Tuesday, April 30, 2019

One Day Giving Challenge Sets New High Mark for Houghton College

Houghton, N.Y.—Houghton College received $1,094,820 in gifts from 2,119 supporters during its annual One Day Giving Challenge on April 26, 2019. These gifts will support student scholarships, capital projects, and academic and co-curricular student experiences.
“The One Day Giving Challenge is a great testimony to the timeless mission and impact of a Houghton education,” says Houghton College President Shirley A. Mullen. “While it is facilitated by recent technological innovation, it would not be possible without the natural desire of alumni and friends of all ages to give back to the college that prepared them for a lifetime of vocational effectiveness, personal flourishing, and joyful service to others. It is a reminder once again of the privilege of being part of a vibrant Houghton community that extends around the globe.”
The day’s success was fueled by two giving challenges made possible by generous donors. Gifts to the Student Scholarship Fund were matched dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000, with an additional $240,000 becoming available if Houghton reached a threshold of 1883 donors during the 24-hour period. Additionally, a class challenge encouraged alumni to compete for the most donors, with the prize of a $25,000 endowed scholarship in the winning class’s name. 2014’s graduating class came out on top for the second year in a row, doubling The Class of 2014 Endowed Scholarship to $50,000. This money will perpetually provide student scholarships, with the possibility of growth through the years.
“Once again, I am deeply humbled by the profoundly generous nature of the Houghton College faithful,” says Karl Sisson, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations. “The selflessness demonstrated by our alumni, students, faculty and staff, parents, grandparents, and friends ensures a Houghton education remains accessible and affordable. The Houghton community is inspired by the overwhelming support and grateful to each of you.”
To highlight the importance of the One Day Giving Challenge, a social media takeover sought to connect with the extended Houghton community by demonstrating the value of supporting students today and in the future. Students shared their intended career plans via social media to emphasize the direct impact of donations. The Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, and Metz Culinary Management inspired the campus community through special events, including a ‘giving central station’ in the Reinhold Campus Center.
All of the money raised during the One Day Giving Challenge will count toward Houghton’s comprehensive campaign, “IMPACT: The Campaign for Greater Houghton.” IMPACT is a $70,000,000 campaign focused on increasing access and affordability through student scholarships, along with strategic capital projects (including the renovation of the Paine Center for Science) and investment in academic and co-curricular experiences such as first-year honors programs and Houghton College’s extension sites in Buffalo and Utica.
Houghton’s Student Scholarship Fund currently enables students from 31 states and 39 countries to attend Houghton College, where 100 percent of students receive financial aid.

TV collection event set for Saturday in Bolivar

This Saturday, May 4th, Allegany County will be holding a television collection event at the Bolivar Transfer Station, located at 135 Reed Street Bolivar, NY, from 8:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. This event is open to ALL Allegany County Residents and will provide for the recycling of up to two televisions per residential unit. For more information on recycling and solid waste in Allegany County, please visit at:

Power outage planned for Angelica

From the Angelica Village Clerk:
Electric Outage - All Angelica Electric Customers:  Angelica Electric crews will be conducting maintenance in the substation on Saturday, May 4.  Village officials say the power will be out to the entire village electric system starting at approximately 8:00 a.m. and continuing until 11:00 a.m.
We regret the temporary inconvenience – please make any necessary provisions. 

Reed Blasts Cuomo for Turning Back on Law Enforcement

Washington – Today, Rep. Tom Reed criticized New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo for his blatant disregard for our law enforcement community. In a recent radio interview, Governor Cuomo stated he would “do nothing to cooperate with ICE” and the state should do anything "short of breaking the law" when dealing with the federal agency.
“Governor Cuomo continues to put the citizens of New York at risk for his own political gain,” said Tom. “We are a nation of laws. By directing the state police to not cooperate with ICE and preventing ICE from arresting undocumented immigrants inside New York courthouses, our Governor is showing an unacceptable disregard for the brave men and women of our law enforcement community.”
This month, Governor Cuomo issued a Cease and Desist Letter to ICE, threatening to sue the federal agency if they don’t put an end to what he refers to as unconstitutional enforcement actions.
“We stand proudly with the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” added Tom.

Richburg man sentenced to jail in stolen check case

A Richburg man has been sentenced to one year in the Allegany County Jail after his case was merged with several other pending cases. John Roulo, 35, was originally charged with twelve counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and violating probation. In court, he pleaded guilty to a single count of possessing a forged instrument. The crimes occurred between May and October of 2018 in the village of Bolivar. In court, Judge Terrance Parker sentenced Roulo to serve one year in the county jail. That sentence will run consecutively to a six month sentence from Bolivar village court and concurrently (or at the same time) as the probation violation conviction and a child support conviction. He was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $3,360, pay a court surcharge of $325 and pay a $50 DNA fee.

