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Friday, July 29, 2016

Genesee, PA: New fire department ladder truck placed in service

Congratulations to Department 37!

Bath-area Marine laid to rest


Troopers from the Bath-based state police lead the funeral procession for Timothy Rumsey at Bath National Cemetery on July 28.
Rumsey, 23, from Bath, served two tours in the Middle East as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, before being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps.
Rumsey passed away unexpectedly while working on a ranch in Nebraska on July 21, 2016. Also in the procession were Bath & VA police, fire and EMS, deputies and Patriot Guard Riders.

Sheriff warns of fire convention scam

From Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney-
Our office was contacted today by an Officer of the Southwestern Volunteer Firemen’s Association. There is a scam in our area where someone is making phone calls asking for donations for the convention. Be advised that these calls are not authorized by the association and the SWAVF is not soliciting for donations. If you receive a phone call, hang up and notify your local police.

Houghton College donates land to local township for public park

Photo: Houghton College President Shirley Mullen and Caneadea Town Supervisor Phil Stockin
Houghton College signed over the deed for land donated to the Town of Caneadea to build a public park space. The signing was held on July 5 at Houghton College with President Shirley Mullen and Caneadea Town Supervisor Phil Stockin.
The park will be built on 32 acres near the college’s “Field of Dreams,” just off Route 19. Construction for the park is set to potentially begin in the summer of 2017.
President Mullen commented, “Houghton College is privileged to partner with others in our community to create a park that will not only enable us to enjoy the Genesee River valley more fully but also attract others to the beauty of this region.”
A Memo of Understanding was signed that allows the College perpetual continual use of its cross-country course, which runs around the outer edge of the park.
“I do think that the park will be a nice addition for those in the community. Many people already walk on the trails near the field of dreams, and the park will provide additional benefits (pavilion, picnic tables, playground equipment, etc.) for a variety of age groups,” commented Dale Wright, chief business officer at Houghton College. “It will provide a gathering place for picnics. It will give faculty and staff (and other community members with children) a place for their children to play on age-appropriate playground equipment. It will offer a pavilion and picnic tables for those that may be at the field of dreams for a cross-country meet. It’s also an important example of the Town and the College working together on a mutually beneficial project.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Thursday July 28, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Brian N. Whitcher, age 42 of Wellsville, charging him with a Violation of Probation.  Whitcher was located on Stevens Street and taken into custody.  Whitcher was processed and turned over to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department.  Whitcher is due to be arraigned in Allegany County Court at a later date.

Wellsville Police arrested Kenneth F. Wise, age 21 of Wellsville, on an Arrest Warrant from the Town of Cuba Court.  Wise was located on Madison Street and taken into custody.  Wise was transported to the Town of Amity and turned over to the Cuba Police Department.  Wise was to be arraigned in the Town of Cuba Court.

Allegany woman charged with felony drug crimes


Olean Police Thursday evening arrested an Allegany woman for allegedly selling crack cocaine in the city of Olean. Acting on an outstanding arrest warrant, police picked up 42-year-old Ann M. Shoup of 3943 State Rt. 417 in Allegany. She was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled substance in the 3rd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled substance in the 3rd degree, both B Felonies. Shoup was arraigned and released under supervision. Captain Robert Blovsky said the arrest stems from a controlled purchase of Crack Cocaine from Shoup in April of this year.

Major milestone for National Fuel project

National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and Empire Pipeline, Inc, (collectively known as "National Fuel"), both subsidiaries of National Fuel Gas Company, announced that their proposed Northern Access Project reached a major milestone Wednesday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issuance of its Environmental Assessment (EA). The Environmental Assessment recommends a finding of no significant impact with the implementation of FERC’s proposed mitigation measures, many of which were proposed by National Fuel. FERC’s issuance of the EA is the culmination of its 2-year environmental review process for this project and is an integral part of FERC’s decision on whether to issue National Fuel a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct and operate the proposed facilities.

