Friday, February 5, 2016

Portville Free Library Candy Sale

The Friends of the Portville Free Library will holding a Valentine’s Day Candy and Book Sale Friday, February 12th from 9-5 and Saturday, February 13th from 10-1. The library is located at 2 North Main Street. Call 716-933-8441.

Cuba Police: What to do when you are pulled over

Cuba police hunting for wanted woman

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Anyone with information on Kari Jolin's whereabouts please call the Cuba Police Department at 585-968-1666. Jolin was last seen in Olean on Wednesday, February 3rd and is believed to be in the Cuba, Olean area. ***Please share this post to help us solve this case***

Alfred Area Business Association is the First Chapter of The Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce

The Alfred Area Business Association (AABA) voted unanimously at its January 13th business meeting to officially become the first chapter of the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. The AABA and the Chamber have been working together over the last several months to develop this formal relationship that will benefit local businesses with the advantage of being members of the County Chamber while maintaining the autonomy to serve and function as a local organization. The Greater Allegany County chamber’s executive director Gretchen Hanchett says “[She] is extremely excited to develop this opportunity for the AABA and the Greater Allegany County Chamber as it sets a precedent of opportunity for other local business groups in the future.” Both groups have similar goals and missions, to strengthen and unify local business and communities thereof by means of awareness, appreciation of local business and acting as an entity that gives a collective voice to the matters and concerns in the area. The Alfred Area Business Association has existed since 1965 and has been recently reorganized and revived in the last year with the help and cooperation of its members. Current Board members consist of Bob Volk- President, Phil Curran- Vice President, Anne Acton-Secretary and Tara Snyder-Treasurer .The AABA will be electing a member to serve on the GACCC board to represent the Alfred Chapter. Local Alfred business interested in joining the Alfred Chapter can contact Tara Snyder or Gretchen Hanchett

Hume: Traffic stop produces felony arrest

State police Thursday night arrested Patrick J. Adams, 48, of Dalton. He was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content above .08%. He was also charged with exposure of a person. He was processed by police and released on court tickets.

Bolivar woman faces nine felony counts

State police Thursday evening arrested Moira E. Ahl, 56, of Bolivar. She was charged with 8 felony counts of falsifying business records 1st and one felony count of grand larceny. She was processed by troopers and released on appearance tickets for court.

Fillmore: Allegany County's oldest library opens new addition

From Senator Cathy Young: This past weekend, the Wide Awake Club Library; Fillmore, NY cut the ribbon on their incredible new 4,500 square foot space. The Wide Awake Club Library is Allegany County's oldest library, having a presence in the Fillmore community since 1887. Construction for the new space was made possible in part from more than $100,000 in state funding.

#Bonas Center for Arab and Islamic Studies receives nearly $70,000 in gifts

A number of Olean-Allegany area community members have committed gifts totaling nearly $70,000 to St. Bonaventure University’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS), the university announced today. 
Support for the center includes contributions from: Dr. Adil and Mrs. Jehan Al-Humadi; Dr. Mohaned Al-Humadi; John and Wardia Hart, Akbar and Nisreen Firdosy; Drs. Zahid and Durriya Khairullah; Donald and Mary Swanz; and the Islamic Society of the Southern Tier. 
“We feel that the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies is an important initiative that will foster greater understanding and tolerance in our region and bring our communities together,” said Dr. Zahid Khairullah, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Society of the Southern Tier. 
The Al-Humadi family has been instrumental in the founding and ongoing work of the CAIS. Their connection with St. Bonaventure began in the late 1970s when Fr. Cornelius Welch, O.F.M., a longtime dean and administrator at the University, contacted the family for help in identifying several Arabic texts found in the vault of Friedsam Memorial Library.  
In 2015, the Al-Humadis — Dr. Adil Al-Humadi and his wife Jehan, and their son, Dr. Mohaned Al-Humadi — established with a generous gift the Dr. Adil and Jehan Al-Humadi Lecture Series for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure. 
“We feel very strongly about supporting the center. It is an important part in our lives as Muslims. There is an ever-present need for interreligious understanding of what we all have in common, to promote tolerance and acceptance, especially with what is going wrong in the world. There is some element of intolerance and not being able to differentiate between what is the real Islam and what is fundamental extremism. The extremists have hijacked the Muslim religion in the name of Islam to smear its name. They make it difficult for all of the peaceful, loving and hard-working Muslims in the world,” said Dr. Adil Al-Humadi.  
He commended the work of Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president, in promoting Christian-Muslim relations and noted the importance of adding Islamic theology to the curriculum.  
“We should always strive to live with the good we have in common, then the religion will bring us closer together rather than separate us and bring hate,” Dr. Al-Humadi added. 
Established in 2015, the CAIS seeks to promote an understanding of Arab and Islamic cultures, an appreciation of both their historical and contemporary significance in the global community, and respectful relations between Muslim and Christian people. 
Since opening last fall, the CAIS has offered a number of programs and initiatives, including an event on the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, which featured speakers from the local Muslim community. Course offerings to date include: Islamic Art and Architecture; Islam: Religion and Culture; Christian-Muslim Relations; and History of the Modern Middle East.  
A blog on timely issues related to Arab and Islamic studies and the newsletter Nūr, which translates to “light” in Arabic, are available at the center’s new website (   
Several off-campus presentations are slated for this spring in New York, Florida and South Carolina, and this June interested St. Bonaventure alumni will have a chance to learn more about the center during Reunion Weekend. 
“The generous gifts from the community have had and will continue to have a tremendous effect on promoting education and scholarship in the areas of Arab and Islamic Studies, a mission inspired by St. Francis’ encounter with the Sultan in 1219, and which is critical today for global citizenship,” said Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M., Ph.D., director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies. 
A variety of students make use of the CAIS, which is located on the second floor of the John J. Murphy Professional Building, Calabria said — some to learn the language, others who are interested in pursuing political or diplomatic opportunities after graduation, and those who want to understand Islam as a religion. 
Erik Furgal, a junior dual International Relations (with a Middle Eastern regional concentration) and Spanish major from Bowling Green, Ky., has taken history, political science and theology classes through the center. He also studies Arabic, which he has found to be “beautiful and fascinating,” and has made a number of friends. 
“My basic knowledge of the Arabic language and my understanding of some of the nuances of the Islamic faith have helped me initiate respectful dialogue with people I now consider friends,” Furgal said, adding that his studies have helped him “better understand current events, the historic background of these events, and people of cultures, beliefs, and religions other than my own.” 
Amina Golden-Arabaty, a freshman Journalism/Mass Communication major from Lockport, N.Y., has taken four courses within the center. This semester she is enrolled in Arabic 302 and Christian-Muslim Relations. “I have really enjoyed studying with Fr. Michael Calabria. He is so passionate about spreading his knowledge in an effort to create peace and eliminate misconceptions originating from the lack of knowledge,” she said.

PA: Mansfield man killed in ATV crash

A Mansfield, PA man was fatally injured in an ATV crash in Tioga County, PA early Friday. The Pennsylvania State Police issued this release:

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Blotter

Obituary: James Herman Newark, 96, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - James Herman Newark, 96, of 6 Fairview Avenue passed away at home on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. He was born September 3, 1919 in Salamanca, the son of James B. and Iva (Weaver) Newark. On Dec. 27, 1941 in Salamanca he married Angeline “Nellie” Zeznick who predeceased him on May 27, 2008.
“Jim” was a graduate of Salamanca High School. He was a veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 in the South Pacific. He was an Electrician’s Mate First Class aboard the USS Canberra. The Canberra was in 18 major battles and Jim was awarded six Battle Stars, the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Star, Philippine Independence Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was employed by New York Telephone for 33 years; retiring in 1978. He was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, and the Wellsville Lions Club. He was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed Fishing, woodworking and hunting.
He is survived by three sons, James “Chip” (Sara) Newark of Belmont, George (Mary Ann) Newark of Elm Valley and Joseph (Sue Guichard) Newark of Wellsville, two daughters, Barbara (Glenn) Emery of Hallsville, MO and Nancy (Jeff) Orcutt of Cuba, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Anna Riddle, June Skrok and Marion Pieklo, two brothers, Jack and Burton Newark.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial, with military honors, will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Immaculate Conception School or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Allegany: Apartment complex fire update

At 11:36 p.m. on Feb 3,  the Allegany Fire Department was dispatched for a automatic alarm of fire at 110 East Main Street, the Emerald Hills Apartments, Building F with a 911 call stating there was a fire. Allegany Chief 2 arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke showing. Allegany PD, Olean PD, NYS Troopers, and Catt County Sheriffs went door to door within the building to evacuate all the tenants. Allegany Engine 32 made an aggressive interior attack and found that most of the fire had made its way into the attic space. Due to water supply and hydrant issues the interior crews were pulled out and a defensive attack was started. Mutual aid companies that were called in included Westons Mills, Knapp Creek, Town of Olean, Limestone, Trans Am, and Hinsdale. Companies that were standing by for these stations include Portville, Killbuck and Cuba. All occupants were safely evacuated.  However, four firefighters were treated for injuries with 2 transported to Olean General Hospital. Several firefighters were also treated on scene by Allegany Rescue and EMS for exhaustion and light smoke inhalation. At this time the fire cause is being ruled as accidental. The Red Cross is assisting the families and several people and organizations are looking for donations. All Allegany equipment and firefighters were back in service at 8 a.m. At 3:42 p.m. Allegany firefighters were called back to the scene for a rekindle.

Hornell Mayor: Please sign up for CodeRED service

(Hornell) City residents are urged to register their cell phone numbers for the CodeRED emergency notification system. “This morning we sent out an alert to City residents informing them of the power outage caused by a fire at the power station. Of the 3,189 calls that went out, 1,480 did not connect. During a power outage, some landlines will not work. It is important to also register your cell phone numbers.” said Mayor Hogan.
In addition to emergencies, the City uses the CodeRED system to update residents on storms, snow plowing, parking bans and hydrant flushing.
To sign up, or update your information, go to and click on the “CodeRed” logo on the home page. If you don’t have computer access, call the City Clerk’s office for assistance.
“We can’t keep you informed if we can’t reach you.”

Area state legislators reintroduce legislation to encourage emergency services volunteers

A new economic impact study released this week by the Firemen’s Association of New York State (FASNY) showing that volunteer fire departments save the local communities and local taxpayers they serve more than $3 billion annually has prompted State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) to renew their call for the approval of legislation they sponsor aimed at helping localities recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and other emergency services personnel.
The area lawmakers have reintroduced legislation (S.2780/A.4385), known as the “Omnibus Emergency Services Volunteer Incentive Act,” as part of ongoing state-level efforts by FASNY and others to keep drawing attention to a challenge that many believe poses a property tax crisis in waiting and other crises for many rural, upstate communities. 
In a joint statement, O’Mara, Friend and Palmesano said, “The new FASNY study reaffirms the absolute importance of keeping our volunteer ranks as strong as possible.  We have to keep sounding the alarm on the volunteer recruitment and retention challenge, and we have to keep seeking solutions.  This legislation helps keep the challenge in front of the Legislature.  Incentives aren’t the only answer, but they can be an effective part of a broader response.  The volunteer fire department has anchored so many of our communities for so long and we can’t overlook the fact that many are at risk.  It endangers the safety and security of cities, towns and villages throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.  And as the new FASNY report makes clear, it’s a property tax crisis in waiting.” 
According to the FASNY study, “Tax Savings and Economic Value of Volunteer Firefighters in New York,” the state’s 100,000 volunteer firefighters save taxpayers more than $3 billion annually.  Specific findings include that:

> an additional 30,822 career firefighters would be necessary to convert to an all-paid service statewide;
> the annual cost of an all-career service would be $3.87 billion;
> there would be a one-time cost of $5.95 billion to acquire existing stations/structures, vehicles and equipment -- approximately 1,300 stations would have to be built new or reconstructed; and
> property taxes statewide would rise between 3.3% and 123%, with an average increase of 26.5%. 

The FASNY report notes, “New York State as a whole relies heavily on volunteer fire departments.  Of its 1,795 municipal fire departments, 89% are volunteer.  Volunteer firefighters are most prevalent in smaller, suburban and rural communities that have a lesser tax base than larger towns and cities.  That these communities rely on volunteers testifies to cost savings from volunteer departments, and conversion to paid departments would be a particular burden for these localities.”

