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City to Close Portion of North Union Street for Chamber Clambake

June 12, 2018

OLEAN, NY – A portion of North Union Street will be closed Wednesday while the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its 50th Annual Clambake.

The street will be closed to southbound traffic from the Olean Center Mall roundabout to Laurens Street and to northbound traffic from Hamilton Street to the mall roundabout. The closures will be in affect from 1 to 9 p.m.  The ...

Reed Praises North Korea Agreement and Issues Warning to Kim

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed praised the agreement reached Tuesday by President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but issued a stern warning to Kim.

“If Kim Jong Un throws away this opportunity, it will mean the military destruction of his country and his death," Reed said in a statement.

Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, said Trump offered ...

State Awards $330,000 to Olean for Pedestrian Safety

ALBANY, NY – Olean will receive $330,000 in state funds from the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, a multi-agency initiative to utilize engineering, education and enforcement campaigns to enhance pedestrian safety.

The funds are part of a $62 million that the state is investing in pedestrian safety projects.

"Pedestrian safety impacts residents of all ages and in all communities, ...

Cortland Scores Three in Ninth to Down Olean 6-4

June 19, 2018

OLEAN, NY – A two-base error in the top of the ninth opened the door for the Cortland Crush to score three runs and take the lead to defeat Olean 6-4 Tuesday at Bradner Stadium.

Dylan Ketch  had the big hit for Cortland, driving home Joe Palmo and Iset Maldonado for the tying and go-ahead runs. Ketchg scored the final run on a Tyler McKeon double.

The Oilers spotted Cortland ...

Oilers Rally Falls Short in 7-5 Loss to Genesee

OLEAN, NY – A ninth-inning rally fell short Sunday, and the Oilers lost to the Genesee Rapids, 7-5, at Bradner Stadium Sunday.

Trailing 7-2 at the start of the inning, Olean put three runs on the board before Rapids pitcher Austin Rexroad retired Brian Tagoe on a ground-out to second to end the game.

Colby Greenhalgh hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to put Genesee up 3-2. The ...

Oilers Blank Ridgemen 10-0

OLEAN, NY — Behind the strong pitching of Brian Pulli and Matt Grace, the Oilers blanked the Rochester Ridgemen, 10-0, Friday at Bradner Stadium.

Pulli tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out eight batters while scattering three hits. Grace pitched the final two innings and allowed just one hit.

Ryan Simmons put the Oilers on the board early, cracking a two-run home run in the ...

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Pennsylvania Man Arrested in Olean on Illegal Weapons Charges

June 19, 2018

OLEAN, NY – State Police arrested Martin C. Miller on June 11, and charged him with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, circumventing an interlock device and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to State Police.

During a routine traffic stop on State Route 16 in the Town of Olean, State ...

Olean Man Arrested and Charged with Obstruction of Breathing

OLEAN, NY – Police arrested Kenneth Ellis on June 9 for criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.

New York State Troopers made the arrest after responding to a report of a dispute.

Police said troopers investigated a dispute at a residence in the Town of Olean and determined that ...

Jamestown Man Arrested for on Drug Charges

OLEAN, NY – State Troopers arrested Ameir A. Glover on June 8  for criminal possession of a narcotic drug and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police said they detected the odor of marijuana during a routine traffic stop on Buffalo Street in Olean. According to police, troopers executed a probable cause search and found cocaine and marijuana.

Glover, 42, of Jamestown, was ...

Two Olean Students Awarded Mayor's Scholarships

June 19, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Lucas Chapman and Zack Linderman have been awarded the Mayor’s Scholarship. 

“Congratulations to both Lucas and Zach; they are both fine young men and are assets to our community,” said Mayor William Aiello, who announced the scholarships at the June 12 Olean Common Council meeting. “I wish them continued success as they continue their ...

Elmira College Honors Student-Athlete from Olean

ELMIRA, NY - William Gardner of Olean was among those recognized for successes both on the field and in the classroom at the 2017-18 Elmira College Department of Athletics Awards Reception on May 21.

Gardner received Lowman Award, which is presented to an upper-class student, in good academic standing, whose personality, character, organizational and administrative ability have had a positive ...

