Archives for February 2020

Blizzard Warning Continues for Southern Tier

HOld on to whatever isn’t nailed down… Winds will be gusting in the 40 to 50 mph range until late this evening.
The snowstorm that settled over Western New York late Wednesday night dropped several inches of snow throughout the region, and a blizzard warning is still in place for the Southern Tier. As much as 1 to 2 feet of snow are forecast to fall through Friday in Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, accompanied by high winds.
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A couple of Randolph women have been arrested for allegedly leaving a child home alone in the middle of the night. According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called for a welfare check Wednesday at 12:30 in the morning. They say they found an 8 year old had been left alone in the residence 27 year old Alexandria Renner and 54 year old Carrie Renner were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
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Blizzard Warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany Counties

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Wyoming County through 4:00 Friday afternoon.
Late Wednesday night
Expect about 3 to 6″ of snow across all of Western New York with temperatures in the upper 20s. Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the day with winds gusting near 40 miles per hour.
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Staff at the McKean County S.P.C.A. rescued four puppies from a pound in Boone County, West Virginia after being contacted by the shelter there. The trip was paid for with private and public donations.
McKean County S.P.C.A. is currently running a promotion offering $114 dog adoptions and $29 cat adoptions.
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New York Andrew Cuomo wants state lawmakers to approve spending $40 million to respond to the threat of the COVID-19 virus, while New York City has set plans that include making as many as 1,200 hospital beds available.
The state hasn’t had any confirmed cases of the new virus,

NY GOP Fighting Green Light Law

NY’s GOP senators fighting to repeal the new Green Light Law has a new advocate from the area.
Chautauqua county’s Senator George Borrello, R-Chautauqua County,
the Senate Republican Conference introduced an amendment in Albany calling for its repeal, but it was voted down. Borrello said, in bringing the amendment forward, Republicans were seeking to “restore the rule of law and common sense” to Albany.
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Local high school students are needed to help run the area’s Youth Court.
The Olean Area Youth Court needs five new members. Volunteers can sign up at 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the Olean Municipal Building Courtroom.
The Youth Court volunteers serve all roles in the criminal justice system, as judges, facts attorneys and law guardians to advise offenders.
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The Town of Salamanca is creating a plaque for the late Judge James R. Halterman, who died Jan. 7.
Halterman served as Town of Salamanca Justice of the Peace from 1989 through his passing.

Police Find Body in Letchworth State Park

Police recovered a body from the Genesee River gorge in Letch-worth State Park, according to the New York State Police. Investigators are working to identify the person and figure out what led up to the death.
At the moment, there are no indications of foul play.
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St. Bonaventure University won’t require students to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests.
They join more than 1,000 institutions across the nation.
The university’s Faculty Senate approved the motion, presented by the Faculty Senate’s enrollment and marketing committee. The new policy will first impact students applying for the fall 2021 freshman class.
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NY farm wage board will conduct hearings on overtime work for farm workers.
Under the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act farm laborers are entitled to overtime pay for any work that they perform in excess of 60 hours per week, and for work performed on their designated day of rest.

$5,000 Reward Offered in Bald Eagle Shooting

Wildlife officials are willing to pay up to $5,000 to anyhone who can give them information about who shot a bald eagle last November. The dead bird was found at the top of a tree along the Allegheny River off Old Route 17.
Bald eagles aren’t endangered but they are federally protected . Shooting one is punishable by a year in prison and $100,000 in fines.
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A 12-year-old girl is coming to lead an investigation at the Haunted Hinsdale House.
Madison Smith will perform a paranormal investigation March 20th.
She’s from Davenport, Iowa, is featured on the cover of the latest edition of Haunted, a UK-based magazine for paranormal enthusiasts. She is also a frequent contributor on discussion panels at Para-Cons.
The Hinsdale House is also known as the Dandy House for the family that lived on the property in the 1970s when new ponds were dug and paranormal activity reportedly ramped up.

