Friday, October 24, 2014

Houghton College grad scores major TV sports deal

Dionne Miller "00 Scores ABC 7 Sports Job as First Woman on the ABC-Owned Station's Sports Staff
By Robert Feder, Chicago Tribune
It’s official: Dionne Miller, Houghton College graduate, is joining WLS-Channel 7 as weekend sports anchor — and the first woman on the ABC-owned station’s sports staff.
Confirming a report earlier this month, ABC 7 announced Miller’s hiring Thursday in a memo to the staff. She starts Monday.
Miller, a native of Chardon, Ohio, and former host and reporter for Fox Sports Ohio and Big Ten Network, most recently was weekend sports anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. She signed off last month after more than two years at Fox 32.
“Dionne Miller has won over tough Chicago sports fans in the 2½ years she’s worked in this city,” said Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director of ABC 7. “She knows sports inside and out, is passionate about the teams she covers and has earned a great reputation in the market. We are thrilled she’s coming to ABC 7 and know she’ll make an already fantastic sports team with Mark Giangreco and Jim Rose even better.”
A graduate of Houghton College, Miller worked earlier for WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Sports Network, WWSB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Sarasota, Florida, and XETV-TV, the Fox affiliate in San Diego.
“Thrilled to begin an exciting new chapter,” Miller tweeted Thursday night.

Batavia gets $100,000 water rescue grant

With a $100,000 grant from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the City of Batavia Fire Department will help expand local emergency response teams and first responders throughout the (Genesee) County with equipment and training to reduce and respond to water emergencies.
The money will equip and train all first responders in Genesee County, to include 17 fire departments, 5 law enforcement agencies and 3 EMS agencies with water rescue awareness training and a basic water emergency response bag.  Attica Fire and Police Departments were also included with this grant.
In addition, this grant will also allow the City Fire Department to provide an annual water safety seminar for Genesee County residents to include topics such as: pool safety, open water safety, flooded road safety and what resources are available in Genesee County if you have an emergency.
“In our rural setting it is most likely that a police officer will arrive on location first,” said Lieutenant Bob Fix of the City Fire Dept. and Special Operations Officer responsible for securing the grant.  “With the basic kit and training supplied by this grant, an officer will be equipped with the knowledge and equipment to call for more advanced help and to try and affect a safe shore based rescue.”
The City has been providing some level of water rescue protection for over 50 years with minimal training and mostly donated equipment.  Recent events in the City and Genesee County over the past several years have prompted more training and better equipment in order to provide adequate and safe response to residents.
City Fire Chief, Jim Maxwell said, “We are pleased to have been awarded this grant through the New York State Homeland Security Program.  These funds will be utilized by City Fire and Genesee County first responders to enhance water rescue response capabilities across the county.  We would like thank the 24 area Fire, EMS, and Police agencies for their support of this initiative which will provide basic water rescue kits to emergency response vehicles throughout the county.”
All fire departments in Genesee County participate in the Genesee County Mutual Aid Plan.  While the City of Batavia Fire Department will be the technician level responders, it is important that local first responders throughout the county are trained and equipped for the initial response.  A tiered response partnership not only dramatically increases the capabilities countywide, but does it safely and effectively using manpower from throughout the county.

Rep. Reed & others pen letter to support St. James Hospital

October 24,2014
The Honorable Howard Zucker
Acting Commissioner
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237

Dear Acting Commissioner Zucker:
We write to express our united support for the delivery of quality health care for the Hornell area and its surrounding communities. As you consider the most recent proposal concerning the new vision for Hornell’s St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) serious concerns have been identified regarding the application. In particular, the need to ensure adequate inpatient and maternity care for Hornell area citizens must be fully addressed.

We applaud the efforts New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) to improve healthcare across New York State and in particular appreciate your consideration of the challenges of providing adequate healthcare in rural regions. Previous financial support from NYS DOH has been critical in maintaining the SJM H ‘s current operations and you r collaboration with local stakeholders will be needed going forward. A balanced approach must be taken so that residents have access to all areas of health care services.

The most recent proposal fails to provide adequate inpatient and maternity care for the region. This is a serious shortcoming that will literally place lives at risk. Without the inpatient and maternity care in Hornell, the time and distance needed to travel to an appropriate facility will significantly increase. It is critical Hornell be able to provide inpatient and maternity care not only to ensure access to care for the region ‘s demands, but also to maintain quality of life as the community aims to attract new business and grow.  Inpatient and maternity care services are a critical component of healthcare services, the failure of which to provide would negatively impact the potential for investments in this area. In addition, as Hornell employs full time fire and police departments which must be supported by access to inpatient care while they are in the line of duty.

As the NYS DOH will be meeting on Monday, October 27 with all stakeholders including City of Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, who we have spoken with extensively on this issue, we feel it is important that you hear our united support for maintaining inpatient and maternity services in Hornell prior to the meeting. We have discussed our support for these services with the officials at SJMH as well.

Please know we all stand willing to work with you and all the stakeholders to ensure this significant change in the regions health care services is completed in the most successful way possible. Thank you for your consideration of this matter and for the work of NYS DOH with SJMH and area stakeholders previously and going forward.


