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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

The Asbury United Methodist Church on East Main Street is getting decorated for Easter Sunday.

(Photo by Anne Holliday)

ATV Stolen in Wilcox

Someone stole a 2006 Yamaha ATV from Mefferts Run Road in Jones Township.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say the vehicle was stolen sometime between midnight and 8:45 a.m. Friday.

The owner is 25-year-old Brandon Malinky of Wilcox. The value of the vehicle is $5,000.

Wildfires Throughout the Area

While Bradford City firefighters were battling the stubborn blaze on School Street, other firefighters were dealing with wildfires on Saturday.

Fires were reported at the Bradford Gun Club as well as on Sartwell Creek Road in Pleasant Valley Township and on Stamp Brooke Road in Hamlin Township. Port Allegany, Kane, Mount Jewett, Roulette and Austin fire departments were among those that responded.

In Clarion County, the forestry department used air tankers to help fire a large wild fire.

No People Hurt, One Dog Dies
in Stubborn School Street Fire

WESB/WBRR News Director

No people were hurt, but at least one dog died in stubborn apartment house fire on the corner of School and North Center streets Saturday morning.

The building is owned by Bradford Rentals LLC and had four apartments. The residents were Marcus Edward Vance; Samantha Silvis; Latdior "Lamar" Williams; and Curtis Glenn, 6-year-old Shelby Nelson, 9-year-old Brent Nelson, 12-year-old Jesse Renner and 16-year-old Kenny Parris.

The American Red Cross is assisting them.

Bradford City Fire Department Lt. Mike Cleveland said at least one dog, possibly more, died in the blaze. He said two cats were also missing, but one was found alive later.

The first call went to the fire station at about 10:55 a.m., and the building was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. They got called back twice for re-kindles, and got back to the station the third time at 7:10 p.m.

At around 11:15 a.m. as firefighters were shooting water at the flames, thick smoke billowed from the roof and whirled like a black tornado. At times, flames burst through the roof and licked at the sky through the smokey air.

While several firemen were working on the back, the flames raced to the front and erupted through the roof on the other side of the building.

Cleveland said this is the most stubborn fire they've fought "in a while."

He said the reason the blaze was so tough to fight is that "it was so involved when we got there that the roof collapsed. That leaves voids we can't get to ... and we have to be careful of anyone going inside."

The building is scheduled for an emergency demolition, which will probably happen early Sunday morning, he said.

Several bystanders and friends of some of the residents said the fire started in the kitchen of one of the apartments. Cleveland said a state police fire marshal has been on the scene, but hasn't determined a cause yet.

The fire also caused minor damage next door at 75 School Street.

Cleveland said the damage there was limited to the garage and charring on a back corner, and that it was all exterior damage.

Bradford Township firefighters were on the scene and on standby at the city station.

Bradford City Police and Bradford Special Police were controlling traffic.

Update: The other cat was found alive, too.

The picture of the fire was taken by Joe Austin before firefighters arrived.

Hot Spots

At around 4 p.m. Bradford City firefighters were still putting out hot spots at what's left of the building at the corner of School and North Center streets. The fire was reported at just before 11 a.m. Firefighters were back at the central station at around 5 p.m.

Update: Firefighters were back on the scene at about 6:45 p.m.

(Photo by Anne Holliday)

Still on the Scene

Bradford City and Bradford Township firefighters are still at the scene of a fire across the street from School Street Elementary School. Smoke was still coming from the buildng at the corner of School and North Center streets as of 1:30 p.m. Flames were coming from the building when firefighters got the call at about 10:55 a.m. We have unconfirmed reports that the fire started in the kitchen of one of the apartments.

Bradford Township firefighters protect the house next door to the fire site.

Former Bradford City Fire Chief Bill McCormack and former city councilman Tom Shay were on the scene, as was Mayor Tom Riel. Bradford City Police and Special Police controlled traffic.

(Photos by Anne Holliday)

More Pictures from School Street Fire

(Photos by Anne Holliday)

Fire on School Street

Bradford City firefighter Butch Kreiner shoots water onto flames shooting from the roof and back of a multi-family apartment building on the corner of School Street across the street from the elementary school. Below, other firefighters try to douse the flames coming from the front of the building. A neighbor tells us the building has four apartments in it, but she believes everyone got out safely. A friend of one of the residents tells us that at least one family pet died in the blaze. The fire was reported at about 10:55 a.m. Flames and thick smoke were still billowing from the building at 11:30 a.m. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

(Photos by Anne Holliday)

Busy Day for Bradford Police

Bradford City Police started the holiday weekend by answering a variety of calls throughout the city.

They responded to a vehicle complaint on Cornen Streete, a juvenile complaint at a West Washington Street restaurant, and noise complaints on Charlotte Avenue and Summer Street.

Officers also responded to disturbances on South Avenue and Interstate Parkway, a fight on Main Street and a report of a suspicious person on Lorana Avenue. They also responded to motor vehicle accidents on Forman, Main and East Main streets.

Police also received reports of illegal dumping on Bedford Street and a disabled vehicle on Jackson Avenue, according to news releases sent by the police department.

Actor John Forsythe Dies of Cancer

John Forsythe, probably best known for his portrayal of Blake Carrington onTV's "Dynasty" and the voice of Charlie on "Charlie's Angels," died Thursday at his Santa Ynez home after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 92.

Read more here.

Firefighter Suffers Minor Injury

A firefighter suffered a minor injury while battling a blaze in Corsica Wednesday morning.

A fax sent to WESB and The HERO by State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti of the Ridgway barracks says he and the Corsica Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of a fire that damaged a two-story house at 3395 Asbury Road.

The owner, 38-year-old John Glenn, was not home when the fire started. When he returned home at around 8:30 a.m. he found the kitchen on fire. He fought the fire with a garden hose until Corsica and Strattenville firefighters arrived.

The injured firefighter was treated at Brookville Hospital, then released.

The fire, which was determined to be accidental, was contained to the kitchen area and did about $25,000 worth of damage.

Child Rescued, Firefighter Hurt

A 12-year-old was rescued and a firefighter was hurt during a fire in Strattenville early Wednesday morning.

A fax sent to WESB and The HERO by State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti of the Ridgway barracks says he and the Srattenville Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of the blaze that damaged the two-story home at 510 Main Street at 12:25 a.m. Andrew and Lori Rawson are the owners of the house.

The fire broke out while the family was asleep. The 12-year-old was rescued from a second floor window. The child and one adult were taken to Clarion Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. One firefighter was treated for a minor arm injury, then released.

The fire, which was determined to be accidental, damaged about 35 percent of the house. The entire house had smoke, water and heat damage. Damage is estimated at $120,000.

'Transformed by the Cross'

16-year-old Joe Frederick carries the cross from the First United Methodist Church to the First Presbyterian Church during the annual Good Friday Cross Walk. More than 300 people participated in the event. Other churches along the walk were St. Bernard, the First Baptist, Church of the Ascension, Grace Lutheran and the First Free Methodist. Ministers speaking on the topic "Transformed by the Cross" during the stops at the churches were the Rev. Lee Beckes, Father Leo Gallina, the Rev. Mary Houck, the Rev. Phil Palutro, the Rev. Dennis Swineford, the Rev. Mike McAvoy and the Rev. Dave Bunnell.

(Photo by Anne Holliday)

Police Search for Vacuum Cleaner Thief

Police are looking for the woman who stole a vacuum cleaner from a St. Marys store.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say that at about 9:50 a.m. a woman went into Burkes True Value store on Million Dollar Highway, removed a Hoover Wind Tunnel Self-Propelled Vacuum from its display and put it in her cart. She then left the store without paying for the vacuum cleaner and left the scene in a blue two-door car.

The cost of the vacuum cleaner is $240.

Man Hurt in Potter County Crash

A Milton, PA, man suffered neck injuries in a crash at 11:30 Friday morning on Route 144 in Abbott Township.

In a fax to WESB and The HERO, state Police say a motorcycle operated by 47-year-old Bryon Anspach was going around a curve when it went toward the shoulder of the road that had silt and gravel on it. The bike went out of control and slid about 30 feet before the front tire hit a ditch. Anspach was thrown from the bike and rolled about 18 feet past it.

He was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Police note that he was wearing a helmet.

Elk County Bank Cited for False Alarms

An Elk County Bank is being cited for having more than 3 false alarms in a 12-month period.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say First Commonwealth Bank on Route 255 has been charged with Control and Automatic Dialing Devices.

The last incident happened at 2:08 a.m. Thursday.

Road Rage Incident on Route 5

A Dunkirk man is facing charges following a road rage incident Friday night.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, sheriff's deputies say that at 11:20 p.m. they received a road rage complaint that allegedly happened on Route 5 between Dunkirk and Sheridan.

Sheriff's deputies say they were able to locate the vehicle and made a traffic stop. During the course of the investigation, they discovered that 32-year-old Dennis Wallace was driving while his driving privileges in New York state were suspended.

Wallace was taken into custody and then later released with appearance tickets.

Death Investigation in Brocton

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a death of a Brocton woman who was found inside her home Friday afternoon.

They were called from inside the house about the death of the woman who is in 40s. They didn't release any further information about the woman.

Sheriff Joe Gerace says there were no obvious indications as to the cause of death, and an autopsy will be performed as soon as possible.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Man Facing Charges After Crash

A Clarendon man escaped injury, but he's facing charges following an accident at just before 5 o'clock this morning on Route 59, about a mile west of Route 219 in Lafayette Township.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say the car driven by 21-year-old David Littlefield traveled off the road, went off the berm and down a steep embankment. The car then traveled about 120 feet through a brush field before coming to rest. Police say Littlefield and his passenger, 40-year-old Wendy Littlefield of Clarendon, were attempting to leave the scene.

After further investigation, they determined that David Littlefield was driving under the influence and arrested him.

The car was towed from the scene.

Fee Increase for NY State Parks

Apparently closing some state parks and cutting back services and hours at others isn't enough for New York State.

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced fee increases.

They include raising the price for vehicles to enter about half of the state's parks, including Letchworth; raising fees at golf courses; and a new surcharge to campers who come from out of state.

Parks officials estimate the new fee structure will bring in an additional $4 million to the state, but say that's not enough to offset the previously announced cutbacks.

Bears are Back in Bradford

Bears are out of hibernation and hanging around Lincoln Avenue again. Bradford City Police received their first bear complaint of the season Thursday morning.

Officers also got a report of trespassing on Petrolia and Pleasant streets, harassment on Summer and East Main streets and noise on Walker Avenue. They looked into a report of a burglary on Main Street, shoplifting at a downtown store and criminal mischief on Clinton Street. They assisted the dog warden on South Avenue and looked into a report of a lost dog on West Corydon Street.

Police also responded to disturbances at a Mechanic Street business and on Congress Street, several vehicle complaints throughout the city and juvenile complaints on Roberts and Mechanic streets.

They also received a report of a suspicious vehicle on Euclid Avenue, suspicious people on Jackson Avenue and High Street. They removed an unwanted person from Brookline Court, according to news releases sent from the police department.

Smethport Man Facing Charges

A Smethport man is accused of not keeping proper records at his business.

In a fax to WESB and The HERO, state police say 43-year-old Russell Shunk failed to maintain records of vehicle sales at Shunk's Auto Sales on Route 6 in Keating Township.

Police listed the date of the incident as February 5 at 11:45 a.m.

Sharing the Love for Easter

Representatives from the Cameron County Family Center’s Share the Love program visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care residents to deliver Easter cards this week. Program organizers Kris Fapore and Sissy Miller deliver holiday cards throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center. Pictured, from left, are Ruth Lentz, Sissy Miller, and Rachel Hile.
(Photo courtesy of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital)

Cops: Woman Used Baby to Block Them

A Jamestown woman is accused of pushing an infant into the path of police officers who were conducting a drug raid on her her home.

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they were trying to get into the home at around 6:30 last night when 26-year-old Jenny Martinelli pushed the baby in front of them.

In the search, police found about half a pound of marijuana, scales, packaging materials and more than $1,400 in cash.

Martinelli is charged with obstructing governmental administration and endangering the welfare of a child. She and 26-year-old Jeffrey Martinelli are charged with criminal possession of marijuana and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Jeffrey Martinelli is also charged with criminal sale of marijuana.

They're both in Jamestown City Jail.

Syrup Production Tapped by Weather

State College, Pa. -- reports maple syrup producers in the Northeastern part of the country faced paralyzing blizzards this winter, inhibiting the tapping of some trees.

The colder-than-average temperatures into early March prevented up to 2 feet of snow from melting in places like Meadville, Pa., which is located near the heavy lake-effect snow city of Erie.

It became impossible for syrup producers to make it into the woods, and in many instances tappers got stuck even when using ATVs or snowmobiles to maneuver. Some producers chose not to tap this season, but others did so later than usual.

"We tapped much later into the season than is normal for us," said Clair Grove of Groveview Farm in Hesston, Pa. "After the second February blizzard, the roads were shut. We just couldn't make it into the woods."

The tapping season, which generally begins in February and wraps up no later than the beginning of April, was pushed back significantly for tappers, many of whom are just getting started.

Several producers haven't been successful, and many found the problems involved with the late start lie within mother nature's grip on the weather.

Freezing nights and warm days are needed to induce sap flows in maple trees, but temperatures too cold can be troubling.

"A hard ground freeze in January, accompanied by a snow buffer of several inches kept the ground insulated," said Donald Russell, owner and operator of Russell Maple Farm in Rome, Pa. "The roots were just frozen too hard for the sap to flow."

However, in some cases the March warm up prevented temperatures from getting cold enough at night.

The Northeast felt warm temperatures beginning in early March and extending through the middle of the month. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s were common through Pennsylvania and even into New England during the week of March 15.

Most Northeast tappers expect this maple syrup season to be lackluster, but they are not allowing it to stop them enjoy the upcoming syrup festivals.

"We'll be attending some festivals and teaching classes about tapping, but we won't be selling our syrup there," said Grove.

The production is about half of what it was last year for Groveview Farms. Last year 170 gallons of syrup was produced, compared to only 97 this year.

Russell Maple Farm in eastern Pennsylvania also had significantly less syrup production, producing only 30 percent of last year's amount.

Maple syrup production is most concentrated in the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada, with Quebec the number one producer of the world's supply of syrup.

Traditionally, maple syrup is harvested by tapping a maple tree through the bark and into the wood, then letting the sap run into a bucket.

The sap is then boiled down in sugar houses where the final product is created.

Water Problem Off East Main Street

The Bradford Water Authority is working on a problem on Boyer Avenue, off East Main Street.

At around 4:30 this morning, police received a report of water in the road in the area.

The McKean County 911 Center contacted representatives of the water authority, who are now on the scene.

Paterson May Not Call for Special Election

New York Governor David Paterson may not call for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by former Congressman Eric Massa.

