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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Complaints Filed Against Massa

A former Chief of Staff has filed a sexual harassment complaint against former Congressman Eric Massa.

An attorney for Joe Racalto would not give details of the complaint, filed with the Congressional Office of Compliance. Another male aide has also filed a complaint against Massa, who resigned last month.

Protesters Target U.S. Energy

Protesters rallied in front of U.S. Energy’s Getzville headquarters Friday to voice their opposition to the company’s plan to drill in Allegany State Park.

The company owns mineral rights on 2,800 acres in the park, and wants to drill for oil and gas there.

Protesters pointed to the company’s drilling activities in the Allegheny National Forest that was halted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection because of violations. DEP has since allowed drilling to resume.

A company official says the violations were due to the actions of a subcontractor, who was immediately fired. Litigation is pending against the subcontractor.

Pitt-Bradford Athletes Awarded

By Greg Clark
Pitt-Bradford Sports Information

Matt Lee was a dual winner at the 2010 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Awards Night on Friday.

Lee, who is a senior men's tennis player from New Albany, took home the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Male Panther Triangle of Success awards.

Lee is currently 7-3 in singles and 4-6 in doubles going into the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships this weekend.

The Female Athlete of the Year is senior volleyball player Tabitha Ryan of Albion. Ryan led the Lady Panthers with 625 digs and also had 13 aces in 82 games last fall.

The Male Athlete of the Year is senior baseball player Bart McGary of Curwensville. McGary is currently leading the Panthers in hitting (.406) and RBIs (38), and also has eight doubles and two home runs in 28 games thus

The Female Rookie of the Year is softball player Sarah Angeletti of Bethel Park. Angeletti is second on the team in average (.424), and ranks first in home runs with eight and RBIs with 24.

The Male Rookie of the Year is men's swimmer Matt Anderson of Bradford. Anderson helped lead the Panthers to AMCC second-place finishes in the 200 Free Relay, the 400 Free Relay and the 800 Free Relay.

The Female Scholar Athlete of the Year is senior soccer player Amanda Shaw of Attica (NY). Shaw had four goals and two assists last fall for the Lady Panthers.

The Female Triangle of Success award went to sophomore soccer player Lindsay Sherman of Bradford. Sherman scored seven goals and had two assists in 2009.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Coming Up on the Weekend Wrap ...

Saturday at 9:15 a.m. on 1490 WESB -- Steve Feldman and Bridgette Wells will be talking about the third annual Bradford Mastercraft All-American Soap Box Derby.

Sunday at 9:15 a.m. on 1490 WESB -- The Kids-for-Cash scandal in Luzerne County, including an interview with Judge John Cleland

Sunday 9:25 a.m. on 1490 WESB -- Legislative Report with State Representative Marty Causer


On 100.1 The HERO, you can hear The Weekend Wrap starting at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Pitt-Bradford Students Honored for
Achievements at Spring Convocation

More than three dozen students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were recognized for their academic achievements and contributions to campus life at the university’s annual Honors Convocation held Friday, April 16.

Before the awards were given, Dr. Don Ulin, associate professor of English, gave the keynote address.

Twenty-three students were named University Scholars, an honor given to juniors, seniors and students from the previous year’s graduating class who are or were in the top two percent of their class.

Those named University Scholars who were 2009 graduates were Nikolai S. Alpatov, a computer science major from Warren; Debra J. Bell, a history-political science major from Shinglehouse; Stephanie Lynn Pascarella, a sociology and psychology major from Bradford; Marie A. Rucinski, a nursing major from St. Marys; Amanda Marie Shaw, an athletic training major from Warsaw, N.Y.; Jennifer L. Snow, a social studies education 7-12 major from Rixford; and Dianna L. Wadlow, a psychology major from Eldred.

Those seniors named University Scholars were Jenelle M. Elmquist, a social studies 7-12 major from Sheffield; Lindsey K. Green, a human relations major from Townville; Joseph A. Gustafson, a business management major from Titusville; Barbara S. Headley, a human relations major from Port Allegany; Joshua L. Malone, a business management and economics major from East Springfield; Luke E. Morley, a social studies 7-12 major from Coudersport; Kathleen A. Plyler, a business management major from Titusville; and Ashley R. Neal, a sports medicine major from St. Marys.

Juniors named University Scholars were Keith M. Anderson, a social studies 7-12 major from Kane; Jessica L. Bogart, an accounting major from North East; Harmonie J. Kibbey, an English and English education 7-12 major from Clarendon; Lauren L. Lawson, an elementary education major from Bradford; Gino A. Macioce, a criminal justice major from Verona; Tiffany A. Robert, an elementary education major from Athens; Jeremiah P. Stiable, a computer science major from Bradford; and Mary Jo Stuckey, a sociology major from Coudersport.

Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs, presented academic excellence awards to students with the highest academic performance in their classes: freshmen Kirby D. Craft, an athletic training major from Goodyear, Ariz.; Olivia P. Fernandes, an athletic training major from Erie; Wesley Milliron, a computer information systems and technology major from Snow Shoe; Lisa A. Nichols, an information systems major from Duke Center; and Jennifer Sobeck, a pre-pharmacy major from Harveys Lake;

Sophomores Katlin M. Barrile, a broadcast communications major from Albion, N.Y., and Laura L. Long, an athletic training major from Pittsfield;

Juniors Brenda R. Brandon of Bradford; Joshua W. Flowers, a chemistry education 7-12 major from New Columbia; Leslie K. Shallop, a nursing major from Bradford; Gerry G. Stevens, a business management major from Lewis Run; Mary Jo Stuckey and Kaitlin M. Zapel, a human relations major from Bradford;

Graduating seniors Lindsey K. Green; Matthew Joshua Lee, an accounting and business management major from New Albany; Joshua L. Malone; and Ashley R. Neal.

Five seniors received Outstanding Achievement Awards, given by each academic division to the senior with the best academic performance: Janet McCauley Award for Behavioral and Social Sciences, Katherine Evelyn Nussbaum, a history-political science major from Bradford; Biological and Health Sciences, Amanda Marie Shaw; Communication and the Arts, Jessica J. Visseau, an English and English education 7-12 major from Shinglehouse; Management and Education, Joshua Malone; Physical and Computational Sciences, Brittany Jean Barnes, a chemistry major from Butler.

Other awards were presented to Hope E. Ruffner, an accounting and business management major from Lewis Run, the IMA Outstanding Accounting Student Award; Matthew Joshua Lee, David L. Blackmore Award for Excellence in Business; Brian D. McCann, an accounting and business management major from Allegany, N.Y., the PICPA Excellence in Accounting Award; Marie L. Tarbox, an elementary education major from Smethport, Education Student Award; Lindsey Green, Human Relations Award; Jennifer Ellen Callahan, a sociology major from Bradford, Social Researcher Award;

Charlotte J. Muckinhaupt, a nursing major from Bradford, ASN Student Nursing Award; Theresa Ann Thorwart, a nursing major from Johnsonburg, the BSN Student Nursing Award; Brittany Jean Barnes, American Chemical Society Award; Romainne D. Harrod, an English major from Peoria, Ariz., the Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Theatre; Jessica M. Hamilton, a writing major from Wilcox, the Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Writing; Benjamin F. Babcox, a broadcast communications major from Smethport, the James D. Guelfi Award in Broadcast Communications; Shawna Lyn Hardy, a public relations major from Wampum, the James D. Guelfi Award in Public Relations;

Angelique R. Lindsay, a business management major from Philadelphia, and Jessica J. Visseau, the Student Life Award for Outstanding Leadership, Scholarship, Character and Service to the University; and Adrianne A. Dias, a sports medicine major from Brooklyn, N.Y., the Student Affairs Special Recognition.

Pictured, Romainne D. Harrod, an English major from Peoria, Ariz., accepting the Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Theatre.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Temporary Traffic Signals in Emporium

Temporary traffic signals will be in place to control traffic during bridgework on Route 4004 (Rich Valley Road) near Emporium.

On Tuesday, April 20, crews will begin repair work on a bridge in Shippen Township on Rich Valley Road near the high school. The temporary signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern through the area. The bridgework will affect traffic on Rich Valley Road and Route 46.

Work will include deck repair, beam painting, and abutment repair. PennDOT expects work on the bridge to continue through June. All work is weather dependent.

Bootjack Hill Work to Start Soon

Roadway resurfacing work is set to start in late April on Route 219 along the “Bootjack” section of the highway, south of Ridgway.

Weather permitting, Phase 1 of the project will begin on Monday, April 26. The first phase of the job will stretch from the Royal Drive-in to the truck bypass. PennDOT expects Phase 1 work to be complete in mid-May. Drivers can expect changing traffic patterns through the work zone, with flaggers in place. All work is currently scheduled to take place during daylight hours Monday through Friday.

Phase 2 of the project will stretch north from the truck bypass to the intersection of Main and Depot Streets. Phase 2 will feature a traffic detour and PennDOT will provide a project update close to the beginning of that phase.

Overall work will include guide rail updates, barrel replacement on the emergency truck runoffs, signage updates and roadway resurfacing. H.R.I. Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $920,000 job. PennDOT expects all work to be complete in July.

