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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Timber Theft in Eldred

State Police are looking into a theft of timber in Eldred Township.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, they say someone cut timber from Harry Martin Jr.’s property off of Smith Road without compensating him.

The theft happened between February 1 and Friday.

Police are continuing their investigation.

SUV Stolen from Turtlepoint

A vehicle was stolen from Turtlepoint sometime between April 16 and Friday.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say the 1991 Ford Explorer owned by Michael Meacham of Port Allegany was taken from a residence off of route 155 in Annin Township.

The 4-door Explorer, with no engine, is two-tone with a gray top and Navy blue bottom.

It’s worth about $500.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

Simply Stink-tacular!

From entertainment in the East Main Street gazebo ...

to pony rides in Kiddyland ...

to hanging out with friends ...

or even just takin' a snooze, the 9th Annual Stinkfest had something for everyone.

The main event, though, is always the leek cuisine.

Always a popular stop -- the East Bradford fire station for the leek dip contest.

Sausage and leek sandwiches were one of the hot items for lunch.

Joe Frombach serves up some delicacies, not all with leeks, from John Williams European Pastry Shop.

What would Stinkfest be without outhouses?

Denny Colman and pals move a couple of outhouses to the starting line for the outhouse races.
And, of course ...

Scott Douglas was broadcasting live on 100.1 The HERO ( The Rock Station of the Twin Tiers) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Women's Hoops Coach at UPB

By Greg Clark
Pitt-Bradford Sports Information

Molly Brennan has been named head women's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Brennan has been an assistant women's coach at SUNY Potsdam for the past four years where she helped guide the school to four SUNYAC tournament berths and two ECAC invitations.

A 2006 graduate of Ithaca College where she was a four-year letter winner, Brennan was a captain her senior year and led the Bombers to a 78-31 record over four years. Brennan played on two Empire 8 championship teams and three NCAA Division III tournament teams.

A native of Green Island (NY), Brennan attended the Heatly School where she scored over 1,000 points and was her conference MVP.Brennan earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a graduate degree in organizational leadership.

She replaces Brian Sansom, who took over after nine games this season and led the Lady Panthers to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title contest.

Woman Charged for Being Naked

A Sherman, New York, woman is facing charges after being found naked in a car early this morning in Chautauqua.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Sheriff’s deputies say they found a suspicious vehicle at about 2:30 a.m. and, when they approached it, they found 34-year-old Lori Freeman sitting in the driver’s seat without clothes on.

She was arrested for driving while intoxicated and exposure of a person. The man in the car with her was not charged.

Freeman will answer the charges in court at a later date.

Busy Friday for Bradford City Police

It was a business last day of April for Bradford City Police.

Officers investigated thefts at a Main Street business and on Kiwanis Court, and a report of bad checks from a bank. They also looked into a reported assault on Chautauqua Place, fights on Barbour Street and Cole Avenue and a property dispute on Homestead Avenue.

Police went to the scene of motor vehicle accidents in the Bradford High parking lot and on Bushnell Street, assisted a motorist at Callahan Park, and assisted the fire department on Holley Avenue.

They checked the welfare of a person on Jackson Avenue, got a report of an unwanted person on South Avenue and looked into a harassment complaint on Bushnell Street.

Police also got several reports of violations of protection from abuse orders and requests to speak with an officer. They looked into suspicious activity near a downtown business and a suspicious person on Congress Street. And, their day wouldn’t be complete without an animal complaint. On Friday, they came from Jerome Avenue and West Washington Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ohlendorf Continues to Improve

RHP Ross Ohlendorf, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list due to back spasms, threw 3.0 innings and a total of 43 pitches today without incident during the Pittsburgh Pirates' Extended Spring Training program in Bradenton, Fla.

He is on schedule to make his next start, which is expected to be another minor league rehab start on May 5 (location TBD).

RHP Kevin Hart, who is currently on the disabled list with Triple-A Indianapolis, has been diagnosed with a labrum tear in his right shoulder.

He has been examined by Dr. Patrick DeMeo, the club’s Medical Director, and is expected to be examined by Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion early next week (specific date & time TBD). The Pirates will have additional comments once Hart is examined by Dr. Andrews.

e-mail from Dan Hart, Pittsburgh Pirates

Two Big Events on Saturday

Stinkfest gets underway at 11 a.m. on East Main Street. One of the highlights is the outhouse races. Pictured above is the Togi's team in last year's race.

Scott Douglas will be broadcasting live from Stinkfest starting at 11 on 100.1 The HERO.

For more information on Stinkfest, go to

Also tomorrow ...

Organizers are anticipating a fun filled event for participants who at the same time will be supporting Bradford Area Public Library Endowment Fund. The BAPL has faced a 21% reduction from the state of Pennsylvania. The significant reduction from the state, combined with lower returns from investments and rising costs, have inspired the library to embark on an annual fundraising event.

Derby Gala proceeds will strengthen the financial base of the Endowment Fund. Income earned on the investments of the Endowment Fund help offset the daily expenses of electric, heat, and salaries.

For this reason, the BAPL welcomes the community’s support. One can contribute by direct donation to the library or attending the Derby Gala from 4:30p to 8:00p. Activities planned for the Derby Gala include participation in the Kentucky Derby, enjoyment of a southern cuisine, Derby hat parade, and silent and live auctions. Over 35 items contributed for the auctions include a custom made chess table from FCI McKean, one of a kind collectors series of Zippo lighters, a bronze sculpture from Dave Hodges, iconic cast iron oil field relic, priceless paintings, and stunning doll furniture. Several more unique items will be a part of the auctions, offering great and affordable appeal to attendees.

In addition, raffle tickets are on sale for the chance to win a 40” Samsung flat screen television, a Trek 4300 bicycle, and an iPod Touch. “The public library is vital to our community,” remarks Ann Kessel, “thank you to all who have supported our event and there is still time to give support through patrons, Gala tickets and raffle tickets.”

Tickets for the Derby Gala are available at the Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford Club and Graham Florist for $50. Raffle tickets are available at the Derby Gala, Bradford Area Public Library, Bradford Club, Graham Florist and community members for $5.

Neighborhood Preservation Committee
Kickoff Set for Thursday in Olean

OLEAN – The most visible phase of an ongoing community cleanup effort will begin Thursday evening in the neighborhood roughly bounded by Jamestown Community College, North Barry and East State Streets.

From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. volunteers will gather in JCC’s parking lot and fan out to provide residents with information about city codes and safety, while picking up trash and litter along Laurel, Tompkins, North Clinton, North Barry and Hamilton Streets.

“Please feel free to come out and join the Neighborhood Preservation Committee Volunteers,” said Mayor Linda Witte about the kickoff in a series of neighborhood cleanups that organizers say will continue throughout the city. “We want to commit to doing this as long as there is an interest and a need.”

Residents will meet representatives of two departments that provide key services that can turn around neighborhood deterioration. The Code Enforcement Office and the Olean Police Department can help residents identify dilapidated structures that need to be brought up to code and clean up criminal activities.

“Our neighborhoods are the heart of our community. We have to do more to bring people back to having a sense of ownership, security and safety. As the effort continues we hope to see people enjoying their yards and porches on summer nights,” she said.

In case of rain, the kickoff will take place at the same time and location May 7.

The Committee will spend the next few days dropping off flyers at the homes in the kickoff neighborhood to prepare the residents for the arrival of volunteers. A flyer asks residents to come outside and talk to the volunteers. It also provides phone numbers of the city’s Code Enforcement Office and the Police Department so residents will know who to call when help is needed.

“Community safety has always been near and dear to the hearts of the Common Council and the Aldermen,” said Mayor Witte, who drafted two former colleagues when they approached her about solving blight and crime.

Joyce Melfi -- a former alderman in Ward 2 and the county Democratic Party chairman -- and Paula Snyder -- former alderman in Ward 5 and the county’s Republican Party chairman – served with Mayor Witte during her 2000-2002 term. They will spearhead the safety aspects of this and future events, reaching out to residents, along with law enforcement representatives, to determine what measures must be taken to combat crime in the area.

“They will try to create the eyes and ears of the neighborhoods and soon we will be looking out for one another,” said Mayor Witte.

