Friday, April 29, 2011
By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
When Lyndon Orinion came to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, he thought that most other first-generation students would be like himself: children of immigrants.
After all, he thought, everyone who’d been in America already had been to college, right? He found out differently when he began meeting his fellow Pitt-Bradford students, many of whom are first-generation college students.
In fact, last fall, first-generation students made up 41 percent of the entering freshman class at Pitt-Bradford, which puts it in the top 10 of four-year baccalaureate-granting institutions in Pennsylvania.
For those who have earned their degree and are crossing the stage in the KOA Arena Sunday, earning their college degree isn’t just for them, it’s also for their family.
Orinion’s parents grew up in the Philippines province of Pangasinan, which Orinion said is a poor region of the country lacking in basic necessities such as running water. They left the Philippines to come to the United States for a better life while they were in their 20s, Orinion’s mother, Felicidad or “Feli,” coming first, and worked as a live-in housekeeper.
She lucked out. Her employer gave her housing for her husband, Elpidio (Peter), and later her children, and the family lived there until Orinion was about 10 years old. At that time, they moved to a somewhat bad neighborhood in Washington, D.C., that has become a better neighborhood as time went on. Currently, she works as a housekeeper for a law firm in the district.
“They’ve always pushed education,” Orinion said. “They just want a better future for me and my sister. They want us to be able to find jobs that we like.”
Elpidio Orinion is a clerk for a foreign information office in Washington. Each time Orinion brought home a report card, his father would tell him about the importance of good grades and how he didn’t want Lyndon and his sister to work as hard as he and his mother did.
Orinion dutifully listened to the speeches, but said he “didn’t realize how important it was to go to college until I started working.” That first job, at a Barnes & Noble bookstore, gave him an idea of how far and how not far a dollar can go. He realized it was the kind of job he would look forward to without an education.
As a first-generation student, his parents didn’t have the experience to guide him through the admissions and financial aid process. He leaned on his sister, Evert, high school and the District of Columbia College Access Program, a program that provides advice and grants to Washington, D.C., residents who want to go to college.
Evert Orinion graduated last year from Penn State, but attending a smaller campus has served Orinion well. His father was thrilled when Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, chatted with the family during Alumni and Family Weekend and told them that their son was going to go far.
“My dad was really impressed that a lot of people knew me and that made him really proud,” Orinion said. His parents should be positively beaming Saturday evening when Orinion speaks at the graduation reception. He was chosen for the honor by his fellow students.
Orinion has excelled not only in the classroom, but in student life as well. He is a resident assistant, active in many clubs on campus and served as president of the Student Activities Council in his junior year. Earlier this spring, he was chosen as the recipient of one of the university’s highest student honors, the Student Life Award for Outstanding Leadership, Scholarship, Character and Service to the University.
“People each have their own motivation for coming to college,” Orinion said. “I want to do well for myself, but I strive to do well for my parents as well.”
Pictured, top, Orinion enjoys a campus event with friends.(Photo by Alan Hancock);Orinion performing during the popular Airband competition on campus. A talented dancer, Orinion was on the dance team as well as president of the Student Activities Council.
Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford
Sheriff’s deputies say they saw a vehicle owned by 36-year-old Jason Dille of Great Valley at Donver’s Lumber Yard in the early morning hours of Thursday. Their investigation determined that Dille, along with 31-year-old Richard Farnham Jr. of Kill Buck and 27-year-old Douglas Reed of Great Valley stole several hundred pounds of copper, which was found at the lumber yard and at a home in Great Valley.
Dille and Farnham were sent to jail on $1,000 bail each. Reed was jailed on $10,000 bail. Deputies say more arrests are likely.
Riley, a 2010 graduate from Berkeley, Calif., was instrumental in two short films selected for the world’s most prestigious film festival. The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11-22.
Riley, who earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy, was the sole actor in “What Happens,” and served as the film editor on the sequel, “It Happens.” Both six-minute short subjects were among more than 1,700 short films from 86 countries selected for the eighth annual Short Film Corner, a Cannes showcase for short films from around the world.
Participation in this Cannes event gives aspiring members of the movie industry invaluable exposure to established players in the field searching for new talent.
“We are overwhelmed by the opportunity to meet others working in the industry, specifically others who are actively working in the arts, and who were also accredited by Cannes. It’s really networking heaven,” said Riley, who’s studying at the Actors Centre in the west end of London. “Working freelance, in the arts, is terribly difficult and challenging. Each day you wake up not knowing what your future holds.”
Riley stars in “What Happens,” a social commentary on modern technology and the manipulation of relationships through the power of contemporary communication. The film follows an entire relationship from start to finish strictly from the female point of view, but only through the lens of technology.
“The other ‘half’ of the relationship is what she receives from her partner through text messages, e-mails, etc.,” said Riley, who admits the entire film crew was “shocked” that the film was selected for Cannes since they made it in only three days.
“Even for a lot of the short films, people often take a year to make them,” Riley said.
Once they wrapped up filming on “What Happens,” the crew decided to move right to a sequel, “It Happens,” the six-minute saga of the relationship’s demise.
“We submitted the films (to Cannes) never thinking they would be selected,” Riley said. “It was a great feeling to know that they had viewed and selected ours, and that we can now travel to Cannes and have complete access to each event. It seems that all of us are most excited to get to the premier of Woody Allen’s latest film ‘Midnight in Paris.’”
The films were directed by Karen O’Donoghue and produced by SquECK Productions.
Porter, mayor of Smethport and owner of the Mansion District Inn, has been instrumental in developing the Smethport Mansion District Walking Tour brochure as well as creating and placing several historical site signs throughout Smethport. Both projects have enhanced heritage tourism in McKean County.
