Saturday, October 31, 2020

Wellsville: Dyke Street Engine Company to hold Chicken BBQ Nov. 12th

Wellsville: Found cat alert

From a  reader-

I found this cat on Pine Street in Wellsville. Very clean and friendly. Female. Please call 585-808-6368 asap if you know who she belongs to. She almost got hit several times with all the Halloween traffic. She was quite hungry. Please share as I have her in a not so ideal room in my house.

Allegany County COVID-19 Update

 Press Release

COVID-19 Statistic Update 

Saturday, October 31, 2020 

In the United States, the COVID-19 virus has infected approximately 9.16 million people, and there have been over 230,000 deaths. According to the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 tracker, there have been 507,480 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and there have been 25,807 deaths statewide. As of 7:30 p.m. on October 31, Allegany County’s statistics are as follows:

Confirmed Cases: 369 

Recovered Cases: 259 

COVID-19 Related Deaths: 9 

Total Quarantined/Isolated to Date: 2,737 

Released from Quarantine/Isolation: 2,206 

Currently Quarantined/Isolated: 531 

Precautionary Travel Quarantines to Date: 1,156 

Total COVID-19 Antibody Tests Given: 836 

Total COVID-19 Antibody Positives: 47

Obituary: David L. Young, 60, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE – David L. Young, 60, passed away at home Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2020).

Mr. Young was born on June 29, 1960 in Wellsville to Douglas V. and Roberta J. (Walker) Young. He was a 1979 graduate of Scio Central School. On June 28, 1997 he married Diane K. Houck who preceded him in death on October 26, 2018.

David worked as a senior mechanic for ARC of Allegany County in Wellsville for 15 years, retiring in 2018. He also drove school bus for Wellsville Central School both before and after working for ARC.

Dave is survived by his sister, Nancy L. (Gary) Harris of Pinehurst, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Mark (Jean) Houck of Rochester; an aunt, Elizabeth Walker of Wellsville; nieces and nephews, Jordan M. Harris, Alexa N. Harris, Anna Houck, and Josh Houck; and several cousins.

He loved to camp and especially enjoyed Cowanesque Lake, the Hudson Valley region, Ogdensburg and 1000 Islands. His favorite memories included boating and touring various locations on the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

Dave was a very kind person, always willing to help those who were in need. He was sensitive and thoughtful to those around him. He had a unique ability to choose the most suitable gifts for those he loved.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday (Nov. 3) from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Elva Cornell of Bolivar United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Dave’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Obituary: Gary J. Kinnicutt, Sr.,70, of Scio,

Gary J. Kinnicutt, Sr.,70, of Scio, NY, died Friday, October 30, 2020 in his home.  

Born December 19, 1949, in Wellsville, he was the son of Donald and Cora Jackson Kinnicutt.  On March 9, 1975, in Wellsville, he married the former Jody L. Metcalf, who predeceased him on June 10, 2009.  A graduate of Friendship High School, he was employed by Alstom as a mobile crane operator and welder for many years.  Gary loved to hunt, fish, go target shooting with the grandkids, and take care of his yard.  

Surviving are:  three children, Gary (Hillary) Kinnicutt, Jr. of Tiona, PA, Christie (Donald) Baker of Andover, and Matthew (Tammy) Kinnicutt of Scio;  ten grandchildren, Makala Kinnicutt, Kira Kinnicutt, Kaleigh Kinnicutt, Zachary Crisman, Shelbie Crisman, TJ Crisman, Alexander Baker, Rees Baker, Preston Kinnicutt, and Chase Kinnicutt;  three brothers, George (Brenda) Kinnicutt of Suisun, CA, David Kinnicutt of Wellsville, and Kenneth (Marianne) Harris of Wellsville;  a sister, Linda Maxwell of Wellsville;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Ronald Kinnicutt and Terry Kinnicutt.  Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory.  Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery, Scio. 

