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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Report: Palin Abused Power

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor and violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator's report concluded Friday.

The investigator's report states Palin's efforts to get Wooten fired broke a state ethics law that bars public officials from pursuing personal interest through official action.

Read the full story at

Friday, October 10, 2008

Blimp Over Bradford

I wish I wasn't so busy this afternoon so I could have gotten out to take a better picture of the blimp flying over the Bradford refinery today. The remote-controlled blimp was taking aerial photos of American Group's facilities because that hasn't been done for several years. The hills look pretty, though, don't they?

Causer's Sixth Annual Senior Expo

State Representative Marty Causer serves up lunch at the Roulette Fire Hall during his 6th Annual Senior Expo today.

Causer says the expo was "very well-attended" and he's looking forward to doing it again next year.

For more photos of the event, taken by James Jones, visit Solomon's Words.

Crosby Construction Update

A man checks out the work being done on the new Foster Brook Crosby Mart/Tim Horton's. The project is expected to be finished by the end of the year. Also by the end of the year, Tops Markets will have Tim Horton's.

(No offense to Tim Horton's, or any other donut maker but ... John Williams European Pastry Shop rules! We always remember to give Joe props.)

Scarnati Asks Leaders for Meeting

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati has sent a letter to the four legislative caucus leaders asking for a meeting regarding Pennsylvania's financial situation.

He says Pennsylvania is beginning to feel the effects of the national economic slowdown, and this is being seen in the state's revenues.

"The issue has to be addressed now," Scarnati says. "We cannot wait until May or June of next year when we get to our next budget and find that the problem is one that we cannot solve."

"We need to move forward," he says. "We need to make sure we're being prudent in our expenditures. It's time now that we make some tough decisions to save Pennsylvanians from any tax increase next year."

Scarnati's office will set up a meeting with Senate leaders Dominic Pileggi and Bob Mellow, and House leaders Bill DeWeese and Sam Smith.

Scarnati's Letter PDF

Energy Conference, Expo Scheduled

MAYVILLE, NY -- Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards announced Friday that the County will be hosting a 2-day conference November 14th and 15th that will deal with a wide variety of topics focused on energy.

The First Chautauqua County Energy Conference and Expo will take place at Chautauqua Suites, 215 West Lake Road, Mayville, NY.

"Chautauqua County is taking the lead in developing programs and products that will allow for energy conservation to become an integral part of every home and business," Edwards said.

Doug Champ, Chair and Coordinator of the Chautauqua County Energy Conference, has been working alongside Edwards and Bill Daly, Administrative Director/CEO of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) in organizing the event.

Exhibits begin Friday afternoon at Noon with opening remarks from Edwards and Champ. Panel discussions will take place throughout the afternoon, and conclude at 6:30 PM with a Dinner at Webb's Captain Table with a Keynote speech from George Maziarz, Chairman of the NYS Senate Energy Committee.

On Saturday, simultaneous exhibits & panel discussions on Energy Use & Development Issues will begin at 9 AM.

"If you have questions about solar energy, wind power and energy and the environment, I encourage you to come out to this conference," Edwards said. "There will also be representatives from the Office for the Aging in attendance who will answer questions about HEAP and help for the elderly."

The panel discussions will include the following: County methane to electric project, alternative energy applications such as wind and solar power, bio-derived fuels, green building design, utility rebates and energy conservation applications, Energy Star products and lighting, Jamestown BPU power plant project, thermal energy, and more.

There is no charge to individuals interested in visiting the exhibits and attending the panel discussions. The CCIDA will be coordinating the conference and all exhibits.

For more information, contact the CCIDA at (716) 661-8900, or go to

Changes to Main, Elm Street Acts

Bills signed by Governor Ed Rendell change parts of both the Main Street and Elm Street programs by giving them options on how they can use grant money.

House Bill 420 amends the Main Street Act to allow grants made under that act to be used for marketing and promoting residential opportunities within the Main Street area.

House Bill 2233 amends the Elm Street Program Act to allow basic grants under the program to be extended for an additional five years, and to allow grants to be used for promoting the development of traditional consumer goods and services, like banks, grocery stores and pharmacies.

Mars Creeping Up on Hershey's

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) — This stretch of rolling dairy country has long been Milton Hershey's turf, where he first found success making chocolate more than a century ago and earned a name synonymous with chocolate in America.

But M&M-making rival Mars has crept up on Hershey's dominance of U.S. chocolate buyers. And now, Mars has delivered a chocolate-coated slap in the face, setting up shop in south-central Pennsylvania, just 10 miles from Hershey's flagship factory on Chocolate Avenue.

For the full story, go to

Change to 'Main Street' Act

In a thread on Talk About Bradford, Josh Hatcher wrote:

"I would LOVE to see all the apartments and offices on the second and third floors above main street be remodeled and rented out at affordable rates... When that happens, I think it will help main street come back to life again!"

Well Josh, ask and you shall receive.

Governor Ed Rendell has signed House Bill 420 which amends the Main Street Act to allow grants made under that act to be used for marketing and promoting residential opportunities within the Main Street area.

I'm sure Anita Dolan will be all over that!

Skidder Crashes into WILQ
Transmitter Building

A Williamsport radio station is operating on reduced power because a suspected joy-rider crashed a logging vehicle into the station's transmitter building. General manager Dan Farr says someone drove a skidder into WILQ-FM's transmitter building at about 4 a.m. Thursday. The station is now broadcasting at about one-tenth its normal power. WILQ serves listeners in a six-county area, and Farr says many won't be able to pick up the signal until repairs are made. That's expected to take about a month. Officials say if the skidder had hit the transmitter, the rider could have been electrocuted.

Wagner Opera at SBU

Friends of Good Music, in association with the Regina A. Quick Center for The Arts, will present a concert performance of Act I of Richard Wagner’s opera “Die Walkűre” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, in The Quick Center’s Rigas Family Theater.

The performance features soprano Meaghan Joynt, tenor Erik Nelson Werner and bass Erik Kroncke, winners of The Quick Center for the Arts Performance Prize of the 2008 Liederkranz Competition in New York City. They will be accompanied by pianist Elizabeth M. Hastings.

In a Quick Center performance first, supertitles will be projected above the stage so the audience can follow the plot with an English translation.

Joynt, in the role of Sieglinde, Werner as Siegmund, and Kroncke, who plays the evil Hunding, are the top prize winners of the 2008 Liederkranz Competition’s Wagner Division. They are among today’s most exciting Wagnerian singers, said Joseph A. LoSchiavo, associate vice president and executive director of The Quick Center and a longtime judge of the finals of the Liederkranz Competition.

“Upon realizing that the top three prize winners this year are a soprano, a tenor and a bass, and all excellent Wagnerian singers, it immediately came to my mind to present them in Act I of ‘Die Walkűre,” said LoSchiavo. “Act I includes some of Richard Wagner’s best known arias such as ‘Winterstűrme’ (‘Winter Storms’) and ‘Du bist der Lenz’ (‘You Are The Springtime’) and stands alone as a self-contained drama. To our knowledge, this will be the first performance of some of Wagner’s vocal music in Olean.”

Ludwig Brunner, The Quick Center’s director of programming and a longtime judge of preliminaries of the Liederkranz Competition, added, “Providing an English translation by projecting supertitles above the stage has proven to be a tremendous help for audiences to follow the plot of the opera, which will be sung in its original German. Most opera companies in the United States have employed this technique and it has increased attendance. Audiences can better enjoy the often very intricate stories of the works being presented in foreign languages.”

