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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Man Charged with Raping 14-Year-Old

A 28-year-old Ripley, New York, man is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Mitchell Treacle allegedly had sex with the teen a number of times between December of 2010 and March of this year.

He was charged with rape, disseminating indecent material to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child, and was sent to jail on $65,000 bail.


Five Hurt in Little Valley Accident

Four people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning on Route 353 in Little Valley.

Sheriff’s deputies say a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Michael Doan of Lansing, New York, was stopped on 353 and attempting to turn left onto Woodworth Hollow Road when a pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Kenneth Lecrone of Troupsburg, New York, rear-ended Doan’s vehicle.

Doan and his four passengers were taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Deputies say none of the injuries appeared to be severe.

Lecrone was charged with following too close.

Man Hurt in Minard Run Road Wreck

One person was hurt in an accident at about 1:30 Friday afternoon on Minard Run Road.

Bradford Township police say a Jeep driven by 79-year-old Thomas Keane and a pickup truck driven by 59-year-old Fred Waldeck were both traveling east when the truck stopped to pick up a passenger, and the Jeep hit the back of the truck.

Waldeck was taken to BRMC for treatment of arm and neck pain.

Fatal Crash in Great Valley

Police in the region have already reported a fatality this holiday weekend.

A U-Haul driver from Virginia died Friday when his vehicle crossed the center line of Route 219 in Great Valley and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer.

Police have not released the driver’s name, but did say a dog in the cab of the U-Haul is OK. The other driver suffered only minor injuries.

Route 219 in the area of the crash was closed for several hours Friday afternoon.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Causer Praises Welfare Reforms in Budget



Working to protect taxpayers and put a stop to fraud in the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), the state House has adopted a series of welfare reform measures as part of the 2011-12 state budget, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

“Welfare spending skyrocketed 62 percent during the Rendell administration, due in large part to their unwillingness to take action despite significant evidence of waste, fraud and abuse in the system,” Causer said. “The welfare system must be accountable to the taxpayers who fund it, and these reforms represent an important step toward that goal.”

House Bill 960 requires DPW to use an electronic cross-reference system to provide a 19-point check on an applicant’s eligibility and create a standard fraud detection system to stop fraud before it starts. It also requires the department to subject drug felons who are applying for benefits or already receiving benefits to random drug testing. This will ensure welfare benefits are not being used to subsidize drug abuse.

The measure clarifies that people are only eligible for benefits based on the levels allowed in their county of residence, regardless of where they apply. This is important because cash benefit levels different from count to county, which has prompted some to “shop around” for the highest benefit rates.

Finally, House Bill 960 requires an overhaul of the fraud-laden Special Allowance Program.

“The welfare system is meant to help those who truly need it, and every dollar wasted or spent fraudulently takes support away from people in need, and from every single taxpayer in the Commonwealth,” Causer said. “It’s time to put a stop to it.”

While Causer is pleased to see these four reforms incorporated into the budget, he said lawmakers will continue their efforts to enact additional reforms outlined earlier this year in the House Republican WelFAIR (Fairness, Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility) proposal:

Using photo identification to make sure benefits aren’t misused.

Strengthening legal penalties for those who commit welfare fraud.

Reducing abuse in a welfare program that helps people truly in need get to and from doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, methadone clinics, dialyses treatments, physical therapy and other medical appointments.

Prohibiting the purchase of tobacco with welfare benefit cards.

For more information about the WelFAIR initiative, visit www.RepCauser.com.



Kersey Man Sent to Prison for Bank Fraud

A Kersey man who pleaded guilty in November to bank fraud has been sentenced to seven months in prison.

55-year-old Richard Raspatello has also been ordered to pay back nearly $90,000.

Raspatello started a checking account at National City Bank, then wrote checks to his co-defendant 23-year-old Joshua Atwell of Warren, knowing there were insufficient funds.

Atwell would then open an account at another bank and deposit some of the bad checks from Raspatello. Before those checks could be evaluated, Atwell would bring in other bad checks and cash them. Authorities said Atwell would keep a portion of the cash and return the rest to Raspatello.

Among the banks they defrauded were Hamlin Bank and Trust Company in Smethport.

Atwell pleaded guilty in January, but has not been sentenced yet.

Corbett Signs PA Budget

Harrisburg – Gov. Tom Corbett today signed the 2011-12 budget which cuts government spending, does not raise taxes, includes property tax reform, and restores common sense to the state spending process.
The $27.15 billion budget cuts overall government spending by more than $1 billion.

