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OLEAN –After a long winter, Olean officials are looking for a few business owners to help make the city look vibrant once again.

For the fourth year, the city will have its “Adopt-a-Planter” program.

“In previous years, businesses and individuals took on the challenge to beautify the street with flowers and foliage in the spring, summer and early autumn,” Mayor William Aiello said. “Many businesses landscaped in front of their establishments; other businesses and individuals planted, nurtured and watered their personal arrangements in the planters along the streets. The program adds life and color to Olean’s business district.”

This year, participants will see something new. Under former Mayor Linda Witter, the city purchased 25 planters for the business district. The 32-inch diameter plastic planters are self-watering, using a patented system.

The project, the brainchild of Laurie McCarthy, a North Union Street merchant, has been a way to “brighten our business district and give Olean that hometown touch,” Aiello said.

Many of the participants from prior years have expressed an interest, but more volunteers are needed. Those interested in adopting a planter are asked to call the mayor’s office at 376-5615.