Saturday, June 21, 2008
Seen above are a couple more races in the preliminary heats of the Mastercraft All-American Soap Box Derby on North Center Street.
Earlier, Frank Williams met up with Mayor Tom Riel and Police Chief Mike Close. Here, he's with Bradford City Fire Chief Boo Coder. (Gosh, Frank knows everybody!)
This man was a spectator Saturday, but back in '69 he was a racer and still has the hat -- which he's wearing.
"Jazzy" Jeff called the races during the preliminary heats ... then Frank Williams took over.
Should we call him "The Voice of the Derby" now, too?
If you haven't seen any of those "purple boxes" so many people are still curious about, there's one hanging in Callahan Park. Once again, they're emerald ash borer traps put up to see if the destructive beetle has made its way to this part of the state yet. City Parks Director Chip Comilla points out the sign tied to the tree explaining that the Department of Agriculture is doing "insect monitoring."
That other meteorologist in Buffalo named Mike -- Mike Randall -- helped the Bradford Area Public Library kick off its summer reading program -- Buggy for Books -- on Saturday morning. Randall entertained a roomful of youngsters with magic and other antics -- with some educational stuff tossed in there, too. ;)
Here are two more drivers in their trial runs Saturday morning.
Derby organizer Steve Feldman chats with one of the many spectators at the event, while Bradford City Police Chief Mike Close and Mayor Tom Riel chat with Mike Walter, Frank Williams and another spectator.
It’s a six-year, $2.6 billion proposal with no clear source of funding to pay for it. That is simply irresponsible given the economic challenges we face as individuals and as a Commonwealth. One little-known fact of the governor’s plan is that he expects the state’s school districts to ante up an additional $2 billion in order to meet an alleged $4.6 billion funding gap in basic education funding. How many taxpayers can afford higher state AND school taxes right now? Yes, we have a responsibility to adequately fund our schools, but we also have a responsibility to adopt a balanced budget that does not place an undue burden on our citizens.
Few would argue the need to revamp our school funding formula in Pennsylvania. In fact, the General Assembly commissioned a costing-out study to help us develop that new formula. The governor says his plan represents a new formula, but all it really does is hand out most of the money ($4.9 billion of the total $5.2 billion) according to the old formula and then drive most of the new, additional money to urban districts, including his beloved Philadelphia School District.
Under the governor’s proposal, Philadelphia – which received nearly $900 million in the 2007-08 state budget – is pegged to receive an additional $85 million in funding next year, an increase of nearly 10 percent. And by the end of his six-year plan, the district will receive an additional $638 million, or 72 percent more. To help put that in perspective, the 11 school districts in my legislative district collectively received $67 million in state funding in 2007-08. Also telling is that, over the six years of the governor’s plan, the Philadelphia School District is slated to receive nearly one-quarter of the projected new money, yet it educates – or at least attempts to educate – just 11 percent of the state’s students.
Rural and even some suburban school districts don’t fare nearly as well under the governor’s plan. Yes, Philadelphia has more students and faces many unique challenges, but rural schools like ours do have substantial costs in the areas of health benefits, energy costs (for transportation and for heat), and food costs. The governor’s alleged “formula” takes none of this into consideration.
While the Bradford Area School District fares well under the plan, with a 6 percent funding increase this year and 47 percent more by 2014, many other districts in our area will get the statewide minimum 1.5 percent increase in funding this year. Faring worst in the six-year program is the Galeton Area School District, which is slated to receive just 2 percent more funding by 2014 than it has today. That equates to just $39,000 more over six years; rising energy costs alone will far exceed that amount.
I want the Bradford Area School District to have the resources it needs to educate its students, but I want the same for the rest of the kids in our area and across the state. We need a new formula to fund our schools, but it must be fair and it must be affordable for the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.
The Relay continues until 3 p.m. today and includes a variety of musical entertainment until noon and a final lap at 1:30 p.m.
As of 10 p.m. Friday, the relay had taken in more than $70,000.
Balloons are released during opening cermonies of the American Cancer Society's 14th Annual Relay for Life in Bradford. The purple is for "Celebrate," the the blue is for "Remember," and the red is for "Fight Back."
Don Fredeen, President and General Manager of WESB/WBRR, along with Marie Costello of the ACS, display the Business of the Year Award the cancer society presented to the radio stations.
Marie also chatted with Frank Williams during 100.1 The HERO's live broadcast from the relay.
Luminaria "in honor of" and "in memory of" people who have battled cancer line the sidewalks at Callahan Park. The luminaria lighting ceremony took place right after the survivor ceremony. You can see the survivors take their victory lap here:
Friday, June 20, 2008
Mitchell is scheduled to appear in court again later this month.
The approximately $2.5 million project is possible thanks to federal funding in the 2005 Transportation Bill. Standard processes to ensure that the project’s federal funds are administered and spent properly at the local level are nearly complete. The money will be disbursed by the New York State Department of Transportation.
The focus for the rest of 2008 is on project design, environmental review and public comment, “tasks that will take all of this summer and fall,” said Phil Winger, associate vice president for facilities at St. Bonaventure.
One of the project highlights is creating a loop of the recreation trail on campus, from the existing section of the recreation trail near the main campus entrance on Route 417 to the portion of the trail by the river behind Francis Hall. The exact route has yet to be determined, Winger said.
“The new trail will provide the public with a short-loop variant of the river trail,” Winger said. “And it provides St. Bonaventure with a new pedestrian/bike connection from the townhouses to the main campus.”
Plans also call for:
· a new home near Doyle Hall for the University’s Office of Safety and Security; a portion of the new building will include restroom facilities for recreation trail users.
· the straightening of Clare Road, which runs through the woods between Francis Hall on the east side of campus to the five-way intersection just east of Doyle Hall.
· reworking of the parking and five-way intersection near Doyle Hall.
· a new access road near the center of campus at the Reilly Center.
· additional parking for trail users.
· repaving and road restoration at various locations around campus.
“We hope the project is finished by the end of 2009, but given the potential for weather and other unforeseen delays, we certainly can’t promise that,” Winger said.
