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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cedar Point's Mantis to Shut Down

SANDUSKY, Ohio – It’s the “last stand” for one of Cedar Point’s steel scream machines. Earlier today, the park announced that the Mantis roller coaster will soon give its final rides.

Mantis was billed as the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world when it opened on May 11, 1996. Featuring trains that secure guests in a standing position, Mantis provides its passengers with a unique ride experience. Mantis was built by the same legendary manufacturers that brought guests the Raptor and GateKeeper roller coasters – Bolliger and Mabillard (B & M), Monthey, Switzerland. In its 18-year history, Mantis has given more than 22 million thrilling rides.

“It’s time to say goodbye to one of the park’s coasters, and it’s certainly been a different kind of ride for our guests,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “But we’re extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World™.”

Guests still have time to give Mantis a “standing ovation” before it shuts down permanently on Sunday, October 19 at 8 p.m. Additional plans for the 2015 season will be announced at a later date.

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Bona Students 'Goin' Bald for Bucks'

The officers of St. Bonaventure University’s sophomore class are Goin’ Bald for a good cause and encouraging on and off campus communities alike to join them.

The class of 2017 will participate in the Goin’ Bald for Bucks campaign in partnership with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Teens Living with Cancer organization from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus. All proceeds from the event will accelerate the start of new research needed to save lives and also will support programs run by the Teens Living with Cancer organization in Rochester.

“We all know someone directly or indirectly who has lost their battle with cancer, so what a better way for our campus to come together in unity so support such a valuable cause,” said sophomore class president James “JW” Cook, a political science major from Brockport.

He stressed that participants are not required to shave their head and there are several ways to get involved:

(1) Join the SBU Team and ask for donations on your behalf:
(2) Make a general team donation
(3) Attend the event on October 18 and receive a $10 haircut from a professional barber or hairdresser or shave your head for free. Reserve your spot in a chair here:
(4) Name your price and offer to go bald in honor of those battling cancer! Several students, faculty and staff have accepted this challenge, and organizers hope to spread the message even more!
(5) Join the event on Facebook for the latest information regarding the event and invite friends/colleagues to support the cause:

Cook and his fellow class officers, David Bryant, vice president, a journalism and mass communication major from Utica; Jessica Laursen, secretary, a journalism and mass communication major from Caledonia; and Lawrence Hayes, treasurer, a business major from Perry, hope to empower 100 people to join the SBU team.

The Goin’ Bald for Bucks fundraiser began in Western New York when a cancer patient’s brother vowed to keep his head shaved until his sister’s hair grew back. More than 10 years after its conception, more than $2.4 million has been raised through Goin’ Bald for Bucks, with 72 and counting schools and organizations across New York state participating.

For more information, visit any of the event webpages or contact Cook at

Arts Offerings from Classics to the Cutting Edge
Available Through Pitt-Bradford's Spectrum Series

The fall semester of the Spectrum Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will bring an edgy film writer, a novelist, a sculptor and more to the university and the community.

Events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. For more information or tickets, contact the Bromeley Family Theater box office at 814-362-5113 or

Spectrum, the longest running of the university’s three arts series, will open its theater season Sept. 19 with a rollicking look at Shakespeare, the first in a three-part celebration of the Bard of Avon’s 450th birthday. Tickets for all of the stage productions are $6 for the public and $2 for all students.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company will create a Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Each of the players has brushed up on his “thees” and “thous” for an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of the great playwright.

Improvised Shakespeare has been named Chicago’s best improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner, has been honored by the Chicago Improv Foundation and has received a New York Nightlife Award for “Best Comedic Performance by a Group.” For more information, visit Due to its improvised nature, this show may contain some adult content.

The Shakespeare 450 celebration will continue with a Division of Communication and the Arts presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Dr. Kevin Ewert, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Studio Theater in Blaisdell Hall. This night in the woods is a riotous anarchy of multiple plots: impatient and interchangeable lovers, vengeful but bumbling fairies, and a group of rude manual laborers. Tickets are $6 for the public and $2 for all students.

The Spectrum writers’ series begins with screenwriter and filmmaker Sam Zalutsky at noon Oct. 9 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Zalutsky is a creator, director and producer for the comedy web series “The Go-Getters.” For his first feature, the psychological horror film “You Belong to Me,” he was shortlisted for the Independent Spirit Award’s Someone to Watch Award. For more information, visit

Novelist Karen Gettert Shoemaker will visit at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Mukaiyama University Room. She has published stories in Prairie Schooner, the London Independent, the South Dakota Review, Fugue, Kalliope and other literary magazines. Her stories and poems have been anthologized in “A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers,” “Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace,” “An Untidy Season,” and “Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry.” For more information, visit her website,

The first Spectrum visual artist will be Ron Geibel, whose exhibition “Picture Perfect” will be in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall from Nov. 7 through Dec. 5. A gallery talk and reception will be held at noon Nov. 7 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall. Influenced by the notion of the upper middle-class American family, ceramic artist Geibel investigates and explores the intersections of the public and private spheres. For more information, visit

Visitors can enjoy both Geibel’s show and the music of chamber music ensemble Gibbs and Main at noon Nov. 13 in the KOA Lobby. Gibbs and Main is five professional musicians dedicated to performing classical masterpieces side by side with Latin, pop and contemporary repertoire. The ensemble ventures well outside the traditional “chamber” of chamber music, bringing a passion of performance into schools, churches, libraries, bars, bistros and coffee shops. For more information, visit

Pitt-Bradford students in the Vocal Arts Ensemble, directed by John Liberatore, will present their first concert of the year, featuring holiday music, at noon Dec. 2 in the KOA Lobby. The group will also perform at noon April 14, 2015, in the KOA Lobby.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at 814-362-7609 or Pitt-Bradford Arts is on Facebook and Instagram.

Pictured, members of the Improvised Shakespeare Company performs in an impromptu masterpiece in the style of the master.

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Rep. Wants to Decriminalize 'Bootlegging'

People of a certain age may remember getting worried about bringing beer into Pennsylvania from New York because it was illegal to bring alcohol across state lines.

As crazy as it sounds, it's still against the law for Pennsylvania residents to buy alcohol outside of the state and then bring in. Police say they are worried about people who buy large amounts of alcohol out of state, then re-sell it through their bar or licensed establishment. That can lead to administrative law violations or criminal charges. Fines clock in at $25 for every container of wine and liquor and $10 per every container of beer.

But State Rep. John Taylor says he’s introducing legislation that would decriminalize the practice of buying booze for personal consumption in New York, New Jersey, Ohio – or any other bordering state – and bringing into PA.

House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin says the bootlegging regulations are another instance in which Pennsylvania’s liquor laws are “out of whack with today’s world.”

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Heroin, Cash Seized in Raid

125 does of heroin, a large amount of cash and other items were confiscated during a raid this morning by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

The raid at 7:25 a.m. led to the arrest of 26-year-old William Rogers of Jamestown for criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, among other offenses.

As a result of this investigation additional information was obtained and the investigation into heroin trafficking in the city will continue.

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Prank Call Leads to School Evacuation

The St. Marys school district superintendent sent 6 News this statement regarding the police presence at St. Marys Area High School this afternoon:

"There were unconfirmed reports that shots were fired at the high school. It is believed this is a prank. However all precautions are being taken. All students and staff are safe. Emergency personnel are checking all buildings and grounds."

Thank you, Karen Strugala!

State Police Trooper Bruce Morris, communications director, has since confirmed it was a hoax.

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Toddlers Found Wandering on East Main Street;
House Filled with Rotten Food, Used Diapers

After her toddlers were found in the middle of East Main Street with full diapers, and her house was discovered in filthy condition, a Bradford woman was charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children.

29-year-old Rheannon Bryant is in McKean County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Police say on Monday afternoon they were told that the children were in the middle of street and, when they got to the scene, learned several people had been trying to find the parents for about half an hour. After taking the children to the police station, officers learned they had severe diaper burns on their buttocks and genitals.

Police and CYS then went to 144 East Avenue, where they could smell rotten food as soon as they got out of the vehicle. Inside the house, piles of food were in every room of the house to the point the floor was not visible, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office. Also, there were flies throughout the house and two piles of about 20 used diapers. Police also discovered that the children had been sleeping on couch cushions on the floor.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Hershey's Introduces New Logo

Hershey’s has unveiled a new corporate logo that features an updated version of one of its most famous products.

The new logo has adds a new version of a Hershey’s Kiss at the end of the company’s name and is part of what they are calling a “disciplined identity system” designed to provide more consistency.

The new logo will appear on the back of packaging where the company’s name is printed.

Hershey’s generates more than $7 billion a year in sales.

Photo provided by The Hershey Company

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Historic Marker Place at Site of
Nation's First Conservation Training School

BROCKWAY – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission today placed a marker recognizing the country’s first-ever training school for conservation officers.

The marker, placed in Jefferson County at Game School and Empire Ridge roads, is about 1½ miles from the site of the original Ross Leffler School of Conservation – the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s training school for law-enforcement officers.

The Brockway training school not only was the first of its kind dedicated to the training of Game Protectors – law-enforcement positions that today are referred to as Wildlife Conservation Officers – it would quickly become the model for similar facilities nationwide.

Addressing a crowd that gathered at a dedication ceremony at which the marker was unveiled, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said the Ross Leffler School of Conservation has contributed immeasurably to the advancement of wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania, and it’s a contribution that is ongoing.

“Today we are here to memorialize the Ross Leffler School of Conservation – the first, and still the finest, Wildlife Conservation Officer training school in the country,” said Hough, who himself graduated from the training school in Brockway. “I am pleased to announce that there are 29 cadets currently enrolled in the 30th Class with plans to graduate in March 2015.”

The building that originally served as the training school at the Brockway site no longer is standing. It was built in 1915 as a hunting camp, and converted to a facility that would accommodate 25 trainees. The school opened its doors in 1936. And between the opening and 1987, when the Ross Leffler School of Conservation was moved to a wing of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, 19 classes and a total of 430 conservation officers completed their training at the Brockway school.

One Brockway graduate, retired Wildlife Conservation Officer Bill Bower, told the crowd that assembled about the dedication those graduates share in protecting Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources, and in turn its rich hunting and trapping heritage.

“There is no love greater among men than that which they hold for the land and all that the land contains, because it is bound up in their own happiness, that of their children and of the future generations,” Bower said.

Bower said the idea for a permanent training school grew out of a need to meet the many challenges that existed in protecting Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources as the 20th century neared.

When the Game Commission was established in 1895, many wildlife populations suffered from unregulated hunting, overharvest and illegal taking. The officers hired to enforce the laws that existed worked in constant danger. Training was necessary, and as the years progressed, the need for a permanent facility became evident.

The idea was championed by Board of Commissioners president Ross Leffler, who would serve as commissioner for nearly 30 years, and was later appointed Assistant Secretary of the Interior by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957.

Leffler’s contribution is recognized not only in the training school’s name, but also on the historical marker.

The marker is the newest of more than 2,000 located across the state, said Jean Craige Pepper Victor, of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. These markers chronicle the people, places and events that have made the Commonwealth notable, she said.

“These single threads are woven into the great tapestry which is our rich and diverse heritage,” Craige Pepper Victor said.

The Brockway training school would remain an integral part of the community until 1987, when the Ross Leffler School of Conservation was moved to the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R- 25th District) said the fact the training school no longer is in Brockway made the dedication ceremony bittersweet.

“I am pleased to see the original site of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation receive recognition with a historical marker from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission,” Scarnati stated. “However this day is bittersweet, given that the training school was moved from our community to Harrisburg. The facility was an important part of Brockway and I am extremely disappointed that it is no longer a part of our community today.”

