Sunday, June 30, 2019

Obituary: Debbie A. Skinner, 44, of Shinglehouse

Debbie A. Skinner-“Shinglehouse, Pa. resident”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Debbie A. Skinner, 44, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab Unit, Coudersport, after a short battle with cancer.
Born on Friday, January 31, 1975 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Charles L. Skinner, Sr. and Mary Putt Skinner.
Debbie attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.
Surviving in addition to her mother of Portville, N.Y., are her half-brothers and half-sisters, John Cole, Charles L. (Theresa) Skinner, Jr., Carl L. (Doreen) Skinner, Sarah L. (Stephen W. Sr.) Fiske, and Paula A. (Ronald) Swartz, Frank R. Skinner; two step-sisters, Lisa Lydic and Amy (Stephen, Jr.) Fiske; several nieces and nephews; and her caregiver and friend, Robin Goode.
Debbie was lovingly cared for by the UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab staff that became her family in her final days.
In addition to her father, Debbie was predeceased by a half-brother, Charles L. Skinner III.
There will be no public visitation or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cole Foundation, earmarked for the Skilled Nursing and Rehab Patient Activity Fund, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Debbie’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Debbie, please visit

Angelica: Town board sets public heaing on law regarding tax exemptions

The Town of Angelica will hold a public hearing on a proposed local law. That law would give the town authority to opt-out of the real property tax exemptions for certain energy systems, to include solar projects. The law can be reviewed at the town clerk’s office. The hearing is scheduled for next Monday, July 8th, 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Genesee Valley student attends national conference

Photo provided
Genevieve Greene left for the Council on National Affairs conference Saturday where she will spend a week with other students from across the nation. She earned this spot representing Genesee Valley at the NYS Youth and Government Conference in March.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Obituary: Waldo (Walt) A. Hale, 89, Canisteo

Waldo (Walt) A. Hale, 89, of 98 Maple Street, passed away Wednesday morning (June 26, 2019) at his home, right where he wanted to be.
Born in Hartsville, NY, May 26, 1930, the son of Waldo J. and Myra (Borne) Hale, he had resided in the Canisteo area most of his life. He honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1952-1954, having completed two Mediterranean cruises during the Korean conflict. Walt was married to the former Margaret (Peggy) Grace Hartman who preceded him in death in 1995. Peggy and Walt were married on July 22, 1950. Five years later their first child, Martin Duane, was born. Years later, Walt and Peggy took in quite a few county kids in their South Hornell and Canisteo homes whom Marty shared his childhood with. On June 16, 1968, Kellie Kathleen was born on Father’s Day. Ironically, June 16, 2019, was the last ride in the “little red wagon” he took with his daughter, and it was Father’s Day and Kellie’s birthday once again.
Walt retired from the railroad nearly 29 years ago, having worked on the Bridges and Buildings gang. There, “Wally” made many good friends, that to his last day, he kept in contact with; the ones still here, that is. Walt talked with pride about working on the railroad,
and enjoyed when someone would ask him about it. While out of town most of the time for work, he was eager to get home on weekends and take care of his home, yard and family. Dad will be remembered as a good provider and example for his children.

After retirement and after Peggy passed away, Walt did have some good times going on senior bus trips often taking a friend with him. He loved to get in his car or truck and just go without a particular destination. Later, he and Kellie would take the “little red wagon” out for some exercise with destination unknown, but Walt gave directions and sometimes would say, “Have you figured out where we are going yet?” With Bluegrass music, a Mountain Dew and his cigarettes, many memorable rides were had with both of his children. Walt was a quiet, private man most of the time, but what was always clear is that he was a very generous man, loved all of his family including the Hartman’s from childhood until death and was proud of his children’s accomplishments and ways they chose to live their lives.
Walt was a former member of the Southern Tier Blue Grass Association and the American Legion. He also enjoyed frequenting local restaurants for breakfast or a cup of coffee and get caught up on the local gossip.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, 2 brothers; Phillip and Donald, 4 sisters; Marie, Wilma, Jean and Irene as well as 3 cats that were very dear time him after Peggy’s passing; Barney, Nina and Jose.
He is survived by his son, Martin (Barbara) Hale of Columbia, California; daughter, Kellie (Calvin) O’Dell of Greenwood, 1 grandchild, Richard (Sara) O’Dell of Lenexa, Kansas; 3 great-grandchildren; Zackary, Elizabeth and Justin O’Dell of Lenexa, Kansas, a special young lady, Shawna O’Dell of Hornell; the food and goody maker, Waneta O’Dell of Hornell, a very special family friend and living angel, Maryanne Leasure, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Walt was surrounded by wonderful neighbors for 53 years on Maple Street. Walt’s children were relieved to know such great neighbors cared so much for his well being and kept an eye on him and on his house, always offering to help with anything needed. Part of this neighborhood in the last 24 years included his brother-in-law, Jerry VanFleet, who helped where dad would allow and kept dad up on happenings around town when dad was not able to get out.
 If dad had a message to share, it would probably be to “pay attention to what is going on in our world” and do not get tied up with too much technology, especially those “dang GPSs” and to use your brain and a map!
To send a remembrance to the family please visit, or on Facebook @brownpowersfh. The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director.

The family is observing a private graveside service with full military honors in Hillside Cemetery, Canisteo.

Obituary: Irene L. Shine, 96, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Irene L. Shine, 96, formerly of 122 Dyke Street passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was born January 30, 1923 in Buffalo the daughter of the late James and Irene (Dower) Lynch. On October 21, 1950 in Andover she married Walter B. Shine who predeceased her on June 2, 2005.
Irene was a 1940 graduate of Andover Central School and the Buffalo Business School. She was employed for 22 years at Air Preheater in Wellsville, retiring in 1981. Irene was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville.She is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Kevin) Monroe of Wellsville, four grandchildren, Jarod Evans, Alex (Kelly) Coustenis, Briana Tronetti, and Nicole (Keith) Sauve, five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Coustenis, Jason Tronetti, Olivia Tronetti, Kruz Coustenis and Logan Sauve, a son-in-law, Steve Coustenis, a sister-in-law, Gert O'Brien, several nieces and nephews, and all the amazing care givers at Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by an infant son, Patrick, a daughter, Mary Ann Coustenis, and her siblings Don, John, Ruth and Tommy.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday July 3, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, at 11:15 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Scio Memorial Library meeting dates

Scio Memorial Library

Meeting Dates 2019

1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of each month


Tuesday                                                     Thursday


May 7, 2019
May 16, 2019
June 4, 2019
June 20, 2019
July 2, 2019
July 18, 2019
August  6, 2019
August 15, 2019
September 3, 2019
September 19, 2019
October 1, 2019
October 17, 2019
November 5, 2019
November 21, 2019
December 3, 2019
December 19, 2019

** Meeting dates may be changed at a later date if necessary and as needed with proper public notification

Allegany County Solid Waste System announces holiday schedule

The Allegany County Solid Waste System will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. The normal operating schedule will resume on Friday, 7/5/2019.
This closure includes the Allegany County Landfill and ALL Allegany County Transfer Stations.

Allegany County Health Department Monthly Report

Wellsville Police change policy on release of mug shots

Wellsville Police Chief Tim O'Grady
Up until recently, most law enforcement agencies released voluntarily, or by media request, a booking photo picture...often referred to as mug shot. Governor Cuomo and colleagues were not happy with the policy. When the new fiscal year state budget was passed, it included a legislative change to would prohibit the release of mug shots, except under limited exceptions. State agencies, namely, the New York State Police, immediately complied. They have ceased releasing a booking photo. The Wellsville Police Department (WPD), along with many other agencies, continued the practice. However, the policy has now changed in Wellsville. Police Chief Tim O'Grady tells Wellsville Regional News and WQRW radio "Yeah, we changed our policy in May when we were finally notified by the State." O'Grady added that "we will release a mug shot if we determine that it's in the interest of public safety." The type of images now released by Wellsville PD will be a wanted person who may be violent, a sexual predator who may be violent, or drug dealers.
As the position of the Wellsville Police Department has changed, other larger agencies are bucking the state. Many Sheriff's, to include Livingston and Steuben, routinely release photos.

NY State Police Blotter

6/28/19 12:02pm- After investigating a complaint earlier this month in Amity, state police arrested Jordan H. Mullins, 28, of Belmont. He was charged with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injuries.
6/28/19 10:05am- State police said one person sustained injuries in a one vehicle crash on County Road 15B in the Town of Birdsall. Troopers listed the driver as Scott J. Willmart, 48, Angelica.
6/28/19 11:20pm- During a traffic stop on South Street in the Village of Belmont, state police arrested Peter M. Gambino, 52, of Belmont. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08% and unsafe turn/fail to signal. He was issued tickets and released.
6/28/19 12:11am- State police arrested Edward W. Elling, 42, of Friendship. He was stopped on Hydetown Road and charged with DWI and BAC above .08%.
 6/28/19 11:35am- During a traffic stop on State Route 36 in the Town of Canisteo, state police arrested Scott A. Gonska, 58, of Almond. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and moving from a lane unsafely. Trooper also charged a passenger, Patricia E. Booth, 60, of Almond, with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Underage drinking detail in Cattaraugus County results in 4 arrests

On June 28, 2019, the New York State Police in Cattaraugus County conducted an underage drinking enforcement detail at 11 establishments that resulted in 4 arrests. The following people were arrested under the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, Section 65-Prohibited sale to a person under the age of 21:
1.Thomas A. Matsuyama, 22, of Delevan, an employee of Crosby’s at 7 Main St Delevan was issued an appearance ticket returnable for Town of Yorkshire Court at a later date.
2.Barbara A. Cook, 50, of Arcade, an employee of Shelly’s Roadside Bar and Grill at 10924 Route 16 Delevan was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Yorkshire at a later date.
3.Donald J. Knight, 67, of Arcade, an employee of The King’s Inn 9982 State Route 16 Machias was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Machias Court at a later date.
4.Alfred J. Pawlikowski, 44, of Colden, an employee of Finnerty’s Tap Room 5 E Washington St Ellicottville was issued an appearance ticket for the Village of Ellicottville Court at a later date.
The following establishments were checked and found to be compliance:
-Weber City Deli, 1639 Route 16, Yorkshire, NY 14173
-Seven Eleven 3261, Route 16 Chaffee, NY 14030
-Rite Aid, 12208 Route 16, Yorkshire, NY 14042
-Dollar General, Route 16, Machias, NY 14101
-Lake House Bar and Grill, 3198 Elton Rd, Delevan, NY 14042
-Lils Deli, 9682 Route 16, Machias, NY 14101
-Red Apple, 1 E. Washington St., Ellicottville, NY 14731.  

Obituary: Francis David “Dave” Hart, 89, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Francis David “Dave” Hart, age 89, of Hanover Hill Road passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on December 3, 1929 in Greece, New York to the late Leon and Rosemary [Bauman] Hart. In 1957 at Sacred Heart Church in Andover he married Lucille Smith who survives him.
Dave graduated from Aquinas Institute and from Alfred State College. He served in the US Navy from 1947 until 1951 serving aboard both the USS Coral Sea and the USS Douglas H. Fox. He retired from Dresser Rand in Wellsville after 26 years as a machinist. He started the tradition of Hart's Ring Bologna, a family tradition that continues to this day after more than 50 years with his son Patrick. Dave enjoyed reading, woodworking and was a faithful member and Lector at the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville.
Surviving besides his wife Lucille are three sons, Patrick [Julie] Hart of Wellsville, John [Virginia] Hart of Wellsville, and Daniel Hart of Wellsville; four daughters, Eileen [Tim] Shea of Wellsville, Kathryn [Patrick] Dempsey of Wellsville, Sarah Swisher of Wellsville and Josephine [Brent] Bailey of Wellsville; a son in law Craig Burdick of Wellsville; 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; a brother, James [Mary] Hart and a sister Patricia Reboltz as well as several cousin.
Dave was predeceased by his parents Leon and Rosemary; a son Michael Hart; a daughter Bridget Hart Burdick; a son in law William “Butch” Swisher; four brothers Edward, John, Thomas and Reverend Leon Hart C.S.B., a sister Rosemary McEntee.
Friends are invited to call on Friday July 5, 2019 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will be held on Saturday in the Funeral Home at 9:30 .a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 .am. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in Dave's name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School or to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, June 28, 2019

Market closes -they were up!

Here are the market closes from Friday June 28, 2019 for Gildner & Associates in Wellsville:

The Dow was up 73 points for a 0.28% gain, closing at 26,599. 
The NASDAQ was up 38 points for a 0.48 % gain, closing at 8,006...and finally, the S&P 500 was up 16 points for a 0.58% gain, closing at 2,941.

Cuba: The Happening at The Palmer

The Palmer Opera House, 12 W. Main St. Cuba

Cops plan significant STOP-DWI enforcement campaign - it begins Saturday June 29, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the 4th of July holiday, beginning Saturday, June 29 and running through Friday, July 5. 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.
"As we approach one of the busiest weekends for summer travel, State Police and local law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired driving of any kind to ensure our roads are safe throughout the holiday," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge all motorists traveling in the upcoming days to drive carefully, wear a seatbelt, and never drink and drive."
New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, "Troopers will be out in force this holiday weekend and will be on the lookout for impaired, distracted and reckless motorists who put others in danger. Our message is simple. Don't drink and Drive! Help prevent senseless tragedies caused by impaired driving. Stay safe, and don't make a fatal decision that costs your life or someone else's."
Last year, the State Police issued nearly 10,500 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested 216 people for DWI and investigated 165 crashes, which resulted in four fatalities and 244 injuries.
During this enforcement period, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Law enforcement 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.
DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Mark J.F. Schroeder said, "As motorists hit the road this summer, especially during the holiday, I encourage everyone to drive responsibly. Reckless behavior behind the wheel puts you, your passengers, and all those sharing the road in danger. I applaud our state and local law enforcement officers for helping to ensure our roadways are safe during this busy holiday travel time."
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.
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, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.
Arrested drunk and drugged drivers face the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work.
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 suspect a driver is drunk or impaired 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.

Unrest Continues at Elmira Correctional Facility-Inmate Fights, Drugs & Weapon Seized

Elmira, NY – Following a series of incidents in which several officers were injured and visitors arrested attempting to bring drugs into the maximum security prison, several inmate on inmate fights broke out and contraband seized this past Tuesday. 
- At 1:10 p.m. an officer conducting random pat frisks of inmates discovered a ceramic blade that had a handle wrapped in electrical tape in an inmate’s pants pocket.  The weapon was taken as evidence and the inmate was placed in a Special Housing Unit.  He faces internal disciplinary charges.
- At 2: 35 p.m. an officer observed an inmate leaving the chapel bleeding from the face.  The injured inmate was escorted to the infirmary when he broke free from officers and attacked another inmate.  He was taken to the ground by staff but continued to struggle.  During the struggle he struck an officer.  He was eventually brought under control and placed in restraints. After the incident,  officers conducted a pat frisk of inmates that were in the chapel.  A officer discovered Synthetic Marijuana and Suboxone in the wallet of an inmate.   The drugs were taken into evidence and the inmate was placed in a Special Housing Unit.  The two inmates involved in the fight were also placed in a Special Housing Unit after being treated by medical staff for minor injuries.   All three face internal disciplinary charges. 
- At 3:10 p.m. officers observed two inmates fighting in the recreation yard.  Four inmates joined in the fight and within a short period of time,  three more joined in.  Officers gave several orders to the inmates to stop fighting but they were ignored.  OC spray was administered and the inmates stopped fighting and got on the ground.  Simultaneously,  a second fight broke out in which three inmates attacked one inmate.  Officers observed one inmate using a slashing motion.  Several orders were given to stop fighting and the inmates complied.  One inmate sustained a five inch laceration to his face consistent with a cutting.  He was treated at the facility and transported to an outside hospital for further treatment.  A search of the grounds turned up one ceramic blade.  Officers conducted a more extensive search of the yard and recovered two additional make-shift weapons on the ground and Synthetic Marijuana on an inmate.  All inmates involved were placed in a Special Housing Unit and face internal disciplinary charges.   
- At 9:45  p.m. during an escort of inmates from the mess hall,  officers observed two inmate on inmate fights.  One inmate was observed making a slashing motion.  Several orders were given by officers and the inmates stopped fighting.  One inmate sustained several lacerations to the face and head consistent with a cutting weapon.  He was taken to an outside hospital for treatment.  Officers recovered a Exacto blade from the floor near the incident.  All inmates involved were placed in a Special Housing Unit.  
 “On the heels of several attacks on staff and visitors arrested at Elmira the past two weeks,  the unrest at the prison continues this week.  Make-shift weapons and drugs were once again at the center of four incidents that occurred on Tuesday.  Two inmates were cut seriously enough to need hospital attention and thankfully no staff were hurt.  This type of disorder is exactly why significant disciplinary measures need to exist to deter this type of behavior.  Without them,  it exposes staff and other inmates to potentially dangerous situations at the hands of inmates who realize there are no repercussions for violent behavior.“  – stated Joe Miano, Western Region Vice President. 

Scio Church to Host Free Community July 4th Picnic

SCIO -- A local church will be celebrating Independence Day this year with a free July 4th picnic for area residents. The event will start at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Knights Creek Church, 2987 Knights Creek Road (County Road 9), Scio, with food, beverages, desserts, live music and games and other activities for adults and children.
Rev. Carl Kemp, church pastor, said the activity is an attempt to bring folks together to enjoy the holiday when they might otherwise be by themselves.  Event components will be moved inside in case of bad weather.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own portable chairs.
Knights Creek, which describes itself as A Country Church with the Heart of Christ, holds weekly Community Dinners following its 11 a.m. Sunday services, followed by free music lessons by appointment for children and adults.  It also holds special activities at other times, with gatherings already this year for Memorial Day, a Valentine's Dinner, birthday and anniversary celebrations the fourth Sunday of every month, and one for graduates.
The church also has enhanced and added other community outreach efforts, with community prayer for individual, community, county, state, national and world concerns from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. each weekday; Celebrate Recovery at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays for individuals experiencing any type of hurt, hangup, habit or life struggles, even years later; a companion ministry, the Landing, for teens who are struggling with various issues; participation in a second companion Celebrate Recovery Inside ministry for inmates at Allegany County Jail; music presentations and an opportunity for children and adults to try out instruments at community events; Surviving the Holidays and Help Grieving Children presentations for adults struggling with the effects of the loss of a loved one due to death or separation or divorce; and First Friday of the month activities, alternating monthly between a coffee house of music, games, refreshments and more and a movie night.  All these activities are free.
Knights Creek holds 6 p.m. Sunday night services, a 7 p.m. Wednesday night Bible study, and 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning studies of subjects such as "Life's Healing Choices," "When God's People Pray," "What On Earth Am I Here For? " and "How to Get Through What You Are Going Through".  Members also are involved with development of the new Hope Center community information and referral and reading assistance initiative in Wellsville and the Mission Genesee Valley Journey to Transformation community transformation and revival focus. Further information on these activities is available at or from Casey Jones, church outreach assistance, at bps461@msn.comor (484) 435-0503.  The church is handicapped accessible.

Steuben Public Works adds AEDs to shops

Steve Orcutt looks at one
of Public Works' AEDs, installed
 at the county landfill
BATH -- The Steuben County Public Works outbuildings now have an added safety feature, with the recent installation of 18 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in locations across the county. AEDs are used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. An easy-to-use medical device, AEDs can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. County Assistant Commissioner Steve Orcutt said Public Works Motor Equipment Operator Chris Cermak suggested the installations as a way to provide additional safety in the event of an emergency. Cermak also is a volunteer EMT with the Hammondsport Ambulance Service. "Chris is a certified AED, CPR and First Aid instructor and does all the training at all of the shops," Orcutt said. "He deserves all the credit, and it’s a great idea." Cermak’s efforts lead to results beyond the county shops, Orcutt said. "A DPW operator recently saved a neighbor’s life using the CPR that Chris taught him," Orcutt said.

Allegany County 911 Center report for June 2019

Allegany County Sheriff stats for June 2019

Allegany County: Criminal prosecutions ease in June

Wellsville: 23 North Apartment Applications Available July 1

Applications will be available on July 1st for 23 North Apartments. We will hold a public lottery on Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion- 23 Jefferson Street, Wellsville, NY.  Applications must be received by July 30th at 5:00 p.m. to qualify for the public lottery.  Applications will be available at the Alfred Housing Committee – 14 Madison Street, Wellsville, NY. 
Thank you! 
Allison M. Green
Alfred Housing Committee Inc.
Executive Director
14 Madison Street
Wellsville, NY 14895

NY State Police Blotter

6/26/19 8:05pm- State police arrested Jarod I. Reed, 22, of Fillmore. He was charged with prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage. The arrested was made at SHOP 'n SAVE at 44 South Street in Fillmore. He was released on an appearance ticket for court.
6/27/19 2:45pm- State police arrested Jerreod B. Spencer, 31, of Woodhull. He was charged with felony possession of a forged instrument-2nd. The arrest stems from a complaint filed April 12th.

Draft Minutes: Allegany County Board of Health - June 11, 2019

Board of Health
Meeting minutes for June 11, 2019

Allegany County Area Foundation Grant Supports Genesee Library’s Youth Enjoyment Spaces

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded $1,000 to the Genesee Library (Little Genesee) for the creation of dedicated Youth Enjoyment Spaces. These funds have already been put to good use, creating kid-friendly areas and activities through the purchase of furniture, a ‘Fishing for Literacy’ carpet and storage/organizer units
The Spaces, which are up and running, have been well-received. ‘The new sections in the library are wonderful and I can’t thank you enough for selecting us’ reports librarian Raeanne Smith. ‘We are so proud of what we are becoming.
The library has recently been approved as a summer lunch distribution site, through which a greater number of area children and families will become aware of all the library offers, including the Youth Enjoyment Spaces.
Bruce Campbell, Executive Director of the Foundation notes that good things are happening at the library. “The Genesee Library is doing a lot to expand its service to the community; we’re really glad that we can contribute to that effort," he said.
For more information about the library, including the lunch program, call 585-928-1915.
With assets of $9.5 million, ACAF manages over 50 scholarship and grant funds. If you would like to donate to one of these funds, or establish a fund to support students or your community, contact Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616 or Donations to the foundation are tax deductible.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Friday June 28, 2019

Wellsville Police arrested Patrick W. Gallagher Jr, age 27 of Wellsville, charging him with Harassment 2nd.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Madison Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Gallagher was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Gallagher is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on July 9th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday June 27, 2019
Wellsville Police arrested Vincent E. McCabe, age 38 of Angelica, for a Violation of Parole.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Madison Street in the Village of Wellsville.  McCabe was committed to the Allegany County Jail pending arraignment at a later date.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

PennDOT Places Message Boards on Route 6 Near Coudersport

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has placed dynamic message boards on Route 6 near UPMC Cole Memorial Hospital outside of Coudersport.
The boards have been placed to enhance pedestrian safety. Through the summer, parking lots at the hospital will see improvement work, making it necessary for employees to park in an area along Route 6 and walk a distance to the hospital.
Message boards facing eastbound and westbound traffic on Route 6 are alerting drivers to the potential of pedestrians along the roadway between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
PennDOT also plans to place a speed minder board in the area sometime next week. The speed minder sign utilizes radar to determine the speeds of oncoming traffic.
Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the leading causes of crashes and fatalities in Pennsylvania. Aggressive driving behaviors were listed as a crash cause in 51 percent of Potter County crashes in 2017.

Potter/Allegany County sheriff's reach deal on pistol permits

Allegany County: Whitesville school alleged yearbook scandal - teacher praises Adolf Hitler UPDATED

This story began with emails to Wellsville Regional News...followed by a public statement by the Whitesville School. The emails show a photo of the Whitesville school yearbook. It shows a photo of Mr. Acor, a new high school history teacher. In his bio and description, he lists his favorite person as Adolf Hitler. The yearbook quotes him as saying Hitler..."did many great things...he was arguably the greatest public speaker in the history of the world." The school issued this statement:

Dear Families and Community Members,
It has been brought to my attention there may be some concerns and misunderstandings stemming from the collection of the yearbooks.  I thought it important to provide information from the District regarding this matter.
Please know, in the production of the yearbook, we try to give students the freedom and creative license to create and determine content.  That said, after the yearbooks were distributed several errors and oversights were found, including our discovery that a statement from one of our new teachers was incomplete, resulting in the description of a historical figure being mistakenly taken out of context.  Accordingly, we wanted to give the Yearbook Committee an opportunity to correct the errors and oversights, and to include a more accurate and complete quote from the teacher.
We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding as we make corrections and reprint the yearbooks.  We will be redistributing improved versions in the near future.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any further questions or concerns.  Otherwise, while we look forward to the 2019-20 school year, we wish everyone a happy and safe summer.
Laurie Sanders

We have a call in to the Superintendent, and if a return call is received, we will post her comments. 
UPDATE: The superintendent did return the call and said the posted statement on the school website was the only statement that would be made. I asked, "do you want to make an additional comment?" The administrator said "not at this time, thank you."


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York residents can fish for free without a license in one of the 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams across the state during the weekend of June 29-30, 2019. New York's Free Fishing Weekends help encourage more people - whether skilled or new to the sport -to get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available.
"New York State is home to thousands of lakes and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams that offer exceptional fishing opportunities," Governor Cuomo said. "Free Fishing Days provide both amateur and seasoned anglers with the chance to try the sport out for themselves or introduce others to the world-class fishing and scenic destinations across the Empire State."
The Free Fishing Days program is administered by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as part of Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative. The upcoming Free Fishing Days are among six planned for 2019, including September 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day). The free fishing days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish a chance to try the rewarding sport at no cost, introduce people to a new hobby and encourage people to support the sport by purchasing a New York State fishing license. Legislation signed by the Governor in 2014 increased the number of authorized statewide free fishing days from two each year.
"School is officially out, and what better way to kick off summer with your family than to take your kids fishing," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Finding a place to fish doesn't require you to travel far. New York is blessed with abundant fisheries resources and there are many great opportunities close to home, no matter where you live. Catching fish is a lot of fun, but the time spent experiencing everything nature has to offer with your family is the biggest reward."
In addition to the Free Fishing Days program, NY Open for Fishing and Hunting allows organizations and groups to host free fishing clinics. People who want to learn how to fish can take advantage of the various fishing education programs conducted by DEC and other groups throughout the state. A complete list of 2019 Free Fishing Clinics is updated regularly. Upcoming clinics include June 27 in East Islip, Suffolk County; June 28 in Stuyvesant, Columbia County; and June 29 in Tuxedo, Orange County.
Free Fishing Day participants are reminded that, although the requirement for a fishing license is waived during free fishing days, all other fishing regulations remain in effect. When not participating in Free Fishing Days or free fishingclinics, anyone 16 years of age and older must have a current State fishing license to fish in New York. Fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. More information on purchasing a fishing license can be found on DEC's website.
To find out about angling opportunities near you, visit the Places to Fish pages on DEC's website.