Thursday, March 26, 2015

Student Interns at The Perfect Blend Coffee Shop

Friends and family of 17-year-old Micah Kinne gathered on Saturday, February 28, at 10:30 a.m. at The Perfect Blend coffee shop, located at 14 West Main Street in Cuba, NY.  Micah has been participating in a Job Coach internship at The Perfect Blend since January.  Micah shared his experiences with his family and friends, and they wanted to show their support by going to visit.
Micah’s Job Coach Classroom is located at Elm Street in Cuba.  Micah resides in the Allegany-Limestone Central School District. This year, he attends Leanora Tolsma classroom with Job Coach support. Job Coaches serve youths, aged 14-21, from throughout the C-A BOCES service area in several locations.

Shown left to right are: Eber Kinne (Micah’s father), Jennifer Kinne (Micah’s mom), Micah Kinne (Job Coach Student), (Leanora Tolsma (Job Coach Classroom Teacher), and Tammy Rauber (Job Coach).

According to Micah’s Job Coach Tammy Rauber, “Micah's participation in the Job Coach program, has given him the opportunity to gain confidence, while learning job skills.  Micah now fills napkin holders, washes dishes, shovels the sidewalk, and buses tables.”

She added, “I would really like to thank the owners of The Perfect Blend, Anne Anne McMumski and Mary Beth Tyler, for opening their business to Micah and giving him a chance to experience a wonderful work environment.  Aside from the job skills he has acquired, his internship has also given him an important sense that -- if he works hard -- he truly has something to contribute to any business.”

Pictured L-R are: front row - Mary Beth Tyler (owner of The Perfect Blend) and Jennifer Kinne (mother); second row – Anne McMumski (owner of The Perfect Blend), Micah Kinne (student), and Eber Kinne (father).
Information courtesy of CA Boces.

Schumer: West Valley site needs the money it was promised

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that, during an in-person meeting, he urged the President’s nominee for the Office of Environmental Management at the Department of Energy (DOE), Monica Regalbuto, to prioritize the complete cleanup of the West Valley Demonstration Project and support full federal funding for the effort, which has been short-changed for over five years. Schumer explained that the West Valley Demonstration Project needs an allocation of at least $75 million per year for at least 10 years in order to complete the first phase of clean up at the out-of-use nuclear test site, but it has been continually underfunded over the past several years. In 2008, the DOE issued an Environmental Impact Statement which said that $75 million per year in federal funding would be needed to begin cleaning up at a more economically efficient pace.  
However, to date, the West Valley Demonstration Project has been significantly underfunded in the President's budget and by Congress. Each year since the Environmental Impact Statement was issued, the President has underfunded it in his Budget requests – despite the fact that it is still an environmental risk to the residents of Western New York. Additionally, despite the DOE’s suggestion of $75 million per year, in FY 2015, the West Valley site only received $60 million for cleanup efforts; in 2014, it received $66 million; in 2013, it received $61 million; in 2012, it received $66 million; and in 2011, it received $59 million. Next year, in FY 2016, the funding could drop to the $61 million that was proposed in the President’s budget unless Congress increases funding. In Schumer’s meeting with the President’s nominee to oversee the DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, Monica Regalbuto, Schumer said the short-changing of West Valley is out-of-step with other DOE cleanup sites, which have seen either sustained or increased funding.

First Citizens helps Potter County Habitat for Humanity

Courtesy Soloman's Words for the wise
Pictured is Karen Ott, Secretary for the Potter County Habitat for Humanity along with Alaina Knisely & Phil Vaughn from the Genesee & Ulysses branches of the First Citizens Community Banks making a donation to the Potter County Habitat for Humanity in front of the Ulysses Mercantile and future Potter County Habitat for Humanity Re-sale Store.

The funds will be used towards building a new home in Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania.
The Habitat for Humanity store will be opening April 11th. Stop by from 9am-5pm and share some light refreshments.

We thank everyone for the continued support of Potter County Habitat for Humanity. Please visit our website @

Local Congressional delegation responds to passage of Medicare reform bill

Upon passage of Medicare reform in the House of Representatives today, Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement:
“Today’s reform is a solid step toward ensuring seniors access to care. I am proud that both parties were able to come together and pass common-sense Medicare reform that secures access to the 117,143 seniors age 65 and older in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. 
“With my Rural Hospitals Access Act as a component of this bill, seniors can rest assure that funding is secured for Medicare Dependent and Low-Volume hospitals. This is a big step toward protecting rural resident’s access to care. Today Washington came together for our seniors, and I am proud to have been a leader in passing these bipartisan Medicare reforms.”
Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) issued this statement following passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act:
“Today, the House passed a historic, bipartisan bill that will put an end to the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
For more than a decade, Congress has continually used a band-aid to address the Sustainable Growth Rate, rather than offering permanent reforms.
Having served in a non-profit healthcare setting for nearly three decades, I experienced first-hand the uncertainty and anxiety that patients and their providers experience annually, wondering if draconian cuts to reimbursements would occur.
This bipartisan, permanent, solution will replace the Sustainable Growth Rate with a more stable system that will ensure our seniors and children do not lose access to their healthcare providers.
This legislation is by no means perfect, but is a move in the right direction for children, seniors and our medical providers.”
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 392 to 37.  