Coutese of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau
Thursday, April 28, 2011
United Way executive director Kelly Case is resigning effective in June.
Case has been associated with the organization since 1991, when she was Ms. United Way. She has also served as campaign chair and vice chair, board member and board president. Case is also a past recipient of the United Way’s Red Feather Award.
“Being involved with the United Way, both as a volunteer and as an employee, has been a major factor in my life and has granted me with treasured memories,” Case said in prepared statement. The friendships, experiences and knowledge I have gained will remain with me forever. I have been involved for over 17 years and that will certainly not end with this change.”
“I look forward to being a volunteer for many years to come,” Case continued. “My sincere congratulations and thank you goes out to the Bradford area for supporting the United Way for over 85 years. A huge thank you goes to all the people I have worked with, the agencies and the donors for supporting me and the entire United Way organization.”
“I feel extremely confident that whoever takes over this position will be successful, based on the past experience of this organization, and the leadership exhibited by our board of directors.”
Current United Way Board President John Peterson the organization “has continued to flourish under Kelly’s leadership as executive director. Despite the difficult economic times encountered over the past two years her fervor, enthusiasm and overwhelming desire to succeed has allowed the United Way to achieve nearly impossible goals.”
“These attributes that Kelly possesses have been extremely evident to our board and to anyone affiliated with the agency,” Peterson continued. “And as much as Kelly will be missed by everyone within our organization, the board wishes her all the best in whatever life holds in store for her.”
The board will start an immediate search for Case’s replacement, and Case will assist the board in all phases of the transition.
The study, conducted in January, analyzes overall customer satisfaction with their retail banking experience based on six factors: account activities, account information, facility, fees, problem resolution, and product offering. Northwest received the highest satisfaction score in the Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
“Earning this award from J.D. Power and Associates for being highest ranked in our six-state region was a tremendous honor last year,” said Steven G. Fisher, Executive Vice President, Banking Services of Northwest Savings Bank. “To receive it a second time is both a humbling and exhilarating experience. It demonstrates how dedicated our employees really are to the customers of our bank. This is a recognition that we value because it comes from the people we serve, the people we work to please, and the people who are the reason our company exists. Everything we do, all aspects of our service delivery, we do for them, through a dedicated, continuous improvement program designed to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction.”
William J. Wagner, President and CEO of Northwest Savings Bank, added, “Northwest Savings Bank has been serving its customers for over 114 years. We understand that customers have choices and we are honored to be able to provide them the very best financial products and services. We’re proud to again receive their recognition in this study and to be their bank. We thank our employees for their hard work and dedication and our customers for their support.”
Mr. Wagner continued to say, “The J.D. Power and Associates ranking comes at a momentous time for our bank. The recognition is the culmination of a lot of great news for Northwest. In the past year, in addition to the initial recognition by J.D. Power, Northwest was named as the 23rd strongest bank in the nation by Forbes and we were named to the Keefe Bruyette and Woods “Bank Honor Roll,” consisting of the forty top-performing banks in the country over the last ten years. Finally, our quarterly earnings for March 30, 2011 were the highest quarterly earnings in our 114-year history.”
Champlin, assistant professor of anthropology, has taught at Pitt-Bradford since 1971. A Bradford native, she first came to Pitt-Bradford as a student, attending during the 1964-65 school year before going on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at George Washington University.
At the beginning of her Pitt-Bradford career, she taught not only anthropology, but also sociology. She also taught field archaeology for many years, exploring several sites in the Allegheny National Forest and earning the school the National Award for Excellence from the U.S. Forest Service for its contributions to the “Windows on the Past” program. She shared those sites with young students, also, including those at George G. Blaisdell Elementary School and in the Intermediate Unit 9 Summer Academy.
She has played a strongly supportive role in many campus activities, including the annual Cultural Festival and the Empty Bowls and Baskets dinner. She also began the annual Darwin Day observance on campus and was among the original paddlers making their way from Warren to Pittsburgh as part of the Allegheny River Scholars.
In recent years, she has served as the director of international studies, encouraging students to study abroad, overseeing various scholarship opportunities, leading trips and directing the annual Summer Intensive English Program, which brings students from Pitt-Bradford’s sister school, Yokohama College of Commerce, each summer to study English.
Dr. Holly Spittler, associate dean of student affairs, said, “She is fearless, fierce and bright. To me, she’s a Renaissance woman.”
In 2005, Champlin received the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award, and earlier this spring, she received the Chairs’ Teaching Award from the chairmen and chairwomen of Pitt-Bradford’s academic divisions.
Champlin plans to spend her retirement traveling, hiking, canoeing and gardening.
Boyce has been at Pitt-Bradford since 2000, when she came to be director of what was then the Academic Development Center.
She changed the name of that center to the Academic Success Center and expanded its services. Two major expansions were the addition of a federal TRiO Student Support Services program assisting first-generation and economically disadvantaged students and a TRiO Educational Talent Search to encourage local students in middle and high school to attend college.
“It was through Gillian’s efforts that we were able to get those TRiO programs,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president.
Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs, said that in addition to securing federal grants for the new programs, Boyce developed the Academic Success Center by holding workshops for faculty on advising and further developing services and training within the peer tutoring program.
“She’s had the vision to plan big and the determination to follow through,” Hardin said.
Boyce plans to split her retirement between her native Ontario and Charleston, S.C., and continue her studies at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Pictured, Dr. Gillian Boyce, left, and Isabelle Champlin at their retirement reception held last week at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
WESB/WBRR News Director
Senator Joe Scarnati introduced his plan for a Marcellus Shale drillers impact fee this morning, and one of the components of the plan addresses environmental concerns.
"Those that have been clamoring for this – for a severance tax or an impact fee on the issue of the environment should be very supportive (because) of the fact that we are putting dollars into real cleanup programs,” he said.
A portion of the fee would go toward cleanup projects distributed through the Commonwealth Financing Authority; water and sewer infrastructure; impacted state highway improvements; and hazardous site cleanup.
The proposal would assess a base fee of $10,000 per well. That figure would rise based on production and natural gas prices. The Public Utility Commission would collect the revenue and, besides the statewide environmental and infrastructure projects, it would go to local governments and conservation districts.
Scarnati said municipalities near drilling sites are feeling a huge impact.
"It's a true impact to not only the township, the municipality where this drilling is taking place but also those that are impacted in the contiguous municipalities," he said.
"There's a lot of different variations or scenarios you could put together for the City of Bradford," he told WESB and The HERO Thursday afternoon.
Scarnati said he spoke with members of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors before formulating the plan.
“I spent a lot of time especially talking with the commissioners in Tioga County, where it’s almost like Ground Zero for drilling, and received a lot of good input from them,” he told WESB and The HERO. “But we worked close with the statewide associations to get, what I like to say is, an even view of everything.”
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council commended Scarnati’s efforts.
“It is time for Pennsylvania to adopt a reasonable severance tax or impact fee on the natural gas industry. It does not matter what you call it, but we need new revenues from the industry to pay for the prevention and mitigation of impacts created by drilling,” said council president Paul King.
The president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition said in a news release that drillers are open to an impact fee that provides money for municipalities as long as it’s "clear, straightforward and competitive.”
Kathryn Klaber added, "Our industry understands that, while there are tremendous financial opportunities in Marcellus Shale development, there also can be impacts felt by our host communities.”
When asked if Governor Tom Corbett has approved his proposal Scarnati said, "I have a caution light. … I don't have a red light; I don't have a green light."
Corbett opposes a severance tax, but has said he will consider an impact fee.
Scarnati said he hopes to introduce the bill soon and, hopes it will be passed into law by June.
"I have a lot of work in front of to me get this brought home," he said, "but it's my intent to get this to the governor's desk and fashion it so that he can sign it."
You can see specifics of the plan here. (PDF)
Photo provided by Commonwealth Media Services
“The Washington summertime ritual where politicians spend more time bickering over pains at the pump than working to create real solutions must come to an end,” said Thompson. “No longer should this debate rise and fall based on gas prices. It’s time to take action and move forward with a plan to aggressively expand domestic production and a framework for long-term energy security.”
In early April, the House Natural Resources Committee passed three energy bills cosponsored by Thompson – H.R. 1229, H.R. 1230 and H.R. 1231 – each designed to boost domestic energy production. These bills and others are slated to be voted on in the House in the coming weeks.
“Members of both political parties agree the President’s policies are ill-advised, irresponsible and will further our dependence on foreign sources of energy and produce greater uncertainty for families and job creators,” said Thompson. “The failure to seriously address rising fuel prices reflects a lack of leadership coming from the White House and clear detachment from the uncertainty Americans are facing.”
Thompson’s remarks come as some prominent Democrats have begun criticizing the leadership of the President on helping Americans cope with rising gas prices. Yesterday, Rep. Dan Boren, an Oklahoma Democrat, offered the following remarks, which appeared in Oklahoma’s Tulsa World:
“Boren described Obama as completely uninformed about the oil and gas industry. ‘The industry is not made up of just major companies,’ he said. ‘It is made up of small independent firms like those in Oklahoma that produce a vast majority of our domestic production.’ … If the president doesn't want to stand up and be a leader, then his silence would be appreciated from people who are trying to find solutions.”
On Tuesday, Thompson delivered a speech before an oil and gas seminar in Pittsburgh hosted by K&L Gates where he outlined some of the critical energy challenges facing America in the coming years, stating that “because of developing countries – particularly China and India – world liquid oil consumption will increase by some 10-12 million barrels per day in the next five to ten years. This means that unless we do something fast, energy prices will continue to rise and become even more unstable in the coming years.”
Thompson continued, “This country is long overdue to get serious about taking control of our economic and fiscal future. Our jobs, economy and very lifestyles rely on access to affordable and abundant energy. Yet this Administration, and every one before it, has not stepped up to the plate to increase our domestic energy supplies. We can truly be energy secure, but that goal will never be reached as long as we continue to put the vast majority of our own resources under lock and key.”
Sheriff's deputies say the pickup truck got stuck on tracks near Progress Drive and Werle Road in the town of Sheridan. 27-year-old Christopher Steward of Dunkirk was unable to get his truck off the tracks, but was able to escape before it was hit by a Norfolk Southern freight train.
The investigation is continuing.
Sheriff’s deputies say they were patrolling the area when they saw several Amish buggies parked along Dredge Road. Deputies learned the occupants of the buggies were intoxicated and had three 30 packs of beer.
The youths are 19-year-old Noah Shetler, 17-year-old Emanuel Hostelter and David Miller of Conewango Valley, and 17-year-old Eli Miller and 17-year-old Henry Miller, both of Cattaraugus.
They are scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
Elk County Catholic High School was locked down this morning after an intruder was reported in the building.
St. Marys Police responded to the school at around 8 a.m., and the school was off lockdown before noon.
School officials say all students and faculty are safe and police will release more information later today.
“This approval by the House, with a bipartisan vote, indicates the determination to bring about substantive reform of our welfare system in Pennsylvania, and my legislation is a step in the right direction,” said Everett. “The bill is not designed to impugn everyone who is receiving assistance in a time of need. This measure is specifically directed at preventing abuse of the system by those who have been convicted of a drug-related felony and who continue to use illegal drugs.”
The bill would require the administration of a drug test to individuals who have a felony drug conviction in the previous five years, or those who are currently on probation for a felony drug conviction. Every six months, 20 percent of that group would be tested. A refusal to take the test results in a loss of benefits. The public assistance programs that apply in this care are the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps, General Assistance and state supplemental assistance. Medical Assistance is not impacted by federal eligibility requirements.
Everett says the bill contains a specific provision that anyone having to take this test that has a positive result will not have eligibility for Medical Assistance-paid drug and alcohol treatment revoked. He also notes that several other states such as Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, Arizona and Minnesota have similar provisions in effect.
During a conference call with reporters this morning to introduce his proposal Scarnati said municipalities near drilling sites are feeling a huge impact.
"It's a true impact to not only the township, the municipality where this drilling is taking place but also those that are impacted in the contiguous municipalities," he said.
In Scarnati’s plan, the state Public Utility Commission would collect at least $10,000 per well, but could collect two or three times that depending on the price of natural gas and the volume the well produces.
The money would go toward road repairs, environmental cleanups and water and sewer plant improvements in communities across the state.
Scarnati says he hopes to introduce the bill soon and, hopes it will be passed into law by June.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tornado WARNINGS are in effect in and around Olean until 6:15 p.m. and in Potter County near Coudersport until 6:30.
Tornado Watch still in effect for all of WNY and Northern PA until 10 p.m.
Trooper Richey will be honored during the annual state police memorial service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the State Police Academy, 175 E. Hersheypark Drive.
"Trooper Richey was a hero. This award recognizes his sacrifice and the tremendous loss suffered by his family," Commissioner Frank Noonan said. "Our annual memorial service reminds us that any of our members may be called upon to lay down his or her life rather than swerve from the path of duty."
The State Police Cross is presented posthumously to the next-of-kin of a member whose life was lost under honorable circumstances in the performance of duty.
Richey died Jan. 13, 2010, after he was shot while responding to a domestic incident in Cranberry Township, Venango County. He was the 93rd and most recent member of the department to die in the line of duty.
Among Richey's survivors are his widow, a son and a daughter.
The event is open to the public. The service also marks the 106th anniversary of the state police, which was created on May 2, 1905 by Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker.
The Pennsylvania State Police Historical, Educational and Memorial Center, located on the academy grounds, will also be open to the public after the memorial service.
Corbett will be in Erie Thursday to tour Industrial Sales and Manufacturing Inc., which built the cancer-killing external radio-frequency generators invented by the late John Kanzius.
Photo provided by Commonwealth Media Services
The watch is in effect until 10 o'clock tonight.
A flash flood warning is also in effect for McKean and Potter counties until Thursday morning.
The event will run from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday April 30th. This effort is to remove litter and trash from the Project Pride/Elm Street Neighborhood bordered by Bennett Street, Charlotte Avenue, School Street, and Barbour Street as well as Main Street.
This is not a bulk homeowner or household waste cleanup, but a concentrated effort to remove litter and trash from the Elm Street Project Pride area and downtown.
Grace Lutheran Community Life Center, 79 Mechanic Street, will serve as cleanup headquarters and provide an area for cleanup participants to take a break, grab a light snack and pick up gloves, vests and trash bags.
“This event is a perfect activity for our newly created Neighborhood Watch; it encourages community building through personal stewardship while enhancing the level of cleanliness in our downtown. Representatives and program information will be available on the Neighborhood Watch effort as part of the event this Saturday. Last year we introduced the Project Pride Green Team and handed out t-shirts to cleanup participants. We will once again be handing out t-shirts to participants; as long as they last. Also new this year, will be drawings for gift bags donated by The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce; everyone registering and participating in the event Saturday will be entered into the drawing. The level of participation and interest for this annual event as well as the Neighborhood Watch is very encouraging.”–Lisa Keck, Project Pride Elm Street Manager.
To sign up beforehand or for general questions please contact Lisa Keck at 368-7170 ext 111.
Everyone wants to live, work, and play in a clean and green community . . . and it’s up to everyone to make it possible and improve the overall quality of life for us all
Community and civic associations, schools and youth groups, families and friends, business employees, hunting & fishing clubs, conservation organizations, sports teams, & others can organize their members & participate in the Great American Cleanup of PA.
Since the inception of this event in 2004, over one million volunteers have picked up 54 million pounds of litter and waste, 93,000 miles of road have been cleaned, and 73,000 trees, bulbs, and flowers have been planted.
Sheriff’s deputies say 39-year-old Brian Range of Panama, New York, was on a motorcycle in the Town of Sherman when a large gust of wind caused him to lose control of the bike and leave the road at about 12:30 this afternoon.
Deputies say Range was an inexperienced motorcycle driver and was riding in close proximity of another licensed operator.
Range was taken to UPMC Hamot, where he died as a result of his injuries.
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
When University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students Phylicia Patterson and Kaitlin Zapel went to Costa Rica last summer as Vira Heinz scholars, they gained a new appreciation for trees in the earth’s ecosystem.
Now they’re working with educators at School Street Elementary School to help fourth- and fifth-graders there understand the importance of trees. After visiting Melissa Cornelius’s green and technology enrichment group last week to talk about the value of trees in the environment, the Pitt-Bradford students took the younger students to plant trees at the trailhead for the Tuna Valley Trail Association’s newest trail, the Blaisdell-Emery trail.
The School Street students seemed to have learned their lessons well and could list quite a few reasons why trees are important to the environment as they planted Tuesday morning.
“It takes in carbon dioxide and gives off oxygen,” Lance Santiago explained. “And it helps with deforestation.”
Fifth-grader Liz Schoonover said, “Trees are important because they reduce noise pollution by absorbing sound. They thrive on us because they turn carbon dioxide back into oxygen, and they preserve natural beauty.”
Helping out Patterson and Zapel were members of Pitt-Bradford’s Green Team, an environmental club on campus that plans to continue with the project in coming years.
The Green Team helped raise some of the money needed to buy willow saplings for the children to plant in a swampy area and T-shirts for the planting day, but Patterson and Zapel paid for the rest themselves since they felt it was important.
Patterson, a biology major from Bradford, concentrated on environmental studies in Costa Rica, which has a thriving economy in ecotourism.
Zapel, a human relations major from Bradford, studied language, but took a field trip to the rain forest, where she saw virgin forest, second-growth forest and a pasture where the forest had been. She also got to plant a tree.
“That was the most influential thing for me on that trip,” she said. She said the experience had a profound effect on her, causing her to be mindful of the natural resources she consumed.
When she and Patterson met to discuss a project to do as the required community engagement portion of their scholarship, both women thought of the tree planting at once.
They named their project “Branch Out,” and planned the tree planting for half-way between Earth Day last Friday, April 22, and Arbor Day this Friday, April 29.
To encourage the children to form an attachment to their trees, they had the children write their names on stakes placed next to the trees so that they can continue to visit their trees and see them grow.
Pictured, Phylicia Patterson of Bradford helping School Street Elementary School student Lance Santiago plant a willow tree along the Blaisdell-Emery trailhead Tuesday.
Sheriff’s deputies say 19-year-old Levi Hostetler of Leon was operating his horse-drawn carriage at just before 1 a.m. and failed to stop at a stop sign.
Deputies learned that Hostetler was intoxicated and also had beer in the carriage.
He’s scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
“Right now, waters like the Delaware, Susquehanna, and Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers are at risk as the very streams that feed them and the wetlands that keep them clean may no longer be protected by the Clean Water Act. We need to stop giving polluters a free pass and start protecting our waterways and our drinking water,” said Erika Staaf, Clean Water Advocate for PennEnvironment.
One of America’s core environmental laws, the original Clean Water Act, was intended to protect all of our waters from harmful pollution. But over the past decade, developers and others have used litigation to create loopholes in the Act, leaving thousands of streams and millions of acres of wetlands likely beyond its scope.
Here in Pennsylvania, this means that 59% of the streams in the Pennsylvania and waters that feed the drinking water supplies of more than 8 million Pennsylvanians may no longer be protected by the Clean Water Act, according to EPA.
“Restoring Clean Water Act protections to all our waters is crucial to our health, economy, and environment. The clean water guidance released today will take a much needed step towards restoring Clean Water Act protections to these vital waterways,” said Staaf.
Sheriff’s deputies say a tractor-trailer was trying to legally pass a car driven 37-year-old Kathryn Tyler of Dunkirk but then Tyler attempted to turn left into a driveway in front of the rig. The driver of the tractor could not avoid the crash and hit Tyler’s vehicle.
Tyler and her 14-year-old daughter were flown by helicopter to UPMC Hamot. Her 11-year-old son and another passenger, 45-year-old Julie Zook of Brocton, were taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital. All four were treated and released. The driver of the tractor-trailer, 48-year-old Donald Kennedy of Cochranton, was not hurt.
Sheriff’s deputies say charges are pending.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director
Bradford has slipped to fifth place in the Ultimate Fishing Town contest but Mayor Tom Riel says there’s no reason the city can’t move back up and win the whole thing.
“If we were able to get over 25,000 votes (in the Toughest Weather City Tournament) in three days when you could only vote once, there’s no reason why we couldn’t win this thing,” Riel said during Tuesday’s city council meeting.
People can vote up to four times a day with each e-mail address they have.
“This is something that would actually bring tourism and bring money to the area,” Riel said. . “There’s no reason – based on how we did in the weather contest – that we shouldn’t be able to get 100,000 votes.”
“That would be a positive for Bradford,” Riel said, “much more so than having the worst weather in America.”
Riel joked that “Ultimate Fishing Town” doesn’t mean “the carp in the Tuna in the City of Bradford.” He said it includes the Marilla Reservoir, the Kinzua Reservoir and other surrounding areas.
During a visit to WESB’s LiveLine earlier this month Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau Director Linda Devlin said, "You can fish anywhere in the area, and still nominate Bradford as the Ultimate Fishing Town.”
Bradford "is where you come to stay overnight, and buy your fishing gear. This is where you come to tell your fishing stories at the local bar or local restaurant," she said.
"You can fish in any of the streams around here," Devlin said, "Potato Creek, Allegany State Park, the Allegheny Reservoir -- and it's just that Bradford would be the Fishing Town."
Voting in the first round ends at 6 p.m. May 3. http://www.wfnfishingtown.com/town/bradford-pa/1582
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, council authorized the execution of a housing and redevelopment assistance program grant for the Pine Street Revitalization Project.
The $155,000 grant is from the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
Council also approved certificates of appropriateness to Joe Fromach of John Williams European Pastry Shop to install a large window on the rear of his building and to install siding on the entire building; and to John Kohler, owner of 95 Main Street, to install a sign for the American Cancer Society.
The cancer society will be moving from Thompson Avenue to Main Street on Thursday.
And, council approved a $255 façade improvement grant to Cory Craig of Main Street Antiques at 86 Main Street. That’s half the cost of a new sign for the business.
Also Tuesday, Councilman Ross Neidich said a local business helped the city save some money.
He explained that new code enforcement officer Mike Cleveland was getting quotes for some bodywork on the old code enforcement truck and R&R Collision said they would do the work for free, and the city would just have to pay for the parts, which came to $12.50
Neidich said R&R considers it a donation to the city.
Listen to the council meeting here.
The exhibition opens officially at 7 p.m. Thursday when the artists, representing 14 schools in New York and Pennsylvania, will be present to answer questions about their work. A reception will follow.
“The level of excellence was so high that it made our jobs very difficult,” said Karen Vester, a St. Bonaventure art major and one of four jurors for the exhibition. Another juror, Courtney Blackmon of the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, agreed, adding, “I’m in awe of some of the art these students created.”
Students from the following schools have works in the exhibition: Allegany-Limestone, Olean Middle School, Portville, Wellsville, Randolph, Oswayo Valley, Port Allegany, Ellicottville, West Valley, Cassadega Valley, Otto-Eldred, Bolivar-Richburg, Salamanca and Fillmore.
"Act 90 is now in effect throughout Pennsylvania. I am thankful so many organizations and associations are stepping up to communicate and educate the message to borough officials, code enforcement officers, magisterial judges and other interested parties about the Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act," said Senator Argall. "We have strengthened current law to identify property owners of blighted buildings and hold them responsible for the costs to rehabilitate or demolish these structures. The priority now is to get the information out to those fighting blight in their communities."
The Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act aids the effort for local communities throughout Pennsylvania to fight blight and repair or demolish dilapidated properties.
Senator Yaw, Chairman of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, added, "Senate Bill 900, now Act 90, is the result of a great deal of work by some of the foremost community revitalization advocates in the state. The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, along with all the members of the Statewide Blight Task Force, which helped craft this legislation, deserve a great deal of credit for their hard work. I am pleased that all of this hard work has culminated into a law that will aid Pennsylvania communities in the battle against blight."
Joining Senators Argall and Yaw were Representative Chris Ross, Chairman of the House Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, Representative W. Curtis Thomas, Minority Chairman of the House Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, and Liz Hersh, Executive Director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, to announce Act 90 is now in effect throughout Pennsylvania.
Pictured, Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), left, and Senator Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill) join state housing officials to discuss passage of a new state law that makes it easier for municipalities to fight blight and abandonment throughout Pennsylvania.
For the third year, this special program incorporated three previously separate ceremonies — The Fr. Joe Doino, O.F.M., Honors and Awards, the Employee Recognition Ceremony, and Faculty Awards — into one celebration.
During the Employee Recognition Ceremony, individuals with 10 years of service and up were recognized, with those reaching 25 years of service and retirees receiving special recognition.
Those who were recognized for 25 years of service are: Paul Brockel (Athletics); Joe Flanagan (Alumni); Darla Freaney (Admissions); Mary Kohl (Health Services); John Kupinski (Biology); Charles Lute (Facilities/Maintenance); David Matz (Classical Languages); Patsy O’Brien (Arts and Sciences); Joseph Questa (Facilities/Maintenance); Fr. Peter Schneible, O.F.M. (Biology); and Daniel Tate (Philosophy).
Paul Brockel is the athletic services assistant in the Department of Athletics, a position he has held since 2007. He started at St. Bonaventure in September 1986 in the Maintenance Department. Over the years, he has worked in several areas of the University under both the Maintenance and Housekeeping departments.
Brockel has served on a number of University committees, including the Hourly Staff Affairs Committee, the Sound Committee, and the Go-Green Committee.
Brockel is a lifelong resident of the Olean area. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army as a medic during the Vietnam era.
He is an avid sports fan, and stays active playing basketball, golfing and walking his dogs. Over the years, he has enjoyed working with and participating in various sports leagues (softball, basketball and golf) with fellow employees.
Brockel and his wife, Mary Jo, the academic coordinator in the School of Business, live in Allegany. He has three children: Julie, a 2002 St. Bonaventure 5-year MBA graduate and the associate registrar at the University; Joe; and Janette. He also has three grandsons: Jacob, Alex and Andrew.
Joe Flanagan is the director of Alumni Services. He graduated from St. Bonaventure with a BBA in management in 1974, and received a master’s degree in counseling from SUNY Oneonta in 1977. A native of Binghamton, he was a member of the Residence Life staff and Residence Director in Devereux Hall from 1977-1979. From 1979-1983, he served as the director of Alumni Services, then returned to Bona’s in 1992 to assume the position he currently holds.
He is the president of the Western New York Alumni Directors, a member of the Saints Peter and Paul welcome committee in Hamburg, a volunteer for Friends of the Night, and a Eucharist Minister. He also serves on Hamburg’s Villagers Committee — a group of volunteers that helps strengthen and support life in the village. He has served on the board of Mt. Irenaeus and is a retired high school and NCAA women’s basketball official.
He is married to Mary (Rosinski) Flanagan, St. Bonaventure class of 1975. They have two children: Adele, a math and special education teacher in North Collins, and Joe, a sophomore physics major at St. Bonaventure.
Flanagan says the success the alumni program has enjoyed at St. Bonaventure could not have occurred without the help of the University Relations team, friars, faculty and staff. However, he noted, three people need to be singled out: the late Fr. Dan Hurley, O.F.M., Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M., and the person who helps put it all together, Lucia Scotty.
Darla Freaney started at St. Bonaventure in 1986 in the Office of Financial Aid and in 2001 joined the Admissions team as a data entry clerk. Prior to employment at St. Bonaventure, she worked at the New York Telephone Company for 14 years.
Freaney was a previous member of the Hourly Staff Affairs Committee and St. Bonaventure Picnic Committee and has been a member of the Southern Tier Military Support Group for several years.
Her hobbies include playing golf, camping and traveling with her husband in their RV.
She and her husband, Mark, have been married for 38 years and live in Weston’s Mills. They have two sons, Brian Freaney and Kevin Freaney (a 1999 graduate of St. Bonaventure), and two granddaughters.
Mary Kohl, a registered nurse for 43 years, joined the University’s department of Health Services in 1984 as a staff R.N. She then functioned as director of Health Services from 1993 to 2009.
Kohl is a graduate of Alfred State College and is a member of New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and New York State College Health Association (NYSCHA.)
For 16 years, Kohl was the adviser to the volunteer student organization MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team), accompanying an SBU student delegation to numerous national Emergency Medical Services conferences.
She has served on a number of University committees and task forces, including the Commission for the Responsible Use of Alcohol, Disabilities Awareness Committee, Environmental Health & Safety Committee, and Emergency Preparedness Planning Team, as well as serving as a member of the University Governance Task Force and representative to the Student Life Committee of the Faculty Senate.
Kohl lives in Olean and has two grown daughters: Kathryn, a 1993 graduate, and Rebecca, who both live in the Allegany area.
John Kupinski, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, joined the University faculty in 1985. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from LeMoyne College and a doctorate in immunology from Syracuse University, and has done postdoctoral work in immunogenetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Kupinski teaches courses in microbiology, immunology and molecular cell biology and directs the biochemistry program.
His research interests are molecular biology and immunology. His recent work has focused on the application of DNA fingerprinting to fungal identification and classification. The genus Aspergillus, which includes a number of plant and animal pathogens, has been the focus of his research over the last several years. He has identified a number of polymorphic nuclear and mitochondrial DNA markers that are useful in making species identifications in the aspergillus group.
A number of undergraduate students have participated in this work during the school year and during the summer through a Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Fellowship, a 10-week program that allows undergraduates to perform research in the areas of cellular or molecular biology under the supervision of a faculty member.
Kupinski also has an interest in how parasitic microbes interact with their hosts.
In addition to celebrating his 25th year at St. Bonaventure, Kupinski is retiring at the end of the academic year.
Spring weather cannot come soon enough for Charles Lute. The University groundskeeper is eager to get his hands in the dirt.
Lute takes care of what he calls the cosmetics of Bona’s — the planting and trimming of flowers, shrubbery and trees on campus, as well as care of its acreage of lawns. He is proud that the University was recognized for creating a more environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing campus with its Tree Campus USA designation.
He assists with maintenance of equipment for the athletics fields, such as the batting tunnels, as well as maintenance of the turf on the all-weather baseball field.
Lute also helps maintain the roads on campus and on the Bonaventure Golf Course and cemetery property.
Lute is a member of the New York State Turfgrass Association and holds a Department of Environmental Conservation pesticide applicators license.
Lute lives in Allegany with his wife, Gloria. He has a daughter, Lori (Lute) Funden, a 1996 St. Bonaventure alumna, as well as six stepchildren, 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
David S. Matz, Ph.D., professor of classical languages, joined the University in 1981 and taught through 1994, then returned to the University in 1998. He teaches Clare 101 (Intellectual Journey) and Clare 103 (Foundations of the Western World) in the Clare College curriculum and is also an expert in sport in antiquity.
Matz hold a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University.
The author of a number of books in his academic field, Matz’s publications include “Greek and Roman Sport: A Dictionary of Athletes and Events,” “Ancient World Lists and Numbers,” “An Ancient Rome Chronology 264-27 B.C. Famous Firsts in the Greek and Roman World,” and “Daily Life of the Ancient Romans.”
He has also contributed articles to professional journals and articles for popular magazines, as well as dictionaries of sports, on sports and the history of sport.
In 2003, he was the recipient of the Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Research and Publishing.
A former college baseball player, Matz has an interest in American baseball history, and has contributed about a dozen biographies of noted baseball players to Greenwood Press’ “Biographical Dictionary of American Sports.”
He also coaches baseball, plays baseball and blogs about baseball. He has been an assistant women’s softball coach at SBU since the fall of 2002; works as a coach and instructor at Bona baseball coach Larry Sudbrook’s two-week summer baseball camps; and is a second baseman/third baseman for an over-50 baseball team in Jamestown.
Matz lives in Olean with his wife, Lauren, associate professor of English at St. Bonaventure. His son Mike, daughter-in-law Chrissy, and grandson, Colt, reside in Portville.
Patsy O’Brien is the administration assistant for the science faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences. She assists all faculty members with various tasks, being the only staff member in De La Roche Hall.
O’Brien is a member of St. Bonaventure’s Facilities Group, and was previously a member of the Hourly Staff Affairs Committee.
Outside the office she has taken computer, Clare College and political science classes.
On nice days, she enjoys riding with her husband on their motorcycle around Cattaraugus County.
She and her husband, Jim, have been married for 35 years and live in Allegany. They have three children, Katie Buzzard, Kevin O’Brien and Maureen O’Brien (a 2007 ROTC graduate of St. Bonaventure), and have a grandchild on the way.
Joe Questa is the foreman of the Carpenter Shop in the Maintenance Department.
He joined St. Bonaventure in 1986 as a carpenter and moved into his current position in 1998.
He is a graduate of Jamestown Community College and has completed courses in blueprint reading as well as attending seminars on locking hardware.
Questa lives in Allegany with his wife, Barbara, who is the senior associate athletic director in the Department of Athletics. He has two children: daughter Santana, who is a junior journalism and mass communication major at St. Bonaventure, and son Michael, who lives at home with his parents.
Fr. Peter Schneible, O.F.M., is an assistant professor and the chair of the Department of Biology.
He graduated from St. Bonaventure with a bachelor’s degree in physics, received a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Vermont, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Michigan State University and the University of Alabama. He holds a master’s degree in theology from Washington (D.C.) Theological Union.
Fr. Peter professed his first vows as a Franciscan in 1984 and joined the University faculty in 1986.
Fr. Peter teaches courses in human anatomy, physiology, research participation and occasionally a biology seminar and Intellectual Journey.
In addition to his role as a classroom instructor, Fr. Peter has enjoyed being a minister-in-residence. He has lived in Doyle and Devereux halls and at present lives in Shay Hall. From the good times with celebrations, to the occasional 3 a.m. fire drill, Fr. Peter enjoys being present with the student body outside the academic setting.
He has also been a faculty adviser for several student organizations, including Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. The group actively volunteers with various local organizations, including the Warming House, the SPCA, and BonaResponds. He has also been the faculty adviser of SBU for Life, an advocacy, prayer and educational student club that attends the March for Life in Washington, D.C., annually.
For 12 years, he sat on the Faculty Senate, and was chair for two years.
He also was a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Elizabeth Mission Society and for nine years served on the Board of Trustees of Siena College.
For 10 years at St. Bonaventure, Fr. Peter was the director of the Franciscan Formation Program. He guided and provided assistance to young men attending the University who were answering their vocation and beginning the process to become a Franciscan friar.
Daniel Tate, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, graduated from Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion, received a master’s degree from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook. He joined the faculty of St. Bonaventure University in 1986 as a member of the Department of Philosophy.
Tate has taught a broad array of courses in philosophy, including seminars in existentialism, Nietzsche, aesthetics, and modern philosophy. He has also taught classes for art history, Clare College and the Honors Program.
Tate served for 16 years on the Honors Council and was director of the Honors Program for 14 of those years. Under his direction, honors course offerings expanded and moved in an interdisciplinary direction. In addition, student participation in the program increased as did the number of honors degree recipients. During his last two years as director, Tate extended the Honors Program into the Clare College core curriculum.
More recently, Tate was one of the principal faculty members involved in developing a new art history major at the University. He also, in coordination with The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, helped prepare a grant proposal to the Oishei Foundation, which not only brought the University $600,000 but included seed money for the art history major. He serves on the Art History Program Committee.
In addition, Tate has served on a number of faculty committees and organizations, including the Women’s Studies Program that he helped found and for which he served as the first director.
His formal training consists principally in modern European philosophy, focusing on contemporary strands of Continental philosophy — existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. His principal area of research lies in aesthetic theory and the philosophy of art. In the last decade, he has pursued a special interest in the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer on whose work he published a series of essays. He is working on a book addressing Gadamer’s philosophy of art.
Also recognized for their years of service were the following:
45 years of service: John Mulryan (English), who is also retiring.
40 years of service: Thomas Delaney (Education), who is also retiring.
35 years of service: Diana Calhoun (Safety and Security); Arthur Clemons (Facilities/Maintenance) Anthony Murphy (Philosophy); Noel Riggs (Franciscan Institute); Fr. Daniel Riley, O.F.M., (University Ministries); K.R. Sundararajan (Theology); Jeffrey White (Classical Languages)
30 years of service: Douglas Cashing (Mathematics); Jerry Kiefer (Physics); Steven Nuttall (Philosophy); Harry Sedinger (Mathematics); Donald Swanz (Accounting)
20 years of service: Leslie Sabina (Visual and Performing Arts)
15 years of service: Joel Benington (Biology); Donna Brestensky (Chemistry); Craig Clark (Facilities/Maintenance); Lee Coppola (Journalism/Mass Communication), who is also retiring; Maureen Cox (Mathematics); James Crowley (Women’s Basketball); Tina Dewe (Enrollment); Karen Heitzinger (Annual Fund); Timothy Hill (Technology Services); Carl Hunter (Cemetery); Catherine Leary (Mathematics); Richard Murphy (Safety and Security); Nancy Taylor (Business Office); Patty Thibodeau (University Relations); Dennis Wilkins (Journalism/Mass Communication)
10 years of service: Rayola Appleby (Library); Judy Barton (Facilities/Housekeeping);
Janet Burroughs (Career Center); Beth Eberth (University Relations); Anne Foerst (Computer Science); Dennis Frank (Library); Janet Glogouski (University Advancement); Jerry Godbout (Chemistry); Mary Rose Kubal (Political Science); Gail Marasco (Financial Aid); Kathleen Mason (Journalism/Mass Communication); Tom Missel (University Relations); Barbara O’Keefe (Academic Affairs); Todd Palmer (Management Science); Kristin Paul (Finance); Rodney Paul (Finance); Craig Sinesiou (Education); Barbara Trolley (Education); Patrick Vecchio (Journalism/Mass Communication); Kathy Zawicki (Sociology)
Retirees: In addition to Lee Coppola, Thomas Delaney, John Kupinski and John Mulryan, other employees who will be retiring are John Apczynski (Theology); Leslie Chambers (Education); and John Neeson (Physics). John G. Watson (School of Business), who passed away unexpectedly April 17, was also recognized.
Pictured, employees who were recognized for 25 years of service, pictured here with University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F. (standing, center) were: (seated from left) Paul Brockel (Athletics); Darla Freaney (Admissions); Patsy O’Brien (Arts and Sciences); Mary Kohl (Health Services); Daniel Tate (Philosophy); and (standing, from left) Fr. Peter Schneible, O.F.M. (Biology); Joe Flanagan (Alumni); Joseph Questa (Facilities/Maintenance); Charles Lute (Facilities/Maintenance); and David Matz (Classical Languages). Missing from the photo was John Kupinski (Biology).