Sunday, October 4, 2015

Area fire crews training Sunday in Allentown

To communities members in and near Allentown...On Sunday, October 4th, the Allentown Fire Department will be conducting a "live burn" on Main Street Allentown. The road will be closed down... between White Hill Road #1 and Church Street. Traffic will be diverted by use of Church Street to Allen Street to White Hill Rd#1. All tractor trailers and larger vehicles will be permitted to stay on Main Street.

Obituary: Patricia E. McGranaghan, 79, Bolivar

BOLIVAR - Patricia E. McGranaghan, of Davis Street, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Thursday (Oct. 1, 2015) at her daughter's home, where she has resided the past few years after a long illness.
Born Aug. 2, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Dorothy Rafferty Brennan. On May 21, 1983, in Hinsdale, she married Hugh McGranaghan, who passed away Dec. 30, 2001.
She was a graduate of Olean High School. Patricia was a member of St. Helen's Church in Hinsdale, and currently she was a member of St. Mary of the Angels and Hinsdale American Legion Auxiliary.
She was employed at St. Bonaventure University until her retirement. Pat enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Surviving are two daughters, Allie (James) Hartley of Fishers, Ind., and Chauncey (Bob Mallery) Crowley of Bolivar; two grandsons, Steven (Torrie Work) Crowley of Bolivar and Todd Hartley of Indiana; a granddaughter, Kristian Scolnik of Indiana; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Michael (Bonnie) Brennan of Florida and Steven Brennan of Olean; a sister, Maureen Brennan of Olean; a sister-in-law, Sarah Vallely; three stepdaughters, Nancy (Jack) Taylor, Laura (Richard) Mansour and Carol (Jack) Babb; five stepsons, Hugh "Shane" (Colleen) McGranaghan, Edmond B. McGranaghan, Daniel (Colleen) McGranaghan, Gene (Vivian) McGranaghan and Timothy McGranaghan; and many grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother-in-law, John Copella; and a grandson, Matthew Hartley.

Family will receive friends at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, on Monday (Oct. 5, 2015) from 2 to 5 p.m., at which time funeral and committal services will be held in the funeral home. Pastor Bruce Taylor will officiate. Burial will be in the Veterans Circle Mount View Cemetery, Olean. 

Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Cattaraugus County, P.O. Box 175, Olean; or to the St. Jude's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38148-0142

Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Items of interest" discovered Saturday in Steuben County murder investigation

SP Amity - One car fatal accident in the Town of Independence **UPDATE**

New York State Police in Amity investigated a one car fatal accident on Fulmer Valley Road that occurred on October 3, 2015 at 1:50 a.m.  The vehicle struck a deer and exited the north side of the roadway.  The vehicle continued down an embankment before striking large rocks and coming to rest partially in a creek bed. The male operator, Dylon R. Mitchell, 19 of Independence, was pronounced dead at the scene and the female passenger Kami B. White, 17 of Wellsville, was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with serious injuries but is in stable condition.
Cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Alfred-Almond School Board work session Oct. 6, 2015

Alfred-Almond Central School
WORK SESSION - BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING – October 6, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.
A. Independent Audit Presentation – Danna Reynolds, BWBCPA (10/14/15)
B. Business – Kelly Valentine (10/14/15)
A. Approval of minutes from 9/10/15 and 9/16/15;
B. Financial Reports;
C. Approval of Change Order # E-006 from Blackmon and Farrell, for the 2013 Phase III Capital Project;
D. Natural Gas Contract with Vineyard Oil and Gas Co.;
E. Approval to increase the 2015-2016 budget with Erie 1 BOCES Technology Services in the amount of $125.00 in service code 650.870.12 for a printer repair coupon;
F. Approval of the Standard Work Day resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alfred-Almond Central School District / 70205 hereby establishes the following standard work days for these titles and will report the officials to the New York State and Local Retirement System based on time keeping system records or their record of activities: See attached
G. Approval of the following Substitute Teachers – Samantha Jauregui, only to sub in Lisa Woughter’s class, Daniel Totten, Susan Gorman, Jamie Kellog, Janet McClain, Kimberly Marcus and Shannon Dodson;
H. Approval to dispose of various surplus equipment - TV’s, VCR’s, computers.
A. 2015-16 BOE Goals
A. Chicken BBQ helpers
Students: Dathan Davis, Michelle Feenaughty, Harry Robshaw, Brooke Jefferds, Kyle White, Julia Price, Mathew Mayes, Logan Brown, Yisela Booman-Amico, Emily Cline and David Sieczkarski
Parents and Staff: Teresa McMahon, Christel Rodd, Mr. and Mrs. Wildrick-Cole, Bonnie Booman, Audra Briglin, Heather Wakeley and Sue Bain-Lucey
Brownie Helpers:
Terri Drake, Jenn Shultze, LuAnne Crosby, Julie Ormsby and Enkes
B. All the Faculty and Staff on an outstanding Open House
A. Claims Audit Report for September
B. Transportation Report for September
C. Health Report for September
D. School Board Recognition Week – October 26 – October 30, 2015
A. CSE/CPSE Recommendations
B. Modified Wrestling Coach
C. AATA Negotiations

