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Saturday, May 16, 2009

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Friday, May 15, 2009

FCI-McKean Inmate Indicted

An inmate at FCI-McKean has been indicted on escape charges.

32-year-old Patrick Akins is accused of leaving the grounds of the prison camp with 27-year-old Terri Batts of Buffalo.

Batts has been indicted on a charge of assisting escape for driving Akins from the prison camp.

Akins and Batts each face a total of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 fine or both. Akins sentence would be consecutive to his current sentence.

The US Attorney's office says FCI-McKean officers conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

Yeager, Altman Convicted

A Warren County jury found Susan Yeager and Cory Altman guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the shooting death of Yeager's estranged husband Shawn last December.

Altman was convicted of actually shooting Shawn Yeager, and Susan Yeager was convicted as an accomplice who hatched the plot.

The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for about two hours before returning the verdicts. The two face life in prison.

BRMC Lauds Employees

Bradford Regional Medical Center’s employees were honored and recognized for their contributions and dedication during the annual Service Awards Banquet at The Bradford Club on Thursday.

The banquet’s theme was “As One Person I Cannot Change The World, But I Can Change The World For One Person.” It was held during National Hospital Week, which runs from May 10-16.

Banquet co-host Dennis Geitner, BRMC’s vice president of Human Resources, aid, “This is an opportunity to recognize our employees who have reached service milestones and for their dedication and hard work in providing quality care to the communities we serve.” He added, “We’re celebrating our most valuable asset - BRMC employees.”

Other banquet co-hosts were Tina Hannahs, director of revenue management, and Kerry Payne, supervisor of coding in Health Information Management. Mrs. Hannahs spoke about BRMC’s new Culture Committee. “The mission of the Culture Committee is to create a culture of service for our family, friends, co-workers, patients and neighbors. The culture of service is clearly represented by the number of years of service that our employees have committed to BRMC and the impact they have had on so many people. Our employees can take pride in that on any given day we make ourselves and our patients think, ‘Wow, what a great place BRMC is.’”

Following, service awards to employees were given by Edwin O. Pecht, chairman of BRMC’s Board of Directors, and Bradford Regional President/CEO George E. Leonhardt.
At the banquet, 35-year awards went to Jeanne Johnson and Patty Vleminckx.

Thirty-year awards went to Lynette Carll, Sandra Curran, Walter Durci, Stephanie Frederick, Bonnie Frisina, Tina George, Nancy Hagg, Robert Himes, Melanie Shay and Maryellen Troutman.

Silver Circle 25-year awards were given to Anne Newcombe, Kenneth Shelander and Mark Wolford.

Recognized for 20 years were Francie Ambuske, Diane Boser, Dolores Britton, Denise Coffey, Susan Ewings, Katherine Frontino, Donna Garin, Judith Gorton, Anne Hardy, Cheryl Johnson, Jill Keane, Hope Kline, Marice McClelland, Karen Parkhurst, Kathryn Pascarella, Deborah Price, Mary Ross, Lois Sager, Diana Scott, Renee Shembeda, Linda South, Terri Stauffer, Barbara Thrush and Nicholas Yaworsky.

Fifteen-year awards went to Jamie Colley, Melanie Durkee, Heather Faulkner, Bonnie Keech, Kimberly Maben, Judith Palmer, Mary Porter, Cynthia Simms and Anne Zimbardi.

Ten-year awards were given to Karen Butler, Melinda Carlson, Robert Henderson, Cassie Hollamby, Shannon Madore, Ferdinand Magno, M.D., Melissa McLeod, Julie Pascarella, Mary Ann Polucci-Sherman, Laurie Schiafone, Katherine Vergith and Andrea Yehl.

Recognized with five years of service were Syed Ally, M.D., Lynn Brauser, Kathleen Bridge, Marjorie Burns, Janelle Erickson, Kristy Erickson, Amy Frederick, Anna Frost, Suzanne Grandinetti, Linda Howard, Ann Kaczmarek, Kristen Maholic, Natalie Mawn, Stacia Nolder, Jean Page, Tamy Payne, Karen Stahl, Laura Swanson, Lindsi Thompson, Jason Tingley, Tina White, Edna Wintermantel, Jamie Yeager, Laura Yohe and Stacey Yohe.

This week concludes events hosted at BRMC in recognition of National Hospital Week and also National Nursing Home Week.

Pictured from left, George E. Leonhardt, BRMC President/CEO; Patty Vleminckx; Edwin O. Pecht, BRMC Board Chairman; and Dennis Geitner, BRMC Vice President, Human Resources.

Police Memorial Day at UPB

Sheriff Tim Howard's Address

Pictured, (top photo) Chief Mike Close (left and Jim Erwin of the Bradford City Police Department lay a wreath in honor of local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty: Carl Whippo of Johnsonburg, Dave Distrola of Bradford and Steve Jerman of Kane; From left, Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Joseph Scarnati and Erie County (N.Y.) Sheriff Tim Howard wait for the color guard to pass out of the auditorium; Erie County (N.Y.) Sheriff Tim Howard speaks to those gathered in the Bromeley Family Theater at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

(Photos by Kimberly Marcott Weinberg)

It's Official -- E85 is Here

Crosby's/Tim Horton's store manager Crystal Payne cuts the ribbon on the E85 pump at the Foster Brook Crosby's fueling station Friday afternoon. Reid Petroleum President Paul Quebral (wearing a suit) says this is the only E85 pump from Buffalo to Pittsburgh. The Crosby's celebration continues Saturday as Scott Douglas broadcasts live from the store on 100.1 The HERO from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our condolences to Doug Galli, who couldn't be at the ribbon cutting because of the death of his father.

Temporary Shutdown at Zippo

In response to the current business conditions, Zippo announced today a temporary reduction in staffing levels. The company is implementing a plant shutdown effective Thursday, May 21 through Friday, May 29. This time period includes the Memorial Day holiday.

According to Zippo President and CEO, Greg Booth, the shutdown will affect the majority of positions in the factory, except for those positions that are needed to meet order shipments, to maintain the facilities and to continue ongoing internal improvement projects.

Currently, adjustments in work hours and schedules for all office staff are being evaluated, with changes pending. During the layoff period, Zippo offices will continue to be open during regular business hours.

Booth said, “Zippo strongly regrets these temporary layoffs, but current economic factors, particularly in overseas markets, have forced Zippo to adjust the staffing levels. Despite the fact that sales in the U.S. domestic market remain solid, they are not strong enough to offset the sales declines in some of our international markets.”

Zippo remains a strong and viable company with products that are second to none,” Booth noted. “Currently we are aggressively pursuing new sales opportunities with existing customers and many new customers in emerging markets. We will return to normal staffing levels and working hours as soon as business conditions warrant.”

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Former Lt. Governor Kline Dies

Former Lt. Gov. Ernest Kline died of heart failure at Hershey Medical Center on Wednesday.

Kline served eight years as lieutenant governor in the 1970s under Gov. Milton Shapp.

He served six years in the state senate before he became lieutenant governor.

Kline was a radio news reporter when he broke into politics, winning a seat on the Beaver Falls council.

Battle Over Legal Notices

A battle is brewing in Harrisburg on whether municipalities and school districts should have to pay to place legal notices in newspapers.

Three bills are pending on the issue, and the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on it this morning.

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association is against the bills, but some municipalities and lawmakers say legal notices are a waste of taxpayer money.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Tom Caltagirone says he's not sure if the bill will get a committee vote, but thinks if it gets to the floor it will pass. No date has been set for voting.

Police Memorial Day Friday

Friday w is Police Memorial Day, and a service will be at 1 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Besides attending the service, Dan Songer, director of Campus Security at Pitt-Bradford is asking residents to do something else.

He's encouraging all residents and businesses to lower their flags to half-staff.

"It just shows that they're thinking about us, and thinking about those that have passed on before us, just going out and doing their job like everybody else," Songer said.

Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati and Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard will speak during the service.

Pictured, Scarnati speaking at the Police Memorial Day service in Harrisburg on May 4.

