Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Steuben-Allegany BOCES Site (Bath) - Site Reclassified; No Longer a Significant Threat

Site Name: Steuben-Allegany BOCES December 2019

Site No.: 851019 Tax Map No.: 174-1-33

Site Location: 6666 Babcock Hollow Road, Bath, Steuben County
State Superfund Site Reclassification Notice  
Class 02 to Class 03

The Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program (the State Superfund Program) is the State's program for identifying, investigating, and cleaning up sites where the disposal of hazardous waste may present a threat to public health and/or the environment. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) maintains a list of these sites in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites (Registry). The site identified above, and located on the attached map, has been reclassified on the Registry as a Class 3 site as it no longer presents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment for the following reason(s):

• Human exposures at the site have been addressed. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were not detected during the most recent groundwater sampling event and previous investigations have not identified any significant sources of contamination on-site. The on-site private well is no longer used for potable purposes and sampling of off-site private wells shows levels of VOCs below drinking water standards.
If you own property adjacent to this site and are renting or leasing your property to someone else, please share this information with them.

Trooper arrested after July 15th crash

On December 31, 2019, Troopers arrested Stephen C. Barker, 33, for Reckless Endangerment 2nd  (class A misdemeanor) and Reckless Driving.
On July 15, 2019 at 1:08 p.m., Troopers out of SP Buffalo responded to a collision involving a New York State Police vehicle on the I-90 west bound near milepost marker 462.6 in the town of Sheridan.  Barker was operating a marked NYSP Dodge Charger and rear-ended a 2019 Dodge Caravan with five occupants.  All occupants of the Dodge Caravan were treated for injuries from minor to severe.  Trooper Barker is currently suspended with-out pay.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Collision Reconstruction, Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office and NYSP Professional Standards Bureau assisted in this investigation.

Alegany County: Crandall, Curran, Hennessy expected to be reappointed to leadership roles

Deputy Sheriff's Entrust Scholarship Program to ACAF

The Allegany County Deputy Sheriff's Association (ACDSA) and Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF) have teamed up in managing the Deputy Sheriff’s Association (ACDSA) scholarship program.  This scholarship supports students preparing for a career in law enforcement and is open to high school seniors in Allegany County school districts. Seven $500 awards are offered annually, and are given in memory of officers Dan Barkley, Richard Burdick, Cory Dieter, Kevin Elliott, Fred Grusendorf, Wilbur “Webb” Palmer, and Derek Ward.
The scholarships are funded through the proceeds of the annual Dan Barkley Basketball Showcase. This popular tournament brings Allegany and Steuben county boys and girls varsity teams together in a unique cross-county competition.
Students can apply for an ACDSA scholarship through the Foundation’s regular scholarship process. The online application may be found via the scholarship tab on the ACAF website and is active now through February 3rd.  The Allegany County Area Foundation is part of the Dollars for Scholars program.
“The Foundation has a blind review process, online application and a lot of experience managing scholarships,” says Correction Officer Corporal Matthew Tronetti. “They were a preferred choice for us as we looked for ways to streamline our scholarship process.
“With $10 million dollars in assets, the Allegany County Area Foundation manages a variety of scholarship and grant funds. Gifts to the deputy sheriff’s scholarship and other ACAF funds are tax-deductible. If you’d like to learn more about ACAF programs, contact Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616 or

Obituary: Robert W. "Bob" Shedlock, 75, Scio

SCIO – Robert W. "Bob" Shedlock, 75, passed away Sunday (Dec. 29, 2019) at Peregrine Senior Living, in Orchard Park, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Shedlock was born on Sept. 29, 1944, in Elmira, to Joseph William and Velma Ameigh Shedlock. On Feb. 8, 1978, he married Sue A. Hamilton, who survives.

He was a 1962 graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School, in Elmira Heights. He later went on to earn his bachelor of science in history from the State University College at Cortland and his master of education from Elmira College.

Robert worked as a junior high history teacher, for Scio Central School, for 33 years, until his retirement in 1999. He started Learning Center USA, and together with his wife, they published creative social studies lessons, that were used by teachers and students, across the United States.

Bob admired a well-manicured yard. He enjoyed the outside work of maintaining his own property, whether it was a landscaping project, planting flowers in the spring or sculpting the bushes. A favorite pastime was the neighborhood drives with his wife, around Orchard Park, looking at the beautiful custom homes and well maintained yards.

Bob loved his family and centered his life around sharing his personal interests with them. As a teacher with the summers off, Bob enjoyed taking the family on vacations, touring the wide reaches of the United States as well as the more local annual destination of Ocean City.

He was a huge sports car enthusiast, owning many makes and models, through the years. He especially delighted in driving his family in his latest addition. This appreciation for cars fueled his passion as a NASCAR fan. He also passed along, to his wife and son, his love of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, sharing season tickets with them each year.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by two children, Kristen (Jeff) Wolowitz of Charlotte, N.C. and Michael Joseph (Nancy) Shedlock of Almond; his mother-in-law, Rosabell Hamilton of Hinsdale; a sister, Donna Poteat of Elmira Heights; five grandchildren, Amanda Wolowitz, Angela Wolowitz, Nikolai Wolowitz, Marcus Shedlock and Henrik Shedlock; a niece, Terri (David) Buono; and a nephew, Jim Poteat.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Scio/Wellsville. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 4, 2019) at the funeral home. A private burial service will take place, in Fairlawn Cemetery, in Scio, at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Bob's name may be made to Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Wellsville Regional News: Top story of 2019

Sadly, tragedy once again dominated headlines at Wellsville Regional News. The most read story in 2019 came with the headline-"Allegany County: Troopers investigating possible double homicide in Clarksville. Beginning at 12:50 a.m. on November 21st, this site began reporting details of what would result in an ugly crime.
In less than 16 hours, 77,696 people reviewed the story. The case resulted in the arrest of William J. Larson, 17, of Clarksville. This is the original post. As the hours continued, the story continued to updated, keeping readers informed.  I'm proud of the reporting. I'm sad that I had to report it.

Monday, December 30, 2019

ABC News: In memoriam: Remembering those who died in 2019

Alfred State reflects on top stories for 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, Alfred State College (ASC) is taking a look back at some of its biggest stories from the year.
The following are some major highlights, in no particular order, from this past year:
  • Accreditations: The five-year Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program obtained full accreditation status from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Also, the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) reaccredited 10 of the college’s technology-related majors.
  • New programs: Several new programs launched in the fall of 2019, including mechatronics technology (AAS and BS), agricultural automation and robotics (AAS), game and interactive design (AS and BS), and the first four-year agriculture program in the school’s history, agricultural entrepreneurship (BTech).
  • Grants: Alfred State received several grants in 2019, including a $2.1 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation in support of the mechatronics technology and agricultural automation and robotics associate degree programs. The college was also awarded a $2.25 million grant from the US Department of Education as part of the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program, and a $100,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to help grow Alfred State’s HVAC program. 
  • Visits from officials: SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson delivered a keynote address at the STEM Summer Institute at Alfred State. The college also welcomed SUNY Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Merryl H. Tisch and SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier to campus for a visit. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited the electrical construction lab at the Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo to speak with instructors and students there.
  • ASC continues to excel in US News & World Report’s Best Colleges list. Among all Northern Colleges in an 11-state region, Alfred State is ranked No. 10 overall, No. 6 for public schools, and No. 1 among all SUNY institutions in the category. US News also ranks Alfred State the No. 3 Best College for Veterans when listing public colleges in the North.
  • Alfred State launched a new Esports team that affords students the opportunity to go head-to-head against other colleges in many competitive games. The team complements Alfred State’s new game and interactive design AS and BS programs.
  • For the 10th straight year, the employment and continuing education rate among Alfred State graduates reached 99 percent.
  • Students began working on a “reuse/repurpose/recycle” project that will showcase how shipping containers can be repurposed into high-efficiency housing or office units.
  • The Alfred State Police Academy officially launched this year, serving as a regional training center that offers high-quality training to current and future law enforcement professionals.
  • ASC launched a new virtual tour that is custom-built based on feedback from students. With the upgraded experience, users can now virtually navigate through Alfred State’s campuses and buildings in several different ways by choosing an aerial tour, a road tour, or a walking tour.
Other notable highlights from this past year include the College Farm being named a Dairy of Distinction; Jeffrey Stevens becoming the dean of the School of Applied Technology; alumnus Robert “Bob” Livingston donating a Mohawk Lift to the heavy equipment, truck and diesel technician program; the ongoing success and growth of Alfred State’s career fairs; and Day of Giving raising $212,162.

Concerned Citizens of Allegany County to hold annual meeting

Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, will hold its Annual Meeting on Sat., January 25th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at 22 W. Main St. Angelica NY. All current and prospective members and donors, and other interested parties, are invited to attend.  The agenda includes the election of board members and officers for 2020.  There are no proposed changes to the by-laws. Please RSVP so seating can be arranged.  Email, phone or text 585-466-4474.

Wellsville Elks Lodge to hold shuffleboard tournament January 11th

Wellsville Town Highway takes additional measure to keep Weidrick Road bridge closed

Town of Wellsville Highway Superintendent Dean Arnold says his department has taken additional measures to keep pedestrians and horse and buggies off the closed Weidrick Road bridge. The bridge closed December 18th, but there has continued to be pedestrian and other traffic crossing the span. Arnold Monday night urged people to stay off and away from the bridge, citing structural issues. Added barricades have now been installed. The 66-year-old bridge is slated to be replaced in 2020.

Town of Wellsville to leave Municipal Building around January 15th

Town of Wellsville offices, currently located in the Municipal Building, will close January 15-17. When they re-open on January 21st, they will be located at the Wellsville Municipal Airport, 2600 Tarantine Boulevard. The Town Board approved the move Monday night and agreed to pay about $4,500 in labor and materials to make modifications to the airport building. The town also accepted an offer from the village to hold its board meetings at the new village offices at 23 North Main Street, effective with the January meeting.
In other action:
-Michael Miller was reappointed to serve as the deputy supervisor.
-The Board voted to hire Nichelle Dannheim as a clerk to the Assessor, for up to six months, as no more than 20/hours per week. The Board disclosed than Nichelle is the daughter of the Assessor, Joe Dannheim.

