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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Another Walker Dies in Warren Co.

There's been another fatal accident involving a pedestrian in Warren County.

Police say 49-year-old Pamela Simpson of Sugar Grove was walking on Catlin Hill Road 4/10 of a mile south of the New York State line at about 7:30 Friday night when she was hit by a pickup truck driven by 20-year-old Justin Roberts of Ashville, New York.

Simpson was thrown into a ditch and died instantly.

No charges have been filed, but the accident remains under investigation.

On Thursday, 43-year-old Shirley Cearfoss was walking in the southbound lane of South State Street when she was hit by a Brinks Tour & Charter bus.

Police say because this is the second pedestrian fatality in two days, they are recommending that people walking along the road at night wear light-colored or reflective clothing and that they consider carrying a flashlight. They also advise people to move off the travel lanes as vehicles approach.

Hunting Tips from Jim Clark

The November Issue of the Penn State Cooperative Extension Ag Safety Newsletter offered an article on hunter safety. The hunting season is upon us and local Extension Educator, Jim Clark, says these ten ideas every hunter should be aware of and follow.

Responsible hunters respect wildlife, landowners, and other hunters, as well as themselves. They support conservation efforts, encourage excellent marksmanship, obey all game laws, and always get permission to hunt on private property. Laws vary by state, city and county; so it’s important to check with local officials. Keep these 10 tips for hunting safety in mind during the season:

Wear orange for safety
You need to be seen… you need to wear a color that stands out. That’s why hunters wear fluorescent or­ange clothing. Wear a vest and/or jacket that is bright orange. Orange gloves and an orange hat will make you stand out even more.

Know how to use treestands
Use treestands certified by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA). They are commercially de­signed and tested to meet high stan­dards. Read and follow manufacturer’s guidelines. Practice with stands before hunting. Select suitable trees; avoid dead trees or those with loose bark. Maintain three points of contact with the climbing system, ladder or tree at all times.

Buckle up!
If you hunt from an elevated stand, always wear a fall-resistant device whenever your feet leave the ground until they return. A full-body harness is best!

Take a gun safety course
Pennsylvania has conducted formal hunter education courses since 1959. The results show hunting fatalities and injuries from firearms have declined nearly 80 percent. Even if it’s not required by law, you should take a gun safety course. Take advantage of refresher courses as well.

Know your zone of fire
Know the area where you can safely shoot at game and not endanger your partners or livestock in the area. Never shoot at game moving between you and someone else.

Hunt with a buddy
It’s safer to hunt with someone. So take a buddy along. If you do hunt alone, be sure to tell a family member or friend where you’re hunting and when you’ll return.

Do your homework
Scout your hunting area, and learn the habits of the game you hunt. Prac­tice with your sporting arms to become a skilled and proficient shooter.

Dress for warmth
Layers of clothing that wick away moisture, insulate, and block wind or rain will keep you safe and comfortable all day. Also dress to protect yourself from insect bites and poisonous plants.

Carry a gun the right way
Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Carrying techniques can vary. Use the two-handed, ready or field carry held with both hands. The muzzle should be pointed up toward the front, and the trigger finger should be rest­ing on the trigger guard.

Be prepared
Anticipate problems and emergencies. Always carry a basic survival kit that includes high-caloric food and a waterproof firestarter, as well as a first-aid kit. Learn how to use a map and compass or GPS unit.

Penn State Extension wishes everyone a safe hunting season.

Cops: Man is Suspect, Not Victim

An Oswayo man has been charged for saying he was a victim of a crime so he wouldn't be a suspect.

Police charged 22-year-old Damien Perry on Friday with theft, receiving stolen property and making false reports to law enforcement for an alleged incident that happened August 29 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.

At that time, Perry and Dorothy Rhinehart of Port Allegany both reported that money was stolen from them while they were at work at Sweden Valley Manor.

Police say their investigation revealed that Perry was not a victim.

Three More Drug Arrests

Three more people have been arrested on drug charges in Bradford.

Amanda Szelangowski and, Arnold Pond were each charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver and related offenses. Jeffrey Mackey was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The Bradford City Street Crimes Unit seized Oxycontin, Valium, a vehicle and an unspecified amount of cash during the arrests.

Man Sentenced for Assaulting Girl

A Salamanca man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl is now considered to be a sexually violent predator and has been sentenced to ten to 20 years in a Pennsylvania state prison.

David Nordlund had been found guilty of two felony counts of aggravated indecent assault and one count of indecent assault.

The incidents happened in the City of Warren in November of last year.

Cops: Brothers Involved in Bar Fight

One brother had to be taken to a hospital and the other was taken to jail after they got into bar fight Thursday night.

Police say 55-year-old Norton Cole and 44-year-old Timothy Cole got into a fight at Mosch's Tavern in Coudersport.

Timothy Cole suffered injuries to his face, including a severe contusion, scrapes, cuts and swelling.

Norton Cole was charged with simple assault and was sent to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Olean Man Indicted on Rape Charge

An Olean man has been indicted on charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment.

21-year-old George Portlow Jr. allegedly made sexual advances toward a woman he had known for years. The victim says when she resisted, Portlow put her in a choke hold, grabbed her hair and raped her.

The alleged incident happened between June 17 and 18, in Olean.

In Case You Missed It

11/14/08 - Woman Hit By Bus, Dies
A Spring Creek woman died after a bus hit her Thursday night near Warren. State Police say 43-year-old Shirley Cearfoss was walking in the southbound lane of South State Street at its intersection with Ditmar Street when she was hit by a Brinks Tour & Charter bus. Cearfoss was taken to Warren General Hospital, where she later died.

11/14/08 - Antrim Pleads Guilty
A man pleaded guilty Thursday in McKean County court to improper sale of fishing licenses at his Lantz Corners store. 66 year-old Wilber Antrim pleaded to failure to make required disposition of funds, issuing a license without proper fees and issuing a license without adhering to regulations. The State Fish and Boat Commission was unable to obtain over $3,800 in fees that Antrim’s Allegheny Crossroads business had collected from the sale of fishing licenses in April and May of this year. He’ll be sentenced on Decmeber 11.

11/13/08 - Smock and Coon Plead No Contest
The Bradford man and woman charged in connection with the death of 20 year-old Alissa Cameron last December have entered no contest pleas. 19 year-old Nikole Smock and 20 year-old Zachery Coon entered their pleas Wednesday in McKean County Court. Smock pleaded no contest to a charge of accidents involving death. Coon pleaded no contest to solicitation of an accident involving death. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of underage drinking. Coon and Smock will be sentenced on December 12.

PGC: Bear Season Looks Promising

HARRISBURG – Last year’s black bear harvest was light, but weather permitting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission expects hunters to have good opportunities afield in the upcoming bear seasons.

“Pennsylvania’s black bear population has numbered 14,000 to 15,000 for at least eight years now,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “Because our bear population now covers almost three-quarters of the state – and includes a number of world-class trophy bears – Pennsylvania has become one of the top states for bear hunters. Every bear hunter heads afield in Pennsylvania knowing he or she has a chance to see a bear and to possibly take a huge one that weighs 700 to 800 pounds.”

Weather impacted the opening day of last year’s traditional three-day November bear season, but hunters still took 2,360 bears by the time the state’s slate of bear seasons closed. The opening day is almost always the best day of any season, because hunter participation is generally the highest.

The 2007 bear harvest compares with 3,122 in 2006, and 4,164 in 2005, the state’s best bear kill. Already in this decade, which still is not completed, hunters have taken more black bears than in any other decade since the Game Commission began keeping bear harvest records in 1915.