July 6, 1949 - June 20, 2008
The KQV family is in mourning over the loss of an afternoon anchor, someone many identified as the voice of the station. Steve Lohle died of an apparent heart attack early Friday morning at his home in Beaver County. He was 58.
He holds a degree in speech communications. Steve first became interested in broadcasting at North Hills High School when he did the P.A. announcements.
Steve's first job in broadcasting was with WQRC-FM in Hyannis, Massachusetts where he covered the Chappaquiddick incident involving Senator Ted Kennedy and his landslide reelection after it. He also served as program director at WHVY-FM and WMAS-AM in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Steve began his long career in the KQV newsroom in October of 1974, one-year before the station became all-news. Lohle worked as both anchor and reporter. For the past several years his distinctive voice was heard during afternoon newscasts along with co-anchor Joe Fenn. Prior to moving to afternoons, he was morning co-anchor with PJ Maloney.
In his spare time, Steve enjoyed golf, reading, and physical fitness. He was also a baseball umpire for the PIAA and the legion league.
Outside the station, Steve was a devoted family man who was close to his 10-year-old son Collin. He's also survived by his wife Barbara, his father Edward, brother Tim, and sister Dolores. His mother Catherine died just one-month ago.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
UNIVERSITY PARK — Democrat Mark McCracken and Republican Glenn Thompson disagreed more than they agreed Tuesday, laying groundwork for a 5th Congressional District race that may increasingly reflect the nationwide presidential contest.
Read the complete story in the Centre Daily Times.
The 26-year-old Collins soldier, formerly from Gowanda, no longer has legs, struggles to express his thoughts and only recently learned how to eat again.
But Hackemer is defying the odds in a recovery he hopes will see him taking his first steps on artificial limbs by the fall.
Read the complete story in The Buffalo News.
I'll also be speaking with Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Yablonsky about "Rebuilding PA" and more.
You can hear The Weekend Wrap at 6 a.m. Saturday on 100.1 The HERO and at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on 1490 WESB. Remember, The Weekend Wrap also includes State Representative Marty Causer's Legislative Report every week.
Paula Fritz Eddy, executive director of the McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society, made that statement as part of her opening remarks at this year's American Cancer Society Relay for Life Relay for Life. While many people may have been concentrating on money as hope during her remarks -- after all, the Relay for Life is the Cancer Society's primary fund raiser during the year -- others probably had other thoughts in mind.
I know I did.
In April 1996 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I knew the diagnosis was a possibility as I fidgeted in a waiting room at Bradford Regional Medical Center while she was having what would end up being a lumpectomy. But hey, I'd written a few stories about breast cancer and pretty much knew all there was to know about it. Right? Wrong. One thing I didn't know was how hard it hits you when the doctor says "it's cancer" and he's talking about your mom.
Another thing I didn't know was how to let my mom know there was hope. Sure I knew all the facts and figures and could spit 'em out to anyone who asked. But how do you talk percentages to your mom when she's about to be operated on to see if the cancer spread?
You don't. You just sit there and hope. And one of the things you hope for is a way to give her hope for the future. The shock of my mom's diagnosis still hadn't worn off by the time last year's Relay for Life rolled around. She was still pretty numb. I was still pretty clueless about how to help her. We were both pretty scared.
Then we took a drive up to Parkway Field just to check things out at the relay. Around the track, we couldn't help but notice, were about 800 luminaria -- candles nestled in paper bags each bearing the name of someone who has fought with cancer. We walked around looking at the names, more than a little surprised at how many we recognized.
Although we read the names of many people who didn't make it, just seeing and reading the names of people who did make it did something for my mom I probably could never have done. The luminaria gave her hope. They put names on the statistics. During this year's Relay for Life luminaria ceremony, my mom was one of about three dozen cancer survivors who walked a lap around the field in the light of only the 1,200 luminaria circling the track.
Getting to that point wasn't easy. It took a lot of work, a lot of courage and a lot of hope. Eddy said something else very important during this year's relay: Every dollar raised by the cancer society raises hope. Perhaps equally as important, if not more so, is that every candle lighted for a survivor raises hope for someone who doesn't know where else to find it.
(first published on June 26,1997)
This year's Relay starts at 3 p.m. today at Callahan Park. Be there, OK?
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"Before church, they were selling rocks for a dollar," said Josh Hatcher, Outreach Coordinator at Open Arms. He said the kids had handwritten a little sign that said, "Rocks 4 Sale to help the Africa 'Mishuns' (Missions) Trip."
Open Arms has been planning a trip to the city of Conakry in Guinea, Africa in the Spring of 2009 to do humanitarian work.
After church, while the some of the adults were in a leadership meeting, the kids took their passion to the streets, putting together a makeshift lemonade stand and attempting to hawk their wares to passing cars.
Children's Ministry Coordinator Michelle Mahaney said, "I was really moved by what those kids did! They had that burning desire in their hearts; they were on a mission! They wanted to help and they did it the only way the knew. They had one hour to work with, and it got me thinking about how much they did in one hour."
Mahaney was inspired to launch what she calls "Mission Lemonade." She will work with all the kids from the Open Arms Children's Ministry to put up a lemonade stand at the church this weekend. All of the money raised will go to fund the upcoming missions trip.
"It's really the idea of a handful of elementary aged kids. I just want all of the kids to see that they can help make a difference. I want them to have a sense of accomplishment. If it works out well, we may sell lemonade once a month," said Mahaney.
Hatcher said that the church's trip to Guinea will be to help out a church and school comprised largely of refugees from Sierra Leone. "These are the refugees that you see in the movie 'Blood Diamond'. Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world. We've been in a close relationship with this church and school for about a year now, and we're excited about meeting our friends there face to face."
The "Mission Lemonade" stand will be open this Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and Sunday form 10:30 to 12:00 PM in front of Open Arms Community Church on East Main Street.
WESB/WBRR News Director
When his son was diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly could have wallowed in self-pity and focused on dreams that would never come true.
Instead, with encouragement from his wife Jill, he started a foundation and mounted a campaign to make sure other families don't have to go through what his did.
When Hunter Kelly was born on February 14, 1997 – his famous dad's 37th birthday – the just retired NFL quarterback thought about all the things father and son would be doing together as the little boy grew up.
