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Friday, September 3, 2010

Dorn House to be Dedicated September 10

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will dedicate its newest residence hall, Sarah B. Dorn House, at 4 p.m. Sept. 10.

After an introduction by Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, the program for the day will feature remarks by Craig A. Hartburg, chairman of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board; Joseph W. Fink, associate vice chancellor for facilities management, University of Pittsburgh; Howard L. Fesenmyer, a close friend of Dorn’s and executive secretary of the Blaisdell Foundation; and Jacob Loree, president of the Student Government Association and a chemistry major from Warren.

Following a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the residence hall will be given and light refreshments will be served.

The 103-bed Dorn House is the third residence hall to open on campus in five years.

Located across the loop road from Fisher Hall, the $5.45-million residence hall is being named in honor of Sarah B. Dorn, co-owner of Zippo Manufacturing Co. and a benefactor of the university.

“This residence hall is going to have a major impact on our ability to house students,” Alexander said, noting that for the first time in several years, no students will be living at the Best Western hotel on Davis Street in Bradford.

Dorn House will bring the on-campus resident capacity to nearly 1,000 students.

It is a three-story building with two-, four- and five-person suites. Each bedroom will have a private bathroom, cable hookup, telephone jack and computer port. Students will share a living room, kitchen and storage area.

Although it was not approved until late last year, the new residence hall went up in record time thanks in part to using the design of a residence hall built in 2005, Reed-Coit House.

Alexander spoke about naming the residence hall for Dorn. “Sarah Dorn is a longstanding and very generous supporter of our campus,” he said, “and the naming of this new residence hall in her honor is a reflection of our profound and sincere gratitude to her.”

Dorn is the daughter of Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell, who was legendary in Bradford for his generosity. Dorn has followed in his footsteps in both industry and charity.

She has been an honorary member of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board since 1999. With her son, George Duke, co-owner of Zippo and W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co., Dorn has provided generous gifts to Pitt-Bradford, including $1.2 million from Zippo and $1.3 million from the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, as well as individual gifts.

Dorn’s gifts have supported academic programs, scholarships, international travel funds for students and faculty, technology enhancements, athletic programs, a library memorial fund and the arts.

In 1993, she and her sister, Harriett Wick, were honored with the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the highest honor given by Pitt-Bradford. Prior to that, Dorn and Wick founded the Miriam Barcroft Blaisdell Annual Scholarships, which has helped more than 2,000 students who have attended Pitt-Bradford.

In 2005, the Blaisdell Family, including Dorn, Wick and Duke, was inducted into the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning Society.

Two Men Indicted for Sex Crimes

A Limestone man and an Olean man have been incidted by a Cattaraugus County grand jury for separate sex crimes.

28-year-old Jeremy Little is charged with criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child younger than 11.

The alleged incident happened March 7 in Limestone. Little will be arraigned Tuesday.

33-year-old Ronald Scott of Olean is charged wth rape, sexual abuse and endangeringn the welfare of a child.

The alleged incident involving young children happened in Olean in 2009. Scott will be arraigned September 13.

Pot Plants Seized in Chautauqua County

State police and US Border Protection agents confiscated 176 marijuana plants spotted growing in a wooded area of Sheridan Thursday morning.

The plants had a street value of about $352,000.

No arrests have been made yet, and police are continuing their investigation.

Guilty Plea to Child Porn Charges

A Gowanda man has pleaded guilty in to possession of child pornography.

19-year-old Kenneth Fisher will be sentenced December 7 in federal court in Buffalo.

The US Attorney’s office says on March 9 Fisher’s laptop was confiscated, and he admitted to downloading videos of child pornography and using the Internet sharing program LimeWire.

A forensic analysis of the laptop revealed that six videos depicting child pornography were stored on the computer.

Police ID Man with Memory Problem

Portville Police have learned the identity of a man who couldn't remember his name or where he was from.

Police haven't released the man's name, but did say he is from Johnsonburg.

Police say they spoke with family members who identified him and will pick him up in Olean.

WIVB-TV is reporting that the family member saw the man's picture at WIVB.com, and then contacted police.

New sheriff in town takes over cross-country - Sports

New sheriff in town takes over cross-country - Sports

This is an article in The Bona Venture about Bob Macfarlane.

