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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Opinion: Remember when "a human answered the phone?"

The news feed into RNN has been thin the past few weeks. We wondered, what the heck? We checked our online fax account...and things were weird. We called our provider (1st mistake). No human, just a voice directory. None of the options matched our needs. We wisely pressed "0" to no avail...."That is not a valid option," the recorded message told us. Click. We called back and went through the entire directory again. Still nothing that matched....so we gambled and pressed #4. Nope...can't help, "let me get your number in case we are cut off and I will transfer you." Click. (mistake #2). Again, we called back hoping beyond all hope to speak to a human....click. Another call back...pressing a random number....WE HAVE A PERSON!!! Sadly, 90 minutes...I repeat, 90 minutes later, the issue was resolved (we think). Of course, this India-based operator needed to speak with her supervisor for approval to re-activate the account. (thinking just shoot me now).
After two hours of international mediation, I think we have resolved the issue...I think.
Any local government, business or organization that thinks they can save move money with a computer vs. a human voice...is crazy. There is plenty of government/business waste...a human voice isn't part of the process.

Obituary: Darlene K. "Dar" Preston, 69, Caneadea

CANEADEA - Darlene K. "Dar" Preston, 69, of 9005 Route 19, passed away peacefully Tuesday (Aug. 19, 2014) at Olean General Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer, with her daughters at her side. Born June 14, 1945, in Cuba, she never let anyone forget Flag Day was her birthday. She was married to Douglas J. Preston Sr., who passed away Dec. 3, 1999. She was a graduate of the Belfast Central School in 1963, and resided most of her life in Caneadea. She was a mother and homemaker. She had also worked as a CNA at the Houghton Nursing Home, and assisted with the family business, D.J. Preston Inc. She was a member of the Belfast American Legion Auxiliary, Rushford Lake Boating Club and the Rushford Lake Conservation Club.Dar's life was challenging in the earlier years, which added greatly to her character in later years. She liked to dance, play tambourine, travel, play golf and spend time on Rushford Lake. She never missed her happy hour "short one" right up until the very end. She loved her huge circle of fun friends and family. Once you got to know Dar, you couldn't help but love her. She was kind, caring and cherished a good time. Her smile and laugh will be sadly missed by many. Surviving are two daughters, Michelle (Robert) Weed of Rushford Lake and Melissa (Randy) Blackmon of Olean; a son, Douglas Preston Jr. of Caneadea; six grandchildren, Amanda Brown, Kasey and Meggen Knight, Ryan and Dylan Preston, and Taylor Blackmon; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ken and Gary Baldwin, both of Olean, and Michael Baldwin of Florida; a sister, Debbie Baldwin of Florida; and a stepfather, Kenneth Baldwin of Olean.She was preceded in death by her mother, Irma Baldwin; two brothers, Jeffrey and Gregory Baldwin.Family and friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, 9 Bull St., Cuba. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 23, 2014) at the Caneadea United Methodist Church. The Rev. Steven Devine will officiate, followed by committal services in the Caneadea Cemetery.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Caneadea United Methodist Church or the Caneadea Cemetery Assoc. 7723 Route 243, Rushford, NY 14777.

Obituary: Caroline M. Browning, 99, Scio

SCIO - Caroline M. Browning, 99, of 3702 Riverside Drive, passed away Tuesday (Aug. 19, 2014) in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following a brief illness.She was born April 20, 1915, in Wellsville, the daughter of Andrew and Minnie Helmhold Braunschweiger. On Nov. 20, 1935, in Friendship, she married Judson D. Browning, who predeceased her on May 14, 2004.She was a graduate of the Wellsville High School, a member of the Scio United Methodist Church, the Scio Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a former member of the Belmont Chapter OES, and the Genesee Valley Grange. From 1972 until her retirement in 2001, she was the clerk for the town of Scio. She enjoyed bowling, and time spent with her family and her cat. She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy B. Rahr of Wellsville; a son, Edwin F. Browning of Scio; seven grandchildren, Stephen (Amy) Rahr of Camp Creek, Ariz., Jeffrey (Ellen) Rahr of Rockwell, Md., David Rahr of Wellsville, Carl (Kathleen) Rahr Jr. of Wellsville, Edwin (Amy) Browning of Elmira, Patricia (James) Chalker of Scio, and Elizabeth (Scot) Boisbert of Formey, Texas.; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; husband; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Browning; and a son-in-law, Carl Rahr Sr.Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Aug. 25, 2014) with the Rev. Richard Hurd, pastor of the Scio United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio. Memorials to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Daily Reporter: Appraisers picking up with Scio reval work

