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Friday, May 27, 2011

After the Storms ...

After the storms we had all it week it was nice to see a rainbow this evening. This picture was taken at just before 8 p.m. in the DaVita parking lot on East Main Street. As for the forecast, Mike Cejka says we'll probably see some rain Saturday afternoon but Sunday and Monday are looking much better.

Thefts, Fight, Mischief in Bradford

Bradford City Police started investigating three thefts on Thursday -- on Clarence and East avenues, and on Walker Avenue. A few hours before the East Avenue theft a suspicious person was reported there, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Officers also investigated a motor vehicle accident on Sherman Street and a hit and run on Congress Street. They were called to a fight on West Washington Street, a report of criminal mischief on Belleview Avenue. From Boylston Street, they got reports of disorderly conduct and a violation of the shopping cart ordinance.

Oh, Deer

This young deer did some exploring in front of the station early this afternoon.

Police Briefs from Cameron County

Someone pried open a door at the Hill Top Lodge in Shippen Township and stole 3 42” Vizio flat screen TVs, a Stihl chainsaw and a Stihl weedeater. Estimated value of the stolen items is $2,500.


Sometime between 1 and 8 p.m. Tuesday someone “deposited miscellaneous plant materials on the victim’s property without permission.” 90-year-old Joseph Gehringer owns the property on CCC Memorial Highway in Driftwood.


A purse containing drugs and drug paraphernalia was found at Ramsey’s Garage in Emporium. The owner should contact Emporium-based state police. (OK. The last sentence was not in the news release.)

Today is 'Don't Fry Day'

Today is "Don't Fry Day" -- a day to remind yourself and others to take precautions to protect your skin.

Melanoma survivor Amy Silvis of Bradford will be on today's LiveLine at 12:30 p.m. on 1490 WESB and at to talk about her experiences, pass along some tips, and give us a preview of what she'll be discussing when she testifies in front of the House Judiciary Committee in Harrisburg on Wednesday.

For more information on Don't Fry Day go to

Former Seneca President Passes Away

Former Seneca Nation of Indians President George Heron has passed away.

He was 92.

Heron served as president of the Seneca Nation from 1958 to 1960, and again from 1962 to 1964. He was also a past treasurer and tribal councilor.

Arrangements are under the direction of the O'Rourke & O'Rourke, Inc. Funeral Home.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Five Arrested in Plot to Buy Baby

HARRISBURG - Five suspects have been arrested and charged with participating in a plot to buy a baby and adopt the child out to family members.

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan identified the defendants as Jarrett Smith, Donna Albright-Smith, Krista Eveland, Eileen Smith and Jerome Smith.

Ryan said that Albright-Smith and her ex-husband Jarrett Smith allegedly solicited Krista Eveland to sell them her unborn child so that Jarrett Smith's brother and sister-in-law could adopt the baby.

According to the criminal complaint Jerome Smith and his wife Eileen Smith were hoping to adopt a child when they were approached by Donna Albright-Smith who told them she knew of a mother who wanted to put her child up for adoption.

The charges state that Jerome and Eileen Smith paid for Eveland's pregnancy placing approximately $5,000-$6,000 into a trust fund to reimburse her for "necessary expenses." The Smiths also allegedly gave Eveland cash at least once a week for gas and groceries, and also paid her rent, car insurance, car repairs and electric bills.

According to the criminal complaint, in addition to taking care of her expenses Jerome and Eileen Smith agreed to pay the Eveland a final cash payment of $4,000 to $6,000 after the adoption was finalized. The money was allegedly to be delivered following the adoption proceedings in a brown paper bag, so that nobody could be tied to the money.

Ryan said the baby was born on May 23, 2009 and released from the hospital to the custody of "adoptive" parents Eileen and Jerome Smith. A July 10, 2009 a hearing was then scheduled in Potter County Court of Common Pleas to finalize the termination of parental rights and finalize the adoption.

The charges state that prior to the hearing the presiding judge learned of a previous plot by Albright-Smith and Jarrett Smith to buy a different baby for $20,000. Following the revelations, the judge continued the adoption hearing and ordered the child to be returned to Eveland.

