Archives for January 2019

U.S. Sen. Gillibrand Calls for Dairy Farmer Refunds

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she wants dairy farmers refunded their insurance money ASAP.
She urged the Department of Agriculture to speed up payments to New York dairy farmers over a failed milk insurance plan where they paid premiums but didn’t get any benefits.
The farm bill passed last month and includs refunds for the failed insurance program, but the government shutdown slowed it down. She said the money can’t come soon enough.
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U.S. Representaive Tom Reed is a co-sponsor on Equal Rights Amendment bill that is only one state away from ratification.
He’s the only Republican to cosponsor two House resolutions to resurrect the Amendment.
One, sponsored by California Democrat Jackie Speier, would extend the deadline for ratification.
The other, sponsored by New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney, would re-start the ratification process in the 116th Congress. That would require states to again vote to ratify the ERA.

Schools Remain Closed As Sub-zero Temps Remain

With sub-zero temperatures outside, most schools in the Greater Olean area are closed again today.
Public schools in Allegany, Cuba, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville are closed along with Archbishop Walsh Academy in Olean.
The Cattaraugus County campus of Jamestown Community College is also closed.
St. Bonaventure University, though, is staying open. As you should know by now, the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until 6 o’clock tonight. Wind chills as low as 35 below zero and snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are expected in in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.
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Zippo’s buying one of Allegany county’s largest local owned businesses.
It’s buying Wellsville’s Northern Lights candle operations. Northern Lights makes luxury candles for small- and mid-size boutiques that seel under its brand name. Officials say production will remain at the Andover Road facilities, and existing staff will stay the same after the sale.

Schools Closed, Activities Cancelled Due to Severe Weather

Schools are closed today and tomorrow in most areas including the Olean City School District, Allegany-Limestone Central School District: the Portville Central School District: and the Bradford Area School District: Closed Wednesday and Thursdayand so are a lot of other scheduled activities. It’s just too dangerously cold. there’s a .WIND CHILL WARNING FROM 6 AM today TO
6:00 tomorrow night. The WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 this afternoon until 7 tomorrow night.
We could see 5 to 9 inches of snow and winds howlling up to 40 mph.
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The developer of the planned Alle-Catt Wind Farm scheduled open houses tonight and tomorrow in Freedom and Centerville.
The meetings have been scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Freedom Highway Building in Sandusky, and Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the Centerville Town Hall.
They might be forced to reschedule because of the bad weather, so it’s best to call ahead.

Dangerous Wind Chils Forcast

Get ready for the some dangerous and record cold weather. There’s a Winter Storm Watch for Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties From 1:00 tomorrow afternoon until 7:00 Thursday night. .and there’s a dangerous WIND CHILL WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON… we can expect anywhere from 7 TO 14 INCHES of snow in some areas. and the WINDS COULD GUST AS HIGH AS 45 MPH WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. THE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS COULD CAUSE FROSTBITE IN AS LITTLE AS 15 MINUTES.
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A Cattaraugus County man who had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit has been arrested after a hit and run accident in Allegany, but police say it wasn’t easy. Troopers were called to a hit-and-run crash on Birch Run Road. While interviewing one driver, the other driver came back, but then left again when he saw police.
eventually they arrested 35 year old Phil Voorhees.

Salmanca House Fire Being Investigated

Investigators are still trying to find out what caused a major house fir on Bucktooth Run Road in Salamanca.
The Friday fire destroyed the home. No injuries were reported. the fire broke out at about 7 un the evening. The extremely cold weather didn’t help things. Firefighters say they were pouring water on the firs when the thermometer read around 8 degrees.
Fire fighters say they don’t believe anyone was at home when the fire broke out. the estimated damage is about $80,000.
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The renovations are done at the Allegany AMC movie theater and it’s getting positive reviews.
New additions include heated reclining seats, reserve seating, new screens and sound systems, as well as fresh carpets and paint.
Work began in November. And the food menu includes just more than softdrinks and popcorn, they’ve added things like flatbread pizza, chicken and waffle sandwiches and cheeseburger sliders.

Largest Meth Drug Bust in Thirty Years

Olean police say they’ve made one of the largest crystal meth busts in the history of our Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. The task force seized more than $75,000 worth of crystal meth from a Randolph apartment.
Police arrested 34 year old Mark Maio, and 28 year old Brittany Dellahoy and 32 year old Brandon Smith for possession of a controlled substance. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force says it’s one of the largest discoveries of crystal methamphetamine in its three-decade history and could lead to federal charges.
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The open-air demolition of the Main Process Building at the West Valley Demonstration Project has been delayed indefinitely.
The U.S. Department of Energy has asked the contractor to look into cleaning up areas not included in the original Phase I contract while the demolition of the Main Process Building is on hold.

Winter Storm Watch Posted For Southern Tier

A winter storm watch has been posted for Cattaraugus along with southern Erie and Chautauqua counties from late Today through Saturday morning. Weather service forecasters said heavy lake-effect snow was possible with accumulations of 8 to 16 inches in areas where persistent lake snows fall. the weather service says “Travel could be very difficult to impossible,”
A cold, wintry pattern is forecast to really dig in next week.
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An Olean assisted living facility is giving free meals to federal employees who are out of work because of the shutdown.
Eden Heights of Olean Assisted Living and Memory Care is making sure federal employees who haven’t been paid in a month still get their meals. They say they’re happy to do it for all of the meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Federal employees from any area facility like the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean near Bradford, are welcome. Eemployees will be asked for employment verification .

Souper Bowl Food Drive Collections Ready to Begin

It’s souper bowl season at the Olean City School District once again.
That’s Souper Bowl as in Souper Bowl food drive. More than 530 groups have already collected about $2 million in food and money for the disadvantaged. Students set up a collection bin at the Tops supermarket on West State Street on the day before the Super Bowl football game. . Donations will be collected from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2.
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If you think crime rates are rising in the Olean area, you’re not right.
For the third straight years, the Olean police activity stayed pretty much the same, according to a new report. Number of calls, felonies
Police had 19,646 service calls last year. That’s just about 500 more calls than 2017 and 2016.
The number of felony arrests are about the same too, 88 in 2018 and 83 in each of the previous two years.

Heaviest Snow of the Season Hit Southern Tiers

The largest amounts of snow this winter hit Southwestern Cattaraugus County over the weekend, with over a foot in most places.
Olean got 11 inches of snow Saturday, Perrysburg had 16 ½ inches; Ellicottville, 15 inches; and Portville and Little Valley each received 13 inches of snow. Parking restrictions in Olean have been lifted.
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The cold temperatures and more than a foot of snow didn’t keep people from going to Oleans First Presbyterian Church on Laurens Street for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The event drew about 100 people.
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Attendance at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Outdoor Sports & Rec Show was hampered by the storm.
Only about 370 people attended the event Saturday and by the end of the day Sunday it was about 650. 2,000 people attended the show last year and they were hoping for at least 1,500 this year.

Olean Food Pantry Preparing Furloughed Worker Day

The Olean Food Pantry is helping federal workers who’ve been hurt by the partial government shutdown
It’s set up a special food distribution for Jan. 29th. It’s for workers who’ve been furloughed or forced to work without getting paid.
Federal workers must present their federal ID’s. But those working through the shutdown without pay can have someone else pick up the food for them, just as long as that person has a photocopy of their federal ID and a note.
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The winter storm warning for Cattaraugus County has been canceled. But a wind chill warning remains in effect until 7 tonight.
The warning includes Livingston, Wyoming, Ontario, Allegany Chautauqua, and southern Erie counties as well. Wind chills as low as 35 degrees below zero are expected. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.