Archives for May 2018

Rep. Tom Reed Pushing for Dreamers Vote

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is pushing House Speaker Paul Ryan for a vote on Dreamers.
Over Three months after the Senate denied a bill to give DACA immigrants a path toward citizenship, nothing has been done, Reed said Tuesday. Reed wants a House vote on four proposals. The one with the most votes would become the House bill to send to the Senate. Ryan says he supports a bill that would include full funding for a border wall and three-year renewable immigration status for Dreamers.
Teachers all across New York will be protesting today at their State Senator offices.
Carl Korn, the Chief Press Officer of the New York State United Teachers Union, says it’s because the New York State Senate failed to bring bill S. 8301 to the floor before it adjourned.
The bill would return control over annual teacher evaluations to local school districts and teachers and
eliminate t standardized tests in teachers’ evaluations.

Cattaraugus County Arts Council Changes Name

You can’t call the Cattaraugus County Arts Council the Cattaraugus County Arts Council anymore.
It’s officially changed its name to Tri-County Arts Council.
They say the old name was kept some communities outside of the county from understanding who the Arts Council serves. It’s more of a regional organization the council’s executive director, Tina Hastings, told the Olean Times Herald. It also serves Allegany and Chautauqua counties.
There is Emergency food and shelter money available for people in McKean County.
The county’s been awarded over $22,000 in federal funding to help. The money will supplement emergency food and shelter programs in McKean County. The local board from McKean County, will determine how the money will be distributed. It goes to agencies like The Salvation Army, McKean/Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Bradfor United Way, Catholic Charities, Ministerial Association, the McKean County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Bradford YWCA.

Amber Alert Cancelled, Search Continues for Toddler

The amber alert has been cancelled in Allegany and several other counties, but the search for a missing toddler continues. An llegal immigrant from Mexico who was deported twice is being held in connection with the death of his girldfriend. Her son, 14-month-old boy Owen Hidalgo-Calderon is also feared dead. 25 year old Evarardo Donoteo-Reyes, is charged with tampering with evidence, but prosecutors say they expect to file more charges against him once police determine how his 18-year-old girlfriend, Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, was killed.
The toddler was reported missing on May 23 after his mom’s body was discovered near their residence.
And The Olean Huskies are class b softball champions. The Huskies defeated Eden, 4-1, in the overall Class B final to secure their first trip to Far West Regionals since 2010. The champions advance to Saturday’s Far West Regional/New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association quarterfinals at Williamsville East.

Amber Alert in Allegany County for Missing Toddler

An amber alert is in effect for parts of Allegany county, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming as police continue to search for a 14 month old boy. Little Owen Hildalgo-Calderon went missing in Wayne County nearly two weeks ago. Wayne County Sheriff says the amber alert is a precaution. Wayne County sheriff Bobby Virts says he fears the little boy isn’t alive because of the time period that has gone by. Owen’s mom was found dead last week, and police say her boyfriend admitted to burying her.
If you’re looking up in Portville you’re likely to see the new veteran banner program.
The first banners went up just in time for Memorial Day.
The Hometown Heros project was initiated by the Portville Central School chapter of the National Honor Society. Each banner has a large photograph of a Portville military veteran in uniform.

Police Make Positive ID of Body Found Over the Weekend

The ID of the body found in a ravine near East Otto has now been positively dentified as the missing california man Rudy Ray Rockett sr. Now prosecutors in Niagara and Cattaraugus counties are working to determine who will handle the case. It’s being treated as a homicide.
the decomposing was found Saturday in the area of the Erie County and Cattaraugus County border.
The positive id came with the results of dental records.
Rockett went missing on April 29.
Organizers of the upcoming Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament — are already looking for a little help. The tournament’s set for Aug. 17 through the 19th in Olean, is expected to bring 250 teams and 8,000 spectators. They’re looking for sponsors and vendors who want to take advantage of the large crowds.