For regional counties, the FASNY study estimates that the property tax increases that would result from moving from volunteer to all-paid fire services would be: Allegany (34.6%), Cattaraugus (78%), Chemung (33.8% increase), Livingston, (49.7%)Schuyler (36.1%), Steuben (40.3%), Tioga (48%), Tompkins (45.4%), Wyoming (48%) and Yates (33.8%).

The full study can be found online at:

While FASNY notes that federal SAFER grants and other efforts, including the organization’s annual RecruitNY campaign (scheduled this year for April 23-24), have helped to recruit and retain more volunteers statewide in recent years – the recruitment and retention challenge remains a serious one in many places. 

The O’Mara-Friend-Palmesano legislation would:
-- provide a $400 state income tax credit for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers who have been active for four or more consecutive years;
-- exempt motor vehicles owned and used in the performance of duty by an emergency services volunteer from motor vehicle registration fees and vehicle use taxes;
-- authorize local volunteer fire and ambulance companies to use state-administered funds, collected annually through a two-percent fire insurance premium tax on out-of-state insurers, to help offset the cost of health insurance for their members; and
-- direct the state Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to create a volunteer recruitment service college loan forgiveness program.

Penn State tops new U.S. News rankings of online programs

New rankings by U.S. News and World Report list Penn State’s online bachelor’s degree programs as the best in the nation.
The 2016 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings assess 300 college and university online programs based on student engagement, faculty credentials, academic services and reputation. Penn State’s online programs, offered through World Campus, include an undergraduate finance program taught primarily by faculty members at the Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Penn State World Campus shares the top spot in the online rankings with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. Penn State was ranked No. 1 in 2015 and No. 3 in 2014.
Several World Campus graduate degree programs also ranked in the top 10 for the second consecutive year. The online iMBA, which is administered at Penn State Behrend, was ranked seventh, tied with Carnegie Mellon University. The online graduate business programs, which include a project management degree taught by Penn State Behrend faculty members, also ranked seventh, tied with Auburn University.
“These top rankings reflect exceptionally well on the faculty in the Black School of Business,” said Balaji Rajagopalan, director of the school. “It shows their commitment to student learning and success.”
Penn State launched its World Campus in 1998 with four online programs and 41 students. Over the past 18 years, the number of online offerings has grown to more than 125 online degrees and certificates, and the number of students stands at more than 12,000 across the globe.
“Today almost every major university participates in the online education arena,” said Craig Weidemann, vice president for outreach and vice provost for online education. “Penn State World Campus earned this huge honor because each day, our faculty, staff and academic leaders work hard to ensure that we are providing an outstanding and rigorous learning experience for our adult learners around the globe.”

NY State Police Blotter

2/3/16 5:49pm- State police arrested Kyle J. McAndrew, 23, of Wellsville. He was charged with three felony counts of burglary of a dwelling. He was jailed on cash bail. Troopers said the alleged crimes occurred in December in the towns of Wellsville and Friendship. A Co-defendant, Krielle Baldwin, 23 of Wellsville, was previously arrested on felony burglary and other counts.
2/3/16 9:45am- State police arrested Anthony Poole, 25, of Wellsville. He was charged with three counts of criminal sex act where the victim was less than 17. He was also charged with felony rape, where the victim was less than age 15. He was sent to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000 bail. Police said the alleged crimes occurred December 30, 2015 in the town of Wellsville.
2/4/16 3am- Police responded to a domestic dispute in the village of Savona. After investigating, troopers arrested Nathan J. Buckley, 27, of Savona. He was charged with criminal mischief and held on cash bail.
2/3/16 10:04pm- State police arrested Christopher M. Vang, 31, of Corning. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08% and speeding. He was processed and released on appearance tickets for court.
2/3/16 1:40pm- State police arrested Ronald M. Snyder, 35, of Corning. He was charged with felony burglary and held for court action.

UPDATE: Fire at NYSEG facility in Hornell

The Evening Tribune is reporting a fire at a NYSEG facility in south Hornell. A large swath of the area was without power. At 8:15 a.m., nearly 2,200 customers were without power. The utility says it hopes to have power restored by 12 p.m.
Photo credit: Evening Tribune
UPDATE: Mayor Hogan, via robocall, says power to be restored late afternoon or evening.

Support Justin's Ride

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Justin is a small town boy, with a big time heart and even more perseverance. Justin is a 14 year old Portville native, who at a young age was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which has confined him to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. A young man who has more perseverance than anyone of us who are not in his shoes could ever dream of having. His mother, Heather, is a single mom who has dedicated her life to doing everything she can to accommodate for her son, and give him the best life she can give him. She is in need of a new wheelchair accessible van for Justin, but financially, it is out of her reach. If everyone that reads this, sent just one dollar, his new wheelchair accessible van could become a reality for Justin, and his family that is always by Justin's side. Consider sharing...
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Allegany County: Committee responds to needed fire suppression system at complex

JANUARY 25, 2016
Committee Members Present: D. Pullen, C. Jessup, D. Fanton, K. Graves, A. McGraw, D. Root, N. Ungermann, C. Crandall
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 2:45 p.m. by Facilities and Communications Committee Chairman David Pullen. 
Legislator Pullen noted that since prior notice had not been given for this special meeting that any members of the Committee could object to it being held to conduct county business. All members indicated that they had no objections to proceeding with the business that needed to come before the Committee.
Fire Suppression System in Public Safety Building
            Lt. Shawn Grusendorf reported that certain work needs to be done at the Public Safety Building on the fire suppression system, and that it is urgent that the proposed contract with SimplexGrinnell for installation of a FM 200 Clean Agent Suppression System be approved.  The proposed pricing of $53,887.04 would cover the cost of replacing the three existing fire suppression systems that no longer comply with MFPA 2001 standards. 
            Members of the Committee asked why this was not included in the earlier estimates of price. Lt. Grusendorf reported that this system was specifically excluded from the specifications and work involved in the refurbishing of the IT area.  The cost exceeds what was estimated due to difficulties related to the location of other services.  Lt. Grusendorf stated that he is confident that there won’t be any additional expenses related to this project.  County Administrator Margeson commented that there is really no alternative to approving this contract and proceeding with this work.
            Following discussion, Legislator Karl Graves moved that the Committee approve the contract with SimplexGrinnell for the purchase and installation of a new FM 200 Clean Agent Suppression System, in accordance with the Specifications provided to Allegany County, including removing and properly disposing of the existing FM 200 gas and cylinders in the situation room, for a maximum total price of $53,887.04.  It was further moved that the resolution be forwarded to the Ways and Means Committee for approval of financing for this contract.  The motion was seconded by Legislator David Pullen and carried unanimously.   Refer to Ways & Means (that Committee also approved the purchase)...
There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried.
Respectfully submitted on January 28, 2016,
David T. Pullen, Chairman
Facilities and Communications Committee

Staff member, students honored with Alfred Spirit of Service Awards

An Alfred University (AU) staff member, a student, and a volunteer group of students were all honored last month with Spirit of Service Awards at Alfred’s annual Celebration of Service ceremony. David Snyder, Access Service coordinator at Herrick Library and publisher of the Alfred Sun, is the campus faculty/staff recipient for 2016. Snyder was lauded for his many years of service to AU and the community, especially his commitment to journalism. Steven Crandall, dean of libraries at the University, nominated Snyder. The student winner, Robert Graves, a senior art and design major from Alfred Station, was selected for his commitment to social justice and fighting prejudice. Graves was nominated by fellow student Victoria Kue. Four other AU students – Richelle Jenkins, a senior general science major from Camillus; Nick Fletcher, a junior mechanical engineering major from Big Flats; Daniel Forsman, a senior art and design major from Buffalo Grove, IL; and Andrew King, a senior materials science and engineering major from Canisteo – were honored with a shared Spirit of Service Award as part of a group of “exceptional” student volunteers at the A. E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Co. This group of students responds to calls together, trains, practices, and serves together, and represents some of the most dedicated and skilled student volunteers to work with the department. The group was nominated by John Hosford, digital projects librarian at Scholes Library of Ceramics and member of A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Co. Nearly 80 people gathered in Alfred Village Hall for the annual celebration of service, honoring the nominees and winners of the awards. The Spirit of Service Awards are presented annually to faculty/staff and student members of each Alfred campus – AU and Alfred State College - and community members who contribute to making Alfred a better place. The awards are given to honor their efforts, as well as the principles that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, including equality, social justice, community, and service. AU alumnus and deputy mayor of the village of Alfred, Peter McClain ’00, gave the keynote address. McClain spoke of how service benefits the Alfred community and highlighted the sacrifices volunteers make, as well as the enrichment they receive, by donating time and energy to their community. AU Service Learning Coordinator Corey Fecteau, along with Alfred State College Director of Civic Engagement Jonathan Hilsher and Alfred State College Resident Director Amy Miller, presented certificates to each nominee and awards to each winner. Every nominee and winner was honored with highlights from their nominators’ letters. Alfred University nominees included Dr. Robyn Goodman, professor, Communications Studies; Autumn McLain, assistant director, Residence Life; Dan Napolitano, director, Student Activities; Nicole Munkwitz, technician, Environmental Studies; and students Ashlee Wilmier, a junior materials science and engineering major from Hamlin; Briana Van Dorpe, a junior psychology; and Jasmine Ramón Ramόn, a senior communication studies and English double-major from Newburgh, (a 2015 Spirit of Service student winner).

