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Saturday, February 27, 2010

SO Swimming Invitational on Friday

Over 130 special athletes are registered to compete in the annual Special Olympics Swimming Invitational, Sponsored by Dallas-Morris, which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center on Friday, Mar. 5, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Special Olympians from McKean, Warren, Elk and Cameron counties have been in training for several months in preparation for the competition, according to meet director Carol Ryan. They will be competing for medals in individual and team events.

“The swimming invitational is one of the biggest Special Olympics events of the year and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said Ryan. “We’re excited and expect the level of competition to be the best ever.”

Up to seven swimmers will qualify to compete at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State, June 10-12.

This year’s invitational is dedicated to long time supporter JoAnn Walter, who passed away in June. Walter was a dedicated volunteer who was a fixture at all Special Olympics events and was well known for her enthusiasm, humor and advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and competition for over 360 mentally and physically challenged athletes. In addition to swimming, programs are offered in softball, track and field, golf, basketball, skiing and bowling.

No TO in Buffalo

Terrell Owens won't be a Buffalo Bill in 2010.

The Bills announced today that Owens, Ryan Denney and Josh Reed will not be offered new contracts. They'll be unrestricted free agents effective Friday.

On his Twitter account, Owens thanked the Bills organization, owner Ralph Wilson and the Bills fans for their support last season.

The Bills are the only NFL organization Denney and Reed have played for. Both were second-round draft choices of the club in 2002. For more on this story, go to Buffalo

Day 2 at the Kinzua Outdoor & Travel Show

People took advantage of the free knife cleaning and sharpening offered by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co.

The Bragging Wall is always a crowd favorite at the KOTS. This year, it seems, it was more popular than ever. BACC Administrative Assistant Becky Plummer says she believes they raised more money this year than ever before. All the money raised goes to Hunt of Lifetime. This years winners are Randy Orrs (big game); Sean Barnart (fur bearer); Makensie Maverick and Randy Orss (fish); Tim Piller (fowl); and Chuck Knowlton (white tail).

DJ from Sears of Bradford shows off some of the lawn and garden equipment, and outdoor merchandise, the Chestnut Street store has to offer. Also, in the background, is Charlie's Cycle Center -- now with locations in Limestone, NY, and Bradford. They also have several clothing lines.

Tom Means, center, of Kinzua Outdoors poses with the winners of this year's casting contest, Bobby Pearson and Brianna Green.

Smokey Bear was also on hand to spend time with his fans.

Ice Sculptor Delights KOTS Crowd

"Chef Ray" Patchkovsky of the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel wowed the crowd at the 9th Annual Kinzua Outdoor & Travel Show with his ice sculpting demonstration. Pictured above, Chef Ray works on the sculpture. Below are a couple of views of the finished product.

Woman Dies in House Fire

An elderly Dunkirk woman died in a house fire Saturday morning.

The City of Dunkirk Fire Department responded to a fire at 26 Crooked Brook Drive at 7:33 a.m. Upon entering the residence, they found 79-year-old Marilyn Ricotta, who was unresponsive.

She was removed from the house and taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment. She was later pronounced dead by Chautauqua County Coroner Richard Mackowiak.

The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation team has ruled that the fire was accidental and caused by careless smoking.

Friday, February 26, 2010

History Club to Hold Workshop

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold a workshop next week for young people interested in pursuing a career in the United Nations or other intergovernmental organization.

Dr. Sooh-Rhee Ryu, visiting professor of political science, will give the presentation at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Ryu says that working for the U.N. or an intergovernmental organization, such as the World Health Organization, can be a viable alternative to attending graduate school or law school and that she wanted to introduce students of all majors to the idea.

“It would be nice for the students to hear about something that could be a long-term goal,” she said. “The U.N. is a huge employer and there is a place for students from almost every major.”

Ryu herself took the United Nations test at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Sarah Lorya, a history/political science and social sciences major from Erie who is president of the History Club, said “We especially wanted to pick this topic to target it to students who are interested in broadening their horizons and are interested in a career involving international affairs.”

The workshop is free and open to the public.

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

First Day of the 2010 KOTS

This young man walks away with a white pine seedling from the McKean County Conservation District.

The Pitt Panther gets playful with some fans.

Dave Geitner of Kids and Cancer lifts Aiden Davis onto the motorcycle the organization is raffling off this year. The Freedom Bike was unveiled Friday evening.

The Bragging Wall is always one of the most popular exhibits at the KOTS.

Westline Woman Hurt in Crash

A Westline woman suffered severe injuries in an accident on Route 219 near Allegheny Bradford in Lewis Run at 11:36 Friday morning.

Police say an SUV driven by 20-year-old Jesse Shembeda of Bradford was traveling south, but swerved into the northbound lane to avoid hitting a vehicle driven by Cindy Hatch of Bradford, which was traveling into the road from the Allegheny Bradford driveway.

Shembeda's vehicle collided head-on with a car driven by 50-year-old Katherine Carrow of Westline.

Carrow was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
Both vehicles had disabling damage.

Rapp: Beware of Financial Aid Scams

HARRISBURG - Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), along with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), is alerting families to be cautious when looking at offers of assistance for securing funds for their college-bound students.

Several individuals and organizations may charge a fee in exchange for assistance in finding scholarship money or in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, there are many free resources available to provide families with all the assistance they need.

The Federal Trade Commission warns that unscrupulous companies "guarantee" or "promise" scholarships for students. Such claims should be a warning sign. Families can avoid scholarship scams by looking for these types of misleading sales pitches:

· For a fee, the company or organization will provide a list of scholarship opportunities. If a student does not receive a reward and seeks a refund, they soon find that conditions have been attached to the agreement to make it impossible to get the refund. A request for a refund is denied and the student is out the money.

· Companies may claim that their information is simply not available anywhere else. However, much of the information they use can be accessed for free. PHEAA's offers a free scholarship database.

· Some organizations persuade students and their families to send them money to "hold" an award, claiming that students are finalists in a scholarship contest. However, scholarships are only awarded based on a student's application.

· Organizations that have official sounding names, fancy seals, and a Washington, D.C. mailing address can give families the impression the organization is affiliated with or endorsed by the federal government, when, in fact, no association exists.

· Free scholarship or "financial planning" seminars can frequently end with a sales pitch to "act now or lose out on this opportunity" for a fee. Any legitimate organization or entity will not use pressure or scare tactics.

Students interested in applying for scholarships and other financial aid should contact their school counselor for assistance in identifying local awards. A variety of scholarships, including merit, scholastic and special talent awards are available to students.

Rapp encourages local residents to report any suspected scams by contacting the Federal Trade Commission at or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.

For more information on student financial aid, visit

Edwards: Park Closing Makes No Sense

Mayville, NY -- Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards, who has openly criticized a plan to close Long Point State Park, has even more concerns after receiving numbers on the savings New York State could achieve through the park's closure.

On Friday, February 19, New York Governor David Paterson, along with Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash recommended that Long Point State Park, which is located outside of Bemus Point, be closed this year. It's part of an overall plan to close 41 parks and 14 historic sites when the new budget year begins April 1, 2010. Paterson has claimed the State would save $6.5 Million through these closures.

Today (February 26), Edwards received word on exactly how much New York State could save by shuttering Long Point State Park.

"It was reported to me from Chautauqua County Sports Fishing Hunting Director Craig Robbins, who spoke directly with State Senator Catharine Young, that the savings to NYS by closing Long Point would be $43,000," Edwards exclaimed.

Edwards was shocked by the low number, and went on to point out that County sponsored events that take place at Long Point State Park bring in significantly more money than what would be saved by closing the park.

"One weekend fishing tournament alone that utilizes Long Point's facilities brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars to Chautauqua County," Edwards explained. "So to close down Long Point State Park is ridiculous, and calls into question the logic being used by the people working closely with Gov. Paterson."

On February 22nd, Edwards requested records from NYS Parks, Western District Director Mark Thomas on what the State's net cost was to run Long Point. Those have yet to be delivered.

