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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bradford Man Charged with
Impersonating Police Officer

A Bradford man has been charged with impersonating a police officer after allegedly entering and searching the home of some St. Bonaventure University students.

33-year-old Daniel Benner of Derrick Road is accused of going to the home on the evening of August 25 and telling the students he was a Foster Township Police officer looking for a person had illegally provided tattoos.

The students told police he didn't have identification and forced his way into the house. He left after searching the property.

Later, Benner also allegedly told an off-duty Allegany Police officer he was an undercover officer. Officer Tim Peterson did get Benner's license plate number and provided it to Foster Township Police, who helped identify him.

Benner is free on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear in Allegany Town Court on October 6.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Homicide Trial to Start in February

The homicide trial for a Marienville man is set to start in February in Elk County Court.

19-year-old Raymond Lambert is accused of robbing, shooting and killing Sigel-area resident Timothy Finucan in August of 2008.

In December of last year he pleaded not guilty to criminal homicide, burglary and several other charges.

Guidance Center Gets Money

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced today that $453,713 in federal funding has been awarded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Guidance Center, part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, in Bradford. This grant will allow local communities to expand mentoring and support services for youth foster care programs.

“Children in foster care too often lack a stable support system,” Senator Casey said. “This funding will allow the Guidance Center to provide additional mentors and volunteer programs so that foster children can go through their daily lives knowing that someone is there for them.”

This funding was awarded by the DOJ Mentoring Initiatives for Foster Care Youth Program. It will assist the Guidance Center to provide quality supportive mentoring services and to recruit volunteers within the children’s existing social networks. This will reduce juvenile delinquency, boost school attendance and performance, enhance familial relationships and prevent substance abuse problems. It is expected to help over 45 children ages 6-17 in Jefferson, Elk and McKean Counties.

news release from Bob Casey's office

Changes to 'Unstoppable' Schedule

Changes have been made to the travel alert related to the filming of the movie "Unstoppable.

The intersection of routes 120 and 155 at the east end of Emporium will be restricted Friday, Monday and Wednesday and will be controlled by police from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. all three days.

Motorists can also expect intermittent traffic delays on Route 120 between East Allegany Avenue and Spring Street in Emporium all three days.

Lanes will also be closed intermittently on the Route 120 steel bridge in the village of Cameron on Friday.

Next Thursday, there will be traffic delays in Turtlepoint on Champlin Hill Road between Route 155 and Pine Grove Road.

Next Friday, motorists can expect delays on Route 120 between Port Allegany and Liberty.

news release from PennDOT

Wanted Man Arrested

A man wanted by Town of Carrollton Court and McKean County Court on separate charges has been arrested.

Acting on a tip from the City of Bradford Police Department, and assisted by the Olean Police Street Crimes Unit, sheriff's deputies located 44-year-old Mayholn Troutman at the Microtel Motel in Allegany.

Troutman is accused of breaking the arm of a female as a he dragged her down a flight of stairs during a domestic dispute last month in Limestone. He then allegedly threatened to kill a female neighbor who attempted to help the victim, and made a verbal threat to kill her children.

Deputies also arrested 28-year-old Sara Schwab of Limestone for hindering prosecution. The motel room where Troutman was staying had been rented in Schwab's name.

Troutman is also wanted on a felony bench warrant from McKean County for failing to appear for sentencing on drug charges.

Troutman is in Cattaraugus County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.

news release from Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kiwanis Donates to Scholarship

The Kiwanis Club of Bradford has completed a $5,000 pledge to its scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Money for the donation came from the proceeds of the Kiwanis Kapers, the club’s annual fundraising variety show held each November. The gift was matched by the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge. Shown here are Todd Peine, president of the Kiwanis Club, left, and Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. The scholarship is awarded to promising and deserving students showing financial need who are returning to Pitt-Bradford. Preference is given to former members of the Bradford Area High School Key Club, children of Kiwanis Club of Bradford members and graduates of BAHS.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

'Unstoppable' Road Restrictions

The intersection of routes 120 and 155 at the east end of Emporium will be restricted Saturday and Monday as filming for the movie "Unstoppable" continues.

