Olean Gets State Grant For New Pump Station

Olean’s pump station in the Baldwin Heights neighborhood is getting replaced thanks to a state grant.
The $413,000 grant will replace the pump station next year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $23.3 million in grants on Wednesday that’ll go to 14 municipal water projects in Western New York
Another Olean request for a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace utilities and a streetscape project on Washington Street was rejected.
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The Greater Olean Association of Churches is banding together again this year to help make sure the area’s needy have a thanks giving dinner and one at Christmas too.
On Thanksgiving Day, the assocaition will host a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner consisting of turkey with all the trimmings at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry St.
They expect to serve between 250 and 300 meals will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,

Cuba Man Charged With Kidnapping, Robbery

Police from two states say a Cuba man robbed a motel in Alfred, kidnapped a couple of people and led police on chase across state lines. They arrested 36 year old Steven Cox in Potter County Pennsylvania. POlice say Cox went into the Economy Inn in Alfred wearing a mask and holding a knife and demanded money.
They they say he forced the mother and daughter who own the motel into the daughter’s 2012 Subaru Forester at knifepoint. Cox had done contract work for the motel, police said. He’s in the Potter County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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A West Clarksville couple has won their eminent domain appeal on Northern Access Pipeline
A state appellate court ruled that National Fuel Gas Corp. could not use eminent domain proceedings to cross a Clarksville couple’s property for the Northern Access Pipeline from McKean County, Pa. to Western New York.

Bail Set For Accused Murderer

The man accused of shooting his son to death had bail set at $50,000.
Hid public defender told the judge there’s not reason to believe that 73-year-old Richard Tyman of South Dayton man will try to run. Tyman was in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank helping him to breathe.
Tyma is charged with second-degree murder. He allegedly shot and killed his 46-year-old live-in son, Daniel during an argument. The murder case is expected to a county grand jury for indictment within the next few weeks.
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The Olean City School District has someone to develop its Academy of Excellence.
The board of Education appointed Jennifer Layton to the position . She’ll get the academy program up and running with a goal of launching it next school year. The plan is that students enrolled in the Academy of Excellence would be provided a roadmap to earn roughly 60 credit hours needed to earn an associate’s degree.

New Era Plant in Erie County to Close

New york is losing it’s New Era plant in Erie County near buffalo in March. The Derby plant makes about 2 percent of all the new era hats, and new era makes all the major league baseball hats. The rest of the production comes from a global wide network. New era says it’s shifting production to Florida. The Derby plant employs 219 people and they’ll be out of a job.
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Cattaraugus County legislators are in a second round of reviews of the tentative $243.3 million 2019 county budget.
The Public Works, Development and Agriculture and County Operations committees met Tuesday to review of departments
including $21.7 million for proposed Public Works projects from roads, bridges and culverts to buildings and grounds..
Last Thursday, the Labor Relations, Human Services and County Operations/Public Safety committees conducted budget reviews.
Thursday night, the Finance Committee will conduct its review of the budget.

Winter Weather Advisory for Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties

Get ready for more winter. The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for Cattaraugus and Allegany counties until 6 tonight. Several more inches of snow are expected to fall. Plan on slippery road conditions during the morning commute.
A winter weather advisory means snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches are expected, with the greatest amounts over the higher terrain.
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Holiday Valley isn’t taking anything for granted. It’ll will kick off snowmaking for the 2018-19 season tonight,. That way the resort can be open the day after Thanksgiving, and begin the 62nd season of skiing at the resort. They’ll fire up the automated snowmaking guns on Yodeler, the Candy Cane Loop, Mardi Gras, School House and maybe Cindy’s starting tonight through Thursday. They say they plan to stockpile the snow because the weather can change at anytime.

First Snowfall Leads to Dozens of Accidents

There was a lot of slipping and sliding going on this weekend on the roads. Dozens of vehicles slid off roads as our first snowfall hit the area. there were no reports of serious injuries, but first responders and ambulance crews were busy for hours responding to accident reports. They did need to use the Jaws of Life for oe accident in Rushford .
the forecast for today calls for mostly sunny skies, but we could see more snow falling before the end of the week.
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the historical marker is up outside the war memorial building in Olean.
Proud members of the non profit group camp that fought for it’s survival dedicated the marker outside the building at the corner of Court and Seventh streets. The blue and yellow roadside marker will give people information about the history of the building.
the marker was paid for by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation

Tentative Cattaraugus County Budget Up $11.3M

the budget for Cattaraugus County looks to be going up by $11.3 million
County Administrator Jack Searles introduced a tentative $243.3 million budget.
The budget has a 1.5 percent full value tax increase.
The tentative budget includes a 2.3 percent increase in the tax levy. and that means that property taxes would have to go up.
The budget includes 15 new positions but removes 20 positions.
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Three people were hurt in a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning on Route 16 off the Interstate 86 off-ramp. the Vehicles had to be towed away a traffic was limited to single lane at 11:20 a.m.
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A former police officer from Niagra Falls cop, who has been in the Cattaraugus County Jail since she was arrested for violating probation in a drug case in late September will be going home.
A U.S. District Court Judge sentence Stephanie Costanzo to “time served” and order her released from jail.

Southern Tier Anesthesiologists Move to Pennsylvania

A few Southern Tier Anesthesiologists are going back to work at another Southern Tier hospital
Three doctors have joined UPMC Cole in Coudersport, Pa., they begin at Cole’s anesthesia department Jan. 1 — one day after STA’s contract with Olean General Hospital expires.
The hospital announced in August that it wasn’t renewing STA’s contract at the end of the year and had instead accepted an offer from Buffalo-based Great Lakes Anesthesiology. STA had serviced OGH since the Olean-based physician group’s inception 24 years ago.
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Christmas comes early this year, with a big Christmas Fundraiser Craft and Vendor Event Saturday at the Allegany Rec Center
Iit’s the fourth annual event. The money raised will once again go toward buying more playground equipment at the Allegany River Park on West Union Street. Normally they raise $800 to $1,000, but they’re looking to go a little this higher this year and have set the target at $1,200.

Voters Return Gillibrand, Reed and Cuomo in Midterm Election

Voters had their say in one of the largest turnouts for a mid term election in recent history.
In New York, voters returned Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate. She defeated Republican challenger Chele (shell) Farley to win re-election to a second full term and in the us house seat for district 23 voters returned republican incumben Tom Reed in a closer race against Tracy Mitrano. Democrat Andrew Cuomo easily defeated Republican challenger Marc Molinaro on Tuesday to win a third term
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And in unofficial local results, in the contested races, Olean voters in the ward 1 ALDERMAN race selcted Linda Witte (wit) with 53% of the vote. John Crawford was elected ALDERMAN in Ward 5 . In Salamanca, in the ward 1 race, Laurie Hunt wins.
Kathleen Martin wins a one year term as supervisor. In Freedom, Mary Zink was elected as Justice.
Franklinville voters selected John Tinelli as councilman.

Election Day Brings Out Voters

It’s election day and people are going to the polls from six this morning until nine toinght,
On the ballot are races for u.s senate with incumbent senator kirstin gillibrand running against challenger chele (shell) farley and the us house seat for district 23 is up for graps where tracy mitrano is running against incumbent tom reed. Governor Andrew Cumo is also being challenged by marcus molinaro.
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More than 50 teams took part in the 2018 Great Pumpkin Shoot over the weekend.
everybody walked away with something, prizes were worth between $50 and $100, but the grand prize, a new Weber gas grill was won by the Shooter McGavin team of Jen and Aaron Witruke of Olean and Ashely Tilly-Belec of Olean, who were participating for their seventh year.
Overall, there was $3,164 worth of prizes,
The proceeds went to Rebuilding Together Olean, an organization that helps people keep up with home repairs.