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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Budget Done; Awaiting Rendell's Signature

The state Legislature has finished passing the bills that make up the new $28 billion state budget.

They wrapped up the budget work today, as both the Senate and House were in session.

The final votes included a promise to work on a Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction tax and a fiscal office, as well as $600 million in capital projects borrowing.

Governor Ed Rendell says he plans to sign the budget bills on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Harrisburg area and at other locations throughout the state.

Obituary:
Dennis Lowery

Dennis W. Lowery, 65, of 25 School St., passed away Sunday, June 27th, 2010 in Gibsonia.

Born January 20, 1945, in Rochester, NY, he was the son of the late William J. and Bernice B. (Butts) Lowery.

On June 20, 1970 in Pittsburgh, he married Deborah Sainsbury, who survives.

Mr. Lowery was a 1963 graduate of Bradford High School. He then was a member of the first class of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh in Oakland in 1967 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology.

Upon returning to Bradford, he worked at his family's business, Tuna Manufacturing, where he served ultimately as owner and President. In July of 1987, he joined Northwest Mutual Savings Bank, where he worked as Supervisor of Facilities and Properties. He was currently employed at Northwest Savings Bank as Vice President of Facilities and Properties.

He was a member and former trustee of the First Presbyterian Church, a member and past president of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Merchants Association, the Bradford Kiwanis Club and the Northwest Pennsylvania Campers Association. He was also a past member of the Bradford Area School District Board of Directors and was currently a member of the Northwest Savings Bank Advisory Board.

Mr. Lowery was very active with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He was on the steering committee which formally organized what is now the Pitt Bradford Alumni Association, where he served as interim President from 1993 to 1994, served on the board of directors from 1994-2001, was awarded the Distinguished Volunteer Award in 1999, and in 2002, the Dennis Lowery Scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in his honor. He is also a member of the Pitt Bradford Advisory Board, where he has served on the Executive Committee, Development Council and was the Director of the Properties Committee. He was awarded the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Presidential Medal of Distinction in 2004.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Aaron) Brauser and Christen (Joseph) Herndon, both of Gibsonia; a sister, Susan Lowery Livesay of Bandera, TX, and three grandchildren, Nathaniel Mayer Brauser, Lilly Lowery Brauser and Sophia Grace Herndon.

Family will be receiving friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Friday, July 9, 2010 in the Bromeley Family Theatre in Blaisdell Hall at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Pitt Bradford Alumni Association Dennis Lowery Scholarship, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

http://1490newsblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/obituary-dennis-lowery.html

Couple Establishes Scholarship at UPB

A couple who met while studying at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in the early 1970s have established a scholarship to help students who can benefit, like they did, from the benefits of a smaller campus.

John and Marie Seltzer’s gift of $5,000, matched by the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge, establishes the John W. and Marie R. Seltzer PBAA Fund, which will be a general fund to benefit any worthy student.

John Seltzer studied at Pitt-Bradford from 1972 to 1974, and went on to graduate from the Pittsburgh campus.

“Marie and I met there, and that’s sort of special to us,” he said. “Had I not gone to Pitt-Bradford, I don’t think I would have survived at Pitt. I wasn’t cut out for a large school. When I look back on my college years, most of my memories are of my years at Pitt-Bradford.”

It was no surprise that they met at Pitt-Bradford. They could hardly not have met, as small as the school was in those days. The entire campus consisted of the townhouses where students lived, two hangars from the campus’s days as an airport that served as the cafeteria and the student center and two classroom buildings downtown. There was a lot of hanging out, either in each other’s townhouses, at the hangar, or waiting for “The Blue Goose,” a blue school bus that took students to Hamsher House and Emery Hardware for classes.

“We were lucky if that between four of us (living in a townhouse) we had a stereo and a typewriter,” John Seltzer said. “We did not have a television. You had to go to the hangar and hope that it worked.”

Marie Seltzer ’72-’73 hadn’t planned to go to the Bradford campus. She grew up in the Pittsburgh area, and she and many of her high school friends applied to the nursing school at the Pittsburgh campus.

All of her friends were accepted at the Pittsburgh campus, but she was not. Her mother called to complain, but got nowhere. She went to Bradford for a full year, fulfilling her general education requirements, and taking courses like biology and chemistry in a much smaller environment than her friends.

By the time she went to Pittsburgh the next year, only one of her friends was still in the nursing program.

“I think it’s quite a special place,” Marie Seltzer said of Pitt-Bradford. “It’s so impressive as a campus, and we’re both testament to the fact that some kids thrive in a smaller campus.

“I think the students are excelling in the environment. It has proven to still be there for the students just like it was for us. I don’t know where I would be if I had not gone to Bradford. It proved to be life-changing.”

For more information on the Thomas Scholarship Challenge, contact Joelle Warner, manager of donor services, at jaw104@pitt.edu or (814)362-5104.

Pictured, Marie and John Seltzer with their son, Julian.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

WWII Airman's Remains ID'd

The remains of a Tyrone man missing in action since his cargo plane went down in Burma during World War II have been identified.

Clarence Frantz was 24-years-old when his C-47A Skytrain left India on May 23, 1944, to resupply Allied forces near Myitkyina, Burma.

Frantz and the six other airmen will be buried with full military honors July 15 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Back in 1996, the Defense Department identified Staff Sergeant Anthony "Bib" DeLucia of Bradford, who died in August of 1944 when his B-24 Liberator crashed into a mountainside in South China.

http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=13674

Cattaraugus Man Facing Charges

A Cattaraugus man is facing charges after he crashed his pickup truck in New Albion early this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say 31-year-old Bret Frantz wrecked the pickup in a ditch at the intersection of Mayo and Chautauqua roads at 12:49 a.m.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and moving from a lane unsafely. He was released on his own recognizance.

Coudersport Woman Hurt in Accident

A Coudersport woman was hurt in an accident at 10:10 Friday morning in Roulette Township.

State police say 21-year-old Krystal Crum was rounding a sharp curve on Back Road when she came across wood debris in the road. When she steered to miss the debris, her car went off the road, hit an embankment and a large rock.

Crum was taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital by private vehicle for treatment of back pain.

No charges will be filed.

Blight Bill Passes Senate

During Friday's session, Senator Dave Argall commented on the passage of Senate Bill 900, which would hold property owners accountable for the costs to secure, remediate or demolish blighted structures.

Watch the video here.

17-Year-Old Driver Hurt in Crash

A 17-year-old boy was taken by Mercyflight to ECMC in Buffalo after an accident early this morning on Seaward Avenue, just north of Tuna Crossroads.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, Foster Township Police say at 2:20 a.m. the vehicle driven by the 17-year-old crossed the road, went into the yard of 644 Seaward, hit a mailbox then traveled into the yard at 630 Seaward, where it hit a tree and a parked vehicle.

The driver was thrown from the vehicle. Passenger 18-year-old Joshua Harris was treated at the scene and released to the custody of his grandmother. Passenger 48-year-old Larry Elliott was taken by ambulance to BRMC.

The investigation is continuing.

Friday, July 2, 2010

John Schneider Among Performers for
'A Capitol Fourth'

John Schneider, probably best known for playing "Bo Duke" on The Dukes of Hazzard, will be performing during the annual "A Capitol Fourth" on PBS. I had the pleasure of speaking with him this morning about the show. You can listen here.

Fore more information about "A Capitol Fourth," go here.

Two Hurt in Potter County Crash

Two people were hurt in an accident at 7:20 Thursday night on Route 49 in Potter County.

Police say a car driven by 31-year-old Tonya Crosson of Coudersport drifting off the road, went out of control, slid across the road, hit an embankment and turned over.

Crosson and her male juvenile passenger were not wearing seatbelts and suffered minor injuries.

The car had to be towed from the scene.

Police say Crosson will be cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

Cops: Kids Found in 'Squalid' Conditions

A Jamestown couple is facing charges after their children were found locked in a room in squalid conditions Thursday afternoon.

Police say the 1-year-old, 2-year-old and 4-year-old were found in a room with feces, food and dirty clothes scattered over the floor. They say the room was padlocked on the outside and they could smell marijuana in the apartment. Officers also found marijuana paraphernalia and residue.

Chautauqua County probation officers were conducting a visit at apartment 21-year-old Amanda Jackson when they discovered the children. Jackson and 40-year-old Joseph Tucker are the parents.

Police say there also was a large hole in the floor that children could step into, and an electrical breaker box with wires exposed that were within reach of the children.

Tucker was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and felony criminal contempt for violating the two orders of protection.
Jackson was charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal contempt for violating a court order of protection to stay away from Tucker.

Tucker and Jackson are in police custody. Child protective services made arrangements for the care of the children.