Osgood sworn in as Wellsville Town Clerk

Outgoing Wellsville Town Clerk Sylvia LaChance (left) swears in newly elected town clerk Danielle Osgood
For the first time in twenty years, Wellsville will have a new town clerk effective Thursday. Danielle Osgood, who won election in November, took her oath of office Monday night. She assumes the duties held today by Sylvia LaChance, who has been town clerk for two decades. During the town organizational meeting, Supervisor Shad Alsworth thanked LaChance for her service saying, "you've been a great help."

Obituary: Mary Y. Mitchell, 96, of Coudersport

Mary Y. Mitchell, 96, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, December 29, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport. Born January 4, 1923, in Limestone, NY, she was the daughter of Joseph and Antoinette Naples Yannie. She was employed as a nurse’s aide by Cole Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1985.  She then was employed by the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce and Career Link. Mary attended Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. She was an accomplished seamstress, avid reader, enjoyed playing cards and traveling. Surviving are: two sons: Dale Mitchell of Eagle, WI and David (Sharon) Mitchell of Franklin, MA; three daughters: Nadine (Joel) Shade of Coudersport, Lana Foust of Coudersport, and Gloria (John) Kaeselau of Elma, NY; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence “Larry” (Beth) Yannie of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Josephine (Paul) Corey of Coudersport; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Benjamin Mitchell; a daughter-in-law, Jackie Mitchell; a son-in-law, John Foust; four sisters, Louise Camp, Lucy White, Ann Long, and Lena Shaver; and three brothers, John Yannie, Alexander Yannie, and Paul Yannie. A memorial service will be held in Spring 2020 at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport. Memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Cole Foundation, Attn: Andrea Streich, (for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Patient Activity Fund), 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Allegany County man faces prison time

WARSAW - An Allegany County man who went on a four-county crime spree after setting fire to a building in Almond pleaded guilty in Wyoming County Court to stealing a vehicle in Eagle.
Edward R. Bancroft, 31, of Angelica pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny, a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.
The plea satisfies an indictment filed against Bancroft charging him with second-and-third-degree grand larceny. Read the complete article HERE from

Reed Demands Answers from SUNY Chancellor Over Shutdown of Free Speech on Binghamton Campus

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Tom Reed released a letter sent to SUNY System Chancellor Kristina Johnson and President of SUNY Binghamton Harvey Stenger following a visit by renowned economist Art Laffer to Binghamton University where he was shouted off the stage and escorted out of the room by security before having the opportunity to speak.
This happened, according to press reports, because the protesters did not approve of the campus Young Americans Foundation and the College Republicans groups in which Laffer was addressing.
“The importance of the free exchange of ideas is one of the bedrocks of our democracy. So integral, the right to freedom of speech was enshrined in the first amendment of the United States Constitution. A free and democratic country depends on a well-informed, educated, and opinioned public free from concerns that their speech or beliefs will be constrained or prohibited. A country where speech, especially political in nature, is infringed cannot thrive,” Tom said in the letter.
Tom requested the following answers regarding SUNY free speech policies:
  1. Are there any SUNY-wide restrictions or limitations on the free-expression of political speech, including gatherings, meetings, tabling, and distribution of materials?
  2. Are these requirements enforced fairly and without regard to content or group?
  3. Are there any SUNY-wide restrictions on the formations of political clubs?
  4. Are there any SUNY-wide restrictions on clubs inviting guest speakers?
  5. What efforts are made to ensure clubs are able to function without retaliation or harm?
  6. What balance does SUNY strive to make when protecting the right of a club to invite and hear from a guest speaker with the right of students to protest such speaker?
  7. What disciplinary actions are enforced by the University when students take actions to stifle free speech?
Tom also asked the SUNY System Chancellor Kristina Johnson and President of SUNY Binghamton Harvey Stenger to answer the following questions regarding the incident on November 14 and 18, with Art Laffer at the SUNY Binghamton campus.
  1. Why was SUNY Binghamton unable to protect the College Republicans from distributing materials on November 14 from aggressive and violent protestors?
  2. What actions have been made to discipline the aggressive and violent protestors on November 14?
  3. What actions were taken to ensure the College Republicans could hear from their speaker, Art Laffer, without disruption?
  4. Why were those actions not enough and what changes has the school made to ensure similar speakers aren’t shouted down and forced to leave?
  5. What actions has the university taken to hold protestors who shut down the event for their actions?
  6. Why has the university selectively punished the College Republicans and removed their ability to reserve rooms and hold future events and speakers?

Wellsville: Better Days announces New Year's Eve entertainment

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Sunday December 29, 2019

Wellsville Police arrested Saddi M. Leitzell, age 22 of Wellsville, charging her with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more, Moved from lane unsafely and Unregistered motor vehicle.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on East Dyke Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Leitzell was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Leitzell is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on January 14th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday December 27, 2019
Wellsville Police arrested Wyait P. Crawford, age 25 of Genesee, PA, charging him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd, Operating while Registration Suspended/Revoked, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Operating without Insurance, Inadequate/No Muffler, No/Inadequate Plate Lamp & Failed to Notify DMV of change of address.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on South Brooklyn Avenue in the Village of Wellsville.  Crawford was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Crawford is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on January 28th at 4:30 p.m.