4 Inducted Into Honor Society

Four St. Bonaventure University sophomores were recently inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Honorary Mathematics Society.

Courtney Bosse, an engineering physics major from Carmel, Ind., John Hasper, a physics major from Great Valley, N.Y., Nicole Markert, a mathematics major from Auburn, Ohio, and Troy Mulholland, a physics major from Dewittville, N.Y., make up this year’s class of inductees.

All four students have excelled not only in mathematics, but in their own specific fields of study as well.

The National Honorary Mathematics Society, Pi Mu Epsilon, was established at Syracuse University in 1914. Since its founding the honorary has expanded to 300 chapters in North America. St. Bonaventure belongs to the New York Omega chapter.

The goal of the society is to encourage intellectual and scholarly activity among mathematics students.

To be inducted one must be an undergraduate with two years of math courses, including calculus, with a B average, and a ranking in the top one-third of the class. One can also be inducted if he is a sophomore math major with at least three semesters of math courses, including calculus, with an A in every course, and must rank in the top one-fourth of the class.

26 Inducted into Honor Society

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford inducted 26 students into Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students.

Induction took place in a ceremony held in the Mukaiyama University Room last month.

To be eligible for membership, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 during the first term of study or obtain at least a 3.5 average after two terms.

Among those inducted were Brianna Nichole Barrick, a nursing major from East Berlin; Paul Bourgeois, a computer information systems and technology major from Meadville; Maria G. Costanza, a public relations major from Pittsburgh; Meagan Marie Culver, a nursing major from Port Allegany; Sarah Diana Devine, a nursing major from Pittsburgh; Joshua Flowers, a chemistry education major from New Columbia; Jeremy Scott Freer, a broadcast communications major from Cyclone; Sara Gligora, a sociology major from Milton; Mary Gross, an athletic training major from Ford City;

Ashleigh Hauck, a sports medicine major from New Columbia; Marissa Housler, a nursing major from St. Marys; Lauren Kinniburgh, an athletic training major from Smethport; Mi-Sol Kwon, a nursing major from South Korea; Tracy Le, a pre-pharmacy major from Bethlehem; Christina McClarren, a psychology major from Red Lion; Ian McDonough, a history/political science major from Bradford; Jodie Lynn Nelson, a chemistry education major from Kane; Aaron Patrick Owens, a nursing major from York; Sarah M. Randolph, an elementary education major from Bradford; John D. Setzer, an accounting major from Hughesville;

Leslie Kate Shallop, a nursing major from Bradford; Nikki Marie Thompson, an undeclared major from Westfield; Thang Tran, a pre-pharmacy major from Macungie; Kyle Warner, a sport and recreation management major from Towanda; and Kaitlin M. Zapel, a human relations major from Bradford.

Also, Diana Wadlow, a psychology major from Allegany, N.Y., was awarded the Maria Leonard Senior Book Award, which is given by the National Alpha Lambda Delta to the graduating member of the society with the highest grade point average.

(Yay Katie!)

'The Valley That Changed the World'
DVD Available at Roseart, Online

"The Valley that Changed the World," a co-production of WQED Pittsburgh and the Oil Region Alliance, is now available in DVD format. The 57 minute production, which premiered on WQED, Pittsburgh's public television station in April, chronicles the discovery of petroleum in the Oil Creek valley in 1859 through modern times.

The DVD features a wide range of local historians and experts in the petroleum industry. The production covers the historical role of northwest Pennsylvania in the story but also discusses the challenges faced by the industry worldwide.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "This is an excellent production that appeals to a wide range of audiences, from the casual history buff to anyone with an interest in the history of our region".

The retail price for the DVD is $19.95 plus shipping and PA sales tax.

It can be ordered at the online store at, or purchased at The Alliance on Seneca, 206 Seneca Street, 4th Floor, Oil City and will be available at the following additional retail outlets:

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

A Gift for Science in Motion

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Science In Motion program has received a new van thanks to a donation from Bradford Fairway Sales and Leasing.

The 2006 Ford Freestar will be used to transport the Science In Motion team to area middle schools and high schools to bring high-quality, state-of-the-art science equipment into the schools to enhance existing programs and to expand the science knowledge of the students.

Earlier this year, the budget of each Science In Motion program was reduced nearly 9 percent by the state. This resulted in the Pitt-Bradford program going from a two-van operation to a one-van operation. In order to help address the fiscal crisis, a van that required very little maintenance, would get fairly good gas mileage and had ample storage space was required.

“Because Science In Motion educators travel more than 15,000 miles visiting 33 schools per year, the Freestar is ideal,” said James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs, registrar and director of Science In Motion. “Thanks to Linford Toy, Benjamin Shearman and Chad Perkins, Fairway Sales and Leasing was able to donate a significant portion of the cost of the van.”

Perkins, sales and business manager for Fairway Sales and Leasing, said, “We feel fortunate to have an accredited university in our local community,” said Perkins, sales and business manager. “A lot of dealerships do not get to have their involvement in the community seen as we do. It is our pleasure to assist Pitt-Bradford with its vehicle needs.”

Pitt-Bradford is one of 11 institutions that form the consortium that, as part of the Pennsylvania Basic Education/Higher Education Science and Technology Partnership Program, serves schools in the commonwealth. The program consists of a full-time mobile educator, administrative assistant and lab technician.

The Pitt-Bradford program supports a region about the size of the state of Connecticut, providing service to the most rural and economically disadvantaged regions of Pennsylvania.

A review of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment scores for each school in the counties served by the Pitt-Bradford SIM program revealed, collectively, considerably higher scores in science than in math and reading (and with two exceptions, in writing). Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4, 8 and 11 is assessed in science.

Pictured, from left, Brenda Brandon, Melanie Acker and James Baldwin of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Science In Motion program with Chad Perkins, sales and business manager of Bradford Fairway Sales and Leasing. A donation by Bradford Fairway provided the mobile science program with a 2006 Ford Freestar van, shown here.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Treasury Department Statement on Chrysler Dealership Closings

WASHINGTON - Earlier today, Chrysler announced the specifics of its planned dealer consolidation. This announcement, which has been part of Chrysler’s plan for some time, is one of several steps the Company is taking to restructure to achieve financial viability.

A month ago, Chrysler faced the real prospect of liquidation, which would have eliminated all 3,200 of the company’s dealers. As a result of the successful Chrysler-Fiat partnership and the backing of the President’s Auto Task Force, Chrysler is now positioned to move forward with a plan that retains 75% of its dealers – representing 87% of Chrysler sales. Consistent with the Task Force’s role in the restructuring process, it was not involved in the specific design or implementation of Chrysler’s dealer consolidation plan. The Task Force played no role in deciding which dealers, or how many dealers, were part of Chrysler’s announcement today.

We understand that this rationalization will be difficult on the dealers that will no longer be selling Chrysler cars and on the communities in which they operate. However, the sacrifices by the dealer community – alongside those of auto workers, suppliers, creditors, and other Chrysler stakeholders – are necessary for this company and the industry to succeed. And a stronger Chrysler, supported by an efficient and effective dealer network, will provide more stability for current employees and the prospect for future employment growth.

In addition, the Administration is committed to continuing its significant efforts to help ensure that financing is available to creditworthy dealers and pursuing efforts to help boost domestic demand for cars. These steps will help auto dealers, the auto industry, and the American economy.

Zoo-Hatched Eaglet Put Into Nest

DOYLESTOWN – For the second time in 13 years, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Philadelphia Zoo officials teamed up to foster a zoo-hatched eagle into a wild nest in the Commonwealth. This time the eaglet was placed in a wild nest already holding two eaglets near Doylestown on Thursday.

“Fostering is a process that the Game Commission has used successfully in the recent past to place eaglets that were in trees in which their nest was situated was blown down,” said Dr. John Morgan, Game Commission Southeast Region Wildlife Management Supervisor. “In fact, in August of 2007, we fostered an eaglet into a Berks County nest that was separated from its parents when its nest in Lancaster County blew down in a wind storm.

“The decision of where to foster this Zoo-hatched eaglet was based on being able to find a nest with no more than two eaglets of similar age and size. This is not always an easy task.”