Ryan thanked the Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance with the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Potter County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Eshbach of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.

Below is a complete list of the defendants and the charges against them.

Donna Albright-Smith, 38, 411 Dwight St., Coudersport, Potter County, is charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of dealing in infant children and one count of criminal solicitation.

Jarrett Smith, 43, 414 Sunrise Ridge Road, Coudersport, Potter County, is charged with two counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, one count of dealing in infant children and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Jerome Robert Smith, 47, 9000 W. 102nd St., Overland Park, Kansas, is charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of dealing in infant children and one count of criminal solicitation.

Eileen Smith, 42, 9000 W. 102nd St., Overland Park, Kansas, is charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of dealing in infant children and one count of criminal solicitation.

Krista Eveland, 24, 1 E. 3rd St., Apt. A, Coudersport, Potter County, is charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of dealing in infant children and one count of criminal solicitation.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Man Dies of Crash Injuries

A Forestville man critically injured in an ATV crash late Friday night has died.

39-year-old Nathan Stevens was hurt when he crashed his ATV into the back of another ATV.

He was flown by helicopter to ECMC, where he later died.

Sheriff’s deputies say Stevens was not wearing a helmet.

Senator Young: School Bus Cameras
Would Nab Passing Drivers

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) wants to give school districts jurisdiction to use cameras as a means to catch negligent drivers who speed past school buses that have activated their flashing lights and extended their stop-sign arms.

She has introduced legislation that will allow the footage taken by cameras installed on buses to be used as evidence in prosecuting anyone who violates the law. The bill also will up the ante for those who fail to stop for children passing in front of school buses.

"When we transport our children to and from school, we have an important responsibility to do everything we can to keep those children safe. Even though school buses are now equipped with flashing stop signs and lights, it just doesn't seem to register with some drivers that they are legally supposed to stop. These negligent drivers are breaking the law and putting our children at risk,” said Senator Young.

Under Senator Young’s measure, authorization will be given to place video cameras on school buses to capture motorist violations and will allow the use of photographs taken to be used as evidence in the prosecution of such offenses.

The legislation also raises the penalties imposed when physical harm is caused to a child and makes it a class E felony of criminally negligent homicide when a child is killed when a stopped school bus is passed.

“If motorists do not respect school buses the way they should, then they should be prosecuted. In other states, having cameras on buses have proven to change people's behavior and made them slow down and stop when they are required to. This bill provides a great tool available to localities, working with the police department, to hopefully take care of a problem before somebody gets severely hurt or worse,” said Senator Young.

Senator Young said over the past few years several children have been killed and in the five year period from 2002 to 2007, there were 75 children reported injured by vehicles that had passed their stopped school buses.

New York State has over 55,000 school buses transporting more than 2.3 million children each day.

The NY Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) conducted a recent study that estimated motorists illegally pass stopped school buses more than 50,000 times a day, putting the safety of millions of children in jeopardy.

Peter Mannella, Executive Director of NYAPT stated, “We strongly support this legislation as vital to our ability to turn back the high rates of illegal passing in our State. The fact that there are 50,000 illegal passes each day is unconscionable and unacceptable. Children are at risk because of this illegal behavior by adult motorists. Parents, educators and elected officials should be irate that their neighbors are putting children at risk.”

The fine for passing a stopped school bus in New York State ranges from a minimum of $250 for a first violation to a maximum of $1,000 for three violations in three years. In addition, if you are convicted of three such violations in three years, you can face a maximum fine of $1,000 and your license will be revoked for a minimum of six months.

Peek 'n' Peak to be Sold at Auction

Peek'n Peak Resort and Spa will be sold at a public auction in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Cleveland by September 1, 2011, as part of an agreement reached Tuesday, according to a news release sent to WESB and The HERO by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency.

Richard Dixon, Chief Financial Officer of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, and Chair of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, hailed this agreement.

“This agreement is the best thing that could happen for the Peak. Our Committee has worked diligently to protect the significant number of jobs at the Peak, keep it open and give it the opportunity to succeed. This agreement is the first step that will move the property out of bankruptcy. Creditors and patrons alike will benefit.”

Steven Blake, of RSM McGladrey, Inc., financial advisor to the Committee added, “This agreement will bring professional management to the resort, and help stabilize operations.” Daniel DeMarco, of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, the Committee’s attorneys, stated “Tuesday was a huge breakthrough.”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another Suspicious Person in Bradford

Bradford City Police on Tuesday got another report of a suspicious person – this time on Kiwanis Court. Officers were also called to a fight at Mechanic and West Washington streets, a disturbance on Petrolia Street and motor vehicle accidents on Boylston and West Washington streets and at GGB Elementary School, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Council Awards Contracts for
Kessel Athletic Complex

Bradford City Council on Tuesday renewed a lease with Allegany Concrete to rent a portion of land at the Holley Avenue Department of Public Works complex, but not without hearing objections from Mayor Tom Riel first.

Riel said he meant no disrespect to Allegany Concrete or the rest of council but he was not in favor of renewing the lease.

“I’m not against free enterprise or competition but” when the original lease was approved five years ago council was under the belief that they would go in to provide concrete only for the highway and they would not be competing against other companies in the area, “and that did not hold to be true,” he said.

“There’s no place (else) they could set up that concrete place anyplace in this valley, especially that close to an interchange, for $1,000 a month and operate a concrete plant,” Riel said. “I do think that it makes it an unlevel playing field. Again, I’m not against competition but I think it’s unfair to Bisett (Building Center) – a business that pays over 60-some thousand dollars a year in property taxes locally and has been in business for 128 years.”

Riel voted against the resolution. The others voted in favor of it and Councilman Jim Evans said it was because “we need the money.”

Also Tuesday, council awarded contracts for the Kessel Athletic Complex project. The general construction contract goes to Bob Cummins Construction for $1.8 million; fire protection to Allied Fire Protection Systems for $7,865; mechanical to Scobell Company for $73,000; and electrical to Dave Kronenwetter for $440,000.

Council rejected all plumbing bids. The project scope will be amended to reduce the cost, and the plumbing portion will be re-bid.

The project is being funded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, and all costs in excess of $2,480,000 will be paid by the University of Pittsburgh.

Also Tuesday, council accepted a proposal from E&M Engineers and Surveyors to provide engineering services required for environmental permitting for the Pine Street Pedestrian Bridge Project.

The $2,500 cost will be paid from a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant and the city’s Community Development Block Grant program.

In other matters, council appointed Tom Shay to the newly created position of Parks Foreman. He will be paid $17.65 an hour, which is retroactive to May 9.

Council appointed Mike Cleveland to the Historic Architectural Review Board to fill the unexpired term of George Corignani, who retired.

Council authorized a special events permit to Players Downtown for the Kids and Cancer benefit being held from 3 to 9 p.m. on July 16, following the annual motorcycle dice run. The downtown event will be held on Mechanic Street from Main to West Washington, and Barbour Street from Mechanic to Bushnell.

During its last meeting, council approved a similar waiver to The Corner Bar and Restaurant.

Councilman Fred Proper announced that the city’s Spring Clean-Up will be held during the week of June 6 to 10 on regular pick up days.

The city will pick up large furniture items, televisions, bundled 4-foot sections of carpet and 4-foot bundles of wood. There will be a $10 charge for white goods and people must call 362-3884 to schedule a pickup. Yard waste is not part of spring clean-up but will be picked up the day after your regular garbage day.

The city will not pick up anything weighing more than 40 pounds; tires; motor oil; car batteries; hazardous waste; liquid paint; construction material; snowmobiles or motorcycles; liquid grease; or propane tanks.

Grant Money Improves
City's Landscape, Tax Revenue

WESB/WBRR News Director

Sometimes it’s hard to see the impact grant money has on the City of Bradford, but Sara Andrews is trying to open people’s eyes to that impact.

During a hearing prior to Tuesday’s Bradford City Council meeting the executive director of the Office of Economic and Community Development said the city has received more than $5.3 million in federal HOME Program grants since 1992. The projects the money helped fund has realized $5.6 million in new assessed property values for the city.

Specifically, $633,000 in HOME investment leveraged the construction of 30 new homes in Colonial Heights, which added more than $2.1 million in new assessed property.