Rapp Voted 'No' on Budget

HARRISBURG - State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) this week voted against a state budget that increases state spending to $28.04 billion and uses $850 million in federal money that has not been approved to balance the budget.

"Although I am pleased we have been able to get a budget passed in a timely manner, this spending plan is unrealistic and irresponsible," said Rapp. "Not only are we spending $28 billion when revenue has only netted the state around $25 billion, but we are also relying on $850 million from the federal government that has yet to be approved - and is looking less likely that it will be the longer time goes by."

The $850 million is stimulus money from the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages that Congress must approve.

The $28.04 billion state budget for 2010-11 represents an increase of $207.2 million over last year and is funded with a combination of state dollars, stimulus funds (which expire next year) and several other state funds.

"I would have liked to have seen a budget that clarified Pennsylvania's priorities by reducing state spending and preparing better for the anticipated $3 billion structural deficit the state will experience next year when all the federal stimulus funding runs out," said Rapp. "As it stands, we are doing nothing to prepare for future financial challenges."

The General Appropriations bill has been approved by both the House and Senate and is currently awaiting the governor's signature.

BACC Summer Soire on July 21

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce announces its 3rd annual Summer Soiree to be held July 21st from 5-7:30pm at Heritage Suites, 139 Minard Run Road.

The Summer Soiree is an adult networking event, open to the public, which will include refreshments by Bradford City Beers and Tortugas Restaurant, hearty hors d’oeuvres by Andy Mascioni Catering, and live music by Take 3. Heritage Suites will offer tours during the event. This event is an opportunity to socialize and network in a fun, casual atmosphere. There will be door prizes and the drawing for the 200 Club raffle will be held at 6:30pm. There is a nominal admission fee of $10 per person.

One FREE admission is included with the purchase of a 200 Club ticket. This popular 50/50 raffle only has 200 tickets with 27 prizes ranging from $100 up to $1000. Part of the proceeds from this fundraiser benefit BACC community outreach programs such as community holiday lighting displays. Contact the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce for your lucky ticket today.

Thank you to our Summer Soiree sponsors: A-1 Rent All and Sales, Bisett Building Center/Just Ask Rental, Bradford City Beers, Heritage Suites, Northwest Savings Bank, and Tortugas Restaurant.

Reservations appreciated. To RSVP or for more information, call the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-368-7115 or e-mail kara.kennedy@bradfordchamber.com.

Route 219/Bradford Bypass Update

– PennDOT issues the following travel update for the Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. This update is for the week of July 5. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

· No work will be performed Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
· Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street continues. Traffic is using the existing shoulder. Contractor crew will be working close to the roadway, placing concrete for a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.
· Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.
· Contractor will continue to truck materials for sub-base and paving operations and will be pulling into the closed “dead lane” from the northbound “live lane”. Traffic may be slow moving on Route 219 as this work takes place.
· Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. 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.
· Work will continue on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346, with flaggers present from 7am to 7pm. Drivers should expect alternating traffic pattern and travel-time delays.
· The contractor continues to fine grade, place sub-base, pave, 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.

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

Search for Missing Man Continues

State police are continuing to search for a Titusville man who has been missing since Saturday.

76-year-old Charles Speer was last seen at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie at about 6 p.m. on June 26.

Speer suffers from dementia.

Police say he drove away in a 1998 burgundy Nissan Maxima with the Pennsylvania license plate GFA9486.

No Budget as Assembly Breaks for Holiday

The State Senate did not approve a budget plan during Thursday's brief meeting. Republican lawmakers, including Senator Cathy Young, say it's outrageous the budget is three months overdue.

"In one of the most irresponsible and shameful moves ever seen in Albany, the New York City-controlled tax and spend Senators have decided to adjourn rather than finishing the state budget," Young said in a statement e-mailed to WESB and The HERO. "They have added billions of dollars in new spending, yet they are skipping town without paying the bill."

"When Upstate Senators questioned them about why they were not bringing up the rest of their budget, they refused to answer, and instead ruled Senators out of order," she said.

"The law requires the budget to be passed by April 1 and the Senate should stay in Albany until it's done. I'm going to continue to fight against their out-of-control taxes and spending. We must turn around the economy so that we can put people back to work and have career opportunities for our young people," Young said.

Governor David Paterson spent most of the day yesterday vetoing bills related to the budget that he says the state can’t afford.

He says his next priority is creating a contingency plan in case Congress doesn’t approve $1 billion in Medicaid funding, known as FMAP.

Man Charged with Robbing Pharmacy

A man is facing charges for allegedly threatening an employee while robbing the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Wellsville Thursday.

In a news release, police say 29-year-old Aaron Heale grabbed an employee at just before 1 o’clock in the afternoon, said he had a weapon and demanded drugs.

They say based on excellent information provided by witnesses, they were able to find Heale in Wellsville at about 2:45 p.m.

He’s charged with robbery and petit larceny.

Red Cross Holds Annual Meeting

The McKean/Potter Counties American Red Cross held its annual meeting on June 30, 2010 at the Sawyer Evangelical Church’s pavilion in Bradford. The primary purpose of the meeting was to thank Red Cross volunteers and donors.

Volunteer program awards were presented by executive director Jason Bange and human resources chairperson Melissa Ibanez to Marion Lineman for Blood Services; Ray Austin for Community Services; Jennifer Stambaugh for Emergency Services; and Sam Cummings for Financial Development. Outgoing board members were honored while incoming board members were welcomed. Outgoing board members include Melissa Ibanez, HR Chair, Jane Bell, Secretary; Staci Frantz, Treasurer; and Stacy Sorokes Wallace, Chairperson. New board members are Danielle Delong, Mike Montecalvo, Erika Seagren, and Jon Bradish. Incoming officers are: Thomas Schultz, Secretary; Cliff Wood, Finance Chairperson; Sam Cummings, Vice-Chairperson, and Ryan Dach, Chairperson.

Bange commented, “Our former leadership team was very instrumental in bringing the chapter to where it is today. Stacy’s leadership provided an atmosphere open to changes that allowed the chapter to stabilize itself, and has opened the door for our new chairperson to grow the organization. I will greatly miss our outgoing members and I look forward to the new ideas that our incoming members will bring to the table.”

According to Wallace, “Ryan’s energy and passion for the Red Cross mission is a wonderful example that will surely trickle from him to the other board members. I am very enthusiastic about our incoming board members and regret that our terms did not overlap.” The mission of the Red Cross is to provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. As outgoing Chairperson, Wallace explained she loves the Red Cross because it allowed her to help the people of her community.


Pictured, former chairperson Stacy Sorokes Wallace welcomes Ryan Dach to his new role as chairperson of the Board of the McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross.
Photo courtesy of the American Red Cross

Nolf Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of killing a woman and her infant daughter in March has pleaded not guilty.

Waide Nolf was formally arraigned by Judge John Pavlock in McKean County Court on Thursday.

He’s accused of drowning Tanya and Tamara Haight in a house they shared with several other people on Pleasant Street.

McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn is seeking the death penalty.

Cops: 'Rainbow' Tried Smuggling Pot

A Missouri man is accused of trying to smuggle five pounds of marijuana into the Rainbow Family gathering near Hearts Content in the Allegheny National Forest.

The US Forest Service says 37-year-old Bruce Runion Jr. was arrested Tuesday after a joint investigation they conducted with the Warren County Drug Task Force.

Runion is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and 11 counts of criminal use of a communications facility, for using UPS to ship the pot from California.

Tops Scholarships Go to Local Students

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Market announced that it has awarded $876,200 dollars to 772 Tops first-year and matriculated college associates, associate dependents and associate grandchildren for the 2010-2011 academic year. Since the start of the scholarship program in 1989, Tops has awarded $12,585,050 dollars to over 10,000 recipients.

“Each year, we are pleased to work with our Union partners to award Tops associates, their dependents and their grandchildren with college scholarships” said Frank Curci, president and CEO of Tops Markets. “We proudly support all associates and associates’ family members who choose to further their education by providing funding toward all four years of their educational journey.”

All Tops associates, union and non-union, their dependents and grandchildren are eligible to apply for scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 annually over the course of four academic years.

Through partnership with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local One, Tops Markets makes an annual contribution to the UFCW health care fund. The funds are then disbursed by the Union to Tops Markets part-time and full-time union associates. Part time and full time associates who are not UFCW Local One members, their dependents and their grandchildren are eligible to apply for scholarships through the Tops Scholarship Program.

Applicants to both the UFCW health care fund and the Tops Scholarship Program must meet certain scholastic and work performance criteria in order to be considered eligible for an award.

