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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Man Accused of Destroying Home

A Westline man is accused of helping to destroy the inside of a home whose owner is in a nursing home.

Last week, 20-year-old Douglas Hepfner was with two juveniles who smashed china, spray painted walls and broke light fixtures, among other things.

Hepfner and the juveniles also climbed onto the roof of the house on El Day Drive, where Hepfner defecated and cleaned himself with his T-shirts. He left the T-shirts behind, and police recovered them.

He's in jail on $20,000 bail.

PA Forests Could Provide Energy

Nearly 500 million tons of low-use wood, poor quality or damaged wood are estimated to exist in Pennsylvania's forests. The portion of this resource that is available economically could be used more extensively in an environmentally friendly way as an alternative energy resource.

"Pennsylvania has an exceptional opportunity to look at homegrown alternatives to meet our energy needs," said (Agriculture Secretary Dennis) Wolff. "Using renewable materials like low-use wood as fuel sources will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, keeping more of our hard-earned money at home benefiting our local communities rather than sending those dollars abroad."

For more information, click HERE.

UPDATE on Police Shooting:
3 Pittsburgh Officers Dead

Three police officers were killed and two others were injured in a shooting in Pittsburgh's Stanton Heights neighborhood Saturday morning, where as many as 70 to 80 rounds may have been fired.

For continuing coverage, including live reports from the scene, go to WTAE-TV.

Missing Dog in Olean

A black lab named Barley has been missing for 2 days. He was last seen in the South Union Street area of Olean near Reid's Food Barn. He was wearing a blue color and he's very friendly. If you see him, call Tricia at 598-2121.

Early Mickey Mouse Drawings at
Buffalo International Film Festival

“These are the rarest and most valuable pieces of Walt Disney art in existence,” said Ed Summer, founder and president of the Buffalo International Film Festival, which is presenting the daylong celebration to mark the 80th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. “They represent the first known drawings of Mickey Mouse as a fully defined character.

For more information, go to the Buffalo News.

Route 219 in Elk County Re-Opened

Part of Route 219 near Brockport in Horton Township was closed for about two hours because of a motor vehicle accident.

The accident happened at 8:50 a.m. The road was re-opened at around 11 a.m.

The investigating state trooper will release more information on the accident as soon as possible.

Pittsburgh Police Officers Shot

(CNN) -- Three police officers were shot in Pittsburgh on Saturday, as they responded to a domestic call, Allegheny County police said.

A gunman is apparently holed up inside a home in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of the western Pennsylvania city.

The conditions of the officers were not known.

Police couldn't say whether the officers struck were from the city, the county or other departments. City, county and state police officers were at the scene.

CNN affiliate WTAE reported that as many as 80 shots have been fired between people in the house and officers

Get more, including live coverage, from WTAE-TV.

Pass the Tortilla Chips

A truck driver hit a disabled trailer on Interstate 90 near Erie on Friday, dumping 43,000 pounds of salsa onto the highway.

State police say a 1998 Freightliner hit part of a box trailer that had bent and stopped, partially blocking the right westbound lane of Interstate 90. The crash scattered boxes of salsa across the road near Route 20.

No one was hurt.

The right lane was partially blocked. It took a crew of eight men several hours to move the salsa to the side of the highway.

No word on if anyone brought tortilla chips to the scene.

Arson Suspect Has Alibi:
He Was Buying Drugs

The former firefighter accused of setting two fires in the arson-plagued community of Coatesville says he has an alibi: He was buying drugs.

During a preliminary hearing for 37-year-old Robert Tracey Jr., an investigator testified that Tracey told police he wasn't at the scenes on the night of the blazes because he had gone to buy cocaine.

For the full story, go to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Wind Advisory in Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the entire region until 4 o'clock this afternoon. Some areas can expect sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 50 miles an hour.

Winds this strong can cause minor property damage.

NY Senate Passes Budget

The state Senate put the final okay on New York's $132 billion budget Friday - three days past the deadline.

The state budget increases spending by $10.5 billion, or 8.7%, and imposes $8 billion in new fees and taxes while closing a record $17.7 billion deficit.

It also repeals much of the tough Rockefeller-era drug laws, adds bottled water to the 5-cent bottle deposit law, and eliminates a property tax rebate check.

State Senator Cathy Young is unhappy with the budget, and voted "no" on all the bills. She says she hopes Governor David Paterson vetoes the bill. He is expected to sign the budget bill.

AWOL Soldier Jailed in Catt County

A Hinsdale man considered AWOL from the US Army is being held without bail in Cattaraugus County Jail.

Sheriff's deputies arrested 27-year-old Nathan Michael Joy in Hinsdale about 7:30 last night on a warrant from the Army.

He was arraigned in the Town of Olean and sent to jail.

Statement from Gov. Paterson
On Binghamton Shootings

“Earlier today (Friday), I spoke with Vice President Joe Biden, who wished to extend his, President Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s condolences and prayers to the families of those who were affected by today’s shooting, and all citizens of Binghamton, the Southern Tier and New York State.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I would like to express our profound outrage at this senseless act of violence, where innocent people were killed, injured and traumatized. This is the worst tragedy in the history of this great city. It is time for all of us to come together and end this cycle of senseless violence.

“The American Civic Association was established for those who wanted to become citizens of the United States of America. This place was a haven for those who wanted to be part of the American Dream. Today, that dream was tragically thwarted. But there still is an American Dream, and all of us who are Americans, or who want to become Americans, will now try to heal the very deep wounds in the city of Binghamton.

“I am hopeful that this case will be brought to immediate resolution and the citizens of Binghamton will feel safe tonight. But we all have a profound sadness and sorrow over what our neighbors have had to go through today.

“I want to thank the Binghamton Police Department, the Broome County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, the State Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Mental Health, the Crime Victims Board, the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, Catholic Charities of Broome County and all the other agencies of Binghamton and the State that coordinated so effectively today. We will continue to provide any and all assistance that is needed.

“I ask all New Yorkers to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts. I ask all New Yorkers to pray for those who are recovering.”

Friday, April 3, 2009

PA Soldiers First to Respond

Pennsylvania soldiers were first to respond to a coalition air strike that killed one alleged insurgent and injured two more Thursday night near Taji, Iraq.

Four armed Iraqi men were spotted placing an improvised explosive near an important intersection, according to the Multi-National Division in Iraq. The division called an air strike to the location.

Soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade Combat team were first to respond after the strike. The soldiers administered first aid to the two wounded Iraqis and took them for medical treatment and interrogation.

The man killed in the strike was turned over to local authorities for identification.

Soldiers didn't find the fourth alleged insurgent in the area.

National Guard troops from the Bradford Armory are members of the team.

UPDATE on Binghamton Shooting:
14 Dead, Including Gunman

(CNN) -- A lone gunman killed at least 13 people and himself Friday in an immigration services center in Binghamton, New York, in what officials are calling the "most tragic day in Binghamton's history."

The gunman drove a car to the back of American Civic Association building to block the exit and entered the front of the building, where he shot two receptionists, Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said.

More from CNN.

KCH Introduces
In-House Rehabilition Team

By Ruth Gentilman Peterson
Director of Communications


Last week CEO J. Gary Rhodes announced that KCH is bringing Rehabilitation Services back in-house with a highly skilled team headed by Joseph Sorg, PT, Ph.D.

New equipment has arrived and the new KCH Rehab Services is open for business with the full spectrum of services.

This week, Senior Leader of Patient Care Services and Director of Nursing Pam Bray, RN has announced the following members of the team:

Jim Bell, OTR/L, Ph.D., Occupational Therapist received his Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Denver, his MS in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College, Buffalo and Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy, Healthcare Administration from Brentwick University in London, England.

Deanna Gardner, Physical Therapy Assistant, received her Associate Degree in Science from The Pennsylvania State University.

Don Zilkofski, Physical Therapy Aide, has been a part of the rehabilitation team at KCH for nearly twenty years.

Ann Kane, PT, Physical Therapist, for KCH Home Health received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. She has been with KCH for many years.

Trisha Wright, AT, RN, Athletic Trainer, works with the Kane Area School District. She received her BS in Health Services (Athletic Training) from Slippery Rock, her Associate RN degree from the University of Pittsburgh (Bradford) and her BSN (Nursing) at Slippery Rock. In addition to her Athletic Training position, she is a nurse in the KCH Emergency Room.



Speech Therapy services are contracted through Genesis Rehabilitation.

