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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Oil 150 Logo Winner Announced

Kristina Luzzi, Local OIL150 Chairperson, Charlotte Busch, contest winner, and Bridgette Wells, of Dallas-Morris, Inc. are outside of Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Office to show off the local celebration's winning logo.
(Photo provided by the Oil150 Committee)

Jamestown Man Attacked by Pit Bill

A Jamestown man is being treated for severe cuts after being attacked by a pit bull Friday afternoon.

Police say 41-year-old Douglas Fischer was walking on Barrows Street when the 16-month-old dog broke free from his collar, ran off a porch and grabbed Fischer's arm and hand.

The dog knocked Fischer to the sidewalk and dragged him about 20 feet before the dog's owner, Jesus Torres got the dog under control.

Police charged Torres with violating the city code on dog bites. The dog was confiscated and will be quarantined for 10 days for observation.

Salamanca Man Charged with Rape

A Salamanca man has been charged with rape after he admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

22-year-old Earl Piscitelli is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The victim was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville.

Pitt-Bradford Athletes Honored

Pitt-Bradford basketball player Katie Moore of Warren has been named Female Athlete of the Year and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Male Athlete of the Year is swimmer Cameron Lanich of Batavia. Panther Triangle of Success winner is men's soccer player Kyle Dickey of Tioga. Jen Cole of Cyclone was also named Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and golfer Eric Schenfield of Bradford is Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Rookies of the year are basketball players Whitney Cline of Bradford and Sam Moore of Olean.

Man Sentenced for Bomb-Making

A Warren man has been sentenced to three months to two yeas in jail for his role in a bomb-making operation.

Robert Edwards pleaded no contest to causing or risking catastrophe. Warren police busted the bomb-making operation in August of 2008 at Edwards South Street home.

They discovered a device resembling a pipe bomb along with another device and gun powder residue in the basement. Police say Edwards and others detonated at least three bombs in the city.

Edward Thornton of Warren and Eugene Whipple of Sheffield have already been prosecuted.

Friday, April 17, 2009

In Case You're Wondering ...

"Around the Home" with Bob Harris will be back on ...

Saturday, May 2!

Doc Wants to Test Lincoln's DNA

A cardiologist and author believes President Abraham Lincoln had a rare genetic disorder and would have died of cancer within a year if he hadn't been assassinated.

And, he says he can prove it.

For the full story, go to philly.com.

Do You Want Fries With That?

A Lackawanna County lawmaker has been getting some ribbing from his colleagues for it, but he says having a drive-through window at his office is working very well.

State Rep. Kevin Murphy says his Scranton office has the drive-through to make it easier for his constituents to see him. He says senior citizens, the disabled and those who have children in the car especially like not having to walk into the office to conduct business.

The first-term Democrat says he personally works the drive-through most Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more on this story, go to WNEP-TV.

Tail Lights Taken in Twin Tiers

Police in the Twin Tiers are looking for information about a rash of larcenies across the region involving car dealerships.

The dealerships have reported numerous incidents where vehicles have had their tail lights removed.

Police say all the major dealerships in Warren and Chautauqua counties have been hit. The thieves are removing the whole tail light assembly and cutting the wires to free them from the vehicles. The value of the tail lamp fixtures coupled with the damage done makes each act a felony.

Police say there must be a market for the tail lights if the thieves are taking them in such quantities.

Anyone with information on these crimes can contact the Jamestown Police Department.

Men Plead Guilty to Drug Charges

Two Clearfield men have pleaded guilty to their parts in the Operation Drive Thru drug ring.

27-year-old Matthew Olson and 21-year-old Adam Caldwell have each been sentenced to six months in prison and three years' probation.

The two were involved in a drug ring organized by Michael Styers, Who would drive to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia or Wilkes-Barre to get the drugs, and sell them in Clearfield County. The two men had sold drugs as part of the drug ring.

The attorney general's office named the ring Operation Drive Thru because people would drive up to the window of a mobile home to buy the drugs.

DuBois Man Dies After Explosion

An 82-year-old DuBois area man is dead after an explosion in his garage.

Police say George Walls was using a torch to remove the lid from a metal drum. Fumes built up inside the drum and it exploded.

Walls was first taken to Altoona Hospital, then later taken to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he died.

Ground Broken for Warren's
Convention Center Complex

Warren is one step closer to having a new convention center.

A groundbreaking was held this morning for the $12 million complex at the corner of Clark and Liberty streets near the Allegheny River.

Construction will start in a month to six weeks. Part of the former Loranger Manufacturing complex will be gutted and turned into a 500-seat convention center, ballroom, restaurant and, possibly, a microbrewery.

Officials are confident there will be a demand for the hotel rooms and convention space from both local residents and tourists.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati said the project is expanding the tax base, which has been dwindling and dying, and needed to be expanded. He says this will go a long way to keeping the area vibrant and alive.

About $58 million has already been spent on other Impact Warren projects, including townhouses, a parking ramp and a new corporate headquarters for Northwest Savings Bank.

Peters Traded to Philadelphia

The Buffalo Bills have agreed to trade Jason Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles after failing to negotiate a new contract with the disgruntled left tackle.

In exchange, the Bills will receive the 28th pick — the second of the Eagles two first-round picks — and an undisclosed second-day selection in next week's NFL draft.

Peters traveled to Philadelphia to meet with Eagles executives today.

Ruff, Reiger Staying

The Buffalo Sabres will have the same coach and general manager for at least one more season.

A one-paragraph statement at Sabres.com, says "Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn today announced that General Manager Darcy Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff will return next season in their current roles with the organization. Ownership is very excited to have these two individuals return to help lead the organization back to the playoffs next season."

There was speculation about the job security of Ruff and Reiger after the Sabres missed the playoffs for the second straight year and fifth time in seven seasons.

Burn Ban in Cattaraugus County

A burn ban is now in effect in Cattaraugus County because of the dry conditions and risk of brush fires.

The order bans all open burning and all outdoor open fires except for cooking purposes, where the fire is contained in a fireplace, barbecue grill or cooking pit. A fire extinguisher or other fire extinguishing material or equipment such as sand, dirt, a water barrel or garden hose must be on site as well.

The ban is in effect at least until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Stackpole-Hall, Conrad to Receive
Presidential Medal of Distinction

The Stackpole-Hall Foundation in St. Marys and Dr. William C. Conrad, its executive director, whose significant financial support to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has resulted in enhanced educational opportunities and advanced classroom technology, will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction.

The presidential medal, which is the university’s highest honor, will be presented during commencement exercises on Sunday, April 26, in the KOA Arena of the Sport and Fitness Center.

“We are grateful and profoundly appreciative of Dr. Conrad’s generosity and that of The Stackpole-Hall Foundation,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president. “The grants, which the foundation has awarded to Pitt-Bradford over the last 18 years, have allowed us to significantly enhance the educational programs we provide to our students, particularly those in Elk and Cameron counties. Without the support from the foundation and Dr. Conrad, Pitt-Bradford would not be able to continue this initiative.”

Conrad commented on his affiliation of more than three decades with the University of Pittsburgh.

“I have grown to admire all that Pitt-Bradford stands for,” Conrad said. “As a representative of the greater Pitt-Bradford community, especially the hundreds of Elk County students who have matriculated at Pitt-Bradford, I find it humbling to be honored with the Presidential Medal.”

The Stackpole-Hall Foundation was founded in 1951 by Lyle G. Hall Sr., J. Hall Stackpole and Harrison C. Stackpole to make grants available primarily to meet the needs of the residents of Elk County. The foundation’s first priority is to strengthen nonprofit organizations by providing grants to education, human service and community development organizations in ways that enhance the quality of life for people living in Elk County. Since its inception, the foundation has given more than $30 million in grants.

Since 1991, the foundation has awarded approximately $336,000 in grants to Pitt-Bradford, which has supported several academic projects.

Most recently, $70,000 in grants has been used to enhance onsite and distance education programming at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties in St. Marys by offering a baccalaureate degree completion program in nursing; revising the university’s associate of science in information systems program; building new labs for the programs on campus and in St. Marys; and purchasing the appropriate equipment so professors could offer additional onsite and distance education classes in both of those programs.

“Because of the support we’ve received from Dr. Conrad and the foundation, Pitt-Bradford is much better equipped to expand educational outreach efforts throughout our service region by developing viable and effective distance education courses,” Alexander said.

