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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bradford, Port Schools Win Competition

Students from Bradford Area and Port Allegany High Schools took top honors at the 9th Annual College Mathematics Competition held Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The competition is organized each year by the mathematics departments of Pitt-Bradford and the Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College Cattaraugus Campus.

Forty-nine students coming from five different high schools competed by taking a two-hour math examination. According to their size, the schools were divided into two different divisions.

Patrick Hoover of Youngsville High School was the overall individual winner, earning a $1,500 scholarship to Pitt-Bradford. Hoover was also the first-place winner in the small-school division.

Elliot Binder of Port Allegany came in second in the small-school division.

Dan Tingley of BAHS took first place in the large-school division and also earned a $1,500 scholarship to Pitt-Bradford. Coming in second in the large-school division was Andrew Kloss of BAHS.

Scholastic winners for the large-school division were BAHS, first, and Warren Area High School, second.

In the small-school division, Port Allegany finished first, while Youngsville took second.

USS Jason Dunham to be Commissioned;
You Can Watch it Live

The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Pre-Commissioning Unit Jason Dunham, during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony Nov. 13 at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The new destroyer honors Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Debra Dunham will serve as sponsor of the ship named for her late son. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when she gives the first order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"

Dunham was born in Scio, N.Y., Nov. 10, 1981, sharing the same birthday as the U.S. Marine Corps. On April 14, 2004, Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in Karabilah, Iraq, when his battalion commander's convoy was ambushed. When Dunham's squad approached to provide fire support, an Iraqi insurgent leapt out of a vehicle and attacked Dunham. As Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground, he noticed that the enemy fighter had a grenade in his hand and immediately alerted his fellow Marines. When the enemy dropped the live grenade, Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, covered the grenade, and threw himself on top to smother the blast. In an ultimate selfless act of courage, in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of two fellow Marines.

Designated DDG 109, Jason Dunham, the 59th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. Jason Dunham will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare in keeping with "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower."

Cmdr. M. Scott Sciretta, born in South Amboy, N.J., will become the first commanding officer of the ship and will lead the crew of 276 officers and enlisted personnel. The 9,200-ton Jason Dunham was built by Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics company. The ship is 509 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

The commissioning ceremony will be webcast live at the following location:

Search for Missing Man Continues

The search is continuing in Allegany State Park at this hour for 92-year-old Thomas Hamilton of Great Valley, according to a news release sent by Cattaraugus County Emergency Services at 7:24 a.m.

Hamilton and his daughter were hiking in the park Wednesday when they lost the trail. The ended up spending the night in the park. Thursday, Hamilton's daughter found her way out and contacted New York State Park Police at 1 p.m.

Search activities Friday night did not disclose any new information, the news release said. A news conference will be held at 11 o'clock this morning at the park.

Those involved in the search besides state park police include the Cattaraugus and Erie County Sheriff's offices; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; New York State and Cattaraugus County emergency management offices; Western Region Emergency Management Assistance Team; Seneca Nation of Indians Marshalls; and New York State Police.

Also assisting are 17 local fire departments from around Western New York and Pennsylvania, and the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Organization.

Anyone with information regarding Hamilton or his whereabouts is asked to contact State Park Police at 716-354-9111.

Man Charged with Rape in Catt County

A man is in Cattaraugus County Jail on a quarter of a million dollars bail after being accused of raping a woman Thursday morning in the Town of Otto.

Sheriff’s deputies say 42-year-old Christopher Allen Sharp pried open the back door of a home belonging to a 27-year-old woman. Once inside, he allegedly duct taped her hands and legs, and used rope to tie her to a bed while raping her.

Sharp is charged with rape, burglary, unlawful imprisonment and criminal contempt. Deputies say their investigation is continuing, and more charges may be filed.

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Lew Temple Weekend

Cow Shot, Killed at Erway Farms

Police are looking for the person who shot and killed a heifer at Erway Farms on Wednesday.

Police say the cow was shot between midnight and 3 a.m. at the farm along Route 6 in Eulalia Township.

The heifer was valued at between $7,000 and $10,000.

Men Jailed for Receiving Stolen Property

Two New York State men are in Potter County Jail after being accused of trying to sell stolen catalytic converters to the Friendly Core Company in Shinglehouse.

Coudersport-based state police say they received information that New York State Police were investigating a theft of 80 to 100 catalytic converters in Ogdenburg. They also received information that two people were trying to sell a large number of catalytic converters to Friendly Core. Police made contact with Joshua Pitts of Pyrites, New York, and Robert Forsythe of Canton, New York, while they were attempting to sell 89 converters.

After arresting the men for receiving stolen property, police learned Forsythe had been driving under the influence of a controlled substance and Pitts was in possession of drug paraphernalia containing residue of a controlled substance.

Their bail is set at $15,000 each.

Thefts, Harassment in Bradford

Rumor has it that some miscreants in Bradford thought they were unstoppable Friday. Police answered calls reporting thefts on South Avenue and Mechanic Street, a neighbor dispute on East Main Street and trespassing on South Center Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Officers also investigated motor vehicle accidents in a downtown parking lot and at the intersection of Main and Chambers streets. They looked into harassment complaints on South Avenue, at a Main Street restaurant and on East Washington, and harassment plus threats on West Washington Street. They were also called about a suspicious person at Grace Lutheran Church.

Lew Temple Introduces Unstoppable

Unstoppable Opens in Bradford

Actor Lew Temple and daughter Tulia, who turns three in January, visit with Judy Rose at Roseart before heading to the Main Street Moviehouse for the premiere of "Unstoppable."
In the lobby of the theater, Temple poses with April Stuckey of Roulette who was an extra when the filming took place in Driftwood.

more photos and video after Kapers

FCI-McKean Inmate Gets More Time

An inmate at FCI-McKean has been sentenced to an additional seven months in jail for having contraband in the facility.

22-year-old Randy Michaels pleaded guilty to the charge. On December 20, 2009, he was in possession of marijuana in the prison.

The new sentence will be served consecutively to the 57-month term Michaels was serving at the time of the offense.

Route 219 Lane Restrictions Lifted

If you’ve been avoiding the Route 219 Bradford Bypass because of all the restrictions – you can stop avoiding it.

Lane restrictions were removed on Thursday, and access at Hillside Drive is open, too.

Game Commission Officer Fatally Shot

A Pennsylvania Game Commission officer investigating possible nighttime hunting and poaching was shot to death, and police took a man into custody following an 11-hour search.

31-year-old David Grove was shot Thursday night in Freedom Township, southwest of Gettysburg.

27-year-old Christopher Johnson of Fairfield was detained by police this morning. Police didn’t release any further details, but said they are not searching for anyone else. Earlier they said Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous.

The last time a game commission officer was killed in the line of duty was 1915.

Lew Temple on The Morning Buzz

If you missed "Unstoppable" actor Lew Temple on The Morning Buzz today, you can still listen to the show here. Thanks to all the people who called with great questions!

Bradford Honors Veterans

A Veterans Day ceremony was held Thursday morning in Veterans Square in Bradford. It included a 21-gun salute, recognition of each branch of the armed forces and musical selections by the Bradford High Jazz Band.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pitt-Bradford Honors Veterans

Rich Brandon, engineering manager for W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co., presents veteran Phil Sheridan with a pin at a veterans breakfast held by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for about 30 faculty, staff and student veterans. Sheridan is a sociology major from Bradford. The breakfast was provided by Metz & Associates.

Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Pair Charged for Robbing Elderly Man

A man and a woman have been arrested for attacking and robbing an elderly Warren County man last week.

45-year-old Richard Otero of Erie and 35-year-old Eugenia Muzzy of Spartansburg are each charged with robbery, burglary, theft and simple assault.

Police say 89-year-old Matthew Wojtowicz went to his basement at around 10:35 p.m. after his power went out. In the basement, Otero and Muzzy attacked him, bound his hands with duct tape and put a pillow case over his head.

They took cash from his pockets and left the house.

Otero and Muzzy are in Warren County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Senator Cathy Young Thanks Veterans

NY State Senator Cathy Young released the following statement:

“On this Veterans Day, we pause and honor millions of Americans who have served in our Armed Forces. We honor them for their love of our Country and their willingness to serve. It is because of their great sacrifice that we all enjoy our freedom as we know it today.

I want to personally thank all the men and women who have protected our security and defended our founding ideals. I also want to thank them for the long-lasting contribution that they have made to our Country and State after their military service.

They have returned home from their duties to become active and responsible citizens in their communities, further contributing to the growth and development of our Nation and State. Their commitment, sacrifice, and dedication to service inspires all of us.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do!”

Thanking Veterans for Service, Sacrifice

Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman

As we mark Veterans Day, it is not only a time to thank our veterans for their service, but to also acknowledge the debt we owe them for protecting us and preserving our freedom.

When young men and women are brought into their nation’s service a promise is made. We promise each veteran that their sacrifice and that of their family will not be forgotten.

As a public official, there is a special obligation to serve those who have worn the uniform and served their country. Promises must be kept and their sacrifices must be remembered.

There are approximately 23 million living veterans from different generations and with different needs.

This sacrifice is also borne by the families of veterans – by the mothers and fathers and especially the spouses and children.

While traveling throughout Pennsylvania, I have had the privilege of sitting down and talking with veterans and military families to hear firsthand about their concerns and needs. This must be an ongoing dialogue.

In the Senate, I have supported increased funding for the VA. Continued support is essential to serve older veterans as well as making sure the needs of vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are met today and in the future.

Earlier this year, the Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act was signed into law to expand health care services for veterans and provide additional support for caregivers of injured veterans. This new law also provides additional help to veterans in rural areas who face difficulty in securing care.

In 2008, a major expansion of the GI Bill was passed to expand educational opportunities for veterans and to invest in America’s future.

I have also introduced the bipartisan Help Veterans Own Franchises Act to make it easier for veterans to start a small business.

These are some of the positive steps that have been taken. More must be done to ensure that our commitment to veterans is honored.

I hope that everyone will remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans this Veterans Day and every day of the year. And I hope that Pennsylvania service members and veterans will continue to reach out to me and my office to let us know what they need and how we can help by visiting Or visit to learn more about available VA benefits.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Woman Not Hurt in Morning Crash

A Bradford woman escaped injury when her vehicle rolled onto its roof in an accident on Route 446 in Eldred Township at 7:39 this morning.

Police say 29-year-old Theresa Pompa veered to avoid hitting an animal that entered the road and lost control of her car, which then went off the road, hit an embankment and rolled over.

The car had to be towed from the scene.

Another Arrest in Bona's Fire Bombing

A seventh person has been charged with arson and gang assault in connection to the October 17 fire-bombing of an apartment and the assault of St. Bonaventure University student.

21-year-old Garry Coleman of Olean is in jail on $50,000 bail.

He and six other men are accused of throwing the fire bomb into the apartment early in the morning, and assaulting student Barrett Telford who was running after the suspects’ car to get the license plate number.

The others charged are Steven Sprague, Adam Peterson, Donald Phearsdorf and Mark Braithwaite of Allegany, Andrew Piccirillo of Portville, and Calvin Weiss of Olean.

All six are free on bond or bail, and the case has not gone to a grand jury yet.

Tom Corbett Announces Transition Team

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett today announced the leadership of his transition team, naming Christine Toretti, Jack Barbour and Bill Sasso as co-chairs.

Corbett also named Leslie Gromis-Baker and Tom Paese as co-directors of the transition. Charles Kopp has been named as the transition’s legal counsel. Additionally, Corbett named Brian Nutt as transition chief of staff and Kevin Harley as transition spokesman.

“I’m pleased that such high-caliber men and women have joined me in this important task of crafting a new administration,” Corbett said. “Their leadership will be a valuable asset as we move forward with forming a complete transition team.”

“Over the next few weeks, my leadership team and I will be adding members to the transition team who will examine all aspects of state government and the state agencies,” Corbett said.

Corbett also named Bob Asher and Laura Ellsworth as co-chairs of the Corbett/Cawley inauguration committee.

Christine Toretti, of Indiana County, is Chairman and CEO of the S.W. Jack Drilling Co., of Indiana, Pennsylvania. The company is the largest privately held land-based drilling company in the United States. She is also the National Committeewoman of Pennsylvania to the Republican National Committee. Among her many accomplishments are that she founded the Anne Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, a training program designed to educate, empower and advance Republican women.

Jack Barbour, of Allegheny County, is the Chief Executive Officer of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Chairman of its Board of Directors. He has served as outside counsel to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Daniel M. Rooney and Arthur J. Rooney II families for many years. Barbour also represented the Steelers in all legal aspects of the development, financing and construction of Heinz Field.

Bill Sasso, of Philadelphia, is Chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon and is responsible for the oversight and management of more than 195 attorneys. In addition to his legal practice, Sasso is widely recognized as a community leader in the Delaware Valley. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and 2004.

Charles Kopp, of Philadelphia, is of counsel with the law firm Cozen O’Connor. He is a tax law expert and also serves as a board member of Thomas Jefferson University.

Leslie Gromis-Baker, of Pittsburgh, founded the political consulting firm, Lg Strategies. She also served as Director of Public Liaison in the Ridge administration and was campaign manager for Governor Ridge’s successful reelection in 1998. She was also state director of the Bush/Cheney Campaign in 2000.

Tom Paese, of Washington D.C., is a partner in the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and is chair of the firm’s State Government Relations Section. He also served as Secretary of Administration under Governor Tom Ridge.

Bob Asher, of Montgomery County, is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asher’s Chocolates and serves as the National Committeeman of Pennsylvania to the Republican National Committee.

Laura Ellsworth, of Pittsburgh, is Partner-in-Charge of the Jones Day law firm’s Pittsburgh office. She was named one of Pennsylvania's "Best 50 Women in Business" in 2008.

Brian Nutt, of Hershey, served as Corbett’s campaign manager and as Chief of Staff in the Office of Attorney General.

Kevin Harley, of East Petersburg, is Corbett’s longtime spokesman.

e-mail from Commonwealth Media Services

ARG Gets Grant for Rail Project

American Refining Group and a local railroad are each getting a share of $32.5 million in state grant money awarded today for 38 rail projects in 28 counties.

ARG is getting $1.4 million to rebuild track, switches and loading racks.

The Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad will get $378,350 to install new crossties, rebuild rail through three grade crossings and realign a curve to facilitate higher track speed.

For more information, you can read the news release:

– A $32.5 million state investment in 38 rail projects in 28 counties will upgrade and add capacity, stimulate local economies and provide as many as 2,500 jobs, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today at a York manufacturing and distribution facility.

“Transportation investment equals jobs,” Governor Rendell said. “The rail freight projects being funded across the state today will help companies create good-paying jobs and inject billions into local economies. These grants are excellent examples of how public-private partnerships can benefit businesses, workers and communities.”

Governor Rendell made the announcement at the Church & Dwight, Co. Davies Facility in York. The company received a $1.5 million reimbursement for a project that provided rail access to the facility, including grade crossing work, rail siding construction and spill containment basin construction. At full operation, the facility will employ approximately 300 Pennsylvanians in new, full-time positions. The improvements also will reduce truck shipments by 1,661 deliveries per year at this facility, reducing traffic congestion and pollution.

More than two-thirds of the funding, $23.9 million, will come from the 2010-11 Rail Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program funded through state capital bond dollars approved in the General Fund budget.

The remaining $8.6 million comes from the 2011-12 Rail Freight Assistance Program, which is provided through the state’s General Fund. Both grant programs, which are authorized by the General Assembly, are administered by PennDOT’s Bureau of Rail Freight.

For more information, visit or call (717) 783-8800. Follow PennDOT on Twitter at

Media contacts:
Erin Waters, PennDOT; 717-783-8800
Gary Tuma, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Editor’s Note: Following is a list of grant recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of the projects:

Rail Freight Capital Budget/Transportation Assistance Program Recipients:

Allegheny County
· Allegheny Valley Railroad -- $1.8 million for phase two in its Glenwood Yard, including track reconstruction, switching control installation, and rail and crosstie replacement on two bridge decks.
· Hussey Copper -- $324,800 to reconstruct track, install a turnout and reconstruct a grade crossing.
· United States Steel Mon Valley Works -- $3.8 million for phase three of the Clairton Project, including switch replacement and associated track work.

Butler County
· Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. -- $3 million to upgrade and rebuild wood trestles, replace mud sills with pilings and improve bridge deck beams to provide 263,000 lb. freight car capacity.

Carbon, Luzerne counties
· Air Products and Chemicals Inc. -- $1.8 million to replace railroad ties, crossings, a bridge and tunnel lining, raise track and relocate obstructions.

Centre, Lycoming and Northumberland counties
· SEDA-COG -- $3.9 million for facility and track construction in five locations to meet Marcellus Shale expansion demands.

Fayette County
· Fay-Penn Industrial -- $1 million to rehabilitate and reconstruct track to serve a planned rail-truck transloading facility.

Lancaster County
· Strasburg Railroad -- $1 million for track construction and rehabilitation, rail bridge rehabilitation and expanded transferring capabilities.

Lehigh County
· Allentown Economic Development Corporation -- $1.4 million to restore Barber’s Quarry branch rail corridor to service, reconnect the R.J. Corman rail line to serve more than 80 acres of industrially zoned land.

Lycoming County
· Keystone Filler -- $279,972 to add track to increase car storage by 120 percent and also add a switch for efficient exchanges and a new rail pit for railcar unloading.

McKean County
· American Refining Group Inc. – $1.4 million to rebuild track, switches, and loading racks.

Monroe, Northampton counties
· Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority -- $1.3 million to acquire remaining mainline track to allow for the growth of existing and new rail traffic for the Marcellus Shale industry, as well as remove salt and corrosion on bridge downspouts and a rail bridge.

Northampton County
· Scot Lubricants of PA -- $352,800 to construct three new spurs to increase capacity.

Tioga County
· Wellsboro & Corning Railway Co. -- $700,000 to reconstruct track and turnouts, install crossties, surface track improvements and for project engineering.

York County
· Church & Dwight Company Inc. -- $1.5 million to construct three rail sidings and spill containment basins as part of their new factory’s rail access project.
· York Railway -- $308,000 to upgrade tracks, realign side track and replace two road crossings on the railroad’s main line.

Rail Freight Assistance Program Recipients:

Allegheny County
· Green Mountain Industrial Village Inc. -- $168,000 to improve an existing track bed, reconstruct track and establish a main line switch connection for the sidetrack.
· Leetsdale Industrial – $386,908 for Phase II of Industrial Park improvements including reconstruction of track and critical repairs to rail infrastructure in the park.

Armstrong, Luzerne, Tioga and Warren counties
· D & I Silica -- $700,000 to improve existing rail to facilitate transloading and construct new track to accommodate growing demand from the Marcellus Shale industry.

Beaver County
· Colona Transfer LP – $286,860 to rehabilitate the Colona lead track between the Aliquippa Yard and the Colona Yard.

Berks County
· F. M. Brown's Sons Inc. -- $493,460 to construct an unloading facility, install a turnout, rehabilitate track and project engineering.
· Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks – $249,999 to construct four side tracks for commodity transloading.

Bradford County
· Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. -- $700,000 to construct a new rail transloading facility, rehabilitate the main line and construct track for additional transloading.

Chester County
· Arcelor Mittal Plate LLC -- $178,150 to reconstruct track and install two new turnouts.

Clearfield County
· Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP -- $249,999 to install a turnout off of the RJ Corman main line and construct new track for a transload facility.
· The Clearfield Foundation -- $591,879 to install unloading tracks for asphalt, install new track and relocate existing lead track.

Clinton County
· South Avis Realty – $528,539 to improve crossties and switch ties, construct new track and install three turnouts to facilitate increased storage and efficiency.

Erie County
· Erie Western PA Port Authority -- $492,116 to extend a siding from an existing switch to allow rail car access to an operation area.
· National Lime and Stone Co. -- $250,000 to construct new track and install a portable unloading pit, conveyors and a truck scale with a ticket booth.

Lycoming County
· Lundy Industrial Realty LP – $478,538 to reconstruct track and construct a pit, fixed stacker and conveyor unloading system in the Lundy Warehousing Facility.

McKean County
· Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad -- $378,350 to install new crossties, reconstruct rail through three grade crossings and realign a curve to facilitate higher track speed.

Mifflin County
· Standard Steel LLC -- $245,350 to replace three turnouts and track.

Northumberland County
· West Shore Railroad Corp. -- $301,000 to rehabilitate a railroad bridge, including new ties and deck installation.

Philadelphia County
· Philadelphia Regional Port Authority – $420,000 to rehabilitate Tioga Marine Terminal rail infrastructure including removing pavement and replacing ties, install new track and new rail crossings.

Venango County
· Franklin Rail Maintenance and Construction Project -- $490,000 to construct two loading docks and three turnouts; construct new track and a new scale; and repair existing track.

Warren County
· BVK Inc. -- $310,823 to reconstruct side track and construct two additional side tracks for additional rail car usage.
· Whirley Industries -- $30,389 for drainage improvements, rail crossing and tie replacements, and to raise, line and surface Whirley’s entire rail line.

Westmoreland County
· Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp. -- $700,000 to raise, align, surface and undercut new rail ballast.

Photo of Governor Rendell provided by Commonwealth Media Services.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

FCI-McKean Inmate Gets More Time

An inmate at FCI-McKean has been sentenced to another year in prison.

39-year-old Jorge Borges-Rosario pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court on charges of possession of contraband in prison. On December 19, 2009, Borges-Rosario was in possession of heroin and marijuana.

The sentence will be served consecutively to the 151-month term of imprisonment Mr. Borges-Rosario was serving at the time of this offense.

Smith Nominated Speaker of the House

As expected, two legislators from Western Pennsylvania have been chosen to lead the new Republican majority in the state House starting in January.

Rep. Sam Smith of Jefferson County, who has been the minority leader for the past four years, was elected today by the GOP caucus to be the Speaker of the House. He will replace Keith McCall, who is retiring. The official full House vote is in January.

The new majority leader will be Rep. Mike Turzai of Bradford Woods. He has been minority whip in the current session, which was controlled by Democrats.

Joe Scarnati, also of Jefferson County, is expected to be re-elected by his colleagues as Senate President Pro Tempore when that chamber holds leadership elections next week.

'Tis the Season for Elves

Today's Morning Buzz featured an auction to raise money for The ELF Fund, and brought in $380. The prize package included tickets to the premier of "Unstoppble," a meal at The Option House, a private meeting with actor Lew Temple, and a photograph of the meeting by Long Art Photography.

While the ELF Fund folks were at the radio station, Chairman Ed Hayden talked to Scott Douglas about just a few of this year's applicants.

Listen here.

You can learn more about the ELF Fund at ELF, and we'll be talking more about it -- and The Festival of Trees -- on next Tuesday's LiveLine.

The Festival of Trees Annual Auction had a remarkable item awarded on WESB/WBRR Morning Buzz with Scott Douglas on Tuesday, November 9.

Connie Malone was the winning bidder of the Unstoppable Movie/Dinner package for the Festival of Trees. Her winning prize is comprised of dinner for four at the Option House, four tickets to the premier showing of Unstoppable (as provided from The Movie House / Jim Guelfi), an exclusive meet and greet with Lew Temple in the Peacock Parlors, and a professional photograph (from Long Art Photography Company / Francie Long).

Sam Sylvester – Owner of the Option House, Ed Hayden – 2010 Chairperson for the ELF Fund, Christine Minich – Festival of Trees Chairperson, were on the air promoting this exclusive package to include the premier showing of Unstoppable for the weekend of November 12. Scott Douglas facilitated the first annual live auction on WESB/WBRR, while Marlene Ackley managed the multitude of callers.

All proceeds from Tuesday’s auction will go directly to benefit the ELF Fund. Malone is fortunate to have received such a unique package. In addition, to dinner, movie, and exclusive meet and greet with Mr. Temple, she is also helping to provide for one family of five this Christmas season.

The full holiday affair, the annual Festival of Trees, will be held on Thursday, November 18 beginning at 6:00p at the Bradford Club. The auction is open to the public.

ELF logo used with permission.

Convicted Warren Rapist Charged with
Sunday Rape, Kidnapaping Near Erie

A former Warren resident who is a registered sex offender has been charged with raping and kidnapping a woman at knifepoint Sunday night in near Erie.

37-year-old Edmund Gowland robbed a Warren convenience store in 1994, and forced the woman at gunpoint to go to his apartment, where he raped her. He was convicted on November 8 of 1994.

For the alleged incidents that happened Sunday, he’s in Erie County Jail on $50,000 bond. Gowland’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 14.

Photo from the PA Megan's Law Website.

Six Charged for Drug Distribution

$2 million Potter County cocaine ring stretched to New Jersey

Six people have been charged with participating in a large-scale cocaine distribution ring that stretched from Allegany County, New York, to Potter County to New Jersey.

Current Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigation began in 2005 and focused on the cocaine trafficking activities of 50-year-old David Snyder of Whitesville, New York, who allegedly distributed more than 50 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of about $2 million.

Snyder allegedly distributed the cocaine in and around Potter County from 2002 through late 2009.

The grand jury identified Snyder's main source for the cocaine as 34-year-old Jorge "G" Stuart of Camden, New Jersey.

Others charged in the case are 52-year-old Greg Lampson of Ulysses, 42-year-old Donna Gibble of Genesee and 39-year-old Tara Snyder and 57-year-old Rich Pratt, both of Whitesville.

For more information:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bona Student National Finalist for Grant

A service-minded freshman at St. Bonaventure is one of 10 national finalists for a $25,000 grant from L’Oreal Paris — and you can help her win.

Simone Bernstein of St. Louis, Mo., a L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth Honoree, has won $5,000 for her teen volunteer website. Now she needs our votes to become the national honoree and earn another $25,000 to expand her network and aid campus organizations.

Online voting will determine the winner.

Vote at Nov. 8 - Nov. 24 only.

e-mail from St. Bonaventure

Northwest, NexTier Merger Talks End

The planned merger of Northwest Savings and NexTier banks has been terminated.

In a news release, Northwest says the termination of the agreement was based on the expectation that the merger would not receive required approval from the FDIC.

As the result of a recently completed, regularly scheduled compliance examination, the FDIC criticized various components of Northwest Savings Bank's consumer compliance program. Northwest says it is taking steps to address the issues and expects to receive a formal enforcement order concerning its compliance program.

In May, Northwest struck a deal to buy NexTier for more than $20 million in cash.

Rep. Glenn Thompson in Taiwan

At the invitation of the Fu Jen Catholic University, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, will be in Taiwan, through Saturday November 13th. The trip is paid for by the University and the Congressman at no taxpayer expense, and has been approved by the Congress.

During the visit, Thompson will meet Timothy Chin-tien YANG, the Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and KAO hua-Chu, Minister of National Defense. They will also call on WANG Jin-Pyng, President of the Legislative Yuan, the unicameral legislature of the Republic of China.

They will visit Taroko National Park, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Cultural Center, and a military base.

Landmark Society Bringing Randall,
A Christmas Carol to Bradford

The Bradford Landmark Society will be sponsoring a presentation of “A Christmas Carol “ on December 11th. The performance will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Tickets for the show are now available at Herbig Bakery (Bradford Landmark Society headquarters); John William’s European Pastry Shoppe; Graham’s Florist; Tina’s Hallmark; Ott and McHenry Drug Store and the Bradford Area Public Library. Adult tickets are $15.00, students age 10 to 18 are $10.00. This presentation is not intended for children under 10 years of age. It is encouraged to purchase tickets early to ensure a seat.

This Charles Dickens favorite will be presented by Mike Randall of Buffalo, NY, as a solo performance.

Mike Randall's production of Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas
Carol has been a huge success since its premiere in 2007. Giving about 50
performances across Western New York the last three holiday seasons, and
premiering at Musical Fare Theatre, audiences and critics agreed that it was
great to have Mr. Dickens back in Western New York!

A lover of Buffalo history and presenter of one person shows, when Mike
Randall discovered that Charles Dickens performed in Buffalo in 1868,
he decided to recreate Mr. Dickens presentation of his most well known story
"A Christmas Carol".

What Randall finds most intriguing about Dickens and his readings is
the way the author threw himself into the performances not just reading the
words but becoming the characters on stage. At one time Charles Dickens had
almost become a professional actor. Even when he pursued writing instead, he
continued to produce and perform in "amateur theatricals.” His close actor
friends claimed repeatedly that Dickens could easily have made a successful
career on the stage. The Dickens Readings were not only an outlet for this
amateur actor, but they became an absorbing, entertaining Tour de Force, a
blending of author/actor creating wonderful magic on stage.

Mike Randall has performed a variety of roles in theatres around the
country and he continues to perform his critically acclaimed, one-man
portrayal of Mark Twain Live! Mike also spent time as the Marvelous Magical
Burger King where he perfected his abilities as a magician & live family
entertainer. Mike Randall is also a member of the Puppeteers of America.

Chief Meteorologist Mike Randall covers the weather duties for WKBW-TV
On "Good Morning Western New York" in Buffalo (NY). Also an award-winning feature reporter, Mike has interviewed celebrities like Willie Nelson, Jerry Lewis, John
Candy, Steve Allen, Red Skelton, Bill Cosby, Gregory Peck and Robert
Goulet. Mike has been with WKBW-TV since August 1983.

An avid supporter of the Variety Club of Buffalo, Mike can be seen each
year on The Variety Club Telethon for Children's Hospital. One may also
catch Mike making appearances all year round at fashion shows, auctions, and
fund-raisers for numerous charitable organizations across Western New York.

Mike attended Onondaga Community College for radio and TV and SUNY
Geneseo for theatre arts. He received his Certificate In Broadcast
Meteorology from Mississippi State University and earned both the American
Meteorological Society and National Weather Association Seals Of Approval.
He is the only local TV meteorologist to hold both seals. A career
highlight for Mike was filling in for Spencer Christian on ABC's Good
Morning America.

Regarding his performance of this holiday favorite, The Buffalo News wrote: "Mike Randall - a talented actor and magnetic stage presence - when Randall loses himself in one of those Dickensian bouts of rich description, he's at the top of his game. Randall's close adherence to historical documents relating to Dickens' performance means that he presents us with the author stripped down to his essence. The man, his words and no more, Randall seems to be saying, are all that is required to enjoy "A Christmas Carol." And he's absolutely right."

For more information on the performance contact the Bradford Landmark Society.

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St. Marys Native John Schlimm
Reaches for Stars in New Cookbook


Odds are that when John Schlimm decides to do a cookbook it will be outstanding. Add into the mix chefs from Harrah’s Entertainment casinos and what you’ll have is a sure bet.

That’s just the case with the St. Marys native’s new cookbook – a compilation of 125 recipes right from the chefs that have made their restaurants what they are today.

As Schlimm explained, the idea of “The Seven Stars Cookbook: Recipes from World-Class Casino Restaurants,” was born when he was on the national tour for the “Ultimate Beer Lovers Cookbook.” When he was on this tour and working with Harrah’s chefs, a light bulb went off.

“There was an absolute gold mine right here,” he said. His agent approached Harrah’s who then jumped right on board. Two years later is a cookbook that is much a work of art as it is a collection of recipes.

“It was very important to me that all three dozen (Harrah’s) properties in this country be in this book,” he said. “We worked very hard to reach out to each property. It was an open call for their best recipes.”

In the end, he received nearly 500 recipes, which then had to be cut down to 125.
Several factors went into what recipes were finally chosen. But one thing was sure – each chef, each property and each restaurant would be represented.

“The cutting process was quite heartbreaking,” said Schlimm, who already has several books under his belt.

The chefs were very willing to hand over their recipes.

“They were more than happy to participate in the project. They saw the vision from the beginning.”

Food Network personality Paula Deen, who lent her name to the Paula Deen Buffet at Harrah’s Tunica, wrote the book’s foreward. In addition to the foreward, Deen also has a couple recipes in the book as well as other famed chefs like Bobby Flay and Paul Prudhomme.

The local launch of Schlimm’s book will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Straub Brewery’s Eternal Tap. The evening will include a sampling of Straub beer, Straub Light and Peter Straub’s Special Dark. The event is free and open to the public. The evening’s book proceeds will benefit the Elk County Relay for Life.

Schlimm said that whenever he does a book event locally, there’s always a charity tie-in.
That is also the case at Saturday’s event at the Hamlin Memorial Library in Smethport. From 2 to 3 p.m., Schlimm will talk about his books and answer questions. From 2:30 to 5 p.m., Schlimm will sign cookbooks while supplies last. If the books are sold out, he will sign book plates that will be placed on the inside cover of the books when they arrive – before Christmas. Both of these events are open to the public and free of charge.

Then, from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a Recipe Sampling in the main library for ticket holders who must be over 21 years of age to enter. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. There will be a variety of food from all of Schlimm’s books, including cheddar beer biscuits, punch made with beer, turkey corn soup and much more. The Straub Brewery will also be on hand to offer samples of three beers. Full glass of beer will be available for purchase.

The proceeds from this portion of the event will benefit the library’s general operating fund. Having the books available at events like these is only natural considering Schlimm views the book as “a party in a book.”

“It’s a one-stop shop. From backyard barbecues to fancy parties.”

Does Schlimm have a favorite recipe?

“That’s like asking a parent who his favorite kid is,” Schlimm said. “If it wasn’t (a favorite) it wouldn’t be in the book.”

Naturally, the descendent of Peter Straub, the founder of Straub Beer in St. marys, is fond of the drink section as well as the dessert section. He did mention the garden basket-weave salad “speaks to the artistry in the book.” The hardcover book, with photography by Frankie Frankeny is as much as a coffee table book as it is a cookbook.

“There’s a perfect transition from the kitchen counter to the coffee table,” said Schlimm, the photography lends the food to be eaten “right off the page.”

The book also contains tips from the chefs.

“We had a wealth of experience and information and wanted to tap into that beyond the recipes,” he said. He assigned topics “like a school teacher” for the chefs to compile various lists. For instance, Executive Chef Christophe Doumergue from the Flamingo Las Vegas writes the top 10 spices that should be in every kitchen. (This includes paprika, sesame seeds and coriander.) Executive Chef Ray Leung from Harrah’s St. Louis tells the reader the top 10 alcoholic beverages every home bar should have. (This includes Kahlua, Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Nigori sake, chilled.)

And while Schlimm hopes from place to place promoting this book, he is already thinking of his next project, one he won’t talk about while focusing on promoting the Seven Stars cookbook. "We are gearing up for another fun party in the book,” the author of nine books teased. To find out more about Schlimm and his books, log onto or check out his Facebook page at

Currently, Schlimm is also a columnist for, where he writes popular opinion pieces exposing and celebrating the quirks and foibles of politics, entertainment, Pop Culture, everyday people, and celebrities from coast to coast, as well as more serious issues.

He has also written such books as “The Straub Beer Cookbook” and “The Pennsylvania Celebrities Cookbook.”

He has appeared on such national media outlets as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, QVC, NPR, Martha Stewart Living Sirius XM Radio’s Everyday Food, and cable’s number one morning show, Fox & Friends.

Kennedy Street Goes One Way Today

The section of Kennedy Street from Boylston Street to Main Street will officially become one-way at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 8.

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.

Sunday, November 7, 2010