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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Man Dies in Reservoir

A Cooperstown, PA, man is dead after trying to retrieve a canoe in the Allegheny Reservoir near Kinzua Dam Saturday morning.

State police say 18-year-old David Sarber III, and a friend, were packing up their camp when their canoe drifted away from shore. Sarber jumped into the water to try to retrieve it, but then swam back to shore to take off his boots, jacket and two sweatshirts before going back into the water. He was overcome by the cold water before making it back to the canoe.

His friend traveled on foot several miles to the Docksider Restaurant, where he found two area hunters who gave him a ride to the nearest phone.

Volunteer water rescue and recovery personnel locate and retrieve Sarber's body.

State police were assisted by the Glade Volunteer Fire Department, McKean County Dive and Rescue Team, Glade Township Water Rescue, US Forest Service, Emergycare, Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department, Warren County Coroner's Office, Red Cross and employees of Docksider's Restaurant.

faxed from Warren-based state police

Domestic Violence Awareness

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the LiveLine is running a month-long series featuring the YWCA Victims Resource Center. This Tuesday's show will be about legal issues. The October 27 show will center on safety issues. Although it's not officially part of the series, Nancy Chesnut, director of the Victims Resource Center, will be on a special Friday edition of the LiveLine on October 23 to talk about the 3rd Annual Poetry Slam being held October 28 at Kimberly's Cool Bean Café (formerly the Emery Espresso Bar).

Our first two shows were on "Domestic Violence 101" and children's issues. I'll have audio up for you soon.

Bonnies Hold First Practice

By Patrick Pierson
Sports Information Director

It’s certainly feels like winter in more than one way at St. Bonaventure. With snow falling on campus, the 2009-10 men’s basketball season got under way on Friday evening, as St. Bonaventure took to Bob Lanier Court in its first practice of the year.

Led by third-year head coach Mark Schmidt, the Bonnies return six players, including four starters, from last year’s club that finished with a 15-15 record and made the program’s first appearance at the A-10 Tournament since 2005.

Headlining that group of returners are seniors Jonathan Hall and Chris Matthews, junior Malcolm Eleby and sophomore Andrew Nicholson. All four had strong seasons statistically, but it was Hall filling up the box score, becoming the just the second player in program history to lead the team in points (12.9), rebounds (6.3) and assists (3.2).

Nicholson was the talk of the town, though, earning the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Award. The Mississauga, Ontario native led all A-10 rookies in six different statistical categories en route to winning the conference’s Rookie of the Week award a program record six times. Nicholson finished with averages of 12.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. The 6-foot-9 forward also finished 11th in the nation in blocks (81) and 12th in field goal percentage (.602)

Joining the team’s six returners will be a trio of juniors in Ogo Adegboye, Lewis Leonard and Horace McGloster. A transfer from the University of Houston, McGloster will sit out the 2009-10 campaign due to four-year transfer rules. The five-member freshmen class is made up of Kelvin Agee, Brett Roseboro, Demetrius Conger, Jake Houseknecht and Marquise Simmons. Agee will redshirt this season, but practice with the team the entire year.

The Bona faithful can get their first live-look at the Brown and White on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. during “Select A Seat Day” at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies will hold a two-hour “open” practice.

e-mail from Patrick Pierson

Congratulations to

BAHS Homecoming Queen
Katie Brooks
and her escort
Chris Salerno

Meeting on Table Games Scheduled

Governor Rendell has called a meeting with legislative leaders to help resolve the dispute over table games that's holding up funding for the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State and other institutions and organizations.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday.

Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln are supposed to get more than $600 million in state funding this year, but that funding is linked to table games legislation.

So far, legislators have not agreed on the license fee for casinos to add table games or how much to tax them.

On Wednesday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi sent a letter to House Speaker Keith McCall asking for a quick resolution to the issue.

Scarnati and Pileggi expected to work on the legislation last week but McCall hasn't scheduled another House session until November 9.

You can read the letter to McCall from Scarnati and Pileggi here.

from Governor Rendell's Web site, Senate Republican Communications, House Democratic Communications, House Republican Public Relations and the state budget

Two-State Police Chase on Friday

A Falconer man took police on a hour-long chase through New York and Pennsylvania Friday.

Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say they tried to pull over an SUV driven by 36-year-old James Silk at about 4:15 Friday afternoon in Lakewood after several other drivers reported that it was being driven erratically.

Silk fled, leading officers on a chase to Corry, PA. Back in French Creek, New York, police put spike strips on the road, which caused Silk to lose control of the vehicle and drive it off the road.

He attempted to flee on foot but police used a Taser on him. During the chase, Silk allegedly rammed a sheriff's vehicle. After his arrest he allegedly kneed a deputy in the face.

Silk is in Chautauqua County Jail.

from Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department

Emergency Shelter Set Up

Some Bradford Township residents are still without power today, and although Penelec crews are working to get it restored they're not sure when that may happen.

But Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dan Burkhouse tells WESB and The HERO the Custer City fire station is being set up as an emergency shelter for anyone in the High Street area (from just south of East Warren Road to Lewis Run) who doesn't have power.

"People already went through one night …We can't go into a second night without having shelter for these people if they need it," Burkhouse said.

He said firefighters have been going door-to-door to let people know about the emergency shelter, but some of them are not home.

Crews from First Energy (Penelec) tell us they're working on some "major problems" today that are causing the intermittent power outages.

Yesterday, most of the problems were caused by a tree that fell on power lines in the Warren area and knocked out a major line that runs from Warren to Bradford.

Because of the weather, First Energy couldn't use its helicopters to find the downed tree in the heavily wooded area, so they had to use ATVs to find it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

CCMH Gets Flu Vaccine

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital has received an initial supply of H1N1 vaccine. People identified as high risk patients should contact their primary care provider to receive a vaccination as it becomes available. CCMH also began vaccinating health care workers and emergency medical services personnel this week to protect patients, staff and visitors.

The CDC has recommended that high risk groups be vaccinated first: pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of children younger than six months, health care and emergency medical services personnel, those six months to 24 years, and those 25 to 64 years with certain health conditions. After the high risk groups have been vaccinated, the general population will be able to receive the H1N1 vaccine.

Last week, Charles Cole revised its visitation policy to further protect patients, staff and visitors due to increased flu activity. The revised visitation policy restricts children under 18 from visiting the hospital. Exceptions may be made for those visiting the hospital’s Long Term Care Unit, OB (siblings of newborns), and terminal and critical patients. All other exceptions will be made on a case by case basis. In addition, anyone, regardless of age, who is ill or who has ill household members should not visit the hospital. Unlike seasonal flu, children seem to be at high risk for H1N1 and can spread the virus easily among the population.

All patient rooms at Charles Cole are equipped with phones; family and friends are encouraged to call patients if they cannot visit. E-cards, which are delivered to patient rooms, are also available via the hospital’s website,

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat. Patients with H1N1 may also have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Anyone arriving at the hospital for medical care, who suspects he/she may have the flu, should wear a mask which will be available at the main entrance, at provider offices, and the emergency entrance. Patients with influenza-like symptoms should contact their medical provider’s office if they feel they need medical treatment. Otherwise, those with flu or flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least seven days after becoming ill and after 24 hours of being fever free without the use of medication.

For more information, visit or call CCMH’s flu hotline for a pre-recorded message at 814/260-5279 or toll free at 877/364-7904.

Pictured, Rachel Forsythe, RN, gives Matt Seeley of the Tri-Town Fire Department a H1N1 vaccination this week.

from Janene Dunn, CCMH

The Monstrumologist

Part of this weekend's "Weekend Wrap" is my talk with best-selling author Rick Yancey about his newest book, "The Monstrumologist."

You can hear it Saturday at 6:20 a.m. on 100.1 The HERO and 9:15 a.m. Sunday on 1490 WESB.

DEP: Cabot Can Resume Drilling

The DEP is allowing Cabot Oil and Gas to resume drilling in Susquehanna County.

DEP said today that the Houston-based company complied with the terms of an order that stopped its hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," activities last month.

Cabot's operations were temporarily halted after three spills of a liquid-gel lubricant within seven days at one of its gas-drilling sites.

Fracking is a technique used by drillers to fracture rock and release natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation.

Information gleaned from DEP news release

Tailgate at Home

This is Paul from Smethport and he's this week's winner of the Tops Tailgate at Home contest.

You still have 3 more chances to win a $100 gift card from Tops. Go here for all the details.

Drug Trafficker Sentenced

A Buffalo man who sold cocaine in Bradford and Salamanca has been sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison.

34-year-old Shawn Johnson pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court to a felony drug conspiracy charge.

He was arrested in January of 2007 in connection with a drug ring that trafficked cocaine in Bradford and Salamanca.

federal court records, Buffalo

Show Explores Life in Soviet Union

A dark and funny play exploring the lives of six women living under the Soviet regime will be performed on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Child of Hungry Times” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in Blaisdell Hall as part of the university’s Spectrum Series. Admission is free. Some language and content may not be suitable for young children.

Based on the controversial writings of Soviet dramatist Ludmila Petrushevskaya, “Child of Hungry Times” is a critically acclaimed, one-woman show written and performed by Bridget Bailey.

“The play consists of multiple women’s voices, all struggling with a society that seems not to have their best interests in mind,” said Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater.

After performing “Child of Hungry Times” at Duke University for her senior thesis project, Bailey received a grant and a Benenson Award in the Arts to produce the show in Seattle. She has since performed the production for audiences in Moscow and New York.

“I'm very excited for our students and campus community to see this work — which is both intimate and deep — created by a student that has then had a very rich theatrical life beyond its academic origins,” Ewert said.

According to Seattle’s La Rhussophobe Journal, “Bailey’s performance is one of those marvels of quick-change artistry, not just costumes, but posture, gait and accent, too.”

For more information, call the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at (814) 362-5113.

BAHS Homecoming Tonight

The Bradford Area High School homecoming queen and king candidates (along with Miss Bradford and her escort) stopped by the studios today as Frank Williams' guests on Sports Forum.

Tonight's Bradford High Homecoming parade has been cancelled because of the weather. The Homecoming floats can still be seen inside the Bradford High gymnasium until 4:30 this afternoon. The Homecoming court will still be honored at halftime of tonight's football game between the Owls and Strong Vincent. The Homecoming dance is still on too.

Snow Causing Problems

The snow is causing a number of problems in the region.

Most of Cameron County has been without power all day. Allegheny Power crews are working to restore it.

Tri-County Rural Electric tells us about 2,000 customers are without electricity because heavy snow brought trees down onto power lines. It may be 6 to 8 hours before power is restored to some areas.

The National Weather Service says Coudersport got about 5 ½ inches of snow.

The Bradford area is experiencing intermittent interruptions in power. Because of that, Zippo has cancelled its second shift for tonight.

But some people don't have power at all.

Penelec reports outages in Lewis Run, Eldred, Smethport, Kane, Ludlow, Rew, Port Allegany, Westline, Clarendon, Russell, Warren, Ulysses and Galeton. There's no word on when power will be restored.

National Grid says about 500 customers in the towns of Olean and Cold Spring are without power. It should be restored sometime this afternoon.

Trees and power lines are down all over the Twin Tiers.

In Smethport behind Costa's, a tree came down on top of power lines and caught on fire.

On Minard Run Road, snow brought power lines down and they were blocking the road.

The snow has also made ramps and overpasses on highways slippery.

On Interstate 86 in the Town of Poland, a woman was hurt when her vehicle went out of control on an overpass due to slippery conditions.

Sheriff's deputies say a car driven by 33-year-old Laurie Hind of Randolph hit a guiderail at about 8 o'clock this morning. She was taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown for treatment of back pain.

Pictured, snow-covered trees behind our St. Francis Drive studios this morning.

Limestone Man Facing Charges

A Limestone man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop on Chestnut Street Bradford.

State police say after they stopped 20-year-old Tracy McGraw "several indicators led to a more in-depth investigation."

They say McGraw attempted to remove controlled substances from inside his vehicle and flee the scene on foot. A scuffle ensued ending in McGraw being charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of children, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence, DUI and two traffic violations.

faxed from Kane-based state police

Fatal Crash in Forest County

A Massachusetts man is dead after being thrown from his truck in an accident this morning in Forest County.

State police say 50-year-old Donald Belmore of Malrborough, Massachusetts, was driving on Route 66 at just after midnight today when his pickup truck went off the road, hit a ditch and rolled over twice.

Belmore was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected through the driver's side window. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

47-year-old Gregg Belmore of Land of Lakes, Florida, suffered minor injuries. Two other passengers were not hurt.

Police have not determined the cause of the accident, but say it was not weather-related.

Ridgway-based state police

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Coming

Just in case you didn't think we'd really get any accumulation from the storm, these pictures of the Fretz football field and our van were taken at just after 7 p.m.

Renovations at Kinzua Beach

Warren, Pa. – The Allegheny National Forest announced today the temporary closure of the Kinzua Beach Recreation Area. The facility will undergo major renovations beginning immediately and lasting until its re-opening for Memorial Day 2010.

During the construction period, foot travel is permissible; however, the Allegheny NF urges the public to avoid the active construction zone during weekday daylight hours and use extreme caution in the area at all times and be alert to hazards.

The off-season construction also warrants the closure of the parking facilities at Kinzua Beach during the winter season.

District Ranger Tony Scardina stated “we recognize that this temporary closure may inconvenience some members of the public and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation. We look forward to the re-opening of the improved facility next season.”

Bradford, Pa. – The Bradford Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest (NF) is seeking public comments in advance of preparing an Environmental Assessment for the Coalbed Run Project in Cherry Grove, Limestone and Watson Townships of Warren County and Hickory, Howe and Kingsley Townships in Forest County. The Coalbed Run Project Area encompasses approximately 17,900 acres, including roughly 15,000 acres of National Forest System (NFS) lands. The project proposes a combination of tree harvest, reforestation, wildlife habitat improvement, road management and pedestrian trail enhancements.

A complete description of the proposed actions for the Coalbed Run Project Area is available in the scoping letter mailed to interested parties or from the Allegheny National Forest website at

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Michelle Tamez at (814) 363-6079 and through the Forest website above. Address written comments to: US Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest, Coalbed Run Project, 29 Forest Service Drive, Bradford, PA 16701. The office facsimile number is (814) 726-1465. Electronic comments should be submitted in an e-mail message, plain text (.txt), rich text (.rtf), Word (.doc), or any software supported by Microsoft applications to Comments received need to include your name and physical mailing address, and will be considered part of the public record for this project and available for public inspection. Comments must be received or postmarked by November 16, 2009.

e-mail from Kathryn L Mohney, ANF

No Changes on Route 219 Bypass

No changes are planned for the Route 219 Bradford Bypass project next week, meaning that a section of Bolivar Drive will remain closed while bridges spanning the road are painted.

Kendall Avenue will remain open to two-way traffic, but work will continue with flaggers directing traffic during daytime work hours.

information from PennDOT news release

Indictment for Parental Kidnapping

The ex-husband of a Titusville woman has been indicted on a charge of international parental kidnapping.

34-year-old Chad Hower is accused of taking his then-10-year-old child out of the country in November 2006 to obstruct the parental rights of the child's mother, Nancy Oberlander.

An indictment charging Hower with one felony count was filed under seal in federal court in Erie on May 12 and a warrant was obtained for his arrest.

Hower was taken into custody on Tuesday, according to court records. The records do not say where Hower was arrested or where the child is.

The charge of international parental kidnapping is a felony punishable by up to three years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

from the US Attorney's Office

6-Year-Old Colorado Boy
Floats Away in Helium Balloon

Watch it live at

UPDATE: -- A 6-year-old Colorado boy believed to have set adrift a helium balloon has been found alive, authorities said. -- from CNN

UPDATE: Balloon lands; boy not inside

BLS: Retail Prices Unchanged

Retail prices in the Northeast region, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) were virtually unchanged, inching up 0.1 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.

Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the recent advances in most of the major categories, led by apparel, were nearly offset by declines in housing and recreation.

The other goods and services index was unchanged over the month. The September level of 231.200 (1982-84 = 100) was 0.7 percent lower than in September 2008. Over the same period, the core inflation rate, as measured by the all items less food and energy index, rose 1.9 percent.

For the full report, go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tops to Receive Retail Patriot Award

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, the leading full-service grocery retailer in Western New York, Central New York, including Rochester, and Northwestern Pennsylvania will be awarded with the 2009 Retail Patriot Award from Frozen and Dairy Buyer magazine. Tops is among five retailers from across the country who are being honored for going “beyond the call of duty” in support of the men and women who serve in the military.

Store officials will accept this national award during the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association’s annual convention, held in Washington, D.C. October 17 – 20.

Tops participates in many events throughout the year to help support the U.S. military on a local and national basis. Most recently, this past summer Tops was the presenting sponsor of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT), an 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Wall, and helped to bring the wall to Western New York.

Several times throughout the year Tops also sends care packages to its associates and their family members who are serving in the military, and supports local soldiers’ departures and homecomings. In addition, Tops associates take time to visit local Veterans Administration hospitals to bring gifts to injured soldiers and Tops donates gift cards to a local veteran who visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to train disabled veterans in the art of self-defense.

“To be able to participate in events that support the men and women who are bravely defending our country, and help remember and honor those soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice is an honor and a privilege,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO. “I can not express how proud we are to be recognized for these efforts.”

e-mail from Katie McKenna, Tops

Bill Would Start Office of Faith-Based, Non-profit Organizations

Harrisburg — State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R, Montgomery, Bucks) has introduced legislation that would establish the Pennsylvania Office of Faith-Based and Non-profit Community Organizations within the Office of the Governor.

The legislation will create more opportunities for all volunteer organizations in Pennsylvania to partner with government entities to help deliver vital services in our communities.

It will also help to identify any barriers that may exist to fair competition for government funding and propose any changes that would level the playing field for faith-based and non-profit organizations. This will enable the government to choose the most effective partner to provide the public services, maximizing taxpayer dollars.

Under the bill, the Office will provide a point of contact for organizations to receive information, assistance, and referrals related to faith-based and non-profit organizations within state government, including the development of a website. It will also assist all Commonwealth agencies in developing relationships, as appropriate, with faith-based and non-profit organizations. The office would as well assist organizations in identifying and applying for federal grants, facilitating or providing grant writing training, organizational development and other technical assistance.

The measure also establishes a 25 member Advisory Commission consisting of ten public officials and 15 non-governmental members to identify innovative and model faith-based and neighborhood partnership programs, initiatives, and best practices which the office may promote and share with organizations.

The creation of an office aimed at promoting partnerships between government and faith-based/community organizations is not new. In early 2001, President Bush created such an office in the White House which is being continued under the Obama Administration. To date, 36 states and some cities have formally established faith-community liaisons. Under Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia has an office of Community and Faith Based Initiatives.

“Whether looking to exercise the ultimate expression of faith or to serve a purpose greater than their own, our Commonwealth benefits from a rich diversity of faith-based and non-profit community organizations committed to improving their communities and fellow citizens no matter their religious or political beliefs,” said Senator Greenleaf. “My legislation is intended to help these organizations to partner with governmental entities to help deliver vital services in our communities, such as helping to give ex-offenders a second chance, providing counseling for troubled youth, or assisting the needy.”

e-mail from Senator Greenleaf's office

Regional Pitt Campuses Now
Qualify for Rural Research Grants

HARRISBURG – Regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh will soon qualify for funding to study issues facing rural Pennsylvania, Sen. John N. Wozniak announced today.

Earlier this year, Wozniak introduced legislation to allow researchers at the regional campuses to receive the funding and to increase the maximum grant amount. Senate Bill 607 was signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell last week.
“It makes sense that more bright people working on these special challenges will mean more ideas and better results,” Wozniak said. “Rural Pennsylvania is facing problems that have been forming for decades and new ones emerge every year.”

Senate Bill 607 – now Act 52 – will amend the regulations for the “Center for Rural Pennsylvania,” an agency of the General Assembly governed by an 11-member board. The board oversees distribution of grants to faculty members at colleges and universities to fund study of the issues facing rural communities, including economic development, educational outreach and government finance.

Under current law, only universities in the State System of Higher Education and Penn State are eligible to participate. Wozniak’s bill will add the regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh, while increasing the maximum grant to $60,000. The bill also adds agriculture along with health and welfare concerns to the list of subject areas eligible for grants.

Similar bills had failed to win approval for three consecutive two-year sessions. Senate Bill 607 passed both the House and Senate unanimously. It takes effect in 60 days.

“The University of Pittsburgh has facilities and faculty that are well positioned to examine the communities of Western Pennsylvania and develop ideas suited to their needs,” Wozniak said. “Their inclusion will improve the quality of research and the development of solutions.”

from Senator Wozniak's Web site, via e-mail from Senate Democratic Broadcast Services

PennDOT Ready for Winter

Harrisburg – PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., announced today that more than 2,200 plow trucks are ready to go when that first winter storm strikes the commonwealth.

“As caretaker of nearly 40,000 miles of state roads and 25,000 bridges, PennDOT strives to be as prepared as possible for whatever winter throws at us,” Biehler said. “We started preparing for this winter when last winter ended -- from our operators doing dry runs of their routes to garage staff servicing our vehicles. We work extremely hard to ensure that everyone is prepared for that first snowfall.”

About 5,400 PennDOT employees will be working hard to keep Pennsylvania roads passable during winter storms. PennDOT reminds motorists roadways such as interstates and expressways will be its primary focus and at times, the department may redirect equipment to these routes during significant winter events. During these heavier storms, motorists may encounter deeper accumulations on less traveled routes and they should adjust their driving for those conditions.

To battle these winter storms, PennDOT has budgeted $245 million this year and has more than 673,000 tons of salt stored at more than 400 locations across the state.

Salt continues to be the primary weapon against winter precipitation. PennDOT uses salt brine to pre-wet the salt, which increases its effectiveness during cold weather and helps it work more quickly. Department trucks are equipped with electronic salt spreaders that automatically dispense the correct amount of salt regardless of the vehicle’s speed.

PennDOT has agreements with more than 700 municipalities for them to clear state roads within their jurisdictions. The department also rents approximately 270 trucks and operators to assist with snow removal as needed.

While the equipment may be set, PennDOT reminds motorists that they also need to make the appropriate preparations to help navigate roads this winter.

Motorists can get a little extra help this winter when planning snowy commutes by calling 511 or visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 440 traffic cameras. Starting in November, 511 will provide simple to use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network.

“We are encouraging motorists to take advantage of 511PA and check traffic and weather conditions before they leave,” Biehler said. “We also want to stress that if you must call 511 from the road, pull over to a safe place before making the call. Your full attention should be on the road at all times when you are driving.”

Along with 511PA, PennDOT will introduce a special winter page on the department’s Web site, Two of the main features of the page will be brochures for motorists covering topics such as preparing your vehicle for winter and how PennDOT battles winter storms.

“I am cautioning every driver to take the threat of winter weather seriously and prepare,” Biehler said. “Once you are out on the highway and encounter snow, sleet or ice, it’s too late to worry if your vehicle can handle the conditions.”

PennDOT encourages motorists to have a mechanic they trust check their vehicle’s belts, hoses, battery and brakes. Drivers should also check that the heater and defroster are working properly and that the wipers don’t streak.

Motorists should also check their tires for proper inflation and sufficient tread depth. A quick way to check tread depth is to insert a penny in the tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see the entire head, your tires are worn and will not be able to pull your vehicle through winter.

In addition, if you live in an area prone to heavy snow, drivers may want to consider using dedicated snow tires or carrying a set of tire chains. At a minimum, all-season tires should at least be mud and snow rated.

The last step to equipping your vehicle for winter is to pack an emergency kit that includes items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket and small snow shovel. However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific need they or their families may have. Items such as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, a spare cell phone or even children’s games should be included for families that need them.

Finally, motorists need to remember to slow down and increase their following distance when confronted with snowy or icy roads. In 2008, there were more than 7,700 crashes and 51 fatalities on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless changes led to the crash.

e-mail from Commonwealth Media Services

Catt County Candidates Debate

OLEAN -- The Olean Times Herald and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting both a mayoral and district attorney debate, at the Olean High School auditorium, 410 West Sullivan Street, Olean. The two candidates for City of Olean mayor will be part of a debate set for 7 PM Monday, October 19. County Legislator Linda Witte will face off against Mayor David Carucci in the November 3rd election.

The two candidates for Cattaraugus County District Attorney will be featured in the debate scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 7 PM. Lori Rieman, the former Cattaraugus County first assistant district attorney will challenge current District Attorney Ed Sharkey.

Larry Sorokes will moderate the forum. The questions that will be asked have come from area residents. PLEASE EMAIL debate questions to Deadline for questions for the Mayoral Debate is Monday, October 19, NOON and for the District Attorney Debate is Wednesday, October 21, Noon. The events are open to the public. For more information, please contact GOACC at 716/372-4433 or visit their website

e-mail from Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

LIHEAP Opens November 2

HARRISBURG - Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today that Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for cash grants Nov. 2. Crisis grants will be available on Jan. 4, 2010.

LIHEAP helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants. Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. Crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.

Families may earn up to 150 percent of federal poverty rates and still qualify for assistance. For a family of four, the income limit is $33,075 per year.

To apply for LIHEAP, call or visit the local county assistance office to set up an appointment. Residents should be sure to apply in their home counties and are reminded they need the following to obtain assistance:

· Names of people in the household.

· Dates of birth for people in household.

· Social Security numbers for all household members.

· Proof of income for members of household.

· A copy of a recent heating bill.

For more information, contact the appropriate county assistance office:

· Cameron County -- 814-486-3757.

· McKean County -- 814-362-4671.

· Potter County -- 814-274-4900.

Assistance is also available by calling the toll-free LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095 (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886). Internet users can access additional information at Causer's Web site at

e-mail from House Republican PR

Bill Would Sentence Traffickers of Powder, Crack Cocaine Equally

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), joined by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Crime and Drugs Subcommittee Chairman Arlen Specter (D-PA), and seven other Senators, introduced legislation today to eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.

The Fair Sentencing Act would refocus scarce federal resources toward large scale, violent traffickers and increase penalties for the worst drug offenders. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, restoring sentencing parity would do more than any other policy change to close the gap in incarceration rates between African Americans and whites. The Obama Administration endorsed eliminating the sentencing disparity at a hearing chaired by Durbin in April.

“Drug use is a serious problem in America and we need tough legislation to combat it. But in addition to being tough, our drug laws must be smart and fair. Our current cocaine laws are not,” Durbin said. “The sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine has contributed to the imprisonment of African Americans at six times the rate of whites and to the United States’ position as the world’s leader in incarcerations. Congress has talked about addressing this injustice for long enough; it’s time for us to act.”

Under current law, possession of five grams of crack cocaine (roughly the weight of two sugar cubes) triggers a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence, while trafficking 500 grams (approximately one pound) of powder cocaine triggers the same sentence. The so-called 100:1 sentencing disparity has been in place since 1986. The Fair Sentencing Act would eliminate the disparity, treating crack and powder cocaine equally.

“This legislation offers reasonable and much-needed reform in crack cocaine sentencing under federal law,” Specter said. “Eliminating the unfair and unwarranted sentencing disparity between crack offenses and cocaine offenses is long overdue and represents an important step in addressing our drug laws’ discriminatory consequences.”

The dramatically higher penalties for crack have disproportionately affected the African American community. While only 25 percent of crack users are African American, they constituted 81 percent of those convicted for crack offenses in 2007. The current drug sentencing policy is also the single greatest cause of the record levels of incarceration in our country. One in every thirty-one Americans is in prison, on parole, or on probation, including one in eleven African-Americans. Over 50% of current federal inmates are imprisoned for drug crimes.

“Today, the criminal justice system has unfair and biased cocaine penalties that undermine the Constitution’s promise of equal treatment for all Americans. To have faith in our system Americans must have confidence that the laws of this country, including our drug laws, are fair and administered fairly,” Chairman Leahy said. “I believe the Fair Sentencing Act will move us one step closer to reaching that goal. I commend Senator Durbin for his leadership in fixing this decades-old injustice. We should do what we can to restore public confidence in our criminal justice system. Correcting biases in our criminal sentencing laws is a step in that direction.”

The current law was a response to the explosion in crack use around the country in the 1980’s. At the time, crack was believed to be more harmful, and its users far more violent, than powder cocaine users. However, current research has shown that there is little difference between the physiological impact of crack and powder cocaine. The research has also shown that crack is not linked to significantly more violence than powder cocaine. Today, only ten percent of crack cocaine cases involve violence.

The Fair Sentencing Act will:

~Eliminate the sentencing disparity by instituting a 1:1 ratio for crack and powder sentencing.

~Increase the quantity of crack cocaine needed to trigger a mandatory sentence. Under this new law, possession of 500 grams of crack and 500 grams of powder cocaine would trigger a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. Similarly, 5,000 grams of crack or powder would trigger a 10-year sentence.

~Direct federal resources toward large-scale drug trafficking cases and violent offenders by increasing the number of aggravating factors subject to higher penalties.

A broad coalition of legal, law enforcement, civil rights, and religious groups from across the political spectrum supports eliminating the crack-powder disparity, including Attorney General Holder, Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, Miami Police Chief John Timoney, the American Bar Association, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Black Police Association, and the United Methodist Church.

In addition to Senators Leahy and Specter, the bill is cosponsored by Judiciary Committee Members Feingold (D-WI), Cardin (D-MD), Whitehouse (D-RI), Kaufman (D-DE), and Franken (D-MN). Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Dodd (D-CT) are also original cosponsors.

e-mail from Senator Specter's office

Zippo to Acquire Ronson

Zippo Manufacturing Company announced today that the company has executed an agreement to purchase certain assets of Ronson Consumer Products Corporation, Woodbridge, N.J. The agreement also includes Ronson Corporation of Canada, Mississauga, Ontario.

Ronson has developed a strong business in the lighter fluid market and also markets an array of pocket and multi-purpose lighters and butane torches.

Zippo is one of the world’s most widely recognized brands and is best known for its iconic windproof lighter. The company also markets lighter accessories, butane candle lighters, and lifestyle products for men such as leather goods and writing instruments. A new line of fire-related outdoor gear is being launched this fall.

According to Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth, “Zippo is looking forward to adding the venerable Ronson trademark to its family of brands. This acquisition provides an opportunity to expand our business, particularly leveraging Ronson’s competitive position in the lighter and fuels markets. We are very excited about the growth opportunities for both brands.”

The Zippo purchase agreement does not include the Ronson Aviation subsidiary of Trenton, NJ.

Zippo was founded by George G. Blaisdell in 1932. Other Zippo subsidiaries are W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, Bradford, PA and Zippo Fashion Italia, Vincenza, Italy. Ronson was founded as The Art Metal Works in 1886 by Louis V. Aronson and has been marketing lighters since 1913.

e-mail from Pat Grandy, Zippo

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Mick Marshall!

And belated birthday wishes to Steve Cavallaro!

Winter Storm Warning

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for 4 p.m. Thursday through 8 a.m. Saturday. A storm moving up the eastern seaboard will bring rain and snow to the region. It will start as a mixture of rain and snow, then become primarily snow that could be heavy and wet. Listen to the forecast from News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chautauqua County Executive Pays
Tribute to Meals on Wheels Leader

Sinclairville, NY -- Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards paid a visit to the dining site of the Sinclairville 76ers today to honor a man who was instrumental in the start of the Meals on Wheels program of Southern Chautauqua County.

Vaughn Rudy served Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area for more than a decade, helping to make sure senior citizens received these essential home-delivered meals.

In a ceremony at the Sinclairville 76ers site, Edwards presented Vaughn's son Jack with a plaque in honor of his father's accomplishments.

"In 1970, Vaughn helped Rolland Taft, Meals on Wheels Chairman, secure funding for Senior Aide positions to help expand Meals on Wheels," Edwards said. "Vaughn's efforts were a key component of making Meals on Wheels the long term success it is today."

Edwards said that Vaughn continued with his unofficial Meals on Wheels capacity until June of 1974, where at the Annual Meeting of Meals on Wheels, Vaughn was elected to the board as a Member-At-Large. The motion was passed unanimously.

Through the end of his term on the Board of Directors in 1986, Vaughn continued to improve the Senior Aide program, and was able to ensure Meals on Wheels continued, even through financially tough times.

"Through his many years of service to Meals on Wheels, Vaughn Rudy served as a tireless volunteer, helping to ensure the viability of Meals on Wheels in Chautauqua County," Edwards concluded.

Pictured left to right: Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Director Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Jack Rudy, Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards

e-mail from Joel Keefer

Winter Storm Watch in Effect

A winter storm watch is in effect from tomorrow morning through Friday morning.

The National Weather Service in State College says a developing storm coming up the eastern seaboard will bring rain and snow to the region. It will start as a mixture of rain and snow, then become primarily snow that could be heavy and wet.

News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka tells WESB and The HERO if the snow is heavy enough, and accumulates on trees that still have leaves, it could cause significant damage and power outages if the trees fall onto power lines, much like the October Surprise Snowstorm three years ago in Buffalo.

Mike says this is only a watch, not a warning, which means there is the potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Order Allows Former Brookville
Gas Station to Become Public Park

The Department of Environmental Protection has executed a consent order and agreement that allows the transfer of property in downtown Brookville from Selker Brothers, Inc. to Historic Brookville, Inc. for the development of a public park.

“This marks a new beginning for this property,” said DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch. “Previously, the site was home to a gas station where leaking underground storage tanks had contaminated the soil and groundwater. The parties have demonstrated the site will be safe for reuse as a park and the property is poised to become a center for public enjoyment and recreation.”

In 2006, Selker Brothers, Inc. removed three underground storage tanks from its former service station and found gasoline in the soil and groundwater, with some of the groundwater leaving the property. After Selker submitted a number of deficient investigation reports and remedial action plans to address the contamination, DEP in 2007 issued an order requiring Selker to submit a complete investigation report. Following litigation, Selker submitted the report in 2008 and DEP approved the remedial action plan in May 2009.

Under the consent order and agreement, Selker is responsible for demonstrating the site meets environmental remediation standards and agreed to pay a $12,500 penalty to the Pennsylvania Storage Tank Fund to be used for the inspection and cleanup of leaking storage tanks.

The agreement requires Historic Brookville to take steps necessary to maintain the cleanup remedy at the property, to follow DEP guidance for any earth disturbance, and to prohibit the use of groundwater at the site.

e-mail from DEP

Young to Host Dairy Roundtable

ALBANY - Trying to spur Albany into action, Senator Catharine Young, (R,I,C-Olean) is hosting a public forum on extremely low milk prices to draw attention to farmers’ plights and gain support for a solution.

“Albany has been dragging its feet while our $2.4 billion dairy industry is going down the drain. Farms are going under every day, delivering blow after blow to Upstate’s already shaky economy, but nothing is being done. We need action and results,” said Senator Young, who is Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

In August, Senator Young introduced the 2009 Dairy Investment Act, which would provide $60 million of direct emergency relief to struggling dairy farmers. The program is modeled after a successful effort in 2007 that was sponsored and passed by Senator Young when she was Senate Agriculture Chair.

“The terrible prices that farmers are paid per hundredweight are similar to those around 2007. The big difference is that those low prices were in place for six months. The latest crisis is far worse, because the awful milk prices have gone on for over a year. It’s worse than a depression for the farmers, and they can’t afford to stay in business much longer,” she said.

Dairy farmers in New York received an average of $12.50 per hundredweight of milk sold during September, up 50 cents from August but $6.50 less than September a year ago. A study by Cornell University estimated that farmers need to be paid at least $17.00 per hundredweight in order to meet their production costs.

“It’s terrible for farmers to work so hard, only to see their livelihoods destroyed by volatile milk prices. The Dairy Investment Act would give emergency payments to farmers, who in turn, put the money right back into the economy to pay for feed, supplies and equipment. Not only are the farmers suffering, but all of the related small businesses are on the brink of disaster, too. We need to give them a boost, or they will be lost from our economy forever,” Senator Young said.

“The recent federal initiative to give $290 million to dairy farmers is appreciated, but it is only a drop in the bucket when you spread it across 50 states,” Senator Young said. “We need to do more if we want to make a difference.”

Senator Young said that New York will be receiving more federal stimulus money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that should be used toward the program. If the money isn’t invested in dairy farms and they continue to go out of business, it will make the state’s fiscal crisis and budget shortfall even worse.

“The only way New York State is going to recover from the recession is to make wise choices that will actually revitalize the economy. Agriculture is the top industry in the state. The Governor and the Legislature should roll up their sleeves and tackle this issue head on,” she said.

Senator Young said the Dairy Investment Act is a short-term fix, but a longer-term solution to stablize milk prices at a fair level needs to be found.

“Milk prices are too volatile because they are tied to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Policies and the formula need to be changed, and I also am urging processors, farmers and retailers to come together to come up with a plan,” she said.

Invitees to the Albany forum were chosen for their ability to clearly outline the problem and articulate solutions, Senator Young said.

The invited guest list includes farmers Dale Anderson, Fred Croscut, Tunis Sweetman, Earl Myers; NYS Farm Viability Institute Director Thomas Sleight; NYS Center for Dairy Excellence Director Mark Kenville; Agrimark Chairman Neil Rea and Senior Economist Robert Wellington; Dairylea President Clyde Rutherford and Economist Edward Gallagher; Upstate Farms Cooperative President Dan Wolf and representative Tim Harner; NYS Dairy Foods representative Bruce Krupke; New York State Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, Vice President Eric Ooms, and Director of Public Policy Julie Suarez; Northeast Dairy Producers Association Executive Director Caroline Potter; Kraft Foods representative John Boltz; Cornell University Department of Applied Economics and Management Chair Lore Tauer, PhD; Food Industry Alliance of NYS President and CEO James Rogers and Board Chairman Nicholas D’Agostino; New York Cheese Manufacturers Association President Tom Eastham and Vice President Jay Snedeker.

The forum will be held on Monday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 124, State Capitol, Albany.

e-mail from Dan Toomey, Senator Young's office

PennDOT Announces Record Number of Motorists Buckling Up

Harrisburg – Nearly 88 percent of motorists on Pennsylvania roads are making the often life-saving decision to obey the law and buckle up. The 2009 seat belt use rate for Pennsylvania reached a record of 87.9 percent, an increase from the previous high of 86.7 percent reported in 2007.

“The simple act of putting on a seat belt or properly restraining your child is the one step you can take to increase your chances of surviving a crash,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “PennDOT will continue to encourage every driver to buckle up and make sure everyone else in their vehicle does, too.”

Stronger traffic safety enforcement is one contributing factor to the rising seat belt usage rate.

Approximately 450 municipal police departments and Pennsylvania State Police participate in national and statewide Click It or Ticket campaigns. More than 10,000 seat belt citations were issued by these departments in the last year. PennDOT invested nearly $2.5 million of federal funding for this enforcement.

Another possible reason for the improvement is broader seat belt education, aimed at students in kindergarten through grade 12. Law enforcement officers presented more than 850 programs reaching 47,000 students. In conjunction with the programs, police increased the number of patrols around schools to encourage young drivers and their passengers to buckle up.

PennDOT reminds motorists that under Pennsylvania law, all front seat passengers are required to buckle up. Failure to comply with the seat belt law can result in a penalty of $60, including the fine and other costs.

Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat when riding anywhere in a motor vehicle. In addition, children ages 8 to 18 must be in a seat belt when riding anywhere in the vehicle. Both of these laws are secondary, which means drivers can be ticketed only when cited for another traffic violation such as speeding.

The state’s primary child passenger safety law requires children under the age of four to be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. The fine for non-use of child safety and booster seats is a maximum of $100 in addition to other costs.

For more highway safety information, visit

e-mail from Marla Fannin, PennDOT

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Wilderness Act

When: Thursday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.

Where: Slater Room, Warren Public Library, free and open to the public

What: Forever Wild: Celebrating America's Wilderness, preceded by the 16-min. film Keystone Wilderness

The Pennsylvania Wilderness Act, which designated the Hickory Creek and Allegheny Islands Wilderness Areas in the Allegheny National Forest, was signed into law by President Reagan on October 30, 1984.

Forever Wild is a 60-min. documentary hosted & narrated by Robert Redford capturing the glory of undeveloped, wild places and the passionate tales of America¹s modern wilderness volunteers who have spent countless hours working to ensure that wild places are preserved for generations to come under the Wilderness Act of 1964. In Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Montana and New Hampshire, these are tales of vision and dedication by Americans who work to preserve a legacy of wilderness. Forever Wild also features the sage insights of long-time wilderness advocate and historian Doug Scott, policy director for Campaign for America¹s Wilderness.

Keystone Wilderness is a campaign film highlighting the efforts of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness and our many supporting organizations for the Allegheny National Forest.

R.S.V.P. is requested, but not required to 814-723-0620 or

Energy Conference and Expo
Will Highlight Dunkirk Innovator

Mayville, NY -- Companies that produce energy efficient and "green" products, such as Dunkirk's ECR International, will be a major player in Chautauqua County's Second Annual Energy Conference and Expo, October 23rd and 24th.

Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards and Energy Conference Chair/Organizer Doug Champ toured the company's Dunkirk facility September 30th.

ECR International, located at 85 Middle Road, Dunkirk, produces the freewatt® system, which is a home cogeneration system that makes electricity while heating a home and dramatically reducing both electric bills and carbon footprints.

The state of New York recently passed legislation that expands its current net-metering law to include residential micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) technologies like ECR’s freewatt® system.

Net metering enables customers to use the excess electricity they generate to offset their consumption over a specific billing period. Essentially, their electric meters will turn backward when they generate electricity in excess of their demand, resulting in a credit on their utility bill.

ECR International Regional Sales Manager Mark Belcher will be part of a panel entitled "freewatt® Micro-Combined Heat and Power Systems and other High Efficiency Home Heating Solutions for Home Owners" on Saturday, October 24 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. at Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville.

"I am thrilled that ECR International, which took part in our inaugural Energy Conference and Expo, agreed to participate in this year's event," Edwards said.

ECR International was formed in June of 1999 out of a merger between The Utica Companies (Utica) and Dunkirk Radiator Corporation (Dunkirk). The Dunkirk plant also saw a recent increase of 25-30 salaried and union employees as part of their expansion.

The 2nd Annual Energy Conference and Expo at Chautauqua Suites kicks-off Friday, October 23 at 8:45 a.m. with the first two panels of the conference. The morning session will focus on residential energy, including panels on energy assistance programs and green energy.

On Saturday, October 24, simultaneous exhibits & panel discussions on Energy Use & Development Issues will begin at 9 a.m.

There is no charge to individuals interested in visiting the exhibits and attending the panel discussions. The CCIDA will be coordinating the conference and all exhibits.

For more information, contact the CCIDA at (716) 661-8900, or go to Chautauqua

Pictured, from left, Doug Champ, Gary Maternowski (freewatt® Assembly Technician), Fred Stern (freewatt® Assembly Technician), Greg Edwards, Ronald Passafaro (VP Sales & Marketing), Karl Mayer (freewatt® Business Development Manager)

e-mailed from Joel Keefer, executive assistant to Greg Edwards

BRMC Fighting Spread of Flu

To help minimize the spread of illness during this upcoming flu season, Bradford Regional Medical Center officials are installing special sanitizer stations throughout the main campus for use by visitors and others in the building.

"It's a way of encouraging our visitors to use precautionary measures, especially if they're feeling ill," explained Deborah Price, BRMC's Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services.

According to federal and state officials, this year's seasonal flu season could affect record numbers of patients, with the additional health threat posed by H1N1 (swine) flu. BRMC's sanitizer stations consist of lucite holders which provide users with hand sanitizers, Kleenex and face masks.

Terrie O'Brien, BRMC's infection control practitioner, said that anyone entering the building exhibiting signs of respiratory illness should stop by the sanitizer stations. "We're encouraging individuals to stay home if they have coughs, fevers, or upper respiratory symptoms. But if they need to come to the Medical Center seeking treatment, we ask that they take a mask and use the hand sanitizers," she said.

All items are free. The sanitizer stations are located at several of the hospital's most highly-trafficked areas: the Information Desks at the 116 Interstate Parkway entrance and Outpatient Services Center entrance; the labs in the Outpatient Services Center and the second floor; the Emergency Department Triage Liaison desk; Imaging Services Reception Desk; and The Pavilion at BRMC entrance. Hospital officials say items should be disposed of immediately after use.

Health officials remind the public that the seasonal and H1N1 (swine) flu spread the same ways: from person to person, mainly by sneezing or coughing by people with influenza or touching infected objects (such as doorknobs and telephones) then touching your nose or mouth. "Frequent hand washing is extremely important during this critical season," Mrs. O'Brien added.

This week, BRMC officials were notified that the Medical Center has been selected as a provider of the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. Mrs. Price said the public should watch local media for notices of upcoming community clinics.

"The vaccine has not been issued to us yet, so we are not able to schedule clinic dates but will notify the public as soon as we're able," she said. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vaccine is recommended for priority groups as follows: pregnant women; persons six months to 24 years old; healthcare providers and EMS personnel; parents, household members or caregivers of children under six months; and those under 65 with certain underlying medical conditions.

BRMC's community clinics will be held in the Outpatient Services Center lobby, N. Bennett St. Ext. in Bradford. Individuals may also check BRMC's website for the scheduled dates at BRMC officials have already issued a statement prohibiting individuals 17 and younger from visiting patients at the hospital until further notice. The policy was issued, Mrs. Price said, as a further step toward minimizing the spread of illness among patients and employees. In addition, a mandatory policy was established this fall which required employees to obtain the seasonal flu vaccine.

"We need to keep our employees healthy, in order to care for our community," Mrs. Price explained.

Pictured, Bradford Regional Medical Center Volunteer Dick Wilson gets instructions about the use of new sanitizer stations from infection control practitioner Terrie O'Brien. Several new lucite holders on campus now feature hand sanitizers, Kleenex and face masks, free for use by hospital visitors as a preventive measure this flu season.

(Photo courtesy of BRMC)
e-mail from Kimberly Maben, BRMC

Psychic Readings Weekend

The Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore and experience the many opportunities to expand your knowledge and intuition through enlightenment at our Psychic Readings weekend, Nov. 6-8. Choose to see one of our many Lily Dale, or Lily Dale trained, mediums and spiritualists for your personal half-hour reading.

We are pleased to have Salamanca’s own Michael Cricks, an Aura Reader and Spiritualist, participating in this great event. Cricks has been providing public readings for over twenty-seven years. We are also honored to have another phenomenal Spiritualist, Reverend George Kincaid, from Lily Dale. Kincaid believes, as the basis of his religion, in the continuity of life and in individual responsibility. Most spiritualists endeavor to find the truth in all things and to live their lives in accordance therewith.

Other local favorites are Michele Harvey-Heusinger, Medium and Palm Reader, and Devonia “Dee” Smith, whose specialty is Tarot Card readings. Heusinger, in addition to her palmistry, is a licensed massage and holistic therapist and she will also be offering chair massages to those who sign up. You do not want to miss seeing either one of these ladies as they use their palmistry and tarot cards in a way that has been practiced all over the world as inspiration or divination for centuries.

Another of our guests is Sandy Caswell, Psychic and Life Coach. Caswell has been featured on television and radio, in newspapers and magazines. She has several published articles and is a regular contributor to the Psychic Observer. For over thirty years, she has provided support with your issues, glimpses of the future and immediately applicable advice by integrating psychic impressions and other metaphysical with traditional counseling skills and a great sense of humor.

Dolores Sedler, a Spiritual Writer, will also be joining us. Automatic writers, such as Sedler, have learned to wait quietly and patiently and then give in to the slightest impulse to move the pen or pencil. Find out what your relatives have to say to you as she uses her skills to write the messages being sent your way from your loved ones.

New psychics participating in November are Pam Sekula, Psychic and Tarot Master, Tammy Smalt, Angel Light Readings, and Dawn Lynn, Medium and Intuitive Tarot.. Sekula has thirty years of experience, great intuitive powers and a plain talking delivery which makes her your go-to gal for clarity and encouragement. Smalt brings the gentle, loving and encouraging messages of the Angels to your situation. Lynn will help you find the tools to shape your destiny.

The Psychic Fair will be held at the Historic Dudley Hotel, located at 132 Main Street, Salamanca, Nov. 6-8. The hours of the fair are Friday 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. To make an appointment for your favorite medium or spiritualist, contact Jane Paskuly at 716-353-2592. Walk-ins will be welcomed if times are available. Come and hear all about your future!

e-mailed from the Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Board of Health Orders Demolitions

WESB/WBRR News Director

A code enforcement officer for the City of San Francisco will be getting an order to demolish a property she owns in Bradford.

A house at 152 South Avenue is one of nine properties for which the city Board of Health issued demolition orders Tuesday.

Bradford Code Enforcement Officer George Corignani explained that Barbara Rozniak, along with Lawrence Israel, bought the house on eBay.

She thought she was going to turn it into a bed and breakfast, Corignani said, but didn't realize it was on the high side of South Avenue with no parking.

She was in Bradford a couple of years ago and Corignani told her what she had to do to bring the property up to code, but he hasn't heard from her since.

"The property is deteriorating to the point it needs to come down," Corignani said.

On the other side of the coin, the owner of 144 South Avenue, who lives in Juneau Alaska, recently tried to sell it on eBay, Corignani said.

He said the house has been vacant for "a long time" and has no heat or electricity.

Another house on the list is at 2 East Main Street.

"The house that you see from the road is a shell," Corignani said. "There's nothing in this house. The floors are gone. … The interior part of the walls is gone. The foundation is pretty much gone. You step in the house, you're stepping on dirt."

Another property is 14-16 Pleasant Street.

"It's a danger. It needs to come to down before someone gets hurt," Corignani said.

The other properties on the list are 10 Short Street, 8-10 Thompson Avenue, 19 Thompson Avenue, 44 Willard Avenue and 135 Pleasant Street.

The board of health also agreed to allow Corignani to take a request to the Historical Architectural Review Board concerning 31-37 Mechanic Street.

Bob Cummins owns the building and is willing to tear it down if HARB approves it.

The demolition needs HARB approval because it's in the Downtown Historic District.

"That's one of the ones where you wondered if it would fall in the creek before it was torn down," said Mayor Tom Riel.

Limestone to Become Hamlet

Limestone taxpayers voted on Tuesday to dissolve the village.

Next year, the village will become a hamlet within the Town of Carrollton.

The move is expected to lower taxes almost 4 percent in Limestone and more than 40 percent in Carrollton.

Pink Lady

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Helen Burfield attended Tuesday's City Council meeting dressed in pink from head to toe. Her "hair-do" came from Lisa's Hairport, one of several salons in the area helping people "get pinked" to raise money for breast cancer research and programs.

Standing-Room-Only Crowd in
Favor of Manned Police Station

WESB/WBRR News Director

A crowd that flowed into the hallway outside of city council chambers heard Mayor Tom Riel and Bradford City Police officers agree to work out their differences concerning a manned police station.

A resolution to authorize the McKean County 911 Center to assume dispatch duties for the city police department was on the council agenda. But after about an hour of listening to nearly two dozen people, most of them opposed to transferring the dispatch duties, Riel said council would table the resolution.

"The City of Bradford is running a government they can no longer afford and we can no longer afford to have a paid police officer sitting over there at the desk," Riel said to the police officers who were at the meeting. "If you want to work on something that will save money with a civilian dispatch, or something, we can consider it and talk about. But it's got to be something that saves the city money and does not have a paid, uniformed officer sitting behind that desk 24/7."

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Bradford City Police Lt. Roger Sager, one of six police officers who spoke, said the significance of the police station being manned by a sworn officer cannot be overstated.

"A recent event might explain it best," he said. "On September 14 the search for a homicide suspect (Thomas Haggie) came to a successful conclusion in Elmira, New York. This came about as a direct result of communications between sworn officers in several states working together.

"In our department I know that two officers, sitting in chairs, coordinated literally dozens of communications with other agencies to accomplish this arrest," Sager said.

He added that officers handled other calls that night as well and, near the end of the shft, a woman wearing bloody clothes with blood pouring from her nose went into the staion.

"She was afraid she had been followed by her attacker," he said. "She was in need of medical attention and legal advice. Where would she have gone if there was no one at the police station to help her?"

Sager's comments were met with applause.

Carrying a sign that said "Keep Our Police Station Open," Dee Baxter told the story of being followed home from work late at night by someone who kept flashing his high beams on and off.

"I finally pulled into Kennedy Street in front of the police station and that car sped away and an officer followed me home," Baxter said. "Where would I go now?"

Retired city police officer Tom Hardy added, "By shutting down the police station you are simply closing down a place to run, and for someone that's really in trouble, that's extremely important."

Riel explained that if the dispatch duties were tuned over to Smethport, a phone and camera monitored by the 911 center would be inside the vestibule so people would still get immediate attention.

Welch Avenue resident Bob Andrew, while saying he has "nothing against the policemen," asked "Why do we need them working in the office, answering the phone when they can have a civilian doing the same thing for seven or eight bucks?' I'd rather see that cop out on the street. There's too much crime going on."

Listen to the public comments from Tuesday's City Council meeting here.

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Film Tax Credit Still in Budget

The Pennsylvania Film Tax credit is still here, it's just not as big.

The new budget allows $42 million for the program this year and $60 million next year. It had been $75 million.

The Film Tax Credit program started in 2007 and provides a tax credit to film productions that spend 60 percent of their budget in Pennsylvania.

Producers for the movie "Unstoppable" say the film tax credit was one of the deciding factors in bringing them to Pennsylvania.

Many businesses in McKean, Cameron and Elk counties benefited financially while "Unstoppable" was filming in the region.

No One Hurt in Monday House Fire

No one was hurt in a house fire Monday night on Route 417 in the Town of Carrollton.

Officials say flames were showing at the home of Clifford Redeye when Limestone firefighters arrived on the scene. The fire was reported at about 9:45 p.m. and was out shortly after 11 p.m., according to Gary Wuetrich, deputy fire coordinator.

Wuetrich says the cause of the blaze may be related to a wood stove, but the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team has not officially determined that yet.

He says the inside of the house was moderately damaged.

Kersey Man Charged with Assault

A Kersey man is facing assault charges following an alleged incident Sunday afternoon at a home in Sergeant Township.

Court documents filed in District Judge Rich Luther's office say that Roger Bish punched Krista Bish in the face several times, tackled her and rubbed dog feces on her. She suffered eye, hand, arm and neck injuries.

Bish is free on bail with the conditions that he consume no alcohol and have no contact with the victim. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday in front of District Judge Bill Todd in Smethport.

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Mike Butler for rolling a perfect game at Byllye Lanes!

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Great Auto Race of 1908

Jeff Mahl, whose great-grandfather raced an automobile from New York to Paris in 1908, a feat no one else has matched, will share stories of the trek on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The free program, “The Great Auto Race of 1908: N.Y. to Paris,” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Sponsors are Friends of Hanley Library, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford History/Political Science Club and Pat and H.L. “Woody” Woodruff of Bradford.

With more than 250,000 onlookers cheering on the team, Mahl’s great-grandfather George Schuster Sr. of Buffalo, N.Y., a member of the American team of the Great Race, started the journey at Times Square in New York City on Feb. 12, 1908.

The crew traversed in a 1907 Thomas Flyer through three continents and more than 22,000 miles in 169 days, often driving over terrain without roads and in the dead of winter. Many people also had never seen an automobile.

“The race was an epic international event, matching the best in automotive technology of the world super powers, Germany, France, Italy and the United States,” said Dr. Holly J. Spittler, president of the Friends of Hanley Library and associate dean of student affairs. “The story is told in first person, a unique perspective, just as Jeff heard the story told to him by his great- grandfather.

“The multi-media presentation includes glimpses into what really happened, with many stories and images never before published. It shows the human side of the participants, as well as giving a true appreciation for the marvelous machines that propelled those daring men around the world.”

Pictured, courtesy of Pitt-Bradford, is a replica of the 1907 Thomas Flyer that won the Great Auto Race. It was created by Frame 30 Productions Lt. for a two-hour documentary on the race.

Listen to Monday's LiveLine with Jeff Mahl here.

Clinical Study on Prostate Cancer

Men with a diagnosis of metastatic prostate cancer are being recruited for a national clinical trial currently under way at sites across the nation, including the Cancer Care Center at Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), a network affiliate of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

Because androgens -- testosterone and other male hormones -- cause prostate cancer cells to grow, some prostate cancer patients currently receive “androgen-deprivation” therapy to block the body’s production of androgens. Other prostate cancer patients are treated with docetaxel, a chemotherapy drug that either kills tumor cells or prevents them from dividing. This study is designed to determine whether the use of androgen-deprivation therapy and docetaxel together is more effective than androgen-deprivation alone.

Participants in this Phase III study will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will receive androgen-deprivation therapy alone, and the other will receive androgen-deprivation therapy plus docetaxel.

Sponsored by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), the study will provide researchers with information critical to developing better treatments for prostate cancer.

Eyad S. Al-Hattab, M.D., medical director of Oncology/Hematology at BRMC's Cancer Care Center and staff physician in Medical Oncology at Roswell Park, will oversee the study at BRMC. As part of an affiliation agreement between BRMC and Roswell Park, Dr. Al-Hattab practices full-time in Bradford but also works with Roswell Park faculty to improve access to quality cancer care for patients in the southern tier of New York state and northwestern Pennsylvania.

For further information about the study, call Anne Zimbardi at BRMC at 814-362-8425 and refer to clinical trial ECOG-E3805.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email

Art Exhibition on Utopian Village

Two University of Pittsburgh at Bradford art professors will showcase more than 40 pieces of artwork based on a mythical Utopian village, beginning Friday, Oct. 16, at the campus.

“The Infinite Dimensions of Shangri-La: Paintings And Sculptures by Kong Ho and Dr. Martie Geiger Ho” will feature the work of Ho, director of the interdisciplinary arts and the art program and associate professor of art, and Geiger-Ho, visiting assistant professor of art, at the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall through Friday, Nov. 20. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.

A gallery talk will take place at noon Oct. 16 in the Webb/Bradford Forest Rehearsal Hall and an opening reception will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby.

The exhibition, based on the world of Shangri-La, a spiritual, mythical village in Tibet, will focus on a peaceful state of mind and being.

The exhibition will include two-dimensional acrylic and watercolor paintings and three-dimensional sculptures made from ceramics, glass and mixed media – all based on Asian philosophy and Western art.

Ho is a Hong Kong native who has studied both in Hong Kong and the United States. Geiger-Ho was born, raised and studied in the U.S., but has taught in Hong Kong.

The most unique aspects of the exhibition, Ho said, are the differences and similarities in the artwork. The husband and wife last had their work appear together in the exhibition titled “Parallel Convergence” at the Linder Gallery at Keystone College a year ago. Eight years have passed since Ho’s paintings have been displayed in the KOA Gallery.

“While Hong Kong is far cry from the fabled city of Shangri-La, it is a remarkable place to experience the cultural splendors of both ancient and contemporary Asia,” Geiger-Ho said. “Hong Kong is a fabulous and inspiring place to live and work. I hope that my new work reflects some of the diversity and great synergy of Western and Eastern philosophy and cultural world views that drive and constantly reshape this special Chinese territorial enclave.”

Both artists have been awarded the project stream grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, in sponsoring the cost of art materials and framing for this exhibition.

The art gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 to 6 p.m. Friday. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Pictured, Golden Nautilus Roams with Smiling Buddha” by Kong Ho, a 30 by 30 acrylic painting, and “Love Bowl from Hong Kong,” by Dr. Martie Geiger-Ho, a porcelain, glass and glaze bowl 3 ½ inches high and eight inches wide.

e-mailed from Kimberly Marcott Weinberg, Pitt-Bradford

Flu Shot Express

Valerie Tinder, RN, takes Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s occupational health influenza vaccination program “on the road” last week. To date, 400 employees and volunteers received their annual seasonal flu vaccines. The employee vaccination program will continue as the hospital strives to protect its patients, visitors and staff during the flu season.

e-mailed from Janene Dunn, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Thompson Against I-80 Tolling

Lamar, PA—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today told a meeting of the Coalition Against Tolling I-80 he will “continue to work with you, the State Representatives and Senators and my colleagues in Congress to make sure this tolling scheme does not become a reality.”

The meeting took place at the Hampton Inn in Lamar. Thompson thanked the Coalition for its work so far and said, “I can assure you today is the beginning of new grassroots efforts from across the state to urge Harrisburg to repeal Act 44 and go back to the drawing board on this flawed plan.”

Pennsylvania Act 44 planned to use the toll revenues from the turnpike, along with huge amounts of borrowed money, to pay for highway and mass transit projects. The anticipated revenues from tolls on I-80 would then pay off that debt. “Unfortunately,” said Thompson, “that’s not the way the federal law works.”

The federal pilot program allows states to rehabilitate and reconstruct an interstate by using the funds from tolls to finance the projects. The revenues from tolls must be used on that highway, Thompson explained. “Borrowing against anticipated toll revenues is reckless, especially when the plan has already been rejected by the Federal Highway Administration—twice.”

Thompson told the group that the proposal to toll I-80 has very little to do with innovation or creating sustainable transportation, but more to do with the continuation of an antiquated system of government, where the taxpayer ultimately loses.

The Congressman said he was concerned that between 2004 and 2007, $412 million in Federal funding has been diverted to mass transit and other accounts rather than to the roads and bridges that were in need of maintenance.

“You’ll hear from those who want to toll I-80 that the country bumpkins don’t pay their fair share. Or those trucks don’t pay their fair share along the road.

“You’ll hear that we’re getting a free ride because others in the state must pay Turnpike fees.”

The roads were built under different plans. The Turnpike was built as a toll road, where gas taxes paid for the Interstate.

Thompson asked, “Could it be that the people of Pennsylvania have been taken for a ride by the Turnpike Commission.”

He concluded: “Let’s send a clear message to the Turnpike Commission and those in Harrisburg who would like to see I-80 tolled that there is no bailout.”

e-mailed from Glenn Thompson's office