Archives for May 2018

School Gun Clubs Oppose Proposed Ban

A ban on school shooting teams, and the guns necessary for them, is getting some oppostion from local gun clubs. They say the shooting programs teach students just what’s needed most – gun safety.
They say a new piece of legislation in Albany banning all shooting sport programs at schools is a bad idea if safety is the goal. The bill was presented to the State Assembly’s Education Committee last month and notes that the accused shooter who killed 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school was a former member of the school’s marksmanship team. Twenty-four schools and approximately 800 to 900 students participate in gun clubs in the Southern Tier.
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Get ready for $3 per gallon gasoline this Memorial Day weekend. prices are creeping higher.
The average price for a gallon in New York has gone up risen 3.1 cents per gallon since last week, averaging $2.97 at the beginning of this week, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey.

Olean Considering Compassion Charter

Olean is thinking about Compassion. A group wants the Common Council’s strategic planning committee to adopt a Charter for Compassion. Rob Walk, a retired Olean City School District psychologist says it’s a way to show that the community can work together for everybody’s bennefit.
Walk says more than 30 local businesses, religious groups and charities support the charter. Six cities in the state have compassion charters already. The committee was interested in adopting the charter, but need time to research it.
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Franklinville Central School District’s capital project got mixed results
Voters said yes to a $6M building upkeep plan, but not to a $5M turf conversion plan
The school building upgrades will not raise their taxes, the turf plan would have added a 1 percent tax increase.
It would have converted the sports fields behind the elementary school to turf, created a drainage system, fencing, dugouts and scoreboards, and resurface the track.

Olean Property Inspections Ready to Begin

Big changes are coming for renters and people who rent in Olean. Residential property inspections are set start at the end of the month. Inspections will cost $60. If a house or apartment fails an inspection, the property owner can fix it. If anyone rents out properties without a certificate, they can be fined anywhere between $250 to $1,000, and 15 days in jail. The inspections are expected to bring in $45,000 this year from the fees.
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The man serving as the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s interim director in Cattaraugus County is settling in to his second month. Richard Rivers replaced Suzann Cushman when she left in January. Rivers started March 19th. But he’s not looking for a permanent position. He’ll help the baord find a replacement.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County board of directors will meet next week to begin the process of interviewing candidates for executive director.

St. Bonaventure University Graduates 659 Seniors

There are another 650 graduates from St. Bonaventure University in the world today.
The 158th class entered the job market with degrees in hand over the weekend.
Sirius XM Ceo and st bonaventure alumnus Jim Meyer told the graduating class that they’ll fail more than they’ll succeed but if they know why they fail, it’ll help them to succeed.
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A Randolph man who had spent 31 years as a member of the Randolph Volunteer Fire Company was recognized by state Sen. Catharine Young. John Congdon is his name.
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Police arrested a Bath man Friday on several elony drug charges. They say 23 year old Zackery Trauax sold heroin in Wellsville. He’s been charged with two counts of selling herion and two counts of possession .
Wellsville police say they had help from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and New York State Police’s Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Olean Looking for AVX Olean Advanced Products Tenents

The home of Olean’s one time second largest employer is closed, but maybe not for good. There still could be new life coming to the AVX Olean Advanced Products plant. The Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency is said to have been working for the past 18 months to get a buyer for the building on Seneca.
In the 1960s, there were nearly 1,000 employees working there. It closed in March. It’s on the EPA Superfund site because it’s on top what’s believed to be the source of a plume of the degreaser trichloroethylene .
Company officials are considering demolishing the building and cleaning up the contamination .
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Wellsville police say they’ve taken another herion dealer off the streets. 20 year old Diane Newsome was charged with selling and possessing heroin. They say she sold heroin in September. Newsome was one of four people arrested in October.

Olean Approves Money for $1M Lawsuit Payment

The $1 million dollar North Union Street Lawsuit is getting paid. The Olean City Council unanimously approved a five-year $500,000 bond for half of the judgment to ontractor Catco Construction of Alden.
Catco successfully sued the city in April for unpaid bills and court costs.
The other half of the money is coming form the general, water and sewer fund.
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Construction delays at the Allegany state park dam and bridge means bad news for swimmers this summer.
There will be no swimming in Red House Lake in Allegany State Park this summer. The $6.5 million dam rehabilitation and bridge replacement is not expected to be completed until July 6th. There is an option. Swimming in Quaker Lake will be open on Memorial Day Weekend and weekends only until it opens June 23.
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The 90-year-old Allegany State Park Red House Administration Building is in line for a $2.5 million upgrade. Rrestoration will include exterior windows and doors, masonry and drainage. The building opened in 1928.

Two Churches – One Pastor for First Time Since 1895

It hasn’t happened in Olean in 123 years. But This summer, local history is coming to two Catholic churches For the first time since 1895, when Gover Cleveland sat in the White House as the 24th U.S. President, The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angles and St. John’s Roman Catholic Church will have the same pastor.
The Rev. Patrick Melfi will succeed the Very Rev. Gregory Dobson as pastor and rector of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. He’ll also stay on as pastor of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. St. Mary’s has about 1,350 families, while St. John’s has about 450.
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Another union involved Jamestown Community College and St. Bonaventure University. They’ve signed a deal to let students start at a two-year community college then go to a four-year university.
Officials from both schools met at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus to sign an agreement to let JCC students earn an associate’s degree at JCC and then a bachelor’s at St. Bonaventure.

C.A.M.P. Working to Preserve Civil War Memorial

The Citizens group working to restore the Cattaraugus County Civil War Memorial has raised twelve hundred dollars to help pay for fixing it up. But it’s a long way from the $700,000 it needs.
Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation, or C.A.M.P. for short, are meeting tomorrow in Little Valley to talk about the next fundraising steps, the group’s Memorial Day activities at the memorial and building repairs. The meeting’s at the Little Valley Municipal Building at 6 p.m.
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The best tap water in the county can be found in Salamanca, according to voters at the 2018 Cattaraugus County Tap Water Taste Contest held at the Greater Olean Home Show.
six local communities were involved, the villages of Allegany, Little Valley and Portville, the cities of Olean and Salamanca and the town of Hinsdale.
Salamanca will represent Cattaraugus County at the Western New York regional competition in Rochester. The regional winner goes to the state finals in Syracuse at the end of August.

Crews Ready to Clean Olean Streets

The street department’s getting ready to clean up Olean. The city of Olean has announced its street-sweeping schedule for the summer season. Pay attention to the posted signs and dont park on the posted streets betwen two in the morning and 7 in the morning between May 15 and Oct. 15. start making other parking plans now.
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The 25 and ahalf millioin dollar budget for the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School Board of Education is on the agenda for a public hearing tomorrow night in the high school theater.
The spending plan is a 1 and a half percent decrease in overall expenditures and represents a $176,024 decrease in the local tax levy. The hearing begins at 6:30. the Voting is may 15th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the high school-middle school atrium.
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CAmp Turner in Allegany State Park is gettign some tv exposure. The TV cooking show “Our Daily Bread,” recently filmed a segement there. It’s scheduled to air on Saturday on channel 7, in Buffalo.

Electrical Fire Burns Limestone Home

Investigators say it was an electrical fire in Limestone that started in an RV that burned a home and cause power outages to several homes.
The fire spread from the RV to the garage and then to the home. Nobody was injured. several vehicles and a boat inside the garage where destroyed. The fire was investigated by the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team and they don’t think the fire was suspicious.
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A truckload of garbage caught fire on Homer Street in Olean.
The tracytor trailer was inside a garage at Casella Waste Systems. Flames shot up around ten feet high, but nobody was reported injured. No damage was reported to either the trailer or the building. The cause is still under investigation.
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POlice in Salamanca arrested a man who’s accused of growing his own pot.
thirty eight year old Thomas Doner is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of sale of a controlled substance.