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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Autumn Classic 2010

The Port Allegany High School marching band won first place in Class A at the 31st Annual Autumn Classic at Parkway Field on Saturday. They also won best music and best visual in Class A.

Congratulations to all the bands for putting on a great show, and thanks to the Marching Owls Boosters, and everyone else involved, for putting so much work into this wonderful event.

more video and pictures coming soon

Fire Damages Homestead Hotel

An early morning fire did a quarter of a million dollars worth of damage to the Homestead Hotel building in Cameron County.

The fire was reported at just before 7 o’clock Saturday morning. Multiple fire departments from Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter counties responded.

The building owned by John Price of New Bethlehem was severely damaged from combustion and collapse of the upper floors. The building was vacant at the time and there were no injuries.

State police and the Emporium Fire Department are continuing their investigation.

Juveniles Accused of Starting House Fire

Two juveniles are accused of starting a fire that damaged a Summer Street home Saturday morning.

Bradford City firefighters were called at 11:45 a.m. to an unoccupied 2-story house at 64 Summer. In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the fire originated outside of the house at the rear of the building.

“Two known juveniles from Bradford, PA, were found to be responsible for intentionally ignited the fire,” Agosti said. “Quick action taken by a concerned neighbor kept damage to a minimum.”

There were no injuries. The Bradford City Fire Department and Bradford City Police, along with Agosti, conducted the investigation, which is continuing. At this time, they don’t know who owns the building.

Alle-Catt Taxi Driver Assaulted

A taxi driver ended up in the hospital after a man assaulted him and tried to rob him early Thursday morning.

In an e-mail to WESB and The HERO, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say 22-year-old Jordan Stebbins of Portville got in an Alle-Catt Cab in Olean and wanted to go to the Crosby’s in Hinsdale. When the driver, 59-year-old Vernon Outman, stopped the cab in the Crosby's parking lot, Stebbins punched him several times in the face and head. During the assault, the taxi accelerated through the parking lot and hit a canopy beam covering the gas pumps. Stebbins then tried unsuccessfully to rob Outman of his money.

Outman was treated at Olean General Hospital for cuts to his face and head, and had to have stitches on his upper lip. He was released after being treated.

Stebbins was arrested for assault and attempted robbery and sent to jail in lieu of $20,000. Deputies say more charges are possible.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Route 219 Bridge Painting Next Weekend

PennDOT has scheduled painting for the Bolivar Drive bridge early next month.

The painting will be Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3. Bolivar Drive under Route 219 will be closed on those days.

Motorists will follow the posted detour using East Main Street, Kendall Avenue and Seaward Avenue.

Edwards Will Run with Paldino;
Criticizes Cuomo Campaign Ad

Current Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards has decided he’ll be Carl Paladino’s running mate, and he’s already taken a shot at Andrew Cuomo.

This is Edwards' first campaign statement since he won the September 14 Republican primary for lieutenant governor. At that time, his running mate was Rick Lazio, who lost the Republican primary but won the Conservative Party’s nomination.

Until today Edwards, who won both the Republican and Conservative nominations, hadn’t said who he’d be running with.

Also today, he said Cuomo’s current TV ad criticizing Paladino's private business is desperate and misleading. The ad faults Paladino for securing $10 million a year in leases from the state and for getting a $1.4 million tax break.

"Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat Party are smearing Carl Paladino's successful career and record as a businessman in an attempt to distract the voters," Edwards said in a news release sent to WESB and The HERO by the Paladino campaign. "Their new ad attacking Carl's leases with State government fails to mention that Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and his predecessors signed off on all of Carl's leases. So did the Democrat Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his predecessors."

Edwards quotes the state Office of General Services, which said Paladino was a good landlord who won his leases through low bids.

"Here's the bad news for Andrew Cuomo: his coronation has been canceled," Edwards said in the news release.

John Yerdon

John H. Yerdon, 65, of 648 East Main Street, passed away Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

Born September 27, 1944, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Harold J. and Dorothy (Sprout) Yerdon.

On August 20, 1988 in the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford he married Valerie Kilhofer who survives.

He was a 1962 graduate of Bradford High School. He worked at various businesses in the Bradford area, including Kendall Refining Company and also worked for Prudential Insurance Company. For the last 25 years, he worked in the sales department at Fairway Ford.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, The Jaycees, The Fraternal Order of the Eagles and The Italian American Progressive Club. He also volunteered his time with Special Olympics, the Disabled Veterans Triathlon and was a member and past president of the Don Raabe Big 30 All Star Charities Classic.

