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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Quick Arts Center, Fourth-Graders
Team Up to Aid Olean Soup Kitchen

There may never be a better opportunity to acquire affordable artwork than at Monday’s silent art auction at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The minimum bid for any of the approximately 50 pieces is just $5, and a “buy it now” bid of $25 will secure any artist’s work.

But most pieces will go for more than the minimum and some for more than $25 as bidders find themselves moved more by the tug at their hearts than the pull on their wallets.

Monday’s Art From The Heart silent auction at the Quick Center, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public, continues a collaboration between the arts center and area elementary schools. It’s a partnership that uses arts education as a vehicle for helping fourth-graders make a difference in the lives of others.

The auction will feature art created by fourth-graders at Olean’s East View Elementary School, as well as some works of St. Bonaventure students who have been involved in the project. Winning bidders will take home the framed pieces of art, now hanging in the mezzanine at the Quick Center, and the proceeds go to the Warming House, St. Bonaventure’s student-run soup kitchen in Olean.

This is the fourth Art From The Heart project, a series that started in 2009 when Evelyn Sabina, curator of education at the Quick Center, visited with teachers at Olean’s Washington West Elementary School who were finishing up a project on global awareness. “They wanted to sell their children’s artwork to raise money for an orphanage in Uganda, and I started thinking that it would be great if the Quick Center could host the event,” said Sabina. “I thought it was a terrific opportunity for the elementary students and for Bonaventure students as well.”

Subsequent Art From The Heart auctions, all held at the Quick Center, have involved fourth-graders from other schools who sold their original pieces of art to raise money for the nursery at Olean General Hospital and the Allegany Historical Association.

Art From The Heart’s end product is art, but before the fourth-graders get there they travel a multifaceted educational path. With the Warming House the recipient of this year’s auction proceeds, lesson plans focused on such things as proper nutrition and community service.

“Six students from St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Health Care Professions program gave the students a presentation on healthy food and nutrition, stressing the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and getting exercise,” said Sabina. The students also visited the Warming House, which provides nutrition and companionship for those in need. “It’s important that the children know where the money they raise is going, and that their philanthropy is helping a worthy cause,” said Sabina.

St. Bonaventure education majors have been involved as well, helping Miranda Armagost, the Quick Center’s education assistant, give art lessons on regular visits to the school.

It all comes together at the auction, which the St. Bonaventure students anticipate as much as the fourth-graders they’ve been teaching. “Seeing the children’s smiles when they hand over their paintings to buyers will let them know they can make a difference in the community,” said Simone Bernstein, a freshman Franciscan Health Care Professions student from St. Louis. “We hope they feel good about their artwork and their nutrition after this event. And we’re hoping for a huge turnout. The Warming House relies heavily on volunteers and donations.”

Many successful bidders will likely be parents or family members of the young artists, and many will donate more than their winning bid, knowing the money supports a worthy cause. “We have had people get a piece for the ‘buy-it-now’ price of $25, then write a check for twice that amount,” said Sabina.

Art From The Heart is just one among many Quick Center arts education programs that impact thousands of schoolchildren each year, said Joseph LoSchiavo, executive director of the Quick Center. “We’re very proud of the outreach program that we’re able to provide in the area, and we’re grateful to the individuals and businesses that support the program,” he said.

This Art From The Heart project is supported by the East View Parent Teacher Organization and The Ink Well Art Supply and Framing Store in Olean.

Pictured, East View fourth-graders Dezmine Adams (left) and Matthew Antonioli work on their Art From The Heart projects with Miranda Armagost (right), arts education assistant at the Quick Center.

Photo and info courtesy of St. Bonaventure University

Annual UPB Health Fair Next Week

More than 30 health and safety related agencies will provide screenings and tests as well as demonstrations at the University of Pittsburgh’s annual Health Fair next week.

The event, sponsored by Pitt-Bradford’s Office of Health Services, is free and open to the public. It will be held Thursday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Free screenings include a mental health screening by Pitt-Bradford Counseling Services; body composition screening by the Pitt-Bradford Division of Sport and Exercise Science; and oxygen saturation screening conducted by the Great Lakes Home Healthcare Services.

Donnia & Co. will offer massage therapy, and Full Circle Complementary Therapy will present reiki massage, a technique used for stress reduction and relaxation.

Other vendors include Adagio Health; Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services; American Cancer Society; Bradford Family YMCA; Bradford Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Services; BRMC Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Education; BRMC Health Beginnings Plus; BRMC School of Radiology; Canticle Farm; Center for Rural Health Practice; Community Blood Bank; Community Resources for Independence; Eye Care Professional Associates; Hamot Heart Institute; Kane Community Hospital; Lisa’s Hairport; Liv’s Livelihood; McKean County Dental Clinic; McKean County Visiting Nurse Association; Metz and Associates; Olean General Hospital Sleep Center; Panthers Against Tobacco; Pitt-Bradford Disability Resources; Pitt-Bradford Outdoor Recreation Club; Pitt-Bradford Student Nurse Organization; Pitt-Bradford Campus Police; Taking Off Pounds Sensibly; Veterans Affairs; Warren Dental Arts; and the YWCA Victim’s Resource Center.

For more information contact Lisa Hervatin in the Office of Health Service at 814-322-5272 or

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-32-7609 or

Government Structure Classes Offered

ST. MARYS, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer a class on government for those who are interested in learning more about government structure or just need a refresher.

The class, “Understanding Government” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 6 in Room 201 at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties. The cost is $29 per participant.

Participants will be able to learn about the local, state and federal government. The class will discuss topics such as how to navigate the system, the importance of voting and how legislation is developed. This class will also help those interested in running for office refresh themselves on the basics.

For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at (814) 362-5078 or

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Service at (814)-362-7609 or

Theology Professor Awarded Fellowship

St. Bonaventure University theology professor Oleg Bychkov, Ph.D., has been awarded a national fellowship that will significantly advance work in the areas of the history of medieval philosophy and theology.

Bychkov, professor of theology and chair of the Department of Theology, won a one-year National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to continue his edition-translation of the student report (version “A”) of John Duns Scotus’ (1265-1308) Parisian Lectures on Peter Lombard’s Sentences, to be published by the Franciscan Institute Press.

The project was started in the late 1990s by the late Fr. Allan Wolter, O.F.M., a foremost North American scholar of Duns Scotus. The project was continued in the early 2000s by Bychkov, first in his role as an assistant and collaborator of Fr. Wolter, and after 2003 on his own.

To date, the project has resulted in the publication of a Latin text (without a critical apparatus) and an English translation of Book One (two volumes totaling some 2,500 pages, Franciscan Institute Publications, 2004 and 2008).

The next stage of the project, supported by the NEH grant, is to edit and translate Book Four of the Paris lecture course (of approximately the same length as Book One), following the sequence of Scotus’ lecturing in Paris.

Bychkov’s fellowship “is a well-deserved recognition of his scholarship,” said Br. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for Franciscan Mission and interim director of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure.

“It also demonstrates the Endowment’s appreciation of the contemporary significance of the thought of John Duns Scotus. The edited translation of Book IV of the Sentences is of particular importance for understanding Scotus’ vision of human perfection, the larger context for understanding the significance of his ethical theory and nature of human freedom in particular. I also have no doubt that the late Fr. Wolter, who dedicated his life to retrieving and editing the work of Scotus, would be deeply grateful to Oleg for his ongoing effort to bring to completion yet another piece of his dream. Finally, the publication of this work will mark another significant moment in the Franciscan Institute’s storied contribution to medieval studies,” said Coughlin.

The significance of Duns Scotus, and in particular of his Parisian lecture course, was recently underscored by an international Quadruple Congress on Scotus (2007-2009), which celebrated the 700th anniversary of his death, as well as by several publications. In his letter from Oct. 28, 2008, to Cardinal Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne, Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “we think that the doctrine of the blessed [Duns Scotus] ... in our times should be researched and taught with utmost diligence.” The publications included a commemorative volume of Franciscan Studies (2008), for which the commemorative section on Scotus was edited by Bychkov, and four volumes of proceedings from the Quadruple Congress.

Duns Scotus’ thought can be rivaled in its influence, among medieval thinkers, only by that of Thomas Aquinas. Although it is Aquinas’ thought that is more widely known to the present-day general public, many theological and philosophical discussions in the 20th century in the Catholic circles revolved around comparing Thomism with Scotism in discussing such important topics as the nature of God, being, human knowledge, etc., Bychkov said. Scotus was commonly presented as a forerunner of modern German Idealist philosophy and even of some trends in 20th century phenomenology, and influenced several important contemporary thinkers, such as Heidegger.

Scotus’ Paris course of lectures is significant for several reasons, Bychkov says. For example, Book One of the Paris lectures postdates Scotus’ magisterial Oxford lectures and reflects his most mature thought, and Book Four has served as the basis for Book Four of the Oxford lectures. The added advantage of the Paris course of lectures is its concise nature, which makes for a more palatable reading of the difficult thought of the Subtle Doctor. Since neither the Paris nor the Oxford lectures of Scotus is available in English in their entirety, and the Paris lectures not even in a Latin edition, the current project will significantly advance work in the areas of the history of medieval philosophy and theology.

This past year has been productive for Bychkov in other respects. In addition to winning the Fellowship, presenting a conference paper, authoring a couple of essays in collected volumes and reviewing a book and several submissions to scholarly journals, three of his books were published:

· a monograph (“Aesthetic Revelation,” Catholic University of America Press) on the work of leading Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar and his analysis of ancient and medieval texts;

· a co-edited volume of new translations of ancient Greek and Latin texts, Greek and Roman Aesthetics (Cambridge University Press); and

· a co-edited collection of essays, John Duns Scotus, Philosopher (Aschendorff).

“Dr. Bychkov is one of our University’s most prolific and highly regarded scholars,” said Dr. Wolfgang Natter, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at St. Bonaventure. “The National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship is one of the most prestigious, sought after, and rigorously peer reviewed awards given by that agency. Oleg’s award of it offers further testimony to his recognition among his peers, not only for the present project, but for an entire body of work. Oleg’s award of the Fellowship is something all of us in the St. Bonaventure community have reason to celebrate.”

Anniversary of Lady Panters' CARE Camp

The Lady Panther Basketball Team hosted its 10th annual camp for children of all abilities on Saturday. Since its inception the Lady Panther Mini Camp has provided the opportunity for both boys and girls with motor and learning deficiencies to play ball.

In the fall of 2001, former Lady Panthers Head Coach Daly Ann Fuller approached CARE for Children about the possibility of doing an adaptive basketball camp for children with special health care needs. She liked that the camp would give the players the opportunity to step outside themselves to appreciate the ability to play college level ball, and give back to the community.

After Coach Fuller left Pitt Bradford, each subsequent coach, adopted the camp and made it their own.

“The camp gives the athletes an opportunity to spend some time with local children,” said Lady Panther Coach Molly Brennan. “This event has been going on for 10 years and I think it is important that it continues, our student- athletes need to be involved in the community.”

The first year 20 campers attended and each year the camp has grown with 45-70 children in attendance annually.

The basketball camp, part of CARE’s therapeutic recreation program, helps children learn about the game in an inclusive environment. The camp is unique because it focuses on basketball skills that campers may not have experienced because of perceived limitations. The physical and occupational therapy staff from CARE are on hand to help the Lady Panthers adapt components of the game and to work with the kids as an extension of traditional school based therapy.

The camp also became the jumping off point for several other CARE/Pitt Bradford Athletics collaborations including adaptive soccer, volleyball, and baseball. CARE also uses the Pitt Athletic Center to host Kid Fitness.

“This program started with women’s basketball, and other sports have joined the fun,” Athletic Director Lori Mazza stated. “Sometimes it is hard to get students to understand the reward they will feel, but once they play with the CARE kids, they ask to do it again. I know CARE enjoys coming out and playing with our students, but the reality is that we get so much more out of it then the children do.”

In 2009, the Pitt-Bradford Athletics was selected as an honorable mention award winner of the NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Awards for its work with CARE.

The CARE Board of Directors honored Pitt Bradford and the Athletic Department in 2007 with the agency’s Community CARE Award.

The Bradford Rotary Club is also an event sponsor providing each child in attendance with a hooded sweatshirt and basketball.

CARE for Children has been providing services to children of all abilities since 1924.

County Republican Dinner in April

The McKean County Republican Committee will hold its Spring Dinner on Thursday, April 21, at the Pennhills Club in Bradford.

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Sam Smith will deliver the keynote address. Smith will discuss a number of issues and challenges facing the Commonwealth, including the state budget proposal and efforts to cut state spending, as well as government reform and job creation initiatives.

The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person.

RSVP no later than April 15 by calling Brenda Dunn at 814-465-3534 or by e-mailing

Attempted Theft of Trailer, Scrap Metal

State police are investigating an attempted theft of a utility trailer full of scrap metal early this morning in Annin Township.

They say sometime between 4 and 4:45 a.m. sometime tried to remove the trailer with a tow strap, but left the trailer on Route 155 just a few feet away.

The attempted theft happened on Route 155 and the Red Rock Road parking area. The items belong with Water Miles of Port Allegany.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact state police at 778-5555.

Cops: Teen Involved in Fight, Crash

A Dunkirk teenager is facing charges after an incident early this morning.

Fredonia Police and sheriff’s deputies were investigating an altercation at 1 a.m. in the village, which led to the arrest of 18-year-old Nathan Moshier.

Deputies say Moshier was involved in the altercation and was also driving a vehicle that got into an accident in Pomfret. He allegedly left the scene of the accident.

Moshier will appear in Pomfret Court at a later date.

Woman Hurt in Friday Crash

A Bradford woman suffered minor injuries in an accident at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon on Olean Road, about a mile south of the New York State line in Otto Township.

State police say a car driven by 35-year-old Rhonda Sue Bennett went out of control after traveling off the road and into the gravel. The car went over a guardrail, hit a utility pole, hit multiple trees and rolled onto its roof.

The car had to be towed from the scene. Summary charges have been filed, according to a news release sent to WESB and The HERO.

Drug Dealer Sent to Prison

One of the men arrested in November’s drug raids in Bradford, and charged in October in the state attorney general’s Operation Stateline Crackdown, is going to state prison.

24-year-old Dontrell Wise of Buffalo was sentenced Friday in Warren County Court to 14 to 60 months in state prison for possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Operation Stateline Crackdown focused on using sources in Buffalo and Jamestown to take drugs to Warren County and surrounding communities.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wellsville Vets to Receive France's Highest
Honor; Sarkozy Rep to Visit Southern Tier

WELLSVILLE, NY - An official representing French President Nicolas Sarkozy will make an extraordinary exception to policy by traveling to the Southern Tier to present two local World War II veterans with high honors, according to Senator Catharine M. Young, (R,C,I-Olean).

Robert Sweet and Larry Hannigan will receive the National Order of the Legion of Honour in the grade of Chevalier from Colonel Vincent de Kytspotter during a special ceremony at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Wellsville Manor Nursing Home.

Originally, the veterans had been requested by the French government to travel to the French Embassy in New York City to accept the honor in recognition of their role in liberating France during World War II. The award typically is presented on French soil. It is a tradition that was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to recognize outstanding achievement in the military.

Unable to make the long trip due to health reasons, family members contacted Senator Young's office to see if an exception could be made. The Senator wrote a letter to the French Ambassador to inquire if a representative would be willing to travel to Wellsville instead.

"We are extremely grateful that the Embassy was responsive, and we especially thank Colonel de Kytspotter for his graciousness. Everyone is very excited that he is coming, and that these brave veterans will receive well-deserved acknowledgment for their heroism," Senator Young said.

Mr. Sweet was a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He parachuted into France on the evening of June 5, 1944 near Saint Martin-de-Varreville, and literally was one of the first Americans to assist in liberating France from the Germans on D-Day during one of the bloodiest battles of the War. Mr. Sweet also has been awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Wings and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.

Mr. Hannigan was a crewman on an M-4 Sherman Tank as part of the U.S. Army 70th Independent Tank Battalion. His unit landed at Utah Beach and later fought through to Cherbourg, Saint-Lo, eventually liberating Paris. He was severely wounded near Luxembourg, yet still was able to help his blinded tank commander get to the aid station. At least one other crew member was killed and another critically wounded. Mr. Hannigan also has been honored with the Purple Heart, Silver Star and New York State Conspicuous Service Cross.

"I am quite thankful the French government is honoring so many of our veterans for the efforts they made in the liberation of their country," Mr. Hannigan said.

Securing the Legion of Honour awards truly has been a family and community affair, said Senator Young.

In October of 2009, Mr. Sweet's son and daughter-in-law, David and Jackie Sweet, filed an official application on their father's behalf. In May of 2010, Mr. Sweet was notified that he had been voted into the Legion of Honour.

At the encouragement of former Allegany County Veterans Service Agency Director Scott Spillane, Mr. Hannigan applied for the same award in the fall of 2009 and received confirmation last October.

"This event proves what great people we have in our community. These veterans are an inspiration to us all, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. Everyone pulled together to make this special occasion happen," Senator Young said.

Hurricanes vs. Lake Effect Snow

As we told you earlier today, Bradford is the Northeast champion in's Toughest Weather City Tournament, and we now move on to the Final Four.

Our opponent is New Orleans, and I asked News 4 Meteorologist Mike Cejka which city he would pick.

He says – no pun intended – but it’s a tough call.

He says New Orleans has the hurricane threat and occasionally has severe thunderstorms, which sometimes produce tornadoes.

But, he said, our severe thunderstorms produce tornadoes, too, and our frequency of twisters is greater than much of Western New York.

To counter the hurricane threat in New Orleans? Lake Effect snow. And, in case you forgot about Lake Effect snow Kimm Brown suggested I post a picture to remind everyone. So, here you go:

Voting starts Monday and goes through 5 a.m. Wednesday at

'Rainbow' Sentenced on Drug Charges

A resident of Cheyenne, Wyoming, has been sentenced to a year of probation for having marijuana and other drugs on the Allegheny National Forest during last summer's Rainbow Gathering.

23-year-old Richard James Arnold has also been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

He pleaded guilty to having marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms and DMT on July 1 during the gathering that was held in the Queen Creek area in southern Warren County.

Teen Arrested for Several Burglaries

A Salamanca teenager is facing charges for allegedly breaking into a number of businesses and condos over the last few months.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say 18-year-old Kyle Cooper kicked in the doors on 13 condos in the Snow Pine Village in Great Valley, and stole flat screen TVs, DVDs and alcohol. He also allegedly broke into the New Beginnings Fitness Center and Norton Hardwoods, where he took checks and cash. He’s also accused of breaking into Eddy’s Restaurant in Great Valley and taking cash.

Cooper is charged with burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny. He’s in jail on $5,000 bail and investigators say more charges may be filed.

Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

A Salamanca woman is facing charges for selling drugs, and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force says more arrests are expected.

The task force and Salamanca Police executed a search warrant at the Summit Street home of 47-year-old Margaret McGowen and found “a quantity of crack cocaine,” which they seized along with money.

McGowen is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. She’ll appear in court on April 8.

The task force says the arrest stems from a lengthy investigation into the sale and distribution of narcotic drugs in Salamanca.

Burglary at Galeton Borough Building

Members of the criminal investigation unit of Coudersport State Police are investigating a burglary that happened overnight at the Galeton Borough Building on Bridge Street.

At the time of the news release (11:39 a.m.) investigators were still on the scene. No further information is available at this time. Police say they will release more information as it becomes available.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Coudersport-based state police at 274-8690.

Bottle Bomb Suspects Indicted

Five of the men accused of fire-bombing the home of St. Bonaventure University students in October have been indicted by a grand jury.

Mark Braithwaite, Gary Coleman, Adam Peterson, Donald Phearsdorf and Calvin Weis all face arson and reckless endangerment charges.

Investigators say in the early morning hours of October 17, a fight prompted seven men to conspire to throw a fire bomb into the Allegany apartment.

The 5 men are scheduled for arraignment on April 4.

Two people have already pleaded guilty in connection to the incident. Steven Sprague of Olean will be sentenced May 2. Andrew Piccirillo of Portville is scheduled for sentencing on May 23.

FYI: LOL in Dictionary Now; OMG

OMG and LOL are now in the Oxford English Dictionary Online, along with other popular terms IMHO, TMI and BFF.

Other new additions to the dictionary include FYI and muffin top, which describes the protuberance of fat above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.

And for the first time in its 127-year history the dictionary has added a symbol with the introduction of a picture of a heart -- made famous by the "I 'heart' NY" tourism campaign -- used as a verb meaning "love."

For more on this story, go to

Audio of Judicial Candidates' Forum

The four candidates for the second judge position in McKean County participated in a candidates' forum Thursday night at Pitt-Bradford's Bromeley Family Theater.

The event was hosted by the McKean County Tea Party and the History and Political Science Club at Pitt-Bradford.

Candidates Tony Alfieri, Tony Clarke, Chris Hauser and Michele Alferi-Causer answered questions on a variety of issues, including prison over-crowding and saving money in the county judicial system.

Dr. Stephen Robar, an assistant professor of politicial science at Pitt-Bradford, moderated the forum.

You can listen here and here.

Bradford's in the Final Four

Bradford is the Northeast champion in's Toughest Weather City Tournament, and we now move on to the Final Four.

Bradford got there by beating Philadelphia, Cleveland and Nantucket. The latest victory came against Caribou, Mainie -- by 540 votes.

We now face New Orleans. In the last round, Bradford got 3,559 votes. New Orleans got 1,877, edging out Brownsville, Texas.

Voting starts Monday here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pitt-Bradford Students Hold Video
Discussion with Students in Cairo

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

Students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences had the chance to meet with their counterparts in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday in a video dialogue.

The designated topic for the hour-long discussion with students from American University in Cairo was whether U.S. foreign policy favors Israel over Arab countries. First, however, the American students had a chance to ask questions about the ongoing revolution in Egypt that ousted its autocratic president, Hosni Mubarak.

“I was really impressed with their candor,” said Jude Harter, a social studies education major from Clarendon. “We’re reading the headlines; they’re living the headlines.”

Harter found the Egyptian students very willing to discuss the situation and clearly used to doing so.

“This is the air they breathe,” he said.

Students in Bradford began by asking questions about the role of social media in the eruption of the Egyptian revolution.

Students in Cairo responded that although it played a role in helping people meet up, it played a greater role in spreading news. They noted that most Egyptians don’t have Internet access.

Pitt-Bradford students asked if the students in Cairo had any concerns about the revolution moving forward and discovered they had many.

AUC students were concerned that because of a high illiteracy rate, much of the population could be easily influenced by fundamentalist leaders.

Other topics of conversation included how a new political makeup in parliament following elections could affect Egypt’s relationship with Israel. Mubarak carried out a peace agreement with Israel reached by then-president Anwar Sadat.

Any new president will have to reconsider Egypt’s relationship with Israel, one of the Egyptian students answered, saying, “Very few Egyptians are content right now considering Israel and the Middle East.”

Some of the Pitt-Bradford students’ questions were simple, highlighting the differences between the two cultures.

“Why is there such tension now between Israel and Egypt?” one asked.

There are no new tensions, the Egyptian students answered, just the means now to do something about the old ones.

Ken Berkopec, a history-political science major from Bradford was excited by the conversation.

“This ties in with everything we’re talking about in our foreign policy class,” he said, looking at his professor, Dr. Sooh-Rhee Ryu, assistant professor of political science.

Berkopec and the other students will have a second chance to talk with the students in Egypt next week when the two sides meet via video dialogue to further discuss the Egyptian political revolution.

Dr. Tony Gaskew, assistant professor of criminal justice, set up the dialogue with the help of the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies. Gaskew is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, FDD Terrorism Fellow and Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Research Fellow who has traveled the Middle East studying terrorism.

“Building interdisciplinary relationships is the key,” Gaskew said. “The video dialogues provide a unique opportunity to use our technological resources at Pitt-Bradford to expand the level of global scholarship and cultural awareness of our students. I hope to expand this platform in the future with guest lecturers who specialize in a variety of topics focusing on the Middle East.”

Technical help for the dialogue was provided at Pitt-Bradford by Bernie Picklo, academic technology integrator, and Greg Miller, coordinator of residential network services.

Hosting the dialogue in Cairo was Dr. Riham Bahi, a visiting assistant professor at AUC and an assistant professor at Cairo University. She earned her doctoral degree at Northeastern University in Boston and conducts several projects to increase understanding between the U.S. and the Muslim world.

Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

A Florida man has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud at ATMs across the country, including at the Seneca Allegany Casino and the Salamanca Bingo Hall.

52-year-old Siu Cheung and 8 co-defendants fraudulently obtained the credit and debit information of hundreds of bank customers and used those account numbers to produce counterfeit credit and debit cards. They then used those cards at ATMs across the country to withdraw cash, eventually stealing $510,500, according to a news release.

On Dec. 12, 2009, Cheung and several others were charged after search warrants were executed in three hotel rooms and a van they rented in Salamanca.

Cheung is the final person to plead guilty in the case. Sentencing will be at 9 a.m. July 20 in Buffalo.

Police Investigating Cause of City Fire

Investigators are still looking into the cause of a fire that damaged a vacant School Street House Wednesday afternoon.

The building owned by Guilder Investments of Springville, New York, has been unoccupied since March 6, according to a news release sent to WESB and The HERO.

Bradford City firefighters were able to contain the fire to the basement area of the building. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Bradford City Police at 368-6133 or the State Police Fire Marshal at 776-6136.

Central Potter Health Center Re-Opens

Christian McMonigal, Jr., PA-C, in cooperation with Lisa Tabbit D.O., will staff the facility Monday through Friday, focusing on primary medical care for the entire family. Patients can schedule appointments by calling 814/274-5577 from 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Same day appointments can be scheduled. After hour coverage will be provided by Express Care, CCMH’s walk in treatment center, located on the main floor of the Irwin Medical Arts Center at CCMH.

"We are pleased to bring two competent and caring family medicine providers to Coudersport and to re-open the former office of Howard Miller, M.D. who had a long history of caring for area residents at that location. Dr. Miller will continue to care for adult patients at the hospital in association with his internal medicine partners. I'm confident that area residents will be pleased with the care available by Dr. Tabbit and Christian McMonigal," said Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer at CCMH. "The re-opening of the Central Potter Health Center completes the building of a comprehensive network of Charles Cole primary care offices located in nine communities and 11 locations throughout the four county region. We are committed to providing high quality, comprehensive health services to the residents of north central Pennsylvania and the re-opening of this site is an important component of this plan.”

Dr. Tabbit earned a medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and recently completed a residency in family medicine in Kingston, Pa. McMonigal earned a bachelor’s degree at Penn State University and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Drexel University. Prior to joining CCMH, he worked in the emergency departments at Bradford Regional Medical Center and Elk Regional Health Center and at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Dubois.

Young, Law Enforcement Officials
Calling for Ban on Bath Salts

ALBANY – Bath salts that can produce a methamphetamine-like high and possibly have been linked to the deaths of two young men at Allegany National Forest would be banned under a new bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C, I – Olean) and supported by several local law enforcement officials.

“Bath salts can cause extreme anxiety, paranoia and psychotic episodes that have led to many reports of violence and self-mutilation. We need to prevent these type of horror stories from happening to someone else’s family,” said Senator Young.

Often labeled "bath salts" and given innocuous-sounding street names like Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie, these drugs can cause hallucinations, paranoia, a rapid heart rate and suicidal thoughts.

Olean Police Captain Robert Blovsky said several local people had been recently hospitalized after abusing these substances and displaying suicidal behavior.

“We talked to some of the people who were brought to the hospital after failed suicide attempts. They admitted to us that they were using these bath salts and got a high off of them by either smoking the drug, snorting it or injecting it into themselves. It is scary stuff that can make you feel very paranoid and sometimes suicidal. It is important that people in our community are aware of the dangers of using these bath salts,” said Captain Blovsky.

Thee drugs are sold mostly as white, powdery substances that contain active ingredients like methylenedioxyphenethylamine (MDPV) which produces the same effects as cocaine or ecstasy. In addition to bath salts, the chemicals can be found in plant foods that are sold legally at convenience stores all across the state and via the Internet.

“These products aren't being used for the purposes on the label and are not the same type of stuff people toss into their tubs to take a relaxing bath. They are very dangerous and it is shocking how easily anyone, including our kids, can get their hands on these potentially deadly drugs,” Senator Young said.

The highly hallucinogenic and potentially lethal drug was recovered from the vehicle of two Warren County men, Troy Johnson, 29, and Terry Sumrow, 28, who were recently discovered dead at the Allegany National Forest in Pennsylvania. A toxicology report has yet to determine the cause of deaths.

“It’s surprising that something that would seem to be harmless actually is so dangerous,” said Senator Young.

According to the Upstate New York Poison Center in Syracuse, New York, there have been eight bath salts cases across the state that have been managed medically since the beginning of the year.

T. Michele Caliva, who is the Administrative Director of the Poison Center, said that while eight cases may not seem like a significant number, it is actually quite high.

“Poison Centers are only made aware of those cases where an individual develops symptoms and those symptoms are significant enough for a family member or friend to be concerned so that they bring them into a health care facility or they scare the person that is abusing the drug or chemical and they seek care on their own. This also reflects only those cases where a patient admits to abusing bath salts,” Ms. Caliva said.

“Eight cases since the beginning of this year is a red flag that this drug is out there and is being abused in the general public. For every one case that is called into the Center there are numerous incidences where a person is abusing but does not seek health care,” she added.

Senator Young is co-sponsoring legislation that would criminalize both the possession and distribution of these products that contain many different methamphetamine-like chemicals.

Livingston County Sheriff John M. York said, “The ‘bath salts’ drug trend appears to be another epidemic of a new substance abuse. The biggest tragedy of this newest sensation is that it is not illegal in New York State and many areas of the country. It is marketed under many brands and sold in mini-marts and smoke shops by people who have skirted the laws that make these types of drugs illegal.”

Wellsville Police Chief Steven Mattison said, “I am very concerned with the horror stories circulating around the country with the deadly consequences involving bath salts. Fortunately, Wellsville has not experienced a tragic incident, yet. I know from past experiences, that it is only a matter of time before any new experience filters into our community. I am very concerned that our quiet village will be hit hard if we as law enforcement are not standing strong with Senator Young and pushing to stop this from gaining any more momentum.”

Jamestown Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety Harry Snellings said, “I am certainly in support of this bill because of the effects these drugs are having in communities throughout the country. We are now seeing this drug pop up in our area and there is a real concern in the way it is being marketed toward our young people.”

Dunkirk Police Chief David C. Ortolano said, “Unfortunately, as we continue our everyday war on illegal narcotics in our communities, the drug trade will find new ways to meet the addictions of the users. They experiment with new ways to meet their needs and the problem is that often times these new experiments lead to tragic results as the effects are unknown and can be volatile.”

“Senator Young has always been a very good supporter of law enforcement and I applaud her for stepping up to address issues such as this. We need to have strong legislation regarding drug enforcement in order to have success fighting these issues in our local communities,” he added.

There have been over 1,400 reported cases of these dangerous types of bath salts used in the U.S. since September of last year, according to the National Poison Data System; more than 1,100 of those cases have occurred since January 1st.

Products containing these hallucinogenic chemicals have already been banned in countries like the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

In the United States, the substances have been banned in Florida, North Dakota and Louisiana and there is pending legislation in Kentucky, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

Six More Seniors Named to Big 30 Team

This week's selections are:

Tyler Gunsolus
Tight End/Linebacker
Olean High School
Height: 5’9” Weight:

Tyler hopes to study physical education at a presently undecided four year college with hopes of becoming a gym teacher. His awards include being named M.V.P. for baseball in both his junior varsity and varsity seasons, as well as the Nellis Award for ice hockey. Tyler sees his invitation to the Raabe Classic as an acknowledgement of his hard work and skill. His biggest thrill playing football was scoring his first varsity touchdown. His hobbies include playing sports like hockey and baseball. He is a fan of the Buffalo and his favorite player is Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Andrew Schroeder
Running Back/Safety
Gowanda Central School
Height: 5’8” Weight: 148 lbs.

Andrew plans to enlist in the Marine Corps after graduation and ultimately become a State Trooper. He was named to the sectional all stars and was a recipient of Gowanda’s “110% Award. When asked his reasons for wanting to play in the Big 30 Game he said, “…because I love football and it’s a big honor”! His biggest thrill while playing football was a “Pick for 6”, getting an interception and taking it back for a touchdown. His hobbies include football and working out; “…anything to get the adrenaline pumping”. Andrew is a fan of The Pittsburgh Steelers and Troy Polamalu.

George Harrington
Running Back/Corner Back
Allegany-Limestone Central School
Height: 6’0” Weight 170 lbs.

George plans to attend JCC at Jamestown majoring in business management for two years then transfer to S.N.U.Y. Brockport or Fredonia to complete his bachelor’s degree. An honor student, he was named student of the month for September 2010. George received the “Spark Plug Award” for the 2010 Baseball Season and the “Coaches Award” for the 2010 Football Season. He most enjoys “…getting the big hit or scoring on a long run”! He has dreamed of playing in this game since he was a little kid and finds the opportunity both exciting and an honor. Favorite free time activities include working out and hanging with friends. A fan of the Bills, he most admires C.J. Spiller.

T.J. Latimer
Running Back/Linebacker
Warren Area High School
Height: 6’2” Weight: 215 lbs.

Undecided with regard to a school, T.J. hopes to earn a four year degree in environmental science and play football. His honors include earning a letter for football all four of his high school seasons, being a four year Iron Man Award winner and receiving his teams Hit Man Award in 2009. He was named defensive M.V.P. in 2009 and offensive M.V.P. in 2010. He was team captain in 2010 and was twice named MAXPREPS Player of the Week, (10/31 &11/6), Erie Times Breakout Player of the Week, (10/29), and WCTL Player of the Game vs. Fort LeBoeuf, (9/17). He finds the roar and excitement of the crowd and just the atmosphere in general to be the most thrilling part of high school football. T.J.’s hobbies are roller hockey, fishing, ice fishing and hunting. He is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mike Wallace

Ben Jaques
Wide Receiver/Safety
Ridgway High School
Height: 6’ 0” Weight 165 lbs.

Ben was a two time Scholar Athlete Award winner at Ridgway and was named defensive M.V.P. his senior season. He was team captain for both football and basketball. He was an Allegany Mountain League All Star in basketball and was name to the all tourney team. He wants to play in the Big 30 Game calling it “…a once in a lifetime experience”. His best football memory is scoring a game winning touchdown on a pass reception. The Steelers are his favorite team and Larry Fitzgerald his favorite player. Ben plans to attend IUP majoring in business.

Trevor Miller
Offensive/Defensive Tackle
Johnsonburg High School
Height: 5’10” Weight: 260 lbs.

Trevor is a member of the National Honor Society, an Allegany Mountain League All Star and was named to the Olean Times Herald Big 30 All Star Team. His greatest thrill in sports came in beating Cameron County with a last minute touchdown in 2010 and being picked as a Big 30 All Star. He wants to play in the Raabe Classic because “…it’s one last chance to play with some of my teammates. During his spare time Trevor likes to work on vehicles and watch sports. He is a fan of the Green Bay Packers and B.J. Raji. Trevor will attend Slippery Rock University in the fall and major in physics.

The 38th annual “Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic” will be played Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Parkway Field in Bradford, PA.

The first 37 games have produced nearly 1.4 million dollars which have been given to numerous charities and personal causes throughout the Twin Tiers.

You can hear the game on 1490 WESB, 100.1 The HERO and online at

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Syracuse Symphony at SBU's Quick Center

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Hege, will perform in the seventh concert of the Friends of Good Music season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at St. Bonaventure’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The program will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 as well as acclaimed violinist Corey Cerovsek performing Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

“We are grateful to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for its commitment to its audiences in Western New York. Their visit is always a highlight of the performance season,” said Joseph A. LoSchiavo, executive director of the Quick Center. “This year we welcome back music director Daniel Hege, and we look forward to hearing the charismatic violinist Corey Cerovsek performing Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, which he has recorded with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra of Switzerland on the Claves label.”

The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra quickly evolved from its beginning in 1961 as a community orchestra into a fully professional resident orchestra serving the entire central and northern New York state region. Today an ensemble of national acclaim, the symphony boasts 79 musicians and a conducting staff of international caliber. It performs 193 full-orchestra and chamber ensemble concerts throughout central and northern New York, reaching more than 225,000 audience members during its 39-week season.

Celebrating his 10th season as the symphony’s music director in 2009-10, Hege is recognized as one of America’s finest young conductors, and has earned acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and his commitment to creative programming. In 2001, he finished a five-year tenure as resident conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where he worked closely with David Zinman. Beginning with the current season, Hege also serves as the music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Hege oversaw the release of the Syracuse Symphony’s live “Classics Concert” CD as well as the “Holiday Pops” and “Big Band Bash” releases.

Violinist Cerovsek has performed to constant acclaim with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Andrew Litton. His North American performances have included appearances with the orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.

He has performed around the world with leading orchestras and in recital, and has made numerous recordings. He has appeared twice on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” on the “David Frost Show” in England, on the PBS special “Musical Encounters,” and on CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” Cerovsek performs on the Milanollo Stradivarius of 1728.

This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. For tickets and information, call the Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

For each Friends of Good Music performance, the Quick Center’s galleries open one hour before the show and remain 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, visit

Roswell Park Surgeon Awarded US Army
Grant to Study Lung Cancer Recurrence

BUFFALO, NY — Saikrishna Yendamuri, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgical Oncology and Thoracic Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), has been awarded a $555,103 grant from the U.S. Army to develop a way to help predict which lung-cancer patients are more likely to have their cancer recur after surgery.

People with early-stage lung cancer typically undergo surgery to remove the tumor, but unfortunately, as many as 35 percent of them see their disease return. Treating these patients with chemotherapy is associated with too many complications to advocate chemotherapy for all lung patents after surgery. Therefore, finding a way to identify those patients whose disease is likely to recur is important in determining who should undergo adjuvant chemotherapy and who may avoid it.

Dr. Yendamuri plans to explore the potential of using microRNA profiling as a biomarker for non-small-cell lung cancer. MicroRNAs are small RNAs that regulate protein formation. By profiling their expression in two types of cells, epithelial and stromal cells of the tumor, separately, Dr. Yendamuri intends to develop a marker that can be used to predict whether the cancer is likely to recur. Separating the tumor’s epithelial and stromal components using laser-capture dissection, rather than using whole-tumor tissue, will be key to the marker’s novelty.

“If successful,” explains Dr. Yendamuri, “it would greatly simplify the use of this technology and help us put it into use right away, helping to guide treatment decisions for patients with early lung cancer. In addition, what we learn here about how microRNAs regulate an aggressive tumor will help to develop novel therapies for this deadly disease.”

Meiere Exhibition Organized by
SBU's Quick Center Opens in D.C.

St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts organized the first major exhibition of the work of 20th century art deco muralist and mosaicist Hildreth Meière, which opened at the Quick Center in 2009.

Now an expanded version of the show has traveled to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., for an eight-month run. The exhibition, “Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière,” opened March 19 and runs through Nov. 27.

The exhibition at the Quick Center brought together in one exhibition, for the first time, the sketches, studies in gouache, full-scale cartoons and models of the work of Meière, who created pieces for churches, government and commercial buildings, world’s fairs, restaurants and cocktail lounges, and even ocean liners in a career that spanned five decades.

Meière designed mosaics and murals for buildings as prominent as Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. She had more than 100 major commissions from leading architects for projects throughout the United States before dying from leukemia in 1961. She was one of the country’s most gifted architectural embellishers and an important figure in the history of American liturgical art.

The National Building Museum exhibition, according to a featured piece in The Washington Post, “gives a qualified assent to Meière’s modernism. Yes, she created art that harmonizes with the streamlined forms of Art Deco structures. But the exhibition reveals three principal things about the New York artist: She was detail-oriented, versatile and something of a classicist.

“Along with commercial and government edifices, Meière worked on numerous churches, cathedrals and synagogues. Many of these have a Hellenistic flavor, suggesting a 20th-century update of imagery you might see in ancient landmarks of Greece or Turkey.”

The exhibition includes discoveries made since its opening at St. Bonaventure’s Quick Center in 2009, according to an article in the New York Times. It notes: “Two years ago a box of drawings by Meière, up to 10 feet long and depicting 1930s mosaic spider webs at 1 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, turned up in the archives of the New York architecture firm HLW International. Three have been added to the 2009 show, along with tools used to install her mosaics.”

The Quick Center is proud to play a role in what could be called a rediscovery of an artist who, in her lifetime, was considered the most famous, distinguished and prolific art deco muralist in the country, one of America’s leading practitioners of the art of mosaic, and one of the country’s most gifted architectural embellishers, said Joseph A. LoSchiavo, executive director of the Quick Center.

“For the better part of my adult life, Hildreth Meière has been like one of those neighbors we greet regularly but whom we don’t get to know very well or whose name we somehow fail to learn. And then suddenly, one revelatory day, we realize that a person we’ve taken for granted has had an impact on the world around us beyond our imagining,” said LoSchiavo.

Pitt-Bradford History-Political Science Club to Hold Judges' Candidate Forum

The History/Political Science Club at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host a candidates’ forum for those running for McKean County Common Pleas Court Judge in the municipal primary in May.

The forum will take place at 7 p.m. March 24 in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall on campus and is sponsored by the McKean County Tea Party.

Dr. Stephen Robar, associate professor of political science, will moderate the event, which will feature all four candidates running for the position.

Candidates for judge on the May 17 ballot are Tony Alfieri, Michele D. Alfieri-Causer, Anthony V. Clarke and Chris Hauser.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814) 362-7609

SBU Prof's Artwork on Display in Japan

Painter and printmaker Constance Pierce, associate professor of visual arts at St. Bonaventure University, is one of 12 artists internationally to be invited to participate in “The Fifth Art on Paper” exhibition now under way at the Museum of Art in Toyota City, Nagoya, Japan.

For Pierce, among the artists invited by guest curator Ryozo Morishito, it marks her second appearance in the exhibition in as many years. She participated in “The Fourth Art on Paper” exhibition in 2010.

Pierce is exhibiting a new series of allegorical figurative watercolors titled “The Dance: Epiphany and Loss.” The images in this series are meant to bear witness to the joys and sufferings of the human soul.

“My intent was to communicate the radiant energy and spirituality expressed by the human form in the epiphany of dance, as well as in the torment of suffering,” said Pierce. “The intense emotions of life’s darkness and light are synthesized and transfigured in the ritual of dance and I wanted my figures to embody this dichotomy. I engage these images for the revelations they may offer to the human psyche.”

The hosting museum decided to hold the exhibition in spite of the recent natural and nuclear disasters that continue to devastate Japan. “Though my watercolors were created before the recent tragedies in Japan, I wish to dedicate my series to the anguish, grace, and endurance now illuminated in the people of Japan,” said Pierce.

Pierce graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art where she was awarded the Helen Green Perry Prize for European Travel and Study. She received her advanced degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting of the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore.

Her sketchbooks have been featured in two exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Her monotypes and sketchbooks are in the museum’s permanent collection as well as the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the Rare Books Library of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Georgetown University Special Collections, the International Marion Research Institute of the University of Dayton (Ohio), and the Yale Center for British Art: Prints and Drawings sketchbook archives in Washington.

Pierce is also presently exhibiting her artwork in St. Bonaventure’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. That exhibition, titled “KYRIE: World Cry,” encompasses several series including watercolors, paintings and drawings, as well as newly published giclee prints produced for Pierce by Martin Studios in Olean.

The Quick Center will host a closing reception for the artist from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at which 17 St. Bonaventure painting students who are studying with Pierce will present a communal artwork titled “Earth Song.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Quick Center at 716-375-2494.

Pitt-Bradford Honors 'Women of Promise'

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford honored three high school students at ‘Women of Promise’ for their achievements in athletics, community service and the creative and performing arts at a luncheon this week.

Dr. Leslie Rhinehart, director of counseling services at Pitt-Bradford, gave the keynote address titled “Thank You for Being a Star.”

Being honored were Alexa Campbell of Portville (N.Y.) Central School for creative and performing arts; Kayla Hoohuli of St. Marys Area High School for athletics; and Samantha Whiteman of Archbishop Walsh Academy in Olean, N.Y., for community service.

Campbell, the daughter of David and Darla Campbell, already has an impressive resume in the arts. Now 17, she began performing at the age of 7 as Gretl in the Broadway national tour of “The Sound of Music.”

She toured the United States and Canada for 10 months as Max with “Dragon Tales Live” and spent three months touring the United Kingdom with Disney’s “Bear in the Big Blue House.” At age 12, she performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall at the American Choral Directors Association’s Eastern Division Conference.

In addition to singing, she’s danced for Mattel Industrial in New York City.

Locally and regional, Campbell has performed with Olean Community Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, Lancaster Opera House, Struthers Library Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse and the Buffalo Ballet.

She plans to attend college to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in performance and eventually perform with an opera company.

Hoohuli is the daughter of Daniel and Leona Hoohuli of St. Marys. A point guard for Dutch basketball, Hoohuli reached the career 2,000-point mark during this season, her senior year.

During her junior year, she was named to the Associated Press of Pennsylvania’s AAA First team, was Tri-County Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player for District 9 and the ESPN Rise Regional Girls Basketball Player of the Week from the East.

Last year, she averaged 30.3 points and 4.4 assists per game. She reached the 1,000-point plateau in 43 games during her sophomore season.

In addition, she was a standout soccer player her sophomore year and volleyball player her junior and senior year, becoming the school’s all-time leader in hits.

“Not only does her talent lead the team to many winning seasons, but her leadership and encouragement pulls out the best in each individual player,” wrote Shelbie Benjamin, Hoohuli’s guidance counselor.

Hoohouli will play for Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., next year.

Whiteman is the daughter of Denise and Robert Whiteman of Eldred. She attends Archbishop Walsh Academy in Olean, N.Y. She was honored in the community service area for her work with the Erie Zoo since the summer of 2007.

For the past two summers, she has been the only teen volunteer to work more than 200 hours. In 2009, the zoo director nominated her for JET TV’s “Good Kids Award,” and she was featured on the station’s newscast.

Other volunteer activities include working with younger dance students and dancing for HomeCare and Hospice patients.

This is the 15th year that the Pitt-Bradford Staff Association and the Women’s History Celebration Committee have recognized area “Women of Promise.” Guidance counselors from local high schools are asked to nominate eligible seniors for the awards. A selection committee at Pitt-Bradford then reviews those nominations.

Other young women nominated by their counselor for the creative and performing arts award were Lynzy Wheaton of Bradford Area High School, Alexandra Streich of Cameron County High School; Allison Martin of Cattaraugus-Little Valley (N.Y.) Central School; Alissa Class of Corry Area Middle-High School; Olivia Harris of Ellicottville (N.Y.) Central School; Kaylie Fitch of Johnsonburg Area High School; Amber Delaney of North Clarion Junior-Senior High School; Jenna Martin of Northern Potter High School; Ashley Downs of Oswayo Valley High School; Julia Collver of Port Allegany High School; Felicia Alfieri of Smethport Area High School; Natalie Schwer of St. Marys Area High School and Laura Walton of Wellsville (N.Y.) High School.

Other young women nominated by their counselor in the area of athletics were Janette McDade of Archbishop Walsh; Alice Chen of Bradford; Emily Greer of Corry; Samantha Wooden of Ellicottville; Cody Anderson of Johnsonburg; Sarah Gatesman of North Clarion; Olivia Martin of Northern Potter; Krystina George of Oswayo Valley; Bryanna Evans of Port Allegany; Kristie Steffan of Sheffield Area Junior-Senior High School; Tracy Woodring of Smethport; and Brooke Gustin of Wellsville.

Other young women nominated by their counselor in the area of community service were Krista Geelen of Cameron County; Lori Wilkinson of Corry; Melissa Mack-Beardsley of Ellicottville Lauren Stahli of Johnsonburg; Shelby Lander of North Clarion; Kristen Potter of Northern Potter; Kimberly Anne Harley of Oswayo Valley; Anna McJunkin of Port Allegany; Tayler Clark of Portville; Lisa Master of Smethport; and Danielle Williams of Wellsville.

Pictured, from left, Alexa Campbell of Portville, N.Y.; Kayla Hoohuli of St. Marys; and Samantha Whiteman of Eldred.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Alleged Purse Thief Waives Hearings

A Bradford woman waived her preliminary hearings on charges that she assaulted her mother, and stole purses from customers at Tops Market.

23-year-old Samantha Finland is accused of taking purses from the customers and hiding them under her child, who was in stroller, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office. She admitted that on July 25, 2010, she took the cash then threw the purse in the bushes near St. Bernard’s Church. She’s also accused of using her child to hide a stolen purse on July 28, 2010.

On January 26, Finland allegedly knocked her mother to the floor, hit her and bit her. Police say when they found her several hours after the alleged incident she was “highly intoxicated.”

Finland is jailed on $2,500 bail.