Archives for November 2016

Bradford Library Gets a Gift

It’s an early Christmas present for kids in Bradford. They’re getting their own space at the Bradford Area Public Library next year, thanks to a $1,500 grant from the Rotary Club. The money’ll be used to furnishing an area for school-age children. They’ll have seating, a computer table and display shelving. The money’ll ble available after the beginning of the year, so work will start after that.
No dice for a convicted killer who appealed his conviction to the Pennyslvania state Supreme Court. The court declined to hear an appeal from Nicholas Martin. He was convicted in Elk County in 2015 for murdering his teenage girlfriend and is serving a life sentence. Martin admitted to killing the girl but said it was because he had a “red out,” an uncontrolable fit of rage. He said he wasn’t responsible for his actions because of that psychological condition.

Vandals Strike in Emporium

Vandals intent upon ruining the season struck in Emporium over Thanksgiving.
But their damage will last longer than that one holiday.
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Johns-Solak said vandals damaged a couple of recycled-tire Christmas decorations, tore up plants in flower pots and damaged a concrete bench in Emporium’s business district.
It happened Thursday night and Saturday night.
Police are investigating, and they have some help. Several downtown locations have surveillance cameras that may have caught the vandals in the act.
The downtown businesses and the Chamber plan to sponsor a townwide meeting to address these concerns.
The community’s mouring the death of former Cattaraugus County Legislator and businessman William E. Sprague, of Delevan, today. He died Monday in Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. Sprague was a county legislator for nearly 20 years. He was also on the Planning Board.

Gas Prices Dropping

Gas is going down again. In Bradford, drivers are are paying an average price of $2.27 a gallon for unleaded gasoline according to the American Automobile Association Fuel Gauge Report. It’s a little higher in other places around the region, where the average price for gas stands at $2.371 a gallon, but it’s still three cents less than last week, AAA officials said. Nationwide, the average price for gas is $2.13 a gallon. AAA officials said motorists this year paid the second lowest gas prices for Thanksgiving since 2008, and the national average has steadily dropped.
Just a year after New York state recorded its safest hunting season in 60 years three hunters have been killed in accidental shootings since the state’s gun season for deer opened Nov. 19. A fourth hunter died after falling out of a tree stand and two additional hunters have died as the result of medical emergencies in the field.

Cattaraugus County Searching for Missing Man

It’s been almost two months since anyone who knows him has seen Noel Dixon of Olean.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to find him.
The last time he was seen was October 7th. Police say Dixon speaks with an Irish accent. No information about his build or what he was last seen wearing was provided.
Anyone who has information about where he is or who has had contact with him, can contact the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.
An accident on the Allegheny Resevori has claimed the life of a Warren business owner.
Fifty two year old Darin Freeborough died at the Webbs Ferry Boat Launch.
He owned Animalistics Outdoors in Warren, a store that sells outdoor sporting equipment and offers seminars on trapping. The store told customers on it’s Facebook page that it’ll be closed for awhile due to the death.

National Honor Society Members Named

There are 35 new members of the National Honor Society from Olean High School.
They were chosen in a highly selective process. It’s based upon general excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. They were honored at a luncheon at the Old Library Restaurant.
Deer rifle season is underway in Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission hunteres can only take antlered deer through Wednesday in Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter counties. From Saturday through Dec. 10, both antlered and antlerless may be targeted across the state.
A mother accused of killing her 1-year-old child will be back in Cattaraugus County court today. Leslie Finch is charged with murder, manslaughter assault and endangerment.
The baby died of a brain injury in April 2015.
The prosecution wants the maximum prison sentence of 25 years to life.
A judge, rather than a jury, will determine guilt or innocence.

Cattaraugus County Murder Trial Resumes

A mother accused of killing her 1-year-old child will be back in Cattaraugus County court today. Leslie Finch is charged with murder, manslaughter assault and endangerment.
The baby died of a brain injury in April 2015.
The prosecution wants the maximum prison sentence of 25 years to life.
A judge, rather than a jury, will determine guilt or innocence.
A woman killed in a deer hunting accident in south of Rochester over the weekend is the the third fatality this season.
It happened around 4 Sunday afternoon. Her identity hasn’t been released.
Fire destroyed a camper Saturday afternoon at the Black Bear Campground in Lafayette Township. No one was injured, according to Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Chief Don Fowler.
Police say they don’t expect foul play in the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found inside a home in Buffalo over the weekend.

Allegany Taxes Going Up

Spending and taxes are going up in the town of Allegany. The town’s tax rate will rise over two and a half percent
The tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value will be about $4.65.
Allegany’s spending about $49,000 more than last year for a total of $3.1 million.
One big expendiure is the need for a new front loader. That’ll cost about $153,000.
The town’s dozen recreation department employees are also getting a 70 cent an hour raise.
A major project to get rid of decades-old chemicals left behind by a lumber processing plant is ongoing in Westline, Lafayette Township.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made the documents relating to the cleanup of the former Day Chemical Co. site public. The site’s located next to the Kinzua Creek.
Phase One of the project has been completed. That was removing about four cubic yards of wood tar from the shoreline of the creek.

Red Kettle Campaign Underway

Olean is amassing an army, and they hope to raise $55,000.
The annual Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign season has begun. And they need more recruits.
The Salvation Army did not meet last year’s REd Kettle campaign goal.
And they’re looking turn that around this year.
They need a lot of bell ringers to staff locations throughout the community, including Tops Markets and Kmart.
Allegany County government nurses find out today if they’re getting a raise.
They may have a new contract for the first time in two years.
The contract between the county and the local New York State Nurses Association unit is on the agenda before several Allegany County committees today.
The contract includes 1 and a half percent pay raise that’s retroactive to include 2015; then a 2 percent raise for each 2016, 17 and 18; and a 2 and a half percent raise for 2019;

Olean Bartlett House Victorian Christmas

If you’ve ever wanted to take a step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas, the Olean Bartlett House has a free open house to let you know what it’d be like.
The Olean Bartlett House at 302 Laurens St. will have period Christmas decorations during its 14th annual open house Friday.
The celebration is from 6 to 9 p.m. food and wine will be served to visitors who tour the 1881 mansion.
A Coudersport, Pennyslvania woman was arrested for shoplifting and police say they found more than just stolen merchandise on her.
twenty four year old Dominique Waterman was charged with second-degree criminal possession of stolen property, police say she stole about $30 worth of clothes from Kohly’s department store in Olean. But police say they also found that Waterman has nine hypodermic needles on her and credit cards that had been reported stolen were found in her vehicle.

Bradford Regional Treating Patients to Holiday Feast

Not everyone can be home for the Thanksgiving holiday. But if they’re stuck at Bradford Regional Medical Center, it won’t be that bad.
Patients at at the medical center on Thanksgiving will get a festive holiday meal. And they can invited a guest free of charge.
No new taxes for Ridgway. The borough Council passed a preliminary budget on Monday of just above $1.8 million. It was approved by a 4 to 3 vote.
Starting in 2016, the police department willl have two officers working every shift. That means it’ll cost another $50,000.
Officials said the general fund budget will also include $30,000 for the fire department to purchase a side-by-side vehicle.
Other parts of the budget include the borough’s pool rates.
Yearly memberships will all double. For daily rates, the adult rate will increase from $4 to $6; the child rate will increase from $3 to $5; and the senior rate will increase from $2 to $5.