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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from the Buffalo Bills

NORAD's Santa Tracker

If your kids want to know exactly where Santa is, they can find out by using the

NORAD Santa Tracker.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

'Rango' Opens in March

Lew Temple Featured in Johnny Depp Movie

Listen to Temple talk about his characters here. (From a visit to The Morning Buzz)

Center for Rural Health Practice Gets
Grant to Train Public Health Workers

The Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received a $175,000 grant to train public health employees in nine counties.

The grant will be paid over five years to train the public health workforce across the north central portion of the state -- including school nurses, county health department staff and state health improvement partners on topics of public health and safety.

“Issues that could affect the health of many individuals within our target counties will be identified, prioritized and addressed from a prevention and intervention perspective through education, said Dr. Youmasu Siewe, director of the Center for Rural Health Practice.

The grant will be used to hire a part-time staff member to coordinate the program and train workers, and also support a paid student worker.

The coordinator will be trained before beginning to train workers in the target counties of McKean, Warren, Potter, Forest, Elk, Cameron, Clarion, Jefferson and Clearfield.

The competitive grant is funded by the Health Research Service Administration, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, to support the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center. The health training center is managed through collaboration between the Graduate School of Public Health in Pittsburgh, the Center for Rural Health Practice and Drexel University.

For information, contact the Center for Rural Health Practice at (814)362-5050.

Awkward Family Photos

Special Grinchy Presentation

To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of his reading of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on WESB, Chris Mackowski worked with Dan Griffin to produce a very special show.

You can hear it at 12:35 p.m. on 1490 WESB or at

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Several Thefts Reported in Bradford

Bradford City Police looked into a number of thefts over the last couple of days. They received reports of a theft and burglary on York Street, thefts from vehicles on Brennan and Rochester streets, and a stolen debit card on North Center Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Officers also got reports of harassment at a Main Street business, criminal mischief on Interstate Parkway, a vehicle complaint on Route 219 and an animal complaint on West Corydon Street.

Police also investigated a motor vehicle accident on Boylston Street, hit and runs on Jackson Avenue, Chestnut and Williams streets, and reports of a suspicious vehicle on Cottage Row and a suspicious person on Main Street.

2 Businesses Face Liquor Law Violations

Pizza Napoli in Bradford and the Midtown Bar are facing liquor law violations.

State police say Pizza Napoli sold alcoholic beverages after their liquor license expired on July 31, and had not been renewed and/or validated on September 11 and October 7.

Police say on October 1 the Midtown Bar still had customers in the bar more than half an hour after closing. Also on October 1, they allegedly interfered with police officers in the performance of their duties.

The charges against both businesses will be brought before an administrative law judge.

Young Denounces Vote on Boiler Regs

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C, I-Olean) today said new outdoor wood boiler regulations hurriedly forced by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) without public scrutiny is a travesty that may be illegal.

“This is one of the most egregious and appalling regulatory action by a state agency that I have ever witnessed. DEC’s actions are another blow to the upstate economy that hits people and small businesses at a time when they cannot afford more expenses,” Senator Young added.

“It's another example of big government gone wild, failing to follow through promises and shoving another expensive mandate down the throats of our struggling taxpayers,” Senator Young added.

On Sunday December 19th, the New York State Environmental Board announced a last minute Board meeting on Wednesday to vote on regulations for outdoor wood boilers. Senator Young said the vote took place on a few days notice and just before the Christmas holiday so it would not attract much notice.

Senator Young delivered a letter to DEC Acting Commissioner Peter Iwanowicz on the day before the vote that highlighted the “potential illegal use” of this unusual rule making procedure.

“DEC’s arrogant disregard for the laws that govern rulemaking is astounding. Their actions were done in secret without additional public input and these new regulations clearly are discriminatory toward rural areas,” said Senator Young.

Senator Young added that at an October meeting of the Environmental Review Board, DEC had promised to hold a new public comment period before a set of revised regulations for both new and existing wood boilers would be enacted.

Senator Young said she is hopeful this ill-conceived policy will be reversed by the new Governor.

“Governor-elect Cuomo has stated that he will work to grow the economy and help Upstate. He is on record as saying ‘we must keep our agricultural industry competitive by ensuring it continues to generate income and grow.’ Today, DEC has hurt thousands of farms and other Upstate small businesses."

NY DEC Approves Wood Boiler Regs

ALBANY, NY -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that the Environmental Board today approved a new regulation that sets stringent performance standards for new outdoor wood boilers (OWBs) sold in the state. The regulation will go into effect 30 days after it is filed with the Secretary of State. The stricter guidelines will ensure that new OWBs burn at least 90% cleaner than older models.

"This is about ensuring that new outdoor wood boilers burn cleaner -- not only for people who buy OWBs and their families, but also for their neighbors. It's not unlike the switch to cleaner cars," said Acting DEC Commissioner Peter Iwanowicz. "It's also to ensure that OWB stacks are high enough to disperse emissions rather than having them blow directly into houses and other dwellings. That's important for public health. Also, we have listened to the agricultural community and made appropriate exceptions for farming operations."

The regulation approved today includes stack height requirements for new OWBs that will reduce the impact of emission plumes on neighboring property owners. In addition, new OWBs will be required to be set back a minimum of 100 feet from neighboring properties -- except for OWBs used in agricultural operations, which must be at least 100 feet from neighboring homes. Both new and existing OWBs will be subject to fuel restrictions that ensure that only appropriate fuels are used.

"The new guidelines the state has set on outdoor wood boilers is a necessary step in improving the process of burning wood as a renewable energy resource and is not to stop people from burning clean wood," said Village of Tupper Lake Mayor Mickey Demarais. "Trying to make our air cleaner and protect our residents is our responsibility and the Village supports establishing guidelines and standards on OWBs to make this happen."

"The new regulation on OWBs is a responsible move in the right direction without being overly intrusive on the public," said Elizabethtown Town Supervisor Noel Merrihew. "It's a good move to put together regulations for the manufacture of the OWBs. Outside the Hamlet areas the smoke can be a problem and this assures long term environmental benefits for our state."