Corning Reports Strong First-Quarter

Results establish excellent start to another year of expected strong sales and earnings growth
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced results for its first-quarter 2019 ended March 31, 2019.
News Summary:
  • Excellent first-quarter results established strong start to 2019
      -   GAAP sales of $2.8 billion and core sales of $2.9 billion increased 12% and 13%, respectively, year over year
      -   GAAP EPS of $0.55 increased $1.27 versus 2018, reflecting a non-cash, mark-to-market gain associated with the company’s currency-hedging contracts
      -   Core EPS grew to $0.40, a 29% year-over-year increase, reflecting sales and earnings growth across all business segments
  • Ongoing technology and manufacturing investments drive additional growth in 2019
      -   Continued growth expected in Optical Communications, Specialty Materials, Environmental Technologies, and Life Sciences business segments
      -   Display Technologies continues to deliver stable returns, with first-quarter sales and net income up double digits year over year, and the best first-quarter glass pricing environment in well over a decade
  • On track to achieve goals of 2016-2019 Strategy and Capital Allocation Framework
      -   Returned $414 million to shareholders in first-quarter 2019, for a total of $12.3 billion since the Framework’s introduction
      -   Investing to position businesses for short- and long-term sales growth

“We built on our 2018 momentum by delivering double-digit sales and earnings growth in the first quarter. Our investments in product development and manufacturing capacity delivered sales and profit growth in all our markets, and we’re confident that Corning is positioned to create additional value,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president.
“In October 2015 we outlined a Strategic Framework to focus our portfolio, extend our market leadership, and increase shareholder returns. Having delivered another strong quarter, the benefits of our investments continue to be evident in our financial performance and we are within striking distance of fully delivering on the goals of this Framework.” More HERE.

Wellsville: Hope Center Designated as Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

Some of the Hope Center Planning Group display the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador shield after the Allegany County ministry's designation as an area partner in building public awareness for readiness and response against adverse weather. This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in New York State. From left are Denise Regan of Wellsville, Kate Rulison and Anita Baird Jones of Belmont and Robert Stern of Wellsville.
WELLSVILLE – Severe Weather Awareness Week is a focus this week of an Allegany County ministry after its designation as a Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) AmbassadorTM by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the umbrella agency for the National Weather Service.
The new Hope Center in Wellsville will participate through public education in improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather potentials that can be experienced by residents and businesses throughout the region.
It also has developed an awareness and preparedness tool through its Facebook page to aid county residents in learning about approaching adverse weather situations.
The national WRN Ambassador initiative is designed to help unify efforts across government, research, media, the insurance industry, nonprofit organizations and the private sector in order to make the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events.
To be recognized officially as a WRN Ambassador, a designee must be involved in promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes, engage with NOAA's National Weather Service personnel on potential collaboration opportunities, and share stories of preparedness and resiliency.
Casey Jones, Hope Center Planning Group chair, said that WRN's purpose aligns with the local ministry's efforts to highlight various areas of community needs and help develop resources to address them.
The Center currently offers drop-in, information and referral, and reading assistance for area residents, is developing a Christian lending library and free book giveaway initiative, and hosts presentations, seminars and workshops for the public and churches on various topics.
It is an outreach ministry of the Mission Genesee Valley coalition of churches, Christian organizations and individuals seeking community transformation and revival in Allegany County.  The Hope Center is designed to be “A Hub of Hope of Allegany County Churches,” building community awareness and approaches for solving issues facing county residents and equipping churches and others to help address these needs.
During April it has been focusing on Kids Dangers, with topics in March having focused on reading issues including dyslexia, and May being mental health awareness and support.
The Hope Center is supporting this week's awareness and preparedness efforts for summer tornadoes, hail, lightening, wind, and flooding. Information on how to cope with these types of hazards is available at, with a fun primer for children on weather safety at
The weather alerting initiative, available on the Hope Center Facebook page at, provides automatic National Weather Service alerts about warnings, watches and advisories related to adverse weather in Allegany County. It also is supplemented by live updates which may include information on associated regional weather.
Jones notes the service is designed to be secondary to the local CodeRED emergency alert system, available at, and the state's NY-Alert, available at This is due to Facebook determining what information actually is relayed to its users, along with a distribution delay of up to 15 minutes.
Information on Weather-Ready Nation is available at, on the Ambassador initiative at, and on becoming a SKYWARN spotter who assists in providing local weather information to the National Weather Service at
Schedules and updates for upcoming Hope Center education presentations for both the public and churches are available at Individuals also can obtain schedules directly by email by sending a message to with “Subscribe – Hope Center” in the Subject line and community of residence in the message. The Hope Center currently is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, by appointment, and for daytime and evening presentations, workshops and seminars. Services are free and available to all persons, regardless of faith background.

