Flooding Causes Damage in Southern Tier

Instead of celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks or a cookout, folks in the Southern Tier were soaked by heavy thurderstorms and cleaning up after flooding. Parts of Union Valley Road were washed away, and residents were evacuated due to the heavy rain flooding a creek. Residents on East River Road in Portville were flooded too. There was also significant flooding reported in Belfast, Bolivar and Wellsville in Allegany County . Doppler radar estimated about two to three inches of rainfall that caused flooding.
It wasn’t water but fire that caused heavy damage to a Franklinville excavating contractor business.
The Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department received a report of a structure fire at Snyder & Sons, on route 16 Firefighters had the flames knocked down but a large hole in the roof and damage to the south side of the garage-like structure was visible.

Hairdresser Theft of Service Bill Before NY Governor

It could soon be a crime to get a haircut and walk out without paying in New York. Right now, it’s not.
But Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a theft of service bill that’ll include hairdressers, and barbers.
The current theft of service law protects restaurants and public transportation, hotels, cable TV providers, theaters and ski lift operators…but not cosmetologists. Theft of services is usually a misdemeanor.
There’s a brand new home in Ausin in Potter County thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
It was built by volunteers for the new homeowners, Scott and Amanda Crum-rine and their children.
This is the ninth home the charity’s built since it began in 1995. All the money for materials and building the houses was raised by donations and the annual Potter County Falling Leaves Festival.
Habitat for Humanity says it’s helping to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Rally in the Valley Cancelled for 2018

There will not be a 16th annual Rally in the Valley next month.
One of the biggest summer events has been cancelled. Organizers say sponsorships were drying up and so was attendance.
They moved the rally from Allegany to Olean two years ago to save money. But it didn’t work. Rally attendance dipped to about 10,000 the last three or four years after hitting a peak of more than 20,000 around 2008.They say they’ll take a year off to reorganize. In the past 15 years the rally has raised nearly $300,000 for local charities and nonprofits.
The nonprofit Friends of Portville group is getting ready to help the community. They say they’ll work on Dodge Creek bridge, extending sidewalk into Lyman Baker Park. The group received $9,400 a year ago from Chuck Lucas’ efforts for the Portville Covered Bridge project over Dodge Creek. They’re looking into a long-range project of a footbridge over the creek.

Heat Wave Heading Our Way

Get ready to sweat. We’re expecting a heat wave today and the temperatures could get dangerously high.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the weekend, with high heat and humidity, so be careful because it could be more than uncomfortable, it could lead to health problems.
an upper-level ridge is forecast to strengthen in the central U.S., moving into the area on Friday.
The service says Heat indexes will break 100 degrees with the high temperatures combined with the high humidity.

The next time you drive by the old Supervisor’s Building on Erie Street in Little Valley might be the last time you see it.
The big red building’ll be demolished before too long. The county voted to accept a $44,200 bid from a lakewood contracting company to tear it down. Neither the town nor the village wanted the building after the county vacated it in August 2016.

Gillibrand Sponsors Amendment for $300 Million To Dairy Farmers

An amendment to the Senate farm bill would give about $8,000 to struggling New York dairy farmers.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat introduced it.
She said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue denied her request for $77 million in relief for dairy farmers.
She sponsored an amendment to the Senate farm bill that would give $300 million to them. Dairy farmers are suffering from historically low dairy prices.
Farm income has dropped so much that it’s expected to be 35 per cent less than it was five years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And it’s raising the risk of suicide.
The National Farmers Union has called on the USDA to take steps to help by providing more resources to help farmers. The fear of a farmer suicide crisis has led the Wyoming County Mental Health Department to hand out special mugs to farmers that are filled with information about depression and suicide prevention.

Olean and St. John’s Ready After School Programs

after school recreation at North Olean was on the agenda at last night’s Common Council meeting.
The council is considering a lease agreement between the city and St. John’s Church.
That agrement lets the church use rooms at the former St. John’s School, where they have city’s after-school recreation programs.
The proposed lease is for the next two years and will cost the city $14,250 for the first year and $15,000 for the next year.
Immigration agents arrested 40 people during a four-day statewide enforcement action across New York.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 35 men and five women from 13 countries were arrested.
Fourteen were arrested in Albany County, six in Erie County. Arrests also were made in Genesee, Lewis, Madison and Monroe counties, ICE says the enforcement action targeted at-large criminal immigrants, illegal re-entrants, fugitives and other violators.

Lockport Accident Kills Two Men

Two men in Lockport were killed in a tragic work accident when 11 800-pound slabs of countertop material fell on them.
The slabs were being unloaded from a trailer in Niagara County.
It happened at the XPO Logistics facility in Lockport. The men were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names weren’t immediately released.
Turtles that are not supposed to be in New York State at all’ are turning up in jamestown.
Spiny softshell turtles have been spotted near the Chadakoin River.
In New York State, the spiny softshell turtle is listed as a species “of special concern.” The state Department of Environmental Conservation considers those species as ones that “warrant attention and consideration” without reaching endangered or threatened thresholds, based upon current data.
The most recent DEC maps confirm there were 20 reported occurrences of the spiny softshell turtle species statewide between 1990 and 2007.

Murder Charge Filed Against Stepson in East Otto State Forest Case

Police now say that a man missing from California last month and found dead in CAttaraugus county was shot to death.
And they’ve charged his step son with murder. Rudy Ray Rockett was shot several times during a car trip with his stepson according to the Niagara County District Attorney’s office. Rockett’s body was found May 19 in a Cattaraugus County ravine.
George Roy pleaded not guilty to the second degree murder charge and was remanded without bail.
The rain on Saturday didn’t stop the first Victory for Veterans National Ride 22 in Allegany. The event was to raise money and help spread awareness about people who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ride 22 got its name from the unfortunate fact that 22 American veterans take their own lives each day.
riders from various Legion posts, including Salamanca, Machias and Portville, as well as AMVETS members, took part in the ride and a dinner.

Olean Looking At Repaving Washington Street

Olean’s Washington Street could be in line for a huge makeover.
The cit’s planning to fix the water line along Washington and now, they’re talking about resurfacing it too.
The Common Council’s strategic planning committee agreed to apply for a $750,000 federal grant to help cover the costs.
The water line work is being paid for with higer water fees. The work is scheduled to begin next year.
Right now there’s a 4-inch pipe, that’s so clogged with sediment that officials say it’s really a 2-inch pipe.
The former Siegel’s building on North Union is looking for it’s first new owners in 20 years.
The Olean Urban Renewal Agency issued a request for proposal to redevelop the 103-year-old building.
A walkthrough for interested developers is scheduled for next week.
Proposals should be by mid July. The city acquired the property in 2000 from Dunkirk Shoes. The Urban Renewal Agency took over the property in 2007.

West Valley Voters Deny School Budget Again

The voters have spoken in in West Valley. Now the School Board of Education has to adopt a contingency budget for the next school year. It’s the second time voters have rejected the budget. It was a $9.18 million spending plan that originally included a 2 percent increase in the tax levy.
The failed vote on Tuesday was the same budget that voters denied in May.
A contingency budget will only pay for teachers’ salaries and things deemed ordinary expenses by the school board. The school board meets tonight at 6:30 to adopt the contingency spending plan.
There might be some money inside those 13 run down homes Olean acquired from Cattaraugus County a couple of years ago. Olean Common Council say they’re open to allowing the salvage of woodwork and materials from the city-owned properties that are slated for demolition. But they say everyone should get a shot to bid for the job.