"In the past, the Cattaraugus County Health Department has been asked by residents plagued by thick smoke emissions to intervene in neighbor feuds involving improperly sited or operated outdoor wood boilers," said Eric W. Wohlers, Environmental Health Director for Cattaraugus County. "In absence of an enforceable air quality standard, a uniform, statewide regulation to improve combustion efficiency and prevent improper siting of units, coupled with prudent enforcement requiring the exclusive use of proper wood fuel, should dramatically reduce the chance of neighborhood conflicts. There is a place for OWBs in rural New York, if they are responsibly operated and maintained. The new regulation will eventually eliminate those units that were grossly inefficient and were operated irresponsibly as backyard trash incinerators, and ultimately will be more protective of public health."

Provisions in the regulatory proposal to phase out the use of older OWBs and place restrictions on their use in the interim have been removed and will be addressed through a new public stakeholder process to develop a revised regulatory framework to address concerns of residents impacted by the operation of such units.

Making the Holidays Happier

Representatives from the Cameron County Family Center’s Share the Love program visited Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing and Rehab residents to deliver holiday cards this week. Program organizers Kris Fapore and Sissy Miller deliver holiday cards throughout the year and also visit residents at the Guy and Mary Felt Manor, Grove House, and Elk Regional Medical Center. Pictured, from left, are Sissy Miller and Janice Green.
Photo courtesy of CCMH

Program Will Promote Walking Routes

The Center for Rural Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has received a $15,700 grant to identify walking routes including trails in McKean County.

The grant will fund a program called “WalkWorks,” which will identify and promote walking routes in four communities: Bradford, Kane, Port Allegany and Smethport.

“The overall goal is to increase physical activity for young people and adults through community-based walking programs, reap the benefits of physical activity and improve the overall health of our communities,” said Dr. Youmasu Siewe, director of the center.

The walkways must be no more than two miles long and accessible to the community. The project will be ongoing through February 2012 and will allow the center to hire a part-time coordinator to administer the grant.

The grant is part of a larger grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health.

The public health school will provide the Bradford coordinator with training and assist with signs and publicity for the designated routes.

For more information on WalkWorks, contact the center at (814)362-5050.

Sansom Named Interim Head
Basketball Coach at Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Brian Sansom, an alumnus who led the Lady Panthers to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament final last year, as the interim men’s basketball coach.

The appointment will take effect Dec. 29, and Sansom will lead practice sessions over the holiday break.

Sansom will leave his position as coach of the boys’ basketball team for the Archbishop Walsh Eagles, which had a 7-2 record so far this season.

Last year Sansom led the Lady Panthers basketball team to the AMCC tournament final against Medaille while serving as interim coach.

Sansom replaces former head men’s basketball coach Andy Moore.

“We are very thankful for Brian’s willingness to step in during this time,” said Lori Mazza, director of athletics. “Over the years, he has progressed as a head coach, and his experience with the men’s basketball program at Archbishop Walsh made him a good choice to lead the Panthers.”

Sansom previously worked as the facility manager/basketball director at McGee’s Courts 4 Sports in Mason, Ohio, in 2008-09 and was also the assistant women’s basketball coach at Wilmington (Ohio) College.

Sansom was also the Pitt-Bradford women’s assistant basketball coach from 2005-08 and served two years as assistant softball coach from 2006-08.

Sansom is a native of Grove City and 2003 graduate of Grove City High School, who earned his bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management from Pitt-Bradford in 2008. He is currently working on a master’s degree in sport management studies/ intercollegiate athletic administration at California University of Pennsylvania.

Assisting Sansom will be Mike Haskell.

“Both Mike and Brian have a true love for our team, and we are hoping they will lead this team to another AMCC championship,” Mazza said.

Pitt-Bradford will launch a national search for a new full-time coach once the season has been completed.

Eye-Catching Christmas Display

Snow Forces Maplevale Farms to Move

Due to structural damage caused by heavy snowfall earlier this month, Maplevale Farms will be moving its Clymer, New York, food distribution center.

The roof of the loading dock at Maplevale Farms collapsed under the weight of several feet of snow on the afternoon of December 15.

The operations will move to a formerly unoccupied warehouse in Falconer. Maplevale plans to resume deliveries from the new facility on January 3, 2011.

Maplevale distributes to restaurants, healthcare provicders, schools and colleges throughout Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania and Northeastern Ohio.

The company will host a luncheon and tour of the new facility for its 145 employees at noon Thursday, according to a news release sent by Maplevale Farms.

Group Helps Protect Wildlife Habitat

The Hancock Timber Resource Group recently initiated cooperative habitat improvement projects with the Ruffed Grouse Society to benefit wildlife on forests the company manages in northern Pennsylvania. The cooperative projects include:

· recommendations for Aspen management to benefit wildlife;
· use of wildlife friendly recommendations for food plots;
· development of revegetation recommendations for Marcellus Shale well pads to benefit wildlife and;
· completion of a long range habitat improvement plan for a portion of Hancock Timber-managed lands open for public use.

John Levavasseur, Hancock Timber’s Area Manager in Smethport, worked closely with and, provided a contribution to, Chris Yeager, President of the Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, to develop the partnership. The funds will be used for habitat work on lands managed by Hancock Timber.

“We are very pleased to establish this partnership with Allegheny Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society,” Mr. Levavasseur said, “The Hancock Timber Resource Group has a long-standing stewardship ethic that integrates the growing, managing, and harvesting of trees for useful products with the conservation of soil, air, and water quality; biological diversity; wildlife and aquatic habitat; and recreation, and aesthetics. This partnership is part of our ongoing effort to put our Stewardship Principles into practice.”

The Hancock Timber Resource Group forests in the Allegheny area are third party certified by both the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

Pictured, Ed Konwinski, HNRG; Mary Hosmer, RGS Volunteer; John LeVavasseur, HNRG; Chris Yeager, RGS Volunteer; Pat Marolla, HNRG; Todd Sparks, HNRG.
Photo provided by the Ruffed Grouse Society

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Terrie Ann Gigliotti-Piller

Terrie Ann Gigliotti-Piller, 64, of 56 Congress Street, passed away, Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born August 1, 1946, in Bradford, she was a daughter of Jeri (Smith) Minor and George Gigliotti.

Ms. Piller attended Bradford Area Schools, then moved to Arizona in 1963 and graduated in 1965 from Phoenix Central High School. She had worked at Fashion Bug in Bradford and also in the Warren store as an assistant manager. Later at John Williams Pastry Shop, She was a member of the Eagles Club, Bradford Moose Lodge, VFW Post #212 and the American Legion.

She is survived by her mother Jeri Minor, her father George (Mary) Gigliotti all of Bradford, two daughters, Helen Michele (Michael J. Reynolds) Stoddard of Bradford, and Kimberly L. (Daniel) Daugherty of Vandergrift, two sons Timothy L. (Amanda Coy) Piller and Jonathan G. (Kelly Clark) Piller both of Bradford, twelve grandchildren; Justin Conklin, Kayla Ann Marie Stidd, Kayla Marie Lyons, Aaron Stoddard, Hunter Ackley, Alena Carnegie, Jordan Piller, Arianna Piller, Colton Reynolds, Caden Daugherty, Lakyn Daugherty and Sunshine Girl, three step sisters: Polly (Ray) Phillips of Kane, Tami Ragel of Phoenix, AZ, and Susi Minor of Nashville, TN, one brother Thomas (Jacqueline) Gigliotti of Portville NY, a step brother William Rote of Bradford, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, John M. Gigliotti.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, from 3:00 to 7:30pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St.,where a prayer service will be held on Thursday, December 23rd at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Church, PO Box 2394, Bradford, PA 16701, American Cancer Society, or the charity of the donors.

Online condolences may be made at

Thompson Named Chairman of
House Agriculture Subcommittee on
Conservation, Energy & Forestry

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today learned from House Agriculture Committee Chairman-Elect Frank Lucas that he will lead the Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry for the upcoming 112th Congress, beginning January 5th, 2011.

Last week, Thompson was made aware, that in total he will have three committee assignments for the 112th Congress. He had retained seats on the House Agriculture and the House Education & Labor Committees, in addition to a new appointment on the House Natural Resources Committee.

In response to the news that he was named Chairman for the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, Thompson said, “I am honored that Chairman Lucas and my colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee have recognized my commitment to our nation’s farmers and agricultural sector. This appointment will be great for the people of the 5th District and Pennsylvania, as I will have more input toward the issues affecting our lives on a daily basis – from the Commonwealth’s family farms to Marcellus Shale, to the Allegheny National Forest and Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”

The jurisdiction of the Conservation, Energy & Forestry Subcommittee will include soil, water, and resource conservation; the small watershed program; energy and bio-based energy production; rural electrification; and forestry in general.

An announcement earlier today from Agriculture Committee Chairman-Elect Frank Lucas of Oklahoma stated:

“Our Subcommittee Chairmen have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring the success of American agriculture and rural economies. They are ready to join me in addressing the challenges that farmers, ranchers, and small businesses face across rural America. The next year will be an exercise in educating our freshmen members on both sides of the aisle, providing oversight of the administration, and building a strong working relationship as we prepare to reauthorize the farm bill in 2012.”

Survey: People Concerned About
Fracking's Effect on Drinking Water

Three out of five Pennsylvanians are already very or somewhat aware of the controversy about hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") drilling used to tap cheap natural gas supplies in the state, according to a new Infogroup/Opinion Research Corporation (Infogroup/ORC) survey of 403 state residents conducted for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI).

Among Pennsylvanians who already are aware of "fracking," more than four out of five are concerned about the drilling technique's possible threat to clean drinking water.

The Pennsylvania fracking survey conducted by CSI was released today along with two separate survey reports, one of which is national in scope and the other of which focuses on New York State/New York City residents. All three full survey reports are available online at

Key findings of the Pennsylvania survey include the following findings:

* More than four out of five Pennsylvania residents (81 percent) who are very/somewhat aware of fracking are "very concerned" (44 percent) or "somewhat concerned" (37 percent) "about the potential for Pennsylvania drinking water sources to be compromised by the natural gas drilling process known as 'fracking'." Concerns are strong across party lines, including 67 percent of Republicans, 94 percent of Independents and 91 percent of Democrats.

* More than three out of five Pennsylvania residents (62 percent) who are very/somewhat aware of fracking think state and federal officials are either "not doing as much as they should" (47 percent) or "not doing anything at all" (15 percent) to "require proper disclosure of the chemicals used in natural gas drilling." Democrats (73 percent) and Independents (80 percent) are more likely than Republicans (45 percent) to fault government efforts to date. .

* More than three out of four Pennsylvania residents (76 percent) would tell their Member of Congress, governor or state lawmaker: "When it comes to energy production that requires large amounts of water or where water quality is in jeopardy as a result of the energy production, my vote would be for coming down on the side of the public's health and the environment. We should favor cleaner energy sources that use the least water and involve the lowest possible risk to the public and environment." Only about one five (21 percent) would say the following: "When it comes to energy production that requires large amounts of water or where water quality is in jeopardy as a result of the energy production, my view is that energy production priorities have to come first. There is always going to be some risk involved when it comes to energy production. We have to accept that there are going to be tradeoffs when it comes to the public's health and the environment." Clean water is
favored over energy production by Republicans (62 percent), Independents (87 percent), and Democrats (85 percent).

In presenting the three surveys, Pam Solo, founder and president, Civil Society Institute, said: "Clean energy production is strongly favored by Americans over energy sources that create a danger to human health and safe drinking water in particular. Fracking is a perfect illustration of the fact that Americans don't think of an energy source as 'cheap' or 'clean' if there is a hidden price in terms of safe drinking water and human health. The message from our new survey is clear: Americans of all political persuasions prefer to see clean energy development that protects water supplies over traditional fossil fuel production that endangers safe drinking water and human health."

Bradford Marine Completes Course

Marine Corps Pfc. Danielle M. Cuthbertson, daughter of Charlotte and Daniel Cuthbertson of Bradford, Pa., recently completed the Basic Electrician's Course.

During the course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N. C. , students receive instruction on the repair and maintenance of generators, transformers and power lines. In addition to the mechanical skills involved, studies also include circuitry, electrical theory and related safety procedures.

