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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sunoco Cutting 750 Jobs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sunoco Inc. will eliminate 750 jobs — about 20 percent of its salaried work force — in an effort to remain competitive during a downturn in its oil-refining and chemical-manufacturing businesses, the company announced.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Seussical the Musical at BAHS

Seussical the Musical is coming to the Bradford Area High School Auditorium Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More than a dozen of the actors, along with Chad Young, will be my guests on Monday's LiveLine.

It's a Beaver; No, It's a Bear;
No, They Don't Know What It Is

All they know is they both saw a strange, reddish, barrel-shaped creature very early in the morning in the New Danville area on two separate occasions in the past six weeks.

"The way I described it is it slithered, it moved so strangely. It was almost like a bear with four broken legs. It looked like a giant beaver."


For the full story, go to Lancaster Online.

Victim Turns Tables on Bully

A dispute, apparently rekindled after a decade, ended with one man hospitalized and another in Berks County Prison following a fight in a Muhlenberg Township bar, police said Thursday.

MacWilliam claimed he beat up Berman in high school, witnesses told township police.

But Berman turned the tables on MacWilliam and got the best of his former tormentor, investigators said.

For the full story, go to the Reading Eagle.

FBI Suspends Mob Victim Search

The FBI is reassessing its search for victims of mob violence who may be buried on Long Island.

Agents spent three days digging at sites in East Farmingdale this week. An informant said bodies were buried in the area; agents came up empty.

For the full story, go to the Staten Island Advance.

SBU's Woman of Promise

St. Bonaventure University’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication named senior Jennifer Sherman as the recipient of the 2009 Dr. Mary A. Hamilton Woman of Promise Award.

St. Bonaventure’s Woman of Promise Award is presented to a female senior who excels in and out of the classroom and sets a good example for her peers. Sherman, a double major in journalism and mass communication and political science, is involved with several on- and off-campus activities and has worked in several prestigious internships, including at The White House.

The awards presentation will be at 4 p.m. March 19 in Walsh Auditorium of the William F. Walsh Science Center. Janet Bodnar, ’71, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Throughout her career, Bodnar has written about a wide range of topics on investing, money management and the economy. In addition, she has been editor of Success With Your Money, a special Kiplinger publication.

Bodnar is a nationally recognized expert in the field of children’s and family finances and has written several books about finance. “Raising Money Smart Kids” (Kaplan) was a finalist in the personal finance category of the Books for a Better Life awards. It was also a selection of the Washington Post’s Color of Money book club. Her latest book is “Money Smart Women: Everything You Need to Know to Achieve a Lifetime of Financial Security” (Kaplan).


Time magazine noted that Bodnar “avoids the patronizing finger wagging and sticks to giving advice that women can really use.” She speaks frequently on the subject of women and money.

Bodnar’s “Money-Smart Kids” column appears regularly in Kiplinger’s magazine and at www.kiplinger.com/columns/kids . It was chosen by Moneysmartz.com as one of the top financial columns online.

Bodnar has done hundreds of radio and television interviews, including “Oprah” and CNN. She has been quoted in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to Parents and Glamour.

Bodnar has been recognized by American University for excellence in personal finance reporting, and by the National Council on Family Relations for her televised reports on children and money.

Prior to joining Kiplinger’s, Bodnar worked for The Providence Journal and The Washington Post. A graduate of St. Bonaventure, she received her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.

Married, she is the mother of three children.

The Woman of Promise Award is presented to a student who, in the faculty’s opinion, possesses all the skills necessary to not only succeed but thrive in her post-graduate career. Sherman is certainly no exception.

Sherman interned with then-Congressman Tom Reynolds (R-26) in the summer of 2006. The following summer, she enrolled in SBU’s Francis E. Kelley Oxford program hosted by Oxford University’s Somerville College.

Last spring, Sherman spent her semester as a White House intern in the Office of Presidential Correspondence where she wrote presidential messages and helped prepare information for thank-you letters from President Bush. In January, she attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama as part of the Presidential Inauguration series through The Washington Center.

Throughout her four years at St. Bonaventure, Sherman has been active in several on-campus media organizations and clubs, including writing for The Bona Venture and The Communicator. She has worked in the journalism and mass communication office since her sophomore year and has been a member of the Public Relations Society of America. In August 2005, she was named Young Achiever of the Month by Buffalo’s WIVB-TV, Channel 4 News.

She is the daughter of Dave and Cindy Sherman of Williamsville, N.Y. As an active community member, she has served the Town of Amherst in several community programs.

Sherman says she is thankful for the outstanding guidance and support from the journalism and mass communication faculty and staff, adding that she would not be where she is today without them. After graduation, she plans to work in Washington, D.C., or intern abroad.

The Woman of Promise Award is named in honor of Dr. Mary A. Hamilton, a retired associate professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure. A 1959 Bona grad, Hamilton returned in 1982 as a faculty member and also served as chair of the then journalism department.

An expert in media law and women’s contributions to the media, Hamilton worked as a reporter and editor in New York City, Washington, D.C., and York, Pa., and helped develop a public relations program for the Center for Constitutional Rights. She holds a doctorate from Michigan State University and recently published a biography titled “Rising from the Wilderness: J.W. Gitt and His Legendary Newspaper: The Gazette and Daily of York, Pa.” that won the American Journalism Historians Award for Best Book in Media History published in 2007.

Early Women of Bonaventure
Share Views of Campus Life

St. Bonaventure University alumnae from the ’50s and ’60s will share their experiences as some of the first resident women on campus during a panel discussion on Monday, March 16.

“In honor of the University’s 150th anniversary and in celebration of Women’s History Month, St. Bonaventure is proud to welcome these extraordinary women back to campus,” said Dr. Emily Sinsabaugh, vice president of University Relations.

The program, “Early Women of Bonaventure,” will be held at 7 p.m. March 16 in Rigas Theater of The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The panelists will include Mary Hamilton, ’59, of Eldred, Pa., Rita (O’Brien) DeRose, ’58, of Allegany, and 1962 graduates Marguerite “Marge” (Ballak) Drake of Allegany, Patricia “Pat” Dunn of Boston, and Donna (Donato) Peppy of Jamestown. The alumnae will be joined by current St. Bonaventure students for a discussion about their undergraduate experiences.

“We’re looking forward to some engaging dialogue to learn more about what trails our faculty, staff and students are blazing today,” Sinsabaugh said.

The program is open to the public.

“We especially welcome local alumnae to be part of this special evening,” added Sinsabaugh.

The “Early Women of Bonaventure” program is sponsored by the Office of the President, University Relations and The Women’s Studies Program.

For more information about the program, contact Deborah Post at (716) 375-7673.

Police: Cleveland's Stallworth
Hit, Killed Pedestrian

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was involved in a traffic accident that killed a pedestrian this morning in Miami Beach, Fla., a police spokesman said.

Stallworth, who has not been cited, was questioned and released on his own recognizance.

For the full story, go to Ohio.com.

Man Facing Nearly 200 Charges

A Clinton Township couple surrendered Thursday to face charges stemming from the alleged sexual abuse of a school-aged girl in the township during a two-year period, according to state police.

Gary Eugene Segraves, 35, of 62 Grandview Drive was arrested on 197 felony and misdemeanor counts of various charges ranging from rape to aggravated indecent assault.

For the full story, go to the Williamsport SunGazette.

Rendell Doesn't Like ARRA Emblem

"I don't think it was a particularly attractive logo, but I've never been accused of being an art critic," said Governor Ed Rendell. For the full story, go to the Washington Whispers blog.

Another Arson in Coatesville

COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The arson-plagued Philadelphia suburb of Coatesville was struck by yet another deliberately set fire early Saturday, the 20th in the city so far this year, authorities said.

John Hageman of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the fire was determined to be arson, but he declined to provide details on how the blaze was set.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

FAW: Wilderness Issue Not Dead

Earlier this week, the US House defeated a bill that would have designated about 54,000 acres of the Allegheny National Forest as protected wildnerness areas. But Kirk Johnson, executive director of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, says the issue is not dead and will probably come before Congress again.

For more, go to the Warren Times Observer.

Friends of Allegheny Wildnerness.

Temple Wins A-10 Title

Temple is going to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Dionte Christmas scored 29 points and the four-seeded Owls became the first team to win consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference tournaments in eight years with a 69-64 victory over Duquesne on Saturday night.