Olean High School Grad Leading Rocket Launch

LAS CRUCES, NM -- A graduate of Olean High School will play a key role in the Princeton Rocketry Club’s attempt to launch the first student-built rocket to outer space Memorial Day weekend.

Saad Mirza is project manager for the Princeton University club’s SpaceShot project team, which is in New Mexico this weekend for the launch. The team designed, built and tested a two-stage ...

Summer Pop-Up Cinema Series Scheduled for Six Saturdays in Downtown Olean

June 19, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Christopher Michel was watching TV when he came up with the idea for an outdoor summer film series in Olean.

 “I saw a show where characters went to a park and watched old monster movies, and I got to thinking that’s a neat thing, why don’t we have that in Olean?” Michel recalled.

With the support of of the Olean Area Federal Credit ...

Five Questions with Roger Pettingill

OLEAN, NY -- Roger Pettingill will perform in Lincoln Park Thursday as part of Olean’s summer concert series. The free performance is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, Pettingill shared some thoughts about music and other topics with TAPinto Greater Olean.

TAP: You recently did an outdoor show in Cuba, and you are performing in a park in Olean this week. Do you ...

Five Questions with Barry Gan of not Norman

OLEAN, NY -- not Norman, a band that plays songs by a host of classic rock artists, will perform in Lincoln Park Thursday as part of Olean’s summer concert series. The free performance is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, not Norman guitarist and vocalist Barry Gan shared some thoughts about the band, music and other topics with TAPinto Greater Olean.

TAP: not ...

Cattaraugus County Announces Distribution Dates for Senior Farmers Market Coupon Booklets

June 6, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects, has announced that Cattaraugus County has been awarded 840 Senior Farmers Market coupon booklets with a total value of $16,800.

Each booklet contains five $4 coupons ($20 value) and can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets in Cattaraugus ...

Diabetes Educator Talks to St. Bonaventure Employees About Preventing and Coping With Disease

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - At the Souper Monday lunch on March 19, a certified diabetes educator urged St. Bonaventure faculty and staff to talk to their doctors about their concerns regarding their likeliness to develop diabetes.

“Medical professionals don’t know anything until the patient says something,” Barbara Walker, RN and diabetes nurse specialist at Olean ...

Vic Vena Pharmacy to Participate in NYS Drug Take-Back Program

OLEAN, NY — Vic Vena Pharmacy at 1322 W. State St. will participate in the state’s $2 million Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program, which will officially begin accepting waste medications in April.

According to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos, participants include 80 retail pharmacies, hospitals and ...

Fourth Annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival Slated for June 2

June 1, 2018

HINSDALE, NY -- The annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival is a chance for families to get out of the house, spend time with one another and enjoy a nice day outside, said Jeff VanDeCar, one of the organizers of the event.

This year's festival -- the fourth -- will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hinsdale Memorial Park, 1547 Gile Hollow ...

Jersey Freshcipes Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime

The 'Jersey Freshcipes' contest was the hottest thing in the kitchen last summer. TAPinto caught up with contest winner Melissa Raho of Behind the Plates.who served up Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime.

Corn is at its peak in the Garden State from around the Fourth of July through Labor Day making it the perfect 'must serve' for a Jersey ...

Bake Your Own Irish Soda Bread this Weekend

Okay, I'll admit it.  I grew up hating Irish soda bread.  Too dry.  Not good toasted. Weird shape.  People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests.  I made sure that everyone had some to take home.  Oy, such a generous hostess!

I finally learned to make it myself, to my own ...

Candidates Running Unopposed in Cuba Village Election

March 19, 2018

CUBA, NY — Two Village trustee positions are on Tuesday's ballot, and the candidates are running uncontested.

Incumbent  Lori Sweet is seeking re-election, and Steven Raub is running for a position left open by Douglas Clayson's decision not to seel re-election. Both positions are for two-year terms.

The two candidates have the endorsements of the ...

Hinsdale Elects Monroe Bishop Town Supervisor

HINSDALE, NY —  Because Hinsdale Supervisor Thomas Hooper did not seek re-election for another two-year term, three candidates went head-to-head in the race for that office.

Monroe B. Bishop, who ran on the Republican and Independence party lines, won with 239 votes, according to unofficial election results posted by the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections.

