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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pirates, D-Backs Make 5-Player Trade

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that they have acquired catcher Chris Snyder, minor league shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and cash considerations from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for infielder Bobby Crosby, outfielder Ryan Church and right-handed pitcher D.J. Carrasco.

The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 29-year-old Snyder made 58 starts behind the plate for the Diamondbacks this season and hit .231 (45-for-195) with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 65 games overall. He had his 240-game errorless streak snapped on June 6; the third-longest streak in Major League history by a catcher behind Mike Redmond (253 games, July 22, 2004-May 18, 2010) and Mike Matheny
(252 games, August 2, 2002-August 1, 2004). Snyder’s current OPS of .778 ranks ninth among Major League catchers with at least 225 plate appearances and he has the seventh-highest OPS (.774) among catchers in the Major Leagues with at least 1200 plate appearances since 2007.

“Chris Snyder is a solid major league player who will provide us with a quality catching option for this year and next year,” said Huntington. “He brings leadership to the club, along with a game calling and receiving ability that will help our pitching staff mature. Additionally he will add some home run power to our lineup.”

Since the start of the 2007 season, Snyder leads all Major League catchers in fielding percentage (.999), having made just two errors in 2456 chances. On offense, he established career highs in doubles (22), home runs (16) and RBI (64) while playing in a career-high tying 115 games with Arizona in 2008.

Originally selected by Arizona in the second round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Snyder made his Major League debut with the D-Backs in 2004 and singled off Aaron Harang in his first big league at bat on August 21 that season.

The 24-year-old Ciriaco hit .259 (92-for-355) with 15 doubles, seven triples, six home runs, 51 RBI, 14 stolen bases and 44 runs scored in 87 games with Triple-A Reno this season. The Dominican Republic native was also selected to play in the MLB Futures Game on July 11.

Ciriaco entered the 2010 season as the Arizona organization’s top base stealer the last two seasons (40 in 2008 and 38 in 2009) and ranked by Baseball America as having the Best Infield Arm in the system for the fourth straight season. The right-handed hitting Ciriaco was also rated by Baseball America as being Arizona’s Best Defensive Infielder prior to the 2009 campaign, during which he was named to the mid-season and post-season All-Star teams after leading the Double-A Mobile Bay Bears with a .296 batting average and 139 hits. At season's end he was ranked by the same publication as the Southern League's Best Defensive Shortstop and as having the Best Infield Arm. In 2008, Ciriaco finished third in the California League in hits (161) and stolen bases (40) while batting .310. He was also selected to the mid- and post-season
California League All-Star teams in 2008.

Snyder is scheduled to join the Pirates and Ciriaco is expected to join Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates have also recalled infielders Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement today and they are expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game in St. Louis.

e-mail from Jim Trdinich

The Chamber's Almost There

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce has set a goal of 1,000 Facebook fans by Tuesday -- and they're almost there.

Join the nearly 800 people who have already become fans.

Their ultimate goal is 3,000 fans. Piece o' cake!

McKean County Jail Overcrowding

From the Jeffersonian Democrat:

BROOKVILLE - Overcrowding in one county prison may prove to be a boon to the Jefferson County Jail.

Monday Jefferson County Jail Warden Tom Elbel said he has been in contact with McKean County about the possibility of housing prisoners for that county.

Read the full story here.

Cops: Driver Has 17 Suspensions

A Buffalo man is facing charges after police stopped him for speeding and learned he has 17 scofflaw suspensions on 11 different dates.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say that at around 12:40 this morning they stopped 20-year-old Darnell Carr for speeding on Route 60 in Cassadaga. During a driver license check they learned about the suspensions and that Carr was operating on a non-driver ID only.

He was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 property bond.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thompson: JoePa Should be Awarded
Presidential Medal of Freedom

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today sent a letter to President Barack Obama with 17 additional bipartisan signatures to ask that Joe Paterno be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“The Medal of Freedom has always stood for those who make a contribution to making our nation a better place to live,” said Thompson. “I believe Joe Paterno represents an ideal of what student and college athletics should be.”

“Rarely has the award been made to someone who has personified sportsmanship on the field of play and academic achievement in the classroom,” Thompson wrote in the letter. “It is our hope, that this year the Medal of Freedom does just that by honoring Joe Paterno for his contribution to the coaching of football, his commitment to the academic integrity of the young men under his charge, and his deep dedication to education in general.”

The letter was signed by 16 other Representatives from Pennsylvania and one from Virginia, Rep. Frank Wolf, who wanted his signature to reflect that he is a Penn State Alumni, “Class of 1961."

Thompson listed Paterno’s many accomplishments in the letter. “He has amassed nearly 400 wins, more than any other coach in Division I history. His program has never been on probation. There has never been an accusation of corrupt recruiting and, in what is depressingly rare, his players stay in school and graduate.”

The letter also mentions Paterno’s strong support of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics and his fundraising and donations to libraries and need-based scholarships for Pennsylvanians.

It concludes: “As Joe Paterno prepares for his 45th year as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, we as Members of the Pennyslvania Congressional delegation are nominating him for the Presidential Medal of Freedom and ask that you give serious consideration to awarding it to him.”

Bass Pro Says No to Buffalo

Bass Pro is backing out of Buffalo.

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation was notified by Bass Pro President Jim Hagel today that they would be withdrawing from further consideration of Buffalo's waterfront development.

Congressman Brian Higgins who issued an ultimatum to Bass Pro last week issued the following statement:

"Western New Yorkers have waited fifty years for waterfront development to happen and we aren't waiting anymore. After nearly a decade of talk there comes a point when this community should expect our business partners to either sign on the dotted line or we as a community must again stand up for ourselves and demand we move forward.

“I will be asking Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to develop a revised plan with emphasis on public infrastructure that will help us to reach our full waterfront potential. Thanks to our hard work over the last several years we have over $100 million in NYPA funding immediately available to implement that plan.

“The potential for a great Buffalo waterfront is emerging; we know it and we see it with the increased crowds at the Inner and Outer Harbor today. The last nine years of limbo is unreasonable and unfortunate but today, with nothing holding us back, we continue the momentum we already see along the water’s edge.”

Mixed Decision for Senecas

A federal judge in Buffalo issued a mixed decision in response to a request by Seneca Nation business owners regarding the PACT Act.

Judge Richard Arcara’s ruling says Senecas in the mail-order cigarette business will have to comply with some provisions of the new federal law, but not all of them.

The ruling temporarily exempts the businesses from the part of the law that requires sellers to comply with state and local taxing laws, but a provision prohibiting them from shipping cigarettes through the mail can be enforced.

This will be in effect as the business owners continue to challenge the constitutionality of the law.

Chambers of Commerce Ask Obama to
Take Action Against Asian Carp

Twelve chambers of commerce from the Great Lakes region today sent a letter (see attached) to President Obama urging him to take immediate action to block the destructive Asian Carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes.

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The economies of the American Midwest are under serious threat by Asian Carp. These invasive species are aggressively colonizing watersheds dangerously near the Great Lakes, risking an environmental and economic catastrophe. We collectively ask for your leadership and active and immediate federal engagement in this issue. While the threat is real and immediate, prompt action by the federal government could slow, or even prevent, calamity.

Various solutions to address the Asian Carp issue have been proposed, including the closure of locks along the Chicago Area Waterways System. This proposed solution, while addressing the immediate problem of invasive species, may also have severe negative impacts on the regional economy. We believe that other options deserve careful and immediate consideration.

Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), Senator Richard Durbin (IL) and Congressman Dave Camp (MI) have introduced the “Permanent Prevention of Asian Carp Act of 2010” (S 3553/HR 5625), which would require the Secretary of the Army to conduct a feasibility study of how to permanently separate the Mississippi River watershed from Lake Michigan in order to prevent the carp from migrating. This solution would avoid the closure of locks and also solve the problem of invasive species. A permanent separation of the waterways would allow cargo to pass through the Chicago locks, but would prevent the water itself, and any invasive species living in it, from entering Lake Michigan. We ask that you endorse this legislation and urge its swift passage.

Over the past thirty years, we have restored our Great Lakes, making them one of our nation’s most precious natural and economic resources. The federal government itself has made, and continues to make, a significant investment in the restoration process. The Great Lakes represent 20 percent of the world’s fresh water supply and simply cannot be allowed to die. Without your personal leadership on this issue at this crucial time, that dire outcome may be inevitable.

