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Saturday, February 28, 2009

SBU Trustee Writes in Book
'Go Tell Michelle'

When Ellen E. Grant was asked to contribute to a treasury of letters written by African-American women to first lady Michelle Obama, she didn’t have to think twice.

“Absolutely,” she proudly stated. “Sign me up.”

That treasury of letters was published last month by SUNY Press under the title of “Go, Tell Michelle: African-American Women Write to the New First Lady.” Compiled and edited by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold, Ph.D., and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, Ph.D., the book was an experience and opportunity for African-American women from around the world to write to the new first lady.

“Go, Tell Michelle” stemmed from the editors’ work with the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc., which Nevergold and Brooks-Bertram founded in 1999 as a way to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African American women.

“Our first lady is truly an uncrowned queen,” said Grant, a trustee at St. Bonaventure. “This is an exciting time in history and I wanted to be part of it.”

Nevergold and Brooks-Bertram, both longtime Buffalo residents, are colleagues and friends of Grant, a Buffalo native.

Grant has both professional and personal stakes in the health care areas of mental illness and behavioral issues.

She considers herself a champion of the causes, working toward educating African-Americans on the health care industry as well as passing legislation on behavioral health care for all citizens.

In her letter to the first lady, Grant thanked her for being strong and following the footsteps of other uncrowned queens before her. And, of course, Grant mentioned her cause.

“President Obama’s focus on health care reform is encouraging as I know that you both understand the positive and negative influence of fragmented care in our nation,” Grant wrote. “Further, our patients of color must also learn to trust and be confident that they get the care they want and deserve.”

She continued on to write, “This year’s historic electoral event gave us this opportunity to prove and realize we are a country that desires to see these possibilities each and every day.”

Prior to joining HealthNow, Grant served as commissioner of mental health for Erie County (New York), president and chief executive officer of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and vice president of Buffalo General Hospital. She has more than 20 years of experience in health, behavioral health and academia and began her career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

She was the first black president of the New York State Association of Counties and the National Association of Social Workers, New York State Chapter. She has served on many boards, including Planned Parenthood of Western New York, Neighborhood House and the Western New York Women’s Fund. Recognition for community service includes an award from National Conference for Community & Justice, an honorary doctorate from Medaille College in Buffalo and installation in the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame.

Nationally, Grant is the director of the National Institute of Health on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. In addition, she has served on the board of the Black Women’s Health Study at Boston University’s School of Medicine and on the Council of Public Representatives. In 1996, she was chosen as one of 12 women internationally to receive a year-long fellowship from the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation, which included studies at Harvard University. Grant is also author of the book “Managing in Black and White,” which examines management and leadership issues for women of color.

Lawyer: FBI Used 'Voodoo Accounting' in Fumo Case

Ed Jacobs Jr. said that FBI agents had resorted to "voodoo accounting" to build the federal fraud case, which alleges that Arnao and Fumo looted Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods of $1.4 million.

For the full story, go to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Pollster: Specter Could be 'Toast'

HARRISBURG -- A new statewide poll shows 53 percent of Pennsylvanians -- and 66 percent of Republicans -- want someone to replace Sen. Arlen Specter.

For the full story, go to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

'Community Reads' Sponsors Events

The Community Reads Project and Jamestown Community College’s campus program committee are sponsoring two events on March 19 related to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, the book selected for this year’s study.

The events will be held in the Magnano Reception Room, adjacent to Cutco Theater at JCC and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 376-7594.

Making Connections and Coping with Autism Spectrum Disorder, moderated by Linda Matthews, JCC human services instructor, will be presented from 4 to 5:30 p.m. A panel of experts on autism will share their experiences and knowledge.

Panelists include: James Kinney, author, speaker, and parent of an autistic child; Luke Kinney, teenager with autism and student at Bradford Area High School; Cheryl Moore, board certified behavior analyst and 6:1:1 teacher for BOCES at Cuba Elementary School; Karen O’Dell, autism services specialist for Olean City Schools; and Pam Salzmann, PT, DO, pediatric physician with Olean Medical Group.

At 6 p.m., Nancy Callahan, JCC’s disability support services coordinator and co-advisor for the JCC student organization, Asperger’s Discussion Club, will host Access to Higher Education for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Additional presenters will be parent advocate Julie McCarthy, parent of a college student diagnosed with Asperger’s and a member of Parents-for-Parents, The Resource Center of Chautauqua County support group, and Tammy Smith, assistant professor and counselor at JCC and co-advisor of the Asperger’s Discussion Club.

The session will address transition from high school to the post-secondary level for the student on the autism spectrum. Preparing for changes in legal, academic, and social environments from the perspectives of college personnel and a parent advocate will be explored.

Participants at both events are invited to a buffet dinner from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Grazing Conference in DuBois

Due to the high level of interest in this year’s Northwest PA Grazing Conference, registration has been extended to March 7, 2009 This year’s conference will be held at the Tri County Church of God just off route 255, 1.3 miles north of I-80 Exit 101 in DuBois, Pennsylvania. The conference will begin at 9:15 AM.

This year’s featured speaker will be Kit Pharo, a beef breeder and producer from Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. Pharo, a nationally known speaker, has interesting ideas on why producers should focus on profitability and not production and will discuss his three keys to profitability. In addition, John Vanderstappen, a Jersey milk producer from Mercer will discuss how he incorporates an intensive grazing system into his total mixed ration feeding program.

The conference will end with the always popular farmer panel featuring Michael Wright/Warren County, Alvin Vogel/Butler County, and Junior Gilkinson/Warren County. All three depend on a high level of grazing management to make their operations profitable.

To register or obtain conference information call Headwaters RC&D at 814-375-1372 extension 4, or your local NRCS, Penn State Extension, or Conservation District office. Registration deadline is March 7, 2009

Autism Expert to Speak at SBU

A workshop on autism spectrum disorders will be held March 26 at St. Bonaventure University.

Sheila Wagner, M.E.D., an internationally renowned lecturer, will present “Educating Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Inclusion, Behavioral and Social Best Practices Interventions” at noon in the San Damiano Room in Francis Hall.

Wagner is the assistant director at Atlanta’s Emory Autism Center and the program coordinator for the MONARCH School Age Program at the center, which is dedicated to providing information and resources to families and school systems throughout Georgia for the education of K-12 students with autism.

Wagner has more than 20 years’ experience in working with autism spectrum disorders as a teacher, consultant and evaluator. Wagner is also the author of many books that focus on inclusive programming for students with autism. Her first book concentrated on elementary students and was recognized with the ASA Literary Award in 2000.

The cost of the workshop is $30 for professionals, $20 for parents, and $15 for students. Lunch will be provided.

Checks should be made out to St. Bonaventure University and sent to Dr. Barbara Trolley, School of Education, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778. Include the number attending in each category, names, e-mail addresses and organization name. Questions may be directed to Trolley, program coordinator, at btrolley@sbu.edu.

The workshop has been made possible by the Children’s Guild Foundation, an organization dedicated, through funding support and advocacy programs, to improving the lives of children with special needs.

Allegheny Brambles:
Backyard Habitats and Windbreaks

Mary Hosmer
Public Affairs
Allegheny National Forest


I stare at the privet hedge. Like any second hand homeowner, I treasure things about my home and dislike some things the previous homeowner obviously thought to be wonderful. Privet (Ligustrum spp.) bushes are everywhere on my piece of God’s Little Acre, near the Allegheny National Forest. Privet is commonly planted as a hedge to provide a screen of plants in the summer months. Privets form dense thickets elsewhere in the forests, outcompeting native vegetation. They do their intended job, only too well.

I want a windbreak on the western and northern edges of my property, particularly after experiencing the brutal winds of last winter. I also want to create my windbreak from native shrubs and trees that not only break the wind, but also provide habitat for wildlife. I need a plan… back to the seed and plant catalogs; back to http://paforeststewards.cas.psu.edu.

I need to remove the privet before I can plant some trees and shrubs. I need to spray the privet with herbicide once it leafs out so it doesn’t grow any longer.

I learn from the website I need to mix in trees with needles (conifers) in the windbreak to provide wildlife a chance to escape the vicious winds from the west. Selecting conifers to plant is a difficult part of planning the windbreak because our own state tree, the hemlock, is being decimated by the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect.. I decide to not plant hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) even though hemlock is one of the two most abundant native conifers in Pennsylvania. The hemlock woolly adelgid is on the doorstep of the Allegheny Plateau, ready to wipe out huge amounts of hemlock. I have no desire to lose all my hard work to needle-killing insects. I rule out hemlock.

The bad effects from non-native insects are staggering as I learn more.

White pine is the other of the two most abundant native conifers in Pennsylvania. I learn that white pines (Pinus strobus)grow in a zig-zag shape here in Pennsylvania because a non-native weevil insect destroys the top shoot every year and forces the tree to grow in a zig-zag shape. White pine is also an open-grown tree in that it has abundant space between branches that does not deter winds as well as hemlock. I tentatively keep white pine on my ‘list’ even though it appears to not provide the wildlife benefit I’m looking for.

