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New York Counties: Allegany| Cattaraugus | Chautauqua | Livingston | Steuben

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September, 2016 - Living Sign Dedication in Canisteo. The town of Canisteo in Steuben county has a living sign that spells out CANISTEO on a hilside above town in spruce trees. The original sign was planted in 1933 and was in the 1938 'Ripley's Believe it or Not'. During the past year many people in the town and surrounding area, including our own Bob Glover, have worked very hard to renew the sign: replace dead and dying trees and clean the sign area of brush.
The town is inviting one and all to join them on October 1, 2016 to dedicate the renewed sign and celebrate with activities for all. Dedication is from 11:30 to 12:00 with a  family hike to the sign at noon. There will be food, crafts, and other activities until 4:00.
Go on out there, help them celebrate, and have an afternoon of fun!

March, 2016 - Updating the Painted Hills website. When Painted Hills was started (20 years ago now), we wanted a bulletin board and chat room that our members could use to help each other with research. They were state-of-the-art when they were launched. However, in recent years we have found that neither the Forum nor the Chat have been active. One could even say they have been comatose!

More and more of our members are using the private Painted Hills Facebook group to communicate. Members report that it is more fun and they get better and faster responses from the Facebook Group. Try it!

The Facebook group is open to members only. If you decide you want to participate in the give and take, click on the Facebook button above and then click the Join Group button in the upper right of the Facebook page. We monitor the requests. If you are a paid up member, we'll do the rest.

Even though Chat is closed completely, the Forum will be available for browsing of old posts, but be locked for posting. You no longer need the user name and password, just click the link to Forum.

December, 2015 - A new book set in Cattaraugus County. PHGS member Tim Lake has published a local-history book, Hang on and Fly. The book tells the story of a Cattaraugus County plane crash in 1951. Mary Bryant's mother-in-law is one of the main characters profiled in the book which was completed with some help from Mary.


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