Showing posts from 2009

Man Charged for Texting

A Chautauqua County woman said "enough is enough" after she kept receiving text messages from a Fredonia man.

The woman, who lives in Brocton, told sheriff's deputies she received several hundred unwanted text messages from 37-year-old John Noell III.

Noel was charged with harassment and issued an appearance ticket.

Programming Note:
WESB's Year in Review

Our annual Year in Review program airs at 12:40 p.m. today on 1490 WESB and online at

We'll also be running RadioPA's Top 10 stories of 2009 and Top 10 stories of the decade starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

PGC Posts Strategic Plan

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the agency has posted its new Strategic Plan on its website. To view the document, go to the agency’s website ( and click on “Resources,” then select “Reports and Minutes,” then choose “2009-2014 Strategic Plan.”

“This strategic plan will be used to guide the agency and its operations for the next five years,” Roe said. “We developed this plan to clearly define the agency’s priorities; how that work will be carried out; and how we intend to monitor our progress.

“This plan also will enable us to develop our annual budgets to reflect the priorities established to manage Pennsylvania’s wild birds, wild mammals, and their habitats for current and future generations.”

Roe noted that this strategic plan will replace the one developed to cover 2003-2008.

“In past Legislative Budget and Finance Committee reviews focused on the agency’s compliance with its strategic plan, it was mad…

12 Months, 12 Photos

Here's a sampling of some of the photos we, and others, brought you in 2009.

In January, Kimberly Weinberg sent us a photo from Washington, DC, where she attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama. In February, Smokey the Bear and Eddie the Eagle from the National Rifle Association, a guest of the McKean County Sheriff's Department, attended the annual Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show. In March, Tim Walter congratulated Jeff Puglio after Puglio was named Bradford High varsity football coach.


In April, Forest Supervisor Leanne Marten along with district rangers Tony Scardina and Rob Fallon talked about oil and gas drilling during one of several public meetings at Pitt-Bradford. In May, Crosby's/Tim Horton's store manager Crystal Payne cut the ribbon on the E85 pump at the Foster Brook Crosby's fueling station Reid Petroleum President Paul Quebral (wearing a suit) says this is the only E85 pump from Buffalo to Pittsburgh. In June, the Mastercraft All-American S…

Part of I-80 Remains Closed

Seven miles of westbound Interstate 80 in Venango County remain closed because a tanker carrying ammonia turned over and spilled the chemical.

Police say the tanker crashed at about noon, causing a significant amount of ammonia, and at least one other substance, to spill.

Initial reports indicated that a firefighter had to be taken to the hospital with an inhalation injury, but police have said there are no injuries.

No evacuations have been ordered.

The road is closed from exit 35 to exit 42.

UPB Men Lose in Rochester

Corey McAdam poured in 38 points as Nazareth College defeated the Pitt-Bradford men's basketball team 77-73 in the consolation game of the Nazareth College Tournament on Wednesday.

Zach Moore had 27 points and Mike Ridge added 15 points on 7-for-11 from the field for the Panthers, who are now 3-7.

Pitt-Bradford will visit Penn State Behrend on Jan. 6.

Bona Men Beat Little 3 Rival

St. Bonaventure had a seven-point run late in the game and beat Canisius College 82-75 in the Reilly Center on Wednesday night.

Five St. Bonaventure players had double figures, led by 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals from Jonathan Hall in 38 minutes. Chris Matthews had 15 points. Andrew Nicholson had 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks while Michael Davenport and Adegboye each had 12 points.

The Bonnies improve to 7-5, and play at Marshall on Saturday afternoon.

Bona Women Lose in OT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After going on a 12-6 run to end regulation, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team fell in overtime in the championship game of the Christmas City Classic against host Lehigh, 68-66, on Wednesday afternoon at Stabler Arena.

St. Bonaventure drops its second game of the season, moving its record to 12-2 with one game remaining before the start of conference play.

Dana Mitchell scored a season-high 28 points for the Bonnies.

Lehigh improves to 11-2 on the season.

Crash Closes Route 219

Route 219 in Horton Township, Elk County, was closed for about an hour and a half after a car and tractor-trailer collided at about 1:15 this afternoon.

State police say a car driven by 79-year-old Charles Reitz of Kersey crossed the center line and traveled into the path of the tractor-trailer driven by 36-year-old Robert Cabaniss of Greensburg.

Brockway and Horton Township fire companies and Brockway and Ridgway EMS were on the scene.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Bonaventure Women Crush IUPUI

The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team didn't have much trouble defeating IUPUI in the first game of the Christmas City Classic in Bethlehem, PA, this afternoon.

The final score was 69-39, improving the team's record to 12-1.