Cattaraugus County Looking to Spend Millions on a New Kitchen

Cattaraugus county is looking at sptending $4M for a new kitchen and other improvements at Olean Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. They say the kitchen needs to be replaced with a more efficient food handling, preparation and cooking layout.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is looking for a balance between trail development and land preservation. The states’ fighting lawsuits by Adirondack green groups that want to stop tree cutting for snowmobile and recreational trail development in Forest Preserve lands But Cuomo says the state’s more than 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails are “a big economic generator.”
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A $5,000 reward offered has been offered for information that leads to the person who shot and killed a bald eagle in Cattaraugus County.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is says The Seneca Nation Fish and Wildlife recovered a carcass last november that had been shot.
The shooter could be fined up to $100,000 and face a year in prison.

Smethport Care Center Part of Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Settlement

A Smethport care facility is part of a lawsuit that’ll pay $15M in a settlement in a whistleblower suit.
The lawsuit alleged unnecessary therapy to patients to meet revenue goals by the parent company of Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center in Smethport. Guardian Elder Care Holdings will pay to settle whistleblower claims that Guardian pressured therapists to provide unnecessary services.
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Olean’s Fire chief wants the Common Council to give the fire department a new truck.
Chief Tim Richardson asked the Common Council’s public safety committee about converting a 4×4 pickup truck with a water pump for about $90,000 to $112,000 bought with a grant.
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The ninth annual Cattaraugus County Farmer-Neighbor Dinner will be held April 8 at the West Valley Fire Hall.
It’s sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, Cattaraugus County Farm Bureau and the Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Farmersville Considering New Water District

The Farmersville Town Board is thinking about creating a water district along Route 16.
A water district is needed to connect the Franklinville village waterline to a reconstructed New York State Department of Transportation highway barn north of Franklinville.
The water well at the DOT facility can’t provide enough water for the sprinklers and fire pumpers in the event of a fire. One alternative, construction of a 50,000-gallon underground storage system for water, was described by DOT officials as cost prohibitive — up to $800,000.
The state will pay the full cost of creating the water district .
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Old T-shirts are becoming new cloth tote bags at Olean Food Pantry .
Boxes of T-shirts donated by the Pulaski Club of Olean to the food pantry have been made into totes that were given out to food pantry recipients.
The cloth bags are needed because the pantry won’t be using plastic bags after March 1st becuase of the new state law.

Four People Hurt in Head-On Crash in Randolph

Four people, including both drivers, were hospitalized after two vehicles collided head on in Cattaraugus County.
It happened shortly after midnight Sunday on Main St. in the Village of Randolph.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says a Jeep Compass crossed over the center line and struck a Chevy van head-on. Charges are pending.
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The Allegany County Department of Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is reminding everyone about the importance of preventing lead poisoning. New York state requires health-care providers to test all children for lead with a blood lead test at age 1 and again at 2. A child with lead poisoning may not look or feel sick and the only way to know is to get a blood lead test.
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New York’s plastic bag ban goes into effect in a couple of weeksn on March 1. After that date, any entity required to collect state sales taxes won’t be allowed to hand out single-use plastic bags at checkout.

Olean Budget Increases

Olean’s new budget proposal is $25.11 million dollars.
Property taxes and water and sewer rates are expected to go up again this year.
It’s a 0.25% increase from the spending plan approved by the Common Council last year.
The general fund includes $17.06 million in revenue, and that’s up about $105,000 from the current budget.
The largest department increases are in the fire and police departments, each increasing almost $130,000.
Also increasing are employee benefits, up $91,000 to $4.33 million; and parks, up around $74,000.
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Wellsville Police arested two ment for graffiti vandalism.
The vandals damaged several sreet signs, guard rails, vehicles and traffic signal box’s throughout the village.
Arrested are 19 year old Gavin Outman and 18 year old Eric Roulo.
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The Olean Family YMCA’s annual fundraising goal is $214,000.
They say the money helps everyone in the greater Olean community with vital Y programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.