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Saturday, October 16, 2010

'Dracula' Coming to St. Bonaventure

Terror hits the stage through the production of “Dracula” at St. Bonaventure University Oct. 20-23 in the historic Garret Theater.

An adaptation by the Scottish playwright Liz Lochhead brings Bram Stoker’s eerie and passionate tale to life. The SBU Theater cast and crew are working to create both a thrilling and a rather scary experience.

The production has been set to capture the spookiness of the Halloween season; but to do this, rehearsal time has been shorter than in past seasons. Memorizing the lines and learning the blocking has been done at a very professional rate for this show, but Mary Best, a freshman journalism and mass communication major, believes that this time crunch will not affect the quality of the show.

“Everyone is putting their all into the show,” said Best, “and with the finishing touches on our sets and the addition of makeup and costumes, we are sure to put on one heck of a ‘Dracula.’”

With lots of effects, and some very dramatic action, “Dracula” rehearsals have been intense.

Whitney Emke, a junior English major, said, “Dr. (Ed.) Simone doesn’t use kid gloves with his cast and crew. He works you hard and gives you grief when you don’t meet his expectations. However, you wouldn’t have it any other way. By treating you like an adult, your work is that of an adult.”

“We used to do two shows a semester and we’d have closed the first show by now and gone on to the next one,” said Simone, SBU theater department chair and director of “Dracula.”

“In recent years we decided quality over quantity was a better approach. But the schedule for ‘Dracula’ has been demanding. It’s not an easy show.”

“Dracula” is a story that many people know even if they have not seen the play or read the book. Simone wanted to put his own twist on this production.

“The design is ‘Steam Punk,’” said Ashley Waterman, a junior English and theater double major. “I think it’ll be a ‘Dracula’ production that people have not seen before or are not expecting.”

Tara Gills, a freshman theater major and marketing minor, said, “In all the productions I have worked in, ‘Dracula’ is by far the most mature. The atmosphere is full of sexual tension that captures the viewer’s attention from line one. It is certain that each person in the audience will find some sort of thrill from this production.”

“It’s definitely not a show for pre-teens,” adds Simone. “There’s a good deal of violence and the sexual tension is very much as it is in Stoker’s original novel.”

Rebecca Misenheimer, assistant professor of theater and SBU Theater program technical director, has had a lot of work to do in creating the sets for this production. The way the stage is constructed is to remove the need for almost every scene change. By having some of the actors help with scenery movement and a rotating stage, the scenes are able to flow from one to the next.

The buzz about “Dracula” has been so great that SBU Theater has added an extra performance on Saturday.

“Dracula” will be performed in Garret Theater adjacent to Devereux Hall on the SBU campus Wednesday, Oct., 20, through Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. A talkback session will be held after the Friday night performance (Oct. 22), giving audience members the opportunity to ask the cast, crew, designer and director any questions they may have.

Reservations for “Dracula” are taken at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Box Office in person or by phone at (716) 375-2494. Seating in the theater program’s intimate Garret Theater is limited, and performances of previous SBU Theater productions have been sold out. Any unsold tickets are available as free student rush seats at the Garret Theater on performance nights, beginning an hour before the production with any currently valid student ID.

Vehicle Crashes in Water

A Falconer man was all wet after an accident at 7:20 this morning in Ashville.

Sheriff’s deputies say 65-year-old James Dearing fell asleep at the wheel, causing his vehicle to go through a stop sign, through an intersection and over an embankment, where it landed on its roof in 4 feet of water.

Members of the Panama Fire Department responded, and learned Dearing left the scene to go home and get dry clothes. He did return to the scene, and was charged with traffic violations. He will appear in Town of Harmony Court at a later date.

NYS Corrections Officer Indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a New York State Corrections officer from Gowanda on child pornography charges.

39-year-old Shawn Pound is charged with possessing child pornography on two computers in his home. Pound was arrested in March after law enforcement officers executed a search warranat and found the child porn.

If convicted, Pound faces 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Fugitive From Justice Jailed

An Emporium man who is a fugitive from justice in New Jersey is in Elk County Jail awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.

24-year-old Steven Crespo was picked up by Emporium-based state police on Friday after they learned he had an active warrant from the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

He was arraigned by District Judge Alvin Brown and sent to jail on $50,000 bail.

CARE Kids Attend
Lady Panthers Soccer Mini Camp

A group of children work with the Pitt Bradford Lady Panthers soccer team Thursday night during CARE for Children’s soccer stars mini camp.The event, held in the Sport & Fitness Center, was an opportunity for children with special health care needs to meet the team, learn soccer drills and play a game. It was part of CARE for Children’s therapeutic recreation program. 28 children took part. The Lady Panthers are coached by Mike Idland.

CARE kid Aiden gets ready to score a goal at Thursday’s Soccer Stars mini camp, sponsored by CARE for Children and hosted by the Pitt Bradford Lady Panthers soccer team
CARE kid Carmine stretches with Holly, a member of the Pitt Bradford Lady Panthers Soccer team.

Photos courtesy of CARE for Children

Mining and Labor Activist to Talk at SBU

Author Mark Nowak, a mining and labor activist, will talk about his recent work at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Walsh Amphitheater.

A Buffalo native, Nowak was a guest commentator on the Al Jazeera English news network this week as the Chilean mine rescue began.

“Nowak is a poet, but he’s more likely to be found doing workshops with auto workers in Michigan or South Africa than doing the usual poetry reading or tour,” said Dr. Kaplan Harris, associate professor in the English department, which is sponsoring Nowak’s visit.

A 2010 Guggenheim fellow, Nowak is the author of “Coal Mountain Elementary” (Coffee

House Press, 2009) and “Shut Up Shut Down” (Coffee House Press, 2004). He frequently speaks about global working class policies and issues, most recently on Al Jazeera, BBC World News America, and Pacifica Radio’s “Against the Grain.”

Nowak is the director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College in Chestertown, Md.

For more information on Nowak’s talk, contact Harris at

Casey Applauds USTR Decision to
Investigate Unfair China Trade Practices

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) applauded today’s decision by the U.S. Trade Representative to investigate unfair trade practices by China involving manufacturing in the clean energy sector. Senator Casey had previously voiced support for this petition when it was filed last month under Section 301 of the Trade Act to seek remedies against Chinese subsidies and other policies that have unfairly put U.S. workers at a disadvantage.

“This is a positive step by the USTR to formally investigate the clear Chinese subsidies and other unfair trade practices which have violated trade laws and given Chinese manufacturers an unfair boost in new clean energy technology,” said Senator Casey. “Action must be taken to force China to level the playing field to allow U.S. manufacturers and workers to compete. There is tremendous potential in the clean energy sector to create more high-paying jobs in Pennsylvania and around the country. If the U.S. doesn’t aggressively deal with unfair Chinese trade practices we risk losing this industry and these jobs to China.”

The 5,000 page petition filed by the United Steel Workers (USW) in September provides the Obama Administration with evidence and other information that will help them compile a World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge to force China to end its subsidies and other unfair trade practices.

The petition covers five main areas:

· Restrictions on Access to Critical Materials;

· Performance Requirements for Investors;

· Discrimination Against Foreign Firms and Goods;

· Prohibited Subsidies for Advanced Technologies; and

· Trade-Distorting Domestic Subsidies.

Following a preliminary decision announced last month by the U.S. Department of Commerce suggesting that it would not investigate currency manipulation by China, Senator Casey called on the Commerce Department to reconsider and to protect American manufacturing from China’s unfair trade practices.

Senator Casey is a supporter of bipartisan legislation that would vigorously address currency misalignments that unfairly and negatively impact U.S. trade. If passed, the legislation would provide less flexibility to the Treasury Department when it comes to citing countries for currency manipulation. It would also impose stiff new penalties on designated countries, including tariffs on the countries’ exports and a ban on any companies from those countries receiving U.S. government contracts.

In August, Senator Casey joined a bipartisan group of senators in sending a letter to President Obama calling for stronger action on behalf of U.S. businesses and workers competing against unfair trade practices conducted abroad, particularly the manipulation of currency by the Chinese government to unfairly boost exports.

Earlier this year, Senator Casey spearheaded a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner calling on him to list China as a currency manipulator.

Pitt-Bradford to Hold Open House

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold an open house on Oct. 23 for high school students interested in attending Pitt-Bradford and their families.

The event will allow students to learn more about academics, student life, financial aid, scholarship opportunities and the admissions process at Pitt-Bradford.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the information desk in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. At 1 p.m., Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, will welcome guests in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall.

Mark Kelley, director of the sports medicine program and instructor of sport and exercise science, will discuss academic programs with students and parents. A student panel will address any questions or concerns.

Alex Nazemetz, director of admissions, will explain Pitt-Bradford’s admissions process, and the Open House will conclude with campus tours provided by Student Ambassadors at 2:30 p.m. Members of the Admissions staff will be available throughout the day to answer any questions.

The $45 application fee will be waived for any prospective students attending the event. Other upcoming admissions events include a First Friday on Nov. 5 and a Saturday information session on Nov. 6.

Registration is appreciated but not required for any of the events. For more information, or to register, contact the Office of Admissions at (814)362-7555 or 1-800-872-1787.

Kane, O-E, Salamanca Among Winners at
St. Bonaventure's Communications Day

High school students from across Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania were honored Friday (Oct. 15, 2010) at St. Bonaventure University’s Communications Day, an annual celebration of high school journalism hosted by the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Buffalo City Honors School received the Buffalo News’ Bertram Freed Memorial Award for overall excellence.

More than 250 students from 16 high schools attended. Workshops in social media, radio, TV, newswriting and yearbooks filled the students’ morning before an afternoon keynote address given by MaryLynn Ryan, bureau chief of the Southeast region for CNN/U.S. Following her talk, Ryan was presented the Russell J. Jandoli Memorial Award of Excellence “for demonstrating courage in journalism and encouragement of youth.”

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication also took the occasion to add a member to its Wall of Distinguished Graduates – a series of plaques permanently displayed in the John J. Murphy Professional Building on campus. The wall pays tribute to journalism and mass communication graduates who have been recognized for outstanding contributions that reflect admirably on the school and university.

Carol A. Schumacher, vice president of investor relations at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and a 1978 St. Bonaventure alumna, became the school’s 15th distinguished graduate to be honored with a plaque on the wall.

Schumacher joined Wal-Mart in October 2004, serving as vice president of corporate affairs for a year before taking her current position. She manages and oversees the company’s global communications with the investment community, financial media and Walmart associates. She is the company’s primary spokesperson to analysts and investors around the world.

Schumacher is a past president of the National Alumni Board for St. Bonaventure and completed a two-year term on the university’s Board of Trustees. She was named Alumna of the Year in 1998.

She attended Friday’s ceremony with her husband, Bob Kelly, and their son Garrett.

The following schools participated in Communications Day: Brocton Central High School, Buffalo City Honors School, Cassadaga Valley Central School, Corry Area High School, Dunkirk Senior High School, Eisenhower High School, Fredonia High School, Kane Area High School, Lake Shore Senior High School, North Collins High School, Orchard Park High School, Oswayo High School, Otto-Eldred High School, Our Lady of Mercy High School, Salamanca High School, and Southwestern High School.

A list of award winners follows:

Adviser of the Year Award

Nancy Main, Cassadaga Valley Central School

Russell J. Jandoli Memorial Award

Angela Smith, Our Lady of Mercy High School

Bertram Freed Memorial Award

Buffalo City Honors School


First (tie): Brocton Review, Brocton High School; and Trapezoid, Brighton High School

Third: Cougar Beat, Cassadaga Valley Central School

News Magazine

First: Spectator, Fredonia High School

Second: Voice, Orchard Park High School

Third: Silent Noise [!], Buffalo City Honors School


First: Warrior Vision Production, Salamanca High School


First: Centralian – Southwestern High School

Second: Folio – Fredonia High School

Third: Hurri-Kane – Kane Area High School

Depth Reporting

First: Christian Deakin, Brocton High School

Second: Nate Aldrich, Fredonia High School

Third (tie): Amrita Singh, Brighton High School; and Jacob Cunningham, Fredonia High School

Entertainment Review

First: Stanford Schor, Brighton High School

Second (tie): Chaz Mancino, Fredonia High School; and Marisa Bartolotta, Buffalo City Honors School


First: Dylan Burns, Buffalo City Honors School

Second: Madeleine Burns, Buffalo City Honors School

Third (tie): Fatima Bawany, Brighton High School; and Dylan Burns, Buffalo City Honors School


First: Christian Deakin, Brocton High School

Second: Ross DiPronio, Orchard Park High School

Third: Katelyn Stahlman, Brocton High School

News Reporting

First: Megan Borgstom, Brocton High School

Second: Mark Belcher, Brocton High School

Third: Nabiha Ahsan, Brighton Central School


First (tie): Josh Weiner, Brighton High School; and Rachel Bialaszewski, Brocton High School

Second: Stanford Schor, Brighton High School

Third: Simone Liano, Brighton High School

Personality Profile

First: James Gilfert, Wellsville High School

Second: Sandy Uwimana, Brighton High School

Third: Katelyn DeChrd, Cassadaga Valley High School


First: Natasha Boghani, Brighton High School

Second: Lexi Kendall, Brocton Central School

Third: Krystina George, Oswayo Valley High School

Sports Features

First: Mark Belcher, Brocton High School

Second: Hans Glick, Buffalo City Honors School

Third: Chad Mason, Fredonia High School

Sports Reporting

First: Andrea Hurley, Fredonia High School

Second: Talor Wilber, Otto-Eldred High School

Third: Matt Sant-Miller, Brighton High School

Yearbook features

First: Stephanie Salerno, Kane Area High School

Second (tie): Heidi Klaiber, Kane Area High School
; and Minh Viet Le, Buffalo City Honors School

Third (tie): Lacey Anderson and Kathryn Bizzak, Kane Area High School


First: Harvest Zhang, Brighton High School

Second: Suzanne Wu, Brighton High School

Third: Nadia Wakabayaski, Brighton High School

Pictured, Communications Day speaker MaryLynn Ryan is presented an Award of Excellence from Lee Coppola, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University. Carol A. Schumacher, vice president of investor relations at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., takes her place on the Wall of Distinguished Graduates in St. Bonaventure’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Photos courtesy of St. Bonaventure University

Scarnati Amendment Aimed at
Protecting Communities from Convicts

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati amended Senate Bill 1161 to require public hearings to be held in communities where convicted murderers are being released into group homes. The Board of Probation and Parole will be responsible for holding the aforementioned public hearings. Yesterday, the Senate passed this measure with a 45-4 final vote. It now goes to the Governor for his signature.

"As I have stated, this amendment is simply a public safety measure in order to inform and alert the communities when a convicted murderer will be released to a group home in their area," Scarnati stated. "Citizens should also have the right to express themselves in a public forum on the circumstances surrounding the location of the individual."

Scarnati mentioned that this amendment was prompted by the lack of public information given to the residents in the Jefferson County area when a convicted murderer was to be placed in a local group home.

"Without question, government has the responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our residents," Scarnati added. "Quite frankly, this is a common sense amendment that received the support of nearly every member of the Senate."

The process by which the public hearing takes place requires that the group-based home provider shall explain their operations and allow the public to comment on this site and their actual procedures. In addition, notice of the public hearing shall be put in newspapers on two different dates prior to the hearing.

"Again, it goes without saying that the public should be notified and given the ability to gain answers as to why a convicted murderer is being located in their neighborhoods," Scarnati concluded. "When these individuals are being placed in group homes near our families, friends and children, it is vital that all the facts are being relayed to the concerned members of that respective community."

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bradford Bypass Update

Work is winding down on PennDOT’s Route 219/Bradford Bypass project in McKean County. PennDOT issues the following travel update for the
week of Oct. 18. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $28 million job.

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

· The contractor will be working close to the travel lanes, removing temporary barriers and removing crossovers. Watch for workers and equipment being close to the travel lanes.

· TRAFFIC ALERT: A new traffic pattern will begin 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 plants behind a new barrier wall. Expect delays during work hours.

