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Cattaraugus County Awarded Counter-terrorism Grant

September 18, 2018

ALBANY, NY - Cattaraugus County will receive $159,954 in federal funds to support counter-terrorism and emergency preparedness efforts.

The grant is part of nearly $224 million in funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through its Homeland Security Grant Program. 

"This federal funding will ensure communities are prepared and have the resources they ...

Cuba Taking Part in Clean Energy Community Program

CUBA, NY – More than 450 communities across the state, including Cuba, are participating in the state's Clean Energy Communities initiative and have completed at least one high-impact action. 

"New York is a national leader in combating climate change, and this significant milestone demonstrates that communities in every corner of this great state are committed to our ...

State Funds to Aid Farms in Cattaraugus County

ALBANY, NY – Cattaraugus County will receive $770,000 in state funds for water protection projects that protect farms.

The funds were part of $14.7 million awarded to implement water quality protection projects on 43 farms across the state.

"Agriculture and water infrastructure are key to New York's current and future economic prosperity and this program will help livestock ...

Nike's Kaepernick Campaign Stirs Little Controversy in Greater Olean Area

September 23, 2018

OLEAN, NY – Nike’s decision to partner with Colin Kaepernick for the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” campaign has resulted in mixed feelings from consumers across America. Kaepernick, an NFL free agent since 2016, has been a household topic of conversation ever since he decided to kneel for the national anthem to protest racial and social injustices.

Nike’s ...

Portville Central School Plans Sept. 21 Induction Ceremony for 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame

PORTVILLE, NY – Tony Wilson had been member of the class of 1943 and captain of the football and basketball teams but left school before graduating to go to war.

On Friday, Wilson will become a member of another class at Portville Central School: the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame.

An induction ceremony honoring Wilson and five other persons (one ...

Olean Area Hellbilly Heartbreakers Defeat Steel Beamers in Final Game of 2018 Roller Derby Season

OLEAN, NY -- The Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby Hellbilly Heartbreakers played the final game of the 2018 season Saturday night at the William O. Smith Recreation Center, defeating the Pittsburgh-based Steel Beamers 156-99.

Fans were encouraged to bring donations of food, diapers and juices ​for the Olean Food Pantry.

The Hellbilly Heartbreakers are recruiting new players and ...

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Olean Man Charged with Manufacturing Meth

September 21, 2018

OLEAN, NY – Police arrested Tyler J. Harding, 28, Friday and charged him with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

The arrest came after city police and members of the New York State Police entered his his first-floor apartment on North First Street with a search warrant at 5:40 a.m. 

Two state police units worked with the city's police force ...

Police Charge Frewsburg Man with Criminal Contempt After Threat to Hinsdale Central School

HINSDALE, NY – State Police arrested a Frewsburg man Tuesday after he allegedly sent a threatening text message to a Hinsdale Central School student that caused a lockdown at the school.

Police said Nicholas A. McChesney, 20, sent a text message to a 17-year-old student suggesting that he would harm others with a gun and that the school should be locked. McChesney was charged with ...

Bomb Threat at Cuba-Rushford Middle High School Deemed Not Credible

CUBA, NY -- Cuba-Rushford Middle High School was evacuated Tuesday after a staff member received a phone call on an official school phone line that there was an explosive device in the building, but law enforcement authorities determined the threat was not credible.

“Cuba police officers and New York State Police, as well as a K-9 unit, checked the building as well as the grounds and ...

Portville Central School District Gets Financing Boost from State

September 23, 2018

ALBANY, NY - Nearly $6 million in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds, including $5.3 million for the Portville Central School District. has been issued through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

"New York is committed to providing students of all ages with an education that will help them reach their greatest potential," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who announced the ...

Cuba Circulating Library to Hold Book and Jumble Sale

CUBA, NY -- The annual Friends of the Cuba Library Inc. book sale will begin Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Cuba Circulating Library and run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.through Thursday, Oct. 4. The sale will be closed on Friday, but will be open on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an all-day $2-a-bag pricing.  