Senior Dana Mitchell led all scorers with 13 points on four-of-seven from the floor and a perfect five-for-five from the line in only 23 minutes of play.

Tomorrow, the Bonaventure women play the winner of today's game between Lehigh and Wagner.

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Cuomo Gets Restraining Order

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has obtained a restraining order against a Wellsville company accused of defrauding customers out of more than $200,000.

Allegany Pellets and its owners Paul and Iasia Ceglia are accused of taking orders and payments from customers in New York, Pennsylvania and other states in the spring of 2009 but not delivering any products or refunds.

The restraining order issued today bans Allegany Pellets from taking advance payments, destroying any business records or property or transferring any assets.

State police charged the Ceglias in November.

Parts of Lewis Run Without Water

Some Lewis Run residents and businesses will be without water for a couple of hours this afternoon because of a water line break.

The affected areas are Richardson and Lafayette avenues, Lincoln and Valley Hunt drives and, possibly, JFK Drive.

Stay tuned for updates.

United Way Allmost There

With only one week to go until the United Way of the Bradford Area plans to make a final goal announcement, the organization has $25,000 left to raise.

“We’re appealing to anyone who has been a donor in the past, or anyone who would be considered new, to submit your pledge to us this week,” says Executive Director Kelly Case. “We’re not looking for payment in full at this time, but just a planned contribution to campaign 2009.”

“We have been working hard to make personal visits or phone calls to as many individuals and businesses as possible,” says Assistant Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “Our Board of Directors has been working on the follow-up tasks,” she added, “as well as the campaign chairs.”

“We’ve made great strides throughout this entire process,” says Case, “we’re just hoping to continue with those successes and ultimately give the agencies which have applied for funding what is necessary to keep their programs operational.”

With money raised last year, 16 agencies and 33 programs …

Patricia Hunt

Patricia M. Phillips Hunt, 66, of 356 West Washington St. passed away Sunday, December 20th, 2009 surrounded by her loving daughters at the Bradford Manor.

Born October 24, 1943, in Sunderland, England, she was a daughter of the late Philip and Dorothy (Rubery) Phillips.

On March 21, 1964 in Birmingham England, she married Roy Henry Hunt who died on September 17, 1993.

Mrs. Hunt was a 1959 graduate of Long Meadow Girls High School in Birmingham, England. She moved to the United States in 1981. She was a former manager of the McKean County SPCA for several years. She had worked as a nursing assistant at the Bradford Manor for 16 years.

Surviving are two daughters: Anita (Michael) Dolan, and Catherine (David) Trumbull, Jr. all of Bradford, a brother, Brian Bishop of Australia, five grandchildren, Steven Trumbull, Andrew Dexter, Tomi Dolan, Brady Dolan and Regan Dolan, several nieces and nephews, and her faithful companion Abbey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, …

Jerry Cummins

Gerald Paul Cummins, 78, of 8 Chelsea, Lane, Bradford, a prominent local labor leader, died on Christmas Eve (December 24, 2009) at his residence, after a long illness.

Born March 7, 1931 in Bradford he was a son of Jerome and Hazel (Holmes) Cummins. Jerry, as everyone knew him, was a 1949 graduate of Bradford High School.

He was drafted into the United States Army on July 2, 1952 and was deployed to Trieste as a medic, he was honorably discharged on June 11, 1954.

On July 14, 1956 in Knapp Creek he married Billie Jean (Kockler) Cummins who survives.

After being discharged from the Army, Jerry returned to work with his brother, Richard, at the Emery Hotel. In 1954, he joined the Laborer’s International Union of North America as an assistant business agent for Local 836. He remained a member of the Laborer’s Union for the remainder of his life. In 1973, Jerry went to work for the Prevailing Wage Division of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a post he held for 10 years. After retiring from …

Sunday Book Talk:
Stories of Louis L'Amour

This week's show features Kathy L'Amour, widow of legendary author Louis L'Amour.

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Pitt-Bradford to Kick Off Spring Spectrum Series with Playwright

Playwright Sam Kelley, author of the nationally acclaimed play “Pill Hill,” will kick off the spring term Spectrum Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Spectrum events are free unless otherwise noted.

Kelley will read from “Pill Hill” and two new works at noon Jan. 12 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.

“Pill Hill” is a play about African-American steel workers in Chicago, where it has been staged three times, most recently last summer. The visit by Kelley, a distinguished service professor in the departments of Africana Studies and Communication Studies at the State University of New York Cortland, is the first of 10 days of events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

The King celebration will culminate in “Ain’t Got Long to Stay Here,” a one-man play written and performed by Barry Scott based on the life of Dr. King at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

During the 90-minu…

Season's Greetings from Sen. Young

“Recently, I had the opportunity to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. As passersby dropped money in the kettle, it was a great time to reflect about the wonderful district that I am so fortunate to represent. I passionately believe that our area is the best part of New York State -- we have neighbors who reach out helping hands in times of need, people who work hard everyday, and communities that are wonderful places to raise a family.