· The Tuna Valley Trail access at Bolivar Drive will be 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.

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.

Sales Tax Restraining Order Extended

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara has extended the Seneca and Cayuga Nations' temporary restraining order against New York State sales taxes on cigarettes indefinitely.

In making his ruling, Arcara expressed concern over the impact the taxes would have on Native American businesses, and over the possibility of violent protests, if they are enforced.

But in a separate order, Arcara threw out some of the arguments that the tribes have been making against the tax, saying he isn't convinced that the state's plan to collect taxes on cigarette sales to non-Indian customers would be a violation of tribal sovereignty.

The Senecas and Cayugas have already told Arcara they will appeal the second ruling.

Pumpkin Fest Deadline is Saturday

The registration deadline for vendor booths, the Pumpkin Fest Scarecrow Contest and the Pumpkin Decorating Contest has been extended to Saturday, October 16. The forms are available at the Main Street Mercantile located at 96 Main Street, Bradford.

Vendor booths are available at no charge to food and craft vendors and community organizations looking to host game booths. It is recommended that game booths are child oriented and contain a pumpkin theme. Prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the organization hosting the booth.

The Scarecrow contest is open to any individual, business or group, with a request that the Scarecrows be tastefully made and/or decorated. The scarecrows will be judged during the Pumpkin Fest and will remain on Main Street until November 1.

The Pumpkin Decorating contest is open to any child under the age of 12. Pumpkins need to be decorated only, not carved. Again judging of the Pumpkin Decorating contest will be done during Pumpkin Fest. Pumpkins must be removed at the end of the contest.

Pumpkin Fest will be held on Sunday, October 24 from Noon to 4 p.m. in Bradford’s Downtown Historic District. Other planned activities include a Pumpkin Weigh-In contest, hay rides, children’s games, face painting, story telling and a costumed pet parade.

For more information contact Main Street Manager, Anita Dolan

St. Bonaventure to Host Oct. 25 Lecture About Chile's First Woman President

Dr. Gwynn Thomas, assistant professor of Global Gender Studies at the University at Buffalo, will give a public lecture at St. Bonaventure University on Chile’s first woman president. Her talk, “Creating a Virtuous Circle: Advancing Gender Equality in Chile under President Michelle Bachelet,” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Walsh Auditorium.

Bachelet stepped down from the presidency in March and was just appointed to head the new United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Thomas received her doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and is an assistant professor in the Department of Global Gender Studies at the University at Buffalo.

Her first book, “It’s a Family Affair: Mobilizing Citizens, Claiming Leadership and Contesting Legitimacy in Chilean Politics,” will be published by Penn State Press in 2011. She is presently writing a book about Bachelet, “When a Woman Leads: The Presidency of Michelle Bachelet and Promoting Gender Equality in Chile.” Work from this ongoing study appears in the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, and in a volume on the global rise of women to national office.

Other work appears in the ISA Compendium Project, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Latin American Perspectives. Thomas received the Elsa Chaney Award given by the Gender and Feminist Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association (2007). Her research has been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Baldy Center, and the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender.

The talk is sponsored by the Visiting Scholars Committee, Department of Political Science, International Studies Major, and Clare College.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Hanchette
to Speak at Pitt-Bradford October 21

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Hanchette will be the featured speaker for the kickoff of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Seminar Series on Oct. 21 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Hanchette will speak on “Media Discord: Crisis or Opportunity” at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall.

In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for his part in a Gannett News Service investigative series, he was nominated for the prize eight other times.

Hanchette began his career at the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Gazette in 1964. He left to work for The Buffalo Evening News, but returned to the Gazette (which was then a Gannett newspaper) in 1974 as managing editor.

Hanchette moved on with Gannett News Service, which named him Florida bureau chief in 1977 and a Washington correspondent in 1981. He became managing editor of the Gannett paper The Arkansas Gazette in 1988, before returning to Gannett News Service in 1992 as national correspondent. He retired from Gannett News Service in 2001 and currently teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Gas, Water Workshop to Be Held in Galeton

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 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, at St Bibiana’s Church Social Hall or the Galeton Senior Center in Galeton, PA.

Penn State Water Resources 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 workshop site the following morning between 7 and 9 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 workshop site between 7 and 9 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

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Pitt-Bradford Enrollment Holding Steady

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has recorded its second highest enrollment ever this year. After four years of unprecedented growth, enrollment for Fall 2010 was down only slightly from the previous year by 1.2 percent.

As of Sept. 30, the campus had 1,515 full-time equivalent students compared to 1,533 last year. Full-time equivalent is a measurement used by colleges and universities that takes into account both full- and part-time students. The measurement allows administrators to better plan and budget for the demands placed on the faculty and student services. The total number of full- and part-time students is 1,629.

Despite the small drop, enrollment is at the second highest level in the school’s history, having grown rapidly from an enrollment of 1,124 FTE in the fall of 2005.

“Although the decline is small, we’re carefully assessing the enrollment patterns in an effort to determine the particular reasons for the decline,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “We suspect that the continued population decline in the region and in virtually all counties in Pennsylvania accounts for the minor enrollment decline.”

This year’s student body also includes the largest number of international students ever enrolled at 19. Four of the students are visiting as part of an exchange program with Heilbronn University in Heilbronn, Germany, and others came from China, Hong Kong, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, South Korea and Venezuela.