“This reality-based budget marks a return to the Constitutional principles that must guide Pennsylvania’s fiscal policy,’’ Corbett said. “It spends no more than we have and it doesn’t pretend we have more than what we have budgeted.

“I was elected last November to change the culture of state government and that means not only must government be honest, it must be fiscally responsible,’’ Corbett said. “The Senate and House join my administration in making these standards a reality.’’

The legislature also agreed to a key economic proposal for school districts – a referendum on any property tax increase that exceeds the rate of inflation, known as Act 1. Under these changes, any property tax increase above the rate of inflation must be approved by the local voters. Taxpayers in each district will be empowered to decide whether they want a property tax increase to fund a particular program.

“This puts taxing and funding decisions where they belong - in the hands of the voters who are footing the bill,’’ Corbett said. “Who knows better how to spend money in our communities than the citizens who live there?

“Pennsylvania taxpayers are reclaiming the budget process, not just for today, but for years to come,’’ Corbett said. “Together, we have built a solid framework for future budgets.’’

The budget is part of a larger Corbett administration initiative that also includes tort reform - signed into law on June 28 - which reforms how damages are recovered in civil lawsuits, ensuring an equitable framework for litigation in the future and improving Pennsylvania’s business climate.

Highlights of the 2011-12 budget include:

* State spending is cut by 4.1 percent, or $1.17 billion, from 2010-11.

* The enacted budget eliminates 66 appropriation line items, cutting $822 million in annual spending. It reduces funding for more than 226 appropriations and consolidates an additional 52 items, to streamline government.

* Administrative spending is reduced by 4 percent and more than 1,000 positions in state government are eliminated. These reductions are achieved in large part by consolidating programs, targeting inefficiencies and reducing or eliminating discretionary financial grants, commonly known as Walking Around Money, or WAMs.

* This marks the start of a commitment to reduce the cost of running state government by 10 percent over the next four years. It is a change in the culture of taxing and spending that has caused the state’s economy to decline.

“No budget is worth the trouble if it doesn’t do something to grow the economy and create jobs,’’ Corbett said. “The budget is here to serve the people – not the other way around. This budget gets things in the right order and takes another step toward clearing away the tangle and overgrowth of government.”

* This budget consolidates and streamlines economic development programs to focus on job creation and attracting businesses to Pennsylvania. In spite of the many difficult choices, this remains a pro-growth budget, built on the proven theory that lower taxes stimulate investment and jobs.

* The budget honors Corbett’s commitment to reinstate the phase-out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax. That tax was levied on goods and equipment that a company kept in store, even though it had not been sold or put to use. By eliminating this regressive tax, the governor has given more than 100,000 job creators an estimated $70 million in tax relief. The phase-out of this tax will continue until it is completely eliminated in 2014.

* At the same time, the budget has maintained important tax credit programs. These are the Job Creation and Film Production tax credits. The budget also increases the Research and Development Tax Credits from $40 million to $55 million.

* The budget brings state tax policy into line with the federal tax code. It increases the bonus depreciation deduction to 100 percent for property placed into service before January 2012. This gives businesses room to expand and raises the potential for a surge in purchases for Pennsylvania businesses.

“State government has a solemn duty to provide for public safety,’’ Corbett said. “If the state is a ship, public safety is the hull and we cannot cut there, only spend wisely. This budget spends wisely and will make Pennsylvanians and their children safer.”

* It maintains funding for Pennsylvania’s public safety programs, including an increase in total funding for the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole. It also provides funding for the Pennsylvania State Police to maintain troopers on our highways and in our communities, as well as the state’s emergency management agency.

* The budget supports our military and veterans programs, keeping our nation’s promise to those who served to defend us.

“The most vulnerable Pennsylvanians – our children – are well protected in this budget,’’ Corbett said. “It also targets waste and fraud so that the truly deserving are no longer cheated by those who ‘game’ the system.”

* This budget increases total funding by $6.2 million for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, provides $405 million for children’s Early Intervention Services and $1.4 billion in county child welfare services.

* In the area of long-term living, the budget provides $4.6 billion for home and community-based services and nursing home care for persons with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians.

* The budget includes $262.3 million in total funds to provide prescription drug coverage for 360,185 older Pennsylvanians, an increase of 1,950 people.

“This budget includes $5.4 billion for Basic Education. It is part of a larger effort to make education not only accessible, but more flexible as we strive to improve student performance. This budget is based on my firm belief that the order of priorities is child-parent-teacher,” Corbett said.

* Basic education funding has been increased $128 million from Corbett’s original proposal, which was at the 2008-09 pre-federal stimulus level. This results in an average annual increase of 3 percent in funding over the past 10 years.

* The budget provides nearly $1.7 billion in total funds for higher education programs, including $381 million in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency for the Grants to Students program for students seeking financial assistance for higher education opportunities.

* The enacted budget also includes $7.1 million in new funding to continue Educational Assistance Program tuition grants for members of the Pennsylvania National Guard enrolled at degree-granting colleges.

Corbett praised those teachers, administrators and other school employees in a small number of school districts across the state who followed his suggestion to forego pay raises, in an effort to help their communities control local finances in this difficult economy.

“They serve as stellar examples of the shared sacrifice we all need to make to restore our state to fiscal stability,’’ Corbett said.

“This budget - built on fiscal discipline and effective government - supports free enterprise and job creation,’’ Corbett said. “It’s a step toward making Pennsylvania a national leader among states in economic success once again.’’

Pictured, Governor Tom Corbett checks his watch after signing the first ontime state budget in nine years.
Courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hearing on Indecent Assault Waived

A Bradford man accused of having inappropriate contact with a young girl has waived his preliminary hearing.

69-year-old Ronald Klawuhn is accused of patting the butt of a 12-year-old and asking her how it felt.

The girl was job shadowing her mother at the time and they were in a park with the mother’s class of 5-year-olds when the alleged incident happened. The girl pushed Klawuhn’s arm away and told her mother what happened.

Klawuhn is in jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Consultants Taking Longer Than Expected

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Delta Development Group was expected to finish its financial management plan for the City of Bradford by the end of the month, but it seems as if it won’t be done until at least the middle of next month.

Main Street resident Dave Newman, upon seeing a resolution on the city council agenda to pay Delta for its services in April, asked about the status of the consultants’ report and if a public meeting will be held on the matter.

Deputy Mayor Jim Evans said council had discussed this and agreed that the final report should be given in a public setting.

Fire Chief Chris Angell added that the consultant working with the fire department will be meeting with them around July 17.

Evans added that it’s his understanding that it’s not unusual for the consultants to take longer than expected.

Council did approve the $7,500 payment to Delta. The money comes from a state Department of Community and Economic Development grant and local donations. Delta's services were retained as part of DCED's Early Intervention Program for financially troubled cities.

Also Tuesday, council members read letters from Tina Martin and Kim Murphey of CARE for Children and Safe Kids McKean thanking firefighters Jeff Kloss and Terry Brinker, along with Chip Comilla, Tom Shay and the city parks department for helping to make the June 15 Bike Derby and helmet fitting a success.

They said 87 people attended and 60 children were fitted with new bike helmets.

“Thank you for partnering with us to keep local children safe,” they wrote.

Councilman Fred Proper also read a letter from a North Bennett Street resident who praised the street department for their work in keeping the streets cleared during the winter and getting them fixed this spring.

“The streets have improved dramatically in the last several weeks,” Evans added.

Newman added his thanks to Comilla, Jim Copeland and the department of public works crew for all their efforts on the city streets.

“It’s fantastic,” he said, adding his thanks for painting of curbs and crosswalks, too.

Later in the meeting, council approved a payment of $1,229 to Cavallaro Paint & Decorating for the painting supplies.

In other matters, council appointed city solicitor Mark Hollenbeck, city clerk John Peterson and city controller Ron Orris as the negotiating committee for the 2011 contract negotiations between the city and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Council authorized a special events waiver to The Lighter Side during the Kids and Cancer Benefit on July 16 on Mechanic Street. Council had previously authorized waivers for The Corner Bar and Players Downtown.

Council authorized a certificate of appropriateness to install a sign at 21 Main Street for “Inferno Studios,” after a recommendation from the Historical Architectural Review Board. They also appointed Colette Roessler to fill the unexpired term of Sam Sylvester on the HARB. The term expires January 1, 2013.

Wellsite Safety Bill Passes Senate

HARRISBURG - A bill to maximize wellsite safety and improve community protections passed the state Senate today. The changes will reduce the risk for workers, first responders and the community when things go wrong at drilling sites, according to Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), who sponsored the measure.