The people who live in my district inspire me, and renew my resolve to work to turn our state around. Our focus should be on growing our economy, which in turn will solve the state's fiscal woes, and also will mean more career opportunities so that our families and young people won't have to leave to find jobs. It is going to be a challenging year ahead, but I believe with all my heart that we are worth the fight.
I truly hope that your holiday season is filled with warmth, joy and laughter, and that the new year brings y…

13 Graduated from Master of Social Work Program at Pitt-Bradford

Thirteen residents of the region graduated Dec. 12 from the master of social work program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, greeted the graduates and their guests, recognizing the continued need of master’s-prepared social workers in the area. Similarly, Dr. Larry Davis, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, congratulated the students on their accomplishments and discussed expanding social problems across the country.

Two graduates, Lacy Thompson of Erie and Cheryl Tingley of Bradford, shared reflections during the ceremony.

During her remarks, Thompson said, “As social workers, we need to be empathetic and patient, be comfortable with ourselves and others, be strengths-based and be an advocate.”

Tingley said, “I encourage all of us to constantly challenge ourselves and not to become complacent with the status quo. Be an advocate for what you believe in and advocate for equal rights for others.”

Stephanie Eckstrom, Pitt-…

Santa Visits ARG

Santa took time out of his very busy schedule to visit his friends at ARG. He wanted to make sure they knew they were on the nice list. (L-R) Susie Lerch, Yvonne Cattoni, Santa Claus, Kay Soble, and Devon Hayden.
(Photo courtesy of American Refining Group)

Wanderers Give Toys to BRMC

Bradford-based motorcycle club The Wanderers made good on its promise for another Christmas holiday by giving presents Wednesday to Bradford Regional Medical Center's Healthy Beginnings Plus at 222 W. Washington St. in Bradford. The club holds fundraisers throughout the year so it can purchase presents. Club members say they've been donating presents to Healthy Beginning Plus for nearly two decades. In the photo, one-year-old Destani Herbstritt holds up her arms in excitement at the vision of the presents and plush toys. Holding her is her father, Robert Herbstritt. With them are club members (standing, from left) David Farr, Steve Hartzell and Rudolph Scholtz.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

Ho, Ho, Ho!!!

Merry Christmas!

No Need to Worry

Even if your children get a little confused when thinking about who runs the North Pole and who runs the Bradford City Police Department, you can tell them they don't need to worry. Santa's helpers at WESB always make sure the letters get to the right place. (Having Santa come to the radio station everyday makes it easy for us ... and pretty much ensures that we won't be getting coal in our stockings.)

I'm Really Going Now

Technically, I've been on vacation since Sunday. But now I'm really going . I'll be back on Tuesday (but a couple of posts might pop up here between now and then).

Last Meeting for Onuffer, Tingley

Bob Onuffer and Bob Tingley attended their last Bradford City Council meeting as councilmen Tuesday.

Mayor Tom Riel, councilmen Rick Benton and Ross Neidich, City Clerk John Peterson and resident Brad Mangel all thanked them for their service to the city.

Peterson said both men have done an exemplary job.

He added that preceding his tenure on council, Onuffer was always concerned about the city's budget.

"For all the years we had to have major tax increases and everything else, it was kind of like water off a duck's back (to other people)," Peterson said.

"(Onuffer) is the only person in the city of Bradford that ever came in to city hall to look at a budget," Peterson said. "I think that speaks volumes of Bob as a person and his commitment to the city."

Neidich said to Onuffer, "You always had the best interests of the city at heart."

Riel said Onuffer is "one of the most active members of council the city has seen in many years. I'm …

Tax Hike Not as High as Expected

Another Change in the Police Department

WESB/WBRR News Director

Taxes in the City of Bradford won't be going up as high as officials thought they would two weeks ago, and they say that's because of the cooperation all city departments displayed.

During the first reading of the millage ordinance during the last council meeting, officials announced a .8 increase. Tuesday, they announced that's been reduced to .5. Two weeks ago, Mayor Tom Riel said they would continue to work on the budget and had hoped they would be able to cut expenses even further.

Bob Onuffer, who oversees accounts and finances for the city, read a letter introducing the final reading of the budget.

"The spirit of cooperation that was and still is being exercised went over and above what I expected," he said, adding that with four unions and non-union personnel involved, "the budget process could have been a disaster."