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at or the National Kidney Foundation at  Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Wellsville: WJQZ radio rocks on, 29 years after the sale from the founders

Today holds bittersweet memories for me. It was at 6 p.m. on this day twenty-nine years ago, that WJQZ radio in Wellsville was sold. It was Allegany County's first commercial FM radio station...created, in part, by a kid that was voted the shyest senior of the Wellsville senior class of 1980. It seems like a lifetime ago. Some people purchase radio stations - I created one from a blank sheet of paper. I designed the format and with no formal training, designed the building. This is where the "I" ends. Within the first year of broadcasting, WJQZ's morning show was ranked by Arbitron as the #1 show in Western New York (outside of the Buffalo metro area). The radio station was a success, not because of me...because of the people that agreed to work there. The building was filled with talent, I just had to let them loose. The staff made me proud...I walked Main Street, head held high, because of the team that WAS WJQZ. Thank you to everyone who supported the early venture. As I become overcome with emotion, this is where I will stop. Again, thank you.

Obituary: Gail E. Burdick, age 73

Gail E. Burdick, 73, passed away on Monday (Oct. 26, 2020) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a battle with cancer.
Gail was born on Dec. 5, 1946 in Wellsville to Howard and Cora (White) Burdick.  A 1965 graduate of Andover Central School, he served in the United States Army from 1967-1969. On May 29, 1971, he married his childhood friend, Rose A. Reynolds, who survives.
His colorful work-life started on the family farm in Elm Valley. He also spent 35 years at Frontier Communications where he wore many different hats. He developed lifelong friendships with many of his coworkers at Frontier. Gail was also the first employee at Southern Tier Express starting in 1972, where he trucked all over the country and into Canada. This was his favorite career and hobby and he so enjoyed being “on the road again”. His final trip was just this past February.  

In addition to his wife of 49 1/2 years, Gail is survived by three daughters, Jewels Burdick of Manitou Springs, CO; Amy Holdren of Vienna, VA; and Jill Zoll-Burdick of Buffalo; an “adopted son”, Gary Goldstein of Rochester; three sons-in-law, David Greenhalgh, Scott Giambattista, and Eric Zoll, and three grandchildren, Emily Rose Holdren, Samarra Zoll, and Leif Zoll. This list would be incomplete if it did not include the many “adopted girlfriends” of his three daughters. He sadly lost his younger brother, Gary Burdick in an accident at the farm when they were young.

Gail loved exploring the world, especially road trips with his wife (and cat) in their camper. Some of his favorite destinations were Vegas-Baby, Hawaii, Colorado, and Alaska with his life-long friend Art Mills in their Model A’s. He had countless trips to visit his daughters’ houses where he joyfully worked on “daddy-do lists”. Gail truly had a helper/giver mindset and was also known as “funny Gail” for his innate ability to make people laugh.  
Per Gail’s wishes, there will be no services at this time. A graveside service with full military honors will take place at a future date. Burial will be in Valley Brook Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.
​Memorial contributions in Gail’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Monthly Report: Allegany County Social Services

 Submitted by Edna B. Kayes, Commissioner

Monthly Report: Allegany County Office for the Aging


Allegany County: Public Safety Committee to vote to keep Wellsville doctor as Health Dept. Medical Director

When the Allegany County Public Safety Committee meets on November 4th, it will decide if it will renew an agreement with Dr. Christopher Depner of Wellsville to remain as the Medical Director for the Allegany County Department of Health.

Monthly Report: Allegany County Department of Health


Allegany County: Enumeration / 911 GIS update November 2020

I am participating in a workgroup formed with McKean County PA, Potter County PA and Allegany County. Cattaraugus County was invited but was unrepresented at our organizational Zoom meeting. The two primary goals of this workgroup are: 1) share road and address data, 2) edit current data sets to ‘edge match for no gaps, and no overlaps’. The result will be more efficient dispatch during mutual aid events and/or calls near our boarders. Also, these data sets are a necessity for the national implementation of NG911.

