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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Book Talk Double Shot
With Adriana Trigiani and Steve Martini

In recognition of Audiobook Month bestselling authors Adriana Trigiani and Steve Martini chatted with me this week about audiobooks, their latest books, the publishing industry and more.

Listen to Adriana here and Steve here.

Their books can be found at the Bradford Area Public Library

Luna Moth Visits the Station

This Luna Moth was on the back door at WESB and The HERO this morning. Master Gardner Bob Harris says you don’t see them a whole lot but there are a few around here. He says it's called a "luna" moth -- as in lunar -- because it does most of its work in the evening -- going to flowers to collect nectar, and pollinating.

If you'd like to listen to "Around the Home with Master Gardner Bob Harris -- today's show or any from this season -- go to http://wesb.com/bob/index.php

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE PA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
ELK COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
SOUTHWESTERN MCKEAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
WARREN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

* UNTIL 145 PM EDT

* AT 1248 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THESE SEVERE STORMS EXTENDED FROM
KINZUA DAM TO CHAPMAN STATE PARK TO SPARTANSBURG...MOVING SOUTHEAST
AT 45 MPH. THESE STORMS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR...
MARSHBURG AND GRAND VALLEY AROUND 1255 PM EDT...
WESTLINE AND SHEFFIELD AROUND 100 PM EDT...
WETMORE AND KANE AROUND 105 PM EDT...
JAMES CITY AROUND 110 PM EDT...
WILCOX AROUND 115 PM EDT...
JOHNSONBURG AND EAST BRANCH DAM AROUND 125 PM EDT...

THIS WILL IMPACT THE FOLLOWING MAJOR ROADS...ROUTE 6...ROUTE 62...
ROUTE 219...STATE ROAD 59...STATE ROAD 66...STATE ROAD 120...STATE
ROAD 255.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGE. MOVE INSIDE A PERMANENT BUILDING
NOW TO BE SAFE FROM STRONG WIND GUSTS.

Gabler Introduces Light Bulb Bill

In reaction to recent federal regulations that will eliminate the sale of incandescent light bulbs in the United States, a Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation to prevent this mandate from killing American jobs and limiting the rights of consumers.

Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield & Elk) said his bill is aimed at protecting jobs at a bulb manufacturing facility in his district and reminding Congress that it is not their job to tell consumers what they can and cannot buy.


“I'm very proud to represent a district in Pennsylvania that includes the last remaining incandescent light bulb manufacturing factory in the country," Gabler said in a news release, "and it highlights a very important issue to me... that the federal government has made a very big mistake in outlawing incandescent light bulbs. And so I have introduced a bill that will allow Pennsylvanians to purchase Pennsylvania made incandescent light bulbs going forward, and I’ve also introduced a resolution that would call on Congress to rescind that terrible mandate and put the power back in the hands of the consumers in the United States.”


Osram Sylvania in St. Marys is the country's oldest functioning light bulb manufacturing plant. It produces nearly 2 million incandescent light bulbs a day.



Looking for a New Lunch Sport?

Try 6ix, which opened recently at 17 Kennedy Street in Bradford. Owner John Belleville describes it as an upscale sandwich shop/bistro. 6ix offers several varieties of subs including Buffalo chicken, BLT, Italian sausage and peppers, as well as French bread pizza, a wedge salad/cold plate and more.

6ix is open on Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Friday, June 3, 2011

Zach Foster Makes Marauders Debut

Bradford native and Pitt-Bradford graduate Zach Foster made his debut with the Bradenton Marauders Thursday by pitching a hitless third inning.

The Marauders are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Foster was drafted by the Pirates in 2008 and was promoted to Bradenton on Thursday.


51 Scenic Drives

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau passed this along to us:


http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/great-american-outdoors/51-scenic-drives/47950992/1

Scroll down to Pennsylvania.



Proposed Law Aimed at Deterring Violence

LOCKPORT - A bill created as a result of the brutal murder of a Lockport group home worker two years ago has been introduced, according to the legislation’s co-sponsors Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) and Senator George Maziarz (R,C – Newfane).

“Renee’s Law,” named after Renee Greco, who was only 24-years-old when she was bludgeoned to death while supervising troubled teenagers at a group home, was formally unveiled today with family, friends and community leaders.

“Today, we are taking the first steps to ensure that the avoidable circumstances that led to the death of Renee Greco two years ago will never happen again. Renee should never have been working alone with violent criminals such as Anthony Allen and Robert Thousand. ‘Renee’s Law’ will provide safeguards for both staffers and residents,” said Senator Young.

"Renee's Law provides a comprehensive approach to reforming our juvenile justice system. It ensures that relevant information about youthful offenders can be shared by agencies and provides for the unsealing of documents pertaining to juvenile delinquency proceedings,” said Maziarz.

Added Lockport Mayor Michael W. Tucker, “This bill establishes clear criteria to assess the risks posed by youthful offender in order to ensure that they are placed properly and that staff is fully informed and properly trained to deal with violent offenders. This is very welcomed legislation.”

On June, 8 2009, Renee was the sole supervisor of six males at the Avenue House for troubled youths. Two of the juveniles, 18-year old Allen and 17-year old Thousand, placed a blanket over Renee’s head and beat her to death with a wooden table leg while she sat at a table playing cards with other residents.

Senators Young and Maziarz said that while both Thousand and Allen were arrested and later convicted for their roles in Renee’s death, the state's current juvenile justice system still failed Renee and others who have been victims of violence.

Mark Sauberan, Renee’s uncle, said, “Words cannot express how deeply we miss Renee, her tie-dye shirts, her infectious smile, and her commitment to help others. We pray every day that other families would not have to suffer from losing a loved-one due to the same senseless and disorganized juvenile system. Thanks to the relentless push led by Senator Young and Senator Maziarz, necessary changes will hopefully be implemented to help protect innocent lives. Even though we've lost a beautiful young lady in Renee, we are honored her legacy will live on with the enactment of Renee's Law.”

The Senators blame bad policies, initiated by New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Commissioner Gladys Carrion, which allow violent youths to be released prematurely from heavily supervised facilities into less secure residential homes where they have viciously assaulted community members and attacked staffers.