In addition to his wife of 22 years, he is survived by a daughter, Tammy (Eric) Mersing of Oakdale; a son,Eric (Renae) Yerdon of Monaca; a sister, Martha A. Vecellio of Bradford; three grandchildren, Dylan Mersing of Oakdale, Noah Yerdon and Taylor Yerdon, both of Monaca and three nieces, Tina (Chip) Zimmerman of Camp Hill, Tracy Vecellio of Bradford and Madison Marasco, of Bradford.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 AM, Saturday, October 23, 2010 in the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor officiating. An informal reception will follow in the church library.

Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Bob Wheeler Scholarship Fund at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford or or the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Scarnati 100 Ride Nearing $100,000 in
Donations for Children's Hospital

Nearly $100,000 has been raised to benefit the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh through the Scarnati 100 Ride, and donations continue to come in, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati organized the second annual three-day, 100-mile bike ride, which took place between Friday, September 17 and September 19 – beginning in Gettysburg and ending in Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville.

"This was a great event for a very worthy charity that is near and dear to my heart." Scarnati said. "I'm grateful to the riders who donated their time, and those who contributed money to Children's Hospital, which serves so many kids and families in need. It's a wonderful example of how we can all give back to the community and assist this health care facility in continuing its standard of excellence in pediatric care."

Those who would like to make a contribution to the Scarnati 100 may send donations to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, c/o Shannon Anglero, 4401 Penn Avenue, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Corporate checks are welcome and all checks should include Scarnati 100.

from Senate Republican Communications

Deputies Looking for Kennedy, NY, Man

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’S office and New York State Parole are looking for a Kennedy man in connection with incidents that happened overnight on Wednesday.

Investigators say 29-year-old Darrell Lowers may be armed with a knife and should be considered dangerous.

They ddidn’t elaborate on the incidents, other than to say Lowers is a person of interest and is wanted for questioning.

Anyone with information on Lowers’ whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Teenager Dies in Elk County Crash

A 17-year-old Weedville boy is dead after an accident at 3:20 this afternoon on Route 255 at Grant Street in Byrnedale.

State police didn’t release the boy's name.

They say his 1994 Cadillac went off the road, up an embankment and went airborne before rolling twice, which threw the boy out of the car. The car landed on its roof.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Robert Sorg.

Beaulieu Pleads Guilty in Canada

The man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman in the Allegheny National Forest has pleaded guilty to weapons and other charges in Canada.

35-year-old Mike Beaulieu of Anson, Maine, is charged with illegally possessing a firearm, illegally crossing the border and possession of a controlled substance in that country. He’s scheduled for sentencing on October 27.

While Beaulieu remains jailed in Canada, the U.S. Marshals Service is acting as a liaison between Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement agencies involved in the case that started August 3 at the Kinzua Point Information Center.

Beaulieu is accused of tying up a man with rope and duct tape, kidnapping his girlfriend at gunpoint, then taking her to the Red Bridge area of McKean County and sexually assaulting her.

UPB Welcomes Alumni, Families Oct. 1-3

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold its annual Alumni and Family Weekend Oct. 1-3 with several events open to the general public.

Those include a career networking luncheon, nursing seminar and annual block party and vendor fair.

The weekend gets underway Friday, Oct. 1, with a nursing seminar presented by Tamra Minnier ’81, chief quality officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. For more information on the seminar, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater, contact the Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at (814)362-5078 or e-mail

Also on Friday, a career networking luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons, where a panel of professionals who are Pitt-Bradford alumni will share insights and advice on successful careers.

Panel members are Lorenzo Newsome ’84, president and chief investment officer for Xavier Capital Management LLC; Shannon Lugaila ’08, a senior research specialist in the health and physical activity department at the University of Pittsburgh campus in Pittsburgh; and Dr. Thad Urban ’00, principal of Iroquois Elementary School. The panel will be moderated by Chris Luke ’94, senior vice president and director of marketing for PNC investments.

The luncheon is sponsored by County National Bank, the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association and the Alumni Relations Office and the Career Services Office. Reservations are requested. There is a cost for non-college students.

The Friends of the Hanley Library annual used book sale begins at 11 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. in the lobby of Hanley Library.

A block party and vendor fair will run from noon to 4 p.m. in the Campus Drive loop in front of the Campus Police station featuring dozens of local and student vendors. In the event of rain, the block party will be held in the field house of the Sport and Fitness Center.

The Pitt-Bradford women’s tennis team will face off against Fredonia State University at 1 p.m. at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the public can tour the new Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

Those who don’t want to miss Pitt play Florida International can watch the game on the big screen in Swarts Hall 162. Kick-off time is 3:30 p.m. The game will not be televised, but can be seen here.