Lila Ervay, who is well-known in the city as a proponent of cleanup efforts, has teamed up with Gary “Casey” Jones, an alderman from Ward 6 who has served multiple terms. The two have rallied an army of corporations and groups who began weeks ago cleaning up litter and trash along the city’s busiest streets.

Mayor Witte said clean communities also need to be safe but Olean’s neighborhoods have deteriorated. In recognizing the need to do better led us to the name, Neighborhood Preservation Committee. While organizers will continue to recruit volunteers and will announce a new neighborhood targeted for future cleanup, she said the property owners and residents really need to take the lead once they realize the possibilities.

“The Committee, corporations and the organizations are targeting the major streets and are willing to help because the job seems overwhelming at the start, but neighborhoods need to be taken care of by the people that live there,” she said. “Everybody has a part to play. If we all take a part we can have a sense of ownership and a sense of pride. It will take the people working together to achieve it.”

Groups that have committed to bring volunteers to the cleanup effort include the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Archbishop Walsh Academy, Assemblyman Joseph Giglio’s Office, BonaResponds/Liberty Partnerships, Boy Scouts, Community Bank NA, Council on Recovery, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Jamestown Community College, Kiwanis (in conjunction with Neighborworks), Mt. Zion Christian Assembly, Olean Business Institute, Olean General Hospital, Rehabilitation Center, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Senator Cathy Young’s Office, Social Services Work Group.

The Neighborhood Preservation Committee’s efforts will be chronicled with photos and other details that can be found on the Mayor’s Community page of the city’s website, at

e-mail from Linda Witte's office

Pitt-Bradford to Graduate First Class of
Hospitality Management Majors

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

When the students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford march across the stage at commencement Sunday, nine of them will be Pitt-Bradford’s first class of hospitality management graduates.

Pitt-Bradford launched its hospitality management program in 2006, at the same time it started new majors in accounting and secondary education, but unlike those programs, which were based in existing majors, hospitality management had to be built from scratch.

Students majoring in hospitality management are prepared for careers in resort or hotel management, restaurant or institutional food service, event planning, sports and entertainment facilities, on cruise ships or anywhere service-management skills are needed.

The program was started in part to help boost the economic development of the area. After looking at several top programs, the school designed the program after the curriculum at Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y., but tailored it to fit Pitt-Bradford’s strengths.

A patchwork of faculty and staff taught the first classes, which included some standard business management courses, but also more specialized classes, which were taught by Rick Esch, who started his career at Pitt-Bradford in food management, and Justin Work, the executive chef for Metz dining services.

Esch inspired several of the members of the first class to become hospitality management majors.

Heather Jordan of Tiona was one of those students.

“He inspired a lot of us,” Jordan said, looking around a room of fellow students taking the senior capstone course. Some of the students had taken Esch’s course on a whim, having started out in nursing, business management or another area.

Something about the challenge of pleasing customers, the allure of working on a cruise ship, the satisfaction of planning a flawless event appealed to them.

Curtis Buchanan of Bradford by way of Bristol, Tenn., was a computer programmer, but “saw the opportunity to have some fun with my career.”

As a programmer, he said, “I made good money, but it wasn’t fun.”

While pursuing his new career in hospitality, Buchanan spent the spring semester of 2009 as an intern with Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., where he was a food vendor in the Animal Kingdom. His favorite part was “serving guests and seeing them smile. The language barriers are nonexistent.”

Buchanan also saw that a powerhouse entertainer like Disney was “85 percent recession proof.”

Students also had the chance along the way to travel to food shows, where Rhonda Vought of Emporium met celebrity chef Tyler Florence.

But being part of the first class at Pitt-Bradford had two sides. The students are close-knit from being pioneers and working on unique projects such as advising the new owner of The Option House restaurant in downtown Bradford on his operation, but they admitted to feeling a bit like guinea pigs.

In 2007, Pitt-Bradford hired a program director, James Dombrosky, who began shaping the program. Last year, Claudia Cooper joined the faculty to teach culinary classes, Food and Beverage Cost Control and special topics courses.

Building a program was part of the allure for Dombrosky, who had been teaching hospitality management at West Liberty State College in Wheeling, W.Va., before coming to Pitt-Bradford.

Dombrosky worked in hospitality while he was still in college before beginning a career with Trans World Airlines, where he trained travel agents how to use TWA’s computerized reservations system. He went on to work in management for TNT Vacations, a Caribbean tour operator, where he developed the Pittsburgh market.

“I love both teaching and program development, and to build a new program at the University of Pittsburgh was a great opportunity,” he said.

The graduating students wish they could take some of the courses now being offered, but are glad their interests and input went into shaping what those classes would be.

Most of the students put in far more than the 600 practicum hours required by the program. They worked in a family restaurant, as a fine dining server at the Seneca Allegany Casino, as a manager at McDonalds, as a manager at Microtel, for Metz on campus and as a chef at Glendorn, a luxury resort a stone’s throw from campus.

They now hope to combine their book learning and practical experience to work for cruise lines, manage food service operations and someday own their own luxury hotels.

Pictured, Rhonda Vought of Emporium, left, and Heather Jordan of Tiona, right, work in the kitchen with Claudine Cooper, instructor of hospitality management at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, which is graduating its first class of hospitality management students starting the major four years ago.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Pitt-Bradford Seniors to be Commissioned

Two University of Pittsburgh at Bradford senior ROTC students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army in a ceremony on campus Saturday, May 1.

Lt. Col. Thomas Leitch of the Seneca Battalion of the ROTC program headquartered at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., will administer the oath to Christina Rossi, a criminal justice major from Lorton, Va., and David C. Kosakowski, a nursing major from Ridgway.

Leitch said that the students are the 16th and 17th Pitt-Bradford students commissioned since Pitt-Bradford began offering ROTC through St. Bonaventure 30 years ago.

Rossi enrolled in ROTC as a sophomore and received a three-year scholarship at Pitt-Bradford. She served as a student ambassador and as a peer mentor for incoming freshmen through the TRiO academic support program.

Upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, Rossi was selected for commissioning as a Military Intelligence Officer. As a cadet, she served as the Charlie Company commander. She is the daughter of Michael and Beth Rossi.

Kosakowski also enrolled in ROTC as a sophomore and received a three-year scholarship to Pitt-Bradford. Kosakowski was selected for commissioning as an army nurse. As a cadet, he served as Charlie Company commander and Charlie Company executive officer. He is the son of Richard and Diana Kosakowski.

Almost All Gone

This is all that’s left of what once was the oldest original Chrysler dealership in the country. Chrysler decided to close Rink Brothers last year as part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan. Shults Auto Group may move its dealership from South Avenue the former Rink Brothers site. Pictured above, today a crew works on removing what's left of the debris. Below is what Rink Brothers looked like on May 14, 2009, the day Chrysler decided to close 789 of its dealerships.

Edwards: Snowmobile Season a Success

Mayville: -- With the final numbers coming in, Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards has hailed the County's most recent snowmobile season a major triumph.

"I am pleased to report that thousands of people from Chautauqua County, the surrounding region and as far away as California used our over 450 miles of snowmobile trails that are maintained here locally," Edwards proclaimed. "We truly enjoyed a great season."

Paul Weatherlow, Secretary of the Snowmobile Clubs of Chautauqua County, agreed with Edwards that the 2009-2010 snowmobile season was a huge success.

"We had a great winter," Weatherlow said. "Missing from the typical weather was the normal meltdown during the season. We only had one weekend in January where warmer temperatures and some rain forced cancellation of our weekend events."

Weatherlow said the official County snowfall was just about the normal average with 223” (about 19’) falling in Mayville. He stated that the combined membership from the Chautauqua County Snowmobile clubs from the previous season totaled 3,380 Family Memberships and over 5,000 snowmobiles.

"Of the 3,380 Family Memberships, 889 were from Pennsylvania, 545 were from Ohio, and more from other states such as California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, etc.," Weatherlow said. "Overall, the clubs had a double digit increase in Family Memberships."

Edwards also received a financial report from County Clerk Sandra Sopak on the number of people who registered their snowmobiles at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

"Sopak reported to me that they had over 5,000 total snowmobile registrations," Edwards said. "That was an increase of over 9% from last winter."

