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Friday, February 29, 2008

Mysterious Bat Disease

A mysterious disease wiping out thousands of bats in the Northeast has Pennsylvania naturalists worried. The dead bats are found with a white fungus around their noses, and the ailment is being called white-nose syndrome. Federal officials say it killed 8,000 to 11,000 bats in New York State last year. So researchers are closely monitoring one of Pennsylvania's largest bat caves in upper Bucks County.
So far, no white nose has been seen, but researchers say Pennsylvania is not in the clear because the disease spread from four caves in New York to caves all across the Northeast, and no one knows where it will go next.

Not Our Rock City

If any of you heard Dirk Van's daily feature on the 6 o'clock news, or if you hear it on First Light Monday morning, he's not talking about a fork in the road at our Rock City. The Rock City he's talking about is near the Catskills. So, you can stop looking for the fork while you're driving from Bradford to Olean.

Kevin Everett

Channel 4 in Buffalo ran some nice stories about Kevin Everett. In case you missed them, here they are: Kevin Everett's Amazing Story of Hope

In Bradford, you can find Everett's book at Tina's Hallmark.

Casey, Specter Honor Myron Cope

U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Arlen Specter today introduced a resolution to honor the lifetime achievements of the late Myron Cope.

“The loss of Myron Cope leaves a hole in the hearts of every Pittsburgher and football fan,” said Senator Casey. “He dedicated his life to the city of Pittsburgh. His signature broadcasting style, his devotion to the Pittsburgh Steelers and his service to the community will be missed. Myron Cope truly had a heart of black and gold.”

“Myron’s signature voice, distinctive vocabulary, and enthusiasm for the Steelers have left an indelible mark on Pittsburgh and the entire sports community,” Senator Specter said. “His beloved persona will be greatly missed.”

The resolution introduced today stated that Cope was a legendary Pittsburgher and voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers for an unprecedented 35 seasons from 1970-2005. He was the first pro football broadcaster to be elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame. During his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cope was best known for his quirky catchphrases, unique voice and creating the “The Terrible Towel™”, which is twirled at Steelers games to bring the team luck. Cope also served his community by holding a position on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Autism Society of America and hosting the Myron Cope/Foge Fazio Golf Tournament for Autistic Children.

Cope died on February 27th, 2008 at the age of 79.

Cops: Dad Put Beer in Child's Sippy Cup

A Somerset father accused of repeatedly abusing and tormenting his 2-year-old son is headed to court on 34 charges. At least a dozen witnesses waited for 50 minutes before 27-year-old Jason Flick waived his preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge Arthur Cook in Somerset. Somerset Borough Police have charged Flick with 13 counts of felony child endangerment, a felony aggravated assault charge and 10 misdemeanor charges. The counts stem from a slew of disturbing allegations, which include wrapping a snake around the boy’s neck, pouring hot sauce down his throat, writing obscene words and images on him, hitting him on the back of the head with a toy gun and leaving him alone or confined to his room for hours on end. He also is accused of filling the boy’s sippy cup with beer.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Crispy Frickin' Chicken

A convenience-store chain is taking heat from critics who say its new billboard campaign promoting a fried chicken sandwich contains foul language. Sheetz unveiled the "Crispy Frickin' Chicken" billboards at the beginning of February. A company spokeswoman says they didn't mean to offend anyone. They've taken down one of the billboards, and will take down the rest when the campaign ends next Wednesday.
You can read the complete story HERE.
You can also go to the Sheetz Web site to see the "offensive" ad.

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02/26/08 - Contest to Create 'Bradford City Flag'
The Police Department thinks Bradford should have a City Flag, and that a contest should be held to pick the design. During Tuesday's Bradford City Council meeting, Mayor Tom Riel read a letter from Police Chief Mike Close that offered the suggestion for the contest. All of the details haven't been worked out yet, but the design would be chosen by May 1 and Bottorf Embroidery wouldl create the flag, which would be unveiled during the Memorial Day Parade. City Council would have final approval of the design.

02/26/08 - Bradford City Council Meets
Bradford resident Steve Stidd questioned Bradford City Council about using C-D-B-G money for a new splash park at Callahan Park while the pool at Burns Memorial Park on North Kendall Avenue hasn't been in use for 3 years. Mayor Tom Riel and Parks Diretor Chip Comilla explained that many more people use Callahan, which is one reason the money is being spent there. Riel, Comilla and Councilman Rick Benton did say that the city is not ignoring Burns Memorial Park, and repairs are being planned.