Four Years Since Longobardo Died

Today marks 4 years since New York State Trooper Joseph Longbardo died after being shot by Ralph “Bucky” Phillips during the largest manhunt in state history.

Phillips shot Longobardo and Trooper Donald Baker on August 31, 2006, while they were staking out the home of Phillips’ girlfriend in Chautauqua County.

Baker recovered and returned to work. Every year, he also attends a memorial run named for Longobardo in Sarasota Springs. Proceeds from the run go toward a scholarship for a student at Amsterdam High School who plans to study criminal justice in college.

Phillips was captured in Pennsylvania on September 8, 2006, and is serving a life sentence at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Couple Adopts Konopka's Daughter

Megan Konopka’s daughter has been adopted by a couple from Kane, although the little girl’s grandparents had wanted custody of her.

Konopka and her unborn son were murdered last September at the Riddell House. Her daughter Michell, who will turn 2 this month, has been a foster child of Scott and Laura Lorenzo since she was 3 months old.

McKean County Children and Youth Services placed Michell with the Lorenzos after discovering that Konopka was mentally challenged and unable to care for her daughter. Her parents didn’t know about Michell until after Konopka’s death.

Greggory Theobald is serving two consecutive life sentences without the chance of parole for killing Konopka and the unborn baby.

Thomas Haggie has pleaded not guilty to his part in the crime and is undergoing a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation while awaiting trial.

Weekend Program at Kinzua Beach

Warren, Pa. – On Friday, September 3rd, the Allegheny National Forest will present an illustrated evening program on the American black bear.

The program will explore and discuss the various ways North American generations have identified with black bears. Topics will also include folklore, history, biology, and safety in bear country.

The program will take place at 8:00 p.m. near the Kinzua Beach bath house. There is no charge for attendance or parking. Please bring your own chairs, blankets, and flashlights.

Second Froggy 100.3 Personality Dies

Another radio personality at Froggy 100.3 in Meadville has died.

The station announced this morning that 49-year-old Ron Smith died today of heart failure. Smith hosted the 2 to 7 p.m. show and was known to his listeners as James Pond.

Smith’s death follows the May 3 death of 41-year-old Kerri Shields, who hosted a midday show and was known on the air as Crickett.

CBB Experiencing Moderate Shortage

The Community Blood Bank is still experiencing a moderate blood shortage that has lingered for most of August. Labor Day Weekend is traditionally one of the three worst weekends of the year (July 4th is first and Memorial Day is second), and AAA is predicting a 10 percent increase in holiday travel.

The Community Blood Bank will be taking blood donors this Saturday morning at Union Square in Bradford from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Labor Day is always tough for us," Says Dan Desrochers Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "People enjoy the last bit of summer and usually delay giving blood."

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 percent. The CBB supplies 98 percent 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.

Historical Society Schedules Fall Dinner

The McKean County Historical Society will host its annual fall dinner meeting on Thursday, September 16 in the East Smethport United Christian Church hall at 6 p.m.

Attorney Anthony Alfieri will be the speaker for the evening and will share information regarding the life of Pennsylvania’s war governor, Andrew Gregg Curtin.

Tickets are $13.00 for society members and $15.00 for non-members. They may be purchased at the Old Jail Museum and at Lindgren’s in Smethport.

National Denim Day is October 8


Friday, October 8 is Lee National Denim Day – a day when the nation comes together to put on their jeans in exchange for a $5 contribution to the fight against breast cancer, with the goal of raising millions of dollars in a single day. The power of the idea lies in its simplicity – just start a team with co-workers, clubs, organizations, friends or family and wear jeans for a $5 donation to the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Rabbi Conducting Services at
Temple Beth El for High Holiday Services

Temple Beth El will hold services for the Jewish High Holiday services beginning next week at the temple at 144-146 Clarence St. Services will be conducted by a rabbi.

Erev Rosh Hashanah services for the New Year will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. Rosh Hashanah services will continue at 10 a.m. Sept. 9.

Yom Kippur services begin with Kol Nidre at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and Yom Kippur morning services at 10 a.m. Sept. 18. Yizkor will be held at 4 p.m., followed by a potluck break fast at 5:30 p.m.

Girl Collecting Pop Can Tabs for a Cause

From RadioPA's Matt Paul:

A south central Pennsylvania middle schooler has collected over two-million soda-can tabs, and she's just getting started.