Located at 39 E. Main St. in Cuba, the sale ...

Bomb Threat at Cuba-Rushford Middle High School Deemed Not Credible

CUBA, NY -- Cuba-Rushford Middle High School was evacuated Tuesday after a staff member received a phone call on an official school phone line that there was an explosive device in the building, but law enforcement authorities determined the threat was not credible.

“Cuba police officers and New York State Police, as well as a K-9 unit, checked the building as well as the grounds and ...

Photo Submissions Requested for 2019 Squirrel Calendar

September 23, 2018

OLEAN, NY – The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking photos from the community with families, children, teenagers and seniors enjoying the Woodland in the City Squirrels.  Pictures will be chosen for the 2019 squirrel calendar. The Woodland in the City committee and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) sponsor the photo contest.

The calendar will feature ...

SBU-TV News September 21, 2018

In this week's SBU-TV News, Bona Responds is heading down to North Carolina to assist in the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Florence. Plus, it is a contested race in New York's 23rd District. Hear what the candidates are saying ahead of the November election. Watch for the latest news and sports from St. Bonaventure University and across the southern ...

Artist Wendy Skinner Will Teach Drawing Class at Cuba Circulating Library

CUBA  – Artist Wendy Skinner of Belmont will teach a three-week Wednesday night drawing class geared to students ages 14 and older, at the Cuba Circulating Library, 39 E. Main St.

Classes are scheduled for Oct. 3, 10 and 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Students who take the class will learn to draw with a variety of mediums. The class is appropriate for beginners as well as for those ...

Cattaraugus County Announces Distribution Dates for Senior Farmers Market Coupon Booklets

June 6, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects, has announced that Cattaraugus County has been awarded 840 Senior Farmers Market coupon booklets with a total value of $16,800.

Each booklet contains five $4 coupons ($20 value) and can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets in Cattaraugus ...

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

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 ...

Friends of Olean Library Schedule Sept. 14 Wine Tasting

September 12, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Tickets are on sale for “Our Library Can Read Between the Wines,” a wine tasting set for  Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St.

The event marks the first time Friends of the Olean Library has sponsored a wine tasting. The evening will also include food, basket raffles and a talk on wine by Pedro-Abad Lopez, who has ...

Fourth Annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival Slated for June 2

HINSDALE, NY -- The annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival is a chance for families to get out of the house, spend time with one another and enjoy a nice day outside, said Jeff VanDeCar, one of the organizers of the event.

This year's festival -- the fourth -- will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hinsdale Memorial Park, 1547 Gile Hollow ...

Jersey Freshcipes Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime

The 'Jersey Freshcipes' contest was the hottest thing in the kitchen last summer. TAPinto caught up with contest winner Melissa Raho of Behind the Plates.who served up Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime.

Corn is at its peak in the Garden State from around the Fourth of July through Labor Day making it the perfect 'must serve' for a Jersey ...

Health Care Dominates Mitrano's Town Hall Meeting in Olean

September 17, 2018

OLEAN, NY – Health care dominated the conversation Saturday at Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano’s Town Hall meeting at the John J. Ash Community Center.

“With my observation, as a district, we have fallen behind in many areas, in particular our health care,” Mitrano said. “As a district we are ranked close to dead last in health care and quality of ...

New York Democrats to Choose Candidate for Governor in Thursday's Primary

Democratic voters will go to the polls Thursday to select a candidate for governor and other statewide offices in the New York Democratic Primary, which is taking place on a Thursday due Tuesday’s 9/11 observances.

Democrats will also will choose candidates for lieutenant governor andattorney general.

Because only one Republican, Marcus Molinaro, is running for no GOP primary is ...

Mitrano Will Challenge Reed for Congressional Seat in November

It took an extra week to learn the winner, but Tracy Mitrano has defeated Max Della Pia in the 23rd District Democratic congressional primary.

Mitrano, an educator and attorney, will take on Rep. Tom Reed in November. Reed has served in Congress in 2013.

