Archives for January 2018

Allegany-Limestone Central School District Narrows Candidates

There’s just a handful of contenders to become the next Allegany-Limestone Central School District Superintendent.
School board president Dr. Joe Zimmer , says the district has finished its semi-finalists interviews and the finalists will be interviewed next week. They hope tp have a new superintendent named by the end of the month to replace former Superintendent Dr. Karen Geelan, who resigned to take a job as superintendent of the at the Valhalla Union Free School District.
Mark Ward has been acting as Interim Superintendent.
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed predictes a short-term deal to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week.
During his weekly call with reporters from the 23rd Congressional District, Reed said he expects the short-term extension will include an extension of the Child Health Improvement Program. Reed says he thinks there may be a deal on DACA as part of an extended budget agreement.

Cattaraugus County Lawmakers Bid Farewell to Stockman

Cattaraugus County lawmakers will gather to say goodbye to Legislature Chairman Paula Stockman Thursday.
Stockman died unexpectedly Saturday. Calling hours at the DiStasio Funeral Home are from 2-4 and 7-9 thursday.
A funeral service will take place Friday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Gowanda, at 11 a.m.
Stockman was re-elected to a second four-year term in November 2015, and had just completed her second year as County Legislature chairman.
The Salamanca Town Board will meet Thursday night at 7 at the Town Hall for a reorganization meeting for 2018 that was adjourned from last week when they were still in shock from the deaths of Supervisor Michael Phillips, and his wife Donna.
They were hit by a car as they crossed the road in front of their home while walking to the Town Hall.
Besides the reorganizing at the meeting, the town board is expected to name a new supervisor.

Flu Season in Full Swing

The flu is hitting the Olean area pretty hard.
Cattaraugus County Public Health Director Dr. Kevin Watkins says its more severe this year than last season.
Olean general hospital is seeing an increase in reports. There were 50 cases as of last week. so they’re only allowing visitors who are 17 or older to come into the hospital, to try and stop the spread. And everyone has to wear a mask if they have symptoms.
They’re suggesting that everyone get a flu shot, especially older people
Some voting groups are hoping to get New York on board with early voting. The state’s one of the the few in the country that doesn’t allow it they’re hoping that when Gov. Andrew Cuomo releases his budget today, he’ll include money to allow for the change, which they say could cost local election agencies about $7 million. Groups urging the governor to set aside the money include Citizen Action, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters.

Handgun Recertification Deadline Looming

There’s only a couple weeks left before the deadline for people who own handguns to recertify. And so far, two thirds of the permit holders haven’t done it in Cattaraugus County.
Just 5,260 people have done it. More than ten thousand have to get moving.
On Friday, Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb issued a plea to permit holders to recertify before the January 31st, deadline.
Allegany County Sheriff Ricky Whitney made a similar plea.
The sheriffs say that state police are available to answer any questions .
No testimony today in the kidnapping and rape trial of an Olean man. Francis O’Donnell’s accused of holding a woman in his apartment for a month.
The woman testified Friday in Cattaraugus County Court and said she felt like she was going to die.
She said O’Donnell gave her alcohol and she was unable to get out of his bed before he dropped her off at Olean General Hospital last February.
the trial resumes at 11 a.m. Tomorrow.

Cattaraugus County’s saving about $400,000 this year by leasing 31 vehicles instead of buying them.
The vehicles range from ¾ ton pickup trucks for the Public Works Department to a van for the Department of the Aging
to Sheriff’s Department police interceptors. The leases are for up to five years
In addition to lower lease payments, the county will save money on maintenance costs that come with high-mileage older vehicles.
a new opiate treatment center in Limstone is helping area addicts. .
The center serves patients from Limestone, Olean and Salamanca, as well as Bradford, Smethport and Warren in Pennsylvania.
The center’s run Dr. Reed Haag, a Wellsville resident. He says patients at the clinic are from all walks of life, including managers, hospital professionals and university students.
Haag tells the Olean Times Herals that he’s considering operating the office an additional half or full day of the week. Currently, the center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Tractor-trailer hits DOT truck on I-86