"At its heart, this bill requires well operators to meet the most basic rules of public safety," Baker said. "Plan ahead. Tell us where your wells are. Give us clear directions to each site. Call at the first sign of trouble."

Baker's legislation requires gas well operators to post signs bearing their GPS coordinates and other emergency response information at all wellsites and to share those coordinates with appropriate state, county and local officials. Emergency response plans must also be developed and shared with state, county and local officials.

Currently, firefighters, ambulance crews, and haz-mat teams may not be told where wells are being planned, or where the access roads to those sites begin. Baker's measure requires that notification be triggered in the earliest stages of planning, rather than after waste is discharged or chemicals are brought on-site.

"This bill ensures the development of a complete emergency plan, covering every stage from road clearing and well-pad preparation through well closure," Baker added.

Corbett Signs Castle Doctrine into Law

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said today legislation reinforcing a person’s right to defend himself or herself in the face of an intruder has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett.

“I am pleased Gov. Corbett acted quickly to sign this bill into law,” Causer said. “Law-abiding people under attack should not have to retreat before taking action to protect themselves. This law reaffirms our right to protect ourselves, not only in our homes but in our vehicles or any other place we have a legal right be.”

The law, also known as the Castle Doctrine, creates a presumption in law that an attacker or intruder intends to do great bodily harm and therefore force, including deadly force, may be used to protect oneself, one’s family and others in the face of an attack while at home or in an occupied vehicle. The presumption also applies if a person is trying to unlawfully remove an occupant, against the occupant’s will, from a home or vehicle.

The presumption would not apply if the person entering a home was:

~~Another resident of the home.

~~A law enforcement officer.

~~A parent, grandparent or other guardian removing a child from the home or vehicle.

In addition, the presumption would not apply if a person was using their home or vehicle to further criminal activity. The bill also offers specific protection against civil liability for the lawful use of force in self-defense.

The law will take effect in 60 days.

Fireworks in Olean July 4

OLEAN -- The City of Olean’s Annual Fourth of July FIREWORKS CELEBRATION is set for Monday, July 4, at Bradner Stadium in Olean. The Olean Professional Firefighters Association, OPFFA, organizes the fireworks. The stadium gates open at 4:00 PM. Coolers and packages carried into the stadium will be checked for security reasons.

City of Olean Firefighters took over the local fireworks program in 2001. Prior to that, the Dempsey Club (City of Olean Police Department) ran the fireworks. The fireworks have been held in Bradner Stadium since the early 1960’s. The actual fireworks program, not just the ground displays, was shot inside the stadium. However, due to the rising safety issues, the fireworks are now being shot from Forness Park. The ground displays are still shot inside the stadium, but at a safe distance away from the spectators. Young Fireworks of Rochester, NY, shoot the shows. A wide range of shells is shot in their programs. The shells range from 1” shells all the way up to 10” shells.

“The 2011 Fireworks Celebration will be a fun-filled evening of great music, mouth-watering food, family entertainment and socializing culminating with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk,” reported Captain Ed Jennings, Olean Fire Department staff and co-chair of the Fireworks. Again this year there will be a Bounce House and Inflatable Slide inside the stadium. Music will be performing inside the stadium by area bands: 20 area musicians with the history of rock ‘n roll in 60 songs.

In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be scheduled for the next clear night. Please remember the fireworks are funded all through your donations. The OPFFA is looking for a non-profit organization for the July 4 event to assist with seeking donations from those that choose to sit in War Veterans Park and on the dikes around the stadium. For more information of the fireworks, please contact firefighters Dave Bauer or Ed Jennings at the Olean Fire Department, 376-5609 or by email fireworks@oleanfireworks.org.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS for FIREWORKS

JUNE 30 – COOKOUT FOR A CAUSE, The Colonial Radio Group, 175 North Union Street, Olean, 11 AM – 4 PM. Colonial Radio Group will be serving up hot dogs and other refreshments to help with the City of Olean’s fireworks cost. The fireworks celebration is funded through donations.
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JULY 1 – HOT DOG SALES DAY, Olean Area Federal Credit Union, 1101 Wayne Street, Olean. The fireworks celebration is funded through donations. The City of Olean firefighters will be serving up hot dogs and other refreshments Friday to help with the City of Olean’s fireworks cost. The fireworks celebration is funded through donations. The Olean Professional Firefighters Association, OPFFA, organizes the fireworks.

