Saturday, June 30, 2018

Allegany County Heat Index Report for Saturday

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Spotter Reports
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
847 PM EDT Sat Jun 30 2018
...Allegany County...
   Fillmore             101.0   134 PM  6/30 
   3 W Wellsville       100.0   329 PM  6/30
   3 NNW Wellsville      98.0   504 PM  6/30
   Belmont               98.0   515 PM  6/30 
   Houghton              96.0   525 PM  6/30  
   1 NNW Belmont         94.0   320 PM  6/30
   Wellsville Airport    93.0   456 PM  6/30 
   6 S Nunda             90.0   520 PM  6/30

110 year old Andover native laid to rest at hillside cemetery

Madeline Burdick Turner
By Steve Walker 
ANDOVER - Hillside Cemetery, on North Main Street, overlooking the Village of Andover is the final resting place of many who have called Andover home. Early settlers Seth and Abigail Baker both died in 1822 are two of the earliest burials. Veterans of the American Revolution and every military conflict since are also resting on Hillside. 
Madeline Burdick Turner was born in Elm Valley, in the Town of Andover on December 17, 1907. She passed away on June 24, 2018. This remarkable super-centenarian, was formerly the oldest resident of Monroe County. She is now the oldest person buried at Hillside.
In fact Madeline was usually the oldest person in just about any situation she found herself in recent years. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle featured a story about Mrs. Turner as the oldest active voter in Monroe County in November 2015, when she was 107.

Madeline began her long life in Andover. She lived in Wellsville and Scio as a child. In 1926 she married Howard Turner in Alfred. During the depression both she and Howard found work in Rochester at Eastman Kodak. After retirement they spent twenty years in Florida.  Howard died in 1990 and was buried in his wife’s family plot in Andover. Madeline returned north to live with her daughter in Penfield, NY in her later years.  On Saturday she was laid to rest beside her husband and parents.

The Hillside Cemetery Association began 2018 stressed for finances, leadership and volunteers. This spring, as Memorial Day approached, a call went out for volunteers to help get the grass cut and fallen brush from the past winter’s storms. Forty local citizens showed up for this work bee as Hillside is a focal point for Andover’s annual Memorial Day observances. May 30 a large number of people attended the annual meeting of the Hillside Cemetery Association. Ten new members joined the Board of Directors.The new president of the cemetery association, Chris Mattison, is actually a relative of Mrs. Turner through the Burdick family. The other officers of the association are Tom Kent, vice-president. Karol Gavin Marciano, secretary and the treasurer is Mary Nevol. The association is meeting regularly to update policies, plan improvements in grounds care, signage and fiscal stability. Donations may be made to Hillside Cemetery Association, PO Box 313, Andover, NY 14806. For more information call 607-478-8567.

Appellate court tosses one charge, orders new trial in robbery case in Steuben County

A 38-year-old man from Osceola, PA will get a new trial after a state appellate court ordered one on Friday. Joseph McCallum is serving a 9-11 year prison term at Attica Correctional. He was convicted in 2016 of burglary and robbery after he and two others allegedly stole property in Lindley.

On the count of possession of burglar's tools, the court said "We conclude that the conviction of possession of burglar’s tools is not supported by legally sufficient evidence (see generally People v Bleakley, 69 NY2d 490, 495 [1987]), and we therefore reverse that part of the judgment and dismiss the fourth count of the indictment.
Attorney's for McCullum then argued against the robbery and burglary convictions claiming he had ineffective counsel at the original trial. The court agreed. Here is a portion of the decision:
Defense counsel repeatedly stated to the jury during voir dire that the trial was to be “a search for the truth.” It is settled that a “prosecutor’s characterization of [a] trial as a ‘search for the truth’ [is] indeed improper” (People v Ward, 107 AD3d 1605, 1606 [4th Dept 2013], lv denied 21 NY3d 1078 [2013]), inasmuch as it is a way of “proposing that the jury might convict even in the absence of proof beyond a reasonable doubt so long as the jury concluded that its verdict represented the truth” (People v Rivera, 116 AD2d 371, 375-376 [1st Dept 1986]). Here, by making that statement to the jury during voir dire then repeating it at least three times during summation, defense counsel improperly diminished the People’s burden of proof.
Furthermore, defense counsel exacerbated the harmful impact of defendant’s prior convictions during the cross-examination of the People’s fingerprint expert by eliciting evidence that gave the impression that defendant had 10 or more prior arrests and/or convictions. When coupled with the failure to obtain the requisite limiting instruction concerning the appropriate use of prior convictions and the comments that diminished the prosecution’s burden of proof, defense counsels actions deprived defendant of a fair trial.
It is hereby ORDERED that the judgment so appealed from is unanimously reversed on the law, count four of the indictment is dismissed and a new trial is granted on counts one and three of the indictment.
The complete decision can be viewed here.

Potter County: Registration Still Open For Emergency Services ‘Reverse 911’

Potter County Today

Potter County Emergency Management Agency has launched a new community notification system to provide important alerts and time-sensitive messages using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. It’s a “reverse-911” concept that can help people prepare for imminent weather emergencies or other risks to public safety. Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover approved a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the service, referred to as CodeRED.
“This system can deliver critical information to thousands of individuals within minutes,” explained Glenn Dunn, the county’s emergency management coordinator.  “Alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods, or regions.” OnSolve has provided the Potter County DES an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers. However, all residents living within Potter County limits are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. Additional information is also available at 814-274-8900, extension 501.