We appreciate that you share our concern for this special part of our globe, and the importance of the Great Lakes. We appreciate your leadership of our nation and understand the immense demands on your time. Our shared desire is that your leadership will be employed to prevent the environmental and economic crisis posed by Asian Carp.


Andrew Rudnick
President and CEO
Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Sandy K. Baruah
President and CEO
Detroit Regional Chamber

David Ross
President & CEO
Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

Jim Dible
President & CEO
Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

Joy Gaasch
Grand Haven/Ferrysburg/Spring Lake Chamber

Jeanne Englehart
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Joseph D. Roman
President and CEO
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Roland M. Dorson
Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

Paul F. Jadin
Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Jane Clark
Holland Area Chamber of Commerce

Cindy Larsen
Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce

Douglas Luciani
President and CEO
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce

Rep. Calls for Ban of Synthetic Marijuana

HARRISBURG -- Rep. Jennifer L. Mann, D-Lehigh, has introduced HB 176, the Act to Ban Synthetic Marijuana, today in the Pennsylvania House. The legislation will ban the sale or use of "K2," a synthetic marijuana responsible for numerous emergency room visits by teens and children, and a drug which causes severe health effects in its users.

"My legislation would ensure those found possessing K2 would be subject to the same laws as those possessing marijuana," Mann said. "Mixes sold on the street marked as ‘K2’ contain various dangerous chemicals which present real health risks to users. We must act immediately to ban this substance to protect the Commonwealth’s children."

The drug is so new, no federal or Pennsylvania law exists to give police the right to arrest those possessing K2.

"By setting clear guidelines on the use and consumption of synthetic marijuana, we empower our law enforcement personnel to stop the spread of this new threat to our children and communities," Mann said.

K2 is a blend of herbs treated with chemicals to produce a marijuana-like high in users, and nearly always causes unwanted side effects in its users. Due to the fact it is not a controlled substance it is sold openly on the internet and in head shops under the names "Demon" and "Hawaiian Haze."

"Many teens and children make the mistake that because it is not yet illegal, K2 is somehow a ‘safe’ substance – my legislation would help inform kids and their parents that this is a dangerous drug that can cause real harm through its use," Mann said.

Some patients have needed to be tranquilized by doctors after smoking K2, and the drug can cause symptoms such as fast heart rate, confusion, nausea, agitation, anxiety, elevated blood pressure, hallucinations, and seizures.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers issued a warning in March on the effects of synthetic marijuana.

KCH Honors Employee Involvement in
Kane Area Relay for Life

On Wednesday, Kane Community Hospital (KCH), an affiliate of Hamot Health Foundation, held a celebration to honor employee participation in the Tenth Anniversary of the Kane Area Relay for Life.

The celebration began in the Gardens at KCH where J. Gary Rhodes, CEO of KCH and Mark Papalia, Director of Operations grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for hospital staff.

In his remarks to those gathered for a pre-luncheon ceremony, Rhodes commented that it was a most appropriate place to remember and to celebrate the many triumphs of cancer research and care. The Gardens at KCH were created after the loss of long time nurse Patti Zook (who suggested gardens at the Hospital) after her courageous fight with cancer. After her passing, many more KCH colleagues followed, Rhodes noted, remembering each and the toll cancer has levied on the Hospital and throughout the Kane Area.

Rhodes reminded team members and staff that KCH’s involvement with the American Cancer Society’s signature event -- Relay for Life -- began over ten years ago when the Hospital hosted the organizing meetings and KCH employees assisted and even chaired the overall event. KCH employees have shared their cancer experiences at Relay events and otherwise inspired the community. Each year KCH has had at least one Hospital team with other staff leading or members of other teams.

Rhodes then honored this year’s team – the KCH Kaleidoscopers, Captain LuAnne Larson, Co-captain Cindy Salerno and 14 additional members for their "top team" finish for the past two years. He acknowledged the year long dedication of raising money for a cure and local patient care and services and the individual and team contributions of each. 2010 team members include: Clara Paul, Amy Peterson, Dawn Keesler, Andrea Thompson, Autumn McCanna, Sherri Peterson, Mary Jo Hannold, Helen Heasley, Patti Koza, Don Farnsworth, Sue Singer, Ruth Gentilman Peterson, Marsha Keller, Ronda Feronti.

Larson led the team to their “top team” finish for the last two years with her strong leadership and organizational skills and her commitment to the cause.

He recognized three other KCH employees who this year captained or co-captained other teams at the Kane Area Relay – Sue McAlee, Laurie Menteer and Kellie Ely -- and noted that Ely and Ruth Peterson served also as chairs for Team Retention and Publicity respectively for the Kane Area Event.

The luncheon celebration took place not only in Kane at the hospital but also at KCH’s community clinics in Mt. Jewett, Johnsonburg, Ridgway, and Sheffield. Hot dogs and hamburgers were grilled by Rhodes and Papalia, packed by the dietary team with pasta salad, baked beans and cake/cookies and delivered by KCH Directors to the clinics in grateful appreciation for the commitment of KCH employees in donating their time, talent and money to the 2010 Kane Area Relay for Life.

The KCH Kaleidoscopers raised $14,227 in more than three-dozen fundraising projects or events held throughout the year.

The combined total of all teams for 2010 Kane Area Relay exceeded $71,000. Forty percent of the money raised goes to research for a cure, the other 60% stays in the local community for local patient care and services.

KCH recently donated a room at the Hospital and built cabinetry and storage creating a space of comfort, light and privacy for an American Cancer Society (ACS) Wig Room as part of the local patient services. Clients are assisted with choosing a wig and helped by local beauticians in shaping and trimming the piece to client's preferences. Those in the Kane Area needing wigs during chemo are referred to the ACS Wig Room at the Hospital.

Pictured, water from the fountain donated by the Zook Family in Patti’s memory cascaded down the sides. In the Gazebo in the background, CEO Gary Rhodes and Director of Operations Mark Papalia are grilling hot dogs and hamburgers prior to the luncheon and celebration; KCH employees milling, listening to CEO Rhodes, and enjoying a beautiful day in the gardens; KCH Relay participants and fundraisers gather for recognition presentation. Standing l-r are Andrea Thompson, Captain LuAnne Larson, Mary Jo Hannold, Marsha Keller, Sue McAlee; seated Patti Koza, Sherri Peterson, Amy Peterson, Kellie Ely, Autum McCanna, co-captain Cindy Salerno. Not pictured but also recognized were: Clara Paul, Dawn Keesler, Helen Heasley, Don Farnsworth, Sue Singer, Ruth Gentilman Peterson, Laurie Menteer, Ronda Feronti.

Photos and story provided by Kane Community Hospital

Ridge to Advise Marcellus Shale Coalition

The Marcellus Shale Coalition announced Friday that former Governor Tom Ridge has agreed to serve as its strategic adviser.

A coalition spokesman says Ridge's communications and policy groups will be paid $75,000 a month for help in such areas as public outreach, education and coalition building.

We have learned from the past that we must develop our resources safely and efficiently. During my term as governor, we grew our economy by providing incentives for economic growth and always by ‘Growing Greener.’ The development of the Marcellus Shale will benefit all of the citizens of our state, our region, and our nation. Not only can the environmental and economic benefit be transformational for generations to come, our homeland security will be forever strengthened,” Ridge added.

Bradford Drillers Going to Cooperstown

The Bradford Drillers baseball team is headed to Cooperstown, New York, to play in the Youth Baseball Tournament. You can get all the schedule information, as well as information about the team, at Bradford More information is available at Cooperstown Dreams

Good luck, guys!

Forest Road 188 to Temporarily Close

The Allegheny National Forest announced today the temporary closure of Forest Road (FR) 188 in Lafayette Township, McKean County.

FR188 between the intersection with FR504 and Westline will be closed from Tuesday, August 3 through Tuesday, August 10 for culvert replacement work.

Senator Wants More State Police Troopers

State Senator Richard A. Kasunic (D-Fayette/Somerset) today introduced two bills that would increase the number of State Police troopers and keep the department as close to full strength as possible.

“While State Police officers have done an admirable job tackling expanded responsibilities with fewer resources, it is imperative that we take steps to assure that there are an adequate number of troopers patrolling our highways and communities,” Kasunic said.

His two bills would:

· raise the State Police compliment from 4,310 to 5,000; and

· mandate that a new State Police cadet class be formed if the total number of troopers falls 5 percent or more below the department’s compliment.

Both measures would exempt troopers assigned to casinos, liquor enforcement or the Delaware River Bridge Authority from being counted toward the compliment.

