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Some Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Songs Stand Apart From the Usual Holiday Fare

Rock ’n ’roll is old enough to have its share of Christmas classics. You know it’s the holiday season once you start hearing John and Yoko’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and any of the tracks on Phil Spector’s classic Christmas album.

But rock ’n’ roll also has produced some ...

Two Franciscan High Schools from Ohio Attend Retreat at St. Bonaventure

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Two Franciscan high schools from Ohio made their way to the university on Nov. 9 for a four-day retreat emphasizing Franciscan values.

A total of 12 students from Padua Franciscan High School in Cleveland and Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati attended the retreat led by St. Bonaventure students, by the Rev. Ross Chamberland, O.F.M., who is the ...

Are the Buffalo Bills on the Rise?

What started out as the season of hope has made a turn for another depressing year for Buffalo Bills fans. 

Last season, the Bills finished the season at 9-7 under first-year head coach Sean McDermott. The Bills would make the playoffs thanks to a Week 17 win against its AFC East division foes, the Miami Dolphins, and a last-second touchdown pass from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy ...

Eva M. Taggerty Memorial Scholarship Established to Support “Eva Strong” Portville Students

January 13, 2019

PORTVILLE, NY -- The phrase “Eva Strong” may have resonated most during Eva Taggerty’s battle with cancer, but those who knew her know that she lived her entire life Eva Strong.

The recently established Eva M. Taggerty Memorial Scholarship Fund will ensure that the “Eva Strong” mentality lives on by supporting area students that share Eva’s perseverance, ...

Community Fund Grant Supports STHCS/Mercy Flight Stop the Bleed Program

Very few people outside the medical field expect to encounter a situation where they must provide life-saving trauma care – but every day unsuspecting bystanders have to do just that.

A recent grant from the Community Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation supporting the Stop the Bleed program will help ensure significantly more people would be prepared and adequately ...

Governor Urges New Yorkers to Take Precautions During Snowstorm

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday warned New Yorkers to take precautions ahead of several days of continuous snowfall expected upstate and delivered an update on the state's preparations for the winter weather system.

Throughout the next 24 hours, the majority of upstate will experience strong winds and anywhere between two and seven inches of snow, with the possibility of up to 20 inches ...

'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 ...