PA: Butler Woman Charged with Wrongfully Obtaining and Disclosing Health Information of Others

PITTSBURGH, PA - A Butler County woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of both wrongfully obtaining and disclosing the health information of another individual, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The six-count indictment, returned on June 28, named Linda Sue Kalina, 61, of Butler, Pennsylvania.
According to the indictment presented to the court, Kalina, while employed as a Patient Information Coordinator by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and then by the Allegheny Health Network, wrongfully obtained health information, in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), from March 30, 2016, through August 14, 2017, relating to 111 individual patients. The indictment also charges that on four occasions between December 30, 2016, and August 11, 2017, Kalina wrongfully disclosed the health information of three such individuals, with the intent to cause malicious harm.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 11 years in prison, a fine of $350,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

Allegany County: One year later, Cornelius murder remains unsolved

On July 1, 2017, Raymond Cornelius, 82, spoke with his family by telephone. It's the last time family members would hear from him. After subsequent attempts to reach him failed, a family member drove to his home on Wadsworth Hill Road in the town of Ward on the morning of July 3, 2017. Mr. Cornelius was found...he had been shot to death. Wellsville Regional News broke the story and has consistently followed up on it.
Jed Murphy is the lead investigator for the state police. He said this morning that he is "still confident we'll figure it out." He candidly admitted however that, "I don't like the fact I have an open homicide case."
State police have poured enormous resources into this case. Investigator Murphy did say that "some physical evidence was recovered at the scene," however he would not discuss specifics.
Murphy said the "leads have slowed...noting it has been a while since there was a credible lead." That hasn't deterred him. This morning, he was flanked by boxes of notes, interviews and more. "It bugs you," he said.

Wadsworth Hill Road is in a rural area with plenty of seasonal camps. A quick check of tax records showed properties owned by people from Lewiston, Batavia, Newfane, Niagara Falls and more. State police are again urging both local residents and those occasion residents to think back to last July 1st. Police said you may think your information is irrelevant, but Murphy said "no matter how small, every piece of the puzzle matters." In a previous interview, State Police Senior Investigator Dan Howard said "it's a process." Murphy said this is a “challenging case…one that has kept him up at night.” Has this become a cold case? "I don't believe in cold cases," Murphy said. If you have any information about this homicide, please call New York State Police Amity Barracks at 585-268-7085. Ask for Investigator Jed Murphy.

NY State Police Blotter

6/29/18 11:35am- State police arrested a 13-year-old name-protected boy from Pike. He was charged with false personation. The count was leveled following an incident June 26th at 1:27 Hume.
6/30/18 1:45am- During a traffic stop in the town of Amity, state police arrested Cletus D. Fleischer, 55, of Tonawanda. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol level (BAC) above .08%.
6/29/18 9:50pm- During a traffic stop on Route 219 in Boston, state police arrested Shane Lindquist, 19, of Allegany. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th, not have a controlled substance in its original container, marijuana possession, speeding and no inspection.
6/30/19 4:04am- After being called to a domestic dispute in the town of Bath, state police arrested Benjamin T. Gardiner, 32, of Bath. He was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment and preventing an emergency call.
6/30/18 12:43am Two people have been arrested following a disturbance call in Freemont. State police said they arrested Amy R. Hagadone, 40 of of Freemont. She was charged with criminal mischief and issued a court appearance ticket. Troopers charged Kyle C. Jones, 28, of Cohocton with reckless endangerment 2nd. His bail was set at $1,500.

Rushford Lake announces temporary boat launch closure

RUSHFORD — The public boat launch on Balcom Beach Road will be closed at midnight July 13 until the morning of July 15 for a fundraiser. Officials with the Rushford Lake Landowners Association said the fundraiser is to raise money to repair the Caneadea Dam. No boats will be allowed to launch during the setup, operation and teardown of the event.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Allegany County: Sick inmate costs sheriff's office $27,000 in overtime

When an Allegany County jail inmate was stricken last month with a medical emergency, he was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Doctors there felt the inmate required more specialized care and the man was then transferred to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. The inmate remained in intensive care for nearly two weeks. It was a costly stay. Here is a summary of events presented this week to the Allegany County Public Safety Committee:
Sheriff Whitney stated last month they had a prisoner with a medical condition who had to be sent to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and ended up being in the ICU for 12 days. It required two officers driving back and forth to ECMC every 8 hours for 12 days and cost $27,000 in overtime. Sheriff Whitney stated they had no control over the situation as it was a local prisoner and the judge wouldn’t release him. Legislator Decker asked if the same situation applies to federal prisoners. Sheriff Whitney stated, yes; however, they bill for the overtime and get that money back. Sheriff Whitney noted that they did reach out to Erie County to see if they could assist with providing two deputies, but they were unable to help out at that time. Legislator Ricci asked if it was something that could have been handled at Jones Memorial Hospital. Sheriff Whitney stated they sent the prisoner to Jones Memorial first, and they chose to transfer the prisoner out.

