The 1490 NewsBlog

powered by NewsRadio 1490 WESB

brought to you, in part, by

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rig Jack-Knifes on Route 155

A tractor-trailer jack-knifed on Route 155 in Liberty Township at 11:20 Saturday morning.

State police say the rig driven by 40-year-old Randy Elwell of Troupsburg, New York, lost traction as it was going around a curve, then started to rotate. The trailer kept going straight, causing the jack-knife.

The vehicle left the road, crossed the east berm and hit the guardrail as the right side of the sleeper contacted the trailer. The vehicle then went back onto the road and came to rest blocking both lanes.

Elwell was not hurt.

Actress Jill Clayburgh Dies

Oscar-nominated actress Jill Clayburgh has died at the age of 66. Her Oscar-nominated role was in the 1978 movie “An Unmarried Woman,” in which she played a divorcee exploring life after marriage. In a statement, her husband, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe, said Clayburgh died at her Connecticut home after a 21-year-battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Friday, November 5, 2010

USS Jason Dunham Arrives in Port

The Navy's newest guided missile destroyer, the USS Jason Dunham, has arrived at Port Everglades, Florida.

The vessel arrived this morning from Bath, Maine, where it was built and christened. The 510-foot ship was named after Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, a native of Scio, New York.

Dunham threw himself on a live grenade in April 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He died eight days later at the age of 22.

He, was honored posthumously with the Medal of Honor in 2006. Dunham was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in the Iraq war and the first Marine to receive the medal since the Vietnam War.

Dunham played in the Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic football game and, during halftime of the 2007 game, his jersey number was retired.

UPB Receives $350,000 Gift for Organ

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received a $350,000 gift from George Duke in honor of his mother, Sarah B. Dorn, for a 17-rank pipe organ in the campus’s new chapel.

“The exquisite Schantz organ was the missing element in an otherwise perfectly designed and beautifully built chapel,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “We’re deeply grateful to Mr. Duke for enabling us to acquire the instrument and name it in honor of Mrs. Sarah Dorn.”

Flue voicers Stephen Leslie and Jeffrey Herr of Schantz Organ Co. spent several weeks on campus doing the final voicing and tuning for the instrument, which was installed late last month.

Each of the organ’s 1,020 pipes is an individual instrument that must be voiced and tuned on site. The pipes can produce notes from 32 cycles per second to 16,000 cycles per second, a range of eight octaves, essentially allowing one person to reproduce an orchestra. Different ranks of pipes are created differently to simulate the reeds, flutes and brass.

Just as the members of an orchestra tune their instruments to one note prior to playing, Leslie and Herr use a strobe to tune one pipe to make sure that its pitch is at the industry standard of A = 440 cycles per second. They then tune the rest of the pipes in relation to the first one – entirely by ear.

Leslie sat at the console, which is crafted in a beautiful black cherry wood cabinet while Herr climbed a ladder into one of the two large cases (also crafted in cherry) that house the pipes and ornament the front of the chapel sanctuary.

Herr worked in a pipe chamber about the size of a closet surrounded by pipes as small as pencils and as large as small tree trunks. The majority of the pipes are made of a tin-lead alloy, and some are made of select poplar and wood to produce different tones. Although some of the pipes are visible in the fa├žade of the cases, far more are contained inside.

Leslie played and listened nearly constantly while Herr pulled pipes and worked on them.

They exchanged conversation over the organ playing like two parts of one mind. Leslie played a note while Herr adjusted the pipe, producing sounds ranging from a flute to a violin, trumpet or oboe.

“I’m the hands of his mind,” Herr said while working on one of the reed pipes. “Ahh – we’ve got a squawker here.”

Leslie started to say “go ahead and take it apart” at the same time Herr said “I’m going to take it apart.”

This particular pipe is shaped like a trumpet and has a brass “reed” that functions just like the reed in a woodwind instrument. The reed needs to be recurved to catch the air coming through the pipe correctly.

When asked how the voicers know what to do with each pipe, Leslie answered, “Where an artist sees in color, we organ builders hear in color.”

Even at a few minutes per pipe, the process takes more than a week and this, the flue voicers say, is considered a small organ. Schantz produces about 700 ranks each year, some in organs that have more than 100 ranks.

But in the intimacy of Wick Chapel, this little organ will be just right.

“This two-ton titan of tone will come to life in the new Harriett Wick Chapel, where every seat is in a musical garden,” Leslie said. “It really is a perfect match of organ to room. You see, the best stop on an organ is the room.”

The organ will be featured in recitals and concerts and at weddings held at the chapel. It also can “record” a musical piece such as “Here Comes the Bride” and be played back like a player piano.

Pictured, an employee of Schantz Organ Co. installs the 17-rank organ in honor of Sarah B. Dorn in the chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Pitt-Bradford photo by Alan Hancock

Gulfstream Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Gulfstream International Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, but the company says this will not affect operations and all tickets and reservations will be honored.

