Archives for May 2019

Buffalo Diocese Releases Abuse Lawsuit Numbers

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has released some statistics on their clergy sexual abuse lawsuits.
It’s paid $17 and a half million to 106 victims and rejected the claims of another 135 accusers.
Seventeen other people who said they were molested have said no to settlement offers.
Three more are considering settling with the diocese instead of taking their claims to trial.
So far the diocese has publicly identified about 80 priests as abusers.
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The Olean Hospice Walk & Run is scheduled for Saturday morning
It’s the 23rd year straight for the run.
Registration and check-in for the 5K course is from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Swan Business Building at St. Bonaventure.
The money goes to help the HomeCare & Hospice Foundation. The theme, is “Reflecting on Life, Striding for Love,”
New this year is a raffle with prizes that include Southwest airfare for two anywhere in the continental United States

Bed Tax Revenues Surge in Cattaraugus County

Bed tax revenues have surged by 37.7 percent over the past two years in Cattaraugus County.
Most of the increase comes form online rental companies like Airbnb
Forty percent of the revenues from the bed tax are used to help support three Chambers of Commerce — in Ellicottville, Olean and Salamanca. Ellicottville Chamber gets 57 percent, Greater Olean, 29 percent, and Seneca-Salamanca, 14 percent.
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St. Mary of the Angels’ BasilicaFEST is going back to a three-day format, and late-night hours.
The BasilicaFEST was shortened to two days, two years ago and closed at 9 p.m.
This year the fest returns to the old schedule and old colsing time. It’s scheduled for June 7-9, and lasts until 11 p.m. on that Friday and Saturday. The festival is St. Mary’s largest fundraiser of the year, and losing Friday night alone represented “a significant decrease in revenue,” the organizers said.

Record Number of Drivers on the Road For Memorial Day Weekend

It looks like a record numbe of Americans are out on the road this Memorial Day weekend.
The American Automobile Association estimates that about 37.6 million Americans will be driving.
That’s 3.5 percent more than last year.
Another 3.25 million people will fly, 4.8 percent more than last year, second only to 2005. Travel using buses, trains and ships will increase by 3.8 percent to 1.9 million passengers.
In New York State, 2.65 million people will be traveling for the holiday, .
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FOR THE 2.39 million expected to be on the road in New York this holiday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State Police and local law enforcement statewide will increase patrols .
Sobriety checkpoints have been set up and more State Police and local law enforcement patrols will be highly visible on the roads and will have zero tolerance for impaired, reckless and distracted drivers

Memorial Day Activities Planned

Memorial Day parades and services are being planned all around Cattaraugus and Allegany counties throughout the weekend.
In Olean, the annual parade will begin at 10 Monday morning on North Union Street at West Sullivan Street, going south.
The first stop will be at the Veterans Memorial Bridge where Olean High School band will play the national anthem.
Other celebrations include: The Memorial Day parade in Allegany begins at 8:30 Monday morning at the North First Street parking lot of the Allegany Engine Company Robert H. Livingston Community Center.
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unemployment rates dropped in April for people living in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.
state officials said more hiring led to the lower unemployment figures.
In Cattaraugus County, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in April, down from 5.4 percent in March,
In Allegany County, the unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in April, down from 6.1 percent for March.

Salamanca Spring City Cleanup Costs Rise $5 Per Household

spring city cleanup is coming to salamanca but it’ll cost a little bit more this year.
The spring city cleanup begins next Tuesday. It’ll cost $35 per household, a five dollar increase over last year, the first increase in nine years…. And that money has to be paid by tomorrow.
If you have something you want to throw out, you can start doing that today.
Also new this year refrigerators or air conditioners, as well as electronics like televisions and computers will not be accepted during the pickup.
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Olean is getting ready for five more shows in the Lincoln Park concert series this summer.
They’ve become so popular that number of shows has gone up to 17 this year.
The concerts begin Saturday and run weekly until after Labor Day this year.
The season starts two weeks earlier, he said, goes two weeks later and adds an extra weekend concert.

Bradford Airport Plane Crash Pilot Calls Accident Common

The Pilot in Saturday’s crash at Bradford Regional Airport says it was ‘just a bump the road’
Bruce Klein, the pilot of the the 1943 N75 Boeing Stearman biplane told the Bradford Era that nobody was hurt when his plane crashed on the runway. State police said the plane was landing when the tires locked up upon contact with the ground – flipping the aircraft over. Klein and a passenger were both wearing seatbelts. He said similar crashes are not uncommon for planes like his.
He told the Era he’s has been flying for 50 years and has owned 70 airplanes.
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A Bolivar man has been jailed on several weapons counts after a burglary in the Town of Hinsdale.
38 year old Jesse Wilson was arrested on second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of explosives and having a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, plus criminal possession of a firearm.

Olean Theater Catching Heat For Casting White Woman as a Slave

The Olean Theatre Workshop is catching flak for having a white actress play the role of a black slave in a recent
production of the classic The Crucible.
The character Tituba was based on a real-life slave believed to be either Caribbean or South American who was one of the first women accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.
The director said he cast a white woman as Tituba because no women of color came out for public auditions.
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New York State Police have arrested three people on drug charges in Alfred.
30 year old Samantha Watson of Almond, and 27 year old Mario Turner of Tonawanda, were charged with possion of a narcotic drug with intent to sell. 44 year old Teri Stanton of Alfred, was charged with marijuana possession. Watson was held on $5,000 bail, Turner’s bail wasn’t disclosed and Stanton was released and ordered to appear later.

Harvard Could Help Area Schools

Harvard University is helping rural New York schools to fight chronic absenteeism, and help with college readiness and college enrollment. Harvard’s new National Center for Rural Education Research Networks wants to work with 30 rural school districts in New York and 30 in Ohio. The districts would identify, pilot and test solutions before eventually sharing them amongst a network of other rural districts. School officials have until Friday to apply.
At least one local district, the Hinsdale Central School District, has applied.
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A state Supreme Court judge says nearly 80 candidates authorized to run on the Cattaraugus County Independence Party line can’t do it. That includes Donna Vickman, a Republican who was running for a one-year vacancy on the Farmersville Town Board with Conservative and Independence authorization.
Judicial candidates are not affected by Supreme Court Judge Dennis E. Ward’s ruling.
The judge’s verdicts could be overturned by the Appellate Division Fourth Department in Rochester.

Celebrate Salamanca Returns for a Third Year

They’re getting ready for the third nnual Celebrate Salamanca.
It’s happening Saturday, July 13th.
The event will run up and down Main Street as well as Race Street behind the Holy Cross Club. Mayor Michael “Smitty” Smith said he’s been impressed by the growth of the celebration in its first two years and hopes to see the same — if not more — in its third.
They’re planning Horse and buggy rides and canoe trips for fun.
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Who has the best tap water in Allegany County? the Dept. of Health’s water taste contest continues today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jones Memorial Hospital. They have water samples from various suppliers around Allegany County,
Everyone is welcome to stop by, sample the water and vote for the one they think tastes best. The winner moves on to a regional contest, and winners will advance to the New York State Fair at Syracuse in August.

Olean Food Cart Thief Sentenced

The Olean food cart thief has been sentenced to nine months in jail/.
44 year old Scott Jordan was caught on home surveillance video getting out of the food cart during the early morning hours of Nov. 6 and the police put that video on Facebook. About three weeks later Olean police arrested Jordan. They say he went into the food truck through a side door and took a box with $100 in cash and $30 in change.
Rafi’s Food Cart was destroyed in a fire just a little over a month later.
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Preparations are underway for the third Celebrate Salamanca this July 13th.
The event will run up and down Main Street as well as Race Street behind the Holy Cross Club.
Just like the last two years, there will be horse and buggy rides and canoe trips.
There’s also free catch-and-release fishing and traditional Native American dancers who will perform on Main Street.