred (Eleanor) Tomb of Mills;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Gwendolen D. Tomb in 1993; a grandson, Leo J. Cornell in 2007; and five brothers, William, Eugene, Paul, Michael, and Ervin.  Friends may call Friday, August 4, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.  The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate.  Burial will be in Tioga County Memorial Gardens, Wellsboro.  Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.  Memorials may be made to the Tomb Family Scholarship, c/o Northern Potter School District, 745 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Wellsville: Better Days Block Party Today

The 5th Annual Better Days Block Party will be held Saturday, July 29th on Main Street in Wellsville in front of Better Days. Gates Open at 8:00 p.m. and the festival will run until 1:00 a.m.

* Beer Truck Outside
* Live Music w/ Joseph & Johnson and Lithium Highway
* $5 cover (A portion of the gate proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital and Wellsville Music on the Lawn.)
* Must be 21 years of age to attend

Livingston County Court Report

After presentation by Victor D. Rowcliffe, First Assistant District Attorney, the following cases were handled in the Livingston County Court before the Honorable Dennis S. Cohen on July 20, 2017.

A YOUTHFUL OFFENDER appeared on a violation of probation and the matter was adjourned to August 10, 2017. He was remanded to the Livingston County Jail without bail.

CHARLES F. LEWIS, age 34, of Bloomfield was sentenced on a conviction of Petit Larceny (Misdemeanor) to 4 months intermittent incarceration and 3 years probation. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and upfront restitution.

BETSY R. MCGRATH-LUNDY, age 37, of Henrietta was sentenced on a conviction of Driving While Intoxicated (E Felony) to 1 to 3 years in state prison. She was also ordered to pay a $325 surcharge, a $50 DNA fee, and restitution. Her license was revoked with a requirement to install an Ignition Interlock Device.

A YOUTHFUL OFFENDER was sentenced on a conviction of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Misdemeanor) to 3 years probation to include 64 hours community service.

ANGEL G. PABON, age 36, of Rochester was sentenced on a conviction of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree (E Felony) to 5 years probation.

DONNIE S. PLUMLEE, age 46, of West Virginia was charged with Driving While Impaired by Drugs (E Felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Misdemeanor), Failure to Maintain Lane, Reckless Driving, Failure to Keep Right, Failure to Comply with a Lawful Order, Driving on the Shoulder or Slope of the Roadway, and Operating with Inadequate Headlights. He was arraigned with his attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to August 17, 2017. His license was suspended pending prosecution.

A YOUTHFUL OFFENDER was charged with Burglary in the Third Degree (D Felony), Petit Larceny (Misdemeanor), and Unlawful Dealing with a Child in the First Degree (Misdemeanor). He was arraigned with his attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to September 28, 2017.

After presentation by Joshua J. Tonra, Assistant District Attorney, the following cases were handled in the Livingston County Court before the Honorable Robert B. Wiggins on July 18, 2017.

GERALD B. BRADLEY, age 33, of Pennsylvania was sentenced on a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (B Felony) to 10 years in state prison plus 3 years post-release supervision. He was also ordered to pay a $325 surcharge, a $50 DNA fee, and his license was suspended.

JOSEPH R. CUOZZO, III., age 35, of York was charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (E Felony). He was arraigned with his attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to September 12, 2017. Bail was set at $5,000.

STACEY M. EARL, age 31, of Auburn was sentenced on a violation of intermittent sentence to 60 days in jail and to continue probation.

JESSICA L. GOODENOW, age 36, of Nunda was sentenced on a violation of probation to 8 months in jail. STEVEN W. GREGORY, age 26, of Kendall was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs (E Felony) and Driving While Ability Impaired by Combination of Drugs and/or Alcohol (E Felony). He was arraigned with his attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to August 15, 2017. His license was suspended pending prosecution.

RACHEL L. KING, age 32, of Mt. Morris, charged with Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree (D Felony), three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Misdemeanor), Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument (Misdemeanor), and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree (Misdemeanor), appeared with her attorney and the matter was adjourned to August 1, 2017.

JADE L. LAFORCE, age 24, of Canaseraga, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree (D Felony) and Inadequate Exhaust, appeared with her attorney and the matter was adjourned to August 1, 2017.

