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Kaura Chahal Awarded Olean Mayor's Scholarship

June 21, 2021

OLEAN, NY — Kaura Chahal has been awarded the Mayor’s Scholarship.

The Mayor’s Scholarship, which is awarded annually, provides $250 to Olean residents who plan to attend a college or university in New York State and study criminal justice, accounting or engineering.  

Chahal plans to attend Clarkson University and earn a degree in aeronautical ...

Olean Man Arrested on Manslaughter and Homicide Charges

June 21, 2021

An Olean man was arrested on June 15 on charges related to the death of an inmate at Cattaraugus County Jail in May.

Daniel P. Klein, 31, was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, according to a news release from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. He also was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of possession of ...

Buffalo Man Arrested on Weapons and Drug Charges in Olean

OLEAN, NY — Police arrested a Buffalo man on weapons and drug charges Saturday.

Girard Jackson, 27, was arrested outside an establishment on the 500 block of West State Street, according to Olean Police Department Facebook post.

Police said Jackson was in possession of a loaded handgun and cocaine. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a ...

Olean Police Seize Substance That May Be Crack Cocaine

OLEAN, NY — Police seized suspected crack cocaine and cash from an Irving Street home Friday.

The suspected drugs were submitted for laboratory analysis, and arrests are pending positive results, according to an Olean Police Department Facebook post.

Members of the department’s Street Crimes Unit served a drug search warrant at the home at approximately 4:35 p.m.  The ...

Corning Police Make Arrest for Vandalism at Reed Campaign Office

June 11, 2021

CORNING, NY — Police arrested a Watkins Glen man Thursday in connection with incidents at Rep. Tom Reed’s campaign office and home during last year’s congressional election campaign.

Jack Kahabka, 21, was charged with criminal mischief for throwing a brick through a window in Reed’s campaign office in Corning on Aug. 26 and with making a terroristic threat for leaving a ...

Olean's Ward 4 Will Feature Democratic and GOP Primary Contests

Olean’s only contests in the June 22 primary will be in Ward 4.

Ezra L. Johnson and Sonya M. McCall are running for the Democratic nomination; David F. Paone and Linda M. Edstrom are seeking the Republican nomination. The seat has been vacant since February when Ward 4 Alderman Kevin Dougherty resigned.

Also in the Greater Olean area, Ryan W. Hatch and Todd J. Shaw are opposing ...

Olean Mayoral Challenger Speaks on Background, Party Platform

OLEAN, NY — A candidate for the mayoral seat has thrown his hat into the ring.

Gary Harvey, who grew up in Olean and was graduated from Olean High School before studying in college and serving in the military, said he announced his run for the mayor’s office after returning to the city and seeing a change in the community from what he remembers in his childhood.

“I've ...

Supreme Court Ruling Could Reshape College Athletics

June 21, 2021

Evan Weiner, a journalist who specializes in the business side of sports, discusses Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on compensation for college athletes, including the decision's potential impact on small colleges such as St. Bonaventure University, with TAPinto Greater Olean Co-editor Richard Lee. Lee conducted the interview for the Jandoli Institute, where he serves as executive ...

Former Bonnies Pitcher Connor Grey Joins Mets Organization

Former St. Bonaventure baseball pitcher Connor Grey will join the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Double A affiliate of the New York Mets.

Grey’s contract was transferred from the Chicago Dogs of the American Association to the Mets organization, according to a press release from the Dogs.

Grey, a 2016 Bona graduate, made six starts for the Dogs this season and finished with a 3-2 ...

More Than 100 Attend Service for Former SBU Star George Carter

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — On a pristine summer day, George Carter came home, thanks to the generosity of a foundation and the big hearts of St. Bonaventure alumni.

Carter, Class of 1967 and a member of the Bonnies 100th anniversary all-time basketball team, was laid to rest at St. Bonaventure Cemetery Saturday morning at a ceremony attended by more than 100 people, including former ...

Kaura Chahal Awarded Olean Mayor's Scholarship

June 21, 2021

OLEAN, NY — Kaura Chahal has been awarded the Mayor’s Scholarship.

The Mayor’s Scholarship, which is awarded annually, provides $250 to Olean residents who plan to attend a college or university in New York State and study criminal justice, accounting or engineering.  

Chahal plans to attend Clarkson University and earn a degree in aeronautical ...

Supreme Court Ruling Could Reshape College Athletics

Evan Weiner, a journalist who specializes in the business side of sports, discusses Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on compensation for college athletes, including the decision's potential impact on small colleges such as St. Bonaventure University, with TAPinto Greater Olean Co-editor Richard Lee. Lee conducted the interview for the Jandoli Institute, where he serves as executive ...

Former Bonnies Pitcher Connor Grey Joins Mets Organization

Former St. Bonaventure baseball pitcher Connor Grey will join the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Double A affiliate of the New York Mets.

Grey’s contract was transferred from the Chicago Dogs of the American Association to the Mets organization, according to a press release from the Dogs.

Grey, a 2016 Bona graduate, made six starts for the Dogs this season and finished with a 3-2 ...

June 17 Olean Summer Concert Features Roger Pettengill

June 17, 2021

OLEAN, NY — The city’s summer concert series in Lincoln Park at the corner of State and Union streets will continue on Thursday with a performance by singer/songwriter Roger Pettengill, who plays '70s style music.

The concert series began on June 2 and will continue every Thursday until Sept. 2. Sunday afternoon concerts are scheduled for July 11, ...

Freddy and the Jets Open Olean's Sunday Music in the Park Series

OLEAN, NY — The city's Sunday Music in the Park Series will open with Freddy and the Jets, an oldies band, Sunday, 2-4 p.m., in Lincoln Park, corner of State and Union streets.

Sunday afternoon concerts are scheduled for July 11, Aug. 8 and 22 and Sept. 5. The city's Thursday concert series at Lincoln Park began on June 2 and will continue every Thursday until ...

Olean Summer Concert Series Will Continue With Dave Dorson

OLEAN, NY — The city’s summer concert series in Lincoln Park at the corner of State and Union streets will continue on Thiursday with a performance by Dave Dorson from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dorson plays acoustic classic rock songs.

The concert series began on June 2 and will continue every Thursday until Sept. 2. Sunday afternoon concerts are scheduled for ...

African American Center for Cultural Development Plans Juneteenth Fundraiser for June 26 at Bethany Lutheran

June 16, 2021

OLEAN, NY — The African American Center for Cultural Development will celebrate Juneteenth a full week later than its June 19th date with a fundraiser on the grounds of Bethany Lutheran Church, 6 Leo Moss Drive.

The fundraiser will be drive-thru meals, served from noon-3 p.m. on June 26. Meals of hot dogs or hamburger will be $5; meals of pulled pork sandwiches ...

Olean Elks Announce Wednesday Dinner Choices for June

OLEAN, NY — The Olean Elks Club offers cold subs for takeout dinners this Wednesday, 3-6 pm. Choices are ham, turkey, salami or tuna.

Other meals in June are:

June 23, scalloped potatoes and ham, salad, roll and butter
June 30, tortellini with Alfredo sauce, salad, roll and butter

The deadline to order Wednesday meals is Tuesday at 7 p.m. Persons ...

Recall Alert: Beech-Nut Recalls Single Grain Rice Cereal

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal. The company announced the recall resulted from a routine sampling program from the production lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal, which tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.

The product being recalled was distributed nationally, ...

Allegheny River Project Will Affect South 7th and West Green

June 7, 2021

OLEAN, NY — Exxon Mobil Oil Corporation is voluntarily remediating a portion of the Allegheny River in the vicinity of South Seventh and West Green streets starting Monday through fall 2021, weather permitting.

The work will involve tree trimming and removal within the work area and the adjacent properties for which access has been previously obtained; construction of a ...

Library and Olean Charter for Compassion Plan Earth Day Event

OLEAN, NY — The Olean Charter for Compassion will donate saplings to families during Saturday's Earth Day event at the Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St.

Attendees can drop in any time between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to participate in activities, crafts and giveaways and to pick up the saplings.

A library news release described the Charter for ...

Pfeiffer Nature Center Offers Springtime Flowers Hike at Lillibridge

PORTVILLE, NY — “Mother Nature was brilliant when she planned her flower gardens as she created a large variety of species that would bloom at different times beginning in spring and ending in fall.  By staggering their growth and bloom periods, she ensured that there would be food available for wildlife over a wide expanse of time.”

So begins an April press ...

Olean Police Officer Will Not Face Criminal Charges

June 16, 2021

OLEAN, NY — A special prosecutor has concluded that no criminal charges are warranted against an Olean police officer who fired shots during a high-speed pursuit on March 28.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori P. Rieman announced the results of the special prosecutor's investigation Wednesday. According to a press release from Rieman's office, Genesee County District ...

Diocese Places Former Olean Pastor on Administrative Leave

BUFFALO, NY — The retired pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean has been placed on administrative leave by Buffalo Bishop Michael W. Fisher following allegations that he was one of three priests who abused a child in the 1990s.

The diocese announced the decision to place the Rev. Gregory Dobson on administrative leave on Saturday. Dobson, who retired in 2018 ...

Upper Allegheny Health System Agrees to $2.7 Million Settlement

Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS) has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve False Claim Act allegations related to dental clinics it operates in Western New York and Pennsylvania. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the settlement Tuesday.

The settlement lists two dental clinics associated with Olean General ...

African American Center for Cultural Development Plans Juneteenth Fundraiser for June 26 at Bethany Lutheran

June 16, 2021

OLEAN, NY — The African American Center for Cultural Development will celebrate Juneteenth a full week later than its June 19th date with a fundraiser on the grounds of Bethany Lutheran Church, 6 Leo Moss Drive.

The fundraiser will be drive-thru meals, served from noon-3 p.m. on June 26. Meals of hot dogs or hamburger will be $5; meals of pulled pork sandwiches ...

Volunteers Sought for June 5 Taco the Town Crawl in Olean

OLEAN, NY — The Olean Sports and Social Group and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce seek volunteers to staff what they intend to be their first of many TACO the TOWN CRAWL events.

The June 5 event is designed to raise funds for not one but two service dogs through the WNY Heroes Inc. / Pawsitive for Heroes.

Volunteers are needed to assist at ...

Olean Elks Offer Wednesday Takeout Meals at Lodge on West State

OLEAN, NY – “Elks share, Elks care.” 

Mark Balcerzak shared the motto of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks as he was getting ready to prepare 130 barbecue chicken dinners at the Olean Elks Lodge 491, 209 W. State St., on April 28.

Balcerzak, who used to be employed locally as a cook, is the volunteer leader of the Wednesday meals project the lodge ...

Diocese Places Former Olean Pastor on Administrative Leave

June 9, 2021

BUFFALO, NY — The retired pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean has been placed on administrative leave by Buffalo Bishop Michael W. Fisher following allegations that he was one of three priests who abused a child in the 1990s.

The diocese announced the decision to place the Rev. Gregory Dobson on administrative leave on Saturday. Dobson, who retired in 2018 ...

St. Bonaventure Will Honor Late President With Memorial Mass

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The university will stream a virtual memorial Mass honoring the late University President Dennis DePerro on Saturday at 7 p.m.

DePerro died March 1 after contracting COVID-19 in December 2020.

University Chaplain Rev. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M., will offer the Mass for the university community, alumni and DePerro’s family and ...

Race Unity Circle Schedules Three Monday Zoom Events

OLEAN, NY — The Race Unity Circle of Olean has scheduled three Monday events that will be accessible via Zoom. The schedule is below.

March 1: “Unseen Tears,” documentary about residential schools, shown by Pete Hill.
March 15: "Speak Up," presented by Emily Chiariello.
April 5: "Implicit ...

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Two Portville Seniors Receive Career/Tech Scholarships

June 21, 2021

Two graduating Portville Central School seniors recently received scholarship awards managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation for students pursuing trade/technical careers.

Hunter Griffin received the Arnold S. McHone Sr. Manufacturing Scholarship for $1,800.

Established by Yvonne McHone in memory of her husband and founder of McHone Industries, Arnold McHone, the Arnold ...

Q&A: Tyrone Hall Connects Community and Legacy

June 17, 2021

Tyrone Hall, owner of Hall of Fame Barber Shop and Minister of Church Without Walls has been a staple in the community of Olean. Through his leadership and love for the community of Olean, he has impacted it in such a positive way. 

When Hall moved to Olean 11 years ago, he had goals. One goal was to lay roots in this community and build something special. Also, Hall wanted to leave a ...

Goodbye to TAPinto Greater Olean .... Stay Tuned for Next Steps

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Sorry, Dr. Denny Wilkins, I will indulge in a cliche here — a necessary one. Time flies when you’re having fun. 

After writing a record-setting amount of stories for TAPinto Greater Olean over the last two years — we’re talking hundreds of stories, hundreds of hours, thousands of words, and the same 100% effort ...

No Garden Yet? No Worries: Here’s What You Can Still Plant In June

Getting outside to work in the garden is a wonderful way to be physically active and soak up some natural vitamin D from the sun. If you haven’t planted anything yet or you’re aiming to increase your harvest, don’t worry. There are lots of nutrient-rich vegetables, herbs, and gorgeous flowers you can still plant in June. Here’s a list to help you get ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...