Chautauqua County Not the Place For Long Life

Chautauqua County ranks among the lowest of all counties in New York when it comes to health, including having the lowest ranking when it comes to length of life.

According to a report released this week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Chautauqua County ranks 59th out of 62 counties in the state in the category of health outcomes. This is a worse ranking than last year when the state ranked 58th.

Hearing Scheduled Following Taunting Video

The New York State Amateur Hockey Association will be holding a hearing after video of a player being taunted went viral. Footage from the January game involving the Cheektowaga Warriors 18-and-under hockey team showed an African American player on the opposing team being harassed with racial slurs. Two Cheektowaga players and an assistant coach have been suspended. A hearing will take place in the next ten days.

Great Valley supervisor’s clerk recognized for service at age 88

An amazing woman has kept business rolling for the town of Great Valley for well over three decades.

Supervisor Dan Brown says her work ethic is unsurpassed. She makes everyone better at the office and the town is absolutely better because of her.

According to the Salamanca Press Hildagarde Krause, who has been the supervisor’s clerk for over 30 years, just celebrated her 88th birthday March 9. No matter what the weather might be, she shows up to work every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Salamanca Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

A Salamanca man has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his fraudulent debt restructuring business that reportedly scammed 200 people out of $1.2 million. Sergiy Bezrukov, 35, of Salamanca and formerly of Queens, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Buffalo to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

250 People Became US Citizens in Memphis

There are 250 new U.S. citizens in Memphis. A pair of naturalization ceremonies were held at Benjamin Hooks Library yesterday. The 250 people were from 44 different counties.

Missing Cornplanter peace pipe-tomahawk returning to Seneca Nation today

Few items in American history symbolize the troubled relationship between the United States and Indigenous Nations more than Seneca Chief Cornplanter’s peace pipe-tomahawk.

A present from President George Washington in 1792 with hopes to end years of battle, murder and crimes, Cornplanter’s peace pipe-tomahawk soon took a strange journey from its home on Seneca territory to the New York State Museum and then disappearing for decades.

The Salamnca Press reports today, Cornplanter’s peace pipe-tomahawk is officially returning to the Seneca Nation of Indians, taking its overdue place in the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

Cuomo Revising Budget Proposal After Trump Budget Announcement

Governor Cuomo is making changes to his budget proposal after President Trump revealed his federal budget. The president is calling for a 20-percent cut to federal health care spending. The governor’s office said yesterday as a result, it’s working to revise his 174-billion-dollar spending plan. The state budget director says if any percentage of those health care cuts went into effect, it would damage New York health care. The state’s fiscal year ends March 31st.

Illegal’s Taken Into Custody

Three people are taken into custody after trying to illegally enter the United States. The Coast Guard was called in yesterday after one of them ended up stuck in the Niagara River on a personal watercraft. The two others were able to make it to shore. The person operating the watercraft is a Brazilian citizen living in Canada. The other two people are from Spain and Brazil.

Duffy Running For Re-election.

Republican McKean County commissioner Carol Duffy, announced she will run for re-election. The mother of four is a lifelong resident of Smethport. She has served 8 out of 19 years’ on the Smethport School Board as vice-president on the Intermediate Unit Nine Board. In addition to being an active member of the community she has been co-owner and operter of a construction and trucking company. Duffy is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a degree in business management.

School Closed Friday for Basketball Semifinals.

Both the Olean and Franklinville schools have canceled classes Friday because of the basketball teams’ state semifinal games so the students can chear on their teams. The Olean boys basketball team will face off with Glens Falls at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Binghamton. The Franklinville girls basketball team will chanllenging Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons at 11:45 a.m. in Troy.Tickets for both games will cost $8 when purchasing online, or $10 on site. Olean is also having celebratory sendoff by the Mayor at noon on thursday.