Bolivar-Richburg School Board to meet Oct. 6, 2015-Board member, Superintendent resign

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
7:00 PM – Regular Meeting – Cafeteria Annex – Bolivar Building
I. Call to Order
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. President’s Report
IV. Superintendent’s Report
V. Public Participation
VI. Report: Auditor Presentation
Jennifer Pangborn Presentation
VII. Minutes of the September 15, 2015 Board of Education Meeting
A. Consent Agenda
1. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve the following CSE recommendations for the following students #10615, 5689, 2019, 40031, 10726, 10517, 60053, 60011, 10516, 10113, 10597, 10613, 10230, 5579, and 10091.
2. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve the following people as mentors for the 2015-2016 school year in accordance with the terms of the Bolivar-Richburg Central School District Mentoring Program:
Elizabeth Glover & Carol McClellan
B. Items for Board Action
3. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to accept the attached contract from Clark Patterson Lee Architects for the 2015 Capital Improvements Project.
4. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to add the following people to the substitute list:
Kristen McDonald (pending background check) – substitute cleaner
Erica Babbitt – substitute teacher
Terri Kirnan – substitute transportation monitor
Lynn Pinney – substitute transportation monitor
Linda Perrin – substitute transportation monitor
5. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve the following people as volunteers at the elementary and/or Pre-K buildings for the 2015-2016 school year:
Linda Harmon, Katrina Pratt, JoEllen Sisson, Raeanne Curtis, Cheyanne Amidon, Ixa Morales, Emily Lowry
6. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to accept a letter of resignation from David Herne, Board of Education Member, effective September 25, 2015.
7. A motion is needed to accept a letter of resignation from John Marshall, Superintendent, effective November 21, 2015.
8. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to declare the following as surplus: A00007094 Acetylene Welder Cart
C. New Business
D. Items of Information
1. Warrant Summary
E. Adjournment

Whatever happened to Judge Ito from the O.J. trial?

By Elizabeth Chuck, NBC news
Twenty years ago, 150 million people turned on their TVs, waiting for the moment for which the nation had anticipated for months — the verdict in the double murder case against former football pro O.J. Simpson.
The televised trial catapulted many in that courtroom to national fame, including the man who presided over the shocking Oct. 3, 1995, acquittal: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito.
In the two decades since, Ito's signature facial hair has turned gray, and the name plate outside of his courtroom has been stolen more times than he can count by thieves who want a piece of history.
Ito, now 65, presided over some 500 trials since Simpson's, and only just put away his gavel for the final time earlier this year. More here...

Friday Night Section V Football Oct.2, 2015

Brockport 13 Brighton 7  
Fairport 69 Churchville 28  
Victor 21 Rush Henrietta 7  
Aquinas 28 Bishop Timon 6  
Batavia 50 Penn Yan Academy 20  
Gates Chili 47 Edison Tech 32  
Hilton 30 McQuaid 0  
Honeoye Falls Lima 46 Leadership Academy 6 N
Bishop Kearney 30 Notre Dame/Batavia 15  
Pittsford 41 Orchard Park 28  
East 14 Webster Schroeder 8  
Irondequoit 13 Wilson 12  
Newark 21 Wayne Central 7
Clyde Savannah 35 Midlakes 12
Pembroke 27 Holley Central 12
Alexander 46 Oakfield-Alabama 12
Livonia 45 Dansville 0
Hornell 14 LeRoy 7 in OT
Wayland-Cohocton 34 Wellsville 6
Avon 27 Caledonia-Mumford 0
Cuba-Rushford 63 Canisteo-Greenwood 12
Geneseo 20 Bolivar-Richburg 14
York/Pavilion 20 Perry 12

Potter County: Energy company says no new water contamination ID'd after drilling incident

WEXFORD, Pa. (Oct. 2) – JKLM Energy, LLC issued the following update to the public regarding the company’s continuing response to the release of drilling chemicals at its Sweden Township, Potter County wellpad. These updates and related information are available at a project-specific website:

The chart above indicates the total number of water samples (water wells, springs and surface water sources) analyzed to date (112), and those found with the presence of methylene blue activated substances (MBAS), isopropanol (IPA) and acetone, a constituent that is expected to be found as isopropanol breaks down in the environment. A total of five samples have been returned with levels of MBAS above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s non-health based secondary standard of 0.5 parts per million (ppm).

