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

‘Once in a generation storm’ is forecast to start tomorrow morning

BREAKING – **** Please Share with family members and friends **** A “once in a generation storm,” as described by the US National Weather Service Buffalo NY, will move into the Allegany County, NY, region tomorrow morning, creating a mixture of weather components through Christmas Weekend and beyond. Different situations are projected for this Arctic … Read more

Elder workshops to be held in Belmont

Concerns about elder abuse and cybersecurity related to older adults will be discussed next month during Allegany County Office for the Aging-hosted workshops at Belmont. Social workers will discuss Elder Abuse Awareness from 1PM to 2:30PM Tuesday, December 6, and Alfred State College faculty and cyber security students will review internet safety from 1PM to … Read more

Two Allegany County residents honored by the State Office for the Aging for volunteerism

Two Allegany County Office for the Aging volunteers have received state recognition this month during a New York State Older New Yorkers’ Day observance. John Arthur of Belfast, a volunteer transportation program driver for the past dozen years, and William Hamlin of Wellsville, a member of the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program for … Read more

Medicare open enrollment provides opportunity for needed changes to medical and drug plans

Those on Medicare should be checking their plans during annual open enrollment which started this weekend and continues through Wednesday, December 7. “Plans change, and your health care needs or situation may have changed, too,” according to Medicare as it urges recipients to make sure automatic renewals still are the best choice for 2023. The … Read more

Wellsville Lions to host a free Senior Citizens Dinner as part of World Service Day

A free chicken dinner is being provided for senior citizens next month by the Wellsville Lions Charities, Inc., as part of its World Service Day observance. The event will start at 6PM Wednesday, October 12, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 North Main Street, with seating beginning an hour earlier. Transportation is available for attendees. … Read more

Allegany County Town Hall sessions for seniors schedule is modified

The 13-session Allegany County Town Halls schedule to air senior citizen concerns has been modified for some locations and dates. The new listings are:— Monday, September 26 — 11:30AM to 1PM: Fillmore Fire Department, 24 South Genesee Street.– Wednesday, September 28 – 5:30PM to 7PM: Crossroads Conference Center, 6087 State Route 19 North, Belmont – … Read more

New variant-specific COVID-19 boosters available this week in Allegany County

BREAKING: Free COVID-19 vaccine boosters, which specifically target the current BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants, cases of which are expected to continue to increase with the onset of winter weather, now are becoming available in Allegany County. The first public clinics will be held from 10AM to 7PM this Thursday, September 22, at the Cuba … Read more