In 2000, 2002 and 2003 the foundation awarded three grants totaling $91,000 that enabled the university to make significant technological upgrades on campus, including providing support to the faculty to help them integrate technology into their classes and creating multimedia classrooms that featured projection units, Internet access, DVD/VCR players, and various types of educational software.

“We were most grateful for their continued commitment to advancing technology,” Alexander said. “These advances enabled us to make cutting-edge technology available to our students and helped ensure that we maintained a competitive advantage in our program offerings.”

Two grants totaling $113,000 made in 1995 and 1996 enabled the university to undertake a major curriculum overhaul aimed at retaining freshmen and learning across disciplines. Included in those changes was the institution of a senior capstone requirement.

In 1991, the foundation gave Pitt-Bradford’s nursing program nearly $50,000 and, in 1992, funded a minority student program for Native Americans.

Other past grants enabled the university to offer online courses in what was then the administration of justice program and funded part of a government outreach program for regional high school students.

Pitt-Bradford presents the Presidential Medal of Distinction to a person who has either volunteered his or her time for several years; supported the university either financially or with expertise or advice; served the university’s service region through community, government or business affiliation; or has made distinctive achievements in his or her field that have affected Pitt-Bradford.

This is the first time a group has been awarded a presidential medal.

Previous medal winners were Harry R. Halloran Jr. and Harvey L. Golubock, Madeline Miles, Judge John M. Cleland, Dr. Richard E. McDowell, Dennis Lowery, Edwin Clemens, Marilyn Horne, Howard Fesenmyer, Henry P. Pruch, Robert D. Galey, Lester Rice, William F. Higie, Samuel Gregg Jr., Dr. Robert C. Laing, Harriett B. Wick and Sarah B. Dorn, U.S. Rep. John E. Peterson, Virginia L. Miles and Dr. Robert B. Bromeley.

Conrad has served as executive director and trustee of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation since 1971. In the past, he has served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the St. Marys Area School Board, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and the St. Marys Area United Way, among others.

Conrad is actively involved at Pitt-Bradford. He has been a member of the university’s Advisory Board since 1990 and currently serves as chairman of the board’s Academic Affairs Council. He also serves on the boards of Elk Regional Health System and the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties, among others.

He is the chairman of the board for Dickinson Mental Health Center and president of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association.

Conrad earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and holds both a master of arts degree and doctorate in history from the University of Pittsburgh.

Conrad also enjoys canoeing, skiing, tennis, sailing, fly fishing and reading. He and his wife, Veronica, live in St. Marys.

However, Conrad’s is not the only foundation connection to Pitt-Bradford. R. Dauer Stackpole, a member of the foundation’s board of trustees and son of Harrison C. Stackpole, one of the foundation’s founders, is an alumnus of Pitt-Bradford. Stackpole attended Pitt-Bradford from 1965-66 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pitt.

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Blitzer is Keynote Speaker at
St. Bonaventure Commencement

A Pittsburgh Steelers legend, CNN’s longest-tenured news anchor, and a champion of spiritual and environmental causes will receive honorary degrees May 17 at St. Bonaventure University’s 149th Commencement Exercises.

Buffalo native Wolf Blitzer, a CNN reporter since 1990 and anchor since 1998, will be the keynote speaker when the class of 2009 graduates. Blitzer will be joined on stage by John B. “Jack” Butler, SBU class of 1951 and an all-pro defensive back for the Steelers in the 1950s; and Marcia Marcus Kelly, a niece of renowned Olean poet Robert Lax.

Commencement activities begin Friday, May 15, with the traditional Candlelight Ceremony for graduating seniors, followed by the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 16. Graduation ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. on May 17.

Blitzer is the anchor of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” a three-hour weekday political news program. He is CNN’s lead anchor for the network’s political coverage and moderated several of CNN’s presidential primary debates in 2007 and 2008. He led CNN’s Emmy-winning “America Votes 2006” coverage and “America Votes 2004.”

Among his numerous honors, Blitzer received an Emmy Award for his 1996 coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and a Golden CableACE for coverage of the Persian Gulf War. In November 2002, the American Veteran Awards honored him with the prestigious Ernie Pyle Journalism Award for excellence in military reporting.

Blitzer earned a history degree from the University at Buffalo, and a master’s in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Butler’s football exploits were as legendary as Bob Lanier’s in basketball. Described by former Pittsburgh Press sports editor Pat Livingston as “having the face of a choirboy and the heart of an arsonist,” Butler — a former seminary student in Canada before attending St. Bonaventure — played nine seasons with the Steelers and had 52 interceptions, tied for 23rd in NFL history.

Butler was named to the 1950s All-NFL team, and only Hall of Famers Dick “Night Train” Lane and Emlen Tunnell had more interceptions when he retired in 1959. Butler never played high school football, and only tried out for St. Bonaventure’s team at the urging of Fr. Silas Rooney, a campus friar and the school’s athletic director.

Undrafted out of college, Butler was recommended by Fr. Silas to his brother, Art, the founder of the Steelers. Butler finished his career with four consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl from 1956-1959, but a devastating knee injury ended his career. He was named to the Steelers’ 75th Anniversary team in 2007.

Butler began a remarkable scouting career in the early 1960s, highlighted by his leadership of the scouting combine BLESTO (Bears, Lions, Eagles, Steelers Talent Organization), which he headed for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. More teams, including the Buffalo Bills, later joined BLESTO.

“Jack’s interpersonal skills made his tenure remarkable,” said John R. McGinley Jr., chair of the university’s Board of Trustees. “Jack was an empowering leader who gave a start to the careers of literally scores of NFL scouts.”

McGinley, SBU class of 1965 and a minority owner of the Steelers, calls Butler his “all-time favorite Steeler … a class act. A number of individuals influenced my decision to come to St. Bonaventure; Jack was one of them.”

Kelly has worked with others on local environmental issues, including: researching the dangers of spraying pesticides for mosquito control and lawn care; the dangers of locating a landfill or industry over the local water supply; and understanding the impact of wind energy.

“When I’m in town, one of the things I’m proudest of is to be able to stand in the peace vigil with the Franciscan Sisters who have been out in the wind, snow, sleet and heat since the Iraq war began,” Kelly said.

Kelly also has been dedicated to preserving the legacy of Lax and Thomas Merton, the revered 20th century spiritual writer whom Lax befriended when Merton taught English at St. Bonaventure in the 1940s.

“On this, the 40th anniversary of Merton’s death, it is fitting for the university to honor one who continues to advance the spiritual and cultural legacy of these two soul friends and authors,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president.

Kelly and her husband, Jack, who live in New York City but maintain their family home in Olean, are writers of their own note. Over the years they have written about hundreds of monasteries and retreats, including Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan sanctuary in West Clarksville. The series is called “Sanctuaries: A Guide to Lodgings in Monasteries, Abbeys and Retreats of the United States.”

The Kellys’ best seller is “One Hundred Graces: Mealtime Blessings,” which includes graces from all spiritual paths and has sold more than 100,000 copies. Marcia also wrote a column for the Olean Times Herald profiling local families in need and listing local agencies that people could join with to help.

In the 1980s Kelly founded Electronic Services Unlimited, the first company to study telecommuting and location-independent work. The company was profiled by Business Week, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, “Today” show and CNN. She sold the business 20 years ago to International Data Group, allowing her to spend more time traveling and writing.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

POGAM, IOGA Applaud Scarnati

Commenting on remarks by State Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati regarding the support of Marcellus Shale natural gas development, the Marcellus Shale Committee, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania (IOGA), and the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (POGAM) issued the following statement today:

"We applaud Senator Scarnati and the other elected leaders from both political parties who understand the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we have to strengthen our Commonwealth's economy and energy independence by supporting the development of the Marcellus Shale, including their public remarks rejecting unnecessary new forms of taxation."

"The development of the Marcellus Shale is not a partisan issue, but an opportunity embraced by people throughout Pennsylvania. We can only begin to understand the potential of the Marcellus when we appreciate the impact of the Barnett Shale in northeast Texas. Through a collaborative approach from the natural gas industry, state and local elected leaders, and the citizens of Texas, in just a few short years the Barnett created 111,000 new high-paying jobs while providing an annual economic impact of $11 billion across Texas. While no one can be certain of the volume of natural gas at our feet in Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale is geographically much larger than the Barnett - a shale formation that now produces five percent of all of the natural gas consumed in the United States."

"The Marcellus Shale could someday be the largest-producing natural gas field in the country, but it will not happen by accident and without recognizing that we face fierce competition. Natural gas is an international commodity. Not only is Pennsylvania competing with neighboring states that share Marcellus Shale, we are also competing with other energy-friendly states across the country with large shale fields. At the same time Russia, Qatar and Iran have begun to flood international markets with cheap liquefied natural gas."

"The Marcellus Shale could provide high-paying jobs for potentially tens of thousands or more Pennsylvanians for generations, while infusing billions of dollars into our economy each year. Now is not the time to chase this budding industry away through taxes. The development of the Marcellus is in its absolute infancy and will need broad support, patience and understanding to reach its full potential."

"The United States Energy Information Association and the United States Department of Energy have both indicated that clean-burning natural gas will play a substantial role - if not the leading role - in our nation's energy future over the next several decades. Pennsylvania has an opportunity to become an energy leader through the environmentally responsible development of the Marcellus Shale."

"Enabling new taxes will place a ceiling on the potential of the Marcellus Shale, while supporting the development of Pennsylvania's vast natural gas can set the floor for success. On behalf of the 26,000-plus Pennsylvanians who are employed directly or indirectly by the oil and gas industry, we commend our state's leaders for recognizing the huge potential that is literally at our feet."

Formed in 2008, the Marcellus Shale committee represents the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania on matters pertaining to the acquisition, exploration, drilling, and development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas resource and provides a unified voice before all state, county, and local government or regulatory bodies. The committee, sponsored jointly by the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association and the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania, includes independent producers with historical expertise in the Pennsylvania oil and gas fields and national companies dedicated to bringing their industry experience and resources to achieve common goals.

Beyond Funny:
A Night with the Pitt Improvers


If you didn't get a chance to see the Pitt Improvers improvisational group Thursday night at the Bromeley Family Theater, you missed a laugh-out-loud-funny show. But, next semester they plan to have shows in September, October and November. Dates will be announced.

Calendar Contest Kicks Off Saturday

The McKean County SPCA will open its annual calendar contest with a special event at the Bradford Area Public Library. From 10:30 to 1:00 on Saturday, April 18, pet owners will have the opportunity to enter the contest for the 2010 SPCA Pet Calendar.

Pet owners are invited to bring small pets on leashes or in carriers to the library, where photographers will take pictures of the animals. For the payment of a $5 fee, the picture will be entered into the contest. People may also enter their own pictures of their pets by registering and paying the $5 entry fee. Entries may be made at the April 18 event at the public library or at any time until June 29 at the McKean County SPCA on Glenwood Avenue in Bradford.

The photographs will be circulated throughout the county during the months of July and August, and people will “vote” for the winners by contributing money for their favorite animals. The top twelve money-winners will be featured on the 2010 calendar, in pictures taken by a professional photographer. The 24 entries with the next highest final votes will be pictured on the “Honorable Mention” page at the back of the calendar.

“Most people think of this as a dog and cat contest, but it’s more than that,” says Dick Gorton, President of the SPCA’s Board of Directors. “If people have larger animals they want to enter, or animals they can’t bring in to the library, they can pick up entry forms at the shelter on Glenwood Avenue or at the library.”

Gorton also explained that one of the rules of the contest is that the photos must be of the animals alone, with no humans in the picture. “So if people have pets that are skittish or will not stand or lie by themselves, it might be best to bring a photo from home rather then try to have one taken at the library, where there will be many people and animals.”

Co-sponsored by the SPCA and the Library, the April 18 event will include a visit from the shelter’s mascot, a small human in a dog costume. Children will be invited to visit with the mascot “dog.” Refreshments will also be provided.

One pet owner who plans to enter the contest this year is Mary Hervatin. Mary and her husband Joe are the proprietors of Taintor Springs Alpacas a few miles south of Lewis Run. The couple began raising alpacas with 4 males in 2005, and presently have a herd of 15—five males and ten females.

The animals are clean, docile, and friendly, according to Mary. They are raised for their fleece, which is shorn every spring. Each full-grown animal produces seven to ten pounds of fleece each year. The color varieties range from white to black, with shades of brown and gray in between; there are 22 natural colors of alpaca fleece, and the fleece may also be dyed to just about any color.

Mary has started to hand-spin the fleece produced by her alpacas into yarn. It can then be sent to artisans to make a variety of clothing apparel. As she points out, “The fact that alpaca fleece is five times warmer and more durable than wool and soft as cashmere makes it one of the most luxurious fibers in the world.” Interested buyers can find these products in Bradford’s downtown Main Street Mercantile.

While the alpacas are productive farm animals, they are also treated like pets. Like many domesticated pets, their life span is about 20 years, which allows plenty of time for pets and owners to establish bonds. Mary makes the rounds with food each day, consisting of hay and mineral supplements, and feeds the alpacas by hand. The females, which have flower names, approach with familiarity, and most like to be touched. They are well-mannered and get along with each other, since alpacas are social animals that do not do well by themselves.

Originally found only in the South American Andes, the alpacas were not allowed to be exported from those regions until 1984; in 1998, the exports were discontinued, so the natural increase of the animals in North America comes only from the herds now living here. All of the alpacas are registered in an international registry.

Raising alpacas has become more popular, as people have become more familiar with these engaging animals and the beautiful products produced from their fleece. In McKean County alone, there are four alpaca farms in addition to Taintor Springs – Kendall Creek Farms and Hillside Alpacas in Bradford, Cinco C’s Alpacas in Port Allegany, and Stoney Acre Alpacas in Smethport.

After pointing out all of the advantages of her alpaca farm, Mary summed up her experiences by noting that “I love raising alpacas and hope to continue to do so for many more years.”

WR Case/PGC Collectibles Available

HARRISBURG – The third year of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s two time-limited collectible series – the Wild Turkey Heritage Series and the Upland Game Bird Series –now are available for ordering. Orders will be taken through the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), by mail or by calling 1-888-888-3459 (toll-free).

In addition to ordering online, a downloadable application is available on the agency’s website by clicking on the “Limited Collector’s Series” icon in the right-hand column of the homepage. Delivery can be expected by December.

The two series, which were launched in 2007, and will run for a total of five years, incorporate products grown and made in Pennsylvania, as well as the designs of an award-winning Pennsylvania wildlife artist.

“The new collectible, numbered wild turkey calls and knives are handsome additions to these continuing series,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “Both series, which also offer corresponding fine-art prints and patches, feature products made in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvanians.

“It’s also important to remember that all purchases from these collectible lines will support wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania and help preserve our hunting heritage.”

The “Wild Turkey Heritage Series” will feature five collectible box-style turkey calls, made in Pennsylvania by Top Calls in Renovo, Clinton County, and will sell for $49.95 (plus tax and shipping). Each year, the call will be made from a different Pennsylvania-grown wood. This year, the call will be made of cherry. The first two calls of this series were cedar and walnut, and subsequent years will be sassafras and, for the final year, a combination of walnut, maple and sycamore. Each call will be individually numbered, comes in a green velvet bag and features a different wild turkey scene.

The “Upland Game Bird Series” features five collectible mini-trapper knives made by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co., of Bradford, McKean County, and will sell for $74.95 (plus tax and shipping). This year, the series showcases the ring-necked pheasant, and will have a handle made of old red bone. The first two years featured the ruffed grouse and American woodcock, and subsequent years will focus on the bobwhite quail and mourning dove. Each knife will be made with a different bone handle – bone stag, chestnut bone, old red bone, amber bone and antique bone – and comes in an attractive tin featuring the artwork of that year’s upland game bird. Like the turkey calls, each knife will be individually numbered.

Complementing the turkey calls and knives will be a special fine-art print and collector’s patch designed by Gerald W. Putt, of Boiling Springs, Cumberland County. Each art print –available either framed or unframed – and patch will represent the original wildlife artwork used for each product line.

The patches, for both series, will sell for $5.66. Also, both framed prints, which are 13x18 inches, will sell for $179.95, and unframed prints are available for $79.95.

“The edition size in these series will limited to 1,000, with delivery set for October through December,” Roe said. “A new call and knife, and accompanying prints and patches, will be introduced for the next two years in March, and the prices will not increase.”

BRMC's Names Marianne Kahle
Its First Wellness Coordinator

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has begun a major health initiative by naming its first-ever wellness coordinator to lead work force lifestyle improvements at the hospital and ultimately other companies throughout the region.

Mariann Kahle, former Food & Nutrition Services director at BRMC for the past nine years, has just started her new position as wellness coordinator. Her immediate goal is developing and implementing health assessment plans to determine the health and lifestyle needs of BRMC employees. Soon afterward, she will expand the effort by developing specially tailored plans for area employers and others throughout the region, says Dennis Geitner, the hospital’s vice president of human resources.

Part of her responsibilities will include developing specific health risk management programs and services, and working with external resources to provide comprehensive wellness plans, he says. Additionally, Mrs. Kahle will develop promotion and publicity plans for wellness programs at BRMC and other employers in the region. To further this goal, she will be working closely with BRMC’s on-site Occupational Health Systems Department to address employers’ health initiative needs, explains Mr. Geitner.

“What I want to do is spearhead the wellness initiative in McKean County and the surrounding area,” Mrs. Kahle says, who’s a registered licensed dietitian.

Statement on ANF Settlement

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Pa., issued the following statement after a series of meetings on the settlement reached by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and environmental groups regarding energy production in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF):

“I am mystified and seriously troubled as to why the USFS, through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), would so blatantly disregard the legal process and private property rights by agreeing to an out of court ‘settlement’ which has the potential to kill the regional economy, increase unemployment, and further our dependence on foreign oil and natural gas.

“Since the ANF was created 86 years ago, there has been a healthy working relationship between the USFS and the owners of subsurface mineral rights. This relationship came to a screeching halt on January 16th, when the USFS put a moratorium on issuing notices to proceed – the last step before drilling can occur.

“Even more troubling is that when this so-called ‘settlement’ was agreed to, not all parties in the lawsuit were at the table. So as far as I am concerned, until that occurs, and a judge has signed off, the USFS is proceeding in the blind and not being candid with themselves or the public.

“Further, as part of the ‘settlement’, the DOJ has agreed to pay nearly $20,000.00 in legal fees to lawyers in Eugene, Oregon, and Missoula, Montana, who represent the very organizations that filed this job killing lawsuit against the USFS. This dangerous move will encourage future lawsuits and help fund the radical environmental movement – whose goal is to prevent energy and timber production in the ANF and at other forests around the country.”

Drug Bust in Olean

An inmate at the McKean County Jai is among the people picked up in an Olean drug bust that came after a yearlong investigation.

27-year-old Samuel McKinney is charged with sale and possession of a controlled substance.

Other people arrested are Carlton Sayles of Portville; and Paul Rankin, Mark Ciancio, Leroy "Puddin" Gilbert, Tara Gayton, Jennifer Barnes and Zachary Loop, all of Olean.

Police say they are not part of a drug ring but alleged dealers. Most were allegedly selling crack cocaine, while others sold pills and heroin.

Man Accused of Assaulting Chld

A Salamanca man has been charged with predatory sexual assault against a child younger than 13.

37-year-old Shawn Snyder is in Cattaraugus County Jail without bail.

Police say he was arrested after they received information about a possible child abuse case then searched his home.

Four PA Guardsmen Injured

Four Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers with the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team were injured by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad Sunday – but none of those soldiers is from northwestern Pennsylvania.

All four of the soldiers were serving with a Chambersburg-based unit.

The 4,000-soldier brigade arrived in Iraq in January for a nine-month assignment. Soldiers from the Bradford Armory are part of the combat team.

Rendell Says PA Rail Projects Could Benefit From High Speed Rail

HARRISBURG – A number of Pennsylvania rail projects could benefit from President Barack Obama’s strong endorsement today for additional investment in high speed rail corridors.

“We are already seeing the benefits of the significant rail investments we’ve made in Pennsylvania,” Governor Edward G. Rendell said, noting that improvements to the Keystone Corridor between Harrisburg and Philadelphia boosted ridership by 26 percent.

Transportation Secretary Allen D. Biehler., P.E., was one of five state transportation secretaries in the audience at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, today when the president reiterated his commitment that the nation should move ahead with a nationwide system of high speed rail lines. The Keystone Corridor in Pennsylvania is on the White House’s list of lines that could qualify for such investment.

“Governor Rendell has demonstrated the wisdom of investing in high speed rail,” Biehler said. “Under the Governor’s leadership, Pennsylvania in 2006 completed a $145 million improvement project with Amtrak to increase speeds on the Keystone Corridor between Harrisburg and Philadelphia. The resulting sharp increase in ridership demonstrates that by making smart investments, you can make a big difference for the nation’s mobility.”

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, $8 billion has been set aside for high speed rail projects across the nation.

“We await the specific guidelines to be published by the U.S. Department of Transportation on how this money will be awarded, and we will look for ways to attract those funds to Pennsylvania,” Biehler said.

Governor Rendell has directed state agencies to aggressively pursue ARRA competitive grants that could benefit residents and create jobs. Biehler said PennDOT will explore potential uses of the high speed rail funds including whether studies on additional service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, additional improvements to the Harrisburg-to-Philadelphia Keystone Corridor and work on a proposed rail line between Scranton and Hoboken, N.J., would qualify for the high speed rail funding.

Former PennDOT deputy secretary Karen Rae, now deputy administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration, briefed the audience prior to the president’s remarks.

“What was so gratifying today was to have President Obama offer a forward-looking vision for high speed rail that will provide mobility options for the nation and contribute to a much needed strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Biehler said.

Fatal Crash in Warren County

A Warren woman is dead after her car crashed into a utility pole Wednesday evening in Warren.

25-year-old Crystal Bell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the car left the road in the 700 block of Conewango Avenue and hit the pole.

More Alleged Predators Arrested

Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have recently arrested men from the Pittsburgh and Harrisburg areas who are accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what they believed were young girls, including a central Pennsylvania man accused of traveling to have sex with a 13-year girl during the Easter holiday.

Corbett identified the defendants as William J. Bussard, 38, 2344 Lynnrose Drive, North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County and Donald D. Miller, 41, 3441 Davidsburg Road, Dover, York County.

Corbett said that Bussard and Miller are both accused of using Internet chat rooms to sexually solicit undercover agents who were using the online profiles of 13-year old girls and sending nude photos to the "girls." Additionally, Corbett said that Miller allegedly arranged to travel to Harrisburg on Friday, April 10th, (Good Friday) in order to have sex with the "girl," believing that she had no school that day because of the Easter holiday vacation.

"Predators will take advantage of any opportunity to use children for their own sexual satisfaction," Corbett said. "Whether that means sending nude photos and webcam videos or using holidays and vacation days to arrange face-to-face meetings - they are looking for kids who are vulnerable and easy to reach."

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

Lawyer Wants Rendell to Stop
Talking About Cop-Shooting Case

The lawyer for the man accused of killing three Pittsburgh police officers on April 4 wants Governor Ed Rendell to stop talking about the case.

Lisa Middleman says Rendell has, in effect, convicted and sentenced 22-year-old Richard Poplawski by saying he'd sign a death warrant for him without a minute's thought. Because of that, Middleman says, Poplawski won't be able to get a fair trial anywhere in the state.

A judge has already issued a gag order preventing police, attorneys, potential witnesses and others involved in the case from talking about it outside of court. Middleman wants the judge to extend the order to include Rendell.

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Pirates Auctioning Jerseys Online

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that the team has placed the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) caps and Pirates jerseys with the “PBP” patch worn by all Pirates players and coaches during the 2009 Home Opener at PNC Park up for auction on Pirates.com. Also up for bid are the PBP caps worn by the Houston Astros players and coaches during the pre-game ceremonies honoring the three fallen Pittsburgh police officers Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo II.

All items have been autographed and authenticated, including the jersey and cap worn by Pirates manager John Russell which has been autographed by all Pirates players and coaches.

All proceeds raised during the auction will benefit the Pittsburgh Fallen Heroes Fund to help support the families of these brave officers.

The items will remain up for bid until Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. To view the items or to place a bid, please visit www.pirates.com and click on the auction link at the top of the page. http://pirates.auction.mlb.com

Peterson to Specter: Retire

Former Congressman John Peterson is calling for Arlen Specter to retire, and says he won't support the senator in his re-election bid next year.

Peterson says the reason he won't support Specter is the senator's age. Specter will be 80 next year.

Peterson didn't endorse either Pat Toomey or Peg Luksik, who have announced that they're running for the seat. He says he's waiting to see who else runs in the primary.

For the full story, go to Roll Call.com.

PennDOT Opens New Lab

HARRISBURG – Just in time to meet the demands of a nearly $3 billion roadway and bridge construction season, the Department of Transportation recently opened its new highway materials testing lab in Harrisburg, PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. announced.

“It’s going to be a busy highway construction season, which not only means jobs for workers, but also lots of materials testing to ensure the quality of products used in roads and bridges across the state,” Biehler said. “This new lab will do just that and also allow our employees to conduct their work more safely and efficiently.”

Before the new lab was built, PennDOT employees were working in a nearly 100-year-old facility that did not meet the demands of a vigorous testing program.

The new, 107,500-square-foot facility, which is located on the former Harrisburg State Hospital grounds, employs 120 workers involved with the quality assurance and testing of construction material.

The new facility offers an improved HVAC system, backup generators and more space to accommodate testing equipment.

PennDOT typically performs more than 70,000 tests a year on items including aggregate, asphalt, cement, concrete, paint, road salt, soil and steel. More than 13,000 samples arrived in the lab last year, with each sample often undergoing multiple testing processes.

PennDOT’s lab was the first state lab in the nation to receive ISO 9001 certification, which means it meets international standards for quality management. For this certification, the lab must include a set of procedures covering key business processes, monitor processes to ensure their effectiveness, keep adequate records, regularly review the effectiveness of individual processes and the quality system, and facilitate continual improvement. It also holds ISO 17025 certification related to testing standards and competency of equipment, methods and staff.

The lab also holds accreditations by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official Materials Reference Laboratory and the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory.

Construction of the $27.1 million lab began in September 2007. The size and facilities of the new site ensure that the lab will meet modern testing requirements in a low-maintenance facility that will last for years.

Kulling Joins CCMH Staff

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of David Kulling, MD, FAAFP, to its medical staff, effective April 20. Dr. Kulling will see new and returning patients at the Bowman Health Center in Smethport, formerly known as Misty Valley Health Center. Appointments can me made by calling 814/887-5395.

Dr. Kulling earned a medical degree at Munich University of Technology in Germany. He completed his family medicine residency at Altoona Hospital and a family practice and primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

He is an American Academy of Family Physicians fellow and member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. For more than 20 years, Dr Kulling has practiced family and emergency medicine in central Pennsylvania and he has been practicing at CCMH’s emergency department since November. Since that time, he grew increasingly interested in returning to family medicine at the Bowman Center.

“Our hospital and the residents of the greater Smethport area are very fortunate to have someone with the knowledge and experience of Dr. Kulling joining us in Smethport,” said Ed Pitchford, CCMH president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased to be able to continue the tradition of excellent primary care in honor of our friend and colleague Douglas Bowman, MD.”

Community members are invited to meet Dr. Kulling at an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. May 13 at the Bowman Health Center.

DEP Working on New Discharge Standards for Wastewater

New discharge standards for industrial wastewater that is high in total dissolved solids will take effect by January of 2011.

The Department of Environmental Protection made the announcement during a public meeting of the Marcellus Shale Wastewater Technology Partnership, and said the new limits will protect aquatic life and drinking water supplies.

Acting DEP Secretary John Hanger says they are establishing base standards for the waste water so the companies that discharge it move toward actually treating total dissolved solids instead of depending on dilution to protect water quality.

For more information, go to DEP's Web site.

Child Rescued from Pond

A 3-year-old was rescued from a pond Wednesday evening after the child fell into the water while trying to get a ball.

When Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies and Sheridan fire department personnel arrived on the scene at about 6:15, the child was already out of the water but wasn't breathing. He was revived with CPR.

The child was taken by Starflight to Women and Children's Hospital for follow up treatment.

The pond is close to a house where the child was playing.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Fun LiveLine

Click HERE to hear the Pitt Improvers.

They'll be performing Thursday, April 16, at the Bromeley Family Theater. The show is also a benefit for The Friendship Table.

Worker at Gannon Jailed

A former food service worker at Gannon University is being held on charges that he robbed a South Carolina convenience store.

41-year-old Douglas Gregg is in the Erie County Jail awaiting extradition to South Carolina.

Gregg is employed by Metz Group, not the university.

He allegedly robbed the store in Darlington, S.C. on Nov. 20, 2007, and threatened a clerk with a knife.

Road Work in Potter County

Work is scheduled to begin Monday on PennDOT’s Route 6 project in the western Coudersport area.

The one-mile work zone will stretch from Eulalia Township to the intersection at the Sheetz convenience store in Coudersport.

Monday's work will include staging, sign placement and drainage work. Other work will include roadway milling and overlay. Drivers should be alert for flaggers along the road, alternating traffic patterns and short delays.

Work will be finished in early September.

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PennDOT will post weight limit restrictions on the Mundy Bridge on North Bingham in Potter County, effective Friday.

The bridge is near the Village of Genesee and will have an 8-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 15-ton limit for combination vehicles.

The decision to restrict the weight is the result of a recent inspection of the 72-year-old bridge.

Access to Hillside Drive Limited

Starting tomorrow, access to Hillside Drive from the north will be eliminated while crews continue work on the Route 219 Bradford Bypass Project.

Traffic will follow the posted detour.

Route 219 southbound is still restricted to one lane from a mile north of the state line to the Forman Street off-ramp.

The contractor is setting up temporary barriers to prepare for crossover construction.

Green Facing More Charges

An Elk County man who was serving a 180-day sentence in jail now faces up to 50 years in prison.

Douglas Eugene Green had been granted a six-hour furlough from Elk County Jail to attend a funeral in Clarion. He didn't return to the jail, and was picked up at his mother's house in Oklahoma six days later.

His mother is facing charges as well.

Green is now charged with providing false information to police, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm and other offenses, as well as escape. He was originally jailed on a domestic relations contempt charge.

Green's mother, 52-year-old Arla Kay Elder, faces a charge of harboring a fugitive, which carries a penalty of five to ten years.

BRMC's New MRI Providing
Greater Image Quality

Area physicians looking to diagnose patients’ ailments or abnormalities can now obtain the best magnetic resonance images (MRIs) available with today’s advanced technology at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Tim Brown, Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC) administrative director of Imaging and Cardiovascular Services, said Tuesday at the Bradford Hospital Foundation’s Community Relations Committee meeting that the hospital’s $1.7 million High-Field Open-Bore MAGNETOM Espree MRI provides the most detailed diagnostic images available in the healthcare industry.

BRMC just started using its High-Field Open-Bore MAGNETOM Espree MRI unit earlier this week. It also offers far more room for larger patients and eliminates claustrophobic concerns while still providing the best high-field quality diagnostic images, he said. Another advantage this high-field MRI has over traditional open MRIs is that its requires far less time for patients to undergo exams.

“Our high-field MRI has a stronger magnet and better images than traditional open MRIs,” said Mr. Brown. “With the MAGNETOM Espree, we can do any diagnostic exams physicians need for their patients.” The MRI unit operates by creating a magnetic field, sending radio waves through the body and then measuring the response. This creates an image or picture of the inside of the body that is far clearer than can be
obtained with most other methods, he said “This new MRI is going to greatly increase our efficiency and patient convenience,” he added.

The MAGNETOM Espree has 16 channels, 12 more than the previous unit BRMC had since 2004. This allows several more times data to be processed in half the period while providing extremely high resolution, Mr. Brown said. BRMC will have the full capability to perform cardiac, neurological, cancer and breast MRIs, he noted. Previously, patients needing breast MRIs were referred outside the area.

In comparison, a traditional open MRI is less powerful, takes twice as long to perform an exam, has limited functionality and cannot service all patients, Mr. Brown said. The patient-friendly design of MAGNETOM Espree will make it easier for
large patients and those with claustrophobia to have a MRI exam performed which produces higher quality images than those from a traditional open MRI, he explained.
Through its high-field, open design, the MAGNETOM Espree allows upwards of 75 percent of patients to have their head outside the unit, thus eliminating claustrophobic concerns.

The new MRI’s design features a bore opening of 2.3 feet in diameter. This provides one foot of free space between a patient and the magnet that is far quieter as well, he said. The MAGNETOM Espree also features the shortest magnet available. Approximately four feet long, the magnet allows patients to usually have their head and feet outside the unit. “Because of the unit’s magnet strength, we can scan in any
direction. This allows us to also accommodate all sizes of patients,” he said. “The MAGNETOM offers a total imaging matrix and very uniform images which will greatly help physicians obtain the most accurate diagnosis.”

Along with its technical advances, the MAGNETOM Espree will enable BRMC to further concentrate on women’s health. Starting in early June, “We’ll start performing breast MRIs, which are 25 to 30 percent more accurate than traditional mammograms,” Mr. Brown said. Additionally, “These breast MRIs will be covered by most insurances.”
Another exam soon on the horizon at BRMC will be three-dimensional imaging. This type of imaging can be very helpful when examining pregnant women, he said.

The arrival of the 6-ton MAGNETOM Espree from Siemens Medical Solutions USA was in mid-March but it’s already being used. Although Siemens officials indicated it typically takes 12 weeks to completely install the MRI unit, it took far less time at BRMC. Mr. Brown said his department and BRMC’s Plant Services worked cooperatively with Siemens to drastically reduce the MRI’s installation time. “We were able to install it in just three weeks.” During the installation period, BRMC still maintained MRI capability with a mobile unit located in the back parking lot.

So the community and BRMC staff can become more familiar with the new MRI, an open house will be held later this month with additional details to be announced shortly.
For more information about the new MRI or for appointments, contactBRMC’s Imaging Services Department at 362-8200.

Photo of Tim Brown courtesy of BRMC

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Hermann In 'Best Physicians'

Bradford Regional Medical Center's (BRMC) Steven Herrmann, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.S.E., medical director of the hospital's Cardiovascular Services and the region's only board-certified physician in cardiovascular imaging, will be included in a national "Best Physicians 2009" edition of U.S. cardiologists.

This will be the third time Dr. Herrmann has been selected to a publication spotlighting the best cardiologists in the country. Dr. Herrmann, who leads BRMC's Heart Center, works to provide the highest levels of cardiac care. The cardiologist will be recognized in the Victoria Foundation's publication, scheduled to be printed this summer and available nationally by fall.

"We're extremely proud to have a specialist of Dr. Herrmann's caliber and credentials in the region, and especially excited about this latest honor," said BRMC President/CEO George E. Leonhardt. "As a nationally recognized physician with over a decade of experience in advanced heart disease and cardiac testing, this new award highlights the level of professional achievement that Dr. Herrmann has been known for among both his peers and patients."

According to publication officials, Dr. Herrmann was one of 500 cardiologists selected for this publication from a total of 28,000 cardiologists throughout the U.S. "Our selection of cardiologists was based on information provided to us from the American Medical Association and also Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a service that rates doctors" based on peer nominations, explained Mark Adamson, director of the Alpharetta, Ga.-based Victoria Foundation which began in 1997. The foundation supports education at various levels, ranging from The Keystone School for autistic children in Alpharetta to Galen University at San Ignacio, Belize, Mexico.

When hearing of his inclusion to Victoria Foundation’s publication, Dr. Herrmann said, “I’m clearly happy to be recognized with this honor. But this honor does not just focus on what I’ve managed to accomplish. This selection also gives due credit to my talented and dedicated staff at BRMC which strives every day to deliver the best possible cardiac care in a two-state region.”

BRMC's Heart Center, designated a Center of Excellence, is located on the second floor of the hospital's Outpatient Services Center which opened in January 2007. It provides comprehensive cardiovascular care and services, plus a wide range of diagnostic services in the Imaging Services Department which houses a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization suite.

Since being named medical director of Cardiovascular Services, Dr. Herrmann has focused on developing a complete line of cardiac imaging services at BRMC as well as developing evidence-based medical protocols for the management of ischemic heart disease and congestive heart failure for patients.

Dr. Herrmann has brought a high level of expertise in invasive catheterization and advanced hemodynamics for patients requiring cardiac catheterization, say hospital officials. Ultimately, it is planned Dr. Herrmann will be able to perform cardiac angioplasty and stenting interventional procedures at BRMC.

Significant upgrades in diagnostic imaging procedures have now earned two nationally recognized accreditations that show proven technical performance and accuracy. The Heart Center and nearby Imaging Services Department house an on-site, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization suite for the diagnosis and treatment of certain cardiac conditions. No physician referral is needed for an appointment with Dr. Herrmann at
BRMC’s Heart Center. Appointments are made directly by calling the office at 814-362-8720. Further information on the program is available online at www.brmc.com.

Dr. Herrmann joined BRMC’s medical staff in January 2006 from Saint Louis University Hospital. He was recruited by BRMC to head the hospital's expanding Cardiology Services, a program which has had a longstanding affiliation with Hamot Heart Institute, Erie, Pa. He was named to the prestigious Best Doctors in America list in 2005-06 by Best Doctors Inc. and again for that award in 2007-08. Best Doctors
Inc. is a recognition of excellence announced internationally and given to only 4 percent of physicians in the U.S. The awards are given based on the survey results of more than 50,000 physicians across the U.S. and 30 countries who provide their recommendations of the best among their peer group.

In spring 2008, he earned a 10-year board certification in Nuclear Cardiology from the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Herrmann also is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Adult Echocardiography by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Society of Echocardiography. He also is board-eligible in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Herrmann also is an award-winning teacher, researcher and author. He was recognized as the Cardiology Teacher of the Year, Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year, and Distinguished Teacher in the School of Medicine for each of his four years as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine/Cardiovascular Diseases at Saint Louis University. He holds an adjunctive Assistant Professor position in Physiology and Pharmacology at Saint Louis University, where he continues to teach Cardiovascular Physiology in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Herrmann also is recognized in “Who’s Who” for medical school educators. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University in 1995 and completed his Internal Medicine Residency, Cardiology Fellowship and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Saint Louis University Hospital. He received his doctorate in Cardiovascular Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington, where he studied the metabolic control of coronary blood and cardiac exercise physiology.

Painting for a Purpose

Sierra Kelly and Amber Ostrowski, both students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, work with Kong Ho, associate professor of art, on a painting that will be auctioned off at the Derby Gala next month. The gala, a fundraiser for the Bradford Area Public Library’s endowment fund, will be held from 4 to 8 May 2 at the Bradford Club. Tickets for the event are available at the library and the Bradford Club. Also helping out on the painting were students Kristy Fithian and Tim Burkhouse.

Oil 150 Coin Unveiled

The Oil Region Alliance has added a Commemorative Coin to the list of items available for the celebration of the Sesquicentennial of Oil in 2009.

The coin features the Oil 150 logo and slogan in full color on the front and the logo of the Oil Region National Heritage Area on the reverse. It is 1.75 inches in diameter and is finished in antique bronze.

This coin is available at the online store at www.oil150.com and will be available from the following retail outlets:

Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, Oil City
Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin
Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Titusville
Venango Museum of Art Science and Industry, Oil City
Pumping Jack Museum, Emlenton
Drake Well Museum Store, Titusville
Transit Fine Art Gallery, Oil City
Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, Titusville
Coal Oil Johnny Restaurant, Pleasantville
Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Meadville
Roseart, Bradford

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "This coin will make an ideal gift or remembrance of this important milestone in the history of our area."

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Council Talks About Possible
New Development Project

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Bradford City Council is asking the Department of Environmental Protection to revise the sewage facilities plan for a possible development on the former site of Micale Construction.

The developer, Tarport Properties, has said possibilities for the development include a 73-unit hotel, a restaurant and an auto parts store.

Bisett owns the land in question, and is working with the developer, who is new to the area.

During Tuesday's meeting, Bradford resident Dave Newman questioned council about the proposed development.

"I don't understand how the council can agree to this," he said. "Economic development is great, but that infrastructure in the whole area ..I don't know, right now, if this is such a bright idea."

Mayor Tom Riel tried to explain that Forman Street would not be the only entrance to the property, adding that the map hasn't been made public yet because it's still in the very preliminary stages.

Still, Newman said, "I don't see it being too bright a move at this point …Increasing the traffic in that area isn't going to do anything but further deteriorate what is now in the master plan as one of the main gateways to the city."

Riel again said that council has seen the plans, while Newman hasn't, and on Tuesday council was just approving the sewer plan.

"Hey, we're going to welcome a proposed $15 to $20 million development and the taxes that go with it," Riel said. "I don't know the last time the city's received something like that and I think we should greet it with open arms."

OEDC Executive Director Sara Andrews added that the city "may be able to use that private development to garner some state grant money to do Forman Street as a streetscape project."

She also said the state wants to see private investment when deciding on projects for grant money.

In other matters Tuesday, State Street resident Phil Rankin asked why some properties on State and Center streets are still in deplorable condition.

"I believe our current code enforcement program is obviously not working," Riel said, "but we as a council, as a city, are taking steps to address that."

Fire Chief Boo Coder added, "Sometimes it isn't just black and white. You have to pound and pound and pound to get these people to do the right thing."

Coder also addressed a rumor concerning the Congress/Elm street building owned by Edna Hallock that was destroyed by fire Friday and torn down Saturday.

He said Hallock's insurance company, not the city, will pay for the demolition.
Councilman Ross Neidich thanked all the area firefighters who helped city firefighters on Friday. Departments who assisted were Bradford Township, Derrick City, Lewis Run, Lafayette Township and Corydon Township.

Also during the meeting, Riel thanked Josh Hatcher and members of Open Arms Community Church and Grace Lutheran Church, members of the general public, Police Chief Mike Close for helping clean up several city streets on Saturday.

Riel was also among the group that helped with the cleanup that included about 40 tires, a couple of shopping carts and a "well-used recliner."

In all, Riel said, they got about four or five Dumpsters full of debris.

And, they're doing it all again this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Grace Lutheran.

"So if anyone would like to contribute to help make Bradford a better, cleaning looking community we welcome you to join us," Riel said.

Trails Touted at Meeting

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Trails bring in tourists. Tourists bring in money.

That was one of the messages the Tuna Valley Trail Association had for Bradford City Council Tuesday night.

Mike Glesk said one of the objectives of the association is to be a "Trail Town USA."

He said that kind of designation "brings in tourism. Tourism brings in money," which would help the Just Riding Along bicycle shop, restaurants, hotels and other businesses in the community.

He said the trail association has brought in about $31/2 million in grant money for the trails. About $600,000 has been invested in gardens, memorial benches and markers along the trails.

Glesk said there is federal and state money designated just for trails so "Why not Bradford?"

The trail system, he said, is just one thing that will "make Bradford a better place."

He stressed, too, that the trails are not just for tourists.

"If we make this a beautiful place to live work and play, and tourists come, it's also a beautiful place for us," he said. "It's very beneficial to the community" for health reasons and economic reasons.

He also talked about Jack Schultz of the Boomtown Institute who, during his presentation last month, was impressed with the fact that one of the association's goals is to see that, eventually, every resident in the Tuna Valley is within five minutes of a trail.

Rick Esch explained that, from the time the association started 11 years ago, the plan was to have the city trails – the proposed Community Parks Trail – as the hub of the system.

The other trails would be "spokes off the hub."

He said they're hoping to have a design in less than a year, and that it will incorporate the input of residents, city council, the hospital and the school district.

Tom Urban and Dr. David Godfrey addressed council saying they are very much in favor of the expansion of the trail system.

Urban, an avid bike rider, told the story of a West Virginia coal mining town that went bust but, after that, developed a trail system. He said the owner of a restaurant told him before the trail system started, she had 50 to 60 customers a day. Now, on weekends, she serves 400 to 500 people a day because of the impact of the trails.

"I think there's a real economic impact that trails can have on a community like this," Urban said.

Godfrey talked about, before he moved to Bradford, living in other cities that had trail systems.

"It's really exciting for me to see this occurring in Bradford and the valley, he said, adding that with the new proposal more people from the hospital, school district and other businesses will have better access to the trails.

Having "all the great parts of our community come together … is really phenomenal," Godfrey said.

OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews said the proposal was instrumental in the John Williams Pastry Shop plans to expand, and a state loan the business is getting for that expansion.

"I think that's a perfect example of a how a business can expand and grow," she said.

Council did authorize a grant application to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the part of the trail that would turn the Pine Street Bridge back into a pedestrian bridge.

Mayor Tom Riel stressed that, contrary to rumor and speculation, none of the routes for the trail are "locked in."

USFS Explains Drilling Policy

Forest Supervisor Leanne Marten and Bradford District Ranger Tony Scardina (and Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon, not pictured) spoke to a crowd of more than 150 people Tuesday night at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Marten explained that, because of the recent settlement of a lawsuit, the forest service will go ahead with "notices to proceed" for 54 drilling packages submitted before an unofficial three-month moratorium on new drilling was imposed on the Allegheny National Forest.

She said the settlement has given back to her the responsibility of issuing notices to drillers. Early this year, the responsibility was shifted from Marten to the Forest Service regional office in Milwaukee.

She says the notices should be given within the next 10 days, although some operators still need to pay timber fees at their sites and get other permits before they can drill.

As part of the agreement, the rest of the oil and gas development proposals would have to undergo some level of scrutiny under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Police Looking for Suspect

Authorities in Ohio and Pennsylvania are looking for an Akron man wanted for attempted murder.

52-year-old Dennis Burley is wanted in connection to the shooting of a 28-year-old woman in a Cuyahoga Falls parking lot. The woman is hospitalized in serious condition.

Authorities say Burley has family in Crawford County, PA. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 240 pounds and has brown hair, a beard and mustache and green eyes. He drives a 2005 silver Dodge Ram.

Burley is considered armed and dangerous.

Ex-Teacher Sentenced to Probation

A former substitute teacher in Gowanda who pleaded guilty to lying to the state Education Department about his conviction for killing a child has been sentenced to five years' probation.

60-year-old Howard Eisenman of Springville told the state his 1974 conviction came after an automobile accident when his car hit a tree, killing his passenger. But the conviction actually came after an indictment that charged him and his girlfriend with causing the death of the woman's 2-year-old daughter while he was practicing karate techniques.

Besides probation, Eisenmann has also been ordered to not work in a school setting. He's waived his right to appeal.

Rendell Recognizes Elk Regional

Elk Regional Health System in St. Marys is one of 15 Pennsylvania businesses and organizations being recognized by Governor Ed Rendell for adopting environmentally friendly practices and technologies.

Elk Regional started a biomass project that reduced energy costs and created business for local architects, contractors, equipment designers and manufacturers.

The project cut the system’s fossil fuel use by as much as 90 percent and reduced waste by 5,200 tons per year, saving the company $177,000 in the first year.

During an awards celebration, winners of the 2009 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence will receive a commemorative award to acknowledge their commitment to environmental quality.

Group Helps to Clean Up Bradford

About 30 people showed up to help pick up the streets around Bradford on Saturday, including Mayor Tom Riel, and City Police Chief Mike Close.

The event was organized by Josh Hatcher from Open Arms Community Church. "We really wanted to invite the community to come out and help out. This isn't just an Open Arms thing."

In fact, while a lot of people picking up trash were from Open Arms, several people from Grace Lutheran, and even a few from the community came to help out.

"I've had a lot of people thank me for putting this together. To be honest, it's not about that. I just thought that cleaning it up is better than complaining about it, and we worked together to make that happen," said Hatcher.

The group filled a dumpster that the Department of Public Works had provided within an hour, and continued to gather trash along Maplewood, Jackson Avenue, Bedford Street, and others.

"Our hope is that we can continue to keep these clean-up efforts going," said Hatcher, who referenced the May 2nd cleanup on Main Street and in the Project Pride Area. "I think that the Main Street and Project Pride programs are doing a great job, and I'd love to see the community come out and support these clean up efforts."

Hatcher also gives credit to Mayor Tom Riel for a lot of the effort in last weekend's clean up. "He really helped with a lot of the organization and planning, and he also spent all morning knee deep in Bradford's trash. Not many mayors across this country would do that kind of thing," said Hatcher.

Hatcher said that they are hoping other citizens in the community are willing to help continue the clean up efforts "I know that there are a few people that want to do it this coming Saturday as well," said Hatcher. Anyone willing to help clean up trash can meet again in the Grace Lutheran Parking Lot at 9AM Saturday Morning.

Port Allegany Barn Fire

For more information on Sunday's barn fire near Port Allegany, including pictures, go to the Star Hose Company's Web site.

Rolling Rock Back in Latrobe?

Rolling Rock -- the iconic beer in the dark green bottle -- is for sale, and there's speculation that its new home could be its old home of Latrobe, or an upstate New York brewery that is making Pittsburgh's Iron City.

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

'Notices to Proceed' to be Issued

The US Forest Service plans to issue "notices to proceed" for 54 drilling packages submitted before an unofficial three-month moratorium on new drilling was imposed on the Allegheny National Forest.

Forest Supervisor Leanne Marten made the announcement during a meeting last night in Warren. She said a signed settlement in a lawsuit has given back to her the responsibility of issuing notices to drillers. Early this year, the responsibility was shifted from Marten to the Forest Service regional office in Milwaukee.

She says the notices should be given within the next 10 days, although some operators still need to pay timber fees at their sites and get other permits before they can drill.

The Forest Service is holding another public meeting at 7 o'clock tonight at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Rendell Talks About Tax Relief

Governor Ed Rendell says millions of Pennsylvanians will get tax cuts about the same size as this year's, thanks to slot machine revenue.

The expected distribution of $770 million is still less than the $1 billion Rendell promised that the machines would bring in each year when he pushed to legalize them.

Still, Rendell said the additional revenue is a significant achievement considering the country's – and the state's – economic downturn.

He says money will allow more than 100,000 low-income senior citizens to pay no school property taxes at all.

"Huge cuts in school property taxes, that's what we promised and we're here to deliver it again," Rendell said during a news conference at a Pittsburgh senior center.

He also stood by his promise that the state will eventually collect $1 billion a year from the slot machines.

"You know what's happened?" Rendell asked rhetorically. "Pennsylvanians who used to go to West Virginia to gamble or who used to go Atlantic City to gamble or who used to go to Delaware to gamble, they're gambling in Pennsylvania and we're getting the benefit of it, just like I predicted."

For more on this story, go to the governor's Web site.

BRMC School Wins Technibowl

By George Nianiatus, senior writer
Communications Department


Four senior students from Bradford Regional Medical Center's (BRMC)School of Radiography proved their knowledge by winning the annual Technibowl academic competition, held this year at Trocaire College in Buffalo, N.Y.

The winning BRMC team was comprised of Emily Rieder and Kristin Braun, both of St. Marys, Ricky Bee of Olean, N.Y., and Rabecca Chase of Franklinville, N.Y.

The BRMC students competed against other teams from Trocaire College, Niagara County Community College, Monroe Community College in Rochester and WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y. BRMC's School of Radiography has won this competition six times out of the last nine years, say BRMC officials.

"This victory was just incredible," says Jeanne Burritt, director of BRMC's School of Radiography. "The students were so enthusiastic and worked so hard getting ready for the competition that it was very exciting to see them bring home the trophy. Amazingly, this win coincides with our 30-year celebration that the school has been in existence."

In the competition, four-member teams from each school answer 70 prepared questions on radiologic science topics. The teams' answers are recorded by five judges who calculate the scores and announce a winner. A total of 200 students, family members and friends attended the event held March 28. The competition's location changes each year. Last year, BRMC's School of Radiography hosted the event at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The school director added, "Our success in these competitions is due to a very competitive admissions process, students' involvement in six different clinical sites and high academic standards."

All four BRMC team members are currently working toward bachelor's degrees in radiologic science and will have them completed later this year, she noted.

Throughout its 30-year existence, students in BRMC's School of Radiography have had greater than a 99 percent passing rate on their certification exams. Furthermore, "BRMC’s School of Radiology is accredited through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and we have just been given the maximum award of an eight-year accreditation," Ms. Burritt adds.

BRMC's School of Radiography graduated its first class in 1980. It’s a hospital-based, 24-month program requiring students to travel to clinical affiliate sites at the Olean Medical Group, Elk Ragional Health Center, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Warren General Hospital and Kane Community Hospital.

Since its beginning, all 130 graduates from BRMC's School of Radiography have become certified as radiologic technologists and are working in hospitals and medical imaging centers throughout the United States.

Many graduates have pursued advanced training and certification in special imaging techniques such as mammography, CT scanning, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine. In 2001, BRMC's School of Radiography program officials developed a collaborative agreement with Pitt-Bradford. Since then, 12 graduates
from BRMC's School of Radiography earned their professional degrees.

For more information about the program, contact BRMC's School of Radiography at 814-362-8292 or go online at www.brmc.com.

Pictured, the winning team from Bradford Regional Medical Center’s School of Radiography: Kristin Braun (seated) of St. Marys, and (standing, from left) Emily Rieder, also of St. Marys, Ricky Bee of Olean, N.Y., and Rabecca Chase of Franklinville, N.Y. The team took first place in the annual Technibowl academic competition in Buffalo, N.Y., which tests knowledge of radiologic science.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

Zoo Gets Ready for Sea Lion Pup

The Pittsburgh Zoo is getting ready to welcome a new addition.

A sea lion named Zoey is pregnant and is expected to give birth this summer. Zoey and another female, Maggie, have been mating with a male named Seahawk.

The females were born at the Indianapolis Zoo and came to Pittsburgh in the late 1990s. Seahawk came from a rescue organization in 2006 after he was found orphaned off the California coast.

Zoo officials will closely monitor Zoey to ensure she bonds with the pup, which will be the first pup born at the Pittsburgh zoo.

Midway Park on Historic Register

Midway Park near Bemus Point, New York, is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The park was nominated by property owners, municipalities and organizations throughout the state.

Midway Park was already on the state registry and is now eligible for matching state grants and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

AG Objects to Newspaper Bonuses

State Attorney General Tom Corbett is objecting to a newspaper publisher's plans to pay its top executives up to $1.7 million in bonuses although the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Corbett's court filing says the bonuses amount to an employee retention plan, which is prohibited under federal bankruptcy law.

Journal Register Company is based in Yardley, Pa., and owns the New Haven Register in Connecticut and dozens of other newspapers in several states.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in February.

'We Lost Our Voice Today'

Longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who punctuated innumerable home runs with his "Outta here!" call, died Monday after being found passed out in the broadcast booth before a game against the Washington Nationals. He was 73.

"We lost our voice today," team president David Montgomery said, his voice cracking. "He has loved our game and made just a tremendous contribution to our sport and certainly to our organization."

Kalas, who turned 73 on March 26, has broadcast Phillies games since 1971. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.

Goveror Rendell's statement:
“I am shocked and saddened by Harry’s untimely and unexpected passing. He was a Philadelphia institution who made the game for countless fans. The entire professional baseball family is the less with his loss, and I offer my sincere condolences to the Kalas family.”

Senator Specter's statement:
"As the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, Harry Kalas was everyone's friend in this region. His incisive commentaries will be sorely missed."


For more on this story, go to philly.com.

On a personal note: The first Phillies game I ever saw in person -- which turned me into a Phillies fan -- was in 1971, which means Harry Kalas was the announcer the entire time I've liked the team. (By the way, the score was Phillies 11 San Diego 0. Greg Luzinski and Mike Scmidt both hit home runs. Wayne Twitchell was the pitcher.)

Auxiliary Buys GlideScope

By George Nianiatus, senior writer
Communications Department



A $12,000 GlideScope specially designed to enable easier intubation in patients with difficult airway conditions was purchased for Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) by Bradford Hospital Auxiliary.

The GlideScope, manufactured by Verathon Medical, is designed for first-pass success to give healthcare providers a clear view of the patient’s airway. This enables quick intubation, which involves inserting a tube through the mouth or the nose and into a patient's lungs to help them breathe. “This is the most up-to-date medical equipment available for use on difficult airways,” says Robert Landfried, D.O., F.A.O.C.A., chairman of BRMC’s Department of Anesthesiology/Pain Management. “The GlideScope is best used on patients with airway trauma from vehicle accidents, injuries to the face or those with facial abnormalities.”

Dr. Landfried already has experienced how well the GlideScope performs. “It definitely makes a big difference on patients with difficult airways,” he says.

Involved with the selection process for the GlideScope was Brian Walters, D.O., BRMC’s chairman of the Emergency Department. “We purchased the GlideScope for the hospital once we discovered there was a need for it in BRMC’s Anesthesiology and Emergency Departments,” explains Mrs. Hauser. “The Auxiliary was happy to be able to provide the funds to make this important purchase. It was something the two departments really needed and didn’t have,” she notes.

The majority of the funding came from a “Touching Hearts, Changing Lives” fundraiser in early February co-hosted by the Auxiliary and the AKtion Club, a Kiwanis-sponsored organization for adults with disabilities. Additional funding for the equipment purchase came from the Auxiliary’s uniform sales held throughout the year at BRMC, Mrs. Hauser adds

Making medical equipment purchases is just part of the Auxiliary’s mission. The Auxiliary supports BRMC financially and with its 200-plus volunteers.

As further evidence of its financial support, the Auxiliary last year made its first $60,000 donation of its overall $300,000 pledge that’s part of BRMC’s “Building The Future” capital campaign. The total pledge amount is the largest in the Auxiliary’s history. The Auxiliary also donates annually toward healthcare scholarships for area nursing and radiography students.

For more information about the Auxiliary or to make a donation, call
362-8582 or go online at www.brmc.com.

Shown with the recently purchased patient airway GlideScope are (from left) Virginia Hauser, Bradford Hospital Auxiliary’s executive director; Robert Landfried, D.O., F.A.O.C.A., chairman of Bradford Regional Medical Center’s Department of Anesthesiology/Pain Management; and Mike Walter, AKtion Club president. The Auxiliary and AKtion Club co-sponsored a “Touching Hearts, Changing Lives” fundraiser in February which raised the bulk of funds to buy the medical equipment.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)