Vast Majority of Low-Wage Workers in Pennsylvania Are Adults

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf Monday highlighted research finding 89 percent of the workers benefiting from a $15 per hour minimum wage are adults and more than 18 percent are age 55 and older.
“The overwhelming majority of workers who benefit from finally raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage are adults, particularly working women,” said Gov. Wolf. “All hardworking people, no matter their age, deserve a fair living wage. It’s time to stop the false myth that adults aren’t working in low-wage jobs. It’s a harmful stereotype that disrespects the nearly 2 million Pennsylvania workers who would get a boost in pay from a $15 minimum wage.”
The research refutes harmful stereotypes by making clear that hundreds of thousands of adults are stuck making poverty wages. Further, it throws caution at harmful assumptions about low-wage workers. By alleging that low-wage workers are mostly teenagers, opponents of raising the minimum wage distort the facts and malign hardworking teenagers. The reality is that many teenagers are helping support their families and themselves, including by saving for college and training after high school. All low-wage workers, no matter their age, would benefit from a minimum wage increase and deserve to be paid a living wage.
Key findings from the Keystone Research Center show the workers who would benefit from a $15 minimum wage:
• 89 percent are age 20 or older (1.8 million);
• 37 percent are age 40 or older (754,000 workers);
• 18 percent are age 55 or older (374,000 workers);
• 23 percent work full-time (1.1 million workers).

“Pennsylvania is lagging behind other states, including all our neighbors, in ensuring fair wages,” Gov. Wolf said. “When jobs don’t pay enough, workers can’t afford the basics – like food or housing. That hurts families, businesses and communities. Raising the wage floor rewards hard work, boosts local economies and saves tax dollars by helping people to work their way off of government programs.”
Gov. Wolf is proposing to raise the wage to $12 per hour on July 1 and $15 per hour by 2025, which is supported by 38 economists. As nearly 2 million workers earn more, they increase spending at local businesses, helping the local economy. Within two years, 70,000 adults will work their way off Medicaid, saving taxpayers over $150 million.
“It’s time to act to ensure working Pennsylvanians stop falling behind,” said Gov. Wolf. “The legislature must raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.”
The commonwealth’s outdated minimum wage is $7.25, the lowest allowed by federal law. By trailing our neighbors, Pennsylvania workers earn less for the same work than those in West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and all surrounding states.

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Pfc. Michael A. Thomason, 28, from Lincoln Park, Michigan, died April 29, 2019, in Kobani, Syria, of wounds sustained from a non-combat incident.
Thomason was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Obituary: John E. Doyle, 83, Cuba

John E. Doyle: Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather
It is with great sadness that the family of John E. Doyle announces his passing at the age of 83. A lifelong resident of Cuba, NY, John Edward Doyle was born on March 8, 1936 in Union City, PA to John Eugene and Mary Hites Doyle.
John graduated from Cuba Central School in 1954. He then entered the US Army and was stationed at Fort Knox, KY and later Fort Benning, GA where he served as communications chief in the tank battalion. In 1960, John received a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois.
From 1960 to 1962, he worked as a microbiologist at R.T. French Co. in quality control. Then, from 1962 to 1973, John was employed by Castle-Sybron in Rochester, NY as the lab director of Research/Development in the sterilization area. In 1973, John and his family moved to Cuba, NY where he and his wife, Ruth, founded Sterilator Company, Inc. in their home. The company supplied government hospitals with sterility indicators and later expanded to an international market. In 1999, John’s and Ruth’s son, Shawn, and Shawn’s wife, Marlene, took over the business. John wrote several publications in the sterilization field and one publication for the University of Rochester with his wife, Ruth, focusing on eye research.
John’s interests included traveling, playing cards, vacationing in Panama City Beach, solving Sudoku puzzles, listening to music, and visiting “the land” at the family cabin. His family was the joy of his life.
He was a member of the Cuba Village Tree board for 14 years, helped deliver Meals-on-Wheels for 20 years and was a member of the Cuba Village Board of Appeals and the Cuba Historical Society. He was a devout Catholic and member of Our Lady of the Angels Church in Cuba, NY.
In June 1961, John married Ruth Friel, who was the love of his life. John is survived by his wife, Ruth, his son Shawn (Marlene) of Cuba, NY, his son, Timothy (Jennifer) of Wellsville, NY, his daughter, Denise Goodman of Cuba, NY, his brothers Richard (Jean), Thomas (Erin), Michael (Connie), his grandchildren Emily Doyle Zutz, Anastasia Doyle, John T. Doyle, Bruce Doyle, Alexander Doyle, Joshuah Doyle, Maureen Goodman, Kyle Goodman, Owen Bentley, and Evan Bentley, his two great grandchildren, Delilah Fox and Charles Zutz, several nieces and nephews and close family friends, Isis Vagostelo and Luiz Carlos de Araujo. John was predeceased by his precious daughter, Julianne Doyle Bentley in 2013.
Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba, on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Angels Church, 50 South Street, Cuba, at 11:00 a.m.  The Rev. Dennis J.J. Mancuso, will be the celebrant.
A prayer service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Cuba, New York.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of their choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at 

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

Chad L. Lafferty, 36, Nunda, NY was charged on April 24 with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Lafferty was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Paul L. Lafferty, 34, Nunda, NY was charged on April 24 with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Lafferty was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Andrew G. Bennett, 28, Geneseo, NY was charged April 24 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree. Bennett was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Owen R. Lowery, 31, Geneseo, NY was charged with Criminal Contempt of a Court Order on April 19. Following LC-CAP arraignment he was held on $250/500 bail and was directed to appear back in Mount Morris Village Court on a later date.
Owen R. Lowery, 31, Geneseo, NY was charged with Criminal Contempt of a Court Order on April 22. Following LC-CAP arraignment he was held on $500/1000 bail and was directed to appear back in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Tyler A Leasure, 22, Bath, NY was charged on April 18 with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and possession of a hypodermic instrument.  Following LC-CAP arraignment, Leasure was released on his own recognizance and will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Lexis T. Jones, 23, Rochester, NY was charged April 19 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree along with other traffic violations.  Jones was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Essence J. Smith, 27, Rochester, NY was charged April 19 with False Personation. Smith was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Alexus R Jones, 23, Rochester, NY was charged April 19 with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Jones was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Joseph S Latour, 27, Palmyra, NY was charged April 16 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Speeding. Latour was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Nunda Town Court on a later date.

Benjamin J. Minervino, 43, Arcade, NY was charged April 18 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree. Minervino was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Kyle D. Amidon, 31, Weedsport, NY was charged April 19 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree and Speeding. Amidon was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Kevin D. Rhodes, 62, Geneseo, NY was charged April 20 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Suspended Registration. Rhodes was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Patrick J Shaffer, 18, Conesus, NY was arrested April 24 charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Shaffer will answer charges in Mount Morris Village Court on a later date
Nicholas O. Velez, 31, Canaseraga, NY was charged April 22 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Uninspected Motor Vehicle. Velez was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Groveland Town Court on a later date.

Clifton L. Vickers Jr., 29, Rochester, NY was charged April 17 with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Vickers was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Jeffrey B. Orme, 46, Livonia, NY, was charged on March 31, with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (over .18) Orme was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Amanda J. Bennett, 27, Henrietta, NY was charged on April 17, with Driving While Intoxicated, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Fail to Keep Right. . Following LC-CAP arraignment Bennett was released on her own recognizance and directed to appear back in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Douglas J. Young, 60, Geneseo NY, was charged on March 28, with Driving While Intoxicated and Improper turn.  Young was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Memorial Service planned for Harold and Dorothy Allen, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - A memorial service and celebration of the lives for Harold and Dorothy Allen will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville with Rev. Greg DeSalvatore presiding. Friends are invited to call prior to the service, at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Interment of Harold and Dorothy’s cremains will follow the service in Riverside Cemetery in Belfast, NY.
Harold and Dorothy were married on Dec. 8, 1951 in Belfast, NY. They moved to Wellsville in 1958 and lived on Dyke Street until they retired to Placida, Florida in 1985. In 2006, they moved to Lexington, OH to be closer to family. Harold passed peacefully on June 1, 2011. Dorothy passed peacefully on September 18, 2018.
Harold was born on August 15, 1922 in Mercer, PA. His younger years were spent in Portville, NY. He was employed at Air Preheater/Combustion Engineering in Wellsville for 32 years. Harold was a WWII veteran, a Mason, and a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, Dyke Street Engine Company #2.
Dorothy was born on June 10, 1921 in Belfast, NY where she lived until moving to Wellsville. She was a caring stay-at-home mom for many years before settling into working at Rockwell's Department Store for many years.
Harold and Dorothy enjoyed making many wonderful memories during their lives with their family and friends. They often spoke of those memories and many times with laughter.
Harold and Dorothy are survived by their children: Ken (Kathy) Howden of Brookings, OR; Jim Allen (Maria Williams) of Dyer, IN; Barb (Bob) Lee of Crestline, OH; and Gary(Doreen) Allen of Jackson, CA. They are also survived by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Harold and Dorothy were preceded in death by their parents, all of their siblings and a son, Robert Howden.
Please consider memorial donations to the Dyke Street Engine Company #2 or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Allegany County Sheriff's Blotter

Allegany County Sheriff Rick L. Whitney reports that on April 23, 2019, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher G. Shoup, age 30 of Belmont on a Bench Warrant issued by Allegany County Court. Shoup was processed and transported to Allegany County Court where he was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

Allegany County Sheriff Rick L. Whitney reports that on April 18, 2019, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffery M. Koehler, age 42 of Cuba, on a Violation of Probation Warrant issued by the Town of Cuba Court. Koehler was processed and transported to the Town of Friendship Court where he was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail with bail set at $1,000.00 cash or $2,000.00 bond pending further court action.

Allegany County Sheriff Rick L. Whitney reports that on April 18, 2019, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Bobbi J. Lutes, age 34 of Bolivar, on a Bench Warrant issued Allegany County Court. Lutes was processed and transported to Allegany County Court where she was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail without bail and scheduled to reappear in Allegany County Court on May 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. for additional court action.

Obituary: Katherine R. Greenan, 85, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Katherine R. Greenan, 85, of 2167 Greenan Road passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Wellsville Manor Care Center with her loving family at her side. She was born September 23, 1933 in Rochester the daughter of the late Reese E. and Doris H. (Farrell) Roberts. On April 7, 1956 in Andover she married Donald J. Greenan who predeceased her on May 31, 2000.
Kathy, or Ki as her family knew her, was a 1951 graduate of Macedon High School. She was formerly employed as a Comptrometer Operator for IBM, and later worked for O'Donnell's Grocery Store and Fay's Drug Store in Wellsville. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, bowling, playing cards, going to the casino, watching the Buffalo Bills, all the activities at the Wellsville Senior Center, and spending time with her family. 
She is survived by six children, Katherine (Douglas) McDowell of Wellsville, Nancy (Gary) Link of Wellsville, Donald (Carol Button) Greenan II of Olean, Rose Mary (Daniel) Vossler of Wellsville, Joseph (Meredith Carr) Greenan of Wellsville Theresa (Harold) Peterson of Virginia Beach, VA, 15 grandchildren, Heather, Joshua, Zachary, Laura, Brian, Donald III, Donivan, Justin, Kayla, Jamie, Jessica, Joseph, Ashley, Brittney, and Nathen, five great-granddaughters, Trista, Brianna, Emma, Zurie, and Paisley, four siblings, Beverly R. Snyder of Pittsford, Richard D. (Ruth) Roberts of Victor, John F. (Barbara) Roberts of Pensacola, Florida, and Doreen (Daniel) Ganoung of Fredericksburg, Virginia, as well as several nieces and nephews, and a special family friend, David Craft of Wellsville. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by a brother, Reese E. “Jim” Roberts II, and a sister, Mary Jane Young.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany County Office for the Aging/Meals on Wheels, the Activities Department at Wellsville Manor, or the Hart Comfort house. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tioga Downs live racing set to open Saturday

Tioga Downs will begin their 14th season of harness racing with a live card on “Derby Day”, Saturday (May 4), with a special post time of 5:00 p.m. 
The celebration will include a Derby Hat contest, t-shirt and magnet giveaways.  The day will also include a $1000 Derby Dream Bet Promotion. 
The two Dream Bet winners will receive $500 to wager on any horse in the Kentucky Derby.  They will take home any winnings.  The Kentucky Derby will be shown live on our large Tote board screen as well as on TV’s all around Tioga Downs.
A spectacular fireworks display will follow live racing.
 Tioga Downs will once again be the home to some of the best harness horses in the country.  
On Sunday, June 9th Tioga will feature a leg of The Graduate Series ($75,000), for 4-year-old pacers and trotters.
On Sunday, August 11th the five-eighths mile track in Nichols, NY, will feature the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations, with races for both 3-year-old fillies and colts.  Also featured on the card it the Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot ($175,000), as well as the Crawford Farms Open Trot ($175,000). 
In the 2017 version of the Joie De Vie, Emoticon Hanover set a world record for 4-year-old trotting mares on a five-eighths mile track with a time of 1:50.2.  She owns the overall Tioga Downs track record for all trotters as well. 
 On Sunday, August 18th Tioga Downs will feature the Empire Breeders Classic finals with both 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts, each racing for a purse of $250,000 (Est.).  Also on that day will be the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($175,000), and the Artiscape Open Mare Pace ($175,000). 
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Blood Drive - Scio Central School - May 1st

Sponsored by National Honor Society Students - They are nine donors short of goal!