Last month, Paterson said he would call for the election as soon as possible. But now he says he may not call for the election because of the financial impact it would have at the county level. In a news release, he says the Southern Tier counties that Massa represented are facing the same fiscal crisis the state is facing.

Without a special election, the district would be without representation in the House until January.

Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

A Clarendon man has pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault.

21-year-old Tyler Depto had sex with two underage girls last summer and fall.

The incidents happened in Mead and Sheffield townships.

Another Teen Arrested on Drug Charges

For the second time this week, Sheriff's deputies arrested a teenager for having drugs at Pioneer Central School.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, deputies say that on Wednesday afternoon a student they didn't identify was charged with selling Adderall to another student. Adderall is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. The student is being held in a facility in Buffalo.

On Wednesday morning, Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Anthony Calcaterra of Chaffee, New York, at the school on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Young Honors World War II Veteran

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) was proud to participate with Seneca Nation officials and members of the local American Legion to present the New York State Medal for Merit to World War II veteran and past President of the Seneca Nation George Heron.

 “As a member of the United States Navy, George Heron gave several years of his life in service to our country. Like all veterans, he is deserving of our respect and gratitude. I am pleased to congratulate George on earning this honor and thank him for his dedicated and distinguished service,” said Senator Young.

“I am also honored to call Mr. Heron my friend. He is a pillar of the community who has earned our respect and gratitude for all of his accomplishments,” Senator Young added.

Mr. Heron enlisted in the United States Navy in November of 1941 and served until his discharge in 1945. He achieved the rank of pharmacist mate first class during the war and was assigned to the United States Navy Amphibious Forces in campaigns in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.

In recognition of his wartime efforts, Mr. Heron has received numerous commendations including the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, and the Philippine Liberation Medal with two campaign stars for direct participation in the liberation of the Philippines from the military forces of Japan.

Mr. Heron served as President of the Seneca Nation for two terms in 1958 and 1962 and has also distinguished himself as a dedicated and substantial contributor to the Seneca Nation as an historian, linguist, and teacher. He is a member of the Iroquois National Museum Board of Directors, representative to the New York State Department of Aging and leader of the Iroquois Agricultural Society.

Mr. Heron is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also is a member and past Commander of American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post 535 and serves as the events coordinator for Seneca veterans of World War II.

For the past 50 years, he has helped organize and manage the Jimersontown Presbyterian Church’s annual Indian Foods Dinner and provides the dinner’s annual invocation in the Seneca language.

The Medal For Merit is awarded to current New York State residents, or those who were New York State citizens at the time of their service, who served honorably in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard and whose service was in direct support of combat operations.

news release from Young's office

Pavilion Residents Brightening Easter

Joan Pessia (left) and Aldene Brocious, both residents of The Pavilion at BRMC, were among 20 other Pavilion residents who spent Thursday afternoon coloring 10 dozen Easter eggs for The Friendship Table in Bradford, a center for fellowship and food for all members of the community. The Pavilion, adjacent to Bradford Regional Medical Center, is a 95-bed facility which provides long-term care to residents and also short-term restorative care to post-surgical patients. For more information about The Pavilion, call 362-8293 or go online at
(Photo courtesy of BRMC)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Roswell Park Awarded Grant to Study
Multifunctional Anticancer Agents

BUFFALO, NY – Youcef Rustum, PhD, Distinguished Member, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, department of Cancer Biology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), has been awarded a grant by the National Cancer Institute to study curaxins, novel multifunctional anticancer agents that came out of a collaborative drug discovery program between researchers of RPCI and Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (CBLI).

Inactivation of the tumor suppressor p53 is frequently found in many types of cancer. Constitutive activation of pro-survival pathway NF-kappaB is another common property of tumor cells. This is commonly associated with poor response to chemotherapy and thus decreased survival chances. Curaxins are a novel class of multifunctional anticancer agents that simultaneously target p53 and NF-kappaB, causing their activation and suppression, respectively.

The study will aim to select a lead curaxin for development through the side-by-side evaluation of efficacy and pharmacodynamics in assisting p53 to “turn on” and NF-kappaB to “turn off”. Mechanistic aspects of curaxins’ anticancer activity are being addressed in the studies conducted by the laboratories of Drs. Katerina Gurova and Andrei Gudkov at RPCI who will collaborate with Dr. Rustum’s on this project in a partnership with CBLI and Buffalo Biolabs, biotech companies supporting the development of curaxins.

It is hoped the comparison of the efficacy and pharmacological properties of curaxins will enable RPCI’s scientists to prioritize these drugs. The significance of the potential findings lies in the ability of our bodies’ compounds to simultaneously target multiple pathways frequently associated with poor response to chemotherapy and has broad applicability over many types of cancer.

Hospital Auxiliary Offering Scholarships

Second-year nursing school students who are residents in a four-county area can now apply for two $2,000 scholarships being offered by the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary.

Along with McKean County, the eligible scholarship area includes students from Potter, Cameron and Elk counties.

The scholarship applications are available at HeartStrings Gift Shop in the Outpatient Services Center lobby of Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) and also in the nursing and financial aid departments of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Jamestown Community College in Olean. The application forms can also be downloaded by going to April 23 is the deadline to submit the applications.

“Along with being a second-year nursing student and a resident of McKean, Potter, Cameron or Elk counties, the applicants must have a 2.7 grade-point average to qualify,” says Virginia Hauser, the Auxiliary’s executive director.

“These healthcare-related scholarships should prove to be very helpful to the recipients,” Mrs. Hauser notes.

The 77-year-old Auxiliary, with over 200 volunteers, has been giving out annual scholarships since the early 1950s, she says. Since the Auxiliary’s beginning, it has expanded in scope to raise awareness and funds and to provide volunteer services and support for BRMC services, programs, equipment, construction and community programs.

As evidence of its work, the Auxiliary donated $120,000 to the hospital in the last two years. This is part of the Auxiliary’s largest-ever $300,000 pledge for the Outpatient Services Center, which opened in January 2007. The Outpatient Services Center was part of BRMC’s $15 million “Building the Future” campus improvement project. The second phase of the campus improvement, completed last summer, included doubling the size of the Emergency Department and completely redesigning it to get patients admitted and treated more quickly, improve quality, safety and customer service.

Pitt-Bradford to Introduce New Music
Performance Course in Fall Term

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will introduce a new vocal performance course in the fall term that will give students more opportunities to perform.

The course will feature student vocalists in an ensemble performing at luncheons, in classes and at a holiday event in December.

“The initial student response to this offering has been quite good,” said Jeff Guterman, chairman of the Division of Communications and the Arts. “Several student performers have been lined up for the fall, and several more are expected when incoming freshmen register for classes this summer.”

In order to give Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music, more time to work with the students in the one-credit course, the College-Community Choir will not be offered.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, explained how the change fits in with a larger vision for the performing arts at Pitt-Bradford.

“Our plans call for us to now direct our attention to developing the performing arts talents of our students and to showcase those talents at events on and off campus,” he said. “During the next few years, our new music professor, Dr. Levey, will begin the process of developing a student vocal ensemble.

“Unfortunately, this means that he will no longer be available to also organize and lead a college-community choir. We regret that we will have to take this action, but feel that this is in the best interest of the university and is consistent with our plans to develop and expand performing and fine arts options for our growing population of students.”

The College-Community Choir got its start in the 1970s by then-music professor Allan Slovenkay. It fell by the wayside when Slovenkay retired until Dr. Lee Spear, then associate professor of music, agreed to take it up in 1997. Spear retired in December 2008.