Ribbon Cutting at Guard Readiness Center

Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), a member of the Pennsylvania House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, was honored to welcome 120 soldiers from Company C of the elite 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team to the new, state-of-the-art Bradford Readiness Center during Thursday's official ribbon cutting ceremony.

"With approximately 15,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Reserve proudly serving in extremely dangerous conditions both at home and around the globe, it is now more important than ever that we provide them with the best possible training facilities," said Rapp.

"With a proud history dating back 260 years to Benjamin Franklin, the brave men and women that we are truly privileged to welcome to McKean County today continue to perform above and beyond the call of duty in America's ongoing war and peace time reconstruction efforts. Whether they're serving in a combat zone or delivering emergency relief for natural disaster victims to secure our home land, every Pennsylvanian can take great pride in the extraordinary dedication and teamwork displayed by our citizen soldiers."

Located at Bradford Regional Airport, this 28,000 square foot readiness center strategically combines Army and National Guard units from the former Bradford, McKean County and Ridgway, Elk County, armories in support of the Army's highly versatile Stryker armored combat vehicle. Weighing in at 19 tons, the Stryker is designed to provide America's armed forces with a family of 10 different vehicles that can be readily deployed by C-130 aircraft and instantaneously combat ready upon arrival on the battle field.

Called to active duty and sent to in Iraq in September 2008, the 56th Stryker Brigade was part of the largest, history-making combat deployment of Pennsylvania troops since World War II. In August 2005, members of Company C were deployed in Louisiana to deliver humanitarian aid to Hurricane Katrina victims as part of Operation Independence Relief.

"By working together as a united federal, state and local team we were able to secure 23 acres of land to make the Bradford Readiness Center a reality," said Rapp, who also took part in the groundbreaking ceremony in April 2008. "Not only will the Bradford Readiness Center play an integral and prominent role in keeping America's armed forces the best prepared and best equipped in world, it will provide much-needed, economic firepower benefiting our local and regional economies in terms of good-paying, recession proof jobs."

With 2,500 square feet more than the two older armories in Bradford and Ridgway combined, the Bradford Readiness Center contains an assembly hall and kitchen space, battalion and company administrative space, classrooms, locker rooms, storage and an arms vault.

Pictured, Representative Rapp welcomes 120 soldiers from Company C of the elite 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team to the new state-of-the art Bradford Readiness Center during the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Located at Bradford Regional Airport, McKean County, this 28,000 square foot training facility strategically combines Army and National Guard units from the former Bradford and Ridgway armories in support of the Army's highly versatile Stryker armored combat vehicle.
(Photo and story courtesy of Rapp's office)

Osprey Rescued from Twine, Electric Line

HARRISBURG – An osprey that had become tangled in bailer twine and caught in electric lines crossing over Cummings Creek Road in Nelson Township, Tioga County, was rescued from its high-wire snare, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Robert Minnich.

“Employees from Penelec electric company did a great job getting the bird down for me,” WCO Minnich. “Once on the ground, I removed the twine and observed the bird for several minutes checking the leg and foot. No major injuries were found, only a few abrasions and the leg was weak.

“After working the leg slowly, the osprey eventually strengthened and was opening and closing its talons. When it flew away, I noticed that the leg was hanging a little lower than the other leg, but fine otherwise.”

WCO Minnich returned to the scene on April 12, and found both birds were around the nest site.

“One was sitting in the nest and the other one was sitting on another electric pole eating a fish,” Minnich said. “I believe it was a nice black crappie.

“This is just another example of how litter can have a negative impact on wildlife. Thankfully, this took place in an area where it could be found and rescued.”

On April 13, WCO Minnich received word about another osprey incident in Middlebury Township, Tioga County.

“I received a call from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about an osprey on another electric line,” WCO Minnich said. “The Wellsboro Electric Company had removed some nesting material that had been placed on top of the pole that began to burn.

“Wellsboro Electric Company is planning to put up two poles, one of which will have an osprey nesting platform and the other a perch pole. They then are going to put deterrents on the electric pole and readjust the pole.”

Pictured, from top to bottom, a Penelec employee works to free an osprey from being entangled with bailer twine and an electric wire in Nelson Township, Tioga County; after being freed from its high-wire snare, the osprey is seen standing on a nearby telephone pole; a team of employees from Wellsboro Electric Company erected a nesting and perching pole for ospreys after nesting material on a nearby pole caught fire.
Game Commission Photos

PGC Wants Info on Porcupine Killings

Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Kristoffer Krebs is looking for information about the individual or individuals responsible for the illegal killing and dumping of nine porcupines in Lycoming Township, Lycoming County.

On April 5, the Game Commission Northcentral Region Office was contacted by a Lycoming Township employee regarding numerous porcupines that were placed at the recycling bin at the township building on Dauber Road.

“Carcasses of nine porcupines were placed in front of the recycling bin sometime over the Easter weekend,” WCO Krebs said. “All of the animals had been shot, and one was still alive at the time of the call. That animal had to be euthanized.

“Eight of the carcasses were whole and one was skinned. It is possible that the skinned carcass was utilized for consumption. We would like to request that anyone with information please contact the Northcentral Region Office at 570-398-4744.”

Krebs noted that there are no hunting or trapping seasons for porcupines.

Pictured, the carcasses of nine porcupines were found next to a recycling bin on Dauber Road in Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, on April 5. The Game Commission is seeking information about this case.
PGC Photo

Husband Backs Up Over Wife, Kills Her

A St. Marys man backed his pickup truck over his wife and killed her this morning.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, St. Marys City Police say 70-year-old John Erich stopped the truck on Erie Avenue to let his wife, 71-year-old Jean Erich, out of the passenger side. Jean walked to the back of the truck and started crossing the street when John backed up and hit her.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski.

Police were assisted at the scene by the Crystal Fire Department, St. Marys Area Ambulance Service and District Attorney Bradley Kraus.

Port Allegany FD Gets Grant

Star Hose Company in Port Allegany has received a $19,000 grant from FEMA, under the Department of Homeland Security.

This is the 11th round of grants awarded for fiscal year 2009 in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

SBU to Host Eco-Fest Celebration

A campuswide Eco-Fest celebrating Earth Week is planned for the week of April 19-24 at St. Bonaventure University. A number of events are being co-sponsored by the Recycling Club, BonaVoyageurs, BonaResponds, Voices and the Sustainability Coordinating Committee. Scheduled activities run from Monday, April 19, through Saturday, April 24, concluding with an Eco-Fest Fair on April 24.

The week begins with the talk “Energy Conversation” given by Philip Winger, associate vice president for facilities, at 7 p.m. April 19 in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building. Participants will be encouraged to reduce power consumption, open blinds for natural light and turn off power switches in empty rooms.

A coffeehouse and Recycled-Craft Fair will occur the evening of Wednesday, April 21, in the Thomas Merton Center. Fair Trade coffee will be served. (Fair Trade principles include fair price, fair labor conditions and direct trade.) Participants at the craft fair will be encouraged to take part in making crafts with recycled materials. Betsy Priester, a Franklinville resident, will be conducting the craft session from 7 to 9 p.m.

Butler Gym will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22, for a clothing swap. Students may bring unwanted clothing in order to trade with other students.

The Eco-Fest Committee will host a campout Thursday evening behind Francis Hall, also functioning as a tent drive for Haiti coordinated by BonaResponds. Visitors may leave their tents behind. The tents will be shipped by BonaResponds to needy locations in the disaster zone. A bonfire will take place at 9:30 p.m.

SBU will celebrate Arbor Day early on Friday, April 23, with a tree planting on the northeast corner of Friedsam Memorial Library at 2 p.m. A Sugar Maple has been donated by Schnichtel’s Nursery. This event is the first step for St. Bonaventure University to receive Tree Campus USA status.

Also on April 23, Susan Avery, a naturalist from the Pfeiffer Nature Center in Portville, will conduct walking tours along the Allegheny River Valley Trail, showcasing local flora and other natural phenomena. Participants should meet behind the Reilly Center at 3:30 p.m. A “Treeture” hunt will accompany the walk, in which students will identify trees around campus for a prize.

The Eco-Fest culminates Saturday, April 24, with an Eco-Fair, bringing campus and community together, including appearances by BonaResponds, Recycling Club, Canticle Farm and others. VOICES, a campus women’s issue group, will hold an organic bake sale. Proceeds from the bake sale will be used to purchase wildflower seeds for the Allegheny River Valley Trail. Music will be provided by Marco Polo and the Allegheny River Band. The Eco-Fair will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in front of Hickey Dining Hall. The public is welcome.

Derby Gala to Support Bradford Library

The Derby Gala is scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 4:30pm – 8 pm at the Bradford Club. This is the third event of the Triple Crown to support our Bradford Area Public Library Endowment Fund. This event will conclude the series of events supporters of BAPL have held this spring, which included the Kids Derby Day in February and the Derby Chapeau Tea held in March. All three events intent was to bring awareness of the benefits of our public library and to encourage ongoing patronage to keep the Endowment Fund strong.

In May 2009, the inaugural Derby Gala was held. Mr. Richard Dorn suggested to the board they develop a good fundraiser, to be an annual event and great fun to attendees. By coinciding with the Kentucky Derby, the board has accomplished this goal. “The first year was financially successful,” commented Madeline Miles, “but best of all, people had fun and wanted to do it again.” The highlights include delicious southern cuisine, the memorable hat parade, watching your favorite horse race in the Kentucky Derby, and a silent and live auction.

Awareness of the library is of utmost importance in these current times. The Endowment Fund, established in 1984, suffered from the stock market decline, however, it is again building in value. It is important to know that nearly 22% of the Endowment Fund is used to offset the day-to-day operations of the library. This is exactly why the Endowment Fund was established. To fulfill this obligation consistently, it needs to be continually built to remain a stable and increasing source of income for the library, especially in years when State funding is reduced.

The library employs 12 people; 1 full time librarian and the other 11 are limited part time staff. In 2009, patrons made 53,000 visits to the library and the small but devoted staff responded to their need. The library is now meeting a broader group of visitors. Those coming to the library are coming for traditional use of borrowing books, as well as for community meetings, book clubs, One Book Bradford activities, and computer access. Of particular interest, the BAPL now provides FREE wireless Internet access. “The public library is truly one of the last democratic organizations,” states Linda Newman, library director, “you don’t have to join or belong and it is FREE to the people!” It is apparent that the library is responding to the local community and visitors who come through Bradford.

Organizers of the Derby Gala are hopeful that those the BAPL has supported, from Wi-Fi usage to meeting in community rooms or visiting with others over the current book in their respective clubs, will be able to join in a fun filled affair on May 1. The intent of this final event is to raise awareness of our library, generate revenue to support the Endowment Fund and celebrate those who make great use of the library. Tickets are available at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, Bradford Club, and Graham Florist for $50 each.

Sprucing up Main Street for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and the historic downtown business district is busy preparing for its summer event season.

The Downtown Bradford Business District Authority is again hoping to be able to purchase hanging baskets for the historic Main Street area.

"We are looking for donations for individual baskets, which we have done in previous years,” said Main Street Manager, Anita Dolan. Donations can be made by businesses, individuals and organizations. They can also be made in honor or in memory of someone. Each donor will be recognized with a certificate of appreciation for their part in the project.

A long time sponsor, the Betty Jane Monjar Garden Committee is again helping financially with the event.

“The Garden Committee has always been very supportive and helpful with this program. Their generosity will again provide for some of the baskets in our historic area,” added Dolan. More than 50 hanging baskets are needed to complete the project.

The hanging baskets are part of a Main Street clean up and beautification effort planned for this spring. The Main Street Clean up, which will team up with the 4th Annual Elm Street Project Pride Clean up event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will coincide with the state wide Let’s Pick It Up, PA! program. Streets will be hosed down and swept, trash will be collected and flower beds will be weeded.

The Main Street benches and trash receptacles have also received a facelift thanks to the help of Scott Oxley’s carpentry class at the Bradford Area High School.

“People in the community have been tremendously supportive. It is wonderful to see so many people work together to make a difference,” said Dolan. “The baskets that we had last year were beautiful and added so much to the look of our historic district.

People or groups interested in more information about the hanging baskets or Main Street clean up efforts can contact the Main Street Manager’s office in Old City Hall.

WSBU Hosting Free Concert Sunday

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the SBU Rathskeller, the latest installment of WSBU Radio’s free concert series.

Formed in Springfield, Mo., in 1999, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin independently released its critically acclaimed debut album, “Broom,” in 2002. Recorded in songwriter and guitarist Will Knauer’s house in Springfield over eight months in 2002, Broom received positive reviews from Spin Magazine and helped them land a spot with the Polyvinyl Record Co.

Polyvinyl reissued “Broom” in 2006 with polished and re-mastered recordings of the songs. The band released its sophomore album, “Pershing,” in 2008. “Pershing” featured a more polished and refined sound, but continues the pop melodies and catchy hooks found on Broom.

Rock band Arctic Death, from East Aurora, will open the show.

This free show is open to the public.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ridgway House Damaged by Fire

Fire damaged a Ridgway house this afternoon.

State police say the fire on Harbridge Drive moderately damaged the single story wood-framed building at about 4 o’clock.

Residents James and Rebecca Newlon were not hurt, but can’t live in the house. The Red Cross is assisting them.

Fire marshal Greg Agosti has ruled the fire accidental.

Walking for Warriors -- in Washington

Last month we told you about a man’s journey from Ellicottville to California – on foot – to raise money and awareness for veteran’s charities.

Mark Klodzinski started his journey March 16, and stopped in Bradford at around 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. Now, he’s Washington, DC.

One of the charities he's trying to raise money for is the Warrior's Wish Foundation, which is the first non-profit Wish-Granting Organization exclusively serving US Veterans who are battling terminal illness or facing challenges from service connected injury.

Klodzinski has one brother on active duty in the Army, and another who has retired. Both served in Iraq.

For updates on his journey, you can become a fan on Facebook.

FCI-McKean Inmate Pleads Guilty

An inmate at FCI-McKean has pleaded guilty to having contraband in prison.

After the plea, 37-year-old Reginald Carter was sentenced to 15 months in prison in addition to the 150 months he was already serving.

The US Attorney’s office says on January 11 Carter had a weapon, described as an eight-inch piece of wood sharpened to a point.

JCC Students Charged for Bona Brawl

Three Jamestown Community College students have been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with a fight at St. Bonaventure University.

Four St. Bonaventure men's basketball players were charged last week with harassment and disorderly conduct after an investigation of the March 21 fight, where two JCC students were stabbed with a screwdriver.

The latest charges are against 20-year-old James Chatmon of Olean and 20-year-old Rameek Boyd of New Rochelle. They were both stabbed. 19-year-old Travis Wright Jr. of Olean was also charged. They played basketball for JCC, but Chatmon had been dismissed from the team for academic reasons.

All the charges in the case are violations, below the level of a misdemeanor.

Cavallaro Paint & Decorating/JC Penney
Catalog Hosting Business After Hours

Cavallaro Paint & Decorating/JC Penney Catalog is hosting a Business After Hours event from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at 12 Kennedy Street, Bradford, PA.

Business After Hours (BAH) events give the business and professional community an opportunity to come together in a relaxed, social setting for networking. Cavallaro Paint & Decorating/JC Penney Catalog is pleased to invite BAH attendees to join them in celebrating their first anniversary in business.

Held as part of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce 2010 BAH series, the event is open to all area businesses and organizations. Refreshments are included; there is no charge to attend. A business card drawing will be held for a door prize.

The BACC membership committee is committed to presenting quality opportunities for regional business and service organizations to meet and share experiences.

Pittsburgh Pirates to Raise Money for
Montcoal Mining Disasater Fund

Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pirates low class-A affiliate West Virginia Power announced today that they will partner to raise funds to benefit the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund by collecting donations from fans during each team’s respective home game on Saturday, April 17.

The fund has been established to help support the families of the 29 fallen miners who tragically passed away in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia on April 5. Montcoal is located just 45 miles south of the Power’s Charleston, West Virginia home.

Pirates players and Pirates Charities representatives will be stationed at all PNC Park entrances beginning at 5:30 p.m. when gates open and staff will remain at the gates to collect donations until the end of the third inning. Fans wishing to make contributions after the third inning can visit the Main Guest Relations office located on the Main Concourse behind section 117.

In addition, Pirates Charities will host a silent auction during the April 17 game outside the Main Guest Relations office with all proceeds also being donated to the Disaster Fund. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on Pirates memorabilia, as well as items from across Major League Baseball. The auction will end after the conclusion of the seventh inning.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those that were lost in the Upper Big Branch accident. The coal industry and the families that comprise it are the backbone of West Virginia and a major part of the West Virginia Power baseball family. We are extremely appreciative of the sacrifices they make that often go unnoticed until tragedy puts its spotlight on them,” said Power Executive Vice President Andy Milovich. “We are proud to partner with the Pittsburgh Pirates and baseball fans throughout the region to raise money for these families to help in their time of need.” The Power is working on plans for additional fundraising efforts that will be announced shortly.

All contributions raised at the gates and during the silent auction will be donated to Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund care of the West Virginia Council of Churches. The collected funds will be presented to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin at PNC Park on Tuesday, April 20 when the Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05 p.m.

E-mail from Matt Nordby, Pirates Manager of Business Communications

Local Census Figures Vary

McKean County’s participation rate for returning Census forms is 76 percent. That’s better than the statewide rate of 72 percent.

The City of Bradford’s return rate is 71 percent. Bradford Township is 85 percent. Foster Township is 81 percent. Lewis Run is at 71 percent.

Other townships in the county range from 44 percent to 87 percent. Other boroughs range from 65 percent to 81 percent.

Cattaraugus County has a participation rate of 66 percent. Chautauqua County is 70 percent. In other neighboring counties, Warren County’s rate is 63 percent. Elk County’s is 81 percent.

Residents who have not received a Census form by mail may call 1-866-872-6868.

The Census calculates population, which is a determining factor in receiving federal grant money, and on representation in Congress.

Some McKean County townships and their Census participation rates:

Norwich 44
Corydon 58
Lafayette 76
Liberty 76
Otto 76
Eldred Twp. 79
Wetmore 87

Some McKean County boroughs and their Census participation rates:

Kane 81
Port Allegany 78
Smethport 73
Mount Jewett 69
Eldred 65

Senator Calls for Return to
Separate Doe, Buck Seasons

State Senator Richard A. Kasunic (D-Fayette/Somerset) today proposed Senate Resolution 300, calling for the Pennsylvania Game Commission to return to its past practice of holding separate doe and buck seasons.

“Over the last few years, many hunters approached me with one complaint, all of them are seeing fewer deer during season,” Kasunic said. “These hunters are deeply concerned with the Game Commission’s deer management plan and the decreasing population of deer throughout the Commonwealth.”

Kasunic said, a recent report showed that the state’s white tailed deer population dropped by 25 percent between 2005 and 2007. He said continuing the current management plan would only further reduce the herd.

“It is time for the Game Commission to listen to sportsmen in the field and ensure our wildlife resources -- not only for this generation, but for future generations as well.”

“Hunting is a great Pennsylvania tradition,” Kasunic said. “The sport has a $4.8 billion annual economic impact. We need to take steps to protect the integrity of the sport by strengthening the deer herd.”

Kasunic said he hopes the resolution will send a message to the Game Commission members, ahead of their scheduled meeting next week, to put the knowledge and interests of sportsmen over the failed management theories currently in place.

'Cabaret' Coming to Pitt-Bradford

“Cabaret,” winner of 12 Tony awards including Best Musical and Best Revival, is bringing its energy and famous songs to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Bromeley Family Theater on Thursday, April 29, as the final performance in the university’s 2009-2010 Prism Series.

The show, performed by Windwood Theatricals, begins at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-show dinner at 5:45. Tickets are $36 and $30 for the public, $32 and $26 for Pitt-Bradford faculty and staff, and $16 and $13 for students.

“Windwood Theatricals is an excellent touring company. They have brought us ‘Urban Cowboy,’ ‘Little Women’ and ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ all first-rate productions,” said Randy Mayes, director of arts programming at Pitt-Bradford. “They love performing in Bradford, and we love having them back.”

Mayes continued, “Of all the shows, however, ‘Cabaret’ is my favorite, and I am very excited about it coming here. From the results on their tour so far, we have every right to be excited about this show. I cannot think of a better way to end the Prism Series season this year.”

Set in Berlin as Hitler and the Nazis are rising to power, “Cabaret” revolves around a young English singer, Sally Bowles, who works at Berlin’s Kit Kat Club and strives to embrace the thrilling lifestyle that Berlin was known for. As the clouds gather, Sally cannot hear the noises of Nazism around her, but the others can.

The opening café scene will feature two Bradford residents, Dr. Rick Frederick and his wife, Jan. “Rick and Jan have been strong supporters of all the arts in Bradford,” said Mayes. “I am very happy that they agreed to be in the café scene.”

Songs include “It Couldn’t Please me More,” “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” “Wilkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Money, Money” and “Maybe This Time.”

“Cabaret’s” awards include a 1967 Tony Award for Best Musical and 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The 1972 film directed by Bob Fosse won eight Academy Awards including Best Actress for Liza Minelli in the role of Sally Bowles.

The 2010-11 Prism Series season will be announced during the performance of “Cabaret.” To purchase tickets for the show, please call the Pitt-Bradford Box Office at (814)362-5113 between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cost of the pre-show dinner is $20, and includes: coq au vin, braised chicken in wine, tomatoes and herbs; Cabernet pasta with grilled vegetables; Haricot Vere, French green beans; Nicoise-style salad; and crème brulee. Dinner will be served in the KOA Dining Room, Frame Westerberg Commons. Reservations for the dinner can also be made through the box office.

“Cabaret” contains adult themes and may not be suitable for children.

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

Route 60 in Pomfret Re-Opened

Route 60 in Pomfret, known as 3-Legged Hill, has just re-opened after being closed for more than 13 hours.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office tells WESB and The HERO that a tanker was hauling a full load of gasoline when it left the road and rolled over at around 12:40 a.m.

We'll have more information about the accident, and the cleanup, when it becomes available.

Johnsonburg Bypass Work Update

Johnsonburg motorists will be looking at changing traffic patterns as work continues on the Route 219 bypass project.

Local and neighborhood traffic on West Center Street will be affected during daylight hours, as the contractor works on installing deck pans on the new bridge over West Center Street.

Traffic will be stopped in 15-minute intervals and delays will occur. Flaggers will be in place to control traffic.

This traffic pattern will be in place for approximately one week.

Bradford Bypass Work Update

Express Version: No changes from last week, or the previous week.

But if you want to refresh your memory:

PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of April 19. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

· Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.
· Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
· Tuna Crossroads (T-369) is closed for bridge demolition. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
· The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at Crook Farms and Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads.
· Northbound access at Kendall Avenue remains open.
· Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 south to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.
· The contractor continues to excavate existing roadway and perform bridge repairs.
· Drivers should use extra caution while entering the construction area from the on-ramp areas. Watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone and obey posted speed limits.

Route 60 in Pomfret Closed

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, Fredonia Fire and Chautauqua County HazMAt are on the scene of a tractor trailer roll over accident on Route 60 in Pomfret, known as 3-Legged Hill.

The tanker was hauling a full load of gasoline when it left the road and rolled over.

Route 60 has been shut down and will continue to be closed until further notice. Trafffic is being re-routed around the scene, via Spoden Road.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sunshine for Sophia

Yard / Bake Sale

April 24, 2010 8am – 1pm

Austin Fire Hall, Austin, PA

All proceeds benefit Sophia Cizek, 8 month old daughter of Scott and Jessica Flory Cizek diagnosed with leukemia.

Donations accepted at Austin United Methodist Church.

from Mike Healy

Young Release Statement on Late Budget

“It is disappointing that the New York City-controlled Senators today staged a phony press event, instead of obeying state law and advancing the state budget process.

The state budget now is two weeks late, yet the New York City leaders who control the Senate and Assembly and their members have packed up, left Albany and gone home, instead of following the law that requires public Conference Committees to hammer out an agreement.

We need serious, bipartisan, open Conference Committee meetings between members of both houses, as the law requires, instead of their continued secret meetings between downstate leaders.

Every person in this state is affected by the state budget, and the public has the right to know what their government is doing. Last year, those who currently control the Senate and Assembly deliberately hid their record-shattering tax and spending hikes behind closed doors until the budget bills were brought to the floor for a vote. By that time, it was too late for the public to voice their opposition.

The taxpayers of this state cannot afford a repeat performance of last year's debacle, but that is what is happening. Those who are running Albany should get down to business and get the budget done openly and transparently. Our state is in a fiscal crisis, and we need to stop the out-of-control taxes, spending and borrowing so we can turn our economy around.”

~~ NY State Senator Cathy Young

Man Who Attacked Mom, Stepfather
Pleads Guilty But Mentally Ill

A DuBois man who attacked his mother and stepfather with a box cutter has pleaded guilty but mentally ill.

51-year-old Michael Lannigan was then sentenced to 30 years in state prison on two counts of aggravated assault.

The charges stem from an incident in March of 2009 when Lanigan repeatedly attacked his mother, Olivette Fogg, and stepfather, James Fogg.

Before sentencing, Lanigan's mother explained that her son has been under psychiatric care since he was 30 and is schizophrenic. She said he didn’t take his medication on the night of the attack.

She said Lanigan was hallucinating and thought he was attacking a dragon.

Obama Nominates 7-- 2 from PA --
to Serve as U.S. Attorneys

WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Donald J. Cazayoux, Pamela Cothran Marsh, Zane David Memeger, Peter J. Smith, Edward L. Stanton III, John F. Walsh and Stephen R. Wiggington to serve as U.S. Attorneys.

“For their diligence and relentless pursuit of justice, I have named these seven distinguished individuals to serve as U.S. Attorneys,” President Obama said. “They all possess a keen understanding of the law, and I am grateful for their commitment to public service and willingness to advocate on behalf of the American people.”

Zane David Memeger: Nominee for United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Zane Memeger is currently a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP where he has been since 2006. Previously, Mr. Memeger had served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, from 1995 until 2006. From 1991 until 1995, Mr. Memeger was an Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Mr. Memeger graduated from James Madison University in 1986 and from University of Virginia School of Law in 1991.

Peter J. Smith: Nominee for United States Attorney, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Peter Smith, is currently retired. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Smith was the Deputy State Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Smith was the Deputy Auditor General for Performance Audits in the Department of the Auditor General for the state of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2005. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Environmental Crimes Section in the United States Department of Justice. From 1992 until 1994, Mr. Smith was an attorney for Vaira and Associates, P.C. From 1991 to 1992, he was an attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll. Mr. Smith also served as the State Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1991. From 1976 to 1987, Mr. Smith worked in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he served as the First Assistant United States Attorney and from 1986 to 1987, and Chief of the Criminal Division from 1985 to 1986. In 1976, Mr. Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Pennsylvania in the Office of the Philadelphia Special Prosecutor. From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Smith was a Staff Enforcement Attorney in the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office for the city of Philadelphia from 1971 to 1973. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Smith served in the United States Naval Reserve, from 1962 to 1966, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade). Mr. Smith graduated from King’s College in 1962 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1971.

Donald J. Cazayoux: Nominee for U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana
Donald Cazayoux currently works as an attorney in his own practice, Donald J. Cazayoux, Attorney at Law, as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District and since 2009 as a Mediator for Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Cazayoux served as a United States Congressman for the Sixth District of Louisiana. Prior to his service in the House, Mr. Cazayoux was a solo-practitioner from 1994 to 2008, and an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District from 1995 until 1999. Mr. Cazayoux also served as a Representative in the Louisiana State House of Representatives from 2000 until 2008. Mr. Cazayoux graduated from Louisiana State University in 1985 with his bachelor’s degree, and earned his master’s there in 1993. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991.

Pamela Cothran Marsh: Nominee for United States Attorney, Northern District of Florida
Pamela Marsh currently serves as Of Counsel for Akerman Senterfit, where she had previously been an associate from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2006, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Tampa Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. Prior to this, Ms. Marsh was an associate at Annis, Mitchell, Cockey, Edwards & Rohen from 1996 until 1997. From 1995 until 1996, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. From 1994 until 1995, Ms. Marsh worked for Jenner & Block. She started as a law clerk and then moved on to be an associate. Ms. Marsh graduated from Georgetown University in 1991 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.

Edward L. Stanton III: Nominee for United States Attorney, Western District of Tennessee
Edward Stanton is currently Senior Counsel for Federal Express, where he has been since 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Stanton was an Associate Attorney at Armstrong Allen PLLC, from 2001 to 2002. From 2000 to 2001, he was an Assistant City Attorney in the City Attorney’s Office for Memphis. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Stanton was an Associate Attorney in the Law Offices of Charles E. Carpenter, P.C. Mr. Stanton graduated from the University of Memphis in 1994 and from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1997.

John F. Walsh: Nominee for United States Attorney, District of Colorado
John Walsh is currently a Partner at Hill & Robbins, PC, where he has been since 1999. Prior to that, from 1995 to 1999, Mr. Walsh worked at Holland & Hart, LLP; first as Of Counsel from 1995 to 1997, and then as a Partner from 1998 to 1999. In addition, Mr. Walsh was a Legal Commentator for CBS News from 1996 to 1999. From 1987 to 1995, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Mr. Walsh graduated from Williams College in 1983 and from Stanford Law School in 1986.

Stephen R. Wigginton: Nominee for U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Illinois
Stephen Wigginton, 46, currently serves as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Felony Division of the Madison County’s State’s Attorney’s Office since 1999, and as a partner at Weilmuenster & Wigginton, P.C., since 2000. Prior to this, Mr. Wigginton was an associate attorney with Becker Paulson & Hoerner, P.C., from 1996 to 2000, with Kassley Bone Becker Dix Reagan & Young from 1994 to 1996, and with Jenkins Kling & Sauerwein, P.C., from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Wigginton served an Assistant Circuit Attorney-Felony Prosecutor with the City of St. Louis’ Circuit Attorney’s Office from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Wigginton began his legal career working as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel for the May Department Stores Company from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Wigginton graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1985 and from St. Louis University School of Law in 1988.

Bromeley to Receive Pitt-Bradford
Presidential Medal of Distinction

Thomas R. Bromeley of Derrick City, who has served as the chairman of the Bradford Educational Foundation for nearly 20 years, will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the university’s highest honor.

“This award is a fitting tribute to a man who has made monumental contributions to Pitt-Bradford and the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford.

“During his 20 years of service as chairman of the foundation, Mr. Bromeley shepherded the distribution of millions of dollars in support of scholarships for students at Pitt-Bradford and in support of construction projects and academic programs. His impact on our campus is immeasurable.”

Bromeley will receive the award during the university’s annual commencement exercises, which will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 2, in the KOA Arena of the Sport and Fitness Center.

Bromeley said of the honor, “I am overwhelmed and deeply honored to be included in the ranks of the other distinguished recipients of this Presidential Medal of Honor.”

Craig Hartburg, chairman of the Advisory Board, said, “Tom’s involvement with Pitt-Bradford is without measure. His commitment to the students, faculty and staff at Pitt-Bradford over the years has been truly inspirational. I am very pleased that we are able to recognize Tom with this special award.”

Thomas Bromeley follows in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Robert Bromeley, who helped found Pitt-Bradford, served as second chairman of its Advisory Board and who received the first Presidential Medal in 1991.

From 1974 until 1986, Thomas Bromeley was chairman of the Advisory Board’s finance committee. In 1993, he became president of the Bradford Educational Foundation, which receives, administers and invests gifts for the benefit of Pitt-Bradford.

In 1995, the Bromeley family generously led the way in support of the Blaisdell Fine Arts Challenge with a contribution of $250,000. The Bromeley Family Theater is named in its honor.

Thomas Bromeley has been a member of the university’s Advisory Board since 1974, and he currently serves on its executive committee.

Like his father, Bromeley is also a business and civic leader. He is the chairman of Allegheny Bradford Corp., a corporation located in Lewis Run with four operating divisions that make stainless steel hygienic products for the pharmaceutical, biotechnical, cosmetic, food, beverage, dairy and electronics processing industries.

He is a past director of Integra Bank, which later became National City Corp., and has been involved in newspaper publishing and radio broadcasting.

In addition to volunteering for Pitt-Bradford, he is a director for the Bradford Hospital Foundation and chairman for the investment committee at the Church of the Ascension.

In the past, he has served as president of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, campaign chairman for the United Way of the Bradford Area, vice chairman of the Bradford Hospital board of directors, president of the Bradford Nursing Pavilion, chairman of the board of trustees of Chautauqua Institution, director for the Chautauqua Foundation and chairman of the board of trustees of Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio.

Bromeley was born in Chicago in 1930 and graduated from Bradford Area Senior High School in 1948. In 1951, he married Jean Hostetler and the couple has two daughters, Pamela B. Fredeen and Amy B. McCune, who both live in Derrick City.

From 1953 to 1956, he served as a supply officer on a U.S. Navy Atlantic Mine Force repair and supply ship.

Bromeley earned a bachelor of science degree with honors in physics and mathematics from Otterbein and a master of science in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University. His alma mater also awarded him an honorary doctor of science in business administration.

He is the 23rd individual awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, which is presented to a person who has either volunteered his or her time for several years; supported the university either financially or with expertise or advice; served the university’s service region through community, government, or business affiliation; or has made distinctive achievements in his or her field that have affected Pitt-Bradford.

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

Counties Get Money for Brownfield Sites

Warren and Jefferson counties have received grant money to help clean up Brownfield sites that will eventually lead to the creation of nearly 1,000 jobs.

In Warren County, $172,000 is going toward pre-development work for the seven-acre Warren West Industrial Site.

The site currently contains a number of abandoned and blighted industrial buildings that have caused environmental problems and had a negative impact on the surrounding community.

“This grant will enable those eyesores to be removed so that the site can be developed to accommodate a minimum of 100,000 square feet of new construction,” said Senator Joe Scarnati in announcing the grants. “It will be marketed to industrial and manufacturing companies, and is expected to directly employ between 75 and 100 people.”

In Jefferson County, $30,000 will go toward a preliminary site analysis for the development of a business park in Pine Creek Township.

The 140-acre Brownfield site is at Exit 81 off Interstate 80 and Route 28. It is designated as part of Jefferson County’s comprehensive plan. A 2009 study by Delta Development identified the site as the number one developable site in the county.

Scarnati says the site was extensively strip-mined in the 1980s and has been vacant for many years.

The current owner will work with JCDC to create a new enterprise park primarily focused on energy-related businesses involved in manufacturing and related services. When completed, the project is expected to create about 750 jobs.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Business in Our Sites (BOS) grant today.

Op-Ed: Attorney General Tom Corbett

Health Care Reform Law is Unconstitutional

We can all agree that health care reform is necessary.

As Pennsylvania's attorney general, I have made health care a priority. In 2009 alone, the attorney general's Health Care Section assisted more than 4,700 consumers and saved Pennsylvanians more than $4.2 million.

In addition to providing such direct services to consumers, I believe we must work together in a bipartisan fashion to develop legislative solutions instead of engaging in mere rhetoric.

I believe we need meaningful health care reform in this country and that Pennsylvanians deserve access to quality health care.

However, it is my belief that the Health Care Reform law as written is unconstitutional, and Congress has exceeded its authority by requiring citizens to purchase government-approved health insurance. Those who fail to comply with the mandate will be punished with an annual tax penalty.

This analysis is shared by my colleagues who have joined me in filing a lawsuit challenging the act's constitutionality. Thus far, five additional states have indicated that they will join this litigation and that number is expected to increase.

The individual mandate contained in the legislation is unprecedented and will have implications for the future of American liberty -- far beyond health care.

