Saturday, August 29, 2015

PA: Port Allegany Ambulance starts Go Fund Me account

PORT ALLEGANY – With area ambulance services struggling with limited personnel and limited finances, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting ambulance service personnel, county and local officials, and members of the community to a public meeting to discuss the problem and possible solutions.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Port Allegany Fire Department,
65 West Maple St.
“Our ambulance services provide vital, life-saving care to people in need, and we cannot afford to lose them,” Causer said. “But there is a very real chance that could happen if we don’t take steps to address these challenges. “The organizations we rely upon to help us in the case of an emergency are facing an emergency of their own. It’s our turn to respond to their call for help,” he added.

WHAT: Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is hosting a public meeting to discuss the challenges facing area ambulance services. Many are struggling with limited personnel and dwindling finances, which is threatening their ability to continue operating.

WHO: Causer, ambulance service personnel, county and local officials, and members of the community.

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Port Allegany Fire Department,
65 W. Maple St., Port Allegany.
Earlier this month, The Port Allegany Ambulance Service started a GoFundMe page. After 22 days, it has raised $1,095 of a goal of $20,000. Here is their plea, and link.
My name is Kate Kysor. I am the treasurer for the Port Area Ambulance Service. We are in need of immediate financial support to remain open. We are located in a small rural community. We run approximately 600 calls a year. We are an ALS (advanced life support) as well as BLS (basic life support) service. We are 16 miles away from the closest hospital. Ambulances are a vital need in this area. We need your financial support to remain open for the remaining 2015 year.

Any amount is appreciated greatly.
 Any amount is appreciated greatly. DONATE HERE.

Obituary: Jenna D. Miller, 13, Troupsburg

Troupsburg, NY | Jenna D. Miller, 13, of Back St. Troupsburg, NY, died suddenly on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell following an ATV accident.  Jenna was born in Corning on January 18, 2002, the daughter of Jolynn Southard and Daniel Miller. She was a student at Jasper-Troupsburg School in Jasper and was preparing to enter 8th grade there.  Jenna attended the Austinburg Baptist Church in Austinburg, PA. She loved amusement parks and enjoyed camping. A typical teenager, Jenna loved spending time with her many friends. They were the major focus of her life.  Surviving are her mother, Jolynn Southard (Corey Irvine) of Troupsburg, her father and step mother, Daniel and Kelly Miller of Presho, her brothers, Tyler Southard and Jacob Button, her step brother, Kalan Knickerbocker, her maternal grandparents, Debra and Anthony Markowski of Woodhull and Ronald Southard Sr. of Middlebury Center, PA, her paternal grandparents, Kathleen Morrow (Marvin Olmstead) of Corning, her nephew, Jackson Southard and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  Following the wishes of Jenna's family, funeral services will be held privately with burial in Woodhull Cemetery. Pastor and family friend Adrian Essigmann will officiate.   

Obituary: Richard H. Warner, 88, Angelica

Richard H. Warner, 88 of 4631 County Rd. 16, passed away peacefully Thursday (August 27, 2015) at Jones Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.
Born March 30, 1927 in Wellsville, one of four sons of Joseph and Susan (Hooker) Warner, he resided in Angelica until after an early graduation in February of his senior year when he joined the Marine Corps. during WWII.
In 1950, he was employed by the Davey Tree Expert Service, working in White Plains, where he met and in 1956 was married to Jean E. West who predeceased him in April, 1976. After a few years he left Davey Tree and established The Warner Tree Service. In 1966, he sold his company and rejoined Davey Tree as a District Manager in VA, Milwaukee, and lastly in Baltimore until 1992 when he retired back to the farm in Angelica.
On March 15, 1980 he married Marilyn Tucker who survives. Richard was warm, caring, full of life, humorous, generous and a honest man. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed his family. To many he was “Uncle Dick”.
Richard was an avid gardener and loved nature. His favorite place to be was on the hill in his woods. He also enjoyed reading and music. He and Marilyn took great enjoyment restoring the Major Moses VanCampen Home. He was a past member of the National Arborist Assoc., the Angelica American Legion Post 414, the Cuba AMVETS, and the Angelica Boosters. He was confirmed in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In latter year he attended the Angelica United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife Marilyn, he is survived by a son Richard (Rosemary) Warner of Arapahoe, NC,; 4 daughters, Susan (Larry) Weaver of Bealeton, VA, Anne (Cary) Koch of Shewsbury, PA, Laurie (Daniel) Lyon and Jeaneane (Christopher) Finnemore both of Angelica,; 3 grandchildren, Andrew Koch of Baltimore, Toni Ross of Fulton, and Brandon (Crystal) Ross of Oswego, brother, James (Brenda) Warner of Angelica, many special nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers in-law; and very close friends.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by brothers, Cpl. Robert H. Warner (USMC), Joseph L. Warner and sister-in-law Lois Warner.
The family will be present 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 101 West Ave. Angelica. Funeral Services will be held at 1PM Monday at the Angelica United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery, Angelica.

Memorial may be made to the Angelica Rescue Squad, The Angelica Free Library, or to the Angelica United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be made at

SBU: Ceremony For Softball Field Renovation To Be Held Sept. 4

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A ceremony to mark the start of the renovation of St. Bonaventure's softball field will be held on Friday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m.
During the ceremony, St. Bonaventure president Sister Margaret Carney, O.F.M., S.T.D., and Director of Athletics Tim Kenney will reveal a new name for the field.
The renovations actually started Aug. 26 under the direction of Cannon Design, Greenauer Blacktop and A-Turf. The entire field will be replaced with artificial turf. A-Turf Titan, which is manufactured by Buffalo-based A-Turf, is the same artificial turf that was installed on St. Bonaventure's multi-purpose athletics field last summer.
In addition, a new scoreboard, backstop, perimeter fencing, new bullpens and batting cages will be installed. The outfield fence will be moved back 10 feet, a change which was endorsed by Bonnies softball coach Mike Threehouse. After the change, the outfield fence will measure 200 down the left field line, 225 feet to center field and 200 feet down the right field line. In addition, the new outfield fence will be eight feet high.
All of the renovations and upgrades to the field were outlined in the athletics department's strategic plan, "Your Teams, Our Extraordinary Future."

All are welcome to attend the ceremony.

Obituary: Tonya Ann Whitesell, 63, Rexville

Rexville - Tonya Ann Whitesell, 63, of 1406 County Route 117, passed away Wednesday (August 26, 2015) at her home.
Born in Wellsville, NY, October 29, 1951, the daughter of Frank Chase and Joyce Langdon Chase, she had resided in Whitesville for several years and in Rexville the past 16 years. She was a graduate of Whitesville Central School and had been employed at the former Marion Rohr’s in Hornell, and for many years was employed as a Candler at Fitzpatrick Poultry Farm in Whitesville.
Tonya enjoyed reading, crocheting, farming, gardening and was an avid Elvis fan.
She was predeceased by her father, Frank Chase in 2013, her son, Douglas Chase in 1972, and a grand daughter, Nicole Marie Whitesell in 2001.
She is survived by her daughter, Deanna (Michael) McIntyre of Whitesville, her son, Donnie (Chastity) Whitesell Jr. of Rexville, her mother, Joyce (Dennis) Pritchard of Whitesville her husband Donnie J. Whitesell Sr. of Genesee, PA., 2 step-daughters, Sharon and Amy Whitesell of South Carolina, one sister, Sally Houston of Hornell, two brothers, Frank (Vickie) Chase of Whitesville, and Randall Chase of Wellsville, two half-brothers, Rodney Pritchard of Whitesville and Robert Pritchard of Little Genesee, several grand and great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, director at Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Canisteo. Honoring Tonya’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.

Friends may make memorial contributions to: The Whitesville United Methodist Church, 446 Main Street, Whitesville, NY 14877.

State Police Blotter

8/28/15 1pm- State police arrested a 15-year old girl  from Fillmore, charging her with felony burglary and felony burglary. The charges stem from an incident in the town of Hume. An appearance ticket was issued.
8/28/15 12:16pm-State police investigated a personal injury four-wheeler accident on Lane School Road in the town of Andover. State police identified the operator as Caleb J. Mills, 14, of Andover. He was treated at Jones Memorial Hospital.
8/29/15 2:46am- During a traffic stop on state route 16 in Hinsdale, state police arrested Thomas J. O'Brien, 34, of Olean. He was charged with DWI and BAC at or above .08%. He was released on court tickets.
8/16/15 12:16pm- State police arrested Rick D. Neamon, 32, of Machias. He was charged with neglect of impounded animal. He was issued an appearance ticket for court.
8/28/15 6:25pm- State police arrested Warren S. Hoffman, 51, of Bath. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property following a compliant made in the town of Bath July 31. He was issued a court ticket.
8/28/15 9:01pm- State police said four people were injured in a two vehicle collision of state route 54 in Bath. The drivers were listed as Jeramie  J. Thomas, 38, of Bath and Samantha Lynn Reagan, 18, of Himrod. Police did not provide the people injured.
8/25/15 6:50pm- State police arrested three people following a complaint in Erwin. Charged with trespass were Kelsea Kimble, 18, of Corning; Dalelynn Stalbird, 19, of Savona and Sasha Yeaples, 26, of Corning. All were released on appearance tickets for court.

State Police in Canandaigua investigate fatal tractor trailer - bicycle fatal accident

On August 28, 2015, at approximately 3:40 p.m., State Police in Canandaigua responded to a report of a serious accident on state route 5&20 and county route 6, in the town of Geneva, Ontario County.
A tractor trailer combination was eastbound and stopped at the light on ST-Route 5&20. When the light turned green the operator of the tractor trailer made a right turn onto County Route 6.  At that time, unknown to the operator of the tractor trailer, a 17 year old male on a bicycle who was parallel to the tractor trailer, began to pedal forward and collides with the tractor trailer.
The male on the bicycle was later identified as Jealousis Pereria, age 17, from Stanley, NY. 
Mr. Pereria was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ontario County Corner, Kevin Henderson.
The operator of the tractor trailer, Edward Hicks, age 64, from Honesdale, PA., was not injured.
The New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit responded, and conducted an investigation, as well as a thorough inspection of the tractor trailer.
The Ontario County District Attorney’s Office was advised and the investigation is continuing.

Olean: North Union Street construction update

For the week of August 31, 2015: North Union Street will be reopened to traffic between Wayne Street and Main Street. A new detour will go into effect that same day to allow completion of the work between Delaware Avenue and Sullivan Street. Drivers will need to exercise caution in navigating the new street layout to include roundabouts located at both Wayne and Main Streets. The roadway work zone will encompass the entire width of North Union between Sullivan Street and Delaware Avenue. NEW DETOUR: A detour will be in place using Sullivan Street, North First Street and Wayne Street to bypass the work zone. Traffic to the Olean Center Mall will need to access the Mall via North Barry Street. Vehicles may exit the Mall northbound via Delaware Avenue and North Union Street. Access to businesses on the west side of North Union Street between Wayne Street and Olean Center Mall will also be provided via the southbound lane of North Union Street. Current work will include installation of water and drainage utilities. The project remains on schedule. A truck detour is still in effect using Front Street, Seneca Street and King Street to reduce the number of trucks in the work zone. There will be no on-street parking on North Union Street between Olean Center Mall and Sullivan Street. Anticipated impact on traffic is moderate.


Obituary: Marjorie Dawn Bentley, 80, Fillmore

Fillmore---Marjorie Dawn Bentley of 115 W. Main Street, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 in her home. She was born on May 27, 1935 in Eldred, PA, a daughter of the late William and Virginia Emerson Tompkins. On September 15, 1956 in Eldred, Pa., she married Joseph C. Bentley who predeceased her on December 21, 2012. 
She was a former Teacher’s Aide of Fillmore Central School and was a member of the Rebecca’s Lodge in Hume, Brooks Hose Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. 
Surviving are her children, Darla Indralingam of Perry, David (Jennifer) Bentley of Wellsville, Dawn Bentley, Richard (Vicki) Bentley, Debra (Terry) Wagoner and Cindi (John) Burton all of Fillmore, fourteen grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Gloria (Marvin) Waxel of Allegany, Marguerite (Fred) Miller of Eldred, PA, and several nieces and nephews.  
In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by two sisters, Shirley Tompkins and Joyce Rex. 
Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the  Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 North Genesee Street, Fillmore, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11:00 am. Joel Stroud, Pastor of the Hume Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Alger Cemetery, Fillmore.                            
 Memorials if desired to: Fillmore Rescue Squad Box 238 Fillmore, N.Y. 14735

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Report

Friday, August 28, 2015

State Police Confirm Plane Crash at Stewart International Airport Claims Pilot's Life

On Friday, August 28, 2015 at approximately 2:00 pm, a single-engine civilian aerobatic pilot who was flying a GILES 202 crashed and perished during practice for this weekend’s New York Air Show at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor.
The GILES 202 aircraft appeared to have experienced an apparent structural failure. The plane entered into a steep dive and landed in a wooded area on Town of New Windsor property (behind the crowd line).
The pilot, who was the only occupant of the aircraft, was deceased at the scene.  No other property damage or injuries were reported. Officials are withholding the name of the pilot until the notification of next of kin.
The joint investigation of the accident scene is being conducted by New York State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board.  The New York Air National Guard also responded immediately to the scene.
The remainder of Fridays’ flying activities were canceled due to the tragic accident.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased pilot.
The New York Air Show activities this weekend will go on as scheduled.  All established safety protocols will continue to be followed and enforced.

Obituary: Edward Kosa, 93, Ulysses

Edward Kosa, 93, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.
Friends may call Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 2:00 -- 4:00 and 7:00 -- 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday in the Bible Union Church, West Bingham, PA. Pastors Brian Kosa and Marty Reisman will co-officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the West Bingham Bible Union Church, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, P.O. Box 8736, Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736.
Online condolences may be expressed at


ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Shannon T. Lewis, 41 of Elmira, NY, who was convicted of production of child pornography, was sentenced to 188 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The defendant was also placed on supervised release for a period of 30 years and was required to register as a sexual offender. The Court also ordered that the defendant forfeit the digital materials used commit the crime. 
“This defendant is currently serving two and a half years in state prison on a rape conviction,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “Under federal law, Lewis was sentenced to more than 15 years for recording his sexual abuse of a minor. I applaud the diligent investigation conducted by the FBI and Elmira Police Department which led to a successful prosecution and today’s end result.”  
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that Lewis was first identified during a sexual assault investigation being conducted by the Elmira Police Department. Officers learned that the defendant harbored at risk minors who ran away from a nearby juvenile facility. While in his custody, Lewis gave the minors drugs, including bath salts. Investigators also learned that the defendant and another adult raped one of the minors, a 16 year old girl, and that Lewis videotaped the rape. Police then contacted the Corning Resident Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for assistance.  
During the investigation, several homemade, sexually explicit videos of the child were found on the defendant’s computer. The videos showed Lewis hiding the camera in his room before bringing the child in and raping her. The defendant was also seen giving the child victim bath salts before, during, and after the rape. 
Lewis was convicted of Rape in Chemung County and is presently serving a sentence of two and a half years in State Prison for that offense.  
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Corning Resident Office, and members of the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Robertson.

Sheriff: Hornell man arrested, resisted

Reed Fights for First Responders

Press Release
Rep. Tom Reed announced three volunteer fire departments throughout Western New York will receive federal grants as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awarded through the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency. 
“It’s vital to provide the necessary support to our first responders, so they can continue doing a great job keeping us safe,” said Reed. “I care about making sure they have adequate resources to continue to protect us.” 
The Tyrone Volunteer Fire Company will receive $276,715. Troupsburg Volunteer Fire Department will receive $42,453. Potter Volunteer Fire Department will receive $144,381. The funding will be used for operations and safety improvements for their organizations which can include professional training, wellness and fitness programs equipment, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.

State Police in North Hornell investigate fatal ATV accident- 13 year old killed

On August 27, 2015, at approximately 6:36 p.m., State Police in North Hornell responded to a report of an agriculture accident on Miller Road in the Town of Troupsburg.
An ATV being operated by a young female, with another young female passenger, attempted to cross Miller Road from the south.  The operator did not stop and drove directly into the path of a Holland Tractor and struck the bucket of the tractor.
Both occupants were ejected and it is unknown at this time who was operating the Polaris ATV.
One occupant, Jenna D. Miller, age 13, from Troupsburg, was air lifted to St. James Hospital in Hornell and pronounced dead.
The other occupant, Elizabeth Jones, age 12, from Campbell, was air lifted to Strong Memorial Hospital with massive trauma.
The operator of the tractor was uninjured.
The investigation is continuing at this time.

Police: Man arrested for stealing purse in Wayland

On August 28, 2015, the New York State Police at SP Wayland and SP North Hornell arrested Johnny J. Stewart, 30, of Springwater, New York for felony Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.  Stewart's arrest stems from an incident that occurred on February 3, 2015 in the Village of Wayland when Stewart allegedly stole a purse from a local business. Stewart was arraigned in Steuben County Court and is currently scheduled to re-appear in Steuben County Court on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Sen. Young questions boat launch fee at Rushford Lake-state funding in jeopardy

Former Elmira teacher charged with distribution of child pornography

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Howard E. Brooks, 37, of Elmira, NY, was arrested and charged by a criminal complaint with possession and distribution of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.   
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on February 28, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined that a user of an internet account at a residence on Lexington Avenue in Elmira was linked to an online community of individuals who send and receive child pornography online. Subsequent investigation determined that that the user of the account was Brooks, a former teacher at the Elmira Christian Academy School.    
The FBI executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on July 13, 2015. Brooks was home at the time and told special agents that he flushed three thumb drives down the toilet in an attempt to destroy them.  Agents were able to recover the thumb drives. A subsequent forensic analysis determined that the thumb drives contained images of child pornography.  
The defendant made an initial appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson. Brooks was released on conditions and is due back in court on October 2, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. for a status conference. 

Canisteo-Greenwood: Soccer players injured in vehicle crash

The Evening Tribune has an update, click HERE.

A car slammed into a tree this morning on state route 248 in Canisteo. Details are sparse, but online media reports say three Canisteo-Greenwood girls soccer players were injured in the accident. One was reportedly flown to Strong Memorial in Rochester. John Anderson with Gatehouse media said the girls were on their way to soccer practice. Ambulances were called from Canisteo, Greenwood and Hornell. The extent of injuries are unknown, but are not believed to be critical. Both state police and deputies responded to the scene.

Hinkle Memorial Library to celebrate 50th anniversary

The Hinkle Memorial Library at Alfred State will celebrate its 50th anniversary this September.
From 9-11 a.m. Sept. 12, as part of Homecoming/Family Weekend, the library will host an informal reception, during which time staff will be present to answer questions about the Hinkle Memorial Library Historical Exhibit in the gallery and to reminisce about the library and campus over the past 50 years. A complimentary continental breakfast will also be provided during this time.
The exhibit, which will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 2, will include paintings of past Alfred State presidents, and historical photos of the college campus, the original library located on the Alfred University campus, the village of Alfred, and the Hinkle Library.
Alfred State students in 1965 moved the college library’s 22,000-volume collection to the library’s current location“We’re hoping that alumni who are back on campus for the Homecoming activities will stop in and see us,” said Alfred State Director of Libraries David Haggstrom. “It will be really cool if there are some who took part in the book brigade 50 years ago.”
With the growth of the State University of New York system in the late 1960s and 1970s, the Alfred State campus and library grew, as well. On Nov. 15, 1965, as part of the “book brigade,” students lined up at 8 a.m. in the old library, took an armful of books, carried them half a mile across the village of Alfred to the basement of the new library, stacked them in perfect shelf order, then went back for another load of books. With the students’ help, instead of taking weeks, transporting the library’s entire 22,000-volume collection to its current location took only four hours.
In 1970, the library was dedicated in memory of Walter C. Hinkle, college president from 1961-1964. Hinkle was instrumental in increasing the library appropriations and helping to build the library’s collections.
Since its dedication, the library has renovated the main floor and made several additions, including areas for small group or quiet study, the largest open computer lab on campus, an electronic classroom for library instruction and other college trainings, and a new main entrance to the building. The ground-floor renovation to house Technology Services was also completed, and the Marketing and Communications Department has since relocated to the library.
The tagline for the Hinkle Library’s 50th anniversary is “50—50—50: 50 Years—50 Donors—50 Dollars.” Funds raised through this effort will be used to update the display equipment and furniture in the gallery exhibit space. For information on how you can donate to the library, please visit or call 607-587-4313.

Alfred State welcomes new students for 2015-2016 academic year

students, faculty, and staff in Pioneer Stadium create a human Alfred State logo
Alfred State officially welcomed more than 1,300 freshmen to campus Thursday morning during a New Student Convocation led by President Dr. Skip Sullivan at the Orvis Activities Center.
This year’s incoming class consists of 1,350 students from 60 of New York’s 62 counties and 18 additional states, plus 30 international students from seven countries. Of these new students, 102 have been identified as Alfred State Distinguished Scholars and 194 additional students have been offered other scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, exceptional vocational skills, and extraordinary talents outside of the classroom. A number of students also bring with them previous work experience and successful college course work.
Speaking first to students, Sullivan encouraged them to get involved on campus through clubs, organizations, and civic engagement and leadership opportunities. He also shared some of the exciting upcoming events taking place at Alfred State during the fall semester.
“Get ready to work hard in your classes, but have some fun,” Sullivan said, “and best to you for the most memorable experience of your life.”
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Faculty Senate Chair Jim Grillo provided some advice to help students succeed at Alfred State. He told them to seek help when they need it, not to cut corners or procrastinate, to take responsibility for their own actions, be confident, step outside their comfort zone, and balance academic and social opportunities.
“The good news is you aren’t going on your journey alone,” Grillo said. “We will be there helping and encouraging you at every stage. You will have some of the best faculty in the State University of New York helping you to succeed. These professors, as well as an outstanding professional staff, are here for you, to teach you the concepts that will serve you well in your future career.”
Pat Fogarty, College Council chair, told students, “There is more that you can do here than I could ever think of mentioning, but please, please get involved. My message is very simple: Join. Be doers. Go outside of yourself. Push the envelope. And then, you will be what Alfred State is all about: Pioneers.”
Greg Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, then introduced students to Alfred State’s “Principles of Community” and Student Senate President Katherine Holmok, a business administration major from Prattsville, led students, faculty, and staff in reciting the college oath.
After Sullivan’s concluding remarks, students, faculty, and staff headed to Pioneer Stadium to create a human Alfred State logo for a photo session, which was followed by food, music, and activities outdoors nearby the stadium.

State Health Department Announces Updated School Immunization Regulations for 2015-16 School Year

The New York State Department of Health has announced amended vaccination regulations for children entering or attending school. According to the amended regulations, New York State school children will now be mandated to receive a complete series of all required vaccines – or be in the process of doing so – in order to attend classes.
Beginning September 1, children entering or attending kindergarten through grade 12 will be required to have two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children entering kindergarten through grade 5 will need to have five doses of the vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and a cellular pertussis (DTaP). Additionally, children entering kindergarten, and grades 1, 6 and 7 must have four doses of the polio vaccine. Children who have not yet received all required vaccine doses must schedule appointments with their health care providers to complete the vaccine series in order to remain in school.
"These revisions are based on the most current science and will give our children the best protection we can provide from devastating diseases." New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said. "With these up to date school immunization requirements in place, New York will be aligned with federal standards on childhood vaccines."
These changes align New York State's vaccination regulations with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an advisory group to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, kindergarteners were allowed to attend school before completing the MMR, DTaP and polio vaccine series.
For more information about the new 2015 immunization regulations, visit

Hornell: Common Council meets Sept. 1, public hearing planned

Wayland man faces multiple felony counts

LIMA:  Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of 33 year old Chad N. Malone of Wayland, NY on felony charges following a family trouble. On August 25, 2015 at approximately 10:10 p.m., Deputy William Clarke of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office responded to an apartment on West Main Road in the Town of Lima for the report of a family dispute.
Upon arriving Deputy Clarke learned that 33 year old Chad N. Malone of Wayland, NY had allegedly entered the single family residence and was involved in a physical and verbal altercation with his ex-girlfriend.  Police said the altercation took place in the presence of a five year old juvenile. Malone had left the scene prior to Deputy Clarke arriving. There was a complete stay away order of protection in place between the two parties. 
Deputy David Richardson of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office made contact with Malone later the next day.  Deputy Richardson placed Malone in custody and charged him with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C Felony, Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a class E Felony, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor, and Harassment in the Second Degree, a violation.
Malone was arraigned in Avon Town Court before Judge Peter Piampiano.  Judge Piampiano remanded Malone to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of the recommended bail amount by the District Attorney’s Office of $7,500.00 cash or $15,000.00 secured bond.  Malone is scheduled to appear in Avon Town Court on August 31, 2015.

Reed Calls for Stand Against Iran

Congressman Tom Reed held a joint press conference Thursday with State Senator Tom O’Mara and State Assemblyman Bill Nojay to reaffirm his opposition to the President’s Nuclear Agreement with Iran and called on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to reconsider her support of the deal. 
Reed went on to emphasize the need for bipartisan cooperation on matters of national security, citing Senator Schumer’s recent public opposition on the deal.  “I am thankful for Senator Schumer’s willingness to look at the facts of this agreement and publicly issue his opposition to the agreement.” 
Throughout the month of August, Reed held five physical town hall meetings and two tele-town hall meetings to give residents an opportunity to voice their concerns or support for the agreement. Reed also engaged constituents through social media and e-newsletters to request insight.
“Over the last month we have worked tirelessly to gather feedback from our friends and neighbors across the district to get their thoughts on the agreement,” said Reed. “I care about their thoughts, and we had a lot of great interaction and discussion on both sides of the issue but it was abundantly clear that the majority of people opposed this deal.”
Reed also outlined his reasons for opposing the agreement simply stating, “[t]his unfair agreement puts Iran closer to developing a nuclear weapon,  gives them the technology to deploy this weapon against us or our allies and gives significant amounts of money to a nation that is the leading state sponsor of terror.”

SP Amity – Two males arrested for possession of felony weight heroin

State troopers assisted by a K9 unit arrested Billy M. Coleman, 33 of Binghamton, NY and Thomas J. Washington 26 of Olean, NY for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, B Felony, unauthorized use of a vehicle, D Felony, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Speeding and Crossed Hazardous Markings. 
Troopers stopped the rental car on I-86 west bound in the Town of Angelica for speeding and crossing hazardous markings. The operator, Coleman had a suspended ID only and the passenger, Washington did not possess a driver’s license. Coleman was arrested for driving with a suspended license and the vehicle was being inventoried to be removed from the roadway. Troopers said during the inventory approximately 27 grams of heroin and less than 25 grams marijuana were located.  Both Coleman and Washington were not on the rental agreement for the use of the car, according to police.
Coleman and Washington were transported to SP Amity for processing and arraigned in the Town of Angelica Court and remanded to Allegany County Jail for $2,000 cash bail.
Billy Coleman    Thomas Washington

Allegany County Sheriff: Back to school reminder


Fall is approaching, and with it comes shorter days and the start of the school year. Road travel increases and traffic patterns shift, so this busy time of year can also be a dangerous one – especially for our children.
Fewer daylight hours can make it harder for motorists to see young students.  According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, from 2004 to 2013, there were 327 school-age children who died in school-transportation-related crashes and there were more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. than any other hours of the day.
The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the Allegany County Traffic Safety Board are reminding parents, students and drivers of safe transportation practices to ensure that kids arrive to and from school safely.
Children should:
·        Stand five giant steps from the road until the school bus arrives and wait until the driver gives the signal to board.
·        When boarding the school bus, quickly find a seat, sit facing the front and follow the bus driver’s instructions.
·        When exiting the bus, look out for cars. When off the bus, take 5 giant steps away from the school bus.
·        Look left-right-left to make sure no cars are coming and wait for the driver to signal it's safe to cross.
Motorists should drive with extra caution around children going to/from school:

·        Obey signs, signals, and crossing guards in school zones.

Drivers should remember that it is unlawful to pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing. If you are unsure if you should pass a stopped school bus, play it safe and do not pass until the flashing lights are turned off or you are signaled to do so by the driver or a police officer.
·        Slow down especially with children walking/biking to school and around bus stops and in school zones and in low light or bad weather.
·        Drive focused and alert at all times. Avoid use of all electronic devises and refrain from other distracting behaviors while driving.

Let’s all work together to keep our Allegany County students safe throughout this school year.

Rochester Police: Suspect arrested in deadly shooting outside Boys and Girls on Genesee Street |

Police say a suspect is in custody for the deadly shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club last week.

The announcement was made during a Thursday evening press conference at the Public Safety Building. Right now, police have not identified the suspect in the shooting. They say when formal charges are filed, they will release the identity.

Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says officers have been working around the clock since the shooting to find those responsible for the shooting. Three people were killed and four others were injured in the shooting on the night of Wednesday, August 19.

"This investigation is still very active, ongoing and even expanding," said Chief Ciminelli. "We are potentially working on additional arrests for that reason we will not share any further details beyond what I have already said."

Another person was previously arrested in connection to the shooting, but police say they believe the man was firing at the suspects and is not responsible for the murders.

Police say, despite Thursday's arrest, there is still an active investigation and officers are working on more arrests.

Officers ask anyone with information to call police at 911. They say the reward has also been increased to as much as $25,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Mayor Lovely Warren said at the press conference that she is grateful that police were able to arrest a suspect in the case. Not only because the suspect is off the streets, but to provide comfort for the victims' families.

"As we prepare to bury these young victims of violence," said Mayor Warren. "I am grateful their families grieve with the knowledge that justice is being served."

She adds, "We are getting information from the community, we are very grateful for that. We would like to get more."

Police say the weapon used in the shooting has been recovered as well as the vehicle used.

RochesterPolice: Suspect arrested in deadly shooting outside Boys and Girls on Genesee Street |

Scheduled at Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café...

Scheduled at Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café….
Thu. Sept 3:  Acoustic Open Mic   Hosted by Bob & Gena Decker, Broadcast on
Fri. Sept 4:     Jeff Varga                  Troubadour, Songwriter, Folk
Sat. Sept 5:    Miche Fambro           Guitar Virtuoso, Crooner                   

Angelica, NY
Music is an integral part of every Friday and Saturday evening at Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe.  The atmosphere is unlike a traditional concert or club... it’s more like a house concert where musicians and guests share an intimate, casual space to make music, laughter and conversation. On any given night you might hear Irish fiddle music, Delta blues, a capella harmony, piano-bar show tunes, slide guitar, rock-a-billy, straight-up country, World music, Appalachian folk, fingerstyle guitar or Cajun swing. Our musicians will put an exclamation point on your evening!   

Thur. Sept 3:      Acoustic Open   Mic Night – Broadcast Live on Angelica Community Radio              
>>> Café Opens at 6:00 pm.  Open Mic starts at 7:00 p.m. <<<<

Bob and Gena Decker have hosted the café’s Acoustic Open Mic night for more than five years, as well as presenting an annual fundraising concert here at Christmastime. Open Mic allows them to showcase the diverse repertoire and fine harmonies that make them such sought-after musicians.  They open every Open Mic with some wonderful tunes of their own, and then introduce other performers in the order in which they signed in. These players will perform up to three numbers per set in rotation. There is no fee to participate and no cover charge.  The Decker’s create a casual, relaxed and extremely supportive atmosphere for musicians. 

            The café opens to the general public at 6:00 p.m. for tasty light meals, appetizers, beer and wine and homemade desserts – with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options always available. Call 585-466-3399 to book a table.
            Angelica Community Radio ( is a non-profit public radio station with its broadcast studio located at 19 W. Main St. in Angelica.  You can listen to the Internet stream of this Thursday’s edition of Acoustic Open Mic by logging in at 

Friday Sept.  4:       Jeff Varga         Folk Music Troubadour           6:30 p.m.
Jeff Varga began performing in coffeehouses and clubs at the age of sixteen and eventually moved to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  His style is influenced by Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt as well as  Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.  Jeff says his personal sound is “very Woody-like”.   He has obtained international status as an artist, touring Europe and Scandinavia with two different Country music groups. Returning to Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff found a warm welcome in the rock-n-roll capitol with his own band.  Now focusing on his singer-songwriter troubadour roots, he travels far and wide to play guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals as a soloist in coffeehouses and other small venues. Jeff is also a certified massage practitioner for horses and dogs.  Learn more at

            Dinner, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, begins at 4:30 p.m. with music at 6:30 p.m.  Please visit or call 585-466-3399 for info or reservations.  

Sat. Sept 5:          Miche Fambro                 Guitarist / Singer in the Style of Frank Sinatra

The café is pleased to present a musician and entertainer Rolling Stone magazine has called “…a quiet storm.”  Miché Fambro is known by many different people for very different things. Some know him as the dynamic leader of one of Upstate NY's most popular bands. Others know him as an extraordinary guitarist/vocalist singer-songwriter touring through their small town, performing with the energy and sound of a full band on his single instrument. And, still others recognize him as a jazz crooner, lending his fluid voice to beloved classics of jazz and swing. 

            Miché tours the US and Canada performing at concert series, festivals, house concerts and clubs. He was twice named a Showcase Artist at the International Folk Alliance Conferences.  Miché fuses elements of flamenco, jazz, classical, pop and soul into a style all his own and his performance will have you spellbound in your seat. Learn more at

            Dinner, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, begins at 4:30 p.m. with music at 6:30 p.m.  Please visit or call 585-466-3399 for info or reservations.