Statewide Organization Tabs Olean Mayor for Committee Post

January 30, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Mayor William J. Aiello of has been appointed to the executive committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, James Miccio, mayor of the Village of Fishkill and president of the Conference of Mayors, announced Tuesday.

"Mayor Aiello is a recognized municipal leader with vast experience as a local official,” Miccio said. “His ...

Portion of North Union Street Loses Water Service

OLEAN, NY -- A portion of North Union Street will be without water service for for two-to-three hours Monday while the city replaces a fire hydrant on the 700 block of the street.

According to a press release from the city Water Office, the outage will affect the portion of North Union Street between North First Street and Brookview Avenue.

Individuals with questions should ...

Rep in Olean Social Security Office Affirms Essential Services Available during Shutdown

OLEAN, NY -- During the partial shutdown of the federal government that began Saturday, Social Security field offices remain open for limited services, according to a representative in the Olean office. Card centers are not open.

According to the Social Security Administration's shutdown contingency plan, most programs and benefits will continue in the event of a ...

For the Hellbilly Heartbreakers, Roller Derby Is About Empowering Women

February 16, 2018

LIMESTONE, NY -- In the Old Limestone School's gym, wedged between youth soccer and basketball practices, a group of women meet three times a week to put skates to waxed wood floors and forget about life for a while.

“Modern roller derby is about women empowering other women,” said Becky Misenheimer, who skates for the Hellbilly Heartbreakers as “Bloody ...

Olean-based Southern Tier Diesel Begins Recruitment for 2018 Season

OLEAN, NY -- The Southern Tier Diesel is holding two informational sign-up sessions at the William O. Smith Recreation Center, 551 E. State St., to recruit players and coaches for its upcoming 2018 season.

The sessions, which will take place on Feb. 17 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will present an opportunity for people to join the Diesel, a member of the Northeast Football ...

Greater Olean Area Gets Ready for Super Bowl Sunday

At least one prediction about Sunday’s Super Bowl is guaranteed. 

In communities all over the country, including the Greater Olean area, folks will gather with family and friends to watch the big game. 

“My plans are what we do every year,” Mike Moses of Allegany said. “We go up to my brother- in-law’s house here in Olean. He has a big party, and we ...

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Man Charged with Selling Crack Cocaine in Olean

February 17, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Deon Maull was arrested Thursday by the Olean Police Street Crimes Unit and charged with selling crack cocaine in the city.

A warrant from a Grand Jury presentation by District Attorney Lori P. Rieman charged Maull with criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Maull, who also is known as " Momoney" and "Nomoney," was arrested in ...

Search Warrant Leads to Drug Arrest in Olean

OLEAN, NY – Police arrested a 21-year-old Olean man on drug charges Friday.

Thomas Benkelman was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and a controlled substance after investigators from the Olean Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at his home on North Union Street.

Police said Benkelman was found to be in possession of marijuana, marijuana ...

Otto Man Arrested on Warrant in Olean

OLEAN, NY -- The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department arrested an Otto man Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

Benjamin C. Lingenfelter, 28, was in the Olean City Court when he was arrested on a warrant issued by the Cattaraugus County Family Court.

He was held without bail until further proceedings in family court.

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Diversity Meeting to be Held on SBU Campus Thursday

February 6, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- A group of St. Bonaventure University students have decided that the time has come to combat prejudice, acts of discrimination and racism.

The group has scheduled an informational meeting for 12:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss ways to confront discrimination against students of color as well as those of differing cultures, religions, gender and sexual identities. The meeting ...

In Olean, Southern Tier Catholic and Archbishop Walsh Academy Observe National Catholic Schools Week

OLEAN, NY – In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy has scheduled Wednesday two events open to the public.

From 1:30 to 3 p.m., the students will put on a talent show, and at 5 p.m., the modified boys basketball team will play against Persell Middle School.

Other events scheduled for the week include the elementary ...

Governor to Target Student Loan Debt in 'State of the State'

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State agenda will include a series of actions to reduce student loan debt.

"Today, a college education is a necessity for a middle class life, yet the crushing weight of student loan debt often keeps New Yorkers from buying homes, cars and ultimately limits their ability to save money and invest in their futures," Cuomo said ...

SBU-TV Newscast 2-16-18

February 16, 2018

This week, SBU-TV examines the Florida school shooting and previews the St. Bonaventure vs Rhode Island basketball game. (Right click to unmute audio)


Podcast: Superheroes: Popular or Passe?

In our Feb. 9 podcast, Brian Kelly, a film club member at nearby Alfred University, joins TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Nicholas Youngs to discuss the superhero genre of television and film and whether or not its popularity will fade, as well as what makes this type of film effective. PLAY

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'Godspell' Set to Spellbind Audience at Allegany-Limestone

ALLEGANY, NY – “We beseech thee, hear us.”

The line is from the Stephen Schwartz-John-Michael Tebelak musical “Godspell,” and 10th-grade cast member Jordanne Youngs quoted those words when she spoke of hoping for a good turnout when Allegany-Limestone High School stages the show Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.

“Godspell” is ...

Olean YMCA Offers New 'Cycle Together' Spin Classes

February 11, 2018

OLEAN, NY—“Ride,” “roll,” “spin” and “celebrate” are just a few of the tracks that an instructor leads YMCA members through in the new Cycle Together group exercise program.

The classes, held in the new studio, provide cyclists with a fun and challenging workout.

“It’s a good cardio workout. I enjoy it and the music is good.

Two St. Bonaventure Alumnae Share Experiences as Cancer Survivors

SAINT. BONAVENTURE, NY -- During St. Bonaventure’s recent Souper Monday campus community luncheon, two alumnae shed light on the human struggles behind a cancer diagnosis.

Carole McNall, assistant professor in the Jandoli School of Communication, and her former student Mary Best, social media manager for Darien Lake Resort, shared their very different experiences fighting ...

Olean Area Pharmacists Agree With Gov. Cuomo's Executive Order to Combat Flu

OLEAN, NY -- Two Olean area pharmacists voiced support for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's executive order that allows pharmacists in New York State to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18.

Issued Thursday as a measure to combat the influenza epidemic, the executive order suspends the section of state education law that limits the authority of pharmacists to ...

It's Not Venice or Paris, But Residents Enjoy Celebrating Valentine's Day in the Greater Olean Area

February 14, 2018

As if it were news to anyone, the Greater Olean area shares little in common with Venice, Paris and the Maldives.

According to a U.S. News Travel article published in late 2017, these locations rank among the world’s most romantic destinations. Sure, the Greater Olean area may have fell short of making the list, but unless residents have plans of traveling this Valentine’s Day, ...

Cookie-Palooza: Pecan Fingers, Smothered in Sugary Sweetness

Pecan fingers are made by our family only at Christmastime. Be sure to dip them in confectioners' sugar once while they are hot, and then sift more sugar over them again when they are cool.


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Additional confectioners' ...

Cookie Palooza : Santa's Trash Cookies

Though they sound like they may land you on the naughty list, these delicious Santa's Trash cookies are sure to make Santa happy.  I found it while searching for some new cookie inspiration, and then found out that my niece Ashley had made a special request for this cookie.  Ashley has a nut allergy and cannot always indulge in holiday treats, but this recipe is nut free.  If ...

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 ...

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 ...

Podcast: What is Groundhog Day Like in Punxsutawney?

February 2, 2018

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

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State Provides Funding to Upgrade Allegany State Park Playgrounds

ALBANY, NY -- Allegany State Park will be one of 10 state parks to receive funding to update park playgrounds.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced that $2.6 million in state funds will be used to build or improve playgrounds across the state as part of a NY Park 2020 initiative goal to modernize 100 state parks.

"In every corner of this great state, we are investing in our ...

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

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 ...

Portville Woman Charged with Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle

January 5, 2018

OLEAN, N. -- A Portville woman was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle by New York State Police Saturday after a traffic stop on State Route 16 in Olean

Ashley Hurd, 26, was charged at 11 p.m. with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor.

She was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in court at ...

Allegany Man Re-enlists in New York Army National Guard

ALLEGANY, NY – Shawn Labadie of Allegany has re-enlisted to continue service with the 105th Military Police Company of the New York National Guard.

"New Yorkers count on our Citizen Soldiers to be ready and be there when disaster strikes," said Major General Anthony P. German, the state Guard’s adjutant general. "And our nation counts on our soldiers when duty calls ...

Portville Guardsman Offers Holiday Greetings from Ukraine

PORTVILLE, NY -- National Guard Spc. Robert Button, who is stationed in Ukraine, has recorded a holiday video for his family and his hometown of Portville.

Button is part of a National Guard unit assisting in the training of Ukrainian Soldiers at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center as members of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.

The training is designed to reinforce defensive ...

Podcast: Enactus Members Reflect on Bahamas Service Trip

January 26, 2018

TapInto Greater Olean reporters Jordan Vollmer and Christian Gravius chat about their experience on the 15th annual Bahamas Service Trip with the leadership club ENACTUS at St. Bonaventure University.

This was both reporters second year on the service trip, and each served a crucial leadership role that impacted the lives of many in the Freeport area. Gravius is vice ...

Olean Couple Honored for Life-Saving Rescue

OLEAN, NY – An Olean couple who risked their own safety to rescue a man after his pickup truck struck a tree were honored by Sen. Catharine Young with Liberty Medals, the highest recognition bestowed by the New York state Senate.

Becky and Tom Simsick were preparing to kayak at the Marilla Reservoir in Bradford, Pennsylvania, when a pickup truck struck a nearby tree and began ...

Toys, Coats and School Supplies Donated in Western New York

During the holiday season, members of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration participated in volunteer events held at 23 organizations statewide to distribute more than 5,200 toys, coats and school supplies to communities in need, including 272 items in Western New York.

"New Yorkers have a proud tradition of helping those in need, and during the holiday season, businesses and ...

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 ...

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

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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Self-Defense Empowers Women

Real estate agent Mary Stachowicz fears becoming a victim of violence.

Why? Because she shows houses to groups of men by herself.

Stachowicz voiced those fears after the Jan. 27 “Beyond Self Defense Seminar” she attended at AKT Combatives Academy in Olean. And she said she believed that in order to overcome this fear, it would be valuable to learn self-defense.

“My son ...

The Story of Punxsutawney Phil

With Groundhog Day landing on Friday this year, thousands will watch in person and even more will tune in from home to see Punxsutawney Phil make his yearly prediction.

As legend has it, if Phil sees his shadow at dusk on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter are on its way. If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, and early spring can be expected.

Phil may very well be the world’s second ...

The Secret to a Positive Outlook in 2018: Stay Local

With each new year, the annual ritual of making resolutions brings promises, goals and hope for a brighter future.

In 2018, the key to that brighter future may lie in spending less time debating divisive political issues, reading troubling stories about sexual improprieties in the workplace and worrying about national economic trends that are beyond our control.

My advice? Spend a few less ...

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Archbishop Walsh Academy Awarded International Baccalaureate Educator Grants

February 14, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has awarded three International Baccalaureate (IB) educator grants to teachers at Archbishop Walsh Academy. The funds, totaling $1500, will provide additional resources to IB educators seeking to deepen and enrich curriculum content and increase student engagement. NSHSS awarded twenty grants to ...

Exhibit Opening at JCC's Olean Campus Offers New Ways to Visualize Disease and Recovery

OLEAN, NY -- A new exhibition, titled “Artist/Patient/Advocate: Works by Elizabeth Jameson and Ted Meyer,” offers new ways of visualizing disease and recovery.

Opening Friday from 6-8 p.m. in the Center Gallery on the Jamestown Community College Olean campus, this exhibit features artwork that incorporates diagnostic brain scans, photographs and rubbings taken from body scars. Los ...

'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 ...