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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Corning Incorporated announces groundbreaking innovation

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its groundbreaking innovation – Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+. Specifically designed for wearable devices, this new glass composite significantly reduces visible scratches while delivering the toughness, optical clarity and touch sensitivity that make Gorilla Glass famous.
With rigorous daily activity, consumers put their wearable devices to the test, leaving them exposed to damage. To overcome the challenges facing the screens on these devices, Corning scientists developed a new glass composite engineered to better endure the bumps, knocks and scrapes wearables encounter while maintaining the optical clarity and touch sensitivity required for on-the-go connectivity.

In a league of its own

In lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ demonstrated superior scratch resistance approaching that of alternative luxury cover materials, while delivering up to 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection than those alternative materials. Such step improvements in optical performance enable longer battery life and improved outdoor readability.
“In early 2015, Corning launched Project Phire with the goal of engineering glass-based solutions with the scratch resistance approaching luxury cover materials, combined with the superior damage resistance of Gorilla Glass,” said Scott Forester, director, innovation products, Corning Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ delivers a superior combination of properties that is not available in any other material today – it is in a class of its own.”
Leveraging its strengths in glass science and fusion manufacturing, Corning leads the cover glass industry it created nearly 10 years ago. Corning Gorilla Glass has been used on more than 4.5 billion devices worldwide, including more than 1,800 product models across 40 major brands. With the introduction of Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, the one company that has been innovating with glass for 165 years offers manufacturers of wearable devices a clear alternative to luxury cover materials.
Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ is commercially available and is expected to be on product models from leading global brands later this year.

Obituary: Kenneth W. Beckerink, 79, Arkport

Kenneth W. Beckerink, 79, of Arkport, passed away peacefully Sunday (August 28, 2016). Born in Clymer, January 15, 1937, at the family home, he was the son of William and Wilma (Croscutt) Beckerink.
Ken was a graduate of Clymer Central School and received his Associate’s Degree from Alfred State College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree and his Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Ken completed coursework toward his Phd at the University of Buffalo.
From 1955- 1957, Ken was employed by the Town of Clymer Highway Department where he especially enjoyed driving a new Oshkosh truck. From 1961-1962, he was employed as a Business Education Teacher at the Rush-Henrietta Central School, and from 1962-1967 as a Business Education Teacher at Southwestern Central School in Jamestown. From 1967 until his retirement in 1992, he served as Professor and Department Chair of the Business Department at Alfred State College.
Following his retirement, Ken was employed at the Wyoming County Bank in their Agricultural Loan Department. For several years Ken was a licensed Real Estate Broker for the former Winters Real Estate Company as well as the former Canisteo Valley Realty and later, the Sweeney Agency in Hornell. He spent several years teaching the salesman and real estate broker courses for the State of New York for the next generation of realtors.
Ken received the Outstanding Business Management Student of the Year award at Alfred State College, the Distinguished Service Award by the Lakewood Area Jaycees, and the Alumni Award for Outstanding Teacher at Alfred State College.
Ken served as a Village Trustee and Mayor for the Village of North Hornell, served as Director of the New York State Business Teacher’s Association and as a member of the Steuben Allegany Board of Realtors. He was a member and Chairman of Watson Homestead Board of Managers, the Alfred State Development Fund Board of Directors, the Alfred State Alumni Association, Chair of the Department Chairs Council at Alfred State College, as well as a member of numerous other committees at Alfred State. He was a member and past president of the Maple City Lions Club, a member of the Arkport Exchange Club, a member of the Clymer Hill Reformed Church , attended the United Methodist Church of Hornell and served on the church’s Trustees Committee.
Ken was a charter member of the “McDonald’s 8 am Men’s Coffee Group” and a member of the “Alfred State Lunch Round Table.” Ken especially loved being a part of these unofficial groups.
Ken was also a proud owner and operator of a multi-generational family farm in Clymer. He enjoyed spending time at the farm working in the woods, driving tractors, and completing “farm projects” with his grandsons.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, aunts and uncles, and several cousins.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Keith Beckerink to whom he was married December 31, 1960, in Sherman, NY; his daughters, Kathryn (Tom) Markel of Arkport and Karen Beckerink; grandsons, Joseph Markel of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and Brian Markel of Arkport; his brother, Perry (Doris) Beckerink of Clymer and his sister, Sandra Sperry of Corry, PA, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.

To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.  The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.
The family will be present to receive friends on Thursday (Sept. 1, 2016) from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo Street in Hornell. Funeral services will be held at the Hornell United Methodist Church, 7528 North Main Street Ext. (Corner of County Route 66), Hornell on Friday (Sept. 2, 2016) at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Holland Cemetery, Clymer, NY. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 1 pm Saturday (Sept. 3, 2016).

Friends wishing to remember Ken are asked to consider contributions to: Clymer Hill Reformed Church, 8435 Ravlin Hill Road, Clymer, NY 14724 or to the General Scholarship Fund, Alfred State College, Attn: Institutional Advancement, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802. 

