Rushford Fire Department holds Saturday open house

The Rushford Fire Department will hold an open house from 11AM to 2PM tomorrow with free food and activities. Children, adults and families will be able to view all the department’s equipment, including trucks and its ambulance, during the Saturday, July 13, event, with hot dogs, chips and beverages being provided, along with a drawing. … 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

Outdoor fire weather concerns pick up

The National Weather Service (NWS) has posted a Special Weather Statement in regard to outdoor conditions creating potential for brush fires in Allegany, Livingston and Monroe counties east. “Dry conditions again today will continue to dry out fine fuels, such as leaf litter and grass,” it reports. “This will combine with southerly wind gusts of … Read more

NYSDEC reminds of two-month outdoor burn ban in effect through May 14

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reminding residents that a statewide ban on outdoor burning, with a few exceptions, is in effect through Tuesday, May 14. The action is taken every spring due to higher winds, combined with dry materials, making outdoor combustion more likely. The department notes that open burning … Read more

Prescription Drug Take Back this month at Andover and Wellsville

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Andover and Wellsville this month to keep the unused medicines off the street and out of the hands of drug abusers, children and public water supplies. The spring event will be held from 10AM to 2PM, Saturday, April 27, at … Read more

Weekend Easter Egg Hunts may mix with adverse weather Saturday

Several Easter Egg Hunts are on the schedule for this weekend in Allegany County, with those into Saturday afternoon potentially mixing with snow, sleet and freezing rain. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 2PM tomorrow as temperatures hover around freezing, although impacts generally appear to be greater in the central and northern parts … Read more

Trunk or Treat, Prescription Drug Take Back, art, music and more highlight weekend activities, starting tonight

Many different Trunk or Treat and other events at various locations are available to individuals and families in Allegany County and beyond from tonight through the end of the month, including the biannual Prescription Drug Take Back in both Belmont and Cuba to keep unused prescription drugs out of the hands of abusers, children and … Read more

77-year Fillmore firefighter honored by Allegany County legislators

A Fillmore resident who has been an active member of the community’s fire department for 77 years, has been recognized for “extraordinary contributions to the betterment of Allegany County.” Charles (Chuck) Yanda was the latest recipient this week of an ongoing effort by the county Board of Legislators to “recognize community members that exemplify the … Read more

National Fallen Firefighter Memorial to include former Houghton student-firefighter

A former Houghton University student, who also was part of the Houghton Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service, will be honored as part of National Fallen Firefights Memorial Weekend activities Saturday and Sunday in Emmitsburg, Md. Capt. Ron McGarvey of the Waxhaw, N.C., Community Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad died in 2021 while returning … Read more

State fire chiefs remind residents of two months burn ban

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs is reminding residents of a two months statewide ban on outdoor fires through Sunday, May 14. It notes that according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, open burning is the single greatest cause of wildfires in New York State, adding that since the spring burn ban … Read more

Area NYS forest rangers busy with area wildlife search skills trainings

Area State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) forest rangers have been busy already this month teaching basic wildland search and rescue skills trainings in Western New York. In state highlights for the week, NYSDEC notes that on Saturday, March 4, Forest Rangers Justin Thaine of Allegany, Daniel Cordell of Livingston, John Kennedy of Wyoming, and … Read more

Allegany County assistant district attorney to switch sides

The second assistant district attorney for Allegany County is scheduled to switch courtroom tables March 1, becoming the conflict defender for those charged with crimes. Belmont attorney Peter J. Degnan is on the county Board of Legislators agenda this afternoon to be appointed to the new $103,680 part-time position, with duties activated whenever the public … Read more

State fire chiefs association seeking local leader awards nominations

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) is seeking nominations for its state Chief of the Year Award, along with several other designations and scholarships. A chief’s award is presented annually to both a career and volunteer leader, with honorees chosen based upon “demonstration of outstanding leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to … Read more

Winds bringing early grass and brush fires to Allegany County

Posts from the Allegany County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page show fire scenes from Friendship, Allentown and Angelica during the past week. Grass and brush fires have become a problem during the past week in Allegany County, with fire departments responding to at least three incidents, including along I-86 at Friendship today and Allentown … Read more

Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company schedules community open house and activities

A host of activities are in store for area residents next Sunday at the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., community open house. Free hot dogs, fun for the kids, equipment displays and demonstrations, fire station and apparatus tours, information on a proposed new truck purchase, and more will be available from 11AM to 3PM, November … Read more