As cited previously, a single sample was found at Pennsylvania’s Act 2 standard for isopropanol (15 ppm) for residential aquifer use, and no samples above the state standard of 33 ppm for acetone have been identified. A total of eight sources have been found with traces of MBAS, defined as above the laboratory detection limit, but below the USEPA secondary standard, while 10 sources have had similar traces for acetone, all well below the drinking water standard. The acetone results are to be expected, given the fact that the isopropanol continues to degrade over time. JKLM has noted in earlier updates that MBAS are analyzed to determine the general presence of soap-like constituents contained in the surfactant that was placed in the wellbore. 2200 Georgetowne Drive | Suite 500 Sewickley, PA 15143 P 724-935-2426

JKLM is continuing to work closely with local officials as well as the DEP to limit the release’s impact to the community and restore the local water aquifer to pre-drilling quality. Local residents with questions or who notice a change in their water quality may contact Dean Boorum, JKLM's community liaison, at (814) 598-3960.

The JKLM Community Outreach office is open at 200 N. West St. in Coudersport and will be staffed from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The public is invited to visit the office to talk with project managers, and view maps and related information about the company’s response efforts.

JKLM remains committed to its partnership with local residents, as well as to open lines of communication with local and state officials and affected property owners.

Unless circumstances change, given the positive trend exhibited by the test results to date, JKLM’s next press release will be issued Monday, October 5th.

State police in Geneseo investigate fatal accident in Lima

On October 2, 2015, at approximately 10:09 p.m., the State Police in Geneseo responded to a 2 car fatal accident on St-Rte 5&20 in the Town of Lima.
Amy Patterson, age 44, from Lima, NY was operating a vehicle eastbound on St-Rte 5&20, when she moved into the westbound lane and struck a vehicle operated by Wayne Frisbie, age 66, also from Lima.  Mr. Frisbie's wife, Jeannine Frisbie, age 60, was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Mr. Frisbie and Ms. Patterson where both transported to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Allegany County: Man dies in Saturday crash in Independence - UPDATED AGAIN

State police say a man died early Saturday in a one vehicle crash on Fulmer Valley Road in the town of Independence. A second person was flown from the scene. State Police Public Information Officer James O'Callaghan told RNN the victim was a male, but the name is being withheld until all family has been notified. Trooper O'Callaghan said the crash was not alcohol or drug related. A second patient, a woman, was flown by Mercy Flight from near the scene to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. Police expect to issue additional information later this morning. State police, Whitesville fire and Independence ambulance remained at the scene for four hours this morning. At the initial scene, MTS 700 and Wellsville Ambulance assisted.

Statement from State Police:
New York State Police in Amity investigated a one car fatal accident on Fulmer Valley Road that occurred on October 3, 2015 at 1:50 a.m.  The vehicle struck a deer and exited the north side of the roadway.  The vehicle continued down an embankment before striking large rocks and coming to rest partially in a creek bed. The male operator, Dylon R. Mitchell, 19 of Independence, was pronounced dead at the scene and the female passenger Kami B. White, 17 of Wellsville was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with serious injuries but is in stable condition.

Cause of the accident is still under investigation.

State Police Blotter

10/2/15 3:15pm- During a traffic stop on East State Street in the town of Wellsville, state police arrested Eric G. Vantreese, 41, of Andover. He was charged with felony DWI and felony aggravated unlicensed operation as well as lesser traffic counts. He was detained for court action.
10/2/15 9:59am- State police investigated a one vehicle accident on state route 417 in Andover. Troopers listed the driver as Jeffrey S. Ormsby, 43, of Wellsville. He was not hurt.
10/2/15 4:49pm- State police investigated a two vehicle collision at the intersection of state route 417 and county road 22 in Andover. Troopers said the drivers were identified as Colton J. Perry, 18, of Andover and James R. Davis, 33, of Wellsville. No injuries were reported.
10/3/15 3:28am- State police investigated a property damage accident on county road 20 in friendship. The driver, Todd J. Morehouse, 41, of Rushford, was not injured.
10/3/15 4:45am- State troopers investigated a one vehicle property damage accident on county road 15 in Granger. The driver, Isaac Hewes Feulmer, 20, of Hunt, was not hurt.
10/2/15 7:09am- Police investigated a one vehicle accident on Rawson Road in New Hudson. Troopers listed the driver as Chad W. Porterfield, 40, of Cuba. He was not injured.
10/3/15 2:51am- State police investigated a one vehicle crash on Bush Hill Road in Canisteo. As a result, police arrested Robert L. Lorentz, 55, of Rochester. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Second arrest made in Steuben County murder