“Many of the state-operated facilities have been emptied and closed under Commissioner Carrion’s direction. Juveniles are not in the state-operated system long enough anymore to receive the treatment that they need and are pushed into residential homes where staff are not prepared or trained to handle situations when they get out-of-control. There are absolutely no safeguards in place to protect the public. Either this needs to change or Commissioner Carrion needs to go,” said Senator Maziarz.

Along with ensuring that staff receive expanded training such as classes in staff abuse prevention and identification, child abuse and maltreatment prevention, gang awareness, and conflict resolution, “Renee’s Law” also would hold the Commissioner of OCFS personally responsible for ensuring training mandates are met.

Staff also would be mandated to report to local law enforcement a youth’s criminal activity while in their care and would be protected under the state’s whistleblower law to come forward.

The bill requires that a youth’s criminal record be shared with all staff responsible for the care of youth in their custody and with any foster parents of youths placed in their care after released from OCFS custody.

Local law enforcement also would have access to a youth’s records and a provision in the bill would require OCFS to notify local police departments no less than ten days before a youth is placed within their jurisdiction.

Among the key provisions in the legislation is the establishment of a multi-tiered risk assessment system that requires OCFS to take into account the severity of the youth’s original crime, their behavior while in an OCFS facility, and other mitigating factors prior to the youth being placed into less secure OCFS-run facilities or privately operated residential homes.

Additionally, “Renee’s Law” would require a police officer to accompany an employee of a program, upon request, to an AWOL youth’s home and assist in retrieving such youth.

"This legislation provides both preventive and corrective measures to ensure the safety of mental health care providers and residents alike. The state has a responsibility, when placing employees in potentially dangerous situations, to ensure the workers are aware and prepared for what they may face,” said Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R,C,I – Clarence). “Renee Greco never should have been put in a situation as dangerous as the one she was placed without her knowledge or an ability to protect herself. Renee's Law will make sure that never happens again."

"The sensible way to treat offending juveniles is to be completely aware of all the information needed to properly assess the level of security needed for their confinement; access to this information for a secure and safe community is necessary," said Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante.

“In Niagara County, we understand the tragic consequences of Gladys Carrion’s misguided policies all too well,” said Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross (C,R,I-Wheatfield). “Renee Greco was a dedicated and idealistic social worker who was failed profoundly by an inadequate system—inadequate staffing levels, inadequate policies, and inadequate concern for the safety of workers trying to reform delinquent youth. By introducing Renee’s Law, Sen. Young and Sen. Maziarz are saying, ‘Never again.’”

“Renee Greco’s death was a tragedy in every sense of the word. She had no chance at all to survive after such a brutal beating,” said Niagara County Legislator Wm. Keith McNall (R, C, I, W-Lockport), whose district includes the group home where Greco worked. “I see the crime scene almost every day, as it is in my district—something I will never forget. I commend Sen. Maziarz and Sen. Young for their hard work in introducing this bill to help prevent such a terrible crime from happening again. I am most appreciative, as are many others, for their commitment in addressing the failures at OCFS before they cost another young life.”

Toomey Joins National Guard Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced that he has proudly joined the Senate National Guard Caucus, joining his Senate colleagues in advancing the needs of our country’s National Guard men and women.

In Pennsylvania specifically, the National Guard has a strong presence. The Pennsylvania National Guard’s 19,000 Air and Army Guard members have had more than 25,000 individual deployments since Sept. 11, making it one of the largest and most-deployed Guard forces in the nation. The Pennsylvania National Guard currently has more than 600 soldiers and airmen serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and supporting NATO operations in Libya, as well as many other locations around the world.

“We appreciate Senator Toomey's interest in joining the National Guard Caucus of the U.S. Senate,” said Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard. “The senator's support is invaluable and recognizes the fact that the National Guard is the most cost-effective entity of the Department of Defense. Our Pennsylvania National Guard is one of the largest and most deployed Guard forces in the nation, and it is wonderful when our elected officials recognize the importance of our mission, as well as the soldiers and airmen who perform that mission.”

“I am extremely proud to join the National Guard Caucus in the U.S. Senate,” Sen. Toomey said. “The courageous men and women who serve in the National Guard deserve our admiration and our respect. As a caucus member, I will work hard on their behalf and welcome having the opportunity to do so.”

John Edwards Indicted by Grand Jury

From CNN:

Former Sen. John Edwards was indicted today. A grand jury has been investigating whether money given to support Edwards’ mistress, Rielle Hunter, by benefactors of Edwards should have been considered campaign donations.

For more on this story go to CNN.com.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian Has Died

From CNN:

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, 83, has died after a blood clot lodged in his heart, according to the Detroit Free Press.

His lawyer told the paper it appears a blood clot from his leg broke free and lodged in his heart. “It was peaceful. He didn’t feel a thing,” the lawyer said.

For more on this story go to CNN.com.


PA Girl Wins Annual Spelling Bee

14-year old Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township near Scranton is the winner of the 84th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

For the full story, go to PAMatters.com

Identical Twin Friars, 92, Die on Same Day

They left this world the same way they entered it -- on the same day.

Brothers in blood and in the Order of Friars Minor, Julian and Adrian Riester, identical twins who spent 35 years working at the St. Bonaventure Friary, died just hours apart on Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Professed Franciscan friars for 65 years, Julian died in the morning, and Adrian in the evening. They were 92 years old.

Born in Buffalo as Jerome (Julian) and Irving (Adrian) just seconds apart on March 27, 1919 -- they never would say who came first -- the Riester twins entered a family that already had five girls.

“Dad was a doctor, and he said a prayer for a boy. The Lord fooled him and sent two,” Br. Adrian once joked.

They attended Nardin Academy, Mt. St. Joseph Academy and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and then attempted to serve their country. When the Armed Forces turned them away because of their eyesight (one had a bad left eye, the other a bad right eye), they traveled across the Western states and into Canada to visit different missions and decided to join the Franciscan friars.

The Santa Barbara Province recommended they apply in the East and they eventually joined the friars of Holy Name Province in New York City.

They were sent on separate assignments before heading to the seminary at St. Bonaventure from 1951 to 1956. Assigned to parishes in Buffalo for the next 17 years, the brothers returned to St. Bonaventure in 1973 and lived quiet, behind-the-scenes lives as carpenters, gardeners and chauffeurs for anyone who might need a ride to campus.

