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ALFRED — Alfred State is remembering the life of longtime supporter and friend of the college, Jon Shay, a well-known area humanitarian and businessman who passed away Monday at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. 

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PORTVILLE — The village of Portville has been busy welcoming a number of new businesses this past year, with empty buildings finding re-use and giving the village the look of growth.

ALBANY (TNS) — Starting this week, people who work part-time in New York state will be able to claim unemployment benefits based on the number of hours they work instead of the number of days they work each week.

CATTARAUGUS — The Cattaraugus Free Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.

Two hospitals, merged into one entity in 2018, face the unenviable task of providing health care to a region in the midst of a dwindling population, inadequate reimbursements, aging infrastructure, rising costs, physician recruitment and the overall state of rural health care.

OLEAN — Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center announce the appointment of Dr. Dadrie Baptiste, a general and colorectal surgeon, to their medical staff and the Foothills Medical Group.

Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania are seeking to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, filing a federal lawsuit against the regulatory agency that oversees drinking water quality for more than 13 million people.

OLEAN — Bill Miller, wood shop operator for Cutco Cutlery Corporation, celebrated 25 years of service with Cutco on Friday.

OLEAN — Ed Negron, administrative services manager for Vector Marketing Corporation, a subsidiary of Cutco Corporation, celebrated 30 years of service with Vector on Jan. 2.

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SCIO — Music led a Wellsville boy to a lifetime of service in the emergency medical field, which is slowing down this month with the sale of Medical Transport Service, Inc.

ALBANY (TNS) — A poll by the Siena College Research Institute found that despite the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic, consumer sentiment in the state is largely unchanged since the late summer when it was “hovering” between optimism and pessimism.

Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer online training to learn about problem weeds, diseases and insects found in field crops in the Southwest New York region and throughout the state.

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SALAMANCA — After more than three decades working in the city, Ruthe Riehle has retired as executive director of the Salamanca Industrial Development Agency.

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SMETHPORT, Pa. — A Smethport-area company will play a key role in eradicating an invasive insect — hemlock woolly adelgid — at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset.

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ALBANY — State Sen. George Borrello called a panel’s decision to delay making it easier for farmworkers to get overtime pay until next year “sound and thoughtful judgement.”

SYRACUSE (TNS) — The federal government recently weighed in on an issue that will confront millions of workers and employers in the coming months: Can workers be forced to get vaccinated as a condition of their jobs?

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ELLICOTTVILLE — The coronavirus pandemic halted most U.S.-Canada border traffic in March, much to the dismay of Ellicottville businesses that count on Canadians for a significant part of the village’s tourism economy.

ALLEGANY — Absolut Care of Allegany announces the appointment of James E. Sinner as administrator, replacing Diane Jastrazab, who retired.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is suing Walmart, alleging the company unlawfully dispensed controlled substances through its pharmacies, helping to fuel the opioid crisis in America.

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ALLEGANY — A spokesman with Dimes Energy reported Thursday that employees with the company are back to work developing oil and gas wells and operating a recently completed gas pipeline in the Four Mile and West Branch Road areas

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WELLSVILLE — The village, town and Allegany County received a big, early Christmas present Friday when it was announced that the Wellsville Business Park has taken over the former Dresser-Rand facility.

JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Community College’s workforce readiness department has been approved as a training consultant for Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board’s Manufacturers Productivity Improvement Program, a reimbursement-based funding source to address training needs.