If Congress is permitted to impose its will on the citizens of our country and this commonwealth without the proper constitutional foundation, what will prevent Congress from enacting other mandates? Will they be permitted to compel citizens to purchase certain products, further dictate individual choices and penetrate even deeper into the personal lives of all American citizens, under the guise that it is in the public's best interest?

It begs the question: Do the ends justify the means?

I understand there is great passion on both sides of this issue.

Critics argue that filing such a challenge is an attempt to derail health care reform; however, they are missing the point. This litigation is not about health care reform but calls for a judicial determination of whether Congress exceeded its authority under the U.S. Constitution.

Some also have charged that expending funds for this litigation is a waste of taxpayer funds.

Although I would disagree with that statement, I can assure you that I am using the existing resources of my office to litigate this matter. I have not, and will not, request additional funds for this purpose.

The attorneys general who have signed on to this litigation understand that we cannot sit idly by while Congress encroaches on the authority of the states and the rights of their citizens as set forth in the Constitution. To simply look the other way to avoid potential criticism would be doing a disservice to the citizens of the commonwealth.

As this litigation proceeds in the coming months, there will continue to be spirited debate with respect to this issue.

There is one thing that we can all agree on, that improving access to quality health care is a laudable goal, but at what price?

In my view, the ends do not justify the unconstitutional means.

Another Teen Facing Drug Charges

Another teenager is facing charges for attempting to sell prescription pills to students at Pioneer Central School.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say 18-year-old Zachary Foreman took 48 Adderall pills to school on Monday and attempted to sell them to other students.

He’s in Cattaraugus County Jail on $1,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Earlier this month, a student that deputies didn't identify was charged with selling Adderall to another student. Adderall is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. That student is being held in a facility in Buffalo.

That same week, deputies arrested 17-year-old Anthony Calcaterra of Chaffee, New York, at the school on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Brockway Couple Shot to Death

Autopsies have confirmed that a Brockway couple was shot to death.

Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder says Victoria Shugar died of a gunshot wound to the trunk, and her husband James Shugar died of gunshot wounds to the neck and trunk.

Both were 61 years old and were found in their home Monday afternoon.

State police are saying only that the couple died sometime between Saturday afternoon and Monday at about 2:30 p.m. when their bodies were found.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Some Properties Demolished; Some Sold

Bradford City Council on Tuesday approved the sale of 57 Sherman Street to Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Hull.

The property is currently in the McKean County Tax Repository. The vacant house that used to be on the property was destroyed by fire on March 10.

The Bradford Area School Board approved the $400 sale during its meeting Monday night.

Council also agreed to pay Bob Cummins Construction $3,642 from the OECD’s 2009 Community Development Block Grant Project Account as a reimbursement for payment of landfill disposal costs for the demolition of 300 South Avenue and 49 West Corydon Street.

Council also accepted a quote from 6-V Excavation, Demolition and Tree Removal for the demolition of 69 West Corydon Street. The company submitted the lowest of three quotes -- $7,100.

Part of the money -- $4,100 – will come from the city’s Emergency Demolition Account. The rest will come from the 2009 CDBG Project Account.

As for new houses, the city has executed a sale agreement for 55 Cole Avenue with John and Debra Jo Place for $98,500.

“Good job Sara,” Mayor Tom Riel said to OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews. The house is in the Elm Street (Project Pride) Neighborhood, which is run by the OECD. “More on the tax rolls.”

No Tolls on I-80 Hurts Bradford Projects

WESB/WBRR News Director

The Kennedy Street Bridge will be replaced this year, but other road and bridge projects are up in air.

During a public hearing Tuesday on Community Development Block Grant proposed activities, OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews said she had hoped to add at least the Elm Street Bridge to the list of proposed activities in the three-year plan.

CDBG money is federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, but the city also needs state money to help pay for road and bridge projects.

Andrews said the state’s Transportation Improvement Program isn’t taking on any new projects.

She said the state was counting on money from the tolling of Interstate 80, but “funding for transportation is all up in the air because the state now has to come up with a plan to fund transportation projects – bridges and roads – and at this point in time I don’t believe they have a plan.”

Last week, the Federal Highway Administration denied the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s application to impose tolls on Interstate 80.

That leaves a $472 million hole in the state’s budget – on top of the $750 million to $1 billion shortfall in revenue that’s being predicted.

Tolls on I-80 would have helped fund the $532 million a year the state planned for road and bridge repairs. Without the money from tolls, funding for roads and bridges would be cut by about $300 million a year, delaying repairs on 100 bridges and 300 miles of road across the state.

And, Andrews is right. State lawmakers don't have a concrete plan. Governor Ed Rendell has called for a special session of the Legislature to address transportation funding. House Transportation Minority Chairman Rick Geist has proposed, among other things, using public-private partnerships, imposing tolls on Interstate 95 and phasing out use of the Motor License Fund for the State Police operating budget.

So, the Elm Street Bridge, which has been posted with a 5-ton weight limit for two years, will probably have to wait even longer for repairs.

As for the Kennedy Street Bridge, that money has already been allocated.

During the regular council meeting, members approved several resolutions relating to that project, including authorization for right-of-way acquisition, and execution of an agreement with the Bradford City Water Authority for 50 percent of the cost to relocate the waterline attached to the bridge.

Other proposed CDBG projects include Elm Street Neighborhood (Project Pride) Streetscape Improvements, primarily on State Street between North Center and Pearl streets; providing $25,000 toward the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over Pine Street; and gateway improvements near the Elm Street ramps of Route 219.

CDBG money will also go toward demolishing blighted properties.

Andrews said the $30,000 is “not enough, but at least it’s something.”

“Because we have to spread our money out and try to address a number of different things, we’re not really able to sock a bunch of money at some particular activity – like a streetscape project that we could really make a big difference with,” she said.

“We’re trying to address a lot of community development issues, and with the city’s budget issues, knowing that there are some things they can’t pay for, we’re using this program to help out," Andrews said.

New Mexican Restaurant on Main Street

A new Mexican restaurant is coming to town, with a new owner.

Jeremy Callinan has entered into a lease agreement with the City of Bradford for 109 Main Street, the location of the former La Herradura restaurant.

After Tuesday’s Bradford City Council meeting, Callinan said he hopes to have the restaurant opened this summer.

“I’m sure that’ll make a lot of people happy,” said Mayor Tom Riel after Callinan told council it would be a Mexican restaurant.

Councilman Jim Evans seconded, "with enthusiasm," the motion to enter into the lease agreement.

“If he can cook,” joked Councilman Rick Benton.

“Yes, depending on if you can cook Mexican, Jeremy,” Evans said.

“If I was doing the cooking,” Callinan said, “it would be macaroni and cheese and hot dogs.”

“No hot dogs,” joked Riel, whose wife owns Bradford Texas Hot.

“We’re pleased to hear that Jeremy’s looking at opening a new restaurant there,” said OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews. “We’ve been working really hard to renovate the building. It’s going to be a really nice business. We look forward to having him come to Main Street.”

No Grant Money for New Fire Station

The Bradford City Fire Department’s central station will be staying right where it is for now.

The department received an “unofficial official” reply concerning the fire station grant application, according to Bradford City Councilman Ross Neidich.

“It doesn’t look like we’re going to be receiving the funding through the federal government (to build a new fire station),” Neidich said during Tuesday’s council meeting. “I guess we’re just going to have to make due with what we have.”

The fire department was hoping for the federal grant to help pay for the $6.4 million "green" fire station they want to build.

Back in June, Fire Chief Boo Coder said renovating the current fire station is not an option.

"That station is 106 years old. It was built for horses. It wasn't built for fire trucks," Coder said during a June 23, 2009, council meeting. "We've renovated to the point where we can't go any farther. Now when we buy a fire truck or a piece of fire equipment, we have to buy a vehicle that fits in the building – not a piece of a equipment we need, but one that we can get in the building."

Autopsies Being Done on Brockway Couple

Autopsies are being performed on a Brockway couple found dead in their home Monday afternoon.

Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder says he may release the findings tonight.

James and Victoria Shugar, who were both 61, died sometime between Saturday afternoon and 2:30 Monday afternoon.

Police and Snyder have not released information on a probable cause of death.

Child Porn-Maker Gets 30 Years

A Corry man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for making child pornography and keeping it on his computer.

52-year-old Mark Brecker was sentenced this afternoon in federal court in Erie.

U.S. District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin said any lesser sentence would pose a danger to children.

Brecker admitted he exploited a one-and-a-half-year-old child between August and October 2008 and filmed the abuse.

Acting DCNR Secretary Pledges
to Keep PA State Parks Open This Summer

Under questioning from state Senator Don White (R-41), Acting Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Quigley today pledged to keep Pennsylvania's 117 state parks open this summer.

Senator White secured the commitment during a public hearing held by the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Quigley's nomination to serve as DCNR Secretary.

"I am pleased to receive assurance that Pennsylvania's state parks will be kept open this summer. These parks belong to the citizens of the Commonwealth and should not be used as bargaining chips in budget negotiations," Senator White said. "Neither our parks nor the individuals and groups that enjoy them should ever be used as pawns to promote a political agenda."

