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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

'American Pickers' coming to Allegany County - Daily Reporter

 SCIO — The popular TV show “American Pickers” is coming to Allegany County in the first part of May, with its hosts looking at private antique collections and possibly buying antique items.

Allegany County Legislator, local auctioneer and preservationist Scott Burt said he was contacted today by Katie White, a representative of “American Pickers” to get his assistance in finding private collections for the show’s hosts to feature and “pick” on air.

“They plan to hopefully be here a couple weeks. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our area,” Burt said. “Katie said that because of the many different hats I wear, all connected in one way or another to antiques and history, and because of my reputation, I was recommended by a local historical society as the go-to guy here in Allegany County.”

“American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking” on the History Channel. This show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on a road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques.

“Anyone with large private collections should contact either myself or Katie directly,” Burt said. “This is our chance to be featured on ‘American Pickers’ for what we all know is one of our area’s most interesting tourism draws — antiques. “As Katie says though, they are not interested in picking shops, flea markets, auctions, museums, or collections open to the public. That may be hard to find here, so everyone’s help is needed!” Burt said. “This is an opportunity for our county we do not want to miss.”

'American Pickers' coming to Allegany County

Cuba PD offers free bike helmets & arm bands

The Cuba Police Department has partnered with the Governor's Traffic Safety Program to receive grant funding for bike safety helmets and reflective arm bands. We currently have helmets and safety arm bands at the police station and they are free to the public. With spring and summer around the corner we are trying to promote safe operation for our youth on their bikes during the spring and summer months. Please see any Cuba Police Officer to inquire about getting your free helmet or arm band. Pictured here is young Tanner with Officer Galatio and K9 Inga after Tanner received his free bike helmet and arm band.

Obituary: John S. Solinas, 91-Formerly of Canaseraga, Hornell, Woodhull

John S. Solinas, 91, formerly of Hornell, Canaseraga and Woodhull, entered into rest early Tuesday morning (March 31, 2015) at the Steuben Center in Bath. Born in Hornell on Jan. 12, 1924, he was a son of the late John M. and Ida Cavalcoli Solinas. On Oct. 19, 1946, he was married at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell to the former Pearl Stickles, who predeceased him on April 23, 2008, after 61 years of marriage. Besides his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his brother, Matthew Solinas and his three sisters, Jennie Solinas, Anne Fosnaugh and Mary Jo Hanson.
A graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1943, John resided in Hornell for 85 years before becoming a resident of Canaseraga, Woodhull and Bath. 
He was a railroader for 41 years and began his career as a steam engine machinist with the former Erie and Erie-Lackawanna Railroads in the Mechanical Department in various positions and retired in 1984 as a General Foreman for Conrail in Gang Mills. After retiring from the railroad he continued working for another 15 years at North Main Lumber in Hornell. Being known as a “Mr. Fix-it” in home repair his entire life, he enjoyed meeting and helping people from that counter with their repairs questions.
John was the longest serving alderman in the City of Hornell with more than 30 years of public service including two terms as a Steuben County Legislator. He was also a communicant of the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell where he served as a long time usher; later while residing in Canaseraga he became a member of St. Mary’s Parish.
His loving family includes his two daughters, Sharon Smith of Canaseraga and Christine (Jim) Wheeler of Hornell; his two sons, Gerald Solinas of Abbotstown, Pa. and David (Lisa) Solinas of Woodhull; his six grandchildren, Theresa Gleason-Black and Beth Evangelist both of Canaseraga, Steve Solinas and Nina Randolph both of Addison, Chrystal Lukwago of Harrisburg, Pa. and Jamie Solinas of Camp Hill, Pa.; his 10 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Delores Toti of Las Vegas, Nv.; also his many nieces and nephews; as well as his special friend, Betty Cary of Wellsville.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of John S. Solinas.

There will be an hour of calling from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Friends are invited to meet his family at St. Mary’s Church in Canaseraga where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. John Cullen officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

Obituary: Catherine A. Ingalls, 79, Freemont

Catherine A. Ingalls, 79, of 8221 Ingalls Road, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday (March 31, 2015) at her home.
Born in Canisteo, June 18, 1935, the daughter of Frederick and Louise Slatt Pulkowsky, she had resided in the Town of Fremont since 1979. Catherine had been employed at Loohns Cleaners and for several years in the laundry at the Hornell Gardens.
She was predeceased by her husband, Eric Ingalls in 1996, an infant son Eric, and her sister, Gloria Masterson.
Surviving are three daughters, Elizabeth (Bill) Frasier of Fillmore, Kimberly (Kevin) O’Brien of Florida and Cathy (Phil) Styles of Hornell, three sons, Michael (Vickie) Ingalls of Roulette, PA, Aden (Sandy) Ingalls of Tennessee, and Alan (Lori) Ingalls of Fremont, three sisters, Adeline Baird of Hornell, Freida Kemp of Hornell and Bernice Greenthal of North Hornell, one brother, Lewis (Teresa) Pulkowsky of Hornell, several grand and great grandchildren, nieces & nephews.

To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Catherine’s memory, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.

The family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 10 AM until 1 PM at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo Street in Hornell where funeral services will follow calling hours at 1 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Burial will follow in Fremont Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Catherine, are asked to consider a memorial contribution to the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 462, Arkport, NY 14807.

