Saturday, November 30, 2019

Obituary: Aurora Dae Shanks, 12, Angelica

Angelica – Aurora Dae Shanks, 12 years of age, passed away Tuesday November 26, 2019 at her home in Angelica. Aurora was born June 16, 2007 in Colorado Springs, Colorado the daughter of Misty Elk.  She resided in Colorado for a couple years and at 5 years old she moved to Angelica with her mother.  Aurora was a student at Genesee Valley School District in Belmont.  She enjoyed school and consistently achieved good grades.   Aurora participated in the school choir; the chess club; a member of Girls on the Run and was going to be on the track team in the spring.  Her hobbies were many as she enjoyed reading; writing; treasured spending time at the library; loved singing and climbing trees, especially going to the top of the very tall pine trees at her home!  She also enjoyed attending the dirt track races at Woodhull!  Aurora was a child that was loved and cared about and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Aurora was pre-deceased by her grandfather, Neil Fox; her great-uncle Richard “Ricky”Short; and her great-grandfather, Richard Short. She is survived by her mother, Misty Shanks (Eric “Gonzo” Child) of Angelica; her grandparents, Bonnie (Jerry) Yingling of Angelica; Don and Ellen Shanks of CO; her uncles, Devan DiFrancesco of OH and James Adams of Atlanta; her aunt Holly Adams of Syracuse; several cousins; along with many friends and staff within the Genesee Valley School District and the communities of Angelica, Belmont and Belfast. A memorial service is being planned for Aurora and will be announced soon.

Will New York State Police be equipped with body cameras?

Two Brooklyn lawmakers are pushing state legislation to require state troopers to be equipped with body cameras. A nationwide Associated Press survey found that New York State Police are the largest primary state law enforcement agency not equipped with cameras. The measure is being pushed by state Sen. Kevin Parker and state Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, both of Brooklyn. According to the Associated Press, Sen. Parker said body cameras would start recording immediately before a state trooper leaves their patrol vehicle to interact with a situation or when they pull someone over, per the proposed legislation. Thomas Mungeer, president of the New York state troopers Police Benevolent Association, has said he is not advocating for dashboard cameras, but also does not oppose their implementation, according to the AP report.

Obituary: Charles F. Harris, 67, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Fairport, N.Y

Charles F. Harris “beloved husband, father, and grandfather”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Charles F. Harris, 67, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Fairport, N.Y., passed away in his home with his loving wife and also his close friend, Debbie Hadden, by his side on Thursday, November 28, 2019, after a short illness.
Born on Monday, November 10, 1952, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Clyde F. and Margaret M. Osborn Harris.  On May 14, 1987 in Winchester, Virginia, he married Tina M. Ortega, who survives.
Charles was a graduate of Rush-Henrietta High School in Henrietta, N.Y.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and later served in the National Guard.  He was employed for 33 years by the U.S. Postal Service in Henrietta.  After retiring from the Postal Service and moving to Shinglehouse to live in the family home, Charles was employed as a security guard at Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y. and until his illness was a driver for ATA in Shinglehouse.
Charles was a member of the First New York Dragoons and a member of the NRA.  He was a sharpshooter.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and anything to do with guns and reloading ammo.  His greatest love was his family.  Charles enthusiastically supported the President, “Trump 2020”.
Surviving besides his wife are a son, Tyler J. Harris of Fairport, N.Y.; two stepsons, Brett A. Ortega and Donovan A. Freece, both of Fairport, N.Y.; a grandson, Carter Ortega; two sisters, Donna Bianchi of Henrietta, N.Y. and Georgia (Vern) Cooper of Clifton Springs, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by his parents.
In keeping with Charles’ wishes, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North/South Skirmish Association via  
Charles’ family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Charles, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Allegany County Health Dept. plans FLU-only clinic

