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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Two Potter Co. Motorcycle Crashes

Two people suffered moderate injuries in a motorcycle accident on Kinney Road about a mile and a half west of Route 244 in Potter County.

State Police say a deer ran in front of a motorcycle driven by 26-year-old Dann Thompson of Genesee and the bike hit the deer.

Thompson and his passenger, a 15-year-old girl, were taken to Jones Memorial Hospital for treatment.


A Falls Creek man suffered major injuries – and is facing DUI charges – following a crash at just before 7 p.m. Friday on Route 872 near Portage Road.

Police say a motorcycle driven by 54-year-old Jeffrey Striegel was traveling too fast and went out of control on a curve. The bike then crossed the road, hit the guide rails, turned over and slid another 75 feet.

Striegel and his passenger, 40-year-old Patricia Fields of Reynoldsville, left the scene but were found a short time later near the Wharton Tavern.

Striegel was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Fields sustained minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

Kevin's Pet Project

Connor Borosky, Kevin Cannon and Frenchie -- a cocker spaniel/lab mix who's available for adoption -- show off the 10' x 12' storage shed that's being raffled off to benefit the McKean County SPCA. You can see the shed until 4 p.m. today at the SPCA, where Kevin is also grilling up hot dogs. This is Kevin's senior project -- and he's been working really hard on it. So, head on down to the SPCA on Glenwood Avenue to help Kevin and the SPCA.

Man Pleads to Child Porn Charges

A Jamestown man faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty Friday to a federal charge of possession of child pornography.

42-year-old Kenneth Lamb II had 10 images and 20 videos on his computer showing children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the children were younger than 12.

Lamb is scheduled for sentencing September 9.

Ex-Emporium Woman Gets 30 Years For Exploiting 2-Year-Old

A former Emporium woman has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sex crimes against her children that a judge said were so vile that he had to close his courtroom to the public during testimony.

Angela Larkin, also known as Angela McCullen, pleaded guilty in 2005 to sexually exploiting children, admitting she sold sexually graphic images of her 2-year-old daughter on the Internet.

U.S. Middle District Judge John E. Jones III called the case the ugliest of his legal career.

For more on this story, go to the Williamsport Sun Gazette.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Senecas Sign Catskills Deal

The Seneca Nation of Indians has signed a deal with Sullivan County to develop a new casino in the Catskills.

The agreement was supposed to be signed in a ceremony last Thursday but it was postponed until today.

The Senecas have agreed to pay Sullivan County $15.5 million while the casino is being built. That's expected to take two years. For the next four years after that, the county would get $20 million.

That differs from the deal the Senecas have with Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara counties, which get a percentage of the slots revenues.

The Senecas still need approval from Congress before they can move ahead with the project.

Scarnati: I Refuse to Raise Taxes

WESB/WBRR News Director

Senator Joe Scarnati says his goal in negotiating a state budget is balancing the needs and the wants of state agencies.

He says the Senate Republicans have been criticized for passing a budget with major cuts in it – even more cuts than the governor's proposed budget.

But, Scarnati says, there has been continuing economic decline and loss of revenue since February when Governor Ed Rendell proposed his budget.

The Senate bill would spend $27.3 billion while the governor proposed a $29 billion spending plan.

Scarnati says Senate Bill 850 "reflects the current revenues the state expects to receive and the federal stimulus dollars, and (we) used those to craft the budget to live within our means."

He says while good programs are being cut and eliminated he believes "working families and our job creators would well-prefer to have state cuts than to take more money out of their pocketbooks."

"I refuse to raise taxes," he stresses.

Rendell, on the other hand, wants to raise personal income tax "to a rate that will just stifle economic development in this state," Scarnati says.

"I'm committed to trying to find a balance between the needs and wants of state government," he says

He says at a time when families, businesses and corporations are tightening their belts, he thinks all the special interest groups have to look at tightening their belts to survive the economic downturn.

Scarnati also talked about a recent press release from Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary John Quigley that said if Senate Bill 850 passes 35 state parks would have to close.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," Scarnati says, adding that Rendell's budget could be interpreted as closing up to 30 state parks.

"So he put out a press release saying we're closing 35."

"I don't believe for one minute that the constituents of the 25th District buy into the fact that I, or anybody else, would vote to close 35 state parks and do these drastic things," he says.

He says the state parks will stay open but will have to cut back and find a better way to fund the system over the next several years.

Scarnati says Pennsylvania is in a cycle in which every time the economy runs sour the governor and the Legislature have raised taxes dramatically.

"Those tax increases have put Pennsylvania at the tail end of economic development for the last several decades," Scarnati says. "It's my intent to get us out of that cycle."

The budget deadline is June 30, but there hasn't been an on-time budget since Rendell became governor.

Bridge Postings in Potter County

On Wednesday, May 27, PennDOT will post weight limit changes on two more Potter County bridges. Effective Wednesday, PennDOT will post the Sweden Valley Bridge on Route 4031 in Sweden Township. The bridge will be posted for a 19-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 35-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. The Sweden Valley Bridge spans Lyman Creek, near the intersection with Route 6.

Also on Wednesday, PennDOT will post the Oswayo Creek Bridge on Route 4017 (Sunnyside Road) in Shinglehouse Borough. The bridge will be posted for a 19-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 35-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. The Oswayo Creek Bridge spans Oswayo Creek in Shinglehouse. Vehicles exceeding the posted limits on either bridge will need to use an alternate route.

The decision to post weight limits on the bridges was the result of recent inspections. The Sweden Valley Bridge was built in 1946, is 14 feet long and carries an average of 176 vehicles per day. The Oswayo Creek Bridge was built in 1938, is 8.33 feet long and carries an average of 334 vehicles per day. The postings for both bridges will remain in place until repairs can be made.

Pavilion Names Floors as Streets

Saying a person lives on a numbered floor can sound somewhat sterile and blaise so The Pavilion at BRMC has decided to change all that by naming its three residential levels as home-like streets.

A vote by Pavilion staff was held during National Nursing Home Week, celebrated May 10-16, in which the second floor will be renamed Apple Blossom Avenue, the third floor as Rose Terrace and the fourth floor as Skyview Lane.

“We had a contest for all staff to vote on renaming their floors,” says Bonnie Himes, The Pavilion’s administrator.

The Pavilion staff team of Michael Grover, and Rosa Martinez, both CNAs, and Pam Medeiros, LPN, submitted what ultimately were the three winning names, says Mrs. Himes.

“I had the idea for the contest. I just thought it was better for residents to say they lived on a nice-sounding street than a numbered floor. It’s just another aspect to make our residents feel they’re at home,” she notes. “It can help both residents and staff to take ownership of their floors.”

