Monday, April 27, 2015

Obituary: Lavern G. Bliss Sr., 61, Fillmore

Fillmore---Lavern G. Bliss Sr. of 10065 Rt. 19, died Sunday, April 26, 2015 in his home. He was born on August 18, 1953 in Buffalo, a son of the late Harold and Mildred White Bliss.
Mr. Bliss was a self-employed logger.
Surviving are his children, Lavern (Anna) Bliss Jr. of Locust, N.C. Jay Bliss of Fillmore, Susan (Benny) Kandhiraj of South Riding, Va., Brent Bliss of Arcade, fifteen grandchildren, three sisters, Laura (Harold) Shoemaker of Clifton Springs, Christine (Mitchell) Jones of Fillmore, Ernestine Jones of Parrott, Va., a brother, Ray (Linda) Bliss of Warsaw and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Fred Bliss.
Family and friends may gather from 11:00 to 1:00 on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 North Genesee Street, Fillmore where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m.  Bill Lawson, Pastor of the Fillmore Wesleyan Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Quakertown Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorials if desired to: Fillmore Wesleyan Church

Obituary: Robert E. Brandes, 72, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Robert E. Brandes, age 72, of  Vorhees Hill Road passed away on Sunday, April 26, 215, at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. He was born on October 25, 1942 in Wellsville to Walter and Medora Lish Brandes. On June 10, 1967 in Wellsville he married Connie Meyn who survives.
Bob graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1960. He spent his life on Vorhees Hill on the family dairy farm and while in High School with the 4 H he judged vegetables across the United States. Bob had been a long time president of the Dairylea Milk Coop for Allegany County, a 12 year chairman of the Farm Service Agency in Belmont and in 1997 his farm was voted Conservation Farm of the Year by the Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville. Bob had a great sense of humor who enjoyed playing cards and board games. He will be remembered as a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife Connie; a son Brian (Deb) Brandes of Wellsville; 2 daughters Stacy (Mark) Fanton of Cabot, Pennsylvania and Amy (Michael) Hunt of Wellsville; 10 grandchildren; a brother Richard (Pat) Brandes of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania; 2 sister Betty (Al) Gallmann of Little Valley and Judy (Richard) Reuning of Columbus Ohio; several nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his parents and his brother Joe Brandes.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Wellsville First United Methodist Church from 1 to 3 pm at which time a funeral service will take place with Reverend Greg DeSalvator presiding. In lieu of flowers memorials in Bob’s name may be made to either the Hart Comfort House or to the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences please visit

Obituary: James Ira "Jesse" Shaver, 49, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - James Ira “Jesse” Shaver, age 49, of 62 Railroad Avenue passed away on Saturday, April 25, at Olean General Hospital. He was born on June 2, 1964 in Wellsville to Ronald and Clara Hosmer Shaver. Jesse graduated from Andover Central High School and enlisted in the US Army. 
He moved to Tucson, Arizona where he was the manager of the Elta Vista Apartment Complex and owned the entertainment newspaper called “Stepping Out”. Jesse moved to Mount Lemon in Arizona and in 2006 he moved to Wellsville to be closer to his family. He was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Wellsville and volunteered at the Youth for Christ where he started the POP for Passage Program. Jesse enjoyed his church family, throwing darts and socializing downtown in Wellsville. He will be remembered as a talented portrait artist and a true gentleman.
Survivors include his mother Clara (Gene) Howard of Scio; a sister Sara (Linden) Geshwind of Scio; nieces and nephews Sara Theresa Shaver, Aretha Shaver, Nathan Shaver, Katlyn Shaver and Tyler Shaver; great niece Cloey Middaugh; great nephews Caleb Middaugh and Santiago Gamez.
Jesse was predeceased by a brother Scott Lee Shaver in 2009.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 1, 2015, from 6 to 7 pm at the Sheppard of the Valley Church on Fassett Lane where his memorial service will be held at 7 pm with the Reverend Carl Knitter presiding. Memorials may e made to charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Obituary: Marilyn F. Perkins, 87, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Marilyn F. Perkins, 87, of 215 Madison Street passed away on Monday, April 27, 2015 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her loving family at her side. She was born August 30, 1927, in Wellsville, NY, the daughter of the late Florence (Barlow) Weber and William Weber. On August 10, 1946 in Allentown, she married the love of her life, Lyle “Tunney” Perkins, who predeceased her on March 14, 2006.
Marilyn was raised in Wellsville. She was a devoted and loving wife and stay-at-home mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a special friend to many people throughout her life. For several years she volunteered her time at the voting booths and the cafeteria at ICS. She enjoyed baking, crocheting, quilting and took great pride in her gardening and flowers that were always in bloom and on display at her house.
She is survived by her five children, Dan (Carolina) Perkins of Fort Mills, SC, Butch (Hope) Perkins of Wellsville, Cathy (Lionell) Humphrey of Mesa, AZ, Mike (Kim) Perkins of Wellsville, and Jon (Judy Mistric) Perkins of Bolivar and one special cousin Bonnie Phillips Manion of Florida. She was a devoted grandmother of 13 and a loving great-grandmother to 15 great-grandkids with another one on the way in June. She is also survived by 2 brothers, Donald Weber of Wellsville and Robert (Sylvia) Weber of Florida and one half-brother Jerry (Jackie) Weber of Wellsville and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by one brother, William Weber and three great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 pm in the funeral home, with Rev. Randy Headley presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial suggestions include Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, Wellsville Montessori School or Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences, please visit