Aaron Jackson led the Dukes with 20 points.

Could Madoff Come to FCI-McKean?

The outcome of Madoff's June sentencing is still up in the air, but he'll likely spend more than a weekend in a Federal prison.

For the full story, go to Newsweek.com.

NY Park Reservations Increase

The economy doesn't seem to be affecting campers.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says advance reservations are up 6 percent over last year.

There are already 45,300 advance reservations for campsite, cabins and cottages for the 2009 season, a level that is more than 2,650 ahead of the total at same time last year.

Advance reservations at state parks campgrounds have been steadily increasing in recent years, with a record 137,000 bookings in 2008.

For more information, go to the the NY State Parks Web site.

Happy Birthday to ...

Merrill Gonzalez!

Walter is Athletic Director of Year

Bradford High Athletic Director Tim Walter has been named the 2009 Pennsylvania Region III Athletic Director of the Year.

Walter is on the PIAA swimming steering committee and is a representative of District 9 on the executive council of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association.

THE PSADA will recognize Walter during its annual awards banquet March 26 in Hershey.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wagner Looking Into LCB Hubbub

State Auditor General Jack Wagner is getting involved in the hullabaloo over a $173,000 contract to teach state liquor store employees how to be more polite to customers.

The contract went to a Pittsburgh firm called Solutions 21, whose president is married to a regional manager of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Wagner said today hhe will conduct a thorough review to ensure that the contract was properly awarded.

Sandi Vito Getting Help

Pennsylvania's acting labor and industry secretary says she's entering an alcohol treatment program following her arrest at a Harrisburg hotel bar.

Sandi Vito issued a public statement through her office today saying she was getting help and asking for understanding and patience.

Vito says Deputy Secretary Patrick Beaty is overseeing the department in her absence.

Harrisburg Police issued Vito a summary citation for public drunkenness after an incident at the Harrisburg Hilton.

Vito has been acting secretary since February 2008 and is waiting for a Senate vote on her nomination to serve in the position permanently.

Judge: You Don't Need to Put
Family Laundry on the Line

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It may take a mediator to settle a dispute over who should control Pennsylvania House Democrats' files related to an investigation into alleged corruption in the Legislature.

Dauphin County Judge Lawrence F. Clark Jr. on Friday gave the Democratic caucus and its former legal consultant, Bill Chadwick, until Wednesday to decide if they want to have a retired county judge help them settle the matter.

For the full story, go to philly.com.

Bypass Work to Resume Soon

Work on the Route 219 Bradford Bypass project is about ready to get underway for the season.

Contractor Glenn O. Hawbaker expects to start full-scale operations on March 23.

Work will include setting traffic control signs and erosion control measures from the Forman Street on-ramp to Hillside Drive in New York State.

Route 219 northbound will be restricted to one lane from the Forman Street on-ramp to Hillside Drive.

Alleged Graffiti Vandal Picked Up

Pittsburgh police say they've picked up one of their most wanted graffiti vandals.

21-year-old Ian DeBeer of Buffalo is accused of spraying sprayed "HERT" on 100 locations around Pittsburgh since April 2007 and causing about $212,000 in damage.

Police say they found more than 500 spray paint cans at DeBeer's Pittsburgh home, along with his graffiti photos, breathing respirators and a computer containing video of DeBeer spraying his tag.

DeBeer is charged with 73 counts of criminal mischief and one count of possession of an instrument of crime covering the paint and tools police say he used to make graffiti.

Man Guilty of Electrocuting Wife

A York man who says his wife's electrocution death was an accident while they were having sex has been convicted of third-degree murder.

A jury did acquit 38-year-old Toby Taylor of the most serious charge of first-degree murder. The district attorney says he will seek the maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison.

In addition to third-degree murder, Taylor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the Jan. 23, 2008 electrocution of 29-year-old Kirsten Taylor

Taylor has said he used an electric shock to stimulate his wife during sex.

Seneca Gaming Ousts Snyder

Barry Snyder Sr. has been removed as chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation by the company's board of directors.

In a surprise vote, the board got rid of Snyder then elected Norman "Cochise" Redeye to replace him.

Snyder's control of Seneca Gaming has been questioned recently. Construction projects have been halted and employees have been laid off because of declining revenues.

Seneca Gaming's annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission reported a 13.9 percent drop in earnings last year.

Snyder remains as president of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Area Flood Projects Get Money

The Bradford District Flood Control Authority is sharing in more than $1 million in grant money to help flood protection projects across the state.

The $26,000 coming to Bradford will go toward removal of sediment deposits and restoration of channel slopes.

Coudersport will get $65,000 to clean out debris from the Mill Creek sedimentation basin.

Emporium will get $32,378 to buy a compact excavator and flatbed trailer for sediment removal and $25,128 to buy a skid steer loader, commercial grade lawn mower and trimmers.

Johnsonburg will get $31,500 to buy a replacement pump for the flood control pumping station.

Woman Steals From Possible Hubby

A Gowanda woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $20,000 from a Wheatfield man who thought he might want to marry her.

30-year-old Crystal Lewis befriended the 46-year-old widower, who considered her a possible future wife. They had an agreement in which she would cash his paychecks and pay his bills. But, although she paid some bills, she kept most of the money for herself.

Because of that, the man's car was repossessed, his utilities were shut off and he was evicted from his mobile home.

Steelers Super Bowl Signs Swiped

Somebody swiped 11 banners from the Steelers Super Bowl victory parade.

The City of Pittsburgh paid $95 each for 50 banners that lined the parade route last month. Five were stolen from the parade route, and the city offered the other 45 to the public for $150 each.

Fans quickly bought all the banners through the city's Web site and had picked up all but 13 by Thursday.

Only two were there this morning, though. Police are investigating.

Couple Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

A husband and wife have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a robbery and murder at a home near Binghamton, New York.

Twenty-three-year-old Anthony Carnevale and his 20-year-old wife, Ashley, are charged in the January 20 killing of 39-year-old Jean Clark of Parsons, Pa.

Police say Carnevale went to a house to steal prescription drugs from 39-year-old Ethan Button when he shot Clark and Button. Button survived.

Ashley Carnevale allegedly took part in the break-in.

Artmobile Dedicated at SBU

Financially strapped schools unable to send a bus loaded with kids to St. Bonaventure’s arts center can now ask for a bus loaded with art to visit them.

The university Friday formally dedicated its new Artmobile, a mobile arts education bus that will target K-12 schoolchildren in the region whose districts often don’t have the resources to send them to the museum.

State Sen. Catharine Young (R-Olean) helped secure the $50,000 state grant used to purchase and equip the vehicle. She spoke at the dedication ceremony inside the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

“This means a lot to me personally,” Sen. Young said. “I had the good fortune of growing up on a dairy farm in Livingston County … but my mom was a teacher and she always made sure that we had opportunities to see the philharmonic in Rochester, or go see a play or an art exhibit.

“Those experiences helped shape the person I am, and I want to make sure that our young people have those chances to enrich themselves culturally. We all know how important this exposure is to the education process.”

Sen. Young was approached about the Artmobile concept two years ago by Joseph LoSchiavo, Quick Center executive director; Michael Kramer from University Relations; and Marianne Laine, chair of the Guild for The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

“They were so enthusiastic and had such a great vision that it was hard not to feel excited about the idea,” Sen. Young said. “These are the types of grants that make a real difference in our communities.”

Laine applauded Sen. Young’s support of the Artmobile, which was blessed with holy water by Fr. Leo J. Gallina Jr. of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bradford, Pa.

“I can’t express enough how grateful we are for Sen. Young making this part of the vision such a wonderful reality,” Laine said.

LoSchiavo said that 33 schools and more than 2,300 children have already benefited from visits by the Artmobile, which began making trips in the fall.

The exposure to those underserved children bolsters the educational mission of the Quick Center, which hosted more than 3,000 schoolchildren in 2008 for tours and performances.

“The numbers just keep climbing,” said LoSchiavo, who reported that more than 800 children visited the Quick Center this week alone, including a number of children Friday from Ivers J. Norton Elementary in Olean.

More than 50 school districts make up the center’s six-county service area, including 43 in New York state alone. The impetus for the Artmobile came as Quick Center staff watched the closing and consolidation of several area schools in the past several years, and the loss of funding for school field trips.