Mmm, the Woods and Wildlife booklet recommends spruce trees as providing benefits to wildlife. Black spruce is a minor amount of the conifers in Pennsylvania; it is found in some northern counties near the New York border in wetter sites. I keep black spruce (Picea mariana) on my list.

Red spruce is native to eastern Pennsylvania, but not here. I rule out red spruce (Picea rubens).
White spruce was never native to Pennsylvania. I rule out white spruce (Picea glauca).

I want a good ‘wildlife’ tree. I find that Atlantic white cedar and balsam fir provide not only cover, but also food for animals in the winter, as cottontails, snowshoe hare, and deer will eat the needles. I also learn that Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) is not found in nurseries because of the difficulty of propagation. I rule out Atlantic white cedar.

I add eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) to my list instead.

I check the range maps for balsam fir and find that balsam fir (Abies balsamea) was native to northern Pennsylvania and even stretched into central Pennsylvania along the Appalachian chain. The deer population decimated regeneration of this tree and it disappeared from the landscape. I keep balsam fir on my list.

A thoughtful weekend weighing the pros and cons of what conifer to plant leads me to decide to create my windbreak with plantings of black spruce, red cedar, and balsam fir. Next week’s installment will showcase wildlife shrubs for food.


The Value of Conifers

1. Conifers are better than hardwood trees for windbreaks.
2. Most conifers provide a year-round vegetation cover or visual screen because the needles stay on all year.
3. Conifers provide cover from harsh winds for animals and birds.
4. Conifers protect animals and birds from the snow and rain.
5. The needles can be eaten by some animals.
6. Conifers provide nesting cover for birds.

Oil 150 Updates Web Site

The official website of the Oil Region Alliance's Oil 150 celebration, www.oil150.com has added an entire new section of essays describing 15 of Pennsylvania's earliest commercial oil companies.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "Neil McElwee has done extensive research and has developed an extremely interesting series of essays that chronicle the development of the oil companies with roots in Western Pennsylvania. Anyone interested in the history of the petroleum industry will find these articles fascinating."

The material can be found in the "Essays" section, under "Pennsylvania Oil Companies" at www.oil150.com. The complete list of articles includes:

United Refining Company; American Refining Group, Inc.; Atlantic Refining Company; Crew Levick – Cities Service Group; Empire – Wolverine – Wolf's Head; Freedom Oil Works Co. and the Valvoline Oil Company; Galena Oil Company and Signal Oil; Gulf Oil company; Kendall Refining; Pennsylvania Refining company; Pure Oil Company; Quaker State Corporation; L. Sonneborn Sons, Witco Chemical Co. and Amalie; South Penn Oil and Pennzoil; and Sun Oil Co.

The "Calendar" section of the website contains a region- wide listing of events occurring through the remainder of 2009. A special section has been opened for the events occurring in the Titusville, Pennsylvania area. Any group or individual with an event themed around the 150th anniversary of oil can use the "Submit Event Information" form in the calendar section of www.oil150.com.

In the "Online Store" several new items have been added, including 5 fine art prints:

3 by Gary Crouch: Planning for Gold on Black Gold Mountain, Deep in the Heart of Texas, and Twenty – Four Seven;

People of Pithole by artist Daniel "Deac" Mong is available as a signed and numbered print on a foam core backing with an information sheet on the "people";

Fred Carrow's Drake Well is also available as a signed and numbered print (only 150 produced).

Other new items include coffee mugs, tee shirts, and a custom Oil 150 Zippo© pocket lighter.

Please visit www.oil150.com and see what has been added.

Pitt-Bradford Men Win

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Pitt-Bradford let Penn State-Behrend off the hook last week, but the Panthers weren't about to let it happen twice.

Friday night at Medaille College, UPB got some revenge by eliminating the Lions from the AMCC playoffs with a 62-54 victory in their semifinal game.

"This was a great, great win for us," said a pleased Andy Moore, UPB coach. "Last weekend we let our game at Behrend get away and we didn't want that to happen tonight."

The Panthers played hard right from the start and behind a stingy defense built a three-point, 28-25 lead at halftime.

With 12 minutes left in the second half, Zach Moore's three-pointer gave UPB a comfortable 12-point (43-31) lead. Behrend trimmed the deficit to Five at 53-48 on a 3-pointer by Adam Kaiser with 2:21 left, but the Panthers knew what they had to do to advance to today's championship game.

"Down the stretch we made some plays and hit our free throws," said coach Moore. "We led pretty much the whole game. Tonight we also played very good defense, holding them to 54 points. The kids were focused and they played hard."

A balanced scoring attack also helped the Panthers with four players in double gigures. Zach Moore led the way with 14 points, while Sam Moore added 13, Aaron Stang 12 and Shawn Spindler 10.

UPB also held a slim one rebound advantage on the boards, 28-27, led by Zach Moore with eight and Sam Moore and Stang with seven each.

High scorers for Penn State-Behrend, which finishes its season at 17-9, were Tom Newman with 16 points and Adam Potter with 15.

UPB, now 17-10, will take on tournament host, Medaille, for the title at 3 p.m. today. Medaille (20-6) eliminated Frostburg in Friday's other semifinal.

PITT-BRADFORD (62)
Spindler 3-2-2-10, Heisey 1-5-6-8, Z. Moore 4-4-7-14, S. Moore 4-2-3-13,
Stang 5-2-3-12, VanDeusen 1-0-0-3, Elmore 1-0-0-2, Tripodi 0-0-0-0,
Ridge 0-0-0-0, Totals 19-15-21-62

PENN STATE-BEHREND (54)
Piotrowicz 2-2-2-7, Kaiser 2-1-2-6, Newman 7-1-1-16, Seker 2-0-0-4,
Potter 7-0-0-15, Saltsman 2-0-1-4, St. Andrews 1-0-0-2, Totals 23-4-6-54
Halftime: Pitt-Bradford 28-25
Three-point FGs: UPB - Spindler 2, Heisey 1, Z. Moore 2, S. Moore 3,
VanDeusen 1; PSB - Piotrowicz 1, Kaiser 1, Newman 1, Potter 1

Mark Havers Advances

Bradford High's Mark Havers has advanced to the semifinals in the Northwest Regional Wrestling Championships.

Havers beat Cathedral Prep's Dave Heynoski. Today, he faces Brian Greenlee of Franklin for a spot in the finals.

Brown Released by Reno Bighorns

The former NBA player and Syracuse University star caught up in a Buffalo drug raid has been released by the NBA Development League.

29-year-old Damone Brown of the Reno Bighorns was released so he can focus on "personal business," said Jason Glover, team president and assistant coach.

Brown is accused of leasing a safe deposit box at Citizens Bank in Buffalo that was used by a drug kingpin to store proceeds. Authorities seized $170,000 from the box before Brown's arrest in Reno.

In U.S. District Court in Reno on Thursday, Brown was released on his own recognizance pending a March 11 preliminary hearing in Buffalo.

FBI agent Peter Orchard was shot and wounded Thursday during the roundup of suspects. He's been released from the hospital.

31 people were charged with participating in the ring.

Buffalo News Looking at Layoffs

The Buffalo News may have to lay off 52 employees due to the economic downtown.

A memo sent to all News employees from News Publisher Stan Lipsey on Friday outlined the economic troubles the News has faced due to the reduction of advertising and circulation revenue.

The letter states: "February will be the fourth consecutive month in which the company has struggled with profitability."

Most the layoffs would come from the circulation department with 33, while the rest is split between editorial, classified advertising, accounting and marketing.

The Buffalo News recently increased the cost of a newspaper from 50 cents to 75 cents.

Scott on TV

If you thought you saw Scott Douglas on The Today Show just a couple minutes ago, you weren't imagining things. He's in NYC and made a stop at 30 Rock.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Buffett Battling Bar Owner

Singer Jimmy Buffett wants a Pittsburgh bar named Margaritaville to quit using the name.

Buffett's lawyers sent the bar's owner a letter demanding that it cease operating, saying the singer owns dozens of restaurants called Margaritaville.

Buffett released the song "Wasting Away Again In Margaritaville" in 1977.

For the full story, go to WPXI.com.

Oil City Teacher Facing Charges

A female teacher in Oil City is being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female student.

Oil City Police say 34-four-year old Angie Marie Fetty of Franklin admitted hugging and kissing the girl and having her sleep over. Fetty has been suspended with pay pending the case's outcome.

Fetty has been charged with endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Police say they found drug paraphernalia while searching Fetty's house.

Southern Cal Prof to Visit Bona's

By Kellan Terry
SBU ’10


Dr. Patrick James, director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, will be visiting St. Bonaventure University March 9-20 as a Lenna Endowed Visiting Professor.

James is one of the world’s top scholars in international relations and comparative politics. He will address audiences of students and scholars on a variety of topics, from offensive realism to global governance.

James will be giving a lecture at 7 p.m. on March 10 in the auditorium of the William F. Walsh Science Center. His lecture is free and open to the public.

