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Saturday, October 9, 2010

More Disturbances in Bradford

Bradford City Police on Friday answered disturbance calls from South Avenue and Congress Street, and responded to a report of a fight on Burnside Avenue, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Officers also received reports of trespassing on Kennedy and Summer streets, a motor vehicle accident on North Center Street, a vehicle complaint on West Washington Street and a theft from a Davis Street store. Police also looked into a report of an erratic driver on Davis Street.

Senecas Offer Casino Compromise

The Seneca Nation says it’s willing to compromise with New York State in a dispute over casino revenues.

On Wednesday, Governor David Paterson said the state would shut down the nation’s three casinos unless the tribe paid $200 million in slot revenues. The Senecas have been withholding the payments because they say the state went against the gaming compact by allowing slot machines at racetracks.

Under the compromise, the nation would make payments to local municipalities that receive a portion of the money the Senecas send to the state.

The state hasn’t responded yet.

'Bucky' Files Suit Against Sheriffs

Convicted cop killer Ralph "Bucky" Phillips is suing the sheriffs of Chautauqua and Chemung counties, claiming he was mistreated while being held in the county jails.

Phillips claims sheriffs Joe Gerace and Chris Moss violated his civil rights by, among other things, not allowing him to exercise outside of his cell, have visitors or get medical attention for his back.

No court dates have been scheduled yet in the case.

Phillips is serving a life sentence for shooting and killing New York State Trooper Joseph Longobardo during the longest manhunt in state history. He also shot and wounded troopers Sean Brown and Donald Baker Jr.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bridge Painting on Saturday, Sunday

Work is winding down on PennDOT’s Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. PennDOT issues the following travel update. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

· Bridge painting has been re-scheduled on Bolivar Drive/State Route 346 for Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10. State Route 346 westbound will be closed under Route 219. Traffic is to follow the posted detour using East Main Street to Kendall Avenue to Seaward Avenue and back to Bolivar Drive. State Route 346/Bolivar Drive westbound will be opened by 7am Monday, Oct. 11.

· A new traffic pattern is expected the week of Oct. 18. Route 219 northbound traffic will be placed back on the newly constructed northbound travel lane and all ramps will be open.

· Work on the Route 219 southbound ON-ramp at Elm Street continues. Traffic will continue to use the existing shoulder. The contractor crew will be working close to the roadway placing a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.

· Northbound traffic is sharing a lane with southbound traffic, separated by temporary concrete barrier, from Mill Street to north of Hillside Drive.

· Northbound ramps at Foster Brook Interchange are closed. Traffic is to follow the posted detours.

· The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive is closed due to bridgework. Trail access is still available at the Crook Farms and Seward Avenue side of Tuna Crossroads.

· Northbound access at Kendall Avenue remains open.

· Access at Hillside Drive is restricted from Route 219 south to Hillside Drive and from Hillside Drive to Route 219 south. Traffic follows posted detour.

· Contractor will be working on seeding, guiderail and pavement markings.

· Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving and stopped vehicles throughout the entire work zone.

PennDOT reminds motorists to buckle up and obey the posted speed limit. Before heading out, motorists can log on to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions.

Davis Tells Paladino, Cuomo to
'Bring it On' for Candidate Debate

Kristin Davis, Independent Candidate for Governor of New York State today said that she pleased and excited by the decisions of Democratic Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino to join her and the other candidates for Governor at the October, 18, 2010 Channel 12-Newsday debate.

"It won't be hard to stand out in a crowd of middle aged white men so bring it on" said Davis. "I intend to be an advocate for women's rights, abortion rights, gay and lesbian equality and personal freedom stated Davis".

"The good news is I have 11 days to figure out what to wear" said Davis.

"I intend to keep my presentation positive, I think voters are turned off by these career politicians constantly attacking each other. "I do want to ask Andrew Cuomo why he failed to prosecute Eliot Spitzer for violating numerous state laws which make prostitution illegal" stated Davis.

Kristin Davis filed 22,000 valid voter signatures to become the first woman in New York history to run for Governor on the official ballot. Davis is a libertarian running on a platform of personal and economic freedom. Her Anti Prohibition platform includes ending the prohibition on marijuana, ending the prohibition on gay marriage, ending the prohibition on casino gambling and decriminalizing prostitution. To learn more about Kristin Davis and her campaign go to:

O'Brien Granted Stay of Sentence

A retired state trooper from Allegany will stay out of jail for now after the State Court of Appeals granted a stay of his sentence on Thursday.

This reverses last week's ruling from a Rochester appellate court that upheld the 2009 conviction of 70-year-old David O’Brien and the one- to seven-year prison sentence he was given.

O’Brien was convicted of vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor drunken driving for going the wrong way on Route 219 and slamming into the oncoming car of Wendy Karnes of Bradford on April 26, 2008. Karnes was pronounced dead at the scene.

O’Brien’s attorney is arguing that the there were errors in O’Brien’s trial.

'Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil
Barons' Photographer Will Sign Books

By Sandra Rhodes

Calling all oil aficionados. Now is your chance to hold a piece of oil history right in your hands – a book signed by one of the key players that brought this masterpiece to you.

Ed Bernik, the award-winning photographer for “Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons,” will be in Bradford for a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Main Street Mercantile.

“Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons” is a 116-page coffee table-style book that 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 is divided into six sections: Seeps and Pits, Discovery, Boomtowns, From Mud to Market, A Second Boom and The Next Well.

Several local people, stories and places are featured in this book that includes 201 photos – both current and historical.

There stories of how the Tuna Valley, Tarport and Music Mountain came into existence.

There are portraits of the faces of the industry, both directly and indirectly – Willard Cline, an independent oil producer; Isabelle Champlin, an archaeological professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; Dr. Assad Panah, director of Petroleum Technology Institute at Pitt-Bradford; Bob Sage, who, at more than 80 years of age, still works on his oil lease every day; and Matt Benson, communications director for the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Producers.

Take a glimpse into the Bradford Club with barber Mike Ross and city councilman Rick Benton. And no book on the oil industry in Pennsylvania would be complete without Minard Run Oil, Lewis Emery and Fred Fesenmyer.

There are also vintage post cards and photos courtesy of the Bradford Landmark Society.

Bernik has been a commercial photographer for more than 25 years, specializing in corporate and editorial images of people. He began his love affair with the Allegheny National Forest after returning to western Pennsylvania from Boston, not as a photographer, but as a fly fisherman —taking refuge on small streams in search of native brook trout. He has several previous books of photography to his credit.

Bernik, from North East, also supplied photos for the companion DVD, “Pennsylvania Crude: The Road Trip.” He was also the photographer for the award-winning book “Pennsylvania Wilds: Images of the Allegheny National Forest.”

The foreword was written by Harvey Golubock, president and chief operating officer of American Refining Group of Bradford – the oldest continuous running refinery in the United States.

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

The book is available for $39.95 plus tax through the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at The Old Post Office, 80 E. Corydon St., Bradford, or by calling 800-473-9370, or by e-mailing

Those who already have the book are welcome to come to get Bernik’s signature, too.

“Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons” was published by Forest Press, a subsidiary of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau. The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is the official tourist promotion agency for McKean County.

Future plans for Forest Press include assembling prints of photos from “Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons” available for sale.

Take a Kid to the Autumn Woods

By Jim Finley and Sandy Smith

Autumn is a glorious season! Think about those really special times you've spent in the woods at this time of year: cool days; crisp nights; wonderful colors; enticing smells; falling leaves. No bugs! Autumn has so much to offer.

Recall your autumns past. Likely you go back to sometime in your youth, when someone took you into the woods or fields. Perhaps that person took you by the hand or carried you into the outdoors and you reveled in the season and the time you spent together. You might associate autumn with the "skreetch - skreetch" of a rake making piles of leaves to cushion your tumbles. You might recall the cool evenings when a sweater was just the ticket to keep you warm, but you felt the chill on your face as you looked up into a clear sky, full of twinkling stars. There is nothing like walking in woods under a dazzling blue sky, leaves slowly floating like colored snowflakes on a chilled wind, smelling the mold of leaves on the forest floor.

Research repeatedly has shown that we make memories and build affinity to the outdoors through our association with other people who enable the experience. Who took you to the woods? Was it a parent, grandparent, neighbor, or family friend?

The health of our children is frequent fodder in current headlines, news reports, magazines, and books. Research is demonstrating strong links between childhood mental and physical health and time spent in the outdoors connecting with nature. Today's youth spend countless hours engaged in virtual worlds or communicating with "friends" through social media. Where will this leave them in regard to their appreciation and understanding of the outdoors?

There's still time to make a difference, and much cause for hope. You don't have to travel far in Pennsylvania to experience autumn. City parks and streets, local to where you live, can provide an invigorating experience. Or, if you are lucky, there are nearby forested parks or private woodlands you can visit and enjoy. Rather than bemoan the passing of summer, go out and enjoy the changing seasons, and take a young family member or friend with you and introduce them to the outdoors. As you walk, pick up fallen leaves and fruits, see their colors and shapes. Look for autumn flowers; they often come in purples, whites, and yellows.

It's more than likely the child you take along will welcome the chance to explore a real world, one that stimulates all the senses: autumn's chilling air, wonderful smells, bright colors, tactile objects, and unpredictable sounds. Ask and encourage them to experience the outdoors with you.

You can be the catalyst to initiate a time of discovery and memory building and become a partner in discovering an autumn day or night this year. Don't miss your opportunity.

Upcoming events for Northwest PA (Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, and Warren Counties):

Wednesday, October 13. Forest Ownership Through the Generations: Forest Land Succession Estate Planning Workshop. 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Held live at North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Montmorenci Road, Ridgway (Elk). Video Teleconference available in Westmoreland and Bedford Counties as well. Registration $25 (includes lunch). Contact Elk County Cooperative Extension, 814-776-5331 or, to register.

Tuesday, November 2. Timber Taxation Workshop. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Structural Modulars, Inc., Strattanville (Clarion). Fee is $120. Visit: for registration information.

Saturday, November 6. PA Chapter: The American Chestnut Foundation: Chestnut Gall Wasp, Strip-Mine Reclamation, Service Learning, and Haun Orchard Tour. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mercer County Cooperative Extension Office, Mercer, PA. Registration $10. Call 814-863-7192 to register.

Photo by Frances Bove Sweeney

Autistic Artist to be Featured at SBU

Alex Masket will let his art, his mother and others do the talking at the Oct. 14 opening of his solo exhibition at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Masket, 23, is severely autistic and functionally nonverbal, which leaves others to explain the motivation and meaning behind his intricately composed and colorful works of art.

The opening of the exhibition “Sticky Fingers: The Art of Alex Masket,” from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, will include the showing of the award-winning film “Breaking Boundaries: The Art of Alex Masket.” The documentary chronicles the story of the artist and his creation of a deep and varied body of work despite a disability that inhibits “normal” human interaction.

There will also be a presentation by Dr. Renee Garrison, associate professor of education at St. Bonaventure, as well as a talk and question and answer session with Elaine Masket, Alex’s mother.

“Wherever we go there are questions about Alex’s artistic journey, his materials, how we’re managing what we’re managing,” said Elaine Masket. “People want to understand how Alex’s creative spirit has been able to surface.”

Alex was 8 years old when his parents took note of the intricate patterns he was making with Legos building blocks. His materials expanded to markers, duct tape, peel-and-stick numbers and letters, each medium intricately arranged to produce beautifully balanced works of art dominated by color and form.

Entirely self taught and unrestrained by the limitations of tradition, contemporary tastes or schools of thought, Masket continues to reveal his unique view of the world through his art. His work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions, and Masket was featured in the May-June issue of Utne Reader, the digest of the alternative press, which has showcased the best in independent thought and cutting-edge culture for more than 25 years.

Among those planning to attend the opening at The Quick Center is Karen O’Dell, autism specialist for the Olean City School District and an organizer of an Olean-area autism awareness group. She is urging parents of autistic children to attend. “It’s very interesting, especially the fact that you’re dealing with a nonverbal person,” said O’Dell. “This is a way for him to express himself.”

Dr. Garrison said her talk will “address the notion of how we define ourselves as being a multi-dimensional process and we are not defined by one aspect of who we are, but more of a ‘total package’ approach; and how our definition of who we are is fluid and changes over time and in different situations. I think it's important that people appreciate Alex as an artist and that it might help if they take an introspective look at their own self-perceptions.”

A reception with food, refreshments and jazz will follow the presentations.

The event is open to the public, but those planning to attend are asked to indicate so by contacting Evelyn Sabina, curator of education at The Quick Center, at or at 375-2088.

The Quick Center galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other exhibitions at The Quick Center of the Arts include:

• The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of the F. Donald Kenney Collection: Paintings and Works on Paper. This exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Quick Center’s F. Donald Kenney Museum and Art Study Wing, built by gifts from Kenney and his estate. The museum houses Kenney’s extensive art collection, which includes works of the European masters such as Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne and Picasso.

• African Odyssey III, a repeat installation of selected items from the African art collection on loan from the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University.

• All Bonaventure Reads: A Special Exhibition. This exhibition examines segregation in the United States and is inspired by “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the best-selling book by Rebecca Skloot that was chosen as this year’s All Bonaventure Reads selection.

Pictured, one of the intricately composed works created by Alex Masket, exhibiting the artist’s uninhibited, bold use of color and his facility with unconventional media.

Gas, Water Workshop in St Marys

The Penn State School of Forest Resources and Cooperative Extension will hold a seminar entitled "Gas Well Drilling and Your Private Water Supply Workshop" from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14, at the North Central Gas Expo to be held at the old Wal-Mart site next to the Tractor Supply in St. Marys.

Penn State Water Resources Extension Associate Bryan Swistock and Extension Educator, Jim Clark, will discuss pre-drill water testing by gas companies and voluntary testing by landowners, how to test water quality, reading water test reports, and the use of accredited water labs.

The latter part of the program will be dedicated to discussing research being conducted. Penn State and the Cooperative Extension have received funding from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center to study the potential impacts of Marcellus gas drilling on rural drinking water wells.

Statewide, about 200 private water wells near completed Marcellus gas well sites will be selected for free post-drilling water testing of several water quality parameters.

Interested water well owners who meet the research parameters will receive water testing materials and instructions at the workshop.

At the workshop, each water well owner will be asked to complete a short survey about their experiences with gas drilling.

Water samples and completed surveys must be returned to the Wal-Mart site the following morning between 7 and 10 a.m. so they can be returned to the Penn State water testing laboratory.

The samples will not be legal chain-of-custody samples required to legally document impacts of gas drilling. However, the results will be used for research purposes and to educate the landowner.

To be eligible for the study and the free water quality testing, participants must meet all of the following criteria.

They must:

Own a private water well. No springs or cisterns can be included in the study.

Have an existing Marcellus gas well - drilled and hydrofractured within about 5,000 feet (or one mile) of the water well. The well must be a Marcellus well, not a shallow gas well.

Provide copies of a water test from a state-accredited water lab showing, at a minimum, pre-drilling concentrations of total dissolved solids, chloride and barium in the water well.

Be willing to take and submit a sample from the water well on the morning after the workshop and return it to the Wal-Mart site between 7 and 10 a.m.

Due to funding constraints, all eligible applicants cannot be promised inclusion in the study. Selection will be based on eligibility, geographic location and other factors. Participants interested in attending the workshop need to pre-register with Jim Clark at 814-887-5613 or

KCH Mammography Program Re-Certified

By Ruth Gentilman Peterson
Director of Communications
Kane Community Hospital

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM, is a great month to have an annual mammogram. With all the national media attention each October, it helps remind woman of this critical screen for breast cancer and that early detection is the best protection. There is a “1 in 8” lifetime risk for women to develop this cancer.

Recently the Mammography Program at KCH was again successfully registered indicating that the program, it’s digital mammography equipment and technologists are doing everything right and meet all standards for optimal care.

In addition to a top program, KCH is blessed with a Chief of Radiology – Jamil Sarfraz, M.D. – who has a special interest in breast health and is American Board Certified not only in Diagnostic Radiology, but also in Nuclear Medicine and Internal Medicine. His expertise in the early diagnosis of breast cancer is well known and sought after in the region.

In recent PA Health Care Cost Containment data available to the public online, or selected notation in the media, KCH posted a significantly higher rate of follow-up from mammograms than the norm. To a casual observer those figures might suggest that KCH is repeating mammograms. Actually, the KCH “recall” rate is only 1.9%, which is the lowest in the area.

In fact, the figures note an aggressive KCH program in the diagnosis and detection of breast cancer at its earliest and takes care to follow-up, often at the time of the original mammogram, when the results of the mammogram alone were inconclusive to a skilled eye. At KCH the immediate follow-up of dense breast tissue is with ultrasound. This aids in the accuracy of the diagnosis. It’s a follow-up that women have come to expect at KCH and one all women deserve.

Mammographically, the breast pattern can be divided into fatty, dense and mixed. Across the board, mammography alone has an accuracy of 83%. But in dense breasts, it has a dismal accuracy of only 55%. That is why a Johns Hopkins’ study was able to improve the accuracy by 28% by adding ultrasound.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that mammography alone has a cancer detection rate of 7.6 women in 1,000 screened and that by adding ultrasound the rate was increased to 11.8 women per 1,000 screened, an increase of 28%. These results were published in May 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Ultrasound and MRI imaging of the breast are two additional modalities that greatly decrease the chance of false, negative mammograms, particularly in women with fibrocystic changes or dense breast tissue. This is the preferred protocol for the KCH Program.

There are different cancer diagnostic and treatment approaches that range form doing nothing, watchful waiting, re-screening, ultrasound, and MRI studies.

Early detection is still the best protection. The sooner a cancer is diagnosed the greater potential for a successful outcome.

KCH offers digital mammography all year round, but kicks it up a bit during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a special push for screening that includes giveaways for each patient, weekly drawings for a gift basket, special mammography rate for under or uninsured women, a table display with health information important to women and during the third week of October, refreshments in the waiting room.

During KCH’s recent Ladies’ Night Out, 70 women signed up to participate in annual screenings during NBCAM. Those who are under or uninsured are being offered a mammography screening and reading for the reduced rate of $60 during October, thanks in part to area businesses who helped fund this program this year for area women.

Pictured, from left, Ronda Feronti, RT(R)(M)(CT), Ann Anderson, RT (R)(M); Brittany McElhattan RDMS; and Julie Laughner, RT(R)(M)(BD). At the KCH Breast Health Center, KCH offers comprehensive breast health care with digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and stereotactic breast biopsy.
Photo courtesy of KCH

PennDOT Wants Opinions on 511PA

Harrisburg – PennDOT is seeking customer feedback about the 511PA information system and encourages motorists to visit to take a five-minute online survey.

Pennsylvania’s 511PA system recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and PennDOT continues to look for ways to enhance the popular service.

“We are proud of the progress we have made in providing travelers with more information, and we look forward to hearing suggestions from our customers to make the system even better,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E.

The department expects to unveil an updated version of 511PA later this year that will add 630 miles of state roads to the reporting network and a 511PA feed via Twitter.

Currently, the 511PA roadway network includes all 1,759 miles of interstate highways in Pennsylvania, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike, as well as other major roadways in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The service also provides weather information, links to transit agencies and major airports as well as tourism information.

Future plans for 511PA call for such enhancements as making traffic camera images available on mobile devices. The survey is an excellent opportunity to help shape the future direction of 511PA.

511PA is available by calling 511 or is accessed online at PennDOT urges motorists to avoid calling 511PA while driving. Motorists should safely pull off the road before calling the system, or check online for travel delays before starting your trip.

Casey Concerned Over Proposed Shipment of Radioactive Material in the Great Lakes

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey joined a group of seven senators expressing concern over a proposed shipment of radioactive material through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway by a Canadian Company, Bruce Power Inc.

Letters were sent to Cynthia L. Quarterman, Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, Marc Leblanc, Secretary of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment for Environment Canada. The senators sent the letters in reaction to Bruce Power’s proposal to ship radioactively-contaminated nuclear steam generators through the Great Lakes and United States territory.

In the letter to the DOT, the senators wrote, “The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to our states, providing drinking water to millions and supporting robust economies. We urge you to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law and reject any proposal that does not protect the Great Lakes or comply with U.S. and international standards.”

The senators wrote that the proposed shipment would enter U.S. waters and therefore urged the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) to comply fully and transparently with the Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety and Security Act’s requirement that the agency “protect against the risk to life, property, and the environment that are inherent in the transportation of hazardous material in intrastate, interstate, and foreign commerce.”

The proposed shipment of sixteen radioactively-contaminated nuclear steam generators would require several exemptions from international radioactive shipping standards because the shipment would exceed the amount of radioactivity allowed for a single shipment and would not comply with current shipping container requirements.

In the letter to Canadian officials, the senators wrote, “While we understand that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s approval is likely imminent, we believe significant questions remain regarding the shipment. We seek assurances that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and Minister of the Environment are conducting thorough and complete reviews of the proposed shipment and data, strictly adhering to international standards, and considering safer alternatives to radioactive shipments through the Great Lakes and contributing radioactive material to the international metal market.”

The senators also noted that this decision appears to set a significant new precedent for the use of the Great Lakes for the shipment of radioactive waste, including potentially high-level radioactive wastes.

This shipment of sixteen radioactive steam generators, each weighing close to 100 tons, would be shipped through the Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River before heading across the Atlantic Ocean to Sweden. Much of the metal from the generators would be melted down and sold as "clean" scrap metal for unrestricted use in commercial products. This metal is still potentially radioactively-contaminated and such an operation is not authorized in North America. Any remaining metal would be shipped back to Bruce nuclear power plant in Ontario for on-site storage and/or disposal.

To read both letters, go to Casey's web site.

Last Market of the Season on Saturday

The last Bradford Farmer’s Market of the season will be held on Saturday, October 9th from 8 a.m. to Noon. The event is coordinated by the Downtown Bradford Business District Authority, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Center for Rural Health and is sponsored by Real Living Avista Properties. The location for the Farmer’s Market is the Old City Hall parking lot located on Boylston Street.

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

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

St. Bonaventure Hopes Girls Day Will
Spark Interest in Computer Science

St. Bonaventure University’s Department of Computer Science is sponsoring its ninth annual Girls Day event beginning at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

The participants will be sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls from about 15 area schools. Students interested in attending should contact their guidance counselors or teachers. The deadline for schools to sign up is Oct. 22. The facilities are limited, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about computer-generated animation, web page creation, movie making, photography, robots, encryption and DigiQuits. St. Bonaventure alumni, undergraduates, faculty and women in the computer science field will be presenting to assist with four hands-on workshops.

Other St. Bonaventure students will act as guides and chaperones for the participants.

Dr. Suzanne Watson, former lecturer in computer science at St. Bonaventure, founded the Girls Day event after reading about the decreased interest in the sciences among middle-school aged girls. Dr. Dalton Hunkins has taken the reins of the program since Watson’s retirement this past year.

“In the years past, the graduating classes in computer science had a nice mix of men and women and, in fact, there were a few classes where the balance was in favor of the women,” Hunkins said. “This has not been true in recent years and it is disturbing to have computer science classes with only one or two females when gender is not an issue with respect to capabilities.”

Hunkins said the goal is the same now as it has always been, “providing the participants an opportunity to see technology through the eyes of woman working in the field and, in turn, leave with a feeling that ‘I can also do it.’”

Graduates of the computer science program presenting workshops are Barbara McNally, ’92; Barbara Snyderman, ’92; Karen Reynolds, ’03; Angela Colomaio, ’08; and Angela Wood, ’09.

Other workshop presenters include Kristen Keenan, Denise Goodman, Karla Bright, Ann Tenglund and Dr. Anne Foerst, associate professor of computer science.

“One of the main points of this event is for the girls to meet women who are professionals in the computing field and, in turn, come in contact with role models,” said Hunkins.

The event will conclude at 3 p.m. after a panel discussion with workshop presenters.

“The Girls Day event is important; it provides not only an opportunity for the computer science department and the university to show off but, more important, it gives us an opportunity to encourage young girls that math, science and technology are areas that are also for them,” said Hunkins.

Excitement Builds Around Post Contest

Westfield, NY -- Hundreds of people from around the region will be visiting Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center in Mayville to be a part of the 2010 Chautauqua County Energy Conference & Expo. Now in its 3rd year, the event has grown even larger, and will be held October 22nd and 23rd.

Along with a new Chautauqua County Energy Conference Scholarship program, the "Energy Awareness Contest" will make its second appearance this year. The poster contest is open to all fifth grade classes in public and private schools, and home schooled students at the fifth grade level living in Chautauqua County. The theme of the poster contest is "Energy Awareness."

Westfield Academy and Central School was the winner of last year's contest, and Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards recently returned to the district.

Cheryl Olsen's 2009 fifth-grade class was the recipient of a $250.00 cash award from the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) after winning the "Energy Awareness Contest". The Westfield Academy & Central School's 5th grade class planted red maple trees (shown in the picture) by class room windows as their 'energy incentive project'.

"The poster that won last year's contest was impressive, and just like in 2009, I am sure another 5th grade class will do all they can to win this year's award," said Edwards.

The winning poster for 2010 will receive a $250.00 cash award for their school to use toward any green initiative project, and will be determined by public vote on the new NYS electronic voting machines. These machines will be set up at the Chautauqua Suites Meeting & Expo Center October 22nd and 23rd.

Entries are due on or before October 18, 2010. Please deliver to: CCIDA, 200 Harrison Street (3rd floor), Jamestown, NY, or phone Carol Rasmussen at (716) 661-8900 for additional information.

Visit the CCIDA's website at for the latest information on the 3rd Annual Chautauqua County Energy Conference & Expo.

Pictured, from left, Greg Edwards, Chautauqua County Executive, Doug Champ,Chair/Coordinator Chautauqua County Energy Conference & Expo Carol Rasmussen, Project Manager County of Chautauqua IDA, Cheryl Olsen, Fifth- grade Science Teacher, Westfield Academy & Central School, Paula Troutman, Elementary Principal, Westfield Academy & Central School, Mark Sissel, Superintendent Westfield Academy & Central School
Photo courtesy of Edwards' office

Route 46 Near Rew Re-Opens

Crews from McKean County PennDOT Maintenance have completed work on Route 46 in Foster Township and the road is again open to traffic.

Box culvert work closed Route 46 northwest of the village of Rew in McKean County for about two weeks.

As a result of the road opening, the detour has been lifted.

PennDOT Unveils Feature for New TIP

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Thursday added a new mapping feature to its website to better explain the updated Transportation Improvement Program.

The state Transportation Commission in August approved the updated program, which reflected an expected 24-percent reduction in funding for improvements for highways, bridges, transit, aviation and rail freight.

“This website enhancement is part of our ongoing effort to improve communications with the public and our partners,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Anyone can now go online to see the details of what improvements we can afford. This will help the public to understand that limited funding will have a direct impact on the amount of work we can afford to complete.”

The Internet mapping shows in a visual format the projects on the recently adopted four-year Transportation Improvement Program. Clicking on each red highlighted section on the map brings up a brief project description.

The Transportation Improvement Program, which took effect Oct. 1, includes highway and bridge projects totaling $10.2 billion, compared to $12.2 billion in the 2009 program. Public transit is in line for $6.3 billion compared to the $7.5 billion in the former program; aviation, $602 million compared to $604 million and rail freight, $228 million compared to $234 million.

The new mapping feature is available at:

Police Answer Disturbance Calls

Bradford City Police answered a variety of calls on Thursday, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Officers were called to a fight on Burnside Avenue, a juvenile disturbance on Welch Avenue, another disturbance on South Avenue and harassment on Seaward Avenue.

Police were also called to a couple of domestic disputes as well as a report of criminal mischief on Barbour Street. They also received a vehicle complaint from Summer Street and a traffic complaint from Constitution Avenue.

Alleged Kidnapper Back in Catt County

The Kill Buck man who was arrested in Punxsutawney on Tuesday on kidnapping charges has been extradited to Cattaraugus County.

Vernon Botsford is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Jessica Gonzalez, from her Farmington, New York home. Before the alleged kidnapping, Botsford reportedly visited hardware stores to pick up rope, duct tape and a knife.

As we reported Wednesday, Botsford is accused of kidnapping Gonzalez at knifepoint Monday night. They made their way to Punxsutawney at around 5 o’clock Tuesday morning, and went to Punxsutawney Area Hospital because Gonzalez had cut her wrist in the initial struggle and needed treatment. At the hospital, Gonzalez told the staff she had been kidnapped. Botsford was captured near Punxsutawney High School. He’s jailed on $100,000 bail.

In May of 2009, Botsford was sentenced to a year in jail for chasing his girlfriend around her house with a kitchen knife.

TVTA Dedicates Blaisdell-Emery Trail;
Honors Partners at Recognition Dinner


The Tuna Valley Trail Association (TVTA) has blazed a new trail.

The TVTA dedicated its new trail – the Blaisdell-Emery Trail – during the first-ever recognition dinner Wednesday night at the Masonic Center on South Avenue. The evening started with a guided hike from Lewis Run to the trailhead at Owens Way. This was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 3.8-mile trail, which runs from the Penn Brad Oil Museum to the Keystone Powdered Metal plant in Lewis Run, pays homage to two men who blazed their own trails and left an indelible mark on Bradford in their own right.

TVTA president Rick Esch described how both men made in impact on the community.

George G. Blaisdell, inventor of the Zippo lighter, came from humble beginnings and struggled in the early part of his life. He later created an American icon and left a legacy of charity along the way.

“He was very generous to the community,” Esch said. That generosity continues today with the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation as well as the charitable works by his descendants.

The Hon. Lewis Emery Jr. was “more than a local leader - he was national, international,” Esch said, adding he left his mark on the business community by waging a battle with John D. Rockefeller and leading the fight against his monopoly on transportation within the oil industry.

“He was a maverick who outsmarted Rockefeller,” Esch said.

With these two people in mind, the board members of the TVTA felt it was only fitting to honor these men with naming its new trail in their honor.

“May all those who walk on the trail be inspired by the lives of the men its named after,” Esch said.

The TVTA also honored a descendant of Emery with this dedication. Fred Fesenmyer, Emery’s great-grandson, has been a valuable partner with the TVTA before this trail was even designed, Esch said.

“Fred was there from the beginning,” Esch said. “He was very receptive to be part of the trail association. He was ready right then, day one” to assist in developing a trail system.

The night also included special recognition to the Tuna Trekkers, those who traversed the 32 miles in the TVTA trail system for a good cause.

The proceeds from the Tuna Trekker program, which continues to grow each year, benefit the McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross.

“We raised $3,500 this year. Last year, it was $2,500,” said Rick Lutz, who spearheaded the Tuna Trekker program.

The top fund-raiser two years in a row was 12-year-old Matt Moonan of Bradford, Lutz said.

“This provides a great resource in the community,” Jason Bange, executive director of the local Red Cross, said of the TVTA. The Tuna Trekker program has “increased knowledge of the trails. More people are getting out on the trails. This is a great partnership we have put together that will continue for years to come.”

And just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes many partners to form a trail system.

TVTA officials also recognized those who participate in the Adopt-A-Trail program. They are Bradford Rotary Club, Bradford Volunteer Fire Department, Beacon Light Behavioral Health System and Dean and Jean Bauer.

The Adopt-A-Trail program includes volunteers who assist with the maintenance of the trails, including mowing.

Land partners who were recognized were Minard Run Oil Co., the first land partner, Bradford Flood Control Authority, the Bryner family, Bradford City Water Authority, Beacon Light Behavioral Health System, Bradford Area School District and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The land partners have opened up their private property for trail use, something which is not always done in other communities, said Sara Andrews, a member of the TVTA.

The TVTA also honored two of its own for the special work they have done for the association.

John Shinaberger and Gene Cornelius were lauded for their commitment and volunteer hours they contribute to the association.

Pictured, from left, Tuna Valley Trail Association president Rick Esch helps Fred Fesenmyer and his wife Loni celebrate the opening of the Blaisdell-Emery Trail, the newest trail in the Tuna Valley Trail system Wednesday night at the Masonic Center.

(Photo courtesy of Glenn Melvin)

GE Buys Dresser Industries

Dresser Incorporated has agreed to be acquired by General Electric for $3 billion.

The sale includes Dresser Piping Specialties in Bradford.

Company officials say it’s too early to discuss staff or location changes.

The sale does not affect Dresser-Rand in Olean, Wellsville and Painted Post.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ray Rink

Raymond R. Rink, 94, of 1038 East Main Street Bradford passed away Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at his residence.

Born December 13, 1915, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Gustav and Carrie (Detman) Rink.

On June 19, 1941, in St. Bernard Rectory he married Lois B. (Richardson) Rink who passed away June 13, 1994.

Mr. Rink was a graduate of St. Bernard School. In 1933, he along with his brother Paul opened Rink Brothers Garage & Chrysler Dealership that was in operation for 70 years. In 1999, the business was honored as being one of the oldest original Chrysler dealerships in the United States. He also built, owned and operated the DeSoto Motels in Bradford and Olean for many years.

Surviving are two daughters: Penny Rink and Robin Colwell, two grandchildren; Thomas Colwell and Sarah Colwell, all of Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four brothers: Paul, Stanley, Frank and Tony Rink, and one nephew Tom Rink.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc, East Main Street where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday October 11th at 11:00am with Rev Leo J. Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

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

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'Kids Safety First Expo' on Saturday

WARREN -- Senator Joe Scarnati of the 25th Senatorial District will hold a “Kids Safety First Expo” on Saturday, October 9, in the Multi-Purpose Building at Penn State University - DuBois campus. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features free admission, free refreshments, exhibits and entertainment.

In addition to special presentations from experts in various safety fields, the Senator is adding an additional service. DNA LifePrint is a child safety program, endorsed by the well known figure, John Walsh. Developed and maintained by police officers, it is a state-of-the-art DNA information system for parents to keep. “The DNA LifePrint Child Safety Program” offers FBI-Certified Ten-Digit Biometric Fingerprints, a DNA Identification Kit, a High-Quality Color Digital Photo, and a Comprehensive Child Safety Journal. Technicians will be on hand to photograph and fingerprint the attendees.

Among those on hand will be representatives of Drug Free PA, the PA Attorney General’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, the DuBois Fire and Police Departments, Safe Kids PA, and Pennsylvania Medical Society.

“Our goal is to teach parents and kids how to be safe, as well as what services and resources are out there,” Scarnati said. “It is a fun and informative way to teach kids some basic rules that can help them protect themselves.”

The Expo is sponsored by Senator Scarnati in partnership with Walmart.

For more information on the event, go to or call (814) 265-2030.

Funny Post on Facebook

A Facebook friend posted this on The HERO's wall and it was too good not to share (even though -- Yes, I'll admit it -- I'm a Bills fan).

Orchard Park, NY -- Buffalo Bills practice was cancelled today due to an unknown white substance on the field.

Police and investigators were called in and after several minutes of testing they determined it to be the GOAL-LINE!!!!! But since most of the players had never seen it before, and probably won't see it again, it was determined that it poses no threat!!

Missing Sugar Grove Girl Found

A Sugar Grove girl who was reported missing on August 7 has been found in the Oil City area.

In a fax sent to WESB and The HERO, state police say 17-year-old Tina Michelle Allen was living on an island in the Allegheny River.

Troopers in Franklin took her back home to Warren County Wednesday.

NYS Threatens to Close Seneca Casinos

New York is threatening to shut down the Seneca Nation’s casinos because the tribe is withholding payments to the state, but Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr. says in a news release that the state violated the gaming compact first.

The state says the Seneca Nation owes the state more than $200 million under an agreement requiring them to share slot revenues with New York. Last month, Seneca leaders voted withhold payments, saying the state violated the compact by allowing gaming in nearby racetracks.

Snyder adds that the compact also says the state can not terminate the compact unless an arbitration panel determines that there has been a breach.