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

Conagra Brands recalls over 2.5 million pounds of canned goods

BREAKING: Conagra Brands is recalling more than 2.5 million pounds of canned meat and poultry products due to a packaging defect which may cause the products to become contaminated without showing any outward signs of contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports the nationwide recall is for certain items … Read more

Shun the myths and keep Thanksgiving dinner and guests safe

HEALTH ALERT: Keep Thanksgiving safe this year, advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture, by avoiding misinformation and myths picked up from social media and other sources. The agency, which even has a meat and poultry safety division which is available on Thanksgiving morning, provides the following information to avoid embarrassment or family sickness: >>> MYTH … Read more

Four companies receive final orders from Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained final orders against four companies for alleged unlawful consumer behaviors. Harley-Davidson, grill maker Weber-Stephen, and MWE Investments, producer of Westinghouse outdoor power equipment, were accused by the FTC with illegally restricting customer rights to repair their purchased products, with Electrowarmth Products being barred from deceptively claiming that heated … Read more

Heating equipment repair and replacement assistance now available

Applications now are being accepted for fall and winter heating equipment repair and replacement for eligible recipients under the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), with enrollment for additional benefits, including financial aid for heat, forthcoming. Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to repair or replace a furnace, boiler, and/or … Read more

Hiring entity for Economic Development Director is hard to determine

Allegany County, NY, is seeking a new Director of Economic Development but it may not be readily apparent to potential candidates. The county has posted an advertisement for the position to head a new associated department, approved last week along with other subsequent actions by its Board of Legislators, but the primary focus, shown in … Read more

Community Bank reduces Allegany County presence by a third since Steuben merger

Community Bank now has closed one-third of its Allegany County, NY, branches since purchasing Steuben Trust a little over two years ago. Andover and Angelica, which had been on a reduced schedule, were mothballed last weekend, joining the closure last spring of Canaseraga and a branch in Wellsville, just a short distance from a former … Read more