Cuthbertson is a 2005 graduate of Archbishop Walsh High School of Olean, NY.

Casey Reacts to Census Report

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after the release of U.S. Census Bureau population figures that show Pennsylvania will lose a congressional seat:

“The census data released today is unwelcome news that continues the long string of Pennsylvania losing congressional seats.

“The loss of a congressional seat increases the importance of the federal delegation working together along with the Governor-elect Corbett to make sure Pennsylvania’s interests are well represented. I look forward to working with Senator-elect Toomey and my colleagues in the House to make Pennsylvania’s voice heard.”

Jim Kelly in 'Connect to Home Bowl'

Richard Mutzabaugh

Richard W. Mutzabaugh, 77, of 732 East Main Street, passed away, Monday, December 20th, 2010, in Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born August 21, 1933, in Kane, he was a son of the late R.T. and Isabel (Watson) Mutzabaugh.

On September 21, 1957, in Bradford he married Donna G. (Griffin) Mutzabaugh who survives.

Mr. Mutzabaugh was a 1960 graduate of Dickinson Law School where he was on the Law Review.

He practiced law for 50 years in McKean County and was a partner in Mutzabaugh & Saunders Law Firm. He was a member of the McKean County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He was admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was a past member of the Pennsylvania Board of Governors, Board of Continuing Legal Education, a member of the Inns of Court and was awarded the highest level of Peer Review for excellence in the practice of law for 30 consecutive years by Martindale Hubbell. He was lifetime member and served as treasurer of the Bradford Gub Club for many years.

Surviving in addition to his wife Donna, are two daughters, Katherine (Lloyd) Oudinot of Warren, Ann (Jeff) Harten of Holland, Michigan; a son, Jeffrey Hunter Mutzabaugh of Bradford; five grandchildren; one niece and two nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother Joseph Mutzabaugh.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, December 28, 2010, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church, at 1:30pm on Tuesday, December 28th, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, pastor, and Rev. Leo J. Gallina pastor of St. Bernard Church co-officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Mausoleum.

Memorials if desired may be made to charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Federal, State Ag Departments to Conduct
Census of Farming Community

HARRISBURG - Farmers in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties may be contacted early next year when the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the state Department of Agriculture, begins the process of conducting its Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

"This study gives farmers the opportunity to provide data and information that will be used to guide the state and federal governments in addressing the issues affecting the agriculture industry," said State Representative Marty Causer. "Participation is optional for anyone who is contacted for the survey."

The survey will be conducted between Jan. 28 and April 14, 2011, and will include input from nearly 35,000 farmers nationwide, of which 673 will be randomly selected from Pennsylvania. Producers will be asked to provide data on their operating expenditures, production costs and household characteristics.

Causer also noted that the Pennsylvania Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be surveying cattle farmers for its largest cattle survey from Dec. 30 to Jan. 11, 2011. Estimates will include the total number of cattle and calves as of Jan. 1, 2011, as well as the total number of heifers, steers, milk cows and beef cows.

Results of the cattle survey will be made available on Jan. 28, 2011, and the data gathered in ARMS will be published on Aug. 2, 2011. Both reports will be accessible by visiting the NASS website at

For questions or concerns regarding both surveys, farmers may contact NASS by calling 1-800-727-9540.

Pileggi Comments on Census Numbers

HARRISBURG – The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census statewide population totals, Pennsylvania will lose one Congressional seat. The state currently has 19 members in the U.S. House of Representatives; that number will decrease to 18 for the 2012 elections.

"Although it is disappointing, this result was expected," said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9). "It is one of the consequences of the fact that Pennsylvania's population growth has not kept pace with other states.

"I will work with Governor-elect Corbett and my colleagues in the General Assembly to reverse that trend by enacting policies to foster job creation and overall economic growth. We must focus on attracting people to Pennsylvania and allowing the next generation of graduates to find family-sustaining jobs here in the Commonwealth."

Following the 1920 U.S. Census, Pennsylvania had 36 members in the U.S. House of Representatives. The number of Congressmen from Pennsylvania has declined after every Census since then.

The redistricting of Congressional seats in Pennsylvania is addressed by legislation, which must be approved by both chambers of the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

PA, NY Lose Congressional Seats

Pennsylvania will lose one congressional seat in 2012 as a result of new 2010 Census figures released this morning by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

That means the state's delegation to the House of Representatives will drop from 19 to 18.

That’s the fewest number of seats the state has dropped since 1940, when the number fell by one to 33. In the 1910s and 1920s Pennsylvania had 36 congressmen. In every census since 1950, Pennsylvania has lost either two or three of its representatives in Washington.

The state Legislature and governor will have to decide over the coming year how to redraw the lines of the state's congressional districts.

Senator Joe Scarnati has been through the redistricting process before – right after he first took office on January 2, 2001.

“I was not in office very long and my whole senate district changed because of population changes,” he said.

“We get some criticism over how it’s done but certainly it’s a very public process and one that involves both branches of government,” he said.

Scarnati added that it’s “a long, drawn-out process.”

New York will lose two Congressional seats, dropping from 29 to 27.

Senator Specter Delivers Final 'Argument'

Washington , D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), delivered the final floor statement of his Senate career.

The following are his comments as prepared:

“This is not a farewell address, but rather a closing argument to a jury of my colleagues and the American people outlining my views on how the Senate – and with it, the Federal Government -- arrived at its current condition of partisan gridlock, and my suggestions of where we go from here on that pressing problem and key issues of national and international importance.

To make a final floor statement is a challenge. The Washington Post noted the poor attendance at my colleagues’ farewell speeches earlier this month. That is really not surprising since there is hardly anyone ever on the Senate floor. The days of lively debate with many members on the floor are long gone. Abuse of Senate rules has pretty much stripped senators of the right to offer amendments. The modern filibuster requires only a threat and no talking. So the Senate’s dominant activity for more than a decade has been the virtually continuous drone of the quorum call.