Kayla Speelman's an Adams County 8th grader with a goal of collecting 10-million of those little aluminum tabs by the time she graduates. She's turning the collection over to the Hershey Ronald McDonald House, which raises money by recycling them.

It's all in memory of a friend who died of a brain tumor several years ago. Kayla can't drink millions of sodas herself though; she's already received support both near and far.

We can provide information if you'd like to help Kayla collect the tabs.

Haney Visits Hickory Stick Golf Course

LEWISTON, N.Y. – Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course recently played host to Hank Haney, one of the nation’s premier golf instructors, TV personality and former coach for Tiger Woods. Haney was specially contracted to conduct a private two-day invitation-only teaching opportunity for VIP members of the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

In late August, more than 30 VIP guests had the opportunity to perfect their golf game with Haney on Seneca Hickory Stick’s driving range during a special warm-up clinic. Each day’s group of golfers then enjoyed a lunch before playing a full round of golf on the course, where Haney rotated between foursomes. Guests also received copies of Haney’s latest book, Essentials of the Swing, during an evening cocktail hour.

“It was an amazing experience for everyone at Seneca Hickory Stick to be in the presence of such a skilled and respected teacher as Haney,” said Fran Roach, general manager, Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course. “The guests anticipated a memorable outing and game-changing advice, and Haney exceeded their expectations. We’re just wrapping up our second month of operation, and we look forward to hosting more first-class professionals like Haney for years to come.”

Haney has taught golf since 1976 and has instructed more than 200 touring professionals. In 2008, he was ranked the No. 2 golf teacher in the world by Golf Digest.

Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course opened for public play in July 2010. Located in Lewiston, N.Y. just 10 miles north of Niagara Falls, the 18-hole, 7,026-yard championship course was designed by world-renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones II. It is owned by Seneca Gaming Corporation and operated by KemperSports. For more information, please visit www.senecahickorystick.com.

e-mail from Hickory Stick

Charges to be Filed for Firearms Theft

A Johnsonburg resident and a Wilcox resident are accused of stealing several firearms from a Wilcox man’s home and selling them at a local gun store.

Police say the firearms were stolen from the home of 64-year-old James Zilcoski between January 15 and Tuesday.

Charges will be filed in District Judge Tony King’s office.

Port Allegany Man Hurt in Crash

A Port Allegany man suffered major injuries in a motorcycle accident Wednesday morning on Route 46, just north of Spring Run Road in Norwich Township.

State Police say 62-year-old Herbert Witter Jr. was traveling south when a deer ran into his path. Witter couldn’t avoid the collision and the bike hit the deer, causing the motorcycle to go out of control and slide onto the berm.

Witter was taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

One Book Bradford:
'Still Life' is This Year's Selection

By SANDRA RHODES

One Book Bradford’s next selection is sure to be worth every cent – or so the author’s name implies.

“Still Life” by Louise Penny of Quebec, Canada, has been chosen for the upcoming
One Book Bradford season. In its fourth year, One Book Bradford is a community-wide reading initiative in which a book is picked and the community is encouraged to read it. Several activities are held throughout the season, which culminates with a visit from the author.

“I was so pleased and so humbled that you would choose my books,” Penny said. “You know, Emily Dickenson called novels, 'frigates' that allowed us to travel to places we wouldn't normally go.

“Bradford has taken it that glorious extra step, by not only choosing to 'travel' to Quebec, but in spending months reading the series and considering it, you are bridging the considerable divide between Bradford and Quebec. And I am most grateful for that.”

This year, the committee also wanted to challenge the readers and encourage them to read each book in the Three Pines Trilogy, which include “A Fatal Grace” and The Cruelest Month.”

“‘Still Life,’ the first book in her Three Pines Trilogy is the One Book Bradford selection for 2010-2011,” said Pat Shinaberger, committee chairwoman. “The committee is sure that readers will become so attached to the characters that they will want to continue with the rest of the series.”

While “Still Life” is the first book of the trilogy, Penny said it is not necessary to start with that particular book.

“Each book really is written to be self-standing,” she said. “But there's also a very strong character-driven arc through the books that is more meaningful if you get to know the characters slowly from the beginning. But it isn't, as I say, necessary.”

