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Friday, November 26, 2010

Let the Shopping Commence

Shopper's know today is Black Friday and Monday is Cyber Monday, when most online holiday shopping is done. But now shoppers who need a fix between Friday and Monday can enjoy the first ever Small Business Saturday.

You can even join the Small Business Saturday movement on Facebook.

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce has some ideas for you, too.
Check them out at

The Chamber Shoppe

You can also donate to the American Cancer's Society's Love Lights a Tree in the name of a loved one. Call 814-368-3646 for more information.

Or, you could help the entire community by making a donation in a loved one's name to The United Way. Go to UWBA Remember to check out the great holiday cards while you're there!

Scaringi to Challenge Casey in 2012

The 2010 election is barely over, but a former aide to Rick Santorum has announced that he intends to run against Senator Bob Casey in 2012.

Republican Marc Scaringi officially filed this week to challenge Casey's bid for a second term.

Scaringi is a 40-year-old Murrysville native who once worked on the staffs and campaigns of Santorum and former state Attorney General Mike Fisher.

He's the first to challenge Casey, who says he's starting up his campaign effort and raising money. Casey handily beat the second-term Santorum in 2006.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm Thankful For ...

Friends – lifelong, brand new and everyone in between but especially –

Bona’s friends


Ray, because he answers my e-mails

City of Bradford Police Department (FT, BT and UPB, too)


Marty, Kathy, Cathy

Green screens

The Morning Buzz

Dave “the computer guy”

Joe for always returning my calls – and for the photo of that guy from the place


Digital sound recorders

Lew & Lisa

Groundhogs who appear out of nowhere

People who care about Bradford

A job that doesn’t feel like work

Everyone I’ve ever thanked on a previous list – and everyone I haven’t

What are you thankful for?

Fire Destroys Brockway Home

Fire destroyed a Brockway home early Wednesday morning.

The blaze at Veronica Gourley’s two-story house started at 3:17 a.m. The house was a total loss, and damage is estimated at $200,000.

State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti says the house was occupied at the time of the fire, but there were no injuries.

He says the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Brockway Fire Department was assisted by the Warsaw and Horton township, Falls Creek and DuBois City fire departments.

Lewis Run Woman Hurt in Route 6 Crash

A Lewis Run woman was hurt in a one-car crash Sunday on Route 6 in Roulette Township.

Police say 55-year-old Susan Beckwith was going around a curve when her car left the road, went out of control, hit a utility pole and flipped onto its roof.

Beckwith was treated at the scene for minor injuries but declined transport to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Her car had to be towed from the scene.

Thanksgiving Fact and Fiction

Do you know the answers to the following questions:

-What did the Pilgrims eat on their Thanksgiving Day?

-Was there turkey at that first “thanksgiving” or harvest feast?

-Who actually attended the celebration?

-What does Mary’s Little Lamb have to do with Thanksgiving? And why don’t we celebrate in October just like the Pilgrims did?

Historian Ken Davis answers all these questions, and more. Listen here.

For more information go to Don't Know

Jerome Avenue Warehouse Too Badly
Damaged to Determine Cause of Fire

WESB/WBRR News Director

A warehouse was destroyed and an apartment house was damaged, but no one was hurt in a fire this afternoon on Jerome Avenue.

Captain Chris Angell tells WESB and The HERO the warehouse was heavily involved in fire and smoke when Bradford City firefighters arrived on the scene. They got the call at 11:39 a.m. and were on the scene for five hours.

The warehouse has been declared a total loss. The warehouse was connected to a rental unit with three apartments. Angell said there was “some fire extension into two apartments, but not a lot – a little fire extension, smoke and water damage. But they did not burn up.”

“What didn’t get wet was saved,” Angell said.

“A little bit of vinyl siding melted (at 19 Jerome Ave.) but the fire did not extend to the house,” Angell said.

State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti has already been on the scene and has not determined a cause. Angell says the cause will be left undetermined because the warehouse is too hazardous to investigate. Damage is estimated at $200,000.