As you remember, we decided to hold address correction letters during the initial weeks of the COVID-19 crisis. We did this since it would be difficult for people to update their records due to closures / reduced access to the offices and agencies they would need to contact. By the time offices were open and people had become accustomed to navigating the challenges of business during COVID-19 we became concerned about the proximity to the 2020 General Election. Changing / updating one’s address so close to an election could have negatively affected mail in ballots and/or voter’s registrations so we continued to hold the notices. The queued letters will be sent on or about Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Russ Hall

Monthly Report: Allegany County 911 Center


Monthly Report: Allegany County Sheriff


Alfred State Switches To Online Learning, After Thanksgiving

From WLEA radio

ALFRED, NY, October 2020 – Before sending them home for Thanksgiving, SUNY will test all students for COVID-19 prior to campus departure. Alfred State College (ASC) has announced the dates for testing along with further updates to the academic calendar for the end of fall and start of spring semesters.

Every week, ASC tests 600 or more people through pool testing, and wastewater from residence halls is also tested to look for any trace evidence of a positive case on campus. This aggressive testing identifies positive cases quickly so they may be isolated and controls the spread through contact tracing.

“Despite rising numbers of positive cases in the region, we’re very fortunate with a positivity rate on campus now of less than 1 percent,” said Dr. Greg Sammons, vice president of Student Affairs. “Our aggressive measures for multiple forms of testing and immediate tracing of contacts are working well. As we follow SUNY’s directive to test all students within 10 days of the Thanksgiving break, we’re going to finish our fall semester of in-person classes with definitive word regarding student health.”

“Our students, staff, and faculty have all done a great job of following precautions with social distancing, limiting crowds, wearing masks, and frequent handwashing,” said ASC Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo. “We will complete the fall semester with remote instruction after Thanksgiving and we have also updated our academic calendar to reflect changes for spring. As students return, we will secure test results for everyone, keep them in quarantine for the first week of classes through remote instruction, and then begin in-person instruction on Feb. 1.”

Fall Semester Exit
Nov. 16–20 COVID-19 testing for all students
Nov. 19–25 Student quarantine with only exceptions for class, lab, and food
Nov. 25 Last day for in-person instruction
Nov. 30–Dec. 6 COVID-19 testing for faculty/staff
Nov. 30–Dec. 4 Alfred campus classes meet through remote instruction
Nov. 30–Dec. 8 Wellsville/Northland classes meet through remote instruction
Dec. 7–11 Final exams for Alfred campus also through remote instruction

Spring Semester Restart
Jan. 15–17 Out-of-state and int’l students to begin two-week quarantine on campus
Jan. 15 All other students quarantine at home for one week prior to arrival
Jan. 22–24 Campus open for all students to return
Jan. 25–29 Students in quarantine on campus and begin remote instruction
Feb. 1 Begin in-person instruction

To follow SUNY recommendations, ASC has removed the typical spring break so that instruction continues uninterrupted. The college must remain flexible and ready to make adjustments depending on variables including the current status of COVID-19 on campus. The current academic calendar for Alfred State is available online at

Steuben County woman charged with murdering her husband

Press release

On October 29, 2020, State Police responded to an address in the town of Pulteney, Steuben County, for a report of an adult male, deceased.  As a result of that investigation State Police arrested Sherri A. Ballam, age 57, of Brown Road, Pulteney, New York for Murder in the second degree.  Ballam was committed to the Steuben County Jail awaiting centralized arraignment.  The victim was identified as John L. Ballam, age 63, of Brown Road, Pulteney, New York. The victim is the husband of the suspect.  The investigation is on-going and further details will be released in the future.  State Police are being assisted by the Wayland Police Department, Cohocton Police Department,  the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

NY State Police Blotter

 10/30/20 1pm- State Police arrested Geoffrey M. Sequerth, 36, of Corfu. He was charged with criminal contempt. Troopers allege he violated an order of protection in the Town of Friendship.

