Bartoo Grant Helps Richburg-Wirt Historical Society

     Richburg, NY – Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, recently ...

SPCA’s Annual Cookie Sale & Pet Pics with Santa

spca-logo-jpgThe SPCA Serving Allegany County is holding their annual Holiday Cookie Sale & Pet Pics with Santa on Saturday, December 10th at the Wellsville Elementary School from 9am – 2pm in the multi-purpose room. If you would like to bake Christmas Cookies and other specialty baked goods or candies & fudge… this is your chance to help the shelter animals by doing a little bit of baking this holiday season!

Please have your cookies or baked goods ready to go by Friday, December 9th, they can be dropped off at First Citizens Community Bank in Wellsville or at any ALCO Federal Credit Union branches in Wellsville, Belmont, Friendship or Cuba. And if you are not a baker…that’s OK, you can support the SPCA’s furry friends this holiday season by just stopping in to purchase some of the delicious treats for not only you…but your pets too!!

Don’t forget you can have your family pet’s picture taken with Santa by a professional photographer for only $5.00 from 9am – 2pm!!! Not only will they have Christmas cookies and other goodies for sale, but they will also have home made pet treats, SPCA t-shirts, bracelets, pet toys, hats & magnets. They will also have some great holiday raffles…including 2 beautiful quilts!

For more information, call the shelter at 585-593-2200 or check out their website at or follow them on Facebook.

So, please join us in helping the animals at the shelter this holiday season on Saturday, December 10th from 9am – 2pm by stopping by their Annual Cookie Sale and Pet Pictures with Santa at the Wellsville Elementary School. Classic Hits Oldies 103.5 will be broadcasting live from 9am -11am from the Cookie Sale.

Thank you for supporting the SPCA and Happy Holidays!


acaf-scholarships-2016The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars web portal is now open to accept scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The web site address is: All applications must be completed by January 31, 2017.

Last year the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded $209,200 in scholarships to 115 students throughout Allegany County along with $37,000 in renewable scholarships. Since 1990 the Foundation has awarded $2,770,148 to 1812 recipients. Please note that both current high school seniors and college students are welcome to apply for these scholarships. Our recipients are primarily students who attended a high school in Allegany County.

All students will complete their applications online including those applying for the Dresser-Rand Scholarships and the Wellsville Rotary Club Scholarships. Students are urged to begin working on their application prior to Christmas in order to meet the January 31st deadline. Those who applied last year can log back in and update the information they entered last year to apply again.

The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars  Awards Program will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Genesee Valley Central School.  All of the ACAF scholarship recipients must attend this event.  The public along with family and friends are invited to attend.  The program will begin at 3:00pm.

For more information about the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program please e-mail Denis Dahlgren at: or call 585-808-8444.

In the Picture: Cooper Buckley & Chelsea Phillips (2016 ACAF Scholarship Recipients).

The Friendship Free Library Receives ACAF Grant

friendship-library-2016Friendship – The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $146.35 grant to the Andover Free Library. Michelle Hill, Director of the Friendship Free Library, said that the money would be used to purchase more books for the library. This award was made possible from the earnings of the Susan Foster Myers Memorial Endowment Fund.

The Susan Foster Myers Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 2014 by Alan W. Myers as a memorial to his wife. The purpose of the endowment fund is to support the Friendship Free Library so that it may continue to thrive and continue to serve the community into the future. Each year the earnings from this endowed fund will be used to help improve the programs of the library.

Susan had served the people of Allegany County in many different positions over the years. Some of these positions included; Cub Scout Pack Master, town councilman, county legislator, and County Youth Board member to name just a few. Susan had also once served on the Friendship Free Library Board of directors, and she was the Board president for about ten years.

The Allegany County Area Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to encourage educational, social, cultural and civic projects benefiting the residents of Allegany County, New York. The Foundation welcomes tax-deductible P002gifts in any amount to any fund at any time, including memorials for friends and loved ones. For more information please contact the Director at: or call 585-808-8444.

In the Picture: (L to R): Carolyn Miller, ACAF Board Member & Michelle Hill, Director of the Friendship Free Library.

David A. Howe Library Receives ACAF Grant

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $700 grant to the David A. Howe Public Library.   Keturah Cappadonia, Library Head of Children’s Services, submitted the grant application to help with the purchase of eight chairs to place at their public computer workstations in their Adult Reading Rooms in the main area of the library.

david-a-howe-lbrary-2016The immediate beneficiaries of the new chairs will be the numerous people who use the public computers at the David A. Howe Public Library on a daily basis. In 2015, the library was visited 54,235 times by members of the public. The library’s public computer stations were used a total of 15,273 times in 2015.

The number of users of their public computer workstations has risen in the past two years and their public computers see steady traffic from the time the library opens in the morning until the library closes in the evening. Even with the popularity of smart phones and tablets, the library’s computer workstations remain popular. People use them for job seeking, filing taxes, recreational email and gaming, research, filling out and submitting forms, and printing materials.

The David A. Howe Public Library, which is the largest in Allegany County and open the most hours of any public library in the county, provides a vital service in providing free internet access and free public computer access to individuals from across Allegany County. The library is located directly on the bus routes of the Access Allegany transit line, which allows many low-income Allegany County residents to get to our library and use our services, including our computers, on a daily basis.

For more information about the David A. Howe Library please visit their web site at: The library is located at 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY.95_big

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in

perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or e-mail:

In the attached picture above (L to R): Nicolas Gunning (Library Director), Denis Dahlgren, (ACAF Executive Director), and Keturah Cappadonia (Library Head of Children’s Services).


The Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages donations totaling more than $8 million and uses the proceeds from those funds to encourage educational, social, cultural and civic projects benefiting the residents of Allegany County. The Foundation awards scholarships to individuals and grants to community organizations. It also helps organizations secure their futures by managing endowment funds and ensures that individuals’ desires for a legacy come to fruition by administering funds to benefit the areas or organizations they specify.  For more information please contact the Director or call 585-808-8444.