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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Skiing for a Cause

The 31st annual Tony Dolan Ski for Cancer is going on until 4 p.m. today at The Westline Inn.

Pictured from top, enjoying the snowy weather, and getting ready to head out to the trail. Teachers from all the Kane schools gather every year to raise money for the Cancer Society. Fran Stewart and Chris Perkins of the Cancer Society talk about the baskets full of goodies that were being raffled off. Fran, along with Betsy Dolan Esrich show off print being raffled off (during their visit to the LiveLine Wednesday). And last, but definitely not least, before they took to the trail, Ed and Deb Fidurko of East Resources (center) donated $2,000 to the Ski for Cancer. Also pictured are Cancer Society volunteers Marlene and Bill Walb, and Tim and Leda Lyon of Schlumberger.

Friday, January 29, 2010

No One Hurt in School Bus Crash

No one was hurt when a minvan hit a school bus this morning in Eldred Township.

State police say the van driven by 59-year-old Stephen Baldoni of Eldred was following the school bus on Route 446 when the bus stopped, and the van hit it.

Neither Baldoni nor the bus driver, 58-year-old Karen Aames of Bradford, was hurt.

Baldoni was charged with careless driving.

Kids Derby Day Next Saturday

The Bradford Area Public Library is sponsoring Kids Derby Day, the first event of the Triple Crown leading up to the annual Derby Gala 2010. This free event is to provide a wholesome experience for our community children, while they enjoy the opportunities our public library offers.

On Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 1:00 – 3:00p, Kids Derby Day will be held as a free event for our area youth. Organizers have lots of fun activities for kids to participate in. One series of events planned include horse games, facilitated by Lorraine Jacobs. Ms. Jacobs is affiliated with the Penn State Cooperative Extension of McKean County. She is the Youth Development Educator in Environment for Forestry and Natural Resources, and will be gearing her games around horse breeds.

Additional fun activities include cookie decorating, story time, and a horse sticker craft. To highlight the afternoon, Missy, a Welsh / Haflinger pony will visit the library. Kristen Matheson, with Dun Dreamin’ Stables, has volunteered to bring Missy to the Bradford Area Public Library where children will be allowed to pet and brush her. A derby mural photo opportunity will be available. A mural has been painted specifically for Kids Derby Day by University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Art Club students, overseen by Kong Ho, Associate Professor of Art. Parents are advised to bring their own cameras.

“Kids Derby Day originated when the Derby Steering Committee wanted to offer more options for children to participate in the festivities.” remarked Stephanie Parsons when asked how Kids Derby Day was considered. “The library had just finished a Children's Safety Fair, and the Derby Steering Committee liked how that type of program would accommodate large numbers of families.” Additional activities Mrs. Parson’s oversees at the Bradford Area Public Library include a weekly Preschool Story Hour on Fridays at 10:30am and a Children’s Program on Saturday mornings at 10:30am. Both are open to the public and free of charge.

Kids Derby Day will bring an awareness to support the BAPL Endowment Fund established in 1984. In 2009, the Derby Gala held its inaugural fundraiser on May 1. The auction and sponsors generated funds for the Endowment Fund, whose income the library uses to support day to day expenses. With state funding declining, the success of events such as these will continue to allow the Endowment Fund to support the library as originally intended.

Kids Derby Day has been organized by Stephanie Parsons, Children’s Program Coordinator for the library. She'll be a guest on WESB's LiveLine on Monday, February 1.

Pictured, Andy Hilzinger, a second grade student from GGB Elementary School, Jack Hilzinger, a preschooler at The Learning Center, and Payton Morgan, a preschooler from St Bernard’s School, help sort through materials for the upcoming Kids Derby Day to be held February 6, 2010. Behind them is a mural painted by University of Pittsburgh Bradford Art Club students. The open-faced mural will allow children to have their fun photo taken at the derby.
(Photo contributed by Glenn Melvin)

Deadly Choking 'Game' in Olean

Watch the story from WIVB's Lorey Schultz:

Tops Friendly Markets Completes
Acquisition of Penn Traffic Assets

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. –Tops Friendly Markets announced today that it has completed the previously announced court-approved acquisition of a majority of Penn Traffic’s assets, including its 79 supermarkets over a four-state area.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the Tops’ bid for these assets earlier this week. The stores are located in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New Hampshire.

“We are very eager and excited to begin working with store managers and associates to best serve the grocery shopping needs of our new neighbors and customers,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO.

“We’d like to thank everyone who worked and supported us in our efforts with this acquisition to retain as many jobs as possible, especially UFCW Local One, C&S Wholesale Grocers and Sen. Charles Schumer, and his staff, without whose help this deal would not have been possible. ” he said.

Curci said all stores will remain open and operating through a transition services agreement with Penn Traffic while Tops evaluates each store over approximately the next 30 days.

He also said a review of the acquisition by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will continue. Once this evaluation is over, Curci said Tops would pursue a capital improvement program patterned after the current investment program Tops has in place for its stores in Western and Central New York.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisors to Tops in this transaction.

Pitt-Bradford Honors Professors

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford recognized 10 faculty members celebrating service anniversaries at dinner held at Kelly’s Restaurant.

Dr. Marvin Thomas, professor of history and senior member of the faculty, was honored for 40 years. Thomas is a recipient of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award and regales the community with a public multimedia lecture each year. Past topics have included Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. He holds a doctoral degree in history from Penn State and a master of arts in history from Columbia University.

Dr. Richard Frederick, professor of history, was honored for 30 years. Another popular lecturer, Frederick has given talks on the election of 1800 and the assassination of John F. Kennedy and has sat on panels for several discussions. Recently he finished a manuscript for the biography of William Howard Taft.

Honored for 25 years service were Dr. Assad Panah, professor of geology, and Dr. David Soriano, associate professor chemistry. Panah is the director of the petroleum technology program and has twice been named a Fulbright Scholar. In addition to teaching chemistry, Soriano is a distributor for Zippo Manufacturing, a lighter collector and dealer.

Betsy Matz, associate professor of business management, and Dr. Hashim Yousif, professor of physics, were honored for 20 years of service. Matz is the chairwoman of the Division of Management and Education at Pitt-Bradford. She has served as chairwoman of the Women’s History Month Celebration Committee for more than a decade and also leads a group of faculty and staff members who weave baskets.

Yousif is the director of the physical sciences program. In addition to his academic work, Yousif enjoys vegetable gardening for his family, listening to classical and Arabic music, and reading the newspaper.

Honored for 10 years was Dr. Stephen Robar, associate professor of political science and chairman of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Three professors were honored for five years of service: Dr. Donna Armstrong, assistant professor of education, director of teacher education and coordinator of elementary education; Mark Kelley, instructor of sports medicine and director of the sports medicine program; and Dr. Jean Truman, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of the associate of science in nursing program.

Pictured are, from left, Dr. Marvin Thomas, Dr. Assad Panah, Betsy Matz, Dr. Hashim Yousif; and Dr. Rick Frederick, all of whom have 20 or more years of service to Pitt-Bradford. Not pictured is Dr. David Soriano.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Bob Casey: Momentum Builds for a
Job Creation Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), who has outlined a job creation tax credit to provide a 20% credit to small businesses and a 15% credit to larger businesses on increases in payroll, welcomed the continued discussion of the details of a job creation tax credit as President Obama outlined his proposal.

“I’m pleased that President Obama is continuing to advocate for a job creation tax credit. Economists and the Congressional Budget Office have identified such a credit as one of the best ways to put Americans back to work and to boost the economy.

“The Senate is expected to take up jobs legislation soon. I look forward to continuing to work with the White House and my Senate colleagues to pass a job creation tax credit and to help small businesses and the 560,000 unemployed Pennsylvanians.”

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.

According to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) earlier this month: “Providing tax credits for increases in payrolls would increase both output and employment.”

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 the Social Security wage base of $106,800.

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

SNO-Ball Slated at Pavilion at BRMC

An earful of toe-tapping music, tasty food and a chance to laugh and mingle are the ingredients that will draw many residents from The Pavilion at BRMC and other guests to attend the fourth annual SNO-Ball party on Friday, Feb. 12, starting 6:30 p.m., at the facility’s second-floor lounge.

Another highlight of the Valentine’s Day-themed party will be crowning the king and queen from among Pavilion residents.

Music performed by accordianist John Berne will give corsage- and boutonniere-adorned Pavilion residents an opportunity to dance with University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students who will be in formal attire.

There also will be food and refreshments for all guests who attend,” said Karen Sutherland, ADC, CDP, The Pavilion’s activities director.