ERIN M. STUBENRAUCH, age 25, of Wayland was charged with .2 counts of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child (E Felony), Driving with .08 of One Percent or More of Alcohol in Her Blood (Misdemeanor), Driving While Intoxicated (Misdemeanor), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Misdemeanor), Driver's View Obstructed, and Inadequate Exhaust. She was arraigned without an attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to August 1, 2017. Her license was suspended pending prosecution.

DAVID A. YOUNG, age 61, of Livonia appeared on a violation of probation and the matter was adjourned to August 15, 2017 for a hearing.

Livingston County Grand Jury report

After presentation by Gregory J. McCaffrey, District Attorney, the Livingston County Grand Jury handed up indictments on the following individuals (plus 1 sealed indictment) on July 12, 2017.

RYAN W. LAJUETTE, age 32, of Rochester was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree (E Felony) and Inadequate Exhaust.

JASON L. ZIENKIEWICZ, age 32, of Rochester was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (E Felony), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree (Misdemeanor), Speeding, and Refusal to Submit to a Field Screening Device.

After presentation by Gregory J. McCaffrey, District Attorney, the Livingston County Grand Jury handed up indictments on the following individuals on July 26, 2017.

ANTHONY P. BLAVESCIUNAS, age 47, of Rochester was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (E Felony), Speeding, and Possession of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.

ARON E. MCCALLUM, age 29, of Springwater was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (E Felony) and Failure to Keep Right.

Obituary: W. Michael O'Hern, 70, formerly of Hornell

SILVER SPRINGS, Fla./HORNELL-W. Michael O’Hern, 70, of 5431 N.E. 35th Street, Lot 178, Silver Springs, Fla. 34488, formerly of Hornell, passed away Monday morning (July 24, 2017) at the Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla.
Born in Hornell on December 4, 1946, he was a son of the late W. Raymond and Mary (Boughner) O’Hern. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother, Bobby O’Hern and his sister, Betsy O’Hern Fenti.
A graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1964, Mike received his associates degree in Applied Science from the SUNY at Alfred. He resided in Hornell until about nine years ago when he became a resident of Silver Springs, Fla.
He was formerly employed as a manager at the Truck Stops of America in Belmont and Dansville.
Mike was a member of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Fla. and while residing in Hornell he was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 364, the Maple City Chorus (Barber shoppers) and for 20 years he was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows; at one time, he was a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 67 and Explorer Post 81.
He enjoyed spending time playing cards and various board games.
His loving family includes his wife of 47 years, the former Judy Panter, who he married at the former St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hornell on November 29, 1969; his son, Patrick (Wanda) O’Hern of Summerfield, Fla.; his daughter, Mary; his two grandchildren, Austin (Emily) O’Hern and Andrea O’Hern all of Hornell; his great-granddaughter, Braelynn O’Hern; as well as his sister, Heather “Teddy” O’Hern of Hornell.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to assist the family of W. Michael O’Hern.

A private funeral service will be held in his memory at the convenience of the family at the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando, Fla. 32803 (

Obituary: Jeannine C. Hall, 86, Canisteo

CANISTEO - Jeannine C. Hall, 86, of East Main St passed away on July 24, 2017 following a battle with Alzheimer 's disease. Jeannine was born in Corning NY on September 4, 1930, the daughter of J. Sidney and Doris B. Crandall.
Jeannine was a proud member of the Corning Free Academy Class of 1948. She then went on to pursue her passion of becoming a nurse at Alfred University where she graduated from the School of Nursing in 1952.
It was during her time at Alfred University where she met her husband William J. Hall. Jeannine and Bill married on May 15, 1954. They went on to have four children together. In 1966, they made the decision to settle in Canisteo to pursue their careers and raise their family.
In the early years of juggling family and work, Jeannine supported Bill in his coaching endeavors at Canisteo Central School. Although Bill was the head football coach, Jeannine attended more games than he did! You would often find her scrubbing and washing all the football uniforms after the games, preparing for the team to come over to watch game films and was always welcoming any neighborhood kid into her home.
Jeannine had a love for nursing. It was a joy for her to teach others how to be the best nurse they could be. In 1965, she was instrumental in obtaining a grant to start a Licensed Practical Nursing program in Hornell, NY which later became part of BOCES. She later retired from her years as a Nursing Instructor and remembered fondly the relationships with and accomplishments of her students.
After retirement, she enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on Keuka Lake and helping her son Mark at his Main St. business in Hornell, the Sports Fan-Atic.
Jeannine would be the first to let people know her greatest accomplishment was her family.
She was predeceased by her father J Sidney Crandall, and her mother, Doris B. Crandall. Jeannine is survived by her husband Bill and her 4 children, Christopher (Marina Arold) Hall of Attleboro, MA., Stephen Hall of Almond, Mark (Edna) Hall of Hornell, and Lisa (Jeff) Ryan of Canisteo. The joys of her life, her 5 grandchildren: Brett Ryan of Charlotte, N.C., Bryce Ryan of Cuba, N.Y., Raegan Ryan of Houghton, N.Y., Tyler Hall of Alexandria, V.A., Slade Ryan of Canisteo, N.Y., cousins and some very special friends.
The family will be present to receive friends at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 East Main St in, Canisteo, on Monday (July 31, 2017) from 4-7 p.m. where funeral and committal services will take place immediately following calling hours. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Corning, NY. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Hornell YMCA, 18 Center Street, Hornell, N.Y. 14843, or Faith in Action, 20 Broadway Mall, Hornell, N.Y., 14843.