Three quarters of the 360-student freshman class came from Pennsylvania, with another 12 percent coming from New York. Other states represented (in order of prevalence) are New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kansas and Minnesota as well as Washington, D.C.

Top declared majors for the Class of 2014 are nursing, criminal justice, elementary education, biology and athletic training.

Pictured, students from Heilbronn University working at the Students in Free Enterprise table at the Alumni and Family Weekend block party earlier this month. Pitt-Bradford has the most international students ever enrolled this year, including four students from Heilbronn.
Photo by Alan Hancock

Catholic Pacifist Douglass to Speak at
St. Bonaventure About JFK and Obama

James W. Douglass, noted Catholic pacifist and activist, will be speaking Friday, Oct. 22, on “JFK, Obama, and the Unspeakable” during a 7 p.m. presentation in Walsh Auditorium at St. Bonaventure University.

The talk will examine what it means to be transformed as president of the United States, at the edge of total nuclear war, into a peacemaker. John F. Kennedy’s turn toward peace, which Douglass claims resulted in his assassination, provides a parable of the unspeakable for President Barack Obama and ourselves in the midst of our escalating war on terror. Can we discover hope for our enlightenment and resurrection as one human family through the dark truths of Dallas?

Douglass’ most recent book, “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters” (2008), Orbis Books: Maryknoll, N.Y., has been touted as one of the more thorough examinations of the many conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK, but unlike many other works, it focuses on reasons why he was assassinated.

Douglass began his adult life as a professor of religion at the University of Hawaii, but his pacifism led him on another journey shortly thereafter. His record of activism involves protests against Trident submarines, including protests against the notorious White Train; several trips to the Middle East, including one during the recent U.S.-led wars to witness alongside threatened civilians; and the establishment of a Catholic Worker house of hospitality for indigent homeless people in need of long-term health care, where Douglass and his wife, Shelley, have lived and worked for years.

He has also written on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., covering a trial that few Americans know about, in which a Memphis bar owner in 1999 was found liable for conspiring with federal agents to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. The lawsuit was brought by the King family and James Earl Ray, who was never actually tried for King’s murder.

Douglass wrote of this trial: “I can hardly believe the fact that, apart from the courtroom participants, only Memphis TV reporter Wendell Stacy and I attended from beginning to end this historic three-and-one-half week trial. Because of journalistic neglect, scarcely anyone else in this land of ours even knows what went on in it. After critical testimony was given in the trial’s second week before an almost empty gallery, Barbara Reis, U.S. correspondent for the Lisbon daily Publico who was there several days, turned to me and said, ‘Everything in the U.S. is the trial of the century. O.J. Simpson’s trial was the trial of the century. Clinton’s trial was the trial of the century. But this is the trial of the century, and who’s here?”

Among Douglass other books are “The Nonviolent Cross: A Theology of Revolution and Peace;” “Resistance and Contemplation: The Way of Liberation;” and “Dear Gandhi, Now What? Letters from Ground Zero” (written long before 9/11).

Senator Scarnati Supports
Castle Doctrine Expansion

WARREN—Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati voted in support of legislation that would allow law abiding citizens to defend themselves without retreat and with potential lethal force providing their life is in danger. The bill passed the Senate today with a 45-4 final vote.

“This is a common-sense bill that further allows individuals the right to protect themselves and their loved ones if they feel lethally threatened,” Scarnati stated. “The basic right to protect ourselves and loved ones, whether they are home, in a vehicle, or in a public place is one of the fundamental premises of our democracy.”
According to Scarnati, under current law citizens have the right to defend themselves in their homes. However, they must show retreat outside their home when facing the danger of lethal force. This expansion of the ‘Castle Doctrine’ provides that individuals, in any place they have a legal right to be, can defend themselves, or others, when in significant danger.

“I am pleased that a majority of the members of the Senate recognized the shortcoming in the original law and acted responsibly in protecting law abiding citizens and their second amendment rights,” Scarnati added. “Clearly, it is vital for the General Assembly to take action on pieces of legislation that provides for the health, safety, and well-being of our citizens.”

“It is my sincere hope that the House of Representatives recognizes the importance of this change and votes accordingly,” Scarnati concluded.

The amended version of House Bill 1926 must be agreed to by a majority of the House of Representatives before going to the desk of the Governor for his signature.

Pianist to Perform at Pitt-Bradford

Pianist Patrick Connolly, an internationally recognized soloist and chamber musician, will perform Thursday, Oct. 28, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

His recital, the first Noon Tunes event of the semester, will take place in Blaisdell Hall’s Studio Theater at 11:30 a.m. The concert is free and is an offering of the university’s Spectrum Series.

Connolly’s program will include Bach’s “English Suite in F major, BWV 809,” Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous “Sonata in F minor, Op. 57” (commonly known as the “Appassionata”).

He will also premiere a short work by Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music at Pitt-Bradford.

“Patrick and I have collaborated on several occasions, and I’m delighted that he’s agreed to yet another premiere,” Levey said. “He’s the best kind of performer: creative, knowledgeable, and brilliant technically. The Steinway will get quite a workout.”

Connolly has taken prizes at the French Piano Institute and International Competition, Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, Arthur Dann Memorial Piano Competition and Clara Wells International Piano Competition. He has appeared as a soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic and as a Stern Scholar at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Currently, he is a Gilleece Doctoral Fellow at the City University of New York. He holds degrees in piano and mathematics from the Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College.

