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Book Talk Double Shot
With Adriana Trigiani and Steve Martini

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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

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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.

PRECAUTIONA…

Gabler Introduces Light Bulb Bill

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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 reso…

Looking for a New Lunch Sport?

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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.



Zach Foster Makes Marauders Debut

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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

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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

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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 informatio…

Toomey Joins National Guard Caucus

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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-effecti…

John Edwards Indicted by Grand Jury

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Dorn Honored During Red Feather Dinner

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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 t…

Temporary Lane Coming on I-86

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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, …

Man Dies When Tree Falls on Him

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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

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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

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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.

Bradford Woman Testifies
During House Hearing on Tanning Beds

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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 direct…

Tree Causes Power Outage

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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

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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 w…

Man Waives Hearing for
Threatening Nurse, Using Racial Slurs

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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

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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 ju…

Two Groups Support Proposed
Snowmobile Connector in ANF

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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 promo…

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 …

Obituary
Randy W. Smith

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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 com…

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

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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-Da…

Mount Jewett Woman Facing Charges

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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

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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&…

Road Work in McKean, Elk Counties

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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 …

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

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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, loggi…

Pitt-Bradford Introduces
New Minor in Counseling Psychology

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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 Psycholo…

Trekking the Trails is Underway

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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 capi…

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

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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 Trac…

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

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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 …

Tim Hortons Camp Day is Wednesday

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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 i…