Press release:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by Billy Joel, today signed legislation (S.2316 (Kaminsky)/A.2572 (Englebright)) to ban offshore drilling in New York State waters. The legislation will bar the state from granting permits for drilling, or oil or gas exploration in offshore areas controlled by the State. The ban will protect New York's waters and coasts by making it more difficult for oil and gas drilling to occur close to coastal New York, even in waters controlled by the federal government. In addition, the legislation prohibits the leasing of State-owned underwater coastal land that would authorize or facilitate the exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas. The Governor signed the bill in direct response to the Trump administration proposal to open U.S. coastal areas to drilling.
"This bill says no way are you going to drill off the coast of Long Island and New York, because we must lead the way as an alternative to what this federal government is doing," Governor Cuomo said. "Today is about making sure Jones Beach and all of the coastal communities are here for our children and for the next generation. We must make sure we leave this world a better place for them because our job as parents, as citizens, as human beings is to pass it on better than you found it."
"This legislation to ban offshore drilling in New York's waterways is part of our ongoing efforts to protect our water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "While the federal government fails to address the threat of environmental damage, New York is continuing to lead the way with our aggressive clean energy goals and commitment to combat climate change for a cleaner and greener environment for future generations."
In 2017, the federal government proposed a new National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024, which would open more than 90 percent of the country's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. For the first time in decades, the new federal plan would open up vast areas of the Atlantic Ocean for possible fossil fuel exploration and drilling, putting New York's coast at direct risk of significant environmental damage.
An exclusion from offshore drilling was granted to Florida shortly after its launch on the grounds that the state relies heavily on tourism as one of the nation's top ocean economies. However, as the number three ocean economy in the nation, New York has not been granted this same exclusion, and stands to lose nearly 320,000 jobs and billions of dollars generated through tourism and fishing industries should the exclusion not be granted. Overall, New York's ocean economy generates $11 billion in wages and contributes $23 billion in gross domestic product. Long Island and the New York Harbor are home to 11.4 million people, with 60 percent of the State's population living along nearly 2,000 miles of tidal coastline.
Additionally, the Port of NYNJ—the largest on the Atlantic seaboard—would be devastated by any major spill related to offshore drilling, disrupting operations and impacting the national economy. The Port supports 400,000 indirect jobs and 229,000 direct jobs while generating $90 billion in combined personal and business income and $8.5 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "New York is leading the nation forward in the transition to a clean energy economy. We recognize that oil and gas exploration, drilling, and potential environmental damage associated with offshore drilling would endanger New York's multi-billion dollar coastal economy. Rather than putting the health of our coasts and our waters at risk, directed by Governor Cuomo, New York is responsibly expanding renewable energy to support the state's comprehensive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change."
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming said, "The 2nd Legislative District, which I represent, extends from Brookhaven to Shelter Island to Montauk Point and is home to internationally-recognized stunning beaches, a powerful tourist and second-home economy, and a resurging aquaculture and fishery industry, all critical economic drivers. For the Long Island region, tourism income generates $5.6 billion and supports over 100,000 local jobs. I fully endorse our leaders in Albany, on Long Island and in Suffolk County for leading the efforts in banning offshore drilling and preserving and protecting the ocean beaches that help to define us." 
In March 2019, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asked the public to weigh in on ways to "streamline" a state review process granted under the Coastal Zone Management Act, which is one of the most powerful tools states have to regulate activity off their coasts. At the direction of Governor Cuomo, Department of State filed comments that urge the federal government to abandon any attempt to weaken or undermine state authority needed to protect our vital coastal economy. 
While the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt recently expressed uncertainty about whether the administration's drilling plan will go forward, New York and other coastal states are maintaining pressure and remaining vigilant in their opposition. Several other state legislatures have taken legislative action to block the proposed expansion of federal oil and gas leasing off their shores. Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and South Carolina have introduced bills or resolutions aimed at preventing offshore drilling on their coastal waters. California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Oregon have successfully enacted laws.
Governor Cuomo has made significant investments in supporting the region's marine resources, including the largest expansion of the state's Artificial Reef program in state history, a record $300 million Environmental Protection Fund investment, the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act and $500 million additional funds for clean water in the 2019-2020 budget, more than $2 million for the NY Sea Grant program to mitigate Long Island brown tide, and actions taken to ban offshore drilling along New York's coastline. 

Steuben Deputies make Meth bust

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on April 23, 2019, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Angel C. Jackson, age 20, of East High Street, Painted Post, New York, Matthew E. Scotchmer, age 35, of Dundee, New York, and Erik B. Hoyt, age 21, of Dundee, New York. It is alleged that Ms. Jackson, Mr. Scotchmer and Mr. Hoyt possessed over two ounces of methamphetamine while at Ms. Jackson’s residence on East High Street, Painted Post, New York. Deputies were dispatched to the residence to check the welfare of an occupant and during the subsequent investigation discovered an alleged active methamphetamine production site. Members of the New York State Police CCSERT (Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team) responded and assisted in the removal of the contaminated evidence. Ms. Jackson, Mr. Scotchmer and Mr. Hoyt were all charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-2 Felony. They were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail.
Sheriff Allard thanks the New York State Police for their assistance in this investigation.