Detour to Start Next Week on Route 449 Bridge in Ulysses Township

Clearfield, PA – Construction for a Route 449 (South Brookland Road) bridge in Potter County is scheduled to begin next week as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge spans Buckseller Run in Ulysses Township. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list.
Construction is expected to begin on July 5 and be complete in two weeks. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 49, Route 44 (North Main Street), US 6 (East 2nd Street), and Route 449 (North Brookland Road).
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 
This bridge is referred to as JV-86 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.
To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at

Allegany County Public Safety Committee meeting minutes - June 27, 2018


Members Present: D. Healy, W. Dibble, D. Decker, B. Harris, S. Havey, J. Hopkins
Others Present: G. Barnes, H. Bedow, T. Boyde, B. Budinger, L. Edwards, D. Fanton, K. Francisco, K. Graves, C. Ivers, B. Kelley, C. Knapp, J. Luckey, K. Monroe, J. Ralyea, J. Ricci, B. Riehle, T. Ross, P. Stockin, R. Swarthout, M. Washer, R. Whitney
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 11:01 a.m. by Public Safety Committee Chairman Dwight “Mike” Healy.
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator Havey, seconded by Legislator Dibble, and carried to approve the Public Safety Committee minutes for June 6, 2018.
Public Defender Barbara Kelley attended the meeting and submitted her monthly report to the committee for review. Ms. Kelley stated her department has relocated to the third floor, and they are very grateful for the beautiful new space. Ms. Kelley indicated that there will be an open house in July.

Emergency Management and Fire Director Jeff Luckey attended the meeting and submitted his monthly report to the committee for review. Mr. Luckey stated on June 22, he participated in the Chempac Drill as well as the ACCORD Active Shooter Exercise. Mr. Luckey reminded the committee that the Firemen’s Convention will be held Wednesday, July 11, through Saturday, July 14.
Cancer Bill for Firefighters
Mr. Luckey distributed some information regarding the NYS Volunteer Firefighter Benefit Program that is designed to provide volunteer firefighters supplemental benefits following a cancer diagnosis. The program offers the following three types of benefit coverage:
-           A lump sum benefit that would be paid based on diagnosis.
-           A disability benefit that would pay in the event that the firefighter was unable to serve.
-           A life benefit in the event that the firefighter passes away.
Mr. Luckey stated the premiums are looking to range between $225 and $250 per interior firefighter, and the insurance needs to be in place by January 1, 2019. Hartford Insurance has been selected to carry the insurance; however, there has been discussion regarding the County assisting in any way they can. A motion was made by Legislator Dibble, seconded by Legislator Harris, and carried to refer the NYS Volunteer Firefighter Benefit Program to the Personnel Committee for further discussion. Refer to Personnel
STOP-DWI Coordinator Linda Edwards attended the meeting and submitted her monthly report to the committee for review. Ms. Edwards distributed a handout highlighting the 2018 Bicycle Safety presentations throughout Allegany County. Ms. Edwards presented at 12 public schools, 1 private school, and 1 afterschool program in the County, and served approximately 750 students. Ms. Edwards stated they have received their $3,000 Bicycle Safety Grant for 2019 and will request acceptance of those funds later in the Fall. Ms. Edwards continued they also received notification that they will be awarded $10,850 in crackdown funds for the 2018 – 2019 year. Committee Chairman Healy asked Ms. Edwards to provide more detail on the crackdown program. Ms. Edwards stated they receive funds from New York State to perform traffic enforcement “crackdowns” during the 8 major holidays. Ms. Edwards noted the crackdowns are specific to DWIs.
District Attorney Keith Slep was unable to attend the meeting but submitted his monthly report to the committee for review. Committee Chairman Healy stated it was requested at the previous meeting to see a comparison of totals by year on the District Attorney’s monthly report. Committee Chairman Healy noted that if it is not convenient to add these comparisons half way through the year, then the request will be effective January 1, 2019. This request was approved on a motion was made by Legislator Havey, seconded by Legislator Decker, and carried.
Probation Supervisor Jody Ralyea attended the meeting and submitted their monthly report to the committee for review. Probation Director Robert Starks was unable to attend as he is at the Council of Probation Administrator’s Summer Conference in Lake Placid. Legislator Hopkins asked for the meaning of specific acronyms provided on the monthly report. Ms. Ralyea stated CD IID Cases refers to Conditional Discharge Interlock Ignition Device. These cases need to be tracked for usage and whether or not they have a positive impact. EHM refers to Electronic Home Monitoring cases, and RUS refers to Release Under Supervision for pretrial cases.
Weights and Measures Director Gilbert Green was unable to attend the meeting but submitted his monthly report to the committee for review.
Sheriff Rick Whitney attended the meeting and submitted his monthly reports to the committee for review. Sheriff Whitney stated two deputies recently graduated from the Police Academy, and both received high praise for their performance. Legislator Decker asked if the $64,759.21 collected in the civil division is part of the total $124,520 generated revenue. Sheriff Whitney stated, no, the $124,520 is just revenue for housing prisoners.
Legislator Decker asked how they are doing handling the amount of overtime. Sheriff Whitney stated last month they had a prisoner with a medical condition who had to be sent to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and ended up being in the ICU for 12 days. It required two officers driving back and forth to ECMC every 8 hours for 12 days and cost $27,000 in overtime. Sheriff Whitney stated they had no control over the situation as it was a local prisoner and the judge wouldn’t release them. Legislator Decker asked if the same situation applies to federal prisoners. Sheriff Whitney stated, yes; however, they bill for the overtime and get that money back. Sheriff Whitney noted that they did reach out to Erie County to see if they could assist with providing two deputies, but they were unable to help out at that time. Legislator Ricci asked if it was something that could have been handled at Jones Memorial Hospital. Sheriff Whitney stated they sent the prisoner to Jones Memorial first, and they chose to transfer the prisoner out.
Sheriff Whitney stated on June 18, the CERT team did a shakedown of the entire Jail. There were no major violations or contraband found; however, 91 inmates out of 108 were double locked for minor violations such as food off of tray, or having extra blankets, sheets, towels, etc. Legislator Harris asked what a double lock is and how long it lasts. Sheriff Whitney stated typically the inmates are allowed to wander through their pod and interact with each other. If an inmate gets double locked, they are not allowed out of their cell, and it typically lasts for 24 hours or less.
Request to Create and Fill Junior Accountant Position
Sheriff Whitney requested approval to create and fill a part-time position of Junior Accountant (Non-Union, Grade 11, Step: 7) in the Sheriff’s Office. This position is needed to assist the Sheriff’s Office Accountant with his current workload and help reduce his overtime. This position is anticipated to be approximately 15 hours per week at an hourly rate of $19.08. The annual salary for the remainder of 2018 is $7,442.50 with benefits estimated at $1,721.45, and it is 100 percent funded with County dollars. Committee Chairman Healy stated this is also a good idea for succession planning. County Administrator Tim Boyde stated it’s well thought out and will assist with a lot of things, primarily succession planning. Legislator Harris asked how much overtime the current Accountant is receiving. Mr. Boyde stated it is a substantial amount. Legislator Harris requested to see a report of the employee’s overtime prior to this request coming before the Personnel Committee. A motion was made by Legislator Harris, seconded by Legislator Dibble, and carried to create and fill a part-time position of Junior Accountant in the Sheriff’s Office. Refer to Personnel to create the position and refer to Ways & Means to fill.

Elmira man sentenced on drug trafficking and gun charges

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Devaughn Salazar, a/k/a “Snake,” 41, of Elmira, NY, who was convicted following a jury trial of knowingly possessing with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to serve 80 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean Eldridge and Charles Moynihan, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that on October 21, 2012, members of the Elmira Police Department recovered a Taurus .40 caliber pistol during a robbery investigation. Further investigation revealed that, in June of 2012, the owner of the handgun reported it stolen to the Addison Police Department. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives followed up and determined that the defendant acquired the handgun from Kevin Krowiak, the person who stole it, by trading cocaine for the gun. After acquiring the gun but prior to its recovery by the Elmira Police Department, defendant sold the gun to a third person.
The defendant, having been previously convicted on May 6, 2009, in Steuben County Court of a felony offense, was legally prohibited from possessing any firearm. 
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge, Ashan Benedict; as well as members of the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Kane.

Allegany County farm receives state grant

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $1 million has been awarded to New York State farmers through two grant programs designed to promote growth in the state's agriculture industry. The New Farmers Grant Fund assists new and early-stage farmers, and the Veterans Farmer Grant Fund supports farms owned and operated by military veterans. Since its launch in 2014, the New Farmers Grant Fund has now awarded $3.27 million to nearly 90 farms across the state. This is the first year the Veterans Farmer Grant Fund has been offered.
"Agriculture is the backbone of our local economies, and New York is committed to keeping these businesses running to protect the livelihoods of farmers across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "This critical funding will help early-stage farmers and military veterans get the jumpstart they need to develop or expand their farms into successful, profitable businesses that will positively impact communities throughout the Empire State."
The Justin Hinz farm received a "new farmers grant."
Justin Hinz of Fillmore, Allegany County - $50,000: Purchase field equipment to improve feed quality and quantity at cattle farm. According to county tax records, he operates a dairy farm on Centerville Road.
A grant was also award to:
Edward R. Berwanger, Wyoming County - $50,000: Construct a silo and barn addition, and purchase equipment to more efficiently feed dairy cows and increase milk production.
The Veterans Farmer Grant Fund award:
Linda and Patrick George, Wyoming County - $31,638: Purchase equipment to efficiently produce quality feed for dairy herd, and reduce farm waste.
All the award recipients are listed HERE.

Obituary: Wendy E. Burrows, 66, Belfast

BELFAST- Wendy E. Burrows, 66, of Belfast, NY, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2018 in her home surrounded by her family. Born October 21, 1951, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Joseph and Dorris Halladay Burrows.  Wendy was a homemaker and private duty caregiver.  Surviving are:  five children,  Anthony (Joann) Prial of Machias, Brad (Sindi) Prial of Franklinville, Aaron (Liz) Prial of Machias, Craig (Lynette) Prial of Buffalo, and Carrie (Josh) Burrnell of Belfast;  19 grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren;  six sisters; a brother;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers; four sisters; and a granddaughter.  Friends may gather at Island Park, Wellsville at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, July 7, 2018 for a pot luck luncheon and time of remembrance.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at  Arrangements are entrusted to the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

State Police to increase patrols

The New York State Police will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions over the Fourth of July holiday. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel. This special enforcement detail will begin on Saturday, June 30, 2018, and run through Thursday, July 5, 2018.