Allegany County: Property Tax Freeze – Government Efficiency Plan

Curtis Crandall, Chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, convened a meeting at the Crossroads Conference Center on March 31. Allegany County Town Supervisors and Village Mayors were invited to discuss the state property tax freeze and to sign on to the County’s Government Efficiency Plan, a collaborative plan that’s open to all towns and villages. In order for residents to receive state refund checks, municipalities are required to submit efficiency plans to the state by June 1, 2015. Plans must demonstrate successful cost savings of one-percent of tax levy amounts.
Kevin LaForge, Legislator for District IV, said, "the meeting was a success and was well attended with more than forty local representatives, Town Supervisors, and Village Mayors joining in the discussion." Allegany County has twenty-nine towns and ten villages.

County Administrator Mitchell Alger announced the County’s interest in taking the lead in developing a collaborative efficiency plan. He then extended an invitation to all towns and villages to become part of the County’s collaborative plan. And finally, Alger provided those in attendance with the most current information in order to offer guidance and direction with the state’s property tax freeze mandate. Alger noted that the County has already implemented several cost-saving actions and provided an example for illustration.

County Treasurer Terri Ross distributed levy and 1% cost-saving calculations by towns, villages, and County as well as the combined rates. The County-wide tax levy total including the towns and villages is $57,010,084. Based on the state mandate, the cost-savings rate of 1% equals $570,101 that the plan must demonstrate in cost savings.

Curtis Crandall, Chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators and Legislator for District I, informed the group of a current Ad-hoc Committee, the Allegany County Affordable Government Group. He encouraged participants to complete the survey that was handed out which will assist the committee in defining and prioritizing future cost-saving actions. Chairman for the Affordable Government Group, Kevin LaForge, encouraged dialogue and feedback from municipalities in efficiency areas including but not limited to water and sewer, District Justice Courts, Land Bank Programs, centralized purchasing, highway, assessment, code enforcement, and police departments. LaForge stated, "Everyone knows taxes are too high. This is an example of the County’s desire to collaborate for cost-saving solutions and efficiencies."

With the state’s June 1 efficiency plan deadline nearing, the County is hopeful that a majority if not all of the Towns and Villages will join in the collaborative plan. The County plans to make the information shared at the meeting available via the Allegany County website www.alleganyco.com or for more information, please contact the Allegany County Administrator at 585-268-9217.

Ceglia May Have Been At Corning Wegmans | WENY-TV NEWS

CORNING, NY (WENY) - New developments on the search for a wanted fugitive and his family out of Wellsville.

U.S. Marshals are now offering a reward, and say Ceglia may have been spotted in the Southern Tier.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, they've received information that Ceglia may have been at the Corning Wegmans on the morning of March 6th, around 11:30 AM.
Authorities say Ceglia possibly met with a person about buying a car.
Ceglia hasn't been seen since March 6th.
U.S. Marshals trying to arrest him on a warrant on March 8th say he had removed his electronic monitoring device and fled his Wellsville home.
His wife Iasia and two children were reported missing two days later.
Ceglia is facing trial on fraud charges, accused of trying to defraud Facebook and claiming an ownership stake in the company.
Anyone with information on Ceglia's whereabouts is asked to contact U.S. Marshals at 800-336-0102.
Ceglia May Have Been At Corning Wegmans | WENY-TV NEWS

Livingston County: Drug Task Force Search Warrant and Arrest

GENESEO: The executive board of the Livingston County Drug Task Force reports that on March 27th a search warrant was executed by the Livingston County Drug Task Force at 22 Melody Lane in the Village of Geneseo.  The search warrant resulted in four subjects being arrested and charged with drug related crimes.  The search warrant was the result of an investigation into the alleged sale of drugs from the residence.
 
Brittany Stephany, 22, Amara Mott, 22, and Kandyce Anderson, 21, were arrested and charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana each.
Matthew D. Stephany, 42, of Geneseo, was arrested and charged with Criminal Sale of Marijuana 4th (2 counts) and Unlawful Possession of Mariuana. Further felony charges are pending against Stephany. 
The Livingston County Drug Task Force is comprised of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Avon Police Department, Caledonia Police Department, Mount Morris Police Department, Nunda Police Department, Geneseo Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), NYS Park Police, ICE, and the Livingston County District Attorney's Office.

PALMESANO ON THE 2015-2016 ENACTED BUDGET

 “While the state budget contains some beneficial provisions for the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Region, it also represents some missed opportunities in a number of important areas.
“I am pleased this budget provides for an increase in education aid to our school districts, particularly $603 Million towards eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment(GEA),  increased aid for our libraries, community colleges, and local agricultural assistance programs to help support New York family farms.
I am disappointed that this budget fails to provide any tax relief for our families and small businesses or mandate relief for our municipalities and school districts.  In addition, although I was pleased we were able to achieve a $50 million increase above the Governor’s proposed budget to restore his cut to local municipalities to fix and repair their local roads and bridges through the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Program (CHIPS) formula, it is woefully inadequate.  With $5.4 billion in settlement funds available to disperse towards infrastructure improvements, we missed a tremendous opportunity to really partner with our local governments to address the growing need of repairing our crumbling local infrastructure.  A stronger commitment would have promoted economic development and job creation while helping to ensure a safer and more reliable local transportation system for motorists and families.
Finally, one of the biggest problems with the budget is the governor's unflinching insistence on the inclusion of teacher evaluations generated by high stakes Common Core testing. We should have sent a clear message that we reject subjecting our children to more standardized testing.  Quite frankly, it is a big gamble to put our trust in the State Education Department to iron out this issue.  This is the same entity that brought us Common Core and oversaw its disastrous implementation and rollout, while ignoring the concerns raised by parents and educators all across our state.   On top of that, tying the teacher evaluation system to school aid is heavy-handed and wrong.   To improve our education system, we must treat parents as partners, teachers as professionals and ensure our children’s self-worth and bright future is not measured by the results of high stakes standardized test scores.  We can and must do better for our children.

Broadband Expansion Will Help Rural Counties, Businesses

 The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) is pleased that the NYS budget includes $500 million in funding for the New NY Broadband Program, which the Association has supported. 
The budget requires priority be given to public libraries and educational opportunity centers, and also requires a report on planned investments. The New York State Broadband office has indicated that the program will provided 1:1 matching funds for broadband deployment into unserved and underserved areas at a minimum of 25 megabits per second (mbps) with a goal of 100 mbps. The program will also include an enhanced NYS Broadband Mapping Program, leveraging state-owned assets to enable a regional ground-up planning for deployment in coordinating with the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs).
 
"Improving or providing access to the internet is crucial to creating and enhancing economic development.  The New NY Broadband Program was strongly supported by the NYS Association of Counties as another tool to assist our residents, businesses and farmers.  I commend Governor Cuomo for championing this technology initiative and applaud the state legislature for approving the new program," said NYSAC President Anthony Picente, Oneida County Executive. 
  
"The vast expansion of New York State's broadband infrastructure complements the efforts of the NORA Broadband Initiative and supports our on-going economic development efforts in Orleans County," said Lynn Johnson, Orleans County Legislator and co-chair of the Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance (N.O.R.A.).
 
The NYS Broadband Program Office has developed a Broadband Community Planning Toolkit to help communities in their local planning efforts.
 
The program was slightly modified by the Legislature to also give priority to projects targeted to public libraries and educational opportunity centers. The legislature also added new reporting requirements related to all investments made though this initiative.
 
Counties, especially rural counties, will benefit from improved internet access as residents' quality of life and access to information is improved and businesses have access to the robust infrastructure they need to compete in 2015.

St. Bonaventure requests participants for Community Perception Study

St. Bonaventure University is launching a Community Perceptions Study to gain insights and opinions from regional community members about the University and its outreach efforts including admissions, athletics, community service, cultural and educational programming, and events and conferences.
As indicated on the university’s website, St. Bonaventure University is committed to its belief in an inclusive community that values diversity as strength, fostering and celebrating practices that nurture living and learning in an atmosphere of caring, respect, and mutual accountability.
The Community Perceptions Study will serve as a “report card” on that mission and guide the university moving forward.
“We know the regional community values St. Bonaventure as a significant asset but, as we launch a new strategic planning phase, we also want to be sure we are planning our future in concert with the goals, aspirations, and expectations of our regional community citizens,” says university president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F. The study will be headed by the School of Business marketing department chair Paul G. Barretta, Ph.D., who has extensive experience in market research and perceptions studies.
“We are starting this study process with focus groups that we will host throughout the Twin Tiers region,” explains Barretta.
“We like to start with focus groups because they give us robust data and information that can inform not only the University’s planning process, but also future research steps.”
Barretta says the focus groups will include cross-sections of community members, and will be hosted not only on the SBU campus for Olean and Allegany residents, but also in Allegany County (Cuba), other Cattaraugus County locations (Ellicottville), Chautauqua County (Jamestown), and McKean County, Pa, (Bradford).
The focus group discussions will address the University’s academic programs, community service outreach, admissions outreach, athletics programs, arts and cultural programs, and general perceptions and experiences.
“We want to know what people think of our efforts and programs, and what they would hope for the future,” added Barretta. 
Regional citizens interested in participating in a Community Perceptions Study focus group are invited to submit their contact information at www.sbu.edu/communitystudy.  While the University may not be able to include all who express an interest in a focus group, the goal is to be as inclusive as possible.  All citizens who express an interest will either be included in a focus group or invited to participate in a follow up email survey.  Refreshments and $20 Amazon gift cards will be provided to all focus group participants as a gesture of gratitude.

Allegany County Deputies arrest man on Family Court warrant

Allegany County Sheriff Ricky L. Whitney reports that Deputies, with assistance from the Greece Police Department, arrested William P. Barnes, 29, of 11 Sain Pierre Drive Rochester, on an Allegany County Family Court Warrant.
Mr. Barnes was held by the Greece Police Department and turned over to Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.  Mr. Barnes was arrested without incident, transported back to the Sheriff’s Office where he was processed and arraigned in the Town of Friendship Court.  Mr. Barnes was remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $5,000.00 Cash Bail or $10,000.00 Insurance Company Bond. Mr. Barnes is to appear in Allegany County Family Court for additional court action.

Foundation Grant Applications Due

OLEAN, N.Y., April 1, 2015 – Grant applications for the next funding cycle from the Community Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation are due May 1. 
“The Community Fund is an unrestricted fund to meet the ever changing needs of our community, so each year we tend to see applications for different needs,” according to Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director. 
Awards from this fund are generally in the range of $100 to $2,000 depending on the project and budget, Mrs. Buchheit noted. 
Grants from the Community Fund are awarded to charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c) (3) and for most charitable causes that meet IRS regulations. 
The board of directors awards grants based upon the applying organization’s stability, the impact its work has on the community, the feasibility of the project proposed in the grant application and the role a grant from the Community Fund would play in the overall project, Mrs. Buchheit noted. 
“Proposals should demonstrate an organization’s ability to significantly impact one or more local critical needs in a timely manner and present a solid strategy for achieving anticipated outcomes,’ Mrs. Buchheit added. 
Applications for grants may be obtained at the Foundation’s office located at 120 North Union St., Olean, or through the Foundation web site: www.cattfoundation.org.

Completed applications with supporting documents can be mailed to the Foundation’s office or emailed to foundation@cattfoundation.org for consideration.
 
