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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Scarnati Reflects on Being Lt. Governor;
Looks to Future in Light of 'Power Shift'

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Joe Scarnati says he’s enjoyed serving as lieutenant governor, but now he’s looking forward to spending more time in his senate district.

Scarnati has been serving as senator, Senate President as well as Lt. Governor since the death of Catherine Baker Knoll in November of 2008. The current lieutenant governor’s term ends January 18, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. when Jim Cawley is sworn in.

“It’s been a very difficult last several years,” Scarnati said of holding all three jobs, as well as dealing with difficult budget issues. “I hope to be back in somewhat of a routine to get around a lot more often (in the district) than I’ve been able to in the last two years.”

“It’s been a pleasure serving as lieutenant governor,” he said, then added with a smile, “maybe not as lieutenant governor to Ed Rendell -- but it’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve the Commonwealth in that capacity. But I like being the state senator from the 25th District.”

He does plan to run again in 2012. The district includes Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and parts of Clearfield and Warren counties.

Scarnati added that although he and Rendell have their differences, they get along very well. He says he can disagree with Rendell at a meeting on Marcellus Shale tax, but sit down with him in a meeting about an economic development project and they completely agree.

As for Rendell’s replacement Tom Corbett, Scarnati said people are going to notice some changes.

“I think Pennsylvanians are going to see a transformed, new type of state government – one that’s going to operate like everybody’s household and everybody’s business – a huge departure from what the current governor has advocated over the past eight years.”

As lieutenant governor and attorney general, Scarnati and Corbett served together on the Board of Pardons for the last two years. Scarnati said they’ve developed a “great working relationship” and have had multiple conversations on policy and budget issues, and where the state is headed.

“What I really admire about (Corbett) is he’s open for suggestions. He’s open for looking for avenues. But he’s serious about his no-tax pledge. I believe he’s going to keep that commitment. I hope he does. I have no reason to believe he won’t,” Scarnati said.

“But there will be grinding and gnashing of the teeth by many people when they see the cuts come,” he added. “We have to fundamentally change state government.”

He said corrections, education and public welfare make up 85 percent of the state budget and “you just can’t go anywhere without looking at those.”

Corbett, from the Pittsburgh area, is not the only person from the western part of the state to be in a new position of power.

“There’s been a huge power shift from eastern Pennsylvania to western Pennsylvania over this past set of elections,” he said, pointing to new House Speaker Sam Smith from Jefferson County, new House Majority Leader Mike Turzai from the Pittsburgh area and new Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, also from the Pittsburgh area.

Scarnati says he believes Costa “will be a bit more aggressive” than his predecessor Senator Bob Mellow of Lackawanna County, who retired.

He said he thinks we'll be seeing Senate Democrats argue a bit more and challenge the Republicans more often. He said we'll probably also see more split votes and more debate than we're used to seeing.

“Debate is never a bad thing,” he said, then quipped, “Just because they’re Democrats doesn’t mean they don’t have good ideas once in a while.”

Republicans hold a 30 to 20 majority in the Senate.

Scarnati said even with the power shift, “We have to govern for the entire Commonwealth.”

“Overall we have to be fiscal conservatives in order to solve our problems. Just pouring money into problems is no longer a solution. And that’s what happened with (Rendell) -- just put more money to the problem, and Philadelphia got more money.”

Because Corbett is a new governor, he has until March to unveil his budget proposal.

Assault, Accidents Among Police Calls

Bradford City Police were out and about answering a variety of calls Thursday and Friday. They were called to a property dispute on South Avenue and a neighbor dispute on South Kendall Avenue, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

They investigated a hit & run on Jefferson Street, accidents on Jackson and Belleview avenues, criminal mischief on Davis and Main streets and a retail theft on Jackson Avenue.

Officers also looked into reports of an assault on East Main Street, a parking problem on Davis Street, a traffic problem on North Bennett Street, and harassment on West Washington and Amm streets. They assisted a motorist on South Avenue, looked into an animal complaint on Jerome Avenue, and got about a dozen requests to speak with an officer.

Truck Jackknifes in Ridgway

No one was hurt when a tractor-trailer jackknifed on Laurel Mill in Ridgway late Thursday night.

Police say 41-year-old Michael Lawani of Ajax, Ontario, made a wrong turn in the borough of Ridgway and was attempting to turn around. As the truck traveled down a hill he started sliding on the snow-covered road, went off the road and hit an embankment, where it jackknifed.

Lawani will be charged with numerous traffic violations.

Man Charged with Save-a-Lot Burglary

A Bradford man is in jail after being arrested for breaking into Save-a-Lot on Forman Street Friday morning.

Police say they received a call at 7:37 a.m. reporting a broken window at the store. Upon arrival, Officer Todd Erickson saw a large hole in a front window and a small black stereo speaker on the floor. He then learned that the perpetrator entered through the window, broke into the office and removed several items, including groceries, personal care items, beverages, money and, possibly, gift cards.

Michael Kelly of 75 Amm Street was questioned about the burglary and police learned he broke the plate glass window with a brick at around 1 a.m., then left the scene. He returned to the scene and threw the stereo speaker at the window, attempting to make the hole bigger. He left the scene again, but returned at about 2 a.m., when he broke into the office area. Most of the stolen items were found in Kelly’s home.

Kelly was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. He was arraigned by District Judge Dominic Cercone and sent to jail on $5,000 cash bail.


Friday, December 10, 2010

66 Pitt-Bradford Students to be
Honored at Graduation Reception

Sixty-six students expected to graduate from Pitt-Bradford this month will be recognized with a reception on Sunday, Dec. 12.

Students will be honored during an informal event beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president; Dr. Steven Hardin, dean of academic affairs; and Dr. K. James Evans, dean of student affairs, will speak. Refreshments will be served afterward.

The reception is held for students graduating at the end of the fall term, who may not be able to return for the May commencement.

Those expected to graduate with an associate degree are Marc D. Ackley, an engineering science major from Bradford; Andrew DeNapoli, a petroleum technology major from DuBois; and Ross Harrington, a petroleum technology major from Mercer.

Those expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree are, from Bradford, Karen Costello-Pecht, a business management major; Claude Grove, an economics major; Lorne Hart, an English major; Laurie A. Kahle, a psychology major; John Lonzi, an accounting and business management major; Jonathan McCracken, a psychology major; Jeremy A. O’Toole, a business education K-12 and business management major; James J. Pascarella, a computer information systems and technology major; Matthew A. Tingley, a business management major; and David Verbocy, a sport and recreation management major.

Students anticipated to graduate from Kane are Christopher J. Bierbower, a criminal justice major; Robert Higgibotham, a sport and recreation management major; Savannah L. Kohut, a hospitality management major; Kathy Long, an elementary education major; Diane M. Marold, a social sciences major; and Ashley Mix, an elementary education major.

Students anticipated to graduate from Titusville are Courtney Graham, an elementary education major; Jennifer Kuberry, a business management major; Barbera L. Macormac, a human relations major and Katherine Morrison, a business management major.

Other students anticipated to graduate are James Ashley, a criminal justice major from Jefferson, Ohio; Lisa A. Brown, a criminal justice major from Cyclone; Jessica L. Clark, an English education 7-12 major, and Donna J. Nelligan-Barrett, a human relations major, both from Rochester, N.Y.; Brandon Cook, a health and physical education major, and Jennifer Hilmes, an accounting and business management major, both from Lewis Run; Noelle Dixon, an elementary education major and Ashley R. Neal, a sports medicine major, both from St. Marys; Michael D. Dodge, a business management major from Smethport; Sarah Dwyer, a business education K-12 and business management major, and Valerie Marquis, a human relations major, both from Warren; Nicholas Eckhardt, an applied mathematics major from Springdale;

Jenelle Elmquist, a social studies education 7-12 major from Sheffield; Saree Frederick, an elementary education major, and James F. Wankel Jr., a social sciences major, both from Duke Center; Erica Grode, a psychology major, and Andrew Sarbak, an athletic training major, both from Erie; Jessica M. Hamilton, a writing major from Wilcox; Brett D. Herzing, a criminal justice major, Quintoria Smith, an environmental studies major, and James R. Urmann, an accounting major, all from Ridgway; Christopher Hooks, a health and physical education major from Elmira, N.Y.; Heather Kelley, an accounting and business management major from Port Allegany; Jillian A. Kreitzer, an elementary education major from Horseheads, N.Y.; Janelle Krisulevicz, an elementary education major from Larksville; Mary A. Tucker, a sociology major from Emporium; Jordan W. Meyers, a chemistry major from McDonald;

Ryan M. Monoski, a criminal justice major from Centre Hall; Jessica Northeimer, a sociology major from Coudersport; Joshua Parslow, an applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major from Westfield; Allan Parton, an English major from Liverpool, N.Y.; Jason Peters, a mathematics education 7-12 major from Conneaut Lake; Amanda Rail, a psychology major from Salamanca, N.Y.; Sarah B. Rhinehart, a criminal justice major from Olean, N.Y.; Tabitha Ryan, an athletic training major from Albion; Dallas Slesser, an English major from Danville; Philip A. Solley, a criminal justice major from Grampian; Kari Stubbs, a social sciences major from Shinglehouse; Sarah Stutzman, a business management major from Centerville; Nicole Walter, an elementary education major from Gifford; Jason Whitaker, an English major from Scranton; Stacie D. Wickerham, a health and physical education major from Greenhurst, N.Y.; and Alex Woodhead, a business management major from Portville, N.Y.

Pistol-Packin' Santa Claus

Reminder:
'Charles Dickens Presents:
A Christmas Carol' is Saturday

If you missed Monday's LiveLine with Mike Randall (or if you want hear it again) you can listen here.


Or just read below:

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 hadquarters); 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."


Seven Charged in Connection to
Party Where Teenager Died

Seven people have been charged in connection to the death of a 17-year-old boy who died at party back in September in Sugar Grove Township.

23-year-old Brandy Lynn Piazza and 21-year-old Adam Perrin, both of Sugar Grove, are charged with endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.

20-year-old Shane Rodgers of Bear Lake and 19-year-old Daniel Harkins of Sugar Grove are charged with endangering the welfare children, corruption of minors and underage drinking.

A 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old boy are each charged with underage drinking. A 17-year-old girl is charged with underage drinking and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Police say drugs were also used at the party.


18-Year-Old Dies in Crash

An 18-year-old from Kennedy, New York, is dead after a two-car crash Thursday in the Town of Portland.

State police say a car driven by 18-year-old Todd Walters went out of control and skidded into the path of a car driven by a 62-year-old man.

They were both taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown, where Walters was pronounced dead. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

State police say they believe the cause of the accident was driving at an unsafe speed.


Guilty Plea to Attack on Elderly Man

The woman who broke into the home of an 89-year-old man and attacked him has pleaded guilty to burglary, simple assault and loitering and prowling at nighttime.

35-year-old Eugenia Martin of Spartansburg broke into Ted Wojtowicz’s home in Warren County on November 4 and turned off the electricity breakers. Wojtowicz went to the basement to see why the power was out, and that’s when Martin and her co-defendant put a pillowcase over his head, used duct tape to secure it and took cash out of his pocket.

She’s in Warren County Jail awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for January 24. Her co-defendant, Daniel Otero of Erie, is also in Warren County Jail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.


Court Rules in Favor of Indians

The state of New York still can’t collect cigarette sales tax from Indian reservations.