School districts interested in an Artmobile visit can contact museum educator Evelyn Sabina at 375-2088 or esabina@sbu.edu.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts opened its doors January 1995 to consolidate the artistic activities of the campus, while creating a regional outlet for culture and expression for Western New York.

The Quick Center offers a number of resources for the education and entertainment of its varied audiences. The center is made up of four exhibition galleries, the 321-seat Rigas Family Theater, the F. Donald Kenney Museum & Art Study Wing, art storage areas, and instructional spaces for the visual and performing arts.

Information about the Quick Center’s hours and exhibits is available at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

(Photos courtesy of St. Bonaventure University)

Church Group Back from Africa


The Open Arms Mission Team arrived safely in Bradford, PA late Tuesday night. The team, comprised of Open Arms Pastor Mike McAvoy, Shawn Murphy, Josh Hatcher, Dr. Brad MacNeill, and his two daughters, Bethany and Jennifer MacNeill were in Conakry, Guinea for a week working with New Family Church and Gateway International School.

The team worked throughout the week assisting with a Pastor's conference, which equipped ministers from across West Africa to be able to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs within their communities.

The team also worked students from the school, bringing gifts to the students, and encouragement to the school staff.

"Sometimes you never know what to expect on these kinds of trips. I guess I thought our work would be even more humanitarian, and our work turned out to be more spiritual in nature," said Hatcher, "This is a city racked by poverty, prejudice, and corruption. A lot of the work that we wanted to do would have been like band-aid on a chest wound. What we did have to offer was a hope that the world can be a better place, and we equipped pastors to bring hope to their people. You would be surprised how valuable hope is to them, and how much they appreciated it."

The Open Arms Mission Team will be presenting their stories and sharing their experiences this weekend with an informational and question and answer session during the regular worship services at Open Arms Community Church, Saturday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 10:15 AM. The public is invited to attend.

Pictured, Josh Hatcher with the students from Gateway International School at their Annual Sports Day Competition; Pastor Mike McAvoy and Pastor David Coker teaching together at the Kingdom Builders' Conference; Shawn Murphy distributing candy and toys to students at Gateway International School.
(Photos courtesy of the Open Arms Mission Team)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Department Head Charged with
Public Drunkenness

The acting head of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has been charged with public drunkenness.

Police issued a citation to Sandi Vito after a dispute Wednesday night over whether she would take a taxi home from the Harrisburg Hilton.

Vito issued a statement Thursday apologizing to the public, her agency and Governor Ed Rendell.

For the full story, go to the Centre Daily Times.

Water Park Project Still On

The City of Salamanca has decided on a price tag for the proposed water park resort.

The city has decided it will sell the property to Ross Wilson and Associates of Williamsville for $884,520.

The developer/construction company has plans for a conference center, sculpture park and hotel as well as the water park. They expect to buy the land in January of next year.

The property is near the Seneca Allegany Casino on the east side of State Park Avenue.

For more information, go to Enchanted Mountain Waterpark Resort.

Man Jailed for Infecting Woman with HIV is Up for Parole

The man convicted of infecting at least 13 women and girls in the Jamestown area with HIV in the late 1990s has another parole hearing next month.

Nushawn Williams – who goes by the name of Shyteek Johnson in prison – still maintains that he did not knowingly infect the women. But officials say he had been tested, and told of the results, before he traded sex for drugs.

All of the girls, now grown women, are alive. However, one woman who had sex with someone who had sex with Williams does have full blown AIDS. One of the girls he infected was 13 years old. He was also convicted of statuary rape.

Williams has been up for parole before but he was deemed a sexual predator and a threat to the public's safety.

Golubock, Roseart and Crosby's
Receive Chamber's 2009 Awards

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winners of their 2009 Awards. Each year the membership receives a ballot with three nominees in each category; Business Person of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Large Business of the Year. This enables the membership to recognize those organizations, businesses and individuals furthering the chamber’s mission of economic growth and quality of life.

Business Person of the Year, Harvey L. Golubock, President and Chief Operation Officer of American Refining Group, has presided over the growth of the Bradford refinery since 1997 when it was purchased from Witco Corporation. He has provided consistent leadership, support and volunteerism for over 11 years touching nine non-profit organizations, affecting the inner core of our community.

When Mr. Golubock took the helm of ARG, the refinery was in jeopardy of being shut down. Since then, employment has more than doubled to over 325, the facility has built a finished lubricants business from zero to over $150 million in revenue, and the refined products business has grown and crude oil throughput rates have increased almost to capacity. Mr. Golubock has been integral in garnering almost $45 million in capital improvements and expansions.

Through Golubock’s efforts, ARG supports community and civic organizations by means of both monetary contributions and service. By example, Mr. Golubock encourages employees to participate and be active on not-for-profit boards and in professional organizations. His community service includes Beacon Light Behavioral Health System (since 1998, past Finance Committee Chair and Board Chair for seven years); Bradford Area Alliance (since 1997, Currently Co-chair); Bradford Regional Medical Center (Co-chair Natural Resource Division, current capital campaign); Penn Brad Oil Museum (Board); Bradford Area Master Plan Project (Chair Economic Development Council); Oil 150 (celebration steering committee); Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Association (POGAM, co-chaired effort raising $30,000 to partially fund Bradford Area High School’s oil and gas program); Temple Beth-El of Bradford (Board); University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (co-Chair current capital campaign, Advisory Board since 1998, past chair of Enrollment and Student Affairs Council/Advisory Board)

Golubock received the Presidential Medal of Distinction for service to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2008. In 2007, Mr. Golubock taped a PCN Network tour of the refinery. He received a BS degree in chemical engineering from City College of New York and an MBA degree from Rutgers University.

Other nominees for business person of the year were William S. Fargo, Director Global Accounting/Controller for Dresser Piping Specialties, and Carolyn Boser Newhouse, President of SuperUser Technologies.

Both the large and small business of the year awards are based on the organization’s investment and expansion, product/service development, economic stability, job creation and community service. Receiving the 2009 Large Business of the Year award is Crosby Marts.

Crosby Marts started as a family owned business founded in 1902 as Sunnybrook in Bradford. Today, seven Crosby convenience stores are located in the Bradford area are part of Reid Stores, Inc., a subsidiary of The Reid Group who operates 23 other stores under the names of K + K Food Marts and Crosby Marts throughout western and central New York. Crosby Marts strive to be recognized as the best marketer of motor fuel products and related services. Initially “convenience stores” were seen as a handy complement to traditional fuel service stations. Now they provide invaluable service regardless of your destination.

Crosby/Reid has been investing in the growth of the company through acquisition and new locations. Locally, significant resource investment and expansion includes partnership with Fullington Trailways to set up a bus stop at the 573 South Avenue store offering public service from Buffalo to Pittsburgh, major interior renovations including the Lewis Run location and razing and rebuilding the 1002 E. Main Store to include Bradford’s first Tim Hortons’ restaurant. This growth affords opportunities for their customers as well as their employees.

Productive partnerships with organizations and people are a testament to their growth. Their latest local expansion added three full-time and 20 part-time people. They consistently promote from within the organization and are proud that all of the current store mangers have been promoted from within. Honesty, trustworthy, customer focused, team spirit, cost conscious and entrepreneurial traits are valued, expected and rewarded. Business partners receive expert staff services such as training in store operation, management techniques, business development, employee relations, merchandising strategies, operational guidelines, market analysis and surveys, store image and assistance to secure national and regional franchises.

Community involvement: First Night Bradford, Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show, Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, Bradford Regional Medical Center annual donor, and the Derrick City and Rew Volunteer Fire Departments. Reid Stores are active members in every major trade organization involving the petroleum, service station and convenience store industries, providing useful knowledge and competitive strategies.

The other nominees for Large Business of the year were Kane Hardwood Division of The Collins Companies and the Bradford Area School District.

Receiving the 2009 Small Business of the Year award is Roseart Company which was founded by Philip M. Rose on March 12, 1957, located at 12 Lincoln Avenue. The business remains in the family to this day with Ralph and Judy Rose and Mark and Kelly Platko acquiring the company from their father/grandfather Mr. Rose’s estate in June, 2000. In April 2002, it reopened for business. On June 23, 2008, the business moved to Main Street.

