Nurses Petition Olean General Hospital

Nurses have petitioned Olean General Hospital to fix what they call a ‘staffing crisis’
But officials at the hospital there aren’t any issues with staffing or quality.
The nurses say their understaffed and it’s reached crisis levels.
The Olean chapter of the New York State Nurses Association is demanding the OGH administration “fix the staffing crisis once and for all.” The petition comes just two weeks after 16 OGH employees were laid off.
More highway work is coming to the area this summer. New York state has set aside millions of dollars for road work because we had a pretty rough winter. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $128 million in new funding.
Route 16 north of Olean and Route 219 north of Salamanca get repaved with the money.
Statewide, the funding will support 91 paving projects and the renewal of about 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state.

Olean Council Begins Budget Talks

The Olean Common Council has started its department-by-department review of next year’s spending requests.
council members reviewed budget request from the Youth and Recreation Department, the police and fire departments, and the Department of Public Works.
The total request is $25.18 million in spending between the general, water and sewer funds. That;s about a 2.38 percent increase from 2018-19. The finished budget is due by April 15 with a June 1 start date.
A man who was wanted in Pennsylvania for allegedly making terroristic threats was arrested in Olean on Tuesday afternoon.
33 year old Damon Maul, who lives in Olean, was taken into custody on a parole warrant on Leo Moss Dr. around 2:15 in the afternoon. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office also says he violated the conditions of his parole.
Maul is being held at the Cattaraugus County Jail.

Olean Huskies Advance to State Tournament

the undefeated Olean Huskies are still undefeated.
The boys beat the Allegany-Limestone Gators for the overall Class B title in Section 6 Tuesday night at buffalo state college by a score of 53 to 43.
The Huskies jumped out to an early lead and never trailed after that. they were up by 7 at the end of the first quater, and up by ten at halftime. The last two quarters were even. They advance to the state tournament’s Far West Regional on Saturday.
The seventh annual St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery restoration fundraiser is set for this sunday.
It’ll be at the Horseshoe Inn at 2 pm
The restoration committee’s job is to restore the old, nearly forgotten cemetery along Guernsey Hollow Road.
Iocals know it as Guernsey Hollow Cemetery. Volunteers have done some cleanup, including clearing the brush from the front of the cemetery and resetting stones, as well as maintaining the lawn.

Food Bank, Meals on Wheels combining

The Food Bank of Western New York, Meals on Wheels for Western New York and the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York will all become one big joint organization.
The new organization, known as FeedMore WNY, will expand on Meals on Wheels’ and the Food Bank’s services and add new ones, including child summer and afterschool feeding programs, food pantries for mobile seniors and workforce development training through the establishment of a community kitchen.
More than 40 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students from Allegany and Cattaraugus counties get their Pell grants doubled when they go back to school in the fall.
Officials from the University of Pittsburgh say the new Pitt Success Pell Match Program, will match the Pell grant amount students receive, dollar for dollar, beginning this fall.
The program is for current students as well as new students who enroll this fall and receive a Pell grant.

Mother Charged in Olean Meth Bust

The mother who was arrested last week in an Olean meth lab bust has been charged.
24 year old Cortney Ginnery is accused of endangering her children. Police say she had three children in the home where meth was being prepared, a potentinally dangerous situation.
Police were looking for a suspect who had been charged with making meth in the apartment at 442 N. First St a few months earlier.
New York State Police’s say there could be drug charges pending the outcome of tests of material seized at the apartment.
When the Olean Huskies and the Allegany-Limestone Gators meet tomorrow night in Buffalo for the overall Class B championship in Section 6. Undefeated Olean is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class B. Olean secured its 11th sectional title in 13 years and coach Jeff Anastasia notched his 600th career win, the most in Western New York history.

State Senator Catharin Young Resigning

State Senator Catharine Young is resigning her Senate seat, and will go to work at Cornell
Her resignation takes effect in ten days when she’ll start her now job leading the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech. She said it’s a great opportunity to continue her public service.
Cattaraugus County Republican Chairman Robert Keis said other Republicans in the district that could be considered are Chautauqua County Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. If there is a 30-day special election called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, name recognition will count for a lot with voters.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about scam artists who say they’re calling from the Social Security Administration requesting individuals to press number 1 for further communications asking for personal information.
If you get a call like that, the sherffs office says contact the authorities, don’t fall for the scam.

Olean Police Find New Met Lab at Site of Old Met Lab Bust

Police thought they had shut down a meth lab at a First Street apartment in Olean last september, but they say another one sprang up in it’s place.
This time with children inside. police went there looking for somone who failed to appear in court on meth charges.
They instead found new occupants, including young children, and reportedly again found meth-making materials.
arrests are pending against the new occupants, including a couple living there with their three young children. Police are not identifying the suspects at this time.
The Town of Hinsdale will get a $350,000 state grant to help replace heavy equipment and vehicles lost in a fire last year at the Hinsdale Town Highway Department building.
The funding was secured by republican Senator Cathy Young in the 2018-19 New York State budget.
Town Budget Officer Jeff VanDeCar said without the grant Hindsale would have to go deep into debt to replace the equipment.

Winter Weather Advisory for Cattaraugus, Allegany and more

The National Weather Service has expanded locations that will be under a winter weather advisory beginning this morning until tonight at ten oclock. the areas under an advisor includes Cattaraugus and Allegany counties as well as Livingston, Wyoming, Genesee, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara, northern and southern Erie, and Chautauqua.
Snow will overspread the area from southwest to northeast this morning. The snow tapers off from west to east Wednesday night, the Weather Service said. A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Benefits and fundraisers are being planned to help an Allegany family who lost their home last week.
A benefit has been planned next week for Kayla Smith and her five children,
The event will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. March 10 at the Press Box in Olean.

Cattaraugus County Mobile Home Fire Claims Two Lives

Two people died in a mobile home fire in Cattaraugus County over the weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office were called out to the fire on Sawmill Run Rd. in Coldspring shortly around 12:20 in the morning Saturday.
but by the time they got there it was too late… the mobile home was fully engulfed in fire.
The identities of the victims, who were found inside the home, have not been released.
fire fighters are investigating but police say that they don’t expect any foul play.
Plans to make Ellicottville’s Bicentennial celebration memorable are underway.
And they say the need a little help to make it great.
This celebration is for the town of Ellicottville, and not the village. The village of Ellicottville was formed in 1837.
the committee is hoping to coordinate a few of their bicentennial events with some of Ellicottville’s annual activities in 2020.

No Injuries in Second Street Fire

Fire investigators will be back at work today to try and figure out what caused a blaze on Second Street in Olean yesterday.
The fire at the three-unit residential building was reported at close to 6 am Sunday morning. Everyone was able to get out and there were no reports of injuries. The property is valued at $70,000 and damage could total between $10,000 to $15,000. The fire was reported to be in the kitchen in the stove and cabinets area.
Jamestown Community College transfer agreements will try to make it easier to transfer credits to a four-year college.
JCC is working on a four-year plan, which JCC President Dr. Daniel DeMarte presented last week to the Cattaraugus County Legislature’s Finance Committee.
JCC has more than 400 transfer agreements with about 60 colleges.
They’re basically insurance for students that the credits they earn at JCC will be recognized at other schools.