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “State Troopers will be highly visible on the roadways during the holiday, targeting drivers who needlessly put others in danger. We know all too well the preventable tragedies caused by impaired, reckless and distracted driving. Make the right choice – if your celebrations include drinking, plan ahead for a safe ride home.”
Last year, the State Police issued nearly 10,500 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July holiday. Troopers arrested 240 people for DWI and investigated 152 crashes, which resulted in three fatalities and 248 injuries. 
During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways. 
Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the July 4th period in 2015, 146 people died nationwide in alcohol related crashes. Two thirds of those crashes involved at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or higher which is almost twice the legal limit.
If you drive drunk or drugged, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face arrest, jail time, loss of your drivers license and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.
The Fourth of July initiative is partially funded by the
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC). The GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app, is available for Apple, Droid and Windows smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi or rideshare service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties, and provides a way to report a suspected impaired driver. 
The New York State Police, GTSC and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • Use your community’s sober ride program;
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Village of Wellsville Noise Ordinance

From time to time, this site publishes local laws adopted by the Wellsville Village Board. The village has many local laws, but often times, residents (especially new residents) are unaware they exist. Even long time residents sometimes forget. Since were are now in the summer party season, here's what you need to know about the noise ordinance.
While not the complete list, by any means, the police department has more common laws published HERE.
3 OF 1984
A Local Law to Prevent Excessive Disturbing Unnecessary or Unreasonable Noise Within The Village Of Wellsville.
Adopted: 7/23/84
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Village of Wellsville to prevent excessive, disturbing, and unnecessary or unreasonable noise within the Village. The provisions and prohibitions hereinafter stated are in pursuance of and for the purpose of preserving, protecting and promoting public health, comfort, safety, welfare and the peace and quiet of the Village of Wellsville and its inhabitants.
It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue, aid, countenance, 'cause to be made or assist in making any excessive, disturbing, unnecessary or unreasonable noise, except as herein­ after provided, within the limits of the Village of Wellsville.
Standards to be considered in determining whether any sound existing in a given situation constitutes excessive, disturbing, unnecessary or unreasonable noise within the prohibition of this Local Law include:
a.         The volume of the noise,
b.         The intensity of the noise,
c.         Whether the noise is usual or unusual,
d.         Whether the origin of the noise is natural or unnatural,
e.         The volume and intensity of background noise, if any,
f.          The proximity of the noise to residential sleeping facilities,
g.         The time of the day or night the noise occurs,
h.         The time duration of the noise,
i.          Whether the sound source is temporary,
j.          Whether the noise is continuous, impulsive or intermittent.
The following acts, among others, are declared to be excessive, disturbing, unnecessary and unreasonable noises in violation of this Local Law, but any enumeration herein shall not be deemed to be exclusive:
a.         Horns, signaling devices, etc.- The sounding of any horn or signaling device on any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle (other than an emergency vehicle) on any street or public place, except as a necessary or reasonable warning.
b.         Bands, musical instruments, radios, etc.- The playing of music by any band, orchestra, radio, phonograph, musical instrument or other device for the production or reproduction of sound in such manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort or neighboring inhabitants or at any time with louder volume than necessary for convenient hearing for the person  or persons  who are voluntary listeners thereto, except on a special occasion for which permission - of the Village Board is first obtained, which permission shall specify the date, time and place that the activity is authorized.  The playing or operating of any such band, instrument or device between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. without such permission and  in a manner as to be plainly  audible on adjacent properties shall  be prima facie evidence of a violation of this Local Law.
c.         Loudspeakers and amplifiers for advertising. The using, operating or permitting to be used or operated of any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph, loudspeaker, sound amplifier or other device for the production or reproduction of sound which is cast upon the public streets for the purpose of commercial advertising.
d.         Yelling, shouting, etc.
(1)        Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling or singing on the public streets or any public place between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
(2)        Shouting and crying of peddlers, hawkers and vendors.
e.         Guns, firecrackers, etc.- The firing or discharging of a gun, firecracker, fun powder, or other explosive substance within the limits of the Village of Wellsville, except on some special celebration or occasion for which permission of the Village Board is first obtained, which permission shall specify the date, time and place that such activity is authorized.
f.          Animals- The keeping or harboring of any animal which by causing frequent, loud or continued noise shall disturb the comfort or repose of any persons in the vicinity.
g.         Exhaust of engines- The discharge into the open air of the exhaust of any steam engine, stationery internal combustion engine, air compressor or motor vehicle engine, except through a muffler or other device which will effectively prevent loud or explosive noises there from.
h.         Noise near a hospital, etc.- Any excessive noise on any street or highway adjacent to any public or parochial school or hospital or nursing home, provided that conspicuous signs are displayed  on such street or highway  indicating that the same is a school or hospital zone.
a.         Sound created by persons engaged in construction work during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. weekdays, including, but not limited to building, repairing, grading, leveling and excavating.
b.         Sound created by any government agent or agency by the use of signaling or public warning devices.
c.         Sound created by lawn mowers or power tools in use between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.
d.         Sound created by public utilities in carrying out the operation of their franchise.
e.         Sounds connected with sporting or other authorized events of any public or private school.
f.          Sounds necessarily connected with special events for which permission of the Village Board has been obtained, which permission shall specify the date, time and place that the activity is authorized.
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, or part of this Local Law shall be adjudged by any Court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such determination shall not effect, impair or invalidate the remainder of this Local Laws
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Local Law shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed the sum of Two Hundred Fifty dollars ($250.00) or to imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) days or to both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of a violation of this Local Law shall constitute a separate and distinct offense hereunder for each twenty-four (24) hour period that the violation is continued.