Established in 1994, The Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in our region. Grants from the foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development. To learn more, call, email or visit us online at www.cattfoundation.org

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library News

In observance of the Easter holiday the library will be closed on Friday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 4th.
April 12th through the 18th is National Library Week. The theme this year is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library”! Stop in and take a look at our display of books from each decade of the library’s 100 year existence. We are also offering amnesty on overdue items that are returned during that week. If you return the item, the fine is forgiven!
100th Anniversary: 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library. In 1915 the Shinglehouse Woman’s Club established a public library and free reading room. As a thank you to our patrons who support the library, the Library Board is sponsoring a monthly thank you raffle. Each month, beginning in January 2015 and ending in December 2015, a different raffle will be featured.  All registered patrons will be entered once. Patrons will earn an additional entry each day that they use the library. The monthly drawing will take place on the LAST Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. After the December drawing, a grand prize thank you drawing will take place. March’s winner was Courtney Hathaway.

Letchworth State Park Named Best State Park in the U.S.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today announced Letchworth State Park, one of New York State’s flagship parks, won the top spot in the 2015 USA TODAY Readers' Choice Award for Best State Park.
 
“We are extremely honored in the selection of Letchworth State Park as the nation’s Best State Park in the USA Today Readers Poll,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “We are equally thrilled that New York State was one of only three states with more than one park nominated, with Watkins Glen taking third place. Thank you to everyone who showed your love for both Letchworth and Watkins Glen by voting, and congratulations to all the nominees on their recognition for the wonderful ways they help visitors enjoy the outdoors.”
 
Letchworth State Park, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” welcomes 650,000 visitors to Castile, NY each year to explore 66 miles of hiking trails available for hiking, horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing, in addition to nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, a summer lecture series, camping, kayaking, swimming, whitewater rafting, and hot air ballooning.
 
Construction of a new state-of-the-art nature center is set to begin at the park this spring, which will serve as a welcoming gateway and educate visitors to the park’s natural offerings, rich geological history and diverse ecosystems. A testament to the draw of the park in all seasons, the park received international attention this past February for its 50-foot “ice volcano” that formed from a typically small geyser fountain.
 
Letchworth and Watkins Glen were two of 20 nominees chosen for the contest from more than 6,000 state parks across the United States. Watkins Glen State Park, of New York’s Finger Lakes region, also won a spot in the top three, finishing third.

Corning Incorporated Acquires iBwave Solutions, Inc.

Corning Incorporated announced today that it has acquired iBwave Solutions, Inc. The terms of the acquisition agreement were not released. Based in Montreal, Canada, iBwave is an industry leader in design software for in-building wireless solutions for a wide range of customers and system integrators. Its software and professional services are used by more than 600 global leading telecom operators, system integrators, and equipment manufacturers in more than 80 countries worldwide. iBwave will operate under its current name as a wholly owned subsidiary of Corning, reporting to Corning’s Optical Communications business segment. iBwave will continue to serve its customers from its Canadian headquarters under the same leadership. “iBwave is a world leading resource for inside-building wireless design” said Clark S. Kinlin, executive vice president, Corning Optical Communications. “We are pleased to welcome this experienced team to Corning.”

Coudersport Judge in Paterno-NCAA case dislocates shoulder - PennLive.com

By John Beauge
COUDERSPORT -- The Potter County senior judge presiding over the lawsuit Joe Paterno's survivors brought against the NCAA, Penn State and by extension, Louis Freeh, will have his right arm in a sling for a while.
Judge John B. Leete, 69, of Coudersport, dislocated his shoulder when he fell Tuesday on snow-covered black ice as he stepped outside his house to feed the dog, his wife, Georgianna, said.
The judge was taken to Cole Memorial Hospital where the shoulder was put back in place, she said. Leete's left arm had been in a sling earlier this year, because he had rotator cuff surgery.
The dislocated shoulder will not prevent him from working, his wife said.
It did cause the postponement of a Tuesday hearing he scheduled in Williamsport on pretrial motions on charges that include vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter against former Williamsport police Officer Jonathan DePrenda. Read more...HERE

STATE BUDGET ADDRESSES LOCAL OPIOID CRISIS

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) has delivered a $350,000 capital grant in the state budget to establish a supportive housing program at WCA Hospital’s Jones Hill site in Jamestown.
“The new program will be a big step towards addressing the region’s opioid and heroin epidemic, placing people with addiction problems in a specialized housing facility instead of the county jail,” Senator Young said. 
“Our jail should not be used as a primitive detox facility for people grappling with mental health concerns and addiction. It isn’t good for those who are struggling and need services, and it isn’t good for taxpayers,” she said.
“The sad passing of Christin Tibbetts put a face on the human tragedy of addiction. Her father has said the only relief Christin and their family found was when she was placed in the county's jail. People need a path for rehabilitation and treatment,” said Senator Young.

        The Senator, who chairs the Senate’s Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee, said she was struck with the idea during a recent state budget hearing on housing. More than $124.5 million in funding is available statewide for the NY/NY IV supportive housing program. 
        “I asked state agency officials whether these supportive housing funds could be used for those with addiction problems. They said such a project already existed. I contacted County Executive Vince Horrigan after the hearing, who helped marshal local leaders and service providers to get behind a supportive housing program,” she said.

        “A stumbling block was that the supportive housing fund pays for operations and not capital expenses. That’s why I pushed for the $350,000 grant to be included in the state budget,” Senator Young said.    
        Southern Tier Environments for Living Inc. (STEL), a private, non-profit agency that has been providing rehabilitative and support services to people with psychiatric disabilities in Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties for over 30 years, is working on developing a new program for supportive housing for the mentally ill and those with chemical abuse disorders who have entered the corrections system in Chautauqua County.
 As its mission, the new program will assist individuals with mental health concerns in acquiring the skills necessary to integrate into the community, provide an environment designed to actively involve those suffering from addiction in the rehabilitation and recovery process, and develop a system of supports and services that will allow those individuals to sustain lawful post-release community residency.
        Senator Young said she will personally advocate for the supportive housing project to make it through the final approval process.

