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Saturday, May 14, 2011

All US Flags at Half-Staff on Sunday

All US and Pennsylvania flags at state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Sunday to recognize National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Private homes and businesses are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff.

On Friday, fallen police officers from this region were honored in St. Marys. Those remembered included Dave Distrola of Bradford, Steve Jerman of Kane and Carl Whippo of Johnsonburg.

The Prom Must Go On

Thunder, lightning and torrential downpours didn't dampen the spirits of Bradford Area High School prom-goers Friday night, as you can tell from the beautiful Jamie Teribery. Elizabeth Behan and Nick Franco were crowned Prom Queen and Prom King.

One Dead in Elk County Plane Crash

A plane crashed in a wooded area of Benezette Township at just before 6 o’clock Friday night, killing the 60-year-old pilot.

State police say the man from Connecticut was the only person on the plane. They did not release his name.

Police and the Bennetts Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance were called to the scene at 5:55 p.m., according to a fax sent to WESB and The HERO by state police.

Elk County Coroner Lou Radkowski pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Flash Flooding Throughout Region

Flash flooding is occurring throughout McKean County, including the City of Bradford, as well as in Cattaraugus County, particularly in the Salamanca area.

Motorists are being advised to use caution.

Thompson Discusses Report on Medicare

Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the Trustees of Medicare issued their annual report, warning again of the program’s major financial shortfalls. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson delivered the following response during a radio address.

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Remarks as delivered:

"Today's report is another stark reminder that Congress’ failure to move forward with reforming our current entitlement programs will only lead to insolvency and unfulfilled promises. That is not the United States I know and love.

“We need to make sure there are appropriate reforms made to Medicare to ensure our aging populations will have health and retirement security and the peace of mind that accompanies both. A failure to act means that those who have spent their lives budgeting for their golden years will face drastic cuts even sooner than previously estimated.

“To the President and some of my colleagues in the House and Senate that have asserted that honest proposals to reform Medicare and preserve its benefits are in some way attempting to end it, I say, now is not the time for partisan bickering. Now is the time for leadership.

“Now is the time for serious action to avert bankruptcy for these critical entitlement programs so that we can fulfill the promises made to our seniors and protect health and retirement security for all Americans. The people deserve as much.”

Additional highlights from the Trustees Report:

· For the sixth straight year, the trustees issued a funding warning showing that “the Medicare program is taking a disproportionate share of its funding from general revenues, thus crowding out programs like defense and education.”

· The report confirms that the Medicare program is already contributing to the federal deficit – and will continue to do so for the next decade.

· Since 2008, the program has run cash flow deficits; 2011 exceeds $32 billion.

· The only thing keeping the program afloat financially is the sale of Treasury bonds in the Medicare Trust Fund; when those bonds are cashed, it increases the deficit.

· According to the report, even bond issuances will be exhausted by 2024, causing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund (CMS-HITF) to officially be insolvent.

· By comparison, the CBO’s March 2011 baseline projects insolvency for the CMS-HITF in 2020.

· While last year’s report predicted insolvency in 2029, this year’s trustees report should see an acceleration of insolvency – prolonged unemployment has lent to lower payroll receipts and less incoming revenue to the trust fund.

Bradford Man Charged with Rape

A Bradford man is in jail for allegedly raping a person younger than 16.

Bradford City Police charged 19-year-old Anthony Kremer with felony counts of rape by forcible compulsion, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

Kremer was arraigned by District Judge Bill Todd this afternoon and is in jail on $75,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Player Wins Car from Slot Machine Jackpot; Picks Up Car in Bradford

SALAMANCA, NY – A woman from Medina, Ohio, won a new car by hitting the jackpot on the Power Strike penny slot machine on April 25 at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. The lucky winner, identified as Zarmell H., drove away in a black, supped-up 2011 Chevrolet Cruze on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11. She picked out the vehicle at Edmond Chevrolet in Bradford, PA, a division of Jamestown, NY-based Shults Auto Group. Zarmell is the second jackpot car winner in as many months at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel.

Photo courtesy of Seneca Gaming

Ashton Kutcher Replacing Charlie Sheen

Corbett to Undergo Back Surgery Monday

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett will undergo back surgery for treatment of spinal stenosis on Monday morning, May 16, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The surgery, to be performed by orthopaedic spinal specialist Dr. Mark A. Fye and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Patrick J. DeMeo, is considered to be a routine procedure, but will require Corbett to stay in the hospital one or two days.