10/30/20 78:24pm- During a traffic stop in the Village of Belmont, Troopers arrested Jeffrey F. Taylor, 55, of Wellsville. He was charged with aggravated DWI and DWI-first offense.

10/31/20 2:45am- During a traffic stop in Hume, State Police arrested Ashleigh R. Jones, 29, of Fillmore. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content above .08%.

10/31/20 1:07am- During a traffic stop in the Town of Hinsdale, State Police arrested Christopher G. Bennett, 55, of Cuba. He was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs.

10/30/20 3:24pm- State Police said there were no injuries in a single-vehicle collission on Cattaraugus Road in the Town of Java. The driver was listed as Michael D. Frazier, 49, of Rushford.

Pennsylvania woman arrested for providing e-cigarette to minor in Portville

On October 27, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Britta L. Rajski, 24, of Bradford, PA for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Selling Tobacco to a Minor.

Troopers investigating a complaint that Rajski had provided a single-use “vape” cigarette to a minor at a location on South Main Street in the village of Portville allege the report was accurate. Rajski was arrested and released with an appearance ticket for Portville Village Court, where she is due to appear in December.

NYSP Newsroom: Cuba man arrested on Florida felony warrant in Allegany

On October 19, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested William J. Buddell, 25, of Cuba, NY for being a fugitive from justice.

During a traffic stop on West Five Mile Road in the town of Allegany, Troopers determined Buddell had an outstanding felony warrant issued in the state of Florida. Buddell was arrested and arraigned in Allegany Town Court, where he was remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail to be held without bail while awaiting extradition.

Allegany County COVID update - October 30


Hotel Enforcement News Release

Allegany County early voting tally, to date

The Allegany County Board of Elections said they had 2,665 voters as of 4p.m. Friday on the machines.  

Daily breakdown:











Remaining parties-183

Wreaths for America Looking for donations for Bath National Cemetery

BATH – The popular annual event at the Bath National Cemetery recognizing those who served their nation in the armed services is set for mid-December, with a sponsor deadline of Nov. 30. “Wreaths Across America” will have a different look this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Americorps Seniors of Steuben County/RSVP Coordinator Christine Towner. Towner said the official celebration which provides volunteers an opportunity to place wreaths on the gravesites of veterans at the national cemeteries will be spread out over three days with all COVID-19 protocols observed. To date, more than 1,021 wreaths have been donated for the ceremonies in Bath, she said. “There will be opportunities for the public to lay wreaths and show their respect for our fallen heroes,” Towner said. “Wreath-laying will take on a whole new look during these trying times.” 

Wreaths will be laid out: 

• 2:30-4 pm, Dec. 17

 • 2:30-4 pm, Dec. 18 

• Noon until done, Dec. 19 

A portion of the proceeds for every wreath sponsored through the RSVP Advisory Council will support AmeriCorps Seniors serving in Steuben County. To sponsor a wreath, go to

For more information, call (607) 664-2298.

News Release: Allegany County Department of Health COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions From This Week

Obituary: Augustine Sue Sheffield, 69, Hornell

Augustine Sue Sheffield, 69, a resident of Hornell Gardens in Hornell and formerly of Troupsburg, entered into rest on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Hornell Gardens.

 Born in Hornell on August 6, 1951, Sue was the daughter of Raymond and Beatrice Hendrickson Seeley. Raised in Troupsburg, she was a 1969 graduate of Troupsburg Central School.

 Following high school, Sue worked as a secretary for Corbin Wood Products in Hornell. She later became employed at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell where she took courses through Alfred University in medical secretarial studies. She worked for nearly 20 years there as a medical secretary. She also worked alongside her step mother, Kay Seeley in catering and cake preparation for weddings. Sue truly loved cake decorating and became very skilled in the art.

 Sue had a contagious laugh and could lighten anyone’s mood. Her presence was very uplifting to those around her. She enjoyed country music and loved to sing. She was often found singing to other residents at Hornell Gardens which they thoroughly enjoyed. Sue adored her pet dog Buffy.

