Saturday events in Houghton and Angelica kick off July 4th extended holiday

A Seneca Lands educational day at Houghton and a Lavender Festival in Angelica tomorrow will herald the start to a four-day 4th of July celebration for many, with an abatement in air quality alerts for particles from the Canadian wildfires also being welcome relief despite higher-than-normal ozone readings. Those seeking to participate in outdoor activities … Read more

Unhealthy air quality continues today, showers and thunderstorms possible through July 4th

BREAKING: The air quality index already is in the lower Unhealthy range today for central Allegany County with an alert issued through midnight, temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid-80s today and reach to the 80s range through July 4th, and showers and thunderstorms, some of them Saturday afternoon and evening having potential for … Read more

Garbage pickup struggle in Friendship as local governments face manpower shortages

The Town of Friendship is seeking ways to overcome an immediate manpower shortage for garbage pickup while it and other local governments struggle with similar shortages in various workforce positions. Town Supervisor Russ Hall told a gathering of local officials last week, during an Allegany County District II Legislators meeting with residents, that three of … Read more

Johnsen recognized by Allegany County board for community service and volunteerism

A former Town of Grove supervisor has been recognized by the Allegany County Board of Legislators for his community service. Mike Johnsen was presented with a resolution Wednesday, citing his accomplishments, including 16 years as town supervisor, current service on the town’s Assessment Board of Review. and other activities. The action is one which the … Read more

Areas of fog this morning with another Unhealthy air quality day forecast

Areas of fog, creating visibility of less than a half mile, may be encountered in various parts of Allegany County this morning, as another UNHEALTHY Red Alert Day is forecast for most of Upstate New York and all of Pennsylvania. The fog is expected to burn off by 9AM, according to the National Weather Service … Read more

Houghton University enrolls largest number of first-year students in six years

Houghton University this fall will reverse a recent downward enrollment trend, receiving its largest incoming first-year class in the last six years. The institution reported today that it is “thrilled” by the advancement, saying “this significant milestone is a testament to Houghton’s unwavering commitment to Christ-centered excellence in the classroom, playing field, residence halls and … Read more

Allegany County in Unhealthy air quality range

Central Allegany County has been in the Unhealthy range for air quality since early this morning, a level above that forecast yesterday by the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, although it is moderating to the minimum level of the designation at noontime. Accompanying graphics from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) AirNow initiative … Read more

Over 100 upcoming events now listed on our exclusive Allegany Hope Community Calendar

Dozens of new free and primarily-free activities for individuals and families in Allegany County and beyond have been added to our exclusive Allegany Hope Community Calendar, with many occurring from today through July 4th. For a review of more than 100 upcoming opportunities, use the link at the top of this page or go to … Read more

Summer library reading and other activities starting

Many Allegany County libraries are starting summer reading programs for children and some, also, for adults, along with other activities. Individuals and families who wish to participate or attend can connect and follow the 17 local libraries in the county through Southern Tier Library System listings at Allegany Hope also makes over 20,000 videos … Read more

Elder Abuse Prevention conference this week

Senior citizens and caregivers can learn about various aspects of elder abuse and its prevention, from physical to financial, Friday during an Elder Abuse Prevention Conference at the Genesee Valley Central School at Belmont. Sessions, hosted by the Allegany County Office for the Aging and the Finger Lakes VA Health Care Systems, will be held … Read more

Jasper area churches to host July 3 Revival gathering

Churches in the Jasper area in southwestern Steuben County are joining together for a pre-Fourth of July tent revival Monday, with what are being called “life-changing messages,” accompanied by free music, food and children’s activities. The West Jasper Wesleyan Church and the Boyd’s Corners Bible Church are among hosts for the Jasper July 3rd Revival, … Read more

Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville to close due to declining enrollment and finances

Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville won’t re-open in the fall due to projected enrollment being less than half that of this year, combined with “a recent history of operating at a budget deficit.” Bishop Michael Fisher of the the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo made the announcement today, saying the decision had been made by … Read more

New Air Quality Alert issued for Wednesday due to ongoing Canadian wildfires

UPDATE – 8PM Tuesday: In Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection has issued an Orange air quality alert for Potter County and a Red Alert for Bradford County for Wednesday.– – – – – – – – – –BREAKING: The State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation have issued another AIR QUALITY ALERT (AQI) for … Read more

Free Farmers Markets coupons for seniors distribution starts next week

The annual distribution for $25 Farmers Markets coupons will begin next week. The Allegany County Office for the Aging will have booklets available Monday at its offices at 6086 State Route 19, Belmont, through September 30, and at various locations throughout the county, many at senior luncheon sites, during July, and the Senior Picnic at … Read more

Andover Farmers Market enters second year of operation

by Deb ReedAllegany Hope Information Ambassador The Andover Farmers Market has entered its second season, with its second weekly event to be held from 3PM to 6PM Thursday on the front lawn of the Andover Central School at 31 Elm Street. The Market, created last year by two community residents, adds to Andover’s visitor attractions, … Read more

Polls open until 9PM today for Republican primaries in five Allegany County towns only

Republican voters in five Allegany County towns will be able to vote until 9PM today in Primary Elections for various positions, including town council members in Allen, Angelica, Friendship and Wirt, town supervisor in Almond, and highway superintendent in Wirt. Primary voting will occur at town polling places, with a total of 148 local government … Read more

Allegany property tax rate among highest in U.S. as county legislators sit on tens of millions

EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County’s property tax rate is the second or third highest in the United States by one measure as county legislators continue to put away millions – over 160 percent more last year than was levied against taxpayers. An Allegany County Hope Community News compilation from different data sources appears clear that Allegany County … Read more

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for this afternoon and evening

BREAKING: A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH has been issued for Allegany County and all of Western and Central New York and similar portions of Pennsylvania until 9PM tonight as thunderstorms start to move into Cattaraugus County at this hour from the southwest. A map of the impacted area, from the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo, … Read more

Severe thunderstorms possible today, with winds, heavy downpours and flooding potential through Tuesday

A Marginal Risk of a few isolated severe thunderstorms are possible today in Allegany and surrounding New York and Pennsylvania counties, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo, with a few storms potentially producing gusty winds, localized heavy downpours, and isolated flooding. Additional rounds of showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected Tuesday with … Read more