Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Steuben Public Defender gets grants


BATH – Two state grants are expected to assist Steuben County provide legal representation for low income residents charged with crimes, or involved in Family Court proceedings. The grants were recently accepted by the county Legislature and will be divided over three years. County Public Defender Philip Roche (shown in photo) said the first of the two state Indigent Legal Services (ILS) grants, pegged at nearly $211,000, will pay the salary and supporting services for a part-time felony assistant public defender. The second ILS grant, for $421,800, may be used to set up a conflicts office in Steuben, pending approval by the county Bar Association. The new office would represent individuals who cannot be represented by the county public defense due to a conflict of interest. In the event of a conflict of interest, the county now defends one individual, while the others are assigned by the courts to independent counsel, at Steuben’s cost. The number of felony assignments in the county continues to climb, Roche said. In 2014 the Public Defender’s Office handled 450 felonies, up 90 cases from a total up from 360 felony cases logged in 2013. Roche projected the felony caseload will reach 550 cases this year, an increase of 100 cases, compared to 2014.

Houston man sentenced on drug charges - Cattaraugus County connection

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Ricardo Garza, 52, of Houston, TX, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, was sentenced to 151 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who handled the case, stated that between January 2010 and December 9, 2011, the defendant conspired with James Leon, Richard Himbury, Daniel Garza and others, to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Garza supplied the drugs to James Leon who then redistributed them to Himbury and others.
 
On November 15, 2011, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at James Leon's residence in State Route 394 in the Town of Coldspring, NY. Officers found a grocery bag full of marijuana in the living room and a canister containing approximately four ounces of cocaine in the bathroom, as well as scales used to measure quantities of controlled substances.
 
Richard Himbury was arrested on November 15, 2011. Agents then searched his residence on St. Amelia Drive in Tonawanda, NY and located approximately eight kilograms of cocaine, 100 pounds of marijuana and $100,000.00 in United States currency. Himbury stated to the agents that one of his sources of supply was James Leon adding that Leon's source of supply for cocaine and marijuana was a Mexican male, later identified as Ricardo Garza.
 
James Leon, Richard Himbury, and Daniel Garza have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing.
 
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

13 From Belmont Compete at SkillsUSA States

Please congratulate the following Media Communications students from the Career and Technical Education Center at Belmont for placing third in the chapter display competition at the SkillsUSA State Competition held in Syracuse on April 22-24 . . .

Gary Havens Jr. from Wellsville Central School (left) and Haylee Burdick from Bolivar-Richburg (right) took third place in the chapter display competition. Both are first-year students, but competed against mostly seniors.

An additional 11 students competed in other areas . . .
  1. Abby Congdon (Friendship) -- Job Interview -- Media Communications
  2. Jordan Potter (Fillmore) -- Bulletin Board -- Media Communications
  3. Cody Hennard (Belfast) -- Job Demo A -- Media Communications
  4. Megan Goodrich (Wellsville) -- Medical Assisting
  5. Logan Tyler (Cuba-Rushford) -- Culinary Arts
  6. Stephanie Baker (Genesee Valley) -- Cosmetology
  7. Killian Groom (Wellsville) -- Extemporaneous speaking -- Criminal Justice
  8. Kylen Zengerle (Andover) -- Welding Fabrication
  9. Chad Cook (Wellsville) -- Welding Fabrication
  10. Trevor Wright (Cuba-Rushford) -- Welding Fabrication
  11. Josh Horton (Cuba-Rushford) -- Welding Fabrication

Kudos to everyone for competing . . . and a job well done to all!

Special thanks to teachers, advisors, and everyone who helped in any way.
Courtesy of Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES.

Potter, McKean remain under drought watch

HARRISBURG, PA -- Despite the recent precipitation events, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is maintaining a drought watch for 27 counties across Pennsylvania because parts of the state have below-average groundwater and in some areas surface water levels.
“We are still recovering from a very dry fall and below-normal precipitation this winter,” Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said. “These factors have contributed to low groundwater and surface water levels mostly in the northeast and central portions of the state.”
The 27 counties under the drought watch are Berks, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.
The lack of groundwater recharge can cause well-fed water supplies, both private and public, to go dry. All Pennsylvanians are advised to heed this drought watch by conserving their water use and consumption.
To reduce water use, residents can:
• Run water only when absolutely necessary by avoiding running water while brushing teeth or turning on the shower many minutes before use
• Check for household leaks; a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day
• Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads
• Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps, and sidewalks
• Wash the car with water from a bucket; if a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle
• Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only, do not water the street or sidewalk
• Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used by 20 to 50 percent
• Mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil and inhibit weeds.
• Plant native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties
• Cover swimming pools to prevent evaporation
• Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and to promote water retention by the soil

DEP has notified all water suppliers in the affected areas of the need to monitor their supplies, particularly those that rely upon groundwater, and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.
A drought watch declaration is the first and least-severe level of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary five percent reduction in non-essential water use.
Through a cooperative program with the U.S. Geological Survey, DEP helps fund a statewide network of gauges to monitor groundwater levels and stream flows. This network provides the state’s drought coordinator with comprehensive data that is used to determine drought classifications. In addition to precipitation, groundwater and stream flow levels, DEP monitors soil moisture and water supply storage. This data is shared with other state and federal agencies.
DEP also offers water conservation recommendations and water audit procedures for commercial and industrial users, such as food processors, hotels and educational institutions.
These recommendations and additional drought information are available by clicking here or visiting DEP’s website, www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: drought.

Wellsville: Man sentenced in "Operation Lucky Day"

A man, who was arrested with 11 others in the Wellsville Police Department effort called "Operation Lucky Day," has been sentenced in Allegany County court. Herman J. Folwell, 53, of Spencerport, was sentenced last week by Judge Thomas Brown to one year interim probation. His felony drug plea was withdrawn and he pled guilty to misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance. He must also serve three years probation. He had originally faced several felony-level charges. The original offense, court records indicated, occurred September 26, 2012 in Wellsville. Prosecutors had maintained Folwell possessed and sold morphine pills to a confidential informant.

Wellsville woman receives probation in drug-related prison contraband case

A 36-year old Wellsville woman must serve the next five years on probation after she admitted that she attempted to introduce drugs...contraband...at the Allegany County jail. Michelle L. Walsh of state route 19 entered a guilty plea to the felony charge of attempting to promote prison contraband. Prosecutors said Walsh brought a suboxone strip to the jail and attempted to sell it to an inmate last October. She had faced three felony counts. Judge Thomas Brown also ordered Walsh to serve 100 hours of community service, plus pay court and DNA costs.

Wellsville man sent to prison on heroin charge

A Wellsville man will spend the next three years in prison after he was convicted in Allegany County court for possessing heroin. Andrew J. Burr, 32, of Scott Avenue will also serve one year post release supervision. Prosecutors said Burr possessed and sold heroin a year ago in Wellsville. Judge Terrance Parker also assessed Burr with a court surcharge and DNA fee's.

Men from Olean, Gowanda finally receive college awards from Alfred State...decades after the fact

Town of Hume couple faces drug charges in Wyoming County

Members of the Wyoming County Drug Task Force and Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an Allegany County couple following an incident in the village of Castile in January of 2015.
Earlier this year, Drug Task Force Members allegedly witnessed a drug transaction in which police say Russell APPELL, age 32, and Samantha WARREN, age 22, both of Hume, New York had purchased 80 Oxycodone pills from another person. Upon leaving this “drug deal” both were arrested following a traffic stop on Route 19A in the Town of Genesee Falls. The pills in question were recovered  and both were charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree with the intent to re-sell these pills and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, both being felonies.
Both surrendered themselves to authorities on May 15th, 2015 and have since been released upon posting bail.

George Pataki to announce presidential bid Thursday - Politico

Defiant in the face of long odds and political pundits, former New York Gov. George Pataki will announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Thursday, according to a report.
“It will be a very stiff climb up a very steep mountain, but that hasn’t stopped me in the past,” Pataki said in an interview with the New York Post on Monday, acknowledging the fact that skepticism abounds over his potential campaign.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/george-pataki-2016-presidential-run-announcement-118276.html#ixzz3bFrhHD00

Alfred State alumni possess ‘most valuable skills’, according to report

The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, has listed Alfred State in a recent report as the top two-year or lower college whose alumni possess the most valuable skills.
The report, “Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Schools,” determined that the value of Alfred State alumni skills is $69,219, which is more than $9,500 greater than the average value of alumni skills at all two-year or lower colleges, $59,664.
Dr. Jonathan Rothwell, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, said the institution obtained a list of the 25 most commonly listed skills on LinkedIn resumes for roughly 2,500 colleges, then evaluated those skills by matching them to those advertised on millions of online job vacancies posts, in which the vacancy had included both a skill and a salary.
“High-value alumni skills, like those listed by Alfred State alumni, are those associated with high average salaries,” Rothwell said.
The significance of Alfred State’s top ranking, according to Rothwell, is that it implies that the content of what is taught at the college either directly provides skills highly valued in the labor market or prepares students to acquire those skills after leaving Alfred State.
“The fact that Alfred State ranks at the top suggests that its teachers instill the most valuable skills in the country, relative to all other two-year colleges,” he said.
The value of alumni skills, Rothwell said, was one of the most important predictors of strong performance on the three alumni economic outcomes that Brookings measured: mid-career salaries, loan repayment rates, and occupational earnings power.
“Notably, alumni skills not only predict better outcomes for alumni, they predict higher value-added performance,” Rothwell said. “That is to say, that even after controlling for student characteristics — like test scores and family income — higher value skills predict greater success. Alfred State scored in the top 2 percent and top 9 percent of all colleges on value-added contribution to occupational earnings power and loan repayment.”
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “I am extremely pleased about Alfred State’s top ranking in the Brookings Institution’s report. This ranking is a testament to the high-quality education our students receive here and I could not be more proud of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff.”

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Saturday May 23, 2015

Wellsville Police arrested Brandy E. Rosenberger, age 37 of Belmont, charging her with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more and No/Inadequate Lights.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on North Main Street in the Village.  Rosenberger was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Rosenberger is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 9th at 4:30 pm.
Date: Friday May 22, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested Anthony W. Demoss, age 33 of Wellsville, charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more and No/Inadequate Lights.  The charge stems from a traffic stop on North Main Street in the Village.  Demoss was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Demoss is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 9th at 4:30 pm.

Date: Thursday May 21, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested two 13 year old Wellsville Youth’s charging them each with Criminal Mischief 4th.  The charge stems from an incident that took place in the Lagoon Park Recreation Area.  The youths were both petitioned to the Allegany County Probation Department for further action.

Wellsville Police arrested Amy R. Stone, age 26 of Little Genesee, charging her with Forgery 3rd.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on North Main Street in the Village.  Stone was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor.  Stone was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1500.00 bail.  Stone is due back in Wellsville Village Court on June 16th at 4:30 pm.

Obituary: Doris E. Morrison, 93, Wellsville

Doris E. Morrison, Wellsville, NY, formerly of Riggs St. Franklinville passed away Sunday (May 24, 2015) at the Wellsville Manor, with her extended family and care givers at her side. Born Aug. 20, 1921 in Franklinville she was the daughter of Archie and Winifred Lewis Morrison. Doris lived in Franklinville all of her life until moving into her new home in Wellsville where she spent 4 wonderful years. She was a graduate of Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville and was employed at AVX in Franklinville and later in Olean retiring after 30 years of service to care for her parents. Surviving are her cousins and care givers Gary and Pat Balcom of Wellsville. Per her wishes, there will be to visitation, she asked to be remembered in your thoughts and prayers. She appreciated the brief loving care at both Jones Memorial Hospital and Wellsville Manor Care Center. A grave side service will be held in Mt. Prospect Cemetery in Franklinville on Thursday (May 28, 2015) at 10am. Memorials may be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital foundation, P.O. Box 191 Wellsville, NY 14895.

Memorial celebration set for Doris Nielsen Rigas


Police: Delevan man arrested after striking two with his vehicle

Farmersville, NY – At about 12:03 a.m. Monday, State Police based in Machias responded to a report of an assault on Rogers Road in the Town of Farmersville, NY.
Investigation revealed that after being involved in a physical altercation during a friendly gathering, Jared Wrazen, 22, of Delevan, NY allegedly entered his vehicle and while fleeing the scene recklessly stuck two individuals. Both victims were transported to Erie County Medical Center leaving one hospitalized and the other treated and released.
Jared Wrazen was located later Monday morning in the Village of Delevan and was arrested on 1 count of Assault 2nd degree, 2 counts of Assault 3rd degree, and 5 counts of Reckless Endangerment 1st degree.  Jared Wrazen was processed at SP Machias, arraigned in the Town of Farmersville Court., and remanded to the Cattaraugus county jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sex Offender: Police say Wellsville man failed to register as offender

Coudersport-based troopers Sunday arrested James D. Button, 31, of Wellsville. He was charged with failing to register as a sex offender with the Pennsylvania State Police. According to court records, Button posted $5,000 bail and was released. He has a preliminary hearing set for Monday, June 1.

Senator Young Launches "Keep The Cap" Campaign

Press release:
ALBANY – Implemented just a few short years ago, the property tax cap has helped families, seniors and businesses gain a sense of security and consistency in their budget. 
But with the prospects of the cap expiring, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) has launched an online petition to garner support for the Senate Republican Majority’s effort to make the property tax cap permanent. 
“The property tax cap has been instrumental in holding the line on local property tax increases and bringing a sense of consistency to a family’s budget. Letting the cap to expire would be a disaster for homeowners, and drive many families from the homes and communities they love,” said Senator Young. 
“The Senate has taken action, and now we need our colleagues in the Assembly and the Governor to join our cause. Making the two-percent property tax cap permanent would give residents the certainty the need and deserve – allowing them to better manage their finances, provide for their children, and make ends meet,” said Senator Young. 
A recent report [4] that looked at the decades-long trends of school tax increases estimates that taxpayers in Western New York have saved nearly $450 million and statewide taxpayers have saved $7.6 billion as a result of the property tax cap. Since the cap was implemented, school tax levies in Western New York have increased about 2.4 percent annually, compared to the 5.1 percent annual increase in the 30 years prior.
 
With this data in mind, Senator Young and her colleagues passed legislation [5] this week that would make the property tax cap permanent.
 
Now Senator Young is asking residents to join her campaign to build support for making the property taxes permanent. Residents who want to tell Albany to make the tax cap permanent can sign Senator Young’s petition by visiting http://bit.ly/KeepTheCap [6].
 
“Making the tax cap permanent ensures that we never return to the days of skyrocketing budgets and spiraling tax increases. I urge residents to join the cause and tell the Assembly and the Governor how important the property tax cap is to all of us,” Senator Young said.

State Police Blotter

5/24/15 5pm- State police investigated a domestic dispute in the town of Wirt and arrested Linsey M. Napoleoni, 19, of Bolivar. She was charged with harassment with physical contact and issued a court appearance ticket.
5/24/15 8:10pm- A woman was taken into custody during a traffic stop on West River Road in Hume. State police arrested Tracee R. Jones, 28, of Gainesville. She was charged with two felonies - driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content at or above .08%.
5/25/15 3:15am- Police responded to a domestic dispute in Hume and arrested Christopher M. Frazier, 30, of Fillmore. He was charged with criminal mischief and harassment with physical content. He was detained.
5/25/15 3:35am- During a traffic stop on state route 305 in Clarksville, state police arrested 22, of West Clarksville. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC at or above .08%, speeding and moving from a lane unsafely. He was released on court tickets.
5/24/15 11:15pm- State police arrested Seth Felker, 18, of Corning. He was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and harassment with physical contact. He was issued court appearance tickets and released.

Obituary: George J. Ritter, 94, Belmont

George J. Ritter, 94, of 13 Schuyler St. Apt 107, Belmont, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Harts's Comfort House in Wellsville, following a lengthy illness. Born February 20, 1921 in Lewistown, PA, he was the son of Samuel and Mary Ream Ritter. On December of 1951 he married Pauline Ritter and on May 11, 1991 in Cuba, he married Marleah Gelser James who survives.
George had resided most of his life in the Friendship area. He grew up in the Whitesville and Wellsville areas. He worked several years at Daystrom Furniture Co. in Friendship and at Drakes Manufacturing Co. in Friendship. For a short time he was employed at Clark Bros. in Olean and for 11 years at Lester Chevrolet in Wellsville. Later he owned and operated George's Fixit Shop in Friendship, retiring in 1983.
He enjoyed bowling, dancing, family get togethers and playing cards. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.
Surviving besides his wife Marleah are five sons, Robert (Rhonda) Ritter of Jacksonville, FL, Ron (Beverly) Ritter of Friendship, Jack (Kathy) Ritter of TX, James Ritter of Colorado, and George (Dessie) Ritter of Friendship, three step sons, Duane (Terry) Gelser of Dalton, Kenneth (Marsha) Gelser of Belmont, and Alan Gelser of Wellsville; a daughter, Paula (Ron) Hosley of Cuba; three step daughters, Janet (Allen) Ives of Wellsville, Susan (Garry) Pollock of Portville, and Laura (Ricky) Jordan of Belmont; many grandchildren and many great grandchildren, step grandchildren, and several step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
George was predeceased by brothers, Hazen Ritter, Jess Ritter, John Ritter, Burton Ritter, William Ritter and Samuel Ritter; and three sisters, Kathryn, Florence and Alma.There will be no visitations. A graveside service will be held at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship on Thursday June 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm, for immediate family only. The Rev. Marion Schneider of Friendship will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Friendship. Memorials may be made to Hart's Comfort House, 141 East State St. Wellsville, NY 14895.

Cuba Cheese Shoppe "cow" found

First there was this...from Cuba Cheese Shoppe:
...Our little Jack was stolen last night (May 21)! If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please let us know. We have a $100 reward for his return. We just want to return him to his mama! Thanks!!

On Sunday, this from Cuba police-
Thanks to the public for tips and the new whereabouts of Jack. He was recovered and will be returned to the Cuba Cheese Shoppe promptly!
Note...We believe 'he' was located at the Friendship rest stop on I-86.

Olean home destroyed by fire

Fire Sunday morning destroyed a home at 314 Wayne Street in Olean. City firefighters were alerted about 5:30 a.m. When they arrived, the home was consumed by fire. Nobody was home at the time and no injuries were reported.  Investigators are still unsure of the cause. During the 3 or so hours city firefighters were at the scene, volunteers from Westons Mills and Allegany covered the city stations.

Allegany County Memorial Day activities roundup

Wellsville Daily Reporter 

In Wellsville, on Monday, the Wellsville A capella Vocal Ensemble (W.A.V.E.) will begin singing at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Park
prior to Memorial Day services.


The service to recognize Wellsville’s veterans will be held at 10 a.m. in Veterans
Park. The annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at the corner of Main
and Pearl streets at 10:30 a.m. Services will follow at Woodlawn
Cemetery and Sacred Heart Cemetery.


Alfred:
at 11 a.m. Monday, there will be a Memorial Day service at Veterans
Circle in Alfred Rural Cemetery, sponsored by Evangelical Christian
Community of Alfred and Almond and Alfred Rural Cemetery Association.
Andover:
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Greenwood Street and will proceed to
the North Main Street Bridge for a ceremony. It will continue to the
Hillside Cemetery, where there will also be a ceremony. The parade will
next go to Legion Memorial Park, where there will be a service) and ends
with a ceremony at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery.
Angelica:
A parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Angelica Hotel and proceed to the
Until The Day Dawn Cemetery, where there will be a ceremony.
Belfast:
A parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Belfast Central School. It will
proceed to the Belfast Town Park, where there will be a ceremony and
chicken barbecue around noon.
Belmont:
A parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the fire hall on Schuyler Street. The
parade continues onto Willets Avenue and then turns left onto Whitney
Avenue. It then again turns left onto Norton Street before entering the
Park Circle, where there will be a ceremony. The American Legion will
host a chicken barbecue at noon.
Cuba: A parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the school on Elm Street and proceed to Genesee Park for a ceremony.
Friendship:
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. beside Treusdell Funeral Home. It will
continue on Main Street, where there will be a veterans memorial
ceremony at the Friendship Central School and Friendship Free Library.
Afterward, the American Legion will host a luncheon.
Scio:
A parade and ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Scio Central
School on Washington Street. The parade will proceed to the Scio
Memorial Library on Main Street, where there will be speeches. It will
end at Fairlawn Cemetery on Main Street.
Whitesville:
A parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and a service will immediately follow
at the Whitesville Rural Cemetery. Citizen of the Year awards and a
chicken barbecue will take place at the fire hall at noon. In addition,
the Independence Historical Society will have an open house on Sunday
and Monday. The town has planned various activities for the weekend,
including a scavenger hunt, volleyball games and a duck race.
Allegany County Memorial Day activities roundup

Memorial Day, 3pm. Don't Forget.

Forbes.com
3pm on Memorial Day, remember?
Sure, Memorial Day weekend is when America pretends that summer has started. And if you’re like 80% of us, that’s where the meaning of the three-day holiday begins and ends.
Which is why, in 2000, Congress passed The National Moment of Remembrance Act, as an added way of honoring America’s fallen heroes. For one minute on Memorial Day, we’re all stopping everything to pay our respects to the men and women who died in service of our country, especially those who died in battle. The time of 3pm was chosen because it’s likely when Americans are most enjoying the freedom made possible by those who died in service of their country.
Memorial Day was originally established as Decoration Day in 1868, as a way to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Never before had so many American soldiers died in battle, and as a result national cemeteries began to be formed. On the first Decoration Day, 5,000 participants gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to decorate the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. Southern states refused to acknowledge the day, choosing to honor their dead on separate days until after World War 1, when Memorial Day changed from honoring those who died during the Civil War to those fallen in any war.
But as the true meaning of Memorial Day has become obscured over time, shrouded in the haze of BBQ smoke, some were moved to institute a moment of silence. Allegedly, the idea for the moment came when children touring Washington D.C. were asked about the meaning of Memorial Day and responded, “That’s the day the pool opens.”
So the National Moment of Remembrance Act calls us to stop and remember. As noted by the Uniformed Services Benefit Association, here’s what will happen at 3pm on Monday in observance of the National Moment of Remembrance: Trains will blow their whistles. Almost 500,000 Major League Baseball fans will pause for a moment of silence. Cars will drive with their headlights on. Americans everywhere will wave flags. “Taps” will play throughout the nation.
Beyond that one moment at 3pm, how can we honor the true significance of Memorial Day? The Memorial Day Foundation, an organization formed to increase awareness and respect for Memorial Day, recommends a few gestures of respect:
  • Wear a Memorial Day Button from the first of May until Memorial Day.
  • Visit cemeteries and place flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of “National Mourning.”
  • Attend religious services of your choice.
  • Visit memorials.
  • Renew a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

Read more HERE.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Obituary: Moses Eugene Merrick, 98, Wellsville


Moses Eugene Merrick, from Wellsville, N.Y., entered into eternity on May 20, 2015, at the age of 98 years and 7 days. He was born May 13, 1917, to the late Owen and Margaret Morseman Merrick of Ceres, Pa. He was a farmer, logger and oil field worker. Moses was predeceased by his first wife, Pauline Bixby, and his second wife, Verna Good; brothers and sisters, Lee Merrick, Clair Merrick, Verda Neudeck and Louise Merrick; brother-in-law, Ross Friar and children, James (Ella) Merrick, Stephen (Cheryl) Merrick, Mary (Clifford) Good and Lynford Merrick. He is survived by Betty (Ross) Friar and Dean (Verda) Neudeck and children, Roger Merrick, Anne (Rick) Torrey, John Merrick, Janice (Dana) Ireland; daughter-in-law, Cheryl (Stephen) Merrick, and step-children, J. Clifford (Veronica) Good, James W. (Darlene) Good, Carol (Donald) Kelly, Diane (Ben) Nolt, Paul P. (Kathy) Good, Joel (Barbara) Good, Jon L. Good, and Andrew Good. He had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by Howard's Funeral Home in Whitesville, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at West Union Mennonite Church on May 26, 2015, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the West Union Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to a charity of the donor's choice.

Galeton man charged in sex crime involving serious bodily injury to child

A 31-year old man faces several felonies, including one in which he may have caused serious bodily injury to a pre-teen. Pennsylvania state police Saturday night arrested Lanz Young of Galeton. He was charged with aggravated indecent assault, child endangerment and a sex crime involving serious injury to a young victim. Troopers said the alleged crimes occurred January 1, 2015 in Coudersport Borough. Unable to post a percentage of $50,000 bail, Young was sent to the Potter County jail. He’ll return to court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

 
(c)  Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child with serious bodily injury.--A person commits an offense under this section with a child resulting in serious bodily injury, a felony of the first degree, when the person violates this section and the complainant is less than 13 years of age and the complainant suffers serious bodily injury in the course of the offense.