Former Congressmen Advocate for Civic Engagement on College Campuses

April 23, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Former Congressmen Dan Miller and Sam Coppersmith tackled a variety of topics during their recent visit to the university. They spoke of their times served in the House of Representatives, identifying fair and balanced news sources and avoiding “fake news.” 

Miller and Coppersmith represented “Congress to ...

Olean Council to Consider Park Project, Backhoe Purchase on Tuesday

OLEAN, NY—The Common Council will meet Tuesday to consider a proposal to apply for an $80,000 grant for the Whitney Avenue Trailhead Parklet Project, which would transform underutilized city-owned property along Whitney Avenue into a public playground. 

According to a resolution on the council's meeting agenda, grant monies are available from the Kaboom for the Play ...

Podcast: Congress to Campus

Dan Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Coppersmith (D-Ariz.), former members of the U.S. House of Representatives, take part in a discussion with TAPinto Greater Olean reporters M.K. Killen and Kelly Haberstroh. The two former lawmakers visited St. Bonaventure University as part of the Congress to Campus program. PLAY

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Podcast: Inside the Training Room of Bona's Basketball

April 4, 2018

In our April 4 podcast, TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Keely Fresh speaks with Seth Tisdale, the St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball team athletic trainer. They discuss his responsibilities, typical training room practices and the behind-the-scenes of keeping Bona’s basketball out on the floor. 


Former Oiler and SBU Baseball Player Offers Inside View of Spring Training

What is it like to be a player at spring training?

Spring training is a time when players from all 30 MLB organizations come to fight for spots on rosters and potentially a chance at fulfilling their dream of playing in the big leagues.  One of these players who received this opportunity is former Olean Oiler and St. Bonaventure University pitcher Aaron Phillips.

His first spring ...

Former Olean Oilers Peterson and Phillips Prepare for Regular Season After First Spring Training

Former Olean Oilers Aaron Phillips and Cole Peterson hope to take their play to the next level in the upcoming season baseball season. 

The two athletes, both former St. Bonaventure University baseball players, are wrapping up their first spring training seasons as professional  ballplayers. 

Peterson, a shortstop, got his chance to suit up in Major ...

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Olean Police Arrest Two City Residents on Drug Charges

April 26, 2018

OLEAN, NY – Police arrested two Olean men on drug possession and sales charges Wednesday. Police said the arrests involved separate incidents that occurred separately in Olean.

Dametrius D. Mack, 29, was charged with criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance for the sale of cocaine, according to police.

Kyle A. Coddington, 20, was charged ...

Olean Man Arrested in Domestic Dispute Case

OLEAN, NY -- An Olean man was arrested Wednesday after a domestic dispute.

Ronald E. Babb, 21, was charged at 12:45 p.m. with fourth-degree criminal mischief for preventing a 911 call and second-degree reckless endangerment, both class A misdemeanors, according to police.

New York State Police arrested Babb, and he was released on his own recognizance.

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Allegany Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

OLEAN, NY – Police arrested a 27-year-old Allegany woman on drug charges Friday.

Kathryn Kelley was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Kelley is alleged to have sold prescription pills in Olean on a previous date, according to police.

The arrest took place after Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori P. Reiman ...

New Voters Look to World of Entertainment for America's Next President

April 7, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – If the next generation of voters has its way, the nation may choose its next president from the world of entertainment.

In an informal survey conducted inside a mock classroom during Friday's "Spring Into Bonas" admissions event, 11 prospective students were asked to name a celebrity they would like to see as the nation's ...

Two Allegany-Limestone Teams Advancing to State Odyssey of the Mind Competition

ALLEGANY, NY – Two teams from Allegany-Limestone Central School won the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition Saturday and will attend the state tournament in Binghamton on Saturday.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program for students from kindergarten through college. Students work together at length to solve a predefined long-term problem and present their ...

Friends of Olean Library Honor School-Age Winners of Bookmark Design Contest

OLEAN, NY – Local elementary school students created their own unique designs inspired by the theme “read to discover” for the annual bookmark contest sponsored by the Friends of the Olean Library Inc.

Approximately 1,300 students in grades 1 to 5 at six schools – Olean’s Eastview Elementary, Olean’s Washington West, Olean Intermediate Middle, ...

Olean Community Theatre Performance to Coincide with Autism Awareness Month

April 24, 2018

OLEAN, NY – Olean Community Theatre hopes to raise autism awareness when they stage “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” from Thursday through Sunday.

According to the OCT website: “The story concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor's dog that is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum condition. The ...

Bona Prof to Speak at Bruce Springsteen Symposium in New Jersey

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Bruce Springsteen has sold millions of albums and performed to capacity crowds at stadiums that seat tens of thousands of fans.

