Archives for August 2019

Olean to Install LED Street Lights

Olean has seen the light.
It’s getting rid of the old street lights and installing LEDs.
The Common Council unanimously agreed to replace the 1,289 sodium vapor lamps in the city.
A large state incentive program was the catalyst for National Grid reaching out to the city early this year.
The 100-watt sodium vapor lamps will be replaced with 42-watt LED fixtures, which draw 68% less power from the grid than the old lights.
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Rushford’s Firemen’s demolition derby is expected to draw 1,000 people this weekend.
IT’s been an annual Labor Day tradition since 1978.
The organizers say they’re hoping to improve upon the 65-80 drivers they attracted for the past two years.
This year they’re hoping for about 100 daring drivers.
The fire department has increased the prize money . The top prize was just increased by $250 to fifteen hundred dollars. IT’s the fire department’s biggest fundraiser of the year

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed Wants FBI to Investigate Seneca Roads Innaction

U.S. Tom Reed wants the FBI to investigate why the state refused to fix the thruway near the seneca nation territories and why.
Reed says it’s a pattern of failing to fix roads around Seneca territories. Reed said maybe it’s because of the gaming issues between the state and Seneca Nation.
He says governor Cuomo is encourage drivers to push the Senecas to settle the gaming issue in return for fixing the thruway and other state highways.
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Gargoyle Park pavilion got a facelift thanks to St. Bonaventure students this weekend.
About 35 volunteers helped paint and fix up the main pavilion at the park.
They also filled backpacks with school supplies for area children and building wheelchair ramp sections.
The volunteers winded up staying a couple of hours longer than they had planned to.
The park, while in the city’s name, is in the town of Allegany.

Olean Kids Rescued After Kayaking Scare

2 kids are safe after getting lost kayaking on Olean Creek over the weekend.
first responders saved them.
Firefighters from Hinsdale, Allegany and Westons Mills Technical Rescue Teams were called out to search.
Hinsdale team found the kids while walking the bank. They weren’t hurt but they were cold and scared.
They were brought downstream by the Allegany team and brought back to their families.
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The Lighthouse Church of God of Prophecy is helping Kids Escape Drugs with a new program.
The church began the program about three months ago .
A second Kids Escaping Drugs program will be held on Sept. 8, at the church.
The Lighthouse Church of God of Prophecy is also looking for donations to buy backpacks with school supplies for kids ages 8-19. There will be a bounce house and other activities for youth at the Sept. 8 event.

New York Judge Rules Unvaccinated Kids Can’t Go to School

A judge has denied an order to let unvaccinated kids go to school.
A civil rights lawyer representing parents opposed to vaccines for their children says he’ll appeal the decision upholding a New York state law that ended religious exemptions from vaccinations required to attend schools and day care programs.
The state Legislature repealed the religious exemption in June amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades. Families with religious exemptions sued, arguing it was unconstitutional because it violated religious expression.
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A Quilt raffle will benefit Little Valley library and fire department.
It’s happening Saturday, Sept. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Little Valley Park Pool on First Street.
Money from the fundraiser and “quilt raffle” will go toward the renovation of both the library and fire department to repair severe water damage resulting from the flash flood on July 6, when the Little Valley Creek overflowed its banks.

New York Farmers Account for $5.7B

New York farmers raised $5.7 billion in 2017 according to a new comptroller’s report.
That’s 23% more than 10 years ago.
There are more than 33,400 farms in the state, and that’s about 23% of all the land in the state.
More than 96% of the farms are family-owned.
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NY’s ‘red flag’ law has gone into effect.
The law allows police, family or household members, as well as school officials to petition the court for an extreme risk protection order, which would bar the person from purchasing or possessing firearms, rifles or shotguns. If granted, police will seize firearms.
The State Legislature passed the bill in January and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law in February.
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Lincoln Square is officially open. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday announced the $1.25 million project that provides permanent buildings to house the Olean Farmers Market and other events.

Amish Kids Without Measles Vaccinations Can’t Ride School Busses

Amish school kids who haven’t been vaccinated can’t ride school buses when school starts.
A measles outbreak led to a new state law that put an end to religious exemptions to vaccinations in public, parochial or private schools. That means 20 Amish schools in the county with about 500 kdis will be in violation.
Kids who haven’t been immunized will not be allowed to attend until they have begun immunizations and have their shots.
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Pennsylvania State Police are looking for information on a Genesee, Pennsylvania teenager who hasn’t been seen in the past nine months. 18 year old Diego Perez was last seen Nov. 21, 2018. He is described as being five feet, five inches tall and weighing approximately 110 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information should contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678, or Pennsylvania State Police at (570) 726-6000.

Olean to Demolish Three More Blighted Homes

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Olean plans to knock down more houses this year.
The city’s bidding out demolition contracts for three newly acquired properties
The city bought 13 houses from the county so they could demolish the run down buildings. It took almost two years to begin demolition, but they’ve been torn down at city expense or transferred to new owners for renovation.
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo defended the new license plates during a visit to the area.
Cuomo said the new plates fees are needed so the state can expand cashless tolls throughout the state.
He said the cashless tolling systems often can’t read the older plates, so the state can’t collect tolls. Beginning in April, drivers with plates 10 years or older have to buy new plates at $25, along with $20 if they wish to keep their plate number.

Cattaraugus County Woman Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter

She killed an 18 year old aspiring doctor in a car crash last year.
So the judge gave a Cattaraugus County woman the maximum term for the hit-and-run death of Connor Lynskey. 49 year old Jennifer Serrano was sentenced to consecutive terms of 2 1/3 to seven years in prison for second-degree vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
That means she’ll serve 4 2/3 to 14 years in prison — one of the most, if not the most, severe sentences ever handed down for that kind of crime in Genesee County.
A jury found Serrano guilty after a week-long jury trial .
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The Pierson Challenge Course was open for community day in Portville Saturday.
It’s a multi-leveled ropes course with a 500-foot zip line dedicated to Bernice Pierson, a long-time Portville Agricultural Technology teacher who died in a car accident in 2012.

Cattaraugus County Wants to Ban E-Cigarette Flavors

Flavored e-cigarette ‘juice’ could be banned in Cattaraugus County under a new law being proposed by
six county lawmakers.
The county Board of Health voted last month to recommend the County Legislature enact a ban.
The county legislators who have signed on as sponsors include the chairman of the legislature, the majority leader and chairman and vice chairman of the Human Services Committee as well two committee members and the minority leader.
The proposed county law would ban the sale of all flavored pods.
If approved, it would take effect 60 days after passage.
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The Salamanca Rail Museum is raffling a quilt to raise money for restoration. The quilt will have reporductions of photographs of railroad-themed paintings, along with some photos from the museum’s collections.
Raffle tickets are 3 for $5, and the drawing is planned for Labor Day weekend. People need not be present to win.

Thunderstorm Knocks Out Power to Over a Thousand in Olean Area

Yesterday’s flash thunderstrom knocked out power for more than 1,000 Olean residents.
In Portville another 115 homes and businesses lost electricity.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Southeastern Cattaraugus County, right after the storm hit Olean with winds of 60 mph and hail, with damage to vehicles possible as well as damage to homes and trees. .
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Several blue-green algae blooms turned up this summer at Allegany State Park’s Quaker Lake
It can be dangerous. Three dogs were killed after eating the bacteria in a North Carolina pond.
Two suspicious small localized blooms were reported in Quaker Lake.
A large bloom was reported on Rushford Lake.
No illnesses have been reported in connection to any of the local blooms this year, and the blooms have not been reported again. Some blue-green algae are harmless, others produce toxins that can pose health risks to people and animals.