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Saturday, April 16, 2011

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Kids Setting Fires, Dumpster Crawling

Bradford City Police on Friday got calls about “Dumpster crawling” on Kennedy Street and “kids setting fires” on Interstate Parkway.

Officers also got calls about noise on Bushnell Street, a fight at Barbour and Mechanic streets, an unwanted person on Mechanic Street and harassment on East Main Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Easter Egg Hunts Postponed

The Bradford City Firefighters Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed until April 23 at 11 a.m. at Callahan Park.

The Lewis Run Easter Egg Hunt will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow, APril 17. If it rains, the hunt will be held at Evans Memorial United Methodist Church

Friday, April 15, 2011

Vote, Vote and Vote Again!

Remember to vote for Bradford in the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest:

http://wfnfishingtown.com/town/bradford-pa

Thompson Supports Passage of Budget Resolution

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today voted to support H. Con. Res. 34, the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Resolution. The measure passed the House by a vote of 235-193. Thompson released the following statement after final passage:

“The people of the 5th District understand fiscal responsibility and realize we can’t continue spending money we don’t have,” said Thompson. “Today, we put the facts on the table and advanced the debate about how to address the fiscal challenges facing this country, and the steps needed to bring about solvency – because right now we’re in the red. Contrary to the misinformation, this plan keeps our current commitments to seniors, while ensuring the longevity of our social safety net programs for future generations.”

H. Con. Res. 34 reduces spending to below 2008 levels, freezing discretionary spending for five years, and includes $6.2 trillion in savings compared to the President’s 2012 budget proposal. The measure looks to improve the sustainability of Medicare and Medicaid programs, which the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has asserted will otherwise go bankrupt.

Pitt-Bradford Students Honored at Convocation

More than 40 students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were recognized for their academic achievements and contributions to campus life at the university’s annual Honors Convocation held today.

Before the awards were given, Rick Nelson, associate professor of business management, gave the keynote address.

Fifteen students were named University Scholars, an honor given to juniors, seniors and students from the previous year’s graduating class who are or were in the top 2 percent of their class.

Those named University Scholars who were 2010 graduates were Jenelle M. Elmquist, a social studies 7-12 major from Sheffield; Kathy M. Long, an elementary education major from Kane; Ashley R. Neal, a sports medicine major from St. Marys; and Nicole J. Walter, an elementary education major from Gifford.

Those seniors named University Scholars were Joshua W. Flowers, a chemistry and chemistry education 7-12 major from New Columbia; Prashant Gabani, a biology and chemistry major from Bridgeville; Kathleen A. Plyler, a business management major from Titusville; Samila F. Sosic, an interdisciplinary arts major from Bradford; and Kaitlin M. Zapel, a human relations major from Bradford.

Juniors named University Scholars were Jeffrey Bosworth, a business management major from Bradford; Brenda Brandon, an elementary education major from Bradford; Elizabeth Dick, a psychology major from Latrobe; Sara A. Gligora, a sociology major from Milton; Laura L. Long, an athletic training major from Pittsfield; and Thomas Taylor, a business management major from Bradford.

Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs, presented academic excellence awards to students with the highest academic performance in their classes: freshmen Marissa Sum Yin Poon, a business management major from Hong Kong, and Philip Graves, an engineering major from Cranberry Township; sophomores Jennifer L. Trippett, an interdisciplinary arts major from Lemont, and Paul M. Woods, a biology major from Port Allegany; junior Nicole M. Ewing, an accounting major from Kane; and graduating seniors Kathleen Plyler and Prashant Gabani.

Six seniors received Outstanding Achievement Awards, given by each academic division to the senior with the best academic performance: Janet McCauley Award for Behavioral and Social Sciences, Barbara S. Headley, a human relations major from Port Allegany; Biological and Health Sciences, Prashant Gabani and Ashley Neal; Communication and the Arts, Samila Sosic; Management and Education, Kathy Magnuson Long; and Physical and Computational Sciences, Joshua William Parslow, an applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major from Westfield.

Other awards were presented to Heather Lynne Kelley, an accounting and business management major from Port Allegany, IMA Outstanding Accounting Student Award; Matthew Reiner, a computer information systems and technology major from Shinglehouse, David L. Blackmore Award for Business; Jessica Lynn Bogart, a business management and accounting major from North East, PICPA Excellence in Accounting Award; Sarah Brittany Dwyer, a business education K-12 and business management major from Warren, Education Student Award; Barbara S. Headley, Human Relations Award; Leslie K. Shallop, a nursing major from Bradford, ASN Student Nursing Award; Lindsey Renee Burkey, a nursing major from Clarendon, BSN Student Nursing Award; Michael J. Varone, an engineering science major from Lewis Run, Engineering Award; Michael J. Marcella, a biology major from Bradford, the American Chemical Society Award;

Andrew J. Braeger, an interdisciplinary arts major from Erie, Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Art; Adriana Vaccaro, an interdisciplinary arts major from Bradford, Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Music; Katherine G. Yeagle, a broadcast communications major from Newville, Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Theater; Stewart B. Skeel, a writing major from Carlisle, Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in Writing; Mark J. Waidell, a broadcast communications major from Tamaqua, James D. Guelfi Award in Broadcast Communications; Alex W. Davis, a public relations major from Emporium, James D. Guelfi Award in Public Relations;

Lyndon C. Orinion, a computer information systems and technology major from Washington, D.C., the Student Life Award for Outstanding Leadership, Scholarship, Character and Service to the University; and Vogue A. Bernard, a human relations major from Shinglehouse, and Alisha M. Wisel, a sport and recreation management major from Lewisburg, the Student Affairs Special Recognition Award.

Pictured, Rick Nelson, associate professor of business management, giving the keynote address at Honors Convocation held today at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Alleged Save-A-Lot Burglars Charged

Charges have been filed against two men accused of breaking into Save-A-Lot on Forman Street on April 7.

21-year-old Axle Tankersley and 22-year-old Ouinton Mills, both of Bradford, are each charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, both felonies. They are also facing misdemeanor theft and conspiracy charges.

Bradford City Police Chief Chris Lucco says the photo of one of the suspects that was released to the media last week “received an enormous response, which solidified the department’s feeling that the suspect in the photo was Axle Tankersley.”

Lucco says while serving a search warrant at Tankersley last known address to look for evidence of the crime, officers discovered evidence to link the residence to another recent burglary at Matthews Services Station, where tools and other miscellaneous items had been stolen.

He says after Tankersley was taken into custody he cooperated with police and provided a detailed account of the events, including the identity of Mills.

Tankersley is jailed on $35,000 bail. Mills is in custody, but has not been arraigned yet (as of 4:29 p.m.).

“I personally thank members of the public for coming forward with information that helped solve this case,” Lucco said. “I would also like to commend the officers of my department for their diligence in bringing closure to this incident."


Saturday's Easter Egg Hunts

The organizers of Saturday’s Easter egg hunts are waiting until morning to decide if the events will go on as scheduled, or if the anticipated rain will move them to other dates.

In case of rain, the hunt at the Lewis Run Borough Park will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Bradford City Firefighters Local 655 hunt scheduled for 11 a.m. at Callahan Park would be moved to April 23.

We’ll let you know the status of the hunts in the morning.


Casey: Obama Administration Must
Crack Down on Unfair Chinese Trade

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, called on the Obama Administration to aggressively stand up to ongoing Chinese attempts to gain an illegal trade advantage over Pennsylvania workers and companies. A letter signed by a bipartisan group of senators was sent to the Obama Administration ahead of today’s G-20 meeting in Washington.

In the letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Casey called on the Obama Administration to confront China on its currency manipulation that artificially makes Chinese goods less expensive than similar American-made products. China's currency manipulation, a violation of international trade law, is a major contributor to America's $273 billion trade deficit with China and costs the United States thousands of jobs each year.

In their letter, the senators say of China's illegal action on currency: "For too long, this issue has festered, harming not only American companies and workers, but also the economy of every country that meets its International Monetary Fund (IMF) commitments to allow the level of its currency to be determined by markets.... China's illegal practices make Chinese-produced goods cheaper than similar products made in America, driving up our trade deficit with China and putting Americans out of work. The United States' trade deficit with China reached a staggering $273 billion last year, costing our country thousands of jobs."

The senators' letter concludes: "We urge you to work together with all countries harmed by currency manipulation to press China to allow the level of the RMB to be determined by markets, not government interventions. When everyone plays by the same rules, our entrepreneurs and workers can compete and win in the global economy."

Senator Casey has been a vocal opponent of Chinese currency manipulation. He has repeatedly called on the Obama Administration to more aggressively confront China and he is pushing legislation that would make it harder for the Administration to avoid taking action against China.

The Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011, which Senator Casey introduced with Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), would vigorously address currency misalignments that unfairly and negatively impact U.S. trade. If passed, the legislation would provide less flexibility to the Treasury Department when it comes to citing countries for currency manipulation. It would also impose stiff new penalties on designated countries, including duties on the countries' exports and a ban on any companies from those countries receiving U.S. government contracts.

The full text of the letter follows:

April 14, 2011
The Honorable Timothy J. Geithner
Secretary of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20220

Dear Mr. Secretary,

We write to urge you to make fundamental currency misalignment a central issue at the G-20 meeting in Washington, DC this week. For too long, this issue has festered, harming not only American companies and workers, but also the economy of every country that meets its International Monetary Fund (IMF) commitments to allow the level of its currency to be determined by markets.

The consistent interference of a few countries in currency markets creates an uneven global playing field, perversely encouraging other countries to intervene as well. The resulting currency misalignments distort global markets, creating instability at a time when the world can ill afford it.

While multiple countries are guilty of currency manipulation, China unfortunately stands out from the rest. Its mercantilist policies occur on a grand scale. In the fourth quarter of 2010, China intervened in currency markets by purchasing $2 billion worth of foreign currency a day, adding $199 billion to its foreign currency reserves. Not surprisingly, in its recent 2011 Global Economic Outlook, the IMF calls the RMB "substantially weaker than warranted" and finds a "key motivation for the acquisition of foreign exchange reserves seems to be to prevent nominal exchange rate appreciation and preserve competitiveness."

China's policies work as intended: The RMB has had almost no appreciation against the dollar since May 2008. China's illegal practices make Chinese-produced goods cheaper than similar products made in America, driving up our trade deficit with China and putting Americans out of work. The United States' trade deficit with China reached a staggering $273 billion last year, costing our country thousands of jobs.

The IMF cites the accumulation of official foreign exchange reserves as "an important obstacle to global demand rebalancing." Removing this obstacle should be a key U.S. priority. Ironically, China's refusal to allow the RMB to appreciate in a meaningful way is contrary to its own best interest. Economists agree that China needs to rebalance its economy to rely more on domestic consumption than on export-led growth. This necessary rebalancing would ultimately tame Chinese inflation, improve global economic growth, and remove a key barrier to a more fruitful U.S.-China relationship.

The United States does no one a favor by downplaying this crucial issue. We urge you to work together with all countries harmed by currency manipulation to press China to allow the level of the RMB to be determined by markets, not government interventions. When everyone plays by the same rules, our entrepreneurs and workers can compete and win in the global economy.

Sincerely,

Sen. Bob Casey

Sen. Debbie Stabenow

Sen. Sherrod Brown

Sen. Olympia Snowe

Sen. Carl Levin

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Sen. Benjamin Cardin

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Jack Reed

Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Two Men Face Harassment Charges

Two Potter County residents are facing harassment charges following separate incidents.

State police say at between 7 and 7:20 a.m. today 56-year-old Robert Nortum of Roulette subjected a 15-year-old girl to unwanted physical contact at his home.

The investigation is continuing.

Police say that at about 8 p.m. on Sunday 28-year-old Thomas Pritt of Austin approached 18-year-old Charles Goff of Austin outside the Bomb Shelter Bar and punched him three times in the face.

PA American Legion Praises Gaming Board

HARRISBURG – The state American Legion praised the Pennsylvania Gaming Board’s decision yesterday to “protect the sanctity of the Gettysburg National Military Park” by denying a developer’s bid for a nearby casino.

By a 6-1, the Gaming Board decided to award the license to another location, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, in the southwestern part of the state.

“Many Legionnaires, veterans and concerned Americans across the country did not want to see a casino built so close to the final resting place of so many heroes,” said Pennsylvania American Legion Commander Pete Wasco. “While many local residents supported the project, the battlefield has national significance. At the same time, people are understandably concerned about unemployment and other economic issues. The American Legion supports development in Adams County and other areas that need it. We just do not support development that would encroach upon that honored ground. We are not anti-casino. We are pro-veteran.”

The project was also opposed by historian Ken Burns, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Gov. Tom Corbett and former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Man Accused of Attacking Another Man

One man is facing assault charges for allegedly knocking another man unconscious, breaking his nose and causing a number of other injuries.

42-year-old Kevin Burritt is accused of attacking Richard Riel in the early morning hours of April 9 at Riel’s home. According to papers filed in District Rich Luther’s office, Burritt and Beth Weilacher gave Riel a ride home and, at about 2:20 a.m., Riel got into a verbal argument with Weilacher and Burritt hit him in the back.

Riel says he felt a sharp pain in his back, and then lost consciousness. When Riel woke up the next day he had a number of injuries on his face and back. Riel was taken to BRMC, where they found that he suffered a broken nasal bone, contusions to his face, scalp and neck area, abrasions to his lower back and had also lost two teeth.

Burritt is free on bail and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 20.


Woman Facing More Burglary Charges

A woman who is already in prison on burglary charges is facing more charges for allegedly breaking into several businesses in Cattaraugus County in November.

21-year-old Alexa Knoxsah is accused of breaking into Eddy’s Restaurant in Great Valley as well as New Beginnings Fitness Center and Norton Hardwoods in Salamanca.

Knoxsah and her brother, 18-year-old Kyle Cooper, allegedly stole cash and checks from the businesses.

Knoxsah is serving a 2 to 6 year prison sentence in Bedford Hills for breaking into the Across the River Smoke Shop in Salamanca in July and stealing nearly $8,000 worth of merchandise.

She is scheduled to answer the new charges in Great Valley on Wednesday, and in Salamanca on May 20.

Sheriff’s deputies say more people may be arrested in connection to the latest burglaries.


Bowl for Kids Sake Raises More Than $16,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of McKean County

A total of $16,711 in funding to support mentoring in McKean County was raised by bowlers and local businesses during the 2011 Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, held April 2, 2011 at Byllye Lanes in Bradford. 181 people bowled during the event, which is held annually to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of McKean County. Funds are used to support local matched pairs, children waiting to be matched, and for program promotion and development.

Many ‘veteran’ teams returned to bowl in support of the program and there were also many new teams who came to the event to raise money for a good cause. Children and Youth Services of McKean County brought eight teams consisting of staff, youth, and participants in the Independent Living Program. The group was led by Breanne Abbott, Independent Living supervisor, and assisted by members of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Participants donned bright orange T-shirts, and showed off their team spirit by performing the “Cupid Shuffle” on the lanes in between bowling games. One young man who raised over $200 on his own was awarded a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. The CYS teams bowled from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Two additional sessions – the Family Bowl and the Night Bowl – came later in the evening. Several team members from the later flights had fun at the event by wearing creatively decorated T-Shirts, or coming to the event with a team theme, such as wearing head to toe camouflage.

There is no sustainable public funding stream to support local mentoring programs, making Bowl for Kids’ Sake the largest and most important annual fundraising event that supports local Big Brothers Big Sisters programming in McKean County. The fundraiser builds capacity for local sustainability and 100% of the money raised stays in McKean County to support mentoring services for local children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McKean County currently serves seventy-one children in the community based mentoring program. Of that number, twenty-four children are matched with a mentor with forty-six still waiting. In addition to the community-based mentoring program, county caseworker Annie Johnson administers a school-based program in the Otto-Eldred School District, which serves forty children by pairing them up with a high-school “Big” during part of the school day for tutoring, games, and positive peer interaction.

More than seventy local and regional businesses donated money, prizes, food, or in-kind services for the event, and every bowler collected at least $35 in donations. Those who contributed more than $50 received a Big Brothers Big Sisters t-shirt. Three local residents collected the most money for the event. First place went to Brenda Bloomgren who received a $100 Kwik Fill gas card, a GPS unit, and two gift certificates from the Kane Country Club and Golf Course. Second place went to Scott Bloomgren who received a Canon digital camera, a $25 Walmart Gift Card, and a gift certificate from Togi’s Restaurant in Bradford. Third place went to Pam Eschrich who received a gift basket from Orris Jewelers and a $25 gift certificate from Proper’s Greenhouse in Bradford.

Participants won prizes ranging from restaurant gift certificates, Wooly Willy games, and amusement park tickets for bowling strikes, wearing their Big Brothers Big Sisters tattoos, and hula-hooping. Prizes were donated by local and regional businesses.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor and making a difference in the life of a child, call The Guidance Center’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program toll-free at 1-877-776-1636.


Trout Season Opens Saturday

Harrisburg, PA – Anglers from across the state have been helping the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission ( PFBC) stock more than one million adult trout in preparation for the traditional opening day on April 16.

PFBC Executive Director John Arway says opening day is a time-honored tradition that families and kids look forward to every year. “Opening day is a huge event for so many families and their children,” Mr. Arway said. “In fact, the regional opening day and the traditional opening day are two of the biggest fishing days of the year.

To get ready for them, our ‘great white fleet’ of stocking trucks has been busy since mid-February replenishing Pennsylvania's waterways with a fresh supply of brook, brown, and rainbow trout.” April 2 marked the regional opening day of trout in 18 southeastern counties. Every year the PFBC stocks about 3.2 million trout in waterways across the state. About 50 percent are stocked before the opening days, 45 percent are stocked before the end of May and the remaining 5 percent are stocked in the winter.

“Opening day is special because it signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring,” Mr. Arway added. “It’s great if you catch trout, but the day is really about getting out of the house, enjoying the outdoors and spending quality time with family and friends.” About 850,000 anglers buy a fishing license each year. A resident fishing license costs $22.70 and a trout-salmon permit is $9.70. A license is required for anyone 16 and older. Licenses can be purchased at sporting goods stores and online at http://www.fishandboat.com/.

In a new twist this year, the PFBC has scheduled the two Fish-for-Free Days on Memorial Day, May 30, and on Labor Day, Sept. 5. No fishing license is needed on either of the days. “This is a great way to introduce someone to the world of fishing,” Mr. Arway said. “In order to help first-time anglers, our Education and Outreach staff will hold special events and hands-on lessons at locations across the state.”

To see if your favorite trout stream is being stocked this year, visit the Fish and Boat Commission website at http://www.fishandboat.com/.

And here's a reminder -- Vote for Bradford in the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest.
http://wfnfishingtown.com/town/bradford-pa.

UWBA Event Raises More Than $8,000

The United Way of the Bradford Area held its first Spring Arts Gala Thursday at The Lodge at Glendorn.

The event was sold out three weeks prior and raised over $8,000. “We were astounded with the responses we received from our local community,” says Executive Director, Kelly Z. Case. “We had a great turnout of artists and attendees and know everyone is looking forward to next year.”

The gala featured items from local artisans and craftsmen. The scope of talent was immense. The United Way was pleased to be able to auction several paintings, wood pieces, and pieces made of ceramic, glass, floral arrangements, and hand stitched creations. “There were a total of 28 auction packages,” says Community Relations and Marketing Specialist, Megan Minich. “When we were in the planning process our goal was to secure 15 auction items. We were so appreciative to receive 28 items.”

“We could not have accomplished such a successful event without the support of our volunteers and the local community,” says Case. “It truly shows that we live in community that stands behind the United Way mission.”

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Three-Vehcile Crash Near Johnsonburg

Two people suffered minor injuries in an accident at 10:40 Thursday morning on Route 219 about half a mile north of Johnsonburg.

State police say vehicles driven by 45-year-old Ronald Feldbauer of Ridgway and 74-year-old Jean Eozzo of St. Marys were stopped in a work zone area when a car driven by 22-year-old Cari Mae Fero of Johnsonburg didn’t stop and hit Feldbauer’s vehicle, which then hit Eozzo’s SUV.

The drivers who were stopped both suffered minor injuries. Fero was not hurt but police say charges are pending.

Altoona Changing Its Name -- Kind Of

The city of Altoona has, agreed to sell its naming rights to a documentary filmmaker for $25,000.

So, for 60 days, beginning on April 27, Altoona will be called -- “Pom Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold.”

The filmmaker is Morgan Spurlock, best known for the movie “Super Size Me,” in which he ate nothing but McDonald’s food for a month. “Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” is about product placement in movies. Pom Wonderful is a juice maker that paid to be in the title of the film, which opens April 22.

Altoona Mayor Bill Schirf says, “Clearly, the people of Altoona have a sense of humor … and an asking price.”

For more information go to MorganSpurlock.com

Casey Statement on Budget Vote

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after voting to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year:

“This funding bill includes significant cuts to government spending. It includes almost $40 billion in cuts and reduces spending by $78.5 billion over the budget proposed by President Obama.

“But it is only a start and we should now work together across party lines to bring down our long-term debt in a responsible way that continues to grow the economy and create jobs and protects middle-income families and older Pennsylvanians.

“This bill is, however, not perfect. For example, the cuts to local law enforcement come at a time when drug and gang crime is escalating in Pennsylvania. Local law enforcement needs additional help to keep our communities safe.”

PA Jobless Rates Continue to Drop

Copied and Pasted
By ANNE HOLLIDAY
From 2 News Releases


Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in March, down from 8.0 percent in February 2011.

March’s rate was down a full percentage point from March 2010, the largest over- the-year decline since August 1987. Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was up 3,000 in March to 6,364,000. Resident employment rose by 20,000 to 5,869,000 while the number of unemployed residents fell 17,000 to 495,000, its lowest level since March 2009.

Pennsylvania’s labor force was up 1,000 from its March 2010 level.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were down 1,700 in March to 5,670,100. Seven of the eleven supersectors added jobs in March, but declines in the rest outweighed the gains. The largest increase was in Trade, Transportation & Utilities, which was up 3,000 to 1,087,900, while the largest decrease was in Professional & Business Services, down 4,200. Mining & Logging increased for the twenty-second consecutive month, up 700 in March to 30,700, the highest level since 1990.

Pennsylvania’s job count was up 76,500 (1.4 percent) from March 2010.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), issued the following statement in response to March employment figures released today by Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry, which showed a drop in the unemployment rate from 8.0 percent in February, 2011 to 7.8 percent in March.

“Today’s employment report provides fresh evidence that the Pennsylvania economy is recovering. The unemployment rate fell for the third month in a row and has dropped by a full percentage point in the past 12 months. The number of unemployed is now below half a million for the first time in two years. I was also encouraged to see that the number of people working in our state increased by 20,000 during the month to 5,869,000. These are positive developments.

“I’m concerned, however, that the employer survey, which counts the number of jobs, recorded a decline of 1,700 positions during the month. While this is a small drop, I would have liked to have seen job growth again this month, following on the solid gains in January and February. It underscores that we need to stay focused on job creation and on implementing policies that will help Pennsylvania businesses expand. It’s also useful to remember that in the past 12 months, Pennsylvania has added more than 75,000 jobs.

“As Chairman of the JEC, I will shine a spotlight on policies that can help create additional private sector jobs, spark innovation and add strength to the recovery in Pennsylvania and across the country. My focus is on ensuring that the recovery continues and reaches everyone. We must continue to implement job-creating policies while investing in education to prepare our children for the jobs of the future.”

Remember to Voting in Fishing Town Contest

Now’s the time to “cast” your vote for Bradford as the Ultimate Fishing Town USA. The first round of voting started on Tuesday and runs until 6 p.m. May 3. Now is when local residents can brag about their community with a vote for Bradford. Your vote could help Bradford win a $25,000 community donation.

With an abundance of stocked trout streams, wild brook trout streams, the Allegheny River, Marilla Reservoir, and access from Bradford to the Allegany State Park, Bradford is a central hub for year-round fishing. Local resident, Mike Holly, captured the Walleye state record in 1980 with a 17 lb. 9 oz. prize catch. In 2003, Carl Stoltz set our second state record by reeling in a hefty 35 lb. Northern Pike while fishing on the Allegheny Reservoir.

To vote, all you have to do is log onto http://wfnfishingtown.com/entries/bradford-pa. This takes you right to the voting page for Bradford. Click “vote now” and type in your name and e-mail address. You can vote under more than one e-mail address. When voting for the first time, you will receive an e-mail to verify your address. Each subsequent time you vote, all you have to do is log on, type in your name and e-mail address. To paraphrase former Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago, this is really an election where you can “vote early and vote often.”

Each day, there are four rounds of voting. The first round of voting takes place in “Voting Block One” from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Voting Block Two runs from 6:01 a.m. to noon. Voting Block Three goes from 12:01 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Voting Block Four goes from 6:01 p.m. until midnight. Should Bradford win by “reeling” in the most votes, the money would benefit the Tuna Valley Trail Association to encourage the development and access to trails, trail towns and local recreation destinations in this region. Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, wrote the initial nomination. “Some of the trails in the TVTA system surround the Marilla Reservoir, one of the most popular fishing spots in the region,” she said. “Fishing and trails go hand-in-hand here. We are a premier outdoor recreation destination for those who want to forge their own trail, especially if that trail is a fishing stream.”

Towns in Pennsylvania will vie against Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New York and District of Columbia. In her nomination, Devlin noted the fishing at The Lodge at Glendorn, the Kinzua Fly-fishing School at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, as well as the many fishing opportunities throughout the region.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is the official tourist promotion agency in McKean County.

Pictured, Damon Newpher of The Lodge at Glendorn shows off one of his catches at the ORVIS-endorsed lodge in Bradford.

Photo courtesy of the ANF Visitors Bureau

Cuomo in WNY to 'Recharge New York'

Governor Andrew Cuomo launches the "Recharge New York" program that gives New York businesses the ability to buy low-cost power and spend the savings on retaining and creating jobs. "Recharge New York" allocates discount power to companies across the state, an incentive that is proven to keep companies and jobs in the State. Cuomo was in North Tonawanda to launch the program.
Photo provided by Cuomo's office

House Passes Funding Bill

The House of Representatives has passed legislation funding the federal government for the remainder the fiscal year while cutting $38.5 billion in spending.

The bill is expected to be cleared by the Senate later today and then signed into law by President Barack Obama.

GE 'Punked' by Angry Activists



Pitt-Bradford Sponsors Forum on
Nuclear Power, Sustainable Energy

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host a forum next week on the role of nuclear power in sustainable energy.

“Nuclear Power and Sustainable Energy: Where Do We Go from Here?” will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 19 in 162 Swarts Hall. The forum is presented by the Pitt-Bradford Energy Institute and its Sustainability Committee. Matt Kropf, director of the institute, will moderate.

A nuclear engineer and environmental activist will both be on hand to discuss what role should be played by nuclear power in the search for sustainable alternatives to nuclear fuel.

Dr. Larry R. Foulke, an adjunct professor in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, will give an overview of nuclear technology and the crisis in Japan resulting from a tsunami last month.

Foulke retired in 2006 after a career with Westinghouse Energy Systems and the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. His areas of interest include education and training, nuclear energy policy and space nuclear power.

Raymond C. Vaughan of Hamburg, N.Y., is an environmental scientist with a doctorate in geology and a longstanding interest in nuclear waste issues.

He has served since 1997 on the West Valley Citizen Task Force, which provides input to the state and federal agencies that are cleaning up the nuclear waste site at West Valley, N.Y. In 2006, he testified before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on behalf of the task force on site decommissioning matters.

Vaughn has a wide range of interests, including Western New York history, and enjoys canoeing, hiking, sailing, and other outdoor activities.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Service at (814)-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu .



New Business Opens in Bradford

The Grand Opening for Kristen’s Consignment store was held at noon on Monday, April 11. The storefront is located at 4 Boylston Street and retails clothing and household goods on consignment. Store hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Pictured from left: Kristen Kornacki, owner; Ron Orris, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce.
Courtesy of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce


Easter Bunny to Visit Kane

The Easter Bunny will be at the Kane Area Community Center Saturday from 9-12 to help the KACC with their Annual Spring Fund Raiser, “The Easter Bunny’s Pancake Party”.

All you can eat pancakes, Easter Crafts to make and silly Bunny fun to be had.

Bring the whole family and help support the center. You’re never too young or too old to visit the Easter Bunny!

Thompson Advances Legislation to
Lower Gas Prices, Strengthen Economy

Washington, D.C. - The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday held a Full Committee markup on three energy bills cosponsored by Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson.

Wednesday's markup comes as energy experts predict gasoline prices could reach $5 per gallon by Memorial Day weekend and continue to warn that “$4-a-gallon gas fueling fears for recovery,” as reported in Wednesday's Washington Post.

Thompson released the following statement after completion of Wednesday's markup.

“The steady climb in gas prices under the Obama Administration has taken a toll on Pennsylvania’s 5th District and left families and small businesses more vulnerable to oil price spikes. Since last year, the Administration has only granted a handful of permits for homegrown American energy production in our own federal waters. That’s why today, the House Natural Resources Committee took action and passed three offshore energy bills that will lower gas prices and bolster economic growth by expanding domestic production. With the White House’s failure to put forth a comprehensive energy policy and gas prices closing in on record levels, Congress needs to pass this critical legislation.”

Background information on the legislation that passed the House Natural Resources Committee is as follows:

The Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act (H.R. 1229) would end the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico in a safe, responsible, transparent manner by setting firm time-lines for considering permits to drill, which provide certainty and allow employers and workers to get back on the job. The Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1229 by a bipartisan vote of 27 to 16.

The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230) would require the Obama Administration to move forward promptly to conduct offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that the Obama Administration has delayed or canceled. Due to the Obama Administration’s actions, in 2011 there will be no offshore lease sales – the first time since 1958. The Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1230 by a bipartisan vote of 29 to 14.

The Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act (H.R. 1231) would lift the President’s ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward in the 2012-2017 lease plan with energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources. The Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1231 by a bipartisan vote of 29 to 14.

Annin Creek Bridge Work Starts Monday

Work to replace the Annin Creek Bridge on Route 155 in Annin Township will begin Monday, April 18. The bridge spans Annin Creek near the village of Turtlepoint in McKean County.

During replacement work, traffic will use a temporary run-around near the work site.

Project work includes replacing the current bridge with a new, one-span, concrete beam bridge, approach and roadway paving, guide rail installation, pavement markings and miscellaneous construction. All work is weather dependent.

L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $1.4 million project. PennDOT expects to open the new bridge to traffic in early December.

Bona Student Died of Heart Disease

New York State Police say a St. Bonaventure University student who was found unresponsive at a party in January died of heart disease, and not because he had been drinking 4 Loko.

19-year-old Matthew Dungan of Tonawanda was at an off-campus party when he was found unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at Olean General Hospital.

During their investigation, police said they found beer, alcohol and 4 Loko, the energy drink loaded with alcohol and caffeine but an autopsy and toxicology reports show that that did not contribute to Dungan’s death.

Dungan was a sophomore business major at St. Bonaventure and was on the rugby team.

Three Thefts in Bradford Wednesday

Bradford City Police on Wednesday got reports of three thefts – on Bushnell and Williams streets, and on South Avenue.

Officers were also called to domestic incidents on Jackson and Belleview avenues, a motor vehicle accident on East Corydon Street and a traffic hazard on Route 219 near Mill Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Police were also called about a parking problem on Stone Avenue, a vehicle complaint on Burnside Avenue and open lewdness on Davis Street.

KARE for Kane Scheduled for May

By SANDRA RHODES

Organizers for KARE for Kane are asking for all hands on deck in its inaugural event.

KARE for Kane is a day set aside to bring individuals and groups in the Kane area to work together to spruce up the community. The work day is set for Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout the borough.

Kathleen Prosperi, project organizer, explained that they will continue to recruit volunteers until Friday, April 15. The projects have already been determined and now they want to match up the volunteers’ strengths and interests with the projects identified. KARE for Kane was developed by the Kane Area Development Center and the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise. Both Prosperi and Melanie Clabaugh, executive director of the Kane Area Development Center, were involved in similar activities while in college – Prosperi at Allegheny College in Meadville and Clabaugh at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland - and they wanted to bring that same idea to Kane. The day is dedicated to bringing individuals and groups in the Kane area together to work on beautification, restoration and other projects as needed by area non-profit organizations, school district and churches. There is a wide range of projects scheduled, including landscaping, washing windows and painting.

“Some (projects) need a lot of hands,” Clabaugh said, including the removal of trees in Evergreen Park. “We need to clean up after our harsh winter. Prosperi added that this will give some attention to some churches that may not have the manpower to do some of the projects. To date, about 90 people have volunteered. Duties range from manning registration tables to photographing the day’s events to uprooting trees.

There’s something for everyone, they said, adding about 20 projects will be handled that day. This includes cleaning up the Chestnut Street school to putting up entrance signs in the community. Individuals or groups are welcome to sign up.

Prosperi said that many student groups have expressed interest in helping throughout the day. Many businesses are also involved. “A couple of businesses are letting their employees out to help,” Clabaugh said. “It’s a good team-building exercise.” For example, Zook Motors is allowing its entire service department participate in the afternoon. The Kane fire department will be hosing down tennis courts to get the debris off. The gazebo in Evergreen Park will be painted along with sign poles.

“It’s one day. We’ll see what can be accomplished,” Clabaugh said. “The public as a whole will benefit from this.” The event, which includes projects both inside as well as outside, will be held rain or shine. “You can volunteer as much or as little” Prosperi said. Prosperi is a senior communication arts major at Allegheny College. “A couple of hours to the entire day,” Clabaugh added. “It’s good for building community spirit.”

A light breakfast will be provided. The Kane Rotary Club will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Kane Area Community Center will serve as headquarters. Both Prosperi and Clabaugh are hoping this first event is not the last. “We’d love for this to become an annual event,” Prosperi said. “We hope the community gets excited about it. “After growing up in Kane, I know that people really care about it. People are willing to help and people will do anything they are asked,”

Prosperi said. The group has been getting donations from a variety of sources, which will help defray the cost of T-shirts and supplies. Jerry Clark of Westline designed the logo. They are encouraging people to pre-register for volunteering so they know just how many hands will be on deck. Anyone interested in volunteering whether or not they live in Kane are welcome to participate. People can volunteer by contacting Prosperi at prospek@allegheny.edu, by calling the Kane Area Development Center at 814-837-6565 or by downloading a registration form from www.kanepa.com/KARE.aspx. The group is also on Facebook.

The Kane Area Development Center is comprised of the Kane Chamber of Commerce, Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise and the Kane Area Industrial Development Corp. These organizations work together to celebrate the uniqueness of Kane and to promote business and industry in Kane.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Police Called to Two Motels

Bradford City Police were called to two downtown motels, according to the complaint report and request sheet. Late Monday night, they went to Best Western for a reported DUI. Early Tuesday evening, they were called to the Comfort Inn for a report of a theft and criminal mischief.

Also, police got reports of harassment on Jefferson Street, a theft on Bushnell Street and a suspicious person on Chestnut Street. They were called to State and Barbour streets for parking complaints, Pearl Street for a juvenile complaint and Park Street for an animal complaint.

They also investigated motor vehicle accidents on Walker Avenue and Kennedy Street and noise complaints on South Avenue and High Street.

Casey, Toomey Release Statements on
Obama Deficit Reduction Speech

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after President Obama’s speech on cutting spending and reducing the debt:

“Government spending and waste must be cut. In the coming months, Congress will debate many proposals and I will closely review the President’s framework announced today. I hope that Congress and the President can have constructive and bipartisan discussions on how government spending and the debt can be cut while ensuring short- and long-term job creation. I also hope that there will be less partisan bickering and more bipartisan consensus in the upcoming budget debates.

“Smart cuts and tax reform are required so we can keep Pennsylvania’s economy growing and create jobs. Pennsylvania working families, children and older citizens who have been hit hard by the recession should not bear the brunt of these cuts. Investments must be made in areas like education and research that will lead to long-term economic growth. And eliminating Medicare as we know it is not the right answer.”

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement today on President Obama’s speech:

“President Obama still seems to think that the source of prosperity in America is more government. The spending cuts he proposes are insufficient and the tax increases he embraces are counterproductive to the country’s economic recovery and growth. While I’m pleased that he has rhetorically acknowledged the need for spending cuts and deficit reduction, we need more than rhetoric. I hope the president will work with us to enact the kind of fiscally responsible policies we need to put our country on a long-term sustainable path,” Sen. Toomey said.



Hand-Washing Vs. Hand Sanitizer

Two University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students presented a paper on the effectiveness of hand-washing versus hand sanitizer at the national meeting of the American Chemistry Society in Anaheim, Calif.

Joshua Flowers, a chemistry and chemistry education major from New Columbia, and Yvon Woappi, a biology major from Hanover, conducted the research in the fall of 2009, during the height of concern about H1N1 flu virus.

The paper, titled “Effects of Hand Sanitizer vs. Soap on Hand Bacteria Density Amongst Undergraduate Students,” has also been selected to be presented at the Penn State Behrend Sigma Xi 20th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference April 16.

The students conducted the research as a project for the Pitt-Bradford Bio-Chem Club, enlisting the supervision of Dr. Om Singh, assistant professor of biology.

The students gave questionnaires to and swabbed hands of 13 percent of the student body. Questions on the survey asked students about how often they washed their hands and used hand sanitizer (which had recently been installed in each building on campus to inhibit the spread of H1N1). The survey also asked students to identify their gender, ethnicity, age, whether they were commuter students, whether they were in-state students and their major.

In general, the students found that washing with hand soap alone was only approximately 20 percent efficient against hand bacterial growth, just using hand sanitizer was approximately 71 percent efficient, but using both was more than 97 percent efficient against hand bacterial growth.

Woappi said there were some other interesting trends. For example, science majors were dirtier than nonscience majors, and commuter students tended to be cleaner than residential students.

The students presented their findings to campus Wednesday at an event sponsored by the Bio-Chem Club. Flowers, Woappi and others will also be presenting their research at Pitt-Bradford Honors Day from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Friday in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The hand-washing study will be among the poster displays that can be viewed from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Dining Rooms A & B.



Voting On for Ultimate Fishing Town

Voting is underway in the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest – and Bradford is one of the nominees.

To vote, click on the following link:

http://wfnfishingtown.com/town/bradford-pa