EPA Seeks Penalty Against Company for
Dumping Brine in Forest in McKean Co.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a $157,500 civil penalty against a Kansas-based company for alleged illegal discharges of more than 228,000 gallons of oil brine into injection wells in the Allegheny National Forest in McKean County.

In its complaint, EPA alleges that Swamp Angel Energy illegally pumped brine generated from its oil production operations into the underground wells.

“EPA takes our responsibility to protect public health very seriously,” EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said in a news release. “When companies break the law and threaten our drinking water supplies, they must be held accountable.”

EPA’s action also requires the company to properly plug one of the two wells at issue, known as “Old Glory.”

Swamp Angel employees John Morgan of Sheffield and Michael Evans of La Quinta, California, were charged in connection to the illegal brine injection. A year ago, they were sentenced to home detention and probation, and ordered to pay a fine and perform community service.

Rew Home Damaged by Fire

Fire heavily damaged a house in Rew early this morning.

The fire was reported at the South Kendall Avenue home of Dennis Moore at around 1 a.m. Moore went across the street to a neighbor’s house to call 9-1-1.

Firefighters from six departments were on the scene until after 4 a.m. A state police fire marshal is investigating.

Alleged Predator Charged Again

A Chautauqua County man already jailed on two separate child luring charges is facing a third charge in Warren County.

The latest charge against David Lopus of Ashville, New York, stems from an incident on May 15 when he allegedly started talking with a 10-year-old girl who was walking her dog in Warren. Lopus allegedly tried to get the girl to bring her dog to his vehicle.

Lopus is also charged in connection to a May 24 incident when he allegedly made contact with a young girl at the Sunset Trailer Park in North Warren. In June of 2010 he allegedly approached an 11-year-old girl at the Sugar Grove Elementary School and tried to lure her to a nearby portable toilet.

Lopus was picked up on June 9 at a homeless shelter in Cleveland, Ohio, and was extradited to Warren County, where he is in jail on $200,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 6.

Annual Summer Fun Fest & Turtle Race

Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department is holding its 4th Annual Summer Fun Fest & Turtle Race on Saturday.

Schedule of Events:

"Honor Our Troops" Parade 11:00 am
Fireman's Chicken BBQ 12:00 pm
Car,Truck and Motorcycle Show 12:00 pm
Water Fights 1:00 pm
Turtle Race 3:00 pm
Kids Rides, Vendors and Entertainment All day.
Fireworks 10:00 pm

Theft, MVA, DUI in Bradford

Bradford City Police on Monday investigated a report of a theft on Chamberlain Avenue and a motor vehicle accident on Main Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet. Officers also got reports about harassment on Clarence and Main streets.

Officers stopped a motorist who was driving under the influence on Moorehouse Place, assisted a motorist on Davis Street and got complaints about juveniles on Avenue B.

Police were called about an animal on East Main Street, disturbances on Chautauqua Place and on Congress and Clarence streets and noise at Kiwanis Court and Rochester Street (twice).

Fundraiser is on the Right Track


By SANDRA RHODES

SHINGLEHOUSE - A group of volunteers in the Oswayo Valley School District are on the right track with their latest fundraising idea.

The community group - Together Rebuilding: Alumni, Community and Kids (TRACK) - has tried to raise money for a new track at the high school. They held 250 clubs, 5K races, chicken barbecues, but all those fundraisers did not add up to $300,000 needed to put in a modern track. With state and school finances the way they are, they were told raising taxes was not an option. They knew they would have to come up with something different to get them off and running.

That's when Mike Filer stepped in with an idea - build a log cabin and raffle it off.

"Mike brought up the idea last February ... he's the driving force behind this," said Bruce Kemp, one of the organizers and a biology teacher at the high school. And while some may have thought that idea was far-fetched in the beginning, soon all of the local community came on board to help with the project.

Last summer, the group purchased a 1/2 acre plot of land for $15,000, tore down the structure that was there and started building their cabin of dreams. It's a 1,100-square-foot log cabin with two bedrooms, hardwood maple floors, water, gas, electric hook-ups and septic system. The cabin can be used as a camp or a home.

Every day since then, people have worked all day in their "day jobs," then show up at the cabin to work until 10 each night. All of the labor has been donated as well as some of the materials.

"We've all be sore at the end of the day," Filer said. "We've had more than 200 people involved in this project" in some way.