It wasn't long before the Kellys realized Hunter "was having a lot of difficulties," he said during a news conference in Harrisburg earlier this month.
"I could tell you all the problems he had but there would be a lot of tears shed," Kelly said, "because they'd be coming from me."
Hunter was four months old before he was diagnosed and, by that time, it was too late for doctors to do anything for him.
Hunter died in August of 2005.
When the Kellys learned of Hunter's diagnosis, Jim Kelly says he "wasn't very happy. I blamed everybody else. I was mad."
But Jill – who he called "the Mother of the Year every day of her life" – launched the idea for what would eventually become the Hunter's Hope Foundation.
"My wife told me – 'Jim, if there was ever a time for you to use your name, it's now. Let's not hide behind this."
"That's exactly what we did," Kelly said.
Hunter's Hope was started to increase public awareness of Krabbe Disease and other leukodystrophies, as well as to increase the likelihood of early detection and treatment.
When Hunter was born, New York only did 11 tests on newborns. Now they do 45.
The Foundation’s goal is to fund research efforts to identify new treatments, therapies and a cure for Krabbe Disease. To date, through the Foundation over $14 million has been awarded to leukodystrophy and other neurological disease related research.
Kelly was in Harrisburg to push for passage of The Newborn Child Testing Act, sponsored by State Representative George Kenney.
During the news conference, State Senator Jane Orie said, "Each and every baby born in Pennsylvania deserves a chance for a healthy start."
She added that Pennsylvania ranks "dismally" when it comes to newborn screenings and, as Governor Ed Rendell pushes his healthcare proposlas, there's no better bill to support than House Bill 883.
James Dennis, state director of the March of Dimes, which has partnered with Hunter's Hope, said "Newborn screening is vital."
"It is our goal to assure that every newborn in Pennsylvania has access to life-saving screening as early as possible," Dennis said.
Kelly said it would be easy for him to focus only on Krabbe Disease, but he "saw all these other kids suffering because they were born in the wrong state."
"We are going to save the lives of thousands and thousands and thousands of kids," Kelly said. "There are too many kids going undiagnosed and dying because they were born in the wrong state."
"We're not going to let that happen, especially right here in the state I grew up in," said Kelly, a native of East Brady.
Kelly says he will be making his way across the country to encourage all states to increase the number of newborn tests they require.
"I understand that I am the voice of all those parents out there that can't have their voice heard," he said. "I'm not stopping 'til it's done."
Before ending his remarks, Kelly thanked his "little buddy upstairs."
The Newborn Child Testing Act (House Bill 883) has passed the House unanimously and is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Orie said she hopes the bill passes the senate and makes it to the governor's office before the end of the month.
You can help the bill along by writing to:
Senator Joe Scarnati
Senate Box 292
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Governor Ed Rendell made the announcement Thursday -- “Dump the Pump Day," which is supposed to remind consumers to be responsible and make informed transportation decisions as a means to declare their own energy independence.
"If the General Assembly acts now, that’s exactly what my Energy Independence Strategy will start to do for Pennsylvania families and businesses — allow them to take control of their energy use," Rendell said.
Rendell unveiled the Energy Independence Strategy in February 2007 that would save Pennsylvania families and businesses $10 billion over the next decade. The plan, pending in the state Senate, would leverage $850 million in new investments to attract $3.5 billion in alternative and renewable energy products and reduce Pennsylvania’s dependence on foreign oil.
To help expand public transit’s use of cleaner, more efficient vehicles, Governor Rendell announced the investment of $2 million to help fund the purchase of 14 hybrid transit vehicles that will be used in rural and small urban areas. Ten hybrid para-transit buses will expand Rabbittransit’s shared-ride program in York County. Four other regions will each receive one standard size hybrid bus: the Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania, the Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority, the Luzerne County Transportation Authority and the Westmoreland County Transit Authority.
The Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania serves McKean, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, and Potter counties.
The buses will be delivered in 2009.
Milford was charged Monday with possession of a firearm in a court facility and carrying a firearm without a license. Authorities say Milford said he didn't realize the .38-caliber was in his briefcase. He said it belongs to his girlfriend. Milford worked at the station since 2006. He also worked at Fox News Radio and CBS Radio covering everything from hurricanes to the Iraq war.
Friends of Rimrock is a local group of concerned individuals devoted to protecting the Rimrock Scenic Overlook for future generations. John Stoneman, spokesperson for the group and organizer of the event, stated that though they meet at Rimrock every Sunday, “this event will be bigger than our regular Sunday meet-ups.”
Besides an all-day fun picnic, the group plans a hike through the rock area to see all the main attractions as well as a visit to a geocache, perhaps placing one or two new ones. Rappelling lines may be set up for those interested. Stoneman encourages all who play a musical instrument to bring it for impromptu jam sessions.
In addition to the outdoor activities, educational materials about the impending oil well drilling at Rimrock will be available. Individuals opposed to the drilling of the Rimrock Scenic Overlook and Picnic Area will have the opportunity to sign a petition. “The petitions will be sent to our elected officials and personnel at the Allegheny National Forest, who we hope will understand the public does not want Rimrock drilled for oil and gas,” Stoneman explained.
Participants should bring their lunch and (non-alcoholic) drinks, a dish to pass if you wish, and folding chairs. Due to the large number of people expected to attend the event, Stoneman asks that anyone who has a folding table to please consider bringing it.
The Rimrock Scenic Overlook and Picnic Area is located off of Route 59, between Warren and Bradford, Pa. Those who want to attend the event should meet in the second parking lot at 11 a.m.
Corbett said the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement Board and the Public School Employees’ Retirement Board. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of all U.S. investors who suffered losses as the result of these alleged actions by Shell.
“Over the past several years we have taken aggressive legal action against companies accused of misrepresenting profits and other key financial information that misled investors and we will continue to defend the rights of Pennsylvania taxpayers and consumers in these cases,” Corbett said. “We will not allow Pennsylvania investors and retirees to be put at risk in order to falsely inflate corporate profits and stock prices.
