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Police Arrest Portville Man on Crack Cocaine Charges After Traffic Accident in Olean

August 23, 2019

OLEAN, NY – A Portville man who was involved in a traffic accident in Olean was arrested on Thursday after officers investigating the accident learned he had an outstanding arrest warrant from a sale of crack cocaine and discovered several packages of the drug inside his vehicle.

Gary L. Holland, 37, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said Holland ...

Police Charge Buffalo Man with Selling Crack Cocaine in Olean

OLEAN, NY – Police have arrested a Buffalo man on drug charges related to allegations that he sold crack cocaine in Olean.

Kevin Harrington, 46, was arrested on Aug. 14 after turning himself in at the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office in Little Valley for an outstanding arrest warrant charging him with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal ...

Police Arrest Allegany Man on DWI and Drug Charges

FRIENDSHIP NY – State Police arrested an Allegany man on DWI and drug charges Sunday.

James S. Sloane, 58, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Sloane was arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 86 in Friendship. Police said troopers determined he had been operating a motor vehicle in an ...

Olean to Open Lincoln Square on Saturday

August 20, 2019

OLEAN, NY – Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies for Lincoln Square are scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. in Lincoln Park. 

“We are very pleased to have the construction of our new Walkable Olean attraction completed and ready for business,” Mayor William J. Aiello said. “It seemed appropriate for us to cut the ribbon during the R.E.A.P. Olean Farmers’ ...

Rep. Tom Reed Supports Increasing Penalties for Attacks on NYPD

Rep. Tom Reed said Wednesday during his weekly conference call with reporters that he was appalled by the recent videos of people dumping water on on-duty police officers in New York City. 

The social media trend shows individuals throwing buckets of water on New York City Police Department officers on the job, and sometimes the buckets come into contact with the men ...

Cattaraugus County Health Department Issues Warning About Allegheny River

OLEAN, NY – Because last week’s untreated sewage discharge into the Allegheny River has caused high
Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacterial counts in the river, so people should avoid recreational use of the river downstream from Olean’s South Fourth Street pump station to South First Street in the Village of Allegany, the Cattaraugus County Health Department announced ...

Milwaukee Bucks Sign Former Bonnie Jaylen Adams

August 22, 2019

MILWAUKEE, WISC – The Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday announced the team has signed former St. Bonaventure University star Jaylen Adams to a contract, confirming a series of published reports tthat circulated last week.

Adams, 23, split time last season between the Atlanta Hawks and the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League before signing a multi-year contract with the Hawks on ...

Finnish Basketball Team Signs Former Bonnie Courtney Stockard to Contract

Lahti Basketball, a Finnish basketball team, has signed former St. Bonaventure University standout Courtney Stockard to a one-year contract.

Lahti head coach Petri Velling said Stockard will bring more power to the team. He also praised his defensive ability.

Stockard, who was born and raised in St. Louis, played two seasons with the Bonnies, helping lead the team to the NCAA tournament in ...

Detroit Tigers Promote Former Oiler and Bonnie Cole Peterson to Triple A

TOLEDO, OHIO – Cole Peterson, who played shortstop for the Olean Oilers and the St. Bonaventure University Bonnies, was promoted to the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, Friday.

Peterson was drafted by the Tigers in 2017 and has split his 2019 season between the Single A Lakeland Flying Tigers and the Double A Erie SeaWolves. In 77 games with ...

State Bond Issue Will Benefit Olean School District

August 23, 2019

OLEAN, NY – The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York has issued approximately $482.4 million in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds on behalf of 54 school districts across the state, including Olean, as school districts prepare to welcome students back to school.

The bonds include $9,820,000 for the Olean City School District.

The funding is part of DASNY's School Districts Revenue ...

State Awards Funds to Libraries in Allegany and Olean

Libraries in Allegany and Olean will receive funds from a State Education Department program that supports construction and renovation projects.

The program will provide the Allegany Public Library with $31,235 for interior renovations. The Olean Public Library will receive $186,488 to replace heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment.

The funds are part of $34 million in state ...