Alfred State officially joins NCAA DIII athletics

The NCAA Division III Membership Committee has announced that Alfred State has satisfied the requirements of year four of the membership process and is now officially a member of Division III of the NCAA.
We are excited and proud to officially become members of NCAA Division III," commented Director of Athletics Jason Doviak. "This is an achievement that was accomplished based on the hard work and dedication of the athletic department staff and campus community. We feel that we are well prepared to continue providing our student-athletes with a well-rounded and successful college experience. Our student-athletes will now have an opportunity to compete in NCAA Championships and also enhance our ability to attract future students to our campus."
"The Division III Membership Committee is excited to approve Alfred State as one of our four new Division III member institutions," commented Jay Jones, the Associate Director of Division III. "The committee and NCAA staff recognize the great work the entire Alfred State campus has done during the provisional process and we are all thrilled to welcome the Pioneers to Division III."
College President Dr. Skip Sullivan echoed the excitement of Doviak. "Intercollegiate athletics is so important to the culture of Alfred State College, and being a full member in the NCAA Div III ranks will allow our student-athletes unprecedented opportunities. We are excited for all the great things our Pioneers will accomplish."
Alfred State sponsors 19 intercollegiate teams with over 400 student-athletes competing wearing the Pioneer blue & gold. The athletic department also oversees physical education and the campus fitness centers. With this announcement college now has all the benefits of full membership, including voting rights on DIII legislation, postseason play, committee memberships, as well as institutional grants and student-athlete awards.
Beginning this fall, Pioneer student-athletes will compete as full members of the NCAA DIII. They will be joining the 451 institutions and over 190,000 athletes that compete at this level.

Houghton's Zoller Releases New Book

HOUGHTON, NY – Dr. James Zoller, professor of writing and literature at Houghton College, recently released his new book, Ash and Embers: Poems.
Zoller draws on his experiences in a variety of roles–including as a husband, father, grandfather, son, neighbor, citizen, writer, and more–to reflect on the journey of life. These different ‘voices’ are individual strands of a larger conversation, pointing to the larger human experience.
Ash and Embers prompted Zoller to try a new approach to constructing a book. “Each book requires something different,” he remarks. “Each book makes its own demands. Generally, one looks for an idea that will work for the material at hand; in my case, for the poems that began to accumulate.” Previous titles, such as Living on the Flood Plain, evolved from an image that Zoller wanted to convey. After exploring several options for Ash and Embers, he began to consider the ways that life expresses itself and “how we go through various ‘seasons,’ each of which reaches back and projects forward even as it describes a ‘now.’” Life is in a state of continual change, he notes, yet relies on continuities even as it progresses.
This is Zoller’s third published book of poetry, following Living on the Flood Plain (2008) and Simple Clutter (1998). His next project, a writing textbook, is slated for release later this year.
Ash and Embers: Poems is published by Cascade Books and is available on Amazon.

Allegany County Sheriff's race: Mackney announces two more endorsements

NY State Police Blotter

6/28/18 9:24pm- During a traffic stop in the village of Bolivar, state police arrested Lisa J. Phearsdorf, 34, of Bolivar. Troopers charged her with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle and DWI-1st offense. She was released on her own recognizance.

Olean: Pool hours extended; cooling station opens

June 29, 2018—Olean—William J. Aiello, Mayor of the City of Olean is pleased to announce that the Olean pools will be opened for extended hours on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1.  In addition the John J. Ash Community Center will be available if residents need a facility with air conditioning.
“The weather forecast has temperature reaching the 100 degree mark over the weekend and I am pleased that the staff at both pools: the “big pool” at the recreation center and the wading pool at Franchot Park, were able to adjust schedules to keep the pools open an additional two hours each.  Both pools will be open from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.,” Mayor Aiello said. 
“In addition a procedure is in place to open the John J. Ash Community Center as a cooling station if necessary.  I ask residents to call police dispatch at 716 376-5677 and the cooling station will be opened,” Mayor Aiello added.  “Olean is a very caring community, and I want to thank our police and fire departments, the youth and recreation staff, the senior center staff and Reverend Kim Rossi of the Greater Olean Association of Churches for helping put this plan in motion.”
“I also urge residents to be mindful of the heat and if they need a place to cool down to please call dispatch to get the cooling station opened.”  Mayor Aiello said.

Steuben County Emergency Services issues advisory

June 29, 2018 - Hot and humid weather expected Saturday through Monday
Afternoon temperatures will reach the mid to upper 90’s in our region throughout the next few days. The combination of high heat and humidity will bring heat indices well over 100 degrees through this week.
This is extremely hazardous weather to the body. Heat waves actually kill many people each year. Please use caution over the next few days and take precautions to protect yourself by follow these basic safety tips for your health:
• Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
• Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
• Use public places with air conditioning to stay cool.
• Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing.
• Drink plenty of water regularly and often.
• Avoid drinks that contain alcohol and caffeine these substances dehydrate the body.
• Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high protein foods, which increase the metabolic rate.
• Conserve energy and eliminate possible brownouts by turning air conditioners back
• Check often on elderly, sick or frail family and neighbors.

Heat related terms:
Heat index: A number in degrees Fahrenheit that tells how hot it really feels when relative humidity is added to the actual air temperature.
Heat cramps: Muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Usually occur in abdominal or leg muscles.
Heat exhaustion: Occurs when people exercise or work excessively, under warm humid conditions, where body fluids are lost through sweating heavily. Blood flow to the skin increases, decreasing the flow to vital organs, which may result in mild shock. If not treated, body temperature will continue to rise and victim may suffer heat stroke. Symptoms include: cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin; excessive sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; and dizziness.
Heat stroke: This is a life threatening condition in which the victim’s body can no longer cool itself. Body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death can result. Symptoms include: hot, red skin, rapid, weak pulse; and rapid breathing.

Keep Pets Safe in the Heat

Tips from The Humane Society:

Never leave your pets in a parked car
Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. Learn how to help a pet left inside a hot car by taking action or calling for help.
Watch the humidity
"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."
Taking a dog's temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Dogs' temperatures should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees.
Limit exercise on hot days
Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.
Don't rely on a fan
Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) And fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people.
Provide ample shade and water
Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.
Cool your pet inside and out
Whip up a batch of quick and easy DIY peanut butter popsicles for dogs. (You can use peanut butter or another favorite food.) And always provide water, whether your pets are inside or out with you.
Keep your pet from overheating indoors or out with a cooling body wrap, vest, or mat (such as the Keep Cool Mat). Soak these products in cool water, and they'll stay cool (but usually dry) for up to three days. If your dog doesn't find baths stressful, see if they enjoy a cooling soak.

New Law Designates 'Highway to the Stars' in Potter County

HARRISBURG – In recognition of Cherry Springs State Park and the thousands of visitors it draws to the region each year, a new law will name Route 44 in Potter County the Highway to the Stars, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), who sponsored the initiative. 
“The dark skies at Cherry Springs are a great asset to our region, offering educational opportunities to area residents and drawing thousands of visitors from across the country to its International Dark Sky Preserve,” Causer said. “This is a great way to recognize the value of the park to our local economy.” 
Act 70 of 2018, which Causer introduced at the request of county and local officials, designates the section of Route 44 from Route 6 to the Lycoming County line as the Highway to the Stars. The road passes directly through Cherry Springs State Park, taking travelers to a publicly accessible dark sky viewing field and amphitheater and a separate observation area for astronomers, professional photographers and others with specialized interests.
Cherry Springs is an 82-acre state park that offers great views of the Milky Way, planets and hard-to-see astronomical objects. More information about the park is available at

Heat Advisory issued for Allegany County


The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from noon Saturday to 10 PM EDT

* LOCATIONS...Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and
Allegany counties.

* TIMING...From noon Saturday through late Monday evening. The
highest heat index values will be from around noon through 8pm
each day.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES...As high as the mid 90s Saturday, and as high
as 98 to 102 Sunday and Monday.

* IMPACTS...Consecutive days of dangerous heat and humidity will
bring an increased risk for heat related illness. The elderly, very young, and those will heart and respiratory conditions that
don't have access to air conditioning are especially at risk during long lasting heat waves.


A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high
humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...stay out of the sun...and check in
on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
when possible...reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat
exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Sales tax revenues up in Allegany County

This report was presented to the Allegany County Legislature Budget Committee on June 20, 2018:

Sales Tax Report
County Treasurer Terri Ross distributed the 2018 Allegany County Sales Tax Report reflecting receipts totaling $8,772,279.39. The year-to-date figures show an increase of $820,843.51 or 10.323 percent more compared to last year at this time. Ms. Ross stated they have not had a red month yet this year, and it is likely due to the gas increase. Legislator Harris asked if there is a way to split out gas revenues from other forms of revenue. Ms. Ross stated on a quarterly and semiannual basis the state will give us a statement that shows what we have received from gas and will share that information with the committee when she receives it.

The Legend Returns: The Legend of Johnny Cash at The Palmer Event Center in Cuba, N.Y.

The Palmer Event Center is pleased to announce, World's #1 Johnny Cash Tribute: Philip Bauer

Endorsed by Johnny Cash's ONLY drummer, ever, WS Holland! This show takes the audience on a journey through the career of Johnny Cash. It is a multi-media show that features footage from Johnny’s career as we join him as he goes from gig to gig. The show is a chronological timeline of Cash’s career playing from the original set lists from his most iconic performances. Very engaging and Philip Bauer is literally as close as you can possibly get to Johnny Cash. Phil puts on an amazing and authentic show. He comes with a full band and it is a great 90-minute show that is the absolute best you have ever seen. Tickets are $30 presale and $35.00 at the door. Purchase online at Call the Palmer Opera House at (585) 209-5512 or visit us at 12 W Main Street Cuba, NY.
The Palmer Opera House in Cuba is a vintage theater located in New York. This historic theater is steeped with rich character and details of another era. Palmer Opera House was built in 1867, and after a long rich history fell into disrepair and restoration began in 2006 by the “Cuba Friends of Architecture”, the nonprofit organization charged with maintaining the historic venue. Proceeds from this event will benefit the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of this historic venue. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St Cuba, NY – 585.209.5512)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Area legislators say 'vote for Watkins Glen International'

Watkins Glen, N.Y., June 28—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) are urging area residents to keep voting every day for Watkins Glen International (WGI) in USA Today’s 10 Best online Readers’ Choice competition to decide “America’s Best NASCAR Track.”

The area legislators stressed that anyone can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device they have until the contest closes on Monday, July 23, at noon.

This is the third consecutive year that WGI is in the running for the “Best NACAR Track” designation, which it won in 2016 and 2017.

In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said, “Let’s keep voting again this year to help Watkins Glen International once again take the checkered flag as America’s best NASCAR track.  It’s a great opportunity to help keep the Finger Lakes region on the national map and to show our pride in The Glen as a favorite destination for visitors from across the country, a cornerstone of our leading tourism industry, and a driving force for charity, community service and economic development."

The local legislators have long singled out The Glen for its unique contributions to American motorsports.  WGI events annually generate over $200 million in economic activity across the region and account for more than 2,000 local jobs. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in August is one of New York’s largest sporting events and attracts fans from all 50 states, as well as 16 different countries.  
To vote in the “Best NASCAR Track” competition, visit the following USA Today website:

O’Mara and Palmesano also shared a reminder that Sunday, July 1, will be “Military Appreciation Day” at The Glen and the track is offering complimentary tickets to active duty military personnel and veterans of the United States Armed Forces for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen race.

According to WGI, guests who bring their military ID to Gate 4A, Gate 5, or the ticket office from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday will receive two tickets, compliments of WGI. Guests should enter the facility from Lots 3 and 5 to participate.

Cuba police say man exposed himself

*** Press Release ***
On Thursday June 28th, 2018 at approximately 6:00 p.m. following a complaint in the Village, Cuba Police arrested Kevin J. Tyler, 46, of Cuba. Tyler was arrested on the charge of Public Lewdness (Misdemeanor)after he allegedly exposed himself to a male victim in a lewd manner. Tyler was processed and is to appear in Cuba Court on July 10th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Tyler is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Obituary: Ralph Herbert Cox, 91, formerly of Fillmore

Fillmore - Ralph Herbert Cox, a former resident of Fillmore, died peacefully on June 27, 2018 with his family by his side in Morgan Estates, Geneseo. He was born on May 19, 1927 in Hagerstown, Maryland, a son of the late Joseph H. and Olive B.  Barker Cox. On August 21, 1948 he married V. Rosalea VanDruff who survives.
Ralph, the oldest of 14 children, and his family moved from his birthplace in Hagerstown, Maryland back to New York when he was very young. After attending Nunda School, Ralph enlisted in the Navy in 1945 where he spent 14 months serving on the following ships; SS Fairisle, a troop ship; the USS Dixie, a destroyer tender and the flagship of the 7th fleet; and the USS Orvetta. He was stationed at the naval operating base in Shanghai before returning to the states.
Ralph met Rose and they married in 1948. They settled in Barkertown, Nunda where they began to raise their children and eventually settled in Fillmore where they spent the next 40 years. Ralph found employment driving truck for Worster Motor Lines and he drove truck for his father carrying sawdust for Carborundum Company in Niagara Falls. In later years he worked for Frank R. Hall and Mobil hauling fuel. In 1966, he and Rose opened their first NAPA store, Nunda Auto Parts, in Nunda. They grew their business and eventually owned 5 NAPA stores in various towns with their son Randy. They have celebrated 52 years owning the business this year and their son Randy continues on with this legacy.
Ralph served on many committees and was involved in many community activities. He was a member of the Nunda Station Lodge 682, Rotary Club, Shriners, Cuba Hospital Board of Directors, Nunda School Board and was actively involved with the Handicapped Children’s Camp.
Surviving in addition to his loving wife of nearly 70 years are their six children, Gary Cox of Florida, Larry (Pam) Cox of Anderson, SC, Janice (William) Hudson of Nunda, Randy (Marcie) Cox of Nunda, Jody (Chandler) Cutting of Elizabethtown, PA, Renee (David) Fanaro of Leicester, 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren three brothers, Phil, Don, and Roger Cox, six sisters, Lois, Eva, Eleanor, Ginny, Betty Jean and Barbara and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by 3 brothers Ronald, Jack & Joseph Cox and a sister, Mary Jane.
Friends and family may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore where a Masonic Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. that evening. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. the Oakland Wesleyan Church. Chandler Cutting, Ralph’s son-in-law, will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Nunda.
Memorials if desired to: Sunshine Camp, Rochester Rotary Charitable Trusts.
180 Linden Oaks, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14625, Livingston County Hospice or the Brooks Hose Fire Department, Fillmore.