“This initiative will help alleviate overcrowding at the county jail that is costing local taxpayers about $1 million annually because the overflow of inmates are boarded out at other facilities. It will give people struggling with addiction alternatives to incarcerations,” she said.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Obituary: Elizabeth Hennessy "Betty" Searle, 91, Wellsville

Wellsville - Elizabeth Hennessy “Betty” Searle of 249 North Main Street passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on March 4, 1924 in Friendship to James and Catherine Connor Hennessy. On June 1, 1946 at St. Joseph’s Church in Scio she married James E. Searle who predeceased her on August 2, 1997.
Betty graduated from Scio Central School in 1942, from Rochester Business Institute in 1943 and was employed in Wellsville at Worthington Pump and Machinery Company as a secretary during World War II. After the war she became a homemaker, devoted wife and loving mother residing as the “Gatekeeper” of Meadowbrook Court for 61 years. She welcomed all who crossed the bridge and was a mother to many who grew up there.
Her love for works of charity came from her devotion to her Catholic Faith. She volunteered at Jones Memorial Hospital, Immaculate Conception School, she delivered for Meals on Wheels, was a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader, Past President of the Immaculate Conception Altar and Rosary Society and a life time member of Beta Sigma Phi.
Betty was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and local sports supporter. She could often be seen with her friends and family at high school football and basketball games cheering for the Wellsville Lions. She will be missed as a loyal friend and fun traveling companion.
Survivors include 3 daughters, Ann [William] Hendrick, Judith [Doug] Lynch and Jeanne [Kevin] Harris; a son Patrick [Jacqueline Dean] Searle; 3 sisters, Mary Ellen [Richard] Brunell, Cathleen [Frank] Linnecke and Agnes [Thomas] Brush; a brother, Thomas [Mary] Hennessy; a sister in law, Mary Lou Hennessy;10 grandchildren, Bridgette Norton, Andrew, Kathryn, Maureen and Daniel Harris, Kelly Elliot, George Lynch, Ryan, Lauren and Gretchen Searle; 7 great grandchildren, Allison and Grace Norton, Hunter, Kalin and Holden Elliott, Esmae Gardner Harris and Parker Harris; several nieces and nephews.
Betty was predeceased by her parents James and Catherine, her husband James; her brothers James and his wife Mary Ellen, William and his wife Corinne and John Hennessy; a grandson Donald Wilson; nephew Patrick Hennessy and a niece Lennae Beatty.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 2 to 5 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A rosary will be recited at 1:30 pm by the Altar and Rosary Society prior to visitation in the Funeral Home. On Monday, April 6, 2015, friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 am followed by a Prayer Service at 10:30am. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 11am in the Immaculate Conception Church with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House, Father Brown Mission Club, Immaculate Conception School, Immaculate Conception Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

School districts get first look at aid numbers

School districts got their first look at state aid projections Tuesday, months later than normal. Even though school officials were happy to see the increases, the jumps in aid still did not restore all the money taken away in the so-called Gap Elimination Adjustment, which the state used to balance its books during the economic downturn.
The tables below show the estimated school aid figures released today. Fillmore, Canisteo-Greenwood and Jasper-Troupsburg show losses in aid.
 


SENATOR YOUNG DECLARES VICTORY OVER THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) declared victory over the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), with it almost completely eradicated from her school districts.
“The destructive fiscal gimmick that is the GEA is almost gone from my schools, with 94.6 percent eliminated. We have restored more than $11.5 million in GEA cuts that were implemented by Democrats when they controlled the Senate in 2010,” said Senator Young.
“Senate Republicans have led the charge to get rid of the GEA that has robbed our schools of funding, and our children of learning opportunities,” she said.
“All of my schools agreed that the GEA had to go. It is a positive monumental development that the Senate has delivered on behalf of our kids,” Senator Young said. 

SENATOR YOUNG SECURES OVER $582 MILLION IN EDUCATION AID

ALBANY – Record amounts of school funding will boost quality education in the 57th Senate District, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean).
“Overall, my schools will receive a record investment of $582,788,622 in education aid, which is an increase of more than $32 million, or 5.9 percent, over last year. Children in my district will receive the high-quality, first class educational opportunities that they need to succeed,” Senator Young said.
Senator Young said that the restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) coupled with more Foundation Aid drove more funds into her school districts.

“On education reform, we have soundly rejected the Governor’s unfair teacher evaluation proposals. We have put the matter into the hands of professionals at the State Education Department (SED) with instructions that they work toward reducing testing. SED will be charged with taking input from parents and teachers, and making recommendations to the Board of Regents for final approval, consistent with current law,” she said.

“We stopped the Governor’s linkage of distributing school aid to districts’ submission of teacher evaluations. The funds will go out to schools as usual. Schools will be responsible for submitting information to SED by November 1st,” said Senator Young.

“We believe in high standards for our students and teachers so our children receive the best education possible. The overwhelming majority of our teachers are doing outstanding jobs. For schools that are struggling to perform, our intention is to get them the help they need to turn things around,” said Senator Young. 

Keuka Healthcare Foundation Radio Auction Raises Over $9000 for Taylor Nursing Home

BATH, NY — The Keuka Healthcare Foundation raised more than $9,000 through its fifteenth annual Radio Auction with proceeds to benefit the purchase of a handicap accessible van for the Fred & Harriett Taylor Nursing Home.
“The Keuka Healthcare Foundation is delighted with the results of this year’s Radio Auction,” said Kim Sprague, Foundation Director. “We are sincerely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, our volunteers and members of the community who made the event so successful. Taylor Nursing Home is another step closer to purchasing this much needed van to transport our residents.”
The Radio Auction was sponsored by The Meade Foundation (Platinum); V-98.3/WVIN-FM, Jambe Shipping Emporium, Park View Wines & Spirits, The Southern Tier Shopper, JS Hubbs Bed and Breakfast and the Steuben Courier Advocate (Gold).
Keuka Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising arm of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, enhances the Memorial Hospital’s ability to provide the latest medical technology and services to the community. The Foundation’s current fundraising priority is the Fred & Harriett Taylor Nursing Home.
Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath, New York is a member of the Arnot Health system. Arnot Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system providing primary, specialty, diagnostic, ambulatory, secondary and tertiary acute care, as well as rehabilitative and wellness services to the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. The system is currently affiliated with more than 300 physicians from 50+ specialties. It operates over 40 medical offices, a neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) serving Chemung and seven neighboring counties, and 3 hospitals – Arnot Ogden Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital.

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Reed Calls on DOD to Approve $110 Million for Photonics Manufacturing Hub Application

Congressman Tom Reed is calling on the Department of Defense to approve a recent application for the establishment of a photonics manufacturing hub in Western New York. Corning, Inc. and Alfred University are partnered in the application for the hub. The project, including $110 Million in Federal funding, would establish a photonics manufacturing ‘ecosystem’ in the United States. 
“New York State and the Southern Tier in particular has been hard hit by population loss and brain-drain. But our unique skilled manufacturing and strong educational base has provided a means to rejuvenate the Southern Tier economy. Through my efforts in passing RAMI last year, we are seizing opportunities to become leaders in the economy of tomorrow. That is why I am pleased to support this photonics hub application and call on the DOD to approve this worthy initiative. 
“The American Manufacturing renaissance can begin here in New York’s Southern Tier if worthy projects such as this are approved. I care deeply about ensuring high-paying, high-quality jobs for my neighbors in Upstate New York and believe it is only fair that our region benefit from its investments in education and manufacturer technology.” 
The application for the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation was submitted by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York. 
*Relevant Section in the Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation Act (RAMI) that establishes “innovation centers”
 
(3) ADDITIONAL CENTERS FOR MANUFACTURING INNOVATION-
`(A) IN GENERAL- The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute and other manufacturing centers formally recognized as manufacturing innovation centers pursuant to Federal law or executive actions, or under pending interagency review for such recognition as of the date of enactment of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014, shall be considered centers for manufacturing innovation, but such centers shall not receive any financial assistance under subsection (d).

Corning Completes Acquisition of Samsung Electronics’ Fiber Optics Business

Corning Incorporated announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s fiber optics business. Samsung Electronics is a trusted provider of optical fiber, cable, and connectivity for customers in South Korea, China, and Southeast Asia. Corning will integrate Samsung Electronics’ fiber optics business, with manufacturing facilities in Gumi, South Korea, and in Hainan, China, into the Corning Optical Communications business segment. The acquisition augments Corning’s market access and enhances its broad portfolio of optical communications products in Asia.

“We welcome Samsung Electronics’ talented team to Corning, and together we look forward to expanding Corning’s global presence to better meet customer needs for innovative fiber optic solutions,” said Clark S. Kinlin, executive vice president, Corning Optical Communications. “We are enthusiastic about the opportunities this operation provides in Korea and throughout Southeast Asia.”

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today the following audits have been issued:
State Board of Elections (BOE): Localities’ Procurements of Paper Ballots (2013-S-36)
BOE has not provided sufficient guidance to local election boards on procuring paper ballots. As a result, the ballot procurement processes used by the 13 local election boards audited resulted in significant unnecessary costs. Auditors estimate that the local boards could have saved, in the aggregate, about $10 million during the audit period by competitively procuring ballots and by using sound historical data to project the numbers of ballots needed.
City University of New York School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS): Procurement Card and Travel Card Purchases (2013-S-39)
CUNY SPS charged over $500,000 in advertising services to its state-issued procurement cards instead of contracting for these services, as SPS purchasing guidelines require. For fiscal years 2009 to 2011, SPS used a procurement card to purchase a total of $283,701 in printing services from one vendor instead of engaging in the competitive bids process for printing services in excess of $5,000, as state law requires. A state-issued travel card was used to purchase several meals from New York City restaurants for employees who were not on travel assignments as well as to pay for the office’s holiday parties. The travel card was also inappropriately used to pay for lodging and airfare totaling $6,546 for seven persons, five of whom were not SPS employees.
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Motor Vehicle Financial Security and Safety Responsibility Acts: Assessable Expenses for the Two Fiscal Years Ended March 31 (2014-S-42)
DMV administers the Motor Vehicle Financial Security Act and the Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act. These acts help ensure that the operators of motor vehicles driven in New York State possess adequate insurance coverage, or are financially secure, to compensate those persons they might injure or whose property they might damage as a result of an accident. Auditors found that for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2013, net assessable expenses for the acts totaled about $20.3 million and $18.9 million, respectively, and that DMV is reporting its assessable expenses accurately. However, DMV lacks written policies and procedures for identifying which expenses are assessable.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA): Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) - Selected Travel Expenses (2013-S-77)
MTA’s travel policy directive does not clearly state all the requirements or procedures the staff need to take with regard to travel related transactions. This has caused the LIRR to incur higher than necessary travel expenses. Employees did not return unused cash advance monies within the time frame required by the LIRR Travel Policy. LIRR officials also did not perform any analysis for personal vehicle usage but do perform a cost benefit analysis when determining whether to purchase a new vehicle.

