Many gain insights into a closed Amish culture

A variety of congregants from churches in Allegany and surrounding counties, along with government and community services representatives and the general public, learned about many aspects of the increasing Amish population this weekend during an Amish Awareness Conference in Friendship. A full house was present for a Friday night dinner and sessions which introduced educational … Read more

Prayer for school expands next week into National Day of Prayer observances in Friendship

A monthly prayer gathering at Friendship Central School will be extended next week to include a full-day observance of the National Day of Prayer, with four different prayer activities being scheduled to enable the entire community to participate. Three pastors from the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches will take part … Read more

Final registrations underway for regional Amish Awareness Conference starting Friday at Friendship

Less than a handful of days remain for required registration for a dwindling number of available seats for a regional Amish Awareness Conference being held Friday night and Saturday in Friendship. The April 19-20 event, co-sponsored by the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches, Allegany Hope, and Family Life Network Radio, … Read more

Regional radio previews Amish Awareness Conference, early registration ends Sunday

A regional radio network has previewed components of the upcoming Amish Awareness Conference in Friendship, with early registration savings ending tomorrow. Family Life Network (FLN), with more than 60 stations in Western and Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania, including two in Allegany County, featured the primary Mission to Amish People (MAP) presenter, Samuel Girod, … 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

Family Life Radio joins Amish Awareness Conference, only one week left for early registration savings

Family Life Network (FLN) regional radio has joined the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches and Allegany Hope in co-sponsoring this month’s Amish Awareness Conference, with only a week remaining to capture a 20 percent early registration savings. The event will be held Friday night-Saturday, April 19-20, at the Friendship Bible … Read more

Friendship churches place focus on Easter as Holy Week begins

Although Easter is seen by many as just another holiday when families can get together for a time of relaxation and connections, several Friendship churches are creating an expanded focus this year as to what they view as the true meaning of the holiday celebration. The What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of … Read more

Registration open for regional Amish Awareness Conference next month in Friendship

Early registrations are underway at Friendship for a regional Amish Awareness Conference next month which is designed to acquaint area residents with aspects of the Amish lifestyle and how to reach out to them and other increasing cultures throughout the area. The Friday night-Saturday workshop, provided by Mission to Amish People (MAP) of Greenwich, Ohio, … Read more

Men now invited to women’s monthly missions luncheons and presentations

Reaching the Amish will be the topic for this week’s Friendship women’s missions group luncheon meeting which, for the first time, will be open to men. Women in the Just Do It! mission group, birthed by the United Church of Friendship, will meet at 11:30AM at The Carter House Ministry Center, 37 East Main Street, … Read more

Learning more about Christianity at Easter

An additional community introduction to Christianity is being added in Friendship as Easter approaches. A free book study on Christianity, by Debra Wroblewski, is being held from 6:30PM to 8PM Tuesdays at the United Church of Friendship, 31 East Main Street. The review-discussion opportunity for individuals who want to know more about the Christian faith … Read more

Nearly $2.5 million in federal money flowing to Friendship and Angelica

Wednesday’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a $4.6 billion partial federal budget, which has been tied up in Congressional negotiations since last fall, is signaling that nearly $2.5 million of it will be allocated to the Town of Friendship and the Allegany County Fairgrounds at Angelica. Congressman Nick Langworthy is reporting that … Read more

Friendship church adds Blessings Box for food and other items to its outreach activities

Friendship area residents will be able to share food supplies and other items with others as the result of a new outreach by a local church. The United Church of Friendship has installed a Blessings Box outside its parking lot/handicapped ramp entrance at 31 East Main Street, with foodstuffs and other items, such as diapers … Read more

Wednesday presentation to focus on how one can become an online missionary

Friendship area women will learn Wednesday how they can become online missionaries. The United Church of Friendship Just Do It! women’s group will host local missionary Anita Baird Jones at its free monthly luncheon meeting from noon to 1:30PM on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb­ruary 14, at The Carter House Mission Center, 37 East Main Street. Jones will … Read more

Over 150 receive preparedness training in advance of this week’s potential Nor’easter

Over 150 Allegany County area residents received New York Citizen Preparedness Corps Training, just in time for a potential Nor’easter Monday night into Tuesday. Nearly 90 free emergency backpack go-kits were distributed yesterday afternoon to Friendship area households by the New York National Guard and State Office of Emergency Management, with nearly 70 more provided … Read more

Dozens learn about emergency preparedness at Houghton, even more at Friendship on Saturday

Some 70 Houghton area residents received an overview on how to be prepared for many types of emergencies, including those involving themselves, their family, pets and businesses, last night during a state Citizen Preparedness Corps training at Houghton Academy. Lt. Orlano Gayle of the New York National Guard provided the presentation, which also included a … Read more

Time running out on free emergency go-kits and preparedness trainings

Required registrations are closing for limited seating to obtain free emergency backpack kits this week at National Guard Citizen Preparedness Corps trainings in Houghton and Friendship. A free go-kit is being made available to each pre-registered area household during duplicate sessions from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Thursday, February 8, at Houghton Academy at 9790 Thayer Street, … Read more

Friendship churches alliance featured in Family Life Network radio interview

A two-state Christian radio network is featuring an alliance of Friendship churches which are working together to reach into the community and beyond. Family Life Network (FLN) in Bath, which owns more than 60 stations and translators in Western and Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania, is reporting on the group which has presented or … Read more

Free emergency backpack kits at Friendship and Houghton seminars for winter and all year round

The benefits of a free, all-weather emergency backpack kit, to be given out at seminars in Friendship and Houghton next month, have become apparent during recent power outages and travel on snow and windswept roads. Required registrations are underway for limited seating for the New York National Guard Citizen Preparedness Corps trainings, to be held … Read more

Experiencing God – Knowing and Doing the Will of God study resumes at Friendship

A study on Experiencing God – Knowing and Doing the Will of God has resumed in Friendship following a holidays break. The weekly sessions are being offered from 1:30PM to 2:30PM Thursdays at The Carter House Community Ministry Center, 37 East Main Street, Friendship. A joint initiative of the United Church of Friendship, Followers of … Read more

County district legislators to meet the public at Town of Ward in March

Allegany County residents will have an opportunity to question District II Legislators in March during a public meeting in the Town of Ward. Representatives Gretchen Hanchett and Dwight (Mike) Healy of Belmont and John Ricci of Cuba will field questions, starting at 6PM, Thursday, March 14, at the Ward Town Hall, 3013 County Road 10, … Read more