Tom Reed, Member of Congress
Phil Palmesano, Assemblyman
Tom O’Mara, State Senator
Bill Nojay, Assemblyman

The Honorable Shawn Hogan, Mayor of City of Hornell
The Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State
The Honorable Charles Schumer, United States Senator
The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator
The Honorable Courtney Burke, Deputy Secretary for Health
The Honorable Jim Clancy, Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health
Jennifer Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital
Judith M. Persichilli, President of Catholic Health East
Dr. Mark B. Taubman, CEO and Senior Vice President for Health Services at University of Rochester Medical Center
Amy Pollard, President and CEO of Noyes Memorial Hospital
James L. Cummings, CEO of Oak Orchard Health
Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital

Suspicious fires in Nunda, Cohocton under scrutiny-possible Allegany County connection? - News

A fire at Nunda Lumber in the village of Nunda struck the family-owned business in the early-morning hours of Aug. 9 causing an estimated $250,000 worth of damage.

Another Nunda fire engulfed a historic house the morning of Oct. 9 and took seven fire departments several hours to get under control.

“The lumber yard fire was on Aug. 9 between 5 and 6 in the morning and this one (historic house) was Oct. 9 between five and six in the morning,” said Nunda fire chief Rob Walker. “They happened at the same time and on the same date.”

Walker, who was at both Nunda fires, declined to comment on whether the two fires had anything else in common, apart from when and where they occurred.

“I’m really not at liberty to say,” Walker said. “I was told by the investigators not to give out too much.”

He did confirm however, that both structures in which the fires occurred didn’t have any power, negating the possibility of an accidental electrical fire.

“The electric was shut off in the house because no one was living there,” Walker said. “And the building at the lumber yard didn’t have any electric in it either.”

Although the Nunda fires constitute the core of Livingston County’s investigation, Kevin Niedermaier, a county fire investigator and director of the Office of Emergency Management, confirmed that the “very active” investigation — which is being headed up by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office — is looking at suspicious fires outside Livingston County.

 “The Sheriff's Department is reaching out to everyone and touching base with all the surrounding counties to see what’s going on,” said Niedermaier.

Specifically, Walker mentioned a string of fires in Allegany County that have aroused the interest of Livingston County investigators.

“We had a few suspicious fires in Fillmore last year, and they’re kind of looking all around to see if any of them match up,” Walker said. “The Fillmore one(s), they had quite a few suspicious fires down there even over the course of the last couple years they still haven’t solved.”

Fillmore’s fire chief, Joe Clark, did not return calls seeking comment.

Though neither Niedermaier nor Walker mentioned it specifically, a recent fire in the Village of Cohocton, less than a half-hour from Nunda, also bears similarities to Nunda’s fires.

The Aug. 5 fire gutted a long-vacant, two-story house on Maple Avenue in the village. Firefighters responded to the fire at around 2 a.m and, as in Nunda, the structure lacked any electric hookup

Suspicious fires in Nunda, Cohocton under scrutiny - News

Obituary: Avis R. Ransom, 79, Genesee, Pa.

Avis A. RANSOM, 79, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, October 24, 2014 in Hart Comfort House, Wellsville, NY.
Born December 10, 1934, in Driftwood, PA, she was the daughter of Orval and Helen Smith Chambers.
On October 7, 1951, in Genesee, she married Edgar B. "Ed" Ransom, who survives. 

She was employed by the Wellsville Glove Factory, Galeton Production, Mapes Woodworking, and Herbert Cooper Co.  Avis was a member of the Gold Church and a life member of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary and the Allegany County Firemen's Auxiliary.  She served on the Genesee Township Board of Election, four year chairman of the Genesee Old Home Day Committee, and as a cub scout leader and 4-H helper. 

Surviving besides her husband, Ed, are:  a  son, D. Robert "Bobby" Ransom of Genesee;  a sister, Joan (Aaron) Kuhn of Whitesville, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Kathy Marie Ransom;  her step-mother, Mary Chambers;  and two brothers, Robert Chambers and James Chambers. 

Friends may call Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday in the Gold Church, 35 SR 449 North , Gold, PA.  Rev. Frank Mickle will officiate.  Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery, Whitesville, NY. 

Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Gold Church, 35 SR 449 North, Genesee, PA 16923. 

Online condolences may be expressed at

Scio man faces 9 charges in connection with Wellsville area burglaries

Wellsville police on Friday arrested a Scio man they say may have been involved in a rash of area burglaries and petty crimes. Christopher French-Lawson, 22 of Scio, was arraigned this afternoon in village court on nine felony and misdemeanor counts. He was remanded to the Allegany County jail on $75,000 bail. Wellsville Police charged the man with felony counts including:
  • Burglary
  • Grand Larceny
  • Criminal Mischief
He was also charged with misdemeanor counts including:
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine & hydrocodone tablets) - 2 counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument
  • Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia
  • County Court warrant charging violation of probation.
Additional charges are pending in other jurisdictions.
Both Village Police and State Police have been investigating more than a dozen burglaries and acts of mischief where mainly cash was taken.
Among the reported burglaries in Wellsville were a salon and doctors office.

Steuben lawmakers could approve deal Monday with dispatchers, deputies and others

BATH – Collective bargaining tops a packed agenda for Steuben County legislators when they meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Monday at the County Office Building.

If ratified by the county Legislature Monday, details on negotiations between the county and the bargaining units for Correction Officers, Dispatchers, and Court Security Officers, and the Deputies Association will be made public.

Other items on the agenda include:

* Presenting four laws proposed by the county District Attorney to reduce drug- and alcohol-related crimes. If approved by county lawmakers, a public hearing will be scheduled, with the final vote on the proposals set for November.

