Cross-cultural missions and concerts highlight Houghton University opportunities this week

A Houghton University graduate, who now is associate professor of intercultural studies at Columbia International University, will lead several free attendance opportunities for the public this week at Houghton University. Klejment-Lavin, Ph.D., who spent 13 years in intercultural ministry in Indonesia and South Korea, will speak at the 11:10AM services this morning at the Wesley … Read more

NYSDEC reminds of two-month outdoor burn ban in effect through May 14

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reminding residents that a statewide ban on outdoor burning, with a few exceptions, is in effect through Tuesday, May 14. The action is taken every spring due to higher winds, combined with dry materials, making outdoor combustion more likely. The department notes that open burning … Read more

Many gain insights into a closed Amish culture

A variety of congregants from churches in Allegany and surrounding counties, along with government and community services representatives and the general public, learned about many aspects of the increasing Amish population this weekend during an Amish Awareness Conference in Friendship. A full house was present for a Friday night dinner and sessions which introduced educational … Read more

Prayer for school expands next week into National Day of Prayer observances in Friendship

A monthly prayer gathering at Friendship Central School will be extended next week to include a full-day observance of the National Day of Prayer, with four different prayer activities being scheduled to enable the entire community to participate. Three pastors from the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches will take part … Read more

Combating drug overdoses is focus this week in Allegany and some adjoining counties

Two events in three Allegany County communities are scheduled this week in an effort to help block drug overdose deaths. Houghton University has several seats remaining for a Wednesday afternoon Naloxone training to equip area residents in administering a free nasal spray which can be provided to counteract opioid drug overdoses, including those which occur … Read more

Localized flooding possible with late afternoon rain

BREAKING: The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for late this afternoon into this evening for scattered thunderstorms, a few of which have potential to produce heavy rainfall, possibly causing localized flooding. As we first reported over the weekend, the NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC) has been forecasting a … Read more

Final registrations underway for regional Amish Awareness Conference starting Friday at Friendship

Less than a handful of days remain for required registration for a dwindling number of available seats for a regional Amish Awareness Conference being held Friday night and Saturday in Friendship. The April 19-20 event, co-sponsored by the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches, Allegany Hope, and Family Life Network Radio, … Read more

Orthodox Christianity and numerous musical events are scheduled this week for the public at Houghton

The director of communications at the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University in New York City, described as a seasoned expert with over 15 years of experience within the Moscow Patriarchate, will present this year’s Second Annual Shirley A. Mullen Lectureship tomorrow night at Houghton University, while a series of musical and other activities … Read more

Pennsylvania experiencing long line of severe thunderstorms

BREAKING: Pennsylvania counties are experiencing a long line of severe thunderstorms across the northern part of the state at this hour, less than an hour-and-a-half after the National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) at Norman, Okla., issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH. The unusual concentration comes on the five-year anniversary of a strong overnight … Read more

Severe weather potential today in Allegany County, increasing to the south and east

BREAKING: The Southern Tier of New York, including much of Allegany County, and Northern Pennsylvania are under threat of severe weather today, increasing significantly as one travels south and southeast. The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo says a fast moving low pressure system will cross the region today, moving from northwest to southeast, resulting … Read more

Winter Weather Advisory ends, Wind Advisory continues until early afternoon

The Winter Weather Advisory for Allegany and Wyoming counties west has ended earlier than the 2PM original time today, but WIND ADVISORIES continue until that time in Allegany, and until 8PM in Steuben County east and 6PM in Northern Pennsylvania. A FLOOD WARNING continues until Monday afternoon for the Olean area. The number for potential … Read more

Woolsey Children’s and Adolescent Literature Collection open at Houghton

Melinda Elwell of Houghton and her children listen as a student from the children’s literature course at Houghton University reads a story this week during the dedication reception for the Woolsey Children’s and Adolescent Literature Collection. The collection, which has opened to the public in the bottom floor of the Willard J. Houghton Library at … Read more

Winter Weather and Wind Advisories in effect at 11PM, Flood Warning activated in Olean area

BREAKING: New weather advisories and a warning have been activated in the Greater Allegany County area due to anticipated significant wind gusts, dropping temperatures which will turn rain to snow, and flooding conditions already occurring in the Olean area. A current breakdown of weather alerts for Allegany and neighboring areas, as issued by the National … Read more

Flood Warning issued for northwestern Allegany County

BREAKING: A FLOOD WARNING has been issued for northwestern Allegany County west and northwest until 8:15AM this morning due to flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations which is imminent or occurring. Motorists also should be aware of ponding on area roadways. At 4:22AM, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain, with between … Read more

Town of Caneadea, including Houghton, could lose dry town status under state legislation

The Town of Caneadea may lose its ability to keep its community free from alcohol sales. The Associated Press and other media are reporting that a New York State Senate bill, making the sale of alcohol lawful in any municipality that had previously prohibited its sale, and precluding municipalities fromenacting any future prohibition on the … Read more

Marginal risk Thursday of severe weather and excessive rain

EARLY ALERT: A Marginal Risk of both severe weather, primarily from wind, and excessive rain, leading to potential for minor flooding in some locations, is forecast for Thursday in the Allegany County area, with a mixture of rain, thunderstorms and wind being forecast at different times from today through late Saturday night. The National Weather … Read more

Houghton University opens children and adolescent literature collection and art show, plus more

Houghton University is unveiling a children’s and adolescent literature collection and a graduating seniors art show this week, with receptions, along with hosting additional public events. The first reception will be from 10AM to noon, Thursday, April 11, in the basement level of the Willard J. Houghton Library at 1 Willard Avenue, with the opening … Read more

Cloud cover potential to peak at height of total eclipse today, possible severe weather tomorrow

The greatest possibility of cloud cover blocking the sun will be during the total eclipse period this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), with forecasts issued over the weekend continuing to be around an 85 percent chance of the sun being shrouded. NWS projections are for high clouds to move into the area … Read more

Houghton University senior adults group delves into retirement planning

A senior adults group at Houghton University is embarking on a free weekly afternoon discussion series to explore some of the issues associated with planning for or being in the midst of retirement. ENCORE! is hosting five Thursday sessions, entitled Daring to Live Into Resurrection Community, from 4PM to 5:30PM, through May 9, in its … Read more

Allegany County residents will experience divide for Monday’s total eclipse

Allegany County residents in the northwestern part of Allegany County will be able to experience a total solar eclipse for a brief period tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting, while those to the south will only receive a partial view. The eclipse, the first in Western New York since 1925, almost a century ago, will cross North … Read more