A leading wildlife conservation and education institution, the Philadelphia Zoo has been involved in numerous bird conservation initiatives throughout the world. On April 2, the Zoo’s resident pair of eagles (both rehabilitated birds that cannot survive in the wild) hatched an eaglet from an egg laid around Feb. 25.

Through an ongoing agreement with the federal government in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, this eaglet will be fostered into a wild nest further bolstering the already-recovering Pennsylvania population of bald eagles.

“The bald eagle is a tremendous conservation success story,” said Dr. Andrew Baker, Chief Operating Officer and V.P. of Animal Programs for the Philadelphia Zoo. “We’re thrilled to have been a part of this effort and are committed to the survival of other endangered species.”

Fostering and hacking were two of the primary means of re-establishing Pennsylvania’s bald eagle population.

“With more than 170 nesting pairs in Pennsylvania, there no longer is need to raise eagles in one place and foster them to another place,” said Doug Gross, Game Commission biologist. “Protecting our eagle nesting locations with the cooperation of the landowners has proven to be an excellent strategy for eagle recovery in recent years.

“What’s so exciting about the bald eagle’s return is that each year they’re nesting in more counties, strengthening their population in Pennsylvania and giving more residents the chance to enjoy these magnificent birds,” Gross said. “Their presence is stronger than ever and it doesn’t appear that they’re close to being done claiming new nesting territories in the Commonwealth. Who knows, maybe your county will be the next to host eagles.”

Since 1983, Pennsylvania’s eagle nests have produced more than 1,100 eaglets, and the population has increased by about 15 percent annually. The heaviest production, of course, has occurred in recent years. Eagle nesting success has been 70 percent or greater for some time. Poor weather conditions have the greatest impact on nesting success, followed by nest intrusions and predators, but as more eagles nest instate and competition for prime nesting sites increases, eagle nesting success eventually may level off or drop.

“There’s still plenty of new or sparsely-used territory for nesting pairs in the Commonwealth,” noted Gross. “Some of the best remaining includes the Susquehanna’s north and west branches, the Juniata River and the Lake Erie shoreline. There also are of a number of large lakes and impoundments scattered across the state with more than adequate fisheries and no eagles.”

Thompson Attempts to Rein-In Spending on Green School Act

U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today used a parliamentary procedure on the floor of the House of Representatives to add a deficit trigger into a bill called The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (H.R. 2187). The vote split on party lines and the measure failed 182 to 247.

“With this bill, the federal government bites off more than it can chew or our future generations can digest,” Thompson said. “Nationalization and regulation of the bricks and mortar of our schools is not the direction we should be heading when the federal government has yet to make good on funding commitments for education programming.”

This bill could cost as much as $40 billion over five years, and it undermines the state and local control of school construction while expanding the role of the federal government. It requires states and school districts to modernize school buildings while meeting regulations that building materials meet certain environmental rules.

Thompson asked for a motion to recommit the bill after it passed on the floor of the House. That request allowed him to offer his amendment that if the deficit reached $500 billion annually, the funds for the Green Public School Facilities would be halted.

Thompson told his House colleagues, “Half a trillion is an awfully high bar. In fact, in the entire time George W. Bush was President—in fact, in the entire history of our great nation!—our deficit has never exceeded $500 billion.”

Thompson explained that this measure does not change the bill as written but, “It will ensure this new program will wait until we can afford it.”

He said, “Despite the majority’s hollow promises of fiscal responsibility, there is nothing in this legislation to offset this hefty price tag with spending reductions elsewhere.”

The government is expected to run a deficit of $1.84 trillion—about $90 billion higher than we were told in February. “This bill, no matter how well intentioned, will add billions to the federal debt,” said Thompson. “It requires that all school construction projects must comply with Davis -Bacon wage mandates that will drive up the costs more than 20 percent.”

Thompson concluded, “Maybe one day the federal government will be able to afford $40 billion to tell schools how to maintain their facilities. But that day is not today.”

This measure has the potential to siphon resources from other longstanding education priorities and does nothing for student academic achievement. “The creation of a new federal school construction program adds another competing program that will make it increasingly difficult to fulfill funding commitments already in place—such as the Title I program for disadvantaged students and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” said Thompson.

State Department of Ed. Signs Contract for Keystone Exams

While legislators are still debating whether Pennsylvania should institute graduation testing, the state Department of Education executed a $200 million contract with a company to start developing the tests.

Data Recognition Corporation of Maple Grove, Minnesota, will work on the Keystone Exams.

House Minority Leader Sam Smith says he has major concerns about the contract.

"This is just one more layer on top of another assessment system that they apparently don't think works. So one, I think it's a waste of money. It's going to be like $8 million this year and $200 and some million over the next four or five years," Smith said.

"Secondly, in a year when we have a very, very tight budget, to even be thinking of starting a new program such as this is just not common sense. There's not a lot of support for this in the legislature, I think they may be actually violating the law by signing this contract.

"I don't believe the average school board member and superintendents across Pennsylvania actually support this. But the biggest problem is it's a new program; it's additional money coming out of the education budget at a time when we really need to be controlling our spending and our revenues are down," Smith said.

The state is facing a $3 billion budget deficit.

Fatal Crash Near Sugar Grove

A Jamestown man is dead following an accident on Route 27 near Sugar Grove Thursday afternoon.

State police say 46-year-old John Jackson was attempting to negotiate a curve when the truck went off the road, went back onto the road and flipped over. It slid along the road, then hit a guardrail and concrete bridge.

Warren County Deputy Coroner Stanley Taydus pronounced Jackson dead at the scene.

The truck was removed by Ostrom Enterprises Heavy Duty Recovery.

Gowanda Man Indicted

A Gowanda man has been indicted by a grand jury for shooting a person who was sitting in a car.

Rafael Sanjuro is accused of shooting the gun at a vehicle, which was within 500 feet of a house, and shooting one of the people in the vehicle.

Three children younger than 17 were in the house when he fired the gun.

The allegedly incident happened March 15 on Queen Street in Olean.

Sanjuro had previously been convicted of a crime and is not allowed to possess firearms. Besides that violation, he's charged with assault and endangering the welfare of children.

Rink Brothers on List to Close,
But Don't Count Them Out

Rink Brothers, the oldest original Chrysler dealer in the country, is one of the 789 dealerships the automaker wants to close as part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan.

But Rink Brothers General Manager Tom Colewell says don't count them out yet, although they weren't totally surprised by the announcement.

He says once Chrysler announced the bankruptcy earlier this month they had a feeling they would be on the list to close because the company is concentrating on keeping its higher volume dealerships operating.

Colewell says that's related to Chrysler's new alliance with Fiat, and trying to bring that to the US.

"There not going to be selling Fiats in Bradford, Pennsylvania," he said. "I mean, let's be honest."

He says the dealers will have a right to appeal to get off the closure list, and they are looking into that option.

Another option, he says, is operating Rink Brothers as a used car dealership.

For the time being, Colewell says, Rink Brothers will continue to "operate as normal."

Marra Brothers in Olean is also on the list of dealerships Chrysler wants to close.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Senecas Expected to Sign Catskills Casino Contract on Thursday

Seneca Nation officials are expected to be in Sullivan County Thursday to formally announce and sign a contract to build a 2 million-square-foot casino and resort in the Catskills.

The Seneca Nation Legislative Council and Sullivan County lawmakers approved a deal in which the municipalities surrounding the casino receive a $15.5 million payment every year from proceeds generated by the gaming operations. In Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara counties, the payments are based on a percentage of the slot machine revenues.

The casino will have 6,000 slot machines, 120 game tables and 30 poker tables. The complex will also feature a 1,500-room hotel and spa, a 5,000-seat arena, 12 restaurants and other retail space.

The project is the largest economic development proposal in the Hudson Valley.

State Employees Expected to Work Without Pay in Budget Impasse

The budget deadline is more than six weeks away, but Governor Rendell has notified nearly 80,000 state workers Wednesday by e-mail that they will stop receiving paychecks if there's a budget impasse – but they should still show up for work.

"I know that delayed pay would present a significant financial challenge for many of you," the governor wrote. "I wanted to provide you with as much advance notice as possible so that you might begin planning for this potential disruption."

The state workers would get back pay after the budget passes.

The deadline to pass the budget is June 30, but no budget has been passed on time since Rendell became governor.

PSP Reports Drop in
Pursuits, Fatalities in 2008

The number of police pursuits in Pennsylvania and the number of people killed in those pursuits dropped last year, State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

Pawlowski said law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania reported involvement in 1,809 vehicle pursuits in 2008, a drop of 6.3 percent from the 1,931 pursuits in 2007. The number of deaths resulting from those pursuits fell from 13 in 2007 to nine last year, he said.

The statistics are contained in the 2008 Pennsylvania Police Pursuit Report, which was compiled by state police and can be accessed through the Police Pursuit Reporting System link at

Other information contained in the report shows that:

*603 of the pursuits resulted in crashes, with 212 of those crashes resulting in injuries.
*Slightly more than half of all the pursuits (910) were initiated because of traffic violations, including speeding. The other most common reasons for police to initiate pursuits were felony criminal offenses (260); driving under the influence or suspected DUI (239); and stolen or suspected stolen vehicles (227).
*1,301 pursuits resulted in the apprehension of the fleeing motorist.

"Under state law, every police department in Pennsylvania must have a written emergency vehicle-response policy governing procedures under which an officer should initiate, continue or terminate a pursuit," Pawlowski said. "By law, these policies are confidential."

The Vehicle Code defines a pursuit as an "attempt by a police officer operating a motor vehicle to apprehend one or more occupants of a vehicle when the driver of the vehicle is resisting the apprehension by maintaining or increasing his speed or by ignoring the police officer's audible or visual signal to stop."

Since 1996, the Vehicle Code has required state police to compile and publish pursuit reports.

Police agencies in Pennsylvania report their pursuit data directly to state police through the Pennsylvania Police Pursuit Reporting System, which is an Internet-based system maintained by the state police Bureau of Research and Development.

Just Because ...

Justin on WGRZ-TV

Check out the Justin Willoughby story at

Bill Extending Insurance Benefits for Young Adults Heads to Governor

Legislation introduced by Senator Jake Corman (R-34) to extend health care coverage for young adults under their parents’ insurance plans is headed to the Governor for enactment into law following the House of Representatives’ approval (192 to 2) of the measure today. The Senate unanimously approved the bill on March 25.

Senate Bill 189, introduced by Senator Corman, would extend health insurance coverage, at the expense of policyholders, to adult dependent children up to the age of 30 who are not married, have no dependents, are residents of the Commonwealth or enrolled as a full-time student at an institution of higher education and are not provided insurance coverage or eligible for government benefits. Insurers would be able to determine increases in the premium to cover this additional benefit.

“I am pleased that the House acted quickly to move Senate Bill 189 on to the Governor’s desk for enactment into law,” Senator Corman said. “This bill is particularly important in these tough economic times. Many working young people don’t receive benefits or have to pay extremely high premiums. That results in young adults age 18 to 34 representing the largest segment of uninsured Pennsylvanians. Senate Bill 189 provides an innovative and fiscally responsible way to provide insurance to some of those young adults at a cost they and their families can afford.”

Senator Corman's legislation is part of the Senate Republican HealthNET PA package, a blueprint that expands access to health care and medicine to uninsured and low-income working Pennsylvanians.

Thursday is "Shoofly Pie Day"

HARRISBURG – Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed May 14 as “Shoofly Pie Day” in recognition of Pennsylvania’s tasty treat, and to help launch the state’s new spring and summer tourism promotion: the Peter Arthur Stories.

“No dessert is as uniquely ‘Pennsylvanian’ as a piece of shoofly pie,” Governor Rendell said. “We wanted to celebrate this pie, which was made famous by the Pennsylvania Dutch, and give it a cameo role in our new tourism campaign starring a guy with just the right initials, Peter Arthur.”

The Peter Arthur Stories follow the character’s quirky odyssey to recapture a lost slice of his youth.

“At age 12, Peter became captivated with shoofly pie and Meg, the waitress who served it,” Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary for Tourism Mickey Rowley said. “Now a young man, Peter is traveling across the state on a voyage fueled by dreams of his first love and held together by molasses.”

The Peter Arthur Stories include four Web-based short films, which can be found at The films offer a generous helping of Keystone State scenery, roadside attractions, quaint communities and larger-than-life characters. Visitors to the site can learn more about Peter’s road trip, as well as discover the favorite spots of his co-stars, explore attractions across the state to plan their own Peter-inspired roadtrip, and enter a sweepstakes.

The story behind shoofly pie, which is made of a crumb crust, brown sugar, and molasses, begins with the Amish and Mennonite bakers who cooled their molasses pies in windowsills. Since flies were attracted by the sugary aroma, the bakers had to constantly “shoo” the flies away.

Although Peter does love shoofly pie he would never be able sample a slice from every eatery; one of the most famous being the Bird-in-Hand Bakery in Lancaster County ( The fourth generation of the Smucker family still makes a wide variety of Pennsylvania Dutch favorites from scratch – from its famous wet-bottom shoofly pie and oversized apple dumplings to whoopie pies and fresh pumpkin pie made from homegrown pumpkins.

Travelers can experience the shoofly pie tradition at any of these stops across the state:

• Albion Diner, Albion, Erie County,, 814-756-4913
• Wellsboro Diner, Wellsboro, Tioga County, 570-724-3992
• Brody’s Diner, Centre Hall, Centre County, 814-364-5099
• Dana’s Family Restaurant, Palmyra, Lebanon County, 717-838-6822
• Saville’s Diner, Boyertown, Berks County, 610-369-1433
• Miss Oxford Diner, Oxford, Chester County,, 610-932-2653
• Wolfe’s Diner, Dillsburg, York County, 717-432-2101
• Good n’ Plenty Restaurant, Smoketown, Lancaster County,, 717-394-7111

Seven Students Inducted Into
Alpha Sigma Lambda

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has inducted seven students into the Upsilon Phi Beta chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the premier national honor society for nontraditional students.

Students were inducted in a ceremony in the Mukaiyama University Room.

In order to qualify for membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, a student must have earned at least 30 credits at Pitt-Bradford and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

Those inducted were Benjamin F. Babcox (AKA Intern Ben), a broadcast communications major from Smethport; Eric Hund, a public relations major from Great Valley, N.Y.; Diane M. Marold, a human relations major from Kane; Luke E. Morley, a social studies 7-12 major from Coudersport; Brenda Porter, a nursing major from Ridgway; Mary Jo Stuckey, a sociology major from Coudersport; and Harold Allen Yale, a psychology major from Kane.

Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs, is advisor for the group.

Unwanted Medication Collection

PA CleanWays of McKean County is sponsoring an Unwanted Medication Collection Program this Saturday, May 16, 2009, from 8AM to Noon at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. This event is free to the public, who should come to the hospital at the new entrance off of North Bennett Street. No personal information will be requested and participants are asked to use a black marker to cover any personal information including names, addresses, and account numbers. Please do not cover product names or dosages as an inventory needs to be taken.

Unwanted Medication Collection Events have only been organized in Elk, Cumberland, Philadelphia and Erie Counties in Pennsylvania. Local residents are encouraged to empty their medicine cabinets, participate in this event, and help protect our local water resources and young people. Everything collected will be safely disposed of at an approved medical waste incinerator.

Harmony Man Caught in Ohio

A Chautauqua County man accused of kidnapping his estranged wife Tuesday afternoon in the Town of Busti has been caught in Ohio.

The victim, Julie Hall, is alive.

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies say 57-year-old Harold Hall of Harmony ran his wife off the road, then took her away in his vehicle. Deputies say Hall was believed to have a hammer with him at the time of the incident, but they didn't know if he had any other weapons in his vehicle. They say he has a violent history.

A news conference is scheduled for noon today at the Lakewood-Busti Police Department.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

State Budget Crisis Could Impact Main Street, Elm Street Programs

WESB/WBRR News Director

The state budget crisis could have a major impact on the City of Bradford.