“It’s a very nice event for us,” said Pavilion resident Dawn Taylor. “We appreciate all the work the students do for us at this annual event.”

The SNO-Ball was started by Pitt-Bradford’s Student Nurses’ Organization (SNO) as a way to give The Pavilion residents a memorable and fun-filled activity during the winter.

Event co-sponsors include Pitt-Bradford’s men’s sports teams and Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity at the college.

“It’s a great event. The students take the ball and run with it, which includes planning and decorating,” said Mary Boser, RN, MSN/Ed., RNFA, CNOR, assistant professor of nursing at Pitt-Bradford and also SNO advisor.

“The Student Nurses’ Organization offers learning experiences outside the classroom for personal and professional growth. Student involvement in SNO provides an excellent way for them to give back to the field of nursing and the community,” Ms. Boser said.

“Being involved in this event offers the students the opportunity to develop the leadership skills that will help them throughout their nursing career,” Ms. Boser said, adding, “The Valentine’s-themed dance at The Pavilion also provides an opportunity for students to participate meaningfully with the residents while promoting the achievement and maintenance of healthful living. Also, the students participating in this event take away an image of nursing that doesn’t involve a hospital bed but rather an opportunity to engage in relationships with people in a way that is not clinically bound.”

“Last year was my first time being involved with this event. You can tell the residents love this. They would talk about it for months afterwards. Also, this event gets us involved with promoting wellness and healing,” said Angie West of Brackney, a second-year nursing student at Pitt-Bradford.

“This is my first year being involved with the SNO-Ball but you could tell by their smiles in the photographs that they really enjoyed it,” said Carrie Klein of St. Marys, a first-year nursing student at Pitt-Bradford.

“Events such as this for Pavilion residents can have a positive and lasting effect for them,” noted Mrs. Sutherland.

The Pavilion at BRMC is a 95-bed, long-term care facility for residents and also provides short-term restorative care for post-surgical patients. For more information about The Pavilion, call 814-362-4533 or go online at

Pictured, Carrie Klein (left) and Angie West (right), both nursing students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and members of the Student Nurses’ Organization (SNO), review plans of the upcoming SNO-Ball with Dawn Taylor, a resident of The Pavilion at BRMC.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

National Wear Red Day is February 5

Mayville, NY - As part of a nationwide effort to spread the word about women and heart disease, the Chautauqua County Health Department will join thousands of Americans in celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5, 2010. You, your family, friends, and coworkers are also encouraged to wear red to unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wakeup call about their risk of heart disease.

A simple Red Dress works as a visual red alert to get the message heard loud and clear: "Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear-It's the #1 Killer of Women." One in every three women dies of heart disease. One in 30 dies of breast cancer. Two-thirds of American women who have had a heart attack don't make a full recovery.

"Women often do not take their risk of heart disease seriously and fail to make the connection between risk factors and their own chance of developing heart disease," said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director. "Some of the risk factors for heart disease are smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, being overweight, physical inactivity, and a family history. The good news is, one can lower their risk of heart disease significantly just by adopting healthy lifestyle habits," added Schuyler.

For more information about National Wear Red Day activities and The Heart Truth, including downloadable materials on women and heart disease and ordering information for a Red Dress Pin, please visit or go to the Chautauqua County Health Department website at:\

BTVFD Gets Grant Money

The Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department will receive $52,079 from the federal government.

The funding is contained in Round 1 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2009 Fire Grants Award announcements. These awards are administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

U.S. Senator Arlen Specter made the announcement today.

Chaney, Massimino in Philly Big 5 HOF

John Chaney and Rollie Massimino have been inducted into Philadelphia's Big 5 Hall of Fame.

Chaney finished his coaching career with 741 wins and led theTemple Owls to 17 NCAA tournaments, while Massimino led the eighth-seeded Villanova Wildcats to the 1985 national championship over heavy favorite Georgetown.

The Big 5 is made up of St Joseph's, Villanova, La Salle, Penn and Temple.

Temple, LaSalle and St. Joseph's are also in the Atlantic 10.

Pirates Unveil Plans for Mazeroski Statue

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the plans, and unveiled the likeness, for the Bill Mazeroski statue, which is scheduled to be erected at PNC Park later this summer – the 50th anniversary of the Pirates 1960 World Championship season.

The announcement was made by Pirates Chairman of the Board, Bob Nutting. The statue will feature the likeness of Mazeroski rounding the bases after his famous home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the heavily favored Yankees in the 1960 World Series. The “Tribute to Maz” is scheduled to be unveiled on Sunday, September 5, prior to the Pirates taking on the Washington Nationals.

“Bill’s story is an inspirational one, not only because of his Hall of Fame career on the field, but for the way he continues to represent himself and the Pirates off of it. He has set a high bar for humility and grace that we should all strive to reach,” said Nutting. “His famous home run did much more than win the World Series, it was a moment that has inspired our city and our region for 50 years. It is a moment that continues to be passed on from generation to generation. I am thrilled that soon our fans will have a special place outside of PNC Park to remember and share this inspirational story.”

The proposed location for the statue will be at the end of the cul-de-sac along Mazeroski Way, near the right-field entrance to PNC Park. The statue will be the center of a monument that will consist of special effects on the concrete surrounding the statue which will detail the infield dirt to recreate that special moment shortly after Mazeroski rounded second base following his dramatic home run. The second base bag will be raised just behind the statue, while the
backdrop surrounding the area will incorporate some of the actual bricks from the Forbes Field wall.

Susan Wagner, the same artist who created the Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell statues, is the commissioned sculptress for the Mazeroski statue. A Pittsburgh resident, Wagner has owned and operated her own business for the past 30 years. Her other works include a statue of Jackie Robinson in New Jersey, a portion of the Gulf War Memorial in Greensburg and a Pittsburgh Policeman’s Memorial.

Just as the Pirates did with the statues erected in honor of Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, fans will have the opportunity to participate in this permanent tribute to another Bucco Hall of Famer. Fans will be able to donate to the Mazeroski statue fund by purchasing cast aluminum ivy leaves that can be engraved and will be permanently installed along the Forbes Field wall brick backdrop.

Two leaf options are available. The smaller leaf (4 ¼” X 3 7/8”) is available for a $150 donation. The larger leaf (5 ¼” X 4 ½”) is available for a $500 donation. Also incorporated into the design of the backdrop will be eight Gold Gloves that donors can engrave with their special message in honor of Mazeroski. Commemorative certificates are also available for a $25 contribution.
Fans can place their orders this weekend at PirateFest or call 1-877-MAZ-1960, or order online at Pirates Charities will be the recipient of contributions of any size by fans who want to help build this lasting tribute to Bill.

Mazeroski remains the only player in Major League Baseball history to hit a game-winning home run in Game 7 of a World Series. His blast off New York’s Ralph Terry on October 13, 1960, gave the Bucs a 10-9 victory in the deciding game played at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

Elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, the Pirates retired Mazeroski’s uniform #9 in 1987. He was an eight-time Gold Glove Award recipient, seven-time All-Star and holds numerous Major League record for second basemen, including most seasons leading the league in assists (nine), most double plays in a single season (161 in 1966) and most career double plays (1,706).

(Artwork courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates)

'Madagascar' Kicks Off Free Film Fest

The Free Family Film Fest will kick off its fifth season on Saturday, January 30th with the movie “Madagascar”.

Released in 2005, this animated film follows four best friends, a loin, a zebra, a giraffe and a hippo. When one of the four is missing from his cage at the New York Central Park Zoo, the other three escape and go searching, only to find him on a ship en route to Africa. The four friends then learn what life is like in the wild after being raised in captivity.

The Film Fest is open to children of all ages. However, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The program will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early at the Bradford Main Street Movie House so that they can register and enter the drawing for a bicycle, donated by Just Riding Along. The drawing for the bicycle will be held at the conclusion of the series on Saturday, February 27th.

Additionally, each child will receive a free bag of candy and will be eligible to win a weekly prize.

For more information about the Free Family Film Fest contact the Main Street Manager’s office.

Dance-a-Thon at Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford African-American Student Union will hold an all-night dance-a-thon this weekend to benefit hunger relief programs in Bradford.

The event begins at 9 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 30) night in the Tom L. McDowell Fieldhouse in the Sport and Fitness Center and ends at 9 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 31). Supervision will be provided by Pitt-Bradford faculty and staff. The public is welcome.

Cost to participate is $3. Entry fee for non-participants is $1. Water, snacks and energy bars will be served.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Let’s Can Hunger Campaign, which will provide food for The Friendship Table, Bradford YWCA and Salvation Army.

For more information or dance rules, contact Angelique Lindsay at (267)471-4374 or

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

Olean Man Indicted for Burglary

An Olean man has been indicted on burglary and robbery charges.

20-year-old Alan Miller is accused of breaking into a North First Street home on December 4. He allegedly stole money and assaulted a resident.

He's scheduled for arraignment Monday in Cattaraugus County Court.

Man Indicted on Child Porn Charges

A Marienville man has been indicted on child pornography charges.

47-year-old Gregory Lee Best allegedly received and possessed computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

Use Caution Near Pennhills Club

Bradford Township Police are asking that people use caution while driving in the area of the Pennhills Club.

An accident this morning knocked down a utility pole, which is being replaced.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

President Obama to Propose New
Small Business Jobs and Wages Tax Cut

WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow in Baltimore, Maryland, President Obama will announce details of the Small Business Jobs and Wages Tax Cut, one of his new proposals to create good jobs in America. In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined a series of ways he will fight to create good paying jobs and continue our economic recovery.

One of these proposals, the Small Business Jobs and Wages Tax Cut, will put more Americans back to work by giving businesses – particularly small business – a tax cut for new hiring. The new proposal will also provide tax incentives for businesses to expand wages for their employees.

Through the Small Business Jobs and Wages Tax Cut:

· Businesses will receive a $5,000 tax credit for every net new employee that they employ in 2010. The total amount of the credit for any one firm will be capped at $500,000, to ensure that the majority of the benefit is targeted at small businesses. Start –ups will be eligible for half of the tax credit.

· Small businesses that increase wages or hours for their existing employees will be reimbursed for the Social Security payroll taxes they pay on real increases in their payrolls. This bonus would be based on Social Security payrolls, so it would not apply to wage increases above the current taxable maximum of $106,800.

· Firms will be able to claim the credit on a quarterly basis, which gets money out to businesses quickly and provides and early incentive to hire and increase payrolls.

From THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary

Benefit for Marian Hamilton

Marian Hamilton, the daughter of Marshall and Deborah Hamilton has been diagnosed with Congenital Hyper Insulinism.

This is a rare disease that affects roughly 1 in 50,000 people throughout the world. The disease affects the insulin producing cells on Marian's pancreas causing her to produce too much insulin. At birth, her blood sugar level was in the teens.

Marian has been receiving treatment at the Childrenâ?Ts Hospital of Philadelphia over the past 18 months. She is living with an NG tube since birth as a means of delivering dextrose to her stomach and helping her maintain blood sugar over 70.

Marian is truly a miracle.

With a birth weight of 1lb 4 ounces, she has come a long way. Her team of endocrinologists has determined that pancreatic surgery is needed to help Marian maintain healthy blood glucose levels.

Children's Miracle Network of Elmira, NY helped fund a trip for Marian and her parents to travel to NYC to learn more about congenital hyperinsulinism and talk with other families that have been affected by the disease. The average hospital stay after this procedure is 4-6 weeks. Marian and her family will travel to Philadelphia for the surgery and recovery.

A benefit is being held to assist the family with living costs while in the Philadelphia area. The Spaghetti Dinner will take place on February 6, 2010 at the American Legion in Coudersport.

The cost is $6.00 and kids under 5 eat free. The time is 4:30pm-7:00pm. There will be a silent basket auction as well.

Additional Donations can be sent to:

Marshall & Deborah Hamilton
369 Sweden Hill Rd
Ulysses, PA. 16948

ARG Fire Extinguisher Training

American Refining Group will be conducting annual fire extinguisher training for employees starting at 12:30 Friday after non.

The training involves extinguishing live fires at the fire training grounds off Bolivar Drive at Foster Brook.

People may notice smoke from the fires.

Other training days are February 5, 12 and 19.

Injured Fireman Taken to Buffalo

One of the Bradford City firefighters injured while battling a blaze on Euclid Avenue this afternoon is being treated in a Buffalo hospital.

Firefighter Todd McClain breathed in hot smoke and gasses, and is being treated at ECMC.

Firefighter Greg Lewis was hurt when he fell from the roof of the house. He was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center and released.

Lt. Chris Angell said firefighters were called to 122 Euclid Avenue at 2:15 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames were showing when they arrived.

Angell said they called a second alarm, which means all off duty personnel are called in and Derrick City is called to stand by at the East Bradford Station. Tower One, Engine One and Engine Two, along with 15 firefighters, were on the scene for almost 2 1/2 hours.

The house was a total loss.

Angell said Fire Chief Boo Coder is trying to track down the owners.

Fire Damages Old Gas Station

Fire damaged an old gas station in Fox Township early this morning.

The Old Laurel Run Food and Fuel at the intersection of Fern Lane and Route 255 had been closed for several years. The electricity to the building had recently been turned back on and remodeling work had begun on the inside of the building, according to State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti.

Agosit and Fox Township Fire Chief Scott Surra investigated and determined the fire was accidental.

Damage is estimated at $125,000. The owner is Sultan Rahman of New York, New York.

No injuries were reported.

New Concerns, Rules on Drilling

Governor Ed Rendell says his administration is taking new steps to ensure public safety while drilling companies rush to the Marcellus Shale gas formation, but a state representative says the Commonwealth should just put the brakes on drilling.

Rendell said today the DEP is hiring 68 more inspectors to monitor a growing number of well sites, and writing tougher rules to prevent gas from leaking into nearby homes and water wells. The new rules would require companies to inspect wells more often and restore water supplies polluted by drillng.

The new inspectors would be paid for by drilling permits fees.

Meanwhile State Representative Greg Vitali, a Democrat from Delaware County, says the state should stop leasing state-owned land for Marcellus Shale drilling. His legilsation would place a five-year moratorium on leasing additional state land in the Marcellus Shale region for drilling

He said with thousands of wells expected on state land, no one knows what will happen to the land.

"We don't know that cummulative effect" Vitali said. "That's why we have to just stop and take a step back."

Earlier this month, five companies bid more than $128 million for about 32,000 acres of land on six seperate tracts.

Blood-Draw Hours Change in Smethport

Starting next week, there will be a temporary change in blood-draw hours at Smethport Family Practice at 406 Franklin St., a satellite location of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

“Due to decreased testing volumes at this time, we are adjusting the hours at the draw site. Blood-draw hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” according to Ron Truax, BRMC’s laboratory technical director. “These new hours will begin next week.”

During this period, “We will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” he said.
“We will notify the public when blood-draw hours are expanded,” Mr. Truax noted.

Greggory Theobald Appears in Court

Accused murderer Greggory Theobald appeared in McKean County Court today for his formal arraignment on charges related to the murder of Megan Konopka in September.

Theobald and Thomas Haggie allegedly killed Konopka and her unborn child in a room at the Riddell House. Konopka was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time of her murder.

McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn has informed Theobald and Haggie that he intends to seek the death penalty in the case.

Port Allegany Man Dies in Crash

A Port Allegany man died in the crash that had Route 6 in Potter County closed for most of the day.

46-year-old Joseph Engl of Sartwell Creek Road was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, then transferred to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he died.

Police say the crash happened at around 8 a.m. when Engl's car went out of control on the snow-covered road, started fishtailing and entered the opposite lane of travel in front of a tractor trailer driven by 53-year-old Dale Hagerich of Johnstown. The vehicles collided head on and Engl was ejected from his car. Hagerich was not hurt.

The collision caused a large amount of fuel and oil to spill onto the road. HazMat crews were on the scene for 6 hours to clean up the spill.

The Coudersport Volunteer Fire Company, Roulette Fire Department, Coudersport Ambulance Service and Potter County EMA were on the scene.

Route 6 in Potter County Re-Opened

Route 6 between Roulette and Coudersport has been re-opened.

It had been closed since about 8:20 this morning when a tractor-trailer and another vehicle collided, causing a hazmat spill.

Police say they will release further information about the crash when it's available.

Update on Route 6 Closure

State police say Route 6 between Roulette and Coudersport is still closed and will not re-open until the HazMat spill is cleaned up, which could take several more hours.

The accident happened when a tractor-trailer and another vehicle collided at about 8:20 this morning in Eualalia Township near the Roulette Township line.

Detours are in place. Police say they will release more information when it beceomes available.


All evening activities in the Oswayo Valley School District have been canceled for tonight because of the weather.

'Catcher in the Rye' Author Dies

From CNN: J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye" has died, according to his literary agent.

From a news release:

J.D. Salinger, author of the classic “The Catcher in the Rye,” has died at the age of 91 of natural causes.

Gaining almost as much notoriety for his reclusive nature as for literary work Salinger spent decades living in near isolation in his remote home in Cornish, New Hampshire. He had refused to give interviews for the past thirty years and hadn’t published a new piece of literature in nearly fifty years.

Despite Salinger’s desire to slip away from the public eye he remained a central figure in literature due in large part to a character he introduced in a short story entitled “Slight Rebellion off Madison.” That character, Holden Caulfield, would reappear in Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” and he quickly became the symbol of the teenage protagonist and rebellion.

While Salinger never intended for his most famous work to be embraced by teenagers the book has become a standard piece of literature in high school English classes.

NY Getting Money for Rail Projects

New York State will be receiving $151 million in federal stimulus money for railroad projects, and some of it is going to Buffalo.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says. “Building high-speed rail here will connect more commuters and businesses, create jobs immediately and help rebuild our economy for the long term. We’ve worked hard for a long time to bring high-speed rail to New York. This round of funding is just the first step in our efforts to secure what New York needs to achieve true high-speed rail connectivity. I will keep fighting to make sure New York gets more high speed rail funding in future rounds.”

Part of the money will go toward rehabilitation of the Buffalo-Depew station facilities to a state of good repair and accessibility upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Sidney Outlaw Performs for Students

Baritone Sidney Outlaw performed this morning for students in the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s freshman seminar on campus. Outlaw is this semester’s Marilyn Horne Foundation Residency Recitalist. He spent Wednesday performing for and giving a master class to students from Olean (N.Y.) and this afternoon performing for students from St. Bernard Elementary School and the Bradford Area Christian Academy. He will perform for the public at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 30) in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets are $10 for the public. All students are free. Outlaw takes the place of contralto Meredith Arwady, who was unable to perform due to illness. This is the final Marilyn Horne Foundation recital in Bradford.

(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Corbett Calls for National Discussion on
Asian Carp Threatening the Great Lakes

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett joined colleagues from several other Great Lakes states in calling for a national discussion concerning the environmental and economic threat posed by Asian Carp.

Attorneys General from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin contacted the White House on Monday, January 25th, formally requesting participation in a proposed state-federal summit to address the Asian Carp crisis.

"As chief legal and law enforcement officers for our states, we all serve on the front-lines of a struggle to protect the ecology and economy of our region," Corbett said. "Any discussion about addressing the threat posed by Asian Carp should include the Attorneys General from all concerned states."

Corbett said that Pennsylvania has joined with Michigan and other states in a federal lawsuit to close shipping locks near Chicago, in an effort to prevent Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan. The states have argued that the spread of this invasive, non-native species into the Great Lakes could be devastating to native fish and the fishing industry of the entire region.

Tate Slaven at the PA Fair Queen Competition

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding stands with the top five contestants in the 2010 PA Fair Queen contest on Jan. 23. From left to right are Franklin County Fair Queen Sarah Signore, 2010 First Runner-Up PA Fair Queen Tate Slaven, 2010 PA Fair Queen Casey Hall, Redding, Butler Fair Queen Gretchen Perschke and Somerset County Fair Queen Emily Maurer.
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding congratulates 2010 First Runner-Up PA Fair Queen Tate Slaven of McKean County and 2010 PA Fair Queen Casey Hall of Bradford County at the contest on Jan. 23.

Tate is a senior at Bradford Area High School.

Photos provided by the State Department of Agriculture

Update on Route 6 Closing

Stae Police say Route 6 between Roulette and Coudersport is still closed due to a motor vehicle accident with a fuel spill. Police anticipate that "the road closure will be lengthy."

The accident happened in Eulalia Township near the Roulette Township line at around 8:20 a.m.

Part of Route 6 in Potter Co. Closed

Route 6 is closed between Roulette and Coudersport because of a two-vehicle crash with a fuel spill.

State police say the road will be closed for a lengthy period of time.

Detours are Dingman Road to Fishing Creek Road to Route 6 in Roulette; and Route 155 in Port Allegany to Route 607 to Austin, Route 872 to Coudersport.

Driver License Centers Resume Services

Harrisburg – All services at PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers across the state will resume during regular business hours today, Thursday, Jan. 28.

Centers were temporarily unable to issues driver’s licenses, identification cards or take photos yesterday, due to a fiber optic line cut by a contractor working near one of PennDOT’s facilities.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thompson Statement on State of the Union

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, made the following statement on the President’s State of the Union speech based on an early outline received from the White House:

“Tonight the President asked both Democrats and Republicans to work on health care reform. I have been ready to work with them since I came to Congress a year ago. I hope the President is serious in looking at some of the reforms we have proposed that do not raise taxes, cut Medicare or put government in the business of running our health care. These include bringing costs down for everybody with tort reform, allowing buyers to cross state lines to purchase their health care packages, and allowing states to develop high risk pools so that those with pre-existing conditions can purchase health care.

“The President wants a jobs bill that includes investments in small businesses, road, bridge, rail and port projects and in what he calls `Green jobs and clean energy.’ If green jobs and clean energy means the Cap and Trade bill, he has a long road ahead of him. This is one of those proposals with the best of intentions that will bring the worst of results. Switching from fossil fuels to `green’ energy, is a laudable goal. Charging people more to use fossil fuels in order to switch them to `green’ energy, will be a tremendous burden on Americans. So-called green energy is still less than two percent of our energy portfolio. The Cap and Trade bill punishes people by charging them more for fossil fuels so that they will use more renewable energy. I don’t think that makes any sense in an economy that is still staggering?

“The easiest solution to the energy problems in this country is to maximize the use of all of our domestic energy resources, including renewable energy. Marcellus Shale and natural gas development is a great clean-burning bridge to the future in pursuing the goal of ‘green’ energy. Developing all of our energy resources will keep prosperity in this country, help with our nation’s energy security and provide high-paying jobs that desperately are needed.”

Theobald Scheduled for Court Appearance

Accused murderer Greggory Theobald is scheduled to appear in McKean County Court Thursday for a formal arraignment on charges related to the murder of Megan Konopka in September.

Prosecutors are expected to formally inform Theobald that they intend to seek the death penalty in the case.

Theobald and Thomas Haggie allegedly killed Konopka and her unborn child in a room at the Riddell House. Konopka was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time of her murder.

Zippo Recalls Candle Lighter

Zippo is recalling its Zippo Slatkin & Co. Candle lighters because it could possibly burn consumers, although no injuries have been reported.

This is a voluntary recall in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The hazard is that the lighters can produce an excessive flame when adjusted to the maximum flame setting, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

The lighters are sold at Bath & Body Works and White Barn Candle stores, as well as online.

They're made in China, not in Bradford.

Consumers are being advised to stop using the product and contact Zippo for information on how to return the black adjuster knob, and receiving a free replacement candle lighter.

Casey, Boxer Discuss Job Creation,
Infrastructure Investment

Washington, DC — Senators Bob Casey and Barbara Boxer joined Leo Gerard of the United Steelworkers Union, Edward Wytkind of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department and Dennis Slater of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers at a press conference this morning to discuss the importance of infrastructure investments as a method of putting Americans back to work.

Last year, infrastructure companies, trade associations and labor unions banded together to support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This year, the same coalition supports efforts to create jobs through infrastructure projects. Senate Democrats are currently working to develop and pass new initiatives that will spur job creation.

Senator Casey said: “With 560,000 Pennsylvanians and 15 million Americans out of work, job creation is our number one priority. Investments we have made in infrastructure have helped create jobs and build local communities. We must continue to respond to the struggles of the American people and implement strategies to put people back to work.”

“This economic recovery is my main focus, and I look forward to working with Senators of both parties to move swiftly on job creation legislation,” said Senator Boxer.

“Infrastructure spending is a proven job creator, but if we don't also enact policies to encourage and preserve domestic manufacturing we will miss an opportunity for sustained job growth,” said Leo Gerard.

Edward Wytkind said: “We’re not out of the woods yet. Construction unemployment is 23% and in some states it’s near 40%. Transit agencies, while facing growing demand on their services, are cutting service and slashing jobs all around the country. With thousands of transit workers bracing for job cuts, these aren’t just statistics on a chart. These are people’s lives. These are families. Working families need jobs. And investing in our transportation systems and infrastructure is a proven way of creating them.”

“Inadequate investment in infrastructure is compromising our nation’s safety, environment, and international competitiveness,” said Dennis Slater. “Two out of every 25 jobs lost in the U.S. economy in this Great Recession can be traced to a downturn in construction equipment spending. The single best way to bring back hundreds of thousands of good-paying, sustainable manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is to pass major long-term investments in our critical national infrastructure.”

Man Waives Hearing on Sex Charges

A Smethport man has waived his preliminary hearing on charges that he had sex with a teenage girl, who is now pregnant with his child.

26-year-old Stephan Belt is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors in connection with incidents in April and/or May of last year at the Riddell House.

State police say they learned from McKean County Children and Youth Services that a 15-year-old was pregnant. She told police she didn't know who the father was, but a couple of weeks later Belt told police he had sex with the girl two or three times, but not since they learned she was pregnant.

Court papers field in District Judge Dom Cercone's office indicate that Belt and the girl are planning to get married when she turns 16 in June, and they have her parents' permission.

Belt is free on unsecured bail.

Man Accused of Violating Megan's Law

A Bradford man has waived his preliminary hearing on three counts of failing to comply with Megan's Law regulations.

27-year-old Joseph Kelsey of West Corydon Street was released from McKean County Jail on September 9 and didn't report his status change for 54 hours and 6 minutes, according to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone's office. Megan's Law requires that offenders report a change within 48 hours.

On September 16, state police received a report from the jail saying Kelsey had been released. They also learned from Bradford City Police that Kelsey didn't report a change of address. He also allegedly misrepresented his employment status.

Kelsey is in jail on $5,000 bail.

Baritone to Take Place of Arwady to Close Out Pitt-Bradford's Marilyn Horne Series

Baritone Sidney Outlaw is replacing the previously announced contralto Meredith Arwady for the final Marilyn Horne Residency Recital Jan. 30.

Arwady was unable to perform after becoming ill.

Outlaw and his accompanist, Carol Wong, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall. Cost is $10 for the public, $8 for faculty and staff and free for students. This is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.

Outlaw will perform works by Henri Duparc, Johannes Brahms, Ambroise Thomas, Modest Mussorgsky, Wayne Oquin and Hall Johnson. The piece by Oquin is based on texts by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Outlaw presented his debut recital under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s “On Wings of Song” recital series in February 2007. Later that year, he made his debut at Avery Fisher Hall as the soloist for The Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor.

In addition, Outlaw was the baritone soloist for “The Messiah” with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall.

A native of Brevard, N.C., Outlaw is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned a bachelor of music degree. He received his master’s degree in vocal performance at The Juilliard School.

Accompanying Outlaw is Carol Wong, who is enjoying a flourishing career that includes performances broadcast live on nationwide radio, a summer tour that took her to three continents and numerous awards.

In July 2008, she was one of only 50 people invited to the Arctic Expedition for Climate Action, sponsored by National Geographic and made into a documentary. Fellow guests included President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn; Ted Turner; Madeline Albright; Chevy Chase; and Google founder Larry Page.

Wong grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and made her concerto debut at age 11 with the Vancouver Philharmonic. She earned her master of music degree in piano performance from Indiana University and was granted her doctor of music arts degree in piano performance at Rutgers University. She also completed the prestigious Artist diploma program at Juilliard.

Other activities part of the national residency series start Jan. 27, including performing for Pitt-Bradford's Freshman Seminar classes and holding master classes for area schools on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Since the Marilyn Horne Foundation residencies began in 2002 with James Westman and Jennifer Aylmer, we have seen 12 amazing artists,” said Randy L. Mayes, director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford.

“All of the performers have gone on to extensive careers in the United States, Europe and Asia. Natalie Cabell and Elaine Alvarez have performed leading roles in season-opening productions. The successes of the Marilyn Horne Foundations singers have had a profound impact around the world. We are proud that each of them can say that their career path took them through Marilyn Horne’s hometown of Bradford, Pa.”

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

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

PennDOT Urges Motorists to Prepare,
Drive with Extra Caution During Squalls

Weather forecasters are predicting the chance for blinding snow squalls tomorrow as an arctic front is expected to cross Pennsylvania. PennDOT is urging drivers to slow down, pay attention and use caution on area roadways, especially during snow squalls that are possible in the region tomorrow.

If snow squalls do impact the area, motorists need to be alert for rapidly changing road and weather conditions. Also, heavy squalls can cause whiteout conditions, virtually eliminating a driver's visibility.

PennDOT offers this advice:

*Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
*Turn on your headlights.
*Stay in your lane.
*Increase your following distance.
*Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.
*Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.
*Use defroster and wipers.
*Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
*During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.
*Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.
*Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.
*Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

PennDOT reminds motorists that state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights anytime their vehicles wipers are in continuous or intermittent use due to weather or other atmospheric conditions such as fog or mist. Motorists who do not comply with the law could face a fine of $25, but with fees and other associated costs, the penalty would approach $100.

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

'Baked Food Sale Bill' Gets Approval

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today (January 26) unanimously approved legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel (R-47) that will bar the state from citing groups that sell commonly prepared baked goods.

Senate Bill 828 eliminates the ability of the Department of Agriculture to cite non-profit community groups such as churches, booster clubs and volunteer fire companies for selling non-potentially hazardous home-baked food at fundraisers.

"I am pleased that the Committee reported out this bill," Senator Vogel said. "This is a good first step in moving this bill forward."

Senator Vogel introduced Senate Bill 828 after the Department of Agriculture cited a local church for selling homemade baked goods prepared by ladies of the church at a Lenten fish fry fundraiser.

"I believe we should all be concerned about food safety. However, I also believe that the Commonwealth could make much better use of its resources than to pursue volunteers and groups who are working to improve their communities," Senator Vogel said. "It's time to restore a little common sense to government."

Problem at Driver License Centers

Due to a fiber optic line cut by a contractor working near one of PennDOT’s facilities, it is expected that PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers across the state will be unable to issue driver’s licenses, identification cards or take photos for the remainder of Jan. 27.

Knowledge and on-the-road skills tests are still being administered at all ocations.

PennDOT will provide an update as soon as services are restored.

18th Annual Sports Fishery Advisory Board
Essay Contest for Chautauqua County

Mayville, NY -- Carrying on a tradition that has lasted for nearly two decades, the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board is again sponsoring the Annual "Spring Fishing Essay Contest for Chautauqua County".

Now in its 18th year, the contest is for elementary and middle school students in Grades 3 through 6. The contest is open to all students attending public and private schools, and any home schooled student living in Chautauqua County.

"Last year, we received well over 700 entries for the essay contest," said Sports Fishery Advisory Board Chairman Zen Olow. "This shows that there continues to be a real interest in fishing and lake ecology in Chautauqua County."

The topic of the 2010 contest is; "Fishing in Chautauqua County is fun….Where would you go and who would you like to fish with?"

Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards said, "Fishing is an important recreational activity within our region. I am excited to see the Spring Fishing Essay Contest still going strong, and I encourage all schools to participate in this educational program."

The contest officially opens February 1, 2010, and all entries are to be submitted to the following address by March 5, 2010:

Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board
Office of the County Executive
Gerace Office Building
3 North Erie Street
Mayville, New York 14757

Entries can be submitted singly or together by the class. The student's name, grade, teacher and school should be legibly printed on each entry, and each entry must follow the topic, "Fishing in Chautauqua County is fun….Where would you go and who would you like to fish with?" Entries will be judged on originality, and teachers are encouraged to work with students by incorporating the essay writing into a teaching activity.

This year, Edwards will be joined by members of the Sports Fishery Advisory Board and local Legislators in visiting each school that submits an entry, and to present the winners with their prize. Each teacher will be recognized for his/her support of the project.

Two Grand Prize winners will be awarded a fishing trip with the County Executive. The announcement of the Grand Prize winners will be made at the Legislature's meeting in Mayville on April 28, 2010.

The Advisory Board hopes that the essay contest can be an interesting educational experience for students, and helpful to the teachers. It is intended to promote an awareness of Chautauqua County's ecology, the factors that affect it and the role each students plays in maintaining its quality in the future.

If you have any questions, please contact Zen Olow, Chairman of the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board at 640-2776.

Gabler Holding Satellite Office Hours

HARRISBURG - State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) will be holding satellite office hours at six different sites in Clearfield and Elk counties over the next three months.

"I believe it is important to reach out to citizens across the district and offer constituent services in the most effective and efficient way possible," said Gabler. "I am very excited that we will be able to partner with local organizations in towns throughout Clearfield and Elk Counties to bring these enhanced services at no additional cost to the taxpayers."

Gabler's February satellite offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

· Tuesday, Feb. 2, Jay Township Municipal Building, 81 East Teaberry Street, Weedville.

· Thursday, Feb, 4, Wilcox Library, 536 Marvin Street, Wilcox.

· Tuesday, Feb. 9, Huston Township Building, 12024 Bennetts Valley Highway, Penfield.

· Thursday, Feb. 11, Johnsonburg Borough Office, 100 Main Street, Johnsonburg.

· Tuesday, Feb. 16, Brady Township Firehall, corner of Shamokin Trail and Community Center Drive, Luthersburg.

· Thursday, Feb. 18, Elk County Courthouse Annex, 300 Center Street, Ridgway.

Similar office hours will be held during March and April. Services offered will include assistance with Property Tax and Rent Rebate forms, driver's license and vehicle registration requests, birth and death certificates, and many other state-related functions. Gabler continues to maintain his primary district offices at the DuBois Area Plaza, Suite 10, 1221 East DuBois Avenue, DuBois, and 53 South St. Marys Street, Suite 2, St. Marys.

PETA Targets Punxsutawney Phil

PETA wants Punxsutawney Phil to be replaced with a robot.

The animal rights group say it's unfair to keep the groundhog in captivity and subject him to the bright lights and tens of thousands of visitors each February 2 in Punxsutawney.

But William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, says Phil is treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania.

The groundhog is kept in a climate-controlled environment and is inspected annually by the state Department of Agriculture.

Deeley says PETA is looking out for publicity, not Phil's well-being.

We're sure PETA got the idea of a robotic groundhog from the East Bradford Business Association's Tarport Tony.

Price Chopper Suing Penn Traffic

Supermarket chain Price Chopper is suing Penn Traffic for breach of contract over its effort to buy 22 of the bankrupt company's 79 stores.

Price Chopper, a 119-store chain based in Schenectady, New York, offered $54 million in December for 19 P&C stores in New York and three others in New Hampshire, Vermont and Pennsylvania.

Tops Friendly Markets stepped in with a bid earlier this month to buy all of Penn Traffic's stores for $85 million in cash. The US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware accepted Tops' bid on Monday.

Price Chopper is seeking $1.6 million in damages, saying Penn Traffic breached a private sale agreement negotiated in mid-December.

South Dayton Man Arrested

A South Dayton man has been arrested for assaulting and harassing his girlfriend.

Sheriff's deputies say 28-year-old Jason Dunning assaulted the woman and called her on the telephone 114 times after being told not to.

Dunning will appear in court at a later date.

Warren Man Dies in Crash

A Warren man died in a one vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Route 1015 in Pine Grove Township.

State Police say a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Sheri Hawkins went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled onto its roof. A passenger in Hawkin's vehicle, 48-year-old Michael Piazza, was partially ejected and trapped under the vehicle.

Piazza was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hawkins was taken to Warren General Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Police, Restaurant Issues at Meeting

WESB/WBRR News Director

A new restaurant may be coming to Bradford, and a restaurant that's already in town will be getting a liquor license.

OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews said during Tuesday's city council meeting that at least two parties are interested in opening a restaurant at 109 Main Street, which was most recently La Herradura.

The OECD is currently renovating the building and that project was more involved than they thought it would be.

"We found that an entire floor of the building was rotted and we had to replace the entire floor," Andrews said.

She said she hopes her crew is finished with the renovations by the end of the week. After that, she said, "we can start more aggressively working at (getting) some type of restaurant" back in the building.

Also Tuesday, council approved the transfer of a liquor license from Mount Jewett to Pizza Napoli on West Washington Street in Bradford.

Main Street resident David Newman said he has concerns about a new liquor license in the city, especially in the Elm Street/Project Pride neighborhood.

"We have enough liquor licenses in the city already," he said, adding that he was not speaking against Pizza Napoli itself.

"I don't see, with liquor licenses in abundance in this city, why we need to import one from Mount Jewett," he said.

Also Tuesday, council granted the building inspector permission to issue a demolition permit to Joe Frombach to demolish the building at 17 Pine Street.

In other matters, council made steps toward moving dispatch duties for the City of Bradford Police Department to the McKean County 911 Center in Smethport.

Council approved a payment of $8,949 to DFT Security Services upon completion of work for a security system at the police station. Also, Foster Brook Glass & Mirror will replace four units of insulated glass at the police station.

The money for both projects has been funded through donations to the city.

These are measures being taken to "turn over dispatch to the 911 Center in the near future," said Mayor Tom Riel.

Council also approved a $6,025 payment to Peter J. Brannon for an LX 5000 Polygraph and attachments to be used by the police department. Council also approved an $892 quote from Dell for equipment to be used with the Polygraph. The money for both comes from a Byrne Memorial Justice Grant.

Also Tuesday, council appointed former councilman Bob Onuffer to the Bradford Redevelopment Authority. He will fill the unexpired term of Katherine Graff, who resigned. The term expires October 30.

Councilman Ross Neidich read a letter from Interstate Parkway residents Joe and Debbie Piganelli, who said they were "deeply impressed" by the city fire department's ambulance service when, on Christmas night, Mrs. Piganelli suddenly became ill.

The Piganellis added that Paramedic Mike Cleveland and EMT Greg Lewis "obviously take great pride in their job. Their understanding of their work reflects greatly upon the fire department. (They) are great assets to the City of Bradford and the surrounding communities."

And, Riel recognized all city employees who had perfect attendance in 2009. They are Teri Cannon, Boo Coder, Larry Visbisky, Cathy Mealy, Chris Angell, Greg Lewis, Sara Andrews, Jeff Andrews, Andrew Gross, Joe Kuhanek, Jim Lee, Chip Comilla, Tom Shay, Gary Alock Sr., Pat Shannon, Sue Yeager, George Corignani, Tracy Godding, Matt O'Connell, Scott Powers, Don Hayden and Mike Douglas.

A Step Toward Building a Better Bradford

City Council has taken another step toward "Building a Better Bradford."

During its meeting Tuesday, council authorized OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews to execute a letter of intent with the Pennsylvania Alliance for Cooperative Innovation to define and develop a strategy to accelerate the Building a Better Bradford business vision.

The letter of intent consists of a three-step process that will explore development projects in downtown Bradford by three collaborative partners, including the city's Office of Economic and Community Development the PA-AFCI and the Downtown Bradford Revitalization Corporation.

The initial focus and planning will target a set of projects known as Pine Street revitalization, with an aqua-thermal energy district pilot component in concert with downtown housing revitalization.

The letter of intent represents the first phase of the multi-step development, which is expected to take 90 days. Then, the project team expects to move immediately into implementation of the project.

There's no cost to the city in the first phase of the project.

"There has never been a more important time than now for the businesses and citizens of Bradford to work together in making this project happen," Andrews said. "The benefits and value for all participants are enormous."

Mayor Tom Riel explained t hat a group from Bradford traveled to Warren in early December to meet with Warren's mayor, city manager and various stakeholders who have been working with PA-AFCI for the past two years.

"This is a very exciting project and opportunity for the City of Bradford," Riel said. "We are very pleased and excited with what the possibilities could be for Bradford."

Lee Patterson, president of PA-AFCI, sees Bradford as an ideal community for implementing the public/private partnership model.

"A P3 project in alignment with the Building a Better Bradford vision is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Bradford, and will do much for accelerating economic and quality of life standards across the Bradford region," Patterson said.

Besides OECD and DBRC, the team expects to work with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, the Bradford Area Alliance and others across the region to provide expanded community outreach and small business development.

Driftwood Man Facing Charges After Crash

A Driftwood man is facing DUI charges after an accident Monday night in Cameron County.

State police say 74-year-old Kenneth Kelso was driving on Route 120 when his pickup truck went off the road, over an embankment and hit several trees.

Police say Kelso was not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. They added that DUI charges will be filed.

Fire Damages Ulysses Home

The cause of a fire that damaged a Ulysses home Monday evening is still under investigation.

The fire was reported at about 6:25 p.m. Monday at 404 State Street.

A state police fire marshal and Tri-Town Fire Department Chief Roy Hunt are investigating.

Damage is estimated at $6,000

UPB Holding Marcellus Shale Webinars

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Office of Outreach Services will hold a series of four 90-minute Web-based sessions called “Your Business & Marcellus Shale: Voices of Experience” beginning Jan. 27.

Sessions take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 10 and 17 in Room 162 of Swarts Hall on the Pitt-Bradford campus. There is a cost of $20 per webinar, which includes continental breakfast. Attend all four for $70.

The series will help entrepreneurs and established small- and medium-sized businesses understand and reply to Marcellus Shale-related business opportunities.

Individual session topics are: Jan. 27, “Local Business Success Stories and Lessons Learned, Part 1”; Feb. 3, “Working with the Industry: Natural Gas Company Perspectives”; Feb. 10, “Local Business Success Stories and Lessons Learned, Part 2”; Feb. 17, “Partnering – Industry and Local Business Panel.”

“We had a series like this in the fall, and it was so successful that we decided to host the second series as well,” said Ann R. Robinson, director of the Business Resource Center at Pitt-Bradford. “In this follow-up series, businesses and entrepreneurs who are already taking advantage of opportunities from Marcellus shale activity will share their real-world experiences of working within and for the natural gas industry. The panelists will discuss what they’re looking for from both local business partners and how to establish such business relationships.”

The series is co-sponsored by a group of universities, chambers of commerce, local planning commissions and regional economic development boards from across the commonwealth, with leadership from Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Presenters and panelists include successful local businesses, natural gas industry representatives and experts from Penn State.

For more information or reservations, contact Pitt-Bradford Outreach Services at 814-362-5078 or

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

House Gives Final Approval to Naming Bridge for Soldier Who Died in Iraq

HARRISBURG --The State House of Representatives today gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that would honor a local soldier who died in Iraq by naming a bridge after him. The legislation would name a portion of Route 219 over the Little Toby Creek, Brockway Borough, the Christopher E. Loudon Memorial Bridge.

Senate Bill 380 now goes to the Governor for his signature.

“This is a fitting tribute to Second Lieutenant Loudon who died in Baghdad, Iraq, in October of 2006 while serving his country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Scarnati said. “A sign displaying his name will be erected at the bridge to honor his memory and his brave service and sacrifice.”

Loudon was born in the City of DuBois, Clearfield County, and graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in environmental science in 2005. After graduation, Loudon entered the United States Army on September 9, 2005, was commissioned as an infantry officer and was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. Second Lieutenant Loudon was killed in Baghdad, Iraq, on October 17, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

During his service in the United States Army, Second Lieutenant Loudon received the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Ranger Tab.

Hyers Pleads Guilty

A Chautauqua County man has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his stepfather in September.

The trial for 20-year-old Daniel Hyers was scheuduled to start today with jury selection, but Hyers entered the guilty plea instead of going ahead with the trial.

Hyers shot 51-year-old Dean Nagel mulitiple times in the head inside Nagel's home in Villenova.

Hyers faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

House Passes Texting, Phone Ban Bill

The Pennsylvania House has passed a bill that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving in the Commonwealth.

The measure would also give police the authority to pull drivers over if they're suspected of texting or using a hand-held cell phone. There is an exception for calling 911.

Violators would face a $50 fine.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.

Causer Seeks Info on Vietnam Era Vets

State Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is seeking information about Vietnam Era veterans living in the 67th District so he can honor them for their service to our country.

"Like the soldiers who served before them and after them, Vietnam veterans made great sacrifices for our country," Causer said. "But their sacrifice was magnified by the fact that so few of these veterans were warmly welcomed home or thanked for their service because of the controversy surrounding that war.

"It is time to extend our thanks and appreciation to the men and women who served during this difficult time in our nation's history."

Causer is asking area veterans to contact his Bradford office at 814-362-4400 (toll-free 1-866-437-8181) to provide him with their names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, branch of service and years of service. Veterans can also register online at

All veterans who contact the office will be invited to a recognition ceremony this spring in which they will be presented with certificates and medals as tokens of appreciation for their service.

Causer's legislative district consists of all of Cameron and Potter Counties. The district includes the following areas in McKean County: The City of Bradford and the Townships of Annin, Bradford, Ceres, Corydon, Eldred, Foster, Keating, Liberty, Norwich, Otto and Sergeant and the Boroughs of Eldred, Lewis Run, Port Allegany and Smethport.

PennDOT 2 PM Flooding Update

Clearfield –The following state roads in north central and south central Pennsylvania are currently closed due to flooding:

Clinton County

SR 1005 (McElhatten Drive/Park Avenue) in Dunstable Township from Woodward Avenue to Big Plum Run Road;

SR 4001 (Kettle Creek Road) at the Bush Dam;

Potter County

SR 4017 (Shaytown Road/Oswayo Street/Sunnyside Road) in Sharon Township from Gadsby Hollow Road to Oswayo Street in the village of Shinglehouse;

Mifflin County

SR 103 from Wharton Road in Wayne Township to Licking Creek Road in Bratton Township

Funeral Services for NYS Trooper Mattice

Hundreds of state troopers and other police officers from around the country attended funeral services today for New York State Trooper Jill Mattice who died last week in a crash near Binghamton.

Family friend Nick Van Heeren spoke during the services about Mattice's enthusiasm and passion for life.

"Super Trooper Jill was a young lady who spent her breath wisely," Van Heeren said.

New York Governor David Paterson also spoke at the funeral to offer his condolences and support on behalf of the state. Paterson also ordered flags in the state to be at half-staff today in honor of Mattice.

Mattice was the first female New York State Trooper to be killed in the line of duty.

Jury Selection in Stepfather Shooting Case

Jury selection is scheduled to start today in the trial of a Chautauqua County man accused of shooting and killing his stepfather.

20-year-old Daniel Hyers is accused of shooting Dean Nagel in the head multiple times on September 9 in Nagel's home in the Town of Villenova.

After a day-long search in Chautauqua and Erie counties, Sheriff Joe Gerace spotted Hyers walking down the street and arrested him.

SBU, Firefighters Holding Olean-Area Boot
Drive on Friday to Raise Money for Haiti

St. Bonaventure University students will team up with area firefighters Friday morning for a boot drive to raise money for devastated Haiti.

Students and firefighters will be stationed at busy intersections in the Olean area from 7 until 10 a.m. Friday.

All the money raised will go toward Haitian relief efforts, including Food for the Poor, Hands on Direct Relief and the Carroll County Haiti Mission Project, said Dr. Todd Palmer, adviser for SBU’s Students in Free Enterprise.

“St. Bonaventure has a history of working with local firefighters,” Palmer said. “We raised $45,000 during a boot drive after Hurricane Katrina.”

The boot drive is co-sponsored at the university by SIFE, BonaResponds, University Ministries, and the Center for Community Engagement.

Since 2005, BonaResponds and SIFE have been actively involved in local, national and international disaster relief efforts.

Catt County Court Hears Drug Cases

Several people have been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court on drug charges.

Stacie Callowy of Olean will spend 5 years in prison for attempting to sell crack cocaine on September 25 in Olean.

Christopher Downey of Kill Buck will spend 2 years in prison for attempting to sell crack cocaine in Salamanca on March 7, 2008.

Donald Watson Jr. of Salamanca will spend a year in prison for attempting to sell crack cocaine on March 10, 2008, in Salamanca.

Traivel Daneils of Buffalo will spend 5 years on probation for possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it on March 27 in Olean.

Several people have pleaded guilty to drug charges in Cattaraugus County Court.

Vincent Marra Sr. of Olean attempted to sell crack cocaine on April 17 in Olean.

Frank Cole, who is currently in Cattaraugus County Jail, attempted to sell a narcotic preparation on April 17 in Olean.

Romaine Harris Jr., who is also in Cattaraugus County Jail, attempted to possess crack cocaine on May 29, 2008, in Olean with intent to sell it.

Gary Holland, who is in Erie County Jail, attempted to sell crack cocaine May 21 in Olean.

Marra and Cole are scheduled for sentencng April 19. Harris is scheduled for sentencing in May, and Holland in June.

Flooding-Related Crash in St. Marys

Flooding is being blamed for an accident Monday morning in St. Marys.

Police say 86-year-old Stephen Iorfido of Johnsonburg was drivng on Johnsonburg Road at around 11:25 a.m. when he came upon an area of the road that was flooded. He was unable to stop and the vehicle went out of control, hit an embankment and rolled onto its side.

Iorfido refused medical treatment at the scene, but was later taken to Elk Regional Health Center by private vehicle.

Not Guilty Plea in Rape Case

A Portville man has pleaded not guilty to rape.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Daniel Cleason sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl at a home in Portville last May.

Cleason is also charged with sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child.

The matter has been adjourned for motions.

10:15 PennDOT Flooding Update

Clearfield –The following state roads in north central and south central Pennsylvania are currently closed due to flooding:

Cameron County

Sinnemahoning Bridge on SR 2001 (Quehanna Highway/Wykoff Run Road) near the “Willows”;

Clinton County

SR 4002 (Keating Road/Keating Mountain Road) in East Keating Township from Vincent Road to Bucktail Trail Highway;

SR 1005 (McElhatten Drive/Park Avenue) in Dunstable Township from Woodward Avenue to Big Plum Run Road;

SR 4001 (Kettle Creek Road) at the Bush Dam;

McKean County

SR 155 at the intersection of Main Street in the borough of Port Allegany;

Mifflin County

SR 103 from Wharton Road in Wayne Township to Licking Creek Road in Bratton Township

Potter County

SR 3001 (East Fork Road) in Wharton Township at the intersection of Jordan Run Road;

SR 4017 (Shaytown Road/Oswayo Street/Sunnyside Road) in Sharon Township from Gadsby Hollow Road to Oswayo Street in the village of Shinglehouse;

Disaster Declaration in Potter County

Potter County Commissioners have signed a disaster declaration because of the flooding that started Monday.

All municipal officials are being asked to take pictures of the damaged roads before they are repaired and to submit the necessary documentation to the Potter County Department of Emergency Services as soon as possible.

Potter County DES will be working with the PA Emergency Management Agency in hopes to obtain federal funding to assist the local municipalities.

Op-Ed: Senator Mike Stack

New Table Games Act a Bad Gamble

The new table games law is a bad gamble for Pennsylvania. It was pushed through following the governor’s threat that he would lay off state workers if a bill wasn’t signed by the first week of January. The political process should not operate that way.

There are too many holes in the legislation, especially when it comes to special interests. There is still no measure in the bill prohibiting lobbyists and licensed gaming entity representatives from having a financial interest in a casino.

Allowing lobbyists and their immediate family to have a financial interest can lead to corruption and it is inconsistent with the lobbying disclosure law, which is intended to prevent contingency basis lobbying. Under the law, lobbyists cannot receive pay or bonuses contingent upon legislative or administrative action. Why should lobbyists have the ability to exploit a loophole to enrich themselves and their families at the expense of taxpayers?

In Philadelphia, there should be no extension for Foxwoods. Foxwoods developers had plenty of time to come up with a feasible plan. It’s time for them to play their cards or fold. If Foxwoods developers continue to stall, their license should be revoked and issued to another group.

Another problem is the financial benefit to taxpayers. The table games tax rate is too low. As our economy recovers, we will likely still have a tight spending plan in the year or years ahead. More gaming revenues should go back to the state to fund the many important programs and services that Pennsylvanians need, and to provide tax relief to citizens.

Additionally, Philadelphia taxpayers were dealt a losing hand by the Street Administration who negotiated a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with both Sugarhouse and Foxwoods casinos. These agreements are a bad deal for taxpayers. The city could lose nearly $60 million over 10 years if the properties had been assessed under the current tax system.

Taxpayers should also receive financial benefits from the riparian land that Sugarhouse Casino will use to operate their casino. The state deserves its share of funds when the casinos use riparian rights. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania holds riparian rights in a trust for citizens. If a casino is operating on riparian land, the state is entitled to make sure that the facility is operating under the best interest of the Commonwealth, and provide monetary benefits to the taxpayers.

In addition to the financial benefits that taxpayers will receive, I am also concerned with how the table games revenue will be spent by local governments. This information should be posted on a publicly accessible Web site. This would ensure accountability and transparency.
The publicly accessible Web site will also help local neighborhoods. The table games bill directed no money to offset the impact the two casinos will have on local neighborhoods and their quality of life. Citizens would use the Web site to ensure that the funding goes to neighborhoods near the casino and to other important services.

This legislation was originally written as a gaming reform bill. However, the table games aspect has overshadowed the need for solid changes in our gaming industry.

While the new act has many good reforms, it could and should go farther.

I plan to set the ethics bar higher for this act by introducing measures that would create additional reforms.

State Sen. Mike Stack (D) represents the 5th Senate District in Philadelphia.

McKean County Awarded Federal Funding
for Emergency Food, Shelter Grant

McKean County has been awarded $32,459 in federal funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP). This award will supplement emergency food and shelter programs in McKean County.

The National Board is comprised of representatives from health and human service agencies across the country. The United States Congress appropriates funds annually to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas nationally.

The local board, made up of representatives from McKean County, will determine how the funds will be distributed. Local agency representation includes The Salvation Army, McKean/Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way of the Bradford Area, Catholic Charities, Ministerial Association and the YWCA of Bradford.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive the funds must: 1) be private, voluntary non-profit organizations or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice non-discrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 5) must have a voluntary board (if they are a private, voluntary organization). Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for EFSP funds must contact the United Way of the Bradford Area at 368-6181 or The deadline for applications is Monday, February 8, 2010.

KCH and Hamot Heart Forum February 10

February is National Heart Month and KCH & Hamot Heart Institute will host their annual Heart Forum Wednesday, February 10, 5:30–7 :30 p.m. at St. Callistus Hall on Chase Street in Kane.

The forum is a “Heart to Heart” discussion about heart disease, the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. Each year between 1.2 million and 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer a serious heart attack. More than 500,000 die.

The event is open to the public.

Speakers include keynote Kelly Hayes, M.D., Cardiologist, Hamot Heart Institute and Hamot Heart for Women, whose talk is entitled “Women need Stents too.”

Val Jackson, Regional Director of Hamot Heart Institute will present a heart disease risk assessment tool and walk participants through it. We all have certain factors that increase the risk of developing heart disease. Some of these risk factors are controllable and some are not and this session will help determine the difference and provide guidance on a plan to mitigate risks moving forward.

Jessica McDivitt, Manager of Cardiac Rehab and Wellness will talk about the Cardiac Rehab Program at KCH and Emily Zimmerman, Cardiac Rehab instructor will talk about the many health and fitness options for maintaining a healthy heart at KCH.

There will also be an opportunity for questions, materials regarding heart disease, and a heart healthy snack.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free forum. Pre-registration is required. Please call KCH Cardiac Rehab at 837-4779 to reserve a place and ask about KCH’s special reduced rate heart disease screening available to those registering.

For $22, registered participants can receive a fasting Lipids and Glucose screening done at the KCH lab followed by additional free screens {Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Pressure, and history} at the KCH Cardiac Rehab and Wellness Center. The results of these screens will provide participants with current numbers needed to determine their risk of heart disease.

In some cases participants can use the results of a recent multiphasic for their lipids and glucose numbers. Using the most current testing produces the most accurate assessment. If you are unable to have the special testing you can still have the additional screens performed at the Cardiac Rehab Center and you can bring your Multiphasic results with you to the forum.

Call 837-4779 to reserve your space. Start the new year with vital information, a heart disease risk assessment and a plan to maintain or embrace a healthy heart and lifestyle.

Warren/Forest County Flood Update

Route 2002, Forest Road, is closed in both directions from the intersection with PA 36 to the intersection with Greenwood Road.

Forest Road is expected to re-open by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The detour is Route 899 to Route 36.

Dawson Road in Forest County is closed in both directors at the intersection with Jamison Run Road in Tionesta.

Dawson Road is expected to re-open by 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The detour is SR 4002 to Route 127 to Route 62 to Route 36 to SR 4001 to SR 4002.

PennDOT Flooding Update -- 9 AM

Clearfield –The following state roads in north central and south central Pennsylvania are currently closed due to flooding:

Cameron County

Sinnemahoning Bridge on SR 2001 (Quehanna Highway/Wykoff Run Road) near the “Willows”;

Clinton County

SR 4002 (Keating Road/Keating Mountain Road) in East Keating Township from Vincent Road to Bucktail Trail Highway;

SR 1005 (McElhatten Drive/Park Avenue) in Dunstable Township from Woodward Avenue to Big Plum Run Road;

Mifflin County

SR 103 from Wharton Road in Wayne Township to Licking Creek Road in Bratton Township

Potter County

SR 1010 in Genesee Township from Main Street in the village of Genesee to Hickox Road;

SR 3001 (East Fork Road) in Wharton Township at the intersection of Jordan Run Road;

SR 4017 (Shaytown Road/Oswayo Street/Sunnyside Road) in Sharon Township from Gadsby Hollow Road to Oswayo Street in the village of Shinglehouse;

CCMH to Conduct Health Needs Survey

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and its Community Benefit Advisory Committees are working with Oklahoma State University to determine the future healthcare needs of the community.

Community health needs assessment phone surveys will be conducted January 31 through February 3 by a professional polling group. Consumer Logic, area code 918, will be displayed on caller ID.

All questions are optional and responses are confidential.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Court Approves Tops Bid

The US Bankruptcy Court has approved the bid of Tops Friendly Markets to 79 Penn Traffic stores.

The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this week.

“We are very pleased that the court has approved our comprehensive bid," Tops President and CEO Frank Curci said in a news release. “We look forward to the upcoming closing and the opportunity to bring the Tops Friendly Markets shopping experience to our new neighbors and customers.”

On Jan. 8, Tops submitted a bid including cash as well as additional value created by substantial reductions in unsecured claims made against Penn Traffic by UFCW Local One Pension Fund and C&S Wholesale Grocers.

Penn Traffic filed for bankruptcy in November.