Mitrano trailed Della Pia by 26 votes on election night, but she overtook his lead when absentee votes were counted.

“Max Della ...

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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Portville Soldier Receives Army National Guard Promotion

September 20, 2018

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 ...

What Does ​​​​​​​Thursday’s Newsroom Shooting Mean for the Next Generation of Journalists?

<!--StartFragment -->Thursday’s shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom elicited a range of emotions from journalists all over the nation. 

But what does the incident mean for the next generation of journalists?

Here is what students and recent graduates of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University had to say about the shooting and the bold statement ...

Podcast: St. Bonaventure Students Join Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

September 21, 2018

In our Sept. 21 podcast, TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Samantha Gier talks to three St. Bonaventure students; Michael Rickicki, John Duffy and Patrick McCormack, who are using their fall break to join in on Hurricane Florence relief efforts. 


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Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Friends of Olean Library Attracts Over 100

OLEAN, NY — A crowd of more than 100 gathered in the Olean Public Library Friday for “Our Library Can Read Between the Wines,” the first wine-tasting event hosted by Friends of the Olean Library. 

The evening featured food, basket raffles and talks on wine by Pedro-Abad Lopez, who has studied and worked in the wine industry.

Friends of the Olean Library, organized in ...

Friends of Olean Library Schedule Sept. 14 Wine Tasting

OLEAN, NY -- Tickets are on sale for “Our Library Can Read Between the Wines,” a wine tasting set for  Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St.

The event marks the first time Friends of the Olean Library has sponsored a wine tasting. The evening will also include food, basket raffles and a talk on wine by Pedro-Abad Lopez, who has ...

Sexual Revolution Documentary Screens Friday at Archbishop Walsh

September 6, 2018

OLEAN, NY – The Saint Mary of the Angels Adult Faith Formation team is giving the public a chance to evaluate the effects of the sexual revolution with screenings of "Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Human Vitae," scheduled for Friday. Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m., at Archbishop Walsh High School.

The new documentary shows the fallout of the free-love movement ...

Revelations of Sexual Abuse in Buffalo Diocese Evoke Range of Emotions at SBU

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Bob Donius, a lecturer in Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University, has become all too familiar with addressing allegations of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Donius, who at one time had aspirations of joining the clergy himself, arrived at the university in 2002 to become vice president of ministries. This came months after an investigation by The ...

Meet the Leaders: Kim Rossi, St. Stephen's Rector, Heads Olean Church Group

OLEAN, NY – Before being ordained and later taking on the role of rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Rev. Kim Rossi followed a path of social work.

For 27 years, the Albany area native was self-employed as a social work consultant, focusing on mental health. A 2008 graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary in Rochester, Rossi said she had been an Episcopalian her entire life, but ...

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Becoming English in 90 Minutes

It was our first day in the country. The smell of fish'n chips filled the air, and the Wig and Pen was the place to be as England prepared to take on Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.  Wearing blue and yellow was a death sentence. The streets were lined with fans dressed in red who stood in pub lines extending for blocks. We had one goal: Convince the locals ...

Understanding the Tough Times at The Buffalo News Can Lead to Brighter Future for the Newspaper 

Given the fiscal state of the news industry, the changes underway at The Buffalo News are not unique. To offset revenue losses, newspapers across the nation have bid farewell to longtime reporters, eliminated once-popular sections and removed jobs that involved covering important beats, such as education, the environment and transportation. 

What makes the ...

Grandpa Practiced Sustainability

My grandpa was of the Depression Era. Sustainability wasn’t “a thing” back then — it was just the way you lived. Though he was raised in a time when you were thankful to be able to put a good meal on the table, he likely had a standard of life that we would consider average or middle class today. He didn’t grow up in a slum or shanty town, but he did understand the ...

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CRCF Community Fund Grant Applications due October 21

September 23, 2018

Grant applications for the next funding cycle of the Community Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation are due Oct. 21.

“The Community Fund is the Foundation’s vehicle for responsive grantmaking, allowing the board to support projects and initiatives that address the changing needs of the community,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit.

'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 ...