UPDATE: Major apartment complex fire in Allegany...firefighters hurt

A late night three alarm fire caused serious damage to a two story apartment house on East Main Street in Allegany. Firefighters responded to the Emerald Hills complex about 20 minutes before midnight. Extra help was called in from Westons Mills, Limestone, Town of Olean and Hinsdale. Cuba, Killbuck and others provided standby coverage. Massive flames could be scene for some distance. Several occupants were displaced. It’s unclear right now if there were any injuries although some pets may have perished. The cause remains under investigation.
UPDATE FROM ALLEGANY FIRE DEPT.- Just a quick update in regards to the large fire at Emerald Hills apartment complex. All occupants were evacuated safety. 4 firefighters were hurt during the blaze. All were treated and released. The fire is currently under investigation. There were many families with young children that have lost everything, please contact the Red Cross if you can make any donations. A full story will be written as soon as we get some sleep.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Obituary: Ronald Leroy Paffie, 77, formerly of Little Genesee

Ronald Leroy Paffie, beloved patriarch of the Paffie family passed away on January 18, 2016, at the age of 77, after a long illness.  Most recently of Hemphill, TX, Ron also lived in Little Genesee, NY and North Ft. Myers, FL.  He is survived by a large and loving Italian family most particularly his two children, Domina Marie Paffie and Joseph Elvin Paffie (Nancy) and 7 grandchildren:  Kennedy Hassman, Sullivan Paffie, Baker Paffie, Brady Paffie, Sydney Paffie, Sammi Paffie and Sadie Paffie.
“Great” Uncle Ronnie, as he liked to be called presided over a family of 24 nieces and nephews, 67 great-nieces and nephews, 101 great-great nieces and nephews, and 20 great-great-great nieces and nephews.  For many years he hosted the family reunions bringing all these people together. He was also a prominent member of his mother’s extended Presutti family. 
Born on March 31, 1938, Ron was the youngest of 8 children.  He was always surrounded by family and was thought of as an adored older brother by the nieces and nephews more than as an uncle.  Ron liked jazz music and playing the drums at family gatherings.  He was also an avid hunter and a big bocce player.  He was also great cheerleader for all things ITALIAN.  He visited Italy several times and met cousins on his mother’s and father’s sides of the family.  Several years ago he again visited Italy with his American cousins.
Ron was a very visible member of the Little Genesee and Bolivar communities and when he was in town could be found most every Sunday in attendance at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which he had attended all of his life. 
Ron had a long and distinguished career in the service of his country.  His service began as a member of the National Guard in Olean, NY.  He then joined the US Air Force and was stationed in Germany as a radio technician and operator.  After an honorable discharge. Ron worked for the US Post Office in Houston, TX, where he met his future wife Wanda Baker.  While in TX, Ron joined a local Corvette club and won many awards and championship trophies for his driving expertise.  Later he served his country as a communication expert with the CIA at stations around the globe.  He also worked at Fluor Engineering Corporation again providing his expertise to the international community.  After retirement, Ron kept busy working for Shaner Development Corporation, by managing rental properties in NY and FL and by keeping alive the oil fields around Bolivar working his oil lease with his partner, Brad Schiralli, on the Bartlett Road. He was preceded in death by his adored parents Charles Paffie and Lena Presutti Paffie both of Little Genesee, NY and brothers Joseph, Francis, Robert and Lawrence Paffie and sisters Angelena Whitney, Helen Childs, and Virginia DeRock. 
However you knew him – as Dad, grandpa, Papa Ronnie, Uncle Ronnie, “Great” Uncle Ronnie or Ron—you loved him and he will be missed in all the communities in which he lived by many family and friends.
As a veteran who proudly served the United States, a Memorial Service fitting his service is being planned at the National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
A Memorial Mass celebrating Ron's life will be held at a date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of the donors choice.
Local Arrangements are under direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home, Inc., Bolivar.

