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Friday, February 22, 2008

Wings of Hope -- for Hunter Winship

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02/21/08 - Big Band Leader Bob Lucia Dies in Vegas
Big Band leader Bob Lucia died Monday in Las Vegas of an apparent heart attack. He was 71 years old. He was the longtime band director at Franklinville Central School, but was also well known as the king of big band swing music in the Twin Tiers. He and his band were among the most popular performers at Bradford's annual Festa Italiana and had also performed at First Night Bradford. John Kytic of Bradford is a member of Lucia's "7 Swing Street" band.

Bob Lucia & 7 Swing Street


02/21/08 - Buchheit Receives Chancellor's Award
University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg has selected Peter J. Buchheit, Pitt-Bradford’s director of facilities management, as a recipient of the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Community. Buchheit is one of four staff members university-wide to receive the award, which was created to recognize staff members whose work in the community surpasses the expectation of the organizations they serve and whose commitment and effort have made a significant impact on the community. Buchheit and the other recipients will be honored at Pitt’s honors convocation Feb. 29, 2008. Buchheit was honored for his extensive work with the Bradford Family YMCA, St. Bernard Parish and Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, among other organizations.

The Buzz Week in Review

I know you've been waiting for it, so here it is:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Shooting the Satellite

This is the news conference talking about, and video of, the Navy shooting down the rogue satellite.

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02/20/08 - United Way Reaches Campaign Goal
uway.jpgThe United Way of the Bradford Area has reached its 375 thousand dollar campaign goal. Executive Director Kristen Luther and Assistant Director Mandi Wilton Davis say this is an outstanding compliment for the community, and they are proud to be part of the team that made reaching the goal possible.
Luther is quick to point out that anyone who is still wishing to contribute to the 2007-2008 campaign may still do so, as all monies collected prior to March 31 will be included.United Way’s staff and volunteers will now focus their attention on the 2008 campaign, scheduled to start August 15th, as well as upcoming special events and initiatives.
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4-year-old Austen Davis, son of Mark and Mandi Davis, helps his mom fill in the thermometer that's being displayed in the window of the United Way Office.
(Photo Courtesy of The United Way)


02/20/08 - Staff Members Hurt During Abraxas 'Riot'
Several staff members were injured during a riot in the cafeteria at Cornell Abraxas in Marienville Monday evening. State police say 10 students ranging in age from 15 to 18 were eating dinner when one of them attacked another juvenile. Others joined in the fight and attacked staff members who were trying to restrain them. Police say numerous punches and kicks were thrown and some chairs were thrown. One chair was used to hit a victim in the head several times. One victim was taken by ambulance to Clarion Hospital, where he was treated and released. Several other staff members were taken by private vehicles to the hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. All 10 suspects will be charged with riot and aggravated assault.

02/19/08 - Hey, Where Did Chapel Ridge Go?
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News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka wasn't kidding when he said Tuesday would be windy. Chapel Ridge was barely visible from our parking lot thanks to the blowing snow when Scott Douglas took this picture at about 10:30 this morning. Mike says we can expect more wind, and bitter wind chills, for the rest of the day and on Wednesday.


02/18/08 - AG Warns of 'Mystery Shopper' Scam
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett says there's a scam going on in which people are duped into thinking they'll be "mystery shoppers."
Corbett says consumers are getting official-looking notices saying they've been selected for a program in which they'll get paid to shop at major retailers and evaluate the service. He says they get realistic-looking bad checks. They're told to deposit the checks into their bank accounts, then use a wire transfer to send the money to the scam artist —as part of a "training assignment."
Corbett says the typical scam instructs someone to wire $3,000 to $4,000, often to an address in Canada.

02/18/08 - The Bucs in Bradenton
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Pirates pitchers Matt Morris (left) and Zach Duke (right) throw under the watchful eyes of Pitching Coach Jeff Andrews and Manager John Russell. Infielders and Catchers had early work Monday from 7:30 to 8:30. All players took to the fields for stretching and long tossing at 10:00.
(Photo Courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates)


2/12/08 - ... And Then There Were 12
Nine Republicans and three Democrats are now officially running for the 5th Disctrict Congressional seat currently held by Rrepresentative John Peterson. At one point, as many as 19 people had their hats in the ring for the seat. According to the Bureau of Commissions, Elections & Legislation unofficial list, these are the candidates on the GOP ticket: Lou Radkowski, Jeffrey STroehmann, Derek Walker, Chris Exarchos, Matt Shaner, Glenn Thompson, Keith Richardson, John Stroup and John Krupa. Democrats are Bill Cahir, Mark McCracken and Richard Vilello. Tuesday was the last day to file nominating petitions, although Governor Rendell did extend the deadline until Thursday because of bad weather throughout the state.


