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State Funds to Aid Emergency Communications in Cattaraugus County

October 17, 2018

ALBANY, NY - Cattaraugus County will receive $674,160 in state grant funding for emergency communications to enhance public safety operations.

The grant is part of $45 million in funding that has been awarded to 57 counties and New York  City. This funding enables local governments to expand their emergency response capabilities. 

"In an emergency, every second counts ...

Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. to Receive Federal Funding

ALBANY, NY - Cattaraugus Community Action Inc. will receive $120,000 in federal funding to hire attorneys who will assist crime victims with civil legal matters, such as divorce, custody, immigration and financial issues.

The funding is part of $16 million in federal funds awarded to 61 state-supported victim assistance programs and child advocacy centers.

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Allegany and Olean Residents Earn New York Army National Guard Promotions

Two residents of the Greater Olean area have earned promotions in the New York Army National Guard.

Brittany Russo of Allegany was promoted to staff sergeant, and Dustin Frederick of Olean was promoted to private. Both are assigned to the Company A, 642nd Support Battalion.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership and development ...

Olean Oilers Weigh in on NYCBL Rule Changes for 2019 Season

October 23, 2018

<!--StartFragment -->OLEAN, NY – Olean Oilers Kevin Higgins and Dan Stauffer have mixed feelings about rule changes for the 2019 baseball season. 

The changes, announced by the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) during its fall meetings, include a 10-run rule, a limit on extra innings and a new standings system.

“The 10-run rule, is definitely a good ...

Josh Ayeni Looks Forward to New Start in Alabama

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- For many St. Bonaventure men’s basketball fans, Josh Ayeni was a mixed bag of potential and commotion throughout his two-year stay.

Some fans remember him as the near 7-footer who struggled to dunk, and others remember the passionate hardworking player who exemplified what a St. Bonaventure University athlete is all about. 

He began as a standout freshman ...

Allegany-Limestone Girls Soccer Team Beats North Tonawanda in Overtime

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Sophia Fortuna’s overtime goal gave the Allegany-Limestone varsity girls’ soccer team a 3-2 win over North Tonawanda Saturday.

The girls celebrated with a group hug, but some were quick to run off after the handshake, knowing that Olean High School’s homecoming was happening at the same time.

“I have a dance to be at,” Fortuna said ...

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Hinsdale Man Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

October 19, 2018

OLEAN, NY - State troopers arrested a Hinsdale man for criminal possession of marijuana on Oct. 13.

James J. Fye Sr., 52, was arrested during a traffic stop on State Route 16 in Olean. Troopers said they discovered approximately two ounces of marijuana in Fye’s vehicle.

Fye was arrested and released with appearance tickets returnable to Olean City Court later this month.

State Police Arrest Suspect in Allegany Auto Stripping Case

OLEAN, NY - Olean troopers arrested a Bradford, Pennsylvania, man for attempted petit larceny and auto stripping on Oct. 10. 

The man, Troy A. Schuppenhauer, 29, also a suspect in an auto stripping case at Mallery’s Auto Body in the town of Allegany, according to State Police.

Schuppenhauer was arrested after troopers responded to a report of shoplifting at ...

Two Elmira Residents Arrested in Cuba on Weapons Charges

CUBA, NY - State Police arrested two Elmira resdients on weapons charges Friday.

Rashad R. Graham, 23, and Tania M. Shaver, 25, were arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 86 West in the Cuba and charged with criminal possession of a loaded firearm and criminal possession of a weapon defaced for concealment

Police said they discovered a defaced .22 rifle along with ...

Participants in SBU's CommDay Choose Kit Kat Bars as Favorite Halloween Candy

October 19, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Dozens of Halloween candies are on the market, but only one is the favorite of the high school students and teachers who took part in CommDay at St. Bonaventure University Friday.

Kit Kat bars were the most popular choice when the students and their teachers voted on their favorite Halloween candy during two digital journalism workshops. After the results were ...

Speakers Focus on Gender Equality During Panel Discussion at St. Bonaventure

ST.BONAVENTURE, NY—A panel discussion Wednesday evening focused on the systemic issues that have been addressed in the pursuit of gender equality, including those in society that have not been addressed and still lack resolution.  

St. Bonaventure University Executive Director of Residential Living Nichole Gonzalez, hosted the event and Pauline Hoffmann, an associate professor ...