* Accepting two state grants expected to make the county Public Defender’s office more efficient.

* Setting the date for the 2015 budget message and public hearing on the budget.

* Refinancing the former county Health Care Facility bonds in order to reduce interest on the bonds.

St. Bonaventure grad student found dead in apartment - Olean Times Herald

ST. BONAVENTURE — St. Bonaventure University graduate student Ryan Hughson of Palmyra was found dead at his off-campus apartment in Allegany on Thursday, university officials confirmed.
In a message to students through the university notice board, Sister Margaret Carney, SBU president, said “there is no current information that suggests foul play is involved in this incident.”
Mr. Hughson, no age given, was a 2013 Bona alumnus who was pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, officials said. A candlelight prayer service was held Thursday evening in the university chapel.

"The university community is extremely saddened by the news of Ryan's death and extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends,” said Tom Missel, SBU’s director of marketing and media relations. “We will continue to offer counseling and support services to anyone who needs them at this difficult time."
County Coroner Brad Spink said an autopsy was performed and an investigation is ongoing.
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Steuben County Fiscal Report

BATH – Steuben County is a leader in New York State in fiscal strength, according to key statistics collected by the state Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System (FSMS).

County Commissioner of Finance Patrick Donnelly said the Comptroller’s office recently reported the county’s fiscal stress at 12.5 percent in 2013 -- down sharply from the 19.2 percent reported by the state in 2011, and slightly lower than the 15.8 percent reported by the state in 2012.

The state reported the average fiscal strength of the 21 upstate counties with populations between 60,000 and 100,000 was reported at 21 percent in 2013, Donnelly said. According to the FSMS, Steuben also fared well in comparison with nine counties located in the Southern Tier, which averaged 26.5 percent in fiscal stress in 2013. The nine counties are: Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Otsego and Delaware.

The statewide average of 54 counties, not including New York City, is 30.4 percent, according to the FSMS.

Donnelly said by the Comptroller’s Office determines “fiscal stress” based on fiscal indicators collected from various accounting categories, including Assigned and Unassigned Fund Balance in both the General and Combined funds; the Total Fund Balance in the General and Combined funds; the occurrence of an operating deficit in any of the three previous fiscal years; the ratio of Cash to Current Liabilities and various factors that show any reliance on short-term debt.

Also included in the indicators are the three-year average of personnel costs compared to total revenues, and the three-year average Debt Service as a percent of revenues.


Hornell Common Council meets on Monday-public hearing planned

October 24, 2014

TO:  Common Council
         City Attorney Joseph Pelych
         Area Media

FROM:  Shawn Hogan, Mayor
RE: Council Meeting

The Hornell Common Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2014, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, at 82 Main Street.


Canisteo man arrested after dumping complaint

Drug Task Force arrests man on pot charge

Castile couple arrested by deputies

Gov. Cuomo outlines state response to positive test for Ebola in Patient in NYC

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined New York State’s response to a positive test for Ebola in a patient at Bellevue Hospital in New York City – in order to ensure public health and safety and contain the disease. Bellevue Hospital is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Governor Cuomo specially designated earlier this month to treat Ebola patients as part of the State’s Ebola Preparedness Plan. Bellevue has been prepared and equipped for the isolation, identification and treatment of Ebola patients. As part of Governor Cuomo’s Ebola Preparedness Plan, New York State health, public safety, and transportation officials have been in engaging in an ongoing series of training exercises and drills to be ready for just such a potential Ebola case.
State health officials noted that Ebola is spread by directly touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water – or simply by being near an infected person.

“As we learn about the first positive Ebola Case in New York City, I want to assure New Yorkers that we are prepared,” Governor Cuomo said. “Over the past few weeks we have undertaken a thorough and coordinated effort alongside all relevant partners, from healthcare workers to the local and federal governments, in order to implement the appropriate precautions. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Spencer as well as his family and friends, and I hope for his quick recovery.”

Wellsville man charged with several felony sex crimes

Wellsville Police Thursday evening arrested Donald F. Kane, age 63 of Wellsville, charging him with Criminal Sexual Act 1st (Class B Felony), Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child 1st (Class B Felony), Sexual Abuse 1st (Class D Felony) and Criminal Sexual Act 3rd (Class E Felony).  Kane was processed and arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor.  Kane was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $100,000.00 cash bail or $200,000 property bond.  Kane is due back in Wellsville Village Court on November 4th at 4:30 pm. 
According to online records, Kane is a retired University police officer at Alfred State, where he served for more than 20 years.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Three arrested on drug charges in Steuben County