Friday, October 2, 2015

Alfred: Hinkle Memorial Library hosting fundraising campaign to renovate gallery space

In conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration, the Alfred State Hinkle Memorial Library is currently holding a campaign called 50 Years-50 Donors-50 Dollars to raise funds to refurbish its gallery exhibit space.
Specifically, funds raised through the 50-50-50 campaign will be used for new wall coverings in the exhibit space, additional display furniture, and a new gallery hanging system. The campaign’s goal is $2,500.
During the academic year, the gallery is host to displays of work by students, faculty and staff, community members and regional artists, and an occasional traveling show. The September exhibit featured photographic highlights of the Hinkle Library’s first 50 years. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the library hosted an informal reception and provided a complimentary breakfast on Sept. 12 during Homecoming/Family Weekend.
Coming in October is the sculptural work of Jason Burns of Alfred, who graduated from Alfred State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in digital media and animation. In November, the gallery will feature the paintings of Judie Mader, of Smethport, PA.
To see this academic year’s full gallery schedule, visit the library Web page and click on the gallery tab. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email, or call 607- 587-4313.
To donate to the 50-50-50 campaign, contact Institutional Advancement at or 607-587-3930.

Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. welcomes new board member

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State, has welcomed a new board member, Jim Knapp, of Wellsville.
Knapp, senior vice president and assistant branch administrator at Steuben Trust Company in Wellsville, was a member of the Wellsville Lions Club for 20 years. He is currently the exalted ruler at the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Wellsville Lodge #1495; former president of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce; founder of the Wellsville Main Street Music Festival; executive vice president of the Greater Wellsville Balloon Rally Committee; and a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Allegany County chapter.
Knapp and his wife, Laura, are the parents of three children, Jacob, Julia, and Jaelyn.

McDonald's all-day breakfast coming October 6

CNN Money
After months of experimenting with all-day breakfast in several markets, McDonald's will make it available nationwide starting October 6.
McDonald's is making a host of changes
in a bid to turn around slumping sales. Now comes breakfast all the time. Customers will be offered a selection of muffin or biscuit sandwiches, depending on the location of the restaurant. The menu also includes hotcake platters and sausage burritos.
McDonald's has been testing all-day breakfast since March and told franchisees to prepare for an October launch. In July, a McDonald's spokesperson said all-day breakfast "is likely the number one request" from customers. Read more HERE...

Obituary: Carol W. Davison, 90, Belmont

BELMONT - Carol W. Davison, 90, of 5442 St. Rt. 19N went to be with her Lord on Wednesday (Sept. 30, 2015) in Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a long illness. She was born in Wellsville on Sept. 30, 1925, the daughter of Charles and Eva Cornwell Pressler.On Aug. 15, 1944, in Wellsville, she was married to Clinton J. Davison, who predeceased her on Oct. 8, 1991.From 1972 until her retirement in 1988, she operated Davisons Abstract Co. in Belmont.She was an active member of the Riverside Assembly of God Church in Wellsville and was a longtime member of the Creative Writers Association of Wellsville. She enjoyed her family and time spent writing and music.She is survived by a son, Robert (Martha) Davison of Oneca, Fla.; sister, Shirley Hosmer of Scio, N.Y.; grandsons, Matthew Seeley of Wellsville, and Christopher (Kim) Post of West Seneca, N.Y.; granddaughters, Joanne (John) Gant of Belmont, Carol (James) Meyers of Silver Creek, N.Y., and Alice Geer of Silver Creek, N.Y.; 37 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren; also four other grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her caregivers, Jamie Deming, Dixie Scott, Brandy Whitaker, Crystal Hogan, Lynn Bentley and Marie Coen.Friends may call on Monday (Oct. 5, 2015) at the Riverside Assembly of God Church in Wellsville from 2 until 4 p.m., at which time the services will be held with Pastor John Francisco officiating. Burial will be at the family's convenience in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Allegany County Office for the Aging or to the Riverside Assembly of God Church.Arrangements are under the direction of the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home of Wellsville.

