DEC temporarily closes Alma Pond Public Fishing Access site

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has closed temporarily the Alma Pond Public Fishing Access Site in the Town of Alma, Allegany County. The action, effective today and expected to last three or four weeks, is to provide site improvements. The closure includes the main parking area, car-top hand launch, and improved … 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

Trout season opens today across New York State

Anglers hit New York State’s streams and rivers today for the traditional April 1 opening of trout season. As a bonus, State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) trout stocking began in March and will include placement of more than 9.1 million catchable size brook, brown, and rainbow trout in streams and ponds across the state … Read more

Juried student art exhibition opens Friday at Houghton University

Houghton University will open its 35th Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition Friday night with a reception and awards ceremony. The event, with music and refreshments, will take place from 6:30PM to 8PM in the Ortlip Gallery in the Center for the Arts Building on the 1 Willard Avenue campus. Any Houghton student is able each … 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

Children and teens eligible for free lunch and activities this week in Wellsville

Area children and youth 18-and-under are able to obtain a free lunch from Tuesday through Friday this week at the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville. The opportunity, from February 20 to 23 at the library facility at 155 North Main Street, is being provided by the Wellsville Salvation Army to coincide with this … Read more

Family Resource Center cuts ribbon in Wellsville

A new First Step Family Resource Center became a reality in Wellsville today as the ribbon was cut for the new facility. Representatives of state and federal legislative representatives joined Mayor Randy Shayler, who cited the “village benefit,” in lauding the addition to the community. Located in the former Hamilton Shoe Store at 83 North … Read more

Allegany County Sheriff schedules mandatory Safe Boating Certificate course for operators

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Department will host a free, eight-hour state Safe Boating Course Sunday for county residents or taxpayers, one of five mandatory training opportunities for operators being held through May. The eight-hour certificate requirement is for anyone born on or after January 1, 1978, or currently 46 years of age or younger, who … Read more

New York State Free Fishing Days start this weekend

New York State will begin its six 2024 Free Fishing Days schedule Saturday and Sunday as part of the Presidents Day Weekend observance. During the February 17-18 weekend, both state residents and non-residents, 16 years of age and older, can fish without a freshwater fishing license. Children under 16 are always able to fish free. … Read more

NYSDEC warns about being on ice

Although bitter cold has set in, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is warning about being on ice for exploration and recreation and misjudging its depth and safety. “Safe ice should be your number one consideration when ice fishing,” it says, providing the accompanying chart for guidance in regard for all types … Read more

Celebrations, musical events, family activities, and more weekend events start tonight in Allegany County

A full range of weekend events start tonight with a Thursday cruise-in and movie as part of the four-day Scio Bicentennial celebration, followed by Amity Daze activities Friday and Saturday in Belmont, and a public ice cream social in Friendship and a Community Worship Service and dinner at Wellsville, both on Sunday. Two fireworks displays, … Read more

Community churches come together in Friendship to host Community Picnic

Dozens of individuals and families came together at Island Park in Friendship Sunday for a Community Picnic hosted by the community’s five churches. Children had fun in a bounce house, on park equipment and with games, while parents and elder populations enjoying food and conversations under sunny skies.

Vacation Bible Schools start Sunday

A Vacation Bible School in both Wellsville and Belmont will start Sunday evening. Twists & Turns, for ages four through adult years will be held from 5:45PM to 8PM through Wednesday, August 9, at the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, 3350 County Road 29, Wellsville, and will include games, other activities activities, snacks, and learning about … Read more

Over a dozen free and primarily-free events this weekend in Allegany County

More than a dozen free or primarily-free events are scheduled this weekend for individuals and families in Allegany County and beyond, with a sampling included in the graphic which accompanies this story. In addition, over 125 total activities appear on our exclusive Allegany Hope Community Calendar, with more being added regularly. A link to the … Read more

More free events this week with some 125 listings in the days ahead

Nearly a dozen free or primarily-free events are scheduled through Friday of this week in Allegany County, with another nine listed during this coming weekend. A sampling is included in the graphic which accompanies this story. Over 120 total activities for individuals and families throughout Allegany County and beyond now appear on our exclusive Allegany … Read more

Allegany Hope, Houghton University and more at Families Pavilion today at Wellsville

Mostly sunny skies are expected to greet thousands of visitors today as more than a dozen Christian organizations participate in a Families Pavilion as part of the annual Main Street Festival in Wellsville, an adjunct to the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally weekend. Houghton University and Allegany Hope will be among organizations highlighting the activity, organized … Read more

Great Wellsville Balloon Rally and more scheduled for this weekend in Allegany County

Although the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally will take center stage this weekend in Allegany County, there are accompanying activities in Wellsville, and more in other parts of Allegany County. Residents will keep their eyes on the sky for not only balloons but the weather, with today being the most prone to thunderstorms during the day … Read more

Allegany County summer activities level heating up

The number of free and primarily-free events for individuals and families throughout Allegany County and beyond is increasing as summer progresses. Many outdoor concerts and a play, a Vacation Bible School, a presentation on equine therapy with horses, a family movie and a free military gear giveaway for veterans all are occurring this week, even … Read more

New children’s playground opens at Scio

A new children’s playground at Scio Central School has opened for ages five-to-12. The Vandermark recreation site became available for use today, one of three being constructed under a district capital improvement project, with the other two slated for completion next month. They all are part of a $5.75 million construction initiative approved by voters … Read more