Archives for December 2017

Seasons Bookstore Closing

Seasons Bookstore & Gifts is closing its doors at Olean Center Mall.
It’ll close sometime in the first quarter of next year. The owner says they’re a lot of reasons, but it included the fact that more and more customers shop online and use electronic readers these days.
Thirty-five percent of the store’s sales have been books, The several employees at the Olean store will not be relocated The owner’s also closeing three more stores in the Buffalo area.
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After a year of waiting, and wondering, employees at AVX finally know when their jobs will end. 60 of 67 workers will be let go March 30th.
officials announced in April 2016 the plant would be closing, but they thought it would be in early 2017 at the time.
Workers were not offered positions at other AVX facilities, like the one in South Carolina expected to take over the Olean workload.
The company has dozens of facilities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia

Olean Rental Inspection Law is Finalized

Olean’s rental inspection law is a done deal.
Property owners will need certificates of occupancy before they can rent starting in June.
City officials say the inspections will help cut down on run down properties by forcing landlords to improve their units to meet state building code. The city has roughly 2,600 registered rental units in 1,300 properties.
The law goes into effect June 1.
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Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers wanted to include electronic cigarettes in the state‘s ban on smoking indoors.
But the e-cigarette measure was stripped from the state‘s $153 billion budget. The agreement apparently fell apart before lawmakers approved the final pieces of the budget this past weekend.
The American Cancer Society‘s lobbying arm was pushing for the measures as a way to discourage e-cigarette use.
Senate Finance Committee Chair Cathy Young, R-Olean, Cattaraugus County, said the measure could be approved before the legislative session ends in June.

Wellsville Students’ Science Project Chosen For Space Mission

6 Wellsville High School seniors are getting a shot at space science. their science experiment has been chosen by NASA and will be performed by scientists on the international space station. And the kids are going to floridia to watch their experiment blast off into orbit.
their science project, aims to find the effects of Vitamin C on planarian regeneration. its one of just 32 experiments in the national student spaceflight experiments program.
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the winter weather is being blamed for a number of minor car accidents in Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties early Monday morning.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher reported that “four or five cars went off the road” in the Yorkshire, Ashford and Peters Road area of 219. One was a fender bender involving two cars while the rest were one-car accidents.
Allegany County Sheriff’s Office reports there were “a few” accidents, the total number was unavailable, but none leading to injury.

Kolb Announces Bid for Governor

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is the first Republican to officially announce his candidacy to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year.
Kolb was elected to the Assembly in 2000 and became minority leader in 2009. The last Republican to win statewide office was George Pataki, who was elected to a second term as governor in 2002.
Kolb has $255,00 in his Assembly campaign fund as compared to $26 million on hand for Cuomo’s bid for a third four-year term.
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The efforts to overhaul the main entry into Oak Hill Park are being led by a local family just trying to spruce up the neighborhood. Marianne Laine and her husband, Erick, like on north third street. They spearheaded the effort from funding the $162,000 project to helping with design work. The Laine family and Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation have funded several recent projects at the park. The foundation board approved more than $7,600 in grants to replant the slopes around the entrance in 2014,

Missing Hunter Found Dead

A 77-year-old hunter who went missing in rural upstate New York nearly a week ago has been found dead. Carl Weaver’s body was found in the woods on private property in Harpersfield, southwest of Albany. His truck was found december 13th and hundreds of people searched for Weaver for days afterward. The cause of death hasn”t been determined yet. But police say there were no obvious injures.
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a Bolivar man’s accused of stealing money from kids he said he was tyring to help.
35 year old Brandon Gaines is charged with four counts of theft from a youth sports program. police said Gaines was collecting fundraising orders for the program, but not all the donations got there. they haven’t said how much money is involved the charge is a misdemeanor. He turned himself in to wellsville police and he’s been arraigned and taken to allegany county jail where he’s being held on $250 bail.

Salamanca Vehicular Homicide Suspect Released on Bond

The Salamanca man accused of vehicular homicide in the deaths of the town supervisor and town clerk Friday night has posted a $20,000 bond.
Police say Kevin Donaldson Jr. was drunk when his vehicle struck Michael and Donna Phillips as they were crossing the street. 73 year old Michael Phillips was re-elected town supervisor in November. His wife, 69 year old Donna Phillips had just been elected town clerk. Donaldson wasn’t hurt in the accident, but one of his three passengers was injured as well. ————————————————————————
Historic Cattaraugus is getting $1.5 million in state grant money to restore the old Crawford House Hotel.
That’s just a fraction of what it’ll cost to revamp the 1891 building. Experts say it could cost as much as 5 million dollars. The group is looking for donations and other grants. It’s just one of the buildings that were donated to the historical group. It’s also looking to restore a 1909 theater and an 1894 hotel.

Eight People Injured in Crash

A two car crash in Great Valley injured eight people on Route 219 and Hungry Hollow Road.
Police say 55 year old Kimberly Fedorowicz was driving south on Route 219 when she lost control of her car and crossed the double line. She hit a car driven by 36 year old Crystal Imhoff. They were taken to Olean General Hospital along with six passengers.
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New years eve for older kids is being held in a safe and fun place during a First Night celebration in the Fourth and Maple Complex on North Fourth Street in Allegany. It’s for kids in fifth grade through high school. It’s at the gymnasium and rec room from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve.
The celebration is sponsored by the Allegany Community Cares group and Allegany Police Department.
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the 6th proposal of the 2018 State of the State. He proposes making the state’s shared services panels permanent.

Manslaughter Charges Filed in Salamanca Supervisor Death

It’s two counts of vehicular manslaughter for a Cattaraugus man accused of of killing the supervisor for Salamanca and his wife the town clerk friday.
Police says 27 year old Kevin Donaldson Jr. had been drinking when
Mike and Donna Phillips were killed when Donaldson’s car struck them as they crossed the street on their way to town hall at the intersection of Route 353 and North State Road.
Donaldson’s being held in the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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U.S. Rep. Tom Reed says he’s confident the Republican tax bill will pass Congress and be sent to the president this week. Reed, spoke at a town hall meeting in the Salamanca City Courtroom Saturday. where he faced a lot questions about the tax bill. Many of the people there questioned why the bill needed to be passed so quickly, and suggested bill favors corporations and the wealthy. Reed helped to write the bill.

Portville Election Ends in a Tie

The election is not over in Portville.
Fire District voters will vote again next month because both commissioner races ended in a tie Tuesday night. Under state law, if a fire commission election ends in a tie, the candidates with the most votes must be placed on a ballot within 45 days of the first vote.
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We’re getting about $3.8 million in grants from the state for nine projects across Cattaraugus County.
The Western New York Economic Development Council Awards include three Olean projects. In addition to the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Program grant The city’s also getting $500,000 to revitalize the vacant Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust Co. Building.
$200,000 to establish a city Microenterprise Program. and $59,000 for Forness Park Trail, a trail designed to enhance safety and accessibility for local recreational facilities. It would create a connection to Bradner Stadium, War Vets Park, the William O. Smith Recreation Center and the Allegheny River Valley Trail.

Olean’s Rental Intspection Ordinance Draws Closer

This summer all Olean apartments and homes for rent will need to be inspected before anyone moves in.
The Common Council voted unanimously to require an inspection by the city’s Code Enforcement Office every time a property is sold or a rental unit is vacated before it can be rented again.
The hope is that the new law will help improve run down properties. . A final public hearing will be held on Dec. 26, with officials expected to vote afterward.
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Olean HIgh school students are shooting for the moon. Or at least the International space station.
The three-student science class will hear from judges from the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education today to find out if their science project’s been chosen.The experiment would examine the effects of microgravity on the speed of blood clot breakdown.
If chosen, the students’ will have their experiment’s hypothesis put to the test by astronauts in the International Space Station.