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Greater Olean Area Home Show set for April 13-15 


The Greater Olean Area Home Show is an excellent opportunity for home consumers to view the latest innovations, compare products and visit with experts.  At this year’s show, you’ll find a wide variety of products and ideas for the do-it-yourselfers, interior decorating trends, contractor services, energy-saving products, lawn and garden equipment, room additions, replacement and new windows, doors, siding, roofing, fireplaces, bathrooms, kitchens and much more.

The Greater Olean Area Home Show sponsored by Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, and its 51 corporate sponsors, is scheduled from April 13 to April 15 at the William O. Smith Recreation Center, 551 E. State St., Olean, across from Bradner’s Stadium.  Show hours will be April 13, 5  to 9 p.m.; April 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and April 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 This year, the overall show theme is  “Destination Renovation.”  The show will have a tan, teal and yellow color scheme that plays a part in the judging criteria.

MIX 101.5 FM is sponsoring the April 13 Wine and Brew Walk, which will feature samples of beer and wine from microbreweries and wineries throughout New York, including Olean’s Four Mile Brewing Co.  Show goers of age receive one free taste ticket.  Additional taste tickets will be available for purchase.

 WPIG 95.7 FM is sponsoring the April 14 event, in which a raffle will be held every 30 minutes at the show throughout the day. Prizes include gift certificates from the Home Show vendors. 

The Hero 100.1 FM is sponsoring Sunday’s Garden Party Day: The day will feature plant giveaways, cooking with herbs class; hands-on gardening workshop, even the kids can be part of the action and plant their own tomato seedling -- all Sunday!

 The Cattaraugus County Health Department will be hosting their “Water Tasting Test” in the lobby on April 14 during the show.  Attendees can sample and vote for the best tasting municipal water in Cattaraugus County.

 The returning exhibitors say the show is one of the best ways to market their products and services to potential customers.  The Home Show is always a jump-start to their sales season.  The show provides them with many opportunities/sales to carry them for the year. 

 The Home Show will also have seminars / demos throughout the weekend.  The schedule will include: make and take classes, flower arranging, water testing and why it’s important, painting demos and more. 

The food concession will be provided by Randy’s Up the River and include chili, hot dogs, Philly cheese steak, pasta salad, nachos, and more.  

Admission to the show is $4 adults, $3 students/seniors, and  children 11 and younger may attend for free.  

For more information on the show, please contact the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433 or email


Member round up 


Concert announced for Olean’s Independence Day fireworks show

The Olean Fire Department and 99.1 FM & 103.9 FM The Eagle are pleased to announce that award-winning Nashville recording artist Bryan Mayer will be the featured entertainment at the 2018 Olean Fireworks at Bradner Stadium.  Mayer has been featured on CMT (Country Music Television) and has opened for artists including Jon Pardi, Parmalee, Eli Young Band, Marshall Tucker Band, and many others.  Bryan is also the reigning Male Artist of the Year at the Carolina Country Music Awards show held last month at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.

Details about the concert are forthcoming. 

Job fair slated for March 6. 

A job fair is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., March 6, at Olean Advanced Products. Organizers are currently looking for companies, businesses, and organizations that have job openings and would like to participate and meet potential employees. Businesses that have registered so far include: Gowanda Electronics Corporation, Seneca Allegany Casino, and Saputo Dairy.

For more information, please call 716-851-2655 or email


CellOne marks opening

One of the newest Chamber members in downtown Olean is officially open for business. 

CellOne celebrated its grand opening on Feb. 16 at its Delaware Park Centre location. The event was attended by CellOne representatives and members of the community. 

As part of the festivities, CellOne announced it donated four mobile phones with one year of service to the Pink Pumpkin Project. 

The local CellOne branch is located at 502 N. Union St. 

Two promoted at Morgan Stanley in Olean 

Dana Cornell has been promoted to senior vice president at Morgan Stanley in Olean. Formerly the firm’s financial advisor, senior portfolio manager and family wealth director, Mr. Cornell has been with the firm since 2007.

Todd Allen has been promoted to first vice president at Morgan Stanley in Olean. Formerly the firm’s financial advisor in the wealth management division, Mr. Allen has been with the firm since 1995.


Olean Area Young Professionals announces March event


Olean Area Young Professionals will hold its next monthly networking event from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m., Thursday, March 8 at Randy’s Fireside, located at 1644 Haskell Road in Olean. 

Food will be provided and there will be a cash bar. 

To register:

OAYP is open to all the area’s young professionals and welcomes new attendees. 


Homeownership Assistance Program taking applications



Local hardware store chain expands


Nate Smith, owner of Worth W. Smith Co. hardware stores, has added to his local chain of hardware stores. 

Earlier this month, Smith opened a new location at 65 Genesee St. in Cuba. The store is the former TJ Resch Lumber Hardware & Feeds, which Smith recently purchased after its owners decided to retire. 

In addition to the Cuba location, Worth W. Smith Hardware has two stores in Olean, as well as one in Salamanca, one in Bradford, and one in Eldred. The chain employs approximately 70. 

The Cuba branch of Worth W. Smith is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 


CRCF grant gives $22,000+ for biennial, artist support


The Cattaraugus County Arts Council recently received a $22,207 grant from the F. Donald Kenney Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation to again support the Southern Tier Biennial Art show.

The endowment fund was established through Mr. Kenney’s estate to support the biennial art exhibition in perpetuity.

A graduate of Olean High School, Holy Cross College and Harvard University, Mr. Kenney made his career in international investment and banking, but also dedicated his time and money to the arts.

Since its establishment, the Kenney Fund has made possible over $260,000 in grants to support the Southern Tier Biennial.

The Biennial rotates yearly between a professionally juried art competition and a subsequent solo gallery for the competition’s best-in-show artist.

In September 2018, Schuyler Dawson will be exhibiting his work after winning last year’s competition. Dawson, a California native, is currently pursuing his MFA in sculpture at Alfred University.

The show’s professional jurors offered rave reviews of Dawson’s sculpting.

“The work suggests many of the complex and difficult realities of adolescence and youth, but on a more basic level it is simply beautiful to behold said Tullis Johnson, a 2017 Biennial juror and curator and manager of archives at Buffalo’s Burchfield Penney Art Center.

According to Southern Tier Biennial Coordinator Ardyth VanScoy, the Kenney Fund helps provide otherwise unobtainable opportunities for area artists.

“The funding generously provided by the Kenney Fund gives artists in the Southern Tier the opportunity to showcase their work and receive substantial cash prizes that are unparalleled in the area,” said VanScoy. “The opportunity to win a solo exhibition and financially assisted professional development gives the winning artist a chance to not only be recognized for their talent but also to further their careers. None of this would be possible without the foundation's support!"

“We are proud of the support Foundation funds lend to the arts,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit, “A community that engages with the arts is a more thoughtful, creative and enlightened place.”

Donations can be made to the F. Donald Kenney Endowment Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at



Cellino Plumbing announces contest to support non-profits  


Cellino Plumbing is seeking charitable organizations/non-profit groups to be nominated for the chance to have one of its trucks wrapped in reflection of the chosen cause.

“Cellino Plumbing is committed to giving back to our community. Our goal is toclosely partner with a non-profit in which we can give back to year after year for the life of the truck,” said Lucas Cellino, the company’s president. 

On March 16, Cellino Plumbing’s Facebook page will present the compiled list of nominated nonprofits and host a two-week community vote closing on March 31. The four non-profits with the most votes will then be presented to the Cellino Plumbing employees and a final internal company vote will be held. On April 4, via Facebook Live, one non-profit will be announced as the winner to have a Cellino truck wrapped in reflection of their cause.

Moving away from Cellino’s signature red trucks, the chosen non-profit will be able to design the truck wrap within a given template. Cellino Plumbing will donate 5 percent of the revenue per year for the life of the truck to the winning non-profit. This donation will be paid out annually.



Archbishop Wash Academy secures International Baccalaureate Educator Grants


Archbishop Walsh Academy awarded  International Baccalaureate Educator Grants 

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) has awarded three International Baccalaureate (IB) educator grants to teachers at Archbishop Walsh Academy. The funds, totaling $1500, will provide additional resources to IB educators seeking to deepen and enrich curriculum content and increase student engagement. NSHSS awarded twenty grants to high school educators nationwide. 

Recipients of the grants include Lois Housler, IB Biology teacher; Justin Barleben, IB Physics teacher; and Danielle Michel, Theory of Knowledge teacher and IB Diploma Programme coordinator. 

 “This grant funding will go a long way to provide our students with meaningful learning experiences outside the classroom,” Michel said. “Archbishop Walsh Academy is grateful for the funding and the opportunities it will provide.” 

Each of the teachers intends to use the majority of the funding to subsidize field trips that engage students in practical work.

“While students do need to be able to follow directions and replicate procedures in the IB classroom, they must also be provided with the opportunities for genuine, organic inquiry,” Barleben said.  

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme was created in 1968 by teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools. The high school curriculum offers a balanced education designed to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding. There are almost 5,000 schools offering the IB Diploma Programme in over 150 different countries worldwide. 


“NSHSS recognizes the vital role educators play in the success of high-achieving students.  International Baccalaureate teachers are challenging our students to strive for excellence and our organization is pleased to be able to enhance their efforts,” said NSHSS president James Lewis.




Olean Business Development welcomes new board members


Olean Business Development has added several new members to its leadership. 

David Koebelin, vice president and director of human resources at Cutco; Michael C. Smith, senior commercial lender and commercial operations manager of Olean Area Federal Credit Union; Michael J. Fischer, a professor of accounting at St. Bonaventure University; and Dana Cornell, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley in Olean were formally named to OBD’s Board of Managers during a reorganizational meeting held Feb. 21. Tom Buttafaro director of board, community & government relations at St. Bonaventure University, was named to the board in December. 

“We welcome our new board members and are grateful for their willingness to join OBD in its mission,” said Larry Sorokes, OBD’s president. “They join a leadership team of dedicated professionals who are committed to shepherding new prosperity in our community. We look forward to working with them.” 

Established in 2013, OBD is the only organization of its kind in the city of Olean dedicated solely to reinvigorating the local economy. The nonprofit was founded by major employers, educational institutions, investors, and agencies throughout the Olean area committed to fostering a climate of economic opportunity and prosperity in the community.  


Christie's Boutique to hold grand opening


We are pleased to announce an exciting upcoming event for one of the newest members of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Christie’s Boutique located at 119 N. Union St..   Antiques, reclaimed treasures, locally made hand-crafted items, home décor, and custom gift baskets add to the store’s unique charm.  There is a little something for everyone and you’ll have to see it to believe it! 

Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 3, complete with live music, raffles, tasty treats, friendly folks, and a store filled with home décor and gifts.  Stop by and see firsthand why this is one of the coolest places to shop in Olean.  

Owner/Manager Christie Brook and her amazing team support the downtown initiative for Walkable Olean.  There is certainly lots to see on North Union Street and we invite you take a few hours and check out other  businesses in the neighborhood.  They will be open and look forward to welcoming you into their stores.


Congratulations to Christie’s Boutique on their Grand Opening.  We are proud to welcome you to our community.








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