Obituary: Laura Hovey, 85, Rexville

Rexville, NY - Laura Hovey, 85, of 1337 McDonald Road passed away at home on Monday, September 28, 2015 with her family at her side. She was born August 21, 1930 in Franklin, NJ the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Pierson) Morgan. On August 26, 1949 in Franklin, NJ she married Elmer L. Hovey who predeceased her on February 10, 2003.
Laura was an accomplished seamstress and cook, who enjoyed gardening, canning and having friends and family stop to visit. She was formerly employed at Morley Shirt Company in Franklin, NJ, Plastoid Cable Company of Hamburg, NJ and for the Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, NJ. Most of all, she was a loving wife and mother.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Patricia Hovey of Dingmans Ferry, PA, a daughter and son-in-law, Linda Spear and William Gullone of Rexville, eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren, a sister, Florence VanSkiver of Newton, NJ, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband, by six sisters, Milly, Nora, Margaret, Elizabeth, Josephine and Anne, and by two brothers, Donald and Jackson.
A private family celebration of Laura’s life will be planned for a later date. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the West Union Volunteer Fire Department or Ambulance Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit

Wyoming County Sheriff warns of phone scam

Friday morning, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office took a complaint from a Strykersville resident. The complainant stated she received a call from a phone number that came up on her caller ID as the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office. The complainant stated, the person on the phone gave a name and badge number (which were fictitious) and wanted her to call the IRS. The fake officer threatened to arrest her if she did not call the IRS. The complainant thought the call was suspicious and called the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office herself.

If you receive a call like this please DO NOT give the caller any information or call any number they provide you. Please call the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office directly at 585-786-2255.

EPA Finalizes Changes to Cleanup Plan at Olean Well Field Site- AVX Property

(New York, N.Y. – Oct. 2, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its changes to a cleanup plan originally issued in 1996 to address soil and groundwater at the AVX property at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site in Cattaraugus County, Olean, NY. Soil and groundwater at the AVX property located at 1695 Seneca Avenue are contaminated with volatile organic compounds, which are often found in paint, solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaners, disinfectants, automotive products and dry cleaning fluids. The modified plan calls for building a groundwater collection trench and continuously pumping the AVX production well to contain the groundwater contamination and using existing barriers such as the building and pavement to contain the soil contamination.

The EPA held a public meeting in Olean, N.Y. on June 23, 2015 to explain its decision. The EPA accepted public comments for 30 days and considered public input before finalizing the plan.

The Olean Well Field is a 1.5 square-mile area located in Cattaraugus County that contains 53 wells, homes, and facilities with manufacturing operations. The Allegheny River and two of its tributaries, the Olean and Haskell Creeks, flow through the site. Previous industrial operations at the AVX property contaminated the soil and groundwater with volatile organic compounds. The site was added to the Superfund list in 1983. The AVX property currently houses an active industrial facility where electronic components are manufactured by AVX Corporation.

Olean city officials discovered volatile organic compounds at the site in 1981 and later installed treatment units for drinking water on private wells. EPA also installed treatment systems on public wells to reduce the contamination to levels that protect human health. Contaminated soil was removed from certain properties within the site. The city water lines were extended from the Town of Olean to connect to approximately 93 homes which were previously served by private wells. Water mains were also extended to provide safe fire hydrants for the community. Five thousand feet of sewer lines were replaced or cleaned. An industrial sewer at the former McGraw-Edison property was inspected, and necessary repairs and replacements were made.

An EPA study identified four properties as sources of contamination. These properties are Alcas (currently owned and operated by Cutco Corporation), McGraw Edison (currently owned and operated by Cooper Power Systems, LLC), the former Loohn’s Dry Cleaners and Launderers property (currently a vacant lot), and the AVX property.

Under the 1996 cleanup plan, a groundwater treatment system was installed at the McGraw-Edison property, and about 10,000 tons of contaminated soil were removed from the Loohn’s property where a dry cleaning building was also demolished. Extensive additional contamination was discovered at both the Alcas and AVX properties after the 1996 cleanup plan. At AVX, approximately 5,000 tons of contaminated soils were removed before the cleanup was halted. Additional studies were then undertaken at each property. In 2014, as part of a distinct phase of work, EPA selected a cleanup plan for the Alcas property that provides for cleanup of the soil and groundwater.