Rehabilitation Services Team Moves Into New Shinglehouse Community Health Center

OldHewittManor-NewCenterThe rehabilitation services team moved in and started seeing patients on October 15, 2014 in their section of the new Shinglehouse Community Health Center on Puritan Avenue. Previously located in the neighboring Hewitt Manor building which is currently being removed, the staff can now provide physical therapy (PT) care to their patients in a larger, newer, more modern facility.
According to one of the first patients in the new PT gym, the environment is beautiful. She said that the old PT building was not bad, but the new space is brighter and more open. “I’ll go anyplace or do anything for my Physical Therapist Jessica Marshall. The girls are really super and they are definitely an asset to the physical therapy…they are number 1!”
The Shinglehouse Rehabilitation Services team of Jessica Marshall, PT, and Toni Maille, Receptionist / Physical Therapy Aide assist patients with their musculoskeletal and neurological needs due to injury, disease or pain by offering a variety of therapeutic interventions, including manual therapy, modalities, therapeutic exercises, therapeutic activities, gait training and massage.
In response to the community’s healthcare needs, Cole Memorial in Coudersport and UPMC Hamot in Erie collaborated in January 2014 on the $2.7 million project to build an 8,311-square-foot community health center to replace the old Cole Memorial physical therapy site and the 35-year old medical office located on Lyons Street. The actual relocation date for the primary care staff from their current Shinglehouse Health Center to the new location is yet to be confirmed. However, a Ribbon-cutting/Open House Celebration is planned for Cole’s staff and the public on December 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In addition to the sizable rehabilitation service area, the new facility increases the number of medical exam rooms to eight for the provision of additional care and more convenient access to providers at one location. The health center will also house a laboratory draw station, a diagnostic imaging room, space for consultations or rotating specialists plus, a comfortable, spacious waiting room. A telemedicine suite has been added so patients can see and speak with specialists at UPMC Hamot.
For more information or to make an appointment with the rehabilitation services professionals at the new Shinglehouse Community Health Center, please call 814-697-7744. For a primary care appointment in Shinglehouse, please call 814-260-9352.

PA Governor Corbett Announces $12.5 Million Awarded in Energy Development Authority Grants

HARRISBURG --  Governor Tom Corbett today announced nearly $12.5 million in Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grants to 28 local governments, schools and  businesses for alternative and clean energy projects, along with projects deploying technologies such as solar energy, hydropower, biomass and energy efficiency.

“We are supporting a more diverse and robust energy sector that protects our environment and uses our resources more efficiently,” said Gov. Corbett. “These grants will help organizations harness alternative and renewable energy to increase energy efficiency throughout Pennsylvania.”

The awarded PEDA grants will help pay for such projects as the installation of solar arrays, replacement of old heating units and street lights with more energy efficient models, and the use of biogas from wastewater systems for industrial power and heating needs.    

Those eligible to apply included non-profit corporations; Pennsylvania schools, colleges and universities; any Pennsylvania municipality, and public or private corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, associations and other legal business entities.

Funded activities must be conducted entirely in Pennsylvania and be in compliance with applicable laws.

PEDA is an independent public financing authority created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and the Emergency Powers Act. The authority’s mission is to finance clean, advanced energy projects in Pennsylvania.

Dairy Farmers of America, to increase the energy efficiency of their boiler used for process steam - $75,976

Alfred State: Farm hosts Alfred University women’s volleyball players for team-building event

The Alfred University women’s volleyball team visited the Alfred State Farm earlier this month for a team-building exercise.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, according to Tom Cannon, Alfred State professor in the Department of Agriculture and Veterinary Technology, the team spent the day mostly around the farm’s dairy cows.
“We ran out of time to visit the horses’ and alternative species’ barns,” Cannon said. “The team members learned how to tie knots to restrain cows, learned what feeds cows eat in a day, how much a cow eats in a day, watched the robot milk cows, and learned how unique the Alfred State organic dairy farm is on a national basis. We are one of only four colleges nationwide to have an organic dairy farm.”
AU student on college farm with cowThe team members, Cannon said, “also led cows, sorted and moved cows from the freestalls to the robot to be milked, learned the unique ways that calves suckle their milk, and milked cows in the conventional parlor. The Alfred University women’s volleyball team had a unique and educational afternoon at the Alfred State Farm.”
The volleyball squad’s team-building exercise resulted from a two-week large-animal-handling seminar the college Farm hosted in May for Alfred University pre-vet and biology majors. Cannon said Emily Rechin, a senior leader on the volleyball team, attended the seminar and that the two of them outlined the group’s team-building exercise afterward.
Rechin said the purpose of the event was to educate and bond with teammates.
“Some of the girls from New York City had never experienced farm life or being around large animals,” Rechin said, “so it was truly a great experience for them to complete an event well out of their comfort zone.”

Warsaw woman admits to criminal sex act involving child under age 4

The Wyoming County District Attorney says that  HEATHER CASTRECHINO, age 38, a resident of Warsaw, NY, pled guilty before the Honorable Michael M. Mohun to CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACT IN THE FIRST DEGREE, a Class “B” Felony.  Sentencing was adjourned to November 20, 2014 and Defendant remains held in the Wyoming County Jail without bail.  Under the terms of the plea agreement, Defendant will be sentenced to an agreed upon sentence of TWENTY-FIVE years in New York State Prison and TWENTY-FIVE years of Post Release Supervision when she is sentenced.  As part of her plea agreement, HEATHER CASTRECHINO admitted that she engaged in oral sexual conduct with a child under the age of four. 

HEATHER CASTRECHINO was charged by Warsaw Police Chief Peter Hoffmeister on October 7, 2014 with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child.  HEATHER CASTRECHINO was indicted by the Wyoming County Grand Jury on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.  

HEATHER CASTRECHINO was already a registered Level Three Sex Offender from a 2003 Livingston County Conviction for Rape in the Third Degree.  She had previously served Two to Four Years in New York State Prison for that conviction. 

          The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Vincent A. Hemming.  Adam Koch, Esq. represented the Defendant. 

          “Ms. Castrechino is now a two time convicted sex offender who will be kept far away from any child for the next 25 years.  Warsaw Police Chief Peter Hoffemeister did an outstanding job bringing us a solid case against this sexual predator,” said District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen.