The owner of 17 Jerome Ave. is Ken Tully of Bradford. Residents of the apartment house are Dave Knapp; Kyle Hetrick and Jennifer Ryan; and Tesia Moore and her one-year-old son.

The Red Cross is assisting the families.

Sixteen city firefighters were on the scene. Derrick City and Bradford Township firemen were also called to the fire. The city’s Tower 1, Engine 1, Engine 2 and all EMS units were on the scene.

City police and Special Police helped direct traffic.

While firefighters were at the fire scene, they also received 4 EMS calls, and answered all of those as well.

When asked if there’s always a fire around the time of Thanksgiving, Angell said firefighters had just been talking about that and said “It seems like it.”

Accused Kidnapper Charged with Rape

The Kill Buck man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend last month, is now accused of raping the woman, too.

37-year-old Vernon Botsford is accused of kidnapping his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend, from her Farmington, New York home at knifepoint while her 10-year-old daughter slept nearby.

The next morning they stopped at Punxsutawney Area Hospital because the woman’s wrist was cut in the struggle and she needed treatment. At the hospital, she told the staff she had been kidnapped. Botsford was captured shortly after that.

New court documents show that Botsford is accused of raping the woman a few days before the kidnapping.

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

Fire on Jerome Avenue

Bradford City Firefighters have been on the scene of a fire on Jerome Avenue for a little over an hour. Derrick City firemen are on the scene as well. Special Police are directing traffic.

We've learned that the buildng is a three-family apartment building.

Info to follow ASAP

Going Over the River and
Through the Woods by Car?

Check out these sites for travel info:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Check On Your Family's Flight

If you want to check on the flight your family is coming to town on, go to Flight for real time flight information.

City Budget Passes on 1st Reading;
'Significant' Changes Expected

WESB/WBRR News Director

Bradford City Council passed on first reading a budget that, as is, would mean a tax increase of about 4 mils. But Mayor Tom Riel and all four councilmen said they would not pass it on final reading next month unless significant changes are made.

“I’ll never vote for this sort of tax increase,” said Councilman Jim Evans during Tuesday's council meeting.

“The tax increase that’s proposed by this (budget) is way out of line with what our citizens can afford,” said Councilman Fred Proper.

Proper also noted that the last page of the ordinance says it “shall be effective upon final passage,” which would be December 28.

Riel reminded everyone that, just like last year, the first reading of the budget doesn’t look good and, last year, it looked as if a huge millage increase would be necessary, “but we shaved that down to almost nothing.”

The anticipated total general fund expenditures for this year are $8,219,233. The submitted expenditures for 2011 are $8,598,206.

Riel said council knows that between now and the final reading of the budget they will have to find ways to generate revenue, “cut fat, cut services, and try not to reduce personnel.”

“The next five weeks are going to be tough,” Riel said. “They’re going to be tough for City Council. They’re going to be tough for employees. We ask that the residents bear with us. We’ll get through it, but there are going to be real controversial things.

“Perhaps we need to break down some political walls and look at the way we do business in Bradford. Perhaps we can do it just as well, or better, by doing it differently, and start looking at best practices rather than past practices,” he said.

“It’s no secret that we’re in trouble with this budget,” Riel said, adding that’s why council sought help from the state’s Early Intervention Program. He said he would not vote for a budget that’s anywhere near what was presented Tuesday, and he knows other members of council would not vote for it either.

“A lot of changes have to be made, and they’re changes that are going to be painful, and the pain shouldn’t be felt by just the taxpayers. It should be felt by the city government and, unfortunately, sometimes our city employees,” Riel said.

In other matters, council granted permission for participation in a “Police Regionalization Study” through the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.

The study will be done at no cost to the city, and Riel said he hopes other municipalities in the valley will participate.

“We have nothing to lose by taking part in a free study to find out what the experts in Harrisburg think we can do about our police departments in this valley.”

Also Tuesday, council approved a new sewer line hookup on Euclid Avenue for a new commercial building.

