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Cattaraugus County COVID-19 Case Total Reaches 215

September 24, 2020

The Cattaraugus County Health Department announced two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The new cases bring the new total positive COVID-19 cases found in Cattaraugus County since late March to 215. Seventy-four of the cases have been reported since Aug. 21.

According to a press release from the health department, the 214th confirmed case is a man who lives in the ...

Olean's Dan McGraw Honored for Law Enforcement Service for Area Youth

September 22, 2020

OLEAN, NY — Dan McGraw, who has nearly 30 years in law enforcement, is being recognized for his service to the Olean area.

McGraw, who assumed a position as the school resource officer inside the Olean City School District five years ago, was named the recipient of the 2020 State of New York Police Juvenile Officers Association Youth Officer of the Year award.

“I am very honored ...

Olean Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud and Grand Larceny

Jennifer M. Perkins, 35, of Olean was arrested Monday and charged with one count of attempted offering of a false instrument, two counts of attempted grand larceny and two counts of attempted welfare fraud, according to a news release from the Cattaraugus Count Sheriff’s Office.

The release indicated Perkins had fraudulently received $2,492 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

Fire Damages Front Street Home in Olean

OLEAN, NY — An attic fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to a home at 118 Front St. Monday, according to a news release from the City of Olean Fire Department.

Two residents suffered mild smoke inhalation but were not hospitalized. Firefighters rescued a cat and a rabbit from the fire.

Fire crews arrived to the scene at 2:34 p.m. and had the fire under control at 3:07 ...

Zonta Club of Olean Conducts Voter Registration Drive

September 19, 2020

OLEAN, NY — The third Saturday in September started out in the 30s, but that did not stop vendors or customers from being at the weekly Saturday REAP Farmers' Market under the shelter at Lincoln Park.

Nor did it stop two members of the Zonta Club of Olean from sitting at a table outside the shelter, conducting a voter registration drive and providing educational ...

Mitrano Speaks on Low Census Completion Rate in 23rd District 

The congressional district that includes the Greater Olean area has had a poor census response rate in 2020, and that could damage the area fiscally and politically, Tracy Mitrano said during a media call Thursday.

Mitrano, the Democratic challenger for the 23rd congressional district, said the response rate is important because census figures are considered in determining the number ...

Mitrano Criticizes Reed for Silence on Trump's Comments on Vets

Tracy Mitrano opened her weekly media call Thursday by criticizing Rep. Tom Reed for his silence on statements anonymous sources say President Donald Trump made about veterans who died in battle.

Mitrano, the Democratic challenger for the 23rd congressional district, which includes the Greater Olean area, referred to a Sept. 3 article in The Atlantic, in which unnamed sources ...

GOACC Urges 'Register by Monday' for Annual Corporate Challenge

September 17, 2020

OLEAN, NY — Virtual meetings and events have become the “new norm” for the Greater Olean area. The 10th Annual Corporate Challenge will be no exception.

Instead of teams gathering on the same day, Corporate Challenge sponsors, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the Olean High School Sports Boosters, have broadened their horizons to offer a flexible ...

St. Bonaventure's Jaren English, Ann Lehman and Latoya Pierce Selected for Atlantic 10 DEI Commission

Jaren English, Ann Lehman and Latoya Pierce will represent St. Bonaventure University on the Atlantic 10 Conference Commission on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Duquesne University President Kenneth Gormley announced formation of the commission on Tuesday.

Gormley and La Salle Athletic Director Brian Baptiste will chair the commission, which will include three representatives from ...

Flanders, Colomaio Top Field in Allegheny River Running Fest

OLEAN, NY — Seventy-one runners took part in the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s first Allegheny River Running Fest half-marathon Saturday.

Dale Flanders of Allegany finished first among the men with a time of 1:21:26. Tops among the women was Angela Colomaio of Olean with a time of 1:38:52.

In a 10K race that was part of the race of the event, Joe Pitzonka of Orchard ...

SBU Nursing Program Receives Grant for Five New Scholarships

September 23, 2020

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The $200,000 Workforce Development Initiative grant that the university received Sept. 15 will provide tuition and books for five students in the university's RN to BSN nursing program over a two-year period.

Special focus is on attracting veterans, single parents and persons over 55, St.  Bonaventure’s Founding Director of Nursing Connie J. Perkins.

Four New St. Bonaventure Coronavirus Cases Reported

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — St. Bonaventure has confirmed four new coronavirus cases, bringing its total since Aug. 1 to seven, Tom Missel, the university’s chief communications officer, told TAPinto Greater Olean via email Wednesday. 

According to Missel, all four individuals are currently isolated at off-campus locations. Missel said he could not disclose when the individuals ...

SBU Begins Week 5 Fall Semester With No Active COVID-19 Cases

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — As St. Bonaventure University begins its fifth full week of in-person instruction, it finds itself in a rare situation. 

As colleges and universities across the country, including many in New York, battle with growing coronavirus outbreaks, SBU has confirmed just three cases since Aug. 1. None of those cases are currently active, according to the ...

Olean Public Library Offers 'Checkers for TV' Literacy Program

September 13, 2020

OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library will begin offering Checkers Library TV, a monthly children's show illustrating the benefits of reading, on Monday at 3:30 pm on the library's website and social media accounts.

This program is best suited to children 2 to 10 years of age, according to a news release from the library. The main monthly episodes of Checkers Library ...

Olean Public Library Sponsors Banned Books Week Writing Contest

The Olean Public Library challenges teens and adults to write short stories set in a hypothetical world where all books are banned.

The short story contest calls attention to the 2020 theme of Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, which is "Censorship Is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read."

Submissions should be no more than five pages in length and can be ...

Race Unity Circle of Olean Book Club Picks Monthly Readings

OLEAN, NY — The Race Unity Circle of Olean Book Club has selected choices through the end of 2020.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. on the final Tuesday of every month at a location to be determined. Suggestions for meeting spots are welcome. The Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St., may not be available and as the weather gets colder, meeting under the shelter at Lincoln Park will not ...

Signature Select Chewy Granola Bars Recalled Due to Mislabeling

September 2, 2020

Treehouse Foods, Inc is voluntarily recalling certain Chewy Granola Bars due to mislabeling. The company stated that the recall was initiated because the outer carton stated the product was Chocolate Chip, however, some individually wrapped product inside the carter contained the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip variety.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the ...

Ronzoni Smart Taste Extra Wide Noodles Recalled Due to Possible Undeclared Egg Allergen

Approximately, 20,000 cases of Ronzoni Smart Taste Extra-Wide Noodle packages have been recalled due to a possible undeclared egg allergen, announced Riviana Foods Inc.

The company stated that the affected Ronzoni Smart Taste Extra-Wide Noodle packages do not declare the allergen “egg”, which is an ingredient in the noodle product. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity ...

Orders for Olean Elks Cold Sub Wednesday Are Due by 7 p.m. Tuesday

OLEAN, NY — Orders for the Aug. 19 Olean Elks Cold Sub Wednesday need to be placed by 7 p.m. Tuesday by calling 716-372-4191.

Choices for 8-inch subs are ham, salami, tuna or turkey, The subs will have lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and oil. Onions and banana peppers are available on request. The price of a sub is $8.

Customers should pick up their orders between 3 and 6 ...

Pfeiffer Extends Walk in the Woods Registration, Fee to Monday

September 18, 2020

PORTVILLE, NY — The annual Woods Walk celebration is among the largest events that the Pfeiffer Nature Center hosts and is a fundraiser instrumental to keeping the center open and available to the community. 

Because the center cannot host the walk in its traditional manner, it has modified the 2020 ...

Olean Installs Signs Indicating City Parks Are Smoke-free

OLEAN, NY — The city of Olean is installing signs indicating that Olean’s parks are tobacco free.

“Last year the Common Council passed Resolution #80-19, which banned the use of tobacco, nicotine or vapor devices in city-owned recreational facilities,” Mayor William J. Aiello said. 

Reality Check CCA, an organization that educates youth on the dangers of ...

Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday

Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung around the sun back in early July, and it is now making a swift exit towards the outer solar system, with a relatively ...

Protestors at Olean's Lincoln Park Seek 'Justice for Jacob'

August 29, 2020

OLEAN, NY — Demonstrators gathered on the fringes of Lincoln Park between 6:30 and 8:30 Saturday evening to protest police brutality against people of color and to lobby for social justice.

Approximately 20 protesters, coming and going over the two-hour period, displayed signs hand lettered with slogans such as “Justice for Jacob” and “Black Lives ...

Olean Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling Fentanyl

BUFFALO, NY — An Olean woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, butyryl fentanyl, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

Mary Kettle, 36, Olean, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, said Kettle, Erin Cameron and others ...

Olean Will Conduct Town Hall Meetings on Black Lives Matter Resolution

OLEAN, NY — The city will conduct a series of town hall meetings to address concerns that were voiced during discussion of a Black Lives Matter resolution that the Common Council approved Tuesday.

“As I sat through the meeting, it became apparent that there is a problem in our community, and we must correct it as quickly as possible,” Mayor William J. Aiello said.

Olean Racial Justice Coalition Gathers for Rally

September 21, 2020

OLEAN, NY — A silent crowd waited under a pavilion in Lincoln Park, spilling out into the sun-soaked grass beyond the reach of the shade cast by wood rafters and roof above. Organized in small, spaced-out clusters, they faced a row of seven speakers and a microphone on a stand.

“If we want to come together as a community and create a safer space for diverse ...

Olean Racial Justice Coalition Holds Rally in Lincoln Park

OLEAN, NY — The Olean Racial Justice Coalition held a justice rally Sunday in Lincoln Park. The event included a panel discussion with local social justice activists, non-profit professionals and minority community members. TAPinto Greater Olean reporter Landon Allison was there and will be filing a story later Sunday. For now, watch Landon's video for some details.

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Pfeiffer Extends Walk in the Woods Registration, Fee to Monday

PORTVILLE, NY — The annual Woods Walk celebration is among the largest events that the Pfeiffer Nature Center hosts and is a fundraiser instrumental to keeping the center open and available to the community. 

Because the center cannot host the walk in its traditional manner, it has modified the 2020 ...

'Forging a Path Forward to Racial Justice' Is Slated for Aug. 11

August 9, 2020

OLEAN, NY — The Baha’i Faith Community of Olean has organized “Forging a Path Forward to Racial Justice,” a virtual version of its monthly interfaith devotional and dialogue gatherings, for Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The gathering will be provided by the Olean Public Library on Zoom.

According to a library press release, the monthly meetings provide ...

Friar at St. Bonaventure Tests Positive for COVID-19

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — A friar who lives in the St. Bonaventure Friary has tested positive for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic and has been placed in isolation, the university announced Saturday.

The other friars living at the friary decided voluntarily Friday night to be tested, and results are expected early next week, according to an email from the Office of Communications.

The ...

Olean Basilica to Livestream Masses

OLEAN, NY – The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that it will be livestreaming Masses after the Diocese of Buffalo closed Masses to the public as a response to the coronavirus.

The Masses at the Basilica will be livestreamed through Facebook and the Basilica’s website Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.

The Basilica will be ...

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2020 School Year Should Reflect Responsibility, Not 'Bottoms Up' Mentality as COVID-19 Cases Spike Among Young Adults

Tracy Schrems, assistant professor of adolescence education at St. Bonaventure University, made a great point. 

“If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that people don’t like to follow the rules,” she told TAPinto Greater Olean in an email. 

She’s right. As colleges and universities prepare to resume in-person instruction this fall, that thought ...

A Difficult End to Senior Year Does Not Compare to the Memories Made

When the unexpected happens, we sometimes do not know how to react. We immediately think of the effect the present will have on the future. 

When news on the coronavirus started to get serious back in March, I found myself thinking this way as I knew a lot of uncertainty lay ahead. 
Your senior year of college is a special time, one where you are supposed to be soaking in ...

Coronavirus and Life Without Sports: How It Boosts Fandom

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought almost all sports to a halt. This was certainly the right decision because the health of our citizens should be put first. This unusual time has left me and many other sports fans with a feeling of emptiness, trying to take in everything that is going on.

Multiple professional athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. More than a dozen NBA players, ...

IRS reminds taxpayers of the home office deduction rules during Small Business Week

September 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — During Small Business Week, Sept. 22-24, the Internal Revenue Service wants individuals to consider taking the home office deduction if they qualify. The benefit may allow taxpayers working from home to deduct certain expenses on their tax return.  

The home office deduction is available to qualifying self-employed taxpayers, independent contractors and those working in ...

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