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Friday, May 6, 2016

Olean Police make three more drug arrests


The Olean Police Street Crimes Unit arrested three people Friday for allegedly selling drugs in Olean.
According to Police Captain Robert Blovsky, Amanda Nenno, 33, of 219 East Oak Street in Olean was arrested at her residence for allegedly selling Oxycodone. Nenno was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree and also criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, both B Felonies.
Blovsky said Chelsea M. Lyons, 26, who he said gave an address of 512 Wayne Street in Olean, was arrested on West Sullivan Street in Olean for allegedly selling heroin along with a co-defendant, Bryant L. Galmer, 28. Both Galmer and Lyons were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.  Bryant will be brought back from the Willard Drug Treatment Campus to the Olean Police Station for processing at a later date. Lyons and Nenno were transported to the Cattaraugus County Jail pending arraignment in County Court. All arrests are a result of several month investigation by the Street Crimes Unit and also Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman who presented these cases to a Cattaraugus County Grand Jury.

Livingston County District Attorney Report




Two face felony charges in Mount Morris fire

Chief Ken Mignemi of the Mount Morris police department reports that two arrests have been made resulting from an investigation of the structure fire on May 4, 2016 at 19 Damonsville Street in the village of Mount Morris. On May 5, 2016 Officer Katelyn Sanders arrested Alex G. Gross, 17, of 9 Tannery Lane and a juvenile for felony counts of arson in the 3rd degree, burglary in the 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree and for false written statement. Gross was arraigned in the Village Court of Mount Morris by Judge Zingaro. Gross was held on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond bail.  The juvenile involved will appear in family court for the same charges. Chief Ken Mignemi, Officer Katelyn Sanders, Officer Melody Moore, Officer Mark Brado and Officer Jeremey Blair all assisted in the investigation. The fire was also investigated by Livingston County Emergency Management Services Arson investigators.

Allegany County District Attorney Report for May 5, 2016

-Eugenio N. Charles III, 28, of 732 Main Street in Whitesville pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal contempt 2nd. He was originally charged with felony criminal contempt 1st after he violated a Family Court order of protection on February 12, 2016 in Wellsville. Judge Thomas Brown sentenced him to six months in the Allegany County Jail.

- Richard L. Pensyl, 35, of Clark Road in Wellsville avoided jail time after accepting a plea deal. Pensyl was originally charged with felony criminal mischief as well as menacing, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest criminal contempt. On Thursday, he entered a plea to the single count of criminal mischief, a class E felony. Prosecutors said Pensyl used a metal rod to smash the window out of a van while a child observed. Judge Thomas Brown sentenced Pensyl to five years probation and six months of electronic home monitoring. He was also ordered to make $991 in restitution.

- Amanda M. Nendza, 36, of Genesee Street in Fillmore pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor perjury 3rd. She had faced a felony count of perjury 1st after she lied to a Grand Jury regarding a stay-away order of protection. Judge Thomas Brown sentenced her to a one year conditional discharge.

CNY: State Police arrest over a dozen for Manufacturing Methamphetamine

Following a five month investigation into a tri-county methamphetamine manufacturing operation, which was led by the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU), assisted by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), The New York State Police Troop E Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) & Uniform Force, and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, four search warrants were executed throughout Schuyler, Chemung and Steuben Counties on May 4th, 2016. Two of the Search Warrants were executed utilizing the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT). 
 
Following the execution of the search warrant at Scott Kennedy’s residence, multiple items utilized in the unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine were allegedly seized. The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Evidence Recovery Team (CCERT) was called in to remediate the materials related to Scott Kennedy’s alleged Methamphetamine manufacturing operation. Additionally, multiple vehicles were also seized during this investigation. Further charges and arrests are anticipated.
 
Search Warrants executed and the following were arrested and charged with Conspiracy in the second degree for conspiring to manufacture, possess and distribute methamphetamine. The crime of Conspiracy in the 2nd degree is a Class B Felony.
-SCOTT L. KENNEDY, Age 39, of  Beaver Dams, NY
-WENDY R. KENNEDY, Age 37, of Beaver Dams, NY
-DANIEL M. CELELLI, Age 46, of Painted Post, NY
-RONALD I. LAFEVER, age 37, of Beaver Dams, NY
 
On May 5, 2016, the following subjects were arrested by the New York State Police for Conspiracy in the second degree for allegedly conspiring to manufacture, possess and distribute methamphetamine.The crime of Conspiracy in the 2nd degree is a Class B Felony.
 
-CHELSA M. HOJNOSKI, Age 26, of Bath, NY
-DANIEL R. GILLESPIE, Age 38, of Woodhull, NY.
-TAMMY L. PALMER, Age 40, of Beaver Dams, NY
-HILARY A. LOSEY, Age 28, of Bath, NY
-MELISSA M. WHITNEY, Age 51, of Beaver Dams, NY
-TAMMY L. SNELL, Age 38, of Montour Falls, NY
-JACK L. LEWIS III, Age 38, of Montour Falls, NY
-DEANNA M. LEWIS, Age 33, of Montour Falls, NY
-JAMIE L. IOCCO, Age 38, of Corning, NY
-TERRY CHAMPION, Age 46, of Bradford, NY
-BASIL A. RHOADS,   Age 52, of Beavers Dams, NY
-MICHAEL L. DOANE, Age 51, of Dix, NY
-KEVIN J. TEED, Age 53, No Known Address
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Allegany County considers establishing "Duane C. Scott Memorial Highway"

The following resolution will be considered by the Allegany County Legislature when it meets May 9, 2016:

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF AN ACT TO AMEND THE HIGHWAY LAW TO DESIGNATE A PORTION OF THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM AS THE “DUANE C. SCOTT MEMORIAL HIGHWAY”
Offered by:  Ways & Means Committee
WHEREAS, a request has been made that this Board sponsor a resolution directed to the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly that legislation be enacted to amend the Highway Law to designate the entire length of State Route 275, located within Allegany County, as the “Duane C. Scott Memorial Highway”, and
WHEREAS, Duane C. Scott was a native of Allegany County, New York and was a member of the Richburg Central School Class of 1967, and
WHEREAS, Duane C. SCott served in the U.S Army during the time of the Vietnam War, having obtained the rank of Private First Class, and
WHEREAS, on September 29, 1969, Duane C. Scott, was on duty with his Unit, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, in the Plei Djereng Providence, South Vietnam, and
WHEREAS, Duane C. Scott  was killed in action on September 29, 1969, when he gave his life in service, sacrificing himself to save the life of another soldier, and
WHEREAS, Duane C Scott is a shining example of a brave Allegany County resident who selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and
WHEREAS, Duane C. Scott was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with the Palm Unit Citation, which all reflect his honorable and heroic service, and
WHEREAS, New York State Route 275, passes through Richburg, New York, Duane C. Scott’s hometown during his lifetime as well as his final resting place, and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to recognize this local hero, now therefore, be it
            RESOLVED:
            1.         That the Allegany County Board of Legislators does hereby urge the State Senate and State Assembly to enact legislation to amend the Highway Law to designate State Route 275 which lies within Allegany County from the Village of Bolivar to Friendship as the “Duane C. Scott Memorial Highway”. 
            2.         That the Clerk of this Board is hereby authorized and directed to forward a certified copy of this resolution to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; New York State Senator Catharine M. Young; Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan; Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie; Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio and Commissioner of Transportation Matthew J. Driscoll.

Allegany County: Facilities & Communications Committee minutes from May 4, 2016

FACILITIES & COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
MAY 4, 2016
NOT APPROVED
Committee Members Present: D. Pullen, D. Fanton, C. Jessup, K. Graves, A. McGraw, D. Root, C. Crandall (Absent: A. McGraw, N. Ungermann)

Others Present:  L. Ballengee, S. Burt, D. Decker, S. Decker, K. Dirlam, C. Downs (LaBella Associates, PC), S. Grusendorf, D. Healy, R. Hollis, K. Hooker, J. Hopkins, B. Kelley, C. Knapp, M. Kukuvka (LaBella Associates, PC), K. LaForge, J. Margeson, T. Miner, B. Riehle, T. Ross, D. Scholes, R. Swartout

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m. by Facilities and Communications Committee Chairman David Pullen.
Approval of Minutes:
A motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried to approve the Facilities and Communications Committee minutes of April 6, 2016.
Facilities-Related Matters
Project Updates:

Mark Kukuvka of LaBella Associates, PC introduced LaBella Project Manager/Project Architect Chris Downs.  County Administrator John Margeson distributed copies of a document sent on March 31 by LaBella with details and a cost proposal for Option #4 which had previously been presented.  Option #4 is the option that was chosen to pursue.  Mr. Kukuvka went over a drawing of the space that shows the current layout of the third floor with proposed renovations.  He indicated that some areas of the third floor will simply be brought up to code and have the windows replaced.  The area designated for storage space will have the windows replaced, floor leveled and the required smoke detectors, heating and other elements minimally necessary to bring the space to code installed.  Nothing will be done in the courtyard area.  Legislator Graves asked if the third floor will be construction ready when LaBella is finished.  Mr. Kukuvka indicated that it will be construction ready.  The group discussed the possibility of having to remove plumbing from the courtyard area from an existing bathroom.  Mr. Kukuvka stated that they will have to customize the plan as necessary.  They are going to have to get into the ceiling of the second floor in order to do some investigating.  There will be work that will require access from the second floor which may need to be done in the evening or on weekends.  Committee Chair David Pullen remarked on equipment that is in place in what is commonly referred to as the “penthouse.”  He asked Deputy Public Works Superintendent Dean Scholes to elaborate.  Mr. Scholes stated that there is a great deal of equipment in the “penthouse” area that would be difficult to get in and out of there if it needed to be replaced.  He wondered if there was a way to include some kind of elevator or dumbwaiter in their plans in the event they need to replace any of the equipment up there.  Mr. Kukuvka replied that it is certainly something they could consider adding, possibly even a winch system on the roof.  Legislator Fanton asked if the price for demolition was separated out in the document.  Mr. Downs stated that the demolition cost was included in the overall construction cost of $140 per square foot.  A question was raised about salvaging certain walls and other changes that might need to be made.  Mr. Kukuvka said that Option #4 is a hybrid solution.  If a corridor meets code as it is, it will be left in place.  It was decided earlier that it would be cost prohibitive to simply go in and gut the entire floor and start from scratch.  If things can be salvaged they will be.  Legislator Fanton asked about storage for files that are currently being stored in offices and rooms on the third floor.  He hoped that they would be able to get the new storage space ready before working on the current storage area so they only had to moves things once.  Mr. Kukuvka indicated that they could set up a temporary storage area that would still be accessible if someone needs something from there.  Legislator Pullen brought up the topic of office space needs.  He used the Public Defender Barb Kelley as an example and asked the LaBella representatives about laying out the office space.  Mr. Kukuvka noted that they have a program for laying out office space, and they will work with our departments to determine their needs.  He feels the square footage up there is adequate for what they may need.  The group discussed another area that wasn’t planned for renovation.  This includes space that was formerly used as offices.  A comment was made that it wouldn’t take much to clean that area up and make it usable.  They also discussed the duration of the project and how lead time for materials plays into that.  He stated that the contract will read eight months, but the disruption here at the County will more likely be six months.  Mr. Kukuvka said that the contract will go out to bid for contractors.  It’s not a lot of space to be converted, but there’s a lot more going on with converting former jail space into office space.  They would like the space to feel like an extension of the second floor.  The committee also discussed using a clerk of the works hired by LaBella versus having the County manage it.  They decided that they would include the clerk of the works.  A motion was made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried to approve this proposal including a clerk of the works for a total of $230,000.   Prepare Resolution
Communications-Related Matters

Lieutenant Shawn Grusendorf updated the group on the progress of the E-911 Room saying that it is complete, and they hope to have the equipment moved in there next week.  As far as the tower builds are concerned, they are just waiting for the go ahead to get on the properties to clear trees so the construction can begin.  The Grove site is scheduled to be done first. 
Legislator Pullen indicated that members of the Allegany County Telecommunication Corporation are scheduled to meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.  The group hopes to have an area in Belmont up and running that can be used as an example for BOCES and other school districts. 