"Everybody's got a small part. Everybody wants to be a part of something wonderful."

Filer, however, downplayed his role as the idea man.

"We are not the first ones to do this," he said, adding a cabin was built in Kentucky to benefit Special Olympics. But the idea of doing something permanent and out of the box was appealing.

"How about something that lasts. Something that has not been done before here."

The project also instills pride for all those who had a hand in building the cabin.

"No one will ever forget this project," Filer said. "This has put pride into our community. We like to get our hands dirty and show what we've got."

They have shown what they have got with each volunteer working on projects he or she does best. This includes other school districts who have helped.

"We may compete against each other, but in the end, we will help each other out, too," Filer said.

Be rest assured, this cabin is not just four walls.

"It's all up to code. We went through the proper channels," said Michelle Filer, wife of the cabin mastermind. The group has been working tirelessly to get the cabin done before the July 4 deadline. "Most of it should be done."

"People have really gotten on board," she said. "We might live in a vast area, but there's one focal point at the end and it's that track."

And when she said people have gotten on board, she means people from all over the North America. Tickets have been purchased from people in Canada, Texas, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska. Some have just donated money for the cause.

Students in technical education classes also came to help two days when school was in session. The list goes on and on with others such as Steve Bedows, R&E Geiger Masonry, Eagle's Nest, Randy Rohr, Mickey Howard, RAM Forest and Hess Log Home Supplies who have helped.

The process has not been without its pitfalls. The harsh winter, for instance, created harsher working conditions. Money has also been an issue. Up until recently, they had not been in the black.

June 16 was a turning point of sorts for the project. This was after WGRZ-Channel 2 in Buffalo, N.Y., aired their story. The reaction was phenomenal.

"We had broken even. That was a good day," Kemp said, adding there's still more money the group will put in the cabin.

They are hoping for more ticket sales to those who would want to set up a camp in Potter County. Afterall, this is God's Country.

But, all this for a track? How bad could the track be?

"No one wants to run on it," Kemp said. "When I did the athletic director job and call to set up contracts, the other schools would say, 'we know what your track is like, why don't you come to ours.'"

The only school district that would run on the track was Northern Potter.

This eventually causes the district more money in transportation costs. The district also couldn't host an invitational. Well, it does host an invitational, but it's held in Bolivar, N.Y.

Those seeking tickets may only drive through the Borough of Shinglehouse to find signs where tickets are sold. Tickets can also be purchased by sending a $50 donation in a self-addressed stamped envelope to Bruce Kemp, PO Box 632, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or Michelle Filer at 2051 Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748. More information can also be found on www.ovtrack.com. Checks should be payable to TRACK.

Members of the TRACK team will be selling tickets at the Shinglehouse Park July 2 during the Summerfest 5K Run/2K Walk. Those who buy a ticket can participate in the run for free.

Each ticket has two numbers - two chances to win. Five thousand tickets were printed.

The winning number is based on the Pennsylvania Lottery Big 4 Evening Number that is drawn July 4. If the winning number is not sold, then the winning ticket will be based on subsequent drawings until the winning number is drawn.

The cabin is not all the winner receives. There's also a one- year hunting lease on 3,2000 acres on nearby property in Clara valued at $600.

And while the winner is responsible for all taxes and fees in the transfer of the property, Kemp has an idea that will curb that expense.

"Play the two numbers in the lottery. Even up to a week ahead of time."

But no matter how it adds up, the pride of the Shinglehouse community in immeasurable. Plus, they will welcome any new neighbor as one of their own.

"You can win a great place for $50," Kemp said.

Pictured, Mike Filer looks over the progress of the log cabin the TRACK group - Together Rebuilding: Alumni, Community and Kids; Michelle Filer and Krystina George work on a part of a banister that will be installed in the log cabin; Mike Zias, a retired teacher from the Oswayo Valley School District in Shinglehouse, works in the loft of a log cabin the TRACK group - Together Rebuilding: Alumni, Community and Kids.


Monday, June 27, 2011

School Board Passes Budget;
No Tax Increase

The state doesn’t have a budget yet, but the Bradford Area School District does.

The board voted Monday night to approve the $33.9 million spending plan.

District Business Manager Kathy Boyd said the school budget may have to be re-open after final passage of the state budget.

According to the proposed budget spreadsheet for school districts on the House Republicans’ website, Bradford would see a $1.6 million cut in state funding. Boyd had estimated a $1.9 million decrease.