Steuben Emergency Services hosts seminar

BATH -- Emergency response personnel from across the region recently attended a seminar designed to provide ways to effectively communicate with the media in the event of a disaster. The two-day state program, sponsored by the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services, featured material provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Training was provided by instructor Maggie Barnes (pictured) and state Public Information Specialist Bill Peat, and included instruction on "best practices," discussions and practical exercises. "It is always good to conduct this type of training to make sure local responders are capable of handling whatever emergency might occur in our region," said county Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall.

Bridge replacement Roulette Township

Update:  Construction to Begin in mid-August for West Main Street (Route 4026) bridge in Roulette Township

Potter County bridge to be replaced as part of Public-Private Partnership
Clearfield, PA – Construction for a state-owned bridge on West Main Street in Roulette Township is expected to begin in mid-August as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The start date had previously been announced for week of August 1. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list.
The 68-foot bridge spans Fishing Creek near the village of Roulette. It dates from 1918 and carries an average of 360 vehicles each day.
Construction is expected to begin the week of August 14 and be complete in October. During construction, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Main Street (Township Road 404), US Route 6, and West Branch Street (Township Road 406).
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-88 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.  

Senator O'Mara's weekly column

By NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

“Health officials: prevention is key”
We should all be aware by now that it’s a tough year for ticks. Anyone who isn’t aware, should be. It’s become particularly acute following several cases in Saratoga County – including one fatality – from the tick-borne Powassan Virus (POW). A new report that received widespread media coverage also examines the link between Lyme disease and suicide rates across the nation.
Local health officials across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes have renewed their efforts to spread the word that “prevention is key” when it comes to tick-related illnesses and diseases.
According to the Schuyler County Health Department, “The best protection from POW virus and all tick-related diseases, like Lyme, is to eliminate your exposure to ticks.”
The Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, on which I serve as a member, has worked over the past several years to raise awareness and develop ongoing prevention, research, and treatment initiatives and strategies. We will soon reconvene a series of statewide public hearings to get the most up-to-date input from public health professionals, educators, and researchers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest-growing, vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. Approximately 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme annually, the CDC says.
Lyme disease was once considered a mostly “downstate” concern in New York State. No longer. It’s been a rapidly growing public health challenge throughout upstate New York over the past several years and has drawn heightened warnings from public health officials. It’s a debilitating disease that needs to be taken seriously by everyone who enjoys the outdoors, even if that means doing yard work or gardening. Those afflicted by Lyme disease can endure years of frustration, to say the least, seeking effective diagnosis and treatment.
Our Senate task force continually reviews research, consults with experts, conducts public hearings, and works to develop legislation and other recommendations that we ultimately hope can be incorporated into a New York State Action Plan on Lyme and Tick-borne Diseases (TBDs). That is the overriding goal: to put in place a statewide plan that will serve as a comprehensive roadmap for improving research, education, diagnosis, and treatment.
Initial reports from the Senate task force, based upon statistics from the state Department of Health (DOH), have identified Chemung, Schuyler, and other regional counties as having experienced dramatic increases in cases of Lyme disease. So while it often doesn’t receive the attention it warrants, legislation and other initiatives developed by the task force remain part of an ongoing legislative effort that we hope will continue to encourage and guide the development of state-level strategies to address the rising concern. The current state budget, for example, includes $400,000 to strengthen New York’s education, prevention, and research efforts.
Last fall I sponsored a “Public Awareness Forum on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases” at the Big Flats Community Center at which this same note of caution was stressed, and where a panel of regional public health professionals, educators, and researchers led a discussion on raising awareness and ongoing prevention efforts and strategies. As a result of the discussion which took place at this forum, in late March 2017 Arnot Health Graduate Education and A Hope 4 Lyme sponsored the 1st annual “Nuts and Bolts of Lyme Disease” forum for regional medical professionals, which turned out to be a highly successful event attended by approximately 150 doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals.