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 1- December 7, 2019.  The Allegany County Department of Health will be holding a Walk-In FLU ONLY clinic on Friday, December 6, 2019, no appointment is necessary and only flu vaccine will be given at this clinic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to get your influenza vaccine. Even though flu season has already started, being vaccinated is still effective in preventing illness.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause a mild to severe illness, and can sometimes lead to death. All people are at risk for serious flu-related complications, but people at high risk include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, and those 65 years or older. Those who are at high risk can more easily develop serious complications that can lead to pneumonia, worsening of existing health conditions, resulting in hospitalizations and even death.
A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Many Allegany County residents ask, “Why should I get a flu shot?” here are some benefits:
·       Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu illness, hospitalization, and even death in children.
·       Vaccinating pregnant women helps protect them from flu illness and hospitalization, and also has been shown to help protect the baby from flu infection for several months after birth, before the baby can be vaccinated.
·       A 2017 study showed that flu vaccine can be life-saving in children.
·       Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness.
This year, the flu vaccine can protect against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which vaccine you get). It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated as flu season is highest between December and February, but can last as late as May.
Pharmacies and health care providers throughout Allegany County have been offering vaccinations for several years including the flu shot. The Allegany County Department of Health encourages residents to visit their local pharmacy or health care provider for their flu shot this season. The Allegany County Department of Health will offer flu shot clinics only at the County Office building clinic on the ground floor of the county office building. 
·       Please bring insurance cards with you.  It is the responsibility of the insured to make sure the Allegany County Department of Health is within the insurance’s network and will cover the cost of the vaccine and administration fee. 
·       If insurance is not accepted, payment for the vaccine and administration fee will be billed to the patient. 
·       If you are paying cash:
o   High dose flu for ages 65 and over is $82
o   Regular flu is $48
o   Pediatric flu for ages 6 months to 36 months is $50
·       If you have no insurance or are underinsured, a sliding fee scale is available. To qualify for the sliding fee scale, bring household income verification and household size.
·       Vaccines are NOT FREE!!!
·       Anyone under 19 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  
·       Please wear short sleeves.
·       Walk in FLU ONLY clinic December 6th, no appointment necessary
·       Immunization clinics are December 3rd, 10th and 16th from 9am to 3:30pm and you must have an appointment.
·       Please call 585-268-9250 for an appointment.

Obituary: John L. VanScoter, 52, Hornell

HORNELL - John L. VanScoter, 52, of 11 Henry Street, died Tuesday morning (November 26, 2019) at his home, following a long illness. A native and life resident of Hornell, he was born on February 25, 1967 and was the son of Luella A. VanScoter.
John grew up in Hornell and attended Hornell High School. He later earned his General Education Diploma (GED) and attended Corning Community College. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving his country from 1986-1990.
He had been employed in many capacities at Morrison-Knudson (MK) in Hornell for about 8 years and later worked at Wegman’s Grocery in Hornell. For the past 20 years, John served as Grounds Keeper for Our Lady of the Valley Parish and also Sexton of St. Ann’s Cemetery in Hornell, St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fremont, St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rexville and Hillside Cemetery in Rexville.
John considered himself as being an “80’s kickback”. He had a deep love of music and throughout the years he attended multiple concerts. Some of his favorite bands include Rush, Tesla, Pink Floyd, Def Leppard, Firehouse and Dream Theater.
He enjoyed watching NFL Football and especially loved rooting for his beloved San Francisco 49ers. A true “Family Man”, John’s most precious moments were simply spending time with his family and sitting in front of a campfire in his backyard listening to some “good tunes”.
He was preceded in death by his mother Luella A. VanScoter who died March 17, 2014.
On March 10, 1999, John married the former Lori Fenti who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Joni (Chris) Potter; his son, Devlin (Danielle Stewart) VanScoter; his son, Daniel (Holly) Allen; 3 grandchildren, Alexa Allen, Mariah Allen and Kaitlyn Allen; his brothers & sisters, James (Pauline Foster) VanScoter, Richard Harrington, Corrine Maile, Katherine (Amy) Harrington, Michael (Ruth) Harrington, Gerald (Debbie) Freeland, Ronald (Linda Pierce) Freeland, David (Chris) Freeland, Steve (Carol) Freeland and Thomas (Nancy) Freeland; along with aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews.
At John’s request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday (December 6, 2019) at 6:00 p.m. at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.
John’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made out to the Hornell Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
In recognition of his military service, the American Flag at the Dagon Funeral Home will be flown at half-staff. To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit

Wellsville man charged with child rape, other sex crimes

Amity-based State Police Friday afternoon arrested Jeremy D. Peet, 32, of Wellsville. He was charged by Troopers with first-degree rape involving a child under the age of 13, first-degree criminal sex act (child under 13), sexual conduct against a child (child under 13) and endangering the welfare of a child. Troopers said the alleged incident occurred in the Town of Willing and was reported November 20th. Arraigned in court, Peet was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail.

Obituary: Wendell George Beasley, 62, Hornell

HORNELL - Wendell George Beasley, 62, of 69 Delaware Avenue, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon (November 21, 2019) at his home. Born in Hornell on November 19, 1957, he was the son of Wilbourn & Helen (Forish) Beasley.
Wendell grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Alfred Almond Central School (class of 1976).  After high school, he began taking classes at Alfred State College. However, “The Call of the Wild” took over and Wendell moved west. He resided in several beautiful resort locations, including Steamboat Springs, Vail, Park City, and Lake Tahoe. For several years he enjoyed life as a self-proclaimed “Ski Bum”.  However, having a deep interest in the medical field, Wendell eventually became a paramedic.
In 1996, Wendell returned to the Hornell area following the death of his brother and resumed his education at Alfred State College. He received his Associate’s Degree in Nursing.  For many years he was employed as a “Travel Nurse” working primarily in Emergency Rooms throughout the country, including California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New York and New Jersey.
Wendell was an avid golfer and thoroughly enjoyed many rounds with friends far and wide. He had a sharp mind, quick wit, and an outstanding fund of knowledge that made him a formidable opponent at Jeopardy! He was also a talented craftsman, completing many projects for friends and family. Somewhere in his travels he learned the art of lumberjacking and entertained many of his sister’s friends and neighbors as he felled trees and chopped them into firewood piles that were a work of art.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wilbourn “Bill” Beasley who died in 1996.
Surviving are his sister (whom he tormented for most of his life but loved dearly) Susan (Dr. Michael) Mojcik of Stone Mountain, GA; 2 nieces (that he adored) Mary Mojcik of New York City (Manhattan) and Catherine Mojcik of Atlanta, GA.
At Wendell’s request there will be no calling hours.  A gathering to remember Wendell will be held on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Muhleisen’s Restaurant 60 N Main St. Almond, NY.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.
Wendell’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Hornell Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843.
To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit

Angelica merchants welcome Small Business Saturday

The Merchants of Angelica would like to welcome you  to the business district Nov 30th to help us celebrate Small Business Saturday! We are hosting an indoor market event in the Sharon Rader Building which is located in the heart of Main Street right between our darling Clay Sisters and The Little Building. The American House and Hotel is serving a selection of hot soups and beef on weck! We have Mascho Homestead Farms...On The River Farms... Designs by ScaryAnn... Local Artisans Party_of _Five... Designs by Artisan Tina Harrier and Oils and Insence by LEO... All of the business listed for the event are family owned and operated and look forward to helping you Shop Small this holiday season. The Little Building will be open for the event providing local merchandise and gifts as well! We look forward to seeing you all! As always the local shops will be open... decorated... and ready to receive our loyal patrons!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Obituary: Breanna Susan Winicki, 25, of Cuba

Cuba – Breanna Susan Winicki, 25, of Cuba, N.Y ended her battle with pain, suffering, loss, and addiction early Tuesday morning November 26th.  Breanna was a smart, talented, and loving young lady.  She graduated with honors from Cuba-Rushford High School.  She was a very talented saxophone player and played in the high school band and Jazz Band.  She also had a beautiful voice and sang with different choruses, from high school choir and Pop Group to county and state-wide choirs.  She had a very promising future but when her Dad passed away from cancer when she was 16- years-old, her whole life fell apart.  She struggled with grief and then addiction as she grappled with her difficulties.
But she persevered and determined to try and get her life back together, she began attending J.C.C. in Olean, N.Y. in August where she was doing very well.  She loved calculus, her teacher, and was very proud of herself for having a 100+ average.  Breanna always excelled when it came to applying herself mentally and solving puzzles. 
Breanna had a very loving and supportive family who wanted to see her do well.  She also had some wonderful friends – Hannah Gaeta, Patrick Chesney, Kandice Horn, and several others.  Her family and friends knew that she was doing the best she could, but I always knew that she still had that hole in her heart in the shape of her father.  We are heartbroken for her, and by her loss.   
She will be missed by; her mother, Laura Noll, stepfather, Steve Noll, sisters, Bridgette, Brooke, and Macy Winicki, stepsisters, Kayla and Jocelyn Noll, stepmother, Beth Arford, maternal grandparents, Fred and Mary Jane Kunderman, precious nephew, Auden Irving, paternal grandparents, Glenn Clark and Sue Winicki, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
 Breanna was predeceased by her father, Eric Winicki, in 2011.
Breanna Susan Winicki’s memorial service will be held at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc, 9 Bull Street Cuba, N.Y. on Monday, December 2nd from 5p.m. to 8p.m.  Online condolences may be sent at

Obituary: Carolynn Roberta Lycette, 76, Andover

ANDOVER - Carolynn Roberta Lycette, 76, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville, following a long illness. She was born on February 23, 1943 in Bliss, NY the daughter of the late Charles Wesley and Winnifred Marie (Geffers) Jenison.
Carolynn was a 1962 graduate of Belmont High School, and a graduate of Alfred State College, with a degree in Culinary Arts. She was employed in the restaurant industry for 30 years. She enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting, and making crafts.
She is survived by two daughters, Renee (Robert) Stevens of Fairmont, WV, and Roberta Lynn (Kenny) Hazzard of Little Plymouth, VA, two sons, Kenneth G. (Cheryle) Woodruff Jr. of Friendship, and Leland C. Lycette of Richmond, VA, eight grandchildren, Ashley (Brian) Kelly, Kenneth (Kristen) Woodruff III, Jesse Woodruff, Nikki (Mike) Graham, Ronnie Martin, Keith (Sara) Hazzard, Angel Hazzard, and Kalvin Hazzard, seven great grandchildren,  one great-great granddaughter one sisters, Sharon Morris of Wellsville, two brothers, Cecil E. Jenison of Wellsville and Lyle E. Jenison of Gloucester, VA, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by a sister, Thelma Mae Higday.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. in the J.W. Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville, the funeral to follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Friendship, NY. Please consider Memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Angelica holiday events

Angelica Antique Mercantile would like to announce that we will be having a new edition to our Small Business Saturday Nov 30th! Heidi Thomann of Argenti Jewelry will be showcasing beautiful handmade Celtic and Art Nouveau Sterling and gemstone jewelry!  Argenti is a family owned and operated business! Heidi has visited Angelica a few times over the years and became so enchanted with the area that her and her family decided to take up residence right in the heart of the historic district. We invite you to come and welcome Heidi and her family and of course let her assist you with your holiday shopping!

Allegany County: Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory

National Weather Service Buffalo NY
246 PM EST Fri Nov 29 2019

Wyoming-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Allegany-Southern Erie-
Including the cities of Warsaw, Jamestown, Olean, Wellsville,
Orchard Park, and Springville
246 PM EST Fri Nov 29 2019


* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total ice accumulations of
  one to two tenths of an inch. Total snow accumulations less than
  one inch.

* WHERE...Southern Erie and Wyoming counties and the western
  Southern Tier.

* WHEN...From 1 AM to 1 PM EST Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.


Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery
roads and limited visibilities. Slow down and use caution while

Obituary: Jean A. Newbury, 97, of Ulysses, PA

Jean A. Newbury, 97, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, November 28, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born June 22, 1922, in Bingham Center, she was the daughter of Claude C. and Mary M. Bunnell Young.  On May 1, 1944, in Ulysses, she married William B. Newbury, who predeceased her in 2001.  Mrs. Newbury and her husband owned and operated Bill’s Grocery in Ulysses from 1950 – 1984.  She was employed by Galeton Production for over 10 years and was an accomplished seamstress.  Jean was a life member of the Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary.  Surviving are:  a daughter, Ruth Darrington of Ulysses;  two granddaughters, Tobi Renee Darrington and Courtney Darrington;  three great-grandchildren, Danielle Stiles, Lexi McGill, and Laci Berkofsky;  a great-great-grandson, Jace Ryan Koslawy;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Edward B. “Ted” Darrington;  a grandson, John William Darrington;  two brothers, Joseph Young and Selden J. Young;  and four sisters, Claudia Byerly, Ella Johnson, Marion Empson, and Marie Kinter.  Friends may call Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Donald N. Miller and the Rev. Paul G. Caram will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, P.O. Box 156, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Bath Fire Dept. and Municipal Electric - 'We've got you covered'

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department are partners with Bath Electric Gas &  Water Systems to collect NEW gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and socks for those in need in the Bath area. Collection boxes are at The Bath Volunteer Fire Department at 50 E. Morris Street by the main doors on the side towards O'Mally Hall, and at Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems at 7 South the Village of Bath.

Holiday Shoppers Ring Up Savings with NYS Sales Tax Exemptions

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is reminding holiday shoppers of the tax breaks on purchases of clothing and footwear sold for less than $110.
“Clothing and footwear items sold for less than $110 are always free of sales tax in New York State,” said New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Schmidt. “The savings enjoyed can help make holiday shopping more affordable for New Yorkers.”
Sales tax exemption on clothing and footwear
Every day is a sales tax holiday in New York State. Qualifying clothing and footwear purchases are always exempt from the state’s 4% sales tax when they are sold for less than $110.
In 2019, the state exemption alone is expected to save New York shoppers nearly $890 million. Savings from the combined state and local sales tax exemptions are about $1.3 billion annually.

NY State Police news

Amity-based State Police say they arrested 57-year-old Demetria E. Johnson of Cuba for Welfare Fraud 3rd Degree and Filing a False Instrument 1st Degree. An investigation led Troopers to discover Johnson had allegedly filed false paperwork with Allegany County DSS while applying for public assistance, which resulted in her receiving $448.00 in benefits to which she was not entitled. Johnson was arrested and issued an appearance ticket for Belmont Village Court, where she is due to appear in December.

While conducting a traffic stop on State Route 19 in Amity, state police arrested 20-year-old Kaylee Allessi of Elma in Erie County. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance as well as a violation offense. Court action is pending.

Andover Ecumenical Choir performs in Wellsville in December

The Andover Ecumenical Choir will present their annual Christmas advent concert on Monday December 9 at 7 p.m. in the Nancy Howe Auditorium of the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville. This regional favorite, directed by Marcy Bledsoe, has performed on the Auditorium's stage for several years with their inspirational Advent and Lenten programs. This concert is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

PA: Governor Wolf Signs Bills Raising Tobacco Age to 21, Supporting Rural Health Model, and Allowing Hunting on Three Sundays

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 473, which amends tobacco legislation to prohibit the sale of any tobacco, nicotine or related item to anyone under 21 years of age. The legislation also expands the definition of a tobacco product to include e-cigarettes and other vaping products, and expressly prohibits the possession of these items on school grounds.
“Numerous studies have shown tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, are particularly harmful and addictive to youths and young adults,” said Gov. Wolf. “Raising the age to 21 in combination with barring e-cigarettes at our schools will help us prevent young Pennsylvanians from engaging in this dangerous behavior.”
Gov. Wolf further supported public health by signing Senate Bill 314, which establishes the Rural Health Redesign Center Authority and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Fund. The authority and fund will support the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, a program unrolled in March that supports the financial stability of hospitals in rural communities by transitioning them from fee-for-service to global budget payments.
“Every Pennsylvanian deserves access to quality health care within a reasonable distance from home,” said Gov. Wolf. “The Rural Health Redesign Center Authority and Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Fund will help ensure the hospitals that serve rural Pennsylvanians can provide necessary services even with a lower patient volume.”
The governor also signed Senate Bill 147, which lifts the prohibition on hunting for three Sundays in Pennsylvania.
“This legislation carefully balances the needs of landowners with an expanded opportunity for hunters who work or attend school during weekdays,” said Gov. Wolf.
Gov. Wolf also signed the following bills:
House Bill 17, which establishes a 10-year collection window for assessed personal income taxes.
House Bill 49, which includes school safety amendments and allows public school students to earn credits toward graduation by taking courses in personal financial literacy.
House Bill 57, which abolishes various boards, commissions, committees and other entities and makes related repeals.
House Bill 227, which amends the election code to require 10 petition signers to nominate a candidate for school director in a primary race, eliminate ballot stubs and add provisions for privacy.
House Bill 754, which amends the state lottery law to extend the cost of living adjustment moratorium to Dec. 31, 2021.
House Bill 917, which repeals a law passed in 1929 containing guidelines for municipal-funded hospitals.
House Bill 956, which sets the rate of return for the state lottery to 20 percent until June 30, 2024.
House Bill 1016, which amends the Insurance Company Law of 1921 providing for solvency and further providing for benefit contract and for injunction, liquidation and receivership of domestic society.
House Bill 1203, which amends existing law regarding auditing municipal authorities.
House Bill 1402, which establishes sexual extortion as a crime.
House Bill 1410, which establishes a Military Installation Remediation Program providing funding to remediate areas affected by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and related substances.
House Bill 1547, which names numerous bridges and roadway segments.
House Bill 1772, which allows landowners to identify property as no trespassing by painting purple stripes on trees or posts.
House Bill 1896, which allows real estate to be transferred from the Owen J. Roberts School District to the Pennsylvania American Water Company.
House Bill 1982, which allows employers participating for the State Employee Retirement System to pre-fund all or a portion of their pension liability.
Senate Bill 146, which allows online training for firefighters.
Senate Bill 317, which makes changes to the timeline for a Second Class Township to pass its annual budget.
Senate Bill 456, which allows branch campuses of private licensed schools to operate in multiple counties.
Senate Bill 572, which requires patients beginning a new opioid prescription to sign an agreement with their prescribers ensuring they understand the risks of addiction and dangers of overdose. The legislation also requires new patients to undergo baseline drug testing.
Senate Bill 733, which directs $2 million per year for 10 years be paid from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund to fund debt service on the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown.

Angelica: Postal cancellation offered for extended period as Angel Station marks 23rd year

As has been the case the past two Decembers, the Booster Citizens Angel Cancellation (design as always by Pat Kaake) again this year will be available for more than just one day. The ceremonial debut of the cancellation at the Angelica Post Office will be Friday, December 6.
Greeting cards may be mailed to the office or dropped off prior to Dec. 6, addressed appropriately and intended for mailing on that date. Please separate in-town and out-of-town mail. Postal employees will be in the lobby to hand-cancel pieces brought in by customers that day.
The change, introduced two years ago, is that in addition the Post Office will accept all mail to be postmarked with the Angel cancellation from Dec. 6 through Dec. 24. Window hours are (M-F) 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.; (Sat) 10 a.m. - 12 Noon.
All mail received requesting the Angel Station postmark after Dec. 24 will be for collectors only, for 30 days. Please provide a return stamped envelope or your postmarked item w/stamp will be sent through the normal mail stream. For more information please contact the Angelica Post Office at 585-466-7869.
The final count of Angel Station postal cancellations processed at the Angelica Post Office has topped 8,000 in each of the past two years.

Allegany County to consider adding to 911 Center staff

The Allegany County Public safety Committee meets on December 4th. It will review this request:

Allegany County: Work continues on 911 address mapping system

NY State Police Blotter

11/27/19 4:13pm- State Police said two vehicles collided on State Route 417 at Clark Road in the Town of Andover. The drivers were listed as Aaron L. Potter, 29, of Whitesville and David A. Burns, 60, of Andover. Troopers said no injuries were reported.  
11/27/19 3:13pm- State Police investigated a two vehicle crash on Route 446 at West Shore Road in the Town of Ischua. According to Troopers, the drivers were Christina M. Reed, 34, of Black Creek and Michael J. Atwater, 41, of Allegany. There were no reported injuries.
11/27/19 9:56am-  Canisteo-based State Police were called to investigate a two vehicle collision on State Route 36 at the intersection with County Road 126 in the Town of Troupsburg. The drivers were listed as Kayla J. Bissett, 32, of Whitesville and Tammy L. Fresco, 47, of Knoxville, PA. Troopers said one person sustained an injury, but did not indicate who.

Allegany County Sheriff's report - November 2019

Allegany County 911 Center report - November 2019

Allegany County District Attorney report - November 2019

Allegany County Public Defender - November report

November 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Alfred State announces 2019-20 Presidential Aspiring Leaders

Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) members Pictured are the members of the Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program for 2019-2020. Front row is Cassandra Robbers. Second row, from left to right, are Brianna Swartz and Amanda Gardner. Third row, from left to right, are Marc Panzenhagen and Collin Stauffer. Pictured in the last row are Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan and Executive Assistant to the President Tammy Conrad. Not pictured is PAL member Jake Martin.
Alfred State College is pleased to introduce this year’s class of academically talented student leaders who have been named to the Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program for 2019-2020.
Now in its third year, the Presidential Aspiring Leaders (PAL) Program was created for students who possess a strong work ethic, display commitment and dedication to their studies, are engaged in the community and the college, and are looking to strengthen their leadership skills. Students within the program are expected to become familiar with and abide by Alfred State’s core values of respect, integrity, service, and dedication.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “I congratulate the newest group of Presidential Aspiring Leaders here at Alfred State. We applaud their hard work and excellence inside and outside of the classroom, and I am excited to help each of them enhance their leadership capabilities.”
In order to qualify for the program, a student must be in their final year of study, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and have two faculty or staff recommendations that are supported by the dean of their school and approved by their division’s vice president. The president will make final selection of the nominees.
As a PAL member, students will participate in quarterly dialogues on leadership topics with the president, provide feedback on campus issues, and attend a minimum of six assigned events with Sullivan, other faculty or staff, or alone on behalf of the President’s Office. These events include Accepted Student Days, Homecoming and Family Weekend, local/state/federal legislative meetings, state and county fairs, SUNY special events, various ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and more.
This year’s class of PAL students, along with their major and hometown, includes:
•Cassandra Robbers, business administration, Almond
•Brianna Swartz, architectural technology, Fort Plain
•Amanda Gardner, interdisciplinary studies, Hornell
•Marc Panzenhagen, electrical construction and maintenance electrician, Oakland, NJ
•Collin Stauffer, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, LeRoy
•Jake Martin, heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician, Clarence
Students hold the distinction for the academic year beginning in the fall semester and ending when the spring semester concludes. Upon completion of the program, PAL students will receive a letter of recommendation from Sullivan and will be recognized at the college’s Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremony.

Obituary: Arthur Henry Hinkley Jr., 74, of Belmont

Arthur Henry Hinkley Jr., 74, of Belmont, NY, formerly of Princeton, LA, died Monday, November 25, 2019 in Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.  Born September 13, 1945, in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Arthur Henry and Flossie Geraldine Williams Hinkley.  He was employed as a truck driver.  Surviving are:  three children, Arthur Henry Hinkley, III, Patty Wallace, and Philip E. Hinkley; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Hewitt of Scio, NY; nieces and nephews; and former wife, Betty Hinkley of Jamestown.  He was predeceased by a son, Donald Hinkley; and two siblings, Joyce Brink and Roger Hinkley.  There will be no visitation or service.  Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

State Troopers to crack down on impaired and reckless driving over the Thanksgiving holiday

Major Edward J. Kennedy
Troop A Commander


The New York State Police will participate in a special traffic enforcement initiative to crack down on unsafe driving behaviors during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The special traffic enforcement period runs from Wednesday, November 27, 2019, through Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “During this Thanksgiving holiday weekend I encourage all New Yorkers to make safety their top priority. If your celebrations include alcohol, plan ahead to ensure you have a safe ride home. There’s simply no excuse to get behind the wheel if you’re impaired, and State Troopers will have zero tolerance. Make the right choice and avoid the senseless tragedies caused by impaired driving.”

The State Police will supplement regular patrols statewide, including fixed sobriety checkpoints, an underage drinker enforcement and the "Operation Hang Up" initiative, which targets distracted drivers by utilizing Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) patrol vehicles to better locate drivers talking or texting on hand held devices. These unmarked vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Very high traffic volumes typically occur during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It is also a time when alcohol consumption is widespread. During the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday period, troopers arrested 215 drivers for DWI, issued 5,834 speeding tickets, 774 tickets for distracted driving, and 218 tickets for move over law violations.

The Thanksgiving impaired driving enforcement initiative is 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, Android 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommend these simple tips to prevent impaired driving:
  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi or ride sharing service, 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

Allegany County Board of Legislators GOP Leadership Caucus

The annual Allegany County Board of Legislators Republican Leadership Caucus was held to choose the Republican Candidates for Leadership for the coming year following the regular November 25, 2019 Board Meeting. The results were as follows: Curtis Crandall (Belfast, District 1) was chosen as Republican Candidate for Chairman of the Legislature and Philip Curran (Alfred, District 5) selected as the Republican Candidate for Legislative Vice Chairman. Dwight “Mike” Healy (Amity, District 2) was re-elected as Majority Leader for 2020. The candidates will be voted on by the full Board of Legislators at the Organizational Meeting on January 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Allegany County Legislator rises to regional post

InterCounty Association of Western New York held their Annual Meeting on November 15, 2019, at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Horseheads, New York. The group of 19 Western New York counties serves its members by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relative to local government. Consideration is given to problems of mutual interest and support of policies and programs of common interest.
The Annual Meeting also marks the reorganization of the Association. The nominating committee offered the following slate of officers: Mr. Brooke Harris, of Alfred, Allegany County Legislator-President; Mr. Ken Miller, Wayne County-Town of Palymra-1st Vice President; Mr. George Hebert, Monroe County Legislator-2nd Vice President, Ms. Brenda Mori, Steuben County Clerk of the Legislature-Treasurer. Mr. Harris, Allegany County District 5 Legislator, presently serves on the Personnel, Public Safety, Resource Management, and Budget Committees. He was first elected to the Allegany County Legislature in 2018 and has served as an Allegany County representative to InterCounty Association since 2018. Before handing the gavel to Mr. Harris, President Rochelle M. Stein, Genesee County Legislator, presented commendations to the following retiring members; Robert Bausch, Genesee County Legislator, Donna Vickman, Cattaraugus County Legislator, Todd Campbell, Ontario County-Town of West Bloomfield, Ronald McGreevy, Seneca County –Town of Tyre, Mitch Rowe, Seneca County Manager, Steven LeRoy, Wayne County-Town of Sodus, Sandy Pagano, Wayne County-Town of Walworth, Laurie Crane, Wayne County-Town of Huron and Debbie Drawe, Monroe County Legislator. President Stein expressed her gratitude for the contributions of members and for the work accomplished on behalf of the 19 counties and their residents. "I expect the organization will benefit from the combined memberships interest in representing county constituents and the leadership Mr. Harris will undoubtedly provide."

