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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Cub Scout Pack 416


Earlier this month I had the pleasure of giving Cub Scout Pack 416 a tour of the radio station. This is the newsroom (you can see my hair and shoulder sticking out from behind the computer), which kind of interested them. They were more interested in the fact that, the way our building is set up, you can literally run in circles from one hallway to the other.

The were also very interested to see Scott's picture ... and Scott's desk ... and the microphone Scott uses ... and ... Well, you get the idea.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

In Case You Missed It ...

As we've been telling you this week, 5-year-old Hunter Winship is battling a rare form of cancer. Because he loves airplanes, his family and friends are trying to lift his spirits by getting him into the Guiness Book of World Records for the most paper airplanes received. WIVB-TV ran a story about Hunter Friday morning. You can see it HERE. Hunter is the cousin of our own Scott Douglas.


Scott Douglas took this photo of the Allegany River in Salamanca Wednesday afternoon. A flood warning is now in effect until Friday afternoon for Olean. Minor flooding is already happening and more is forecast. Flood stage of the Allegany River is 10 feet, and the river is expected to crest near 13 feet tomorrow morning.
The major impact is expected to be East Riverside Drive. The flood warning in Salamanca is in effect until late Thursday night. Minor flooding is occurring, and more is forecast there as well. Flood stage is 12 feet and the river is expected to crest at 12.7 feet tomorrow. Flooding could happen along the entrie length of the river in areas unprotected by dikes. Parts of Limestone are already flooded as well, and Riverside Drive is closed to traffic. In Potter County, roads that weren't expected to re-open until tomorrow because of flooding are now open. McKean , Cameron, Elk, Potter and Warren counties are still under a flood watch until 7 p.m., and a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. Thursday.

Let's ketchup on a story that happened Sunday near Mansfield. An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile didn't cut the mustard during a snowstorm, as it wiped out on a patch of ice and hit a median on Route 15. The vehicle's two occupants, 22-year-old Emily Volpini of Lexington, Ky., and 22-year-old Caylen Goudie of Hinsdale, Ill., were unhurt in the accident. Dave Kurzejewski of Costy's Truck and Auto Mart says he's towed hundreds of vehicles after accidents, but this was a new experience that he relished – as long as no one was hurt. Sorry about the puns, but we were on a roll.

It could be at least another year before construction work starts at Kinzua Bridge State Park. The major holdup is obtaining a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers, which regulates waterways. But Eugene Comoss, the chief engineer with the state Department of Environmental Conservation says he believes the project will be underway by late summer or early fall of next year. A tornado on July 21, 2003 toppled the midsection of the bridge. The first phase of the improvement project calls for the construction of an observation deck on top of the remaining section of the bridge on the park side of the Kinzua Creek valley. The proposed cost of the project is between 4 million and 5 million dollars.

Legislation to prohibit illegal aliens living in Pennsylvania from receiving public benefits, such as Medicaid, welfare, and in-state college tuition has been passed out of the state government committee. If passed, the law would require anyone receiving public benefits in the Commonwealth to provide identification proving they are legal residents. Senator Joe Scarnati is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 9. To read the complete news release go HERE