Archives for October 2019

EPA Removes Gowanda Site From Superfund List

The EPA has removed a Gowanda site from it’s Superfund list Nine years after the cleanup.
The site of the former Peter Cooper Corp. glue factoryis no longer on the Superfund list of the nation’s worst toxic sites. It was a glue factory from 1904 to 1985 and disposed of its industrial waste onsite.
The EPA’s work was done by 2010, but it took years of monitoring and inspection before it could be removed from the list.
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CAReS the Council on Addiction Recovery Services has seta an open house for it’s new Willow House treatment facility in Westons Mills
The new women’s treatment facility will be showcased at an open house in November.
The two-story Willow House is behind the Weston’s Manor home for men with drug and alcohol addictions.
The treatment facility will offer three levels of care, for stabilization, rehabilitation and reintegration for residents.

Allegany County Looking For New Adminstrator

The Allegany County Board of Legislators is looking for a new administrator.
The board accepted the resignation of Deborah McDonnell.
Former administrator Tim Boyde and County Attorney Carissa Knapp were named joint acting county administrators. County Treasurer Terri Ross has been appointed budget officer. Acting county auditor duties have been appointed to Clerk of the Board Brenda Rigby Riehle, who will work in conjunction with Deputy Auditor Don Horan. McDonnell has been on a leave of absence since Oct. 2.
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Day 3 of a manslaughter trial for Bradford resident 48 year old Larry Shroyer begins today.
The jury will hear more testimony from law enforcement, as well as testimony from a woman that the prosecution says is familiar with Shroyer’s drug habits.
A DNA analyst is also expected to take the stand.
Shroyer is accused of selling a lethal dose of heroin to a 25 year old man in 2015

Olean Times-Herald to Deliver Papers via U.S. Mail

The paperboy or girl will now be a us mail carrier for readers of the Olean Times Herald.
The paper has announced that it’s delivering the paper via the us mail starting today.
Jim Bonn, publisher of the Times Herald, said it’s because the paper had trouble recruiting and keeping carriers on the job.
The paper is also combining the saturday and sunday newspapers into one weekend edition.
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Pennyslvania State police are investigating the death of a Smethport man
It happened between 12 and 3 early Saturday morning on Jane Ware Road in Keating Township.
In a press release, police identified the man who died as an 85-year-old Smethport resident, but the man’s name wasn’t released. Police a caller reported that the man fell down the stairs.
The man died while he was on his way to a Medivac helicopter landing zone.

Early Voting Underway in New York

Early voting is underway right now in New York, up until Nov. 3.
The early voting began on Saturday.
In Cattaraugus County, you can cast your ballots early at two locations — at the elections office, in the former Little Valley school, and the Community Room at the JCC-Cattaraugus County Campus College Center, at 260 N. Union St. in Olean. The ballots will be the same style that’s been used for years.
Cattaraugus County voters can vote at either station.
ALLEGANY COUNTY early voting will be held at the Board of Elections office in Belmont.
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An Ellicottville CTE science teacher is in the running for a national award
Cathleen Woods has been nominated as a state finalist for the prestigious 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Her application will be reviewed by a national selection committee in Washington that determines the Presidential Awardee.

Olean to Tax CDS Housing Unit

CDS Housing and the city of Olean have signed a tax deal on the old Market Basket project
The nonprofit will be paying its city taxes under the new agreement.
The Olean Common Council signed a host community agreement with CDS Housing, which is developing 422 E. State St.into a 46-unit affordable and disabled housing.
Under the proposal, the nonprofit will pay the city the equivalent of what the property’s city tax bill would be.
the 2019 city tax bill was $2,926.97.
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A plan for a 17,400-module solar farm off East Windfall Road in Portville is under consideration.
The farm would be built on the existing grade of the property. The solar panel modules would surround a 200-acre wetland.The entire solar farm would be surrounded by an 8-foot chain-link fence, with or without slats, and a series of spruce, cedar and other varieties of trees would be planted around the fence .

Olean Candidates Decry Homophobic Attacks

A COUPLE OF Candidates running for the Olean common council are denouncing homophobic attacks .

Tracylynn Husel-stein and Paul Sun-genis — Democratic candidates for Wards 2 and 4, and dozens of supporters spoke out at the Common Council meeting, and told about vandalism, threats, and graffiti directed at them.

The speakers said that a current member of the Common Council was involved, as well as another candidate for the council on the ballot this year.
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Unemployment rates are down in the twin tiers from September but up from last year, according to labor department reports.

The Cattaraugus County rate was at 4.3%, down from 4.7% last month.

The Allegany County rate in September was 4.6%, down from 5.1% reported in August.
The rates are not seasonally adjusted, the DOL reported, which would account for expected changes in jobs like increased retail employment for December or construction employment in the summer.

Broken Pipe Leads to Sewage Wastewater Spill in Gowanda

A broken pipe lead to a lot of wastewater being discharged in Gowanda.
An estimated 1,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was pumped onto the ground near Cattaraugus Creek on Sunday.
According to a New York state alert, a broken pipe fitting at Gowanda’s wastewater treatment plant was the cause. The discharge lasted for about an hour. A pump was shut down at the plant and the pipe was repaired.
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Salamanca’s Department of Public Works is preparing for the inevitable, the annual leaf pick-up.
The city’s leaf pick-up machine is already being put to work.
In the next few weeks, city residents should be raking their leaves to the curbside in anticipation of the DPW truck coming around to pick them up.
Once official leaf pick-up days have passed, Carpenter said residents can put their leaves in clear garbage bags and the DPW will come to pick them up.

Two Killed in Three Car Crash

Authorities say two people have been killed and three other people hurt in a three-car crash on a state roadway.
The Post-Standard reports it happened on the New York state Thruway in Seneca County around 12:20 a.m. Sunday.
Two people were killed, one person was hospitalized in critical condition and two other people were in the hospital in stable condition.
No identifications have been released.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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Voting begins in a week, and Olean’s Ward 2 will choose between three candidates who’ve never held office before.
Traceylynn Husel-stein; Jason Panus and Kevin Bartholomew .
The winner will replace Kelly An-dre-a-no, who chose to run for one of three seats on the Cattaraugus County Legislature in District 8. Andreano, an Olean City School District employee, has represented the ward since being appointed in 2014. She has since won two terms.

Cattaraugus County SPCA Open House This Weekend

They’re pretty happy about the improvements at the SPCA headquarters in Cataraugus County.
So, this weekend they’re hosting a Fall Open House to show it off.
They put on a new roof last year and just finished installation of the HVAC system.
Volunteers have also helped renovate the lobby and paint the kennels.
There will be pet items for sale, like dog and cat beds and toys.
They’ll also have pumpkin painting, face painting, a scavenger hunt, a 50/50 and a basket raffle and a bake sale.
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The days of the Otto Masonic Temple are numbered.
The Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Public Works Committee recommended the emergency demolition of the unsafe three-story brick building off County Road 12 in Otto.
The building houses the former Clinton Paige Lodge No. 620, but hasn’t been occupied in several years. It is without heat and there is considerable water damage,

Olean Parks Smoking Ban To Go To Full Council

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the proposed Smoking ban in Olean parks will go to heads to the full council next month.

The Common Council’s public safety committee forwarded a resolution to ban smoking in the city’s parks to the full council, by a vote of 5-1.

If passed, it would become illegal to smoke or use any tobacco or nicotine or vapor products in a City Park System or recreational facilities. that includes sporting fields, playgrounds, pools, courts, parks, pavilions and walking trails.

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the Olean Police chief says he needs more help in order to meet some new mandates.

Police Chief Jeff Rowley told the city’s public safety committee the city may need to hire more officers to help comply with new evidence rules from the state.

the rules say evidence must be collected and provided to the district attorney’s office so it can be in the hands of the defense within 15 days of arraignment.