Associates, dependents and grandchildren honored from store locations in the city of Bradford were:

Aaron Cucuzza
Christopher D. Salerno
Corey M. Little
Jaime Stover
Meagan Little
Natalie A. Wenner
Tyler J. Winner

June Revenues in PA Exceed Expectations

Harrisburg -- Governor Ed Rendell Thursday said that state revenue collections in June exceeded expectations. Pennsylvania collected $3 billion in General Fund revenue in June, which was $58.3 million, or 2 percent, more than anticipated.

“June is the first month since December 2007 that our revenues have been above what was estimated."

Fiscal year 2009-10 General Fund collections totaled $27.6 billion, which is $1.176 billion, or 4.1 percent, below estimate.

Sales tax receipts totaled $776.9 million for June, $7.7 million above estimate. Sales tax collections for the fiscal year totaled $8 billion, which is $362.1 million, or 4.3 percent, less than anticipated.

Personal income tax (PIT) revenue in June was $1.1 billion, $2.8 million above estimate. This brought fiscal year PIT collections to $10 billion, which is $308.3 million, or 3 percent, below estimate.

June corporation tax revenue of $541.8 million was $25.5 million below estimate. Fiscal year corporation tax collections total $4.6 billion, which is $510.1 million, or 10 percent, below estimate.

Other General Fund revenue figures for the month included $77.1 million in inheritance tax, $800,000 below estimate, bringing the fiscal year total to $753.8 million, which is $18.4 million below estimate.

Realty transfer tax was $36.7 million for June, $12.5 million above estimate, bringing the total to $296 million for the fiscal year, which is $23.9 million higher than anticipated.

Other General Fund tax revenue, including cigarette, malt beverage and liquor taxes totaled $130.5 million for the month, $4 million above estimate and bringing the fiscal year total to $1.3 billion, which is $48.8 million above estimate.

Non-tax revenue, including $66 million in table games license fees, totaled $379.2 million in June, $57.6 million above estimate, bringing the fiscal year total to $2.7 billion, which is $50.3 million below estimate.

Also included in the June General Fund collections is $234.3 million that was transferred from the Tax Amnesty program.
In addition to the General Fund collections, the Motor License Fund received $195.3 million for the month, $28.9 million above estimate. Fiscal year collections for the fund total $2.6 billion, which is $5.4 million, or 0.2 percent, above estimate.

For more information, visit www.revenue.state.pa.us.

Information and photo provided by Commonwealth Media Services

Tioga County Cows Quarantined
After Drinking Drilling Wastewater

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Agriculture announced today that it has quarantined cattle from a Tioga County farm after a number of cows came into contact with drilling wastewater from a nearby natural gas operation.

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said uncertainty over the quantity of wastewater the cattle may have consumed warranted the quarantine in order to protect the public from eating potentially contaminated beef.

“Cattle are drawn to the taste of salty water,” said Redding. “Drilling wastewater has high salinity levels, but it also contains dangerous chemicals and metals. We took this precaution in order to protect the public from consuming any of this potentially contaminated product should it be marketed for human consumption.”

Redding said 28 head of cattle were included in the quarantine, including 16 cows, four heifers and eight calves. Those cattle were out to pasture in late April and early May when a drilling wastewater holding pond on the farm of Don and Carol Johnson leaked, sending the contaminated water into an adjacent field where it created a pool. The Johnsons had noticed some seepage from the pond for as long as two months prior to the leak.

The holding pond was collecting flowback water from the hydraulic fracturing process on a well being drilled by East Resources Inc.

Grass was killed in a roughly 30- x 40-foot area where the wastewater had pooled. Although no cows were seen drinking the wastewater, tracks were found throughout the pool. The wet area extended about 200-300 feet into the pasture.

The cattle had potential access to the pool for a minimum of three days until the gas company placed a snow fence around the pool to restrict access.

Subsequent tests of the wastewater found that it contained chloride, iron, sulfate, barium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, strontium and calcium.

Redding said the main element of concern is the heavy metal strontium, which can be toxic to humans, especially in growing children. The metal takes a long time to pass through an animal’s system because it is preferentially deposited in bone and released in the body at varying rates, dependent on age, growth status and other factors. Live animal testing was not possible because tissue sampling is required.

The secretary also added that the quarantine will follow the recommended guidelines from the Food Animal Residue Avoidance and Depletion Program, as follows:
• Adult animals: hold from food chain for 6 months.
• Calves exposed in utero: hold from food chain for 8 months.
• Growing calves: hold from food chain for 2 years.

In response to the leak, the Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of violation to East Resources Inc. and required further sampling and site remediation. DEP is evaluating the final cleanup report and is continuing its investigation of operations at the drilling site, as well as the circumstances surrounding the leaking holding pond.

Golf Outing Raises More Than $7,500

The 3rd Annual McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross Golf Tournament, held at Pine Acres Country Club last Saturday, was a great success raising over $7,500 to support the chapter’s programs and services. The tournament committee thanks all those who sponsored and participated in the event and hopes everyone will participate again next year.
Photo by Jennifer Fleck

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Collins Company Foundation Provides
$20,000 Grant to KCH for Laryngoscope


A Collins Company Foundation gift of $20,000 for the purchase of a GlideScope for KCH’s Emergency and Operating Rooms was acknowledged last week with Emergency and Operating Room staff gathering for in-service on the use and care of the new equipment.

Connie Grenz, General Manager of Kane Hardwood, a Collins company worked with CEO J. Gary Rhodes and George Saleh, CRNA, Manager of the Department of Anesthesia at Kane Community Hospital to identify and research several options for the formal Foundation request.

The ER video intubation laryngoscope was on Kane Community Hospital’s wish list for emergency room health professionals. The GlideScope Videoscope is a recommended instrument of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to be a standard part of the difficult airway management protocol.

Because of its rural location, KCH is not staffed with a 24/7 trauma surgeon. The medical professionals’ skills when serving in the ER are now greatly enhanced by using this airway instrument. This system has practical use in both the KCH Emergency Room and the Operating Room and has already been used.

“The Kane area is fortunate to have a great community hospital. It serves the area with maximum quality and is the only hospital for about 25 miles in any direction,” noted Grenz. KCH is now an affiliate of Hamot Health Foundation. Hamot ER physicians now staff the KCH Emergency Room 24/7.

Kane Hardwood, a Collins Company manages a 117,000 acre forest in northwestern PA, a sawmill, pre-dryer, dry kilns, solar kiln, planing mill, and a dimension mill. The Collins Company Foundation was established to enhance and support communities where Collins companies are located and employees live and work.

KCH has launched a giving program with the goal of exceeding $50,000 this year. The program takes advantage of Hamot's long-standing program and giving tools. Those interested in learning more about the giving opportunities are encouraged to contact J. Gary Rhodes, CEO of KCH. This year, grants from Collins Company Foundation, Zook Motors, Friends of KCH and event sponsors of KCH's annual charity golf tournament as well as others are helping KCH reach their goal.

“Kane Hardwood is a community partner in every sense, fully engaged in leveraging their resources and connections to provide support for their community. We are grateful for all they do,” noted CEO J. Gary Rhodes.

Pictured, (l-r) Kane Hardwood’s GM Connie Grenz and Mark VanDyke, D.O., Hamot Emergency Medicine watching the monitor as George Saleh, CRNA, Manager of Department of Anesthesia at KCH demonstrates the use of the new instrument and video monitor on a mannequin in the KCH ER with Cindy Salerno, RN, CEN, PHRN, Manager of the KCH ER. The new equipment was purchased in whole by a gift from the Collins Company Foundation.
Photo courtesy of Kane Community Hospital

Convertibles, Jeeps for Kane's
Miss Relay Contestants Sought


Everyone loves a parade. The Kane Area Relay for Life's annual parade is on Thursday, July 15 at 6 p.m. in uptown Kane. The Relay parade is the largest parade of the year. Bring your family, friends, kids of all ages.

Organizers are in the final stages of planning the event. Still needed are a several convertibles or jeeps for Miss Relay Contestants and local dignitaries. If you have a convertible or jeep that could be used for the parade, please contact Shirley Morgan at 837-9696 or Marianne Rook 837-7115.

If you or your club or group would like to walk or ride in the parade, or you have a unique vehicle or a vehicle promoting your business, please call as well. The parade is a show of awareness and support for all those touched by cancer in our community.

Cancer survivors (those who have heard the words "you have cancer", or those living with cancer) are encouraged to come to the parade assembly area on Wetmore Avenue at 5:30 and ride on one of the floats. Or come watch with family and friends.

The parade, in which two dozen Relay teams walk and give out candy to parade watchers, also includes dignitaries, survivor floats, Miss Relay contestants, local political figures, scout and school groups, band, fire trucks and vehicles to name a few. Many businesses also ride in support of Relay in vehicles. Expect a few surprises this year.