Once they stopped driving, they could often be seen in the community walking or riding their bikes -- always together.

"Everyone I spoke to today was, of course, saddened to hear the news. They were dear, sweet men, the emodiment of everything good about the Franciscans," said Tom Missel, director of media relations and marketing at the university. "But everyone was also just amazed when they learned they died on the same day. It really is almost a poetic ending to the remarkable story of their lives. Stunning when you hear it, but hardly surprising given that they did almost everything together."

Funeral services for the brothers will be in St. Petersburg, Fla., where they had moved to the province's St. Anthony Friary in 2008.

A wake is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at St. Anthony Friary, 357 Second Street North. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 6, at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church, 515 Fourth Street South.

Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Clearwater, Fla.

Pictured, identical twins Adrian (left) and Julian Riester, outside the St. Bonaventure Friary, in the summer of 2003.
Courtesy of St. Bonaventure University


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dorn Honored During Red Feather Dinner

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Richard Dorn was presented with the United Way’s Red Feather Award during a dinner Thursday night.

"I know that in this area there a lot of people who have done a heck of lot more than I have done or will do,” Dorn said, “so I’m here, maybe, as their representative more than for myself.”

Dorn then went on to tell the community members what they have done in the past 14 years, as documented by the Sunshine Report which was his brainchild.

“You have offered nearly 47,000 nights of safe, free shelter to the homeless. … You have offered over 15,000 days and nights of protection to those who have been abused within or outside their homes. You have counseled over 7,000 people in crisis who needed help to change their situation and resume their lives,” he said.

The community has also provided more than half a million hot meals – free – to people who needed them, and has delivered more than five tons of groceries, Dorn added.

He also mentioned the free therapy offered by CARE for Children, free breast cancer screenings and the employment opportunities offered by Futures Rehabilitation Center.

“So this is what we have done, and will continue to do tomorrow and all the days to follow,” he said. “This, after all, is who we are.”

Also Thursday, Futures Director of Operations Pat was presented with the Excellence in Representation Award.

Last year’s recipient, CARE for Children Executive Director Tina Martin, introduced Ryan but said she wanted to clear something up first.

“Pat is not following in my footsteps with this award,” Martin said. “It is I, and probably everybody in the non-profit community in Bradford, that follows in Pat’s footsteps. … And that’s a tough job sometimes.”

She talked about Ryan’s work at Futures, his passion for the Special Olympics, and many of the volunteer positions he’s taken on for the United way and said, “Pat embodies the qualities that everyone can admire and everyone should emulate – dedication, a desire to do good works and a willingness to go the extra mile for what he believes in.”

Martin went on to say that Ryan is a true advocate for one of the most vulnerable populations in the community.

“I can think of no greater gift than empowering people to believe in their potential and to encourage them to be a productive part of the community,” Martin said.

Also Thursday, the United Way announced that Steve Cotillion, Chris Wilson-Minich and Karen Costello-Pecht will be the 2011 campaign chairs.

In making the announcement about this year’s Live United campaign, Community Relations and Marketing Specialist Megan Minich used a phrase the national United Way organization has embraced: When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

Temporary Lane Coming on I-86

News release from NYSDOT:

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced revisions to the highway closure of westbound Interstate 86. Interstate 86 westbound is being closed this afternoon between Exit 20 (Casino), in the City of Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, and Exit 18 (NY Route 280, Allegany State Park, Quaker Run Area) in the Town of Cold Spring in Cattaraugus County and the Seneca Nation, due to a slope failure (crumbling of the road).

The on ramps at Exits 21, 20 and 19 to westbound Interstate 86 are closed. A detour is posted at Exit 21 (Parkway Drive) for all thru traffic on westbound Interstate 86. Motorists wishing to travel beyond Exit 20 are advised to follow the westbound detour at Exit 21 utilizing northbound US Route 219, westbound NY Route 242, westbound NY Route 394 and West Main Street. Traffic will re-enter westbound Interstate 86 at Exit 16 in the Village of Randolph, Cattaraugus County.

NYSDOT is currently constructing a temporary, single westbound lane in the median of Interstate 86 to restore traffic. The temporary bypass is anticipated to be opened no later than June 10, 2011. Repair of the slope failure is continuing and the permanent restoration will take up to two months.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.


Man Dies When Tree Falls on Him

An elderly Mayville man is dead after part of a tree he was cutting fell on him.

Sheriff’s deputies say 84-year-old Fredrick Hannum was in the woods near his Hannum Road home attempting to cut up a tree that had uprooted on his property. Hannum apparently cut the tree and walked behind the stump/root portion, which fell on him.

He was under the tree, and had already died when rescue personnel arrived. County Coroner John Sixbey pronounced Hannum dead at the scene. Rescuers got help from the Town of Chautauqua Highway Department’s heavy equipment to move the tree.


Pyramid Replaced by Plate

First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin today unveiled the federal government's new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.






Olean Man Indicted on Sex Charges

An Olean man accused of engaging in sex acts with a child and using a device to record a person dressing or undressing has been indicted by a Cattaraugus County grand jury.

Alex Belec, who turnd 37 today, is accused of engaging in two or more sex acts with a child younger than 11 between July of 1997 through 2002 in Olean. Belec is also accused of using an imaging device to view, broadcast or record a person dressing or undressing “for his own sexual arousal or gratification,” according to a news release from District Attorney Lori Rieman.

Belec will be arraigned on June 13.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bradford Woman Testifies
During House Hearing on Tanning Beds

State Rep. RoseMarie Swanger (R-Lebanon) was among the testifiers at Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee public hearing in support of House Bill 369, her legislation preventing anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed.

“We have a generation that has found a way to exacerbate the already-harmful practice of sunbathing by bringing it indoors in the form of tanning beds,” Swanger said. “It is imperative that we educate our youth as to the damage done by ultraviolet (UV) rays, both indoors and out of doors, which is why I proposed this legislation.”

Swanger served as lead testifier at the hearing and was followed by individuals dealing personally with effects of melanoma -- including Amy Silvis of Bradford -- as well as doctors who have seen first-hand the effects of tanning bed use.