To date, the Ross Leffler School of Conservation has produced 648 full-time Game Protectors and Wildlife Conservation Officers through 29 graduating classes at the two sites.

Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners President Robert W. Schlemmer said the marker is a fitting tribute to the innovation that spurred the creation of that original training school, which has created a lasting legacy in Pennsylvania and nationwide.

"The Ross Leffler School of Conservation, the first and finest in the nation, shall continue to graduate the most knowledgeable and superbly trained Wildlife Conservation Officers in the world, thus enabling the hunting and trapping heritage of Pennsylvania to continue for present and future generations," Schlemmer said.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 8/28/14

City of Bradford Police on Thursday looked into possible drug law violations on Merrow Avenue. They also got complaints concerning harassment on Walker and Lincoln avenues and an animal on Belleview Avenue. Officers also assisted other agencies on a number of calls.

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Lake Erie Remains Identified as Human

The remains found Thursday afternoon along the Lake Erie shoreline in Chautauqua County have been determined to be a human fetus.

The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office says the fetus was found intact and had a gestational age of 18 to 20 weeks, and appears to have been separated from the mother for two to three weeks. The cause of death has been listed as Intrauterine Fetal Demise.

State police and the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office are continuing the investigation to find the mother and to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of the fetus.

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DEP: 35 Water Wells in McKean County
Contaminated by Oil, Gas Prospecting

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has released details of 243 cases where companies prospecting for oil or gas contaminated private drinking water wells – and 35 of those are in McKean County.

DEP posted online links to the documents after the agency conducted what it called a “thorough review” of paper files stored among its regional offices.

Pennsylvania’s auditor general said in a report last month that DEP’s system for handling complaints “was woefully inadequate” and that investigators could not even determine whether all complaints were actually entered into a reporting system. DEP hasn’t issued a statement yet.

While most of the incidents in McKean County were in Bradford Township between 2008 and 2010, they were also reported in Foster, Corydon, Lafayette and Hamilton townships.

The most recent in Foster Township was 366 days ago. The most recent in Lafayette Township was in November.

The problems listed in the documents include methane gas contamination, spills of wastewater and other pollutants, and wells that went dry or were otherwise undrinkable. Some of the problems were temporary, but the names of landowners were redacted, so it wasn’t clear if the problems were resolved to their satisfaction. Other complaints are still being investigated.

List of Complaints PDF

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

City of Bradford Police Log for 8/27/14

City of Bradford Police are investigating a sexual assault on Amm Street. On Wednesday, they also investigated an assault on Summer Street and a theft on Main Street. They got reports of harassment on Elm Street and Burnside Avenue, and disturbances on High and School streets. Officers were also called to a domestic disturbance on Jackson Avenue.

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Prize Winner Likes Bradford Library

Pulitzer Prize winning author Alison Lurie has written a book about how buildings speak to us.

She said while getting ready for our interview this morning she looked up some of Bradford’s buildings and was struck by the differences between the old and current libraries, and that, at first, she was put off by the outside of the West Washington Street building.

Listen to her brief comments here.

She also talked about Old City Hall and Bradford Area High School. Her book is “The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us,” and you can hear my chat with her on an upcoming LiveLine.

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Bob Newhart to Perform in Jamestown

Legendary comedian Bob Newhart will headline October’s Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Weekend in Jamestown.

Jenny Gunderson, director of the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy says they’re excited to have Newhart performing on October 11.

Also during the weekend, Gunderson says, they will attempt to set a new world record for the number of people stomping grapes at the same time.

For more information go to

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Leach Challenge Kennedy to Marijuana Debate

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today sent an open letter to former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, inviting him to publicly debate marijuana policy.

Leach is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 528, which would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. He is the co-prime sponsor of Senate Bill 1182, which would regulate medical marijuana in the Commonwealth.

Kennedy’s group opposes these measures and has fought policies like these across the United States.

