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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Scarnati to Sponsor Constitutional
Amendment Concerning Healthcare

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said he is planning to introduce an amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution that would prohibit government from mandating that an individual participate in a given healthcare system.

"Clearly the healthcare reform legislation passed by Congress crosses the line in many different aspects of personal freedoms and governmental intrusion," Scarnati said. "States have the right to protect our citizens from undue burdens and mandates placed on them by the federal government. Therefore, I find it imperative that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth amend the state’s Constitution to reflect a person’s right to choose their own healthcare policy."

"I recognize the demand for accessible, affordable healthcare, but this legislation does neither and quite frankly, places government in between solid healthcare decisions involving doctors and patients," Scarnati stated. "I agree that healthcare reform is needed, but in this case…Congress must do better."

Scarnati also mentioned that the amendment would prohibit the imposition of fines or penalties on an individual who declines to participate in any healthcare system.

"Unfortunately, legislation passed by Congress would force citizens to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a tax up to 2.5% of their total household income," Scarnati added. "Without question this mandate is unconstitutional and it is now up to the states to defend the rights of our citizens from this unmistakable takeover of rights by the federal government."

"Not only does the legislation passed by Congress threaten individual rights, it threatens the economic vitality of this country and state," Scarnati concluded. "I cannot in good conscience allow the worst public policy decision in decades to destroy the fabric of our entire healthcare system. With over a $1 trillion price tag and further costs down the road placed on the taxpayers, it is imperative that the states do everything in our power to protect the citizens."

Two Charged with Heroin Possession

A Limestone man and a Bradford woman are being accused of heroin possession following a traffic stop in Springville, New York.

30-year-old Lloyd Baribeau III and 25-year-old Mary Bradley are each charged with a felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Erie County Sheriff's deputies stopped the car at about 3:15 p.m. Friday after receiving a report of an erratic driver in the village business district.

On Wednesday, Baribeau waived a preliminary hearing in Bradford on charges of that he sold crack cocaine to confidential informants with the drug task forces of McKean and Warren counties.

Janders Run Bridge Work to Start

PennDOT District 2 announced that work will start Monday, March 29, on a project to replace the Janders Run Bridge on Route 44 in Ceres Township, McKean County. This project is financed with federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Work includes removal of the existing, single-span bridge and placement of a new pre-cast concrete box culvert. A temporary road will be in place to maintain traffic through the area.

PennDOT expects the new bridge to be open to traffic by mid June. L.C. Whitford Company of Wellsville, New York, is the contractor on this $$728,000 job.

This project is part of PennDOT’s more than $66 million investment of federal economic recovery funds for 17 transportation projects across the nine counties of District 2.

To learn more about how the federal economic stimulus will benefit Pennsylvania, visit

Sean Kingston to Perform at SBU

Rap and pop recording artist Sean Kingston will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at St. Bonaventure University’s Reilly Center Arena.

Kingston, who describes his style as a fusion of “reggae, pop, dance and fun,” first burst onto the scene in 2007, when his single “Beautiful Girls” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and topped singles charts in the United Kingdom and other international markets. The record earned him a Teen Choice Award, as did his 2009 single “Fire Burning.”

Kingston won a 2007 MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award for Best Reggae Act, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award as Outstanding New Artist in 2008.

On his latest release, the single “Eenie Meenie,” he teams up with Justin Bieber, the Canadian teen pop star who was discovered through FaceBook.

Born Kisean Jamal Anderson in Miami in 1990, Kingston spent much of his youth in Jamaica. He had a rough upbringing, landing in jail at the age of 11 on a breaking-and-entering charge, and finding himself homeless when his mother was jailed on an identity fraud conviction.

He worked the Miami talent show circuit and his big break came in 2007 when he learned of a new record label in search of new artists. He auditioned and was signed on the spot.

Tickets for the general public are $12 and go on sale Tuesday, March 30. Tickets for St. Bonaventure students, faculty and staff are $10 each and go on sale Monday, March 29.

Tickets may be purchased at the Reilly Center Arena Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at

The concert is being presented by St. Bonaventure’s Campus Activities Board, the Student Government Association, and the Damietta Center.

US Route 6 Work Starts Monday

PennDOT District 2 announced that work will start Monday, March 29, on a project to make improvements on Route 6 in Potter County. This project is financed with federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

On Monday, March 29, crews will begin to resurface the roadway in Sweden Township, Eulalia Township and Coudersport Borough. The work zone stretches from the Franklin Bridge in Coudersport to the Route 6/Route 872 intersection. Work includes roadway resurfacing, drainage improvements, guiderail updates, new curbing and sidewalks, waterline installation and pavement markings.

During daylight hours, motorists can expect short delays through the work zone. PennDOT expects work to be complete by the end of September. I.A. Construction of Zelionople, Butler County, is the contractor on this $2.1 million job.

This project is part of PennDOT’s more than $66 million investment of federal economic recovery funds being spent on 17 transportation projects across the nine counties of District 2.

To learn more about how the federal economic stimulus will benefit Pennsylvania, visit

One Book Bradford:
Hart Presentation to Conclude Season

This year’s One Book Bradford season will come to a close Wednesday night with a presentation by author Lenore Hart.

Hart, who wrote this year’s One Book Bradford selection – “Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher” – will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Mukaiyama University Room at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hart will talk about her approach to writing and the story behind the story of “Becky.”

Hart picked up where famed writer Mark Twain left off and carried Becky Thatcher, as well as other characters such as Tom Sawyer, into adulthood.

Hart’s visit will also include a morning session at the Bradford Area Public Library where she and her husband, Bradford native David Poyer, will speak with registered participants about “Then Things Your English Teacher Never Told You About Writing.”

Each year, One Book Bradford seasons end with a visit from the author of the featured reading. Hart’s visit culminates a busy season of activities planned by the One Book Bradford committee.

The season kicked off in true Twain style in October with an autumn cruise on the Chautauqua Belle.

A public book club meeting was held the next month at the Bradford Area Public Library where a discussion took place revolving around the historic events portrayed in the book, the characters’ evolution from childhood icons to adult personalities and the author’s use of another author’s characters.

Twain himself came to town in January through the help of Buffalo, N.Y., personality Mike Randall, who is a noted Twain impersonator, in the show Mark Twain Live!

The Bradford Little Theatre picked up the baton and presented “Never the Twain Shall Meet,” a one-act play by Diane Kerner Arnett.

The play, which depicted the inaugural meeting of a writers’ group, was followed by a talk by Linda Underhill, who spoke about how authors who build on characters created by other authors.

The committee is now accepting suggestions for next season’s One Book Bradford selection. Suggestions will also be taken at Hart’s talk Wednesday night by any OBB committee member.

One Book Bradford, which is in its third season, featured books written by authors Lauren Belfer and David Laskin in its first two seasons.

OBB is a community-wide reading initiative. The committee is composed of members from various local book groups.

BACC Award Recipents Announced

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the recipients of their 2010 Awards and the nominees honored in each category.

The Option House is the first recipient of the BACC Exemplary Business Award. The BACC Exemplary Business Award is given to a for-profit business that demonstrates a well-planned, commendable, and thorough approach to business development. They must also exemplify the unique “hometown” charm of the area in their manner of administration, customer service and quality of product or service. This award covers manufacturing, industrial, tourism, hospitality, retail or service.

From the moment Sam Sylvester purchased The Option House, he had a plan, dream and vision of what he could do for the hometown he loves. Through hard work, determination and perseverance, he would give back to Bradford a magnificent, historic building that was on the verge of collapse and ruin. This landmark is restored to its former glory and beyond as a thriving downtown business with two restaurants and updated, clean, affordable rental apartments.

The transformation of TOH resurrected and preserved the charm of the bygone 20’s - 30’s eras in Bradford throughout. Visitors enter a period-designed vestibule leading to the beautiful Trading Room Lounge with crystal chandeliers and a long Flemish oak bar lighted with old English lanterns. Four wall sconces, the hexagonal tiled floor and the oak wainscoting are all original.

Peacock Parlors on the second floor features a large peacock mural laser printed onto the tiles of the room’s focus wall. Each parlor is painted to match the peacock’s feathers, colors originally used in 1937 in Jimmy Rich’s nightclub called Peacock Alley after the famous New York City Waldorf—Astoria restaurant. Elegant peacock-colored Tiffany light fixtures add to the room’s ambiance.

These two restaurants are unique combinations of the old and the new, exemplifying The Option House motto, “Restoring The Old Tradition.” For example, the dumb waiter “Oscar” still graces the Trading Room Lounge bar, and yet a modern chair lift has been installed to provide access to the second floor Peacock Parlors. Diners enjoy the dinner music of the early years via XM radio while eating their food from original Option House dishes.

TOH creates community. Sam introduced Bradford to tapas (food designed to encourage conversation moving the focus from eating an entire meal), an international menu featuring cuisine from a different country each month, frequent entertainment accompanying the meal and the popular Wednesday “Happy Hour.” Customers are treated to the best food in the area and customer service at The Option House is excellent.

Other honorable nominees in this category were Cavallaro Paint and Decorating/JC Penney Catalog and Williams Insurance Agency.

The Tuna Valley Trail Association is the first recipient of the BACC Community and Spirit Award. The Community and Spirit Award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant, positive impact in the Bradford area and its economic well-being through volunteer, civic, religious, cultural and/or business activities.

Since 1998, the TVTA, has been awarded over $3 million in state and federal grants for multi-use trail development. With the assistance of volunteers and local donations of over $500,000, the TVTA has constructed 23 miles of the 70 miles outlined in the 2001 TVTA Greenway Plan.

In October, the TVTA completed a 3.4-mile trail from Owens Way to Lewis Run, utilizing a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This new addition to the trail system will be officially dedicated in spring 2010 as the Blaisdell – Emery Trail in memory of philanthropists George Blaisdell and Lewis Emery.

Two projects are expected to be dedicated in 2010. The Penn-Brad Oil Museum Trailhead, awarded to Bob Cummins Construction, is being funded by Transportation Enhancement Funds and will be completed in the summer. The Community Parks Trail, a 3-mile loop, will extend the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail through downtown Bradford.

Last summer, 68 Tuna Trekkers hiked all 23 TVTA miles and raised valuable funds for the McKean-Potter County American Red Cross. Next year, Trekkers will enjoy even more trails, including the most recent addition to the Marilla network, Marilla Rocks. Marilla Trek, a day of hiking, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing held February 14, 2010, drew attendance over 100.

TVTA trails are utilized by a number of organizations for recreation, health and wellness; namely, First Night Bradford, American Cancer Society, BASD, YMCA, Pitt-Bradford. The TVTA actively collaborates with Bradford service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanis, Key Club) and other nonprofits to build, maintain and improve the TVTA network of trails. TVTA established memorial bridges, walkways and benches and segments of trials are available for “adoption”

The vision of the TVTA is Bradford will become a trail town, connecting Allegany State Park, Allegheny National Forest, Kinzua Bridge State Park, and other historic sites such as Crook Farm and Penn Brad Oil Museum. Increased visitors will benefit existing businesses and stimulate additional small business start ups.

Other honorable nominees in this category were Bradford Ecumenical Home/Chapel Ridge and Harry Solarek II.

Last November the Chamber announced changes in the annual awards for this year. “The updated award criteria with new award names bring an opportunity to recognize a broader range of businesses, organizations and individuals for their success,” stated Diane Sheeley, Executive Director. The Board of Directors will not be giving a Director’s Award in 2010.

The 2010 BACC Annual Meeting, Award Presentation and nominee recognition are held in April at the Pennhills Club and will follow the same format as the 2009 event allowing for a flexible schedule and to provide social and networking time before the program.

Possible New Scam in the Area

State police are warning people of a possible scam being run in the Lewis Run, Kane and Pittsfield areas.

They say a woman approached a residence and began asking questions concerning the mortgage, saying the information was needed for Northwest Savings Bank. She said she worked for Default Services, which was working for Northwest.

A representative of the bank told Kane-based state police that this person is not associated with the bank, and that Northwest does not have people going door to door.

State police say they would like to remind the public that if they're not sure if something is a scam or not, take time to check it out prior to giving out any personal information.

Car Hits Utility Pole on Summit Road

A Shinglehouse man has been cited following an accident on in the 700 block on Summit Road Thursday night.

Foster Township Police say 28-year-old Steven Lanager Jr. was traveling at a high rate of speed on the snow-covered, icy road when his car went out of control, off the road and into a ditch, where it hit a utility pole.

Police say when they arrived on the scene the only thing holding the pole upright was the car wedged into it.

The road was closed four about 4 hours and traffic was detoured at Summit Road's intersections with Rew Hill and Looker Mountain Trail.

Penelec crews were able to stabilize the pole while Clayt's Towing removed the car.

Lanager wasn't hurt. He was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

Man Charged with Criminal Homicide

Police, DA say Man Killed Woman, Baby

WESB/WBRR News Director

A Bradford man is facing two criminal homicide charges in connection with the deaths of a woman and her baby last week in their Pleasant Street home.

38-year-old Waide Eugene Nolf of 56 Pleasant St. is accused of killing 24-year-old Tonya Haight and 3 1/2-week old Tamara Haight, also of 56 Pleasant St., on March 19.

Nolf is being held in McKean County Jail in Smethport without bail after being arraigned by District Judge Dom Cercone.

Although Nolf lived in the same house as the victims, McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn said he can't comment in detail on the relationship they had.

Learn, along with Pennsylvania State Police Information Officer Bruce Morris and acting Bradford City Police Chief Lt. Carl Milks, held a news conference Saturday morning in Bradford City Hall.

Learn did say Nolf was "one of several persons of interest" in the case, and Morris said "all avenues were looked at."

He added that just because an arrest has been make, this is "very much an active investigation."

Learn also said details on how the victims died won't be released until after they receive results of the autopsy and toxicology tests.

Learn, Morris, Milks and Bradford Mayor Tom Riel all commended Bradford City Police Officer Chris Lucco for doing a "fantastic" job in the investigation.

"I'd like to commend Officer Lucco on the extreme professionalism he showed in this situation," Milks said, noting that he also wanted to thank all officers who assisted Lucco. "Pennsylvania State Police provided a wealth of assistance to us, as well as the district attorney's office, Ray Learn and Detective Gerry Okerlund. Everyone involved did a fantastic, bang-up job -- an excellent job."

Riel noted that Lucco had not taken a day off since March 19.

"He's worked every single day," Riel said. "He's got 100-plus hours in on this case."

"That's phenomenal, that kind of time put in" Morris added. "That's above and beyond."

"A ruthless pursuit of solving this," Milks added. "He was headstrong about it and he followed through."

"Everything worked exactly how it was supposed to," Morris said, noting the work done by city police, the district attorney's office and the coroner's office.

Before the news conference, Learn and Morris said they can't remember the last time Bradford had two open homicide investigations at the same time.

On September 13, Megan Konopka and her unborn baby were killed in a room at the Riddell House.

During the news conference, they said the crimes shouldn't be a reflection on safety issues in Bradford.

Riel asked people to keep in mind that it's the second murder in eight years, not simply the second murder in six months.

"The City of Bradford is just as safe as any other place," Riel said. "It doesn't shed a bad light on Bradford in that it's not a safe place to live."

Morris said not just in Bradford, but anywhere, "it's a cause for concern when things like this happen."

"Times have changed. (People) are going to have to be a little bit more aware of their surroundings," he said.

"It's sad it has to be that way, but I don't think it's a direct reflection on the City of Bradford. I don't think it's a direct reflection on our area in general," Morris added. "If everybody could see exactly what the lifestyle is (in north central Pennsylvania) and how we live here I think it would be a lot more populated."

(Photo by Anne Holliday)

Arrest Made in Pleasant Street Deaths

38-year-old Waide Eugene Nolf of 56 Pleasant Street is charged with two counts of criminal homicide in connection with the deaths of 24-year-old Tonya Haight and 3 1/2-week old Tamara Haight, of the same address, on March 19.

More to follow.

Friday, March 26, 2010

PACT Act Causing Salamanca Layoffs

Synergy Business Managment in Salamanca has filed a notice with the state labor department, saying it will lay off an undertermined number of workers effective June 30.

The company, which employs 130 people, cited the PACT Act for the layoffs. If signed by President Obama, the PACT Act would prohibit the US Postal Service from delivering tobacco products ordered over the Internet.

Synergy Business Management is not affiliated with the Seneca Nation of Indians, but Seneca leaders have said the PACT Act would result in the loss of about 1,000 jobs in Western New York.

Tina Martin To Receive Inaugural
'Excellence In Representation' Award

Newly-developed award to allow United Way to acknowledge agency representatives

The United Way of the Bradford Area has developed an award to acknowledge the effort and dedication of a funded-agency representative. The inaugural award will be given to CARE for Children Executive Director Tina Martin at the United Way’s annual Red Feather Volunteer event on June 1.

The award, deemed as the “Excellence in Representation”, was created by UWBA Executive Director Kelly Case and Assistant Director Mandi Wilton Davis. It was voted on by the members of the UWBA Board of Directors.

According to Case and Davis, there is a set criteria for which the award will be based including, but not limited to the recipient being affiliated in some capacity with a funded agency; the person who best exemplifies the United Way mission within their own organization; one who participates with the annual campaign; one who possesses a working knowledge of the United Way and how it benefits the various programs and services in the community; one who, if job responsibility involves, adheres to procedures and deadlines.

The creation of this award stems from the involvement displayed (in the United Way’s most recent campaign) from the agencies. Their commitment and connection to the United Way mission was prevalent throughout.

“We are delighted to have an agency representative such as Tina to receive the inaugural award,” says Case. “She is truly exemplary of an award in excellence, and sets the bar high for futures awardees.”

Martin expressed her gratitude to the United Way for choosing to honor her.

“I am fortunate to have an incredible staff and dedicated board of directors at CARE for Children, and as an organization we work hard to internalize our mission of improving the lives of children of all abilities and to make a difference with the services we provide.

“I also believe that the United Way’s efforts to promote collaboration not only with each member agency, but among all the member agencies, enable us to work more effectively as a collective to help the people we serve,” Martin added.

CARE for Children provides pediatric health and therapy services; community outreach; child safety and injury prevention programs; and early childhood education to children of all abilities.

Martin began her work at CARE for Children as the Community Relations Director, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2006. She is currently the coordinator for the Safe Kids McKean Chapter and was instrumental in forming the local coalition. She is also Chair of the McKean County Collaborative Board and is a member of the Bradford Rotary Club.

Martin served as a co-chair for the 2009 United Way campaign, having been in charge of the education division.

“We are very pleased to be able to acknowledge the efforts of Tina, as well as her associates at CARE,” says Davis. “She consistently goes above and beyond for her community, and deserves to have her commitment to and enthusiasm for the betterment of this area recognized.”

Martin will officially be honored during a dinner scheduled for June 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room at Pitt-Bradford. The cost is $15/person.

For more information on this or other happening within the United Way of the Bradford Area, contact the office or visit the organization’s website at

(Photo submitted by CARE for Children )

Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday

Just a reminder that the Bradford City Firefighters' annual Easter Egg hunt is scheduled for tomorrow at Callahan Park.

The hunt starts at 11 a.m., and we should have good weather for it -- sunny with a high in the mid- to upper 40s.

Every participant from age 2 through 10 will get an Easter basket in a bag.

Olean Man Accused of Stealing Gun

An Olean man is facing charges afer being accused of stealing a gun from a Town of Hinsdale house.

19-year-old Jonathan Fye is charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Sheriff's deputies say Fye stole one gun in August but had other guns that were stolen from the same house by someone else.

Fye is in Cattaraugus County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Convicted Rapist Sentenced Again

A convicted rapist from Gowanda has been sentenced to life in prison for a 1991 Maryland rape.

68-year-old was Leslie Maize was convicted earlier this year on rape and burglary charges. Investigators solved the crime through DNA testing after they came across the victim's rape kit and noticed it hadn't been added to a national criminal DNA database.

Maize will begin serving the Maryland sentence after he's released from prison in New York, where he was convicted of a 1993 rape.

Bradford Woman in Court Today

The Bradford woman accused of stabbing an Allegany woman in the neck with a pair of scissors is scheduled for arraignment today in Cattaraugus County Court.

19-year-old Samantha Jo Conner was arrested for stabbing a 27-year-old woman early Sunday morning at the Lantern Motel in Allegany.

The victim was treated at ECMC in Buffalo, then released.

Bus Driver Charged with Lewdness

A Chautauqua County man who drives a Pine Valley school bus has been arrested on charges of public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child.

State police say 33-year-old Daniel Noody of Silver Creek exposed himself while sitting in the bus and acted in a lewd manner on Pine Valley Elementary School property on Monday.

Noody is in jail on $20,000 bail.

Troopers are continuing their investigation.

Photo provided by NYS Police

Drug Bust in Cattaraugus County

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in Cattaraugus County has broken up a marijuana-growing operation on Irish Hill Road.

Authorities say they found a sophisticated marijuana growing and cloning operation, and in the process, seized 100 live plants, an unspecified amount of dried buds, 17 firearms, and a large amount of hydroponic growing equipment.

The estimated street value is $200,000.

Charges are pending. The suspects' names haven't been released yet.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Church Addressing Relationship Issues

Open Arms Community Church in Bradford, PA is launching a four week sermon series geared toward helping people strengthen their relationships this coming weekend.

The series of talks, called "Relationship Rescue" will start Sunday, March 28 at Open Arms, and will address practical steps that can be taken to improve relationships from a biblical perspective.

Week One of Relationship Rescue will explain that there is hope that even broken relationships can be restored, but it also has a cost. Week Two discusses the kind of attitude necessary to make a relationship function at it's best. Week 3 explains that love works best when it's put into action. Week Four addresses "building a better mate."

Relationship Rescue is the continuation of a campaign at Open Arms to bring hope and healing to broken relationships, especially considering that the divorce rate in the US is over 60 percent. In February, Open Arms ran a four part series called "Finding Your Bella/Edward" which used the popular "Twilight" series as a launching pad to addresses issues of dating and romance. Open Arms also addressed relational issues in "The Simple Life" in March, which encourages people to focus less on the "rat-race" and to realign their lives to what matters most. Full-length videos of both of these sermon series are available online at

Starting in May, Open Arms will continue their relationship-enriching curriculum with "Building a Better Life".

Open Arms Pastor Mike McAvoy says, "Jesus said he came to give us 'life to the full' or life at it's best. I think we are all looking for that, but we're just trying to find it in some other way or place other than Jesus, but what we're finding is you can have a good job, marriage and family, and all kinds of stuff and activities, but it doesn't make us happy or whole. Jesus called us to a new way of living that provides those transcendent qualities of purpose, fulfillment, love, and peace. This is what the series 'Building A Better Life' is all about."

Mike McAvoy and Steve Feldman were today's LiveLine guests and you can hear the show right here.

Route 219 Bradford Bypass Work Update

Tuna Crossroads will be closed next week as crews working on the Route 219 Bradford Bypass project demolish the bridge.

The road will be closed starting Wednesday.

Also, northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive in New York. The lanes are separated by a temporary concrete barrier.

Northbound ramps at the Foster Brook interchange and Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive are closed. Trail access is still available at Crook Farm and Seaward Avenue.

Dentist Joins OGH, BRMC Dental Centers

Olean General Hospital’s Gundah Dental Center and Bradford Regional Medical Center’s McKean County Dental Center announce the addition of Joseph DiDonato III, D.D.S.

Dr. DiDonato will split his time by working two days at each dental center, said Gregory McCraith, D.D.S., Chief of Dental Medicine at Olean General’s Gundlah Dental Center and Bradford Regional’s McKean County Dental Center. The addition of Dr. DiDonato will allow each dental center to expand access to patients in the region.

Dr. DiDonato is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and earned his doctorate in dental surgery from New York University’s School of Dentistry. He has operated a dental practice in Rochester since 1982, and also served as a clinical instructor in the Eastman Department of Dentistry at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. DiDonato is a former president of the New York State Academy of General Dentistry.

“Dr. DiDonato comes highly recommended to Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center,” said Dr. McCraith. “With his credentials, experience and reputation, he will be a tremendous asset to both communities,” Dr. McCraith added.

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to expand access to needed dental care to residents in the region with someone of Dr. DiDonato’s expertise,” said David Kobis, Bradford Regional’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Olean General’s Gundlah Dental Center is located in the Dialysis/Health Services Building at 623 Main St. in Olean. The dental center’s operating hours are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Call 375-7300 for appointments, or for more information about services go online at

Bradford Regional’s McKean County Dental Center is located at 600 Chestnut Street Extension in Bradford. The dental center’s operating hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 362-8478 for appointments, or for more information about services go online at

Passengers Facing Charges

Two men are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in the Town of Pomfret on Wednesday.

State police say 25-year-old Kahl VanKoughnet of Erie was found with less than 25 grams of marijuana and a pipe containing residue. 24-year-old Benjamin Steger of Fredonia was also found with less than 25 grams of marijuana and two pipes.

Both were passengers in the vehicle.

A passenger in another vehicle in Pomfret is facing charges after another traffic stop on Wednesday.

Police say 20-year-old John Jarjabka Jr. of Warren was cited for underage drinking and for drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a public highway after the car he was riding in was stopped for a taillight violation.

Six People Arrested

Bradford City Police arrested 6 people for disorderly conduct following 3 separate incidents on Wednesday.

At just before 12:30 a.m., police went to South Center Street for a disturbance call and arrested Tasha Butterbaugh. At just after 12:30 a.m., they responded to a fight call at the Riddell House, where they arrested Gary Simes Jr., Artter Hubbart and Michael Holden. Holden was also charged with DUI a short time later on Route 219.

At about 7:30 Wednesday night, Eddie Ambers Jr. and Menton Harding were arrested for fighting on Main Street.

Police Answer Variety of Calls

Bradford City Police responded to a variety of calls Wednesday.

Officers received reports of suspicious people and a suspicious a vehicle in a Mechanic Street parking lot. They also received reports of harassment on Sherman and East Main streets, thefts on North and Main streets and criminal mischief on Amm Street.

Officers also got an animal complaint from Leland Avenue, vehicle complaints on Blaisdell Avenue and State Street and reports of abandoned vehicles on Davis Street and at the Comfort Inn.

Police are also looking into a report of unlawful contact with a minor, according to news releases sent by the police department.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bradford Woman Waives Hearing

A Bradford woman waived her preliminary hearing on charges of making false reports to law enforcement and driving with a suspended license.

According to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone's office, on January 26 when police arrived at the scene of a non-reportable accident on East Washington Street one of the drivers was agitated. They say Jacquie Horton told them she was upset because she was pregnant and on her way to the hospital, which is also why she didn't have her driver's license with her. Instead of giving her name, however, she allegedly gave police the name and birth date of her older sister. After her younger sister called the older sister to tell her about the incident the older sister, who lives out of town, called police to tell them she wasn't involved in the accident.

Horton later contacted police and "literally confessed several times" and said she gave the wrong name "because she was scared about going to jail," according to court papers.

She's free on her own recognizance.

Close Waives Preliminary Hearing

Retired Bradford City Police Chief Mike Close has waived his preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault and harassment.

Close was charged by state police after an incident at around 12:30 a.m. on March 14, when he allegedly hit and pushed Amy Baker.

He's free on unsecured bail.

Police Respond to Several Theft Reports

Over the last couple of days, Bradford City police responded to reports of thefts on Congress and West Washington streets, South Kendall Avenue and Brookline Court. They also looked into reports of criminal mischief on Chestnut and Congress streets and a fight on Elm Street.

Officers also responded to minor motor vehicle accidents on Campus Drive, Hoffman Avenue and West Washington Street, according to news releases sent by the police department.

Galeton Man Facing Charges

A Galeton man is facing charges after trespassing in a neighbor's house early this morning, then driving into parked vehicles when he came out of the house.

State police say 33-year-old David Dailey went through the front door of the neighbor's house. When he left, he got into his vehicle that was parked in front of the house. He drove in reverse for about 450 feet and hit two parked vehicles.

Police determined Dailey was driving under the influence of alcohol, and will be charged with DUI, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and numerous summary traffic offenses.

Woman Facing Drug Charges

A 31-year-old Weedville woman is facing drug charges after she was found unconscious on Monday.

State police say they were called to Old Brynedale Road at 7 o'clock Monday night to help Byrnedale Ambulance personnel with an unconscious female.

Police say the woman was found to be in possession of a suspected controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Charges are pending tests at a state police lab.

Police didn't release the woman's name.

House Passes Spending Plan

Last year's state budget was approved 101-days late. This year the House has advanced a budget bill 100-days early:

The House voted 107 to 89 advance a $29-billion dollar spending plan that includes a 4 percent increase in spending.

Three of those no votes came from Marty Causer, Kathy Rapp and Matt Gabler.

Among the GOP objections are that the bill doesn't account for federal stimulus dollars running out.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blighted Building Coming Down

Bradford City Council on Tuesday enthusiastically agreed to allow the demolition of 31-37 Mechanic Street.

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One more blighted property in Bradford is coming down, and city leaders are working on ways to get rid of even more.

During a public hearing on 2010 Community Development Block Grant proposed activities, Office of Community and Economic Development Executive Director Sara Andrews said she and Mayor Tom Riel had talked about trying to address a larger number of properties instead of the three to five they demolish annually with CDBG money.

She said they are considering borrowing money for demolition, then paying the loan back with CDBG money.

Andrews said she spoke with her grant manager in Harrisburg, who said that's possible but the city would have to pay the interest on the loan. However, she said the interest rate for municipalities is "probably pretty good right now."

Councilman Jim Evans asked if the city could save money going that route to get the properties demolished.

She said she's not sure about that yet because she's not sure where the Board of Health stands or where they are in the legal process in regard to the 30 to 40 properties that need to be demolished.

"It appears that we've been kind of been spinning our wheels and we haven't been able to take down as many as we'd like to take down," she said, adding that the loan idea is something for council to think about.

The money allocated for demolition is $40,000. Andrews said that will get five or six buildings torn down, depending on the size of the building and the scope of the work.

She said the loan plan "may be a way of addressing demolition sooner rather than later."

During the council meeting, the building inspector was granted permission to issue a demolition permit to Bob Cummins, who owns the building at 31-37 Mechanic Street.

Council also agreed to pay Bob Cummins Construction $5,900 to demolish 57 Sherman Street, which was destroyed by a fire.

Cummins' bid was the lowest of three quotes received.

Superintendent Pleads Not Guilty

The South Dayton, New York, highway superintendent has pleaded not guilty to tampering with business records.

37-year-old Brian Taber is charged with falsifying business records, official misconduct and petit larceny.

A grand jury indictment says that between July of 2008 and June of 2009 Taber concealed, altered or destroyed evidence that was believed to used in an official proceeding, and that he stole property.

The County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police say Taber stole gasoline from the town highway barn at least four times and attempted to cover up the loss by altering records.

Taber still serves as the town highway superintendent, after winning re-election in November 2009.

The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Man Pleads Guilty to Rape

A Randolph man pleaded guilty to rape this morning, just before jury selection for his trial was scheduled to start.

The Cattaraugus County District Attorney's office tells WESB and The HERO that Christopher Emke had sex with a person younger than 17 on March 1, 2009, in the Town of Randolph.

Emke is scheduled for sentencing on July 6.

Man Pleads Guilty to Portville Attack

A Portville man who attacked a woman last September has pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon.

35-year-old William Phillips attacked the woman as she came out of a Wilson Farms store in Portville on September 15.

Phillips served 15 years in a Georgia prison for convictions of rape and aggravated sodomy of a 13- year old girl. When he was released from prison in Georgia, He returned to Portville to be with his family.

He's being held in Cattaraugus County Jail awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for July 6.

Budget Would Keep Parks Open

The New York State Senate has approved a $136 billion spending plan that would keep all state parks open.

Democrats say the budget would keep spending increases below inflation, but Republicans say it still falls short of fixing structural deficits.

Besides keeping parks open, the plan would close three prisons and cut Medicaid spending.

Corbett to Fight Health Care Bill

Attorney General Tom Corbett today said that he will file a lawsuit to protect the citizens of Pennsylvania whose rights will be violated when the health care reform legislation, passed last night by the U.S. House of Representatives, is signed into law by President Obama.

Corbett said that he believes the courts will find the health care reform legislation unconstitutional.

Corbett said he is discussing legal strategy with attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Texas, Utah, Washington, North Dakota and South Dakota and Virginia.

Exhibit on Puerto Rico Opening Friday

“Restoring Community History: Puerto Ricans In Central Florida” will bring the exhibit, “Puerto Ricans In Central Florida 1940s to 1980s: A History” for two weeks to SUNY Fredonia and for another two weeks to the Dunkirk Public Library.

The exhibit consists of bilingual panels and dvds that showcase the oral interviews of hundreds of Puerto Rican families in Central Orlando reconstructing their history and their contributions to the area. The exhibit will also be accompanied by a presentation during opening day by Dr. Patricia Silver, the professor who began a “research” project that brought together universities and state agencies. The exhibit is in itself an expression of the public services provided by Dr. Silver with a team of scholars, students, state workers to create a digital archive of the history of the Puerto Rican community in Central Orlando.

A faculty member of the sociology department at University of Central Florida, Patricia Silver began to do some research about the Puerto Rican population in Central Florida in 2007. Soon, the Orange County Regional History Center and the Florida Humanities Council became interested in her “research” and wanted to provide funding provided that there was a public service component, i.e. exhibits at local libraries and community centers and a digital archive to be a resource for other agencies and other scholars. Silver´s project also came to the attention of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies in CUNY Hunter College in New York who devoted a whole issue of their journal to this research, including the contributions of other scholars in Puerto Rican history.

The bilingual panels, pictures, and dvds summarize the history of Puerto Ricans who arrived to Orlando not only because of military basis and agriculture, but also for the NASA Engineers program and other commercial reasons. In more recent years, the area has attracted retiring Puerto Rican families from both the northern states and the island. The archives also depict both the formal and informal organizations established to provide support services to the incoming Puerto Rican families.

Prize-Winning Poet to Read at JCC

Poet Linda Gregg will hold a reading of her work at 7 p.m. on April 28 at Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus.

The free event, which will be held in room 308 of the Library and Liberal Arts Center, is co-sponsored by JCC and the Olean Public Library with funding from the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Ms. Gregg is the 2009 Jackson Poetry Prize recipient. The prize honors an American poet of exceptional talent who has published at least one book of recognized literary merit but has not yet received major national acclaim.

Judges for the award described Ms. Gregg’s poems as “charting human emotion at its most risky, leading the reader at times into a metaphysical or mystical utterance, and at times into a plain-spoken observation of a human world. Her poems are wise and beautiful.”

Ms. Gregg’s other works include All of It Singing (2008), In the Middle Distance (2006), Things and Flesh (1999), Chosen by the Lion (1994), The Sacraments of Desire (1991), Alma (1985), Eight Poems (1982) and Too Bright to See (1981), all published by Graywolf Press.

She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and multiple Pushcart Prizes. She lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.

For information on the event, call 716.376.7553.

Pheasants Forever Workday on Saturday

Many hands make for light work. Last spring, many sportsmen and some scouts showed up for the work day on new state game lands building habitat for all animals on lands that everyone can enjoy. Brush piles are necessary habitat, food and nesting sites for many small animals in the wild, including rabbits and pheasants. They are easily built and will be immediately available for animals. Pheasants need this habitat work.

This year we will meet at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 27, 2010. Groups will form and work 9AM-noon and 1PM until 4PM or until the work is done. We will park at the dedication sign going into the Shawmut tract of PA State Game Lands #44. Signs will be placed along route 219 south of Ridgway.

We will need as many people as possible to bring chain saws, chaps, helmets, pruning poles and other safety gear and brush cutting tools. Pheasants Forever will once again provide a lunch for the volunteers. We will be working outdoors cutting brush and building habitat so dress for the weather with good boots.

This is a great way for scouts and kids to earn community service hours. Everyone must complete an Agreement for Voluntary Service form. If you are bringing anyone under 18 years of age, please use the contact information below so that their parents or guardians can sign a waiver a head of time.

Can you commit to 3 hours of good outdoor exercise? Please reserve this date on your calendar.

Come see why our chapter is considered one of the most successful in the country.

Isn’t it about time you got involved? Our next meeting is, Thursday, April, 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Capital City fire hall on Front Street in Ridgway, PA. Visit our recently updated web site at For more information, call Jane at 814-772-4604.

Photo and information provided by Pheasants Forever

College-Community Choir to Perform
Faure Requiem During Annual Concert

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford College-Community Choir will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, during its annual spring concert on March 24.

A Spectrum Series event, the concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Bromeley Family Theater, and is free and open to the public.

“Fauré’s Requiem is undoubtedly his most popular composition; it’s a masterpiece of choral literature,” said Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music at Pitt-Bradford. “I’d recommend this concert especially to those who have yet to see the College-Community Choir.

“The Requiem isn’t a long work, but it’s quite moving, an embodiment of Fauré’s personal conception of death and the afterlife.”

Fauré completed the first version of the Requiem in 1888, but reworked it several times through about 1900. The original is scored for orchestra, but the choir will perform a version with piano accompaniment by Roger Ducasse. Rick Snyder will accompany the group.

Since taking over as music director in August, Levey has tried to highlight student participation. Two Pitt-Bradford students, Ashley Bissell, a business management major from Erie, and Jonathan McCracken, a psychology major from Bradford, will be singing extended solo passages during the Requiem. Community member Jeffrey Weiss will also perform a solo.

The College-Community Choir is made up of about 30 singers, drawn from students, faculty, staff and area residents. The ensemble rehearses about 10 times per semester.

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

More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155.

Team Farsight Making History

Chad Zandy of "Team Farsight" shows off some of the material he's been studying to get ready for an historic trek on the Pacific Crest Trail starting next month. The adventure will be historic because this is the first time a blind man -- Trevor Thomas -- will be a team leader. Zandy and Thomas were on WESB's LiveLine last week, and will be making another visit before they start their journey.

Before that, though, is the Team Farsight Expedition Kick-Off Fundraising Event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Kimberly's Cool Beans Cafe. It's a $20 donation at the door for adults; $5 for children. It includes food, live music, pictures and plans for the upcoming trip.

You can listen to last week's LiveLine here.

Hail, Yes

In case you didn't go out to check last night -- yes, that was hail you heard hitting your house at just after 9 p.m.

Today's forecast from News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka says it'll be a mostly cloudy day, but we'll see some rain, too. The high will be around 43. Tonight, expect rain and wet snow -- but not enough to shovel. The low will be around 30. Tomorrow should be sunny with a high around 46. Thursday should be sunny with a high around 50.

Man Jailed for Escape

A Cattaraugus County man is being held without bail after trying to escape from a state police car last night.

Sheriff's deputies tell WESB and The HERO that 48-year-old Ivan Bowles, who is on parole for a felony driving while intoxicated conviction, was found to be drinking alcohol and in possession of a Ruger .223 semi-automatic rifle during a routine visit to his Town of Napoli home. Bowles was handcuffed and placed into a state police car. On the way to Cattaraugus County Jail, Bowles unhooked his seatbelt, opened the front passenger door and attempted to jump from the police car. The parole officer managed to hold onto to Bowles to keep him from jumping, and called sheriff's deputies for help.

Bowles is now facing additional charges of criminal possession of a weapon and attempted escape.

Today on the LiveLine

Lowman Henry of The Lincoln Institute and Lincoln Radio Journal, which can be heard on 1490 WESB at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The LiveLine can be heard at 12:30 p.m. on 1490 WESB and online at

Pitt-Bradford Professor's Article
Appears in Conference Proceedings

An article by Dr. Y. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, appears in the conference proceedings of Americas Conference on Information Systems held in San Francisco.

The paper, which was co-authored by Dr. Pratim Datta, assistant professor in management and information systems at Kent State University, is about consumers’ experiences with online 3-D interfaces.

“As more and more companies start to use 3-D animated ads to present and promote their products on the Internet, there is a need to understand how certain characteristics of 3D interface influence consumers’ attitudes toward the product and the company,” Wang said.

“Our research provided evidence that 3-D rich media may effectively attract consumers’ attention, but may not necessarily increase consumers’ intention to make a purchase. Consumers are more willing to purchase if the online interface allows a certain level of interactions with the products.”

Wang received his doctoral degree in business administration from Washington State University, where he wrote his dissertation on information systems. His research interests include technology adoption and use, human-computer interaction, electronic commerce, virtual team dynamics and knowledge management.

Wang’s research articles have appeared in academic journals such as Information Resources Management Journal and Journal of Organizational and End User Computing.

He has also published his research in a number of international and national conference proceedings and is a member of several academic organizations, including the Association of Information Systems, the Academy of Management, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, and the Decision Sciences Institute.

Edwards Confident About Dunkirk's
Future Following Devastating Fire

Dunkirk, NY -- Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards expressed his thanks Monday for the tremendous work that has taken place so far following February 24th's massive blaze in the City of Dunkirk.

"Nearly one month ago, fire tore through the Masonic Temple building and nearly destroyed two County office buildings on either side," Edwards said. "Since that time, I have worked tirelessly to get things back to normal for County residents."

Despite the fire's devastating effect on downtown Dunkirk, Edwards said the spirit of the community remains strong.

"I have participated in countless meetings with any number of officials over the past month, and in each of those meetings the overwhelming feeling is that Dunkirk will be revitalized," Edwards said.

Edwards said that he will do all that he can to bring essential County services back to downtown Dunkirk.

"I have a commitment to restoring permanent County offices in the greater Dunkirk area," Edwards said. "I have been working with the owners of the Graf Building to return County offices to that building as soon as it can be ready. In the interim, every effort is being made to provide a seamless delivery of services to the people of our County."

Edwards continued by saying, "Despite false claims to the contrary, no-one is being forced to go to Jamestown from Dunkirk for services. If a person needs emergency services, we have opened an office in Dunkirk at 328 Central Avenue, right across the street from the Masonic Temple Building."

If a person is applying for Temporary Assistance, like welfare to work or other programs that require a case worker, Edwards explained that they are offered an appointment in Dunkirk, but that they might have to wait 1 week for the appointment.

"If they need assistance immediately, they are offered an appointment in Jamestown. If they do not have transportation, CARTS can provide that, and it is free if they qualify."

Call the CARTS office if you would like further information: South County - 665-6466,
North County - 366-4500, Toll-Free - 1-800-388-6534.

Additionally by April 12, 2010, just 3 weeks from now, Edwards said the County will be opening a new eligibility office in the Dunkirk area so that no-one will have to travel to access DSS program assistance.

Edwards went on to personally thank his co-workers who have continued delivering services to the County's clients and taxpayers during this time.

"None of our efforts would have been successful without the commitment that they have shown, and their willingness to be flexible during this challenging time."

For the latest information on temporary office locations and phone numbers for displaced County Departments, please visit or call (716) 753-4211.

Group Performs for School Children

“Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” was performed Monday by Theatre IV for 1,000 schoolchildren in the Bromeley Family Theater at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. The presentation was part of Pitt-Bradford’s Kaleidoscope arts series for school-age children. Students attended from Smethport, Cameron County, Austin, Oswayo Valley, Otto-Eldred, Ridgway, Kane, Bradford Area Christian Academy, St. Bernard Elementary School, Bennett Valley Elementary School and various home-schooled groups.
(Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford)

Cardiologist Joins CCMH Staff

Cyril Gunawardane, MD, recently joined the medical staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gunawardane is a cardiologist with the Hamot Heart Institute and comes to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital as the hospital’s relationship with Hamot continues to evolve. Services, such as cardiology, are one of the priorities established by both organizations in their recent announcement outlining their new clinical affiliation agreement. Dr. Gunawardane will help to expand cardiology services at CCMH, where he joins Dr. Howard Miller and Dr. Steven Herrmann.

Dr Gunawardane completed an internal medicine residency and cardiovascular diseases fellowship at State University of New York at Buffalo affiliated hospitals. He previously served as director of non-invasive cardiology at the Erie County Medical Center, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Buffalo’s cardiology division, and as a staff cardiologist at the Olean Medical Group. He is an American College of Cardiology fellow.

Appointments can be scheduled with Dr. Gunawardane at Charles Cole by calling 814/274-8200.

Veon Guilty on 14 Counts

A jury has convicted former state Representative Mike Veon and two of his former aides of some charges and acquitted them of others. A fourth defendant was acquitted of all charges in the second Bonusgate trial brought by the state Attorney General's office.

The jury found Veon guilty of 14 of the 59 counts he faced. Former aides Annamarie Perretta-Rosepink was found guilty of five counts and Brett Cott was found guilty of three counts.

Defendant Steve Keefer was acquitted of all charges.

The first Bonusgate trial ended in the acquittal of former state representative Sean Ramaley.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Mammography Unit at BRMC

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has installed a new full-field digital mammography unit which provides the clearest diagnostic images available today in just a fourth of the time.

The Senographe Essential from GE Healthcare is the newest mammography unit available, offering optimal image quality and increased first-time accuracy, said Timothy Brown, BRMC’s Director of Clinical Ancillary Services.

“This full-field digital mammography unit can provide multiple images of the breast while lowering radiation exposure by 20 percent from a conventional mammography unit, and exam time is about a quarter of what an analog unit would take,” he said.

“Because resolution is better, we can detect smaller abnormalities. This means outcomes are better because we are able to find them at such an early stage,” Mr. Brown said.

Additionally, “We will be providing stereotactic biopsies. This is a less-invasive procedure performed in the mammography suite. It involves a very small and precise incision that’s done with the guidance of the new unit’s digital images which are larger and easier to interpret,” he said.

Another advantage of the new equipment is its ergonomic design, which makes it more comfortable for women of any size to undergo testing.

BRMC can now provide the most accurate mammography images available with this full-field mammography unit, Mr. Brown said.

“This new mammography unit will allow us to provide the most advanced diagnostic imaging to our patients for the next five years or more,” Mr. Brown said.

“BRMC’s goal is to provide the latest medical technology available to ensure the most accurate diagnoses and best possible outcomes for all of our patients,” said David Kobis, BRMC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We’re extremely pleased that this mammography unit will be an invaluable diagnostic tool for women in our region for years to come.”

For more information about mammograms, go online at and click on the MedlinePlus icon. MedlinePlus is a free online healthcare information service provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

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

Pictured, from left, Natalie Mawn, RT, R, CT, M, lead MRI technologist, and Laura Swanson, RT, R, M., radiographer III, are shown with the new full-field digital mammography unit that’s been installed and now fully operational at Bradford Regional Medical Center. The large and private mammography suite also has undergone an updated look, giving it a more spa-like appearance with oak woodwork, olive-colored walls and plush furniture.
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

Bowman Health Center Open House

An open house at the Bowman Health Center in Smethport will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., March 31.

The open house, which is free and open to the public, will feature facility tours of the health center, physical therapy and wellness center, free blood pressure screenings, free use of the Wellness Center and 15 percent discounts on memberships, if purchased during that day, and refreshments.

The health center recently moved to its original location at 83 Marvin St., Smethport, where it first opened in the 1990s. It adjoins the Smethport Wellness Center and Physical Therapy. Part of the building is also occupied by the Guidance Center. In 2005, the health center moved to 17129 Route 6 and operated as Misty Valley Health Center. CCMH reopened the Bowman Health Center in honor of Douglas Bowman, MD, following his untimely death in November 2008.

Miriam Jones to Sing at St. Bonaventure

Fresh, soulful, touching, fun, and beautiful is how several critics describe the music of international singer/songwriter and recording artist Miriam Jones.

The Olean/Allegany community will have a chance to hear this soulful singer as she performs a benefit concert at the St. Bonaventure University Chapel on Friday, March 26, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The concert is being sponsored by the community service group BonaResponds, the Campus Activities Board, and University Ministries. Admission is by donation, with a suggested contribution of $10, which will be collected at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit BonaResponds’ Haiti relief efforts.

“Miriam heard about our organization through a mutual friend/colleague and wanted to stop by on her U.S. tour,” said James Mahar, associate professor of Finance at St. Bonaventure University and director of BonaResponds. “We have been working on Haiti relief efforts since the earthquake hit in January and are thrilled to have a performer of her caliber joining us to entertain the community and donate her time and talent.”

“Miriam Jones’ acoustic music combines hauntingly memorable melodies with thoughtful, poetic lyrics,” said Chris Stanley, professor of theology and a longtime friend of Ms. Jones’ family. “She is one of those rare musicians who is equally at home playing in an English pub, a concert hall, or a Christian church. Once you hear her, it’s hard to get her tunes out of your head.”

Miriam Jones’ stop at St. Bonaventure is part of a U.S. tour that includes concerts in New York City, San Antonio, Denver, Chicago, and other cities. She is promoting her recent album, “Solitary Songs,” which can be downloaded from her Web site. A native of Canada, Jones moved to Oxford, England a few years ago to write and record. Other albums include her debut “Sign and Semblance” and “Inside Free.”

For more information about BonaResponds, including its International Service Day on March 27, visit the website at For more information on Miriam Jones, including samples of her music, visit her Web site at and click on the album covers.

This Week's Big 30 Selections ...


Jesse Isadore, Smethport High School

6’4” 240lbs. Right Tackle/Guard / Nose Tackle

Jesse plans to attend Bible College to be a Youth Minister. Jesse’s honors include AML All-Stars in Football, MVP in track, and won the Dave Magee Lineman Award. Jesse said, “I want to play in the Big 30 game because it is an honor and a privilege to do so. Jesse’s biggest thrill in football is praying with his team before every game.

Brad Kopp, St Marys Area High School

5’10” 230lbs. Center/Tackle / Nose Guard/Defensive Tackle

Brad plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to major in Rehab Science, in hopes to become a Physical Therapist. Brads honors include: National Honor Society, MAC 1st Team All-Star, Courier Express 1st Team All-Star, 3rd Lineman of the Year. Brad said’ “I want to play in the Big 30 game because of what it means. It gives me one more chance to do what I love, play football. There is no better way to do that then to also raise money for charity.”

Tony Capatch, Coudersport High School

6’2” 220lbs. Guard/Defensive Tackle

Tony is excited about traveling to Taiwan for a year as a Rotary Exchange Student. After he returns he plans on beginning a career in the military and going to college. In 2008 Tony was named to the 2008 AML All-Stars as a Defensive Tackle, in 2009 he was named to the AML All-Stars as an Offensive Guard. Tony said about the game, “I know this will be the last time in my life to play an organized football game with the guys that I have played with and against the last 6 years.

New York

Jesse Newman, Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central

5’7” 175lbs. Running back / Strong Safety

Jesse will be attending John Carroll University to study Athletic Training and play football. Jesse’s honors include: Times Harold Big 30 All-Star as a running back, HSPD Linebacker MVP, Team Offensive MVP, Team Defensive MVP. Jesse wants to play in the Big 30 game because he had a shorten season to his senior year due to an injury, and he wants to represent his school and state in a victory for New York this year.

Evan Smith, Cuba-Rushford Central School

5’11” 180lbs. Running back / Linebacker

Evan will be attending college in the fall and majoring in education. Evan plans on playing college football. Evan’s awards and honors include: Sportsmanship Award, Homecoming MVP, 1st Team Livingston County Football All-Stars, and rushed for over 1,000 yards his senior season. Evan said, “This has been my goal of mine since the beginning of my football years. I consider this to be one of the highest honors in high school football. I will be the second person in my family to play in the Big 30 game following my uncle, Chris Smith who played in 1992.”

Ryan Miller, Franklinville Central School

5’10” 153lbs. Guard / Linebacker

Ryan will attend JCC in Olean to study Criminal Justice and wants to become a State Trooper. Ryan’s honors include the Unsung Hero Award in football, 3 first places in the JV wrestling Tournament, and Student of the Quarter. Ryan was asked why he would like to play in the Big 30 game and he said, “I think the Big 30 would be a great experience for me, like a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Two Fatal Motorcycle Crashes

Two area men are dead after separate motorcycle accidents on Saturday.

Police say a bike operated by 42-year-old Lawrence Whiteman III of St. Marys went out of control on the on-ramp leading from Interstate 81 to Interstate 80 near Hazelton. Whiteman was thrown from motorcycle, which hit a post and a guiderail.

He pronounced dead at the scene.

In the other crash, police say 27-year-old Adam Laborde of Sykesville was travelilng at a high rate of speed on the rear wheel of his motorcycle. When he put the front wheel back down the road, the bike went out of control, left the road and hit a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Busy Weekend for City Police

It certainly was not a restful weekend for Bradford City Police.

Officers responded to several fights, reports of suspicious people, and cars being egged. They also looked into a report of terroristic threats involving a firearm on High Street. There were thefts on Euclid Avenue, Chamberlain Avenue and at Comfort Inn. Also, they responded to a report of a theft of a hot dog from a convenience store.

Police also looked into a report of a missing patient at BRMC, a drunk laying in the road on South Avenue and a naked man outside on Rochester Street, according to news releases from the police department.

Stabbing on SBU Campus

Two men were reportedly stabbed on the campus of St. Bonaventure University early Sunday morning.

James Chatmon and Rameek Boyd suffered non-life-threatening wounds in what is being reported as a fight between members of the St. Bonaventure and Jamestown Community College basketball teams.

State Police are continuing their investigation.

Bradford Men Facing Charges

Two Bradford men are facing charges after allegedly trying to break into to Bradford Beverage early Saturday morning.

Matthew Burgess and Matthew Bundy were arrested and arraigned by District Judge Dom Cercone.

Bundy was able to post bail. Burgess was sent to jail.

Bradford Woman Accused of Stabbing

A Bradford woman is accused of stabbing another woman in the neck with a pair of scissors early Sunday morning in Allegany.

19-year-old Samantha Jo Conner is charged with assault for allegedly stabbing an Allegany woman in the neck at the Lantern Motel.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's deputies did not identify the Allegany woman but say she was first taken to Olean General Hospital then to ECMC in Buffalo. Her injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

Conner is in Cattaraugus County Jail on $2,000 bail. Deputies say additional charges may be filed.