Leaders of communities in the Greater Olean area are encouraging residents to step onto their porches and balconies at 7 p.m. each night this week and applaud those working on the front lines in the battle against the spread of COVID-19.

“All you have to do is come out your front door starting this Monday at 7 p.m. and say a loud thank you,” Village of Allegany Mayor Greg Pearl said. “Sing, bang pots and pans, play music. Shout it out. That’s it. No travel or contact needed.” 

According to a news release from the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, local leaders are asking residents of Allegany, Hinsdale, Knapps Creek, Olean, Portville and Weston Mills to applaud for two minutes nightly from Monday through Friday to express appreciation for the efforts of health care professionals, municipal leaders, first responders, essential business employees, educators and journalists.

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“May you all be safe, and thank you for all your hard work to help us through these trying times,” Olean Mayor William J. Aiello said. “You are all true heroes.”

Village of Portville Mayor Anthony Evans described the Allegany, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville communities as "AHOP Strong" and added, "It's time to come together and let it be known.”  

For more information on the Coronavirus in the Greater Olean area, visit TAPinto Greater Olean's Coronavirus Updates page, which is updated continuously.

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