Sunday, July 5, 2015

Obituary: Wilola I. "Willie" Jones, 82, Wellsville

Wilola I. “Willie” Jones, 82, was called home to be with her Lord on Thursday (July 2, 2015) at Wellsville Manor Care Center.
Mrs. Jones was born on Feb. 9, 1933 in Wellsville to Raymond C. and Alice L. (Johnson) Mead. On Jan. 18, 1969 she married Francis M. Jones, who predeceased her on May 1, 2004.
Willie was a loving homemaker and devoted wife. She dedicated her life to serving her family.
Willie is survived by five daughters, Kathy Hills, Lisa Hitchcock and Michele (Bradley) Speta, all of Wellsville, Bobbi Jo (Kenneth) Michels of Mattydale and Jennifer Allen of Rexville; one son, Kenneth (Shawn) Murray of Pembroke, Ga.; one brother, Lester Mead of Bolivar; one sister, Esther Kayes of Olean; a special friend, Clifford George of Nunda; 17 grandchildren, Travis Murray, Dresden Murray, Samantha Murray, Cristy (Patrick) Randolph, Brad (Margo) Hills, Michael Hills, Anita Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock, Abbey Hitchcock, Kayla Hitchcock, Beth Wightman, Courtney Speta, Kenny Michels, Stephanie Michels, Katie Michels, Allison (Jason) Langston and Brittney Allen; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one daughter, Linda Murray; three brothers, Raymond Mead, Richard Mead and Robert Mead; and two sons-in-law, Kevin Hills and Randy Allen.
Willie had many interests. She enjoyed camping and fishing in Canada. She was an avid BINGO enthusiast and liked to crochet, play cards and work on jig saw puzzles. She collected angels and teddy bears. She was a lifelong member of the Frank B. Church VFW Post 2530. Additionally, she was a huge Elvis fan but more than these, she loved her family and friends; cherishing the times spent with them.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday (July 8) from 3-4 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Bill Sylor of the Genesis Bible Church, officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Willie’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave. Wellsville, NY 14895.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Obituary: Arthur Raymond Yeaples, 73, Angelica

Arthur Raymond Yeaples, 73, of Peavy Rd. passed away Wednesday (July 1, 2015) at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family and loved ones after a long illness.
Born in Rew PA the son of Donald and Bernice Blackmon Yeaples, originally from Moody Hollow PA, he had resided in Angelica for the past several years. As a young man he worked in the oil fields with his father and uncle and in his later years he was a carpenter a “jack of all trades and master of none”. He retired in Angelica in 1999 for a simpler life with his family where he especially enjoyed his time with his many grandchildren. Arthur served his country in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1961.
In addition to his parent’s Arthur was predeceased by one daughter, Emma Yeaples, siblings, Barbara Tennant, Sandra Teribery, Ronald Yeaples, Dorothy Stephenson, Ruth Soules and Bonnie Young.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene Bean Yeaples of Angelica, nine children including Samantha (Eric) Yeaples, Lewis (Betsy) Yeaples and William Yeaples, several grandchildren including, Dillion, Kaitlyn, Derrick, Haley, Sierra and Evan, siblings, Fran Wilcox, Betty Hites and David Yeaples, several nieces and nephews and all of his lost boys and girls.
To send a remembrance to the family please visit The family is being assisted by Adam E. DuBois, Director at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Angelica.
The family would like to celebrate Arthur’s life at his home at 7967 Peavy Rd Angelica, NY 14709, on Sunday (July 5, 2015) at 1PM. Contact Marlene Yeaples at 585-242-7638 or Samantha Yeaples at 585-808-2912 for details. Please bring your lawn chairs.

Friends wishing may make memorial donations to Marlene Yeaples, 7967 Peavy Rd. Angelica, NY 14709.