Woodstock Organizers Cancel 50th Anniversary Festival - Billboard

Courtesy of Billboard
Woodstock 50 has been cancelled. Earlier today officials with Dentsu Aegis Network, which is funding the festival, released the following statement to Billboard:
“It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements. We have a strong history of producing experiences that bring people together around common interests and causes which is why we chose to be a part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival.  But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees."
The statement goes on, "As a result and after careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival.  As difficult as it is, we believe this is the most prudent decision for all parties involved.”
Headliners at the three-day event included The Killers, Dead and Co, Imagine Dragons and Jay-Z. Other artists on the bill included Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, Chance the Rapper, Sturgill Simpson, Halsey and Cage the Elephant, among many others. Organizers also enticed several veteran musicians from the original 1969 Woodstock to perform, including John Fogerty, John Sebastian, David Crosby, Canned Heat and Country Joe McDonald.

Reps for the festival say concerns about the capacity of the festival, site readiness and permitting issues led to the cancellation of the commemorative event, which had been scheduled for Aug. 16-18. Last week, a representative for the festival reached out to officials with Live Nation and AEG to inquire about a $20 million investment to save the event, but both companies declined the offer.
The solicitation came just days after missing a deadline to begin selling tickets for the Aug. 16-18 festival. Besides issues with financing and permits, organizers were growing increasingly concerned that the Watkins Glen International speedway would not be able accommodate the 100,000-person festival.
More than $30 million has already been spent on the festival lineup, a source with knowledge of the proposal tells Billboard and most artists have already been paid by Amplify Live, the investment arm of Dentsu Aegis Network, a multinational media and digital marketing firm headquartered in London and a wholly owned by Japanese media firm Dentsu.

Upcoming event at Belmont Free Library

DEC Announces Fishing Season Opens May 4 for Many Popular Coolwater Fish Species

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that the first Saturday in May marks the beginning of the fishing season for several popular coolwater sportfish species, including walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge. The coolwater conditions of early spring can render walleye and northern pike fishing particularly good and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities New York has to offer.
"Exceptional fishing opportunities can be found across New York, with many lakes and rivers renowned for abundant walleye and aggressive pike and pickerel," said Commissioner Seggos. "I encourage all anglers to find the time to enjoy, and share with others, the great fishing that can be found here."
From Long Island to Lake Erie, walleye occur in every major watershed and more than 140 waters throughout New York State. Three of the state's top walleye fisheries: Lake Erie, Oneida Lake, and Chautauqua Lake, are projected to provide very good fishing again in 2019. In Lake Erie, four exceptional walleye year-classes have occurred since 2010, which should provide excellent walleye fishing this year and for several years to come. The Oneida Lake population is benefitting from lower than normal angler harvest since 2016 and a large 2014 year-class that recruited into the fishery in 2018. A combination of successful stocking and natural reproduction has significantly improved the fishing in Chautauqua Lake in recent years. Walleye from 18 to 21 inches are especially abundant in the lake as a result of large 2014 and 2015 year-classes. Read the 2018 Chautauqua Lake Annual Fall Walleye Survey Fisheries Technical Brief for details.
A complete listing of Fishing Hotspots recommendations can be found on the DEC website.

Where to Fish

Anglers searching for places to fish should visit the Places to Fish page on the DEC website. A variety of helpful fishing information can also be requested via the website. The New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App is another tool available that gives both novice and seasoned outdoorsmen and women essential information to plan and prepare for fishing trips with up-to-date access information on fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching sites. The app also provides immediate access to species profiles, rules and regulations, and important permits and licensing details.

Help Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species and Fish Diseases

Anglers and boaters can help the state prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by taking appropriate measures before and after boating and fishing trips. Anglers and boaters should be sure to clean, dry, or disinfect fishing and boating equipment, including waders and boots, before entering a new body of water. Boaters should be particularly conscious of plant materials that can attach to boats and trailers and should be sure to drain all water holding compartments before leaving a water body. This is the only way to prevent the spread of potentially damaging invasive plant and animal species and fish diseases. Methods to clean and disinfect fishing and boating gear can be found on DEC's website.

New York Angler Achievement Awards Program

Each year, New York State's lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams produce large numbers of trophy-sized fish. DEC's Angler Achievement Awards Program recognizes exceptional catches in several categories, including the Annual Award recognizing anglers that caught the three heaviest fish of the year for 43 different species, the Catch-and-Release awards for 21 major gamefish species, and the State Record award that recognizes anglers who break current state records for any of the 45 eligible fish species.
For more specific information on the rules, see Rules for Entry. Download the Entry Form (PDF) from the DEC website. Anglers can also obtain these rules from any DEC Regional Fisheries Office, or by writing to:
NYSDEC, Bureau of Fisheries
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-4753.

