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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 ...

The Story of Punxsutawney Phil

With Groundhog Day landing on Friday this year, thousands will watch in person and even more will tune in from home to see Punxsutawney Phil make his yearly prediction.

As legend has it, if Phil sees his shadow at dusk on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter are on its way. If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, and early spring can be expected.

Phil may very well be the world’s second ...

In Basketball, Good Things Come In Threes - And More Often

If you have paid any attention to NBA basketball over the past decade, you have probably noticed the recent trend in an increased volume of 3-point attempts among teams in the league.

“The amount of 3s being shot by teams has dramatically changed the way the game is played," said Tim Bontemps, a Washington Post NBA columnist. "With the introduction of big data into ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, August 15, 6:00 PM

Olean General Hospital, Education Center, Olean

Diabetes Education Workshops

Health & Wellness

Thu, August 16, 11:00 AM

Olean General Hospital, Education Center, Olean

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Health & Wellness

Thu, August 16, 3:00 PM

BOCES, Salamanca

Diabetes Support Group

Health & Wellness

Seven Area Graduates Receive Gregory D. Spring Perseverance Scholarship

August 14, 2018

OLEAN, NY -- Seven area graduates recently received the Gregory D. Spring Perseverance Scholarship managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Jesse Both and Anthony Rivera, both of Olean High School, Morgan Davis, Hallie Domes and Nick Mascioni, all of Allegany-Limestone Central School, and Stone Lisek and Korah Witherell, both of Portville Central School, ...

Area Students Receive Jonathan Teuscher Scholarship

Three area graduates recently received the Jonathan Teuscher Scholarship, a renewable scholarship managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Andrea Certo, Mac Gleason and Nick Mascioni all received the Jonathan Teuscher Scholarship.

The Jonathan Teuscher Scholarship, established by Steve and Donna Teuscher in memory of their son, Jonathan, is given to one student each from ...

Allegany-Limestone Students Receive CRCF Scholarships

ALLEGANY, NY -- Six Allegany-Limestone Central School students recently received scholarships managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, totaling $14,600.

Michelle Wohlers received the Joseph and Cecily Higgins Scholarship.

The scholarship, established by Joseph and Cecily Higgins, is for an Allegany-Limestone Central School or Archbishop Walsh Academy senior who intends to ...

A Day in the Life with Gary Rodgers

ALLEGANY, NY - People bringing trash and recyclables to the Allegany Transfer Station at 38 Union St. have come to expect a man with a big smile and a friendly “how are you?” to greet them. This man is Gary Rodgers.

In rain or snow or heat, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rodgers offers his help no matter what. “I love my job because I love ...

'Day in the Life' Follows Retired Franciscan Sister

ALLEGANY, NY – The Franciscan Sisters at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse start their days exactly how they end them: in prayer and devotion to God.

The convent for retired sisters at 115 E. Main St. is separated into four sections. The first level, named after St. Francis, houses sisters in need of memory care. The second floor houses two sections: St. Claire's for residents with ...

'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 ...

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 ...

Navy Vet Recalls Service in WW II

On a cold and windy December morning in 1943, 16-year-old Edmund Ogozaly packed up his meager belongings and a forged birth certificate and walked three miles in the snow from his home in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, to enlist in the service of America during World War II.

Ogozaly, 87, a resident of Endicott, New York, recalled that he chose to join the Navy because “I always liked the ...