Broken Pipe Leads to Sewage Wastewater Spill in Gowanda

A broken pipe lead to a lot of wastewater being discharged in Gowanda.
An estimated 1,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was pumped onto the ground near Cattaraugus Creek on Sunday.
According to a New York state alert, a broken pipe fitting at Gowanda’s wastewater treatment plant was the cause. The discharge lasted for about an hour. A pump was shut down at the plant and the pipe was repaired.
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Salamanca’s Department of Public Works is preparing for the inevitable, the annual leaf pick-up.
The city’s leaf pick-up machine is already being put to work.
In the next few weeks, city residents should be raking their leaves to the curbside in anticipation of the DPW truck coming around to pick them up.
Once official leaf pick-up days have passed, Carpenter said residents can put their leaves in clear garbage bags and the DPW will come to pick them up.

Two Killed in Three Car Crash

Authorities say two people have been killed and three other people hurt in a three-car crash on a state roadway.
The Post-Standard reports it happened on the New York state Thruway in Seneca County around 12:20 a.m. Sunday.
Two people were killed, one person was hospitalized in critical condition and two other people were in the hospital in stable condition.
No identifications have been released.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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Voting begins in a week, and Olean’s Ward 2 will choose between three candidates who’ve never held office before.
Traceylynn Husel-stein; Jason Panus and Kevin Bartholomew .
The winner will replace Kelly An-dre-a-no, who chose to run for one of three seats on the Cattaraugus County Legislature in District 8. Andreano, an Olean City School District employee, has represented the ward since being appointed in 2014. She has since won two terms.

Cattaraugus County SPCA Open House This Weekend

They’re pretty happy about the improvements at the SPCA headquarters in Cataraugus County.
So, this weekend they’re hosting a Fall Open House to show it off.
They put on a new roof last year and just finished installation of the HVAC system.
Volunteers have also helped renovate the lobby and paint the kennels.
There will be pet items for sale, like dog and cat beds and toys.
They’ll also have pumpkin painting, face painting, a scavenger hunt, a 50/50 and a basket raffle and a bake sale.
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The days of the Otto Masonic Temple are numbered.
The Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Public Works Committee recommended the emergency demolition of the unsafe three-story brick building off County Road 12 in Otto.
The building houses the former Clinton Paige Lodge No. 620, but hasn’t been occupied in several years. It is without heat and there is considerable water damage,

Olean Parks Smoking Ban To Go To Full Council

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the proposed Smoking ban in Olean parks will go to heads to the full council next month.

The Common Council’s public safety committee forwarded a resolution to ban smoking in the city’s parks to the full council, by a vote of 5-1.

If passed, it would become illegal to smoke or use any tobacco or nicotine or vapor products in a City Park System or recreational facilities. that includes sporting fields, playgrounds, pools, courts, parks, pavilions and walking trails.

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the Olean Police chief says he needs more help in order to meet some new mandates.

Police Chief Jeff Rowley told the city’s public safety committee the city may need to hire more officers to help comply with new evidence rules from the state.

the rules say evidence must be collected and provided to the district attorney’s office so it can be in the hands of the defense within 15 days of arraignment.

Black Bear Sighted Along Allegheny River Trail

Better look out for bears on the Allegheny River Trail
The Olean Herald Times reports that a local couploe reported seeing a pretty big black bear on the trail foraging for the upcoming winter. Chris and Sandy Miller told the times that they saw a bear at about 6:20 Friday night between the quarter- and half-mile markers alongside the river. They said they’d report the sighting of the bear to the DEC when at the agency’s offices.
Be careful out along the trail.
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An Allegany man is accused of committing welfare fraud.
Police say they arrested 61 year old David Ortlip after an investigation into a complaint from the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services.
Ortlip faces two counts of grand larceny and two counts of welfare fraud. Police say he received $4,265 in food stamps and public assistance benefits by concealing and failing to report income.

Olean Community Theater Raising Money for New Home

The Olean Community Theatre is looking for a new million dollar home.
The theater is tying to raise about $300,000 to transform the Temple B’nai Israel on South Barry Street.
The temple would be the theater’s first home after 40 years.
The group applied for $680,000 in state aid, and hope to invest $980,000 for a performance space, storage facility and office.
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The Cattaraugus County Shared Services Plan is up for public review at a hearing set for tomorrow.
They’re looking for feedback.
A public hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the legislative chamber on the third floor of the County Center. The hearing is looking for what you think about shared services plans for 2020 involving the county and more than 30 municipalities.
Last month the county and participating municipalities shared $930,000 in state aid to bolster shared services ranging from highway purchases to property assessment.

Armstrong Broadband Says Unreasonable Demands Are Slowing Service

Cattaraugus County was supposed to have a lot of new broadband hookups.
But they’re being delayed because of what Armstrong Broadband says are unreasonable demands by National Grid. Armstrong Broadband thought they’d have hundreds of miles of cable strung and ready to hook up in Cattaraugus County by the end of this year. But that’s not the case.
Armstrong was the successful bidder to provide high-speed internet service to the Southern Tier .
But they say National Grid wants them to replace their (pole) inventory, and that can’t be done.
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The Pink Pumpkin Project is getting $4,000 from Pumpkinville’s sunflower sales. The group helps breast cancer patients. They give each patient a tote full of items they need in the days and weeks after surgery.
Pink Pumpkin Project also offers a support group for women recovering from surgery.The $4,000 is twice as much as the group raised last year.

Southern Tier Gets Broadband Help

A trio of Southern Tier counties are getting $395,000 to spend on broadband internet.
The grant money comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission and it’ll increase broadband options for thousands of people and businesses and residents in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties.
Southern Tier Wireless and DF Communications will buy eight new antennas that can go through trees better than the antennas they have right now.
The initial focus of the program through the ARC grant targets 206 businesses, 121 farms and 10 tourism destinations.
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Ellicottville’s 44th Fall Festival is set for this weekend and the trrees are cooperating nicely.
It’s expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the area.
It’s a free event presented by the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.
It’s Ellicottville’s oldest and largest festival with vendors, foods, fine art, an arts and crafts show, curb market, carnival rides for kids, live entertainment and more.

Olean Looking at Increasing Dog License Fees

for mix 101.5, I’m Ron Brown. Here’s what’s trending in the twin tiers.
It could cost more to license your dog in Olean.

The city’s licenses and fees are going under review.

Council President John Crawford wants aldermen to consider some changes.

he proposed letting the council change the rates.

He estimates there are more than 3,000 dogs in the city, but only $6,600 in revenue from the $15 licenses last year.
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The Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center is going mobile.

The center is about to take its mission on the road.

It’s one of seven organizations across the state to receive a full-size recreational vehicle outfitted with the same forensic equipment available inside the center’s Main Street location.

The Winnebago was funded through a partnership between the New York State Office of Victim Services and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Ranger Helps Save Allergic Bee Sting Victim

A bee sting is more than a pain to people who are allergic to them.
This weekend, a forest ranger with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had to help a hiker who suffered a severe reaction to a bee sting.
a Forest Ranger was flagged down a Saturday afternoon in Humphrey by a driver who said his girlfriend was having a severe allergic reaction.
She had difficulty breathing and had hives breaking out on her arm. The ranger called 911 and helped get the woman to the hospital for help.
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Gus Macker is moving.
Next year the 3 on 3 basketball tournament will be held in June instead of August.
And that’s not all the changed that the olean chamber is making next year.
They’re also adding a new half-marathon and barbecue Sept. 5. Starting in Allegany, the race will end in Olean at a barbecue food festival.