The settlement covers all investors who purchased Shell shares on U.S. markets between April 1999 and March 2004, along with any American citizen or entity that purchased Shell shares on non-U.S. markets during that same period.
“When companies mislead investors and artificially inflate stock values, they put short-term corporate interests ahead of long-term security for investors and consumers.” Corbett said. “Like most investors, Pennsylvania’s state retirement systems invest in stocks to earn money for future expenses, and they depend on accurate information from the companies they invest in.”
Corbett said the final distribution of funds will be determined by the total number of investors who submit claims. It is expected that the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement Fund and the Public School Employees’ Retirement Fund will recover approximately $6.5 million as the result of this settlement. The money will be returned directly to the retirement funds.
“Since 2005, the Attorney General’s office has returned or saved nearly $500-million for Pennsylvania consumers, taxpayers and state agencies,” Corbett said. “Yesterday’s $120-million agreement with Shell is another step toward leveling the playing field for all consumers and investors.”
The settlement has been approved by the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement Board, the Public School Employees’ Retirement Board and the Office of Attorney General. It was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, in New Jersey.
Director of Operations, Senator Catharine M. Young
ALBANY, NY – A wave of economic revitalization will boost communities across New York’s Southern Tier, thanks to legislation passed by Senator Catharine Young that will help reinvigorate the natural gas and oil industry.
“From Chautauqua to Delaware County, more natural gas will be recovered, potentially triggering a billion dollar investment in the upstate economy,” Senator Young said.
“The market value for natural gas produced in New York State is $500 million annually and it is estimated that landowners receive $64 million in royalties and up to $20 million in state and local tax revenues are generated,” Senator Young continued. “It’s possible that the natural gas market value will double due to large recoveries of natural gas from the Southern Tier and New York State.
The legislation establishes statewide spacing requirements, and streamlines the permitting process, to better protect the environment and landowners. Communities will realize more tax revenues, easing pressure on property taxpayers, and more energy will be produced to help consumers” Senator Young said. “It’s a huge win for everyone,” she added.
Horizontal wells currently are allowed in the state, but were bogged down in the permitting process. Under the bill, as recommended by the Department of Environmental Conservation, (DEC), the process will be standardized and streamlined, while establishing strict requirements to protect the environment. The legislation does not give new or additional drilling authority to the industry.
“Horizontal drilling recovers more natural gas and oil, which is key since there have been major energy finds, such as from Marcellus shale.
Recent technological advances have allowed access to indigenous gas resources in the shallow Marcellus shale that is prevalent throughout the Southern Tier and into the western Catskill region
The entire Marcellus shale formation, from the West Virginia to New York’s Catskills, is estimated to contain 168 to 516 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Ten to 20 percent of this natural resource lies within NY’s borders.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This homage to horror, science fiction and fantasy films will begin with a VIP Time Warp Dance Party to be held at the Arts Council Passage Way Gallery, 3rd floor Market Arcade Building, 617 Main St. at 9 pm on Friday, June 27, 2008. To bring back the glittering and delicious fun of it all, local members of the dance and theatre community will portray Rocky characters and be on hand to teach the ever timeless “Time Warp Dance”, with costume accessories available to all patrons at the Party. The party then moves to the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center at 639 Main St. where a viewing of the movie will follow at 11:30pm. A Rocky Horror Accessories Pack will also be provided that contains rice, toast, paper towel, newspaper, rubber glove, party whistle, playing card, and a glow stick, helping to make the audience participation a completely exuberant theatrical event. Ticket price for this event is $20, with proceeds benefiting the Technical Assistance Programs of the Arts Council.
A Pre-Film Discussion and showing will be held on Saturday, June 28 at 10 am at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center at 639 Main St. Noted local film historians Bruce Jackson and Dianne Christian will present the history of the Rocky Horror Show and its development into cult status. Tickets for this event are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show.
On Saturday, June 28, at 10 pm the celebration continues with The Time Warp Dance Event. Before the movie begins, instructors dressed as Rocky Horror Picture Show Characters will lead the audience in learning the Time Warp Dance. Sensational costumes have been created by the international designer Bret Runyon, Music Director and costume designer for DC Theatrics. Movie goers will become the chorus of Transylvanians with Rocky, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Brad, Janet, Magenta, and all the rest of the Rocky happy camper characters performing live character animation. The “Rocky Horror Accessories Packet” containing rice, toast, paper towel, newspaper, rubber glove, playing cards, party whistle and glow stick will again be available for purchase at the Arts Council as well as the Market Arcade Theatre. (Water, however, will not be allowed at any of these performances.) The cost of the packet is $1.25, while tickets for this performance are $10 in advance and $12 at performance time.
Tickets for all events may be purchased in person or by phone at the Arts Council offices at 700 Main St., (716)856-7520, or the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St., (716) 855-3022.
“Our customers want to be confident that their produce is fresh and locally grown,” said Tops Friendly Markets President and CEO Frank Curci. “With Tops once again under local ownership and management, it is more important than ever for us to build the relationship between Tops and our local growing partners. That’s what our homegrown campaign is all about.”
The homegrown campaign, which will be launched this summer, has a central theme of informing Tops’ customers where the produce they purchase comes from. The campaign will include in-store signage that shows where the local produce comes from and tells who the local growers are. Tops is working with local marketing firm The SKM Group to develop the homegrown campaign and in-store signage.
Produce managers from each Tops store, including 38 in the Buffalo-Niagara region, toured Eden Valley Growers today, one of the Buffalo areas largest growers’ consortiums, along with their conglomerates, Amos Zittel & Sons, Salzman Farms and Agle Farms, all of whom supply the local produce sold in Tops stores.
“The produce managers had the opportunity to experience the quality and selection of fresh produce such as corn, peppers, lettuce, and apples that we ship to stores on a daily basis,” said Rick Wright, produce and floral marketing manager at Tops. “The growers that we worked with today represent those farms that supply all Tops stores with fresh-from-the-field, homegrown produce.
“When our produce managers are able to see, smell and touch the products first-hand while that produce is still on the vine, tree, or plant, they are better educated about the product and better equipped to explain the benefits of homegrown produce to their customers and associates,” Wright added.
Director of Operations, Senator Catharine M. Young
ALFRED, NY – State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) announced a $150,000 a state grant to address a shortage in skilled, college level graduates in our area by funding the building of the Alfred State College Construction Industry Workforce Development Facility Project. The grant will help develop additional training facilities at Alfred State for both union and non-union skilled trades’ employees in the region.
This facility expands the ability of Alfred State College to serve the community and region by graduating more students in high-demand, high-paying construction trades jobs in carpentry, masonry and air conditioning and heating technology.
“Improving access to high quality education is key to revitalizing the upstate economy, and growing more jobs,” said Senator Young. “This investment enhances Alfred State’s programs that provide needed, high-paying construction trades to will benefit our entire region. Our workforce is seeking the security and stability that a career can provide, not just a job that pays the bills. Alfred State is the source in which students can take the step towards a rewarding, stable career in
Alfred State College also will be able to attract additional disadvantaged youth from rural and city backgrounds to careers in construction through enhanced and larger facilities. It will expose these students to the newest, most up-to-date construction materials, construction methods, tools, labor-saving devices, energy–saving appliances and construction techniques.
“We need to create an education system that gives New York’s next generation the tools they need to compete in a 21st Century economy,” Senator Young said. “These students need and deserve the best education, the best teachers, and access to the best technology. This investment will ensure that Alfred State’s graduates are prepared to meet the challenges of a global marketplace and provide a decent quality of life for their families.”
The facility will also allow Alfred State to expand its efforts to the “train the trainer” site for high schools and vocational high school faculty in the region.
The project has been embraced by the Associated General Contractors of America, General Building Contractors, Home Builder’s Association, the New York Construction Materials Association and various regional Building Exchanges. It is supported by both union and non-union organizations including the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters, the New York State Laborers’ International Union North of North America and the New York State chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
“This new initiative will allow us to increase economic development opportunities through job creation in Western New York,” Dr. John Anderson, President of Alfred State College. The need for construction workers is well documented, with nearly one million new construction jobs projected by 2012, an increase of 15 percent. The construction industry is one of the top 10 largest sources of job growth in the United States. We thank all of our supporters for their belief in the value that Alfred State College has for the region.”
“Reaching the goal of $1 million will allow the construction to start in June 2008. It has been a real pleasure working with government, alumni and businesses that support Alfred State College and the vision of a new Construction Workforce Development Center in Wellsville,” said Craig Clark, Executive Director of the Wellsville Campus and Dean of Applied Technology" This is how government, business and education need to lead in developing the workforce of tomorrow."
A groundbreaking was held at 5 Brooklyn Avenue in Wellsville on Wednesday.
(Photo Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)
"Pennsylvania eBird" is a customized satellite website in the international eBird network that shares news about birds, birding, and conservation with birders and serves as a common database for their bird records. eBird is the premier birding database. It is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized how the birding community reports and accesses information about birds.
Launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird has generated tremendous participation, both nationally and internationally, since its inception in 2002. The Game Commission is partnering with the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and Audubon Pennsylvania to provide Pennsylvania eBird. The stories featured on PA eBird are designed to appeal to casual and avid birders, and reflect the interests of partnering organizations.
"Birding draws hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians outdoors annually to experience the thrill of migration and the challenge of identifying wild birds through song and appearance," explained Doug Gross, Game Commission ornithologist. "Every sighting, whether in the backyard of a Philadelphia suburb or deep in the Allegheny National Forest, has value to us and helps develop a more complete picture of the world of wild birds. The geographical module of eBird helps us to construct interactive bird checklists for individual locations including State Game Lands, parks and preserves. It really connects birds to the places upon which they depend.
"When you see and identify a bird, whether you're a novice or veteran birder, you're holding a piece to a puzzle. Sharing your information helps us put this puzzle together, and that is the essence of eBird, birders sharing and working together for the betterment of wild birds, their conservation, and their management."
Pennsylvania eBird has two very distinct responsibilities: to inform and to collect data. The website will always feature a selection of articles on wild birds, ranging from the latest bird news and natural history to field research and conservation issues. In addition, it will serve birders interested in participating in ongoing efforts to collect field observations that will be used in a database that we expect will quickly become a vital source of bird information that will improve with each passing year and as more birders join the eBird team.
"We're hoping that Pennsylvania eBird becomes a destination that all of our birders eventually gravitate toward," emphasized Gross. "Right now, a few thousand Pennsylvania birders are participating in eBird. We already are one of the leading states in participation. As significant - and wonderful - as that is, it really is a drop in the bucket when you consider what Pennsylvania could be doing. This is our chance, and I'm encouraging Pennsylvania birders to rise to the challenge."
Participants who submit wild bird observations to eBird do so by forwarding a checklist that will help wildlife managers at the Game Commission and elsewhere identify where a certain species lives, how abundant it is, and whether its numbers are changing over time.
Aside from data-collection, though, Pennsylvania eBird offers the opportunity to engage the birdwatching community more directly than ever before and teach the new birders about the art and science of bird identification, behavior-watching, and population monitoring.
"We are linking recreational birding with conservation and management issues," noted Gross. "Familiarity with any species and its habitat is essential to ensure its well-being and protection. eBird will help us augment that awareness and improve wild bird management in Pennsylvania and North America. We will learn what forests are best for wood thrushes, which wetlands support the most bitterns, and where shorebirds are most likely to stop over in migration.
"The data Pennsylvania eBird will gather also dovetails nicely with the state's Wildlife Action Plan, adopted in 2006. The plan expands and strengthens the state's management of fish and wildlife resources, particularly species of greatest conservation need. It requires managers to place greater emphasis on monitoring species to ensure they get management assistance before they require emergency room attention."
You can find Pennsylvania eBird HERE.
Warren, Pa. – The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 22-28, 2008 will celebrate the 2nd Annual National Pollinator Week. The first National Pollinator Week 2007 was officially declared by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pollinators, such as insects, birds, and bats, are important because they help grow the food society needs to survive.
Did you know?
· Animal pollinators (insects, birds, and bats) are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one third of human food crops.
· Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods society uses.
· In the United States, pollination by honeybees and other insects produces $40 billion dollars worth of products annually.
· The decline in the health and number of pollinators pose a significant threat to global food webs, human health and plant diversity world wide.
What are Pollinators?
Pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world's flowering plants. Without them humans and wildlife wouldn't have much to eat or look at! Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include bats, butterflies, moths, flies, birds, beetles, ants, and bees.
What is pollination?
Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma. The goal of every living organism, including plants, is to create offspring for the next generation. One of the ways that plants can produce offspring is by making seeds. Seeds contain the genetic information to produce a new plant. Flowers are the tools that plants use to make their seeds.
Why do pollinators visit flowers?
Insect and other animal pollinators obtain food in the form of energy-rich nectar and/or protein-rich pollen from the flowers they visit. In return, the flowers receive the services of pollinators carrying pollen from one flower to another flower.
What’s Happening to our Pollinators?
Today, possible declines in the health and population of pollinators pose a significant threat to biodiversity, to global food webs, and to human health. Factors which could contribute to declines include: improper use of pesticides and herbicides; habitat fragmentation, loss, and degradation causing a reduction of food sources and sites for mating, nesting, roosting, and migration; aggressive competition from non-native species; diseases, predators, and parasites; climate change; and lack of floral diversity.
What can I do to Help?
Many people enjoy gardening and with minor changes to our practices, pollinators can be given a helping hand. Pollinators need different kinds of flowers because they have different kinds of mouth parts; some short and some long. Providing an array of native flowers ensures that there will be nectar for a variety of our pollinating friends. In addition, limiting the use of insecticides and herbicides can provide a safer landscape for pollinators to forage in, and plants for their young to live on. Providing items such as bee-blocks, homes for our native bees which provide breeding and rearing spaces, are also another important piece to the pollinator puzzle.
Find out more at:
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
Working to protect the pollinators of the North American continent
USDA Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers - Pollinators
For more information, you can check out our previous posts on the topic HERE.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
... and two more across the street at the Ecumenical Home.
“Rising energy prices affect every customer, including state government,” Governor Rendell said. “We need to make immediate, sweeping adjustments to the way state government operates to counter escalating gas prices and rising energy prices.
“The steps I am announcing today will reduce our environmental impact by using less energy, and helping to grow our renewable energy sector by purchasing more clean, renewable energy,” he said.
“I want all residents to have the tools they need to combat rising energy costs,” Governor Rendell said. “That’s why I have been encouraging the General Assembly for 18 months to pass the Energy Independence Strategy to protect consumers from the financial hardships of higher energy costs.”
An extensive energy reduction and conservation initiative in state office buildings that Governor Rendell called for in 2004 has reduced energy consumption by 10 percent annually.
“My goal is to have the commonwealth reduce its energy consumption by an additional 10 percent by the end of 2010,” Governor Rendell said. “Cutting energy consumption by 20 percent in just eight years is a very ambitious goal, but one that we can achieve by implementing these initiatives.”
Warren, Pa. – The Allegheny National Forest is home to the Bald Eagle, the nation’s symbol, and osprey, the raptor with the breathtaking dives to the water’s surface. At least four bald eagle nests are known to occur along the side hills on the Pennsylvania side of the Allegheny Reservoir and three nests have been identified along the Allegheny River; two nests are along Tionesta Creek. The shorelines along these waterways are vital food foraging areas for the eagles.
Fishing line, discarded along the shoreline of Allegheny National Forest waterways, is a potential hazard to foraging bald eagles and osprey.
“Bald Eagles and osprey can be easily injured by getting their feet entangled in discarded fishing line along the Allegheny Reservoir or Allegheny River,” said forest wildlife biologist Brad Nelson. “When their feet become entangled, they struggle to fly, become stressed and exhausted, and die” added Nelson.
Anglers can help ensure bald eagle safety by not discarding unwanted fishing line or lures on the shoreline. Anglers can take an additional step and pick up line and lures left behind by anglers using the area before them. Anglers are urged to dispose of unwanted line and lures in proper receptacles to not only keep the shores and waterways safe, but clean as well.
“Areas heavily fished by people are also attractive to the eagles for foraging,” said Nelson. “Frequently, eagles search for live fish in the same waters that anglers find productive,” added Nelson. Eagles and a variety of other shore birds also scavenge for dead fish along the shoreline. Popular fishing areas are often heavily littered with discarded line which can jeopardize the safety of these birds.
The bald eagle is a large bird that can reach a height of approximately three feet with a wing span of up to eight feet. Eagles live almost exclusively around lakes, rivers, or seashores making their nests in large trees, cliffs or rock outcrops in remote areas along the shoreline. Eagles partner with their mate for life and often use the same nest structure year after year. The number of eagles’ nests in northwestern Pennsylvania has expanded in recent years; Pennsylvania has 130 bald eagle nests. The bald eagle was recently removed from the federal threatened species list because the eagle population has increased.
Since the summer of 2000, Boy Scouts and other volunteers have been working with the Bradford Ranger District to clean up discarded fishing materials on the shoreline of heavily used fishing areas of the Allegheny Reservoir and Allegheny River. Individuals interested in volunteering for shoreline clean-up can contact the Bradford District office (814-362-4613) for further information.
Jordan's lawyer says Miceli violated the order by sending Jordan six voice mail messages and one e-mail message on Friday that contained profane, racist and violent statements.
The permanent injunction was the result of a civil suit Jordan filed against Miceli in January.
Miceli claims Jordan is the father of her son and has repeatedly challenged the validity of paternity tests.
"The package approved by the Senate today is intended to make our economy more competitive and help low-income working Pennsylvanians who are struggling," Scarnati said. “It makes commonsense reforms to our tax laws that will help to encourage job expansion and retention.”
Among the measures approved are:
Senate Bill 1385 -- would expand the cap on the Net Operating Loss provision of the Corporate Net Income Tax to $5 million or 20 percent of taxable income. The NOL cap is currently set at $3 million or 12.5 percent of taxable income. If enacted, the effective date of the increase would be January 1, 2009. The NOL expansion is projected to save Pennsylvania employers $21.5 million in Fiscal Year 2008-09, $68.4 million in Fiscal Year 2009-10, and $78.2 million in Fiscal Year 2010-11.
"Increasing the NOL cap would encourage businesses to expand their operation and create more jobs,” Scarnati said.
Senate Bill 1386 -- would increase the eligibility limits for special tax forgiveness for low-income Pennsylvanians. The bill would increase claimant income eligibility limits by a total of $2,000 over three years and the dependent allowance by $500 over the same period.
Currently, a family of four with a combined income of less than $32,000 pays no state income tax. Under SB 1386, families earning $37,000 or less would be exempt. That increase is projected to provide $74.6 million annually in savings to low-income working Pennsylvanians.
Scarnati noted that there has not been an increase in the base amount since 1998 and the dependent allowance has not been increased since 2003, the same year that Governor Rendell imposed his 10 percent personal income tax increase,
"With the skyrocketing cost of gas, and higher food and energy prices, low-income families are having a tough time making ends meet,” Scarnati said. “This bill would provide tax relief and help them keep more of their hard-earned dollars.”
Senate Bill 1387 -- would double the amount that small businesses may deduct as Section 179 expenses on their income tax filings. Section 179 of the federal Internal Revenue Code provides for the deduction of all or part of the costs of machinery and equipment used for business purposes.
Senate Bill 1387 would increase the maximum annual deduction to $50,000, which is projected to provide $6.6 million in savings to Pennsylvania's small businesses.
“This will provide a tax deduction to those small businesses that are purchasing equipment and machinery or looking to upgrade their facilities,” Scarnati said.
Senate Bill 1388, -- would amend Pennsylvania's Corporate Net Income Tax to expand the sales factor to 85 percent.
Scarnati explained that increasing the weight of the sales factor would help Pennsylvania companies that are based here, make their products in the state and employ state residents, as opposed to those companies that just sell their products here.
The bills now go to the House for consideration.
Erie County District Attorney Brad Foulk says state police are continuing to gather evidence and are considering filing charges against 26-year-old Erin Howard.
Howard's son, Sam Carpenter, was riding in the back seat of his mother's car at the time and was not wearing a seat belt.
He died of multiple blunt-force injuries when Howard's car left Stewart Road, near her house, and crashed into a creek bank.
Howard has been at Hamot Medical Center since Saturday, and is now listed in fair condition.
Ronda will be flying to Tampa, Florida, to give her kidney so Fred can receive a kidney from a matching donor. These procedures will require a great deal of travel and expense.
Next Thursday's dinner includes roast beef, cole slaw, mashed potatoes with gravy, rolls and strawberry shortcake. Everyone is welcome. Donations will be accepted. Door prizes will be awarded.
The organizers "thank you in advance for your contributions in this amazing endeavor."
"It is something we have even talked about inside the Bills after learning of his death," says Bills VP Scott Berchtold. "...basically it's just been hallway conversations, but I'm sure it will come up again."
Dan McCormick, a Niagara University grad, launched the online petition drive and as of this post he had more than 600 signatures on the site.
For the full story, go WBEN.com.
To read and/or sign the petition, go HERE/
Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies have released sketches of two murder suspects. The victim was 33 year old Quincy Turner of Jamestown who was shot to death in a parking lot in the Town of Ellicott on May 30. The two murder suspects are both described as Hispanic. One suspect is between 35-45 years of age, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 7, 140-160 pounds, with brown eyes and dark greying hair. The second suspect is described as about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, a large build with dark hair and dark eyes. Individuals Nos. 1 and 2 are thought to be directly involved in the Quincy Turner shooting. Individual No. 3 is wanted for questioning.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The plan, known as New York STOP TAXING OUR PROPERTY (NY-STOP), would reduce school property taxes by 20 percent a year until they are eliminated after five years, rather than simply capping property tax increases, as the Suozzi Commission has proposed.
The STOP TAXING OUR PROPERTY plan would: give school district voters the authority to eliminate residential property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced by additional State funding; and allow localities the option to put a local tax cap in place. Most importantly, STOP TAXING OUR PROPERTY would reduce taxes 20 percent a year rather than limit the year-to-year property tax increase to 4 percent.
Meanwhile, as part of STOP TAXING OUR PROPERTY, local school districts would also have the option to authorize a local property tax cap if district residents voted to do so through a petition and voting process, allowing localities to have the flexibility they need to address unique district-by-district challenges.
The plan would be paid for through existing revenue in the State Budget, just as the State satisfied the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) lawsuit and provided additional funding for New York and other high-needs school districts throughout the State. In addition, passage of NY-STOP would signal that the Legislature and Governor are committed to providing property tax relief to homeowners who are challenged by high property taxes, high gas prices, and the high costs of basic grocery staples like
bread, milk and eggs.
(Thanks to Matt Roberts for working late!)
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who often accused reporters of having “drunk the Obama Kool-Aid” during the nominating process, said he now has had some of the sweet drink himself.
At a fund-raising event on Friday, just a week after Clinton pulled out of the Democratic race, Rendell said that Obama supporters had brought him a big carton of Kool-Aid and told him to “drink up” when Obama became the nominee.
“I gave Senator Clinton $1,500 in the primary so I thought just for old-time sake I’d give Senator Obama $1,499,” Rendell said, sparking scattered boos from the crowd.
Rendell calmed them by saying “that was before I drank the Kool-Aid.” He said he has a check for $2,300 to give to the Obama campaign.
The four bills that passed Monday are a Republican plan to deliver relief to businesses and low-income taxpayers and to jump-start a sluggish economy.
But Democrats argued against the bills, saying now isn't the time to cut taxes, when the state is scrounging for money for existing programs.
Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell has proposed a $28 billion-plus budget for the budget year that begins July 1.
One of the Senate bills would lift the forgiveness limit on the state's personal income tax for the state's lowest-income workers.
Another would raise the cap on the losses that a business could carry forward to offset taxes on future profits.
"All we're trying to do is to avoid laying off 25,000 workers and taking away their ability to feed their families," said Rep. John M. Perzel, R-Philadelphia. Republican leaders cried foul when they realized Democrats moved the bill — which had been amended to allow workers to be paid out of the Rainy Day Fund — off the floor.
"We should not worry about furloughs today — we should solve the budget problem today or tomorrow or the next day and then there will not be any furloughs," said Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, D-Greene. (Senate Bill 1122)
Nominations are currently being accepted for the first Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Alumni Award of Distinction.
“This new award is a way for us to honor our alumni who are doing great things outside of their service to the university,” said Lindsay Hilton Retchless ’98, director of alumni relations. “There are so many deserving candidates who have made significant advancements in their careers and contributed their time and talents to their communities.”
The award will be presented during commencement exercises next April by Dr. Livingston Alexander, university president, and Stacey Sorokes Wallace ’00, who will become president of the PBAA in October.
“The fact that we will present this award during commencement is very important,” said Tim Fannin ’78, current president of the PBAA. “To our current graduates, it will highlight the achievements of their predecessors.”
The award is open to anyone who attended Pitt-Bradford, including those who went onto graduate from other institutions.
Candidates will be evaluated based on their outstanding level of professional achievement and their service to the community. Nominations will be reviewed by the awards committee of the alumni association’s board of directors, which will make its recommendations to the alumni board and its executive committee.
Nomination forms are available on Pitt-Bradford’s Web site at www.upb.pitt.edu/alumni or from Retchless at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-362-5273.
The idea for creating the award came in 2006, when the alumni association discussed the possibility of establishing the award to honor distinguished graduates.
This isn’t the first award that the PBAA presents to a graduate. For the past several years, the alumni association has annually presented the Distinguished Volunteer Award to an alumnus or alumna who has enriched the university and the alumni association through volunteer efforts.
"We recognize that the Commonwealth's deer management program is viewed differently by many people, and there are those who do not support some of the current outcomes," Roe said. "However, as the Game Commission manages all wild birds and mammals and their habitats for current and future generations, we must do what is right for all based on the best science available.
"We look forward to a speedy trial with few continuances, and the opportunity to have our many expert witnesses expound on the scientific basis and soundness of our management plan. Likewise, as part of the process, those who filed this lawsuit will have to validate their claims by presenting their scientific evidence and expert witnesses."
Roe noted that the only troubling part of the process is the expected costs that will be incurred by the agency and, in turn, license buyers.
"At a time when the Game Commission hasn't received a license fee increase since 1999, and given the rising costs we are faced with to continue to fulfill our wildlife management mission, the agency can ill-afford travel costs and reimbursement fees to the state Office of Attorney General to litigate this case, which could be considerable by the end of the process," Roe said. "Additionally, we will be forced to redirect staff time and attention away from important research and projects to prepare for court proceedings and to provide testimony.
"However, at the end of the trial, we are confident that this debate over the scientific validity will be resolved once and for all."
Rex also said its leasing efforts in the Marcellus showed positive results. As of June 16, Rex said its prospective acreage in the areas had grown to about 57,000 net acres.
"With the addition of approximately 10,000 acres since May 2008, we are getting closer to reaching our previously announced goal of expanding our Marcellus Shale prospective acreage to between 60,000 and 80,000 net acres by the end of 2008," Benjamin Hulburt, Rex Energy's chief executive officer, said.
A number of exploration and production companies are focusing efforts on developing "unconventional" fields in North America where oil and natural gas are locked in substances like shale.
The fields were once considered too costly to develop, but recent advances in technology and sky-high energy prices have changed the economics of drilling and heated up competition for acreage.
Shares of Rex rose nearly 3 percent, or 76 cents, to $28.10 on Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Anna Driver in Houston; editing by Jim Marshall)
“I hope that you and I can work together to give the FTC the tools it needs to investigate and help prosecute companies that are adopting questionable business strategies,” Senator Casey wrote. “The Unites States Congress and the FTC have an obligation to provide consumers with the assurance that whatever price they are paying at the pump, they can be certain they aren't being taken for a ride.”
In the letter, Senator Casey strongly urged the FTC to continue to audit and monitor activity on all aspects of the oil and gas market. Senator Casey also expressed his concerns that the ambiguity of the meaning of price gouging along with a very strict definition for what constitutes collusion on the market may be tying the hands of the FTC to investigate and correct unfair business practices that may further drive up the cost to Pennsylvanians.
Full text of the letter is below:
Dear Chairman Kovacic:
As gasoline, diesel, and home heating fuel prices continue to rise, Pennsylvanians are increasingly concerned that questionable business practices may be contributing to the price we are paying at the pump. I understand that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) completed a report which examined potential gasoline price gouging in 2006, as mandated by Congress. I further understand that the FTC found no evidence of price gouging or collusion in the market. In reviewing the FTC's study, however, it seemed that there were some price manipulations that occurred in 2005 and could be continuing today.
For example, the section of the FTC report on gas prices post-Hurricane Katrina found that, even with local and regional market differences taken into account, eight of the 30 oil refiners audited increased their prices at least five cents more than the national average. These same firms also reported increased profits, which logically means that the increased prices were not necessary to cover bottom line costs. The FTC accepted the refiners' reasoning that they were responding to "imprecise and changing perceptions of market conditions." While the FTC might not consider this "price gouging" per se, any attempt by oil producers, refiners, and retailers to manipulate prices for extra profit is a serious problem.
My reasons for writing to you are two-fold. First, I strongly urge the FTC to continue to audit and monitor activity on all aspects of the oil and gas market and to demand complete and thoughtful answers from companies whose stories just don't make sense. Second, I am deeply concerned that the ambiguity of the meaning of price gouging along with a very strict definition for what constitutes collusion on the market may be tying the hands of the FTC to investigate and correct unfair business practices that may further drive up the cost to Pennsylvanians. In an effort to provide the FTC with the tools it needs to protect consumers, the 2007 energy bill also required the FTC to create regulations concerning market manipulation. I would appreciate an update on the status of FTC’s process for creating and implementing this new regulation.
I hope that you and I can work together to give the FTC the tools it needs to investigate and help prosecute companies that are adopting questionable business strategies. The Unites States Congress and the FTC have an obligation to provide consumers with the assurance that whatever price they are paying at the pump, they can be certain they aren't being taken for a ride.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator