Olean Area Teens Gather at Library Twice a Month for LGBTQ+ Rainbow Alliance

May 16, 2017

OLEAN, NY – Max, an eighth-grader at Olean High, came into the Rainbow Alliance meeting on May 3 with speckles of glitter in her hair. The bright red lipstick, which she and schoolmates had donned for Women’s Day at school, was still in place on her lips. She set her bag down.

After a moment Max told the group, “I was at my locker just getting my books, and a guy ...

Carol Higley Looks Back on 40 Years at St. Bonaventure University

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY—When Carol Higley first stepped onto the second floor of St. Bonaventure University’s Reilly Center in August 1977, she felt ready to begin work as the assistant to the Rev. Brennan Fitzgerald, OFM, the director of student activities at the time. However, she received little assistance settling into her new job.   

“I didn’t know where my ...

JCC to Hold Info Sessions on Tuition-free College Program

OLEAN, NY – New  York State’s new tuition-free college program will be the subject of four information sessions at Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County campus.

The sessions are scheduled for May 11 and 17 and June 8 and 28. The May 11 and June 8 sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On May 17 and June 28, the sessions are scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. All four ...

Water Main Breaks on Main Street in Olean

May 10, 2017

OLEAN, NY - A water main on Main Street has broke.

According to a press release from the city, crews are at the site working on repairs, but a timeframe for completion of the work is not known.

Additional information is available form the City Water Office at 716-376-5657.


Olean Council to Consider Authorizing Additional Funds for Recreation Center Improvements

OLEAN, NY-- The William O. Smith Recreation Center Complex Improvements Project will cost $1.4 million more than anticipated, according to a resolution the Common Council is scheduled to consider Tuesday.

The resolution would authorize the city auditor to bond up to $4,135,000 for the project, which originally had been estimated at $2,735,000. According to the resolution, bids submitted ...

Congressman Reed to Hold Town Meeting in Hinsdale

HINSDALE, NY - Two days after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a massive bill that would overhaul the nation’s health care system, Rep. Tom Reed will meet with constituents in Hinsdale.

Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, will hold a town hall meeting at the Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday from 2 to 3 p,m. The fire department is located ...

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Jaylen Adams Excited About Playing Another Year at St. Bonaventure

May 23, 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- After working out for a trio of NBA teams, guard Jaylen Adams has decided to return to the university's men's basketball team for his senior season. 

Adams, who worked out for the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks, said those opportunities over the past few weeks were extremely valuable for his development as a ...

Former Bonnies Pitcher Makes First Triple-A Start

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Connor Grey, a former pitcher for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, said playing for the Bonnies gave him a chance to play against better competition.

“It gave me the opportunity to get looked at by scouts, and definitely getting stronger was a big advantage having strength coaches,” said Grey, who made his first Triple-A start Sunday. “The coaches ...

St. Bonaventure Hosts Women in Sports Day for Area Schools Tuesday

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Tuesday some 500 young women attending 23 middle and high schools in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben counties will come to the university for "Leading the Way," a day-long celebration of the achievements made by girls and women in sports.

Each will get the chance to participate in three 45-minute sports clinics led by Bona women on ...

Police Charge Olean Man With Woman's Murder

May 13, 2017

OLEAN, NY - Police charged a 50-year-old Olean man with murder Saturday after they discovered a woman’s body in an apartment at Olean House, 132 N. Union St.

Edward Smith was charged with murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, according to a press release issued by the Olean Police Department Criminal ...

Olean Police Officer Receives Award for Reducing Impaired Driving Incidents

OLEAN, NY - Patrolman Ryan Aylor has been awarded a STOP/DWI and Mothers against Drunk Driving Individual Officer Recognition Award for 2016.

The award recognizes the contribution of a police officer to reduce impaired driving incidents.

According to Olean police, the department arrested 82 people for impaired driving in 2016, and Aylor  made 36 of the arrests. Over the last three ...

Accident Forces Temporary Closing of Union Street in Allegany

ALLEGANY, NY - Union Street was closed between the UPS building and 7th Street for several hours Saturday because of a traffic accident.

According to the Allegany Fire Department, the driver was uninjured. However, National Grid had to replace a utility pole before the road could be re-opened.


Olean Theatre Workshop Students to Perform 'Sweeney Todd'

May 25, 2017

OLEAN, NY -- Audiences can step off of the streets of Olean and onto the streets of 19-century London Thursday through Sunday when the Olean Theatre Workshop presents Steven Sondheim’s 1979 musical "Sweeney Todd" at the Washington Street Theater.

And each night audiences will see a slightly different show because the cast will ...

June 2 Is Deadline for Artist Entries for Southern Tier Biennial Exhibition

ALLEGANY, NY -- The Cattaraugus County Arts Council, 100 W. Main St., reminds artists 18 years and older that the deadline for the Southern Tier Biennial Exhibition is June 2.

The exhibition is a professionally juried exhibition of works by artists who reside in one of the following New York State counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, ...

Trading Card Game Players Compete Fridays in Olean Store

OLEAN, NY – It’s a breezy Friday night. The block is quiet save for a few cars pulling in front of 212 W. State St. Men and women of all ages chat and catch up as they file into Grand Slam Games & Comics. Passing the shelves and displays, they travel up the back staircase to a room filled with long tables and chairs. They sit, unpack boxes filled with playing cards and prepare to ...

DCCC Adds Rep. Tom Reed to Midterm Targets

May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, was one of 19 Republican incumbents whose districts were targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Monday.

The DCCC, which also added one open seat to its targeted districts Monday, already had targeted 59 other Republican incumbents.

“House Republicans’ midterm ...

Aiello Will Seek Second Term as Olean Mayor

OLEAN, NY – Mayor William J. Aiello on Friday announced that he will seek a second four-year term and said he will urge the city explore the possibility of adopting a city manager form of government if he wins re-election.

“Given the current climate in New York State where small cities like Olean continually face the challenge of balancing rising operating costs with decreased ...

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

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 ...

Olean General Hospital Presents Program Highlighting Local Aid for Victims of Sexual Assault

April 7, 2017

OLEAN, NY — Every 107 seconds a person is sexually assaulted, and an average of 293,066 people are victims of rape and sexual assault each year.

Those were among the facts given during “What You Should Know About Sexual Assault,” the first 2017 presentation of Olean General Hospital’s Community Breakfast Series, held on April 5.

What else did presenters ...

Cattaraugus County Hosts First Healthy Livable Communities Consortium of 2017

OLEAN, NY – Did you know that a 20-ounce bottle of soda adds up to 240 calories and requires a 55-minute walk to burn off the calories? Or that 15 potato chips equal 12 minutes of jumping rope?

Those were two of the many facts discussed by YMCA staffers who held up pictures of junk food during the “Is It Worth It?” activity conducted during the recent Healthy Livable ...

Health Educator Sees Improvements Happening in Cattaraugus County

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Though Cattaraugus County ranks near the bottom in the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps for New York State, the public health educator for the Cattaraugus County Health Department points to the strides being made to help residents follow healthier lifestyles.

“I know there are great things going on here in Cattaraugus County and you do too,” Debra ...

Canticle Farm Earth Day Celebration Brings Community Together

May 2, 2017

ALLEGANY, NY – Families dressed in warm clothing gathered at Canticle Farm on a recent chilly Saturday for an Earth Day celebration, eager to learn about the organic farm and to participate in the activities inside the barn and outside on the farm.

The celebration at the farm’s 3835 S. Nine Mile Road location brought “people together over a common interest which is the ...

LaDorna Fox Talks Life, Work and Service in Olean

March 31, 2017

OLEAN, NY – As soon as fellow TAPinto reporter Jason Klaiber and I knocked on the door of LaDorna Fox’s beautiful red house, she opened the door and greeted us.