Police: Nunda woman made threats, violated court order

Press Release:
Mount Morris: Sheriff Thomas Dougherty reports the arrest of Amber Ellis, 29 of Nunda,  after a series of incidents occurring over the course of two days in the Town of Nunda. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office reports the initial incident happened on August 25 when the Nunda Police Department arrested Amber Ellis for Criminal Mischief and arraigned her on the charges in the Town of Portage Court where Judge Sinsabaugh issued a complete stay away order of protection for the victim of the crime. The next day, Ellis allegedly contacted the victim of the criminal mischief and made threats of harm.  This contact was in violation of the court order, issued just the day before.  At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that the violation involved a legitimate threat to the victim.  Subsequently, Amber Ellis was arrested for a Criminal Contempt in the1st degree (a felony) and aggravated Harassment in the 2nd degree.
Ellis was transported to, and booked in at, the Livingston County Jail.  She was later arraigned on those charges in the Town of Nunda, before Judge Mann, and remanded back to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. After this latest arraignment, and while en route back to the Livingston County Jail, Ellis saw the protected party of the order of protection and allegedly yelled obscenities at the victim from the Sheriff's Office transport vehicle.  This interaction again violated the court issued order of protection.  Additional charges of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree and Disorderly Conduct were brought against Ellis.
On August 27, Ellis was arraigned on the additional charges in the Town of Nunda, before Judge Mann and remanded back to the Livingston County Jail, with an additional bail of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.  Amber remains incarcerated at the Livingston County Jail.

SP Amity – Man arrested after teaching his son to steal

 
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Steven A. Nigrelli
Troop A Commander


 
PRESS RELEASE

On August 28 at 12:48 a.m., Troopers arrested William L Smith, 36 of Buffalo, NY for Trespass, Criminal Mischief 4th, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Troopers responded to the Breezy Point Camp Ground in Scio.  The owner of the camp ground reported she saw 2 males breaking into vacant campers.  Based on the owners and witnesses descriptions, Troopers located Smith and his 15-year-old son.  Smith had taken his son for a walk around the camp ground and allegedly began breaking into vacant campers. The pair, police said, was scared off when the owner confronted them.  Troopers arrested Smith for Trespass, Criminal Mischief 4th, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Smith was processed at SP Amity and arraigned at the Town of Scio court.  Bail was set at $5,000 and Smith was remanded to the Allegany County Jail.  Smith to reappear in the Town of Scio court September 2016.

Potter County becoming hotbed of white supremacy - Bradford Era

By ALEX DAVIS Era Reporter
A white supremacy movement appears to be on the rise in Potter County –– and one of the  groups involved bills itself as a “Terror Machine coming to a town near you.”
The Aryan Strikeforce, a white nationalist organization that considers itself a reputable defense league, is planning a “unity meeting” with the National Socialist Movement, a whites-only political organization, on Saturday in Potter County. The “White Solidarity Meeting” begins at 4 p.m. at an undisclosed location.

 
Meanwhile, the National Socialist Movement, which hosted a meeting in Potter County Aug. 13, is planning an event Oct. 8 in Ulysses. For that event, a flyer states “All White Patriots” are welcome to the meeting that begins at 4 p.m.

And these aren’t the only meetings planned for God’s Country –– many more are to come, organization members reported this week.
The Coudersport-based state police say they are aware of Friday’s meeting, “but there is nothing for us to comment on at this time,” a trooper said.
“It is useful to keep in mind that we are talking about a few white supremacists in a county with a population of around 18,000,” Anti-Defamation League spokesman Mark Pitcavage told The Era on Monday. “They constitute a tiny fringe of extreme opinion and in no way are representative of the people of Potter County.”
In an email, the Aryan Strikeforce said that meetings and other events in Potter County and other areas around the United States will be held each month. On its website, the Aryan Strikeforce says it is in need of soldiers and warriors “to lead this fight against our enemies.” A graphic on its website also carries the text “Terror Machine coming to a town near you,” as well as “Combat 18” and “Whatever it takes!”
“We're not going to give the exact number of people attending (Friday’s meeting),” the Aryan Strikeforce responded via email using the moniker “Terror Machine.” Read more...
Potter County becoming hotbed of white supremacy

State Police Blotter - Coudersport

8/18/16 10:30pm- State police arrested David Bracken-Fitzgerald Eshbaugh, 43, of Mayport, PA. He was charged with simple assault and harassment. Troopers allege that the man struck a woman while at the Allegheny Campgrounds in Roulette. He was released on $2,500 unsecured bail.
8/6-16/16- State police are investigating a theft that occurred at 227 McCutcheon Road in Harrison Township. Elwin VanEtten, 81, told police someone stole a 1986 red Honda ATV.
8/10/16 4pm- State police arrested a 17-year-old girl from Mt. Jewett charging her with harassment following an incident on Sartwell Creek Road in Pleasant Valley Township. Troopers allege the teenager struck a 45-year-old Smethport man several times with a metal kitchen spoon, causing minor injury.
8/6/16- State police investigated an act of criminal mischief at the Sacred Heart Church on Main Street in Genesee. Troopers said vandals smashed and destroyed two wooden flower boxes.
8/3/16 3:30pm- State police are investigating a case of animal cruelty at 696 Route 6 in Coudersport. Police said "an unknown number of actors went on to the victims property and killed an alpaca by unknown means and let a pig out of its pen which was subsequently hit by a car on Route 6." Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP at 814-274-8690.
8/7/16 10:45pm- State police cited Joshua Walker, 18, of Ulysses with criminal trespass. The incident occurred on Pleasant Street in Ulysses.
8/20/16 2:05am- State police investigated a one vehicle crash on Kinney Road in Genesee Township. Michelle Cadwell, 21, of Coudersport told troopers she swerved to miss a deer, lost control and struck a concrete culvert. Troopers said she then fled the scene and never reported the crash. Cadwell sustained moderate injuries and was treated at Olean General. She was charged with seven summary traffic violations.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney report - Aug. 29, 2016

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, August 29, 2016:

Arraignments:

SKYLER A. CARLSON, 18, of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with 2 counts of Rape in the First Degree, class B felonies; Rape in the Third Degree, a class E felony; Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class B felony and Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on June 25, 2016, in the Town of Allegany, when Carlson allegedly had sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

ROBERT J. DEPPA, 32, of Redhouse, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, class B felonies and 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, class B felonies.  The crime occurred on January 15, 2015, in the City of Salamanca, when Deppa allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold a narcotic drug.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

ROBERT L. NELSON, 46, of Portville, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with 2 counts of Menacing a Police Officer, class D felonies; Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Menacing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Disorderly Conduct, a violation and Resisting Arrest, a violation.  The incident occurred on May 16, 2016, in the City of Olean, when Nelson allegedly attempted to place a police officer in reasonable fear while displaying a knife; intentionally damaged property of another person; intended to cause a public annoyance and resisted arrest.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

AMOS J. KRAUSE, 31, of Salamanca, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  The incident occurred on June 29, 2016, in the City of Salamanca, when Krause allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold a narcotic drug.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

JOHN LEE, 42, Salamanca, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  The incident occurred on February 12, 2015, in the Town of Great Valley, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold a narcotic drug.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

REGINALD IRION, 57, of Gowanda, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, class B felonies and 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, class B felonies.  The incident occurred in November 2015 in the Town of Persia when he allegedly and unlawfully possessed and sold a narcotic drug.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Guilty Pleas:

ANDREW USYK, 25, of Gowanda, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on December 27, 2015, in the Town of Perrysburg, when he operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .10% BAC.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 31, 2016.

JESSICA CORBETT, 29, of Hinsdale, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree,a class B felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on July 29, 2015, in the City of Olean, when she sold a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 23, 2017.

Sentences:

DANIEL T. WILSON, 39, of Hinsdale, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to a term of 6 years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 5 years post release supervision AND a term of 2 to 4 years with the New York State Department of Corrections, to run consecutively, for his convictions to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony  and Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred between May 8-May 14, 2016, in the Town of Hinsdale, when he knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building, with intent to commit a crime and possessed a firearm.

MICHAEL C. LATHROP, 25, of Delevan, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced to 1 ½ years with the New York State Department of Corrections and 1 year of post release supervision for his conviction to Attempted Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on April 9, 2016, in the Town of Freedom, when the defendant attempted to possess and intend to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine. 

SELENA M. HARE, 24, of Randolph, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, was sentenced to 2 to 4 years with the New York State Department of Corrections for her conviction to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on February 12, 2015, in the Town of Randolph, when the defendant knowingly attempted to enter or remain unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein. 

LOGAN SHEARER, 20, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a 1 year Conditional Discharge for his conviction to Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on December 27, 2015, in the Town of Allegany when Shearer knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling.

ELI CLARK, 25 of Buffalo, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor and was sentenced as time served.  The incident occurred on April 13, 2016,  in the Town of Franklinville, when the defendant knowingly took and operated a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Three alarm fire in Wyoming County destroys home

A three alarm fire Monday afternoon in Bliss destroyed a home at 6578 Route 362 in Bliss. Two people lived at the home but neither was there when the flames broke out. Investigators believe the fire started in the laundry room, possibly due to a faulty power strip. Several fire departments responded including Bliss, Pike, Arcade, Strykersville, Castile, North Java, Silver Springs and Gainesville. Nunda, Varysburg, Fillmore and Centerville according to initial reports. No injuries were reported and the Red Cross was called to assist.

Steuben residents asked to fill out hazard mitigation plan survey

BATH – Residents in Steuben County have an opportunity to speak out about local hazardous issues through a 15-minute online survey sponsored by the county Office of Emergency Services. The anonymous 21-question survey is a part of the county Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan update, required every five years by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). County Office of Emergency Services Director Timothy Marshall said his department is now working with municipalities to determine their community needs and how to mitigate, or lessen, the impact of a disaster. "Part of the mitigation plan requirement is to have citizens participate in the process," he said. "We want to know people’s concerns about mitigating disasters and what they think about their personal preparedness measures."
Updated plans are required for municipalities to be eligible for future FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project funds, Marshall said. The survey, developed by consultant Barton and Loguidice, is located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMPCitizenSurvey.

Dairy winners announced at The Great New York State Fair

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the winners of the 2016 Dairy Products Competition in celebration of the 40th annual Dairy Day at The Great New York State Fair. One of the winners comes from Steuben County. HP Hood in Arkport won several awards including a gold honor for one of its cottage cheese preparations. Meanwhile, Empire Cheese also won several awards, including the gold for Low Moisture Mozzarella. There were eleven officials judges, including John Bartell, who is retired from SUNY Alfred.

