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Communities in Cattaraugus, Allegany counties to host Memorial Day parades, services  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Area communities are preparing to observe Memorial Day, with activities slated through the weekend.

First StrOlean Scheduled for June 15

OLEAN, NY -- The first StrOlean for 2019 will be held June 15 throughout the greater Olean area.

Big 30 students — and parents — recognized at 30th annual banquet  Bradford Era

OLEAN, N.Y. — At times during Monday night's Big 30 Academic Scholarship Banquet, parents were just as much in the spotlight as their high-achieving ...

Olean High School vocalist Ring selected for prestigious All-Eastern Honors Ensemble  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Mary Ring loves the “universal feeling” of music.

Changes coming to Olean High School reunion | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The 136th annual Olean High School Alumni Reunion is undergoing some changes that organizers say will help make sure the reunion goes on for ...

Olean High School guidance counselor pleads down, plans to retire  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Originally facing a felony larceny charge, a longtime Olean High School guidance counselor has accepted a plea deal for a lesser charge.

Olean High School feels 'ahead of curve' on using digital media in English classroom  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean High School students still write essays and read classics like “Of Mice and Men” in English class.

Olean High School Baseball Team Looks to Repeat Last Season's Victories

OLEAN, NY – When the Olean High School varsity baseball team opens their new season against Wellsville Saturday at 11 a.m., they will be without three ...

Police say Olean High School guidance counselor used wife's name to fraudulently bill SAT services  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — A longtime Olean High School guidance counselor has been charged and put on leave after authorities say he received more than $2000 by falsely ...

Two Olean High School students heading to international DECA competition  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Two Olean High School students will show off their business acumen and soft skills by competing in DECA's International Career Development ...

Academy to help Olean High School students graduate with more college credits  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean City School District wants more of its students to be halfway toward earning their college diploma by the time they graduate high school.

State & Union: Olean High School senior is anti-tobacco Youth Advocate of the Year  Olean Times Herald

As the anti-tobacco Reality Check of New York State hosted its annual Legislative Education Day in Albany this past week, Olean High School senior Olivia ...

600 and a championship: Olean wins Class B-1 title, giving Anastasia milestone  Olean Times Herald

BUFFALO — Jeff Anastasia was less concerned about the milestone than the players who helped him earn it.

Olean district will have to evaluate Walsh under new state mandate  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean City School District and Archbishop Walsh Academy officials say Olean is big enough for both of them.

Olean High School Drama Club To Perform 'Fiddler on the Roof'

OLEAN, NY – The Olean High School Drama Club will perform "Fiddler on the Roof," a musical about Jewish life in Russia before the Russian Revolution at ...

The state of New York rural schools: Left behind  Olean Times Herald

In Part I, we examine school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties that often struggle to give their students the programs they need in the face of ...

NY-23 congressional candidates to debate at Olean High School - News 4

Reed and Mitrano are scheduled to appear at Olean High School Thursday night at 7 p.m..

Emotions aplenty at Olean High School graduation | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — There were all kinds of emotions at Olean High School's 136th annual commencement ceremony.

Olean City School District enrollment down more than 5 percent from last school year  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean City School District's enrollment is down more than 5 percent — or 108 students — from last school year, the largest drop in Cattaraugus ...

Olean High School commemorative walkway unveiled | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Gregory Sprague walked down Olean High School's new commemorative walkway Thursday night, looking for the brick he purchased in honor of his ...

Top 10 stories of 2018 in the Olean area | News  Olean Times Herald

With anxieties riding high across the U.S., it's no surprise localized stories about national topics sparked huge interest in 2018.

Olean City School District winter concert series starts next week  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean City School District's winter concerts can be high-pressure situations for both students and teachers.

Olean High School students get 'real life' training with Mad City Money simulation  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean High School junior Elyse Graham was tasked with a different kind of assignment Tuesday: stretch she and her spouse's $4100 monthly ...

Olean High School reunion brings back memories for old and young  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Some graduated a half-century ago, while others were students a mere decade ago.

Olean City School District gives more options in second year of free lunch, breakfast  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean City School District has new kitchen equipment, more lunch options and quicker lines in its second year offering free meals to all students.

Watson recalls early days of Olean seniors' love for basketball  Olean Times Herald

BINGHAMTON — There were countless trips to Rochester to coach a bunch of basketball-crazed third-graders. But one in particular has crept into Steve ...

