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Santa Sheriffs deliver Christmas gifts to less fortunate families

Press photo by Rick Miller

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb (right) and school resource officers and others from the Sheriff's Department loaded up their patrol cars with gifts for 35 families across the county Wednesday morning. Whitcomb helped establish the Santa Sheriff program here several years ago with cooperation from the Department of Social Services and Cattaraugus Community Action.

By Rick Miller Santa Sheriffs gathered last week to pack their patrol cars with bags of gifts for less fortunate families across Cattaraugus County. You could tell were the Santa Sheriffs because they wore red and white Santa hats in place of their uniformed hats. After nights of shopping and then wrapping presents for children and other family members, Sheriff ... Read More »

SGI students bring joy to nursing home residents through holiday song

Photo by Alex Simmons

Chorus, band and orchestra members at Springville-Griffith Institute High School spent a morning last week bringing holiday cheer to residents of the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home with a Christmas concert of carols.

By Alex Simmons As Christmas Day crept to less than a week away, a group of students last week decided to bring holiday joy to some people who could use it most. On the morning of Dec. 19, those students from Springville-Griffith Institute High School made a trip to the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home to perform a concert of ... Read More »

Village fire department line officers sworn in at board meeting

Photo by Kellen M. Quigley

Some of the 2019 Line Officers for the Springville Volunteer Fire Department 2019 were sworn in at the Dec. 17 Village Board meeting. Pictured: (from left) Bob Schuler, Cheryl Gentner, Deny Dains and Marc Gentner, the new chief.

By Kellen M. Quigley In their final meeting of 2018, the Village of Springville Board of Trustees welcomed some of the newly elected Springville Fire Department Line Officers in to take their oaths of office for the upcoming term. Marc Gentner was named chief with Dennis Dains as first assistant chief, Bob Schuler as third assistant and Cheryl Genter 9-4 ... Read More »

A Look Back: The Robinson Knife Company

Submitted photo

By Jolene Hawkins Looking Back to some of the business we had in town, the year is 1929 and the largest single industrial employer in Springville was the Robinson Knife Company. And in that year, they paid $108,000 to its 100-plus workers. Located on the corner of Main and Carolina streets, it is a three-story brick and steel plant, close ... Read More »

Sailing along in the SGI pool

Photos by Leesa Shelley

Mark Vogel and James Bialasik (HS Principal)

By Elyana Schosek Each year at Springville-Griffith High School, the students in Jonathan Shelley’s Tech 1 class are presented with an interesting and unique assignment. They are given the task of creating a boat out of only cardboard, zip ties, and duct tape The students are also given a limited amount of plastic to cover their boat to prevent it ... Read More »

Local Springville farmer says Christmas tree sales were on the rise

Photo by Alex Simmons

Sales for real Christmas trees seem to be up the last couple of years. A stronger economy and people’s desire to bring back the family tradition of picking out and cutting their own tree may be an influence.

  By Deb Everts   Real Christmas tree sales were very good this year. The demand was so great that Harold Hill, Jr. had to close the doors early at his Hill’s Christmas Tree Farm on Dec. 16. Hill said he has seen a definite increase in real Christmas tree sales over the last couple of years. He said he ... Read More »

Concord Town Board approves a Comprehensive Plan

By Kellen M. Quigley In their last meeting of 2018, officials for the town of Concord are making sure the future is secure with a plan to guide the upcoming years. After several months in the making, the town board at its Dec. 13 meeting accepted the Comprehensive Plan update, which provides an outline for the town’s goals and priorities ... Read More »

A Look Back: Christmas gifts from a century ago


By Jolene Hawkins Looking back 100 years ago, where and what did we get for Christmas gifts? You could shop in several stores downtown on Main Street — no internet in those days. There were dry good stores, furniture stores, clothing stores, shoe stores and if you were really good, the blacksmith stores for a new buggy with the fringe ... Read More »

Visiting Bethlehem for a night at First United Methodist Church

Photo by Alex Simmons

Ashley Blesy and her grandmother tend the fruits and vegetables in Bethlehem

Photos by Alex Simmons Residents of the Springville area had the opportunity to spend a Night in Bethlehem last Friday at the First United Methodist Church on East Main Street. Guests could experience first-century Bethlehem as they visited with shepherds, Roman soldiers and Mary and Joseph as they celebrate the birth of Jesus. Read More »

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