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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday at the Festa

Today at Festa Italiana:
1 to 4 p.m. Strolling Mandolin Player Edgidio Faiella
1:30 to Bradford YMCA Flames Gymnastics Team
6 to 10 p.m. The Carl Motyka Band
10 p.m. Raffle drawing and fireworks

Kids rides go until 9 p.m.

Senior Expo at Pitt-Bradford

State Representative Marty Causer poses for pictures during his annual Senior Expo Friday at Pitt-Bradford. People filled up the Sport & Fitness Center to get information from dozens of exhibitors ranging from health care providers to financial advisers to the McKean County SPCA and Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau.

Five Indicted for Murder

A federal grand jury has indicted a Jamestown man and four Rochester men for their involvement in the 2008 murder of 31-year-old Quincy Turner of Jamestown.

The indictment alleges that Turner was murdered to stop him from talking to police about an investigation into the Q-Dog drug ring.

The Jamestown man indicted is 42-year-old Jose “Noelle” Martinez. All five men face the death penalty if they’re convicted.

Turner was shot to death on May 30, 2008, in a fire hall parking lot. The shooting came two months after he was implicated as a co-conspirator in a drug ring allegedly run by Quentin Leeper of Jamestown. Turner was among 11 people charged in the raid.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Corbett Making Stops in Area Saturday

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett will kick off his first bus tour of the gubernatorial campaign in Northwest Pennsylvania. The six county bus tour on Saturday will begin in Tioga County and end in Elk County. As the Republican candidate for governor, Tom Corbett is touring the state talking with Pennsylvanians about his positive message of job creation and fiscal discipline in Harrisburg.

The media is not permitted on the Tom Corbett for Governor bus, but are welcome to attend any of the events on the bus tour.

WHAT: Tom Corbett for Governor Bus Tour
WHEN: Saturday, August 14th


Wellsboro Airport

112 Runway Road
Wellsboro, PA 16901
7:30am – 8:00am


Main Street Tour 9:30am – 10:00am

Meet and Greet at Gazebo 10:00am 10:30am
Gazebo behind the Potter County Courthouse
1 East Second Street
Coudersport, PA 16915


Smethport Business District Tour 11:15am – 11:45am

Meet and Greet at Courthouse 11:45am – 12:15pm
McKean County Courthouse
500 West Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749


Warren County Fairgrounds

Barton Run and Route 6 (Grand Army of the Republic Hwy)
Pittsfield, PA


Cabin Kitchen

24 West 4th Street
Emporium, PA 15834


Elk County Fair

Dietz Road and Greens Road
Kersey, PA


St. Mary’s Airport

119 Airport Road
St. Mary’s, PA 15857
7:30pm – 8:30pm

UPB Professors Present Papers

Two University of Pittsburgh at Bradford professors presented papers at the 38th annual convention of the North American Society for Sport History.

Dr. Rick Knott, assistant professor of health and physical education, presented a paper titled “‘Improvements Come too Late’: A Historical Examination of the Contradictory Roles of Sanctioning Bodies in Automobile Racing.”

Dr. Keary Rouff, assistant professor of sport and recreation management, presented a paper titled “1st and 50: The Impact of the American Football League on the Current Day NFL.”

Knott’s paper is an examination of the contradictory roles of sanctioning bodies as they seek to reconcile the quest for speed and advancements in technology against the need for safety, the whole time recognizing the economic realities of participating in an expensive sport.

Knott said he has received a lot of interest in his work on motorsports because few scholars are studying them.

At previous conferences, he has looked at gender bias in racing as well as safety concerns.

Knott is the director of the health and physical education program at Pitt-Bradford and has more than 20 years’ experience in teaching and program development in the health and physical education field.

Rouff’s paper about the AFL’s impact on today’s NFL was written for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the AFL. Rouff traced the league’s beginnings from a meeting of rogue owners who didn’t want to play by the NFL’s expansion rules.

The AFL, he argues, was a more fan-friendly, egalitarian league with cheerleaders, half-time shows, mascots and publicity novelty items like a mini jet car at New York Jets games, War Paint the horse at Kansas City Chiefs games and Flipper the dolphin in a tank at Miami Dolphins games.

Other vestiges of the league are player names on jerseys, the two-point conversion and revenue-sharing agreements for television contracts. Eventually, the owners of the AFL challenged the NFL to a challenge of each league’s champion, creating the Super Bowl.

In 1970, the two leagues merged to become today’s NFL.

One of the AFL’s most important contributions was bringing more African-American players into the league at the positions where they could play their best, Rouff said, noting that the NFL had unspoken team guidelines for the number of minority players.

Jillian Kreitzer, an elementary education major from Horseheads, N.Y., helped Rouff research the paper.

Rouff will appear on WESB’s Sports Forum at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 20 to discuss the AFL, which included the Buffalo Bills.

Rouff will present another paper at the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association’s conference Nov. 7-10 in Bend, Ore. The paper examines the effects of the economic downturn on golf courses in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York.

With the assistance of two students, Mallory Stewart, a sport and recreation management major from Port Allegany, and Andrew Lipps, a sport and recreation management major from Conneaut, Ohio, Rouff surveyed 30 courses in the Twin Tiers to determine how the recession affected their 2009 season.

While studies performed by Golf Digest and Business Weekly focusing on the industry showed a profound effect on golf clubs, Rouff said he found a lesser effect locally.

He hypothesized that the clubs saw less of a drop in membership and revenue because they had not seen the large gain in membership and revenue that more urban courses benefitted from during “boom years.”

Rouff is the director of the sport and recreation management program, and has taught at Pitt-Bradford eight years. Previously, he was a fitness center director and physical education instructor at Alfred (N.Y.) State College.

Man Threatened Person with Scissors

A Frewsburg man is accused of threatening another person with a pair of scissors early this morning.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say they received a call about an intoxicated and disorderly man in the Town of Carroll. When they arrived on the scene they saw 40-year-old Rory Davis Sr. threatening the other person.

They took the scissors away from Davis, arrested him and charged him with menacing and disorderly conduct.

He was sent to jail on $1,000 cash bail.

