The 1490 NewsBlog

powered by NewsRadio 1490 WESB

brought to you, in part, by

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring Forward myspace graphic comments
Twitter Backgrounds

Harrisburg – Pennsylvanians are reminded to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they move their clocks ahead by one hour this weekend, State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann said.

“Buying, installing and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are among the cheapest things you can do to protect yourself and your family,” Mann said. “Thousands of lives have been saved.”

After replacing the batteries, homeowners should test the alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, especially inside each bedroom and hallways near sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide, or CO, detectors should also be installed near sleeping areas.

Mann suggested replacing a smoke alarm if it’s more than 10 years old, even if it seems to work properly. The useful life of a smoke alarm is usually 10 years.

After making sure the alarms work properly, Mann recommends creating and practicing a home fire escape plan. Each member of the household should be able to identify more than one way to get out of the home and reach a meeting place away from the home, such as a neighbor’s porch or a telephone pole across the street, so that each person can be accounted for in an emergency.

“A home fire escape plan should also be reviewed and practiced on a regular basis, particularly if the makeup of the family has changed or a new addition has been put on the house,” Mann said. “This can also happen twice a year when the batteries are changed.”

More information about fire prevention and safety is available online at For more information about the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the fire service in Pennsylvania, visit

Havers Falls Short in Hershey

Bradford High’s Mark Havers lost to Chance Marsteller of Kennard-Dale in York County 9-4 tonight in the PIAA Class Triple A wrestling championships in Hershey.

I think most of us can agree that we're very proud of Mark and that watching him wrestle over the last few years has been very exciting. (And, some of us learned more about wrestling that we ever knew we wanted to know.)

Good luck at Clarion, Mark!

Pictured, Havers (in red) got the better of Marstellar a few times. (taken while watching PCN's broadcast)

PSP: Juveniles Smeared Feces on Walls

Two juveniles are accused of breaking into a seasonal residence in Elk County and defecating on a sofa.

Police say the two known juveniles from Brockport and Brockway broke into the camp on Bundy Settlement Road in Horton Township by breaking a window. Once inside, they defecated on the sofa then smeared feces on the walls. They also shot a window with a BB gun.

The incident happened sometime between December 10 and today. Damage is estimated at $800. Police are continuing their investigation.

Corbett Pays Off on Super Bowl Bet

Pittsburgh – Governor Tom Corbett today fulfilled his friendly Super Bowl wager with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker while helping to deliver a $25,000 check on behalf of Coca-Cola to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and the Sarah Heinz House Boys & Girls Club.

Because the Steelers lost the Super Bowl to the Packers, Gov. Corbett, a lifelong Steelers fan, appeared at the check presentation wearing a Green Bay jersey.

“I’m here today to pay off a bet. I promise you: this is the only time you’re going to see me in a Packers jersey,” said Corbett. “But the governor of Wisconsin and I made a bet, and when you make a bet you have to keep your word.”

“Although my beloved Steelers lost the Super Bowl, I’m happy to turn that loss into a win for the children of the Pittsburgh region who are served by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and the Sarah Heinz House Boys & Girls Club,” Corbett added.

The money was donated through the nationwide “Coke Cheers” promotion. The promotion raised funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to support Triple Play, a national program created by BGCA and Coca-Cola to help kids eat healthier and become more physically active.

The ceremony was held at the Sarah Heinz House in Pittsburgh. It was established by Howard Heinz, the son of HJ Heinz, in 1901. It later became one of the first members of the national Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Gov. Corbett already fulfilled the first half of his wager with Gov. Walker by sending him a basket of Pennsylvania-made products. The basket contained PA Preferred products ranging from apples and honey to Eat’n Park Smiley Face Cookies, Penn Pilsner Beer, Sarris Candies and Heinz Ketchup. It was sent the week after the Super Bowl in February.

Photo provided by Commoonwealth Media Services

Additional Charge Against Mills Man

A Mills, PA, man accused of firing a gun in an apartment while five children were present is facing another charge.

Police say 36-year-old John Huggler was heavily intoxicated when got into to a fight with a 33-year-old woman on March 2 on Route 49 in Harrison Township. They ended up outside, where Huggler allegedly went into the road and disrupted traffic.

He then allegedly got a rifle and fired one round into the ceiling of an apartment, when five children, ages 3 to 11, were present.

Huggler was originally charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person and several summary offenses.

The additional charge is illegal possession of a firearm, a second-degree felony.
Huggler remains in jail on $100,000 bail.

Havers Goes for State Title Tonight

Bradford High’s Mark Havers beat Geno Morelli of DuBois 5-2 in the semi-finals of the PIAA state wrestling championships this morning in Hershey.

Havers goes for the state title tonight against Chance Marsteller of Kennard-Dale (York County). Marsteller entered the tournament undefeated at 38-0. Havers was 35-2 coming in to the tournament.

Good luck, Mark!

National Geographic Triple Shot

A couple of weeks ago on The Weekend Wrap on 1490 WESB and 100.1 The HERO I spoke with people about National Geographic books concerning different aspects of travel. Earlier this week, I spoke with "The Female Indiana Jones." You can hear all of those now:

Janice Holly Booth talks about "Only Pack What You Can Carry" here.

Rudy Marxa talks about the new National Geographic book “100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas" here.

Mireya Mayor is the author of "Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey form NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer. Listen here.

For more information, you can go to

Remember, the Bradford Area Public Library is always an excellent source for information about any book.

Road Collapses in Great Valley

Route 98 in Great Valley is closed after part of the road collapsed on Friday.

Cattaraugus County officials say when a portion of the hill on Route 98 between Sugartown and Martin roads gave way it caused 50 feet of the southbound section to collapse.

They believe water run-off caused the collapse.

No one was hurt. The road will be closed until further notice while officials decided what to do.

