Two Allegany County senior adults receive state honors

The New York State Office for the Aging has honored two Allegany County residents for helping to make their communities a better place for everyone though outstanding volunteer and civic engagement efforts. Joanne Armstrong of Wellsville and Rob Riber of Alfred Station, who were nominated by the Allegany County Office for the Aging for the … Read more

Over eight tons of ground beef sold at Walmarts being recalled for possible E. coli contamination

A ground beef provider to Walmart is recalling over 16,000 pounds, or eight tons, of ground beef produced and distributed last week nationally, including to stores at Hornell and Olean, due to possible E. coli contamination. The nationwide recall by Cargill Meat Solutions of Hazleton, Pa., was reported this week in six categories by the … 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

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

Certified Houghton University students again providing free income tax preparation

Houghton University students have returned to providing income tax preparation and e-filing assistance for qualifying Allegany County residents, with other free filing aids also being available through other county resources. Elianna McHenry, assistant accounting professor, said that 5:30PM and 7:30PM Monday evening appointments are being scheduled through April 8 with students who have been certified … Read more

Help family members and friends by becoming an Information Ambassador

ANALYSIS: The wind storms, power outages and other weather-related events of the past week throughout the Allegany County region, along with potentially dangerous windchills this coming week, are once again demonstrating the need for individuals and communities to come together to share information and support one another. During the past eight days, over 125 people … Read more

Prepare for high winds, followed by dropping temperatures for the next week

HIGH WIND WARNINGS, intermixed with rain and snow, for Western New York, including Allegany County, WINTER STORM WARNINGS to the west and northwest with major snowfall, and WIND ADVISORIES for Steuben County east and neighboring Pennsylvania counties, are all combining with gradually dropping temperatures and windchills reaching zero and below by Sunday night and continuing … Read more

Allegany County meals program closed and canceled for today

Due to the High Wind Warning in effect from 10AM today through 4AM Wednesday, Allegany County Office for the Aging home-delivered meals are being canceled for today, with local congregant meal sites closed. The agency is encouraging individuals and families to “stay safe and check on elderly friends, family and neighbors.”

Officials warn on Thanksgiving meals and fires

Although Thanksgiving is a time for annual get-togethers with family and friends, officials are warning to take precautions in regard to food, fires and illnesses. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions as it relates to Preparing Your Holiday Turkey Safely, including thawing, preparation, serving and retention of leftovers at The … Read more

Fun time in Friendship celebrates national Family Day

A variety of ages turned out last night at the Bible Baptist Church as several Friendship churches joined together to observe a national Family Day Celebration, along with a Wellness Fair. Attendees learned about many church and community services, most of them free, which are available in the area, with games for children and adults, … Read more

Family Day Celebration and Wellness Fair is today in Friendship

A free Family Day Celebration and Wellness Fair, hosted by Friendship churches, will be held from 5PM to 7PM today at the Friendship Bible Baptist Church at 43 West Main Street. A hot dog and chips meal, kids games, numerous community organizations and ministries which will highlight services available to area residents, and hundreds of … Read more

Friendship churches join together to host free community Family Day Celebration next week

Several Friendship churches are joining together next week for a new community Family Day Celebration and Wellness Fair, with a simple meal, kid’s games, hundreds of dollars in giveaways and prizes, and information on community resources which can benefit individuals and families being provided. The free event will be held from 5PM to 7PM on … Read more

Heat Advisories in effect in neighboring counties, nearly there in Allegany

HEAT ADVISORIES have been posted for neighboring Steuben and Livingston counties east and north today as temperatures are forecast to rise above 95 degrees, with heat in Central Allegany County expected at only slightly below that by late afternoon. Potential for showers and thunderstorms at times also are in the forecast over the next week, … 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

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

Check out our Community Calendar for what is going on today through the weekend and beyond

Dozens of free and primarily-free activities have been added to our exclusive Allegany Hope Community Calendar which can be accessed through the link above or at There are events for everyone — individuals, children and families of all ages — which range from gardening, mental health, television collections, classic car exhibits, arts, crafts, cooking … Read more

Free online resources highlight a focus on May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month around the nation, a time for building mindfulness among individuals, families, communities, businesses, churches and others as to how to recognize the needs of those who may be struggling with all types of mental/emotional issues and how to assist them. Among adult ages 18-and-older, the federal Substance Abuse and … Read more

Mental Health First Aid class to aid older adults to be offered at Belmont

A public training to help recognize mental health issues involving older adults and how to obtain assistance for them is being offered by the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition. A full-day Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults session will be held from 9AM to 5PM Thursday, May 18, at the Crossroads Center, 6087 State … Read more

New day program for older adults and caregivers to start next week

A new initiative to provide twice-a-week community activities for seniors and caregivers starts next week at Belmont. Age-Friendly Allegany County is hosting a Forever Young Community Club from 10AM to 4PM Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting March 7, at the Genenesee Valley Central School at 1 Jaguar Drive. Free activities will include coffee and conversation, music … 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