After the meeting, City Clerk John Peterson said the building is intended to be a showroom for an auto dealership. The area is not zoned for that type of business, however, so a Zoning Hearing Board meeting is scheduled for November 30 on the matter.

Also Tuesday, council approved an $8,000 payment to Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena for the purchase of a used Zamboni for the Callahan Park Ice Rink.

Councilman Rick Benton noted that the money came from the Blaisdell Foundation and another private donor who wishes to remain anonymous, so there was no cost to the city. Parks director Chip Comilla noted that Clayt Troutman offered to bring the Zamboni from Jamestown to Bradford at no cost because it’s “for the kids.”

Council also granted free parking in the business district starting Friday and running through December 31.

As in years past, Riel noted, “all merchants and employees are asked to refrain from parking in front of their stores or buildings, as happens very often during this season."

Paterson Holds Ceremonial Bill Signing

Governor David A. Paterson was today joined by Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and local stakeholders for a ceremonial bill signing of the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) "Emerging Managers" bill (A.9976-C / S.6888-C).

"I am pleased to sign this bill into law, as part of my Administration's ongoing efforts to ensure our State corrects the long-standing disparities in government contracting and procurement," Governor Paterson said. "This legislation is another step we as a State have taken to improve equity in the procurement process and facilitate greater access for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. Through such actions and initiatives we not only help businesses thrive, we will help our State back on the path of economic recovery and prosperity."

The new law will create an Emerging Manager and MWBE financial services strategy to allow greater diversification and expansion of MWBE contracting goals with the State. This legislation will help ensure that emerging investment managers, under the oversight of the State Comptroller, have the ability to invest with MWBE financial institutions and to adopt a strategy that motivates investments in underserved areas of the State.

Pictured, Governor David A. Paterson was today joined by Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and local stakeholders for a ceremonial bill signing of the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) "Emerging Managers" bill (A.9976-C / S.6888-C).

St. Bonaventure's Quick Center to Sparkle
With the Sounds of Holiday Jazz

Combo Nuvo, one of New York’s leading jazz ensembles, will perform a holiday program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the fourth concert of the Friends of Good Music season at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

This unique improvisational ensemble is composed of some of New York City’s leading jazz artists, such as Dave Schroeder, artistic director and harmonica specialist, special guest saxophonist and Grammy winner Billy Drewes, and renowned arranger and composer Rich Shemaria.

For this performance, Drewes replaces Lenny Pickett, musical director for NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.” Pickett was originally scheduled as one of the guest artists, but is committed to that night’s live airing of SNL.

Combo Nuvo will perform some of the original compositions from the CD “Nouveau Sketches” along with their own arrangements of beloved holiday songs. The group is featured on the forthcoming CD “Christmas from the Blue Note,” recorded at New York City’s legendary jazz club by an array of accomplished guest artists. The CD release show is slated for Nov. 29 at The Blue Note and the CD will be on sale at Combo Nuvo’s concert at the Quick Center.

Based at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Combo Nuvo combines influences ranging from jazz and classical to blues and world music. Individually, these artists have performed with such music legends as Miles Davis, Ravi Shankar, Elton John, Yo Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Natalie Cole, Randy Brecker and Tower of Power.

A specialty of Combo Nuvo is its collaboration with symphony orchestras around the world. These performances have proven to be a symbiotic experience where the orchestra becomes integral to the compositions. Recent collaborations have included the Orchestra del Teatro Verdi in Florence and on tour through Italy; the Costa Rican National Symphony; and the United Arab Emirates Philharmonic, on tour through the Middle East.

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

Tickets are $20 at full cost, $16 for St. Bonaventure staff and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Center box office 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

Pitt-Bradford to Offer Minor in
Digital Graphic Design

Students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford can now minor in digital graphic design, which blends artistry with business skills.

Faculty from both the Division of Communication and the Arts and the Division of Management and Education developed the 18-credit minor, which is expected to be popular with students in many majors, including broadcast communications, business management, computer information systems and technology, hospitality management, interdisciplinary arts, and public relations.

Already students have begun signing up for the minor, which includes courses in art appreciation, design, digital photography and imaging, drawing, web programming, and visual communication.

“It’s already a popular choice for the broadcast communication students, all of whom need to have a minor as part of their requirements,” said Jeff Guterman, associate professor of communication, chairman of the Division of Communication and the Arts, and director of the broadcast communications program.

“We didn’t have to build the demand for this minor. The demand was already there.”

Guterman said he and Kong Ho, associate professor of art, had been looking at a digital graphic design minor for a couple of years when they were approached by Betsy Matz, chairwoman of the Division of Management and Education, who was also interested in providing digital design skills for business students.

“This is a great addition for our students who are interested in careers like web design, marketing and promotion,” Matz said. “It will provide them with a foundation in graphics and design that was previously not available.”

Ho spearheaded the development of the minor, which required that Pitt-Bradford add one course in Digital Photography and Imaging, taught by Ho. The program covers the aesthetic, theoretical and practical components of graphic design and will give students insight into professional digital graphic design practice and a deep understanding of how design plays an important role in the communication and marketing processes.

Pictured, students taking part in the Digital Photography and Imaging course created for Pitt-Bradford’s new minor in digital graphic design. The photo was taken by Carson Kepler, a student in the class.
Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Tressa Cassick

Tressa Lynn "Tracy" Cassick, 34, of 1216 Hilltop Road, Erie, passed away, Sunday, November 21st, 2010, in Little Valley, NY, following an automobile accident.

Born June 24, 1976, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Donald R. Brooks, Jr. and Betty J. (Graziano) Bryant. She was formerly married to Mark S. Cassick of Bradford.

Ms. Cassick attended Bradford Area Schools and graduated in 1994 from Bradford Central Christian High School. She had attended the University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus and Penn State Behrend Campus. She had been employed at Copy Connection for eight years and then became self employed with Internet sales.

She played in the Women's Football League in Erie, was a ski instructor at Holiday Valley and Peek n Peak Ski Resort, enjoyed traveling, mountain biking, and her dog.

Surviving is her father Donald Brooks of Braford, her mother and stepfather Betty (Donald) Bryant of Morganton NC, a sister, Christina Maria Brooks (Peter) Schlosser, a brother, Donald R. Brooks, III, all of Morganton, NC, four nieces and nephews; Novena Persico, Olivia Schlosser, Pierson Schlosser and Rowan Schlosser, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, from 11:00 to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Ave. where funeral and committal services will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, November 24th, with Father Samuel B. Slocum, pastor of St. Francis Church officiating.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Disabled American Veterans or McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pitt-Bradford Professor Takes Part in
FBI Research Project

A University of Pittsburgh at Bradford criminal justice professor is taking part in a two-year research project to create a database to help law enforcement handle hostage situations.

Assistant professor Dr. Tony Gaskew is working on the FBI-coordinated project, which pairs law enforcement officials with academic researchers who have experience with hostage situations.

Gaskew’s own experience in hostage situations and negotiations as a law enforcement officer dealing with drug trafficking in South Florida led to his involvement with the project.

The Global Hostage-Taking and Analysis Project (GHosT-RAP) is now in its second phase. During the first phase, researchers compiled information on hostage situations that arose from drug-trafficking. The research protocol involves interviewing actual hostage takers. The current phase is focused on domestic and school violence.

The final result will be a database that law enforcement officials can access to help them know what is likely to occur in a given hostage situation or help them decode who might be holding someone and where, based on past histories of criminal organizations.

“It provides another piece of information to assess a hostage situation,” Gaskew said. That information will be all the more valuable for small or rural law enforcement agencies that don’t have experienced SWAT teams or hostage negotiators.

With the rise in drug violence in Mexico along the United States’ border, this information “is needed more than ever now,” he said.

“It’s always wonderful being able to work with the FBI on matters of public safety,” Gaskew said. “Academics plus practitioners in the field – it’s always a winning combination.”

He has an extensive background in the field of criminal justice, which includes 18 years of professional law enforcement experience. He also worked as a member of the Southeast Asia Counterterrorism/Counterdrug Task Force in the Republic of the Philippines.

He later served as a detective in a Special Operations Unit, where he was assigned to an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs, FBI, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, conducting wiretap and conspiracy investigations targeting violent criminal organizations within the Middle District of Florida.

Gaskew is a certified police academy instructor, and has more than 2,000 hours of specialized criminal investigations training, which includes hostage negotiations, money laundering, advanced DEA, criminal conspiracy, and organized crime investigations.

DEP Investigating Fracking Fluid Spill at
Marcellus Shale Well in Lycoming County

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection is continuing to investigate a large hydraulic fracturing fluid spill at an XTO Energy natural gas well pad in Penn Township, Lycoming County, which was first discovered last week.

“This spill was initially estimated at more than 13,000 gallons by the company and has polluted an unnamed tributary to Sugar Run and a spring,” said DEP Northcentral Regional Director Nels Taber. “There are also two private drinking water wells in the vicinity that will be sampled for possible impacts.”

A DEP inspector discovered the spill while inspecting the well pad. The inspector found that the bottom valve on a 21,000-gallon fracking fluid tank was open and discharging fluid off the well pad. No one else was present at the pad, which has one producing Marcellus well.

The DEP inspector was able to close the valve and XTO Energy officials were immediately contacted about the spill. The company has not provided any explanation for the open valve.

XTO Energy hired cleanup contractor Minuteman Response, which has been on-site for several days vacuuming spilled fluids and mobilizing equipment to excavate soil. A fence also has been installed to prevent a neighbor’s cattle from grazing in the impacted area of the pasture.

DEP inspectors have collected samples of nearby soil samples and surface water. Initial field meter readings showed elevated levels of conductivity and salinity in the spring and unnamed tributary.

Conductivity measures water’s ability to carry an electric current, while salinity measures the dissolved salt content in water. Elevated levels of both are indications that spilled fracking fluid is present.

A notice of violation letter will be sent to XTO Energy this week and the company will be required to remediate the site properly.

UPB's Klausner Presents Paper on
Ttexting at Sociological Conference

Dr. Michael Klausner, associate professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, presented a paper about teens’ use of texting devices at the 60th meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society held at Mansfield University.

Klausner’s paper, titled “The Ubiquitous Use of Electronic Devices by Teens for Communication and Learning: An Interdisciplinary Analysis,” discussed the effects that teens’ frequent use of electronic devices may have on their learning, identity, attention span, interpersonal relationships and tendency towards bullying.

He noted that research has shown that it is not uncommon for teens to text message as many as 2,000 messages a month. The use of electronic devices for many has become an essential part of their “identity” and has led to a “dependence” on such if not a downright “addiction” to the technology.

Klausner discussed research indicating that both teens and adults “process” material that is read off computer monitors differently than when it is read off the printed page. In addition, he noted that while “bullying” has always been common among teens, electronic modes of communication have allowed it to be done around the clock and without their experiencing the immediate consequences of such behavior.

He also discussed research indicating declines in “emotional intelligence,” civility and attention span among teens who send and receive a large number of text messages. His preliminary research indicates that children who are home-schooled text-message their friends at a significantly lower rate than those who are not home-schooled. He intends to determine what factors are responsible for such a difference.

Klausner teaches a variety of sociology classes. He spends his summers in New York City, where he is involved tutoring homeless children.

Zoar Valley Rescue Effort Underway

Emergency crews are continuing their efforts to rescue an injured teenage hunter from Zoar Valley.

Erie County’s Air One helicopter found the hunter in Cattaraugus Creek between two high cliffs. They were able to get him out of the water, but are still working to get him out of the gorge.

Air One was running low on fuel and had to land until it could be re-fueled.