He said the city was looking at millage increase of 4.5 w…

Kobis Named BRMC's COO

David Kobis, previously Vice President of Operations at Olean General Hospital in Olean, N.Y., has been named Chief Operating Officer of Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), announced Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System, the parent company of BRMC and Olean General.

"Given his proven track record at Olean General and elsewhere, David is clearly someone who has both the credentials and experience to assume this important position," Mr. Finan said.

BRMC and Olean General integrated Nov. 5, 2009, under a new parent company, Upper Allegheny Health System, to improve the stability of regional hospital services.

Prior to Mr. Kobis’ post at Olean General, he was the Director of Operations Improvement for ECG, a national healthcare consulting firm based in Seattle. Prior to that, he was Director of Operations for Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Richmo…

Hopkins Poems to be Published

Poems by Judy Hopkins, an adjunct writing instructor at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, have been accepted for publication in two literary journals.

Her poem titled “How We Once Moved” appears in the current issue of California Quarterly, a poetry journal sponsored by the California State Poetry Society.

“This poem is a contemporary take on the concept of ekphrasis, or the ‘stilled movement’ of art objects,” Hopkins explained.

The other poem titled “The Over-Ripe Imagination of Buckle-Up Country” will appear in an upcoming issue of Timber Creek Review, a quarterly journal.

“‘Buckle-Up Country’ is a term I made up about this area of the map,” Hopkins said. “It’s not flyover country but not the destination either. It’s about how ‘place’ can spark imagination.”

Hopkins holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle and a master’s degree in English from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.,…

Casey Meets With Local Leaders

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US Senator Bob Casey says he wants rural northwestern Pennsylvania to get the money it needs to spur economic development and job growth.

“The worst thing we could do is have a recovery and get out of the hole, and move down the road … and then go back into the ditch because we didn't invest, we didn't build a strong foundation or we made other mistakes,” Casey told a panel of local leaders via video conference Monday morning at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Casey said the main focus of the gathering was to hear the concerns of local industries and governments, but he also wants to see “what’s in the pipeline now that we can move more quickly.”

He said that although Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is improving "numbers don't mean a heck of a lot to real people."

It doesn't matter to unemployed people in Pennsylvania that Michigan's jobless numbers are double what Pennsylvania's are, he said.

But a num…

Rep. Thompson Presents BRMC/VNA USDA Grant Check

Holding the ceremonial grant check are (from left): U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5th District); Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System, the parent company of Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC); Robert Schoenfeldt, Area Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development; and Kathy Pascarella, Director of BRMC’s McKean County VNA and Hospice.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

Steinberg Named Director of
Environmental Studies at UPB

Dr. Jesse Steinberg, assistant professor of philosophy, has been named the new director of the environmental studies program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

He takes the place of Dr. Stephen Robar, associate professor of political science, who resigned the post to make more time for his new position as chairman of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

“I am very happy to have Dr. Steinberg accept the leadership role of the environmental studies program,” Robar said. “He has the full confidence and support of the entire environmental studies faculty, and with a growing program Dr. Steinberg will have a good group of students to work with as well. Few first-year faculty members are given such a leadership position.”

Steinberg earned his doctoral degree in philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, he taught at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of California, Riverside; Victoria University of Wellin…

Holiday Cards Delivered

Representatives from the Cameron County Family Center’s Share the Love program visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care residents to deliver holiday cards this week. Program organizers Kris Fapore and Sissy Miller deliver holiday cards throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center. Pictured, from left, are Pearl Coyle, Sissy Miller and Janice Green.
(Photo courtesy of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital)

Sunday Book Talk:
Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats

Today is the beginning of a new series: Sunday Book Talk

Our first book is "why dogs are better than cats" by New York Times Best-Selling Author Bradley Trevor Greive, with photographs by Rachael Hale.

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Kennedy, NY, Man Allegedly
Abused 8-Year-Old Girl

A Kennedy, New York, man is accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl over several months this summer.

28-year-old Dale Johnson has been charged with course of sexual conduct against a child for alleged incidents that happened between June and August.

He's in Chautauqua County Jail pending a court appearance

Emporium Man Accused of Megan's Law Violation, Sent to Jail

An Emporium man has been charged with failing to register his employment under Megan's Law.

56-year-old Ralph Bennett of West Allegany Avenue was charged with failure to comply with registration of sexual offenders requirements.

He was arraigned and sent to Potter County Jail, unable to post bail.

Opening of 3 ATV Trails Delayed

Warren, Pa. – The Allegheny National Forest announced today that the Rocky Gap, Timberline and Marienville ATV trails will remain closed until further notice.

