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State Funds to Aid Farms in Cattaraugus County

September 6, 2018

ALBANY, NY – Cattaraugus County will receive $770,000 in state funds for water protection projects that protect farms.

The funds were part of $14.7 million awarded to implement water quality protection projects on 43 farms across the state.

"Agriculture and water infrastructure are key to New York's current and future economic prosperity and this program will help livestock ...

Water Main Repairs to Cause Traffic Delays in Olean

OLEAN, NY – Repairs to a water main at the intersection of South Union and York streets will cause traffic delays Tuesday.

According to a news release from the Olean Department of Public Works, traffic will be reduced to one lane on York Street between East Riverside Drive and South Union Street, and East Riverside Drive will be closed to through traffic between Ohio and York ...

Rep. Tom Reed Lays Out His Plan to Continue the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

Rep. Tom Reed highlighted his efforts in the fight against opioid use and distribution in his Tuesday media call.

“To put it in perspective, this issue knows no economic boundaries. Knows no geographic limitations,” Reed said. “… We have seen firsthand numerous resource centers, provider area substance abuse centers that we have interacted with to see the faces of so ...

Olean Area Hellbilly Heartbreakers Defeat Steel Beamers in Final Game of 2018 Roller Derby Season

August 25, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby Hellbilly Heartbreakers played the final game of the 2018 season Saturday night at the William O. Smith Recreation Center, defeating the Pittsburgh-based Steel Beamers 156-99.

Fans were encouraged to bring donations of food, diapers and juices ​for the Olean Food Pantry.

The Hellbilly Heartbreakers are recruiting new players and ...

Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Scheduled for Friday through Sunday

OLEAN, NY -- Brackets, basketballs, backboards and bragging rights are all part of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament scheduled for Friday through Sunday.The three-day event, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive. The ...

Belgian Hoop Team Looking for Big Season from Bona's Matt Mobley

CHARLEROI, Belgium – The Belgian basketball team Spirou Charleroi is counting on former St. Bonaventure standout Matt Mobley for a big season

“Very physical and athletic, he will be one of our main scorers,” the team said in a press release announcing Mobley’s addition to the squad.

“Straight out of the University of St. Bonaventure, this young 23-year-old will ...

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Brooklyn Man Arrested on Meth Charges in Cuba

September 6, 2018

CUBA, NY – Police arrested a Brooklyn man on Sept. 5 and charged him with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials.

Police said Jose Maisonet Jr., 39, was arrested at a home on Bristol Street.

New York State Police, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency ...

Allegany Man Arrested on Criminal Contempt Charges

ALLEGANY, NY – State Police arrested an Allegany man Tuesday on criminal contempt charges.

Police arrested Nathaniel S. Poole, 33, after they responded to a report of a dispute on State

Poole was violating an order of protection, police said.

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Allegany Man Arrested for Criminal Possession of a Weapon

ALLEGANY, NY — State police arrested Steven J. Miller, 33, of Allegany for criminal possession of a weapon on Monday after they responded to a disturbance complaint at a residence on State Route 417.

Police determined that Miller had a 20-gauge shotgun. Because of a previous conviction, Miller is not allowed to possess firearms.

Miller is scheduled to appear in Allegany Town ...

Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Friends of Olean Library Attracts Over 100

September 17, 2018

OLEAN, NY — A crowd of more than 100 gathered in the Olean Public Library Friday for “Our Library Can Read Between the Wines,” the first wine-tasting event hosted by Friends of the Olean Library. 

The evening featured food, basket raffles and talks on wine by Pedro-Abad Lopez, who has studied and worked in the wine industry.

Friends of the Olean Library, organized in ...

Olean Officials Offer Safety Tips for Motorists near Schools

OLEAN, NY- With school back in session, Mayor William J. Aiello and Police Chief Jeff Rowley are advising motorists to remain cautious when driving near any of the eight schools located in the city.

“Motorists should be alert and reduce speed when necessary,” Rowley said. “They should also be aware of crosswalks and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks.”

Rowley ...

One Hundred Years After his Birth, Dr. Russell J. Jandoli's Legacy Provides Lessons for Today's Journalists

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Aug. 16, 2018, marks the 100th birthday of the late Dr. Russell J. Jandoli, who founded the journalism program at St. Bonaventure University.

As a professor and a mentor, Jandoli impacted the professional and personal lives of countless St. Bonaventure students. The journalism program he started in the late 1940s became a school within the university ...

Five Questions with Lynn Brook of the Allegany Alumni & Friends Band

August 23, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The <!--StartFragment -->Allegany Alumni & Friends Band <!--EndFragment -->will close out Olean's free summer concert series Thursday. The band is scheduled to perform in Lincoln Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, Lynn Brook, who plays trombone in the band and serves as vice-president of its Board of Directors, shared a ...

