Sunday, December 4, 2016

Whitesville School upcoming events

Holiday Concert Schedule
Elementary Concert
December 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Senior Citizen's Concert and Luncheon
December 9, 2016 @ 12:30 pm
High School Concert
December 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Alfred-Almond School Board to hold work session Dec. 6





A. Approval of minutes from 11/9/16;

B. Financial Reports;

C. Approval to increase the 2016-2017 budget with Erie 1 BOCES Technology Services as follows:


$ 330.00 service code 550.064.35 iReady Math & Reading

$ 30.00 service code 650.880.73 Configuration Fee

$ 7.42 service code 650.880.75 Procurement Fee

$ 10.72 service code 550.880.71 Planning Fee

$ 378.14

The above adjustments are needed for software under Instructional Services for project

MPN# 017-12-17A.

This project also necessitates increasing the 2017-2018 budget in the amount

of $330.00 for subsequent year renewal cost;

D. Approval of the ACE Spanish class trip to NYC on March 25;

E. Approval of the following Substitute Teachers – Aidan Curtin;

F. Approval of the following Substitute Support Staff – Gail Aguglia, Clerical;

G. Approval to appoint Kristen Williams as a Substitute Pool Monitor;

H. Accept the donation of a Ping Pong table from the Qui family with appreciation.

Congratulations to the Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team on Winning the NYSPHSAA Class D State Championships. Your school and community is proud of you all!
A. Claims Audit Reports –

B. Transportation Report for November

C. Health Report for November

D. Cafeteria Report for October

E. Extra-Curricular Report for October - November
A. CSE/CPSE Recommendations

B. AATA Contract

C. Resignation

D. Nurse

E. BM Basketball Coach

F. Van purchase

PA: Bradford woman jailed on $100,000 - Police said she had drugs

Press Release-Bradford City Police
Late Saturday night, Bradford police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being operated by Misty Mihalko, 31 years old, from Bradford for a traffic violation. After talking with Mihalko the investigating officer believed she was under the influence of controlled substance(s). After a series field sobriety tests Mihalko was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
A search of the vehicle and Ms. Mihalko's purse was then conducted. This search was assisted by a K-9 from the McKean County Drug Task Force. Officers allegedly located 31 pills packaged for delivery and various drug related items.
Ms. Mihalko was charged with 2 felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to deliver, 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, and two PA Vehicle Code Violations.
Ms. Mihalko was arraigned early today by Judge Luther and remanded to McKean County Jail with bail set at $100,000 cash.

Obituary: Arthur W. "Art" Serra, 67, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - On December 1, 2016, at age 67 years, Art peacefully went to be with the Lord following his battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Lillian (Pendleton) Serra and his Aunt Eleanor "Punch" Thomas. He is survived by his children, Douglas (Elyse) Serra of NC, Jennifer Serra (Rich Brice) of Avon, Nicholas Serra of CO, and Melanie (Jason) Cartwright of FL; grandchildren, Ethan, Kaley, Max, Lillianna, Devon, Christopher, Richie, David, Serenity, A'lyana, Jason Luke, and Isabella. He is also survived by his sister, Camille Peterson of Buffalo; his brother Mark (Louanne) Serra of Andover; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; as well as many other loving family and friends.

Art was born on January 14, 1949, in Belmont, NY, to parents John and Lillian Serra. He graduated from Belmont High School and lived in Wellsville for many years. Art worked at Alstom as a machinist/welder, where he was known for his sense of humor and character. He had a loving heart and was always trying to give back to the community. He was a softball coach, a great listener, a hard worker, and a loving father and grandfather, even to those he was not related to.

Friends and family may call on Saturday, December 10, from 1-4 p.m. at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, 296 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held following calling hours at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Art's memory to The Salvation Army of Wellsville, 25 E. Pearl St., Wellsville, NY 14895. Arrangements are entrusted to the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Livonia and the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home Inc., Wellsville. To send a condolence, please visit

Bolivar-Richburg School Board meets Dec. 6, 2016 - CORRECTED for format errors

Obituary: Rev. Msgr Thomas R. Walsh, Allegany

OLEAN - The Rev. Msgr Thomas R. Walsh, of Allegany, son of the late John J. and Celia Phillips Walsh, died Friday (Dec. 2, 2016) in Cuba Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. Father Walsh was a graduate of St. Bonaventure Parochial School and from Allegany Central School, where he was the class valedictorian of 1944, winning The James McLaughlin Scholarship to St. Bonaventure University. During his high school and college years, he served as one of the organists at St. Bonaventure Parish Church.While in his third year of college, Father Walsh was accepted as a candidate for the priesthood for the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., with the help of the Rev. Thomas Plassman, O.F.M., President of St. Bonaventure University. He attended Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., and played the organ and did missionary work in North Carolina during his seminary years. He was ordained in Greensboro, N.C., in May, 1953, by the late Bishop Vincent S. Waters. Father Walsh served the Diocese of Raleigh and later the Diocese of Charlotte, when the state was divided into two dioceses because of the growth in the Catholic population. He served as assistant pastor and pastor of 13 parishes across the coastal, Piedmont and mountain areas of the state. He saw and experienced many changes in North Carolina with the growth of the Catholic Church in the south. Perhaps his most notable achievement was his nine years as pastor of St. Gabriel's Church in Charlotte, when the new church was built. He had much influence on its design, its inclusion of an organ and its protection of the large oak trees on the building site, for which the parish received an award of appreciation from the city of Charlotte. Father Walsh retired to his hometown of Allegany in 1996 and assisted at local parishes in the Buffalo Diocese, often at St. Patrick's Church in Limestone, until his illness prevented him. He was a member of the Allegany Area Historical Association and the Allegany Knights of Columbus, serving as its Chaplain for several years.He is survived by a brother, John P. (Jillian) Walsh of Allegany; three sisters, Barbara Walsh of Houghton, Sally (John) Vanini of Olean and Cameron (John) Donoghue of Weeki Wachee, Fla.; eight nieces and nephews, Margaret Eckhardt, Bridget Walsh, Matthew Walsh, John T. Vanini, Kevin Vanini, Aileen Henning and James and Mark Donoghue.Friends will be received on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean, and again on Tuesday (Dec. 6, 2016) at St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m in the church. Burial will be next to his parents in St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Flowers are declined. Donations may be made to St. Bonaventure Church; The Alzheimer's Association of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Dr., Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221; The Allegany Area Historical Association, P.O. Box 162 Allegany, NY 14706; or an organization of the donor's choice.Online condolences may be expressed at   

Obituary: Jerome R. Clark, 78, Wellsville

Jerome R. Clark, 78, 160 Seneca Ave, Wellsville, and formerly of Nile, NY. passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Highland Healthcare Center, following a brief illness. Born April 19, 1938 in Cuba, NY, he was the son of Wrayburn H and Dorothy A. Monagle Clark.
Jerry, as he was called had grown up in the Friendship area and attended Friendship Central School. For 50 years, Jerry was employed at Farnsworth Cookie Factory.
Surviving are three brothers, Ward E. (Connie) Clark of Ludlow, Maine, John P. (Phyllis) Clark of Marion, IN, and Dennis L. (Gayle) Clark of Belmont; several nieces and nephews; and a special uncle, Glenn L."Bill" (Marian) Clark of Friendship.
There will be no visitations. A private graveside will be held in the spring of 2017.
Special thanks for exceptional and compassionate care given by the staff at Highland Park Healthcare Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Obituary: David E. Weart, 62, Cuba native