Kasunic said the State Police is currently 260 officers under its 4,310 complement. He said patrol responsibilities have grown during these difficult economic times because many local police departments have disbanded or gone part-time. Making matters worse, many troopers have been moved in recent years from patrol duty to newer mandated work ranging from administering various criminal databases to policing at casinos.

The Dunbar lawmaker added that the department will soon face a spike in retirements. He said a third of all current troopers were hired from 1991-1994. Most of them will reach their 20-year retirement eligibility over the next three years.

“At some point, police response time worsens, the quality and timeliness of criminal investigations suffers and the safety and security of citizens is compromised,” Kasunic said.

“Even though the state faces very difficult budget challenges, public safety is not a line item we can afford to cut.”

Kasunic said he will continue to seek ways to provide a consistent and reliable funding source to fully staff the State Police. He added that he wants to assure that troopers are fully equipped and operate as safely, effectively and efficiently as possible.

Bradford Airport Gets Federal Money

Washington, D.C .— U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, learned today that the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $224,500 to the Bradford Regional Airport to purchase snow removal equipment and rehabilitate runways.

“This federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation will enable the airport to keep their runways in good working order and provide greater safety in the winter with better snow removal,” said Thompson. “I understand the existing snow plow has reached the end of its useful life.”

Airport Director Tom Frungillo said, “The funds will be used to rehabilitate, crack seal and mark Runway 14-32 and Runway 5-23. Additionally, we will purchase much needed snow removal equipment.”

Homicide Suspect Picked Up at Border

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announced the arrest of a United States citizen wanted in Maryland on homicide charges.

On July 30, CBP officers received notification from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that Benjamin Moore, a 46- year-old United States citizen from Lexington Park, Maryland, was being deported from Canada and returned to the United States. Canadian authorities advised that Mr. Moore was taken into custody by Niagara Regional Police after a traffic stop in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Record checks by Canadian authorities revealed the possibility of an active warrant in the United States. Mr. Moore was deported from Canada by CBSA and returned to the United States via the Rainbow Bridge border crossing in Niagara Falls.

Upon his return to the United States, CBP officers verified the validity of the nation-wide felony warrant and confirmed the extradition. The warrant was issued July 26, 2010 by the St. Mary’s County (MD) Sheriff’s Department and charges Mr. Moore with homicide.

Mr. Moore was arrested by CBP on the active warrant and turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending extradition to Maryland. Mr. Moore’s vehicle, which was preserved by CBSA as a possible crime scene, was recovered as evidence in Canada and turned over to the custody of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department and the Maryland State Police.

National Fuel Raising Rates

National Fuel Gas customers will see a 20 percent increase in their bills starting Sunday.

The monthly bill of a typical customer will go form $76.21 to $91.74.

Nancy Taylor of National Fuel says the primary reason for this increase is the completion of a refund of previous over-collections that has been included in rates for the past year.

She adds that the market price for natural gas is projected to be greater the current rate.

National Fuel projects annual Gas Supply Charges each year on August 1 and can then update them through quarterly reconciliation of actual costs against projections. Any necessary updates can be made on November 1, February 1 and May 1.

Man Charged, Jailed for
Attempted Robbery of Amish Couple

A man has been arrested for attempting to rob an Amish couple earlier this month.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested 29-year-old Donald Pfaffenbach for attempted robbery and menacing.

Deputies say on July 11, in the Town of Leon, Pfaffenbach, tried to forcibly steal property from an Amish couple by displaying a handgun and demanding their wallet. When the couple said they didn’t have a wallet, Pfaffenbach fired one round near the horse that was pulling the couple’s buggy.

Pfaffenbach is in jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Deputies say more arrests are pending after their investigation is complete.

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5th Willow Creek Triathlon Next Week


If competition breeds success then there are already many winners in the Willow Creek Triathlon.

The obvious winners in the Fifth Annual Willow Creek Triathlon, set for Aug. 7, may be determined by those who benefit from the race – the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties. There are also the participants who strive to better themselves as well as bring out a little competitive side, pitting friend against friend, family member against family member.

Participants swim for 300 yards in Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park, bicycle 15 miles to Giordano’s Corydon Hotel and run three miles to The Willows Restaurant. Individuals can do all three events or be part of a team.

One example of the competitive spirit is a group from the Bradford Kiwanis Club. The team of Karen Buchheit, Candy Tingley and Denise Bean will compete against Steve Cottillion, a fellow Kiwanian.

Buchheit will swim, Tingley will bike and Bean will run. Although none were clear on how this friendly competition got started, they believe it has been in the works since last year’s triathlon.

“We just started talking about it at a meeting,” Buchheit said.

They decided to forge ahead to raise money for a good cause as well as promote the Kiwanis Club, which is sponsoring both the team and Cottillion. The winner – or winners – will undoubtedly win bragging rights.

The team calls themselves the QTs – or quickly trained. Their training may have been quick, but it’s also been both hearty and hardy.

Tingley has been ardent in her bicycling even after having foot surgery and training on the bike in flip-flops. She’s trained steadily, even though she just recently got a bike, and has increased the mileage biked each week.

Buchheit, who “amped up her swimming schedule,” received some advice from her daughter who competed it last year’s triathlon – watch out for the seaweed and getting kicked in the head.

“I am going to take a different strategy,” Buchheit said. “I am not going out first.”

They are also hoping Bean, who is an accomplished runner in her own right, to make up time.

“Our goal is to be somewhere between competitive and embarrassing,” they said.

Cottillion, at a younger 27 years of age, is feeling the heat.

“They have an advantage on me,” he said. “I am not as young as I used to be and not in shape.”

Cottillion, who has participated in the triathlon previously as part of a team, is a strong bicyclist, admits he’s “not a great runner” and is even more concerned about the swimming.

“I will probably doggy paddle the 300 yards,” he said jokingly. “I may be crawling to the finish line.”

Even while there’s a friendly competition here, the meaning rings true for at least one/ Tingley has one son who is a veteran and another in the service.

“Kevin checks in often to see how I am progressing,” she said of her son that’s the veteran. “He is really proud I am doing this.”

The proceeds from the triathlon benefit the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network. The money is used to purchase and maintain vans providing transportation to and from VA hospitals and clinics.

So far, registrations have been very good for this year’s event.

“We are excited at the prospect of having more participants this year than before since it’s the fifth year of the triathlon,” said Shane Oschman, race director. Oschman noted that this race is unique in that it crosses state lines – starting in New York and ending in Pennsylvania as well as benefiting veterans in both Warren and McKean counties.

Top male and female participants will receive the Thom Maholic Memorial Award named after Master Sgt. Thom Maholic of Bradford who died in 2006 while serving with Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Braveheart awards are given to those determined people who make an extra effort under extenuating circumstances to compete in and complete the triathlon.

New this year will be the presence of the Disabled American Veterans mobile outreach van which will have personnel available to help veterans that day.

“This is a great way that we could reach out to the community and provide a service to the veterans,” Oschman said of the van being on site at the Willows Restaurant. “It’s really an honor to help the veterans with the proceeds of the triathlon as well as help them in any way we can with the van being here the day of the event, too.”

People may register at the triathlon website at or starting at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event at Allegany State Park. The triathlon will start at 9:30 a.m.

Pictured, Willow Creek Triathlon committee members Bruce Housler, left, and Ken "Mouse" Yohe show off one of the trophies that will be awarded to the winner of the triathlon that will be held Aug. 7.

You can hear our first LiveLine on this year's trialthon here. We'll be talking about it again on Wednesday.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Busy Day for Bradford Police

Bradford City Police answered quite a few calls Wednesday and early Thursday, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department. They got calls reporting harassment at the Riddell House and on Williams Street, noise on Bushnell Street, criminal mischief on Congress Street, a theft on Homestead Avenue, and a possible drug violation on Elm Street.

Officers also looked into reports of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Congress Street and Brookline Court, underage drinking on Bank Street and DUI on South Center Street.

They also got called to a couple of domestic incidents, served a warrant, transported a prisoner and assisted the fire department on Oakwood Avenue.

Brad Penn Sponsoring
Annual Autumn Daze Car Show

American Refining Group announced today that Brad Penn Lubricants will be the major sponsor of the 13th Annual Autumn Daze Car Show being held September, 12 in downtown Bradford.

The Autumn Daze Car Show has become the premier car show in the area. It features historic and classic vehicles, as well as muscle cars from the past, along with live entertainment featuring local talent.