McKean County Fair Queens

This year's McKean County Fair queens stopped by the studio today to talk with Scott on The Morning Buzz. Pictured, current McKean County Fair Queen Tate Slaven; Miss Bradford Emily Frederick; Miss Otto Eldred Kerri Ann McVinney; Miss Port Allegany Renee Edgell; Miss Smethport Kayla Woods. Not pictured, Miss Kane Christina Cecchetti. The new queen will be crowned Monday during the 105th annual McKean County Fair.

Olean Murder Case Goes to Grand Jury

The case of an Allegany man accused of shooting an Olean man to death is headed to a Cattaraugus County grand jury.

33-year-old Martez Johnson is accused of shooting 27-year-old James Williams to death at a home in Olean earlier this month.

Johnson's girlfriend testified during a hearing that she dropped him off at the scene of the murder. She says the couple later poured gasoline on a pile of clothes and burned them. She eventually led police to the gun and burned clothes.

The grand jury is expected to convene early next month.

Corbett to Make Stop in Smethport

Attorney General and Republican Candidate for Governor Tom Corbett is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Smethportfrom 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

The campaign stop in Smethport is part of a bus tour across Route 6.

His bus will park in front of the courthouse, and he will give brief remarks on the front steps of the courthouse. Corbett will also be visiting a couple of local businesses.

The public is invited to attend.

History of the Italian Festival

Saxophone player Kevin Freaney of the band Dick Otto and the Music Makers entertains the Festa Italiana crowd Thursday evening. The festival continues through Saturday on Festival Way with food, games, kids rides and more. The festivities will be capped off with a fireworks show at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Colella Sings Italian National Anthem

Francis "Tubby" Colella's rendition of the Italian National Anthem has been a staple of Bradford's Italian festival for many years. But, he says, this was his last year.

Friday at the Festa

Mary Bean and Chelsey Colosimo are almost hidden behind the balloons they were passing out to children during Thursday's opening ceremonies for Festa Italiana. Earlier in the evening, Mary and Chelsey performed a beautiful rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner."

Today at the Festa:

noon to 2 p.m. -- Local Talent Showcase featuring Barb Pedersen, Marissa Buchheit, Melanie Bizzaro and more

3 to 7 p.m. -- The John Kytic Band with Diane Davies

4 to 8 p.m. Bubbles the Clown

8 to 10:30 p.m. Nick Batistella

The Festa opens at 11 a.m. and includes food, kids rides and games, along with the entertainment

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Japanese Students Visit Pitt-Bradford
From Yokohama College of Commerce

Six students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s sister college in Japan arrived in Bradford on Wednesday for a two-week stay in the United States.

The students from Yokohama College of Commerce arrived with their instructor, Dr. Akiko Sakai, and will hone their English as part of Pitt-Bradford’s Summer Intensive English Program.

Students will live on campus and visit local attractions such as Chautauqua (N.Y.) Lake, the Zippo/Case Museum, Festa Italiana, the Seneca Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, N.Y., Crook Farm and the McKean County Fair.

On Sunday, the students will visit Niagara Falls, and next week they will attend the Potter County Bowhunter Festival at Ski Denton.

Members of the community will host the students in their homes for dinners, barbecues and game nights.

Before returning to Japan, the students will visit New York City, where they will see the off-Broadway show STOMP and explore the city.

Pitt-Bradford and YCC have been sister colleges since November 1998.

Sakai will return to Pitt-Bradford for the Spring semester, when she will teach Japanese language and culture.

Pictured, Marietta Frank, right, reference librarian at Hanley Library, shows students from the Yokahama College of Commerce an illustrated Japanese-American dictionary while giving the students a tour of library resources. The students arrived at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Wednesday night and will be on campus for two weeks sharpening their English skills.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Farmers Market on Saturday

The Bradford Farmer’s Market will be held on Saturday, August 14 from 8 a.m. to Noon and will run the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month through October 9.

The event is coordinated by the Downtown Bradford Business District Authority, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Center for Rural Health and is sponsored by Real Living Avista Properties. The location for the Farmer’s Market is the Old City Hall parking lot located on Boylston Street.

Naturally grown fresh produce from Canticle Farms in Allegany, NY will be available at each market. Additional items for sale include blueberries, vegetables, shrubs, herbs, plants, fresh baked breads and baked goods, canned goods, jams, pies, sugar-free pies, honey and honey products.

New vendors are invited to join the group. Vendor set up will be from 7 – 7:45 a.m. Reservations are not required. For more information contact the Main Street Manager at 598-3865.

UPB Receives Gifts for Wick Chapel

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford announced it has received more than $100,000 in additional gifts for the Harriett B. Wick Chapel, which will soon be completed on campus.

The largest of the gifts is $50,000 from the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, which was established by Zippo Manufacturing Co. founder George G. Blaisdell in honor of his parents. Harriett Wick is the daughter of George Blaisdell.

“We are very pleased to be able to do this in support of Harriett, who has been a member of our board,” said Howard Fesenmyer, executive secretary of the Blaisdell Foundation.

In addition to the gift from the Blaisdell Foundation, a $25,000 gift was received from American Refining Group.

“ARG is proud to be a participant in this project,” said Harvey Golubock, president and chief operating officer of ARG. “It is a project that has been discussed for many years, and it is exciting to see it finally becoming a reality.

“It is a major piece of the puzzle to complete the campus. It will provide the students with a quiet sanctuary for reflection and another venue for special events.”

The last gift came from the estate of M. Catherine LeMage, which has also provided significant support for scholarships and the arts.

“I continue to be amazed that support for the Harriett Wick Chapel snowballed as it has,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “Since university operational funds cannot be used to fund the project, these generous gifts from our very committed supporters will ensure that we cover the cost of construction.”

Wick Chapel will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Sept. 30.

The 150-seat chapel is adjacent to the Tunungwant Creek, which runs through campus. The wall facing the creek is made of glass, while the other two sides have significant amounts of glass.

In addition to serving as a site for interfaith worship and meditation, the chapel will be a site for receptions, induction ceremonies, lectures, and small choral and musical performances. It will also serve as a base for volunteer service programs and other community outreach activities.

For more information on Wick Chapel or to make a donation, contact Joelle Warner, manager of donor services, at 814-362-5091 or

Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Today at Festa Italiana

6 to 9:30 p.m. Dick Otto and the Music Makers

6:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies with master of cermonies Stan Pecora and peformances by Tubby Colella, Mary Bean, Chelsey Colosimo and Melanie Bizzaro. Father Leo Gallina will provide the blessing. Area children will release red, white and green balloons.

