Olean Council to Hold Hearing on Proposed Rental Inspection Changes

November 20, 2017

OLEAN, NY -- The Olean Common Council invites public feedback on a proposed rental inspection law, under which all rental properties in the city would be inspected before being occupied by new tenants.

The council will conduct a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 101 E. State St.

Under the proposal, the first inspection ...

Some Olean Streets to Lose Water Service While New Hydrant Is Installed

OLEAN, NY -- Water service will be unavailable on several streets in Olean on Thursday while a fire hydrant is replaced.

According to a news release from the city, water will not be available for about four hours, starting at 9 a.m., on portions of Gulf Street, Delaware Avenue, Prospect Avenue and Kingston Drive.

Questions about the disruption in service should be ...

Olean to Divert Traffic While Christmas Tree is Placed in Roundabout

OLEAN, NY -- Drivers should expect traffic delays Wednesday morning near the Union/State Street roundabout.

Between 7 and 10 a.m., drivers will be diverted while the city's Public Works Department places the Santa Claus Lane Christmas tree in the roundabout.

Individuals wih questions should call the Public Works Department at 716-376-5650. 

Power Outage Forces Bonnies to Cancel Basketball Game

November 15, 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – A power forward can lead a basketball team to victory, but as Wednesday’s crowd at the Reilly Center discovered, it takes a different type of power to make sure the game gets played.

The Reilly Center lost power at about 6:15 p.m. while players from St. Bonaventure and Maryland Eastern Shore were preparing for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

For about two hours, emergency ...

Olean Martial Arts School Team Participates in World Sport Jiu-Jitsu Championships

OLEAN, NY – Four martial artists and their instructor sat exhausted after an all-day training camp at AKT Combatives Academy, 705 N. Union St., on a humid Saturday afternoon early this fall. As sweat dripped from their faces, they laughed and discussed their individual game plans. They were in the final stages of preparation for their trip to the World Sport Jiu-Jitsu tournament in ...

Allegany-Limestone Gators’ Soccer Team Poised for Playoffs and a Run for Another Far West Regional Title

ALLEGANY, NY -- As practice concluded Wednesday, Coach Jon Luce addressed his team one last time, a night before the playoffs. The Allegany-Limestone Gators’ men’s soccer team went undefeated in league play and finished the year at 15-1 overall ranked ninth in the state.

But the team has more business to handle with the playoff set to begin.

“We have to be ready, ...

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Olean Police Seeking Information About Two Fires

November 10, 2017

OLEAN, NY -- Police are seeking information on a fire took place at at 218 S. 4th St. early Wednesday morning.

Police also are still seeking information about a fire that took place at 114 E. Oak St. on Oct. 30.

Individuals with information about either fire should call 716-376- 5677. All calls can be kept confidential.

Allegany Woman Arrested for DWI

ALLEGANY, NY  -- An Allegany woman was arrested after a traffic stop Thursday on Five Mile Road.

New York State police charged Julie A. Stayer, 43, at 4:56 p.m. with first-offense driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher, both unclassified misdemeanors.

She was released to a third party and is scheduled to appear in court at ...

Olean Police Label Fire Arson and Appeal to Public for Information

OLEAN, NY -- Police are seeking information on a fire took place at 114 E. Oak St. early Monday morning.

All residents of the building, which is comprised of five apartments, escaped safely, and no injuries were reported, according to Olean police.

Police have labeled the fire arson, and the department’s Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating.

Individuals with information ...

Podcast: Baseball, Blogging and Beat Reporting

November 14, 2017

In our Nov. 14 podcast, TAPinto Greater Olean reporters discuss “Baseball, Blogging and Beat Reporting: Using a Spring Training Blog to Teach Journalism Students How to Cover a Beat,” a presentation they made at the Mid-Atantic Popular and American Culture Conference in Philadelphia.

Anne and Richard Lee, faculty members in the university’s Jandoli School of ...

Bona Students and Profs to Discuss Baseball and Blogging at Academic Conference

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Baseball season may be over, but a group of St. Bonaventure University journalism students and their professors will be talking about the National Pastime at an academic conference Thursday.

The students and professors will deliver a presentation titled “Baseball, Blogging and Beat Reporting: Using a Spring Training Blog to Teach Journalism Students How ...

As She Leaves for a New Post, Karen Geelan Reflects on Her Time as Allegany-Limestone Superintendent

ALLEGANY, NY – During Dr. Karen Geelan’s time as Allegany-Limestone School District superintendent, attendance at board meetings dropped. No longer were 40 to 50 people regularly filling the seats, voicing objections and pointing to problems. In fact, the board began asking people to come to meetings.

“When she came, the district was in a great deal of turmoil,” ...