Last year, Acting Secretary Quigley unveiled a list of 50 state parks that could be closed as a result of a budget impasse. Today, the Acting Secretary stated that resources are available to keep all 117 parks open, even though the DCNR has seen its funding reduced in recent budgets.

The discussion between Senator White and Acting Secretary Quigley featured the following exchange:

Senator White: "Considering that the latest budget that was passed in March by the (House) Democrats – the Governor's budget -- which actually gives less to state parks , you have not made any remarks that this is 'devastating,' so can you commit to me today that our state parks are going to remain open this summer?"

Acting Secretary Quigley: "The simple answer is yes. The Governor's proposed budget provides sufficient resources to keep 117 state parks open and that is because of two factors. One, a $1.7 million transfer from the oil and gas fund and secondly the tremendous amount of costs saving and rationalization work that we have done within DCNR: the shrinking of services, the shortening of seasons, the reduction in services. For example, our environmental education program has been cut 25 percent this year. So there is a significantly reduced level of services across the board in our state parks, but we don't think that reduction has compromised the overall integrity of the system. I would be very nervous of it going below this level, quite frankly. But I think we still provide a high quality experience. We are still worthy of that gold medal award and the resources that were proposed in the Governor's budget will keep 117 parks open."

Senator White: "That's what I wanted to hear."

The commitment by Acting Secretary Quigley should also be reassuring to the many groups that hold leases to use state park facilities for their programs, Senator White said.

"A number of youth organizations such as the scouts and the State Police Camp Cadet program hold leases with the DCNR to use state park facilities for special programs. Those groups were extremely concerned that the Administration would follow through on its threats last year, which would have jeopardized those programs," Senator White said.

In response to the threatened closures of the parks last year, Senator White introduced Senate Bill 974 --legislation to ensure the Commonwealth honors leases allowing groups to use state park facilities during impasses over the state budget. The Senate unanimously approved the bill on Sept. 9, 2009 and it is now before the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

from Senate Republican Communications

Gus Macker Meeting Next Tuesday

OLEAN -- Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball, America's largest outdoor basketball tournament, will be held in Olean August 20-22, 2010. The 3-day event will be organized and will benefit both the Olean High School Sports Booster and the Olean City School District Foundation.

The next organizational meeting for this year’s event will be held Tuesday, April 20 at the Milo’s Village Green, 311 North Union Street in Olean from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. The committee is looking for people to assist in the planning and development of this community event. The tournament is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive. The event, first held in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, is a family festival with food and music along with the basketball competition held on the streets near downtown Olean.

For more details or if you wish to attend the meeting, please contact John Irving at 397-8223 or Meme K. Yanetsko at 372-4433.

Auction to Benefit Alzheimer's Association

An art auction will be held April 17 at the Coudersport Consistory to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Sweden Valley Manor, and the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, the event will feature an art preview at 6 p.m. with the auction starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 which includes admission and hors d’oeuvres.

The auction, by Marlin Art, will feature a variety of art in all media and price ranges including contemporary, African American, sports, Americana, Southwestern, seascapes, impressionism, Judaic, wildlife, primitive, and children. Ticket holders may make requests for specific genres. Art can also be purchased online; if patrons use the code 63320 upon checkout, proceeds will be credited toward the event. For more information, visit

For tickets or more information on the auction, call Phyllis Glinkowski, 274-9301, ext. 1395; Rachel Forsythe, 274-9301, ext. 1436; Barb Kiel, 554-7315; or Samantha Cossman, 274-7610.

Healthcare Decisions Day at BRMC

Advance directives information will be available

Anyone age 18 and older can benefit executing an advance directive for healthcare choices if they become unable to speak for themselves.

In Pennsylvania, competent patients have the right to decide whether to accept, reject or discontinue medical care and treatment.

To bring awareness during National Healthcare Decisions Day on Friday, April 16, Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC’s) Social Services staff will answer questions and offer printed information from 9 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s Outpatient Services Center lobby.

“We’ll have a table set up in the lobby and pass out advance directive booklets and forms that comply with Pennsylvania law,” says Karen Gelston, LSW, Social Services director.

“By creating an advance directive, you are making your preferences about medical care known before you’re faced with a serious injury or illness,” says Mrs. Gelston. “This will spare your loved ones the stress of making decisions about your care when you are unable because they will know your wishes.”

Advance directives allow adults to specify the kinds of care and treatments they do and do not wish to receive, she explains.

Currently, only about 25 percent of adults in the U.S. have executed an advance directive of any kind, says Mrs. Gelston. For those who haven’t, “This means a physician can err on the side of over-treatment.”

An advance directive can come in a couple of forms, she notes.

A living will is one type of advance directive. “It is a written, legal document that describes the kind of medical treatments or life-sustaining treatments you would want if you were seriously ill with little hope of recovery and unable to speak for yourself,” says Mrs. Gelston. However, a living will doesn’t let you select someone to make decisions for you.

A healthcare power of attorney is another kind of advance directive, she adds. This states whom you have chosen to make healthcare decisions for you should you become physically or mentally unable to make medical decisions. It becomes active anytime you are unconscious or unable to make medical decisions.

Other than the forms provided at the hospital, patients can execute an advance directive through an attorney or using a document such as Five Wishes which is recognized in many states.

“They can be short, simple statements about what you want done or not done if you can’t speak for yourself,” Mrs. Gelston notes.

Individuals also can change or revoke their advance directives anytime they want, provided they are competent, she says. Being competent means having the ability to think rationally and communicate wishes in a clear manner. Any changes must be signed and notarized, according to state law.

A new advance directive can be completed at any time. The old one should be destroyed.

As part of the initial nursing assessment, BRMC’s patients are given an advance directive booklet that contains sample forms, Mrs. Gelston says.

“After you complete your advance directive, you should discuss your wishes with your family and your doctor,” she says.

Home Show Has Nearly 5,000 Visitors

OLEAN -- The 39th Annual Greater Olean Area Home and Garden Show welcomed more than 4,800 visitors April 9-11 (about two hundred more attendees than last year). Eighty-five vendors were on hand to display and demonstrate products from hot tubs, to gardening and landscaping supplies, along with heating and cooling systems. The event, hosted by Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, was co-sponsored by their thirty-eight corporate sponsors.

The vendors at the Home and Garden Show were enrolled in a contest for “Best Booth” based on neatness, presentation, props, information, and theme-related. The theme this year is “Go GREEN, Save GREEN.” Winners for 2010 Greater Olean Area Home and Garden Show go to FIRST PLACE - Wayne Companies, SECOND PLACE - Landworks, THIRD PLACE - Creekside Fabrics.

The winners of the Times Herald/Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Home Depot of Olean Home Show Door Prizes were GRAND PRIZE -- GE Washer and Dryer --- Donna Root, Bradford, PA; SECOND PRIZE -- BRINKMAN Dual Function Gas/Charcoal Grill and Smoker --- Linda Wenke, Olean; THIRD PRIZE -- Pallet of Pavers for Landscaping--- Scott McLean, Olean; FOURTH PRIZE -- SCOTTS TURF Builder, 4 Step Lawn Care System and SCOTTS Deluxe Edge Guard Broadcast Spreader -- Tammy Skroback, Portville.

ADDITIONAL PRIZE WINNERS: HAMPTON BAY 2-PACK SOLAR LANTERNS (LED Lighting, 8 packs) Naomi Hequet Beight; E-Composter with Base, plus TCP 2700K/Contractor/12 Pack Compact Florescent Bulbs Energy STAR -- Ginny MacNeal, Portville; The FRESH AIR CHOICE No VOC Eggshell Paint with Green Guard (4 gallons) -- Rita Mikowicz, Olean; GLACIER BAY Dual Flush High Efficiency Toilet -- Jodi Sherlin, Lewis Run, PA; and ECO OPTIONS Raised Bed Garden Kit, plus TCP 2700K/Contractor/12 Pack Compact Florescent Bulbs Energy STAR -- David Miles -- Port Allegany, PA.

Cabot Cheese Company of Vermont gave away over 36 lbs of cheese with their Horseradish Cheddar the winning flavor of the show. Cabot Cheese is a farm family-owned company of 1500 farmer-owners nestled throughout New England and upstate New York. The multimillion dollar dairy products company produces butter, sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, Monterey Jack, as well as their acclaimed premium cheddar cheeses. Their brand can be found in fine specialty stores, health food outlets and supermarkets from Vermont to Florida.

“The weather helped us again this year, not too nice to do gardening! -- attendance was up 200 over last year’s! The vendors did a phenomenal job with their exhibits, they were pleased with the crowd, and the show attendees were delighted with the selection (and number) of vendors.” stated Nancy Morgan, Chamber’s Member Services Coordinator.

The next GOACC events include the Annual Good News Ceremony, on Thursday, May 20, and the 41st Annual Chamber Clambake, on Wednesday, June 9. For more information regarding Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce or events and activities, please call 716-372-4433 or

from Meme Krahe Yanetsko, GOACC

BACC to Hold Informational Chamber Chat

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Chamber Chat on April 27th, from 5-6:30 pm at the Sports Café, 48 Davis Street, Union Square, Bradford.

This informal meeting provides an opportunity for new, potential, and current members of the Chamber to network and share business information. Chamber staff and board members will present an informational update on membership benefits, and are available to answer questions.

The event is sponsored by Chambers of Commerce Service Corporation.

There is no charge to attend. Refreshments are provided. Cash bar available. Contact the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-368-7115 or e-mail with any questions or to make a reservation. Reservations are requested.

UPB in First Group Chosen for Association
of Information Systems Student Chapters

The Association for Information Systems has granted the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford a founding charter as one of 59 original student chapters.

AIS is the world’s premier community for information systems educators, researchers and professionals. It sponsors 33 special-interest groups on research and teaching, 24 national and regional chapters, four international conferences and a number of academic journals.

“As a chartered student chapter, AIS UPB will take advantage of the resources, structure and support of AIS to serve the students and the community in Bradford,” said Dr. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology and advisor for the new club.

Wang said that possible projects for the club include providing information technology services to students, the entire campus and the Bradford community, and providing extra-curricular training for students, including workshops and seminars on recent topics in IT, job market and interview preparations, guest speeches, and field study opportunities.

Dave Kemick, a computer information systems and technology major from Bradford, will be the president.

'Rivers of Pittsburgh' Author Weakland
to Speak at Pitt-Bradford April 20

Brian Lee Weakland, author of the “Rivers of Pittsburgh” mystery trilogy, which features McKean County landmarks, will speak Tuesday, April 20, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The free program will start at 7 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Co-sponsors are the Friends of Hanley Library and the Friends of the Bradford Area Public Library.

Weakland will discuss his approach to writing and how McKean County’s landmarks and people inspired his “Rivers of Pittsburgh” mystery trilogy. His fast-paced novels include mystery, intrigue, unforgettable characters and a strong “sense of place,” said Dr. Holly J. Spittler, president of the Friends of Hanley Library and associate dean of student affairs.

His first novel of the trilogy, “Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh,” is based on the Monongahela River, but many scenes are set in northwest Pennsylvania and McKean County.

Cyril Wecht, former Allegheny County coroner and nationally-known forensic pathologist, reviewed “Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh.”

“The rich historical background of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, coupled with the author’s keen knowledge and apt descriptions of this area’s geography, provide an interesting setting for a brutal murder, forensic scientific sleuthing and investigative journalism,” Wecht wrote.

“Adding to the authenticity of Weakland’s believable, yet fictional characters is their insertion into familiar Pennsylvania surroundings -- the Gettysburg National Battlefield, Bookbinder's Restaurant in Philadelphia and Seven Springs Ski Resort, to name a few. For added realism, the most dramatic moment occurs during the tornadic destruction of the Kinzua Valley railroad bridge in McKean County, a true event in July 2003.”

His second novel, “Woods on Fire,” focuses on the Allegheny River and includes stories, lore and fables of the river and the Allegheny National Forest. With the Ohio River as a backdrop, “Zelienople Road” is scheduled for release June 1 and will complete the “Rivers of Pittsburgh” mystery trilogy, published by Word Association Publishers.

A former investigative reporter for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Weakland has won numerous news and feature writing awards. A native of Altoona and a graduate of the Penn State University’s School of Journalism, Weakland has taught writing classes at the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State. He lives in Richmond, Va., with his wife and two daughters.

Following his talk, Weakland will be available to sign copies of “Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh” and its sequel, “Woods on Fire.”

Additional information is available by contacting Spittler at (814) 362-7657.

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

Local KOA Campground Opens Thursday

The Kinzua East KOA Campground, located at Kinzua Heights Route 59 in Bradford, will be opening for the 2010 camping season on April 15.

The KOA is one of 475 open-to-the-public KOA campgrounds now in the Kampgrounds of America system in the United States and Canada.

“The Kinzua East KOA is a great example of the wonderful facilities we have available for campers across North America,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. “We pride ourselves in finding just the right locations with just the right people to wear our familiar yellow shirts. Camping at a KOA is now a true experience for your family.”

Last summer, despite economic challenges, a record number of campers enjoyed KOA campgrounds.

“A lot of campers are discovering that they have a great KOA right in their own backyards,” Rogers said. “We want to encourage everyone to come on out this spring and give this KOA a try. It’s a fantastic, affordable way to reconnect with your family and friends and make the best possible use of your limited free time.”

All campers are reminded that they can pick up a new 2010 KOA Directory absolutely free at any KOA campground. The Directory is a complete travel atlas of every state and Canadian province, and includes descriptive listings of each KOA campground as well as detailed maps and directions to each location.

For more information on the campground or to make your reservations, go to

SBU Alum to Discuss McVeigh on MSNBC

Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will bring viewers the inside story on the deadliest terror attack of the 20th century on U.S. soil.

The two-hour special airing at 9 p.m. Monday — called “The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist” — includes excerpts from 45 hours of never-before-released interview audiotapes recorded during Timothy McVeigh’s prison stay by Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck, SBU class of 1978, and Lou Michel.

All of the original notes taken by Herbeck and Michel, and some letters written by McVeigh, were donated by the reporters to St. Bonaventure University’s archives this year for scholarly research. Copies of their audiotapes are also housed in the archives. The film’s closing credits will acknowledge the university.

The materials were the foundation of the reporters’ book “American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing,” published in 2001. The New York Daily News called the book “an important contribution to history.”

Herbeck and Michel are interviewed extensively in the film, which reveals the bomber’s descriptions of the planning and execution of the horrific attack and offers insight into how a decorated American soldier became a dangerous, anti-government terrorist.

The two-hour documentary employs state-of-the-art computer recreations of the interview with McVeigh and his actions on and leading up to the day of the bombing. It also provides biographical background of McVeigh’s life and the path that led to his transformation into an “American terrorist.”

Survivors and family members of the bombing victims also are given a voice in the film, bravely stepping forward to offer the final word on the true impact and meaning of McVeigh’s brutal attack.

Artist Constance Pierce Exhibits Work
Regionally and Internationally

Painter and printmaker Constance Pierce is one of 14 artists internationally to be chosen by guest curator Ryozo Morishito to exhibit in “The 4th Art On Paper Exhibition 2010,” which opened in March. The exhibition was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in the Toyota City complex in Aichi, Japan.

The artist exhibited a new series of archetypal figurative works on paper that bear witness to the sufferings of the world. Pierce is not afraid to confront these images in all of their darkness and light, and embraces them for the revelations they provide about the human soul.

This series of images was inspired by the last spoken word lines of a musical composition titled “Will You Be There,” by the late performer, composer and humanitarian Michael Joseph Jackson. “The 4th Art on Paper Exhibition 2010” was covered in televised news media in Japan in March.

Pierce, an associate professor of visual arts at St. Bonaventure University, is also showing her artwork regionally in a solo exhibition at the Clara Fritzsche Gallery located in the library of Notre Dame College of Ohio. The exhibition is titled “Lacrymae Rerum: Retrospective Works on Paper.” The show opened with a reception for the artist April 8 and will run through May 15, 2010.

Pierce is drawn toward the archetypal aspects of the Judeo Christian religious experience, but expresses these themes in a contemporary idiom. She often works with images of pilgrimage, lamentation, absolution and transcendence. Pierce uses such themes to flesh out parable, and to reveal the relevance of the ancient stories to our world of dissonance and division.

One series, executed in graphite and blue wash and titled “Lamentations,” offers a visual meditation expressing the haunting and disturbing consequences of war. This series poses questions on issues of faith, tolerance and ethics.

Another series of drawings was informed by images from Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” A third series, done in watercolor, expresses the epiphany of the soul through dance. In addition, the artist is exhibiting a new portfolio of large-scale Giclee prints of her works, published for the first time in this format. The artist collaborated with Martin Studios of Olean to produce this series because of the studio’s artistic excellence in printing.

Pierce is associate professor of painting and drawing at St. Bonaventure University. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she was awarded the Helen Green Perry Prize for European Travel and Study. She received her advanced degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting of the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, where she studied with the renowned abstract expressionist painter Grace Hartigan.

Her sketchbooks have been featured in two exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Her monotypes and sketchbooks are in the permanent collection of this museum, and the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution (D.C.), the Rare Books Library of the National Gallery of Art (D.C.), Georgetown University Special Collections (D.C.), the International Marion Research Institute of the University of Dayton (Ohio), the Yale Center for British Art: Prints and Drawings (sketchbook archives) and Yale University’s “Art of the Book” Collection in Sterling Library (Conn.).

Her work has been featured through the years in articles and reviews in the Washington Post, Chicago’s New Art Examiner, the Sunday New York Times, the New Haven Register, the Yale Bulletin, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and IMAGE: Art Faith Mystery. An article that Pierce authored titled “OPUS CORDIS: Reflections of a Contemporary Artist Embracing the Drama of Religious Imagery” will be included in a new book, “Art Inspiring Transmutations of Life,” Volume 106 of the Analecta Husserliana series, to be published in June 2010.

Her art can be seen on YouTube as well as her Web site,