“Our black bear population is a remarkable resource,” said Mark Ternent, Game Commission black bear biologist. “Every year since 2000, more than 100,000 hunters have headed afield in pursuit of bears, with harvests exceeding 3,000 bears most years, yet many local bear populations across the state have remained stable or increased. It’s a good time to be a bear hunter.”

Pennsylvania’s primary bear season is three days, statewide, just prior to Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-26. There also is a two-day archery bear season – Nov. 19 and 20 – in Wildlife Management Units 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 3A, 4A, 4B and 4D. Additionally, concurrent with the first week of the firearms deer season, there is an extended season that is open Dec. 1-6, in WMU 3C and portions of 3B, 2G and 4E; and Dec. 3-6, in all of WMUs 4C, 4D and 4E.

“We expect bear population levels to be comparable to last year or possibly higher in areas where the harvest was down last year,” Ternent said. “The exception may be in parts of the state’s northeast, where we have been trying to reduce local bear populations through the use of an extended season.

“Hunters should take around 3,500 bears if good weather prevails, maybe more if there is snow-cover, in the upcoming bear seasons. If we follow the state average, about 30 hunters will take a bear that weighs 500 pounds or more.”

Since 1992, six bears with an estimated live weight of 800 pounds or more have been taken in Pennsylvania. The possibility of another 800-pounder being taken by a hunter is always in play when Pennsylvania’s bear season opens.

The heaviest bears taken in Pennsylvania typically come from the state’s Northeast. However, the Southwest Region also is producing record-book black bears based on skull dimensions, which is the method used for official big game scoring and record keeping. In 2005, Andrew Seaman Jr. of Dunbar took a 733-pound black bear that had a skull measurement of 23and 3/16th inches that the Boone and Crockett Club now recognizes as tied for the world-record black bear killed legally by a hunter. The Fayette County bear is tied with a bear taken in California.

During the first week of October, a large Cambria County black bear was killed by a vehicle while crossing the road. It had an unofficial skull measurement of 23 and 8/16th inches. Skulls officially cannot be measured for the record book until after a 60-day drying period.

“License sales indicate that the number of bear hunters may be up this year,” Ternent said. “Couple that with what appears to be at least a stable, and possibly larger, bear population and it could translate into good bear hunting.”

Hunters this fall also have expanded opportunities with new or enlarged extended season areas in WMUs 4C, 4D, 4E, and the around Lock Haven in WMU 2G.

These changes will open extended bear hunting in about 9,300 square-miles, compared to 5,100 square-miles in 2007 (even with the removal of WMU 3D for extended bear hunting in 2008).

So, there are plenty of bears, plenty of hunters, tremendous opportunities. It sounds like everything is about right. But there are other variables to consider in all types of hunting. Two of the most important for big game are the availability of fall foods and, of course, the weather.

“Our fall food survey suggests that almost all soft mast species produced well,” Ternent said. “Hard mast is a different story. Some areas reported average acorn crops. But there also were large areas that are reporting acorn crop failure where there was significant gypsy moth defoliation this past spring. The northcentral, northwest and southcentral counties appear to have been impacted the most. There are few areas anywhere with above-average acorn crops.

“Scouting, as it is in most seasons, will be important for bear hunters,” Ternent said. “Bears are capable of locating small patches where food is available. In years when acorns are sparse, scouting for those areas is necessary if you want to hunt where there are bears. Talk to farmers and foresters, check out the field officer game forecasts on the Game Commission’s website, and try to spend some time in the woods before bear season arrives.”

Last year, bears were taken in 49 of the state’s 67counties. The state’s top three counties were: Clinton, 171; Lycoming, 139; and Tioga, 121. A majority of the bears – 2,026 – were taken in the three-day firearms season before Thanksgiving. In addition, 41 bears were taken in the archery season, and 293 were taken in the extended seasons.

The bear harvest, by WMU, for all three seasons combined (archery, 3-day, and extended), including 2006's harvest results in parentheses, were: WMU 1A, 7 (12); WMU 1B, 29 (37); WMU 2A, 1, (0), WMU 2C, 238 (267); WMU 2D, 94 (101); WMU 2E, 50 (101); WMU 2F, 224 (206); WMU 2G, 545 (724); WMU 3A, 186 (242); WMU 3B, 214 (372); WMU 3C, 145 (245); WMU 3D, 193 (224); WMU 4A, 100 (116); WMU 4B, 42 (32); WMU 4C, 54 (70); WMU 4D, 184 (299); and WMU 4E, 54 (74).

Bear licenses must be purchased prior to Dec. 1. Hunters who already have their general hunting license (which is silver) may add bear license privileges at any issuing agent or via “The Outdoor Shop” on the agency’s website ( If purchasing a bear license online, hunters will be given a “web order number” at the end of the transaction, which they will be instructed to write in the appropriate area on their general license and sign the appropriate box; they will not need to wait for anything to be mailed.

Hunters who purchased their general hunting license (which is yellow) through the agency’s pilot “Pennsylvania Automated License System” would need to purchase their bear license through the PALS website (, and wait for a new bear license to be mailed to them, which could take seven to 10 days for delivery, or they can visit one of the 15 sites selling licenses via PALS.

Bonnies Win Season Opener

Despite a 16-0 run to start the game, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team had to fight off a gusty second half performance by Robert Morris for a 72-62 season-opening win Friday evening on Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center.

Juniors Jonathan Hall and Chris Matthews were the offensive stars of the game, combining for 37 points and 11 rebounds. Hall led the way with a team-high 19 points on 6-of-14 from the field and also chipped in with six rebounds. Matthews buried a career-high five three-pointers to finish with 18 points, while his five rebounds were also a career-best.

The game looked everything like the first contest of the season for both clubs as they combined for 56 free throw attempts, 48 fouls and 34 turnovers.

“I thought the first half, the whole first half, we played great defense, switching and getting some energy and picking them up full court.,” said head coach Mark Schmidt, who coached Robert Morris for six seasons prior to coming to St. Bonaventure. “It’s a great victory for us, our goal was to be 1-0 after tonight and we are but there are a lot of things to work on.”

The Bonnies opened the game on a 16-0 run that was fueled by solid defense and torrid shooting from long range. Sophomore Malcolm Eleby and Matthews started the streak with back-to-back three-pointers forcing Robert Morris to take a timeout just 55 seconds into the game.

The timeout wasn’t the answer for the Colonials as Matthews drilled his second trifecta in as many minutes to up the lead to 10-0. Hall followed with back-to-back buckets, while freshman Andrew Nicholson wrapped up the run with a fade away jumper to make it 16-0 less than five minutes off the clock.

In all, the Bona defense forced RMU into eight empty possessions to start the game, including 0-of-6 from the field and two turnovers.

Luckily, for St. Bonaventure, its defense was consistent throughout the half. The Bonnies went nearly the next seven minutes without a field goal and still owned a 22-6 edge with 8:31 remaining.

The St. Bonaventure lead reached its peak with 2:43 left in the half as the home team strung out a 14-8 run for a 36-14 lead. Hall was the catalyst on both ends of the court, scoring nine points in a variety of ways, while Eleby drilled his second three of the contest.

Robert Morris scored the remaining five points of the half to trail 36-19 at the half.

The St. Bonaventure lead held strong at 18 points, 46-28, four minutes into the final frame, but a 15-3 Colonial run that took up just over four minutes made it a two-possession game, at 49-43 with 12:03 to play.

Matthews broke the Bona scoring slump and halted RMU’s run with a pair of threes, his fourth and fifth of the game, to pump the lead back up to double-digits at 55-45.

