Giving Back

September 28, 2020

OLEAN, NY — The Village Green Pub, 311 N. Union St., will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Wednesday, from 5 to 9 p.m., in support of Joey Tyra and his family. The child has had epilepsy for years and recently was hospitalized. Because his condition has become worse, the Tyra family has had ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center employees packed 450 backpacks with school supplies during August to benefit elementary school students in districts near the two facilities. The 10-year-old program, conducted at both Upper Allegheny Health System facilities, benefits ...

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OLEAN, NY – The Friends of the Olean Library Inc. have invited folk to “Read Between the Wines” and to “Booktoberfest” and “FeBREWary” beer samplings. Those after-hours annual Friday events are the more recent fundraising endeavors of the Friends, who started the wine tastings in September 2018 ...

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OLEAN, NY — Orders for the July 15 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, tuna or turkey with options of mayo, oil, provolone and shaker cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and banana peppers. Customers should ...

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Ralph Bowen, a member of the Seneca Nation who served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, has been selected for induction into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame by Sen. George M. Borrello, whose district includes the Greater Olean area. Bowen, a ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will go ahead with its Chamber Golf Classic at the Bartlett Country Club July 13, following COVID-19 regulations for golf courses in New York State. Those regulations include no rakes in bunkers; flag sticks kept in hole; ball washers not on ...

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The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is experiencing a critical need for Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers to home deliver nutritious meals to the frail, elderly, disabled homebound who need to remain safe and secure in their homes.  Because of ...

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OLEAN, NY — A big and sweet part of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s Southern Tier Corporate Challenge 5K Run and Walk has always been the Cereal Challenge.  Results from the 2019 cereal challenge were significant: 7,061 cereal boxes were donated, a jump of 2,878 boxes from 2018. The ...

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OLEAN, NY — In the beginning, a bit before 6 p.m. Friday, everyone seemed to be setting up for the Olean Juneteenth Black Lives Matter Rally in Franchot Park. Volunteers were putting out refreshments under the roof of a shelter. One man used mitts as he took a casserole from his car. Away ...

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OLEAN, NY — Wednesday morning, all was quiet at the South Olean Community Garden as Kaele Saal watered her two garden beds. Saturday, Saal expects to be part of a crowd at the community garden, 402. W. Green St., when volunteers and garden plot owners get together from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the ...

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OLEAN, NY — The deadline to enter this year’s Community-Wide Garage Sale is noon on Wednesday. The event is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who register will hold garage sales at their homes. To register, residents must provide the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce ...

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ALLEGANY, NY — Drive along Route 417 past the Village of Allegany Municipal Building, and you just might see a Santa wearing a short-sleeved red shirt and a cap on his head. The Santa is Bob Olkosky, a 1970 graduate of Olean High School, who has a summer home in Vandalia. Olkosky so likes the ...

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OLEAN, NY — Roughly 150 people of various ages and races attended Saturday's candlelight vigil at Lincoln Park, honoring George Floyd and all other black lives taken by police brutality. Among the crowd were three 15-year-old high school friends, sitting under a tree and expectantly watching the ...

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Two planes flew over the Greater Olean area on Saturday to honor first responders, medical personnel and essential workers. The flyover, Operation Thanks from Above, Southern Tier, was conducted by the National Warplane Museum.  The planes were a Douglas C-47, named “Whiskey 7,” and a P-51 ...

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OLEAN, NY — Jim's Park and Shop will partner with Positive Ripples and BonaResponds for a can-and-bottle drive Saturday. The drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jim's Park and Shop, 1014 Front St. Funds will support service projects conducted by both organizations. The funds also ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Olean Elks have scheduled a Texas Hots meal for Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. The price is $8 for each meal, which includes two Texas hots, macaroni salad and a pickle. Reservations must be made by 1 p.m. Tuesday by calling or texting 716-378-4313 or 585-378-0634. Orders ...

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The National Warplane Museum will conduct a flyover mission on Saturday to honor first responders, medical personnel and essential workers. Operation Thanks from Above, Southern Tier will fly over 45 sites, including several locations in the Greater Olean area. Two planes are scheduled to fly ...

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Oil your bicycle chain, dust off your helmet, pound the mud of your sneakers and ride, walk or run anytime during the first week of June, urge the organizers of this year's Veggie Wheels ride. All monies raised June 1 through 7 will be used for the sustainability of Veggie Wheels via the ...

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Twin Tiers Meals, a partnership initiative that provides meals to families in need, is seeking donations from individuals and from corporate entities. All donations stay local to help local people. Partners are Cattaraugus Community Action, Believers Chapel, Allegany County ACCORD & Food ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Safe Kids Southern Tier New York Coalition is conducting a Safe Summer Bike Helmets program in collaboration with emergency medical services and police departments in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties. “The coalition is excited to be able to support the program,” ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Olean General Hospital Auxiliary has canceled its 34th annual Strawberry Festival, scheduled for June 18. The auxiliary will continue selling grand prize tickets for four Disney Hopper passes, valid through January 2022 at Walt Disney World. The drawing for the prize will be on ...

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Betty Taylor, 82, of Olean, hasn’t always celebrated Mother’s Day.  In 1957, when she was 19, she immigrated to the United States from Scotland, where she did not celebrate an observance honoring mothers.  Her memories of Mother’s Day primarily come from celebrating it with her three children ...

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OLEAN, NY — The Olean Area Children’s Memorial Events Committee has canceled the 25th Annual Children’s Day and Memorial Garden Planting in Franchot Park, which was scheduled for June 14. Coordinators Kathy and Beth Boser said uncertainty about how long coronavirus social distancing restrictions ...

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OLEAN, NY — Though the weather was a bit chilly for bonnets, neighbors on Tracy Street celebrated Easter Sunday with an egg hunt and a parade. Children maintained the recommended social distancing from other households, hunting for plastic eggs that had been filled with goodies and hidden in ...

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The Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services has set up collection bins for homemade mask donations for the coronavirus response.The masks will be distributed to health care workers and community members in need. Beginning Wednesday, masks may be dropped off during business hours ...

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ALLEGANY, NY — Canticle Farm is looking for volunteers to help with curbside service during the Tuesday noon-6 p.m. shopping hours at its farm market, 3809 Old State Road. The curbside service, which began March 17, is a safety measure against the spread of COVID-19. As another safety measure, ...

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OLEAN, NY – The McElfresh Map Company announced Monday it will provide copies of a free, colored map of war sites in the Olean area to families of children home from school because of COVID-19 precautions.  Sites highlighted on the map include paths, forests, rivers and farms. The map company ...

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