Pianist Hastings returns to The Quick Center where she conducted the very successful February 2008 performances of the opera double bill “The Three Hermits” and “Hester Prynne at Death” by Stephen Paulus. Hastings is the music director of the Liederkranz Foundation and Opera Theatre and has guest conducted at many opera companies. She is also a sought-after coach and accompanist in New York City.

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

The Quick Center opens its galleries one hour before each Friends of Good Music performance and they remain open throughout intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public, year round. For more information, visit

Pictured from top to bottom are Soprano Meaghan Joynt, tenor Erik Nelson Werner and bass Erik Kroncke.

CCMH Holds Annual Meeting

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital held its annual corporation meeting October 9 at the hospital’s Wellness Center.

The program, “Celebrating Community Champions and Partnerships,” featured an annual report to the community by Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer at CCMH, and a report of the recent board of directors’ election by board chairman Charles Updegraff, Jr. Updates were also provided on topics including new providers, patient centered care, quality and safety, integration of medicine and technology, employee development and recognition, and community presence and partnerships.

“Your regional hospital continues to be a leader in rural health care and is proactively responding to the changing environment in which it operates,” Pitchford said. “The hospital has also recruited several new providers and is embracing new technologies and partnerships. I am pleased to report that the conversion to the Medicare Critical Access Hospital program, that we announced last year, has gone extremely well. We are leading the discussions in Harrisburg to have the Commonwealth adopt the same program for Medical Assistance patients, similar to what 22 other states have already accomplished.

“Our vision for this organization is to be the regional provider recognized for its superior patient outcomes and service satisfaction We have adopted a motto that I believe truly reflects the essence of what we are at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, “Big City Quality, Hometown Care.” You can expect that every time you entrust your care to us,” Pitchford said.

The event also featured an informal reception and art display. Artists attending from the hospital’s Community Art Showcase included Pat Bosworth of Port Allegany, Alyson Leach of Galeton, and Mercedes Schwartz of Smethport. Leslie Kelley and Suzan Richar of Galeton also attended and will begin their art display at the hospital’s Irwin Medical Arts Center next week. The Community Art Showcase features a variety of work from local artists and began in February.

BACC Call-In Auction

Scott Douglas listens as Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Diane Sheeley announces the winning bids for the first of this year's two call-in auctions on The Morning Buzz. The second call-in auction is next Friday, and one of the packages includes an airplane ride to Cleveland and a visit to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Chamber's annual public auction is October 22 at the Masonic Center on South Avenue and, so far, includes about 40 packages, and more. Keep checking back for more details!

CNN Heroes

Vote for the CNN Hero of the Year HERE.

From 'Talk About Bradford'

I usually don't use entire posts from Talk About Bradford, but this post from Dr. Brian J. MacNamara is so good that I'm using the whole thing.

"I took a walk down Main Street tonight to take advantage of the warm weather before Frosty arrives. What a great town! I never become used to the classic set up. Some store fronts are pumpkinized and I like the witch at the butcher.

I still look at Bradford as I did when I first came to town. Instantly, I wanted to live here. If only I could get the building at Main and Kennedy- Schonblom, is it? It reminds me of the artwork depicting Marilyn, Elvis and Bogey sitting at a coffee counter. Although, I think it would make a great Ice Cream Soda Shop.

Things are happening all over and I tend to bark a bit, but it is due to what I view the potential of our town to be. Every person I passed greeted me in some way. It may seem like a trivial point- but, it's not. It's a special trait like smelling Hallowe'en in the air. There's less debris, it seems brighter, windows look different and there's a new aura about.

There's something else just becoming perceivable: new opportunity, new business, new hopes, new attitudes and new vigor for a grand old town. It's in the air. Can you sense it?

It is a "wonderful life" isn't it..."

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Accused Teenage Murderer
Complains About School

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania teenager charged with killing a Mexican man claims his school is failing to provide him with an adequate education.

Brandon Piekarsky faces third-degree murder charges in the July 12 beating death of 24-year-old illegal immigrant Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah.

For the full story, go to

Debt Overpowers Debt Clock

The National Debt Clock in New York City has run out of digits to record the growing figure.

Negotiations with Countrywide

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that the Attorney General's Office is in the final stages of negotiations with Countrywide Financial to obtain monetary relief and cash assistance for thousands of Pennsylvania residents with loans through Countrywide.

Corbett said his office has been investigating Countrywide for several months and the investigation has centered on the subprime mortgages that were sold through Countrywide.

More than 10,000 Pennsylvania home owners obtained loans from Countrywide and may be eligible for loan modification, cash assistance and mortgage foreclosure relief as part of the negotiated settlement.

The settlement negotiations are taking place with Bank of America, which acquired Countrywide in July of this year. Corbett said he expects the terms of the settlement agreement to be finalized in the next several weeks

Elk Auction Bill Heads to Governor

Governor Ed Rendell is expected to sign legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. Dan Surra, D-Elk/Clearfield, that would allow the state to raise funds for the improvement of elk habitats by holding an annual auction for an elk hunting license in Pennsylvania.

"The demand for elk hunting licenses far outstrips the 40 elk licenses that are currently made available each year," Surra said. "Holding an auction to offer an additional license could raise a significant amount of funding for the Game Commission's efforts to maintain and improve the elk range."

Surra said the auction would be held by an organization independent of the Game Commission, such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The organization could keep a portion of the proceeds for running the auction, but at least 80 percent of the proceeds would be directed toward improving the elk range. The auction would be open to both residents and non-residents of Pennsylvania.

The legislation authorizes the auction for five years, during which the Game Commission would have to prepare an annual report to the legislature on how the proceeds are being used. After five years, the General Assembly would evaluate the program and would have to reauthorize it in order for the auction to continue.

"Similar auctions for a variety of game conservation tags and licenses have raised as much as $80,000 in other states," Surra said. "This is an opportunity to raise funding for maintaining one of this region's most important natural resources while freeing up Game Commission funding for other purposes and giving more people an opportunity to experience an elk hunt."

Surra said the legislation is supported by a variety of sportsmen groups, including the Safari Club of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The governor is expected to sign the bill (H.B. 747) soon.

Fall Festival & Costume Party

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By John Lennon

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

John Lennon
would have been
68 years old today.

Search for Escapee Continues

NAME: Ricky Espinal
White/Hispanic Male
DOB: 04/29/88
AGE: 20 years
HEIGHT: 5'6"
WEIGHT: 142 lbs.
HAIR: Black
EYES: Brown


The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Clearfield continues its search for Ricky Espinal.

On August 4, 2008, Ricky Espinal was released from Quehanna Boot Camp, 4395 Quehanna Highway, Karthaus Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

Upon his release from Quehanna Boot Camp, Mr. Espinal was to report directly to the Luzerne Treatment Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Espinal failed to report to the Luzerne Treatment Center and has been charged with Escape.

The last known address for Ricky Espinal was 3237 North 15th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Businesses Get State Loans

One business in Bradford, one in Warren and two in Potter County are receiving loans through the state's First Industries Fund.

Togi's Family Restaurant will receive a $53,000 tourism loan to renovate the restaurant.

In Potter County, God's Country Creamery is getting $50,000 to build a 600-square foot building and buy new machinery and equipment. Riss-Dale Farm will receive a $200,000 agriculture loan to buy equipment and livestock.

In Warren County, J. McGraw LLC will receive a $200,000 tourism loan to build a 69-room hotel.

National City Mum on Sale Report

National City Corp. isn't talking about a report that it's looking for a buyer.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Cleveland bank is in talks with PNC Bank of Pittsburgh and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

PNC has not commented either.

After the Wall Street Journal report, National City stock was up between 10 and 15 percent in midday trading.

Sale speculation heated up 10 days ago when the company's share price dropped to a low of $1.25. It's staying in the $2.45 range today.