These three trails were scheduled to re-open for the winter season on December 20th; however mild temperatures over the past several months have not allowed portions of the trails to freeze completely. Trail conditions will be re-evaluated after January 1, 2010, to determine whether conditions have improved sufficiently to allow safe operation without risking trail and resource damage.

The Forest encourages all winter-season ATV riders to call one of its offices or check the Forest website prior to riding as trail conditions can change rapidly. Trail conditions can be obtained by calling the Supervisor’s Office in Warren at (814) 723-5150 or the Marienville Ranger District at (814) 927-6628, or by visiting our website at

Arrest in Murder Case 'Imminent'

An arrest in the murder of a Delevan man is imminent, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department.

In a news releases, Lt. Tom Bradigan said the sheriff's office is still investigating various aspects of the case but is prepared to say that "we are very encouraged and optimistic that an arrest of a person of interest is … forthcoming following the results of forensic evidence testing that is currently underway."

On December 1, 80-year-old Wilbur Norton was found dead in his home at the Delevan Terrace Apartments by a Meals on Wheels worker.

Autopsy reports indicated that Norton's death was a homicide.

Eldred Woman in MSNBC Story

An Eldred woman is featured in an MSNBC story about the cost of "air ambulances." You can read the story here.

NORAD Santa Tracker

With Christmas just a week away, it's time for a reminder about NORAD's Santa Tracker.

Dairy Farmers to Get Federal Money

New York dairy farmers will be getting a Christmas present from the federal government.

Senator Chuck Schumer says the USDA will soon start mailing $40 million in emergency money.

It's part of a bill that passed in October that's providing $290 million in direct relief to the nation's struggling dairy farmers.

Rodent Infestation in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The cafeteria in Pennsylvania's state Capitol had to be shut down after inspectors found evidence of a rodent infestation.

Get the full story from The Associated Press. (Then come back here and leave your jokes in the comments.)

Poll: Most Pennsylvanians Say
Medical Marijuana is OK

Pennsylvania voters say allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes is a good idea, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

67 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independent voters favor the use of medical marijuana. Republicans are pretty much split with 49 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed.

According to the poll, medical marijuana wins support from all age groups, ranging from 62 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old to 56 percent among voters over 55.

State Attorney General Tom Corbett says he opposes a House bill that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, saying that even limited legalization of marijuana could compound the dangers that drugs present to society.

Men Face Burglary, Other Charges

Two Shinglehouse men are facing charges for stealing from a number of camps in Potter County and one in McKean County.

24-year-old Nicholas Brown and 20-year-old Ethan Turner also allegedly took items from a scrap yard owned by Gas Field Specialist.

Brown is accused of burglarizing 7 camps and conspiring with Turner in 4 of those burglaries as well as the scrap yard theft.

Police say most of the thefts were of gas, scrap metal and tools, but Brown's alleged crimes also included theft of guns and generators.

Turner is free on bail. Brown is in Potter County Jail.

Carjacker Pleads Guilty

The man who carjacked a vehicle from a Barbour Street parking lot in August has pleaded guilty in McKean County Court.

24-year-old Michael Blum took the vehicle from its owner at knifepoint. He was caught in Limestone, New York, the next day after a police chase.

Blum will be sentenced January 13.

Ex-PennDOT Manager Pleads Guilty

A former PennDOT equipment manager has pleaded guilty to stealing from the department.

48-year-old Timothy Brem of St. Marys bought items with state money for his personal use between March of 2004 and April of 2007.

The cost of the items is about $6,000.

Brem will be sentenced in January in Potter County Court.

Snowball Tourney in Olean

OLEAN, NY -- COED 4 A Cause, a private group funding sports-related projects in the area, is looking for softball teams to participate in a 2010 WINTER MUSH BALL SOFTBALL TOURNEY. The tourney, scheduled for Saturday, January 2, at the Forness Fields in Olean, seeks co-ed teams. Team Entry Fee is $150 per team which must be paid before first pitch with all waivers signed. Winners receive Championship shirts and second place gets tourney shirts, which will also be on sale.

Entry rules include rosters with five men and five women with a man and woman as designated hitters for a total of 12 people. Any type of bat is allowed for both men and women. The ball is a mushball, a lot like softball, except the ball is so much softer and larger. There is also an unlimited arc.

Spectators are welcome with coffee, hot cocoa, hamburgers and hot dogs for sale. The cause also seeks tournament sponsors and volunteer umpires. The tourney is being held to purchase a break away fence for Forness 1 fo…

Benefit for Area Youth Minister

Chris Abrams is a Limestone resident who volunteers his time with several youth minstries in Bradford. He has served as a volunteer with First Nazarene church's Club Naz, Open Arms Community church's Revolution and Youth for Christ's Campus Life ministries. Chris also spends times with students at Grace Lutheran Church's Community Life Center on a daily basis and has been involved in service trips to Guatemala.

