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Friday, January 28, 2011

Fieldhouse Frenzy: Hoops, Hors d' Oevres

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold a “Fieldhouse Frenzy” highlighted by a men’s alumni basketball game and Panther Athletic Auction on Feb. 12.

The day will begin with the women’s basketball game versus the LaRoche Redhawks at 1 p.m. The men’s basketball game against LaRoche will follow at 3 p.m.

At 5 p.m., alumni will suit up under the guidance of two honorary coaches, Dr. Michael Stuckart and Dick Danielson.

Stuckart, associate professor of anthropology, is a former soccer coach and announcer for men’s basketball games. Danielson was the Panthers’ head men’s basketball coach from 1975 to 1985, a former athletic director at Pitt-Bradford and a member of the Pitt-Bradford Athletic Hall of Fame.

At 7 p.m., the action shifts to Tortugas Restaurant on Main Street in Bradford for the Panther Athletic Auction

Cost for admission is $25 per person or $40 per couple, which includes a tailgate reception, beer and wine. All events are open to the public. Reservations are appreciated and can be made on the Pitt-Bradford website at or by contacting Betty Spindler in the athletics office at 814-362-7520 or Reservations should be made by Feb. 11.

Packages will include tickets to sporting events, including the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen, Pitt men’s basketball and football games and a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Also being offered is a week in the Poconos, golf and ski packages, a Pitt fitness membership and a party at El Segundo, Tortugas’ banquet room.

Interested bidders also can view or bid on the items online at

“It is a challenge for athletic teams to compete at this level without support and donations from our constituents,” said Lori Mazza, director of athletics and recreational sports. “While the students raise money throughout the year, the Panther Athletic Club supports our teams with various types of fundraisers, including the auction.

“The money raised will be used for the sole purpose of supporting our athletic teams and those students who participate in intercollegiate athletics.”

Pitt-Bradford is a Division III university and founding member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

With 14 intercollegiate sports for both men and women, Pitt-Bradford has earned 13 AMCC championships, eight NCAA bids, six AMCC Student Athlete of the Year awards, two All-American Awards and one Academic All-American Award.

Pictured, Pitt-Bradford’s Whitney Cline taking hold of the ball against Penn State Altoona. The Fieldhouse Frenzy begins with the 1 p.m. Lady Panthers basketball game Feb. 12.
Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Scarnati Names Crompton Chief of Staff

WARREN- Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced today that Drew Crompton will be his Chief of Staff. It was also determined that Crompton will continue to serve as Chief Counsel to the President Pro Tempore.

“I am pleased that Drew has decided to accept the position in a permanent capacity, as it has been clear over his tenure that he has shown the ability to effectively carry out his duties in a professional manner,” Scarnati stated. “Without question, I fully trust in Drew and am confident he will lead the staff and caucus with integrity as we continue to assist the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Scarnati mentioned that Crompton has been his Acting Chief of Staff for the past year and performed his responsibilities admirably.

Crompton joined the Pennsylvania Senate in 1993 as a policy advisor and has played a major role in the development of legislation relating to state taxes, healthcare, and lobbyist disclosure. He is also a graduate of Dickinson College, as well as Widener School of Law.

“Drew has acted as counsel on numerous issues over his tenure, and along with being Chief of Staff, he will continue his role in many legal matters,” Scarnati concluded. “His extensive experience in overseeing concerns in regard to policy development and legal questions will be valuable to the Senate Republican staff.”

Missing Olean Man Found

The Olean man who had been missing since Wednesday has been found in a remote area of Venango County, but died on his way to a hospital.

74-year-old Frederic Seamans left an Olean car dealership at around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, and was last seen in Clarion County, PA, at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pennsylvania State Police found Seamans’ pickup truck at about 7:30 this morning, and a search party found him in a remote, wooded area at about 10:30. He died as they were trying to get him to a hospital.

Foul play is not suspected. Seamans was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Assault, Attempted Burglary in Bradford

Bradford City Police on Thursday were called to motor vehicle accidents on East Main, and Davis and Boylston streets, a possible accident on Poplin Avenue and a disabled vehicle on South Avenue.

Officers also investigated an assault on East Main Street and an attempted burglary on Main Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet faxed to WESB and The HERO by the police department.

Officers got a complaint about a juvenile on Belleview Avenue and reports of harassment on Bushnell Street and South Center Street – three from the same address.

President Obama to Visit Penn State

President Obama is coming to central Pennsylvania on Wednesday, according to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

She says Obama will visit a leader of the energy innovations hub that will be located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

A Penn State team is getting $122-million, over the next five years, to establish the Philadelphia "hub," which will work on making America's buildings more energy efficient. The President's trip is part of a push for his 'Win the Future' agenda.

Psaki says the President plans to tour campus facilities and make some remarks during the trip.

From RadioPA's Matt Paul

State House Members Tour Domtar

Members of the state House Timber Caucus toured the Domtar paper mill in Johnsonburg on Thursday, Jan. 27, as part of an examination of Pennsylvania's forest industry. The Johnsonburg facility is the biggest mill owned by the Domtar Corporation, the largest integrated producer of uncoated free sheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity. Pictured (left to right) are Jack Hedlund of the Allegheny Forest Alliance, Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), Kathy Rapp (R-Forest/McKean/Warren), Brad Roae (R-Crawford), Martin Causer (R-McKean, Potter, Cameron), Gary Haluska (D-Cambria), Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango), Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) and Ridgway-resident Dale Anderson of the Pennsylvania Forest Industry.