At 2 p.m., those who enjoy walking the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail will enjoy it even more with the commentary of Pitt-Bradford’s master gardener, Bob Harris. Harris will conduct a nature walk beginning at the George’s Crossing bridge behind Blaisdell Hall. He will identify plants and trees and share stories, including the real story of Johnny Appleseed.

Also at 2 p.m., current members of the Panther baseball team will take on former players in the annual alumni baseball game at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

Saturday evening, the Bradford Family YMCA will sponsor a Kids’ Night Out from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Sport and Fitness Center that will include inflatables, games and activities.

From 7 to 8 p.m., children age 4 to 10 can learn how to play Quick Start Tennis with members of the Pitt-Bradford men’s and women’s tennis team.

QST is a new play format for learning tennis designed to bring kids into the game by using special equipment, smaller courts and modified scoring, explained Susan Schenfield, head tennis coach. “QST is designed for children to start playing points immediately.”

The QST program is free.

Finally, Saturday will end with a bang with fireworks around 9:30 p.m. visible from the Commons patio.

Pictured, Mark Burns, assistant director of campus police and safety, with a rescued basset hound. Burns and his wife, Diane, have a ‘booth’ each year at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Alumni and Family Weekend block party to raise awareness about the rescue animals. In addition to vendors, the block party has family-friendly entertainment and activities for all.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Wilcox Situation Resolved w/o Incident

A situation last night in Wilcox, where several state police troopers were called, involved a person with a mental health issue and was resolved without incident, according to state police.

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UPMC Executive to Present Nursing
Seminar on 'Lean Thinking' at UPB

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford nursing alumna and UPMC executive Tami Minnier will return to her alma mater to present a conference on “Fixing Healthcare the Nursing Way.”

Minnier’s presentation, which can be counted for six continuing education units, is part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Pitt-Bradford nursing program during Alumni and Family Weekend.

The program will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The cost is $25 for the public and $15 for alumni. Lunch is included.

Minnier, who is the chief quality officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, will give an overview of quality in healthcare and a review of innovative nurse-driven changes.

During the afternoon session, Minnier will introduce the Toyota Production System and its lessons that can be translated to a health care setting through an interactive production exercise using teams to build with Legos.

Minnier is a member of Pitt-Bradford’s first nursing class, graduating with her Associate of Science in Nursing in 1981. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Pittsburgh’s Pittsburgh campus.

She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has studied the Toyota Production System, Lean Manufacturing and other business improvement applications to health care.

A nationally known speaker, Minnier has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, Modern Health Care, Healthcare Leaders, Reflections on Nursing Leadership by Sigma Theta Tau and Newsweek.

This workshop was approved by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development, the Pitt-Bradford nursing program and the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association.

For more information or to register, call Continuing Education at 814-362-5078 or e-mail

Couple Jailed for South Avenue Burglary

A Bradford couple is in jail after allegedly breaking into a South Avenue house early this morning.

24-year-old Michael Schoonover and 23-year-old Amanda Ayers are accused of breaking into an unoccupied home at 246 South Avenue at about 5:30 this morning.

Police got a call from a witness who saw the couple force open a door and go inside. When police got to the house, they heard someone barricading the door from the inside, according to papers faxed to WESB and The HERO by District Judge Bill Todd. Police then went in another door, searched the house and found Schoonover, who they say was intoxicated.

Police found a crow bar near the found door, and fresh pry marks that matched the size of the crow bar. They say Schoonover also had a flashlight and muscle relaxers that he didn’t have a prescription for, according to court papers.

Schoonover told police that he and Ayers wanted to see what was in the house because they needed some items like dishes, according to court papers.

Police searched for Ayers but say, “there was so much clutter in the home that it was not for certain that she wasn’t inside still.” The witness told them she didn’t see Ayers leave, so police pulled their car down the street suspecting Ayers would leave the house once she thought they were gone. The witness called 911 when Ayers did leave the house, and police picked her up as she walked down South Avenue.

Schoonover and Ayers are both charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal attempt at theft by unlawful taking and loitering and prowling at nighttime.

They’re jailed on $20,000 bail each.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Senator Bob Casey Honored as
'Best in Congress' for Working Moms

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) was honored today as one of the “Best of Congress” by Working Mother Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families. Senator Casey was one of 30 Members recognized for having family-friendly policies in their offices and being one of the best Members to employ working moms.

“Mothers are the backbones of families and I have nothing but great respect and admiration for moms who both work and take care of their families,” said Senator Casey. “It is both humbling and a great honor to be recognized as a Member of Congress who provides some of the best conditions in his office for working moms.”

The award spotlights Congressional excellence in supporting working families through legislation and advocacy. It also recognizes those members of Congress who practice what they preach – employing family-friendly policies in their own offices.

This is the second time that Working Mothers Media and Corporate Voices for Working Families have compiled a list of the best Members for working moms to work for. This is also the second time Senator Casey has made the list.

Pictured, Casey with McKean County Commissioner Judy Church during a visit to Zippo in August.

McKean, Cattaraugus Counties
Participating in Drug Take Back Program

PA CleanWays of McKean County and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department are participating in the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s “National Drug Take Back Program.”

In McKean County, people can take unwanted medications to the Penn State Extension Office in Smethport from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

In Cattaraugus County, people can go to the county office building parking lot in Olean, and the Salamanca or Gowanda municipal buildings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

No pre-registration is necessary. The agencies are holding the drug take back program because people are flushing the drugs down the toilet, and they’re showing up in water sources, and because of the increase in illegal use of prescription medications by young people.

Three People in Court on Drug Charges

Two people waived their preliminary hearings on drug charges Wednesday, while charges against another person were bound to court.

30-year-old Michael Cary is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.

He’s accused of selling 5 oxycodone pills for $480 on February 8, and 3 oxycodone pills for $320 on March 3.

After the hearing, he was re-committed to McKean County Jail on $10,000 bail.

40-year-old Michele Barger had cocaine, plastic bags and scales at her home on July 23, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office. She is also charged with endangering the welfare of children because her 4-year-old, 16-year-old and 17-year-old children were living in the home when she allegedly had the cocaine.

30-year-old Kyle Dewyer is charged with delivery and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police found Dewyer passed out in a vehicle on Cottage Row on the morning of July 25, his birthday. They saw a glass pipe, rolling papers, a lighter, matches and partially smoked cigarettes in the vehicle.

When they woke Dewyer up and searched him, they found suspected marijuana and scales. According to court papers, Dewyer told police he had the scales to weigh his own marijuana “so he doesn’t get ripped off.”

Barger and Dewyer are free on bail.

Man Exposes Himself on West Washington

A man has admitted to exposing himself to a woman on West Washington Street at around 10 o’clock this morning, but says he doesn’t know why he did it.

36-year-old Michael Nofsker of Texas drove up to a woman who was walking on West Washington and exposed himself. She went across the street and hid behind an RV until he passed by. She then went to an area business and had an employee call police. As they waited for police Nofsker drove by and “still had his penis in his hand,” according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

When police found him Nofsker said, “I showed something I shouldn’t have shown.” The courts papers say Nofsker told police “numerous times” that he did it, but didn’t know why. His bail is set at $2,000.

CARE for Children Announces
Initial Plans For Building

Local agency CARE for Children is one step closer to its dream of opening a therapy, health and early learning center for children of all abilities by purchasing a property in Bradford.

The site, located at 723 East Main Street (which formerly housed Sundahl Insurance Company), is one block south of the agency’s current location on Russell Boulevard.

"CARE for Children has had many homes over its 86-year history and the board determined that the time has come to have a community center for children that will address the diverse needs of the local pediatric population,” said Mick Marshall, President, CARE for Children Board of Directors.

The non-profit organization has provided pediatric services in McKean County since 1924 and in the last fiscal year provided school and home based therapy services to over 200 clients; preschool for 44 students; specialized orthopedic and wheelchair clinics for 165 children; safety and injury prevention programs for 1463 children; and disability awareness presentations to 403 children.

"We are hoping to begin work on an 8,000 to 10,000 square foot facility within two years, but it will depend on the level of support from the community and how quickly we can secure the necessary funding," said Joe Yaros, Building Committee Chair.

“CARE has experienced unprecedented growth in the number and scope of services we currently provide,” said Tina Martin, CARE Executive Director. "We have an amazing staff and board in place and have worked hard to strengthen our infrastructure and improve quality service delivery in preparation of a project of this size.”

Pictured, standing with the newly-constructed sign are CARE Board President, Mick Marshall; CARE Executive Director Tina Martin; Rainbow Corner Preschool Director, Kimberly Engstrom; Rainbow Corner students Margaret Graffius and Nicolas DeGolier; CARE Development & Marketing Coordinator Mandi Wilton Davis; CARE Community Relations Coordinator Kim Murphey; CARE Board Secretary, Tom Ball; CARE Board Member, Scott Bayline; and CARE Board Treasurer/Building Committee Chair, Joe Yaros. The sign was sponsored by the McKean County Shrine Club and was constructed by the Bradford High School carpentry class under teacher Scot Oxley. Graffius is the daughter of Mark and Archangela Graffius of Bradford; DeGolier is the son of Todd and Amy DeGolier of Bradford.
Photo courtesy of CARE for Children

Man Accused of Stealing from Wal-Mart

An Olean man has been charged with stealing several flat screen TVs, laptop computers and jewlery from the Allegany Wal-Mart.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Deputies say 44-year-old Clark Echevarria took the items between August 9 and September 9. The merchandise is valued at more than $7,000.