IT Director – Keith Hooker

IT Director Keith Hooker presented information he had received regarding a proposed telephone system from Newcastle Communications.  The cost estimate for the new system is $207,000.  Legislator Fanton asked what benefit would be gained from a new system.  Mr. Hooker stated that the current system is old.  It’s very large and takes up a great deal of physical space.  The maintenance is expensive at around $43,000 per year.  With the new system, the County would save $20,000 in maintenance costs, and the new system offers features not available with the current system.  The group discussed what year the current telephone system was installed.  Treasurer Terri Ross indicated that the current system was recently paid off.  There was an upgrade to the current system around 1996-1997.  Legislator Graves asked about the life expectancy of a telephone system.  Mr. Hooker says he was told not to upgrade because it will cost more to upgrade our current system than it will to replace it.  He also noted that with the current system if there is something that needs to be fixed, everyone on the system will be down while the problem is taken care of.  Legislator Fanton asked if the lines themselves were usable and if it was just the “brain” that needs to be replaced.  Mr. Hooker stated that most lines are in good shape.  There are a few floors that need to be updated with new lines.  The committee also discussed lease options that were offered by the telecommunications company.  They discussed how the system would be paid for and whether it made better financial sense to lease the system or purchase it outright.  They discussed working it into next year’s budget.  Legislator Root asked how long it would take to install the new system.  Mr. Hooker indicated it would take about six months because they would have to replace every phone. 
A motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried to go into Attorney/Client session at 2:50 p.m.

A motion was made by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried to come out of Attorney/Client session at 3:01 p.m. 
The committee requested that Mr. Hooker sit down with the County Treasurer and discuss the different options for financing this purchase.  Committee Chair Pullen stated that the committee will revisit the subject next month.

Adjournment
There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 3:04 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Sarah M. Decker, Journal Clerk/Deputy Clerk of the Board
Allegany County Board of Legislators

Obituary: Rhea E. Faulkner, Scio

SCIO — Rhea E. Faulkner, of 3585 Riverside Drive, Scio, passed away Thursday (May 5, 2016) at the Highland Park Healthcare Center, Wellsville, after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., Portville, are incomplete and will be announced later with a complete obituary.

Obituary: Betty J. Bowker, 83, Nile

NILE - Betty J. Bowker, 83, of 7230 County Road 1, passed away Wednesday (May 4, 2016) at her home following a brief illness. Born on Nov. 19, 1932, in Rome, she was the daughter of Cleo L. and Margaret S. Hutchings Compton. On Oct. 25, 1950, in the First Baptist Church of Friendship, she married Harold V. Bowker, who survives. Betty had resided most of her life in the Nile area. She came to Friendship from Angelica when she was only 2 years old. She was a 1950 graduate from Friendship Central School. She raised her family for the next many years alongside her husband, Harold. For 15 years she worked at AVX Corp. in Olean. She enjoyed riding horses, traveling, watching TV and anything outdoors. Of all the things she loved, her family came first, spending time with them and doing for them. Betty was a member of the Friendship First Baptist Church, later the United Church of Friendship; The Musical Literary Club of Friendship; and the former Friendship Red Hats. Surviving besides her husband, Harold, are two sons, Timothy J. (Lori) Bowker of Nile and David B. (Pearl) Bowker of Little Genesee; two daughters, Lynn Yvonne (Donald) Gross of Freedom and Terri Lee Garmong of Friendship; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Michael Dean Bowker and Russell Dean Bowker. A memorial visitation and funeral service will be held in the near future at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship. An announcement as to the date and time will be printed later. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship. Memorials may be made to the Friendship Free Library or the Allegany County HomeCare & Hospice, 118 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895. Online condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting www.treusdellfuneralhome.com.

Canaseraga woman arrested after disturbance call

On May 4th, state police were called to a disturbance complaint in the town of Birdsall. After an investigation, troopers arrested Terri L. Timothy, 43, of Canaseraga. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief 4th. She was released on an appearance ticket for court.

Allegany County man charged with rape, other charges

Amity-based state police on Thursday arrested Thomas L. Zuppa, 32, of Genesee (NY) with felony rape in the 2nd degree. Troopers said the victim was under the age of 15. He was also charged with use of a child under 17 in a sexual performance, a class C felony. A charge of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child was also filed. Troopers said the alleged crime occurred February 8, 2016 in the town of Genesee. Arraigned in court, he was remanded to the Allegany County Jail with bail set at $40,000 cash or $80,000 bond. Zuppa was already in custody on a family court charge.

Six people killed in Syracuse fire | WHEC.com

Six people killed in Syracuse fire | WHEC.com

Six people have died in a house fire in Syracuse.

According to WSTM, the fire broke out just before 4 a.m. on the city’s north side. Fire officials say four of the victims were found upstairs, two downstairs.

One woman was able to escape the fire and was taken to the hospital. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Wineglass Marathon plans to donate bikes to Steuben County Sheriff

BATH – Steuben County Sheriff David Cole said Monday his department can add two more bicycles and deputies to its Police Mountain Bicycle Patrol, thanks to the generosity of Wineglass Marathon organizers. Cole told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Correction Committee the additional equipment and training offered by marathon organizers will boost the department’s patrol to four deputies. "The crowds at the Wineglass are really large and this will help us patrol more effectively and assist the public with the traffic pattern changes during the race," Cole told the committee. "The use of Police Mountain Bike Patrol allows the deputies to interact and help people better". The teams also will be available to patrol other large, outdoor events, such as the Fall Foliage Festival in Cohocton and county Fair in Bath, Cole said. The donation of the bicycles and other equipment were accepted by legislators pending expected final approval by the county Legislature when it meets at 10 a.m. May 23. The 35th annual Wineglass Marathon, slated for Oct. 2, has grown in national stature as a premier running event, is the second largest marathon in New York State and brought in millions of dollars in revenues for Steuben and tourism-related businesses. Marathon officials announced April 27 the Half-Marathon is now sold out, and less than 500 slots remain open for the full Marathon.