The intersection will be restricted and controlled by police from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Route 120 between East Allegany Avenue and Spring Street in Emporium will be closed.

Drivers may also encounter intermittent traffic delays on Saturday and Monday along Route 155 between Pine Tree Road and Gardeau Road.

PennDOT says motorists should choose alternate routes around the restriction and closure. Drivers can follow PennDOT’s official detour or they can choose alternate roads they prefer.

from PennDOT

Man Charged with Rape

A Jamaica man has been charged with rape following an alleged incident in the Town of Allegany.

Sheriff's deputies arrested 21-year-old Archie Dweh on Monday and charged him with rape and unlawfully dealing with a child.

Dweh was arraigned in Allegany Town Court and taken to jail with bail set at $1,000.

School Bus Sheds Damaged

Coudersport state police are investigating two separate incidents where school bus sheds were tipped over.

The first incident happened late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at the intersection of Route 49 and Dwight Creek Road in Allegany Township.

The second incident happened early Sunday morning on Kio Road near the intersection with Route 872 in Eulalia Township.

Both sheds belong to the Coudersport School District. Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact state police.

Man Facing Assault Charges

A Sheridan man is facing assault charges in connection with an incident Friday night in Sheridan.

Sheriff's deputies say 47-year-old Robert Kilburn got into an argument with a female and eventually pushed her and threw her to the ground, causing substantial injuries.

After an investigation, Kilburn was located and charged with assault. He'll appear in Sheridan Court at a later date.

Alleged Car-Jacker Arraigned

A Bradford man has been arraigned on charges related to a car jacking this summer.

24-year-old Michael Blum of Congress Street, along with Jessica Gulledge, allegedly took a vehicle at knifepoint from the parking lot across from Zippo on Barbour Street on August 6.

Blum is accused of holding a knife to the victim's throat, and demanding his keys and wallet.

Following his arraignment by District Judge Dom Cercone, Blum was sent to McKean County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

AG: Man Leaked Confidential Info

A Tionesta man is accused of leaking an e-mail about a drug investigation to a friend whose sister was named in it.

Forty-one-year-old Scott Henry, the chief information technology officer for Forest County, is charged with obstruction and hindering apprehension or prosection.

Attorney General Tom Corbett says Henry came across an e-mail from the U.S. Forest Service about a suspected marijuana growing operation on national forest land.

The e-mail contained surveillance information and a list of people associated with the investigation.

Corbett says the marijuana-growing operation was soon abandoned.

Henry is free on bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 13.

from the state attorney general's office

First Step Toward New Business

The first step has been taken to bring a steel recycling firm to Western New York.

The New York Power Authority board of trustees today approved an allocation of low-cost hydropower for Steel Development Company.

The company is looking to create 200 permanent jobs in Western New York and invest $200 million in a new manufacturing facility. New York was competing with several other states and Mexico for Steel Development’s new facility.

Once the economic development package is finalized, Steel Development’s new plant will use state-of-the-art equipment to turn recycled steel into rebar.

In addition to the 200 permanent jobs, the Steel Development project is expected to create 600 to 1,000 construction jobs for the new facility, which is expected to be completed by the first half of 2011.

from the NY Governor's Web site

St. Bonaventure, Sienna Students to
Restore Abandoned Cemeteries

Students from St. Bonaventure University and Siena College will team up Oct. 2-3 to help the efforts of Operation Dignity, a national movement to restore old and abandoned psychiatric hospital cemeteries.

St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern, together with Siena College’s School of Social Work, is sponsoring the event, which includes a Friday evening panel discussion at St. Bonaventure followed by a Saturday work detail at a cemetery that holds the remains of approximately 1,000 former residents of the now-closed Gowanda Psychiatric Center.

Many mental health patients who died while institutionalized at psychiatric centers across the nation were buried in unmarked or numbered graves on the grounds of such facilities. Through Operation Dignity, mental health providers, consumers and other volunteers are working to restore these forgotten and often inaccessible grave sites.

The Mental Health Association in Cattaraugus County is spearheading efforts at the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center site in the Erie County town of Collins. Students from Siena, a Catholic college near Albany, learned of the project through the state Office of Mental Health, and joined forces with sociology students from St. Bonaventure to draw attention to the project and help its efforts.

Twelve students and two faculty members from Siena will arrive at St. Bonaventure on Friday, Oct. 2, said Sr. Suzanne Kush, director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern. Following a private dinner there will be a public panel discussion at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The Friday event is being made possible by a grant from the Friends of Rural Cemeteries.

The panel will consider the topic “Mental Health Cemetery Restoration and the Rights of Deceased Mental Health Consumers: Where Should We Draw The Line?” The focus will be on whether it’s still prudent for some states, such as New York, to refuse to release the names of former psychiatric center residents, a hurdle in efforts to restore dignity to the deceased buried at these sites, said Sr. Suzanne.

Among the panelists will be Faith Tanner-Thrush, advocate and board member of the Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus County; and Tom Wallace, director of the Western Regional Office of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, St. Bonaventure and Siena faculty and students will participate in a work detail at the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center site. “We will be locating and unearthing grave markers,” said Sr. Suzanne.

The graves are marked by flat stones that once rested on the ground, but have shifted and worked their way underground over the years, said Tammy Querns of the Mental Health Association. Some markers are covered by up to two feet of dirt.

Volunteers poke the ground with rods to find the stones, unearth them, clean them, restabilize the soil underneath, and return the grave markers.

“We’re excited to be working with students from Siena, the Mental Health Association’s Friendship Club and Operation Dignity on such a worthwhile academic and service initiative,” said Sr. Suzanne. “It’s important to bring some dignity and closure to the resting places of these deceased and forgotten individuals.”

From St. Bonaventure University

WPA Acquires 2,400 Acres

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has acquired 2,400 acres in Clearfield County to permanently conserve forested slopes and streams at the headwaters of Bennett Branch, a tributary to Sinnemahoning Creek.

The purchase includes six parcels that are largely adjacent to Moshannon State Forest and State Game Lands within the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

The land is visible to motorists traveling on Route 255 to the Elk Scenic Byway. One of the parcels includes significant frontage on the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek.

The $3.5 million purchase was made possible through a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation

from The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Lewis Run Man Facing Charges

A Lewis Run man is facing assault charges after allegedly throwing a frozen pack of meat at his girlfriend.

According to records filed in District Judge Dom Cercone's office, 25-year-old Nicholas Blauser allegedly threw the meat at Michele Schaming sometime between 12:30 and 1 a.m. today.

Schaming suffered a laceration to her face and had to be treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Blauser is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Bradford Township Man at Hamot
Following Tractor Accident

A Bradford Township man is in Hamot Medical Center in Erie after being pinned underneath a tractor Monday evening.

Bradford Township Police say Andrew Terwilliger was driving the tractor on his West Washington Street property when it apparently tipped over and fell on top of him.

Crews from the Bradford and Corydon township volunteer fire department freed Terwilliger. He was flown by medical helicopter to Hamot.

Bova, Sharp, Anderson?

Authorities are waiting for test results on the skeletal remains found Saturday on the shoreline of the Allegheny Reservoir before they can start trying to figure out the person's identity.

But already people in the Twin Tiers are thinking about three missing people.

Lori Bova was last seen leaving the Red Lobster restaurant in Lakewood on June 7, 1997.

Damien Sharp was last seen in Warren on Memorial Day weekend in 2002.
Corrie Anderson was last seen on October 28 of last year leaving a car dealership in Jamestown.

Testing on the remains is being done in Buffalo and could take several weeks.

St. Bonaventure Professor to Train
Harvard Research Fellow

Micro-dissection techniques used by St. Bonaventure assistant biology professor Julie Hens, Ph.D., in her mammary gland research have caught the eye of a Harvard research fellow.

Silva Krause, Ph.D., a research fellow in the Vascular Biology Program at Children’s Hospital of Boston and Harvard Medical School, will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday to meet and train with Hens in the William F. Walsh Science Center.

“My research focuses on embryonic mammary gland biology, and the molecular mechanisms involved in this processs. I micro-dissect mouse mammary buds and study the molecular mechanisms that enable them to outgrow into an initial branching structure. We do this by using explants of the mammary buds and mesenchyme and growing them in vitro,” Hens explained.

“With all the great new facilities at Walsh … we have the ability to accomplish much of the research that a larger lab facility can offer,” said Hens. The university’s new $14.6 million science center opened just a year ago.

Krause, the third researcher who has sought out Hens for training on this technique, learned of Hens’ work through her paper published in the journal Development (“BMP4 and PTHrP Interact to Stimulate Ductal Outgrowth during Embryonic Mammary Development and Inhibit Hair Follicle Induction”).

Krause joined Ingber’s laboratory in Boston a year ago and is starting a new project. The Ingber laboratory is interested in the general mechanism of cell and developmental regulation: how cells respond to signals and coordinate their behaviors to produce tissues with specialized form and function. The specific focus of their lab has been the control of angiogenesis and vascular development.

During her visit to St. Bonaventure, Krause will also give a lecture, “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Combat Breast Cancer,” about her research. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of De La Roche Hall.

Krause received a Ph.D. from Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in 2008. Her thesis was titled “Stromal-Epithelial Interactions in the Mammary Gland: Development of a Tissue Morphogenesis Model” and she designed a novel three-dimensional in vitro model for the human breast that allowed for the development of both ductal and alveolar structures to study breast development and breast cancer in vitro.

Hens’ research interest is geared toward understanding mammary gland and lung development. In both cases this is to understand not just the basic science of the organs but to use this knowledge to understand cancer further in the hope of developing new treatments.

Specifically, Hens has been studying the signaling pathways of PTHrP, MSX-2, BMPs, and WNTs in the mammary gland and how they function during embryonic development. She plans to expand this research to study breast cancer and additionally lung development and cancer.

Last week, Hens discussed “The Multiple Roles of Cadherin-11 in Mammary Gland Development and Cancer” during the first Faculty Research Colloquium for the fall semester. Her research paper “Analysis of Gene Expression in PTHrP-/- Mammary Buds Supports a Role for BMP Signaling and MMP2 in the Initiation of Ductal Morphogenesis” is in press now in the journal Developmental Dynamics.

Hens, who joined the St. Bonaventure faculty in 2007, holds a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Maryland and an M.S. degree in genetics from Pennsylvania State University. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Canisius College.

from St. Bonaventure University

Scarnati: Wokers, Businesses Defended in Budget

WARREN — While there has been a tremendous amount of misinformation regarding Pennsylvania workers and businesses, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati wants to set the record straight.

“Even though the Commonwealth continues to struggle with revenue collections due to the state of the economy, this budget reflects an understanding that we must provide an environment where workers are working and businesses are doing business,” Scarnati stated. “While some critics fail to understand the fiscal reality of the taxpayer, Senate Republicans found a balance of assisting our workers and businesses and not taking money out of working families paychecks.”

Scarnati mentioned that various business groups, such as the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, have come to the forefront with their thoughts on the budget, even though there was a slowdown in the phase out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax. They too recognized that taxpayers were burdened enough, and that was illustrated by Chamber President Floyd Warner.