Olean wrestlers hope to make a 'state'-ment in Syracuse  Olean Times Herald

The Olean High School wrestling team is happy to be in Syracuse today to compete in the second annual state dual meet championships.

Moore's Olean City School District superintendent contract extended to 2021  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean City School District Superintendent Rick Moore has been extended an extra year, and while he hasn't been given a pay raise, he'll remain the ...

135th Olean High reunion is June 15-16 | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Renewing old friendships, remembering favorite teachers and classes, lots of laughter — and, “Do you remember when?” — will be part of the 135th ...

Olean Intermediate Middle School cancels classes Tuesday after losing heat  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean Intermediate Middle School classes were canceled Tuesday after the building lost heat.

State & Union: Olean High School grad to be on 'America's Got Talent' again tonight, looking to get to semifinals  Olean Times Herald

Jimmer Bolden didn't do much singing during his time at Olean High School — although he did once provide the backup vocals for he and his friends' talent ...

Olean students prep for face-off in Future Chefs cooking contest  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean City School District students will get a chance to show off their culinary skills and learn about healthy eating thanks to a national student ...

Olean High students receive CRCF memorial scholarships | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Six Olean High School graduates recently received Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation-managed scholarships established in memory of ...

'Relief' for Olean elementary schools as patrol officers finally in place  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean City School District and Olean Police Department may never truly know if having officers at elementary schools is making students and ...

A Senior Night to remember for Pfeiffer | Sports  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Chelsea Bowker was more than a little concerned.

New school year brings new look, programs to Olean City School District  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — To motivate his faculty and staff for the new school year, Olean City School District Superintendent Rick Moore played a video of the 1972 Olympics ...

Group demands Olean City School District be more LGBTQ-friendly after official's drag queen comment  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The public finally got an opportunity Monday night to come before the Olean City School District Board of Education and voice concerns about an ...

Campbell: At 20-0, is history repeating for OHS? Huskies hope so  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The numbers are eerily similar for the Olean High School boys basketball team.

VIDEO: A TD run you have to see out of western New York  USA TODAY High School Sports

Out of Western New York, we have a man among boys situation from the Friday night gridiron.

Schools and events canceled due to cold | News  Olean Times Herald

School districts and organizations throughout Cattaraugus and Allegany counties on Tuesday canceled classes and events set for this week due to the expected ...

Olean school official's drag show comments lead to intense board meeting  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — An Olean City School District Title IX compliance officer's comment about last week's kid-friendly drag queen party is leading to questions about ...

Year-round art, music programs may return to Olean elementary schools  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean City School District hopes to once again make art and music year-round subjects for elementary school students next school year by hiring ...

Olean City School District approves contract to put patrol officers in elementary schools  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Having armed police officers at Olean City School District's elementary schools is no longer a question of if, but when.

2019 Salute to Olean to honor six residents | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean YMCA's 34th annual “Salute to Olean” will be held March 7 at Good Times of Olean's Banquet Center.

State and Union: Four inducted onto Olean City School District Wall of Honor  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Four new names have been added to the Olean City School District Wall of Honor.

Olean youth gain skills at statewide summit against tobacco  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean High School seniors Olivia Lang and Courtney Sisson, both local leaders addressing marketing tactics of the tobacco industry, have just ...

Reed, Mitrano ignite supporters at Olean debate | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Waves of red and blue washed over the Olean High School auditorium Thursday night as fiery rhetoric from Rep. Tom Reed and Democratic ...

Cattaraugus County Court report: Mother of ex-Olean High School teacher Washington ordered to pay restitution  Olean Times Herald

LITTLE VALLEY — The mother of convicted sex offender and former Olean High School teacher Robert Washington has pleaded guilty and been sentenced on ...

Olean soccer star Heister signs with Virginia Tech  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Three years ago, this day was a goal for Calista Heister.

State & Union: Olean natives followed fascinating paths to lives in Calif.  Olean Times Herald

In Wednesday's edition we introduced you to two longtime Californians who share two things: a 70-year friendship and their fond memories of growing up in ...

East View Elementary, Cutco celebrate 30 years of partnership  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Many things have changed in both education and manufacturing in the last three decades.

Olean High School student allegedly worried about school shootings charged with making school shooting threat  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Another Olean High School student has been arrested for allegedly making a school shooting threat and authorities said the latest threat may have ...

Olean Central School District's Equity and Inclusion Committee refines climate survey  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean City School District's Equity and Inclusion Committee took steps to finalize its school climate survey Monday night, as members refined ...

Olean High School student allegedly makes threat right after National School Walkout assembly  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — An Olean High School student was arrested Wednesday for allegedly making a threat shortly after the school's National School Walkout assembly.

After 21 years, Huskies are champions again | Sports  Olean Times Herald

EAST AMHERST — If the Olean High School girls soccer team needed a history lesson, all the Huskies had to do was have a chat with their superintendent, ...

Common Council declares Olean a Charter for Compassion City  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean has joined the ranks of 70 other cities worldwide in declaring itself a Charter for Compassion City.

Daniel Walsh, first Upstate Assembly majority leader, dies at 83  Olean Times Herald

Daniel B. Walsh, who rose from being a Cattaraugus County legislator to being the first Western New Yorker to become Assembly majority leader, died Friday in ...

More goals remain for Heister after breaking Olean record  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Calista Heister has relished the role since she was 4 or 5 years old.

Bihler stuffed animal drive to return Valentine's Day  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — For Tyler Bihler's family, almost every year brings a painful reminder of what could have been.

A weekend at the movies with the Southern Tier Symphony  Olean Times Herald

Cravings for popcorn are sure to waft through the concert halls this weekend when the Southern Tier Symphony presents a movie-themed showcase.

State & Union: Two friends in California remember Olean  Olean Times Herald

Joseph Fischer and Oscar Rosenbloom, both graduates of Olean High School, have known each other for nearly 70 years since their days in Olean and have ...

Olean High School DECA team welcomed home after successful state competition  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean High School DECA program on Friday received a welcome on par with what the school's football or basketball teams might expect after a ...

The next generation of manufacturing | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Mary Beth Kirtz expressed hope she'd just been witnessing the next generation of local manufacturers during Dream It Do It Western New York's ...

All-county music fest coming to Olean High School this weekend  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Some of the county's most talented student musicians will take the Olean High School stage this weekend.

OCSD Foundation finishes with most donors in state on NY Gives Day  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The donations came in steady from students, faculty and parents throughout the day — $5 here, $12 there. There was even a $500 donation from an ...

Olean High School alumni come together for annual reunion  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Many of those attending this weekend's Olean High School Alumni Reunion have stayed in touch with their old classmates through Facebook the past ...

State & Union: Turning back the clock on Olean  Olean Times Herald

From going to the pen for a pen to a rash of false alarms, from another fatal airliner crash near Bradford to scuttling of all Olean-Bradford sporting events, here's ...

Olean High School sends off seniors, superintendent | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Olean High School Class of 2017 weren't the only ones saying goodbye to the Olean City School District at Saturday's graduation.

Openness and transparency focus of new Portville village administration, public hearing Tuesday  Olean Times Herald

PORTVILLE — Most people in the village of Portville may not have noticed, but as of April 1, they have a new government — under the leadership of a ...

Olean High School choir to sing song with Foreigner  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean High School students will be on stage with one of the best-selling bands of all time this weekend while also raising funds for needy music ...

Former Japanese exchange student attends OHS reunion, marks 25 years  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — No one had a longer journey to this weekend's 135th Olean High School Alumni Reunion than Mizue Sato.

Boundless Connections unveils new computer lab in Olean  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Olean's technology center has a new computer lab to help everyone from students testing out podcasting to elderly community members learning how ...

State & Union: Yanetsko honored with Olean Rotary Club award  Olean Times Herald

The Olean Rotary Club will honor Meme Yanetsko as the first recipient of the *Service* Above Self Award.

Candidate Tracy Mitrano to visit 23 district cities before Tuesday's election  Olean Times Herald

PENN YAN — Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano plans to barnstorm the 23rd Congressional District between now and Tuesday's election.

Cuba-Rushford Central School District donates more money, hair with fourth annual Bald for Bucks event  Olean Times Herald

CUBA — Cuba-Rushford Middle-High School student Dakota Thompson and his near-shoulder-length red hair sat down for a haircut Friday for the first time ...

Olean City School District students taking advantage of free lunch and breakfast in large numbers  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — While Olean City School District lunch lines have been significantly more crowded so far this school year, less students are digging into their pockets ...

Olean Rotary Club to Yanetsko: 'We think a lot of you'  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Meme Yanetsko on Wednesday night joined a group that includes a saint and former head of the Catholic Church.

Hillbillies battle with state-ranked Olean, fall in second half, 59-49 | News, Sports, Jobs  Evening Observer

On Thursday night, the Section VI CCAA Div. 1 West boys basketball matchup between Fredonia and Olean had a lot more on the line than usual. Both teams ...

Allegany-Limestone Farm-to-School plan, capital improvements part of 2019-20 budget presentations  Olean Times Herald

ALLEGANY — A presentation of preliminary budgets for the 2019-20 school year was provided to the Allegany-Limestone Central School District board during ...

Threat causes lockdown at Bolivar-Richburg | News  Olean Times Herald

BOLIVAR — The Bolivar-Richburg Central School District went into a lockdown Friday after receiving a threat that district officials said was later determined to ...

Experienced Huskies open with win | Sports  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — New season. Same old Olean Huskies. Jeff Anastasia's boys basketball team opened its 2018-19 campaign Friday night against talented Tapestry ...

Olean High Alumnus Speaks About Semi-Final Run on 'America's Got Talent'

OLEAN, NY – Jimmer Bolden never took part in singing or acting activities throughout his high school years. But that did not stop the 1971 Olean High School ...

Olean beats up Fredonia in league opener, 66-39 | News, Sports, Jobs  Evening Observer

The Fredonia Hillbillies girls basketball team lost their league opener on Thursday, falling to Olean 66-39 in CCAA Div. 1 West action. Grace Mroczka led the.

Alumni reconnect at Olean High School reunion weekend  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Scott Rucinski and Tina Aiello-Austin view their time at Olean High School as the best days of their lives. The Class of 1996 graduates would go back ...

Santa appears on rooftop of Olean General Hospital  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — All Veda Lynn Fillgrove, 5, wants for Christmas is her two front teeth.

State & Union: The legacy of the Reisner family's community funds  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — As the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation marks its 25th year, it is looking back on some of its most important milestones.

Message to Big 30 Academic All-Stars: 'Change the world'  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Most high school valedictorians and salutatorians don't go on to “change the world,” said Alfred State College President Irby “Skip” Sullivan Monday ...

Olean students pickup business skills for classroom and beyond with DECA  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Chris Stavish and Sue Frentz get confirmation of the Olean High School DECA program's impact when former students come back to serve as guest ...

Butler: Schmidt's son gets opportunity to follow in father's footsteps  Olean Times Herald

ST. BONAVENTURE — He'd made his mind up years ago in a small gym just outside of Pittsburgh.

Olean High School graduate Jordan McLaughlin enters Naval Academy  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — While most new high school graduates are enjoying their summer before starting college in the fall, Jordan McLaughlin is learning navigation, sailing, ...

Bona's Sassone recalls time as coach-recruiter | Sports  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — In the garage of his River Street home, Bob Sassone is in his glory.

State & Union: Recalling the young writers gathered in Olean  Olean Times Herald

Marcia Kelly, an Olean native who lives here in the summer, dropped us a line that she had just received a call from a Franciscan friend, Sister Beth McGinnis.

Olean High honorees span decades of athletic successes  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Their careers spanned 45 years of competition. That's the gap that separates the youngest and oldest graduates being honored at Saturday's Olean ...

Olean police may soon wear body cams | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Jeff Rowley thinks “now is the time” for the Olean Police Department to have body-worn cameras.

Mian Rafi has new vehicle for serving up meals in Olean  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Mian Rafi is back feeding hungry Oleanders but doing it in a new — and he says quicker and more affordable — way.

Olean seeks the playoff berth that eluded it in 2017  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Virtually everything went the Olean High football team's way two years ago in coach Phil Vecchio's rookie campaign.

Allegany girl honored for brave actions to save brothers during Colonial Village fire  Olean Times Herald

ALLEGANY — When Kayla Smith was awakened by flames in the kitchen of her mobile home early Feb. 19, she woke up her 11-year-old daughter, Joscelyn, ...

Olean's Bartlett House preps for Victorian Christmas | News  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Volunteers have been busy decking the halls of the Bartlett House to celebrate the holiday season.

Former Olean High School teacher Robert Washington pleads guilty to sex charges  Olean Times Herald

Robert J. Washington, a former Olean High School special education teacher, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sex act, a class E felony, ...

Participants run, walk and mingle in Southern Tier Corporate Challenge  Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Southern Tier Corporate Challenge gave participants plenty to do on their Thursday evening off from work.

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