Echevarria is scheduled to appear in Allegany Town Court on October 18.

Q-Poll: Corbett Lead into Double Digits;
Paladino Narrowing Gap vs. Cuomo

Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett holds a 54 - 39 percent lead over Democrat Dan Onorato, the Allegheny County Executive, in the race to become Pennsylvania's next governor, fueled by a 56 - 29 percent margin among independent voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released today.

Republican Carl Paladino is narrowing the gap between himself and Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the New York governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac poll, that says the race is now 49 percent for Cuomo to 43 percent for Paladino, with a 3.6 percent margin of error.

The poll conducted last week surveyed 751 likely voters.

Seven percent of voters remain undecided and 21 percent of those who name a candidate say they might still change their mind.

BLT Goes 'Outside the Box'

Bradford Little Theatre has gone “Outside the Box” for its 14th season with new types of productions at all-new venues, including improvisation, fantasy and script “near hand.”

“We are excited to be stretching our wings, reaching new audiences, and offering a full-scale production outside Bradford” said Nanci K. Garris, BLT president. “We will have new faces in new places.”

The funny and poignant “Grace and Glorie” by Tom Zeigler opens the season with performances Oct. 8-10 at the auditorium of the First Presbyterian Church, 54 E. Corydon St. The two-woman show portrays the friendship between a feisty, illiterate, 90-year-old mountain woman and a transplanted New York City resident with a Harvard MBA.

As part of Bradford Improv Month in February, BLT board member and Pitt Improvers advisor Kristin Asinger will direct the dinner theater “I’m Getting Married in the Morning.” That production will be held at St. Bernard Educational and Social Center on Feb. 25-27, with two evening shows and one matinee.

For a first joint effort with students, BLT will offer the fantastical “East of the Sun” by William Glennon on April 7-9 at Otto-Eldred Junior-Senior High School in Duke Center. Based on a classic Norwegian folk tale, the show will feature masks and puppetry.

In order to offer quality productions at non-traditional venues, said Garris, BLT has purchased a new portable sound and lighting system.

“This will enable us not only to take shows to places throughout the region, but also to dramatically reduce the costs of renting rehearsal and performance space at traditional theatre sites,” she said. “In turn, this will keep ticket prices very affordable.”

“Grace and Glorie” director Diane Kerner Arnett said that two-woman show is being done with full sets, costumes and technical effects, but with “scripts near hand.” The play is by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“Many people have said they are interested in performing but either do not have the traditional six-week rehearsal time or do not know if they can memorize a full-length script. So, this show is our first attempt to meet those people’s needs.”

“I am really looking forward to this play – it’s going to be such fun,” said Asinger about the Lee Mueller comedy in February. Though experienced in directing, this will be Asinger’s first stint as a director with BLT. Assistant directors for the Lee Mueller comedy will be Tim Asinger and Kathy Bryant.

“It's a combination of murder mystery, farce and improvisation with audience participation -- all at a wedding reception where a mysterious man falls dead on the dance floor. Audience members will get to experience all of the things that come with a wedding reception given for a bride who has just been married for her fourth time: food, drinks, cake, music, drama and the exposure of several family secrets. This play will entertain guests of all ages.”

Also, BLT will present the Lester Brauser Community Theatre Appreciation Award on opening night of the show.

Traveling the short distance to Duke Center will be well worth the trip for the April show, said veteran director Cindy Matteson, Otto-Eldred librarian and BLT secretary. The beautifully renovated 1930s style 300-seat theatre there will be enhanced by a new atrium/lobby opening in the spring.

The two-act comic adaptation by William Glennon features witches, ogres and a polar bear and is presented through The Dramatic Publishing Co.

For more information, people may check the website at or by contacting the group at P.O. Box 255, Bradford, PA 16701. Tickets will also be available about two weeks before each show at Ott & McHenry Pharmacy, Tina’s Hallmark, Graham Florist and Smith’s store, all in Bradford.

Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres, the Theatre Association of New York State and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Opera Star Marilyn Horne to Visit Pitt-Bradford for Discussion About Archives

Bradford native and opera star Marilyn Horne will visit the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford from Oct. 6-8 to discuss the donation of her archives to the university.

The discussion will center on the second phase of her donation, which would include her personal archives. Earlier this year, her foundation, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, donated its archives to Pitt-Bradford.

Those are currently in storage at University of Pittsburgh Archives Services Center in Pittsburgh, which is also home to the archives of former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.

The center will also help with the processing, digitizing and managing of the collection.

Although several other institutions, including the Library of Congress, had sought the archives, Horne is now in discussions with only Pitt-Bradford.

“As a native of Bradford, Marilyn has a soft spot in her heart for her hometown and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford president.

“When she indicated her interest in discussing the possible location of her archive collection at Pitt-Bradford and the University of Pittsburgh, we enthusiastically embraced the idea. We look forward to continuing our discussions with Marilyn when she visits our campus next month.”

The Horne Foundation has been supportive of the university for many years, presenting two recitals each year in the Bromeley Family Theater. In addition to recitals, the young singers met with vocal students from the region as part of a residency, the last of which was held in January.

Horne herself has supported the university by serving as honorary chairwoman for the Blaisdell Fine Arts Challenge, which raised $3.4 million toward the construction of Pitt-Bradford’s fine arts building, Blaisdell Hall.

In 2000, Pitt-Bradford honored Horne with its Presidential Medal of Distinction, and in 2004, she became the first person to receive an honorary degree from the University of Pittsburgh at a regional campus.

Horne was born in 1934 in Bradford. Her father, Bentz Horne, encouraged his daughter to pursue her musical dreams. She moved with her family to Long Beach, Calif., when she was 11, and made her debut when she was 20 at the Los Angeles Guild Opera.

Following her father’s death in 1956, she traveled Europe, performing in many productions and receiving rave reviews.

She sang professionally for more than 40 years, becoming not only a star of the opera world, but also an ambassador to pop culture through appearances on “The Odd Couple,” “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” “Carol Burnett and Friends” and “Sesame Street.”

In 1994, she formed the Marilyn Horne Foundation to nurture and champion not only young opera singers, but also the art of vocal recital. The foundation sponsored recitals for young singers at several locations, including Carnegie Hall and Pitt-Bradford, before becoming part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Pictured, Marilyn Horne during the 2004 dedication of Blaisdell Hall, which also included the unveiling of the Marilyn Horne statue.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Pill Thief Pleads Guilty

An Ellicottville man who stole thousands of pills from a drug store has pleaded guilty to burglary, according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO by the district attorney's office.

20-year-old Cory Jones broke into The Corner Drug Store in Cattaraugus at about 4 o’clock on the morning of May 5 and stole the pills.

Jones will be sentenced November 22.

Citing 'Impressive' Sales, Zippo Increases
Full Time Staff at Congress Street Plant

Zippo announced this week that the company has offered full-time positions, through the end of the year, to a group of employees previously laid off. The offer was extended to 49 employees who have been working on a part-time basis.

“Our year to date sales figures has been impressive and we feel we need additional help in our factory to handle the strong sales forecast for the remainder of the year”, said Greg Booth, Zippo President and CEO, in a news release sent to WESB and The HERO. “We are very pleased that we are able to offer full-time employment to this group of dedicated manufacturing employees”.

“There are several factors which have contributed to this change. Our windproof lighter business has been robust in the US and in select markets overseas. Zippo has enjoyed significant growth in China and India as well as in Latin America. We are expecting more of the same through the holiday season,” Booth stated.

Additionally, Zippo launched a new Outdoor Line of products this year which is a collection of flame and heat-related products for the outdoor enthusiast. The line extension includes a Flexible Neck multi-purpose lighter, an Emergency Fire Starter, Hand Warmer and a cedar chip Campfire Starter. The products have been well received by retailers and wholesalers and the Hand Warmer is selling well in the US and in Europe. There has also been good response to the Emergency Fire Starter Kit. The line has been supported by extensive PR since January and this month Zippo launched a national advertising campaign to promote the products at the consumer level.

Another new business segment for Zippo is the Ronson line of lighters and lighter fuels which were acquired in February. According to Booth, “The Ronson business has been very good and has been growing according to plan.”

This summer Zippo relocated equipment from the Ronson fuel plant in New Jersey and Zippo now packages all Ronson branded lighter fluid in Bradford along with the Zippo branded fluid. New state of the art butane equipment has also been installed to package both Zippo and Ronson butane fuel. The new fuel operations have resulted in six additional positions in Bradford.

