It’s Pumpkinville Time

Pumpkinville is opening with exciting new attractions. The biggest of them all is the Happy Horse Carousel. A newly restored antique merry-go-round was just restored in St. Louis, Missouri and relocated to the 200-acre grounds at Pumpkinville. They also have a new educational exhibit called Birds & Bees. Pumpkinville, the oldest, continuously working pumpkin farm in New York State, opens Sept. 14 and runs through Oct. 31. Approximately 100,000 people attend during the six-week season making it one of Cattaraugus County’s largest tourist attractions.

Two Charged For Drugs and Skimmers

Two men, one an undocumented immigrant, were arrested Wednesday after they were found with more than four ounces of heroin. Working off a tip state troopers pulled over Elison Ledesma-Melo, 44, of Bronx, who appears to be in the country legally. A K-9 officer found about 4.3 ounces. of what officers believe to be heroin. Skimmer devices, used at gas pumps and ATM machines were retrieved from the vehicle. Ledesma-Melo and a passenger, 47 year old Humberto Manrique-Roche, 47, arrested.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust

Two Jamestown residents face charges after officers found drugs, paraphernalia and packaging materials after failing to stop at stop sign. According to police reports twenty-eight year old Malcolm Bull of Jamestown allegedly was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had more than 16 ounces of marijuana. A passenger in the front seat of the truck, Lovella Kellom, 32, of Jamestown, allegedly was found with 4.7 grams of meth and 19 bags of heroin.

Salamance Recieving $4.7 Million

Salamanca will receive $4.7 million from New York state. The money will be used to hire two city firefighters which will allow the Salamanca Fire Department to fully staff two ambulances. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for withholding the payment due to conflicts with the Seneca Nation of Indians. The funds will be split into two payments, $2.35 million before Sept. 25, and $2.35 million in mid-December.

Warning On E-Cigarettes

Governor Cuomo and the New York State Health Department are advising people not to use e-cigarettes or other vaping products. The governor says there are at least 41 patients in New York State with respiratory illnesses linked to vaping. Health officials say vitamin E acetate, a component used in many vaping products, may damage your lungs. the Cuomo says he’ll be proposing legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

Fun at the Cattaraugus Free Library

The Cattaraugus Free Library will now be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many public use computers and free Wi-Fi available. Adult Coloring Hour will be held at 11 am on Wed beginning September 18th. All items are supplied! Registration is required. Story time will be held saturdays at 10 beginning Sept 20th. They will be hosting a Slime Saturday on September 28th. Kids of all ages can make and take their very own slime.

Limit to Legistlators’ Income Hits Snag

The state’s plan to limit state legislators’ outside income has hit another snag, this time in an Albany courtroom. Judge Richard M. Platkin of the state Supreme Court in Albany ruled Thursday in favor of several Republican legislators, including Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, that the committee’s recommended restrictions on outside income are not entitled to the force or effect of law.

Springville Barber Offering Free Haircuts

As Jim Nabozny prepares to go into chemotherapy, he made the decision to get his hair cut before he loses it during the treatments. With many others going through the same chemotherapy treatments. Nabozny wanted to help others in the area with their haircuts. After working with his son JP Nabozny of Barbershop Soli Deo Gloria in Springville, the shop will now be offering free haircuts to those with cancer about to go through chemotherapy.

Erie County Crews Remove, Repair Tainted Playground Equipment

(Buffalo, NY) — Erie County crews have been hard at work trying to make sure kids are safe while playing. They’ve been removing and repairing equipment at six parks that was found to be tainted with lead paint. Officials are now trying to figure out where new pieces of equipment should be placed in the future. Picnic tables, shelters and restrooms have also been checked for lead contamination.

Bradford Students Traveling to Olean

For Bradford, Pa., resident Kate Vinelli, the drive to Archbishop Walsh Academy and Southern Tier Catholic School in Olean are well worth the daily travel time for her two children, Madison and Charlie, to ensure they continue on with their Catholic education. The olean times herald reports…The Vinelli children are among the 10 or more students from Bradford and its surrounding area who have elected to enroll in the Catholic school system in Olean following the closure of St. Bernard School in Bradford at the end of last year due to financial issues and low enrollment.