The annual parade is a prelude to the 10th Annual Kane Area Relay that begins at the Kane Area High School Track at noon on Friday, July 16 and runs for 24 hours to raise awareness, money and hope for a cure and local patient cancer care and services. Be sure to attend Friday evening festivities that include survivor and luminary ceremonies. The 24 hour event in the final celebration after a year of fundraising.

The 2010 Relay is the 10th Anniversary of Relay in the Kane Area.


Photos and info provided by Ruth Gentilman Peterson

Summer Arts Programming at State Park

OLEAN, NY -- The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) announces its free summer programming held in partnership with Allegany State Park. The classes were made possible with funds donated by National Fuel as well as monies raised by auctioning artist-inspired Adirondack Chairs in August 2009.

The first of many summer art workshops will begin next week with Instructor Joan Pingitore who will teach Printing from Nature. This fun, interactive, workshop will give kids and adults a chance to create art from nature and have a beautiful creation to take home with them. Joan Pingitore, a local artist, will guide participants through creating an interesting composition and printmaking techniques. Everyone will make a unique piece of art while learning about the environment in the process. The workshop will take place at The Warming Hut. The Warming Hut is located at the Summit Cabin Loop across from the Art Roscoe x-country ski trails. From I-86 take exit 21 into the park and proceed to the top of the hill. The hut will be on your right across the parking lot. Register by emailing Pati at patricia.andrews@oprhp.state.ny.us or calling Allegany State Park at 354-9101 ext 221.

Other arts workshops offered at Allegany State this summer include Nature Journaling, Take Better Vacation Photos, Park it and Draw, and Woodland Fairy House and Flower Friends. All classes are free and open to campers and regional residents. Early registration is encouraged as workshops fill quickly. A complete list of workshops, descriptions, and locations are available at CCAC’s website, www.myartscouncil.net or sign up for CCAC email alerts at artscouncil@verizon.net

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served the greater Cattaraugus County region for over 10 years with quality arts programs and services. CCAC is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, Cattaraugus County and by members and donors. For more information on CCAC or for information on donating, see www.myartscouncil.net.

ARG Announces Biogas Engine Oils

American Refining Group has announced the addition of Biogas Engine Oils to its line of Brad Penn Lubricants.

Brad Penn Biogas Engine Oils are premium quality stationary gas engine oils with enhanced alkalinity reserve designed for use in applications where fuel gas is generated from anaerobic digestion of manure, compost and/or landfill residue.

Ken Tyger, ARG technical service representative, says the Brad Penn Biogas Engine Oils were formulated and tailored specifically to service stationary internal combustion engines, modified to run where methane is generated.

He says an engine oil was needed with specific chemistry and characteristics to neutralize the acid produced and to protect engines from damage.

Ben Postles from Penn England Farms, an 1,800 cow dairy farm in Williamsburg, was among the first farms to use the Brad Penn Bio as Engine Oils in the farms digester engine.

“We have doubled our oil change interval with no evidence of engine wear on an engine that has over 33,000 hours of operation and on top of that it costs 40 percent less than the oil we were previously using,” Postles said. “The oil has performed better than I ever expected.”

Brad Penn Biogas Engine Oils are available in bulk, tote and 55-gallon drum containers.

Check Out State Parks in
NY, PA for Summer Activities

By Sandra Rhodes
Visitor & Member Services
Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau


There’s no better way to spend Independence Day weekend than to take in the sights and sounds at a state park.

The Kinzua Bridge State Park, located in McKean County, Pennsylvania, and Allegany State Park, in Salamanca, New York, both offer a multitude of activities beginning on Friday, July 2.

Step back into history at the Kinzua Bridge State Park for a History of the Bridge Talk and Walk which take place from 1 to 3 p.m. The Kinzua Bridge State Park is located on Route 3011.

The Kinzua Bridge State Park is the home of the former Kinzua Viaduct, which was once billed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

The Kinzua Viaduct was built to span the Kinzua Gorge as a railroad viaduct in 1882. The viaduct was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003, but will be reborn in 2010 and will open as the Kinzua Sky Walk in the fall.

Railroad enthusiasts need to come on board to a couple of programs at the park.

On Friday, July 2, from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be a talk about the Kinzua Viaduct, why it was built, who was involved in the building and what it is made of.

Then, on Monday, July 5, from noon to 1 p.m., there will be a discussion of the different types of trains that have crossed the viaduct. There will also be a sing-a-long to different train songs.

Just over the state line at Allegany State Park in Salamanca, N.Y., there will be an unbelievable Fourth of July celebration at Quaker Beach on Saturday, July 3.

Starting at 4 p.m., there will be a chicken barbecue. Music by the group CRUISIN will start at 7 p.m. A fireworks display will start at dusk following the concert.
Allegany State Park has two main areas – Red House and Quaker – and is the largest state park in New York. It has beaches, picnic areas and hiking trails.

The Red House portion of the park has 132 camp sites, including 68 sites with electric, as well as 144 cabins, 138 of which have electric.

The Quaker area has 189 camp sites – 95 sites with electric – and 220 cabins – 151 with electric.

Call 1-800-456-2267 for reservations in the Allegany State Park.

For more information on what is happening in the area, call the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 or e-mail info@visitANF.com. A calendar of events and downloadable Travel Guide and Map go to visitANF.com.

More EAB Beetles in Randolph

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says more trees in the Randolph area have been infested with emerald ash borer, a tree-killing beetle first confirmed in New York last year.

DEC foresters have detected emerging insects on private woodlands south of Interstate 86, but within the previously established quarantine area.

The emerald ash borer is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black and blue ash.

Since it was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, the emerald ash borer has spread to 13 states, including Pennsylvania, and two Canadian provinces and is responsible for the destruction of 70 million trees in the United States alone.

After the insect was discovered in Cattaraugus County last year, a multi-agency effort was undertaken to attempt to control its spread.

An informational meeting was held last night in Randolph and DEC officials say property owners, and communties, should be ready for the beetle to spread even further.

And, for people who don’t know yet, those purple boxes hanging from trees throughout the region are emerald ash borer traps used by DEC and other agencies to track the beetle.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/66213.html

Pitt-Bradford to Hold Information
Session for Master of Social Work Cohort

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold an informational session July 13 about the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Social Work degree offered on the Bradford campus.

The session, which will take place at 6 p.m. in Room 162 of Swarts Hall on the Pitt-Bradford campus, will feature Phillip Mack, director of admissions for the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, which is consistently ranked in the top 10 social work programs in the country.

Stephanie Eckstrom, coordinator of the MSW program in Bradford, will also be on hand.

Topics to be addressed include the admissions process, program structure, curriculum, financial aid and more. Applications are now being accepted for Pitt-Bradford’s fifth cohort, or class, being formed for Fall 2010. Prospective students can expect to complete the degree requirements by December 2013.

The MSW program at Pitt-Bradford is a part-time program offered by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work in cooperation with the Bradford campus. It is taught by full-time and part-time School of Social Work faculty members, some of whom are members of the local social work community.

The program consists of 42 credits of course work and 18 credits of field placement. Courses take place on the Bradford campus.

The MSW program at Pitt-Bradford offers a concentration in direct practice with individuals, families and small groups, with a specialization in children, youth and families.

The MSW program at Pitt-Bradford admitted its first class of MSW students in Fall 2002. Its most recent class graduated in December.

“We have graduated 60 social work professionals and have 16 in the current cohort,” Eckstrom said. “These individuals bring their master’s level knowledge and skills to a variety of settings: mental health, geriatrics, substance abuse, forensics, child welfare and working with individuals, families and communities.”

Students completing the MSW degree are eligible to take the examination to become a licensed social worker.

For more information, contact Eckstrom at (814)362-7527 or sae102@pitt.edu.

Eckstrom will also be on the LiveLine at 12:35 p.m. July 8 to talk more about the program. You can listen at AM 1490 WESB or online at WESB.com.

Salamanca Women Facing Charges

Two Salamanca women are facing child endangerment charges in separate cases.

Police say 19-year-old Trisha Fernandez was baby sitting and left a 1-year-old alone so she could go to a pawn shop with something she stole from the baby’s mother. The mother called police after she got home and found the baby alone.

Fernandez is also charged with criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny. She’s in Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

In the other case 24-year-old Jessica Wahl was charged after her 2 ½-year-old son wandered out of the house wearing only a diaper while she was napping.

Police say they received calls from neighbors about the toddler, but did not receive a call from the mother reporting her son missing.

Wahl was issued a ticket to appear in city court.

First Friday in Bradford

Merchants within Downtown Bradford’s historic district will be extending their business hours this Friday, July 2nd as part of their First Fridays program.