Cuba Police Dept. announces Chaplain program

Cuba Police Dept.
The Cuba Police Department has now partnered with two local pastors in an effort to provide grief counseling to any person who is the victim of a crime or experiences any type of traumatic event. These pastors will also provide counseling for our police officers after any traumatic events should they require it. If a police officer responds to any incident in Cuba and a victim requests this service then the police officer will give the victim a card with information on it about speaking with a Police Department Chaplain. Often times Police Chaplains will assist with helping Police Officers with making death notifications, counseling on suicide cases and many other traumatic events. The Cuba Police Department is proud to add this as another great service for the Cuba residents.


With more than 2,400 white-tailed deer tested in the 2014-15 Big Game season in New York State, none tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. However, CWD continues to pose a potential threat to New York’s wild white-tailed deer herd.
“Preventing the introduction of CWD into New York is a high priority for DEC to ensure the health of our wild deer herd and to protect the recreational and viewing opportunities deer provide,” said Commissioner Joe Martens.  “Hunters can play an important role in keeping CWD out of the state and in keeping our deer herd healthy.  The most effective way to protect New York’s deer herd is to keep CWD infectious material out of the state.”
Chronic wasting disease is a highly contagious disease that affects deer, elk, moose and other members of the deer family (“cervids”). CWD is always fatal and there are no vaccines or treatment available. CWD is caused by a misfolded protein called a “prion” that can infect animals through animal-to-animal contact or via contaminated environments. The highest concentration of prions are found in the brain, lymph nodes and spinal tissues of infected animals. Infected animals shed prions in their urine, saliva and feces. Prions can bind to the soil and remain infectious for many years, if not decades.
DEC has been testing wild white-tailed deer for CWD since 2002. In 2005, CWD was found in both captive and wild white-tailed deer in Oneida County. After intensive disease response efforts, no subsequent cases have been detected over the past 10 years. In the 2014-15 surveillance period, DEC tested 2,335 samples from hunter-harvested deer and 86 clinical deer that appeared sick or abnormal. DEC partners with cooperating meat processors and taxidermists to obtain samples each year.

Addison School Principal Honored

Left to right: Steuben County Youth Bureau Director Bill Caudill, county Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller, Addison Central School Principal Deborah Flint, Addison Youth Center Executive Director Emily Hofelich-Bowler.
BATH – A veteran Addison Central School educator was honored Monday by the Steuben County Legislature for her work in preventing child abuse. ACS Principal Deborah Flint was given the “Steuben County Child Abuse Prevention Award” for her ongoing dedication to, and advocacy for, her area’s youth and their families. Flint is responsible for establishing “Act ‘n Do” – a cooperative business-civic program providing meals and companionship for those in need, according to Emily Hofelich-Bowler, Addison Youth Center executive director. Flint also oversees the district’s Latch Key program for pre-K children, attends community events, and understands and works to meet the needs of families, Hofelich-Bowler said.

Steuben County: Maio sworn in as new legislator

BATH -- Corning attorney Steven Maio was sworn in as Steuben County legislator Monday, filling the unexpired term left by the resignation by county Legislator George Welch, D-Corning City. Maio, also a Democrat, was nominated by his party and approved by the county Legislature. The term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Red Cross scholarship opportunity

BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 27, 2015) — This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015.  
The Leaders Save Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months. Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and to earn a gift card.
“The Leaders Save Lives program is a great way for students to learn valuable leadership skills while helping hospital patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions,” said Red Cross spokesperson, Cara Leyna Noble. “Summer can be a challenging time to maintain a sufficient blood supply. With this program, students are helping the community by recruiting their friends and family to donate during this crucial season.”
A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to
For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit

Houghton College Raises Over $1.1 Million in 24 Hours

Houghton College hosted its second 24-hour fundraising campaign entitled “I am Houghton: Houghton’s One Day Giving Challenge” on Friday, April 24, exceeding last year’s record giving day by garnering over $1.1 million from over 1700 donors.  
The campaign challenge included two main key components: all gifts made on April 24 toward the Student Scholarship Fund would be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $200,000, and if 1,500 donors made a gift that day to any project, Houghton would receive additional gifts totaling $300,000 for multiple projects across campus.
"I am once again overwhelmed by the faithfulness and generosity of our alumni and friends who rallied together for the purpose of supporting our current and future students and advancing Houghton College by giving and spreading the word for the record-setting One Day Giving Challenge," commented Rick Melson, vice president for advancement and external relations. "My heart is filled with gratitude and thankfulness to our alumni and friends who gave so generously.”
This year’s campaign began on Friday morning at 12:01 a.m. and ended that midnight raising about $400 thousand more than last year’s campaign with over 400 additional individual household donations.
Throughout the day, Houghton used email marketing to alumni and a heavy social media campaign packed with hourly updates and videos to promote the event. The College’s main Facebook page alone had over 100 thousand post reaches, over 25 thousand post clicks, and over 3,500 post likes, comments and shares for the day. 
The goal of raising $200 thousand for the student scholarship fund matching was achieved by early evening, but the needed 1500 donors came down to the 11 p.m. hour with a surge of last-minute gifts putting the needed total well past 1500 to over 1700.
Students, faculty and staff also played a significant role by making financial gifts at giving stations in the student center. To date, over 75 percent of the faculty and staff have given to the student scholarship fund this year. 
“We are so thankful to everyone who helped to make this One Day Challenge a success,” commented Houghton College president, Shirley Mullen. “This is a great affirmation of support for Houghton and our mission of preparing students for national and global engagement in the ever-changing world of the 21st century.”
See the day’s events on Storify here:

Brooks Baker Announces Reelection Campaign for Steuben County District Attorney

CORNING -- Brooks Baker of Corning announced he will be seeking a second term as Steuben County District Attorney at press events in Corning and Hornell today.
"It is all about doing more with less and using innovative solutions to get the most out of every taxpayer dollar and keep criminals off the street. That is why we worked to create innovative solutions to address our regions problems like our Drug Initiative and Welfare Fraud and Abuse Task Force that pairs prosecutors with law enforcement to enhance our ability to fight crime. These initiatives have served as blueprints for other upstate counties contending with similar problems" said Brooks Baker as he explained the challenges facing the District Attorney's Office.

In the introduction to his announcement in Corning former District Attorney John Tunney highlighted the experience that Brooks Baker bring to the position. "I have had the privilege of working with Brooks Baker for nearly twenty years and he has spent his entire legal career in Steuben County in the District Attorney's office. His decades of experience in front of juries, meeting with victims and developing relationships with our partners in law enforcement are invaluable. There is nobody more qualified or with a longer record of success than Brooks Baker."
"When I stood before you four years ago and asked for your support I promised that I would keep this county safe. It is here that five generations of my family have called home and I commit again to do my part to make sure Steuben County remains a place that my children and your children can be proud to call their home. That is why as your District Attorney I am committed to personally trying the difficult cases -- the murders, attempted murders and rapes. That is why I remain on call twenty-four hours a day for my partners in law enforcement. I hope that I have earned your trust and would be honored to have your support on Election Day."
At the press conference in Corning this morning Brooks was joined by Mayor Rich Negri, Sheriff Dave Cole and former District Attorney John Tunney while at the event this afternoon in Hornell he was joined by Mayor Shawn Hogan, Deputy Mayor John Buckley and members of law enforcement.

Congressional Gold Medal to be Awarded in Allegany County

Congressman Tom Reed will be at the Allegany County Office for the Aging Annual Luncheon to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Wallace C. Higgins of Alfred Station, NY, for his work with the Civil Air Patrol.  The Annual Luncheon is Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:00a.m. at the Belmont American Legion on Schuyler Street in Belmont, NY. Below is information about the Congressional Gold Medal, the Civil Air Patrol, and Mr. Higgins. 
  • A Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress. 
  • It is the highest civilian award in the United States.
  • It is awarded to persons "who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement.“
  • It was first awarded in 1776 to General George Washington by the Second Continental Congress.
            Catharine Young, New York Senator, 57th District, nominated two Allegany County residents for the Congressional Gold Medal for their work for the Civil Air Patrol.
§  Wallace C. Higgins, Alfred Station
·         Born November 11, 1925
§  Phyllis Fay Young, Scio
·         Born 2/9/1925 – Passed 8/3/2012
MAY 30, 2014
President Barack Obama signed into law a bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for its service during World War II.
      The legislation recognizes the volunteer service of more than 120,000 men, women and teenagers who joined CAP immediately before and during the war.
      On Dec. 10, 2014 Civil Air Patrol was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Capitol Hill in honor of its founding members’ role in protecting the homeland against deadly German U-boat attacks during World War II and carrying out other vital wartime domestic missions.
      In the late 1930s, more than 150,000 volunteers with a love for aviation argued for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of their country. 
      As a result, the Civil Air Patrol was born one week prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 
      Thousands of volunteer members answered America's call to national service and sacrifice by accepting and performing critical wartime missions.
      CAP’s early members took to the skies to patrol the nation’s borders, tow targets for military training, watch for forest fires, conduct search and rescue missions, provide disaster relief, transport people and parts and conduct orientation flights for future pilots. 
      They helped protect the nation by warding off German U-boat attacks on American oil tankers bound for Allied nations. 
      CAP’s early members took to the skies to patrol the nation’s borders, tow targets for military training, watch for forest fires, conduct search and rescue missions, provide disaster relief, transport people and parts and conduct orientation flights for future pilots. 
      Assigned to the War Department under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Corps, the contributions of Civil Air Patrol, including logging more than 500,000 flying hours, sinking two enemy submarines, and saving hundreds of crash victims during World War II, are well documented.
      Mr. Higgins was born on November 11, 1925 in Kendall, Orleans County, NY and attended Kendall Central School.
      When Mr. Higgins was a Senior in High School, Mr. Higgins joined the Civil Air Patrol in Rochester.
      In the middle of his Senior Year, Mr. Higgins joined to US Army Air Corp. and did his basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi.
      He was then selected to be part of the Tuskegee Airmen experiment in Alabama.
      Mr. Higgins spent 11 months at Tuskegee until a downturn in the war in Europe resulted in less pilot training at Tuskegee.  He was then transferred to Okinawa.
      After two enlistments, Mr. Higgins received his Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant with Squadron F, 3505th Army Air Force.
      For his military service, Mr. Higgins earned:
      WW-II Victory Medal
      Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
      American Campaign Medal
      Army Good Conduct Medal
      New York State Medal for Merit
      Mr. Higgins then completed his high school education at Jefferson High School in Rochester and attended the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University where he received a BFA in Ceramic Design in 1952.
      On August 18, 1951, Mr. Higgins married the love of his life, Norma Miller.
      Mr. and Mrs. Higgins settled in Alfred and he continued his work in Industrial Ceramic Design as a Technical Specialist at the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University and went on to become an Associate Professor, retiring in 1985 as Professor Emeritus.
      Mr. Higgins has spent decades in public service with many organizations in Allegany County:
      Alfred Lions Club – Entering his 50th year, including perfect attendance for 44 years.  President 4 times.
      Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow
      Robert J. Uplinger Award for Distinguished Service
      Alfred Station Volunteer Fire Department – Since 1957; Life Member
      Allegany County Office for the Aging Advisory Council, Chairman
      Allegany Senior Foundation, President Emeritus and Past President
      Bakers Bridge Historical Society, Alfred Station