On Onofrio Street, $500,000 leveraged the construction of 13 new homes. Add that to the complete renovation of 15 homes and that’s $3.5 million in new property values.

“What an impact that had in that area,” she said.

Over the last 19 years the city has rehabilitated 134 homes.

“If we hadn’t rehabilitated them 10 - 15 years ago we would probably have them on the (demolition) list right now,” Andrews said.

To date, HOME funds combined with Community Development Block Grant money and Elm Street state funding have led to the rehabilitation of 27 homes in the Elm Street neighborhood.

In total, 220 homes throughout the city have been built or rehabilitated since 1992.

“I think that’s had a significant impact,” she said, adding she’s not sure where the city would be without the program.

“We’d certainly be looking at a lot of other properties demolished – and looking at the tax base this has created – We certainly would be looking at additional problems with the tax revenues if these homes at Colonial Heights and Onofrio Street weren’t either renovated or built. It’s been a great program for our community,” Andrews said.

During the council meeting, members authorized Andrews to file a new HOME grant application with the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Andrews said based on current rehabilitation average and costs 17 or 18 homes may be rehabilitated with the money, if it’s approved.

She said they could also add a second targeted neighborhood for rehabilitation. Tentatively, that new neighborhood could include the area from Boylston Street to Miller Street and Bishop Street to Davis Street. This was originally considered because it adjoins the Elm Street Neighborhood project at Charlotte Avenue.

Mayor Tom Riel asked if, instead of targeting a neighborhood, they could target a street – like East Main or Congress.

Andrews said a problem with that is that the majority of properties in a targeted neighborhood have to be owner occupied, not rental properties, to be eligible for funding.

Addressing the problems on Congress, East Main and other areas of the city Andrews did say she’s “seeing some positive things with code enforcement” and maybe some issues can be addressed without grant money.

She said property owners in the Elm Street Neighborhood who “have not joined in" will be getting letters from code enforcement telling them what they have to do.

“They need a little kick in the you-know-where,” she said, adding that code enforcement officer Mike Cleveland and Elm Street Manager Lisa Keck have been walking through the neighborhood to try to get other people to fix up their properties.

On a related note, council accepted a quote of $5,480 from 6-V Excavation to demolish the dilapidated property at 117 East Main Street.

Before reading the resolution Riel said, “It gives me great pleasure to read this next one.”

House Passes Budget Bill

The State House of Representatives has just passed the budget bill by a vote of 109-92.

The bill now moves onto the Senate.

If the Legislature passed the $27.3 billion budget, and Governor Tom Corbett signs it before June 30, this will be the first time in nine years the state has had an on time budget.

Genesee Man Facing Charges

A Genesee man is facing charges for allegedly going into a Potter County house and subjecting a woman to unwanted physical contact.

Police say that between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. Sunday 29-year-old Gason Greiss entered John Harmon’s Rose Lake Lane home and had the contact with a 25-year-old woman.

Greiss is charged with criminal trespass, a felony, defiant trespass, resisting arrest and harassment.

He’s in jail on $5,000 bail.

Flying Plywood Shatters Windshield

Three people – including a 9-year-old girl – escaped injury when a piece of plywood flew off a utility trailer on Route 219 and hit a car’s windshield.

Police say 62-year-old Leonard Shradnick was driving his car in Jones Township at about 10:30 last night when the plywood hit and shattered the windshield. The driver of the other vehicle didn’t stop.

Shradnick was able to safely stop his car just south of where it was hit.

Illegal Alien Bill Approved by Senate

HARRISBURG — Legislation sponsored by President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, which would ensure illegal aliens who live in Pennsylvania are not receiving public benefits, including Medicaid, welfare and in-state college tuition, was approved today by the State Senate. Scarnati’s bill, Senate Bill 9, passed the Senate today with a bi-partisan vote of 40-9.

Senate Bill 9 would establish tighter scrutiny and criminal penalties that the Commonwealth’s more than 100,000 estimated illegal aliens would face when applying for services.

“Pennsylvania needs to take the lead on the growing problem of illegal immigrants, and stop providing government benefits and services to those who enter this country outside the law,” Scarnati said. “Hardworking, taxpaying Pennsylvania residents are faced with the burden of supporting those who are entering our country illegally, and the problem is only getting worse every year.”

Scarnati’s bill would require individuals requesting public benefits in the Commonwealth to provide identification proving they are legal residents. Additionally, they would be required to sign an affidavit stating they are a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully present in the United States.

Any applicant signing the affidavit stating they are a legal alien would have their immigration status verified through the Federal Systematic Alien Verification of Entitlement Program (SAVE), operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“This legislation is necessary due to President Obama’s unwillingness to deal with the national crisis of illegal immigration,” Scarnati stated. “Once again, states across the country are finding themselves dealing with federal issues that are hurting the taxpayers of their respective areas. Senate Bill 9 is a matter of protecting citizens who are in Pennsylvania legally and encouraging illegal aliens to locate elsewhere.”

Any illegal alien who falsely claims they are residing in the country legally, in order to obtain public benefits will have committed a second degree misdemeanor and be subject to arrest and deportation.

Under current federal law, illegal aliens are prohibited from receiving federal, state or local public benefits with the exception of emergency medical care, necessary immunizations and disaster relief. However, Pennsylvania law is simply too lenient in enforcing those provisions.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates the current state and local annual cost to taxpayers for illegal immigration amounts to about $84 billion nationwide. In Pennsylvania, the current estimated fiscal burden is nearly $1.4 billion.

“Without question, we have too many illegal aliens in this country and in this state. This bill acts to discourage illegal behavior and prevents actions that could place our citizens in financial jeopardy,” Scarnati said.

Senate Bill 9 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Archbishop Walsh Announces
Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Olean, NY -- Archbishop Walsh Academy is proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the graduating Class of 2011. Valedictorian is Logan Clark, son of Matthew and Lisa Clark of Olean, N.Y. and Salutatorian is Tanee Ireland, daughter of John Ireland and Lori Fish of Olean, N.Y. Both students will be recognized during commencement ceremonies scheduled for June 24 at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.

Valedictorian Logan Clark carries a GPA of 93.722 with a weighted index of 95.586. Logan has been involved in many activities in and outside of school including varsity football, varsity basketball, varsity baseball, treasurer of the freshmen class, president of the junior class, National Honor Society member, band (guitar/percussion) and interact club. He also completed a student internship in computer aided drafting at Dresser-Rand. Logan volunteered at the Olean Area Rotary Club’s pasta dinner, McKean County Fair, school open houses, the Walsh 5th and 6th grade basketball tournament as well as at various school functions held throughout the year. Honors include: National Honor Society, High Honor Roll/Honor Roll, RIT Creativity and Innovation Award Nominee, Clarkson Leadership Award, Elmira College Key Award, and the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.

Logan has been an altar server at St. Mary of the Angels Church for a number of years. In February he was recognized at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec as Altar Server of the Year.

Logan plans to attend Alfred State College in the fall majoring in CAD/CAM (computer aided design/drafting - computer aided manufacturing).

Salutatorian Tanee Ireland carries a GPA of 92.125 with a weighted index of 93.153. Tanee has also been involved in many activities in and outside of school to include: varsity softball, varsity basketball, interact club, and National Honor Society. Tanee volunteered at the SPCA, Pines Nursing Home, St. Mary of the Angels Church, the Olean Area Rotary Club’s pasta dinner and pancake breakfast, and Archbishop Walsh’s St. Patrick’s Day Raffle & Party – all while maintaining a part-time position at Tim Hortons. Honors include: National Honor Society, High Honor Roll/Honor Roll, University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award, Clarkson University High School Achievement Award, RIT Innovation and Creativity Award Nominee, and Elmira College Key Award. Tanee plans to attend Jamestown Community College in the fall majoring in pre-nursing.

UPB to Offer Children's Nature Hikes

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will hold nature hikes through Timberdoodle Flats in the Allegheny National Forest for children.

The course, “Timberdoodle Trek,” will teach children ages 8 to 12 about the ecosystems found in the Allegheny National Forest from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 24, July 8, 15, or 22. The class will meet at the Timberdoodle Flats trailhead parking lot on State Route 59, just east of the intersection with State Route 321 North in Marshburg.

Students will participate in a mild 1.5-mile hike as they discover a wetland, an Allegheny hardwood forest, hemlock bottoms, and wildlife openings. Students are asked to wear boots and long pants and to pack water, lunch, a snack and sunscreen.

Children must register with an adult. Cost for the course is $20 per participant.

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

CCMH Celebrates Hospital Week

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital celebrated Hospital Week with a variety of events for staff and the community.

High school students from Coudersport, Shinglehouse, Otto-Eldred, Austin, Galeton and Northern Potter visited CCMH to learn about a variety of clinical and non-clinical healthcare careers, education requirements, interviewing skills and future job outlook.

The Heart of Cole Community Connections employee giving club presented checks for $200 each to 12 area volunteer EMS companies during an educational breakfast. The HOC Community Connections group chooses a community project every year as a way to give back. Last year, the group donated to area senior centers. During the breakfast the EMS groups also learned from hospital staff about emergency preparedness, medical command, and ventilation/CPAP.

Children from Alliance Daycare visited the hospital during Hospital Week. While touring the hospital, they learned about various healthcare services and departments.

Hospital Week also featured a variety of educational events for the public including presentations on medication safety, end of life/living wills, oxygen safety in the home, understanding hospital bills and falls prevention.

Staff celebrated with an employee health and wellness fair and related vendors, educational sessions on falls prevention, medication, transfers, ambulation and simulation training, and an ice cream social.

National Hospital Week began in 1921 and is now the nation’s largest health care event, as a celebration of the history, technology and dedicated professionals.

Staff to celebrate anniversaries in 2011

Charles Cole also recognized staff who reached milestone years of services in 2011 during Hospital Week.

They include:

Cherlyn Burdick, Sandra Fry, Kathleen Wilson, Kristine Zitnik;

Harold Page;

Michelle Burdick, Vivian Carvell, Anna Fair, Gail Faulstick, Patricia Galeotti, Linda Jones, Deneen Lyons, Nancy Rudolph, Dianne Russell, Betty Wilson;

Ronald Billings, Linda Coates, Stephanie Gerhart, Cecelia Howard, Mark Jackson, Patricia Kio, Tammy Peterson, Jill Rinehults, Tamara Ruman, Shannon Snyder, Judith Ziegler;

Lynn Anderson, Roger Arbogast, Kim Ferry, Cynthia Gitchell, Marcie Gutgsell, Debbie Jack, Donna Kelley, Sherri Kinney, Tracy Leet, Theresa Long, Steva Miller, Shawn Moore, Ronald Morey, Leah Potter, Jeanette Smith, Laurie Wahl;

Christina Avilez, Susan Bailey, Maureen Bartoo, Janet Busshaus, Tamara Cummings, Cheryl Danielewicz, Diane Gerner, Vida Glover, Susan Hooftallen, Philip Jensen, Catherine Larson, Kelly Miller, Emily Myers, Karen Parker, Yvette Piaquadio, Darlene Plank, Faith Raudenbush, Betty Reigel, Judy Smoker, Mary Solveson, Doris Stahli, Carmella Toombs, Sherry Unger, Debra Uplinger, April Worth;

Brenda Baer, Merranda Baker, Mackenna Bechelli, Hillary Beichner, Jill Benjamin, April Blimline, Kara Bowers, Marilyn Bryant, Colleen Cloak, Brenda Crowell, Rose Davis, Leslie Downey, Tonya Gail, Kevin George, Tina Graham, Amy Greene, Mary Alice Gurnsey, Cynthia Hardesty, Edmond Hardesty, Carol Hartman, Eryn Haynes, Pauline Housler, Krystal Howard, Thomas Hurrle, Todd Husson, Lorrie Jandrew, Jennifer Kelly, Debra Lentz, Wendy Leonard, Emily Lynch, Leslie Miles, Judith Mottershead, Mary Newton, Amanda Paul, Edward Pitchford, Jackie Plummer-Sprow, Lisa Pratt, Colleen Ramsey, Katrina Rimel, Mandy Sillick, Susan Surh, Pamela Swanson, Eleanor Tomb, Jodi Vossler, Elaine Wagner, Kiley Walker.

Pictured, top, Gary Malacarne, Pharm.D., pharmacy director at CCMH, explains career options to high school students during a career fair at CCMH; Children from Alliance Daycare view an x-ray during a tour of Charles Cole.
Photos courtesy of Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

SBU-TV Nominated for National Award

SBU-TV Sports is a finalist for a 2011 College Sports Media Award for its coverage of St. Bonaventure’s heart-stopping win over Duquesne Feb. 5 at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies defeated the Dukes, then 8-0 in conference play, when Michael Davenport hit a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds to play.

SBU-TV is one of five finalists in the Live Game and Event Category in the College Athletics Division. The students are up against game productions from Purdue (men’s basketball), New Mexico State (softball), Mississippi (baseball) and Rochester Institute of Technology (men’s hockey).

The winners will be announced June 7 at the College Sports Video Summit in Atlanta.

Paul Wieland, instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaches a credit-bearing production class out of the remote broadcast facility, located outside the Reilly Center. Live broadcasts of men’s and women’s basketball home games are part of the curriculum. The games are streamed live over the Web via the university’s CBS All-Access package.

“This recognition is really a reward for all the hard work these kids have put in since the production trailer was hooked up two years ago,” Wieland said. “I’ve said it before, but I’ll put the quality of these broadcasts right up there with a lot of what is produced professionally.”

The dramatic end to the Bonnies’ win over Duquesne thrust sideline reporter Shannon Shepherd into the spotlight.

“Usually, you have to wait until the coach is done with his radio show, and the arena is empty by then,” Wieland said. “But Shannon grabbed coach (Mark Schmidt) in the middle of the chaos just after the buzzer and got a great interview.”

The crew for the production was Christy Andrzejewski (producer); Paul Wieland (director); Mike Colaianni, Mike Vitron, Rick Foit, Matt Lee, Christian Seabaugh, Kelley Burke, and Leah Murphy (cameras); Dave Kolkowski, Conor Mooney, Johnny Heard and Fred Alvarez (replays); Scott Shelters and Terry Lepetich (audio); Joe Paciorkowski (video); Kevin Clark (technical director); Jake Sonner and Tony Jones (Chyron graphics); Jocelyn Williams (stage manager); Sarah Marciniak (timeout coordinator); Jeremy Noeson (play-by-play); John Watson Jr. (color); and Shannon Shepherd (sideline reporter).

The total number of submissions nearly doubled from the inaugural awards in 2009. The quantity and quality of the entries called for an additional level of distinction.

“We had a record number of entries this year and we saw the quality of production rise to a very high level, creating a fierce competition,” said Tom Buffolano, conference chair of the College Sports Video Summit.

“After tabulating the voting done by our expert panel of judges, we found that there were many worthy entries that, although not nominated, still deserved to be recognized for outstanding achievement. They are receiving an honorable mention. We felt that it was important to recognize the high quality of production outside of the short list of nominees.”

Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure University
The submissions and nominees are split across three divisions: College Athletic, College Academic, and Professional. Each division has three categories: Live Game and Event, Outstanding Promotional Video or Campaign, and Special Feature.

Guilty Plea in Restaurant Robbery

A Delevan man has pleaded guilty to going into a restaurant with a shotgun in January and demanding money.

22-year-old Corey Roper and his twin brother Christopher, along with another man, entered The Shop restaurant at 9:20 p.m. on January 6 and demanded money.

Corey Roper will be sentenced August 8. Christopher Roper pleaded guilty in March and will be sentenced next Tuesday.

A third man, 24-year-old Paul Andolina of Delevan, has pleaded not guilty. In addition to robbery and burglary, he is also charged with criminal use of a firearm.

Man Pleads Guilty to
Trying to Rob Amish Couple

A Cherry Creek man has pleaded guilty to trying to rob an Amish couple last July in the Town of Leon.

29-year-old Donald Pfaffenbach tried to forcibly steal property from an Amish couple by displaying a handgun and demanding their wallet. When the couple said they didn’t have a wallet, Pfaffenbach fired one round near the horse that was pulling the couple’s buggy.

Pfaffenbach is in jail, and will be sentenced August 1.

Man Sentenced for Raping Teen

A Steamburg man has been sentenced to two years in state prison for raping a child last October.

25-year-old Marshall Jacobs had sex with a 14-year-old girl in the Town of Coldspring.

In addition to the sentence on the rape charge, Jacobs will spend an additional one to two years in prison for violation of probation.

Suspicious People, Vehicle, Circumstances

Prowlers on Congress Place, suspicious people on Williams and Mechanic streets, a suspicious vehicle on Mechanic Street and suspicious circumstances on Chautauqua Place were only a few of the reports Bradford City Police received Monday, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Officers also received reports of criminal mischief on Kennedy and Davis streets and on Penn Avenue, harassment on Orchard Place and noise on Elm Street. They were called to a report of a loose dog on Congress Street and a dog bite on Clarence Street, and a gas drive off downtown.

Mother Nature's Light Show

The videos above were taken in the Jackson Avenue area at around 10 p.m. Monday.

This video was taken while McKean County was under a tornado warning. Besides thunder, lightning, heavy rain and wind, the storm included moth ball-sized hail.

Second Bottle Bomber Gets Probation

The Portville man who took part in the firebombing of an apartment where several St. Bonaventure University students were living has been placed on probation.

22-year-old Andrew Piccirillo, along with Steven Sprague of Olean, pleaded guilty to arson and assault for throwing a Molotov cocktail into the Allegany apartment on October 17. Sprague was also placed on probation.

Four other men facing similar charges have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting further court action.

Gallina Establishes Second Scholarship

The Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church and a supporter of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has established a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford in memory of his brother, Philip John Gallina.

It is the second scholarship that Father Gallina has established in memory of members of his family, having established the Leo J. and Jessie S. Gallina and Father Leo Gallina Scholarship in 1993. That scholarship is awarded to several students each year.

Philip Gallina died from cancer in 2006 at the age of 63.

“We were good friends,” as well as brothers, Father Gallina explained.

Philip Gallina graduated from St. Vincent’s Preparatory School in Latrobe and went to St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1965. He went on to complete his Master of Business Administration degree from Duquesne University in 1967.

He worked as a certified public accountant in Pittsburgh with Arthur Young and Co. and was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In 1985, he became chief financial officer of Carolina Lithotripsy. At the time of his death he served as the chief financial officer and secretary of Sonorex Inc.

He left behind a wife of 36 years, Marcia Evans Gallina, and a daughter, Kathleen Ann Stromach. He loved to golf.

The scholarship is unrestricted and was formed through a match from the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge. The Thomas Scholarship Challenge matches the amount of any gift between $5,000 and $50,000 given for scholarships.

Abby Engler, a junior sport and recreation management major from Williamsport, was the first recipient of the Philip Gallina Scholarship.

“The reason I set up the scholarship was to immortalize Philip because he had so many friends,” Father Gallina said. “I think the beauty of a scholarship is to help people.”

For more information on the Thomas Scholarship Challenge, contact Jill Ballard, executive director of institutional advancement, at or (814)362-5091.

Pictured, Philip and Marcia Gallina with Philip’s brother, the Rev. Leo Gallina, at Father Gallina’s 40th anniversary of priesthood celebration.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Olean Will Not be Frack Friendly

Olean Common Council has decided it’s not going to be frack friendly.

According to the agenda for tonight’s meeting, Mayor Linda Witte plans to introduce a resolution asking the county Legislature to ban horizontal drilling within two miles of the city’s well water aquifer.

Council will also consider an amendment that would prohibit any wastewater or similar byproduct from high-volume fracking, oil drilling or natural gas drilling operations.

Another amendment would require any vehicle that exceeds the allowable state size and/or weight to obtain and possess a permit from the city’s public works department prior to operating the vehicle on any roadway maintained by the city.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Book Talk
Moonlight Cove

Sherryl Woods' "Moonlight Cove" came out earlier this month, and "Beach Lane" is coming out next month.

Listen to my chat with the New York Times bestselling author here.

For more on Sherryl go to

Remember to check out the Bradford Area Public Library -- and check out some books while you're there.