A Second District US Court of Appeals panel has rejected the state’s request to lift the injunction blocking the state from collecting the tax.

The court also ordered that the pending appeals of the state and the Indian nations be consolidated in a single case to make the process more efficient. Those cases are expected to be heard in mid-February.


Bigger Than Clark Griswold

If you thought Clark Griswold's 250,000 imported Italian twinkle lights were amazing -- check out this video from CNN:



BASD Unveils Fitness Center Plans

The Bradford Area School District has unveiled its plans for the proposed Fitness Center Addition at the high school.

You can see it here.

Picture of Snipes at Bradford Airport

Thanks to "Listener X" who sent us this pictures of Wesley Snipes arriving at Bradford Regional Airport on Thursday.

Snipes is currently serving a 3-year sentence for not filing tax returns, a misdemeanor. He was acquitted on felony charges of tax evasion.

Although the sentence is for three years, his release date is scheduled for July 19, 2013, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.




Thursday, December 9, 2010

SUV Ends Up in Creek

An SUV ended up in a creek in an accident Monday in Cameron County.

Police say the vehicle driven by 63-year-old Alvin Brown went off the road while making a left turn and ended up in a ditch and creek.

Police say Brown was wearing his seat belt and was not hurt.

The trooper answering the phone at the Emporium barracks said she was not sure if this is District Judge Alvin Brown.

'First Night's Got Talent' Auditions
Being Held on the Next Two Mondays

If you have talent, there’s still time to show it.

The First Night Bradford committee is holding auditions for the First Night’s Got Talent competition.

The auditions will be held Monday, Dec. 13, and Monday, Dec. 20, at the First United Methodist Church on Chambers Street. The auditions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each night. Time is limited for each audition and the entire act must be present for the audition.

Those interested are asked to keep in mind that acts must be family-oriented and need to be available the week of the show for any practice that is called as well as on Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. until midnight. There will be no exceptions.

Acts can bring a CD to accompany them at the auditions; no accompanist will be available for the auditions. Performers must be 13 years of age or older. Those performers who have had venues in past First Nights and were paid are not eligible to participate.

The committee is encouraging all performers to participate – singers, dancers, comedians and jugglers – to name a few.

Bob Teesdale, a singer from Nashville, will be one of the judges.

For more information on the auditions and competition, contact Barb Pedersen and Kim Hallock, both of Bradford.

First Night is a community celebration of the New Year through the arts. It is a drug and alcohol-free, public festival with both local and regional talent.

For more information, go to First Night Bradford.com.

Snipes Arrives at FCI-McKean

Wesley Snipes has started serving his three-year sentence at FCI-McKean.

He arrived at the prison earlier today, according to a prison spokesman.

He’s at the minimum security prison camp, after being convicted on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Chilean Officials, Mine Rescue Team Members Light Capitol Christmas Tree

Harrisburg – Governor Edward G. Rendell today was joined by Chilean Minister of Defense Jaime Ravinet, Chilean Ambassador Arturo Fermandois and representatives of three Pennsylvania companies that played pivotal roles in the Chilean mine rescue to celebrate the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree.

The theme for this year’s ceremony was “Home for the Holidays,” recognizing the efforts of the Pennsylvania companies and Chilean officials who worked together to rescue 33 miners in Chile who were trapped underground in early August.

“For many people, Christmas is a time best spent with family, friends and loved ones,” Governor Rendell said. “For the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground during a mine collapse in early August, that didn’t seem possible. It was first feared the miners would not be rescued before Christmas, which would have meant a nearly four-month stay underground.

“Thanks to the efforts of today’s special guests, the families of these 33 men received an early Christmas present when they were able to rejoin their loved ones in early October – well ahead of the original timetable.”

The three firms recognized were Center Rock Inc., of Berlin, Somerset County; Schramm Inc., of West Chester, Chester County; and ARAMARK, of Philadelphia.

Other speakers included Liz O’Reilly, acting secretary of the Department of General Services, Rev. Bishop Nathan Baxter of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA, Fred Strathmeyer of Strathmeyer Forests, Inc. in York, and a representative of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. The association donated the 21-foot tall Concolor, which was grown by Crystal springs Tree Farm in Carbon County.

Holiday music was provided by the Central Dauphin High School Singers, under the direction of Charles Masters.

Governor-elect Tom Corbett and his wife, Susan, helped to light the tree.

The tree is decorated with 600 energy-saving LED lights. It also features more than 300 handmade ornaments that were donated by the members of senior centers throughout the state through the coordination of the Department of Aging. The tree, which stands in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda, will be lit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Jan. 7.

Pictured, Governor Ed Rendell, Chilean Minister of Defense Jaime Ravinet, Governor-elect Tom Corbett and First Lady-to-be Susan Corbett happily look on as the Christmas tree lights in the capitol Rotunda.

Provided by Commonwealth Media Services

Route 4003 Re-Opens in Potter County

Late last week, PennDOT closed a bridge on Route 4003 in Potter County. Temporary pipes have now been placed at the bridge location and PennDOT has re-opened Route 4003 in the Clara Hill/Bradley Run Bridge area.

The temporary repairs allow PennDOT to restore access to permanent homes and seasonal camps in the area.

PennDOT plans to replace the bridge in the summer of 2011, dependent on funding.

Book Talk Special
Keith Elliot Greenberg

December 8, 1980:
The Day John Lennon Died


Listen here.

On a side note, Mr. Greenberg and I were talking after the interview and I learned that, in 2006, while doing a story for Geraldo at Large, he was the reporter mistaken by police for Ralph "Bucky" Phillips, during the largest manhunt in New York State history. He was not taken into custody, but he was questioned and searched. I remember reporting on that incident.

He now produces the Fox News program "America's Most Wanted."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wesley Snipes on 'Larry King Live' Tonight

Actor Wesley Snipes, who is scheduled to report to FCI-McKean on Thursday, will appear on CNN's "Larry King Live" tonight.

http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/07/wesley-snipes-to-appear-on-larry-king-live/


Warren's Winter Winterland

These pictures were taken today in Warren near the mall.






Elizabeth Edwards Has Died

From CNN -- Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former Sen. John Edwards, has died after a battle with breast cancer, her family says.

"Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family," the statement from her said. "We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life."

Read more at CNN.com.

Garbage Truck, Bus Collide Near Brockport

A garbage truck crashed into a bus carrying senior citizens this morning on Route 219 near Brockport.

Police say the truck driven by 40-year-old Timothy Forest of Brockway slid into the path of the bus, and both vehicles ended up on the side of the road.

Police say two of the bus passengers – women from Ridgway and Johnsonburg – suffered minor injuries and were taken to DuBois Medical Center for treatment.

Four ambulances were dispatched to the scene but neither the nine other bus passengers, nor the drivers were hurt. 63-year-old Walter Erickson of St. Marys was driving the bus.

CARTs Gets 17 Replacement Buses

MAYVILLE, NY -- County Executive Gregory J. Edwards has announced that CARTS has received seventeen (17) replacement buses through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant. In addition, this grant provides funds for twenty-two (22) new mobile two-way radios and a new ventilation system for the maintenance shop at CARTS in Jamestown.

According to Senior Project Coordinator Cheryl Gustafson, this project totaling $1,252,500 will be 100% reimbursed through the ARRA grant. Ms Gustafson also states that 65% of the routes will be replaced with the new buses over the next month and all are wheelchair accessible.

"Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System has been our county-operated transit system for over 30 years", stated George Spanos, Director of the County Department of Public Facilities. The service is utilized for many purposes from visiting a friend to getting to college, a medical appointment or to work.

Call CARTS at 665-6466, 366-4500 or 800-388-6534 for further information and scheduling.

There will be no regular CARTS city, rural, or demand bus services on Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st due to The County's observance of the Christmas and New Years Holidays. Transportation for dialysis will be provided on both of these days.

Pictured, from left, Gregory Edwards - County Executive; Cheryl Gustafson - Sr. Project Coordinator-CARTS; Paul Abram - Project Coordinator-CARTS; Holly Johnson - Resource Assistant-CARTS; George Spanos - Director of Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities
Photo courtesy of Edwards' office

'Gifts that Save the Day' Underway

The McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross has launched its holiday giving campaign, urging residents to make a gift that could save the day for someone in need.

The Red Cross campaign features a holiday giving catalog, www.redcross.org/gifts. A Spanish-language version of the catalog is also available, www.cruzrojaamericana.org/catalogo.

The gift catalog has more than 20 gift ideas — such as assisting someone in the military with a phone card or supplies, providing food and shelter to a disaster victim, covering the costs of snacks at a blood drive, or giving basic necessities to a family in another country.

“The holiday season is a time of hope, and a gift to the Red Cross provides hope when the next disaster strikes, when a neighbor’s house burns down, when someone needs life-saving blood or when a child needs a hug and a blanket,” said Jason Bange, executive director. “A gift to the Red Cross can save the day for people in need, whether they are down the street, across the country, or around the world.”

Right now there are many people who have been affected by the recent flooding across McKean and Potter Counties and the Red Cross is working to meet the needs of both the flood victims and recent home fire victims. “This fiscal year alone (since July) the local chapter has provided almost $11,000 in financial assistance to families displaced by disasters,” said Bange. “Contributions to our Holiday Campaign will ensure adequate funding so that the chapter can continue to meet local needs. Whether the donation is made online or mailed to the local chapter, each gift is a tax-deductible contribution to the overall mission of the American Red Cross and goes a long way to help those in need in your local community.”

National Survey Shows People Plan to Support Charities This Holiday Season
The Red Cross kicked off its 2010 holiday giving effort as a new national survey shows that despite the economic downturn, people remain committed to digging deep into their pockets to support charitable causes this holiday season even as they cut back more on other holiday activities.

Nearly three in four people (72 percent) expect to give more or about the same to charity as they did last year, according to the national survey for the American Red Cross, which was conducted October 21-24.

This commitment to support charities during the holiday season occurs even as 86 percent of Americans reported their personal finances are the same or worse than they were last year.

The Red Cross survey shows seven in 10 people (70 percent) are planning to reduce spending for at least one common holiday expense. More than four in 10 plan to reduce spending on travel (43 percent) and decorations (45 percent), and more than a third will make cuts in entertaining (38 percent) and gifts (35 percent) for friends and family. By comparison, only about one of five (23 percent) are planning to reduce their charitable contributions compared to last year.

About a third (32 percent) say they are not planning charitable donations over the holidays, with half of them (52 percent) saying they just don’t have the money to donate.

And nearly six in 10 (58 percent) say that because the economy is in bad shape, it is more important this year to give to charity.

“It’s gratifying to see that while the personal finances of many people are strained, they still feel a strong desire to do what they can to help someone else in need,” Bange said.

More Women Committed to Donations to Charity, but Men Giving Higher Amounts

The Red Cross survey found that women have a strong sense of giving as a part of the holiday tradition and are more likely to take the current economy into consideration when giving. When it comes to opening their wallets, however, men tend to give charitably in higher amounts.

About seven in eight women (86 percent) say that helping someone less fortunate is an important part of the holiday tradition, higher than the 69 percent of men. Nearly two in three women (65 percent) feel charitable giving is more important in light of the economy; only half of men (51 percent) agree.

However, while women report a higher propensity to give, the survey shows that men seem to dig a little deeper to do so. Of the three in five Americans (57 percent) planning to donate to charity this holiday season, around two in five men (38 percent) will give more than $100 to charity. Only about one in four women (24 percent) plan to donate that amount.

*These results are based on a national probability sample of 1,005 telephone interviews among adults 18 years and older living in private households in the continental United States, conducted from October 21-24, 2010. The margin of error for data based on total sample is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The survey was conducted by CARAVAN®, an omnibus service of Infogroup ORC for American Red Cross.


Some Thoughts on the Elf Fund Gifts

By Ron Orris
Executive Director
Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce



As we approach the end of the Elf Fund Gift buying, I wanted to ask everyone who has a Elf Tag to remember our Local Merchants, and I would ask our Local Merchants if they could offer a discount on these items.

It would be a win win for everyone. We are very fortunate to have the Elf Fund in our community to help those that are less fortunate.

Merry Christmas!


Piece From Art Exhibition Donated to
SBU by Artist's Grateful Family

A piece from a recent exhibition at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts has been given to the university by the artist’s family, and St. Bonaventure students were allowed to choose the work.

The exhibition “Sticky Fingers: The Art of Alex Masket” ended a six-week run at the Quick Center Nov. 28. It featured the work of Masket, a 23-year-old artist with severe autism who uses markers, duct tape and peel-and-stick numbers and letters to create intricately arranged and beautifully balanced works of art dominated by color and form.

Masket attended the Quick Center opening with his parents, who are left to try to explain the creative genius of their functionally nonverbal son.

Elaine Masket, Alex’s mother, said the family was so impressed by their visit to campus that they decided to donate one of the pieces from the exhibition to the university’s Permanent Collection.

“Alex has had 10 exhibitions and we’ve never done this before,” said Elaine Masket. “We were very moved by the university’s extraordinary hospitality and the Quick Center’s absolutely beautiful and extremely sophisticated installation. We are honored that St. Bonaventure accepted our offer of a donation.”

The Quick Center let students select the work in balloting before the Thanksgiving break.

“I was really overwhelmed by the level of student response and involvement with the Alex Masket exhibition,” said Joseph LoSchiavo, executive director of the Quick Center. “Students were involved in the planning phase, in the opening event, in reflective activities and in class work. So, it seemed only natural that students should be the ones to choose which work would enter the university’s Permanent Collection.”

The students selected the piece “Untitled (The White Sea),” a 5-by-9 foot painted canvas with adhesive overlay. The piece was created by Masket for the Quick Center exhibition.

The work is hanging in the Quick Center’s Theater Atrium where it will remain throughout the academic year.

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Young: GOP Victory in Senate
Great News for Upstate New York

“The Republicans' victory in winning back the state Senate majority is great news for the upstate economy and will bring desperately-needed relief for taxpayers," said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

"Balance has been restored and New York City's monopoly on state government has been broken. We will stop the unprecedented out-of-control taxes and spending that unfortunately have marked their reign over the last two years, and we will fight for sound policies that will grow jobs and the economy. Upstate no longer will be shortchanged," she said.

On Saturday, state Supreme Court Justice Ira Warshawsky certified the election of Jack Martins in the 7th district in Long Island, who won that contest by 451 votes. His victory gave Republicans the 32 seats needed to return them to the majority that they lost in 2008.

As a result of the election two years ago, the Senate joined the Assembly and Governor's office as being heavily dominated by New York City Democrats. Senate Republicans hail from every region in the state, with the bulk of members representing upstate and suburban districts. Most Senate Democrats live downstate, according to Senator Young.

Senator Young said she will work in a bipartisan manner to change the destructive policies that have emanated from Albany.

"Governor-elect Cuomo ran on a platform of implementing property tax relief, cutting wasteful spending, reforming Medicaid and revitalizing the economy,” said Senator Young.

"Upstate especially needs more jobs to get people back to work, and career opportunities so our young people don't have to leave,” she added.

"I've always fought for these policies because they are what the people who live in my district want and need. If Governor-elect Cuomo stands by what he promised, we can achieve positive results. Many of his priorities are our priorities,” she said.

"There's no doubt it will be a rocky year because of the harsh economic climate and the enormous state budget deficit. Difficult decisions will have to be made. But I believe that with the right policies put into place, we can turn the state around. There's hope again for restoring a brighter future. It's phenomenal," Senator Young said.





Sports Medicine Specalist Joins
Champion Orthopedics, Sports Medicine

Andrew W. Gottschalk, MD has joined the medical staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gottschalk specializes in sports medicine and will join Drs. Giannotti, Foust and Nestor and physician assistants Todd Rudy, Kevin George, and Chad Jackson at Champion Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Coudersport and Olean.

After earning a medical degree at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Gottschalk completed an internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic and a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

During his fellowship, he provided sports medicine coverage for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians, Cleveland State University Vikings, and Notre Dame College Falcons. He served as a staff physician for medical programs in El Salvador, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Gottschalk serves as musculoskeletal health editor at the Family Physicians Inquiries Network. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 814/274-0900 or 716/372-3212.



Pitt-Bradford Students Present at Penn-York Undergraduate Research Conference

Students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford presented on topics ranging from biology to Disney stereotypes at the 11th annual Penn-York Undergraduate Research Conference held at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.

Erin Moyer, a sociology major from Smethport, presented “Disney: Stereotyped or not?” Her presentation examined gender roles as portrayed in three Disney movies based on 18th and 19th-century fairy tales.

Mary Jo Stuckey, a sociology major from Coudersport, presented “Status of Homemakers Within Society,” which she researched by interviewing homemakers and administering a survey.

Jen Teribery, a social sciences major from Kane, presented “Inequality of Beauty in the Workplace,” which argues that physical appearance can play a key role in obtaining employment.

Sarah Rhinehart, a criminal justice major from Olean, N.Y., presented “Women in Law Enforcement,” in which she examined equity issues for women in law enforcement.

Cassandra Ludwig, a social sciences major from Derrick City, examined gender roles and activities of couples who were married, living together or dating in “Gender Roles Changing: Women Comply to Pump the Gas.”

Diane Marold, a social sciences major from Kane, presented “Selling Adult Sexual Pleasure Novelties: Mainstream Society or Not? The Not-so-taboo Taboo Business.” Marold surveyed women ranging in age from 18 to 61 on their views of adult stores and novelty items.

Cassandra Jaillet, a sociology major from Grove City, presented “Male Homosexuality in the Workplace,” which examined interactions among people of different sexual orientations in the workplace.

Christopher Bierbower, a criminal justice major from Kane, presented “Finishing the Fight: A Soldier’s Transition Home.” Bierbower reflected on his own experiences and that of his family returning home post-deployment and interviewed close friends and their families about their experiences.

Betty Barro, a history/political science and business management double major from Bronx, N.Y., presented “Potable Water and Sanitation in Senegal: Partnering for Progress,” which was based on research she conducted last summer in Senegal.

Natasha Mattis, a sociology, communications and criminal justice triple major from Kane, presented “Emotional Labor: What Does it Take?” She examined occupations of people who work with others who need special care and supervision, such as nursing, mental health workers and social workers. She found that such emotionally draining jobs are not for everyone and that different coping skills are used to deal with the jobs’ stresses.

Other students gave poster presentations. Erin Copeland, a post-baccalaureate student, presented “Isolation and Characterization of Cellulose Degrading Ultraviolet Radiation Resistant Extremophiles.” His research focused on ultraviolet radiation-resistant microbes that have a potential for being used in the production of biofuels.

Vanessa Durland, a criminal justice major from Meshoppen, presented “Processing Latent Fingerprints From Difficult Surfaces” based on research she conducted in Pitt-Bradford’s Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) House to determine the best way to retrieve latent fingerprints from different surfaces.