During Tuesday's Bradford City Council meeting, City Clerk John Peterson talked about the city's recycling program, which currently receives some state grant money.

"Does it cost the City of Bradford money to recycle?" Peterson asked rhetorically. "You betcha."

The Department of Environmental Protection awards performance grants that go toward paying for part of the cost of the program. The city also receives grants for equipment, trucks, maintenance costs and more. He said the grants help defer the cost of the program and, without those, there would be an additional burden on the city.

If that grant program is eliminated, Peterson said, it would be an unfunded mandate because, under the Third Class City Code, Bradford is required to recycle.

"It's absolutely essential that the recycling grant program continue," Peterson said.

The Main Street and Elm Street programs could be on the chopping block as well.

Mayor Tom Riel said there's "been some rumbling out of Harrisburg" about stopping monetary support for these programs.

"Those programs have brought hundreds of thousands of dollars into Bradford and there's a threat that we may not receive any more funds," Riel said.

When approving payment for a project on Cole Avenue (part of the Elm Street Program), Riel said, "That's what Harrisburg is trying to take away from us."

He encouraged residents to contact State Senator Joe Scarnati and State Representative Marty Causer to tell them how important the programs are to the city.

In other matters, council gave the OK to the Bradford City Police Department to use tasers on a temporary and experimental basis.

Councilman Bob Tingley said he did have reservations about the tasers, but Officer Greg Boser, who is the training officer, put his mind at ease.

Tingley said he was concerned about "overzealous" officers and liability issues. But he said when he learned that the tasers come with cameras he was "very satisfied" with Boser's answers about his concerns.

Riel noted that the tasers were donated to the police department so there's no cost to taxpayers. He said several years ago an officer was injured and the cost to the city was about $30,000. If that officer had a taser, Riel said, the injuries probably wouldn't have happened.

In other matters, Councilman Ross Neidich talked about the stepped up efforts of the city's code enforcement officers.

He said this year they did 288 rental inspections as compared to 96 last year. This year, they sent out 118 letters concerning violations. Last year they sent out 46. They've also only had to issue 35 citations this year as compared to 102 last year.

"I think we're whole-heartedly attempting to attack this issue," Neidich said. "I think we're going to see some improvements."

Neidich also said before people talked about something going against the code, they should see if that's really the case.

It's "amazing" what currently meets code, he said.

"There are some places out there that I would probably not put my pet dog in, but they meet code," he said.

Neidich did say when one family was recently evicted from their house, they asked if they could live in a trailer on the street. They were told camping is not allowed on city streets.

Fire Chief Boo Coder informed council that it's his understanding the people plan to attend a future council meeting to ask why camping isn't allowed on city streets.

"They just didn't think it was right and they're going to get a petition together and come to council," Coder said.

"Maybe we can get some funding through K-O-A," Riel said.

Also Tuesday, Riel talked about the "tremendous" efforts made during neighborhood clean-ups over the past few weeks. Another clean-up is scheduled for the Second Ward area on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Baptist Church on Congress Street at 9:30 a.m.

Also Tuesday, Stinkfest organizer Kim Glenn wanted to thank council for its support said the event was "one of the smoothest" and there were no negative incidents.

"The fire department never gave out so much as a Band-Aid this year," she said.

In case you didn't recognize it, that's a picture of Cole Avenue.

Smooth Sailing on East Main Street

Glenn O. Hawbaker has been working on PennDOT's resurfacing project on a portion of East Main Street. Tuesday, Bradford City Council opened bids for the East Main Street paving project from Main Street to East Avenue. They expect to award the contract soon.

Battle of the Bands on May 30

Local rock bands will gather on May 30 to face off in a competiton sponsored by the Bradford Youth Network. The event, to be held at the Grace Lutheran Community Life Center is meant to reach out to middle and high school students.

Youth for Christ Executive Director Larry Petry said, "We are really looking to support and encourage the students, to say that we love them and appreciate them, and that we appreciate their art and their music. That's important to them, so it's important to us. We want it to be a fun event for the students attending and for the bands."

Petry said the Bradford Youth Network is a collection of churches and church youth groups and youth organizations that are working together to create healthy and exciting youth events in the community. "It's our goal to create a culture where kids can connect with each other and have a great time, and also connect with Christ."

"We hear a lot about a lack of activities and events for young people in this community," explained Petry, "and as youth leaders we want to address that need."

The Battle of the Bands is not specifically a "spiritual event", according to Petry, who explained that the youth network is trying to create a variety of events and opportunities for teens, "Some of the events are just fun, some contain a spiritual message, and some are going to be more specific to challenge kids with what they believe and what decisions they make in life."

The Bradford Youth Network is sponsoring the Battle of the Bands as a way to introduce students to youth network events, and what local youth groups have to offer. "We have some youth groups that will be involved, primarily providing refreshments, and door prizes for the students that come," said Petry.

The event is set for Saturday May 30, from noon to 3PM at the Grace Lutheran Community Life Center/ Admission is $2. Advanced tickets can be purchased from any of the featured bands, at the Community Life Center, and from any of the local youth leaders involved in the Bradford Youth Network.

For more about the Bradford Youth Network or events, contact Larry Party at or at 814-366-1912.

Crosby’s and Reid Petroleum Launch First Local E85 Fuel Pump

Crosby’s and Reid Petroleum will mark an environmental milestone on Friday, May 15 with the launch of Bradford’s first E85 fuel station at the new Crosby’s site at 1002 East Main Street and Derrick Road in Foster Brook.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the occasion at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon along with comments from General Manager and Vice-President of Crosby’s, Doug Galli, and the President of Reid Petroleum, Paul Quebral.

E85 is the term for motor fuel blends of 85 percent ethanol and just 15 percent gasoline. E85 is an alternative fuel as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy.

“We are very excited to be a part of the introduction of ethanol fuel into Bradford and McKean County. Crosby’s has always looked to the future in our store development and what we offer to our customers. Giving the people of McKean County the option to purchase a fuel that has been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is another example of our focus on the future.” said Mr. Galli.

“For both environmental and economic reasons, there are an increasing number of flex fuel vehicles on the road throughout the U.S., including in Pennsylvania,” added Quebral. “Reid Petroleum has been supplying motor fuels throughout Western New York and Pennsylvania since 1922, and it is important that we provide E85 now as an option for this growing sector of customers. We are especially pleased to be doing so with our retail store division, Crosby’s.”

Photo and video opportunities for the media will be available. Several local dignitaries are expected to be on hand for the occasion as well.

It is important to note that not all motor vehicles are compatible with E85 ethanol fuel and motorists should check if their vehicle is a flexible fuel vehicle, prior to using E85. To learn more about E85 fuel, visit

Nursing Units Give Back

Nursing units at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital celebrated National Nurses’ Week by conducting community projects. The projects included:

The medical/surgical and intensive care units held a clothing and small appliance drive for the Church Attic which sells the items and donates proceeds to the local food bank.

The obstetrics floor accepted donations for the Maternity Closet at St. Eulalia’s Church.

The emergency department adopted two hospital staff members whose spouses are battling cancer. The department accepted donations during Nurses’ Week to make care baskets.

Home health and hospice gave back to the community by setting up a free blood pressure clinic.

The inpatient behavioral health staff visited those in senior housing centers to take blood pressures, visit, and discuss health concerns they may need some help with as well as provide patient education handouts.

The long term care staff is sponsoring five area students who have been selected to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 21. The students are Hanna Greene, Heather Greene, and Cami Montgomery and long term care volunteers Holly Barshinger and Luke Barshinger. Their music teacher is Sheri Greene.

Nursing leaders also made a board which included survival bags for newly hired general nurses preparing for their state boards.

Two Programs at Ranger Station

The Marienville Ranger District will host two special evening programs on Saturday, May 23, at the Marienville Ranger Station. The programs begin at 5:00 p.m. with Camp Fire Cooking. Learn how to cook your food (without burning it) using Native American Indian techniques. Participants will also learn a few Indian recipes to practice your newly acquired skills.

The second program Survive, Lost in the Woods will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will cover what one should and should not do when lost in the woods. A one half hour time slot between programs will allow time for questions. Both programs will be presented by Forest Service employee Herb Clevenger.

For further information on these programs contact the Marienville Ranger District Office at 814-927-6628.

Two SBU Students Chosen for
Prestigious Research Program

Two St. Bonaventure University students have been selected to participate in a highly competitive summer research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Jacob Donius, a junior, will attend a program in physics at the University of Idaho, while Troy Mulholland, a sophomore, will participate in a physics program at the University of Florida.

Students selected for the competitive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program conduct research at a number of host colleges or universities across the nation. The REU appointments, awarded to students studying science, engineering or mathematics, are among the most prestigious summer programs available to undergraduates.

“The program was started by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a way of getting undergraduates involved in the type of research projects that are funded by the NSF at the large research institutions in the United States,” said Dr. John F. Neeson, chair of the Department of Physics at St. Bonaventure. “It is a realistic recognition by the NSF of the fact that large research institutions benefit from the talent pool of students that is developed in a spectrum of institutions that exist in the country.”

Donius will spend 10 weeks at the University of Idaho doing research with an active research group composed of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. His award includes a $4,500 stipend, housing and travel expenses.

Mulholland’s 10-week program at the University of Florida includes a $4,700 stipend as well as housing and travel expenses. He will participate in 30 hours of research per week under the supervision of a faculty member.

Both programs include seminars, workshops, field trips and free time for students to explore their locales.

“We are delighted that Jacob and Troy have been chosen to participate in the summer 2009 programs,” said Neeson. “They join a list of students representing our Department of Physics that goes back to the inception of the program over 20 years ago. The faculty views our students’ participation in the program as a way of evaluating our best students but also as a means of evaluating the training we provide them.”

Donius is the son of Robert and Kim Donius of Alfred Station, N.Y. Mulholland is the son of Timothy and Belinda Mulholland of Dewittville, N.Y.

Information Session at BRMC for New Diabetes Volunteer Program

Officials at Bradford Regional Medical Center are inviting the community to an informational session for anyone interested in learning more about a new Diabetic Volunteer Program. "We are going to start a service for individuals who need emotional support in dealing with that aspect of their diagnosis," explained Stacy Williams, Director of Annual Giving & Volunteer Services at BRMC. The informational session will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, May 18 in the Same Day Surgery Waiting Room at BRMC's Outpatient Services Center, N. Bennett St. access. According to Mrs. Williams, the meeting is open to diabetics or family members. In addition, staff from the hospital's Center for Diabetes & Nutrition Education will also be available to answer questions and meet patients and their families.

The Center for Diabetes & Nutrition Education Fund was established in 2005 to provide philanthropic support for specialized equipment for patients of all ages who may have a limited income. Outright gifts and memorials are accepted through the Bradford Hospital Foundation, 20 School St. and at BRMC's Center for Diabetes & Nutrition Education, 222 W. Washington St. in Bradford.

Study: 1 in 5 PA Families
Struggling to Make Ends Meet

One-fifth of the 3.4 million households in Pennsylvania lack adequate income to meet their basic needs, representing a large and diverse group of families experiencing distress. That's one of the findings from PathWays PA's latest study of the economic needs of the state's working families, Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania.

The first-ever study, done in partnership with the state Department of Labor and Industry, measured the number of families in economic distress using the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania. The Standard calculates the wages 70 different family configurations must earn to pay for basic necessities such as child care, nutritious food, adequate housing and health care in each of the state's 67 counties.

Based on real market costs, the Standard provides a more accurate portrait of economic distress than federal poverty guidelines, which are based only on food costs. More than half of the households with incomes below the Self-Sufficiency Standard earn more than the 2009 federal poverty level of $14,570 for a single parent and a preschooler and $22,050 for a family of four.

"Many federal and state economic policies and programs address only those with incomes below or near the federal poverty level, which has created a large and diverse group of families who are routinely overlooked even though they are experiencing economic distress," said Carol Goertzel, President and CEO of PathWays PA. "These families are not considered in talks about how to support citizens in economic distress. They are falling through the cracks."

According to the study, only six percent of the households with inadequate income receive public cash assistance and 75 percent spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Nearly two-thirds have children. Other findings include:

26% are married couples with children
26% are single-female headed households with children
5% are single male-headed households with children
67% are white, 19% are black, 9% are Latino and 3% are Asian/Pacific Islander; 9 out of 10 households are headed by U.S. citizens
42% have a high school degree, 27% have some college or an associate's degree, and 14% have a Bachelor's degree or higher; 17% lack a high school diploma

The release of the report marks the first time that demographic data relating to the Self-Sufficiency Standard has been collected in the state. Previously, the Standard had simply been calculated but the number and types of households affected had not been determined.

For a single parent and preschool child, the Self-Sufficiency Standard ranges from $23,913 in lower-cost counties such as Bedford, Fulton, Fayette and Somerset to $36,208 in higher-cost areas such as Dauphin, Cumberland, Centre and Montour. The Self-Sufficiency Wage is lowest in the central southwestern part of the state. But lower-cost counties are concentrated in the interior of the state as well.

"Most of these households are in a policy gap -- with incomes too high to qualify for most public assistance programs but too low to adequately meet their basic needs," said Goertzel.

"Using this report, we believe state policy makers can take steps to effectively deal with this shortcoming. A broad-based policy effort is needed to secure adequate wages, benefits and public supports, such as child care, to increase income adequacy for a large portion of Pennsylvania families," Goertzel said.

Dr. Robert Garraty, Executive Director of the State Workforce Investment Board, said efforts should include increased educational opportunities such as job training, apprenticeships, affordable community colleges and financial aid for education.

One proven method of increasing educational opportunities for workers is the state's Industry Partnership program, which brings together businesses in the same industry clusters and allows them to combine their resources to respond to human resource needs, retention/recruitment challenges, and provide training and skills advancement for employees. "Since the Industry Partnerships program began in 2005, more than 73,000 workers have benefited," said Dr. Garraty. "Workers who participated in training saw their incomes increase by an average of 6.62 percent in the first year after their training."

In addition to educational needs, most families need help with child care and housing costs, as indicated by the report findings. The overwhelming majority of families, Goertzel points out, are struggling to make ends meet without any help from work support programs. "It is not the lack of work that drives poverty, but rather the nature of the jobs and economic opportunity for those who are working," Goertzel said.

PathWays PA partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to produce the first edition of Overlooked and Undercounted. The report was developed by Diana M. Pearce, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Women's Welfare at the University of Washington School of Social Work.

To view the full report, Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Pennsylvania, visit:

Amish Teen Had Beer in Buggy

An Amish teenager from Cattaraugus County has been charged with having beer in his horse-drawn buggy when police pulled him over Monday night.

17-year-old Chris Slabaugh of Conewango was charged with underage possession of alcohol.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies say he admitted to drinking beer, but passed a field sobriety test.

22-year-old Emanuel Miller of Conewango Valley, who was in the buggy with Slabaugh, was charged with providing the beer.

Deputies say they stepped up their patrols after an Amish elder's property was vandalized when he confronted youths about drinking and listening to radios.

Local Teen Doodles 4 Google

A Bradford Area High School student is a regional finalist in the annual Doodle 4 Google contest.

16-year-old Jeff Warner now has a chance to win a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant to improve the computer lab at Bradford High.

Jeff's doodle is named "Hope on the Horizon." He did all the hard work. Now all you have to do is vote for him. Click HERE to vote. Go to "Grades 10 -12" and "Region 2" then click on "Vote for this doodle."

New Lady Owls Hoops Coach

Ann Nuzzo has been named coach of the Bradford Lady owls basketball program.

Nuzzo replaces Doug Lloyd, who wasn’t re-instated in March.

Nuzzo has coached in the program before and also played for the Lady Owls.

The Bradford Area School Board approved the appointment Monday night.

More Big 30 Selections


Tim Thomas, Coudersport High School

5’8” 150lbs. Tailback, Defensive Back

Tim plans to attend Penn State Behrend for a year then transfer to main campus and major in exercise science. Tim’s honors include; Offensive Player of the Year in football, All-Star-Northern Division, scored the most points for track, Offensive Player of the Week 3 times, Defensive player twice, Impact Yardage Player of the Week. Tim was asked why he would like to play in the Big 30 Game and he said, “I’m not playing college football so I want to play one last game.”

Preston Birtcil, Smethport High School

5’11” 165lbs. Halfback, Defensive Back

Preston plans to attend college in the fall and major in Criminal Justice. Prestons Honors include; Offensive MVP for the Smethport Hubbers, D9 Sports Runner-up player of the week, Picked twice for Wayne Paving Yardage Player of the Week. Preston was asked why he would like to play in the Big 30 game and he said, “I think it will be a good experience and come on, who doesn’t want to play in one last football game.” Prestons biggest thrill came when he rushed for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns in a game.

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Justin Clayson, Cuba-Rushford Central School

6’1” 180lbs, Tight End, Center and Defensive End

Justin plans to attend JCC in the fall for 2 years and transfer to Cortland for elementary Physical Education with a Minor in Coaching, Justin’s honors include’ Sportsmanship Award in Track, Good Citizen Award in football, Has three school records in track, and has always been called Mr. Hussle from his coaches. Justin was asked why he wants to play in the Raabe Classic and he said, “ Because it has always been a dream of mine. I have played football for 10 years and it is a big honor to be chosen to play in the Big 30 game.”

James Chatman, Olean High School

6’3” 185lbs. Wide Receiver, Strong Safety

James plans to go to college for Athletic Training and to play football and basketball. James honors include; Will to Win Award, 2 time Defensive Player of the Year. James was asked why he wants to play in the Big 30 game and he said, “I have been to one game to see my brother play and ever since then I have wanted to play in the Big 30 Game. James biggest thrill in footbal came when he makes a play that will change the out-come of the game.

Stanley McCarty, West Valley Central School

5’8” 180lbs. Offensive Guard, Middle Linebacker

Stanley plan on going into the construction union then maybe becoming an X-Ray Technician. Stanley was selected to the D League All-Star First Team at Linebacker. Stanley was aked why he would like to play in the Big 30 game and he said’ “It will be very interesting and I love the game of football.” Stanley’s biggist thrill while playing football is making big plays.

A.J. Thompson, Allegany-Limestone Central School

5’10” 180lbs. Running Back, Outside Linbacker

A.J. plans to attend Ohio University to obtain a masters degree in Civil Engineering. A.J.’s honors include, Rushed for over 1,000 yards, and was named Offensive Player of the Year. A.J.’s biggest thrill in footbal happens when he breaks off a long run for a touchdown.

Beauty Salons Saved From Fines

ALBANY –Inquiries by Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) regarding hefty fines levied against hair salons in her district have resulted in a less punitive approach by the state.

Sen. Young met with Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez to express her concerns about surprise inspections conducted by the Department of State (DOS) Licensing Division that have caused financial hardship to small businesses.

Secretary Cortes-Vasquez has agreed to change tactics by first informing salon owners about little-publicized laws and regulations, and giving them a grace period to fix any minor violations before they are slapped with a penalty, Sen. Young said.

"Excessive fines are a huge concern because our hair salons are important to our downtowns and local economy. Times are tough on small businesses, and the state should be more helpful, rather than trying to nail people for fines. These inspections seemed like a money grab by Albany to raise money for the state coffers," Sen. Young said.

Recently, a number of beauty salons in Fredonia, Dunkirk, Silver Creek and Westfield have been subjected to inspections, which previously were infrequent in the region. Sen. Young said she became aware of the problem after several salon owners called her office for help. Reports of similar incidents have surfaced statewide, including in the Buffalo and Rochester areas.

"We spoke with salon owners who have been in business up to 40 years and never once had an inspector walk through their doors before now. They were hit with severe fines for rules they didn't even know existed," Sen. Young said.

Jim Lynden, owner of Medusa's Hair Salon, Fredonia, incurred fines exceeding $3,000.

"The state sent its inspectors to canvas the area for the first time in decades, citing all in their path, without the opportunity to comply. The state's responsibility should be to inform, educate and inspect for the purpose of compliance, not just to raise money to balance our government's excessive budget. Most of these small businesses cannot afford to defend themselves in court, much less pay exorbitant fines as they struggle to keep their businesses operating," Mr. Lynden said.

Joe and Sally Muscato, who operate The Studio Hair Shop, Dunkirk, fell victim to an $850 fine, which later was reduced, for not posting a licensing sign on the wall.

"In the 49 years we have been in operation, we always have run a clean and reputable shop, and we have never been subject to these types of inspections and fines before. This inspector had absolutely no interest in the cleanliness or sanitation level of our place. He just waved his badge and demanded on-the-spot information regarding our license that we never even heard of," Mrs. Muscato said.

"We could have attempted to fight this fine in court, but we would have ended up losing more money by doing so. That is the last thing people in our position as small businesses owners need right now," Mrs. Muscato added.

Peggy Kleparek, owner of Facial Expressions Day Spa, Fredonia, was hammered with a $3,000 fine.

"These excessive fines were put on spas and salons with no chance of making corrections. This leads me to believe that the state is out to get as much money as it can get. They are not out to help small businesses get through these bad economic times. Although ignorance of the law is no excuse, a chance to make corrections should be given," Ms. Kleparek said.

Sen. Young said a new amnesty period will be offered when less serious violations occur, giving owners an opportunity to comply before fines are issued. The DOS also will work with licensed owners to ensure they are fully informed of laws and regulations pertaining to their operations.

"The state needs to inform and educate, rather than harass and intimidate. This is a new partnership where both sides can cooperate and work with each other so that livelihoods are not put in jeopardy. I salute the Secretary of State for her cooperation," Sen. Young said.

May is Bike Safety Month

HARRISBURG – As more people are dusting off their bicycles and getting ready to ride, PennDOT reminds bicyclists to follow the rules of the road.

“Bicycling is a great activity for children and adults,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Regardless of your age, it’s important that you ride safely at all times. Motorists should watch for bicyclists and demonstrate courtesy by sharing the road.”

According to PennDOT, there were 1,423 bicycle-related crashes in Pennsylvania last year, which was a slight decrease from 2007. Bicycle fatalities fell by more than 50 percent from 20 in 2007 to nine in 2008.

Before getting on a bicycle, everyone should consider receiving training in the skills necessary to ride safely on the road. Another important safety tip is to be visible by wearing lightly-colored or reflective clothing.

Pennsylvania law mandates that children under 12 years of age must wear an approved safety helmet. PennDOT suggests all bicyclists wear an approved helmet and other protective gear, and offers these additional tips for safe riding:

· Adjust your bicycle to fit. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
· Make sure tires are inflated properly and your brakes work before you leave.
· Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles.
· Signal your intentions in advance so motorists have a chance to react.
· Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars.
· Watch for road hazards such as potholes or broken glass.

For more information on bicycle safety, visit PennDOT’s Bike Safe page at

KCH Celebrates Hospital Week

Kane Community Hospital joins hospitals across the state and nation in celebrating National Hospital Week during May 10-16.

National Hospital Week is the nation’s largest annual healthcare event. This year’s theme “A Healthy Commitment in Changing Times,” is a phrase organizers believe provides a positive view of the future.

“While change is inevitable, our mission is constant: to deliver compassionate, high quality, cost-effective healthcare to those we serve,” stated J. Gary Rhodes, CEO of KCH. “Our KCH family wants the very best for each of our patients, and that’s what they bring to their work at the hospital and ancillary clinics every day.”

The celebration only lasts one week, but KCH’s dedication to delivering on its mission is a 365 day a year, seven day a week, 24 hours a day commitment to residents and guests of the Alleghenies, a commitment KCH has kept for over eight decades.

“Our staff is a committed, compassionate group of individuals united by a call to serve others,” Rhodes said. “Health care is changing to meet new challenges, but our care and commitment are an enduring source of pride and confidence.”

The health care industry employs more than 14 million workers throughout the U.S. The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently identified hospitals in Pennsylvania as employing approximately 625,000 Pennsylvanians, 286,000 in direct employment and 339,000 employed as a result of hospital operations.

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals are responsible for one out of every nine jobs in the Commonwealth,” said Rhodes.

PA Hospitals generate total labor income of more than $26.3 billion and $4 billion in community benefit -- that includes charity care, and financial aid programs, uncompensated care, bad debt, and Medicare and Medicaid underpayments, along with public education, health fairs, screenings, and much more.

The HAP report noted that PA Hospitals together have an $84 billion effect on jobs and communities.

Kane Community Hospital contributes $35 million annually to the region and supports more than 318 jobs in McKean, Elk and Warren Counties.

“KCH is an economic and social anchor providing healing, health, and hope in our community,” said J. Gary Rhodes, CEO. “We also provide a safe haven and a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.”

"KCH is on track with a Hamot Medical Center affiliation that will allow both hospitals to realize greater efficiencies in operations, while providing long-term stability for KCH,” Rhodes stated. “Partnering with Hamot, again selected as a Top 100 Hospital, will only enhance local access to high quality medical care, while allowing KCH to remain a strong anchor for health care in the region.”

Among the events of a week of celebration during National Hospital Week at KCH are two highly anticipated annual events.

One is an employee dinner that is prepared with the help of senior leaders, and delivered to KCH clinic staff in Sheffield, Mt. Jewett, Johnsonburg and Ridgway) as well as served in the KCH café for hospital employees and medical staff. The choice is grilled (by CEO and senior leaders) steak or stuffed chicken breast with all the fixing's!!

Another favorite event is employee massages by appointment over two days of the weeklong celebration.

“In this our 80th year of delivering personal, professional and progressive care to our region, there is much to celebrate,” Rhodes noted.

Pictured, A smoky scene from last year’s grilling will be repeated on Friday, May 15 during National Hospital Week. Here KCH CEO Gary Rhodes and Senior Leader of Human Resources Marsha Keller are grilling steaks.
(Photo courtesy of Kane Community Hospital)

St. Bonaventure Graduation Sunday

St. Bonaventure University wraps up its 150th anniversary celebration this weekend with its 149th Commencement Exercises.

Commencement activities begin at 8:45 p.m. Friday, May 15, with the traditional Candlelight Ceremony for graduating seniors on the steps of Plassmann Hall; the rain site is the Richter Center.

The ROTC Military Science Commissioning Ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Rigas Theater of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. That will be followed at 11:30 a.m. with the invitation-only Honors and Awards Ceremony in the Reilly Center Arena; a reception follows at Hickey Dining Hall.

Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M., honored May 1 with the university’s Gaudete Medal, will be the homilist at the Baccalaureate Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

Graduation ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 17, with the processional starting at 10:08 a.m. Seniors and graduate students will wear 150th anniversary medallions specially made for the university’s sesquicentennial.

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 is the anchor of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” a three-hour weekday political news program.

John B. “Jack” Butler, SBU class of 1951 and an all-pro defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1950s; and Marcia Marcus Kelly, a niece of renowned Olean poet Robert Lax and a champion of spiritual and environmental causes, will, along with Blitzer, receive honorary doctorates of humane letters.

Lunch in the Square Wednesday

The first “Lunch in the Square” of the season will be held on Wednesday, May 13; at Veterans’ Square from 11:30 until 1:30 pm. Entertainment will be provided by the Floyd C. Fretz Middle School Show Choir and Jazz Band.

Participating restaurants include Chu Lee Gardens, The Grocery Stretcher, John Williams European Pastry Shop, The New Broaster, Fratelli’s Restaurant, The Lighter Side and Cin Cin Biscotti. “We have something for everyone - Chinese, , BBQ port sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, subs, croissants and of course, desserts,” said Main Street Manager, Anita Dolan. “We are really excited to kick off this new season. Area restaurants have been very supportive of this program and it is a great opportunity for people to meet with friends, relax, enjoy great food and listen to great entertainment!”

The ‘Lunch in the Square’ program is sponsored by The Downtown Bradford Business District Authority.

CCMH Presents Nighingale Awards

Nurses at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital were presented the Nightingale Award during National Nurses’ Week which is celebrated May 6-12 each year. The awards recognize the nursing professionals who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer. The nurses were nominated by their peers in categories reflecting the areas of nursing practice. Specific criteria for the Nightingale Awards were drawn from the hospital’s Guiding Principles – Communicate, Create an Image, Maintain Safety and Honor One Another. Pictured from left are Luke Mosier, CNA, inpatient behavioral health; Ron Billings, RN, nursing supervisor; Kori Woodruff, RN, obstetrics; and Tom Hurrle, LPN, float nurse.
(Photo courtesy of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital)

Bus Driver Charged with DWI

A school bus driver in the Alfred-Almond Central School District has been arrestd for Driving While Intoxicated.

55-year-old Martha Thompson of Almond, New York, was arrested on Friday after some of the students on her bus that afternoon noticed her driving erratically. When the bus stopped on south road in the Town of West Almond, some of the older students opened the emergency door and got out.

A witness noticed the students leaving the bus and called police. Students on the bus ranged in age from 5 to 15.

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Rape

A Salamanca man has pleaded not guilty to rape and related charges in connection to an incident between August 23 and 24 of last year in Salamanca.

29-year-old Mark Pierce allegedly had sex with a person younger than 17 and restrained and injured that person.

He also allegedly gave alcohol to two people younger than 21.

The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Maybee Requests Denied

Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein has denied requests by Guy Maybee to withdraw his guilty plea to a manslaughter charge.

Maybee admitted causing injuries that led to the death of his 3-year-old daughter Ianna in March of 2008, but then wanted to withdraw the plea.

Ianna suffered broken bones, internal injuries and bleeding in her brain before she died.

Guy Maybee is scheduled for sentenced next week.

Support for Fitness Center

Several Bradford High students, staff and coaches attended last night’s board meeting to support the proposed fitness center at the high school.

Physical education teacher Zack Stark presented Superintendent Sandy Romanowski and the school board with a petition signed by 324 students who support a fitness center.

We'll be talking more about the fitness center on tomorrow's LiveLine.

No BASD Tax Increase

Bradford Area School District officials say there will be no tax increase for the eighth year in a row.

Directors made the announcement during Monday night's school board meeting. Business Manager Kathy Kelly also says the district will receive state stimulus money and will use it on math coaches, junior-senior English electives and additional special education support staff.

The budget also includes a $3,000 increase in the amount the school district pays to support the Bradford Area Public Library.

Space Station Visible Tonight

Mike Cejka tells us that because of the clear skies tonight we'll have a great opportunity to see the International Space Station.

The first pass will take 6 minutes and starts at 9:13 p.m. in the southwest and will go toward the northeast. The second pass will be at 10:49 p.m. and will go from the northwest to the northeast.

The first pass will be 68 degrees above the horizon. The second will be 22 degrees above the horizon.

Mike says the space station moves on a straight path across the sky and looks like a bright plane but has no flashing lights.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Man Dies After Zoar Valley Crash

An Allegany man is dead following a motorcycle accident in Zoar Valley.

55-year-old Robert Monahan lost control of the motorcycle while rounding a curve and hit the guardrail.

He was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC, where he died of his injuries.

Man Falls Into Ravine, Dies

Police are looking into the death of a 50-year-old Irving man who fell down on 75-foot ravine while camping behind his home early Sunday morning.

Isaac Carreras fell down the embankment into a stream, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities believe Carreras had been drinking with a friend and wandered too close to the edge.

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies are waiting for autopsy results and are interviewing Carreras's friends.

Tidioute Victim ID'd

Police have released the name of a man who died following a fight outside a bar in Tidioute early Saturday morning.

37-year-old Troy McFarland died after being punched in the face by 25-year-old Brandyn Bynum. Police say McFarland fell to the street and hit his head on the ground.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

McFarland and Bynum had just left the Tidioute Pub on Main Street when the fight started at around 2:35 a.m.

Bynum was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault. He's in Warren County Jail without bail.