Merchants extending their hours to 7 p.m. include Paper to Pages, Grandma’s House Tea & Gifts, Main Street Antiques, Tin Ceiling Gift Shoppe, Bradford Furniture, Orris Jewelers, Roseart Gifts, and the Main Street Mercantile.

The Fran Charles Shop is extending its’ hours to 9 p.m. every Friday, and Man’s World is open until 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Roswell Park Honors Dr. Edwin A. Mirand
with Lifetime Achievement Award

Paying tribute to a man who helped steer the Institute through crucial junctures, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Edwin A. Mirand, PhD, DSc, Vice President Emeritus for Educational Affairs and Senior Advisor to RPCI President and CEO Donald L. Trump, MD, FACS — one of the five RPCI presidents with whom Dr. Mirand has served.

“Dr. Mirand has been part of the fabric of Roswell Park Cancer Institute for nearly 60 years,” said Dr. Trump. “He helped to build and to lead the Institute at key points in its history, playing a critical role in planning and decision-making that ultimately benefited people far outside our immediate reach. Dr. Mirand has made incalculable contributions worldwide, and his lifelong commitment to Roswell Park, its patients and its mission is exemplary.”

Associated with RPCI since 1946, Dr. Mirand was appointed director of its Springville Laboratories in 1951. He went on to head RPCI’s departments of Biology, Viral Oncology and Biological Resources and its West Seneca Laboratories while establishing and expanding the Institute’s education programs. As Vice President of Educational Affairs and Dean of the Roswell Park Graduate Division of the University at Buffalo, he developed what would become the world’s longest-running summer program in cancer research for gifted and talented high school and college students.

Dr. Mirand’s vast knowledge of oncology policy and his political and scientific acumen positioned him as a national and international leader, in roles including President of the Association for Gnotobiotics and the International Society of Gnotobiology, Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), and Secretary-General of the International Union Against Cancer’s (UICC’s) 13th International Cancer Congress, held in Seattle, WA in 1982.

In the early 1970s, he developed the first public cancer education program, the CAN-DIAL information line, under contract to the National Cancer Institute, and played an instrumental role in getting the National Cancer Act of 1971 passed. As a researcher, Dr. Mirand has made noteworthy contributions to the fields of viral carcinogenesis, erythropoiesis and gnotobiology, and developed the Hauschka-Mirand ICR germ-free mouse strain, which has been used in studies by the U.S. space program.

A Buffalo native and resident, Dr. Mirand is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, where he earned an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry and a master’s degree in biology; and of Syracuse University, from which he received a PhD in Medical Science in 1951.

Among the many awards and honors Dr. Mirand has received are the Billings Medal in Science from the American Medical Association, in 1963; the Merit Award from the UICC, in 1982; and the Special Recognition Award from the AACI, in 2004. He holds honorary doctorates from Niagara University and D’Youville College.

Photo courtesy of Roswell Park

MA Graduates Announced

Fourteen students graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s medical assistant program.

The students participated in the program over the past year which was made possible from a North Central Workforce grant, in collaboration with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Potter County Education Council Center. The registered medical assistant exam was held June 3 at the Potter County Education Council.

“Charles Cole identified a need for qualified medical assistants,” said Netra Baker, director of staff development at CCMH. “Planning and implementing the program was a team effort as Northwest Workforce Development approved the grant, Penn College provided the program in Coudersport and instructors, the Potter County Education Council provided meeting space and AV equipment and Charles Cole provided additional instructors, clinical rotation and program oversight.”

The graduates were: Dawn Bacon, April Baxter, Theresa Bisher, Michele Black, Aleisha Hershey, Lenora Lawton, Melissa Lehman, Amanda Moore, Sherri Nichols, Karen Parker, Jackie Pelchy, Izabella Phelps, Becky Sena, Tracy Tucker.

The following also chose to take the phlebotomy certification exam: April Baxter, Michelle Black, Aleisha Hershey, Lenora Lawton, Melissa Lehman, Amanda Moore, Becky Sena, Tracy Tucker, Brian Thompson (recertification).

The following chose to take the NHA certified billing and coding specialist exam: Dawn Bacon, April Baxter, Theresa Bisher, Michele Black, Aleisha Hershey, Lenora Lawton, Melissa Lehman, Amanda Moore, Sherri Nichols, Karen Parker, Jackie Pelchy, Izabella Phelps, Becky Sena, Tracy Tucker, Katrina Croke.

Pictured, from left, are Becky Sena, Lenora Lawton, Michele Black, Sherri Nichols, Melissa Lehman, Aleisha Hershey, April Baxter, Amanda Moore, Karen Parker, Theresa Bisher, Tracy Tucker. Missing from the photo are Izabella Phelps, Dawn Bacon, and Jackie Pelchy.
Photo courtesy of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Causer Votes 'No' on State Budget

HARRISBURG - Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) Wednesday opposed the 2010-2011 budget adopted by the state House and sent to the governor's desk.

The $28.04 billion plan represents a reduction of just under $1 billion from the governor's original proposal.
"While I commend House and Senate Republican leaders for successfully cutting the governor's original spending plan by nearly $1 billion, I believe this budget still spends more than the people of Pennsylvania can afford," Causer said.

Although the budget does not require any new taxes to balance, it creates a "structural deficit" of at least $3 billion that will have to be addressed in the next fiscal year. That could lead to tax increases people cannot and should not have to pay, Causer said.

Another concern is that the budget bill relies on more than $2.7 billion in stimulus funding from the federal government. Of that, $850 million has not yet been authorized by Congress, and recent efforts in Washington to move that legislation forward have come up short.

"It is absolutely irresponsible to balance the state budget on money we may or may not get from Washington," Causer said. "And regardless of what happens with the $850 million this year, the federal stimulus funds will run out next year, leaving us with a major funding shortfall, especially in the area of public education."

The passage of House Bill 2279 marks the first time in the administration of Gov. Ed Rendell that a budget bill was passed on time by both houses of the General Assembly. The governor cannot sign the bill until a number of other supporting measures are also completed and on his desk. That is expected to take place by week's end.

Visit www.pahousegop.com/statebudget.aspx for budget details.

CARE Children Attend Day Camp

Children attending the CARE for Children/YMCA Day Camp toured the Zippo Case Museum on Wednesday. Museum curator/historian, Linda Meabon, shows some of the campers a giant rolling flint. Pictured from left to right (front row) are Blayke Bridge, Cody Yohe, August Whitford, and (back row) Zethan Brougham,David McClelland, Jane Hartle, EI Coordinator at CARE, and Meabon. Each summer CARE offers the day camp that incorporates craft activities, field trips, gym classes and adaptive swimming led by physical and occupational therapists, CARE also has provides camp scholarships through their campership program for children with a permanent disabilities in McKean County, that wish to attend Camp JJ or other camps. Day camp and the Summer camp scholarships are made possible with funding provided by the Orak Grotto Tag Days. CARE for Children is a non-profit organization that provides services for children of all abilities.
Photo courtesy of CARE for Children

Cops: Man Beat Up His Son

A Jamestown man is in jail after being accused of beating up his 11-year-old son.

Police say 38-year-old Thomas Baxter Jr. was drunk when he shoved, hit and head-butted his son.

Baxter is facing child endangerment charges.

NY Budget Three Months Late

New York State senators were expected to convene early this morning to vote on the final item in this year's budget. But now, they've decided to postpone the vote until after the July 4th holiday.

Senate Democratic leader John Sampson now says he agrees with Governor David Paterson, that the state needs a contingency plan in case $1 billion in Medicaid funding is not approved by Congress.

New York’s budget is now 3 months late.

Woman Accused of Stealing Vehicle

A former Bradford woman is in jail in Warren after being accused of stealing a vehicle and money on Sunday.

Police say 38-year-old Doreather Skaggs, who now lives in Clarendon, took the vehicle and $200 belonging to 42-year-old John Bailey, also of Clarendon.

The vehicle was later found in Bradford.

Skaggs is charged with theft and was jailed after she couldn’t post $50,000 bail.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Houses Passes Budget

The PA State House has passed the budget bills. Now, they're just waiting for Governor Ed Rendell's signature, which is expected tonight.

Budget Bill Still in House

The state House is now considering the budget bill, House Bill 2279.

The Senate passed the bill earlier this afternoon.

Today is the last day of Pennsylvania's fiscal year. If the bill is passed, and the governor signs it, this would be the first time in 8 years the state had an on-time budget.

Assault Charge Bound to Court

Assault and harassment charges against a man have been bound to court following a hearing today in front of District Judge Rich Luther.

George Duke Jr. is accused of throwing a woman out of his vehicle, choking her and hitting her.

Court papers say that Duke called 9-1-1 to say a woman wouldn’t get out of truck. When police were on their way to the scene, they saw Jamie Defilippo outside The Kitchen restaurant crying. They saw she was wearing one shoe and her back was dirty.