Chris plans to attend Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY in 2010 in order to further his credentials for working with young people.

A benefit show is planned both to thank Chris for his work in the community and raise funds for his schooling.

"A lot of time, we put on benefit shows for people when something really terrible has happened. We're excited to put this on to help someone do something good!" says Larry Petry, Director of Youth for Christ of the Bradford Area.

The concert will take place Saturday, December 19th at Grace Lutheran's Community …

Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association
Awarded Gold Banner

For the 12th consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Alumni Association has earned a Gold Banner Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni Association.

“A Banner Award at the Gold Level comes with a $500 scholarship, so we are most proud to be able to provide a student with financial assistance in this meaningful way,” said Lindsay Hilton Retchless ’98, director of alumni relations.

The Pitt Alumni Association gives the Gold Banner to constituent alumni groups in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in serving as the link between alumni and the university.

The Association’s Gold Banner Status is the highest level of award and is reserved for those groups demonstrating exceptional performance in alumni communications, student involvement and other partnerships.

Alumnus Christopher Luke, who is the PBAA’s representative to the Pitt Alumni Association, said, “Being a recipient of the Gold Banner Award for the 12th consecutive year is a true testament to the de…

Causer, Others Meet with FHWA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A dozen members from the Pennsylvania House and Senate who represent districts along the Interstate 80 corridor met with four high-ranking members of the Federal Highway Administration about their concerns regarding the tolling of the highway on Thursday during a meeting on Capitol Hill.

That agency currently is considering an application on behalf of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to toll the 311-mile highway.

The meeting included Reps. Martin Causer (R-McKean/Potter/Cameron), Michele Brooks (R-Crawford/Mercer/Lawrence), Mario Scavello (R-Monroe), Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong), Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), Brad Roae (R-Crawford), Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), Dick Stevenson (R-Mercer/Butler), Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango/Butler), Russ Fairchild (R-Union/Snyder), Merle Phillips (R-Northumberland/Snyder), along with Sens. Bob Robbins (R-Mercer) and John Gordner (R-Columbia) and Congressmen Glenn Thompson (R-Centre), Paul Kanjorski (D-Luzerne) …

Thompson to FHWA:
Keep Politics Out of I-80 Decision

U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today joined 13 members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly for a briefing with the Federal Highway Administration, FHWA, to let them know of their strong opposition to the plan to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s recent application to toll I-80.

“Eleven representatives and two Commonwealth senators made the trip to Washington, despite the fact that they were in session in Harrisburg, in order to let the people who will make the decision on advancing the application for tolling I-80, know just how much this topic means to them and the people they represent,” said Thompson.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Thompson told the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, Greg Nadeau, that there are two ways to make this decision. “It can be made under the rule of law, or it can be made based on politics. I hope you follow the intent of the law in your decision.”

On November 19th, Thompson and his House of Represent…

FR 123 to Close Temporarily

Forest Road 123 that runs between the Kane Experimental Forest and Twin Lakes Campground near Wilcox will be closed temporarily beginning today.

Officials with the Allegheny National Forest say the road will be closed for two to three months while major road reconstruction and repairs are done.

The project was one of the local projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Wal-Mart & Lang Surveying Take Over First Place in Chess League

After the fifth round of play at School Street Elementary, Wal-Mart is in first place. Only half a point behind in second are Pharmacy at Union Square and Dexter’s Service Center. Five of the eight team captains in the varsity remain with perfect scores.

In the JV section, Jessica Yost (member of Drs. Rhinehart team) is in first place. A half point behind in second is Brent Kennedy (captain for Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair). Nate Evan, a member of the Edmond Chevrolet Team, is in third place. The top JV team at the end of round 5 is Lang Surveying followed closely by Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair and Dragonfly Guitar Studio.

There will be no chess club over the holiday break. Matches will continue on Wednesday, January 6. For additional information about the league, email or visit

Results and Standings after round 5:

Varsity Division

Dr. Laroche defeated Bradford Window Company, 1.5-0.5; Parkview Super Market tied with the Pharmacy at U…

Education Advocates Sue Paterson

A group of teachers and education advocates is suing New York Governor David Paterson over his plan to withhold state aid to schools.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Albany challenges Paterson's ability to delay 10 percent of upcoming aid payments. It claims that Paterson is illegally withholding funds already set aside by the Legislature.