Town of Cuba Elects Two New Council Candidates

CUBA, NY – Two newcomers were elected Town Council Tuesday, according to unofficial results released by the Allegany County Board of Elections. 

Republicans Michelle Conklin and Lon Sweet won four-year council positions, finishing with 516 and 355 votes, respectivelyy. Independence Party candidate Michael Weber finished third in the race for two available seats on the council. He ...

Community Garden 'Blitz Build' Set for June 30 in Olean West Greene Street Neighborhood

June 17, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The Citizens Action Network of Southwestern NY and the Rural Revitalization Corporation need help with setting up a community garden on the grounds of the old AME church at the corner of West Greene and South Third streets. 

They are planning a "Blitz Build" on June 30 for installing the first batch of raised beds at the ...

'My Name is Allegany County' Film on Nuclear Waste Protests Remastered

ANGELICA, NY -- For the 28th anniversary of the documentary "My Name is Allegany County," the film has remastered the original film with subtitles.

The film depicts the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County's efforts to block the New York Siting Commission from creating a nuclear waste dump in Allegany County. It includes archival footage of the events that took place ...

Podcast: What is Groundhog Day Like in Punxsutawney?

Ethan Kibbe, who attended the Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney last year, describes the experience in a podcast hosted by TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Christian Gravius. PLAY

Click here to learn more about Punxsutawney Phil in Christian Gravius' Let's TAP About It column.

 

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Allegany National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

June 11, 2018

ALLEGANY, NY -- An Allegany man has been promoted to a new rank in the New York Army National Guard.

Matthew Sweet, who is assigned to the 152nd Engineer Company, received a promotion to the rank of specialist.

Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the  promotion, which recognizes the capability for additional ...

Greater Olean Area Military Leaders Reflect on Memorial Day

Retired 1st Sgt. James Walton of Allegany thinks it best not to think of Memorial Day as the end of just another long weekend.

According to Walton, Memorial Day is a federal holiday that gives Americans a time to “remember those who fought, served, and died giving us the rights we have that allow us to celebrate.”

Walton noted that Memorial Day has a meaning different than those ...

Olean World War II Veteran Fires his Old Units and Newest Cannon During Fort Drum Visit

FORT DRUM, NY -- When the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion 258th Field Artillery fired its new high-tech howitzers for the first time last week, 93-year old Olean resident Charlie Brown was one of those pulling the trigger.

Brown, a World War II veteran, served with the 258th Field Artillery during that war. A member of the battalion's headquarters company, Brown landed ...

Community Garden 'Blitz Build' Set for June 30 in Olean West Greene Street Neighborhood

June 17, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The Citizens Action Network of Southwestern NY and the Rural Revitalization Corporation need help with setting up a community garden on the grounds of the old AME church at the corner of West Greene and South Third streets. 

They are planning a "Blitz Build" on June 30 for installing the first batch of raised beds at the ...

Euchre Tournament to Aid the African American Center for Cultural Development

OLEAN, NY — A euchre tournament to benefit the African American Center for Cultural Development will take place Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Raymour & Flanigan, 802 W. State St.

Participants will pay a $5 entry fee and will be entered to win a $50 gift card to the store. 

Mary Jane DiMartino, a Raymour & Flanigan representative, said she is looking forward to the ...

ReHabilitation Center Plans 15th Annual Seafood Festival at The Old Library in Olean

OLEAN, NY — The 15thannual Seafood Fest brings back a night of gourmet cooked-to-order food, wine and auctions to the local community.

This sold-out event, taking place on April 20, benefits the work of the ReHabilitation Center, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through supports and services.

Joe Marra, owner of the Old Library where the ...

Revelations of Sexual Abuse in Buffalo Diocese Evoke Range of Emotions at SBU

June 12, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Bob Donius, a lecturer in Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University, has become all too familiar with addressing allegations of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Donius, who at one time had aspirations of joining the clergy himself, arrived at the university in 2002 to become vice president of ministries. This came months after an investigation by The ...

Meet the Leaders: Kim Rossi, St. Stephen's Rector, Heads Olean Church Group

OLEAN, NY – Before being ordained and later taking on the role of rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Rev. Kim Rossi followed a path of social work.

For 27 years, the Albany area native was self-employed as a social work consultant, focusing on mental health. A 2008 graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary in Rochester, Rossi said she had been an Episcopalian her entire life, but ...