Emergency personnel say the young man from Gowanda has a severe head injury and possibly a broken leg.

FT Police Join 'Buckle Up PA' Effort

Foster Township Police Department is one of approximately 200 new law enforcement agencies that are joining Buckle Up Pennsylvania for the holiday Click It or Ticket initiative. This brings the total number of Pennsylvania departments to around 650, an all-time high. Any unbuckled driver stopped and cited for a primary offense will receive a second seat belt citation for not buckling up. This high-visibility enforcement, along with education and public awareness activities, will be utilized throughout the upcoming Click It or Ticket mobilization, which runs Nov. 19 – Dec. 3.

The seat belt mobilization is also part of Operation Safe Holiday, a comprehensive traffic safety initiative that targets aggressive drivers, impaired drivers and unbuckled travelers during the busy holiday season. Operation Safe Holiday runs through Jan. 1, 2011.

Buckle Up Pennsylvania was formed in 2000 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and PennDOT to aid state and local police in seat belt enforcement and education initiatives. Since 2000, Pennsylvania’s seat belt rate increased from 69 percent to an unprecedented 87.9 percent. For more information about Buckle Up Pennsylvania and Click It or Ticket, visit the website at

Erie Woman Dies in Catt County Crash

The woman who died in a crash on Route 242 near Ellicottville Sunday has been identified.

Police say 34-year-old Tressa Cassick of Erie died when she veered into the opposite lane and collided with an oncoming truck at arouond 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon.

No one in the truck was hurt.

Police are continuing their investigation.

United Way More Than Halfway to Goal

The United Way of the Bradford Area has made great gains in recent days, announcing today that the organization has to date raised 51% of its $325,000 goal.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this,” says Executive Director Kelly Case. “We knew we had received a substantial amount of pledges in, but were honestly shocked to be able to make such a leap. We still have a lot of work to do with only 22 days remaining. We need the entire community to embrace our mission and help us reach the necessary $325,000.”

“It’s always inspirational to see the generosity in this community during the United Way campaign,” says Megan Mangini, Community Relations and Marketing Specialist. “We still have a long way to go; $158,300 is a large amount to raise in less than a month.

The United Way needs the support of the community to realize their goal. Each and every community member makes a difference and we cannot express our gratitude enough for all that everyone does. The organization is continuing this month with presentations at various businesses and organizations.

“The level of loyalty of our donors brings tears to my eyes,” says Mary Ann Quinn campaign co-chairperson. “People know what we are trying to accomplish and really get behind the mission of the United Way.”

The integrity of the United Way continues as we enjoy our 85th anniversary. Since 1925 over $18 million has been distributed to the local community. Relationships of many years have been strengthened due to the programs and services the United Way supports.

“The greatest aspect of a gift to the United Way is the fact it helps the entire spectrum of the community: from infants to seniors. The United Way’s funded agencies are available to provide a helping hand to those who would suffer without the help of the community’s generosity,” believes Case.

“We believe we have been good stewards of the community’s trust by continuing to follow the strict guidelines for allocations, based on documentation,” says Mangini. “Your United Way supports only agencies that make an impact of your community and we need your help.”

If anyone would like more information on the United Way or its funded agencies, or would like to offer support towards campaign 2010, feel free to contact the office.

'Safety Break' Planned at I-80 Rest Area

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of year when a large number of vehicles are on the road. To ensure that holiday trips are as safe as possible, PennDOT announces that a safety break with a free coffee center will be set up at the westbound rest area along Interstate 80 in Clinton County this weekend.

Volunteers from the Central Mountain Band Boosters will offer the service to travelers at the rest area located near mile marker 194 from Friday, Nov. 26 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.

Other non-profit groups will staff coffee stations throughout the state in a program coordinated through PennDOT. The safety break program encourages motorists to take a break from driving during busy holiday travel times such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

For information on sponsoring a safety break site, contact PennDOT’s Roadside Specialist Michael Heitzenrater at 814-205-1192. PennDOT’s District 2 includes Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties.