Archives for August 2018

Three More Olean Blighted Properties Sold

Olean sold three blighted properties. They’re at 616 W. Henley Street, 313 S. Seventh Street and 128 W. Greene Street. The new owner’s will fix up the properties and get them back on the tax rolls. The Olean council approved the sales unanimously. They were bought for the purpose of reselling them to either demolish them, or fix them up.
For the 110th consecutive year Rushford will celebrate Labor Day with a festival this weekend.
The celebration included rides and concessions will be open for three days
The weekend will end with the Labor Day Parade at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
The theme’s “The Great Outdoors,” with floats, antique cars, tractors, trailers, bicycles, going down the street with fire departments and rescue squads, along with Marching bands.
Olean’s West State should be restriped and transformed from a four-lane to a two-lane street by the end of next month.
The bid opening is set for September fourth.


Cuba Lake Cottage Sale Talks to Continue

Cuba lake cottage and homeowners like the idea of the state buying land around the lake.
They passed a referendum Saturday with 85 percent of voters supporting it.
The average purchase price would be about $39,000 for the 276 leased lots.
Once a price is set and other agreements are ironed out, it will take an act of the State Legislature to allow the sales.
Protestors are showing their displeasure with Olean General Hospital’s decision to switch anesthesiologists.
They’ve created a Facebook group called “I Support Southern Tier Anesthesiologists,” and it already has more than 2,400 members.
They have a GoFundMe page that’s raised over $1,700 to buy picket signs, T-shirts, bumper stickers and a billboard.
Olean General Hospital ended its 24-year relationship with Southern Tier Anesthesiologists and signed a new contract with Buffalo-based Great Lakes Anesthesiology that takes effect in January. Olean General says it’ll save millions of dollars.

Olean Road Bridge Open to Traffic

It’s been a long month, but drivers can finally drive over a bridge on Olean Road, spanning Pennbrook Run in Foster Township.
It’s been under construction for the past four weeks while it was being rebuilt, but it’s open to traffic now.
Cybersecurity is getting more and more prominent and St. Bonaventure University will offer a new online Master of Science degree program in cybersecurity next spring.
It’s in collaboration with the Western New York Cybersecurity Research Center and its Security Operations Center. it’s estimated that the security industry will be a $101 billion business by 2020.
A woman from Chaffee faces several charges after Police say she ran from a Trooper then attacked someone who tried to help. forty one year old Cassie Craft, is charged with fleeing from police, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and several other traffic violations.

St. Paul’s Luteran Church a Sign of the Times

The popular sign outside St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Route 219 in Ellicottville will have to come down after 35 years of making people smile, and think about a moral code. But the sign itself is violating the town’s building code.
At the end of the month, the sign will be retired under an agreement between church officials and the Ellicottville building code enforcement officer. The building code limits properties to one sign. The church will still be put up for church events such as their monthly spaghetti dinner, or a fundraiser.
The Olean Elks Lodge trying to ‘move forward’ after it’s embezzlement scandal
Two former officials were sentenced and ordered to pay restitution.
Edward Foster, and Diane Kas-per-ski, were both convicted of stealing money from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 491, a social club involved in charities.
both given one-year conditional discharges and ordered to pay restitution

Cattaraugus County Votes to Limit Wind Project Tax Breaks

The Cattaraugus County Legislature wants limits on wind project tax breaks.
And a standing room only crowd at the country board meeting cheered.
Over 100 people opposed to the Alle-Catt Wind Farm gave their vocal approval when lawmakers on a 13 to 2 vote approved a resolution asking the IDA to limit the size of wind farms eligible for tax breaks. The proposed wind farm would put 120 wind turbines in Farmersville and Freedom in Cattaraugus County, Rushford and Centerville in Allegany County and Arcade in Wyoming County.
A local airman from Alfred Station, who was one of the original Tuskeegee Airman in WWII, has died at the age of 92.
Staff Sgt. Wally Higgins of Alfred Station, was a sergeant in charge of an all-black, 30-man platoon.
He received the Congressional Gold Medal along with all of the Tuskegee Airmen in 2016.

Olean Police Arrest Trio Accused of Operating a Meth Lab

Three more accused meth makers are in jail today.
Olean police arrested and charged people were charged 41 year old Raymond Shaffer, 45 year old Bobby Joe McClain, and 31 year old Michele King. Police say they found methamphetamine and meth-making materials inside a Third Avenue apartment.
It’s the eighth time police say they’ve found a meth lab in the city since November. Police have arrested 19 people.
Olean General Hospital donated about 250 backpacks to area students.
They were filled with school supplies and will go to elementary students this school year.
The donated backpacks will be distributed to students who might otherwise go without necessary school supplies. The program is in its eighth year and involved students in Olean, Delevan, Friendship, Hinsdale and Allegany-Limestone schools.
A Cuba business owner and his wife are accused of hiding their six-figure income to get more than $8,000 in welfare benefits.

Olean General Contracts New Anesthesiologists

For the first time in 24 years Olean General will have a new anesthesiology provider.
The hospital will begin using Geat Lakes Anesthesiology, instead of Southern Tier Anesthesiologists.
It’s the first major vendor change for the Cattaraugus County hospital since it became part of Kaleida Health.
Kaleida contracts with Great Lakes Anesthesiology for services at its John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and at Bradford Regional Medical Center, a sister hospital to Olean General under Upper Allegany Health System.
“Olean General Hospital is expected to save several million dollars over the life of its contract with Great Lakes Anesthesiology,”

Jamestown Community College’s new president is on board.
Dr. Daniel DeMarte officially began his tenure July 30. He says he wants to make college more accessible to the residents of the Southern Tier. He says he hopes to help save students money by letting them themn earn college credits while still in high school.

Suicidal Man Report Called Unfounded

A report of a suicidale man armed with a gun in Franklinville over the weekend turned out to be unfounded.
Residents were asked to stay inside as state and local police and a helicopter searched for the man.
When police found the man they were looking for Monday morning, he was unarmed and not far from his home in Franklinville.
The man wasn’t charged with any crime and police said nobody was ever in any danger.
Olean’s Gus 11th annual Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament came back strong this weekend. There were more than 20 fewer teams but it looks like the tournament should be back next year, according to organizers.
Little Valley is celebrating its 200th anniversary this weekend
17 crafters and vendors are scheduled to be set up Saturday and Sunday at Bicentennial Park .
Local bands and solo musicians will play music in the Park Gazebo and more bands are scheduled to play as well.

North Second Street Turnaround Starts Tuesday

Get ready to get turned around on North Second Street in Olean.
The flow of the traffic is reversing starting tomorrow. Instead of going south, the one way traffic’s going north only.
Ttraffic will be blocked starting at 9 in the morning and no one will be allowed to park on the street while they put up signs and street markings. They’re also painting new turning lane arrows on West State Street.
The North Union Street overhaul is the reason for the change.
About 45,000 gallons of untreated sewage was accidently dropped into the Allegheny River Friday morning because of a power outage Friday morning. But city officials say the water should be safe by now and the waste should be diluted.
The sewage did not affect anybody’s tap water. If anyone was exposed to the contaminated water, they would have nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, eye and skin irritation.

Salamanca man pleads guilty to manslaughter

He says he’s guilty of manslaughter for a car crash last year that killed his passenger.
22 year old Damion Taylor could get as little as three years in prison or as many as 15 when he’s sentenced later this year.
21-year-old Alexandrea Kindt died in the crash on Old Route 17 in Salamanca when she was thrown from the crash. Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say Taylor’s car crossed the center line, went off the road and struck a tree just before midnight.
He ran from the crash and went to a party in Salamanca without calling the police.
the old Siegel’s building could come back to life as a small business co-op.
The Urban Renewal Agency has voted to accept a proposal from Savarino Companies of Buffalo to redevelop the two-story former shoe store. The same firm was named last year to redevelop the Manny Hanny after sitting vacant for 25 years.