Democrats Rally in Olean for Congressional Candidate

July 15, 2018

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OLEAN, NY  – Two messages were made clear at the NY23 United Democratic Unity Rally on Saturday: the importance of voter turnout and getting U.S. Rep. Tom Reed out of office.

More than 100 people from multiple counties, age groups, and ethnicities gathered in Lincoln Park to celebrate the nomination of Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano for the ...

Olean DPW Announces Street Repairs in Boardmanville and North Olean

OLEAN, NY – Roadwork in the Boardmanville and North Olean areas is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, resulting in temporary street blockings and a slowdown of traffic on various streets.

The roadwork should be completed within a few days, according to a news release from the City of Olean Department of Public Works.

In the release, the DPW noted an appreciation for the ...

Penalty Notice Omitted from July Water/Sewer Bills in Olean

OLEAN, NY -- July 1 water and sewer bills mailed to residential and commercial customers did not include the penalty amount if paid after the due date.

According to a news release from the city, the omission was inadvertent.

The normal 10 percent penalty will be added to bills paid after July 20.

Individuals with questions should contact the Olean Water Office at 716-376-5657.

Battaglia's Bat, Hunt's Pitching Lead Oilers to 5-2 Win Over Hornell

July 15, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Joey Battaglia had three hits and knocked in two runs Saturday as the Olean Oilers defeated the Hornell Dodgers 5-2 at Bradner Stadium.

Battaglia doubled in the sixth inning to drive home Matt Grace and singled in Kevin Higgins with the Oilers' final run in the eighth. He also doubled in the fifth inning and came around to score Olean's first run on Niall ...

Oilers Score Walk-off Victory over Wellsville

Jimmy Webb drove home Brian Tagoe with the winning run to give the Oilers a 5-4 extra-inning walk-off win over Wellsville Sunday in the team’s last game before the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star break.

Tagoe doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, and Webb followed with a single up the middle to bring him home.

Ian Concevitch, who pitched four ...

Cole Peterson, Former Shortstop for Bonnies and Oilers, Is Living a Dream Come True

For Cole Peterson, playing professional baseball is a dream come true. Growing up in the small town of Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, Peterson started playing T-ball at the age of 6. He went on to play for youth minor and major league teams and eventually for Johnsonburg Area High School.

By the end of his sophomore year, Peterson was receiving offers from some Division II schools. He later ...

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Olean Man Arrested for Multiple Traffic Violations

July 3, 2018

OLEAN, NY – State Police arrested Jesse E. Smith of Olean on June 25 for multiple traffic violations, according to a state police news release.

Police said state troopers executed a routine traffic stop on Cooper Hill Road in Humphrey and discovered Smith was operating a motor vehicle with eight suspensions on his license. Smith, 25, was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a ...

Olean Police Charge Three City Residents with Manufacturing Meth

OLEAN, NY – Police arrested three residents of a West Greene Street apartment Thursday and charged them with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Police identified those arrested as Edward A. Wagoner, 42; Alysha A. Kenney, 22, and Danielle M. Kenney, 22.

The arrests were made after the Olean Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit and ...

Pennsylvania Man Arrested in Olean on Illegal Weapons Charges

OLEAN, NY – State Police arrested Martin C. Miller on June 11, and charged him with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, circumventing an interlock device and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to State Police.

During a routine traffic stop on State Route 16 in the Town of Olean, State ...

Change in Summer Museum Event Series Has Della Moore Talk Slated for July 12

July 11, 2018

MACHIAS, NY — Della Moore will give a talk about the African American Center for Cultural Development Thursday at 7 p.m. as part of Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series.

Moore, the African American Center's director, agreed to switch dates with musician Dave Ruch, who was originally scheduled to perform "Traditional Folk Music ...

Two Olean Students Awarded Mayor's Scholarships

OLEAN, NY -- Lucas Chapman and Zack Linderman have been awarded the Mayor’s Scholarship. 

“Congratulations to both Lucas and Zach; they are both fine young men and are assets to our community,” said Mayor William Aiello, who announced the scholarships at the June 12 Olean Common Council meeting. “I wish them continued success as they continue their ...

Elmira College Honors Student-Athlete from Olean

ELMIRA, NY - William Gardner of Olean was among those recognized for successes both on the field and in the classroom at the 2017-18 Elmira College Department of Athletics Awards Reception on May 21.

Gardner received Lowman Award, which is presented to an upper-class student, in good academic standing, whose personality, character, organizational and administrative ability have had a positive ...

Five Questions with Larry Lewicki

July 15, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- The Larry Lewicki Band will perform in Lincoln Park Thursday as part of Olean’s summer concert series. The free performance is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, Larry Lewicki shared a few thoughts with TAPinto Greater Olean about the band and the music world.

TAP: Does playing an outdoor venue present any special ...

In England, a Familiar Source Provides Bona Students with a Lesson on the Beatles

OXFORD, UK -- A visit to England provides a great way to learn about the Beatles, but for a group of American college students studying in Great Britain this summer, their best lesson about the Fab Four came from a familiar source – one of their professors from the states.

Laura Peterson, who teaches in the music program at St. Bonaventure University, delivered a guest lecture about the ...

Five Questions with Les Sabina of the LTM Trio

OLEAN, NY -- The LTM Trio will perform in Lincoln Park Thursday as part of Olean’s summer concert series. The free performance is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the band's website, the trio "plays jazz and is dedicated to the works of the great American songwriters such as Gershwin, Mancini, Ellington, and others, as well as bossa novas and the ...

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 ...

Fourth Annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival Slated for June 2

June 1, 2018

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 ...

Bake Your Own Irish Soda Bread this Weekend

Okay, I'll admit it.  I grew up hating Irish soda bread.  Too dry.  Not good toasted. Weird shape.  People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests.  I made sure that everyone had some to take home.  Oy, such a generous hostess!

I finally learned to make it myself, to my own ...

Mitrano Will Challenge Reed for Congressional Seat in November

July 13, 2018

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 ...

In a Close 23rd District Race, Della Pia Has the Most Votes, but Absentee Ballots Still Need to be Counted

With all precincts reporting, a mere 26 votes separated the top two candidates in Tuesday’s 23rd District Democratic congressional primary, so a clear-cut winner will not be determined until absentee ballots are counted.

Max Della Pia, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel finished on top Tuesday with 7,022 votes, 26 votes ahead of Tracy Mitrano, an educator, who received 6,996 votes. The two ...

Democratic Voters to Choose Congressional Candidate Tuesday

Democratic voters in the Greater Olean area will go to the polls Tuesday to choose a candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Reed in the race for Congress in New York’s 23rd District.

The candidates running in the Democratic primary are:

Linda Andrei:
Max Della Pia:
Ian Golden:
Eddie Sundquist: ...

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

June 29, 2018

<!--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 ...

Allegany National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

ALLEGANY, NY -- An Allegany man has been promoted to a new rank in the New York Army National Guard.

Matthew Sweet, who is assigned to the 152nd Engineer Company, received a promotion to the rank of specialist.

Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the  promotion, which recognizes the capability for additional ...

Greater Olean Area Military Leaders Reflect on Memorial Day

Retired 1st Sgt. James Walton of Allegany thinks it best not to think of Memorial Day as the end of just another long weekend.

According to Walton, Memorial Day is a federal holiday that gives Americans a time to “remember those who fought, served, and died giving us the rights we have that allow us to celebrate.”

Walton noted that Memorial Day has a meaning different than those ...

African American Center for Cultural Development Celebrates Juneteenth at End of Month

July 5, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- On the last day of June, it was 85 degrees and hot and sticky. Della Moore wiped the sweat off her brow as she began the opening remarks for the Juneteenth celebration that the African American Center for Cultural Development has sponsored for the last eight years,. 

Approximately 20 people sat in their lawn chairs listening to Moore, the ...

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

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 ...

Euchre Tournament to Aid the African American Center for Cultural Development

OLEAN, NY — A euchre tournament to benefit the African American Center for Cultural Development will take place Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Raymour & Flanigan, 802 W. State St.

Participants will pay a $5 entry fee and will be entered to win a $50 gift card to the store. 

Mary Jane DiMartino, a Raymour & Flanigan representative, said she is looking forward to the ...

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

June 12, 2018

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 ...

Olean Faith Leaders gather to Celebrate 'National Day of Prayer'

OLEAN, NY - Songs and words of peace echoed through Lincoln Park Thursday as faith leaders from many different religious traditions gathered to celebrate their unity in prayer. Olean community members welcomed each other with open arms and smiles.

Mayor William Aiello opened the prayer service with a proclamation dedicating May 3 as the Olean National Day of Prayer.

Leaders from local ...

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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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Quick Center’s ArtMobile Embarks on 10th Year of Summer Visits to Area Libraries 

July 15, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University kicks off its 10-year anniversary this month participating in the National Summer Reading Program, making stops at public libraries across New York and Pennsylvania.

“This is one of the Quick Center’s most ambitious summers to date,” said Sean Conklin, assistant curator of the ...

Four area students receive Murphy scholarship

Four area high school graduates each recently received a $10,000 John J. Murphy Family Scholarship managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Tyler Lashway of Port Allegany High School; Emily Rohrs and Anna Seamon, both of Allegany-Limestone Central School; and Olean High School’s Natalie Sova each received the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship.

The $10,000 scholarship is ...

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'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 ...