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OLEAN – Plans to develop seven youth soccer fields as a safer version of the current facility were dealt a setback Monday night by the City of Olean Planning Board.In the aftermath of recent meetings on the issue and opposition from neighborhood residents, planners reopened the state environmental review process into the project. Board President Tom Barnes said he belie…

LITTLE VALLEY – Residents of Cattaraugus County’s two public nursing homes are getting a lift, literally, with action taken Wednesday by the Cattaraugus County Legislature.Legislators approved expenditures for training and equipment for the nursing homes, including the purchase and installation of lift equipment costing $64,220.30. Another $21,000 will be spent to trai…

SALAMANCA – After several years of a flat school tax levy, followed by a nearly 30 percent decrease in the current budget, taxpayers in the Salamanca City Central School District can look forward to another cost-saving measure this year.According to District Superintendent Robert Breidenstein, because the district has remained under the state-mandated tax cap, as well as…

LITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Fair is setting the stage for a blend of agriculture and entertainment, as well as the traditional fair displays, for another year.Although it is listed as a preview day, the fair will welcome animals and exhibits Sunday. The annual celebration of the best that Cattaraugus County has to offer kicks off with a 10 a.m. antique tracto…

ALLEGANY – It has been empty for nearly 20 years – the shuttered Kmart off Exit 24 of Interstate 86, the gateway to Allegany and St. Bonaventure University.Kody Sprague, of Sprague Development, is looking to invest more than $3 million into the building to attract business to the area.The 100,000-square-foot building will require a new roof, facade, interior and utilit…

OLEAN – Despite the polls showing Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino trailing Gov. Andrew Cuomo by as much as 37 percent, Astorino believes he has his opponent right where he wants him.“I don’t care what the polls say,” he told a group of supporters Monday in Olean. “The ground is different. The election is in November ... We have the issues on our s…

LITTLE VALLEY – A recent walk and new testing have given officials in Cattaraugus County reason to call in airplanes to bring relief from mosquitoes to selected areas of the county.“Last week, we have seen an increase in the numbers of larvae in some areas that have been largely affected by mosquitoes this summer,” County Public Health Director, Dr. Kevin Watkins sai…

OLEAN – A controversial youth soccer field proposed for al Grossman Avenue, a residential dead-end street, was debated again Monday night by members of the Olean City Planning Board.In the end, the board tabled the issue for further study.The Olean Soccer Club is proposing the project as a safety issue. Because of heavy traffic, the organization’s current facility on S…

SALAMANCA – For the 25th year, the Seneca Nation will celebrate native culture during the annual Pow Wow in Veterans Park from Friday through Sunday. This year’s event is in honor the late Marvin “Joe” Curry, a member of the Seneca Nation’s Snipe Clan and a native of the Cattaraugus Territory. Curry was a member of Iroquois Post 1587, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a …

OLEAN – A replacement for Olean Police Chief Terry Schnell, who is set to retire Saturday, was on the minds of officials during a Common Council committee meeting Tuesday night.Olean Mayor William J. Aiello, who reportedly has submitted the name of a candidate, is on record as favoring someone who will live in the city.William “Bud” Fromme, a longtime resident of th…

GREAT VALLEY – The Town of Great Valley has come under criticism for tax-collection practices in an audit by the state comptroller. Town Clerk Toni Evans is singled out for not following proper procedure in collecting property taxes, failing to make deposits in a timely manner and neglecting to submit reports to Town Supervisor Dan Brown. The audit also faulted the clerk…

SALAMANCA – A change order approved Wednesday night for additional street repairs sparked a heated debate during a meeting of the Salamanca City Council.The change order is for $173,000 to cover the cost of additional work on South Main Street, according to Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella.“We didn’t budget for this,” City Comptroller Kathleen Sarver said. “That $173,00…

OLEAN – Cattaraugus County health officials would like to encourage the Amish community to have their members vaccinated.Officials say avoiding vaccines endangers the general public.Measles, which can easily be avoided with vaccinations, is a particular concern, Dr. Kevin Watkins, the county’s public health director, told members of the county Board of Health Wednesday…

OLEAN – Changes are coming to the Olean Schools Student Code of Conduct, aimed at safety and security in the school building.During his presentation to members of the School Board last week, Intermediate School Principal Joel Whitcher said a measure to allow students to carry backpacks and pencil cases throughout the building during the day will take effect in the comin…

SALAMANCA – The Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board is weighing six proposals from entities looking to take advantage of Appalachian Regional Commission grants.Pioneer School Superintendent Sharon Huff said the district already has programs that have given Pioneer students a leg up on their competition for advanced manufacturing jobs and placement in technical sch…