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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt

Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 is happy to announce that our Seventh Annual 2008 Youth Hunt, held on October 11, 2008, was another huge success. This year we included drawings for 2 shotguns donated by our club. The luck winners for the Remington 870 20 gauge shot guns were Joe McLaughlin and Tommy Shields.

This event gets bigger and better each year due to help and donations from our partners, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Fox Township Sportsmen, Sheetz (Ridgway and St. Marys), Country Fair of St. Marys, Cenni Beverage of Ridgway, Johnsonburg Beverage, Wal-Mart of St. Marys, and Al and Bonnie Dempsy. Hilltop Seed Company of Ridgway and Shippenville, PA donated all of the chukar birds. For years, the Buhler family has kindly permitted the hunt on their property in Challenge, PA



Each of these 37 youth participated in the Fox Township safety day as well as the hunting experience, harvesting a total of 38 pheasants and 6 chukars; Troy Caskey, Shaun Chiesa, Tyler Cribbs, Quinn Cunningham, Justin Drabant, Dalton Fantechi, Chance Gallagher, Dillon Gallagher, Michell Gerber, Shane Gradl, Ben Herbstritt, Jacob Herbstritt, Cory Huff, Mikayla Jackson, Justin Krishart, Jarrod Lipsey, Colby McCandless, Derek McGrath, Joe McLaughlin, John Mosebarger, Tim MoseBarger, Jeffery Petrochi, Aaron Pistner, Jacob Pistner, Nicholas Quagliani, Scott Richard, Riley Robertson, Zachary Schatz,

Kyle Schneider, Tommy Shields, Mason Stark, George Urmann, Jacob Webster, Melissa Wehler, Thomas Yanak, Zeb Zilcosky, and Shelby Zomcik.

Since the beginning of this annual event, Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 has mentored 330 kids, boys and girls alike.

The biggest thanks of the day go to the dogs and dog handlers. They pulled through even though the heat of the day would have been great for swimming but far from ideal for bird hunting. Many are repeat dog handlers from the past that come back each year because this event is so much fun for everyone. Our special thanks to following dog handlers and their dogs; Jane Bryndel, John Billedeau, Paul Oldland, Rich Wilson, Wally Wilson, Anthony Santiso, Mike Wienzierl, Joe Wienzierl, Bill Zore, Chris Yeager, Jim Olzak, Mike Cesa, Leon Blashock, Randy Gradizzi, Dale Keppel, Lionel Lemery, Tim Rowan, Shawn and Kevin Lynch, Ed Gladysiewski, Ed Gigliotti, Jeff Eckert, Jeff Werner, Jared Kuleck, Jim Degler, Andy Sorg, Mike D’Amore, Robert Esche, Gary Dauber, Dan Schneider, and Brian Zilkosky. Years of breeding, training and experience teaches these dogs to love tracking and retrieving birds and we thank them all.

Isn’t it about time you got involved? Our next meeting is, Monday, November 10, 2007 at 7:00 PM at the Capital City fire hall on Front Street in Ridgway, PA. Visit our web site at http://www.northcentralpa.pheasantsforever.org/. For more information, call Jane at 814-772-4604.

SPCA Annual Meeting, Elections

The McKean County SPCA will hold its annual meeting and elections for positions on the Board of Directors on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 6:30 p.m..

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the shelter, located at 80 Glenwood Avenue in Bradford.

For more information call 814-362-8850.

Jazz Band to Perform Free Concert

The St. Bonaventure University Jazz Band, directed by professor of music Dr. Les Sabina, will perform Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Free and open to the public, the concert is from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Rigas Family Theater at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The band will be playing original jazz pieces written by variety of composers, including Mike Dana, Doug Beach and Sabina.

The SBU Jazz Band is made up of the following St. Bonaventure students: Alvin Kim (alto sax); Katie Reusch and Ashley Waterman (tenor sax); Janet Gunderson (baritone sax); Alex Cole, Donald Frank (trumpet); Jorge Johnson (trombone); Peter Caya and Adam Summers (bass); and Steve Sanfilippo and Ethan Whipple (drums).

Jan Rhody of the Olean High School music department will play piano as a special guest of the band.

New ANF Office Opened

The Supervisor’s Office of the Allegheny National Forest is now open to the public in its new office located at 4 Farm Colony Drive in North Warren.

Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public is invited to tour the new office on Thursday, November 20, from Noon to 6:00 p.m., and learn more about some of the services offered – included are the sale of annual firewood gathering permits, annual and daily ATV trail passes, annual day-use passes, Interagency annual passes (formerly Golden Eagle Passport), Interagency senior passes (formerly Golden Age Passport), Interagency Access passes (formerly Golden Access Passport), maps and books. There will also be displays set up to showcase some of the projects and activities currently happening across the Forest.

The office is currently experiencing temporary difficulties with its regular phone number (723-5150) but can be reached at 728-6100 if you have any questions.

There is no direct access road to the building from U.S. Route 62; public parking is in the front of the building and should be accessed by turning from U.S. Route 62 at Farm Colony Drive and taking the first right turn; then drive past the Eye Care and Surgery Center to the new Forest Service Office.

Award-Winning Poet at UPB

Award-winning poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil will read from her works on Nov. 11 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She will read poetry starting at noon in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The reading is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. The event is part of the university’s annual Spectrum Series.

Nezhukumatathil is the author of “At the Drive-In Volcano,” which includes a plea to students not to be afraid of her long and foreign name. In another poem, she bathes in a magical garden in India by the light of luminescent worms while keeping an ear out for blue lizards falling in the water.

Reviewers often refer to the humor and charm of her poems. Publisher’s Weekly wrote of her first collection, “Miracle Fruit,” that “the Miracle Fruit of Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s debut comes through in light bursts of clean sensuality and joy.”

Her poems have been published in a dozen publications, including “Language for a New Century”; “Creative Writing”: “Four Genres in Brief”; and “Seriously Funny: Poems about Love, God, War, Art, Sex, Death, Madness, and Everything Else.”

She is currently writing nature essays and a third collection of poems.

An associate professor of English at the State University of New York-Fredonia, Nezhukumatathil received the SUNY’s Drescher Award and SUNY-wide Chancellor's Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2006 and SUNY-Fredonia's Hagan Scholar in 2005.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master of fine arts degree in poetry and creative nonfiction from Ohio State University. She also attended Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow.

She lives in western New York with her husband, son and miniature dachsund.

One Book Bradford:
Talking Up a Storm

BRADFORD, Pa. – One Book Bradford will present three lectures relating to its 2008 book choice “The Children’s Blizzard” by David Laskin.

“Talking Up a Storm,” featuring talks on meteorology, Mennonite culture and hypothermia will take place consecutively at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Bradford Area Public Library. The event is open to the public, and having read “The Children’s Blizzard” is not a prerequisite.

“We hope it will give some people that little push to read the book before the author’s visit in February,” said Marilyn Richards, who helped organize the event. “For those who have already read the book or are reading it, the lectures will provide a deeper understanding.”

The speakers for the evening will be retired earth and space science teacher Rick Richards on meteorology, a representative of the Bradford Mennonite congregation on Mennonite culture and semi-retired Bradford physician Dr. Anita Herbert on hypothermia.

In addition to the talk, hand-knit items and seeds for mammoth sunflowers will be on sale. Proceeds will benefit One Book Bradford.

One Book Bradford was started last year by the Friends of the Bradford Area Public Library and the Spectrum Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in conjunction with the Friends of the Hanley Library and members of 11 local book groups.

Following on the success of last year’s selection, “City of Light” by Lauren Belfer, this year’s committee chose “The Children’s Blizzard,” the story of a group of pioneers on the Great Plains and a blizzard that has been remembered for generations.

Other One Book Bradford events planned at the public library are a holiday fair from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and an original short play presented by Bradford Little Theatre on Jan. 24, 2009.

The culminating event for this year’s book is a visit by Laskin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall at Pitt-Bradford.

Laskin’s visit is part of the Pitt-Bradford Spectrum Series and co-sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford writing program and the Division of Communication and the Arts.

Twenty copies of “The Children’s Blizzard” are available for borrowing from the Bradford Area Public Library. The book is also on sale from local booksellers.

Jim Slinsky Talks About ANF

In case you missed it this morning Kirk Johnson, Executive Director of Friends of the Allegheny Wilderness, was one of Jim Slinsky's guests on the Sportsman's Connection on 1490 WESB.

Johnson cleared up a misconception about his group's vision for the Allegheny National Forest.

"We actually support the multiple use of the national forest. That includes timber harvest. That even includes oil and gas development," he said.

Slinsky added that people from outside the area don't understand what's happening on the forest.

"They have no idea what's going on in the Allegheny National Forest," Slinsky said. "This place is getting pummeled."

