Archives for October 2018

Seneca Nation Gets $1M For Home Repairs

Seneca Nation is getting nearly $1 million HUD to fix up homes on the Allegany and Cattaraugus territories.
Seneca President Todd Gates and Housing Authority Executive Director Adrian Stevens received an oversized check for $996,441 in a ceremony at the William Seneca Administration Building.
The HUD grant will help the Seneca Nation fix electrical, plumbing, and ventilation in 5 housing units for low-income families with children. Applications can be made through the Seneca Nation Housing Authority and the Planning Department.
It was a seven-car pileup on and Icy Interstate 86 but there were only minor injuries, including to horses
It happened just after 7:30 near Exit 26. Deputies said a vehicle lost control on the icy bridge and struck a tractor-trailer. the first vehicle was stranded in the roadway and when a pick-up truck towing a loaded horse trailer came up he couldn’t stop

Salamanca To Tear Down Blighted Buildings

Salamanca’s tearing down it’s city-owned structures in a copule of weeks, after about a year of planning.
The target date set for November 6th. There are seven homes that will be bulldozed to the ground.
Six are residential homes and one is a garage. City officials say there are more blighted properties in the city that that need attention, but these were at the top of the list.
A Mexican owned bakery is a good neighbor to Olean Girls softball.
Stroehmann’s Bakery, is owned by Bimbo Bakery in Mexico, and they’ve donated about $5,000 to help improve the fields and the bleachers. About 50 volunteers have repaired two sets of bleachers already, and hope to build another two before long.
They’ve also added a new equipment shed, thanks to the help and donation. The league hosts tournaments of 50 teams for almost the past ten years.

Final StrOlean A Hit On The Streets

A lot of people came out for the third and final StrOlean of the year on North Union
There were 58 vendors with specials and sales and Dance Arts in Olean, put on surprise Zombie dance performances to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” A flash mob entertained three different times in front of Beef and Barrel Restaurant.
The 2019 StrOlean, planning is already underway for next June and August.
Salamanca high school juniors and seniors will have more college-level courses to chose from and it won’t cost anything.
For the 2018-19 school year, 15 Jamestown Community College courses are offered including advanced math, English, technology and arts. The credits can transfer to the university after high school. The district is also looking at adding college courses in Spanish and intro to computer science as Advanced Placement (AP) classes. in 2020, the district says it’ll expand the program to include even more courses.

Olean Man Sentenced for Head-On Collision

An Olean man who drove drunk and got into a deadly head-on collision earlier this year on Route 417 is going to prison.
47 year old John McStraw Jr. was sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to 2 to seven years in state prison for second-degree vehicular manslaughter. He pleaded guilty to the April 4 crash in Carrollton that killed 48 year old Fred Kemp, 48, of Kill Buck.
Work has begun to renovate the Burrous building on North Main Street in Wellsville, And it’s a $10.3Million dollar project with plans for including senior housing and commercial space. The first tenant of the commercial space will be the village government.
The last tenant closed its doors in 2004 after almost 65 years of operation. Once it’s completed, there will be a dozen one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments for seniors earning 60 percent of the area median income or less.

Head-on Crash Kills One, Injures Two

One man is dead and two people were hurt in a head-on crash in Portville
Police say 79-year-old Paul Jurenko died Tuesday. The accident happened Saturday morning in Portville and involved three vehicles.
Jurenko was a passenger in one of the cars. According to Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s reports a car on Portville-Olean Road was y crossed into the oncoming lane and and collided with another car. A third vehicle that was parked to the side of the road was also damaged. The driver of the other car was taken to Olean General Hospital, along with a 76 year old Olean woman.
The routine appointment of a teacher aide was anything but routine at the board of education meeting.
Member Paul Hessney, a retired teacher called for more Olean City School District teacher aides to be hired full time.
It’s the not the first time he’s raised the issue. Hessney was outnumbered and the teacher aides were hired.

Olean Runway Review Requested

The runway at the Cattaraugus County Olean Airport in Ischua may need to be replaced.
And it’ll cost $50,000 to find out. The Common council agreed to pay that much to a consuting firm.
It’ll track the condition of the runway. They’ll do a rating of the pavement and assess if it needs to be replaced.
If the 4,800-foot runway needs to be replaced it’d cost $1 million over 5 years. The airport celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019.
A Local author from Wellsville will be talking at Howe Library tomorrow night.
Dawn Day-Quinn will talk about the making of her novel sign books at 7 p.m in the Monday Club Room.
She wrote “Silent Ties,” and grew up in Allegany County. She graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1978.
She lives in Pittsburgh and comes to Western New York to spend time with family.

Randolph’s Hometown Heroes Banners Going Up

If you want to see a hometown hero in Randolph… just look up.
The town’s started it’s ‘Hometown Heroes Banner Program. Banners will be displayed along Main and Jamestown.
The idea is to recognize and honor Randolph residents who are serving in the armed forces or are veterans.
Anyone who wants to sponsor a hereo can donate to the sponsorship banner program.
Several towns across the country are starting up similar programs.
A Cattaraugus County man has been accused of mistreating animals.
New York State police say they arrested 32-year-old Mark Kirtz of Ischua after getting a complaint about malnourished dogs at a home on Cash Rd. Authorities say Kirtz confined four dogs there without proper food and water.
Kirtz was charged with criminal trespassing, failure to provide sustenance and neglect of an impounded animal.
He is scheduled to appear in court in December.

ATV Accident in Bolivar

An ATV accident at a hunting camp in Bolivar and a woman had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter. The seasonal hunting camp was difficult for first responders to get to, but they used the Bolivar Fire Department’s UTV. The woman’s name wasn’t released but police say she was about 40 years old. No other vechicle was involved. It happened on county Road 33 in Bolivar Thursday afternoon.
Cuba police arrested a 15-year-old boy Friday morning because they say he threatened to bring a gun to school.
He’s been charged with making a terroristic threat. They’re still investigating and say there may be more arrests.
They say the boy made threatening remarks in a Cuba-Rushford Middle-High School classroom about bringing a gun into school.
It’s the second school threat in Cuba in the past two months. A bomb threat was made during an anonymous phone call to Cuba-Rushford Middle-High School in September.

Allegheny River Valley Trail Crossing Work Progressing

Work on the Allegheny River Valley trail crossing on Olean’s Constitution Avenue is going very nicely. The work includes new concrete to make the crossing comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. And the city’s now talking about adding flashing lights to the avenue near the trail. The city applied for a state Pedestrian Safety Action Plan grant in March, requesting up to $1 million to improve intersections and they got $335,000.
Portville’s Red’s and Trudy’s has been around for generations and they’ve been chosen to recieve the Olean Chamber’s first Presidential Award. The business is 94-years-old old. It’ll get the honor at the Chamber’s 113th annual dinner early next month.
The Presidential Award identifies Reds and Trudy’s as iconic and integral to the business community.
The restaurant opened in 1924, and has changed hands a few times over the decades, but one thing has stayed the same and that’s the quality, the chamber said.

Mother Arrested for Attempted Murder of Four-Month-Old Child

A mother arrested for allegedly assaulting her infant daughter in August in Kill Buck is now facing an attempted murder charge.
A Cattaraugus County grand jury handed up an indictment last week charging 23 year old Ma-kay-la Mix.
Mix is in Cattaraugus County Jail. She’s pleaded not guilty to the charges. District Attorney Lori Rieman told the Olean Times Hearld that Mix intended to murder her four month old daughter.
The child was hospitalized for a short time and underwent surgery, but is now “doing OK”.
A local group of high school students want Olean to ban smoking in city parks
The Olean High School Reality Check club gave their concerns to teh Common Council’s Strategic Planning Committee on Tuesday, about the hundreds of cigarette butts in city parks as well as the health effects.
The group says state funds would cover the cost of no smokiung signs in Olean parks if it’s passed.