SBU Alumnus Joshua Popsie Makes Annual Return to Oxford to Offer Tips to Summer Students

OXFORD, UK – He would show up to a Wednesday class hung over. He was the first person in his family to attend college. And, just like the 37 St. Bonaventure University students who sat in front of him Thursday evening, he had a life-changing, eye-opening summer in Oxford, England.

Meet Josh Popsie, a 2013 graduate of St. Bonaventure, who earlier this year left a job ...

Allegany Alumni & Friends Will Perform in Olean's Concert Series Thursday

August 20, 2019

OLEAN, NY – The city's outdoor concert series in Lincoln Park will feature the Allegany Alumni & Friends Band on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The group is a community concert band consisting of volunteer musicians from Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania

After Thursday's show, the schedule for the city's concert series will include the ...

Coyote Moon Will Perform in Olean's Concert Series Thursday

OLEAN, NY – The city's outdoor concert series will feature Coyote Moon in Lincoln Park on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Coyote Moon is a duo that features George Stephen and Denise Drummond. They play folk, rock, pop and country music by artists ranging from the Beatles and Neil Young to Adele and Johnny Cash.

After Thursday's show, the schedule ...

Five Questions with Michael Prutsman of Chord of Three Strands

OLEAN, NY – Chord of Three Strands, a four-person band that plays mostly faith-based, original songs, is coming to perform at Lincoln Park on Thursday. Being part of the summer concert series in Olean, their performance is free and is scheduled to be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Recently, TAPinto Greater Olean conversed via email with Michael Prutsman, lead guitarist and vocalist of ...

Cattaraugus County Health Department Issues Warning About Allegheny River

August 14, 2019

OLEAN, NY – Because last week’s untreated sewage discharge into the Allegheny River has caused high
Escherichia coli (E.coli) bacterial counts in the river, so people should avoid recreational use of the river downstream from Olean’s South Fourth Street pump station to South First Street in the Village of Allegany, the Cattaraugus County Health Department announced ...

Dole Recalls Baby Spinach Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

A limited number of cases of baby spinach have been recalled due to a possible health risk from salmonella, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., announced.

The recall was issued after a sample of baby spinach yielded a positive result for salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Michigan, officials said.

The products being recalled are:

 6 oz ...

Anne Milligan Receives Olean General Hospital's Star Award

OLEAN, NY – Anne Milligan, a patient accounts representative at Olean General Hospital, received the hospital’s July Star Award. 

Milligan celebrated 30 years at the hospital in July. She started her career at St. Francis Hospital in Olean in 1989. She is an outpatient Medicare biller and a mentor to her coworkers.

“She has a vast knowledge of billing and insurance ...

Dole Recalls Baby Spinach Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

August 11, 2019

A limited number of cases of baby spinach have been recalled due to a possible health risk from salmonella, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., announced.

The recall was issued after a sample of baby spinach yielded a positive result for salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Michigan, officials said.

The products being recalled are:

 6 oz ...

Friends of the Olean Library to Host Wine Tasting

OLEAN, NY – Friends of the Olean Library has scheduled its second annual wine tasting, Read Between the Wines, for Sept. 6, 7-9:30 pm.

Proceeds benefit Friends, which provides funds for programs and resources for the library.

Pre-sale tickets are $20 for one and $35 for two and may be purchased at the library or from Friends members. Tickets at the door will ...

Nutrition Outreach & Education Program to Offer Free Summer Meals in Olean and 5 Catt County Towns

The Nutrition Outreach & Education Program (NOEP) has scheduled free summer weekday meals for children and teens at several locations in Cattaraugus County starting July 8.

Reservations or registration are not necessary. Youths interested in a meal should simply show up. The age limit for teens is 18; young people who have disabilities can attend the meals through age 21.

In Olean, ...

Cattaraugus County Board of Elections Sets Early Voting Sites

July 7, 2019

The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections has scheduled two early voting sites for the Nov. 5 General Election.

The two sites are:

Jamestown Community College Olean Campus, Community Room in the College Center, 260 N. Union St., Olean.
Cattaraugus County Board of Elections offices, 207 Rock City St., Suite 100, Little Valley.