Representative Kathy Rapp has competition in her bid for re-election to the state house from Kerry Gern of Glade Township. State Representative Marty Cauer is running unopposed.


In the 25th Senatorial District, Senator Joe Scarnati is running for re-election on the Republican ticket. Democrat Donald Hilliard of Brookville is running as a Democrat.

02/05/08 - Reaction to Rendell's Budget Address
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Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati speaks with reporters (including RadioPA's Matt Paul, left) following Governor Ed Rendell's budget address Tuesday. Scarnati says "Good effective government does not include taxing, borrowing and spending. They have to be controlled, and they have to be used in the best way for our economy." As for Rendell's economic stimulus plan, Scarnati says "We don't necessarily agree with where the governor wants to go with his 400 dollar checks, we're willing to put this on the table and have a discussion on how best to move our economy on." Scarnati is in favor of reducing the Personal Income Tax.

Lunar Eclipse

Mike Cejka was right. The sky stayed clear enough last night that we could see the lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, I left my camera at work and was too cold to come back and get it, so I didn't get a picture. But Spider from Bradford Online did get a picture. You can see it HERE. Thanks Spider!

Going Beyond ....

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is celebrating the two-year anniversary of its successful "Beyond" marketing campaign. During a party Wednesday afternoon, University President Dr. Livingston Alexander recognized Pete Buchheit and the Facilities Management Department for their commitment to the university. The department includes Bob Harris, who is also part of the WESB family with his Around the Home show Saturday mornings during the spring and summer. Alexander also recognized Jeff Guterman and the Broadcast Communications Department for their dedication. The department has brought us interns Jeremy and Jason this year and, last year, intern Rachel, who is one of the students who entered a competition to produce the best commercial for the university. Here are the winning commercials:






(This is the one I voted for, by the way.)

To see the other entries, go HERE

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Treasure Hunter: Gold in Elk County
A man says he knows where millions of dollars in gold have been buried in Elk County since the Civil War – but the state won't let him dig for it. Dennis Parada, who runs a treasure hunting business in Clearfield, says the gold is in the Village of Dents Run near the Cameron County border. Parada says the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources told him he'd be arrested if he digs at the site because he isn't following proper procedure. Parada says the state is just stalling so they can dig up the gold and claim it. The legend of the gold says Abraham Lincoln order a shipment to help pay Union soldiers. The gold, and the soldiers transporting it, made it to Ridgway and St. Marys, but the soldiers were never seen again -- until their dead bodies and their wagon showed up near the village of Dents Run. The gold shipment was originally worth around $2 million, but Parada estimates its value at around $30 million today.


Pitt-Bradford SAC Up for National Award
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The Pitt-Bradford Student Activities Council has been nominated for the reader’s choice Campus of the Year award by Campus Activities Magazine for diverse programming such as The Original Butt Sketch, shown here, with artist Rob Free Bradford drawing the behinds of students Jolene Suchy-Dicey, left, and Taundria Cappel, right, on Wednesday in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Suchy-Dicey is a freshman from Rochester, N.Y.; Cappel is a freshman pre-med student from Silver Spring, Md. The award will go to the campus that presents not only a top-quality program for students, but one that reaches the widest demographic, involves the community and establishes an excellent working relationship with artists and agencies. The other nominees for the award are Eastern Kentucky University, Keuka College, Ohio State University and Western Michigan University. The winner will be announced later this month.
(Photo Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Was a Baby Born at Wal-Mart or Not?
Wal-Mart officials are disputing a newspaper report that a volunteer firefighter helped deliver a baby in the Punxsutawney store on Valentine's Day. David Hau told the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper that he responded to a call for help over the public address system, and a store manager gave him rubber gloves before he helped an Amish woman give birth about 10:30 a.m. But the store's assistant manager and the company's corporate spokeswoman told The Associated Press there was no such public announcement or store birth. Wal-Mart learned of the story when a manager read Saturday's newspaper story. Hau says he stands by his story, but can't release the name of the woman because of privacy laws. He says he'll contact the woman to see if she'd be willing to confirm the story.