National Day of Prayer begins, with noon and evening sessions remaining in Friendship

A large representation of the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches gathered this morning in front of Friendship Central School for its monthly prayer gathering, with the event and two additional activities today happening to coincide with National Day of Prayer (NDP) observances. The group, which prayed for the school, its … 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

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

Help family members and friends by becoming an Information Ambassador

ANALYSIS: The wind storms, power outages and other weather-related events of the past week throughout the Allegany County region, along with potentially dangerous windchills this coming week, are once again demonstrating the need for individuals and communities to come together to share information and support one another. During the past eight days, over 125 people … Read more

Fillmore school cited for $40K in poor credit card use procedures and paying too much for some items

Fillmore Central School has agreed to tighten up its credit card use procedures after the State Comptroller’s office found one or more exceptions to every one of 230 credit card charges which “could have led to potentially inappropriate card use.” In a use audit released today, the state watchdog found that although $40,000 in credit … Read more

Friendship churches join together for community events for Celebrating the True Message of Christmas

Friendship churches are joining together for a series of events next month to help focus on the True Message of Christmas. A Friendship Christmas Celebration will begin this coming Saturday, December 2, with a series of activities for individuals and families which will run right through Christmas, and even New Year’s Eve. The schedule includes … Read more

Houghton Academy celebrates anniversary and installation of new headmaster

Houghton Academy, a private international boarding school, celebrated its 140th anniversary today during ceremonies at the school, which also provided additional highlights, including installation of a new headmaster. Toby A. Travis, Ed.D., a native of Montrose, Pa., heads the school, assuming the role from Philip Stockin of Houghton who had been serving in that capacity … Read more

Back to School gatherings highlight fall startups

Back to school picnics, such as this one at Friendship Central School this afternoon, are providing opportunities for children and parents to greet their new teachers and connect with each other. Music, face painting, ice pops from the principal, and a picnic lunch were enjoyed by dozens at the school, prior to the start of … Read more

Whitesville has a new daycare, to bus some high schoolers to Andover

Whitesville Central School is the site for a new year-around daycare. The Hornell Area YMCA has opened the new facility for children, ages 18 months to four years, which will operate from 7AM to 6PM weekdays. Attendees do not have to be residents of the school district. All childcare programs are eligible for financial assistance … Read more

Breakfast and lunch summer meals sites open for children and youth in Allegany and adjoining counties

Dozens of summer meals sites for children and teens have opened for up to five weeks in dozens of locations in Allegany and neighboring counties in New York and Pennsylvania, with thousands more nationwide. At least 16 sites in county schools, libraries, a youth center and a church are providing free lunches and, sometimes, breakfasts … Read more

Garbage pickup struggle in Friendship as local governments face manpower shortages

The Town of Friendship is seeking ways to overcome an immediate manpower shortage for garbage pickup while it and other local governments struggle with similar shortages in various workforce positions. Town Supervisor Russ Hall told a gathering of local officials last week, during an Allegany County District II Legislators meeting with residents, that three of … Read more

Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville to close due to declining enrollment and finances

Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville won’t re-open in the fall due to projected enrollment being less than half that of this year, combined with “a recent history of operating at a budget deficit.” Bishop Michael Fisher of the the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo made the announcement today, saying the decision had been made by … Read more

Top honors students named at Wellsville Central School

Joseph Mariotti has been named as valedictorian and Sara McCormick as salutatorian of the 2023 graduating class at Wellsville Central School. The top student, son of Joe and Kera Mariotti, attained a high school average of 99.41 percent and plans to attend Alfred State College to pursue a degree in surveying and geomatics. McCormick, daughter … Read more

Art shows and other activities to highlight some school budget votes Tuesday

Several Allegany County school districts will be combining student art shows, STEAM exhibits, book and wellness fairs, and even an ice cream social with Tuesday votes on their annual operating budgets and school board members. Allegany Hope will be among community resources organizations at a combination art, STEAM and wellness fair from 6PM-8PM May 16 … Read more

Top graduates reported at Whitesville and Canaseraga

The Whitesville and Canaseraga Central School districts have announced valedictorians and salutatorians for thir 2023 graduating classes. At Whitesville, Aislinn Hamilton and Kennedy Bledsoe have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, while Jacob Broughton and Ryan Sanders have received the same honors respectively at Canaseraga. The reports were made on district Facebook pages, with no other … Read more

Top seniors named for Belfast graduating class

Justin Hill and Canaan Sullivan have been designated as the valedictorian and salutatorian of the 2023 senior class at Belfast Central School. Hill, son of Brian and Adrienne Hill, is graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 96.25 and also has earned 25 college credits while in high school. Sullivan, son of Aaron and … Read more

Andover Central School names top graduating seniors

Top seniors of the 2023 graduating class were designated today by Andover Central School. Morgan Satterlee, daughter of Kimberly Ward and Jessie Jaycox and Adam Satterlee, has been named valedictorian, with Will Kent, son of Ed and Betsy Kent, the salutatorian. The valedictorian, a member of the school’s National Honor Society, is a student in … Read more

Top students of 2023 graduating class named at Genesee Valley Central School

Genesee Valley Central School has announced the designation of Lealah Greene as valedictorian of its 2023 graduating class, with Adison Grusendorf being named salutatorian. The valedictorian, daughter of David and Jackie Greene, has a cumulative grade point average of 98.32 and plans to attend SUNY Oswego to major in public relations. She has served as … Read more