In addition to lighters and lighter accessories, the company recently completed several initiatives to expand the Zippo trademark to reflect a lifestyle brand. A new collection of writing instruments and watches will be available this fall and the company has also licensed a Zippo fragrance assortment for a fall introduction in Europe and Asia. A new line of Zippo-branded casual clothing will debut early next year via a licensing agreement with a California apparel marketer.

Pictured, Zippo Electrical-Mechanical Technician Tom Weaver Ronson inspects newly-acquired Ronson fuel packaging equipment. The company purchased the New Jersey-based Ronson brand in February and moved the fuel production operations to Bradford this summer.
Photo courtesy of Zippo

Kinzua East KOA Campground Among
'Most Amazing Spots in the United States'

The Kinzua East KOA Campground, owned and operated by Mary Estep, was recently named among the “Most Amazing Spots in the United States” by Reserve America, one of the largest providers of campground reservation services in the world.

Each year, Reserve America names its “Top 100 Family Campgrounds” as well as outstanding campgrounds in each of the areas of in 16 different categories including: amazing spots, biking trails, bird-watching, canoeing, educational and historical facilities, fishing, hiking, horse-friendly parks, beaches, picnic areas, romantic spots, kid-friendly parks, scenic views, tours and events, unique cabins and water recreation activities.

“Each year outdoor enthusiasts look forward to Reserve America’s annual list of the nation’s finest campgrounds that provide convenient services, offer beautiful scenery and ensure families have a great camping experience,” explained David Dutch, general manager for the Active Network’s Outdoors division. “We hope families find this diverse list of camping locations and attractions useful as they make their camping plans.”

“It is really no surprise to us that the Kinzua East KOA was named among the best campgrounds in the country,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier in a news release sent to WESB and The HERO. “We’ve known for a long time that Mary runs a wonderful park and takes great care of her campers.”

To determine the top campgrounds and locations, over 3,000 parks were evaluated based in part on testimonials from park rangers, regional park management and campers, as well as specific family-friendly criteria including kid-friendly parks, scenic views, hiking trails, children’s activities and more.

NY Flags at Half-Staff on Wednesday

Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 22, in honor of Army Specialist Timothy L. Johnson, a Randolph resident who was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan on September 16, 2010.

Specialist Johnson died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device at Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

"On behalf of all citizens of the Empire State, I wish to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Specialist Timothy Johnson," Governor Paterson said. "We join them in grieving the death of this fine young soldier, but we will never forget his sacrifice for our nation and we will honor his memory and his service."

Governor Paterson has directed the flags on all State buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor and tribute to our State's service members who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

Gulfstream Getting $8.5 Million

Gulfstream International has announced that it will receive $8.5 million in federal subsidies as part of the Essential Air Service Program.

Earlier this month, the US Department of Transportation awarded Gulfstream new two-year contracts as the EAS provider provider for Bradford, DuBois, Franklin/Oil City, Jamestown, New York, and Pakersburg, West Virginia.

At that time, Bradford Regional Airport Director Tom Frungillo said the airport authority is looking forward to continuing to work with Gulfstream.

He added, “Marcellus Shale development is currently leading to expanded service. Any future opportunities that may arise for new markets and destinations would also create additional passenger growth - and would be greatly welcomed.”

Read the earlier news release here:

September 10, 2010

Thompson Announces Continuation of Gulfstream Airlines Service at Bradford, Dubois and Franklin Airports

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has re-selected Gulfstream International Airlines (Gulfstream) to provide Essential Air Service at Bradford, DuBois, and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania. The duration of the contract will last from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2012.

In 1978 the commercial airline industry was deregulated. To ensure continued access to the national air transportation system, Congress created the Essential Air Service (EAS) Program, which provides a minimum level of service required at each eligible community.

“I commend all three of these communities - Bradford, Dubois, and Franklin – for taking such an active role in the selection process. In the past Pennsylvania has suffered from severe cutbacks at connecting airports, despite the downturn, the Commonwealth is beginning to see a bright economic horizon as a result of the Marcellus Shale natural gas play. I will continue to work in partnership with these communities and Gulfstream to ensure quality air service” said Thompson.

Gulfstream is the current air service provider at the three Pennsylvania communities and Jamestown, New York. In anticipation of the expiration of its current contract at all four communities, the DOT had requested proposals from carriers interested in serving any or all of the four communities for the two-year period. Following positive comments for Gulfstream’s service from all three communities in Pennsylvania and a July 30, 2010 letter authored by Congressman Thompson and signed by Senators Specter and Casey, the DOT granted an award of $1,087,306 for Bradford, $2,228,996 for DuBois, and $915,101 for Oil City/Franklin for the contract term.

“The Airport Authority is looking forward to continuing to work with Gulfstream. Marcellus Shale development is currently leading to expanded service. Any future opportunities that may arise for new markets and destinations would also create additional passenger growth - and would be greatly welcomed” said Tom Frungillo, Director of Bradford Regional Airport.

“The selection of Gulfstream to provide service at DuBois is the absolute best decision DOT could have awarded. With Gulfstream’s maintenance facility at DuBois and continued reliable service, the Tri-County area will be well served over the term of this contract,” added Joel Peterson, Chairman of the Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Regional Airport Authority.

“The renewal of the EAS contract provides a great opportunity for economic development in the region. This investment will retain at least sixty jobs related to the airport. Our legislators were steadfast in their support and now we must do our part and continue to utilize this service,” commented Otho Bell, Manager of Oil City/Franklin.

For Bradford, Gulfstream will continue 18 round trips per week to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. For DuBois and Oil City/Franklin, Gulfstream will continue its 24 round trips per week at DuBois, and 12 round trips per week at Oil City/Franklin, both also to Cleveland.

Randolph Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

A soldier from Randolph was killed last week in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 24-year-old Timothy L. Johnson died Sept. 16 in Kandahar of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device at Arghandab River Valley.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Johnson leaves behind a wife and child.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Safety First

Trooper Dan Wood (left) and Trooper Lance Schimp (right) of the Pennsylvania State Police work to properly adjust the straps on a car seat prior to installing it for a family at a Child Passenger Safety event. The PA State Police, along with Safe Kids McKean, will be providing on-site child safety seat inspections and education at an event from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Thursday at the barracks in Lantz Corners.
Photo courtesy of CARE for Children

Professor Explores Teaching Uses of
Movie 'The Wizard of Oz'

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford faculty member Tim Ziaukas traveled to a national conference to present a paper that explores using the 1939 film version of “The Wizard of Oz” as a tool to introduce students to concepts of visual communications.

Ziaukas, associate professor of public relations, presented “Because, Because, Because, Because, Because: ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as Visual Literary Primer” at the Visual Communications Conference in Portland, Ore.

Ziaukas uses “The Wizard of Oz” in his visual communications class to introduce basic concepts of color theory, “sacred geometry” and more.

“Nearly everyone has seen it,” Ziaukas said, “so they all know that visual text very well.” Ziaukas said he is able to talk about some of the imagery in the movie without having to show them the film again.”

“It’s a good place to begin because most of the students know the film so well,” he said.

There are interesting reasons why the sepia-tinted Kansas sequences that open and close the film are dominated by horizontal and vertical images, while the surrealistically colored Oz middle is largely circle and spiral-oriented, Ziaukas said. “The students enjoy exploring that.”

Additionally, Progressive Era allegory from Baum’s novel is combined with sentiments from the late 1930s in the film, Ziaukas said. “The film offers an American isolationist argument that really spoke to the country in 1939. Dorothy is eager to get home to a bleak Kansas in light of a dangerous world where militaristic dictators are planning domination,” he said.

“It’s a rich text,” Ziaukas said, that can be interpreted in a number of ways, especially as an introduction to elements of visual communications.

Visual Communications is the premiere conference of visual communications.

Ziaukas is the director of the public relations program at Pitt-Bradford and teaches public relations, journalism and visual communications. He has taught at Pitt-Bradford since 1994, lives in Bradford and is active with the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center as a marketing consultant.

Donna M. Parry

Donna M. Parry, 64, of 1056 Minard Run Road, passed away Saturday, September 18th, 2010 at her residence.

Born December 14, 1945, in Coudersport she was the daughter of Lynton and Edna (Haskins) Turner of Dunbar Crossing, who survive.

On September 19, 1970 in Bradford at the First Presbyterian Church she married C. Dale Parry who also survives.

Mrs. Parry was a 1963 graduate of Port Allegany High School and a 1965 graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, NY. She had been employed at Bradford National Bank, then for Helen Nusbaum and Alan Jones Insurance Agency, and later as the office manager at Phillips & Dart Oil Field Services.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as deacon, elder and most recently as Clerk of Session, and was a member of the National Notary Association.

In addition to her parents and husband she is survived by a daughter Melissa A. (Martin) Causer of Turtlepoint, a brother, Gary (Kim) Turner of Port Allegany, three grandchildren; Matthew M. Causer, Morgan M. Causer and Mallory A. Causer and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers; Dale Turner and Bobby Turner.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Avenue and again on Wednesday September 22, from 10:00 to 11:00am in the First Presbyterian Church where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial if desired may be made to the Community Nurses or the McKean County American Cancer Society.

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