Two-alarm fire strikes commercial building in Cuba

Firefighters from nearly a dozen departments spent last night and the overnight battling a blaze at the former Stauffer Biscuit Company on Farnsworth Road. Neighbors told 911 they could see flames and smoke pouring from the garage area. Then police arrived on scene and confirmed flames had broken through the windows. Responding to the scene in addition to Cuba…Friendship, Clarksville, New Hudson, Rushford, Belfast, Oramel and multiple agencies from Cattaraugus County. Investigators continued to work the scene this morning looking for the cause. The cookie and biscuit company shuttered its full-time operations in Cuba at the end of 2017.

Belmont American Legion to host Euchre Tournment

Wellsville Town Board Organizational meeting aegnda


 Pledge to the Flag
  1. Oath of Offices (Danielle Osgood)
  2. Supervisor Appointments
  3. Relocation
  4. Assessor – temporary clerk
  5. Payment of Bills
    A. Abstract #13

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Rep. Tom Reed considering a run for Governor in 2022

Republican Congressman Tom Reed of Corning is contemplating a run for Governor. The Buffalo News reports that during a recent interview, Reed didn't rule out the possibility that he may challenge Democrat Andrew Cuomo in 2022. Reed has certainly been ramping up his attacks on Cuomo. For now, the GOP lawmaker is preparing for re-election to congress next year. However, according The Buffalo News, Reed said when he was first elected in 2010, he would not seek more than six terms…that’s twelve years. State Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy told the newspaper “it would be intriguing to consider Tom for statewide office."

ICYMI: Swain Ski Patrol Open House Jan 4

[Swain, NY] Skiers and snowboarders, if you have ever wanted to know what it is like to ski or ride with the Ski Patrol, you can have the chance on Saturday January 4 or Sunday March 1. Swain Ski Patrol is hosting an open house that includes a free one day lift pass and lunch. Hours are 10 to 2 each day.
Many of the best skiers on the hill belong to the National Ski Patrol. This esteemed national organization was formed in the 1930s to provide safety and first aid for the recreational ski industry. The Swain Ski Patrol is seeking new members. Participation in the open house is by no means an obligation to join Ski Patrol. It is a chance for skiers and snow boarders to have a look close up as to what the men and women in the red coats do.
The Ski Patrol keeps the area safe and, when needed, provides first aid and transport off the hill. Patrollers are trained in skiing and sled handling as well as professional level first responder skills. The Ski Patrol makes the first tracks in the snow each morning to assess and report trail conditions as well as the final sweep at the end of the day, to be sure nobody is left behind. The enjoyment of being outdoors, engaged in an exciting sport and the satisfaction and confidence that comes from being well trained are great personal benefits for the patroller. When asked what they love most about Ski Patrol, most members will immediately talk about the comradery.
Classes begin in January for the “S & T” (Ski and Toboggan) portion of the training for new candidates joining the Patrol. Candidates who attend the first open house and apply for patrol membership may be eligible to begin training immediately.
Swain Ski and Snowboard Center, in the northern Allegany County Village of Swain, NY, has a summit elevation of nearly 2000 feet with 35 trails over 120 acres. The vertical drop of 650 feet is served by three quad chair lifts and a double chair lift. Natural snowfall and artificial snowmaking on the north facing mountain side has meant that the slopes have been open since late November, even on many days when warm temperatures meant that no snow was to be seen in most other places. Recent natural snowfall and temperatures are making for excellent January snow conditions.
Space is limited for the open house. Participants are asked to pre-register by emailing or calling membership coordinator Steve Walker at 607-382-3195.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Radio personality Don Imus dies

Radio personality Don Imus, whose insult humor and savage comedy catapulted him to a long-lasting and controversial radio career, has died at 79. His three-hour radio program, Imus in the Morning, was widely popular, especially with the over 25-male demographic.
Imus passed away on Friday morning at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in College Station, Texas, after being hospitalized on Christmas Eve, a representative said. The cause of death was not given.

Donation to Genesee (PA) Area Library

Benjamin R. Olney of Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, presenting a Christmas donation to Christine Moser of the Genesee Area Library.

Statement From Senator Fred Akshar on New Bail Reforms Going Into Effect

Statement from Senator Fred Akshar on New Bail Reforms Going Into Effect

In five days, the misguided and overreaching bail reform laws enacted by New York’s One Party Rule will go into effect, handing out new “get-out-of-jail-free” cards for an exceedingly long list of crimes.
Unfortunately, those crimes not only include Animal Abuse, Animal Fighting and Animal Torture, but Reckless Assault of a Child, Aggravated Assault on children under 11, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Vehicular Manslaughter and many more. 
I voted “No” on these misguided policies driven by far-left New York City-based activists, but with the Democrat Party controlling the majorities in each branch of government, these so-called reforms were forced through anyway.
It’s not as if the New York State Senate Democrats, the Assembly or the Governor’s staff weren’t aware of these loopholes and consequences, they just didn’t care.
Elections have consequences, and whether it’s driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants or free college for illegal immigrants, or radical bail reform, this “new” New York under One Party Rule continues to show its allegiance lies with downstate, far-left political interests rather than with hardworking, law-abiding middle-class families.