The move to Main Street afforded the owners space to expand their retail products and services. They added to their original line of table lighters and ashtrays with new styles and new materials such as exotic woods and ocean treasures made from sea shells. Roseart also added new gift products from companies such as Wendell August, Chef Specialties, Smethport Specialty Company, W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery, Zippo Manufacturing Company, Joshua’s Path all-natural soaps, local artisan’s handmade jewelry, and a humidor offering fine-quality cigars. Roseart will personalize gifts for any special occasion such as retirements, recognition, weddings. They consistently focus on offering quality, unique gifts made locally and in the USA. Gift wrapping and shipping services make it easier for their customers.

In addition to the storefront, consumers can purchase online. Roseart has international and domestic distributors with customers local and from as far away as Scotland, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, New Mexico, and Ontario, Canada. They are working with North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission to increase their export business.

Roseart has hired three part-time staff in addition to the four owners’ involvement. One works at the store and two in manufacturing with Mark. They contract services from various area vendors. Roseart supports community events. On December 12, 2008, Bri and Cassy Platko won 1st place for the Living Windows display.

Ralph and Judy Rose also own Wright Monumental Works, Inc. on East Main Street, Bradford. Community involvement includes holding board positions on: Oak Hill Cemetery Association and Bradford Gun Club and active on committees or programs of the Bradford Oil 150 Committee, Bradford Family YMCA and Bradford Club.

The other nominees for Small Business of the Year were Eldred World War II Museum and the Era’s Less Fortunate (ELF) Fund.

All nine will receive awards and recognition during the evening.

Local Hospitals to Get Fed Dollars

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Arlen Specter, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Bob Casey announced final approval of federal funding for several central Pennsylvania health care, education and labor projects. The projects are contained in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

“I am pleased that Congress has approved this important funding for Central Pennsylvania,” Senator Specter said. “Health and education are our nation’s greatest capital assets, and these projects are vital to ensuring quality health care and education for the area’s residents.”

This money is great news for Central Pennsylvania and I am pleased that members of the committee approved this funding,” said Senator Casey. “I will continue working with Senator Specter to ensure residents of the area have access to quality health care and education.”

Projects in the bill include:

$95,000 for Elk Regional Health Center in Elk County to purchase a Video Gastroscope which will be used to conduct colonoscopies.

$95,000 for Bradford Regional Medical Center in McKean County to provide advanced diagnostic testing equipment for cardiology and other conditions to a region that does not currently have this technology.


$95,000 for Kane Community Hospital in McKean County to develop a Women's Diagnostic Breast Center, including the purchase of Hologic Lorad All Digital Mammography Unit, Assisted Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Table, and GE Short-Bore MRI.

$119,000 for Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Potter County for rural training assistance, including Rural Emergency Medicine and ALS Transports to ensure the reliability, quality, and safety for all patients.

$95,000 for Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in Tioga County to improve the technology used in nursing training programs, including electronic mannequins used to simulate medical examinations and computer software.

$95,000 for Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital in Tioga County to complete the Emergency Department renovation.

Bands to Perform for Fundraiser

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) has announced a fundraising benefit to help fund the Southern Tier Biennial (STB) art exhibition on Saturday, March 28 from 6-10pm at the Other Place tavern on Main Street in Allegany, NY. The evening will feature music by Dave Dorson, Andy Hannon and Bill O’Connell’s Wild Rovers, and the Mojo Hand Blues Band. Free pizza will be served and a portion of the bar receipts will go towards the fund. Tickets at the door are $10. All event proceeds will go to the close the budget gap for this year’s Southern Tier Biennial exhibition.

In early January, the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC), producers of the STB contemporary art exhibition, were informed that there would be no funding for the 2009 Biennial. The STB endowment fund, managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, had dropped well below the original investment and according to law would be frozen until the fund recovered. Through careful strategizing and many donations of services and cash from supportive partners, sponsors and community members, the 2009 Biennial has been preserved with artist stipends, cash prizes and catalog intact. The benefit will help close the remaining small funding gap.

For the past five years, the Southern Tier Biennial (STB) has offered an opportunity to enter a juried contemporary art competition and exhibition to artists of the rural eight counties of New York State’s Southern Tier. “Once again, we’ve had a tremendous regional response to the Biennial,” commented Anne Conroy-Baiter, Executive Director of CCAC. “More than 110 artists have applied and the show will be juried shortly by Holly E. Hughes, Associate Curator of the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Leonard Urso, of the Rochester Institute of Technology. We’re looking forward to seeing who will be chosen for the 2009 exhibition.”

The show will open in the Olean Public Library Gallery and on Jamestown Community College’s Olean campus on May 9, 2009 and continue until June 20th, 2009. The Southern Tier Biennial is a collaboration among the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Olean Public Library, Jamestown Community College, and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Conservancy to Hold Public Forums

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) will hold public forums this month for McKean and Potter County communities that surround the Allegheny River and its tributaries – Oswayo, Potato, and Tunungwant creeks – as well as neighboring communities. At these events, community residents will discuss the natural and community resources of the region and help to create a vision for the future of the region.

If you live or work in the area, own a business or land in the region, enjoy outdoor recreation, or are interested in natural resources, historic preservation, tourism, or community enhancement, please plan to attend one of these meetings.

Local support is critical to the success of this locally driven planning process. The public meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the following locations:

• Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Coudersport Elementary School Large Group Instruction Room, 802 Vine Street
• Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Port Allegany Veterans Memorial Home (VFW/American Legion), 4347 Route 155
• Thursday, March 26, 2009 at the Bradford Public Library, 67 West Washington Street

This project is funded, in part, by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. Local partners currently involved include: Upper Allegheny Watershed Association, Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited, McKean and Potter County Conservation Districts and Planning Departments, Penn State Cooperative Extension, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Empty Bowls, Baskets Dinner Set

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold the fourth Empty Bowls and Baskets Dinner of homemade soup and bread to raise awareness of the fight against hunger and to raise money for The Friendship Table.

Sponsored by the Women’s History Month Celebration committee, the dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in the Mukaiyama University Room. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Diners are invited to select a handcrafted ceramic bowl or a basket as a reminder that someone else’s bowl might be empty.

According to Dr. Holly J. Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and chairwoman of the event, “The premise behind the dinner is to offer a simple meal of homemade soups and breads and a place at the table for all as a way to increase our awareness of the fight against hunger.”

In the spirit of community Pitt-Bradford students and volunteers spent an evening together weaving baskets for the event. Third-grade students from School Street Elementary, St. Bernard School, as well as third- and fourth-graders from The Learning Center and the Bradford Area Christian Academy, decorated placemats as part of a lesson about hunger. Numerous campus and community volunteers have volunteered to make soups, breads, and cookies for the dinner.

The Empty Bowls Dinner was initiated in 1990 when a Michigan high school art teacher and his students sponsored the first dinner served in handmade bowls to benefit the cause. By the following year, the originators had developed the concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then, Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger. For more information on the originators of the event, go to: www.emptybowls.net.

This year’s Empty Bowls and Baskets Dinner received support from the American Association of University Women, Anna Ezzolo, The Friendship Table, Derilyn Heller, Hog-Shed Pottery Studio, Elliott Hutten, Pitt-Bradford Staff Association, Metz and Associates, Miss Maggies, Betsy Matz, Parkview Supermarket, Pitt-Bradford’s Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Literary Club, Center for Leadership and Service, Division of Communication and the Arts, Empty Bowls and Baskets Steering Committee, Student Affairs, TRiO Student Support Services Program, Denise Tarasovitch, Tops Friendly Markets, Wal-Mart, WESB-1490 AM and the Women’s History Celebration Committee.

Pictured, Courtney Shroyer, a nursing major from Berlin, Pa., weaves a basket for the Empty Bowls and Baskets Dinner.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Firefighters' Easter Egg Hunt:

Bradford City Firefighters Local 655 invites you to their Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m. at Callahan Park. The hunt is divided into three ages groups: 2-4; 5-7; and 8-10.

Rain date is April 11.

PA to Get Weatherization Money

Washington DC -- Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Chu today announced Pennsylvania will receive $352,477,062 in weatherization and energy efficiency funding – including $252,793,062 for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $99,684,000 for the State Energy Program. This is part of a nationwide investment announced today of nearly $8 billion under the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – an investment that will put approximately 87,000 Americans to work.

“This energy efficiency funding for states is an important investment in making America more energy independent, creating a cleaner economy and creating more jobs for the 21st century that can’t be outsourced,” said Vice President Biden.

The funding will support weatherization of homes, including adding more insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment, which will pay for itself many times over.

“Even as we seize the enormous potential of clean energy sources like wind and solar, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act makes a major investment in energy efficiency, which is the most cost effective route to energy independence,” Chu said.

The Weatherization Assistance Program will allow an average investment of up to $6,500 per home in energy efficiency upgrades and will be available for families making up to 200% of the federal poverty level – or about $44,000 a year for a family of four.

The State Energy Program funding will be available for rebates to consumers for home energy audits or other energy saving improvements; development of renewable energy projects for clean electricity generation and alternative fuels; promotion of Energy Star products; efficiency upgrades for state and local government buildings; and other innovative state efforts to help save families money on their energy bills.

The DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program allows low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient, reducing heating bills by an average of 32% and overall energy bills by hundreds of dollars per year.

Some Claims Against ANF Tossed

A federal judge has dismissed several claims in a lawsuit filed by Duhring Resource Company against the Allegheny National Forest.

The lawsuit, which was filed in November of 2007 by the Sheffield-based oil company, claims that the U.S. Forest Service “imposed unfair, unjustified and economically unreasonable conditions" on Duhring to prevent the company from accessing its mineral rights on forest land.

The judge has thrown out five of the suit’s 12 claims.

House Defeats Wilderness Bill

The U.S. House has defeated a bill to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness, including parts of the Allegheny National Forest.

Democrats agreed to amend the bill to clarify that it wouldn't impose new limits on hunting, fishing or trapping on federal land. The National Rifle Association asked for that amendment.

A majority of House members supported the bill, but it failed because it didn't get the needed two-thirds vote. The vote was 282-144 in favor, two votes short of approval.

Democratic leaders vowed to bring the bill back, but did not say when or in what form.

Here's how Pennsylvania lawmakers voted:

Democrats — Altmire, Y; Brady, Y; Carney, Y; Dahlkemper, Y; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Holden, Y; Kanjorski, Y; Murphy, Patrick, Y; Murtha, Y; Schwartz, Y; Sestak, Y.

Republicans — Dent, Y; Gerlach, Y; Murphy, Tim, N; Pitts, N; Platts, Y; Shuster, N; Thompson, N.

Senator Asks for Change on
Holy Book Purchases

State Sen. John N. Wozniak wrote Wednesday to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati urging a change in Senate rules to limit the distribution of religious texts to first-term Senators.

“There are times when adherence to tradition is simply being stubborn and insensitive to the people we serve,” Wozniak said. “There is difficult work to be done and these controversies and distractions are not needed.”

Wozniak sent the letter in response to public outcry over news reports that lawmakers had spent in excess of $12,000 on religious texts, one for each term in office.

He said he’s asking the Senate’s chief presiding officer to consider a change in the Senate rules to end the practice as a way of recognizing the difficulties faced by many Pennsylvanians.

“In these trying financial times, I believe it would be prudent,” Wozniak wrote.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

No Couches in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh City Council has given unanimous preliminary approval to an ordinance that would ban couches and mattresses from porches. Violators would face a fine of $200 to $500 per day.

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

'Renaissance City' Plan for PA

State Sen. John N. Wozniak has reintroduced a plan to help revive Pennsylvania’s small cities by providing help with crime prevention, housing improvement and pension relief.

“It is not a coincidence that our small and medium sized cities suffer from similar problems and financial pressures,” Wozniak said. “We need to understand that everyone has paid a price for the years of decline. Restoring their vitality and preserving their solvency could spur economic development and stem the advance of urban sprawl, ease traffic congestion and even decrease oil dependency.”

Senate Bill 606, the “Renaissance City” plan, would provide grants to Third Class and Second Class A class cities in an effort to combat crime, remove blight and foster economic development.

“Targeted tax relief through gaming revenue was a first small step toward helping our cities recover,” Wozniak said. “Now we must follow through with targeted investment.”

Wozniak crafted his plan after reviewing the results of a needs survey that he sent to mayors. City officials were asked to identify the top five problems facing their communities.

Other parts of the plan would:

· Enable cities to foreclose on blighted/abandoned property sooner;

· Create a statewide abandoned property database that would require new property purchasers to first pay any outstanding debts and obligations on other properties they own; and

· Complete a study of pension and fixed-cost obligations that project future costs.

Wozniak said the five-part, $100-million-per-year Renaissance Cities funding would be distributed on the following schedule:

Year 1: Public safety--funding may be used to purchase law enforcement equipment, create crime prevention programs, purchase firefighting apparatus or any other initiative that protects the health and safety of residents.

Year 2: Blight removal--includes the clearance, demolition or removal of blighted areas, acquisition of blighted property, aggressive code enforcement or other blight prevention activities

Year 3: Economic development and housing--funds would be split between housing initiatives that provide direct home ownership assistance and rehabilitation assistance for owner-occupied properties and business initiatives such as environmental assessments, installation of infrastructure and site preparation.

Year 4: Municipal Services--includes funding for public buildings, paving streets, repairing bridges, sidewalks and purchasing public works vehicles as well as encouraging service consolidations with surrounding communities.

Year 5: Pension and Debt--funding is targeted as an offset for unfunded accrued pension liabilities, debt service and other financial obligations.

Operation Family Cookout:
Second Brother Sentenced

A leader of an Albion-area methamphetamine distribution ring has been sentenced five to 10 years in state prison.

43-year-old Ronald Frey pleaded guilty in January to one felony count each of corrupt organizations, criminal conspiracy, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor charge of possessing liquid ammonia.

He was among the last to be sentenced in connection with the Operation Family Cookout meth ring that was broken up in 2007 by the state Attorney General's Office.

The other ringleader Frey's brother, 46-year-old James Frey was sentenced in January to serve five to 20 years in state prison.

Ronald Frey's wife, Patricia Frey was sentenced in February to nine to 18 months in the Erie County Prison on charges of criminal conspiracy and manufacturing meth.

The Attorney General's Office says the Frey's operated the meth ring for more than 10 years at neighboring houses in Conneaut Township.

Twenty-nine people were charged in the case.

PCG's Roe Praises PALS Bill

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today offered his praise to the House of Representatives for its overwhelming and bi-partisan support of House Bill 92, which will enable the agency to fully transition to an electronic, point-of-sale license system, commonly referred to as Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).

Roe specifically noted his appreciation to House Game and Fisheries Committee Majority Chairman Edward Staback (D-60), who sponsored the bill, and to House Game and Fisheries Committee Minority Chairman Craig A. Dally (R-168), who co-sponsored the bill.

“Transitioning to PALS has been something that our license buyers and members of the General Assembly have been urging the Game Commission to do for a number of years,” Roe said. “We are excited about the many benefits that this new license sale system will provide to our license buying customers, our issuing agents and the agency.

“I want to thank Reps. Staback and Dally, as well as all of the House members who voted in favor of this measure. Also, I look forward to working with Senate Game and Fisheries Committee Majority Chairman Richard Alloway II (R-33) and Minority Chairman Richard A. Kasunic (D-32) to gain approval for this bill in the Senate so it can be sent to the Governor for action soon.”

Under House Bill 92, license buyers would be assessed the actual transaction fee costs associated with implementing PALS. Presently, the transaction fee is 70-cents per license or stamp purchased. This fee would be paid directly to ALS, the Nashville-based company contracted to provide an electronic license sale system for the Game Commission, as well as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

During the 2007-08 Legislative Session, the General Assembly approved a similar measure for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to assess transaction fees to the license buyer.

When the 2009-10 licenses go on sale in mid-June, license buyers will swipe their Pennsylvania driver’s license through a magnetic reader and all of their personal information will be filled in on the application automatically. Hunters and trappers then will be able to select the licenses and stamps they want to purchase. Residents without a driver’s license, as well as nonresidents, will have to key-enter the data the first time they purchase a license through PALS.

Once an individual makes a purchase through PALS, license buyers will be assigned a permanent customer identification number that will be stored in an electronic file. In subsequent years, license buyers only will need to enter changes in the types of licenses or stamps wanted or update their personal information.

“This will not only speed up the license buying process, but it also will remove the burden of having to worry about identify theft,” Roe said. “Once someone purchases a license through point-of-sale, we will no longer ask them for their Social Security Number or Hunter-Trapper Education certification, because that data will already be part of the database. Senior lifetime license holders will no longer need to carry the lifetime license ID cards with them.”

Roe noted that the new licenses will be printed on sturdy, weather-resistant yellow material. The harvest tags, which are required for all big game, have perforated holes in them to make it easier to attach the tag to the animal. Additionally, all personal information on the harvest tags will be completed, so all the hunter will need to do is enter the time, date and place of harvest.

“Point-of-sale will make license buying easier for our customers, issuing agents and the Game Commission, and will – for the first time in our history – provide the agency with a database of its license buyers that will enable us to better communicate with them,” Roe said.

Issuing agents stand to benefit from the system, as the new system will audit the books for them while they work.

“This will greatly reduce the need for issuing agents to tie up so much of their money in bonds to secure the paper licenses they need to serve their customers,” Roe said. “The amount of bonds will, most likely, be decreased in the future, which will reduce the financial burden on issuing agents.”

Lastly, Roe said that the Game Commission will benefit by fulfilling the agency’s goal of making its programs more user-friendly.

“We will finally, after all of these years, have a computer database of all of our license buyers,” Roe said. “Such a database will enable the agency to conduct more surveys of our license buyers on a regular basis. We will no longer need to pay to data-enter the names, addresses and telephone numbers of license buyers from license sale books, which will reduce the costs associated with conducting surveys of our hunters and trappers.

“And, once the point-of-sale system is fully in place, the Game Commission will be able to begin to significantly reduce our harvest reporting costs by enabling hunters who harvest a deer or turkey to report those harvests online or through a toll-free telephone number, as we will have the database necessary to validate such report submissions.”

Former Jail Guard Sentenced

A former Potter County Jail Guard has been sentenced 20 days to 16 months in jail for providing contraband to an inmate.

Edward Davis allowed his son, Zach Easton, to use his cell phone while Easton was an inmate at the jail on June 27, 2008.

Davis now lives in Massachusetts. He must also perform 25 hours of community service.

Ballet Choreographer Offers Class

BRADFORD, Pa. – Russian National Ballet choreographer Yuri Vetrov will teach a master class for dancers prior to the ballet’s performance of “The Sleeping Beauty” on March 24.

The master class will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the dance studio of the Sport and Fitness Center. The class is free, but enrollment is limited to 20 and reservations will be required.

Vetrov is a former Bolshoi dancer who has been awarded the highest honor the Russian government can bestow upon an artist, the Order of the People’s Artist of Russia.

“This is the first time I have ever heard of a dancer this prestigious teaching a master class,” said Randy L. Mayes, director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford. Mayes said that although Vetrov doesn’t speak English, he will have an interpreter for the workshop.

Upon graduation from the Moscow Choreographic School, Vetrov joined the Bolshoi and immediately became a leading character dancer, portraying such roles as the priest in “Romeo and Juliet” and Drosselmeyer in “The Nutcracker.”

In 1980, Vetrov graduated from the Leningrad Conservatoire, where he studied under the legendary Yuri Grigorovich.

In 1994, he was selected by presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the Russian Classical Ballet Theatre, which has focused on maintaining the purity of the grand national tradition of the Russian classical ballet repertoire in addition to developing new talents throughout Russia.

For more information, or to reserve a place in the class, call the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814)362-5113 or Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814)362-5155.

Wong to Lead Choir on March 18

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's College-Community Choir will sing famous Italian, German and French opera selections during its annual concert on Wednesday, March 18.

Students, faculty, staff and community members will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall. A part of the university’s Spectrum Series, the hour-long program is free and open to the public.

“Usually the community choir has done oratorios and sacred music from Masses and Requiems,” said Dr. Samuel Wong, former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, who is leading the choir this semester. “This concert is a departure because of the secular and entertaining nature of the pieces with themes of love, betrayal, freedom, captivity, seduction, guilt, yearning and celebration.”

Highlights of the evening include Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and Giacomo Puccini's “Madama Butterfly.”

Carnell Lawson, a business management major from Trainer, will perform as a tenor soloist in Gaetano Donizetti's “Elixir of Love,” and Heather Schena, an English education major from Bradford, will portray Carmen. A tenor solo will also be performed by K. James Evans, dean of student affairs at Pitt-Bradford.

Accompanying on the piano will be Ritsuko Wada, who began the Chamber Music Concert Series in the Olean, N.Y., area in 2001.

“You will hear the music that marries most couples, from Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’; Beethoven’s achingly beautiful chorus of prisoners as they ponder their captivity and eventual freedom; Puccini’s wistful humming chorus as Cio-Cio-San awaits her American sailor husband’s return; and Verdi’s rousing drinking song, ‘Brindisi,’” Wong said. “The evening will be a taut hour of beauty and merriment performed without intermission.”

The chorus, which is made up of about 40 members from around the region, was founded by Allan Slovenkay and conducted for many years by Dr. Lee Spear, who retired at the end of the fall term.

Wong will be my guest on March 17th's LiveLine.

Human Corpse Sent to Pet Store

Employees of a Philadelphia pet store expecting a shipment of tropical fish instead got a corpse intended for a medial research laboratory in Allentown.

For the full story, go to the Allentown Morning Call.

Woman Lost Eye in Umbrella Attack

Jennifer Hix told a Westmoreland County jury Tuesday that she lost her left eye after her former boyfriend jabbed her with an umbrella during a fight.

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

Wilcox Woman in Custody

A Wilcox woman wanted for elder abuse in Michigan has been taken into custody by Ridgway state police.

They say Michigan State Police contacted them saying they had a warrant for 60-year-old Carol Ann Maneke for aggravated assault/elder abuse.

Ridgway state police arrested her at about 6:30 Monday night. She was arraigned and sent to Elk County Jail on $25,000 bail.

No New Tax for Movies, More in NY

At least for now, New Yorkers don't have to worry about new taxes on sugared drinks, manicures, bowling, skiing or movies.

Governor David Paterson and legislative leaders today announced an agreement to eliminate $1.3 billion in tax increases included in the proposed 2009-10 Executive Budget.

Paterson says they were able to eliminate the taxes because of the $6.5 million the state is getting in federal stimulus money.

For more information, go to the governor's Web site.

Funding for Flight 93 Memorial

The U.S. Senate yesterday approved $5.475 million for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County as part of the 2009 appropriations bill. The bill is now awaiting the signature of President Barack Obama.

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

Déjà vu:
Water Boss Dumps Sludge in River

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — State prosecutors are charging the former superintendent of Binghamton's water department with dumping sludge into the Susquehanna River.

Former superintendent Kevin Transue and former plant employee Daniel Rose are free on their own recognizance after being arraigned Wednesday in county court on 17 charges of breaking state environmental laws. Both men pleaded not guilty.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

At least he's not a state senator.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Will NY Tax Bowling?

From WIVB.com

70,000 bowlers in New York State have filled out cards to send the Albany lawmakers opposing a plan that would put sales tax on bowling for the first time.

Dad Accused of Encouraging
Cheerleaders to Use Stripper Pole

A 36-year-old Bethlehem Township man is facing charges after allegedly encouraging high school cheerleaders to dance on a stripper pole in his basement during a party he had for his 16-year-old son.

For the full story, go to Lehigh Valley Live.com.

'I Live Inside Myself,
Not in Pennsylvania'

A man accused of driving drunk says Pennsylvania courts have no jurisdiction over him because he's his own country.

For the full story, go to Lehigh Valley Live.com.

Man Arrested for Stabbing

A Falconer man has been arrested in connection with a double-stabbing last month.

51-year-old Garry Hill allegedly got into a fight with a 49-year-old woman in the apartment above the Blue Fin Pet Shop. Police were called to the scene about 1 a.m. on February 20 and found both people with stab wounds.

Hill was treated for serious stab wounds at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, while the woman was treated for a wound to the arm at a Jamestown Hospital.

Following an investigation, police charged Hill with assault and unlawful imprisonment. He's in jail without bail.

'Community Needs to be
Our Eyes and Ears'

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director

Rough road conditions caused by the Route 219 Bypass project, and other factors, were a topic during Tuesday's Bradford City Council meeting.

Bradford resident Brad Mangel suggested that, because of the "inordinate amount of traffic" due to detours, the streets deteriorated more than they normally would have.

City Clerk John Peterson said some repairs have been made and pictures are taken before a project starts to document any damage that's done.

OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews said it's obvious that the construction vehicles had something to do with the current condition of Forman Street, and said it wouldn't hurt to ask PennDOT if repair work there could be added to another project.