SCIO — An appraisal firm whose work was delayed will continue the revaluation project the Scio Town Board hired it to do, the firm’s owner said recently.
"There’s still some properties we need photographs on, so I may be doing some of that in August," said Larry Fitts, owner of Fitts Appraisal Company. "Some properties that don’t have photos, some of them may be gated or posted to where you can’t be driving on the properties to get photographs."
Fitts said he won’t be able to visit any properties this week.
"It might be the last week of August or the first week of September," he said. "If we can’t access (a property), we won’t have a photograph on file. We made an effort. The photo’s not critical, but it’s nice to have a photo. You can’t always get a photo of every property."
Fitts said the project was postponed several months ago because of the winter weather.
"When we were getting ready to do the field review we had some pretty icy roads, things like that. We postponed it to this year. I’m going to be doing the fieldwork, looking at each property from the road and putting new assessments on the property," Fitts said. The Fitts Appraisal owner said he’ll come up with what thinks is a fair assessment for a property based factors including comparable sales.
"If it’s an improved property, it will be based on sale of comparable improved properties," he said. "We’ve already had data collectors go out to the properties, measure the buildings, talk to the property owners. I have all that data and it’s all updated on our computer files."
Town Supervisor Dan Fleming said he met with Fitts toward the end of July.
"He said things are going pretty well now and they’re pretty much back on track to meet the deadline of 2015," Fleming said.


Read more: http://www.wellsvilledaily.com/article/20140821/News/140829946#ixzz3B3031zgH


Appraisers picking up with Scio reval work

St. Bonaventure’s Mackowski co-authors book on “The High Tide of the Confederacy”

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Aug. 21, 2014 — For a century and a half, the battle of Gettysburg has been popularly known as the “High Tide of the Confederacy.” But a new book co-authored by St. Bonaventure journalism professor Dr. Chris Mackowski challenges that notion.
 
“That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy, May 1-4, 1863” is the latest release in publisher Savas Beatie’s Emerging Civil War Series. Mackowski co-authored the book with his longtime collaborator, historian Kristopher D. White.
 
“Chancellorsville is the largest battle of the war up to that point,” Mackowski says. “Confederate commander Robert E. Lee’s army is outnumbered almost two-and-a-half to one, yet they overcome those long odds to win a decisive victory.”
 
The battle came at a high cost for the Army of Northern Virginia, though: Lee lost 22 percent of his men, totaling nearly 13,000 killed, wounded, and missing. In contrast, the Federal Army of the Potomac lost 13 percent of its men — more than 17,000 killed, wounded, or missing. The third day of the battle, May 3, was the second-bloodiest day of the Civil War. That morning, casualties came at a rate of one man every second for five hours.
 
“The most significant loss for the Confederates was Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson — Lee’s ‘right arm,’” Mackowski explains.
 
Nonetheless, Lee “felt my men were invincible,” he later explained. Building on the momentum of his victory at Chancellorsville, he launched his invasion of the North that ended with the battle of Gettysburg two months later.
 
“After Chancellorsville, Lee’s army never again scores another offensive battlefield victory, although the war would go on for another two years,” Mackowski says. “Chancellorsville is the peak. It’s all downhill for him from there.”
 
Postwar politics and the aggressive marketing of historian John Bachelder later turned Gettysburg into the so-called “High Water Mark.” “Gettysburg was a tourism destination because it was so close to the major population centers of the North and because it was a Northern victory,” Mackowski says, “so positioning the battle as the ‘High Tide’ or ‘Turning Point’—with capital letters—was a great hook for attracting tourists.”
 
In “That Furious Struggle,” Mackowski and White recount the story of Chancellorsville, explaining why it was the true high water mark of the war for the Confederacy. Along with the historical narrative, a portion of the book is structured like a battlefield tour, explaining features of the landscape and the development of the battlefield. The book also contains more than 200 photos — many of them taken by Mackowski — 10 maps, an Order of Battle, and a list of suggested readings for further exploration.
 
Mackowski and White have both worked at the Chancellorsville battlefield as park rangers and tour guides. The battlefield is part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Mackowski lives on a part of the battlefield not protected by the Park Service.
 
In 2011, they cofounded Emerging Civil War (www.emergingcivilwar.com), a blog comprised of a dozen historians who collectively contribute. In 2012, with publisher Theodore Savas, they established the Emerging Civil War book series. “That Furious Struggle” is the eighth book in the series and the fourth by Mackowski and White.
 
“The Emerging Civil War books are intended as reader-friendly introductions to the war’s most important stories,” Mackowski says. “They’re a good starting point because we really focus on telling a good story in an engaging way for general audiences. My mission as a writer is to get people hooked.”
 
Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication, joined the faculty at St. Bonaventure in the fall of 2000. He splits his time between New York and Virginia.

Obituary: RLee Van Pelt, 87, Hebron

HEBRON, PA---RLee Van Pelt, 87, of Hebron, formerly of Oswayo, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.
    Born December 10, 1926 in Coudersport, he was a son of Arthur and Dorothy Thompson Van Pelt.  On June 6, 1948 in the Chrystal United Methodist Church, he married Barbara J. Hyde, who survives.
     He attended the Coneville Country School.  RLee honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of Corporal.  
     He was employed by Sylvania Electric in Emporium and later retired from Air-Preheater in Wellsville, NY where he was employed as a welder for over 27 years.  After retiring, RLee ran an air tool repair business.
     He was a member of the Potter County Fair Board for many years.  In 2013 he received the Outstanding Fair Ambassador Award presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  RLee was extremely proud of this award.  He was a member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530.  He was a former mayor of Oswayo, had also served on the Oswayo Borough Council, and was a former Republican Committeeman for Oswayo.  RLee was a founding member of the former Oswayo Fire Department.
     He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, mowing his lawn, and watching his grandchildren play sports.  He loved his dog Apache whom he adopted with the help of Teacher’s Pet Rescue.  He enjoyed spending time riding his UTV, which was a gift from his sister.  He was proud to make maple syrup “the old way”.  He will be remembered for his “big Pelt’s secret chicken sauce”.  
     Surviving besides his wife are three children, Deborah J. Perkins of Lantz Corners, Rodney L. Van Pelt of Hebron, and Deanna L. (David) Johnston of Oswayo; nine grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Charleen Rubar of Oswayo.
     In addition to his parents, RLee was predeceased by a son Randy Van Pelt in 1978.
     Friends may call Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014 with the Rev. Fred E. Kemp, pastor of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Chrystal Cemetery.
     Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Saturday.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Chemung County Communication Center Adds Text to 911 for Sprint Wireless Customers

ELMIRA -   Chemung County Sprint Wireless customers can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. This service is now available for all major cell phone providers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint within range of a Chemung County cell tower. If the tower is located outside the land boundary of Chemung County, the receiving tower will not know how to route the message.  The County launched the service with Verizon Wireless in August of 2013 and added AT&T in July of this year.

Text to 911 is intended primarily for use in two emergency scenarios: for an individual who is hearing impaired and for a person who is unable to make a voice call, for example during a medical emergency that renders the person incapable of speech, or in the instance of a home invasion or abduction.  It could also be used in cases where citizens cannot call 911 because the lines are blocked due to high-call frequency emergencies.

Updated advisory for State Route 961F paving-Allegany & Steuben


UPDATED TRAVEL ADVISORY

 

Paving on State Route 961F

Towns of Burns and Hornellsville, Allegany and Steuben Counties

 
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that, weather permitting, on Friday, August 22, 2014, the second course of paving on State Route 961F will begin from the intersection with State Route 70 in the Town of Burns, Allegany County, and continue approximately 5.1 miles toward the Village of Arkport, in the Town of Hornellsville, Steuben County.  Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.  Please note, this single lane operation may be up to two miles in length to allow for proper cure time of the pavement course before allowing traffic on to the pavement. This course should be completed by Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Bath woman charged with grand larceny

 On Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 Bath-based State Police arrested Maureen R. Nichols.  Nichols, 57 of Bath was arrested after a stolen vehicle report from a residence on Main Street in the Town of Avoca.  Nichols was charged with grand larceny 4th degree.  Nichols is to appear in Avoca Town Court at a later date.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Obituary: Eleanor W. Dates, 91, Wellsville


Wellsville, NY - Eleanor W. Dates, age 91, formerly of O'Connor Street passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on February 7, 1923 in Salamanca to Howard" Hop" and Florence Holbrook Whitmore. On May 17, 1943 in Little Valley she married William L. Dates who predeceased her on March 29, 1982.
Eleanor had worked for Cattaraugus Cutlery, Southern Tier Abstract in Little Valley and during World War II she worked for Curtis Wright in Buffalo. She was a Cub Scout Leader, a Brownie Leader and had worked at the Girl Scout Day Camp during the summer. Eleanor's memberships include the Wellsville Fireman's Auxiliary and the Ever Green Twig where she volunteered at Jones Memorial Hospital for many years. She attended the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville and enjoyed traveling on many cruises and senior citizen trips.
Eleanor is survived by her son Ronald [Penelope] Dates of Memphis, NY.; a son in law Ronald [Mel] Meyer of Scio; 4 grandchildren Kimberly [Charles] Lynch of Garner, NC., Karen [Brad] Rich of Raleigh, NC., Amy Jo [Kevin] Unger of Leesport, PA. and Darren Meyer of Rochester; 2 step grandchildren Steven [ShuJin] Rankin of Brooklyn and Karen Rankin of Fountain, CO.; 10 great grandchildren.
Eleanor was predeceased by a daughter Constance Ray Meyer.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 30, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 11 am to 12 noon at which time a celebration of life will be held with Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will take place in Little Valley Rural Cemetery and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Manor Hills Activity Department, 4192B Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY.  14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Canisteo Man Killed in Farm Accident

A Canisteo Man was killed over the weekend in a farming accident near the intersection of County Route 119 and County Route 14 on Monday.  A full-sized farm tractor overturned and the operator, 67-year-old Kenneth Quick was trapped beneath it.  He was declared deceased at the scene.  Authorities say at that at this time no witnesses to the incident have been located.  If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, August 18, 2014:

Arraignments

 

            JESSE M. DICKINSON, d/o/b 11/20/1991, of Springville, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of Rape in the First Degree, class B felonies, Sex Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony; Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony; three counts of Strangulation in the Second Degree, class D felonies; Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, three counts of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, class A misdemeanors and Menacing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incidents occurred between August 28, 2013-Spetember 4, 2013 and March 30, 2013, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

           MICHAEL P. ROBINSON, d/o/b 9/8/1985, of Franklinville, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about March 4, 2014, in the Town of Franklinville, when the defendant with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, caused such injury to such person or to a third person.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

 
            AUSTIN E. MOORE, d/o/b 1/23/1995, of Franklinville, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony and Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on or about February 14, 2014, in the Town of Machias, stole property and the value of the property exceeded one thousand dollars.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

 
            DYLAN T. SINGER, d/o/b 12/31/1996, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about February 20, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant, acting with others, intentionally damaged property of another person in an amount exceeding one thousand five hundred dollars.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

 

            DANIEL E. DAILEY, d/o/b 10/18/1996, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about February 20, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant, acting with others, intentionally damaged property of another person in an amount exceeding one thousand five hundred dollars.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

            ANDREW J. JAQUISH, d/o/b 2/1/1986, of Salamanca, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, class D felonies; Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony; two counts of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, class E felonies; two counts of Menacing in the Second Degree, class A misdemeanors; Stalking in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and Harassment in the First Degree, a class B misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about June 24, 2014, in the Towns of Great Valley and Salamanca, when the defendant stole property, and recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

            BRADLEY C. FLUENT, d/o/b 8/24/1974, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to and indictment that charges him with Vehicular Assault, a class D felony; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (with a child), a class E felony; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor; Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor; and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about June 7, 2014, in the Town of Carrollton, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated, condition, having a .20% BAC and at a time a child less than 15 years old was in the car.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Guilty Pleas

 
CHRISTINA A. GARLAND, d/o/b 04/14/1972, of Arcade, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail entered a plea of guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, and Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about and between November 2013 and March 2014, in the Town of Freedom, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully stole over $100,000.00, forged and falsified business records.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 20, 2014.

SANDRA L. MCANDREW, d/o/b 05/31/1957, of Limestone, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Official Misconduct, class A misdemeanor, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about and between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2011, in the Town of Carrollton, when the defendant, committed an act relating to her office, but constituted an unauthorized exercise of her official function, knowing that such act was unauthorized.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 20, 2014.

 
MICHAEL J. GAYTON, d/o/b 3/11/1993, of Olean, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Rape in the Second Degree, a class D felony; and Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor.  Between March 23, 2011 and May 1, 2011, in the City of Olean, the defendant, intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touched the sexual or other intimate parts of another person.  Further, on or about October 13, 2013, in the City of Olean, the defendant, being 18 years old or more, engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was less than 15 years old.

 
            MICHAEL L. CHASE, d/o/b 11/05/1990, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was arraigned and entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, a class D felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about or between August 16, 2013 and August 18, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant acted jointly and in concert with one another and each aiding and abetting the other, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime therein.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 20, 2014.

 
Sentences

JOSPEH D. HOVEY, d/o/b 01/15/1987, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to five years probation for his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about December 18, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a controlled substance.

            ROGER A. CANUTE, d/o/b 04/21/1960, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours of community service for his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on or about July 31, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic substance.

JESSICA A. FYE, d/o/b 12/20/1977, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to one year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for her conviction of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree.  The incident occurred on or about August 21, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance with the intent to sell it. 

Wellsville Police Activity

Date: Tuesday August 19, 2014

 
18:25 hours

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Brian J. Goodrich, age 32 of Wellsville.  Goodrich was processed and arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor.  Goodrich was committed to the Allegany County Jail for 30 days or until his fine of $250.00 was paid in full.

18:40 hours

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant Issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Joey L. Traylor, age 21 of Wellsville.  Traylor was processed and arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor.  Traylor was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $3,000.00 bail.  Traylor is due back in Wellsville Village Court on September 16th at 4:30 pm.

Philip H. "Phil" VanWhy, 62, Austin

AUSTIN, PA—Philip H. “Phil” VanWhy, 62, a lifelong resident of Austin, PA, passed away with his loving family at his side on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on April 25, 1952 in Coudersport, he was the son of Harold N. and Margaret B. Barr VanWhy. On October 16, 1976 in Austin, Phil married Terri M. Brewer, who survives.

Mr. VanWhy attended Austin Area Schools. Serving across the world on several deployments with the USS Davis, Mr. VanWhy served his country proudly in the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1974 in the U.S. Navy. After his military service, he worked for the Mendin Pipeline and Utility Contractors in Linesville, PA as a truck driver and an operator of heavy machinery. He later went on to work for Emporium Specialties in Austin and Caldwell Corp. in Emporium, where he worked as a shipping and receiving clerk. At Caldwell Corp., Phil’s sons were able to work alongside their father, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Upon retirement, Phil was the manager at Ritsick’s Garage in Austin, where he enjoyed visiting with customers and friends who would stop by.

Phil was currently serving his second term as Mayor of Austin. He was also a member of the Austin United Methodist Church and a member of the Austin Volunteer Fire Department, where he volunteered as an ambulance attendant and firefighter. Mr. VanWhy was also a member of the Steel Workers Union and VFW Post 7810 in Austin. He enjoyed working on cars, playing cards, and spending time with his family.

Surviving besides his wife are his father-in-law, Robert W. Brewer of Shinglehouse; two sons, Shayne P. (Casey) VanWhy and Brent A. (Carrie) VanWhy, both of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Trey, Kolby, Kaylee, Vanessa, and Drew, all of Coudersport; a sister, Donna Nickeson of Austin; an aunt, Shirley Krog of Wellsville, NY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. VanWhy was predeceased by his parents.

At Phil’s request, there will be no public visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 3 PM at the Austin United Methodist Church with Rev. Steven D. Small, Jr., pastor of the Southern Potter United Methodist Charge, officiating.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord Military Honors on Thursday at the church.

Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family.

Memorials may be made to the Austin United Methodist Church, 26 Turner St., Austin, PA 16720 or to the Austin Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 328, Austin, PA 16720.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Olean: Prospect Avenue construction


PRESS RELEASE

PROSPECT AVENUE CONSTRUCTION

 

Please be advised the City of Olean’s contractor, Zoladz Construction, will begin the first phase of work on Prospect Avenue beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Prospect Avenue will be shut down to replace the Johnson Brook culvert (just east of Fifth Avenue). 

The contractor will have a detour in place with signage, barricades, etc.

This phase of the work will take approximately two weeks.

Please contact the City of Olean Engineering Division at (716) 376-5655 if you have any questions.

 

CITY OF OLEAN

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Allegany County Foundation to present grant to Walking on Water Inc. for their homeless veterans’ initiative

Walking on Water Inc. to offer comprehensive program for homeless veterans at their Rushford retreat center


Officials from Allegany County will present the grant award at an Open House Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 10am until noon at the Walking on Water Retreat Center 9622 Rte. 243 Rushford, New York. This event will include officials from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office, Mike Hennessey, Allegany County Director of Veterans Services, state and county representatives and service providers for the area homeless and veterans’ agencies.

The award ceremony begins at 10am followed by an Open House forum to introduce Walking on Water’s VALOR Program for western New York’s homeless veteran’s population to participating representatives and agencies. Light refreshments will be served compliments of Tops.

Walking on Water Inc. has converted its 10-bed retreat center in Rushford New York into a transitional center to offer homeless veterans a place to live while connecting them to benefits, job and life skills training and counseling. Renovations to the center include weatherization, energy efficiency upgrade work and new appliance installation done by Cattaurgus County Community Action. Further renovations to the retreat center include a technology lab with computers with high-speed internet and printers to offer veteran participants a satellite location for job training and placement, educational opportunities and service providers.

About Walking on Water Inc.

Walking on Water Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community service organization with programs in Maryland and New York. Our retreat center opened its doors as a respite to youth and disadvantaged members of the community in 2005. As more and more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan began returning home from service, further stretching the resources of area service providers, coupled with the downturn of the economy, Raymon Reed wanted to honor the veterans in his own family by helping those in his adopted community. Thus the retreat center began its new purpose, a comprehensive housing and training program for homeless veterans.

Wellsville Police Activity

Date: Monday August 18, 2014


17:59 hours

Wellsville Police arrested Constance L. Quinones, age 31 of Wellsville, charging her with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Park Avenue in the Village.  Quinones was processed and issued an appearance ticket and released.  Quinones is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on September 9th at 4:30 pm.

Longtime Bath police chief stuns residents: Will retire Oct. 26

BATH | Hundreds of residents gathered at Monday’s Village Board meeting were stunned when longtime Bath Police Chief David Rouse announced he will retire Oct. 26.
Rouse’s announcement came before the board opened up discussion of a controversial proposal that would cut the village’s 10-member police force.
As as residents applauded in a show of support for their chief, Rouse said he loved his job and the Village of Bath. He didn’t specify why he was retiring after 18 years as chief.
Also leaving the force is Sgt. Anthony Sanford, who announced his resignation Monday night to take a position with the Corning Police Department.
Approximately 200 residents, area police agencies and local officials had filled the Bath Volunteer Fire Department to discuss the proposal to cut two policemen.
The police department currently has 10 full-time police officers: the chief, an investigator, four sergeants and four officers. The department also has two full-time dispatchers.
The meeting, which began at 5:30 p.m., was still underway at presstime, with public comment period not beginning until nearly 8 p.m.  
Prior to the meeting, Sgt. Colin Taft, president of the Bath Police Benevolent Association, the department’s union, said the proposed cuts would have a negative effect on village safety.
“Whoever votes for something like this is putting a price on residents’ safety,” Taft said. “One of the most important things in a community is protecting residents’ safety. Without that you have nothing. These cuts would send the wrong message.”
Village officials say the cuts are necessary to curb rising taxes.  
Property taxes in the village have increased 29 percent in the past five years, despite pulling roughly $500,000 from the fund balance over that span, Bath Mayor Bill von Hagn said. The board has trimmed spending in the past few years and there aren't many place left to cut, he said.
“The biggest asset Bath has is its people,” von Hagn said.


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Longtime Bath police chief stuns residents: Will retire Oct. 26

Leaders in Bath Decide to Cut Position from Police Department

BATH, N.Y. -- Leaders in the village of Bath make the difficult decision to cut a position from the police department.The decision, made late Monday night, was prompted by a budget crunch.Lawmakers plan to eliminate one of two investigative positions in the department, bringing the overall number of officers from 10 to 9.But pending approval, that officer will stay in the department and be moved to patrol to keep the same number of officers on the street.This comes after one officer recently resigned.Lawmakers had originally been considering cutting two positions, but the Bath Police Benevolent Association fought the decision, urging lawmakers to consider other options to generate revenue.The police chief will be retiring in October. - See more at: http://utica-mohawkvalley.twcnews.com/content/news/762052/leaders-in-bath-decide-to-cut-position-from-police-department/#sthash.KepsOpze.dpuf

Leaders in Bath Decide to Cut Position from Police Department

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Paving set for route 961F


TRAVEL ADVISORY

Paving on State Route 961F

Towns of Burns and Hornellsville, Allegany and Steuben Counties

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that, weather permitting, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the second course of paving on state Route 961F will begin from the intersection with state Route 70 in the town of Burns, Allegany County, and continue approximately 5.1 miles toward the village of Arkport, in the town of Hornellsville, Steuben County.  Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.  Please note, this single lane operation may be up to two miles in length to allow for proper cure time of the pavement course before allowing traffic on to the pavement. This course should be completed by Friday, August 22, 2014.