National Fuel Adjusts Gas Supply Charges in Pennsylvania

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (National Fuel) has submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission its quarterly adjustment to gas supply charges. This adjustment decreases the monthly bill of a typical residential customer using 94,900 cubic feet of gas annually by $4.91 from $58.48 to $53.57. This 8.4 percent decrease became effective Feb. 1, 2016. National Fuel says the main driver of the decrease is low market prices due in large part to the increasing production of Marcellus Shale gas. Nearly all of the gas consumed by National Fuel utility customers comes from Northeast-produced shale gas.

The Kane Family Scholarship Fund Created for the Genesee Valley High School

James M. Kane, a longtime teacher at the Belmont Central/Genesee Valley Central School District, has recently created the Kane Family Scholarship Fund which will benefit the graduates of the Genesee Valley Central High School. This fund becomes one of 27 scholarship funds managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program
Kane PresentationWhen asked about the purpose of this new scholarship Mr. Kane stated, “My parents knew, demonstrated, and stressed the value of a good college education. When they were young, not everyone had the opportunity to attend college. They worked long and hard to achieve their goals of earning a college degree. Then they each enjoyed long and fulling careers as a teacher and a banker. When I was to finish high school, my parents encouraged me to find a college that would offer me the best opportunity to achieve my dream. They were always there to encourage, motivate and support me in all my endeavors. Therefore, I am establishing the Kane Family Scholarship in honor of my parents. I hope this scholarship will make it a little easier for a highly-motivated, hard-working graduate to achieve the college degree and job of their dreams.”
For this scholarship fund preference will be given to students who are pursuing a career in finance or education. The recipients must have a high school GPA of at least 2.7 (80%) or a college GPA of 2.5. Also, the recipients must be highly motivated and willing to work hard to reach their goals. The first $2,000 award from this fund will be announced on June 5th of this year. Applicants may apply online at: by April 1st.
Mr. James M. Kane was a graduate of Belmont Central. After high school he attended the State University of New York at Brockport and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Education from Elmira College. In 1970 James began his teaching career with a year at Corning/Painted Post and then taught for 29 years at the Belmont Central/Genesee Valley Central School. He retired from teaching in 2000. Mr. Kane currently resides in Belmont, NY.
Helen and James T. KaneHelen B. Kane and James T. Kane were the parents of James M. Kane. Helen graduated from the Addison High School. She earned her teaching certificate from the State University College at Cortland. She taught elementary school at Addison, Scio, and Belmont for 27 Years. She died in 1985.
James T. Kane was a graduate of the Belmont Central School. He attended the Bryant and Stratton Business School and the New York State School of Agriculture at Cornell. He then started a 45 year banking career, and he retired from the State Bank of Belmont as Vice-President. Mr. Kane died in 1998.
If you would like more information on how you can create a scholarship fund to honor a loved one in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to: .

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday February 2, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Monica E. Porcuri, age 34 of Genesee, PA, charging her with Issuing a Bad Check.  The charge stems from a complaint made by the Giant Food Mart in Wellsville.  Porcuri was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Porcuri was fined, paid restitution and released.