Last year’s show featured more than 300 cars and drew thousands of spectators to the downtown area. An estimated 80 percent of the cars at the event were from outside the Bradford area. A total of 100 trophies were handed out last year. This year’s theme is “Sentimental Journey.”

“We feel it is a great fit for Brad Penn Lubricants to get involved in this community event not only because of our Penn Grade 1 High Performance Oils that are specifically designed for these types of cars, but also to help support the efforts of the Street Dreams Car Club that gives so much to the local community,” said Richard Glady, vice president of Blended Lubricants Sales and Marketing for ARG.

“We welcome Brad Penn as our corporate sponsor, and feel the exposure will be great for the club as well as for Brad Penn Lubricants,” said Gary Hoy, president of the Street Dreams Car Club.

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PA Marine Dies in Afghanistan

A Pennsylvania Marine died Tuesday in Afghanistan.

21-year-old Lance Cpl. Abram Howard of Williamsport was killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand Province.

He was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, based out of North Versailles, Pa.

Route 219/Bradford Bypass Update

No construction activity is expected on Bolivar Drive next week, but PennDOT says bridge painting will take place later in August.

All other restrictions, detours and closures will remain in effect.

The complete 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 August 2. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

· 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 bituminous pavement and backfilling 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 shoulder back up 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.
· No construction activity is expected on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346. Bridge painting at this location will take place later in August.
· 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.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Scattering Rubbish Leads to Drug Charge

A Bradford man picked up for scattering rubbish is facing drug charges, too.

25-year-old Cotton Winston was found scattering rubbish behind the Seneca Building at 1 a.m. on May 24, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office. Before Pitt-Bradford police arrived on the scene, Bradford City Police had him in custody, and discovered that he was in possession of a controlled substance.

Winston waived his preliminary hearing and is free unsecured bail.

Bradford Man Facing Several Charges

After a domestic incident in which people were described as “yelling frantically,” a Bradford man is facing charges for having drug paraphernalia, careless driving and disorderly conduct.

25-year-old Shane Miller waived his preliminary hearing today in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

On June 24, police were called to Orchard Place for the domestic and, after trying to calm Miller down, put him in handcuffs. As an officer was standing behind Miller he said, “Yeah, those are track marks. Quit looking at them.” Officers then noticed that a ring fell off Miller’s finger and, when they were set to put it in his pocket, they saw a syringe.

Earlier in the day, police had received a report of an erratic driver matching Miller’s description. The driver was reportedly speeding, then slamming the brakes. He’s accused of backing his vehicle up Orchard Place as another vehicle was coming down, then getting out of his vehicle, running up to the other vehicle and telling the driver, “Excuse my language but I’m f*****g crazy,” according to papers filed in Cercone's office.

Miller is free on $2,500 bail.

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Disturbances, Barking Dog in Bradford

Bradford City Police on Tuesday were asked to check out a suspicious person on High Street. They were also told about a traffic hazard on Route 219 and criminal mischief on East Main Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Police also responded to several domestic incidents, got a number of requests to speak with an officer, looked into disturbances on Charlotte Avenue and Bushnell Street, and were asked to do something about a barking dog on Euclid Avenue.

West Valley Man Facing Drug Charges

A West Valley, New York, man has been arrested by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies.

24-year-old Adam Dunmire was picked up Tuesday afternoon on an indictment warrant. He’s charged with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

Dunmire is in jail without bail.

Quick Center Project Making Waves

Copies of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” a famous woodblock print by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.

This summer, those renowned art centers share that distinction with public libraries and institutions in at least 16 communities in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania, where mosaic reproductions of the famous print are being created one small ceramic square at a time.

Each of these mosaics is the work of as many as 90 artists – from elementary school-age youngsters to teens and adults.

The project is part of the summer reading program hosted by public libraries nationwide.

“The theme for the summer reading program this year is ‘Make a Splash/Make Waves,’” said Evelyn Sabina, curator of education at the Quick Center. “It reminded me of ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa,’ a picture in our Asian collection, so I thought, all right, what can I do with that?”

Sabina was already working with schools on creating mosaics, an activity inspired by another Quick Center offering – the first major exhibition of 20th century art deco muralist and mosaicist Hildreth Meiére, which recently ended a 10-month run. So, she decided to help community libraries create their own mosaic reproductions of “The Great Wave” print.

Libraries have been given a copy of the print, on which is drawn a grid of 90 half-inch squares. Each participant is assigned a square from the drawing and asked to reproduce it onto a 2 inch by 2 inch ceramic tile using special paint markers.

When a tile is completed, the artist’s name goes on the back and it is taped in place on a corresponding grid laid out on a piece of Plexiglas. When all the tiles are in place, the library has a mosaic reproduction of a famous piece of art ready for framing. Turn it over, and through the clear back you can read the names of all the community artists.

“This offers something for everyone,” said Sabina. “There are squares of varying degrees of difficulty, so no matter what your age or artistic ability there’s a square that’s right for you. And every library is doing something different with the program. Salamanca is bringing in a retired art teacher once a week to work with people, others are having artists or teachers come in to help.”

Accompanying materials include a pamphlet with vocabulary terms, geography questions, and a short reading section on “The Great Wave” print. Even math skills come into play because the finished mosaic will be four times bigger than the drawing, requiring each artist to consider that 4:1 ratio when reproducing his or her square onto the piece of ceramic tile.

“It’s also a cooperative effort,” said Sabina. “You have to make sure your square matches up with those around it, so it requires working with others.”

The project is free to participating libraries and the Quick Center was able to keep its costs at a minimum thanks to the donation of all tile pieces by Dal-Tile Corp. of Olean, a donation from McDonald’s, and discounted art supplies from The Ink Well store in Olean.

Summer program participants include libraries in Olean, Allegany, Portville, Salamanca, Ellicottville, Franklinville, Cuba, Belfast, Fillmore, Bolivar, Scio, Friendship, Jamestown and Randolph in New York; and Coudersport and Oswayo Valley in Pennsylvania. Other participants include Foundations for Change in Olean, The Ink Well, and the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

Anyone interesting in participating in the summer project should contact one of the host libraries, businesses or agencies.

The Quick Center’s Arts Education programs are designed to help schools and libraries integrate art into their curriculums, and to expose more people to the art center’s many and varied offerings.

Joseph LoSchiavo, the Quick Center’s executive director, said the Arts Education program touches thousands of students each year. “We’re very proud of the outreach program that we’re able to provide in the area,” said LoSchiavo. “I’m very gratified for the positive feedback that’s come from the schools and also grateful to the individuals and businesses that support the program.”

Pictured, Olean Public Library employee Kari Hall (left) of Allegany and Carrie DiRisio of Olean, a junior at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., work on the “Great Wave” mosaic at the library.
Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure University

UPB Math Professer Presents Paper

Dr. Yong-Zhuo Chen, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford professor of mathematics presented a paper at the American Mathematical Society’s Eastern Sectional meeting at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J.

Chen’s paper, “Some Contractive Type Mappings and Their Application to Difference Equations,” used a new method to solve a type of difference equation. Difference equations are used to model phenomena in biology, ecology, physiology, physics, engineering and economics.

The paper has also been accepted for publication in the Journal of Difference Equations and Applications.

Chen was born in China. He obtained his Master of Science degree in mathematics from Shanghai Normal University and taught there as an instructor for a couple of years.

He came to the United States at the end of 1983 to attend the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his doctorate in mathematics in 1988.

Chen’s doctoral work was in the field of harmonic analysis and he, together with his advisor, initiated the study of several new classes of Hardy spaces, which have been developed considerably by other mathematicians since then.

After working as a visiting assistant professor at Bowling Green State University for one year, he began his career at Pitt-Bradford in 1989.

Since coming to Pitt-Bradford, his research interest has shifted to the field of nonlinear operators. He has published more than 30 refereed papers, which include several co-authored articles with students, in college-level mathematics journals.

He is also chairman of the division of physical and computational sciences. He lives in Bradford.

Alleged Drug Sellers Waive Hearings

Three people have waived hearings on charges that they sold drugs to confidential informants for the state police.

44-year-old Robert Albney of Eldred is accused of selling marijuana and 60 Xanax pills to the informant for $280 on May 27, 2009, outside the Goodwill Store in Bradford.

47-year-old Nicholas Elliott of Lewis Run is accused of selling 2 Vicodin pills for $10 on December 8, 2009, at McDonald’s in Bradford. The next day he allegedly sold 20 pills for $100.

42-year-old Dianna Elliott is accused of selling 20 Vicodin for $105 at the Chestnut Street Uni-Mart on November 5, 2009. She also threw six other pills in for free for the confidential informant to try, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

All three people are free on unsecured bail.

Voice Mail at CCMH

The hardware issue with Charles Cole Memorial Hospital's voice mail system has been resolved and it is now working again.

Suspect Says He Fought with Police
Because He Wanted to Feel a Taser

A Bradford man charged with resisting arrest told police he just wanted to know what a Taser felt like.

30-year-old Matthew Simonds waived his preliminary hearing today in front of District Justice Dominic Cercone on charges of resisting arrest, fleeing or eluding police, disorderly conduct, driving at an unsafe speed, careless driving and DUI.

At about 2 a.m. on June 25 police say Simonds was driving on West Washington Street at about 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. Papers filed in Cercone’s office also say he was swerving and crossing lanes. When police tried to stop him he turned onto Harding Avenue and into a driveway, where he attempted to hide the car behind a camper.

After observing Simonds’ “glossy eyes” and beer cans on the floor of the car, police asked him to get out of the vehicle but he gripped the wheel and said he wasn’t going anywhere without a fight. When police told him there wouldn’t be a fight because they have Tasers, he told them to get the Tasers out.

One officer took Simonds to the ground, where he was “resisting and fighting heavily.” After police used a Taser and handcuffed him Simonds “said he was stupid for wanting to fight.” Later he said “he was stupid as he wanted to see what a Taser felt like.”

Simonds is free on $25,000 bail.

Casey Fracking Chemical Disclosure
Included in Senate Energy Bill

WASHINGTON, DC — Provisions proposed by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) to require the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing has been included in The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act to be considered on the Senate floor. The language is based on part of Senator Casey’s Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (S.1215).

“I am pleased that provisions to require public disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking are included in legislation moving forward in the Senate,” said Senator Casey. “The explosive growth of natural gas wells in Pennsylvania and recent incidents involving some of these wells highlights the urgent need for this legislation. Pennsylvanians have the right to know what is being injected into the ground at thousands of sites across the Commonwealth.”

The injection of unknown and potentially toxic chemicals often occurs near drinking water wells. Three million Pennsylvanians are dependent on private wells for water. Troubling incidents have occurred around the country where people became ill after fracking operations began in their communities. Some chemicals that are known to have been used in fracking include diesel fuel, benzene, industrial solvents and other carcinogens and endocrine disrupters.

Specifically, the disclosure provisions in The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act:

· Amends the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), which was designed to help local communities protect public health, safety, and the environment from chemical hazards.

· Requires a well operator to disclose, to the state and to the public, a list of the chemicals used in each hydraulic fracturing process, including chemical constituents (but not the proprietary chemical formulas), Chemical Abstracts Service registry numbers and material safety data sheets. If the state does not have a disclosure program in effect, requires disclosure directly to the public.

· Requires disclosure to be well-specific.

· Requires disclosure of a propriety formula or chemical constituents to a treating physician or nurse in the case of a medical emergency. A confidentiality agreement may be obtained as soon as circumstances permit.

· Removes threshold limitations normally required under EPCRA, so that all amounts of chemicals are required to be reported.

Paterson Won't Face Criminal Charges

New York Governor David Paterson will not face criminal charges for his role in a top aide's domestic violence case.

Retired Judge Judith Kaye released a report outlining tampering allegations against Paterson.

After the confrontation between the aide, David Johnson, and his then-girlfriend Sherr-una Booker last Halloween Paterson called Booker and later endorsed a press statement that said the incident was not violent.

Booker filed a police report saying Johnson choked her, threw her against a mirror and tried to rip her Halloween costume off. After the Paterson call, she did not show up for court, and the complaint was dropped.

Kaye’s report does, however, say that Paterson had inappropriate contact with Booker.

You can find the report at the following link:

AG: Operation Homegrown Suspects
Distributed $2 Million Worth of Cocaine

An Altoona area cocaine ring responsible for distributing $2 million worth of cocaine over the past two and a half years was broken-up today by state narcotics agents and local police.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigation, known as "Operation Homegrown" began in November 2009 and focused on Brian Pfister, an Altoona resident, who was allegedly obtaining cocaine from three separate sources.

Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.

According to the grand jury, Pfister was a major supplier of cocaine to the Blair County area, with his main center of operations at his home in Altoona. Agents estimate that Pfister's organization distributed at least $2 million worth of cocaine over the past two and a half years.

"We believe that this is one of the largest 'homegrown' cocaine operations in the Altoona area since the 1990's," Corbett said. "Pfister and his associates were trafficking and dealing a significant amount of cocaine throughout the region."

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Chamber Challenge

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is issuing a challenge to Facebook users. They want 1,000 fans of their new page by Tuesday.

Let's do it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

PSP: Man Threatened to Kill People

A Roulette man is in jail after being accused of firing a weapon and telling two people he was going to kill them.

State police say at about 10:30 Monday night 60-year-old Randy Cornelius discharged two round out of a weapon and pointed the weapon at a 35-year-old Emporium woman who was in her car, and told her he was going to kill her. 8-year-old and 10-year-old girls were in the vehicle when Cornelius pointed the weapon.

Cornelius then allegedly told a 41-year-old Roulette man that he was going to kill him and his wife.

Cornelius is charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. His bail is set at $50,000.

Super User Technologies Expanding

WESB/WBRR News Director

A Bradford businesswoman is “aggressively” expanding her business, and creating jobs in the process.

Carolyn Boser Newhouse of Super User Technologies will start providing video surveillance and access control services, and asked for a $100,000 Enterprise Zone loan to help with the startup costs. Bradford City Council approved the loan during its meeting Tuesday. The loan has an interest rate of 3 percent for a term of up to 15 years.

She told council that many people think her company is an information technology business but it’s actually wired and wireless communications infrastructure.

“We put the wire in the wall and the waves in the air,” she said.

She said she wants to add a complementary scope of service – a new division for surveillance and access control “which is supposed to be somewhat recession proof.”

Newhouse said she expects to create seven new jobs to start with. The second year plan would be to offer monitoring and hosting services.

She used the example of the burglary at the Eldred American Legion building as to why there’s a growth in the monitoring and hosting business. The people who broke in took the surveillance tape so it couldn’t be used for prosecution.

Newhouse started Super User Technologies in 1993 at the OECD’s business incubator on Russell Boulevard. In 2000 with help from the OECD and the North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission, she was able to call the Old Post Office the new home for her business.

In other matters on Tuesday, council approved the appointment of Michael Campogiani to permanent firefighter/EMT effective June 9. This is not a new position; he has completed his probationary period.

Council also approved grants to two property owners for installation of sidewalks, and to a couple of homeowners in the Elm Street/Project Pride neighborhood for rehabilitation of their homes.

Council accepted a quote from Tom Vickery to demolish 18 Howard Street. The city bought the house in 2007 and has since determined that it’s beyond repair. OECD solicited quotes from qualified contractors to demolish and clear the structure and transport the debris to the McKean County Landfill. Vickery submitted the lowest of five quotations at $2,654.

Council also appointed City Solicitor Mark Hollenbeck, City Clerk John Peterson and City Controller Ron Orris as the negotiating committee for the 2010 local union #110 contract negotiations.

I Can't Say It's a Manhole

Corignani: If You Have a Complaint, Call

WESB/WBRR News Director

Code enforcement officer George Corignani says if people have a problem with his department, all they have to do is call.

“We don’t have to come here every week and sit and trash code enforcement,” Corignani said during Tuesdays sometimes heated Bradford City Council meeting. “I mean, it’s just not getting anywhere.”

“If you have a problem, call us at our office. We’ll take care of it. And if you’re not satisfied then, there’s a problem. But we’re not getting any phone calls about any of this stuff,” he said, adding that he doesn’t know about some of the problems until after he reads about the council meetings every other Wednesday.

“I’m just trying to do my job and do it right. We can all do this together and work it out together because – Guess what? – I’m not going anywhere,” Corignani said.

“We’re not saying it’s you guys,” said Mayor Tom Riel. “We’re saying there’s a problem with the program.”

Councilman Jim Evans added that much of what’s been discussed at council meetings has come from citizens, who have brought it up time and time again.

“I understand, Mr. Evans, but why aren’t they calling us? They call us, we’ll do the job they ask,” Corignani said.

Riel said,”We need to get to a point where it’s not complaint driven. People shouldn’t have to rely on who calls it in and complains. There’s some frustration with that.”

“You don’t know how many things we take care of that people don’t see,” said code enforcement officer Merle Silvis.

“We are addressing a lot that people don’t know about it. I understand there are frustrations in this town,” he said. “We have a lot of substandard housing and it’s getting worse and worse, and we’re trying to stick our finger in the dike and make it better.”

“We’re doing the best we can. I understand people’s frustration. I’m frustrated. George is frustrated,” Silvis said.

“We have to figure out how we can do more with less,” Riel said.

Earlier in the meeting, businessman John Kohler asked why the building on Marilyn Horne Way he talked about during the last council meeting hadn’t been taken care of.

Corignani said all the glass had been replaced.

“Absolutely wrong,” Kohler said, adding that he drove by right before the council meeting and glass is still on the ledge on the second floor.

"Every window that Mr. Kohler complained about being broke (during the) last council meeting has been replaced. There is not one broken window on that side of the building," Corignani said.

"I’m saying glass is laying right on the ledge – piles of busted glass," Kohler said. “The pigeon crap is still there, too ... the receptacles dangling off the back (are) still there. I just drove by there. I’m not making this up.”

“I’m not trying to pick on you,” Kohler said.

“I think you are,” Corignani said.

“We’ll go over there when the meeting’s over,” Kohler said, adding that they'll discuss they're findings during the next council meeting. “That ain’t pickin’ on ya. This is BS.”

When Corignani started to address Riel about being part of the problem instead of part of the solution, Riel asked city solicitor Mark Hollenbeck if it was appropriate for an employee of the city make that kind of comment to the mayor. Hollenbeck said it’s appropriate for city employees to ask questions about public safety issues.

Corignani said he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to Riel or anyone on council.

“All I’m saying is that this has gone to the point where, instead of us having the solution to it, it’s all becoming a problem,” he said.

Later in the meeting, Corignani explained that it took almost a year for code enforcement to get where it is in the legal process. He said Cindy Master had been hired to go after money owed to the city through code enforcement. The “first round” of properties that went through the Board of Health were “held up” by the city’s special counsel Greg Henry. Master wrote the letters, and had to have Henry approve them before she could go on to the next step.

Last week, all the letters were sent out from the last Board of Health hearings. The fines against the property owners the letters were sent to totals $115,000 to $120,000.

He added that they have received some plea bargain proposals from some of the property owners, which will have to be discussed at the next Board of Health meeting. He said some people who have bills of $15,000 to $16,000 are offering to pay $6,000, $7,000 or $8,000, which is enough to tear a building down.

The last issue came up as council was considering transferring $9,000 from the code enforcement legal services account to the Elm Street Streetscape project. That will still leave code enforcement with a little less than $11,000 for legal services, which Corignani said should be plenty.

Man Arrested for Insurance Fraud, Theft

A Bradford man has been arrested and arraigned on theft and insurance fraud charges dating back to 2006.

56-year-old John Charles Hancock of 7 Cornelius Lane is accused of collecting more than $38,000 in unemployment and disability payments from an insurance company.

He’s charged with insurance fraud and theft by deception, both third-degree felonies, according to papers from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office.

He’s free on unsecured bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing August 11 in Luther’s office.

Chautauqua County Airport–Jamestown Project Wins ACEC Excellence Award

MAYVILLE, NY -- Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards is pleased to announce that the Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport Runway Safety Area Improvements project has received a prestigious award.

This $15 million project, designed and managed by C&S Companies, improved the runway safety area (RSA) for Runway 7-25 to meet FAA design standards. RSAs are critical safety features of airports that accommodate an accidental overrun, undershoot, or veer-off of an aircraft.

Edwards said the Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport Runway Safety Area Improvements project won a Gold award at the 2010 Engineering Excellence Awards Program of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), New York Chapter. This annual event recognizes and celebrates engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of skill and ingenuity among member firms.

"Improving runway safety at the Chautauqua County Airport is crucial, and C&S Companies has shown again that they were up to the task of designing and managing this effort," Edwards said.

FAA standards require 1,000 feet of length beyond each runway end and 500 feet of width along the entire runway. At Jamestown, both ends of the runway did not meet the minimum standards.

Some of the improvements included:

• Construction of a tunnel for West Oak Hill Road (approximately 525 feet long by 32 feet wide) under the RSA at the southwest end.

• Construction of embankment for the proposed RSA (approximately 430,000 cubic yards). Fill material was excavated entirely on-site.

• Construction of a new FAA instrument landing system, including access road construction, two new shelters to house ILS equipment, and new power and communications utility services. C&S facilitated a reimbursable agreement (value of almost $1.3 million) for the FAA to provide the county design review, equipment and oversight services for their new system.

• Relocation of Turner Road (approximately 2,800 feet) around the proposed RSA at the northeast end of the runway. Approximately 230,000 tires from the Chautauqua County Landfill were assembled by Chautauqua County staff and used for road base.

• Mitigation of wetlands that were disturbed as a result of the safety area improvements. New wetlands were created at the Conewango Swamp, a site owned by the NYSDEC.

"Working closely with my administration, Director of Public Facilities George Spanos and Airport Manager Dave Sanctuary, C&S secured Federal FAA and New York State DOT funding for the project resulting in the creation of construction jobs throughout the term of the project," Edwards said. "This project will benefit users of the Jamestown airport, as well as those in the surrounding community, with increased safety."

ACEC is the voice of America’s engineering industry. The more than 5,500 firms comprising the council’s membership are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation’s economy, and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life.

Pictured, Department of Public Facilities Director George Spanos, Matt Wenham with C&S Companies, County Executive Greg Edwards, AirportManager Dave Sanctuary
Photo courtesy of Edwards' office

Hit-and-Run Boat Crash at Bemus Point

A Springville teenager is facing charges following a hit-and-run boat accident in the Bemus Point area.

19-year-old Peter Saunders is charged with leaving the scene of a boat accident that happened on July 17.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say the accident happened when a 23-foot recreational vessel hit a 73-foot public vessel. The operator of the smaller boat left the scene and didn’t report the accident.

Deputies say that after a lengthy investigation by members of their Marine Division, and with help from several witnesses, they were able to identify Saunders, who will appear in Town of Ellery Court at a later date.

Translation by Pitt-Bradford Professor
Aappears in Galician Poetry Anthology

A poem translated from Galician to English by Dr. Carys Evans-Corrales, professor of Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, appears in the newly published “Anthology of Galician Literature 1196-1981.”

Evans-Corrales said she was asked by the anthology editor Jonathan Dunne to translate the poem “Abedoeiras” or “Birches” by Aquilino Iglesia Alvariño.

“The poem that I translated is from Iglesia Alvariño’s 1947 collection ‘Comaros Verdes’ (‘Green Borders’) and belongs to the Post-Spanish Civil War period of 1939 to 1981,” Evans-Corrales said.

She explained that Iglesia Alvariño is known for his love of the Galician countryside. Like many Spanish poets of his period, he managed to evade the censorship of General Francisco Franco by writing “innocuously” about aspects of the area that is now officially an autonomous region of Spain under a kind of federalized system.

Franco’s government was always on the alert for separatist activity from areas of Spain that spoke a different language than the official Castilian, including Galicia.

Galician, Evans-Corrales explained, is a language spoken in northwest Spain, where she taught English and translation at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela from 1973 to 1985. Until the 14th century, Galician was a version of Portuguese, but owing to political changes in the Iberian Peninsula, it evolved over the centuries to form an interesting language of its own now undergoing a lively literary renaissance.

Evans-Corrales is the director of the Spanish program at Pitt-Bradford and lives in Bradford with her husband, Scott Corrales.

PA, NY are Race to the Top Finalists

Pennsylvania and New York have been named two of 19 finalists in the competition for federal Race to the Top money aimed at certain education reforms.

This is the second time Pennsylvania has been a finalist in its quest to win up to $400 million for education in the state. Bradford, Kane, Warren and Brockway are among the school districts that submitted Race to the Top memoranda of understanding and would be included in the funding mix.

It's unclear how many states will be awarded funding. In the first round only two states – Delaware and Tennessee – got money.

"Pennsylvania's finalist status in round two of Race to the Top is a real testament to the hard work we've already done in implementing targeted reforms that help our students to achieve and succeed," Governor Ed Rendell said in a news release. "Pennsylvania's education community should be enormously proud that these efforts have been recognized in advancing our Race to the Top application."

"I am extremely pleased to learn that New York has been named a finalist in Race to the Top Round II," said Governor David Paterson. "This competition has provided states with an unprecedented opportunity to reform schools and challenge the educational status quo that is failing too many children, and I am proud to see that New York has been recognized for moving forward with our much needed improvements."

New York Senate Majority Leader John Sampson said, in a news release, "Today, we have moved one step closer to improving all of New York’s schools, so all of New York’s children have the world class education they deserve.”

In addition to Pennsylvania and New York, the other finalists are Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

Man Caught with 20 Lbs. of Ecstasy Pills

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations today announced that they seized about 20 pounds of Ecstasy from a Canadian citizen who was trying to cross the Peace Bridge on Sunday.

CBP officers encountered Anthony Ighodaro, a 29-year-old Canadian citizen from Mississauga, Ontario, as he applied for admission into the United States at the Peace Bridge border crossing in Buffalo. Ighodaro provided a Canadian passport as proof of citizenship and identity and told the primary CBP that he was on his way to the mall to spend the day shopping. Ighodaro was selected for a CBP secondary enforcement exam.

During the course of the secondary vehicle inspection, a CBP narcotics detector dog demonstrated a positive alert to the rear bumper area of the vehicle. A subsequent physical inspection of the area in question resulted in the discovery of two black garbage bags that were affixed to the inside rear bumper utilizing black tape and wire. The garbage bags were found to contain six clear plastic bags of multi-colored tablets, which later field-tested positive for methylene-dioxymethamphetamine or MDMA, better known as Ecstasy.

CBP officers seized a total of 30,160 tablets (approximately 20 lbs) of Ecstasy, with an estimated street value of $600,000. Ighodaro was arrested on federal charges of importation and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was turned over to agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York.

Photos provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Golubock Retiring as ARG President, COO

Harvey Golubock is retiring as president and chief operating officers of American Refining Group, and will be replaced by Jeannine Schoenecker, current chief financial officer, the board of directors announced Monday.

Golubock’s retirement as president and COO is effective March 31, but he will still be president of ARG Resources Inc. and will be vice chairman of ARG’s board of directors. Also, the board announced that Tim Brown will be responsible for all marketing related activities.

Golubock joined ARG as the President and Chief Operating Officer in 1997 when the Company purchased the Bradford refinery.

Prior to joining ARG, Golubock spent 28 years with Witco Corporation and held many senior positions including Vice President of Witco's Lubricant Group. Prior to Witco, Golubock worked at Gulton Industries and Permutit Company.

Golubock served for seven years as Chairman of the Board of Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems and still serves as a member of the Board of Directors; Co-Chairman of the Bradford Area Alliance; and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Schoenecker joined ARG as Assistant Controller in 1985. Later that year, she assumed the position of Controller and in 1991 she was promoted to Vice President of Accounting. Schoenecker assumed the position of Chief Financial Officer in 2008.

She is responsible for banking relationships, and the preparation of financial statements, budgeting, daily operations of the accounting department and for all federal and state tax compliance and reporting. She is also responsible for purchasing, logistics and information technology.

Schoenecker is also President of AR Trucking and a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Pennsylvania

Brown was named Vice President of Refinery Sales and Marketing in 2008. He is responsible for the sale and marketing of ARG’s refinery outputs including: fuels, solvents, base oils and waxes. Prior to being appointed a Vice President, Brown held the position of Director of Refinery Sales. Brown has over 15 years of experience in the lubricant and petroleum industries.

photos courtesy of ARG

Casey Urges Passage of FMAP Funding

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today again urged leaders in the Senate to move to pass increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funding for states to avoid state budget cuts and layoffs. In a letter urging that the measure be added to the next available legislative vehicle, Senator Casey highlighted the urgency of the measure to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s budget has assumed the state would receive $850 million from increased FMAP assistance.

“In the current economic climate where states are struggling with severe state budget deficits, it is imperative that the Senate approve an extension of FMAP funding through June 30, 2011,” wrote Senator Casey. “Without the extended FMAP funding, Governors in several states will be forced to make drastic cuts that will result in the loss of jobs and a reduction in social service programs. These actions will harm the economic recovery and hurt some of the most vulnerable adults and children who depend on the services these programs offer.”

Senator Casey has been a strong proponent of extending FMAP aid to the states. He has voted in favor of advancing this measure five times. Providing this aid to states like Pennsylvania has received majority support in the Senate, however it has not received the 60 votes required to prevent efforts by Senate Republicans to block the relief.

A copy of Senator Casey’s letter follows:

Dear Chairman Baucus:

As you know, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) funding for states. This funding is set to expire on December 31, 2010, but many state budgets run through June 30, 2011, including Pennsylvania’s, and many Governors have calculated additional FMAP funding into their state budgets.

In the current economic climate where states are struggling with severe state budget deficits, it is imperative that the Senate approve an extension of FMAP funding through June 30, 2011. Without the extended FMAP funding, Governors in several states will be forced to make drastic cuts that will result in the loss of jobs and a reduction in social service programs. These actions will harm the economic recovery and hurt some of the most vulnerable adults and children who depend on the services these programs offer.

I know you are in agreement with me on the need for extended funding and appreciate the work you have done to date on this issue. However, with August recess fast approaching I feel compelled to write and respectfully request that you include this provision in the earliest possible legislative vehicle.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.


Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Note: Pennsylvania's recently passed budget includes $850 million in expected FMAP funding. New York State, which hasn't passed its budget yet (it was due April 1), is counting on $1 billion from FMAP.

Route 6 in Coudersport Re-Opened

Route 6 in Coudersport near Mill Street has re-opened.

The road had been closed, and a detour was in place, because of a gas leak.

Three People in Court on Drug Charges

Three people were in Cattaraugus County Court Monday facing drug charges.

57-year-old Richard Cottom has been sentenced to 2 years in prison and 2 years’ probation for possessing crack cocaine with the intent to sell it on November 14 in Olean.

37-year-old Joseph Cole has been sentenced to one year of weekends in Cattaraugus County Jail for possessing a narcotic drug with the intent to sell it on January 18, 2008, in Olean.

58-year-old Claudia Cleveland of Randolph pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Between March 19 and 27, 2008, in Randolph, she sold a narcotic drug, according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO by the district attorney's office.

Blood Bank Gas Card Giveaway

The Community Blood Bank of NW PA and Country Fair have teamed up to help keep the local blood supply safe this summer.

Two lucky donors this week will win a $50 gas card generously donated by Country Fair. One donor on Thursday will win and another on Saturday. The summer is the hardest time of year for the blood supply and with all the travelling everyone could use a gas card.

The Community Blood Bank is open Thursday at Union Square from 3:30 to 7:30pm and Saturday 9a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is needed to save a life.

"This is such a great promotion," Says Dan Desrochers Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "We are so grateful to Country Fair. We hope lots of donors come out and give blood this week."

The Community Blood Bank is the EXCLUSIVE supplier of blood products to all the hospitals in Erie, Mc Kean, Warren, Elk and Potter Counties. And now supplies Tioga County at over 50%. The CBB supplies 98% of all blood used in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, & Allegany Counties in WNY. Only blood donated with the Community Blood Bank will alleviate the shortage in these counties and will help patients at local hospitals.

All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. The Community Blood Bank is located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square across from the Sports Café in the BRMC Laboratory. Hours are on Thursday are 3:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. Everyone over 16 is strongly encouraged to donate.

Part of Route 5 in Coudy Closed

Route 6 has been shut down near Mill Street in Coudersport because of a gas leak, according to state police.

Traffic is being diverted onto Route 872 to Dutch Hill Road and back onto Route 6.

State police will send an update when the road is re-opened.

Frank Williams Sports Blog: Big 30 Teams Practicing for 37th Classic

Frank Williams Sports Blog: Big 30 Teams Practicing for 37th Classic: "The 37th Don Raabe Big 30 Classic is less thant two weeks away. Tonight the Pa All Stars workout at Sheffield and the NY All Stars practice ..."

Tuna Trekkers Traverse Trails


There are six Tuna Trekkers down, and as organizers hope, many more to go.

The first six Tuna Trekkers have logged in the 31 miles of the Tuna Valley Trail Association and are on their way to become official Tuna Trekkers. The Tuna Trekker Program is a fundraiser that benefits the America Red Cross of McKean and Potter counties.

Tuna Trekker hopefuls have until Aug. 15 to turn in their log books.

“We started in May,” said Elaine Summerday, who walked the trails with friend Theresa Bond. The program started May 15. “We wanted to be the first.”

Bond said they had done it last year and when she saw the announcement for this year’s event, they seized the chance to do it again.

The two said one of the main motivating factors of doing the Tuna Trekker program this year was the addition of the geocaching component.

This was a welcome new challenge that broke up one of the longer trails in the system – the Indian Pipe Trail.

The other four first-place finishers were the “Find Your Trail” of Terri Cook, Marcia Fowler, Cheryl O’Connell and Doris Stoddard.

The “Find Your Trail” team would coordinate when they could walk together, something they have done for years.

“We have always been walking together for years – even if it wasn’t for any purpose,” O’Connell said.

While the two teams walked all of the 31 miles, some can be completed on bicycle as proved by Rick Lutz and Gene Cornelius, who tackled the entire Tuna Valley Trail system in one day.

They did the Indian Pipe, Marilla Springs, Marilla Bridges, Blaisdell & Emery and McDowell trails on bikes. They walked and biked the Marilla Rocks trail and walked the others. They started at 8 a.m. and finished a little after 4 p.m.

But have no fear, others have more time – until Aug. 15 - to finish the program.

Anyone who finishes each of the TVTA developed trails, pledges a minimum of $30 and completes the trails log, will earn the title “Tuna Trekker.” The benefits of the Tuna Trekker program are twofold – to get people to use and appreciate the trails as well as earn money for the local Red Cross.

“I like them all,” Fowler said. “It’s a good challenge.”

There are at least 300 trail logs out. Organizers are not sure how many actually are doing the trails until the logs are turned in in August.

Participants in the Tuna Trekker program are to get pledges for each mile they walk on the trails and then get out and walk.

Walkers will have a log to complete; there’s space for a photo of the participant – for a photo contest - and a witness signature.

Last year, the Tuna Trekkers raised a little over $2,000 for the Red Cross. Lutz
noted that all of the money stays local and helped support the local programs, such as Meals on Wheels and disaster assistance.

Log books can be picked up at the Red Cross or at the WESB/WBRR studios. A recognition dinner is held in the fall.

Portville Man Facing Charges

A Portville man is facing charges after an accident earl Sunday morning in South Valley.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say 30-year-old Charles Daly Jr. was on West Perimeter Road when his vehicle left the road and wrecked near the intersection of Pierce Road.

Daley is charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content higher than .08 percent and a number of other offenses. He’s free on his own recognizance.

Kong Ho Featured in Ohio Newspaper

With thousands of paintbrush strokes over the weekend, Ohio artists with disabilities created a mural marking the anniversary of that federal law (the Americans with Disabilities Act).

The mural was created by Kong Ho, a master muralist at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Pa.

To read the full story, go to the Columbus Dispatch.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Casey Chairs Hearing on Emergency Response in the Marcellus Shale Region

PITTSBURGH, PA – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today chaired a field hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee entitled “Emergency Response in the Marcellus Shale Region.”

At the hearing, Senator Casey heard from panelists testifying on current emergency response procedures and whether there is a need to increase regulation over emergency response procedures. Senator Casey also sought input on legislation he plans to introduce to improve emergency response at oil and gas wells.

“Because of the recent incidents at several gas well sites, I have called this hearing to investigate the current emergency response procedures and determine where we need improvement,” said Senator Casey. “We are currently recovering from an economic recession and the Marcellus Shale provides an excellent opportunity for job growth and economic prosperity in the region. With that said, we must ensure that we do not waste this resource by endangering workers and our environment. I firmly believe we can extract the natural gas in a safe manner that does not harm our workers or our environment.”

During the hearing, Senator Casey discussed legislation he plans to introduce to improve emergency response at oil and gas wells. The Faster Action Safety Team Emergency Response (FASTER) Act of 2010 provides the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with the ability to draft regulations that will enhance emergency response procedures at oil and gas wells.

Specifically, the Act provides OSHA the power to draft regulations that will require operators to:
• Have an employee, knowledgeable in responding to emergency situations, present at the well at all times during the exploration or drilling phase;
• Make available a certified response team, within one hour of ground travel time, if an emergency situation arises;
• Contact local first responders within 15 minutes of the commencement of an emergency situation;
• Contact OSHA within 1 hour of the commencement of an emergency situation;
• Contact the National Response Center within 1 hour of the commencement of an emergency situation;
• Provide communication technology at the well site (e.g.., mobile communication or satellite phone);
• Provide annual training to local first responders on the hazards of a well site and proper emergency response techniques; and
• File an annual report with OSHA that names the certified response team assigned to each well of the operator.

OSHA will have 18-months to finalize the regulations under this Act. The Act will allow OSHA to define the term ‘emergency situation.’

Senator Casey also introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (S.1215) to repeal an exemption provided for the oil and gas industry and would require the disclosure of the chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing processes. Senator Casey is pushing to include these provisions in energy legislation the Senate is slated to consider
Senator Casey’s Faster Action Safety Team Emergency Response Act of 2010 (FASTER Act) can be found HERE.

At the hearing, Senator Casey heard testimony from Robert French, Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Anthony Iannacchione, Associate Professor and Director of the Mine Engineering Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Nicholas DeIullis, President and Chief Operating Officer of CNX Gas Corporation, June Chappel, a resident of Hopewell Township in Washington County and Ralph Tijerina, Chairman of the Safety Committee for the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association and Health, Safety and Environmental Director of Range Resources.

37 High School Students Attend 25th
Annual IU9 Summer Academy at UPB

Thirty-seven high school students from McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter counties rose to the challenge of college life last week at the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 Summer Academy at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Now in its 25th year, Summer Academy affords students the opportunity to live on campus and experience college-style courses while enjoying activities and fieldtrips throughout the region. The academy, which started July 18 and ran through Saturday, July 24, is sponsored by Pitt-Bradford and the IU 9.

Students were able to choose one of three tracks: drama and communications, art and sculpture, or criminal justice and forensics. The students worked on a variety of projects within their designated tracks and presented them at the end of the academy.

Students in drama and communications were taught by Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater, and Jeff Guterman, associate professor of communications. Students studied drama and the basics of radio and television production, creating commercials and newscasts. On Thursday they took a field trip to WNED public broadcasting and Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Those in art and sculpture learned from Kong Ho, associate professor of art, and Dr. Martie Geiger-Ho, visiting assistant professor of art. Students experimented with painting and drawing and learned the basics of a ceramic studio. On Tuesday, they participated in a glass blowing workshop at the Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass.

The criminal justice and forensics track was taught by Dr. Tony Gaskew, assistant professor of criminal justice. In addition to classroom studies, students learned the basics of forensic investigation in Pitt-Bradford’s state-of-the-art Crime Scene Investigation House, including a nighttime crime scene. Students visited the Federal Correctional Institution -- McKean on Friday.

Summer Academy students also participated in several whole-group activities, including a GPS science lab, Pitt Improvers comedy workshop, swimming and sports activities, bonfire and luau dance. On Monday, the group took a field trip to the Challenger Learning Center of the Twin Tier Region in Allegany, N.Y., where they completed a space shuttle mission simulation and several team-building activities.

Funding for the academy comes from a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, private funding and tuition paid by participating school districts. Students attend at no cost.

Students who took part in the drama and communications track were Brittney Comilla, Marybeth Edwards, Rachel Ehrensberger, Andrea Finlan, Colton Gerhart, Victoria Hennigan, Emily Johns, Billy Kane, Natalya Nannen, Mary Rosman, and Cassandra Williams.

Those who took part in art and sculpture were Bryan Brooks, Brittany Carpenter, Kaitlyn Crosby, Jenna Elliott, Kaylie Fitch, Troy Nelson, Mickayla Poland, Jacob Seelbinder, Justin Strawderman, and Tommi Wildnauer.

Those taking part in criminal justice and forensic science were Chelsea Brien, Lyntana Brougham, Tashia Carrow, Brigid Colligan, Andrew Dexter, Sarah DuFresne, Samantha Hoh, Melissa Johnson, Andrew Kamats, Nichole Kan, Josiah Kenyon, Katelinn Lowe, Danielle Lutz, Jarrod Pire, Kearsten Trunzo, and Jordan Edgell.

Pictured, Nichole Kan and Jacob Seelbinder work feverishly at their computers during a mission simulation at the Challenger Learning Center of the Twin Tier Region in Allegany, N.Y. The fieldtrip was one of several that occurred during the 25th annual Seneca Highlands IU 9 Summer Academy at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford