Summer HEAP cooling grants available for eligible individuals and families

Eligible individuals and families may be able to obtain up to $800 for purchase and installation of a window air conditioner or fan as temperatures continue to rise. The first-come, first-served funding is available for a variety of recipients under the state Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which also provides help for heating bills and … Read more

Help protect vulnerable populations as temperatures continue to rise

SAFETY ALERT: Family members, neighbors and friends are encouraged to be cognizant of vulnerable populations as temperatures are forecast to continue to rise near and potentially into the 90s this week in Allegany and adjoining counties. The National Weather Service (NWS) notes that three deaths already have occurred around the country this year from children … Read more

Tomb of Unknown Soldier Never Forget Garden dedicated in Belmont

Allegany County‘s first Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Never Forget Garden was dedicated this morning in Belmont during one of several community American Legion Post 808 Memorial Day ceremonies at various sites. The new memorial, located at Legion Park at the State Route 19 Bridge, is part of a “nationwide invitation to all Americans and … Read more

Proper storage tips issued to avoid holiday food poisonings

With an abundance of leftovers likely following Memorial Day festivities, graduation parties and other outdoor and summer gatherings, proper storage can become a serious issue in avoiding food poisoning. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all provide various resources … Read more

77-year Fillmore firefighter honored by Allegany County legislators

A Fillmore resident who has been an active member of the community’s fire department for 77 years, has been recognized for “extraordinary contributions to the betterment of Allegany County.” Charles (Chuck) Yanda was the latest recipient this week of an ongoing effort by the county Board of Legislators to “recognize community members that exemplify the … Read more

Avoid having Memorial Day Weekend meals become feasts for bacteria

As cooking grills heat up for Memorial Day and the summer outdoor meals preparation season, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are warning against seeking good times while ending up, instead, in hospital emergency rooms. “Don’t let your outdoor meal become a feast for bacteria,” … Read more

National Safe Boating Week ushers in the start of summer activities

Although National Safe Boating Week ends today, it ushers in a message to be remembered throughout Memorial Day Weekend and the remainder of the summer and fall boating season. The observance, from the National Safe Boating Council, focuses on always wearing a life jacket on water, boating sober, being aware of the weather, and other … Read more

Another Frost Advisory issued for Saturday morning

BREAKING: Another FROST ADVISORY has been issued unexpected this afternoon for early Saturday morning across the Western and Southern Tier of New York, including Allegany County, and northern portions of Pennsylvania. The forecast, for 2AM to 8AM tomorrow, is being reported by National Weather Service offices at Buffalo, Binghamton and State College, Pa., as dropping … Read more

Many family-friendly activities highlight Memorial Day Weekend observances

Allegany and surrounding counties are expected to be blessed with sunny skies and 80-degree daytime temperatures over Memorial Day Weekend and during the start of the new week, according to forecasts, providing great weather for patriotic observances and family-friendly activities. Our exclusive Allegany Hope Community Calendar of free and primarily-free events for Saturday through Monday … Read more

Free cooking classes to be held at Wellsville

The Wellsville Salvation Army will be hosting free weekly cooking nutrition education classes next month and into July for area residents. The 5PM Wednesday sessions, to be held at its facilities at 25 East Pearl Street, will start June 7 and continue through July 12, with limited registrations available at (585) 593-2640. Classes, with children … Read more

Angelica Library and old Angelica Advocate newspaper join others through newspaper preservation grant

The Southern Tier Library Association and Angelica Free Library have been awarded a grant to digitize microfilm reels of old editions of the Angelica Advocate newspaper, which will join online editions of other papers around the state, many of which no longer exist. The South Central Regional Library Council will be providing a technology and … Read more

Frost Advisory tonight, cover plants

Although it was cold last night with patchy frost, a more severe FROST ADVISORY has been issued for Allegany and all neighboring counties in New York and Pennsylvania, other than Livingston, for 1AM, to 7AM or 8AM, Friday, depending on location. Temperatures then will rise, with day-time highs nearing or exceeding 80 degrees locally, under … Read more

Steuben County declines issuing State of Emergency migrant declaration at present time

Steuben County is declining to follow Allegany and multiple other Upstate New York counties at this time in issuing a State of Emergency related to possible migrant movement into the area from New York City. In a statement today, county officials said it is proactively addressing the situation in other ways “for some very important … Read more

Belfast Road Bridge public information meeting is tonight

A public information meeting for review of the status of construction next year of a new Belfast Road Bridge for crossing the Genesee River is being held tonight. The session is scheduled to start at 6PM at the Belfast Municipal Building at 11 Merton Avenue, with a 15-minute presentation by LaBella Engineers and another 15 … Read more

Allegany County surplus soars while it declares ‘necessity’ to keep its high sales tax rate

EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County’s state legislative representatives are being asked again to work at retaining the county’s third highest sales tax rate in the state at the same time as the government’s surplus escalated by more than $16 million, or nearly 50 percent, last year. The new unappropriated fund balance of nearly $48.8 million is enough … Read more

Allegany County State of Emergency may have been based on false assumptions

Emerging news reports indicate that states of emergency declared in several Western New York counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming, related to possible influxes of migrants and asylum seekers, may be based on erroneous premises. Spectrum News 1, in stories from various state locations, is reporting that Gov. Kathy Hochul is seeking welcoming communities to … Read more