On a related note, Mayor Tom Riel said the city tried to get federal stimulus money for a citywide resurfacing project, but city roads don't qualify.

Also Tuesday, Councilman Rick Benton talked about comments – good and bad – he heard from people while circulating nominating petitions.

Starting with the bad, he said people don't like the parts of the sidewalk that jut out into the street – otherwise known as "traffic calming areas" -- in the streetscape project area.

Andrews and Peterson said the traffic calming areas are supposed to slow traffic down on major thoroughfares.

"It slows it down as you bounce over it," Riel said.

Among the things people were impressed with, Benton said, are the job the snowplow drivers do, the OECD, the city parks and increased drug enforcement in the city.

In another matter, Riel said despite what some landlords think about the new rental property ordinance, it is working.

Councilman Ross Neidich added that cleaning up the city isn't as easy as tearing buildings down.

"You wonder if people don't stop to think that, even though some of these places may be dilapidated to a variety of degrees, many of them still pay taxes of some sort," Neidich said.

In other matters, Riel also said now that four-wheeler season is here, people are being encouraged to call police about people who are driving them illegally in the city.

He says he's almost become an annoyance to the police department by calling to report dozens of four-wheeler riders. Riel says the city has a zero-tolerance policy on four-wheelers.

City Clerk John Peterson said the city does need the community's help on this, and other issues.

"The community needs to be our eyes and ears … whatever they see," he said. "If they suspect a drug deal, use the police tip line. (Bradford City Police Tip Line) We need to be aware."

"As our number of employees decreases," he said, "we need the community to be more and more helpful to our people in any way, shape or manner."

Also Tuesday, council awarded a contract to M & M Contractors for the Callahan Park Water Spray Park project. M &M submitted the low bid of $62,725.

City Parks director Chip Comilla said he hopes the project is finished this year. It's been in the planning stages for more than two years.

"It'll be good for the city," Riel said.

Council also approved a sign permit for Kelly Martin. The sign at 27 Main Street (the current Abasso at The Downbeat) will read "Kelly's Main Street."

And, Andrews said she's hoping to have the rest of the Christmas decorations down by the end of the week.

Senecas, State Meet About Catskills

Seneca Nation leaders met with New York State legislators Tuesday to talk about the plan to develop a casino in the Catskills.

Robert Porter, the Seneca's senior policy adviser, says the strategy is to build support for the project with state officials, including Governor David Paterson, then get a law through Congress permitting the off-reservation development deal.

Porter says the casino could mean $160 million a year in revenue-sharing payments, which is more than the Seneca Nation gives Albany in shares for the Salamanca, Buffalo and Niagara Falls casinos combined.

Federal Interior Department officials have stopped off-reservation casino deals recently, and it is unclear what the Obama administration's approach will be.

Armed Man Allegedly Made Threats

A Tioga County man is in jail after allegedly making threats with a gun.

Police say they were called to Fred's Lobster Garden Motel Saturday morning and found 45-year-old Larry Goodman waving a rifle in the parking lot and pointing it at motel rooms.

They say that earlier Goodman and his friends were at the motel drinking when a argument broke out. Goodman was taken home, but that's when he got the rifle, went back to the motel and starting threatening to kill people.

Police say Goodman was taken into custody after a struggle.

No Verdict in Fumo Trial

A jury has finished a third day of deliberations without a verdict in the corruption case against former state Senator Vincent Fumo.

Fumo, 65, is charged with defrauding the state senate, a nonprofit and a museum of more than $3.5 million. He is also charged with trying to destroy evidence during the FBI probe.

The jury is working four days a week and is expected to resume deliberations tomorrow.

The jurors heard opening arguments on October 22. The trial included more than 100 witnesses and 1,300 exhibits.

Ex-Prosecutor Gets House Arrest

A former prosecutor in suburban Philadelphia is getting three to 23 months of house arrest and seven years of probation for corrupting three teenage boys.

Anthony Cappuccio pleaded guilty to three counts each of endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and giving alcohol to minors. He also pleaded guilty to one count of criminal use of a telephone and a computer.

Deputy Attorney General Marc Costanzo says he's not satisfied with the sentence since Cappuccio isn't going to jail.

ANFVB Looking for Photos, Stories

With Bradford being the “Oil Metropolis of the World,” it seems like everyone here has some connection with the oil industry.

The Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau is hoping to get some insight into Bradford’s – as well as the region’s - relationship with the oil industry for the past 150 years. The Vacation Bureau has teamed up with Butler, Venango and Crawford counties to develop a book commemorating our rich oil heritage.

Paul Adomites of Emlenton will do the writing while Ed Bernik of North East is in charge of the photography.

A major part of this book, which is still untitled, will be the photos along with the stories told. The Vacation Bureau is asking for help in gathering photos of the past 150 years that show the various aspects of the oil industry in McKean County.

Perhaps you have a photo of oil workers or a view of the oil derricks that once dotted the Alleghenies. The Vacation Bureau would like to see what you have for possible inclusion in the book. Any photos used will be accompanied by a photo credit.

The book will also include a DVD, by Black Sheep Media of Erie, of suggested driving tours and sites to visit within the four counties.

If you have any photos of the oil industry, contact Sandra Rhodes of the ANF Vacation Bureau at Sandra@visitanf.com or 800-473-9370.

Call for Office of Rural Policy

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, cosigned a letter that was sent to President Obama today, encouraging him to create an Office of Rural Policy within the White House. This request comes on the heels of the newly formed White House Office of Urban Policy.

“Rural America, like urban America, faces unique challenges, and having a coordinated effort within the White House to manage the federal programs in rural communities is critical to the revitalization of small town America,” said Thompson, Vice Chairman of the Congressional Rural Caucus. “By creating an Office of Rural Policy, it will ensure that rural America has a seat at the table when important policy decisions are made.”

The Congressional Rural Caucus is a bipartisan group of legislators who are committed to addressing the needs of rural America and represent rural communities. The Caucus will host speakers and experts on a wide range of issues to help educate the members on the constantly changing face of rural America. Its membership currently stands at 68, and is led by Congressmen Travis Childers (D-Miss.), Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-Pa.).

Below is the text of the letter:

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The White House

Dear President Obama:

As members of the U.S. House of Representatives from rural congressional districts, we have noted with interest your creation of a White House Office of Urban Policy. This letter is to encourage a similar and equivalent White House office to work on rural issues which affect Americans who live in less densely-populated areas of the country. The unique policy matters faced in rural America include, but are not limited to, specific concerns regarding agriculture, conservation, economic development, education, health care, information technology, and transportation infrastructure, among others. We are sure your administration would benefit from an office devoted to the effect of federal regulations on rural Americans and our communities.

Even broad policy measures can have specific, severe ramifications in rural areas. For instance, a recent proposal would reapportion the federal gas tax based on miles driven rather than gallons of fuel consumed. In rural areas, where the consumption of gasoline is more efficient on long commutes over un-crowded highways, many of our constituents commute more than 60 miles each day. Such a shift in policy would have a devastating effect on rural families’ budgets and the bottom lines of our businesses, and we applaud you for rejecting the proposal. We hope you will continue this commitment to addressing the needs of rural communities.

As you work to elevate the concerns of rural Americans in your administration, the members of the Congressional Rural Caucus are ready to work with you on a bipartisan basis to provide input and information about the many issues with specific importance to our constituents. Thank you very much for your consideration of creating a White House Office of Rural Policy to directly address these topics. We look forward to working closely with you on the matters of concern to the millions of Americans in the rural congressional districts we represent.

Dr. Truman to Receive Award

Dr. Jean Truman, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will receive the 2009 Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.

“In addition to receiving highly favorable feedback from students, Dr. Truman uses innovative teaching methods in her classroom,” wrote Dr. Lauren Yaich, chairwoman of the Division of Biological and Health Sciences, in recommending Truman for the award. “She has played an important part in the effort to incorporate computerized simulation mannequins into the nursing curriculum.”

Yaich also explained that the nursing students have almost always given Truman teaching evaluation scores that were well above the average, including perfect scores on certain specific teaching skills. Truman’s evaluations were compared not only to the Pitt-Bradford nursing faculty, but also those of nursing professors in the School of Nursing in Oakland.

Truman will receive her award during Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 9.

Truman was chosen for the award by the chairmen and chairwomen of Pitt-Bradford’s five academic divisions.