The changes finalized this week address the AVX property which occupies 18.5 acres and includes a building and parking areas, as well as wetlands and a wooded area to the south of the building.
The EPA changed its cleanup plan for the AVX property because extensive contamination beneath the property was not known at the time of the original cleanup plan. Since additional excavation of contaminated soil would result in significant disruption to and shutdown of the on-going manufacturing operations at the AVX property, EPA has decided to contain the contamination in the soil by preventing it from further contaminating the groundwater until the use of the building changes such that excavation or treatment of soil becomes a viable option.

In addition to measures to make sure contamination doesn’t spread from the AVX property, specifically building a trench, continuously pumping the AVX production well, and utilizing the existing building and pavement as barriers, the EPA will prevent activities that could disturb the site and ensure that use of the property protects people’s health.

The Superfund program operates on the principle that polluters should pay for the cleanups, rather than passing the costs to taxpayers. AVX Corporation, which is responsible for the AVX property, performed the initial cleanup and additional studies under an agreement with EPA and EPA expects it will enter into an agreement with AVX, or otherwise require it, to perform the work being planned.

To learn more about the Olean site, please visit:

The record of decision will be available at:

Obituary: Leo C. Moyer, 88, Shinglehouse

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Leo C. Moyer, 88, of Bells Run Road, Shinglehouse, passed away at home with his loving family by his side on Thursday, October 1, 2015, after a long illness.
     Born on July 14, 1927 in Sugar Grove, he was a son of Lewis Moyer and Marion M. Ellison Moyer Edwards.  He married Leslie Stannard who predeceased him.  In 1964 he married Carol E. Brooks, who passed away on August 9, 2015.  
     He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School. Mr. Moyer proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard.  He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Electronics in 1968.
     He had been employed at Dresser Clark in Olean, NY, and retired from Dresser Rand, Olean.
     Leo and his wife, Carol, visited all of the lower 48 states.  He enjoyed hunting, walking and tinkering in his garage.  He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan.  In his earlier years he was a member of the former Shinglehouse Bowling Association, having been the 1957-1958 Doubles Champion.
     Surviving are four sons, Robert M. Moyer of Olean, Karl E. (Karen) Moyer of Garrison, Texas, Dale A. (Royann) Moyer of Shinglehouse, and Scott M. Moyer of Emporium; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a brother, Gerald Edwards of West Sacramento, California; a sister, Margaret Peters of New York State; and several nieces and nephews.
     In addition to his parents and wives, Leo was predeceased by a son, James Moyer; a daughter, Linda Gunsolus; a sister, Ella Varney; and a brother, George Moyer.
     Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA, where funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2015 with the Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.  Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.
     Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Sunday.

Cuba VFD gears up for fire prevention week

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, Monday, October 4 through Saturday, October 10, 2015, Cuba Fire Department, New Hudson Fire Department, and Rushford Fire Department will be conducting demonstrations at Cuba-Rushford Elementary School Friday, October 9, 2015. CFD encourages parents, caregivers, educators, and community members to always promote fire safety practices and to maintain fire safety awareness all year long—not just during Fire Prevention Week.
Are you interested in having ...a demonstration for your organization? Any CFD member would be happy to assist you with arranging a fire prevention demonstration.
Join Sparky the Fire Dog in fire prevention education! Teachers and parents may visit both and for information on free e-books, fire safety apps, e-cards, music videos, and interactive math and phonics games and activities that promote fire safety. Activities are available for ages pre-k through fifth grade. Also, sign up for the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA’s) public education newsletter “Safety Source” which provides the latest information on activities, fire statistics, trends, education tips, and more.
CFD wishes you and your family a safe and happy Fire Prevention Week

Angelica: Coming up at Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe

22 West Main Street, Angelica

Music is an integral part of every Friday and Saturday evening at Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Cafe.  The atmosphere is unlike a traditional concert or club... it’s more like a house concert where musicians and guests share an intimate, casual space to make music, laughter and conversation. On any given night you might hear Irish fiddle music, Delta blues, a capella harmony, piano-bar show tunes, slide guitar, rock-a-billy, straight-up country, World music, Appalachian folk, fingerstyle guitar or Cajun swing. Our musicians will put an exclamation point on your evening! 

Friday Oct 9, 2015:    Miché Fambro           Jazz-Swing Crooner, Pop, Master Guitarist   6:30 p.m.

The café is pleased to present a musician and entertainer Rolling Stone magazine has called “…a quiet storm.”  Miché Fambro is known by many different people for very different things. Some know him as the dynamic leader of one of Upstate NY's most popular bands. Others know him as an extraordinary guitarist/vocalist singer-songwriter touring through their small town, performing with the energy and sound of a full band on his single instrument. And, still others recognize him as a jazz crooner, lending his fluid voice to beloved classics of jazz and swing. 

            Miché tours the US and Canada performing at concert series, festivals, house concerts and clubs. He was twice named a Showcase Artist at the International Folk Alliance Conferences.  Miché fuses elements of flamenco, jazz, classical, pop and soul into a style all his own and his performance will have you spellbound in your seat. Learn more at

            Dinner, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, begins at 4:30 p.m. with music at 6:30 p.m.  Please visit or call 585-466-3399 for info or reservations. 

Sat. Oct 10, 2015:  Ian Ethan Case      Fingerstyle Master; Double-neck Guitar; Kalimba   6:30pm

Multi-instrumentalist Ian Ethan Case, best known for his innovative approach to the 18-string acoustic double-neck guitar, has been performing in small listening venues around the country for the past six years and is increasingly gaining recognition both for his unique instrumental compositions and for the highly original playing methods which are required to perform them.
            Emmy-winning composer and producer Peter Bruce Wilder was one of the first to discover the young artist's talent and unique voice in the remote hills of northern VT, proclaiming in 2008: "Ian Ethan represents something so new in musical approach, that the result is near impossible to pigeon hole into a 'sounds like' statement. It has been my personal privilege to observe his unwavering and deep exploration of this new technique and on a relatively rare instrument."

            One of only about five musicians worldwide to tackle the double-neck guitar in earnest, he fluidly combines a staggering variety of self-invented playing techniques necessitated by his multi-layered composition. While audiences consistently remark on the fascinating visual aspects of watching Ian play "as he rambunctiously weaves between fretboards, slapping and tapping the sounds of the guitar to life seemingly effortlessly in a style that you've likely never seen before." (Port Orchard Independent)

            “...I experienced new music that was completely enthralling...Through most of the hour-and-a-half concert I was alternately trying to figure out how he was playing the instrument and amazed at the incredible variety of sounds he coaxed out of it. And then, seeking an even wider variety of sounds, he performed on the fretless guitar and the kalimba. “I left with the distinct feeling that my life had been enriched. The others who gave him a standing ovation must have agreed.”    Concertgoer and Music Blogger Dick Frantzreb        Learn more at

            Dinner, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, begins at 4:30 p.m. with music at 6:30 p.m.  Please visit or call 585-466-3399 for info or reservations.

Obituary: Raegyn Love Shields, infant child, Ulysses

Raegyn Love SHIELDS, infant daughter of Lacee L. Hess and Cody L. Shields of Ulysses, PA, was born and died on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.
Surviving besides her parents are: a brother, Ryker L. Shields; maternal grandparents, Paula and Richard Hess of Ulysses; maternal great-grandparents, Bobbie Lee and Albert Gorg of Wellsboro, PA; paternal grandparents, Bradley and Vicky Shields of Scio, NY; paternal great-grandparents, Beverly Brown of Scio, NY; Joyce and Richard Shields of Bolivar, NY; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., with a Memorial Service following at 3:00 p.m. Mr. Joshua Smoker will officiate.
Online condolences may be expressed at

SUNY Student Assembly President Thomas Mastro's statement regarding the shooting at Umpqua Community College

“The thoughts and prayers of SUNY students go out to everyone at Umpqua Community College in the wake of yesterday's tragic shooting. We all share in the responsibility of making the learning, living, and working environment of our campuses safe. No student should ever have to fear that pursuing an education could mean risking their life.”

Donations pouring in for children of Steuben County murder victim - UPDATED

On Tuesday, Kelley Clayton was murdered in her town of Caton home. Her husband has been charged with her death. Suddenly, Charlie, a daughter age 7, and Cullen, a son age 3 were left without parents. Kelley's surviving sister, Kim, and her husband Corey Bourgeois will assume the great responsibility of taking over the role of parenting these two children as they go through their lives after having witnessed their mother's murder.
A Go Fund Me account was established for the children. In just one day, more than 1,300 people have donated over $100,000 and the tally continues to rise. The donation page can be found HERE.