James will also visit the Jamestown campus of Jamestown Community College to address the President’s Roundtable at 7:45 a.m. on March 18 in the Weeks Reception Room in the Arts & Science Building.

James is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Louise Dyer Peace Fellowship from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Milton R. Merrill Chair from Political Science at Utah State University, the Lady Davis Professorship of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Thomas Enders Professorship in Canadian Studies at the University of Calgary, the Senior Scholar award from the Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C., the Eaton Lectureship at Queen’s University in Belfast, the Quincy Wright Scholar Award from the Midwest International Studies Association, and the Distinguished Scholar in Foreign Policy Analysis award from the International Studies Association.

James is the author of 11 books and has published more than 100 articles and book chapters. He is president of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and vice president of the International Studies Association.

James earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Hosting a scholar of his caliber “will enhance the new international studies major at St. Bonaventure,” said Dr. Neal Carter, associate professor of political science.

The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship brings top scholars of their fields to St. Bonaventure and Jamestown Community College. The program, established in 1990, is funded through donations from Betty S. Lenna Fairbank and the late Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown.

UPB's ServSafe Food Safety Course

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Outreach Services will offer ServSafe food safety training courses in Bradford next month.

The training will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 23, 25 and 30 in the sixth floor conference room of the Seneca Building on Marilyn Horne Way in downtown Bradford. Those seeking ServSave certification will need to attend all three classes at a cost of $199, which includes textbook and exam fees, while those being recertified should attend the first two classes at a cost of $99. The deadline for registration has been extended to Friday, March 6.

“This is the first time that Pitt-Bradford Outreach Services has offered the ServSafe course,” said Ann Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center. “In the past, most food service employees who needed the certification had to travel outside of Bradford and sometimes even outside of McKean County to find a course like this.”

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regulations require that every food service establishment employs at least one certified supervisory employee who has completed and passed an approved food-safety certification course such as ServSafe.

The course will be taught by certified ServSafe instructor Michael Kelly and will include information about food borne illnesses, how to identify food that can become unsafe, how food can become contaminated, ways to reduce the chance of contamination, hygiene, flow of food from purchasing to serving, cleaning, sanitizing and pest control.

Support for Canadian Courses

Dr. Neal Carter, associate professor of political science at St. Bonaventure University, has received a $9,500 grant from the Canadian government to support the development of Canadian content courses, including a six-credit course for summer 2010.

The course features a two-week trip to four major cities in Canada. About $5,000 of the grant will help defray travel expenses for the students who take the course, now being developed by Carter and Dr. Jeff Slagle, assistant professor of English.

The course — a seminar version of the World Views course (CLAR 108) taught every fall by Carter — will be merged with a section of Arts and Literature (CLAR 109) to account for the six credits. Both courses are Clare College (core program) requirements for all St. Bonaventure students, but are offered each semester in a number of sections and taught by several different faculty members.

Carter’s section of World Views focuses on identity and intergroup contact in general, but uses the United States-Canada border and international relations as a point of emphasis. The new summer course will focus on comparisons of the United States and Canada, as well as their international relations.

How the Arts and Literature course will be integrated into the curriculum has yet to be determined, Carter said.

Course time spent in Canada will include sessions with both countries’ diplomatic corps, politicians, practitioners, members of the tourism industry, and professors in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, as well as visits to relevant museums and landmarks.

The remaining $4,500 of the grant will be used to research the development of the class and the procurement of course materials, the cultivation of contacts for student trips, and the creation of a plan of study for the course. Some of Carter’s research will be devoted to enhancing two existing classes: Canadian Politics (POLS 370) and his traditional section of World Views (CLAR 108).

Carter’s grant follows a $5,000 Program Enhancement Grant received last fall to promote the development of Canadian Studies at the university. These funds are being used to support guest speakers as well as the development of a Canadian Studies concentration within the new International Studies major.

These courses will also support the new International Relations concentrations in political science and history.

The summer course offering will focus more on Canadian culture than his traditional fall class, Carter said.

“Many of my students live close enough to the border to have a personal interest in gaining understanding about the relationship between the U.S. and Canada,” Carter said. “As conditions develop in the world, a firm understanding of the similarities and differences of the two countries will become increasingly important.”

UPB Honors Entrepreneurial Alum


By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing


A University of Pittsburgh at Bradford alumnus whose engineering business now employs 28 people in Olean, N.Y., received the second annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Monday on campus.

Chris Napoleon, owner of Napoleon Engineering Services, was honored by the Pitt-Bradford Students in Free Enterprise and the Small Business Administration at a luncheon meeting of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board.

Laura Megill, director of the entrepreneurship program at Pitt-Bradford, and Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, presented Napoleon with the award.

Napoleon was chosen, in part, for his work mentoring students from middle school through college.

“I do feel it’s important to remain involved with education. That’s the foundation of everything,” said Napoleon, who after studying engineering for two years at Pitt-Bradford finished his mechanical engineering degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. He earned his master’s degree at Kettering University.

He learned about bearings at MRC Bearings in Falconer, N.Y., and in 1997, started his own bearing company in his hometown of Olean.

Napoleon began with contracting to inspect and test bearings but soon purchased equipment to modify bearings and began manufacturing custom orders.

“I’ve always been a very hands-on person,” he said. “Starting my own business played right into that.”

Now that he has 28 employees and a planned 20,000-square-foot expansion to oversee, he doesn’t get much hands-on time as part of the manufacturing process.

“I’m responsible for our strategic planning and making sure we have the right people, equipment, training and facilities,” he said.

His interest in mentoring, he said, is directly related to his being an employer.

“I’m looking for people to hire,” he said. “We’re not going to survive without people with advanced skill sets.”

Napoleon noted that the machinery he operates requires workers with advanced skills.

“These are proud jobs and challenging jobs,” he said.

Napoleon is working with the Allegany-Limestone (N.Y.) and Olean school systems to educate students, teachers and administrators about the opportunities available in advanced manufacturing.

Engineering students from both Alfred University and Alfred State College visit Napoleon Engineering to see its operation. And Napoleon regularly speaks to students of Dr. Ronald Mattis, associate professor of engineering at Pitt-Bradford.

“I’m humbled and very excited,” Napoleon said of receiving the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. “There are so many business owners that work hard every day and don’t get that recognition. I don’t often look back at what we’ve accomplished.

“I was fortunate to have received my education through Pitt, and I would not be where I am today without it.”

Pictured at the luncheon honoring alumnus Chris Napoleon with the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Monday are, from left, Diana Maguire, associate project director for the entrepreneurship program; Laura Megill, director of the entrepreneurship program; Napoleon, chief engineer of Napoleon Engineering Services; Dr. Livingston Alexander, president; and Leyla Lindsay, president of Students in Free Enterprise.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

SBU, OGH Honor Frank Gelsomino

By Tom Missel
Director of Media Relations/Marketing


He lived more than 90 years in a non-descript house on Wayne Street, made $5.85 an hour in 1975, his 38th and final year at Dresser Industries.

A simple man of modest means, Frank T. Gelsomino Jr. died Aug. 13, 2007. His legacy will be felt in Olean forever.

Scrimping and investing wisely, tracking TV stock tickers faithfully and making daily calls to his broker, Gelsomino amassed a fortune and made sure two pillars of the community — St. Bonaventure University and Olean General Hospital — were the richer for it. He left the university more than $1.6 million and donated $700,000 to the hospital.

Gelsomino’s generosity was remembered Friday by both institutions, first at a midday reception at St. Bonaventure, and then at the dedication of a Gelsomino family portrait — painted by Sharon Long — at Olean General. Relatives and friends of Gelsomino attended both events.

“Words could never adequately convey what this remarkable man has done for us,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. “I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with him at length before he passed away and I was so impressed with his desire to help others get the education he was unfortunately denied.”

The Great Depression struck just as Gelsomino was about to graduate from Olean High School. College wasn’t an option.

Near the end of his life, macular degeneration robbed Gelsomino of most of his vision, but he never lost sight of his desire to help others after he was gone. His donation to St. Bonaventure established the Gelsomino Family Scholarship Fund. Some of Gelsomino’s wealth came from inheritances from his parents and sisters.

“It was his desire that his donation could help local students attend St. Bonaventure who might not otherwise be able to,” said SBU’s Bob Keenan, who helped Gelsomino set up the scholarship fund.

Townhouse 21 on the east side of campus has been renamed Gelsomino House in honor of Frank and his family, Keenan said.


“That was his wish,” Keenan said. “I was showing him the townhouses one day and a student was nice enough to give us a tour (of Townhouse 21). That’s why he picked that one.”

Gelsomino also had a heart for health care and, through the Olean General Hospital Foundation, he set up the Gelsomino Family Endowment in memory of his parents, Frank and Catherine Gelsomino, and his sisters Josephine and Eleanor, all of whom he credited for making his gifts possible.

