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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jury Finds Olean Man
Not Guilty of Attacking 3-Year-Old

A jury has found an Olean man not guilty of attacking his girlfriend's 3-year-old son last January.

30-year-old Robert Battoglia had been accused of attacking the boy in an apartment where he and his girlfriend lived.

The boy suffered a pancreas injury that required emergency surgery in Buffalo.

Jurors told attorneys after the trial that they didn't believe the boy's injury was intentional, and that they couldn't determine if it was caused by Battoglia or the child's mother.

Top Bowler on the Air, on the Lanes

Ashley Howe of Greensburg, center, talks about being the top female high school bowler in the state. Also pictured are Steve Feldman of Byllye Lane, Ashley's step-father Tony Yorio and Frank Williams. After stopping by the studio for The Byllye Lanes Bowling Show, Ashley headed out to Byllye Lanes, where she'll be until around 2 o'clock this afternoon.

For everything you always wanted to know about Byllye Lanes, go to Byllye Lanes.net.

Boy Scout Dies at Ski Denton

A 12-year-old boy from Pottstown died while sled riding at Ski Denton in Ulysses Township..

State police say the boy, whose name they didn't release, was on a Boy Scout trip and was sled riding on the slopes at around 11 o'clock last night. The boy was riding on a saucer style sled when he hit a ski lift tower, causing severe trauma to the back of his head.

The boy was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, where Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury pronounced him dead at 1:07 this morning.

The boy was later identifed as Ian Miller.

JCC Signs Agreement with D'Youville

Jamestown Community College and D’Youville College have signed an articulation agreement that facilitates transfer into D’Youville’s exercise and sports studies degree program.

The agreement guarantees acceptance and junior standing with the transfer of 56 or more credit hours for JCC students who graduate with an appropriate associate’s degree and a minimum JCC cumulative grade point average of 2.5. JCC students are also guaranteed the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in four semesters at D’Youville if they take courses specified in the appropriate agreement as part of their associate’s degree.

Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports studies, students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree are guaranteed acceptance into D’Youville’s doctor of physical therapy program.

Students who plan to major in exercise and sports studies have the option of choosing dual admission to JCC and D’Youville.

D’Youville is an independent, coeducational institution located in Buffalo.

Details of JCC’s transfer agreements can be accessed at www.sunyjcc.edu.

Students Invited to Enter PSA Contest

Harrisburg - Pennsylvania high school students are invited to help remind motorists to drive safely by participating in a radio contest sponsored by PennDOT.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors wishing to participate are asked to create a 30-second radio public service announcement, or PSA, focused on safety topics such as aggressive driving, buckling up or driving under the influence.

The PSA must include the phrase “Drive Safe PA,” which PennDOT introduced last year as part of its continued commitment to highway safety.

“The students’ creative approach to this contest last year was amazing,” said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Scott Christie, P.E. “They found a unique way to talk about seat belts and aggressive driving that hopefully resonated with drivers and convinced them to change their driving behaviors for the better. We look forward to having another great contest this year.”

One finalist will be chosen from each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts. The winning students will be offered the opportunity to travel to Harrisburg to have the PSA professionally recorded and then distributed to radio stations in their respective areas. Winning students from each PennDOT district will receive certificates and finished copies of their PSA.

Entries may be submitted electronically as an MP3 or MP4 file, or a written script, to RA-penndotpress@state.pa.us. Students can also submit entries by mail to PennDOT Press Office, c/o Erin Waters, 8th Floor-Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, PA, 17120. Entries must be received or postmarked by Feb. 27.

For the full list of contest rules, visit www.DriveSafePA.org.

We'd love to have a winner from McKean County!

PennDOT Accepting Job Applications

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is now accepting applications for 2010 summer employment for students and a limited number of non-students, says Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).

To qualify, student candidates must be 18 years of age and enrolled in college for the fall semester of 2010. Non-student candidates are not subject to this requirement.

The positions are full-time and last the duration of the summer, some commencing as early as April 1. Seasonal employees typically enhance regular maintenance crews on maintenance projects throughout Pennsylvania.

Applications can be found at www.employment.pa.gov under the "student summer employment" category. The deadline to apply is the close of business on Friday, Jan. 22.

For more information on PennDOT summer employment opportunities, visit Gabler's Web site at RepGabler.com and click on "PennDOT Summer Employment

Four Chess Teams Tied for First Place

After the seventh round of play at School Street Elementary, four out of the eight teams are now tied for top honors in the varsity division: Smith’s Fine Jewelry, Wal-Mart, Parkview Super Market, and Dexter’s Service Center. Only half a point behind is the Pharmacy at Union Square. Five of the eight team captains in the varsity still have perfect scores.

In the JV section, Jessica Yost (6-year old member of Drs. Rhinehart team) is still in first place. Brent Kennedy (captain for Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair) is in second. Seth Nelling, member of the Lang Surveying Team, is a half point behind in third. The top JV team at the end of round 7 is Lang Surveying followed closely by Drs. Rhinehart in second, and Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair and Dragonfly Guitar Studio tied for third.

Round 8 in league competition is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20. For additional information about the league, email execdir@amchess.org or visit www.bradfordchessclub.com.

Results and Standings after round 7:

Varsity Division
The Pharmacy at Union Square split with Dexter’s Service Center, 1-1; Smith’s Fine Jewelry shut out Dr. Laroche; Parkview Super Market crushed Bradford Window; and Wal-Mart tied with Dr. Gonzalez.

Dexter's Service Center
8.5

Parkview Super Market
8.5

Smith’s Fine Jewelry
8.5

Wal-Mart
8.5

Pharmacy at Union Square
8.0

Dr. Gonzalez
7.0

Dr. Laroche
7.0

Bradford Window Co.
3.5



Junior Varsity Division


Lang Surveying outscored Hamlin Bank, 2.5-1.5; Northwest Savings Bank defeated Ed Shults Toyota by one game; Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair lost to Drs. Rhinehart, 1-3; Hayden Auto Detailing defeated Dragonfly Guitar Studio by one point; Tasta Pizza tied with Edmond Chevrolet, 2-2.

Lang Surveying
19.5

Drs. Rhinehart
17.5

Dragonfly Guitar Studio
17.0

Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair
17.0

Hayden Auto Detailing
16.0

Edmond Chevrolet
15.0

Tasta Pizza
14.5

Northwest Savings Bank
13.5

Hamlin Bank
11.5

Ed Shults Toyota
9.5

Man Sentenced for Fatal Punch

A Tidioute man has been sentenced to 9 months to two years in jail for fatally punching a man outside a bar last May.

25-year-old Brandyn Bynum had been charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault, but accepted a plea deal to simple assault.

Bynum punched 37-year-old Troy McFarland outside The Pub in Tidioute on May 9. McFarland fell back, hit his head on the curb and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Just in Time for Breakfast ...

‘B’s Sticky Buns’ Judged Best at First-Ever Contest

Harrisburg – Belinda Myers of Dallastown, York County baked her “B’s Sticky Buns” to win the first Sticky Bun Contest from among 62 other entries on Friday, Jan. 15 at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Myers, a part-time hairdresser and employee at Perry Dell Dairy, was absolutely shocked when they called her named as the winner.

“It’s wonderful! I just can’t believe it!” Myers exclaimed after winning the contest.

Myers not only earned bragging rights for baking the best sticky buns, but she also received $500 from event sponsor Good Foods Inc.

