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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Contractor Questions OECD

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


A local contractor has concerns about the way the Office of Community and Economic Development conducts business regarding home rehabilitation projects, and he brought those concerns to Bradford City Council Tuesday night.

Bob Baker of Baker General Contracting had questions about why he wasn’t getting bid announcements for projects, and also about how the projects are advertised and awarded.

The questions led to heated exchanges between Baker and OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews, and even prompted Mayor Tom Riel to bang his gavel and ask for order, and Councilman Rick Benton to scold people about being polite.

Andrews and City Solicitor Mark Hollenbeck explained that OECD is simply a conduit between the homeowners and the contractors and, therefore, the same rules that apply to bids for city-related projects do not apply to the home rehabilitation projects.

Eventually, Andrews said she would make sure bid announcements are sent to Baker, and he will be notified when the bids are opened. He also agreed to speak with Hollenbeck about questions regarding the awarding of contracts per the Third Class City Code, and why this does not apply.

Also Tuesday, council authorized the filing of a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant application for improvements to the Kessel Athletic Complex. The project has already been approved by the state but, in order to receive the $2 million, the city must prepare and submit the grant application.

Council also approved a $5,000 façade improvement grant for the Bradford Area Public Library.

Work will include demolition of the existing wood-framed planter boxes, installation of PVC drainage, footers and masonry block foundation, new brick to match the existing building, matching concrete capstones, refurbishing planters and pad repairs near the entrance to the property.

The library is contributing $5,140 toward the project.

Council also agreed that a sign permit can be issued to Richard Young for Subway at 88 Main Street.

“It appears that Subway is going to open back up,” Riel said.

And, trick or treating hours have been set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on October 31.

That’s “half the time we were allotted when I was a kid,” Riel said.

Ex-Bradford Resident Jailed for
Nearly Beating Baby to Death

A former Bradford resident is in a Washington County, PA, jail after being accused of beating his 5-month-old son until the baby was almost dead.

25-year-old Keith Anthony Long was picked up last Monday in Olean, NY, where his former girlfriend lives with their two children. He was taken to Washington County on Friday, and is jailed on $110,000 bond.

Police were notified on September 16 that the baby was being treated at UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for life-threatening injuries. The baby suffered severe injuries to his head, torso and arm and had little or no normal brain function, according to court records.

During their investigation, police learned that Long allegedly also assaulted the 5-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, Christa Bolen. The girl told police Long hit her in the face on multiple occasions, kicked her and threw her into the refrigerator. Court records also indicate that Long flicked a cigarette ash in Bolen’s eye when she was pregnant, and that a temporary Protection from Abuse order had been filed.

A preliminary hearing had originally been scheduled for October 6 in front of District Judge Jay Weller, but that has been continued and a new date has not been set yet.

Couple Jailed on Drug, Weapons Charges

A couple from Ulysses is in jail on half a million dollars bail each after being arraigned on more than 200 weapons and drug charges.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, police say they searched the home of 44-year-old Robert Martin and 35-year-old Cynthia Zurawa because, due to his past criminal history, Martin is prohibited from having a firearm, and they heard that he had weapons in his home.

Police found 28 firearms, switchblade knives, a stun gun and upwards of 30,000 rounds of ammunition. Police also found quantities of illegal controlled substances including morphine and marijuana, along with more than $24,000 in cash.

Martin is in Potter County Jail. Zurawa is in Tioga County Jail.

Pitt-Bradford to Dedicate Chapel Thursday

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will dedicate the Harriett B. Wick Chapel in a ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

The celebration is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow.

“It has been a dream of the university for quite some time to have a chapel on campus,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “The Wick Chapel will fill an important need on our campus in providing a place where students of any religious denomination can worship in a manner consistent with his or her preference.”

In addition to Alexander, other speakers at the ceremony include the Rev. Leo J. Gallina Jr., pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church; Rick Weinberg ’94 of Temple Beth El; Dr. Patricia Beeson, provost and senior vice chancellor; Craig A. Hartburg ’73-’75, chairman of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board; Howard L. Fesenmyer, member of the Advisory Board Executive Committee; Dr. Gautam Mukerjee, associate professor of economics; and Erik Austin, vice president of Student Government Association.

Work on the $2.5 million building began last fall.

The 150-seat interfaith chapel was designed by Albert Filoni, president of MacLachlan, Cornelius and Filoni Architects.

The building, Filoni said, is designed to serve “a whole lot of people in a whole lot of ways. It really is not a church. It is a whole lot more than that.”

In addition to providing a place for religious services of all types, the building will be used as a center for service learning and for receptions, induction ceremonies, small choral and musical performances, recitals, readings and speakers.

The chapel is being dedicated in honor of longtime Pitt-Bradford benefactor Harriett B. Wick.

Wick retired from Zippo Manufacturing Co. in 1994 after 44 years of service to the company founded by her father, George G. Blaisdell. She served as vice president and secretary of the company from 1978 until 1994 and sold her share of the company to her sister and her sister’s sons in 1999.

She also served on the board of the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, which was also founded by her father. The Blaisdell Foundation was one of the first organizations to begin supporting Pitt-Bradford through scholarships.

Wick and her sister, Sarah Dorn, have a long history of supporting the university in addition to their leadership for the Blaisdell Foundations. Wick and Dorn established two scholarship funds at Pitt-Bradford, to honor their mother, Miriam Barcroft Blaisdell.

In 1995, Wick and other members of the Blaisdell family made a $1.5 million challenge gift to Pitt-Bradford to be used toward the construction of Blaisdell Hall.

In 1993, Wick received the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Pitt-Bradford and, in 2005, she was inducted into Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning Society.

Marilyn Horne to be Honored at YWCA

The YWCA Bradford will honor opera legend Marilyn Horne at a reception at noon Oct. 7 at the agency home at 24 W. Corydon St.

Horne will be guest of honor at an open house and luncheon being held to recognize her role as the YWCA’s honorary membership chairman.

We are so pleased to have Ms. Horne visit our agency,” said executive director Amy Pierce. “There is probably not a more well- known woman from Bradford in the entire country and Ms. Horne’s life, in particular, reflects our values as an agency.”

When she was selected to head the membership campaign, Horne had praised the YW as an agency which embraced the ideals which have guided her life — “eliminating racism and empowering women.”

Among other programs, the YWCA Bradford offers the county’s only safe house for victims of domestic violence, provides comprehensive care for victims of sexual assault, and operates a homeless shelter for women and children.

Horne had been on the opera stage for many years until her retirement in 1999. For years, she was mezzo-soprano for the Metropolitan Opera Co. in New York City and has performed in all the world’s great opera houses. She has been called “one of the greatest operatic mezzo-sopranos in history.” In 1995, she received the Kennedy Center award for exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts. In 1994, she launched the Marilyn Horne Foundation to help preserve the art of vocal recitals and support young singers.

Horne is in Bradford for several days, and her visit will include continued discussion of placement of her personal archives to the University of Pittsburgh of Bradford. In past years, she served 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.

The YW, marking its 95th anniversary in Bradford this year, has been engaged in a membership campaign not just to increase its number of supporters but to help reach the diverse female population in the Bradford area and throughout McKean County, from girls to senior citizens. The YWCA hopes to strengthen its current programming and, ultimately, become a central resource for women to join together in support, encouragement and fellowship.

The luncheon is open to YW members and supporters. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting the YWCA by Oct. 1.

e-mail from Marty Wilder

Tickets Available for “Grace and Glorie”

Kathy Bryant and Nanci K. Garris will perform the two-woman play “Grace and Glorie” as the opening of Bradford Little Theatre’s 14th season Oct. 8-10 at the auditorium of the First Presbyterian Church, 54 E. Corydon St.

Under the direction of Diane Kerner Arnett, the duo will bring to life the funny and poignant friendship between 90-year-old Grace, an independent mountain woman, and 40-something Glorie, a transplanted city slicker with an MBA degree from Harvard.

Playwright Tom Zeigler draws the collision between these women’s very different lives with a humorous hand and genuine respect. Grace is determined to face death the way she has lived, while hospice volunteer Glorie is equally determined to show Grace a “better” way.

When Glorie first visits the “granny cottage” where Grace is spending her final days, Grace can’t quite understand why the woman is there. She first tells Glorie: “listen, honey, I don’t mean to be undriendly, but whatever it is you’re sellin’, I’m sure I’m was past needin’ it.” After Glorie tries to explain, Grace remarks: “You volunteer to help people die. Is this some sort o’ Yankee custom I never heard about?”

The production show is being done with full sets, costumes and technical effects, but with “scripts near hand.”

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. Tickets are now available at Ott & McHenry Pharmacy, Tina’s Hallmark, Graham Florist and Smith’s store, all in Bradford. Cost is $8 for advance tickets; $10 at the door; and a discount of $2 at the door for seniors and students.

“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 is BLT’s attempt to meet those people’s needs,” Arnett said. “Last year, we offered a one-act done in a similar way for One Book Bradford, and were very warmly received, so we forged ahead with a two-act play.”

In addition, a brand-new portable lighting and sound system will be used so that “Grace and Glorie” can be performed throughout the season at other venues throughout the region at the request of clubs or schools.

The McKean County Visiting Nurse and Hospice program will have information available at the show.

While this is her first major role with BLT, Bryant appeared in BLT’s Senior Theatre program two years ago, and has worked in various capacities backstage for Kiwanis Kapers, BLT and various college and high school performances. Bryant is also a BLT board member responsible for the newsletter.

Garris, current BLT president, has acted in various BLT productions, including Mama in Waiting for MacArthur and Sabrina in “The Tempest.” She is best-known locally for directing BLT’s “A Christmas Story” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and for producing and co-directing “Nunsense,” “The Mousetrap,” “War of the Worlds” and “This Day and Age.” She also designed the sets for most of those productions and others by BLT.

Crew members are Nancy Coder, costumes and set dressing; Tom Palz, master carpenter; Pam Gaffney, props; and Anne Holliday and Dan Griffin, sound and lights.

For more information, people may check the website at www.bradfordlittletheatre.org.

The play is by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Monday, September 27, 2010

One More Video from the
Autumn Classic ...

Our Own Bradford Area High School Marching Owls

Two Sentenced in Catt County Court

A Salamanca man will spend 60 days in jail for violating orders of protection.

20-year-old Barry Snyder III was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court for failing to obey an order of protection on September 13, 2008, in Salamanca, and on July 27, 2009, in Olean.

Snyder will also spend three years on probation.


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An Olean man will spend six months in jail for having stolen guns.

19-year-old Jonathan Fye was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court.

At the time of his arrest, police said Fye stole one gun from a Town of Hinsdale house in August of 2009, but had other guns in his possession that were stolen from the same house by someone else.

fax from Cattaraugus County DA's office

Lazio Drops Out of NY Governor's Race

Rick Lazio has dropped out of the New York governor’s race.

Lazio lost the Republican primary earlier this month to Carl Paladino, but won the Conservative Party’s votes.

"And, while my heart beckons me forward, my head tells me that my continued presence on the Conservative line would simply lead to the election of Andrew Cuomo and the continuation of an entrenched political machine," Lazio said in a news conference.

But that doesn’t mean Lazio is endorsing Paladino. He says he’s not convinced that Paladino will improve the state either.

Artists Jack Northrop & Rob Hart to be
Featured at ArtWorks at the Depot in Kane

By Ruth Gentilman Peterson
Publicity Chair
ArtWorks at the Depot


Artist and gallery receptions are free to the public and a great opportunity for residents of the area to meet local artists and learn about media and inspiration. Refreshments are served.

October 1 is the second of three ArtWorks First Fridays and features two local wood artists: wood turner Jack Northrop of Kane and wood intarsia artist Rob Hart from Clarendon. Both Northrop and Hart are juried PA Wilds Artisans and Gallery Artists at ArtWorks.

Jack Northrop…“I turn bowls knowing each piece is going to be different. I let the wood tell me what I'm going to make out of it. I may start out with one idea and end up with a completely different piece. It’s addictive,” says Northrop of his art.

“I use local hardwoods and salvage (or scrap) wood for my art; black cherry, walnut, maple, butternut, locust, sumac and others. I use pieces left from logging -- pieces left in the woods after timbering, pieces from veneer logs left at the sawmill. It is all found wood. Wood that people can’t use. I have never cut down a live, healthy tree to turn a bowl,” Northrop notes. “I enjoy working with burls. They create some of the most interesting pieces.”

No two pieces are alike. Jack twice-turns each piece. He turns them green, let’s them air dry to about out 8% moisture content and then turns them again.

Northrop shares that “Most of my bowls, platters and many of my vessels are face-plate turned. I use natural edges and carving techniques to finish a piece.”

During the reception Jack will make a pen or turn a spinning top or a small bowl to demonstrate.

Rob Hart…“Wood is my medium and ‘intarsia’ is the technique I have enjoyed for nearly 20 years to create my craft. I am self-taught. For me the artistry comes from getting in my zone. Without conscious thought, the hours fly by. When I work in my shop, I often think of my grandfather who also worked with wood in making furniture.”

“After I get an idea for a piece of art, I choose wood using a variety of shapes, sizes and species of wood that I fit together to create a three-dimensional inlaid, mosaic-like picture known as intarsia. I enjoy using the wood’s natural grain/pattern, knots and color to create the look I want. Each piece of wood is individually cut, carved/shaped, and sanded before being fit together like a jig-saw puzzle and glued to a piece of 1/4 inch plywood backing cut to accommodate the finished piece. Each piece has a polyurethane coating. This is what brings out the grain and knots. I sign the work when it feels finished to me.”

“I use soft and hard woods. Since hardwood is plentiful in the area, I use a lot of it. Choosing the wood is a large part of the artistry and inspiration for me. I try to listen to what the wood is telling me. I stay away from dying wood, choosing instead to obtain naturally colored woods. The main tools I use are scroll and band saws and sanders,” says Hart.

Both Northrop and Hart will share more of their artistry and their latest art with those attending this Friday’s event.

The final First Friday on November 5 features wood and clay artist Joe Feikls of Kane. ArtWorks is located at the Kane Depot at 1 South Fraley Street, Kane.

December at the Depot in Kane features a holiday open house by The Historic Preservation Society with displays of their latest historic acquisitions, Holgate Toys, and preservation gifts, in addition to a wide range of fine art available at ArtWorks local artist cooperative gallery.

On the first Saturday in December is the annual holiday Artisan Market for all ArtWorks members to display and sell their art.

The Depot is the home of the Historic Preservation Society of Kane, ArtWorks at the Depot, Holgate Toys Factory Store, and serves as a welcome center Saturdays and Sundays, June-December annually.

Photos courtesy of ArtWorks at the Depot

Autumn Classic -- Part IV


The Otto-Eldred High School Marching Band performs selections from The Who's "Tommy" during Saturday's Autumn Classic at Parkway Field.

'Christmas in September' for FT

It feels like Christmas in September for Foster Township, supervisor Jim Connelly Jr. told WESB and The HERO this morning.

He says Bob Baker of Baker Contracting volunteered his company’s time and some supplies to put a new roof on the pavilion at the township’s community park.

Township Secretary Jennifer Gorrell says Baker knew the township had been talking about the need for a roof on the pavilion, and he decided to do it as a community service.

His company, along with Union Sales Corp. and Armor Building Supply in Olean, donated supplies for the project, which was done last Wednesday and Thursday.

“That’s a nice thing for someone to do,” Connelly said.

Pitt Receives Grant to Continue
Study on Adolescent Offenders

The University of Pittsburgh has been awarded a $499,256 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to continue an adolescent offenders study, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Through the grant, the University of Pittsburgh will continue to conduct the Pathways to Desistance study, an ongoing investigation of how serious adolescent offenders stop their involvement in crime and make successful transitions to adulthood. This study is a multi‑site, collaborative, longitudinal research project following 1,354 serious juvenile offenders.

The study identifies variations in patterns of desistance from antisocial activity; and examines the role of social context, developmental change, and system involvement in promoting change. The study provides empirical information needed to improve decision‑making by court and social service personnel about juveniles, future risk and amenability to treatment, as well as guidance for ongoing policy debates about alternative approaches for dealing with serious young offenders.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/paw/pr/2010_september/2010_09_23_06.html

Sign Project Underway in ANF

US Forest Service news release:

The Allegheny National Forest (NF) has announced a forest-wide sign installation project currently underway that, when completed, will bring the forest in compliance with the 2005 Travel Management Rule.

The sign-installation project is expected to be completed by summer of 2011.

Forest officials want to assure the public that the management of their roads and facilities will not be changing as a result of the new signs. These signs are intended to provide additional information to the public and reflect travel management information already provided on the Motor Vehicle Use Map. These maps are provided free of charge at all Forest Service offices, and are also available on our website at
http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny/ under ‘Items of Interest’. A link to the 2005 Travel Management Rule can also be found on that web page.

ANFVB Seeking Fall Photos for Contest

Autumn is one of the most wonderful times of the year in McKean County and the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau wants to see it through your eyes.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the official tourism promotion agency in McKean County, is sponsoring a photo contest for autumn photos that feature sites within McKean County.

It may be a particular roadway, a hilltop or a cluster of trees on the street where you live. It could a “beauty” shot, a child jumping in a pile of leaves, wildlife, scenery or something you saw at a festival. Everyone has a special location to view the leaves and get photos each year. The ANFVB would like you to share those photos with the bureau. Photos submitted may be used in future promotional materials for the Allegheny National Forest region.

“The fall season showcases Mother Nature’s work at its best,” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the ANFVB. “We are excited to see the area as viewed through the lenses of both visitors and residents.”

The contest will be divided into two categories – amateur and professional. Anyone who has received payment for any photograph will be judged in the professional category.

All photos submissions must be 8x10 with the photographer’s name and address plus the location the photo was taken on the back.






Digital photos, which may accompany the printed photo, must have a resolution of 360 or above. Photos may be mailed to ANFVB, P.O. Box 371, Bradford, Pa. 16701. Digital photos may be submitted to devlin@visitANF.com.

First place winners in both the amateur and professional categories will receive a $100 prize. Second and third place winners will receive $50 each in each category.

More than one entry may be submitted per person. A model release form must accompany all entries where the people in the photo can be clearly identified.

All entries submitted with a self-addressed envelope will be returned. Photos and their usage will become the property of the ANFVB.

All entries must be postmarked no later than Nov. 15. Winners will be notified by Dec. 10.

The winning photos will be displayed at the ANF Visitors Center, located at the Old Post Office, 80 E. Corydon St. in Bradford with a photo credit to the photographer.

For more information, call 800-473-9370.

Pitt-Bradford Names New Executive
Director of Institutional Advancement

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Jill Ballard as its new executive director of institutional advancement and managing director of the Bradford Educational Foundation.

Ballard comes to Pitt-Bradford from the Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College Foundation, where she had been the director of development for six years, overseeing the foundation’s capital campaign and annual fund, among other duties.

Prior to that, she served as the director of scholarships and endowments for St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., where she had also been the associate director of annual giving.

Ballard began her position Sept. 13 and reports to Pitt-Bradford’s president, Dr. Livingston Alexander. She will also be a member of the President’s Cabinet.

“Jill Ballard is an excellent choice to continue the outstanding record of accomplishment established by Karen Buchheit,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “Ms. Ballard brings knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the position.”

Ballard said, “Institutional advancement and the university’s leadership have done an excellent job over the years building relationships and growing giving for Pitt-Bradford. It is my hope to build from this foundation and continue to build solid relationships with our benefactors.”

Ballard holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. She serves as secretary of the Olean (N.Y.) YMCA Board of Managers. She and her husband, Jay, live in Hinsdale, N.Y. with their children Evelyn, 8, and Jacob, 4, two horses and a Dalmatian.

Autumn Classic -- Part III

The Coudersport High School Band performed in exhibition Saturday.

Another Band from the Autumn Classic



Iroquois was the only band competing in Open Class during Saturday's 31st Annual Autumn Classic at Parkway Field.

Smethport Garden Club
Presents Victorian Mansion Tour

On Saturday, October 2nd, from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m., visitors will be able to experience Smethport’s opulent past by going inside the history-rich homes built by elite entrepreneurs, bankers and politicians of the Victorian era.

The self-paced Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Smethport Garden Club, includes the following highlights …

Walk through the oldest home on the tour − State Senator Byron Delano Hamlin’s immaculately preserved Italianate mansion built in 1856.

~~ See the fabulously restored Queen Anne mansion built by Horace Hamlin Redfield in 1900.

~~ Visit the dramatically redecorated Elizabethan home built by Judge Joseph Bouton in 1905.

~~ Check out the beginning stages of a massive restoration of the Henry Hamlin mansion built in 1868.

~~ Trek through the spacious Orlo James Hamlin mansion, once operated as a B&B known as the Christmas Inn.

~~ Wend your way through Hamlin-McCandless Mansion built in 1891, now a popular up-scale B&B called Mansion District Inn Suites.

~~ View the Delano R. Hamlin house, currently operated as a B&B, to see what a Victorian “cottage” looked like in 1875.

Home owners will be on hand to greet visitors and share little known folklore about the homes and their original owners. Judge Joseph Bouton, for example, is said to have lost his mansion in a card game to next door neighbor State Senator Horace Hamlin Redfield, who let the Judge stew awhile before selling it back for $1.

Another story concerns the Orlo James Hamlin mansion completed in 1900. John Heber McCandless radically enlarged his own home next door to please his wife Emma, ensuring that it would have proper proportions next to her brother’s new home.

The tour includes Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, built by famed architect William Halsey Wood in 14th century English Gothic style. Also on the tour is the The Country Porch café, once occupied by H. C. Wells Drugs in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

Both locations are designated as comfort zones during the tour. Free refreshments will be served at St. Luke’s, and the Country Porch will give a free gift to all Tour of Homes ticket holders.

The bi-annual Tour of Homes is sponsored by the Smethport Garden Club. The keepsake ticket/brochure, available for a $10 donation, contains a tour map, plus information about each location. Tickets may be picked up at Lindgren’s Variety Store, The Smethport Visitors Center, the Route 6 Diner, or at any of the homes on the tour.

The Smethport Garden Club was founded in 1978. Now in its 32nd year, the club continues its core mission of promoting gardening, providing educational services, and enhancing the beauty of the community.

Pictured, State Senator Byron Delano Hamlin’s home; the interior of one of the mansions; and the home of Orlo James Hamlin.
Photos courtesy of the Smethport Garden Club

Mother Nature’s ‘Show’ Should Peak
Beginning of October in ANF Region

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


Mother Nature’s premier show of the year has just begun and promises to have at least a two-week run in the Allegheny National Forest region.

Fall is Bigger in Pennsylvania and a prime example of that is in the Allegheny National Forest region, 513,000 acres nestled in the hills of northwestern Pennsylvania, located 90 minutes south of Buffalo, N.Y. This beautiful forest of hardwoods and hemlocks offers the perfect place to see the grandeur of autumn color at its best.

The “show” in this area is always a feast for the eyes with vibrant hues of scarlet, orange and butterscotch yellow. Local forestry officials anticipate Oct. 2-10 as the peak for the best color this season, and are predicting vivid color due to the early warm temperatures and cool nights in the higher elevations of the Allegheny Plateau.

One great way to see this canopy of color is to “Do 6” – meaning Route 6, the major west-east corridor in northern Pennsylvania. National Geographic Traveler named this roadway as “One of America’s Most Scenic Drives.”

Meander through the rolling forestlands of Sheffield, Ludlow, Kane and Smethport as the terrain turns into increasingly rugged hills.

Circling around the Allegheny Reservoir, with two distinct overlooks - Jakes Rocks and Rimrock - the Longhouse National Scenic Byway was named by Travel Savvy Magazine as one of the top six fall foliage drives in the United States. The Longhouse National Scenic Byway, is just north of the village of Kane, a 27-mile loop along Route 321 and Route 59, circling back to Kane.

This byway also provides access to a variety of hiking trails so those looking to connect with nature via a brisk fall walk can enjoy Rimrock Trail or the Morrison Trail loop. Picnic tables are also available at the Rimrock Overlook.

While in Kane, be sure to stop at Jack’s Meat & Poultry on North Fraley Street to purchase some of the local fall harvest of apples, squash and pumpkins. Jack’s family recipes are used to make more than 17 varieties of sausage, including Swedish korv, apple, and Greek. This is a delightful stop and taste for “foodies.”

Call ahead at 814-837-7321 to order Jack’s invention, a one-of-a-kind “griller” – chicken or pork stuffed with sausage and cheese and topped with bacon.

The ArtWorks at the Depot, located in a restored railroad station, at the intersection of Route 66 & Route 6, in Kane, is open on the weekends during the fall foliage season. This artisan co-op features a collection of quality collectables, including watercolors by Dennis Driscoll and hand-crafted bowls crafted from the “heart” of the local black cherry hardwoods.

Stop at the Allegheny Cellars Winery in Sheffield, the Winery at Wilcox or in Kane, Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Lounge to wet your whistle with some award-winning wine. Wine tasting at the Flickerwood Wine Cellars includes six samples of wines along with a complimentary wine glass.

A nice side trip off Route 6 is the Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway which leads to the Kinzua Bridge State Park, one of the top leaf-viewing locations in McKean County.

The Kinzua Viaduct, once the highest railroad bridge in the world, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. The Viaduct is being reborn as the Kinzua Sky Walk, which will include an overlook with a partial glass floor so visitors can look at the vast Kinzua Gorge as well as peer down into the deep valley. Entrance to the park is free and there are a picnic area, hiking trail and scenic overlook for visitors to enjoy.

For those who want see a little of the grandeur of days long ago, take time to do the Mansion District Tour in Smethport, a self-guided walking tour that offers visitors a chance to see the beautiful homes of McKean County’s most prominent residents built during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Notable architectural styles include Victorian, Colonial Revival, and English Gothic.

A trip to Bradford is a must to satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade fudge, European-style croissants or baklava at the John Williams European Pastry Shop. Located within the Bradford National Historic District are a variety of antique and gift shops, including the Main Street Mercantile, a Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Shop featuring a wide variety of local crafts, books and fine-art photography.

For additional leaf-peeping suggestions, please visit www.visitANF.com which offers driving tour suggestions as well as downloadable maps and guides. Or call the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 for a free brochure that features seven scenic driving tours with driving directions and mapping.

Pictured, Jack’s Meat & Poultry on North Fraley Street in Kane is a must stop for those seeking just-harvested fruits and vegetables as well as homemade sausage. There are many scenic driving trails within the Allegheny National Forest region that will take the visitor on fantastic rides to see Mother Nature’s autumn show.
Photos courtesy of the ANFVB

Pumpkin Thief was Growing Pot, Too

Police picked up a man for stealing 130 pumpkins and growing pot.

In an e-mail sent to WESB and The HERO, Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say they received a call about a possible theft in progress at around midnight on Saturday in the Town of Great Valley. When they got there, the caller said her husband followed the suspect to his home on Route 219 near Ellicottville Central School. The man and the suspect were in the road arguing when deputies arrived.

The suspect started walking back to his house and when deputies asked him to stop, he started running toward the house. Deputies caught up with him and, after a short struggle, took him into custody.

Deputies learned that 38-year-old Samuel Beu Jr. took about 130 pumpkins valued at about $1,300. While deputies were searching the outside of the property to find the rest of the pumpkins, they found a large marijuana plant growing in a garden.

Beu is charged with grand larceny, resisiting arrest, trespassing and unlawful growing of cannabis. He’s in jail on $2,500 bail.