The early voting days and times for both sites ...

Borrello Wins 57th District Senate Primary

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello easily defeated Chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators Curtis Crandall in the Republican primary for New York’s 57th District senate seat.

Borrello captured 60 percent of the vote; Crandall finished with 34 percent. The numbers were much closer in Cattaraugus County where 1,526 votes were cast for Borello and 1,296 for ...

State and Local Primary Elections Are Slated for Tuesday

State and local primary elections for Republican candidates will take place Tuesday. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

Topping the ballot in the Greater Olean area is the primary for State Senator in the 57th District to fill a one-year vacancy created by the resignation of Catharine Young.

George Borrello and Curt Crandall are vying for the Republican nomination. Democrat ...

Olean-Based Startup Focuses on Allegheny River Cleanup

July 12, 2019

OLEAN, NY – A startup group, Urban Biosphere, has set its sights on cleaning up the Allegheny River Saturday.

Along with the Allegany Fire Department Technical Rescue Team, Bona Responds and many volunteers, and with the financial backing of 11 local volunteers, the group plans to begin picking up pieces of large debris, such as tires at around 9 a.m. to improve the condition ...

Registration Deadline Nears for Olean's Citywide Cleanup

OLEAN, NY – Wednesday is the last day for residents to sign up for Olean’s city-wide cleanup week.

The cleanup week will begin on June 3, and the registration cost is $40.

Those who register will be able to leave various items outside their homes for curbside pickup. Eligible items include books and magazines, bicycles, empty paint cans, furniture, mattresses and box ...

Allegany State Park Receives $875,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant

WASHINGTON – Allegany State Park received a $875,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant from the National Park Service to upgrade its underground high-voltage electrical system for reducing power outages and delivering more efficient energy use.

"We are extremely pleased to have received support under the Land and Water Conservation Fund to upgrade the electric ...

Local Hero Gives Back to Fellow Soldiers with Concert Fundraiser

August 2, 2019

ALLEGANY, NY – Local hero Lt. Col. Patrick Miller organized yet another successful fundraiser for veterans in need.

Miller, 37, an Allegany native and St. Bonaventure graduate, was inspired to make a difference after going through a life-changing experience.

In 2014, Miller was a victim in the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting. The gunman struck Miller with a bullet that ...

National Guard Promotes Cuba and Olean Residents

LATHAM, NY – Two residents of the Greater Olean area have received promotions in the New York Army National Guard.

Levi Blake of Cuba and Dylan Main of Olean have been promoted to the rank of private.

Levi Blake is assigned to the Company A, 2-108th Infantry. Main is assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target ...

Olean Participates in Nationwide Protests

OLEAN, NY — Almost 100 people gathered Friday night at Lincoln Park for the “Lights for Liberty” vigil, protesting what they say are inhumane conditions at U.S. immigrant detention facilities.

The Lincoln Park vigil, sponsored by the Immigrant and Refugee Taskforce of the Citizens Action Network, was one of more than 700 events held throughout the United States that drew ...

Street Classics Car Show Raises $5,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research

August 6, 2019

ALLEGANY, NY – Hundreds of people filled Allegany’s Fireman’s Park Sunday for the 28th Annual Street Classics Car Show.

The event organized by the Street Classics Car Club of Olean featured a total of 195 cars and trucks as well as three motorcycles, according to club officials.

Jason Blersch, an Olean resident and member of the club, said that putting on an ...

Friends of the Olean Library to Host Wine Tasting

OLEAN, NY – Friends of the Olean Library has scheduled its second annual wine tasting, Read Between the Wines, for Sept. 6, 7-9:30 pm.

Proceeds benefit Friends, which provides funds for programs and resources for the library.

Pre-sale tickets are $20 for one and $35 for two and may be purchased at the library or from Friends members. Tickets at the door will ...

Local Hero Gives Back to Fellow Soldiers with Concert Fundraiser

ALLEGANY, NY – Local hero Lt. Col. Patrick Miller organized yet another successful fundraiser for veterans in need.

Miller, 37, an Allegany native and St. Bonaventure graduate, was inspired to make a difference after going through a life-changing experience.

In 2014, Miller was a victim in the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting. The gunman struck Miller with a bullet that ...

Bishop Malone Will Host 'Listening Session' in Olean

June 27, 2019

OLEAN, NY – Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone will host a listening session at Archbishop Walsh High School on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The meeting is part of a series of listening sessions that Malone is conducting across the Diocese of Buffalo during June, July and August.

The sessions are designed for the bishop to hear the concerns of parishioners and for them to offer ...

Olean Man to Become Deacon

OLEAN, NY – Matthew R. Wenke of Olean is one of six men who will be ordained as deacons by Bishop Richard J. Malone on Saturday.

Wenke retired in 2017 after serving at Catholic Charities as district director for Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. At his parish, St. John, the Evangelist in Olean, he has served as a Eucharistic minister and lector.

Wenke attended Olean ...

Olean Observes National Day of Prayer with Interfaith Prayer Service

OLEAN, NY -- People representing many different faiths gathered outside the gazebo in the Lincoln Park Thursday in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

“Methodist… we had one from the Unitarian-Universalists tradition, we had one from the Hindu society, the Meditation Center, the Islamic society,” Bruce Levine, pastor of Olean First Presbyterian Church, said. “The ...

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Current Movies Show the True Meaning of Woodstock

Fifty years ago, when several hundred thousand music fans descended on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, Queen was nearly a year away from its first performance, Elton John had yet to release an album in the U.S., and Bruce Springsteen was in a band called Steel Mill.

Although none of these three iconic musical acts performed at ...

Do Not Link Suicide to Selfishness

Someone you loved and cared for died. They took their own life. As good friends and family do, people come to support you. They come to comfort you. But their comfort could make you feel worse.

When I lost my friend Danny to suicide, someone told me suicide is selfish.

Don’t call people who attempt or commit suicide selfish. Don’t tell me Danny was being selfish.

When I ...

The Yankees' Team Doctors Have Been Busy

The disabled list in Major League Baseball is a concept that has transcended time. It is where teams place injured players while they recover.

Prior to the start of the 2019 season, the name was changed to the injured list. According to ESPN.com, Dan Halem, deputy commissioner of the league, said the change was made at the suggestion of advocacy groups for the disabled, including the Link20: ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, August 31, 8:00 AM

Lincoln Square in Lincoln Park, Olean

R.E.A.P. Farmers' Market

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Fri, September 6, 7:00 PM

Olean Public Library, Olean

Friends of the Olean Library Wine Tasting Event

Food & Drink Giving Back

Sat, September 7, 8:00 AM

Lincoln Square in Lincoln Park, Olean

R.E.A.P. Farmers' Market

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

CRCF to Hold Anniversary Trivia Contest and Grant Giveaway on Facebook

August 22, 2019

OLEAN, NY — Starting Sept. 1, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will hold a 25-day trivia contest on its Facebook page, with the daily winners receiving a $100 grant for a nonprofit in Cattaraugus County or CRCF Fund of the winner’s choice.

The contest celebrates CRCF’s date of establishment as a nonprofit, which came in the month of September 25 years ...

St. Bonaventure Will Welcome 500 Freshmen into the Bona Family

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — St. Bonaventure University will officially welcome more than 500 freshmen into the Bonaventure family during Welcome Days 2019 on Thursday.

The freshmen will settle into their residence halls before the annual Candlelight Ceremony held at 9 p.m. Thursday evening. The ceremony will be held on the steps of Plassmann Hall with a block party to ...

Curtain Closes on "Game of Thrones," and Now Our Watch Has Ended

It took me several days to wrap my head around how I felt about the “Game of Thrones” series finale, and then it hit me—to produce something thought-provoking enough to still be a topic of discussion among millions nearly a week later is to produce something epic, regardless of the nature of those thoughts.

A lot of the disappointment among fans stems from the fact that we ...

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 ...