As stated in the executive summary of one task force report, “The geographic spread of Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases demand a comprehensive response by the State to encourage detection and prevention initiatives, and facilitate diagnostic and treatment advancements. While the impact of Lyme disease is widespread, a large number of the cases remain unreported. This lack of reporting is a cause of concern given that Lyme disease remains the most prevalent Tick-Borne disease in New York State.”
You can find important information on the state DOH website:  The CDC also offers a tick-related page:

Obituary: Arlin Jack Cary, 87, Knoxville, PA

Arlin Jack Cary, 87, of Knoxville, PA, formerly of Potter Brook, died Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.  Born August 8, 1929, in Potter Brook, PA, he was the son of Arlin Dan and Cora Seeley Cary.  On December 30, 1977, in Westfield, PA, he married the former Carole K. Francis, who survives.  Jack was employed by Eberle Tannery in Westfield for 51 years.  He was a member of the People’s Church of Potter Brook.  Surviving besides his wife, Carole, are:  two sons, Dean (Lori) Cary of Cowanesque, PA and Chris (Amy) Cary of Sligo, PA;  two daughters, Linda (David) Welch of Horseheads, NY and Dawn (Don) Sawyer of Chesnee, SC;  two step-sons, John (Pam) Clark and Todd (Melende) Clark, both of Knoxville;  26 grandchildren;  and 20 great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a son, Dale E. Cary; a brother, Henry Cary; and a sister, Hazel Simpson.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 12, 2017 in the People’s Church of Potter Brook, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950.  Interim Pastor E. Matthew Zehr will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the People’s Church of Potter Brook, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Alfred University alumnus Bernard Gluckstern spearheads anti-poverty initiative in Allegany, Steuben, Tompkins counties

Bernard Gluckstern
The Tompkins County office of Cornell Cooperative Extension had been overseeing its Natural Leaders Initiative for about 10 years when Ken Schlather, director of the local CCE, first met Alfred University alumnus Bernard Gluckstern.
A 1971 graduate of Alfred University, Gluckstern pitched an idea that he said would “eradicate poverty in rural America.”
Gluckstern called his initiative The Fund for an Equitable America, and Schlather says the idea dovetailed with his own organization’s efforts to encourage homegrown leadership and entrepreneurial talent. “His putting it on the table concretely helped us think about it more concretely,” Schlather says.
The result of that initial conversation has been a slowly developing collaboration between Gluckstern and the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension office. The partnership also is reaching out to CCE offices in Allegany and Steuben counties. And beyond those organizations, Gluckstern has been establishing communications with other regional service organizations, including Catholic Charities, ProAction of Steuben and Yates Counties, and Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development.
The Fund for an Equitable America is still very much in the early planning stages, but Gluckstern says he plans to push  — and push, and push  — until the initiative not only sinks roots in the Southern Tier of New York, but establishes itself as a model for economic development that can be replicated in other rural areas of the United States.
The gist of the initiative is simple: Encourage and assist local individuals to form small business organizations and encourage larger financial institutions in that region to purchase goods and services from the local entities. It’s a variation of the “Shop Locally” mantra, with the additional element of encouraging formation of new businesses with which larger organizations can do their shopping.
Ask Gluckstern for more specifics, and he is happy to respond with a paper that outlines the larger shape of the initiative. The plan begins with the overarching goal of initiating a strategic planning process for transforming low-income individuals and families into what he calls “a middle class, self-sustaining environment.”
To achieve that goal, Gluckstern says the Fund for an Equitable America will promote:
  •  “Assisting low-income communities to create, grow and sustain targeted, profitable commercial enterprises (owned by and employing residents of those communities) to provide goods and services required by the area’s largest institutions”;

  • “Leveraging a portion of the multi-billion dollar annual business expenditures of anchor institutes into the local community”;

  • “Ensuring that low-income residents — who in most revitalization efforts have been excluded from substantive or meaningful roles beyond that of ‘service recipient’ — not only participate in, but substantively lead this work with the power to shape the initiative’s direction, structure, staffing and use of resources.”