Police say they did see blood on her mouth where she said she was hit, as well as other abrasions.

Duke is free on bail.

Alleged Burglars Waive Hearings

Two women accused of breaking into Marsh’s in May have waived their preliminary hearings in front of District Judge Bill Todd, who filled in District Judge Dom Cercone.

27-year-old Amie Jo Hollingsworth and 42-year-old Theresa Grove are accused of breaking into the West Washington Street bar and stealing money, checks, credit cars, 3 12-packs of Bud Light and 8 Snickers bars.

The day after the break-in police learned that one of the stolen checks had been cashed at Bradford Beverage.

Grove told police she “only cashed the checks” and wasn’t involved in the break-in. Hollingsworth says Grove conspired with her at Artter Hubbart Jr. to commit the burglary.

Hollingsworth is free on bail. Grove is in McKean County Jail. Hubbart’s hearing has been continued.

In a separate case, Grove is accused of attempting to break into a neighbor’s house.

According to papers filed in Cercone’s office, a witness saw Grove leave her house, cross the street, walk up the stairs in front of another house. She then got a plastic chair from the side of the house, took it to the window and started entering the house.

When she was halfway inside she was apparently startled by a noise and climbed back out.

Police say Grove has been told on multiple occasions that she is not permitted on the premises of that house.

Man Jailed for Delivering
Phony Controlled Substances

A Kill Buck, New York, man has waived his preliminary hearing on charges that he sold fake controlled substances to undercover agents with the Pennsylvania State Police.

28-year-old Dustin Wackwitz is accused of delivering what was to believed to be controlled substances between May of last year and February of this year. When the substances were sent to the crime lab in Erie, they were determined to be non-controlled.

According to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone’s office, Wackwitz told police he conspired with other people to sell the fake substances as controlled substances. He was received $1,500 for his role in the scheme.

Wackwitz is jailed on $50,000 bail.

Senate Passes Budget Bill

The state Senate has passed the general appropriations bill by a vote of 37-13. It now goes to the state House.

The $28 billion budget bill adds $250 million in basic education funding, but doesn’t raise taxes.

Funding for state parks and libraries has been cut, but it’s unclear so far as to where exactly where the cuts will be made. An unspecified number of government workers are also expected to be laid off.

The House will have to waive its 24-hour notice rule in order to vote on the budget today.

Budget Bill on Senate Floor

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has just asked for a vote on the general appropriations bill.

If the Senate passes it, and the House concurs, this will be the first time in 8 years Pennsylvania will have an on-time budget.

The fiscal year ends at 11:59 p.m.

Alleged Punxsy Counterfeiters Indicted

A federal grand jury says five women printed thousands of dollars of counterfeit money last year and passed it on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and at Punxsutawney-area businesses.

The agent in charge of the Secret Service office in Pittsburgh says the operation was one of "significant sophistication" because the women didn't just make copies of money using a computer printer. He says they also tried to mimic a security strip that's embedded in real money, and ironed the bills to give them a texture similar to real money.

The alleged ring operated out of the Punxsutawney area, but prosecutors say the money was passed throughout Western Pennsylvania. Prosecutors estimate the women printed as much as $25,000 from March to May 2009.

Agents did not say how they were able to track the phony money back to the women, who are from Kittanning, Ford City and Punxsutawney.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/paw/pr/2010_june/2010_06_29_02.html

http://www.secretservice.gov/criminal.shtml

Fireworks Throughout the Region

Allegany State Park, Ellicottville, Salamanca, Little Valley, Warren and Dunkirk are just a few of the places holding a fireworks show this weekend.

The annual Pennhills Club fireworks will be at dusk on July 4.

For a list of all the fireworks shows, go to our community calendar.

Play the Gus Macker I-86 Trifecta and Win

OLEAN -- For the third year in a row, basketball lovers can enjoy traveling I-86 and playing in three Gus Macker Tournaments - Jamestown, Hornell, and Olean. The three Gus Mackers and Community Bank, NA are sponsoring the 3 on 3 by three I-86 Trifecta. The I-86 Trifecta will recognizes players who participate in the 3 tournaments in the Southern Tier: Jamestown (just held June 5, 6); Hornell (July 24, 25); and Olean (August 21, 22) with a complimentary I-86 Trifecta shirt. New this year, all players that are designated as I-86 Trifecta players will be eligible to win a free team in 2011 from the three trifecta cities!

Last year’s Olean Gus Macker event was a huge success with two hundred eighty five teams playing, an increase of 44 teams (18.2%) over 2008 tournament. The tournament had 1,140 registered players - an increase of 176. The I-86 Trifecta recognized 80 players who participated in the 3 tournaments in the Southern Tier.

To register for the Trifecta, please visit the website, www.I86trifecta.org , created by Mellon & Co. of Olean. All registered players will receive an I-86 Trifecta T-Shirt. For registration, sponsorships, and marketing information, please contact David Carucci at 378-7860 or Meme K. Yanetsko at 372-4433.

e-mai from Meme Yanetsko, GOACC

10-Ton Weight Limit Placed on
Several Roads in McKean County

PennDOT will place a 10-ton gross weight limitation on the following roads in McKean County. The postings are covered by the provisions of Section 4902 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. The weight postings will be effective July 1.

· State Route 321, known as Westerberg Way from the Wetmore, Township line to State Route 59.

· State Route 321, known as Westerberg Way in Corydon Township from State Route 59 to State Route 346.

· State Route 546, known as Oil Valley Road in Otto Township, from State Route 346 to the New York state line.

· State Route 1017, known as R.L. Sweitzer Drive in Otto Township, from State Route 246 to State Route 346.

· State Route 3005, known as Hutchins Drive in the Borough of Mt. Jewett and Hamlin and Sergeant Townships, from U.S. Route 6 to the dead end of SR 3005. Runs parallel to railroad.

· State Route 3007, known as Halsey Road in Hamlin and Sergeant Townships, from U.S. Route 219 to State Route 3005.

· State Route 4002, known as Owens Way in Bradford Township, from the Route 219 ramp to State Route 4007.

· State Route 4003, known as Bingham Road in Lafayette and Keating Townships, from State Route 59 to State Route 646.

· State Route 4005, known as High Street in Bradford Township and the city of Bradford, running parallel to U.S. Route 219.

· State Route 4007, known as High Street in Bradford Township and the city of Bradford, running parallel to U.S. Route 219.

Pitt-Bradford Hospitality Management
Student Receives $2,000 Scholarship

Destiny Palmer, a hospitality management major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has received the Skal International Pittsburgh Tourism and Hospitality Management Scholarship for 2010.

Palmer, of Bradford, received the $2,000 scholarship from Skal, an international organization that “brings together all sectors of the travel and tourism industry,” along with hospitality and tourism management students from Penn State University, Robert Morris University and California University of Pennsylvania.

“Of several fine candidates from Pitt-Bradford’s Hospitality Management program, Destiny most fully met the criteria for the scholarship through her overall effort, academic performance, communication skills, cooperation, and demonstration of her management potential in the hospitality industry,” said Jim Dombrosky, assistant professor of hospitality management and director of the hospitality management program. “She is an outstanding representative of our program.”

Palmer said she was honored to be chosen for the scholarship.

“It was a very pleasant surprise,” she said, “and I can’t thank my professors and Skal enough for their consideration and generosity. Now I’m just focused on living up to the expectation and trying to be the kind of person who deserves the recognition I’ve received.”

Pictured, Palmer preparing food for a dinner Pitt-Bradford hospitality students hosted for the Bradford City Firefighters last winter.

Photos courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

PA May Have On-Time Budget

The House and Senate could vote today on a $28.05 billion budget, and Governor Ed Rendell says he's prepared to sign it.

Legislative leaders reached an agreement Tuesday on a plan that increases spending by 0.6 percent without adding any broad-based taxes. If members agree today, it would be the first time in eight years that a complete general fund budget has passed on time.

Warning for Chautauqua Lake Boaters

Boaters on Chautauqua Lake are being warned that the “aids to navigation” beacon lights on the Route 86 lake bridge will be out until further notice.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say plans are being made to repair the lights, but no date for the repairs has been set yet.

Vehicle Crashes into House

A Coudersport house was damaged when a vehicle ran into it Sunday night.

Police say 19-year-old Jacob Gill of Coudersport was driving too fast for conditions while approaching the intersection of routes 44 and 49, and the vehicle went out of control, left the road and hit the corner of a house owned by 57-year-old James Jones.

Police say no one in the house was hurt, but the crash caused serious structural damage to the two-story building.