Wellsville man charged with making a terroristic threat against police officer - UPDATED

Wellsville Police Tuesday arrested Jeffrey C. Rositzke, age 30 of Wellsville, charging him with Making a Terroristic Threat (Class D Felony).  The charge stems from an incident that took place on Trapping Brook Road in the Village of Wellsville.  Rositzke was processed and arraigned before Town of Independence Judge Dan Howe.  Rositzke was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail. Rositzke is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on September 6th at 4:30 p.m. Additional information may be provided later today regarding the nature of the alleged crime.
UPDATE: Wellsville Police Chief Tim O'Grady said this afternoon that the arrest was the result of alleged threats against a police officer. Chief O'Grady said Rositzke was involved in a disturbance call. While police were investigating, Rositzke allegedly said that he would find the officer, go to his house and "put a bullet in his head."

Guthrie Welcomes New Pennsylvania Prescription Tracking Database

Guthrie welcomes the a new system for tracking prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids. The PA Department of Health’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was launched by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on August 25.
PDMP will require all providers to check the online database if the prescriber is prescribing a controlled substance for the first time or suspects abuse. The system is designed as a tool to help providers and pharmacists track their patients’ controlled substance prescriptions and prevent abuse of these drugs. A similar system, iStop, already exists in New York.
Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Emergency Department Chairman, Marc Harris, D.O. explains, “Having a way to identify drug misuse early is a huge benefit for providers and their patients who battle addiction. This system is one way that providers in Pennsylvania can help combat the epidemic of opioid abuse that we are seeing.”
Pharmacies across the state have been submitting prescription information to the database for the last few months to build up the database. It will continue to grow as the system is used.
A recent community health needs assessment conducted by Guthrie identified opioid abuse as a significant health issue in the communities served by Guthrie. In February of this year, Guthrie installed MedSafe ® drug disposal units for safe, anonymous drug disposal at Guthrie hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Towanda, Pa. and Corning, N.Y.

September Events at the Palmer Opera House

Here is the schedule of events for The Palmer Opera House in Cuba, NY for the month of September.

Thursday September 1st-  6:00 PM
Acoustic Open Mic Night

The Palmer Opera House is hosting our monthly Acoustic Open Mic Night. Open to anyone wanting to come down and play acoustic musical offerings (all live music, no singing along with a track).  Doors open at 5:30 PM for performer sign-up, and performances run until around 10 PM.  The Perfect Blend Coffeehouse & Eatery will be open until 8 PM during our show and will deliver your food orders up to the Opera House. Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows.  (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba.  6:00 PM, FREE)
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Sunday September 11th- 2:00 PM
A Tribute to Classic Country

The Palmer Opera House is hosting A Tribute to Classic Country.  This community showcase will feature many local talented performers singing the classics of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, and more.  Admission by donation.  Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba, 2:00 PM, Donation)

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Friday September 23rd- 6:00 PM  
Country Legends Jamboree

The Palmer Opera House presents a Country Legends Jamboree. Join us for a CLASSIC country jamboree featuring the music of country music's most legendary performers.  Performing will be Red Gray and The Saddle Tramps.  $5 admission to jamboree. Soups, stews, and brews available for purchase. We will have a dance floor for those who are interested!.  Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba, 6:00 PM, $5)

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Sunday September 25th- 2:00 PM
Voices from the Past
The Palmer Opera House is hosting the Voices from Our Past.  This memorable event will be the culmination of Allegany County Local History Awareness week. This show will allow the audience to meet and hear the life stories from various notable historical personalities representing different towns in Allegany County. There will also be minstrels who will entertain with music of the historical eras. Come and "meet" history! Admission by donation.  Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows.  (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba, 2:00 PM, Donation) 

Obituary: Beatrice J. Davis, 87, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Beatrice J. Davis of 2327 Voorhees Hill, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Highland Park Healthcare Center following a brief illness. She was born October 3, 1928 in Salamanca, the daughter of Isaac and Lela Doris (Kervin) Hardy. On December 20, 1946 in Allentown she married W. Woodrow “Woody” Davis who predeceased her on August 19, 1984.
Beatrice was a graduate of the Allentown Union School. She owned and operated several businesses in the region, including the Modern Diner in Wellsville from 1956 untill 1969. She loved gardening and growing flowers. 
She is survived by a sister, Margaret Buchholz of Wellsville, several nieces & nephews and her beloved canine companion “Puppy”. She was predeceased in addition to her husband by three sons, Timothy, Terrence and Thomas Davis, three brothers, Robert Hardy and William and Harold Tingley, and one sister, Dorothy Mott.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside service at Stannards Cemetery on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Please consider memorial donations to Gil’s Hills, 2526 Brown Road, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Contract Renewed For Tioga/Potter 911 Center


Potter County Today
Potter County’s close partnership with its neighbor to provide reliable 24/7 communications for emergency responders will continue through 2020. Boards of Commissioners from Potter and Tioga counties approved a contract to continue dispatching services from the Tioga County 911 Center in Wellsboro through 2020. By joining forces, the two counties have been able to deliver speedy dispatching to fire, ambulance and police agencies. They’ve also cushioned the economic impact of the state-mandated service through shared infrastructure and other resources. The two-county system covering a region as large as the state of Delaware has been used as a model for other rural counties. Potter County pays Tioga County an annual fee covering a share of expenses at the dispatch center. Potter’s cost is $72,100 for 2016, rising annually to $81,149 for 2020. Each county is responsible for the network of coordinated towers and other infrastructure.