Obituary: Rita M. Phillipson, 87, Alfred

Rita M. Phillipson, 87, of Pine Hill Drive, passed away Wednesday (July 1, 2015) at Strong Hospital in Rochester.
Born in Watertown, NY, December 22, 1927, the daughter of Charles and Dora Dick Mecomonaco, she had resided in Watertown during her early life and was a graduate of the Immaculate Heart Academy in Watertown in 1947. Rita and Phil moved to Alfred in 1963 with their family after Phil accepted a position at Alfred State College. She was employed in banking while in Watertown, and after moving to Alfred, was employed as secretary to the Dean of Nursing at SUNY Alfred, as well as working in the Admissions Department at Alfred University.
Rita was active in the local TOPS, a member of the St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, active in the Ladies of the Alfred Lions Club, and enjoyed gardening and bingo. She was known for the blankets she knitted for newborn babies, helmet liners knitted for our military service members and was active in Meals On Wheels. She was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, and enjoyed many cruises taken with her husband to Alaska and the Caribbean.
She was predeceased by her parents, an infant daughter, Darcy Phillipson, her sister Stella Mecomonaco. as well as her two brothers, Arthur and Alfred Mecomonaco and great grand daughter, Lia Higgins.
She is survived by her husband, Charles “Phil” Phillipson of Alfred to whom she was married on August 28, 1949, three daughters, Janice (Brad) Burdick of Alfred Station, Jo-Anne (Paul) Freeland of Almond, and Julie Ann Phillipson of Buffalo, one son, Mark (Diana Lyn) Phillipson of Bath, one sister, Mary Daley of Virginia, eight grandchildren; Kurt (Jennifer) Phillipson, Kori (Scott) Colegrove, Samantha (Mark) Tiano, Sarah (Mike) Covel, Mellisa Higgins, Shuan (Meggan) Freeland, Robert (Jen) Freeland and Katherine (Jason) Warner, 14 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Rita’s memory, please visit The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.
The family will be present to receive friends at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell on Sunday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at SS. Brendon & Jude in Alfred on Monday at 11 AM, Fr. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to: The Alfred Lions Club % 30 Pardee Street, Hornell, NY 14843, American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790,
Guiding Eyes For The Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, or to the Charity of the donors choice.

Wyoming County Sheriff investigates drowing incident involving 4 year old

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Canisteo man accused of illegal use of a state credit card

The New York State Police at Bath announce the arrest of a Canisteo man in conjunction with his alleged fraudulent use of a state credit card.  John T. Deebs, age 36, of 5482 Obes Glen Rd., Canisteo, N.Y., was charged with Grand Larceny, 3rd degree (class “D” felony) and Official Misconduct (class “A” misdemeanor).  An investigation commenced by the N.Y.S. Office of the Inspector General, revealed that Deebs, while employed by the N.Y.S. Dept. of Transportation, made multiple gasoline purchases with his state issued credit card totaling in excess of $6,200.00, without permission or authority to do so.  Deebs was arraigned before Village of Bath Justice James Burns and released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to reappear in Bath Village Court on July 6th, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. 

State Police to increase patrols on New York roadways during July 4th weekend

The New York State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to crack down on drivers who violate the law this Fourth of July weekend from Friday, July 3 until Monday, July 6.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, "The Fourth of July is known for its fun and fireworks, but New Yorkers should also remember it can also be fatal if they don’t make the right decision. Our Troopers will be out to identify and arrest any motorist who is driving drunk or impaired. Be safe this holiday weekend, allow plenty of time to travel, put down your cell phones and don’t get behind the wheel if you have been drinking."
Major Michael Cerretto, Troop A Troop Commander said, "Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday weekend throughout Western New York. Fourth of July is a time for celebrating, it’s also I time to drink responsibly. Stay alert on the roadways by not texting and driving."
Last year, the New York State Police issued more than 10,200 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested more than 180 people for DWI and responded to more than 650 accidents, two of which resulted in fatalities.

During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will also be targeting the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.

Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to "move over" for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.

During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the July 4th period in 2013, there were 512 people killed in crashes, of those 199 (39%) had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

This campaigns serves as a reminder to New Yorkers that driving drunk not only puts lives at risk, but that those who drive drunk could face arrest, jail time, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

Arrested drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, lost time at work, etc.

The New York State Police and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:
· Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
· Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
· If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
· Use your community’s sober ride program;
· If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
· If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
This targeted enforcement effort is funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and STOP-DWI, a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining highway safety program that allows participating counties to qualify for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses.

The New York State Police will also be partnering with the Ontario Provincial Police, Niagara Regional Police, and the Surete du Quebec in the Safety Without Borders Initiative. This initiative is an effort to mitigate safety threats resulting from high traffic volumes in the vacation areas on both sides of the borders in the greater Niagara Region, the Thousand Islands, and the St. Lawrence Montreal Gateway. Safety Without Borders has proven effective in mitigating traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths.


Press release:
Tom Reed’s campaign announced today that its second quarter filing will report more than $775,000 raised thus far in 2015. Reed was first elected in 2010 and was re-elected to be the voice of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes in Washington in 2012 and 2014. The 23rd District was re-drawn in 2012. Since then more than 1300 people in the district have contributed to Reed's campaign.
“I am overwhelmed by the support we have received,” Reed said. “That more than 1300 people right here in Upstate New York would be willing to invest their hard earned funds in helping our campaign is very humbling. We keep fighting and working every day for this area we have called home for our entire lives.”
Reed’s support comes from donations as small as $5 from all 11 counties in the 23rd District.

AMERICAN PICKERS To Film In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Pennsylvania. Filming is scheduled for early August

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.
AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm ET on History.
If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: 855-old-rust.

Obituary: Alsophila "Alice" Petzen Kidd, 90, Shinglehouse, PA

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Alsophila “Alice” Petzen Kidd, 90, of Shinglehouse, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
     Born July 22, 1924 in New York, NY, she was a daughter of John and Gertrude Tickner Petzen.  On July 22, 1943 in New York City, she married Harry E. C. Kidd, who passed away on October 9, 2011.
     Alice was a loving mother and homemaker. She and her husband moved from Long Island, NY to Shinglehouse thirty-five years ago.
     Mrs. Kidd was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse.  She participated in various community activities including monthly prayer breakfasts and quilting clubs.  She very much enjoyed the company of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
     Her family greatly appreciates the excellent and loving care that she received from the staff of Cole Memorial Hospital and the Cuba Memorial Hospital’s rehabilitation team during her physical challenges.
     Surviving are a son, Harry Allan (Lydia) Kidd of Vero Beach, Florida; a daughter, Sue Littlejohn of Antioch, California; two grandchildren, Llewelyn John (Janice) Kidd and Joshua James (Jennifer) Kidd, both of Shinglehouse; four great-grandchildren, Carissa Lynn, Elizabeth May, Sarah Grace, and Heidi Lynn, all of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.
       In addition to her parents and her husband of 66 years, Mrs. Kidd was predeceased by a grandson, Joseph Isaac Kidd; a great-grandson, Randy Allan Kidd; three sisters, Margaret Petzen, Jewel Buckman, and Ellen Mary Wolf; and two brothers, John Petzen and James Petzen; a daughter-in-law, Marilynn J. Kidd; and a son-in-law, James Littlejohn.
     Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church. The Rev. Becky L. Edwards, pastor, will officiate.  A luncheon will follow the memorial service.  Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
     Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Road work planned for Belfast

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that state Route 19 from county Route 16 Transit Bridge to the hamlet of Belfast will receive the first course of a two course paving from Monday, July 6th to Monday, July 13th, weather permitting.  The second course is estimated to start the end of July weather permitting.  A new traveler advisory will be issued at that time.  While this work is taking place, traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons and pilot vehicles. 

Potter County: Bridge Job to Start July 13 in Pleasant Valley Township

Shinglehouse, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will begin a bridge replacement job July 13 in Pleasant Valley Township. The bridge is on Route 4001 (Sartwell Creek Road), about four miles north of the village of Burtville. A temporary run-around will be in place so that vehicles can travel around the work zone during the construction of the new bridge. PennDOT expects work to conclude by September 11.
The current bridge spans an un-named tributary of Beckwith Hollow and is weight posted at 35 tons for single vehicles and 40 tons for combination vehicles. The existing 22-foot bridge will be replaced with a new, pre-cast, concrete structure. Replacing the bridge will remove the weight posting and also remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient list. The current bridge was built in 1941 and carries an average of more than 300 vehicles daily.
Crews from PennDOT’s Potter County Maintenance will perform the work. Should progress allow, PennDOT will open the new bridge earlier than September 11.  Drivers are reminded to obey posted speed limits, use caution in and around work zones, and always buckle up.

Steuben deputies: Jail inmate made almost 2,000 phone calls against court order

Accident closes a portion of I-86


Rochester crack dealer sentenced for sales in Bath & Hornell