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Hinsdale Community Voices Concerns Over $6.8 Million Capital Project

March 24, 2017

HINSDALE, NY -- Members of the Hinsdale community voiced concerns about the district's proposed $6.8 million capital project.during an information session about the proposal Wednesday

Frequent questions from the nearly 30 community members in attendance filled the hour-and-a-half presentation by a panel composed of Superintendent ...

Hinsdale Unveils New Capital Project to Become Premier Rural School District

HINSDALE, NY –  The Hinsdale Central School District recently introduced its capital project, a $6.8 million plan to expand Hinsdale's footprint and realize the goal of becoming a premier rural school district by 2020.  

The proposed plan, to be executed from 2017-2019, would include the purchase of nearly 14 acres of property ...

Women’s Advocacy Panel Stimulates Conversation at St. Bonaventure University

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY —  “I’m more headstrong now than I was in my twenties,” said Eva Hassett following a Women’s Advocacy Panel held at St. Bonaventure University on March 16.

Hassett, the executive director of the International Institute of Buffalo, said, “I used to look at jobs that I thought, as a woman, I was supposed to do. Now I focus on what ...

Olean Water Department Plans Partial Water Shutoff Saturday to Fix Times Square Valve

March 23, 2017

OLEAN, NY – Part of the city will be without water beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday because the Olean Water Department will be replacing a water main valve on the corner of Times Square and North Barry Street, according to a department press release.

All residences and businesses located on Times Square, on North Barry Street from East State Street to Tompkins Street and on South Barry ...

Reed Agrees to Support New Health Care Law, but Cuomo Charges New Yorkers Will Suffer

An amendment to the proposed American Health Care Act has convinced Rep. Tom Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area, to support the measure, but Gov. Andrew M Cuomo said the change would be devastating to residents of New York State.

The amendment would prevent the state from requiring county governments to pay for a portion of the state’s share of Medicaid.

“We articulated ...

Part of Olean Will Temporarily Lose Water Service Tuesday Morning

OLEAN, NY – Part of Olean will be without water on Tuesday beginning at 7 a.m. because the city will replace a water main valve on East State and North Clark streets.

In addition to all businesses and residences outside the city to the east of James Street, water service will be off on the 100 block of North Clark Street and all of South Clark Street, according to a press release from ...

Podcast: St. Bonaventure Swimmers Reflect on First and Last Times in the Pool

March 1, 2017

In a Feb. 24 podcast, St. Bonaventure University senior Mike White Jr. and freshman Nick Burdo talk about their first and last experiences competing for the university at the Atlantic 10 Championships from Feb. 15 and Feb. 18. TAPinto Greater Olean's Emily Losito hosts the podcast.

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Podcast: The Author of 'Snubbed' Discusses Bona's Basketball and More

In our Feb. 24 podcast, Brian Toolan discusses "Snubbed," his book about the 2015-16 St. Bonaventure University basketball season. Toolan, a St. Bonaventure graduate and Pulitzer Prize winner, is interviewed by TAPinto Greater Olean's Alfonso De Falco.

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Olean and Allegany-Limestone Football Coaches Talk Super Bowl Predictions

Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots will feature several playmakers on both sides of the ball. That’s how two football coaches in the Greater Olean area size up the game.

Allegany-Limestone High School head football coach Paul Furlong and Olean High School head football coach Phil Vecchio feel that both teams have a lot of X-factors ...

Standoff in Allegany Ends Without Incident; Man with Gun Had Barricaded Himself Inside Vehicle

March 21, 2017

ALLEGANY, NY -  A man with a gun who had barricaded himself inside a vehicle on West Branch Road was taken into custody by New York State Police Tuesday evening after a seven-hour standoff, according to an email announcement from the St. Bonaventure University Office of Safety and Security.

The standoff ended without incident at about 9:20 p.m., Safety and ...

Veterans Memorial Defaced in Olean

OLEAN, NY –- Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for defacing a veterans memorial on March 10.

According to Olean police, red and blue paint ball marks were found on the face of the Veterans Memorial in War Veterans Park, which is located at the corner of East State and Front streets. 

Police said the ...

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office Updates Most Wanted List

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office has updated its Top 10 Most Wanted list.

According to the sherriff’s office, all the people on the list  have  active warrants for their arrests.

Individuals with information about the location of anyone on the list should not take action on their own. They should contact their local law enforcement office ...

Musician Teaches About the Blues During Program at African-American Center in Olean

March 19, 2017

OLEAN, NY - Bluesman Terry Bellamy delivered a three-hour history lesson on the blues Sunday at the African-American Center for Cultural Development.

Bellamy spoke, played recordings and performed on the electric guitar to use his personal tale of discovering the blues to tell the story of the musical genre and how it influenced on rock & roll, race relations and more.

He also took ...

From Sinatra to Rihanna: It's Karaoke Night in Olean

OLEAN, NY - A crowd of about 50 gathered at the Olean Applebee’s Tuesday night for weekly karaoke. The event presented by SHZAM Entertainment was set to get underway at 9. The first song, however, was not sung until 9:36.

And then the bar was full of people singing everything from Frank Sinatra and Céline Dion all the way to Rihanna and Panic! At the Disco. Throughout ...

Large Crowd Gathers in Quick Center Loft at SBU to Hear Words From Award-Winning Poets

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Somalian-born poet Ladan Osman looked at the crowd of  approximately 100 people gathered in the Loft of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and opened the recent Visiting Poets program not with verse but with a call to action. 

“In a time like today, under the current administration we are under, it is more important than ever to ...

Village of Allegany Re-elects Three to Four-year Terms

March 22, 2017

ALLEGANY, NY -- Three Village of Allegany incumbents were re-elected Tuesday, according to unofficial results results released by the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections.

Kelly J. Granger and Jerry L. Cummins Sr. won four-year positions on the Board of Trustees. Granger had been in office for a year, completing a term for former trustee John Davis. 

Lance R. Brennan ...

Cuba Village Elects Three to Two-Year Terms

CUBA, NY— Trustee and Deputy Mayor Michele Miller won the two-year term for Mayor of the Village of Cuba in the March 21 polls, said Deputy Village Clerk Corine Bump.

Bump also gave the following results from the village elections:

Trustee Douglas Rettig Sr. ran unopposed and won a two-year term as Trustee. Newcomer Randy Searl also won a two-year term as trustee.

Village of Allegany to Hold Election on Tuesday

ALLEGANY, NY – Village elections are Tuesday, and on the ballot are two open positions for Village Board of Trustees and one for village justice. All are four-year terms, and all three candidates running are incumbents endorsed by both the Republican and Democrat parties.

Seeking re-election as trustees are Kelly Granger and Jerry L. Cummins Sr. On the ballot ...

Portville Incident Is Eighth Confirmed Case of Rabies in Cattaraugus County in 12 Months

March 18, 2017

PORTVILLE, NY -- A rabid raccoon attacked a person and several domestic animals at a private residence on Whitehouse Road on March 6 before it was captured.

Laboratory testing by the New York State Department of Health confirmed that the animal was infected with the rabies virus. The incident is the eighth laboratory-confirmed case of rabies exposure in Cattaraugus County in the past ...

Crochet Classes at the Olean Public Library to Provide Outlet for Mental Health Stability

OLEAN, NY— Afghans take a few weeks, and hats and scarves, a few hours.

“You can make vests and even jewelry; you can crochet almost anything,” crafter and reference librarian Christine Zeitler said about the upcoming monthly crochet classes at the Olean Public Library.

Crochet is a 19th century art form developed in Europe that is similar to knitting, ...

Cattco Dept. of Aging Schedules Six-Week Diabetes Self-Management Class

OLEAN, NY – The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects will host a six-week self-management class designed to help those suffering from the ongoing health issue of diabetes discover ways to live healthier lifestyles.

The class will meet Thursdays, Feb. 23 through March 30, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., in the John J. Ash Community Center, 112 N. Barry St.

Sessions will ...

Small Group of SBU Students View Documetary About Man Considered to Be Father of Ecology

March 9, 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- Less than a dozen students gathered in the Walsh Amphitheater on the last day of February to watch "The Green Fire," a documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold, who is considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology.

Throughout the documentary, quotes from Leopold were read to underscore what had been his growing knowledge ...

Grant Applications to Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation Due April 21

March 23, 2017

OLEAN, NY -- Grant applications for the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s (CRCF) next funding cycle will be due April 21.

According to Karen Niemic Buchheit, the foundation’s executive director, the unrestricted community fund allows the  board to approve grants allocated to help meet changing needs in the area.

“The grants, typically between $100 and $2,000, ...

Podcast: St. Bonaventure student discusses poverty and volunteering in Olean area

In our March 17 podcast, Vanessa Hulse, a senior chemistry major at St. Bonaventure University, discusses her project Exploring Poverty and her experiences volunteering in the Olean area.

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Parent Education Program of Olean Seeks Donations for Diaper Drive

OLEAN, NY – The Parent Education Program of Olean seeks donations for its first-ever diaper drive now through March 1.  

Diapers, pull-ups and baby wipes will be accepted Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the program offices at 234 N. Union St. Donations will benefit low-income families in Cattaraugus and Allegany County, said Chrissy ...

Bacon Popcorn: An Oscar Night Recipe from TAP

February 26, 2017

Chef Lance Knowling has cast some American favorite flavors in starring roles for his 'Movie Night Bacon Cheddar Popcorn' and the reviews are, well, the last bowl we made is empty so you decide.  

The premise is simple, pop corn in bacon grease, toss with salt, chopped bacon and shredded cheddar. Then devour. Those of us who are in the habit of saving our bacon fat in ...

Seafood Fest Set for Old Library in Olean to Benefit Programs of ReHabilitation Center

OLEAN, NY – For folks whose mouths water at the thought of shrimp cocktail, steamed clams and other seafood delicacies, the ReHabilitation Center’s 14th annual Seafood Fest will provide all of that.

And it supports a good cause: The ReHabilitation Center, which has been providing residential and day services to about 1,100 people with developmental disabilities and behavioral ...

On a Meatless Wednesday, a Priest Compares Lent to a Prime Rib Dinner

March 6, 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – On a day when Catholics all over the world could not eat meat, a priest compared Lent to a prime rib dinner.

“Imagine you’re going to an all-you-can-eat prime rib dinner,” said the Rev. Ross Chamberland, OFM, in his Ash Wednesday homily at St. Bonaventure University. “How do you prepare for that? Do you have a big lunch? ...

Mt. Irenaeus Coordinator Mary Schlosser Demonstrates Yoga at St. Bonaventure University

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — “With yoga, you don’t ever want any pain,” Mary Schlosser said, bending her waist backward into a "reverse warrior" pose during the Feb. 27 Souper Monday presentation at St. Bonaventure University.

Fifteen years earlier, Schlosser was filled with pain as she became a widow with a 2-year-old son.

 “I was not equipped for that ...

St. Bonaventure University Observes Ash Wednesday

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - Ash Wednesday observances began with an 8 a.m. prayer service in the university's chapel. Another prayer service is scheduled for noon in the chapel.

The university's Ash Wednesday observances also will include a Mass at 5 p.m., confessions from 7 to 8 p.m., all in the chapel.

The day's activities will conclude with a prayer at 9 p.m. in ...

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An Old Beatles Story Provides a Lesson for a New Generation of Journalists

The most valuable lessons for journalism students sometimes come from odd and unusual places such as a Beatles convention I plan to attend this weekend.

At the The Fest for Beatles Fans, I will have an opportunity to hear from Klaus Voormann, an artist and musician I interviewed many years ago when I was a music journalist. Voormann has a long history with the Beatles dating back to the early ...

Fulbright Scholar to VisitSBU to Talk on Factors Affecting Migration of Women Within India

March 17, 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The women’s studies program at St. Bonaventure University will welcome Binitha V. Thampi, Ph.D., to campus April 5 and 6 as the keynote speaker for this year’s Mary Devereux Lecture.

Thampi’s areas of research, particularly in her home state of Kerala, India, include gender and development; gender and migration; state welfarism and ...