Each year the selection is picked with input from the community as well as the committee.

“This year we are branching out. We have offered fiction and history writers in the past seasons, but never a mystery writer,” Shinaberger said. “Our goal is to build on the base of followers we have established and expand it to include the lovers of masterful mystery.”

Penny herself draws upon some of the best writers in this genre.

“I adore mysteries - particularly the so-called 'golden age'of British mysteries
... Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Josephine Tey,” she said.“When it came time to write my books I naturally chose a type of book I love and chose to write a book I would read. That would give me pleasure, in the writing and the reading.

Penny, who is a former reporter, said it’s a privilege to write and so something she loves to do. Why does she feel this way?

“Because so many other things have to be settled in my life before I can write. I need to live in a society without bullets and bombs, where my daily life isn't threatened. I need a roof, and food and clean water,” she said. “I need to be among the lucky few - and dwindling - who is functionally literate. And I need to love books. Respect books. And finally, I get to do what gives me genuine and immense pleasure. It isn't always easy, but it is what I was meant to do. Not many people have the very great good fortune to be able to make a living doing what they adore. It annoys and saddens me when I hear some authors complain about the rigors of a literary life, and how hard it is. I wonder if they ever waited tables, or drove a school bus in the winter, or cleaned houses. Or were unemployed. No, I'm under not illusion - I'm blessed. Every day I know it.”

Penny walked away from reporting to focus on the good rather than the bad.

“I got tired of the news - mostly bad news. I got tired believing the world was dangerous, threatening, that people were mean and cruel and stupid and unkind. Because after 25 years of covering disasters, that's what I realized I believed,” she said. “So I set out to discover if that was true. And guess what? It isn't. Bad things happen. But so do wonderful, amazing, glorious things. Some people are mean and cruel, but more people are kind and compassionate. Goodness exists. That's the real news.”

Prior to the author visit, the OBB committee will sponsor several activities related to themes in the books. Possible activities are: a talk on historic crimes in our area; a tour of the newly created crime lab at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; an open to the Public Book Club Meeting; a children’s activity featuring juvenile mystery writers. All activities will be free and open to the public.

A mystery tea featuring the characters in the Three Pines series written by a local author is being planned as a fund-raising activity. More information on all the activities will be released when it becomes available.

Without giving away too much of what her books are about, Penny commented on her favorite characters to whet potential readers’ appetite.

“There are a number I love. I actually think of Three Pines, the village, as a character. And I just love it. My ideal community,” she said. “But I'd have to say I really love writing Gamache. Thank God, since the guy's in it so much ... so like a man to hog the spotlight. Ruth's another one that's fun to write ... and a bit of a challenge. So that the demented, drunken old poet doesn't become simply 'quirky' but a woman in full.”

Penny will visit Bradford to talk about these and other characters on May 3.

All OBB authors’ works have been published by major publishing houses. Penny, whose books are published by St. Martin’s Press, will release her sixth book in September. Readers should also be aware that some of Penny’s books have different titles depending upon which country it was printed.

“Our decision to focus on widening the reading base of Bradford was based on the
hope that, if by offering good books and exposure to fine caliber authors to a rural audience eager for this enriching experience, we would contribute to the quality of life for many in this area, Shinaberger said.”

Photo by Ian Crysler

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BonaResponds Helping Haiti

BonaResponds, a St. Bonaventure University community volunteer organization, is inviting the public to help prepare boxes of food for children affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The food will be packaged during a daylong work session Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Reilly Center on campus.

The organization, under the direction of Dr. Jim Mahar, associate professor of finance, will be working with a group called Feed My Starving Children to pack enough boxes of food to feed 100,000 children. They will also be looking for new volunteers to continue fundraising efforts for Haiti.

“We really want and need community groups to get involved, including churches, Scout groups, school classes, etc.,” says Mahar. Volunteers will work in shifts of two hours, and may work one or multiple shifts.

According to Feed My Starving Children, the meals to be packed are called MannaPack-Rice. They consist of rice, dehydrated vegetables and chicken flavored vitamins, can be cooked with boiling water, and cost only 19 cents to produce. Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children is a Christian nonprofit hunger organization that distributes these packed meals through missionaries and global nonprofits across the world.

For more information or to register to volunteer, visit www.bonaresponds.org or contact Mahar at jmahar@sbu.edu.

Posting Removed on Rixford Bridge

PennDOT has removed weight postings on the Rixford Bridge on Route 246 near the village of Rixford in Otto Township, McKean County.

In 2009, PennDOT posted the bridge for a 30-ton weight limit for single vehicles and a 38-ton weight limit for combination vehicles. With bridge repairs complete, PennDOT has been able to remove the weight restriction posting.

The Rixford Bridge, which spans Baker Run was built in 1925 and is 41 feet long. The bridge carries an average of 1,159 vehicles per day.

Japanese Distributor Visits ARG

John Robinson, VP Business Development for American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG) recently met with Yoshinobu Iwasaki, President of Iwasaki Corp located in Kobe, Japan. Mr. Iwasaki and his family were in Bradford for a brief visit to the refinery. Iwasaki Corp has been purchasing lubricants from the refinery since 1949 making them the oldest distributor for ARG. Iwasaki Corp was originally named Kendall Japan and was started by Mr. Iwasaki’s father. He began by importing motor oil and lubricants for the American made cars that began arriving in Japan after World War II. In 1997, when the Kendall brand was sold from the refinery to a 3rd party, Kendall Japan was renamed Iwasaki Corp and has continued purchasing lubricants from the refinery. Since then they have branched out into industrial products supplying the metal working, industrial segments and grease markets in Japan.
Photo and information provided by ARG

PSP: Faulty Wiring Caused Fire

Faulty wiring is being blamed for a fire that damaged a Potter County home on Sunday.

The fire damaged a mobile home with a metal garage attached to one side and a wood-framed structure on the other side.

The entire residence owned by Dennis Furman of Austin was severely damaged. The damage estimate is $133,000.

State police say the fire started in the mobile home area, and a fault in electrical wiring was found where a utility light was plugged into a wall outlet.

Court Blocks NY Tax Collection Plan

New York State didn’t start collecting taxes from Native American retailers today after all.

A state appellate court judge issued an order today stopping the collections. State Supreme Court Judge Donna Siwek had lifted an earlier order Monday. The Seneca and Cayuga nations appealed that decision.

Those tribes won a federal court order Tuesday temporarily barring collections against them. But the state said it would start imposing the $4.35 per pack tax on cigarettes shipped by wholesalers to other reservation retailers starting today. There is no end date for the restraining order.

Governor David Paterson says the state will continue its court battle and believes New York will prevail.

Four Years Since Longobardo Died

Today marks 4 years since New York State Trooper Joseph Longbardo died after being shot by Ralph “Bucky” Phillips during the largest manhunt in state history.

Phillips shot Longobardo and Trooper Donald Baker on August 31, 2006, while they were staking out the home of Phillips’ girlfriend in Chautauqua County.

Baker recovered and returned to work. Every year, he also attends a memorial run named for Longobardo in Sarasota Springs. Proceeds from the run go toward a scholarship for a student at Amsterdam High School who plans to study criminal justice in college.

Phillips was captured in Pennsylvania on September 8, 2006, and is serving a life sentence at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Judge Rules in Favor of Senecas

Temporary Restraining Order in Place

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Seneca Nation by issuing a temporary restraining order that blocks New York State’s attempts to collect taxes from them for 14 days.

Judge Richard Arcara made his ruling earlier this afternoon.

Yesterday, a state Supreme Court Judge lifted an injunction that kept New York from collecting the taxes, which they said they intended to start collecting tomorrow.

After the judge’s ruling yesterday, the Seneca Tribal Council voted to stop making payments to the state from its casino slots revenues.

The slots revenues add up to about $700 million. The state expects to collect $200 million from the cigarette taxes.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Judge Rules in Favor of New York State

A State Supreme Court justice lifted an injunction against the state of New York, clearing part of the way for the state Department of Taxation to start collecting taxes from Seneca Nation cigarette retailers.

Justice Donna Siweck made her ruling late this afternoon.

On Friday, federal judge Richard Arcara said he would wait for Siwek’s ruling before he makes a decision on the Seneca Nation’s request for a restraining order to keep the state from collecting the taxes.

The state plans to start collecting taxes from wholesalers who sell to the Indians on Wednesday.

Rally in the Valley Breaks Records

OLEAN -- The thunderous roar of engines was a welcome sound in Olean Sunday as thousands and thousands of people - and their bikes - filled Bradner Stadium for the 8th annual Rally in the Valley.

The Rally in the Valley welcomed more than 1,025 dice run participants (with 657 motorcycles) for Sunday’s event (an increase of 200 participants and 100 bikes from 2009’s event. Sponsored by JAYBRAKE, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, and the area Motorcycle Enthusiasts, the three-day event is a motorcycle rally with the proceeds benefiting a host of community charities.

Co-Chairs of the Rally, Dan Jordan, Dennis Jones, Randy Langdon, and Larry Penman all agreed, “The Eighth Annual Rally in the Valley was record breaking all around once again - number of vendors, number of participants, and number of spectators. Mother Nature was sure in our favor this weekend - the weather turned out fantastic. We appreciate all the volunteers that help put this event together.” They added, “The stadium is the ideal place for this event - we hope that the future holds the opportunity to host this event at the stadium. The participants, the spectators all had a great time and helped out many local charities with the proceeds. The festival attracted motorcycle lovers and novices alike to engage in one of Olean's finest summertime offerings: bikes, beers and some of the best free music around.”

The winners of the 105-mile Dice Run were: Leonard Lee Woodruff, Hinsdale (scored 138 out of a possible 180 points), Bobbi Jo Avino, Bolivar (136), William Porter, Salamanca and Tracy Baker of Olean tied for third place (135); Kristen Keenan won the special dice roll of 113, and scoring lowest was Larry Selph, Hinsdale with 71 points. The winner of the Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide was Steve Cipot of Olean, and winner of the second prize of a Kristi Enclosed Two Bike Trailer was Rod DeYoe of Shinglehouse, PA.

Saturday of the Rally event was Certo Brothers Games and Fun Day. For the bike games, the winners included: SLOW RIDE - Robert Buchanan, Olean; TUBE SNAKE - Ed Lathrop, Olean; HOT DOG - Larry and Jill Selph, Hinsdale; BIKE JOUSTING - Larry and Jill Selph, Hinsdale; and TIRE TOSS - Roger Ball, Allegany. For the bike judging, the winners included: BEST PAINT JOB -- Lisa Hurley, Perrysburg; BEST of SHOW -- Mike Emley, Portville; BEST TRIKE - Ken Kio, Eldred, PA; CRUISER -- Dan Jordan, Olean; SPORT -- Mark Bokman, Olean; CUSTOM --P. Cochran, Great Valley; RADICAL CUSTOM -- Tiger Bartz, Strykersville; VINTAGE --Dennis Colvenback, Kennedy; and SPECIAL INTEREST -- Mike Polasik, Olean. The winner of the Big Wheel Adult Race beating out the 11 other racers was Knut Johnsen from Olean.

The local charities that will benefit from the Rally include: CARes - Council on Addiction Recovery Services, Inc.; the Dempsey Club; Olean Airport Support Group; Southern Tier Military Support; the ReHabilitation Center; South Olean Midget Football; Okay Coral 4-H Equestrian Group; and Rebuilding Together. Sponsors for the Rally include Jaybrake, Certo Brothers, AmazingAerialPhotos.com, Gowanda Harley Davidson. For more information on the Annual Rally in the Valley, call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 716-372-4433 or email tourism@oleanny.com.

e-mail from GOACC

Audubon Society Donates to PGC


Pennsylvania Game Commission Clarion/Jefferson County Land Management Group Supervisor George Miller announced the Seneca Rocks Audubon Society (SRAS) recently donated a 3-point hitch mounted HARDI herbicide sprayer to the PGC’s Food and Cover Corps for use in controlling invasive, woody plant species at State Games Lands (SGL) 330 in Clarion County. SGL 330, known locally as “The Piney Tract” or more properly “Mt. Zion”, is designated as a Global Important Bird Area, which means that it meets the internationally set standards for supporting a certain portion of a rare bird population.

Unusually large numbers of birds found there include Henslow’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Northern Harriers and Clay-colored sparrows. Henslow’s Sparrows, in particular, are rare and are sought after by bird watchers who have come to SGL 330 from other countries to see them.

