Village of Belmont government experiences several new faces in 2022

Belmont Village government has been taking on a different look since the beginning of the year, including the retirement of 29-year clerk/treasurer veteran Richard Hoshal, a change in a majority of the municipal board and a new village justice. The new faces started in January with appointment of Lisa Schmitt to fill an unexpired term … Read more

Free diaper services for low-income families are expanding

Free infant floor and booster seats are being added to free diaper services available to income-eligible families in Allegany and Western Cattaraugus counties. Buffalo-based Every Bottom Covered, Inc., has acquired 800 Upseats, a 3-in-1 ergonomic floor and booster seat which encourages upright posture and healthy hip development in infants, and will be sharing the items … Read more

State Comptroller says Friendship school district overtaxed property owners for at least three years

BREAKING: The Friendship Central School overtaxed property owners for at least three years, according to the State Comptroller, retaining an average of twice the surplus funds allowed by law, rather than reducing property taxes accordingly. In an audit report for fiscal years from 2018 to 2021, the school district projected budget deficits while it should … Read more

Pandemic business grants open up to those which were unprofitable in 2019

Businesses which were unable to qualify for a Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant because they didn’t make a profit in 2019 now may be eligible. New York State has lifted that requirement, according to the ACCORD Corporation Small Business Assistance Office in Belmont, with additional applications for grants up to $50,000 now being accepted. Local … Read more

BA.5 COVID strain establishes itself in Allegany County as new cases continue at high numbers

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: The BA.5 COVID-19 Omicron variant appears to have established itself firmly in Allegany County as the number of new positives appeared to be increasing last week after a one-week decline. New cases also continue to be at high levels over the same time last year, more than five times that of two … Read more

Governor Declares Monkeypox State of Emergency in New York State

BREAKING: A STATE OF EMERGENCY has been declared in New York State in response to increasing numbers of monkeypox cases which now comprise a quarter of all identified positives in the entire nation. Gov. Kathy Hochul took the action this morning to enable the state to “respond more swiftly to the outbreak and allows health … Read more

Allegany and surrounding New York counties are under a Drought Watch

BREAKING: Allegany and surrounding New York counties are under a DROUGHT WATCH as of this afternoon as current and future dry conditions are expected to continue through the remainder of the summer. The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued the alert at the direction of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and is “encouraging residents … Read more

Alfred University is part of international sports medal design

BREAKING: Next year’s Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) World University Games at Lake Placid will have a lasting memory from Alfred for medal winners. The 11-day multi-winter sports and educational festival, scheduled for January 12 to 22, will include Game medals developed in collaboration with faculty and students at the New York State College … Read more

Severe weather appears in Allegany County, heading east

BREAKING: National Weather Service (NWS) Doppler radar indicates an unexpected severe thunderstorm having passed through the northeastern part of Allegany County within the past hour as it moves east. No local alerts previously had been provided, although potential for heavy rain and gusty winds had been given by other forecast centers for Steuben County, along … Read more

Allegany County Board seeks state investigation over rural bank closures

The Allegany County Board of Legislators is requesting that New York Governor Kathy Hochul and the State Legislature undertake an investigation into closure of bank branches in rural counties such as Allegany. A quickly-drawn resolution was approved at last week’s board meeting at the Allegany County Fair as State Senators George Borrello and Thomas O’Mara, … Read more

More free events have been listed

We have added more primarily free events to our ongoing Calendar, providing additional opportunities for summer fun and education. Check out: — Thursday, July 28: Cruise Night – Angelica. — Saturday, July 30: Electronics Recycling Event – Belmont. — Sunday, July 1: Shakespeare in the Park – Angelica. — Saturday-Sunday, August 8-9: Heritage Days – … Read more

Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been extended until 5AM Monday

UPDATE #2 — 5:10AM MONDAY: The Tornado Watch south of the border in Pennsylvania has had a short life and been terminated, as fast moving storms passing through Allegany County and surrounding areas have quickened projections. Check our earlier links below for current forecasts.– – – – – – – – – –UPDATE – 4:23AM … Read more

Sunday Severe Weather is upgraded to Enhanced Risk

BREAKING: Potential afternoon storms today for Allegany and surrounding counties have been upgraded from Slight to Enhanced Risk by the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center at Norman, Okla., with a forecast of scattered severe storms being moved to the “numerous” possibility, including potential for tornado activity. Temperatures are expected to reach the 90-degree range … Read more

Severe weather potential and heat is forecast for Sunday

EARLY ALERT: Scattered severe storms are possible tomorrow afternoon and Sunday night, with gusty winds, heavy rain and hail being potentials across Allegany County and most of Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania as temperatures rise into the 90s. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center at Norman, Okla., shows the storms geography, expanded from … Read more

First BA.5 COVID-19 Omicron case confirmed in Allegany County while hospitalizations increase

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Allegany County has recorded its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron BA.5 variant as the number of new positives continue at much higher levels than last year at the same time as new hospital admissions jump at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. The information comes from responses to our daily Freedom of … Read more

Marginal Risk for severe weather forecast for this afternoon and Sunday

BREAKING: A Marginal Risk for severe weather, as we reported yesterday morning, is possible this afternoon, now over an expanded area of the Southern Tier and Allegany County’s Pennsylvania neighbors, with additional storms possible over the weekend. This US National Weather Service Buffalo NY graphic summarizes the potentials, with wind damage being the greatest risk … Read more