A 16-year-old passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Police say Gill is facing numerous summary traffic violations.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Man Found in Zoar Valley ID'd

The man found dead on Monday in Zoar Valley has been identified.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say 48-year-old Simon Griffis of Buffalo was hiking along the Deer Lick trail when he fell off a cliff into the Zoar Valley Gorge.

Griffis was the executive director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation, which oversees Griffis Sculpture Park.

Two hikers from Jamestown found him in Cattaraugus Creek and called police. His body was airlifted out by Erie County's Air One helicopter.

Deputies say the preliminary investigation has revealed that there are “no apparent suspicious circumstances involved,” but t heir investigation is continuing.

'Bootjack' Detour to be in Place Longer

Due to weather and schedule changes, a detour around Route 219 “Bootjack” roadwork near Ridgway will remain in place into July. The detour moves northbound traffic down the “truck bypass” to Route 120 and back to Route 219. Signs are in place directing motorists through the detour. The detour is now expected to be in place until July 9, about a week later than originally planned. Southbound traffic will continue to follow the normal route (219).

The current phase of the project stretches northbound from the truck bypass to the intersection of Main and Depot Streets in Ridgway.

Along with the detour, motorists should be alert for:

· Channelizing devices will be in place at both ends of the project to guide traffic.
· Flaggers will be present to direct traffic as necessary.
· Southbound lanes will experience lane shifts as construction progresses.
· Southbound traffic will be one lane only during construction.
· No restrictions will be in place for oversized loads.
· Minor delays are possible.
· Most delays will occur during peak traffic periods between 7am and 9am and between 2 pm and 4 pm.

Overall work includes guide rail updates, barrel replacement on the emergency truck runoffs, signage 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 later in July. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Motorists are also reminded that a Route 120 detour, west of Ridgway went into effect on June 16 for up to four weeks.

Red Cross Annual Meeting Wednesday

The McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross will be holding its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in Bradford at the Sawyer Evangelical Church pavilion.

The event recognizes volunteers and donors for their support of the Red Cross programs and services.

Any volunteer or donor is able to attend and if attending, should RSVP by contacting the chapter office by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2010.

Former NYS Worker Pleads Guilty

A former New York State Department of Health worker has pleaded guilty to using the department’s postage meter to send items he auctioned on eBay, according to the state attorney general's office.

57-year-old Robert Pagini of Rensselaer admitted to using the department’s postage machine to pay the postage for the items that he was sending to his eBay customers from March of 2004 to January of this year. He also used the machine to pay for the postage on personal mail. All together the postage amounted to a theft from taxpayers of more than $16,000.

As part of the plea agreement, Pagini must pay full restitution and never again seek nor obtain employment with a government agency. Pagini was released without bail pending sentencing on August 27th.

http://www.ag.ny.gov/media_center/2010/june/june28b_10.html

26 Picked Up in 'Operation Street Sweeper'

Twenty-six street-level drug dealers have been charged following an investigation into the distribution of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy, and prescription narcotics in and around Avoca, Luzerne County.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigation, known as "Operation Street Sweeper" began in October 2008 and focused on low-level dealers who were operating throughout Luzerne County, specifically in the greater Avoca area.

"Every drug dealer that we take off the streets is important, whether it is large-scale distribution rings or street-level sweeps such as this one," Corbett said.

According to agents, these individuals sold small amounts of various types of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy, Vicodin and Xanax.

One of the people charged Monday is already jailed in the State Correctional Institution in Forest County.

21-year-old Jason "Jay" Roberts is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver Ecstasy.

http://attorneygeneral.gov/press.aspx?id=5389#

Pittsburgh Marine Killed in Afghanistan

A Marine from Pittsburgh has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department reports that 24-year-old Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey died Saturday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=13654

Continental 1 Has New Director

Continental 1 has appointed Philip Scherer as executive director.

He has extensive involvement in management, cross-border and economic issues during his career at Niagara University, where he is an economics professor.

Scherer says he’s looking forward to meeting with Continental 1 stakeholders from Toronto to Miami on the completion of Route 219 in New York and Pennsylvania as a safe and sustainable 4-lane highway.

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Men Allegedly Told Border Patrol Agents
They Made a Wrong Turn into Canada

LEWISTON, NY– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announced the arrest of two United States citizens wanted in North Carolina on a violent assault case.

On June 26, CBP officers received notification from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that 22- year-old Anthony Bell and 23-year-old Elias Martin, both United States citizens from Georgia, were being deported from Canada and returned to the United States. The two subjects, who were accompanied by two female juveniles, advised CBSA that they arrived in Canada by accident, as they wanted to see Niagara Falls, but made a wrong turn. Record checks by CBSA revealed that the two men may have active arrest warrants in the United States and that the two females were listed as missing persons. The group was believed to have participated in a violent assault in Mooresville, NC and fled the area shortly thereafter. CBSA also advised that the vehicle being used by the group was reported stolen and may contain evidence of the crime. All four persons and the vehicle were subsequently removed from Canada by CBSA and returned to the United States via the Lewiston Bridge border crossing in Lewiston , NY.

Upon their removal to the United States, CBP officers performed additional record checks and verified that both Martin and Bell were in fact subjects of felony, no bond warrants issued by the Mooresville, NC Police Department on June 25, 2010. The warrants charge both men with assault serious bodily injury, common law robbery, breaking and/or entering, larceny after break/enter and injury to real property. Both subjects are also wanted for sexual assault- Carnal abuse issued by the Lumpkin Co. Sheriff’s Department in Dahlonega GA.

CBP officers verified the validity of both warrants and confirmed the extradition. Both Bell and Martin were arrested by CBP and turned over to the custody of the New York State Police pending extradition to North Carolina. The two juvenile females, ages 16 and 17 years old, were also turned over to the New York State Police to be reunited with family in Georgia. The stolen vehicle, which was preserved by CBP as a possible crime scene, was transferred to the New York State Police as evidence.

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Writing Professor's Work Chosen for
'Best American Essays' List, Journals

An essay by Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, is among those chosen for the Best American Essays 2010 notable list, and three current issues of literary journals feature McCabe essays.

The notable essay, “Still Dancing,” appeared in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts in 2008. McCabe has had essays appear on the Best American Essays notable list three other times, in 1999, 2000 and 2009.

“Still Dancing” focuses on female body image and weaves together strands about the adult tap dance class at Peggy Johnson’s studio in Bradford and the story of McCabe’s mother’s breast cancer the first year she danced.

New essays by McCabe, who directs the writing program at Pitt-Bradford, also appear in the spring issues of three magazines, Fourth Genre, Colorado Review and the Bellingham Review.

“All three of them are experiments with form,” McCabe said.

“Notes on a Dancing Daughter” appears in the spring/summer 2010 issue of Fourth Genre, one of the leading creative nonfiction journals, and includes fragmented reflections on taking a trip with her adopted daughter to Chinese Heritage Camp.

“This essay is about genetic and cultural heritage, the ways we pass those on, the difficulties we face when we don’t have easy access to information about them, as with international adoption,” she said.

“The Art of Losing” appears in the spring/summer issue of Colorado Review. “This is a short, lyric essay about the necklace my mother, literally on her deathbed, gave to my daughter, who then lost it a few months later on my mother’s birthday,” McCabe said.

“The loss of the necklace made me think about how those small losses are linked to bigger ones.”

Finally, “Can This Troubled Marriage be Saved: A Quiz” is included in the spring issue of Bellingham Review and combines the format of quizzes in women’s magazines and the “Can This Marriage be Saved” columns McCabe read in her mother’s Ladies’ Home Journals as a child.

“It was a sort of risky approach to putting together parts of a marriage memoir I’ve been working on for a long time, but I liked the way it turned out,” she said.

McCabe has published two books of creative nonfiction, “After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening” and “Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption.” Her work has appeared in literary journals and mainstream media, and she has won several awards, including a Pushcart Prize for memoir.

In addition to her teaching at Pitt-Bradford, McCabe teaches in the brief-residency master of fine arts program in creative writing at Spalding University.

She and her daughter, Sophie, live in Bradford.

Dead Body Found in Zoar Valley

Two hikers found a dead body in Zoar Valley Monday night.

The women found the body in Cattaraugus Creek while hiking near the Forty Road parking lot.

After they called police, the Erie County Sheriff's helicopter, Air One, flew the body out of the valley and turned it over to the Cattaraugus County Coronoer’s office.

No further information has been released yet.

Two Tornadoes Confirmed

The National Weather Service has confirmed that one tornado touched down late Sunday night in southeastern Allegany County, and another touched down at Presque Isle State Park in Erie.

A survey team from Buffalo was in Allegany County Monday and rated the twister an EF1, with winds estimated at 100 to 110 mph, and said it touched down about 11 p.m. near Paynesville, not far from the Pennsylvania state line, and continued east for about 5 miles to about 2 miles south of Whitesville.