Olean Faith Leaders gather to Celebrate 'National Day of Prayer'

OLEAN, NY - Songs and words of peace echoed through Lincoln Park Thursday as faith leaders from many different religious traditions gathered to celebrate their unity in prayer. Olean community members welcomed each other with open arms and smiles.

Mayor William Aiello opened the prayer service with a proclamation dedicating May 3 as the Olean National Day of Prayer.

Leaders from local ...

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Understanding the Tough Times at The Buffalo News Can Lead to Brighter Future for the Newspaper 

Given the fiscal state of the news industry, the changes underway at The Buffalo News are not unique. To offset revenue losses, newspapers across the nation have bid farewell to longtime reporters, eliminated once-popular sections and removed jobs that involved covering important beats, such as education, the environment and transportation. 

What makes the ...

Grandpa Practiced Sustainability

My grandpa was of the Depression Era. Sustainability wasn’t “a thing” back then — it was just the way you lived. Though he was raised in a time when you were thankful to be able to put a good meal on the table, he likely had a standard of life that we would consider average or middle class today. He didn’t grow up in a slum or shanty town, but he did understand the ...

'March for Our Lives' Started A Historic Movement

Shoes on the ground. People chanting. Signs held high. Music playing in the background.

It is the start of a historic movement. A moment when every race, gender and age came together as one. A movement that involved change and a March for Our Lives.

As a student journalist going out to the world, taking part in a national movement truly moved me. Reporting the significance of March for ...

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Keenan Honored by Olean City School District Foundation

June 19, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The name of Kevin A. Keenan, founding partner and president of Keenan Communications Group, was placed on the Olean City School District Foundation Wall of Honor on June 15 in a ceremony in Olean High School Auditorium.

According to the foundation, the Wall of Honor “recognizes individuals whose lives, accomplishments, and endeavors reflect the values and tradition of ...

'A Day in the Life': One Transportation Supervisor Serves Portville and Olean

PORTVILLE, NY – A whiteboard with dozens of destinations and vehicle numbers written in various colors sits inside the Portville bus garage, ready to be changed at any moment. David Youngs, the transportation supervisor of the Portville and Olean School Districts, knows that before 2 almost every afternoon, he is likely to receive an email changing the entire meticulously planned ...

'A Day in the Life' Follows Della Moore of the African American Center for Cultural Development

OLEAN, NY – When Della Moore walks down the street, she greets everyone she passes and makes sure to ask, “How are you doing?” 

From the moment I joined her at the 7-Eleven on a cloudy, cold December morning until we finished making our stops along State and North Union streets, she remained ...

'Day in the Life' Follows Warehouse Selector Justus Elliot

OLEAN, NY -- For Justus Elliot, time and pace are essential. As a warehouse selector for Olean Wholesale Grocery Co-Op, most of the 21-year-old’s job calls for efficiency.

“Everything is time-based," Elliot explained. "One hundred percent is the norm, and it’s what we work for every day. If our score is less, then we are moving too slow, and we kick it into ...

Happy Veterans Day, Mom

What began as an attempt to boost her GPA soon turned into a 22-year career for my mom, Ramona Lee Discavage.

On the first day of her freshman year at St. Bonaventure University in 1989, members of the Army ROTC Seneca Battalion helped incoming freshmen move their stuff into their dorm rooms.  Afterward, they invited all of the freshmen to a lunch.

“When they described the ...

Lynn Kemp: ‘Best Soldier I Could Be’

Lynn Kemp is nearing 95 and knows he has lived a good life.

“The good Lord has been awful good to me,” recalled the lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania. “I never refused an order. I tried to be the best soldier I could be. I don’t know what your relationship is with God, but mine is pretty close.”

Born Oct. 29, 1920, Lynn grew up in a home on Turkey ...

WW II museum provides role models for young people

When Steve Appleby asks area students if they know Snoop Dog, Eminem, Kanye West, the Kardashians, Parris Hilton or Miley Cyrus, they answer yes. Then Appleby will ask which of them knows Jason Dunham is, and the students will not have a clue.

Appleby will explain that Jason Dunham was a Marine from Scio, in Allegany County, New York, who was killed in Iraq in 2006 after jumping on a grenade ...