Archives for March 2018

Cattaraugus Votes to Declare Opioids a Public Nusiance

the heroin/opioid epidemic in CAttaraugus County is now officially a public nuisance.
The Cattaraugus County Legislature officially declared it so. The next step is to maybe join a lawsuit against drug companies and get back some of the money it spends fighting the problem.
The county has hired a New York City law firm that represents Niagara County and several other New York state counties in a class-action lawsuit alleging drug manufacturers have contributed to the heroin/opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing and overprescribing pain-relieving opioids. 14 people from Cattaraugus County died of heroin/opioid overdoses in both of the last two years.
The Seneca Nation isn’t backing down. And they say they’re not about to cease or desist talking about the Epiphany fracking wastewater treatment project. The Seneca Nation of Indians and others got cease and desist letters for opposing a proposed Coudersport, Pa.-based hydraulic fracturing waste treatment site.
The company said the Senecas and activists weren’t telling the public the truth.

Suspicious Fire At Olean House

Police and fire fighters want to know what caused a fire Wednesday morning at a home where a couple of months ago they say say they found stuff to make methamphetamine.
The two story home at 119 Irving behind the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angel was a total loss. there weren’t any injuries. Right now investigators are sasying that it started in an upstairs apartment but they don’t yet know why or how.
Get ready for higher water and sewer rates if you live in Olean.
The Common Council OK’d raising city water rates by 5 percent and sewer rates by 3.5 percent starting in June. This is the sixth time that water and sewer rates have gone up since 2011.
City officials say the money is needed to offset a budget deficit. And about $200,000 will go to fix the water line along the 300 block of North Fourth Street and along Washington Street to 11th Street.

Wind Farm Concerns Aired

Putting up a wind farm isn’t a breeze. There are a lot of people concerned about what the Alle-Catt Wind Farm will mean to thier community.
They had their say, about 50 or 60 of them, at a public hearing in the Freedom highway department building. They had the chance to tell officials what they thought about the proposed 107-turbine Alle-Catt Wind Farm. Most of the 585-feet tall wind turbines would go up on hills or in cornfields, they were told, not near homes. other communities are being considered for the wind farm, including Farmersville, Rushford and Centerville.
Allegany County’s getting closer to make it against the law for older teenagers to buy cigarettes.
The County legislature will get a chance to vote on whether to raise the legal age to 21 to buy a pack of smokes or anything with tobacco. There will be a public hearing April 9th in the Legislative Chambers, in the County Office discuss it.

McKean County Fun Run Looking For Superheroes

The call has gone out for superheroes to run, not walk to Bradford next month.
The third annual CASA of McKean County Superhero 5K fun run will raise money for court appointed special advocates. Evenyone who runs are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero or a superhere they’ve invented. Awards go to the to runner with the most creative superhero costume. And race winners get medals. CASA represents abused and neglected children. Since 2015, Court Appointed Special Advocates in McKean County have put in more than 3,000 hours of volunteer work for kids.
Actress Cynthia Nixon is’t wasting any time on the campaign trail.
She’s running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming Democratic primary. And right away she’s calling her opponent, the governor, a “bully” and a “wannabe Republican”
The “Sex and the City” star went to Albany to criticized the two-term governor for not doing enough to make sure there are equal opportunities for poor and minority students.

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Rejects 6 For President

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford President Livingston Alexander has some pretty big shoes to fill.
Six people tried to fill them last month, and all six candidates to replace Alexander when he leaves in June have been turned away. The search will have to continue for the next president,
Alexander has been leading the Pitt-Bradford campus since 2003. In 2012, he became the leader for the Pitt-Titusville campus as well. He was the catalyst for two five-year strategic plans and for a $13 million capital campaign.
Since 1943, the radio has been a friend to people who couldn’t make it to church in Olean. Olean First Baptist Church celebrated 75 years of radio ministry this week
It first aired on WHDL during World War II. In 1958 WMNS began airing the service. Today, WVTT at 96.7 FM carries the weekly broadcast at 11 a.m. on Sundays.
Each week’s broadcast is typically sponsored, currently at $55, in memory or honor of loved one.