Paterson says holding back $750 million is needed to keep the state from running out of cash

PSP: Remains Found Near Punxsy
Belong to Murdered Woman

Nearly a year after remains were found in the woods south of Punxsutawney investigators have determined they belong to a woman who was murdered 5 to 15 years ago.

Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat of the Applied Forensic Sciences Depart-ment at Mercyhurst College in Erie determined that the victim died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. Her body was then dismembered.

State Police say the woman was either black or Hispanic, and likely between the ages of 20 and 50.

The remains were found December 29 by someone walking in the woods in North Mahoning Township.

Tractor-Trailer Crashes on I-86

Two Florida residents suffered minor injuries after a tractor-trailer rolled onto its side this morning in the Town of North Harmony.

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say 23-year-old Everett Halfhill of Hollyhill, Florida, was driving the rig on Interstate 86 at 5:20 when it went out of control, went off the road into a ditch and rolled onto its side.

Halfhill and his passenger, 22-year-old Shannon Dunn, were treated at WCA Hospital in Jamestown.

UPDATE from Sheriff's Department at 11:16 a.m. --

Because of the accident, the westbound lane of I-86 in the Town of North Harmony has been reduced to one lane.

G&B Towing is in the process to remove the overturned tractor-trailer.

Both lanes may be shut down temporarily during the process.

Sewage Sludge to Energy

While you may think some politicians' plans are full of you-know-what, this one really is.

The state House held a hearing Wednesday on using sewage sludge as an energy source.

State Representative Bud George, who chairs the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, says the hearing focused on health concerns related to the plan.

An expert at the hearing testified that drying sludge reduces pathogens and odors and has the potential to reduce disposal costs by 80 percent, provide a cleaner fuel source to power plants, boilers and cement kilns. Methane produced in the drying process also at can be recycled to help power sewage treatment plants.

Man Pleads Guilty in Connection
with Crash that Killed 2 Sisters

A Brockway man has pleaded guilty to homicide by motor vehicle in connection to an accident that killed two sisters and severely injured another.

34-year-old Eric Veltri will be sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court.

In March of 2008 Veltri was driving under the influence when he crossed the center line of Route 219 in Snyder Township and traveled into the path of a car driven by Delora Burrow-Bradish of Bradford.

Burrow-Bradish was severely injured. Her sisters, Connie Bailey of Brockway and Karen Peters of Newark, Delaware, died in the crash.

Rapp, Gabler Headed to DC

Congressman Glenn Thompson and several of his colleagues have invited their counterparts in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to meet with the Federal Highway Administration today about the proposed tolling of Interstate 80.

Among those attending will be representatives Kathy Rapp and Matt Gabler, and staff members for Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati and House Republican leader Sam Smith.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's application to toll I-80 is under consideration by the Federal Highway Administration for the third time.

Chautauqua County Offering Free
Computer Training to Seniors

Fredonia, NY -- The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging has announced their office is offering tutorial computer training lessons free of charge to all interested senior citizens (55+ years of age) throughout Chautauqua County. These lessons are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through Senior Services of America, Inc.’s Digital Inclusion Program.

Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards said the purpose of the Digital Inclusion Program is to bring seniors up to date with current technology.

"The tutorial sessions will teach the seniors basic computer skills using the 'Generations-On-Line' registered software program," Edwards said. "This software was specifically designed to be used by seniors."

The skills include mouse mastery, keyboarding, e-mailing, internet navigation, web searching, and link usage.

Each participant will complete the tutorial sessions at their own pace, utilizing the computer for approximately one hou…

BRMC Did Not Receive Recalled H1N1 Vaccine for Children

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) did not receive any shipments of H1N1 vaccine for children which has been recalled across parts of the country because of some lost strength.

“We want the public to know we did not have any of those lot numbers associated with that recall,” said Gary Malacarne, Pharm.D., the hospital’s pharmacy director.

“The H1N1 vaccines we’ve administered to children were from an entirely different lot number and do not have any lost strength. We want to stress that to parents and family members to ally any concerns,” Dr. Malacarne said.

AAA Predicts Travel Increase

AAA is projecting 87.7 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more away from home during the year-end holidays. This is a 3.8 percent increase from the 84.5 million Americans who traveled during the same Christmas / New Year period one year ago, and is the largest projected increase for any major holiday this year.

The number of travelers by automobile is expected to be 77.7 million in 2009 compared to 74.4 million last year; an increase of 4.4 percent. The number of travelers by air is expected be 4.2 million compared to 4.1 million in 2008; an increase of 2.9 percent. The number of those traveling by “other” means, including, trains, watercraft, buses and multiple-modes of transportation, is expected to be 5.8 million compared to 6.0 million last year, AAA said. Last year, the total number of travelers during the year-end holidays was 84.5 million; a decline of 4.7 percent from 2007.

“An increase in holiday travel signifies that consumers are more optimistic about their perso…

Paterson Approval Numbers Up

New York Governor David Paterson's approval rating has gone up.

He still has more people viewing him unfavorably than favorably, but the Quinnipiac Polling Institute says Paterson's tough talk on the budget crisis boosted his number.

The poll shows 38 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of the governor while 44 percent view him unfavorably. 40 percent say they approve of the job Paterson is doing while 49 percent disapprove.

Those are the best numbers for Paterson since February.

Assault at Warren State Hospital

Another assault has been reported at Warren State Hospital.

Police say 32-year-old Buddy Steadman punched 53-year-old Terry Wolfe and 36-year-old Michael Smoot at the hospital.

Wofle and Smoot's injuries required medical attention.

Corry Man Made Child Porn

A Corry man has pleaded guilty to making child pornography and keeping it on his computer.

52-year-old Mark Brecker admitted that he sexually exploited a 1 1/2-year-old child between August and October 2008 and filmed the abuse.

He faces at least 15 years in federal prison when he's sentenced April 9.

Prosecutors traced seven movies depicting the sexual abuse of children to Brecker's computer. When they executed a search warrant at his home they found 180 images of child pornography, as well as movies that depicted Brecker performing sex acts on a child in his home.

House Passes SB 711

The state House has passed Senate Bill 711, the table games bill.

The Senate still has to act on the measure. The Senate will be back in session in the morning.

DeWeese Resigns as Whip

State Representative Bill DeWeese has just resigned his position as Majority Whip.

DeWeese was charged earlier in the day in connection with the Bonusgate investigation.

State Board Re-elects Pascarella

Kathy Pascarella, director of Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC’s) McKean County VNA & Hospice, has been re-elected to the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) Board of Directors for a three-year term.

The PHA board represents the state’s homecare and hospice industry which provides medical, personal and end-of-life care in the homes of approximately 750,000 Pennsylvanians each year.

Mrs. Pascarella also has been appointed chair of the Education Committee which develops educational programming, including continuing education and professional development workshops and PHA’s annual conference. She has also served on the board’s executive committee and PHA Foundation since first being elected in 2006.

“I’m honored to once again have the opportunity to represent my peers in homecare,” Mrs. Pascarella said. “The PHA board brings a collective strength in addressing the issues that impact home health care and challenges me to be a better director and stronger advocate for homeca…

Owls on the Air and on the 'Net

The Bradford Owls travel to Warren tonight to battle the Dragons in a non league basketball matchup. Owls pregame on the air at 7:20 with Dave Fuhrman’s coaches show on 1490 WESB and on the web at

Warren is 2-0 and the Owls are 1-0.

Voice of the Owls Frank Williams and Tom Bowes will call the game.

ANF Drilling Ban Lifted

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today issued the following statement after Judge Sean McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued an injunction lifting the ban on drilling permits in the Allegheny National Forest:

“I’ve had confidence all along in the State’s ability to take care of the environment in the Allegheny National Forest—confidence in the local industry and the citizens of the four-county area, who have been exceptional stewards of the environment for decades.

“The local stakeholders have taken care of the Forest for 86 years with the State Department of Environmental Protection providing some of the best enforcement in the Nation. It looks as if the Judge agreed the Commonwealth does not need outside environmental groups to come in and tell them how to do things.

“This ruling allows companies to bring their employees back to work and plan for the future. The decision by the U.S. Forest Service to …

'Exceptional Value' Waterways

Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger announced today that 265 miles of streams in Pennsylvania will receive increased protection after being designated as “exceptional value” waterways by the Environmental Quality Board

The waterways receiving the new designation include Young Womans Creek in Clinton, Lycoming and Potter counties; and Blue Eye Run and East Hickory Creek in Warren County.

Buliga Promoted to Associate
Professor with Tenure at UPB

Dr. Marius Buliga has been promoted to associate professor of mathematics with tenure at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Dr. Buliga is a dedicated and effective teacher,” said Dr. Yong-Zhuo Chen, professor of mathematics and chairman of the Division of Physical and Computational Sciences.

“His research record is of good quality and more than sufficient to support the promotion. He is also a collegial colleague and plays a crucial leadership role by serving as the mathematics program director. I believe he will continue to make valuable contributions to our university in the years ahead.”

Among the classes he has taught since joining the faculty in 2002 are Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra, Operations Research, Abstract Algebra and Numerical Analysis.

Buliga’s area of research includes graph theory and the use of mathematical software and Java applets for teaching math at an undergraduate level.

He is co-author of the book, “The El…