Leach’s open letter to Kennedy:

I am a state Senator in Pennsylvania and the prime sponsor of two pieces of legislation related to marijuana. Senate Bill 1182, which I have co-prime sponsored with Senator Mike Folmer, would regulate medical cannabis in our Commonwealth. Senate Bill 528 would legalize recreational use of marijuana in Pennsylvania.

I have spent a great deal of time debating and speaking about these issues across Pennsylvania and nationally. I have enclosed a recent editorial I wrote on recreational cannabis.

I see that a Mr. Kevin Sabat is scheduled to visit my state on behalf of your organization to speak at a “Town Hall Meeting” in Altoona. I feel fairly secure in the belief that your message and mine are in profound disagreement. It seems to me that the public would be best served by an open debate on this important topic. Therefore, I am challenging you, or a representative of your organization, to debate me on statewide television about the appropriate public policies on marijuana-related issues.

I have conducted similar statewide debates about other issues that I have worked on, including one on marriage equality with Maggie Gallagher, the President of the National Organization for Marriage. I can assure you the debate will be well-attended and will be conducted in a civil, professional and fair manner.

If you are willing to defend your positions in a public forum, please let me know what dates might work for you. I will have my staff handle all of the planning and logistics. The debate could occur at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Harrisburg Area Community College, or, if you prefer, another venue in any part of the state. When you’re ready to discuss the details, call me at my King of Prussia office. The phone number there is 610-768-4200. You can also email me directly at

Let’s give people a chance to hear both sides of the debate so that they can decide, for themselves, whether or not the legalization of marijuana would be good for Pennsylvania and America.

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Eleven Graduate from School of Radiography

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) held a ceremony today for 11 graduates of the hospital’s School of Radiography.

The event, held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Student Commons Building, honored Jacob Chastain, Port Allegany, PA, Gannon Creed, and Michelle Jurewicz, Olean, NY, Emily Crowell, Emporium, PA, Kimberly Derk, Cattaraugus, NY, Jenna Gorrell, Lewis Run, PA, Gregory Macfarlane, Bradford, PA, Danielle Plunkett, Great Valley, NY, Mollyann Krupa, St. Marys PA, Thomas Specht, Milton, PA, and Autumn Woods, Limestone, NY.

“As a 1984 graduate of the school, I have had the privilege to work with many classes over the years. The class of 2014 has been excellent, both clinically and academically,” said Jeanne Burritt, program director for the BRMC School of Radiology. “Since joining the program, these eleven students have faced many challenges related to several technological advances. Now, as graduates, I can say without hesitation that they are more than prepared to succeed in any healthcare environment.”

The School of Radiography, part of the Imaging Services Department at Bradford Regional Medical Center, is a 24-month program providing didactic and clinical instruction to each enrolled student. More than 800 hours of a student’s time is spent in the classroom, and an additional 2,300 hours of clinical education is provided through the program. Since its establishment in 1978, the school has graduated 187 students from its two year course.

Ms. Crowell, Ms. Derk, Ms. Gorrell, Ms. Jurewicz, Ms. Plunkett and Mr. Chastain earned their bachelor’s degree in radiological science from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Mr. Specht will return to Pitt-Bradford this fall to complete his bachelor’s degrees in radiological science. Gannon Creed and Autumn Woods graduated from Jamestown Community College with an associate degree in applied science. Mr. Macfarlane had earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

At the ceremony, three current students received awards from the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary. Haley Cromley of Milton, PA received the auxiliary’s Academic Achievement Award and Jacob Chastain was named the recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award while Jenna Gorrell of Lewis Run, PA won the Janet Butler New Professional Award. Ms. Butler worked in the radiology department at Bradford Regional Medical Center for nearly 40 years, and her scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate the same passion and drive she exhibited during her tenure at the hospital.

The Bradford Hospital Auxiliary awards more than $6,200 in healthcare awards annually. Since the inception of its scholarship program in the early 1950’s, the auxiliary has awarded over $250,000 to students entering the healthcare field. Award money is raised through numerous auxiliary fundraisers and with generous support from the community. To donate, please call 814.362.8432.

Bradford Regional Medical Center is a member of Upper Allegheny Health System. For more information about the hospital’s School of Radiography, call 814.362.8292 or visit

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Pitt-Bradford Athletic Training Interns
Part of the Team at Camp Woodward

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

“Camp Woodward is like heaven for those involved in extreme sports,” says University of Pittsburgh at Bradford senior Anthony Citriniti of Pittsburgh.

Citriniti and junior Kyley Mickle, both students of Pitt-Bradford’s athletic training department, interned at Camp Woodward in central Pennsylvania this summer.

Woodward is an extreme sports residential camp for athletes in BMX, skateboard, scooter, inline skate, snowboard, ski, parkour, cheer, gymnastics, and tumbling. If you are involved in the extreme sports community, you know about Woodward. Considered by many to have the best facilities and training program of its kind in the world, Woodward is often visited by high profile extreme athletes.

While there, Mickle of Port Allegany, Pa., met 2012 Olympic gold medalist gymnast Jordyn Wieber. Citriniti was excited to have “covered the 2014 Mongoose Jam tournament, which featured more than 20 professional BMX riders.” He also met “a 10-year-old skateboarder who is the youngest to ever land a 900 degree (2.5 spins). Only 12 people ever have pulled off that trick!”

For an athletic trainer, Woodward is an incomparable place to be. Mickle explains the day-to-day work at the camp: “Work in the athletic training room involves evaluating injuries, different tapings from ankles to wrists, wound care, documenting head injuries and other major injuries, calling parents to update them of their child’s status, and doing rehabilitation exercises with injured campers.”

A fast-paced learning environment, the athletic training room at Camp Woodward is a busy place. The camp hosts more than 700 campers at any one time — brave and daring kids involved in extreme sports. This means falls, cuts, scrapes, bruises, sprains, myriad injuries, all things campers rely on experienced athletic training interns to assist with so they can get back in the game.

In Woodward’s athletic training room, there is often a line of campers extending out the door. “I learned how to better manage an athletic training room when there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of athletes who are looking for treatment all at the same time,” Citriniti says. “It was literally a zoo at times.”

Without the sheer number of athletes, the Pitt-Bradford athletic training room is quieter than the one at Woodward, making the interns’ time at the camp overwhelming at first. But after they adjusted, the students got invaluable preparation. “After a few days, I learned to manage tasks more efficiently without sacrificing quality of care,” Citriniti says.

Both students relied heavily on what they learned in class and in practical application at Pitt-Bradford. “I used evaluation techniques that I learned in my Evaluation of Athletic Injuries courses, and tapings that I learned in my Practicum and Clinical Athletic Training courses,” Mickle said.

Citriniti agreed, “because of my classes at Pitt-Bradford, I was confident in my skills to evaluate all the injuries I saw thoroughly and quickly.”

Interns learned from camp staff and from each other. “I enjoyed working with other athletic training students,” Mickle said. “It helps to see how they may do tests differently or how they learned a certain technique a different way.”

Both Mickle and Citriniti applied to the athletic training program because they love sports. “Sports are my passion,” Mickle said. “I have played any and all types of sports since I can remember.”

Athletic training is about supporting athletes.

Mickle explains: “When I was in high school, we didn’t have an athletic trainer until my senior year, which meant that if you rolled your ankle in a game then the assistant coach would take you to the end of the bench and try her best to tape you up. Meanwhile, she is trying to keep stats for the head coach and watch the game.

“It is important,” said Mickle, who also plays basketball at Pitt-Bradford, “that athletes have someone who has been trained in injury prevention, treatment, assessment, and rehabilitation.”

Citriniti shares her sentiment. “I got involved in athletic training,” he says, “because I grew up playing hockey and watching sports with my dad, brother and friends. As an athletic trainer I still enjoy that team atmosphere. I get to be a part of the sports medicine team: physicians, coaches, nutritionist, physical therapist, strength and conditioning coaches, who help athletes to be successful and have a great experience playing sports.”

Knowing Woodward was a great learning environment for her students, Pitt-Bradford’s head athletic trainer and clinical instructor, Angela Honeck, encouraged them to apply. Honeck, herself an intern at Woodward while she was in college, was able not only to recommend the camp to her students, but vice-versa. Woodward usually only accepts rising seniors for its internship program, but because of Honeck’s recommendation, Mickle, a rising junior, was offered a spot.

A great asset to the athletic training department, Honeck brings numerous area physicians, surgeons, dietitians, and other health-related medical professionals to campus for special lectures in the athletic training program, providing them with the tools they will need to be successful in their field.

“The athletic training program at Pitt-Bradford has been an awesome experience thus far,” Citriniti said. “The hands-on experience in class has made the transition from taking what I learn in the classroom to what I do in my clinical rotation and internships very easy.”

To learn more about the athletic training program at Pitt-Bradford, visit

More information on Camp Woodward can be found at its website:

Pictured, Pitt-Bradford athletic training student Kyley Mickle(right) with Olympic gymnast Jordan Wieber at Camp Woodward in central Pennsylvania, a celebrated camp for extreme athletes where Wieber was a guest instructor and Mickle an intern this summer.
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Pair Jailed for Robbing Wellsville McDonald's

Two people are in jail for robbing the Wellsville McDonald’s and several other businesses.

State police say 32-year-old Ryan Schrader and 32-year-old Rebecca Baker, both of Wellsville, went into the back door of the restaurant in the early morning hours of August 11, displayed what appeared to be a handgun, and made off with about $357 in cash.

During their investigation state police learned that the pair also burglarized the Just One More bar in Shongo and stole cash from Short’s Gas Station in Stannards, and village police learned they had broken into a Main Street establishment multiple times.

Schrader and Baker are each charged with robbery, burglary and grand larceny. Schrader is also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance because he had crack cocaine with him when he was arrested.

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Conklin, Sanford Held Without Bail

The two men accused of killing a concert violinist during a robbery in her Westfield summer home have been ordered held without bail after a prosecutor detailed how the victim was shot and stabbed after opening her door to help them.

Jonathan Conklin and Charles Sanford said nothing during a detention hearing today in federal court in Buffalo, where they've pleaded not guilty to stealing property and taking it across state lines, as well as carjacking.

Police say they killed 61-year-old Mary Whitaker after she agreed to lend them her phone after they told her they had run out of gas. They're accused of driving her car to Erie, where they were arrested after surveillance video showed them using her credit cards. A grand jury will consider state murder charges.

Whitaker performed with the Chautauqua Symphony and Westchester Philharmonic.

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Male Colleague to Sen. Gillibrand:
You're Even Pretty When You're Fat

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) says in a new book that she has faced several sexist encounters with her male colleagues, being nicknamed everything from “Honey Badger” to “hottest member of the Senate.”

“Good thing you’re working out because you wouldn’t want to get porky,” Gillibrand says one colleague told her in the congressional gym, according to an excerpt of her book Off The Sidelines published by People.

After she lost weight following a pregnancy, Gillibrand writes that one male colleague squeezed her waist and implored: “Don’t lose too much weight now, I like my girls chubby.”

And she says one southern congressman told her, “You know, Kirsten, you’re even pretty when you’re fat.”


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Hatchet, Cash Stolen

A hatchet and some cash have been stolen in Potter County.

State police say the Boy Scout hatchet with a black handle and red blade, along with $100 in cash and a One Bank check were taken from John Miller’s Grom Hill Road home in Coudersport.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Coudersport-based state police.

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Cooler of Coolers Stolen

In one of the most tragic stories of the day: a cooler full of wine coolers has been stolen off a front porch in Potter County.

State police say the incident happened between August 9 and Saturday when some took the blue cooler off Dawn Kent’s porch on North Street in Roulette.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact state police.

(Anyone who is offended by my calling this story “tragic” needs to lighten up.)

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947