Olean Concert in the Park to Feature Oldies and Beach Songs Performed by Kokomo Time Band

OLEAN, NY -- The city’s annual summer concert series will continue Thursday with a performance by the Kokomo Time Band,  a group that plays oldies from the ‘50s, ‘60s and '70s, as well as beach tunes by Jimmy Buffett and the Beach Boys.

The show is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park at the intersection of East State and South Union ...

Five Questions with Diane Smith of the Twin Tiers Community Band

OLEAN, NY -- The Twin Tiers Community Band 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, Diane Smith, the band's director, shared a few thoughts with TAPinto Greater Olean about the band.

TAP: The Twin Tiers Community Band website describes the band ...

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 ...

Friends of Olean Library Schedule Sept. 14 Wine Tasting

September 12, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Tickets are on sale for “Our Library Can Read Between the Wines,” a wine tasting set for  Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St.

The event marks the first time Friends of the Olean Library has sponsored a wine tasting. The evening will also include food, basket raffles and a talk on wine by Pedro-Abad Lopez, who has ...

Fourth Annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival Slated for June 2

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 ...

Health Care Dominates Mitrano's Town Hall Meeting in Olean

September 17, 2018

OLEAN, NY – Health care dominated the conversation Saturday at Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano’s Town Hall meeting at the John J. Ash Community Center.

“With my observation, as a district, we have fallen behind in many areas, in particular our health care,” Mitrano said. “As a district we are ranked close to dead last in health care and quality of ...

New York Democrats to Choose Candidate for Governor in Thursday's Primary

Democratic voters will go to the polls Thursday to select a candidate for governor and other statewide offices in the New York Democratic Primary, which is taking place on a Thursday due Tuesday’s 9/11 observances.

Democrats will also will choose candidates for lieutenant governor andattorney general.

Because only one Republican, Marcus Molinaro, is running for no GOP primary is ...

Mitrano Will Challenge Reed for Congressional Seat in November

It took an extra week to learn the winner, but Tracy Mitrano has defeated Max Della Pia in the 23rd District Democratic congressional primary.

Mitrano, an educator and attorney, will take on Rep. Tom Reed in November. Reed has served in Congress in 2013.

Mitrano trailed Della Pia by 26 votes on election night, but she overtook his lead when absentee votes were counted.

“Max Della ...

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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What Does ​​​​​​​Thursday’s Newsroom Shooting Mean for the Next Generation of Journalists?

June 29, 2018

<!--StartFragment -->Thursday’s shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom elicited a range of emotions from journalists all over the nation. 

But what does the incident mean for the next generation of journalists?

Here is what students and recent graduates of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University had to say about the shooting and the bold statement ...

Allegany National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

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 ...

Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Friends of Olean Library Attracts Over 100

September 17, 2018

OLEAN, NY — A crowd of more than 100 gathered in the Olean Public Library Friday for “Our Library Can Read Between the Wines,” the first wine-tasting event hosted by Friends of the Olean Library. 

The evening featured food, basket raffles and talks on wine by Pedro-Abad Lopez, who has studied and worked in the wine industry.

Friends of the Olean Library, organized in ...

Friends of Olean Library Schedule Sept. 14 Wine Tasting

OLEAN, NY -- Tickets are on sale for “Our Library Can Read Between the Wines,” a wine tasting set for  Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St.

The event marks the first time Friends of the Olean Library has sponsored a wine tasting. The evening will also include food, basket raffles and a talk on wine by Pedro-Abad Lopez, who has ...

American Legion Post Hosts 9/11 Observance in Olean

OLEAN, NY -- The American flag reaches the top of the pole as a crowd of first responders and Olean citizens watch it rise. Five Navy veterans twirl their rifles like windmills, point them to the sky and let out a loud bang.

This was the scene Tuesday as Olean American Legion Post 530 conducted a memorial ceremony attended by community member and first responders, including  firefighters, ...

Sexual Revolution Documentary Screens Friday at Archbishop Walsh

September 6, 2018

OLEAN, NY – The Saint Mary of the Angels Adult Faith Formation team is giving the public a chance to evaluate the effects of the sexual revolution with screenings of "Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Human Vitae," scheduled for Friday. Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m., at Archbishop Walsh High School.

The new documentary shows the fallout of the free-love movement ...

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

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 ...

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Becoming English in 90 Minutes

It was our first day in the country. The smell of fish'n chips filled the air, and the Wig and Pen was the place to be as England prepared to take on Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.  Wearing blue and yellow was a death sentence. The streets were lined with fans dressed in red who stood in pub lines extending for blocks. We had one goal: Convince the locals ...

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 ...

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Olean General Hospital Approved for Senior Psychiatric Unit

September 14, 2018

OLEAN, NY - Olean General Hospital received state approval to move forward with its plans to open a geriatric psychiatric unit on Wednesday.

The New York State Department of Health approved the request which OGH applied for in November. The plans include converting the hospital’s 15-bed swing unit into an inpatient program for patients 65 and older. The program would provide crisis ...

'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 ...