“The World Health Organization has declared UV tanning beds ‘carcinogenic to humans,’ ” testified Gavin Robertson, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology, pathology, dermatology and surgery, and director of the Penn State Hershey Melanoma Center. “We estimate 80 percent of our lifetime exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (which are replicated in tanning beds) is experienced by the age of 18, and we need to do all we can to reduce the damage done to our skin during this time period.”

Swanger’s legislation would prosecute anyone who permits an individual less than 18 years of age to use an indoor tanning device. She does plan one amendment to the bill should it be considered by the committee.

“The legislation as it was written created a criminal penalty,” added Swanger. “While I consider this a serious offense, violators should be fined and at some point lose their license, but I don’t see the need for anyone to go to jail for a violation.”

Tree Causes Power Outage

A tree knocked down a primary power line this afternoon, causing a power outage for about 827 First Energy customers in the West Washington Street area.

First Energy External Affairs Manager Linda Rautzahn says crews are working to restore power, and they expect it to be restored this evening.

Man Accused of Assaulting Mother-in-Law,
Allowing Children to Live in Filth

A man accused of assaulting his wheelchair-bound mother-in-law has waived his preliminary hearing.

33-year-old Joseph Smith Jr. is also charged, along with 29-year-old Levica Smith, with having six children under the age of 18 living in house with human and animal feces and urine as well, as rotted food, strewn throughout the building.

On April 25 a 13-year-old called 9-1-1 to report a domestic incident at a Petrolia Street house. When police arrived, the child was on the porch crying and they could hear a man and woman yelling inside. According to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office, Smith later admitted to pushing his mother-in-law, who has advanced Parkinson’s disease and had a leg amputated.

When police were at the house, they noticed the excrement on the floors and walls, and the rotted food on floors and countertops. They called the code enforcement department, which verified that the home was a health hazard.

Also, an infant girl who had already been diagnosed with MRSA on her buttocks was found with a dirty diaper pressing on the wound.

CYS removed the children from the home. The Smiths are free on unsecured bail.

Man Waives Hearing for
Threatening Nurse, Using Racial Slurs

A man accused of threatening a nurse and using racial slurs toward a doctor while he was a patient at BRMC has waived his preliminary hearing.

43-year-old Christopher Jones was in the emergency room at BRMC on May 8 being treated for a possible overdose when he allegedly told a nurse if he saw him on the street he was going to shoot him in the head. He also allegedly used the N-word when saying he didn’t want the doctor to touch him.

Police later learned that when Jones was living in Ohio he was convicted of rape, kidnapping, carrying a concealed weapon and failing to register as a sex offender.

He’s in McKean County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Hauser Won't Take Bench Until 2012

Chris Hauser will not be taking the bench as McKean County’s second judge before January.

After Hauser won both the Republican and Democratic primaries last month, Senator Joe Scarnati asked Governor Tom Corbett appoint Hauser to the position earlier than January.

Late last week, Pennsylvania Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ronald Castille wrote to Corbett, Scarnati and others saying that with the court system’s current fiscal problems they can’t afford to pay any new judicial salaries for this year. In fact, Castille wrote, projections indicate that the court system will not have sufficient funding to next year to pay for the 70 Common Pleas court judges and 87 district judges.

Castille added that it is possible in the general election for an independently filed candidate to win, although “it is a difficult task to be sure.”

He also said, in the months to come, he looks forward to working with Corbett, Scarnati and senators Dominic Pileggi and Jay Costa to “right-size’ the district judge complement, as well as the trial judge complement.

He ended his letter by asking that they refrain from appointing to the bench successful cross-filed candidates.

Two Groups Support Proposed
Snowmobile Connector in ANF

Two agencies have voiced their support of the proposed snowmobile connector that will once again link the northern section of the Allegheny Snowmobile Loop to the rest of the snowmobile trails within the Allegheny National Forest.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau and the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association support the proposed Allegheny Snowmobile Loop Marshburg Connector Project.

The project will designate 5.8 miles of snowmobile trail that will connect to 2.6 miles of newly designated snowmobile trail on private land that belongs to the Forest Investment Associates. Both trails are located in McKean County, Pennsylvania. The ANF is the only national forest in Pennsylvania.

The Forest Service will have to construct .3 miles of snowmobile trail to connect Forest Roads 637 and 176.

The previous connector was shut down during the 2010-2011 snowmobile season due to a right-of-way dispute.

Both Linda Devlin, representing the ANF Visitors Bureau, the official tourism promotion agency for McKean County, and Kevin Kost, regional director of the PSSA, attended a meeting in May with representatives from the Allegheny National Forest and Ken Kane from the Forest Investment Associates. The purpose of the meeting was to review new options to reconnect “The Loop”. It was a consensus from both the ANF Visitors Bureau and PSSA that this would be the best plan to connect trails.

“Having this trail connection will be a huge boost for tourism in our area,” Devlin said. “It was quite a challenge this past year when an important part of the snowmobile trail was not usable.

“My office gets literally hundreds of phone calls from people seeking a great place to ride their snowmobiles. It’s a shame we had to steer them away from this section in what was one of the best snowmobile seasons we’ve had in a long time. It is great that PSSA proactively worked with private landowners and the Allegheny National Forest to develop a solution that will improve legal riding opportunities in the region,” Devlin said.

The closed trail effectively shut off traffic between the Westline Inn and the Willows Restaurant. The lack of snowmobile traffic hurt both businesses during the winter months.

The approximately 23-mile section of trail from the Willows Restaurant to the New York State border was open, but not groomed.

The proposed new connection is located in Hamilton Township, McKean County, and crosses Forest Investment Associates property.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
PAC083-105-123-011430-
/O.NEW.KCTP.SV.W.0128.110601T1317Z-110601T1430Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
917 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE PA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN MCKEAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
NORTHWESTERN POTTER COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...
EAST CENTRAL WARREN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

* UNTIL 1030 AM EDT

* AT 916 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. THESE SEVERE STORMS EXTENDED FROM
LIMESTONE TO KINZUA DAM...MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH. THESE STORMS ARE
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR...
MARSHBURG AROUND 925 AM EDT...
REW AROUND 940 AM EDT...
CYCLONE AROUND 945 AM EDT...
SHINGLEHOUSE AND CORYVILLE AROUND 955 AM EDT...
SMETHPORT AROUND 1000 AM EDT...
PORT ALLEGANY AROUND 1010 AM EDT...

THIS WILL IMPACT THE FOLLOWING MAJOR ROADS...ROUTE 6...ROUTE 219...
STATE ROAD 46...STATE ROAD 59...STATE ROAD 446...STATE ROAD 449.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGE. MOVE INSIDE A PERMANENT
BUILDING NOW TO BE SAFE FROM STRONG WIND GUSTS.

PLEASE REPORT HAIL...STRONG WINDS OR WIND DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE...1 8 7 7 6 3 3 6 7 7 2.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Obituary
Randy W. Smith

Randy W. Smith, 44, of 1002 West Corydon Street, passed away Monday, May 30th, 2011.

Born December 16, 1966, in Bradford he was a son of the late Roger C. Smith and Diane (Anderson) McLaughlin who survives.

Mr. Smith was a 1984 graduate of Bradford High School. He worked in the local oil fields and in construction field with Local Union #603. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his stepfather and mother, James & Diane McLaughlin of Lewis Run, paternal grandmother, Mary Smith of Bradford, stepmother Mary Ann Bleem of Bradford, one sister Becky (Smith) Henretta of Lewis Run, two brothers, his twin Roger C. Smith and Harvey L. Smith both of Bradford, a stepsister Becky Stack and a stepbrother Sheldon Oxley both of NC, a niece Arianna Allen and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 6:30pm with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

At WWII Museum Eisenhower Portrayer
Shows General as a ‘Soldier’s Solider’

By SANDRA RHODES
Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau


When Gen. Dwight Eisenhower retired after more than 30 years of military service, he was asked what his most vivid memory was. His answer was simple – the American solider.

Gen. Dwight Eisenhower – through portrayer Bruce Hoff of San Antonio, Texas – was at the Eldred World War II Museum over the holiday weekend. He gave three talks – one each on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. An ode to the American solider was saved for Memorial Day.

“The young men, most were citizen soldiers, who two months earlier were students, dropped everything to pursue freedom for the oppressed people of Europe,” he said.

When Eisenhower was in command, he enjoyed taking time to meet those who served under him. He wanted to get to know them and perhaps, even meet someone from his home state of Kansas.

One such moment captured by the media is not at all what it seems.

Eisenhower was talking with a group of American paratroopers in England in 1944 before the D-Day Invasion. Captions tell of Eisenhower giving orders to the troops, getting them prepared for the next day’s mission. In truth, he was talking about fly fishing to one of the soldiers from Michigan.

“They knew their mission. This relieved tension,” he said of his visit there. It appears, not everything is as is seems. This was also true when Eisenhower visited the death camps in Germany.

“No one could be prepared for what we found,” he said. “My words cannot describe what we found.”

He felt the need to go to these camps to “give evidence to their existence if ever someone denied the evil our soldiers were fighting to defeat.”

The same soldiers were separated from their families and were now “resting in peace in the fields of France, Belgium and England.”

The focus of Monday’s talk was around the day Eisenhower stepped down as supreme commander of the Allied Forces. In his last memo, he addressed the American soldier stating his “proudest to boast that I was your fellow solider.”

A member of the audience, Roger Alexis, who is also a member of the board of directors for the museum, echoed those comments. Alexis noted that although there are a plethora of medals and ribbons he could put on his uniform, there were only a couple there.

“That to me is a soldier’s solider,” Alexis said.

“Eisenhower” explained that he never liked to wear too many ribbons at one time, instead preferring to wear those he was most proud of and those given to him by entities he would be meeting that day.

Another audience member asked about the infamous Werewolves that were hardcore believes in Nazism. They specialized in ambushes, sniping and propaganda.

“They are criminal groups, really.”

Eisenhower, who would later become president of the United States, was also a proponent of desegregation in the military.

“A solider is a solider,” he said. “I only judge a soldier on whether they do their duty or not do their duty.”

It’s also important for the United States to, at the end of the war, to downsize its military, but to also keep a presence in the world.

“We must hold tight to freedom.”

On Saturday, Hoff, as Eisenhower, talked about when Eisenhower first assumed command on Sept. 1, 1944. Sunday’s talk centered on Eisenhower’s famous “Guildhall Speech.”

The Eldred WWII Museum, which has been named one of the most underrated museums in the U.S., includes three levels packed with World War II memorabilia.

For more information about the museum, call 814-225-2220 or log onto eldredwwiimuseum.org; for visitor information, contact the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau by logging onto www.visitANF.com or calling 800-473-9370 to request a visitor guide with map.


Mount Jewett Woman Facing Charges

A Mount Jewett woman is accused of grabbing a man’s throat and throwing a spark plug at him Monday evening in the borough.

State police say 30-year-old Bonnie Lee Meisel was in a fight with 25-year-old Joshua Ayers when she grabbed his throat, causing scratches. Later, she allegedly threw a spark plug at Ayers’ face, causing an injury.

Meisel is charged with simple assault and harassment and is free on $5,000 unsecured bail.



Op-Ed: Senator Joe Scarnati
Impact Fee Would Help Communities

It was only several years ago that many Pennsylvanians first heard the term Marcellus Shale, and very few understood what impact it would have on our state. That has certainly changed, as this fast-growing industry brings both opportunities and challenges to our communities and a great deal of healthy debate about how to best harness its potential.

The Marcellus Shale currently ranks number one as the fastest growing natural gas production enterprise in the United States, and sixty percent of it is in Pennsylvania. The shale region has the potential to supply most of the energy needs for the Northeast for the next 100 years – that's the good news. But we also face a variety of physical, environmental and regulatory challenges as we manage this world-class resource.

Because of shale's economic potential, there are many wide-ranging opinions on if and how much we should regulate this industry. Some have proposed taxing the drilling companies and using the money to close our state's deficit. Others oppose any tax, saying that we avoid any actions that could slow the growth or make us noncompetitive.

Recently, I introduced legislation that I believe strikes a middle ground in promoting this tremendous economic opportunity while protecting the communities and residents where drilling is occurring. A Washington, D.C. think tank organization recently tried to vilify my legislation by labeling it "job killing-legislation," but nothing could be further from the truth, and elected officials in Pennsylvania (not federal lobbyists) must be the ones who ultimately decide what is in the best interests of our job creators and residents in the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 1100 would establish a reasonable annual fee per Marcellus Shale well. The base fee would be $10,000 and adjusted upwards depending on production levels and the current price of natural gas. A majority of the revenue from the impact fee would be distributed to affected counties and municipalities to address such things as road repairs, environmental cleanup or water and sewer plant improvements in drilling communities across the Commonwealth. A portion of the fee would be dedicated to conservation districts as well as statewide environmental and infrastructure projects.

It is estimated that my proposal would capture $121.2 million in payments by March 1, 2012. In addition, each well would generate at least $160,000 in fees over a decade, based on current gas prices and widely-accepted production projections. If calculated using current gas prices, the proposal would collect at least $675 million over five years. This money will ensure communities impacted by the drilling will have the resources necessary to address a wide range of local concerns, and at the same time not push this welcomed economic development to other states.

Under Senate Bill 1100, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) would publish a model zoning ordinance for local governments. Counties or municipalities would be prohibited from receiving impact fee revenue if they adopt an ordinance that exceeds the model written by the PUC. Local jurisdictions, under the model ordinance, would retain their ability to enact reasonable restrictions on drilling. But only communities that choose to ban drilling will not collect money from the impact fees. This, to me, is a common sense approach to distributing the fee and is supported by several statewide local government organizations.

My proposal has attracted a great deal of support from local officials and environmental organizations. The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts called it "a bold proposal to provide a new steady stream of funding necessary to further protect our natural resources from the mounting strain from the production of the Marcellus Shale."

I believe that the Legislature should pass this bill in the next five weeks so we can begin to distribute monies to our municipalities and counties for road improvements, water and sewage issues, as well as other community enhancements. Through a reasonable and well-thought-out impact fee on shale companies, we can manage this tremendous resource in a way that improves our economy and protects our quality of life.

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Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati is currently serving his 3rd term in the Pennsylvania Senate. As President Pro Tempore of the Senate, he holds the third-highest constitutional office in the State. He was born and raised in Brockway Pennsylvania and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and portions of Clearfield and Warren Counties.

To learn more about Senator Scarnati's legislation, go to www.senatorscarnati.com and click on the Marcellus Shale button.




Road Work in McKean, Elk Counties

PENNDOT Elk/McKean County Maintenance has announced work for this week.

Maintenance work planned by Elk County employees includes:

TURF CUTTING –SR 1004 Medix Run -Quehanna

CRACK SEALING- 2219 By-Pass, Ridgway

SIGN REPAIR- Various Routes, County wide

BRIDGE REPAIRS- SR 948 / 2013 Clarion River Bridge in Ridgway and Kylers Corner Rd.

DITCH CLEANING- SR 948, Montmorenci

PATCHING – 1001 / 255 – Rasselas, Johnsonburg

GUIDE RAIL REPAIR – 219, Brandy Camp

GUIDE RAIL INSTALLATION – SR 3003 / 4003, Shawmutt and Tambine

SIDE DOZING – SR 2004, 555-Quehanna Medix Run Area

PIPE REPAIR – 2003, Toby Road

Maintenance work planned by McKean County employees includes:

SIGN UP GRADE – SR 219 from Elk Line to SR 59

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

SHOULDER REPAIR – SR 346, Eldred to Four Corners- SR 646, Bradford Area

CRACK SEALING – 4001, Big Shanty – 770, Minard Run and 770, Bradford Area

SIDE DOZE- 346, Eldred to 4 Corners

LOW COST SAFETY IMPROVEMENT- SR 6 & SR 46 in East Smethport

FLUSHING – SR 6, Kane Area

PATCHING- Route 0006, Kane Area-also Various Routes, County wide

BRIDGE REPAIRS – Route 44

Construction activities include:

SR-0120/816 Ridgway Area by 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 continue with concrete roadway repairs throughout 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 through Friday during daylight hours and all operations and schedules are weather dependent.

Route 1017 sec A01 / Otto Township / McKean Co. (May 29, 2011-June 04, 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.

Next week the contractor plans to begin stripping forms from abutment 2, placing structure backfill and the R-8 rock.

SR 155 /A 03 West of Port Allegany (May 30, 2011-June 03, 2011) L.C. Whitford Company, Inc.

The contractor will start temporary road construction, and continue driving sheet piling for the bridge.

SR / Various locations (May 31, 2011 – June 03, 2011) IA Construction

IA Construction of Franklin, PA. has scheduled curb ramp replacement for intersections of Cobb Stree and Center Street, Clarion Road and Main Street, Cobb Street and Glen Avenue, Cobb Street and Market Street, Center Street and Julia Street Work will be performed by JC Lee Company. This work will place the sidewalk ramp into compliance with ADA standards.

Please use caution when walking in these areas and watch for open excavated areas, tripping hazards and obstacles. There will be construction vehicles in the roadway during work hours.

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 www.dot.state.pa.us 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).


Thompson: Forestry Industry At Risk of
New Regulatory Burden from EPA

WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, guest host Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, discusses a recent court decision that could give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) another tool for regulating timber businesses across rural America. Rep. Thompson highlights the need to prevent the timber industry from bearing an unnecessary new regulatory burden that could result from this court decision. This is a sentiment that was expressed in a recent letter that a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Thompson, sent to the EPA Administrator.

Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.

"A new development with a court case in California has caught my attention because of its potentially negative impact on American foresters.

"The court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate logging sites as a "point source" when it comes to storm-water management.

"Currently, logging sites are considered a "nonpoint source" and are regulated by the states. This means each state is able to determine the best management practices for their needs.

"If EPA starts regulating logging sites as a point source, anyone who attempts to cut timber will be required to get a permit from EPA. This would impose an unnecessary new regulatory burden on small businesses in the forestry industry.

"I recently joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking her to support current timber harvesting practices across America.

"During a time of economic hardship, Congress must be doing everything possible to reduce unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens on Americans, not asking them to do more.

"It is our hope that Administrator Jackson will recognize the importance of timber harvesting to rural America and our public lands; and agree that states know how best to ensure that logging is done in an environmentally sound manner."

The Ag Minute is Chairman Lucas's weekly radio address that is released from the House Agriculture Committee.



Pitt-Bradford Introduces
New Minor in Counseling Psychology

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has introduced a new minor in counseling psychology that will give students an edge entering the job market.

Dr. Gregory Page, associate professor of psychology, said that many of the university’s graduates in the behavioral sciences go into jobs that involve counseling-related skills. The new minor not only gives students more experience in this area, it also makes it easy for future employers to tell at a glance that they have relevant experience in counseling.

That’s especially important for graduates from majors other than psychology but who compete for some of the same jobs, such as sociology, criminal justice and human relations.

Page said he worked with Dr. Michael Stuckart, associate professor of anthropology, Dr. Warren Fass, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Bernie Meyer, associate professor of criminal justice, to design the 22-credit minor.

The minor includes counseling-related courses in sociology as well as Abnormal Psychology, a class and laboratory in Counseling Psychology and an internship in a counseling setting.

In the counseling course, students learn about counseling theories, counseling skills, professional issues such as ethics and professional identity, and about different clinical settings before engaging in mock counseling in Pitt-Bradford’s counseling lab, which allows professors to watch the students through one-way glass.

In mock counseling, one student role plays a problem and is then counseled by another student. Page and other students are then able to offer feedback after the counseling session.

“It gives them a hands-on learning experience without it actually being the job,” Page said. After taking part in the counseling class and lab, students will be ready for an internship, which will most likely involve personal interaction with clients and possibly group-counseling situations.

“It’s kind of a shadowing, but they will be part of the team,” Page said. “Not only will they shadow, they may occasionally co-lead a group or program and take part in meetings concerning clients.”

Page said that students will undergo training to comply with privacy rules.

Another aspect of the counseling minor is that it encourages students to explore counseling without having to wait until graduate school. Page said that students often find that they either really like counseling or don’t like it at all and that it’s better for everyone if the student finds that out at the undergraduate level.

The counseling minor is now available. For more information, contact Page at glp5@pitt.edu


Pictured, Pitt-Bradford’s counseling lab, where students conduct mock counseling and receive feedback from faculty and classmates.
Photo courtesy of Pitt-Bradford


Trekking the Trails is Underway

By SANDRA RHODES

It’s no coin-incidence that there’s a new feature in the Trekking the Tuna Trails program this year.

The Trekking the Tuna Trails, sponsored by the Tuna Valley Trail Association, is in its third year of raising money for the McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross. Participants are asked to walk the trails in the Tuna Valley Trail System as well as help out the Red Cross. The program, currently underway, continues until Aug. 15.

This year, a new challenge has been added into the trail mix. The Geocoin Challenge allows participants who raise $20 in addition to finding the nine geocaches on the nine trails of the TVTA plus a 10th cache when they turn in their log at the Red Cross, to earn a geocoin.

The trackable geocoin, created by Glenn Melvin, is a two-inch wooden coin made of maple. One side has the Red Cross and Tuna Trekker logos, while the other side as the Erik Benjamin Covered Bridge, located at the Marilla Reservoir on West Washington Street.

Organizers said capitalizing on the geocache craze was a no-brainer.

“The geocaching was a great success last year and most everyone participated,” said Jason Bange, executive director of the local Red Cross. “This year, instead of the caches being on one trail, we’ve placed one on each trail plus a final cache near the Red Cross office.”

These caches are known as “event caches.” They are a special geocache that is placed as part of a special event.

“These caches are not listed on geocaching.com and the coordinates can only be found on our trail logs or Geocoin Challenge flyers,” Bange said.

Each cache contains a stamp for participants to stamp their trail log and retrieve one of the trade items that are in the caches, including stickers, key chains and pins, some of which were donated by Zippo Manufacturing Co.

There are also hints in the Geocoin Challenge flyer for those who have trouble finding the caches. Each cache is named after a song, such as “Walk on By,” Walking on Sunshine,” and “Happy Trails.” Tuna Trekker Doris Stoddard hid and named the caches.

“Each of the caches were named after songs that have to do with walking and this helps our cachers keep in mind that this was originally a hiking event,” Bange said.

The hiking is still a major component to the Trekking the Tuna Trails program.

To be deemed a Tuna Trekker, one has to walk or bicycle the nine trails, fill out the trail log and raise at least $30. In the log book, there’s a place to sign, date and have someone witness they walked a certain trail. There’s also a section for comments.

Anyone who is physically unable to do all the trails can complete 31 miles on the trails they are able to walk will also be a Tuna Trekker.

Bange said the Tuna Trekker log is important to the growth and changes to the program each year.

“We look at what was successful and what wasn’t. Most of these notes come from comments that each of the trekkers log in their trail log books,” Bange said. “We’ve added new features each year to keep people interested and participating.”

One staple in the event is the photo contest, which, as Bange put it, allows people to show off what they found in this area.

Participants have the option of just being a Tuna cacher, a Tuna Trekker or both.

Last year, about $3,300 was raised to support Red Cross programs such as disaster assistance to families displaced by fires or to help send emergency communications to those in the Armed Services stationed throughout the world.

“This event is important to the financial stability of the local Red Cross,” Bange said. The chapter relies solely on financial contributions from the community and receives no regular government funding to carry out its mission.”

Gift certificates from local businesses will be awarded to the highest money raisers. As in the past, all will be feted at a dinner in October.

Log books are available 24/7 on the front porch of the Red Cross office on Congress Streets, at many sponsors’ location and at the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s welcome center in the Old Post Office, 80 Corydon St.

All trail logs must be returned no later than Aug. 19.

“This is important to the Red Cross for many reasons,” Bange said. “First, it raises funds that are vital to maintaining our programs and services. Second, it promotes the Tuna Valley and tourism in the area. Third, the event raises awareness of the Red Cross, the Tuna Valley Trail Association and the trails themselves. Last, it encourages families to spend time together and promotes a healthy, active lifestyle.”

