Archives for September 2017

Bradner Stadium Stage Name Honors Rally Founder

The center field stage at Bradner Stadium has a new name. It’s now called the Dennis B. Jones Memorial Stage. ABout 50 people came out for the ceremoney.
Jones was one of the founders of the Rally in the Valley event and used to be held in Bradner Stadium. Jones died June 3, 2016.
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There have been some delas but the Field of Dreams assisted living and memory care facility in Allegany will get done, the developers promise. The project was first announced in the winter of 2016. When completed it’ll be a 30-acre site on Seventh Street near Maple Avenue. The plan’s been modified and instead of a 200 bed facility, it’ll have 140 beds. And it’ll open in 2019, instead of next year.
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Cattaraugus County lawmakers have approved a five-year extension of the current lease in the former Niagara Mohawk Building for the Community Services PROS — Personalized Recovery Oriented Services — Program.

Zoar Valley Boys Recovering at Home

Those two boys whose parents died in a fall off a 200-foot cliff in Zoar Valley, are out of the hospital and back at home recovering from their injuries.
4-year-old Alexander Green and 7-year-old Jacob Green were seriously hurt August 20th in the Zoar Valley Gorge, 35 miles south of Buffalo. Their parents William and Amanda Green, died in the fall and Alexander suffered internal injuries and a head injury when they fell off the cliff. Hikers found them at the bottom of the gorge. Jacob had a broken arm and ankle. He was found injured hours later wandering the gorge floor alone.
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The $1.25 million farmer’s market project may be moving to downtown Olean.
The Common Council approved a contract with Cattaraugus County for $200,000 of the cost and they want to review a new plan for the project at Lincoln Park from the Olean Center Mall.
Most of the cost is expected to be covered by three grants already received by the city:

Allegany County Land Bank Buys Two Properties

The Allegany County Land Bank is up and running with it’s first two properties.
County legislators agreed to sell two foreclosed Wellsville homes to the Bank for $150 each.
One of the land bank’s purposes is to buy foreclosed, vacant and abandoned homes and try and restore them. The first parcel, is off King Street, worth $7,800. The second is on Clark St., and is worth $17,300.
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The annual Rock City Park Gem-Mineral-Fossil Show will be scaled back this year to a two-day event, running Saturday and Sunday at the hilltop property in Olean.
The 10th annual event will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. General admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Smith said the ticket price will provide admission to the show as well as 45-minute self-guided walks along trails comprising a huge display of rocks made of quartz conglomerate.

Tractor Trailer Collision on Interstate 86

Two tractor trailers collided on Interstate 86 near exit 32 but no injuries were reported.
The accident did shut down the westbound lane for hours
At about 3 Monday afteroon, the two tractor trailers collided near the West Almond exit between Angelica and Almond. Ambulances from Almond and Angelica, Angelica Fire and Rescue, Almond Volunteer Fire Department, Alfred Station FIre Company and New York State Police all responded.
State police are still investigating what caused the crash and who may be at fault.
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The Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service want to put on a small wood demonstration/ research project on the Kane experimental forest in Jones Township, in Elk County.
They want to remove all trees less than 11 inches in diameter that are chest high on 30 to 50 acres of the experimental forest. All trees between 4 and 11 inches in diameter would be chopped down, skidded, chipped and removed.

Three Soldiers Honored Posthumously

The area saluted and paid tribute to three soldiers over the weekend.
The family of World War II Vet U.S. Army Pfc. Donald L. Buchanan gathered Saturday at War Vets Park in Olean. Buchanan, died in 1976. His family was presented with the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and several other medals posthumously.
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Korean War Vet Army Cpl. William Sadewasser, was buried with full militayr honors in Ulysses, Pennsylvania where he grew up. He was killed in the Korean War and listed as missing in action.
The family was notified in April that his remains were identified through DNA testing.
Sadewasser was buried with full military honors in a solemn and dignified funeral at the Ulysses Cemetery Saturday.
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More than 70 years after his death, World War II Vet Staff Sgt. Harold Kuhn was buried next to his parents, brother and aunt in Friendship. Kuhn’s remains were only recently identified.

Region Working To Lure Amazon’s New Headquarters

Amazon is looking for a second home and Cattaraugus County is helping to entice them to come right here. Or at least nearby, And bring their 50,000 jobs with them. According to a report in the Olean Times Herald, Crystal Abers, director of the Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, says Cattaraugus County is working with Invest Niagara, a partnership of Western New York communities.
The applications are due to be presented to Amazon by mid-October.
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Paving work on Haskell Road wont be happening until at least the spring.
The $1.1 million project, will have to be delaying because of this summer’s rainy weather.
It’s a 1.6-mile project from Route 17 to Haskell Road bridge,
ycle the material with oil and new stone in Westons Mills got behind this summer due to the weather.
The project could begin next spring or early summer. The funding has already been set aside for the project.

Olean Tree Programm Trimmed

Olean’s tree program may be trimmed back but city officials think it’s enough to handle anything hazardous.
The common council finance committee pulled a resolution to move $45,000 in contingency funds to the city’s tree program and instead asked the Department of Public Works to prepare a bid for fewer trees.
They originally wanted to remove 23 trees and to trim 13 more. But a lot of those trees in the right of way were’nt hazardous.” The storm on September 4th cost the city $7,000 in tree removal costs.
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State police arrested an Allegany man becuase they said he hit a woman in front of her 9 year old child.
40 year old Sammy Mcaniel is int he Cattaraugus County Jail. The woman told officers that McDaniel came home intoxicated and started an argument, then hit her. He took her phone so the child ran to a neighbors an called 911.

West Valley Demonstration Project Destruction Begins

They’ve started tearing down the first commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the U.S..
The West Valley Demonstration Project opened in Ashford in 1996 and closed down in 2002. It was were they solidified 600,000 gallons of high-level radioactive liquid waste. The was was processed into glass that filled 275 stainless steel containers It operated between 1996 and 2002.
The stainless steel containers with radioactive glass logs are now stored in 56 concrete casks on a nearby concrete pad. The demolition is scheduled to be completed in April 2018.
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A Coudersport woman who’s dog bit her child in the face has been arrested.
Police say 24 year old Erika Benson’s dog, a pit bull/lab mis, bit a 6 year old girl in the face and neck last January. Benson’s charged with aggravated assault with extreme indifference to human life, endangering the welfare of children, harboring a dangerous dog and failing to have a dog licensed.

Teenager Charged With April Arson

A Teenager from CAttaraugus County has been charged with starting fires that destroyed a seasonal camp and two house trailers. It happened back in April in Farmersville and caused about $50,000 in damage.
They’ve arrested 18 year old Joshua Monette and charged him with Arson and Criminal Mischief.
Monette is one of the two teenagers charged with abducting 12 year old mcKenzie Wilson.
He’ll be back in court on October 4.
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A Franklinville man has been charged with drinking and driving after he drove into a utility pole in Yorkshire. New York State Police said they could smell the alcohol on 32 year old Andrew Vosburg, of franklinsville. They found him on Block Rd. around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. POlice gave him sobriety tests. and they say his blood alchol was twice the legal limit. .

Poll Workers Getting a Break

One little word will make a big difference for poll workers putting in really long hours on election days in New York. A new state law changes the word half shift to split shift. That simple change lets poll workers take shifts shorter than the 16-hour marathons for general elections and nine-hour shifts for primary elections, as long as there is at least one poll worker from each major party working at one time.
The bill was signed into law by Governor Cumo Tuesday.
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There hasn’t been a ribbon cutting at the William O.Smith Recreation Center, but area hockey teams have been getting a good first look at the new $3.26 million upgrade.
Pitt-Bradford, Olean youth hockey, St. Bonaventure and Alfred University club teams have been breaking in the new ice since last MOnday. Work began on the center in the spring, but it’s not finished yet. They still need to upgrade the pool.