Jobs report mixed for region

In February, New York State’s private sector job count increased by 16,400 reaching a new all-time high. The statewide unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8% last month. In Cattaraugus County, the number of jobs rose slightly compared to last February. Allegany County saw a decrease in jobs. Steuben County also showed a minor decline while the rate was steady in Wyoming County.

Obituary: Deborah "Debbie" M. Allen, 62, Wellsville

Wellsville, NY - Deborah “Debbie” M. Allen of the River Road passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 15, 1952 in Wellsville to Thomas and Audrey Drake Middaugh. On May 24, 2008 in the Allentown United Methodist Church Debbie married her long time companion and best friend Eugene Allen who survives. Debbie graduated from Belmont Central School in 1970. She was employed as a certified nursing assistant for Jan and Bev’s Home Health Care and later for Southern Tier Home Health. She later became the Activities Director for Manor Hills until her retirement. Debbie was a member of the Allentown Methodist Church who enjoyed gardening, photography, bird watching and spending time with her grandchildren.
Besides her husband, Debbie is survived by 3 daughters Lorie (Joe) Ebert, Bev (Jeff Sawczyszyn) VanTreese and Nancy (John) Harrington; 3 sons Ronnie Cline, Eric (Chantel) Cline and Cory (Missy) Allen; 2 sisters Betty (Miguel) Hernandez, and Linda (Paul) Barker; a brother Jerry (Eileen) Middaugh; 22 grandchildren Shayna, Hailee, Sydney, Jacob, Veronica, Liam, Kasey, Kelsey, Danika, Zachary, Kevin, Liana, Jamie, Kylee, Jackson, Toryn, Jacobe, Adam, Lillian, Lauryn, Mehgan and JC; great grandchildren Audrey and Blake; several nieces and nephews.
Debbie was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Audrey and her sister Pricilla Perkins.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 27, from 6 to 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons funeral Home in Wellsville at which time her funeral service with be held with Reverend Diane Cox presiding. Burial will talk place in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont and memorials in Debbie’s name may be made to the Autism Society by visiting To leave online condolences please visit

Study shows "health" of county residents

A new study ranked New York’s counties on health and wellness. The study looked at factors beyond the doctor's office…things like access to healthier foods, income and rates of smoking and obesity. Out of 62 counties -
Livingston ranked 7
Wyoming County ranked 17
Steuben County ranked 34
Allegany County ranked 42
Cattaraugus County ranked 53

The study was conducted by the University of Wisconsin. Find the rankings HERE.

Steuben Sheriff: Drug test kits are now available

Drug prevention starts at home with parents. That’s what Steuben County Sheriff David Cole says in announcing that parents now have an opportunity to take a positive and proactive approach to drug prevention. Cole says parents can now purchase a drug detection kit for just $10. On the department’s Facebook site, it says the results are instant, confidential and anonymous. Interested parents should contact the Sheriff for additional information at 607-622-3930.

Cattaraugus County: Deputies investigate hit and run vehicle-pedestrian accident

Cornell University Under Fire After Video Released

Cornell University is making headlines today after a video was released showing one of its assistant deans apparently saying the school would welcome the terrorist group ISIS to campus.  The video was shot undercover by a group called Project Veritas, which is billed as a group of investigative film journalists.  In the footage, the assistant dean for student activities, Joseph Scaffido, says the school would be okay with a student organization to provide support for Islamic states and that it might be possible to bring freedom fighters to campus to conduct training sessions.  Cornell’s president has responded, calling the video dishonest and has said that after speaking with the assistant dean, he is convinced he didn’t know what he was being asked.  Project Veritas President James O’Keefe says that they stand by their reporting and that the video was shot fairly.

Obituary: Gerald L. "Pee Wee" Keech, 67, Allentown

ALLENTOWN — Gerald L. “Pee Wee” Keech Sr., 67, of State Route 417, passed away Wednesday (March 25, 2015) at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville. He was born on June 7, 1947, to Charles and Lena Dorothy Stoddard Keech. He was married to Debra Slocum Keech of Franklinville, who survives. Pee Wee grew up in Richburg and attended both Richburg and  Bolivar schools. He had worked for the former Friendship Foundry and later for various sawmills in the area. He enjoyed painting pictures, fishing, horses and motorcycles. Pee Wee also enjoyed working on cars and racing stock cars at Drum Raceway in Allentown. Pee Wee is survived by a son, Gerald “Gerry” Keech Jr. of Allentown; a grandson, Gerald “J.J.” Keech III of Allentown; a brother, Harold (Stephine) Keech of Friendship; two sisters, Luella Keech Robbins of Bath and Darlene (Mike) Metatos of Angelica; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Lena Dorothy Stoddard Keech; and two brothers, Charles “Junior” Keech and Raymond Keech. Friends are invited to call on Saturday (March 28, 2015) at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Wellsville, from 1 to 3 p.m., at which time his  uneral service will be held. Burial will take place in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar, and memorials in his name may be made to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. To leave online condolences, visit