Robert Morris refused to go away, cutting the lead to four, 66-62, on a Jeremy Chappell three-pointer with 1:09 to play.

The Bonnies iced the game by stopping the Colonials on their final four possessions and sinking 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute for the 72-62 outcome.

For the game, St. Bonaventure shot 45 percent (22-49) from the field and 39 percent from long range. The Colonials improved mightily on their 23 percent shooting clip in the first half by going 46 percent in the final frame. The rebounding edge went in favor of the Brown and White by a slight, 38-35 edge.

St. Bonaventure’s point guard by committee look of sophomore Malcolm Eleby and junior Ray Blackburn combined for 14 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Redshirt freshman Da’Quan Cook scored eight points in 17 minutes of work.

A NEC preseason All-Conference pick, Chappell led Robert Morris in scoring and on the glass with 20 points and 10 boards.

Tonight’s game was the first of four in the Garden State Challenge for St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies will be back in action on Monday night when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on Marist. The game will be televised live on Time Warner SportsNet and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

28 on G-P Third Shift Laid Off

Georgia-Pacific's Bradford plant has eliminated its third shift, leaving 28 people temporarily out of work.

The layoff is expected to be temporary, and is a result of the country's economic situation.

Company officials say if manufacturers don't need boxes for their products, Georgia-Pacific doesn't need to make the boxes.

The first and second shifts were not affected by the layoff.

Men Rescued from Reservoir

An off-duty Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputy and his son rescued two fishermen whose boat capsized in the Kinzua reservoir at the state line Friday evening.

Brian Mohr and his son were returning to their camp on the banks of the reservoir when they heard the men calling for help several hundred feet from shore.

Mohr and his son went into the water and pulled one of the men to shore. The Salamanca City Fire Department Water Rescue Team got the second man out of the water.

46-year-old Francis Parry of Spencer, New York, and 52-year-old Arthur Jacobson of Salamanca were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

The Cold Spring, Seneca Nation, Salamanca and Bradford fire departments all responded to the scene.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Court Denies 'Bucky's' Appeal

An appeals court in Rochester has turned down a bid by Ralph "Bucky" Phillips to withdraw his guilty pleas and go to trial.

The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court upheld Phillips' pleas in a decision issued this afternoon.

The panel of judges says the 46-year-old Phillips voluntarily admitted his intention to kill a trooper who was staking out his former girlfriend's in Chautauqua County.

Phillips was convicted of shooting three troopers, one of them fatally, while on the run for five months in 2006. He was captured in a Warren County field, ending one of the largest manhunts in state history.

Route 6 Bridges to Re-Open Tuesday

PennDOT expects to open both Route 6 bridges in Port Allegany on Tuesday.

One bridge spans the Allegheny River. The other spans the railroad tracks.

Once the bridges are open, PennDOT will lift the detour around the project.

Work to replace the bridges that were about 65 years old began in late February. Miscellaneous finish work will take place on the project in the spring of 2009.

First Female Four-Star General

Ann Dunwoody, a former resident of Randolph, NY, is the country's first woman four-star general.

For the full story, and pictures, go to The Associated Press.

'Odd Couple': Scarnati and Rendell

Joseph Scarnati III might be the lieutenant governor, but those who know him best say that they doubt his new title or duties will change him.

"I'll be very surprised if you see much change in Joe's day-to-day behavior," House Minority Leader Sam Smith said.

Smith and Scarnati are natives of Jefferson County. Smith has roomed with Scarnati in Harrisburg and characterized him as the "Felix" in their "odd couple" relationship.

For the full story, go to the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Cookies for the Military

Fifth-graders at School Street Elementary are spearheading a community project to send cookies to the men and women serving in the military.

They are looking for names and addresses of local men and women serving in the military either in the U.S. or abroad, especially in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The fifth-graders are also writing letters to the soldiers in hopes of brightening their spirits during the holiday season. Students in grades three through 5 are making cards to put in boxes that will contain candy and gum.

If you have names you'd like to pass along, send them to "Cookies for the Military Project" 76 School Street, Bradford, PA, 16701, ATTN: Mrs. Arrowsmith; or e-mail them to

DEP Approves Mine Reclamation Project in Cameron County

A Jefferson County company will be mining and reclaiming 293 acres of abandoned mine lands in Lumber and Shippen townships in Cameron County.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has given Allegheny Enterprises permission to conduct surface mining activities on 52 acres and restoration work on surrounding land.

Mining will include exposing and removing 16 acres of coal from abandoned underground mine workings within the permit area.

The company will also build a mine drainage treatment system at an historic mine discharge in the Portable Run watershed that has been degraded by acid mine drainage.

The project will help improve water quality in the Sinnemahoning Creek watershed. Once mining is finished, aspen, red oak, white oak and white pine trees will be planted.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thwarted Bank Robbery
Leads to Complaint Threat

Police say a central Pennsylvania man tried to rob a bank — but tellers' empty cash drawers thwarted his attempt. Springettsbury Township Police Lt. Scott Laird said the tellers were waiting for their cash drawers to be filled when a man entered a Susquehanna Bank branch Thursday morning and demanded money. The first teller fainted and the next two showed him their empty cash drawers.

Laird says the robber then threatened to file a complaint with bank management before leaving.

A customer at the drive-through called 911. A 48-year-old man was arrested about 10 blocks away and was held in the York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. He was charged with criminal attempt to commit robbery.

Hillary as Secretary of State?

CHICAGO (AP) — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the candidates that President-elect Barack Obama is considering for secretary of state, according to two Democratic officials in close contact with the Obama transition team.

For the full story, go to The Associated Press.

More Alleged Predators Arrested

Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have arrested two Clearfield County men who are both accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what they believed were 13-year old girls, as well as sending sexually explicit webcam videos. The "girls" were actually undercover agents from the Child Predator Unit who were using the online profiles of children.

Corbett identified the defendants as Michael Shawn Whelpley, 38, 181 Mockingbird Lane, Brockway, and Randall Scott Luzier, 30, 314 Little Clearfield Creek Road, Olanta.

"Both of these men are accused of using Internet chat rooms to sexually proposition what they believed were young girls," Corbett said. "It is important for parents to understand how quickly online conversations between their children and strangers can progress to sexual conversations, the transmission of graphic photos or webcam videos and, in some cases, attempts to arrange face-to-face meetings for sex."

Corbett said that in addition to sexual conversations, Whelpley and Luzier are both accused of using computer webcams to transmit nude images of themselves to the undercover agents.

Corbett said that Whelpley, using the screen name "messiah236," used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent on September 20, 2008. At the time, the agent was using the online profile of a 13-year old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, Whelpley confirmed the girl's age and asked to exchange photos, commenting that he was, "old enough to be your dad."

Corbett said that as the online chat continued, Whelpley allegedly explained in graphic detail the sex acts he wished to perform with the girl. Whelpley is also accused of sending the girl a webcam video that showed him nude and masturbating in front of his computer.

Whelpley was arrested at his home on Wednesday, November 12th, by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit, assisted by officers from the Sandy Township Police Department. Agents also executed a search warrant, seizing computer equipment that will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.

Whelpley is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a computer, both third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

Whelpley was preliminarily arraigned before Dubois Magisterial District Judge Patrick N. Ford and lodged in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 21st, at 11:45 a.m., before Magisterial District Judge Ford.

Corbett said that Luzier, using the screen name "rndyluzier," allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent in March 2008. At the time, the agent was using the online profile of a 13-year old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, Luzier requested photos of the girl, specifically asking for "any sexy ones." Luzier also allegedly questioned the girl about her sexual experience, asking her, "have u ever messed around like dirty things," and later explaining that he meant, "just sex with me."

Corbett said that during a series of online chats over the next several weeks Luzier allegedly asked the girl to send him additional photos, urging her to get a digital camera so that she could, "take a naughty pic and send it to me."

According to the criminal complaint, Luzier sent the girl a webcam video that showed him nude and masturbating in front of his computer. Luzier also allegedly asked the girl to get her own webcam so that she could send videos to him, telling her he wanted to see her "naked body" and later commenting, "if you luv me u would get one."

Luzier was arrested at his home on Wednesday, November 12th, by agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit, assisted by Pennsylvania State Police from the Clearfield Station. Agents also executed a search warrant at Luzier's home, seizing computer equipment that will be analyzed by the Attorney General's Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.

Luzier is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of criminal attempted obscene and sexual performances and two counts of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.

Luzier was preliminarily arraigned via video conference before Houtzdale Magisterial District Judge James L. Hawkins and lodged in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 19th, at 9:45 a.m., in Clearfield County Central Court.

AP Story on Joe Scarnati

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The death of Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll has catapulted a former northwestern Pennsylvania restaurant owner who is fond of his small town roots into the state's second-highest elected post.

Sen. Joe Scarnati will pull double duty as Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor and the Senate's president pro tempore, his present job — forcing him to balance not only the demands of two branches of government, but the often-conflicting interests of Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell and the Republican Senate majority that he leads.

For the full story, go to

Scarnati: Reflect on Succeses of CBK

WARREN- Due to the unfortunate passing of Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati will be the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The swearing-in and transition of Senator Scarnati will be determined in the near future.

Under the state constitution Scarnati is required to hold both Lieutenant Governor and State Senate positions at the same time.

“While I am proud to serve as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth, my emotions are significantly tempered due to the passing of Catherine Baker Knoll,” Scarnati said. “She was a champion for working families and a true leader for Pennsylvania. Her presence and commitment will be sorely missed.”

Scarnati also mentioned that he sees very little conflict in being from a different political party than the Governor. In fact numerous other states currently have Governor and Lt. Governors of differing parties.

“I realize that my role in the executive branch may be diminished, but I believe both Governor Rendell and I can look beyond party affiliation and focus on improving the lives of Pennsylvanians, as we have in the past,” Scarnati added. “In the meantime, I respectfully ask that we all give pause and reflect on the tremendous successes of Catherine Baker Knoll.”

“In closing, it is with great sadness that I ascend to this position under these circumstances, but know that I will carry out the duties and responsibilities of this office with the same honor and dignity that Catherine Baker Knoll displayed,” Scarnati concluded.

Sharing Thanksgiving Dinner

The American Red Cross is looking for members of the community willing to share their Thanksgiving dinner with a Meals on Wheels recipient who does not have family in the Bradford area.

This entails picking up containers at the chapter house on Congress Street before November 26; sharing a portion of the dinner; and delivering it to a Meals on Wheels client.

Anyone interested in sharing their dinner may contact the Red Cross at 368-6197.

Eldred WWII Museum Video

Thanks to Linda Devlin of Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau for passing along this video produced by the Eldred World War II Museum:

Corbett Statement on CBK

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett released the following statement on the death of Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll:

"Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll embodied the spirit of the people of Pennsylvania. Throughout her public career she demonstrated determination and resiliency which was a tribute to her southwestern Pennsylvania roots.

"Lt. Governor Knoll was a role model of what a public servant should be, overcoming personal and political setbacks she persevered to become our state's first female Lt. Governor.

"I had the honor of serving with Lt. Governor Knoll for the past four years on the Board of Pardons, where she showed firmness, fairness and compassion to those who came before the board.

"We have lost an inspirational and great leader. We are all better off for having the honor of knowing her and being in her presence.

"On behalf of all the employees of the Office of Attorney General, our prayers and sympathy are with her family at this difficult time."

Offutt on 'America's Most Wanted'

As we told you last month, a crew from the television show "America's Most Wanted" was in Jefferson County to film a segment on Joey Lynn Offutt, who has been missing since July of 2007.

That show will air Saturday night.

Offutt hasn't been seen since a fire destroyed her Sykesville home. During the investigation of the fire, the remains of Offutt's 6-week-old son were found in the house.

Her car was found several days later in State College.
For more information on Joey Lynn Offutt, you can go to

Video of Bald Eagle Release

Last week, we told you about the bald eagle that was released back into the wild. Now we have the video:

For the original story, go HERE.

Senator Specter Statement on CBK

Senator Arlen Specter today made the following statement on the passing of Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll:

“Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll’s passing is a great loss to Pennsylvania and the nation. She had an exemplary record in public and community service, including serving as State Treasurer. She was a pioneer, being the first woman to hold many key positions. I knew her very well and considered her a friend and extend condolences to her family.”

Send Condolences to Knoll's Family

If you would like to send thoughts and condolences to the family of Catherine Baker Knoll, you can go to the Lieutenant Governor's Web Site.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Joe Scarnati Statement on CBK

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati issued the following statement regarding the death of Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll:

“My thoughts and prayers are with Catherine’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Scarnati stated. “She was a tremendous leader for the Commonwealth and embodied the type of character expected of true, effective public servants. Her passion and commitment to bettering the lives of Pennsylvanians will be sorely missed, as it was certainly a staple of her public service.”

Senator Casey Statement on CBK

Upon the passing of Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement:

“Terese and I as well as the entire Casey family want to express our condolences to the family of Lieutenant Governor Knoll. Pennsylvania has lost a dedicated public servant who served our Commonwealth with distinction as State Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor.

”Catherine's life was one of service and sacrifice, courage and commitment to the common good.

”She was a proud native of Allegheny County, who was elected four times to statewide office, often by record margins.

”She will be remembered for generations because of her work in creating the Tuition Account Program which has made it possible for tens of thousands of young people to attend college.

”On a personal note, she was my friend, and I, like many Pennsylvanians will miss her indomitable spirit and her compassion for those without a voice.”

Senator Mellow Statement on CBK

State Senate Democratic Leader Robert J. Mellow tonight issued the following statement on the passing of Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

“I am deeply and profoundly saddened by the death of Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll. My heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to the entire Knoll family at this very difficult time.

“Pennsylvania lost one of its finest citizens today. Gov. Knoll was a woman of immense strength and character who dedicated her entire life to helping people and serving the public. Her work will leave a lasting imprint on our Commonwealth.

“From roots that ran deep into her beloved western Pennsylvania, Gov. Knoll launched a career in public service that sought to help those in need. She gained a well-earned reputation for being a champion of children and seniors. She was a pathfinder and pioneer for women seeking elective office and a role model for those who aspire to a career in public service.

“Gov. Knoll was conscientious and diligent about attending Senate sessions and always upheld the integrity of the chamber. A dignified woman, she served as a calming presence and soothing influence on even the most difficult days.

“Gov. Knoll had legions of good friends both Democratic and Republican. She was generous to all and loved by those she touched. She will be greatly missed.”

Governor Rendell's Statement on
Passing of Catherine Baker Knoll

Governor Edward G. Rendell tonight announced the passing of Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

“On behalf of all Pennsylvania, Midge and I extend heart-felt sympathy to Catherine’s family,” Governor Rendell said. “Today we mourn the passing of one of the strongest, most dedicated public servants in Pennsylvania’s history. Our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine’s family. She will be deeply missed.

“Even as she fought cancer in recent months, she remained upbeat and dedicated to serving the commonwealth,” he said. “Catherine was a very passionate and exuberant advocate for many worthy causes. Her passing is a tremendous loss for the many people whose lives she touched.”

Knoll died Wednesday at approximately 6 p.m. at National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she was recovering from treatment for neuroendocrine cancer. She was surrounded by her family.

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, Knoll will be replaced as Lieutenant Governor by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Joseph B. Scarnati III (R-Jefferson).

As lieutenant governor, Knoll played a vital role in addressing a variety of issues of critical importance to the people of Pennsylvania. She was particularly proud of her accomplishment of creating of TAP 529 Pennsylvania Tuition Account Program, which has since been renamed ‘nowU.’ She was also instrumental in issues including emergency management, domestic preparedness, economic development and local government. She served as the president of the Senate and chairwoman of the Board of Pardons, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council, and the Local Government Advisory Committee.

Knoll was sworn in on Jan. 21, 2003, as Pennsylvania’s 30th lieutenant governor; the first woman elected to the post.

A native of Allegheny County, Knoll, 78, devoted her life to public service, first as a school teacher and business woman and later advancing issues such as finance, transportation, housing, education, environmental work, human rights, small business development, and urban and rural revitalization efforts.

She contributed to her community through her longstanding service to the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women, Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Pittsburgh, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, Angel’s Place, the NAACP, Elder Care, Inc., Pennsylvania Nature Conservancy and the Pittsburgh Golden Triangle.

Knoll spearheaded a number of initiatives to promote safety and prosperity for Pennsylvanians of all ages.

She was a strong supporter of Project ChildSafe, which reminded gun owners to properly store firearms in the home to prevent a loaded firearm from falling into the hands of a child. Project ChildSafe distributed millions of free safety kits including cable-style gun locking devices and safety education materials at major public events.

Knoll was a strong advocate for Dress for Success South Central PA which helps disadvantaged women enter the workforce in the south central Pennsylvania region.

She was an active member of the NLGA (National Lieutenant Governors Association), working on substantive policy issues and international missions - work that is an accurate reflection of the growing role of the office of lieutenant governor. Knoll worked with other members on items ranging from education reform and international trade to health care and federalism issues. She spearheaded Pennsylvania’s participation as one of 10 states involved in NLGA’s education campaign regarding cervical cancer, beginning in August of 2006 — “Ending Cervical Cancer in our Lifetime.”

She also helped foster collaboration among academia, industry, government agencies and technical support organizations promote the Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow, or SMART, regional alliance with Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. SMART promotes the Mid-Atlantic region’s technical enterprise and intellectual vitality for the economic benefit of the region.

Knoll served eight distinguished years as State Treasurer. During her tenure, she implemented and maintained the highest standards of accountability and integrity. She also kept Pennsylvania ahead of the technology curve by building a high-tech investment center that saved Pennsylvania hundred of millions of dollars through increased efficiency and returned nearly $2 billion in interest.

Honored by organizations throughout the nation for her leadership, she accumulated a long list of firsts, among them: First woman appointed to the AFL-CIO Housing and Building Board of Trustees, Chairwoman of the Pension Committee of the National Association of State Treasurers, and various small business loan programs for women and minorities.

As Lieutenant Governor she received additional accolades in the past five years from the Greater Washington County Food Bank, Honorary Board Member, Friend of PA Harness Racing Commission, PA Prison Society Humanitarian of The Year Award, promoting a strategic alliance with DE, MD, NJ, and PA, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Women of the Year Award, Chapel of the Four Chaplains Gold Medal Award, Circle of Excellence First Women Elected to The Office of The Lieutenant Governor, Philadelphia AIDS Consortium, State Library Rare Book Room Outstanding Support.

Knoll’s late husband, Charles, was a U.S. Postmaster. Their four children, Charles, Mina, Albert, and Kim Eric, are all adult professionals in their own right.

Knoll was the daughter of Nicholas and Teresa Baker. She was educated at Saint Mary’s High School in McKees Rocks, Duquesne University, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Catherine Baker Knoll Passes Away;
Joe Scarnati to be Lt. Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Catherine Baker Knoll, who at age 72 became the first woman to be elected as Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, died Wednesday. She was 78.

Knoll died at National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she was recovering from treatment for cancer, Gov. Ed Rendell said in a statement.

Under the state Constitution, Knoll will be replaced by the Senate President Pro Tempore, Joseph B. Scarnati III, R-Jefferson, who plans to retain his Senate seat.

For the complete story, go to

K-9 Officer Buddy Passes Away

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Dennis John has announced Buddy has died. Although Buddy retired from the K-9 unit in 2005, he continued to contribute to the community through special events and remained part of the sheriff's office on many levels. Buddy suffered a debilitating stroke last Thursday and had to be euthanized. In 2000, Buddy assisted the Pennsylvania State Police in finding a missing person. Within minutes of arriving at the Willow Bay Boat Launch, he was able to lead the officers to the deceased victim. He is also credited with finding more than 100 pounds of marijuana in his career. Deputy Robert Rinfrette was Buddy's handler.

More Drug Arrests in Bradford

Two people were sent to McKean County Jail after allegedly selling crack cocaine in the Country Fair parking lot.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, the Bradford City Street Crimes Unit and McKean County Drug Task Force conducted a controlled purchase from Amanda Myers of Bradford.

She was charged with possession of crack, possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to possess crack with intent to deliver, along with three misdemeanors.

As a result of the investigation, police also arrested Samuel McKenney of Buffalo for conspiracy to possess crack with intent to deliver.

Myers' bail was sent at $20,000. McKenney's was set at $25,000.

Reward for 'Bucky' Capture Paid

Several people are sharing the $100,000 in reward money offered by the New York state troopers' union during the 2006 search for fugitive Ralph "Bucky" Phillips.

A lawyer for the Police Benevolent Association said today that the money was quietly paid out earlier this year with an agreement that the recipients' identities would be kept private. Attorney Thomas Burton said some of those who helped authorities catch Phillips are afraid of retribution from his acquaintances.

Phillips is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting three state troopers, one of them fatally, after escaping from a jail near Buffalo in April of 2006. He was captured in a Warren County field in September of 2006.

The PBA originally offered a reward of more than $300,000 for Phillips' capture. The four Pennsylvania residents sharing the money negotiated the amount that was paid out.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Jack and Gloria Young of Warren has been withdrawn. They say the events leading to Phillips' capture began with their phone call to police after Jack Young saw a man believed to be Phillips on their front porch.

Living Windows December 12

The annual Living Windows event is scheduled for Friday, December 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Downtown Bradford’s Historical District. The theme for this year is 1859 and Living Windows is one of many events planned throughout the year to help celebrate 150 years of oil production in Bradford and the surrounding areas.

The live window displays will depict what life was like in Bradford in the year 1859. Participants and store front windows are still needed for the event. The deadline to sign up for windows is Wednesday, November 19th.

The Living Windows are part of an evening of holiday fun on Main Street. Other activities planned throughout the evening include horse drawn carriage rides, caroling, refreshments and shopping. Santa Claus will also make an appearance!

Groups or individuals interested in being involved can contact the Main Street Manager’s office at 598-3865 for more information.

Paterson Calls for Budget Cuts

New York Governor David Paterson wants to cut the growth in school aid in the current fiscal year by more than half and increase tuition for state colleges.

His plan to eliminate billions of dollars in deficits calls for a 5 percent increase in aid to public schools, instead of a projected 9 percent. He also proposes a 15 percent hike in tuition at the State University of New York.

Paterson said in the address today an increase in the state's gas tax could be in the mix, although he has said he would try to avoid any tax increases.

A special legislative to address the state's fiscal crisis is scheduled for Nov. 18.

Man Finds Missing Brother

The body of a missing 51-year-old Fredonia man was discovered by his brother. in a wooded area near his home late Tuesday afternoon. Jim McCoy found the body of Francis McCoy face-up in a ditch, and he says it looked as if he had a massive heart attack and fell down an embankment. Francis McCoy did have a heart condition. He had been missing since October 31.

Cattle Close I-80

Interstate 80 near State College was closed for several hours Tuesday while emergency crews rounded up some cattle. A bull, a cow and a calf got loose when their trailer blew a tire and overturned. The cattle gathered in the median and traffic backed up near the Philipsburg interchange. Centre and Clearfield County animal rescue teams went to the scene and went to work rounding up the longhorns. The cattle were a little bruised but otherwise not hurt. They were herded onto a trailer, and I-80 was fully cleared in about four hours.

Teen Arrested After 'Huffing'

A 16-year-old boy is under arrest after allegedly huffing gasoline fumes with two teenage girls.

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies say a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were taken to an area emergency room after inhaling gasoline.

They say the girls and the boy met at Portland Town Park with the intention of huffing fumes from a small pop bottle containing gasoline. The boy allegedly provided the gasoline.

The girls were treated at the hospital, then released. The boy has been issued an appearance ticket for Portland Town Court.

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax ...
Or Did She?

Though she was the only suspect and was in the house at the time, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother in their Fall River, Mass., home because of a lack of evidence.

This year, students in the forensics and criminal justice departments at Point Park University will reopen the cold case.

For the full story, go to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Community Parks Trail
Discussed Before Council Meeting

AKtion Club President Mike Walter listens as Mayor Tom Riel reads a resolution proclaiming November 19 AKtion Club Day in the City of Bradford. The AKtion Club, a division of the Kiwanis Club, is the first service club established in the area in more than 30 years. American Refining Group provided grant money to the Kiwanis Club to start the group. Dallas-Morris Drilling and Evergreen Elm are co-sponsors. The Aktion Club has already worked on a project at Hanley Park and is working on several other community projects.

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Plans for the newest portion of the Tuna Valley Trails – the Community Parks Trail – would include the restoration of the Pine Street footbridge and connections to Callahan and Hanley parks.

Members of the trail association detailed the plans to Bradford City Council members Tuesday night. The newest part of the trail will make a loop from the Richard E. McDowell Community Trial to Callahan Park to School Street and eventually Barbour Street back to Campus Drive.

Trail Association President Rick Esch said it will also connect Bradford Area High School, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and recreational facilities with safe routes.

The proposed trail would also change the traffic pattern on School Street back to one-way. Esch and Sara Andrews, Executive Director of the Bradford Office of Economic and Community Development, said both Bradford Regional Medical Center and the school district are on board with a possible change.

Andrews said they haven't started engineering phase yet, but are ready to go for bid for design services. She says construction could begin late next year or early 2010. The funding is from federal grant money.

Councilman Bob Tingley questioned the route the trail would be taking.

"What are you going to do? Pave these streets with gold so it sets them apart from everything else?" Tingley asked. "I honestly … don't understand what the big deal is."

Andrews explained that the trail is "going right through the heart of the Elm Street neighborhood," where a lot of money is being invested for improvement. It all ties it to improvement in the area, she said.

"It's all part of improving the quality of life in our community," Andrews said.

Association member Mike Glesk added that "When you designate trails, you get people walking … they're always in good condition … they're attractive."

He also said one of the goals of the trails association was to eventually have the entire population of the area within a five-minute walk of a trail. This, he said, gets them one step closer to the goal.

Tingley said he believes the idea is "pie in the sky," adding that he is not against the project.

Councilman Ross Neidich said "Maybe it is pie in the sky," but with the economy the way it is, maybe more people will return to city life, where they can walk to work and recreational activities.

He says he believes eventually the community will be rebuilt and people years from now will say "Those people 50 or 75 years ago had a little foresight as to what's going to make our community better.

BLT Announces Cast, Crew for
'A Christmas Story'

Veteran performer Duane Pletcher and newcomer Max Shanks will portray the grownup and nine-year-old Ralph Parker, respectively, when Bradford Little Theatre mounts "A Christmas Story" Dec. 19-21 at the Bromeley Family Theatre.

On Monday, director Nanci K. Garris announced members of the cast and crew for Philip Grecian's stage version of the iconic holiday movie now marking its 25th anniversary. The script is based on the motion picture "A Christmas Story," copyright 1983 by Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Brothers and written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark based on the book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Shepherd.

As narrator, Pletcher, last seen in The Diary of Anne Frank, tells the story of his favorite childhood Christmas, the Christmas he wanted "an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle."

"I'm excited to be working with both veterans and ingénues on stage and backstage for our first venture in the full Bromeley Family Theatre" at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Rounding out the cast are Holly Garrity as Mother, who also appeared in Anne Frank; BLT newcomer Patrick Cramer as The Old Man; and Brandon Scott Hallock from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" as Randy Parker.

Others returning to the BLT stage are Barbara Gee as teacher Miss Shields, last seen in "Don't Dress for Dinner"; Zachary McCammon as Schwarz; Logan Caruso as John; Abbey Morrisroe as classroom know-it-all Helen Weathers; and Kaitlyn E. Hallock as an elf. McCammon, Caruso and the Hallocks appeared in Garris'es last turn directing in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."

Lending his voice to the role of Santa will be H.L. "Woody" Woodruff, a newcomer to BLT but not to the stage nor to playing the Jolly Old Elf, a character he portrayed locally for 40 years.

Other BLT newcomers are Josiah Garges as Flick, who dares to lick a frozen flagpole; Cordon Laroche as bully Scut Farkas; Caleb Garges as Charlie; Rayelle Nelling as Esther Jane Alberry, who is sweet on Ralphie; Jessica Mangel as Lucy; AlexieAnn Riley as Katie; Brooke McGriff as Alice; Brooke Anderson as Elizabeth; and Carrygan Jordan as an elf.

Crew members include Diane Kerner Arnett, producer; Dennis Morrisroe, stage manager; Marlene Kijowski, costume designer; Ron Johnson and Ryan Walb, sound designers; Les Buhite, light designer; Nancy Coder, set dresser; Alan Hancock, videographer; Jeremy Garris, set designer; Anne Holliday, pre-show writer and publicity chair; Kim Hallock, assistant stage manager; Ashlyn Morrisroe, production assistant; Pam Gaffney, propsmistress; Cole A. Vecchio, props; Kathy Bryant, light board operator; Sidra Bange, costumes; and stagehands Don Hallock, Lauren McCormick, Jess Courteau and Trevor Quick.

For information about season tickets, advance individual tickets or group rates, people may contact BLT ticket master Marcia Morrison through the Web site; by email at tickets@; or by mail at BLT, P.O. Box 255, Bradford PA 16701.

The BLT season is supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Elk County Council on the Arts. Also, McKean Arts Council supports this season.

Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage, and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation, and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres, the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS), and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

Tim Horton's Bradford at Tops

Tops Friendly Markets is bringing fresh-brewed Tim Hortons coffee and baked goods to Bradford for the first time, thanks to a self-service kiosk now available at the Tops Bradford location at 150 Main St.

Tops Friendly Markets and Tim Hortons announced an agreement in October to add either a Tim Hortons full-service restaurant or a self-serve kiosk to all 82 Tops full-service supermarkets and Tops Express locations.