License Requirements

Before heading out to fish, anglers must have a current fishing license. Anyone 16 years of age or older who desires to fish in New York is required to have a state fishing license, which are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Anglers desiring a reminder of when their license expires should be certain to provide their e-mail address at the time of license purchase. Anglers can purchase a license and print it for immediate use on their home computer via the NY License Center. Anglers can also purchase their license by phone by calling 1-866-933-2257, or from the numerous license issuing agents across the state. Those purchasing over the phone will receive a confirmation number allowing them to fish immediately. Those interested in purchasing a lifetime fishing license should consider a New York State Adventure license, which is incorporated on their New York State Driver's License and provides a free fishing themed license plate.
License purchasers are reminded that by law, every dollar spent on a fishing license helps fund fish stocking and other programs conducted by the State's Bureau of Fisheries. DEC also encourages anglers to consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp, which helps fund important access and habitat improvement projects. For more information on the Habitat/Access Stamp program visit DEC's website.

Congressman Tom Reed Hand Delivers National Comedy Center Designation

JAMESTOWN, NY – Rep. Tom Reed presented National Comedy Center officials with the National Comedy Center Designation bill signed by President Trump that passed Congress recently. 
During his visit, Tom toured the center, located in the heart of Downtown Jamestown, and took in the sights - ranging from slapstick comedy routines to detailed, handwritten notes from comedic greats like George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield and more. The center is a treasure trove of comedic genius, including interactive displays, memorabilia from various comedians and shows and a holographic comedy club.
"Comedy is truly an art form, though many don't think of it that way," said Tom. "Our visit to the National Comedy Center only solidified the fact that this is the premier center for comedy in the nation. Thanks to all involved in the development and operation of this amazing facility. This is only the beginning."
"We were honored last month when Congress formally designated the National Comedy Center as the nation's official cultural institution dedicated to the art form of comedy, and we are grateful to Congressman Reed for introducing this legislation into the House of Representatives and helping to ensure its passage," said Gary Hahn, National Comedy Center Director of Marketing and Communication. "It was a pleasure to welcome Congressman Reed and give him a personal tour of our state-of-the-art museum, which is committed to Lucille Ball's vision of honoring comedy's great minds and unique voices in ways that educate, engage and inspire future generations."
The National Comedy Center is located at 203 West Second Street in Jamestown, NY. For more information, visit or call 716-484-2222. 

Jones Memorial Hospital to hold 'Spring Fling' May 4th

Jacob Milliron named new Pharmacy Director at Jones Memorial Hospital

WELLSVILLE, NY (April 29, 2019) –Jacob Milliron, Pharm D, has joined Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) as the Director of Pharmacy. Dr. Milliron comes to JMH from Cardinal Health and UPMC Cole, where he was acting clinical pharmacy manager for the past six years.
A native of Coudersport PA, Dr. Milliron graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. He has practiced in Alaska, Pennsylvania and now New York in a variety of care settings. His previous work experience includes focus on infectious diseases, critical care, and pharmacy practice management.
Dr. Milliron and his wife have three children and a golden doodle, all keeping each other busy.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, cooking, and being outdoors. 
Please join Jones Memorial in Welcoming Dr. Milliron to the Wellsville community.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Sunday April 28, 2019

Wellsville Police charged Samuel T. Prescott, age 31 of Wellsville with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd (an unclassified misdemeanor), Unlicensed Operator and Operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on the Genesee Parkway in the Village of Wellsville.  Prescott was issued traffic citations and released.  Prescott is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on May 14th at 4:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday April 27, 2019
Wellsville Police charged John H. Finch Jr., age 28 of Wellsville for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd (an unclassified misdemeanor) and Unlicensed Operator for driving while his license was suspended or revoked.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on Early Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Finch was issued traffic citations and released.  Finch is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on May 28th at 4:30 p.m.

Angelica Free Library Book Sale is Scheduled

ANGELICA FREE LIBRARY Schedules its annual BOOK SALE for the Month of May

Angelica, NY - The annual used book sale sponsored by the Angelica Free Library is open for business throughout the month of May! Stop by our library during regular business hours between now and May 30th:
Tuesdays         Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays        10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays        9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Prices are $.25 for soft cover books and $.50 for hardcover, with special deals on movies and a bag sale at the end of the month. The sale is organized by genre for easy browsing. This is IMPORTANT when you have more than 1,000 books available to purchase.
The Friends of the Angelica Free Library will once again take the sale out-of-doors during Angelica’s Community Lawn Sales, May 18-19.  Look for the big purple tent on the library lawn between 10:00 a.m. ad 4:00 p.m. both days.  Stop and say hello to the volunteers and while away some time browsing titles on a beautiful spring day.
All proceeds from the annual book sale are returned to the community in the form of library programs and services.
For more information, please contact Library Director Christina Gallmann at 585-466-7860 or at