War Vets Park Renovation Near Completion

War Vets Park should look significantly better before the summer heat arrives.
The city pool will be renovate, the pavilion repaired and it’ll be connected to the Allegheny River Valley Trail by the end of June. The pool renovations are the last part of a $3.26 million overhaul of the William O. Smith Recreation Center.
An upstate New York man who got drunk, set his couch on fire and then watched the fire destroy his apartment has been sentenced to five years of probation.
Brandon Adler admitted to starting the fire in Buffalo last summer. WGRZ-TV reports he was sentenced Monday to five years’ probation on arson in the fourth degree and apologized in court.
The Olean High school girls Huskies softball team is playing for all of the marbles.
They beat Depew in the Section 6 Class B-1 softball semifinals.
THEy’s play second-seeded Fredonia in the final tomorrow night

Area Boy Scouts Organization Anxious To Admit Girls

Local Boy Scouts of America troops are getting ready to welcome girls into the ranks. Right now there are 2,500 scouts under the in Allegany and Cattaraugus county, all boys so far. But that’s about to change.
The Boy Scouts is changing it’s name next year to Scouts BSA to add girls to the program.
Nate Thornton, scout executive for the Allegheny Highlands Council says as far as he’s concerned, he’s open to girls joining.
There’s a stone on Kill Buck Road that has historical signifcance and an area man wants to preserve it in time for the town’s bicentennial.
It’s part of a toll gate on the old Plank Road that was built in the early 1850s.
And the Tonawanda boys baseball team plays in the section 6 class B1 semi finals today.
The game against Lackawanna begins at 5 in Olean.

Siemens Appeal Falls Short

A last ditch effort by New York Senator Chuck Schumer to find ways to save a couple hundred jobs at dresser rand in Wellsville appears to have come up short. Schumer met with Siemens CEO and chairman Lisa Davis to come up with a solution. Dresser-Rand’s parent company is moving commercial manufacturing to North Carolina and close down the Wellsville plant, and erasing 250 jobs in the newxt few years.
But a Siemens Government Technologies spokesperson told the olean times herald that they’re already planning to move work away from Wellsville.
A couple of hunters found themselves in trouble with the police over the weekend. Police arrested 41 year old Jason Mesler of Friendship and his 25 year old nephew William Carpenter of Olean. They were charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Pennsylnania State Police say both men were hunting around Plank Road.
Police said that was a parole violation for Mesler.

School Gun Clubs Oppose Proposed Ban

A ban on school shooting teams, and the guns necessary for them, is getting some oppostion from local gun clubs. They say the shooting programs teach students just what’s needed most – gun safety.
They say a new piece of legislation in Albany banning all shooting sport programs at schools is a bad idea if safety is the goal. The bill was presented to the State Assembly’s Education Committee last month and notes that the accused shooter who killed 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school was a former member of the school’s marksmanship team. Twenty-four schools and approximately 800 to 900 students participate in gun clubs in the Southern Tier.
Get ready for $3 per gallon gasoline this Memorial Day weekend. prices are creeping higher.
The average price for a gallon in New York has gone up risen 3.1 cents per gallon since last week, averaging $2.97 at the beginning of this week, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey.

Olean Considering Compassion Charter

Olean is thinking about Compassion. A group wants the Common Council’s strategic planning committee to adopt a Charter for Compassion. Rob Walk, a retired Olean City School District psychologist says it’s a way to show that the community can work together for everybody’s bennefit.
Walk says more than 30 local businesses, religious groups and charities support the charter. Six cities in the state have compassion charters already. The committee was interested in adopting the charter, but need time to research it.
Franklinville Central School District’s capital project got mixed results
Voters said yes to a $6M building upkeep plan, but not to a $5M turf conversion plan
The school building upgrades will not raise their taxes, the turf plan would have added a 1 percent tax increase.
It would have converted the sports fields behind the elementary school to turf, created a drainage system, fencing, dugouts and scoreboards, and resurface the track.