Under its Continental Connection brand, Gulfstream flies from Cleveland to Bradford Regional Airport, Jamestown and four other airports through the federal Essential Air Service program.

In a prepared statement Gulfstream said it has arranged up to $5 million in financing, subject to court approval. The financing will be a first step in securing long-term financing to allow Gulfstream to buy the 23-plane fleet it now leases, and position the company for growth, according to President and Chief Executive David Hackett.

Hackett said the combination of borrowing in recent years to cope with high fuel costs plus declining traffic made it too difficult for Gulfstream to meet its debt obligations.

Vocal Ensemble Calmus to Perform at SBU

The vocal ensemble Calmus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It is the third concert of the 2010-11 Friends of Good Music season.

Founded in Germany in 1999, Calmus is an a cappella quintet that embodies the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor. All are members of Leipzig’s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School.

This program, titled “Emotions,” includes pieces ranging from sacred music of Bach to Italian madrigals by Gesualdo to arrangements of popular melodies by Sting and Freddie Mercury. Also featured is the New York premiere of Psalm 104 “Lobe den Herrn” (Praise the Lord) by Wolfram Buchenberg, a contemporary composer from Bavaria.

Calmus was the First Prize Winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and the group recently garnered first prizes at the International Competition for Vocal Ensembles in Finland and the 37th Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain. The ensemble has also participated in important music festivals such as the Bach Festival Leipzig, the International a cappella Week in Hannover, and the Schleswig-Holstein-Music Festival, where it gave a final polishing to the quintet’s sound in the Master Class of the King’s Singers.

An active concert schedule has taken Calmus across Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and North and South America. Its 2010-11 United States tour includes a debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and performances at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Purdue University, the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium, Chamber Music of Little Rock (Ark.), the artists series of Tallahasee, Lancaster (Calif.) Performing Arts Center and Northeastern Illinois University.

With no fewer than 10 recordings to its credit, Calmus received the 2009 Echo Klassik Award (Germany) for “Liedgut,” a disc of treasured German folksongs. The group’s latest CD, “Hausmusik,” is a collection of songs by Robert and Clara Schuman and J.S. Bach. “Christmas Carols,” its first CD of music for the holidays, has been received enthusiastically and was praised by Classics Today magazine as “... perfectly balanced ensemble singing, every note, every chord given exacting importance, delivered in the most vocally attractive, musically expressive style.”

Joseph A. LoSchiavo, executive director of the Quick Center said: “Thanks to our longstanding professional relationship with the Concert Artists Guild, we are able to present the prize winners of the Guild’s annual International Competition. These young artists are well on their way to important careers in international venues.”

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Tickets are $20 at full price, $16 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure staff, and $5 for students. For subscriptions, single tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit

Photo courtesy of SBU

Professor Authors Book on President Taft

Dr. Richard Frederick, professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has written a new biography of President William H. Taft.

The book, “William H. Taft,” is part of Nova Science Publishers’ First Men, America’s Presidents series.

Taft was the 27th President and 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Frederick was asked by the publisher to write a book for the series, which is designed for purchase by high school, public and university libraries, although individuals can purchase it also through local and national retailers.

“I had done a lot of research on the Progressive movement of the early 20th Century and on issues of that era,” Frederick said. “I felt really comfortable with the issues of the Taft administration.”

Frederick conducted his research over several summers poring over the Library of Congress’s collection of Taft papers available on microfilm at Penn State University. He also made several trips to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to study original documents and visited Taft’s birthplace in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“I wanted to study this period more in-depth, and I got a whole lot out of it,” he said.

Although Taft was not a glamorous president, Frederick said he was impressed with how competent he was.

“I found out what a thorough administrator he was,” Frederick said. As governor general of the Philippines, Frederick said, Taft built the government of the territory.

“It turns out that’s really impressive,” Frederick said. “He was greatly concerned with the welfare of the people.”

So concerned, Frederick said, that he turned down his dream job of a seat on the Supreme Court to finish his work in the Philippines. He would turn the position down again before finally becoming Chief Justice after serving as President, the only president to do so.

Frederick said he also got to “meet Mrs. Taft through this project.” She definitely had ambitions for her husband to be president, even if he didn’t, Frederick said.

After serving as governor general, President Teddy Roosevelt brought Taft back to the U.S. as secretary of war. Taft was elected to a single term as president in 1908.

“He’s one of three men in the 20th century who was never elected to anything before being elected president,” Frederick said.

At 205 pages, the book is meant to be “readable and interesting, but also scholarly” and suitable for those with a casual interest in history as well as serious scholars.

Known on campus as an entertaining lecturer, Frederick has received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh and the Teaching Excellence Award from the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association.

He has taught at Pitt-Bradford for 30 years, specializing in American history, particularly the 20th century.

Frederick is also the author or co-author of books on President Warren G. Harding, Ellis Island and Theoretical Concepts in Biology.

He enjoys jazz music, classic movies, mysteries and college basketball. Frederick and his wife, Jan, are active in the local community and live in Bradford with their SPCA rescue cat, William Howard Taft.

Photos courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

'Unstoppable' Stops Here Next Week

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

A touch of Hollywood glamour will be in Bradford, Pennsylvania, for two-night run for the opening of the new movie “Unstoppable.”

The 20th Century movie, which features some scenes filmed on locations within McKean County in northcentral Pennsylvania, will open worldwide Friday, Nov. 12. Bradford will be the place to be with the movie shown on one end of Main Street and one of the actors on hand to greet guests on the other end.

The movie features Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson. Inspired by actual events, the movie is an adrenaline rush fueled by director Tony Scott’s signature mark of propulsive action. It’s a story about ordinary people placed in extraordinary circumstances, according to information released by 20th Century Fox.

A veteran train engineer and a young conductor, played by Washington and Pine, respectively, race the clock to stop an unmanned runaway train – effectively a missile the size of a skyscraper – hurling towards a heavily populated area.

There will be a unique opportunity to meet one of the actors in the movie

On both Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, movie-lovers will be able to meet Lew Temple, one of the actors in the movie who has also been in other movies such as Waitress and Halloween. Temple will be exclusively at The Option both nights to talk about the movie and sign autographs.

The Option House, located at 41 Main St., Bradford, will host an “Unstoppable” buffet from 5 to 10 p.m. at a fee of $15 including tax and tip per person.

The Option House is a scene stealer in its own right. The Option House, located in the Bradford National Historic District, was originally used as a place where oilmen traded option contracts. It has since been recently renovated to a magnificent restaurant and bar.

The movie will be shown at the Main Street Moviehouse on Friday, Nov. 12, at 4:15 p.m.., 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. as well as at 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday the next week.

The Main Street Moviehouse is located at 123 Main St.

The movie was filmed in various locations throughout McKean County, including Eldred and Port Allegany. Children from the Otto-Eldred Elementary School in Eldred are also featured in the film.

For any more information on the region, including where “Unstoppable” was filmed, contact the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the official tourism promotion agency for McKean County, at 800-473-9370 to order a Travel Guide and Map. Information is also available online at

Pictured, Temple visits with Scott Douglas and Frank Williams during The Morning Buzz.

Dunkirk Men Facing Drug Charges

Three Dunkirk men are accused of selling cocaine to undercover agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

36-year-old Jason Williams, 22-year-old Draoon Richardson-Copeland and 25-year-old Jessie Melendez are each charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance.

These arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Man Indicted on Child Sex Charges

A Salamanca man has been indicted for transporting minors across state lines with the intent to have sex.

45-year-old Kevin Donaldson is a former truck driver who is accused of taking two young girls across state lines while making deliveries. He also allegedly had sex with the girls.

The alleged incidents happened in April and May of 2006 and April of 2007.
Donaldson faces up to life in prison and a$250,000 fine, if convicted.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Possible Prostitution on Main Street

Bradford City Police were as busy as polling place workers on Tuesday. They were called to reports of terroristic threats at a Chestnut Street store and both a disturbance and stolen property at a Main Street establishment, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Officers also looked into reports of criminal mischief on Interstate Parkway, a retail theft on Boylston Street, a neighbor dispute on West Washington Street and a hit and run on West Corydon street. Police served some subpoenas, were called to a couple of domestic disputes and received several requests to speak with an officer.

Officers also received a report of prostitution on Main Street.

Knight Sentenced to 24 Years

The man who killed his girlfriend’s husband in 1994 has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

56-year-old Randall Knight of Akron, Ohio, was involved in a murder-for-hire plot with the wife of his victim, Andie Gasper.

Knight pleaded guilty in July to crossing state lines to commit the crime, and admitted to fatally stabbing Gasper.

Knight was acquitted of murder by a Cattaraugus County Court jury in 1995, but was arrested earlier this year on the new federal charge after investigators reopened the case.

Investigators say Knight and the victim's wife, Cheryl Gasper, were former lovers. They plotted Gasper's death so that they could share his $100,000 life insurance policy.

Cheryl Gasper pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and will be sentenced in county court on November 13.

PSP: Man Tried to Pass Off Aspirin as Coke

A Salamanca, New York, man waived preliminary hearings on charges that he sold fake cocaine.

22-year-old Darrin Whitcomb met undercover state troopers in the Togi’s parking lot in Bradford twice on December 15 to sell what he said was cocaine, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

The first sale was half an ounce for $650; the second was an ounce for $1,000. Tests at a state police crime lab showed the substance was aspirin, and did not contain cocaine.

Whitcomb is free on bail.

Cops: Man Sold Stolen Gun

Charges against an Allegany, New York, man accused of selling a stolen handgun have been bound to McKean County Court.

According to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone’s office, 28-year-old Brian App met an undercover state trooper at Hanley Park on the morning of July 1 and sold him a Smith & Wesson revolver with the serial number ground off for $250.

App also allegedly told the trooper he had an AK 47 for sale and “could get some good coke if he was interested.”

App is jailed on $10,000 bail.

Tops Cashier Fired for Stealing

A cashier at Tops Market in Bradford has been fired and charged with theft for stealing from a cash drawer.

19-year-old Tyler Thomas confessed to stealing $550 since April, according to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone’s office.

The Tops Loss Prevention Team started investigating after shortages in Thomas’ cash drawer “sparked the attention of all managers.” He confessed during a meeting with managers and a union representative.

He told police he thought he was being discreet, that the video surveillance camera wouldn’t see him, and that he wouldn’t get caught. He added that he is remorseful.

He waived his preliminary hearing and is free on his own recognizance.

Cops: Nursing Home Resident Assaulted

A Bradford man accused of assaulting a nursing home resident has waived his preliminary hearing.

18-year-old Robert Work is accused of hitting a resident in the groin several times while he and another worker were getting the man ready for bed, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

The nursing home resident can’t talk but the other worker told police the man was groaning with pain and making faces indicating severe pain.

Work is free on unsecured bail.

Univeristy of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Announces New Aadvisory Board Members

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named 10 new members to its Advisory Board and reappointed 15 members.

Newly elected to the board are Gregory P. Bauer, JoAnne Ryan, Stacy Sorokes Wallace, Max Brady, Timothy J. Asinger, Stephen P. Grillo, Douglas E. Kuntz, Julie A. Marasco, James M. McDonough and John W. Seltzer.

Christopher Luke, president of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association, was appointed an ex officio member of the board. All of the appointments were made by University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg upon recommendation by Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford.

Asinger is vice president of Kessel Construction Inc. in Bradford. His early professional background was spent in the food industry, and he became involved with Kessel in 1997 in Erie. He has been with the Bradford corporate office since 2007 and is very involved in the community with social, cultural, civic and fundraising efforts.

Bauer is the president and chief executive officer of Elk Regional Health System in St. Marys. He has 25 years of executive healthcare experience and lives in St. Marys.

Brady is vice president of PNC Bank in St. Marys. He has 34 years of experience in the banking industry and northwest Pennsylvania with PNC and its predecessor banks. He serves on the Bradford Area Alliance, the board of Elk Regional Health System, the Elk County Community Foundation and the Bradford Regional Airport Authority.

Grillo is a wealth management advisor for Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company in Bradford. He serves on the planned giving committee of Bradford Regional Medical Center, the Board of Trustees of the Bradford Family YMCA, and is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Kuntz is the president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania General Energy Co. LLC in Warren. An alumnus of Pitt-Bradford’s geology program, Kuntz began at PGE as a petroleum geologist. He has held his current position since 2006. He and his family live in Bradford.

Marasco is the region president for Northwest Savings Bank based in Bradford. She began her career with Northwest in 1977, becoming operations officer, then area manager, district executive and vice president of branch operations before attaining her current position. She is a member of the Bradford Alliance and the Bradford Family YMCA Board of Directors.

McDonough is vice president of operations for Zippo Manufacturing Co., a position he has held since 2006. Before coming to Zippo, he was the president of Applied Product Development LLC in East Greenwich, R.I., senior vice president of global engineering services for Hasbro Inc. in Pawtucket, R.I., and vice president of research and development for BIC Corp. in Milford, Conn.

Ryan is president and chief executive officer of Alpha Sintered Metals in Ridgway. Before joining ASM, she served in numerous leadership roles at Metaldyne Corp. She is a Pitt-Bradford alumna and has been president of the St. Marys Area United Way for six years. She lives in St. Marys with her family.

Seltzer is vice president of BBR Services LP in Pittsburgh. A Pitt-Bradford alumnus, he has served as a member of the Mount Lebanon School Board, president of the Mount Lebanon Foundation for Education and a foundation board member for the Community College of Allegheny County.

Wallace is a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. A Pitt-Bradford alumna, she earned her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law and has served as a judicial law clerk for the McKean County Court of Common Pleas and as an attorney for Northwestern Legal Services.

Fifteen members were also re-appointed to three-year terms: Jack Campbell Jr., a member since 2005; R. Michael Carlson, a member since 1995; Carlyle C. Conn, a member since 1993; Dr. William C. Conrad, a member since 1990; Martin J. Digel, a member since 1998; Susan I. Evans, a member since 2006; Frederick W. Fesenmyer, a member since 1982; Donald J. Fredeen, a member since 2002; Andrea Gonzalez, a member since 2004; Kenneth C. Kane, a member since 2007; William J. Leven Jr., a member since 2003; Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Masson, a member since 1995; Elaine F. Northrup, a member since 1995; Peter J. Pantuso, a member since 2001; and William J. Wagner, a member since 2007.

Cathy Young Retains Seat

State Senator Cathy Young is going back to Albany after defeating her Democratic challenger Mike McCormick.

Young got 85 percent of the total vote.

Tom Reed Wins Massa's Seat

The Republican takeover of the House of Representatives extended to the 29th Congressional District seat in New York, vacated by Eric Massa.

Former Corning mayor Tom Reed beat out Democrat Matt Zeller.

Massa held the seat until he resigned March 8 under allegations of sexual harassment. The seat remained empty through the year, with Gov. David Paterson choosing not to hold a special election until Tuesday.

The 29th District occupies much of the Southern Tier, including Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

Crash Closes Cameron County Road

A section of Route 120 in Cameron County was closed for several hours Tuesday afternoon when a vehicle hit and broke a utility pole, which then hit another utility pole.

State police closed the road because the poles and their power lines had fallen onto the road.

The accident happened when 31-year-old Jay Ball of Sinnemahoning got distracted by his passenger’s backpack falling onto the floor and onto the transfer case handle. In trying to retrieve the backpack, Ball lost control of the vehicle, causing it to travel into the opposite lane of travel and hit the first utility pole, breaking it in half. That pole hit the second pole, which also broke in half.

No one was hurt.

Toomey Defeats Sestak

Republican Pat Toomey has won a close to replace Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter by narrowly defeating Democrat Joe Sestak in Tuesday's election.

The margin of victory is 2 percentage points.

Toomey is a conservative former congressman and a former investment banker and businessman.

Sestak is a U.S. Congressman and a former Navy vice admiral who defeated Specter in the Democratic primary.

In a news release, US Senator BOb Casey said, “Any help that I or my office can provide will be available to Senator-elect Toomey to ensure that the needs of Pennsylvanians, especially those with constituency advocacy case work, are met during the transition.

“I look forward to meeting with Senator-elect Toomey soon to further discuss how we can work together for the people of Pennsylvania.

“As election results continue to be tallied in Pennsylvania and around the country, we move close to the end of a long campaign season. We must all come together to fix the problems facing Pennsylvania and the country. The top priorities must be job creation, rebuilding the economy, helping those hurt by the recession and targeting terrorists.”

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Governor-Elect Cuomo Thanks Supporters

Today, New Yorkers issued a powerful statement: It’s time to make our state great again.

Your time, energy and incredible support are what got us here. And thanks to you, our effort to create a New NY can now get underway.

The people of New York are looking for solutions that will create jobs, clean up Albany and fix our economic crisis. But, the only way we can make it happen is if you stay involved and stay active.

I made a pledge at the start of this campaign that I would always work for you. Now, as we begin to move NY forward, let’s keep working together to create a better future for our state.

Thanks again for your support. Let's get started building a New NY.

Andrew Cuomo

e-mail from Cuomo campaign

RGA Congratulates Tom Corbett

The Republican Governors Association congratulates Governor-elect Tom Corbett on his election as the next governor of Pennsylvania. The Republican Governors Association was the single largest donor to Tom Corbett’s campaign, investing more than $8 million.

“Tom Corbett ran an outstanding campaign that won the hearts and minds of Pennsylvania voters,” said RGA chairman Haley Barbour. “Pennsylvania was a key battleground for Democrats, so Tom Corbett’s victory has both statewide and national significance. By electing Tom, voters in Pennsylvania showed that they’ve had enough of Democrats’ higher taxes and reckless spending.”

The Republican Governors Association was the single largest donor to Tom Corbett’s campaign, investing more than $8 million in the overall effort. In addition to helping Corbett maintain a spending advantage on television throughout much of September and October, the RGA invested nearly $2 million in the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s critically important and highly successful get-out-the-vote operations.

e-mail from RGA

Seneca Nation Elects Porter

In the Seneca Nation, attorney Robert Odawi Porter handily defeated former president Maurice John Sr.

Porter garnered 1,671 votes to John’s 500.

The 47-year-old Porter, who is a graduate of Harvard Law School, says he hopes to use his legal skills to help the Senecas deal with a wide range of problems and challenges over the next two years.

Corbett Wins

Both NBC and Fox News are reporting that Republican Tom Corbett has defeated Democrat Dan Onorato in the Pennsylvania governor's race.

This keeps the "eight-year cycle" in tact. Since 1954, the governor's office has changed political hands every eight years. The cycle has withstood 14-gubernatorial elections and a change to allow governor's to serve two consecutive four-year terms.

Rep. Glenn Thompson Declares Victory

Today, the voters of Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional district have re-elected Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson.

Thompson, who was awaiting results of the election with his family, supporters, and Centre County Republican Candidates for the Pennsylvania General Assembly said, “This is a truly historic election for the Commonwealth and the entire country. I am very blessed to continue to have the privilege and honor to represent the people of the 5th Congressional district in Washington for the upcoming 112th Congress.”

“I have worked alongside of my Republican colleagues to earn the trust of the American people. I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent my friends and neighbors in Washington. But, this is only a start and the heavy lifting is still ahead. We must get the wheels back on this economy,” added Thompson.

Since opposing the early adjournment of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thompson has campaigned tirelessly in all 17 counties that comprise the 5th Congressional District bringing his message of lower taxes, rural economic development, and responsible development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas play to his constituents. On top of his travels, Thompson held several telephone town halls, reaching out to hundreds of thousands of voters - listening, answering questions, and taking some very good ideas to heart.

Thompson is a member of the House Education & Labor, Small Business, and Agriculture Committees. Through his short tenure in Congress, he had successfully led the battle against the tolling of Interstate 80, while advocating for small businesses in rural Pennsylvania, and promoting responsible development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas play.

Within weeks of first going to Washington, Thompson became the Vice Co-Chair of the 93 member bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus, and also has a leadership role as Vice Chair of the Congressional Healthcare Caucus.

“We may celebrate tonight, but tomorrow, it’s back to work. And there is no shortage of issues that need to be addressed, from fixing the problems with the new healthcare bill to ensuring that small business growth is not stalled by tax increases. While these are trying times, I know that I’m not the only one who sees a bright future on the horizon and I’m eager to get back to doing the people’s work,” added Thompson.

e-mail from Thompson's campaign

Cuomo Wins in New York

National news organizations have projected that Democrat Andrew Cuomo will win the governor's race in New York.

US Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsetn Gillibrand are also projected to cruise to victory in their races.

In Pennsylvania, with 41 percent of the vote in, the governor's race is still too close to call. Democrat Dan Onorato and Republican Tom Corbett are tied with 50 percent of the vote.

In the US Senate race, Democrat Joe Sestak has 54 percent of the vote to Republican Pat Toomey's 46 percent.

Kennedy St. Switches to One-Way Monday

The section of Kennedy Street from Boylston Street to Main Street will officially become one-way at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 8, according to a news release from City Clerk John Peterson.

Traffic will flow toward Main Street.

Two-hour meters have been installed on the west side of Kennedy Street. The east side of the street has 30-minute meters, which will remain.

Student Art Exhibition Opens Friday

Digital photography will be showcased for the first time in the eighth annual student exhibition beginning Friday, Nov. 5, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Affairs of the Art,” part of the university’s Spectrum Series, will run through Friday, Dec. 3, in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall. An opening reception will take place at noon Nov. 5 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby.

“Photography has been a popular art form and activity on our campus,” said Kong Ho, director of the interdisciplinary arts and the art programs and associate professor of art. “We have several student photography competition activities organized by our Art Club and displayed in the Frame-Westerberg Commons in the past two years.

“However, it will be the first time for displaying some excellent photographs in our KOA Art Gallery. I hope this year's exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to leisurely savor and enjoy a broad spectrum of artistic, creative and visually exciting works of art.”

About 40 students created masterpieces, including still life, landscapes, animal figures, human figures, abstract forms and computer graphics. Their work is made from charcoal, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, fired clay, photography and digital printing. Most students made the masterpieces in studio-art courses in the spring and fall of 2010.

“The best way to give credit to some of our talented students is through active involvement of each student in this public art event, including spreading out this student art exhibition from one to the other, letting others know how important it is to support each other in this art exhibition, recommending others to visit this exhibition, and sharing the experience with others during the exhibition opening,” Ho said.

The art gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The following students will have art featured in the exhibition:

From Bradford, Barbara Allen, Diana Lawton and Corey Meyer, elementary education majors; Stacey Gildersleeve, undeclared; Claude Grove, an economics major; Destiny Palmer, a hospitality management major; Karen Pecht, Matthew Teribery and Gary Truman, business management majors; Sarah Randolph, a human relations major; Samila Sosic, Brandon Tully and Vaccaro, all interdisciplinary arts majors; Amina Sosic; and Nicholas Yaworsky, a nursing major; Stephanie Anzola, an accounting major from Brandywine, Md.; Joanne Bokan, a social sciences major from Genesee; Sarah Bush, an elementary education major from Turin, N.Y.; Ashlee Case, an interdisciplinary arts major from Olean, N.Y.; Brandon Chamberlain, an interdisciplinary arts major from Carlisle; Joseph Coppola, a sport and recreation management major from Orchard Park, N.Y.;

Roland Cross III, a computer information systems and technology major from South Euclid, Ohio; Kelly Davis, an elementary education major, Ronald Tanner, a business management major, and Ed Vandever, an environmental studies major, all from Smethport; Ceegan Danielson, a computer information systems and technology major, and Jennifer Hilmes, an accounting and business management major, both from Lewis Run; Megan Delhunty, a pre- nursing major, and Kelsey Klawuhn, a mathematics education 7-12 and applied mathematics major, both from Ridgway; Kelly DeRolf, a biology major from Dallastown; Amanda Dillon, an English and English education 7-12 major from Butler; Jack Eggleston, a writing major, and Christina Hall, a business management major, both from Warren; Jeremy Freer, a broadcast communications major from Cyclone; Cory Gallagher, a pre-optometry major from Rochester;

Jessica Hamilton, a writing major from Wilcox; Shaquana Jefferson and Yuxi Lin, both biology majors from Philadelphia; Carson Kepler, a pre-radiological science major, Savanah Kohut, a hospitality management major, and Janelle M. Wilson, a pre-radiological science major, all of Kane; David Kunkle, a criminal justice major from Lower Burrell; Xueyuan Lin, a biology major from Bayonne, N.J.; Leasa Maley from Limestone, N.Y.; Rachel McMinn, a sports medicine and pre-occupational therapy major from Falls Creek; Karley Miller, a communications major from Derrick City; Lauren Moss, a nursing major from York; Annette Morales, a criminal justice major from North East; Scott Pastorius, a sports medicine major, and James Roberts, an environmental studies major, both from McDonald; Jacquelyn Podrasky, a sports medicine major from Medina, Ohio;

Diana Rankin, a computer information systems and technology major from Mount Jewett; Brian Roberts, an athletic training major from New Albany; Kayloni Smith, a broadcast communications major from Clarendon; Jennifer Sobeck, a pre-pharmacy major from Harveys Lake; Michael Taylor, a computer science major from Pipersville; Rebecca Thorpe, a chemistry education 7-12 and chemistry major from Lake Ariel; Jennifer Trippett, an undeclared major from Lemont; Michael Viloqi, an interdisciplinary arts major of Clarks Summit; and James Willson, a pre-medicine major from Bellona.

Pictured, Pitt-Bradford art students with their still-life paintings
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

State Charges Against Beaulieu Dropped

Charges against accused kidnapper and rapist Mike Beaulieu have been dropped by Pennsylvania State Police because of the federal indictment against him.

The alleged crimes happened in August on the Allegheny National Forest, which is federal jurisdiction and supercedes the state charges. It also takes the financial burden off Warren County and state taxpayers. He was indicted in September.

Beaulieu, a former resident of Anson, Maine, is accused of kidnapping a woman at the Kinzua Point Information Center, then taking her to McKean County and raping her at gunpoint. He was captured August 10 in New Brunswick, Canada.

On October 27, he was sentenced to three years in a Canadian prison after pleading guilty to charges of illegally possessing a weapon and illegally entering Canada.

Canadian prosecutor Pierre Roussel says the extradition process is underway, but he’s not sure how long it will take.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sewer Tap-In Fees:
Too High? Too Low? Just Right?

WESB/WBRR News Director

Some people think Foster Township residents are paying too much for their sewer tap-in fees, and that should change. Others agree the fee is too high, but think it should stay where it is.

The $2,000 tap-in fee was one of the topics of Monday’s Foster Township supervisors meeting. Bradford Township residents pay $1,000. City residents pay $500. The issue arose, in part, because residents are concerned about what would happen if the three municipalities consolidate sewer services.

Supervisor Jim Connelly, who believes the tap-in fee is too high, is hoping to find ways to cut costs – including being more diligent in collecting from delinquent customers – to lower the fee.

“I think that’s ($2,000) a lot of money to ask somebody to pay,” Connelly said. He added that there are $30,000 in delinquent bills.

“It’s not fair that some of us have to pay our sewer bills and some of us don’t,” Connelly said.

East Main Street resident Don Pistner wanted to know how the township would pay for future expansion if the fees were lowered. Pistner agrees that the fees are high, but says the township needs to think ahead.

“Let’s not get carried away with trying to cut the budget and then bite ourselves in the backside later on,” Pistner said.

Supervisor Chris Wolcott agreed that they have to look at future growth, along with inflow and infiltration problems.

Township engineer Roy Pedersen added that the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) give communities guidance on what the fees should be. He said although the fee is higher than the other communities in the Tuna Valley, when you look at the rest of northwestern Pennsylvania it’s in line with a lot of other communities.

Wolcott said DEP told Foster Township they were charging way too little for their monthly fee and everyone else should be charging more for their tap-in fees.

Both Wolcott and Pedersen said DEP and PennVEST “hold your feet to the fire” when you’re looking for funding for new projects or Act 537 approval and you’re not charging enough for tap-in fees.

In a related matter, Pedersen said PennVEST told them in order to get the money for the next section of sewer line from Lafferty Hollow to Corwins Corners the township needs to have “bids in hand.”

He proposed that bids be opened during the supervisors’ February meeting because that’s “the ideal time for contractors looking for work for the next season.” Pedersen said when they have bids in hand, PennVEST will finalize paperwork for the loan.

Turning to code enforcement, John Place said two cases are before District Judge Rich Luther. As for three other old complaints, he said he’s been trying to track down the people responsible for the properties. He said he’s also received three new complaints.

In other matters, Connelly said he has a meeting scheduled with PennDOT for November 9 concerning the traffic flow at the intersection of East Main Street/Bolivar Drive/Derrick Road.

Also Monday, new road superintendent Mike Fox said his department has been trying to patch all the roads, but the weather hasn’t been cooperative.

“I think it’s rained every day since I’ve been here,” he joked. “Bear with us. We’re doing what we can.”

He also said he knows there have been complaints about the lack of berms on East Main Street, but he said the weather hasn’t been conducive to doing that project.

“We’ll get to it,” he said. “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we’re going to try our best.”

He also set up a weekly maintenance schedule for all township vehicles to be washed, waxed and greased, and to change oil if necessary.

“Our equipment will look good when it’s out on the road,” he said.

Fox also said there’s a new schedule for winter maintenance. Crews will be out on the roads starting at 4:30 a.m., before people go to work and school.

He said he found while working in the Town of Carrollton, New York, that schedule has cut down on overtime and that “everybody on the roads will be safe, and that’s my job -- to make sure that they’re safe.”

Gun Stolen from Cyclone Home

Someone broke into a Cyclone home and stole a Hi Point handgun sometime between October 11 and Monday afternoon.

State police say the burglar broke into the home of Ralph Banks on North Bingham road.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

Three Arrested for Copper Theft

Three people have been arrested for stealing copper wire on railroad property off Larabee Road and Route 446 in Eldred Township and Eldred Borough.

25-year-old Aaron Nazario of Bradford, 20-year-old Jeffrey Gould of Delevan, New York, and 26-year-old Johnathan Cook of Hinsdale, New York, are each charged with theft. They were arraigned by District Judge Bill Todd and sent to McKean County Jail on $10,000 bail each.

State Police and Port Allegany Police responded to a report of a copper theft at 11:20 Monday morning and, when they arrived, found the trio removing copper wire from utility poles owned by the Western New York/Pennsylvania Railroad.

Tom Munn is New FT Police Chief

Tom Munn is the new chief of the Foster Township Police Department.

Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment during their meeting Monday night. The appointment was effective immediately.

Munn replaces Jeff Wolbert who retired. His last day was October 20.
Supervisor Chris Wolcott said Munn is a hard-working and dedicated police officer and is a great asset to the township.

Supervisor Chairman Bob Slike asked township secretary Jennifer Gorrel to send a letter to Wolcott thanking him for his 33 years of service to the township, adding that he was dedicated at the township will miss him.

“Amen,” Wolcott added.

Diehl-Armstrong Found Guilty

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong has been convicted on charges of criminal conspiracy, bank robbery and using a weapon during a crime of violence.

The 61-year-old was on trial in connection with the Erie bank robbery and collar bombing that ended in the death of pizza deliveryman Brian Wells in August of 2003.

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for more than 11 hours over two days before announcing the verdict shortly before 2 o’clock this afternoon.

Diehl-Armstrong is expected is to be sentenced to the mandatory life in prison plus 30 years on February 28.

Sunday was No Treat for City Police

Bradford City Police apparently did not have a treat-filled Halloween. They were called to fights on Mechanic and Barbour streets and to a neighbor dispute on Summer Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department. They were also called to several domestic disputes.

Officers also looked into reports of a theft on Jackson Avenue, stolen items on South Center Street, and criminal mischief at a school. They got a report of a suspicious person on Amm Street, assisted a citizen on Interstate Parkway and received numerous requests to speak with an officer. Police also received a report of a bear on Lincoln Avenue and a complaint about an unspecified animal on Barbour Street.

Drug Bust on Amm Street

The McKean County Drug Task Force and Bradford City Police made a drug bust Saturday night at 56 Amm Street.

They arrested Harold Green of Buffalo, Bryant Battle and Louis Edwards of Olean and Jayson Foster and Ben Denning of Bradford. They were arraigned on multiple drug charges by District Judge Rich Luther. Battle is free on bail. The other four are in McKean County Jail.

Officers seized cocaine; numerous pills; drug paraphernalia, including syringes, packaging material, scales and crack cocaine manufacturing ingredients. They also discovered numerous items they believe are from a string of burglaries in the city of Bradford.

Bradford Police Chief Chris Lucco says in a news release sent to WESB and The HERO that recent drug arrests are sending a message that area police "are not going to sit back and watch our communities be taken over by drug peddling thugs that set up shop and feel we are easy prey due to our lack of resources."

"This raid in particular showed how closely related illegal narcotics and other crimes are," Lucco said in the release.

Lucco also thanked McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn and the drug task force for making themselves available to the Bradford police department.

"Without that relationship, we would have a much harder time trying to combat the illegal drug problem plaguing our area," Lucco said.

In the news release Learn said he is extremely pleased with the cooperation between all the departments involved.

"The police departments in this area have shown a real commitment to fighting drug-related crime and have demonstrated how cooperation between departments benefits the entire community," Learn said. "The work of rooting and prosecuting drug dealers will continue and I am very excited about the progress that can be made by working together."

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Creepy Critters

Halloween is a holiday associated with lots of creepy wildlife. But are they really so creepy? Celebrity Naturalist David Mizejewski tells us the truth about a few of them -- bats, spiders and owls.

Listen here

For more information go the National Wildlife Federation.

Photo provided by the Pennsylvania Game Commission