“We are very appreciative of the efforts of students, faculty, staff and community members on behalf of the choir,” Guterman said. “It’s often not easy to change, but we need to be afforded the opportunity to guide our curriculum and try something new, which in the end will serve a larger number of our students.

Levey said that the new course will “make it easier to recruit and engage students interested in vocal performance, and allow for closer musical collaboration.” He added that the students will sing a wider variety of music -- selections suited to their voices and abilities as well as the events at which will be performed.

The change to a student-centered ensemble also enables Levey to teach an additional three-credit general education course, an increasing need at Pitt-Bradford, where enrollment increased 36 percent between 2005 and 2009.

“That allows the music program to serve 30 to 40 more students each year,” Guterman said.

Snyder: Obama Betrayed Native Americans

Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. called today's signing of the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act a "deliberate betrayal" of all Native Americans.

"The President of the United States invited Native American leaders to Washington D.C. in November and looked us in the eye as a sign of good faith in his pledge to protect federal treaties," Snyder said. "Now four months later he has betrayed that promise."

"In 1779, President George Washington was referred to as 'Hanodagonyas,' an Iroquois term meaning 'town destroyer,' for his attempt to quell Native American uprisings. I think that term should be dusted off and given to Barack Obama for the economic destruction that Pact Act will cause," Snyder said.

"This is certainly not the first time a U.S. president has failed to honor federal treaty rights, but it is particularly hurtful when this country's first minority president turns his back on another group of minority Americans, it's a very personal pain and insult," Snyder added.

The Seneca leader recalled Obama's meeting with Crow Nation representatives during his election campaign, during which the Crow adopted the candidate, giving him the name "Black Eagle."

"I guess he's forgotten friends he made when he wanted votes. He is no friend to Indian Country and I would hope the Crow revoke his honorary member status," Snyder said.

The Seneca people and all Native Americans have also been betrayed by the majority of federal lawmakers who voted in favor of the PACT Act which will bar Native American tobacco businesses from using the U.S. Postal Service, according to Snyder.

That list includes all members of Congress representing Western New York, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Lee. Rep. Louise Slaughter didn't even bother to vote.

"Our elected officials have turned their collective backs on the Seneca Nation. We will not forget how we were treated and neither will the thousands of local residents who will soon be unemployed because of this blow to our economy," Snyder said.

The Seneca have maintained that the PACT Act, which has been promoted as an anti-smoking measure aimed at keeping cigarettes out of the hands of under-age smokers, is really a push by big tobacco companies to squeeze out Native American competition and protect market share.

The Seneca Nation maintains the measure, which has attracted strong support and lobbying efforts from mainstream tobacco corporations, led by Philip Morris, is an overt attempt by big cigarette corporations to simply stomp out any market competition.

Snyder singled out the bravery of South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who stood up for treaty rights, despite pressures from the big tobacco lobby.

"Congresswoman Sandlin, whose district includes Rosebud and Yankton Sioux nations, had the backbone to point out that the PACT Act will open the door for states to bring felony changes against tribes and tribal businesses. If only our Western New York lawmakers had this same respect for tribal sovereignty," Snyder said.

JC Seneca, a tribal councillor and co-chair of the Nation's Foreign Relations Committee (FRC), said other tobacco business owners will face tough decisions over the next three months.

"We have at least 90 days from the signing before the postal delivery ban goes into effect, so we'll all be looking at ways to adapt and save as many jobs as possible," Seneca said.

Seneca, who owns retail and wholesale tobacco businesses, as well as sports and entertainment operations, said he is evaluating reallocating his workforce to keep staff employed.

"This is devastating for the Seneca Nation, the businesses and all the employees, but it won't take us down. We've been pushed around by the government for centuries and we keep finding ways to survive," Seneca said.

Tobacco trade is a key component of the Seneca Nation economy and it estimates enforcement of the PACT Act could result in up to a 65 percent loss in Import/Export revenue which it uses to fund health and education programs.

The Nation has a state-of-the-art stamping and enforcement mechanism that ensures compliance with a rigorous set of internal regulations, including retailer authorization, minimum pricing and a ban on sale to minors. The Nation works in close partnership with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement (ATF).

Seneca Nation news release

NY Road Construction May Be Delayed

Governor David Paterson is urging New Yorkers to lobby their lawmakers to approve the now overdue state budget.

The Senate and Assembly have left Albany for a more than week long holiday break. In a statement to radio and TV stations Paterson said the work legislators completed before their vacation was inadequate, and didn't cut enough spending to close the state's $9 billion budget gap.

On Wednesday, Paterson said $2.1 billion in school aid payments will be delayed.

Several road construction projects could also be delayed because of the state's budget crisis.

They include the Route 353 Bridge over the Allegheny River in Salamanca; the Irvine Mills Road Bridge over the Tuna Creek in the Town of Carrollton; and the Route 219 project in Cattaraugus and Erie counties.

Causer: Participate in Census

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is encouraging everyone in Cameron, Potter, McKean and surrounding counties to participate in the U.S. Census in order to ensure the region gets its fair share of federal funding.

"The federal government decides where to invest tax dollars based on a region's population," Causer said. "People who don't participate in the census won't be counted. That means they and their families, not to mention entire communities, will miss out on funding, programs and services that could really benefit our rural region."

Census figures also affect representation in Congress and the General Assembly, and guide state government decisions on education, health care, job training and more.

"If you haven't already completed your form, please do so as soon as possible. It takes just a few minutes of your time," Causer said.

People who have misplaced their Census forms or never received them may call the U.S. Census Bureau's Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866-872-6868.

Forms and assistance are also available at a number of locations in McKean, Potter and Cameron counties through April 19. Contact one of Causer's local offices for information on the nearest location, or view a complete list at The Bradford office can be reached at 814-362-4400, and the Coudersport office can be reached at 814-274-9769.

New Signage Grants Awarded in All
Counties of the Pennsylvania Wilds

The Pennsylvania Wilds is pleased to announce that awards have been granted, designs accepted, and that signs are beginning to be installed across the region as part of the Pennsylvania Wilds Business Signage Program and the Pennsylvania Wilds Community Signage Program. At least one community or business sign was awarded to every county in the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

Grants provide up to $1,000 to business owners to upgrade existing business signage, and up to $3,000 to communities that want to construct welcome signage. The program was funded by $25,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources, and $25,000 in grants from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

“The primary goal is to help people improve the look and feel of their communities,” said Pennsylvania Wilds Community Outreach Specialist Sam MacDonald. “Great business and welcome signage can make communities more inviting to locals and visitors alike. One of the great strengths of the PA Wilds region is the sense of community character that you see from town to town, county to county. We are hoping to build on that.”

“We were thrilled with the response to the program,” MacDonald added. “We received 63 applications in total, requesting more than $110,000 in funding. It was extremely competitive. We think that we selected a strong group that illustrates all the things that great signage can do. We also worked very hard to use this process to educate people about resources that already exist, especially the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide and websites like

Most of the businesses and communities in our region are too small to employ full-time grant writers or fundraisers. We wanted to educate them about the grant-writing process, and help them get excited about the idea of building community character. We didn’t design the signs. The businesses and communities did, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the creative and innovative ideas they have developed.”

Business Recipients, By County:

Copy Katz/Endeavor News

Black Moshannon Lodge

Bells and Whistles

St. Charles Café

Winkler Gallery of Art


Summit Motel

Grant's Pass

Wapiti Woods

Old Charm Bed and Breakfast

Riverside Campground

Firestone Forge

Blackwell Church

Tioga Central Railroad

J. Lauren Interior Design

Community Recipients, By County

Sylvan Heritage Council

New Bethlehem Borough

Coalport Borough

Renovo Borough


Johnsonburg Borough

St. Mary's Chamber of Commerce

Jones Township

Forest County

Punxsy Chamber of Commerce

Lafayette Township

Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau

Clarendon Borough

Sheffield Township

Johnsonburg Bypass Work Update

PennDOT has issued the following travel update for the Route 219/Johnsonburg Bypass project in Elk County for the week of April 5.