“Come on in. No, no, don’t take your shoes off. And put your coat right over there,” Fox said, pointing to a chair in the corner of the front room.

That front room she had decorated with her own ...

Grant Applications to Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation Due April 21

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.


Union Tea Café and Tea Shop Brings Teatime to Olean

May 7, 2017

OLEAN, NY – Amy Sherburne started the year by attaining a long-held dream.

On Jan. 2, Sherburne opened up Union Tea Café and Tea Shop at 301 N. Union St., inspired by cafes she stopped in while traveling.

“When my husband, Bob, and I travel, we see other cafes,” Sherburne said. “There was one in particular from upstate New York with a lot of different teas and ...

New Bakery and Juicery In Olean Offers Gluten-Free Treats

OLEAN, NY – A new bakery and juicery is thriving in downtown Olean, selling gluten-free treats and sandwiches accompanied with juices and smoothies.

Lydia Hawley, owner, opened the bakery at the end of January naming it Thrive: gluten-free treats & juicery located at 130 S. Union St., Suite 6.

“I’ve been eating gluten-free for 10 years myself and making juices for ...

Easter Bunny Visits Sprague's in Portville

PORTVILLE, NY - The Easter Bunny paid a visit to Sprague's Maple Farms Saturday for the restaurant's annual Easter Egg Hunt.

More than 1,500 eggs were hidden on the Sprague's property for the hunt.

Before the activity began, the Easter Bunny, along with moose and bear characters, visited diners inside the restaurant,

Olean’s St. Mary of the Angels Church Rejoices in Being Named Minor Basilica by Pope Francis

April 10, 2017

OLEAN, NY—St. Mary of the Angels Church recently added another chapter to its already-rich history: Pope Francis named the church a minor basilica.

The pope's decision makes St. Mary of the Angels the third church in the Diocese of Buffalo and the 83rd nationwide to earn the distinction of minor basilica. The other two in the diocese are Our Lady of Victory National Shrine ...

SBU Muslim Students and Allies and SGA Sponsor 'Hijab Day' to Spread Awareness of Islam

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Members of the university community donned hijabs Wednesday to spread awareness of Islam.

“We want to bring awareness to women of the Islamic faith,” said Fraser Breon, a St. Bonaventure University sophomore and a member of the Muslim Students and Allies, which sponsored the event with school’s Student Government ...

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In Basketball, Good Things Come In Threes - And More Often

If you have paid any attention to NBA basketball over the past decade, you have probably noticed the recent trend in an increased volume of 3-point attempts among teams in the league.

“The amount of 3s being shot by teams has dramatically changed the way the game is played," said Tim Bontemps, a Washington Post NBA columnist. "With the introduction of big data into ...

Governor Cuomo Orders Comprehensive Statewide Review of Compliance with "Enough Is Enough" Law to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on College Campuses

May 17, 2017

ALBANY, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today ordered a comprehensive review of compliance under the “Enough Is Enough” law at all higher-education institutions across the state. The statewide inspection will ensure that all colleges and universities are fulfilling their obligations under the law to protect students from sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, ...

ESPN’s Chris LaPlaca Tells SBU Grads One Moment Can Make All the Difference

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — ESPN executive Chris LaPlaca told 500 St. Bonaventure University graduates that the watershed moment in his career was a difficult decision he had to make in the same arena he gave his keynote address Sunday morning.

The Bonnies had beaten Villanova on a last-second shot at the Reilly Center in his senior year. His game work for SBU’s sports information ...

David Bryant and Julie Curran named Ideal Bonaventure Students for 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Two St. Bonaventure University students whose accomplishments span academics, athletics and leadership activities were recognized as the Ideal Bonaventure Students for the Class of 2017.

David Bryant, the Ideal Bonaventure Man, and Julie Curran, the Ideal Bonaventure Woman, were recognized on Saturday, May 13, during the university’s Honors Ceremony, and ...