DEC Announces Preliminary Findings Of Soil Tests At Corning-Painted Post High School And Nearby Neighborhood

Preliminary findings of the study being conducted at the Corning-Painted Post High School (CPPHS) and nearby properties confirm the presence of contaminants in fill, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.
DEC, the State Department of Health (DOH) and Corning Incorporated will hold an availability session and public meeting to discuss details of the preliminary investigation findings and to answer questions:
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, Radisson Hotel, 125 Denison Parkway East, Corning.
Availability session: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Public Meeting: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Characterization Study Preliminary Findings
Findings from soil borings completed to date confirm the presence of fill containing ash, brick and glass pieces at various portions of the Study Area, including Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning Christian Academy, Memorial Stadium, land in front of the City Firehouse, and the southeast and northwestern portions of the residential area. DEC conducted subsequent shallow soil evaluation activities at select properties within and nearby the Study Area, which also confirm the presence of this type of fill at additional locations. The evaluation is ongoing.
As part of the Study Area Characterization, Corning also recently completed the first round of surface soil sampling in residential yards. Corning will begin a second round of sampling in November. The final analytical results of the residential surface soil sampling are expected to be available in January 2015. DEC and DOH will hold additional availability sessions to provide property owners the opportunity to discuss individual property results.
An informational fact sheet about the preliminary findings is available at:
 Potential Exposure Pathways and Recommendations
The ongoing study has identified limited areas where there are potential exposure concerns. Potentially affected property owners in these limited areas are being notified. The analyses of soil samples collected at these locations show the presence of lead, cadmium or arsenic at concentrations above the State’s soil cleanup objectives (SCOs) for residential settings. DEC and DOH are currently evaluating what actions may be appropriate to address the contamination at these properties. 
Property owners should be aware 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 and DEC will continue to evaluate these areas and address these issues, as necessary, to reduce the potential for exposure. 
Final results of the surface samples collected from the residential yards are still pending. Based on these results, DEC and DOH will determine whether there are exposure concerns for residents in the remainder of the Study Area. 
In the meantime, 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;
  • Consider growing vegetables 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 your clothes and remove shoes and gloves before entering your home. You can find additional information about healthy gardening at:
For more information on exposure, visit the DOH website at:
Future Activities
Additional soil borings and groundwater monitoring wells are planned in November to better define the extent of fill containing ash, brick or glass and to assess groundwater quality. DEC is also continuing to evaluate the possible expansion of the Study Area into adjacent areas.
Upon completion of the study, DEC and DOH will evaluate the data to determine the next steps, including whether any additional cleanup measures or other remedial actions are necessary to protect public health and the environment. The results of the study and any recommended remedial actions will be communicated to property owners and the public.
Background on Study Area Characterization Study
Under a consent order with DEC, signed in June 2014, Corning Incorporated is performing an environmental study of fill soils that may be present on properties within the defined study area. The study began in July and additional characterization activities are planned through November.
The study area is located in the northeastern area of the City of Corning. It is 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 preliminary findings of the investigation work completed on the public properties (the schools, the park and City property) and a very limited number of the residential properties in the Study Area will be discussed.
Findings of elevated levels of lead and other contaminants in fill encountered during soil excavation undertaken as part of the high school expansion project in 2012 prompted the need for a study area characterization. Portions of the excavated fill were found to contain ash, brick and glass pieces that had hazardous levels of lead and cadmium. This fill required special handling and disposal. Other metals in the fill were found at elevated concentrations, but did not exceed levels considered to be hazardous waste. Additional characterization of this material will be undertaken.

Wellsville K-Mart not on current closure list

Sears Holdings Corp. is laying off at least 5,457 workers and closing over 100 Kmart, Sears and Sears Auto Center locations, many before Christmas. That's according to the financial web site The Wellsville location is not on the list nor is any Southern Tier location. The closest planned closure is Syracuse. There are eight planned closures of K-Mart and Sears stores in Pennsylvania. None of the closures impact the northern tier of Pennsylvania.
In brief statements to local media, Sears said the closures were part of an effort to "reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model."

Livingston County Drug Task Force makes two felony arrests

GENESEO: The Livingston County Drug Task Force reports the arrest of two Livingston County Residents for trafficking narcotics in Livingston County. 
Marcie L. Hernandez, age 27 of Avon, has been charged with criminal sale of marihuana 3rd degree (class E Felony) and criminal possession of marihuana 5th degree (class B misdemeanor). Hernandez was arraigned in Avon Village Court and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff.  She is being held in Livingston County Jail on $5,000 bail. The investigation continues with further charges pending.

Randy J. Rowe, age 32 of Conesus, was arrested on a superior court warrant for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (class B felony) 2 counts and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree (class B felony) 2 counts. Rowe was arraigned in Livingston County Court and remanded to the custody of the Sheriff.  He is being held in Livingston County Jail without bail.

Livingston County Sex Offender arrested for failing to update photo

GENESEO- Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty says his deputies arrested a Lakeville man on Failure to Register and to Verify as part of the New York State Sex Offender Registry.
Joseph Mosher, age 36 from Lakeville NY, was arrested for Failure to Register and to Verify.  As part of the New York State Sex Offender Registry, Mosher is mandated to come into the Livingston County Sheriff's Office every three years and have his photo updated as per section 168-F of New York State Corrections Law.  It is alleged that Mosher failed to comply with this mandate of the registry.
Mosher was arrested by Investigator Dan Rittenhouse and arraigned in Geneseo Town Court before Judge Houston.  Mosher was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff and is being held in the Livingston County Jail with no bail.

Steuben County Highway gears up for winter

BATH – Steuben County Public Works officials expect an interdepartmental transfer of more than $61,000 will enable the department to keep 564 miles of county roads passable during the remainder of the 2014 winter season.

The transfer moves funds from the department’s completed road projects budget to its snow removal account.

County Public Works Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti said Public Works road crews used 10,000 tons of salt to battle heavy snow accumulations during an unusually brutal winter during the winter months earlier this year.

That leaves roughly 3,600 tons of salt left for use in 2014, and the department could run short in the event of significant snow fall between now and the end of the year, he said.

The transfer of leftover 2014 road project funds to snow removal material will pay for an additional 1,900 tons of salt. However, the late-year purchase means the county will pay a higher price for salt, with the cost jumping from $37 per ton to $47 per ton, Spagnoletti said.

Steuben County Salt Expenses:

2011: 526 miles --21,200 tons at $35 per ton. (The last year the county primarily used salt)

2012: 527 miles -- 9,500 tons at $37 per ton. (County began to use more sand than salt)

2013: 564 miles -- 16,600 tons at $37 per ton.

2014: 564 miles -- 14,900 tons (total) at $37 per ton January-March; $47 per ton November-December.

Police receive railroad training


Members of the law enforcement community from Allegany and Cattaraugus counties joined officials of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad for a training session aimed at providing the officers with a greater understanding of the problems the railroad encounters with individuals trespassing on railroad property, theft of railroad materials, and motorist ignoring grade crossing warning devices. The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad and Railroad Police Tim Walsh of Wellsville opened the day with remarks on various issues faced by the railroad industry and WNYP, focusing on grade crossings, trespassing, vandalism and scrap theft. Opening remarks were then followed with a PowerPoint and a well-received video presentation on industry accident/injury statistics from Operation Lifesaver (

), and recent events
The participants took a twenty mile train ride rotating from the passenger cars to the locomotive giving them the experience of seeing what the engineer and conductor see first-hand as they approach grade crossings and observe subjects on the tracks and right of way.

      Railroad Chief Operating Officer Carl Belke remarked that this was a great opportunity for the railroad and the law enforcement community to come together to provide a safe working environment for our employees as well as the public in general. 

     The Allegany and Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Departments, City of Olean Police as well as the Town of Cuba Police and the Villages of Alfred, Belmont and Wellsville Police Departments participated in the training.
Operation Lifesaver supports state programs, developing videos, educational brochures, instructional information and other materials for audiences of all ages. State coordinators are located in all 50 states. Operation Lifesaver's network of authorized volunteer speakers and trained instructors offer free rail safety education programs in fifty states. They speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders. Their programs are co-sponsored by federal, state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations and America's railroads. Operation Lifesaver promotes the three E's - education, enforcement and engineering - to keep people safe around the tracks and railway crossings within our communities.
For more information on having an Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator speak about railroad safety, please contact 1-800-537-6224, 1-703-739-0308 or email
that have occurred on the WNYP. 




Grammy Award-winning music educator and all-male choir to join Alfred University Saxon Singers in concert

ALFRED, NY, October 2014 – The Saxon Singers, a new, all-male choir at Alfred University (AU), will take to the Miller stage along with two invited men’s choirs for a festival of men’s voices Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The program is open to the public free of charge.
Grammy Award-winning music educator Kent Knappenberger and The Westfield Ape-Men and AU alumnus Chaz Bruce’s group Exit Sign from Rochester will perform throughout the evening. The concert will include selections by each of the choirs and then three combined pieces. The program will feature an eclectic selection of music including folk, pop, musical theater, gospel, and contemporary classical.
Seventeen “Ape-Men” out of a larger 30-35-member ensemble from Westfield Academy and Central School will perform at Alfred. The group’s director, Knappenberger, “student taught” with Luanne Crosby, AU professor of voice and chorus and director of the Saxon Singers, in 1987 and replaced her at Westfield when she left in 1989 to pursue graduate studies. He was most recently selected as the inaugural recipient of the Grammy Music Educator Award.

 “Kent is one of the best and most unique musicians I know. When he student taught with me, the kids fell in love with him. I knew that if anyone could take the program at Westfield and continue to make it grow, it was Kent. I felt extremely confident and comfortable leaving a position I had held for nine years in his very capable hands,” said Crosby.

Ensembles from Westfield High School under Knappenberger’s direction have been featured at several NYSSMA Winter Conferences and the 2013 NAFME All-Eastern Conference. They have performed regularly in their home community as well as on a concert tour of northern California.
The Westfield Academy and Central School Men’s Ensemble, “Ape-Men” as they are commonly known, was begun in 1991 to help foster the young male identity as “musician/singer.”  The ensemble members are in grades nine-12 and annually number 30-35, which is approximately 30 percent of all young men in Westfield High School. They are currently preparing for their upcoming performance at the Rochester Convention Center as part of the NYSSMA Winter All-State Conference.

No young man is ever turned away from this group and within it there are individuals in all stages of vocal development from unchanged voices, new singers, emerging voices to students who will be preparing for college auditions.  The Ape-Men have become a well-respected organization in the Westfield school community.  Many of the young men in the group are also featured as instrumentalists in their performances.
One quarter of the Westfield Academy and Central School population is currently enrolled in elective general music classes and approximately 40 percent are involved in choir and band.

Long-time Alfred University professor to reflect on quarter century as emergency service volunteer

ALFRED, NY, October 2014 - On Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Nancy Furlong, professor of psychology at Alfred University (AU) will reflect on nearly 25 years as an EMT (emergency medical technician) in the A. E. Crandall Hook & Ladder Co. Her talk will touch on the humor of EMS service and focus on the important work that she and other volunteers do in the community.
This event is free and open to the public. Parking near the 4 S. Main St. fire hall will be available on West University Street, the Main Street business block, and in the parking lot beside the Mike Kenyon Children’s Park. The program will be followed by a social hour and tours of the fire company and ambulance apparatus.
Furlong has a long record of serving her community through volunteer emergency services.  She joined the volunteer fire company in 1988, completing training for both firefighting and EMT work. First certified as an EMT in 1990, she now serves the community at the level of Critical Care, Advanced Life Support. In the fire company, she served as chief - one of the first female chiefs in the nation - from 1993-2000 and since 2005 has served as first assistant chief.

Furlong has made Alfred her home since 1983. She earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, a master of arts degree in developmental psychology from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Furlong teaches in the Psychology and Communications Studies departments at AU. She is a member of four different national honor societies as well as several professional organizations including the American Psychological Society, the Jean Piaget Society, and the Society for Research in Child Development.

Obituary: Clarence W. Cooper, 93, New Hudson

Clarence W. Cooper, 93, of 7893 Tibbetts Hill Rd, Town of New Hudson, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Absolut at Houghton after a lengthy illness.
 Born on September 23, 1921, in Dunkirk, NY he was a son of Winfield and Verna Hotchkiss Cooper. On June 16, 1952, in Rochester, NY he married the former Elizabeth Wyffels his wife of 62 years who predeceased him on June 27, 2014.

 Clarence served in the United States Army from Nov. 10, 1942 until Dec 7, 1945. He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Victory Medal, and American Campaign Medal for his service.
He was a machine operator for Kodak in Rochester for many years retiring in 1979.

When he was younger he was an avid bowler and golfer. He also enjoyed watching all sporting events of television.
Surviving are his children, Kenneth Cooper of Naples, and Sandra (Rick) Fox of Salem, West Virginia; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Marge Rahn, and Marian Reish both of Spencerport; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife he was predeceased by his brothers Leonard, Gordon, Raymond, Melvin, and Kenneth; and sisters Edith Lindensmuth and Madeline Cooper whom died in infancy.
Private Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Black Creek Cemetery, Town of New Hudson.
 Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.

Obituary: Madeline J. Rosegart, 59, Friendship

Madeline J. Rosengart, 59, of 11 Elmwood Avenue, Friendship, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born on July 23, 1955, in Queens, NY she was a daughter of William and Gloria Gilliland King. On July 6, 1975 in Selden, NY she married Lawrence Rosengart who survives.
Mrs. Rosengart was a graduate of Newfield High School in Selden, New York and later graduated from BOCES in Belmont New York as a licensed practical nurse.
Working as a LPN for over twenty years, she was last employed as a home based visiting nurse for Accord Corporation before retiring due to illness.

She was a member of the Friendship American Legion Post 1168 Auxiliary and enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, suduko, gardening and spending time with family.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Wesley (Rachel) Rosengart of Ballston Spa, NY; three daughters, Jacqueline (Marc) Balfour of Manhattan, Jennifer (Michael) Kelly of Troy, and Annette Lerro of Friendship; three granchildren, Madeline Lerro and Caleb and Olivia Kelly; a brother, William King of Selden, NY; two sisters, Gloria Jean Smith of Culpeper, VA, and April (Frank) Burke of Canandaigua, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a sister Jacqueline Murray.
Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from Noon until 4:00 P.M. at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Jonathan D. Ward, pastor of North Park Wesleyan Church will officiate.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.


Wellsville Parking Notice


Wellsville Police Activity

Date: Wednesday October 22, 2014

02:21 hours

Wellsville Police arrested Steven A. Southwick Jr, age 34 of Weidman, MI, charging him with DWI, Refusal to submit to a Breath Test and No/Inadequate Lights.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on N. Broad Street in the Village.  Southwick was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor and committed to the Allegany County Jail on $1,000.00 bail.  Southwick is due back in Wellsville Village Court on October 28th at 4:30 pm.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deputies say Wyoming Couinty man violated protection order

Wyoming County man facing child porn charges

Livingston County school aide arrested for giving booze to kids

YORK- Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty says his deputies have arrested Amber L. Burdick, 25 of York.
Deputy Rebecca Kane, the York Central School Resource Officer was supplied information regarding Amber Burdick possibly supplying alcohol to underage kids and allowing them to consume the alcohol at her home in Piffard.
Following an investigation conducted by Deputy Kane, it was found that Burdick, a study hall monitor at York Central School, had in fact supplied alcohol and a place to drink for several underage children, as well as students who currently attend York School. 

It was also discovered that while the investigation was taking place, Burdick did contact witnesses and pleaded with them to keep what was going on a secret if approached by the Sheriff's Office. 
Burdick was arrested by Deputy Kane and charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Tampering with a Witness.  Burdick was arraigned in front of York Town Justice Walt Purtell and ultimately released on her own recognizance.

Burdick will return to York Town Court at a later date to answer the charges.  

Alfred State: Architecture and Design Department educators and students take a bite out of The Big Apple

Three Alfred State professors in the Architecture and Design Department recently took some of their students on an educational one-day field trip to New York City, where they toured a number of sites such as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
The group consisted of Professor Rex Simpson and his 16 fourth-year architectural technology students in the Urban Design Studio, Associate Professor Alex Bitterman and his 15 interior design students, and Professor Richard Carlo and his 15 sophomore Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) students in Design Studio 1. They departed for Manhattan on Sept. 15 and returned to Alfred in the early-morning hours of Sept. 16.
architecture students on an educational one-day field trip to New York CitySimpson organized the trip because his students are participating in the Vision 42 Design Competition, which encourages architects, planners, and urban designers from around the world to develop creative proposals for remaking New York City’s traffic-clogged 42nd Street into a world-class pedestrian environment and public space.
“My students spent four hours photographing, measuring, and studying 42nd Street,” Simpson said. “They took 1,000 photos and then we went down to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, had dinner downtown, and then worked our way back up to 42nd Street.”
According to Simpson, his students have been working on their project for the last four weeks and a group submission is due Oct. 1. Simpson said the majority of his students are from small towns in western New York and do not have a perspective on true urban life and the issues associated with it.
“The trip exposed the students to one of the most densely populated cities in the world and engaged the students in the competition,” Simpson said.
Simpson had sought others to accompany him and his students on the trip, so Carlo and Bitterman elected to go along with their pupils. Carlo said he and his students visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Times Square, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which included Memorial Park, the Freedom Tower, and the World Trade Center transportation hub.
One of Carlo’s students, Shirleejae Illsley, a BArch major, from Whitney Point, NY, said prior to going to New York City, she had done a research project on Daniel Libeskind, who won the competition to be the master architect of the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site.
“I thought I got the maximum education through researching all of his work, knowing his style and his career and the purpose of his master plan to redevelop the World Trade Center Memorial and then being able to visit the site and see the work first-hand,” she said.
Bitterman said he and his students also visited the MoMA, the High Line, Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library, and Times Square, covering six miles in 12 hours.
Carlo said the trip to New York City is part of a department initiative to “get the students out” of Alfred to places such as Philadelphia, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Rochester, where they can view impressive and noteworthy work by masterful designers and architects. The trips, Bitterman summarized, promote active and engaged learning.
“Our students, from ocean to lake in New York State, are out exploring the work of the masters that is in our backyard and at our back door,” Bitterman said. “Rather than just sitting in a classroom and learning about something, they’re actually standing in it and experiencing it.”

Dansville man arrested on two warrants

AVON: Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty says that deputies have arrested Albert D. Mee age 41, from Dansville, NY on two warrants. 
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division received information that a warrant suspect named Albert D. Mee was arriving at a local Greyhound Bus station located off Cumberland St. in the City of Rochester.
Mee was wanted for a Violation of Probation and numerous traffic violations out of the Town of Avon.  Sheriff’s Investigators worked in conjunction with the City of Rochester Police Department and arrested Mee at the bus station where he was taken into custody and then arraigned in the Town of Avon on the traffic charges.   Mee was later also arraigned in Livingston County Court on the violation of probation warrant.   
Mee was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff and is being held in the Livingston County Jail. 

Livingston County: Deputies say daughter stole $110K from mother

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports that after an investigation conducted by the Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office and Adult Protectives a Town of York resident was arrested for felony Grand Larceny 2nd. Diana R. DeAnthony was arrested after she was suspected of transferring 100,000.00 dollars from her mothers bank account to her mortgage account. Ms. DeAnthony was arraigned in York Town Court where she was released on her own recognizes and set to return to court at a later date and time. Investigation was handled by Investigator Gene Chichester.

Wellsville radio station WZKZ to have new owner-future unclear

Sound Communications acquired WZKZ Radio 101.9FM  "KZ102" (Alfred/Wellsville) from the in-receivership Pembrook Pines (Robert Pfuntner).
The Class A signal covers the area in-between Olean and Elmira. Sound Communications already has stations in Olean, Elmira and Hornell and owns a translator in Wellsville that rebroadcasts “Kickin Country 105.3” from Hornell. Richard Foreman who is the receivership operator of the Pembrook Pines station initiated and brokered the transaction. Currently, KZ102 shares office space with WQRW "93 The Q" on Railroad Avenue in Wellsville. Pfuntner still retains ownership of WQRW. He was not available for comment this morning.

Sound Communications Acquires Olean/Salamanca NY Stations

Deal with Pembrook Pines, Inc. Closed

In a deal closed recently, Sound Communications, LLC has acquired the Olean & Salamanca, NY holdings from Pembrook Pines, Inc. for an undisclosed price.
The 4 stations involved are:
WOEN (AM) — Olean
WMXO (FM) — Olean
WGGO (AM) — Salamanca
WQRS (FM) - Salamanca
Sound Communications currently owns FM radio stations WENY in Elmira; WENI Big Flats; WGMM in Coming and WKPQ in Hornell, NY, as well as AM radio stations WENY and WENI in the Elmira Market. It's Managing Member and CEO is Bettina Finn.
The seller was Richard A. Foreman, Receiver for Pembrook Pines who was exclusive broker for the transaction.