Edwards agreed with Sopak's assessment that the large amount of money these snowmobilers spent in the County's numerous restaurants, bars and stores was a significant investment in the local economy.

This season a Snowmobile Economic Impact Survey was being led by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau (CCVB). Thirty survey boxes were placed in various businesses around the county, and the survey results are currently being tallied. It has been estimated that snowmobilers contribute millions of dollars to the local economy each year, and the Snowmobile Economic Impact Survey is looking to solidify the exact totals.

Weatherlow and Edwards both praised the local clubs for all they did to prepare for this past season, especially after the floods of 2009. Over 2,000 hours of 100% all-volunteer labor was expended on the trails' maintenance before the trails could open.

"Northern Chautauqua County took a terrible beating from the flooding of some of the creeks and streams," Weatherlow said. "The Cherry Creek Sno-Goers had to replace 17 separate bridges which had been damaged or totally washed away."

Edwards said the largest event held this past season was the All Club Ride-In in February.

"It was held at the Chautauqua County Fireman’s Grounds in Stockton. Over 700 snowmobilers were expected, but it was estimated that the actual attendance was closer to 1,000 snowmobilers!"

Already looking ahead to the 2010-2011 snowmobile season, Weatherlow said that they plan to work to make improvements to the trails, upgrade some of their equipment and expend a total of somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 hours of volunteer labor before, during, and after the snowmobiling season.

"I want to thank everyone who rolled up their sleeves to help or came out to ride during the 2009-2010 snowmobile season," Edwards concluded. "I can only hope that the 2010-2011 will be yet another great season for Chautauqua County.

For more information on snowmobiling in Chautauqua County, please visit It is under development and will lead you to all five individual club websites.

from Edwards' office

Salamanca Bridge to Close May 10

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that the NY Route 353 bridge over the Allegheny River in the city of Salamanca, on the Allegany territory of the Seneca Nations of Indians, will be closed to all traffic beginning on Monday, May 10th. The bridge will be undergoing replacement, with the project completion expected in the fall of 2011.

A detour will be posted to divert traffic. The detour route will proceed along NY Route 417 (Broad Street), Main Street, and West State Street.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and obey all posted speed limits along the detour route.

e-mail from NYDOT

Harlem Wizards Are Coming to Olean

OLEAN -- The Harlem Wizards, founded in 1962, are one of the greatest basketball show-team organizations to ever "lace it up and let 'em fly." They have scheduled a basketball game in Olean against the Olean High School Faculty and Gus Macker Community Members on Tuesday, May 18 at the Olean High School. Each event that the Harlem Wizards perform offers a rare combination of individual athleticism, teamwork, entertainment and community involvement. It is pure enjoyment for every fan in attendance.

Advance tickets are $8 for students (K-12) and $10 for adults, with tickets at the door $10 and $12. Tickets can be purchased until Monday, May 17 at all Olean elementary schools, Olean Middle School, Olean High School and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, 120 North Union Street, Olean. Game time is 6:30 PM on May 18th with doors opening at 6 PM. A free autograph session is also scheduled at the game. Refreshments and souvenirs will be on sale during the game.

The tradition and the glue of the Harlem Wizards' special experience is their bond with the fans. These are athletes with super personalities, who love what they do, and show it! Since 1962, the Harlem Wizards have played over 6,000 games in both the United States and abroad, thrilling millions of fans along the way. The Harlem Wizards' current winning streak extends since 1989 and exceeds 3,000 games, and miles of smiles.

The Wizards Game is a part of the Gus Macker 2010 Road Show. Gus Macker officials and Gus, the tournament mascot will be in Olean this week. They will be visiting the greater Olean area schools. “Gus Macker — the bright yellow basketball mascot of the Gus Macker Tournament — makes appearances at all tournament cities. His visits teach good sportsmanship; fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing,” stated Joe DeCerbo, Gus Macker-Olean chair.
Gus Macker’s schedule is as follows: Monday, May 17 -- area schools including Portville Central; Tuesday, May 18 -- Ivers J. Norton; East View; Boardmanville Elementary and Washington West Elementary; 4 - 6 PM -- Hampton Inn.

Tuesday, May 18, A Meet and Greet with Gus and the Wizards is scheduled from 4 - 6 PM at the Hampton Inn Olean, Main Street in Olean. A live remote by the Colonial Radio Group, WXMT - The Mountain is from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Country Inn, Best Western University Inn, and the Hampton Inn of Olean are the official hotel sponsors for the tournament. During the Meet and Greet, people attending can meet the Gus mascot, Macker officials, Wizards, get autographs, enjoy some treats, win Macker memorabilia and enter to win a complimentary tournament team.

The Olean City School District Foundation and the Olean Sports Booster Club are co-sponsoring the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament in Olean August 20-22, 2010. 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 information on the events listed above or if you would like to volunteer, please contact David Carucci at 372-9289 or Meme Yanetsko, 373-8901.

e-mail from GOACC

Sleep Forum Slated at BRMC

“Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea” will be the topic of a free Sleep Forum held Wednesday, May 5, 6 p.m., in Bradford Regional Medical Center’s (BRMC’s) third-floor Room B in the Human Resource Center.

The guest speaker will be Frank Arnal, M.D., who specializes in pulmonary and sleep medicine.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing. Each episode lasts long enough that one or more breaths are missed.

There are two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form and is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep. Central sleep apnea is caused when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.

Sleep apnea symptoms that others may notice include: episodes of not breathing, which may range from five to 50 times an hour; loud snoring; restless tossing and turning during sleep; and nighttime choking and gasping spells.

High-risk factors for sleep apnea are being overweight, age 40 and older, gastroesophageal reflux, nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems, or if there’s a family history of sleep apnea.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in growing health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heart beats and heart attacks, diabetes and depression.

For more information about sleep apnea and diagnostic services available at BRMC’s Sleep Clinic, contact Penny Oyler, director of Cardiopulmonary Services, at 362-8268.

Bill Would Plug Gaps When Children
Can’t Rely on School for Nutritious Meals

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) has introduced legislation to address the growing number of U.S. children who go hungry on the weekends or when school is not in session.

The Weekends Without Hunger Act, cosponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), would establish a pilot program that provides resources to eligible institutions, such as schools and emergency food providers, to carry out projects to provide nutritious food to at-risk school children on weekends and during extended school holidays during the school year. Eligible institutions must be located in low-income communities, meaning at least 50% of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals.

“For many children at risk of hunger in this country, school breakfasts and lunches are a main source of food throughout the week.” Senator Specter said. “We need to act to ensure that no child goes hungry simply because it’s the weekend.”

“While we have made great strides to make sure children in Pennsylvania and throughout the country have access to quality, nutritious meals while they are in school, we have a lot of work to do to make sure that same access extends to the hours when they are not in school,” said Senator Casey. “Far too many children in this country get the only meals they eat all week while they are in school. I am pleased to be working with Senator Specter on this legislation that helps bridge the gap between school and home to ensure that kids can have hearty, healthy meals on weekends and vacations during the school year.”

Nearly 20 million school age children - including more than one million in Pennsylvania - eat a free or reduced-price meal at school each day. And a recently survey by Drexel University shows that the number of children under the age of 6 experiencing very low food security has tripled since 2006.

“Feeding America is pleased that Senators Specter and Casey have introduced this important piece of legislation. Currently there are no targeted Federal nutrition programs that feed children on weekends, when they do not have access to school meals. The Weekends Without Hunger Act will fill this gap by funding pilot programs that will provide healthy food to children who would otherwise be at risk of hunger,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America.

“Through their support of the Weekends Without Hunger Act, Senators Specter and Casey have taken a bold step in advancing the cause of feeding America’s hungry children,” said Kendall Hanna, Executive Director of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “The Central PA Food Bank applauds them for their efforts. The need to feed children in our community, and across the U.S., is alarming. This important legislation will bring awareness to the issue of childhood hunger in America.”

