A ton of Friendship Christian materials being shipped to other countries

Over a ton of no-longer-used Bibles, Sunday School materials and other Christian study resources are on the way to pastors and missionaries in other countries as a result of a Friendship churches initiative. The Traveling Chapel, a ministry of PhotosforSouls.com of Alfred, has been the depository for the items since October as the churches joined … Read more

NORAD tracking Santa for 65th year

Girls and boys around the world will be able to track Santa’s annual Christmas Eve journey by computer and cell phone Sunday as the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reveals Santa’s minute-by-minute whereabouts as he takes his annual airborne trek from country to country. The United States and Canada bi-national organization, which defends the … Read more

FLN Radio 72-hour Christmas music focus starts at midnight

Family Life Network, a Christian radio system with 65 stations in New York and Pennsylvania, including two in Allegany County, will be be focused on musical selections which celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, starting at midnight today and continuing through midnight on Christmas. The 72-hour event occurs each year across the network’s expanding system … Read more

Community Christmas Eve-Eve Party set for Friendship

The Friendship Free Library will host a Saturday night before Christmas party for the community. The Christmas Eve-Eve Party for kids of all ages, plus “well-behaved parents and pets,” will be from 6PM to 8PM, December 23, at the library facility at 44 West Main Street. Participants will have an opportunity to meet Santa, enjoy … Read more

Blue Christmas Service Thursday in Wellsville

A special evening Blue Christmas Service tomorrow in Wellsville will reflect upon the emotional struggles of many who are mourning losses during this general season of joy. The candlelight event, to start at 7PM at Grace United Church, 289 North Main Street, will include prayer, hanging of glittering stars for ones being remembered, and scripture … Read more

Children and youth sing and play about the True Meaning of Christmas

Some 30 members of the Foun­tain Arts Cen­ter Youth Choir of Belmont performed yesterday at the United Church of Friendship as part of a multi-church What God is Doing in Friendship ny Celebrating the True Meaning of Christmas activity. The group of Allegany County children and youth, supplemented by both children and adult voice and … Read more

Mixed weather conditions, alerts for Western and Central New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania

BREAKING: A mosaic of weather projections have appeared across Western and Central New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania this morning with WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES to the west of Allegany County and FLOOD WATCHES continuing to the east. Allegany County will experience a little of both, but not to the same alert levels. A breakdown of current … Read more

Allegany County sandwiched between Flood Watch and accumulating snow

A FLOOD WATCH for Steuben and counties to the east, and accumulating snow for Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west are in the forecast, starting late tomorrow afternoon. In Allegany County, the National Weather Service (NWS) is projecting less severity, although afternoon rain is expected to intensify Sunday, becoming heavy overnight and Monday, before turning to … Read more

Community dinner is Wednesday at Wellspring Ministries of Belfast

Wellspring Ministries of Belfast will host its annual Christmas dinner at 11:30 AM, Wednesday, December 20, and then will be closed for the holidays until Wednesday, January 3. The Christian ministry provides free meals for the community at 11:30AM, and used clothing and household goods from 10AM to 1:15 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays at … Read more

Food, music, concert, gingerbread house competition and display, Santa, and more this weekend

A variety of holiday activities are scheduled this weekend, a week before Christmas, for children and adults. In Wellsville, a free Saturday community meal will be followed by a showing of the music classic, A White Christmas, and an afternoon tour of the village by Santa on a fire truck. An educational series on Israel … Read more

Allegany County adopts tentative budget without changes, but with $1.3 million in changes

Allegany County lawmakers have adopted a $145.5 million tentative budget with no changes, although it increased expenditures by more than $1.5 million before it was adopted and then repeated the actions once again afterward. A resolution declaring that “the 2024 County Tentative Budget dated November 1, 2023, is adopted asthe 2024 County Final Budget” was … Read more

Fillmore school cited for $40K in poor credit card use procedures and paying too much for some items

Fillmore Central School has agreed to tighten up its credit card use procedures after the State Comptroller’s office found one or more exceptions to every one of 230 credit card charges which “could have led to potentially inappropriate card use.” In a use audit released today, the state watchdog found that although $40,000 in credit … Read more

Allegany County over/underbudgeting helps maintain second highest property tax rate in state

NEWS ANALYSIS: Allegany County lawmakers appear to be racking up increasing surpluses, which aren’t being returned proportionally to taxpayers, helping to maintain its distinction as the second highest property and third highest general sales taxed county in the state. Allegany Hope Community News found the increasing pattern following an analysis of four years of budget … Read more

Allegany County blocks request for financial information

Allegany County alleges it has no records which show its financial condition beyond those it creates once a year. The highly dubious claim comes in response to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by Allegany Hope Community News to confirm that the county has been carrying unreasonable surpluses for at least five years, rather … Read more

Dozens of free online Christmas videos available for children and adults of all ages

Allegany Hope is making dozens of online Christmas videos for all ages available without cost to area residents. Our organization’s community subscription allows access to more than 20,000 online videos and movies overall as part of the RightNow Media @Work library. In addition to Christmas and other holidays offerings, a broad selection of materials are … Read more

Allegany County delays and then rejects request for number of budgeted employees

Allegany County is refusing to reveal how many employees have been included in its tentative 2024 county budget, expected to be voted on Wednesday by the Board of Legislators. Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris of Alfred made the determination in response to a formal appeal of a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by Allegany … Read more

Up-and-down temperatures to bring heavy rain, accumulating snow, starting Saturday night

A mixture of weather is forecast into next week as heavy precipitation, combined with fluctuating temperatures, transition from a warm, mostly cloudy, environment in Allegany County today into heavy rain tonight and Sunday, to accumulating snow Sunday night and Monday, intensifying to the east. Temperatures in the mid-50s today, with cloudy skies, will turn to … Read more

Allegany County legislators proposed pay increases confirmed to have suddenly appeared to the public

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County officials apparently are contending that a proposal for a more than 40 percent personal wage increase for each of its legislators next year magically appeared in a board resolution last month which set last week’s public hearing on the 2024 tentative budget. County Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris of Alfred, … Read more

Push underway by Allegany County to spend nearly $4.5 million, with more possible

Allegany County lawmakers will meet tomorrow morning to begin a push to allocate more than $4.4 million in various types of funds, including more than one-third of its federal pandemic revenues. An agenda for a Board of Legislators meeting was disseminated shortly before 5PM today, with $4,420,760 of proposed expenditures to be moved to the … Read more

A Friendship Christmas gets underway

The churches of Friendship joined together last night to begin a multi-week A Friendship Christmas – Celebrating the True Message of Christmas. Singing of The First Noel, to reflect the birth of Jesus, a reading from Chapter 2 of the Gospel of Luke from the Bible which narrates the story of Christmas, prayer, and lighting … Read more