But how would “The Boss” fare as a political candidate?

TAPinto Greater Olean Co-Editor Richard Lee will explore that question on Saturday in a presentation at Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town: An ...

St. Bonaventure Grad Sean Cullen Plays Role in "Paterno" on HBO

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Who would have thought the guy who got turned down for leading roles at Garret Theater would end up playing roles next to some of the most famous faces in show business?

Well, that is what’s been happening in the life of St. Bonaventure alumnus Sean Cullen, who earned a degree in mass communication in 1983.

Cullen has been cast in ...

Diabetes Educator Talks to St. Bonaventure Employees About Preventing and Coping With Disease

March 24, 2018

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 ...

Olean YMCA Offers New 'Cycle Together' Spin Classes

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.

Bake Your Own Irish Soda Bread this Weekend

March 17, 2018

Okay, I'll admit it.  I grew up hating Irish soda bread.  Too dry.  Not good toasted. Weird shape.  People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests.  I made sure that everyone had some to take home.  Oy, such a generous hostess!

I finally learned to make it myself, to my own ...

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

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' ...

Candidates Running Unopposed in Cuba Village Election

March 19, 2018

CUBA, NY — Two Village trustee positions are on Tuesday's ballot, and the candidates are running uncontested.

Incumbent  Lori Sweet is seeking re-election, and Steven Raub is running for a position left open by Douglas Clayson's decision not to seel re-election. Both positions are for two-year terms.

The two candidates have the endorsements of the ...

Hinsdale Elects Monroe Bishop Town Supervisor

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 ...

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 ...

Hinsdale National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

February 27, 2018

HINSDALE, NY – A Hinsdale man has been promoted to a new rank in the New York Army National Guard.

Seth Sklar, who is assigned to the 152nd Engineer Support Company, has received a promotion to the rank of Private First Class.

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

The New York National Guard (New York State ...

Portville Woman Charged with Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle

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 ...

Euchre Tournament to Aid the African American Center for Cultural Development

April 20, 2018

OLEAN, NY — A euchre tournament to benefit the African American Center for Cultural Development will take place Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Raymour & Flanigan, 802 W. State St.

Participants will pay a $5 entry fee and will be entered to win a $50 gift card to the store. 

Mary Jane DiMartino, a Raymour & Flanigan representative, said she is looking forward to the ...

ReHabilitation Center Plans 15th Annual Seafood Festival at The Old Library in Olean

OLEAN, NY — The 15thannual Seafood Fest brings back a night of gourmet cooked-to-order food, wine and auctions to the local community.

This sold-out event, taking place on April 20, benefits the work of the ReHabilitation Center, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through supports and services.

Joe Marra, owner of the Old Library where the ...

Podcast: BonaResponds Reflection with Caitlin Cook

In our March 16 podcast, TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Nicolette DiMura speaks with Caitlin Cook about her experience traveling to Dickinson, Texas, with BonaResponds. PLAY

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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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'March for Our Lives' Started A Historic Movement

Shoes on the ground. People chanting. Signs held high. Music playing in the background.

It is the start of a historic movement. A moment when every race, gender and age came together as one. A movement that involved change and a March for Our Lives.

As a student journalist going out to the world, taking part in a national movement truly moved me. Reporting the significance of March for ...

Bonnies Historic Season Will Give Community Source of Pride Years to Come

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball season came to an end earlier than the team had hoped. Coaches looked disappointed, and players covered their faces with towels. St. Bonaventure’s (26-8) loss to Florida (21-12) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament left many thinking what if?

However, the Bonnies historic season is nothing for the team to ...

Sights and Sounds: The First Four of the NCAA Tournament

Traffic is a common occurrence, but for fans of the Dayton Flyers, it’s a usual event every gameday. A trip across the Great Miami River leads to the Flyers’ athletic complex. It became the same ritual for Bonnies fans heading to the University of Dayton Arena for the team's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012.

Snow, sleet and hail pounded down on the car as we ...

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St. Bonaventure Dedicates New WNY Cybersecurity Research Center

April 25, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – More than 175 business leaders, educators, scientists, students and politicians were on hand the morning of April 25 as St. Bonaventure University unveiled the Western New York Cybersecurity Research Center.

The WNY Cybersecurity Research Center is a collaboration between St. Bonaventure, National ICT Japan, Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity and New Zealand ...

New Scholarship Dedicated to ALCS Teacher “Bernie” Taylor

ALLEGANY, NY -- The teachers that make learning simple and fun while connecting with students are often the ones most fondly remembered.

Bernadette “Bernie” Taylor was that kind of teacher at Allegany-Limestone Central School for more than 30 years according to her widower, Thomas Taylor.

“She had the skill of making chemistry easy. Chemistry tends to be tough for ...

'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 ...