The bill’s 5-year pilot program would provide a minimum of $10 million each fiscal year to schools and food banks to purchase food commodities to fight hunger. One successful model is Feeding America’s BackPack Program which distributes backpacks filled with nutritious, child-friendly, non-perishable food to eligible students before weekends or holiday vacations. According to Feeding America, they operate more than 3,600 BackPack Programs and serve more than 190,000 children in 46 states and the District of Columbia; many programs have waiting lists as they are unable to keep up with demand.

Senator Specter intends to seek inclusion of the Weekends Without Hunger Act in the upcoming reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. U.S. Representative Dina Titus (NV-3) is sponsoring companion legislation in the House.

e-mail from Specter's office

DEP: Cabot Ignored Previous Request to
Remove Pit Holding Drilling Fluids

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection today ordered Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to close and remove an earthen pit in Susquehanna County that holds drilling fluids to determine whether it is contaminating nearby water resources.

The pit, known as a reserve pit, is located at the Hibbard well pad in Dimock Township. The company has 14 days to comply with the order.

DEP’s North-central Regional Director Robert Yowell said today’s more aggressive enforcement action was necessitated after the company ignored previous requests.

“DEP strongly advised Cabot to close and remove the reserve pit in an April 8 notice of violation letter and reiterated to Cabot’s senior management the same message a few short days ago,” said Yowell. “However, Cabot has not remedied the situation and its inaction demonstrates an arrogant disregard for Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations and proper protection of our environment.”

The department’s Oil and Gas Program staff responded to a report of black water in a ditch near the Hibbard well pad on March 22. The black water had impacted a private unused drinking water well, two springs and a wetland.

The water, soil and sediment sample results from DEP and Cabot’s contractor in the area, along with visible tears and holes in the reserve pit’s liner and local geology, led DEP to conclude that the black water is a mixture of groundwater and liquid waste from the reserve pit.

The DEP order also requires Cabot to submit a site characterization report plan to DEP within seven days; a letter describing the completion of the pit’s final closure and removal within 18 days; and a site characterization report with the results of its investigation and analysis within 45 days.

Bradford Fire Department Gets Grant

The Bradford City Fire Department has received a grant of nearly $127,000 for operations and safety programs.

The money is awarded by FEMA though the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

This is the 13th round of grants for Fiscal Year 2009.


WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $333,626 to three fire companies in northwestern Pennsylvania for vehicle acquisition and operations and safety.

“Firefighters are invaluable members of the community and they work tirelessly to ensure our safety. It is critical that we do everything in our power to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to perform their jobs,” said Senator Casey. “This money will provide valuable assistance to the fire departments of northwestern Pennsylvania.”

“These fire prevention and safety programs will help protect the citizens of Pennsylvania and the firefighters who risk their lives every day,” Senator Specter said. “I commend the Department of Homeland Security for recognizing this priority and for its continued support of our nation’s fire services.”

Federal funds are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG) which aims to strengthen the Nation’s first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public as well the responders’ themselves. This is the 13th round of AFG grants for Fiscal Year 2009.

e-mail from Casey's office

National Fuel Lowering Price

National Fuel is lowering its prices by more than 6 percent.

The monthly bill of a typical residential customer will go from $81 to $76.

Nancy Taylor of National Fuel says, “This decrease is the direct result of a continuing decline in the market price of natural gas.”

National Fuel is required by law to pass any increase or decrease in Gas Supply Charges on to customers with no mark-up or profit.

e-mail from National Fuel

Slavinski Completes Navy Basic Training

Navy Seaman Benjamin M. Slavinski, son of Kathy A. and Michael F. Slavinski of Bradford, Pa., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Slavinski completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Slavinski is a 2006 graduate of Bradford Area High School of Bradford, Pa.

e-mail from Fleet Hometown News

ARG Completes Bio-Fuels Project

American Refining Group, Inc. recently completed a $1.5MM bio-fuels project that will supply 2% bio-diesel to the Western Pennsylvania area.

The project involved the construction of several new tanks and a new computer controlled injection system. This project was completed with a $609K Alternative and Clean Energy Grant from the PA Commonwealth Financing Authority. ARG is grateful to Sen. Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer both of whom were instrumental in assisting the company in obtaining this grant.

ARG expects to make a 2% Bio-diesel blend available May 1st to comply with Pennsylvania’s Act 78 which requires the use of bio-fuel for all on road vehicles. In addition this project will allow ARG to supply ethanol blended gasoline later this year.

Harvey Golubock, President and COO of ARG said, “Renewable fuels are a step toward a sustainable energy source that will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases. We are pleased to be able to make this product available within our region.”

ARG supplies over 20 million gallons of on road diesel and 25 million gallons of gasoline annually to the regional market.

e-mail from ARG

Zippo, Kwik Fill Sponsoring Ambrose

Zippo and Kwik Fill/Red Apple will be sponsoring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose in the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race August 7 at Watkins Glen International.

The companies will share joint sponsorship of the #47 Kwik Fill / Zippo Toyota in Ambrose’s only Nationwide appearance this year. Ambrose posted back-to-back Zippo 200 Nationwide Series wins in 2008 and 2009.

Zippo, title sponsor of the Zippo 200 Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen since 2005, is very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Kwik Fill / Red Apple. “When Kwik Fill approached us about co-sponsoring a car driven by Marcos Ambrose, we knew it was a great fit,” said Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth. “Not only is Marcos Ambrose an accomplished race car driver, but the co-branding opportunity with Kwik Fill opened the door to putting Zippo lighters in over 100 of their stores in the Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio tri-state area. To see Marcos bring the car home to Victory Lane sporting the Zippo and Kwik Fill brands would be especially sweet.”

Lance Pangborn, Kwik Fill’s Director of Advertising couldn’t be more thrilled. “This partnership provides an unprecedented opportunity for Zippo and Kwik Fill to connect with our consumers, drive sales and strengthen our brands by leveraging the brand building power of NASCAR. We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Zippo and JTG Daugherty Racing as a first time NASCAR team sponsor,” stated Pangborn.

e-mail from Zippo

Thefts, Fights and Mischief

Bradford City Police are investigating a couple more thefts in the city. One was at a bank; the other on Pearl Street.

They also got reports of fights on West Washington and Main streets, criminal mischief on East Corydon Street and South Kendall Avenue and harassment on Bushnell Street.

Police also looked into a juvenile disturbance at a park, helped with a couple of traffic problems and got several requests to speak with an officer, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Revision to Bradford Bypass Work

A revision has been made to the Route 219/Bradford Bypass work scheduled for next week.

Tuna Crossroads will be closed for the setting of bridge beams. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.

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Business Owners Up The Creek

Some business owners in Bucks County are up You-Know-What Creek without a paddle.

The Department of Environmental Protection today ordered the owners of Parx Casino and Parx Racing facilities in Bensalem to clean up their site to comply with environmental laws and regulations.

“More than 1,200 horses are being kept on a property where manure-laden stormwater and wastewater continually impact the Neshaminy Creek watershed,” said DEP Southeast Regional Director Joseph A. Feola. “This untenable situation must end.”

The department’s order requires the owners of both operations to complete many short- and long-term projects that will stabilize the site and eliminate environmental threats.

Within the next two weeks, the racetrack owners must stop washing manure into storm grates, implement a water conservation plan, improve their efforts to collect and manage wastewater, and inspect their stormwater and sanitary sewage systems weekly.

WNY Veterans Offered
Increased Access to Health Care Services

Jamestown, NY -- Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards is proud to announce that the VA Western New York Healthcare System, located at 610 West 3rd Street, Jamestown, is now participating in the rural health initiative.

The rural health initiative is a multi-disciplinary team who provides primary care in a home based model serving Veterans in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie County. Edwards said this will expand Veterans Association health care to Veterans who may not be able to travel to a VA clinic or medical center.

"Many Veterans living in Chautauqua County have a difficult time traveling to the Jamestown facility for their appointments," Edwards said. "Offering care to Veterans in their homes is just another way we can help out these heroic men and women live an independent life."

Home based primary care is a unique primary care practice that meets the Veteran patients where they live – in their own homes.

Chautauqua County Veterans Services Agency Director Troy Smith said that as part of the initiative, a primary care provider will visit the patient in their home, along with a nurse and social worker. In addition a physical therapist, dietician and psychologist are also available to collaborate on the patient's care as necessary.

"The goal of home based primary care is to provide comprehensive care to Veterans so that they can continue to live independently in their home as long as it is safe to do so," Smith said.

Edwards praised Smith, the VSA and the staff of the Jamestown VA Clinic for all that they do for the community.

"This new initiative will allow us to provide excellent care in the most convenient setting, which will allow our Veterans to achieve their maximum degree of independence," Edwards said.

Along with the rural health initiative, the Jamestown VA Clinic also offers a number of other Primary Care Services for Veterans in the region. For more information, contact the Jamestown VA Clinic at (716) 338-1511.

e-mail from Edwards' office

Barrels of Oil Released onto Ground

Someone released about 129 barrels of oil onto the ground off forest road 261 in Hamilton Township sometime between April 14 and Wednesday.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, Kane-based State Police say someone went to the site owned by Howard Drilling of Mount Jewett and opened an oil tank.

The monetary loss is about $9,600. There’s no estimate on environmental damage yet.

Their investigation is continuing.

PGC Has Live Bluebird Nestbox Camera

By Jerry Feaser
PA Game Commission

HARRISBURG – In an effort to garner appreciation for wildlife, especially the state’s bluebird population, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s webcasting of a live video feed from a bluebird nestbox on the grounds of its Harrisburg Headquarters now is providing a glimpse into an active nest.

You can find the web cam here.

“After several weeks of nest building and waiting, the bluebird nestbox camera now is allowing viewers to follow along with an active nest that presently contains five recently laid bluebird eggs,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “The best way to get Pennsylvanians – in fact most Americans – excited about wildlife is to show them what makes wildlife so irreplaceable and priceless.

“We decided to set-up and use this live webcast to help us educate the public about the importance of wildlife, how to make backyards friendlier to wildlife and also provide a way for folks to simply get closer to bluebirds. Last year, it was a huge hit, and we expect that the broadcasting of this year’s activities again will be well received.”

Launched last year, the bluebird camera was the agency’s first foray into the world of live nest camera feeds. It provides a color video feed plus audio from the bluebird nestbox quarters, which is situated near the agency’s headquarters. A live feed also is broadcast to a monitor in the agency’s lobby.

New this year is the installation of an infrared video camera, which will enable visitors to tune in after dark, too.

Steps are taken to deter house sparrows from using the nestbox by mounting monofilament fishing line from the roof over the entrance hole, which compels sparrows to stay away. Bluebird nestboxes placed close to buildings almost always attract competition from sparrows, which annually chase native bluebirds from nestboxes and nesting cavities.

“In the early 1960s, the eastern bluebird was hanging on for dear life,” said Dan Brauning, Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Section supervisor. “The species was suffering from a European invasion of house sparrows and European starlings. Today, it’s not hard to imagine the harm that would come from releasing starlings and house sparrows in New York City during the 1800s. But back then, at a time when people were trying to reverse declining songbird populations, it seemed like the right thing to do in New York.

“The starling spread quickly across America. Released in 1890 and 1891, starlings were building nests in California by the 1940s. What our forefathers didn’t expect, in addition to the rapid range expansion of these alien species, was that they would almost immediately begin competing with bluebirds and other beneficial songbirds for cavity nesting sites.”

Bluebirds were enjoying a satisfying existence around 1900. It is when some ornithologists believe Pennsylvania’s bluebird population was at its largest, because fully two-thirds of the Commonwealth was farmland. But the runaway populations of starlings and sparrows would begin to compete with and ultimately cripple the bluebird’s ability to secure adequate nesting.

The species’ problems would be further compounded by farmlands reverting to forestland or being swallowed by development, the increased use of pesticides, and the replacement of wooden fence-posts with metal posts.

By 1960, the bottom was ready to fall out, and the Game Commission and many other conservation agencies and organizations launched an aggressive campaign to rescue the species.

With the aid of its Howard Nursery, the Game Commission manufactured inexpensive bluebird nestboxes and bluebird nestbox kits for the public to place afield. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts became involved, as well as 4-H Clubs, schools and Audubon chapters. Bluebirds became the poster child for efforts aimed at getting people to do something for wildlife in their backyards.

“Today, bluebirds are back in a big way, even in the southeastern counties, where they compete heavily with large populations of house sparrows,” Brauning said. “It’s fair to say that our bluebird population is stronger today than it has been in 50 years. With time and continued assistance from caring Pennsylvanians, it seems likely bluebirds will continue to prosper.”

Man Found Guilty of Illegally Killng
Largest Bear of 2009 Season Over Bait

By Jerry Feaser
PA Game Commission

HARRISBURG – Charles W. Olsen Jr., 39, of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, was found guilty today of illegally killing a 707-pound bear over bait during the 2009 hunting seasons, and ordered to pay fines and restitution of $6,800, plus court costs, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Vic Rosa, of Wyoming County.

District Judge Carl Smith, of Tunkhannock, found Olsen guilty of unlawfully killing a bear, for which he was fined Olsen $1,500, and of hunting over bait, for which he fined Olsen $300. In addition, Judge Smith assessed Olsen with a $5,000 restitution penalty since the bear was considered “trophy-class,” which means that it exceeded a field-dressed weight of 350 pounds.

Olsen also stands to lose his hunting and trapping privileges for at least three years.

The origins of the case began when Luzerne County WCO Cory Bentzoni became suspicious when he saw a truck loaded with pastries from a local store traveling along Route 309 in Dallas, Luzerne County.

“It was about one week from the opening of the statewide bear season, and I thought that something illegal might be underway,” WCO Bentzoni said. “Being that we were so close to bear season, seeing that person drive by with an unusual amount of pastries was like watching an individual go down a row of parked vehicles testing each handle to see if it were would open. Something just didn’t seem right.

“However, as ‘possession of pastries’ is not an unlawful offense, there was no probable cause that would have permitted me to pull him over and question him, so I did the only thing I could; I wrote down truck’s license plate number, found that it was registered to Olsen and then instructed all Game Commission personnel operating bear check stations throughout the region to notify him me if Olsen brought a bear into one of the check stations.”

Sure enough, on Nov. 25, Olsen brought a bear with an estimated live weight of 707 pounds into the bear check station at the Northeast Region Office in Dallas, Luzerne County. WCO Rosa was immediately contacted by the Northeast Region Office, since Olsen reportedly harvested the bear in Noxen Township, Wyoming County.

Northeast Region Land Management Supervisor Peter Sussenbach, who also was aware of the tip provided by WCO Bentzoni, approached Olsen and said, “There may be a problem with this bear.” At that point, Olsen confessed he had killed the bear over a bait pile.

“What is most unfortunate is that law-abiding bear hunters in the area were robbed of the opportunity to legally harvest truly a trophy bear by fair chase means,” said Northeast Region Law Enforcement Supervisor Dan Figured. “It was thanks to the quick thinking of an observant Wildlife Conservation Officer, and some basic investigative work, that helped resolve this case.”

Gus Macker Meeting May 11

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 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, May 11 at the Olean High School Cafe (Fourth Street side entrance) 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.

Wild Crash in Dunkirk

A Dunkirk man somehow managed to escape serious injury in a wild accident at 11 o'clock this morning in Dunkirk.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say a vehicle driven by 45-year-old Richard Kendorski was traveling west on Route 5 when, for unknown reasons, it veered into the eastbound lane, then went into the drainage ditch and front lawns of some houses. The vehicle then went airborne and flew between vehicles parked in the A.W. Farrell Roofing Company parking lot.

One of the vehicles was occupied by a 79-year-old man who witnessed the incident. The other parked vehicle was hit by the airborne Kendorski vehicle. The impact caused extensive damage to the right side of the parked vehicle and to the right side of the Kendorski vehicle.

The out of control vehicle continued through the parking lot narrowly missing a fence, a sign and another parked vehicle. The heavily damaged vehicle re-entered the road and sideswiped a tractor-trailer.

Kendorski's vehicle finally came to rest facing southwest in the eastbound lane of traffic. The tractor-trailer operated by Marc Butts of Lockport had damage to its side, axle, wheels, hub caps and tires.

Kendorski refused medical treatment.

The investigation is continuing.

Ex-NY State Employee Facing Charges

A former employee of the New York State Department of Health is charged with using the department’s postage meter to send out items he auctioned on eBay.

57-year-old Robert Pagini of Delmar is also accused of sending other personal mail using the department’s postage machine. The criminal complaint says he charged more than $16,000 to the department between March of 2004 and January of this year.

Pagini was arraigned today in Troy City Court on a felony charge of third-degree grand larceny and official misconduct, a misdemeanor. He is faces a maximum penalty of seven years in jail. He was released on his own recognizance.

AG: Woman Collecting Workman's Comp
While Working as Exotic Dancer

A Quakertown woman is facing charges for collecting workman’s comp while still working as an exotic dancer.

43-year-old Christina Gamble is charged with theft and insurance fraud.

Attorney General Tom Corbett says that on Nov. 9, 2007, Gamble reported that she slipped and fell during her work shift as a waitress, allegedly injuring her back. She resigned before her shift ended.

Gamble told her doctor that she was unable to work, and that standing and changing positions were a problem, according to the criminal complaint. Eight days after that doctor's appointment, Gamble was seen working as an exotic dancer in Easton.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine each. Gamble is free on her own recognizance.

PA Wilds Briefing Luncheon Held at UPB

More than 100 elected officials and other leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds gathered at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford today to explore the economic impact of the Pennsylvania Wilds initiative, and also to honor some of the region’s most dedicated and productive community activists.

The primary focus was on Making an Impact, a new report that the Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team released at the luncheon and made available to the public at The Making an Impact report includes findings from two major studies that measure the jobs, tourism dollars and other benefits that the Pennsylvania Wilds has generated to date. It also highlights the major investments that have been made in the area as part of the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative.

“This is a very important document for the Pennsylvania Wilds and this region,” said Pennsylvania Wilds community outreach specialist Sam MacDonald. “It is incredibly difficult to measure something like ‘economic impact’ across a region as large and diverse as the PA Wilds. Our communities, businesses and state parks are not like theme parks; there is not a turnstile counting people as they walk through the door. Still, it’s important to try to get a handle on who is coming here, what they enjoy doing, and how much money they are spending. This report is a major step in that direction. This is data that will help us decide which programs are most effective and where we can make the most improvements.”

“At the same time, it is very important to remember that the Pennsylvania Wilds is not all about tourism,” MacDonald added. “State agencies, local supporters, business owners and our federal partners have all made serious investments in this region. Some of that is designed to make this a better place to visit, but it also makes this a better place to live. We have seen major improvements in our state parks, for instance, and those facilities are used heavily by local residents. We have seen more and more people get involved in preserving and restoring this region’s culture, heritage, and environment. The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team is committed to the idea that community character matters, and that starts with local people and local concerns.”

Special keynote addresses at the luncheon came from John Quigley, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources, and Mickey Rowley, Deputy Secretary-Tourism of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Other presenters included Dave Morris, President, Pennsylvania Wilds Tourism Marketing Corp, and Ta Brant, small business ombudsman of the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team Chairman Matt Quesenberry also addressed the gathering, praised his colleagues for their accomplishments, and laid out the challenges moving forward. “We all know this is an election year,” he said. “A new administration is going to come in and establish its own priorities. That’s another reason this Impact Report is so important. It shows that these programs and these ideas can work, and that they have worked. It’s crucial for us as planners, elected officials and community leaders to communicate our success to the public and to funders at all levels. At the same time, it is equally important for us to continue taking ownership of these programs and supporting them at the local level.”

In keeping with that goal, the Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team took time at the luncheon to honor 12 citizens from across the region as “Champions” of the Pennsylvania Wilds. These are business owners, elected officials and other people who have shown an exemplary commitment to the economic prosperity, environmental vitality and cultural heritage of the region. Below is a list of the winners:

Champions of the Wilds Award Winners:

Piper Lindell, of Allegheny Outfitters in Warren County, has taken two ailing canoe and kayak liveries and turned them into an authentic outdoor experience. Through creative efforts such as publishing the Allegheny River Paddling Guide, and launching a five-day annual Allegheny River Clean-Up, Piper is helping to make the Allegheny River a premier flat-water paddling destination. She also donates her time and energy to her local tourism promotion association board, the Warren County Greenways committee, the Pennsylvania State Fishing Tournament, the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail and other efforts.

Paul Hoffmaster, McHenry Township Supervisor (Lycoming County), has led important discussions with the Pine Creek Council of Governments, of which he is chairman. Much of the initial dialogue reflected local fear of what increased tourism would mean for the fragile Pine Creek ecosystem and its surrounding communities. Paul has helped to turn that concern into a constructive and forward looking approach to planning. He serves as a volunteer on the County Zoning Hearing Board. Under his leadership, the Pine Creek COG has conducted a Management Study for the river trail corridor and developed a design guide for local leaders that embraces Community Character Stewardship to help maintain the special character of the Pine Creek Valley.

Dr. William C. Conrad is executive director and trustee of the Stackpole-Hall Foundation, which has supported the arts, the environment, health, education, and community development in Elk County since 1951. He was instrumental in securing the foundation’s support for the 2007 “Balancing Nature and Commerce” workshops, which served as the impetus for many of the community teams that now drive some of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ most successful initiatives. "The Foundation also recognized the good work of one of those community teams working along the Clarion River with a grant for the Archeological Field School conducted each summer for local high school students to learn about the river’s history and how to be good stewards of this exceptional water and recreational resource in their backyards."

Gary Buchsen is the owner and operator of several businesses in the Coudersport area, including the Millstream Inn. He has been a strong proponent of using the Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship as he works to make these facilities more appealing to visitors and locals alike. He built a log cabin instead of using a steel shed to store an antique wagon. He has used these principals in the construction of four new cabins that will serve the growing lodging needs of the area, and helped revitalize Main Street with potted trees and plants.

Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways (PKP) aims to upgrade existing tourism assets in and around the Allegheny National Forest near the Allegheny Reservoir, and to connect these assets through a system of trails. Partnerships, historic awareness, stewardship, and business opportunities are key components of this multi-phase project, which has garnered widespread public support. PKP was born in a Leadership Warren County class, where leaders Joe Colosimo, Ines Nelson and Coralee Wenzel first made contact with the Pennsylvania Wilds. Since then, they have brought funders, federal agencies, state leaders and environmental groups together to move the project forward.

Deb Adams, owner of the Gateway Lodge, has transformed her rustic retreat into a destination that showcases all that the Pennsylvania Wilds has to offer. She has expanded the region’s stay over appeal, upgraded her menu with fresh local foods, and decorated the facility with fixtures made by local artisans. Her attention to web marketing, and packaging stays with authentic cultural and outdoor recreation experiences provided by local outfitters, has made the lodge a popular destination. The Gateway Lodge has become one of the crown jewels of the region surrounding Cook Forest, encouraging many visitors to stay an extra day or two to enjoy the hospitality.

Marilyn Blackmore is the Director of the Art in the Wilds Show Committee, which has directed the highly successful Art in the Wilds event in Kane since 2007. One of the first events to fully embrace the Pennsylvania Wilds brand, annual attendance has grown to more than to 4,200. Much of the art sold at the event was produced by participants in the Artisan Trail. Prices at the show range from $10 to $7,000 or more, and in 2009 nearly 770 pieces of art were sold.

The Board of Directors of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce made forward-thinking financial and strategic commitments that resulted in the new Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center. The resulting facility has become a model for how communities can take advantage of the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail. More than 60 Artisans are now represented at the Center, and their work has generated more than $40,000 in sales to-date. The Artisan Center serves as both an economic engine for local artisans, and a draw for local and outside shoppers eager for authentic, locally produced wares.

The Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society sponsored the Upland Bird Hunt in the Pennsylvania Wilds in November 2009. The event attracted nearly 300 visitors from as far away as Texas, and featured an extremely successful auction of art produced by members of the Artisan Trail. The Ruffed Grouse Society is planning the hunt and auction as an annual event. Special thanks go to Chris Yeager, president of the Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Mary Hosmer, a member of the RGS and lead volunteer for this event.

Stephanie Distler is the owner of the Flemish House Art Gallery in Johnsonburg, which features her own art work and that of other Pennsylvania Wilds Artisans. She is also heavily involved in the preservation of the local community center. She is the founder and manager of Johnsonburg Farmer’s Market, a local bean-dinner fundraiser, and a host of other grassroots efforts aimed at revitalizing Johnsonburg’s unique and historic sense of community character.

County Commissioners of Cameron, Clinton, Elk, McKean, Forest, Potter, Clearfield, Tioga and Warren Counties recently provided funds in support of the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative and the work of the Planning Team. The Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team exists because of an unprecedented inter-governmental cooperation agreement signed by the commissioners in all 12 of the Pennsylvania Wilds counties. The counties also directly support the Planning Team by assigning representatives to attend regular meetings and providing in-kind contributions. The additional support provided by the counties enables the continuation of vital programs and demonstrates strong local support to our state and federal partners.

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission supports a wide range of development initiatives in a six-county region of the Pennsylvania Wilds. In addition to being a natural partner in many of the business and community development initiatives, North Central has generously donated space for monthly Planning Team meetings, administrative assistance, and countless hours of technical and strategic support from its staff.

Penn State Gets Grant for Energy Project

Penn State University has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive a $1.5 million grant for a research project that could fundamentally change the way the country uses and produces energy.

In an announcement made today by Vice President Joe Biden, the DOE is awarding a total of $106 million, through the Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), for 37 projects that could produce advanced biofuels more efficiently from renewable electricity instead of sunlight; design completely new types of batteries to make electric vehicles more affordable; and remove the carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants in a more cost-effective way.

Penn State's project is Electron Source – Solar Hydrogen: An oil-producing algae that usually derives its energy from residual light and organic waste at the bottom of ponds will be “rewired” to use electricity. The organism will be able to convert hydrogen and carbon dioxide into a bio-oil that can be refined into gasoline.

“Thanks to the Recovery Act, dozens of cutting-edge research projects with the potential to dramatically transform how we use energy in this country will now be able to get underway,” said Biden. “By investing in our top researchers, we’re not only continuing in the spirit of American innovation, but helping build a competitive American clean energy industry that will create secure jobs here at home for years to come.”

“These projects show that the U.S. can lead the next Industrial Revolution in clean energy technologies, which will help create new jobs, spur innovation and economic growth while helping to cut carbon pollution dramatically,” said Secretary Chu.

e-mail from The Department of Energy

No Changes for Bradford Bypass Project

For next week, no changes are planned to the current traffic patterns and restrictions in place for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass Project.

For further details, you can read the PennDOT news release:

Clearfield – PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of May 3. 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) will be open to traffic. As work progresses, short closures (day-to-day) will be needed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours as necessary.
· 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.

KC and The Sunshine Band in Salamanca

Making booties “shake, shake, shake” since 1973, disco legends KC and the Sunshine Band continue to make crowds get up and dance with their unique fusion of R&B and funk. Unmistakable hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “Shake Your Booty,” and “That’s the Way (I Like It)” can be heard daily in TV shows and movies, and throughout radio stations worldwide. With three Grammy Awards and more than 100 million records sold, KC and the Sunshine Band’s music stands the test of time and forever defines what it means to boogie.

They'll be at the Seneca Allegany Events Center Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $35 are on sale now. Tickets are available at all Seneca Casino box offices,, all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at 716-852-5000.

All ages are welcome, but people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

photo courtesy of Seneca Gaming

Man Charged, Cited After Crash

A Conewango Valley man has been cited for several traffic violations, and charged with driving while intoxicated, following an accident at just after 10:30 Wednesday night in Cherry Creek.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say they responded to a report of a vehicle rollover at the end of Maple Avenue and, when they arrived, found an unoccupied car with Ohio plates.

During their investigation, they learned that 34-year-old Kevin Perkins was traveling east on Maple when the car left the road while going around a turn at Depot Street, went airborne over railroad tracks, then went through a lawn and garden before coming to rest against a tree.

Perkins was found a short distance away.

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Teenager Hurt in Motorcycle Crash

Charges are pending against a Panama, New York, teenager following an accident at about 7:30 this morning on Button Valley Road in Harmony.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say a motorcycle operated by 17-year-old Michael Mohney left the road and hit a ditch before coming to rest in a driveway. Mohney was thrown from the bike and landed about 40 feet from it.

He was taken by Starflight to Hamot Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Chief Justice Issues State of the
Commonwealth's Courts Report

HARRISBURG, April 29, 2010 - Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille today applauded the work of many, within and outside the court system, who have collaborated in the past year to “right wrongs, streamline court processes and preserve citizens’ rights.”

His comments came in the fifth annual State of the Commonwealth’s Courts report, issued in anticipation of Law Day, May 1, 2010.

“If ever there was a time for the state and local governments in Pennsylvania to work together, as resources are limited and citizens’ needs are great, this is that time,” Castille writes in the 2010 report.

The Chief Justice outlined ways in which Pennsylvania’s court system is working to improve its administration of justice and reduce costs. Among the report’s highlights:

o The Children’s Roundtable Initiative to improve dependency programs, which help abused and neglected children to find permanent and loving homes, is both reducing the need for foster care and saving scarce funds.
o Problem-solving courts are expanding in Pennsylvania counties to include nonviolent offenders who are veterans and those with mental health issues as well as their more traditional emphasis on drug and alcohol offenders. These courts are aimed at both improving offender outcomes and reducing incarceration costs.
o The number of judges at the trial and magisterial level will be assessed to determine whether shifts or decreases in caseloads suggest the need to eliminate judgeships through attrition.
o Collaborative consideration with the Legislative and Executive branches of state government and local governments is necessary to rethink the value and effects of current practices in the fields of correction, parole and probation, specifically with respect to sentencing procedures, greater use of intermediate punishment alternatives, effective treatment programs, and parole and probation violations.

Castille began this year’s report by noting what he called “…the most painful issue that squarely faced the Judiciary…the filing of criminal charges leveled at two Luzerne County judges” and the injury to thousands of juvenile defendants whose constitutional rights were not adequately protected. While lauding the collaborative response by those in the community and by the three branches of state government to help redress wrongs resulting from the judges’ actions, Castille also noted his keen interest in learning the “how?” and “why?” in Luzerne County that damaged the lives of the juveniles and their families alike.

Castille concluded, “My colleagues on the Supreme Court and I all share the privilege of serving Pennsylvanians by protecting our constitutional freedoms and administering an effective court system whose judges and staff are equally dedicated to those principles.”

A copy of this year’s State of the Commonwealth’s Courts report may be seen at the Pennsylvania Judiciary’s Web site at by clicking on the Reports button at the bottom of the page.

e-mail from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

OGH Nurse Goes on Mission Trip to Haiti

By George Nianiatus, senior writer/media manager
Marketing and Communications Department
Upper Allegheny Health System

When the opportunity arose to help desperate Haitians injured and sick from the most violent earthquake to hit the country in 100 years, Thomas Sampson never hesitated to join a medical mission group. He knew his training and experience as a registered nurse at Olean General Hospital’s Emergency Department would be indispensable.

According to estimates by relief agencies, there are 1.3 million Haitians displaced by the magnitude-7 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 on Jan. 12 in what’s considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

“A pastor I know from Houghton was putting together a medical mission group through World Hope International and I had to say yes,” said Mr. Sampson, who also lives in Houghton.

World Hope International is a faith-based relief and development organization in Alexandria, Va., established in 1996 to alleviate poverty and suffering.

“The primary objective of our mission group was to perform medical clinic work in the tent cities outside Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, for people who didn’t have access to medical care,” he said.

It took careful planning and six weeks to organize for the trip. Included in the medical mission group was its organizer, Jon Cole, a youth pastor at the Houghton Wesleyan Church, and also David Brubaker, M.D., of Houghton.

“We arrived April 5 in Haiti with several large duffel bags of medicine and were there for seven days,” said Mr. Sampson.

He credited Olean General’s Emergency Department nurses and Radiology staff with donating money for the mission trip and supplies such as over-the-counter medications. “Also, Olean General donated two suture kits,” he said.

Once in Haiti, there was an endless line of people for the medical mission group to see. During the mission group’s stay, “We saw 765 patients,” the Olean General nurse said, adding, “I spent my time in the role of a nurse practitioner. I had a lot of freedom to see patients on my own with simple ailments.”

There were many memorable cases but one was especially poignant for him. “A 16-month-old girl was suffering from pneumonia and was dehydrated. I started an IV (intravenous therapy) to give her some fluids. When she returned the next day you could see she was doing better and was far more alert,” he said.

Despite the suffering and devastation that could be seen throughout the countryside, “The Haitians, overall, still managed to have a positive outlook and were very thankful” for those who came to deliver aid, Mr. Sampson said. “Their attitude and warmth was just overwhelming. It was hard to believe because the poor conditions they lived in are even worse than what’s portrayed on television.”

The memories and bonds formed on that trip will never be forgotten by Mr. Sampson.

The trip also renewed his sense of gratitude for life back home.

“I have a definite appreciation now of how good I have it here both personally and professionally,” he said.

Looking back, “It was a very rewarding experience to go there,” Mr. Sampson said. Still, far more help is needed in Haiti and other impoverished countries.

He also urged others to consider joining medical mission groups. Having a medical background is not a requirement. “Of our seven, only three had medical backgrounds,” he said. “A medical aid trip is something everyone should do at least once in their life.”

Pictured, at left, Thomas Sampson, RN, of Olean General Hospital is seen in early April examining a young Haitian girl during his seven-day mission trip designed to bring medical care to the needy. The mission group totaled seven individuals, including David Brubaker, M.D., of Houghton.
(Photo courtesy of OGH)

New Trail Construction Underway

Warren, Pa. – The Allegheny National Forest (NF) announced last week the construction of a new low-impact, non-motorized interpretive hiking trail between the Kinzua Beach and Rimrock Overlook as part of the recently approved Rimrock Trail Project.

The new trail is still currently under construction and the Forest is therefore asking for the cooperation of the public by avoiding the area so that the trail construction can proceed safely and on schedule. An official announcement will be made as soon as construction is complete and the trail can be opened for public use.

The decision, map, and other information pertaining to this project can be found on the Allegheny NF website at: The documents are also available upon request from the U.S. Forest Service, 29 Forest Service Drive, Bradford, PA 16701. Questions related to this project may be directed to Julie Moyer at (814) 363-6089 or via email at

Toys"R"Us CEO to Speak
Monday at St. Bonaventure

By Liz Wordelmann
SBU ’10

Gerald L. Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys“R”Us, will discuss creating a successful business at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, at St. Bonaventure University.

The presentation will be held on campus in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building. The talk is a part of the School of Business’s Visiting Executive Series and is free and open to the public.

Storch’s brother, Dr. Henry Storch, M.D., is a cardiovascular disease physician at Olean General Hospital.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Storch to St. Bonaventure and look forward to learning about the business strategy he has established to position the company for success over the long term, as well as the key initiatives he and his team have implemented over the last few years to achieve business growth,” said Dr. John Watson, dean of the School of Business.

Storch joined Toys“R”Us Inc. as chairman and CEO in 2006 and has been responsible for leveraging the strength of the brand and positioning the global franchise for growth over the long term.

During his tenure at the company, Storch has developed and led his team to execute an overall business strategy to maintain and enhance the company’s position as the leading toy and baby products authority, gain market share and create a differentiated shopping experience.

Part of Storch’s strategy has included the creation and openings of new store formats, including the “R” Superstore and side-by-side concepts, which combine Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us under one roof.

In addition, in 2009, he initiated and oversaw the successful acquisitions of other leading brands in the toy industry, including the legendary FAO Schwarz,, KB Toys, and

A retail veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, Storch joined Toys“R”Us from Target Corp., where he served as vice chairman. In his 12 years at Target, he was instrumental in the development and growth of the SuperTarget grocery strategy and

He holds bachelor’s, law and MBA degrees from Harvard University and was a partner at McKinsey & Company, specializing in retail and financial services before beginning at Target in 1993.

Toys“R”Us Inc. sells merchandise in more than 1,550 stores, including 849 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, and more than 700 international stores in 33 countries, consisting of both licensed and franchised stores.

Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Toys“R”Us employs approximately 70,000 associates worldwide.

On Today's Midday Magazine:

A new report on air pollution shows some improvement. However, CNN's Bill Caiaccio reports there's still a long way to go. In Foodie News, Top Chef makes Washington, D.C., its next stop and Sarah Bittner knows why. The National Lampoon Sports Minute (Or So) covers Brad Miller, Francisco Javier Fernandez, Brett Favre, Pittsburgh Pirates, Scott Sicko. Outdoors PA with Jerry Feaser of the Pennsylvania Game Commission talks about leaving young wild deer alone.

On today’s LiveLine: We conclude our month-long series with the Bradford YWCA on Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

We’ll also have the latest stock report and the community calendar, plus the very latest local news and sports, state news from RadioPA, national and international news from CNN, NFL Today and the forecast from News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka.

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Man Jailed on Child Endangerment Charge

A Warren man is in jail after being accused of taking a 16-year-old Fredonia girl to Pennsylvania without her parent’s permission.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say 28-year-old Michael Buchanan picked the girl up at Fredonia State College after communicating with her for about a month.

They say Buchanan “engaged in other activities” with the girl but did not elaborate. He returned her to Fredonia later the same evening.

Deputies arrested Buchanan Wednesday in Jamestown, where he works, and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child.

His bail is set at $2,000 cash.

Young Republicans Starting Local Group


A group is mounting a grass roots effort to form the McKean County Young Republicans organization.

Andrew Johnson of Port Allegany, along with Jeremy and Laura Yohe of Bradford, are starting a McKean County Young Republicans group as an effort to involve more young people in the political process.

“A lot of people say we are the future of the party,” Johnson said. “We are not just the future, we are the present, we are the here and now.

“We vote in elections … We need more involvement from young people.”

A kick-off event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. May 8 at Kelly’s on Main Street in Bradford. U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., will be the guest speaker. Other elected officials confirmed to attend are state Rep. Martin Causer, R-Turtlepoint, and Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren.

This event will enable the group to present its goals as well as gauge interest. Applications will be available at the event. Snacks and the first drink will be provided; there will be a cash bar after that.

Johnson explained that the group’s goals are to “provide young people with the opportunity for political expression and recognition while also promoting fellowship and networking by organizing social events.”

Johnson himself is no stranger to politics or of starting a Young Republicans group. He is a member of the Port Allegany Borough Council and was a founding member of the Gannon University Campus Conservatives.

“A young Republican group would benefit this area,” said Johnson, who is optimistic this group will catch on even though there were attempts to start a Young Republican group in McKean County, which is predominantly a Republican county, before.

“With the advent of the social network (like Facebook) and the political climate, the timing is better now,” Johnson said. “Facebook is the biggest way of getting the word out. That and word of mouth.”

That is one thing that was an obstacle for previous attempts to start the group – getting the word out.

“What was a challenge they faced before is not a challenge anymore,” he said, adding there are about 50 people following the group on Facebook.

McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn is one, for example.

“I look forward to working with the McKean County Young
Republicans,” Learn said. “This group will benefit young people and the
Republican party alike by educating and involving a new generation of voters
and public servants.”

And, as you may ask, how young is young?

Johnson explained that the target age group is 18-35 year olds. However, anyone who is a registered Republican can join as well as those under 18 who show an interest in the goals of the group.

He said it is crucial for young adults to become involved.

“The decisions being made now on the local, state and federal levels affect us more than anybody.”

Johnson readily admits that he can’t take credit for the start of the group.

“Jeremy and Laura have done a lot of work,” he said. “None of us have official titles.”

In fact, the first official meeting date will be announced at the kick-off event.

In the meantime, Johnson is hoping that the more people know about the group, the more will join and share in his enthusiasm.

“The ideals of the Republican party are the ones that most match what I think makes this country great.”

Pictured, Andrew Johnson of Port Allegany and Laura Yohe of Bradford are among those planning an upcoming kick-off event of the McKean County Young Republicans. The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. May 8 at Kelly’s on Main Street in Bradford.
Photo by Sandra Rhodes