Malarchuk Accidentally Shoots Himself at Nevada Home

Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk accidentally shot himself in the chin Tuesday with a .22-caliber rifle at his Nevada home, according to the Record-Courier of Nevada.

The 47-year-old Malarchuk was taken by helicopter to a hospital.

Malarchuk's wife said when she arrived home from work her husband was in the backyard, and said he had been shooting rabbits with a .22 rifle. She said Malarchuk stood and placed the rifle butt on the ground between his legs and the rifle discharged, hitting him in the chin.

Douglas County sheriff's deputies were investigating the incident to determine if the shooting was accidental, the paper said.

Malarchuk is the goaltending coach for the National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets.

Money for Make-A-Wish

Lil Miss Street Dreams Danielle Abbott stopped by the studio today with Polly Mills of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gary Hoy of the Street Dreams Car Club and Olivia "Barbie" Brown. The Lil Miss Street Dreams contest raised enough money this year to provide two full wishes, plus a littel more, for Make-A-Wish. Danielle brought in $1,500 of the more than $7,700 the 12 contestants raised.

Breaking Financial News in Japan

In the last 7 days the Origami Bank has folded, the Sumo Bank has gone belly up and the Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches.

Yesterday, it was announced that the Karaoke Bank is up for sale and will likely go for a song, while today shares in the Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.

While the Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks, the Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black.

Furthermore, 500 staff at the Karate Bank got the chop and analysts report that there is something fishy going on at the Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal.

'Spider the News Guy'

Many people in the region – and across the country – knew Spider in a variety of ways, so I'm not going to try to write about him as publisher of Bradford-Online, administrator of Talk About Bradford, one of Bradford's best advocates or even as a friend, although I did consider him a friend.

I'm going to write about Spider the News Guy.

During the past few months we learned that we had similar visions not only for Bradford and the surrounding communities, but also for the way news is presented to those communities.

When this blog started taking off, he was one of the first people to encourage me to keep it going – and growing.

A big part of our vision was community involvement, which TAB and comments on this blog welcome. Our feelings were/are that there's more to news than just reading it or hearing it. Being able to voice your unfiltered (for the most part) opinions on the news as it's happening is a big part of news in the 21st century.

That's why he put links to this blog on Bradford-Online and why I link to TAB and sometimes link to certain threads. We agreed that the more chances we gave the community to be involved, the better.

Another part of our vision was including more pictures and videos in our news presentations. Although his were much better than mine ever will be, we shared videos and pictures with our Web site visitors so they could experience events they couldn't attend.

When he started taking video at Bradford City Council meetings, and others, I couldn't have been happier. What better way to give concerned citizens an unedited, unbiased look at what happens during meetings?

Why did he decide he wanted to be "Spider the News Guy?" It wasn't to compete with WESB or any other media outlet. It was because he cared about Bradford and knew he had a well-visited platform to present news and other information that he hoped would make other people care, too. And because he knew he couldn't cover everything, he partnered with me so we could get as much news and information to the community as two people can.

I'm sad because our vision had only just started to come to fruition. But I'm hoping that with the help of TABers, it'll live on. The potential is limitless, and I know he'd be happy to see that other people agree with us.

So, thanks Spider, for being my news partner and for sharing my visions. You're already missed.

Joey Lynn Offutt Story to be on 'America's Most Wanted'

A crew from the television show "America's Most Wanted" is in Sykesville this week filming for a story on Joey Lynn Offutt, who has been missing for more than a year.

A fire destroyed Offutt's home in July of last year, and the remains of her infant son were found inside the house. Her car was found several days later in State College, but investigators have not turned up any other clues that may lead to her whereabouts.

Her family is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to Joey's whereabouts.

For more information go to

Trashing McCain, Palin

Apparently these people have changed their minds about supporting John McCain and Sarah Palin, and moved their yard sign to the trash pile. For the record, they do not have an Obama sign in their yard.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Praise for Some Legislative Work

HARRISBURG -- Governor Edward G. Rendell hailed the approval of bills today by the General Assembly to help consumers cut their energy bills through conservation, reform Pennsylvania’s inadequate dog law, prevent mandatory overtime for nurses, and measures to strengthen penalties against those peddling illegal guns were important accomplishments.

The Governor praised legislation that imposes at least a 20-year prison sentence against criminals who attempt to or inflict bodily injury upon police officers by discharging a firearm.

He also hailed approval of House Bill 2200 as an important tool consumers can use to reduce their electricity bill by $500 million over the next five years.

Governor Rendell also praised the passage of House Bill 2525, which, he said, will allow Pennsylvania to rid its reputation as the ‘Puppy Mill Capitol of the East.’

He also welcomed approval of a bill to bar hospitals and other health-care facilities from forcing nurses and other direct patient care workers to work overtime.

While acknowledging the achievements, the Governor expressed his disappointment that the General Assembly finished without acting on key legislation, including health care reform and electricity rate mitigation.

“Although health care for the uninsured and electric rate cap mitigation were not among the bills delivered to my desk, there is hope that we can continue to make progress on these vital issue in the new legislative session that begins in January,” said the Governor. “These are two issues of vital importance to our economy and the livelihood of Pennsylvania’s families and businesses.

He called the Senate’s failure to act on health care, “cruel, wrongheaded, inappropriate and inexplicable.”

Court Briefs from the Region

A Cattaraugus man has pleaded not guilty to vehicle manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection with an accident that killed an Otto, New York, man.

Court records indicate that 41-year-old Michael Andrews was driving while intoxicated on January 2 in the Town of Mansfield when an accident caused the death of 46-year-old Joseph Sebastiani.

Although the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's office asked for bail to be set at $100,000, Andrews was released on his own recognizance.

Three Buffalo residents waived their preliminary hearings on charges they sold crack cocaine from a room at the Best Western Bradford Inn.

Thomas Charles Patton III, Kesha Burney and Sophia Patton were all charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver.

Police executed a search warrant on room 108 at the motel after confidential informants bought crack cocaine there twice.

Officers had to force their way into the room through a window because the suspects dead-bolted the steel exterior door. Once inside officers located money, crack cocaine packaged for sale, marijuana and digital scales.

Burney and Thomas Patton are in McKean County Jail. Sophia Patton is free on bail.

A Bradford man accused of indecent assault has waived his preliminary hearing.
Court records indicate that on September 10 Orange Hyman grabbed a woman on South Center Street and started kissing her neck against her will.

When police found Hyman he allegedly had a large knife with him.

He's free on bail.

An Amish man who served a state prison sentence for killing his wife 15 years ago has been sent to jail for three months for illegally using a firearm while deer hunting last fall.

42-year-old Edward Gingerich will spend three to 12 months in the Crawford County Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm.

Gingerich was barred from owning or possessing a firearm after he was involuntarily committed to Warren State Hospital following his arrest in 1993 on allegations that he murdered his wife, Katie Gingerich.

A jury later found Gingerich guilty, but mentally ill, of involuntary manslaughter.

Chamber Call-In Auction Friday

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, local and regional businesses and organizations, and the pubic announce the first of three public events promoting the products and services available in our area.

The Chamber’s 2008 annual public auctions will include two popular morning live radio call in auctions on the Friday mornings before the main event on Wednesday, October 22.

The first call in auction on Friday, October 10, features five packages including a variety of items from dinner for two at Glendorn to two tickets to a Buffalo Bills game seating in the Paul McGuire Club.

Revenue from the auctions generates the second largest income item on the Chamber’s annual budget following membership income. This primary fundraiser expanded from a one evening event to include call-in live radio auctions four years ago. The call-in auctions reach a wide audience and provide an opportunity for many more to recognize and benefit from the donations made to the Chamber. To date, more than 150 professionals and business owners have made donations to the event. “The services and programs of the chamber are supported through the three auctions,” stated Diane Sheeley, executive director of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce. “Over the last seven years I have seen many outside our membership generously give their auction donation as a way to support and appreciate the benefits of having a chamber in Bradford.”

Bidding for the call in auction will begin at 7 am and continue through the winner’s announcement at 9:30 am. The radio auction will be heard on WESB 1490 am and WBRR 1001. FM. Bids can be placed by calling 368-WESB. Items in the packages of the radio on-air auctions can be found in advertisements in the Bradford ERA, the Olean Times Herald, the Bradford Journal and

For more information, call 814.368.7115 or email

DeWeese Statement on Allegations

House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese released the following statement following allegations that he knew about illegal bonuses being paid to legislative aides.

"This matter is before the courts. Normally, I would not comment, but because of the seriousness of this situation, let me say this:

"Mike Manzo's speculation that I knew about his criminal acts is absolutely false and there is no evidence to support his opinion. In fact, the grand jury described in detail the steps that those now charged took to keep their scheme secret.

"Manzo is a desperate, disgruntled former employee whom I fired last year for dishonesty and self-dealing. At the time that I fired him and with witnesses in the room, he apologized for letting me down.

"Now he and his wife are confronted with serious criminal charges and long prison sentences, and he is telling a story that conflicts with the evidence and findings of a yearlong grand jury investigation.

"He has lied to his wife, to his girlfriend, to investigators and to me. His motives are suspect and his opinions are just not credible.

"Early in 2007, in the presence of numerous witnesses, he twice told law enforcement that I had nothing to do with it. He has since told several people inside our caucus that I had nothing to do with it.

"Now, he and his wife are criminal defendants facing lengthy prison sentences and he is changing his story. I knew on the day I fired him there was a risk that he would retaliate against me with false charges but I fired him because it was the right thing to do."

J'Burg Plant Helped by Energy Bill

Energy legislation that was sent to the governor today to be signed into law includes provisions advocated by state Rep. Dan Surra, D-Elk/Clearfield, that will help to preserve hundreds of local jobs at Domtar Corp.'s Johnsonburg paper mill.

The comprehensive energy bill (H.B. 2200) includes language that would boost the market for an alternative energy source generated by the Johnsonburg mill's paper-making process. Similar provisions are also included in another bill (Special Session S.B. 25) that was passed by the House today.

"Paper mills that want to stay in business have to remain competitive," Surra said. "This legislation will help preserve jobs at Pennsylvania's two paper mills – including the 400 jobs at the mill in Johnsonburg -- by ensuring that the byproduct of the paper-making process, which paper plants have been using as a power source for years, is a significant part of Pennsylvania's overall alternative energy strategy."

Surra said the legislation defines the "black pulp liquor" produced as a byproduct of the paper-making process as a Tier I form of alternative energy under the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards law, as long as electricity produced using the black liquor is generated in Pennsylvania. The AEPS law requires a certain percentage of electricity sold in the state to be generated using these alternative energy sources. The inclusion of black pulp liquor as a Tier I alternative energy source should expand the market for this byproduct and give the paper mill a prominent role in the state's emerging alternative energy industry, Surra said.

"Without this legislation, the Johnsonburg paper plant faces a tough situation," said Surra, who worked with York County state Sen. Mike Waugh on the measure. "The current AEPS law creates a more competitive market for other forms of wood-based biomass, including the raw materials the paper mill needs for production, while at the same time classifying the black liquor produced by the mill as an inferior form of alternative energy. This legislation levels the playing field by treating all forms of wood-based biomass – including the black pulp liquor produced by the paper mill in Johnsonburg – equally."

Surra said paper mills have been producing alternative energy as a byproduct for decades, and already produce about 60 percent of the energy they use from their own renewable biomass. The paper industry is the largest producer of biomass energy in the country.

"Paper mills have been ahead of the curve on the production and use of alternative and renewable energy for several generations," he said. "Pennsylvania's alternative energy strategy needs to recognize and reward that instead of putting these plants at a competitive disadvantage."

Bona Rugby Juggernaut One Win
From Chance to Defend State Title

By Tom Missel
Director of Media Relations/Marketing

Clarence Picard is still ticked.

Late in St. Bonaventure’s season-opening men’s rugby game with Hobart, sloppy SBU passing and tackling allowed Hobart to score in the second half.

“Yeah, that still kind of bothers me,” admitted Picard, the Outlaws third-year coach. Not that the score cost St. Bonaventure the game; the Outlaws managed to hold on, 42-5.

What the Hobart score prevented — so far anyway — is a perfectly perfect season. In four games, the defending New York state champs have outscored their opponents, 280-5.

“We’ve gotten much better, much more consistent over the last four weeks,” Picard said.

Talk about an understatement. The Outlaws, 4-0 and ranked 10th in Division II in the latest national poll, have beaten their last three opponents by an average score of 79-0, including a 92-0 win over the University of Rochester on Sept. 28.

“We actually scored more tries (touchdowns) against Fredonia, but we couldn’t kick the ball for conversions to save our life that day,” Picard said of the club’s 85-0 win at Fredonia last Saturday.

But this Saturday’s game with visiting Geneseo (1 p.m., McGraw-Jennings Field) doesn’t figure to be so easy. Geneseo (5-0) is also unbeaten and has won its games by an average score of 41-6.

“Not having been pressured at all by some of our competition is a concern for me,” said Picard. “We really concentrate on pushing ourselves so when we get to play Geneseo or Hamilton we’re as ready as we can be.”

The winner will win the Empire West Division II and clinch a berth in the Oct. 25 state title game, most likely against Hamilton. The winner of that game advances to the Northeast Rugby Union tournament in November.

“The evolution of Division II rugby is going to more and more stable coaching, and getting more support around the program, and that’s what St. Bonaventure has done,” Geneseo club president Darren Jurewicz told eRugbynews. “Even though we’ve been winning, we do realize that Bonaventure has beaten teams by much more than we have this season.”

Having been so dominant all season, Picard is trying to direct his club’s focus inward.

“We’re really pushing to just get better and working on our game,” Picard said. “Our goal is to demand more of ourselves than our opponents demand of us.”

St. Bonaventure defeated Colgate to win the 2007 state title and beat Vermont to advance to the Northeast Rugby Union final four before losing to eventual D-II national champion Middlebury.

(In the photo, courtesy of St. Bonaventure University, sophomore Ben Atkinson runs against Niagara in SBU’s season-opening 61-0 win in September.)

Ex-Aide: DeWeese Knew of Bonuses

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The former chief of staff to House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese testified Wednesday that DeWeese knew bonuses were paid to reward legislative employees for their help on political campaigns.

Michael Manzo made the accusation during a preliminary hearing for two people charged with using state workers and equipment for campaigns. It was the first time anyone has publicly accused DeWeese of knowing about the bonuses and why they were being given out.

DeWeese, D-Greene, on Wednesday declined to answer reporters' questions but said he would hold a news conference later in the day, after a House session.

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Andrew Horton Waives Hearing

One of the men accused of intentionally spilling thousands of gallons of crude oil onto the Allegheny National Forest has waived his preliminary hearing.

Andrew Horton is charged with causing or risking a catastrophe for allegedly taking his son, Christopher, to a lease on the forest owned by Kittanning-based oil and gas producer Snyder Brothers.

Christopher Horton is accused of actually opening valves on the tanks and letting about 45,000 gallons of oil spill onto the forest.

Andrew Horton is in jail on $500,000 bail. His son's preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 5. He's in jail on $550,000 bail.

Casey Applauds USFS Decision

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) applauds the decision announced by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to keep campgrounds open in the Allegheny National Forest.

“I am pleased that, after hearing from concerned Pennsylvanians, the Forest Service has decided not to close any of the slated recreation facilities in the Allegheny National Forest,” said Senator Casey. “This is the right decision due to the popularity of these campgrounds and parks. I plan to work with the Forest Service on both their budget and potential partnerships with non-government organizations to repair the facilities so that Pennsylvanians can continue to enjoy them for generations to come.”

The USFS announced that the campgrounds in the Allegheny National Forest will remain open for at least the next three to five years. The USFS had previously announced its intention to decommission and reduce services to many facilities, including the campgrounds at Twin Lakes Park, Loleta Recreation Facility and Kiasutha Park.

Last month, Senator Casey sent a letter to the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Abigail R. Kimbell, expressing his concern over recommendations by the Forest Service to close or decommission several campgrounds and recreation facilities in the Allegheny National Forest.

Joe 'Spider' Warner Passes Away

Joseph C. Warner, 48, of 166 Davis St., passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2008, in his residence.

Born June 13, 1960, he was a son of Clyde J. Martin and Estelle Faye Kelso Warner.

Mr. Warner was a 1978 graduate of Warren High school. He was a veteran of the US Navy. After he was discharged, he lived and worked in Maine at Bath Iron Works and Arrowhart Industries. He returned to the Bradford area and attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

He was later employed in the computer technology services department at Pitt-Bradford. He then established Warner Computer Services, and was the publisher of Bradford's first Web site, Bradford-Online.

Surviving are two children, a daughter, Casey M. Warner and a son, Jeffrey M. Warner, both of Bradford; their mother, Laura Feely Warner; three step nieces; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and half sister, Endora "Snooky" Quinn, who died February 7, 2008.

Family will be receiving friends at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., South Avenue, on Saturday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Leo J. Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church, officiating.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102, Amherts, NY, 14226.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Testimony in 'Bonusgate' Hearing

A staff worker in former House Minority Whip Mike Veon's district office testified today that she dedicated large amounts of time to campaign work instead of doing work as a legislative and constituent aide.

Melissa Lewis talked about the widespread illegal activity while testifying during the preliminary hearings of state Rep. Sean Ramaley and House aide Anna Marie Perretta-Rosepink. Ramaley and Perretta-Rosepink were the only two defendants of the 12 charged in connection with Bonugate who didn't waive their preliminary hearings.

Lewis gave detailed accounts of the campaign work she was asked to do in Veon's district office at the direction of Perretta-Rosepink, often alleging her boss blatantly ignored legislative work while assigning her to work on campaigns. She said the campaign work was strenuous, especially when working to remove third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader from the ballot in 2004.

Rapp Concerned About Tuition Bill

Lawmakers are voicing concern over the details of legislation under consideration by the state House designed to offer non-resident military veterans an "in-state" tuition break at Pennsylvania's state related colleges and universities.

Rep. Kathy Rapp supports a tuition break for veterans, but is disturbed by a provision written into the bill.

"There's an appalling statement in this bill that says our veterans and their dependents must participate in community service," she said.

"This is a slap in the face to any veteran who has served this country," she said. They've done their duty. They've done their community service."

She said the "community service" language needs to be removed from the bill.

Cops: Teen Tried Killing Family

Police say a Pittsburgh-area teenager tried to kill five family members by placing homemade chemical bottle bombs near their heads while they slept. 16-year-old Christopher Janney has been charged with attempted homicide for leaving what police described as "chlorine compression bombs" near the family members. The bottles did not explode and no one was injured. Janney had also been using a peppermill to grind up rat poison, according to a criminal complaint. The one-page complaint spelled out some details of what family members told police, but did not explain Janney's motive or whether he tried to use the rat poison on his family.

Shop Vac Fined for Waste Violations

WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection today fined Shop Vac Corp. $6,300 for hazardous waste violations discovered in May at its Williamsport plant.
“DEP staff observed a number of used fluorescent lamps that were stored and labeled improperly, which is a violation,” said Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell. “Used fluorescent lamps are classified as a universal hazardous waste because they contain mercury. Federal and state hazardous waste regulations are in place to ensure these items are properly stored and labeled so they don’t present a danger to employees or the public.”

DEP routinely inspects facilities inspections where universal hazardous wastes are stored. Such materials can also include some types of batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing devices and various lamps.

Shop Vac officials corrected all of the violations during the inspection and paid the fine to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund, which is used to help pay for cleanup activities across the state.

DEP cited the company for the same offense in 2003.

Board Denies Satterlee Appeal

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Satterlee & Sons won't be building a card lock and bulk fueling station on South Kendall Avenue after all.

They had planned on building a card lock fueling system – similar to Pacific Pride on Davis Street – but with the addition of a bulk fueling station at 123 South Kendall.

City Zoning Officer John Peterson denied the request for a variance of the zoning code, and the company appealed to the Zoning Hearing Board, which met Tuesday night.

The card lock station would have been in operation, and lighted, 24 hours a day. The bulk fueling station would have been open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with limited use on the weekends.

Peterson denied the request because the bulk fueling station does not meet requirements of the zoning code.

Before making their decision, board members heard from several Chelsea Lane and South Kendall Avenue residents who were opposed to the proposal.

Chelsea Lane resident Nick Cummins told the board safety is the main reason he was opposed to the proposal.

He said several school children live in that area and, because there are no sidewalks, they have to walk in the street.

"There is going to be much more truck traffic with this operation," he said. "We don't need any more traffic – especially big trucks – on that road. More traffic is just going to make that a more dangerous area."

He is also concerned about property values.

"We took that 15 acres of blighted area and put a lot of nice homes up there (Chelsea Lane)," he said. "None of the homes up there want this."

He presented the board with a petition signed by 25 residents of the area who are "very much opposed" to the proposal.

Cummins also read a letter from Office of Economic and Community Development Executive Director Sara Andrews that said the business would not be compatible with the homes on South Kendall and Chelsea Lane.

Andrews' letter also said the fueling facility would "limit the potential of new homes being built" on Chelsea Lane, as well as lower the value of the homes already there.

Chelsea Lane resident Kim Gonzalez said another concern is air and noise pollution, saying that some trucks are already "jake breaking" on South Kendall.
South Kendall resident Bonnie Himes, who is a nursing home administrator, also mentioned the noise and air pollution, noting that Chapel Ridge, The Ecumenical Home and Fretz Middle School are located behind the proposed business.

Although the property had been a gas station in the past, Andrews said it hasn't been since the new homes were built on Chelsea Lane, and the former business did not involve the type of traffic this type of station would see 24 hours a day.

The board voted unanimously to deny the appeal and uphold Peterson's decision.

Kiwanis Installs New Officers

Todd Peine was installed as the 74th president of the Kiwanis Club of Bradford at the annual installation of officers meeting held Tuesday night at the Bradford Club.

Kiwanis Lt. Gov. John White presided over the ceremony. Other officers installed include Michele McCann, president-elect; Nellie Wallace, vice president; Ron Yeager, secretary; Al Vanderpoel, treasurer; and Kimberly Weinberg, immediate past-president.

New directors for the Kiwanis Club were also installed and include Rick Benton, Candy Tingley, Dave Downs, Steve Cottillion and Paula Vecellio.

Recognized for their service to the club were outgoing directors Nancy Fuhrman, Fred Miller and Diane Sheeley.

Anniversary for MICA Unit

Bradford resident Martha Palumbo, who’s also a Bradford Regional Medical Center volunteer, and Roger Laroche, M.D., medical director of Bradford Recovery Systems, look through a scrapbook that details the 20 years of achievements at the hospital’s Mentally Ill Chemically Addicted (MICA) Unit, which was the first of its kind in the state. The MICA Unit held an open house Tuesday to mark its 20th anniversary.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

ANF Sites to Stay Open

Partly because of public comment, recreational areas on the Allegheny National Forest that were targeted for closure, will remain open for the time being.

Forest Supervisor Leanne Marten announced today that the Recreation Facility Analysis for developed sites has been approved by the Regional Forester's Office in Milwaukee. But some of the initial recommendations – including the closings – were revised.

A five-year program of work has been developed to move forward with these recommendations.

The Allegheny NF is currently putting together a new campground concession package to replace the one scheduled to expire this December. This package will include the operation and maintenance of sites including Dewdrop, Tracy Ridge, Kiasutha, Red Bridge, Willow Bay and Twin Lakes.

All other sites are still under a current concessionaire permit or are operated and maintained by the Forest Service.

No More OT for Nurses

A bill that limits mandatory overtime for nurses has been unanimously approved by the state senate.

The bill, introduced by Representative Dan Surra of Elk County, prohibits a health care facility from requiring nurses and other health care employees "to work in excess of agreed to, predetermined and regularly scheduled daily work shifts.''
After completing a 12-hour shift, health care employees can still voluntarily work overtime shifts but they can't be fired for refusing overtime.

There are still three exceptions when overtime can be required: An unforeseeable, declared national, state or municipal emergency; a highly unpredictable and extraordinary event, such as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; or when a health care facility has a large number of unforeseen absences by workers or last-minute calloffs.

Rapp Recognizes Boy Scouts

Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) (bottom right) welcomes Scout Master Kevin Bonner (top left), scout leaders and current members of the Chief Cornplanter Council of the Boys Scouts of America to the House floor—moments after Rapp’s resolution commemorating the council’s 95th anniversary unanimously passed the state House on Monday. Founded in 1913, the Chief Cornplanter Council holds the distinction of America’s oldest continuously existing Boy Scouts council and presently serves roughly 1,000 Boy Scouts throughout both Warren and McKean counties.
(Photo Courtesy of House Republican Public Relations)

Senators Try to Raise Awareness
About Domestic Violence

Pennsylvania needs to build on successful efforts to prevent domestic violence and to make the public aware of the signs of abuse, according to Sen. Jane Orie, Majority Whip (R-40), who today led a rally at the state capitol to focus greater attention on the issue.

Orie joined legislators, health care professionals, law enforcement officials and domestic violence organizations across the state to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.

The numerous elected officials and organizations who participated in the event today did so to focus public attention on a crime that often goes undetected and unreported.

Orie is Senate sponsor of a resolution setting the month of October as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania."

The senator has been a leader in state efforts to prevent domestic abuse and provide more protections to victims. She is author of the "Domestic Violence Heath Care Response Act" – which makes Pennsylvania the first state in the nation to establish universal screening in selected hospitals.

"We a need to continue to shine the light on this terrible crime – to raise awareness and provide victims with the help and support they need to break the cycle of abuse," Orie said.

Senator Le Anna Washington speaks about domestic violence from personal experience. In 1972 she left an abusive relationship that had her fearing for her safety and the safety of her children.

"I remember locking myself and my children in a room when he came home, and coming out only after we heard the truck go down the street," Washington said. "I remember them seeing me with black eyes and my ribs taped because I had broken ribs. And I also remember saying 'I don't want to leave because I don't work. I don't want to leave because he takes care of me. I don't want to leave because he's my children's father.'"

Her message now is that women should not be afraid to leave an abusive relationship. They need to say "enough is enough" and leave, no matter how difficult they think it will make their lives.

"A black eye does not mean that 'I love you,'" Washington said. "And a broken arm definitely does not mean that 'I'm sorry.'"

Nancy Chestnut of the YWCA Victim's Resource Center is my guest on next Tuesday's LiveLine on WESB, and we'll be talking about domestic violence then.

Drive Helps Area Schools

The Olean City School District Foundation hosted its fifth annual Book and Game Drive on Saturday, October 4, at the Olean Middle School. The Book Drive was a part of Global Volunteer Day, an annual initiative where more than 40,000 volunteers led by Prudential Financial employees donate hundreds of thousands of hours on projects designed to better our local communities.

Steve Pancio, OCSDF Board President stated, “All Olean Schools donated books and games to the book drive - more than 1,000 games and more than 60 games were collected. Most of the games and a great number of books were swapped back out. We have redistributed the books back to all Olean elementary schools, the Olean Middle School, Southern Tier Catholic School, the New Life Christian School, YMCA Day Care Center, the City/St. John’s Rec Center, Olean Child Development Center, Immanual Christian Child Center, and the John J. Ash Community Center. The challenge to all Olean elementary schools was won by the Washington West Elementary school PTO who had the most students attend Saturday’s event.”

David Carucci, OCSDF Board Director, added, “We added the GAME SWAP this year - board and card games. It was a great success - the students would come in with books and games that were younger for them and exchange for books and games on their current/older grade status.”

The Olean City School District Foundation, established in November 2002, was created to provide additional funds and in-kind donations to support special programs, curriculum enrichment and training in all Olean City Schools. Donations for the foundation can be sent to the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, 120 North Union Street, Olean, NY. For more information on the book drive or the foundation, please contact OCSDF at 372-4433.

(Pictured, from left, Kylea Andreano, Steve Pancio (OCSDF Board), Makayla Sargent, Abbey Bailey, Shane Pancio, students of the Olean City School District helped sort and redistribute books and games collected. Photo courtesy of The Olean City School District Foundation.)

New Plant, Jobs For Brockway

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati announced today that he has secured $750,000 in state funds to aid in the development of Brockway Clay Plant in Brockway, Pennsylvania. The project will create approximately 60 new jobs.

“I am pleased to have been able to secure this funding to bring much needed family-sustaining jobs back to this area,” Scarnati said. “This is a tremendous boost to the Jefferson County region and I am proud to have been a part in seeking this opportunity.”

Scarnati mentioned that the state assistance is made up of a grant and loan and will be used by North Central Enterprise for site preparation, including water, sewage, as well as road access.

“This is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when state and local leaders work together for the betterment of an entire region,” Scarnati added. “Without question, this will be a shot in the arm to communities struggling during these difficult economic times.”

The grant and loan were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, created by the General Assembly in 2004 to spur job creation in Pennsylvania.

CD on Gas Drilling, Water Supplies

Local Extension Educator, Jim Clark, has recently offered classes on Natural Gas Well Drilling and Private Water Supplies. These classes educate local residents about what strategies they can take to protect their water supply from gas well drilling activities. Clark has now produced a CD containing the entire class. Local residents who could not attend the meetings and would like the information can purchase the CD from Clark for 10.00. The CD, which is formatted for a PC only, contains ten presentations including an explanation of the Marcellus Shale, how a gas well is drilled, how a gas well is hydro-fraced, the rules and regulations related to water and gas drilling and what strategies a homeowner can implement to protect their water supply. There are also five extension publications on the disk in the form of pdf files. Two worksheets on the disk allow the participant to interact with extension educators and ask individual questions about their own resources or situation. The disk is obtainable form the McKean County Extension Office or contacting Clark at

Bridges Named for Fallen Soldier

The Red Mill bridges in Jefferson County have been named in honor of a solider who died last year in Iraq.

The bridges are now the "SFC Michael J. Tully Memorial Bridges."

Tully, who was serving his second tour of duty, died Aug. 23, 2007, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device southeast of Baghdad.

Tully grew up in Falls Creek and was a 1992 graduate of Brockway High School, where he played football and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Charges Against Boothby Dismissed

Charges against former Potter County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services director James Boothby have been dismissed.

Boothby had been charged with felony counts of risking a catastrophe and making terroristic threats after a device resembling a pipe bomb was found in his office on September 5.

Boothby told the court he made the simulated bomb as part of his duties on the Safety Committee about four years ago for a drill, and it's been on a filing cabinet in his office since then.

Boothby had been suspended from his job in August on an unrelated charge of animal cruelty. He later resigned.

Another Train-Related Fatality

A 37-year-old Erie-area woman is dead after she walked into the path of a freight train Monday afternoon in Harborcreek Township.

Authorities said they have identified the victim, but are withholding her identity until her family is notified.

Police say their investigation indicated the woman intentionally stepped into the path of the 52-car train, which was traveling 45 mph.

This is the fourth fatal incident involving trains and pedestrians in the Erie area in less than two months, according to Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook.

Veon, Others Waive Hearings

Former House Democratic Whip Mike Veon and three other people have waived their preliminary hearings on charges that they helped divert millions of taxpayer dollars and other public resources to run campaigns.

Of the 12 people charged in the "Bonusgate" scandal, two still await preliminary hearings to begin later this morning: state Rep. Sean Ramaley, the only sitting legislator who has been charged, and Anna Marie Perretta-Rosepink, a former legislative assistant in Veon's district office.

In a 74-page report issued in July, a grand jury charged that taxpayer-financed bonuses were doled out as rewards for campaign activity, state-owned computers and other equipment were commandeered for political purposes and government contracts were awarded to firms to provide electioneering services.

Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett has been criticized for only bringing charges against Democrats so far. Corbett, however, has said Democratic and Republican caucuses in both the House and Senate are still being investigated, although no additional charges will be brought before Election Day.

Robbery at Crosby Mart

Foster Township Police are looking for the person who robbed the Foster Brook Crosby Mart at 3:48 this morning.

They say a white male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and red and black bandana over his face walked into the store with a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money.

He left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone who may have seen someone walking in that area between 3:30 and 4 a.m. is asked to contact Foster Township police.

Police were assisted by City of Bradford, University of Pittsburgh and state police, as well as the McKean County Sheriff's Department. Foster Township Police Chief Jeff Wolbert was also on the scene.

This is the second convenience store robbery in two days in the Bradford area. At 1:21 a.m. Monday, an armed man robbed the Chestnut Street Uni-Mart.

Tim Horton's at Tops - UPDATE

Tops Friendly Markets and Tim Horton's are expected to announce an agreement this morning to bring the popular doughnut and coffee shops to all Tops stores by the end of the year.

Tim Horton's will have either full-service restaurants or self-serve kiosks in all 82 Tops supermarkets and Tops Express locations.

Tim Horton's is also opening a restaurant in the Foster Brook Crosby Mart later this year.

For the full story, go to Canadian Press.

This does include Bradford.

Morrison Widow to Speak at SBU

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, former journalism student and widow of musician Jim Morrison, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Communications Day at St. Bonaventure University. Kennealy-Morrison will speak at 12:20 p.m. in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building on Oct. 17. The talk is open to the public and sponsored by the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Communications Day aims to unveil the possibilities of a journalism profession to high school students and teachers who may have a budding interest in magazines, radio/television, public relations, newspapers or advertising. The Communications Day speakers who are well established and successful in an area of the media, will hold sessions varying from feature writing to conducting interviews, hoping to garner high schoolers’ interests in their respective fields.

Kennealy-Morrison, author of her memoir “Strange Days: My life without Jim Morrison” and “The Keltiad,” a series of Celtic science-fantasy novels, grew up in Babylon, N.Y. She attended St. Bonaventure University before transferring and graduating from Harpur College (now Binghamton University) with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

Kennealy-Morrison was the editor-in-chief of Jazz & Pop, a progressive music magazine, from 1968 to 1971, during which she interviewed and wrote on many musical artists of that time. She became a two-time Clio nominee, has been acknowledged as an authority on Celtic and Arthurian legend and has been included in numerous reference books.

Kennealy-Morrison is working on her ninth Keltiad book, “The Cloak of Gold,” and other projects including a mystery series, a historical novel on Guthrum the Dane and surfing spirituality according to surfer Laird Hamilton. Her recent work includes “The Crystal Ship: The Priestess and The Shaman—The Spiritual Voyage of Patricia & Jim Morrison” and “The Gates of Overwave,” a children’s book.

In January 1969, Kennealy-Morrison met Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, in a private interview. On June 24, 1970, the two were wed in a Celtic ceremony. Jim died on July 3, 1971, in Paris.

In 1990, Kennealy-Morrison was knighted as a Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (modern-day Knights of Templar) at Roslin Chapel in Scotland. She is a member of Mensa and has been a priestess in a Celtic Pagan spiritual tradition for 40 years. She lives in New York City.

The Key To Longevity

Nat Piscitelli isn't an ideal subject for a senior longevity study because he was still doing woodwork for his kitchen at 85, spent four years caring for his wife, Frances, until she passed away in January, or because last week, at age 88, he was cutting the pieces of baseboard for his neighbor to install in his family room.

The long-time Stockton carpenter is a part of the Long Life Family Study because energy, health and undi-minished mental faculties run in his family.

For the full story, go to The Stockton Record.

I wish I'd known there were Piscitellis in the San Joaquin Valley when I lived there.

Man Picked Up for Picking Up Pills

A Delevan man has been arrested for impersonating a doctor.

Police say 23-year-old Thomas Conklin called a prescription for OxyContin into a pharmacy, identifying himself as "Jeff" from a local doctor's office. The pharmacy manager got suspicious and called the doctor's office, learned that there was no employee named Jeff, and called state troopers.

When Conklin saw the troopers in the store, he left without the prescription, but was arrested when he tried to pick up the pills at the pharmacy's drive-through window.

Monday, October 6, 2008

CBK Misses Another Session

Sen. Joe Scarnati, the chamber's president pro tempore, was at the rostrum of the Senate again today, as Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll continues her treatment for neuroendocrine cancer.

She was diagnosed in early July and revealed in August that she had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Knoll's duties include serving as Senate president.

Concerns About Drilling, Water

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Some Interstate Parkway residents are concerned about oil and gas drilling and what it's going to do to their water.

Joe Piganelli told Foster Township Supervisors during their meeting Monday night that US Energy said they would test a water sample and give them the results in a couple of weeks. That was about four months ago, he said.

Supervisor Chris Wolcott mentioned that he heard a "bunch" more wells are scheduled to be drilled, and suggested that residents get water samples themselves.

Piganelli's wife said some testing costs as much as $350, which people can't afford.

"You shouldn't have to live in that kind of fear" that your water is contaminated, she said.

Wolcott and Supervisor Cary Kaber said it's a possibility that township residents could be hooked up to the city water system, but a majority of residents in a certain area would have to agree.

Supervisors said they will look into the situation with US Energy.

Also Monday night, supervisors got into a discussion with residents about Police Chief Jeff Wolbert taking a police cruiser home at night.

The residents argued that not having him take a car home would be a way to "cut the fat" out of the township budget.

When one resident said that Bradford Township Chief Dave Doyle doesn't take a car home, Wolcott said he doesn't care what Bradford Township does.

"This township is going to have emergency personnel ready to go," he said.

"If there's a burglar in your house with a gun to your head," Wolcott said, you want the police there as quickly as possible.

In other matters, supervisors OK'd a $10,000 payment to E&M Engineers for engineering work for the Harrisburg Run and Buchanan Hollow sewer extension.

Supervisors also approved an ordinance that would lower the speed limit on a portion of Seaward Avenue from 35 mph to 25 mph.

They also set trick-or-treating hours for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on October 31.

Scranton Medical School Approved

During Monday's Senate session, Senate Democratic Leader Bob Mellow of Lackawanna County announced that he had just received information that the Commonwealth Medical School's accreditation had been approved by the federal government through the Liason Committee on Medical Education.

Construction has begun on the headquarters for The Commonwealth Medical College, which is scheduled to welcome it’s inaugural class of students in August, 2009. The future Medical Sciences Building is expected to be completed in 2011, serving more than 500 medical and Master of Biomedical Sciences students and 175 full-time equivalent faculty members and support personnel. The site will also include
185,000 square feet of space for classrooms, student support space and research facilities.

At a groundbreaking ceremony in August, it was announced that in addition to the $35 million dollars in state funding secured by Senator Mellow, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania will add $45 million to it’s original $25 million for the project, bringing the insurer’s total contribution to $70 million. A group of local banks will combine to cover the remaining $40 million needed to build the medical college through a bond offering.

The Commonwealth Medical College will be the first degree-granting medical school to open in Pennsylvania since 1962.

Area Students Get Scholarships

Several area students were recently awarded scholarship funds from Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Funds are awarded to students pursuing nursing and allied health careers. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients agree to work at CCMH for a minimum of two years.

“The hospital looks to its scholarship program to help with recruiting the next generation of heath care workers. Today, we have over 40 past recipients working at Charles Cole,” said Tom Noe, executive director, corporate support services at CCMH. Noe said that $75,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded this year

Those receiving scholarship funds include:

Bernadine G. Boyd of Genesee is pursuing an associate’s degree at Jamestown Community College.

Kristin J. Clower of Shinglehouse plans to earn an associate’s degree at Alfred State College. Her parents are Carol and Gilbert Stewart of Wellsville, NY.

Meagan Culver of Port Allegany is working toward a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She is the daughter of James and Sharon Culver of Port Allegany. Culver also received the Malachesky Scholarship.

Michele Donnelly plans to earn an associate’s degree in nursing at Jamestown Community College. She and her husband, Walter, live in Coudersport. Her parents are Jerry and Jeanne Morrison of Bel Air, Md.

Brandy Green of Turtlepoint plans to earn an associate’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Her parents are Roger and Tina Coder of Turtlepoint.

For additional information on scholarship opportunities, call 814/274-5431 or e-mail

New Scholarship at Pitt-Bradford

Jeff and Joan Guterman of Allegany, N.Y., have endowed a scholarship to benefit the students in the program Guterman directs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where he is an associate professor of communications.

The Jeffrey and Joan Guterman Broadcast Communications Scholarship will provide scholarships to deserving undergraduate students who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and are enrolled at or planning to enroll at Pitt-Bradford in broadcast communications.

Jeff Guterman came to Pitt-Bradford in 1985 to start the university’s communications program, which officially began in January 1989. Guterman, now an associate professor of communications and director of the communications program, said he wanted to endow the scholarship now in part to coincide with the program’s 20thanniversary.

“I’ve been thinking of starting a scholarship like this for a long time,” Guterman said. Joan Guterman is a substitute teacher at Allegany (N.Y.) Elementary School and so supporting education has been a priority for both of them.

Guterman said he has seen how much scholarships mean to his students and knows how much they meant to his family when his daughter was in college.

“It’s something I saw first-hand as a parent,” he said of the importance of scholarships for students.

Guterman is recognized as a favorite teacher and dedicated member of the faculty. In 2003, Guterman was chosen by the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association as the winner of its Teaching Excellence Award. Earlier this year, the Communications and Marketing Department recognized the broadcast communications program as its Go Beyond Brand Champions.

Guterman has also won numerous awards from the Broadcast Education Association for both papers and videos. Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, he was a television producer and director in the Pacific Northwest.

“Commitment and dedication to students and Pitt-Bradford is what Jeff is all about,” said Jim Pasinski ’00, a communications major who spent several years in radio and newspapers before moving on to public relations.

“Creating this scholarship exemplifies his dedication and will go a long way toward helping deserving students reach their goals.”

Communications alumnus Bob Hand ’93 remembers how Guterman’s professional experience helped him launch his own career.

“I was completely prepared to begin my career in broadcasting after my time in the communications program at Pitt-Bradford. I even worked with Jeff on one of his professional projects. I remember Jeff telling us about high-definition television in class in 1990 or ’91. Years later I started hearing about HDTVs. I’m pretty sure we had a test question about resolution!”

For more information on applying for this scholarship, contact the Pitt-Bradford Office of Financial Aid at 814-362-7550.

To make a contribution to the fund, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 814-362-5091.

Bountiful Season

Red Cross Board Chair Stacy Sorokes Wallace Esq., (left) delivers fresh, donated vegetables from her garden, and Virginia Wallace’s garden, to Meals on Wheels coordinator Iris Ervin (right). The “Grow a Row to Go!” program was a great success this season harvesting over 300 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for the McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross Meals on Wheels program. The staff and meals recipients would like to thank all those who shared their gardens this season and remind everyone to “Grow a Row to Go!” next season.
(Photo Courtesy of the Red Cross)

Casey Applauds Mental Health Bill

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) applauded final passage of landmark mental health parity legislation on Friday by the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure was passed in the Senate earlier last week. The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 provides parity between health insurance coverage of mental health benefits and benefits for medical and surgical services.

“It is so important that people get the treatment they need for both mental illnesses and physical illnesses, yet millions of Americans who need mental health treatment can’t get help, many times because their health insurance doesn’t provide adequate coverage,” said Senator Casey. “At long last, individuals suffering from mental illness and addictions have access to the help they need and deserve. I want to thank Senator Ted Kennedy who has championed this bill for years; it was through his hard work along with the efforts of the late Senator Paul Wellstone and Senator Pete Domenici as well as Representatives Patrick Kennedy and Jim Ramstad, that this bill finally became law.”

The President has already signed the legislation, which was a component of the economic stabilization bill. Traditionally, insurance companies have charged mental health patients higher deductibles and co-payments than those charged for medical services. This bill does not mandate that group health plans cover mental health or addictions treatment, but for those that do, coverage must be equitable to that offered for medical treatment. The requirement applies to health plans that cover 50 or more employees, and is estimated to affect up to 113 million individuals.

Senator Casey worked diligently with Pennsylvania and national legal experts as well as Pennsylvania advocates and state government officials to secure language in the bill that would not preempt Pennsylvania state law on mental health and substance abuse coverage.

Elkland Borough Manager Dies

The Borough of Elkland's manager died Sunday morning after a one-car accident on U.S. Route 6 in Smethport.

State Police say 70 year-old Donald Carman died at BRMC an hour after the crash.

Police say Carman's vehicle went out of control and hit a utility pole. Smethport Volunteer Firefighters had to extricate him from his vehicle.

Carman was also president of the state's Association of Boroughs.

Peterson: It Was 'For the Folks'

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Peterson just gave notice that he’ll move out of his Washington apartment later this month. In his Capitol Hill office, he and his staff have begun emptying bookshelves and filling cardboard boxes.

“I have a lot of mixed emotions,” Peterson said last week in an interview with the Centre Daily Times in his office.

For the full story, go to the Centre Daily Times

Robbery at Bradford Uni-Mart

Bradford City Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Chestnut Street Uni-Mart early this morning.

At about 1:20 a.m. a white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black mask and carrying a black handgun robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing no more than 150 pounds.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Bradford City Police or use the confidential tip line at City of Bradford