"I also find it frustrating that the first that I heard about the plan was from reports provided by the local media, and not from the Governor's office," Edwards said.

Since the announcement was made February 19, Edwards has spoken repeatedly with Robbins, Senator Young and Director of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau Andrew Nixon regarding the huge impact Long Point has on the area's tourism.

"There are groups and organizations that have already booked the park for fishing tournaments and other events this year," Edwards said. "Long Point is one of only 5 public boat launches along Chautauqua Lake, and closing the park would be extremely detrimental to residents from Chautauqua County and visitors who use the park."

In regards to the fight to keep Long Point State Park open, Edwards said he has spoken with organizer Steve Hayes, who has formed a group called "Friends of Long Point". The group plans a rally for the park at the Long Point Park marina/boat launch parking lot on the afternoon of Saturday, March 6, 2010 beginning around 1:30 p.m.

Edwards concluded by saying that Long Point State Park attracts hundreds of visitors each year to Chautauqua County, and also brings in valuable revenue dollars to the region.

"The park is a huge asset to the region that provides inexpensive recreational and outdoor experiences," Edwards said. "I remain committed to continuing the investigation into the short-sighted plan to close Long Point State Park."

Chief Close: Notify Alarm Companies

Bradford City Police Chief Mike Close says that because dispatch duties are switching to the McKean County 911 Center on Monday, some residents and businesses have to prepare.

All residents and businesses that currently have alarm systems that ring directly to the city police station must be changed.

People are asked to contact their alarm companies and request they change their notification to McKean County Control at 887-4911.

Close advises people to do this immediately so there's no disruption in service.

Paterson Expected to Drop Campaign

Embattled New York Governor David Paterson is expected to announce later today that he will not seek election to the post he's held since the resignation of Eliot Spitzer.

Democratic party officials have been pressuring Paterson to drop out of the race because of several recent controversies involving his staff members and policy. He officially announced his election campaign last weekend.

Paterson is reportedly being asked to resign as well, but says he won't do that.

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Joe Scarnati Visits CCMH

Walt Eisenhauer, physician assistant program director at Lock Haven University, at right, shows Sen. Joe Scarnati, second from left, LHU’s new physician assistant classroom at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Thursday. Also pictured, are from left, Ed Pitchford, CCMH president and chief executive officer, Scarnati, Dr. Thomas Ormond, dean, college of education and human services at LHU, and Eisenhauer. Thursday’s visit is the first time Scarnati has visited CCMH since announcing funding from the State Department of Education in September 2008. LHU used the funding for infrastructure and capital improvements related to expanding the master’s level PA program into Coudersport and Harrisburg. LHU will welcome the inaugural class of 12 PA students in Coudersport May 17, some with local ties, according to Eisenhauer. He said that LHU had a record number of 800 applicants for the program this year for spots in Coudersport, Harrisburg, Clearfield, and Lock Haven.

(Photo courtesy of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

SBU Theater to Offer Up One-Act Wonders

Theater students and faculty members are gearing up for a biennial rite of spring on the St. Bonaventure University campus – the presentation of four one-act plays in a production that repeats itself over four nights.

“Reality Bites: One Act Festival V” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 24-27, at the University’s Garret Theater adjacent to Devereux Hall. There will be an audience talk-back session after the performance on Friday, March 26, during which the cast, crew, designer and director will discuss the production and take questions from the audience.

Performed will be works by Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, both Nobel Prize winners; David Ives, a noted Broadway and Off-Broadway writer whose one-act plays have been popular with SBU Theater audiences; and Lawrence G. Smith, an Artie Award-nominated playwright who has had several works performed regionally, including one that’s playing at Buffalo’s Alleyway Theater.

Audiences will be taken on a journey through the strange and unusual, from being trapped in a manipulative desert to watching a noted historical figure reliving his own demise over and over, said Dr. Ed. Simone, chairman of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and head of the SBU Theater program. The evening includes Pinter’s hard-hitting examination of state-sanctioned torture, an exploration of loneliness, as well as silent pieces for two moving bodies in the style of Japanese Buto.

The production “is meant to amplify SBU’s commitment to nonviolence and social justice and to look at how we realize our lives in time and space,” said Simone. “The four plays and the movement pieces are reflections of different aspects of an awareness of the human condition as it is and as it might be. There’s comedy, but there’s some very powerful argument made in these pieces as well.”

The production contains adult language and subject matter and is meant for mature audiences, he cautioned.

Rebecca Misenheimer, assistant professor of theater at St. Bonaventure, is the production’s designer and technical director.

The cast includes SBU theater majors Ryan Kasperski, Emily West, Karim Troncelliti, Liz Mohun, Lizzy Vivino and Ashley Waterman, theater minor Clint Lienau, as well as these SBU students from other disciplines: Cameron DeOrdio, James Torres, Mike Dlugosz, Sean O’Shea and Katie Desautels. Also performing is 11-year-old Tyler Richmond from the Olean Theatre Workshop.

The show will also feature live, original music performed by Olean composer and percussionist Moses Mark Howden, an adjunct music instructor at SBU, and members of the University’s percussion ensemble.

The stage manager is Monica Edwards and assistant stage managers are Catherine Turner and theater minor Corrie Damulis. Student technicians include theater majors Erin Lowry, Chris Britten and Paul Finley, as well as these students from other disciplines: Hannah Coon, Katie Reusch, Mary Harner, Tawanna Jones-Smith, Mallory Diefenbach, Tanisha Gamble, Christiana Eckel, Justin Carter, Carolynn Harrington, Sarah Schweiger and Leanna Chojnacki.

Seating in the intimate Garret Theater is limited and performances of previous SBU Theater productions have been sold out. To reserve a seat for “Reality Bites: One Act Festival V,” call the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts box office (716) 375-2494. Any unsold tickets will be available as free “student rush” seats beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of each performance. Students must show their ID.

Pictured, Clint Lienau (left) and Ashley Waterman

Today's Bradenton Report:

The players took the fields today at 10:00 under sunny skies, windy conditions (20-30 mph) and temps in the low 50s.

After the daily stretching and throwing program, the players all broke into their individual groups.

Today’s drill featured the “pick-off/rundown” fundamental.

Today was also the second day of pitchers throwing batting practice to batters.

The following 14 pitchers threw two “innings” of 17 pitches each (Zach Duke, Charlie Morton, Vinnie Chulk, Evan Meek, Ramon Aguero, Ronald Uviedo, Daniel McCutchen, Brian Burres, Jeremy Powell, Javier Lopez, Wil Ledezma, Brian Bass, Jeff Sues and Jean Machi).

Catchers had to battle the high sky and windy conditions as Coach Luis Dorante shot baseballs 200+ feet into the air during the catcher’s pop-up drill.

All non-throwing pitchers participated in drills, conditioned and were off the fields by 11:30

Position players took batting practice, participated in fielding and running drills, conditioned and were done by 12:45.

Tonight is the first-ever Pirates pep rally, which is being held on Old Main Street in Bradenton, from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. A total of 15 current players, along with 1971 World Series hero Steve Blass and team President Frank Coonelly, will be on hand for the festivities. In addition, the official 2010 jerseys (home/road/alternate) of the Bradenton Marauders are expected to be unveiled at 7:00 pm.

In the photos, provided by the Pittsburgh Pirates, third basemen Doug Bernier, Pedro Alvarez and Bobby Crosby fielding (note ball in Pedro’s glove); and catchers participating in the pop-up drill.

Snyder Responds to Tax Proposal

Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder has responded to latest tax proposal by New York State.

In a news release, Snyder says "The notice of proposed tax certification regulations released yesterday by the State Tax Department reflects another illegal attempt by the State to collect taxes on our commerce. Instead of trying to destroy our treaty-protected economy, the State should be focused on developing opportunities with us since the Nation is a proven contributor to Western New York's regional growth. As we have before, the Seneca Nation will vigorously oppose all state efforts to interfere with our treaty rights and our economy.

"State officials should realize by now that we are not a scapegoat for Albany's budget problems. It is no secret that Albany is struggling with a budget deficit of historic proportion. But that is a problem that comes from decades of overspending and poor resource mismanagement. It is a crisis that the State created for itself.

"The Seneca Nation paid its fair share when we relinquished most of our aboriginal lands to the State and its people hundreds of years ago. There is no reason the Senecas should be paying the price today, especially when the Nation has poured millions into New York State's economy and created thousands of new jobs in Western New York. "

Upcoming Detour in Keating Township

Detour signs will be put in place on Tuesday, March 2, in preparation for bridge preservation work on Route 1002 in Keating Township. On Tuesday, March 9, the detour will be in effect and remain in effect until the job is completed in May. The bridge is located on Route 1002 (Champlin Hill Road) between Coryville and Turtlepoint.

The northeast end of Route 1002 (from Route 446) will be closed. Drivers will access Route 1002 from Route 155 south (Turtlepoint-Larabee Rd).

The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor for this bridge which is part of a $4 million, 6-bridge project in Cameron, Clearfield, McKean and Potter counties.

The bridge spans Potato Creek and was built in 1963. Preservation work includes replacing expansion joints and bridge deck re-surfacing. All work is weather dependent.

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

Schedule of Events for Annual KOTS

The Ninth Annual Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show, scheduled for Friday, February 26, 4 to 9pm and Saturday, February 27, 10 am to 6 pm at the Bradford Mall facility in Bradford, PA, offers a wide range of activities and events for everyone to enjoy.

Prior to the official start of the show, individuals who wish to display a trophy mount on “The Bragging Wall” can sign in their large game, small game, or fish starting at 1 pm. Exhibitors representing sporting goods retailers, recreational vehicle dealers, travel and tourism destinations, and more; food court vendors; and other activities will be prepared to welcome the public at 4 pm.

Friday at 5 pm, the children’s activity venue will feature the McKean County Conservation District program, “Down the Drain,” followed from 5:30 pm – 8 pm by LPX Gaming with a wide variety of sport and outdoor-themed video games to entertain youth of all ages.

The Freedom Bike will be unveiled by the Kids and Cancer Committee at 6 pm at the Zippo/Case Museum booth. At 6:30 pm, the Speaker Series will get underway with “Tuna Valley Trail Association: Past, Present, and Future.” The second Speaker Series program of the evening will begin at 7:15 pm, with the topic of “Preserving Wilderness Areas in the Allegheny National Forest.”

Saturday morning, beginning at 10 am, sportsmen are encouraged to submit their legally-obtained white-tailed deer mount heads, antlers with the skull plate intact, or black bears for FREE Pope & Young scoring. Scoring will be available throughout the day until 3 pm.

The Speaker Series continues on Saturday, with “Spring Turkey Hunting, Calling, and Safety” at 11 am. Additional speaker topics throughout the day will be “Gardening in Bradford” at 1 pm, “Wild Game + Fire = Mouth-Watering Meals!” at 2:30 pm, and “Winter Woods Walking/Snowshoeing” at 4 pm.

New to the Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show this year will be performances of lively, toe-tapping music by The Banjo Man in the main exhibit area on Saturday at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:45 pm.

Additional children’s programs, sponsored by American Refining Group and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will be offered from 12 noon – 5 pm on Saturday. Topics will include: where oil comes from, what alternative energy and conservation mean, and how we use oil every day. Participants will be able to enjoy many hands-on activities.

Another exciting feature added to this year’s event is an Ice Sculpting Demonstration by “Chef Ray” Patchkofsky, Director of Food and Beverage for the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel, from 1 pm – 3pm in the main exhibit area.

Throughout the show attendees can experience the inflatable Slider obstacle course, a casting contest, fly-fishing pond, simulators, games, and more. The event will end at 6 pm on Saturday, and “The Bragging Wall” entries must be signed out by 7 pm.

The Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show is coordinated by the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce in McKean County PA, and sponsored by Charlie’s Cycle Center, Shults Toyota-Scion/Edmond Chevrolet, Z&M Ag and Turf, and Zippo/Case Museum. For details, visit

Poet Kate Northrop to read at UPB

Award-winning poet Kate Northrop will read from her works on Tuesday, March 2, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Northrop will appear at noon in Pitt-Bradford’s Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. A reception will follow. This event, which is part of the university’s Spectrum Series, is free and open to the public.

Northrop’s first book, “Back Through Interruption,” was chosen by Lynn Emanuel for the 2001 Tom and Stan Wick Poetry Prize, and was published in 2002 by Kent State University Press. Her second book, “Things are Disappearing Here,” was Editor’s Choice in the New York Times Book Review and a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. It was published in 2007 by Persea Books.

Eric McHenry, poetry critic for the New York Times Book Review, said, “Northrop’s poems recall early photographs where the shutter was left open until the scene had burned itself onto the paper. Her images acquire definition word by carefully weighed word.”

Northrop’s poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Rattle and Louisiana Literature.

Dr. Nancy McCabe, Pitt-Bradford associate professor of writing, said, “Northrop’s poems present simple images like an old rose-printed skirt on a scarecrow or night in a museum garden in which statues remain ‘suspended like this/in their continuing predicaments’ to hauntingly evoke what remains palpable and animate between lines and amidst silences, absences, gaps, still lives the apparently inanimate.”

Northrop has received many honors, including the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Individual Fellowship and the 1995 Academy of American Poets Prize, University of Iowa. She is a contributing editor at The American Poetry Review and an assistant professor of English/Creative Writing at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

Company Ordered to Provide Permanent
Solution to Hedgehog Lane Residents

The Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Schreiner Oil and Gas Co. to provide a permanent solution to water supply issues at two homes the company’s drilling activity impacted near Hedgehog Lane, McKean County.

DEP previously determined that the company, based in Massillon, Ohio, was liable for affecting the water supplies of homes in that area of Bradford Township. Water supplies at seven homes have been restored, but the problem remains unresolved at two other residences.

“The families in this neighborhood have had their lives disrupted for too long,” DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “While Schreiner had installed treatment systems at these two homes, they were only a partial solution. The order calls on Schreiner to rectify the situation completely.”

Schreiner has been actively drilling combination oil and gas wells in the area since 2008 and did not establish background water quality in the area prior to drilling. Therefore, Schreiner must demonstrate that the contaminants in the affected water supplies do not exceed the maximum contaminant levels established under the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act.

DEP ordered Schreiner to submit to the department within 10 days a permanent water supply restoration plan for the two remaining residences. After DEP approves the plan, Schreiner has 30 days to implement and complete it.

DEP took samples at both homes over several months to confirm its findings. Among the contaminants identified were total dissolved solids, chlorides, manganese, iron, dissolved methane and ethane gas.

The order, which was issued Feb. 23, also directs the company to continue maintaining the other seven water supplies and to improve cement casing at three of its drilled oil/gas wells to prevent groundwater contamination.

Under the order, Schreiner is to apply within 60 days to have any of its 15 abandoned wells placed in inactive status or to plug the abandoned wells fully.

Until the gas migration issue is resolved fully, Schreiner cannot drill any new wells.

UPB to Honor 'Women of Promise'

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will honor three high school students as “Women of Promise” for their achievements in athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts at a luncheon on Monday, March 1.

Breea C. Willingham, a Pitt-Bradford alumna and visiting professor of journalism at St. Bonaventure University, will give the keynote address titled “I’m not Supposed to be Here.”

Being honored are Faith Benson of Allegany-Limestone (N.Y.) Central School for community service; Alyssa Bowser of Port Allegany High School for creative and performing arts; and Kimberly Telaak of Ellicottville (N.Y.) Central School for athletics.

Benson, the daughter of Don and Lucy Benson, is being honored for her social justice work raising money and awareness for victims of the war in Darfur and homeless Americans, among others.

As a freshman, Benson held three benefit concerts and sold bracelets to raise several thousand dollars for victims of the war in Darfur. This academic year she and a few classmates started a program to raise money for the homeless by sleeping outside in cardboard boxes in icy weather.

Benson also participates in several hands-on programs as a volunteer at church fundraisers, Waters Nursing Home, the Warming House soup kitchen in Allegany and at St. Luke’s Mission soup kitchen in Buffalo, N.Y.

She plans to attend Colgate University and purse a degree in international relations. She would also like to spend a year volunteering in Africa, earning a law degree and advocating for the women of the Sudan.

Bowser, the daughter of Scott and Kim Bowser, is a multi-talented student who simultaneously pursues Japanese animé, playing the clarinet, singing in various vocal groups and serving as editor of the school yearbook.

“My parents have been a big part of my inspiration,” Bowser wrote. “Their support and encouragement have allowed me to successfully pursue a variety of things throughout my life.”

Kathy A. Jeselnick, Bowser’s guidance counselor, wrote that Bowser “has much to offer musically, academically, athletically and as a kind-hearted young woman.”

Bowser plans to attend Clarion University and major in library science.

Telaak, the daughter of Dave and Joyce Telaak, is being recognized for her excellence in sports and leadership.

She is the captain of both the girls’ soccer and basketball teams and led her soccer team to achieve an academic excellence award given to teams that have a GPA of 90 percent or higher. Telaak is ranked first in her class.

In addition, she is student council president and played an integral part in coordinating a Students Against Destructive Decisions event in the fall that involved not only students, but also the state police, county legislators and the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s office.

She volunteers with her church, the Salvation Army and 4-H, has chores on her family farm and works two part-time jobs.

Her guidance counselor, Tammy Eddy, wrote that Telaak “is a natural leader who is respected by her teammates as well as her coaches. … She has been a great role model for her peers by demonstrating excellent time management skills, a tremendous work ethic and an amazing personality.”

Telaak said that she draws inspiration from the people around her. “In my parents and the wonderful faculty I have had around me at Ellicottville Central School, I have observed hard work, dedication and passion in their everyday actions that push me to show them the best of my abilities as well.”

She plans to attend the State University of New York Brockport, majoring in nursing and playing on the women’s soccer team.

This is the 14th year that the Pitt-Bradford Staff Association and the Women’s History Celebration Committee have recognized area “Women of Promise.” Guidance counselors from local high schools are asked to nominate eligible seniors for the awards. A selection committee at Pitt-Bradford then reviews those nominations.

Other young women nominated by their counselor for the athletic award were Lindsay Stoddard of Allegany-Limestone, Filane Godding of Archbishop Walsh Academy, Brittni Wiseman of Bradford Area High School, Breanna Dunsmore of Cameron County High School, Anna Polaski of Johnsonburg Area High School, Jordan Tarr of North Clarion High School, Tristen Rounds of Northern Potter High School, Samantha Walker of Oswayo Valley High School, Taylor Thomas of Otto-Eldred High School, Kaitlyn Kio of Port Allegany High School, Devon Peace of Portville (N.Y.) Central School, Amanda Smith of Randolph (N.Y.) Central School, Lauren Dry of Salamanca (N.Y.) High School, Amber Morrison of Sheffield Area Junior/Senior High School, Danielle Nielson of Smethport Area Junior/Senior High School, Megan Herbstritt of St. Marys Area High School and Kerry Kane of Wellsville (N.Y.) High School.

Other young women nominated by their counselor for the creative and performing arts award were Erin Coatney of Allegany-Limestone, Zoie Presutti of Archbishop Walsh, Danielle Lewis of Bradford, Mallory Rodich of Cameron County, Courtney McNeight of Ellicottville Central, Ashlynn Beaker of Galeton, Brynne Deppas of Jamestown (N.Y.) High School, Nickie Oler of Johnsonburg, Naomi Wasserman of Linesville High School, Lori Dechant of North Clarion, Lucinda Motyka of Oswayo Valley, Rachel Wilcox of Otto-Eldred, Amanda Koniak of Salamanca, Shadoe Fowler of Smethport, Janice Bauer of St. Marys and Kayla Ford of Wellsville.

Other young women nominated by their counselor for the community service award were Amanda Whiteman, Archbishop Walsh; Chelsea Colosimo, Bradford; Kacie Brown, Cameron County; Rosemary Lanza, Ellicottville; Ashlynn Becker, Galeton; Kale Shillig, Northern Potter; Amanda Lasky, Olean (N.Y.) High School; Alexandria Lyman, Oswayo Valley; Allyson Rhinehart, Otto-Eldred; Sara Koehler, Port Allegany; Holly Wojtowicz, Salamanca; Samantha Penwell, Sheffield; Tori Menendez, Smethport; and Sarah Costello, Wellsville.

Ice Sculpture is New Feature at KOTS

A new feature scheduled for the Ninth Annual Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show is an Ice Sculpting demonstration by “Chef Ray” Patchkofsky on Saturday, February 27th, from 1 pm – 3 pm. The demonstration will be held in the main exhibit hall of the show at the Bradford Mall, near the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel exhibit.

Ray Patchkofsky is the Director of Food & Beverage for the Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel, in Salamanca, New York. He began his career at Seneca Allegany Casino, when they opened in April 2004, as the Executive Chef. Currently, he oversees the daily operations of the food and beverage division, and collaborates with the other restaurant managers and chefs on many of the current menus and techniques now utilized throughout the casino’s four restaurants, lounges, snack bars, and event center. He excels in ice carving, and creates all sculptures for the casino’s special events and functions.

Originally from Connecticut, Ray is a 1987 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Prior to arriving in Salamanca, he was the Executive Chef for the Samoset Resort in Rock Port, Maine, and the Montauk Yacht Club in Long Island, New York. Although Ray is no longer directly involved in the day to day culinary operations, he is still known throughout the casino as “Chef Ray.”

Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show attendees can watch Ray’s ice carving process and techniques, beginning at 1 pm. Upon completion, his finished sculpture will be displayed for viewing until the closing of the show at 6 pm.

The Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show is coordinated by the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce in McKean County PA, and sponsored by Charlie’s Cycle Center, Shults Toyota-Scion/Edmond Chevrolet, Z&M Ag and Turf, and Zippo/Case Museum. For details, visit

Historic Building Destroyed by Fire

About a dozen fire companies battled a blaze that destroyed the Chautauqua County office building and Masonic temple.

The fire started Wednesday evening in the historic Masonic buildng on Central Avenue in Dunkirk and crews fought the fire until this morning, exhausting the city's water supply and forcing them to pump water from Lake Erie.

No one was hurt.

County employees are now working from Jamestown Community College's north campus.

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet.

Ridgway Rendezvous to Receive Award

The Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous will be honored with a Governor's Award for the Arts.

The Rendezvous is the world's largest event of its kind, drawing more than 200 carvers and 25,000 visitors to Elk County.

The awards are a 29-year gubernatorial tradition honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.

The awards ceremony on April 8 in York will be free and open to the public, and followed by a ticketed reception. The Governor’s Awards for the Arts are administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Dexter’s Service Center, Pharmacy at
Union Square, Dr. Laroche Tied for 1st

In round thirteen of the chess league at School Street Elementary, the chessboard battles continued with more upsets. Dr. Laroche annihilated Dexter’s Service Center to share fist.

The Pharmacy at Union Square shutout Wal-Mart, the league leader for 9 rounds in the varsity division. With the competition heating up towards the end of the season, there is now a three-way tie for first: the Pharmacy at Union Square, Dr. Laroche, and Dexter’s Service Center. Greg Henry (captain of the Pharmacy) and Mike Jones, captain for Dr. Gonzalez, are tied for top individual. Tamara Ferguson (captain for Smith’s) is a half point behind in second.

In the JV section, Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair took over first place when Tasta Pizza lost their match. Drs. Rhinehart Team is in second, and Tasta Pizza is one point behind in third. Brent Kennedy (captain for Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair) leads the pack for top individual followed by Mitchell Forbes, captain for Hamlin Bank, in second. Jessica Yost (member of Drs. Rhinehart team) and Jordan Graffius, captain for the Hayden Auto Detailing Team, are tied for third place.

Results and Standings after round 13:

Varsity Division

Smith’s Fine Jewelry crushed Bradford Window; Dr. Gonzalez tied Parkview Super Market, 1-1; Pharmacy at Union Square shutout Wal-Mart, 2-0; and Dr. Laroche pummeled Dexter’s Service Center.

Dexter’s Service Center

Dr. Laroche

Pharmacy at Union Square 16.0

Smith’s Fine Jewelry

Parkview Super Market


Dr. Gonzalez

Bradford Window Co.

Junior Varsity Division

In the junior varsity winners’ circle were Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair, Ed Shults Toyota, Drs. Rhinehart, Hamlin Bank, and the Dragonfly Guitar Studio.

Smith’s Watch & Clock Repair

Drs. Rhinehart

Tasta Pizza

Lang Surveying

Dragonfly Guitar Studio

Hayden Auto Detailing

Edmond Chevrolet

Hamlin Bank

Northwest Savings Bank

Ed Shults Toyota

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wedding Belles Reception

Scenes from our annual Wedding Belles reception at the Masonic Center on South Avenue. The reception is the kickoff to the contest, which starts Thursday. The belles helped bring in more than $1 million to the local economy in the last two years. Don't you want to help these brides-to-be beat that?

Pictured, from top (all talking to the belles, their families and grooms-to-be), Deb Piganelli and Michelle Gangloff from Tops Friendly Market in Bradford; Danielle DeLong from Heritage Suites; Maryanne Peterson from Peterson Studios in Wilcox; Deb from the Paper Factory in Olean. Last year's winner Crystal Wineburg Salada (with Scott Douglas) gives this year's belles some pointers. One of the grooms-to-be picks up the door prize he won from Sears of Bradford. Igor and Scott draw and read names for another door prize.

Young Pushing Paterson to Release Checks

ALBANY – Saying the state has no right to hold onto personal income tax refunds, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) is sponsoring legislation to require the checks to be sent to taxpayers within 30 days of filing. She also has started an on-line petition to stop the Governor’s proposal.

“The Governor should not make our hardworking, overburdened taxpayers the scapegoats for the state’s problems that were exacerbated by his out-of-control spending last year. It’s the taxpayers’ money and they should receive their refunds in a timely fashion, especially in these hard economic times. People are counting on those refunds. Many are having a tough time even paying their bills,” said Sen. Young.

Sen. Young’s legislation comes after Gov. David Paterson’s announcement last week that the state may freeze $500 million in personal income tax refunds and $200 million in business refunds as a way to fix the state’s budget problems.

The proposed legislation would require the state Department of Taxation and Finance to pay a taxpayer’s refund within 30 days of receiving a filing. If the department is unable to pay a tax refund because of a discrepancy in the taxpayer’s return, it would be required to provide written notice to the taxpayer of the discrepancy and an expected timeframe for its resolution. If the department fails to provide a refund or written notice within 30 days, the taxpayer would be paid interest on the refund owed at a rate of six percent annually.

A petition-for-consideration on the tax refund legislation was signed by all 30 Republicans in the Senate and is now being circulated to all members of the chamber. Under new rules of the State Senate, if only eight more Democrats sign the petition, the bill would bypass the normal committee process and be sent directly to the floor for a full-vote by the Senate.

“There is no excuse for New York City-controlled legislators to ignore this issue. This is not the time to be issuing IOUs to our taxpayers. There are other ways to handle our state budget problems, but this is the people’s money,” she said.

“Right now we need to get people back to work, and that means taking actions to encourage economic growth, cut government waste, and permanently cap state spending. I strongly oppose the Governor’s proposed tax hikes, too. More taxes would hurt our residents, tie the hands of small businesses even further and force our economy in the wrong direction,” Sen. Young added.

Sen. Young has also started an online petition to give taxpayers an opportunity to urge Governor Paterson to release hundreds and millions of dollars in tax refunds on time. You can sign Sen. Young’s petition on her Facebook page or by logging onto her website at: Those without internet access can register their opinion by calling toll-free at 1-800-707-0058.

“In this economy, every penny counts,” said Sen. Young.

Toyota to Help New Yorkers

Toyota has agreed provide special accomodations for New York owners of recalled vehicles.

Under the agreement announced this afternoon by State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Toyota will pick up cars and trucks at owners' homes, pay for out-of-pocket transportation costs and offer drivers free rental cars during repairs. About half a million vehicles in New York were affected by the recalls.

Cuomo says Toyota is doing the right thing.

Toyota will reimburse its local dealers for the full cost of providing the accommodations. Costs of the deal with attorneys general around the country were not disclosed.

Police Dispatch Duties to Switch Monday

The McKean County 911 Center will assume dispatch duties for the City of Bradford Police Department on Monday.

City officials received a letter earlier this week saying the 911 Center would be ready to take over on March 1.

Since City Council approved the transfer of dispatch duties in December, work has been done at the Kennedy Street police station to get it ready for the change. DFT Security Services has installed a security system in the building and Foster Brook Glass & Mirror replaced four units of insulated glass.

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

Nearly $500,000 Worth of Heroin Seized
During Turnpike Traffic Stop

HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI) and State Police have arrested two men following a traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Attorney General Tom Corbett identified the defendants as Kendrick Holloway, 37, 215 Aurilees St., Duquense, Allegheny County and Corey Heath, 40, 797 Schench Ave., Apt. 4F, Brooklyn, New York.

As a result of the joint investigation, agents received information that Holloway and Heath were returning to the Pittsburgh area from New York with a shipment of heroin.

Corbett said that agents and state police stopped the car in Cumberland County while it was travelling westbound towards Pittsburgh. They seized 18,800 bags of heroin with an estimated street value of nearly half a million dollars, a 2000 Ford Excursion, a diamond bracelet worth $12,000, a diamond watch worth $7,500 and $760 in cash.

Holloway and Heath are both charged with one count each of criminal conspiracy, possession with the intent to deliver of heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The defendants were preliminarily arraigned before Carlisle Magisterial District Judge Paula Correal. They are currently being held in Cumberland County Prison.

The case will be prosecuted in Cumberland County by Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed's office.

Corbett thanked the State Police and Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed for their assistance with the investigation.

Photo and information provided by the attorney general's office

Casey: Bill Will Help Put Pennsylvanians Back to Work, Boost Economy

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today applauded Senate passage of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. This first in a planned series of jobs bills includes a job creation tax credit and other measures to help small businesses and rebuild our infrastructure.

“Passage of this bill by a strong bipartisan vote is another step toward putting Pennsylvanians back to work,” said Senator Casey. “We have seen positive results from the Recovery bill and other efforts to create jobs. However, more needs to be done to help create conditions for employers to hire again. As we work to put people back to work, we must also strengthen the safety net by extending unemployment insurance and the COBRA health care premium assistance program. This will help families who are struggling and also provide one of the most efficient boosts to the economy.”

The HIRE Act contains a payroll tax holiday for businesses to encourage hiring; Section 179 Expensing to help small businesses expand; an extension of the Highway Trust Fund; and an expansion of Build America Bonds program to allow states to finance more infrastructure projects.

Senator Casey has been a strong advocate for a job creation tax credit since last year. He introduced another version of a job creation tax credit, the Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit (S.2973).

Last month, Senator Casey spearheaded a letter signed by 31 senators urging an extension through the end of the year for unemployment insurance and the COBRA health care subsidy. The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus.

Report from Bradenton -- Day 7

All players and staff members had blood work done today between 7:00 and 9:00.

Many players participated in early work and meetings between 8:00 and the time the entire team took the field at 10:00.

Close to 300 fans watched as the Buccos practiced under cloudy and muggy conditions with temps in the upper 60s.

Aside from fielding drills and a 20-minute bunting fundamental, today was the first day that pitchers threw batting practice to the hitters.

The following 14 pitchers threw two “innings” of 17 pitches each: Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Brad Lincoln, Steven Jackson, Justin Thomas, Bryan Morris, Kevin Hart, D.J. Carrasco, Donnie Veal, Virgil Vasquez, Chris Jakubauskas, Jeff Karstens, Anthony Claggett and Jack Taschner.

The non-throwing pitchers conditioned and were off the fields by 11:20.

All pitchers were off the fields by 12:45.

Position players took BP off various coaches, conditioned and were off the fields by 1:00.

In the photo, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ross Ohlendorf pitches to Jeff Clement.

Senator Challenges PUC

The Senate Appropriations committee held its budget hearing this week for the Public Utility Commission but Senator Lisa Boscola used the hearing to challenge the PUC over whether electric deregulation is working in Pennsylvania.

PUC members said deregulation is working and because rate caps have expired for most utilities in the state, more electric suppliers are now entering the market in Pennsylvania. However, Boscola pointed out that even with additional suppliers, rates for most residential and industrial utility customers have gone up dramatically.

Boscola complained that because of deregulation the PUC will have little oversight over future rate increases. She also urged the PUC to keep track, as best it can, of the commercial businesses and industries in Pennsylvania who either close their operations or move to another state because of higher utility costs. Boscola says that’s how the success of electric deregulation should be measured in Pennsylvania.

Boscola says, however, there’s something the legislature can do to mitigate the higher electric rates. She says lawmakers should create a power purchasing authority that could buy electricity at its cheapest rate, sell it to the electric suppliers, and pass the savings along to ratepayers.

PennDOT Readies for Storm

Harrisburg – For the third time this month, PennDOT crews are preparing to deal with another massive snowstorm that will impact much of Pennsylvania, and the department is urging motorists in affected areas to avoid unnecessary travel.

The storm is expected to bring heavy snow and severe winds between 20 and 30 mph, and those who absolutely must travel should expect delays and be certain that their emergency survival kits are packed in each vehicle.

“It’s been a trying winter for all of us, and I sincerely thank all motorists who have wisely avoided unnecessary travel during the worst of conditions,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Some forecasts suggest this upcoming storm could be on par with – or worse than -- other recent storms. I ask motorists to heed our renewed warnings and avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.”

Earlier this month, much of southern Pennsylvania was battered with blizzard conditions, and this storm could bring similar conditions as wind gusts are expected to approach 50 mph across a large portion of the state.

“PennDOT and local crews fought through drifts as high as 15 feet during the Feb. 10 blizzard and this upcoming storm could produce similar, if not worse, conditions,” Biehler said. “The bottom line is that with the extreme conditions expected, motorists must be prepared if they become stranded.”

PennDOT warns motorists that with extreme wind gusts approaching 50 mph and heavy snowfall rates of one- to two-inches per hour, some secondary roads where drifting is prevalent will be blown shut until crews can direct equipment from primary routes.

“This is a very dangerous storm that is forecast, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of staying off the roads unless travel is completely necessary,” Biehler said. “In addition to protecting your own safety and that of other drivers, minimizing travel during storms helps PennDOT to do its job more efficiently and effectively.”

Motorists who become stranded should not risk trying to walk to safety unless they are absolutely certain of their surroundings. If stranded in a vehicle, PennDOT recommends that motorists stay with their vehicle and use the items packed in their emergency kit. Drivers should keep a downwind window cracked for fresh air and turn the vehicle on every so often for heat, but only after clearing the tailpipe from snow.

A basic emergency survival kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly

In addition to packing a survival kit, motorists should tell a relative or friend what time they will travel, the route they’ll take and their destination.

Due to the extreme wind gusts currently forecast, PennDOT advises motorists who encounter expected white-out conditions to stop only after safely getting as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so. Also, do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.

According to Biehler, interstates and other high-volume expressways are treated first during winter storms. Secondary state routes are a lower priority and during severe winter storms, deeper accumulations will occur on these roadways.

PennDOT reminds motorists that its primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until after precipitation stops and roads are clear. The department has more than 480,000 tons of salt in stock around the state.

Including the storms from earlier this month, PennDOT has spent $159 million out of its projected winter allocation of $180 million. If the department exhausts its winter budget, it will tap funds normally reserved for spring maintenance. PennDOT’s winter budget is part of its overall $1.2 billion roadway maintenance budget. PennDOT has spent about 52 percent of its overall roadway maintenance budget for the 2009/10 fiscal year.

PennDOT asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

Because weather and road conditions can deteriorate quickly, motorists should always check the weather forecast before traveling. Road conditions for interstates and some limited-access highways are available by visiting before you leave home, or by calling 511 while stopped in a safe location.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit

PennDOT also reminds citizen that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA.

Artists, Musicians Work to Benefit Haiti

This Saturday, Open Arms Community Church will be hosting “Rock for Haiti”, a benefit concert with proceeds going to support famine relief in Haiti. The show –which starts at 6:30 in the evening at the church- will feature several local acts. The lineup includes: Josh Hatcher (acoustic rock), Ariel Campbell (acoustic rock), No Room For Nelson (alternative rock), Panic Attack (hip-hop), Marshmellow Overcoat (rock), and Horizons Open Wide (rock/ska).

There will be a $5 cover charge, with funds going towards the Free Methodist Haitian Famine Relief Fund. The Famine Relief Fund has been a long-term presence in Haiti and is one of several branch organizations of Free Methodist World Missions, which has raised over $840,000 in post-earthquake relief funds (For more information, see

Local artists Julia Allen, Denise Drummond, and Jennifer MacNeill have donated artwork that will be raffled off throughout the evening. Jennifer’s photography has been featured on the UN website. Raffle tickets will be available starting at one dollar per ticket.

“We’re really excited about this show,” said Larry Petry, one of the benefit’s organizers. “We all saw the devastation with the earthquake in Haiti, and wanted to help. This is an opportunity for local artists and music lovers to have a great time at a show and make a world of difference for the people of Haiti. All of the artists are looking forward to using our talents to bring some hope and healing to Haiti.”

Anyone looking to make a donation, or for more for information can contact Josh Hatcher (814-331-1721,, Larry Petry (814-366-1912,, or Open Arms Community church. Additional information can also be found on the “Rock for Haiti” facebook page.

You can hear more about the concert here.

Artist pages:

Ariel Campbell

Josh Hatcher

Panic Attack

Horizons Open Wide

Marshmellow Overcoat

No Room for Nelson

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

University of Pittsburgh Provost Receives
UPB's Presidential Medal of Distinction

University of Pittsburgh Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Dr. James V. Maher, whose significant support and advocacy of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford resulted in unprecedented growth, received the Presidential Medal of Distinction at a tribute reception and dinner on Monday evening.

The presidential medal is Pitt-Bradford’s highest honor.

“Dr. Maher is loved and admired on our campus, not only because he’s an outstanding person, but also because he’s been such a staunch advocate for our campus,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford.

“We could never have made the remarkable progress we made during his 16-year tenure as provost without his guidance and unabashed support. He is truly deserving of our Presidential Medal of Distinction.”

Maher said, “I deeply appreciate being given this award, and I’m really proud of all the progress our Bradford campus has made during my time as provost.”

Late last year, Maher announced that he would step down as the senior academic officer of the university, a post that he has held since 1994. He plans to return to the faculty at the start of the 2010-2011 academic year.

As part of his numerous duties as provost, Maher is responsible for overseeing Pitt’s four regional campuses and serves as the chairman of the university planning and budgeting committee and co-chairman of the facilities planning committee.

During his tenure, Pitt dramatically increased admissions applications and raised its standing as a research institution.

Before serving as provost, Maher was chairman of Pitt’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the university’s Scaife Nuclear Physics Laboratory. He has published many papers and presented at conferences on nuclear physics and statistical condensed matter physics. He has been a visiting fellow at a number of other universities, including the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.

Maher is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, he manages to find time to volunteer as a board member for many prominent Western Pennsylvania nonprofits, including WQED Multimedia, St. Vincent Seminary, BioOne, Carnegie Science Center and the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Inc.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and both his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Yale University.

Maher, who grew up in the Bronx, has been married to the former Angela Braunstein for 43 years; they have two children and six grandchildren.

He is the 22nd individual awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, which is presented to a person who has either volunteered his or her time to Pitt-Bradford for several years; supported the university either financially or with expertise or advice; served the university’s service region through community, government or business affiliation; or has made distinctive achievements in his or her field that have affected Pitt-Bradford.

Previous medal winners were Dr. William C. Conrad, Harry R. Halloran Jr. and Harvey L. Golubock, Madeline Miles, Judge John M. Cleland, Dr. Richard E. McDowell, Dennis Lowery, Edwin Clemens, Marilyn Horne, Howard Fesenmyer, Henry P. Pruch, Robert D. Galey, Lester Rice, William F. Higie, Samuel Gregg Jr., Dr. Robert C. Laing, Harriett B. Wick and Sarah B. Dorn, former U.S. Rep. John E. Peterson, Virginia L. Miles and Dr. Robert B. Bromeley.

Code Enforcement Topic of Meeting

WESB/WBRR News Director

Something needs to be done about code enforcement.

That was the topic of a Bradford City Council work session prior to Tuesday's council meeting.

The work session was requested by the Historical Architectural Review Board in effort to streamline the process of making sure building owners and tenants in the historic district follow ordinances and other requirements. But the discussion soon turned to code enforcement downtown and throughout the city.

The discussion eventually turned to a dilapidated house on West Corydon Street. Mayor Tom Riel addressed that house and others by saying, "That's a public embarrassment. It's shameful to allow a building like that to be standing when they're a gateway to Pitt and Glendorn. We have to change something."

Councilman Ross Neidich and City Clerk John Peterson both said the city doesn't have the money to tear the buildings down. Neidich said attorney Greg Henry is working on the properties he can, but there's still an issue with absentee landlords. He added that Henry was negotiating a deal with the lawyer of the property owner, but the owner died so the status is in "limbo."

"A house doesn't get that way overnight," Riel said of the West Corydon Street house. "We have to be more aggressive."

Later during the regular council meeting, Chestnut Street resident Fran Bottone noted that Olean has a citizen's group that addresses code enforcement issues.

"Blight, actually, kind of begets crime," Bottone said. "As soon as it gets down to a certain level ... nobody cares anymore. Then it attracts a certain element, and that's what we have to deal with."

Riel said council will look into the citizens group. Councilman Jim Evans added that the group sounds like a good idea.

Fire Chief Boo Coder invited Bottone to go to the fire station and see what code enforcement has been doing.

"If anybody wonders what's happening or they don't see much happening, there is a lot going on behind the scenes that red tape and the legal system takes a part in," Coder said.

"I honestly don't see a lot happening in my neighborhood," Bottone said.

Neidich said he and Henry are meeting Thursday to see where they are in the legal process with several properties. Later, Neidich said he would also discuss issues concerning commercial properties.

As for the commercial buildings, HARB members are frustrated at not only the condition of some downtown buildings, but with people who feel they don't have to follow the rules when renovating or refurbishing.

Some of the people "know damn well they have to go to HARB and get a permit and they don't care," Riel said of a few businesses that have done, or started, work that wasn't approved first.

In regard to the condition of commercial buildings, Mark Grassi is the only inspector in the area who's certified to do commercial buildings. Code enforcement officers George Corignani and Merle Silvis are only certified to inspect residential buildings.

But, Riel said, "speaking from experience, if you put up a sign, you can be cited" by Coriginani or Silvis.

"Enforcement is really critical because ... people will find any little loophole," said Main Street Manager Anita Dolan, adding that she constantly hears about a few buildings that are eyesores.

She mentioned one business that has "scary" pictures and signs inside the business, but nothing inappropriate on the outside so the city's hands are tied. Also, the owners of the building next door don't want to spruce up their property because of that.

"If we allow these buildings to deteriorate, they're going to soon become demolitions," Andrews said. "We certainly don't want to lose anymore properties than what we are losing, especially in our historic district."

There was some confusion as to whether Grassi can write criminal citations and actually enforce the codes

If he can't, Andrews said, "Maybe we need our code enforcement officers do that, who are getting paid, because the problem is those are much bigger buildings and if they become bad it costs that much more money to get rid of them and then we have an eyesore in our downtown community."

"So you could drive by a falling down building, for example, on Mechanic Street everyday and nobody ever says a word about it because it's nobody's job," Andrews said.

She suggested that an ordinance be changed to include a fee that would pay for Grassi to inspect the building.

Also prior to Tuesday's regular council meeting, the pension board agreed to pay Bradford City Police Lt. Roger Sager, who is retiring after 39 1/2 years with the department. HIs retirement is effective March 2.

Pitt-Bradford Men Move on in Playoffs

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Panthers beat Pitt-Greensburg 77-63 at the Sport and Fitness Center in the first round of the AMCC basketball playoffs.

Zach Moore led the Panthers with 22 points. Jerusalem Strickland added 15.

Pitt-Bradford plays Penn State-Behrend Friday at Medaille University in Buffalo.

New Cigarette Sales Regulations in NY

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has announced proposed regulations that would limit the quantity of tax-free cigarettes that may legally be supplied to Indian nations or tribes.

The department says the new regulations would prevent the unlimited flow of tax-free cigarettes to Indian retailers.

The regulations require that cigarette manufacturers may sell cigarettes to a licensed cigarette stamping agent only when the agent certifies that the sale is in compliance with the Tax Law, and that the sale to Indian nations can not exceed an amount calculated by the state government.

The new regulations also revoke the 2006 policy that allowed Indian retailers to sell tax-free cigarettes to non-Indians.

The public has 45 days to comment before the regulations go into effect.

The Seneca Nation hasn't commented yet.

Pirates Full Squad Takes the Field

Prior to the first full squad workout, Chairman of the Board Bob Nutting, President Frank Coonelly, Manager John Russell and various staff members spoke to all players from 9:00 to 9:50.

The daily stretching and throwing program began at 10:00 under mostly sunny skies and temps in the mid 60s.

Players then broke into groups and participated in defense instruction and bunting fundamentals.

The following 15 pitchers threw 35 to 50 pitches during a their bullpen session (Brian Burres, Zach Duke, Charlie Morton, Daniel McCutchen, Wil Ledezma, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Powell, Jeff Sues, Jean Machi, Ronald Uviedo, Brian Bass, Ramon Aguero, Brendan Donnelly, Evan Meek, Vinnie Chulk).

Ocatvio Dotel was scheduled to throw today, but was held out of practice due to discomfort in his left side. His status is listed as “day to day.”

Joel Hanrahan had an MRI today and the results showed that the inflammation in his right elbow is subsiding. He is still scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews Thursday in Pensacola, Fla.

No-throwing pitchers conditioned and were off the fields by 11:40.

Position players went through defensive drills, took batting practice from 11:30 to noon, conditioned, and were off the fields by 12:20.

The catchers took BP after their daily drills and bullpen work and were off the fields by 12:50.

In the photos, provided by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the full squad takes the field for the first day of workouts and Aki Iwamura turns a double play

Ciolek Named Human Resources Director

Anne Ciolek of Allegany has been appointed director of Human Resources, university officials announced today.

Ciolek has served as interim director since April 16, during which time she was instrumental in supporting the Employee Benefits Advisory Committee’s evaluation of a new health benefits approach for St. Bonaventure University.

“Anne has demonstrated during this interim period that she not only has the talent and intellect necessary for this important role, but that her personal drive, creativity and commitment to serving the faculty and staff of St. Bonaventure University are remarkable,” said Brenda McGee Snow, senior vice president for Finance and Administration.

Ciolek will oversee all aspects of human resources, including recruitment; employee staff training, development and evaluation; payroll; and benefits administration.

Prior to her service as interim director, Ciolek served 11 years as payroll manager, and three years as payroll clerk. She earned an associate of arts degree from Jamestown Business College and is pursuing a certificate of Human Resources Management at Cornell University.

“I am excited and honored to serve the university in this capacity and would like to thank everyone who has been instrumental in making this opportunity possible,” Ciolek said.

In December, Ciolek was appointed secretary of the Board of the Health Benefits and Welfare Educational Trust of Western New York.

The university will conduct a regional search to fill a position in the payroll office.

Panic Attack in the Studio ...

along with Josh Hatcher and Ariel Campbell.
They were on today's LiveLine for a preview of Saturday's "Rock for Haiti" concert. You can listen to the LiveLine here.

The concert is at 6:30 Saturday at Open Arms Community Church, 1289 East Main Street. For a $5 cover charge you'll hear Ariel, Josh, Panic Attack (Justin Willoughby and Larry Petry), Marshmellow Overcoat, No Room for Nelson and Horizons Open Wide.

Bill Aimed at Helping NY Wineries

The New York State Senate has passed a bill to support the state’s wine and grape industry.

The bill amends the alcoholic beverage control law in order to allow New York State wineries and farm wineries to sell wine for consumption at food festivals.

Lawmakers say this should significantly increase the market for in-state producers.

Gowanda Man Sentenced on Sex Charges

A 41-year-old Gowanda man who traveled across state lines to meet a teenage girl and her mother for sex has been sentenced to 70 months in pirson.

Mark Miller pleaded guilty in November to Interstate Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct.

Prosecutors say he was communicating with a person he believed was the mother of a 13-year-old girl and made arrangements to meet the girl and her mother to have sex with both of them.

Last February, Miller traveled from Gowanda to Erie, then to New Waterford, Ohio, for the expected encounter.

'Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.' at Fretz

"Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr." will be performed at Fretz Middle School at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are available at the door.

For a preview, listen to Wednesday's LiveLine on 1490 WESB or online at

Minor Explosion at United Refining

An employee of United Refining in Warren suffered minor burns in a small explosion at the refinery Saturday morning.

The explosion was caused by a backflash in a heater unit and is not uncommon, according to company officials. The employee was wearing protective gear. He was treated at Warren General Hospital then released.

There was minor damage to the heater unit.

Company officials say some reports blew the incident out of proportion.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Playoff Game Tuesday at Pitt-Bradford

The Pitt-Bradford men's basketball team will host Pitt-Greensburg in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament at the Sport & Fitness Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children and free for Pitt-Bradford students with proper I.D.

The No. 2 seeded Panthers (15-10, 15-5) split with the seventh-seeded Bobcats (12-13, 10-10) by losing at home 73-63 on Dec. 5 and then winning at Greensburg 69-65 on Jan. 23.

The winner will advance to the AMCC semifinals at host Medaille College on Friday (8 p.m.) and face the winner of the No. 3 Penn State Behrend (18-7, 14-6) versus No. 6 Penn State Altoona (12-13, 10-10) contest.

We'll be giving you live updates on the game during our broadcast of the Owls/DuBois Beavers game on 1490 WESB and online at 100.1 The HERO.

Pitt-Bradford Professor to Compete in
'Pennsylvania Palate' Event

Claudine Cooper, instructor of hospitality management at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will compete Tuesday in the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association’s “Pennsylvania Palate.”

The Iron Chef-style competition, in which nine chefs are given the same ingredients and a few hours to create an entrée that can be served as an hors d’oeuvre, is part of the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association’s food and beverage conference being held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.

Cooper will prepare her food with the help of a student from the Pennsylvania College of Technology. In addition, two of Cooper’s hospitality management students, Heather Jordan of Tiona and Robin Pile of Audubon, will be able to attend the conference and take part in sessions.

The prepared food will be served at a reception for the conference attendees who will have a chance to vote for the best of show, most creative and best use of local organic foods.

“It was an honor to be asked to do it and I’m proud to represent the university,” said Cooper, who had to apply for the competition.

James Dombrosky, director of the hospitality management program, said, “It’s great to have Pitt-Bradford represented in this high-profile event, and it’s an honor to have one of our professors selected to compete.”

Cooper holds a master of science degree in hospitality and tourism from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She has 22 years’ experience in hospitality, international banking and technology as well as four years in teaching college-level hospitality and business programs. She is a past president of the Minnesota chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

Amanda's Law in Effect in New York

Amanda's Law took effect today in New York state.

Under the law, all homes in the state must have carbon monoxide detectors. All homes built before January 1, 2008, can have have battery-powered CO alarms, while homes built after this date must have the alarms hard-wired into the building. Also, Amanda's Law will require contractors in New York State to install a CO alarm when replacing a hot water tank or furnace if the home is not equipped with an alarm.

The law is named for 16-year-old Amanda Hansen of West Seneca, New York, who died on January 17, 2009, due to a carbon monoxide leak from a defective boiler while she was sleeping at a friend's house.

UPB to Hold Annual Cultural Festival

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold its annual “One World” Cultural Festival Saturday, February 27, celebrating the many different cultures represented by Pitt-Bradford students, faculty, staff and the community.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Pittsburgh’s Irish Gaelic music group Hooley will headline this year’s festivities, which will focus on Celtic culture but celebrate the contributions of all cultures and countries during this festival of food, music, song, dance and costume. The event will also showcase displays from students and faculty, as well as food and entertainment from different cultures.

All attendees are asked to bring canned goods to support Students in Free Enterprise’s Can Hunger campaign in conjunction with Campbell Soup Co.

A large sampling buffet of international dishes created by Pitt-Bradford faculty, staff and guests will be included along with other international foods from local restaurants. Admission to the international buffet is a dish to pass or a $5 donation.

“The Cultural Festival is an annual event embraced by the entire campus and surrounding community. It is a celebration of the highest order,” said Dr. Holly J. Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and co-chairperson of the Cultural Festival steering committee.

A collection of Pittsburgh’s finest traditional Irish musicians, Hooley will perform in the Mukaiyama University Room. Hooley, meaning “good time” or “party” in Irish Gaelic, plays traditional and original Irish instrumentals and songs ranging from slow airs and O’Carolan tunes to lively jigs and reels, often accompanied by hard- and soft-shoe Irish step dancing.

Hooley has performed at concert halls, festivals, colleges, and folk clubs for céilis (dances) throughout western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia since 1991. Hooley released its first recording, “Cuts from the Turf,” in 2001 to favorable reviews and air play from as far away as New York City and Winnipeg.

Along with the musical entertainment, several student organizations and groups will present international displays, including the Peace Corps, basket weaving, African-American heritage, study-abroad programs, Asia, South Korea, Celtic culture, Tartans of the British Isles, South Korea, Taste of the World, Native American drumming, Japanese Go Game demonstration, the warrior bards of Ireland, face painting and Japanese masks and Manga faces, sushi, Ireland and the customs of Scandinavia.

The entertainment will begin with an opening Parade of Nations that will showcase students wearing outfits representing numerous cultures. Morgan Kinville, a Pitt-Bradford student, will demonstrate aspects of Irish step dancing.

Alicia Pugh, Stefania Okolie, and Nick Olumese will dance to “Gwada,” a song written by Jesses Matador in the Nigerian hip-hop tradition. Andrew Hwang, Lyndon Orinion and Marco Dominguez will perform a contemporary Korean dance.

The Pitt-Bradford Diamond Steppers will take the stage to put on a display of African-American step-dancing. Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word and hand claps.

The Commons Café will also be decorated with flags representing the nations Pitt-Bradford students call home. This year, the flags represent the nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Canada, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Senegal, Singapore, Sudan, United States, Vietnam, and the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The Cultural Festival first began as a student celebration of Black History Month initiated by the Black Action Committee in the mid-90s. Since its inception, Pitt-Bradford’s annual cultural festival has grown into an evening of international foods, entertainments and displays offered by students, faculty and staff. In recognition of Black History Month, there will be a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., noting how the world has changed the past 40 years.

In addition to the festival steering committee, this year’s Cultural Festival contributors include the African American Student Union, Anime Club, Anthropology and International Cultures Club, Art Club, Asian Student Alliance, Behavioral and Social Sciences Division, Communication and the Arts Division, the divisions of Academic and Student Affairs, Enchanted Mountain Weavers Guild, History and Political Studies Club, Diamond Steppers, Management and Education Division, Native American Drumming Circle, Metz and Associates, Nontraditional Student Association, Office of the President, Pitt-Bradford Improvers, Secret Adventure Society, Student Activities Council, Students in Free Enterprise, Study Abroad and International Studies and Togi’s Restaurant.