You can listen to Bange and Rick Lutz talk about "Trekking the Tuna Trails" by clicking here

FAW 10th Anniversary Event:
Backpacking in Proposed
Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area June 11-12

Would you like to experience the wild backcountry of the largest Roadless Area in the Allegheny National Forest first-hand? Friends of Allegheny Wilderness turns ten years old this June, and as part of our decennial celebration we are planning an overnight backpacking trip into the proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area in the Allegheny National Forest for the weekend of June 11th and 12th. Why not come and join us? You won't regret it!

In addition to containing a nine-mile segment of the spectacular North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT), Tracy Ridge also has a self-contained network of trails providing numerous options for day hikes, loops trails, and connections to the NCT.

For our hike, we will be leaving from the Tracy Ridge Campground parking lot on the morning of Saturday, June 11th and hiking down the trail along Johnnycake Run to the Allegheny Reservoir, where we will pick up the NCT and head south from there. We will camp overnight Saturday in the wild backcountry of Tracy Ridge, and return to the parking lot during the day on Sunday.

Altogether, the hike will consist of more than 14 miles on portions of the NCT and the Tracy Ridge trail system through a stunning maturing forest that cloaks this 9,700-acre gem. There will be no charge to participate, however, hikers should bring all of their own camping equipment, food, and come fully prepared for whatever weather conditions we may encounter. Allegheny Outfitters offers backpacking equipment for rent at their downtown Warren store location for those who need equipment. Allegheny Outfitters can be reached at 814-723-1203.

To register for the trip, or if you have questions or would like additional information, please contact FAW at info@pawild.org or 814-723-0620.

Pictured, Looking west at sunset across the Allegheny Reservoir from the mouth of Johnnycake Run within the proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness Area in the Allegheny National Forest.
Photo by Kirk Johnson.


Pitt-Bradford Professor to Have Two
Journal Articles Published This Fall

Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, will have two articles appearing in education journals this fall.

“Ladder to Literacy” will appear in the fall issue of Middle School Journal, the journal of the National Middle School Association. Brinda will also present the paper at the association’s annual conference in November in Louisville, Ky.

Brinda said that the paper is based on the research he did for his doctoral thesis at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

He worked with two groups of reluctant and struggling middle-school-age readers, 10 in an urban area and 10 in a rural area.

Brinda interviewed each of the students and teachers and worked with them over four months to develop a system of introducing information before it is read. The system developed also supports students’ reading during the exploration of a novel in a way that increases comprehension and interest.

He said he was interested in the area because as a middle and high school student, he was himself a struggling reader. Reluctant readers played a role in Brinda’s second publication for this fall as well.

An article titled “Bringing Literature to Life for Urban Adolescents: Artistic, Dramatic Instruction and Live Theatre,” will appear in the Journal of Aesthetic Education. The article is co-authored by Dr. Janine Certo of Michigan State University.

Brinda and Certo conducted a year-long study in two sixth-grade classrooms in a high-poverty, urban, western Pennsylvania middle school. In addition to reading young adult novels, students attended theatrical productions of the novels put on by a semi-professional theater company that produces adaptations of literature and designs instructional support materials to meet literacy challenges.

The study demonstrated the positive impact artistic and dramatic instructional strategies have as pathways to comprehension, engagement and enjoyment.

“These results are essential to urban learners who often receive the worst kinds of instruc­tional activities tied to standardized test scores and lack opportunities with the arts,” Brinda said. “Transformation occurred with a series of activities designed to guide the process of reading and make it enjoyable.

“Artis­tic and dramatic pedagogy supported by live theater has a significant effect on addressing the needs of urban and all reluctant adolescent readers. Our hope is that administrators will see the importance of continuing field trips to theatrical events, teachers will draw on local theaters as resources for building enjoyment and excitement with reading, and theaters will see themselves as literacy resources.”

Brinda also made a presentation on the subject of the Holocaust this spring at the annual meeting of the American-Hungarian Educators’ Association at John Carroll University in Ohio.

His presentation, “Learning about the Holocaust through Interactive Technology,” was based on a project he did with his own students here at Pitt-Bradford.

In spring 2009, students in Brinda’s adolescent literature class, along with members of the public, were able to hold a dialogue via videoconference with Holocaust survivor and author Livia Bitton-Jackson.

Interactive technology is a great way to bring Holocaust survivors, who are now elderly and may have difficulty traveling, to audiences in a way that still allows them to have a real-time dialogue.

Prior to coming to Pitt-Bradford in 2008, Brinda was an assistant professor in the Duquesne University School of Education, taught English and theater at The Oakland School, Sewickley Academy Senior School, and was director of Playhouse Jr. He is currently the Artistic Director and Co-founder of Prime Stage Theatre in Pittsburgh, a company that blends education with theatre for adolescents, teachers and families.

Tim Hortons Camp Day is Wednesday

Wednesday, June 1 is Tim Hortons Camp Day! Camp Day is the one day each year when every penny from coffee sales at Tim Hortons Restaurants across the United States and Canada will be donated to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.

On Camp Day, when guests buy a coffee and participate in the various fundraising activities, they will help send more than 14,000 kids on the camping adventure of a lifetime. Campers aged nine to 12 years attend a 10 day summer camp session, or a seven day winter camp session at one of the Foundation’s six camps. All children who attend camp are selected by Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners who work closely with local youth organizations and schools to identify kids who would most benefit from an experience at camp.

“The support that we receive from customers every year is overwhelming,” says Bill Moir, President, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. “Every cup of coffee purchased on Camp Day helps to send even more deserving kids on a camping experience that will inspire them for years to come.”

During their stay at camp, kids participate in a wide range of first-class programs and activities designed to build self-confidence, self esteem and leadership skills. The Foundation is committed to providing an enriched and memorable experience for campers, giving them confidence in their abilities, pride in their accomplishments and a more positive view of the world and their place in it.

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1974. Funding for the Foundation comes from Camp Day, fundraising activities, special events, year-round public donations collected through counter and drive-thru coin boxes and other donations. Since 1975 more than 150,000 children have attended a Foundation camp at no cost to them or their families. For more information about the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation please visit www.timhortonchildrensfoundation.com. You can also donate online at www.sendakidtocamp.com.