Local, neighborhood traffic (including First, Blaine and Shawmut Streets) will be affected as the contractor works on the end of the Grant Street Bridge.

Drivers will encounter a barrier along Grant Street. PennDOT will maintain two lanes of traffic on Grant Street but lanes will be narrow.

This traffic pattern will be in place for several weeks. Route 219 traffic will not be affected.

'Bucky' Phillips Story on TV Tonight

A documentary on the largest manhunt in New York State history will air tonight.

The A&E network is starting a series called "The Fugitive Chronicles," and their first topic is the five-month search for Ralph "Bucky" Phillips.

Phillips is serving a life term in the state correctional facility in Dannemora for fatally shooting State Trooper Joseph Longobardo and injuring troopers Donald Baker Jr. and Sean Brown.

You can watch a preview of the program here.

Teen Arrested on Drug Charges

A Cattaraugus County teenager is in custody after being arrested for taking drugs to a school.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Sheriff's deputies say they arrested 17-year-old Anthony Calcaterra of Chaffee, New York, at Pioneer Center School Wednesday morning on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His bail is set at $1,000 cash.

UPB Criminal Justice Major Receives
Internship with U.S. Marshals Service

A senior criminal justice major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has secured an internship with the U.S. Marshals Service for this summer.

Ryan Monoski of Mill Hall will spend 270 hours at the U.S. Courthouse in Williamsport, observing marshals at work in the courtroom and holding cells and helping perform research.

Monoski was one of two students chosen for an internship in the marshals’ Williamsport field office, for which he applied a year ago and underwent a drug screening and background check.

“It was a lot different than the typical summer job interview,” he said, explaining that the interview was more extensive.

Dr. Bernie Meyer, associate professor of criminal justice, said, “Getting an internship with the U.S. Marshals is very competitive. It’s going to be a great opportunity for Ryan to see what the marshals do and help him decide what he wants to do with his future.”

Dr. Tony Gaskew, assistant professor of criminal justice, said, “Ryan is one of the best criminal justice majors in our program and has an extremely bright law enforcement future. His federal internship with the U.S. Marshals Service is simply a reflection of his hard work and is an amazing accomplishment.”

The son of two social workers, Monoski said he has always wanted to pursue a career in criminal justice.

After graduating in December 2010, Monoski he would like to work with the Marshals Service or another federal agency.

Monoski is currently working on his senior capstone thesis about risk-taking behavior among college students. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Club and represents the club in the Student Government Association.

Marina at Long Point State Park to Open

Mayville, NY -- Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards was informed yesterday by Mark Thomas, Western New York Regional Director for NYS Parks that the Marina at Long Point State Park will be open for the spring and summer seasons.

"Mr. Thomas told me that the Marina at Long Point State Park will open however, the determination of the opening of the rest of the park will not be decided until after the State has a budget in place," Edwards said.

New York Governor David Paterson, along with Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash recommended earlier this year that Long Point State Park, which is located outside of Bemus Point, be closed. It was part of an overall plan to close 41 parks and 14 historic sites when the new budget year begins April 1, 2010. Closing the parks would reportedly save New York State $6.5 Million.

"Having the marina open is certainly good news for Chautauqua County and the groups and organizations that have already booked the park for fishing tournaments and other events this year," Edwards said.

"I would like to thank the people that came to the rally in support of the Park and in particular, Steve Hayes, who formed the group "Friends of Long Point" and organized the rally," Edwards said.

Edwards concluded by saying that he is hopeful that once a State budget is in place, the short-sighted plan to close Long Point State Park will not be a part of the State budget.

Obama Signs PACT Act into Law

President Obama has signed a bill into law that the Seneca Nation says could leave as many as 1,000 people without jobs.

The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act bars the US Postal Service from shipping cigarettes through the mail.

Seneca Indian Nation business owners say the PACT ACT will kill legal Native American commerce and take 1,000 tobacco-industry jobs in New York with it.

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 tobacco-related company which employs 130 people is not affiliated with the Seneca Nation.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tack's Inn Cited by PSP

Tack's Inn h as been cited by the state police bureau of liquor control enforcement for operating without a valid health permit or license, which expired on January 11.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say the business still didn't have a valid permit or license on February 11.

The charges will be brought before an administrative law judge.

Water Rescue on Chautauqua Lake

A 72-year-old Union City PA man was rescued from Chautauqua Lake this morning after his boat overturned.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies say they received a call at about 10:30 a.m. saying that a boat overturned near Prendergast Point, and the operator was hanging onto the boat.

Ronald Linkewitz was in the water for a about 25 minutes before rescuers arrived.

He was conscious and coherent after being removed from lake. Linkewitz was taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown for further evaluation.

NY Delaying School Aid Payments

For the second time in four months, New York Governor David Paterson has ordered a delay in school aid payments.

$2.1 billion was supposed to be paid today. Paterson says the state intends to meet the June 1 statutory deadline for making this payment, assuming enough cash is available by then.

In December, Paterson ordered the withholding of $750 million in payments to school districts, local governments, and other entities in order to prevent the state from running out of cash. Those payments were made in January when the state’s operating margins temporarily improved.

Paterson also said some road construction projects will also be delayed.

Crash Closes Windfall Road in St. Marys

Windfall Road in St. Marys was closed for several hours Tuesday after a tractor-trailer crash.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, police say that at around 9 a.m. a rig driven by Kevin Prechtl of Ridgway went out of control while going around a curve, traveled across the road and turned over.

The report didn’t say if Prechtl was hurt, and an answering machine at the police department said all officers were on patrol so no one was there to answer the question.

Man Jailed After Domestic Dispute

A Fredonia man is in jail following a domestic incident in the village.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Sheriff's deputies say 28-year-old Matthew Peszko was arrested after they received a report of a woman screaming inside her home.

Deputies say when they and state troopers arrived on the scene they found that the woman had a bloody nose, redness on her face and chest and saliva on her face.

Deputies say Peszko pushed, slapped and spit on the victim while she had their one-month-old infant in her arms. They say the incident happened in front of a 4-year-old child.

Deputies also found a pistol in his possession without the required state pistol permit.

Peszko was taken into custody, arraigned and an order of protection was issued.

Sheeley Leaving BACC

Diane Sheeley will be leaving her position as executive director of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce on April 22.

Sheeley has been with the chamber for about 8 years, and is taking another position in the community.

Chamber board members say they will hire someone to replace Sheeley soon as possible.

Teacher Facing Sex Charges

A Brookville teacher is facing charges after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

42-year-old Karin Hetrick was arrested last week at her home in Summerville after the girl's mother reported the relationship to police.

According to court documents, Hetrick started a relationship with a female student in November 2009.

The documents say Hetrick hugged and kissed the girl in her high school classroom, and that they traveled to remote areas to have sex.

Hetrick is charged with child abuse, indecent assault and related offenses.

Olean Man Sentenced

An Olean man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison on sex-related charges involving a child younger than 13, according to the Cattaraugus County District Attorney's Office.

54-year-old Clayton Griffis pleaded guilty in January to attempted course of sexual conduct.

