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.

Ridgway Police Investigating Deadly Bar Shooting

Police in Ridgway are investigating the shooting death of a 42-year-old man at a local bar.
His name hasn’t been released. Police say he was shot early Sunday morning at Cully’s bar.
They said he was shot several times in the abdomen and chest.
According to police, homicide charges were filed against 35 year old Brian Allen Martin of Johnsonburg.
He reportedly told police that he shot in self defense. He’s being held in the Elk County Prison without bail.
His preliminary hearing is May 15.
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Two trucks crashed in Cattaraugus County, causing serious injuries
State Police say the accident involved a tractor-trailer and another truck on Route 219 near Perth Road in the Town of Great Valley .
Emergency agencies said the crash happened about 5:30 Monday evening and involved serious injuries and ejection from a vehicle. Two Mercy Flight helicopters have been called to the scene.

Amy Stock Memorial Trailer Aims To Educate

As prom night gets near, students are being reminded that the best night of their lives could turn tragic if there’s drinking and driving.
The Amy Stock Memorial Trailer reminds them of an Albany woman who lost her life almost four years ago.
She was killed by a drunk driver who ran a stop sign at 65 miles an hour.
The Trailer made its first stop in Cattaraugus County Friday at the Franklinville Junior-Senior High School. it’ll visit six other local high schools, including Portville Junior-Senior High School and Allegany-Limestone, Randolph, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Pioneer and Gowanda.
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an Olean man has pleaded guilty to attacking his roommates with a hammer. 30 year old David Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary and second-degree assault. The two victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with serious injuries . Mitchell’s sentencing is scheduled for July 8.

Olean Police Anxious to Buy Body Cameras

The Olean Police department could begin putting body cameras on all of it’s officers very soon.

Olean Police Chief Jeff Rowley told the Olean Times Herald they’ll buy the cameras in June and hopefully have them on officers by August. The Olean Common Council is expected to use about $37,000 from the contingency budget to buy the equipment.
That would be the first payment of a five-year, $103,000 contract. The city would then pay $16,000 a year for the next four years.
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The Southern Tier Symphony’s last concert of the season will have an internationally-known pianist behind the keyboards.
Benjamin Laude has appeared aross the country including recent performances in Carnegie Hall’s recital hall.
The symphony’s two concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Olean High School and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bromeley Family Theater, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Olean Gateway Spring Start Expected

Getting the Olean Gateway hotel built and open for business is still set to begin this spring. No groundbreaking date has been set yet, but a spring start is still expected, according to the developer.
The 90-room Hampton Inn and Suites will cost about $11 million.
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Cattaraugus County’s industrial sites aer getting an assist from a Buffalo Niagara group to lure companies to sites in the county
Invest Buffalo Niagara suggests the IDA and the county Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism focus on promoting just three or four sites in the county.
Invest Buffalo Niagara has the database of available sites in Cattaraugus County which it can use to match up with business inquiries, Kucharski said. It expands the county’s marketing for industrial and other sites.
Invest Buffalo Niagara is a private group that works at attracting jobs and investment
They say there are good sites in the Olean area.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.