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Olean Will Start Flushing Hydrants and Water Mains on Monday

September 28, 2020

OLEAN, NY — The city will begin flushing hydrants and water mains Monday.

According to a notice from the city's Water Division, water may be rusty water while the flushing is underway. The department recommends that residents refrain from doing laundry while the flushing is being performed in their area of the city.

The flushing schedule is:

Sept. 28: North Olean, including ...

Wellsville Residents Arrested on Drug and Weapons Charges in Allegany

September 27, 2020

ALLEGANY, NY — State Polce arrested two Wellsville residents for drug possession on Sept. 12. 

Police charged Richard A. Darringer, 30, and Mariah J. Vaughn, 29, with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Darringer also was charged with criminal possession of a weapone. 

According to a New York State Police press release, troopers investigating a report of ...

Allegany Man Arrested on Drug Charge

ALLEGANY, NY — Justin J. Ford, 37, of Allegany was arrested on Sept. 11 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to a press release from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office. 

The release indicated troopers found Ford in possession of cocaine during a traffic stop on State Route 417.

Ford was released with a ticket to appear in ...

Domestic Violence Incident Leads to Arrest of Olean Man

OLEAN, NY — Police arrested Nasrudin H. Wright, 30, on Wednesday in connection with a domestic incident at 1208 Reed St.

Wright, an Olean resident, was charged with robbery, criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing, petit larceny and harassment.

He was arraigned in Olean City Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to court on ...

Mitrano Brings Congressional Campaign to Olean

September 26, 2020

OLEAN, NY — Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano came to Olean Saturday for a Town Hall meeting in Franchot Park.

Mitrano is running against Republican Rep. Tom Reed in the 23rd District, which incldes the Greater Olean area.

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Tracy Mitrano Will Hold Town Hall Meeting in Olean on Saturday

OLEAN, NY — Tracy Mitrano, the Democratic congressional candidate in District 23, will hold a Town Hall meeting in Franchot Park on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Mitrano said she plans to focus on economic development during the event.

She is running against Republican incumbent Tom Reed in the District 23, which includes the Greater Olean area.

Economic development was a theme ...

Zonta Club of Olean Conducts Voter Registration Drive

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 ...

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 ...

Olean Public Library and Canticle Farm Will Present Final 2020 'Ask A Farmer' on Sunday; Plan to Resume Program in 2021

September 27, 2020

OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library and Canticle Farm will wrap up the 2020 season of the “Ask a Farmer” Q&A series on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Olean Public Library Facebook Page. 

Sunday’s episode will feature, as a guest, John Balacki, an Olean physician whom people also may know as a vendor of bulbs, paintings and cards with images of his paintings ...

New SBU COVID Cases Did Not Test Positive in Cattaraugus County

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY —  The four new St. Bonaventure coronavirus cases that were added to the New York Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracker Tuesday did not test positive in Cattaraugus County. 

“We probably did not need to report those, but to be completely transparent, we wanted the state to know. None of these students were positive in ...

Air Handler Malfunction Causes Evacuation of Dorm at SBU

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — An air handler malfunction caused a fire alarm that resulted in the evacuation of  Falconio Hall on the St. Bonaventure University campus Thursday.

After a smell from the malfunction cleared, students were allowed to return to their rooms, according to an email from the SBU Office of Communications.

A seized-up belt on the motor of an air ...

Hinsdale House Will Be Part of 'World's Largest Ghost Hunt'

September 25, 2020

HINSDALE, NY — The Hinsdale House will be part of a nationwide World’s Largest Ghost Hunt event from Friday through Sunday.

The events begin on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and continue through 4 a.m. Sunday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the events are virtual this year instead of in-person as they were in past years. The ghost hunt will be streamed on the YouTube page of Daniel Klaes, ...

Olean Public Library Offers 'Checkers for TV' Literacy Program

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 ...

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 ...

Olean Public Library and Canticle Farm Will Present Final 2020 'Ask A Farmer' on Sunday; Plan to Resume Program in 2021

September 27, 2020

OLEAN, NY — The Olean Public Library and Canticle Farm will wrap up the 2020 season of the “Ask a Farmer” Q&A series on Sunday at 3 p.m. on the Olean Public Library Facebook Page. 

Sunday’s episode will feature, as a guest, John Balacki, an Olean physician whom people also may know as a vendor of bulbs, paintings and cards with images of his paintings ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

CRCF Will Replace Nonprofit Networking Day With Zoom Webinars

September 26, 2020

Nonprofit Networking Day, long hosted by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation,  will no longer take place, but area nonprofit professionals will have a new opportunity for education and collaboration through a series of CRCF-sponsored Zoom webinars this fall.

According to CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit, the series will be an ongoing opportunity for nonprofit ...

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

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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Shelter in Lincoln Park, Olean

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Olean Center Mall, Cuba

Red Cross Power Red Blood Drive

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