The Tim Hortons self-serve location at the Bradford Tops store features freshly ground, one cup at a time coffee, cappuccino and espresso based drinks and a variety of Tim Hortons baked goods.

“We are excited to see the details of our exclusive agreement with Tim Hortons come to fruition,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO. “Having Tim Hortons products in our stores will undoubtedly enhance our customers’ total shopping experience.”

The agreement calls for up to 20 full-service restaurants and 62 self-serve locations. It is expected that several of the self-serve kiosks will be converted over time to full-service locations.

Love Lights a Tree in Kane

“Remember your loved one this holiday season with a ‘Love Light’ that will light the McKean County American Cancer Society Trees of Hope at It’s Judi’s Place and Photo and Sound, both in Kane, this holiday season,” Shirley Milliron announced this week.

“A gift to the American Cancer Society made in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one enables much needed research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs, which truly save lives.”

Your loved one’s name will be displayed prominently on the Trees at Judi’s and Photo and Sound.

Love Light forms asks for the donor’s name, address and the name in whose honor or memory the Light will shine. The suggested gift per individual honored or remembered is a "gift from the heart". Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society.

Those interested may pick up and complete a form and leave it with your "gift from the heart" at Judi's or Photo and Sound. The requests will be picked up weekly and processed. You may speed up the process by sending completed forms and gifts directly to Shirley Milliron, 5 Easton Street, Kane, PA 16735 by December 15. For more information please call Shirley at 814-837-7657. Or you can download a form HERE (PDF) and print it out.

The proceeds of Love Lights will go to the Kane Area Relay for Life toward their 2009 fundraising goal set by the McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society at $65,000.

The Kane Area Relay organizing group as well as captains for each of 18 teams (so far) meet monthly to plan the year and theofficial kickoff of the 2009 Kane Area Relay Event Season.

The official Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6 at St. Callistus Church Hall. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to join in -- survivors, caregivers, friends, family, community leaders, residents of the area. If you have never been a part of this advocacy and fundraising event, plan to attend the Kickoff.

If you would like to talk to someone about starting a team call Shirley Milliron at the phone above or email

If you would like to help organize contact Marianne Rook or email or Shirley Morgan

If you want to know about the dozens of fundraisers coming up please contact Ruth Peterson at

National City Feared Shutdown

National City Corp. was desperate to sell because it feared federal regulators would shut it down as soon as Oct. 24, PNC Financial Services Group said in a regulatory filing Monday.

For the full story, go to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

$1 Million for Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received a $1 million gift that will yield $2 million in endowed scholarship funds.

Agnes L. Thomas, a resident of Bradford for more than 50 years, provided in her will a bequest to the university that will be used to fund the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge.

“This was a very pleasant surprise for all of us at Pitt-Bradford,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “Needless to say, we’re delighted that Mrs. Thomas saw fit to leave this generous gift for our institution.

“The scholarship challenge comes at a crucial time, as many students are struggling to come up with the funds to cover college expenses. Mrs. Thomas would be pleased to know that her generous gift will give rise to a number of new scholarships and an expansion of existing scholarships. As a campus community, we take comfort in knowing that we’re not in this struggle alone.”

For as long as the funds last, the challenge will allow donors to double the amount of gifts between $5,000 and $50,000 to new or existing scholarships. The gifts must be paid within five years to be eligible. For example, a $5,000 gift pledged over five years will yield a $10,000 gift to endow a scholarship or add to a scholarship fund.

“Given the current economic conditions that students and families are facing, scholarships have never been more important in assisting students to continue with their educations,” said Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs.

“Sometimes a small amount of money can go a long way, resulting in the difference between a student remaining in college or having to withdraw for financial reasons. Individuals who choose to endow a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford see great returns on their investment in the form of graduates who become productive and contributing members of the workforce and society.”

Agnes Thomas was born and grew up in Pitcairn, graduating from Pitcairn High School. She married Lewis Lyle Thomas in 1937.

Mrs. Thomas graduated with honors from the Pittsburgh Academy Business School and worked as an executive secretary at Dresser Manufacturing and later for Dr. Gordon Huff and Dr. Edward Roche.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, the Pennhills Club and the Bradford Club and loved playing bridge.

“Mrs. Thomas was very generous with local churches and organizations,” said Alan Gordon, executor of her estate and her accountant for more than 20 years. “She had a great interest in children, and was impressed by the letters of appreciation written by past and current scholarship recipients.”

Lewis Lyle Thomas was an engineer for the former Bradford Motor Works who died unexpectedly in 1969.

The scholarship challenge has been popular with donors in the past.

In 2002, the Reed-Coit Scholarship Challenge raised $2 million for scholarships through the bequests of sisters Dorothy H. Reed and Berdena Reed Coit.

Karen Niemic Buchheit, executive director of institutional advancement and managing director of the Bradford Educational Foundation, said that the Reed-Coit scholarship challenge “was extremely popular, and people have been asking since the last one if there was going to be another one. Most of our major gifts have been through bequests, which is an extremely popular way to benefit a charity and leave a legacy.”

“The estate distribution is yet another example of the phenomenal support we receive from the community,” Alexander said. “Our friends and supporters see the good that comes out of our campus and want to see it continue.”

For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (814)362-5091 or e-mail Buchheit at

Monday, November 10, 2008

'Bradford Regional Strategy' Forum

Albert Filoni of MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni Architects speaks to a group that attended a public forum on the "Bradford Regional Strategy." Among the issues discussed was an ordinance being put into place that will require very strict registration of all rental properties.

Elk Harvest Numbers Released

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that 40 of the 45 licensed elk hunters harvested an elk during the season that was held Nov. 3-8. Additionally, of the 10 licensed elk hunters who participated in the September season, two harvested an elk.

“Elk are one of North America’s premier big game animals,” Roe said. “Pennsylvania is privileged to offer this unique hunting opportunity, a product of successful wildlife management that helps to finance wildlife conservation and supports Pennsylvania’s rich hunting heritage. It’s an unparalleled experience for hunters, particularly those who can’t afford to go on an expensive one- or two-week guided elk hunt out West.”

Along with extracting samples needed for disease testing, the agency also collected samples necessary to examine food preferences and habitat use by elk. Also, hunters collected liver samples that will be evaluated for mineral contents.

The largest antlered elk was taken by Susan Luce, of Aaronsburg, Centre County. She took a 799-pound, 7x7 on Nov. 3, in Covington Township, Clearfield County.

Those hunters rounding out the top five heaviest antlered elk harvested, were: William Kleppinger, of Quakertown, Bucks County, took a 653-pound, 7x7 on Nov. 3, in Bradford Township, Clearfield County; Tyler Rieder, of St. Marys, Elk County, took a 652-pound, 7x7 on Nov. 6, in Covington, Clearfield County; Darrel Maines, of North East, Erie County, took a 624-pound, 7x6 on Nov. 3, in Grove Township, Cameron County; and Kerry McAfoose, of Kittanning, Armstrong County, took a 591-pound, 7x7 on Nov. 4, in Benzette Township, Elk County.

The heaviest antlerless elk was taken by James Misti, of Lyndonville, New York, who harvested a 435-pound antlerless elk on Nov. 4, in West Keating, Clinton County.

Those hunters rounding out the top five heaviest antlerless elk harvested were: Leroy Byler, of Mercer, Mercer County, who harvested a 409-pound antlerless elk on Nov. 6, in Benezette Township, Elk County; Thomas Williams, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, who harvested a 406-pound antlerless elk on Nov. 4, in Benezette Township, Elk County; Bernard Cossack, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County, who harvested a 400-pound antlerless elk on Nov. 5, in Benezette Township, Elk County; George Laudeman, of Minersville, Schuylkill County, who harvested a 395-pound antlerless elk on Nov. 3, in Gibson Township, Cameron County.

For the September 2008 hunt, which was held September 1-27, two elk were harvested. Dale Schmidt, of Germansville, Lehigh County, and Cark Kemp, of Leechburg, Armstrong County, each harvested an antlerless elk.

100 Days 'Til Digital Switch

Titusville, PA – In an effort to free-up the airwaves for increased wireless and emergency services, Congress passed legislation that requires all television stations to switch their broadcast format from analog to digital by February 17, 2009. What does this mean and how should you prepare? Below are instructions that will allow for a smooth transition. Please note that current satellite and cable TV subscribers will not be affected by this transition.

‘Rabbit Ears’ or Rooftop Antenna users: If you rely on the traditional, ‘over the air’ broadcast feed to watch television, you will need to take action before February 17, 2009 or you will experience an interruption in service until you take the necessary steps to convert your television from analog to digital. You may consider one of the following options:

Purchase a Digital TV (DTV) converter box to convert the digital signal to an analog signal. The Federal government will provide each household with up to two coupons, valued at $40.00 a piece to purchase DTV converter boxes. The boxes cost $40.00 - $70.00 and are available at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Radio Shack, Sears, Kmart, and Target. To request a coupon call 1-888-388-2009 or visit Purchase a TV that has a built-in digital tuner. Subscribe to a cable, satellite or telecommunications service provider.

How do you know if your TV has a built-in digital converter? Refer to the owner’s manual or look on the set for an indication that it has a built-in Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) tuner. If your TV has an ATSC tuner, you do not need to purchase a DTV converter box; however, your rooftop/rabbit ear antennas are still necessary to receive the signal.

“While this change may seem burdensome, it is necessary to free up much needed airspace for our first responders to operate more efficiently and without interruption when communicating,” said Peterson. “I am confident that as long as folks follow these directions and consult with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) DTV team if they have questions, this will be a seamless transition that will benefit the nation as a whole.”

Please contact the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 if you have any questions regarding the Digital TV transition.

Fatal Accident Update

A Fredonia mother and her 10-year-old son are dead, and her three-year-old daughter is hospitalized in critical condition following an accident at 7 o'clock this morning in the Town of Portland.

Police say a car driven by 32-year-old Roberta Irwin went out of control on slippery pavement and traveled into the path of a car driven by 26-year-old Carl Philbeck of Brocton.

Irwin and her son Grant were pronounced dead at the scene. Three-year-old Rose Irwin is at Children's Hospital n Buffalo.

Philbeck was taken to Brook’s Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk for non-life threatening injuries.

Game Commission on YouTube

HARRISBURG – Continuing its ongoing outreach and educational efforts to heighten the understanding of deer management and whitetails, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced the agency has expanded its website’s deer management section, created a new deer periodical and posted a deer management video on YouTube.

“The Game Commission has made great progress in its efforts to help the public better understand why managing deer is so important to so many Pennsylvanians,” Roe said. “We have developed a variety of products that allow us to reach interested stakeholders and new audiences in faster, more efficient and friendlier ways. Feedback to the agency has been very positive.”

The new approaches being used by the agency include the use of open houses, development of new brochures and a deer periodical called the “Deer Chronicle,” and greatly expanding the deer section of the agency’s website to include many top-notch references, deer photos and even an “Ask The Deer Biologist” section.

In addition, the Game Commission has created a new 30-minute deer management DVD that helps explain the complexities of managing deer, satisfying the many stakeholders who are influenced by deer, and addressing why too many deer are not good for the deer herd, the habitat that supports them or Pennsylvanians.

As part of this ongoing effort, the Game Commission’s new deer management video was posted on the popular You Tube website. Posted under the account name “PAGameCommission,” the agency also plans to provide additional video productions about its wildlife and wildlife habitat efforts, such as posting a recent tour of State Game Land 145 in the Lebanon/Lancaster county area.

To access these new offerings, go to the agency’s website ( and click on either the “White-Tailed Deer” icon, which is a link to a variety of information about deer management, or “Deer Mgmt. Video,” which provides access to the three 10-minute video segments posted on You Tube. (The Game Commission is only responsible for content posted under the account of “PAGameCommission” on You Tube.)

Congressman Peterson:
Veterans Day Statement

As our nation prepares to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have selflessly fought for liberty, justice, and freedom around the world, U.S. Representative John E. Peterson, R-Pleasantville, issued the following statement commemorating Veterans’ day:

“From the Armistice that ended World War I, to the mountains in Afghanistan, and every battle in between, today we stand together as a nation to honor the men, women and families who serve this great nation in uniform.

“While today marks a single day of recognition and thanks, like many Americans, there is not one day that goes by that I don’t pray for our military leaders, the troops on the ground and their families. It is truly humbling to reflect upon what our military has accomplished over the years and the sacrifice they endure in the name of Old Glory.

“To our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and all American Veterans, this country is eternally grateful for the job you perform on a daily basis, and we will never forget those who came before you and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending the United States of America and our values.”

Gerace: Man's Death Was Homicide

The death of a Westfield man over the weekend has been ruled homicide. 55-year-old Jeffrey Johnson was found dead in his home Saturday evening. During a news conference this afternoon, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said Johnson died of blunt force trauma to the head. An autopsy was performed this morning. Investigators have not released any further details.

Vehicle Hits House in Stockton

A vehicle went out of control on Route 380 in the Town of Stockton, then hit two other vehicles and an unoccupied house.

One of the drivers of a car that was hit, had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life. Kari McKeever of Dewittville, New York was taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Her passenger was taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown for evaluation.

The driver of the first car, Douglas Payne of Conewango Valley, was taken to the hospital for treatment a cut to his face.

The driver of the third vehicle wasn't hurt.

Grand Re-Opening at Olean Tops

Tops Friendly Markets today kicked off the grand re-opening celebration of its Olean, N.Y. store, following the completion of a renovation project. It was Tops’ first store renovation project since the chain once again came under local management in December 2007.

Tops Chief Executive Officer Frank Curci and other executives were on hand to mark the grand re-opening during a ceremony this morning at the store, located at 2401 W. State St.

“Tops is pleased to signify the completion of this important project in an area where Tops has a long tradition,” Curci said. “We take great pride in being able to serve the good people of Olean and the surrounding areas and we hope they enjoy the new look of their store.”

Construction crews have been working at the store for the past several months. Among the changes are a new natural and organic foods section, new interior décor, and new meat and seafood display cases and dairy and frozen food display cases, which will provide a wider variety of products to customers. The new frozen food display cases also feature anti-sweat heaters, which reduce energy consumption. Tops also installed a new, modern energy management system to reduce the electricity consumption of store lighting and refrigeration programs. Exterior painting work was also completed.

The 77,000 square foot store has been open since 1995. Tops has had a presence in Olean for 37 years.

“We are excited to take the wraps off of our spruced up store,” said Tim Lyons, manager of the Olean Tops. “Our customers will be able to enjoy a more welcoming shopping experience along with increased amenities and product selection.”

The general contractor for the project was Concept Construction Corp. of Elma, N.Y. and the refrigeration contractor was TDH Refrigeration of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Fatal Crash in Chautauqua County

A 32-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son died in a car crash at 7 o'clock this morning on Route 20 in the Town of Portland.

Police say a 3-year-old was hurt, and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

They say the woman's car spun out on the slush-covered road and was broadsided by another vehicle.

Police have not released the victims' names.

The road was closed for three hours after the crash.