Corbett expects to resume his duties by Tuesday, while recuperating at his home in Shaler Township, and return to Harrisburg by the end of the week.

During the time when the governor is under general anesthesia, Lt. Gov. James Cawley will be “acting governor,’’ in accordance with articles of the state constitution, until Corbett is able to resume the powers and duties of the office.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, resulting in a compression of nerves, which leads to persistent pain and decreased physical activity. The most common cause of spinal stenosis is the natural aging process. Left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage.

Corbett, 61, who recently underwent a series of medical tests in preparation for the surgery, is otherwise considered to be in excellent health.

WIVB Report on Salamanca Crash Victim

Beloved business owner dies in crash:

Full-Day Spring Gobbler Starts Monday

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today reminded spring gobbler hunters they can take advantage of full-day hunting – from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset – beginning Monday, May 16.

The full-day spring gobbler hours were approved by the Board of Game Commissioners last year, as part of the 2010-11 seasons and bag limits package. Under the change, legal hunting hours from the opening day of the spring gobbler season through the third Saturday (April 30-May 14) are one-half hour before sunrise until noon. However, hunting hours for the remainder of the season (May 16-31) are from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

“Although all-day hunting will disturb some nesting hens, the impact will be minimal because all-day hours will cover only the last two weeks of the season,” said Mary Jo Casalena, Game Commission wild turkey biologist. “By then, hunting pressure decreases and most hens are in their later stages of nest incubation, at which point they are less likely to abandon their nests if disturbed.

“We anticipate the benefits will far outweigh the minor disturbance of hens, particularly the increased hunting opportunity for all hunters, such as youth and adults who attend school or work during the morning who now will have the option of a late afternoon hunt.”

Casalena noted that the Game Commission will monitor the afternoon harvest in relation to population trends and age class of gobblers to gauge the impact of all-day hunting. Of the 49 states that conduct turkey seasons, 34 have all-day hunting for all or part of the season, including Maryland, Ohio and Virginia.

To further expand opportunity, the Board extended the spring gobbler season through May 31. This change was implemented to provide additional recreational hunting without impacting the resource because disturbance of hens would be minimal since most hens would be in their later stages of nest incubation.

Hunters who purchased a second spring gobbler season license may harvest up to two bearded turkeys, one per day.

Roe also reminded spring gobbler hunters that they can add toll-free telephone reporting to the list of methods of submitting harvest reports to the agency. The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) harvest reporting system telephone number is 1-855-PAHUNT1 (1-855-724-8681).

“This is one more way that the Game Commission is doing its part to make it easier for license buyers to report their required harvests and help the agency better manage wildlife,” Roe said. “We have found that harvest reporting rates have been declining for years, and we’re hoping hunters and trappers take advantage of this new system and become more active in wildlife management.

“Hunters who use the toll-free number to submit a harvest report will receive a confirmation number. They should write down this number and keep it as proof of reporting.”

Roe noted that hunters should have their Customer Identification Number (hunting license number) and field harvest tag information with them when they call, and that multiple harvests can be reported in a single call. He also stressed callers should speak clearly and distinctly when reporting harvests, especially when providing the Wildlife Management Unit number and letter.

Other harvest reporting methods will remain in place. They are online reporting through the agency’s website and the use of pre-paid postage cards that appear in the annual Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping digest that is provided free to each license buyer.

Archbishop Walsh Names New Principal

Olean, NY — The Board of Trustees of Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Thomas McGlinn to the position of Principal – effective July 2011.

With this announcement and that of Dr. Adam Holden as the Adjunct President of STCS and Walsh, the schools are now positioned to move forward successfully with the strategic objectives as set forth by the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Thomas McGlinn will join Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy as the new Principal for both schools in July 2011. McGlinn is currently the Dean of Students at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Ft. Myers, Florida, where he also served as a guidance counselor. Since 2006, he has managed numerous areas of the school to include personal and academic counseling, curriculum development, college planning, parent workshops, implementation of standardized testing as well as serving as the athletic administrator for fall and winter sports.

Prior to his position at Bishop Verot Catholic High School, McGlinn was a full-time classroom educator who taught 6th and 7th grade mathematics at McLean School in Potomac, MD, 6th, 7th and 8th grade mathematics as well as technology coordinator for grades 2 – 8 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Grade School in Hyattsville, MD and 9th grade algebra and 12th grade theology at Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pa. A highly dedicated and motivated teacher, McGlinn reached out to his students through coaching and successfully guided the Bishop Verot tennis team to one region championship and four district championships as well as leading the Bishop Verot soccer team to the 2010 state championship, one region championship and two district championships.

McGlinn received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Joseph’s University, his master’s degree in guidance and mental health counseling from McDaniel College and his EDS in educational leadership from Barry University.

“I am truly honored to be chosen as the next Principal of Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy,” remarks McGlinn. “My career has been a progression of responsibility within Catholic schools systems and I am committed to applying my knowledge and skills to further the academic excellence, personal values and community atmosphere already found at STCS and Walsh. I am most excited to get to know the students and their families and work with them to secure the future of the schools.”

“We are extraordinarily blessed to be able to welcome both Dr. Holden and Mr. McGlinn to our schools and our community,” states Dr. Emily Sinsabaugh, chair of the Board of Trustees for Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy. “Both are extremely qualified, have vast experience in private educational settings and are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence within the Catholic tradition. They will continue the leadership provided by Donna Sweet that will enable us to create a world-class academic school right here in Olean, N.Y.”

The role of Principal is a full-time position that manages the daily operations of the schools, while also guiding strategic objectives alongside the President. School policies will be managed by the Principal, as will the new International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for juniors and seniors. McGlinn is very familiar with the IB Diploma Programme through his network of schools in Florida and will take part in an IB administrator’s training program during summer 2011.

Both Mr. McGlinn and Dr. Holden will be visiting the schools at points between May 2 and the end of the school year. We look forward to welcoming both men to our community.

PennDOT Announces Upcoming Work

Ridgway/Cyclone Pa. (May 13, 2011) PENNDOT Elk/McKean County Maintenance
Has announced work for the week of May 16, 2011 through May 20, 2011
Maintenance work planned by Elk County employees includes:

TURF CUTTING –SR 555, Medix Run

CRACK SEALING- 4001, Evergreen-4002, Grant Road.

SIGN REPAIR- Various Routes, County wide

BRIDGE REPAIRS- SR 948, Clarion River Bridge in Ridgway

DITCH CLEANING- 4009, Lamont

PIPE REPAIRS – 2003, Toby

Maintenance work planned by McKean County employees includes:

SIGN MAINTENANCE – Various Routes, County wide

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION – SR 1017, Sweitzer Drive / SR 155, Annin Creek in Turtlepoint


CRACK SEALING – 4001, Big Shanty – 770, Minard Run

SIDE DOZE- SR 6 / 155, Port Allegany Area


PATCHING- Various Routes, County wide

PATCHING- RT 0006, Kane area


BRUSHING – Various Bridges, County wide

SR-0120/816 Ridgway Area (May 16, 2011-May 20, 2011) Glenn O. Hawbakers, Inc.

This project involves drainage upgrades, tree trimming, guide rail replacement, and roadway milling and resurfacing from Ridgway to 3.8 miles east, toward St. Marys.

The contractor is scheduled to begin concrete roadway repairs on the east (Ridgway) end of the project. Concrete deflection testing will be performed on the milled section of the roadway to determine repair locations on the west end of the project. Drivers will encounter milled and rough road surfaces. Work zone speed limit will be reduced in milled areas. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and there may be multiple daylight set-ups through the project. Drivers will experience delays as traffic takes turns moving through the work zone.
PENNDOT advises drivers to obey posted speed limits and remain alert, patient and cautious through the work zone.

Work to be performed Monday through Friday during daylight hours and all operations and schedules are weather dependent.

Route 1017 sec A01 / Otto Township / McKean Co. (May 15, 2011-May 21, 2011) Dolamite Products Co. Inc. (A.L. Blades & Sons Inc.) KNAPP CREEK BRIDGE

This contractor will be working under road closed conditions with a detour in place. No changes in traffic will be caused by the construction operations scheduled for next week.

The contractor will be forming and placing concrete for abutment 1 wings, and forming abutment 2 next week.

SR 155 /A 03 West of Port Allegany (May 16 2011-May 20, 2011) L.C. Whitford Company, Inc.

The contractor will start temporary road and stone excavation, and begin sheet piling for the bridge.

SR / Various locations (May 16, 2011 – May 20, 2011) IA Construction

IA Construction has scheduled the following work for next week. Complete the milling on SR 120 in St. Marys (Brusselles Street). In Johnsonburg the paving of SR 4007 will also be completed.

General cleanup of milled areas in the Johnsonburg area.

Drive with caution through the work zones and allow a few extra minutes when traveling.

All work weather permitting.

Motorists can visit the PENNDOT website at and by clicking on the Statewide
Construction Map for updates concerning ongoing projects.

Citizens who want to report road concerns can call PENNDOT Maintenance at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).

Coudy Girl Takes 3rd Place in Art Contest

Washington, D.C. – Sue-Young Kim of State College Area High School has won the Congressional Art Competition for the 5th Congressional District sponsored by U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard. Kim’s painting, "Moving On," will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Complex for an entire year.

“I believe that this competition provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the artistic talent of students in the Fifth District,” said Thompson. “Sue-Young is a truly gifted artist and I look forward to showcasing her work on behalf of the Fifth District in the halls of Congress.”

The Congressional Art Competition includes drawings, paintings, and photographs, which were submitted by high school students from all across Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. The winning entry was chosen by an independent panel of local artists prior to the art viewing, which took place Saturday, May 7th, at the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art in DuBois, PA.

Second Place was awarded to Kelly Shipe of East Forest High School for her drawing, "A View from the HMS Bounty." Third Place was awarded to Jenna Elliott of Coudersport Area High School for her photograph, "New York." All contestants were honored following completion of Saturday’s event. “This year’s talent was impressive and I want to thank every student for their contributions and hard work,” Thompson added.

In 1982, the Congressional Art Competition was created as a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to showcase their artistic ability. Since the contest was established, hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated at the district level.

Pictured, Rep. Thompson with First Place Winner Sue-Young Kim and her painting, "Moving On."

Need-Based Scholarships Available for
Pitt-Bradford Science Camp

The North Central Planning and Development Commission has awarded $1,000 to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to be used for science camp scholarships.

The gift funds $100 scholarships to the first 10 students who request them. The students must not have already registered for X-treme Science Camp, which will take place from June 13 to 17.

The total cost of the full-day camp is $125 for the first child and $110 for each additional child per family. Families may apply for more than one scholarship.

X-treme Science Camp is designed for children age 7 to 12 years old. In addition to participating in a variety of labs and science activities, campers will enjoy gym games, swimming and free time.

Campers will need to bring a packed lunch, beverage and swimming clothes each day. The camp will provide a morning and afternoon snack. Registration is limited to 100 campers, and registrations must be received by May 27.

For more information or to request a scholarship, contact the Pitt-Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at or (814)362-5078. Campers will receive their scholarships only when their registration and remainder payment is received. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no cash reimbursement available.

X-treme Science Camp is co-sponsored by Science in Motion.

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

Report: Repealing Tax Breaks Will Reduce
Deficit, Won’t Impact Prices at Gas Pump

WASHINGTON, DC— A new report by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) finds that eliminating or modifying several tax breaks currently benefiting the major integrated oil companies will reduce the deficit by $21 billion over ten years and encourage investments in alternative energy and energy efficiency.

The report, “End Tax Breaks For Big Oil: Reduce the Federal Deficit Without Increasing Prices at the Pump,” further shows that the repeal of the tax breaks will not affect oil and gas production decisions in the near term and will have little or no impact on consumer energy prices in the immediate future.

“This new JEC report makes clear that there are ways to bring down the deficit without harming our economic recovery,” said JEC Chairman Bob Casey (D-PA). “By repealing unnecessary tax breaks to the major integrated oil companies, we can reduce the deficit by more than $20 billion and speed the move to a clean energy economy without impacting prices at the pump.”

The price for crude oil, which is the key driver of gasoline prices, is determined in a global market based on global supply and demand. While the United States consumes nearly a quarter of all oil consumed worldwide, it has only 2 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves. The report finds, therefore, that increases in U.S. oil production are unlikely to lead to lower crude oil prices or gasoline prices.

The report also notes that the profits of oil companies are highly correlated with crude oil prices. In 2010, as the economy recovered, the price of oil rose and the five major integrated oil companies increased their profits by an average of 21 percent.

“With the price of oil near $100 a barrel, it makes no sense to continue tax breaks to these profit-making machines. Our country can’t afford it and the giant oil companies don’t need it,” Casey continued. “While families face $4 a gallon gas prices, oil companies are raking in massive profits, boosted by tax incentives paid for by taxpayers. That’s wrong and we need to fix it.”

Casey also emphasized the need to continue to pursue cleaner energy production, saying, “The JEC report reminds us yet again of the need to diversify our energy resources, developing cleaner alternatives such as the natural gas available through the development of the Marcellus Shale.”

The report concludes that eliminating the tax provisions is unlikely to have any impact on natural gas prices, as more and more natural gas is produced through continued exploration and development of shale gas resources, such as the Marcellus Shale. Shale gas is expected to increase from 16 percent of total U.S. gas production in 2009 to nearly half by 2035.

The tax provisions discussed in the report include: (1) eliminating the ability to claim the domestic manufacturing deduction (Section 199) against income derived from the production of oil and gas; (2) repealing expensing of intangible drilling costs; (3) repealing expensing of costs of tertiary injectants used as part of a tertiary recovery method; and (4) modifying the foreign tax credit rules for dual capacity earners.

The report was prepared by the staff of the Chairman of the JEC.

CCMH Celebrates National Nurses Week

The recognition is held annually May 6-12, concluding on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year’s theme was “Nurses Trusted to Care.” The purpose of the week long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of the public. CCMH events included the traditional wear white day and blessing of the hands. CCMH chief nurse executive Cindi Hardesty thanked all CCMH nurses “for making a difference in our communities.”
Photos courtesy of CCMH

Fatal Crash in Salamanca

A Salamanca man is dead following a motorcycle crash early this morning in Salamanca.

Police say the bike operated by 40-year-old Michael Tome hit a guard rail at around 12:20 a.m. He was thrown from the motorcycle.

West State Street in Salamanca was closed for several hours this morning following the accident.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

PA Matters: People, Politics, Pennsylvania.

A new website that offers news and commentary from Harrisburg has just been introduced. PAMatters is also the place to go to submit questions for the radio program "Ask the Governor," which 1490 WESB will be airing. Or you can submit questions by e-mail at

Collaborative Resource Fair at the Mall

Erin Fero of Family Group Decision Making welcomes people to her booth at the McKean County Collaborative Resource Fair at the old Ames Store in the Bradford Mall. The event goes on until 6 p.m. today. Other organizations at the fair include the YWCA, Career Link, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Friendship Table, McKean County Family Centers, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Futures.

Catholic Charities Adoption Services, Life and Independence for Today and the BOCES Practical Nursing Program also have free information for people who attend the fair.

Southern Tier Symphony to Play
'Music is Dancing' Concert at UPB

The Southern Tier Symphony will give its final performance of its 2010-2011 season at 3 p.m. May 15 at Pitt-Bradford.

Under the direction of John Whitney, the concert will be held at the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. Cost is $20 at the door, and student admission is free.

This performance is titled “Music is Dancing” and will feature six works, including an arrangement by Whitney of “La Suerta de los Tantos” (The Fortune of Fools).

Other pieces are Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances,” Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances,” Johann Strauss’s waltz “Voices of Spring,” Aaron Copeland’s “Hoe Down,” and Manuel de Falla’s “Ritual Fire Dance.”

Tickets are available at the door or by calling (716)372-1110. For more information, visit

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

Parents of SBU Senior Donate Sign
Marking Woods, Trails Named for Priest

By Tom Missel
Director of Media Relations/Marketing

Dr. Barbara Tylenda was a student at a Catholic high school in New Jersey back in the ’70s when she first met the late Fr. Bob Stewart, O.F.M.

It was Fr. Bob’s first teaching job, and several years before he entered the priesthood.

“He taught me geometry, chemistry and psychology,” said Tylenda. “In fact, he was instrumental in my decision to become a clinical psychologist. We were close friends for 29 years, and he was a mentor to me all those years.”

As a friar, Fr. Bob made his way to St. Bonaventure University where he taught theology and Italian, forged deep friendships, pursued his love of athletic activities, and drew inspiration from the woods and trails surrounding campus. When he died of cancer in 2001, the forested university lands he frequented on runs and quiet walks were named Bob’s Woods in his honor, and marked with several hand-painted, wood plank signs.

Now, 10 years after Fr. Bob’s death, Tylenda’s son, Matthew A. Karpas, is graduating from St. Bonaventure and Tylenda is remembering her old friend and mentor with a new sign marking one of the main campus access points to Bob’s Woods.

Tylenda and her husband, Scott H. Ogilvie, residents of Worcester, Mass., brought the sign to campus this week and oversaw its installation at a trailhead near the university’s softball field. The sign was dedicated in a small ceremony Tuesday attended by Tylenda, Ogilvie and their son, as well as Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., St. Bonaventure’s vice president for Franciscan Mission, and Dr. James Mahar Jr., associate professor of finance and founder/coordinator of BonaResponds, the university’s disaster-relief organization. BonaResponds maintains the trails through Bob’s Woods.

“Fr. Bob was such an inspiration to me when I was young and he remained a close family friend,” said Tylenda. “We’re so happy to be able to remember him in this way.”

Tylenda is chief psychologist for the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital in Providence, R.I. She is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and associate director for postdoctoral training in the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium.

Ogilvie is recently retired from the Research and Development Department in the Aircraft Engine Business Group of General Electric Company.

Their son, Matthew, will be among the graduating class at St. Bonaventure’s 151st Commencement Exercises Sunday. He will receive his bachelor’s degree in finance and plans to pursue his MBA next year at St. Bonaventure.

SPCA's 'Woofstock 2011' is Saturday

By Rick Frederick

The McKean County SPCA is planning for its semi-annual Open House next Saturday, but this one comes with a twist. The event, billed as “Woofstock 2011,” is planned as a combination of open house, adoption opportunity, and a dog day of fun.

According to Board member Lori Burkhouse, who is chairing the event, the dogs at the SPCA shelter “need individual attention and love, just like the animals in people’s homes. We want to give each one of our dogs that chance.”

Each shelter dog will receive a “person for the day.” “This person will interact with his or her dog,” says Burkhouse. “The dogs and their people will go for walks, play outside, get some grooming, and pose for photos for the SPCA’s developing website. They’ll be just regular pets for a few hours.”

Burkhouse noted that the overall success of the day for all of the dogs depends on getting volunteers to care for the animals from about noon until four p.m. “We already have about forty people, but we could use around twenty more,” she said. “We’re looking for special people, since these are all special pets.”

Burkhouse stresses that there is no obligation to adopt the pets. “We just want people to see the great animals we have here. And instead of seeing them in cages with lots of noise from other animals, folks thinking about adoption will have the opportunity to see the dogs just being dogs.”

Volunteers are asked to call the McKean County SPCA Shelter at 362-8850.

There will be additional activities planned for the day as well. Pet items will be for sale, and information about seasonal care of pets and other matters will be available. SPCA apparel and children’s books will also be on sale.

While the focus of the day is on the shelter dogs, there are also other animals available for adoption. “We have some beautiful cats here,” says Dick Gorton, president of the local organization, “and a lot of them are real characters. They would make some great pets.”

“All in all, this is shaping up to be a special day,” says Burkhouse. “We plan to make it the biggest event ever held at the shelter.”

Free Workshop for Professionals
Who Work with Autistic Children

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold a free workshop May 25 for educators and health professionals who work with autistic children.

“Interfacing with Special Populations: Autism” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 25 in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons on campus. A free continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits for certified health education specialist, continuing health education, social work and Pennsylvania board of nursing certifications.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Health Practice and the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center and is designed specifically for educators and community health center staff.

Topics include autism spectrum disorder characteristics, prevalence, etiology, assessment and intervention. Participants will learn strategies to provide effective care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders through presentations, videos, readings and activities.

Presenters are Johanna P. Taylor and Kylan Turner, both doctoral candidates at the University of Pittsburgh and board-certified behavioral analysts.

Taylor holds a master’s degree in early intervention with specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh.

From 2007 to 2009, she worked as a behavior analyst in schools and homes providing consultation and supervision for children with autism. She began working toward her Doctor of Philosophy in early intervention at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009.

Turner has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders since she was 15. After earning her degree in psychology from the honors college at the University of Pittsburgh, she worked as a researcher at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development laboratory at the University College of London.

She returned to the United States to earn her Master of Education degree and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy.

To register, visit For more information on the training, contact Sherie Wallace, project coordinator, at the Center for Rural Health Practice at (814)362-5049 or Deadline for registration is May 23.

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rep. Thompson Introduces STEP Act

Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today introduced H.R. 1832, the Servicemembers’ Telemedicine & E-Health Portability (STEP) Act. The STEP Act will expand the current Department of Defense (DOD) state licensure exemption to allow credentialed health care professionals to work across state borders without having to obtain a new state license.

“Members of our military should receive 21st century care and access to treatment regardless of the circumstances and Congress needs to make good on that commitment,” said Thompson. “This legislation removes out-dated requirements under current law so that geographic location is no longer an obstacle to the delivery of care for our Servicemembers.”

Currently, the Department of Defense has limited ability to allow its health care professionals to provide care when the patient is in a different state. As a result, many who rely on military care are required to travel long distances to receive treatment, presenting increased financial burdens and unnecessary obstacles in access to services. By removing this state licensure burden, the legislation empowers the qualified DOD professionals to use cutting edge telemedicine and e-health applications to treat Servicemembers regardless of their physical proximity.

“After months of meetings with men and women in the Armed Forces, military retirees, and DOD officials, it is clear that the STEP Act will benefit our care providers and Servicemembers by allowing more specialists to offer services to a wider base of patients,” said Thompson. “The STEP Act reaffirms the commitment we’ve made to our brave men and women, especially to our Guard, Reserve, and those in rural America, who have served our country, but have limited access to care.”

The DOD’s hands are tied when it comes to credentialed civilian employees and contractors who have stepped up to fill shortages in desperately needed positions, especially in the area of behavioral health treatment. The STEP Act will expand the definition of “health care professional” under the previous exemption to include qualified DOD civilian employees and personal services contractors. The bill requires a report within 90 days of enactment on DOD and Veteran Administration plans to develop and expand programs to use new Internet and communication technologies for improved access to telemedicine and electronic health programs.

The STEP Act has received support from the following organizations and groups:

• Air Force Association

• Association of the United States Navy

• The American Legion

• The National Guard Association of the United States

• The Reserve Enlisted Association

• The Military Officers Association of America

Thompson has pushed to ensure that those who serve or have served our country in uniform receive the best possible treatment and access to care they deserve. The STEP Act has been introduced in advance of Thompson’s Veterans Outreach Week initiative, a series of events to offer local area Veterans contact with and support from federal agencies through a chain of informational seminars with representatives from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Filling the Holes

The East Main Street obstacle course is disappearing as city crews fill in the pot holes, cracks and craters on Wednesday.

Senator Casey Bill Could Lead to
Completion of Route 219

US Senator Bob Casey has introduced a bill that he hopes will lead to the completion of Route 219.

Casey and Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland say their bill would facilitate the completion of the Appalachian Development Highway System.

Casey said in a news release, “This bill will build Pennsylvania infrastructure and create jobs. Unlocking existing unspent balances among state transportation agencies will allow Appalachian Development Highway Systems to move forward and for work to be finished on Route 219.”

Construction of the highway system was authorized by Congress in 1965 and is 88 percent complete. The remainder of the highway must be built in the mid-Atlantic portion of Appalachia and difficult terrain makes construction costly. The bill would allow states in the region to use toll credits as matching funds for projects critical to the completion of the highway system.

Beautiful Day for Lunch in the Square

Talented singers from Bradford Area High School, great food from area restaurants and warm, sunny weather as predicted by Mike Cejka all made for a successful first Lunch in the Square of the season. The next Lunch in the Square is scheduled for June 8.

Volunteers Needed at Dam Visitor Center

If you’re concerned about our public lands and natural resources, would like to share your skills and talents with others, and like to meet and work with people, you may be interested in work opportunities under the Corps of Engineers Volunteer Program at Kinzua Dam. All interested persons, especially retired seniors, high school, and college students are invited to apply.

Several part-time volunteers will be needed to fill Visitor Center Host positions starting June 1, 2011. These positions involve staffing the Kinzua Visitor Center daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm. However, work schedules are flexible, with many part-time options available.

This opportunity is open to persons of all ages, but persons under 18 years of age must have parental or legal guardian consent to participate.

If you’re interested, please contact the Kinzua Dam Office at (814)726-0661, for additional information and Volunteer Application Forms.

Bill Would Allow Small Businesses to Pay
Their School Taxes in Installments

HARRISBURG - Small businesses would have the option to pay their school property taxes in installments, under legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that passed the Senate yesterday.

“As a former small business owner, I know that it is sometimes difficult for these businesses to have the cash flow at a certain time to pay their school taxes in one lump sum,” Scarnati said. “This will allow these companies to spread out the payments a bit.”

Scarnati said that since 2006, with the passage of the Taxpayer Relief Act, certain property owners have had the option to pay school property taxes in installments, through farmstead and homestead exemptions. His bill would extend that option to businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

“In these tough economic times, I believe it is important to help our small businesses – which are the economic engines and job-creators in our communities,” Scarnati said. “This commonsense legislation will make it easier for small business owners to budget and pay their school taxes.”

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Broadcaster Battling Cancer

We just heard on tonight's Pittsburgh Pirates broadcast that Gary Stormer of WCED radio in DuBois is battling cancer.

We wish him all the best and -- like his co-workers in DuBois -- hope he'll be on the air for another 37 years.

Round Two:
Cast Your Vote for Bradford

They say you have to be in it to win it and Bradford’s in it as one of the finalists to win the title “Ultimate Fishing Town USA.”

Bradford collected more than 1,000 votes and was able to garner a “wild card” seat in the tournament that started with hundreds of towns and is now down to 20. The top two vote-getters in each bracket moved onto the second round. Six wild card towns were also selected to advance. The contest is sponsored by the World Fishing Network.

Bradford, the only town in Pennsylvania that made the second round, was up against towns from Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New York and District of Columbia.
Plenty of good fishing is done here, including two state records.

The Allegheny Reservoir is the best trophy northern pike fishery in Pennsylvania. The state-record pike – a 35-pounder – was caught here. There’s also largemouth bass, bluegill, steelhead and walleye fishing here, too. In fact, another state record – this one for walleye, was caught here.

“We are just thrilled to make it to the second round of voting,” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the official tourist promotion agency in McKean County. Devlin’s nomination was the first one for Bradford. Subsequently, Bradford received eight other nominations. “Bradford and this entire region have such a great connection to fishing and outdoor recreation. It’s a natural fit for Bradford to be the Ultimate Fishing Town.”

The Kinzua Fly Fishing School is taught each year at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the Lodge at Glendorn, an ORVIS-endorsed lodge, is known for its fishing trips on the Allegheny River.

Devlin added that to receive this honor could lure tourists to the area.
This voting round will last until May 31. The winner will be announced June 6. The winning town will receive a $25,000 community donation.

All of the nominations voiced support for the Tuna Valley Trail Association. The TVTA encourages trail development, access to trails, trail towns and linking local recreation and fishing destinations.

People can vote by logging onto the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s website – A link takes the voter right to the voting page for Bradford.

Those who voted in the previous round do not have to verify their e-mail again. New voters, however, will have to verify their e-mail. Voters are able to vote four times during a 24-hour period. The voting blocks are as follows: 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.; 6:01 a.m. to noon; 12:01 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and 6:01 p.m. to midnight.

Voters can use several different e-mail addresses and register more than one vote per voting period.

Pictured, a fisherman wades through one of the creeks in Bradford with his prize catch of the day. Bradford is one of the top 20 towns in the running for the Ultimate Fishing Town USA. Voters can log onto which has a link directly to the voting screen for Bradford.
Photo courtesy of Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau

Marsh's Given Two Weeks to Fix Violations

Although a couple members of the Board of Health would prefer that the city health license of Marsh’s Bar be suspended immediately, the board voted to give the owner 14 days to remedy the 32 violations found in inspections done last week.

“This property is a disgrace,” said board member Jim Evans. “It’s one of Bradford’s worst.”

Referring to pictures that were taken by inspectors Mike Cleveland and Mark Grassi, Evans said, “What’s going on inside mirrors what’s on the outside.”

He asked why the license couldn’t be revoked immediately because the owner has had every opportunity to bring it up to code in the past. Letters were sent to Ken Marsh in April and also in August of last year in reference to code violations.

The city’s special counsel Greg Henry said he “would much rather take action immediately than have any sort of delay. There’s no question about that. On the other hand we need to do this in a way that will survive any legal attack upon us.”

“This deals with this individual’s livelihood and we have to be very careful to afford them due process,” Henry added.

City health officer John Peterson said that in his opinion “Every day that he operates … there are people in jeopardy” because of some of the code violations.

Peterson recommended that he be given no more than 14 days to correct the violations, but some of the board members were concerned about giving him enough time.

Henry and others said they didn’t have enough expertise to know how much time it would take to remedy some of the problems like plumbing or electrical issues.

“But I do have an idea,” said member Rick Benton, “how much time it would take to require that the microwave oven be wiped and sanitized every 24 hours.”

Fred Proper asked if the city would have any liability if someone is injured within the next two weeks.

“I think not,” Henry said.

Cleveland did say that Marsh fixed the roof after he got eight citations from the district judge’s office.

Marsh has 14 days to correct the violations. If they are not corrected by then his license will be suspended. If they are not corrected in another 16 days, the license will be revoked.