Sorg’s Experience

Joseph Sorg, PT, Ph.D. leads the new rehabilitation program. Dr. Sorg was born and raised in St. Marys. He received his BS in Biology from Niagra University, his certificate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, Programs in Physical Therapy.

His first physical therapy position was at Hamot Medical Center. While there he participated in a number of seminars in Orthopedics, Manual Medicine, and Electromyography. After leaving Hamot he worked in DuBois and Indiana, Pennsylvania before returning to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia where he received his Ph.D. in Anatomy.

At West Virginia University (WVU) he taught anatomy to physical therapy and first year medical students and also taught electrotherapy and research.

While at WVU he worked with the Chronic Pain Management Service doing PT assessments and treatments and collaborated with clinical psychologists on issues dealing with pain, fear and anxiety and helped train anesthesiology residents on musculo/skeletal assessments of patients.

Dr. Sorg left WVU for an academic position at the University of Scranton, where he taught neuroscience and advanced orthopedics.

Two years later he returned to the clinical world of physical therapy in the hospital setting and in 1999, he moved to Crown Point, New Mexico for a year-long position working with the Navajo Area Indian Health Service as chief physical therapist, where the health concerns of the Native American population were diabetes, obesity and alcoholism.

Dr. Sorg returned to West Virginia University Hospital to start a new program with neuro and orthopedic surgery. He developed the neuro monitoring service that measured and followed motor and sensory nerve action potentials during brain (tumor and aneurysm), spinal cord (tumor and trauma) and cranial nerve surgeries.

Cranial nerve surgeries included facial assessment during parotid surgery and assessment of the nerve to the vocal cords during thyroid surgery.

Dr. Sorg participated in numerous grand rounds in neurosurgery, orthopedics, has spoken at the state and national levels giving lectures, and had an abstract accepted at a neuromonitoring meeting.

Open for Business


When a patient gets a order or script from their physician or healthcare provider for physical, occupational or speech therapy, it’s the choice of the patient where to receive that care. By bringing rehab services backing-house, that choice becomes much easier for patients in the region.

KCH’s newly assembled team offers the full spectrum of patient rehabilitation and recovery for a wide range of conditions such as joint replacement, stroke, accident, neurological disorders, arthritis, accidents, and amputations.

Even if immediate care for trauma or surgery is provided by another facility, KCH can continue follow-up care close to home.

Offering the full complement of rehabilitation services with a highly experienced team is one more way Kane Community Hospital is making the hometown choice, the best and most convenient choice for individuals and families.

Bray noted that “KCH wants to be recognized by residents of the tri-county area as the healthcare provider of choice for inpatient, diagnostic and ambulatory care. The return of Rehab Services in-house was one area for enhancing our vision. An in-house program allows the continuity of care and the ability for KCH to manage a patient’s experience from diagnosis, to treatment to full recovery.”

Call KCH Rehabilitation Services at 837-4735 or 1-800-595-9200 and ask for extension 4735 to schedule an evaluation or appointment or ask your physician’s office to give KCH Rehabilitation Services a call.

Pictured, from left, are embers of the new KCH Rehabilitation Services Team led by Joseph Sorg, PT, Ph.D. include: Jim Bell, OTR/L, Ph.D., Don Zilkofski, Physical Therapy Aide. Standing Deanna Gardner, PTA; Trisha Wright, AT, RN; Ann Kane, PT
(Photo courtesy of Kane Community Hospital)

Young Fights for STAR Rebates

Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C-Olean) today fought to restore STAR rebate checks to homeowners through an amendment that was voted down by the Senate Democrats.

“Our property taxpayers need and deserve relief. This budget was put together in secret by three men in a room from New York City who don’t seem to care about the huge tax burden our homeowners are forced to shoulder.

“Every fall, households across the state have come to rely on those checks for things like school clothes, groceries and other necessities,” said Senator Young. “What was once offered as needed property tax relief gets turned into yet another property tax burden that many families in upstate New York simply cannot afford.”

Senate Republicans initiated the STAR rebate check program, which provide a yearly check mailed directly to homeowners to help ease the burden of skyrocketing property taxes, in 2006.

Sen. Young said the amendment proposed today would have provided an additional $4.2 million in relief for homeowners in Allegany County; $6.1 million in Cattaraugus County; $11.3 million in Chautauqua; and $5.5 million for Livingston County.

“This budget is an unbelievable explosion of spending that in one fell swoop will wreak havoc on the upstate economy. It simply taxes too much, spends too much and has no initiatives for job creation.”

Listen to Young's comments HERE.

Article on Why People Dance

Dr. Helene Lawson, professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford who has taken tap dance lessons for five years, wrote a paper about her experience and those of other dancers, which has been published in an arts journal from England.

Lawson’s paper, “Why Dance? The Motivations of an Unlikely Group of Dancers,” was published in the Winter 2008/2009 edition of Music and Arts in Action, which is published by the University of Exeter.

In her paper, Lawson explains that she undertook the study because she wanted to know why amateur dancers dance. She interviewed 75 adult dance students, including the dancers in her tap dance group in Bradford, and also visited private dance studios across the country, including studios in Redondo Beach, Calif., Nashville, Tenn., and Chicago, Ill.

In addition to addressing why people dance, Lawson also writes about how dancers are affected by recitals, which she said are emotional roller coasters, and why some of them eventually dropped out of class despite the benefits they originally claimed to receive from dancing.

“There is something about the feeling dancing evokes that cannot be explained,” Lawson writes, “but which needs to be addressed because it is essential to understanding why amateurs of this caliber want to dance.”

She discovered that the reasons people dance could be grouped into six categories: keeping fit, seeking stability, seeking a sense of community, seeking to capture life, seeking to free one’s spirit, and seeking a new identity.

Ellen, a health care work in Pennsylvania, told Lawson she was having trouble remembering, and in her job she was concerned about that. Dancing “would make me use my brain to think and remember,” she said.

Other dancers, Lawson discovered, danced to seek stability and relieve stress. According to Andrea, a mother of two from New York, “Family and work pressures are common sources of stress that motivate my dancing.”

For most dancers, Lawson writes, the dance class is a kind of community. Mary, a 45-year-old student from California told Lawson, “We’re a strange family of different social classes, ages and lifestyles, yet somehow the same.”

For Renita, an administrative secretary at a Pennsylvania hospital, dancing gives her freedom. “I dance because the passion of music moves me almost as needing to breathe,” she told Lawson. “I almost feel a freedom when I dance because of the cleansing of my soul from the ability to let my natural inclination to music rule.”

Several dancers, including Janis, a 55-year-old preschool teacher in Pennsylvania, said dancing gave them a new identity. Janis told Lawson she was depressed and was finding herself through dance. “I feel like I have a whole new identity. I am someone else.”

According to Lawson, “Re-examining the dancers’ motivations, I see that they experience a documented exhilaration from dancing together and especially from public performance as a troupe.”

Lawson, who has been teaching at Pitt-Bradford since 1991, is the program director of sociology and coordinator of the gender studies minor. She is the author of “Ladies on the Lot: Women, Car Sales and the Pursuit of the American Dream.” She has also published many journal articles on hair workers, conservation officers, Internet dating and is currently working on an article describing survival methods of small dairy farmers.

Police Officer Exonerated

Warren Police Officer Brian Gulnac has been exonerated in connection to the shooting death of a man Wednesday night.

Police were attempting to pick up Charles Tubbs on a warrant for simple assault and reckless endangerment when he led them on a chase from West Fifth Avenue to Beech Street, where he crashed his vehicle.

During a news conference this afternoon, District Attorney Ross McKierman said a police video captured part of the incident.

McKiernan says after the crash Tubbs immediately began firing at Gulnac with a .22-caliber rifle and hit his police cruiser twice. Gulnac returned fire, and hit Tubbs in the chest and head.

McKeirnan says Tubbs had 49 rounds of live ammunition in his pockets.

AG: Nonprofit Head Stole
$400K from PA Taxpayers

The head of a Philadelphia nonprofit organization is accused of using more than $400,000 in state taxpayer money intended for poor children and the elderly s to finance his lavish lifestyle.

Tyron B. Ali is charged with more than 2,000 counts of forgery, theft, tampering, deception and other crimes. A grand jury recommended the charges after hearing testimony that Ali spent the money on Caribbean travel, fancy clothes and more.

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

It's Leek Time

From the US Forest Service:

Snow banks are receding, the afternoon sun warms the air, and the green leaves of leeks are peeking from the earth where the snow just melted. The arrival of leeks (Allium sp.), or “ramps” as they are sometimes called, signal spring.

“Is it legal or not to dig leeks on the Allegheny National Forest (NF)?” This is one of the questions frequently asked by the public in the springtime. According to Forest Service Law Enforcement, leeks may be legally picked without a permit for personal consumption on most lands within the Allegheny NF. Personal consumption means picking what you will use for yourself and your family. “…legally picked without a permit” is called ‘Incidental Free Use Without a Permit’.

Persons picking leeks for personal consumption may not sell or exchange any portion of the leek plant. If you pick leeks under ‘Use Without a Permit’, then exercise reasonable care to sustain leeks into the future for your grandchildren to pick. You can help do this by:
· Prevent damage to other plants or the soil;
· Only harvest leeks in season – early spring;
· Never harvest more than 1/3 of leeks in an area;
· Use the smallest tool to harvest the leeks so as to minimize soil disturbance or uprooting of other plants;
· Place rocks, soil, leaves, back in the place you found them.


You are not allowed to pick leeks, even for personal consumption, on a few areas of the Allegheny NF. These areas include the Hickory Creek and Allegheny River Island Wilderness, the two wilderness study areas surrounding Minister Creek in Warren County and Indian Run in McKean County, the Buckaloons Heritage Area in Warren County, the Hearts Content National Scenic Area in Warren County, and the Tionesta Research Natural Area and Tionesta National Scenic Area in McKean and Warren Counties. Collection is prohibited in these management areas to conserve the resource values for which they were designated under the Allegheny NF Land and Resource Management Plan.

Leeks are found in wet woods and stream banks in early spring. The leaves, stems, and bulbs of the leek plant are all edible, and many people find their robust, onion-like flavor a marvelous addition to cheese, soups, stews, pies, and dips. It has even been suggested that they can be used for medicinal purposes as a tonic to fight colds. Chop leaves into chicken soup to make an old fashioned remedy even more potent.

Leek Dip

One 16 ounce container of sour cream
One package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
One teaspoon of garlic (if desired)
Ten to twelve leeks, chopped fine
Parsley, to suit taste
Mix all ingredients well and let refrigerate over night.

Obama Fried Chicken?

“It’s exploitative,” said Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), who is planning a protest outside Obama Fried Chicken restaurant Monday if its green awning is not removed. “It's like saying Obama is a watermelon lover.”

For the full story, go to amNewYork.

14 Dead in Binghamton Shooting

The gunman, a 42-year-old from Upstate New York, is among the dead. Authorities will hold a news conference soon. MSNBC has identifed the shooter has Jiverly Voong.


Statement from New York Governor David Paterson:

“This is a tragic day for New York. While the situation is still developing and details are being gathered, we do know that a gunman entered the American Civic Association in Binghamton this morning and that there are fatalities. We are monitoring the situation and I have directed the State Police to assist the Binghamton Police Department in any way they can. “I speak for all of New York when I offer my prayers for the victims and families of this tragedy.”


For more information, go to CNN.


Authorities say at least 12 people may be dead in a shooting in Binghamton, New York. That's according to Bob Joseph of radio station WNBF, which is located just a few blocks from the American Civic Association building where the incident is taking place. The suspect is described as an Asian male. Joseph said the suspect apparently blocked the building's rear exit when he arrived.




Four dead, more than a dozen wounded in Binghamton, New York, shootings, law enforcement official tells CNN.

IUP Student Shot, Hospitalized

An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student was shot in the stomach outside an off-campus Indiana bar this morning and was taken into surgery several hours ago.

Justin D. McCoy, 21, of Springfield, Va., is in fair condition at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

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

No Answers a Year Later

It was one year ago today that 10 members of one family, and a family friend, died in a house fire in Brockway – and investigators still don't know what caused the blaze.

Brockway Fire Chief Kris Benson told Brockway Borough Council Thursday night that he met with the fire marshal last week and there is still no answer.

Benson told council members that everyone may have to come to the realization that they may never get a definitive answer.

Dad to Plead Guilty in Connection
to Teen Drinking Party

The attorney for a father accused of hosting a teen drinking party that included a high school cheerleader dancing – in uniform – on a stripper pole says his client will plead guilty to some of the charges.

36-year-old Steven Russo of Bethlehem has agreed to plead guilty to selling or furnishing alcohol to minors, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.

As part of the deal, prosecutors dropped charges of intimidation of a witness and criminal conspiracy.

Court documents say that a photo surfaced on Facebook showing a 16-year-old Freedom cheerleader drinking and pole dancing while another shows two underage girls kissing Russo.

For more on this story, go to the Allentown Morning Call.

Easter Egg Hunt Postponed

The Bradford City Firefighters annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until April 11 because of the weather.

It will be at 11 a.m. at Callahan Park next Saturday.

Police Say Man Didn't Like Sandwich, Attacked Fiancée

A Philadelphia-area man is being held on charges that he bit and slashed his fiancée in a rage over the way she made his meatball sandwich.

Superintendent John Reilly Jr. of the George W. Hill Correctional Facility says, "Wait until he gets a load of the prison food."

For the full story, go to the Philadelphia Daily News

That's One Big Burger!

The West Michigan Whitecaps minor league baseball team is offering a 4,800-calorie cheeseburger on its ballpark menu that has been branded a "dietary disaster."

The four pound meal has five beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili, Fritos, salsa, nacho cheese, sour cream and lettuce and tomato all on an eight inch sesame-seed bun.

For the full story, go to KVAL-TV.

Bradford's Oil Industry on CNN

BRADFORD, Pa. (CNNMoney.com) -- Six months ago this oil town in Western Pennsylvania was booming. You couldn't find a worker to paint a house, let alone man a drill rig. The nearby oil fields buzzed with activity as high prices drove a production frenzy.

Now this boomtown's bustle is as quiet as the surrounding late-winter forest.

For the full story, including comments from Shawn Keane and Willard Cline, go to CNN.com.




Thanks to Pat Creighton!

Zombies Getting Closer

Ten days ago we told you about the "Zombies Ahead" warning sign in suburban Philadelphia. Now Buffalo-area motorists are being warned. The "warning" on a construction sign outside of Canisius College on Main Street appeared Thursday morning.

Watch the video from WIVB-TV or read the story HERE.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Scarnati Aims to Restore Trust

"Without out doubt, there is no issue more important today. The No. 1 issue we have is restoring respect and trust back into the Legislature that we once had," said Scarnati, who is the Senate's president pro tempore and the state's lieutenant governor.

For the story, go to the Lancaster New Era.

Creating a Better Community

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year says when you're trying to make changes, it doesn't matter how big you are. What matters is how dedicated you are.

American Refining Group CEO Harvey Golubock asked everyone at the chamber's annual meeting Thursday night to step back to 1997 – the year Harry Halloran bought the refinery from Witco.

"It was a frightening time," Golubock said. "The community was afraid and downtrodden. Closure of the refinery meant the loss of many high-paying jobs. Repercussions throughout the community would be felt far and wide."

But, he said, because small group of concerned businessmen was determined to not sit back and watch Bradford die – "That was then and this is now."

Since then, ARG has invested $50 million into the refinery and has bought three trucking companies and an oil production business.

"All this from a company that most of the industry thought would be closed in six months," Golubock said.

He said one well-respected consultant told him recently "he failed to consider when he predicted our demise that this was our only business -- that we had no choice but to fight for survival."

He says the creation of a sustainable business is due to the hard work and dedication of more than 325 employees and the support of the community."

"But that's not all that's been created in 12 years" in a "rural community faced with many challenges."

Golubock said that small group "chose not to dwell on these negative aspects but rather they focused on creating a community of which we can not only be proud, but one that's economically self-sustaining."

He pointed to the recent creation of the broadband loop by Zito Media, the successful operation of the Bradford Regional Airport, the new Army National Guard armory that will be the center of an industrial park and the continued work on Continental 1 (US Route 219).

Golubock also talked about the Bradford Master Plan that's "well underway;" the renovations of Old City Hall and the Seneca, Pennzoil and Hooker-Fulton buildings; Sam Sylvester's Option House; Jim McFarlane's flatiron building; and the buildings John Kohler has renovated.

He also noted the progress on Boylston Street and the third Leadership McKean class under the guidance of Dr. Livingston Alexander and Mike Glesk.

He added that the Tuna Valley Trails Association, under the direction of Rick Esch, has been described as a "model program for trails development in the state of Pennsylvania."