Citizens Police Academy

Woman arrested at Steuben Office Building - corrected

Three Rivers Corporation Announcement

Today, the Three Rivers Development Corporation announced the retirement of its President, Jack Benjamin.  Kirk Gregg, Chairman of the Board, indicated that the Board knew of Jack’s intent to retire at year-end 2015.  Over the past year, the Board established an Executive Search Committee and has selected Betsey L. Hale to take the President’s position.
Ms. Hale is a graduate of Cornell University and received her Master’s Degree from Colorado State University.  Since 2006, she has served as Manager and Executive Director of the City of Loveland, Colorado’s Economic Development Department.  Betsy indicated how excited she is in joining Three Rivers with its history of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as continuing to support Three River’s mission and effort to build a sustainable regional community.  Ms. Hale will be starting with Three Rivers on November 9th in anticipation of Jack’s retirement on December 31st.
The Three Rivers Board welcomes Betsey Hale to our area and looks forward to working with her to continue to create economic growth in our communities.
Jack started with Three Rivers in March of 1973 and was selected President in 1981.  Three Rivers has been involved in many of the planning and economic development projects that have been completed in the Corning area – from the Agnes Flood recovery, to Market Street/Intown plans and projects, to I-86 Highway Relocation Project, to the most recent new Guthrie/Corning Hospital and the I-86 Corridor Development Plan.
In addition, Jack has served on the Board of Directors for many community organizations such as – Corning Area Chamber of Commerce, ATRI (Ceramics Corridor), Guthrie/Corning Hospital, REDEC, Bethany Village, United Way, LPGA Corning Classic, New York Planning Federation, Town of Erwin IDA, and Five Star Bank, just to name a few.  Kirk Gregg stated, “Jack Benjamin has been a stalwart for improving the lives and economy for the people and our communities in the area for 42 years. His unswerving dedication and passion for all his constituents has been exemplary. Jack will be missed greatly and we wish the best for whatever endeavors he may take on in the future.” 
Jack and his wife, Sue, plan to continue living on their farm located on the Ridge Road in the Town of Veteran.

Steuben County Travel Note


 Culvert Replacement

State Route 54A Town of Pulteney

Steuben County  

            The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin on Monday, October 05, 2015, on state Route 54A in the town of Pulteney, County of Steuben. 

            State Route 54A will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will be allowed to access businesses and residences. Motorists will be required to follow a posted detour. The closure will begin Tuesday, October 13, 2015 and last for approximately three weeks.  

            This closure is to replace an existing culvert and wall approximately 6.5 miles north of the village of Hammondsport.  The construction contractor for this project is Ramsey Constructors, Inc. of Lakeville, New York.

Allegany County man pleads no contest to Pennsylvania charges

In McKean County court Thursday, James A. Montgomery, 70, of Little Genesee pleaded no connect to indecent assault charges. Prosecutors said he had indecent contact with two girls, ages 12 and 13. Montgomery must submit to a Sexually Violent Predator evaluation. He remains free on $45,000 bail and will be sentenced January 21, 2016.

Potter County: Jury convicts man in drug death

A Potter County jury has convicted a man in the drug-related death of another three years ago. Jonathan M. Proctor, 28, of Galeton now faces up to four decades in state prison. He’ll be sentenced December 2. Prosecutors said Proctor sold heroin to Daniel Lowe, who died shortly after using it.

Steuben County: Chase ends when car slams into Trooper vehicle

New York State Police, Bath Barracks, report the arrest Thursday of Kirk Hallenbeck, age 50, of 10934 East Lake Road, Hammondsport, N.Y. State Police Investigator Jeremy Hagadone said the man was charged with Reckless Endangerment, 1st degree, a class “D” felony, Criminal mischief 2nd degree, a class “D” felony, Felony DWI, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd and numerous Vehicle and Traffic Violations to include Reckless Driving.  Police said Hallenbeck was observed operating his motor vehicle in a reckless manner on State Route 54 in the Town of Urbana. State Police and the Village of Bath Police Department were advised of the vehicle entering the Village of Bath.  Patrols observed the vehicle enter the Village of Bath at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles in a no passing zone. State Police and Bath Police Department initiated a vehicle and traffic stop on Hallenbeck’s vehicle prior to the intersection of Geneva Street and West Washington Street in the Village of Bath. Hallenbeck failed to comply with the traffic stop and then struck a New York State Police patrol car at the intersection and came to rest at that location. The New York State Trooper operating the patrol car and Hallenbeck were not injured in the collision. 
    Hallenbeck was arraigned before Village of Bath Justice Burns and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 cash bail and $50,000 property bond.

Willing Volunteer Auxiliary Craft Show