Counties are required by state law to provide 911 communications. Tioga County Emergency Services Director David Cohick worked closely with his counterpart in Potter County, John Hetrick, to forge the partnership and install the compatible technology across two counties. Since Hetrick’s retirement, the collaboration continues between Cohick; Potter County Commissioner Doug Morley, who doubles as emergency services director; and Glenn Dunn, Potter County emergency management coordinator. Some 23 towers are in place to service Potter and Tioga counties as well as parts of McKean, Bradford and Lycoming counties, across a 2,500-mile coverage area. The 911 dispatch center serves 26 fire companies, 26 police stations, and 20 ambulance agencies. Seventeen dispatchers are on staff, with three on the job during each shift.

Obituary: Duane M. Hooper, 73, Farmersville Station - Corrected

Duane M. Hooper, Farmersville Station, Loving Father & Grand Father
Of Back St. died Sunday (Aug. 28, 2016) at his home with family by his side, after a lengthy illness. Born March 28, 1943 in Farmersville he was the son of Morris and Margaret Norton Hooper. On Oct. 7, 1967 he married Linda A. Wheeler.
Mr. Hooper was a graduate of Rushford High School, a former Supervisor for the town of Farmersville, and was employed at AVX of Olean from which he retired.
Surviving is a daughter Carrie Haefner of Delevan, and a son Eric (Mindy) Hooper, of Farmersville, grand children Noah Haefner, Jessica (Haefner) Hoxie, Derrick Hooper, and Nakayla Hooper, and a grandson, a sister Marilyn Bednarski of Houghton, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister Maureen Cottrill.
A private grave side service will be held in Siloam Cemetery in Farmersville. A celebration of his life will be held at the Hooper House, on Saturday (Sept. 3, 2016), 952 Elton Rd. Farmersville at 3 p.m. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary: Eva Jane Kuhn, 83, Richburg

RICHBURG - Eva Jane Kuhn, 83, of 138 Main St. passed away Sunday August 28, 2016 at home. Born May 29, 1933 in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Jessie and Axa Stonemetz Burch. She married Carl Kuhn on February 25, 1950, Mr. Kuhn survives.
Eva was employed by Cutco Cutlery Co. Olean for 34 years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed cooking, her cats and most of all spending time with her family.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Laura (Dana) Skiber Cuba, Carl (Beth) Kuhn Cuba, and Donna (Paul) Hart Glens Falls NY. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and twelve greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters. At Eva’s request the will be no visitation or funeral services.

Memorials to the Richburg Colonial Library 160 Main St. Richburg N.Y. 14774 would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar, NY.

Akzo Nobel Salt to pay Livingston County $20 million in settlement

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), State Attorney General's Office (OAG) and Livingston County have finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to determine how funds from a settlement reached with the former owner of a collapsed salt mine in Livingston County will be used, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.
On December 23, 2014, DEC entered into a $20 million Natural Resource Damages (NRD) settlement agreement with Livingston County, the AG, and Akzo Nobel Salt, Inc. to address the environmental problems stemming from the 1994 collapse of the Retsof Salt Mine, which was the second-largest salt mine in the world. Among other things, the MOU provides that the settlement funds will be divided into four separate accounts: water supply infrastructure improvements, surface water and water supply improvements, monitoring of groundwater and subsidence within the area affected by the collapse and the development of a contingency fund.
"The funds acquired through this settlement with Akzo Nobel will play a significant role in safeguarding drinking water supplies in this area," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "The collapse and complete flooding of the Retsof Salt Mine in 1994 reduced available potable groundwater supplies, impacted local residential water wells, and resulted in land subsidence. By finalizing the MOU today, we are helping Livingston County communities continue to protect and enhance their drinking water supplies."
"The collapse of the Retsof mine has caused concerns in the impacted communities over long-term water supplies," Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. "We are pleased to join in forging a resolution to these longstanding concerns by securing $20 million to improve and protect the communities' water supplies for years to come."
Senator Patrick Gallivan, (R, C, IP) 59th Senate District said, "There is perhaps nothing more important than safe water in our communities. These funds will help ensure those impacted by the collapse of the Akzo mine will have access to reliable and safe drinking water now and in the future."
Livingston County Administrator Ian Coyle said, "The release of the settlement funds to Livingston County represents an end to a chapter of the County's history that no one wants to relive - the collapsing of a mine and the resulting, and profound, impact on the community. While dollars will never replace nor reverse the environmental problems caused by the collapse, it is important for County residents to know that the Board of Supervisors fought for every nickel that came back to Livingston County and a full $17 million dollars in settlement proceeds will be managed and maintained by the County for future water supply and infrastructure projects in the impacted areas."
Under the MOU, the $20 million paid by Akzo Nobel Inc. is deposited into different accounts:
  • $11,000,000 dedicated to surface water and water supply infrastructure, repair and maintenance.
  • $5,000,000 dedicated to surface water and water supply improvement projects to protect the drinking water sources for the communities impacted by the mine collapse.
  • $3,000,000 dedicated to monitoring groundwater and subsidence within the affected area, with $24,925.01 used to reimburse prior expert consultant costs.
  • $1,000,000 will provide a contingency fund to address potential future harm related to the collapse.
DEC accepted comments on the MOU during a 45-day public comment period, which concluded on July 5, 2016.

Drought conditions prompt disaster declarations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 15 counties in New York as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: Cayuga, Monroe, Steuben, Chemung, Niagara, Tioga, Erie, Ontario, Tompkins, Genesee, Schuyler, Wyoming, Livingston, Seneca and Yates.

“Our hearts go out to those New York farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling New York producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in New York also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Allegany, Chautauqua, Orleans, Broome, Cortland, Oswego, Cattaraugus, Onondaga and Wayne. Farmers and ranchers in Bradford, Potter, Susquehanna and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 29, 2016, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Obituary: John E. Pekarski, 84, Coudersport - former Coudy fire chief


John E. Pekarski  “beloved husband, father and grandfather”

COUDERSPORT, PA---John E. Pekarski, 84, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on October 25, 1931 in Costello, he was a son of John W. and Ella “Peg” Colegrove Pekarski.  On June 7, 1958 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, he married Muriel M. Duell, who survives.
He attended the Costello Country School and graduated from Coudersport High School.  Mr. Pekarski served his country as a military policeman in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.  He was employed by the former Pure Carbon Company in Coudersport for 38 years, being one of the first employees hired by the company.
John was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport and had also attended St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin.  He was a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post #192 and the Austin-Costello Sportman’s Club.  He was a life member and past fire chief of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, serving as fire chief for 25 years.  He loved to hunt, fish and sing country music.
Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Brian J. (Norma) Pekarski and Jerry D. (Casey) Pekarski, both of Coudersport; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Jes, Sabrina, Ciarra, Loryn, and Landin; a sister, Ruth Caldwell of Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by two brothers, Charles “Bud” Pekarski and Robert “Bob” Pekarski.
Family and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Augustine/St. Paul Cemetery, Costello.

Members of the Potter County Honor guard will accord military honors on Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to DaVita Dialysis Center, 665 East Main Street, Bradford, PA 16701.
John’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of John, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

State Police: Woman charged with burglary at Ellicottville Fire Department, damaged equipment

After an investigation by the New York State Police,  Morgan Manfreda-Moran, age 28, of Ellicottville, NY was arrested for felony Burglary 3rd degree and felony Criminal Mischief 2nd degree.  The State Police investigation revealed Manfreda-Moran had allegedly and unlawfully entered the Ellicottville Fire Department and slashed the tires on multiple emergency vehicles. Manfred-Moran was arraigned at the Town of Ellicottville Court and is scheduled to re appear at a later date.

Independence police arrest two men

Town of Independence police Monday morning arrested Harold A. Dutton 3rd, 30, of Whitesville. He was charged on a bench warrant for the Elmira police department. Dutton was picked up on State Route 248A and turned over to Elmira police. While on State Route 248A, Independence police also arrested Zechariah A. Turner, 28, of Whitesville. He was also arrested on a bench warrant and turned over to Elmira police.

Deputies arrest Shinglehouse man

Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney reports that on August 27th, 2016, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Brendan C. Barnett, age 33 of Shinglehouse, PA, on an Allegany County Family Court Warrant. Barnett was processed and transported to the Town of Angelica Court where he was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $5,000.00 cash bail or $10,000.00 bond.  Barnett is to appear in Allegany County Family Court at the next available session for additional court action.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Saturday August 27, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Daniel T. Besse, age 30 of Cattaraugus, charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more and Speed in Zone.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on Farnum Street in the Village.  Besse was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Besse is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on September 6th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday August 26, 2016

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Bradley A. Greene, age 20 of Wellsville, for failure to appear in Court/pay fine.  Greene was processed and arraigned before acting Wellsville Village Judge Ames.  Greene made a payment towards his fine and was released.

Wellsville Police arrested Kenneth C. Fullen, age 28 of Wellsville, charging him with Aggravted Unlicensed Operation 2nd and Uninspected Motor Vehicle.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on East Pearl Street in the Village.  Fullen was issued traffic citations and released.  Fullen is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court at a later date.

Wellsville man charged with felony burglary


Wellsville Police Sunday arrested Bradley M. Crandall, age 48 of Wellsville, charging him with Burglary 2nd (Class C Felony) and Petit Larceny.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on Madison Street in the Village.  Crandall was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Crandall was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $10,000.00 cash bail.  Crandall is due back in Wellsville Village Court on September 20th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville: Main Street building dealing with "temporary" code issues


A Wellsville building, long known for both its retail and residential offerings, has hit a small bump. The building, owned by Phillip Willey, spans 52, 54 and 56 North Main Street. Signs were recently posted at each entrance that read "Legal Notice...Not to be occupied." Village Code Enforcement Officer Jo Fenske told RNN today that during a recent fire inspection of the building, it was declared "unsafe" because the fire alarm system was not working. The building houses 12 apartments and three store fronts. Fenske stressed that the situation should be "temporary" and that Mr. Willey has "been very cooperative." Fesnke said the owner has been working feverishly to make the needed safety corrections. The Code Officer said the upper floor residents were alerted to the fire alarm situation and were allowed to remain, if they chose to. Temporary fire alarm measures have been put in place, the village official said.  Fenske said the problems could be easily remedied and that Mr. Willey has taken the matter very seriously. Fenske credited the building owner for responding swiftly.

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

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

Brian J. Jarvis, 40, York, NY, was arrested August 18, charged with two counts each of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and Harassment 2nd Degree and one count each of Assault 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Following arraignment in York Town Court, Jarvis was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.  Jarvis will return to York Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Antonio D. Hilliard, 35, Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree on August 18.  Following arraignment in North Dansville Town Court, Hilliard was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on no bail.  Hilliard will return to North Dansville Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Tiffany L. Zambrana, 20, Conesus, NY, was charged with Menacing 2nd Degree on August 21, and was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $500 cash bail following arraignment in Conesus Town Court. Zambrana will return to Conesus Town Court to address charges on a later date.

Melinda E. Torres, 28, Livonia, NY, was arrested August 21, charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree and No/Inadequate Tail Light.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Torres was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on $2,500 cash bail/$5,000 property bond.  Torres will return to Avon Town Court to respond to charges on a later date.

Brandon M. Geery, 23, Caledonia, NY, was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana on August 19, in Geneseo and again for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana later the same day in Caledonia.  Geery was released on appearance tickets to answer charges in Geneseo Village Court and Caledonia Village Court on a later date.

Hansel S. Higgs, III, 26, Spencerport, NY, was arrested August 18, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Registration is Suspended.  Higgs was released on an appearance ticket to satisfy charges in Mt. Morris Town Court on a later date.

Janelle M. Jones, 24, Leicester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Uninspected Motor Vehicle on August 20, and was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in York Town Court on a later date.

Christina G. Bakos, 27, Batavia, NY, was charged August 20, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree.  Bakos was released on an appearance ticket to address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Trudi M. Reppi, 39, Rochester, NY, was arrested August 22, charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and Uninspected Motor Vehicle.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Reppi was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.  Reppi will return to Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Rickey J. Ryan, 43, Rochester, NY, was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument on August 22, and following arraignment in Avon Town Court was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on no bail.  Ryan will return to Avon Town Court in response to charges on a later date.

Cheryl L. Wright, 36, Rochester, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator on August 19, and was released on an appearance ticket to satisfy charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Thomas P. Maracle, 35, Hamburg, NY, was cited August 23, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Inadequate Lights and Failure to Notify DMV of a Change of Address.  Maracle will answer charges in North Dansville Town Court on a later date.

Eric J. Caruana, 29, Irondequoit, NY, was arrested August 19, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Ignition Interlock Violation and Inadequate/No Tail Lamps.  Caruana will address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Sarah L. Jetty, 36, Auburn, NY, was cited for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Unlicensed Operator on August 21.  Jetty will respond to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Eva J. Cousins, 40, Mt. Morris, NY, was charged August 21, with Harassment 2nd Degree and will appear in answer to charges in Mt. Morris Village Court on a later date.

Raymond Salters, 52, Geneseo, NY, was arrested August 20, charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Plate Lamp.  Salters will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Amanda J. Smith, 29, Lakeville, NY, was cited for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Unlicensed Operator and No/Inadequate Plate Lamp on August 19, and was released on an appearance ticket to respond to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

 

Tavion J. Dent, 31, Hornell, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Violation of Driver License Restrictions and No/Inadequate Muffler on August 23.  Dent will respond to charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Suraffiel Teklegreen, 31, Lynchburg, VA, was charged August 23, with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Improper/No Signal.  Teklegreen will address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Cole Y. Petti, 19, and Christopher J. Patrick, 18, both residents of Mt. Morris, NY, were cited for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana on August 21, and were released on appearance tickets to appear in answer to charges in Mt. Morris Town Court on a later date.

Paul N. Herzog, 47, Springwater, NY, was arrested August 24, charged with Driving While Ability Impaired-Drugs and Stopping/Standing/Parking on a Highway.  Herzog will respond to charges in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Gabriel A. Maneiro, 37, Webster, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree and Suspended Registration on August 19.  Maniero will address charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Rebecca S. Hubbard, 30, Livonia, NY, was arrested August 19, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree.  Following arraignment in Livonia Town Court, Hubbard was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail/$1,000 property bond.  Hubbard will return to Livonia Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Shaundalee M. Hill, 27, Rochester, NY, was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Harassment 2ndDegree on August 17.  Hill will answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Justin P. Valdez, 32, Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater on August 25.  Valdez will respond to charges in Caledonia Town Court on a later date.

Robert L. Shoemaker IV, 20, Caledonia, NY, Cassidy J. Eichorn, 18, Avon, NY, Felicia C. Perham, 19, Nunda, NY, and Bronte E. Croteau, 19, Geneseo, NY, were charged with Possession of Alcoholic Beverage by a Person under 21 Years of Age on August 21, and will respond to charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Jennifer L. Woodcock, 30, Atlanta, NY, was charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree on August 24.  Following arraignment in Groveland Town Court, Woodcock was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $200 cash bail.  Woodcock will return to Groveland Town Court to address charges on a later date.

Houghton Outdoorsman Expo to feature 2016 Olympian Silver Medalist and renowned hunter

HOUGHTON, NY (August 28, 2016) - The Western New York Great Outdoorsman Expo—featuring Western New York’s own 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist in archery, Jake Kaminski, and nationally renowned whitetail deer expert, Charlie Alsheimer (shown in picture), along with other speakers, vendors and demonstrations—will be held at the Houghton College Kerr-Pegula Field House on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Advance tickets are $10 general and $5 for ages 6-14, and at-the-door tickets are $12 general and $7 for ages 6-14. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.houghton.edu/expo.
Olympic champion archer Kaminski will be hosting a talk and archery demonstration along with a meet-and-greet autograph session to follow. 
He is a two-time Olympic silver medalist, most recently winning the silver at the Rio Olympic Games along with gold medals at the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, World Cup Final, Pan American Games and Pan-American Championships.
Kaminski grew up in Elma, N.Y. (just outside of Buffalo) and began his archery career at the age of six. With an eye on the Olympics, he began working with the recurve bow at the age of 15. 
With national recognition, Kaminski has achieved sponsorship support from pro-brands such as Easton and Hoyt Archery, with whom he also works on product development. 
Alsheimer will be presenting a talk/Q&A on the topic “Strategies for Whitetails” during the expo.
He will also be hosting a separate VIP dinner at the Houghton Dining Hall where he will be giving a presentation entitled “Whitetails—A Photographic Journey Through the Seasons.” The VIP dinner will be limited to 100 people and carries a cost of $35 per person, which includes a full meal and the presentation. 
Named “One of deer hunting's top five inspirational leaders of the twentieth century” by Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine, Alsheimer is one of the most widely recognized members of the outdoor media and is considered a leading authority on the whitetail deer.
His photos regularly grace the covers and pages of America's most popular outdoor publications, and his writings on whitetail behavior, hunting strategy and quality deer management have garnered critical and popular acclaim.
In addition to being a longtime field editor for Deer and Deer Hunting, Alsheimer has written articles appearing in Outdoor Life, Whitetail News, and many other prominent magazines. His books include "Strategies for Whitetails," "Whitetail—Rites of Autumn," "Quality Deer Management—The Basics and Beyond," "Hunting Whitetails by the Moon," "Whitetail—Behavior Through the Seasons" and "Whitetail—The Ultimate Challenge." He is also the co-author of "A Guide to Adirondack Deer Hunting."
Hunting expert Oak Duke will also be giving a presentation on whitetail deer.  
Duke is a nationally published newspaper columnist and features in a weekly syndicated publication entitled "In the Outdoors with Oak Duke." Duke is also as avid local historian and author, having written two hunting books, "Whitetail Bow Hunting" and "Springtime in the Turkey Woods," along with four more books that focus on local community history.  
He is a member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America and has won multiple writing, photography and digital awards.
The expo will also feature multiple hunting/outdoors dealers and non-profit organizations in the 115,000-square-foot field house at Houghton College. 
Some featured exhibitors are Pioneer Motor Sports, Trout Unlimited, Streeter’s Taxidermy, NY Bowhunters Association, R&K Marina, Bob McKerrow & Sons RVs, and many more.
For more information, please visit www.houghton.edu/expo.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

NY team, Maine-Endwell, wins Little League World Series

A small town baseball team from New York's Southern Tier has won the 2016 Little League World Series!

Obituary: Virginia T. Vincent, 91, Allentown

ALLENTOWN — Virginia T. Vincent, 91, passed away on Friday (August 26, 2016) at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. Arrangements are under the direction of the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. Arrangements are incomplete.

Obituary: James R. Watkins, 81, Bolivar

BOLIVAR - James R. Watkins, 81, of 212 Olive St., passed away Friday (Aug. 26, 2016) at home following a lengthy illness.
Born Dec. 9, 1934, in Blossburg, Pa., he was the son of Benjamin and Ida Hazlett Watkins. Jim married the former Grace W. Ives on June, 25, 1955, in Elkland, Pa. Mrs. Watkins predeceased him on Feb. 18, 2010.
He was a graduate of the Elkland Joint High School, Class of 1952. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in 1956 and his master's degree in education and elementary administration from SUNY at Fredonia. Jim started his teaching career as a 6th grade teacher at Bolivar Central School for nine years. He was an elementary principal at Oswayo Valley School district for one year. In 1966, Jim became the elementary principal at Allentown, Scio and Belmont Central schools. In 1972, he became the elementary principal at Scio Central School, retiring in 1995.
Memberships include Bolivar United Methodist Church, Scio Lions Club, member and past member of the Macedonia Lodge 258 F&AM Bolivar, the New York State Retired Teachers Association, IAABO Basketball Officials Association of Allegany County, Allegany County Umpires Association, Allegany County Soccer Officials Association and a former trustee of the Village of Bolivar.
Mr. Watkins officiated soccer, basketball and baseball in Allegany County for many years.
Surviving are a son, Hugh (Nonie) Watkins of Rapid City, S.D.; three daughters, Rhonda (Richard) Roberts of Cuba, Debra (Darryl) Kloth of Jacksonville, Fla., Debra Roe (Tommy) McDaniel of Middleburg, Fla.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Other than his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Eugene Watkins; and a sister, Sylvia Dawn Hendershot.
Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 31, 2016). Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 1, 2016) at the funeral home. The Rev. Richard Roberts, Mr. Watkins' son-in-law, will officiate. Burial will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Memorials can be made to Scio Lions Club Joe Nickerson, 4266 West Nickerson Drive, Scio, N.Y. 14880 or to Pioneer Oil Museum of New York, PO box 332, Bolivar N.Y. 14715.