Hornell Fire Receives $$$

Press release:
Congressman Tom Reed announces the Hornell City Fire Department will receive a federal grant as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awarded through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 
“I care about our first responders and the hard work that they do,” said Reed. “They make tremendous sacrifices to keep us safe and it’s only fair we make sure they have the resources they need to protect us.”  
The department will receive $19,315 federal grant to be used to buy fire hoses and corresponding nozzles.

O'Mara will honor well-known local veterans advocate, Bath VA program manager, as his 2016 'Woman of Distinction'


State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today announced that he has selected Dawn R. Smith, Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program Manager at the Bath VA Medical Center and a well-known local veterans advocate, as his 2016 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”
Smith will represent O’Mara’s 58th District at the Senate’s 18th Annual “Women of Distinction” tribute in the Legislative Office Building in Albany. She will be recognized along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts from across New York.
“Dawn Smith has served our nation with honor and distinction, and now she’s devoting her compassion, expertise and total commitment to the care, recognition and well-being of regional veterans,” said O’Mara. “She’s a true patriot who understands the sacrifices veterans have made for America and works day in and day out to help secure the care and respect that our veterans have earned and deserve. It’s truly an honor for me to have this opportunity to have the New York State Senate pay tribute to Dawn as a ‘Woman of Distinction.’”
Born and raised in Hammondsport, New York, Smith served in the United States Army from 1981-84 and 1986-87 as an Electronic Warfare/Signal Intelligence Voice Interpreter. She was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist.
Following her discharge, Smith attended Angelo State University (BA) and New Mexico State University (MSW) while raising two children and serving a long tour of duty as a military spouse.
She has been employed at the Bath VA Medical Center since 2005 and currently serves as Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program Manager (formerly known as OEF/OIF/OND). Among many responsibilities, she ensures that enrolled veterans have a smooth transition into the VA health care system and receive the care they need, along with conducting numerous outreach and Welcome Home events for local National Guard and Reserve units deployed overseas.
Smith works closely with regional Veterans Service Officers, Veterans Counselors and local service organizations coordinating activities and spending countless hours working within communities to assist veterans and their families access all of the benefits they have earned and deserve. She is widely acknowledged and admired as the “go-to” contact when veterans or Service Officers have questions about a veteran’s VA health care.
O’Mara, who solicits districtwide nominations for the annual tribute, said that Smith was nominated this year by her father, Ona, and by Denis Oliver, a Service Officer at the Steuben County Veterans Service Agency.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Obituary: Mary E. Jordan, 87, Belmont

Belmont, NY - Mary E. Jordan, age 87, of Greenwich Street passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on February 2, 1929 in Findlay, Ohio to George H. and Lois Stanton Knapp. On June 25, 1950 in Belmont she married John C. Jordan who predeceased her on December 28, 1985. Mary was a lifelong resident of Belmont who attended a one room school house near Feathers Creek Road and graduated from Belmont Central High School. She later attended a beautician school in Buffalo and worked from her home as a hairdresser. Mary was active in her community and had been the town historian, tax assessor, and until 2012 worked for the Allegany County Board of Elections. Mary was an avid outdoors woman who grew up on a farm. She loved riding horses and rode them well into her 70’s and had the opportunity to ride once again last year at the Garlic Festival in Cuba. She also enjoyed bird watching and tending her gardens. Mary’s memberships include the American Legion Auxiliary, Allegany County Bird Watchers Club, Republican Women’s Club, and the United Church of Belmont.
Survivors include her son Jeffery Jordan of Belmont; her daughter Marilyn Jordan of Johnson City; 3 grandsons, Jonathan (Jen) Paxhia, Anthony (Sarah) Paxhia and William Jordan; a great grandson, Jake; a brother, George “Max” Knapp; several nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her four sisters, Margarite, Dorothy, Myra and Jane; two brothers, Bill and Carl.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont and at which time her funeral service will take place. Reverend Richard Hurd will preside and burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Please consider donations in Mary’s name to either the Amity Rescue Squad or the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: Gerald R. "Jerry" Green, 79, Andover

Gerald R. “Jerry” Green, 79, passed away Sunday (May 1, 2016) from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.    
Mr. Green was born at home in Andover on Oct. 21, 1936 to Howard D.and Nellie B. (Atwell) Green. He was a 1954 graduate of Andover Central School. Jerry served in the United States Air Force from 1954-1958. Afterward, he married Bernadine A. Hollenbeck on April 25, 1959, who survives.    
He went on to graduate from Alfred State College with a degree in Business Agriculture. After managing Alfred Agway for a time, he went to Turbodine (Dresser-Rand) in Wellsville where he was a foreman over inspections of navy nuclear parts for 15 years. He then took a position for Defense Contract Administration Service where he was an inspector for a wide range of Space Shuttle and U.S. Navy parts for several locations in New York; retiring in 1998 after another 15 years. In post retirement, he was a parts inspector for Apollo, headquartered in Groton, Conn. and remained there until the present.    
In addition to Bernadine, his wife of 57 years, Jerry is survived by one son, Christopher (Donna Almeter) Green of Canaseraga; one daughter, Stacy (Russell) Teichelman of Salado, Tex.; one brother, Dale (Mary Jane) Green of Andover; and one brother-in-law, Lloyd (Carol) Hollenbeck of Andover.    
Also surviving him are eight grandchildren: Dylan (Megan) Green, Stephanie White, Abigail White, Heidi Teichelman, Kurt Mayer, Fr. Cody Mayer, Teresa Mayer, and Jesse Almeter; two great grandchildren: Cole Green and Conner, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.    
Jerry liked the challenge of a good game of rummy and definitely played to win. His hobbies included hunting and fishing. He was a wonderful family man and a loving grandfather. He nurtured memories with his family through short vacations to places such as the St. Lawrence Seaway, Boldt Castle, Thousand Islands and Alexander Bay.    
Jerry was a member of the Whitesville Rod and Gun Club and a former member of the Andover American Legion.  He was also an active member of the Andover Alliance Church, and was greatly loved by his church family. He loved attending the Independence Fellowship Singspirations each month for both the music and the fellowship.          
​There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday and 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, Andover. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Andover Alliance Church, with Rev. Phil Barner, officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the Green Family Cemetery in East Valley, Andover. 

DEC ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF RESIDENTIAL SOIL TESTS IN NEIGHBORHOODS ADJACENT TO CORNING-PAINTED POST HIGH SCHOOL

DEC, DOH and Corning Incorporated to Hold Public Meeting Wednesday May 11 to Discuss the Findings and Next Steps
Private Availability Sessions will be Held Thursday May 12 and Friday May 13 with Individual Residents to Discuss Their Property
DEC Accepting Public Comments on Interim Remedial Measures Proposed at Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning Memorial Stadium, and Corning Christian Academy
Through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) ongoing investigation into contamination in the community around the Corning-Painted Post (CPP) High School, results of additional surface and subsurface soil tests at residential properties have been made available to property owners, DEC announced today. The tests were done to further characterize layers of fill containing ash, brick, or glass which contained contaminants including lead, cadmium or arsenic that were found at levels above State Soil Cleanup Objectives. These tests were performed as part of the ongoing development of remediation plans to address contamination in the area, implementation of which will be funded by Corning Incorporated, to protect public health and the environment.  
The contamination was initially found as part of a Corning-Painted Post High School expansion project. Under a consent order with DEC, Corning Incorporated is performing an environmental study of fill soils that may be present at properties within the defined Study Area (bounded by Pyrex Street to the west, the Chemung River to the south, Post Creek to the east, and E. Pulteney Street to the north). The study began in July 2014 and the initial characterization of school and residential properties is largely complete.
Additional preliminary shallow evaluation work completed by DEC in the adjacent residential neighborhoods to the north and west of the Study Area identified the presence of similar target fill on multiple properties. DEC initiated a comprehensive characterization within the defined Expansion Area (residential properties west of Pyrex Street to Centerway and north of East Pulteney Street to Interstate Route 86) under the State Superfund Program in May 2015. Of the 219 properties sampled, there are a total of 133 residential parcels with contamination levels above Soil Cleanup Objectives.
State Soil Cleanup Objectives are set to levels at which health effects are unlikely to occur and are used to determine specified uses of a property as well as guide decisions to remediate soil pollution. These Objectives are set to protect public health and the environment from potential exposure to the contamination from everyday use of the land. DEC, the State Department of Health (DOH) and Corning Incorporated will hold a public meeting along with private availability sessions to discuss the details of the recent testing with residents, as well as the next steps for cleanup of the impacted properties in the Study and Expansion Areas.
Radisson Hotel, 125 Denison Parkway East, Corning, New York
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - Public Meeting: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.;
  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Private availability sessions: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; and
  • Friday, May 13, 2016 - Private availability sessions: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Residential Soil Test Findings
Property owners within the Study Area and Expansion area who had additional surface and subsurface soil samples taken were recently given their individual testing results and will have an opportunity to meet with representatives of the DEC, DOH and Corning Incorporated to discuss their individual results. An informational fact sheet that addresses these and other findings are being sent to the residents in the Study Area and Expansion Area, families of students who attend CPP High School and Corning Christian Academy, and local officials. It is also available online at DEC’s website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/97180.html.
Reducing Potential Exposure and Future Cleanup Steps
Next steps are currently being developed to address residential properties with contamination and to reduce potential contact with contaminated soil in some residential yards. Corning Incorporated will develop and implement the necessary actions to address the contamination at these residential yards under the oversight of DEC and DOH at no cost to individual property owners. Some locations require further evaluation and investigation of the fill material beneath the ground surface in both the Study and Expansion Areas. Once this additional evaluation is completed, Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) Work Plans to address the potential for exposure will be developed and shared with public officials and the local community.
As the investigation continues, the state is reminding property owners that, in its current condition, contact with contaminated soil at these properties is possible in areas not covered with grass or pavement, especially if there is visible ash, brick and glass. DOH recommends that property owners follow the best practices described below to reduce any potential for exposure, including:
  • Wash with soap and water after gardening or any time before you eat;
  • Minimize children’s direct contact with bare soil by laying down wood chips or maintaining grass cover, especially if soil contains visible fill material containing ash, brick or glass;
  • Plant vegetable gardens in raised beds with clean soil (at least 10 inches deep). Use untreated wood to make the beds. Pressure-treated wood and railroad ties contain added chemicals; and
  • Brush off soil from clothes and remove shoes and gloves before entering a home. Additional information about healthy gardening is available online at DOH’s website: http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/1301/
 For more information on exposure, visit DOH’s website at: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/about/exposure
Public comments accepted on Interim Remedial Measure work plans
Draft IRM work plans, prepared by Corning Incorporated, describing the proposed cleanup activities for the Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning Memorial Stadium, and Corning Christian Academy are available for review and comment. These work plans will address shallow soils that contain contaminated fill outside of any previously installed cover systems. The draft IRM work plans propose:
  • Excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated soils in targeted areas to a maximum depth of two feet;
  • Placement of geotextile fabric
  • Backfilling the excavations with certified imported soil that meets residential use criteria; and
  • Environmental Easements and a Site Management Plan.
 How to Comment
DEC is accepting written comments about the proposed IRM work plans for 30 days, from May 4, 2016 through June 6, 2016. Project documents are available at the following location(s) to help the public stay informed:
Southeast Steuben County Library
300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza
Suite 101
Corning, NY 14830
Phone: (607) 936-3713

NYSDEC - Region 8 Office
Attn: Linda Vera6274 East Avon-Lima Rd.
Avon, NY 14414

Independence Police charge Wellsville man

During a traffic stop Tuesday on Main Street in Whitesville, Independence police charged Craig A. Billings, 30, of Wellsville, with aggravated unlicensed operation in the 2nd degree. Arraigned in town of Willing court by Justice Guiney, Billings was released to return to court May 11th.

Belfast man arrested after vehicle crash - corrected

Nearly three months after a personal injury crash in the town of Belfast, state police Wednesday made an arrest. Troopers said they charged Jason D. Miller, 38, of Belfast with felony driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, endangering the welfare of a child and misdemeanor DWI. Police said Miller was released on his own recognizance after being arrest in Rochester. Court action is pending. Troopers said the crash occurred February 7, 2016.
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In an unrelated case, state police Thursday morning (5/5/16) arrested Jeanne C. Whiteside, 44, of Caneadea. She was stopped at 1:20 a.m. on county road 49 and charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated as well as felony DWI. She was issued appearance tickets for Caneadea court and released.

Graduating class plants apple orchard at Houghton College


HOUGHTON, NY (May 5, 2016) - On April 23, the newest feature at the Houghton College campus was installed between Steese Cottage and the Chamberlain Athletic Center tennis courts. It wasn’t built, however; it was planted.
As their parting gift, the class of 2016 has installed a 22-tree apple orchard at the crown of campus. The orchard contains five different kinds of apples that, once they mature, will be open for consumption by the students and community and for use by dining services.
The apple orchard was one of two choices for a gift presented by the class and won out overwhelmingly. The senior class subsequently donated the majority of the funds needed for the project along with support from the Alumni, Advancement and Sustainability Offices.
“It’s a terrific idea,” said Evan Szymanski ’16. “It meshes with the college’s sustainability goals, of course, but there’s also something soothing about walking into an orchard and eating an apple you picked with your own hands. Students will be able to benefit from that for generations.”
The class of 2016 will bid adieu to Houghton on May 14. Their legacy will remain on the hill, however, providing delicious apples for generations to come.

Canaseraga notes...

On Saturday, May 21st there will be a Penny Social and beef on wick dinner at the Canaseraga Fire Hall to benefit the Melinda Swain Memorial Scholarship Award. We will have a 50/50 and raffles. The doors will open at 1:00 p.m., drawings will begin at 4:00 p.m. The beef on wick, with salt potatoes, drink and dessert is $6.00. There will also be hot dogs for $1.00, hamburgers for $1.50, and salt potatoes for 1.00. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Calls for changes in parole hearings (caution-video is emotional)


Albany, N.Y., May 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today joined legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims, including the parents of Derrick Robie of Savona (Steuben County), to call for the approval of legislation they co-sponsor that would allow the state Parole Board to extend the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for a parole hearing.
Currently, the state Parole Board is required to allow inmates to request a parole hearing every two years.  Under the legislation (S.1483-A/A.1680-A) O’Mara and Palmesano are co-sponsoring, the Parole Board would be allowed to extend the time period between parole hearings from two to five years for offenders convicted of any of the following categories of violent felony offenses: Class A-1 felonies of murder in the first or second degrees where a sentence other than life imprisonment without parole is imposed, and Class A-II felonies of predatory sexual assault and predatory sexual assault against a child. The board would still be given the option to permit an earlier hearing.

Dale and Dori Robie said, "We are in total support of this important legislation and appreciate the efforts being made by state legislators to have it become law.  We are committed to working with them to secure its enactment in Derrick's memory and so that other families like ours, whose lives have been forever changed by a violent criminal, do not have to relive their ordeal every two years."
Robie was four years old in August 1993 when he was killed by Eric Smith, then 13, in a wooded area near Robie’s home in Savona.  Smith was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994 and sentenced to nine years to life in prison.  He’s currently incarcerated at the maximum-security Collins Correctional Facility outside Buffalo.
Smith first became eligible for parole in 2002 and has been denied parole eight times, the last denial coming just several weeks ago in early April.  Under current law, he’s eligible for another parole hearing in April 2018.
The legislation to extend the parole hearing time frame is currently in the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee in both the Senate and Assembly.  It must be approved by both houses of the Legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo before becoming law.

Obituary: Craig A. Flewellyn, 90, Whites Corners

Craig A. Flewellyn, 90, of Whites Corners, PA, died Monday, May 2, 2016 in the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY.
Born January 1, 1926, in Whites Corners, PA, he was the son of Charles J. and Grace Woodward Flewellyn.
On November 9, 1957, in Whitesville, NY, he married the former Catherine “Kay” Stives, who survives.
A US Army Veteran, he served honorably in World War II from 1944 – 1946 in the Pacific Theatre and in the Korean War from 1949 – 1952. He received a Purple
Heart for wounds received in combat in Korea.
Craig worked on the oil rigs for many years and was employed by the Town of West Union as a heavy equipment operator for 20 years. Craig was a member of the Whitesville Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving besides his wife, Kay, are: six children, Gregory Flewellyn of Fairfax, VA, Jeffrey (Jalea) Flewellyn of Wellsville, NY, Debra (Craig) Kamiya of Ewa Beach, HI, Timothy (Donna) Flewellyn of Fairfax, VA, Laurie (Tom) Mixter of Ramona, CA, and Lisa (Todd) Morris of Waupaca, WI; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Flewellyn of Warrenton, VA; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Guy E. Flewellyn and Carl Flewellyn; and a sister, Joni Flewellyn.
Friends may call Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. A Graveside Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Whites Corners Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 6927.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.  

Gonzalezes start scholarship at Pitt-Bradford


Pictured here are, from left, Dr. Gonzalez; Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford; Dr. Shabir Bhayani; Andrea Gonzalez; and Daniel Gonzalez.
BRADFORD, Pa. -- University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Advisory Board member Andrea Gonzalez and her husband, Dr. Luis Gonzalez, have started a new scholarship for a student who demonstrates financial need.
The Gonzalezes have been part of the Bradford community since 1996, when Luis Gonzalez opened his surgery practice. He is now chief of surgery at Bradford Regional Medical Center, while Andrea Gonzalez left her own counseling career to become the business manager for the medical practice. She is also involved with Relay for Life and St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.
Last year, the couple took a trip to Peru to serve as part of a Christian medical mission team. Andrea Gonzalez said they returned home feeling more grateful than ever for what they have. Having thought a while about starting a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford, they felt it was important to make the commitment.
 “The community has given so much to us,” she said, adding that she knew the scholarship would be put to good use. “So many people need scholarships. So many kids don’t have the opportunity to go to college.”
The Gonzalezes have put two sons through college themselves. Their son Carlos is currently an account director with Complex Media in New York, and their son Daniel is in medical school.
Andrea Gonzalez said the couple plans to keep contributing to the scholarship each year until they retire.
To find out more about starting a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford, contact Jill Ballard, executive director of Institutional Advancement at 814-362-5091 or jballard@pitt.edu.

Cuba: Upcoming events at Palmer Opera House

The Palmer Opera House is hosting a Canvas Paint Night Fundraiser. Funds will go towards ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the historic Palmer Opera House! Get your ART fix while you relax & unwind! It is ok if you have never painted before, you will be instructed step by step through the whole painting. Color choice is up to you!  Pre-sale ticket must be purchased and registration required. Space is limited.  Tickets available www.handmadebyshelby.vpweb.com.  Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba, 2:00 PM, $35) 

The Palmer Opera House is hosting a Country Jamboree, May 15 at 2 p.m. Local bands Cathy Flower-Schleigh and the Stardusters, The John Wray Family Band, The Barn Cats, Strings and Harps, and Michael Scott and Friends will be featured.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, wine and beer will be offered for purchase.  Admission to the jamboree is by donation, with proceeds to benefit the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the historic Palmer Opera House.  Follow us on Facebook, or head over to our website www.PalmerOperaHouse.com for more information on upcoming events and shows. (Palmer Opera House, 12 W Main St, Cuba, 2:00 PM, Donation) 

News from Oswayo Valley Memorial Library

The library will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day.
The library is holding a Father’s Day basket raffle. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and are available at the library. The basket was donated by Zippo and includes a lighter, hand warmer and other items. The winner will be drawn on Monday, June 13th. The library would like to thank Zippo for such a generous contribution!
Join us on Monday, May 16th, at 6:30 p.m. for "Herbs & Essential Oils" class with Helene Nawrocki. Helene will teach about the use of herbs and essential oils in cooking, cleaning, and health support. Stop by or call the library at 814-697-6691 to sign up or for more information.
“Sing, Dance, Play” classes are a creative, hands-on music program for babies, toddlers & preschoolers with Rachel Bell. The last 2 classes will take place on May 23rd, and June 6th at 10:30 a.m. for those that are already registered. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Potter County Commissioners.
Check out the Shinglehouse Community Calendar page at
https://teamup.com/ksf4b2b24ce5d1bb0a. Here you will find community events taking place in the Shinglehouse area. If your organization would like to be added to the calendar please call the library at 814-697-6691 or email ovmlibrary@gmail.com.

Oswayo Valley Memorial Library is a participant in PA Forward. PA Forward is an initiative for libraries to become community centers of information, technology, and learning that will help advance educational and economic opportunities for Pennsylvania citizens. One of the ways that libraries help do that is through civic and social literacy. Libraries provide help with civic and social literacy by providing:

● Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, videos, etc. that reflect society’s historic and contemporary issues and topics of interest to communities and individuals

● Databases that support inquiry into historic and contemporary topics and issues
● eLink portal to government resources and information
● eLink portal to current news and issues
● Online language tutorials
● AskHerePA online, live question and answer services staffed by information professionals
● Digital archives of state and local history
● Broadband Internet access and rapid delivery of materials from remote locations
Memorials & Donations: Sue Pire from Alexander & Alice Cole. A donation was received from Bonnie Surra.
Ongoing Programming: The following ongoing monthly program events are open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 814-697-6691.
● Stitch Together Knit and Crochet Group: every Wednesday 6-8 p.m.
● Family History Research group & Researching the History of Education in the Oswayo Valley: 2nd Friday of the month, 1:00 p.m.
● Book discussion: 3rd Monday of the month, 1-3:30 p.m.
● Writer’s Guild: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Audio & eBooks for Download: We have eBooks and audiobooks that are available through our website that you can download onto your eReader and MP3 player. Go to our website
www.ovmlibrary.org and click on “Download Books”. You will need your library card number to log in. If you have any problems please call or stop by the library for assistance.

Website: You can see what events are happening at the library and search the card catalog by visiting our website at
www.ovmlibrary.org. You can also log into your account and renew books you have out or put a book on reserve.

Facebook: “Like” our Facebook page (
https://www.facebook.com/ovmlibrary) to keep informed of events happening at the library.

Twitter: You can follow us on Twitter @OVLibrary.

Board of Trustees Meeting: The library board meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

New screening tool coming to all New York State prisons

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $1 million to expand the use of Cellsense technology to all 54 state prisons and strengthen the efforts of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to crack down on contraband and weapons inside these facilities. Cellsense devices are state-of-the-art portable detection systems used to conduct full-body searches of inmates and screen mail, laundry, mattresses and other inmate property. Since April, they have been placed in 48 of New York State's 54 state prisons, with the remaining facilities to receive them by year's end.
"This new technology will better detect contraband and serve as a deterrent to illicit activity in New York’s prisons, helping to protect the health and safety of correction officers and inmates," Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue to ensure our correctional system has access to the resources and the tools they need to improve the safety and security of our facilities."
Unlike traditional metal detectors, staff have the ability to easily move, and even hide these devices, which has significantly improved their ability to search for contraband and weapons in areas, and times that were previously considered problematic. The device, which requires less than a minute to set up, conducts full body scan of inmates who walk past, allowing for more inmates to be searched in less time. In just the first few weeks of use, these devices have uncovered numerous illicit items such as metal weapons and needles.
At Green Haven Correctional Facility in Beekman, Dutchess County, Cellsense alerted staff to an inmate who was later found to have ingested a razor blade wrapped in electrical tape, something that is often undetectable by traditional means given how the weapon was wrapped and hidden in the body.

Changes coming to child care programs in New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he is advancing legislation to bring more aggressive enforcement tools, tougher penalties and greater transparency to the oversight of child care programs throughout the state. The bill will also create more consistent legal enforcement standards for state- and New York City-regulated programs and improve parents' access to child care centers' compliance and violation histories.
Under the Governor's proposed legislation, penalties for state-regulated child care providers cited for serious violations and for providers operating illegally would be increased. The maximum fine for serious violations would increase from $500 to $5,000 a day. Enforcement standards for state- and New York City-regulated child care programs will also be better aligned, enabling the state to take more immediate enforcement action. New York City-regulated child care programs will be required to prominently post inspection reports and violation histories, as state-regulated programs already do.
Additionally, the state would be able to suspend or revoke a center’s license for a wider range of violations, including inadequate supervision, failure to maintain proper staff-to-child ratios and failure to cooperate with an inspection, as well as the injury or death of a child, or the use of corporal punishment against a child. The suspension or revocation of an operator's license at one location will trigger an immediate examination of all of the operator’s other state-regulated programs and an evaluation of potential enforcement action against them. The moratorium on child care providers applying for a new license after revocation will be extended from two years to five years. The legislation will also provide parents with the data they need to make informed choices about their child's care by improving access to compliance and violation histories through the launch of a statewide registry. Access to information is a key element in transforming the child care system and sending a strong warning to providers who would jeopardize the safety of New York's children.

First #Bonas Giving Day raises more than $325,000

With more than 600 gifts received and a total of more than $325,000 raised from midnight to midnight on April 21, St. Bonaventure University marked a milestone with the success of its first-ever Giving Day. 
For a 24-hour period, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends from around the world joined together in support of St. Bonaventure, setting university records for the greatest number of online gifts received in one day and the largest online daily gift total.  
“Once again our community has demonstrated a dramatic commitment to our mission and vision,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., president of the university. “Thank you to Bonnies worldwide for proving what we can do together in just one day. The collective power of our contributions will help to ensure that St. Bonaventure remains an extraordinary place to live and learn.” 
The more than $325,000 represents 608 total gifts, with 61 first-time donors, 105 young alumni donations, and 34 new members to the $1,000+ Devereux Giving Societies. The Giving Day also set new record totals for online giving in one day, generating 496 online gifts worth more than $138,000. This is eight times the number of gifts and more than double the dollar amount than the previous records set in December 2013. 
Friendly alumni challenges generated excitement throughout the day-long event and highlighted its “Rise to the Challenge” theme.
 
“The many challenges put forth by our alumni made all the difference. The day was a great accomplishment,” said Clarence Picard, director of Annual Giving. “Our community surpassed all but one of the challenges, with gifts coming from alumni in 34 states and three countries and with a strong show of support from parents as well as faculty and staff.”
 
Plans are already underway for #BonaGivingDay2017, Picard added.

Flooding closes a portion of state route 248


TRAVEL ADVISORY

State Route 248 Near Cemetery Hill Road
Town of Rexville
Steuben County 

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that state Route 248 in the county of Steuben is closed near Cemetery Hill Road in the town of Rexville.  Minor flooding in the area after Monday's rains has caused undermining of the road structure.  NYSDOT Maintenance crews are working to repair the road. 

NYSDOT expects to reopen the road by Friday morning, May 6.  In the meantime, drivers are asked to take the established detour and follow the signs to county Route 60 between the towns of Greenwood and Rexville. NYSDOT also reminds motorists to use caution when approaching the work area.
It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.

Wellsville man receives prison term in arson case

A Wellsville man accused of torching a tractor-trailer is headed to state prison. In Allegany County court Wednesday, Judge Thomas Brown sentenced Robert E. Roach, 45, to a state prison term of between three and six years. In January, Roach pleaded guilty to felony arson. The crime occurred on July 5, 2014, at the Central Tractor Plaza, when Roach conspired with two others to torch a  Freightliner truck. The Wellsville man was also ordered to pay a court surcharge and a DNA fee.

Alfred Police join Badge of Honor Association


Officers from the Village of Alfred Police Department join the Badge Of Honor Association by wearing their "BOHA 9" bracelet. The "BOHA 9" Bracelet is a way to honor the 9 police officers who have died in the line of duty in Upstate New York since 2007.

We Honor. Do You? Just click here to check out the BOHA 9 Bracelet
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Christopher Anderson named director of #Bonas Center for Student Wellness

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., May 4, 2016 — Christopher Anderson has been named director of St. Bonaventure University’s Center for Student Wellness. He begins works June 6. 
For the last nine years, Anderson has been the lead therapist and administrator of the Intensive Outpatient Addictions program at the Behavioral Health Services department of Bradford (Pa.) Regional Medical Center. He has also been a Crisis Prevention Institute-certified instructor at BRMC and Olean General Hospital since 2011.
“The college years are filled with both excitement and difficult challenges, and being able to help shape the lives of these amazing students is going to be a blessing for me as well,” Anderson said. “The staff of the Student Wellness Center is an amazing group of folks and I am very excited to work with them to provide support and encouragement to the SBU community.”  
A state-licensed mental health counselor, Anderson has: 
·         extensive experience in planning and implementation of group and individual addiction recovery and mental health therapy sessions.
·         been responsible for client assessment, therapy, and case management.
·         experience in collaborating with other medical areas of the hospital and social service agencies to provide comprehensive care for clients.
·         significant public speaking and teaching experience.
·         extensive multicultural experience through teaching and mission work while living in Jamaica. 
“We are extremely pleased that Chris is joining the SBU team,” said Rick Trietley, vice president for Student Affairs. “His extensive experience and expertise will be invaluable to our ongoing efforts to provide high quality counseling, health services and educational programming to the campus community.
“His collaborative leadership style, customer service focus and clinical skills make him uniquely qualified for this vitally important position,” he said. 
Anderson earned his master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from St. Bonaventure in 2007 and his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., in 1996. 
While at SBU, Anderson served as a counseling intern in SBU’s Counseling Center and was a graduate assistant for the Counselor Education program from 2004 to 2007. Anderson was an adjunct practicum instructor this spring in SBU’s Counselor Education program.
 
Anderson is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the AACC’s Addiction and Recovery Network.
 
Anderson replaces Dr. Tom Delaney, who served as interim director this semester. Delaney retired from St. Bonaventure in 2011 after 40 years with the School of Education.
 
“I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Tom for his exceptional service over the past five months, and to the search committee, led by chair Connie Whitcomb, for a job well done,” Trietley said.