Troopers arrest Portville man after crash

On Tuesday, Olean-based troopers responded to a report of a one car motor vehicle crash on State Route 305 and Barbertown Road in the Town of Portville.  Troopers observed a vehicle in the ditch and after interviewing the operator of the vehicle, Tyler P. Aaron, 23 of Portville, troopers determined he was allegedly intoxicated. Aaron was arrested, processed and released to a third party.  Breath test results showed Aaron's BAC was .23%.  Aaron is scheduled to return to the Town of Portville Court on February 15 at 6 p.m.

Wellsville: WJQZ radio turns 30

It was 5 a.m. thirty years ago today, that WJQZ radio in Wellsville first began broadcasting. It became the first commercial FM radio station in Allegany County. Happy Birthday WJQZ!
(picture shows the first on-air studio)

Potter County: State Police investigate stolen ATV

Steuben Deputies Arrest Hornell Man


Highlights three of the many ongoing projects that will help boost employment opportunities

ALBANY – The Southern Tier’s need for jobs and economic development were central in Tuesday’s budget hearing in Albany.
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District) steered her conversation with Howard Zemsky, President & CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, toward several local projects that will be key to the future success and prosperity of the region.
During her questioning, Senator Young thanked President Zemsky for his continued commitment to the region.

She then used the opportunity to inquire about the yet-to-be-detailed project for Chautauqua County lined out by Governor Cuomo in the Executive Budget proposal, and highlighted the need for further construction on U.S. Route 219 and the New Forest Economy project taking shape at Alfred State College’s Wellsville Campus.
Senator Young said, “A lot of my constituents in Chautauqua County were very excited to hear that there is a line item in the Governor’s Executive Proposal that would allocate $200 million to Chautauqua County.”

While he could not shed light on many additional details, President Zemsky did say, “This is an exciting project. This is a commercialization center, so it is production oriented. It would be in the model of the CNSE, SUNY Poly model, where the state would own the assets and the facility. It would be, what I think you would call a 21st Century industry and innovation. I share your enthusiasm about it. We’ve been able to leverage the relationships Nano has developed with leading companies around the world. I think that will be another example of that.”  
She also called attention to the efforts by many in the Western New York region to push for progress on U.S. Route 219. 
Senator Young said, “The federal government has passed transportation funds. I would love to be able to work with you [President Zemsky] to get this kick-started again. There are several stakeholders, as you know. We’ve looked at logistics, we’ve looked at economic development, and there are many, many exciting things happening in Western New York. To have that major north-south route that would go from Toronto, Canada, all the way down to Florida would be phenomenal. I think this is a really great opportunity and would only add to what the Governor and the Legislature have been able to accomplish over the past couple years.”

Finally, Senator Young thanked President Zemsky for his continued support of the New Forest Economy because of how the project will help grow the economy in the Southern Tier, especially Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, and across the state.  
Last fall, Senator Young was able to secure a $1 million grant to help fund the development of the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) on Alfred State’s Wellsville Campus, the first phase of the New Forest Economy. The BDCC will be used to further advance research of the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process developed in the laboratory at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). The HWE process uses natural resources to create a number of industrial products and the remaining cellulose material can be used for pellets and other products.

Video of Senator Young’s exchange with President Zemsky can be viewed at:

Obituary: Gail M. Snodgrass, 70, Shinglehouse

Gail M. Snodgrass, 70, of Shinglehouse, PA, formerly of Johnsonburg, PA and Minot, ND, died Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.
Born July 18, 1945, in Bolivar, NY, she was the daughter of Paul and Edna Miller Reynolds.
She was married to John R. Snodgrass, who survives.
Surviving besides her husband, John, are: two daughters, Penny (Edward) Pettengill of Spring Lake, NC and Denise Custer of Robbins, NC; three sons, Dennis (Mitzie) Snodgrass of Minot, ND, Michael (Carrie) Snodgrass of Johnsonburg, PA, and Christopher (Beth) Toothman of VA; 19 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol App of Shinglehouse and Cindy Baker of Olean, NY; a brother, Gary (Doris) Reynolds of Greenville, SC; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Michelle L. Snodgrass-Keeling; a sister, Mildred "Mickey" Carlin; and four brothers, Ronald Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, Carl Reynolds, and Terry Reynolds.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
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