The Bradford City Fire Station is getting a makeover. Carpeting will be installed in four rooms, and vinyl tile will be installed in the downstairs office. Also, six new windows will installed, with city firefighters doing the work.

Jackson Avenue resident Tim Reed asked council if lines could be painted on his street to help motorists stay on the correct side of the road, especially at night when it's more difficult to navigate. Public Works Director Gary Alcock says city-maintained roads can't have painted lines, but he will look into finding a solution for the problem.

Councilman Ross Neidich raised concerns about parking in front of School Street Elementary School. He says that parents waiting to pick up their children in front of the school are causing a "horrendous traffic problem." Mayor Tom Riel suggested that Police Chief Mike Close look into the possibility of having North Center Street be the designated area for parents to pick up and drop off students.

Also Tuesday night, Council waived an ordinance so beer can be sold outside by the Fraternal Order of Eagles during Stinkfest, which will be held May 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

02/27/08 - Lawmakers Snuff Out Expansion Plan
Cattaraugus County legislators have decided not to give a tax break to a Kill Buck company that wants to expand. Lake Erie Tobacco Company wants to be included in the Cattaraugus Empire Zone, but lawmakers have decided it's not appropriate to give tax breaks and other incentives to a company that makes cigarettes. Company officials haven't said if they will continue with their expansion plans. They had planned to create 12 new jobs a year for the next four years if they got the incentives from the county.

02/27/08 - Legendary Steeler Broadcaster Dies
The former Pittsburgh Steelers announcer known for his screechy voice and for creating the Terrible Towel has died. Myron Cope was 79. Joe Gordon, a former Steelers executive and a longtime friend of Cope's, said the announcer died Wednesday morning at a nursing home in Mount Lebanon, a Pittsburgh suburb.

Listener Wants Your Opinion ....

During Tuesday's Bradford City Council meeting, a Jackson Avenue resident suggested painting lines on the street because it's difficult to navigate, especially at night. He also mentioned that traffic has increased since School Street went back to being a "two-way" street. Many of our listeners and Web site visitors are concerned about the line-painting situation on Jackson Avenue. One of them sent us this message:

"After thinking a while about this line-painting situation, I have finally come up with a suggestion. Since Jackson Avenue is a narrow street and painting lines is out of the question, why not make Jackson a one-way street like State Street? Have it run going toward Interstate Parkway. I think that most of the traffic that is on Jackson travels in that direction anyway. What do you think?"

Please leave your comments here, and we'll pass them along in a future news story on the air and on the web. You can also send us an instant message by going to WESB.com or Scott's Morning Buzz.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pretty, Darn Cool

It is cool when the best meteorologist in the Niagara Frontier and Twin Tiers calls to ask what the weather's like in Bradford. Ya know, just to get a real person's perspective instead of looking at a computer. Yep, pretty darn cool.

Oops

Just in case you didn't stay up for the (yawn) Oscars Sunday night, this was on WKBW-TV, Channel 7 in Buffalo.
Channel 7's Oscar Snafu
The station did offer an apology on its web site.

"Sweater Day" to Honor Mister Rogers

A tribute to children's public television pioneer Mister Rogers will include an effort to get people everywhere to wear his trademark garb — a sweater — on what would have been Rogers 80th birthday.
The March 20th "Sweater Day" observance is one of several events Family Communications Inc. of Pittsburgh is promoting to honor Fred Rogers. Rogers created the company to produce his show and other family friendly educational fare.
Rogers died of cancer five years ago Wednesday.


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02/25/08 - 'Beyond' Winners Receive Prizes
Last week, we told you about Pitt-Bradford's celebration of its successful "Beyond" marketing campaign. Shown here, Pat Frantz Cercone, director of communications and marketing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, presents senior Chris Falls with a Nintendo Wii for winning the first Go Beyond Commercial Contest sponsored by Cercone’s department.


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Second-place winner was Nathan Norris, a sophomore engineering major from New Millport, whose video showed recreation opportunities on campus and beyond. Norris won a media beanbag chair. The third-place winner was Nicholas Olumese, a sophomore pre-physical therapy major from Fort Washington, Md., whose commercial of a handspringing student earned him a prize of a Flip Video. To see the top three winners, go HERE. To view all 11 of the entries, go to Pitt-Bradford’s YouTube channel.
(Photo Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

02/25/08 - Man in Hospital After Clinton/Obama Spat
Montgomery County authorities say a man stabbed his brother-in-law during an argument over who should get the Democratic nomination for president.
District Attorney Risa Ferman says Jose Ortiz supports Hillary Clinton and Sean Shurelds supports Barack Obama. She says they got into an argument in a Collegeville home and Shurelds tried to choke Ortiz. She says Ortiz then stabbed Shurelds in the abdomen. Shurelds is hospitalized in critical condition. Ortiz, by the way, is a registered Republican.

02/25/08 - Rendell, Schwarzenegger Team Up
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and New York Governor Eliot Spitzer are among 13 governors across the county who have joined the Building America's Future Coalition.
Rendell and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are co-chairman of the group that wants more federal support to rebuild the country's aging infrastructure. Rendell pointed to experts who say it will take trillions of dollars to repair the nation's crumbling infrastructure. Schwarzenegger adds that the governors are joining together in an effort to force Washington to get serious about rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, because of the affects it has on public safety and the economy.

02/25/08 - Parents of Ex-Bona Student Plead Guilty
The Long Island couple who tried covering up their son's role in the hit-and-run death of a University of Connecticut freshman pleaded guilty today to two misdemeanors. Anthony C. and Donna Alvino were charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. They were each fined $2,000 and were required to pay an additional $330 in court costs. Prosecutors did not seek jail for the couple. The Alvinos' son, former St. Bonaventure University student, 19-year-old Anthony P. Alvino, was sentenced January 23 to 37 months in prison for driving the S-U-V that hit Carlee Wines on the UConn campus in January of 2007. She died three days later.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Bucs in Bradenton


Monday's photo from the Pittsburgh Pirates shows Japan's Masumi Kuwata and Korea's Byung-Hyun Kim taking the field together.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Nostalgia

I was looking at some of the searches that got people to this blog, and one of them was "allegany bradford." I'm assuming they meant Allegheny Bradford. Be that as it may, one of the other results on Yahoo will take you HERE. Devereux Hall was my "home" for 3-and-a-half years. Three-and-a-half wild, wacky, wonderful years, I might add. And if you want more Olean/Allegany memories, visit this page.

The Guys

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Scott, Frank and Jeff judging the Byllye's Idol karoke contest Friday night.

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02/22/08 - Chris Hansen to Speak at UPB Graduation
Chris Hansen
Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Chris Hansen, best known for his work on NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” will speak to the graduating class of 2008 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Hansen will deliver the keynote address during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, in the Pitt-Bradford Sport and Fitness Center arena. In 2004, Hansen began his breakthrough investigative reporting on online sexual predators and has exposed more than 250 men who target teenagers over the Internet. He has received two Emmy Awards for his 2004 report on child sex trafficking in Cambodia. His spot news coverage of major events has included the Columbine (Colo.) school shooting in 1999, TWA Flight 800 disaster off the coast of New York in 1996 and the Oklahoma City federal building bombing in the spring of 1995. Hansen and his wife, Mary Joan, live in Connecticut with their two sons.

02/22/08 - KASD Denies Charter School Application
The Kane Area School Board has denied the application from the Mount Jewett Charter School Coalition to open a school in the borough. The next step for the coalition is file an appeal with the state. The coalition is still confident that the school will be open for the next school year.

02/22/08 - Forest Service Tells ANF to Revise Plan
The U.S. Forest Service told Allegheny National Forest to redo parts of its management plan to clarify its authority to manage oil and gas drilling and because the plan does not take into account drilling's effect on air quality. The ANF also did not allow the public to comment on changes concerning oil and gas development that were made between the plan's draft and final versions, according Joel D. Holtrop, reviewing officer for the chief of the Forest Service. Though officials must redo portions affecting oil and natural gas, other aspects of the plan were affirmed. The plan, adopted a year ago, was designed to guide management of the forest for the next 10 to 15 years. Among other things, it called for increased regulation of oil and gas drilling, adding two wilderness areas totaling about 12,000 acres and creating three remote recreation areas. ANF officials say they don't know how long it will take to revise the plan.