Obituary: Caroline Littell, 75, Alfred - Photojournalist

ALFRED — Caroline Littell, a noted travel photographer and a longtime resident of Alfred, died Wednesday (March 18, 2015) in Pasadena, Calif. She was 75. Mrs. Littell had been in hospice  because of complications of acute leukemia, her family said. Mrs. Littell was born Caroline Jane Penelope Byass in Cairo, Egypt, on July 26, 1939. Her parents were British. Soon after the start of the 1940 desert war in North Africa, her father, Lt. Col. F.W. Byass, commanded a regiment of British armor, the 7th Queen’s Own Hussars, in the campaign against German and Italian forces. He was killed in action in 1941. Evacuated from Egypt as an infant, Mrs. Littell spent the war years with relatives in the south of England, where she later attended boarding schools for girls at St. Mary’s Convent School, Ascot, and Tortington Park School, Arundel. She went on to study languages in central and eastern Europe and became a fluent speaker of German, French, Spanish and Greek. In the early 1960s, she worked as a trilingual secretary — in English, Spanish and French — for a Parisbased agency of the United Nations. Mrs. Littell was an indefatigable traveler, and her black-and-white and color photography illustrated articles on tourism and travel in dozens of American and European publications as varied as Travel & Leisure Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the Athens (Greece) News and Ocean Navigator Magazine. In Western New York, her work appeared regularly in The Buffalo News, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Olean Times Herald, the Hornell Sunday Spectator and The Alfred Sun. Over the years, and working with her husband, Alan Littell, a freelance journalist based in Alfred, she traveled to Burma and Thailand, French Polynesia, Turkey, Britain, Ireland, the islands and mainland of Greece, and much of east Africa and the Middle East. On one occasion, when she arrived in Egypt on a newspaper assignment, the customs officer at Cairo Airport examining her entry documents broke into a broad grin when he noticed the birthplace listed on her passport. “Welcome home!” he said. Among Mrs. Littell’s more unusual photographic assignments were voyages in two of the world’s largest square-rigged passenger sailing ships, the four-masted barkentines Star Clipper and Star Flyer — one to the islands of the eastern Mediterranean, the other to the island group centering on Tahiti, in the South Pacific. She had exhibitions of her photography at Alfred University and at Alfred State College. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, although she held no university degree, she was employed at Alfred University as director of the language laboratory and as study-abroad  coordinator and student adviser. She eventually resigned both positions to devote more time to travel and photography. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Harry Littell of Ithaca and Matthew Littell of Altadena, Calif.; four grandchildren; and two brothers, David and Charles Byass, both of England. A remembrance ceremony is being planned.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Wednesday March 25, 2015
Wellsville Police arrested Travis E. Murray, age 36 of Wellsville, charging him with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place at Wild & Wet Pets 2 on South Main Street.  Murray was processed and issued an appearance ticket and released. Murray is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on April 28th at 4:30 pm.
Wellsville Police arrested Bradley M. Thomas, age 35 of Olean, charging him with Petit Larceny.  The charge stems from an incident that took place at Kmart in Wellsville. Thomas was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor.  Thomas was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $250.00 bail.  Thomas is due back in Wellsville Village Court on April 21st at 4:30 pm

Eldred man unhurt in rollover crash

State Police said there were no injuries in a crash at 2:55am Thursday on State Route 246 in Otto Township. Troopers said Joseph Baker, 34, of Eldred was westbound when he attempted to avoid a deer. Police said his vehicle struck a guard rail, then rolled onto the drivers side. Police did say there were ice patches on the roadway. Baker was ticketed by Troopers for "Roadways Lanes For Traffic."

Preservation Work Starts Monday on Cross Fork Creek Bridge

Galeton, PA – Preservation work on the last of seven contracted bridges in Potter County will get underway Monday, March 30. At that time, preparatory work and saw cutting will take place on a Route 144 bridge that spans Cross Fork Creek in Stewardson Township.
Once preservation work begins in earnest, temporary traffic signals will be used to enforce an alternating traffic pattern. The temporary signals will be placed on April 3 and be in flashing mode through April 7. On April 8, the signals will be fully operational allowing traffic to cross the bridge one lane at a time. Work is expected to be finished in early summer.
This work is part of a $2 million contract to preserve seven bridges in Potter County. Once rehabilitation work is complete, area drivers will enjoy safer travel on bridges that will remain in service for years to come.
The other six bridges include:
One spanning the South Branch of Pine Creek on Mill Street in Galeton Borough.
One spanning Card Creek on Route 3004 (Kim Hill Road) in Roulette Township.
One spanning Bradley Run on Route 4003 in Clara Township
One spanning the South Branch of Oswayo Creek on Route 44 in Hebron Township
One spanning Steer Run on Route 49 in Eulalia Township
One spanning Luddington Run on Route 49 in Ulysses Township 