Photo provided by House Republican Communications

Ready to Take a Bite Out of Crime

WESB/WBRR News Director

Bradford residents are sick of crime and mischief-makers, and they’re not going to take it anymore.

That was one of the themes of last night’s “interest meeting” for a Neighborhood Watch program in the city.

Issues from drug dealers and burglaries to barking dogs and loud music were discussed by Bradford City Police Chief Chris Lucco, Officer Dave Feely, Project Pride Manager Lisa Keck and Main Street Manager Anita Dolan.

Keck said as the program progresses and more people get involved “the comfort level for (the people causing trouble) to be out and doing something and getting away with it should diminish.”

She said they will be saying “We don’t want to do this – they’re obviously paying attention.”

“We’re not chasing people down the street with a club and hitting them over the head,” Keck said. “It’s coming together and being aware.”

Dolan added that people don’t know their neighbors like they used to.

This is “a process of becoming more observant and knowing who our neighbors are,” she said. She said this will made it easier to determine whether a person hanging around a vehicle actually belongs there, for example.

Resident Kathy Obermyer, who also works at a business on Main Street, asked if the focus of the program is burglary, drugs or “people behaving badly.”

“If something raises your attention to cause you enough concern to pay attention,” Lucco said, “and more people are paying attention” it should alleviate some of those problems.

He said an active crime would be handled differently than if a person thought drug deals were going on in the neighborhood. He added that he knows residents get frustrated when a report is not acted upon right away. For example, he said, police took calls for months related to the latest drug bust in the city.

“It doesn’t mean we don’t take that information as part of the puzzle, just because we don’t act on it right then,” Lucco said.

Lucco and Feely put out a scenario where three teenage boys are walking up the street and not really doing anything wrong – yet. But you call your neighbor and tell her to look out the window, another neighbor calls another neighbor, porch light after porch light goes on and the would-be miscreants move on.

“If they’re up to something, they’ll tend to leave that area,” Lucco said.

Feely added that if you get a description of them and something happens two blocks away, “We already have a suspect, which is terrific.”

The program will teach people how to call, who to call and when to call, Keck added.

Resident Fran Bottone asked about quality of life issues like ATVs riding up and down the street, barking dogs, loud music, vandalism and graffiti.

Feely said he hopes that while police are busy trying to take care of the bigger crimes, citizens will be able to take care of some of the quality of life crimes.

“I can’t be on South Avenue dealing with a domestic at the same time an ATV is going down Chestnut. Street,” Lucco said. “But you saw it, and if you know the house it went to, and three or four of your neighbors know the house it went to, I’ll cite on information received.”

“But if all I’ve got is ‘I know this is where it’s coming from but I’m not willing to testify because this guy’s going to break my windows out tomorrow,’ I can go and tell them to stop doing it. But after the third, fourth, fifth time, it’s starts to loose its’ oomph,” Lucco said.

“That’s where we’re going to have to rely on your assistance of being willing to step forward and identify the issues we need to successfully prosecute,” Lucco added. He also said he knows some people are afraid to come forward for fear of retaliation. He said he’s not saying it never happens, but that it happens much less than people think it does.

District Judge Dominic Cercone attended the meeting as a private citizen.

“As good citizens, we’re just going to be doing what we’re already doing, just be willing to share the information,” he said. “Maybe we all need to know that there’s more of us around that are enthusiastic and love the town we live in, and we’re all going to work together and we’re going to be open with each other.”

Cercone also mentioned that there’s strength in numbers and people should be more comfortable knowing other people in their neighborhood are on their side.

Bradford City Fire Chief appointee Chris Angell said he hopes to get his department involved in the program, too.

“I have a million ideas in my head and, obviously, coming into a new position I’m going to be very busy,” Angell said. “There may be a place to fit us in there in some way in the future … Not from a law enforcement thing, but a quality of life thing. Please, everybody be patient with that. Give me time. It’s overwhelming, what’s happening right now.”

Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ron Orris commended the meeting organizers and the people who attended.

“The easy thing is to go to city council and complain to the mayor,” he said “but the hard thing is to come here tonight” and get involved.

For more information, you can go to Information will be posted on city websites soon as well. Another Neighborhood Watch meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. February 10 at the Bradford Area Public Library. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

Pictured, Bradford City Police Officer Dave Feely addresses a group of concerned citizens, as Anita Dolan and Lisa Keck listen.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Campbell, Shepherd Coming to Salamanca

SALAMANCA, N.Y. – Seneca Allegany Casino announces the addition of two guitar virtuosos to its entertainment lineup at the Seneca Allegany Events Center. Blues icon Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform on Mar. 26 and country-pop legend Glen Campbell visits Salamanca on April 30.

Shepherd, a Gold- and Platinum-selling artist, achieved tremendous success at a young age with hit singles “Blue on Black,” “Slow Ride” and “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway.” Campbell has a storied 50-plus-year career in show business, including his starring role in The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show on CBS, sales of 45 million records, and 27 Top 10 singles such as “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Southern Nights” and “By the Time I Got to Phoenix.”

Both shows start at 7 p.m. and offer affordably-priced tickets starting at $20. Tickets for Kenny Wayne Shepherd are now on sale, and tickets for Glen Campbell will go on sale starting at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Fans can purchase tickets at all Seneca Casino box offices,, all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Kathy Rapp Selected Deputy Whip

For the second consecutive term, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) has been appointed to serve as a deputy whip by House Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-York).

As deputy whip, Rapp will be called upon to handle a variety of House floor responsibilities, including helping to monitor floor attendance, assisting in obtaining accurate vote counts and communicating caucus positions prior to House floor debates.

For the latest legislative updates, visit

Senate Holds Marcelllus Shale Hearing

The State Senate Majority Policy Committee held a hearing Wednesday about how drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation has affected Pennsylvania communities within the last few years, and what more needs to be done.

Sandy Thompson from the McKean County Conservation District said they are trying to better understand the impacts of drillling on streams in the county by establishing a real-time water quality monitoring system in the Potato Creek Watershed and they hope to expand the system to other parts of the county.

Thompson also said the state has cut funding to conservation districts by 25 percent over the last few years, at the same time drilling activity is increasing.

She said that as of January 5, 66 Marcellus Shale wells have been permitted and 24 have been drilled.

Photo provided by Senate Republican Communications

Cops: Teen Broke Another Teen's Jaw

A Mayville teenager is facing assault charges for breaking another teen’s jaw during a fight.

Sheriff’s deputies say a 16-year-old got into a fight with an 18-year-old from Bemus Point, and during the fight the 16-year-old punched the 18-year-old in the jaw and broke it.

The 18-year-old was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital then transferred to Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

The 16-year-old turned himself in. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

UMass Hoops Team had Plane Trouble

The University of Massechusetts baketball team had a little trouble getting to St. Bonaventure to play last night’s game with the Bonnies.

The team was on a charter flight to Bradford when the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Albany because of smoke in the cockpit.

The Minutemen waited in the airport for six hours until they could get a replacement plane, and didn’t arrive in Olean until 1:30 Wednesday morning.

UMass went on to win the game 78-69.

Man Pleads Guilty to Impersonating
Firefighter During Salamanca Blaze

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a firefighter.

31-year-old Bradley Thomas claimed to be a firefighter during the blaze that destroyed the former Fancher Furniture building in Salamanca in May.

Thomas was wearing a helmet from the Kill Buck Fire Department and a jacket and airpack from the Salamanca Fire Department when he was arrested. He told police he was a Machias firefighter.

Family Grows with Steelers Super Bowl
Wins - - From WTAE Pittsburgh

Watch the video: Family Grows With Each Steelers Super Bowl Win - Sports News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

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Reminder: Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Business owners, building owners and merchants in Bradford’s downtown historic district are invited to attend the Neighborhood Watch Interest Meeting that will be held at the Bradford Area Public Library, today, at 6 p.m.
The Main Street and ‘Project Pride’ Elm Street programs, along with the City of Bradford Police Department will host the meeting. Many residents and business owners have expressed an interest in a sustainable, long term relevant ‘block watch’ network for the City of Bradford.
A representative from the Bradford City Police Department will facilitate a discussion about Neighborhood Watches, share safety/observation tips, and answer questions. For more information contact Main Street Manager, Anita Dolan or Elm Street Manager, Lisa Keck.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Love is in the Air in the ANF Region

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

Love is in the air in the Allegheny National Forest Region in northern Pennsylvania. If you are looking for a romantic getaway for you and your significant other for Valentine’s Day or just a weekend escape, here love takes on many forms – romantic, culinary and recreation.

In this neck of the woods – located about 90 minutes south of Buffalo, N.Y. – there’s plenty of activities and attractions to satisfy whatever your heart desires.

The Mountain Laurel Inn in Bradford, a lovely Colonial Revival home built in 1894, features a sweeping circular central staircase and seven elegantly decorated guest rooms.
When you book the Romantic Getaway Package with your one night’s lodging, you will be treated to fluffy robes, fine chocolates, scented candles, crystal champagne glasses and romantic music in your room. In addition, guests will enjoy a hors d’oeurves platter and beverages, plus a $25 gift certificate towards dinner at one of the many area restaurants in Bradford. The romance continues the next morning with a gourmet hot breakfast prepared by Bob and Carol, resident innkeepers, in a beautiful dining room. Phone 814-362-8006 to book your stay.

The Mansion District Inn at 905 W. Main St., Smethport, one of the premier historic mansions within the Smethport Mansion District, has several suites to choose from for that time away. The Dr. W.Y. McCoy Suite, however, is perhaps the most romantic suite with a Jacuzzi, and can be just what the doctor ordered for a couple yearning for some relaxation. Reservations may be made by calling 814-598-7403.

Treat you and your significant other to a getaway at The Lodge at Glendorn, the only Relais & Chateau property in western Pennsylvania. Elegance, fine cuisine and customized service are Glendorn’s specialties. You can surprise the one you love with a dozen roses and champagne in your room upon arrival. Guests can also request an in-room chocolate romance massage for two or a private dinner in the wine cellar.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, experience Glendorn’s award-winning tasting menu while you enjoy the music of the house jazz band. End the night with a bonfire next to one of Glendorn’s lakes while snacking on gourmet s’mores.

Glendorn has several outdoor activities onsite, including guided snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, Jeep Mattrack® tours and cross-country skiing. Cozy cabins with wood-burning fireplaces, luxury accommodations and room to play on the properties 1,280 acres make this the perfect destination. Packages start at $299. Visit for additional packages and special offers.

The Gallets House Bed & Breakfast in nearby Allegany, N.Y., has a special romance package. Treat your sweetheart to a two-night stay in a luxurious room that includes a whirlpool tub. Enjoy a lavish breakfast each morning as well as dinner for two at a local restaurant. The package also includes flowers and chocolates. Call 716-373-7493 to make reservations.

What can be sweeter than an evening out with great wine and fine chocolate?

If that is what you desire, mark Feb. 12 on your calendar. That’s when Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Lounge in Kane will be hosting its annual Valentine Wine & Chocolate Tasting event starting at noon. This event, at $12 per person, pairs award-winning wine with delicious chocolate delicacies. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, go to

For those who love the outdoors, the Kinzua Outdoor & Travel Show is the place to be the end of February at the Bradford Mall, 1001 E. Main St., Bradford. This annual event, sponsored by the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, is packed with speakers, vendors and exhibitors from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Everything from fishing to camping equipment to hunting can be found under one roof. Admission is $3 for the weekend. Children 10 years and under are free.

For more information on other events, lodging and local attractions, call the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 or log onto to request a free visitor guide and map.

Pictured, The Lodge at Glendorn offers everything from gourmet meals to in-room massages that will make your sweetheart swoon. The Lodge at Glendorn is located at 1000 Glendorn Drive, Bradford, Pa. There’s perhaps nothing better than wine, roses and chocolate – and you get all three at the Valentine Wine & Chocolate Tasting at Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Lounge in Kane, Pa.

Superior Court to Decide Whether Boy Should be Tried as Adult for Homicide

A Superior Court will decide whether a boy who was 11 years old when he allegedly shot and killed his father’s pregnant fiancĂ© should be tried as an adult.

A Lawrence County judge refused to move Jordan Brown’s case to juvenile court.
Brown is charged with shooting 26-year-old Kenzie Marie Houk and her unborn son in their home in February 2009.

Brown faces life in prison if convicted as an adult, but will be free by age 21 if he's tried in juvenile court.

Casey Introduces Legislation to Use
Unspent Highway Funds

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced two bills aimed at utilizing federal money allocated to highway projects that remains unspent. Recent reports indicate that almost one in three dollars earmarked for highway projects since 1991 remain unspent, totaling $13 billion nationwide and $392 million in Pennsylvania.

“This legislation will ensure that funding already directed toward highway projects is put to good use, improving our roads and bridges and creating more construction jobs,” said Senator Casey. “This legislation will help Pennsylvania move forward on critical highway projects and relieve the financial burden these unspent funds are causing the state.”

The Redistribution of Unspent Earmarks Act will require any earmarks that are over three years old and not obligated to a specific project to be returned to the state transportation department with jurisdiction over the project, allowing the money to be spent on other federally approved projects.

The Use It or Lose It Act will require congressionally directed funding from the Highway Trust Fund to be obligated for a project no later than 3 years after the funds were first made available. If funds are not obligated in that time frame, they will be released to the state transportation department which will then be able to direct it toward other federally approved transportation projects in that state.

Accused Burglar Waives Hearing

The man accused of breaking into the Price Right store on Main Street and trying to break into Rollie’s Tobacco waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Gregory Farr is accused of breaking into Price Right in the early morning hours of December 9 and stealing several items, including an X-Box 360 and six games.

A witness saw footprints in the snow leading to Farr’s Forman Street home, and also saw the stolen items in his apartment.

According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office, Farr admitted to breaking a window at Rollie’s and trying to get in. When he couldn’t, he went back home.

He’s free on unsecured bail.

'Bloods' Member's Charges Bound to Court

Drug charges against a reputed member of the “Bloods” street gang from New York City were bound to court following a hearing Wednesday in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Dakota Mix of Franklinville, New York, was stopped by Bradford City Police on May 15 on South Avenue. During the traffic stop, police saw a baggie with white powder in it. Police also saw a folding knife, although Mix had denied having any weapons in the vehicle.

During the stop, police were told that Mix was a “confirmed” member of the Bloods. They were advised to use caution.

Police later found a gun clip, cocaine and diazepam in the vehicle.

Mix is free on unsecured bail.

Several Waive Hearings on Drug Charges

Several Bradford residents, and a Buffalo man, waived their preliminary hearings on a variety of drug charges Wednesday.

Ben Denning allegedly sold heroin to a confidential informant for $130, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.. Then on October 30 when Bradford Police and the McKean County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 56 Amm Street, Denning tried to hide a bag of cocaine by putting it in his anal cavity.

Police obtained another search warrant, and the drugs were found during an exam at BRMC.

Jayson Foster is accused of having 2 syringes with what is believed to be a controlled substance in his pants pocket during the Amm Street raid.