PA State Police make separrate arrests

A Port Allegany woman was charged early Tuesday with assault and harassment. State Police made the arrest. 43-year old Tracy Robuck posted $2,500 bail and will return to District Court April 9th for a preliminary hearing.

An Oswayo woman will face a judge next week for a preliminary hearing. State Police arrested 52-year old Kathleen Davis. She was charged with making terroristic threats, assault and harassment. She was released Tuesday after posting $1,000.

Men from Whitesville, Bath arrested after dispute

An investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in Bath and the Bath Police Department on Monday has resulted in charges against a Whitesville man and a Bath man. Eric Hillman, age 32, of 555 Main Street in Whitesville has been charged with  Endangering the Welfare of a Child, (Class “A” Misdemeanor) and David Madden, age 31, of 15 Lackawanna Avenue in Bath has been charged with Menacing in the Second degree (Class “A” Misdemeanor). State Police Investigator Jennifer Cole alleged that Madden was involved in an argument with a third party when Hillman tried to intervene. Madden fled from the scene while Hillman followed in a separate vehicle with four children inside. Police said Madden and Hillman parked their vehicles roadside a short distance from the initial incident, and were involved in  a verbal altercation, when Madden allegedly grabbed a metal pipe from his vehicle and approached Hillman in a threatening manner. Hillman and Madden were arraigned before Village of Bath Justice Chauncey Watches and were released own their own recognizance with an Order of Protection issued. They are both scheduled to reappear in Village of Bath Court at a later date.

GOVERNOR CUOMO BANS NON-ESSENTIAL STATE TRAVEL TO INDIANA

"Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately.

"New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights. With this action, we stand by our LBGT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected."

Steuben County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan

BATH – A wide-ranging plan to develop Steuben County’s agricultural resources will be available for review and comment at 6:30 p.m., April 14, at the Civil Defense Center, State Route 54, Bath.
The new Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan is the result of a fall survey of county residents and intensive work by local agricultural, economic and planning groups.
“Agriculture is the leading industry in Steuben County,” county Planning Director Amy Dlugos said.
“It’s also facing all kinds of challenges. We’re hoping this plan will help farmers and other related business meet the challenges and succeed. Not just succeed, thrive.” Dlugos said the survey results were added to recommendations made by economic consultants who toured the county for an in-depth look at local opportunities. The survey and recommendations were reviewed by local officials, and used to develop the 10-year plan to be presented at the informational meeting April 14.
Key points of the plan include:
· Develop a regional community kitchen and packaging facility.
· Study the feasibility and composition of a local food hub.
· Attract a USDA-approved slaughter and meat processing facility.
· Market and promote Steuben County farm product outlets.
· Identify supply requirements of local supermarkets.
· Set up a farmers market collaborative.
· Identify new and emerging niche markets, such as grass-fed meat and craft brewing, and help farmers use their land to benefit from those opportunities.
· Identify innovative funding resources to support investment in specialty dairy businesses.
· Look at ways to attract additional processing facilities and create a direct market for local dairy
supply.

Other objectives include ensuring adequate support for farmers, encouraging the use of renewable resources on agricultural land, attracting and developing new agriculture-related businesses, and retaining viable farmland for long-term agricultural use.
Dlugos said the timing is ideal for the plan, which is eligible for newly available state and local funding resources.
 
 
Support for the plan includes $50,000 from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, $40,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission, $35,000 from the Steuben County Economic Development Fund and $5,000 from the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA). SCIDA Executive Director Jamie Johnson said small agricultural businesses are an important element in the overall economic health of the county.
Johnson pointed to recent upgrade at HP Hood in Arkport, and expansion of Cider Creek Hard Cider in Canisteo.
“We are poised to take advantage of funding to support businesses like these,” Johnson said. “This new agricultural and farmland plan is huge in achieving more support.”
 

Livingston County Sheriff's Office implementation of "Safe Transaction Zone"


Note - On March 1, the Cuba Police Department began a similar service.
GENESEO: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises of the creation and implementation of a “Safe Transaction Zone” at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office located at 4 Court Street in the Village of Geneseo.
An area directly in front of the Sheriff’s Office has been designated to be used for a safe place to meet for transactions. The area is designated by a red and white sign stating “Sheriff’s Office Safe Transaction Zone” and is located right in front of the Livingston County Jail. The area is under recorded video surveillance and is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Sheriff’s Office members. There is also a Deputy Sheriff within 30 yards of the area at all times. The safe zone is designed to be used by those that would like a safe place to meet.
Nationally there has been a significant increase in crimes associated with online purchases. Livingston County residents have fallen victim to these crimes as recent as the past year. This designated area incorporates great preventative tools such as law enforcement surveillance, a well lit parking lot and a Deputy always seconds away.
We invite anyone that needs a safe place to use this safe transaction area. Also, if you would like a Deputy to respond to further assist for documentation of the exchange or because you feel something is afoot, please call 585.243.7100 to make the request.
“We have all seen the national headlines recently of victims to online listings,” said Sheriff Dougherty. “Some of these folks have shown up thinking they are making a simple exchange and suddenly have fallen victim to an assault, a theft, an abuse, or sadly even killed. Fortunately here in our County the most serious crime we have encountered with such is an assault. We are a very proactive Sheriff’s Office and we implement new ideas to deter crime from happening. This “Safe Transaction Zone” will make for a very safe place to meet and make legal exchanges of all types including custody exchanges. Rest assured we are doing our best to make Livingston County the safest county.”