According to Schlather, Gluckstern’s idea of using local talent to encourage the formation of local businesses dovetails with CCE’s own Natural Leaders Initiative. “We’re talking about folks who aren’t part of any formal leader establishment,” he says, “but when push comes to shove in a community, they’re called on regularly to help get things going. So we’ve been supporting them, training them, networking them.”
Schlather adds CCE has a history of encouraging small business start-ups. In Tompkins County, he notes, CCE has been nurturing its own Food Enterprise Program, which started out as a series of focus group meetings and now is evolving into newly formed small catering businesses.
Closer to Alfred University, Laura Hunsberger, director of Allegany County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension office, notes hydroponic lettuce growing has been the focus of start-up business efforts in Ohio. Hunsberger says she has been meeting and talking with both Schlather and Gluckstern — as has Larkin Podsiedlik, executive director of the CCE office in Steuben County.
In addition to Cornell Cooperative Extension and local non-profits, Gluckstern says he has been seeking bipartisan support from local and state political officials (He emphasizes the bipartisan nature of the Fund), and he hopes to begin contacting major foundations, such as Ford and Rockefeller, for future support.
The idea, he insists, is not just eliminating rural poverty in New York. The “paradigm” of the Fund, he says, will be “applicable with little revision or alteration in every rural county in this nation in which so many of our citizens currently languish in circumstances of impoverishment, dysfunction (and) demoralization.”

Olean man pleads guilty to federal child porn charge

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shawn Lebrecht, 35, of Olean, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who is handling the case, stated that in early August 2016, an undercover law enforcement officer began communicating online with the defendant. Lebrecht sent the officer several images of child pornography. On August 25, 2016, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s East Green Street residence. During the search, officers recovered a laptop computer. A forensic analysis determined the laptop contained over 300 images of child pornography. Some of the images depicted pre-pubescent children and violence.  
Today’s plea is the culmination of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero. Sentencing is scheduled for October 24, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

UPDATED Obituary: William L. "Bill" Lafferty, 94, formerly of Wellsville

William L. “Bill” Lafferty, 94, formerly of Wellsville, NY, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 in Hospice of Orleans Home, Albion, NY, following a brief illness.  Born June 12, 1923, in Wellsville, he was the son of Lewis W. and Florence Robinson Lafferty.  He was married to the former Virginia Halsey, who predeceased him on January 26, 2010.  A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Navy.  Bill was a lifelong resident of Wellsville and retired from National Fuel Gas Co. of Wellsville.  He was a life member of Dyke Street Hose Co. of Wellsville and a member of Frank B. Church VFW Post #2530 and the Wellsville Moose Lodge.  Surviving are:  two daughters, Linda Sweeney of Friendship, NY and Mary Jo (Don) Bentley of Kent, NY;  six grandchildren, Alesia (Vong) Boussa of Wellsville, Christine (Jeremy) Goulet of Biddeford, ME, Danielle (Tony) Clingerman of VA, Ashley (Jim) Jawkins of Kent, NY, Brandon (Molly) Bentley of Rochester, NY, and Chad (Libbey) Bentley of Kent, NY;  several great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two sons, Robert and Billie.  He enjoyed time spent with his family and his Friday nights with his great-grandson, Justin.  They would have a fish fry, watch Bonanza and Gunsmoke and then Grandpa would tell Justin about the good old days.  Occasionally, they would go into the workshop and work on projects.  Justin was the apple of his Grandpa’s eye.  Visitation and funeral services were held Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Pastor David Beach, of the Gaines Carlton Community Church of Albion, officiated.  Interment, with full military rites accorded by members of Wellsville American Legion Post #702, was in Knights Creek Cemetery, Scio, NY.  Memorials may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Purple Heart Homes, c/o Jamie L. White, 284 Farnum St., Wellsville, NY 14895.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Friday, July 28, 2017