"The Allegany County Board of Legislators is very proud to have fellow Legislator Brooke Harris stepping up to be President of the InterCounty Association of Western New York," said Curt Crandall, Chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators. "When I am asked what Allegany County can do about any particular issue, my answer is that we are not alone, we have InterCounty which is nineteen counties strong. Brooke will do an excellent job in leading this group and carrying our concerns to Albany," added Crandall. "Congratulations Brooke."
InterCounty Association of Western New York will meet next on January 29, 2020, at the New York Association of Counties Legislative Conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

National Weather Service issued Wind Advisory for Allegany County


* WHAT...Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph

* WHERE...Monroe, Wayne, Northern Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson,
Lewis, Livingston, Ontario, and Allegany counties.

* WHEN...From 1 PM Wednesday to 1 AM EST Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree
limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.
Unsecured holiday decorations could also be damaged.


Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high
profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

Potter County could also be impacted:
National Weather Service State College PA
232 PM EST Tue Nov 26 2019

Potter-Northern Clinton-Mifflin-Juniata-Tioga-Northern Lycoming-
Sullivan-Southern Clinton-Southern Lycoming-Union-Snyder-Montour-
Including the cities of Coudersport, Renovo, Lewistown,
Mifflintown, Mansfield, Wellsboro, Trout Run, Laporte,
Lock Haven, Williamsport, Lewisburg, Selinsgrove, Danville,
Sunbury, Shamokin, Bloomsburg, and Berwick
232 PM EST Tue Nov 26 2019


* WHAT...West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph

* WHERE...Eastern half of central Pennsylvania especially north of

* WHEN...From midnight Wednesday night to 10 AM EST Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
  Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may

Southern Tier News: Owego community up in arms over swastika displays

Owego mayor Mike Baratta (Tioga County, NY) says there is little that can be done regarding community concerns after swastikas were displayed on a village home and property. The mayor issued an eight-line press today saying the job of elected officials was to determine if laws were broken or codes violated. Baratta said in this case, the answer to those questions is no…there were no violations. The mayor continued to say that the 1st amendment protects citizens’ rights to free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of press, and the right to petition the government. In this case the item in question is displaying a swastika...this is not against the law. There was a supreme court case…Texas vs. Johnson, that covered this very issue. He concluded by saying he in no way supports what is being displayed and he thinks the Owego community doesn’t support the idea… but it is not the governments place to say what can or cannot be displayed on an individual’s private property. Social media reactions have been slightly mixed.

Obituary: Elaine I. Thorne, 79, of Westfield, PA

Elaine I. Thorne, 79, of Westfield, PA, died Sunday, November 24, 2019 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born December 3, 1939, in Ulysses, she was the daughter of Harry L. and Viva M. Abbey Young.  She was employed by Galeton Production and Cooper-Slide, Genesee.  Elaine was a member of the People’s Church of Potter Brook.  Surviving are:  two sons, Wayne A. (Cheryl) Thorne of Whites Corners and Ricky L. (Dina) Thorne of Nunda, NY;  six grandsons;  seven great-grandchildren;  a brother, Marvin (Lois) Young of Lock Haven;  two sisters, Eleanor I. Hurler of Westfield and Ellen Kibbe of Mills;  friend, George Hilliard of Genesee;  nieces and nephews, including special nephew, Steven Morris of Westfield.  She was predeceased by a sister, Eloise Morris.  There will be no visitation or service.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville.  Memorials may be made to People’s Church of Potter Brook, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Allegany County Trap, Neuter, Return Serving The Village of Wellsville is asking for donations

Allegany County Trap, Neuter, Return Serving The Village of Wellsville is asking for donations.

We have an exciting opportunity that was just offered to us! We have a donor who is in the Christmas spirit and has issued a challenge. This angel will double (yes DOUBLE) ANY donation made now through December 31st! Please take advantage of this opportunity if you have been thinking about donating to have feral cats spayed or neutered. If we are able to continue through the winter, this will mean A LOT less kittens born next year. Donations can be made via paypal (, checks or money orders sent to ACTNR P.O. Box 50,2 Wellsville, NY 14895 or via our Facebook page,

501c3 All donations are tax deductible.

Carrie Jefferds, President, Allegany County Trap, Neuter, Return