Olean Water Rates Could Be On The Rise

The cost of water could be going up in Olean.
The Common Council’s finance committee approved a proposal to raise city water rates by 5 percent in the next fiscal year, and raising sewer rates 3.5 percent. The increase will be moved to the full council on Tuesday. The money would go to cover repairs on Washington St.
City officials say they want to replace a water line that’ll cost $800,000 next year.
The five percent increase would cost a typical user about $30 a year.
Police say they found crack cocaine and heroin in West Green Street apartment they searched.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Olean Police got tips that someone was selling drugs there. So they set up surveillance and saw a lot of people coming and going.
During the search, detectives say they found 11 grams of crack cocaine and eight grams of heroin, and six morphine pills. One person was arrested. 21 year old Kasia Lewis.

Water Main Break Causes Disruption for Hours

A water main break on Main Street and Hamilton Avenue left a lot of people high and dry for several hours Wednesday afternoon. The Water Distribution Division of public works began making emergency repairs sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. and turned water service off temporarily.
Department of Public Works officials couldnt say how many homes were affected. But the shut down didn’t affect the Bartlett Country Club or Olean General Hospital which is nearby.
New York State police charged a Pennsylvania man with drug possession.
19 year old Seth Gibbons, of Shinglehouse, Pa., was arrested. He faces a count of possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession too.
A New York man who spent 22 years in prison for a double killing will go free now that new witnesses came forward and his conviction was overturned.
The new witnesses said Calvin Buari wasn’t the man who shot two men in a parked car on a Bronx corner in 1992.

Marshall’s Hiring Before April Grand Opening

Marshalls is coming to town next month, and they have the help wanted sign out.
The discount clothing store will open up on West State Street April 26th.
They’re looking for good workers and will hold four hiring events at the Olean campus of Jamestown Community College.
Work to rehab the store began in October and cost over $1 million .
Only about half of the building is devoted to the Marshalls store. There hasn’t been an announcement about who the other tenants will be.
West valley residents want the U.S. Department of Energy to Dig up all the radioactive and hazardous waste at the West VAlley Demonstration project.
They made their feelings known at a west valley scoping session monday night.
The area was active from 1966 to 1972 when Nuclear Fuel Services extracted plutonium and uranium from spent nuclear fuel rods. There are 56 concrete casks at the site with 275 stainless steel canisters of high-level radioactive material stored in glass.

“Sex and the City” Star to Run For NY Governor

A “Sex and the City” actress wants your vote to become the next Governor of New York.
Cynthia Nixon announced on Twitter that she’ll challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s Democratic primary in September. Nixon has her work cut out for her. According to a Siena College poll Cuomo leads her by 66 percent to 19 percent among registered Democrats. Cuomo didn’t make any public comment about the announcement, but he’s mocked the celebrity status a Nixon campaign would bring to the race.
Allegany’s getting ready for a major dodgeball tournament.
It’s scheduled for next month and its’ expected to bring kids and adults together at the Fourth and Maple Street Complex.
The tournament is free to kids in eighth grade through 12th grade. They’ll be competing for Cash prizes
Organizers say they expect 140 kids or more to enter. In addition to the dodgeball tournament, there’ll also be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Allegany River Park sometime in August.

Michael and Donna Phillips Honored in Salamanca

The memory of Michael and Donna Phillips will greet everyone who goes into the Salamanca Town Hall. The couple died in a tragic car accident three months ago.
Friends and family came out to the gymnasium of Prospect Elementary School for the dedication of a plaque that’ll go up in the Town Hall honoring them.
Michael Phillips had just been elected to his third term as supervisor, and his wife, Donna, had been elected town clerk.
You can check ou the Plans for a grand pavilion for Olean’s city’s farmers’ today at 5:30.
A meeting’s set in the council chambers that’ll have designs for the park,
the plan calls for a long building on the southern edge of the park, the rest of the pavillion would be open and roll-down vinyl windows will keep out the rain.
A portion of the park grounds would be converted into a “naturescape playground,” which would offer a place to play for children of all ages.