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Dorn House to be Dedicated September 10

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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 Manufa…

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

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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

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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.

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 i…

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

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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 ant…

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

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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 an…

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 boili…

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

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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.

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.

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…

Audubon Society Donates to PGC

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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 …

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

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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 lik…