The incidents happened betewen November of 2004 and December of 2008.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

'Bach's Lunch' at Noon Wednesday

The Southern Tier Symphony Chamber Strings, under the direction of music director John Whitney, will present a performance of “Bach’s Lunch” on Wednesday, March 31st, at First Presbyterian Church, 54 East Corydon St., at noon.

Patrons may believe the title of the concert has something to do with food, but it is simply a musical presentation, lasting under one hour, to nourish the soul. This concert is a part of the anniversary celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach's 325th birthday, which occurred last week. Underwriting support sponsors for the concert are Barbara and Mac Sue and Stephen P. Grillo.

The ensemble consists of twelve string players and pianist Nancy Hefti with the addition of two local sopranos. Annamaria Myers, of Port Allegany, PA graduated from Mansfield University in 1981 and was a finalist for the Schorr Prize in Voice at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan. She has made numerous solo appearances in the twin tiers region including the mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” and Anna in “The King and I.” She currently teaches music in the Port Allegany Schools.

Alexa Campbell is a student at Portville High School and started performing at age seven as Gretl on the Broadway National Tour of “The Sound of Music” with Brady Bunch star Berry Williams. She has also toured the US, Canada and the United Kingdom in other shows, including Disney’s “Bear in the Big Blue House” and “Dragon Tales Live.”

Locally, Alexa has performed with Chautauqua Opera, Olean Community Theatre and at the Lancaster Opera House. Most recently, she played the role of Belle in the OCT production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Concert selections will include the Second Mannheim Symphony in A Major by Johann Stamitz (1717 – 1757), Prelude to “The Deluge” Opus 45 by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), and Arioso by J. S. Bach (1685-1750), to name a few.

The concert is free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. A free will collection will be taken.

Annual Rally Raffle Underway

OLEAN -- The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and the Olean Area Motorcycle Enthusiasts are raffling off a 2010 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide, black with flames during the 8th Annual Rally in the Valley motorcycle event in August.

After a year's absence, the wide glide returns to the 2010 H-D lineup as one of four newer revised models introduced in the standard 2010 production line. The 2010 Dyna Wide Glide looks smoking' hot in its vivid black with flames color combo. The pulse of the Wide Glide is provided by a 1584cc, air-cooled Twin Cam 96 engine. Tommy Gun 2-1-2 exhausts replace the dual staggered shorty pipes of old and emit note at speed.

Tickets are available for a chance to win the Dyna Wide Glide and second prize of a Krish Enclosed Two Bike Trailer. The tickets are $20 with a limit of 2,000 tickets to be sold. The drawing will be announced on Sunday, August 29. The motorcycle was partially sponsored by Larry's Sport Center, Galeton, PA. Tickets are available to purchase before the event at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Poor Cow Leather, at the Home Show, the Taste of Olean and Gus Macker, various Rally committee members and during the Rally event.

The Rally Committee is spearheaded by Dennis Jones, Randy Langdon, Larry Penman, and Dan Jordan. “Through the 7th annual Rally in the Valley, we have been able to give more than $100,000.00 to local charities,” said Rally Co-Chair Dennis Jones. The charities that will benefit this year include CARes - Council on Addiction Recovery Services, Inc.; the Dempsey Club; Olean Airport Support Group; Southern Tier Military Support; the ReHabilitation Center; and Rebuilding Together. For more information on the 8th Annual Rally in the Valley, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email

Pictured, Dan Jordan on the bike, (L-R) Larry Penman, Dennis Jones, Alan Roth, and Randy Langdon. Rally in the Valley Co-chairs, are shown with the 2010 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide which is being raffled during the event.
(Photo and information provided by Meme Krahe Yanetsko)

Buzzard Swamp Decision Announced

Marienville, Pa. – On March 23, 2010, Marienville District Ranger Robert T. Fallon made the decision to continue using prescribed fire to maintain the herbaceous openings in the Buzzard Swamp area located in Jenks Township in Forest County and Millstone Township in Elk County, Pennsylvania. The project will burn up to 200 acres annually for the next 5 to 10 years.

Prescribed burning would occur outside of the nesting season (April 15 to September 15) unless sites have been surveyed to determine that species with viability concerns are not currently nesting in these areas. This decision is not subject to administrative review or appeal pursuant to 36 CFR 215. Implementation may occur immediately.

A map and complete project record are available from the Marienville Ranger District, 131 Smokey Lane, Marienville, PA 16239, or at

Deer Density Workshop Scheduled

The Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (a 73,250 acre management area in McKean County) and Penn State Cooperative Extension are proud to provide sportsmen, private forest landowners, natural resource professionals and the public with a day to learn and talk about deer density as it relates to the carrying capacity of the habitat. We will be in the woods about half of the time. You will learn about deer biology; quality deer management; estimating deer density within deer home range, completing a deer browse survey, relating density to preferred deer foods, deer reproduction and deer harvest.

The Deer Density and Carrying Capacity workshop will be in the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative Management Area (includes ANF, Kane Hardwood, RAM Forest Products, Commonwealth Forest Investments and Bradford Water Authority lands) near Marshburg, Pennsylvania on Route 59 on Thursday, April 14 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. There is a minimal fee of $10.00 which includes refreshments and materials. Participants must be preregistered and space is limited. Participants will be hiking uphill and downhill for at least two miles.

To register or for more information contact Tim Pierson at the McKean County Cooperative Extension Office at 887-5613. The deadline for registration is April 9.

Syracuse Symphony to Perform at SBU

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Sewell will perform in the ninth and last concert of the Friends of Good Music season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, at St. Bonaventure’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The program will feature Ilya Yakushev, gold medal winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, performing Prokofiev’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C-Major, op.26.

“The program that the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra will be performing is a particularly interesting one,” said Joseph A. LoSchiavo, executive director of the Quick Center. “In addition to Prokofiev’s piano concerto, the orchestra will play the tone poem Death and Figuration by Richard Strauss and Nocturnes by Claude Debussy, both important works of the late 19th century. The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s concerts are firmly established as audience favorites and we are grateful for the symphony’s continued support in touring to communities in Western New York.”

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra quickly evolved from its beginning in 1961 as a community orchestra into a fully professional resident orchestra serving the central and northern regions of New York state. An ensemble of national acclaim, the symphony boasts 79 musicians and a conducting staff of international caliber, and annually performs 193 full-orchestra and chamber ensemble concerts during its 39-week season, reaching more than 225,000 audience members.

Guest conductor Sewell has been the music director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Wichita Symphony since 2000. In demand as a guest conductor, he has led major orchestras in North America including the Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Columbus and Syracuse symphony orchestras, as well as abroad with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Mexico, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

A native of New Zealand, Maestro Sewell received his training on the violin, piano and cornet, and began conducting at age 16.

Yakushev has many awards and honors to his credit and has performed at major venues on three continents. He toured the U.S. in the spring of 2006 as first prize and gold medal winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and presented a solo recital at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut as grand prize winner of the 2004 Mannes College Concert Competition, performing as a soloist in Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with The Mannes Orchestra under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler.

Yakushev attracted international attention through his European tour, presenting solo recitals in Berlin, Duesseldorf and Vienna. He also toured Southeast Asia, performing in Singapore and Malaysia.

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. For tickets and information, call the Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

For each Friends of Good Music performance, the Quick Center opens its galleries one hour before and show 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. on Saturday and Sunday.

Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more about the Quick Center go to

KCH-Hamot Heart Forum Rescheduled

The annual Kane Community Hospital (KCH) and Hamot Heart Forum has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 6-8 p.m. at the St. Callistus Hall on Chase Street in Kane. This change takes place after blizzard conditions caused the February scheduled forum to be postponed.

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

Everyone is welcome to attend the free forum. Pre-registration is required. To register or learn more about this event call KCH Cardiac Rehab at 837-4779.

When you register, ask about what information you should bring or get prior to the forum so you can complete a heart risk assessment during the event. The assessment is a tool you can take home, share with your doctor, or use as a guide to regain or maintain a healthy heart.

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

Val Jackson, Regional Director of Hamot Heart Institute will present a heart disease risk assessment tool and walk participants through it.

We all have certain factors that increase the risk of developing heart disease. Some of these risk factors are controllable and some are not and this session will help determine the difference and provide guidance on how to mitigate risks moving forward.

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

In addition to the presentations, participants will receive an information packet on heart disease, have an opportunity to ask questions, and enjoy a heart healthy snack.

This event is open to the public. It’s a great event for families with a history of heart disease or gatherings of friends. Join us.

Pictured, at last year's heart forum Jessica McDivitt, Manager of KCH Cardiac Rehab and Wellness (far right) is helping assess Body Mass Index or BMI, one of the important numbers to know in assessing overall risk of heart disease. When you call to register for the forum at 837-4779, ask how you can learn the numbers needed to complete a risk assessment at this year's forum on April 20, 6-8 p.m. at St. Callistus Church in Kane.
(Photo and information provided by Kane Community Hospital)

Alpha Sigma Lambda Inducts 11

Eleven students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were inducted on Sunday into the Upsilon Phi Beta chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the premier national honor society for nontraditional students.

In order to be recognized as a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, students must have earned at least 30 credits at Pitt-Bradford and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

“Alpha Sigma Lambda provides a way for Pitt-Bradford to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of its top performing nontraditional students, many of whom are working and/or raising families as they pursue their college studies.” said Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs and advisor to Alpha Sigma Lambda. “The fact that ASL is a national honor society gives additional recognition to students who achieve this distinction.”

`The new members this year are Grant Allen, a computer information systems and technology major from Bradford; Tamra Caton, a business management major from Grand Valley; Wendy Eaton, a nursing major from Portville, N.Y.; Christopher Finke, a nursing major from Prospect; Christopher Leonard, an information systems major from Warren;

Kathy Long, an elementary education major from Kane; Laura Lucas, a biology major from Emporium; Brian McCann, an accounting and business management major from Allegany, N.Y.; Christine Minich, a public relations major from Custer City; Kelly Peterson, an elementary education major from St. Marys; and Samila Sosic, an interdisciplinary arts major from Bradford.

Bradford Takes 2nd in Western NY
Elementary Chess Championship

Pioneer Central Schools earned top team honors defeating Bradford by just half a point in the Western NY Scholastic Championship held at the Hornell High School over the weekend. All of Pioneer’s players were fifth and sixth graders whereas Bradford’s team consisted of second and third graders: Danny Fedak, Nate Evan, and Jacob and Jessica Yost. Danny Fedak won the third place individual trophy on tiebreaks. Coach Ferguson predicts that Bradford’s younger team should prove difficult to beat in future years.

Pioneer also took top honors in the junior-senior high section. Buffalo finished second, while Hornell and Bath tied for third. Bradford did not take a junior-senior high team.

Tied for third place team were Buffalo and Scio Central Schools. Other participating schools included Olean, Bath, and Hornell.

Pictured, top, from left to right are first place individual Sam Tillinghast from Pioneer, second place individual James Miles from Buffalo, and third place individual Danny Fedak from School Street Elementary. The second photo shows the three Bradford students who tied for third place. From left to right: Jessica Yost, Danny Fedak, and Jacob Yost.
(Photos and information provided by Dr. Bob Ferguson)

LIHEAP Extended Again

Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open until April 16, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

The LIHEAP program is administered by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and helps income-eligible households pay for heat during the winter months.

The LIHEAP program was scheduled to close April 2, but the program has been extended another two weeks to end April 16.

DPW has helped nearly 500,000 families through cash and crisis grants since the program opened last November for the current season.

For more information, contact the appropriate county assistance office:

· Cameron County -- 814-486-3757.

· McKean County -- 814-362-4671.

· Potter County -- 814-274-4900.

Assistance is also available by calling the toll-free LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095 (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886). Internet users can access additional information at Causer's Web site at

Hyers Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

The Chautauqua County man who shot his stepfather to death has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison.

21-year-old Daniel Hyers pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in January for shooting 51-year-old Dean Nagel in Villenova on September 9, 2008.

After a massive manhunt, Sheriff Joe Gerace arrested Hyers himself after spotting him walking on Butcher Road in Villenova on September 10.

Bradford City Police Kept Busy

Bradford City Police were kept hopping over the last couple of days.

Officers responded to reports of stolen property on Interstate Parkway and North Center Street; vandalism on High Street and loud music on State Street. They also received reports of harassment on East Main, High and Forman streets and criminal mischief on Davis Street.

Police also responded to an accident on Interstate Parkway, a gun-related incident on St. Francis Drive and a report of a suspicious person in the North Kendall Avenue Park.

They also received a report of a dog left alone on a South Avenue porch and responded to Bedford Street where a "juvenile was acting spoiled and (the) mother requested an officer to talk to her son," according to news releases faxed to WESB and The HERO.

Young Calls on Leaders to Finish Budget

Statement from New York State Senator Cathy Young:

“It is unconscionable that the New York City-controlled legislators who currently are in the majority of both Houses left Albany without even trying to get the state budget passed by the April 1 deadline.

They have failed to hold conference committees which would have moved along negotiations and put the process out in the open where it belongs, instead of negotiating the budget in secret. Last year, these same legislators forced through a state budget that contained out-of-control taxes and spending. This year, I fear they will pull the same stunts again, but add massive borrowing to their repertoire of bad fiscal policy that hurts our families and the economy.

I am calling on the leaders of the Senate and Assembly to hold conference committees immediately. The people have a right to know what their government is doing. I also call on them to scrap their irresponsible borrowing plan, implement spending cuts and a Constitutional spending cap, say no to tax hikes, create a property tax cap, and focus on turning around the economy. School districts, local governments, small businesses, and the public deserve to have answers. We need a responsible state budget, and we need it now.”

John T. Costanzo

John T. Costanzo, resident of Hockessin, DE, quietly passed into heaven from Delaware Hospice in Milford on Friday, March 26, 2010. He was 48 years old.

Born in 1961 to Joseph and Marilyn Costanzo of Lewis Run, Pennsylvania, John was the youngest of three children and a special part of a large Bradford area extended family. There he learned to work hard and play hard, excelling in school and athletics. He graduated in 1979 from Bradford Central Christian High School, where among other things, he lettered four years on the Rambler Football Team.

Following a long family tradition, John then moved to South Bend, Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1983. He flourished under the Dome of Our Lady and cherished his time at ND.

After graduation from Notre Dame, in the footsteps of his Dad, John began a 25 plus-year career in the mortgage industry. Starting at MGIC and ending at Fifth Third Bank, he became a trusted and highly respected expert and true friend to innumerable colleagues and customers.

In 1986 John met his wife, Denise Durso, the daughter of Daniel and Grace Durso of Rehobeth Beach, Delaware. They married in 1987 and moved to the Delaware Valley area where they have remained. The lights of their lives, their beloved twin daughters, Megan and Taylor, arrived in 1992 to complete their family.

John was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer in July, 2008. He accepted a devastating prognosis with exceptional grace and courage and got right back to work. He maintained a rigorous schedule while enduring the treatments for and effects of the disease without resentment or complaint, never asking for anything more than a chance to fight and enjoy his time with his family and friends. His quiet and gentle spirit remains undefeated, living on in all those who loved him. He fought so hard; he earned his rest.

John is survived by his wife, Denise, and daughters Megan and Taylor, brother Joseph and sister-in-law Carol Costanzo of Cary, NC, sister Laura and brother-in-law Greg Davies of Wilmington, nephew Coley Costanzo of Atlanta, GA, niece Erin Costanzo of Indianapolis, IN, niece Alison Costanzo of Cary, NC and nephews Joseph and Patrick Davies of Wilmington.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Road, Wilmington, DE. Burial will be immediately after in the Church Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday evening, March 30, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin DE, 19707.

Memorial contributions can be made to Delaware Hospice Inc., 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington DE 19810, or St. Thomas More Preparatory School 133 Thomas More Drive, Magnolia, DE 19962,

Monday, March 29, 2010

Chapter by UPB Professor Published

A chapter written by Dr. Philippe van Berten, assistant professor of business management and marketing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has been published in a new book about the emerging field of knowledge management.

The chapter, “Market Information Knowledge: A Systemic Model for Customer Knowledge Management Which Changes the Enterprise Structure,” appears in “In Search of Knowledge Management.”

Knowledge management is a new trend in marketing that allows companies to make the best use of information gathered and stored in large databases.

Van Berten’s chapter develops a model of how companies can use database information gathered through customer loyalty program such as shopper cards for maximum effect on social networks.

He has also contributed chapters on knowledge management to “Management & Knowledge Engineering” and “Guiding Principles to Knowledge-Centric Enterprise Engineering & Management,” both published in 2008.

Van Berten has worked in the bank and insurance sector in both France and the United States. He created SOLETEC-Paris, a think tank focused on marketing applications for research, and was chief executive officer of ACFP, an agency of international trade based in Paris.

He is also a wine trade sector consultant. Van Berten and his wife, Christine, live in Bradford and have an adult son.

Soap Box Derby Meeting

The Bradford Mastercraft All-American Soap Box Derby is organizing for this year's races, starting with at informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Byllye Lanes.

They're looking for volunteers and drivers to participate in this year's Soap Box Derby. If you're interested, please attend.

That's Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Byllye Lanes in Bradford.

Woman Hurt in Saturday Crash

An Emporium woman was hurt in an accident Saturday afternoon on Route 120 in Gibson Township.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO Monday morning, state police say a car driven by 52-year-old Loretta Montgomery went out of control and hit an embankment. The car then rolled over, coming to rest in the road.

Montgomery was taken by ambulance to Elk Regional Health Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

Illegal Alien Picked Up in Emporium

An illegal alien from Mexico was picked up in Cameron County Saturday evening.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say they stopped 23-year-old Francisco Javier Parra Cazares during a traffic safety checkpoint just north of Emporium at 6 o'clock on Saturday. Cazares failed to provide evidence of his right to be in the United State.

Police contacted US Customs and Immigration Services, who determined that Cazares was in the country illegally. ICE officers traveled to Emporium, where they took custody of Cazares.

Daughenbaugh, Marasco Join Big 30 Team

This week's Big 30 selections:


Andy Neatrour, Smethport High School

6’ 225lbs. Nose Tackle

Andy plans on going into the welding and fabrication trade after High School. Andy was asked why he would like to play in the Big 30 game and he said, “Because I have put a lot of time and effort in getting ready for the Big 30 game. I just like playing football.” Andy’s hobbies include; hunting and fishing. His favorite team is the Steelers and his favorite football player is Casey Hampton.

Brad Daughenbaugh, Bradford Area High School

6’ 200lbs. Tackle / Defensive Tackle

Brad will be attending Penn State Behrend in the fall to major in Mechanical Engineering. Brad’s honors include: 2 Year Letterman, Team Captain, PFN Honorable Mention All-State, and National Honor Society. Brad said, “My dad was in the Big 30, and it gives me a chance to play one more time. It is an honor to play with the best kids around, and it’s for a good cause. Brad’s biggest thrill came winning the District 9 Championship his sophomore year and starting his senior year at 6-0.

Mike Marasco, Bradford Area High School

6’2” 200lbs. Tight End / Defensive End

Mike will be attending Penn State University in the fall to major in engineering. Mike’s honors include; National Honor Society for three years, 2009 Olean Times Harold Big 30 All-Star at Defensive End, District 10 Region 6 All-Star Tight End 2008 – 2009, District 10 Region 6 All-Star at Defensive End 2009, PFN All State Academic Team for 2008 and 2009 Season 1st Team with 3.9 and above GPA., 2009 Fuhrman Chiropractic Co-Player of the Year, 2008 PFN Keystone Club for having more than 10 tackles for a loss in a season. Mike said, “ My dad played in the Big 30 game and I always wanted to keep the family legacy going. It’s also offers me one more time to go on the field and play the game I love.

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Mike Miller, Salamanca Central School

5’11” 265lbs. Left Tackle / Defensive Tackle

Mike Plans on attending college or joining the military to get a degree in biology. Mike’s honors include: 1000 Pound Club, High Honor Student, and Spanish Honor Society. Mike was asked why he would like to play in the Big 30 game and he said, “I love football and it is an honor to represent my school and state in this game.” Mike continued to say, “My biggest thrill while playing football was setting some new school records my senior year.”

Zach Barrett, Cattaraugus-Little-Valley Central School

5’10” 210lbs. Center / Defensive Tackle

Zach Plans on attending college to major in either Physical Education or Physical Therapy. Zach made the 2nd Team All-State in football his senior year. In September 2009 Zach was selected as the Student of the Month. Zach said about the game, “I want to show people that I can step up and play in a higher level football game. Zach said his biggest thrill when playing football is being focused and determined for every play of the game.

Matt Ryan, Cattaraugus-Little-Valley Central School

6’1” 260lbs. Guard / Tackle

Matt plans to go to college and study Architecture. Matt’s honors include being name to the 1st Team All-Stars as an Offensive Lineman his junior and Senior year. Matt Said “I have a love for football and I have played football every year that I could. Matt’s biggest thrill while playing football is the preparation for the game and getting pumped of for the game. Matt enjoys hunting, fishing, and fixing cars when not playing football.

The 37th annual “Big 30 Don Raabe charities Classic” will be played Saturday August 7, 2010 at Parkway Field, Bradford, PA, and on 1490 WESB, 100.1 The HERO and online at

Burglary at Guardian Exploration

Someone broke into a Guardian Exploration storage facility on Fishing Creek Road in Hebron Township and stole about $1,300 worth of equipment.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say the burglar stole several hand tools, a bolt cutter, a chop saw and a chain saw.

The burglary happened sometime between March 19 and March 22.

Anyone with information on this burglary is asked to contact Coudersport-based state police.

Man Who Gave Up Pot Sent to Prison

A Youngsville man who handed over seven pounds of marijuana to state police will spend the the next one to two years in state prison.

52-year-old Terry Knepp was sentenced on charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

When Knepp went to the state police barracks with the pot he said he wanted to turn his life around.

Knepp was charged with a similar offense in 1996, according to Warren County Court records.

Teenager Jailed in Cattaraugus County

A 17-year-old is in jail after a couple of incidents Saturday night in Little Valley.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, sheriff's deputies say Wyatt Penfold of Bliss, New York, was arrested after they were called to two spearate homes where Penfold had trespassed. After his arrest, he allegedly used vulgar language after being told not to, and was found to be in possession of a marijuana pipe.

He's charged with trespass, unlawful possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct. His bail is set at $1,000.