A tractor-trailer hit a parked state Department of Transportation vehicle on Interstate 86.
Luckily, nobody was hurt too badly.
New York State Police say there were only minor injuries reported. The damage was extensive to the tractor-trailer though. It happened just west of the Exit 27 interchange with Route 16.
A tractor-trailer hit a large electric sign used to signal drivers to move into another lane, and a snow plow truck with road patching material was also hit.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was trapped inside for a time after the crash.
The election is finally over in the Portville Fire District. Voters broke a pair of ties.
Charles Henton beat Charles Sincalir for a five-year term on the board of commissioners.
And Al Scott defeated Jason North for a two-year incomplete term on the board.
both had tied in a Dec. 12 election. New York state law requires a new ballot within 45 days of the first tie vote.

School Bus Rollover

A school bus rolled over and slid down an embankment in Onoville, in Cattaraugus County.

Three people were on the bus, including a four year old. The bus monitor was hurt and taken to the hospital for treatment.

It happened near Bone Run Road and West Perimeter Road shortly before 7 Tuesday morning.

The bus flipped over several times before coming to a stop at the bottom of the steep embankment.


It was a drug deal that did not go down as Wellsville man thought it would. Police say 25 year old Brandon Murray thought he was selling Suboxone to a drug user last January. But he was wrong. The customer was an agent of the Wellsville Police Department. Suboxone, is a prescription drug used to treat people addicted to opiods, like pain killers and heroin.

Now Murray will spend the next five years of his live on probation for dealing drugs.

He was also fined $375.

Eaton Cooper Donates $10,000

Eaton Cooper Power systems is donating another $10,000 so that area kids can dream.

The dream it-do it program gives students a chance to see what it takes to make a career at the The Eaton Young Manufacturers Academy.

This is the second straight year that the Olean manufacturer has made the donation. But it’s a gift that gives back. They say they’re trying to make sure they keep the pipeline full of good, qualified employees for not just them but the entire community.

The first session of the program is set for February 19-23 where the students will engineer their own cardboard sleds for an outdoors sledding competition.

Another session will be held in the summer.

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The flu is taking flight in and around Bradford.

In the past two weeks, staff at Bradford Regional Medical Center has seen a lot of new cases.

There were 13 cases of the flu in December. So far this month, there have already been two cases.

Farmer’s Market Plans Ready in March

The plans for a permanent farmer’s market in Lincoln Park should be ready for public view in March and ready for shopping in 2019.
Jeff Belt, CEO of Sol Epoxy, said architects are refining plans and should be wrapped up in the next two months. He says the The plan is to have a public presentation in early March, with a final plan ready in April construction’s expected to begin during the summer.
Planning for the Catholic Charities 2018 Appeal Week kickoff has begun with a volunteer workshop and luncheon held over teh weekend. Catholic Charities Appeal Week takes place March 18-25 this year in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, as well as six other counties in WNY served by Catholic Charities. That week, 163 Catholic parishes will focus on offertory donations to benefit the Appeal.
Last year nearly 3,900 people were impacted in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties by Catholic Charities programs and services,

Severe Cold Cancels School

No school today for most of the kids in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. it’s too dangerously cold. Extreme wind chill warnings have been issued for the area until Sunday morning.
This includes the entire Olean city school district, the Salamanca City school district, Wellsville, Hindsdale and Cattaraugus Little Valley Central among others. Expect wind chills to range from 20 below zero to 30 below zero at times. The wind chill advisory is in effec until 7 AM Sunday. .
Cattaraugus County Legislature Chairman Paula Stockman, has re-elected and it was unanimous.
Stockman told fellow legislators the message for 2018 is “Good things come to those who wait”.
She said some have to wait a little longer than others, and used the Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (C.A.M.P.) group as an example.
But Stockman says she’s “pretty confident we won’t have much longer to wait” to resolve contract issues with all of the county unions. Contracts expired on Dec. 31, but negotiations continue.