Archives for February 2018

Olean Company Gets Space Shot

That dummy in a spacesuit that Elon Musk shot into orbit in a red convertible had the help of an Olean company. Bearings manufactured at Napoleon Engineering Services were used in the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. A total of 56 NES bearings were inside the Heavy, which is now the most powerful rocket in operation. The launch of the Heavy marked the first time such a powerful rocket had been launched into space by a commercial company, as opposed to a government space agency like NASA.
An adult prom is giving some parents a chance to relive their youth
About 250 people will get a do-over of prom night at an “adult prom” and fundraiser.
It’s scheduled for april 14 at the former Allegany High School.
A Little Valley man is facing a felony strangulation charge after authorities responded to a reported domestic dispute at his home Sunday.
43 year old Lionel Isaman, was charged with second-degree strangulation.

Wellsville Siemens Plant to Close in 2020

About 250 people are being put out of work at the Siemens Power Generation Services plant in Wellsville over the next two years.
According to a report in the Olean Times Herald, the work will be transferred to North Carolina and other Siemens facilities.
Officials said up to 50 employees will be offered jobs in new sites, and some people will be kept on to help with the transition. The rest will be laid off in stages.
According to the spokesperson, the announcement does not affect the Olean or Painted Post operations.

Police say the death of a man found on the ice in northwestern Pennsylvania was an accident.
The Erie County Coroner says the body of 65-year-old Thomas Fields of Buffalo died of hypothermia.
The Coroner says Fields used to live in Erie and was visiting family but he wandered away at about midnight. Erie police say surveillance video shows him alone when he fell from the dock

Ellicottville Brewing Expanding Again

Ellicottville Brewing Company is expanding into Little Valley to go along with it’s craft brew pubs in Ellicottville, Fredonia and Lakewood.
The company bought the old Salamanca Beverage building and will put a $6 million brewery and pub in it’s place in a few months. The brewery is currently under construction. The craft brewery may be open as early as April.

Tops Friendly Markets us reportedly ready to file for bankruptcy.
According to a report by Bloomberg News, it could come as early as next as next month.
The supermarket chain is based in Williamsville and has stores in Olean, Ellicottville and Randolph, Wellsville and Bradford. In all, there are about 170 stores in four different states
Bloomberg reported that the move would allow the company to seek court protection from its creditors. A 2017 report from Reuters said the supermarket chain had a $723 million debt load.

Cattaraugus County Legislature Requests Extension For Pistol Permits

Gun owners need a break, according to Cattaraugus County lawmakers. They’re asking the state for an extension to the pistol permit recertification deadline that passed two weeks ago.
The county legislature voted unanimously to approve a resolution supporting bills in the state Assembly and Senate to extend the recertification 18 months. It was co-sponsored by 15 legislators.
The resolution, proposed earlier this month by the nine members of the county legislature’s new bipartisan majority, was amended in committees last week to include language declaring the SAFE Act was violating the Second Amendment and calling for its repeal.
The Olean City School District Board of Education plans to review their sexual harassment polices and other Civil Rights issues. The board unanimously agreed to renew policies that regarded equal educational and employment opportunities; complaints by students; sexual harassment of district personnel and students; program policies for athletics and career and technical education; the Dignity for All Students Act; and aprts of the Rehabilitation Act.

Walkable Olean Gets An Okay

Phase two of the Walkable Olean engineering plan has the go ahead.
The Common Council approved a contract for $197,000 in engineering services on the $1.43 million project to reconstruct two blocks of Main Street between Front and North Union.
The project calls for tearing up the street between North Union and Front streets, making the intersections safer and replacing aging infrastructure under the ground.
The street will serve as the main entrance into a proposed $16.8 million hotel and retail complex under development by Krog Group of Orchard Park.
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed says he’s disappointed in President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.4 trillion budget. Reed says he thinks it’ll lead to spiraling debt.
Reed voted against the budget agreement last week.
In his weekly telephone press conference with media from across the 23rd Congressional District, Reed said he had “lost confidence” in the budget “as a cornerstone of getting our deficit under control.”

Woman Convicted of Stealing $50,000 From Elderly Patient

An elderly woman trusted her with her life and her money. at least she still has her life. and the court’s ordering 57 year old Laraine Kitchen to pay back the $50,000 she stole. Kitchen was sentenced in Allegany County Court to five years probation and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution for fourth-degree grand larceny.
Police say Kitchen stole more than $40,000 in cash from the elderly woman’s checking and savings accounts. Then when she knew she was about to be arrested she stole the woman’s van and drove o Texas. She was finally arrested in Pennsylvania.
Another tractor trailer has run into a New York State Department of Transportation vehicle parked on Interstate 86. It’s the second time in a moth that it’s happened.
Both drivers involved in the two-vehicle accident were injured, The accident happened Tuesday morning when a northbound box truck rear-ended a state DOT dump truck a few miles before Exit 27.

Salamanca School District Adminstrator Under Investigation

The Seneca Intermediate School assistant principal has been placed on leave.
The Olean Times Herald reports that Administrator Lloyd Long is accused of misconduct, according to sources.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb told the Times Herald that the sheriff’s department is investigating a Salamanca administrator but wouldn’t give details because it’s an ongoing investigation.
Fire has destroyed a Port Allegany home on Chestnut St., No one was injured, according to the State Police Troop C Fire Marshal Unit.
Police say the fire began around 3 in the morning Saturday
The building is a loss, and damage is estimated to be about $75,000, police stated.
Investigators have not determined how or where the fire started.
Wellsville police arrested a Jamestown man that they said was selling drugs.
21 year old Jeramia English, was taken to Allegany County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond. He is due back in Wellsville Village Court Feb. 20.

Local Olympian Connection in South Korea

A coupe of Olympians going for the gold in South Korea at the Winter Olympics got their training right here in the twin tiers.
Darren Gardner and Trica Mangan got ready on the slopes of HoliMont Ski Resort in Ellicottville.
Gardner’s from Ontario, and will snowboard in the giant slalom for Canada.
Tricia Mangan, of Derby, will ski in the giant slalom for the USA.
Six horses are dead and another 25 will most likely died because of tainted horse feed, and the stable that housed the horses in Cuba plans to sue the feed manufacturer.
TMC Performance Horses says all 31 of its horses were exposed to a toxic antibiotic in November of 2016 that has killed six and will eventually kill the remaining 25.
Reisdorf Brothers, Inc., manufactured and delivered the feed to the stable.
The feed given to the Coopers’ horses reportedly tested positive for an antibiotic that’s given to grazing animals to promote weight gain but is deadly to horses,

Allegany-Limestone Superintendent Search Continues

The Allegany-Limestone school board isn’t saying much about their superintendent search
But candidates may be interviewed next week
At Tuesday’s meeting board President Joe Zimmer said they’re in the final stages of the search and they’ll hopefully have an announcement soon,. The board had initially stated it expected to have a candidate selected by the end of January. Dr. Karen Geelan left the district last year to take a job with Valhalla Union Free School District.
A Buffalo man convicted of drinking and driving and selling drugs in 2016 will spend a couple of years in prison. 48 year old Ronald Kuh-a-neck pleaded guilty in June. Police say that Kuhaneck had a blood alcohol content of 0.11 percent when they pulled him over in July 2016. then he sold drugs a couple of weeks later. Police say they arrested again for drinking and driving about 90 days later.

South Nine Mile Road Detour Extended

If you ususally drive South Nine Mile Road, it looks like it’ll be a while before you can drive on it again.
Reopening that stretch will take a lot longer than the week originally expected by the New York State Department of Transportation. They found some issues with the road’s culvert failure late last week and the state DOT will now have to find a contractor to fix it.
Part of the road on Seneca Indian Nation territory has been closed since Jan. 24th
Area lawmakers are supporting New York’s plan to give pistol owners more time to file for a permit extension. As many as 10,000 Cattaraugus County pistol permit holders didn’t recertify their permits by the Jan. 31 deadline. A group of county lawmakers is asking the County Legislature to go on record as favoring a legislative solution — by the New York State Legislature.
It has been referred to the Legislature’s County Operations/Public Safety Committee and the Finance Committee. both meet tonight.