Andover: Village Justice vs. Town Justice

Justice Jim Ames
As the political season heats up...there's an interesting primary race developing in Andover. For the past 17 years, Jim (James) Ames has been the Town Justice for the Andover Town court. Ames lives is Scio, but he told us the "reason that I have been in Andover so long is that the home rule was suspended to allow me to stay and run for election...a measure that was passed by the state legislature." Ames said nobody wanted the job 17 years ago...the town needed a judge...and he stood up. A decade and a half later...he remains. But this year is different. Andover Village Justice Steve Heckman wants to expand his jurisdiction to the town. He walked the beat, grabbed signatures, and now there will be a Republican primary for the job on September 12th. Heckman deserves the chance. He's worked hard, is decent...he gets the chance.
Ames has served as a 'regional' Justice of sorts. He is the elected Town Justice in Scio, but has also been appointed to handle cases in the Towns of  Alma, Willing and the Villages of Wellsville and Andover. He has also been a mentor Judge in Willing and Alma.
Ames is the fire chief in Scio and is employed by Eastern Metal (14 years) and prior to that Certified Traffic in Andover for 15 years. He made the following statements to us - "I feel I bring a wealth of experience to the Andover court experience in many different types of cases. I feel I am always fair and impartial and follow the laws set forth by the legislature of the state of NY. And making the court open to all people as their right to access the court." He added, "
I grew up in Scio but I feel I have two home towns Scio and Andover over my years of working in Andover I have grown to know a lot of the people there. When I first started in Andover the people made me feel right at home
and were very polite and that has continued today. I would ask that on election day you keep me as your Town Justice."
Editorial Note: This site endorses Jim Ames as Judge. He stepped up when no one would.

Rushford Community Café to have grand opening Friday August 4

Rushford Community Café to have grand opening Friday August 4 at 9:00 a.m.

Church Leaders unite with Rushford Economic Development Organization (REDO)
Rushford, NY - The Rushford Community Café, after a long sixteen-month process, is ready to officially open its doors to the public. The site, which was formerly Waites Coffee Shop and then lastly The Main Street Café has been refurbished top to bottom with the help of board members and community volunteers.
“The mission of the Rushford Community Café is to nourish the community by feeding the body, mind, and spirit,” said Jonathan Finley, Pastor at the Rushford Baptist Church.
The café will be open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and will serve all day breakfast, and lunch. There will be pizza and subs available for takeout, as well as daily specials. The café will add menu items and ice-cream in the future.
The Rushford Community Café is a not-for-profit café and will incorporate a suggested donation for the food they serve. Those that can pay extra will put some into the ‘Community Treasure Chest’ for those less fortunate. The business will seek to utilize the efforts of volunteers throughout the startup phase and the day to day operations.
The site will also double as the Rushford Community center, and will be available for outside groups. Those interested should contact the café manager.
To get more information, or to find out how you can volunteer at the Rushford Community Café,  call Peter Wade, REDO chairman at 585-278-4141, or e-mail:, or contact   Jonathan Finley at
REDO, a chapter of the Greater Allegany County Chamber of commerce.

Cuba: Something "sweet" is in our lobby!

Sweet Meredith's Fudgery

You can now buy old- fashioned fudge in the lobby of The Palmer.  Sweet Meredith’s Fudgery has officially opened for business.  Operating as part of The Cuba Friend’s of Architecture, the fudge shoppe shares a space with the Cuba Cheese Museum, in our lobby.

The kiosk currently offers eight to nine flavors of fudge, all created on site, using the Calico Cottage Fudge system. There are a wide variety of flavors, from the standards, to more tailored seasonal offerings.

Sweet Meredith’s Fudgery is currently open on Thursday- Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and also during events at The Palmer Opera House.  You can “like” Sweet Meredith’s Fudgery on Facebook to stay up to date on current flavor offerings.  Stop in soon to take advantage of their buy a pound, get a half pound free special!
For more information on the Cuba Friends of Architecture, The Cuba Cheese Museum, The Palmer, or Sweet Meredith’s, please contact (585) 209-5512.

Palmer Opera House
12 W Main St
Cuba, NY 14727