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

FDA issues widespread eye drops recall, second significant safety alert for today

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased to 27 its list of widely sold eye drops which should cease to be used immediately due to potential risk of eye infections which “could result in partial vision loss or blindness.” Tonight’s alert updates a list which first was reported Friday and includes products sold … Read more

FDA issues child safety alert on certain WanaBana Pouches sold through Dollar Tree, Sam’s Club, Amazon and others

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert advising parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because products may contain elevated levels of lead and also is urging that a child’s healthcare provider be contacted about having a blood test if the product … Read more

FDA issues safety cautions for Halloween, from type of costumes to eye care and edibles

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with many other consumer and child advocacy groups, are issuing cautions in regard to Halloween activities. Potentially dangerous costumes, guarding against certain types of makeup, color contact lens issues, the right inspection of treats before they are consumed, and more are on the awareness list as individuals … Read more

Prescription Drug Take Back and Trunk or Treat merge Saturday

Allegany County residents will be able to dispose of their unused prescription drugs tomorrow on their way to the Allegany County Deputy Sheriff’s Association’s annual Trunk or Treat. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 11AM to 1PM Saturday, October 28, at both the Allegany County Employment … Read more

Allegany County to receive part of $2.5 million grant to attack lead-based paint hazards

Allegany will receive some $700,000 out of a $2.5 million grant award to Cattaraugus County to aid in identifying and controlling serious lead-based paint hazards in homes in both areas. A representative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes is scheduled to present the … Read more

Rural health focus is next month in Allegany County

Jones Memorial Hospital will be celebrating the Power of Rural next month as it hosts a Family Fun and Fitness Night in Belmont and also welcomes a new family nurse practitioner to its Bolivar Primary Care facility. The Belmont event, to be held from 6PM to 8PM Thursday, November 16, at Genesee Valley Central School, … Read more

Prescription Drugs TakeBack scheduled in Belmont and Cuba

Allegany County residents have less than two week left to dig out their unused prescription drugs for free disposal in Belmont and Cuba, helping to keep the substances off the street and out of the hands of drug abusers and children, and out of public water supplies. The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its … Read more

Belfast native is the new community relations and marketing manager at Wellsville hospital

An Allegany County native has been appointed as the new community relations and marketing coordinator at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Suzanne Male, who grew up in Belfast, will succeed Judith Burt in the community relations coordinator portion of the position, with Burt retiring September 1, her 32nd anniversary with the hospital. James Helms, Jones … Read more

Free medical clinic for children and adults scheduled next month in Olean

A Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic for free medical, dental and vision services, including eyeglasses, will be held on Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10, at the Olean YMCA. No clinic is being held this year in Allegany County. The parking lot at the facility will open at midnight each day for first-come, first-served access, with services starting … Read more

Wellsville nurse returns to Jones Memorial Hospital in new dual role

A Wellsville resident has been named to a new combined position of senior director of nursing and quality management director at Jones Memorial Hospital. Jennifer Scheible, BSN, RN, MHA, who has been employed at UPMC Cole in Coudersport, Pa., prior to her new appointment, was a member of the Jones nursing and nursing management teams … Read more

Andover Primary Care holds grand opening

The ribbon went flying this afternoon at the new Jones Memorial Hospital Andover Primary Care facility as several dozen individuals, including Congressman Nick Langworthy, gathered for a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony. The new facility, located in the former Maier’s Market at 51 Main Street, actually opened the end of June, with the grand opening … Read more

Excessive rain and heat potentials for latter part of this week

Excessive rain, which could lead to localized flooding in Allegany County, is being forecast, starting tonight and extending into Saturday, interrupted on Friday by oppressive heat which could reach 95 to 100 degrees indexes during the day. Impacts in surrounding areas vary, depending on locations. Today is projected by the National Weather Service (NWS) at … 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

Allegany County in Unhealthy air quality range

Central Allegany County has been in the Unhealthy range for air quality since early this morning, a level above that forecast yesterday by the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, although it is moderating to the minimum level of the designation at noontime. Accompanying graphics from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) AirNow initiative … 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

Wellsville couple gifts state of the art neonatal equipment to Jones Memorial Hospital

A Wellsville pediatrician and his wife have provided a state of the art, all-in-one neonatal unit to Jones Memorial Hospital which takes the place of several separate pieces of equipment, creating a more efficient and operator-friendly medical care environment. Dr. Zahi and Rayana Kassas gifted a new Panda Warmer, which takes the place of a … Read more

Allegany County air quality improves, southern parts in drought condition, heavy rain forecast near start of next week

Unhealthy air quality has dropped back below the the alert stage this morning in Allegany County, although conditions in neighboring Cattaraugus, Wyoming and the rest of Western New York and Pennsylvania still are considered Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, all being just one component of shifting weather conditions over the next several days. In the meantime, … Read more

State breaks out more face masks as wildfire smokes continues to move down from Canada

New York State is making one million free face masks available, including 600,000 to local governments for additional distribution, as air quality concerns continue today as the result of smoke and haze from multiple wildfires moving south from Canada. No information as to availability has been provided at this writing by the Allegany County Office … Read more

Air quality and high fire danger alerts continue today for Allegany and surrounding New York counties

Elevated fire risk levels and air quality alerts continue Wednesday in Allegany County with some schools canceling outside activities due to smoke and particles from an Eastern Canadian wildfire which are riding winds down from the north. Haze and areas of smoke are forecast today over the entire area, with the potential for showers likely … Read more