In choosing an award recipient, the chairpersons reviewed letters of recommendation, student evaluations of teaching, syllabi and grade distribution. They also considered the teachers’ knowledge of subject matter and their advising and dedication in working with students beyond the classroom in such activities as internships and research projects.

The award, which is in its eighth year, is open to any full-time faculty member who has taught at Pitt-Bradford for at least the last three consecutive academic years.

“I am humbled to receive this award,” Truman said. “I can appreciate that each student learns in his or her own way, and I try to incorporate a variety of learning styles for my students to help them understand nursing concepts.

“My goal for the nursing program at Pitt-Bradford is to graduate students who can critically think in the clinical arena to be able to provide safe and competent care to those entrusted to them.”

In addition to working with the computerized mannequins, Truman has created a Web-based tutorial that allows students to explore various kinds of irregular heartbeats. She has also used volunteers to portray burn victims to expose her students to a situation in which they would have to handle a severe burn.

Last year, Truman earned her doctorate of nursing practice degree with a focus in educational leadership from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Truman, who also coordinates Pitt-Bradford’s associate of science in nursing program, wrote her dissertation about predictors of student success on state board nursing licensure exam.

She came to Pitt-Bradford in 2003 after working as a critical care nurse, coordinator of staff education and nursing supervisor at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Hamot Medical Center in Erie and Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Her other research interests include cardiac care nursing. She also holds a master of science critical care clinical nurse specialist degree from Gannon University and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Truman is the daughter of Louis W. and Mariann Pascarella of Bradford. She continues to work as a nursing supervisor at Bradford Regional Medical Center and is an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, G. Scott Truman, and their children, Megan and Andrew.

Bona's Phys Ed Alum Honored

ALBANY, N.Y., March 10, 2009 —Marc Vachon, physical educator and aquatics director at Mohonasen Central Schools in Rotterdam, was among 21 people honored by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu).

Vachon was honored March 2 during the 2009 Independent Sector Alumni Hall of Distinction Awards Ceremony and Legislative Reception at the state Capitol.

Vachon graduated in 2003 from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He completed his master’s degree in 2007 at The College of St. Rose in Albany.

The Alumni Hall of Distinction was created in 2000 to recognize New York’s Independent Sector graduates who make contributions to society through their careers and community involvement. This year, cIcu recognized elementary school educators and school leaders to bring attention to the pivotal role that private colleges and universities play in preparing New York state’s teachers.

In addition to his school-based activities, Vachon is actively involved in the New York State Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, a professional organization developed for instructors in the field to network and build new curriculum to keep instruction fresh.

“Marc has really established himself in the state as one of our young, very capable leaders in physical education,” said Paul Brawdy, Ph.D., associate professor of physical education at St. Bonaventure. “As Capital Zone President for the New York State Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Marc has been successful in working with colleagues across the state, including many veteran teachers, during a time of great change in our profession.

“Marc also provides inspiration and direction for those who follow in his footsteps by taking an active role in working with future professionals in physical education in New York. He is most deserving of this prestigious award,” said Brawdy, who nominated Vachon for the honor.

Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president, also attended the ceremony. The master of ceremonies was Robert Bennett, chancellor of the state Board of Regents.

The Independent Sector Alumni Hall of Distinction includes more than 250 business, community, and government leaders.

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) represents the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy.

Senate Approves 'Buy American'

The state Senate today approved Sen. Sean Logan’s (D-Westmoreland/Allegheny) resolution calling on federal and state governments to utilize “Buy American” strategies when implementing provisions of the new federal stimulus investment.

“It is imperative that government target these stimulus dollars for American workers in America’s economy,” Logan said. “My resolution (Senate Resolution 21) simply urges federal and state officials to target these American taxpayer dollars to help American workers and industries.

“Targeting taxpayer stimulus dollars for American workers to build and manufacture with American products is just good common sense. If we can’t help American working families out in America’s job-sustaining industries, then what is it that our government is trying to stimulate?”

With limited exceptions, the federal stimulus plan bans the use of stimulus dollars for public buildings or works unless all the iron and steel used in the project are American-made.

“The new stimulus funds target a huge amount of critical new dollars for road, bridge and water systems rehabilitation, as well as other key projects,” Logan said. “The plan will put people to work completing projects right here, in America, in Pennsylvania, using American-made products. Its focus is rebuilding America with Americans as the beneficiaries.

“By using American or domestically made products, the taxpayer gets a double bang for the buck.”

USFS Hearing Tonight at UPB

The US Forest Service is holding a public hearing tonight concerning the environmental impact statement for oil and gas standards and guidelines.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Forest Supervisor Leanne Marten says analyzing and deciding on these standards and guidelines is a challenge, and she's asking people to get involved and share their comments.

UPB Students Make Use of Junk

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford


Students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford raided the university’s closet last week and turned what they found into something useful.

The first Pitt-Bradford Innovation Challenge yielded nine objects created with items no longer used at Pitt-Bradford that were being stored by the campus’s facilities management department. Nine teams of students got their pick of objects from storage and a $25 gift certificate for purchasing supplies at Worth W. Smith Co., which co-sponsored the challenge, along with the Pitt-Bradford Entrepreneurship Program and the Students in Free Enterprise club.

The teams had 100 hours in which to make their creations. Cash prizes were awarded for the most economic value, most social value, most creative value and people’s choice award given to the entry getting the most votes from those who viewed the projects on display last week.

The winner of the most economic value was a multi-desk created by a team led by Andrew Hwang, a business management major from Horsham. Other members of the team were Heather Kelley, a business management major from Eldred, Paige Rockaway, a business management major from South Abington, and Naomi Barker, an accounting major from Genesee. The desk was designed to make the most of limited space and included a refrigerator and a place to store a laptop computer.

The winner of the most social value was a Pitt Stop and Sit Bench made from a table by Sarah Dwyer, a business management major from Warren, and Jessica Bogart, an accounting major from North East. The bench, created from piping and wood, was painted in Pitt colors and included flower planters.

Dwyer said that she and Bogart didn’t have anything in particular in mind when they went to the facilities warehouse.

“When we were looking around, we saw a table with cracked laminate that was lying on its side and thought about cutting it and reassembling it in the form of a bench,” she said. “We spent the gift certificate on paint, a paint brush, long screws and two buckets to finish off the bench.”

Tim Burkhouse, an engineering science major from Bradford, and Michael Lang, a civil engineering major from Great Neck, N.Y., won both most creative value and people’s choice for the Panther Can Recycling Center, a large upholstered Pitt panther that crushed aluminum cans in its mouth. Once the cans are crushed, they slide through the “guts” of the panther and exit into a trash can at the other end.

“We offered the challenge as a way to promote recycling as well as innovation across all disciplines on campus,” said Diana Maguire, associate project director for the Entrepreneurship Program and SIFE adviser.

“All areas of study or profession can greatly benefit by being able to ‘think outside the box’ and look at items or processes in an entirely new way. We felt this was a great way to encourage that type of thinking at Pitt-Bradford.”

Judges for the event were James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs, registrar and director of Science in Motion; Peter Buchheit, director of facilities management; Kong Ho, associate professor of fine arts; Ron Mattis, associate professor of engineering; Mike Glesk of the Bradford Area Alliance; Carl Knoblock of the Small Business Administration; and Marsha McAdams of Worth W. Smith.

Pictured, Romainne Harrod, a member of Students in Free Enterprise, which sponsored the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Innovation Challenge, demonstrates the Panther Can Recycling Center constructed by Tim Burkhouse of Bradford and Michael Lang of Great Neck, N.Y. The panther won both most creative value and people’s choice awards.

(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Operation Final Run Broken Up

A $1.4 million cocaine ring, which operated from Detroit, Michigan, to western Pennsylvania, was broken up today by agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI).

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the arrests are the result of a nine-month investigation, known as "Operation Final Run," into the trafficking and distribution of large quantities of cocaine in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, and the alleged "Detroit connection" for that organization.

Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.

According to the grand jury, the investigation began in the summer of 2008 after agents arranged a series of controlled cocaine purchases from Kevin "Kev" Hoadwonic in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, which eventually led investigators to uncover a substantial organizational structure and Detroit connections.

Corbett said that several key suspects arrested today are Detroit residents or have ties to that city, including three defendants who are allegedly part of the violent Detroit street gang; the "A-Team."

For more on this story, visit the attorney general's Web site.