SRAS has been involved in protecting this area since the 1980s. Over the last two years, Audubon Pennsylvania received funding from several sources to help implement management for grassland birds at the site, including the removal of woody vegetation in the larger grassland areas.

Specifically, funding from the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) administered in PA by the PGC, helped to purchase this sprayer for use in keeping the grassland areas open by preventing encroachment by woody species.

During the donation ceremony, PGC Land Management Group Supervisor George Miller stated that “The Commission is grateful for the donation of this much-needed herbicide sprayer and for the cooperative relationship that the PGC has with SRAS and Audubon Pennsylvania in protecting this valuable grassland habitat”.


Pictured from left, Flo McGuire-Seneca Rocks Audubon Society (SRAS), Sarah Sargent- Audubon PA, George Miller-PGC, Ron Montgomery-SRAS, Gary Maxwell-PGC and Deb Freed- SRAS
Photo provided by the PA Game Commission

Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns & Oil
Barons Revives the “Excitement”

Remember the days when oil derricks dotted the landscape? Or perhaps it’s the stories told by a grandfather, brother, or uncle who worked on a “lease.” You can relive those days through a new book titled Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons.

The 116-page coffee table-style book, published by Forest Press, a division of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, takes the reader on a pictorial tour of the oil industry in the Pennsylvania Field from discovery and boom eras through the resurgence occurring today. The book details the oil stories from within the counties of McKean, Warren, Crawford, Venango, Butler in Pennsylvania and Allegany County in New York.

Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons features present-day fine art photography from the region along with a wide selection of historic photos. The book is divided into six sections: Seeps and Pits, Discovery, Boomtowns, From Mud to Market, A Second Boom and The Next Well. It’s a trip back in time where words like moonlighters and yellow dog were developed and towns such as Bradford, Warren, Derrick City, Titusville, Chicora, Tidioute, Richburg and Oil City were put on the map.

“Whenever there was a series of gushers, it was referred to as the ‘excitement,’” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau. “We are equally excited to bring this book to the people who are interested in the oil industry, past and present. This book was done to honor those who lived, breathed and died in the oil industry. They had oil coursing through their veins. What would this area be without them?”

Readers will also see the faces of the oil industry. A portrait section shows a variety of people associated with the industry from those who work out in the field to professors who teach about it. This hard-cover book introduces the reader to such characters as Mary Alford, a woman who ran a nitroglycerin factory outside of Eldred.

And no book that includes the oil industry in McKean County would be complete without Lewis Emery, who fought John D. Rockefeller. The Bradford Club is also featured as well as Music Mountain.

There’s also a section titled “Gushers in Tuna Valley” which includes such places as Tarport, Derrick City and the Bradford Oil Exchange.

“We wanted to share never before told stories about the oil industry, the Pennsylvania Field and its local and national impact,” said Devlin, who spearheaded the project. “This publication is a collectible item for anyone interested in how the oil industry shaped Pennsylvania as well as southern New York.”

Ed Bernik, an award-winning photographer from North East, captured the images in the publication. He also supplied photos for the companion DVD. The research and text was done by Paul Adomites and editor Jim Gates. The foreword was written by Harvey Golubock, president and chief operating officer of American Refining Group – the oldest continuous running refinery in the United States.

The companion DVD titled “Pennsylvania Crude: The Road Trip” includes various places of interest in all of the counties, including museums, parks and other attractions. The DVD won a multitude of awards, including Best of Show, at the ADDY Awards in Erie. The ADDY Awards are sponsored by the Advertising Federation of Northwestern Pennsylvania. The ADDY Awards recognizes all forms of advertising.

Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons is a collaborative effort between Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism, Warren County Visitors Bureau and the Allegany County (N.Y.) Office of Development.

“This project could not have been done without all of the partners’ input,” Devlin said. “A lot of hard work and determination went into this project, hours of volunteer time from individuals, local historical societies, and museums helped make this book what it is today – a great piece of art that tells the history of oil.”

The book is available for $39.95 plus tax through the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the official tourism promotion agency for McKean County, at 80 E. Corydon St., Bradford, or by calling 800-473-9370, or by e-mailing info@visitANF.com.

Future plans include promoting the history of this region via national distribution of the book, and utilizing the driving tours developed for the “Pennsylvania Crude: The Road Trip” to promote travel into our region.

Photos provided by the ANFVB