Steuben County lawmakers approve new term limits

BATH – Steuben County legislators will be allowed to run for a fourth term on the county board, pending the processing of required documents to the state. County legislators on Monday adopted a local law extending the current three-term limit to four terms by a margin of 11-5 with one absent. Each term is for four years. Supporters of the measure said the extension adds to the overall effectiveness of the board, since legislators have added experience with governmental issues.
Opponents said the term extension should be approved by the voters – something that is not allowed under New York State General Municipal Law. Supporters countered the opposition, saying running for any term ultimately is up to the individual candidates and the continued support of his or her constituents. The county Legislature is one of the few legislatures in the state to have term limits. In other action, legislators-
* Authorized tipping fees at the county landfill for certain items.
* Added County Route 126 to the county Public Works Capital Construction capital account.
* Approved the Southern Tier Interoperable Communications Agreement.

SP Batavia – Oakfield Man Arrested For Obstructing Firefighting Operations

Troopers from Batavia Sunday morning responded to a Genesee County 911 Dispatch Center call to assist the Batavia Fire Department who were on scene of a reported residential fire.
Upon arrival, police said it was evident there was a significant amount of smoke within the residence. The Batavia Fire Department reported that the occupant of the residence, later identified as, Jeffrey M. Johnson, was uncooperative and refused emergency personnel access to the residence. Entry was eventually gained and the smoke was determined to be coming from food left on an unattended stove. 
Jeffrey M. Johnson, 27 of Oakfield, NY was arrested and charged with Obstructing Firefighter Operations, a Class A Misdemeanor. Johnson was arraigned in the Town of Batavia Court and remanded to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $250.00 bail.  

Sen. O'Mara statement on Cornell University's 150th Anniversary

State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on today’s formal Charter Day ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of Cornell University:
"Congratulations to Cornell University on 150 outstanding years. Cornell University has been an incredible economic engine locally, a cornerstone of agriculture and rural affairs, and an unparalleled leader in securing a prominent place for us in the high-tech, research and development economy of the future.  It's difficult to say enough about Cornell's impact and importance across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.  We're incredibly grateful for the university’s contributions to our farmers, our wine-and-grape industry, so many of our high-tech entrepreneurs, our rural communities through Cooperative Extension, and in so many difference-making ways."  
O’Mara’s 58th Senate District encompasses part of Tompkins County, including the city and town of Ithaca and Cornell University.

Livingston County: 75 year old man faces felony charges in burglary cases

GROVELAND: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises of the arrest of Jack E. Turner, 75 years of age from Groveland, for two counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree and two counts of Petit Larceny after an investigation was conducted by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. On April 21st Deputies responded to a property on Groveland Hill Road that housed grain bins and a shed, for a burglary report. The property owner reported that an unknown person entered the shed and removed a tool box and hunting equipment.
On April 24th the shed was again entered and a gun cleaning kit was removed.   A suspect, Jack Turner, was quickly identified by the owner of the shed.
Deputies responded to Turner's Residence and interviewed Turner, and at that time he allegedly admitted to the thefts. All of the stolen property was recovered at Turner's residence, deputies said. Turner was taken into custody without incident and brought before Groveland Town Justice Love for an arraignment. During the arraignment bail was set at $1,000.00 cash of $2,000.00 secured bond, which was posted at the Court and Turner will have future court action.
Investigating the incident were the following members of the Sheriff’s Office Police Services; Chief Deputy Matthew Burgess, Deputy Brittany Smyder, Deputy Nicholas Truax, Deputy Michael Williams (Forensic Identification Unit) and Sergeant Joseph Breu.

Fire damages Springwater home

AVON: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises the Livingston County 911 Center received a call at 6:17am this morning reporting smoke in the basement of a residence in Springwater. 

Upon arrival of Deputies and Firefighters at the scene they found a working house at the home.  There were no injuries and the fire is still under investigation at this time.

Fire departments at the scene were Springwater, Wayland, Perkinsville, Hemlock and Sparta.  Also assisting at the scene was Livingston County ALS/EMS, Livingston County Fire Coordinators, as well as Sheriffs Office members Deputy Holt (Forensic Identification Unit), Deputy Richardson and Sergeant Draper.  Fire Departments from Conesus and Dansville filled in at Springwater and Sparta fire halls.

Deputy Sweeting of the Sheriff’s Office community policing unit will also stay in contact with the homeowners to offer any further assistance from the Sheriff’s Office.

Canisteo man jailed on felony charges after vehicle crash

West Sparta:  Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises of the arrest of a Canisteo man for felony charges after a one car crash on McKay Road in the Town of West Sparta. On April 25th the Livingston County 911 Center received phone calls concerning a one car crash on McKay Road near Rock Spring Hill Road in the Town of West Sparta.  Responding Deputy Arick Perkins located the vehicle in the ditch on McKay Road.
Deputies on scene investigating the incident determined that the operator of the vehicle, Jason J. Coddington age 40 of Canisteo NY, had been operating the car prior to the accident.  Coddington was found to be in an alleged intoxicated state, and was subsequently arrested at the scene for DWI. A review of Coddington's driving record showed that he had a revoked NYS ID only and his operating privilege had been revoked due to a prior DWI in 1999.  Coddington was also charged with Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 1st degree.  The felony charge is due to the DWI related revocation.  Coddington was arraigned in the Town of West Sparta Court and was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 secured bond.

Livingston County: Red Cross helps family after house fire

AVON: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said today the Livingston County 911 Center received a call at 2:35am this morning reporting a house on fire in the Town of Avon. 
Upon arrival of Deputies and Firefighters at the scene they found a working house fire.  There were no reported injuries at the scene of the fire.   The cause was determined to be a ceiling light in one of the bedrooms of the house.
Fire departments at the scene were East Avon, Avon, Caledonia, Geneseo, Livonia, Lakeville, Lima and Rush.  Also assisting at the scene was Avon Ambulance and Caledonia ALS.   Livingston County Fire Coordinators were on scene investigating, as well as Deputy Perkins, Deputy Herkimer, Deputy Williams (Forensic Identification Unit), Sergeant Orman and Investigator Rittenhouse of the Sheriff’s Office. 
The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the resident of the house.   Deputy Sweeting of the Sheriff’s Office community policing unit will also stay in contact with the homeowners to offer any further assistance from the Sheriff’s Office. 

Canisteo Jewelry store to close

The Evening Tribune is reporting today that McHenry's Jewelry Store on Main Street in Canisteo will close on May 8th. Hype over the opening of a new jewelry store in the city apparently irked the Canisteo business. The newspaper said the store owners sent a letter to mayor Shawn Hogan, saying they felt as if they had been ignored. The owners said they supported Hornell like any local business would.

Guy Davis to play at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center on Friday, May 1st

WELLSVILLE,NY-Guy Davis will be performing on Friday, May 1st, at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.  Show starts at 8pm.  Advanced tickets are $18,  $20 at door.  Members save an additional $2.  Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Art Center Coffee House.  For more information visit the website or call (585) 593-3000.
Whether he is performing on TV for Conan O’Brien, on nationally syndicated radio programs such as “A Prairie Home Companion, in front of 15,000 people on the main stage of a major music festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a music camp, bluesman Guy Davis feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his "all." His "all" is the Blues. The routes and roots of his blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people’s cry, or as playful and bouncy as a hayride. Guy can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, their days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child, raised in middle-class Westchester County, the only cotton he’s picked was his underwear up off the floor. 
He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. He’s appeared on television, in film, on the stage, both with and without his famous actor-activist parents Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. For the past decade, he has concentrated much of his efforts on writing, recording, and performing music.  Since 1995, he has released 15 albums, many of which have won him blues and independent music awards.  His 2004 release, "Legacy," was recognized as one of the best of the year by Rolling Stone, NPR and DownBeat. Of the numerous compilation and tribute albums that he has contributed to, Guy is proudest of his contribution to “I Will Be Your Friend: Songs and Activities for Young Peacemakers," in which Guy contributes the title track. The CD is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s national “Teaching Tolerance” ( campaign.   Guy's latest release, "Juba dance," features Fabrizio Poggi (Hohner Award harmonica player) as well as the Blind Boys of Alabama.
"Like the best early bluesmen, Guy Davis is, at heart, a storyteller.  A master at setting intimate, richly nuanced tales to stomping acoustic blues backing, often with folky accompaniment from mandolin, banjo and accordion..."  -BLUES REVUE
"If the earthy power of Guy Davis' sandpaper vocals doesn't grab your attention and the resonance of his acoustic-guitar strings doesn't turn your head, you need to make sure you're still alive..."  -ROBERT GORDON, Blues Music Journalist

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Saturday April 25, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested a 13 year old Franklinville youth, charging him with Disorderly Conduct.  The charge stems from an incident that took place in Island Park.  The youth was processed and petitioned to the Allegany County Probation Department.  The youth was released to his parent.

Date: Sunday April 26, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested Anthony J. Carozzoni, age 46 of Elmira, NY, charging him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Possession of a Controlled Substance by Ultimate Users Original Container and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  The charges stem from an incident that took place at the Microtel on W Dyke Street.  Carrozzoni was processed and arraigned by acting Village Judge Ames.  Carrozzoni was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,000.00 bail.  Carrozzoni is due back in Wellsville Village Court on May 5th at 4:30 pm.

Wellsville: 2015 Greater Trout Derby pays out $12,553

From Wellsville Area News:
The 2015 Wellsville Lions Club Fishing Derby over the weekend drew in 1,263 anglers that ended up catching 140 of the prize trout. Including the Community Fish ticket winner, Alisa Mountain of West Almond, who won $2,853, the total cash payout for the weekend was $12,553.

Fire destroys Potter County garage

One building was destroyed and a home was damaged by fire on Phoenix Run Road in Hector Township, Potter County. The blaze was reported at 5:22am on Friday April 24th. According to Trooper Roger Williams, Assistant Fire Marshall of the Mansfield barracks, the structures were owned by Eric Reynolds, 39, of Westfield, PA. A wooden garage, valued at $5,000, was declared a total loss. Another $1,500 in damage was reported at a nearby mobile home, which sustained damage to the siding because of the heat of the fire.
State police said the blaze originated somewhere in the garage, but because of the extreme damage, investigators were unable to determine the exact cause.

Livingston County Sheriff Blotter April 27, 2015

The following persons were arrested as a result of investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office:

Rachel A. Braziel, 45, Wayland, NY, was charged with Disorderly Conduct on April 18.  Braziel was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Sparta Town Court on a later date.

John A. Ambroselli, 50, Avon, NY, was arrested April 20, charged with Criminal Contempt 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Following arraignment  in Avon T own Court, Ambroselli was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail/$15,000 property bond.  Ambroselli will return to Avon Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Alisha J. Benson, 32, Victor, NY, was cited for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana on April 20, and was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Ryan C. McCaslin, 19, Perry, NY, was arrested April 21, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Endangering The Welfare of a Child, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs Under Leandra’s Law and No/Inadequate Muffler.  Following arraignment in Leicester Town Court, McCaslin was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail/$4,000 property bond.  McCaslin will return to Leicester Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Mark D. Palmer, Jr., 25, Rochester, NY, was charged April 19, with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Speeding.  Palmer will answer charges in Leicester Town Court on a later date.

Nicholas J. Breedlove, 19, Caledonia, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and No/Inadequate Lights on April 23.  Breedlove will appear in Livonia Town Court in answer to charges on a later date.

Christopher T. Thornton, 37, and Hannah M. Rowlinson, 33, Avon, NY, were charged with Cruelty To Animals on April 21, and were released on appearance tickets to appear in response to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Megan L. Peete, 29, Wyoming, NY, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Failure To Use Designated Lane on April 16.  Peete will answer charges inYork Town Court on a later date.
Nicole L. Green, 28, Caledonia, NY, was arrested and charged with seven counts of Burglary 2nd Degree and one count of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree on April 10th and 14th.  Green is being held in the Livingston County jail on $30,000 cash bail/$60,000 property bond and will address charges in Livingston County Court on a later date.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Obituary: James D. Bottomley, 54, Canaseraga

CANASERAGA-James D. Bottomley, 54, of Coombs Road, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (April 21, 2015) at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.
Born in Hornell on April 22, 1960, he was a son of Frank B. Bottomley, who predeceased him on March 22, 2014 and Phyllis Beard Bottomley, who survives. On Sept. 12, 2009 he was married in Canaseraga to the former Sandra L. McDowell, who also survives.
A graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1979 he received his associate’s degree from the Wellsville Campus of Alfred State College where he studied Electrical Trade Services.

Jim was employed by Kodak in Rochester and M-K in Hornell before he began his 30 year career with Steuben Gas Storage, which he was instrumental in establishing, and was presently a Superintendent with its predecessor, Arlington Storage at Crestwood.
He was a car enthusiast and was very proud owner of 1976 Chevrolet Camaro LT. Jim always seemed to be in the process of either repairing or building something and enjoyed camping, annual trips to Jamaica. He especially enjoyed family events and spending time with his children and grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Grandpa Jim Jim”.
His loving family includes his wife of five years, Sandy; his mother, Phyllis of Hornell; his two children, Jesse (Kaitlyn) Bottomley and Ashley (Larry) Fink all of Hornell; his two stepsons, Robert (Sarah) Acome of Derry, N.H. and Joseph Warren of Pennellville; his two granddaughters, Ayrianna and Alice Bottomley; his sister, Lois Davis of Rochester; also his niece, Chelsea Davis and nephew, Zachary Davis.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of James D. Bottomley.
Calling hours are 1-3 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell where a funeral service will be held in his memory following calling hours at 3 p.m. today (Sunday) with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Shut Up and Shoot Benefit for Jay Shultz for ALS, in care of Joanna Dyer, 800 Robinson Road, Owego, N.Y. 13827. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

Obituary: William J. Smith, 82, Hornell

HORNELL-William J. Smith, son of Marjorie (Ford) Smith and William Smith, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning (April 22, 2015).
William was born on January 5, 1933 in Dansville, New York and was a graduate of Dansville High School. He went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Geneseo University and a Masters in Education from Alfred University. In the early 1950’s he joined the US Army and was a trained communication specialist. After his service, he was hired as an Earth Science teacher in the Hornell City School District where he taught for more than 30 years. In that time, he held several positions in the Hornell Teachers Association including treasurer and president. He was also the head of the Science Department for many years. He performed in many school and community stage productions.

William was an avid reader and never far from a good book. He had an abiding love of movies and travel. He loved animals and his family. Quietly brilliant, William once won at a Trivial Pursuit game as quickly as possible so that he could go back to his book.
William was preceded in death by his wife Hildreth “Mickey” (Sharretts) Smith and his son Robert William Smith. He is survived by his sister, Neale Clifford; his daughter, Neale Bacon and her husband Michael, their children, Joshua (Seema), Jacob (Lindsay), Benjamin, and Patrick; his daughter, Hildreth Volonts and her husband, Jani, her children, Jessica, Eric (Julie), Elizabeth (Richard) Harris, Erin, and Justine; the children of his son Robert Smith and Diana Hopson: Megan (Michael) Burley, Devon, and Dustin; his son, Mark Smith and his wife Meghan, his children, Abbigail and Scott; his special son, Keith Guthrie and his wife, Jennifer, their children, Zachary and Kilauren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Calling hours are 2- 4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday (April 29, 2015) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Valley Parish at St. Ann’s Church, in Hornell, at 10 a.m. Thursday (April 30, 2015) with a graveside service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell or the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral Home.

Obituary: Barbara A. Walsh, 76, Scio

SCIO - Barbara A. Walsh of 4439 W. Sciota Street, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 in  Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville following a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.
Barbara was born on Nov. 25, 1938 in Wellsville and was a daughter of Rufus and Louise Cowles Guinnip. On Nov. 22, 1958 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scio she married her loving husband of 56 years James W. Walsh, who survives. Barbara was a 1957 graduate of Scio Central School. She worked at the Wellsville Key Bank as a loan officer for 22 years retiring in 1991. After retiring from Key Bank she went to work for Jan & Bev's Home care where she will be remembered as a very caring and loving aide. Barbara was a member of St. Joseph Church and the Scio Fireman's Aux. She love to be outdoors and in the sun planting flowers. Barbara enjoyed playing cards, watching Go Cart Races, but most of all she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them and especially her grandchildren. Surviving Barbara besides her husband are four sons, Michael J. (Terri) Walsh of Scio, Douglas J. (Kimberly) Walsh of Scio, Daniel P. Walsh of Wellsville, and J. Gregory (April) Walsh of Scio; a daughter, Toni Vogel of NC; 14 grandchildren, Jonathan E., Stephanie A., Samantha J., Shauna M., Damien D., Megan E., Daniel P., Dylan J., Payton R., Preston J., Tyler Cornell, Alex, Hailey and Louis Vogel; 12 great grandchildren; a brother, Claire (Kathy) Guinnip of Scio; a sister, Leola Perkins of Scio; and several nieces and nephews. Barbara was pre-deceased by her parents; four brothers, Merle Cowles, Rufus, Sherman and Glenn Guinnip; and a sister, Doris Boland. There will be no public visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a date and time to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Genesee Pkwy, Cuba. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Allegany County Cancer Services, 7 Court Street, Belmont, NY 14813. 

State Police Blotter

4/25/15 2pm- During a traffic stop on state route 21 in Hornellsville, state police arrested Robert J. Clover, 23, of Wellsville. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. He was issued a court appearance ticket.
4/25/15 2:39pm- Following a harassment complaint in Urbana April 20th, state police report the arrest of Chad C. Walker, 40, of Bath. He was charged with felony criminal mischief, preventing an emergency call and assault. He was released on court appearance tickets.
4/26/15 1:09am- Following a traffic stop on I-86, state police arrested Alexander J. Daines, 21, of Corning. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and released on court tickets.
4/25/14 9:44pm- State police investigated a one vehicle accident on county road 12 in the town of Ward. Police said the driver, Cory Brion, 22, of Wellsville, was not injured.
4/25/15 10:29am-  State police investigated a vehicle/ATV crash at the intersection of Rawson and Porter road in New Hudson. The operators were listed as Thomas J. Oliver, 21, of Olean and Derrick G. Blair, 14, of Cuba. Troopers said one person sustained injuries, but did not indicate the severity.

Obituary: Martin Lee Cole, 66, Bolivar

Bolivar - Martin Lee Cole, age 66, of Friendship Street passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Olean General Hospital. He was born on November 29, 1948 in Olean to Howard and Flora May Ferrington Cole. On September 26, 2002 in Richburg he married Margaret Lounsberry who survives. 
Martin was a lifelong resident of the area and had served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Dresser Rand and later for Fiber Cell in Portville. Martin enjoyed fishing and attending Total Senior Care in Olean. He was a member of the VFW Post #2530 in Wellsville where he enjoyed socializing and dancing. 
Martin is survived by his wife Margaret and her children, William [Cindy] Lounsberry of Hinsdale, Martha Roy of Greenwood, Mary Morris of Wellsville and Johnny Wagner of California; several step grand and great grandchildren; a brother Larry [Brenda] Cole of Scio and a sister Patricia Black of Biloxi, MS.; several nieces and nephews. 
Martin was predeceased by his parents and a brother Jim Cole. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville with Reverend Carl Kemp presiding. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Potter County: DUI checkpoint results

Obituary: Masako T. Vannatter, 78, Ulysses

Masako T. VANNATTER, 78, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, April 24, 2015 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.
Born September 11, 1936, in Okinawa, Japan, she was the daughter of Kana and Kama Tsuha.
She was employed by Galeton Production, C&J Blouse Co., and Ulysses Lumber.
Surviving are: five children, Keiko (Robert) Sutton of Galeton, PA, Joyce (Richard, Jr.) Nelson of Andrews Settlement, Robert (Cherie) Vannatter of Mills, PA, James (Kathleen) Vannatter of Blossburg, PA, and Jessie (Brandi Martin) Vannatter of Franklin, OH; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Seikichi Tsuha and Selkhi Tsuha; two sisters, Camako and Setsuko; and longtime companion, John Taylor. She was predeceased by a son, Ronnie J. Vannatter; a grandson, James "Jimmy" Vannatter, Jr.; a great-grandson, Skye W. Nelson; and a brother.
Friends may call Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Steuben County: Former counselor charged with rape

Cuba: Pill drop a success

From Cuba Police Department:
Today was the Allegany County Pill Drop. At the Cuba site there were 52 cars that dropped pills off. 88 total lbs of controlled and non controlled pills were taken off the street. Several containers full of needles were also taken off the street. This was was done as a non-paid, volunteer event in conjunction with The Cuba Police Department, Partners for Prevention, Allegany County Sheriffs Office, and the Cuba Fire and Ambulance Department's. A big thanks to the public for helping our organizations to keep our community a safe place to live and work

Leak at food warehouse causes local shortages in Wellsville & PA - The Bradford Era

By Alex Davis, Era Reporter
A perishable food shortage could be over early next week at grocery stores across the region, a week after a big wholesale distributor from New York state sustained an ammonia leak that resulted in more than a $1 million loss of products.
The colorless, gaseous leak at the Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative Inc. of Westons Mills, N.Y., at about 3:30 a.m. April 20 resulted in the disposal an of unknown quantity of dairy, meat and produce and forced area store officials to temporarily order certain products elsewhere, according to Bob Ketchner, president and CEO of the cooperative food distributor. Dry good supplies were not impacted.“The key factor is the safety of our members and the community,” Ketchner told The Era on Friday.

The Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative Inc. has several
member stores in the region, including Service Stores Park & Shop in Olean and
Portville, Ried’s Food Barn in Olean, Giant Food Mart in Cuba and Wellsville,
and Parkview Supermarket in Salamanca. The grocery  cooperative also serves 30-plus stores in Pennsylvania
alone, including Costa’s Super Market in Smethport and Eldred, Costa’s Food
Center in Coudersport and Olivett’s ShurFine Food Mart of Emporium.

The grocery cooperative could be back in full operation on Monday, according to Ketchner. Click the link to read more...
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State Police Blotter

4/24/15 8:35pm- State Police arrested Lawrence C. Miller, 53, of Bolivar. He was charged with harassment with physical contact, resulting from a domestic dispute March 29th. He was issued a court appearance ticket.
4/24/15 6:59am- State Police investigated a one vehicle property damage crash on county road 26 in Belfast. The driver was listed as James H. Snyder, 36, of Angelica.
4/24/15 6:25am- State Police investigated a one vehicle property damage crash on county road 26 in Belfast. The driver was listed as Karen B. Bentley, 47, of Caneadea.
4/24/15 1:15pm- During a traffic stop on state route 21 in Almond, state police arrested John G. Nirelli, 18, of Canastota. He was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana.
4/25/15 3am- During a traffic stop on state route 21 in Alfred, state police arrested Nicholas J. Wheeler, 19, of Attica. He was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol. He was released on a court ticket.
4/25/15 5:47am- State police investigated a one vehicle crash on state route 417 in Andover. Troopers listed the driver as Rhoshon L. Roundtree, 47, of Hornell. She was not injured.
4/24/15 6:47pm- State police arrested a man following a vehicle crash on county road 87 in Wayne. Troopers charged Travis S. Otero, 25, of Bath with DWI, BAC at or above .08%, moved from lane unsafely, no license. He was issued court tickets.
4/24/15 10:01pm- State police arrested Kyle J. Stone, 22, of Bath. He was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana-more than 25 grams. He was held for court action.
4/24/15 8:43pm- During a traffic stop on state route 36 in Hornellsville, state police arrested Curtis H. Hinz, 31, of Fillmore. He was charged with DWI and BAC at or above .08%. He was released on court tickets.