Some of the food and game booths will open at 4 p.m.

A Thank You for The HERO, Zippo

I would like tp thank HERO Radio and Zippo for the tickets I won on the radio. It was awesome! The seats, the race, everything! I'm sending a picture of Marcus Ambrose parked in front of us when the race got red flagged. Really cool the Zippo car won!

Thanks again,
Joe Reynolds

You're welcome. We're glad you had fun -- and we think it's cool that the Zippo car won, too!

Eldred WWII Museum in USA Today

Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau Director Linda Devlin passed this on to us:

The Eldred World War II Museum made USA Today's list of the most underrated museums in the country.

Linda also passes along a suggestion:

If you haven't visited the museum yet-please make it a must-do for you, your family & friends.

70-Year-Old Woman Facing Drug Charges

A Sheffield woman has been arrested for forging prescriptions and possession of a controlled substance.

Police say 70-year-old Martha Smith took blank prescription slips from a doctor’s office during regular visits between March and July. She then wrote out more than 60 prescriptions for Percocet , forged her doctor’s signature and took them to seven pharmacies. One of those pharmacies contacted police.

Smith is facing charges of theft, forgery and possession of a controlled substance.

She’s free on $10,000 bond.

Arson Fire in Ridgway

A 16-year-old boy had to be treated for breathing difficulties after an arson fire that did $100,000 worth of damage to his home this morning in Ridgway.

State police say the fire at the home of Jacqueline Lockard of 204 Depot Street started at just before 1 a.m. outside the two-story house while people were inside.

Everyone escaped without injury but the 16-year-old was taken to Elk Regional when he started having difficulty breathing several hours after the fire.

Man Sentenced for Exploiting Children

A Panama, New York, man has been sentenced in federal court in Erie for sexual exploitation of children.

22-year-old Kyle Rice was sentenced to 10 months in jail and 10 years’ probation.

The US Attorney’s office says Rice possessed numerous movies on his computer depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rebert Charges Bound to Court

Homicide charges against an Emporium man have been bound to court following a preliminary hearing today in front of District Judge David Inzana at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

45-year-old Steven Rebert is accused of killing Wayne and Vicky Shugar of Brockway in April after breaking into their home and stealing rare coins and paper currency.
A trial date hasn’t been set yet. Rebert is jailed without bail.

Rebert is also a person of interest in the unsolved murders of Bill Fickel of Genesee County, New York, and Kevin Smith of Orleans County.

Looking Festa-ive

Riley gets a cool drink of water while taking a break from helping her grandfather Dave Monago set up some of the food booths in preparation for the annual Festa Italiana, which gets underway Thursday afternoon. Below, Mary Ann Colestro is one of the people getting some of the new features ready under the new red, white and green tents. The Festa goes through Saturday night, and will be capped off with a fireworks display.

Narcotics Trafficker Turned Over to
Authorities at Buffalo Border Crossing

BUFFALO, N.Y.– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations announced the arrest of a Cuban National wanted on federal narcotics trafficking charges.

Today, CBP officers received notification from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that Rolando Morales-Yanes, a 35-year-old Cuban National with lawful US permanent resident status, was being deported from Canada and returned to the United States, according to an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO by CBP.

Morales-Yanes attempted to enter Canada on June 19 via the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada, but was detained by CBSA because of an active warrant. Mr. Morales-Yanes was subsequently given an order of deportation from Canada and returned to the United States today via the Peace Bridge border crossing in Buffalo.

Upon his return to the United States, CBP officers verified the validity of the nation-wide federal warrant and confirmed the extradition. The warrant was issued on March 11, 2010 by the United States Marshals Service and stems from a December 2009 arrest by the Florida Highway Patrol in Ft. Lauderdale. Morales was arrested after a traffic stop where he was found in possession of approximately 40 kilograms of cocaine. He was subsequently released on $125,000 bond and fled the United States in what appears to be an attempt to avoid prosecution.

Morales-Yanes advised CBP officers that he fled to Mexico shortly after the issuance of the warrant. He claims that he left Mexico in mid-April and traveled to Cuba and Chile before attempting to enter Canada in June. He advised CBP that he flew into Canada because he felt it would be easier to enter the United States at a land border crossing as opposed to a U.S. Airport.

Morales-Yanes was arrested by CBP and turned over to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

Three in District Court on Drug Charges

Three Bradford residents were in court today on charges of delivery and possession of drugs and conspiring to deliver drugs.

21-year-old Natasha Skaggs sold eight Ecstasy pills to a confidential informant with the McKean County Drug Task Force for $210 on February 20, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

On March 9, she allegedly sold .6 grams of cocaine to an informant for $180.

Skaggs is free on unsecured bail.

32-year-old Kyley Hogue sold 2 ½ Oxycontin pills to a confidential informant for $290 on March 2, according to court papers.

Hogue is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child because her young daughter was in her vehicle when the exchange took place.

She’s free on $10,000 bail.

Skaggs and Hogue both waived their preliminary hearings.

Charges against 23-year-old Todd Davis were bound to McKean County Court following his hearing.

He’s accused of selling an 8-ball of cocaine to a confidential informant for $275 on April 22.

Davis is free on $10,000 bail.

Pitt Marching Band Coming to Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band for its annual pre-season camp Aug. 20 to Aug. 24.

This will be the 22nd year that the band will hold practice sessions and the 15th that the band will be lead by Jack Anderson, band director.

Practices during the band’s stay will be open to the public. They are held from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Evening practices are held on the soccer field along Campus Drive. Daytime practices are held on the field in front of Hanley Library or in Swarts Hall or Blaisdell Hall.

The band will be unable to give a public performance this year due to its participation in arrival events at the Pittsburgh campus.

This will be the 99th season of performing for the Pitt band, which has about 250 members.

Pictured, members of the Pitt Varsity Marching Band marching in the Oil150 parade in downtown Bradford last year.
Photo by Harry Bloomberg.

Fairs, Festivals Round Out Summer Fun

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

With the end of summer in sight, there’s one staple yet to come – fairs – and McKean County, located just 90 miles south of Buffalo, N.Y., has its fair share of events this month.

The McKean County Fair, held annually in East Smethport nearby to scenic Pennsylvania Route 6, has festivities, rides, animals and food for the entire family, with the week-long events beginning on Sunday, Aug. 15, and ending Saturday, Aug. 21.

The fair, in its 105th year, has many of the staples of an old-time fair as well as some new and exciting shows.

The action begins at the fairgrounds, located on Route 46, with an antique tractor pull Sunday at 11 a.m. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be a tractor/farm equipment show and parade. Throughout the week, there will be livestock judging.

Among the highlights of the event are amusement rides that begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16. Terry Lee Goffee will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, for a Tribute to Johnny Cash.

Veterans and active duty personnel will have free admission to the fair all day Wednesday, Aug. 18. At 7 p.m., Dan & Galla’s Salute to Our Veterans will be a tribute to all who have served this country. Then, at 8 p.m., Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers will perform stunts on the track.

Thursday, Aug. 19, will be Senior Citizens Day – they will be admitted free all day. The main event of the day will be the stock car racing which begins at 7:30 p.m. A Freestyle Motocross Show will wow the crowd starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.

Then, on Saturday, Aug. 21, there will be a demolition derby at 5 p.m.

And don’t forget to try out the food at the fair. But if that fare doesn’t tickle your fancy, make sure to check out the elk jerky that will be available at the Crook Farm Fair Aug. 28 and 29 at 476 Seaward Ave. in Bradford. The Crook Farm Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The elk jerky booth will be one of about 60 vendors on site – about half of that are vendors new to the fair, which is set at the site of what is believed to be the oldest dwelling in the Bradford area. It is on the Pennsylvania Register and the National Register of Historic Places. It has been restored and furnished in the period of the 1870s.

The grounds also now feature a one-room school house, bank building, carpenter shop, blacksmith shop and weaving looms. All of the buildings are open for visitors the days of the fair.

Other vendors include hand-crafted jewelry, regional foods, plants, beauty products and home decorating. Along with the vendors, there will be several demonstrations, including weaving, blacksmithing, quilting and woodcarving.

The Old Time Country Music Festival will run along the same time as the fair and will include many performances throughout the two days.

For the kids, there will be a petting zoo, pony rides and a kiddie carnival. There is also a herb garden and walking trail behind the farm for families to enjoy.

For more information on the McKean County Fair, log onto its website at Additional information on the Crook Farm Fair may be found at Bradford Landmark Society’s website at

To discover the lodging and dining opportunities in the area, please contact the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-930 or go to its website at

Pictured, a volunteer at Crook Farm shows how to weave during a past Crook Farm Fair event. This year’s event will be held Aug. 28 and 29 in Bradford, Pa.

Progamming Note: The McKean County Fair Queen candidates will be on The Morning Buzz Friday, August 13. Bob Esch will be on WESB's LiveLine on Thursday, August 26 to talk about the Crook Farm Fair.

Crawford County Treasurer Accused of
Stealing Money from County Fair

The state attorney general’s office says Crawford County’s treasurer literally pocketed money from the county’s fair.

71-year-old Frederic Wagner, 71, who also serves as treasurer of the county fair, is charged with a felony count of conflict of interest and misdemeanor counts of theft and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

Surveillance cameras that were installed by private detectives before last year's fair showed Wagner taking money and putting it in his wallets or pocket on seven occasions.

Wagner surrendered to state agents and was arraigned by district judge Michael Rossi of Meadville on Tuesday. He is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Man Charged with Indecent Assault

A Brookville man is in jail after being charged with aggravated indecent assault of a child.

Punxsutawney-based State police say 20-year-old Joshua Westover assaulted a child younger than 13 on April 30.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 23.

Rebert in Court Today

An Emporium man charged with the murder of a Brockway couple is facing a Jefferson County judge today.

45-year-old Steven Rebert is charged with killing Wayne and Vicky Shugar. Their bodies were found in the basement of their home on April 12.

Rebert was arrested in New York State on June 12 on unrelated charges, then turned over to Pennsylvania State Police, who charged him with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and burglary. He’s in Jefferson County Jail without bail.

Rebert is also a person of interest in the unsolved murders of Bill Fickel of Genesee County, New York, and Kevin Smith of Orleans County.

Man Accused of Having Sex with Girl

A Chautauqua County man is in jail after being accused of having sexual contact with a young girl.

Sheriff’s deputies say 43-year-old James Cole had the contact with the child at his home in Frewsburg between March of 2008 and last December.

He's charged with sexual abuse and child endangerment and is jailed on $7,500 bond.

Man Marinated Cat He Planned to Eat

In case you haven't seen this story, check out the video from WIVB-TV.

300 Pot Plants Seized in Allegany County

Police in Allegany County, New York, have arrested two men in separate cases for allegedly growing more than 300 marijuana plants.

22-year-old David Burch of Almond was arrested after police discovered of 164 marijuana plants on his property and in his home.

35-year-old Kevin Kopinak of Wirt was arrested for having 128 marijuana plants growing on his property.

Both men are charged with unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police found another 32 plants at other locations in Allegany County but have not made any arrests yet in connection to those plants.

Woman Pleads to Homicide by Vehicle

A Jamestown woman has pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle in connection to a January 26 accident that killed her passenger.

38-year-old Sheri Hawkins, who lived in Warren at the time, was driving on Old Route 62 in Pine Grove Township when her vehicle hit a culvert and rolled over. Her passenger, Michael Piazza, was trapped under the vehicle and died at the scene.

Charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter were dismissed.

NY State Seizes Seneca Cigarette Truck

New York State has seized a truck belonging to a Seneca Nation cigarette retailer as the truck was on its way from the Cattaraugus to the Allegany reservations.

The state Office of Taxation and Finance says there were thousands of cigarettes in the truck owned by A.J.’s Wholesale and none of the packs had the proper state tax stamp.

The Senecas say because the cigarettes were being transported between reservations they didn’t need stamps.

Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr. says the Senecas are weighing their options to determine what steps to take and preserve the sovereign rights of the Seneca people.

Rape Suspect Caught in Canada

The man police say kidnapped a woman from the Allegheny National Forest and raped her is in custody.

35-year-old Mike Beaulieu of Anson, Maine, was arrested at a campground in New Brunswick, Canada, by Canadian Mounted Police. The arrest came after Warren state police got a tip from a Maine state trooper saying Beaulieu left his truck in the Fort Kent, Maine, area and crossed a river into Canada.

The charges include aggravated assault; rape, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful restraint; terroristic threats and illegal possession of a handgun.

Beaulieu is accused of approaching a couple at Kinzua Point Information Center in Mead Township on Tuesday, Aug. 3, and showing them a .45 caliber pistol. He tied up the man, ordered the woman into his pickup truck, and then drove her to a secluded area of the national forest in McKean County, where he sexually assaulted her at gunpoint.

Police say after the assault Beaulieu told the victim he would be back in two minutes and drove away. The victim walked to Route 321 where she flagged down a passing state police trooper.

Police say he told the victim he was going to commit suicide, but wanted to "rape someone before I die."

Police say Beaulieu was identified from a photo lineup by the victims and by witnesses he stopped to talk with in Smethport and Eldred on Aug. 2.

Beaulieu was convicted of gross sexual assault engage in a sexual act as a result of compulsion on Feb. 14, 2005, and sentenced to 10 years in jail and four years probation. He served four years and the rest of his sentence was suspended by the Department of Corrections, according to the Maine Sex Offender Registry.

In a news release, police say authorities from PSP, US Forestry, Maine State Police, US Marshals, Fort Kent, Maine, Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police joined forces to track and capture Beaulieu near Baker Lac, New Brunswick, at a campground. Beaulieua was found inside a tent at the campground. He was in possession of a handgun at the time of the arrest and could face criminal weapons charges in Canada.

Police say both victims remained calm during the entire incident and provided them and US FOrestry investigators with vital information that led to the identification and eventual arrest of Beaulieu, according to the news release.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

All Bradford Schools Show Improvement
in Math, Reading Test Scores

WESB/WBRR News Director

The Bradford Area School District received the results of reading and math assessment scores for the 2009-2010 school year, and learned that every school showed improvement.

Assistant Superintendent Katy Pude made the announcement during last night’s school board meeting.

“All buildings in the Bradford school district made adequate yearly progress,” she said, adding that Bradford Area High School made substantial improvements in math.

“Both School Street and Fretz did a phenomenal job as well,” she said.

“We are so proud of our students, our teaching staff and our administrative staff,” Pudy added.

A presentation on the results, and where the district goes from here, will be given at next month’s school board meeting.

Pudy also talked about the summer school programs, saying that they were fabulous and very successful.

She said one of the highlights of the program was the autism camp. The progress the students made in a short period of time was impressive, she said, adding that the students asked if they could make a presentation to the school board about the camp.

She said that’s phenomenal.

Also board, the board voted to decline a request from Kimberly Edwards Coleman of Yonkers, NY, to buy 10 properties currently in the McKean County repository.

District Business Manager Kathy Boyd recommended that the board decline the request because Coleman is “surfing the ‘net and I don’t believe she is going to rehabilitate these to code as she stated.”

“I work with the county and the city on these and we’ve been in multiple conversations,” she said, adding that Coleman has sent in requests to buy even more properties. “We don’t feel we need any more absentee landlords in the county.”

Board member Dave Feely asked if Coleman has shown interest in properties in other parts of the county.

Boyd said she wasn’t sure, but did say county officials are very happy that she was recommending that the school district not sell the properties to Coleman.

In another real estate matter, the board agreed to buy the property at 24 Willard Avenue for $21,480.

Also Monday, the board renewed agreements with the Children’s Center for Treatment and Education.

The agreement is for alternative education services for residential, non-residential, foster and state ward education. A daily rate established by the Department of Education is paid for regular education. The special education rate is $99.15 per day.

The second agreement is for the purchase of services at the emergency shelter for alternative education. The cost of services is $58.92 per day.

The third agreement is for alternative education for 15 high school students. The cost of the program is $212,898. The fourth agreement is for education services for 10 middle school students. The cost of the program is $75,000.

Also Monday, the board accepted the resignation of Gerald Conklin, custodian at George G. Blaisdell Elementary School, who had been with the district for 25 years.

“He’ll be greatly missed,” said Sam Johnson, human resources director.

Superintendent Sandra Romanowski also noted that Bradford High teacher Kimberly Preston received a Ripple Effect award from the Governor’s Institute on Financial Education last month. Read more about that:

Mother of Alleged Rape Victim Charged

The mother of a five-year-old allegedly raped by an Olean man is facing charges in connection to the incident.

Police say 30-year-old Brandy Irvin of Cuba knew 33-year-old Paul Leonard was having sex with her daughter, but never reported it to authorities.

Irvin is charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. She’s in jail on $2,000 bail.

Leonard is jailed on $50,000.

Free Concert Features Five Bands

The Dunkirk Cultural District a partnership between the Adams Art Gallery, The Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse Museum and Veteran’s Park, and the Dunkirk Historical Society has announced that as their first joint venture they are putting on a free concert at The Dunkirk Lighthouse.

“We want to do this for the community; this community has been there for our organizations now we want to give something back.” said Dave Brisca the Vice President of the lighthouse. The concert will be on August 20th the gates will open at 3pm and the concert will go until 11pm.

Five bands will be performing through out the event. Opening the show around 4pm will be “The Outsiders” with their tribute to Punk Rock legends The Ramones, loud, fast and hard is their motto. Next up will be an acoustic set by “Three Dollar Bill” playing a mix of folk and original material. “Cloud Called Nine” will take the stage third playing their original mix of Rock, Jazz and Blues; it’s all three and none of the above all at the same time. Getting the crowd warmed up for the main act will be “Brainard Project” an original band playing classic rock, despite only playing together for a few months they sound like they been together for decades. Closing out the show will be “The Town Pants” This Vancouver based band combines aspects of Irish traditional, acoustic pop, roots Americana, even Australian and Mexican influences, to create their own unique brand of “West Coast Celtic.”

With a decades worth of headlining roots and folk festivals to selling out nights at rock venues, Maximum/EMI recording artists The Town Pants own brand of "Celtic roots rock rebel" spans five albums so far, and backed up with and a legendary live show that's garnered them fans internationally from Ottawa to Oslo. The group played multiple performances at home for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and is on tour throughout North America this summer promoting their latest album "Shore Leave" that's been getting rave reviews.

The band features the dual lead vocals of brothers Duane and Dave Keogh on guitar and banjo respectively, tin whistle virtuoso Aaron Chapman, Ivanka Watkin on fiddle, bassist John Senchuck and drummer Gilles Nadon on the "contraption kit". Rarely does a band have this combination of passion, energy animation and spirit that all makes for some of the most imaginative songwriting by some seriously talented players that you'll find in the genre.

“We’ve know The Town Pants for years from the Great Blue Heron Music Festival, and the other four bands have all played at the gallery for our “Rock the Gallery” concert series. When I approached Duane about doing this show he was all for it, bringing on all this great local talent was the next logical step. Now we have a first class show and everyone can see it for free.” said Christopher Schaeffer President of Access to the Arts, Inc. “With five different bands playing five different musical styles there is something for everyone, from babes in arms to great grandparents.”

Bring a blanket or some camp chairs and sit on the lawn. Food and Beverages will be available along with raffle tickets and merchandise, no outside coolers please. All proceeds to benefit the Dunkirk Cultural District and its member organizations. For more information got to

Pictured, The Town Pants at the Elmira Irish Festival
Photo provided by Adams Art Gallery

Man Accused of Molesting Boys

A Dunkirk man is in jail after being accused of molesting two boys over a five-month period.

29-year-old Michael Rivera is accused of abusing the boys between December and April in Dunkirk.

Rivera is jail on $40,000 cash bail.

Man Sentenced for Attempted Child Rape

A Cattaraugus County man has been sentenced to 12 years in prision for attempted rape of a child.

20-year-old Randy Lee Baker was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court.

Baker tried to have sex with a child younger than 11 last November in the Town of Randolph.

Major Enhancements Underway at
Lodge at Glendorn

Established as a family retreat for the Dorn family, which made its fortune during Pennsylvania’s oil boom in the 1920s, the 1,280 acre Lodge at Glendorn was transformed in 1995 into a private retreat for the public. And now, under the caring guidance of new owner J. Clifford Forest, this historic estate which is nestled next to the Allegheny National Forest, is undergoing yet another major transformation, with $5 million in enhancements being made over the next two years.

“Glendorn was in the process of being auctioned off last year,” observes Glendorn general manager Christopher Hampton. “And as soon as Mr. Forest, who had visited the lodge on many occasions in the past, got wind of the fact that a logging company was seriously looking at buying the property, he decided that he had to buy it so that he could preserve Glendorn as an oasis in the woods. And now that he is the new owner, his mandate is to make the overall visitor experience even more unique.”

Many of the improvements to Glendorn are already visible, including adding horseback riding as a complimentary onsite service for guests, with the addition of stables for six horses and the hiring of a full time stable master and riding instructor.

“Few resorts or lodges offer horseback riding as an option in the first place and to make what would normally cost hundreds of dollars for three or four riders a value added experience that is included in your stay, is practically unheard of,” observes Hampton.

In addition to taking advantage of Glendorn’s stables and the 18 miles of riding trails, the lodge has undergone major upgrades to its wine cellar, with the creation of a Pennsylvania Blue Stone and cedar dining area right in the cellar, and a more than five-fold expansion of the cellar from an inventory valued at $20k to over $100k.

Other noticeable changes include the addition of a family friendly dining room which is immediately adjacent to the more formal dining room and a completely revamped fitness centre. All of the private cabins onsite are undergoing major renovations as well, including what Hampton describes as “a beautiful eight bedroom monster cabin that’s ideal for family reunions or small group events.”

Less visible but equally critical to the overall improvement of Glendorn’s visitor experience is the attraction of key personnel to the lodge since this past winter, including Hampton himself, who was lured from his previous position as the assistant general manager at Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh, the #5 ranked golf course in the country and home to numerous major events, including the Men’s U.S. Open in 2007.

“From our in-house ‘cow girl’ who is a phenomenal rider and equally great riding instructor, to our activities manager – who is one of the top fly fishermen in the country, we’re assembling a team of people whose primary focus is to significantly enhance the experience of our guests,” notes Hampton.

More than half of the $5 million in upgrades have been earmarked for this year including a new business and convention centre and a new spa – both of which are slated for completion later this year.

About Glendorn
Established in the 1920s as a private retreat and visited by several presidents over its long history, the Lodge at Glendorn is now a sanctuary for discerning travelers. Guests can take full advantage of the natural surroundings, with the opportunity to do everything from fishing on the onsite streams and lakes to walking, hiking, biking or riding the 18 miles of private trails. In addition to the main lodge, the family friendly Glendorn boasts eleven private cottages/cabins, making it ideal for couples, family vacations, reunions, private weddings and business meetings and conferences. Glendorn also provides exceptional breakfast, lunch and dinner dining experiences for guests and day visitors alike. For more information on the Lodge at Glendorn, go to: or call 1-800-843-8568.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Fire Damages Summit Motel

A fire damaged the Summit Motel on Boot Jack Road at just before 4 o’clock this afternoon, but the motel was able to stay open for business.

State police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the fire started in an unoccupied room and was quickly discovered by occupants of the building.

The fire did about $20,000 worth of damage and has been ruled accidental.

No one was hurt.

The Ridgway Fire Department was assisted by the Fox Township Fire Department.

Specialized Natural Gas Emergency
Responders Locating in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania will be using a Texas company to help control blowouts and other accidents at natural gas wells.

DEP Secretary John Hanger announced today that the state will use Cudd Well Control to help with emergency response. He says the Houston-based company is opening an office in Bradford County, which is considered the heart of Marcellus Shale country.

Back in June, a well blowout in Clearfield County spewed gas and wasterwater for 16 hours until a crew from Texas brought it under control. That company, Wild Well Control, is considering opening a branch in Clearfield County.

Hanger says Cudd's presence in Pennsylvania means emergency crews will be no more than five hours from any natural gas well in the state.

Man Arraigned on Numerous Charges

A Bradford man is in jail after being arraigned on multiple charges of burglary, theft, loitering and prowling at night.

25-year-old Howard Sturtevant is accused of stealing from a number of homes and vehicles in the Interstate Parkway area throughout the month of July.

His bail is set at $85,000 for the charges he was arraigned on today by District Judge Rich Luther.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 25.

Restriction on Dorothy Lane Bridge

PennDOT has posted weight limit restrictions on the Tunungwant Creek Bridge on Dorothy Lane in Bradford Township, McKean County.

PennDOT posted the bridge for a 26-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 28-ton limit for combination vehicles.

Vehicles exceeding the posted weight limit must use an alternate route.

The decision to post weight limits on the bridge was the result of a recent inspection. The Tunungwant Creek Bridge was built in 1941 and is 108 feet long. The bridge carries an average of 1,903 vehicles per day, with approximately 19 of those vehicles classified as truck traffic. The new posting for the bridge will remain in place until further notice.

UPB Names Director of Energy Institute

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Dr. Matt Kropf, a research associate at Penn State University, as director of its Energy Institute.

Kropf currently splits his time between his new role at Pitt-Bradford and finishing a biofuel research project at Penn State. He will begin full-time at Pitt-Bradford in January 2011.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to add to our staff someone with Dr. Kropf’s knowledge and background in both traditional and alternative energy sources,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford.

“I anticipate that his impact will extend well beyond our campus as he lends his expertise to the efforts of the oil and gas industries in our region.”

Kropf holds a patent for a biofuel process he developed as part of his doctoral research at Penn State. Kropf explained that his new process uses both microwaves to heat chemicals and ultrasound to mix them, allowing him to eliminate the use of a dangerous and expensive catalyst.

He holds a doctorate in engineering science and mechanics from Penn State and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Originally from Canton, Ohio, Kropf said he has been interested in science since early childhood.

“When I learned that there was a profession that was about learning how things work, I thought, ‘That’s for me,’” he said.

He said he became interested in energy as a field of study during his middle school years, when he came to see the production of clean energy as the scientific community’s next great challenge.

In his role as director, Kropf will work to enhance energy education through the Pitt-Bradford curriculum, working with faculty to help the petroleum technology program better reflect the increased demand for knowledge in gas drilling. He will also work toward creating a bachelor’s degree in energy.

Kropf will work with different sectors of the energy industry to develop partnerships such as internships for energy students. He will also work with the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development to bring the knowledge presented in its programs (such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for field workers) to students in the petroleum technology program.

Finally, Kropf will work with facilities management to make the campus more energy efficient.

“It’s a challenge, but also a really good opportunity,” Kropf said of being the first director of the institute and getting its programs put in place.

Established in 2008, the institute has had two interim directors, Dr. James T. Cobb and Dr. Joseph Perez. Perez, a member of the faculty at Penn State University, served as a member of the committee that guided and reviewed Kropf’s doctoral dissertation. He encouraged Kropf to apply for and accept the position as director.

The Energy Institute has received generous support from the American Refining Group and grants from state and federal government.

Sister Denise Mosier

Sister Denise Mosier died on Sunday, August 1, 2010 in a car accident in Bristow, Virginia.

Born Jeanette Marie Mosier, Sister Denise grew up in Kane, Pennsylvania and became a Benedictine Sister at St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys, PA in 1961. She later became a member of the Benedictine Sisters in Bristow, Virginia.

An excellent teacher, Sister Denise spent many years in elementary and high school education. She was a missionary in Africa for eight years - two in Ethiopia and six in Tanzania - where she taught seminarians. That experience was a highlight of her life. She loved the people and the culture and stayed in touch with friends from there for the rest of her life. At Saint Benedict Monastery, Sister Denise was a spiritual director and also mentored women who were new to the community. She loved to do liturgical movement and often enhanced the services of the Benedictine Sisters with her gift of dance. Sister Denise will be most remembered for her deep faith, her love of life, her interest in people, her passion for justice and peace, and her extraordinary sense of compassion.

Sister Denise is survived by her mother, Edith Mosier, her brothers, John and Bob Mosier and their wives all from Kane, PA, her sister Mary Ann from Erie, PA., several nieces and nephews and the 31 sisters of her Benedictine community.

Services for Sister Denise will be held in the Benedictine Sisters’ chapel at Saint Benedict Monastery. The sisters are very grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers from the local area. Because their chapel is very small, the public and the media are asked to respect the need of the Benedictine Sisters, family members and personal friends for privacy at this time.

Donations are requested for the Benedictine Sisters’ ministries and may be sent to Saint Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136.

Man Charged for Illegal Timber Harvest

An Oswayo man is accused of illegally harvesting hardwood trees worth nearly $2,300.

Police say 29-year-old Kalub Hanchett was logging for an adjacent land neighbor on Wildcat Road in Potter County when he crossed the property line and harvested 55 trees.

Hanchett was charged with theft and sent to jail on $15,000 bail.

More Info Released on Kidnapping, Rape

State and federal law enforcement authorities say they believe a Maine man, possibly named Mark, could be responsible for last week’s kidnapping and rape in the Allegheny National Forest.

State Police say the unknown suspect could be from the Gardiner, Maine, area and that his vehicle is registered in Maine.

Police say the suspect approached a couple last Tuesday afternoon at the Kinzua Point Information Center, tied up the man with rope and duct tape, forced the woman into his pickup truck and took her to the Red Bridge area of McKean County, where he sexually assaulted her before releasing her.

The suspect is described as white, 30 to 40 years old, with short hair, possibly balding and a dark scruffy beard. He identified himself as "Mark."

Teenager Drowns in Lake Erie

A 14-year-old drowned Sunday afternoon in Lake Erie after large waves prevented the child from getting back to shore.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say the 14-year-old and a 13-year-old were playing in the water at about 3:40 when they couldn’t get back to shore. The teenager’s father, 45-year-old Joseph Polisoto of Dunkirk jumped into the water and was able to swim out to the teens. But then the current forced all three to where the sheer cliffs prevented them from reaching the shore.

Rescue crews were able to locate Polisoto and the 13-year-old and throw them lines and life vest. The 14-year-old was found later and taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounce dead.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Big 30 Parade 2010

Disturbance-Filled Weekend in Bradford

It was a noisy, disturbance-filled weekend for Bradford City Police. Officers got reports of disturbances on Mechanic, Pearl, Barbour and Bushnell streets, and South Avenue, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Police also receive noise complaints form South and Cole avenues and Congress Street. They also investigated reports of fights on South Avenue and West Washington Street, a motor vehicle accident on Jerome Avenue and suspicious people on South Avenue.

Sunday Book Talk
Philippa Gregory's 'The Red Queen'

Philippa Gregory is the #1 New York Times best selling author of "The Other Boleyn" Girl, and has released a new book, "The Red Queen." We talked about the second book, as well as how it feels to have a book made into a successful movie with two of today's most talented young actresses.

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Harry Schreiber

Harry W. Schreiber, 73, of 178 Interstate Parkway, passed away Saturday, August 7th, 2010 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born January 5, 1937, in Sargent, he was a son of the late Arthur W. Schreiber and Betty Leah (Carlson) Schreiber.

On March 2, 1962 St. Bernard Church he married Connie L. (Sullivan) Schreiber who survives.

He was a 1956 graduate of Bradford High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. After the service he attended Art School at the Art Institute. He returned to Bradford and worked as an artist at McCourt Label Company. He worked for Zippo Manufacturing Co. for over 39 years and prior to his retirement in 2002 he was the Art Director.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church Bradford, a former member of the Knights of Columbus, Jaycees, the Zippo Bowling and Golf Leagues. He was a coach for 17 years for both the Midget League and Little League. Mr. Schreiber was a member of the initial drive to raise money to build the new YMCA on Boylston St. In the early 90's he accepted on behalf of the Zippo Art Department an award presented by the Philadelphia Art institute.

Surviving in addition to his wife, is his stepmother, Beverly Stewart of Bradford, a daughter, Diane M. Schreiber of Durham NC, two sons: Rev. Stephen J. Schreiber of Erie, and Michael W. Schreiber of Bradford, a brother, Charles Schreiber of Bradford, three sisters: Judith Siedlecki of Glendale Heights IL, Terri Ericson of Russell, and Stephanie Nichol of Farmersville NY, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Leroy Schreiber.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday August 10th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Avenue, where a prayer service will be held Wednesday at 10:30am, followed by a Con Celebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Stephen J. Schreiber, Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Erie presiding. Committal services and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Triathlon Raises More Than $11,000

Story and Photos by Sandra Rhodes

The winner of the Willow Creek Triathlon may have finished the race in less than an hour, but the effects of this annual event will be felt for a long time to come.

Saturday’s triathlon amassed the largest number of participants to date as well as more than $11,000 for the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties.

There were 255 participants – 104 more than last year – who swam, bicycled and ran to help to help the transportation network for veterans, which ensures veterans transportation to and from appointments at VA hospitals and clinics.

In the end, the combined efforts of the participants and sponsors – as well as a group of girls who sold lemonade and donated their profits to the triathlon – raised $11,090.63 – 23 percent more than last year.

“We are very grateful for all the participants and sponsors that made this happen,” said race director Shane Oschman. “And we are equally ecstatic to be able to give this check to the DAV for such a worthy cause.” The triathlon is a bi-state, bi-county event. It starts with a 300-yard swimming event at Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park in New York and crosses over into Pennsylvania with a 15-mile bicycle ride to the Corydon Hotel and a three-mile run to the Willows Restaurant on Route 346.

The top male and female winners were Nina Bell and Craig Zona. Both received the Thom Maholic Memorial Award. Maholic, a Bradford native, died in 2006 while fighting with the Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Maholic’s son, Andrew, was on hand to deliver the awards to the winners. Sgt. Paul Swanson of Mount Jewett, Pa., was the guest speaker who spoke about knowing the kind of man Maholic was.

“I once read that for evil to succeed in the world good men would have to sit by and do nothing,” Swanson started. “Thom Maholic was not the kind of man to sit by and do nothing.” Maholic had joined the Special Forces – “the best of the best” – and strove to succeed and fight for freedom – “The same freedoms you and I enjoy today.”

Swanson himself wears Maholic’s bracelet as a reminder of the men and women fighting for freedom all over the world.

“Thom had the motivation and courage and would never quit.”

The triathlon itself would be right up Maholic’s alley, Swanson said. “This is the type of event he would have done himself,” Swanson said. “His spirit was here today greeting all of you at the finish line.”

Megan Whitman from Baltimore, Md., made the trip to Bradford to participate in the triathlon as part of a team. People could participate either as individuals or part of a two-person or three-person team.

Whitman, who did the bicycling for her team, said the scenery was soothing. “It is a very nice and relaxing scenery,” she said. “I didn’t feel a lot of pressure.”

And while some participants are in it to attain personal bests, there were a couple cases of pure sportsmanship. Before the event even started, someone pointed out to officials that a chain was off a bicycle. Another person took his shoes off so someone else could run in the triathlon. Closer to the finish line, people lined Route 346 to encourage the participants. Another point of encouragement was for the veterans. The VA Mobile Veteran Center was on hand at the Willows Restaurant to offer assistance to veterans and their families.

Oschman noted that the support from the community has been heart-warming. “To see the people line the street to encourage people to the finish line is really inspirational and reinforces the whole meaning of the triathlon – to help and support others.”

Oschman also thanked the title sponsors – Zippo Manufacturing Co. plus Northwest Savings Bank and Bradford Hospital Foundation. He noted Northwest and the hospital foundation “believed in this cause before the event was as big as it is today.”

First, second and third place winners received medals in their age groups. Medals were also given to teams.

Pictured from top: One of the participants bicycles his way past Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park and toward Route 280; Kim Cavallaro of Bradford receives some encouragement from the crowd assembled along Route 346. Kim received third place overall for female participants; Andrew Maholic, son of Master Sgt. Thom Maholic who died in 2006 in Afghanistan, participated in Saturday's triathlon by pulling the raffle tickets and also handing over the awards to the top and male athlete, which are named in memory of his father; The top male and female participants in the Willow Creek Triathlon - Nina Bell, left, and Craig Zona, far right, - receive the Thom Maholic Memorial Award from Maholic's son, Andrew Maholic, and Sgt. Paul Swanson, who was a guest speaker at Saturday's triathlon; Members of the Disabled American Veterans gladly accept a check for $11,090.63 from Willow Creek Triathlon members Bruce Housler and Char Layton. Race Director Shane Oschman is on the stage; The participants start registering for the Willow Creek Triathlon.

Cops: Olean Man Raped 5-Year-Old

An Olean man is facing charges for raping a 5-year-old girl in the Village of Cuba.

Police say 33-year-old Paul Leonard had sexual contact with the girl while he was visiting a friend’s apartment.

Town of Cuba police have charged Leonard with rape, criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.

Leonard is in Allegany County Jail on $50,000 bail.