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Olean Awarded Grant for Playground Equipment

December 10, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Keurig Dr Pepper and the national non-profit KaBOOM! have awarded the City of Olean a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant to renovate and upgrade King Street Park.

Mayor William J. Aiello said the grant will provide new playground equipment for the park, which is located near East View Elementary School, but used by children from all over the city.

“This ...

Olean Council to Hold Hearing on Redevelopment of 107 N. Union St.

OLEAN, NY -- The Common Council will conduct a public hearing Tuesday to provide the public with information on a plan for the redevelopment of a property located at 107 N. Union St. The session will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Olean Municipal Building. 

According to a notice from the city, plans call for redevelopment of the property “to help enhance street ...

New York Officials Offer 'Kinder, Gentler' Words for George H. W. Bush

New York officials from both sides of the aisle praised the late President George H. W. Bush this weekend for his service to the nation in the White House and in the military, as well as for his ability to place country ahead of politics. Bush died Friday at the age of 94.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo:

"President George H. W. Bush was a statesman and patriot who dedicated his life to ...

Portville Central School Panthers Girls Volleyball and Soccer Teams Fare Well in Fall

December 10, 2018

PORTVILLE, NY – Portville Central School's Girls Panthers teams finished their fall sports seasons with great success, counting among achievements a back-to-back Section VI Class C state title in girls volleyball and a Section VI runner-up finish in girls soccer.

Girls Volleyball: The team added another state title to the books this season. In 2014 and 2015, the team won back-to-back ...

St. Bonaventure Students Offer Mixed Opinions on Bonnies' Men's Basketball Season

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – The university’s men’s basketball team started the 2018-2019 season 1-5 and returned from the Cayman Islands looking to bounce back. The team did win three consecutive games to improve its record to 4-5, but then suffered an 18-point loss to nationally ranked University of Buffalo, leaving some students with questions about the ability of the ...

Archbishop Walsh Academy Plans to Bring Back Football in Eight-Man Format

OLEAN, NY -- Archbishop Walsh Academy is planning to offer eight-man football in its fall 2019 sports program. 

Eight-man football shares the same rules, procedures and structure as the traditional 11-man game with a few differences. It depends greatly on the type of formation used, but the eliminated players are commonly two offensive tackles and a skill ...

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Olean Police Conduct Annual 'Shop With A Cop' Event

December 11, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The police department conducted its annual Shop With A Cop event at Walmart Monday evening.

Children were paired with police officers and shopped for holiday gifts for themselves and family members. After shopping, the children wrapped their gifts with officers and were treated to hot chocolate and cookies provided by Walmart.

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Police: Tips to Prevent 'Porch Pirates' from Ruining the Holidays

As the holiday season comes upon us, and with the rise of online retail giants like Amazon, it has become important to make an effort to protect yourself from “Porch Pirates.” 

“Thefts of packages from front porches are a problem during the holiday season,” Roselle, N.J., Police Chief Brian K. Barnes said. “As the popularity of online shopping increases, ...

State Police Arrest Brooklyn Man in Allegany on ID Theft Charge

ALLEGANY, NY -- State Police arrested a Brook;yn man in Allegany Tuesday and charged him with identity theft.

Antawn Cutchin, 36, was arrested, arraigned in Allegany Village Court and released on his own recognizance, according to police.

Police said state troopers investigating a complaint of identity theft reported on June 9 by Enchanted Mountains Federal Credit Union ...

Portville Central School Panthers Girls Volleyball and Soccer Teams Fare Well in Fall

December 10, 2018

PORTVILLE, NY – Portville Central School's Girls Panthers teams finished their fall sports seasons with great success, counting among achievements a back-to-back Section VI Class C state title in girls volleyball and a Section VI runner-up finish in girls soccer.

Girls Volleyball: The team added another state title to the books this season. In 2014 and 2015, the team won back-to-back ...

Archbishop Walsh Academy Plans to Bring Back Football in Eight-Man Format

OLEAN, NY -- Archbishop Walsh Academy is planning to offer eight-man football in its fall 2019 sports program. 

Eight-man football shares the same rules, procedures and structure as the traditional 11-man game with a few differences. It depends greatly on the type of formation used, but the eliminated players are commonly two offensive tackles and a skill ...

St. Bonaventure Community Reacts to CNN Firing of Marc Lamont Hill, 2017 All Bonaventure Reads Author

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- Marc Lamont Hill, the 2017 All Bonaventure Reads author, was fired as a CNN contributor Thursday after making remarks at the United Nations regarding the State of Israel.

“Whatever comments he made in relation to his employment at CNN was unrelated to anything in his book or in his speech, which was all about policies in the United States,” said the ...

More Than 2,000 Turn Out to View Olean Parade

November 24, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Sixty-two units and more than 1,215 adults and children took part in the 33rd Annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in downtown Olean Friday, and more than 2,200 spectators watched.

“The weather was a little crisp and cold, and loads of people came out to the parade,” Meme Krahe Yanetsko, chief operating officer of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, ...

Olean to Kick Off Holiday Season with Santa Claus Lane Parade

OLEAN, NY – The city’s annual Santa Claus Lane Parade will begin Friday at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and North Union Street.

Mercy Flight of Western New York will kick off the festivities with a flyover and then open a spotlight that will illuminate the parade route. 

The parade will travel south on Union Street to just past Lincoln Park, where units ...

'Made in Olean' Photo Exhibition Continues Through Dec. 13

OLEAN , NY –  A "Made in Olean” photo exhibit opened on Nov. 9 in the Jamestown Community College Center Gallery and will continue through Dec. 13.

The exhibition is a documentary photography project by Olean-based artist Colleen Kelly and features people who work in local businesses and institutions.

Working in collaboration with the Tri-County Arts Council and ...

Olean Area School-Based Drug Prevention Program Reduces Stigma on Addiction

November 14, 2018

OLEAN, NY – “It could be the person taking your money at the grocery store, the lawyer you see, it is anyone you meet. They can be dealing with anything and they might be using a substance,” Rachel Linderman said.

Linderman, the director of prevention services at the Council on Addiction Recovery Services Inc. (CAReS), said it is important to know that substance-use disorder ...

Legal and Financial Planning for Those Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

ELLICOTTVILLE, NY –, A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future a very important task for families. Concerns about care planning and programs that can help offset costs mean that families need accurate information about legal and financial matters specific to the disease.

Legal and Financial Considerations in Dementia Care is an opportunity to learn about ...

Mercy Flight to Offer 'Stop the Bleed' Training at St. Bonaventure

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - Mercy Flight, a nonprofit organization committed to emergency medical care and transport, has teamed up with Olean General Hospital and St. Bonaventure University to provide Stop the Bleed training courses for those in the community interested in learning the basic techniques of bleeding control.

The training session will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, in ...

Dish Out A Little Thanksgiving Trivia Around The Table Today

November 22, 2018

The average Greater Olean area resident will consume about 4,500 calories today. Now a bit of Thanksgiving Day trivia won't keep the calorie count down, but it is fun and just may keep the kiddos busy while they are waiting for the turkey to finally hit the table.

Forget the bald eagle, Benjamin Franklin was all about turkey. Franklin even wanted to make turkey the country's national ...

Allegany to Hold Christmas Cookie Sale

ALLEGANY, NY-- The Allegany Heritage Center will hold its 35th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Dec. 1 at Nature’s Remedy, 120 W. Main St. The sale will take place from 9:30 2 p.m

The sale will include boxes of assorted cookies and special holiday cookies, as well as fruitcakes.

To volunteer to bake cookies, leave a private message on the Allegany Heritage Center ...

Alternatives to Turkey from the TAPinto Greater Olean Staff

Before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, the TAPinto Greater Olean staff has some alternative food suggestions for our readers.

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Tom Reed Calls for Bipartisanship after Winning Re-election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.

November 8, 2018

With the midterm elections complete, Rep. Tom Reed feels it is time for work to resume and he believes the work must be done with the help of both sides of the political aisle.

"There needs to be a bringing together of both sides and really trying to work together now that we have divided government in the House and Senate,” Reed said Wednesday during a ...

Democrats Fare Well in Statewide Elections, Not in Cattaraugus County

Democrats Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul won re-election Tuesday but did not fare well in Cattaraugus County

Cuomo received 29.5 percent of the vote in Cattaraugus County with his Republican opponent Marc Molinaro’s receiving 64 percent. Third party candidates accounted for around 6 percent of the vote in the county, according to the unofficial results ...

Reed Defeats Mitrano in NY 23rd Congressional District Election

Republican Rep. Tom Reed defeated challenger Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano in Tuesday's election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District, which includes the Greater Olean area.

Reed, who has represented the district since 2010, received 55 percent of the votes in the district, a total of 108,244 votes. Mitrano finished with <!--StartFragment ...

Community Garden 'Blitz Build' Set for June 30 in Olean West Greene Street Neighborhood

June 17, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The Citizens Action Network of Southwestern NY and the Rural Revitalization Corporation need help with setting up a community garden on the grounds of the old AME church at the corner of West Greene and South Third streets. 

They are planning a "Blitz Build" on June 30 for installing the first batch of raised beds at the ...

'My Name is Allegany County' Film on Nuclear Waste Protests Remastered

ANGELICA, NY -- For the 28th anniversary of the documentary "My Name is Allegany County," the film has remastered the original film with subtitles.

The film depicts the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County's efforts to block the New York Siting Commission from creating a nuclear waste dump in Allegany County. It includes archival footage of the events that took place ...

Podcast: What is Groundhog Day Like in Punxsutawney?

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

Click here to learn more about Punxsutawney Phil in Christian Gravius' Let's TAP About It column.


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Olean Police Seek Public's Help in Indentifying Man Involved In Burglary

November 9, 2018

OLEAN, NY – Police are seeking the community's assistance in identifying a man involved in a burglary at a food service trailer on Front and East State Street on Nov. 6.

A video of the incident is posted on the Olean Police Department Facebook page.

Anyone with information that would assist police should message the department on Facebook or call police ...

Portville Soldier Receives Army National Guard Promotion

PORTVILLE, NY - The New York Army National Guard promoted Wayne Barrett from Portville in recognition of his capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Barrett, who is assigned to Company A, 642nd Support Battalion, was promoted to sergeant.

Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the promotion, which is based on overall ...

National Guard Promotes Allegany and Hinsdale Residents

The New York Army National Guard has promoted two residents of the Greater Olean area.

Tyler Phillippi from Allegany and Jacob Wesolowski of Hinsdale were promoted to sergeant.

Phillippi is assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company, and Wesolowski is assigned to Headquarters Troop 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition).

Major ...

17th Annual Children's Memorial Candle Lighting in Olean Set for Sunday at First Baptist Church

December 7, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- This year’s local observance of the Worldwide Candle Lighting, in memory of all children who have left  the world too soon, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Olean First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 133 S. Union St.

Parents, grandparents, siblings, families and friends who would like to honor the memory of a child who left too soon are invited to ...

African American Center for Cultural Development Plans Nov. 15 Pizza Party/Informational Session

OLEAN, NY – The African American Center for Cultural Development will host a pizza party Thursday at 5 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry St.

The event is a get-together and informational session for the center’s supporters, members and friends about the Nov. 27 New York Gives Day and the need for the center to raise $65,000 as a match for a ...

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Names Frank Skrobacz Volunteer of the Year

OLEAN, NY – Frank Skrobacz, a staffer at Keystone Tool & Die in Westons Mills, has been named Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year.

Skrobacz received his award Monday at the chamber’s volunteer reception at the Bartlett Country Club during Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Week.

During Chamber Week, GOACC presents the ...

Podcast: SBU Faculty of Different Religious Backgrounds Explain Their Holiday Observances

November 30, 2018

TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Fraser Breon interviews three St. Bonaventure University faculty members of different religious backgrounds on their upcoming holiday seasons and how they will celebrate them. Interviewees are the  Rev. Michael Calabria, O.F.M., director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies; David Kassnoff, a lecturer in the Jandoli School of ...

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings Spark Concern at Temple B'nai Israel in Olean

OLEAN, NY – “I don’t have an answer,” said Diane Balaban, co-president of Temple B’Nai Israel. “I don’t know why. I can sit and watch the news reports and still ask why. I don’t know why. But it’s got to stop.”

Balaban was interviewed after a gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people on Oct. 27. Jewish ...

Four Olean Ministers to Speak about ‘Bad Girls of the Bible’

OLEAN, NY – Four ministers from Olean churches will highlight the role of women in the Bible on Sunday during "Bad Girls of the Bible," a program at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

The presenters include the Rev. Susan Hadley of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Rev. Kim Rossi of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and the Rev. Carrie Wolfe ...

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Two Franciscan High Schools from Ohio Attend Retreat at St. Bonaventure

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Two Franciscan high schools from Ohio made their way to the university on Nov. 9 for a four-day retreat emphasizing Franciscan values.

A total of 12 students from Padua Franciscan High School in Cleveland and Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati attended the retreat led by St. Bonaventure students, by the Rev. Ross Chamberland, O.F.M., who is the ...

Are the Buffalo Bills on the Rise?

What started out as the season of hope has made a turn for another depressing year for Buffalo Bills fans. 

Last season, the Bills finished the season at 9-7 under first-year head coach Sean McDermott. The Bills would make the playoffs thanks to a Week 17 win against its AFC East division foes, the Miami Dolphins, and a last-second touchdown pass from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy ...

What is Going on With Big Blue?

I am a New York Football Giants fan. Like many New-York-City-area teams, most people either hate them or love them. There is no in between.

Many folks from Western New York have strong ties to the Buffalo Bills and have developed a dislike for the Giants due to Super Bowl XXV when Buffalo lost the game 20-19 after a missed last-second field goal, known for going wide right by Scott ...

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SBU Professor Chris Mackowski's Civil War Book Recounts ‘The Great Battle Never Fought’

December 6, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — A new book by St. Bonaventure University Jandoli School of Communication Professor Chris Mackowski recounts the often forgotten fall of 1863, telling the story of army officer George Gordon Meade's final attempt to save the Union.

“The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26 – December 2, 1863” has just been ...

Cattaraugus Gives raises nearly $32,000 for nonprofits

OLEAN, NY -- In its second year Cattaraugus Gives, Cattaraugus County’s Day of Giving, raised nearly $32,000 for area nonprofits.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation again led efforts to organize nonprofits in Cattaraugus County to together raise funds to support each’s respective mission and added $5,000 in incentives.

Those efforts culminated in 47 nonprofits together ...

'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 ...