Friends of the Allegheny Wilderness is trying to get 54,000 acres of forest land protected under the National Wilderness Preservation System. The land is not contiguous and includes eight separate tracts. Currently, only 2 percent of the land is protected in the system.

Johnson says the targeted areas would not conflict with the US Forest Service plan. He added that the Morrison Run area would be a prime addition to the system.

Slinsky did say he appreciates the need for timber receipts for local school districts. Johnson says if the parcels are designated as wilderness areas, the money for the school districts receive would not be affected.

Johnson and Slinsky also discussed timber harvesting and the declining deer herd.

For more information, go to PA Wild.org.

Search for Corrie Continues

Police say the rumors that Corrie Anderson has been found are simply not true.

New York State Police Captain Timothy Talley says the rumors have been spreading over the past few days but in fact, the search is continuing for the 36-year-old mother of three who's been missing since October 28.

Talley says if Anderson had been found, police would definitely let the public know.

Another full day of searching with helicopters, ATVs and canine units will go on until dusk today in wooded areas of Chautauqua County and Pennsylvania.

Anderson's van was found October 30 not far from her Town of Busti home.

Bald Eagle Back in the Wild

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials proudly released a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wilds of State Game Land 143 in Warren County, under the watchful eye of many individuals responsible for the majestic bird’s recovery from injuries sustained in January.

On Jan. 23, the injured, four-year old female bald eagle, weighing 13.5 pounds, was found along the side of Route 6 near Youngsville. Warren County WCO David Donachy transported the eagle to Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Crawford County.

“Tamarack is an excellent wildlife rehabilitation facility that we have worked with on numerous occasions, and they have proven themselves to be especially skilled when dealing with raptors, including bald eagles,” said Keith Harbaugh, Game Commission Northwest Region Office. “Sue DeArment and her team at Tamarack, along with Dr. Jamie Lindstrom of Ohio’s Animal Clinic Northview, are to be commended for their caring and compassionate work to rehabilitate this eagle. We would not be here today to return this eagle back to the wild if it were not for their investment of time, skills, energy and money.”

Harbaugh noted that Tamarack, as well as and other Pennsylvania licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities, do their work to benefit Pennsylvania’s wildlife without any direct funding from taxpayers.

Upon receiving the injured eagle on Jan. 23, DeArment noted that the wing-bone had pierced the skin. Working with her team, DeArment cleaned the wound, and re-inserted the bone under the skin. Next she wrapped the wing in a figure-eight splint, with an added overall body wrap to press the fracture in place. Fluids were then administered along with an antibiotic, and a combination anti-inflammatory-pain medication.

On Jan. 25, Dr. Lindstrom inserted a pin into the injured bone to hold it in place as it healed. Dr. Lindstrom, who has worked with eagles for 45 years, considers this one an outstanding female. Experienced volunteers at Tamarack then worked with the eagle several times a week as part of a physical therapy regime to stretch its wing, tendons and ligaments. In addition, the eagle was placed in enclosed areas and encouraged to fly to perches set at various heights.

While at Tamarack, two leg bands with National Banding Association numbering identified this eagle as having come from New York. After contacting Peter Nye, a New York Department of Natural Resources endangered species biologist, it was learned that the eagle was banded in May 2004. Officially known as Y18, this eagle and her nest mate hatched in a sycamore tree along the west branch of the Delaware River near Delancey, New York, in the Catskills.

For more information on bald eagles in Pennsylvania, please visit the Game Commission’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on “Wildlife” in the left-hand column, then select “E/T Species,” and then click on “Bald Eagles” under the list of state Threatened Species. Also, in the “News Release” section, click on “Release #071-08” for the 2008 annual bald eagle nesting report.

Bonnies Roll to 86-63 Win

A 17-0 run early in the game highlighted a solid start to the 2008-09 season for the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team on Friday night as it defeated Mansfield, 86-63, in an exhibition game on Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center.

A fast-paced offense helped fuel a balanced scoring attack for the new-look Bonnies, who saw seven players get their first action in the Brown and White. Five of those seven players reached double figures, led by freshman Andrew Nicholson (Mississauga, Ontario/Father Michael Goetz Secondary) who posted game-highs of 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

St. Bonaventure was able to capitalize on 26 Mountaineer turnovers that lead to 30 points. The Brown and White’s 52 percent (35-68) shooting clip from the field was aided by 22 assists on 22 on 35 made baskets.

“I thought we came out of the gates well,” said second-year head coach Mark Schmidt. “We shot the ball decently and we got our offense going. We defended well that helped us get out to a good start.”

Leading by a 9-5 count in the early going, the Bonnies blew the game open with a 17-0 run that absorbed over five minutes and resulted in a 26-5 advantage. Solid full court pressure defense propelled the run as the Brown and White forced Mansfield into eight turnovers. Juniors Ray Blackburn (Lackawanna, N.Y./Lackawanna) and Jonathan Hall (Miami, Fla./Miami Senior) accounted for the final 10 points of the run that ended at the 10:56 mark.

The St. Bonaventure lead hovered around 20 points for most of the half until a 7-2 spurt to close the first frame made it a commanding 49-23 lead at the break. Freshman Michael Davenport (Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) registered five of his seven first half points during the run as the Bonnies shot a blistering 55 percent (21-38) from the floor.

Mansfield went on to outscore the Brown and White, 40-37, in the second half as the game became more of a half court pace. Nicholson did most of his damage in the final frame, scoring 10 points in the final 20 minutes.

Junior Chris Matthews (Washington, D.C./Philadelphia Lutheran) was just one point off the pace set by Nicholson with 16 points, including eight points in the opening four minutes. Matthews finished 6-of-11 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range. Hall turned in a solid all-around game with 11 points, a game-high seven assists and six rebounds. Davenport and Blackburn had active nights on both ends of the court as they combined for six steals and scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

St. Bonaventure will officially open the new season on Friday, November 14, when it welcomes defending Northeast Conference regular season champ Robert Morris to the RC. Tip-off for is slated for 7:30 p.m. with the game being part of a doubleheader with the women’s team.

Friday, November 7, 2008

ANF Oil Spill Hearing

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


A preliminary hearing for one of the men accused of intentionally spilling 42,000 gallons of crude oil onto the Allegheny National Forest painted a picture of a man who wanted revenge against his former employer, and his son he "constantly harassed" about leaving the company.

The hearing for Christopher Horton also revealed the name of a third "person of interest" in the investigation.

Christopher Horton and his father, Andrew, are charged with causing and risking a catastrophe and related offenses in connection with an incident in mid-August when valves on tanks owned by Snyder Brothers were opened and oil spilled into Chappel Fork, North Fork, Chappel Fork Bay and Indian Run.

After the hearing, which lasted nearly seven hours, District Judge Rich Luther bound all the charges to court.

During the hearing, Christopher Horton's former girlfriend Nicolette Hallock testified, "He thought if he quit Snyder's his dad would stop harassing him."

She said that "his dad would constantly harass him about working there," adding later that Andrew Horton would "rant and rave and it was annoying."

Hallock said Christopher Horton eventually got another job that paid more. She called it a win-win situation because, Horton said, "My dad will shut up and I'll make more money."

The night of the incident – August 16 – Christopher Horton called Hallock and said "something really bad happened" and that his father was at the Kane state police barracks.

She said he didn't say what happened but said, "My dad, my f---ing dad."

Later, Trooper Daniel Moore testified that Christopher Horton was extremely irate and demanded to speak with father. When Moore told him that his father had confessed and implicated him, Horton told Moore he was lying because he father wouldn't do that, and he hung up the phone.

Police eventually found Christopher Horton and Hallock at Andrew Horton's house.

Moore also testified that Snyder Brothers provided police with a list of employees – some of whom were disgruntled – and that the only damage that was done occurred on Snyder Brothers' leases where the Hortons worked.

Also during the hearing, Ken Leet, a friend of Andrew Horton's, testified that Horton asked if he could bring his son's ATV to his house and leave it there for a couple of days.

Leet said that on Tuesday, August 18, his sister called to tell him that he'd heard on the radio that the Horton's had been arrested. Leete then called police because he knew an ATV was involved in the crime.

Dave Durolek, who worked in human resources for Snyder Brothers, testified that after Andrew Horton quit his job at Snyder Brothers he wanted to try to get him to change his mind.

"He was a helluva worker," Durolek said. "One of the best around."

But, he said, Horton was "ranting and raving (and) didn't want to hear anything I had to say."

He also testified that Andrew Horton said many times that Snyder Brothers hadn't heard the last of him.

Snyder Brothers Vice President Bryan Snyder testified that he was "pretty shook up" by the incident and said losses to the company are "in excess of half a million dollars."

Several people testified to the damage to the forest and aquatic life.

Thomas McMann, a conservation officer with the Fish & Boat Commission testified that the smell was nauseating and "would give you a sore throat."

He, and others, said the residue stuck to everything.

The spill killed about 4,000 fish including native brook trout.

During the testimony of US Forest Service Criminal Investigator William Mickle, the court learned that Eric Jennings – another former employee of Snyder Brothers – is being considered a person of interest.

Mickle said Jennings is part of the ongoing investigation and has been "deceptive while being interviewed."

Moore stressed that Jennings is not a suspect.

The hearing also included a 20-minute argument concerning the part of the 6th Amendment to the Constitution that says the defense must have an opportunity to confront and cross-examine witnesses. The Confrontation Clause relates to the common law rule preventing the admission of hearsay,

District Attorney John Pavlock argued that the clause does not apply to preliminary hearings. Luther agreed.

Not Over Yet Between Kuhl, Massa

A New York State Supreme Court justice has impounded ballots in the race between Republican incumbent Randy Kuhl and Democratic challenger Eric Massa in the 29th Congressional District, aiming for a court-supervised count of all remaining votes.
Lawyers for both campaigns are expected to appear before the court on Wednesday to determine the next step in an election in which Massa now leads by about 4,000 votes. The Massa campaign is sticking by its claim of victory, while Kuhl says nothing is settled.

Drought Watch in McKean, Potter,
Warren, Elk, 25 More Counties

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection issued a drought watch today for 29 Pennsylvania counties as precipitation deficits continue and stream flow levels fall in the western and north central areas of the state.

“The commonwealth has received below-normal precipitation over the past two to three months that have resulted in rainfall deficits of as much as five inches in parts of western and north central Pennsylvania,” said acting DEP Secretary John Hanger. “Recent rainfalls have not been enough to bring streamflow and groundwater levels back to normal, so we are asking residents and businesses to conserve water until we get more substantial precipitation in these areas of the state.”

Although conditions are better in the eastern portion of the state, county groundwater well levels have shown signs of stress and conditions are being monitored closely by DEP.

A drought watch declaration is the first level — and least severe — of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use.

DEP will send letters to all water suppliers in the affected counties, notifying them of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.

In addition to precipitation totals, DEP monitors groundwater levels, streamflows, soil moisture and water supply storage.

“There are a number of simple steps that homeowners and businesses can take to immediately reduce water consumption without being inconvenienced,” said Hanger. “Hopefully, these conservation measures will allow us to maintain adequate groundwater and streamflow levels as we head into the winter months.”

DEP offers the following tips for conserving water around the home:

In the bathroom:

· Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets;

· Check for household leaks – a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day;

· Take short showers instead of baths.



Kitchen/laundry areas:

· Replace older appliances with high efficiency, front loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40-50 percent less energy;

· Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads;

· Keep water in the refrigerator to avoid running water from a faucet until it is cold.

The department also offers water conservation recommendations for commercial and industrial users such as food processors, hotels and motels, schools and colleges, as well as water audit procedures for large water customers.

Water conservation tips and drought information can be found online at www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: drought.

The drought watch covers Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

Woman Dies in Tionesta Crash

A Franklin woman is dead and a man was seriously injured when their motorcycle collided with a car in Tionesta Township on Thursday.

Police say 53-year-old Linda and John Heffernan were traveling north on Route 62 when a southbound car on Route 36 turned in front of them to cross the Tionesta Bridge.

The collision threw the Heffernans into the car, then into the road.

Linda Heffernan was pronounced dead at the scene. John Heffernan was taken to Titusville Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the car, 69-year-old Donna Snyder of Marienville, suffered moderate injuries.

Update on Courthouse Evacuation

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Identical letters sent to three Pennsylvania county courthouses this week mentioned anthrax but did not contain the poisonous substance.

The letters were received in Jefferson and Pike counties on Tuesday and Schuylkill County on Wednesday, said Reggie Wade, spokesman for U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Philadelphia.

"We are in the process of tracing the letters, where they originated from and trying to develop suspects," Wade said Friday. "We take these incidents very, very seriously."

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Rendell Staying in PA

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Ed Rendell has ruled out taking a job in the Obama administration before his term ends in January 2011, in part because a midterm departure could open the door to a Republican takeover of Pennsylvania state government, his spokesman said Friday.

Under the state constitution, Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll would succeed Rendell if he left office prematurely. But Knoll, 78, has been battling neuroendocrine cancer since last summer. She has not worked in her office since September, and she was fighting a viral infection when she was released Tuesday from Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

If Knoll is unable to finish her term, the ranking Republican in the GOP-controlled Senate — currently President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati of Jefferson County — would become lieutenant governor and succeed Rendell if he stepped down.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

3rd Person of Interest Named

All charges against one of the men accused of intentionally spilling 42,000 gallons of oil onto the Allegheny National Forest have been bound to court – and a third person of interest has been named in the case.

After a hearing that lasted nearly 6 hours, District Judge Rich Luther bound to court charges of risking and causing a catastrophe and related offenses against Christopher Horton.

His father, Andrew Horton, waived his hearing on similar charges last month.

But during the hearing, the defense learned that Eric Jennings – another former employee of Snyder Brothers – is being considered a person of interest.

State Police Trooper Daniel Moore stressed that Jennings is not a suspect.

Agent William Mickle, a criminal investigator with the USFS testified that Jennings is part of the ongoing investigation into the case and has been "deceptive while being interviewed."

The spill happened in mid-August and killed nearly 4,000 fish and other aquatic life, and caused about half a million dollars in damage to Snyder Brothers property.

We'll have more on today's hearing later tonight -- as soon as I get caught up. ~~A

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Advocates: Obama Will be
Friend of Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Barack Obama's election as president and his appointment of Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff are hopeful signs for the struggle to heal the ailing Great Lakes ecosystem, advocates said Thursday.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Vehicle Chase in Catt County

Cattaraugus County law enforcement officers were involved in a high-speed chase with a motorcyclist at just after 6 p.m. Thursday on Route 98.

The motorcycle was headed north after getting off the back Kill Buck Road.

They decided to stop the pursuit before getting into Ellicottville or Franklinville, and for other safety reasons, but lost sight of the motorcycle before that.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Possible Pipeline in McKean County

Dominion Resources is asking federal regulators for permission to build a $40 million natural gas pipeline through the Big Springs area of McKean County, through the Allegheny National Forest in Elk County, into Armstrong County and ending at a compressor station in Westmoreland County.

The project includes natural gas measuring and regulating stations to be built in Elk and McKean counties.

The natural gas producing companies that have signed contracts to take all the project's available capacity are Equitable Energy, Seneca Resources, Snyder Brothers,Dominion Field Services and Dominion Peoples.

Dominion has asked FERC to issue a final order approving the project by June 1, so that the pipeline can come on-line no later than November 1, 2010.

Hearing Concerning Fatal Crash

A judge says he'll decide later whether admission of a retired state trooper involved in an accident that killed a Bradford woman can be used during his trial.

68-year-old David O'Brien of Allegany is charged with criminally negilgent homicide and related offenses in conncection with the accident that killed 38-year-old Wendy Karnes on April 26.

The accident happened in the Town of Carrollton on Route 219, just south of the I-86 on-ramp. They were both on their way to work at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca at the time of the accident.

The four-hour hearing centered on statements O'Brien made in the two hours after the accident. His attorney says they shouldn't be admissable in court because police didn't read him his Miranda rights.

Prosecutors say O'Brien wasn't under arrest at the time he made the statements.

Award-Winning Quartet at SBU


The Carducci String Quartet, winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild Competition and considered one of Europe’s top young quartets, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance will include quartets by Dvorak, Philip Glass, Haydn and Schubert. It is presented by Friends of Good Music in association with The Quick Center.

The Carducci String Quartet was hailed by The Times of London as “stunning … clearly musicians of high intelligence.” In addition to winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the quartet also captured first prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition and major awards at chamber music competitions in Bordeaux, London and Osaka.

“Through our longstanding collaboration with Concert Artists Guild we have been able to present some of the most outstanding young musicians from both Europe and the United States to the Olean audiences in innovative programs,” said Joseph A. LoSchiavo, associate vice president and executive director of The Quick Center. “The Carducci String Quartet now joins the Antares chamber ensemble, the Amstel Saxophone Quartet, violinist Jessica Lee, and the Quartet New Generation as audience favorites at The Quick Center. It is always exciting to host these young artists on the way to their international careers.”

After its current North American tour, which includes a Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall, the quartet heads to the studio to record the string quartets of Philip Glass for the Naxos label. The ensemble has established its own record label, Carducci Classics, and launched it with a CD of Haydn quartets and two discs featuring 20th century works by Graham Whettam and Joseph Horovitz.

The Carducci String Quartet is composed of two married couples, one English and one Irish. The name “Carducci” was bestowed upon the quartet by the mayor of that Italian city after he heard the ensemble in numerous concerts at the Castagnetto-Carducci Festival. The Carducci Quartet has been in residence at the 2006 Aldeburgh Festival and recently launched its own festival in Gloucestershire, England.

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 center opens its galleries one hour before each Friends of Good Music performance and the galleries remain open throughout intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public, year round. For more information go to www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

Pictured, members of the Carducci String Quartet include Matthew Denton, violin; Michelle Flaming, violin; Emma Denton, cello; and Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola

No Criminal Charges for Spitzer

Federal prosecutors say they will not bring criminal charges against former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer for his role in a prostitution scandal. U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia says that after a thorough investigation, his office found no evidence that Spitzer or his office misused public or campaign money for prostitution. Spitzer resigned the office in March after the revelation that he paid for high-priced call girls.

USFS: Leave Firewood at Home

It’s hunting season. You’re ready to take a week off for some grouse or woodcock hunting in the Allegheny National Forest (NF); maybe even a side trip for pheasants to a nearby State Game Lands. The camp is ready for a week of you and your friends. Bring your firearm; leave the firewood at home.

Leave your campfire wood at home! Dangerous insects are hitching rides inside firewood to new forests as people travel from their home to their recreation area and back. Collect or buy your firewood once you arrive at your hunting camp, be it a tent or a cabin. Firewood is available for purchase from local venders or for collection on the Allegheny NF. If you intend to collect more firewood on the Allegheny NF than needed solely for a campfire (for instance to stock up on firewood at your hunting camp), a fuelwood permit is necessary. Fuelwood permits for personal use are available at all Allegheny NF offices.

Protect the forest that provides habitat for wildlife by leaving your firewood at home.

Forest employees are particularly concerned now that a dangerous beetle has been discovered north of Pittsburgh and in eastern Ohio. The states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and southern Michigan have quarantines on the movement of firewood outside of those states. A quarantine means it is illegal to transport wood. Maryland has quarantine in some counties. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has quarantine on bringing any firewood into the state of Pennsylvania unless it is kiln-dried; the state has also quarantined the four counties of Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Allegheny to prohibit the movement of any firewood out of those four counties.

The Allegheny NF has a Closure Order prohibiting the use of any firewood on the forest unless it originated in the four counties of Elk, Forest, McKean and Warren, or has been kiln-dried. An individual knowingly moving firewood from quarantine areas can be fined or sentenced to jail. Fines can reach $5,000.

Sr. Helen Prejean at St. Bona's

It was following the 1984 killing of Patrick Sonnier in Louisiana’s electric chair that Sr. Helen Prejean’s mission was born — to take people on the spiritual journey she had taken so they could be brought face to face with the death penalty in America. Sr. Helen, a native of Louisiana, is known internationally for her tireless work against the death penalty. She was instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the issue and in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all state executions.

St. Bonaventure University will welcome Sr. Helen to campus Tuesday, Nov. 11, for a public lecture. The university’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern is sponsoring the program, “Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues,” which begins at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena. The event is free and open to the public.

Sr. Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She spent her first 24 years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students and working within her community, first as religious education director and then as formation director. At the age of 40, she realized that being on the side of poor people was an essential part of the Gospel. She moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House, a center that assists public housing residents.

During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate. She agreed, and so began a new journey. In 1982, she started visiting Patrick Sonnier in Louisiana’s Angola Prison. She became his spiritual adviser, worked to prevent his execution, and finally, walked with him to the electric chair. She did the same thing with a second prisoner, Robert Willie. Concerned with the plight of murder victims’ families she founded “Survive,” which provides counseling and support for grieving families.

And then she sat down and wrote a book about the experience. The result was “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” which Random House published in 1993. The book became a best-seller, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and spawned an Oscar-winning movie and an internationally acclaimed opera. Tim Robbins has made it into a play that is being performed by high school and college students across the country.

Since 1984, Sr. Helen has divided her time between campaigning against the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six more men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, “The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions,” which was released in 2004.

Sr. Helen lives in New Orleans and works with the Death Penalty Discourse Center, the Moratorium Campaign and the Dead Man Walking Play Project. She is presently at work on another book — “River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey to Death Row.”

SBU Theater will open its fall season this week with the stage version of “Dead Man Walking,” which will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-8 in The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. An audience talkback session will be held after the Thursday, Nov. 6, performance.

Tickets for the theater production of “Dead Man Walking” are available by calling the Quick Center for the Arts Box Office at (716) 375-2494. The play contains adult subjects and language.

Got a Good Puppy Name?

A new Web site let's you "help" the Obamas pick a name for the new First Puppy? Have a suggestion?

Name Obama's Puppy.com

Corbett Outlines 2nd-Term Agenda

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today outlined his agenda for a second term as the state's top law enforcement officer. At a Harrisburg news conference Corbett discussed going after violent drug gangs, educating our senior citizens about senior scams, continuing the bonus investigation in Harrisburg and targeting child predators.

Corbett, who received more than 2.9 million votes on Tuesday to win a second four-year term as Attorney General, today said that his narcotics agents will more aggressively investigate violent drug gangs, many of which are coming from outside of Pennsylvania and moving into our smaller communities.

Additionally, on the drug front, Corbett said that he will expand investigations where drug organizations have adversely impacted the quality of life and economic vitality of small and medium-size cities in Pennsylvania.

Corbett said that he will continue to protect our senior citizens by expanding the education component of the Elder Abuse Unit. He noted that in an economic down turn, scams directed at the elderly grow substantially.

Regarding the bonus investigation in Harrisburg, Corbett said that all four caucuses, including both Republicans and Democrats, are the focus of a continuing investigation. He noted that the agents and prosecutors in the Public Corruption Unit have devoted an enormous amount of time and recourses to the investigation and that they will leave no stone unturned.

Corbett also said that he will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute child predators. He said that 175 child predators have been arrested since he took office and created the Child Predator Unit. He noted that over the past year his Child Predator agents have averaged more than one arrest per week.

In an effort to protect our children from child predators, Corbett said he will expand the Operation Safe Surf program, an interactive education program that he developed. Safe Surf has been presented to more than 1,400 schools, churches and community groups across the state.

Corbett also said he will discuss with the legislature expanding the highly successful Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force program to other cities in Pennsylvania. The Gun Violence Task Force was formed by Corbett's office and works in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Since its inception two years ago, the Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force has made more than 200 arrests, seized more than 400 weapons and has initiated more than 700 investigations.

Corbett thanked the people of Pennsylvania for having the confidence in him to serve another four-year term

Man Distributed Child Pornography

United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced today, November 6, 2008, that on November 5, 2008, James Stringer, a resident of Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of distribution of child pornography.

Stringer, age 42, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman advised the court that on April 15, 2006, Stringer distributed via the internet 37 images, which included child pornography, to another individual using the Google Hello software program.

The case against Stringer began when ICE agents arrested a Seattle man and reviewed his computer. They found evidence that he traded child pornography with a Cleveland man. Pursuant to a search warrant, the Cleveland resident's computer was seized - it revealed that he had traded child pornography with Stringer. Based upon this information, a search warrant was executed upon Stringer's residence in September 2006. Child pornography was found on Stringer's computer, as well as evidence that he had frequently traded child pornography with others.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for February 13, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. The law provides for a minimum sentence of five (5) years and a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of James Stringer.

Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Still Above Average, But ...

... at least the price of gas went down 12 cents from yesterday. The national average this afternoon is $2.34, so we only have 23 cents to go to be average. Will it happen? Probably not.

Rahm Emanuel Says 'Yes'

CNN is reporting that Congressman Rahm Emanuel has agreed to be Barack Obama's White House chief of staff, according to a Democratic aide.

For more, go HERE.

'Sultana' Convicted of Conspiracy

United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced today, November 6, 2008, that on November 3, 2008, after deliberating 1 1/2 hours, a jury of seven men and five women found Edna Gorham-Bey guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims.

Gorham-Bey, age 58, of Alexandria, Virginia, was tried before Chief United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Bruce J. Teitelbaum and Scott W. Brady, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that from 2002 and continuing until April 2003, Gorham-Bey, the self-proclaimed "Sultana" of the United States Moorish American Nation, conspired with others to defraud the United States by filing fraudulent federal income tax returns. The information presented at trial showed that Gorham-Bey conspired with George Brooks, an inmate at SCI-Pittsburgh, and others to prepare and file six federal income tax returns in the name of Brooks and five other inmates at SCI-Pittsburgh. All of the returns falsely claimed that refunds were due and owing. Gorham-Bey facilitated the scheme by supplying the addresses to which the refund checks were mailed to Brooks. Gorham-Bey received the refund checks at the addresses she controlled or was associated with. Gorham-Bey then deposited the checks in the bank account of Children's Hospitality House, Inc., a Washington, DC based organization run by Gorham-Bey. Gorham-Bey, who had sole signatory authority over this bank account, withdrew all monies associated with the refund checks immediately following their deposit.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for February 13, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Edna Gorham-Bey.

Thompson: Energy is a Top Priority

One of retiring Congressman John Peterson's top priorities is energy, and the man who's succeeding him in the Fifth District says an energy policy is at the top of his to-do list as well.

Glenn Thompson says a comprehensive energy plan could serve as an economic stimulus since many residents are worried about paying winter heating bills.

Thompson, the former G-O-P chairman in Centre County, defeated Clearfield County Democrat Mark McCracken and Libertarian Jim Fryman in the race to replace Peterson in Washington.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Keith Olbermann:
'This is Man-on-the-Moon'

Specter, Rendell: Palin Hurt McCain

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took some heat Wednesday from two of Pennsylvania's top political leaders.

Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell told business leaders at a postelection breakfast that John McCain would have had a better chance of winning Pennsylvania with a different running mate, and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, a GOP moderate, rejected the idea that the Republican party might belong to Palin.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Search for Missing Mom Goes On

About 60 people from several agencies launched an intensive search this morning in the Town of Ellery for Corrie Anderson, the 36-year-old mother of three who's been missing since October 28.

The search party included state troopers, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies, forest rangers and Department of Environmental Conservation officers.
Trooper Becky Gibbons says they're looking for any kind of evidence because they have no new information regarding Anderson's whereabouts.

The discovery of Anderson's van not far from her Busti home Thursday night led law enforcement officials to be afraid that she was the victim of foul play.

Alleged Robbers Waive Hearings

Two of the Bradford teens accused in a number of robberies and break-ins in the Twin Tiers waived their preliminary hearings Wednesday.

Douglas Carnahan is charged in connection with a burglary at Mastercraft on East Main Street in August and a robbery at the Chestnut Street Uni-Mart in October.

In both instances, he says he was with another person who actually entered the buildings and committed the crimes. He's accused of taking $500 from the Mastercraft break-in, where thousands of dollars was taken.

Benjamen Trumball is facing charges in connection with robberies at two Crosby Marts.

Carnahan and Trumball are in McKean County Jail on $100,000 bail each.

Accused Purse Snatcher Waives

The man accused of stealing a woman's purse on Congress Street last month has waived his preliminary hearing. Court records say that Timothy Stingel grabbed the woman's purse then fled to the Seneca Building, where police caught up with him. In September, Stingel allegedly took the purse of a woman who lives in the same apartment building he does, and took $20 from the purse. He's in jail on $50,000 bail.

Bradford Woman Waives Hearing

An Onofrio Street woman with an apparent inclination to go through people's garbage has waived her preliminary hearing on charges of loitering and prowling. Court records show that in the early morning hours of September 30, police found 59-year-old Linda Chapin on the ground attempting to hide from them. She said she was looking for her cat, but police told her they saw her footprints in the trail of trash she left at another house. Before that incident, Chapin had been told not to go through the neighbors' trash because it "alarms people." She's free on unsecured bail.

Dog Attack Charges Withdrawn

The McKean County District Attorney's office has withdrawn criminal charges against two Clarence Street residents in connection with a reported pit bull attack in July. Edward Dallenbach and Edith Dallenbach had been charged with allowing a dangerous dog attack, but will now plead guilty to summary offenses. A 13-year-old girl reported that the dog attacked and bit her. The dog was turned over the SPCA and eventually euthanized.

CBK Released From Hospital

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll said Wednesday that she has left the Baltimore hospital where she was receiving intensive treatment for cancer, and has entered a physical therapy program to deal with an infection.

The infection has slowed her recovery, but her condition is good and she continues to look forward to resuming her duties someday, Knoll said in a statement. She did not elaborate on the type of infection or how she contracted it.

"I fully intend to return to my duties as lieutenant governor, but I don't have a timetable for that," she wrote.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Senecas Announce Election Results

The Seneca Nation of Indians has announced the official results of voting Tuesday. The winners are President, Barry E. Snyder Sr.; Treasurer, Jacqueline L. Bowen; Chief Marshal for the Allegany Territory, Brandon S. Redeye. All officials elected are members of the Seneca Party and will be sworn into office on the Nation's traditional Canvass Day November 14 at noon on the Cattaraugus Territory.

'Bonusgate' Defendants Waive

All 12 defendants in Pennsylvania's "Bonusgate" scandal are waiving their arraignments, according to the state attorney general's office.

The defendants decided not to show up at the Dauphin County Courthouse to hear the charges against them. The AG's office expect a trial date to be set soon.

All of the defendants are connected to the House Democratic caucus and include sitting state lawmaker Sean Ramaley. They are accused of overseeing or taking part in a vast operation to divert state dollars and employees for electioneering.

Mike Manzo, the former chief of staff to House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, has said he plans to plead guilty.

Update on Tuesday's Numbers

Republican Glenn Thompson has defeated Democrat Mark McCracken in the 5th District Congressional race. Thompson tells WESB and The HERO he's ready to take over for Congressman John Peterson. Thompson got 57 percent of the vote district-wide. In McKean County, he got 60 percent of the vote. It was 51 percent in Warren County; 58 percent in Cameron County; and 70 percent in Potter County. Thompson's Democratic challenger Mark McCracken carried Elk County with 49 and half percent of the vote.


In the race for the 25th District State Senate seat, incumbent Joe Scarnati crushed his opponent Democrat Donald Hilliard by taking in 66 percent of the vote district-wide. Scarnati tells WESB and The HERO he's looking forward to returning to Harrisburg, and he's grateful to his constituents for having confidence in him. In McKean County, Scarnati got 69 percent of the vote. It was 57 percent in Warren County, 68 percent in Cameron County, and 76 percent in Potter County.

Republican Matt Gabler has defeated longtime incumbent state representative Dan Surra for the 75th District House seat. Gabler got 53 percent of the vote; Surra 47 percent disctrict-wide. Surra's home county, Elk, is heavily Democratic, but while President-elect Barack Obama got 51 percent of the vote there, Surra only picked up 49 percent.

State Representatives Marty Causer and Kathy Rapp ran unopposed.


As for the presidential race, Obama got 40 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican McKean County.

In New York, Republican Congressman Randy Kuhl has been defeated by the Democratic challenger who almost beat him two years ago. Eric Massa, a retired Navy commander, had 51 percent of the vote in the sprawling 29th District that runs along the state's border with Pennsylvania and reaches up toward Rochester.

New York State Senator Cathy Young has handily defeated her challenger Christopher Schaeffer. Young got 79 percent of the vote. Her district includes, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties, and part of Livingston County.

Brookville Courthouse Threat
Still Under Investigation

The FBI, US Postal Service investigators and Brookville Police are still investigating the incident that closed the Jefferson County Courthouse for several hours on Tuesday.

Jefferson County Emergency Management Director Tracy Zents says an envelope was delivered to the Tax Claim and Assessment Office at around 10 a.m. When it was opened, employees found the word "ANTHRAX" on a piece of paper.

Zents says the building was evacuated and sealed off until Clarion County's Emergency Response Team arrived, secured the envelope and turned it over to law enforcement officials.

Everyone was back inside the building by 2 p.m.

Zents says investigators don't know yet if it was a hoax or a threat, but a similar incident was reported in Pike County early in the afternoon, after the Brookville incident.

No voting was disrupted because voting was moved to the Courthouse Annex several years ago.

Massa Defeats Kuhl in New York

Republican New York Congressman Randy Kuhl has been defeated by the Democratic challenger who almost beat him two years ago. Democrat Eric Massa, a retired Navy commander, had 51 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting in the sprawling 29th District that runs along the state's border with Pennsylvania and reaches up toward Rochester.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Upset in Elk, Clearfield Counties

Republican Matt Gabler has defeated longtime incumbent state representative Dan Surra for the 75th District House seat.

Gabler got 53 percent of the vote; Surra 47.

Glenn Thompson's Full Statement:

The votes have been counted, and a winner declared in Pennsylvania's Fifth Congressional District. Glenn Thompson from the small town of Howard, Centre County, out polled his Democratic rival, Mark McCracken and Jim Fryman, the Libertarian candidate from Venango County in the race to succeed retiring Representative John Peterson, R-Pleasantville. Thompson issued the following statement:

"Back in January when I decided to run for the Congress, I committed myself to a campaign that was focused on the issues. I am proud to have run a positive campaign and extremely honored and humbled to have gained the confidence of the voters of the Fifth Congressional District to serve as their next representative in Washington.

"As your representative, I won't make any outlandish promises, but I will guarantee you this. I will always put the citizens of this district above politics and will never waver in my support of the men and women that serve our country in uniform.

"While the challenges are demanding, and the issues facing this country far and wide, I look forward to the opportunity to work for the constituents of the fifth district and welcome the fight that lays ahead.

"I would be remiss if I didn't thank my opponents, whom I formed a genuine friendship with the past six months, for their spirited debate and issues oriented campaign. To my family, who supported me from day one and endured personal sacrifice. And to my team of volunteers and supporters that believed in my message and offered rock solid support throughout this entire campaign, thank you.

"I have some big shoes to fill, but I am confident that with your help, and the support of the people of this region, the Fifth District will remain a family values, compassionate community whose best days are yet to come."

"Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank Congressman John Peterson for his 12 years of service in Washington on behalf of us in Pennsylvania's Fifth District. I also appreciate his confidence in my ability to work on behalf of his constituents and will work as hard as I possibly can, to provide the same superb representation that we have come to expect here is central Pennsylvania."

The fifth district, which stretches across 17 of Pennsylvania's 63 counties, is the largest Congressional District in Pennsylvania and is the second largest East of the Mississippi River. Congressman John Peterson, who represented the Fifth District for 12 years did not seek re-election.

It's Thompson, Scarnati, Young

Not surprisingly, Barack Obama did not win big in McKean County. He got about 32 percent of the vote.

In other races, Republican Glenn Thompson seems to be the winner of the 5th District Congressional seat.

With 66 percent of the precincts reporting, Thompson is leading Mark McCracken by more than 30,000 votes.

In McKean County, Thompson has garnered 69 percent of the vote so far, while McCracken has 29 percent.

In McCracken's home county of Clearfield, Thompson got 52 percent of the vote compared to McCracken's 46 and a half.

Thompson says, "Back in January when I decided to run for the Congress, I committed myself to a campaign that was focused on the issues. I am proud to have run a positive campaign and extremely honored and humbled to have gained the confidence of the voters of the Fifth Congressional District to serve as their next representative in Washington.

"As your representative, I won't make any outlandish promises, but I will guarantee you this. I will always put the citizens of this district above politics and will never waver in my support of the men and women that serve our country in uniform.


"While the challenges are demanding, and the issues facing this country far and wide, I look forward to the opportunity to work for the constituents of the fifth district and welcome the fight that lays ahead," he says.

In the race for the 25th District State Senate seat, incumbent Joe Scarnati beat his challenger Donald Hilliard by a margin of about 3 to 1.

Scarnati says he's looking forward to returning to Harrisburg.

"It's about restoring respect and trust in the process and the Legislatuare, and as I work on these next four years that will continue to be one of my top priorities. And I just want to thank so many of my constituents that have honored me," Scarnati says.

In McKean County, Scarnati's margin of victory was 4 to 1.

The battle for the 75th District State House seat between incumbent Dan Surra and challenger Matt Gabler is still too close to call.

With 50 percent of the precincts reporting, it's 51 percent for Gabler and 49 percent for Surra.

Representatives Marty Causer and Kathy Rapp ran unopposed.

In New York, state senator Cathy Young has defeated her challenger Christopher Schaeffer. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, she has 78 percent of the votes.

Obama Wins

CNN projects that Sen. Barack Obama has won election as the next president of the United States.

Thompson, Scarnati Ahead in McKean Co; Surra Race is Close

As CNN told us, Pennsylvania and New York have gone to Barack Obama.

As for other races in Pennsylvania, with 18 percent of the vote counted in the 5th Congressional District, Republican Glenn Thompson leads Democrat Mark McCracken by about 500 votes.

33 out of 42 Districts (78.57%) Reporting from McKean County, Thompson leads McCracken by 68 % to 30 %

In the race for the 25th District State Senate seat, incumbent Joe Scarnati leads challenger Donald Hilliard by a margin of about 3 to 1.

The percentage is higher in McKean County with 74 percent for Scarnati and 26 for Hilliard.

Besides the closeness of the congressional seat, the other big surprise in the region is that the race between incumbent state representative Dan Surra of Elk County and his challenger Matt Gabler is neck-and-neck.

It's 51 percent for Gabler and 49 percent for Surra in Elk County in Surra's home county. Clearfield County results are just starting to come in.

In New York State, with 23 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent state senator Cathy Young is leading her challenger Christopher Schaeffer with 77 percent of the vote.

Two Hurt in Separate Accidents

A Lewis Run woman suffered minor injuries after she fell asleep at the wheel this afternoon on Route 219. Police say 44-year-old Mary Hedlund was about 3/5 of a mile from Route 6 when her vehicle drifted into the opposite lane of travel and hit a vehicle driven by Judy Enis of Smethport that was attempting to pass a vehicle driven by Deborah Babcox of Smethport. Hedlund was taken to Kane Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Ennis and Babcox were not hurt.



A Bradford teenager was hurt in an accident late Monday night on West Corydon Street. Police say 16-year-old Phillip Cauvel attempted to avoid hitting a deer in the road, traveled off the road and hit two trees. Cauvel was flown to an out-of-town hospital for treatment of orthopedic injuries.

Cops: Man Stole Engagement Ring

A Frewsburg man has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing an $8,000 engagement ring.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies say 21-year-old Garrett Culver took the ring while he was attending a Halloween party in the Town of Leon.

He was arrested Monday night and was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $300 bail.

In Case You Missed It ...

11/04/08 - Schiappa to Face Attempted Homocide
A Bradford man will be facing attempted homicide charges in connection with an attack on his girlfriend back on September 2 in Bradford. Court records indicate that 23 year-old Uriah Schaippa is facing attempted homicide, aggravated assault with indifference to human life and reckless endangerment charges. Schiappa allegedly attacked Tara Strait with a hammer at a residence on West Washington Street. He remains jailed without bail.


11/04/08 - Two Charges for Weekend Assaults
A Bradford man was charged Monday after a weekend assault on his wife. Court records indicate that 22 year-old Robert Girdlestone is facing several charges including terroristic threats and public drunkeness after he struck his wife Victoria. Bradford City Police then say that Girdlestone made threats against them and their familes while he was being held in the holding center downtown. Girdlestone was sent to McKean County jail on $10,000 bail.

11/03/08 - Kane Man Charged With Rape
A Kane man was arrested Friday night and charged with rape. State Police say that 42 year-old Clarence Walton engaged in sexual intecourse with a 17 year-old girl in a wooded area off Forest Route 133 in Wetmore Township. Walton was charged with rape, sexual assault and indecent assault. He is being held on $20,000 bail at the McKean County Jail.

11/03/08 - Fire Destroys Limestone Home
A fire on Schoolhouse Road in Limestone destroyed a home early Sunday morning. Limestone Volunteer Firefighters say that the home owned by Robert Light was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at 6 Sunday morning. Light’s wife, three year-old son and a family friend were taken to BRMC for treatment of smoke inhalation. A wood stove is being blamed for the fire.

11/02/08 - 35th Don Raabe Big 30 Giveaway Day
The Don Raabe Big 30 Charities concluded its 35th classic with its annual give-away-day Saturday in Bradford. The committee handed out checks worth $12,000. The total given to individuals and organizations during the year reached $29,000. The 36 Big 30 Classic is set for Saturday August 1, 2009.

10/31/08 - Woman Pleads to Molestation Charges
An Eldred woman pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County Court to molesting her daughter over a one year period. Court records show that 36 year-old Dorothy Albney had been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child and false imprisonment. The alleged incidents happened in 2006 and 2007. Albney will be sentenced on January 29.

PA Congressional Races

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Republican mayor who became nationally prominent for his stand against illegal immigrants was seeking Tuesday to oust a 12-term congressman in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The state's only open seat was in a rural district in central and northern Pennsylvania vacated by GOP Rep. John Peterson's retirement. Peterson's chosen successor, Centre County GOP chairman Glenn Thompson, appeared to have the advantage over Democrat Mark McCracken, a Clearfield County Commissioner.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Web Site Details Insurance Act

Individuals living with autism and their loved ones, as well as private health insurance companies and autism service providers, now have access to a new state Web site that offers information on the Pennsylvania Autism Insurance Act, according to state Sen. Mike Stack.

The Web site, www.paautisminsurance.org, offers answers about the law (Act 62), which requires large group private health insurance policies to cover the treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Children under 21 years of age will be eligible for $36,000 in autism services. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2009.

“This is a great service for anyone who might benefit from the new Autism Insurance Act,” Stack said. “More children are being diagnosed with this developmental disorder, so it’s crucial that Pennsylvania offers a solid source of information on the coverage that will be available to them.”

In addition to the large group private insurance coverage, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) will provide coverage to children that exceed the $36,000 cap. DPW will continue to provide autism service coverage to children whose parent’s private insurance policy does not cover autism services.

Construction Continues

Work continues on the new Tim Horton's/Crosby Mart on East Main Street. You can almost smell the donuts!

'Disturbance' at The Ralph Was Sex

The call came out early in the third quarter Sunday to investigate numerous complaints of a commotion in a ladies’ restroom across from Section 336 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

It didn’t take security officers long to figure out the cause of what police later called a “public disturbance” in the restroom.

For the full story, go to The Buffalo News.

'Dead Man Walking' Takes the Stage

SBU Theater will open its 2008-09 season with the production of “Dead Man Walking," which takes the stage this week at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Performances will run at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The Thursday performance will be followed by a talk-back session involving the audience and cast members.

“Dead Man Walking” is the stage version of Sr. Helen Prejean’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated book by the same name. It was also made into an Academy Award-winning movie directed by actor and activist Tim Robbins, who worked with Prejean in developing the 1995 film. The stage version of “Dean Man Walking” is part of the national Dead Man Walking Theatre Project, which is only available to colleges, universities and some secondary schools.

"Dead Man Walking" tells of Prejean’s early experiences ministering to inmates on Louisiana’s death row. It focuses particularly on Prejean’s relationship with inmate Matt Poncelet, on death row for rape and murder.

Playing the roles of Prejean and Poncelet in the campus production are students Erin Lowry, ’11, of Shanghai, China, a theater and journalism and mass communication major, and Alex Sanders, ’09, a journalism and mass communication major from Howell, N.J.

Tickets for the theater production of “Dead Man Walking” are available by calling the Quick Center for the Arts Box Office at (716) 375-2494. “Dead Man Walking” contains adult subjects and language.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Prejean will be on campus for a lecture, “Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues,” and book signing. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena and is sponsored by the University’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern.

(Pictured from left are St. Bonaventure students Adam Sorokes, Drew Moxley, Erin Lowry and (seated) Alex Sanders. Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure University. )

Brookville Courthouse Evacuated

The Jefferson County Courthouse in Brookville was evacuated this morning after a suspicious letter was found.

When the letter was found at about 10:30 a.m., emergency crews evacuated the courthouse.

None of the polling places are in the courthouse so, according to Emergency Management Agency Director Tracy Zents, the political process was not disrupted.

Zents says Post Office officials and the FBI are investigating.

Courthouse employees are back at work inside the building.

Companies Fined for Quecreek

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Two companies involved in the Quecreek Mine accident were playing "Russian roulette" with the lives of nine miners who were trapped underground for more than three days, a judge said in fining both companies each maximum of $55,000.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Judge: Mayor's Actions 'No Big Deal'

A county judge has thrown out criminal charges that a Pennsylvania borough mayor illegally wrote parking tickets. The judge says the infraction — even if illegal — was no big deal.

For the full story, go to the Tribune-Democrat.

On-Air Coverage Begins at 9 P.M.

Election 2008 is well underway.

Polls close at 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania and 9.p.m. in New York.

For up to the minute election results you can go to our network of web sites, Scott's Morning Buzz.com, WESB.com and WBRRFM.com.

We’ll have local results, including the race for retiring Congressman John Peterson's seat and the races between incumbent Pennsylvania State Senator Joe Scarnati and his opponent Donald Hilliard, and New York State Senator Cathy Young and her opponent Christopher Schaeffer.

Also, the Seneca Nation Presidency is up for grabs between Barry Snyder and Dan Williams.

Our on-air coverage begins at 9 p.m. on 1490 WESB and 100.1 The HERO.

Penalty Phase of Murder Trial Starts

A jury is returning to court in northwest Ohio today to determine whether a truck driver should be recommended for death row for killing his boss, an Oil City native, and another man.

The same Wood County jury last week convicted Calvin Neyland Jr. of two counts of aggravated murder.

The penalty phase is expected to last three days. A death sentence is possible.

Neyland was found guilty of gunning down manager Doug Smith and retired Pennsylvania state trooper Thomas Lazar in August 2007 at Liberty Transportation outside Toledo. Lazar had been sent to the trucking company office to help fire Neyland. Smith's father is a former vice president for Quaker State. His parents still live in the Oil City area.

Fumo PI Snooped on Rivals, Others

State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo had a private detective snoop into Ed Rendell, a long string of political enemies, his own son, an ex-girlfriend, a former wife - and even two topless dancers, the private eye said yesterday.

For the full story, go to philly.com.

Early Election Result:

My nephews' school had their mock election yesterday. One of them voted for John McCain. The other voted for Brocko Bama.

Up to the Minute Election Results

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fire Drill at The Pavilion

By George Nianiatus, senior writer
Communications Department


A fourth-floor fire drill Monday involving Bradford city firefighters at The Pavilion at BRMC gave a real-life example for both staff and residents at the facility on how to properly and safely escape a blaze. If the goal was to ensure Pavilion staff got a first-hand look at refining proper escape procedures and give confidence to residents about their safety, the drill was a success, said officials involved with the one-hour event. The Pavilion is located off Pleasant Street and adjacent to Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC).

A tower truck, fire engine and eight firefighters responded to the drill which involved a mock fire in a resident’s room. It also involved Pavilion staff taking other staffers, posing as residents, past closed fire doors to a safe section of the building. Meanwhile, Pavilion residents observed the entire event from the hallway.

Afterward, a review was conducted by Jeff Gabel, BRMC’s Plant Services director, and Boo Coder, Bradford City Fire Department’s chief, for the benefit of Pavilion staff and residents. The review also included a question-and-answer period.

“Residents watched this happen and we explained how they would be safely evacuated,” Mr. Gabel said.

”This kind of drill shows staff and residents what they need to do in the event of a fire,” said Chief Coder.

Another benefit is it gave the City Fire Department a chance to become familiar with The Pavilion’s layout, Chief Coder noted. “We haven’t had to come up here very often.”

Bonnie Himes, The Pavilion’s administrator, said the drill proved to be extremely beneficial. “This was a really good learning experience,” she said. “We know better what to do with the help from this drill.”

Following the drill, Pavilion staff and residents gathered in the lounge to review what occurred and get further explanations from Chief Coder and Mr. Gabel.

“The staff has a huge responsibility to make sure residents are evacuated safely,” Chief Coder said. “This drill familiarizes staff with procedures,” he added.
Furthermore, “Residents need to know what to do and also trust that the staff will take you in the right direction” to ensure a swift and safe evacuation, the fire chief said.

“This kind of drill gives a chance to expose any possible weaknesses and plan better for any possible emergencies in the future,” Mr. Gabel said.

“It’s important that everyone is on the same page” if a fire ever arises, Chief Coder said.

The drill came about following a mutual discussion between hospital officials and the City Fire Department, Mr. Gabel noted.

The Pavilion’s Resident’s Council also had requested this type of drill. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Health requires staff to undergo one fire drill per shift per quarter during the year. The Pavilion is a 95-bed facility that provides long-term care and post-surgical rehabilitation services. For more information, call 814-362-4533 or go online at www.brmc.com.

(In the photos, courtesy of BRMC, Bradford City Fire Department firefighters prepare to enter a smoke-filled room during a drill Monday at The Pavilion at BRMC. And, Jennifer Frederick (center), The Pavlion’s assistant activities director, pretends to be a resident who’s dragged on a blanket to safety by Mandy Schleicher (left), CNA, and Melissa DeCasper, LPN.)

Funeral Service for Art Brechtel

Funeral services were held this afternoon for Kane Fire Chief Art Brechtel who died Thursday at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh after a long battle with leukemia. Brechtel was 33 years old and was a life member of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department. He also was a Pennsylvania State Fire Instructor, an EMT, and belonged to the Tri-County Firemen's Association and the Central District Firemen's Association. Fire departments from around the region sent representatives to Kane for the funeral.

In Cattaraugus County Court ...

A Hamlin, New York man has pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of marijuana. Prosecutors say 23-year-old Martin Emrich attempted to sell more than 16 ounces of marijuana on May 2 in the Village of Allegany. Emrich will be sentenced on February 9.

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to assault in connection with an incident when he seriously injured another person during a break-in. Alfonso Flores, and another person, remained in a house unlawfully, then injured two people. Flores will be sentenced January 5.

An Olean woman has been sentenced to one to three years in state prison for a scheme to defraud Olean residents, and for escaping from police. 23-year-old Christine McDonald was going door-to-door in her scheme to defraud Olean residents of money. While being arrested on those charges, she escaped from police. The incidents happened between June 1 and July 15.

Suspected Illegal Aliens Picked Up

13 suspected illegal aliens are in custody after being picked up at a construction site in Hamburg, New York, Sunday night. Police say they noticed a suspicious vehicle on the site of the Lowe's Store that's under construction on Southwestern Boulevard. They learned that the people at the site were illegal aliens employed by a subcontractor working at the site. The U.S. Border Patrol then helped town police find another suspected illegal alien at a local hotel where the group was staying.

PA Couple Wins Powerball Jackpot

A York couple today claimed a Powerball® jackpot worth $30.2 million cash from the Oct. 29 drawing.

Myrna and Thomas Shearer had the single-winning jackpot ticket that matched all five white balls, 20-30-37-50-52, and the red Powerball, 33, to win the Oct. 29 jackpot, which grew over seven drawings to an annuity value of $58.6 million. The couple elected to take the $30,207,012.05 cash prize, less 25 percent federal withholding.

Myrna Shearer had been playing her own Powerball numbers, but realized she forgot to take the list with her when she went to purchase her tickets for the Oct. 29 drawing. While the winning jackpot ticket was a quick pick, four of her five regularly played numbers were drawn Oct. 29.

Shearer purchased the winning ticket at Bookland, 2114 S. Queen St., in York. The gift shop will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The Shearers presented the winning ticket for validation today at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. After examining the ticket and executing propriety security measures, Lottery officials confirmed that it was the jackpot-winning ticket from the Oct. 29 Powerball drawing.

This is the third jackpot-winning Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania in the past two months and the second jackpot-winning Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania in October. On Oct. 4, 22 postal workers from Delaware County won a $10.2 million Powerball jackpot.

The Shearers are the 12th Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball jackpot winners since the state joined the multi-jurisdictional game in June 2002. Powerball tickets are sold in 31 participating jurisdictions – 29 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

Erie Man Hit By Freight Train

Erie County coroner Lyell Cook is hoping toxicology tests and more investigation will help him figure out why a man was killed by a passing freight train. The body of 23-year-old Timothy Villa of Erie was found near the CSX railroad tracks in the city at 2 a.m. Sunday. Cook says Villa may have left a Halloween party shortly before he was hit and killed by the train. An autopsy Sunday confirmed the man died of massive trauma. Cook says police are trying to contact the train's crew. Cook is waiting for toxicology tests on Villa's body before ruling whether the death was an accident, but says it does not appear to be foul play.

Corrie Anderson Still Missing

Police are still looking for a missing mother from Chautauqua County. Investigators say they are interviewing friends and acquaintances and following up on tips in the case of 36-year-old Corrie Anderson who hasn't been seen since last Tuesday. Police are also broadening the search area near her home in the Town of Busti. They found Anderson's dark blue 2005 Dodge Caravan Thursday afternoon less than a mile from her house. If you have any information at all, call State Police in Jamestown at 716-665-3113.

Man Made, Passed Counterfeit Bills

A former Titusville resident has pleaded guilty to a federal counterfeiting violation. 37-year-old Gregg Militello was caught by Titusville Police after passing counterfeit bills at a convenience store. An investigation by police and the US Secret Service found that Miltello manufactured several counterfeit bills at his home using a copier and printer. He passed or attempted to pass the bills at various establishments. Militello faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both when he's sentenced on January 29.

Settlement for 'Off-Label Marketing'

Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that the Commonwealth will be receiving more than $5.5 million as part of a national settlement with Pennsylvania-based drug maker Cephalon, Inc.

Corbett said the settlement resolves that Cephalon engaged in improper off-label marketing for the drugs Actiq, a pain reliever used to treat cancer patients; Gabitril, a medication used to treat seizures; and Provigil, which is used to treat sleep disorders. Cephalon had been accused of promoting uses for those drugs that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

"This agreement, along with other recent cases involving the aggressive marketing and sale of prescription drugs, should send a strong message to all pharmaceutical companies that we will not tolerate deceptive and misleading drug promotions," Corbett said.

Pennsylvania's Medicaid program is receiving $5,577,859 as part of the national settlement. The settlement funds include repayment of excessive charges for prescription drugs that were allegedly made by the state Medicaid program as the result of Cephalon's off-label marketing, along with damages and penalties.

Corbett said the settlement agreement also includes a "Corporate Integrity Agreement" with Cephalon that requires strict scrutiny of future marketing and sales practices.

Corbett said the Pennsylvania settlement with Cephalon is part of a $425 million national agreement that resolves various federal and state allegations against the company.

Record Number of Registered
Voters in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – A record-setting 8,758,031 Pennsylvanians are registered to vote at one of the state’s more than 9,300 polling places in tomorrow’s general election, Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortés said today as he urged those going to the polls to prepare and vote during off-peak times to avoid long lines.

The Pennsylvania Department of State estimates that up to 80 percent of those registered to vote will cast a ballot tomorrow. With such a large turnout anticipated, Cortés said adequate preparation by voters and, when possible, going to the polls between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. will help ensure a smooth election with minimal wait.

The polls are open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., but those who are standing in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

“It is exciting to see that so many Pennsylvanians took the first step in preparing to vote by registering, but I urge them to not make it their last step,” said Cortés. “The magnitude of these numbers should emphasize – not eclipse – how important it is for voters to prepare fully for tomorrow.

“Voters should take time today or before they go to the polls tomorrow to confirm their registration and learn where their polling place is located, what kind of voting system they will use, and what they should carry with them. Voters can find this information, as well as answers to other frequently asked questions at VotesPA.com.

“Additionally, I encourage those that have some flexibility in their schedule to vote during off-peak times, or periods when fewer people typically go to vote. Lines are typically longest before people go to work in the morning and before they go home in the evening. For instance, precincts where there are 30-minute lines in the morning often have no wait at all by 10 a.m.”

The 8,758,031 registered voters for tomorrow’s general election is a new record for the state. The previous all-time high for registered Pennsylvania voters prior to a General Election was 8,366,663 in 2004. Of the current voter registration count, 4,480,691 are registered as Democrats and 3,243,391 are registered as Republicans.

There were 8,328,123 Pennsylvanians registered to vote in the state’s primary election on April 22.

In preparation for the 2008 primary and general elections, the department re-launched its award-winning voter preparedness Web site, VotesPA.com, in April. In addition to visiting VotesPA.com, Pennsylvanians may call the department’s toll-free hotline, at 1-877-VOTESPA (868-3772) for answers to their questions.

“Whether you are a first-time voter, a seasoned voter, or a voter with specific needs or questions, VotesPA.com and our toll-free hotline will help to ensure you know where to go, what to carry, and what to do in order to be prepared,” said Cortés.

Cortés added that visiting VotesPA.com will also help correct myths and misinformation about the voting process, including one of the most common election-related myths that a driver’s license is the only approved form of identification for first-time voters.

“State law requires that Pennsylvanians who are voting for the first time – or for the first time in a new precinct – must present an approved form of photo or non-photo identification,” Cortés said. “The variety of approved forms of ID for first-time voters includes, but is not limited to, a Pennsylvania driver’s license.”

Other forms of approved identification include student or government-issued identification, as well as firearm permits and current bank statements or utility bills. A complete list is available at VotesPA.com.

Tomorrow’s election will be the twelfth Cortés has overseen as the commonwealth’s chief election official.

More information about the Pennsylvania Department of State is available at www.dos.state.pa.us. For complete voter registration statistics, click on the voter registration statistics link in the “Look What’s Hot” box on the right-hand side of the homepage; for unofficial, real-time election returns, click on the elections returns graphic on the right-hand side of the homepage

$2.9 Million for Impact Warren

State Senator Joe Scarnati announced today that funding for further development of IMPACT WARREN has been secured. Over $2.9 million in additional funds will now be available for this project.

“Since the beginning, I have worked with local officials and developers to see to the successful completion of this important project,” Scarnati stated. “I am pleased to have been involved in securing close to $3 million in additional revenues to expand economic development in this area.”

Scarnati mentioned that this is a big win for the community and the region, as it will only aid in making the City of Warren a better place to work and live.

“Once again, it shows the importance of working together and making sure that we bring our fair share of tax dollars back to the region,” Scarnati added. “This is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when state leaders work closely with local officials. Without question, this is a tremendous shot in the arm to this community during these difficult economic times.”

The $2.95 million secured by Senator Scarnati is part of the Building PA Program through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which was created in 2004 by the General Assembly to spur job creation in Pennsylvania.

Political Signs Recovered

City of St. Marys Police have recovered 17 political signs, business signs and other signs that had been stolen from the area of the St. Marys Municipal Airport and other undetermined locations. They recovered all the signs were recovered from a private driveway on Woodsmoke Road. They didn't say if the political signs were all from one party.