Monday, September 30, 2019

Canaseraga man has more trouble in his life after new charges while in jail

VILLAGE OF GENESEO: Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports of an Allegany County resident on felony charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. On January 31, 2019 Gordon L. Cassidy, age 47 from Canaseraga New York, was an inmate in the Livingston County Jail and was allegedly found to be in possession of eight (8) bags of an unknown white powder. As a result, members of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division and Criminal Investigations Division conducted a drug investigation which included sending the unknown powder to the Monroe County Public Safety Lab for testing. The lab testing identified the powder as heroin and fentanyl. On September 26, 2019 Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and charged Cassidy with felony Promoting Prison Contraband in the 1st Degree and Criminal Possession on a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Cassidy was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge. It was advised that Cassidy should be held without bail due him having multiple prior felony level convictions. Cassidy was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jenean Love. The Judge did remand Cassidy to the custody of the Sheriff without the chance of bail.

Lions Club Service Day - World Service Day

New Fund to Support Whitesville Cemetery

A beautiful setting that serves as the resting place for its community’s founders and generations of beloved citizens, and a spot where many local residents take a peaceful walk, the Whitesville Cemetery faces the challenges common to many rural cemeteries – fewer burials, expansive grounds, and keeping up with costs for regular maintenance and upkeep.
Working with the Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF), Whitesville native Elton Harris has established a fund that will provide annual assistance to the Cemetery – to supplement the Cemetery Association’s own resources. The Lester and Dorotha Harris Fund for the Whitesville Rural Cemetery honors Mr. Harris’ parents while helping to keep the cemetery a beautiful, well-kept place for remembrance and for Whitesville citizens to walk.  
Lester and Dorotha Harris were well-known in the community through their maple syrup production and involvement in numerous civic organizations, including the Grange, 4-H, and the historical society.
The first distribution to the Cemetery Association will be made in summer 2021. Interested persons may contribute to this fund through the Foundation.
With assets of $10 million, ACAF manages over 50 scholarship and grant funds. If you would like to donate to an existing fund, 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.

Beginning a Successful Small Farm Operation

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday September 30, 2019

Wellsville Police charged Ridge C. Potter, age 30 of Wellsville, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd (unclassified misdemeanor) for driving on with a suspended driver’s license.  The charge stems from a traffic stop on North Brooklyn Avenue in the Village of Wellsville.  Potter was processed and arraigned before Associate Wellsville Village Justice Walsh.  Potter was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on October 1st at 4:30 p.m.

Obituary: Donald Towner Higgins, 86, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Donald Towner Higgins, 86, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Higgins was born on September 16, 1933 in Wellsville to Howard and Arline (Towner) Higgins.  He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951.  On May 28, 1955 he married Georgianna Geary who survives him.
Donald is also survived by his three children, Daniel of Dallas, TX, Brian (Noreen) of Cape May Court House, NJ and Shelia Higgins (Richard) Gerrie of Macedon, NY;  four grandchildren Timothy (Sara) Higgins of San Francisco, CA, their two sons Stradbroke and Teague, Meaghan Higgins (Brian) Imszennik of Warrington, PA, their son Daniel, Patrick Gerrie of Buffalo, NY and Christopher Gerrie of Cleveland, OH;  sister-in-law Mary Geary McMullen of Winter Park, FL and brother-in-law Frank Geary of Denver, CO.
Donald worked his entire career of 44 years at the Air Preheater Company.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.  His hobby was woodworking.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 11a.m. to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY. The funeral will follow visitation Saturday at noon in the Funeral Home.
The family requests no flowers.  Donations may be made in Donald’s memory to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA  90401, or to the David A. Howe Library, 155 North

Congressman Chris Collins resigns, to plead guilty to criminal charges

Buffalo News:

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins resigned Monday, a day before he is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to federal charges stemming from an insider trading scheme that prosecutors first detailed in an indictment nearly 14 months ago.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said her office received Collins' resignation letter Monday. Hammill said Collins' resignation will become effective Tuesday. More HERE.

NY: Former state Senator Cathy Young sues Senate Republican Campaign Committee

Former state Senator Cathy Young has filed a lawsuit against the state Senate Republican Campaign Committee (SRCC), alleging that the committee has refused to repay $100,000 to Young's campaign because she ran against the Senate Minority Leader last year. Political insiders have suggested to Wellsville Regional News that her attempt to defeat John Flannigan for a leadership role may be why promised funds to the Alfred Station Fire Department were potentially reallocated. Young had promised a $75,0000 grant to the volunteer fire department to assist in the purchase of a new tanker. The grant never materialized, which forced the fire department to secure a loan. The volunteer agency is now making a $2,000 monthly payment for the loan. The fire department confirmed the order for the new truck based on the promised grant. According to a Wall Street Journal story,
the allegation is included in a lawsuit filed this spring in state court in Cattaraugus County, and spawned a continuing legal fight that shows the lingering resentment between a prominent Republican and her former colleagues that could deliver a blow to the GOP’s campaign coffers. The newspaper also reported that..."the allegation is included in a lawsuit filed this spring in state court in Cattaraugus County, and spawned a continuing legal fight that shows the lingering resentment between a prominent Republican and her former colleagues that could deliver a blow to the GOP’s campaign coffers."
Cathy Young for Senate spokesman Phil Pantano said: “The facts are clear in this case, and there are no conflicts.”
Young resigned her seat in February and took a job at Cornell University. The full Wall Street Journal story is HERE.

Angelica: The Bob Weigand Memorial Move-a-Thon is October 5th

Wellsville: Morrison Hayes Unit 702 American Legion Auxiliary Breakfast -- 10/6/19

Breakfast Buffet – All you can eat – Sunday, October 6th, 2019 Serving 8:00AM until gone or 11:00AM; Price $7.00 per person – Open to the public at American Legion Post #702, 23 Jefferson Street, Wellsville, NY – Sponsored by Unit 702 American Legion Auxiliary

Binghamton man shot dead after allegedly killing NYPD officer

A New York City police officer was shot and killed early Sunday…and that tragic story appears to have a Southern Tier connection. The alleged shooter has been identified as 27-year-old Antonio Williams of Binghamton. He was fatally shot by police after a struggle with officers in the Bronx. Police said Williams has a record of narcotics and burglary convictions. The wounded officer, shot three times, was identified as 33-year-old Brian Mulkeen. He was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

Senator O'Mara's weekly column - “Alarming debt for future generations”

Sen. Tom O'mara's district includes Steuben County

According to the state comptroller, New York’s current total state debt, roughly $65 billion, is second only to California. In other words, New York State has the second-highest debt total in America. On a debt-per-capita basis, New York is fifth among all states.

This debt load will reach nearly $72 billion over the next several years, the comptroller predicts, with the state projected to issue “50 percent more debt than it will retire.” By the end of the state’s 2021-2022 fiscal year, state taxpayers will be on the hook for more than $8 billion a year just to service the state’s existing debt. Not to reduce the debt, keep in mind, only to keep up with the required payments, especially interest, over time.

Among many other consequences, rising debt service costs limit the state’s ability to enhance ongoing programs and services, or cut taxes and eliminate fees.

The Albany-based Empire Center, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis, puts state and local government debt per person in New York State at $17,528. That equals the highest debt rate per capita in the United States, significantly higher than the next highest state of Massachusetts ($13,733).

The fact of New York State’s current debt load raises plenty of questions and numerous proposals for reform. However, for the purposes of this column, as we start looking ahead to the beginning of the next legislative session in January, my point is straightforward: The next time you read or hear about the latest call for bigger spending by New York State government, remember the debt load taxpayers already shoulder. It is already the second-heaviest burden in the nation. It is already on track to keep rising, significantly, without any help at all from New York State’s next big spenders.

It is an incredibly complicated fix and the intention here is not to minimize or simplify its complexity or difficulty. Nevertheless, controlling state spending for the long term strikes me as priority number one. It’s at least one commonsense strategy and the reason I have long supported and voted for enacting a permanent, strict cap on annual state spending. The less the state spends on ever-growing, and larger and larger, programs and services, the more fiscal flexibility the state will have to focus on doing things like cutting taxes or more rapidly reducing debt.

We have to get a handle on it. We have to become serious about getting it under control. The practice of “pay as you go” needs to become the norm, not the exception. When the state gets a windfall it should go to pay down the debt, not to the governor’s favored developers as economic development incentives.

Imagine what could be accomplished if the state wasn’t strapped with an annual $8-billion debt service payment?  We could level the playing field and begin making New York State a competitive place to do business and create jobs for all, not just the chosen few.

New York State’s big spending is not new to the scene. The current debt burden isn’t the result of an overnight spending binge. It is the result of continually neglecting, over time, the consequences of past bad spending practices.

The burden on future generations is already alarming. We better get focused on making it more manageable, not making it worse.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Allegany County firefighters, EMS, say goodbye to fallen volunteer Edward Wycoff, Jr. of Bolivar

Sunday's this time of year are dedicated to football. However, scores of First Responders spent this afternoon at the JW Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville, as volunteers from several agencies said farewell to 62-year-old Edward H. Wycoff, Jr. of Bolivar. The life member of the Bolivar fire department died September 23rd. Wycoff also served with the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Friends and colleagues lined the street and funeral home to say, one last goodbye. Wycoff also worked for the Village of Wellsville for a number of years. Westons Mills from Cattaraugus County understood the pain and sent fire and EMS apparatus to Bolivar to cover during the funeral. They were also pressed into service with emergency calls. Here are some scenes of how EMS and firefighters show respect:

Obituary: Nadiya S. Witoshynsky, 95, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Wingdale

Nadiya S. Witoshynsky, 95, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Wingdale, died Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.  Born Nov 4, 1923, in Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of Stephen and Cathrine Kost Yackymetz.  On July 17, 1959, she married Michael Witoshynsky, who predeceased her on September 22, 1995.  She was employed at Keyfood Supermarket in Queens, NY.  Nadiya was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post #9257 in Patterson, NY.  Surviving are:  a son, Eric and his wife Annette Witoshynsky of Coudersport, PA; two grandsons, Sean his wife, Chelsea Witoshynsky of Patterson and Brian Witoshynsky of Hampton Roads, VA; a brother, Leon his wife Helen of Clark, NJ;  nieces, Kim, Karen, and Kristine along with grandnieces and grandnephews.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Zoria Yackymetz.  Services will be private.  Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: Renee Lynn Graves, 41, Genesee, PA

Renee Lynn Graves, age 41, of Genesee, PA, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at her home. She was born July 16, 1978 in Elmira, NY, the daughter of James Andrews and Bonnie (Hultz) Draper. Renee was married to Brent Graves. She worked at Draper's Super Bee Apiary and previously worked at Olean General Hospital as a technician in the Dialysis Unit where she shared a mutual love with her patients and staff. Renee enjoyed quilting, baking, cooking and being an amazing mother to her two beloved boys. She also had a special bond with her pets over the years. Full of love for everyone, her silliness and infectious smile were what people remember the most.
Renee is survived by her mother and stepfather, Bonnie and William Draper of Millerton; her father, James Andrews of Millerton; her husband, Brent Graves of Genesee; two sons, Lucas Vandergrift of Wellsboro, and Griffin Graves of Genesee; two brothers, Ronald (Krista) Andrews of Mansfield, and Duane (Ellen) Andrews of Gillett; and nieces and nephews. She was also greatly loved by her mothers-in-law Bonnie Graves and Sally Dougherty.
A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. at Tokishi Training Center, 124 Nypum Dr., Wellsboro, PA. Memorial contributions can be made to First Citizens Community Bank, c/o Lucas Vandergrift and Griffin Graves' education fund, 391 Main St, Genesee, PA 16923. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc. 637 S. Main St. Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.

Alfred University to receive Miller Art Collection; Helen Drutt English awarded honorary degree

Helen Drutt English (center) with Wayne Higby (left) and Alfred University President Mark Zupan
ALFRED, NY – Over the last half century, Marlin Miller – with his first wife Marcianne (Maple) Miller, and second wife, Ginger – has collected works by some of the most renowned ceramic artists in the world. Since Marlin Miller’s first acquisition, a lidded ceramic bowl created by famed artist, Alfred University alumnus and ceramic art professor Val Cushing, the Miller’s collection has grown to exceed 200 pieces.
On Friday evening, Miller, a 1954 Alfred University alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees, announced he and Ginger would be donating the majority of the Miller Ceramic Art Collection to Alfred University’s Ceramic Art Museum. Marlin Miller, who earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University and received honorary degrees from his alma mater in 1989 and 2019, made the announcement at a dinner following Friday afternoon’s Perkins Ceramic Art History Lecture.
Also at the dinner, the University awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree to Helen Drutt English, a pioneering educator, collector and curator in the craft art industry, who has long been a supporter and advocate for ceramic artists affiliated with Alfred University.
Miller enrolled at Alfred University in 1950 as an engineering major, but soon became interested in the arts. His roommate was an art student, who introduced him to another art student, Marcianne Maple ’55 (B.F.A.). “That’s when I became acquainted with the world of art. I didn’t understand art until I came here,” Miller said.
After Marlin and Marcianne married, Marlin’s appreciation for art continued to grow. On a trip to Cape Cod in 1969, the Millers acquired the first piece of their collection, a lidded bowl by Val Cushing for which they paid $50.
Today, the Millers’ collection contains some of the most renowned names in ceramic art, including the late Cushing, a ceramic art professor who earned a B.F.A. degree from Alfred University in 1952, and several others affiliated with the University: Wayne Higby, director of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum; John Gill ’75 (M.F.A.), professor of ceramic art, and his wife, Andrea ’74 (B.F.A.), professor of ceramic art emerita; Anne Currier, professor of ceramic art emerita; and late professor of ceramic art Robert Turner ’49 (M.F.A.). The exhibition also contains work by noted Japanese and Chinese ceramic artists.
An exhibition, “Materiality: Masterworks from the Miller Ceramic Art Collection,” opened at the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum Thursday and will remain on view through Dec. 30. The Val Cushing piece is one of approximately 60 pieces in the exhibition, and one of more than 200 pieces in the Miller private collection.
“We’re going to give the bulk of our collection to Alfred University,” Miller said Friday. “It’s like déjà vu, coming all the way back around.” Miller, a member of the Board of Trustees since 1972, is a successful businessman and noted philanthropist who has been on of Alfred University’s most generous supporters. His gifts have funded construction of the Ceramic Art Museum, as well as the Miller Performing Arts Center and Miller Theater.
He credited Drutt English for the influence she has had on him as a collector of ceramic art. Drutt English’s involvement in the field of Modern and Contemporary Craft began in the mid-1950s, first as a collector. She was a founding member of the Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen in 1967, serving as its Executive Director until 1974. In 1973, she founded the Helen Drutt Gallery, one of the first galleries in the United States committed to modern and contemporary crafts.
Drutt English for years has been an advocate to Alfred University’s art community, including graduates of the ceramic art program. In presenting her for her honorary degree, Higby said, “None of the pioneers of the contemporary cultural marketplace has been more important to Alfred University and to the advancement of ceramic art than Helen Drutt English.”
Higby related how, during a visit to Alfred University in 1997, Drutt English arranged to see a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Sun Koo Yuh, a Korean American student. A month later at the Helen Drutt Gallery in Philadelphia, she mounted the Sun Koo Yuh’s first solo exhibition.
“During the exhibition, his work was acquired by eight private collections as well as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art,” Higby said. “Today, Sun Koo Yuh is one of the world’s renowned ceramic artists. This is but a single example of Helen Drutt English’s commitment to young artists.”
Over the years Drutt English has exhibited and promoted the work of numerous ceramic artists affiliated with Alfred University. They include Higby, whose work has been shown at more than 20 exhibitions at Drutt English’s galleries in Philadelphia and New York City. In 2018 she began work with the National Museum of Art in Sweden on an exhibition that includes the work of several ceramic artists connected to Alfred, including Higby, John and Andrea Gill, Linda Sikora, and Turner and Cushing.
Over her career, Drutt English has organized a number of major exhibitions in the United States and abroad. In 2014, she facilitated the gift of a collection of 74 works, including ceramics, furniture and jewelry, worth approximately $2 million, to Russia’s Hermitage Museum. The work of several Alfred University-affiliated artists, including Higby, is included in the collection.
“Alfred has been part of my life for many decades,” Drutt English said after receiving her honorary degree. “I’m very grateful and very proud.”

NY State Police Blotter

9/28/19 6:18pm- Six name-protected teenage boys are facing felony charges stemming from a disturbance and mischief complaint in the Town of Caneadea and reported on September 13th. Charged with felony criminal mischief were two 16-year-olds from Fillmore, two 16-year-old from Belfast, a 16-year-old from Belmont and a 15-year-old boy from Fillmore. One of the boys from Fillmore was charged with a total of six counts felony counts of criminal mischief.
9/28/19 12:30pm- State Police arrested a 14-year-old boy from Arkport. He was charged with aggravated harassment for allegedly communicating threats during an incident Friday in the Town of Almond.
9/28/19 11:30am- State Police arrested Jeffrey D. Hollister, 37, of Cuba. He was taken into custody on a Grand Jury Indictment warrant, charging him with three counts each of felony criminal sale and possession of a controlled substances. He was remanded to Allegany County Jail without bail pending his arraignment in County court.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Obituary: Edwin H. Scheid, 91, Coudersport

Edwin H. Scheid, 91, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, September 27, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, PA.  Born April 1, 1928, in Glenshaw, PA, he was the son of Henry William and Florentine Anna Voller Scheid.  On May 24, 1969, in Coudersport, he married the former Dawn E. Clark Walters, who predeceased him on April 28, 2011.  He was a 1946 graduate of Washington Vocational High School in Pittsburgh.  A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1950 – 1952.  He was employed by West Penn Power from 1949 – 1950 and Mobile Radio Service from 1952 – 1969.  Ed was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, the Potter County Snowmobile Club, Potter County Historical Society, and Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses.  He was a licensed single engine pilot and a ham radio operator (W3LGM).  Surviving are:  a brother, Norman W. Scheid of Bushnell, FL;  a sister-in-law, Jeanne Cole of Ulysses;  nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 a.m..  The Rev. James C. Campbell will preside.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Memorials may be made to Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963, P.O. Box 236, Ulysses, PA or the Potter County Historical Society, P.O. Box 605, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Online condolences may be expressed at

NY: Gov. Cuomo announces state landmarks to be lit gold in regonition of Gold Star families

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced One World Trade Center, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge, SUNY Plaza, the State Education Building, the Alfred E. Smith Building and the Great New York State Fair's Exposition Center will be lit gold on September 29 in recognition of Gold Star Families.
New York leads the nation in honoring its Gold Star Families, recognizing their sacrifice in support of this nation's ideals, values, and freedoms. Governor Cuomo has ensured Gold Star Parents are a priority for meaningful care and support, instituting a yearly increase for Gold Star Parent Annuity recipients in 2018, as well as the creation and expansion of the New York's Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute - or MERIT - Scholarship for families of service members who lost their lives while serving this nation.
"There can be no greater sacrifice than to give your life while in service to your country," Governor Cuomo said. "But military service is more than just the active military member - the entire family is in service. Lighting our landmarks in honor of these families is the least we can do to show our unwavering support for them and call attention to their unimaginable sacrifice and loss." 
Gold Star Families are those who have lost a loved one who was serving during a time of conflict. The term "Gold Star" was used during World War I and referred to a Gold Star being affixed over the Blue Star of the United States Service Flag. The Gold Star Service Flag and Gold Star Lapel Pin continue to identify those family members who have lost a loved one in service to their nation. 
Each year the last Sunday in September is nationally recognized as Gold Star Families Day. This year the New York State Division of Veterans' Services (DVS) will hold a ceremony commemorating and honoring the sacrifices of Gold Star Families.
Jim McDonough, Director of the New York State Division of Veterans' Services, said, "The families of those who serve are often those who bare the heaviest burden. The loss of a family member who is serving our nation, is an unimaginable loss. We honor these Gold Star Families and their service by remembering the immense sacrifice that comes with our freedom." 
DVS, along with its county partners and the heads of several Gold Star organizations, will hold a luminary ceremony to begin at Lafayette Park in Albany at the Gold Star Family Memorial. After, the ceremony will transition to West Capitol Park by the reflection pool where DVS will acknowledge the Gold Star Families in attendance and ask them to assist in "lighting" 62 luminaries, one for each county in New York State. The luminaries will remain lit throughout the night to honor these families. 
All State Capitals across the country are invited to participate in this day of remembrance by lighting luminaries to honor these families' sacrifices. 

Television collection event at the Alfred Transfer Station

Saturday, October 5th,  Allegany County will be holding a Television collection event at the Alfred Transfer Station, 394 Saterlee Hill Road, Almond, NY 14804 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.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 us at:, or call Tim Palmiter at 585-268-7282.

Obituary: Donald R. Chase, Jr., 74, of Alma,

Donald R. Chase, Jr., 74, of Alma, NY, died Friday, September 27, 2019 in his home. Born May 29, 1945, in Richmond, VA, he was the son of Donald and Daisy Victoria Arnold Chase. On March 16, 1989, he married the former Donna J. Ziegler, who survives. A graduate of Seoul American High School, he served honorably with the US Army from 1965 - 1968. He was employed as a Police Officer in Baltimore, MD and as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Howard County, MD. Donald was a 32nd Degree Mason in Howard Lodge #101 in Elkridge, MD, the Chaplain for the Howard County Sheriff FOP Lodge #131, and belonged to the Boumi Shriners. Surviving besides his wife, Donna, are: two sons, Ethan Benjamin Chase of Buffalo and Samuel Irwin Chase of Ada, OK; a sister, Michelle Maricic of FL; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Donna Stang. Services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Baltimore Retired Police Benevolent Association, Attn: Daryl Buhrman, P.O. Box 935, Bel Air, MD 21014. Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

Join us for a screening of the PBS documentary series “Country Music, a film by Ken Burnson Tuesday, October 8th, at 6:00 p.m. Explore the history of country music- from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity- and meet the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it “America’s Music”. Call the library at 814-697-6691 to register for the event.

Our next book discussion will take place on Thursday, October 10th, at 10:00 a.m. The group will be discussing Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Books are provided by the Potter-Tioga Library System. All are welcome!

Fall Story Hour will take place on Saturdays in October at 10:00 a.m. Call the library at 814-697-6691 to register your children!

Craft group: The crafting group meets on Thursday afternoons, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All crafters are welcome. We would love to have you join us!

Ongoing Programming: The following ongoing monthly program events are open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691.

     Book discussion: 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:00AM

     Writer’s Guild: 3rd  Wednesday of the month, 6:30PM

     Stitch Together Crafting Group: every Thursday afternoon, 1-3PM


The Oswayo Valley Historical Society is open for research in the library basement every Friday afternoon 1-4 and the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.


Memorials & Donations:


     Gertrude Mills Press by Barbara Press

     Lois Maryette Duell by the Dickerson family


     Conrad Scholl

     Carolyn Partridge

     Sue Shall

     Wade Garland

     Robert & Linda Cassel

     John & Rosemary Hoffman

     William Kuhn

     Betty Sturdevant

     Linda Pease

     Roger & Ruth Enstrom

     Oswayo Valley Historical Society

     Richard & Gladys Martin

     Robert & Ruth Worden

     J.E. Cappadonia

     Borough of Shinglehouse

     Helen Payne

     Beatrice West

     Gas Field Specialist

     Willis & Sandra Duell

     Sandra Peterson

     Mick & Lisa Howard

     Steve & Jeanne Matthews

     Mary Vincent

     Mike & Debra Tarbell

     Irmgard Lyautey

     Diane Gilroy

     Dale & Carol Hoffman

     Bob & Barb Graves

     Oswayo Valley Senior Center

     Shinglehouse Open Golf Tournament


     Mary Kay Torrey

Website: You can see what events are happening at the library and search the card catalog by visiting our website at You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve.

Board of Trustees Meeting: Board meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Rep. Tom Reed: When you confront a bully...

From an email:
Dear Neighbor,
Do you remember when we called out the biggest bully in New York State for playing politics and putting the travelling public at risk?
To jog your memory, Governor Cuomo has a long standing dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians over gaming revenue. As a result, the Governor refused to address the deplorable road conditions on I-90.
If you thought it couldn’t get much worse, the Governor snubbed the City of Salamanca of much needed funds due to the casino revenue dispute, and a 46-year-old resident DIED because the fire department wasn’t equipped to handle two emergencies at the same time due to lack of funding.  
We asked the Department of Justice to investigate the misuse of federal funds, abuse of power and any and all federal crimes, related or unrelated, uncovered in an investigation. 
This wasn’t a publicity stunt.
We wanted to see the road fixed for the safety of the travelling public.
Eight weeks later, the road is getting fixed, and the City of Salamanca got the funding they need.
We stood up to a bully and had a positive outcome in the end for YOU – the people that matter the most.
We are just getting started so stay tuned.
Until next time,

Monthly Report: Allegany County Probation Department

Allegany County: Enumeration / 911 GIS update October, 2019

Monthly Report-Allegany County Sheriff

Allegany County 911 Center Monthly Report

NY State Police Blotter

9/27/19 10:57am- After investigating a reported rape Sept. 22nd in the Town of Burns, State Police arrested Jennifer L. Bennett, 37, of Arkport. She was charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child. She was issued court tickets and released.
9/27/19 12:50pm- Troopers arrested Kevin A. Stephens, 32, Angelica. He was charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.
9/27/19 5:44am- Following an incident on Truax Road in Wellsville, State Police arrested a name-protected 18-year-old make. The boy was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a BAC above .08%. Bail was set at $250.
9/27/19 3:46pm- After investigating a domestic dispute, State Police arrested Michael A. Graham, 49, of Amity. He was charged with assault. He was detained in lieu of cash bail, according to the blotter.
9/27/19 8:43pm- State Police investigated a one-vehicle personal injury crash on County Road 10 in the Town of Ward. Troopers listed the driver as David L. Jackson, 62, of Allentown.
9/27/19 3:04pm- State Police said four people were injured in a four vehicle crash at the intersection of Addison Road and Beeman Hollow Road in the Town of Erwin. Troopers listed the drivers as:
  1. Lori A. Greene 54, Wellsville
  2. Melissa A. Fuller, 46, Andover
  3. Kathleen J. Morseman, 61, Addison
  4. John E. Thompson, 58, Bath
Police did not indicate the severity of the injuries.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Allegany County District Attorney: Crimes tick up in September

NY: Bail Elimination Act

This story is courtesy of Warsaw's Country Courier:
Aggravated vehicular homicide. Manufacturing methamphetamine. Heroin sales. 
These are all crimes that come Jan. 1, the police will no longer be able to make a custodial arrest for. Officers, instead, will have to issue desk appearance tickets for the charges and the suspects will be on their way out the door, back onto community streets without pretrial detention. 
New York State’s bail system was overhauled April 1 with the passage of the Bail Elimination Act in the 2020 state budget. Cash bail will be eliminated for misdemeanors and non-violent (Class E) felonies, and as a result, according to the governor’s office, approximately 90 percent of suspects would remain out of jail before their initial court appearance. 
“A person will still be arrested just like they would have in the past,” State Sen. Patrick Gallivan said. “The difference would be though, what is a police officer authorized to do following the arrest. Unless it’s one of the qualifying offenses, that police officer must issue an appearance ticket, as opposed to bringing the person before a judge for the purpose of arraigning that person and possibly setting bail.”
The full story from the Country Courier is HERE.