Guest Column

June 29, 2021

Sara Pfeiffer might be best known for her time as a basketball star at Olean High School. However, Pfeiffer and her family have a long history of working at Ried’s Food Barn in Olean. Pfeiffer spoke with Jandoli School of Communication student Bryce Kelly to talk about working at ...

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Daniel Nelligan, a 2020 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, lives in Olean, and spends time at dirt tracks taking photos and promoting his production company, Woah Nellie Productions. Jandoli School of Communication student Brandon Stanton interviewed Nelligan about his experiences taking ...

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Tyler Mott is a tattoo artist at Eclectic Body Art in Olean. Jandoli School of Communication student Houston Tyree interviewed Mott about his life outside the tattoo parlor. TAPinto Greater Olean: Outside of tattooing, what are your hobbies and interests? Mott: I’m really into music and stuff ...

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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 ...

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Jandoli School of Communication student Trevor Willett spoke with Cuba Village Mayor Michele Miller about infrastructure improvements, the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses and politics. TAPinto Greater Olean: After being elected in 2017, what steps over the past four years have you taken to ...

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Aaron Hess of Allegany is the owner of Fusion on Main. Jandoli School of Communication student Andrew Powers interviewed Hess about running a restaurant in the Greater Olean area. TAPinto Greater Olean: Tell me about your busiest days of the week and your least busy days. Hess: The busiest ...

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Melanie Woodall has been a resident of Olean for about two years. Since the start of the pandemic, she has been working remotely as senior program specialist at PrideONE, a minority-certified managed service provider. In November, Woodall had her first child Indyra. Jandoli School of Communication ...

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Janis Keller of Olean, an avid Bonnies basketball fan and season ticket holder, spoke with her nephew, Jandoli School of Communication student Brendan Brown, about following the team and playimg golf during the pandemic. TAPinto Greater Olean: As a season ticket holder for St. Bonaventure men’s ...

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Rob Petruccello of Olean is a former member of the United States Air Force who works remotely as an account executive for the health and wellness company Spins, which is based in Chicago, Illinois. Jandoli School of Communication student Christopher Roy interviewed Petruccello about his transition ...

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Christie Brook is the owner and founder of Christie’s Boutique at 119 North Union Street, Olean. Jandoli School of Communication student Erica Gustafson spoke with Brook about how Christie’s Boutique came to be what it is today, as well as Brook’s personal story. TAPinto Greater Olean: ...

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Jacob Hamed works from home as a debt collector for Discover. Before the pandemic, he worked as an agent at Spectrum handling customers' internet and cable needs. Jordan Mejia, a student at the Jandoli School of Communication, spoke with Hamed in May about the transition from working face-to-face ...

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Luke Wenke is a political figure from Olean who has held the position of Cattaraugus County Libertarian Party Chairman and is running for Chairman of the Libertarian National Convention. Jandoli School of Communication student John Ancillotti interviewed Wenke about his political career, ...

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Dr. Kirk Young is the vice president of student affairs at Jamestown Community College, a position he has held for nearly seven years. Along with his work in residential life, admissions, and community relations at JCC, Young volunteers at community organizations in Western New York. Jandoli School ...

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Megan Owen teaches high school English at Rise Academy in Olean. Owen graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2020 and found a teaching career during the pandemic. Jandoli School of Communication student Kristyn Johnson interviewed Owen about her teaching job and what it was like to find a job ...

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Sarah Bradley is the Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for Cuba Cheese Shoppe in Cuba. Jandoli School of Communication student Grace Foley interviewed Bradley about her journey to the company, how the company works and goals for the company in the future. TAPinto Greater Olean: You ...

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Tim Richardson was appointed Olean Fire Chief who was appointed in January 2020 with 19 years of experience with the department. Jandoli School of Communication student Michael Denote interviewed Richardson about his first few months as chief, what he has done to overcome the challenges of the ...

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Carrie Bennett is in her second year as a hairdresser at Supercuts in Olean. Jandoli School of Communication student Brady Wijbrandts spoke with Bennett about her career journey from Olean to Colorado and back to Olean. TAPinto Greater Olean: What made you decide to become a ...

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Editor's note: Olean City School District Board of Education member Kelly Keller asked to be scheduled for the public comment section of the May 19 meeting because she wanted to speak as a parent in the district. Below is her entire statement: It may seem odd that a school board member has ...

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