I’m urging anyone opposed to these reforms to sign our statewide petition against the measure and show New York’s One Party Rule that they don’t represent our interests. Link to petition:

Obituary: Gary L. Ells, 67, Wellsville/Almond

WELLSVILLE - Gary L. Ells, age 67, passed away on Tuesday December 24, 2019 at the Wellsville Manor. He was born on April 27, 1952 in Hornell to Lewis and Luella Sisson Ells. Gary attended Alfred-Almond Central School and lived the majority of his years in the Almond area. He had a brief career at Conrail as well as several area farms. He developed a great love for cars- he always enjoyed paging through the latest “motor- head” magazines, memorizing facts about all cars and collecting model cars. Regardless of the weather, Gary would not miss his morning coffee at his favorite local stops. Reluctantly he spent his last months at the Wellsville Manor Nursing Care facility, where he grew to enjoy bantering with the staff and residents. Gary was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his siblings Ramona Carbone (Timothy Kalkhof), Brian Ells (Patricia) and Tina Napolitan (Richard).  He is also survived by his Aunt Glennis Ells Ricketts, cousins Carol Schelin (Robert), Leslie Heffernan (Clark) along with several other relatives of his parents. At Gary’s request there will be no visitation or memorial service. Burial arrangements will be at the convenience of the family at the Almond Rural Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit  

Wellspring Ministries Receives Gift from Casella Waste Management

(left to right) Larry Shilling from Casella; Angie White, Wellspring Board Member; Jim Arthur, Wellspring Executive Director; Josh Haley from Casella
BELFAST - Casella Waste Management, who owns the landfill in Angelica, presented a $2,500.00 check to Wellspring Ministries for the purpose of providing holiday hams to Wellspring’s clients.  Casella partners with local organizations who are helping the needy in the areas they serve as a way of giving back to the community.
Wellspring is a not for profit charity that accepts virtually anything household related in good condition including: clothing, linens, kitchen items, toys, decorative items, games, puzzles, furniture, appliances.  The volunteer staff sorts the donated items making sure they are complete, clean and useable, then puts them out for the needy of the area to take at no cost.
Wellspring used a portion of Casella’s gift to put together 100 holiday dinner bags to be given to those who came to its Christmas dinner on December 22, 2019.  Larry Schilling and Josh Haley, from Casella, helped serve the meal to the 119 people in attendance, then distributed appropriately sized hams and dinner bags to each household represented.  The remainder of the monies will be used to provide Easter hams.
Located at 5993 County Road 16, Belfast, Wellspring is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for clients to ‘shop’.  It serves a hot meal at noon both days, with the meal preceded by a devotional presented by an area pastor.
Wellspring has a budget of around $40,000 per year with most of it coming from individuals, churches and civic groups who know about and believe in the mission of Wellspring.

Appellate Court upholds new sentence for Steuben County man who attempted to kill two Troopers

A New York State Appellate Court has upheld a new sentence in Steuben County court for a man who was convicted of attempting to kill two State Troopers. The Appellate Court had previously vacated the sentence and ordered the judge to re-sentence Richard E. VanGorden, 46, formerly of Addison. When the court did, and made the two attempted murder convictions to be served consecutively and not concurrently, VanGorden appealed.  
In 2012, VanGorden lead State Police on a wild high-speed chase. At one point, he slowed, aimed a rifle out the window and fired at two Troopers. In the Appellate Court decision, it ruled, "in view of defendant’s extensive prior criminal history and the serious nature of the offenses, we further conclude that the resentence is not unduly harsh or severe."
VanGorden is currently serving a sentence of 34-40 years at the Great Meadow Correctional Facility, which is located outside Fort Ann in Washington County, in northern New York. His earliest release date is January 4, 2046.
You can view the entire Appellate decision, here.

NYS poised for another hike in the minimum wage

New York’s minimum wage is set to increase again on New Year’s Eve. According to the Associated press, Gov. Cuomo’s budget director says several studies show New York’s gradual increase in the minimum wage hasn’t directly caused a loss in jobs. The minimum wage increased to $15 in New York City for all business with over 10 employees last year. Meanwhile, the rest of the state…to include Allegany County, will see an increase from $11.10 to $11.80 per hour beginning next Tuesday.

Fire damages Town of Willing home

An early morning fire caused heavy damage to a Town of Willing home. Willing firefighters received the call around 6:30 a.m. and responded to 2187 Beech Hill Road. Extra help was called in from Wellsville, Andover, Whitesville and Genesee, PA. The home was reportedly engulfed in flames. The Willing fire chief declared the blaze under control at about 7:10 a.m. Multiple ambulances responded to the scene. The American Red Cross was also requested to the scene to help one adult male. Multiple fire investigators were at the scene Friday morning probing for the cause.

Alfred State: Pettit and Gentile Named Athletes of the Week

Sophomore basketball players Jordyn Pettit (Wellsville) and Ryan Gentile (Spencerport) have been named the Alfred State Athletes of the Week.
Pettit had a huge 2nd half as she scored 23 of her game high 25 points as the Pioneers battled Hilbert. She finished the day 12 for 21 from the field and completed the double-double with 16 rebounds. She also was credited with three steals. On the year, Pettit is averaging 13.3 points (13.6 ppg in AMCC contests) and 9.3 rebounds per game (7.8 in AMCC play).
Gentile scored a career high 36 points on 11 for 21 shooting as Alfred State battled Hilbert. He was 6 for 10 from three and 8 for 9 from the foul line. He also pulled down eight boards and was credited with three steals. On the year he is averaging 20.8 points per game in AMCC play (16.1 ppg overall). He is shooting 45.3% (24 for 53) from three.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Alfred University appoints Wellsville native as new chief of Public Safety

ALFRED, NY – Alfred University announces the appointment of Jessica Middaugh as chief of Public Safety, effective Jan. 6. Middaugh has been serving as interim chief since Sept. 4.
Middaugh has been on the staff of the Office of Public Safety since 2015, when she was appointed as a full-time officer. As chief, she will oversee a staff of three full-time officers and eight part-time officers, as well as 12 student public safety officers and one office staff.
“I am excited to have Jessica join our team as the new chief of Public Safety,” said Del Rey Honeycutt, interim dean of students at Alfred University. “She is dedicated and has the drive to keep the office moving in a positive direction. In addition, she has a great skill set, as well as the knowledge and care to thrive on a college campus. I truly look forward to working with her in this capacity and supporting her as she embarks on this new journey.”  
“I am looking forward to moving the Public Safety department forward and expanding our abilities to better serve the campus and its community,” Middaugh commented. “We have a lot of new plans and trainings in place that are going to grow our department and also allow students and faculty to better interact with us.”
Middaugh’s career in law enforcement began in 2012, as an officer and dispatcher with the Wellsville Village Police Department. In 2015, she was appointed a public safety officer at Alfred University and a year later was hired as a part-time officer with the Andover Village Police Department. She served as a corrections officer with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department from 2016-18.
She continues to serve on a part-time basis with the Wellsville and Andover police departments and as an animal cruelty investigator with the Allegany County SPCA.
A native of Wellsville, Middaugh graduated from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy in 2012, and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Jamestown Community College in 2018.

Obituary: Makayla A. Derk, 13, Dalton

Dalton - Makayla A. Derk of 9949 Oakland Street went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, December 23, 2019 in her home. She was born on August 11, 2006 in Dansville, a daughter of Andrew Derk and Abbigail Dexter.
Makayla was currently enrolled at Letchworth Central School where she participated in the school chorus. She also attended the Hume Baptist Church and always brought flowers for Wednesday night prayer meeting.
She loved Jesus Christ, all types of flowers, feeding the birds in her multiple bird feeders, listening to music, playing school and acting as the teacher in her room and was always concerned for others.
Surviving in addition to her mother and step-father, Abbigail (Michael) Hatfield are her siblings, Jacob Cobin, Michael Hatfield Jr., Aleigha Hatfield all of Dalton, her Paternal Grandmother, Susan Derk of Hunt, her Maternal Grandmother, Sharee (Ronald) McGonigle of Wellsville, her Maternal Grandfather, Robert (Chris Ann Stewart) Dexter of Arkport, two uncles, Anthony Derk of Dalton, Joe Dexter of York and a cousin, Jerry Cartwright.
Family and friends may gather from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Hume Baptist Church. Pastor Joel Stroud will officiate. Burial will be in Short Tract Cemetery, Short Tract.
Memorials if desired to: Hume Baptist Church, PO Box 87, Hume, NY 14745.

Obituary: Robert J. Madden, 86, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Robert J. Madden, 86, a former resident of 144 Trapping Brook Road passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Manor Hills. He was born June 28, 1933 at Tullar Maternity Hospital in Wellsville, the son of the late Theodore and Catherine (Brennan) Madden. On September 23, 1961 at St. Joseph's Church in Scio he married Catherine J. Baker who predeceased him on April 6, 1992.
Bob was a 1949 graduate of the Immaculate Conception School, and Wellsville High School in 1951. He was employed at Worthington Corporation for 43 years, retiring as a pattern maker in 1994. He was an active member of the Dyke Street Engine Company Company No. 2, where he served as secretary for 58 years. He was a life member of the Volunteer Fireman's Association of Allegany County and the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman, a member of the the Fireman's Association of New York State, a member past president of the Scio Senior Sunshine Club, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, where he served as an usher for many years.  Bob enjoyed living at Manor Hills were he resided since June of 2015. He also enjoyed woodworking, and collecting model firetrucks. 
He is survived by his daughter Janet E. (Lori Niemi) Madden of Plymouth MA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife by a brother Edward Madden, and a sister, Marlene McDowell.  
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 11:00 to 12:00 the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 12 noon following visitation. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Dyke Street Engine Company #2 To leave online condolences, please visit

Obituary: Patricia Ann Ross, Seaver, Pratt, Baker, 77, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Patricia Ann Ross, Seaver, Pratt, Baker passed away Monday, December 23, with family at her side following a long battle with cancer.  Pat was born on February 14, 1942 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Clair and Pearl (Robbins) Ross.
She attended Wellsville High School. In March 1960 she married John H. Seaver and moved with him to Colorado before he was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas. In the mid-60s she was married to Keith R. Pratt in Fort Worth. She returned home to Wellsville with her five children in 1970.
Over the years Pat worked a variety of jobs including woodworking, dispatching and taxi driving and at Neu Tech Document Retrieval, all while raising her five children, as a single parent. In the early 80s she co-owned and operated, with her mother, the Lone Star Café in Wellsville and in her later years she was co-founder and bookkeeper for RJB Trucking.
In her 30s and 40s Pat coached girls’ softball. She also enjoyed bowling and helped her team win many local and state tournaments.
Civic minded, in the mid-90s she joined the Great Wellsville Hot Air Balloon Rally Committee and worked in the Rally store eventually running it. She also designed and decorated the committee’s floats for the annual Rally parade for many years.
She co-founded Music on the Lawn in 1997 and for 17 summers she worked each week providing and selling refreshments and helped organize fund raisers on its behalf during the rest of the year.
Pat worked tirelessly on her 50th Class Reunion celebration for the Class of 1960. She volunteered and helped organize the Wellsville Bi-Centennial celebration in 2007. She was happy to play Mrs. Santa Claus in the village’s first modern day Christmas Parade. She also delivered Meals on Wheels to area residents.
On October. 30, 2003 she married her high school sweetheart, Ronald Baker who predeceased her in December 2016.
In her later years, Gramma Pat enjoyed and proudly attended her great grandson Ty’s baseball games and tournaments and her great-granddaughter Raegan’s softball games.
Pat is survived by four children, her daughter Michele of Wellsville; sons, John (Suzanne) Seaver of Covelo, Calif., Ross (Deborah Ramsey) Seaver of Wellsville and Greg Pratt of Wellsville; 11 grandchildren, Christopher Seaver, Heather Vogel, Jes Seaver, April House, Bobbi Wilber and Jake Seaver, Skylar and Chandler Pratt, Douglas Cook, Cody and Samantha (Hanbach) Pratt;  15 great-grandchildren; a sister,  Kathryn Ross and several cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, a son, Keith R. Pratt and her husband Ron.
Pat will be remembered as a cheerful person, who was always ready to lend a helping hand and who never turned anyone away from her door or hesitated to speak her mind.
A service in memory of her life will be held at the convenience of the family at a date and time to be announced.
Memorials in the name of Patricia Pratt/Baker should be directed to Allegany County Cancer Services, 100 South Highland, Wellsville, N.Y., 14895, to Music on the Lawn or to a charity of the donor’s choice. On-line condolences may be sent to

Steuben's Hauryski steps down after record tenure as chairman

BATH – After serving a record nine years as Steuben County Legislature Chairman, Joe Hauryski, R-Campbell, will step down Dec. 31. First elected in 2007, Hauryski chaired the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee before filling the vacancy in 2010 left by then-Chairman Patrick Donnelly, R-Bath. Donnelly stepped down that year to lead the county’s Finance Department. The county’s chief elected official, Hauryski led the county through fundamental changes including a new charter and organizational restructuring, Medicaid reform and the construction of the county Annex. "It feels like yesterday," Hauryski said. "And it feels like a 100 years ago." A graduate of The Ohio State University, Hauryski spent 32 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was well-known as a strong advocate for agriculture, economic development, communication and guiding the county Legislature through painful decisions. "Selling the health care facility was maybe the hardest," he said. "No one wanted to sell it. But the state was pulling out from its promises to help build and to provide more funds for operations just as fast as it was making those promises. We couldn’t rely on the state, and our costs were overwhelming our taxpayers." Hauryski was a strong believer in communication, from the top down to the basics. He invited state representatives to annual meetings with county legislators, set yearly goals for the Legislature and its committees, launched a newsletter for municipalities and encouraged regular contact with the press and media. His low-key leadership style kept politics out of the picture and always focused on the strengths of those around him, notably using small sub-committees to effectively and efficiently develop plans before they were brought back to the committee and full board. "I listened to everyone," he said. "Both sides, pros and cons. And I can’t say enough about my fellow legislators, their quality and willingness to ask tough questions, listen to the answers and act. We’re the back stop for the departments, the deputy manager, the manager. We hire the best and we let them do their best." Hauryski credits former county Manager Mark Alger, current county Manager Jack Wheeler, former legislative chairmen Philip Roche and Donnelly, and Clerk of the Legislature Brenda Mori for their work in laying the groundwork for his efforts. "And I am so proud of all the work our county Public Works department has done under (Public Works Commissioner) Vince Spagnoletti," he said "That’s the committee I started with, and their Five Year Plan has gone a long way to improve conditions and build our economic development. Vince is an incredible commissioner." also is proud of the Steuben County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan, an all-encompassing study of local farming needs developed by county Planning Director Amy Dlugos. "The plan has really set the direction for the future," Hauryski said. "It was a monumental undertaking and Amy deserves a lot of credit for her hard work." Hauryski never forgot the people who first elected him, and attended town meeting in Campbell, Savona and Bradford every two months, to keep up with his constituents’ concerns and report back on progress. He played an instrumental role with local and state leaders to keep the former Polly-O cheese factory in Campbell, after the surprise sale was announced by then-owner Kraft-Heinz. "What that sale would have done to the community? What it would have done to our farmers, our county?" Hauryski said. "Unimaginable." Hauryski also believes in the importance of fresh voices and viewpoints and said the county will be well served by any new chairman, to be elected when the county Legislature meets for its Jan. 2 organizational meeting. "I know these individuals, have known many of them for years and I know the quality of leadership available to this board," he said. "Steuben County will be in good hands."

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday December 24, 2019

Wellsville Police arrested Victoria L. Stormer, age 49 of Wellsville, charging her with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place at Giant Food Mart in Wellsville.  Stormer was issued an appearance ticket and is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on January 7th at 4:30 p.m.
Wellsville Police arrested Bradley J. Odell, age 33 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (Class B Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (Class B Felony).  The charges stem from an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in May of 2019.  Odell was processed and arraigned before Associate Wellsville Village Justice Walsh.  Odell was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on January 7th at 4:30 p.m.
Wellsville Police arrested David A. Croley, age 54 of Bolivar, charging him with Burglary 3rd (Class D Felony), Criminal Mischief 4th and Falsely Reporting an Incident 3rd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on Farnum Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Croley was arraigned before Town of Friendship Justice Szucs.  Croley was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $15,000.00 cash bail or $30,000.00 property bond.  Croley is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on January 7th at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

NY State Police Blotter

12/24/19 9:28pm- An 18-year-old name-protected man from Willing was arrested at 30 W. Dyke Street in the Village of Wellsville. He was charged with second-degree menacing with a weapon. Court action is pending.
12/25/19 1am- State Police investigated a personal injury vehicle crash on Hallsport Road near Dutch Hill Road in Wellsville. The driver, 49-year-old Michael J. Johnson of Greenwood was transported to Jones Memorial Hospital where he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Allegany County: Underage drinking enforcement detail finds no violations

On December 21, 2019, the New York State Police conducted an underage drinking enforcement detail at nine establishments in Allegany County.
The following establishments were checked and found to be compliance:
 - Birdsall Inn, 9011 County Road 16, Angelica, NY 14709
- 7-Eleven, 22 North Main Street, Almond, NY 14804
- Mulheisen’s Restaurant, 60 North Main Street, Almond, NY 14804
- Mobil, 916 State Route 244, Alfred, NY 14803
- Alex’s College Spot, 25 North Main Street, Alfred, NY 14803
- Gentleman Jim’s, 1 Mill Street, Alfred, NY 14803
- A Plus, 1 South Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895
- Walgreens, 10 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895
- Marathon, 215 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Market closes from Tuesday Dec. 24, 2019 for Gildner & Associates Wealth Management

Here are the Market closes from Tuesday Dec. 24, 2019 for Gildner & Associates Wealth Management in Wellsville. The Dow was down -36 points for a  -0.13% loss, closing at 28,515.

The NASDAQ was up  7 points for a 0.08%  gain, closing at 8,952.
And finally, the S&P 500 was down -1  points for a -0.05% loss, closing at 3,222.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a bright and prosperous New Year.

Allegany County Legislature to select new Chairman January 2nd

The organization meeting of the Board of Legislators will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. in the Legislators’ Chambers, County Office Building, Room 221, 7 Court Street, Belmont, New York, for the purpose of selecting a Chairman of the Board and such other officers as may be needed, and for the conduct of any business which may properly come before any regular meeting of said Board.

Update on Eminent Domain in Friendship - Letter to the Editor

This is a statement from Teri and Patrick Chesney, 6306 County Road 20, Friendship, NY.  This is an opinion piece only, submitted by the people identified above. This is NOT an independent news story, it is an OPINION piece, akin to a Letter to the Editor (like those found in every U.S. newspaper, everyday), submitted by Teri and Patrick Chesney.
Again...this is an opinion piece, and not an independently confirmed news story. This site has routinely allowed members of the public, and public officials, to share a letter to the editor.
For those of you who would like to know more about our current situation with eminent domain and the Allegany County IDA (Industrial Development Agency) and why we have not let the water line go through our property. We were officially served Eminent Domain papers on 12/20/19, with a court date on January 10th, 2020. This gives us little time to prepare during the holidays. We are not against economic development. We have our own business that we run in this area. We only asked, from the very beginning, protection for our artesian water supply (our well is across the road with the waterline running under the road within an easement that was written into our deed) and protection for our trees. Both of those things factor into the businesses and lifestyle that we maintain here. We also feel like they could run the water line with a temporary easement. This is a historical property with our deed owning to center line of the road. They want to take that from us and create a permanent easement. This could mean a lot for current and future owners of the property. They have refused to concede any of these things. It was not about the money for us. And the tactics they have used have been downright nonsense and possibly illegal. Now we only want a fair hearing in court so we can be heard and for a judge to see what is right and fair. Not a rush through the system and a rubber-stamped easement. This site has always and will continue to accept Letters to the Editor or public opinion pieces (editorial discretion is always applied).