All work is weather dependent. Overall work on the bridges has included deck and concrete repairs, rebar installation, latex overlay, abutment and wing wall repairs, guide rail updates, roadway paving, pavement markings and miscellaneous items. L.C. Whitford Company, Inc of Wellsville, New York has been the contractor on this project.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Obituary: Robert L. Jund, 90, Angelica

Robert L. Jund, 90, passed away Monday (March 23, 2015) after a brief illness at the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County in Wellsville.
Born in Rochester, May 1, 1924, the son of Leo and Elsie (Eastwood) Jund, he had resided in Angelica full-time for the last 30+ years. Robert was a self-employed wallpaperer/painter in the Rochester area. He was a veteran of the US ARMY during World War II serving from 1943-45. While in service he attained the Good Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Medal.
He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Lillian in 1993, and his sister Vera.
He is survived by his longtime companion Chris, several nieces, nephews and lots of extended family.
The family will be present 11am-1pm Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 101 West Avenue, Angelica, where funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, with Deacon Frank Pasquale officiating. Burial will be in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery in Angelica with Military Honors.
To send a remembrance please visit
Friends may make memorial contributions to: Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State Street, Wellsville NY 14895 or online at

Obituary: Alvin M. "Sonny" Voss, 85, Short Tract

Short Tract --- Alvin M. "Sonny" Voss of 9876 Luckey Drive and a former resident of Short Tract died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Absolut at Houghton Nursing Home. He was born on April 14, 1929 in the Town of Granger, a son of the late Morris and Ruth VanDusen Voss.
Sonny worked for the Town of Granger for 48 years and after his retirement he enjoyed driving, listening to country western, talking and telling jokes to anyone. He also enjoyed working for the local carnival for several years.
Surviving are his children, Terry (Lisa) Voss, Pamela Voss, Todd (Brenda) Voss, Tim (Pam) Voss, Tom (Tammy) Voss all of Short Tract, 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, a sister, Bonnie Rissinger of Warsaw and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor William Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Short Tract Cemetery.
Memorials if desired to: Short Tract Fire Department

Houghton College physic students to run experiments at nucler reactor facility

PICTURE: Dr. Mark Yuly supervising a physics student pouring liquid nitrogen into a diffusion vacuum pump as part of an undergraduate research project to produce small radioactive sources that can be used as part of a Mossbauer apparatus to measure the frequency shift of gamma rays due to the slowing down of time by general relativity. 
In the coming month, Houghton College physics students and professor of physics Dr. Mark Yuly will have a unique opportunity for hands-on experience while visiting the Nuclear Reactor and Radiation Facilities at the University of Maryland.
According to Yuly, this trip will be a “highlight of the semester” for his students. “A friend of mine is the director of the facility,” commented Yuly, “and while we are there, we have the opportunity to operate the nuclear reactor—under supervision, of course—along with performing some experiments using the reactor.”
The reactor’s facility features a 250 kW Training Reactor, a 100 kCi-class Cobalt-60 Irradiator, and two high-power electron linear accelerators.
Houghton College physics majors are not only receiving hands-on experience but also engaging in networking opportunities for future internships and employment.
This past February, physics students visited and toured the Wellsville, NY facilities of Dresser-Rand, one of the largest suppliers of custom-engineered rotating equipment for the oil, gas and power industries. While on site, they also had opportunities to connect with industry professionals and learn more about their field.
“Visiting Dresser-Rand was a unique experience that I appreciated,” said Houghton junior Maggie Kirkland. “It allowed us to get out of the classroom and get a small glimpse as to how some of the concepts we are learning are applied in the real world. This trip also opened the door for a possible internship with Dresser-Rand, so I appreciated our professors putting this trip together on our behalf.”
In April, multiple students are preparing to travel and present their research at the Rochester Symposium for Physics Students (RSPS). The RSPS features undergraduate research projects representing colleges in the Northeast region of the US and Canada. Talks by undergraduates have covered topics in condensed matter physics, atomic physics and optics, computational physics, astronomy, high-energy physics, instrumentation and techniques, and environmental physics. The abstracts of all the participants' papers are published online annually.
Currently, 100 percent of students who study physics at Houghton College are employed or attend graduate school within one year of graduation.