 Surviving Sue is her daughter, Melissa Crooks (Shannan Austin) of Canisteo, her son, William (Catherine) Sheffield of Ballston Spa, NY, her former husband, Robert Sheffield, her grandchildren, Ashley Laverde, Thomas Sheffield and Madeline Sheffield, 2 great grandsons, her step mother, Kay Seeley of Troupsburg, her half brother, Raymond (Diane) Seeley of Troupsburg, her step brother, Douglas (Barb) Young of Virginia, her step sister in law, Ting Young, her sister in law and brother in law, Jackie and Larry Crawford of Troupsburg, special nephew, Michael Crawford and several other nieces and nephews.

 Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Beatrice Hendrickson and Raymond Seeley, her sister, Tonja Treat and her step brother, Kevin Young.

 A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

 Arrangements are with the H.P. Smith & Son Funeral Home in Woodhull, NY.

News Release: Allegany County Department of Heath Will Not Be Having Rapid COVID-19 Testing Next Week

The Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) will not be having rapid COVID-19 testing next week. The ACDOH will announce next week our plans for continuing rapid COVID-19 testing in Allegany County. 

We would like to thank all the agencies, businesses, and staff that were vital to the success at our free drive-up rapid COVID-19 testing sites including: the New York State Department of Health; Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Belmont site (Scott Payne, Kathleen Brisky, the print shop and maintenance staff); Riverwalk, Inc. and staff; Allegany County Department of Emergency Services (Jeff Luckey and Bonnie VanHousen); Medical Transport Services (Scott and Kendra Lanphere and EMT’s); and the Allegany County Department of Health staff. A special thank you goes out to the residents of Allegany County. Thank you all for making the rapid COVID-19 testing sites a success.

14 new COVID cases in Steuben

BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 14 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 1,104 confirmed cases, 146 of which are currently active.  The individuals are residents of the:

·         City of Corning

·         Town of Addison

·         Town of Corning (2)

·         Town of Erwin

·         Town of Hornby

·         Town of Howard

·         Town of Jasper

·         Town of Thurston

·         Town of Troupsburg

·         Town of Wayne

·         Village of Riverside

·         Village of Savona

·         Village of South Corning

The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. 

Per CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset or date of test if asymptomatic through the day of the positive test result to identify any potential exposure risks. 

The investigations indicate:

·         Four individuals are contacts to previously reported positives

·         One individual is an employee of the NYS Police

·         One individual is an employee of Erwin Valley Elementary School

·         One individual is an employee of Corning Christian Academy

In addition to the locations noted above, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:

·         10/22 – Chemung County Family Court Office

·         10/25 – Steuben County Annex Building in Bath

·         10/26, 10/27 – Elmira Corning Regional Airport

·         10/27 – Care First in Bath

·         10/27 – 10/29 – Capabilities in Elmira


Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:

·         20 – 29 years: 1

·         30 – 39 years: 3

·         40 – 49 years: 5

·         50 – 59 years: 1

·         60 – 69 years: 2

·         70 – 79 years: 1

·         80 – 89 years: 1

“Following prevention practices is so important because you don’t know when and if you could come into contact with someone who does not yet know that they are positive,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Wear your masks. Stay at least six feet away from those outside your household. To protect others, stay home if you’re feeling ill.”

All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.  

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at or social media pages: and


BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 81.  The individual was a male resident of the Town of Thurston who died at age 67. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the gentleman who has passed,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith.  “Although we have seen the vast majority of our residents recover from COVID-19, far too many have lost their lives after contracting the virus.  Join us in respecting those who have passed by utilizing prevention practices to protect loved ones.”

All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill. 

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at or social media pages: and

Wellsville: Manor Hills COVID Update

 News Release: 

The Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) was notified of Manor Hills Assisted Living residents and staff that are positive for COVID-19. Currently, there are a total of 28 positive residents and 8 positive staff members to date. Five of the positive residents have been hospitalized along with one resident who is experiencing symptoms but has not actually tested positive. The facility continues to cooperate with our office in order to keep the community safe as we contact trace COVID-19 positive employees at this facility. Manor Hills Assisted Living has been working with the New York State Department of Health who oversees all COVID-19 cases in healthcare facilities throughout New York State, while the ACDOH has been contact tracing the COVID-19 positive employees of this facility. ACDOH continues to identify, notify, and monitor all identified contacts of these cases. If you are named as a contact to any of these cases, you will be notified by phone, and given information on quarantine, symptoms to look for, and procedures you must follow to keep you, your family, friends, and neighbors safe from COVID-19. If you have questions about a family member residing at the facility, we recommend you call Manor Hills Assisted Living directly at 585-593-9800. If you have general COVID-19 questions, you may also call the Allegany County Department of Health at (585)268-9250 for more information.

COVID cases spike at Wellsville nursing facility, one resident dies

News Release: 

The Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) was notified of Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center residents that are positive for COVID-19. Highland has a total of 16 positive resident cases (one resident is hospitalized) and 22 positive employee cases. It is with a heavy heart that we report to our residents and community that one death is reported associated with this facility. The Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has been working with the New York State Department of Health who oversees all COVID-19 cases in healthcare facilities throughout New York State. The role for ACDOH will be to complete contact tracing for any COVID-19 positive employees from this facility. If you are named as a contact to any positive COVID-19 cases, you will be notified by phone, and given information on quarantine, symptoms to look for, and procedures you must follow to keep you, your family, friends, and neighbors safe from COVID-19. If you have questions about a family member residing at the facility, we recommend you call Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 585-593-3750. If you have general COVID-19 questions, you may also call the Allegany County Department of Health at (585)268-9250 for more information.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Andover Lions Halloween Pumpkin Contest

Andover Lions Club presents The Great Pumpkin Contest, Halloween afternoon and evening.  Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning carved Jack-o-lanterns and painted or otherwise decorated pumpkins.  Children and adults are all eligible to enter.

For many years Andover Lions have hosted a Halloween party and costume contest, which has been cancelled this year.  Lion President Jeannie Walker Todd says, “With a little creativity our club came up with a fun Halloween activity that everyone can participate in, while still keeping at a safe distance.”

The Village Park at the corner of South Main and East Greenwood Streets will host the contest. Pumpkin artists can present their entries Saturday from 4 PM until 6 PM.  Pumpkins will be displayed on the low broad stone walls of the park along the sidewalks. At 6 PM judging will commence. Four prizes of $25 each will be awarded. The age categories are 5 and under, 6 to 10, 11 to 17 with adults 18 and older also eligible for a prize.

Trick-or-treaters and others are welcome to admire the pumpkin creations until 7 PM, when they may be collected by the contestants.

The rules are quite simple. Only real pumpkins are accepted. Only one entry per person. There is no preregistration. If several pumpkins are combined to create a single sculpture, the composition is limited to three pumpkins. Candles or electric illumination of Jack-o-lanterns are accepted. Pumpkins may be carved, painted, or decorated in any manner. Entry is free of charge. The Lions Halloween Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry deemed unsafe or inappropriate for the entertainment of children.

Town of Alma sets budget hearing

TOWN OF ALMA PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Preliminary Budget for the Town of Alma, County of Allegany, State of New York for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2021, has been compiled and filed in the Office of the Town Clerk, where it is available for inspection by any or all interested persons during the office hours of the Town Clerk. 

FURTHER NOTICE is hereby given that the Town Board will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday November 10, 2020 at 6:00p.m., just prior to our regular Monthly Board Meeting ,Via WEBEX call in number 1(646)992-2010 and meeting number 713 198 956 . 

At such time any and all persons may and will be heard in favor or against any item or items contained in such Budget. PURSUANT TO SECTION 113, of the Town Law, proposed salaries of the following officials are hereby specified as follows: Supervisor $4284.00; Town Clerk/Tax Collector$12,399.00; Councilmen (4) $4992.00; Justice $5014.00;Highway Superintendent $47,058.00. 

Dated: October 27, 2020 Michelle J Staedt Town of Alma Clerk

Richburg Pumpkin Carver Eric Jones

Wednesday evening Alfred University offered a special Zoom program to alumni with Richburg Pumpkin Carver Eric Jones. More than 30 people tuned in.

Jones, a 1997 graduate of the School of Art and Design at the university was highlighted because his artistic skills have been on display as part of the Food Network’s Halloween Wars airing over the past two months. The finale is Sunday night.

Jones was part of a 3-man team that featured a sugar artist and cake artist. They were pitted against four other teams from across the country to win a monetary grand prize. The show has aired on Sundays.

As part of the Zoom program Jones instructed college President Mark Zupan in carving a ”Frankensteinesque” pumpkin. The hour-long program included friendly banter as well as real pumpkin carving tips. Jones revealed that he seldom uses a carving knife, and instead uses tools commonly wielded by clay sculptors. He told he has been carving pumpkins since he was a child. 

Jones’s works are 3-dimensional and carved on the surface of the pumpkin after scraping away the tough outer skin. When the carving is complete, he uses an air brush to highlight the features.

Despite all the work, Jones says the pumpkin artworks only last about two weeks, and that is all right with him. 

After graduation Jones worked as a graphic designer and then started his own business as a caricature artist. He can be found drawing caricatures at local events, The faces of politicians, sports figures and Hollywood celebrities have found their way into his works of art. He estimates that he has drawn over 100,000 people at live events and 70,000 more from photos. 

Jones’s work can be seen at or by calling 585-307-6682.

Blood Drive expected to flow into Almond soon


Wellsville Emergency Management - Press Statement

A message from the Town of Wellsville Emergency Management Team to remind all residents to please follow some regulations and safety protocols this Halloween. Follow all normal safety procedures: only go to houses with the porch light on,  avoid unlit areas, watch for traffic when crossing streets, carry a lit flashlight so you are able to be seen easier. This year extra precautions are also needed including: if you are sick stay home, do not hand out candy and everyone wearing a proper face mask.  Adults and older children accompanying those out trick or treating and those handing out candy should wear a mask.  Children should wear a mask under their costume, continue to practice social distancing when you can, use hand sanitizer often when out trick or treating, wash your hands upon returning home and after handling any candy you have received. The facts are that Allegany County has seen an increase in positive Covid cases.  Wellsville is not exempt to this. One should never assume that all goods and treats that are received are totally clean. We recommend that anything that should consumed immediately be wrapped in original manufacturing packaging, don’t accept any homemade treats or discard them if you do not know who they came from, for example a family member. You may also want to leave trick or treat bags untouched for 3 days if possible to try to kill any virus. Children should wear a mask under their costume, avoid congested areas and return later, sanitize regularly during the night, carry multiple tissues,  avoid wiping their nose through the evening if possible. We ask that parents do not discard tissues or masks on the ground but rather carry them home and place them in their own garbage. Residents participating in handing out candy should also wear a mask, rubber gloves are also suggested. The area in and around Wellsville has seen an uptick in positive cases recently, and although some of these seem to be isolated, we can never be to confident that we will never contract the virus. As a reminder the Wellsville Trick-or-Treat hours are 6 to 8. Please be safe and use your best judgement, if it feels wrong it probably is. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

Obituary: Terry L. Haxton Jr. 50, Sumter, SC

Sumter, SC - Terry L. Haxton Jr. 50, of 3050 Old Spring Road passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. He was born April 6, 1970 in Wellsville, NY, the son of Terry L. and Alice I. (Griswold) Haxton Sr. On November 24, 2004 in Sumter he married Sue A. Sibert who survives. 

Terry was raised in Scio and was a 1988 graduate of Scio Central School. In 1989 he joined the U. S. Air Force and served with the 79th Maintenance Squadron as a Lead Production Superintendent until he was honorably discharged in 2013. He then moved to the United Arab Emirates and became a contractor for the Abu Dhabi Air Force for two years. He moved back to Sumter and enjoyed, hunting, fishing, woodworking and traveling the United States with his loving wife. He was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church in Sumter. Terry's family would like to thank the 816 ICU Team at Strong Memorial Hospital for their loving care. 

He is survived by his wife Sue; his children: Matthew Haxton, and Samantha (Nick) Haxton Frederick; his mother, Alice Haxton; siblings: Rebecca Haxton and Thaddeus Haxton; his grandmother, Ella Mae Haxton; his mother-in-law, Mary T. Sibert; a sister-in-law, Ronda Gosney and her family; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Terry on October 4, 2020; his grandfather, Lawrence Haxton; and his beloved bonus dad, Sonny Huffman.  

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Sumter, SC, with Rev. Marcus Johnson presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Aldersgate Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive Sumter, SC 29150. To leave online condolences, please visit

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Wyoming County Deputies charge man with felonies in dog death

 The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday arrested Wade Remington , 45, of Gainesville. He was charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Felony), Criminal Mischief Third Degree (E Felony), Tampering With Physical Evidence (E Felony), and Falsely Reporting an Incident Third Degree (Misdemeanor) following a Domestic Incident investigation.  Remington was arraigned by Judge Mohun in Wyoming County Court and Orders of Protection were issued for the victims.   Due to bail reform legislation, the alleged crimes are not eligible for pretrial detention.  He was released and is to appear back in court on 11/9/2020.

Remington is accused of killing an acquaintance’s dog and damaging the tires of the acquaintance’s vehicle.  He is also accused of planting evidence at the scene to make it look like another person committed the crimes.  Remington reported the incident to police on 10/27/2020 in an attempt to blame another, but the investigation determined he committed the acts.

NY State Police Blotter

 10/30/20 12:50am- During a traffic stop in the Town of Genesee Falls, State Police arrested Charles R. Wells, 50, of Castile. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content above .08%. He was released on an appearance ticket for court. 

ACCORD’s Community Action Angels Program Sponsors Holiday Assistance Program for 2020

ACCORD’s Community Action Angels Program Sponsors Holiday Assistance Program for 2020

Program will provide gifts to Allegany County children up to age 18.

Belmont, NY- ACCORD’s Community Actions Angels (CAA) announced they are gearing up to help families in Allegany County who find themselves in need of holiday assistance. Community Action Angels Coordinator Melissa Payne reports that “with support of volunteers the Community Action Angels program is able to assist families by providing gifts to 250 to 300 children annually.” It is expected the need will be just as great, if not greater, this year. 

There are many holiday assistance programs across the county. A list of holiday gift and food programs is available on ACCORD’s website,  Families are asked to apply in their own communities for assistance. If families discover there is no program available in their community they are welcome to apply through CAA.

There are 2 ways to apply.

The first is to go to and follow the link to complete the holiday assistance pre-registration form. One form should be submitted per family. Once submitted, an ACCORD staff will follow up within two business days to provide instructions on how to submit copies of income to finalize the application.

The other option is to call our Holiday Assistance Line at 585-268-7605 extension 1217 and leave a message with your contact information. An ACCORD staff will return the call within two business days to complete the preregistration over the phone and provide information on how to send in copies of family income to finalize the application.

Children age 10 and under will receive gifts. Children ages 11 to 18 will receive gift cards.

Individuals, teams, committees, programs or businesses interested in assisting with gifts or monetary donations for this year’s Holiday Assistance program should contact Melissa Payne at 585-268-7605 at extension 1401 for information on how to best support families in need this holiday season!

The Community Action Angels is a group of dedicated volunteers who work together to provide support to Allegany County residents through a variety of programs and services. For information on how to volunteer, Contact Melissa Payne at 585-268-7605 extension 1401.