End of year Allegany County law enforcement retirements and job shifts underway

Significant law enforcement retirements and job shifts are occurring this week in Allegany County, NY. Ricky L. Whitney, shown at left in left photo, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office NY, head for the past dozen years, is shown upon his retirement with Undersheriff Scott Cicirello who will take his place as sheriff tomorrow. At top right, … Read more

Community Fellowship Meal available at Friendship area church

A free community fellowship meal, coinciding with the last day of the year, will be held after Sabbath services today at the Followers of the Way – Nile Community Church at Friendship. The monthly dinner, at 4094 State Route 275 South, will follow weekly Sabbath School at 10AM and Saturday worship services at 11AM. Individuals … Read more

First Day hikes of 2023 are Sunday in Allegany County area

Several area sites are available Sunday for Allegany County, NY, area residents to participate in the state-wide First Day Hikes of 2023. New Year excursions will occur throughout the day at various area locations, including Phillips Creek State Forest at West Almond, Cuba, Hinsdale and six hikes in various parts of Letchworth State Park. The … Read more

Minimum wage increases $1 per hour in Allegany and other Upstate New York counties

An estimated 200,000 workers in Upstate New York, including Allegany County, NY, will be receiving an extra $1 per hour wage tomorrow as a result of a multi-year $15 per hour minimum wage phase-in. The minimum wage rate for workers outside New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, effective Saturday, December 31, will increase … Read more

Noontime activities and evening movie to preview New Year’s celebrations

Two Allegany County, NY, libraries and a church will be helping to celebrate New Year’s Eve tomorrow in various parts of the area. At the Rushford Free Library, 9012 Main Street, one of two library Noon Year’s Eve events, patrons are encouraged from 10:30AM to noon to “wear your fancy clothes, join us for snacks, … Read more

Allegany County fire departments return from Buffalo storm deployment, government officials there under scrutiny

The Angelica Fire and Rescue crew recorded the above scenes from Buffalo as firefighters and equipment were dispatched to assist in that city, one of several Allegany County, NY, departments which have aided rescue operations during the past two storms this winter. The full set of photos is available on the department’s Facebook page at … Read more

Windchills stabilizing at sub-zero temperatures as power outages increase

WINTER STORM UPDATE #6: Air temperatures across Allegany County, NY, are starting to stabilize in the single digits for the evening and nighttime hours, with sub-zero wind chills in the -15 degrees range. Over 200 power outages in northern sectors of the county are reversing prior gains. The Wellsville Airport also appears to be reversing … Read more

Sabbath service canceled, let others know about your church and organization weather changes

Followers of the Way – Nile Community Church has canceled Sabbath services today (Saturday), which had been scheduled to have been followed by refreshments and a Christmas hymn sing. The decision was made due to “extreme weather conditions.” Churches and other organizations which are canceling or modifying activities this weekend are welcome to post these … Read more

Adverse Allegany County winter conditions lessening but still dangerous

WINTER STORM UPDATE #5: Some sun and minimal new snowfall may give a false impression of the continuing WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in Allegany County, NY, through 7PM Christmas Day, but blowing snow, high wind gusts and sub-zero windchills remain today as dangers. Over 100 locations still were without power shortly before 9AM this morning, according … Read more

Warming center opens in Belmont for those without electricity

BREAKING: The Genesee Valley Central School at 1 Jaguar Drive, just north of Belmont, has been opened as a warming center tonight for those without electricity. The Allegany County Office of Emergency Management reports on its Facebook page that cots and blankets are being provided by the Red Cross. Other posts indicate warming centers at … Read more

2,000 Allegany County locations still without power as windchills drop to below -30

WINTER STORM UPDATE #4: Nearly 2,000 customers remain without electricity in Allegany County, NY, tonight, as wind chill temperatures, having reached below -30 degrees a few hours ago at the Wellsville Airport have recovered minimally. New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) outages in northeastern parts of the county actually have grown by a handful, … Read more

Authorities note extreme cold weather warnings

Many prevention issues need to be remembered during times of extreme cold, including those contained on the two warning graphics accompanying this story. The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that cold wind chills can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes, with medical authorities warning of hypothermia being a medical emergency … Read more

Wind gusts already nearing 50MPH as temperatures drop and senior meal sites close in Allegany County

WINTER STORM UPDATE #1 – FRIDAY: Allegany County Office for the Aging congregant meal sites are closed and home-delivered meals are canceled today as temperatures drop and winds already have picked up to near 50MPH. A WINTER STORM ADVISORY, with many components goes into effect at 10AM, through 7PM Christmas Day, with other counties experiencing … Read more

Allegany County temperatures start plunge as multi-faceted Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 10AM

Temperature drops have started to occur in Allegany County, NY, as rain changes over to snow around sunrise and potential for a FLASH FREEZE for roadways and other hard surfaces increases. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for multiple weather components remains in effect from 10AM today through 7PM Christmas Day for the county, with varying time … Read more

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM

A FLASH FREEZE is anticipated Friday, according to the National Weather Service, as rain turns to snow and Arctic temperatures drop quickly throughout the region. The rain has washed away residual salt and sand which likely will make roadways and other hard services extremely icy. If you must travel, check our Weather Resources Page at … Read more

Santa’s journey around the world is available for viewing by millions of children and adults

UPCOMING: Santa’s annual journey around the world, which can be tracked visually by children and adults alike by computer and cell phone apps, starts in less than two days. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a United States and Canada bi-national organization which defends the homeland through aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning … Read more