“Through this endowment, the Gelsomino family’s desire to provide state-of-the-art health care for generations will come to fruition. Five percent [of the endowment] annually in perpetuity will fund critical equipment and important projects of the future in their name,” said Karen Fohl, OGH Foundation president.

Gelsomino’s enduring legacy will be the love he felt for the place he lived for nearly a century, Fohl said.

“Frank was not a famous person, or a world traveler or a business leader. Instead, Frank was like most of the thousands of us who live and work in this community, weaving a simple tapestry in life that might be indistinguishable from all the others being woven around him,” Fohl said. “He served his country as a soldier, he dearly loved his parents and sisters, and he weathered difficult economic times.

“But what made Frank Gelsomino’s life stand apart from so many others, and what ultimately cemented his lasting legacy, was his generosity to his community and his goal of making it a better place than he found it.”

Pictured, Frank T. Gelsomino Jr.; and Fr. Bob Struzynski, O.F.M., blesses the former Townhouse 21 (now Gelsomino House) at St. Bonaventure University Friday afternoon just after a reception for family members and friends of Frank Gelsomino.
(Photos courtesy of St. Bonaventure University)

PA, Ohio Form Nation's First
Interstate Workforce Region

HARRISBURG – Residents in Western Pennsylvania and Northeastern Ohio will have access to new workforce development opportunities through the nation’s first Interstate Workforce Region that Governor Edward G. Rendell and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced today.

“A workforce with the skills and training to succeed in the 21st-century workplace is essential, and Pennsylvania’s local and regional workforce development partners are helping us realize that goal,” Governor Rendell said. “The Interstate Region is a logical extension of our current workforce development strategies, and I am pleased that we can partner with Ohio to create and implement workforce strategies that will benefit the workforce and employers in our states.”

“Regional collaboration is more important than ever as a driver of economic growth, especially in these challenging economic times,” Governor Strickland said. “We look forward to working closely with our partners in Pennsylvania on ways to more effectively and efficiently improve workforce development initiatives in these five counties.”

The Interstate Region includes Pennsylvania’s West Central Workforce Investment Area – Lawrence and Mercer counties – and Ohio’s Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The partnership was recommended by the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board and its Ohio counterpart.

PA Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Robert Garraty participated in an official announcement event that took place during a joint Pennsylvania/Ohio leadership meeting in Warren, Ohio.

The designation, effective Jan. 1, 2009, allows partners to share information, plan jointly and coordinate services to the region’s workforce and employers.

The federal Workforce Investment Act provides the framework for a national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet both the needs of the nation’s businesses and the needs of job seekers and those who want to further their careers. The Act emphasizes that training and employment programs must be designed and managed at the local level where the needs of businesses and individuals are best understood.

Gonzalez, Hamlin Bank Lead League

With only three rounds remaining in chess league action at School Street Elementary, the tension is mounting in the final matches. Edmond Chevrolet outscored Drs. Rhinehart by 2 points. Lang Surveying won its match against Northwest Savings Bank by 2 points. Tasta Pizza managed a one point victory against Domino’s Pizza. And Hamlin Bank trounced Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair 3.5-0.5 to maintain its lead.

Top individual in the JV section is Nico Alvarado, captain for Lang Surveying. Leah Swineford, captain for Tasta Pizza, is only half a point behind in second place. A full point behind in third are Justin Wedge, captain for Lang Surveying, and Jordan Graffius, captain for Edmond Chevrolet.

Dr. Gonzalez shut out their main competition for first when they blanked Bradford Window. Smith’s Fine Jewelry tied its match with Dr. Laroche to advance to third place. Parkview Super Market won its match against Dexter’s Service Center. And The Pharmacy at Union Square drew its match against Ed Shults Toyota.

Leaders in the varsity division are Mike Jones, captain of the Dr. Gonzalez team, with a perfect score; Todd Hennard, captain of the Bradford Window team, is in second; Tamara Ferguson, captain for Smith’s Fine Jewelry, is half a point behind in third; and Greg Henry, captain for the Dr. Laroche team, is a half point behind in fourth place overall.

For additional information about the league or chess events, contact Robert Ferguson at execdirchess@amchess.org.

Standings after round 11:

Junior Varsity Division
Team Score
Hamlin Bank
33.0

Tasta Pizza
31.0

Lang Surveying
30.0

Edmond Chevrolet
25.5

Northwest Savings Bank
24.5

Domino’s Pizza
22.5

Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair
22.0

Drs. Rhinehart
15.5


Varsity Division
Team
Score
Dr. Gonzalez
17.5

Bradford Window Co.
15.5

Smith’s Fine Jewelry
15.0

Parkview Super Market
13.5

Ed Shults Toyota
12.5

Dexter’s Service Center
11.0

Dr. Laroche
10.5

Pharmacy at Union Square
10.5

'Fiesta Flamenco' at St. Bonaventure

The world renowned Spanish company Flamenco Vivo: Carlota Santana will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The program, “Fiesta Flamenco,” is being presented by Friends of Good Music in association with The Quick Center.

Flamenco Vivo bridges cultures around the world to push the boundaries of traditional flamenco, infusing it with fresh energy and excitement. “Unforgettably hot dancing” is how The Washington Post described a performance by the Spanish dancers and musicians.

Artistic Director Carlota Santana, named “The Keeper of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine, conjures vibrant performances from an ever-expanding repertoire of new music, original dramatic works, and a bold mixture of dance vocabularies, including Hispanic-American influences. True to its founding vision, the company commissions new works with original choreography and music and has premiered a series of dramatic, cutting edge works.

The live music will be provided by two vocalists and two guitarists.

Santana co-founded the company in 1983, and since then the company has continued to grow and flourish, performing at such venues as Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, The New Victory Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Summerdance Santa Barbara, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, and throughout Europe and South America.

“Watching the company’s performance is a reminder of how closely related so many dance forms are,” said Ludwig Brunner, director of programming at The Quick Center. “You can see elements of flamenco in American tap dance and hear echoes of flamenco in the traditional music of the Gypsy and Jewish cultures. The variety of the program including flamenco, tango, 4/4 rhythm dance and rumba and the sheer energy and passion of the dancers will dazzle our audience.”

Tickets for the performance are $18 at full price, $15 for St. Bonaventure staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

For all performances at The Quick Center, the museum galleries open one hour before the start of the performance and remain open throughout intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round.

St. Bonaventure University provided the photo of Juanjo Garcia, Defne Enc and Antonio Hidalgo perform with Flamenco Vivo.

UPB Group Traveling to Mexico

Members of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford community will travel to Mexico next month as part of the 6th Annual Maya Archaeology Spring Break Trip, which will take place from March 8-14.

The trip will highlight Teotihuacan, the enormous city “where time began,” the Aztec Templo Mayor discovered under the Zocalo plaza of Mexico City, agave (tequila) plantations, obsidian workshops, the Xochimilco gardens by canal boat, the Cacaxtla murals, and also the Aztec Calendar Stone and other treasures of the Museo National, the world’s best anthropological museum, featured in the best-seller book “1000 Places to See Before You Die.”

The $1050 price of the trip includes hotels, two meals each day, van transportation, tours by archaeologists, and entrance fees to museums and sites. It does not include airfare to/from Mexico City, Mexico.

The trip is open to anyone with an interest in the Maya and Aztecs, in archaeology, in the ecology of the Basin of Mexico, or in an adventuresome week, including children age 12 or older, if accompanied by a responsible parent.

Anyone interested in the trip should contact Isabelle Champlin immediately at (814) 362-7623 or ichamplin@gmail.com. This trip is not sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. A detailed itinerary is available at http://www.mayaexploration.org/study_UPitt_mar09.php.

Allegheny Brambles:
Backyard Habitats & Seed Catalogs

Mary Hosmer
Public Affairs
Allegheny National Forest


The seed and plant catalog came yesterday. I opened it up to thumb through the offerings, debating in my mind which plants I needed and how much I could afford to spend. Oh, to be rich. Seed and plant catalogs are better than Christmas catalogs for me.

This year I am doing something quite different than previous years. I’ve been learning about backyard habitats and planting native plants. I am determined to make a difference on my piece of God’s Little Acre. Visit the website http://www.nwf.org/backyard. Visit http://paforeststewards.cas.psu.edu, for even more detail about wildlife and good solid forestry practices for your woodlands.

My eyes view the colors red, purple, and pink as pleasing. But, this year, I quickly pass by the pages of burning bush [Euonymus alatus] (red leaves in the fall), butterfly bush [Buddleja sp.] (purple flowers), and Dame’s rocket [Hesperis matronalis](pink flowers). I’ve learned these bushes spread rapidly and outcompete native plants. Backyard habitats are just as important as forests in the large scheme of things. Our native animals need native plants to survive.

I’m going to order some silky dogwood, highbush blueberries (oh, those blueberry pancakes and marmalade), and sweetspire. Silky dogwood gives variety to the landscape because the twigs stay red from fall through the winter into spring. The leaves turn red in the fall and the berries ripen to a deep blue and provide excellent food for migrating birds. Silky dogwood bushes can be planted to create a windbreak or a wildlife border, and to protect streambanks. The native American Menominee tribes smoked the bark of silky dogwoods and called the plants ‘kinnikinnick’.

The leaves of highbush blueberries turn brilliant red in the fall and the blueberries ripen anywhere from late July to early September. Not only are the fruits prized by people, but are also highly sought after by birds such as bluebirds, cardinals, robins, and doves. Small mammals such as mice, chipmunks, rabbits, and fox eat the fruit once the fruit falls from the bush. Legend has it that the native Americans provided blueberries to the first settlers. The blueberries helped the settlers survive the first winter.

Sweetspire is the most brilliant of all shrubs in a fall garden. The reddish-maroon leaves enhance any backyard habitat. The showy white, fragrant flowers bloom in late April to May. A long held assumption in the horticultural world is that settlers favored sweetspire solely because of its beauty.

Here’s a recipe to try when your first highbush blueberries start to bear fruit. Blueberry marmalade is wonderful over toast, pancakes, muffins, and ice cream.


Blueberry Marmalade

1. Peel two (2) limes and one (1) lemon, being careful to take only the colored part of the peel, not the white. Save the juice of the two limes and one lemon.
2. Slice the peel into strips.
3. Boil the peel in water in a small saucepan for 15 minutes and then drain, saving the peel only.
4. Place three (3) cups of fresh or frozen blueberries, three (3) cups of sugar, the juice of the two limes and one lemon, the boiled peel, and ¼ teaspoon of ginger into a large, non-reactive (stainless steel) saucepan.
5. Cook over medium heat until the mixture reaches the jelling stage of 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Ladle into clean sterilized jars and seal according to manufacturer’s directions.

Rapp Hosting Town Hall Meeting

WHAT: Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) will co-host a Town Hall Meeting to discuss state legislative and community issues impacting residents of the 65th Legislative Districts.

Light refreshments will be served.

DATE: Thursday, March 12

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Friends Memorial Library
230 Chase Street
Kane, PA 16735

MORE INFORMATION: District 65 residents interested in attending or obtaining more information should contact either of Rapp's Kane or Warren district offices toll free at (866) 854-5294.

Lawmakers Question Gaming Chief

"I have to believe that if there's any state agency that ranks lower than the governor or the legislature in (public trust), I'm looking at it," Sen. John Rafferty, R-Montgomery County, said during an often-contentious hearing (Thursday) morning before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Senator Jane Orie (R-40) questions the operating expenses and the mission of the Gaming Control Board.

For the full story, go to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Photo provided by Senate Republican Communications

Thompson in Bradford Next Week

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, announced today that his district office staff will be fanning out across the Fifth Congressional District to hold constituent hours throughout the month of March. While Thompson maintains two full time district offices – Bellefonte and Titusville – he remains committed to providing top-notch constituent services in every county and community. The Congressman’s staff will hold constituent hours quarterly at various locations across the district.

“The Fifth District is 22 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and larger than nine states including New Jersey. So while I maintain two full time, full service district offices to assist constituents in navigating the federal government, it is important for me and my staff to take the office on the road and travel the seventeen counties of the Fifth District to provide the level of constituent service that citizens deserve and expect,” said Thompson.

Thompson's staff will be available to answer questions and to assist McKeon County area residents and business owners with a wide array of issues including, but not limited to, economic and workforce development opportunities, social security, Medicare, and veterans benefits. If you are not able to attend and need assistance, please feel free to contact Congressman Thompson’s Titusville Office at 814-827-3985 or visit his website at http://thompson.house.gov.



Date: March 6, 2009
Time:9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location:State Representative Martin Causer’s Office
78 Main Street, 1st Floor
Bradford, PA 16701

Thursday, February 26, 2009

'We're Like a Third World Country'

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


During Appropriations Committee hearings today with the Office of the Administration, Senator Mary Jo White questioned why getting cell phone service in rural areas of the state seems to very low on the state's priority list.

"We're like a Third World country up there," White said, referring particularly to the western and northwestern part of the state.

She said when driving from her Warren office to her Oil City office she has coverage only about one-fifth of the time. She added that there are some places along Interstate 80 where you can't get coverage.

"I think in a state, in this time and place, that is just unimaginable," White said.

She said when the Office of Public Safety first started working on its project to provide emergency radio service to the entire state – in 1996 – she talked to the state police and technicians about making space available on their towers for cell phone providers.

"I think that is a matter of public safety every bit as much as the police and DCNR being able to talk to each other," she said. "If you happen to break a leg up in the Allegheny National Forest, don't rely on your cell phone to be able to call for help."

White said that's absolutely something the state should be addressing.

Secretary of the Administration Naomi Wyatt said the state has been contacting providers for about the last six months and they have been getting "luke warm responses."

"For a cell phone provider, it's a matter of dollars," Wyatt said. "There aren't enough people, unfortunately, in the Allegheny National Forest for them to think it's worth investing the infrastructure on our cell towers."

Wyatt did say that, because the state has the infrastructure (towers) that's available, they should think about how it can be used.

She and White agreed to discussion the issue further.

White/Wyatt Audio

FBI Agent in Stable Condition

An FBI agent shot during a drug raid this morning in Buffalo is hospitalized in stable condition, and a former Syracuse basketball star is one of the people targeted in the raid.

The agent, Peter Orchard, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Laurie Bennett is FBI Special Agent-In-Charge says "After any shooting incident involving an FBI agent, an investigative inquiry is conducted. The facts surrounding the incident will be thoroughly reviewed. ... Because the situation is ongoing, I'm not able to provide any further information at this time."

31 people were arrested on cocaine trafficking charges.

One of the people arrested as a result of the raid is 29-year-old Damone Brown, who played basketball for Syracuse University, and is now a member of the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns. He was arrested in Reno.

Brown is accused of leasing a safe deposit box at a Buffalo bank for an alleged drug kingpin to store his drug proceeds in. Authorities seized $170,000 from the box before Brown was arrested.

Authorities say they don't know whether Brown benefited financially from the arrangement.

Specter, Harkins : This Will Be Year
For Stem Cell Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) today will reintroduce the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, legislation to lift the Bush Administration’s restrictions on stem cell research. The bipartisan measure would allow federal funding for stem cell research using stem cell lines derived under strict ethical requirements from excess in vitro fertilization embryos, regardless of the date they were derived. It is the same bill that both houses of Congress approved in 2007, but was vetoed by President Bush. Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have cosponsored the legislation.

“For too long, political interference has delayed research that holds the promise for millions of Americans who suffer from a wide range of diseases,” said Harkin. “President Obama has promised to lift the restrictions on embryonic stem cell research that were put in place by President Bush, and I hope and expect that he will do so soon, but we have to make sure that the freedom to pursue this research is also protected by Federal law, not merely by an executive order that can be reversed during a future administration."

“President Obama has indicated that he will overturn the current restrictions on stem cell research, but this legislation is necessary to codify this important policy change so that it does not ping-pong back and forth with each successive President,” Specter said. “A legislative fix to the current restrictions is a more complete solution to ensure that medical research is pursued with all possible haste to cure the diseases and maladies affecting Americans.”

Top researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leading Nobel Prize scientists and countless health and medical leaders have all advocated for the expansion of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. NIH estimates there are currently more than 400 stem cell lines worldwide. Because of the restrictions currently in place by the Bush Administration, federal funding can be used to study just 21 of those lines, all of which were grown with mouse cells, an outdated method that raises concerns about contamination. Hundreds of new stem cell lines have been derived since the Bush Administration’s restrictions went into effect that are uncontaminated and healthy, but off-limits to federally funded scientists.

Up, Up and Away

A 10,000-pound MRI magnet gets hoisted by a hydraulic crane from the second-floor window of Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC) Imaging Services Department on Thursday. The unit’s removal will make way for a new, state-of-the-art MRI to be installed in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, a mobile MRI unit has arrived for patient use and is now parked behind The Pavilion at BRMC, near the intersection of North Bennett and Summer streets. The mobile MRI unit should remain on location throughout the month of March. No interruption of MRI services is expected for patients during this time period, BRMC officials say. Those seeking appointments should contact Imaging Services at BRMC, 362-8200.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

UPB 'Brand Champions' Honored


The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Wednesday celebrated faculty and staff who “go beyond” and chose winners among the student body who submitted homemade Pitt-Bradford videos.

At the 3rd annual Go Beyond Brand Party, the Sociology program, under the direction of Dr. Helene Lawson, and the Office of Computing, Telecommunications, and Media Services, directed by Donald Lewicki, were honored as this year’s Brand Champions. Selected by Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president, the Brand Champions are those people who best outwardly live the university’s brand promise, which includes providing a safe, friendly and personalized campus environment.

Lawson, professor of sociology, and Dr. Michael Klausner, associate professor of sociology, were recognized because of the close relationships they forge with their students that go beyond the classroom, explained Pat Frantz Cercone, director of communications and marketing.

“They work very closely with their students, promoting undergraduate research, supporting student-athletes, and going above and beyond when mentoring and advising their students,” Cercone said.

The office of CTM was recognized for the many services the staff provides to the entire campus community, which often go beyond the typical 9-to-5 day, from helping students access the university’s wireless network and keeping the computer labs functioning properly 24/7 to assisting faculty and staff with their computer accounts.

“They consistently respond to the entire campus quickly, professionally and courteously, no matter what is needed or when,” Cercone said.

Also during the brand celebration, the campus community viewed and voted on the videos the students created, which highlighted their favorite Pitt-Bradford things. This was the second year of the video contest, which is sponsored by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

The first place winner was Andrew Hwang, a business management major from Horsham, whose video, “Can’t Be Bought,” won him a $350 Visa checkcard.

The second place winner was Marshall Brodsky, a broadcast communications major from Rochester, N.Y., who won an iPod Touch for his video “Take a Tour With Me.”

Finally, the third place winner was Kelly O’Brien, a broadcast communications major from Derrick City, who earned a $150 Amazon gift card for her entry, “It’s the Little Things.”

To view all six of the entries, go to Pitt-Bradford’s YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/uPittBradford.

Pictured, Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, presents the 2009 Brand Champion Award to Dr. Helene Lawson, director of the sociology department. Also honored was the Computing, Telecommunications and Media Services office, which is directed by Don Lewicki.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Specter Comments on Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today made the following comments regarding President Obama’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2010:

“It is impossible to evaluate adequately the President’s ten-year budget until the release of the full documents.

“On this state of the record, it is hard to see how the President can fulfill his commitment to reduce the deficit in one-half by Fiscal Year 2013 in light of the substantial proposed expenditures, including $634 billion for a health care reserve fund.

“The proposed revenues of $646 billion from “cap and trade” on climate change is entirely speculative.

“Looking at the ineffectiveness and delay in the administration of TARP, it would be wiser to forego the tax increases, leaving those funds in the hands of taxpayers who have traditionally made wiser decisions than the government on how such funds would be spent.”

50 Students Named to 'Who's Who'

Fifty seniors and second-term juniors at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will appear in the 2009 edition of “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Students were selected based on the following criteria: leadership and participation in co-curricular activities, service to the college community, and academic achievement.

Established in 1934, the annual directory honors students from more than 1,500 institutions across the country. Their names and a biography will appear in “Who’s Who.” Staff, faculty and a student representative made the nominations at Pitt-Bradford.

Those named are Carly Ambuske, a biology major from Bradford; Melissa Anderson, an entrepreneurship major from Port Allegany; Jennifer Autieri, an English education major from Derrick City; Benjamin Babcox, a broadcast communications major from Smethport; Brittany Barnes, a chemistry major from Butler; Debra Bell, a history-political major from Shinglehouse; Claudia Bernat, a mathematics education and applied mathematics major from Tidioute; Jacqueline Bokan, a biology major from Genesee; Kayla Copello, a radiological science major from Benezette; Stefanie Corcoran, a chemistry education major from Gibsonia;

Audrey Darling, an elementary education major from Russell; Sarah Dwyer, a business management major from Warren; Laura Jo Elmquist, a business management major from Johnsonburg; Ryan Emerson, a broadcast communications major from Corry; Amanda Enright, a business management major from Titusville; Catherine Epstein, a broadcast communications major from Bradford; Alexander Fish, an accounting and business management major from Coudersport; Heidi Gebhardt, a business management major from Titusville; Derilyn Heller, a sociology major from Bradford; Samantha Hockenberry, a biology major from Spring Run;

Eric Hund, a public relations major from Great Valley, N.Y.; James Keefer, a chemical engineering major from Franklin; Andrew Laganosky, an interdisciplinary arts major from Carlisle; Valerie Marquis, a human relations major from Warren; Vanessa Martini, a business management major from St. Marys; Jonathan McCracken, a biology and psychology major from Bradford; Caitlin Metler, a communications major from Allegany, N.Y.; Lisa Moeke, an environmental studies major from Bradford; Kathleen Moore, an accounting and business management major from Warren; Susan Niegowski, a nursing major from Bradford;

Matthew Niehaus, a sports medicine major from Sharon; Shane Phillips, an elementary education and writing major from Ellicottville, N.Y.; Katherine Pitner, a criminal justice major from Bradford; Timothy Riley, a business management major from Bradford; Kimberly Rublee, a sport and recreation management major from Salamanca, N.Y.; Kaitlyn Ryan, a sports medicine major from Emporium; Danielle Salsgiver, a biology and biology education major from Clarendon; Eric Schenfield, a sport and recreation management major from Bradford; Andrew Scolaro, a sport and recreation management major from North Royalton; Ross Sharkey, a writing and business management major from Downingtown;

Ashlee Siffrinn, a sports medicine major from Bradford; Valerie Soriano, an accounting major from Bradford; Amber Steck, an elementary education major from Bradford; Michael Steck, an elementary education major from Bradford; Adryona Taraska, a public relations major from Warren; Rachel Thayer, a human relations major from Warren; Dianna Wadlow, a psychology major from Eldred; Shellana Welsh, a sports medicine major from Quakertown; Brittany Winner, a business management major from Lewis Run; and Zachary Work, an economics and applied economics major from Erie.

Special Olympics Event in March

Over 130 special athletes are registered to compete in the annual Special Olympics Swimming Invitational, Sponsored by Dallas-Morris, which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center on Friday, Mar. 6, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Special Olympians from McKean, Warren, Elk and Cameron counties have been in training for several months in preparation for the competition, according to meet director Carol Ryan. They will be competing for medals in individual and team events.

“We have the largest number of swimmers that we have ever had,” said Ryan. “We’re excited and expect the level of competition to be the best ever.”

Up to seven swimmers will qualify to compete at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State, June 4-6.

Ryan expressed gratitude to Dallas-Morris Drilling for their sponsorship of the McKean County swimming program and noted that students from Pitt Bradford’s Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and Peer Helpers from Bradford High School have assisted the special athletes in their training and will serve as volunteers for the meet.

McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and competition for over 360 mentally and physically challenged athletes. In addition to swimming, programs are offered in softball, track and field, golf, basketball, skiing and bowling.

Judges Throw Out Pay Raise Suit

A federal appeals court says it's not willing to reinstate a lawsuit by Common Cause of Pennsylvania and others over how a governmental pay raise law was passed nearly four years ago.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a district court judge's decision in 2006 to throw out the lawsuit.

The appeals judges say the plaintiffs' claims "are insufficient to allege more than a generalized, abstract grievance, shared by all Pennsylvania citizens."

Common Cause, the state's League of Women Voters and others claimed the Legislature bypassed constitutional rules for lawmaking. The law was later repealed, but the state Supreme Court reinstated higher pay for judges.

Proposal to Expand Absentee Voting

HARRISBURG – Working to minimize barriers to Election Day voting, Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) recently proposed a constitutional amendment that would pave the way for expanded access to absentee ballots.

The Pennsylvania Constitution specifies categories of voters that the General Assembly may permit to vote by absentee ballot. These categories include voters who will not be in their home municipality due to their duties, occupation or business. Under the proposed amendment, the General Assembly would be authorized to extend absentee ballots to those individuals regardless of the reason for their absence.

"This proposal helps to expand access to the election process, which was one of the goals of the Pennsylvania Election Reform Task Force" Vance said. "With only about 67 percent of eligible voters exercising their right this past November, I am hopeful this amendment will allow more people to participate in elections. It is important to remove election hurdles."

Senate Bill 486 will need to pass the General Assembly in identical forms in two consecutive legislative sessions and then win approval from the voters before the changes would be made.

'Pick Up 6' Set for April 24-26

GALETON - Those who may want to clean up their act, or at least the area around them, are invited to participate in the 2009 Great American Clean-up – “Pick Up 6” event.

This local event, set for April 24-26, is organized by the Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corp.

"We hope to surpass the incredible number of volunteers who helped clean-up a quarter of Route 6 throughout the state in last year's inaugural clean-up," said Pa. Route 6 Heritage Corp. Executive Director Terri Dennison. Last year, 250 volunteers picked up litter along 103 miles of the 400-plus mile scenic highway, Dennison said. A portion of the highway in all 11 counties was cleaned by local schools, businesses and service organizations.

As part of the 2009 Great American Clean-up, the nation's largest organized annual clean-up, the "Pick Up 6" event will be expanded to include community beautification and improvement programs. Special prizes and incentives will be sent to organizations, schools, boroughs and Chamber of Commerce, who sign up to clean up parks and public buildings or to build community gardens.

Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau, said this is a wonderful opportunity for the communities in this area to put their best foot forward, especially with the summer tourism season quickly upon us.

“This is a great time for everyone to get out there and do some spring cleaning so these communities can put their best foot forward in inviting tourists to the area,” Devlin said. “Once the snow melts away, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get ready for some sun and fun on Route 6.”

Dennison reiterated that now is the time to make this area as beautiful as possible.

"People love to travel across Route 6 because of its beauty along the highway and in each of the towns," Dennison said. "As the Northern Affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, we are asking the residents to help us keep the highway pristine and the towns beautiful. Visitors like to see clean streets, colorful gardens and welcoming parks."

Volunteers, who register in advance, will have an opportunity to participate in litter clean-ups along U.S. Route 6, to organize a community beautification project such as a gateway garden or to be involved in a cleaning of a major community structure like a town hall. To take advantage of the incentives and special prizes available from the major national sponsors of the Great American Clean-up, volunteers should register by April 1.

To register in the Great American Clean-up – “Pick Up 6” Event, contact the PA Route 6 Heritage Corp. at 814-435-7706 or visit the Web site at www.paroute6.com under the Heritage Corridor section.

For more information, you may also contact the ANF Vacation Bureau, the tourism promotion agency in McKean County at 800-473-9370.

Man Sentenced for Counterfeiting

A former Titusville man has been sentenced to 25 months in prison for violating federal counterfeiting laws.

37-year-old Gregg Militello was caught by Titusville Police in May of 2007 for passing counterfeit bills at a convenience store. Police and the US Secret Service later learned that Militello was also in possession of several counterfeit bills that he made using a copier and printer in his home.

He either passed or attempted to pass those bills as well.

ACS is 'Like Totally' Excited

The American Cancer Society "Beat It" Committee is proud to announce its new 80s themed event in Bradford. Save the date! Beat It is scheduled for April 18, 2009, at the Pennhills Club. This 80s themed party will help raise funds for the American Cancer Society in McKean County and share the importance of saving lives.

"Beat It is as much an awareness raiser about the progress made against cancer as it is a fund raiser," said event chair John Marasco. "We are really excited about this event. Everyone on the committee has given a tremendous amount of time and energy to make this happen and show our community that when it comes to cancer, together we can beat it."

Beat It is an 80s themed evening with celebrity waiter look-a-likes such as Prince, Indiana Jones and Lita Ford. Auction packages will reflect the times also. "Hungry Like the Wolf," Frankie Says Relax" and Ferris Bueller's Day Off" are some examples. The food will be tastings from several area restaurants and catering companies. Music will be provided by The M80's, a theme band from Erie. There will be raffle drawings, contests and lots of interactive fun.

For tickets and more information, please contact Marie Costello at the McKean County American Cancer Society office.

Colegrove Gets Three Life Sentences

A man convicted of killing three of his family members has been sentenced to three life sentences in state prison.

32-year-old Steven Colegrove was convicted last month of shooting his parents and brother in August of 2007 near Towanda.

District Attorney Daniel Barrett had sought the death penalty but the jury could not come to an agreement on whether Colegrove deserved death by lethal injection or life in prison with no parole.

When a jury can't decide, the judge imposes a sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors say Colegrove killed his family members to get inheritance money.

Thompson Reacts to Budget

Washington, DC – Reacting to President Obama’s budget blueprint, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, issued the following statement, vowing to fight against socialized medicine, increased energy costs, and tax hikes on small businesses:

“In this time of economic unrest, it is irresponsible for the Administration to think that they can tax its way out of the recession. The budget outlined this morning by President Obama will not only increase taxes on the ‘wealthy’, as the President has stated, but on every single American and small business owner.

“As the backbone of our economy, accounting for 70 percent of new job creation, small business owners who file under the individual tax code, will see their tax bill increase under this plan. This is not acceptable and will only prolong the recession and increase unemployment – which is the last thing we need.

“If taxing small businesses wasn’t bad enough, each and every American will be paying more to heat and cool their homes, put food on their tables, and gas in their tanks under this plan. It is beyond me that the President is naive enough to think that the price of goods and services would not increase by levying new taxes on manufacturers and processors. Let me be very clear, I support the need to increase clean, green energy production in America, but not on the backs of hard working Americans, small business owners and through penalizing the use of our vast domestic natural resources.

“On healthcare, I agree with the President that we need to get costs under control. I look forward to working with him by utilizing my 28 years of experience working with over 10,000 patients dealing with life altering conditions to accomplish that feat. I can also say without hesitation, that the quality of healthcare in this county is second to none – and sacrificing quality to achieve these necessary reforms is not acceptable. A single payer, government run healthcare system is the worst possible way to achieve this goal.

“Over the coming months, as Congress prepares the budget resolution, I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and advocate for smart government solutions to address the many challenges facing our nation.”

Pro Wrestler/Male Escort Charged

HARRISBURG - A professional wrestler who is also a male escort was arrested today, following charges that he filed a false injury claim preventing him from working, yet continued to wrestle.

Attorney General Tom Corbett identified the defendant as Michael Taris, 34, 138 Ice Pond Road, Levittown. Taris was a professional wrestler for the World Wide Wrestling Alliance (WWWA) and currently wrestles professionally for the National Wrestling Superstars.

Corbett said that on Aug. 6, 2007 Taris filed an injury claim with the 7-Eleven Corporation stating that he injured his back, neck and legs after slipping on a puddle of coffee at a Levittown 7-Eleven.

According to the charges, Taris stated in the claim that he was unable to work, "rough house" or play with his son, cut grass, and sit or stand for long periods of time as a result of the injuries he allegedly sustained in the accident.

The criminal complaint states that during the time after the accident, Taris continued to work as a professional wrestler, as a male escort and as a massage therapist despite his claims.

Corbett said that surveillance footage allegedly shows Taris actively participating in wrestling matches where he was thrown against the ropes; thrown out of the ring; jumping off ropes and landing on other wrestlers.

"Mr. Taris was hoping to make fast, easy money at the expense of others," Corbett said. "Fortunately his scheme was discovered and he was never able to profit from his deception."

Taris is charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of criminal attempt theft by deception.

Corbett said that Taris was preliminarily arraigned before Warrington Magisterial District Judge Philip Daily. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6, 2009.

He will be prosecuted in Bucks County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Mark Bellavia of the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section.

Photos provided by Corbett's office.

Man Pleads Guilty to 1985 Killing

A former drug dealer has pleaded guilty to killing a 13-year-old boy he suspected of stealing his marijuana plants in 1985.

Forty-three-year-old Joseph Geiger of Pottsville pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Schuylkill County Court today.

He was sentenced to 1 to 2 years in prison, but with credit for time served, he could be out in six months.

Geiger was arrested in August and charged in the death of David Reed, whose remains were found in a wooded area months after he left home on a bicycle.

Police say Geiger accused Reed of stealing his marijuana plants and punched him in the face. The boy fell backward and hit his head against a metal wall.

Two Women Charged with Rape

Two Jefferson County women have been charged with rape.

31-year-old Melissa Burr and 27-year-old Jane Courson of Reynoldsville were charged in connection with an alleged incident that happened between January 1 and March 27 of last year.

Besides four counts of rape of a child, they were also charged with statutory sexual assault; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child; sexual assault; aggravated indecent assault of a child; indecent exposure; indecent assault; and corruption or minors.

Canadian Truck Driver Found Dead

A Canadian truck driver reported missing on Saturday, has been found dead in the cab of his rig.

50-year-old Virgil Henry crossed the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on Saturday, but didn't show up at a stop he was supposed to make in Syracuse later that day.

Henry was found in his truck at a rest stop west of Syracuse. Police say he apparently went to sleep in his truck and never woke up. Foul play is not suspected.

Colegrove to be Sentenced Today

The Towanda man convicted of shooting and killing three of his family members will be sentenced today.

In January, a jury convicted Steven Colegrove for the August 2007 murders of his parents and brother and recommended that he spend life in prison.

Today, a judge will hand down his final decision as to how much time Colegrove should spend behind bars.

Casey Releases ARRA Guide

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released a guide for all Pennsylvanians detailing how the money to be released through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will flow to Pennsylvania. The guide contains resources and contact information for programs that are included in the economic stimulus package.

“This recovery package will help the Commonwealth’s infrastructure as well as everything from cops to clean water, job creation to college affordability,” said Senator Casey. “It is my hope that information will better inform Pennsylvania officials about this important legislation designed to help dig our economy out of a ditch.”

Casey's ARRA Guide PDF

Burglar Took Money, Mocccasins

A burglar broke into a Ridgway-area home, stole about $150 in change and a pair of moccasins.

Police say the break-in happened between 9:30 Tuesday night and 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. The burglar entered the home by kicking in the front door.

The burglar also stole the address numbers on the outside of the house.

From Pheasants Forever:

The Pennsylvania Game Commission, Fox Township Sportsmen and Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 are coordinating and hosting a work day on the new Brandy Camp parcel of State Game Lands # 044 on Saturday, March 28, 2009. The project work will be constructing brush piles. Brush piles are necessary habitat, food and nesting sites for many small animals in the wild, including rabbits and pheasants. They are easily built and will be immediately available for animals.

We are looking for volunteers who are skilled in the safe operation of a chainsaw. Volunteers will need to bring their own tools. Those using a chainsaw must be safe with its use and have helmets, chaps, etc. Volunteers could also bring pruning poles to topping pine trees instead of chain saws. The rest of the helpers without tools can drag brush or pine tree tops into brush piles. Each volunteer will need to sign a form. This is a great community service project for youth.

We will be starting at 9:00 am and plan to finish by 3 - 4 pm with morning and afternoon teams of just a few hours. Can you commit to 3 hours of good outdoor exercise? Hot dogs, warm drinks and a blazing fire will be available. Reserve this date on your calendar. Call Jane at 814-772-4604 for more information.

Working together, we can get a lot accomplished toward the rapid development of some great small game habitat that should reap benefits now and long into the future.

This internet link will lead you to a clip of the banding and release of wild pheasants from Montana in to central Pennsylvania reintroduction. The section on putting radio collars on the birds is very interesting. Our chapter has sponsored this activity for the past 3 years. http://www.wnep.com/shows/paoutdoorlife/

Please note there is a Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 meeting on March 9, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the Ridgway Capital City fire hall on Front Street. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will be discussing the habitat work party as well as new projects for the up coming year. Visit our web site at http://www.northcentralpa.pheasantsforever.org/ for meeting dates, hunting information, recipes, officers list and more.

Holy Taxpayer Money!

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting today that, despite the state's financial status, the General Assembly bought 220 Bibles and other holy books – including Torahs and Qur'ans – for legislators taking the oath of office.

Taxpayers footed the bill -- about $13,700.

For the full story, go to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bonnies Beat Billikens

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Junior Jonathan Hall scored a season-high 31 points and St. Bonaventure turned in arguably its best defensive effort of the season en route to a convincing 72-55 Atlantic 10 win over Saint Louis Wednesday evening at the Reilly Center.

The Brown and White's third straight home win moves them to 14-13 overall, but more importantly 5-9 in the A-10. The Bonnies are now in 11th place in the conference standings just a half-game back of UMass (5-8), who they defeated earlier in the month at the RC.

For the full story, go to Go Bonnies.com.

J'burg Woman Burned in Fire

A Johnsonburg woman suffered burns to her face and arms in a house fire at just before one o'clock this morning.

21-year-old Jennifer Washburn of 338 Shawmut Avenue was flown to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. 38-year-old Keith Washburn suffered from minor smoke inhalation, but was treated at the scene. Three other people in the house were not hurt.

Police say all 5 people were asleep when smoke detectors alerted them to the fire.

Damage is estimated at $30,000 and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Invasive Beetle Found in Central PA

An invasive beetle that destroys ash trees has been found in central Pennsylvania.

State Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today that emerald ash borers were identified in Granville in Mifflin County.

To help slow the spread of the beetle, Mifflin County will now be included in a quarantine already imposed on five counties in western Pennsylvania.

The quarantine restricts the movement of nursery stock, green lumber and any other ash material.

Man Sentenced for Beating Officer

A Jamestown man who admitted to assaulting a county jail corrections officer more than a year ago has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

30 year-old Darin Bullock assaulted the guard on October 9, 2007, in the Mayville Jail.

Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says Bullock planned the attack by plugging the toilet in his cell then asking to be taken somewhere to use the bathroom. When the officer came to let him out of the cell, Bullock beat him on the head with a ceramic tile inside a sock.

Specter, Casey Statements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) made the following comments after President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress:

“The President was right on target in identifying healthcare, education and energy as our three major problems. It’s hard to see how he can reach those goals and fulfill his commitment to deficit reduction. The figures just don’t add up. I agree with his statement that we should not govern in anger or yield to the politics of the moment.”

WASHINGTON, DC- Following President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement:

“The President’s speech was a candid assessment that struck the right balance between confidence and hope. His candor about the challenges we face was refreshing. And his talk of solutions to those problems was assuring.

“While the challenges we face are many, the President has already hit the ground running to create jobs, ease credit and address the financial crisis. He has already signed into law or begun implementing programs to help revive the economy, address the foreclosure crisis and provide help to struggling Americans.

“As a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee I was pleased to hear the President speak about his commitment to health care reform that increases coverage and reduces costs. I look forward to working with him to pass a plan to tackle this top priority.

“I also look forward to working with the President to address our major foreign policy challenges like Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East peace process.

“The President understands that we are all in this together. We can only implement the solutions to our challenges if we all come together.”

Olean Home, Garden Show in April

OLEAN -- Less than fifteen booths remain for the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s Home and Garden Show, scheduled from Friday, April 17th, through Sunday, April 19th at the William O. Smith Recreation Center, 551 East State Street in Olean, across from Bradner’s Stadium. Nancy Morgan, GOACC Member Services Coordinator states, “The show has booths remaining - we encourage anyone interested to call today. The Home Show offers interesting exhibits with the latest energy saving techniques, and tons of ideas for home projects--all under one roof! By late winter, gardners are aching to see a little green and homeowners are itching to spruce up their homes.”

New this year, Cabot Cheese of Vermont will be showcasing its cheeses with a cheese tasting at different times throughout the show. Cabot Cheese is a farm family-owned company of 1500 farmer-owners nestled throughout New England and upstate New York. The multimillion dollar dairy products company produces butter, sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, Monterey Jack, as well as their acclaimed premium cheddar cheeses. Their brand can be found in fine specialty stores, health food outlets and supermarkets from Vermont to Florida.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department will also be hosting their Water Tasting Test on Saturday during the Home Show. Come out and vote for the best tasting water in the county. From floor to ceiling, in the garden and in the kitchen, the Greater Olean Area Home & Garden Show, offers the products, services, experts, and ideas to create your ultimate living environment. For more information on the Olean Home and Garden Show, please call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433 or email member@oleanny.com.

Thompson Against 'Card Check' Bill

Washington, DC – Workers rights and the preservation of the democratic process in the unionization process are fundamental rights that each American worker should enjoy without intimidation. The Secret Ballot Protection Act will preserve this longstanding principal.

“As a former union member, and a staunch supporter of our democratic process, under no circumstance, could I support efforts to strip the American worker of their fundamental right to cast a ballot in secret,” said Thompson, a Member of the House Education and Labor Committee. “While organized labor played a significant role in getting this President elected and giving the Democrats control of Congress, it is a slap in the face to hard working Americans to advance an undemocratic agenda for political gain.”

Thompson’s support of the Secret Ballot Protection Act is an effort to rebuke the Democratic leadership’s desire to bring up the misleading Employee Free Choice Act also known as Card Check. This legislation would strip workers of their right to cast an organizing ballot in private – without being intimidated by either union organizers or management.

“I am a firm believer in the right to organize and believe unions should respect the fundamental right of workers to cast a ballot in private. The misleading title of this bill and the baseless rhetoric will not only hamper the growth of business throughout the Fifth District, but will undoubtedly lead to increased intimidation and harassment, not for the common good, but rather in an effort to simply expand union rolls.”

Pottery Classes Start March 12

Registrations are still being accepted for the Cattaraugus County Arts Council’s (CCAC) introductory pottery class which starts Thursday, March 12. The class will be led by potter Shawn McGuire, formerly of Syracuse, NY who specializes in wood-fired ware. The classes will be held at CCAC’s Community Art and Pottery Studio (CAPS), the area’s only fully equipped pottery studio complete with pottery wheels, a slab roller, clay, glazes, and all the tools needed to dig into the clay.

A prolific self-taught potter, Sean was hired by Clayscapes Pottery of Syracuse in 2003, a new ceramic materials distributor and education center. McGuire commented, “Learning about materials, equipment and ceramic processes at Clayscape proved more valuable to me then any graduate program ever could. I had to be able to serve as a technical adviser to everyone from university professors and students to hobbyists who had never worked with clay before. I also served as the membership chairperson for the Syracuse Ceramics Guild, an organization with over a 150 active potters. I look forward to working with the Arts Council and doing my part to see that their clay program grows and rises to it full potential.“

Pottery for the People will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm on March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, and 16. The flagship class of CCAC’s pottery series, Pottery for the People is designed for all levels of ability allowing everyone to work at their own pace. Students will be introduced to all aspects of working with clay from beginning techniques to more advanced approaches. Class topics will include hand building, coil work, slab work, wheel throwing, glazing techniques, kiln firing, tips of the trade, and more. The member fee is $95 and nonmembers pay $105. All supplies are included, and open studio hours with our volunteer studio assistants are included during the six-week session.

The classes will be held at CCAC’s Community Art and Pottery Studio (CAPS) at 4th and Maple in Allegany, NY. To register, use the online registration option at www.myartscouncil.net, or e-mail (or call) artscouncil@verizon.net with the class name, your name, address, phone number, email address, and if you are CCAC member. Payments are requested in advance to secure registration, and may be submitted online or mailed to P.O. Box 406, Olean, NY 14760. For discounted rates on CAPS classes, become a member of CCAC. CCAC is a nonprofit organization funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, Cattaraugus County and by members and donors. For more information on CCAC or for information on CAPS classes, see www.myartscouncil.net.