Bona Prof Sees Similarities in How Journalists Cover Politics and Higher Education

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- News coverage of higher education may share a common flaw with political reporting, according to a St. Bonaventure University Jandoli School of Communication faculty member.

“Political reporters tend to focus on horse race issues such as polls, fundraising and endorsements that have little consequence for public policy,” Richard A. Lee, an associate ...

Toy Train Collectors Society Hosts Show in Olean

October 22, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Russell Allen’s wooden trains were among the attractions featured at the “Autumn in the Southern Tier Train Show” Sunday.

The Toy Train Collectors Society presented the show, which was hosted by Olean Middle School.

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Podcast: What's on TAP This Week

In a new podcast, reporters Dominic LoVallo and Andrew Hayn highlight the latest local news posted on TAPinto Greater Olean and preview some upcoming stories.

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Olean Theatre Workshop Presents 'You Can't Take It with You'

OLEAN, NY -- Love and debt are the themes in the play “You Can’t Take It with You,” coming to the Olean Theatre Workshop Thursday through Sunday.

The story is set in 1937, and begins with a young woman named Alice Sycamore, played by Ashley LaBombard, expecting the young man she loves, Tony Kirby, played by Steve Ahl, to arrive at her home so he can meet ...

Olean Mayor Recognizes October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 13, 2018

OLEAN, NY – Mayor William J. Aiello proclaimed October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Olean on Tuesday during the city's Common Council meeting.

Aiello also commended Olean firefighters for wearing pink in October in recognition of those who have fought the disease.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a campaign to increase awareness of the ...

Red Cross Schedules Blood Drives in Greater Olean Area

OLEAN, NY – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Red Cross points out that is a perfect time to give blood or platelets to support cancer patients and others. Cancer patients may need red blood cell or platelet transfusions during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for ...

Cattaraugus County Announces Distribution Dates for Senior Farmers Market Coupon Booklets

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 ...

Participants in SBU's CommDay Choose Kit Kat Bars as Favorite Halloween Candy

October 19, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Dozens of Halloween candies are on the market, but only one is the favorite of the high school students and teachers who took part in CommDay at St. Bonaventure University Friday.

Kit Kat bars were the most popular choice when the students and their teachers voted on their favorite Halloween candy during two digital journalism workshops. After the results were ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bona Prof Sees Similarities in How Journalists Cover Politics and Higher Education

October 13, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- News coverage of higher education may share a common flaw with political reporting, according to a St. Bonaventure University Jandoli School of Communication faculty member.

“Political reporters tend to focus on horse race issues such as polls, fundraising and endorsements that have little consequence for public policy,” Richard A. Lee, an associate ...

National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Rep. Tom Reed

OLEAN, NY – The National Federation of Independent Business endorsed Rep. Tom Reed at Four Mile Brewing Thursday.

“It is very important we return pro small business candidates and elected officials to Washington like Congressman Reed,” Greg Biryla, the state director for NFIB, said. “Congressman Reed has a 100 percent voting record with NFIB. He’s been given the ...

Health Care Dominates Mitrano's Town Hall Meeting in Olean

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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

September 26, 2018

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: St. Bonaventure Students Join Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

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 ...

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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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 ...

Streaming Services Should Focus on Quality Instead of Quantity

We live in a time where the demand is “more now.” We want more of the things we like, and we want them as soon as possible.

This can be seen clearly in the amount of shows the internet streaming service Netflix released in the past year: well over 150 different shows, movies, documentaries and comedy specials. In the month of August alone, 47 Netflix original shows and movies ...

Witnessing Greatness Up Close

Up until about two years ago, my favorite sport to watch was baseball. I enjoyed everything about the game. The crowd, the action, and the entire atmosphere excited me. But when my baseball playing days were finished, I noticed my hobby of watching the game dwindled.

At the end of my freshman year of college, my interest in golf grew. I’ve played golf my entire life and even ...

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Olean General Hospital Staff Honored for Years of Service

October 21, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Olean General Hospital, member hospital of Upper Allegheny Health System, honored its staff for their dedicated years of service to the hospital during an employee service award ceremony, Sept. 27 at Good Times of Olean. Those honored represent 1,285 years of combined service.

“Every year, we welcome the opportunity to thank our employees for all they do for our hospital and ...

'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 ...