“Given the substantial fiscal challenges facing the Commonwealth this budget cycle, the pressure from many in state government for more spending and higher taxes, and memories of 1991 still fresh in our minds, business and individual taxpayers face a potentially disastrous scenario,” Warner said. The PA Chamber commends lawmakers who stood up for fiscal restraint and developed a sustainable budget.”

According to Warner, while they were disappointed with the Capitol Stock and Franchise Tax dilemma, they were pleased with the other various business tax changes that will help with job creation and economic growth.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati also pointed out that he continues to favor the phase out or reduction of business taxes that would allow job creators to keep workers working.

“Unfortunately, this budget has a lot of pain in it, but in the end, the bottom line is we did not take money out of working families paychecks, there was no sales tax increase, and this budget spends less than last year’s budget,” Scarnati concluded. “You will always have critics who misinform, but the truth is that taxpayers, workers, and businesses were defended.”

from Senate Republican Communications

Dominion Resources Moving Ahead

Energy company Dominion Resources says it's moving ahead with a proposed $600 million project to pipe natural gas from fields in West Virginia to southwest Pennsylvania.

The Virginia-based company plans to complete the project by 2012.

It includes building 110 miles of pipeline and four compressor stations from West Virginia to Delmont, Pa., about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Dominion says in a statement Monday that it's begun the process of getting approval for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

from Dominion Resources

Electric Locomotive Unveiled

Norfolk Southern has unveiled a battery-operated prototype train to be used in its Pennsylvania rail yard, and the company says it looking at hybrid long-haul trains next.

The 1,500 horsepower locomotive will be used to move cars around the rail yard It uses 1,080 rechargeable 12-volt lead acid batteries to store power, and can run for about a day on a charge. It also recharges using the energy from braking.

The battery-only operation gives the train zero exhaust emissions.

The company says a hybrid locomotive for long-haul use would run on a mix of electricity and a diesel engine, and it would channel energy from braking back to the batteries. The company hopes to test a prototype of that locomotive by the end of next year.

from Norfolk Southern

Use Caution on South Kendall Ave.

Foster Township Police are asking motorists to use caution while driving on South Kendall Avenue.

They say the road is slippery from the area of the Crosby Mart on South Kendall to the intersection with Looker Mountain Trail.

Police say it appears a slippery substance leaked from a vehicle making the road slick.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Congressmen Nominate Coolidge

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, joined five of his Pennsylvania Congressional colleagues today to nominate Erick Coolidge, of Tioga County, to the Dairy Advisory Committee, being created within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, (USDA).

“Since this past January, dairy farm profits are nearly half what they were in 2008,” said Thompson. “The expenses of dairy producers are nearly twice as much as their profits, leaving many small farms across the country struggling to stay in business. In addition to previous actions attempting to raise dairy prices, USDA is forming a new Dairy Advisory Committee, which will work directly with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Coolidge is a great candidate for a position on the committee. He is a longtime dairy producer and currently a Tioga County Commissioner. He has also served in various capacities in many agriculture and dairy organizations in Pennsylvania.”

In the joint letter, Thompson and the legislators commented, “Because agriculture in general - and the dairy industry in particular - is so important to our state’s economy and the wellbeing of so many families throughout the Commonwealth, we believe that it is imperative that Pennsylvania has adequate representation on this Committee. We additionally believe that Mr. Erick Coolidge is the best fit candidate for the position.

“He (Coolidge) is a fourth generation dairy farmer with nearly 45 years of experience in the industry both on and off the farm,” the letter stated.

The legislators concluded, “Mr. Coolidge has vast expertise in the dairy industry and will be a valuable asset to the Advisory Committee. We look forward to working with Secretary Vilsack and the Department of Agriculture for immediate strategies that address the current dairy crisis, while simultaneously identifying and implementing long-term improvements to the pricing system.”

According to USDA, the purpose of the new committee is to review the issues of farm milk price volatility and dairy farmer profitability and to provide suggestions and ideas to Secretary Vilsack on how USDA can best address these issues to meet the dairy industry’s needs.

Thompson joined fellow Pennsylvania legislators Jim Gerlach, Joe Pitts, Bill Shuster, Todd Platts and Charles Dent in nominating Coolidge.

If appointed, Coolidge will serve a 2-year term as part of a 15-member group representing industry, producers and their organizations, consumers, academia, retailers and state agencies involved in dairy.

From Glenn Thompson's office

Bradford, Eldred Men Enter Pleas

A Bradford man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection with the attempted robbery of Domino's Pizza in Allegany last October.

20-year-old Douglas Carnahan, along with Bradford residents James Munday and James Baribeau, attempted to rob Domino's on October 9 while Munday displayed what appeared to be a gun.

Carnhan will be sentenced January 4 in Cattaraugus County Court.

Munday was sentenced in June to 5 years in prison.

Carnahan also took part in robberies at the Bradford Uni-Mart on Chestnut Street and Mastercraft.


An Eldred man has admitted to trying to use counterfeit money.

Joshua Stebbins pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court to attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument.

On March 20, in Olean, Stebbins attempted to possess a forged $100 bill.

He'll be sentenced January 4.

From the office of DA Ed Sharkey

Bridge Work Winding Down

Bridge work is winding down on two different projects, one in Port Allegany, McKean County and one in the village of Loucks Mills, Potter County.

The Route 155 bridge in Port Allegany was repaired this year while traffic continued to use the bridge. The bridge spans the Allegheny River on Route 155 in Liberty Township, just beyond the Route 6 intersection near Port Allegany.

Work included deck repair, guiderail updates, back wall repair, painting, new expansion dams and erosion/sedimentation measures.

The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York was the contractor on the $1.3 million project.

Work is expected to be complete within the next 7 to 10 days on a new bridge spanning the Genesee branch of Pine Creek in the village of Loucks Mills, Potter County. The new bridge is located on Route 1004 /Township Road 545.

Nestlerode Contracting Company Inc. of Lock Haven was the contractor on the $537,000 project, which came in $45,000 under budget.

For more information on roadway construction and maintenance operations, visit PennDOT’s website at

PennDOT reminds motorists they can also log on to or call 511 from any phone before heading out to check traffic conditions.

From PennDOT

Rendell Wants Budget by Sunday

Governor Ed Rendell has told legislative leaders he wants a budget by Sunday.

"I asked them to make sure that when the Legislature returns … that they understand, and they're notified, that they're here for the duration – as long as it takes to get a completed product," Rendell said during a news conference Monday afternoon.

"The caucus leaders all agreed to that," he said. "It's my hope that we will get a budget by Sunday – a budget that I can sign."

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said during a news conference later in the afternoon that having the budget ready to sign by Sunday would be a "best case scenario."

Rendell and leaders of three of the four legislative caucuses announced 10 days ago that a deal had been reached, but none of the budget bills has been put up for a vote yet.

From Commonwealth Media Services

Stan Sheetz to Speak at UPB

Stan Sheetz, president and chief executive officer of the Sheetz convenience stores, will discuss the company’s management philosophy and customer focus on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Pitt-Bradford’s business management program is sponsoring the free presentation at 10:30 a.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall, as part of the Executive Speaker Series.

Started in 1952 as a small dairy and deli in Altoona, the store has expanded across six states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.

Employing more than 12,000 people, Sheetz has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for the seventh consecutive year and one of the top 10 Best Large Employers in Ohio.

Additional information is available by contacting Jody Randolph, administrative assistant for the Division of Management and Education, by or (814) 362-5056.

From Pitt-Bradford

'Bonaventure Square' Planned for Former Castle Restaurant Property

St. Bonaventure University has announced plans for the creation of a lifestyle destination development on property owned by the university on Route 417 in Allegany.

Ross Wilson & Associates of Buffalo is the master developer and project manager for the development, to be called Bonaventure Square.

“We have been working with Ross Wilson & Associates since February, and we are delighted that they are now ready to advance plans for the property to the Allegany Town Board,” said Brenda McGee Snow, senior vice president for finance and administration at St. Bonaventure.

“We feel confident that the proposed development will significantly enhance the quality of life for our students and for regional citizens and tourists, while also supporting the university’s long-term plan for growth.”

Among the planned components of the approximately $60 million development — to be located on the site of the former Castle Motel — are a recreation complex with bowling alleys, sports lounge, arcade and gaming room; apartment housing designed for graduate students and area professionals; a hotel with conference space; a sporting/multi-purpose complex that will provide indoor and outdoor venues for a wide variety of sporting events and tournaments; and retail stores and restaurants to support the complex.

Ross Wilson & Associates will be submitting project plans to the Allegany Town Board in early October. This will start the public planning and approval process. The goal is to begin construction in June 2010.

“There are many steps that need to occur before construction can begin. But we remain optimistic that what is being proposed is not only feasible from a business perspective, but also very attractive from a regional economic development perspective,” said Snow.

Craig Marlatt of Ross Wilson & Associates said, “The opportunity to add a fairly significant number of new jobs and to add substantially to the tax base is also a major positive factor for the region. This project took on a life of its own very early in the process.

“The support from community leaders, business and elected officials has been incredible, and served to greatly assist our team in determining the development’s feasibility so quickly. We have a very strong team of development partners on deck to make this happen, all of whom added to the credibility of the project,” Marlatt said.

St. Bonaventure University is giving the regional community “a huge gift,” said Kevin Greiner, a principal with Ross Wilson & Associates.

“This development will draw tourism to the community while also serving as a tremendous recreational and retail asset. We are delighted to be working with the University to make this happen,” Greiner said. “The university administration has been extremely supportive and provided the necessary guidance initially to scope the project so that the benefits of this development to the university and the benefit to the greater community are aligned.”

Partnering with Ross Wilson & Associates is Foit Albert Associates, which is serving as the project architect, and Kinley Corp., the general contractor for the project.

From St. Bonaventure University

Pitt-Bradford Reaches Longstanding Enrollment Goal, Shatters Previous Records

By Pat Frantz Cercone
Director of Communications and Marketing

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has reached its longstanding enrollment goal of 1,500 full-time equivalent students and also shattered previous enrollment records, including having its largest student body and biggest freshman class.

The enrollment figures became official today in a report submitted to the University of Pittsburgh.

“This is a magnificent accomplishment for our campus and for our region,” Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, said of reaching the 1,500 FTE goal. “We’re very proud that we were able to reach this milestone three years in advance of our projected time frame.”

Full-time equivalent is a measurement used by colleges and universities that serve both full- and part-time students. The measurement allows administrators to better plan and budget for the demands placed on the faculty and student services.

This year the campus has 1,535 FTE, a 10.2 percent increase over last fall’s 1,398. The university also has recorded the largest total enrollment in its history at 1,657 students -- 1,455 full-time and 202 part-time – and its biggest freshman class of 418 freshmen, an increase of 11 percent over the 377-member freshman class last fall.

Also contributing to the enrollment success was a slight increase in the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate to 73.4 percent, the fourth year in a row that that number has increased.

This is the fourth year in a row that Pitt-Bradford has shattered enrollment records, growing from 1,124 FTE in the fall of 2005.

Alexander cited several factors that account for the recent rapid growth, including a five-year strategic plan implemented in 2004 that established enrollment growth as the priority. He also pointed to 12 new baccalaureate majors added in the last five years and major improvements to campus facilities over the last decade.

Students are also coming from a wider geographic area. The class of 2013 has students from four foreign countries, Washington, D.C., U.S. territories and 12 states: Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Virginia.

The most popular majors for freshmen are nursing, criminal justice, athletic training, elementary education, biology and business management.

“We are grateful to our admissions staff that has been working very aggressively and farther afield to help us reach and surpass our enrollment goals,” Alexander said. “Additionally, we are fortunate to have dedicated faculty and staff who are also committed to helping Pitt-Bradford and its students succeed.”

The mix of students is also favoring more traditional students, said James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and director of enrollment services.

“Six or seven years ago, nearly 30 percent of our students were nontraditional students,” he said. “Now that’s about 20 percent.”

According to Alexander, with the achievement of this milestone, the campus’s physical plant is at capacity. Aggressive recruitment and marketing will continue, he said, but primarily to enable the campus to sustain its enrollment numbers.

“It is possible that we may not be able to accommodate all of the students who apply in future years. We may have to resort to waiting lists,” Alexander said of future enrollments. Whether more space is required will continue to be assessed, he added.

For now, a new residence hall is planned to open sometime in the fall of 2010, which will allow the university to house an additional 103 students. Currently the campus has about 800 beds available.

Alexander said the current strategic plan calls for additional faculty and improvements in classroom and laboratory space, beginning with the renovation of Fisher Hall, the campus’s science building.

Dr. K. James Evans, dean of student affairs, has been involved with the effort to reach 1,500 FTE since the University of Pittsburgh assigned the enrollment target to the campus in the early 1990s.

The college used that assigned enrollment target as a guide to create a master plan to accommodate 1,500 full-time equivalent students.

Under the master plan, the Sport and Fitness Center was renovated and expanded in 2002; the Frame-Westerberg Commons, renovated and expanded in 2003; Blaisdell Hall, home to communications and fine arts, completed in 2004; two new residence halls, completed in 2005 and 2008; and an interfaith chapel will be completed in 2010.

“When students and parents visit,” said Alexander Nazemetz, director of admissions, “their first impression of the campus is always positive. It pulls them in and gets them asking questions about other things.”

Nazemetz said that persuading students to enroll at Pitt-Bradford is easier now than before because of the name recognition and higher visibility.

Thanks to a targeted marketing and branding program that works in tandem with admissions, “people recognize Pitt-Bradford as a destination unto itself,” he said. “Admissions counselors help spread the word, but the word is already there.”

Admissions counselors visit 300 schools each year, and one thing they’re finding is that students who attend Pitt-Bradford are going home and speaking positively about the school.

“Success breeds success,” Nazemetz said.

Other factors he cited are admissions’ use of geodemographics to determine where students come from and who are the best fit for Pitt-Bradford.

“Admissions is definitely recruiting smarter,” he said, “We can concentrate on areas where we know we will have success, and I am really grateful for a professional staff that goes out of its way to work for university goals and overall enrollments.”

Pictured, Shani McKay, front, a freshman nursing major from Nanuet, N.Y., at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, moves in with some help from Natalie Leibig, a nursing major from Mohnton. This fall’s freshman class at Pitt-Bradford totaled 418, an 11 percent increase over last year and the largest freshman class in the university’s 46-year history.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Remains to be Tested

Authorities are still trying to identify human remains found by a fisherman along the shore of the Allegany Reservoir over the weekend, and they say it's too soon to tell if they could belong to missing Jamestown mother Corrie Anderson.

They're not even sure yet if the person was a man or woman or if foul play was involved. The remains are in the advanced stages of decomposition, and have been sent to Buffalo for testing.

Corrie Anderson disappeared in late October of last year.

Rep. Thompson Reaches Out

Congressman Glenn Thompson presents a gift to University of Pittsburgh at Bradford President Livingston Alexander during "Government Outreach 2009" Monday morning. The annual event welcomes students from the Bradford, Clarion-Limestone, Northern Potter, Cameron County, Smethport, Austin, East Forest, North Clarion, DuBois, St. Marys, West Forest, Port Allegany,Sheffield, Warren, Kane, Eisenhoser, Youngsville and A-C Valley school districts.