The tornado demolished one barn and moved another barn off its foundation. Tree limbs were snapped and power lines also were downed.

A team from Cleveland rated the Erie tornado an EF0, with winds of 80 to 85 miles per hour.

The tornado touched down in an area measuring 75 yards by 250 yards.

The park, which was left without power Monday, is expected to reopen between 10 a.m. and noon today.

Investigators say trees toppled outside the tornado areas were probably knocked down by straight-line winds.

Seneca Nation Gets Win in Court

Chalk one up for the Senecas.

A federal judge has granted a 14-day restraining order that allows the Seneca Smokshop to keep selling mail order cigarettes. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking – or PACT Act – was passed by Congress and signed by the president earlier this year. It goes into effect on Thursday.

Red Earth, the corporation that runs the Seneca Smokeshop, successfully argued that the PACT Act would irreparably harm their business, and also that aspects of the Act violate the U.S. Constitution.

The Senecas and the U.S. government have been ordered to appear in Federal Court in Buffalo for a hearing next Wednesday.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course Opens

LEWISTON, N.Y. – Western New York has a new destination that the golfing public is sure to notice.

Representatives from the Seneca Nation of Indians, Seneca Gaming Corporation and the Town of Lewiston joined together this morning to celebrate the ceremonial opening of Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course, a $25 million public golf course that will officially open for play on July 2. The challenging par-72 layout was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

“Today is the dawning of a new era in golf in Western New York and the start of an exciting new venture for Seneca Gaming Corporation,” said Kevin W. Seneca, Chairman, Seneca Gaming Corporation. “Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course will certainly add to the world-class environment that visitors to our Four Diamond-rated Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel resort currently enjoy and provide travelers another reason to visit Lewiston, the Greater Niagara Region and Western New York.”

Located on 257 acres of land, Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course features a magnificent layout with significant water features, five sets of tees on every hole and pristine grounds which golfers of every skill will enjoy and appreciate. Among its unique design features are strategically placed bunkers surrounded by tall heather and a double green for the 9th and 18th holes, a layout more commonly found in Europe than in North America.

“This is truly a people’s golf course,” said Bruce Charlton, president and chief design officer of RTJ2 Golf Course Architects, who was on hand for the opening. “From its public nature to its fair yet challenging layout, Seneca Hickory Stick presents what every golfer is looking for – a memorable golf experience that you will appreciate and want to enjoy more than once.”

In addition to its significance for Western New York, the project is also an historic achievement for the Seneca Nation of Indians, marking the Nation’s first off-territory development project.

“The influence of the Seneca Nation of Indians can be seen throughout Western New York, far beyond the borders of our current territories,” said Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. “Our businesses employ thousands of people from across the region and we do business with many local companies. Our casinos and resorts attract millions of visitors every year. Today, we celebrate the next step in our Nation’s journey and look forward to a long and successful endeavor here in Lewiston.”

Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course is being managed by KemperSports, one of the world’s leading golf management and development companies, which manages an extensive portfolio of upscale clubs in 28 states, Puerto Rico and Central America. The general manager and golf pro at Seneca Hickory Stick is Fran Roach, while Gerry Doolittle is the course superintendent.

For course information and tee times, call 716-754-2424 or visit www.senecahickorystick.com.

Since opening Seneca Niagara Casino in 2002, Seneca Gaming Corporation has grown to employ more than 3,500 people at its three casino operations. The company operates world-class facilities offering more than 6,500 slot machines, 140 table games, 800 hotel rooms and other related amenities. For more information, visit www.senecagamingcorporation.com.

Pictured, Barry E. Snyder, Sr. president of the Seneca Nation of Indians; Kevin W. Seneca, chairman of Seneca Gaming Corporation; and other dignitaries lined up for a ceremonial first drive, which took place this morning at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course’s 9th hole. Also, Bruce Charlton, president and chief design officer of Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects, addressing the crowd.
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Obituary:
Dennis Lowery

Dennis W. Lowery, 65, of 25 School St., passed away Sunday, June 27, 2010 in Gibsonia. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced with a full obituary by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford provied WESB and The HERO with the following news release and the photo of Lowery from 2004 when he received Pitt-Bradford's Presidential Medal of Distinction:

Dennis Lowery of Bradford, a longtime supporter of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, an active member of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association and a member of the first class in 1963, will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the university’s highest honor.

“It is most appropriate that Denny should receive the university’s highest honor during its 40th anniversary since Pitt-Bradford has been a part of his life for all of those 40 years,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, university president. “Denny continues to serve the university in numerous capacities, and all of us at Pitt-Bradford are grateful to him for his unwavering support.”

Lowery will receive the award during the university’s annual commencement exercises, which will be held Sunday, April 25.

“I am very honored and humbled to be recognized,” Lowery said.

Each year Pitt-Bradford presents the Presidential Medal of Distinction to someone 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 has affected Pitt-Bradford.

Past recipients of the Presidential Medal of Distinction award have been 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, Sarah B. Dorn, U.S. Rep. John E. Peterson, Dr. Robert B. Bromeley and Virginia L. Miles.

Lowery, director and vice president of property and facilities at Northwest Savings Bank in Warren, Pa., became involved with Pitt-Bradford in 1963 when he attended the university as a member of its first class.

From 1963-65, he was the first Student Government Association president.
“In the early years, we would do phonathons and attempt to raise money through alumni,” Lowery said. “It was done with assistance through the Oakland campus, and I was the one who helped coordinate this.”

Besides coordinating the early phonathons, Lowery was a member of the steering committee that organized the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association in 1993. Not only was he named the interim president of the PBAA, but he was also the first alumni representative to serve as a PBAA member. In addition, he was a member of the association’s board of directors from 1994-2001, and he served as the PBAA’s treasurer and as a member of its nominating committee.

Lowery has also been an active member of the Advisory Board since 1994, serving as the alumni liaison on the board’s Development Council and Campaign Cabinet.

More recently, Lowery is serving as the alumni co-chairman of the Complete the Campus Campaign and has taken the lead in creating several endowed scholarship funds.

Dr. Richard McDowell, president emeritus and associate professor of biology, said that Lowery is the only person he knows who has fully participated in the university during its entire 40-year history.

“His participation is characterized by active leadership, which began as the first student government president and continues today with his energetic involvement in many aspects of the college,” McDowell said. “We are indeed indebted for his early leadership to form an alumni association and his persistent dedication to achieve the award-winning association we see today.”

McDowell not only commends the leadership efforts of Lowery, but he also recognizes Lowery’s undying efforts to raise money for the university.

“We are most appreciative of his fund-raising leadership, helping to establish many endowed funds which will honor faculty and support student scholarships in perpetuity,” McDowell said.

“The governance of Pitt-Bradford is blessed with his wit, humor, knowledge and sage reasoning,” said McDowell. “I will always cherish his friendship and forever be grateful for his unending commitment to our college.”

Demolition at Punxsy Buildings Scheduled

Demolition work to bring down two buildings in Punxsutawney on the site of groundwater and soil contamination will begin on Monday, July 12, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP’s contractors will take down the now-vacant Berlin Metals Building, located at 400 Walnut St., which formerly housed an electroplating business for which the building is named. Contractors also will tear down a residence at 617 Cherry St. that has been unoccupied for a number of years.

In advance of the work, DEP will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, at the Punxsutawney Borough Council Chambers, 301 East Mahoning St., Punxsutawney, to provide residents an opportunity to learn more about this latest phase of the cleanup.

DEP has been investigating contamination at the site and conducting cleanup activities there since 2006.

“Our investigation indicates that there is significant contamination throughout and under the Berlin Metals Building and in the basement of the vacant house,” DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “After these buildings are demolished, it will be possible to remove the material that continues to contaminate the ground water. Once the contamination has been addressed at both locations, clean backfill material will be brought in and both properties will again be useable.”

The demolition activities and the heavy equipment, truck traffic, road closings and noise associated with the work are expected to cause some disruption in the neighborhood.

“We ask residents to be patient throughout this process,” Burch said. “The work at the Berlin Metals location will take about a month, but all of the work is to take place during daytime hours to minimize the inconvenience.”

The Punxsutawney neighborhood is surrounded by Walnut Street to the west, Sutton Street to the south, Chestnut Street to the east, and Cherry Street to the north. It is largely residential, although some businesses operate in the neighborhood.

The investigation is being carried out through the Hazardous Site Cleanup Fund, which enables the commonwealth to address contaminated sites while pursuing responsible parties to reimburse any or all of the costs.

Berlin Metals was one of two electroplating companies that previously operated in the area. The specific combination of hazardous substances suggests electroplating waste was a probable source of the contamination.