Archives for June 2018

Springville Senior Will Play In Football Classic

On July 25th Springville Senior Mike Hannon will be playing in the 43rd annual Kensington Lions All-Star football game at Williamsville South High School. The 6 foot 300 pound lineman was a force on both offense and defense during his final year at Springville. Mike will be joining his brother Pat, who also played in the all-star classic, at Alfred University next season. Hannon is the only Griff from last season’s team to be playing at the collegiate level.

Senator Gillibrand Looks For Money for Dairy Farmers

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, introduced an amendment to the Senate farm bill Tuesday that would provide an average of $8,000 to New York dairy farmers. Gillibrand said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue had denied her request for $77 million in relief for suffering New York dairy farmers. A member of the Agriculture Committee, Gillibrand on Tuesday sponsored an amendment to the Senate farm bill that would provide $300 million in relief to U.S. dairy farmers. New York is the third-largest dairy producing state, with more than 4,400 dairies producing nearly 15 billion pounds of milk each year.

Hollywood Comes Back To Buffalo

Hollywood returned to Buffalo for the filming of the latest in the”Purge” series. Gerard McMurray, who directed the film, loved one location. The area around the General Mills plant on the Buffalo River. He called it the “Cheerios location.” “We shot a lot of scary stuff by the Cheerios,” he said. They also shot downtown Buffalo, the interior of One Seneca Tower, the Marine Drive Apartments, Perry Projects, in Kaisertown and on the West Side. “The First Purge” opens this weekend.

Springville-Griffith May Annex With West Vally Central

Last October, Castallo & Silky Education Consultants were hired by West Valley Central School to conduct a pre-annexation study to look at the annexation of WVCS with Springville-Griffith Institute. The study said that an annexation of the two would be perfectif both school districts were on board with the plan. Silky said an annexation could lessen the impact of declining enrollments, increase the probability of program reductions, increase course offerings for students, add more extra curricular activities and could lead to lower or stabilized property taxes. .Copies of the pre-annexation study will be available in the WVCS office.

It’s Day 1 of Sabres Development Camp

The Buffalo Sabres started day 1 of Development Camp yesterday, and it gave everyone a chance to get a close up look at the newest Sabre on the backline…Rasmus Dahlin. However, another Buffalo defenseman hit the ice looking sharp and consistent…the Sabres’ 5th-round pick in the 2016 draft, Philip Nyberg. Injuries have hampered his development since day 1. First a shoulder that needed surgery, then a high ankle sprain that had him miss 16 games last year. Development camp continues Thursday at HarborCenter with session one from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and session two from 11 to 12 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

Grant Money For New Salamanca Playground

The City of Salamanca has been awarded a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, through its Built To Play initiative, for a “Build it with KaBOOM!” playground grant. Sandi Brundage, the Youth Bureau Director, said that after looking at some of the city’s older playgrounds, that Highland playground was the one most in need of a facelift. On July 6, the community will have the opportunity to give their input on the playground’s design during two sessions: one for kids at 2 p.m. and another for adults at 3:30 p.m. at the Salamanca Youth Center.

State Money For Local Transportation

The Allegany County and Seneca Nations of Indians public transport systems will see a boost this year thanks to aid for rural bus systems.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday $57.7 million in state and federal funding for 136 rural public transportation projects statewide. “Transportation infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and the key to future growth,” Cuomo said. “This funding will bolster upstate mobility operations and help ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of their location, will have a transportation infrastructure they can rely on.”

Salamanca Gets New Power Generator

State Senator Catherine Young got some help for the City of Salamanca when they went shopping for a new power generator for the Salamanca Municipal Center. The city submitted an application for a grant last week for a $150,000 dollar grant after Senator Young’s office notified the city that the grant was available. The city started the search for a new generator when the current 40-year-old model decided to sleep in during the March power outage. Sandi Brundage, Director of the Salamanca Youth Bureau said, “When we can do things for the city that need to be done, it’s huge.”

Darien Road Speed Limit Changed

Some Colden residents have been complaining about the speed limit on sections of Darien Road. The county owned section of the road between Center and Boise Road, repaving is being done. Residents have concerns that the 55 MPH speed limit on that road is misguided because of blind grades, a hill and school bus signs in several locations. The board approved a road study and also approved to lower the speed limit to 45 MPH.

Arson Fire In Abandoned School

We are still waiting for an official cause on a fire that broke out in the abandoned Cattaraugus elementary school at South and Washington. Cattaraugus Fire Department Chief Wayne Stein said it looked like arson. This fire brought out more than 75 volunteer firefighters Sunday night from 5 different departments to fight this mutual aid blaze. Fire investigators were at the scene until after midnight Sunday. If you have any info, you’re asked to call the Sheriff’s Office.