Warsaw woman pleads guilty to stealing $90K from DMV


Travel Advisory - Hume

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that beginning in early April 2015, work will begin to repair the bridge over Cold Creek near the intersection of state Route 19 with state Route 19A/County Rte. 4. Motorists traveling along state Route 19 will encounter single lane traffic at the bridge location, controlled by a temporary traffic signal. Single lane traffic will be maintained during the length of the contract. The project’s scheduled completion is the end of November, 2015. Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays.  It is imperative that motorists remember this season to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.

Obituary: Leon D. Graves, 62, Middlebury Center, PA

Leon D. GRAVES, 62, of Middlebury Center, PA, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in his home.
Born January 30, 1953, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Myron T. and Lillian Hulse Graves.
On September 28, 1974, in Ulysses, PA, he married the former Deborah K. Truax, who survives.
He was employed in the oil and gas industry with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #112 and Laborers' International Union of North America Local #785 in Ithaca, NY.
Surviving besides his wife, Debbie, are: two children, Thomas (Renee) Graves of Connellsville, PA and Tracy (Dr. James) Manning of Middlebury Center; six grandchildren, Brennan, Trenton, Liza, Drew, Liam, and Richard; four brothers, Charles (Charlotte) Sutton of Oswayo, PA, Byron (Marie) Sutton of Eldred, PA, Lowell (Bonnie) Graves of Genesee, PA, and Lynn (Judy) Graves of Covington, PA; three sisters, Maude (James) Goodenough of Gold PA, Linda (Roy) Thomison of Blossburg, PA, and Lucille Copp of Emporium, PA; his mother-in-law, Jean Truax of Ulysses; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Leo J. Graves; two sisters, Dorothy Nelson and Louise Payne; and his father-in-law, Keith Truax.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, March 28, 2012 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM, followed by a graveside committal service in Ulysses Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susquehanna Health Hospice for Tioga County, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.
Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: Dale Patrick McGinnis, 59, Cuba - Amazing husband, father, friend

Dale Patrick McGinnis, 59, of 20 Maple Street, Cuba, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 unexpectedly shortly after arrival at Olean General Hospital.
Born on January 10, 1956, in Potsdam, NY he was a son of John W. and Ester Luetta McGinnis. On July 19, 1980 at Our Lady of Angels Church he married the former Clara M. Green who survives.
Dale was a 1975 graduate of Holy Family High in Massena, New York and later graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Canton Agricultural and Technical College.
For a short period of time he worked as a vegetable inspector for New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and in 1978 began working for Cuba Cheese, now Great Lakes Cheese, in the lab where he was currently employed.
He was a member of Cuba Grange 799, and the Allegany County Pamona Grange.  As an avid bowler he bowled in the Monday Mens, Wednesday Mens, Five Mans, Sunday Night and No tab Summer Leagues.  He enjoyed watching sports especially the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and St. Bonaventure Teams and camping.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  He was affectionately named ‘Dad’ by many of his children’s friends and will be remembered for his smile that could light up any room.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 34 years are-
a son Christopher D. McGinnis, Cuba; a daughter, Alicia M. McGinnis, Cuba; 4 brothers, Michael (Kathleen Lull) McGinnis, Weedsport;             Thomas (Penelope) McGinnis, NYC; David (Kenneth Lamore) McGinnis, St. Pete, Florida;
Mark McGinnis, San Diego, California; a sister,    Kathleen (James) Ayers, Cuba; a special daughter, Haley Walt, Cuba; his father and mother-in-law,    Albert (Anna) Green of Cuba; numerous brothers -in-laws and sisters-in-law; Several Nieces and Nephews. Friends may call at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 6-9 P.M. and on Sunday, March 29, 2015 from Noon until 2:00 P.M. at which time funeral services will be held.  The Rev. Larry A. Poelma will officiate. Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery, Town of New Hudson, New York.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dale’s name may be made to Cuba Rushford Central School, 5476 Rte 305 North, Cuba, New York 14727 where a scholarship is being setup in his name to honor a male and female basketball player each year.
Online condolences may be expressed at

Men from Whitesville, Fillmore indicted in separate cases

A Whitesville man was indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury Wednesday. Prosecutors said Mark A. Farmer, 24, of Main Street, was originally charged with felony counts of assault and aggravated DWI and resisting arrest. The case stems from an incident last September in Wellsville in which Farmer allegedly caused serious injury to another, drove drunk and fled from Wellsville police.
In another case, a Grand Jury indicted Tyler Evans, 18, of Crotty Road in Fillmore. He was indicted on two felony counts of forgery. Prosecutors said Evans falsely complete two stolen checks and presented them to banks in Fillmore and Houghton.

Andover pair face heroin charges - WLEA

WLEA Radio story
HORNELL, NY – Hornell Police are reporting that Mary Jackson, 28, and Roy Austin, 30, both of Andover, are accused of heroin possession (the exact charge is criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree).
Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray says Officers Brett Flaitz and Matt Wood pulled over a vehicle that Mary Jackson was driving, and that Roy Austin was a passenger in. Murray says that inside the vehicle was a large amount of heroin.
According to Hornell Police, Austin and Jackson are in Steuben County Jail, and there is no bail.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report march 23, 2015

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, March 23, 2015:


Eric J. Pitts, 28, of Olean, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, class C felonies; and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, class D felonies.  The incidents occurred on May 1, 2014 and May 22, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the Pitts allegedly possessed and sold Suboxone.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

Alex C. Scicchitano, 20, of Olean, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony; and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  Prosecutors said the incident occurred on April 16, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the heknowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold Heroin.  The case has been adjourned for motions. 

Guilty Pleas

Donald T. Richards, 65, of South Dayton entered a plea of guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  He was arrested June 6, 2014, in the Town of Perrysburg, when he operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .19% BAC. Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015.

Dustil Ginnery, 28, of Limestone, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Sale of Marijuana in the Third Degree, a class E felony and Criminal Sale of Marijuana in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incidents occurred on April 3, 2013 and October 7, 2013, in the City of Salamanca when the Ginnery knowingly and unlawfully sold marijuana.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 15, 2015. 

David D. Wallace, 42, of Friendship, entered a plea of guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on September 27, 2014, in the Town of Portville, when the Wallace operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .15% BAC. Sentencing is scheduled for June 29, 2015. 

Nathan F. Bley, 19, of Gowanda, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on September 4, 2014, in the Town of Persia, when Bley knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 29, 2015. 

Damone A. Lewis, 43, of Allegany, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on March 19, 2014, in the Town of Allegany, when he knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein. Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015. 

Rodney Mosher, 43, of Olean, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on February 8, 2015, in the City of Olean, when Mosher subjected another person to sexual contact while that person was physically helpless. Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015. 

James M. McClary,41, presently incarcerated in the New York State Department of Corrections, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on August 3, 2014, in the City of Olean, when McClary attempted to cause serious physical injury to another person. Sentencing is scheduled for June 29, 2015. 

Mary M. Mosley, 37, of Salamanca, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on February 4, 2014, in the Town of Randolph, when she knowingly and unlawfully attempted to sell a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015. 

Rodney Tucker, 49, of Olean, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on December 13, 2014, in the Village of Ellicottville, when he operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition. Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015. 

Gage C. Weyrough, 17, of Cattaraugus, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony. The incident occurred during November 2014, in the Town of New Albion, when the she knowingly attempted to enter or remain unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein. Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015.

Todd R. Borden, 26, of Olean, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Intimidating a Witness in the Third Degree, a class E felony; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.  The first incident occurred between December 16, 2014 and December 17, 2014, in the City of Olean, when he knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein. The second incident occurred on January 25, 2015, in the City of Olean, when Borden threatened a potential witness. The third incident occurred on November 11, 2014, in the City of Olean, when he stole property.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 26, 2015.

Friendship man pleads guilty to felony DWI

DAVID D. WALLACE, 42, of Friendship, entered a plea of guilty Monday to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony, to satisfy a pending indictment in Cattaraugus County court.  The incident occurred on September 27, 2014, in the Town of Portville, when the Wallace operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .15% BAC.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 29, 2015.

Accused Perry rapist arraigned in court

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday March 24, 2015

Wellsville Police acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Carrie L. Baldwin, age 33 of Wellsville, for failure to appear in court on a previous Harassment 2nd charge.  Baldwin was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor.  Baldwin paid $250.00 bail and was released.  Baldwin is due back in Wellsville Village Court on April 7th for further Court action.

Ruth F. Lewis, 95, New Hudson - Loving Mother, grandmother, great grandmother

Ruth F. Lewis, 95, of 8227 Spring Valley Road, Town of New Hudson, passed away, Monday, March 23, 2015 at Cuba Memorial Hospitals Palliative Care Unit after a lengthy illness.
Born on July 29, 1919, in Litchfield, Michigan, she was a daughter of Edmund and Ethel Born Fish .  On June 19, 1949 in Litchfield she married Richard M. “Dick” Lewis who predeceased her on November 10, 2011.
Ruth was a graduate of the Henry Ford School of Nursing and Hygiene Class of 1941.  He had been enlisted in the Cadet Corps but was never called to serve.
She co owned and operated Lewis Trailer Sales in Black Creek for many years with her husband, sold antiques, and helped with her husbands radio repair business.  She retired from Cuba Central School where she had been school nurse for many years. 
She was a member of the Cuba Untied Methodist Church, McKee Chapter 212 Order of the Eastern Star since May 1966 and would have celebrated her 50th anniversary next year. She served as the chapter Matron for 1977 and 1978 and as the Allegany District Deputy Grand Matron in 1984. She held the office of ADAH for many years and could recite her part from memory well into her advanced age.  She was a founding member of the Auxiliary to the New Hudson Fire Company, a member of the National Campers and Hikers Association and its local group the Alle-Catts, and the Allegheny Mountain Engine and Implement Association.  She was a former member of the Cuba Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Cornell Cooperative Extension. 
Ruth enjoyed all types of needlework, search words, singing gospel music, traveling and camping, but most of all spending time with her family and grand children.
Surviving are: 3 Sons ; Eric (Patty) Lewis , Fulton;  Wayne (Pat) Lewis , Cuba; Lloyd (Mary Lou) Lewis . Cuba;8 Grandchildren and 19 great grand children. Several Nieces and Nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by a son Dale Lewis on January 13, 1973 a sister Doris Bennett, 3 half brothers Alvin, Ray, and Rex, and a half sister Velma.
Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 1-3 P.M. only at which time funeral services will be held.  Pastor B. David Jones, of Belmont Baptist Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery, Town of New Hudson.
Memorials in Ruth’s name may be made to the Auxiliary to the New Hudson Fire Company, P.O. Box 1, Black Creek New York 14714 or to McKee Chapter 212 Order of the Eastern Star, c/o Sue Taylor, 36 Maple Street, Cuba New York 14727.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Judge forfeits Ceglia's $250,000 bail

Daily Reporter

The father of a Paul Ceglia of Wellsville — a fugitive accused of falsely claiming he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook — says his son doesn't trust the criminal justice system.

Carmine Ceglia told a Manhattan judge today that Paul Ceglia was afraid that he wouldn't get a fair shot at his upcoming criminal trial.The younger Ceglia disappeared with his wife, children and the family dog this month.Federal Judge Vernon Broderick signed a bail forfeiture order today. That lets the government pursue a half dozen properties Ceglia's family posted to cover $250,000 bail.Prosecutors say Ceglia doctored a contract he signed with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2003 to make it seem he was part owner of the Menlo Park, Calif., company.

Carmine Ceglia: Son, Paul Ceglia is afraid His Facebook trial wouldn't be fair

Man burned in Olean fire

On Monday at 11:49pm, Olean firefighters (OFD) were dispatched to a reported working structure fire at 431 Martha Avenue. Olean police said there was one burn victim found on scene. OFD ambulance transported the victim to Olean General Hospital and was later transferred to ECMC via Mercy Flight due to the severity of the burns. Platoon C was on duty and knocked down the fire quickly. Platoon's A and B were called to assist. Weston's Mills FD and Allegany FD stood by at Fire Station 1 and Central Fire stations.

DEP Declares Drought Watch for 27 Pennsylvania Counties

HARRISBURG, PA -- Despite the recent surge of surface water caused by snow melt, parts of the state have below-average groundwater levels. The lack of groundwater recharge has caused the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue a drought watch for 27 counties across Pennsylvania. Low groundwater levels can cause well-fed water supplies, both private and public, to go dry.
The very dry fall and below-normal precipitation in January and February have contributed to low groundwater levels in the northeast and central portions of the state. The increasing temperatures and melting snow have helped, but groundwater levels may not be back to normal before the summer.
The 27 counties under the drought watch issued today are Berks, Bradford, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.
All Pennsylvanians are advised to heed this drought watch by conserving their water use and consumption.
To reduce their water use, residents can:
• Run water only when absolutely necessary; and avoid keeping water flowing while brushing teeth, or turning on the shower many minutes before use;
• Check for household leaks – a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day;
• Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads;
• Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy; and
• Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.

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

Police: Olean man threatened wife, child with shotgun

'NEWS RELEASE:  Richard M Ramero Jr. of 554 Martha Ave in the City of Olean was arrested and charged with Menacing 2nd degree, Endangering the welfare of a child and Reckless Endangerment 1st degree.  The arrest resulted from a domestic incident at around 9 p.m. on 3/23/2015 in which Romero forced his wife and child at gun point to drive around the City of Olean in a vehicle to various locations by threatening her and their child's life with a shotgun.  Ramero is being held on $10,000.00 bail.'Olean police said Richard M Ramero Jr. of 554 Martha Ave in Olean was arrested and charged with Menacing 2nd degree, Endangering the welfare of a child and Reckless Endangerment 1st degree. The arrest resulted from a domestic incident at around 9 p.m. on Monday. Police allege Romero forced his wife and child, at gun point, to drive to various locations in Olean by threatening her and their child's life with a shotgun. Ramero is being held on $10,000.00 bail.

DEC Invites Input from Wiscoy Creek Anglers

DEC Region 9 Fisheries Office is holding an angler diary program for Wiscoy Creek in Allegany and Wyoming Counties through October 31, 2015, DEC announced today. The diarist program aims to record dates, catch records and observations from anglers who fish on Wiscoy Creek. DEC will use the input from the Angler Diary Program in conjunction with the late summer electrofishing survey to evaluate Wiscoy Creek fishery's overall quality.
"Angler participation in this program is greatly appreciated and will help us to evaluate Wiscoy Creek's fishery quality," said Regional Director Abby Snyder. "This is a great opportunity for anglers to contribute observations and help shape future fishery management actions."
If you fish Wiscoy Creek (even once) and would like to contribute your observations in a DEC fishing diary, please contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at (716) 372-0645 or by e-mail at

Houghton awards Douglas Gaerte Excellence in Teaching Award

 Houghton College awarded the 2014–2015 Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Douglas Gaerte at the Excellence in Teaching Chapel on Monday, March 23. Gaerte is a professor of communications, chair of the Department of Communication and has taught at Houghton College for the past 27 years on both Houghton and Buffalo campuses.
The Excellence in Teaching Award is a distinctive honor, publicly acknowledging and rewarding faculty for outstanding teaching. This award is open to any faculty member with at least five years of service and at least 50 percent of their current contract in the classroom setting.
In addition to Gaerte, this year’s other nominees were Cameron Airhart, David Kinman, and Stephen Woolsey.

Richburg woman admits to driving drunk with kids in car

A Richburg woman was sentenced this morning after she admitted in court that she drove drunk and crashed, while two children were in the vehicle. Natasha N. Childs, 31, of Main Street was ordered by Judge Terrance Parker to serve five years probation. In addition, Childs was fined $1,000, was sentenced to 50 hours of community service, had her license revoked and must install an ignition interlock. Childs was arrested following the August 23, 2014 incident in the town of Wirt. Childs must also attend a Victim Impact Panel.

Obituary: Cecil R. "Dick" Clark, 81

 Cecil R. “Dick” Clark, 81, passed away Sunday (March 22, 2015) at Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, surrounded by family.  Mr. Clark was born on June 16, 1933 in Bradford, Pa. to Cecil F. and Francis (Johnson) Clark. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-57. On Nov. 15, 1958, at the Christian Temple in Wellsville, he married Nellie Mae Day, who survives.
 Dick was a welder for Air Preheater for 33 years until his retirement in 1995.
In addition to his wife of 56 years, Dick is survived by two sons, Mark R. (Cynthia) Clark of Rochester and Cameron (Dawn) Clark of Farmington; three daughters, Kimberly Kalkhof of Hallsport, Julie (Bernard) Roulston of Burke and Carmel (Keith) DeMun of Wellsville; five sisters, Barbara (Dorr) Olds of Wellsville, Joan (Charley) Wallace and Sylvia Lehman, both of Andover, Pauline (Garth) Hulin of Wabash, Ind. and Carol Roth of Fla.; three brothers, Jack (Glenna) Clark, Larry (Wanda) Clark and Dale (Marsha) Clark, all of Andover; a sister-in-law, Mary Phyllis Clark of Wellsville; a brother-in-law, David Ankeny of Crofton, Md.; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Ankney and a brother, Ernest Blair Clark.
Dick was an avid outdoorsman where he loved to hunt and fish. In his backyard, he would hone his skills with archery target practice and skeet shooting. In times past, he and his wife liked to camp and snowmobile together. He was a longtime member of the NRA. Dick was a devoted family man and cherished the times he spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.
There will be no prior visiting hours. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover with Rev. Daniel Kenyon of the Wellsville Bible Church, officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. Taps will be offered by his grandson, Benjamin Roulston.
Memorial contributions in Dick’s name may be made to Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Deputies: Speed a factor in Portageville crash |

Deputies in Wyoming County say speed likely played a factor in a late night tractor trailer crash.

Deputies say a 53-year-old man was driving on Route 19 in Portageville when the he lost control of the tractor trailer and it overturned. We've (WHEC) learned the tractor trailer also hit a pickup truck. The driver of the tractor trailer was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital where he is in stable condition. Deputies say he was issued a ticket for speeding.

The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries.

Deputies: Speed a factor in Portageville crash |

Allegany County: Deputies, Legislators reach deal

The Allegany County deputy Sheriff's Association finally has a new contract. The five year contract is retroactive to January 1, 2014. Union members will receive a 1% wage increase for last year and it will increase to 3% for the final year. There will be no adjustment in health care contributions. In addition to deputies, the contract covers corrections officer and worker who staff the county jail kitchen. The legislature approved the deal by a unanimous vote.

Belfast Central School PTO hosting forum on impact of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education reform proposals

Daily Reporter 

BELFAST — Belfast Central School parents and teachers are hosting an event to respond to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education reform proposals.

The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Belfast Central School on Sherman Street.

The Belfast Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has invited New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Labor Relations Specialist Kathy Welch to make a presentation. She will discuss how proposals by Governor Cuomo can change education in New York State. Tuesday’s event goes along with the protests held Friday at state Sen. Catharine Young's office in Olean.

People from Belfast and other communities in Western New York have reportedly been invited to hear how the governor’s proposals could have an impact on local schools and communities.

The Wellsville Educators Association (WEA) is having a similar forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the David A. Howe Public Library’s Nancy Howe Auditorium.

Belfast Central School PTO hosting forum on impact of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education reform proposals