Golubock also talked about the changes at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford over the last 12 years, including the Sport & Fitness Center, Blaisdell Hall, the expanded Frame-Westerberg Commons, new dorms and classrooms and the chapel that's expected to be built this year.

He also talked about Bradford Regional Medical Center, the Allegheny-Bradford family of companies, the Bradford-Olean YMCA and the Zippo/Case Visitors Center.

"So there you have it – literally from A to Z," Golubock said. "And this is not all that's been accomplished."

He told the gathering that the next time someone asks "What has this community done for me?", paraphrase John F. Kennedy: What have you done for your community?

"Am I proud of Bradford? You bet I am," he said. "And I'm grateful for whatever small part I've been able to play in making this a better place for all of us

Even before Golubock began speaking about all the changes in the community, chamber executive director Diane Sheeley asked people to think about this: "Change is what you get when you give more than what is required."

Roseart Company received the small business of the year award. Kelly Platko thanked her late grandfather for starting the business and her parents – Ralph and Judy Rose – and her husband Mark for working to keep the business successful.

Crosby's is the large business of the year. Doug Galli, vice president and general manager of Reid Stores Inc., thanked all of the Crosby's employees. The managers of the Bradford and Lewis Run stores were at the event, and he said they are instrumental in the company's continued success.

Galli also thanked Jim O'Mara and Gayle Bauer who sold the company to Reid's. O'Mara still visits the stores every day.*

Mark Adams of State Senator Joe Scarnati's office and Brenda Dunn of State Representative Marty Causer's office presented the recipients with citations from the senate and house. Chamber vice president John Sullivan presented Roseart and Crosby's with commemorative knives from W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company.


*I can attest to that because I see him at the Jackson Avenue store often. (And I also like that he calls me "kiddo.")

What is Change?

Change is what you get when you give more than what is required.

~~Diane Sheeley
Executive Director, Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce

Think about it -- and think about the people you know who are giving more than required.

Police Investigation Near Wilcox

Police have been investigating the Lockes Hill area of Wilcox for a week, but haven't said yet exactly what they're looking into.

State Police Information Officer Bruce Morris says there is nothing to report while they are still in the investigation stage, but they will release some information soon because of the "buzz" and rumors caused by the police presence.

Local, state and federal officials, including a state police forensics van, have been spotted in the area.

Along with marked state police cruisers, a truck with government plates and US Forest Service Department of Agriculture vehicles have been parked along Lockes Hill.

Thompson Bill Would Help
Small Businesses, Distance Ed

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, introduced legislation this week that will amend the Small Business Act by allowing third parties the opportunity to provide high-quality distance training and education to potential and existing entrepreneurs through the use of technology.

The Educating Entrepreneurs through Today’s Technology Act of 2009 (H.R. 1807), will particularly benefit rural communities, by enabling access through technology, the ability to utilize the resources of the Small Business Administration and the sixty-three Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) throughout the country.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and our rural communities,” said Thompson, a Member of the House Small Business Committee. “So while the Governor zeroed out funding in the state budget for the Community Education Councils, who supply critical services to both small businesses and distance education in areas of need, this legislation will allow access to federal resources by providing web based educational and training materials.”

At a Small Business Committee hearing this afternoon, Donna Kilhoffer, the Program Manager for the Community Education Council (CEC) of Elk and Cameron Counties testified to the need of additional resources to fulfill the council’s mission.

“Congressman Thompson’s legislation certainly has the potential to fill this void,” said Kilhoffer. “In Elk and Cameron Counties, we have small businesses and entrepreneurs who would greatly benefit, if able to access the resources of the Small Business Administration."

Continued Kilhoffer, “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in our area. What is lacking is the opportunity and ability to tap into ‘the experts’. The resources of SBA, married with distance education technology appear to be the most logical, timely, and cost effective ways to bridge the gap between the need we have, and the extensive knowledge and resources at SBA’s disposal.”

The Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties through partnership with industry, systems of higher education, and community institution is dedicated to the development and provision of affordable, accessible and quality advanced educational training and awareness programs for the citizens of Elk and Cameron Counties.

200th Alleged Child Predator
Arrested by AG's Office

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced the arrest of more than 200 Internet predators since the creation of the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit in January 2005, including recent arrests in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Altoona, Chambersburg, the Harrisburg area and New Jersey.

Corbett identified the defendants as:

Carlos Ramon Harrison, 35, 4660 Sycamore Grove Road, Chambersburg.
Timothy Edward Weidinger, 31, 416 Bach Ave., Greensburg.
William L. Marcus, 46, 5904 Coventry Way, Mount Laurel, NJ.
Timothy W. Senich, 61, 1112 Muldowney Ave., Pittsburgh.
Abraham Sarver, 22, 308 Pine Ave., Altoona.
Charles Aurelio Giuliani, 33, 79 Harvestview, Elizabethville.
Robert A. Barner, 46, 569 Chesterfield Court, Harrisburg

"The most recent arrests by the Child Predator Unit stretch from one end of Pennsylvania to the other," Corbett said. "They include men accused of traveling to meet children for sex, sending nude photos or videos to what they believed were young teens, and even allegedly purchasing a digital camera for a child - so that the girl could send nude photos of herself and friends."

Corbett said that in each of these cases, the predators believed they were communicating with 13- or 14-year old girls, though they were actually in contact with undercover agents from the Child Predator Unit who were using the online profiles of teens.

Corbett noted that the number of Internet predator arrests in Pennsylvania has escalated dramatically since the creation of the Child Predator Unit in 2005.

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

Merton Center Re-Dedicated

Paying tribute to its namesake, the Thomas Merton Center at St. Bonaventure University was rededicated during a special ceremony Wednesday.

The Merton Center is home to the campus ministry team and offices for Mt. Irenaeus, Bona Buddies, the Warming House, the Franciscan Center for Social Concern, and the Journey Project. Located at the center of campus, it is a place where students gather for relaxing, cooking, socializing, mentoring and spiritual counseling.

“The beauty of what goes on here and flows out of here is a blessing,” said Robert Donius, vice president for University Ministries.

In a 1966 letter to a St. Bonaventure alumnus, Thomas Merton noted that, “St. Bonaventure represented one of the happiest times of my life.”

Merton, considered one of the most distinguished spiritual masters of the 20th century, taught English at what was then St. Bonaventure College in 1940 and 1941. As he revealed in “The Seven Storey Mountain,” Merton discerned his monastic vocation while he worked at St. Bonaventure.

Merton (1915-1968), a Catholic writer and Trappist monk, authored dozens of books that include poetry, personal journals, collections of letters, social criticism and writings on peace, justice and ecumenism.

During the rededication ceremony, Fr. Robert “Bob” Struzynski, O.F.M, a member of the Franciscan community at Mt. Irenaeus, gave the reflection “A Self-Reflection by the Thomas Merton Ministry Center.”

“His ideas of education and Saint Bonaventure’s ideas of education come together so beautifully,” Fr. Bob said.

Also as part of the rededication, a permanent photo display of Thomas Merton was installed in the center.

The structure was originally a maintenance building from its construction in the 1950s until 1972, when it began to be utilized by the campus ministry team.

To read Fr. Bob Struzynski's reflections, click HERE. (PDF)

(Photo provided by St. Bonaventure University)

New Bill Would Protect
Baked Food Sale Volunteers

Reacting to recent news reports that inspectors have cited churches and volunteer groups for selling baked goods that are not prepared on site, Senator Richard Kasunic (D-Fayette County) plans to introduce a bill that would exempt churches, volunteer fire companies and veterans’ organizations from the law.

Senator Kasunic says the controversy in western Pennsylvania has pitted families who have donated baked goods and other items at charitable events for generations against state Agriculture Department inspectors going strictly by the letter of the law.

He says the state inspectors recently cited a church organization in nearby Beaver County because parishioners baked pies at home rather than on-site.

In addition, a local city health officer recently stated at a public meeting that local churches or organizations serving food to the general public would need to comply with the law by obtaining a business license and submitting to surprise inspections.

Senator Kasunic says it’s important to fix the law because he does not want to discourage churches, volunteer fire and veterans’ groups from continuing to bake and prepare foods for events at their church or volunteer organization’s events.

“My bill protects a positive and worthwhile social and charitable function that is part of the fabric of Pennsylvania communities,” Senator Kasunic said. “I will work to rectify this law (Public Eating and Drinking Place Law of 1945) as soon as possible.”

The legislation is being drafted and should be introduced in the state Senate in the very near future.

Rendell, Unions Reach Agreement

Rolling furloughs for thousands of state workers would be avoided under a tentative agreement announced today between Governor Ed Rendell and the three largest Pennsylvania government employee unions.

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

Thompson Praises DiBerardinis

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today, praised Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources Mike DiBerardinis, on the House Floor for his six years of service to the Commonwealth, and his dedication to Rural Pennsylvania. Tomorrow is the Secretary’s last day at DNCR.



Transcript

Madam Speaker, I come to the floor today to honor a man that exemplifies public service.

A man that hails from the big city of Philadelphia, but who has had a profound impact on my rural district.

Secretary Mike DiBerardinis, has served the Rendell Administration and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with distinction for the past six years as the head of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, or DCNR.

And while I have only had limited interaction with the Secretary personally, his work on the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative – a nature tourism program that encompasses my district – speaks volumes of his character and his dedication to rural Pennsylvania.

Under the Secretary’s leadership, DCNR has taken the PA Wilds from a concept to a budding program – highlighting the beautiful landscape and many attractions of central and northwestern Pennsylvania.

From hiking, to biking, backpacking, and skiing, the PA Wilds has it all.

In fact, this past summer, the Secretary was in my home town, breaking ground on the state’s first Nature Inn, in Bald Eagle State Park – adding yet another component to an already robust State Park System.

So while tomorrow is the Secretary’s last day at the helm, I want to say thank you.

Thank you for your service to rural Pennsylvania – your leadership and vision has made a lasting impression.

Thank you, Madam Speaker.

Illegal Alien Bill Passes Senate

Illegal aliens who live in Pennsylvania would be unable to obtain public benefits, including Medicaid, welfare and in-state college tuition, under legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati that was approved today by the Senate with a bi-partisan vote of 41 to 9.

Senate Bill 9 would also ensure that the Commonwealth's more than 100,000 illegal aliens face tighter scrutiny when applying for services.

"Pennsylvania must take the lead in this growing problem by ensuring government benefits and services are not provided to illegal aliens," Scarnati said. "We need to provide protections for hardworking Pennsylvania taxpayers who ultimately bear the burden of supporting those who are entering our country illegally."

Under current federal law, illegal aliens are prohibited from receiving federal, state or local public benefits with the exception of emergency medical care, necessary immunizations and disaster relief. However, Scarnati believes Pennsylvania law is simply too lenient in enforcing those provisions.

Scarnati's bill would require anyone requesting public benefits in the Commonwealth to provide identification proving they are legal residents. Additionally, they would be required to sign an affidavit stating they are a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully present in the United States.

Any applicant signing an affidavit stating they are a legal alien would have their status verified through the Federal Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlement Program (SAVE), operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"Only the Federal Government has the authority to increase border security and deport those who are residing in the country illegally," noted Scarnati. "However, states are free to pass laws which would deter illegal aliens from settling within their borders and encourage those who are already here to leave. Senate Bill 9 accomplishes just that."

Senate Bill 9 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Click HERE to hear Scarnati's comments.

Police Say Man Killed Dogs,
Assaulted Pregnant Woman and
81-Year-Old Man

A Titusville man is jailed after allegedly killing two dogs and assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and an 81-year-old man.

Police say 31-year-old Dallas Gene Oliver II assaulted a 23-year-old Titusville woman during an argument Tuesday night in their home.

Oliver also allegedly strangled one of the dogs and allegedly threw another onto the highway, where a passing motorist hit it.

Police say an 81-year-old Cooperstown man who was driving the vehicle that hit the dog stopped, and Oliver assaulted him, too.

Oliver is in Venango County Jail without bail.

Spilled Milk Prompts Assault

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with assaulting the principal of a western school for troubled youths because the girl was upset about spilling milk on her pants.

For the full story, go to the Uniontown Herald Standard.

'Mini-COBRA' Bill Passes Senate

A bill to give former employees of smaller companies a health-coverage option now only available at larger companies has been approved by the state senate. The bill, introduced by Senator Don White (R-Indiana), would create a state program similar to the federal COBRA program that would apply to companies with two to 19 employees.

It would allow former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses and children to continue their coverage at group rates for 18 months. Under the federal stimulus package, the government would subsidize 65 percent of those premiums.

White says the bills "is not a silver bullet. It will not solve all of the problems with Pennsylvania's health care system. However, it is a pragmatic step in the right direction to improve the accessibility and affordability of health care and most significantly -- it does not cost the Pennsylvania taxpayers one dime."

The bill also includes an amendment by Senator Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) that would give employees of small businesses who were laid off access to federal COBRA subsidies.

“Hopefully, this window of coverage will provide working people with enough time to get back on their feet, find a new job and hopefully obtain affordable health insurance benefits,” Stack said. “Regardless of the circumstances, everyone should have access to affordable health care, and this legislation will help those who lose their job and health coverage.”

The bill has been sent to the House.

For more information, go to Senator Don White.com or Senator Stack.com.

Man Accused of Threatening
To Cut Off Young Boy's Head

(22-year-old Robert William) Quick stabbed the sword through the bottom of the 8- year-old boy’s worm bucket, then pointed it at the kid’s neck and began threatening him.

The boy told police he became scared, and Quick said: “If you tell anyone, I’ll cut your head off.”

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

Wife of Former Governor Dies

Jane Harris Davies Shafer, the widow of former Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer, has died. She was 92.

Shafer's daughter, Diane Shafer Dominick, says her mother died Monday after extended treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Her husband served from 1967 to 1971, when Pennsylvania governors were limited to one term. Gov. Shafer, a Republican, succeeded Gov. William Scranton, after serving a term under Scranton as lieutenant governor.

Shafer and her husband met at Allegheny College in Meadville and married in 1941.

Man Shot by Police Officer, Dies

A 36-year-old Warren man died after being shot by a Warren Police officer during a chase Wednesday night.

Warren Police say one of their officers began a chase with Charles Tubbs at around 10:45 last night on West 5th Avenue in Warren. The chase continued into Conewango Township, where Tubbs' car became disabled. Tubbs jumped out of his vehicle and fired a rifle at the officer, who shot back.

Tubbs was hit by one round and taken to Warren General Hospital where he later died.

Tubbs was wanted for simple assault and reckless endangerment, and officers were attmpting to pick him up on a warrant.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

NY Budget Delayed Again

The continued illness of a Democratic New York state senator on Wednesday has again stalled votes on budget bills, meaning that final passage could take at least until the end of the week.

The Assembly finished passing the nine bills that make up the $131.8 billion budget on Wednesday morning. But in the senate, where Democrats have a 32-30 majority, Republicans insisted on a full debate over the legislation on Wednesday.

About 2 p.m., Senate Democrats were forced to adjourn when Ruth Hassell-Thompson left the Capitol to return to an Albany hospital for medical attention.

Stallworth to be Charged for Crash
That Killed Miami Pedestrian

MIAMI (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth will be charged Wednesday with killing a pedestrian last month while driving drunk in Miami, according to people familiar with the case.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Junior High Boys Caught with Booze

Five 13-year-old boys could be expelled from a Pittsburgh-area junior high school after they were caught with alcohol. One boy was so drunk he had to be hospitalized.

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

Newspapers to Combine Operations

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Two central Pennsylvania newspapers that share both a corporate owner and a newsroom plan to consolidate operations and publish a combined edition starting in June, a move expected to lead to dozens of layoffs.

For the full story, go to pennlive.com.

Rapp Questions Funding Priorities

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Governor Ed Rendell's budget includes a proposal to eliminate community education councils, which offer post-secondary education including, undergraduate and graduate degrees; business and industry training; and noncredit courses for personal growth.

The amount that was cut for the programs was $2 million, while the governor wants to add $5 million to the budget for community colleges.

During a House hearing Wednesday, Representative Kathy Rapp asked Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak about community colleges in this area.

"I'm sure you're aware of how many community colleges are north of (Interstate) 80?" Rapp asked Zahorchak.

"Mm. Hm," he said.

"And there are …?" she asked.

"Well, there are, um, community college extensions," he said, "but north of 80 I don't think there's a community college present."

"Correct," Rapp said. "But we do have the higher education councils" and the community education councils.

Rapp said she thinks this part of the education budget is unfair to rural Pennsylvania. She also debunked the notion that expanding broadband access to rural Pennsylvania will solve the problem, noting "we've been hearing that for years."

"That's fine if people in rural Pennsylvania even have a computer," Rapp said. "We have many people living Warren, Forest Elk, Potter (counties) who do not have a computer in their home, let alone broadband in their home to be even able to take a course online," she said.

Rapp also talked about the proposed graduation competency testing program that would cost $171 million. She said, among other problems with the proposal, she doesn't know one member of the General Assembly who's in favor of the testing.

"Please tell me that out of all that money for graduation competency testing ... that we couldn't find $2 million somewhere in the Department of Ed. budget to continue these programs in rural Pennsylvania that helps rural P-A," she said.

Zahorchak agreed that bringing more educational opportunities to rural Pennsylvania should be one of the state's highest priorities.

But he used the Austin School District in Potter County as an example of even the smallest of districts being able to take advantage of the latest technology.

"It's illustrative of what every county has going into their schools," Zahorchak said.

Rapp did agree that the state should be moving to other options, but there needs to be a transitional plan.

She said they have to make sure "that we don't just cut off something today and expect something else to start tomorrow."

Kris Kronenwetter, Executive Director of the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron counties, Helene Nawrocki,of the Potter County Education Council and Joan C. Stitzinger, Executive Director Warren/Forest Higher Education Council testified in front of the House Education Committee.

Young Continues Fight for Farmers

After claiming that he's restored funding cuts for farmers in New York's new state budget, State Sen. Darrel Aubertine of Jefferson and Oswego counties is forced to admit that's not the case.

Aubertine was grilled by the top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Cathy Young of Olean.

Farms suffered a $30 million cut in the bloated, $132 billion budget, which used federal stimulus funds to restore hundreds of other programs, raised taxes by a record amount and increased taxpayer-funded spending a whopping 10%.

Aubertine voted against a Republican amendment to restore all the agriculture funding cuts and create an emergency aid program for struggling dairy farmers.

In a news release, Young said "Senator Aubertine’s hypocrisy is stunning. He now is calling for bi-partisanship when he voted along party lines against farmers."

"All it took to pass the Dairy Assistance Program amendment was one more vote. Incredibly, he failed to support farmers and all of our agricultural-related small businesses upstate," she said. "I can’t think of a better purpose for federal stimulus money than to keep our farms from going under."

Hope, Health and Happiness ...


By George Nianiatus, senior writer
Communications Department


No matter what the age of children, they deserve and need to be healthy, safe and nurtured.

This is why Bradford Regional Medical Services and Pediatric Associates of Bradford, both part of Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), are holding a two-week awareness campaign starting Monday at the hospital which celebrates childhood and what steps can be done to ensure their safety. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

“Children are our future and we need to ensure their protection. Healthy, safe and nurturing environments are essential to the well-being of all children,” says Vicki Etter, a Pediatric Associates receptionist who helped spearhead this awareness campaign at BRMC.

During the awareness event’s first week in BRMC’s Outpatient Services Center lobby, there will be a display with nearly 200 blue pinwheels resembling a flower garden which represents births at BRMC. A banner above the display will say, “Hope, Health And Happiness For All Children Everywhere.” There will also be pinwheels displayed outside at the Memorial Garden that’s adjacent to BRMC’s main entrance.

Additionally, blue ribbons will be given to BRMC employees and other hospital visitors who want to wear a visual reminder to raise awareness about child abuse prevention.

Meanwhile, another 200 pinwheels colored by George G. Blaisdell Elementary School students will adorn the hospital’s main lobby walls and other rooms and hallways throughout BRMC, including Pediatric Associates, as a vivid reminder to celebrate childhood.

“This is a way to recognize our commitment to encourage caring and positive behavior,” says Mrs. Etter. “The blue ribbons symbolize positive steps that everyone can take to keep children safe from abuse and neglect as we work toward becoming a blue-ribbon winner in our campaign fighting child abuse and neglect.”

According to U.S. statistics, an estimated 905,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse and neglect in 2006. During the event’s second week, the pinwheel garden display will grow with the addition of useful literature available to parents and others in the community on such topics as “Nurturing and Attachment,” “Knowledge of Parenting and of Child and Youth Development,” “Parental Resilience - Courage During Stressful Times,” “Social Connections” and “Concrete Support.”

Bonnie Lama, office manager of BRMC’s Pediatric Associates, says, “We wanted to start this awareness campaign to celebrate our community’s children. It’s also designed to remind adults and others that nurturing environments are characterized by loving actions and loving words. We believe that the responsibility of putting these goals into practice starts with each one of us.”

The first National Child Abuse Prevention Week began in 1982 and later evolved into a month-long awareness effort. In 1989, the blue-ribbon campaign had its early beginnings as a Virginia grandmother’s tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. Bonnie Finney tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as a way to remember him and to alert her community to the tragedy of child abuse.

Those blue pinwheels are popping up in front yards and community events throughout the country as it takes time in April to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. Nearly 500,000 pinwheels have been distributed nationwide by Prevent Child Abuse America. The organization is using these as the centerpiece of its new campaign called “Pinwheels for Prevention.” The pinwheel represents Prevent Child Abuse America’s efforts to change the way the nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

The solution is simple, officials say. The actions that individuals take to promote healthy child development are the actions that help to prevent child abuse and neglect, like parent-child interaction, reading and constructive play, according to officials from Prevend Child Abuse America. Pinwheels for Prevention also represents the national campaign’s efforts to highlight the fact that everyone plays a role in raising children whether they are neighbors, teachers, police officers, librarians, mentors, coaches or family members.

"We all play a role in raising children," says Prevent Child Abuse America President and CEO Jim Hmurovich. “Everyone plays a role in not just healthy child development, but the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Please learn more about what we are doing in communities like yours. Please support this campaign, and please do whatever you can to ensure that prevention is a priority in your community, state and the nation.”

To make prevention a priority, the public needs to ask themselves the
following questions:
● What are the things I can do to foster good, healthy child
development in my community?
● Am I knowledgeable about the legislation that supports prevention
on the local and federal levels? and
● How can I support prevention at the local and federal levels?

Experts say abuse and neglect often have lifelong consequences for a child, including a greater chance of delinquency, criminal involvement, drug addiction, chronic health problems, mental health issues and an overall drop-off in productivity of the individual as a functioning member of communities.

Programs and strategies like home visiting, parent education, mutual self-help support, mental health services for new mothers, and expanding the availability of affordable daycare programming and substance abuse treatment all play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

For more information, log onto www.pinwheelsforprevention.org,
www.brmc.com or www.mckeanfamilyresources.net.

Pictured, Colby Uhl (left), a George G. Blaisdell Elementary School first grader, and Nicole Sayers (right), a second grader at the school, display their pinwheels that will be used during a two-week campaign at Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) to publicize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Colby is the son of William and Amanda Uhl of Bradford. Nicole is the daughter of William and Sue Sayers of Bradford. Shown with the students in the photo is Bonnie Lama, office manager of BRMC’s Pediatric Associates of Bradford, who helped organize the awareness campaign at the hospital.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

Local Reps Oppose FAW Effort

State Reps. Kathy Rapp (R-Forest/McKean/Warren), Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) are speaking out against attempts to further restrict recreational and economic access in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF). The effort is being spearheaded by the environmental group Friends of the Allegheny Wilderness (FAW).

"The three of us have sent a letter to our colleagues in the United States Congress, as well as to the United States Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service, opposing efforts to restrict access to more than 54,000 acres of wilderness space in the forest," stated Gabler. "In these difficult economic times, any endeavor that is a detriment to jobs and the financial well-being of our region must be stopped."

As a result of the 1964 Wilderness Act, only the U.S. Congress can expand wilderness area.

In addition to concerns about the economic impact of an expanded wilderness area, the lawmakers are also concerned about ongoing efforts by the United States Forest Service to scale back development of mineral, oil and gas drilling rights on private property in the ANF. All three representatives sent a letter to Attorney General Tom Corbett stating their concerns about this infringement on private property rights.

"The forest is and has been for years a source of income for a number of individual companies, many of them small and, in some cases, family-owned businesses," Causer said. "Restricting access to the forest, especially at this time, is unwise. We should be doing all that we can to support small and large business endeavors and keep our citizens off of the unemployment line. We are taking a strong stand against additional wilderness and the infringement of private property rights."

According to Rapp, who last year introduced a resolution that was unanimously enacted by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to challenge a proposal put forth by the United States Forest Service to limit the development of private oil and gas rights within Allegheny National Forest, implementing the FAW proposal would also be a clear violation of federal law. The Weeks Act of 1911 was specifically enacted to keep the federal government from blatantly trespassing on both the private property and day-to-day activities of private entrepreneurs where it has no authority to do so.

"In addition to throwing up yet another unnecessary obstacle on Pennsylvania's road to foreign energy independence, current law is crystal clear when it comes to restricting access or the amount of oil, natural gas and other resources that can be produced by non-government employers operating in Allegheny National Forest," said Rapp. "The Weeks Act clearly prohibits any such interference, and any unwarranted decision taken by any level of government to adopt the FAW plan would set the stage for a lot of outrageously expensive litigation, and worst of all, holds the potential to seriously jeopardize future economic growth and job creation in the rural communities that comprise the Allegheny National Forest area."

Rapp, Causer and Gabler, who are each members of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, stressed that businesses operating in the ANF are already responsible stewards of the environment, exemplified by the "Clean Air" designation that the counties in which the forest sits have received from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

"The Allegheny National Forest always has been, and always will be, a multi-use forest," Gabler added. "It has a history of responsible resource development, and our efforts are simply a continuation of this policy in an attempt to maintain the ANF's status as a vital asset to the prosperity of northwest Pennsylvania."

Laing Award Recipients Announced

Three students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will receive the Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award for their work in the creative and performing arts.

This year’s recipients are Andrew J. Laganosky, a December graduate in interdisciplinary arts from Carlisle, who will receive the award in art; Ryan Milliken, a senior pre-pharmacy major from Shinglehouse, who will be honored in music; and Theresa Pompa, a senior English education major from Bradford, who will be honored for writing.

The students will be recognized during the university’s annual honors convocation at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, and at a reception at 4 p.m. the same day.

Milliken was nominated for the music award by Dr. Lee Spear, associate professor of music, for his work with the College-Community Choir as rehearsal accompanist as well as singing in the ensemble. “I think that Ryan is by far the most outstanding creative student musician we have had at Pitt-Bradford,” Spear noted.

Kong Ho, assistant professor of art, commended Laganosky for his senior capstone project resulting in a solo exhibition, “Battle of the Brutes.” The project integrated Laganosky’s love for baseball and music through his paintings, drawings, designs and ceramics.

“Andrew demonstrated high achievement in his artistic and musical work,” Ho said. “He has set a very good example to other students in our art classes and actively contributed in promoting our interdisciplinary arts program to interested students.”

Several of the Laganosky works were selected to become part of the Blaisdell Hall Permanent Student Art Collection.

Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing and director of the writing program, applauds Pompa for the series of connected essays she wrote for the Writing for the Self class.

McCabe said, “The content of the essays was beautiful, moving and provocative and also showed an impressive ability with form and language. Theresa brought the same creativity and depth to her Capstone project as she explored ways to inspire students to write.”

Dr. Robert C. Laing, who died four years ago, was the former chairperson of the Humanities Division and professor emeritus at Pitt-Bradford. He established the awards in 1974 as a way to honor those students who excelled in the creative arts. Since then, more than 100 students have been honored.

Thompson Discusses ANF Drilling Issues with Local Stakeholders

U.S Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, issued the following statement summarizing recent meetings he initiated between his staff and vested interests regarding the numerous issues surrounding the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) and local communities:

“I was not at all surprised to learn just how great of an impact the oil and gas industry has on the local economy. And what’s even more impressive is how great an economic impact this industry continues to have one hundred and fifty years after the discovery of oil in nearby Titusville.

“In two refineries alone, American Refining Group (ARG) and United Refining, employment is nearly one thousand strong. These are good paying, long term, family sustaining jobs – with an even greater number of workers in the many drilling companies and in supporting industries.

“So when the energy production business comes to a halt – so does the economy of the four counties surrounding the ANF. In this time of economic uncertainty, the impact of this industry is magnified and irreplaceable.”

Thompson went on to explain that mineral rights beneath ninety-three percent of the ANF are privately owned. He noted that on January 16, authority for issuing ‘Notice to Proceeds’ for drilling operations on these properties – the final step in the permitting process – was transferred by the Forest Service from the local Warren office to the Regional Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a process unique to the ANF.

“The delays in drilling remain a deep concern to me. The direct and indirect jobs that drilling provides and the dollars injected into the local economy are critical, especially during a recession.

“I believe that in the meetings held over the past two days, my staff was able to establish a reasonable dialogue with many of the groups concerned over the issue, including the drillers themselves, the Forest Service, and others who are interested and active in this debate.

“I was particularly pleased by the meeting with the Allegheny Defense Project (ADP) and the Tionesta Valley Snowmobile Club, where both organizations committed to an ongoing dialogue, and also expressed recognition of the private property rights involved, as well as support for those rights.

“I believe this dialogue is essential to bringing these controversies to a rapid conclusion. I want to assure the people of the communities surrounding the ANF, both those who enjoy privileged access to the forest and those with legally protected access rights, that I will work diligently to see that the ANF and local economies are given every chance to thrive and prosper.”

Main Street Beautification Projects

Spring is just around the corner and the historic downtown business district is busy preparing for its summer event season. The Downtown Bradford Business District Authority is again hoping to be able to purchase hanging baskets for the historic Main Street area.

“We are looking for donations for individual baskets, which we have done in previous years,” said Main Street Manager, Anita Dolan. Donations can be made by businesses, individuals and organizations. They can also be made in honor or in memory of someone. Each donor will be recognized with a certificate of appreciation for their part in the project.

A long time sponsor, the Betty Jane Monjar Garden Committee is again helping financially with the event. “The Garden Committee has always been very supportive and helpful with this program. Their generosity will again provide for some of the baskets in our historic area,” added Dolan. More than 50 hanging baskets are needed to complete the project.

The hanging baskets are part of a Main Street clean up and beautification effort planned for this spring.

The Great Main Street Clean up, which will team up with the 3rd Annual Elm Street Project Pride Clean up event is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will coincide with the state wide Great Pennsylvania Clean up program. Streets will be hosed down and swept, trash will be collected and flower beds will be weeded.

The Main Street benches and trash receptacles’ are also getting the benefit of a facelift with the help of Scott Oxley’s carpentry class at the Bradford Area High School.

“People in the community have been tremendously supportive. It is wonderful to see so many people work together to make a difference,” said Dolan. Past hanging basket sponsors also include Grahams’ Greenhouse, Emery Towers, Atlantic Broadband and the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, in addition to private sponsorships.

People or groups interested in more information about the hanging baskets or Main Street clean up efforts can contact the Main Street Manager’s office in Old City Hall.

Woman Accused of Bank Scam

A Sheffield woman is accused of stealing $115,000 from five area customers of Northwest Savings Bank.

36-year-old Beth Colvin allegedly sent e-mails to the victims asking them to click on a link that electronically compromised their bank accounts. She then withdrew the money wired it to Nigeria.

She was charged with one count of theft.

The money was taken March 23 and 24, and $1,250 has been recovered so far.

The victims are from Rew, Ridgway, Mayville, New York, Curwensville and Girard.

Erie Shriners Hospital May Close

The national Shriners board of trustees has proposed closing the Erie Shriners Hospital for Children.

The Erie hospital is one of six Shriners facilities nationwide that might close because the Tampa, Fla.-based organization's endowment has nose-dived.

The Shriners use the endowment to fund its 22 hospitals. Its trustees will vote on the proposal at their annual meeting in July

Company Fined for Polluting
Sinnemahoning Creek

A solid waste company has been fined for violations in Cameron and Centre counties last fall.

The Department of Environmental Protection says a truck driver with Veolia Solid Waste of Brockway drained about 100 gallons of coolant and rust preventative into a storm drain at GKN Sinter Metals in Emporium.

The drain led directly to a DEP-permitted outfall that empties into the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek.

GKN employees had placed absorbent pads and booms in the creek to contain the contamination, but DEP inspectors were still able to see a slight sheen on the creek’s surface.

The $11,200 fine was paid to the Solid Waste Abatement Fund, which is used to help pay for cleanups across the state.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Connelly Running for FT Supervisor

Jim Connelly, Jr. has announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket for Foster Township Supervisor in the upcoming primary election.

Connelly currently serves on the Foster Township Zoning Hearing Board, and has previously served on the Foster Township Planning Commission and as Chairman of the Foster Township Universal Construction Appeals Board.

As a 35 year employee of Dresser Manufacturing and the owner of an established housing rental business, Connelly believes he has the necessary drive, experience and fiscal values to represent Foster Township taxpayers. His main concerns are eliminating wasteful local government spending and assuring that Foster Township is poised to conduct successful business.

Given the opportunity to serve, Connelly would like to implement the following improvements:
- Actively promote Foster Township, the Foster Brook Mall site and the Lafferty Hollow Industrial Park as the great assets they are and create jobs.
- Restore Foster Township taxpayers’ confidence in knowing that their tax dollars are being spent cautiously.
- Improve the traffic flow at the Wal-Mart vicinity intersections.
- Provide more coordinated support for the Volunteer Fire Departments.
- Revise the two tier sewage billing policy.
- Further cooperate with neighboring municipalities to secure “bulk” rate pricing on supplies, services and employee health care etc., while maintaining Foster Townships’ independence.
- Encourage direct communication at monthly meetings by announcing upcoming agenda items.
- Join forces with our state representatives to take advantage of available grant money.
- Schedule county and state officials to address Foster Township meetings.

Mr. Connelly is a lifelong resident of the Bradford area. He is a past master and current member of Bradford Masonic Lodge #749, a member of Local #1644 Machinists Union, a former Cub Scout leader and a member of St. Francis Church. He also currently serves as chairman of the Bradford Landlord Association.

Case Laying Off 78 More People

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company has announced an additional reduction to its staffing levels, effective April 1.

The cutbacks will affect 78 factory Associates. Case had previously announced a reduction of 31 Associates in January of this year, the first such cuts following 10 years of continued business growth.

The Company cites continued soft sales caused by the general economic slowdown and increased inventories as the reasons for the cost cutting measure.

Case Chief Executive Officer Tom Arrowsmith states, “Given the significant decline in customer traffic being reported by Case dealers, we know our sales are being
affected by the country’s continuing economic slowdown.

Our inventories have been building as product orders have slowed, making this reduction a necessary measure now. We believe sales will improve as the economy regains strength and consumer confidence is restored.”

Starting April 15, Case will be providing the affected associates with unemployment filing assistance and job training guidance with the help of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry and CareerLink of McKean County.

Ed Jessup, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Case, says the Company added more than 400 retailers to its nationwide Authorized Dealer network and achieved increased sales in 2008. He credits the “Making a Case for America” marketing program with this success, a program focused on Case’s hand-crafted products which are made only in Bradford and sold in hometown stores.

Jessup says “It’s just one example...among many...of how the Company stands well-positioned for future growth.” He adds, “We’re anticipating sales to improve in the Fall, as that is traditionally our busiest time of the year.”

DA: Baby Died of Alcohol Poisoning

A Wyoming County prosecutor says he plans to pursue charges against the parents of a 6-month-old baby who died of alcohol poisoning.

For the full story, go to WNEP-TV.

Anderson Search Re-Scheduled

The search for missing Jamestown-area mother Corrie Anderson has been re-scheduled for April 18 and 19.

Texas Equu Search had planned on searching this weekend, but the group says leftover snow slowed down the mapping process where they're going to search, and there is also a chance of rain this weekend.

They'll be using about 300 volunteers to search around Anderson's home.

Anderson hasn't been seen since October 29. Her family reported her missing after she didn't pick up her son from school.

Find Corrie.com

Another Anti-Casino Lawsuit

An anti-gambling group is filing a third lawsuit to stop the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.

The lawyer for Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County says the latest lawsuit repeats most of the same arguments made in the previous two suits, but adds that this suit will close all the legal loopholes the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Seneca Nation of Indians have slipped through.

The group is asking US District Judge William Skretny to reverse his decision calling the casino property sovereign Seneca territory.

The group says even if the Buffalo Creek property is Indian land, it is subject to prohibitions in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that forbid gambling on Indian land acquired after the act took effect in 1988.

One Lawsuit Against DA Dropped

One of the two federal lawsuits against Clearfield County District Attorney William Shaw Jr. has been dismissed.

Clearfield Borough Police officers Brian Dixon and Sgt. Gregory Neeper filed a lawsuit in June alleging that Shaw wrongly accused them of lying on police reports "in retaliation for their support of his political opponent" in his 2007 re-election campaign.

The other lawsuit was filed by Derek Walker, who claims Shaw sabotaged his campaign for the Republican nomination for a US House seat by filing charges against him just days before the primary election.

Walker lost to Glenn Thompson, who went on to win the seat in the general election.

West Valley Gets Stimulus Money

The West Valley Demonstration Project will get $74 million in federal stimulus funding.

This means the cleanup will be speeded up by about three years and more than 200 new jobs will be created.

The money will be used to design and build a storage system for 275 high-level nuclear waste canisters and move them out of the facility's old reprocessing building, which is scheduled for decontamination and demolition.

It will also be sued to clean up leftover liquid waste, demolish other buildings where nuclear waste was processed, and stop the flow of contaminated groundwater on the site.

Elementary School Boys Arrested
For Allegedly Selling Marijuana

Police have confiscated 14 bags of marijuana at a Philadelphia elementary school.

Two 10-year-old boys and a 9-year-old boy were taken into custody Tuesday at Thomas Morton Elementary School. Police say it appears one boy sold a small bag of the drug for $2 and gave away another bag.

For the full story, go to WPVI-TV.

Fight to Protect Ag Programs

By Dan Toomey

State Senator Cathy Young (R-C-I, Olean) today fought to restore $30 million in state funds for the Dairy Assistance Program, as well as restore $10 million for other agriculture programs that are vitally important to the state’s largest industry. The Dairy Assistance Program provided $30 million in direct support payments to the state’s dairy producers to help prevent family farms from going out of business.

The Senator proposed an amendment to the 2009-10 state budget to reverse cuts that could be disastrous to programs that serve every sector of agriculture. Democrats, including current Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Darrel Aubertine, voted against the agriculture program restorations.

“The costs of operating a dairy farm keep going up, while the price farmers receive for their milk keeps dropping,” Senator Young said. “New York State has lost hundreds of farms in recent years and that is a tremendous blow to the economies of rural communities. The reauthorization of the Dairy Assistance Program is critically important to help prevent the loss of more dairy farms. In this economy we cannot afford to have more family farms and the businesses that depend on them, go under.”

The economic impact of New York’s dairy industry is more than $10 billion. Dairy is the largest sector of the agriculture industry, with about 6,200 dairy producers. However, milk prices have dropped 40 percent from last year, causing a severe crisis for dairy farms and forcing many out of business.

Milk prices are continuing on a historic slide at a time when energy, feed and fertilizer costs are through the roof, forcing many farmers throughout the state to need assistance. In January, the average price farmers received for milk was $13.39 per hundredweight, or $1.15 per gallon, far below the average break-even cost of $17.50 per hundredweight, or $1.50 per gallon.

“The federal stimulus plan did nothing for the dairy industry in New York, but we did receive $1 billion in unrestricted funds from the stimulus which could and should be used to help our dairy farms, as well as restore funds for other programs that impact the economic growth and research that benefits apple, grape and vegetable growers, beef and cattle farms and other sectors of agriculture.”

P-G Cutting Out-of-Area Delivery

Starting Wednesday, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will no longer distribute Monday through Saturday editions outside its core circulation area.

Circulation director Randy Waugaman says home and retail delivery outside Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties represented just a small portion of overall delivery.

Sunday distribution will continue.

Waugaman says the change will allow the paper to support growth in its core market.

Tops Recalls Pistachio Products

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, the leading full-service grocery retailer in Western New York, Central New York, including Rochester, and Northwestern Pennsylvania, announced that Kraft Foods has today issued a voluntary recall of Planters products containing pistachio nuts that have the potential to be contaminated with the Salmonella organism. Five varieties of Planters products have been taken off of Tops’ shelves as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the California Department of Public Health continue to investigate Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, California. The removal of this product is a precautionary measure, and based on the current state of the investigation, the FDA "recommends that consumers avoid eating any products containing pistachios. These products should not be thrown out until additional information is available regarding specific products that are subject to the recall."

This possible contamination is not connected with the recent outbreak associated with peanuts.

A list of recalled items includes:
3/31/09 – Planters Nutrition Mix, 9.75 oz – 2900005957
3/31/09 – Planters NUT – RITION health Mix, 9 oz. - 2900001246
3/31/09 – Planters Pistachio Lovers Mix, 6 oz. – 2900001023
3/31/09 – Planters Pecan Lovers Mix, 5.5 oz. – 2900001022
3/31/09 – Planters Trail Mix Nut/Raisin, 6 oz. - 2900007879


For a complete list of recalled products, customers should go to http://www.fda.gov/pistachios/ on the FDA’s website.