Olean Theatre Workshop Stages Holocaust Play That Has Message of Hope

October 11, 2017

OLEAN, NY – Audiences can witness how hope and resilience emerged from tragedy and despair when the Olean Theatre Workshop stages “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” from Oct. 12 to 15.

The play is based on a book of art and poetry written by children who lived in the Jewish ghetto/concentration camp of Terezin in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust.

Director ...

Thomas Krampf Reads from 'The Divine Genome' at Olean Public Library

OLEAN, NY -- “I am standing exactly where I should, across the river, under your heart.”

Poet Thomas Krampf read aloud those words from his poem,  “A Song Next to a Song,” during the September event of the Olean Literary Series at the Olean Public Library.

The Hinsdale resident told the crowd that the the poem was inspired ...

Podcast: Upcoming Films and Movie Experiences in the Local Area

In our Sept. 28 podcast, TAPinto Greater Olean reporters Jordan Vollmer and Nick Youngs discuss their favorite movie genres, films they are most excited about to hit theatres, and their experience in the theatres in the Greater Olean area. 




Union Whiskey Adds New Vibrancy To Downtown Olean

September 19, 2017

OLEAN, NY – Since overhauling North Union Street into a more walkable destination, the City of Olean has seen more and more restaurant owners opening shop in the growing downtown area. Eateries such as the robust Ravyn & Robyn as well as the quaint, English-style Union Tea Café have brought new life to the city.

On the list of restaurants finding their way to North Union ...

Garlic Festival Returns to Cuba for a 13th year

CUBA, NY –  “No cook who has attained mastery over her craft ever apologizes for the presence of garlic in her production,” wrote Ruth Gottfried 90 years ago in "The Questing Cook."

In Cuba, garlic has taken a starring role in mid-September for the past 13 years. It is the ubiquitous ingredient of all foods and many of ...

Johnathan Meade and Todd Burgess Give Acoustic Concert at Four Mile Brewing

OLEAN, NY -- Acoustic jams filled the air inside Four Mile Brewing Saturday night with a three-hour performance by singer/guitarist Johnathan Meade and drummer Todd Burgess. The brewery was packed with people who came out to enjoy some live music and craft beer.

On a casual stage set up inside the brewery, Meade and Burgess played through a set list ranging from Johnny Cash to Justin ...

TAPinto Travels Niagara Falls: A Short Drive with a Huge Plunge Ahead

June 6, 2017

The raging waters of one of the world's greatest natural wonders not enough? Wax museums and haunted houses not your thing?

Niagara Falls, Ontario, is upping the adrenaline factor with the opening of the Whirlpool Adventure Course, a series of suspended obstacles, rope bridges, swings and cargo nets -- all high in the air and offering sweeping views of the Niagara River gorge.

This ...

Hinsdale Elects Monroe Bishop Town Supervisor

November 9, 2017

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 ...

Cattaraugus County Votes Like the State on Public Questions

Votes cast in Cattaraugus County Tuesday mirrored New York State election results on all three proposed constitutional amendments.

Proposal One asked voters whether a constitutional convention should be held, and the majority of county voters voted no. Only 1,570 of the 15,820 votes cast were in support of the convention, according to unofficial results from the Cattaraugus ...

Avoid the Flu Blues in Olean

October 17, 2017

OLEAN, NY -- Flu season in Western New York arrives in late fall and lasts until early spring.

According to Dr. Gilbert Witte, a pulmonology specialist with the Olean Medical Group, "Influenza comes in two general forms, Type A and Type B. They're both viruses that basically exist to make our lives miserable.”

The usual symptoms entail coughing, congestion, and a runny nose.

Cuomo: Federal Health Care Cuts Put WNY Children at Risk

Health care for 17,790 children in Western New York is at risk because Congress has failed to reauthorize the Child Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday,

"This is not a partisan issue, and the stakes are too high to continue to play petty politics,” said Cuomo, called on Congress to reinstate the cuts.

CHIP is a safety gap program that provides ...

Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging to Offer Medicare Workshops

OLEAN, NY -- To address increased demand for Medicare open enrollment assistance, the Cattaraugus Department of the Aging will offer Medicare workshops to help individuals make informed decisions regarding Medicare supplemental insurance. 

The workshops will cover all the health insurance plans being offered in 2018. Workshop attendees will be taught step-by-step how to look at all ...

Area Communities to Discuss Plans for Allegheny River Project on Nov. 8

October 27, 2017

OLEAN, NY -- Efforts to plan a multi-use recreational trail system and improved water access along the Allegheny River will be the subject of a Nov. 8 meeting at Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus Campus.

“The Allegheny River is an underutilized asset in our region and I am pleased that we are working with our neighboring communities to improve public access and ...

Olean Committee Spruces Up Downtown with Flowers

OLEAN, NY - The Downtown Olean Beautification Committee will plant 2,500 bulbs along North Union Street over the next few weeks, according to a news release from Mayor William J. Aiello.

The bulbs will produce a mix of red, yellow, blue and white flowers in the spring when the snow melts and trees begin to bud. The committee plans to continue planting bulbs each year until the entire length of ...

Canticle Farm Earth Day Celebration Brings Community Together

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 ...

Archbishop Walsh Dedicates Military Wall of Honor

November 10, 2017

OLEAN, NY —  In 1967, three high school seniors walked the Halls of Archbishop Walsh Academy. Admired by their peers, Ralph Bigelow, Thomas Drum and Ivan Febo-Betancourt all made the decision to join the U.S. Army after graduation.

Fifty years later, these names once again linger the halls of Walsh — but for a different reason.

On Thursday, the school hosted a ceremony ...

Archbishop Walsh Academy to Honor Alumni Veterans

OLEAN, NY – In observance of Veterans Day, Archbishop Walsh Academy will dedicate a plaque on Thursday in honor of three alumni who gave their lives for the country during the Vietnam War.

The plaque will honor Sgt. Ivan Febo-Betancourt, Specialist Fourth Class Thomas Drum, and Chief Warrant Officer Ralph Bigelow, all members of the Class of 1967. 

“They were my ...

National Guard Promotes Olean Man

LATHAM, NY -- Donald Wheeler of Olean, a National Guard soldier assigned to the 152nd Engineer Support Company, has been promoted to the rank of Specialist.

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

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential.

Panelists at St. Bonaventure University Will Address Olean Housing Crisis

October 31, 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – University students hope to offer insight and perspective on the housing crisis in the community during their public panel, “Addressing Poverty and Inadequate Housing in Olean,” at noon Thursday in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry.

Panel participants will include Jeff Reed, attorney and director of Legal Assistance of Western ...

Podcast: St. Bonaventure University Aids in Houston Relief Effort

In our Oct. 19 podcast, TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Christian Gravius sits down with St. Bonaventure University graduate student Adam Ditcher to discuss how BonaResponds is aiding in Houston's hurricane relief efforts.


Center Field Stage To Be Dedicated to Late Olean Realtor

OLEAN, NY -- The center field stage at Bradner Stadium will be publicly dedicated to the late Dennis B. Jones, an Olean realtor, Wednesday  at 4 p.m. Jones had been a driving force behind the annual Rally in the Valley event

The Rally in the Valley stage was constructed at the stadium In 2014, and was first dedicated to Jones in August of 2016.

“We are ...

St. Bonaventure University to Recognize International Day of Peace

September 19, 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – The St. Bonaventure University community will see the addition of a new landmark on campus Thursday to commemorate the International Day of Peace. 

“Until now, there has not been a regular recognition on the Bonaventure campus of the International Day of Peace,” said Dr. Barry Gan, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for ...

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That Time I Started My Journalism Career on Columbus Day

For many people, Columbus Day is a time for parades and a celebration of Italian heritage. Others contend that it is wrong to honor Christopher Columbus as a hero.

For me, Columbus Day is significant for another reason. It was on Columbus Day in 1975 that I spent my first day in a newsroom as a working journalist as a reporter for a suburban weekly named The Montclair Times.

It also was a ...

Gators Advance to Fourth Straight Section 6 Title

On The Gridiron:

Olean was the only local team to win its playoff game, beating Burgard-Math Science Tech 36-24. The Huskies jumped out to an early 29-0 lead in the first half. Senior quarterback Luke Chapman went 9-for-14, throwing for 112 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Olean managed to hold off a fierce Bulldog comeback for the victory. The Huskies will play Medina in the Funke Bowl ...

One-Man Show: 'A Christmas Carol' Set for Dec. 2 in Cuba

November 20, 2017

CUBA, NY -- Local performer Mike Randall will perform his acclaimed one-man portrayal of Charles Dickens in his performance of “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol.” Already well-known as a weatherman for WKBW-TV, Channel 7, and for his puppetry and ventriloquism, Randall is also winning accolades for his one-man shows.

Randall spent a year researching his role to ensure ...

CRCF to Lead Cattaraugus Gives, County-wide Giving Day, Nov. 28

For 24 hours on Nov. 28, the community will have the opportunity to support nearly 40 nonprofits in Cattaraugus County during the first-ever day of giving in Cattaraugus County, Cattaraugus Gives.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will lead Cattaraugus Gives as part of the highly successful #NYGIVESDAY program, which last year raised over $11 million across New York ...