Dorian “Mack” Cooper of Buffalo is accused of selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant at the Terminal Building on South Avenue on September 13. He also allegedly sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant on November 7.

Paula Sabol is facing charges for having marijuana and paraphernalia at her home. Police found the items while answering a call for a domestic disturbance.

Lara Williamson is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for having a marijuana pipe.

Williamson is free on her own recognizance. Sabol and Denning are free on unsecured bail. Foster is free on $2,500 bail. Cooper is free on $8,500 bail.

'Gasland' Nominated for Academy Award

HBO’s “Gasland” has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film about natural gas drilling is among five nominees for best documentary feature.

Director Josh Fox brought the movie to Bradford in June 2010. He said he made the movie to raise awareness about the negative impacts of gas drilling.

Woodruff to Receive Brauser Award

H.L. “Woody” Woodruff has been chosen to receive the 2011 Lester Brauser Theatre Appreciation Award, announced Bradford Little Theatre president Nanci K. Garris on Tuesday.

Established in 2001, the Brauser Award is presented to an individual whose work makes community theatre possible in the Bradford area. It is named after theatre enthusiast the late Lester Brauser.

“Since the 1960s, wherever there has been entertainment for the community, there has been Woody,” said BLT president Nanci K. Garris. “Sometimes he has brought performers to town, sometimes he has hosted bus trips to events out of town, and other times he is the performer. It is because of his ongoing support of the arts and especially his personal performances, that we are pleased to present him this award.

Garris recounted Woodruff’s many onstage appearances in the annual Kiwanis Kapers benefit show; his work as auctioneer or master of ceremonies for local causes; his “bits” at local events like car shows; and even his portrayal of Santa over the decades.

The award will be presented to Woodruff on Feb. 25 at the opening night of “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning” at St. Bernard Educational and Social Center, 95 E. Corydon St.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Woodruff, “especially having known and worked with Les.”

Like Brauser, Woodruff said he believes “Entertainment is for everyone – it fills a need.”

Over the years, his volunteer efforts have included booking notables such as Count Basie, comedians Norm Crosby and Frank Fontaine, and the Glenn Miller and Wes Bowen orchestras. Over the years he has impersonated Fontaine’s “Crazy Guggenheim,” Jonathan Winters’ “Maude Frickert,” as well as local personalities. He has lent his home, his voice and his financial support to BLT.

Though he has scaled back, the 78-year-old retiree still helps bring in annual music programs for the Rotary Club as he has for 46 years, still consults with the annual ELF (Era’s Less Fortunate) Fund, and still entertains.

After a four-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Woodruff moved to Bradford in 1954 to work for an automobile dealership. In 1960, he established Woodruff Motors offering Jeeps and used cars. In 1971 he joined The Bradford Era, from which he retired in 2000 as general manager. He and his wife, Pat, live on Lang Maid Lane.

Well-wishers can leave congratulations in a guest book BLT will have at all three dinner theatre performances, or greet him personally at opening night.

Past recipients of the Brauser Award include the late Dr. Robert C. Laing Jr., John and Marlene Kijowski, Dr. Richard Frederick, the James VanScoy family, Marmy and the late Steve Hodges, Patty Bianco and Ron Johnson.

Man Dies in Industrial Accident

A Kane man died in an industrial accident Tuesday afternoon in East Smethport.

State police say 59-year-old Joseph Peterson was working outside moving Dumpsters with a Terex loader and, while hooking up a chain to one of the Dumpsters, he got p inned between the loader bucket and the Dumpster he was attempting to hook up.

The accident happened sometime between 1 and 5 p.m. at Duffy Inc. in East Smethport, according a fax sent to WESB and The HERO by Kane-based state police.

Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill.

Smethport Fire and Priority Care Ambulance service were also on the scene.

Audio of Tuesday's City Council Meeting

To our regular readers: I'm sorry I didn't write a City Council story last night, but I'm not feeling well. (Boo hoo, right?) However, I did attend the meeting and you can listen to it here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Luminite Coming to Bradford

WESB/WBRR News Director

Luminte officials have made their decision about moving their company -- and they're coming to McKean County.

Luminite has been working out of the former St. Patrick's School in Salamanca since the May 2010 fire at the former Fancher Furniture plant destroyed the company offices on Rochester Street.

They had been considering a move to either Cattaraugus County or McKean County. Bradford Office of Economic and Community Development Executive Director Sara Andrews confirmed Tuesday evening that the company will be relocating to the Lafferty Hollow Industrial Park.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have them come to our community," Andrews said.

They will be building a 45,000 square foot facility within the next few months. Kessel Construction of Bradford will be the general contractor.

When the company is up and running at the Lafferty Hollow site, they will be bringing 60 new employees to McKean County.

Andrews said she believes the teamwork displayed between local and state officials in the effort to bring Luminite to Bradford is what swayed the company.

"We're just very pleased to know they're coming here and they are going to be an excellent addition to our community," Andrews said.

One of Russia's Leading Orchestras to
Perform at SBU's Quick Center

The Moscow-based Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in the fifth concert of the Friends of Good Music season at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Under the leadership of music director Misha Rachlevsky, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will perform Rossini’s “Sonata for Strings,” Prokofiev’s “Visions Fugitives” (in an arrangement for chamber orchestra by Rudolf Barshai), and Tchaikovsky’s passionate masterpiece “Serenade for Strings, opus 48.”

Founded in 1991, the orchestra consists of some of Russia’s finest young string players and has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of Rachlevsky, its founder and music director. In addition to an active season of presenting concerts and festivals in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin tours regularly in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. The orchestra has recorded more than 30 CDs, many of which have won international awards.

After a recent concert at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times proclaimed: “Misha Rachlevsky, the ensemble’s music director, elicited warm, full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped gleaming phrases.”

Concert-goers are in for a “special treat,” said Ludwig Brunner, program director for the Quick Center. “Hearing the plush string sounds of Chamber Orchestra Kremlin on one of their many records made me want to engage this ensemble immediately,” said Brunner. “I’m glad that their 2011 U.S. tour allowed for a stop in Olean between concerts in Vermont and Virginia.”

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

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

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

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

Local Blood Shortage Persists;
Now Includes All Blood Types

Despite a recent appeal for donors the Community Blood Bank has been unable to overcome the serious blood shortage in the region that has persisted for over a week. Heavy usage, combined with lighter than expected donor turnout is to blame.

The Community Blood Bank of NW PA is taking donors Thursday from 3:30-7:30 & Saturday 9-1PM at 24 Davis Street, Union Square in Bradford at the BRMC Lab.

First the snow forced the cancellation of several blood drives, then the flu has diminished the ranks of donors, and recently the cold weather has affected turnout.

"We are still really struggling," Says Dan Desrochers Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "It is getting worse instead of better and we need to turn it around quickly before it turns critical."

All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. The Community Blood Bank is located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square across from the Sports Café in the BRMC Laboratory. Hours are on Thursday are 3:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Photo ID is required.

Pitt-Bradford, JCC Enter into
New Transfer Agreements

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has entered into transfer agreements with Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College to help students who plan to earn an associate’s degree at JCC and transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at Pitt-Bradford.

The new agreements cover bachelor’s degree programs in history/political science, human relations, interdisciplinary arts or writing at Pitt-Bradford. An overview of Pitt-Bradford’s programs and its transfer agreements with JCC are available at .

Each agreement guarantees acceptance of JCC students who successfully complete up to 75 transferable credits (with a minimum grade of C in each course), achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, meet Pitt-Bradford conduct standards, and complete application and deposit requirements by May 1.

The agreements also guarantee junior standing to students who transfer a minimum of 60 credit hours and guarantee the opportunity to complete the bachelor’s degree in four semesters to students who complete courses specified in the agreement as part of their associate's degree.

Pitt-Bradford and JCC have also updated other transfer articulation agreements, and many of the changes give JCC students more latitude in choosing courses that will transfer well. The agreements are in accounting, applied mathematics, biology, business management, chemistry, broadcast communications, computer information systems and technology, criminal justice, elementary education, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, health and physical education (K-12), hospitality management, nursing, psychology, public relations, social sciences, sport and recreation management, sociology and sports medicine.

Governor Corbett Announces Reform Plan

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today released his top points for government reform, following through on his commitment to root out waste and fraud, while returning fiscal responsibility and accountability back to Pennsylvania.

“I am committed to provide an open, transparent, accountable and trustworthy government that puts our taxpayers first and gets the commonwealth back on track,’’ Corbett said.

“We are facing a multi-billion dollar deficit and we must do something about it,’’ Corbett said. “I made a commitment to the people of Pennsylvania that I would reform state government, and I intend to make good on that commitment starting today.’’

At the top of his list is changing to a biennial budget process. Across the nation, 20 other states already use a two-year budget cycle, which Corbett believes will provide a more focused, long-term analysis of the effectiveness of government programs and the use of tax dollars.

It would also provide agencies and programs the opportunity to better control costs and develop more predictable budgets of their own.

Earlier today, two lawmakers, Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, and Sen. Mike Brubaker, R-Lancaster, introduced legislation to amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to a biennial budget system. Corbett supports that action.

Corbett’s other top measures for government reform include:

Transparency in State Government

Corbett is directing the Office of Administration and Department of General Services to create an ongoing joint task force with the General Assembly to examine ways to institute broader transparency and make information available online more accessible.

The current online database will be enhanced to include all aspects of the state budget as well as all revenues and expenditures, allowing taxpayers to easily search for financial information across all of state government, including contracts.

Pennsylvanians have a right to know the potential fiscal impact of proposed legislation. Corbett will work with the General Assembly to ensure that accurate fiscal notes are attached to each piece of legislation coming to the floor of either chamber for a vote. That way, members of the House and Senate, as well as Pennsylvania taxpayers, can properly assess the value of each legislative change.

Performance-Based Budgeting

Working with his cabinet members, Corbett will establish performance goals, review them annually and require state departments and agencies to meet them.
Funding for any program that has failed to meet its stated goals over a multi-year period will be reviewed.

Consolidation of Services

Corbett is directing the Office of Administration and Department of General Services to work with all state agencies to consolidate services, especially information technology and administrative office functions, to eliminate waste and make government more efficient.

In addition, Corbett is requesting legislative leaders and members of the judiciary to do the same where possible and economically feasible.

One example could be the sharing of computer and printing services between departments.

Sunset and Audit of State Boards and Commissions

Governor Corbett is issuing an executive order to establish a task force to immediately review all of the commonwealth’s boards and commissions. The panel will have one year to conduct its work and submit a report.

Boards and commissions found to be inactive or ineffective will be sunset. For new boards, commissions, the commonwealth will institute a five-year life span.

Reducing the Size & Cost of Government

Corbett is setting a goal to streamline state government by reducing the cost of how it does business by 10 percent during his four-year term in office in all branches of government.

Additionally, Corbett wants to centralize communications between agencies, upgrading technology and lowering costs, and he is encouraging members of the judicial and legislative branches to do the same.

As a first step toward this reduction, Corbett is directing the Department of General Services to conduct an immediate audit of the state’s vehicles under the governor’s jurisdiction – including a review of any leases and identifying the number of state-owned vehicles. The audit is to be completed within 90 days.

Ban Gifts during the Procurement Process

Corbett is directing the Office of Administration and Department of General Services to conduct an immediate review of all policies that govern gifts during the purchasing process and bidding for state contracts.

The governor is asking that the review be completed within 90 days and that the Department of General Services continue to work to strengthen existing policies to ban them.

Elimination of WAMs and Discretionary Funds

Corbett will eliminate the use of discretionary funds, known as walking around money or WAMS, which are used to finance pet projects.

Elimination of per Diems for State Employees

Corbett is directing the Office of Administration to require state employees under his jurisdiction to provide receipts for travel, food and lodging. The governor ordered an updated policy for employees be completed within 90 days.

The governor also encouraged members of the legislature and judiciary to take similar steps toward better management of taxpayers’ money.

Reduce Legislative Reserves

Corbett believes that the General Assembly should limit the amount of taxpayer money which is held in reserve. This will be a topic of negotiation during the budget process.

Health Insurance Contributions

Corbett is encouraging the members of the legislature to make the same financial contribution as other state employees for the health insurance they receive.

'Political Prom' Tonight in DC

UPB Literary Magazine Baily's Beads Celebrates Award, New Issue

The staff of Baily’s Beads, the literary magazine of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will have two reasons to celebrate Wednesday night.

The first is the unveiling of the 2011 edition. The second is accolades received for the 2010 issue.

The public is invited to join the unveiling and celebration at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the Mukaiyama University Room. The event will include refreshments, readings and an open mic for those wishing to share their original work. The free event is part of the university’s Spectrum Series.

Also during the celebration, Mandy Colosimo, editor of the 2010 edition, will accept the Best College Magazine award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The award is given to the top scoring magazine in each enrollment category.

The 2010 edition scored 990 out of a possible 1,000 points, receiving marks of distinction in both writing and editing and concept.

Judges wrote that that the edition was, “unique and breathtaking … this is a gorgeous edition … Everything in the magazine speaks of professionalism.”

The edition also received a first-class award from the National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press.

During the unveiling of the 2011 issue, former Pitt-Bradford professor and local poet Helen Ruggieri will present awards for first, second and third prize for the best poetry and creative nonfiction.

Forty pieces of work make up the 2011 magazine, including creative nonfiction and three interviews with alumni. Fourteen poems by area elementary school and high school students are also published in the magazine.

“The staff experimented with a couple of new features in this issue,” said Dr. Nancy McCabe, the magazine’s adviser, and the director of the writing program at Pitt-Bradford. “One is the Kids’ Corner poems by area schoolchildren. We have pieces by kids in first grade through high school. The other is the interviews with recent writing graduates.

“The pieces by children include a song by a then-first-grader, Colby Laird, ‘O Alligator,’ meant to be sung to the tune of ‘O Christmas Tree.’ When the staff sang it, it completely won us over.”

Among students and staff whose work appears in the magazine are Les Buhite, technical director of the Bromeley Family Theater and KOA Art Gallery; Andrew Cauley, writing major from Bradford; Jenna Prechtl, a chemistry major from Brockport; Stewart Skeel, a writing major from Carlisle; and Yvon Woappi, a biology major from Hanover.

Other contributors include graduates Jessica Hamilton, Angela Nuzzo, Shane Phillips, Ross Sharkey and Cheri Thomas, community member Cecelia Prosser, and former Pitt-Bradford students Brian Cavanaugh and Kim Katilius.

Mackenzie Miller, a writing major from Attica, N.Y.; editor Michael Reeder, and Cauley contributed interviews with alumni Thomas, Jillian Polaski and Andrew Marsh.

Editor Sarah Dorben, a writing major from North East, said, “I am very proud of the product and am excited to have it finally released to the public. I hope everyone enjoys the art and work that went into the magazine.”

Work got under way on Baily’s Beads 2011 last January. Staff chose pieces of writing by April, and they edited them during the fall term.

Seventeen students worked on the magazine. Editors are Michael Reeder, a writing major from Murrysville, and Dorben. Reeder also did layout, and Arpad Hervanek, a biology major from Bradford, designed the magazine.

Poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, memoir, travel writing, personal essays, plays and translations are accepted year-round.

Submissions should have a cover sheet with the author’s name and contact information, but the author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. Poetry should be single spaced, while prose should be double spaced. Writers may submit up to 20 pages. Submissions may be dropped off at 103 Blaisdell Hall or mailed to Baily’s Beads, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, Pa., 16701.

DEP Investigating Tioga County Incident

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection is investigating a well control incident that occurred Jan. 17 at a Talisman Energy natural gas well located on state forest land in Ward Township, Tioga County.

Talisman also has been conducting its own investigation and has been cooperating fully with the department.

“This was a serious incident that could have caused significant environmental harm had it not been brought under control,” said DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber. “DEP is conducting a thorough investigation to determine why this incident occurred.”

Talisman began having problems controlling the well in the early afternoon of Jan. 17. The well was successfully shut in about 3:45 p.m. that day.

During the well control incident, which began during hydraulic fracturing of the well, fracking fluids and sand discharged from the well into the air. It does not appear that any significant amount of natural gas was released and there was no fire or explosion.

DEP Oil and Gas and Emergency Response program staff responded to the well, and Talisman Energy contacted CUDD Well Control to assist with gaining control of the well. CUDD recently opened an operations center in Canton, Bradford County, and was able to quickly respond to the site.

Talisman voluntarily shut down all hydraulic fracturing operations in North America while investigating the cause of this incident.

Inspections conducted last week by DEP staff verified that the fluids had been contained to the lined well pad. The fluids were cleaned up by a contractor and further sampling will be conducted to determine if any contaminated soil needs to be removed.

Oil and Gas Program staff also collected soil samples last week from beneath the well pad liner. Those results have not yet been received.

The department sent a notice of violation letter on Jan. 24 which requires the company to submit a sampling plan for the site, information on any fluids released, an analysis of the main cause of the incident, and changes to be implemented in all of its Marcellus operations as a result of the incident.

Drinkable Marijuana to Hit Shelves

Fired for Wearng Green Bay Packers Tie

Monday, January 24, 2011

Warren Man Found Dead After Crash

A Warren man was found dead after his car crashed on National Forge Road in Brokenstraw Township today.

Police say a car driven by 70-year-old Larry Watson went off the road going around a curve, traveled 86 feet off the road, hit a tree and rolled onto its side.

Police say Watson was dead when emergency responders arrived, and they believe he died prior to the crash.

Toomey Bets with Wisconsin Senator

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Steelers vs. Packers. Primanti Bros. sandwiches vs. Wisconsin cheese.

In honor of the Feb. 6 Super Bowl featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Green Bay Packers, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) have made a tasty wager on the winner of the big game.

Should the Steelers prevail, Sen. Johnson will provide Sen. Toomey with a savory assortment of Wisconsin cheese, bratwurst and beer. But should the Packers emerge victorious, Sen. Toomey will ship Sen. Johnson a delivery of Pittsburgh’s world-famous Primanti Bros. sandwiches, topped with signature French fries, cole slaw and tomatoes.

“I’m sure Sen. Johnson would enjoy some of Pittsburgh’s best sandwiches, which taste just as good as the upcoming Steelers’ victory,” Sen. Toomey said.

“Being frugal and a fiscal conservative, my first thought was to simply re-gift the Chicago Style Pizza and Illinois beer that the Packers helped us win from Senator Kirk. But that wouldn’t highlight the fine products made in Wisconsin. So I have decided to offer Senator Toomey’s office a generous basket of Wisconsin cheese, brats, and beer in the unlikely event that the Steelers prevail over America’s team, the Green Bay Packers,” Sen. Johnson said.

Thompson Appointed to Subcommittee on
Energy and Mineral Resources

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today learned he has been appointed to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee. This appointment follows Thompson’s recent appointment to the full House Natural Resources Committee and reappointment to the full House Agriculture and Education & Labor Committees.

“This assignment is a huge win for the people of Pennsylvania’s 5th District,” said Thompson. “On the Energy & Minerals Subcommittee, I will have the opportunity to represent the local economies of rural Pennsylvania that have benefited greatly from the Marcellus Natural Gas Play and other resources located in the 5th District and nationwide. I look forward to advancing responsible resource management and development policies for the betterment of the country,” added Thompson.

The House Natural Resource Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources has specific jurisdiction over our nation’s energy production and mining on federal lands, both onshore and offshore. The full House Natural Resources Committee has jurisdiction over our nation’s mining interests, mineral resources on public lands, forest reserves and national parks created from the public domain and other public lands in general.

Woman Gets Prison Time for Burglary

A Salamanca woman has been sentenced to 2 to 6 years in prison for breaking into a store in July and stealing nearly $8,000 worth of merchandise.

20-year-old Alexa Knoxsah, 20-year-old James Porter and a 17-year-old broke into the Across the River Smoke Shop in Salamanca on July 11.

Porter has already pleaded guilty, and will be sentenced in March.

Knoxsah will also serve 1 to three years for throwing a blunt object through a car window and injuring a dog that was sitting inside.

Snowmobiler Killed in Crash

A 32-year-old Cassadaga man is dead after a snowmobile accident early this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say Ryan Anderson lost control of the snowmobile and it crashed into a large snowbank at around 12:45 this morning. Anderson was thrown from the snowmobile and then hit a tree.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.