Nuclear Fears in Japan

Police Called to All Four City Schools

Friday was an eventful day for Bradford City Police. Officers were called for a hit and run on South Avenue, an erratic driver on Route 219, road hazards at Mechanic Street and Walker Avenue, and on Elm Street. They had a vehicle complaint on Congress Street and parking complaints on Davis Street and Belleview Avenue, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Officers were called to a noise complaint on West Washington Street and harassment on Maplewood Avenue. They were also called for a report of harassment at Bradford High, alarms at Fretz Middle School and School Street Elementary. Police were also asked to help locate a parent of a GGB Elementary School student.

Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl

The highly anticipated St. Patrick’s Day Party / Stop #2 for the Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl will be held at HoleShot Bar & Grill in St. Marys this Friday, March 18th from 9 - 11 p.m. All are welcome to attend and there is no cover charge.

A Jam Session/Open Mic Night (HoleShot will provide the drums, mic, and amps) will follow Fish Fries (available all-day until 8 p.m). The St. Patty’s Day celebration will include HoleShot’s famous Roost Fries, $1 Straub Beer Draft Drink Specials, Free Door Prizes, official concert-style Pub Crawl tees for sale, and to really bring out everyone’s inner Leprechaun, special GREEN Straub Beer will be served throughout the party. Please note that Edgewood has also generously donated their parking lot for overflow parking at the party.

The yearlong 2011 Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl benefits four local charities: Elk County Relay for Life, Elk County Humane Society, Crystal Fire Department, and Rotary Club of St. Marys. Proceeds for the charities are being raised through individual donations from each of the participating bars, sales of the official Pub Crawl T-Shirt, and various activities at each Pub Crawl stop. Straub Brewery President/CEO, Bill Brock added, “Straub Brewery also envisions the Pub Crawl as a fun opportunity to drive money into the local economy and businesses while simultaneously ensuring that participants have a great and safe time.”

Please be sure to check out the revised Charity Pub Crawl section on the Straub Brewery website,, and join us on Facebook for even more photos, updates, and details for each event.

McKean County Fugitive Picked Up

A fugitive wanted in Bradford, Smethport and West Virginia is in custody after US Marshals picked him up near Towanda.

25-year-old Tony Ray Ford was wanted for allegedly sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl in November of 2009 in West Virginia.

The McKean County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant on November 13, 2008, charging Ford with criminal trespass for breaking into a building. Bradford City Police issued a warrant on December 18, 2008. He was charged with making a false report to law enforcement.

Ford was taken to the Bradford County Prison, based upon the felony charges in McKean County. Ford will also be charged as a fugitive-from-justice, and await court proceedings concerning his extradition to West Virginia on the first-degree sexual abuse case.

Friday, March 11, 2011

In Case You Missed It ...

For those of you who did not see this at 4 hours ago ...

It only took Bradford High's Mark Havers 14 seconds to pin West Allegheny's Aaron McKinney in the quarterfinals of the PIAA wrestling championships in Hershey this afternoon.

He now moves on to the semi-finals, where he takes on Geno Morelli of DuBois.

Good luck, Mark, from all of us at WESB and The HERO!

Thompson Sheds Further Light on Alleged
Improprieties at U.S. Dept. of Education

Washington, D.C. – Leading aggressive oversight of the U.S. Department of Education, today during a hearing held by the Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson prompted Inspector General Kathleen Tighe to further investigate allegations of improprieties within the Department of Education with regard to recently unveiled communications between the department and Wall Street about proposed regulations.

Thompson submitted for the record a letter which cited a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that indicates high level officials at the Department of Education were speaking to hedge fund managers regarding the release date of proposed "Gainful Employment" regulations for proprietary career colleges, many of which are publicly traded entities.

The emails warrant further examination from the Department’s Office of Inspector General. Thompson pressed Inspector General Tighe to ensure that they would be working with the Security and Exchange Commission to further investigate questions surrounding the FOIA findings.

Thompson has continued thorough oversight of the Administration’s regulatory proposals and program funding, in particular those related to Gainful Employment, a process that would impose arbitrary requirements on proprietary schools and deny access to thousands of higher education students, and has recently drawn bipartisan opposition.

In May of 2010, Thompson requested the Department of Education to vacate the proposed regulations and recently worked with a bipartisan group of colleagues to pass House Amendment 214, an amendment to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, which would prohibit funds to be used by the Department of Education to implement regulations on Gainful Employment.

You can watch video of the hearing here.

Casey Supports Ban on 'Bath Salts'

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is supporting legislation to add MDPV and mephedrone, synthetic chemicals being sold across the country and marketed as “bath salts” and “plant food” to the list of controlled substances. The chemicals have a similar effect on the body as cocaine and methamphetamines. The dangerous ingredients in the salts, MDPV and mephedrone can be snorted, smoked and injected to receive a deadly high.

“There is ample evidence that these so-called bath salts are a dangerous substance being used like meth or cocaine,” said Senator Casey. “Action needs to be taken to get bath salts off the shelf and out of our communities.”

There have been numerous reports of bath salts being linked to violent behavior and deaths. An individual in Scranton charged with attacking a priest was reported to be high on bath salts at the time of the attack.

The Combating Dangerous Synthetic Stimulants Act (S.409), introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would immediately add the ingredients in bath salts to the list of controlled substances. While the United States Attorney General and the Drug Enforcement Administration have announced they are currently investigating the effects of the synthetic drugs, this legislation would immediately add the synthetic drug to the list of controlled substances rather than waiting for the lengthy pharmacological research process.

MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and mephedrone are the main ingredients of these so-called ‘bath salts,’ and are now being sold online, at convenience stores and in smoke shops under names like Tranquility, Zoom, Ivory Wave, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky. According to numerous reports, the chemicals found in these bath salts and plant foods cause effects similar to those caused by cocaine and Methamphetamines, including hallucinations, paranoia and suicidal thoughts.

The two synthetic chemicals, mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone are uncontrolled substances with no known medicinal purpose. The harmful impact of these powders has been recognized around the world and countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Israel have acted quickly to ban these substances. Similarly, several states, including North Dakota, Florida and Louisiana have now banned the sale of these chemicals within their jurisdictions.

Toddler Found with Marijuana Pipe

A Cherry Creek man is facing charges after the toddler he was supposed to be caring for was found with a marijuana pipe in his hand.

Sheriff’s deputies say they were assisting Child Protective Services at the home of 51-year-old James Howard when they saw the child with the pipe. They say a bag of marijuana and rolling papers were near the toddler.

Howard was taken into custody and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of marijuana. He will appear in the Village of Cherry Creek Court.

Third Robbery Suspect in Custody

The third suspect in the robbery of a pizza deliveryman, who is also a National Guard solider, is now in custody.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies and Olean Police found 18-year-old Travis Satterfield hiding in an attic in Olean at noon today.

Satterfield, along with 19-year-old Hilario Maldonado Waskiewicz, Jr. and a 17-year-old, are charged with robbing Matthew Balcerzak Tuesday on Smith Hollow Road in Allegany. They got $28.

Refinery Fire in Japan Following Quake

For continuing, up-to-the-minute coverage go to

Church to Protest at Childrens' Funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at the funeral of the seven children killed in a fire earlier this week in Perry County, PA.

In a news release, the church says the fire was a result of God’s wrath for Pennsylvania because the man who sued the church after they protested at his son’s funeral is from York, Pennsylvania.

Albert Snyder’s son, Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, died in 2006 while serving in Iraq.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the church can protest at military and other funerals.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey says he's disgusted by the church's plan to protest at the funeral of the fire victims.

“Westboro Baptist Church’s repeated exploitation of personal tragedy is disgusting," he said in a news release. "They have protested funerals of troops killed serving their country. Now it is targeting the funeral of children. The protesters should stay in Kansas and pray for the Clouse family."

"The U.S. Supreme Court may say that they can continue to preach hate, but that doesn’t mean we should tolerate their actions in Pennsylvania," Casey continued. "If this protest goes forward, I hope that the people of Perry County and the Midstate will come out to support the family.”

Suspicious People, Vehicles in Bradford

Suspicions were high in a few areas of Bradford late Wednesday and Thursday. City police got calls about suspicious vehicles on Russell Boulevard and Summer Street, and suspicious people on Williams Street.

Officers also looked into a theft on West Corydon Street, motor vehicle accidents at Davis and Main streets, and at West Washington Street and Interstate Parkway. They received vehicle complaints from East Main and Congress Streets.

Police got calls about a downed limb on South Avenue and a downed phone line on Edwards Street. They got several requests to speak with an officer, and assisted other agencies on a number of calls.

Officers also got a report of a dispute on Barbour Street and loud noise on Bushnell Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Empty Bowls & Baskets Dinner Thursday

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold the sixth annual Empty Bowls and Baskets Dinner of homemade soup and bread to raise awareness of the fight against hunger and to raise money for the Friendship Table.

The dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Diners are invited to take home a hand-painted ceramic bowl, handcrafted basket or hand-sewn cloth napkins as a reminder that someone else’s bowl might be empty. To date, close to $7,000 has been raised to benefit the Friendship Table.

Dr. Holly J. Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and director of career services, and chairwoman of the event said the event is a community-wide effort.

Pitt-Bradford faculty and staff, members of the Alpha Phi Omega Service fraternity and other volunteers wove baskets or painted ceramic bowls. Art Club students at Fretz Middle School and at the Bradford High School participated by making coil and pinch bowls. The Student Art Club at Pitt-Bradford made bowls for the event in the ceramic studio, and the American Association of University Women spent a Saturday morning sewing the fabric napkins.

Third grade students from School Street Elementary, St. Bernard Elementary School, as well as third- and fourth-graders from The Learning Center and the Bradford Area Christian Academy decorated placemats as part of a lesson about hunger. Pitt-Bradford faculty, staff and community volunteers are making the soups and cookies.

The Empty Bowls Dinner was initiated in 1990 when a Michigan high school art teacher and his students sponsored the first dinner served in handmade bowls to benefit the cause. By the following year, the originators had developed the concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then, Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger. For more information on the originators of the event, go to:

Other groups and individuals who contributed to the event are The Bradford Club, Diana’s Ceramic Heaven, Cindy Cavallero, Metz and Associates, Miss Maggies, Cindy Nowacki, Pitt-Bradford’s Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Community Engagement Office, Division of Communication and the Arts and the Art Department, Division of Management and Education, Non-Traditional Student Association, Staff Association, Office of Student Affairs and the Student Art Club, and Tops Friendly Markets, Wal-Mart and WESB-1490 AM. This event is part of the Women’s History Month celebration.

We'll be talking about the Empty Bowls & Baskets Dinner, and The Friendship Table, on Tuesday's LiveLine on 1490 WESB and online at

UPB's Panah is President-Elect of National Association of Academies of Science

Dr. Assad Panah, professor of geology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, was elected president-elect of the National Association of Academies of Science at the organization’s meeting in Washington, D.C.

Panah will serve a total of six years: two as president-elect, two as president and two as past president. It was the first time that anyone has been elected to a second term as president. Panah also served as president of the NAAS from 2003-04.

The NAAS is a nonprofit organization that oversees a network of 47 state and regional academies of science affiliated with the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science, of which Panah is a fellow.

In 2000, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, and in 2004, he received the same award from the NAAS.

Panah is the director of Pitt-Bradford’s petroleum technology program, which he developed and launched in 2007.

He developed and taught K-12 Teacher Enhancement program for NASA under a six-year grant from the Mission to Planet Earth and NASA Earth Science Enterprise from 1997-2002.

Panah has twice been named a Fulbright Scholar in addition to other awards.

Man Sentenced for 2008 Killing

A Jamestown man who pleaded guilty to killing another man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

50-year-old David Scarpino pleaded guilty to manslaughter for beating and strangling Bruce Boje in 2008.

In August of that year, firefighters responded to a blaze on Andrews Street in Jamestown. After they put out the fire, they found Boje’s body inside the house.

District Attorney David Foley says this was a case of domestic violence, and should serve as a reminder for people in domestic violence situations to get help.

Natural Gas Expo Continues Today

The Natural Gas Expo at the University of Pittsburgh continues from 9 a.m. today.

Pictured from Thursday, Dr. Assad Panah, left, director of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Petroleum Technology program, talks with Gene Hillyard of NuWeld Inc.; and Mitch Samuels of Electricord Manufacturing chats at the Natural Gas Expo held Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Electricord of Westfield in Tioga County, makes power distribution units for use in the field.

Photos courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Death Toll Rising in Japan

200 to 300 bodies have been found in the Japan coastal city where a devastating tsunami hit earlier today, following an 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

The tsunami is hitting Hawaii right now.

For continuing, up-to-the-minute coverage, go to

More Evidence of Violence in Juvenile
Homes in New York State Surfaces

Lawmakers Call on Cuomo to Ax Commissioner

ALBANY – With shocking new video evidence revealing continued violence in New York’s juvenile centers, state lawmakers are calling on Governor Cuomo to fire Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner (OCFS) Gladys Carrion, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean).

Security video footage, unveiled by former state Commission of Correction’s employee Eileen Carpenter at a recent press conference in Albany, showed graphic images of residents violently assaulting each other and staff in the state’s four juvenile secure centers.

“I commend Ms. Carpenter’s courage for coming forward and exposing the truth about the violence that continues under Commissioner Carrion. This video confirms the chaos that has been created by her irresponsible policies,” said Senator Young.

“Commissioner Carrion has deliberately and systematically destroyed the juvenile justice system. Staff are being brutally assaulted and other residents are threatened or attacked on almost a daily basis. She has moved these violent offenders into neighborhoods and people like Renee Greco are being murdered. The carnage has to end,” she added.

Senator Young said nearly all the incidents on the video presented by Ms. Carpenter were well-planned out and premeditated by the residents who have taken advantage of Commissioner Carrion’s permissive system.

The video footage showed nearly a dozen brutal attacks, including a staff member being knocked out in a gym by two residents; a 65-year old female teacher’s head being thrown into a desk during a classroom eruption; a resident sent to the hospital after a sucker-punch knocked him out; gang retaliations against other residents and staff; and numerous group assaults and riots that took staff hours to subdue in some cases.

Ms. Carpenter was a Correctional Facility Specialist for the Commission of Corrections and was responsible for investigating the violence within the four secure OCFS facilities through video footage, as well as interviews with staff and residents. She says she was forced out of her job after she continued to press the issue of violence with OCFS officials and other law enforcement agencies, to no avail.

“There always has been an inherent risk in working with this population, but the increase in violence over the past three years can no longer be ignored, covered up or remain unaddressed. The situation warrants immediate and drastic action to prevent the ongoing threats, violence, injuries and the potential loss of life,” said Ms. Carpenter.

Senator George D. Maziarz, whose district saw the vicious death of counselor Renee Greco in a group home which housed violent youth offenders in June, 2009, said, “Gladys Carrion does not deserve to hold the position of Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Her misguided choice of treatment over incarceration of violent youth offenders continues to put our communities at risk. I believe that Gladys Carrion is the most dangerous person in New York State government and I join Senator Young in asking Governor Cuomo to immediately terminate Commissioner Carrion.”

Senator Mike Nozzolio said, “These videos represent the latest evidence of the dangerous environment that staff and residents face every day at these facilities as a result of Commissioner Carrion’s mismanagement and irresponsible policies. Under her direction, the number of violent incidents against staff in the State's OCFS facilities has increased dramatically even as the number of juvenile offenders in these facilities has declined. That is why I am renewing my call for Commissioner Carrion to step down immediately before even more tragedy occurs.”

Senator Betty Little said, “The status quo, not only in light of this video but also the concerns that have been continually raised over the past several years, is not acceptable. The evidence of mismanagement is irrefutable and it calls for swift and decisive action that is in the best interests of the residents of juvenile facilities and the staff.”

Senator Hugh T. Farley said, “I remain very concerned about the safety of the staff at these juvenile facilities. There has been a continued failure of the leadership at the Office of Children and Family Services to work with, support and protect the staff, creating a much more dangerous environment for staff and youth alike.”

Last summer, law enforcement officials, union heads and statewide elected representatives had called for Commissioner Carrion to resign after it was revealed that she had sanctioned social events for youth in detention, including the infamous sex party at the Goshen Secure facility involving an alleged prostitute and a 15 year-old girl.

Senator Young said she also continues to be very concerned with changes in OCFS policies that are forcing violent and untreated residents from more secure facilities into community-based residences where staff are not properly trained to handle the influx of troubled youths.

In June 2009, Youth Counselor Renee Greco, 24, was brutally beaten to death by two teenage residents who had been prematurely released from more secure state facilities. Greco was the sole supervisor of six male residents at a community youth home in Lockport, New York at the time of her murder.

“Facilities statewide continue to close while residents are getting pushed through the system into community homes that are not prepared to manage these troubled youths. Innocent people like Renee Greco are losing their lives and communities and staff continue to be put in harm’s way,” said Senator Young.

Senator Young is introducing legislation that would require proper placement of violent offenders, appropriate staffing in community based residences, more staff training and greater notification to staff and law enforcement of a youth’s criminal records.

“You can’t dump violent offenders into our neighborhoods without having tragic results. Innocent victims have been murdered, shot and assaulted already because of Commissioner Carrion’s terrible policies. She needs to go once and for all,” said Senator Young.

Benchbook to Help District Judges Handle
Cases Involving Sexually Violent Crimes

The nation’s first Sexual Violence Benchbook designed specifically to guide state district judges in the handling of the crimes of sexual violence is being distributed to more than 540 magisterial districts judges throughout the state, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced on Thursday.

“The benchbook is a valuable resource for our front-line judges, a comprehensive guide providing ‘best practices’ and information to help district judges understand the intricacies and procedural requirements in these highly sensitive sexual offense cases,” Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin said.

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Jack Panella, the book’s principal author, said, “We addressed the procedural and practical steps of sex offense cases and included detailed information regarding preliminary arraignments and hearings, standard of proof or probable cause to support charges, and the setting of bail and bail conditions to ensure the safety of alleged victims and witnesses.”

The benchbook was completed in collaboration with Criminal Justice Specialist Krista Hoffman from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The funding originated from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.

“The benchbook provides special emphasis to the physical and psychological effects of a sexual assault on a victim and invaluable information regarding victim’s rights and programs designed to assist in sexual abuse prevention, detection, recovery and protection,” said Delilah Rumburg, Chief Executive Officer of PCAR.

At the Dauphin County Courthouse Thursday, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, a Benchbook Advisory Committee member, Judge Panella and Delilah Rumburg presented benchbooks to Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover, magisterial district judges and representatives from the county’s District Attorney’s office and Rape Crisis Center.

You can find more about the benchbook here.

Pictured, Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin PA Coalition Against Rape Chief Executive Officer Deliliah Rumburg (left) present Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover with Sexual Violence Benchbook.
Photo courtesy of the Administative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

Earthquake, Tsunami Coverage

For complete, up-to-the-minute coverage go to

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Alleged Camp Burglars Arraigned, Jailed

The two men accused of burglarizing a number of camps in Elk County between November and January were arraigned on Tuesday and are in Elk County Jail on $25,000 bail each.

26-year-old Daniel Aiello of St. Marys and 18-year-old Mark Aiello of Hazel Hurst are each charged with 66 counts of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal mischief and 32 counts of theft by unlawful taking.

They are accused of breaking into camps in Benzette, Fox, Jones and Highland townships.

Police say victims of the crimes will be contacted as the investigation continues.

Accused Purse Thief Waives Hearing

The woman accused of stealing Edna Hallock’s purse from her Main Street office last month has waived her preliminary hearing.

Bridgette Housler is accused of taking the purse that contained $3,000 while she was in the office asking about renting an apartment. Court papers say Hallock noticed the purse was missing shortly after Housler left the office. That day, Housler said she didn’t have enough money to rent an apartment. The next day she went back to Hallock’s office with $400 in cash for the rental.

Court papers say Housler, her 3-year-old daughter and Corry Robinson then went to Erie and bought gas and 4 or 5 8-balls of crack cocaine (worth about $200). They also allegedly went to a couple of restaurants and rented a room at the Hampton Inn.

Housler and Robinson are jailed on $30,000 bail each. Robinson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 23.

Another Accused Child Predator Arrested

Agents from the Attorney General's Child Predator Unit have arrested a Lycoming County man accused of using Internet chat rooms to sexually proposition what he believed was a 13-year old girl, along with sending explicit webcam videos of himself to the "girl."

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan identified the defendant as George William McKay, age 61, of 723 High Street, Williamsport.

Ryan said that McKay is accused of using an Internet chat room to approach and sexually proposition an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit who was using the online profile of a young teen. During their first online communication, McKay allegedly told the "girl" that he was becoming aroused during their online chat and then used his computer webcam to transmit images of his exposed genitalia.

According to the criminal complaint, McKay approached the undercover agent a second time, several days later - asking her, "do you want me to lower my cam," and, "do you like my thingy," before using his webcam to transmit nude images to the girl. McKay also allegedly expressed a desire to meet the girl for sex and described in graphic detail the acts he wished to perform.

Drug Suspects in District Court Today

Four of the Buffalo men arrested in the November drug bust in Bradford were in district court today.

Charges of delivery and possession of a controlled substance against Quantrell Austin-Carson and Marquay Lee were bound to court following preliminary hearings in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Kennedy Gadley waived his hearing on the same charges.

Delivery and possession charges against Kendrell Gadley were dismissed. A charge of conspiracy to deliver was bound to court.

Lee and Kendrell Gadley are in jail. Austin-Carson and Kennedy Gadley are free on $12,500 bail each.

Natural Gas Expo at Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Petroleum Technology program will take part in the Natural Gas Expo: Cameron-McKean-Potter taking place on campus Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11.

Students from the program, Beth Christman of Bradford and Ron Green of St. Marys, will be located in Booth #19 with information about the program. They and program director, Dr. Assad Panah, professor of geology, will also be available to talk with patrons at the expo.

Panah teaches courses in both the Geology of Marcellus Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing, among others.

“It’s a very strong program. We have a good reputation in Pennsylvania for the quality of the courses we offer in the Petroleum Technology program,” he said. Currently, the program has 32 students.

Other petroleum technology students will attend the expo to speak with vendors and attend seminar presentations.

In addition, Panah will give a talk at 3 p.m. Thursday on “Geology and Work Force Implication of Shale Gas Plays in Pennsylvania” in the Webb/Bradford Forest Rehearsal Hall in Blaisdell Hall.

Panah will talk about the geologic setting of Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin; potential economic and environmental impact; technology involved in exploration, gathering and transportation; and shale gas occupations and training availability.

In addition, he will talk about the role of Pitt-Bradford’s petroleum technology program in providing training to a much-needed current and future workforce.

Dr. Panah was invited speaker at the ShaleNet Workforce Forum – State Workforce Assessment Forum, which was organized by the Penn State Extension program and held in Altoona. There, the title of his presentation was “Work Force Implication of Existing and Projected Marcellus Shale Gas Exploration and Production in Pennsylvania and Beyond.”

The Natural Gas Expo is designed to provide opportunities for business owners, energy companies and support-service providers to connect and learn about business opportunities that may arise because of the discovery of gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale.

The expo was created by the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force. Planning committee members include Ann Robinson, director of Pitt-Bradford’s Business Resource Center.

The Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the Sport and Fitness Center and Blaisdell Hall. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Pictured, John Engwer of Boston, Mass., helps Mike Kallenborn of Port Allegany set up a booth for Kallenborn’s business, Pine Valley Landscaping, which offers Engwer’s product, Filter Mitt erosion control.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Scarnati, Gabler Tour Drilling Site

State Senator Joe Scarnati and State Representative Matt Gabler recently visited a Marcellus Shale drilling site on the Brockway Watershed. The two legislators were given a first-hand look at issues dealing with drilling close to municipal water sources.

“As I have stated before, Pennsylvania is experiencing the development of a brand new industry that promises to be an economic windfall for this region,” Scarnati stated. “However, with this opportunity comes a variety of environmental and governmental challenges that must be addressed. This tour was an experience, and certainly illustrated the potential impact that Marcellus Shale drilling can have on local communities.”

“As an elected official, I believe it is important to ensure that decisions made are based on sound science and hard fact,” Gabler said. “Visiting the Brockway Watershed drilling sites is one more step in working to assemble the full picture and determine what we can do to guarantee that local energy sources are developed responsibly. I look forward to continuing to work with citizens, local officials, and experts across the state in pledging to do everything we can to be responsible stewards of our environment and our water supply.”

According to Scarnati and Gabler, it is clear that there needs to be reasonable setbacks in the drilling process as it relates to the protections of streams, wells, and quite frankly our entire water supply. There is legislation in both the House and Senate that would offer additional drilling safety measures aimed at protecting the environment and our water sources.

“Moving forward, it is vital that our goal be continuing to manage this resource in a way that improves our economy, while also protecting our environment and our communities,” Scarnati concluded.

Pictured, Gabler, Scarnati and Brockway Municipal Authority Supervisor Mike Starr did a surprise visit of the Flatiron drilling site on the Rattlesnake Municipal Reservoir Friday to see firsthand the issues concerning Marcellus drilling on the watershed.
Photo courtesy of Scarnati's office

Waide Nolf Hearing Held Today

A former teacher of accused killer Waide Nolf testified during a hearing this morning about his cognitive abilities.

Patty Sanfilippo is a former special education teacher for the Bradford Area School District.

Judge John Pavlock ordered that the Commonwealth has 20 days to submit an amended expert report on Nolf's cognitive abilities and, if needed, the defense has 20 days after that to file an amended expert report.

Nolf is accused of drowning 24-year-old Tonya Haight and 3 ½-week old Tamara Haight on March 19 of last year in the Pleasant Street house they shared with several other people.

McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn is seeking the death penalty.

History-Making Mayoral Primary

Tuesday was the last day to circulate and file nominating petitions for the May 17 primary election – and some history may have been made by who did not file.

For the first time in recent memory, an incumbent Bradford mayor -- in this case Tom Riel -- is running unopposed in the primary.

Others, however, do have opposition.

Michele Alfieri-Causer, Tony Alfieri, Tony Clarke and Chris Hauser are all running for the second county judge position.

In Foster Township, John Sullivan and BJ Campbell are running to fill the unexpired term of Bob Slike. That's for 2 years. Dale Phillips is running unopposed for the 6-year seat.

Fatal Fire at PA Farmhouse

(CNN) -- Seven children died in a fire at a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania while their parents were elsewhere, state police said Wednesday morning.

For more on this story go to

Associated Press reporter Marc Levy is on the scene, and we'll have a report from him during our noon newscast on 1490 WESB and at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bradford City Council Meets

McKean County Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Judy Church attended Tuesday's Bradford City Council meeting.

DeMott thanked council for helping to change the organizational structure of Bradford Regional Airport.

You can listen to DeMott's comments here.

Mayor Tom Riel thanked the Department of Public Works for keeping the city's roads ice-free during last Friday morning's brief ice storm. He said of the six accidents reported, none were on city-maintained roads.

Riel also talked about the pothole situation in the city.

You can listen to his comments here.

Topics that residents brought up during the council meeting were:

~~ Having the city resume collection of county taxes

~~ Having utility companies -- or companies that damage roads -- pay for the repairs

~~ The last report from Delta Consultants about the city's financial picture

~~ Recycling

You can listen to the meeting here.

Three Plead Not Guilty to Burglary

Three men have pleaded not guilty to robbing a Yorkshire restaurant at gunpoint in January.

24-year-old Paul Andolina and 22-year-old Cory Roper, both of Delevan, and 22-year-old Christopher Roper of Jamestown are accused of going into The Shop restaurant at 9:20 on the night of January 6 with a shotgun and demanding money.

Andolina is also charged with criminal use of a firearm.

All three men are in Cattaraugus County Jail awaiting further court action.

Pirates Top Twins

The Pittsburgh Pirates got a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins today.

Lyle Overbay tied the game at 2-2 by leading off the seventh with his second home run of the spring.

Pitcher Brian Burres started for the Bucs and retired the side in order in his two innings of work. He has allowed just three hits in six innings this spring.

The Pirates are 6-6 in Grapefruit League play.

Photo of Brian Burres by Dave Arrigo and provided by the Pittsburgh Pirates

Castle Doctrine Bill Passes in Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati voted in support of legislation that would allow law-abiding citizens to defend themselves without retreat and with potential lethal force providing their life is in danger. The bill passed the Senate today with a 43-4 final vote.

“This is a common-sense bill that further allows individuals the right to protect themselves and their loved ones if they feel lethally threatened,” Scarnati stated. “The basic right to protect ourselves and loved ones, whether at home, in a vehicle, or in a public place is one of the fundamental premises of our democracy.”

According to Scarnati, under current law citizens have the right to defend themselves in their homes. However, they must show retreat outside their home when facing the danger of lethal force. This expansion of the ‘Castle Doctrine’ provides that individuals in any place they have the right to be can defend themselves, or love ones, when in significant danger.

“I am pleased that a majority of the members of the Senate recognized the shortcoming in the original law and acted responsibly in protecting law abiding citizens and their second amendment rights,” Scarnati added. “Clearly, it is vital for the General Assembly to take action on pieces of legislation that provide for the health, safety, and well-being of our citizens.”

“It is my sincere hope that the House of Representatives recognize the importance of this change and vote accordingly,” Scarnati concluded. “Subsequently, it is also my hope that Governor Corbett, unlike Governor Rendell, will see the merit in this bill and sign it.”

Senate Bill 273, sponsored by Senator Richard Alloway, must be agreed to by a majority of the House of Representatives before going to the desk of the Governor for his signature.

Budget Proposal Has No Tax Increases

Today, Governor Tom Corbett presented his 2011-12 budget to the state legislature – a budget that is balanced and does not raise taxes for the residents of Pennsylvania.

“I’m proposing something we haven’t had in a long time: a reality-based budget,’’ Corbett said. “To the people of Pennsylvania, the taxpayers who sent us here, I want to say something you haven’t heard often enough from this building: We get the picture. It’s your money.’’

“The electorate, its trust scraped to the bone by lies and half truths, isn’t going to stand for another broken promise,’’ Corbett said. “I said we’d cut. I’m not asking you to read my lips. I’m asking you to read my budget.’’

Specifically, the new, $27.3 billion budget focuses on improving four key elements: fiscal discipline, free enterprise, limited government and reform.

“Government will never be cost-free. But it must be freed from the culture of churning through cash that farmers and clerks and mill hands and nurses earned dollar-by-dollar. They know the value of their money better than we do,’’ Corbett said. “We need to be better stewards of their wealth.’’

The new budget cuts government spending by 3 percent, most of which is done by consolidating programs, targeting inefficiencies and reducing or eliminating discretionary financial grants.

It maintains, and in some cases expands, programs to protect its people and provide services, including care for the commonwealth’s neediest citizens, supporting our State Police and military troops as well as making schools safer for our children.

Incentives will be offered to encourage growth and improvements in Pennsylvania’s business communities and education system.

Facing a $4.16 billion deficit, hard choices had to be made. Some programs supported by the state for years were cut.

“In past years we have seen one-time gimmicks and sleights of hand. Harrisburg raided the Rainy Day fund. It’s gone… and it’s still raining. They applied federal stimulus money to the operating budget. The only thing it stimulated was the appetite to spend more,’’ Corbett said.

“We have to change the culture of this place. It means we stop the one-time fixes and gimmicks that have barely held the machine of government together,’’ Corbett said. “It’s time to peel off the duct tape and get to work on what’s broken underneath.’’

Here is how this will be accomplished:

Fiscal Discipline

“Fiscal discipline means no new spending,’’ Corbett said. “It’s easy to find a reason to spend. Now we have a reason to stop.’’

That means:

* No tax increase and no relying on one-time gimmicks, like borrowing from one fund to pay for another program. This returns state spending to nearly 2008-09 levels.

* Eliminating budget line items for a savings of $850 million, including discretionary spending money commonly known as “walking around money,’’ or WAMs.

* Consolidating additional appropriations to streamline state government and providing flexibility to grant recipients. Cutting administrative costs and keep working to continue reducing state spending. Already, per diems for employees have been eliminated, the vehicle fleet is being reduced, existing boards and commissions are under review.

* Focusing on core function of education. Specifically, initiating review of early childhood programs to maximize funding impact and create school choice educational opportunities. The Basic Education Funding subsidy is reset to the 2008-09 level, the last year before federal stimulus funds were available. This results in an average annual increase of 2.8 percent in this funding over the last 10 years. In addition, the budget proposes initiatives to give school districts increased flexibility and tools to improve student performance.

* At the same time, cutting funding for state-supported universities, holding them accountable for spending and performance. The goal of higher education must be about making colleges efficient, excellent, affordable and responsive to students.

* Asking officials in public schools to hold the line on pay increases, like many working people in the private sector. A one-year freeze on pay increases for public school employees could save school districts across the state $400 million.

* Asking state employees to negotiate in good faith. Salaries have risen for government employees and those at state-related universities, but not for people in the private sector. We will be looking for salary roll backs and freezes as well as increasing contributions to healthcare benefits and beginning discussions about repairing our public retirement systems.

Limited and Transparent Government

“Limited government means not mistaking someone else’s property for your own,’’ Corbett said. “Our job isn’t to spend; it’s to conserve. Our job isn’t to buy off our problems; it’s to solve them.’’

This includes:

* Providing more budget, capital and workforce information in a user-friendly format online, including expenditures and performance measures. Creating an online budget “dashboard,’’ to put citizens in the driver’s seat, so they can view the budget, track spending and revenue sources – and make government more accountable to the taxpayers.

* This budget was built on a reality-based approach to ensure that all programs prove their effectiveness and continue to prove that effectiveness in the years to come. At the same time, it focuses our resources on basic needs and responsibilities of state government, such as public safety, education and a human services safety net.

* Establishing a new governor’s privatization task force to determine which government functions might be unnecessary and might be better done by the private sector. Not to eliminate government, but to eliminate unnecessary government.

* The budget reduces the cost of general government operations by more than 2 percent, to meet the governor’s commitment to reduce administrative spending by 10 percent over four years. It also eliminates 1,500 state positions.


“We have an obligation to get things right,’’ Corbett said. “To set straight that which is crooked, to balance scales too long tipped out of balance by the quick fix and the easy answer.’’

To accomplish this, we propose:

* Education reform will expand quality options for students and their families in public and private schools, supporting tax credits, charter schools, dual enrollment for secondary students and other avenues for individualized learning.

* In addition, education reform means cutting bureaucratic strings to empower local school districts to impose economic furloughs, increase bid size limits, alter advertising requirements and eliminate support for master’s degree salary “bumps.”

* Property tax reform. We suggest that if school district officials propose new property tax increases greater than the rate of inflation, that it be put on the ballot. Let the citizens decide how their local tax dollars are spent.

* Legal and Tort Reform. Excessive and frivolous lawsuits hinder job growth and hurt taxpayers by increasing costs for business, healthcare, consumer goods and services. Pennsylvania should no longer remain one of the few states where the legal system can hold a person, company or local government agency liable for 100 percent of the damages despite having had only a minor role in any incident resulting in a lawsuit.

* Reinstating the phase-out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax until the tax is eliminated in 2014. Laying the foundation for more job-creating tax cuts, reducing the corporate net income tax, eliminate the inheritance tax and the cap on net operating loss allowance.

* Regulatory reform. To maintain economic momentum and competitiveness, state government needs to evaluate its permit process, eliminating backlogs and expediting actions that may result in the creation of jobs.

Public Health and Safety

“If there’s one place you sometimes want government, it’s on a lonely road,’’ Corbett said. “We need that protection -- plain and simple.’’

This includes:

* The budget seeks to expand the crime and violence prevention efforts, including maintaining the Pennsylvania State Police by funding two new classes of troopers.

* Allocating $2 million into the Safe School Initiative.

* Health funding will be focused on treatment and services for rare disease management, emergency preparedness, cancer and newborn screening, special medical, maternal and child health programs.

* Addressing consumer needs for quality, flexibility and service, while promoting competition among service providers.

* Rebalancing Pennsylvania’s long-term living system, maximizing federal programs, expanding consumer-directed care, focus on personal responsibility, broaden and improve service options and coordination.

* Making Pennsylvania’s programs consistent with other state Medicaid programs, making sure access is limited to those who are eligible and truly in need. Maintaining fiscal accountability and linking payment to quality outcomes.

* Funding will be increased for the medical care, education and training of state prison inmates. Additionally, $3.4 million has been appropriated to hire 53 additional parole officers. Together, the initiatives aim to help more inmates make the success transition back into society after prison.

* Consolidating and streamlining criminal justice programs, including juvenile probation, violence prevention and intermediate punishment programs to provide flexibility and improve outcomes.

* Fully funding programs for our military troops and veterans.

Free Enterprise

“We have set a goal. We’re looking for results. We’re looking for new jobs,’’ Corbett said. “I’m determined that Pennsylvania not lose this moment. We have the chance to get it right the first time, the chance to grow our way out of hard days.’’

Such initiatives include:

* Supporting programs that will encourage economic growth and job creation, here and around the world, through marketing initiatives and advertising.

* Streamlining a multitude of business incentive programs. More than 125 programs have been consolidated into 56, eliminating line items that produced nothing but spending.

* Awarding tax credits as incentives for new and creative ideas to improve business and industry, as well as technology and products to increase the state’s economic vitality and competitiveness. Winning ideas win government backing.

* In agriculture, helping expedite permit reviews to speed up projects that create jobs for farmers.

* Creating a Marcellus Shale Commission, with Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley at the head, to oversee building this new industry, while protecting our land, our drinking water and our workforce.

(New Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has been named to the commission. You can read more here.)

* Retaining tax credits for new and growing industries, like the film industry, like agricultural research, like chemical firms. It includes no tax on Marcellus shale extraction, an industry projected to add $10 billion in economic activity to Pennsylvania’s economy this year.

* We’re recommending more flexibility for school districts by allowing economic furloughs, raising the minimum bid threshold limit, changing advertising requirements and other cost-saving measures.

* Broadening teacher certification requirements, opening doors to talented people who want to contribute skill and experience.

“We said we’d fix this mess. We said we’d make it better,’’ Corbett said. “Let’s sit down and deal with the present so we can build the future, in a way that respects our past… Let’s build a new Pennsylvania.’’

To review the budget in its entirety, visit

Mike Posner Performing at Bonaventure;
Tickets are Available Starting Thursday

Pop and hip-hop singer and songwriter Mike Posner will perform in concert at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at St. Bonaventure University’s Reilly Center Arena. The doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the general public are $15 and go on sale Thursday, March 10. Tickets for St. Bonaventure students, faculty and staff are $10 each (limit one per SBU ID) and go on sale Wednesday, March 9.

Posner launched his career at Duke University, where he balanced his undergraduate studies in sociology and business with his interest in writing and performing music. He began making melodic pop-rap songs for the college crowd and he compiled several mixtapes, the first of which, “A Matter of Time,” climbed to No. 1 on iTunesU in the summer of 2009.

Posner signed with J Records the summer after completing his junior year at Duke. He returned to school for his senior year, and that fall released his second mixtape, “One Foot Out the Door,” which racked up 25,000 downloads in its first week and also claimed the No. 1 spot on iTunesU.

He graduated in December 2009 with a 3.59 GPA and walked with his fellow graduates at Duke’s Commencement in May of 2010, a day after sharing the bill with Drake at a concert in Los Angeles.

Posner released his full-length debut album, “31 Minutes to Takeoff,” in the summer of 2010. It features “Cooler Than Me,” a breezy ode to a former crush that became a worldwide hit, selling more than 1 million copies.

Posner has collaborated with a number of popular artists including Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Wale, Big Sean, Bun B, We The Kings, Saigon and One Be Lo. His just-released radio mix of “Bow Chicka Wow Wow,” a song from “31 Minutes to Takeoff,” includes a new verse from Lil Wayne.

His national television appearances include “Last Call with Carson Daly,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Tickets for the St. Bonaventure concert may be purchased at the Reilly Center Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at

The concert is being presented by St. Bonaventure’s Campus Activities Board, the Student Government Association, and the Damietta Center.

For more information, go to