When informed of the contest and the winning names, “Residents were very, very happy with it,” says Karen Sutherland, ADC, CDP, The Pavilion’s activities director. “At some point in the near future, street signs will be placed on each floor,” Mrs. Himes says. As an added visual reminder, for example, “An apple blossom tree will be painted on a wall in the lounge on that floor.” Similar-type artwork will be painted on Rose Terrace and Skyview Lane.

A Special Group of Tourists

Leadership McKean participants became tourists at several of McKean County’s prominent attractions during a private bus tour. This session included presentations by Linda Meabon, Zippo Manufacturing Company museum curator and historian, Linda Devlin, Executive Director Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau, Steve Appleby, Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center, Lu Vandermark, McKean County Historical Society Old Jail Museum, Terri Dennison, Route 6 Heritage Corporation and Route 6 Tourist Association, Ta Brant, Small Business Ombudsman, Pennsylvania Wilds, Holly Dzemyan, Environmental Education Specialist and Jason Zimmerman, Park Ranger for Kinzua Bridge State Park, and Ron and Sue Zampogna, Flickerwood Wine Cellars.

The theme of McKean County’s rich history and heritage was expressed at each stop on the tour. Visitors are attracted by the beauty and versatility of our natural resources and the authentic experience of rural America. Small businesses to serve the tourist are flourishing and several opportunities for entrepreneurs were identified. The pending construction of a visitor’s discovery center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park will increase our tourist count.

Leadership McKean is a guided comprehensive county leadership development program in its third year. Participants are introduced to offices, agencies, organizations and businesses that provide services to our communities and visitors. Each session is meant to stimulate the creativity and imagination of potential leaders so they are motivated to explore new ways to solve regional problems. For more information about this program contact the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kane Chamber of Commerce or the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Outreach Services.

Pictured, The third class of Leadership McKean is pictured at the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
(Photo courtesy of the Kane Area Development Center)

Kong Ho Receives Fulbright Award

Kong Ho, associate professor of art at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Lecturing Award to teach mural painting in the fine arts department of the National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ho, founder and current chairman of the Hong Kong Mural Society with murals to his credit in Hong Kong and the U.S., will spend five months at the academy beginning in February 2010. Ho’s Fulbright Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Congress and Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Professor Ho has received this prestigious fellowship,” said Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs. “It’s a testament to his leadership in the art community and his commitment to public art projects.”

While in Sofia, Ho will teach in the bachelor’s and master’s art programs in mural painting at the academy. He will design and paint a community mural collaboratively with the undergraduate and graduate students in mural painting at the academy.

While mural curriculums are uncommon in American universities, Ho said, several European universities offer such a curriculum, including the National Academy of Art. Besides teaching acrylic mural painting, he plans to study the Renaissance art of fresco, or painting in pigments mixed with water on wet plaster so that the mural becomes part of the wall or ceiling.

During his stay at his host institute, he also plans to learn more about other classical mural techniques such as secco, mosaics, glass painting and sgraffito. He will study techniques for the preservation of public murals and lecture on the mural art movement in the United States.

Ho said he has never formally studied mural painting before. “Almost nobody taught me how to do a mural,” he said. “A lot of muralists learn from each other, which is the common tradition in the U.S. I am excited to have this Fulbright grant opportunity to share my acrylic mural painting experience with the faculty and students in the National Academy of Art.

“During my stay in Bulgaria, I hope to obtain some valuable exchange of mural art curriculum in higher education and diverse cultural aesthetics.”

Ho will travel to Bulgaria in August for one week to participate in the Fulbright International Summer Institute 2009 in Tryavna, where he will attend classes in Bulgarian culture and studies.

Born in Hong Kong, Ho began making art during his undergraduate studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He went on to earn a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from Texas Tech University before coming to Pitt-Bradford to teach and direct the art program in 2001. He is also the director of the interdisciplinary arts program.

He has organized more than 36 granted public mural projects and 16 commissioned murals. Locally, he has designed, organized and painted murals in Fisher and Blaisdell halls on campus, in Old City Hall in downtown Bradford and in Mount Jewett. Currently he is working on a school mural project with students of differing abilities at Floyd C. Fretz Middle School in Bradford.

The Fretz mural project is part of a fellowship Ho earned last year when he was one of five artists selected for the VSA Arts Teaching Artist Fellowship, the premier fellowship for teaching artists with disabilities around the country.

In the photo, provided by Pitt-Bradford, Professor Kong Ho works on a community mural in Mount Jewett, Pa.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

PIAA Delays Vote

The PIAA has delayed its final vote on a proposal to shorten the football season from 16 weeks to 15 weeks.

The proposal would also increase the number of classifications from four to six.

The board will address the issue again at its meeting in July.

Also on Thursday, the PIAA decided to keep the basketball championships at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center despite a strong bid by the Giant Center in Hershey.

School Bus, Car Collide in St. Marys

Several students were taken to the hospital after a school bus collided with a car just outside of St. Marys this morning.

The crash happened on Routes 255 and 948 at around 9:15 when the bus was making a turn and hit the car.

Five of the seven injured people are students, but police say their injuries aren't serious.

The bus driver, 72-year-old Kay Lenze of Ridgway, suffered minor injuries. The driver of the car, 57-year-old Robert Davis of St. Marys, suffered unspecified injuries. His car was severely damaged.

Veon Charges Dismissed

Corruption charges have been dropped against a former Pennsylvania state representative, but the attorney general's office plans to refile the charges.

Former Representative Mike Veon appeared for his preliminary hearing today in Harrisburg, where a district judge dismissed charges related to misusing taxpayer money and funneling into a nonprofit organization in Beaver County.

The judge said the prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to take Veon to trial.

Assistant Attorney General Anthony Krastek says if new charges are filed, they might not be the same as those that were thrown out today.

BRMC Honors Volunteers

More than 200 Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) volunteers, many who also serve as members of Bradford Hospital Auxiliary, were honored Thursday during the Annual Recognition Luncheon at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The luncheon also included the Auxiliary’s second $60,000 donation being made to the Bradford Hospital Foundation. This goes toward the Auxiliary’s overall five-year pledge of $300,000, its largest commitment ever. The donation is for the Foundation’s “Building The Future” capital campaign, which began in 2005 and has a $6 million goal.

Auxiliary President Beverly Gallup said to BRMC President/CEO George E. Leonhardt, “On behalf of Bradford Hospital Auxiliary and its members, here’s our second $60,000 donation toward our total pledge amount. We know you’ll put it to very good use for our hospital and community.”

In thanking the Auxiliary, Mr. Leonhardt said the donation would be extremely helpful in reaching the Foundation’s overall five-year capital campaign goal. Also at the luncheon, a total of five scholarships were awarded by the Auxiliary and the Foundation.

Receiving $2,000 Auxiliary scholarships each were Amy Anderson of Kane, Meagan Culver of Port Allegany and Charlotte Muckinhaupt of Bradford. All three are seeking associate’s degrees in nursing. Ms. Culver and Ms. Muckinhaupt are attending Pitt-Bradford while Ms. Anderson is getting her degree from Jamestown Community College. Two $1,000 scholarships from the Foundation, through the Doris Winship Newton Nurse Education Fund, were each given to Jamie Jo Colley, RN, in BRMC’s Surgical Services, and Kathy Simonowski, RN, of the hospital’s Emergency Department. Mrs. Colley is now taking healthcare classes at Chamberlain College of Nursing Online and will enroll in the fall semester at Slippery Rock University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Mrs. Simonowski is enrolled at Gannon University in the Registered Nurse/Master’s of Science in Nursing Program. Both women are from Bradford.

Anyone interested in supporting scholarships to benefit nursing and radiography can call 362-3200 at the Bradford Hospital Foundation, where the scholarship funds are held for the Doris Winship Newton Fund and also Bradford Hospital Auxiliary.

In his opening remarks at the luncheon, Mr. Leonhardt said the Auxiliary members and volunteers are the people who feel connected to the community and understand the necessity to serve others. Clearly, the volunteers feel a sense of social obligation and the need to help and serve others for a common good, he said.

“The work done by all of you adds something very special to the Medical Center and to the experience that our patients have when they use our services. It is that extra measure of comfort and compassion that is so valued by our patients and that extra set of hands that is so appreciated by our staff,” Mr. Leonhardt said.

“Although you may or may not realize it, your actions say so much about who you are as individuals. We simply can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done in helping us support Bradford Regional Medical Center,” Mrs. Gallup said. The Auxiliary was founded 77 years ago by a group of community-minded, philanthropic women who wanted to make a difference, she said.

“Bradford Hospital Auxiliary, since 1932, has supported BRMC in any way it can, both financially and through its 200-plus volunteers,” Mrs. Gallup said. For example, since 1953 the Auxiliary has given over $200,000 in nursing and radiography scholarships. “In the last 42 years, the Auxiliary has donated over $2 million to BRMC through pledges, equipment purchases, patient televisions, Charity Classic sponsorships, Christmas decorations, and more,” she said. “Looking back, we’ve had many notable accomplishments and we truly hope to continue that trend in the future. I know with our volunteers and dedicated leadership that we’ll do everything we can to reach our projected goals,” Mrs. Gallup said.

At the luncheon, attendees also learned volunteers donated 26,574 hours to BRMC and the Auxiliary between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of 2008. “This has been a tremendous help. The time they provide is an incredible benefit and we greatly appreciate all that they do,” said Stacy Williams, Director of Volunteer Services and Annual Giving.

Those recognized for volunteer service were:
-- 30 years - Rev. Robert Brest and Virginia Hauser;
-- 25 years - Angela Monti and Dr. Holly Spittler;
-- 15 years - Tammy Comilla, Maggie DeStevens, Merritt DeStevens, Lois
Morehouse, Annabelle Newton and Adelaide Stanton;
-- 10 years - Dean Bauer, Marilyn Brown and Marge Grove; and
-- 5 years - George Bay, Kitty Colligan, Richard Gatesman, Jan Hendryx, Gerry Larkham, Bob Peterson, Susan Shincovich, Claire Slimick, Edith Urban and Martha Vecellio.

Pictured, Bradford Regional Medical Center President/CEO George E. Leonhardt receives a $60,000 donation from Bradford Hospital Auxiliary President Beverly Gallup during Thursday’s Annual Recognition Luncheon. This is the Auxiliary’s second donation toward its overall five-year pledge of $300,000. And, Receiving $2,000 scholarships each from the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary were Meagan Culver (left) of Port Allegany and Amy Anderson (right) of Kane. Jamie Jo Colley (second from left) and Kathy Simonowski, both of Bradford, each received $1,000 scholarships from the Bradford Hospital Foundation. Not shown in the photo is Charlotte Muckinhaupt of Bradford, who also received a $2,000 Auxiliary scholarship.

(Photos courtesy of BRMC)

Man Accused of Posing as Woman

A 33-year-old Edinboro man is accused of pretending to be a 19-year-old bisexual woman to solicit sex from teenagers in an Internet chat room.

The state attorney general's child predator unit arrested David Jones after he allegedly propositioned an undercover agent posing as a 13-year-old.

Jones is also accused of sending pictures of women to his alleged target, claiming they were pictures of himself engaged in sexual activity.

Jones is free on bond pending a preliminary hearing May 29.

For more on this story go to the attorney general's Web site.

I-86, Other Roads Get ARRA Funds

Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties are set to receive millions of dollars in federal stimulus money for road improvement projects throughout both counties.

Part of the money will go toward paving 21 miles of I-86 in both counties. The project should be finished by this winter.

A five-mile portion of Route 62 from the Chautauqua County line to the towns of Conewango and Leon in Cattaraugus County will be repaved.

Also, about 100 miles of road in each county will be paved.

Four million dollars will go toward a bridge replacement project in Jamestown.

For more information, go to NY Governor David Paterson's Web site.

Scarnati to DCNR:
Tone Down the Rhetoric

State Senator Joe Scarnati today questioned several assertions from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources regarding the impact of the Senate-passed state budget plan for 2009-2010, and called on DCNR to tone down its rhetoric.

“Citizens have, sadly, come to expect some exaggeration from state agencies seeking additional tax dollars. But the claims made by DCNR are over the line,” said Senator Scarnati. “Citizens understand that the struggling economy and declining revenues mean the state has to spend less or raise taxes. The budget passed by the Senate chooses to spend less.”

Senator Scarnati questioned the following assertions made by DCNR regarding the 2009-2010 budget approved by the Senate (Senate Bill 850):

Funding DCNR
Senate Bill 850 appropriates approximately $19 million less for the DCNR budget than proposed by the Governor. DCNR recently failed to successfully close two bids for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling on state forest land that would have realized approximately $31 million for the budget. It could also consider leasing additional state forest lands for Marcellus Shale gas development -- or use $7 million set aside for a carbon sequestration project – to offset budget cuts.

Closing State Parks
Acting DCNR Secretary John Quigley recently announced that 35 state parks would be closed as a result of the reduced state spending in SB 850. How was that number arrived at? How many parks would close under the Governor’s proposed budget, which cuts state park funding by 4.5 percent? Senator Mary Jo White (21st District), who chairs the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, has requested this information from DCNR. Until it is released, the department should refrain from such threats.

Gypsy Moth Spraying
DCNR claims that SB 850 will expose 40,000 acres of forest to gypsy moths. But the bill allocates $4.387 million for spraying – the same amount authorized by the Governor for the current year. The department should provide the information supporting its threat, or withdraw it.

Seedlings for Sale
DCNR claims its program which sells tree seedlings to landowners would be eliminated under SB 850. Has the department considered pricing the seedlings to reflect the true cost of the program, rather than relying on a taxpayer subsidy? Has it considered utilizing money from the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the Key ’93 Fund, or other funds at the department’s discretion to augment this program?

“These are just a few of the gaping holes in DCNR’s claims, which unfortunately amount to raw, political scare tactics,” said Scarnati. “To be successful, the budget process must be conducted in good faith, especially when we’re trying to close a $3 billion deficit without increasing the burden on taxpayers. Scaring citizens is unproductive and plain wrong. I hope DCNR tones down the rhetoric and works with the Legislature to pass a responsible state budget.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

ANF Land in National Spotlight

The proposed Tracy Ridge and Chestnut Ridge Wilderness Areas in the Allegheny National Forest are featured in the June 2009 issue of Backpacker magazine.

The article "Hike It, Save It" highlights 10 areas of federal public land around the country that organizations would like to see given a wilderness designation.

The US Forest Service recently withdrew Tracy Ridge from recommended wilderness status but Kirk Johnson, executive director of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, says the area remains undeveloped and is still qualified for the designation.

He says the article will inspire renewed interest in permanently protecting these areas. The magazine has a circulation of 340,000.

Backpacker magazine

Friends of Allegheny Wilderness

The (Kinda) You-Know-What Didn't Hit the Fan, But Did Hit the Road

A port-a-potty rental company has been fined for spilling – something – onto a road in Tioga County.

The DEP fined B & L Portable Toilet Rental $2,000 for spilling septage and related debris onto about half a mile of Croft Hill Road.

Septage is partially treated household waste stored in a septic tank. It is periodically pumped out by private businesses and taken to a municipal sewage treatment plant for final treatment.

DEP says company officials admitted that their driver released a tanker load of the material onto the road after unsuccessfully trying to resolve a mechanical problem with the vehicle.

DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell says a citizen, not the company notified them of the violation, and that's inexcusable.

Baby Drowns in Town of Napoli

A 1-year-old is dead after falling into a pond and drowning near his family's home in Napoli.

Caleb Winship, who would have turned 2 in August, was home with his parents and brother at the time of the accident Tuesday morning. Sheriff's deputies say Caleb found his way out of the home and to the pond.

He was taken by the Randolph Rescue Squad to WCA Hospital in Jamestown, where he was pronounced dead.

Viewing Vintage Vehicles

Dozens of drivers of vintage Bentleys stopped by American Refining Group today to show off their cars and to see where the Brad Penn High Performance Oil they use in their cars is made.

The visitors were treated to a presentation about the refinery. Dick Glady, Director of Branded Lubricants Marketing for ARG, talked about another use for Brad Penn -- Brad Penn Railroad Oils. ARG is the leading proprietor of zinc-free railroad oil east of the Mississippi. Also pictured is Jim Dincher who talked about the differences between Penn Grade crude oil and other oils, as well as the refining process.The Bentley's also stopped by the Zippo/Case Visitors Center.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pavlock Appears to be Winner

It appears McKean County District Attorney John Pavlock has won the Republican and Democratic nominations for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

According to unofficial election results, Pavlock received 312 more votes than Bradford attorney Chris Hauser on the Republican side and 127 more on the Democratic side.

Jim Evans was the top vote-getter in the race for a Bradford City Council seat with 451 votes.

Fred Proper garnered 409 votes while incumbent Rick Benton got 385.

Fellow incumbent Bob Tingley picked up 269 votes.

Democrat Bob Onuffer got 206 votes.

Challengers in both Foster and Bradford Townships beat out the incumbent supervisors in Tuesday's primary.

In Bradford Township, Jim Erwin garnered 304 votes while Don Cummins got 300.

It wasn't as close in Foster Township. Jim Connelly Jr. got 256 votes while Cary Kaber got 151.

Bradford City Police Officer Dave Feely led the field of school board candidates with 1343 votes on the Republican ballot and 484 on the Democratic.

Incumbents Pat Vigliotta and Joe Troutman Sr. came in second and third. As for the fourth seat, newcomer Shane Oschman beat incumbent Rita Dincher on the Republican side. Dincher got 16 more Democratic votes than Oschman.

The totals do not include absentee ballots.

Unofficial Elections Results:

Common Pleas Judge:
John Pavlock: 690 (D) 1788(R)
Chris Hauser 563(D) 1476(R)
Erik Ross 443 (D) 1030 (R)
Tony Alfieri 81(D) 149 (R)

Bradford City Council:
Fred Proper 409
Rick Benton 385
Jim Evans 451
Bob Tingley 269
(Bob Onuffer received 206 votes on the Democratic ballot)

Bradford Area School Board:
Joe Troutman D – 416 R – 1067
Pat Vigliotta D – 458 R – 1195
Dave Feely D – 484 R – 1343
Shane Oschman D – 325 R – 950
Rita Dincher D –341 R – 910
(Carla Manion D – 476 R – 1352)

Lewis Run Borough Council:
Diana DeCasper 30
Steve Falconi 20
Frank Langianese 27
Robert Cotton 12

Foster Township Supervisor:

Jim Connelly Jr. 256
Mike Scrivo 45
Dave Gomes 88
Cary Kaber 151

Bradford Township Supervisor:
Don Cummins 300
Jim Erwin 304

Mount Jewett Mayor:
Brett Morgan 29
Robin Leviere 101

Tambine Road to Close

The end of the school year will bring a PennDOT closure of Route 4003 (Tambine Road) in Jones Township. Starting Monday, June 8, deck replacement work on the bridge will require a 6-8 week closure of Route 4003 and a detour.

PennDOT expects the work to be finished no later than August 6. The bridge is located 3 miles northwest of Johnsonburg on Route 4003, near the intersection with Silver Creek Road.

The detour will direct drivers to use Routes 219 and 948.
PennDOT Elk County Maintenance will be performing the deck replacement work and signage will be in place to alert drivers to the closure and detour.

Kinzua Beach and KPIC Opening

– Kinzua Beach and Kinzua Point Information Center (KPIC) will be open May 22 through Labor Day as free recreation sites.

The Beach will have new amenities including a new pavilion, sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe play area. In addition, fresh sand will be on the Beach this year.

KPIC, on the Allegheny Reservoir, will be open Fridays through Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. KPIC will provide a variety of information to visitors on the Forest, as well as a place to stop for relaxation, a beautiful view of the Allegheny Reservoir, and some amazing photo opportunities. The recreation staff will be providing nature presentations.

If you have any interest in volunteering to work at KPIC or have additional questions, please contact
Tonika Goins at (814) 363-6049

Iroquois Nations to Discuss Spirituality at St. Bonaventure

Members of all six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy will gather for three days at St. Bonaventure University this week to “raise awareness of the true strength and power of Native spirituality,” said Lehman “Dar” Dowdy, conference organizer.

The first Iroquoian Spiritual Conference begins Thursday, with Friday and Saturday events open to the public. As many as 200 members of the six Iroquois nations — Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora — are expected to attend, said Stephen Gordon, speaker coordinator for the event.

“We even have a couple of Oneidas coming from as far as Green Bay, Wis.,” Gordon said.

The conference, Gordon said, hopes to address a problem not specific to Indian nations — the erosion of spirituality.

“The basic intent is to help people foster an awareness of their spirituality, and to show how bolstering spirituality can enhance a person’s own well-being,” Gordon said. “I think that’s a lesson not just for us, but for the general public.”

In a powerful letter to Iroquois members promoting the conference, Dowdy, chief executive officer of the Faithkeepers School in Steamburg, stressed his desire “to find a way to help our people, to give them the spiritual strength to better themselves, their families and their communities.”

Said Dowdy: “I do not recommend a return to the ‘old ways’; history will not allow us to go backwards. I’m recommending a going forward with our language, culture and traditions firmly preserved and rooted in our communities.”

Dowdy said it’s critical that the Iroquois “come together again as a community, as an extended family of caregivers” to help reverse the trends of cultural persecution, prejudice, relocation, substance abuse, and health disorders that have plagued the nations.

The public portion of the conference begins Friday morning, with speakers from several nations taking the Quick Center for the Arts theater stage from 9 a.m. until noon. A speaker panel with a question-and-answer period will be held from 1-4 p.m. Social dancing will take place in Butler Memorial Gym from 7-10 p.m.

Saturday features a conference recap and open discussions from 9-11 a.m. in the Quick Center.

The final event of the conference is an Iroquois blessing of St. Bonaventure and its president, Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Quick Center. The blessing was supposed to be given at Sr. Margaret’s inauguration in 2004, but an illness prevented it from happening.

There in no charge to attend the lectures, panel discussion or social dancing. Lunches and dinners are reserved for the conference members.

Mundy Bridge Work to Start

CLEARFIELD – PennDOT will repair the Mundy Bridge on Route 1010 (North Bingham Road) starting on Wednesday, May 27. The repair work will require the closure of Route 1010 from May 27 through June 5. A detour will be in place that directs motorists to use Routes 1011 and 1013. Signage will be in place to alert motorists to the closure and detour.

Earlier this spring, PennDOT restricted the weight limits allowed on the bridge. Repairing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove the weight limit restrictions. The Mundy Bridge is located on Route 1010, near the village of Genesee.

Maintenance forces from Potter County PennDOT will perform the repair work.

UPB Students in Chi Alpha Sigma

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has inducted 10 students into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.

To be considered for Chi Alpha Sigma, a student must earn a varsity letter in that academic year. The student must also earn at least a 3.40 overall grade point average.

Those inducted were Megan J. Clyde, a sports medicine major from Falls Creek; Elizabeth A. Courson, a biology major from New Castle; Geoffery M. Flowers, a business management major from Oil City; Brent D. George, a social studies education 7-12 major from Arkport, N.Y.; Hannah R. Goeggelman, an athletic training major from Fairport, N.Y.; Stefanie M. Herrmann, a sports medicine major from Bradford; Matthew Lee, a business management major from New Albany; Ali L. Mertsock, an elementary education major from Shinglehouse; Aaron P. Stang, a business management major from Hamburg, N.Y.; and Christopher Tewksbury, an accounting major from Laceyville.

Advisors for the group are Lizbeth Matz, associate professor of business management, and Lorraine Mazza, director of athletics and recreational sports.

Pitt-Bradford Students in Psi Chi

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford inducted four students into Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.

To be eligible for Psi Chi induction, the student must be at least a second-semester sophomore and be enrolled in a psychology program as either a major or minor, having completed at least nine semester hours of psychology courses. He or she must have at least a 3.0 grade point average as an overall GPA as well as within the psychology program.

Those inducted were Brian A. Guentter, a psychology major from Hatfield; Harold A. Yale, a psychology major from Kane; Immanuel Diamant, a psychology major from New Hope; and Jacqueline Foley, a psychology major from Pleasantville.

Dr. Warren Fass, associate professor of the psychology program and director of the psychology program, is advisor.

Hot Dog Sales Benefit Fireworks

The City of Olean’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration is set for Saturday, July 4, at Bradner Stadium in Olean. The fireworks are organized by the Olean Professional Firefighters Association, OPFFA.

The fireworks celebration is funded through donations. There are several ways for the community to assist. Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the OPFFA, will be scheduling Dress Down Days throughout the Olean area. GOACC is asking area employers to allow their staff to dress down patriotically on scheduled days and donate a dollar (or more) to the Firefighters’ Association Fireworks Fund.

The following days are designated the following days for Dress Down Days: Friday, May 22nd (Memorial Day Weekend); Friday, June 5th; and Friday, June 12th. The firefighters will also be serving up hot dogs and other refreshments on May 22 and June 12 at the Olean Area Federal Credit Union.

Volunteers Needed -- The OPFFA is looking for some volunteers for July 4. Volunteers are needed the day of the event to assist with taking donations at the door, with organizing the events in the stadium, and with seeking donations from those that choose to sit in War Veterans Park and on the dikes around the stadium.

The Fireworks committee would also like to offer an opportunity for businesses to take a vendor booth (retail, food, craft) at the event. For more information of the fireworks or vendor space, please contact firefighters Dave Bauer or Ed Jennings at the Olean Fire Department, 376-5609 or by email To sign up your business or organization for Dress Down Days, please contact GOACC by phone at 372-4433 or by email

Ishua Man Hit by Car, Dies

An Ishua man is dead after being hit by a car early Monday morning on Route 16.

22-year-old Matthew Bartholomew was walking along the road at about 4:40 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Audrey Knapp of Franklinville.

Bartholomew suffered internal injuries, along with head and lower leg trauma.

He was flown by medical helicopter to ECMC in Buffalo, where he died.

Deal Could Bring Yahoo! to WNY

Yahoo! could be bringing its northeast data center to Western New York thanks to a deal between the state and the New York Power Authority.

Governor David Paterson says the deal includes a donation of low-cost electrical power. It's still subject to approval by Yahoo!

If the company accepts the proposal Yahoo! would create about 125 new jobs in either Niagara or Genesee county. State officials estimate the jobs would pay $65,000.

Officials haven't said exactly where the data center would be.

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

Bill Would Extend Unemployment Benefits for New Yorkers

Today, the New York State Senate passed critical legislation (S.4110-A) that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to nearly 120,000 currently unemployed New Yorkers.

Unemployment benefits for about 56,000 jobless New York residents are set to expire starting this week; nearly 5,000 people will lose benefits every week over the next 2-3 months.

“As we work to restore the economy we inherited, it is programs like this that will make the greatest difference in getting New York’s economy back on track,” said Senate Majority Leader Smith. “Today, our conference demonstrated our commitment to restoring the economy through sound economic investment and development. I am pleased that this Federal Stimulus money will be going to New Yorkers who need it the most, and believe that it will serve as an efficient and successful way to expedite economic recovery.”

ANF: Rain Barrels Save Money

Money is tight; jobs are scarce. Tap water needs to be treated, pumped, and distributed, which requires energy to process. Energy costs money. Rain barrels provide a way to supply water to your garden or wash a vehicle, and never turn on the spigot in the home. You will save money on your water bill. You are also helping the environment when you use rain barrels because:

~~less water is available to ‘runoff’ in a storm event and create erosion,
~~less drinking water is used, so you are actually saving drinking water,
~~rain water is available during periods of droughts, and
~~you use less energy to process the water.

Recent participants at a Rain Barrel Workshop at the Warren Mall learned how to construct their own rain barrel from parts available at local hardware stores. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection granted funds to the Warren County Conservation District and the Conewango Creek Watershed to conduct the workshop, with assistance from hydrologist Chuck Keeports of the Allegheny National Forest. Karen Solarno of the Warren Mall kindly offered workshop space free of charge for the day. Debby Hornburg shared how the rain barrel design will keep out mosquitos and larvae to reduce any chance of West Nile virus.

Construction of a rain barrel requires a plastic barrel, a hand drill, hardware cloth, glue, and a spigot. Attendees at the recent workshop constructed their own rain barrel which they got to take home at the end of the workshop. So, what if you couldn’t attend this rain barrel workshop? The Warren County Conservation District plans to sell rain barrel kits for $80 or completed rain barrels for $105 in July. Contact Jean Gomory at the Warren County Conservation District to reserve a rain barrel. Barrels or kits purchased must be picked up at the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area on Hatch Run Road at a pre-arranged day and time yet to be announced.

Pictured, Jean Gomory, Gisele Weese, and Tom Kollar work on a rain barrel.

Thompson Honors Ross McGinnis

Pittsburgh—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, said Monday, “Generals and privates alike say that more often than not, soldiers fight for their buddies, not for some policy, goal, or skirmish line set by politicians. There can be no greater example of that than the story of Ross Andrew McGinnis. Four men will live on to enjoy their families and their futures because Ross McGinnis gave his life for his friends.”

McGinnis of Knox, Pennsylvania, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom by President George Bush on June 2, 2008. The official citation reads in part, “In a selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion.”

In his remarks on Monday at the Pittsburgh Military Entrance Processing Station, Thompson asked, “Where do we get such men and women? What inspires them to say, `Here am I. Send me.’”

At today’s ceremony, a room was dedicated as the Ross Andrew McGinnis oath room and a Soldier’s Creed was unveiled.

Thompson said of McGinnis, “His life and his sacrifice will serve as an example to the men and women who enter this facility to become part of the U.S. military. I believe they will take time to honor his memory and put true thought into the words of the oath of allegiance they will swear in this room.”

McGinnis’ parents Tom and Romayne McGinnis were at the event. Thompson spoke directly to them when he said, “My son was injured in Iraq when an IED exploded and he took shrapnel to both legs in 2007. After recuperation, he went back to Iraq in late March 2008. Now stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, he still bears the wounds of that day. From the Thompson military family to the McGinnis military family, we are proud of your son, a true American hero, and we know his sacrifice was your sacrifice as well.”

Taking part in the ceremony besides the McGinnis family and Thompson were: Colonel Barrye Price, Commander Eastern Sector, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command and Major Jeffrey Gunn, Commander, Pittsburgh Military Entrance Processing Station.

Pictured, Thompson speaks at dedication ceremony for the Ross Andrew McGinnis oath room at the Pittsburgh Military Entrance Processing Station. Tom and Romayne McGinnis are seated at left along with Colonel Barrye Price, Commander Eastern Sector, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command. In second photo, Thompson talks to Romayne McGinnis at the ceremony.

Photos courtesy of Thompson's office

Senate Leaders 'Stunned' by
Keystone Exam Contract

A state senator says she's going to introduce a bill that would stop the Rendell administration from going ahead with a $201 million contract to develop Keystone Exams.

Senator Jane Orie says she expects the senate education committee to vote on the bill early next month. It would then go to the full senate.

Since the administration first proposed the new testing requirements, Orie has said that with the state facing a budget deficit of $3 billion, this is not the time to go ahead with this – or any – costly, new program.

Her bill says that "any statewide requirements for high school graduation from a public school (in Pennsylvania) ... shall be established only by an act of the General Assembly."

She and senators Joe Scarnati and Dominic Pileggi wrote to Rendell today saying they were "stunned" to learn about the $201 million contract and urging him to withdraw from this contract.

Guilty Pleas in Catt County Court

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to rape.

21-year-old George Portlow Jr. had sex with a woman without her consent between June 17 and 18 of last year in Olean.

He'll be sentenced July 27.

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to two separate indictments on drug charges.

22-year-old Ronald Billinglsley sold crack cocaine on September 27, 2007, in Olean. On October 22, 2007, he attempted to posses crack cocaine.

He'll be sentenced August 24.

Credit Card Legislation Includes Casey Measures on College Students

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate today approved legislation that strengthens oversight of the credit card industry. The legislation includes measures cosponsored by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) that place restrictions on marketing credit cards to college students and direct the Federal Trade Commission to study new technology to combat crime at automated teller machines.

“Students today who work hard to obtain a college degree will enter the workforce saddled with thousands of dollars in loans, and thousands in credit card debt on top of it,” said Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.). “I am pleased that Congress has acted to require disclosure of marketing tactics that target struggling college students and add to the burden of debt that follows them out of school. The passage of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act is a victory for consumers that will provide a measure of relief and security.”

“Colleges should not be encouraging their students to sign up for products with high interest rates and fees that can get them bogged down in debt. Young consumers often do not have the knowledge and experience to manage their credit wisely and as a result can get into deep financial trouble that can stay with them for decades,” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said. “This amendment installs common-sense restrictions to protect college students and all young consumers from deceptive practices.”

“A free T-shirt is never worth starting off adulthood with ruined credit. College students are bombarded with offers on campus that seem like they’re getting something for nothing, but applying for a credit card requires forethought and responsibility,” said Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). “We want to end these giveaways that end up trapping students. We also want to know when colleges and universities have deals with credit card companies that allow them to push their plastic on consumers without the wherewithal to responsibly manage their credit. This is an important part of credit card reform, and it has a rightful place in this legislation.”

“Far too often young adults don’t read the fine print of credit card offers and rack up huge debts that follow them throughout life. As a father of two daughters in college, I’m constantly making sure my girls aren’t signed up for any of the many credit card offers targeting college students,” said Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).

“This amendment reforms credit card marketing practices aimed at college students so the terms are fair, transparent, and more easily understood by the consumer. It would also commission a study to fully examine the problem of student credit card debt so we can help make sure these young Americans aren’t burdened and hampered by excessive debt.”

“I have been concerned with how credit card companies target our young consumers,” said Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.). “Credit card companies advertise on college campuses across the country, sending card applications to newly enrolled college freshmen, giving away t-shirts for a credit card application and even mailing students applications to their on-campus mailbox. This amendment will enable young consumers to gain access to credit in a responsible manner.”

The Feinstein-Corker-Casey-Grassley-Kerry-Levin-Menendez-Kohl amendment protects students from common credit traps. The measure:

• Prohibits credit card companies from offering gifts to students in exchange for completing credit card applications;

• Requires universities to publicly disclose marketing agreements made with credit card issuers;

• Requires credit card companies to report how much money they are giving to schools and alumni associations through these agreements and what they receive from the universities in exchange; and

• Calls upon the Government Accountability Office to study the extent of these deals and the overall impact on student credit card debt.

According to a report released earlier this year by Sallie Mae:

• 84 percent of all undergraduates have at least one credit card;

• The average student has more than four credit cards;

• Nine out of 10 college students use credit cards for direct education expenses, and 30 percent charge some tuition to their cards;

• The average balance for these students is $3,173. Eighty-two percent of college students carry a balance each month, which requires them to pay finance charges.

• Nearly one in five college seniors holds $7,000 or more in credit card debt.

Customers of Pure Weight Loss
Getting Some Money Back

Customers of the bankrupt Pennsylvania company Pure Weight Loss Inc. – formerly known as L.A. Weigh Loss Centers – will be sharing $500,000 worth of repayment checks thanks to a consent decree negotiated by state attorneys general.

PA Attorney General Tom Corbett says the money has been sent to more than 2,300 customers around the country.

Corbett says the money is for products or services the customers paid for but didn't receive.

The average check is for $212. Eligible customers should be getting them over the next week.

Pure Weight Loss shut down in January 2008 and filed for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy case is continuing.

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

Site Change for Derby

The Bradford Mastercraft All-American Soap Box Derby will be run in a new location this year.

The event will be held on Dorothy Lane between West Corydon Street and Campus Drive.

The derby is June 13, and you can hear more about it on Friday's Sports Forum when Steve Feldman is one of Frank's guests.

100.1 The HERO is the exclusive media partner for the Bradford Mastercraft All-American Soap Box Derby.

Man Dies in Bigler Crash

A Clearfield man is dead after a head-on collision with a Jamestown woman's van Monday morning near Bigler.

Police say a car driven by 69-year-old Clifford Williams crossed the center line and hit a van driven by 38-year-old Karla Platt.

Platt suffered moderate injuries. Several young passengers in her van were also hurt, but police didn't release the nature or extent of the injuries.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Crash in Frewsburg

A Frewsburg woman is facing charges following an accident Monday evening in the village.

Sheriff's deputies say a car driven by 37-year-old Ericka Champlin hit a parked pickup truck and flipped over.

Champlin refused medical treatment, but was charged with driving while intoxicated and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

She was released on her own recognizance.

Beyond Belief ...

Igor passed this story on to me:

Police believe a Bakersfield man bit the eyeball out of his son's face and ate it, according to court documents. The 4-year-old's other eye was damaged beyond repair, reports said.

The boy's missing eye could not be located, reports said, and he told a detective, ''Daddy ate my eyes.''

For the full story, go to KGET-TV.

I Voted ...

Did You?

That's what I'll be asking you if you complain about city council or school board.

Also, in my travels this morning I learned that quite a few people have been writing in Bradford City Police Chief Mike Close for McKean County Sheriff.

Dawn of the Chipmunk ...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lanny Holly Gets Probation

A Bradford man has been sentenced to five years' probation in connection with an accident that killed his wife.

56-year-old Lanny Holly was driving while intoxicated on November 9, 2007, in the Town of Carrollton, when his vehicle went off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames.

He was able to get out of the vehicle but his wife, 53-year-old Carol Holly, was trapped inside the vehicle and died.

Holly pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

Specter on Health Care Reform

Washington, D.C. – Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the pressing need for health care reform.

“We need to agree on a balanced, common sense solution that reins in costs, protects the personal doctor- patient relationship and shifts our focus to initiatives in preventive medicine and research,” Specter said.

Senator Specter, who recently participated in the White House Forum on Health Care Reform, pledged to work with his colleagues to pass legislation to provide all Americans access to quality, affordable health insurance, including the 47 million Americans who are currently uninsured.

“The effort to bring about health reform can and should be a bipartisan effort,” stated Specter. “I’m prepared, as I’ve said before, to put my shoulder to the wheel to try to get the job done.”

Senator Specter is a cosponsor of the Wyden-Bennett Healthy Americans Act which he believes provides a strong starting point in the health care discussion. The bipartisan legislation mirrors many of the ideas put forward by President Obama in that it guarantees coverage for all Americans, allows those who are happy with their current health care coverage to keep it and does not burden middle-income Americans with new taxes on their health benefits.

In the speech, Senator Specter emphasized that he does not support reforms that would place a massive bureaucracy between the patient and the doctor. He outlined several potential cost-saving measures, including investing in the National Institutes of Health, examining the use of advanced directives, and prosecuting Medicare fraud.

A video excerpt of the floor speech is HERE.

Specter's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are HERE PDF

Vietnam Vets Urged to Contact Rapp

This coming September, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) will host a ceremony honoring the men and women of the United States military who served during the Vietnam War. To ensure as many veterans as possible receive recognition, Rapp is asking Vietnam War veterans, their friends or their family members from the 65th Legislative District to contact her Warren office.

"Many people have said many things about the Vietnam War, but we want to say the two most important words - 'thank you' - to our veterans," said Rapp, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committee. "In order to do that, I'm asking Vietnam War veterans, their friends or their family members to please contact my Warren office so we may honor your dedicated service to this Commonwealth and our nation."

Rapp has hosted similar ceremonies in the past, first for World War II veterans in 2005 and later for Korean War era veterans in 2007. At each ceremony, every participating veteran received a certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a small token of appreciation.

"It's important that we show our veterans that we remember, respect and honor the sacrifices they made on our behalf," Rapp said. "It has often been said that the only thing worse than having no heroes is to have them and forget them. The 65th Legislative District definitely has no shortage of heroes and we are committed to remembering them all."

To participate, veterans or their family members should call Rapp's Warren district office toll free at (866) 854-5294 and be prepared to provide basic information including the veteran's name, ad­dress, phone number, the branch of the armed services in which they served, and the years in which they served. Rapp is asking veterans or their family members to call on or before Tuesday, June 30, to sign up for the event.

Once the veteran information is compiled, a personal invitation will be mailed to each veteran. Rapp has already collected information from many District 65 Vietnam War veterans who responded to an article in the lawmaker's last newsletter. Those who have already responded do not need to do so again.

The 65th Legislative District includes all of Forest County and Warren County, as well as the townships of Hamilton, Hamlin, Lafayette and Wetmore and the boroughs of Kane and Mount Jewett in McKean County.

The Source Receives Top Honor

The Source, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s student newspaper, has taken first place in the American Scholastic Press Association national competition.

This is the first time the newspaper has been awarded first place in a decade.

Universities across the country competed in the contest and were judged by enrollment. The Source was entered in the category for schools with enrollments of 1,001 to 1,700.

Based on excellence in design, layout, photography and reporting, the judges awarded The Source 930 of a possible 1,000 points.

The 15-member staff made up of editors, reporters and photographers, produced six editions of the 12-page, full-color newspaper during the fall 2008 term, including a 4-page “Election Extra” supplement in October.

“Getting a first-place award says something about the staff of writers and photographers,” said editor Alex Davis, a sophomore public relations major from Emporium. “This is another example of what hard work can accomplish. We have set the bar for Pitt-Bradford’s newspaper, and that commitment to excellence will continue.”

Tim Ziaukas, faculty advisor and associate professor of public relations, said, “The hard-working staff of The Source deserves to be congratulated for its improvements to the newspaper. This acknowledgement by the ASPA underscores the achievements of this team, especially Alex.”

In addition to Davis, members of the editorial staff included Tom Gibbons, assistant editor, a business management major from Lebanon, N.J.; Jessica Hamilton, copy editor, a writing major from Wilcox; and Josh Gray, editorial assistant, a broadcast communications major from St. Charles, Ill.

Reporters included Jerry Beichner, a public relations major from Emporium; Laurie Craft, a public relations major from Bradford; Kevin Erdelack, a writing major from Cheswick; Jason Fetterman, a writing major from Bradford; Shawna Hardy, a public relations major from Wampum; Eric Hund, a public relations major from Great Valley, N.Y.; Brittany Linderman, a public relations major from Allegany, N.Y.; Brandy Patrick, a writing major from Rew; Shane Phillips an elementary education and writing major from Ellicottville, N.Y.; Luke Vaughn, a broadcast communications major from Ludlow, and Alyssa Villano, a public relations major from Clarks Summit.

The Source also took second place in the ASPA contest last year.

State Senator Joe Scarnati

On May 6, 2009, the Senate of Pennsylvania passed, along party lines, a fiscally responsible budget that responds to our current economic crisis. This budget reflects an understanding of our revenue shortfall and yields many cuts to programs that not only I, but other Senators as well, have supported in the past. With that said, tough budget realities require tough budget decisions.

The $27.3 billion spending package in Senate Bill 850 is responsible and puts Pennsylvania in a position to grow with the economy when it starts to improve. To date the Commonwealth is looking at a $3 billion deficit this year and with most analysts projecting little to no growth next year, it is imperative that we get our spending under control now. The other alternative and one that appears to have the support of the Governor and House Democrats, is to drastically raise taxes. Without question, I find this alternative irresponsible and somewhat humorous given that the federal stimulus dollars are approximately $10 billion and they are still considering the idea of raising taxes. This budget, however, uses dollars that are being brought in by state revenues along with the federal stimulus package. Simply put, we are operating our budget like families and businesses…we are only spending what we are bringing in. I know, for state government under the Rendell Administration, it is somewhat of an odd concept.

Let me be very clear, when you have a deficit and a struggling economy, there are only two ways to bring about a balanced budget. You can either cut spending, which we did in our budget or you can raise taxes, which seemingly is the Governor’s and the Democrats’ solution to this predicament. I have stated time and time again, that I will not support broad based tax increases at a time when families and businesses are struggling to make ends meet. At the end of the day we must put our house in order and not put additional burdens on the many hard working men and women of Pennsylvania. I am not saying that the cuts were easy, but quite frankly we had to make a decision on each line item and examine if it was truly a core function of state government. We did this demanding task and came up with what I feel is a sensible 2009/2010 budget.

Although, it is unfortunate that the Administration chooses to use rhetoric and make the case that the Senate Republicans do not care about education, economic development, the poor, or whatever group he chooses to use as pawns in his approach to spend. Obviously nothing could be further from the truth. We care that our children receive a sound education and that is why this budget along with federal dollars increases subsidies to schools in my district by 3 to 10 percent. We care about economic development and that is why we want citizens and businesses to keep more of their money so that they can invest in their future. We care about all individuals who have come upon hard times and that is why this budget does not cut services necessary to assist in their transition. The fact of the matter is that the Senate Republicans care enough to pass a budget that prioritizes spending, meets the core responsibilities of government, and does not raise taxes at a time when individuals and businesses can least afford it.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an opportunity to reform state government. This is an opportunity to rein in government spending and live within our means. This is an opportunity to show the citizens of Pennsylvania that we care about their quality of life and that we do not want to take more money out of their pockets during this difficult time. Yes, we have many challenges ahead, but where there are challenges, there are opportunities. The clock is ticking and if the Administration and the House Democrats do not like this budget, then show us a budget with whatever tax increases they like best. In the end, I am confident that as we move forward the Governor and the House Democrats will see the merit in this demanding, yet practical, budget.

On a side note, I apologize to the state employees who received a letter from the Governor threatening, essentially, furloughs. Please know that it is his choice and his alone to make this decision. He does not need to put your livelihoods in the middle of our budget negotiations, and it clearly signifies a lack of understanding on his part that average Pennsylvanians live paycheck to paycheck.

Over A Million!

Thanks to our
Wedding Belles
and everyone who's supporting them -- and our sponsors -- more than $1,000,000 has been pumped into the local economy.

That's right: More than ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

Keep up the great work, everyone! And if you haven't gotten involved yet, go HERE to find out how you can be part of this record-setting year of the contest.

Speaking of contests -- Stay tuned for details about THE contest of the season. If you think hard, you'll know what I mean.

And keep listening to WESB and The HERO for your chance to win Pirates tickets, Waldameer tickets and (I heard a rumor) concert tickets. What do you have to do to win these tickets? Just listen. That's all. It's our way of thanking you. :)

The HERO on Location

Ken Leet of the McKean County Raceway stopped by to talk with Scott Douglas during The HERO's live broadcast from Crosby's/Tim Hortons Saturday afternoon.