Archives for April 2019

Genesis House Geranium Sale Anniversary

Genesis House’s geranium sale is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary.
The flower sale began simply in 1999 with about 600 flowers. Now it’s an annual fundraiser for the homeless shelter and they sell around 6 thousand.
Orders for this year’s geraniums will be taken until May 8. You order by calling the shelter. The geraniums will be delivered d May 16 at Gargoyle Park in Olean.
Police say a Bradford man took them on a high speed chase over the weekend. He stared he week out in jail.
Foster Township Police say 28 year old Michael Stone was speeding from Seaward Avenue to Limestone.
Police said he hit speeds of about 100 mph on Route 219.
Then he hit a Bradford City police car .
Nnobody was injured in the incident. Stone was charged with aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, six counts of recklessly endangering , and other traffic offenses.

African American Center Fills Board Positions After Resignations

The African American Center for Cultural Development is back up to full staff.
It’s filled the vacancies on the board of directors after several protest resignations, including the president and vice president’s.
The board is trying to get a DRI grant to renovate a former East State Street church and make it the center’s new home. The center needs to raise about $140,000 to buy the property and $100,000 to get a bank loan for renovations. Once the center does the renovations, the DRI grant will reimburse up to $225,000.
They’ve raised just over $10,269 so far.
11 Cattaraugus County volunteer fire departments were looking for a few good men and women this weekend.
It was ‘Recruitment Weekend’.
To interest volunteers, they held open houses and fire fighting equipment demonstrations.
Then, accepted applications for new members. Volunteers are not only needed for firefighter positions, but for EMTs and ambulance drivers too.

Olean Feral Cat Program Running Well

The Olean feral cat program is up and running.
And they’re looking for people to help trap-neuter-vaccinate and release the stray cats.
The Common Council approved the program in December. Any cat running at large is classified as a stray.
Those interested in helping can find the group on Facebook.
New Hudson man has pleaded guilty to 21 crimes for things like burglarizing homes to pulling a jail cell fire alarm.
37 year old Christopher Herron, pleaded guilty Thursday in Allegany County Court.
According to District Attorney Keith Slep, Herron forcefully and unlawfully entered two New Hudson residences and stole guns and personal items in October 2017.
In its investigation of the burglaries, New York State Police searched his residence and reportedly discovered numerous stolen items, as well as two credit cards belonging to victims in Cattaraugus County. Drugs, drug paraphernalia and 282-marijuana plants.

Attorney’s Deadly Accident Case Bound Over for Trial

All charges against an attorney accused of killing a Bradford man in a head-on collision and injured several others have been bound to McKean County Court.
42 year old Marc Nuzzo, of Wilkes Barre, had a three-hour preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.

Investigators say last september Nuzzo was driving south on U.S. Route 219 in Hamlin Township, when he crossed the double-yellow line into the northbound lane to pass a tractor-trailer, and hit a sport utility vehicle driven by Stanley “Guy” Austin.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of McKean County is inviting the community to join them in a superhero fun run this weekend. They want everyone to tie on a superhero capes and running shoes for the fourth annual CASA of McKean County Superhero 5K and Kids Fun Run. The event will be held Saturday morning before the start of Kids Fest.
“All money raised will go towards training and supporting CASA volunteers

Allegany County DA to Indict Two Accused Drug Dealers For Homicide

The Allegany County District Attorney says heroin was ‘directly provided’ to two overdose victims
and it’s continuing its prosecution of two people accused of supplying the fatal doses
31 year old Jessica Sprague and 24 year old George Brown are charged with negligent homicide.
The DA’s office says it’ll present the cases to a grand jury for indictment this summer.
Olean is getting ready to welcome a lot new businesses openings, remodelings and new construction .
including Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in the former Kmart plaza on May 1st.
Rebuilding a new Subway on West State Street by June 1st to replace the one tha burned to the ground last September.
A new Goodwill donation center that openeind earlier this month on West State Road .
Tasty Time Frozen Yogurt & Treats is set to reopen on west state road this summer. It closed in 2016 and has been remodeled.

Mitrano Favors Net Neutrality Bill

Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano says the internet neutrality bill before Congress will help New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Mitrano, an expert in cybersecurity policy, says the bill would prohibit telecommunications companies from interfering with information that goes through their systems,
The alternative measure favored by Republicans would give telecommunications companies license to favor certain customers, to slow down transmission speeds for others, to use information transmitted through their systems.
Weather isn’t expected to dampen Olean’s Walk the Way of the Cross today.
Organizers of Walk the Way of the Cross have faith that the forecast of showers and thunderstorms won’t deter Olean Christians from coming out to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
The 3-mile walk is in its 22nd year starting at United Pentecostal Church on Homer Street and ending at First Baptist Church on South Union. It’s sponsored by the Greater Olean Association of Churches, and typically brings out about 300 people.

Olean School District Approves Budget

The Olean City School District is proposing a nearly $42 million budget, and a 3 percent spending increase
If approved it would be the district’s first tax increase in five years. Officials say it’ll create several new teaching positions and make art and music year-round subjects in elementary school.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the proposed budget .
Voting on the budget, as well as elections for the board, will take place on May 21.
Noone was hurt when a van drove through the front window of the Bradford Post Office shortly before 8 am Wednesday. the driver was 70 year old Sheila Potter. say she had pulled up to the front of the building and put her van in park when, for some reason, the vehicle lunged through the front window of the building. no customers where in the front office of the post office it hadn’t opened yet .

Route 417 Open Again After Power Lines Close It Down

Route 417 in Allegany is open again and the downed power lines have been taken care of.
A portion of the road was closed for hours. A state vehicle pulled down ome power lines. Then a man was hit by another vehicle.
He was taken to Olean General Hospital with minor injuries. The driver got a traffic ticket.
The New York state deer harvest is up about 12 percent.
In Cattaraugus County, the DEC estimates that hunters took a total of 8,382 deer, with an estimated 4,464 being what the agency calls adult bucks. That’s about what hunters shot in Allegany County, where hunters killed 67 more deer overall and 120 more bucks.
The estimated deer take included 114,402 antlerless deer and 113,385 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 20 percent increase in antlerless harvest and a 5 percent increase in buck harvest from the last season.

Olean Approves Sidewalk Rebate Program

The Olean Common Council has approved a sidewalk rebate program for broken or cracked sidewalks.
The Council created the Sidewalk Rebate Program based on a program in Utica.
a property must be occupied by the owners. Rental-only properties are not allowed to apply.
A rebate of $6 per square foot is available for the mainline sidewalk for residential properties with a $1,000 cap per property. Other concrete projects like driveway aprons and approach sidewalks are ineligible.
The Allegany-Limestone School District will be presentedwith a budget for approval during Tonight’s meeting.
the proposed budget is $23.9 million, up 2.98 percent from the $23.2 million budget of the 2018-19 school year.
The proposed tax levy is a decrease of 0.25 percent from the 2018-19 school year . If approved by the board and taxpayers, the budget will represent the fifth straight year the district has lowered the tax levy.

Investigators Looking at Allegany Mobile Home Fire

Fire investigators in Allegany are trying to get to the bottom of what caused a Mobile home fire over the weeked.
Two people are left without a home. Fire fighters say there was a lot of smoke damage and the mobile home was a total loss, thought the structure is still standing. American Red Cross volunteers are helping the family with housing and other needs. The two occupants of the trailer were not home at the time, but two cats died in the fire.
County lawmakers are demanding that the streets of Salamanca get fixed, and get fixed soon.
They say the city streets here are like a minefield and have been like that for years.
Cattaraugus County Legislators from Salamanca, Susan Labuhn, the minority leader, and David Koch, both Democrats, have co-sponsored a resolution demanding the state reconstruct Routes 219 and 417 through the city.