But that is not the way it was when I was privileged to enter the world’s greatest deliberative body 30 years ago. Senators on both sides of the aisle engaged in collegial debate and found ways to find common ground on the nation’s pressing problems. When I attended my first Republican moderates luncheon, I met Mark Hatfield, John Chaffee, Ted Stevens, Mac Mathias, Bob Stafford, Bob Packwood, Chuck Percy, Bill Cohen, Warren Rudman, Alan Simpson, Jack Danforth, John Warner, Nancy Kassenbaum, Slade Gorton, and others—a far cry from later years when the moderates could fit into a telephone booth. On the other side of the aisle, I found many Democratic senators willing to move to the center to craft legislation: Scoop Jackson, Joe Biden, Dan Inouye, Lloyd Bentsen, Fritz Hollings, Pat Leahy, Dale Bumpers, David Boren, Russell Long, Pat Moynihan, George Mitchell, Sam Nunn, Gary Hart, Bill Bradley, and others.

They were carrying on the Senate’s glorious tradition. The Senate’s deliberate, cerebral procedures have served our country well. The Senate stood tall in 1805 in acquitting Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase in impeachment proceedings to preserve the independence of the federal judiciary. The Senate stood tall in 1868 to acquit President Andrew Johnson in impeachment proceedings that preserved the power of the Presidency. Repeatedly, in our-223 year history the Senate has cooled the passions of the moment to preserve the institutions embodied in our Constitution which have made the United States the envy of the world.

It has been a great privilege to have had a voice for the last 30 years in the great decisions of our day: how we allocate our resources among economic development, national defense, education, environmental protection and NIH funding; the Senate’s role in foreign policy; the protection of civil rights; balancing crime control and defendants’ rights; and how we maintained the quality of the federal judiciary—not only the high profile 14 Supreme Court nominations that I have participated in but the 112 Pennsylvanians who have been confirmed during my tenure in the District Courts or Third Circuit.

On the national scene, top issues are the deficit and national debt. The Deficit Commission has made a start. When raising the debt limit comes up next year, that may present an occasion to pressure all parties to come to terms on future taxes and expenditures to realistically deal with these issues.

Next, Congress should act to try to stop the Supreme Court from further eroding the Constitutional mandate of separation of power. The Court has been eating Congress’s lunch by invalidating legislation with judicial activism after nominees commit under oath in confirmation proceedings to respect Congressional fact finding and precedents. The recent decision in Citizens United is illustrative. Ignoring a massive Congressional record and reversing recent decisions, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito repudiated their confirmation testimony and provided the key votes to permit corporations and unions to secretly pay for political advertising - effectively undermining the basic democratic principle of the power of one person/one vote. Roberts promised to just call balls and strikes and then moved the bases.

Congress’s response is necessarily limited in recognition of the importance of judicial independence as the foundation of the rule of law. Congress could at least require televising the court proceedings to provide some transparency to inform the public about how the Court is the final word on the cutting issues of the day in our society. Brandeis was right that sunlight is the best disinfectant. The Court does follow the election returns and does judicially notice societal values as expressed by public opinion. Polls show 85% of the American people favor televising the Court when told that a citizen can only attend an oral argument for three minutes in a chamber holding only 300 people. Great Britain, Canada, and state supreme courts permit television.

Congress has the authority to legislate on this subject just as Congress decides other administrative matters like what cases the Court must hear, time limits for decisions, the number of justices, the day the Court convenes and the number for a quorum. While television cannot provide a definitive answer, it could be significant and may be the most that can be done consistent with life tenure and judicial independence.

Additionally, I urge Congress to substantially increase funding for NIH. When

NIH funding was increased from $12 to $30 billion annually, and $10 billion added in the stimulus package, significant advances were made on medical research. It is scandalous that a nation with our wealth and research capabilities has not done more. Forty years ago, the President of the United States declared war on cancer. Had that war been pursued with the diligence of other wars, most forms of cancer might have been conquered.

I also urge my colleagues to increase their activity on foreign travel. Regrettably, we have earned the title of “The Ugly Americans” by not treating other nations with proper respect and dignity. My experience in Codels to China, Russia, India, NATO, Jerusalem, Damascus, Bagdad, Kabul and elsewhere provided the opportunity for eyeball –to- eyeball discussions with world leaders about our values, our expectations and our willingness to engage in constructive dialogue. Since 1984, I have visited Syria almost every year. My extensive conversations with Hafiz al-Assad and Bashar al-Assad have convinced me that there is a realistic opportunity for a peace treaty between Israel and Syria if encouraged by vigorous U.S. diplomacy. Similar meetings with Muammar Ghaddafi, Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein and Hugo Chavez have persuaded me that candid, respectful dialogue with our toughest adversaries can do much to improve relations among nations.

And now let me shift gears - in my view, a principle reason for the historic stature of the United States Senate has been the ability of any Senator to offer virtually any amendment at virtually any time. The Senate Chamber provides the forum for unlimited debate with the potential to acquaint the people of America and the world about innovative proposals on public policy and have a vote on the issue.

Regrettably, that has changed in recent years because of abuse of the Senate rules by both parties. The Senate rules allow the Majority Leader, through his right of first recognition, to offer up a series of amendments to prevent any other senator from offering an amendment. That had been done infrequently up until about a decade ago and lately has become a common practice by both parties.

By precluding other Senators from offering amendments, the Majority Leader protects his party colleagues from taking tough votes. Never mind that we were sent here and paid to make tough votes. The inevitable and understandable consequence of that practice has been the filibuster. If a Senator can not offer an amendment, why vote to cut off debate and go to final passage? Senators were willing to accept the will of the majority in rejecting their amendments, but unwilling to accept being railroaded to concluding a bill without an opportunity to modify it. That practice led to an indignant, determined minority to filibuster and deny the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate. Two years ago on the Senate floor, I called the practice “tyrannical”.

The decade from 1995-2005 saw the nominees of President Clinton and President Bush stymied by the refusal of the other party to have a hearing or floor vote on many judicial and executive nominees. Then in 2005, serious consideration was given by the Republican Caucus to changing the long standing Senate filibuster rule by invoking the so called “nuclear” or “constitutional option”. The plan called for Vice President Cheney to rule 51 votes were sufficient to impose cloture for confirmation of a judge or executive nominee. His ruling, challenged by Democrats, would then be upheld by the traditional 51 votes to uphold the Chair’s ruling.

As I argued on the Senate floor at that time, if Democratic Senators had voted their conscience without regard to party loyalty, most filibusters would have failed. Similarly, I argued that had Republican Senators voted their consciences without regard to party loyalty there would not have been 51 of the 55 Republican Senators to support the nuclear option.

The Majority Leader scheduled the critical vote for May 25, 2005. The outcome of the vote was uncertain with key Republicans undeclared. The showdown was averted the night before by a compromise by the so called “Gang of 14”. Some nominees were approved, some rejected, and a new standard was established to eliminate filibusters unless there were “extraordinary circumstances” with each senator to decide whether that standard was met. That standard has not been followed as those filibusters have continued in recent years. Again, the fault rests with both parties.

There is a way out of this procedural gridlock by changing the rule on the power of the Majority Leader to exclude other Senators’ amendments. I proposed such a rule change in the 110th and 111th Congresses. I would retain the 60 vote requirement for cloture on legislation with the condition that Senators would have to have a talking filibuster—not merely the present notice of intent. By allowing senators to offer amendments and a requirement for debate, not just notice, I think filibusters could be effectively managed as they had been in the past and still be retained where necessary to give adequate debate on controversial issues.

I would change the rule to cut off debate on judicial and executive branch nominees to 51 votes as I formally proposed in the 109th Congress. Important positions are left open for months including judicial nominees with emergency backlogs. Since Judge Bork and Justice Thomas did not provoke filibusters, I think the Senate can do without them on judges and executive office holders. There is a sufficient safeguard of the public interest by requiring a simple majority of Senators on an up/down vote. I would also change the rule requiring 30 hours of post-cloture debate and the rule allowing the secret “hold” which requires cloture to bring the matter to the floor. Requiring a senator to disclose his “hold” to the light of day would greatly curtail this abuse.

While political gridlock has been facilitated by the Senate rules, partisanship has been increased by other factors. Senators have gone into other states to campaign against incumbents of the other party. Senators have even opposed their own party colleagues in primary challenges. That conduct was beyond contemplation in the Senate I joined 30 years ago. Collegiality can obviously not be maintained when negotiating with someone simultaneously out to defeat you, especially within your own party.

In some quarters, “compromising” has become a dirty word. Some senators insist on ideological purity as a precondition. Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine had it right when she said we need to distinguish between the compromise of principle and the principle of compromise. The Senate itself was created through the so-called "Great Compromise," in which the framers decreed that states would be represented equally in the Senate and proportionate to their populations in the House. As Senate historian Richard Baker wrote, “Without that compromise, there would likely have been no Constitution, no Senate, and no United States as we know it today.”

Politics is no longer the art of the possible when senators are intransigent in their positions. Polarization of the political parties has followed. President Reagan’s “Big Tent” has frequently been abandoned by the Republican Party. A single vote out of thousands cast by an incumbent can cost his seat. Senator Bob Bennett was rejected by the far right in his Utah primary largely because of his vote for TARP. It did not matter that Vice President Cheney had pleaded with the Republican caucus to support TARP or President Bush would become a modern Herbert Hoover. It did not matter that 24 other Republican Senators out of 49 also voted for TARP. Senator Bennett’s 93% conservative rating was insufficient. Senator Lisa Murkowski lost her primary in Alaska. Congressman Mike Castle was rejected in Delaware’s Republican primary in favor of a candidate who thought it necessary to defend herself as not being a witch. Republican senators contributed to the primary defeats of Bennett, Murkowski and Castle. Eating or defeating your own is a form of sophisticated cannibalism. Similarly, on the other side of the aisle, Senator Lieberman could not win his Democratic primary.

The spectacular re-election of Senator Lisa Murkowski on a write-in vote in the Alaskan general election and the defeat of other Tea Party candidates in 2010 in general elections may show the way to counter right-wing extremists. Arguably, Republicans left three seats on the table in 2010—beyond Delaware, also Nevada and arguably Colorado—because of unacceptable general election candidates. By bouncing back and winning, Senator Murkowski demonstrated that a moderate/centrist can win by informing and arousing the general electorate. Her victory proves that America still wants to be and can be governed by the center.

Repeatedly, senior Republican senators have recently abandoned long held positions out of fear of losing their seats over a single vote or because of party discipline. With 59 votes for cloture on the Democratic side of the aisle, not a single Republican would provide the 60th vote to advance legislation on key issues such as identifying campaign contributors.

Notwithstanding the perils, it is my hope that more senators will return to greater independence in voting and crossing of party lines evident thirty years ago. President Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage” shows the way. Sometimes party does ask too much. The model for an elected official’s independence in a representative democracy was articulated in 1774 by Edmund Burke of the British House of Commons, who said: “his [the elected representative’s] unbiased opinion, his mature judgment, his enlightened conscience…[including his vote] ought not to be sacrificed to you, to any man or any set of men living.”

Above all, we need civility. Steve and Cokie Roberts, distinguished journalists, put it well in a recent column: “Civility is more than good manners . . . Civility is a state of mind. It reflects respect for your opponents and for the institutions you serve together. . . This polarization will make civility in the next Congress more difficult – and more necessary – than ever.”

A closing speech has an inevitable aspect of nostalgia. An extraordinary experience has come to an end. But my dominant feeling is pride in the great privilege it has been to be a part of this unique body with colleagues who are such outstanding public servants. I have written and will write elsewhere about my tenure here, so I do not say “farewell” to my continuing involvement in public policy, which I will pursue in a different venue. I leave with great optimism for the future of our country and the continuing vital role of the United States Senate in the governance of our democracy.”

New Area Code: 582

The number for our new area code has been selected.

Northwestern Pennsylvania will switch to the 582 area code beginning in 2012.

The North American Numbering Plan Administrator assigned the new area code to McKean, Warren, Jefferson, Elk, Erie, Crawford, Venango, Forest and Clarion counties, and parts of Clearfield, Armstrong, Mercer and Indiana counties.

The new area code goes into effect February 1, 2012. Phone callers will still be able to dial the 814 area code and reach their intended number until August 1, 2012.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Police Get Calls About Thefts, Disturbances

Bradford City Police answered a variety of calls over the last few days. They removed unwanted people from Thompson Avenue and from a Boylston Street business, got reports of disturbances and a theft on Bushnell Street, and a theft from a vehicle on Rochester Street.

Officers also received reports of an open car door on Maplewood Avenue, an alarm at a High Street business, a parking problem on Avenue B, and a crash at Elm and Chestnut streets, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Richard Mutzabaugh

Richard W. Mutzabaugh, 77, of 732 East Main Street, Bradford, passed away Monday, December 20th, 2010, in Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

Paterson Fined Over World Series Tickets

The New York State Commission on Public Integrity has fined Gov. David Paterson $62,000 for accepting five tickets to the first game of the 2009 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

Paterson testified that he always intended to pay for the tickets. The commission says that is "false" and contradicts his staff, the Yankees and common sense. He paid for four of the tickets several days later.

Paterson has said it was his duty to attend the opening series game at the new Bronx stadium.

Man Tried to Have Sex with Child

A Belmont, New York, man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child seven years ago.

32-year-old Michael Harp Sr. tried to have sex with a child younger than 11 on May 1, 2003, in the City of Olean.

Harp will be sentenced March 28.

Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty to
Leaving Scene of Fatal Crash

A Jamestown woman has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident on the Fourth of July.

20-year-old Christina Head was driving while intoxicated when the accident happened in the Town of Coldspring.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman says she knew her passenger was dead and left the accident scene without reporting it. 49-year-old Alfred Jones, one of the passengers, died as a result the accident. The other passenger, Randy Harrington, was also injured.

Head will be sentenced on March 28.

Head is currently in Chautauqua County Jail for breaking into someone’s house.

Coudersport Man Facing Charges

A Coudersport man is facing charges after an incident early this morning in the borough.

State police say they got a call about man smashing items in a Main Street apartment. When police arrived 21-year-old Blair Heimel disobeyed verbal commands and physically resisted arrest.

Charges of criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia will be field with District Judge Annette Easton.

Sen. Young Presents Diplomas to Veterans

CUBA, NY – Two area veterans who answered their Country’s call to military service before graduating from high school received long overdue diplomas during a special ceremony Monday at Cuba-Rushford High School.

Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) was joined by Cuba-Rushford Superintendent Kevin Shanley and Belfast Central Superintendent Judy May to present high school diplomas through New York State’s Operation Recognition in honor of Marine Corps Sergeant Lester Baker, West Clarksville, and deceased Army Air Forces Corporal June E. Lockwood, who was a Cuba native.

“The dedication displayed by these two patriots is exemplary. The experiences and skills they learned in the defense of our freedom have given them, and all of our veterans, unique knowledge and special insights that most others never could attain. These diplomas reflect our pride and gratitude for their sacrifice and bravery,” said Senator Young.

Sgt. Baker was a senior at Belfast Central School in 1962 when he joined the Marines during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He served as an artillery operator and ran a security platoon in Vietnam. The recipient of two Purple Hearts, his stint ended after six years when he returned home to his wife, and nine-month-old baby.

Although he considered rejoining for another tour of duty, “I hadn’t met my son yet, and I wanted to come back,” Sgt. Baker remembered.

“Receiving my diploma today is a great thing. I’m ecstatic and emotional, and I don’t get emotional often because Marines aren’t supposed to. Once a Marine, always a Marine,” he said.

Cpl. Lockwood was awarded her diploma posthumously. She quit high school to enlist in the Army Air Forces during World War II after her brother, David, was killed in Belgium. She served as a “Flying Medic”, a medical services technician at bases in Mississippi, Texas, Indiana and Florida. Cpl. Lockwood’s daughter, Nora Wilson-Wheeler, and son, John Wilson, received the diploma on her behalf.

Ms. Wilson-Wheeler said that her mother always regretted not earning her high school diploma.

“Mom finally graduated today. It was a long time coming, and I’m sure she’d be happy about it,” she said.

The daughter said she would stop by the cemetery to place a copy of the diploma on Cpl. Lockwood’s headstone to honor her memory.

Through New York’s Operation Recognition program, thousands of men and women who willingly set aside their education in order to defend the United States are eligible to receive their high school diplomas. Veterans of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War all qualify for this program that was established by the State Legislature and Governor George E. Pataki.

“Operation Recognition is an opportunity for our servicemen and women to claim their diplomas, and it provides the residents of New York a chance to thank our veterans for all they have done for our great Nation,” said Senator Young.

Operation Recognition helps recipients secure civilian jobs traditionally closed off to those without high school training. New York veterans also may use their honorary high school degrees to apply for postsecondary education, whether vocational training, or campus or online degrees or certificates.

Interested veterans should bring their honorable discharge certificate or letter to any New York State school that issues general or local diplomas. There is no fee for this service. Candidates do not need to show evidence of attendance at a school in New York State. They only need to affirm in writing that they do not possess a high school diploma. Candidates possessing a high school equivalency (or GED) diploma also are eligible.

For more information, contact Senator Young’s office at 716-372-4901.

Senator Catharine Young (center) was at Cuba-Rushford High School to present high school diplomas in honor of local military veterans Sgt. Lester Baker (left) of West Clarksville and deceased Cuba native Cpl. June E. Lockwood. Nora Wilson-Wheeler (right) was in attendance to accept posthumously the diploma for her mother, Cpl. Lockwood. The two veterans were honored under the NYS Operation Recognition program that awards high school diplomas to veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War who had to leave high school early to serve their country.
Courtesy of Sen. Young's office

First Night Firsts Start the Celebration

First Night Bradford revelers can start the New Year right by participating in a number of First Night Firsts.

There are a variety of sites around the Bradford area that feature family-oriented activities. An adult must accompany youths. Admission is free with a First Night button, which are currently on sale.

The day starts on Friday, Dec. 31 with a First Movie at the Main Street Movie House. Toy Story 3 will be shown starting at 10 a.m.

Take the plunge into the New Year with a First Night Swim from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bradford Family YMCA. For those looking to be bowled over, there’s a First Night Bowl from 2 to 5 p.m. at Byllye Lanes on Seaward Avenue. There is an extra charge for bowling shoes; the limit is one game.

Lace on your ice skates at Callahan Ice Rink from 2 to 5 p.m. for the First Night Skate. There is an extra charge for skate rentals.

If art is more your style, we have you covered there, too. The talents of local artists will be highlighted for the First Night Art Show from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Hill Memorial Auditorium.

Everything from paintings, photography, sculpture and more will be presented in this show.

100.1 The HERO's Anne Holliday will be broadcasting live as she makes the rounds of the First Night First events.

Plenty on Tap for First Night Bradford

Zumba, local talent, a bounce carnival and, of course, fireworks at midnight are all on tap for First Night Bradford.

Activities for First Night Bradford, which promotes an alcohol-free safe environment to usher in the New Year, include something for everyone.

While these activities throughout the day and evening on Friday, Dec. 31, will take place throughout the city, the place to be starting at 11:15 p.m. is Veterans Square. At that time the winners of the First Night’s Got Talent competition will be announced.

Then, under the leadership of WESB/WBRR’s Scott Douglas, there will be a countdown to midnight with a fireworks finale by Young Explosives.

People can see the talent in the First Night’s Got Talent competition first hand from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Singers, dance groups and jugglers are all welcome to still try out for the competition. The final night of auditions will be at 6 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church.

Bob Teesdale, a singer from Nashville, will be on hand as one of the judges in the competition. After his judging duties are over, Teesdale will perform himself from 8:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary.

Teesdale will be accompanied by local talent Kaitlyn Hallock and Barb Pedersen during his gig.

An international flavor will be a part of First Night Bradford when Moscow Nights perform from 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Church auditorium.

These classically trained artists first took Western Europe by storm and now have
brought their dazzling, toe-tapping music to North America.

There will not be a lull in entertainment when Moscow Nights is not on the stage. That’s when Marissa Buchheit and Melanie Bizzaro will take the stage.

Starting at 8:30 p.m., these gifted soprano singers will enchant the audience with Broadway melodies, pop songs, old favorites and current hits. Buchheit is the 2010 winner of the First Night Bradford’s Got Talent competition.

If a capella is more to your liking, check out the Mountain Laurel Harmonizers at 6 p.m. at the Bradford Senior Center.

Comprised of members from the greater Bradford and Olean, N.Y., area, this group is lead by Gina Gabriel and have been entertaining audiences for nearly a decade.

A special blend of talent will comprise the Crook Farm Talent portion of the evening. Ron Reynolds, Don Naughton, Larry Combs, Diana Combs and Caleb Combs – part of the Crook Farm All Stars and the Bradford Senior Center Sunshine Boys – will combine talents a 8:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. at the Bradford Senior Center to play country music with a little taste of 40s and 50s pop.

The Bob Hartle Band, a country favorite, will perform from 7:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at the Grance Lutheran Church sanctuary. Some of this band’s influences are Diamond Rio and Vince Gill.

Fieldstone, a First Night Bradford favorite, will return for another year.

The Celtic music group will perform at 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:45 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension.

From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Josh Hatcher Band will play at the Grace Lutheran Church sanctuary.

This band favors original rock sounds with hints of reggae, folk, blues and jazz.

The Emery Towers will be the site of many rising stars in Bradford.

Fourteen-year-old Ariel DeFrank will entertain the audience at 6 p.m. at Emery Towers. DeFrank will mainly sing Karaoke style, but will be accompanied by guitar for a few songs.

Ariel Campbell will perform at 7:15 p.m.

Reminiscent of Colby Caillat, Taylor Swift, He is We, and Sarah McLaughlin, Campbell writes songs full of emotion and brimming with hope.

At 8:30 p.m., Megan Prosser will pick up the mic. Her music style is radio acoustic
friendly with a mix of country and pop.

DeeJay Rickman will round out the night at Emery Towers starting at 9:45 p.m. She will be
singing various numbers from classical to musicals to Christian music.

The Drummonds, three generations making a three-part harmony, will perform at 7:15 p.m. in the Church of the Ascension.

Comprised of Pat Drummond, Denise Drummond and Hannah Garrett, this group was one of the top five finalists in the 2010 First Night Bradford’s Got Talent Show.

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a Band Hero competition in the activity room of the Grace Lutheran Church. Teen bands will perform between 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Grace Lutheran Church Community Center.

Looking for a little New Year fitness? Check out the Zumba demonstration and workshop at the Bradford Family YMCA aerobics studio at 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Instructor Brittany Rose will lead participants in an easy-to-follow repetitive dance aerobic class, designed to be a party instead of a work out. Zumba® is made up of different dances such as Latin, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and American.

A Children’s Bounce Carnival will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the upstairs of the YMCA, which will be packed with an inflatable carnival. Kids can bounce their way into the New Year with mazes and slides.

Kids can then check out Marty’s Bubblegum Machine from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the YMCA Teen Center. This is an interactive show for kids 2 to 12. With hundreds of soap bubbles flying through the air and maybe even some snow, the party never stops. DJ Marty plays kid’s favorites like the Hokey Pokey, Limbo, Chicken Dance, and many others to have everyone in the crowd involved in the show.

Another First Night Bradford favorite is the Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show, which will take place from 7:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. in the social hall of the Church of the Ascension.

Bwana Jim is a lively individual filled with enthusiasm and an outrageous wit. He will
bring you the craziest most educational wildlife show ever seen.

A showing of Our Town: Bradford, which originally aired on WPSU in September, will be shown at 7:15 p.m. at the Bradford Senior Center.

In this show, residents themselves told the story of Bradford and showcased the people and places that make Bradford what it is today.

Several restaurants will also be holding First Night Discounts. They are The Option House, Chu-Lee Garden Chinese Restaurant, Great Wall, Kelly’s Restaurant, Sports Café, Togi’s Sub Station, Kennedy Street Café, the Farm family Restaurant and Togi’s Family Restaurant. Refer to your First Night Button for details.

First Night buttons are currently on sale at the following locations: the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, Tops Supermarket, The Grocery Stretcher and Tina’s Hallmark. They can also be purchased at any entertainment site the night of the event.

Children must be accompanied by an adult for First Night activities. Seating at some locations are limited. Arrive early to ensure the best possible seats.