The proposed Northern Access Project includes the following facilities:

• Construction of 96.49 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline, beginning from Sergeant Township, McKean County, Pa., and ending at Supply's existing Porterville Compressor Station in the Town of Elma, Erie County, N.Y.
• Installation of an additional 5,350 horsepower of compression at the existing Porterville Compressor Station.
Construction of an interconnection with Tennessee Gas Pipeline in the Town of Wales, Erie County, N.Y.
Construction of a new 22,214 horsepower compressor station adjacent to Killian Road in the Town of Pendleton, Niagara County, N.Y.
Construction of approximately 2 miles of 16-inch/24-inch pipeline in the Town of Pendleton, Niagara County, N.Y.
Construction of a new natural gas dehydration facility on Liberty Drive in the Town of Wheatfield, Niagara County, N.Y.

“This issuance of the Environmental Assessment is a significant step forward in the FERC review process for the Northern Access Project,” said Ronald C. Kraemer, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation’s senior vice president.

“With more than 100 years of experience in safely constructing and operating pipelines throughout New York and Pennsylvania, we are committed to working to ensure that this project is constructed in a responsible, environmentally-sensitive manner. This project will provide the North American Pipeline grid with abundant, cost-effective Pennsylvania gas supplies so that Northeast markets can readily access natural gas to fuel the needs of homes and businesses,” Kraemer concluded.

Obituary: Zale L. James, Jr., 86, Ulysses

Zale L. James, Jr., 86, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 
Born January 16, 1930, in Andrews Settlement, PA, he was the son of Zale L. and Sarah James James.
On September 10, 1949, in Genesee, he married the former Donna M. Baker, who predeceased him in 1988.
In 1991, he married the former Edith “Edie” Green Grizzle, who predeceased him on June 8, 2016.
A 1948 graduate of Genesee High School, he worked with his father on the family farm in Andrews Settlement for many years. He was employed at Air Preheater in Wellsville for 20 years and at Three Mile Island as a quality control inspector for 15 years.
A licensed pilot, he was a co-pilot for Wellsville Flying Service and was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He rode motorcycle and four-wheeler for pleasure.
Zale attended All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, PA.
Surviving are: three sons, Douglas James of Coudersport, PA, Dean (Susan) James of Danville, PA, and Todd (Diana) James of Lebanon, PA; two daughters, Mary Sue (Wilbur) Gray of Middletown, PA and Laurie (Michael) Judd of Harrison Valley, PA; two step-daughters, Laurel Jean (Michael) Black of Palmyra, PA and Mia A. (Lalu) Narayan of Coudersport; a step-son, Stephen D. (Beatrice) Grizzle of Middletown, PA; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Janis Torrey; and a great-granddaughter, Cora Jane Elizabeth Torrey.

The family will hold a private service at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, August 1, 2016. The Rev. Janis Yskamp will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, c/o Patti Gamble, 1436 Horseshoe Road, Ulysses, PA 16948.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.  

Elmira shooting update


Genesee, PA: Route 244 Bridge Replacement Project will use Short, Local Detour


Route 244 Bridge Replacement Project will use Short, Local Detour

Closure and detour will be in place August 1 to November 30

Genesee, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising area drivers that work will start August 1 to replace a bridge in Genesee Township. The bridge is located on Route 244 in the village of Ellisburg. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient list.
Replacement work requires that the bridge be closed and a short, official detour will be in place during the closure. Drivers will be directed to use Township Route 353 (Smoker Road) and Township Route 558 (Rag Hill Road). PennDOT expects the closure and detour to be in place through November but will re-open the bridge ahead of schedule if work progress allows.
Dating from 1941, the 40-foot bridge spans Ellisburg Creek and carries an average of just under 300 vehicles each day. PennDOT will replace the current bridge with a new precast box culvert.
This $724,000 project will be performed by Dolomite Products Company Inc. DBA A.L. Blades. Overall work includes paving, pavement base drains, guide rail installations, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in all work zones, follow detour signs, and always buckle up.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Obituary: Wayne Lang, 99, Wellsville

Wayne Lang, a longtime resident of Western New York, passed away on July 26, 2016, in his Wellsville home. Born Oct. 30, 1916, in Laporte City, Iowa, he was the son of Rev. David and Mrs. Eva Lang. He worked as a science teacher and basketball coach before moving to Washington DC in 1941, where he was employed by the Maritime Commission and later as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office. In 1951, he moved to Wellsville to become a patent attorney for the Air Preheater Co. He was a member of the New York Patent Law Association and the Methodist Church, where he held many positions over the years. He was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, and above all, his camp in the hills of Potter County, Pa.

Survivors include two children, Karen and David, and a grandson, Jeremy. He was preceded by his wife, Betty (Jedinak); brothers, Carl and Vernon; and sister, Ellen (Farley).

Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend a memorial service to be held at the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State St., Wellsville, NY 14895; Home Care & Hospice, 1225 W. State Street, Olean, NY 14760; or the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison St., Wellsville, NY 14895.

Arrangements are by the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home of Wellsville.

Livingston County District Attorney Reports - July 26 & 28







Obituary: Greta A. Karr, 85, Canaseraga native

Greta A. Karr, 85, formerly of Howard, passed away Sunday (July 24, 2016) in Bakersfield, California where she had resided since 1973.
Born in Canaseraga, November 13, 1930, the daughter of Walter and Bessie Sleggs Shay, she had resided in Howard most of her life until she moved to California. She was a graduate of Canaseraga Central School, and had attended the Rochester Business School. She was employed at the Liliquest Studio’s in Bath and while in California, was a teacher’s assistant at the Highland High School in Bakersfield for several years.
She was predeceased by her parents, her daughter Elaine Karr in 1973, her husband, Francis L. Karr in 1988, as well as her sisters;Trudy Woken and Jeanne Flint, and her brother; Howard Shay.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn (Mike) Waufle of California, three sons, Larry (Sally) Karr of Coopers Plains, Lynn (Loreen) Karr of Howard and Mark Karr of California, her sister, Carolyn Forsythe of California and her brother, William (Henrietta) Shay of Albion. Nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren , several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends wishing to send a remembrance, may visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com.  The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.
The family will be present to receive friends at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell on Saturday October 29, 2016( please note the date) from 1 PM until 3 PM when Funeral services will be held with . Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon officiating. Burial was in Howard Cemetery.

Friends may make memorial contributions to: American Arthritis Foundation, 311 South Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107.

Obituary: Keith L. Cronk, 84, Fillmore

Fillmore - Keith L. Cronk of 10909 Dugway Road died Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw. He was born on April 17, 1932 in Centerville, a son of the late Chester and Margaret Miller Cronk. On July 29, 1950 in the Town of Hume he married Barbara Morse who predeceased him on October 1, 2006.
Mr. Cronk owned and operated Six Town Creek Farm. He loved farming, hunting, fishing and enjoyed life to the fullest. Keith spent his entire life building his farm and took great pride in it.
Surviving are 3 daughters, Karen (Sam) Wolcott of Fillmore, Cindy (Daniel) Moyles of Warsaw, Carolyn (Gregory) Francis of Fillmore, 8 Grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, a sister, Shirley Wendland of Florida and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by a brother, Al Cronk.
Family and friends may gather from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Higgins Wesleyan Church where funeral services will follow at 4:00 p.m. The Rev. Bruce Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Alger Cemetery, Fillmore.

Olean couple arrested after vehicle crash in Livingston County


GROVELAND: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrests of Stephen H. Cassidy, 40, from Olean, NY and Christy L. Hurley, 36 of Olean, NY, on numerous charges that stemmed from a motor vehicle crash on Groveland Road in the Town of Groveland.
On July 26th at approximately 5:23 p.m. the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center (E-911) received a call advising of a car into a pole on Groveland Road near Hunts Corners.

Deputies arrived on scene and found both a male and female already out of the vehicle.  It is alleged the female, Christy Hurley, advised Deputies that she had been the one driving the vehicle initially but later changed her statement.
Following an investigation at the scene it was determined that Stephen H. Cassidy was allegedly the one driving and was traveling south on Groveland Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the road, crossed over into the northbound lane, then came to a rest in a ditch after striking a utility pole.
After checking the validity of Cassidy's New York State Driver's License it was learned that he was suspended 15 times. Further, through the investigation, it was learned that Cassidy allegedly threw a Hypodermic Instrument into the bushes at the scene, which was recovered by Deputies.  
Deputy Connor Sanford took Cassidy into custody on charges of Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Fail to Keep Right and Operating without Insurance.   Later, Cassidy was also charged with the felony of Tampering with Physical Evidence for removing and concealing evidence from the vehicle in the form of the hypodermic instrument that he threw in the bushes. 
Deputy Sanford transported Cassidy to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention.   It is also alleged as Cassidy was being processed at the jail an orange object was observed sticking out of his rectum.  As jail Deputies attempted to remove it, Cassidy did push the object further in preventing Deputies from removing it and he refused to produce it.  Cassidy eventually complied and the object was recovered.  The object was another hypodermic Instrument. 
Cassidy was additionally charged with the felony of Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree. Cassidy is also on NYS Parole and may face further local charges and parole charges.
Cassidy was arraigned in Geneseo Court before Town Justice Kathleen Houston on the Prison Contraband charge.  The Judge held Cassidy without the possibility of bail due to prior felony convictions.   Cassidy was arraigned in Groveland Town Court for the charge of Tampering with Physical Evidence before Town Justice Love.   The Judge also held Cassidy without the possibility of bail due to prior convictions.   Cassidy is being held in the Livingston County Jail on all charges. 
Hurley was charged with obstructing governmental administration for making false statements regarding the crash investigation on scene to investigating Deputies.   Hurley was processed at Central Booking and is awaiting arraignment. 
Assisting Deputy Sanford in the investigation on scene was Deputy Scott Patterson, Sergeant James Merrick, Sergeant Joseph Breu, and Investigator Joshua Monster.   Assisting in the investigation at the jail was Corporal Matt Polizzi and Deputy Laszlo Babosci both of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Division.

Jones Memorial receives 2 of 5 "stars"

The federal government has released a new grading system for hospitals that is based on stars, similar to a movie review, ranking them from one to five stars.  Five stars is the best.
In Wellsville, Jones Memorial received an overall ranking 2 of 5 stars.
In the review, the hospital scored the best, an 81%, under the category "Patients who reported that their doctors "Always" communicated well." The weakest review, 51%, was under the category of "Patients who "Strongly Agree" they understood their care when they left the hospital."
You can see how your local hospital did by clicking HERE.

Andover ponds kids fishing contest - postponed


Five shot inside Elmira bar, one in critical condition


Obituary: Patricia V. Frost, 90, Cuba

Patricia V. Frost, 90, formerly of 9269 Beebe Hill Rd., Cuba, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Warren General Hospital, Warren after a brief illness. Born on March 17, 1926, in Hamilton Ontario, Canada, she was a daughter of John W. and Isa E. Morrison Love.  On February 13, 1970, in Hinsdale, New York she married Donald Frost who predeceased her on February 3, 2007. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and Hamilton Beauty School.  She had been employed by Acme Electric Corp. of Cuba prior to her retirement. Pat was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, was a staunch Buffalo Bills Fan, champion euchre player, excellent cook, and had a green thumb when it came to gardening.  In later years she enjoyed technology and using her computer to surf the net and play games.  She also loved animals. Pat leaves behind a son, Gary (Connie Marie) Burr of Brooksville, FL; a daughter, Gail (Terry) Walker of Pittsfield, PA; 9 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by her twin daughters Elaine Sherwood and Dianne Burr, 4 brothers Don Niceliu, Vern Niceliu, George Magdish, and Jack Love, and three sisters Theresa Parrott, Nora Brandt, Anna Niceliu. Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba, on Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 11-11:30 a.m. at which time funeral services will be held.  The Rev. Burton Smith Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, New York. Memorials in Pat’s name may be made to the Cuba Circulating Library, 39 East Main Street, Cuba. Online condolences may be sent at www.rinkerfuneralhome.com.

Wellsville Police Department

Date: Thursday July 28, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Kelley M. Pollizi, age 58 of Hornell, charging her with Disorderly Conduct.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on North Main Street in the Village.  Pollizi was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Pollizi was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $150.00 cash bail.  Pollizi is due back in Wellsville Village Court on August 9th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday July 27, 2016

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Richard B. Waters, age 31 of Wellsville, for failure to appear in court and/or pay on fine.  Waters was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Waters was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 cash bail.  Waters is due back in Wellsville Village Court on August 9th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Jesse D. Rinehart, age 19 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Mischief 4th and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on East State Street in the Village.  Rinehart was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Rinehart was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,500.00 cash bail.  Rinehart is due back in Wellsville Village Court on August 16th at 4:30 p.m.

Obituary: Robert "Bob" C. Bliss, 70, Friendship

Robert "Bob" C. Bliss, 70, of 5492 Pig Tail Rd., passed away July 27, 2016 at Absolut of Houghton, following a lengthy illness. Born December 21, 1945 in Cuba, New York, he was the son of Lyman C and Evelyn Horton Bliss.
Bob grew up in the Friendship area and was a 1963 graduate of Friendship Central School. For several years he was employed by Sam Cotton in Friendship as a contractor helper, repairing roofs and siding houses and other repair jobs. In 1969 he became a machinist in Olean at Clark Bros.Co. which eventually became Ingersol- Rand Corp. After retirement he became Friendship’s dog warden for a period of 9 years.
Bob enjoyed fishing, traveling to visit friends, out of doors activities and loved animals ,especially dogs.
Surviving are a brother, Paul Bliss of Tampa FL; a sister, Jean Bliss of Angelica; a sister in law, Bonnie Bliss of Nile; and several nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by two brothers, James Bliss and Bruce Bliss; and two sisters, Diane Denning and Darlene Green.  There will be no visitations or funeral complying with Bob's wishes. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Friendship. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship. Memorials may be made to the Allegany Co. SPCA, 1374 State Rd. 19 South, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Whitesville man charged by Pennsylvania Troopers

Pennsylvania State Police on Monday filed a criminal complaint against Joshua Fry, 37, of Whitesville. He was charged with DUI-General Impairment, DUI-High Rate of Alcohol, operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility, careless driving, no seatbelt and disregarding traffic lane. According to a press release, troopers stopped Fry at 12:53 a.m. on July 2 on state route 49 in Harrison Township, Potter County. Magisterial District Judge Delores Weiss has scheduled a preliminary hearing for August 31at 9:30 a.m.

Steuben Legislature approves land bank

BATH – State funds may become available for Steuben County and partner municipalities for the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties, with the recent approval of the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation by county legislators. The county Legislature’s approval of the nonprofit land bank Monday allows Steuben to apply for one of 10 available land banks supported through the state Land Bank Act and designed to help municipalities strengthen and revitalize their communities. County Manager Jack Wheeler told legislators that with the creation of the county Land Bank, Steuben will begin efforts to apply for state funding. If approved by the state, some startup funds from the county and municipalities may be needed to hire an independent land bank manager, but such costs may be repaid by the state, Wheeler said. The plan allows the Land Bank to demolish derelict structures and improve properties submitted to, and approved by, the county Land Bank board as a way to revitalize an area. Once the property becomes marketable, it would be sold and the proceeds returned to the land bank for future rehabilitation of other properties, Wheeler said. "The Land Bank provides the county and partner municipalities with another tool to combat rundown properties that are foreclosed or tax-delinquent, while improving neighborhoods and getting these homes back on the tax rolls," Wheeler said.

Outside burning should be limited in Potter County

The Potter County Commissioners and Potter County Department of Emergency Services are asking all county residents to refrain from any unnecessary burning due to the extremely dry conditions. For those that must burn, do not leave any fires unattended. Precipitation is in the forecast in the near future. If the region doesn’t receive the anticipated precipitation over the upcoming weekend, the Potter County Commissioners will further review the matter next week. Residents with any questions are encouraged to call 814- 274-8900 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Obituary: Edward L. Allen, 73, Andover

Andover, NY - Edward L. Allen, 73, of 172 State Route 417, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at home following a lingering illness. He was born July 3, 1943 in Wellsville, the son of the late Edward E. and Alice M. (Main) Allen. On December 13, 1969 in Whitesville he married Virginia Young who survives.
Ed was raised in Wellsville and was a 1962 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War, serving with the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967. He was a 37 year employee of Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville and retired as a Navy Inspector in 2002. He was an avid sportsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap and skeet.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Edward L. Allen II and his wife who reside in Germany, William F. Allen of Lancaster, PA and Christopher R. Allen and his wife Jana of Louisville, KY, three grandchildren, Kevin, Jessica and Ian, one brother, Eugene Allen of Wellsville, one sister, Audine Reynolds of Lancaster, PA, as well as several nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, July 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Helms presiding. Burial, with full military honors will follow in Genesee Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to The Wounded Warrior Project. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Alfred State: Blue and gold goes green with sustainability efforts

Located within the beautiful natural surroundings of New York’s Southern Tier, many activities and interests at Alfred State naturally revolve around enjoying the environment.
The college is also dedicated to environmental stewardship and advancing the principles of sustainability. As a result, a number of environmentally conscious efforts have been or are being implemented at Alfred State.
According to Director of Facilities Operations Glenn Brubaker, one notable project that has recently been completed was replacing all of the outdoor parking lot and loop-road light fixtures on campus, the majority of which were 250-watt and 400-watt high-pressure sodium fixtures.
“We replaced all of those with LED heads, resulting in a 60-percent savings in energy and maintenance costs,” Brubaker said. “We’ve also submitted a proposal to procure new LED fixtures for all of the exterior lighting on the campus buildings.”
Other examples of completed sustainability projects include the Zero Energy Home Laboratory on the Wellsville campus, as well as the Bergey Grid-Tie 10 kW wind turbine located near the outdoor athletic complex on the Alfred campus that offsets the power consumption of Pioneer Stadium.
The college also has a larger Northern Power Systems 100 kW wind turbine, which produces enough energy to power 15 average American homes annually.
“The energy produced offsets energy consumption for several of the college’s smaller energy accounts through a remote net metering agreement,” Brubaker said. “This remote net metering process allows us to apply energy credits we earn from the energy the wind turbine generates to other utility accounts owned by the campus. Alfred State was the first college within the SUNY system to implement a remote net metering system on campus.”
As for projects that are currently underway, the college’s boiler decentralization project is now in its third year.
“Right now, we have a central heating plant with high-temperature hot water boilers that were installed in the 1960s and are very inefficient,” Brubaker said. “We are in the process of installing condensing boilers in each of the buildings on the Alfred campus and will see significant savings in gas consumption when the project is completed.”
Currently, the heating plant is still serving half of the buildings on the Alfred campus, while the other half of the buildings have new satellite boilers in them. If all goes as planned, according to Brubaker, that project should be completed by the start of the fall 2017 semester.
“We are also working on a multi-year and multi-phased renovation project at our largest residence hall,” he noted. “The Mackenzie Complex is a 1,200-bed residence hall built in the early 1970s. We are being energy conscious with new boilers, HVAC systems, controls, and new lighting throughout. The first phase is out for bid this summer, with construction to begin in October.”
Glenn Brubaker, director of Facilities Operations at Alfred State, takes readings from the 18 kW photovoltaic arrays
Glenn Brubaker, director of Facilities Operations at Alfred State, takes readings from the 18 kW photovoltaic arrays on the south-facing roof of the Physical and Health Sciences building on the Alfred campus.

Belmont: First Responders Park receives grant money

Belmont, NY – The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a grant check in the amount of $510.35 to the village of Belmont to help improve the appearance of the First Responders Park located at the intersection of Greenwich and Schuyler streets in Belmont. This grant money was provided by the Masonic Lodge #424 Village of Belmont Clock Fund.
The Masonic Lodge in Belmont had dissolved back in 2011. This fund was established at the Foundation to provide in perpetuity the means to care for and maintain the four sided clock.
The Masonic Lodge had purchased the clock and donated it to the Village of Belmont in 2010. Near the clock is a plaque which names the Masters that had served at the Lodge.
If you would like to make a difference in your community by leaving a legacy please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation today at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org. The Foundation welcomes tax-deductible gifts in any amount, including memorials to friends and loved ones.
In the picture: Richard J. Hoshal, Village Clerk/Treasurer of Belmont.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday July 26, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Osborne J. Lentola, age 19 of Wellsville, charging him with Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor 2nd (Class E Felony) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  Lentola was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Lentola was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $5,000.00 cash bail.  Lentola is due back in Wellsville Village Court on August 16th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Karissa L. Bleeks, age 32 of Hume, for failure to appear in Court or pay fine.  Bleeks was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Bleeks paid her fine of $250.00 in full and was released.