Second place and $100 went to Greta Slagill of Dillsburg, York County. Third place and $50 went to Alicia Knab of Hollidaysburg, Blair County. Eva Seibert of Allentown, Lehigh County received fourth place followed by Brenda Harper from Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County in fifth place.

The sticky buns were judged on overall appearance, flavor, inside characteristics including texture and lightness, as well as consistency.

The judges for the contest where Pennsylvania Jury Judge Howard Burrell, Sen. Mike Waugh, Paula Vitz of Capital Associates, retired Chief Financial Officer of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Bill Piper, and Bob Oberheim, a Farm Show Commission member.

“There’s nothing like a big, sloppy, gooey, sticky bun!” said Sen. Waugh about judging the contest.

Winning Recipe:
B’s Sticky Buns

Dough:
½ cup sugar
½ cup lard
½ tsp salt
1 cup milk, scalded
2 tbsp dried potato flakes
1 cup water lukewarm
2 pkgs dry yeast
6 ½ cups flour

Filling:
½ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup soft butter (divided)

Glaze:
½ cup Golden Barrel Lite Corn Syrup
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup diced pecans
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar

In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, lard and salt for dough. Pour scalded milk over mixture. Cool. In a small bowl combine yeast and warm water. Set aside to dissolve. When milk mixture is cooled, add eggs and potato flakes. Then add yeast mixture. Gradually add flour until soft dough forms. Knead lightly. Place in a greased bowl until double in size.

Divide dough in half. Roll out on floured surface into an 8” x 12” rectangle. Spread with half of the soft butter. Evenly spread half of sugar and cinnamon mixture. Roll up long side and seal. Cut into 1 inch dowels.

Prepare glaze by mixing all but pecans in medium bowl. Grease 24 – 2 ¾ inch custard cups. Place 1 tbsp of glaze at bottom. Divide pecans on top. Place one dowel in each cup. Let rise until double.

Place in a 350o oven for 12-15 minutes or light golden brown. Remove and cool for 2 minutes. Flip out. Serve warm or at room temperature.

(Also can bake in 8 inch square cake pans with 9 in each)

Pictured, a Farm Show visitor enjoys a sticky bun. Second photo, judges for the sticky bun contest score overall appearance of the 62 entries in the Sticky Bun Contest on Jan. 15, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
(Photos provided by the state Department of Agriculture)

Tioga County Goat 'Best of Breed'

Harrisburg – Ann Weikel’s Toggenburg doe, GCH Rockspring T Gstone Gemstar, was named Dairy Goat Best Doe in Show on Friday, Jan. 15, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. This is Weikel’s third consecutive victory in the show.

Weikel, owner of Rockspring Farm in Blairs Mills, Huntingdon County, also exhibited Best of Breed LaMancha with her goat “Dorothy.”

Judge Daniel Considine, Portage, Wis., said of Gemstar, “This doe’s shoulder assembly and strength of pastern is what really set her apart from the rest of the breeds.”

Seven breeds and divisions were represented totaling 297 head in the show, including Alpine, LaMancha, Nubian, Saanen, Toggenburg, All Other Purebreds and Recorded Grades.

The results for the seven divisions are as follows:

Alpine
Grand Champion and Best of Breed: Milar-Farm Laurel Lonestar, exhibited by Catherine Soult of Newport, Perry Co.
Reserve Grand Champion: Country-Acres BD Sweetie, exhibited by Heather Moffitt of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co.

LaMancha
Grand Champion: SG Rockspring DK Dorothy, exhibited by Ann Weikel of Blairs Mills, Huntingdon Co.
Reserve Grand Champion: Betty’s Acres BN Rosamund, exhibited by Betty Bronson of Lewisburg, Union Co.

Best of Breed: SGCH Rockspring VirgDande Dorothy, exhibited by Ann Weikel of Blairs Mills, Huntingdon Co.

Nubian
Grand Champion and Best of Breed: SGCH Lilac Corners Choclit Cupcake, exhibited by Diana Holder of Slatington, Lehigh Co.
Reserve Grand Champion: Ziggy-Acres TXE Shamrock, exhibited by Kathryn Sciotti of Ephrata, Lancaster Co.
Saanen
Grand Champion and Best of Breed: OHF CPP Mada, exhibited by Mike Sciotti of Ephrata, Lancaster Co. Reserve Grand Champion: Lilac Corners Felicity, exhibited by Diana Holder of Slatington, Lehigh Co.

Toggenburg
Grand Champion: Bettys Acres A Dione, exhibited by Betty Bronson of Lewisburg, Union Co.
Reserve Grand Champion: Bettys Acres K Randi, exhibited by Betty Bronson of Lewisburg, Union Co.

Best of Breed: GCH Rockspring T Gstone Gemstar, exhibited by Ann Weikel of Rockspring Farm located in Blairs Mills, Huntingdon Co.

All Other Purebreds
Grand Champion and Best of Breed: Twilight Laughter Nevaeh, exhibited by Lisa Shumack of Little Marsh, Tioga Co.
Reserve Grand Champion: Rosa Sharn Up Bliss, exhibited by Ann Weikel of Rockspring Farm located in Blairs Mills, Huntingdon Co.

Recorded Grade
Grand Champion and Best of Breed: Foggy-Hollow Kam Jockey, exhibited by Cathy Soult of Newport, Perry Co.
Reserve Grand Champion: Bettys Acres R Garbo, exhibited by Betty Bronson of Lewisburg, Union Co.

Pictured, Twilight Laughter Nevaeh, exhibited by Lisa Shumack of Little Marsh, Tioga County, won Grand Champion and Best of Breed All Other Purebreds Doe on Friday, Jan.15, at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
(Photo provided by the state Department of Agriculture)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Tops Takes Tylenol, Rolaids, Other Products Off Shelves as Precaution

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling certain lots of over-the-counter products following an investigation of consumer reports of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that, in a small number of cases, was associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal events.

As a precautionary measure, 53 varieties of over-the-counter Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, and St. Joseph products have been taken off of Tops’ shelves as a result of McNeil Consumer Healthcare and the FDA applying broader criteria to identify and remove all product lots that it believes may have the potential to be affected, even if they have not been the subject of consumer complaints.

Tops is pulling all lots containing these products off of shelves as a precautionary measure. It may be the case that some product is unaffected, but until Tops receives confirmation by McNeil Consumer Health that these products are unaffected, they will remain off of the shelves. The products in the unaffected lots may potentially be restocked on shelves once Tops learns that those products are safe.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has determined that the reported uncharacteristic smell is caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). This can result from the breakdown of a chemical that is sometimes applied to wood that is used to build wood pallets that transport and store product packaging materials. A small number of the product lots being recalled were associated with the complaints of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor, and some of these lots were found to contain trace amounts of TBA.

Consumers who purchased product from the lots included in this recall are urged to stop using the product and they may return it to Tops Markets for a full refund. Customers can also contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare for instructions on a refund or replacement. For these instructions or information regarding how to return or dispose of the product, consumers should log on to the internet at www.mcneilproductrecall.com or call 1-888-222-6036 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time). Consumers who have medical concerns or questions should contact their healthcare provider. Any adverse reactions may also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For a complete list of specific recalled products including product descriptions, lot numbers, and UPC codes, customers should go to the FDA’s website at www.fda.gov, or www.mcneilproductrecall.com. To see what products Tops has pulled off of shelves, please go to www.topsmarkets.com

Speaking of the Farm Show ...

The 2010 butter sculpture is carved from 1,000 pounds of Land O'Lakes butter and depicts a dairy farm family enjoying breakfast together.
(Photo provided by the state Department of Agriculture)

Potter County Men Win at Farm Show

Harrisburg – The 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg has a lot to offer maple syrup enthusiasts, with educational displays, competition and fresh maple syrup products available for sale.

Janet Woods of the Pennsylvania Maple Syrup producers and the Pennsylvania Maple Syrup royalty presented a maple syrup production demonstration on Monday, Jan. 11, at the show. Together they covered a variety of topics including the types of trees used for syrup, the tools used in the production process and the history of maple syrup making.

“Most people don’t know that it takes at least 40 gallons of tree sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup,” said Woods.

Woods, an Erie County native, has been producing syrup her entire life and was the premiere exhibitor for the second year in a row at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show. With 15 classes available, Woods was able to enter one of her products in every class.

Contestants must enter a minimum of 10 classes, including an entry in the Individual Educational Exhibit, to qualify for the Premier Exhibit. Points are given for each placing then combined at the conclusion of the show. Those with the most points can win cash prizes.

Judge Terry Coleman, Ludington, Mich., looked for high quality syrup by examining color, appearance and flavor along with other specifications.

Pennsylvania Maple Syrup producers run the booth in the food court. Here the public can buy pure maple syrup, maple cotton candy, maple sugar, and more.

Winners of the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show Maple Syrup Contest were:

Syrup in tin or plastic half gallon
First: James Bortles, Linesville, Crawford Co.
Second: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.

Syrup in tin or plastic one quart
First: James Bortles, Linesville, Crawford Co.
Second: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.

Light Amber in glass
First: James Bortles, Linesville, Crawford Co.
Second: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.

Medium Amber in glass
First: Charles M. Nelson, Genesee, Potter Co.
Second: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.

Dark Amber in glass
First: Charles M. Nelson, Genesee, Potter Co.
Second: Floyd R. Thomas, Moscow, Lackawanna Co.

Sugar, cake-individual pieces
First: Larry Hamilton, Ulysses, Potter Co.
Second: Jim & Dora Tice, Mainesburg, Tioga Co.


Sugar, cake, crystal coated – individual pieces
First: Larry Hamilton, Ulysses, Potter Co.
First: Charles M. Nelson, Genesee, Potter Co.


Sugar, crumb
First: Gerhard Bilek, Cranesville, Erie Co.
Second: Larry Hamilton, Ulysses, Potter Co.


Sugar, soft – maple cream or butter
First: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
Second: Gerhard Bilek, Cranesville, Erie Co.

Individual Educational Exhibit
First: Larry Hamilton, Ulysses, Potter Co.
Second: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.


Gift Pack
First: Ron Shemanksi, Waymart, Wayne Co.
Second: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.

County or Association Exhibit
First: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
Second: Northeastern PA Maple Producers Association, Honesdale, Wayne Co.

Other Uses – Candy
First: Larry Hamilton, Ulysses, Potter Co.
Second: Gerhard Bilek, Cranesville, Erie Co.


Other Uses – Baked Goods
First: Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.
Second: Dorothy Martin, Conestoga, Lancaster Co.

Other Uses – Beverages, Salad Dressings, etc.
First: Debra Martin Berkoski, Conestoga, Lancaster Co.

Best Syrup of Show
James Bortles, Linesville, Crawford Co.

Premier Exhibitor
Janet M. Woods, Edinboro, Erie Co.

Best Collective Pure Maple Products Exhibitor
Larry Hamilton, Ulysses, Potter Co.


The public can buy maple syrup products at the PA Maple Syrup Producers booth in the food court at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Pictured are the PA Maple Darling Emma Nathanson and the 2009 PA Maple Sweetheart Kim Guthrie attending to a customer at the booth.
(Photo provided by the state Department of Agriculture)

Probe into Sheriff's Department Ends

The special prosecutor assigned to conduct an investigation into the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department has released his findings.

Wyoming County District Attorney Gerald Stout concluded that Sheriff Dennis John, who committed suicide last summer, was concerned about a sexual harassment lawsuit.

The investigation centered on allegations of inapproprate use of text messaging and cell phone communication by members of the sheriff's department.

Stout's office interviewed 16 people, and several cell phones were forensically examined by New York State Police. In a news release Stout said, "While it is probable the department cell phones were improperly used by members of the sheriff's department, there is no reasonable cause to believe that any crimes were committed."

Two Bradford Subway Restaurants Closed

Two of the three Subway restaurants in Bradford are closed for business.

The Main Street and Foster Brook Boulevard restaurants closed on Thursday.

The owner says they can't comment on the matter publicly yet, but will contact us when they can.

Meanwhile, the Subway inside the Foster Brook Walmart remains open.

Obituary:
Paul G. Richey

Paul G. Richey, 40, of 183 Doerr Road, Sandycreek Township, was killed in the line of duty late Wednesday morning, January 13, 2010.

Paul was born August 29, 1969 in Franklin to his loving parents Clinton (Sam) and Nancy Garmong Richey.

Paul was married August 6, 1994 to his devoted wife Carrie Cornell who survives. He was the proud father of two beautiful children Conner age 9 and Catherine age 6 who survive. He was actively involved with his children and helped with his son’s Cub Scout Troop and coached his little league team. He considered his wife and children his universe.

Paul graduated from Franklin High School in 1988 and from Edinboro University with a BS degree in Criminal Justice/History in 1993. He graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey on November 10, 1993 and was then assigned to Troop F in Milton. He transferred to Troop E in Corry on October 19, 1996, and then to the Franklin Station on May 17, 1997. He was a member of the Swanson Memorial Lodge #48 Fraternal Order of Police.

Paul was raised in the East Grove United Methodist Church. He was presently an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin where he helped teach Junior Church and was a member of the SPRIGS and Gateway Sunday School Classes.

Paul came from a very large close-knit extended family. He was a devoted husband, father, son and brother. He considered his father his best friend. A day did not pass that he did not call or visit his parents.

Paul is also survived by a loving sister, Melissa Richey Slack and her husband Van of Roseville, OH and their daughters Abigail and Hannah.

Paul was an avid sportsman and loved spending time hunting and fishing with his family. He cherished his family summer vacations to the beach, trips to Canada, and family picnics.

In addition to his parents, wife, children and sister he is survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rich and Candy Cornell of Seneca; his brothers-in-law, Don Cornell and Thomas Cornell and his fiancée, Erica Schratz, all of Oil City; Niece, Hailey Cornell of Oil City; and Nephews, Bryce Cornell, Hunter Cornell, and Deluca Schratz.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers Clint Richey and Floyd Findlay and paternal grandmother Irene Richey Findlay, maternal grandparents Paul Garmong and Olan Flickner and maternal grandmother Bonnie Garmong Flickner.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the Gardinier Funeral Home Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 17, at the Franklin High School Auditorium, with Rev. David Janz, presiding.

Memorial Donations may be made to Christ United Methodist and/or East Grove United Methodist Building Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.gardinierfuneralhome.com

Holiday Inn Issues Headed to Court

A hearing on the proposed Holiday Inn Express on Forman Street is scheduled for next Friday in McKean County Court.

In the hearing, attorney Greg Henry is expected to argue that the Bradford Zoning Hearing Board should not have granted variances to Tarport Properties for the proposed development.

Henry represents Bradford Motel Associates, which objected to the Comfort Inn moving to the site where it's been for nearly 10 years.

The variances the board granted in September included allowing the hotel to be four stories and 54 feet tall, when code allows for three stories and a maximum height of 50 feet; and allowing some of the parking spaces and landscaping to not follow code requirements.

Developer John Stranburg said he isn't deterred by court action and plans to go ahead with the development.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bridge Posting in Cameron County

PennDOT has posted weight limit restrictions on another Cameron County bridge on Route 4004 (Ridge Valley Road). Effective today, the Fishing Creek Bridge in Shippen Township was posted for a 30-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 40-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. Late in 2009, PennDOT also posted the Driftwood Branch Bridge on Route 4004 for 26 and 31 ton weight limits.

The decision to post weight limits on the Fishing Creek Bridge was the result of a recent inspection. The Fishing Creek Bridge was built in 1944; is 33 feet long and carries an average of 1,037 vehicles per day. The posting for the bridge will remain in place until repairs can be made later this year.

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

Casey Outlines Job Creation Tax Credit
Proposal to be Introduced Next Week

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today outlined legislation he intends to introduce to implement a job creation tax credit. Senator Casey is working to add a job creation tax credit to a jobs bill that the Senate is expected to consider.

“Over the last couple years the U.S. economy has steadily shed jobs and wages have largely been stagnant,” said Senator Casey. “We have made progress responding to the economic crisis, but more needs to be done to get people back to work. Times are still tough across the board and margins are slim. That is why I am proposing a job creation tax credit to help employers hire workers, put money back into local economies and spur economic growth.”

Senator Casey’s proposal builds upon the jobs tax credit enacted in 1977 and was responsible for the creation of 700,000 jobs. Employers who increase their payroll by hiring new employees will be eligible to receive a tax credit.

Employers would only receive the credit if they increase payroll. This would address potential fraud where employees are let go and then rehired in order to obtain the tax credit.

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and are the real jobs engines of our economy. In recognition of this and to have the maximum impact on job creation, small businesses would receive a larger credit than large employers. The proposal would provide a tax credit of 20% for small employers and 15% for large employers – those with more than 100 full-time employees.

The credit would only apply to an employee’s wages up to median family income of $50,300.

The employer would be eligible to receive the tax credit for one year.

Senator Casey intends to introduce this legislation when the Senate returns to session next week.

SBU's TV Trailer in Place,
Ready for Game Production

The television production truck donated to the university last year by Game Creek Video will be put to use just days after finally finding its permanent home.

The 48-foot trailer was moved Wednesday morning from university property just west of campus to a cement pad at the southwest corner of the Reilly Center. Nine fire-safety windows had to be installed on that side of the Reilly Center before the trailer could be moved.

By Saturday night, the trailer will be filled with students producing the men’s basketball game against Saint Joseph’s.

Paul Wieland, instructor in the Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said his Remote TV Production (JMC 401E) students will be producing nine basketball games this spring — five men’s and four women’s.

“Other schools have their students doing similar production, but we’re legitimately unique because this facility is ours. We own it,” Wieland said. “If one of my students wants to go over sometime just to work on graphics, they can with my permission. They don’t need professional oversight. This is an academic laboratory that other schools just don’t have.”

The games will air live on the Internet via the fee-based offerings at gobonnies.com, and will air on tape delay on TV at Time Warner Cable’s discretion, Wieland said. Eventually, he said, Time Warner will lay fiber optics to allow for live game transmissions.

Outdoor athletic events will be broadcast once cable is laid underneath the road behind the Reilly Center; that will happen during campus road reconstruction this summer.

More than 20 students will be involved in the game production, Wieland said. Five cameras — two high in the arena, one on each baseline, and one at center court — will video the game. WGR Radio’s Jeremy Noeson will handle the play-by-play; his color analyst is still to be determined.

Wieland said other men’s games to be produced include Dayton, Fordham, Richmond and Duquesne. Women’s games include Xavier, Fordham, Saint Joe’s and George Washington.

“The nice thing about basketball is that it’s a good place for these kids to break into sports production,” Wieland said. “It’s really one of the easier sports to produce, and I’m going to keep it as clean and simple as possible.”

Students have already gone through a couple of simulations in the fall semester while the trailer was parked at the UPS lot next to campus.

Built in 1988, the 48-foot double-expando truck was once one of the signature mobile units in the country, taking on big-ticket entertainment shows like the Academy Awards. The equipment includes a Grass Valley 3000 switcher, four hard Ikegami cameras with Canon lenses, three hand-held Ikegami cameras, four Sony W75 Beta decks, a Yamaha 3500 audio console, a Chyron Infinit, and an Abekas DVEous.

Pictured, Instructor Paul Wieland videos the placement of the 48-foot TV production trailer outside the Reilly Center Wednesday morning.
(Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure University)

Trooper Shooter Had History of Violence

Court documents filed Wednesday, and in 1997, say that 44-year-old Michael Smith had a history of drug use and violence.

Smith's sister-in-law told police that he assaulted his wife, Nancy Smith, earlier in the day and threatened to kill her if the sister came to check on her.

Police expect autopsy and ballistics tests to confirm Smith fatally shot his wife and Trooper Paul Richey when the trooper went to check on Nancy Smith after her sister called police Wednesday morning.

Suspected Trooper Shooter Found Dead

State police found two other people dead Wednesday evening in an Oil City-area house that had been surrounded since Trooper Paul G. Richey was fatally shot just before noon.

Police identified the people as 44-year-old Michael J. Smith, , and his wife, 53-year-old Nancy Smith. Both died of gunshot wounds.

Police described the shootings as a double murder and a suicide. Police said they believe Michael Smith shot Richey and Nancy Smith before killing himself.

Photo of Trooper Richey provided by PSP

Pitt-Bradford Stuns Medaille

Pitt-Bradford stunned 21st ranked Medaille Wednesday night 68-65 on 1490 WESB. The Mavericks were 13-0 and 8-0 in the AMCC coming into the conference matchup.

Tyler Ferguson?s 16-footer with 2.5 seconds left and a foul shot were the winning margin for the Panthers. Zach Moore led the Panthers with 17 points. Dan Heisey added 15 points and Mike Ridge 10.

Pitt Bradford improves to 6-3 in the AMCC.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Roads Blocked in Oil City Area

State troopers are blocking roads in the Oil City area near where State Trooper Paul Richey was fatally shot at just before noon today.

Police are stopping motorists to ask if they've seen Michael Smith, who lives on the road where Richey was shot. Troopers are showing motorists a driver's license picture of Smith.

Although they are looking for Smith, troopers have not named him as a suspect in the shooting.

Police are advising all residents of the area to stay inside their homes.

Rendell Orders Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Slain State Trooper

Harrisburg – Governor Edward G. Rendell offered his condolences to the family and friends of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Paul G. Richey, 40, who died as the result of a gunshot wound suffered during an incident today in Venango County.

“A 16-year veteran of the force, Trooper Richey was struck down while carrying out his sworn duty to protect our citizens," Governor Rendell said. “This is a tragedy for the Pennsylvania State Police and the commonwealth. Midge and I join with Pennsylvania’s citizens in extending our deepest sympathies to Trooper Richey’s wife, Carrie, and their two children. The trooper’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Governor Rendell ordered that all flags at commonwealth facilities throughout state should be flown at half-staff in honor of Trooper Richey until his interment.

Trooper Richey is the 93rd member of the department to die in the line of duty since the force was established in 1905. His death came a little more than seven months after the shooting death of Trooper Joshua D. Miller of Troop N, Swiftwater, who was killed during the rescue of a kidnapped child on June 7, 2009, in Monroe County.

http://1490newsblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/psp-releases-troopers-name.html

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Flood Protection Grants Awarded

HARRISBURG -- As part of continuing efforts to improve Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and safeguard communities, Governor Ed Rendell announced today that the commonwealth is investing nearly $1 million in 35 flood protection projects in 16 counties.

“Building and maintaining flood protection projects that protect lives and property requires a significant investment of time and money on the part of local governments and taxpayers,” Rendell said. “Pennsylvania’s Flood Protection Grant Program provides needed funding to help keep these structures in good working order so that homeowners have peace of mind and businesses have the confidence to invest in their communities.”

The 35 flood protection grants announced today total $995,768 for project improvements, specialized equipment and non-routine maintenance.

The grants are awarded annually to municipal and county sponsors of existing flood protection projects, and cover up to 65 percent of the costs for project improvements and non-routine maintenance, as well as a maximum of 50 percent of the cost for specialized equipment to maintain these projects in a state of readiness.

The maximum grant award for project improvements and non-routine maintenance is $65,000, and the maximum for specialized equipment grants is $50,000.

Local municipal and county sponsors are responsible for the long-term operation and routine maintenance of flood protection projects once construction of a federally funded or state-funded project is completed.

Grants are awarded based upon anticipated benefits of the project, such as extending the infrastructure’s life, improving function, or improving emergency response.

Pennsylvania has one of the most extensive flood protection programs in the nation. Since 1946, the commonwealth has constructed more than 200 flood protection projects throughout the state at a cost of more than $800 million when calculated in today’s dollars.

The Department of Environmental Protection oversees Pennsylvania’s flood protection program and investigates flooding problems to determine the feasibility of various solutions ranging from upstream stormwater control to construction of significant flood control structures. Flood control projects can include stormwater detention facilities, concrete channels and floodwalls, earthen levees, stream channel improvements, or a combination of these projects.

The department conducts yearly inspections and provides technical assistance to local municipal sponsors. The commonwealth assists local municipalities with design work, cost sharing on federally built projects, new project construction, as well as with rehabilitation work and improvements to existing projects.

In addition to the Flood Protection Grants Program, DEP prepares and publishes technical manuals to operate flood control projects and conducts annual flood protection workshops for municipal flood control project sponsors. These workshops give local municipal officials the opportunity to learn about new maintenance methods, share experiences, and stay informed of new regulations and technological advances.

For more information, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us.

The following is a list, by county, of flood protection grants announced today:

Allegheny County
Allegheny County Department of Public Works -- $65,000 for removal of sediment from Turtle Creek flood control project

Chartiers Valley District Flood Control Authority – $11,250 to purchase combination sprayer/tank units, backpack sprayers, and hand sprayers for vegetation control

Millvale Borough -- $30,000 to purchase equipment for sediment removal

Millvale Borough - $3,000 to purchase confined space equipment

Armstrong County
Kittanning Borough -- $30,847 to replace 11 sections of floodwall, repair 18 sections of floodwall, and clear vegetation

Cambria County
Johnstown Redevelopment Authority -- $49,203 to purchase tractor equipped with boom and brush mower for project vegetation control

Johnstown Redevelopment Authority -- $9,750 for non-routine debris basin and trash rack maintenance projects

Johnstown Redevelopment Authority - $9,008 to purchase confined space entry equipment

Wilmore Borough - $7,475 to remove stream sediment and debris, and fill to large scour areas

Cameron County
Emporium Borough - $54,484 to perform an updated survey; riprap upgrade; add three new entrance gates; re-seal cracks in the concrete channel; re-seed, fertilize and cover the mowed area; provide specialized training; and purchase equipment

Emporium Borough -- $50,000 to purchase dump truck for sediment removal


Huntingdon County
Smithfield Township - $21,450 to install concrete low-flow stormwater channels at the Mt. Vernon stormwater pump station site

Jefferson County
Brockway Borough -- $21,960 for Toby Creek bank stabilization and replace approximately 900 tons of riprap


Lackawanna County
Mayfield Borough – $39,000 to spray Japanese Knotweed, cut natural growth along the Mayfield levee system, and dredge areas of sediment build-up within the Lackawanna River

Olyphant Borough -- $65,000 to construct a pump station at Jackson Street

Olyphant Borough -- $65,000 to construct a pump station at Lafayette and Ash streets

City of Scranton -- $25,800 to purchase levee maintenance equipment, including a truck, brush mower, riding mower and skid-mounted sprayer

Luzerne County
Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority -- $43,221 to purchase a bucket truck for electrical system maintenance and lights on the Wyoming Valley levee system

Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority -- $10,010 to purchase a slope mower

City of Wilkes-Barre -- $1,850 to purchase turf skid sprayer with 100-gallon tank for the Mill Creek flood protection project

Lycoming County
South Williamsport Borough -- $40,362 to replace existing sluice gates

McKean County
Bradford District Flood Control Authority -- $31,054 for Tunungawant Channel restoration and protection project


Montour County
Danville Borough -- $65,000 for levee tree removal project

Danville Borough - $3,874 to remove burrowing animals from the levee and fill holes with grout

Danville Borough -- $2,210 to replace suction hose and pipe in Faust Street Pumping Station

Danville Borough -- $1,755 to repair and re-seed ruts on the levee

Potter County
Galeton Borough -- $16,584 to purchase commercial mower for levee maintenance

Potter County Commissioners -- $23,306 to purchase prefab shed, mower, trailer, plow and boat for maintenance and inspections of the North Fork Dam


Somerset County
Somerset Borough -- $32,500 to remove sediment, cut vegetation, and install riprap on Coxes Creek

Tioga County
Lawrence Borough -- $34,876 to purchase tractor and boom mower for levee maintenance


Wayne County
Texas Township – $2,180 to purchase two chain saws, two brush saws, and a skid sprayer for the White Mills flood protection project

Westmoreland County
City of Jeannette -- $65,000 to complete maintenance along concrete flood channel

City of Jeannette -- $30,591 to purchase water rescue equipment

City of Jeannette -- $27,223 to purchase generator for the emergency operations center

City of Jeannette -- $5,941 to spray and cut vegetation at the Bull Run Dam and the Brush Creek Levee

Snow Daze Basket Winner Announced

The winner of the first Downtown Bradford Snow Daze Tour gift basket is Joan Thompson of Bradford.

The basket, filled with goodies from participating downtown Bradford merchants, was the winning prize of the Snowflake Scavenger Hunt.

Young Calls for Transportation Plan

ALBANY – A state audit of New York’s bridges reveals serious defects with many local bridges and clearly demonstrates the need for a comprehensive statewide transportation plan, according to Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C – Olean)

The audit, released this week by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, concluded that the State Department of Transportation (DOT) did not address 33.8 percent of serious highway bridge defects found by its inspectors within the required time frame, allowing hazardous conditions, including possible failures, to linger much longer than they should.

“This is a glaring example as to why upstate needs a comprehensive road and bridge program,” said Sen. Young. “It is reprehensible and irresponsible that the governor refuses to fix our roads and bridges, creating a very dangerous situation that hurts our economy.”

In a separate report issued by the Comptroller, 93 bridges statewide were indicated to have a safety rating at or below the rating given to the Lake Champlain Bridge in Essex County, which was in such poor condition it was closed last year and later demolished. Of the local bridges named in the report, three were in Chautauqua County, one in Cattaraugus County and three others in Livingston County.

“We have an obligation to our taxpayers to keep them safe and with our aging infrastructure, rising construction costs and limited financial resources, we need to maintain our roads and bridges now or we will pay the price in the future,” said Sen. Young.

Senator Young said that Governor Paterson should make a five year capital plan a priority in order to sufficiently address these and other issues facing the state’s transportation infrastructure. Last fall, the Governor rejected a proposed five-year DOT capital plan for upstate citing its costs, but he has yet to request DOT officials to revise or re-prioritize the plan to make it more affordable.

“The Comptroller’s report echoes what was made very clear to the Governor last year, that the state cannot abandon its responsibility to ensure that our roads and bridges are safe,” said Sen. Young. “I urge the Governor and all of our colleagues to work together in a bipartisan fashion to get something done as soon as possible to fulfill our obligation to provide safe roads and bridges for every motorist.”

For a complete list of bridges named in the report click on this link: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/jan10/repair-high-priority-bridges.pdf

RPCI Receives Grant to Study Genetic Markers in Breast Cancer Development

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is the recipient of a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure for $186,000 to support research exploring the role of certain genetic markers in the development of breast cancer.

Dr. Vita Golubovskaya, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at RPCI, is leading the exploration of two genetic indicators that have been linked to the growth of malignant tumors of the breast. These markers, known as the Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) and p53, have been noted separately in previous research as potential indicators for breast cancer. Dr. Golubovskaya’s research, however, seeks to establish a link between the two to prove that the presence of both could accelerate the growth of malignant breast cancer.

Dr. Golubovskaya’s study theorizes that overexpressed FAK, when present with mutant p53, can block the effectiveness of traditional drug treatments, reducing their ability to destroy breast cancer cells.

“By better understanding the relationship between FAK and p53, we hope to develop novel drug therapies to target these two tumor markers and therefore inhibit tumor growth and malignancies,” said Dr. Golubovskaya. “The development of these new treatment methods could lead to improved outcomes for many breast cancer patients.”

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, 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 http://www.roswellpark.org or call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

CCMH CEO Named to HAP Board

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) recently named the organization’s 2010 board of directors and officers, effective January 1, 2010 including Edward C. Pitchford, president and chief executive officer, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Pitchford was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors after serving on the association’s Small and Rural Hospital Council and its Public Policy Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association.

“I’m honored to have been selected to serve the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania at this time in the history of our industry. We are experiencing the most significant changes in healthcare since the Great Society program of the 1960s which created the Medicare and Medicaid programs and I’m excited to be part of an organization that is influential and helping to lead the way both in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg. Small rural hospitals need a strong advocate and I intend to fulfill that role during my term with HAP,” Pitchford said.

Pitchford was elected to the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association board of directors last June and serves on the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Public Policy Committee and Council of Small Hospitals. Over the past year, he was instrumental in working with state legislators to secure $11 million in additional funding for critical access hospitals in Pennsylvania and to introduce widely endorsed legislation to make this funding permanent. He testified before the Pennsylvania Public Health and Welfare Committee and worked with the Senate republican leadership in crafting proposed legislation to enhance access to primary care throughout Pennsylvania. Most recently, the hospital hosted 13 Republican State Representatives for a forum on rural health issues and innovations in rural emergency medicine.

Pitchford’s career in health care spans 30 years, including being associated with Charles Cole periodically since 1979, serving first as the hospital’s independent auditor, its chief financial officer, and currently its president and CEO. He also worked for 14 years as an executive at the Borgess Health Alliance, Kalmazoo, Mich.

Thompson Joins Effort to Bring Health Care Negotiations Into the Open

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today supported an effort led by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, to require public access to health care negotiations.

“More and more deals are being made to get this albatross of a health care bill through the melding of the House and Senate versions into one bill,” said Thompson. “President Obama campaigned on a promise to “open the negotiations to C-SPAN,” but that has not happened.”

Today Buchanan announced he is filing a discharge petition on the “Sunshine Resolution,” which would require public access to negotiations on the Democrats’ health care takeover. Thompson, a long-time sponsor of Buchanan’s bill, today signed on to the discharge petition. The procedure under House rules reads that Buchanan must have 218 signatures, a majority of the House to make the Democrats do what they promised and open the negotiations for Americans to see. Currently he has 151 bipartisan cosponsors of the resolution.

“The American people are showing in poll after poll that they disapprove of the health care bill in its present form, and disapprove of how the negotiations have gone forward. If this is a bill that deserves to be passed, then it should hold up to public scrutiny,” said Thompson.

Republican ideas, including amendments offered by Thompson earlier in the debate, repeatedly have been rejected. “I will continue to stand by my constituents in support of an open legislative process and a common-sense set of health care reforms that will lower costs, improve patient access and most of all, further patient choice,” Thompson concluded.

DCED Secretary Resigns

Governor Ed Rendell said today that Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary George E. Cornelius will step down on June 30 to become the president of Bridgewater College in Virginia.

Rendell commended Cornelius for his leadership and his work to position the commonwealth for a strong economic recovery as the recession ends.

"Secretary Cornelius did an outstanding job leading DCED through some of the most challenging economic times we've faced," Rendell said. "He was committed to maintaining and enhancing the competitiveness of our industries, businesses and people -- frequently citing education as the most important economic development tool.

"As an enthusiastic supporter of education, workforce development and skill building, I am sure he will excel in his new role as the president of Bridgewater College," the Governor added.

"It's been a privilege and a great experience to work for Governor Rendell in service to the people of Pennsylvania," Cornelius said. "As a passionate advocate for education, lifelong learning and advanced skills-training, I simply could not pass up this tremendous opportunity."

Cornelius became acting DCED secretary a year ago. Prior to joining the Rendell administration, he was CEO of Arkema Inc., a global diversified chemical company based in Philadelphia.

Rendell said he will name a successor soon.

PSP Releases Trooper's Name

Paul Richey survived by wife, 2 young children

Police have released more information about the state trooper shot and killed this morning near Oil City.

40-year-old Trooper Paul G. Richey was a 16-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police and was assigned to the Patrol Unit at Troop E in Franklin.

Richey and Trooper Jason Whitman responded to a call at 11:34 this morning regarding a domestic incident on Bredinsburg Road in Cranberry Township. The troopers arrived at the scene at about 11:45 a.m. After getting out of their vehicles, Richey was hit with a shot fired from the house. Additional troopers responded and Richey was removed from the scene.

A state police Special Emergency Response Team is on the scene and the incident remains open.

"Trooper Richey sacrificecd his life rather than swerve from the path of duty," State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski said in a news release. "We will not forget his service or his sacrifice."

Richey enlisted in the state police on May 17, 1993. He graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey on November 10, 1993, and was assigned to Troop F, Milton. He transferred to Troop E, Corry, on October 19, 1996, and to the Franklin station on May 17, 1997.

Among the survivors are his wife, Camie; a son, Connor, 9: and a daughter, Catherine, 6.

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State Trooper Shot, Killed

Gunman Still on the Loose

A Pennsylvania state trooper is dead after being shot in a wooded area near Oil City this afternoon.

Police are still searching for the gunman.

Police closed down roads in the area and Cranberry High School, Cranberry Elementary School and Clarion University's Venango Campus were put on lockdown.

Authorities haven't released the name of the trooper yet.

Another Shakeup at Seneca Gaming

Seneca Gaming Corporation is looking at another shakeup.

The board has relieved Jeffrey Gill of his duties as chairman and elected former Seneca Nation treasurer Kevin Seneca.

The board didn't give a reason for the vote at Monday's meeting. Gill had served only four months after Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr. forced Cochise Redeye out. He served as chairman for only six months.

Redeye and Gill were both part of a faction of board members who ousted Snyder as gaming board chairman after he refused to cooperate with an audit looking at the Hickory Stick golf course purchase. Gill was in federal court Friday when disbarred attorney Timothy Toohey admitted that he had embezzled $202,000 in the Hickory Stick land deal.

So far, Toohey is the only one charged in connection with the land deal. Federal officials say as much as $900,000 may have been taken from the Senecas.

Woman Dies in Jamestown Fire

A Jamestown woman died in a house fire late Tuesday night.

Police say the body of 52-year-old Deborah Harrier was found on a living room couch. An autopsy done this morning determined her death was fire-related.

A family dog also died.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tank Discovery Adds Cost to Project

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Sometimes things aren't quite as simple as you think they're going to be. Like when a 5,000 gallon underground storage tank gets in your way.

That's what happened to 6-V Excavation when they were working on the former Bradco site at 44-48 State Street, and discovered the old tank.

On September 22, the city awarded a contract to 6-V to demolish, clear and restore the site. But discovery of the tank also included removal, disposal, additional grading work and fill.

Tuesday, City Council authorized an additional payment of $2,260 to 6-V for the extra work.

Also, the city approved a payment of $6,402 to Northeastern Environmental Management for proper disposal of the tank.

The money comes from the OECD's Elm Street project account.

Staying in the Elm Street project, council awarded a $28,800 contract to David Kronenwetter for lighting and electric construction, and a $141,658 contract to Glenn O. Hawbaker for general construction in Phase III of the streetscape improvements on Bank Street,

Also Tuesday, council passed on first reading an amendment to the ordinance concerning inspection of rental properties. Each retnal unit shall be inspected at least once a year. All changes in occupancy shall be subject to re-inspection in accordance with other section of the ordinance. Annual inspection shall occur not later than December 31. Unless otherwise notifed by the city, any existing certificate of compliance for a rental unit shall remain in effect until said inspection.

In other matters in the meeting that lasted just over 10 minutes, Vista Circle resident Brad Mangel asked who's going to foot the bill for the $8,000 light post that was damaged last month near the Post Office.

OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews said the city's insurance will pay for it but, Mayor Tom Riel added, "Ideally, we'd like to catch the bum" and he'd have to pay restitution.

Police Chief Mike Close said they are close to making an arrest.

Council also appointed/re-appointed the following people to various authorities, boards and commissions: Harrijane Hannon Moore, Bradford Housing Authority, 5 years; Nancy McCabe, 3 years, Bradford Area Public Library; Roy Pedersen, Dan Minich, Larry Smith Jr., all 5 years, Board of Appeals; Chris Hauser, 4 years, Downtown Bradford Revitalization Corp.; Jen Eakin, 5 years, Downtown Bradford Business District Authority; Sam Sylvester, Mark Austin, both 5 hears, parking authority; Greg Huber, 5 years, Redevelopment Authority; Bret Clark, Richard Brocious, both 5 years, sanitary authority; Ron Orris, 5 years, water authority; Joseph Conklin, Ron Paulter, both 3 years, zoning hearing board.

Lottery to Sell Mega Millions® Tickets

Pennsylvania will begin selling tickets for the Mega Millions® multi-state jackpot game on Jan. 31, Lottery Executive Director Ed Trees announced today.

“Our players have told us that they want more opportunities to win bigger jackpots,” Trees said. “Players will soon be able to purchase Powerball tickets and Mega Millions tickets in Pennsylvania for more opportunities to win jackpots of tens- to hundreds-of-millions of dollars.”

Mega Millions jackpots start at $12 million, tickets cost $1 per play and drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. EST in Atlanta, Georgia. The first Mega Millions drawing for Pennsylvania players will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Mega Millions tickets will be available for purchase at more than 8,400 Pennsylvania Lottery retailers, where players already purchase tickets for Powerball and other games. Tickets are available for purchase up to 13 weeks in advance and will be available for sale for the same night’s drawing until 9:59 p.m.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, which manages the Powerball game, and the Mega Millions consortium recently reached an agreement on cross-selling Powerball and Mega Millions across U.S. lottery jurisdictions.

The Lottery expects Mega Millions will generate about $80 million in sales during the final five months of the fiscal year, which would generate $19 million in net revenues for senior programs.

“This agreement translates into a new, exciting opportunity for players and increased revenue for essential services benefiting older Pennsylvanians,” Trees said.

In addition to Pennsylvania – which joined Powerball in June 2002 – 30 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands currently sell Powerball. Twelve states currently sell Mega Millions. The agreement between the Multi-State Lottery Association and the Mega Millions consortium allows all states involved to cross-sell Powerball and Mega Millions.

Anne Frank Diary Keeper Dies at 100

Miep Gies, one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died at age 100.

Before the hiding place was emptied by the authorities, Miep retrieved Anne Frank's diaries and saved them in her desk drawer waiting for Anne's return. Once the war was over and it was confirmed that Anne had died in a concentration camp, Gies gave the collection of papers and notebooks to the sole survivor from the secret annex, Anne's father, Otto.

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

Man Sees Jesus, Mary in Fruit

Lockport resident Paul Kulniszewski says when he cut open an orange on Christmas morning he saw an image Jesus Christ on a crucifix with his mother Mary below. You can read the story and see the picture at the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal.

McCall Won't Run for Another Term

House Speaker Keith R. McCall announced today that he has chosen to not run for another term as state representative for the 122nd Legislative District in Carbon County.

"First off I want to say ‘thank you’ to the people of Carbon County for allowing me the honor and the privilege of serving you in Harrisburg," McCall said. "I’m proud to have lived my entire life here, and I hope and pray that my family and I will be here for as long as the Good Lord allows.

"This decision is about my family. I first came to Harrisburg as a single 22-year-old man following in his father’s footsteps. Now I have a wonderful wife and two amazing children – all of whom I owe not only my thanks, but also a lot of missed dinners, football and baseball games, volleyball games and help with homework.

"This decision was neither quick nor easy. The House of Representatives has been my life’s work, but – after one more year of very hard work yet to come – it will be time to take another step forward in that life for myself, my family, and my loved ones," he said in a statement.

Governor Ed Rendell said McCall will be missed in Harrisburg.

"For a long time he has been a leader in moving the progressive agenda forward to help meet Pennsylvania's challenges," Rendell said. "In his brief tenure as Speaker, he did a terrific job. His departure from the House will be a very significant loss."


http://www.pahouse.com/PR/122011210.asp

A Texting Groundhog

Punxsutawney Phil is going high tech.

The famous groundhog will send a text message of his prediction to people who sign up for the service.

Mickey Rowley, the state's deputy tourism secretary, says he realizes that not everyone can go to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day, so this is a good way to get the word out.

People who want a text message from Phil can text "Groundhog" to 247365 until Feb. 2.

Benezette Man Suffers Minor Injuries

A Benezette man suffered minor injuries in an accident Monday evening on Gray Hill Road in Benezette.

Police say an SUV driven by 66-year-old Robert Howard was going around a curve when it crossed into the opposite lane, left the road, hit an embankment, crossed and left the road again, traveled over another embankment and hit a tree.

Police say Howard was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

Four People Hurt in Potter County Crash

Four people were hurt in a three-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Route 49 in Allegany Township, just east of Cahilly Road.

Police say a car driveny by 18-year-old Kristen Gray of Ulysses went out of control on the snow-covered road, crossed the centerline and slid into a van driven by 70-year-old Darrell Hults of Turtepoint, which was forced off the road. The car spun around and hit another van driven by 60-year-old John Campbell of Harrison Valley.

Gray and Hults, along with 70-year-old Shirley Redmond of Port Allegany who was a passenger in the Hults vehicle, suffered minor injuries. A 17-year-old passenger in the Hults vehcile suffered moderate injuries and was treated at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Police cited Gray for driving at an unsafe speed.

A Musical Meeting

7th grader Manu Gajanan plays the piano as Bradford Area School members and superintendent Sandra Romanowski listen during Monday's school board meeting. In recognition of School Directors Appreciation Month, students from all four Bradford schools presented programs. You can hear them all on today's LiveLine at 12:30 p.m. on 1490 WESB and online at WESB.com.

Monday, January 11, 2010

No One Hurt in School Bus Crash

No one was hurt when an SUV hit a school bus Monday afternoon on Grant Road in Ridgway Township.

State police say the bus driven by Donna Feronti of Ridgway was legally stopped when it was hit from behind by the SUV, driven by Kimberly Hoyt of Ridgway.

5 boys and a girl were on the bus at the time of the accident.

Police say Hoyt will be charged with driving at an usafe speed.

BASD Wants to 'Race to the Top'

The Bradford Area School District has decided it wants to get in on the Race to the Top.

Race to the Top is part of the federal economic stimulus package, and offers grants to states for school reform, but only 7 to 10 states will be selected.

If Pennsylvania is selected, it will get $400 million. The Bradford school district would get between half a million and a million and a half dollars, according to School District Superindentent Sandra Romanowski.

She says Bradford schools are already following many of the program's guidelines.

"This is everything we're supposed to do anyhow," she said during Monday's school board meeting, "so why would we not apply for money to do the things we're going to have to do anyhow?"

Romanowski and School Board President Tim Bean have already signed off on the memorandum of understanding. The teacher's union is expected to address the matter during a meeting Tuesday.

Sentencing for Children's Home Riot

A teenager who admitted to his role in a riot at the Randolph Children's Home in May has been sentenced to a year in prison.

17-year-old Raymond Neville pleaded guilty in October to rioting and criminal mischief.

Neville has already served most of the year sentence and could be released within two weeks.

PennDOT Posts Bridges in Potter County

PennDOT has posted weight limit restrictions on two bridges in Potter County. Effective today, the Genesee River bridge on Route 1011 (Ulysses/Hickox Road) in Bingham Township was posted for a 30-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 37-ton weight limit for combination vehicles.

Also effective today, the Phoenix Creek Bridge on Route 1005 (Phoenix Run Road) in Pike Township was posted for a 36-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 40-ton weight limit for combination vehicles.

The decision to post weight limits on the bridges was the result of recent inspections. The Genesee River Bridge was built in 1941; is 45 feet long and carries an average of 600 vehicles per day. The Phoenix Creek Bridge was built in 194; is 55 feet long and carries an average of 220 vehicles per day. The postings for the bridges will remain in place until repairs can be made.

Residents Encouraged to Attend Hearing
on Proposed Wood Boiler Regulations

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is encouraging people concerned about proposed changes to state regulations for outdoor wood-fired boilers to speak out at a public hearing in Coudersport this week, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

The state Department of Environmental Protection and its Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will hold the hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Coudersport Area High School.

"I asked DEP to hold this hearing locally because so many people came to me to express their opinions about the proposal," Causer said. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity."

Under the proposed regulations:

· A person may not purchase, sell, offer for sale, distribute or install a boiler unless it meets Phase 2 standards for efficiency.

· New boilers must be installed at least a minimum of 150 feet from the nearest property line.

· New boilers must have a permanently attached stack that must be at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 150 feet of the boiler.

· Existing boilers must also have a permanently attached stack that is at least 10 feet above ground and extend at least two feet above the highest peak of the highest residence located within 500 feet of the boiler.

· Only clean wood, wood pellets made from clean wood and certain home heating oil, natural gas or propane fuels can be used in the boilers.

People who have not already contacted the EQB to schedule their testimony may be able to register on the day of the hearing. Oral testimony is limited to 10 minutes for each witness, and witnesses are requested to submit three written copies of their testimony to the hearing chairperson at the hearing.

People who cannot attend still have time to submit written comment prior to the Feb. 12, 2010 deadline:

· Mail written comments to the address listed above. Express mail may be sent to the Rachel Carson State Office Building, 16th Floor, 400 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301). No fax comments will be accepted.

· Send written comments via e-mail to RegComments@state.pa.us. A subject heading of the proposal and a return name and address must be included in each e-mail. If the sender does not receive acknowledgement that the comments were received within two working days, the sender should resubmit his or her comments.

Bradford Man Facing Charges

A Bradford man is facing charges following a traffic stop in Chautauqua County.

State police say 24-year-old Cotton Winston was stopped on Interstate 86 in the Town of North Harmony.

Winston was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and cited for driving without a license, speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Winston is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Bradford on charges of hindering apprehension and conspiracy to commit retail theft.

Ridgway Woman Hurt in St. Marys Crash

A Ridgway woman was hurt in an accident at 9:25 this morning at the intersection of State and Sugar Hill roads in St. Marys.

Police say 79-year-old Shirley Wolff was going down Sugar Hill Road when the vehicle began to accelerate. When it reached a slight grade at the intersection, the vehicle became airborne and traveled for 500 feet over State Road, then into a field.

Wolff was taken to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment of her injuries.

National Fuel Gas employees assisted police at the scene.

SUV Goes Out of Control on Route 120

An Emporium woman was hurt in an accident at 3:30 this afternoon on Route 120 near Turkey Foot Road in Cameron County.

State police say an SUV driven by 20-year-old Elizabeth Nellis went out of control onthe snow-covered road, traveled across the road and turned onto its roof in a ditch.

Nellis was taken to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment of moderate injuries. Police say she'll be charged with a summary traffic violation.

Austin Fire Ruled Accidental

A fire that damaged an Austin home has been ruled accidental.

The fire was reported at about 10:30 Saturday morning at the home of George Sams at 119 Ripple Road.

A state police fire marshal and Austin Fire Department determined that the fire started in the ceiling area around the chimney pipe. The fire was contained to the attic and roof of the building. The rest of the house had major heat damage.

Damage is estimated at $18,000.