David E. Weart, 62, of 39 East Songbird Road, Bradford, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016, at his residence, in the company of his loving wife.
Born April 14, 1954, in Cuba, NY, he was a son of the late Craig C. Weart, and Pauline (Wallace) Weart-Lucas who survives.
On September 13, 1975, in Olean NY, he married Pamela L. (Wiedemann) Weart who survives.
Dave was a 1972 graduate of Friendship Central High School, and while in high school, he received a certification in welding from the Andrews F. Haines Vocational School, in Belmont, NY.
In August of 1972, he enlisted in the United States Navy, served aboard the USS Columbus and the USS Shenandoah. He was a Hull Technician, 2nd class and was honorably discharged in October of 1976. In August of 1983, David enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He was stationed in Miami, FL, on board the USCG Dauntless and later Ketchikan, AK. He retired as 1st Class Petty Officer in damage control and was honorably discharged in 1992.
He returned home from the military and worked at Quaker State and Pennzoil as a welder. He attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where he did his under graduate work and received his teaching certificate from the State of New York in Welding and Heavy Equipment Instruction. Prior to his retirement he had been an instructor at BOCES Vocational School.
Dave attended Evans Memorial United Methodist Church, was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and member of the American Legion Post 1168, where he volunteered for the pancake breakfast.
In the late 70's he raced stock cars at Bradford Speedway, in Rew. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing, and gathering sap to make maple syrup. His favorite time was spent with his grandchildren.
In addition to his mother and stepfather, Pauline (Roy) Lucas of  Wellsville, and his wife Pamela of 41 years he is survived a son, Adam (Melissa) Weart, of Bradford, two daughters, Katie (Kiro) Sekulovski, of Olean, and Katie (Carl)  Linaman, of Panama, NY, 8 grandchildren, Savannah Weart, Luka Sekulovski, Gavin Weart, Vivian Sekulovski, Caleb D. Weart, Carter Linaman, Parker Rose Linaman and Paxton Linaman, a sister, Denise (Dick) DeGroat, of Rochester, NY, a brother, Dick (Alfie) Weart, of Friendship, 3 sister-in-laws, Colleen (Steve) Jurenko, of Olean, Carol Wiedemann, of Allegany and Debbie Wiedemann of Eldred, 1 brother-in-law, Terry (Chrissy) Wiedemann of Olean, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, two son's Jacob Weart who died October 27, 1991 and Zachary Weart who died July 21, 2009.
Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the  Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main Street, Bradford, and again on Wednesday December 7, 2016, from 10:00am to 11:00am, at the American Legion Post 1168, 29 Depot St. in Friendship. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am with Rev. Barb Moore, pastor of the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church, and Chaplain Mark Voorheis, of the American Legion, co-officiating. Committal services and full Military Honors will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship, NY.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Legion Post 1168, P.O. Box 36, Friendship, NY 14739.
On line condolences may be made at

Bolivar man gets PA jail time

From the Bradford Era

Zachary D. Foust, 23, of Bolivar, N.Y., will serve 60 days to 23 ½ months in McKean County Jail with credit for five days of time served on charges of receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing and theft from a motor vehicle. He pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to allegations that between April 27 and 29, he received $5,420 in stolen equipment — some of it stolen out of a vehicle — and he entered 649 Lynch Hollow Road in Ceres Township without permission.

Sen. Schumer in Olean to support firefighters

Photo courtesy of Olean Times Herald
Surrounded by dozens of Western New York area firefighters, and their family members, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer Friday launched a major effort to pass legislation that would, for the first time ever, establish a specialized national cancer registry to be managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The registry would improve collection capabilities and activities related to the nationwide monitoring of cancer incidence among all firefighters – career and volunteer. Schumer said firefighters in Cattaraugus County and across Western NY and the country are exposed to a range of harmful toxins and research has indicated that there may be a connection between firefighting and an increased risk for several major cancers such as testicular, stomach, multiple myeloma and brain cancers.
“Our brave firefighters in Olean and across Western New York are on the frontlines, risking their lives to protect our communities,” said Senator Schumer. “And now with the ubiquitous presence of complex chemicals in our furniture, clothes and goods, they are too often exposed to a caustic brew of toxins when fighting fires. That is why it so important for Congress to pass this critical legislation to establish a national voluntary firefighter cancer registry, so researchers can better track, treat – and one day prevent – the potential connections between firefighting and cancer.”
Schumer explained that firefighters are exposed to a range of harmful toxins when responding to emergency situations, often as a result of the noxious flame retardants and other chemicals that are used in everyday items, from furniture, to clothing, and to even children’s toys. Experts and scientists have repeatedly sounded the alarm on the danger of these toxic chemicals because they have been found to cause developmental delays in children from long-term exposure in addition to rare cancers in firefighters when these products burn and the toxins become airborne.
Schumer said research has indicated that there is a strong connection between firefighting and an increased risk for several major cancers, including testicular, stomach, multiple myeloma and brain cancers. However, there has never been a long-term registry put in place that could be used to track the potential connections between firefighting and incidences of cancer. Schumer therefore said a national firefighter cancer registry is needed, so experts and researchers can more effectively monitor nationwide trends and incidences of cancer among firefighters – both career and volunteer. Schumer said such a registry would help medical professionals more effectively identify and treat cancer in firefighters over the long term. Schumer also noted the timely importance of this bill following the recent massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna, NY.
Therefore, Schumer is pushing legislation that would create this registry, which would help better protect the firefighters who safeguard citizens’ lives day in and day out. Schumer is co-sponsoring theFirefighter Cancer Registry Act, S.2799, in the Senate alongside Senator Bob Menendez [D-NJ]. This bipartisan legislation was introduced by Congressman Richard Hanna in the House of Representatives. Schumer explained that this national firefighter cancer registry would be managed by the CDC and would improve collection capabilities and activities related to the nationwide monitoring of cancer incidence among all firefighters.
Specifically this national firefighter cancer registry would do the following:
- First, this registry would compile in one place the epidemiological information submitted by healthcare professionals related to cancer incidence among firefighters.
- Second, it would make anonymous data available to public health researchers so that they would have access to the comprehensive datasets that will allow them to expand this groundbreaking research.
- Third, this registry would improve our understanding of cancer incidence as the registry grows, which could potentially lead to the development of advanced safety protocols and safeguards for the firefighters on the front lines each day.
- Finally, this bill would allow for increased collaboration between the CDC and epidemiologists, public health experts, clinicians and firefighters through regular and consistent consultations to improve the effectiveness and accuracy of the registry.
Schumer was joined by Bill Aiello, Mayor of the City of Olean; Chief Robert Bell, Olean Fire Department; and local firefighters.
“The link between our firefighters and cancer is one that must be broken,” said Robert Bell, Chief of the Olean Fire Department. “This registry will provide us with a great safety tool in helping us to track, treat, and prevent this link that our firefighters face every day, and we appreciate Senator Schumer’s continued advocacy on behalf of those who put their lives on the line every day.”
“I would like to thank Senator Chuck Schumer for coming to Olean’s Central Fire Station, on our newly renovated North Union Street, to push creation of the National Firefighter Cancer Registry,” said Olean Mayor Bill Aiello. “Our firefighters provide an essential, yet hazardous, service to Olean residents and they can be exposed to harmful toxins in the line of duty.  This registry will help physicians track, treat and ultimately prevent cancer which, in turn, will benefit not only our brave firefighters and their families, but also our local taxpayers.”

Wellsville police looking for stolen vehicle

Police say an SUV was stolen early today in the village of Wellsville. Police said the incident occurred at a parking area near LJUNGSTRÖM Division - Arvos (formerly Air Preheater) on South Main Street. County 911 issued an alert at 2:35 a.m. The vehicle is a 1996 black Jeep Grand Cherokee with a chrome front bumper and two 'KC Highlighters.' The license plate is NY- GLT8541. Patrols countywide were to "be on the lookout" for the vehicle. Village patrols scoured the community overnight...from the old runway area to Alfred State/Wellsville to traditional less traveled areas. At 11 a.m., Allegany County 911 confirmed the vehicle had not yet been recovered.

NY State Police Blotter

12/2/16 7:30pm- On September 25, 2016, troopers were called to a personal injury crash in New Hudson. Following an investigation, state police arrested Mark Settlemyer, 30 of Lancaster. While at the Amity barracks, he was charged with driving while intoxicated, moving from a lane unsafely and misuse of a dealer plate. He was issued court tickets and released. Settlemyer had sustained significant injuries in the crash on Mount Monroe Road and had been flown to Eric County Medical Center in Buffalo.
12/2/16 5:45pm- State police arrested Roy A. Raber, 19 of Angelica. He was charged with trespass following an incident last month in Birdsall.
12/2/16 7:25pm- State police arrested Luis A. Santiago, 52 of Bath. He was charged with welfare fraud and felony falsifying business records. he was held for court action.
12/2/16 12:45pm- State police arrested Lewis R. Pierce, 40 of Canisteo. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, convicted felony with a weapon and pot possession.

Graves: $3 a lot of money to gamble with

Letter to the Editor:

Well, it’s over.  For now anyway.  The Allegany County Board of Legislators adopted a new budget for 2017 at its regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon, November 28, 2016.  To be right up front with you, I hope I’m wrong and that they are right.  I hope their “hope” for this budget comes true. 
$3 Million dollars, the money we’re hoping we won’t have to move from our surplus, is a lot of money to gamble with.  Current history shows that it can be done. The word “if” by the way, according to Webster’s Dictionary, has the lengthiest definition of any word in the English language. “If” our local, national and global economic picture improves, “If” the practice of under estimating revenues continues to work, “If” sales tax revenues stabilize or increase, “If” spending can be constrained, “If” the county receives another windfall such as this year’s tobacco settlement, “If” the counties assessors continue to increase property assessments and “If” there are no spending “surprises” in 2017.  Time will tell and the telling will only take a year to prove itself.

The trumpets are already playing a happy tune.  The average tax rate will decrease again – as it has for the last seven years now – despite the fact that we’ve increased spending – again – with no program or service reductions, no layoffs, nor have any duplication in services been eliminated.  Those whose assessments have increased are paying more. Our Senior Citizens on fixed incomes with little or no increase in Social Security will just have to do without. In total we still have the highest property tax rates in the nation and by majority vote we’ve told the taxpayers we care nothing about that little issue. The wolf in sheep’s clothing is that it looks like we’re reducing your taxes but in actuality spending just like we always have.
Yes, projected revenues from the state and federal government have increased next year – to help pay for their mandated programs – but history has shown that they both are famous for a sad sucker punch.  Mandating we spend money on their programs and then slowly, but surely, reducing their portion of the financing. One such program on the radar screen, one I recommend you keep a close watch on, is the Indigent Defense Fund. In a nut shell, Albany has been bankrolling our hiring of attorneys in the Public Defender’s Office with the intention of making it so that those arrested have an attorney available to them almost from the moment of arrest. Outside of partially supplementing our DA’s salary, no money comes from Albany to help us pay for our ADA’s. It’s my bet that, down the road, Albany will leave us high and dry on this expense too.
The good news is that we are still in good financial shape.  Our bills are being paid on time, our payroll is being met and we still have money in the bank. Next year is an election year and historically the legislature has always tried to bring good news to the electorate.  It’s not too late. My hope is that our legislature will unite in a common cause.  To do everything it can to make our government more efficient and cost effective. To institute new and unique programs that put every program or service provided under the microscope.  That we reach out to the Towns and Villages, our neighboring counties and the state to find common ground that we can use to reduce government spending and make our community a welcoming, business friendly, affordable place to live and work.

Please know that your legislators need to hear from you. Silence indicates approval. They need to know that although you’re happy the average tax rate has been reduced more needs to be done. The sooner the better. Contact information for our legislators can be found at
Sincerely yours,
Karl Graves, Legislator District IV

Friday, December 2, 2016

Obituary: Raymond L. Baker, 84, Obi

Raymond L. Baker:  Loving Father and Grandfather
Raymond L. Baker, 84, 8942 Daggett Hollow Rd, Town of Obi, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, Wellsville, after a brief illness. Born on August 29, 1932, in Bolivar, he was a son of Henry J. and Ella Mae Cossaboon Baker.  On July 17, 1954, at the Obi Evangelical United Brethren Church he married the former Rebecca L. Childs who predeceased him on September 16, 2011.
Ray was a graduate of Bolivar Central School Class of 1952. 
At the time of his retirement he was the Plant Manager for Fibercell Packaging LLC in Portville where he had worked for many years.
He was a member of the West Clarksville Baptist Church where at various times served as a lay minister and served on the board of trustees. 
In his younger years he was active helping to coach babe ruth baseball and liked to bowl.  He also enjoyed woodworking, the New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills, and spending time with his family. 
Surviving are: Four sons, R. Kieth (Linda) Baker of Sun City Center Florida, David J. Baker of Syracuse, Gregg (Cheryl) Baker of Bolivar, and Scott L. Baker of Obi; two daughters, Yvonne (Rick) Hunt of Portville and Laura Mix-Rutherford of Montgomery, Alabama; 10 grandchildren and 7 Great grandchildren; a bother Thomas (Marcia) Baker of Olean, and a sister Gracie McCrea of Richburg as well as serveral nieces and nephews. 
In addition to wife and parents he was predeceased by 2 brothers Henry and Charles Baker and a sister Margaret Weber. Friends will be received at the West Clarksville Baptist Church, 9005 Daggett Hollow Road (County Rte 5), West Clarksville, New York on Monday December 5, 2016 from 7-9 P.M. and on Tuesday December 6, 2016 from 10-11:00 A.M. at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Wayne Hart will officiate.
Burial will be in the West Genesee Cemetery, Town of Genesee, New York.
Memorial's may be made to the West Clarksville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 56, West Clarksville, NY 14786, The Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, 1374 NY-19, Wellsville, NY 14895.
Expressions of Sympathy may be sent at
Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.

Wellsville Moose Lodge New Year's party

Happy New Years from the Wellsville Moose
Looking for a great place to spend New Year's Eve? Wellsville Moose New Year's Eve Dinner & Dance December 31, 2016
Prime Rib Dinner w/Shrimp Cocktail & Champagne
Music to follow - Chet & Louie
$20.00 per person
Serving starts at 6:30 PM
*2nd dinner choice is pork roast w/stuffing
Reservations required.
December 27 is last date for reservations.
Call 585-593-5070 to make your reservation, or come into the lodge to sign up.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Friday December 2, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Ryan I. Coen, age 26 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Contempt 2nd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on East Dyke Street in the Village of Wellsville in November of 2016.  Coen was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Coen was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,500.00 cash bail.  Coen is due back in Wellsville Village Court on December 20th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville: Lufkin-RMT layoffs scheduled to begin today

In preparation for the closing of the Lufkin-RMT plant in Wellsville, layoffs were scheduled to begin today. According to a WARN notice filed with New York State, the layoffs would begin December 2 and continue through December 16, 2016, at which time the plant would close. State officials say 54 workers are impacted.
Lufkin, a division of GE Oil & Gas, manufactured ball and roller bearing materials.

Opinion: Congressman Tom Reed - "We" versus "I"

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, held a special press call Thursday to discuss his appointment as a Vice Chair on President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team. It was a lengthier than usual press call. Congressman Reed is a likeable guy, for sure, but there were a few things that bugged me and have bugged me about his press calls.
#1: During his press calls, he corrects reporters when they call him "Congressman." He'll respond, "I'm just Tom." No,'re not just Tom. Saying you're "Just Tom" has the hidden meaning that you are not part of Washington, D.C. decisions. Sorry, but you ran for the U.S. House of Representatives. You won, again. You ARE a Congressman and you DO work in D.C. Could you imagine a Representative calling the President-Elect "Don?" To all the journalists who join the Reed media calls and call him, respectfully, Congressman...thank you. He is, after all, just that...a Congressman.
#2: During Rep. Reed's special media call Thursday, he was asked if he would consider a greater role in a Trump Administration. You know, get a title bump from Congressman to...whatever. Rep. Reed admitted he would consider it...but he kept saying "we."  "We are interested in serving all of America." If there is an opportunity, it is something "we would consider." Who is this 'we?' Shouldn't it be 'I?' I wasn't elected to Congress so certainly I am not part of the we. By saying "we" instead of "I' it is as if he is deflecting some responsibility. (I can hear it now, grumble, grumble). Hey, "we" weren't elected to Congress and "we" weren't appointed to the transition team and "we" aren't consulted on career advancement. I just think Congressman Tom Reed should say what he means...I wouldn't think any less. I'm totally cool with him saying "I'm interested in serving all of America." It's a pet peeve, I guess.
I do find it interesting that Rep. Reed, freshly re-elected to the 23rd Congressional District, would even suggest he'd consider 'greater things.' I thought John Plumb was the one labeled "DC John."

Alfred State Nursing program celebrating 50th anniversary

Like clockwork for 20 years now, past faculty members of the Alfred State Nursing Department have returned to the Southern Tier in the fall for a reunion. This year, they had even more reason to celebrate, with the college’s first nursing program marking its golden anniversary.
Fifty years ago, Alfred State welcomed its first incoming class of nursing students and the Allied Health building was under construction. Since then, it has been transformed into the modern Physical and Health Sciences building to meet the needs of today’s nursing students.
While much has changed for Alfred State nursing, the enthusiasm of students eager to help others, the dedication of faculty, and the building of relationships that last a lifetime, are all traits that have endured.
“We’re very proud of the program and the fact that we had an integral part in the beginning,” said past department chair Marilyn Lusk. “"Each generation of faculty has brought something new to the program that makes it special, and we meet graduates all the time who have achieved great things and are well respected by employers."
Speaking to the continued success of Alfred State nursing grads, past department chair Cynthie Luehman said, “So many of our graduates have far surpassed our level of expertise, and it’s just amazing when you hear what they’ve done. It’s humbling.”
Today, students utilize newer technology such as SimMan 3G manikins, new facilities such as the high-fidelity simulation labs, and have clinical experiences at hospitals in multiple locations in western New York and even Pennsylvania. They can also take one of five academic pathways to earning either an associate or a bachelor’s in nursing, including the online format for the bachelor’s program.
Margaret Brady was the first chair of the Nursing Department, serving from 1965 until 1970, while guiding the establishment of the program. Next, A. Donald Insley became the new chair, a position he would hold until 1982, when he returned to teaching until his retirement in the early 2000s.
Lusk then served as department chair from 1982 to 1996, when the first faculty reunion was held. Joining Lusk for the reunion this year were Luehman, who chaired the department from 1997 to 2008; current chair and nursing program graduate Linda Panter; former interim chair and faculty member Kathy Decker; as well as retired faculty Pam Jones, Mary Amphlett, Rosemary Fischer, Mary Smith, and Therese LeGro.
“One of the things that made us such a strong faculty was that when those of us who were new came, there were already people there who were really effective, hard-working, and very supportive of the students, so we had others to look up to as role models,” Smith said. “Then we ended up all staying for many years.”
Sadly, two beloved members of the reunion group, Loretta M. Smith and Joanne Daniels, passed away in the spring of 2016. The two of them had co-authored a book in 1987 titled “Clinical Calculations: A Unified Approach,” a dosage calculations textbook based on dimensional analysis that has now been used in nursing education for almost 30 years.
Lusk, who joined the faculty in 1971, has provided two deserving nursing graduates with a $200 Annual Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing for each of the past 13 years. She noted that she plans to increase the amount this year in honor of the program’s 50 years of graduating students.
Some very important aspects of Alfred State nursing have remained the same since its inception, such as the high academic standards, graduates who achieve great success, experienced and knowledgeable faculty, and a desire to assist the next generation of nurses.
In recognition of the nursing program’s 50th anniversary, a celebration will take place Thursday, May 11, 2017. Updates will be posted on the Alumni Facebook page and the Nursing Facebook page, with dinner and department tour details to follow.

NY State Police Blotter

12/1/16 6:47pm- State police arrested Andrew J. Welk, 28 of Bolivar. He was charged with issuing a bad check in Fillmore last month. Court action is pending.
12/1/16 8:40am- During a stop on State Route 275 and Pangburn Road in Wirt, state police arrested John H. Fisk, 47 of Bolivar. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08%, drinking alcohol in a vehicle. no insurance and suspended registration. He was issued tickets for court and released.
12/2/16 1:11am- During a traffic stop on State Route 417 in Portville, state police arrested Richard A. Caskey, 36 of Olean. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and DWI. He was held for a court appearance.
12/1/16 6:43pm- An Andover man was not injured when he was involved in a two vehicle collision at the intersection of State Route 36 and Bethesda Drive in Hornellsville. Troopers listed the drivers as Tim Fanton, 50, of Andover and Dawn Hall, 43 of Glenmont, NY.

Wyoming County woman gets 15 to life in murder case

This is a press Release sent to us by Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen:

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Hornell Public Safety Board to meet Dec. 8, 2016

TO:     Commissioners of Public Safety
               Police Chief Ted Murray
               Fire Chief Dan Smith
               Neighborhood Revitalization  Director Bud Burdett

FROM: Shawn D. Hogan, Mayor
RE:      The Board of Public Safety will meet at 9:00 am, THURSDAY,  December 8, 2016, in the Conference  Room on the second floor of City Hall.

Wellsville man arrested after disturbance

Wellsville Police Friday morning arrested Jesse E. Clark, age 28 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Circulation, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Mischief 4th.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on Miller Street in the Village.  Clark was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Clark was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $2,500.00 cash bail.  Clark is due back in Wellsville Village Court on December 20th at 4:30 p.m.

State Route 275 memorialized in recognition of an American hero

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio and Senator Catharine Young joined Steve and Tom Scott, two of PFC Duane Scott’s brothers, and PFC Scott’s mother, Patricia Scott, to dedicate State Route 275 as the “PFC Duane C Scott Memorial Highway.”

RICHBURG– In a ceremony complete with full military honors, Private First Class Duane C. Scott was posthumously remembered this week with the dedication of State Route 275 as the “PFC Duane C Scott Memorial Highway.”
The memorialization of the road developed from a home-grown effort begun earlier this year by local veterans and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution who wished to pay tribute to the fallen local hero. Legislation sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- 57th District) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,C,I- Gowanda), and signed by Governor Cuomo, formally designated the highway in honor of the Vietnam War veteran, who lost his life serving his Nation on September 29, 1969. 
“The Vietnam War was fought against a tremendous backdrop, with two world superpowers waging a proxy battle during the most dangerous parts of the Cold War. PFC Duane Scott, and more than three million Americans, stood tall to defend our Nation and protect an ally, fighting for democracy and the rule of law. His service, and the service of all our Vietnam War Era veterans was honorable, and their efforts on our behalf are deserving of the utmost praise and thanks,” said Senator Young.
“Tragically, PFC Scott’s life was cut short at an age where many in our modern day are just beginning to find their way in the world. PFC Scott never wavered in his devotion to our great Nation, and it is fitting that his fellow veterans have spearheaded this effort to dedicate the highway in his memory. It was a national tragedy that Vietnam War veterans returning home were criticized and vilified, instead of being honored for answering their country’s call. Dedicating this roadway in memory of PFC Scott helps right this wrong,” she said.
“The dedication of this highway is a permanent reminder that we should never take for granted the sacrifices made by service members and their families. We are able to continue to remember PFC Scott’s dedication to his country every time we travel this road. Even after all these years, the loss of such a fine human being still affects the family and the community in which Private First Class Duane C. Scott lived. Today we join together to remember his sacrifice and celebrate his service to our country. I am humbled to help bring recognition and comfort to those who knew PFC Scott as we dedicate this portion of State Route 275 in his honor,” said Assemblyman Giglio.
New York State Department of Transportation Region 6 Director of Operations James Rusak said, “We at the Department are very proud and honored to play a role in this lasting tribute to a hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom that we all enjoy.”
Tom Scott, one PFC Duane Scott’s brothers, said, “On behalf of Duane’s immediate and extended family, and especially for our Mother, we wish to extend our deepest and sincerest appreciation for this recognition bestowed upon Duane. Our special thanks goes out to Governor Cuomo for signing this bill, and Assemblyman Giglio and Senator Young, and their staffs, who have been principals in directing this great honor. Lastly, but not least, with deep appreciation, we’d like to thank Duane’s personal friends and fellow veterans whose efforts ensured that such deserved recognition has come to fruition. I know he’d be proud of what you have done. My brother has taught me that longevity of mortal life does not in itself measure the mark we leave here on earth. In an unsettled world such as we live in today, we can take great comfort in the message that small town America sends to the world that the best of America still lives on in its love, beliefs, actions and deeds as demonstrated here today. The Scott family is proud and humbled.”
Private First Class Duane Carl Scott was born on July 25, 1949, and grew up in Allegany County, attending school in the Village of Richburg until he began his military service. PFC Scott was a graduate of Richburg Central School’s Class of 1967, where he played both basketball and soccer.
PFC Scott completed his training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and was then assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment. After spending just six months in the Army he deployed to Vietnam, beginning his tour on August 3, 1969.
While serving honorably, and having spent fewer than 60 days in the country, PFC Duane C. Scott was Killed in Action on September 29, 1969, in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. For his service, PFC Scott was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
PFC Scott was awarded the Bronze Star for distinguishing himself through outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. A portion of State Route 275 that has been dedicated in his honor passes PFC Scott's school and the cemetery in which he was laid to rest.
“When called upon by his country, PFC Scott stood tall in defense of our Nation and its allies, and he paid the ultimate price for his unwavering bravery. We thank PFC Scott for his valiant service and remember his immense sacrifice. We are grateful to all our Vietnam Veterans for their commitment to our great Nation. All who travel this road will now be reminded that our values, our beliefs, and our way of life are only made possible through the courageous sacrifices of our veterans, past and present,” said Senator Young.

Cuba - Kids Christmas Playtime planned to help parents

Parents, is some more time for Christmas shopping, present wrapping, or maybe even just a date night on your Christmas List? Well, the Palmer Opera House in Cuba has your solution. Friday, December 9th we are hosting a Kid’s Christmas Playtime event from 6 PM- 10 PM.  
Have your kids (grades K- 5th/ 5- 11 year olds) join us for an evening of Christmas fun at the Palmer while you enjoy an evening out! 
Pre registration is REQUIRED. The fee is $10 per child. We will have crafts, games, snacks, Christmas activities, sing a longs, story-time, and a visit with Santa himself! Please call Kathy to reserve your spot (585) 968- 1962.
Mary Beckendorf
Theater Event Coordinator 


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WELLSVILLE, NY – A trip to the ER can be a scary experience for a youngster – whether they come as a patient or with a close family member who needs care. The Blanket, Book, and Buddy Bundle may be just what the doctor ordered!
Eagle Scout candidate Lance Weaver of Boy Scout Troop 708 and Amy Bump of Cuba Memorial Hospital worked together on a Leadership Allegany Service Project that will bring comfort to pediatric patients who to come to the ERs at Jones and Cuba Memorial and other local medical facilities.
In photo above, Lance, a tenth grade student at Cuba-Rushford High School, recently delivered 106 Blanket, Book, and Buddy bundles to Jones Memorial. Laura Babcock, RN, Emergency Department Nurse at Jones, left, and Mona Carbone, Nurse Manager of the ER gratefully accepted the generous gift and thanked Lance. The bundles will be given to children who come to the emergency room. What a wonderful gift! 

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