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Water Service to be Disrupted on Several Olean streets Thursday

July 18, 2017

OLEAN, NY – Water service will be disrupted on several Olean streets Thursday while the city connects to a new water main.

According to a news release from the Olean Water Office, water will be unavailable  on Mountain View Drive, Tyler Avenue, Buchanan Avenue and Sunrise Drive beginning at 8 a.m.

Individual with questions are advised to call the Water Office ...

Three Olean Common Council Committees to Meet Tuesday

O​​​​​​LEAN, NY -- The Finance, Public Safety and City Operations Committees of the Olean Common Council will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Police Training Room of the Olean Municipal Building, 101 E. State St.

The Finance Committee will discuss authorizing the transfer of up to $45,000 from General Fund Surplus to line item 5111.301, Tree Programs, ...

State Official to Help Olean Residents Recover More Than $2.3 Million in Unclaimed Funds

OLEAN, NY – The end of the rainbow may not be the only place to find a pot of gold.

More than $2.3 million is available for city residents in unclaimed funds, and a representative from New York State Comptroller’s office will visit Olean Thursday to help people recover the monies.

“According to the Comptroller’s office there are more than 5,330 active accounts in the ...

Oilers Beat Nitros 19-3 Thursday

July 21, 2017

OLEAN, NY -- The Olean Oilers offense exploded yet again Thursday night as the red and white took down divisional rival the Wellsville Nitros, 19-3.

The Oilers have had numerous games this season in which their offense appears to be the most highly powered offense in the league but have struggled with consistency. Thursday, the offense was there early and often.

Olean scored ...

Oilers Get Back on Track with 4-1 Win Over Rochester

OLEAN, NY -- The Oilers started the tail end of the season on a winning note Sunday night with a 4-1 victory over Rochester.

It was the Oilers first game back in action since the short All-Star break, and it seemed as if the time off was just what Olean needed. 

Cameron Weinberger picked went six full innings on the mound for the Oilers and earned his third win of the season.

Oilers Split Twin Bill; Murphy Has Huge Day at the Plate

OLEAN, NY - The Olean Oilers came away with a split in Monday evening’s double header against the Wellsville Nitros. 

Game one was not exactly what the early arriving crowd was hoping to see at the Brad, where their home team was trailing 6-0 by the third inning. 

Gunner Becker, who started on the mound for the Oilers, lasted only four innings and did not receive much help ...

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Alabama Man Arrested in Cuba

July 20, 2017

CUBA, NY – An Alabama man is scheduled to appear in Town of Cuba Court Tuesday to respond to drug charges.

Harry R. Dean, 47 of Clanton, Alabama, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance on July 12.

State police said Dean was stopped speeding on I-86 Eastbound in Cuba. and was found to be in possession of marijuana and ...

Olean Man Arrested on Drug Charges

OLEAN, NY -- Olean police arrested a 39-year-old city man on drug charges Thursday.

The Street Crimes Unit of the Olean Police Department arrested Brian D. Johnston of 125 S. Barry St. and charged him with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said investigators located Johnston on the 100 block of South Barry Street ...

Police Arrest Olean Man for Credit Card Theft

OLEAN, NY – A 38-year-old city man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to the theft and illegal use of a credit card.

Police said Robert C. Simmons of 1501 W. Henley St. was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property, felony criminal possession of stolen property and felony forgery.

Simmons was arrested for the theft and illegal use of a credit card that ...

Portville Awarded Grant for STEAM Envisioneering Center

July 3, 2017

PORTVILLE, NY -- Portville Central School will receive a $146,368 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for its STEAM Envisioneering Center. The funds will help students develop their abilities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

“This grant is a win for over 1,000 students and community members who will have the opportunity to develop key skills that are vital ...

Podcast: A Conversation with Dr. Dennis DePerro, the New President of St. Bonaventure University

In our June 23 podcast, Dr. Dennis DePerro discusses his new post as St. Bonaventure University president with TAPinto Greater Olean Co-Editor Richard Lee.

DePerro outlines his vision for the university's future, discusses his management style and explains the importance of healthy relationship between the school and the Greater Olean ...

Allegany-Limestone Students Win Short Story Contest

OLEAN, NY - Four students from the Allegany-Limestone Central School District were winners in this year's short story contest sponsored by the Friends of the Olean Library.

First place awards were given to Katie Riley, grade six, and Makayla Criss, grade nine. No entries were received from grades seven or eight.

Honorable mention awards went to Michaella Rhodes and Emily Ensell, both ...

Kokomo Time Band to Perform in Olean Summer Concert Series Thursday

July 20, 2017

OLEAN, NY -- The Kokomo Time Band will continue the City of Olean’s Summer Concert Series Thursday. The free performance in Lincoln Park is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30.

This week's show will be followed by a variety of concerts over the summer. The remainder of the schedule includes:

July 27: Coyote Moon
Aug. 3: Dave Dorson
Aug. 10: ...

Summer Film Series Focuses on Health Care, Environment, Voting Rights, Refugees

OLEAN, NY --  “Now Is the Time,” a movie explaining what a single-payer health care system entails and why many people regard it as the cheapest and most effective way to deliver medical care in the United States, will be the first showing in a four-part summer film series launched by the Citizens Action Network of Southwestern NY. The series aims to address issues ...

Portville Celebrates Heritage Day

PORTVILLE, NY -- Portville held its annual Heritage Day Festival Saturday in Pioneer Park.

The seven-hour outdoor festival featured a variety of performers, crafts and food, as well as a car show.

Proceeds will benefit the Portville Alumni Association.

Ice Cream Preferences are Anything but Vanilla in Greater Olean Area

July 14, 2017

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – As Americans prepare to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, traditional flavors are likely to reign supreme throughout much of the United States. Here in the Greater Olean area, however, ice cream preferences are anything but vanilla.  

"Chocolate peanut butter cup just tastes better than all the rest," said one St. Bonaventure ...

Third Annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival Set for Saturday

HINSDALE, NY – Saturday's third annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival celebrates a local legend.

She was Maude Bell, who grew up along the banks of the Olean Creek and the abandoned Genesee Valley Canal in the last two decades of the 19th century. She and her husband Will sold produce at a local farmer’s market and were best known for digging horseradish roots and farming ...

Union Tea Café and Tea Shop Brings Teatime to Olean

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 ...

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 ...

Reed Raises Over $1 Million for Re-Election Bid

July 17, 2017

CORNING, NY – U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, raised more than $1 million for his re-election bid during the first half of the year.

The monies, which totaled $1,072,652 were raised by Tom Reed for Congress, which announced the figure in a press rekease..

“I am thankful to receive the support of so many individuals who have contributed ...

DCCC Adds Rep. Tom Reed to Midterm Targets

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 ...

Olean Public Library Celebrates Pride Month with Pride Center of Western New York

June 24, 2017

OLEAN, NY. -- While people across the United States recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month, the Olean Public Library participated with a celebration of its own. On June 12, members of the Greater Olean community gathered in the library’s art gallery to learn about the history of Pride month, as well as resources offered by the Pride Center of Western New York.

The Pride Center of WNY, a ...

Art Therapy Helps Cancer Patients Navigate Their Emotional Journey

MORRISTOWN, NJ - What happens when you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer? One thing is certain, your world will be turned upside down and, despite your best efforts to be calm and carry on, it's likely you will be pummeled by the full range of emotions - fear, anger, bitterness, hope, despair and more.

Art therapists help people find a way to express their emotions and, in the ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

Forest Ecologist to Discuss Eastern Hemlock at Portville Library

PORTVILLE, NY – The importance of the eastern hemlock will be the focus of a lecture at the Portville Free Library Saturday.

Sarah Johnson, forest ecologist with the Nature Conservancy in Portville, will conduct the program, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Eastern hemlock is considered a ‘foundation species,’ and is a critical component of many forest types in ...

Bona's Pays Tribute to Veterans

November 11, 2016

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - St. Bonaventure University held its annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday. outside the Reilly Center.

Portville Woman Arrested on Parole and Drug Charges

OLEAN, NY – State and local law enforcement authorities arrested a Portville woman Friday for violating parole.

Police said Rachael Y. Slawiak, 25, also was charged with two felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled ...

Woman Arrested in Olean Parking Lot and Arraigned for Cocaine Possession

OLEAN, NY - Just after midnight Saturday, Olean police arrested a 36-year-old woman on drug charges, the city Police Department announced today.

Investigators serving a search warrant on Mary Pat Erhart in a parking lot located on the 1100 block of West State Street found eight bags of cocaine in her pants pocket, police said. During the past two months, the police ...

Franchot Park to Host Area’s 22nd Annual Children's Day and Children's Memorial Garden Event

June 8, 2017

<!--StartFragment -->OLEAN, NY - Olean’s Franchot Park will host the area's 22nd Annual National Children's Day celebration on Sunday at 1 p.m.

As part of the living memorial to all children, living or deceased, a prominent part of the celebration will be the planting of flowers in the Children's Memorial Flower Garden. Everyone is welcome to bring an annual flower of ...

LaDorna Fox Talks Life, Work and Service in Olean

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, ...

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July 20, 2017

Regional artists and artisans will be exhibiting and selling their work at the 68th annual Art in the Park on Sunday, July 23 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council simultaneously with the Taste of Olean, which is sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. Art in the Park is a one-day juried outdoor art exhibition that is ...

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OLEAN, NY -- Regional artists and artisans will be exhibiting and selling their work at the 68th annual Art in the Park on Sunday From 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at War Vets Park in Olean. Art in the Park is presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council simultaneously with the Taste of Olean, which is sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. Art in the Park is a one-day juried outdoor ...