More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oswayo Students Presenting Melodrama
'Murder at the Malt Shop' or
'Hey Daddy-O, We're in Deadville'

Tickets go on sale Thursday for the Oswayo Valley Middle/High School senior class melodrama “Murder at the Malt Shop” or “Hey Daddy-O, We’re in Deadsville!

This dessert theater production will be presented Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13, 2010 on the Oswayo Valley Elementary School stage. The new show features 14 members of the senior class in acting roles. There will be three shows and the production includes an all you can eat dessert buffet and beverages with the cost of the ticket.

Playwright and director, Cheri Thomas, states, “This year’s melodrama is completely different from the previous three in that it is set in the fabulous 1950’s instead of at the turn of the century. Also, it’s a murder mystery written in tribute and in the style of Agatha Christie’s long running London play, The Mousetrap. It’s an audience interactive with two of the play characters being drawn from the audience in walk on roles.

Intermission will feature a hula hoop and twist contest.

"I spent the summer writing the play knowing that these seniors are enthusiastic, multi-talented, hard-working and full of energy," Thomas says. "The students have been rehearsing for two months and have brought this play to life. The costumes and set are authentic fifties. I think the community will love this new production."

"Having a senior class play has become an event that the seniors look forward to. It gives the students a taste of the dramatic arts that is unfortunately hard to find in our area. I’ve tried to make the experience both educational and enjoyable. The comments and feedback we’ve received after the last three year’s productions were very positive. It has become something that the community looks forward to. The show will be great fun for the audience and we hope that the community will come out and support the seniors at this production also," Thomas says.

This year’s melodrama is set in the fabulous, nostalgia filled 50’s and Shingleville is rife with suspicion and speculation! Sprout’s Malt Shop is filled with quirky characters, one of which murdered reprehensible and unreasonable Principal Jerry Atrick. Was it the trouble-making greaser, Noah Count? The bubbly, annoying cheerleader, Bobbie Pinz or her sidekick, Shirley Knott? The waitress, Dee Lighted, who takes your order, but brings you whatever she feels like? The scary girl wrestler, Wynn Fairly? The sultry starlet, Holly Wood? The dim-witted jock, Jim Shorts? The stuttering soda jerk, Russell Sprout? The hip, all girl radio DJ, Hedda Fuller Eyre? The lovely but secretive music teacher, Doe Ramey? The disgruntled school secretary, Ginger Vitus? Or, the nosy old biddy and head of the school board, Norma Dreadful? Sheriff Colin Allcars must unravel this boppin’, music filled, zany tangle of lies, secrets, and intrigue that takes you for a fast ride down memory lane! They all had motive, they all had opportunity, but only one dunnit!

Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 14 and can be purchased from any senior class member, in the Oswayo Valley High School main office, and at Sprout’s Drug Store in Shinglehouse. Show times are: Friday, November 12 at 7pm, Saturday, November 13 at 2pm and also that evening at 7pm. Ticket cost is $10.00 per person for the evening shows and $8.00 per person for the matinee. The ticket cost includes a souvenir program, beverages and a dessert buffet. All proceeds go to the Senior Class for their class trip.

Scarnati: Lawmakers 'Worlds Apart' on
Marcellus Shale Severance Tax Bill

WESB/WBRR News Director

Senate Republican leaders don’t believe a new tax on natural gas extracted from Marcellus Shale will be approved anytime soon.

“I don’t believe we’re any closer to a deal,” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said in a news conference Tuesday. The prospects of getting the bill finished “diminish by the hour,” he said, adding that the House and Senate are “worlds apart.”

Scarnati adds that some of the main sticking points are finding an acceptable tax rate, certain exemptions and safety issues.

Scarnati says the bill passed by the House two weeks ago, calling for a levy of 39 cents per thousand cubic feet of gas, is too high and is unacceptable.

Also unacceptable, he says, is the fact that small gas producers in the state that drill shallow wells are not exempted from any new tax in the House bill.
Governor Ed Rendell’s proposal would “tax shallow gas producers out of the state,” Scarnati said. “These are the Mom and Pop producers that have been the backbone of the gas industry in this Commonwealth for decades.”

He also said he’s concerned that House Democrats and Rendell are not discussing safety issues.

“If we’re talking about one single issue that’s important to Pennsylvanians right now it’s safety in this industry,” Scarnati said. “We have this huge void in front of us of no safety issues being discussed.”

Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi say the only way they can see for a tax to be enacted in the next two weeks is for the House to start over -- with a new, constitutionally acceptable bill -- and send it to the Senate no later than November 1. They have said the Senate will not return to Harrisburg for any business after the November 2 general election.

Rendell said in his news conference Tuesday that the proposed compromise currently under consideration is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the natural gas drilling industry and Pennsylvania taxpayers.

He also stressed that there is time to enact the tax into law before the end of the legislative session if the industry and Senate Republicans have the will to support it. Procedural or constitutional roadblocks to passing a bill, identified by Senate Republicans after consulting with the Legislative Reference Bureau, can be easily overcome in a number of different ways, under legal opinions rendered by that same bureau, he said.

“The process questions are just a red herring. If the Senate wants to get this done, there are legal ways to get it done,” Rendell said.

“This is fair. It is a significant compromise. The industry should accept it. The Senate Republicans should accept it,” Rendell said.

Rendell says the compromise bill that’s on the table right now would generate $134 million in the first year, followed by $180 million, $239 million and $296 million in succeeding years. The money would be split between environmental causes, municipalities where drilling is taking place and the state general fund, with exact percentages still to be divided.

President and CEO of environmental group PennFuture Jan Jarrett says citizens are being hurt by inaction by lawmakers.

She tells RadioPA that the financial strain natural gas drilling imposes on communities and natural resources falls back on taxpayers. She says she’s reserving judgment on the governor's compromise. But she says, there has to be a “sweet spot” between what the House passed and what the Senate wants.

Photo of Pileggi/Scarnati provided by Senate Republican Communications. Photo of Rendell and House Speaker Keith McCall provided by Commonwealth Media Services.

Hundreds Attend Senior Expo in Roulette

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) welcomed hundreds of area senior citizens to his Eighth Annual Senior Expo at the Roulette Fire Hall on Oct. 8.

"It was good to see the many people that come back year after year, but I was also especially pleased to hear from several folks that this was their first trip to the expo," Causer said. "I believe this is a great service to our older residents, as well as their families, and the fact that the events in Roulette and Bradford are growing every year confirms that."

Among the most popular features of the expo are health screenings, such as blood pressure and carotid artery checks. Flu and pneumonia shots were also available.

Seniors also had access to information from a wide variety of vendors, including the Potter County Education Council, the PACE/PACENET program, the Potter County Sheriff's Office, the PA Association of Retired State Employees, the state office of Attorney General, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Hamot Medical Center, Great Lakes Home Health Care, Sweden Valley Manner and more.

The McKean County SPCA was on hand with a few of its dogs and cats that are in need of permanent homes. A pair of senior Chihuahuas that shelter staff was trying to adopt out together generated a lot of interest, and at least one person was planning to submit an application to adopt them both.

Door prizes were awarded, and the event closed with Causer and his staff serving a lunch of hotdogs, chili, macaroni salad and cookies to all the expo attendees.

"People are very appreciative of the convenient access to information the expo provides. We will definitely be back next year," Causer said.

Photos courtesy of Causer's office

United Way Announces New Technologies

The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. was able to upgrade their technologies with the help of Bradford based, Omnis Technologies. Omnis Technologies graciously donated a portion of their time to install and network the United Way’s computers.

“Upgrading our computers will bring huge improvements in performance and functionality for our staff,” says Community Relations and Marketing Specialist, Megan Mangini. “We are very grateful that Omnis Technologies was able to assist us in this process.”

“It just reinforces the small community mentality of how organizations lend expertise to fellow community members,” says Executive Director, Kelly Z. Case. “This mentality is the premise of the United Way mission.”

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to help such an important organization in our community. Technology upgrades can be a daunting task without some support. We were happy to help!” Says Donny Kemick, President of protocol 80, Omnis Technologies’ parent company.

Omnis Technologies is now the IT division of protocol 80, Inc.

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Raymond Richard Learn

Raymond Richard Learn, age 62, of Harborcreek, passed away to God's care on Monday, October 11, 2010 at his home after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on July 14, 1948 to the late Carl and Viola Learn of Harborcreek.

Ray attended Harbor Creek High School and graduated from the G.E. Apprentice Program and Gannon University with a Degree in Industrial Management. He retired from G.E. Transportation Systems in 2009 after 43 years of service. He was elected to the Harbor Creek School District Board of Directors in 2000 where he served until the days before his death. Ray was a past Director of the Erie District Bowling Association serving as First Vice President. He was a parishioner of St. James R.C. Church, a charter member of the East Erie Moose Lodge #593, a member of the Lawrence Park Athletic Club, Wesleyville Athletic Club, the G.E. Quarter Century Club, and a former member of the Perry Keystone Masonic Lodge #392.

He was an avid bowler all of his life and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Harriet Deeb Learn of Harborcreek; a son, Raymond (Carolee) of Smethport, Pa.; a daughter, Kimberly Learn Stewart (Daniel) of Harborcreek; two beloved grandchildren, Isabella and Nicholas Learn of Smethport, Pa.; five brothers, William (Susie) of Los Angeles, Calif., Alan (Sue), Matthew (Lori), Carl (Vicki) and Marty (Jackie) all of Harborcreek; two sisters, Cathy Van Luven (Wayne) of Wesleyville and Lillian (Dave) Zielinski of Harborcreek; aunts, Virginia Thompson of Erie, Betty Bennett of Florida, Lillian Turie of Dunkirk, N.Y. and Helen Swahn (Clarence "Bucky") of Erie; uncles, Robert Learn (Eleanor) and Jack Learn all of Harborcreek, Dick Learn (Shirley) and Robert Turie (Marjean) all of Fla.; several nieces, nephews and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by three aunts, Barbara Jean Learn "Big Barb", Barbara Jean Learn "Little Barb" and Pearl Curry; and two uncles, Gordon Thompson and Bud Bennett. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. James R.C. Church.

Interment, Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to support Pancreatic Research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Ray Learn for Pancreatic Research to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 North Charles St., Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201. To send condolences visit

Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Charges

A former Bradford resident has pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting children.

34-year-old Michael Begin used a cell phone and the Internet in an effort to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. He also transported obscene material to a minor.

Begin is scheduled for sentencing March 7 in federal court in Erie.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fatal Hit and Run Victim ID'd

State Police have identified the victim of a fatal hit-and-run early Sunday morning in the Town of Randolph.

They say 18-year-old Fredericko Flores was a migrant worker who arrived in the area a month ago. He was walking home from his job at a local dairy farm when he was hit. A passing motorist discovered the body and contacted police.

Police say parts that were found at the scene led them to locating the vehicle at a Jamestown body shop. They are interviewing the driver but say it’s still unclear why he left the scene.

Alexander Named to Board of Directors of
Center for Rural Pennsylvania

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Alexander will represent the University of Pittsburgh, a role that had previously been filled by Dr. Robert Pack, who is retiring from the university as vice provost for academic planning and resources management.

The center is the second oldest state-level rural research policy center in the nation. It is a bipartisan legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The center works with various government groups and organizations to maximize resources for Pennsylvania’s 3.4 million rural residents. In part, it sponsors research projects, collects data on trends in rural Pennsylvania and publishes information and research results about diverse people and communities in rural Pennsylvania.

The group is led by Pennsylvania Sen. John R. Gordner, R-Berwick. Other members are Pennsylvania Rep. Tina Pickett, R-Towanda; Sen. John Wozniak, D-Johnstown; Dr. Nancy Falvo, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; Rep. Tim Seip, D-Washington Township; Dr. Theodore R. Alter, Pennsylvania State University; Dr. Stephan J. Goetz, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development; and William Sturgesand and Dan A. Surra, governor’s representatives.

Alexander joined Pitt-Bradford in 2003 and implemented a campus-wide strategic plan that resulted in a new vision for the university. Among the major accomplishments resulting from his planning efforts were the development of new academic majors, a successful completion of a $13 million capital campaign, the construction of one academic building and three residence halls, the development and implementation of an integrated marketing plan, and significant increases in enrollment.

Teen Suicide in Elk County

This region is not immune to teen suicide.

On Monday, a 15-year-old boy from Force shot himself in a wooded area off Pine Avenue in Jay Township. He was found at about 7:25 p.m.

He was pronounced dead by Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski.

John Running for Seneca President

Former Seneca Nation president Maurice John has announced that he’s running to become the next president of the nation.

John served as the tribe's President from 2006 to 2008, immediately prior to current president, Barry Snyder Sr.

John is running as an independent candidate. He has only one opponent, Robert Porter, who has served as the Senecas' chief legal counsel in their lawsuit against New York State cigarette sales taxes. The Seneca Party is backing Porter.

Sinclairville Man Jailed Without Bail

A Sinclairville man is in jail without bail after being stopped Monday evening for not wearing a helmet while on an ATV.

Sheriff’s deputies say 45-year-old Donald Vanhouten first did not give them his true identity when asked. When they learned who he really was, they also learned that he was wanted for growing marijuana in the Town of Gerry. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated for having 3 prior DWI convictions. Deputies also found a rifle within Vanhouten’s reach on the ATV. He is prohibited from having a firearm because of 5 prior felony convictions.

Man Trapped Underneath ATV

A 71-year-old St. Marys man who didn’t return home after riding his ATV Sunday afternoon was found Sunday night trapped underneath the ATV.

St. Marys police say James “Wilbur” Fritz left for an ATV ride at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon. They received a call at just after 10 o’clock Sunday night saying Fritz hadn’t returned home yet. Elkland Search and Rescue found him at 11:35 p.m. in a wooded area behind St. Marys airport with his ATV on top of him, according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO by St. Marys Police.

Ambulance personnel treated him at the scene, then took him to Elk Regional Health Center for further treatment.

Coudy Man Hurt When Car Hits Bike

A Coudersport man was flown to Robert Packer Memorial Hospital in Sayre after suffering major injuries when he turned his bicycle into the path of a car Monday afternoon on Route 6 in Eulalia Township.

Police say 19-year-old Benjamin Elliott did not use a hand signal before turning into the path of a car driven by 67-year-old Tommie Watkins of Helena, Ohio, who applied his brakes, but couldn’t avoid hitting Elliot. Elliot briefly rode on the hood of Watkins’ car before falling into the road, according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO by Coudersport-based state police.

Elliot suffered multiple injuries to his head. Neither Watkins, nor a passenger in his car, 56-year-old Gwen Watkins, were hurt.

Man Dies at Drilling Site

A Kane man is dead after being hit in the head by a large pipe fitting at a well drilling site in Jones Township Monday morning.

42-year-old Stephen Jones was working on the site two-and-one-third miles east of Route 219 at 7:45 a.m. Monday. Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski pronounced him dead at the scene, according to a news release faxed to WESB and The HERO by Ridgway-based state police.

Howard Drilling Company owns the site.

Monday, October 11, 2010

More Disturbances in the City

Bradford City Police got a few more calls about disturbances over the weekend – one at a Mechanic Street business, one on Bushnell Street and the other on Amm Street. They also got a call from a Charlotte Avenue assault victim.

Officers also looked into reports of a suspicious person on Mian Street, harassment on Cole Avenue and a theft from a vehicle on Barbour Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Police also received reports of a tree down on South Avenue and a traffic complaint at Davis Street and Jackson Avenue.

Man Dead After Knife Fight

One man is dead and two others were seriously hurt during a knife fight Saturday in Salamanca.

The fight started at a home on Summit Street sometime around one o'clock Saturday morning. Two men from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Niagara County and three Salamanca residents were involved, according to a news release e-mailed to WESB and The HERO by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department.

At some point during the confrontation, two of the men were stabbed. Another was seriously injured. All three were taken to area hospitals, where one of them died.

The man who died is Timothy Kraft of Sanborn.

Two other victims have undergone surgery and remain hospitalized with what the news release describes as "life-threatening injuries."

Investigators recovered three weapons, all believed to have been used in the altercation. Charges are pending.