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The lights are on at Harbor Freight Tools on East State Road, and workers are putting the finishing touches on the store on Thursday in preparation for a Tuesday opening. There will be a Dec. 20 grand opening, company officials reported.

Company officials reported that the newly-constructed 16,000-square-foot Harbor Freight Tools store at the former DeSoto Motel site is almost ready for unveiling.

ALBANY — With more and more New Yorkers working in the “gig economy,” state lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session will be jockeying to offer bills that will give these workers, who include Uber and Lyft drivers, benefits like unemployment and workers compensation insurance as well as minimum wage protections.

OLEAN — With the ribbon cut on the first Downtown Revitalization Initiative project Monday, officials hope the remaining 11 projects will wrap up in the next few years.

Owners Dan and Katie DeCerbo were joined by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and other officials to cut the ribbon on a $1.5 million renovation of the historic Old Library Restaurant on South Union Street on Monday — the first project to wrap up under the city’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award.

In continuing to bring our readers new and interesting information about your friends and neighbors, we are presenting our “What’s Your Story” series. This is a Q & A panel of 20 questions that we ask Randolph County Residents. The information is fun facts and good advice from them on various topics. We are interested in seeing what we can learn about our readers in 20 questions! Hope you enjoy!

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Old Library Restaurant owners Dan and Katie DeCerbo (from left) guide Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on a tour of the facility on Monday in Olean.

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Old Library Restaurant owners Dan and Katie DeCerbo (from left) guide Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on a tour of the facility on Monday in Olean.

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Old Library Restaurant owners Katie and Dan DeCerbo (from left), Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Olean Mayor Bill Aiello, state Assemblyman Joe Giglio, R-Gowanda, and state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, cut the ribbon Monday on the restaurant after the completion of major renovations.

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Old Library Restaurant owners Katie and Dan DeCerbo (from left) listen to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday in Olean.

NIAGARA FALLS — As Seneca Resorts & Casinos nears completion on sports lounges inside their three gaming properties, it was announced Monday that they are the exclusive sportsbook partner of the Buffalo Sabres.

In continuing to bring our readers new and interesting information about your friends and neighbors, we are presenting our “What’s Your Story” series. This is a Q & A panel of 20 questions that we ask Randolph County Residents. The information is fun facts and good advice from them on various topics. We are interested in seeing what we can learn about our readers in 20 questions! Hope you enjoy!

Massage chairs and a claw machine were some of the machines vandalized Saturday night at the Olean Center Mall.

Cyberstation, the arcade at the Olean Center Mall, was open for business on Sunday and Monday after several machines were vandalized Saturday night.

Workers install the letter “R” on Friday on the front facade of the soon-to-open Harbor Freight on West State Road in the town of Allegany. Company officials report the store is near completion, but could not provide an opening date on Friday.

On Nov. 23 and Dec. 21 — the Saturdays before Thanksgiving and Christmas, respectively — the Rural Enterprise Association of Proprietors will host special holiday-themed farmers markets at Lincoln Square in the city’s Lincoln Park.

“Local sales tax collections growth increased between July and September, making it the strongest quarter of 2019,” said state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. “Additional internet sales tax revenue may be a contributing factor, along with the continued rise in consumer spending and wages.”

A shopper buys goods from a vendor at the final REAP Olean Farmers Market of the season on Oct. 26. The market will return twice this fall — on Saturday and on Dec. 21 — to offer goods at special holiday markets at Lincoln Park.

Cathy Derx (from left) and Tom Derx of Henry H. Hill Inc., Anthony and Lisa Fratercangelo of Angee’s Restaurant, Brian O’Connell Jr., Barb Sweitzer of YMCA of the Twin Tiers, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce board Chairman Mike Hendrix and Chamber President Andrew Caya pose during the …

“Tonight we celebrate optimists and realists — which is a common theme throughout the evening, said John Bartimole, master of ceremonies of the 114th annual Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner. “These businesses represent the indelible spirit of the Olean community — and it truly is an evening of celebration.

WARREN — Northwest Bancshares Inc., and MutualFirst Financial Inc., jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Northwest will acquire MutualFirst, the Muncie, Indiana-based holding company and parent of MutualBank, in an all-stock transaction valued at $39.89 per share (based on Northwest’s 15-day volume weighted average closing stock price ending on Oct. 23, 2019), or approximately $346 million in the aggregate.

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The third StrOlean event of the year, coordinated by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday along North Union Street.

Dan Greene, an attorney from Buffalo specializing in data security, speaks during the keynote address of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Cyber Summit on Thursday at the Cutco Theatre at Jamestown Community College in Olean.

WASHINGTON (TNS) — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday to “immediately” issue regulations on the use and sale of popular hemp-based cannabidiol products, a flourishing new industry in Upstate New York.

CLEARFIELD — CNB Bank has been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2019. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal.

Standing atop a ladder Monday, Mike Threehouse paints the exterior of the building at 154 N. Union St. that will become home to his son Tyler’s law offices, Threehouse Law Firm, when renovations are complete early next year.

In continuing to bring our readers new and interesting information about your friends and neighbors, we are presenting our “What’s Your Story” series. This is a Q & A panel of 20 questions that we ask Randolph County Residents. The information is fun facts and good advice from them on various topics. We are interested in seeing what we can learn about our readers in 20 questions! Hope you enjoy!