Houghton College pranks media

At 8:20am Tuesday, Houghton College sent out a press release which began...
HOUGHTON, NY (March 31, 2015) – Houghton College announced today that is has secured a donor gift of $60 million to fulfill the needed funding gap in the $84 million bio-dome fundraising campaign. The single $60 million gift comes from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous...
It was sent from a reputable Public Relations Specialist at the college. We receive his press releases all the time. But it was a hoax. WIVB in Buffalo also rolled with the story. We have both since removed it. WIVB received an email from the college...an explanation of sorts. We attempted contacting Houghton College...bumped from voicemail to voicemail. Shame on us for violating rule #1-verify, verify, verify. Shame on Houghton College for everything else. 
I have sent an email to the college expressing my concerns and seeking a response. Problem is...not sure if I'll believe the message. (Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice...)
A valuable lesson was learned this morning in my quest to simply provide current and accurate information.

Dansville: Two men arrested in string of auto thefts

DANSVILLE: Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of Christopher L. Swick, age 29 of Dansville (top photo) and Luis A. Santos, age 19 of Avon (lower photo), on felony level larceny and felony level criminal mischief charges. 
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office, the Dansville Police Department and later the Mount Morris Police Department conducted an investigation into the thefts on three stolen vehicles occurring the in the Village of Dansville and the Town of North Dansville.

Police said Swick and Santos were "quickly identified" as suspects after allegedly trying to sell one of the stolen vehicles in Mount Morris.That vehicle was recovered and after further investigation, the other two vehicles were also recovered. All of the vehicles had sustained some damage as a result of the thefts. Police said one of the vehicles was driven into a wooded area in an attempt to hide it.
The Sheriff's Office charged Swick and Santos with Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree for the vehicle that was stolen from North Dansville. Swick and Santos were arraigned before Judge Werth in the Town of North Dansville Court on the charges. Santos was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. Swick was remanded to the Livingston County Jail and held with no bail due to prior felony convictions. 
Swick and Santos will face further charges from the Dansville Police Department and the Mount Morris Police Department in regards to the stolen vehicles. Also during the investigation, numerous items of property were recovered that Swick and Santos had allegedly stolen out of other vehicles from the Dansville area. Further charges are pending on those incidents as well.

Wellsville: Former Community Center to become DayBreak adult day program

WELLSVILLE -- The Wellsville town board and Total Senior Care have reached agreement for the lease of the former Wellsville Community Center, where Total Senior Care will develop an adult day program. 
“We are grateful that we were able to negotiate a lease with the town,” said Carol L. Mahoney, Total Senior Care chief executive officer and president. “We researched several locations in the village of Wellsville, and this site best met our needs. We also are happy to be re-using a building that has such historic significance for the village.” 
The new program also will offer employment opportunities for the staff that will be needed. 
The two groups signed a 65-month lease for approximately 4,400 feet of the first floor of 194 N. Main St. The town is retaining a room, with separate entry, for its own use. 
DayBreak, which will open this summer, is being funded in part by a New York State Department of Health Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) Innovation Fund grant. Other financial support and donations also will help with the construction portion of the project. 
The grant will provide approximately $200,000 for start up costs. 
The former Community Center, which also served at one time as the senior congregate lunch site, will need some renovations. The most significant will be making the entrance way and bathrooms handicapped accessible, and the installation of additional bathrooms. Other areas will receive new flooring, wall coverings and ceilings. 
DayBreak provides a safe and stimulating environment for people ages 55 and over to receive services during the day. It is not a nursing home and no overnight services are provided in the adult day program. 
Individuals attend on a planned basis, ranging from one to five days per week, depending on the senior’s or family needs. 
 
DayBreak offers:
A safe, supervised environment
Physical exercise and games
Nutritious meals and snacks
Music and dancing
Conversation and socialization
Furniture specially designed for the needs of senior citizens
Movies and sports viewing
Guest musical entertains
Field Trips

Canisteo woman arrested on warrant

A traffic stop on I-86 in Howard ended with the arrest of a Canisteo woman Monday. Steuben deputies said Kathleen Czerniak, 54, Taylor Street, was taken into custody on a bench warrant from Livingston County. She was turned over to Livingston deputies for court action.

Cuba to flush hydrants

The village of Cuba Department of Public works will conduct hydrant flushing from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 through May 31. During this period, residents might experience water  discoloration.

Obituary: Lucy A. Bosworth, 98, Cuba

Lucy A. Bosworth formerly of 5515 Route 305, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the Cuba Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
Lucy was born on Sept. 25, 1916 in Cuba and was daughter of the late Vance and Mildred Lowe Booth. On October 25, 1938 in Cuba she married her loving husband of 57 years Ronald S. Bosworth, who pre-deceased her on August 18, 1994. Lucy was a graduate of Friendship Central High School. She served for over 20 years as the cook and manager of the Cuba Central School cafeteria. She was a member of the Cuba First Baptist Church, where she also enjoyed many hours of volunteer work and cherished her many friendships. Lucy loved being outdoors, walking her dog or working in her yard and garden. Surviving Lucy are two sons, David (Sylvia) Bosworth of Cuba, and Donald (Carol) Bosworth of Gainesville, Fl.; two grandchildren, Aaron (Jennifer) Bosworth of Kirkland, WA, and Melissa Cummins of Mooresville, NC; four great grandchildren; as well as nephews and nieces. In addition to her husband, Lucy was pre-deceased by a daughter, Annette Lindamer; a brother, Virgil Booth; and two sisters, Beatrice Brown and Charlotte Carrier. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be in the Black Creek Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc. #24 Genesee Pkwy. Cuba. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Cuba First Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor's choice.