Wellsville Balloon Rally weekend lifts off tonight, with Main Street Festival Saturday

Thousands of people are expected for this year’s 47th Annual Great Wellsville Balloon Rally, which starts a three-day run at 5:45PM today at Island Park at West Dyke Street, with sunny and mostly sunny weather being forecast for the weekend and into Tuesday. Opening ceremonies for the free event will be followed by the Friday … Read more

Summer Safety Fun Day set for this week

A free Safety First Summer Time Fun Day has been scheduled for children and families this week in Wellsville. The First Step Family Resource Center will hold the activity from 2PM to 5PM, Thursday, July 11, at its 83 North Main Street facility. Focuses of the day will include a bike rodeo and safety information; … Read more

Reduce chances for Fourth of July food illnesses

Health organizations are reminding Fourth of July holiday cookout celebrants of the danger of improperly prepared and stored foods which can turn a fun time into sickness and even trips to the emergency room. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the national Food and Drug Administration … Read more

Drug overdose training received, with more citizen prevention measures Saturday

Some three dozen Houghton University employees and students, healthcare professionals, and community residents have received state training on how to counter opioid drug overdose deaths, with the greater Allegany County community having additional opportunities this weekend to help address the issue. Mandee Nann, overdose training coordinator with the State Office of Addiction Services and Supports … Read more

Cross-cultural missions and concerts highlight Houghton University opportunities this week

A Houghton University graduate, who now is associate professor of intercultural studies at Columbia International University, will lead several free attendance opportunities for the public this week at Houghton University. Klejment-Lavin, Ph.D., who spent 13 years in intercultural ministry in Indonesia and South Korea, will speak at the 11:10AM services this morning at the Wesley … 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

P&G recalls millions of detergent bags due to ‘risk of serious injury’

BREAKING: The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reporting this morning that Procter and Gamble is recalling 8.2 million bags of Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets packaged in flexible film bags due to risk of serious injury if the containers split open. The hazard notice advises … 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

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

Credit card skimmers showing up at Walmarts in Central New York and Southern Tier

State Police in at least three of its Troops in Central New York and the Southern Tier have issued alerts in regard to three suspects who have targeted Walmart customers in an attempt to skim personal information from credit cards. The latest report by troopers comes from the Town of Erwin in Steuben County where, … Read more

Frozen fruit items at Aldi and other retailers under recall

A voluntary recall of specific frozen fruit items, linked to pineapple provided by a third-party supplier, and sold at Aldi stores in New York State, along with other grocery retailers under various names, has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that the organism can cause … Read more

Cuba food distribution closure to impact Western Allegany County residents

Residents of Western Allegany County who have been relying on free food distributions at five different locations will have services interrupted next month. Representatives of an Allegany County Food Coalition are expected to meet this week to try to determine how to overcome closure of the Cuba Cultural Center food distribution system at the end … 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

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

Peloton recalls over 2.1 million exercise bikes due to potential injuries from seat post breakages

Peloton has issued a voluntary recall for more than 2.1 million of its original exercise bikes sold over the past five years, due to seat post breakages which have resulted in known injuries. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which joined the company in the recall notice, urged owners to “immediately stop using the … Read more

Allegany County Pill Drop yields 80 pounds of unused prescription drugs

Over 80 pounds of unused pills were collected last weekend at two sites in Allegany County, including from one individual who was able to dispose of more than 15 years of accumulated substances. Nearly a dozen motorists at each of the Wellsville and Friendship fire departments drop-off sites disposed of nearly equal total amounts of … Read more

General Mills recalls four types of Gold Medal Flour due to possibility of Salmonella Infantis infections

General Mills is reporting a voluntary national recall of two-, five- and 10-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached and Bleached All Purpose Flour due to potential presence of Salmonella Infantis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted the nationwide recall, which affects two date codes and four bagged products only, and is … Read more

Allegany County Cooperative Extension establishes horticulture YouTube channel

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County has created a new YouTube channel to provide tips about horticulture and gardening for area residents. Agriculture Educator Cristian Acosta is facilitating the project and narrating some of the content. Currently-posted topics, some of which are available in Spanish, include Introduction to Gardening in New York State, Common Risks … Read more

Poverty and trauma to intersect at March online workshop

The relationship between poverty and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is the topic of the March online Lunch and Learn series to be conducted by the Trauma-Informed Communities Throughout Allegany County (TICTAC) Coalition. Living the Crisis of Poverty will be presented from noon to 1PM, Wednesday, March 29, by Belinda Knight, community operations director for the … Read more

Marketer of Nature’s Bounty products fined for false advertising

BREAKING: A well-known Long Island marketer of vitamins and other supplements is in line for a $600,000 fine by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allegedly highjacking Amazon ratings and reviews to deceive consumers as to their popularity. The Bountiful Company of Bohemia, manufacturer of the Nature’s Bounty and Sundown brands, is said to have … Read more