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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Olean Man Facing Several Charges After
Jeep Crashes into House on Jackson Ave.

An Olean man is facing charges after his Jeep Cherokee crashed into the front porch of a vacant house on Jackson Avenue at about 11 o'clock Friday night.

Bradford City Police tell WESB and The HERO that 19-year-old Victor Farr III was traveling at a high rate of speed, illegally passed another vehicle, couldn't negotiate a sharp turn and lost control of the vehicle.

The owner of the house at 8 Jackson Avenue is Arthur Goodman of Bradford.
Farr had four passengers in the vehicle -- three female juveniles and an adult male. Bradford City Ambulance personnel treated four of the five people for mild to moderate injuries and transported them to BRMC.

Farr is charged with DUI, corruption of minors, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, illegal passing and underage drinking. He was arraigned in front of District Judge Bill Todd and sent to McKean County Jail.

Rollover Crash on Route 46

A Smethport man is facing charges following a crash this morning on Route 46 a mile north of Route 146 in Norwich Township.

Police tell WESB and The HERO that at 12:23 a.m. an SUV driven by Frank DeBlaso crossed the center line and continued to travel off the berm and up an embankment, where it rolled over.

Police say DeBlaso was determined to be driving under the influence and arrested.

He wasn't hurt. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Zippo Harley Bike Giveaway Winner


Lake Worth, FL, resident Paul DiPrima had originally gone to Zippo.com looking to buy lighter fluid. He’s coming away - make that riding away - with a lot more than that. On Friday at Palm Beach Harley-Davidson®, Paul DiPrima was handed the keys to his brand new 2010 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle, top prize in the “Red Hot and Ridin’ Sweepstakes” on Zippo’s music website, ZippoEncore.com.

His name was chosen at random from thousands that entered the contest. DiPrima is a motorcycle rider but doesn’t currently own a Harley-Davidson. He bought a Zippo lighter at the Zippo-sponsored Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach during a Toby Keith concert. He was going to give the lighter to a friend and needed to buy fuel for it so he went to Zippo.com, where he ordered his fuel and entered the contest.

“I never thought twice about the contest after that,” admitted DiPrima. His wife and riding buddies thought he was crazy when he told them he had won. One of his first stops will be Thursday bike night on Lake Avenue in Lake Worth. Next trip? Key West for Bike Week. “I am looking forward on bringing my new Harley down to Key West,” said DiPrima.

Zippo Manufacturing Company is the maker of the iconic Zippo windproof lighter sold in over 150 countries worldwide. Based in Bradford, PA, Zippo has produced nearly 475 million lighters since 1932. Harley-Davidson has been a top-selling Zippo license for nearly two decades.

Information and photo provided by Zippo

Special Olympics Announces Medalists

More than 130 special athletes from McKean, Warren, Elk and Cameron counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center pool today for the annual Special Olympics Swimming Invitational, Sponsored by Dallas-Morris.

The invitational is the culmination of the swimming season for most of the athletes, who have been in training for several months for this event. Seven swimmers, whose names will be announced, will advance to the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State, June 10-12.

Gold medal winners were:

15yd Walk:Adam Rakieski, Cody Pellerito, Matt Rounds, Kyle Fortman, Elizabeth Meyerink

10yd Assisted:Derek Hottel, Devin Guras, Zack Frontera, Aleana Swanson

15yd Unassisted:Devin Guras, Ron Decker, Robert Marshall, Matt Latshaw, Aleana Swanson, Jean Zumstein

15yd Adapted: Tina Whitford

15yd Float: John Sandlin, Zach Hussey, Matt Latshaw, Steph Heffner

25yd Float: Devin Guras, Zack Frontera, Charlie Black, Aleana Swanson, George Burton, Amber Jordan

25yd Freestyle: Mitchell Rakieski, Ken Stage, Charles Meyerink, Tim Taylor, Jeremy Kephart, Brandon Berardi, Ragenea McLaughlin, Tiffany Gardner, Sharon Petitt, Susan Parkes, Chelsea Albright

25yd Breaststroke: Regenea McLaughlin

25yd Backstroke:Ken Stage, Charles Meyerink, Eric Baxter, Tim Taylor, Matt Scott, Morgan Nelson, Anna Smith, Tiffany Gardner, Danielle Dague, Ken Stage

50yd Freestyle: Kyle Thompson, Leroy Phelps, Charlie Black, Amber Jordan, Tiffany Gardner, Sharon Petitt, Tim Taylor

50yd Backstroke:Anna Smith, Chelsea Albright, Jeremy Kephart

100yd Relay: Andrew Wilson, Joe Sostakowski, Matt Scott, Morgan Nelson

Pictured, Zack Frontera of Elk County nears the finish line in the 25 yd. float, capturing the gold medal.
(Photo by Shawn Murray Photography)

Eric Massa is Resigning

Congressman Eric Massa is resigning, effective Monday.

Massa announced earlier this week that he wouldn't be seeking re-election because of a recurrence of cancer, but the House ethics panel is reviewing a complaint by a male staff member who reportedly felt uncomfortable in a situation with Massa that had sexual overtones.

Massa represents most of the Southern Tier of New York, including Cattaraugus County.

You can read an open letter from Massa here.

UPB Student Receives Grant for Business

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford student Andrew Hwang, a business management major from Horsham, is the first recipient of the NEXT STEP Business Grant Competition.

Sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford entrepreneurship program, the grant awarded $1991 to Hwang for enhancements to his business, LPX (Land Party Extreme) Gaming, located on South Avenue in Bradford.

Hwang was one of four students who made presentations before judges Jill Foys of North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission, Brian Jadlowiec of Northwest Savings Bank and Students in Free Enterprise student Alyssa Smith.

“Andrew’s grant request for his LPX Gaming business was distinguished by the fact that Andrew has already started this fledgling business and has put sweat equity and his own money into it,” said Laura Megill, director of the entrepreneurship program. “He talked to his early customers about what they wanted, and his grant was to provide these items. Andrew has demonstrated the drive and work ethic to make the most of this grant.”

Hwang worked three jobs last summer to earn the money to begin his business at the beginning of the academic year. LPX Gaming is a land-party game room, a place where gamers can play multi-party or Internet-based games in the same room. Aside from video games, non-gamers will be able to play party games, board games, watch movies, sing karaoke and study.

Being in the same room provides the gamers with a different, more social experience than playing separately, Hwang said. “I am trying to bring socializing back to video gaming. In this world of Facebook, and the Internet, people have lost touch with social interactions, and this business is just one way to tie them back together.”

Hwang encountered land-party rooms both at home and while studying abroad in South Korea, where they are very popular. He said he has a steady and growing customer base.

Hwang will use the money from the grant to purchase paint and supplies to re-paint the interior of the gameroom and create a more appealing place. Aside from increasing the number of systems in the store, he will buy new seating for gamers and a stereo headset for each system to give the gamers better sound quality and allow them to play their games without outside distractions.

“By combining these features, we can offer our customers a better playing environment, where they are likely to return and play for long hours,” Hwang said. “These are all suggestions that I received from my customers, and was happy to tell them that I could deliver.

“I would love to give the town of Bradford and Pitt-Bradford students a place to gather and enjoy playing games with one another and start attracting more students to go into town. I hope that I continue to grow as I have been, and that I will be able to offer a better service in the time to come.”

Eldred Borough FD Getting Money

The Eldred Borough Fire Department is receiving $27,389 from the federal government.

Federal funds are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, administered by FEMA under the Department of Homeland Security.

Senator Bob Casey announced the grant today.

Specter Bill Would Add Tool in Fight
Against Harmful Trade Practices

U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) has introduced legislation that seeks to help domestic manufacturers by enforcing trade remedy laws. The Unfair Foreign Competition Act of 2010 provides a private right of action for domestic manufacturers injured by illegal subsidization or dumping of foreign products into U.S. markets.

Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are cosponsors. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

“Job creation and job retention in this country depend, in large part, on our ability to enforce existing trade laws,” Senator Specter said. “This legislation would give an injured industry the opportunity to seek reliable enforcement in federal court so that we can stop anticompetitive, predatory trade practices which steal jobs from our workers, profits from our companies, and growth from our economy.”

“Unfair trade practices have shipped Pennsylvania jobs oversees and increased our trade deficit," said Senator Casey. “One of the best job creations strategies is to make foreign governments play by the rules and create a level playing field for American workers.”

Senator Brown said: “If we’re going to create manufacturing jobs, we need to start enforcing trade law. American manufacturers can compete with anyone – but they need a level playing field. This bill would prevent a flood of unfairly-subsidized imports from shuttering our factories.”

The Unfair Foreign Competition Act of 2010 would allow petitioning parties to bring a civil action in a U.S. district court for an injury finding in lieu of a determination by the International Trade Commission (ITC). Allowing petitioners to choose between the ITC and their local U.S. district court for the injury determination would give injured domestic producers the opportunity to serve as private plaintiffs in seeking enforcement of trade remedy laws. The nonpolitical venue would also alleviate the potential for inconsistencies and partisanship in enforcement remedies.

The legislation comes as China continues to engage in trade and market-distorting practices in violation of WTO rules and U.S. laws. By allowing countries like China to ignore international trade rules, the U.S. has lost countless manufacturing jobs and has a skyrocketing trade deficit. The latest trade numbers indicate that imports from China have exceeded U.S. exports by a staggering $208.6 billion.

Senator Specter has a long record of advocating for stronger enforcement of U.S. trade laws for domestic industries. He has testified in front of the International Trade Commission (ITC) on 14 separate occasions on behalf steel and labor, arguing that unfair trade has negatively impacted the entire steel industry - which employs over 20,000 workers in Pennsylvania - and sent thousands of jobs overseas. Senator Specter introduced similar legislation in 1999 and 2007.

A copy of Senator Specter’s floor statement on the bill is attached.

About the Unfair Foreign Competition Act of 2010:

· Allows petitioning parties in an antidumping or subsidy investigation (or 5-year sunset review) to elect to bring a civil action in a U.S. district court for an injury determination.

Election to bring action in district court would be in lieu of a determination by the International Trade Commission (the “ITC”).

The district court would apply the same standards in determining an injury (required by WTO).

The ITC staff would compile a record on which interested parties may file a brief or make oral arguments before the court.
An order issued by the district court would be appealable to a U.S. Court of Appeals.

The civil action may be brought in a judicial district where a manufacturing facility, sales office, or headquarters is located.

Time constraints (similar to those of the ITC) are placed on the court to issue determinations. Time extension is available.

The legal standard for determining dumping or subsidy margins B which is established by the Commerce Department B would remain unchanged.

from Senator Specter's office

Red Stick Ramblers to Perform at UPB

Red Stick Ramblers, a Cajun, country, string and swing band with a music video aired on Country Music Television, will perform March 20 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall. Tickets are $26 or $22 for the public and $11 or $9 for all students,. The show is a part of Pitt-Bradford’s Prism Series.

“This definitely isn't your grandfather’s Cajun band,” said Randy Mayes, director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford. “This is addictive, toe-tapping music that washes over you and makes you move to the beat whether you want to or not.”

Drawing on Louisiana culture, the band combines Cajun, country, stringband and swing. The Red Stick Ramblers’ shows are reminiscent of all-night dances, laid-back campfire sessions, dusty honky-tonks and raucous family reunions.

Now a five-member band, Red Stick Ramblers formed in 1999 in Baton Rouge, La., and released its self-titled debut in 2002.

Since then, the band has released five albums, including “My Suitcase is Always Packed” last year, “Made in the Shade” in 2007, “Right Key, Wrong Keyhole” in 2005 and “Bring it on Down” in 2003.

A reviewer from Billboard.com reviewed the band:

“Dedicated enough to regional roots to open with the French Cajun ‘J’Taime Pas Mieux,’ they take cheerful excursions into barroom string (‘Drinkin’ to You’ and ‘Bloodshot Eyes’), Texas swing (the title song) and even the Johnny Mercer-influenced pop of ‘Lay Down in the Grass.’ The spirit is so uplifting that you could expect to hear ‘Goodbye to the Blues’ in an ad for an antidepressant."

The Red Stick Ramblers have shown their commitment to preserving their Louisiana heritage in ways other than their concert performances. Members started the South Louisiana Black Pot Festival and Cookoff in 2006.

The band includes Linzay Young, vocals and fiddle; Kevin Wimmer, fiddle and vocals; Chas Justus, guitar and vocals; Eric Frey, bass and vocals; and Glenn Fields, drums.

“I dare anyone to listen to the first set of this concert and try to come out at intermission without a smile on his or her face. It is impossible,” Mayes said.

A pre-show dinner will be served with honey-fried chicken, jalapeƱo-cheddar buttermilk biscuits, sour cream garlic red potatoes, fire-roasted sweet corn, Mesclun salad with grapefruit and pecans, and caramel apple pie at 5:45 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Cost for the dinner is $20.

For more information, visit www.redstickramblers.com. Tickets are available by calling the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at (814) 362-5113.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or arj4@pitt.edu.

Jesus, Captain America Take Center Stage

The Visiting Scholars program at St. Bonaventure University is sponsoring a lecture March 16 by Dr. Robert Jewett titled “Jesus, Captain America, and Barack Obama: The Superhero Myth in Contemporary American Culture.”

The talk will look at the various ways in which popular images of superheroes have influenced American thinking about both religion and politics, often to our collective detriment. It will take place in the auditorium of the William F. Walsh Science Center at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Jewett is one of the leading New Testament scholars in the world. Since his retirement in 2000 from his longtime position as professor of New Testament Interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., he has served as visiting professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Dr. Jewett has published 20 books and nearly 150 academic articles covering a wide range of topics across the discipline of New Testament studies, including “Paul's Anthropological Terms” (1971), “A Chronology of Paul's Life” (1979), “Paul the Apostle to America” (1994), “Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil” (2003), “Romans: A Commentary” (2007), and “Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal” (2008).

He has also held a number of leadership positions in the Society of Biblical Literature (the principal professional organization in the field of New Testament studies), the Society for New Testament Studies, and the Catholic Biblical Association, and served on the editorial board of a number of the leading professional journals in the field.

Woman Indicted on Theft Charges

A Salamanca woman has been indicted on theft charges for stealing more than $50,000 from a business over a period of eight years.

The Cattaraugus County District Attorney's office tells WESB and The HERO that 24-year-old Elizabeth Smith took the money from NAFCO on Broad Street in Salamanca from May of 2000 to November of 2008.

She's charged with second-degree grand larceny, tampering with physical evidence and falsifying business records.

Also, 39-year-old Demont Ramseuree of Buffalo has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance for incidents in the City of Olean in August.

They will both be arraigned on March 15.

Kill Buck Man Facing Charges

A Kill Buck man is facing charges following an incident Tuesday on Kill Buck Road.

Sheriff's Deputies tell WESB and The HERO that they responded to a domestic in progress but, upon their arrival the suspect, Michael Stephan Jr., had left the scene.

He was arrested the next day for allegedly slapping, pushing and choking the victim in front of their 12-year-old daughter.

Stephan was arraigned on charges of attempt to commit assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He's scheduled to appear in Town of Great Valley Court on March 17.

Malcolm Joins BRMC Staff

General surgeon Jasmine E. Malcolm, M.D., has joined Bradford Regional Medical Center’s medical staff.

The announcement was made by David Kobis, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bradford Regional Medical Center. Dr. Malcolm is board-certified with the American Board of Surgery.

“As part of our ongoing strategy to recruit more physicians to the Bradford area, I’m extremely pleased to announce Dr. Malcolm has joined BRMC's surgical staff,” Mr. Kobis said. “Dr. Malcolm has exceptional surgical skills and will be a wonderful addition to medical services in the region.”

Dr. Malcolm just completed a one-year trauma fellowship at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. From 2005 to 2009, she was a general surgeon at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. She also was at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital for a year, starting in 2003.

Dr. Malcolm was a research fellow from 2004 to 2005 for the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Oschner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, La. She completed her surgical residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C, and earned her medical degree in 1998 from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minn.

Dr. Malcolm is a member of the American College of Surgeons, and is certified in advanced trauma life support and mass casualty management.

Dr. Malcolm is currently accepting new patients at her Bradford office, located at 51 Boylston St. The office phone number is 814-368-7125.

Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital are members of Upper Allegheny Health System.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Shooting at the Pentagon

(CNN) -- Two Pentagon police officers and a suspect are believed to have been shot Thursday outside the Pentagon Metro station, a public affairs officer for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency said.

For video and more, go to CNN.com.

Riel: Move Code Enforcement to OECD

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Bradford Mayor Tom Riel has always been vocal in his belief that the city's code enforcement program is a failure.

This afternoon, he told WESB and The HERO that he believes code enforcement should be taken out of the fire department and possibly moved to the Office of Economic and Community Development.

"My hope is that the City of Bradford Fire Department would do the right thing and vote to let code enforcement go so we can move on and try to build a better Bradford," Riel said.

"Code enforcement's been operated this way out of the city's fire department for 15 years, and you'd think after 15 years they'd have it figured out -- there wouldn't be such a problem, there wouldn't be so much confusion and it wouldn't seem so dysfunctional."

Riel said one of the advantages of moving code enforcement to the OECD is that the code enforcement officers wouldn't be getting the salary and medical benefits that firefighters get, which would save money.

He said with the money they'd be saving, maybe they could hire another person to do code enforcement if that's what it's going to take to get the situation under control.

Riel said there are multiple problems that can't be blamed on any one thing, adding that it's not just the code enforcement officers or ordinances or money. But he did say that perhaps the city could strengthen the ordinances and how they're implemented as well as start implementing state laws that aren't being implemented locally.

He also said, as he's said before, that code enforcement needs to be more proactive rather than reactive.

"When they drive by a house and they see a pillar coming off the porch, they need to take note of that and pursue the issue," Riel said.

"Things aren't getting done until these houses or these structures are to the point ... where it's not feasible to fix them up," he added. "You need to start nipping it in the bud before it gets to the condition where the roof is falling off or the porch is falling off."

"It takes many years for these houses to get that way," he said. "It doesn't happen in six months or a year. We need to start being much more aggressive and going after property owners and cut this thing off before it becomes such a spectacle."

He said the system is "so far backwards" that the properties that need to be torn down have to be dealt with, but the small violations need to be addressed, too, before they get to be big violations.

Riel did say that sometimes an issue with a blighted property gets tied up in the legal system, but he said there are other avenues that would take less time than going the legal route.

"We already have a board of health that can render legal decisions," he said, adding that since Bradford resident Fran Bottone brought up the idea of having a citizen's advisory during a council meeting, he's done some research on that.

He said it's possible to have a citizen's board that has "quasi-judicial power."

"When these types of boards have been implemented in other communities it seems to move things along rather quickly," Riel said.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5206311

Senecas Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Seneca Nation Executives, Councilors and community members gathered today to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of a brand new $30 million administration building on the Allegany territory.

The construction project, which began in October 2008, is a three-story 90,000 square-foot structure that was designed by a Native American owned firm, Two Row Architects from Six Nations, Ontario and Buffalo-based firm Kideney Architects. The facility will house the Nation’s governmental offices and meeting rooms and features a Grand Hall and state of the art high tech Council Chambers.

Leaders of the Seneca Nation remarked upon the significance of the new building.

“In many ways, today is a day of new beginnings for the Seneca Nation,” said President Barry Snyder. “With the opening of this beautiful new administrative complex, we take another step forward in the history of the Seneca Nation. This building is more than just a new home for our government, or a place where important community issues will be discussed and decisions will be made. This wood and stone foundation signifies our growth, both in terms of numbers and economic position; it personifies our perseverance through hardship and the dark days of Kinzua; it demonstrates our collective ability to take on new challenges and deliver; and it is the platform from which we will sharpen our vision for the future.”

Seneca Nation Treasurer Jacquelyn Bowen commended the Nation’s Capital Improvements Authority (CIA), which has overseen a series of construction and infrastructure projects since 2008. “This building before us has evolved out of need, but didn’t just jump off the page of a blueprint. It has come to fruition with much thanks owed to a team effort by the Nation’s Capital Improvements Authority, the Seneca Management Construction Corporation and more than a dozen contractors who have worked collaboratively through to completion.”

The design incorporates native stone and wood materials for the interior and exterior, blending in with the natural landscape of the Allegany foothills. The new office building will accommodate up to 200 Nation employees and house the Nation’s executive, legislative and judicial offices, including other programs and departments that serve the Seneca Nation.

The construction project was funded by the Seneca Nation’s Capital Improvements Authority through a $160 million federal bond issue designed to improve infrastructure on the Nation’s two territories and better meet community needs with updated facilities. The CIA identified 18 projects to be developed across the two territories; six of which have now been completed and 12 more, which are in progress. Other projects include health service facility expansion, water treatment and sewer upgrades, two community centers and a new convenience store enterprise.

Nation officials and community members will gather in the Grand Hall at 5 p.m. to continue the opening celebrations with a community dinner and an evening of traditional social dancing and song.

Press release from the Seneca Nation

Court Uphold 'Bucky's" Conviction

A New York appeals court has upheld the conviction of Ralph "Bucky" Phillips, who killed a state trooper in 2006 during the largest manhunt in New York state history.

The unanimous ruling from the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Albany rejected Phillips' claims that his guilty plea was coerced and that he'd gotten bad advice from a court-appointed lawyer.

Phillips is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole after telling a judge in 2006 that he was "guilty as hell."

Phillips admitted fatally shooting Trooper Joseph Longobardo and wounding troopers Donald Baker Jr. and Sean Brown after escaping from the Alden Correctional Facility.

He spent five months on the run and was captured by Pennsylvania State Police in a Warren County cornfield.

Another One Bites the Dust

The communications director for New York Governor David Paterson has quit as an ethics scandal continues to unfold around the governor.

Peter Kauffmann handed in his resignation earlier today.

He is the third person to quit since questions were raised into how Paterson received a set of Yankees World Series tickets and how he handled an aide's alleged domestic abuse case.

As the lead spokesman for the governor, Kauffmann handled media inquires about both incidents.

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

NY Senate Tries to Close Loophole

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would allow blood drug and alcohol content evidence taken from the scene of accidents to be used to prosecute potentially impaired drivers.

This bill would remove the requirement that a physician supervise the withdrawl of blood from an intoxicated driver allowing blood evidence to be used in a court of law.

“A simple conflict between current medical practice and a statutory requirement in the Vehicle and Traffic Law should not be a loophole for drunk drivers to get a free pass,” said Senator William Stachowski (D-Lake View). “This legislation would close that loophole to allow drunk drivers to be prosecuted and get them off our roads.”

Drug Task Force Makes Nine Arrests

Nine people have been arrested for illegally selling drugs following investigations by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Those arrested are 42-year-old Dolores Redeye of Salamanca; 25-year-old Brian Williams of Ishua; 27-year-old Dwayne Smith of Little Valley; 35-year-old Jason Dille of Great Valley; 18-year-old Timothy Reese of Gowanda; 57-year-old Claudia Cleveland of Randolph; 26-year-old Duane Dearmyer of Ashford; and 24-year-old Shauna Lewis and 46-year-old Kip Lewis, both of Perrysburg.

Four K-9 teams and more than 40 officers took part in the raids and the warrant executions. Among the law enforcement agencies involved were the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, Salamanca and Gowanda police, Seneca Marshals and the state Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Men to be Cited After Route 219 Crash

Two Elk County men will be cited following a crash at 4 o'clock this morning on Route 219 in Ridgway Township.

Police say a car driven by 46-year-old Gregory Roach of Kersey went out of control, left the road and hit a snow bank. Roach and his passenger, 24-year-old Michael VanDyne of Ridgway, then left the scene.

Police say Roach will be cited for not immediately reporting an accident and driving at an unsafe speed. Both men will be cited for not wearing a seat belt.

Neither man was hurt in the crash. The car had minor damage.

Pickup Truck Hits Utility Pole

A Bradford man escaped injury when his pickup truck hit a utility pole in Sullivan County.

Police say 26-year-old Sean Cantu was on Route 220 in Cherry Township when his pickup went out of control while rounding a curve, left the road and hit the pole.

Police say Cantu will be cited for traveling too fast for road conditions.

Floral Design Class Next Week

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Office of Outreach Services will offer a floral design class next week in the Seneca Building, downtown Bradford.

The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 10 and March 11 in the sixth-floor conference room. Cost is $15 per person.

Patti Prosser, a state-certified master wedding designer with more than 20 years’ experience, will show participants how to create arrangements and centerpieces along with the tools and materials needed for a professional look.

“We are very excited about offering this new class to the public,” said Barb Burkhouse, assistant director of professional and workforce education at Pitt-Bradford. “Patti’s enthusiasm and willingness to share her designs and expertise with others will make this class very interesting.”

Participants will learn the basics and watch demonstrations on how various arrangements come together. The class will make a corsage of silk flowers along with a small bud vase arrangement to take home. No experience is needed, but participants are asked to bring scissors and wire cutters. Other materials will be provided.

For more information or to register contact Outreach Services at 814-362-5078 or e-mail reach@pitt.edu.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services 814-362-7609 or arj4@pitt.edu.

Cops: Woman Took Fireworks to School

An Allegany woman is facing charges for allegedly trying to give fireworks to a minor.

Sheriff's deputies say 38-year-old Deanna Tarbox took the illegal fireworks to Allegany-Limestone Middle School with the intent of giving them to a student.

Deputies say office staff and administration took quick action, along with school resource officer Deupty Daniel Gonska, to ensure that none of the fireworks reached any minors.

Tarbox is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with dangerous fireworks. She's scheduled to appear in Town of Allegany Court on Monday.

Fatal Crash in Humphrey, NY

A Humphrey, New York, man is dead following a crash at 4:10 this morning.

Sheriff's deputies say a car driven by 45-year-old Thomas Ginnery left the road at a high rate of speed and hit a tree.

Ginnery died at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Retired Bradford City Firefighter
Bill Wells Passes Away

William L."Bill" Wells, 85, of 213 Jackson Ave., passed away, Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at his residence after a lengthy illness.

Born July 4, 1924, in Bradford, he was a son of the Charles D. and Madeline B. (Burt) Wells. On June 2, 1954 at St. Raphel's Church in Eldred, he married Anna H. (Hahn) Wells who survives.

Mr. Wells was a 1942 graduate of Bradford High School. On May 17, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army and served during WW II in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, American Campaign Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars. He was honorably discharged on November 25, 1945.

After returning from the service Mr. Wells worked for Taylor Upholstering. On July 30, 1951 he began his employment as a professional Fire Fighter for the City of Bradford Fire Department. He was promoted on January 1, 1985, to Engineer, then on December 6, 1988, he was appointed Lieutenant, on July 4, 1989 he retired.

He was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Union for 38 years, the American Legion, the Fraternal Order of the Odd Fellows and a member of First United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons Charles Wells of Brooklyn, NY, and Stephen (Lori) Wells of Winchester, VA, a sister, Doris Schelander, three grandchildren: Stephen John Wells, Natalie Janet Wells and Amber Lee Wells.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Harriet Brown.

Family will be receiving friends at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave.,on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 10 a.m. to Noon at which time funeral and committal services will with the Rev. Dennis Swineford pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church 23-25 Chambers Street, Bradford. Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

YMCA Flames Hosting Championships

The Bradford Family YMCA Flames will host the Level 3 and 4 Championships of the Western Pennsylvania YMCA Gymnastics League Sunday at the Olean (N.Y.) YMCA.

Nearly 100 girls age 5 to 14 from throughout Western Pennsylvania and New York will compete in the uneven bars, floor, balance beam and vault.

The meet, which is being sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bradford, is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students 18 years old and younger.

Massa Won't Run Again

New York Congressman Eric Massa has announced he's not running for re-election because of a third cancer scare.

Massa, who represents most of the Southern Tier of New York, including Cattaraugus County, battled non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the 1990s.

In December when he had the third scare, his doctors told him he can't continue working at the pace he's been working.

In a conference call with reporters, Massa also denied rumors that he's not seeking re-election because of allegations of harassment in his office. He's says the allegations are not true.


You think no one pays attention to our local elected officials? This story just made the CNN news at 5.

Residents Oppose Sales Tax Plan

More than half of Pennsylvania residents oppose Governor Ed Rendell's plan to change the state sales tax.

That's according to a new poll released today by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

53 percent of the more than 1,400 people surveyed don't like the plan that would decrease the tax from 6 percent to 4 percent but would tax more items and services.

The Governor's Budget Office projects the sales tax reform would raise more than $530 million in the new fiscal year. Under current plans, all of that money would be set aside in what's being called the "Stimulus Transition Reserve Fund."

For more on the poll, go here.

Two Cited for Stealing from Wal-Mart

Two Johnsonburg women have been cited for stealing nearly $300 worth of merchandise from the St. Marys Wal-Mart.

Police say on Monday 24-year-old Amber Haupright took $60.89 from the store without paying for it. On Tuesday, She took Crest Whitestrips and an AC adapter out of their packaging and concealed it on her person. The value of the items is $46.93.

41-year-old Diana Lechien, who was with Haupright, removed a necklace and ring valued at $10 from a display rack, removed the tags and concealed them on her person.

After Haupright and Lechien went through the checkout line, employees discovered that several items concealed in their cart weren't paid for. Those items are valued at $69.74.

Back in January, police say Lechien stole an Internet router valued at $109 from the store.

Poll: New York Residents Don't Want
Paterson to Resign, Cuomo to Investigate

A new poll shows New Yorkers don't want Governor David Paterson to quit.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds that 61 percent of voters don't want Paterson to resign because of the current scandal. He's accused of trying to persuade a woman to drop accusations of domestic violence against one of his aides. The poll released today showed even most women don't want Paterson to quit.

The National Organization for Women on Tuesday called for Paterson's resignation.

Also, most New Yorkers don't want state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to investigate the scandal, with 61 percent saying they would prefer an investigation by an independent prosecutor rather than Cuomo.

For more results from the poll, go here.

Bills Expected to Help
New York Maple, Honey Producers

The New York State Senate has passed bills that will allow honey and maple producers to run their operations more efficiently and more profitably.

Expanding the definition of agricultural buildings to include maple production facilities and sugarhouses, one bill will enable maple producers to avoid unnecessary administrative barriers they currently face when building those facilities.

The legislation will also allow for public access as an agritourism activity by allowing maple producers to open their establishments to tourists in order to promote their products.

Removing 2007 provisions requiring beekeepers to allow the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets to make surveys of their apiary (bee) yards is the focus of the other bill. The current provisions allow the commissioner to open and inspect any hive, colony, or package that he or she has reason to believe is containing bees or other objects relating to beekeeping. Senate Democratic spokesmen say regardless of the intentions of the provisions from 2007, they have not been utilized properly and by repealing them there is great potential for state savings.

Agriculture is one of the state’s largest industries, selling $4.5 billion worth of products in 2007; about 25 percent of the state’s land is used for agriculture. While dairy farms largely dominate New York agriculture, the maple industry is second only to Vermont. Honey producers generate over $5 million worth of honey annually.

Olean Native, Noted Public Health
Researcher to Give Lecture at SBU

Olean native and University of Georgia scientist John E.Vena, Ph.D., will visit St. Bonaventure University this month to share insights into how individual rights must be balanced with public health protections.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, Vena will give a public lecture, “Health Disparities and Challenges to You for Global Health,” in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building at St. Bonaventure. The greater Olean area community is welcome to attend as Vena addresses questions such as:

· What is public heath and how can we address the disturbing health disparities in the U.S. and globally?

· What are the threats from global warming?

· What paths can you take, following the Franciscan traditions, to meet the challenges ahead?

Steps to self-renewal and personal and career strategies will be highlighted.

Vena will also lead discussions on public health issues during a forum with faculty and staff on Friday, March 12, and with SBU’s health care students on Saturday, March 13, at Mt. Irenaeus.

Vena, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at St. Bonaventure, studies factors that affect the health of populations and is presently researching occupational and environmental risk factors that impact breast, lung and bladder cancers.

At the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health, Vena is head of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the University of Georgia Foundation Professor in Public Health. He also is a Distinguished Cancer Scholar with the Georgia Cancer Coalition, which selects scientists engaged in the most promising areas of cancer research who can strengthen the state’s research talent, capacity, infrastructure and funding.

Vena has published extensively in the field of environmental and occupational epidemiology and his studies have included descriptive and analytic studies of air and water pollution, bladder cancer and drinking water contaminants, occupational exposures, health of municipal workers including firefighters and police officers, diet, electromagnetic fields and persistent environmental toxicants.

He has published extensively in cancer epidemiology especially on breast, lung and bladder cancer, including case-control studies of occupational and environmental risk factors. He has led a multi-project cohort study of New York state sportsmen investigating the effects of persistent environmental toxicants. Outcomes under investigation included adverse reproductive and developmental effects and biomarkers of intermediate effects, including endocrine disruption and a newly funded study will be looking at cancer risks. He was an invited speaker to the President’s Cancer Panel in December 2008.

Before joining the University of Georgia, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Vena was professor of social and preventive medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and a research fellow at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1981-2003) and director of the Environment & Society Institute (1999-2003).

He received his B.S. in biology from St. Bonaventure and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A native of Olean, Vena is also a graduate of Archbishop Walsh High School.

Vena is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Epidemiological Society, a member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, Society for Epidemiologic Research and the American Public Health Association (APHA) and serves on the Governing Council for Epidemiology for APHA.

Vena served on the National Academy of Science Committee for the evaluation of the impact of oceans on human health in 1999 and the Committee on Gulf War and Health: Pesticides and Health, Solvent/Cancer Panel in 2002-2003. He has served as external reviewer for both the Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology Branch Intramural program at The National Cancer Institute and the Epidemiology Branch Intramural Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and has served on numerous NIH grant review panels.

Vena presently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Since 1981, Vena has taught courses in epidemiologic methods and applications in occupational health and in environmental health and has mentored graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty.

His visit to St. Bonaventure is sponsored by the University’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern and Clare College.

Snowshoeing in the Sun

These Fretz Middle School students lucked out by having a nice, sunny day to have a physical education class outside. The temperature was 43 degees when they came off the hill behind our studios. News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka says we can expect more sunshine this week and, on Saturday, another day like today.

East Resources Supports
Tioga County 4-H with Endowment Gift

East Resources has signed an agreement with Penn State's Cooperative Extension Service to create a new 4-H endowment fund for Tioga County.

East created the endowment with an initial principal investment of $50,000. The fund will be used to supplement financial support for the Tioga County 4-H program and may include education awards for 4-H members.

"East Resources has a major stake in Tioga County's future through its oil and gas interests, and our contribution to this endowment reflects East's commitment to help sustain that future," says Bob Long, the company's executive vice president. "Tioga County's young men and women are the key to the long-term health of our communities, and we appreciate the significant role that the county 4-H program play in helping them grown into productive, self-directed citizens."

Dennis Calvin, interim director of Penn State Cooperative Extension, says the endowment will help assure that generations of youth have access to 4-H programs.

Pictured, Robert Hansen Tioga Co. Cooperative Extension Director; Robert Long, Executive Vice President East Resources, Inc.; Jody Tice, Chairperson of the Tioga County 4-H Leader’s Advisory Committee; Hillary Root, President of the 4-H County Council; Andrew Geiser, 4-H Club president
(Photo courtesy of East Resources)

Pitt-Bradford Announces Dean's List

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford had named 269 students to the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester. Dean’s list status is awarded to full-time students who have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester.

Students earning a 4.0 average from Bradford were John Lonzi, a senior accounting and business management major; Lauren Lawson, a junior elementary education major; Diana Lawton, a junior elementary education major; James Kinney, a senior environmental education K-12 major; Kaitlin Zapel, a sophomore human relations major; and Leslie Shallop, a sophomore nursing major;

From Kane, Nathaniel Robbins, a senior biology major; Kathy Long, a senior elementary education major; and Keith Anderson, a junior social studies education 7-12 major;

Other students earning a 4.0 were Katlin Barrile, a freshman broadcast communications major from Albion, N.Y.; Brian McCann, a senior accounting and business management major, from Allegany, N.Y.; Prashant Gabani, a senior pre-medicine major from Bridgeville; Krista Myhre, a freshman sports medicine major from Catawissa; Bruno Galvao, a junior computer science major from Clarks Summit; Luke Morley, a sophomore social studies education 7-12 major from Coudersport; Brianne Pedine, a senior elementary education major from Derrick City; Laura Lucas, a junior biology major from Emporium; Olivia Fernandes, a freshman athletic training major from Erie; Ashlee McQuown, a senior athletic training major from Glasgow; Edward Prada, a senior sports medicine major from Greenville; Theresa Thorwart, a senior nursing major from Johnsonburg;

Ashley Wenger, a sophomore athletic training major from Lancaster; Sara Gligora, a sophomore sociology major from Milton; Joshua Flowers, a sophomore chemistry education 7-12 major from New Columbia; James Urmann, a senior accounting and petroleum technology major from Ridgway; Nicole Dipilato, a junior nursing major from Roulette; Jenelle Elmquist, a senior social studies education 7-12 major from Sheffield; Ali Mertsock, a senior elementary education major from Shinglehouse; Noelle Dixon, a junior elementary education major from St. Marys; Anne McDonough, a senior social studies education 7-12 major, also from St. Marys; Sarah Dwyer, a senior business education K-12 and business management major from Warren; Christopher Leonard, a sophomore information systems major from Warren; and Jessica Hamilton, a junior writing major from Wilcox;

Students earning dean’s list status from Bradford were Amy Pierce, a senior accounting and business management major; BriAnne Gleason, a freshman athletic training major; Kate Sherwin, a sophomore athletic training major; Elizabeth Ditty, a junior biology major; William Smock, a senior biology, pre-dental medicine and psychology major; Stacey Burns, a senior broadcast communications major; Sofia Brien, a senior business management major; Karen Pecht, a junior business management major; Thomas Taylor, a sophomore business management major; Tiara Brown, a freshman business management and sport and recreation management major;

Grant Allen, a senior computer information systems and technology major; David Kemick, a senior computer information systems and technology major, Jeremiah Stiable, a junior computer science major; James Pascarella, a junior computer information systems and technology major; Nicholas Foster, a junior criminal justice major; Danielle Persing, a freshman criminal justice and psychology major;

Barbara Allen, a freshman elementary education major; Valerie Couch, a junior elementary education major; Richille Denora, a sophomore elementary education major; Kara Karr, a senior elementary education major; Stephanie Smith, a sophomore elementary education major; Whitney Cline, a junior health and physical education and sport and recreation management major; Molly Curtis, a junior health and physical education and sport and recreation management major;

Katherine Nussbaum, a senior history-political science major; Danielle Schoonover-Wils, a junior history-political science major; Destiny Palmer, a sophomore hospitality management major; Benjamin Pfeil, a sophomore human relations major; Brandon Tully, a junior interdisciplinary arts major;

Wendy Mason, a junior liberal studies major; David Monroe, a senior nursing major; Daniel Wichensky, a freshman petroleum technology major; Laurie Craft, a senior public relations major; Jennifer Callahan, a senior sociology major; Joshua Britton, a senior sport and recreation management major; Sarah Lonzi, a freshman sports medicine major; and Michael Pascarella, a freshman undeclared major;

From Smethport, Stephanie Black, a junior athletic training major; Kevin Shunk, a sophomore biology education 7-12 major; Benjamin Babcox, a senior broadcast communications major; Michael Dodge, a junior business management major; Ronald Tanner Jr., a sophomore business management major; Oliver McCartney, a junior criminal justice major; Sherry Dumire, a senior environmental studies major; Vincent Kinniburgh, a junior health and physical education major; and Kevin Riekofsky, a freshman petroleum technology major;

From Warren, Courtney Baughman, a junior athletic training major; Ashley Zaffino, a junior athletic training major; Christina Hall, a freshman business management major; Michael Buchanan, a senior computer information systems and technology major; Matthew Abplanalp, a freshman electrical engineering major; Jacob Shepherd, a freshman English major; Steven Tachoir, a freshman petroleum technology major; Treena Holmes Hulings, a sophomore social sciences major; and John Eggleston, a freshman writing major;

From St. Marys, Sarah Henry, a senior nursing major; Brock Wennin, a senior elementary education major; Dennis Glass, a freshman information systems major; Deanna Denio, a sophomore nursing major; Angela Meyer, a senior nursing major; Kristin Braun, a senior radiological science major; and Francis Straub, a sophomore history-political science major;

From Johnsonburg, Alida Leslie, a sophomore hospitality management major; and Denise Chiesa, a freshman nursing major;

From Kane, Natasha Mattis, a senior communications and sociology major; Nicole Ewing, a sophomore elementary education major; Ashley Mix, a junior elementary education major; Tyler Bizzak, a freshman environmental studies major; Tyler Smith, a junior health and physical education major; Larry Walker, a freshman information systems major; and Stacy Postelwait, a senior sociology major;

From Kersey, Brandy Hetrick, a junior nursing major; and Wray Woelfel, a freshman pre-optometry major;

From Gifford, Jonathan Blackman, a freshman computer information systems and technology and information systems major; Amy Rakieski, a senior elementary education major; Nicole Walter, a senior elementary education major; Brittany Gorrell, a sophomore history-political science and social studies education 7-12 major; and Jillian Hamilton, a senior mathematics education 7-12 major;

From Port Allegany, Jacob Chastain, a freshman chemical engineering major; Shane Roush, a sophomore hospitality management major; Barbara Headley, a junior human relations major; Daniel Taylor, a freshman information systems major; and Shannell Wise, a freshman sports medicine major;

From Shinglehouse, Matthew Reiner, a senior computer information systems and technology major; Jessica Visseau, a senior English and English education 7-12 major; Vogue Bernard, a junior human relations major; and Tarra James, a senior sport and recreation management major;

From Ridgway, Shea McKnight, a sophomore elementary education major; Theodore Agens, a senior human relations major; Matthew Cole, a freshman nursing major; and Jennifer Wonderly, a freshman nursing major;

From Eldred, Heather Kelley, a junior accounting and business management major; Stevy Crawford, a junior health and physical education major; and Jacob Canaan, a senior history-political science major;

From Lewis Run, Hope Ruffner, a senior accounting and business management major; Danielle Norgrove, a senior elementary education major; and Shandra Wilson, a senior human relations major;

From Allegany, N.Y., Aaron Weise, a freshman computer information systems and technology major, and Franklin Sider, a freshman criminal justice major; Shane Phillips, a senior elementary education and writing major from Ellicottville, N.Y.; Heather Snider, a social studies education 7-12 major from Great Valley, N.Y.; and Cayla DeChane, a freshman sociology major from Great Valley, N.Y.;

Kelsie Griesbaum, a senior hospitality management major from Limestone, N.Y.; Jennifer Forney, a senior hospitality management major from Olean, N.Y.; Kayla Branch, a sophomore nursing major from Olean, N.Y.; Paul Wallace, a junior mathematics education 7-12 major from Portville, N.Y.; and Christine Bradshaw, a junior pre-pharmacy major from Randolph, N.Y.;

Sarah Monger, a freshman mathematics education 7-12 major from Coudersport; Elizabeth Fair, a senior business management major from Custer City; and Jeremy Freer, a sophomore broadcast communications major from Cyclone;

From Duke Center, Erik Austin, a sophomore criminal justice major; and Lisa Nichols, a freshman information systems major;

Lesley Bickford, a sophomore public relations major from Emporium; Stephanie Hungiville, a freshman nursing major from Mt. Jewett; Nyssa Brumagin, a freshman writing major from North Warren; and Alicia Steffan, a freshman nursing major from Sheffield;

From Wilcox, Kelli Nelson, a junior criminal justice major; and Jessica Brendel, a junior hospitality management major;

From Erie, Andrew Sarbak, a senior athletic training major; Anthony Mazza, a sophomore computer information systems and technology major; Sarah Lorya, a senior history-political science and social sciences major; and Andrew Braeger, a senior interdisciplinary arts major;

From Titusville, Kayli Cramer, a senior business management major; Shannon Stevenson, a senior business management major; Courtney Graham, a senior elementary education major; and Jennifer Stewart, a senior business management major;

From Pittsburgh, Sean Eiszler, a sophomore accounting major; Aaron Smigielski, a sophomore business management major; Jeanine Vento, a senior business management major; Jonathan Andrews, a freshman engineering major; Kyle Ermentrout, a sophomore history-political science major; Morgan Locher, a sophomore pre-physical therapy major; and Maria Constanza, a sophomore public relations major;

From North East, Jessica Bogart, a junior accounting major; Christopher Wakley, a junior athletic training major; Robert Merkel, a freshman computer information systems and technology major; and Kyle Lewis, a junior history-political science major;

From New Castle, Elizabeth Courson, a senior biology major; Jason Burkes, a freshman health and physical education major; and Rebecca Alborn, a sophomore sports medicine major;

From Philadelphia, Christopher Bishop, a senior applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major; Angelique Lindsay, a senior business management major; Erich Prantl-Bartlett, a junior pre-law major; and Quoc Duy Vo, a freshman pre-pharmacy major;

From Clarendon, Christina Meddock, a senior elementary education major; Harmonie Kibbey, a junior English and English education 7-12 major; and Lindsey Burkey, a junior nursing major;

Tabitha Ryan, a senior athletic training major, and Rebecca Ramsey, a senior elementary education major, both of Albion; Tiffany Robert, a junior elementary education major from Athens; and Melissa Matula, a senior nursing major from Bath;

Stephanie Petchel, a senior broadcast communications major from Beaver Meadows; Kathryn Roth, a senior nursing major, and Tracy Le, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major, both from Bethlehem;

Ryan Tuck, a sophomore petroleum technology major, and Nathan Neff, a freshman sports medicine major, both from Butler; Michael Moniger, a freshman pre-medicine major from Carlisle; Tyler Kniss, a senior nursing major from Catawissa; and Zachary Staub, a freshman criminal justice major from Center Valley;

Sarah Stutzman, a junior business management major from Centerville; Chelsea Marcho, a senior biology major from Clifford; Stephanie Makin, a freshman criminal justice major from Colver; Mathew Molke, a sophomore business management major from Conneaut Late; and Benjamin Braswell, a senior human relations major from Corry;

Thomas LaLicata, a sophomore business management major from Doylestown; Andrea Fields, a senior elementary education major from Driftwood; and Andrew Denapoli, a senior petroleum technology major from Dubois;

Joshua Malone, a senior business management and economics major from East Springfield; Sarah Rodenhauser, a freshman sociology major from East Stroudsburg; Sophie Brandenburg, a junior nursing major from Ellwood City; Rachel McMinn, a junior pre-occupational therapy and sports medicine major, and Megan Clyde, a senior sports medicine major, both of Falls Creek;

Mary Gross, a sophomore athletic training major from Ford City; Elizabeth Young, a sophomore nursing major from Gibsonia; Jeanette Golobek, a sophomore human relations major from Grantville; Jennifer Sobeck, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Harveys Lake; and Andrew Hwang, a senior business management major from Horsham;

Tess Domaracki, a sophomore elementary education major from Indiana; Samantha Williams, a senior broadcast communications major from Irvine; Rebecca Carlson, a junior elementary education major from Kittanning; Christopher Tewksbury, a senior accounting and business management major from Laceyville; Baruch Talbott, a freshman undeclared major from Lancaster; and Joselynn Hackman, an sophomore English education 7-12 major from Lehighton;

Ellicott Goff, a freshman sport and recreation management major, and Alisha Wisel, a junior sport and recreation management major, both from Lewisburg; Perrey Spena, a freshman undeclared major from Lincoln University; Sheri Smay, a freshman nursing major from Mahaffey; and Ridge Foster, a freshman computer information systems and technology major from Mars;

Daniel Gribbin, a freshman computer and information systems and technology major form McKean; Kayla Bourgeois, a senior sports medicine major from Meadville; Von Scheivert, a senior sports medicine major from Mechanicsburg; and Matthew Deem, a junior sport and recreation management major from Midland;

Delia White, a senior business management and economics major from Mountain Top; Michael Reeder, a junior writing major from Murrysville; Matthew Lee, a senior accounting and business management major from New Albany; Matthew Glover, a senior biology major from New Brighton; Ashleigh Hauck, a sophomore sports medicine major from New Columbia; and Nathaniel Schoffstall, a freshman undeclared major from New Tripoli;

Emily Lewellin, a sophomore business management major, and Thang Tran, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major, both from Northampton; Karl Gesing, a junior elementary education major from Oil City; Brice Snyder, a freshman athletic training major from Palmerton; and Laura Long, a sophomore athletic training major from Pittsfield;

Jacqueline Foley, a senior psychology major from Pleasantville; Christopher Finke, a senior nursing major from Prospect; Christina McClarren, a sophomore psychology major from Red Lion, Aaron Petrun, a freshman sports medicine major from Rochester; and Wesley Milliron, a freshman computer information systems and technology major from Snow Shoe;

Angelena Faherty, a sophomore history-political science major from Southampton; Stacie Bova, a senior elementary education major from Spartansburg; Samantha Hockenberry, a senior biology major from Spring Run; and Jay Leipheimer, a freshman pre-medicine major from Transfer;

Shawna Hardy, a senior public relations major from Wampum; Allyson Tacchi, a senior nursing major from West Grove; and Lori Incitti, a freshman criminal justice major from Williamsport;

Lucas Haskell, a freshman health and physical education major from Arcade, N.Y.; Brian Putney, a senior business management major from East Aurora, N.Y.; Stacie Wickerham, a senior health and physical education major from Greenhurst, N.Y.; Christopher Hammond, a senior health and physical education major from Jamestown, N.Y.; and Samantha Wilkinson, a senior health and physical education major from Niagara Falls, N.Y.;

Jessica Clark, a junior English education 7-12 major from Rochester, N.Y.; Justin Bullard, a junior athletic training major from Sinclairville, N.Y.; Jolene Wulff, a senior pre-physical therapy and sports medicine major from Springville, N.Y.; Brandon Skawienski, a junior biology major from Varysburg, N.Y.; Amanda Shaw, a senior athletic training major from Warsaw, N.Y.; and Stephanie Adams, a senior psychology major from West Valley, N.Y.;

From Medina, Ohio, Matthew Lamade, a senior criminal justice major, and Jacquelyn Podrasky, a junior sports medicine major;

Arnetta Thomas, a junior pre-physical therapy and sports medicine major, and Amirah Sabir, a sophomore sports medicine major, both from Washington, D.C.; Xueyuan Lin, a freshman nursing major from Jersey City, N.J.; and Jasmine McEwen, a sophomore psychology major from Lawrenceville, N.J.;

Krista DiPaolo, a sophomore English major from Buxton, Maine; Peter Petrusic, a junior athletic training major from Columbia, Md.; and Kirby Craft, a freshman athletic training major from Goodyear, Ariz.

CCMH Announces Affiliation with Hamot

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital announced its official clinical affiliation with Hamot Medical Center which will enhance local healthcare in the region.

The partnership will allow expanded opportunities for Charles Cole such as trauma/emergency services, regional transportation, homecare/durable medical equipment, after hours pharmacy coverage, education and peer relationships, professional recruitment/retention, and medical office joint ventures. Patients will retain choice for tertiary care and local control of CCMH will not be affected.

CCMH has had a long-standing affiliation with Hamot through the availability of Hamot-affiliated cardiologists, neurologists, and most recently through the inception of telemedicine which allows patients to see a specialists from a tertiary center close to home. CCMH’s board of directors explored options over the past year and found Hamot to be a logical choice due to their successful working relationship and similar philosophies and missions.

“We are very confident that Hamot offers demonstrated advantages and is an excellent partner for our hospital,” said Ed Pitchford, CCMH president and chief executive officer. “This affiliation presents an opportunity for us through access to additional capabilities and expertise and to develop a tightly integrated network to boost quality and coordinate services, where it makes sense. We can also reduce costs for our organizations and those seeking care with us, all the while making sure patients get what they need, when they need it.”

“This is an important day for our community and our hospital. We have joined forces with a very successful and forward thinking healthcare organization. We are excited about the possibilities this affiliation will provide our area residents, employees and physicians. The Hamot affiliation strengthens our hospital’s ability to reach out to residents with quality health care throughout northcentral Pennsylvania. A regional approach such as this can benefit our local community by offering a broad range of services while creating added efficiencies in the delivery of health care,” said Charles Updegraff, CCMH board chairman.

Hamot Chief Operating Officer Jim Fiorenzo believes the strength of this affiliation is built upon a shared vision. “There are numerous external forces affecting the delivery of healthcare today but by forming closer relationships like this affiliation between Hamot and CCMH, we can deliver on our commitment to provide excellent patient care and create new solutions for the delivery of healthcare in Northwest Pennsylvania.”

“That’s why our organization is working with Hamot, a much larger organization with an excellent reputation that will offer us services that we otherwise might not be able to have. Charles Cole is an economic base for the community and it is essential that we are able to continue to grow by keeping as much care in the region as possible. This area needs to have a full-service, primary care hospital that is dedicated to excellent, patient-centered care and that is a mutual goal of the leadership of both Charles Cole and Hamot,” Pitchford said.

Hamot has been recognized by numerous national organizations including US News and World Report and Thomson Reuters for outstanding quality and clinical excellence in a wide range of services including cardiac, orthopaedics, neurology, urology and critical care medicine.

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital is a full service, comprehensive health system based in Coudersport with service throughout north central Pennsylvania. In addition to the hospital’s main campus in Coudersport, CCMH provides primary health care, including wellness and physical therapy, to surrounding communities in four counties at rural health centers in Galeton, Ulysses, Westfield, Shinglehouse, Port Allegany, Eldred, Smethport, and Emporium. For additional information on the hospital’s services and medical providers, visit www.charlescolehospital.com.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Police Respond to Fights

City of Bradford Police responded to fight calls at Bradford Regional Medical Center and Togi's Sub Station.

61-year-old Chera Richardson of South Center Street is being charged for harassment for her involvement in the altercation at BRMC.

Police also responded to harassment complaints on West Corydon and Kennedy streets.

Calvin Teeter was picked up on a bench warrant and later released by McKean County Probation.

Another Resignation Amid Scandal

Another top official in New York State government is resigning amid the domestic violence scandal in Albany.

New York State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt is expected to resign Wednesday.

Corbitt is the second state law enforcement official to leave after the latest scandal. Corbitt has acknowledged that a police official had contact with a woman who had accused a top aide to Governor David Paterson of roughing her up. After that, the woman dropped the case.

Corbitt's boss, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise O'Donnell, resigned last week. She said direct contact by the governor and troopers with the woman was unacceptable.

Scarnati Talks Taxes

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Lt. Governor and Senator Joe Scarnati says he had hoped House Democrats and Governor Ed Rendell learned last year that Senate Republicans won't go along with a tax increase but, instead, it looks as if another tough budget season is ahead.

Rendell has proposed lowering the state sales tax from 6 percent to 4 percent, but taking tax exemptions off dozens of items.

"He has some really neat words he uses to make you feel good, but it's over a billion dollar tax increase," Scarnati said.

Scarnati said he's willing to debate what should be taxed and what shouldn't, "but the point of the matter is it's a $1.2 billion tax increase."

"You may not see it as well as you see property tax or (tax) coming out of your paycheck, but that's still a massive tax increase," he said.

He said would be willing to debate Rendell in a public forum on several issues.

One of those issues is a tax on plumbing services.

Scarnati acknowledged that it isn't cheap to have a plumber come to your house, even without adding tax to the bill.

"A lot of people don't call plumbers because it is expenseive, but the governor wants to tax plumbing." he said.

The second issue is services funeral homes provide.

"I really don't think the greiving family members are going to be happy about that," he said.

The third group of items is women's personal hygiene products.

"I really would encourage the governor to let that one go," Scarmati said. "I think that is really dipping to the lowest level of taxation and I'd love to hear what women think aobut that.

In all, Rendell has proposed lifting the exemption on about 70 items and services.

"I could feel a whole lot beter about telling my constituents that we need a tax increase if we were really doing the job -- if this governor and the Democrats were clearning up waste, fraud and abuse -- and that's not happened yet. It just hasn't happened yet," he said.

There may come a time when they have to talk about more revenue, but that time isn't here yet, he said.

Another controversial tax issue concerns Marcellus Shale drillers.

Scarnati noted that when Rendell was trying to attract solar and wind energy companies to come to Pennsylvania, he offered them tax credits.

"The people that are here digging Marcellus Shale wells are not asking for a tax credit. They're just asking for a fair playing field," he said.

He added that you can't compare the extraction tax in other states to Pennsylvania, saying that 5 percent in Texas isn't the same because their tax structure is different, and real estate, corporate and personal income taxes are far lower.

"You're not comparing apples to apples," he said.

He also believes that if the tax structure in Pennsylvania becomes regressive and onerous, the drillers will pick up and move to other states.

"This is an industry that is creating jobs," Scarnati said. "We need to make sure this industry gets on its feet, make sure this industry is treated fairly; make sure environmental concerns are all handled appropriately."

I'm not advocating that we let these companies rape and ravage our resources here," he said. "What I'm advocating is -- let's have a balance ... Let's go back to what the solar and wind industry got. They got tax credits."

Senator Andy Dinniman of West Chester County is proposing legislation that would have part of a natural gas severence tax go toward property tax relief. He said the severance tax would provide $478 million in property tax relief by 2014, reducing the average annual property tax bill by nearly $150.

Dinniman's legislation would also dedicate $50 million in severance tax revenues to the following: local governments and communities affected by the drilling and transportation of natural gas; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission; and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

"There's going to be quite a debate in Harrisburg over issues that need to be changed to make sure this industry stays and grows here," Scarnati said, adding that if a tax comes out it, it has to be a tax that keeps Pennsylvania on par with other states.

The Legislature is back in session on Monday.


We also talked about tourism and other issues, which I will write about soon.

Reed Run Road Closed

The Keating Township Roadmaster has issued a road closure for Reed Run Road from the Roulette Township LIne to the intersection of Odin Road.

The closure is due to excessive ice buildup throughout the winter. "Road Closed" signs have been posted.

This closure will most likely be in effect until the spring thaw. Motorists are advised to stay off this section of Reed Run Road until penalty of law.

Colosimo Honored for Service to UPB

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg has selected Patricia M. Colosimo of Bradford as a recipient of the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University.

Colosimo is assistant director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford.

She is one of four staff members university-wide to receive the award, which was created to recognize staff members who make a significant impact on the university through their commitment and performance.

The Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence is the highest honor a staff member can receive. Colosimo and the other recipients were honored at Pitt’s honors convocation Friday.

In his letter of congratulations, Nordenberg said Colosimo was recommended by the selection committee for her “unending dedication to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Your supporters for this award cited your willingness to undertake any task asked of you, even those which are no longer your responsibility,” Nordenberg wrote. “You are asked to complete these tasks because of your distinction for getting the job done, and getting it done well.”

In addition to serving as the assistant director of arts programming, Colosimo organizes major events at Pitt-Bradford, including events for the president’s office and institutional advancement.

“The extra effort and personal time you give to making Pitt-Bradford shine have not gone unnoticed,” Nordenberg wrote.

Colosimo began working at Pitt-Bradford in 1999, coordinating all events and summer conferences taking place on campus and keeping track of the university’s master calendar for all campus events.

In 2008, she became the assistant director of arts programming, while still coordinating presidential and institutional advancement events. In her new role, Colosimo assists in the organization and implementation of Pitt-Bradford’s Prism and Spectrum arts series and coordinates the student matinee series, Kaleidescope.

She has served on several staff association committees and numerous faculty and staff search committees, and was appointed by Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, to coordinate the Norman Rockwell Exhibit and special event series.

She serves as the Pitt-Bradford liaison to the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center board and, in 2001, received the Admissions Commitment to Excellence Award.

“I am extremely honored by this award and recognition,” Colosimo said. “Having Pitt-Bradford staff members being recognized five times in the last seven years is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of the entire staff community. Everyone works hard and supports each other.”

Colosimo earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

She lives in Bradford with her husband, Richard, and daughter, Chelsey. She and her husband also have two grown children.

This is the fifth time a Pitt-Bradford employee has been recognized by the chancellor. Last year, James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and director of enrollment services, received the Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the University. In 2004, Rhett Kennedy, associate dean of student affairs and interim director of auxiliary services, received the same award.

In addition, Peter J. Buchheit, director of facilities management, and Donald O. Johnson, mail carrier, have received the Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the Community.

Renowned Theologian to Visit SBU

The St. Bonaventure community looks to benefit from the newest Lenna Visiting Professor Dr. William M. Shea.

Shea’s career has focused on the intersection of the Catholic intellectual tradition with modern culture. He has held academic positions at the Catholic University of America, the University of South Florida, St. Louis University and the College of the Holy Cross. Additionally, Shea has been a fellow at Harvard, Yale, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Shea has authored two books, “The Naturalist and the Supernatural: A Study in Horizon and an American Philosophy of Religion” and “The Lion and the Lamb: Evangelicals and Catholics in America.” He has also written more than 50 articles in scholarly and professional papers and edited three volumes of academic essays on American religion.

Dr. John Apczynski and the Department of Theology at St. Bonaventure nominated Shea, a Columbia graduate, for the Lenna Visiting Professorship.

“This work directly addresses what the community at St. Bonaventure officially considers its primary academic purpose, namely to explore the relevance of the Catholic intellectual heritage for contemporary life in the United States and globally,” said Apczynski.

Shea will give two public lectures: the first, “Cardinal Ratzinger and Me,” on Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Dresser Auditorium of the Murphy Professional Building at SBU, and the second, “The Cost of Intellectual Solidarity,” in Plassmann Room 111 at SBU on Monday, March 22, at 4 p.m. He will also participate in classroom discussions and exercises.

The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship is made possible through the gifts of Elizabeth S. Lenna Fairbank and the late Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown. The endowment is designed to bring distinguished scholars in their field to St. Bonaventure and Jamestown Community College.

The university usually hosts one or two Lenna Visiting Professors per academic year. The endowment allows a school or department to bring in a professor who might not have been considered due to financial restrictions.

The Lenna Visiting Professor stays on campus for two weeks, and Shea will be the 24th since its establishment in 1990.

Quinnipiac Poll: Specter Leads Sestak

Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter leads Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak 53 - 29 percent and has pushed ahead of Republican Pat Toomey 49 - 42 percent in a general election matchup, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today, up from a 44 - 44 percent tie December 18. In a battle of the unknowns, Toomey leads Sestak 39 - 36 percent with 24 percent undecided.

President Barack Obama's job approval rating in Pennsylvania remains below 50 percent, at 49 - 46 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Fewer than one in five Pennsylvanians think the federal government in Washington, or the state government in Harrisburg, does the right thing almost all or most of the time.

"Sen. Arlen Specter seems to be having a good winter politically. He is back ahead of Republican Pat Toomey after having been essentially tied with him since last summer, and there remains no evidence that his primary challenger, Congressman Joe Sestak, has made much progress as we get within three months of the May primary," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Specter's lead over Toomey is built upon a 52 - 36 percent margin among women voters, while Toomey has a small 49 - 46 percent lead among men, an indication that the gender gap remains alive and well.

"Specter's edge is that he is so much better known than his challengers at this point. Only 11 percent of voters say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion," said Brown, "while 74 percent of voters including 73 percent of Democrats say Sestak is too unfamiliar for them to have an opinion."

"Toomey remains unfamiliar to 65 percent of voters. Toomey has eight months to close that gap, but Sestak has a much shorter timeline, given the May 18 primary," Brown added.

But Pennsylvania voters say 52 - 38 percent Specter does not deserve another term in the Senate. Voters give Specter a narrow 48 - 45 percent approval rating. By comparison, the state's other Democratic U.S. Senator, Bob Casey Jr., gets a 53 - 29 percent approval rating.

Among Democrats who have some opinion of both Specter and Sestak, Sestak leads 54 - 37 percent.

Although he was a Republican until last April, Democrats say 48 - 29 percent that Specter more than Sestak shares their values.

For more on the poll, go here.

NOW Urges Paterson to Resign

The National Organization for Women is urging Governor David Paterson to resign.

In the past, NOW has backed Paterson and his efforts to fight domestic violence.

The call for Paterson's resignation comes in the wake of allegations the governor directed two staff members to contact a woman involved in a domestic violence dispute with one of the governor's top aides.

NOW's New York State President Marcia Pappas says, despite Paterson's excellent record with women's issues, it's time for him to step down.

Brass Roots Trio at SBU's Quick Center

Brass Roots Trio will perform its popular “American Impressions” program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the seventh concert of the Friends of Good Music season at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

“American Impressions” is a lively program that captures vignettes of the many aspects of American culture with music ranging from Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” to Billy Joel’s “Root Beer Rag.” Brass Roots Trio brings to life memories of Mississippi River boats and the musical legends they carried from New Orleans, Southern gospel revivals, and the haunting beauty of Appalachian melodies.

With three musicians and a multitude of instruments – piano, horn, trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet and violin – Brass Roots Trio dazzles audiences with pyrotechnic virtuosity and exquisite sounds. Its members, Rosetta Senkus Bacon, Travis Heath and Christina Ciraulo, infuse their music with passion and exuberant energy, and their spontaneity and presentation establish an immediate connection with the audience.

Formed in 2005, Brass Roots Trio has played to standing ovations and rave reviews in every corner of the United States and the United Kingdom. Their tours have included performances at Oxford University, St. James Piccadilly in London and the Chicago Brass Festival, and they appeared on NPR programs several times. The trio performed at the White House in 2009.

Other appearances include The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Lincoln Center in New York, Banff Centre in Canada, the Guinness Jazz Festival in Ireland, and at cultural centers in Switzerland, England, Scotland, Lithuania, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Dubai, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, China, Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia.

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $20 at full price, $16 for St. Bonaventure staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For tickets and additional information, call The Quick Center box office at (716) 375-2494.

For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center opens its galleries one hour before the performance and keeps them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

Guilty Pleas in Robbery, Assault

Two Olean residents have pleaded guilty for attacking a man outside a convenience store and stealing 30 dollars from him.

20-year-old Jamie Crawford and 23-year-old and Joshua Slawson were each charged with robbery and assault for the incident that happened November 14 in Olean.

They're scheduled for sentencing on June 6.

Southern Tier Symphony at Pitt-Bradford

The Southern Tier Symphony, regarded as “one of the treasures of our region,” will perform next week at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as part of the university’s annual Spectrum Series.

The pops concert, titled “Music Tells a Story,” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets are $20 for the public and free for Pitt-Bradford students, and are available on the day of the performance at the Bromeley Family Theater.

Musical selections include “The Thrill of the Orchestra” by Russell Peck, “Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham” by Robert Kapilow and “Peter and the Wolf” by Serge Prokofiev.

Peck’s “The Thrill of the Orchestra” is an illustration of the various instruments and how they are played. The piece will be narrated by Father Greg Dobson, parish priest of St. Mary of the Angels Church, Olean.

“Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham” was hailed by Denise Bolger Kovnat of the Rochester Review as, “colorful...quoting everything from ‘Heart and Soul’ to Chopin’s Funeral March, with some jazz and rap music heard in between.” Guest singers for this selection are Cristen Gregory and Marina Laurendi.

The final selection, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” relates the tale of a boy named Peter, who captures a wolf after watching it stalk a bird and cat and consume an unfortunate duck. Prokofiev associates specific instruments and musical themes with each character in the story: A violin represents Peter, French horns, the wolf, etc. This piece will be narrated by Dr. Ben King, dean of Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College.

Now in its seventh season, the Olean-based group is under the direction of John Whitney.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or arj4@pitt.edu.

Additional information is available by visiting http://www.southerntiersymphony.org/.

Oswayo Bridge is Posted

PennDOT has posted weight limit restrictions on a small Potter County bridge on Route 244 in the borough of Oswayo. The Oswayo Bridge is now posted for a 19-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 35-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. Vehicles exceeding the weight limits will need to use an alternate route.

The decision to post weight limits on the bridge was the result of a recent inspection. The Oswayo Bridge spans West Oswayo Creek. It was built in 1938; is 24 feet long and carries an average of 222 vehicles per day. The posting for the bridge will remain in place until repairs can be made later this year.

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

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sewer Line Costs Discussed at
Foster Township Supervisors Meeting

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Engineers are currently trying to figure how to pay for the $800,000 sewer line project from Laffery Hollow to Corwins Corners.

Foster Township Engineer Roy Pedersen said they are looking into a loan from PENNVEST, and will also be updating their H2O grant application.

He said they are going to "see if we can figure out a way to do it without raising rates."

He added that he doesn't know when the H2O grant money will be awarded "but at least they're taking applications."

When asked about the possibility that the township will actually get the grant, Pedersen said, "I don't want to give you false hope. We applied for it last year to pay for that section of sewer line ... which would have been beautiful. ... We're hoping to get 100 percent funding so there would be no local borrowing."

He said they are "shovel ready," which is one of the criteria for federal stimulus money.

Supervisor Chris Wolcott said he spoke with State Representative Marty Causer during the Kinzua Outdoor & Travel Show, and learned that Causer is not too hopeful about grants being awarded this year, but he wants to talk to the supervisors about it and see what he can do to help.

In a related matter during Monday's supervisors meeting, Wolcott asked that everyone fill out a census form.

"It means a lot as far as how much money we get coming from the federal government," Wolcott said. "If we're not represented fully, we don't get as much money. That means your taxes are going to go up. So, fill the forms out and get them in."

He said $400 billion in federal funds are allocated for roads, bridges, economic development projects, emergency services, and more, based on population.

In other matters, Supervisor Jim Connelly Jr. noted that drilling has started on Bolivar Drive past Ken-Mar Acres and before Patterson Lane.

He said they do have all the necessary permits, but told residents that if they see anything supervisors should be aware of they should contact them.

"We are on top of it. We do know they're up there and we are paying attention," Connelly said.

Also, while some municipalities in the state are having problems with their budgets because of winter storms, Foster Township isn't so far.

Road supervisor Joe Sweet said the township is "doing all right."

The weather's cooperating, although "this weekend put a big slap to us," Sweet said.

As of yet, they've had no major breakdowns or big expenses, he said.

Also Monday, Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant Jeff Wilson gave a report on what state police have been doing in Foster Township.

"Because you have a full time police department the Pennsylvania State Police doesn't have a real huge presence in your township," said Wilson, who is commander of the Kane barracks.

He said in 2008 state police responded to 23 incidents in the township, compared to 13 in 2009. They responded to five DUIs in 2008 and three in 2009. They handled five liquor law violations in 2008 and one in 2009. He said state police also did three fire marshal investigations during those two years.

"Really, that's the basic role we play -- a support role to the Foster Township Police Department," Wilson said.